HKMDB Daily News

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:24 am

CRI: Hong Kong Film Directors Guild Awards Handed out

Jackie Chan

Jiang Wen, Ann Hui, Felix Chong

Stephen Fung

Tsui Hark, Shi Nansun

Stephen Fung and Andrew Lau performing for the guests

Teddy Robin

Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan, Derek Yee, Andrew Lau

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TaipeiTimes: The Flowers of War review

Even with Christian Bale leading the cast, Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Massacre epic misses the mark by veering off into gross sentimentality

CF: ‘Kung Fu Wing Chun’ Star [Bai Jin] Killed in Alleged Murder-Suicide

Rumors circulated that Zhou was a billionaire who made his fortunes from the stock market and owned many real estate properties. He was said to have divorced his first wife, with whom he had a son, for Bai and invested huge amounts of money in Bai’s acting career. They eventually married in October 2010.

However, earlier this year, some insiders claimed Bai conspired with her boyfriend in the mafia to steal 20 million yuan from Zhou and hire a prostitute to seduce Zhou in order to get a divorce, from which she would get more money. The widespread rumors alleged that Zhou’s mother “died of anger” earlier this year after discovering this.

CF: Actress Yang Mi Enjoying the Best of Times

She will also star in Hong Kong director Derek Yee’s new period drama, The Disappearing Bullet.

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart in the Eighth Week 2012

Shu Qi and Shawn Yue in Beijing for the premiere of  Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi

Playing games - Shawn Yue, Shu Qi (Sina)

Mainland version of “Turning Point Extreme” poster (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung sang the movie theme song while promoting “The Lion Roars 2″ in Hunan”. The cast, including Zhang Xinyu, Xiao Shenyang, was taping an episode of Happy Camp for Hunan Satellite TV.

Victor Huang

SGYahoo: Vincent no feud with Donnie

[Update: According to the latest report, Vincent Zhao and Donnie Yen have failed to reconcile and Zhao will need to be replaced. (Sina)2 ]

SGYahoo: Chrissie to ride

Chrissie Chow’s new film “Bauhinia Heroine 3D” will require her to perform on amotorcycle, but as she has no licence to do so yet, Chow has announced that she would be taking a motorcycle test and passMSN: Are things over for Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung?

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s family vacation without ex-wife and kids

Fans who are hoping for Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung reconciliation are going to be disappointed.

Nicholas Tse

Nicholas, Jennifer, Patrick Tse

Family and staff (!) (Sina-slideshow)

“Age does not matter when it comes to love,” Hong Kong actress Candice Yu recently said.

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.

January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: ’Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault’ review

From the opening moment when a bomb explodes and annihilates everything in sight, “Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault” makes clear its intention to claim all the tropes of Hollywood action films.

FBA: Black & White loses during elections

CRI: ’You Are the Apple of My Eye’ review

CF: Apple Tastes Sweet

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Premieres in Hong Kong

The action-packed film “The Viral Factor” premiered in Hong Kong, on January 15, 2012. Director Dante Lam, along with Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Lin Peng attended the ceremony.

Patrick Tse and Albert Yeung at the Hong Kong premiere of “Viral Factor” Sunday

Lin Peng

Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse

Nic with parents Deborah Li, Patrick Tse

Two shady Tses, ngar, ngar (Sina)234

CF: Chilling Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”

The film is scheduled for release in March, 2012.

CRI: ’Flowers of War’ Stars at Golden Globes

Surely, you saw them on the broadcast. No? (Sina-slideshow)

CF: China’s ‘Flowers of War’ Stuck in Trenches

Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, added that “Zhang is good at blending sights and sounds with a forceful impact, but often fails to express a film’s inner meaning.”

FBA: The Flowers of War review

Good-looking but dramatically weak Nanjing Massacre drama, with a miscast Christian Bale. 

Mainland edition of poster for Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle” (Sina)

Latest poster for “Harpoon”. The Lunar New Year sado-masochistic thriller stars Hu Bing, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) and Zhao Ming. It’s being promoted as “Saw” with Chinese characteristics.

Daniel Wu makes a guest appearance in Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician”. Other guest stars include directors Tsui Hark and Vincent Kok and funny man Jung Hsiang (Rong Xiang).

Daniel Wu (Sina)

Daniel Wu, Derek Yee and Yan Ni attend a media appreciation event to mark RMB$100M box-office since opening Jan.12 (Sina)

Stills from Valentine’s Day zombie thriller, “Night Club Suspense Tale”, featuring Chrissie Chau and other youth idols.

Zhang Yingjun in a “Thriller” spoof

Chrissie Chau

No longer just a “flower vase” (Sina)2

Yao Di and Jimmy Lin Zhi-Ying in a scene from the romantic comedy  ”If I Were You”, by way of “Ghost”

Li Qi’s film opens Jan. 26 Sina)

Chu Yen-ping’s “Perfect Two” Shanghai premiere press conference.

Vivian Hsu, Chu Yen-ping, Ella Chen, Vic Chou and Little Bin

Vic Chou, Little Bin

Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

Sunday in Beijing

Yang Mi, Vivian Hsu

Yang Mi and Little Bin (Sina)2

CF: Zhang Ziyi on “Marie Claire” Cover

CF: Wax Statue of Yao Chen Unveiled in Shanghai

SGYahoo: Bosco Wong defends girlfriend’s honour

Assertions that clearly hints at TVB beauty, Myolie Wu were made that the actress has dabbled in prostitution involving rich Hong Kong business tycoons for money.

MSN: Miriam Yeung is not pregnant with twins

It is believed that Real did not want his wife to drink at the banquet, and wanted her to leave early. Miriam decided to take her leave, so as to avoid her husband’s incessant nagging.

Ever since the 37-year-old singer got pregnant, her husband had been very strict with her eating habits and health. He also made sure his wife abided to every pregnancy taboo.

“To people of my age, Shu Qi is our goddess, so I was really nervous working with her on ‘LOVE’,” said Ruan.

“Sometimes, I’d even forget to breathe.”

Shu Qi may be his “goddess”, but Ruan had recently declared in a post on his micro blog that Taiwan model Tiffany Hsu is his true love.

December 27, 2011

December 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Magic to Win review

Lame college fantasy involving a girls’ volleyball team and battling “magicians”.

FBA: A Big Deal review

Unoriginal get-rich-quick New Year comedy hobbled by a clumsily written script.

CRI: Flowers of War review

Does the film deserve the commotion it has caused?

CF: ”The Flowers of War:” A Special Case for China’s Film Industry

CF:From Art House to Box Office

Director Xu Jinglei is exploring less experimental and more commercial territory.

CF: ”Drug War” Holds Promo Event in Tianjin

Huang Yi, Sun Honglei (Sina-gallery)

CF: ”Hyperspace Rescue” Trailer Released

Hyperspace Rescue is the only film about “time travel” that integrates a large number of elements such as Hong Kong and mainland humour.

Director Chi Chung Lam also helped make the films “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu”. He’s confident the film will be a hit at the box office. (Sina-gallery)

CF: First Promotional Trailer of “I Do” Released

The movie is now in post-production and will be released on February 14 in time for the Valentine’s Day slot.

FBA: Flowers widens lead on Swords - Box Office News

CRI: Actress Zhou Xun Tries on Directing

The trailer of “Five Demon Traps” features actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai as a demon killer.

CF: Tony Leung in Zhou Xun’s Micro Movie

The movie will hit the national screens on January 12.

Hosted by Huayi Brothers, a concert of songs from prestigious Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s movies will be held on January 3, 2012.

“Glory Days” cast attend a publicity event in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province

Co-director Eric Tsang

Xiong Xin-Xin

Felix Wong, Ni Hongjie, Max Mok

Rose Chan, Gigi Leung, Ni Hongjie

Rose Chan demonstrates “Blocking the Devil’s Kiss” (Sina)

“Wanted” posters showing Nick Cheung appeared on the streets of Hong Kong on Christmas Eve.

The posters were to promote the Roy Chow film “Nightfall” co-starring Simon Yam.

(Sina)

The year in review: Pop Stop

TaipeiTimes: Worst-case scenarios

The Golden Shrimp Awards name and shame Taiwan’s greatest cinematic blunders

Just Call Me Nobody won the Golden Shrimp Worst Film of the Year Award.

A1: Jet Li to focus on combating injustice(CF)

CF: Jet Li Jack of Many Trades, Master of Kungfu

A1: Laughing Gor gets serious

Laughing Gor was the only person who wasn’t laughing at the recent 44th TVB Anniversary Awards on Dec 5.

MSN: Benny Chan has yet to donate

…when Josephine Siao — veteran actress and founder of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation — was questioned about Benny’s donation at a recent event, she said, “I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me about this. I heard that the media had placed him under tremendous pressure.”

“We welcome any donation from kind souls. In truth, there are many perpetrators who have not been caught. If each of them makes a donation, we’ll be rich. I hope Benny can help to drive this moment,” she added, when probed if the foundation had received the actor’s donation.

Josephine Siao Fong Fong

Foundation president, Josephine Siao thanks Stanley Ho’s 3rd wife for 10 consecutive years of support. (UDN)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing, 30, went to court last week to battle claims that she eloped with the 65-year-old actor Wang Xueqi, and she appears to be winning the war. 
MSN: Zhang Xinyu reacts to online verbal attacks

Despite the endless rumours, Xinyu’s career did not seem to be affected. The model is currently in the midst of filming Legend of Yue Fei and had made an appearance at a new car launch in Suzhou, China yesterday morning. She was said to have made a whopping six-figure paycheck, for a mere 20-minute appearance.

A1: Hong Kong remembers ‘Black Christmas’ of 1941

December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Universal boards Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi

The contemporary, Beijing-set story is the “spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Chen), whose fighting skills brings him to a realm opportunities and painful choices.”

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s Latest Epic Lauds Humanity in Wartime

A review of Beijing-based Jinghua Times described the film as “having both strong sound and visual effects as well as humanistic power,” calling it “very Oscarish.”

However, renowned critic Zhu Dake didn’t approve filmmakers to take advantage of a serious historical event to fulfil box office ambitions.

CF: Film Adds Depth to Wuxia

Although “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is based on the iconic “New Dragon Gate Inn”, Tsui wanted to ensure originality in the new story while presenting the same characteristic morality and code of honor of those chivalrous men and women from the world of jianghu.

Although Monday’s premiere has drawn generous approval, the critics are not unanimous. Some have pointed out flaws in the movie’s 3D effects. In answer to this, Tsui Hark said the new movie is merely a knock on the door of innovation, a door that will lead China to new arenas in the film industry.

CF: Chen Kaige Surprises His Wife on set of his New Movie

Based on the popular online novel, “Please Forgive Me,” his new movie “Search” revolves around the problems caused by searching for human flesh on the Internet. It will finish its shooting schedule within three months in Ningbo and is slated for release in 2012.


CF: ”The Allure of Tears” Premieres in Hangzhou

Zhou Dongyu will likely skip most promotional activities due to year end college academic requirements. She had previously missed classes for her other recent film events already. (Sina-gallery)2

FBA: China seeks BO controls, limit on cinema ads

The draft contains 13 articles on forbidden content in movies made in China. [13 Noes]

CF: First Promotional Trailer of “Romancing in Thin Air” out

Horror film “Harpoon”’s release has been delayed even though post-production is completed and it has finally received the necessary state approvals. A Spring Festival release is now expected. The setting for the film is a desert island survival tale and has drawn much attention and expectations. (Sina)

“Harpoon”

Mo Xiaoqi, Hu Bing (Sina)

Return of the zombie movie? In “Crescent Moon Phantom”(lit.), a town is plagued by murders, rumors of zombie killings spread like wildfire. A female detective does not believe in zombies and tries to crack the mystery. Directed by Johnny Chen (Chen Long) and features young Mainland actors.

(Sina)2

All of Ivy Chen’s scenes have been reportedly cut from Tsai Yueh-Hsun’s “Black & White, Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault”. In addition, Angelababy’s scenes have been resurrected. Her role as heroine was downgraded to supporting actress and practically invisible.. In a dramatic turnaround, Angelababy was revived but that meant Ivy Chen’s scenes had to go due to excessive length. Director Tsai said that it was not personal and had nothing to do with her terminating an agency contract with him. Other actors’ scenes, such as Paul Chun, Matt Wu and Ken Lin, were also trimmed to reduce the running time.

Ivy Chen, scenes deleted

A few days ago while doing publicity for Doze Niu’s “Love”, Chen sighed and said, “this is life, the director said the film is too long.” When she first heard the news, she broke down in tears but then distracted herself by throwing herself into her work on “Love” and accepted the reality. However, the cuts left a mark on Chen as she became worried about her scenes in “Love” being cut out and she often asked Doze Niu to see the editing.

Angelababy, scenes restored

Director Tsai Yueh-Hsun, the Decider

(Sina)2

More on Black & White:

In movie news, the film Black and White, scheduled for release next month, is having woman trouble. The flick, based on the hugely successful police drama of the same name that hit TV screens in 2005, is clearly intended as the big release for the Lunar New Year season, and the production company has been pulling out all the stops in marketing the film.

Unfortunately for the film’s producers, two of its leading female stars are being uncooperative. Taiwanese actress Ivy Chen was incensed to discover that all the scenes in which she appeared had been left on the cutting-room floor, though she was given an acting credit. In response, she refused to participate in any of the marketing activities.

Meanwhile, Chinese actress Angelababy made exorbitant demands as a condition of coming to Taiwan to promote the film, including five-star accommodation and expensive spa treatments, but ultimately attended only a single press conference. TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Stills from trailer for Jingle Ma’s “Speed Angels”, opening Jan. 5

Cecilia Cheung, Rene Liu

Han Jae-suk, Tang Wei

Rene Liu and Cecilia Cheung come to blows

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Racing edition of trailer

Lam Chi-Chung (as poet Li Bai), Wallace Huo

Lam Chi-Chung directs and acts in the upcoming time-travelling comedy “Super Reinforcement” (lit.) which opens January 13. Dylan Kuo, Lam Suet, Jing Tian and Cheung Tat-Ming co-star.(Sina)

Louis Koo and Sun Honglei will star in Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai “Drug War”. Filming will mainly take place in Tianjin. This is Sun’s first time working with Johnnie To. Specific roles have not been revealed but netizens polled said that expected Sun Honglei to play a villain.

Louis Koo, Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei (Lurk, TV series)  (Sina), 2

A1: Karen Mok is in love with married life

He has as appeared in a supporting role in a slew of TV dramas, with the most famous being the Lurk (Qian Fu) in 2008 where he played a secret service official.

Once billed as the largest amusement park in Asia, the unfinished “Wonderland” park now stands derelict, a worrying sign of China’s property market.

December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: The Flowers of War review

The Bottom Line: An unconvincing yarn of hookers, convent girls and a phony priest during the Nanjing massacre.

ScreenDaily: The Flowers of War review(HKMDB)

Bale is a tad hammy as the self-interested American who finds his heroic streak, but the supporting actors are all luminous.

Variety: The Flowers of War review

Zhang Yimou’s great gift for stories of resilient women serves him well in this uniquely harrowing account of the rape of Nanjing.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Director Zhang Yimou Reveals Steven Spielberg’s Role in Casting Christian Bale

“I asked Steven Spielberg, who is a friend, to read the English script and recommend actors,” Zhang said at a press conference following the premiere.

Flowers’ female lead, newcomer Ni Ni, put herself out on a limb when asked if she felt a steamy scene between her character and Bale’s was necessary, as in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution — which had its sex scenes removed and earned a two-year industry ban for actress Tang Wei.

CRI: ’The Flowers of War’ Debuts in Beijing

Ni Ni at Beijing premiere (Sina)

The comedy is broad and physical and the sometime confusing narrative takes a long time to gel.

Movie Review: ‘White Vengeance’ (CRI)

We Chinese are weird, weird people. We always expect something extra out of what we do. And that extra is a big deal. For example, when ancient historians wrote history, they were not content with just recording exactly what had happened, so they embellished it to show off their literary talent. The result is that we now read these historical records as literature - good literature though - without knowing for sure what exactly happened.

Another example: When we watch a movie, we not only expect it to be entertaining, but also want it to be educational. If it’s a historical film, we want it to reflect history as it was, although there is no way of ascertaining which version is the true one, because the historical records are more literary than realistic.

CRI:  Tsui Hark Premieres His 3-D ‘Dragon Gate’

Director Tsui Hark led the star-studded cast of his new 3-D martial-arts film “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” in promoting the movie’s premiere Monday in Beijing.

Mavis Fan, Zhou Xun - Still (Sina)

Li Yuchun, Tsui Hark, Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei

Shanghai premiere (Dec.13)

(Sina-gallery)

FBA: The battle after Seediq Bale

How do the various versions of the film differ?

CF: ’Love’ to Highlight Next Year’s Valentine’s Day

MSN: Ethan Ruan and Vicki Zhao talk ‘Love’

Featuring a star-studded cast that comprises of Vicki Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Eddie Peng, Mark Chao, Shu Qi, Ivy Chen and Amber Kuo, Love tells of four different love stories based on different themes

CF: ”Chinese Zodiac” Eyes IMAX

The first promotional trailer revealing the concept behind the upcoming movie “Chinese Zodiac”, co-produced by JCE Entertainment Ltd., Huayi Brothers and Emperor Mothion Pictures, was released on December 12.

Accompanied by a rapid and fierce rhythm, and presented in a chilling style, the trailer provides glimpses of thrilling gun battles, parachute dives, car races and ferocious dogfight combat scenes; declaring that the authentic Jackie Chan kung fu movie is back.

FBA: Chinese group (Bona Film Group) raises stakes in English-lang film

Yu confirmed that Wong Kar-wai’s long awaited The Grandmasters, once scheduled to be part of this year’s Christmas crush, is still some months away from being ready. “It will be released some time between next summer and Christmas 2012.”

CF: Bai Baihe in Pure and Fresh Look

Bai Baihe, lead actress of the hit romance film, ’Love is not Blind’, recently poses for a photo shoot to cover a Japanese style magazine in pure and fresh look

Viann Zhang Xinyu

Boyfriend actor Ron Ng declined to comment on [Viann] Zhang Xinyu’s photos with her ex-boyfriend.

A number of intimate photos of Chinese model-actress was leaked and circulated online since yesterday.

HK actor Ron Ng has stepped forward to explain why a photo of model-actress Viann Zhang [No Liar, No Cry] lounging in a bed was published on his micro-blog.

Ng also side-stepped queries on whether Zhang had deliberately posted the photo on his blog, saying that he “never bothered about that”.

Reports have been speculating on whether Zhang’s motivation could have been to promote herself as a newcomer.

CRI:  Edison Chen Apologizes for Recent Photo Scandal

The young model had been left red-faced at the event after falling on her butt during the show.

Decked in a long red dress with plunging neckline, Hannah was reportedly worried about wearing a pair of 15-inch heels for the show.

MSN: Vivian Chow spotted at the gynaecologist

The Hong Kong actress is said to be making preparations for a ‘Dragon baby’

Shiu, who appeared smiling radiantly at a promotional event yesterday in Hong Kong, promised that she will explain the matter next time, which is taken to mean that she is silently admitting her marriage.

Chan explained that he had already planned to resign for some time, in order to embark on an overseas study tour and gain new experiences.

MSN: Netizens blast Vanness Wu for lack of respect towards God

After a tree-lighting ceremony, the singer uploaded a picture of himself at the toilet urinal on to his microblog, and was condemned by netizens for his blasphemous deed

Responding to the outburst, the singer’s manager Katie explained that Vanness thought that the plants in the toilet were special, so he asked a staff member to help him take the picture.

Sun Fei Fei walked away from a photo session on the red carpet without realising that TV host Fang Ling was stepping on her dress. Some netizens said her look of suprise looked too fake. This has led to speculation that this was all a publicity stunt. A1: More photos, and a gallery of wardrobe malfunctions:

December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Sleepless Fashion review

Strained light comedy set in Beijing’s fashion/media world. FBA: Mr. & Mrs. Single review

Gentle office rom-com of sexual misunderstandings does the business.

As a whole, the movie never reaches very far down, and is at pains to stay within the genre’s conventions, but as a gentle rather than aggressively modern rom-com it’s an above-average ride for 100 minutes.

CF: “The Flowers of War” Screened in LA

The latest “Mou girl” was finally revealed to the public, in Los Angeles, at a press conference. Her name is Ni Ni. She is 23 years old and has the auspicious birthday of 8.8.1988. Contacted by reporters, Ni Ni was described by a university teacher as easy, outgoing and a good Latin dancer. She is a 2007 graduate of CUCN (Communication University of China Nanjing) in Gansu Province. Previous reports revealed that Ni Ni’s character has a sex scene with Christian Bale, probably edited down for the domestic release. Zhang’s daughter, Zhang Mo, a former student at Columbia University and NYU Film School, served as a translator for Christian Bale.

Ni Ni

Ni Ni, Zhang Yimou (Sina)2

CF: Standoff in Box Office War Over Top Spot in Peak Season

CF: Two-faced Louis Koo in “Romancing in Thin Air”

Louis Koo plays the role of a celebrity actor who by virtue of his romantic films, had won five Best Actor awards. But in his real life, his own relationships had been less successful. After one particularly bad blow, he hides out in Shangri-La to get back on his feet.

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Trio

Still photos featuring actor Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan Li Yuchun, cast members in director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” were released.

Li Yuchun, Guei Lun-Mei

Louis Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)2

According to a interview with Terence Chang, Zhang Ziyi has signed on for John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” (lit. “Fatal Love”) Screenwriter is reported to be Wang Hui-Ling (”Lust, Caution”) and filming should begin in February. Louis Koo is said to be cast as her lover. Zhang Hanyu, Song Hye-Kyo and Chang Chen have been previously announced as cast.(Sina)(cn21)

Concept poster for “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D”

First look at the Monkey King

Seven fairies (Sina)

Stills of Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong in “I Do” (also, vide “Yes, I Do”) now in post-production. The young couple, after a seven year relationship that began in college, breaks up over money issues. Sun Honglei also stars in the film directed by Sun Zhou.

(Sina)

Jordan Chan and Li Fei-er began shooting “Ghost Marriage” in Beijing today. Co-directed by Bosco Lam Chi-Ho, the thriller will be filmed in 3D. (Sina)

Jordan Chan recently guested at “White Vengeance” costar, Leon Lai’s, Hong Kong concert. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng and Connie Chan appeared at Hong Kong’s Harbour City to launch a Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation charity event. Connie has been a foundation ambassador for the past ten years.

(Sina)

Bona Film Group celebrated its first anniversary of being listed on the Nasdaq stock market. Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones and CEO Yu Dong were on hand for the ceremony. Zeta-Jones also praised “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” after seeing a preview screening of the trailer on the Times Square LED screen.

Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yu Dong

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

“Screw you. You [the Hong Kong press] are full of crap,” he snapped.

In film-related news, a pirated copy of You Are the Apple of My Eye went viral online and received some 140,000 hits on YouTube within a couple of days before it was blocked on Sunday.

MSN: Kelly Chan confirms her second child is a boy

Kelly revealed that she is having a baby boy. The singer joked that she would call her son “xiao long bao (soup dumpling)”, because the baby would be born in the Year of the Dragon.

One of the highlights of the night included a tribute to Cheung’s godmother, the late Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum.

Ron Ng’s girlfriend Zhang Xinyu was recently suspected of uploading a photo of herself on the actor’s microblog at around 1am on Dec 7.

TVB senior executive Virginia Lok expressed that she understood that Ron’s microblog had been hacked.

December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

China Lion Announces its Chinese New Year Slate and 2-for-1 Tickets (North America)

CRI: ’The Great Magician’ Coming out on Jan. 12

Previous reports indicated the film would cooperate with Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, also produced by Bona Film Group, to go head-to-head against Zhang Yimou’s Oscar-hopeful “The Flowers of War”.

CF: The Flowers of War’ Brings Forward its Release Date

“The Flowers of War” was supposed to go head-to-head against “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate.”

A spokesperson for Bona provided the press with a clever if not all too revealing answer, stating that, “There is a possibility for us to bring forward the date too; the final decision will be announced at the premiere ceremony of our film on December 12 in Beijing.”

Stills of Huang Haibo in “The Flowers of War”. He plays a Chinese soldier who disagrees with the military orders of Tong Dawei.

Huang Haibo

Tong Dawei plays Captain Li

Qin Hao plays one of the Chinese soldiers

Qin Hao - 7th from right (without a helmet)

Qin Hao

Qin Hao - 3rd from right

1st on right

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Stephen Chow has reportedly abandoned his plans to film “Tai Chi” next year citing unhappiness with his script. Instead, he will film a 3D version of “Little Mermaid” and begin casting for a lead actress soon. (Sina)

“The director of “Kung Fu Hustle”, Stephen Chow is also remaking it in Chinese.”

The original film will be released in mainland China next week. About 900 prints of the film have also been sent overseas, making it the biggest Bollywood release outside of India.

Li Yuchun’s new long-haired look for Peter Chan’s “The Guillotines” (Sina)

New “Great Wall, My Love” poster

Tong Dawei and Cherrie Ying star in the romantic road movie

Emily Liu Yi-Ming directed the Taiwan made film

(Sina)2

Posters for Kevin Chu Yen-Ping’s “Perfect Two” feature Vic Chou and Little Bin

Yang Mi will sing the theme song as well as act in Chu Yen-Ping’s romantic comedy “Perfect Two”. Yang Mi plays the single mother of Little Bin, with a cast that also includes Vic Chou, Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen (of S.H.E.), Tao Zeru and Ding Sha Sha. The “family New Year comedy” opens January 23.

Yang Mi

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” Trio in Esquire Magazine

Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan, cast members of director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” posed for a photo shoot for Hong Kong’s Esquire Magazine in promoting their new movie. The film is slated for release on December 16.

(Sina)

CF: Final Promotional Trailer of “The Allure of Tears” out

The production company of the sensational film “The Allure of Tears” released the movie’s final promotional trailer on December 6, featuring the third story “The Third Drop of Tears.” The film consists of three separate stories, respectively entitled “The First Drop of Tears,” “The Second Drop of Tears” and “The Third Drop of Tears.” Directed by Barbara Wong and starring an all-star cast with Zhou Dongyu, Gigi Leung, Richie Ren, Joe Chan, “The Allure of Tears” is scheduled to open in national cinemas on December 22.

Directed by and stars Xu Jinglei, with other stars including Stanley Huang, Christy Chung and Gigi Leung, the film will hit cinemas on the 23rd of December during the Christmas holiday slot.

CF: Top Chinese Films of the Season

All my old HK friends are now in Beijing: Carina Lau, Cherie Chung and Kenny Bee attend a watch brand event.

Carina Lau, Cherie Chung

Kenny Bee, Carina, Cherie

(Xinhua)

MSN: Eason Chan denies divorce rumour

When a Hong Kong magazine asked him if he was ready to divorce his wife at the post-concert celebration party, Eason lost his temper and asked the reporter to “buzz off”.

December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Treasure Hunt review

An okay kid’s adventure comedy, shot in China, from the Wong Jing factory.

FBA: The Pretending Lovers review

Chinese take on My Sassy Girl is wafer-thin but gets by on its two leads’ charm.

FBA: 72 Martyrs review

Initially promising drama of a 1911 China uprising let down by a weaker second half.

FBA: I Phone You review

Given the amount of time the audience is to spend with Jiang [Yiyan]’s stranded Ling, the script wisely spends a good 20 minutes building her character at home with her job (a bubbly flower-girl) and easygoing girl friends. By the time she arrives in Berlin, the viewer already knows she’s a typical young Chongqing woman — practical, determined, life-loving, chance-taking. So, as she tries to survive 48 hours in a foreign city with just a mobile phone but no passport, money or a word of German, there’s at least a semi-believable element to the story.

CF: Gunfight of “Flowers of War” Unveiled

The teaser features the beginning of the movie when about 20 Chinese soldiers fight a large number of Japanese invaders to save a group of schoolgirls.

Dynamic version of international poster

New “Allure of Tears” poster featuring the cast of the second story released

The cast includes Dennis Chan, writer Lawrence Cheng and Jung Hsiang in addition to Gigi Leung and Richie Jen

(Sina)

In a Beijing press conference yesterday, Louis Fan Siu-Wong was introduced as one of the villains of Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in 3D”.

Tsui Hark, Louis Fan (Sina),(Sina-gallery)

Chen Kaige’s micro film “Searching” wrapped up shooting in Ningbo.

Yao Chen, Deng Chao (Sina-gallery)

Fans designed their own posters for Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” based on recently released concept poster and publicity stills. The impressive fan posters were themed to represent the four seasons.

Original concept poster

Fan made posters

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Official publicity still (Sina-gallery)(CNYahoo)

(Dec.5) Beijing press conference for Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician” opening January 12.

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Wu Gang, Yan Ni, Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina-gallery)

Posters for “No Liar, No Cry” a comedy about gold fever set in the Gobi Desert.

Cherrie Ying

Wu Gang

Yue Xiuqing

Zhang Xinyu (Sina) (Review)

MSN: Vicki Zhao acquires winery in France

MSN: Miriam Yeung put on one-month bed rest

MSN: Benny Chan’s wife and daughter discharge from hospital

Lately, it was said that Rose’s master Master Sin is currently the target of triads.[!]

A1: Triads get involved in Rose Chan’s sexual harassment scandal(WorldJournal)

Sin Chew Daily reported that the sexual harassment scandal involving Hong Kong actress Rose Chan and two senior actors had escalated…Police, who got wind of the assassination attempt, arrested four people and seized three toy guns.

A1: Bruce Lee’s kung fu style draws new generation

Many credit wing chun’s renewed popularity to a series of films about Yip Man, one of the art’s greatest “sifus”, or teachers, and most famously the man who turned Lee from street fighter to martial arts legend.

December 3, 2011

December 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Another “catch up” post, after a few eventful days at the local cardiothoracic unit. No, not for me, thankfully.

THR: Ge You Signs Three-Picture Deal with Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures(CF)

Emperor Motion Pictures signed a five-year, three-picture deal with Chinese box office king Ge You to develop tailor-made vehicles for the actor-director-producer to star in, which he might also direct and produce if he chooses to. EMP has agreed to invest not less than $78 million into the three projects.

Ge You, Albert Yeung

Charlene Choi

Gillian Chung

Twins (Sina-gallery)

THR: Tang Wei to Pick Up Third Best Actress Award for ‘Late Autumn’

CF: ”Dear Enemies” Wandering on the Street

The romance movie “Dear Enemy”, dedicated to this year’s Christmas, is due to hit the national screens on December 23. A batch of new still photos was released today in the run up of its release. Lead actress and director of the movie Xu Jinglei and lead actor Stanley Huang were featured in the pictures wearing bathrobes and standing on the street.

In “Strawberry Cliff,” a supernatural thriller about a young woman who can foresee people’s deaths, director Chris Chow was able to break from formulas and plot conventions that he typically sticks to in his screenwriting work.

It also stars Eason Chan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular actors, as a Hong Kong bartender who shares a soul with both an American man and a French woman. For Mr. Chan, best known for Cantopop ballads and comedic roles, it’s a both a weightier-than-usual part and his first in English.

Mr. Chow currently is working on screenplays for a few films, including one with director John Woo. “Flying Tigers,” which Mr. Woo says he plans to begin shooting next year, is about the group of American combat pilots who fought with the Chinese military against the Japanese during World War II.

SARFT released a document named “On Promoting the Coordinated Development of Movie Making, Publishing and Releasing.”

“The Flowers of War” international poster

Nie Yuan plays a Chinese Army soldier (Sina-gallery)

CF: The Leading Actress of “The Flowers of War” Finally Removes Her Veil

The lead actress’s name, Ni Ni, is listed on the poster alongside that of Hollywood star Christian Bale; indicating the girl’s importance within the project.

(Sina)

CF: ”The Flowers of War” Pair Cover Hollywood Reporter Magazine

Also, the premiere of “The Flowers of War” was moved ahead one day to Dec. 15 to get a jump on Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”. (Sina)

Reportedly, Zhou Dongyu, Joe Chan and Dou Xiao are all dubbed by professionals in the Cantonese edition.

New “first tear” poster for “Allure of Tears”, now scheduled for Dec. 22 release

Aarif Lee, Zhou Dongyu

Barbara Wong coaxes tears from Zhou Dongyu (Sina)2

Chen Kun will portray a nefarious eunuch with high level kung-fu skills, going up against Ming Dynasty general Chow Wai-On, played by Jet Li. Newly released still photos, showcasing Chen’s unique make-up and luxurious costumes, give audiences a glimpse of the character that Chen is set to portray.

Chen Kun

(Sina)

At the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, which took place from October 20-30, the director revealed that the film would be released on the mainland, and beared this in mind during the filming process. “I’ve prepared backup materials for the sensitive content that may be disapproved by the Film Board,” he said in an interview. So, there is no need for movie fans to worry about losing the original flavor when watching Ko’s latest creation on mainland cinema screens.

The perfect kung fu duo—Tsui Hark and Jet Li—pose for a photo shoot for “GQ” magazine to promote their new wuxia martial arts flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” slated for release on December 16.

CF: Leni Lan Yan Covers the For Him Magazine

Lan Yan poses for a sultry and seductive photo shoot to cover the For Him Magazine (FHM).

Many fans, however, were less than thrilled with a crude joke actor Eric Tsang made about the film You Are the Apple of My Eye. Tsang cohosted the ceremony with his daughter, Mando-pop singer and actress Bowie Tsang.

The Chinese title of the sweet-natured comedy, which is about a group of high school friends engaged in a romantic rivalry, literally translates as “Those years, we chased the same girl.” The film has set box office records in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong and a single off its soundtrack, Those Years (那些年), has become a major hit.

The movie is so influential, Tsang declared during the ceremony, that Hong Kong director Wong Jing, a prolific director with infamously crass sensibilities, wants to make his own version. The title? “Those years, when we raped the same girl”.

“That sounds a little scary,” Bowie Tsang responded to her father as their celebrity audience giggled nervously.

Lin Chi-ling probably wishes the media had some boundaries, too. The supermodel celebrated her 37th birthday last week, which led to yet another round of tabloid speculation about when she will finally find a husband…Gossip reporters were horrified by the idea of Taiwan’s top model becoming a 40-year-old spinster. “I feel like everyone asks me the same question every year,” said Lin with a giant smile plastered across her face. “I never have a different answer. It makes me feel depressed.”

Baby, baby, baby…

Soon after Andy Lau’s admission that he is going to be a father, fellow “Heavenly King” Leon Lai hinted that he may well be next, during the premiere of his new film “White Vengeance” on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.

Benny Chan recently shared a piece of happy news amidst all the negativity he’s been getting due to his improper behaviour towards 19-year-old actress Rose Chan.

Previously, a tabloid claimed that Benny paid Rose HK$1 million as a form of compensation. Commenting on the report, the actor said, “Today’s my two queens’ birthday. Let’s not talk about that.” (Sina)

Chan’s wife, Lisa Jiang, a Chinese former-model, was due to give birth in mid-December but delivered her daughter earlier via Cesarean section because the baby’s umbilical cord was coiled around its neck.

“Because this day is my wife Lisa Jiang’s 26th birthday and is also the day my daughter is born, it is especially memorable,” Chan told reporters.

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