HKMDB Daily News

June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Promise review

Modest but affecting rural drama that conceals much beneath its placid surface.

FBA: Beijing Blues review

Exhilarating, docu-drama-like ride with a squad of Beijing plainclothes crime-hunters.

Variety: Falling Flowers review

Although resplendently shot and elegantly appointed, this fusty biopic of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong recounts events without exploring the mind of an intellectual woman of her time.

Variety: First Time review

Like a latte with caramel on top and coffee residue at the bottom, “First Time” starts off as a treacly teen daydream and changes course halfway through to deconstruct its own romantic myth.

THR: Follow Follow review

Peng Lei’s film, about a lonely girl who adores Kurt Cobain, is one of the first rock ‘n’ roll films ever authorized by the Chinese Film Bureau.

CF: Golden Goblet Awards Presented at Shanghai International Film Festival Closing Ceremony

Both local nominated films won prizes, Gao Qunshu’s Beijing Blues for best director and Falling Flowers for best cinematography.

CF/Global Times: Small Movies with Huge Audiences

A growing trend is to include celebrity casts and crews. “We have films in line featuring big stars like Christine Fan, Elva Hsiao, Rainie Yang, Berlin Chen and Lin Chi-Ling,” Liu said. Similarly, Youku has also launched a project in collaboration with famous directors and actors. Some of their big names include Gu Changwei, Ann Hui and Wang Xiaoshuai.

Invited by the SIFF organizers, Hong Kong singer and actress Gigi Leung tried directing for the first time with her film Fortune Cookie. Leung, who was involved in writing the script, portrayed the lead character in the film. The story is about a biscuit store owner who explores life through her customers. Leung said her multiple roles in the production were “interesting and challenging.”

Like Leung, actress Huang Yi also tried the director’s seat. In her directorial debut Exchange, Huang told the story of a university student from Guizhou Province who managed to build a new school building using her incredible skills at bartering.

My Love was directed by the young Jin Yimeng, who made her name with the film Sophie’s Revenge which featured stars like Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing. Her short film My Love tells the story of how a terminally ill woman addresses problems at the very end of her life. Another film directed by Tian Yuan tells of a woman psychologist and her relationships with her patients.

Poster for Huang Yi’s micro film “Exchange”

Huang Yi at the SIFF (Sina)

CF: Fabulous Original Drawings of the Fantastic “Painted Skin 2″

Stills of Zhao Wei in “Painted Skin 2″

More publicity stills for “The Four” featuring Liu Yifei. Opens July 12.

Poster for “The Four”

What does it take to get together Brigitte Lin, Sylvia Chang, Zhang Jingchu, Eric Tsang, Derek Yee, Ringo Lam, Shi Nansun as well as Andy Lau? A small party to celebrate Andy Lau’s new fatherhood at Derek Yee’s place.

And, look, there’s Teddy Robin, too!

Eric Tsang, Ringo Lam (Sina)2

“If any more immigrants come to Hong Kong , it will get overcrowded and burst.”

June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: First Time review

Chinese re-working of a South Korean romance is far richer than the original.

FBA: Racer Legend review

Rote drama of motor-racing rivalries, with performances way above the script. 

CF: ”The Last Supper” Release Date Postponed

Director Lu Chuan immediately responded to the news by joking that his “baby is waiting for a hukou” (household registration), meaning that State Administration of Radio, Film and Television had not yet approved the film..

Liu Yifei plays a wheelchair-bound detective in Gordon Chan and Janet Chun’s “The Four”.

In addition, she is ruthless, a friend of birds and has an iron hand

Liu Yifei

Anthony Wong

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

The cast also includes Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou and Wu Xiubo (Sina)23

Adapted from Wen Ruian’s novel. The novel tells the story of four young constables: Heartless, Iron Fist, Chaser, and Cold Blood, who work together to solve mysterious cases and discovers the plan to overthrow the capital by flooding it with an army of undead.

“Windseeker”/”The Silent War” directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong will be released Aug. 10 in Asia, China and the US. Besides Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Zhou Xun, the cast also includes Mavis Fan, Wang Xuebing and Carrie Ng.

On Sunday night, Ekin and Charlene Choi met with the media to promote their new movie, My Sassy Hubby. It is the pair’s first collaboration since My Wife is 18 in 2002 but they showed good rapport.

The album, which contains Buddhist teachings in Cantonese recited by Andy, was released in August 1998 under the singer’s monastic title “Hui Guo”.

June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF/ChinaDaily: A Blackout Comedy That’s a Knockout Film

Pang Ho-cheung, who’s known for his urban romantic comedies, produced Lacuna, a tender version of The Hangover.

CF: Stars Brightened the “First Time” Premiere

Mark Chao, Angelababy

(Sina-gallery)

CF: Poster of the Basketball-themed “Amazing”

CF: NBA Stars Appear in the Trailer of Basketball-themed “Amazing”

CF: Latest Poster of “Million Dollar Crocodile” Out

CF: Mission Hills · Huayi Brothers · Feng XiaoGang Movie-Themed Town

“Motorway” poster

Opening June 21 in Hong Kong and mainland (Sina)

Stills of Joan Chen and Jiang Yiyan behind the scenes of  micro film “SARS Sweetheart/Lover”

(Sina)

Xu Jiao plays Vincent Zhao’s daughter in in the action film “Wu Dang”

(Sina)

Basketball fanatic Shawn Yue and his team shoot photos for a sports drink poster

Shawn Yue

(Sina)

According to Taiwan media reports, Maggie Cheung confirmed that her 7 year relationship with Ole Scheeren has been over for a month now. Maggie was attending a Montblanc jewelry event in Beijing. Other celebrity guests included: Nicholas Cage, Yao Chen, Lynn Xiong, Jessica Alba, Vic Chou and Naomi Watts.

(Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Eric Tsang is now a grandfather

MSN: Gong Li’s late in paying villa’s conservation fees

The actress had never stayed in the villa despite owning it for twenty years

MSN: Sonija Kwok caught in a fix

The actress’ mother scolded her son-in-law publicly and is rumoured to be displeased with his income

May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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ChinaPost: They love and they bluff

“Love in the Buff” is a revelation on the sophistication of romantic relationships in urban Hong Kong and mainland China today.

CF: ”Motorway” Due to Release in Summer

Produced by Johnny To and directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, “Motorway” features talent from the mainland, HK and Taiwan, including Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Michelle Ye, Ka Tung Lam, Barbie Hsu and Guo Xiaodong.

CF: Exorcist Falls in Love with a Demon in “Painted Skin 2″

Feng Shaofeng portrays a little-known exorcist who accidentally comes across a demon played by Yang Mi, and he falls in love with her.

Wang Baoqiang, who made a name for himself for his honest and simple performance, portrays a psychopath killer in the movie.

Stills of Angelababy and Mark Chao from the shooting of the MV for “The First Time” theme song.

Maggie Cheung, Gigi Leung and other celebrities helped open a new LV boutique in the Taipei 101 skyscraper last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Mark Chao’s parents do not approve of his marriage plans

It looks like Mark Chao might have to delay his marriage plans with Gao Yuan Yuan. The actor’s father, Allen Chao, apparently does not approve of his future daughter-in-law.

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Release Date of “To Forgive” Announced

“To Forgive” is a story about a doctor, portrayed by Yu Xiaowei, who loses consciousness after a car accident and wakes up on a remote island.

Following the film’s screening at the 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival (BCSFF), “To Forgive” will be shown at the Festival de Cannes which opens at the end of May.

“To Forgive” poster

Law Kar-Ying joked that due to his facial paralysis he acted with only half his face.

The film is about how several senior citizens try to escape from a retirement home and pursue their dreams.

“Old people also have their own dreams,” said Zhang Huaxun, who is also the director’s father. “Not only should they live happily, but live with dreams.”

Due to the strong performance of Hollywood blockbusters, local flicks screening in the same time slots hardly survived in boxoffice market.

Audiences can expect brutal torture scenes in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lam Suet on the receiving end

Lau Ching-Wan investigates

Wang Baoqiang - the torturer (Sina)

Stills from Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

Charlie Young

Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok

Annie Liu, Aaron Kwok (Sina)

MV: Angelababy sings the theme song for “The First Time”, co-starring Mark Chao

Song composed by Jay Chou

Last night, Huang Yi sang “Wings” at an event commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Youth League

Anthony Wong with his mother, who suffered a stroke earlier this year (Sina)

More celebrity sightings at last night’s Lady GaGa concert

Richie Jen

Carol “Dodo” Cheng

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Kenny Bee, Qi Qi, Simon Yam

Fans (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Is love in the air for Edison Chen?

MSN: Are Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung getting back together?

April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Chapman To ill

Hong Kong media reports that Chapman To has been diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome and has stopped all work to recuperate from home. In a telephone interview, Chapman said that doctors have sent his blood sample to a US laboratory to diagnose the severity. A recovery period of two weeks to six months is estimated. Although potentially fatal, Chapman was optimistic and expects to recover. (Sina)

FBA: US regulator probes China film relations

US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission has made preliminary enquiries into whether Hollywood studios have been involved in bribery in China.

Variety: SEC eyes majors’ activity in China

Three character posters for Hur Jin-ho’s “Dangerous Liasions”. The film will be going to the Cannes Film Festival next month. (FBA)

Cecilia Cheung

Jang Dong-gun

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)2

CF: Wuxia Drama “The Four” Slated for Release in July

CF: First Trailer for “Double Trouble” Released

Jacyee Chan portrays a Taiwan security guard while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting Taiwan from the mainland. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

Chen Han-Dian, Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan, director Chang Hsun-Wei

(Sina-gallery)

“Double Trouble” trailer

Poster for “Shadows of Love” (aka “Repeat I Love You”)

Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-woo are flanked by Jing Tian, Sphinx Ting, Jing Boran and Angela Chang (Sina)

“Shadows of Love” trailer

Opens May 11

CRI: Aaron Kwok Promotes “Cold War” in Beijing

“Cold War” is a crime-thriller which tells an interlinked story involving the police, undercover cops and mindless thugs. The storyline is incredibly broad but also very elaborate, covering the entire Hong Kong Police force.

Aarif Lee, Aaron Kwok, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai promote “Cold War” in Beijing. The cast also includes Charlie Young, Ethan Ruan, Chin Ka-Lok Terence Yin and others.

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aaron Kwok

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aaron Kwok (Sina)

The cast of “An Inaccurate Memoir” in Shanghai

Director Leon Yang Shu-Peng

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi - We can be heroes, just for one day

Zhang Xinyi, Zhang Yi

Wang Lie (Sina)

Trailer for “An Inaccurate Memoir”

Angelababy promotes “The First Time” in Beijing. American-born singer Cindy Yen and Angelababy sing a duet in the film. Angelababy plays a young girl with a congenital disease who is in a romance with Mark Chao. A June 8 release is scheduled.

Angelababy

Angelababy, Cindy Yen

Korean director Han Yan

Cindy Yen plays Mark Chao’s ex-girlfriend

Angelababy

(Sina)2

‘Mou girl’ Ni Ni and Liu Ye will co-star in “Sha Jie” (literally “Forbidden Killing”). The pair will play lovers and enemies at the same time. The film hopes to balance art and commerce, a la “Lust, Caution”.

Ni Ni, Liu Ye

Ni Ni

Director Zhang Jiarui, Liu Ye, Ni Ni

Liu Ye presents Ni Ni with a dagger (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Andy Lau to join the line-up for Iron Man 3?

MSN: Sean Lau Ching Wan is trying hard for a baby

MSN: Maggie Shiu suspected to be pregnant

February 15, 2012

February 15, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Huang Bo Proposes to Lin Chiling in “101st Marriage Proposal”

In the film, Huang Bo portrays a man down on his luck who tries his utmost to propose to a young cellist portrayed by Lin Chiling.

CF: ”Flowers of War” Premieres in Berlin

Zhang was accompanied at the event by the cast of his movie, including lead actor Christian Bale, lead actress Ni Ni, supporting actors Zhang Doudou and Tong Dawei, and screenwriters Yan Geling and Liu Heng.

According to the report, four minutes of war scenes were cut prior to the screening in order to meet the demands of foreign audiences. “Foreign audiences want to see an intensive story,” Zhang said, “To meet their interests we altered it so that the story develops faster than the original version.”

CF: Stars at the After Party of “Flowers of War” in Berlin

Chinese netizens were unimpressed with Ni Ni’s first appearance on the red carpet at the Berlin Film Festival. Ni Ni was inexplicably absent from the Golden Globes in the US earlier this year. Zhang Yimou was accompanied at that time with little-known actress Han Xiting.

Ni Ni in Dior

(Sina-slideshow)

Ni Ni in an ill-fitting red dress

Christian Bale, Zhang Yimou, Ni Ni

Zhang Doudou (2r), Tong Dawei (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

CF: Stills of “Joyful Reunion” Released

Poster for “Crazy Stupid Thief” opening March 1

The film is said to be about a group of stupid thieves fighting over a large estate.  According to the film’s website on Sina, the director is Li Kai (”Who Killed Paul the Octopus?”, assistant director on “Crazy Stone”). (Sina)

Stills of Nick Cheung in a fight scene from “Nightfall”

(Sina)

Angelababy and Mark Chao attended the trailer release for “The First Time” in Beijing on Valentine’s Day.

(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung to cook her way to Nicholas Tse’s heart

SGYahoo: Asian stars’ plastic surgeries!

Recently, rumours of multiple Hong Kong celebrities undergoing the knife for enhanced facial features and physiques have been spreading like wildfire, leaving fans to wonder how many beautiful stars are left untouched and unmodified in the film industry.

December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Battle of the Brides (Vietnam) review

Unoriginal but smoothly mounted rom-com of a serial Romeo and his multiple brides.

THR: Police Stop Christian Bale from Visiting Blind Activist in China

The situation is also awkward for director Zhang, who spent most of his early career seeing his films banned by the government despite international acclaim. However, Zhang is now the Chinese government’s favorite director, having overseen the production of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

CDT: Batman Star’s Visit to Chen Guangcheng Blocked

Christian Bale and wife, Sibi - Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter (THR)

FBA: China BO crosses RMB12b in 2011

Although there are various online rumours, there are no clear signs yet of any impact on Flowers distribution as a direct result of Christian Bale’s CNN-recorded visit to a human rights activist that aired internationally today.

While Bale appears sincere, the news report comes soon after actress Hilary Swank came under attack for her political naivete. Earlier this month, Swank apologised for appearing at the birthrday celebration of reviled Chechen autocrat Ramzan Kadyrov.

CF: China Plans to Trim Cinemas’ Pre-movie Ads with New Law

CF: Box Office Performance in Week 50

“White Vengeance” led the charts with $8.03 million at mainland theaters this week, accumulating to a debut of $20.64 million in its second week run

Angelababy and Mark Chao will play “First Time” lovers in a film to be directed by Han Yan (”Winds of September: Mainland Ediiton”) and produced by Bill Kong. Angelababy plays a girl with a hereditary illness.

Mark Chao, Angelababy

Mark Chao (Sina-gallery)

I Love Hong Kong 2012 held an official launch ceremony yesterday. Producer Eric Tsang shielded Viann Zhang Xinyu from questions from the press about Ron Ng. Denise Ho, Maggie Siu and other cast members were in attendance.

Maggie Siu (Sina-gallery)

Benny also emphasised that he had learnt the severe consequences of getting drunk and hoped that Rose and her family would accept his apology. He added that he will make a donation to the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation, so as to serve as a reminder not to repeat the same mistake.

According to an insider, both parties had reached a mutual agreement. Rose had decided not to file charges against Benny, and Master Sin was to have made an announcement at 2.30pm yesterday to put an end to the case

CNA: Benny Chan off the hook for drunken groping after newspaper apologies

Interestingly, the letter was published on the last day for Rose Chan and her martial arts instructor Sin Kwok Lam to file a complaint with the Chinese police about Benny Chan’s drunken groping – according to police procedures in China, complaints must be filed no more than 30 days after the incident occurred.

CNA: Edison Chen vows to have no more photo scandals

“When I do something good, nobody says anything,” Chen lamented.

“But when I do something a little, little bit bad, it becomes a very big story. I can’t be that bad right?”

MSN: Edison Chen to quit showbiz?

When the media probed if he would still take intimate photos with his girlfriend again, the singer did not give a direct answer and replied, “I don’t think it’s that simple. I’m not answering (the question), because that’s my private life.”

To show his determination to change, Edison declared, “These things will not happen again. If it does, you will not see Edison Chen again.”

No pause at menopause

Chinese-American novelist Xu Xi’s new book is a collection of 13 short stories, titled Access, in which the distinguished academic, author of nine books and the editor of three anthologies about Hong Kong is largely concerned with middle age.

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