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May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:16 pm

CF: Final Poster of “Floating City” Released

Yim Ho’s upcoming film “Floating City” is set to hit cinemas nationwide on May 18.

(Sina)

Based on a true story, “To My Wife” is about famous couple Lin Juemin and Chen Ying, played by actors Tong Dawei and Xu Qing, respectively, at the beginning of 20th century, while at the same time tells the story of a film crew shooting a movie about the couple.

Vincent Zhao, Yang Mi

Yang Mi (Sina)

A wave of filmmakers from China and Hong Kong, including chopsocky legend Jackie Chan, are spending more time than ever shooting in France — lured there by some of the world’s most recognizable icons as they also take advantage of juicy incentives.

CF: Brigitte Lin Says No to Jay Chou’s New Movie

A previous report said Chou invited Lin to join the sequel of his piano-themed movie “Secret.” But the actress told the media at the event that she declined the invitation.

“Motorway” concept poster unveiled in Beijing yesterday

Anthony Wong

Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong, direcotr Soi Cheang Pou-Soi (Sina)

The feature film in the ‘4+1 series’ produced by Pang Ho-Cheung and co-directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan Chi-Man will finally be released this June (originally scheduled for Aug.2011 as “Lacuna”). Starring Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu, the pair try to remember what happened prior to waking up together after one drunken night. The project began in 2010 as four interlocking short films starring Zhou Xun, Stanley Huang, Laurence Chou as well as Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu. Previously: [7.13.2011][12.4.2010]

(Sina)23

The father of two was spotted with his ex-wife at their eldest son’s meet-the-parents session on Saturday

Cecilia’s mother attending the recent Lady GaGa concert

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?

May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:07 pm

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

The cast, minus Charlie Young, took some publicity stills

Aaron Kwok, Annie Liu

Director Yim Ho, Annie Liu, Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok, Calvin Cheng

Calving Cheng, Aaron Kwok (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Leon Yang Shu-Peng’s “An Inaccurate Memoir” includes a shootout in an underground tunnel between Huang Xiaoming and Japanese soldiers featuring one 3-minute long continuous shot. It was designed and shot by director of photograhpy Cao Yu (”City of Life and Death”).

Yang Shu-Peng (Sina)(HunanTV)2

Elanne Kong plays Wang Baoqiang’s lover, a bullied girl with autism who grew up in an orphanage in Oxide Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer (”Perfect Fairy Tale”)

Wang Baoqiang, Elanne Kong

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” has been compared to “Saw”. Netizens compared images and noted similarities.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung is in Taipei rehearsing for her May 5th concert

Gigi Leung

(Sina)2

Maggie Cheung flew from Beijing to Taiwan and was rushed to customs

Rockin’ her Dr. Dre Beats

(Sina)

MSN: Jerry Yan and Lin Chi-ling to reconcile?

April 29, 2012

April 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D “Tracks in the Snow Forest”

Based on the novel of the same name, the film will tell the legendary story about a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeastern China in 1946. Yu said he expected famous actor/director Jiang Wen to play the lead role.

CF: Character Posters of “The Expendables 2″ Released

Jet Li (Sina)

Jet Li  recently celebrated his 49th birthday on the 26th

Jet Li with wife Nina Li and two daughters (Sina)

CF: Shooting begins for “Sha Jie”

“Ni Ni is an elegant actress,” Liu Ye said regarding his opinion on Ni Ni. “Our collaboration is worthy of the anticipation.”

CF: Shooting Begins on Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film (Sina)

Lu told the media the movie was inspirited by the classic American film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. It revolves around a young woman who must decide between two men before marrying one of them.

CF: The 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival Wraps up

The Most Popular Actor and Actress awards went to Wen Zhang and Yan Ni. Gu Changwei clinched the award for Best Director for feature film, “Love For Life”. The coveted Best Film award was bagged by low-budget film, “Mr. Tree”.

CF: ”11 Flowers” Postpones Release Date

CF:  Chinese Actress Ju Ju Leads Peter Fudakowski’s “Secret Sharer”

CF: LeTV Pictures Announces 10 Film Projects for 2012

LeTV Pictures’ other big-budget films include director Gordon Chan’s war suspense epic “The Dark Meteors” and director Law Chi-Leung’s “The Ghost Bullets.” 

Directed by Guan Hu, the movie features renowned actors Huang Bo and Simon Yam as leading characters. It will hit the national screens on April 28.

Director Guan Hu, Liang Jing, Huang Bo, Simon Yam, Alec Su (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Yi attended the press conference in Beijing for the wrap of Johnnie To’s “Drug War”

Huang Yi

Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, Johnnie To, Louis Koo (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok and Charlie Young play husband and wife in Yim Ho’s biopic “Floating City”

(Sina)

CF: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” Releases First Poster

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Show Luo’s foot fetish, Edison Chen at Coachella

CNA: Chapman To stops work to recuperate from rare nerve disease

A1: Shu Qi: My lips are sealed

A1: Karen Mok joins Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fan campaign

The campaign, “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan”, is designed to raise the hotel group’s brand awareness by globally connecting ‘the fan’ with international celebrities who regularly stay at its hotels.

April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:23 pm

CF: New Posters of the Fantastic “Painted Skin 2″ (Sina)

A1: Fei Xiang plays evil sorcerer

CF: Movie Posters for “Design of Death” Released

CF: Feng Xiaogang and Tsui Hark to Direct Huayi Bros’ New Projects

Feng Xiaogang will return to the silver screen with a comedy named “Si Ren Ding Zhi (Private Reservation).”

The announced release schedule for 2012 includes: Wuershan’s “Painted Skin 2/Painted Skin: The Resurrection”, June 28; Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi 0″, September 28; Ronny Yu’s “Saving General Yang”, October 26; Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac/CZ12″, December 20; Feng Xiaogang’s “1942″ was not revealed yet. (Sina)23

CF: Lu Chuan and Ning Hao on How to Defend Chinese Commercial Films

Posters for Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang (Sina)

CF: Trailer of “Floating City” Released

In the film, Aaron Kwok portrays a business mogul who develops from a nobody into an influential person over the course of 40 years.

THR: Hong Kong Film Piracy on YouTube Amounts to $308 Million Loss

A few pictures from the red carpet at this evening’s Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival. Among the guests: James Cameron, Wendi Deng, Fan Bingbing, Huang Yi, Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aarif Lee, Yao Chen, Wang Xueqi, Feng Xiaogang, Mo Xiaoqi, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Ann Hui, Yan Ni, Angelababy, Wang Lee-Hom, Jaycee Chan, Simon Yam, Patrick Tse, Huang Xiaoming, Tsui Hark, Shi Nansun, et al.

Gordon Chan, Liu Yifei, Deng Chao representing “The Four”

Nicky Wu, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse plans to list his company on the stock exchange

MSN: Cecilia Cheung to prioritize family over work

Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung’s return to showbiz had been lacklustre. The actress is speculated to take time off making movies because her recent movies have been box office flops.

MSN: Eason Chan hopes for a Dragon son

Yahoo: Hong Kong pop star Eason Chan sells out in London

Hong Kong superstar Eason Chan’s world tour has an unofficial catch-phrase: “Who the hell is Eason Chan?”

April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA:  East Meets West review

Parodistic, pop-culture romp finds director Jeff Lau on good but not consistent form.

CF: Guns N’ Roses” Premieres in Beijing

The theme song of the movie, “The Lost Season”, composed by Chinese rock star Cui Jian was also unveiled during the event.

CF: Wu Ershan Creates New Language for “Painted Skin 2″

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Premieres

Waise Lee in cameo appearance (Sina)

CF: First Poster of “Design of Death” Released

Simon Yam, Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi Promotes Her New Film

Zhang Ziyi plays a student

(Sina)2

CF: Jiang Wen’s New Project to Begin Filming Later This Year

The movie is not a sequel to “Let the Bullets Fly”, as previous rumors had suggested. It has been said that Jiang’s latest project will have more female roles compared to his action comedy hit of 2010.

However, there will be obvious similarities in style, as Ma confirmed that, “The first draft has been written by Guo Junli, one of the main screenwriters for ‘Let the Bullets Fly.”

Francis Ng

Koni Lui, Francis Ng

Appearing at a shoe brand event in Sha Tin, Francis Ng revealed that he has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai”/”The Last Tycoon” starring Chow Yun-Fat. TVB has accommodated him by delaying the start of filming the series Triumph in the Skies 2. (Sina-gallery)

CF: Ni Ni, Yang Mi are Stepping Up

Ni Ni in Jingle Ma’s “Best Actor”, Yang Mi to play Mulan  to be directed by Barbara Wong. (Sina)

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” opens May 11, starring Lau Ching-Wan and Wang Baoqiang

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang, Lau Ching-Wan (Sina)2

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City” features Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young plays Aaron’s wife (Sina)2

FBA: Huayi boards Showbox’s Mr Go

The Showbox-backed Mr Go is the story of a Chinese girl and her baseball playing gorilla, who is recruited to play in the professional leagues in Korea. It features young Chinese actress Josie XU (Xu Jiao), who started her career in CJ7 (2008) and recently headlined in Starry Starry Night.

A courtroom drama, Christmas Rose stars Aaron Kwok and Xia Yu as lawyers fighting over the fate of a victim portrayed by Gwei Lun-mei.

It was also accidentally leaked that Andy Lau will make an appearance in the film.  (Sina)

Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young

Aaron Kwok, Guei Lun-Mei

Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok, Xia Yu

Aaron Kwok, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)23

FBA: Anticipated films lock China dates

Wong Kar-Wai’s martial arts drama The Grandmasters will open on 18 Dec.

Jackie Chan, along with other cast members, will attend the Cannes International Film Festival this May.

He attributed this to film investors’ aversion to risk and the lack of perseverance among younger filmmakers and artistes.

“This gap in the Hong Kong film industry is very obvious both in front of [the camera] and behind the scenes.”

Miriam Yeung, said, “I am about to give birth, and this will be my last movie before I do so. Of course it’s better to go to the movies than staring at the monitor at home. Watching a movie with friends and popcorn is much better. I have many single friends who immediately have dates after watching this movie, you have to believe it.”

She added smilingly, “If you go a few more times I guarantee you will be a parent!”

Fan Bingbing attended the press conference as a guest. But do not be surprised if she is also cast in Iron Man 3.

MSN: Is Jaycee Chan romancing a 17-year-old?

Jaycee Chan, 29, was recently spotted leaving a club with a new beau called Nesha, who is believed to be a 17-year-old model of Paraguay descent.

A1: Actress Jun Ji-hyun ties the knot (CNA)

Taiwanese singer Wang Lee-hom is believed to have invited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, to his concert at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing last Saturday night

SGYahoo: Grandson of Shaw cinema mogul charged for sex with underaged callgirl

Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

SGYahoo: Who is the real Howard Shaw?

April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 7:43 pm

FBA: The 33D Invader review

Lame softcore sex comedy is only of interest for its newcomer lead.

TaipeiTimes: Zombie 108 review

Clueless cops and gangsters, a sexual pervert and an abundance of naked women do battle with the undead in ‘Zombie 108,’ Taiwan’s first ever zombie flick

“Zombie 108″ trailer

CF: Hong Kong Film Awards, Still Lacking New Blood

“The Hong Kong film industry is completely controlled by commercial interests. The investors are ultimately businessmen. Employing new actors may cost them less money, but the risk is very high, simply because box office revenues cannot be guaranteed. So, a lack of famous stars in a movie will mean fewer people will be willing to invest in it.

According to Hong Kong media reports, actress Cecilia Cheung who divorced her husband, popular star Nicholas Tse, earlier this year will not make an appearance on this year’s film extravaganza in an effort to dodge the media limelight.

Chrissie Chau is studying Wing Chun from a 3rd generation disciple of Ip Man to prepare for the upcoming “Bauhinia Heroine”

(Sina)

The movie is based on the true story of a Hong Kong business mogul in the early 20th century. [Aaron] Kwok portrays the lead character who was born after his mother was raped by a British seaman and was later adopted by a fishing family. Paw [Hee-Ching] plays his foster mother.

CF: ”Fairytale Killer” to Hit Screens in Mid-May

THR: Chinese ‘Titanic’ Fans Balk at Cuts to Rerelease

The same scenes were censored during the film’s original run in China in 1998, but many viewers first saw the film on pirated copies from the West, and thus are more familiar with the unedited version.CDT

Some even lampooned the state watchdog with a satirical news story, “The State Administration of Radio, Film and Broadcast finally gave an explanation of its decision to remove the nude scene it OK’d 15 years ago: ‘In light of the specialness of 3D movies, we are concerned that viewers may extend their hands for a touch during the scene and hit heads of viewers sitting in their front, which may result in disputes. In consideration for building a society with spiritual civilization, we decide to remove the scene.’

Dylan Kuo, Amber An Xin-ya and Anthony Wong on the set of “Westgate Tango” during a media set visit.

Anthony Wong

Amber An

Dylan Kuo

Dylan Kuo, Amber An, Anthony Wong (Sina-slideshow)

Has the actress moved on to a new love after separating from Richard Li?

MSN: Is Edison Chen still dating Cammi Tse?

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