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October 24, 2009

October 24, 2009

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Variety: Shaolin’s mastering showbiz

Variety: ‘Founding’ breaks Chinese record

The state-run China Film Group hopes to build on the pic’s success with a sequel, “The Founding of a Party.”

THR: Peter Lam Named Producer of the Year

Hawaii: Empire Of Silver, Petition take top awards at Hawaii fest

The 29th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has awarded its Halekulani Golden Orchid for Narrative Feature to Yao Shuhua’s Empire Of Silver and its Golden Orchid for Documentary Feature to Zhao Liang’s Petition.

Maggie Q will also be awarded HIFF’s Maverick Award, given in honour of a cinema artist who “defies the rules, forging a unique film career, and transcending labels and thresholds to vacillate between Hollywood and global cinema.”

South Carolina: Film gift gives USC a passport to China

My Air Hostess Roommate

Wang Luo Dan

Rescheduled for Nov. 3 release to avoid contending against Michael Jackson’s This Is It, My Air Hostess Roommate is a romantic comedy based on a popular internet novel that received over a billion hits. It features Chen Bo-Lin(Berlin Chen) and Wang Luo Dan. (Sina.com) (2)

Wang Baoqiang

Wang Baoqiang [World Without Thieves, Assembly, Soldiers Sortie] hopes to break out of his stereotypical innocent and naive bumpkin roles with his new film (lit.Very Promising). He’ll play a trickster a la Stephen Chow. As the village chief he  tries to raise funds during an economic downturn. The film is directed by Deng Zhiyuan (Big Movie) and the cast includes Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Liu Hua and Cheung Tat-Ming . (ifengsi.com) (Xinhua)

Monga

Ethan Ruan

Monga is 1980’s set in Taiwan gang movie. Shu Qi said on her blog that seeing  the film made her feel like a wild 14 year-old again wearing big hair, Japanese stye slippers, thick gold chains and hanging out with gangs speaking vulgar words! Shu Qi also said that she was glad to support Taiwan filmmaking. (cri.cn) (nextmedia.com)

October 16, 2009

October 16, 2009a

HK Magazine: Shawn Yue Man-lok interview

bd magazine talks to Herman Yau - A Different Split

HK Magazine and bc Magazine Film Reviews

The Message

Seeing “The Message” makes one realize just how strong mainland cinema has become in recent years, and also makes you worry about whether Hong Kong cinema can keep up.

The end result is a propaganda film that is more embarrassing than patriotic. I would have preferred to be brainwashed than to see this piece of crap.

Chrissie Chau proves she has more potential than just as a seducer of teenage boys with her life-size cushion.

The film suffers from very slow pacing and, at over two hours, has probably managed to successfully alienate its intended demographic. It is genuinely surprising that the film’s producer, acclaimed filmmaker Ann Hui, didn’t have a quiet word in her protégé’s ear to suggest that if the film lost half an hour, it would stand a far better chance of being appreciated by those who will benefit most from it.

It’s easy to roll your eyes and dismiss this film as yet another popular Japanese romance weepie, but the truth is it’s a dramatic interpretation and enactment of a real person’s last days, a young woman given the short end of the stick by Fate.

HK PICKS

The Warrior and The Wolf

(China) An army commander during the Han Dynasty falls in love with a beautiful widow while stranded in the desert, with disastrous results. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Starring Maggie Q, Joe Odagiri. Opens Oct 22.

Poker King

(Hong Kong) Another local gambling-themed romantic comedy except this time they’re playing Texas Hold’em in Macau. Directed by Chan Hing-ka, Janet Chun. Starring Lau Ching- wan, Louis Koo, Stephy Tang. Opens Oct 22.

Astro Boy

(USA) The popular Japanese manga gets a slick, 3-D facelift in this animated feature. Directed by David Bowers with an all-star voice cast including Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson. Opens Oct 23.

bc magazine’s HKAFF Preview

The Warrior and the Wolf

The opening film is a large scale historical epic, starring Japanese navel-gazing superstar Odagiri Jo and originally Tang Wei – her with the hairy armpits in Lust, Caution. But since being banned from appearing in Mainland productions, the infinitely more attractive, though perhaps not as talented Maggie Q, steps into the fold. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang – not a New Romantic band, but rather the highly acclaimed director of films like The Horse Thief and Springtime in a Small Town, as well as the elegant snoozefest, The Go Master. This looks bigger, louder, faster and sexier, so here’s opening the festival opens with a bang.

At the End of Daybreak

The closing film this year comes from Ho Yuhang, the award-winning Malaysian director of Sanctuary and Rain Dogs. The film details a secret relationship between a simple working class lad and a wealthier schoolgirl, a tryst that turns sour leading to blackmail and far worse. Examining their fractured family lives, the lack of parental control, class divisions and broader criticisms of society, At The End of Daybreak continues to cement Ho’s reputation as one of the most important filmmakers in a region of ever-increasing relevance.

Breathless

Actor Yang Ik June turns Writer, Producer and Director in this bold, brutal and uncompromising tale of domestic violence and self-destruction. Picking up a slew of awards on the global festival circuit, Breathless is the largely autobiographical tale of a brutish, deeply disturbed debt collector, who crosses paths with an equally abrasive schoolgirl, only for this mismatched pair to strike up an unlikely friendship. The cutting edge of Korean Independent Cinema.

Mother

Highly acclaimed and internationally successful director Bong Joon Ho (Memories of Murder, The Host) has, by all accounts, turned in another masterpiece. Controversially centring this tale of murder, corruption, justice and revenge on an aging female protagonist, the film follows the titular matriarch as she sets out to clear the name of her handicapped son, accused of murdering a schoolgirl and coerced by authorities into signing a confession. Mother is slated to be Korea’s official entry into next year’s Academy Awards and promises to be an intelligent, yet thrilling experience.

Air Doll

Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest film, after a string of critical hits including Nobody Knows and Still Walking, seemed at first glance to be a controversy-baiting piece of poorly judged titillation, casting Korean star Bae Doo Na as a sex doll that miraculously comes to life. What has emerged, however, is a different beast entirely. Air Doll is a delightful tale of unrequited love examining what it means to be human and the loneliness of urban life, while putting a decidedly Japanese spin on the old Pinocchio story.

Face

Always a talking point, the films of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming Liang often defy description. This is especially true of his latest French co-production, Face. Purportedly about a Taiwanese filmmaker (Tsai’s regular cohort Lee Kang Sheng) travelling to Paris in order to stage an adaptation of Salome at The Louvre, Face is a bold, challenging spectacle, brimming with beautiful imagery and even the occasional show tune. Some have loved it, some have hated it, some have been bored to tears – but everybody who has seen Face has come away with a strong, opinionated response.

Crows: Zero II

Whether he is making depraved horror films like Visitor Q or Audition, or big budget family-friendly fare such as The Great Yokai War or Yatterman, a new Miike Takashi movie is always worthy of attention.

This clumsily titled sequel to 2007’s Crows: Zero (which played at last year’s HKAFF) guarantees fisticuffs galore as he continues to adapt Takahashi Hiroki’s school gang manga for the big screen. Expect fighting, swearing, wonderful accessorising of militaristic school uniforms and, this time out, an entire army of skinheads. Not particularly highbrow, but sure to be lots of fun.

The Housemaid

Widely hailed as one of the greatest Korean films ever made, this 1960 psychodrama tells the tale of a regular family torn apart after their newly-hired maid turns out to be a sexual predator with her own increasingly evil agenda. Largely unknown outside of Korea until the 1990s, this is a revelatory piece of work that had the Global Film Community finally looking East to the Han Peninsula.

HK Magazine: G.E.M. interview

Coco Lee’s take on fame and music

October 13, 2009

The Founding of a Republic (Variety review)

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The Founding of a Republic
Jian guo da ye

(China) A China Film Group release, presented in association with China Movie Channel, Shanghai Film Studio, Beijing Radio, Film & TV Group, Media Asia Films, Emperor Film Group, Beijing Guoli Changsheng Movies & TV Prods. Co., Beijing Hualu Baina Film & TV, Jiangsu Broadcasting, Beijing Polybona, DMG Entertainment, Beijing Xin Bao Yuan Film & TV Co. (International sales: China Film Group, Beijing.) Produced by Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin. Executive producers, Han, Yan Xiaoming, Ren Zhonglun, Albert Yeung, Peter Lam, Zhang Guoli, Liu Dehong, Zhou Li, Yu Dong, Xiao Wenge, Ding Xin. Directed by Han Sanping, Huang Jianxin. Guest directors, Chen Kaige, Peter Chan, Feng Xiaogang. Executive director, Du Jun. Screenplay, Wang Xingdong, Chen Baoguang.

With: Tang Guoqiang, Zhang Guoli, Xu Qing, Vivian Wu, Wang Wufu, Shi Xin, Wang Xueqi, Liu Jin, Hu Jun, You Yong, Zong Liqun, Wang Jian, Jin Xin, Xiu Zongdi, Liu Sha, Jiang Shan, Lu Liping, Wang Bing, Chen Kun, Feng Xiaogang, Chen Hao, Leon Lai, Huang Shengyi, Andy Lau, Sun Honglei, Tong Dawei, Wu Gang, Jet Li, Liu Hua, Chen Daoming, Jiang Wen, Ge You, Chen Kaige, Vicki Zhao, Donnie Yen, Yang Ruoxi, Che Yongli, Gong Beibi, He Lin, Chen Hong, Tao Zeru, Liu Yiwei, Lian Jin, Huang Xiaoming, Shen Aojun, Deng Chao, Zhang Ziyi, Wang Yajie, Ning Jing, Xu Fan, Fan Wei, Feng Fan, Tony Leung Kar-fai, Dong Xuan, Miao Pu, Guo Degang, Chen Shu, Zhang Hanyu, Wang Baoqiang, Chen Baoguo, Jackie Chan, John Leighton Stuart, Donald Freeman, Alexander Pavlov, Donald Eugene McCoy, Leslie H. Collings.
(Mandarin, English dialogue)

By DEREK ELLEY
By far the biggest of a slew of pics celebrating New China’s 60th anni, “The Founding of a Republic” is a cannily assembled, smoothly made chunk of political filmmaking. Perhaps realizing that few Chinese would line up nowadays for a regular “official” production, China Film Group topper Han Sanping (who shares the main helming credit with Huang Jianxin) has turned “Founding” into the most lavish star-spotting game in mainland cinema history, marbled with a few Hong Kong cameos for good measure. Pic isn’t likely to get Western distribution anytime soon, but on several levels is worthy of attention.

“Founding,” which swamped local screens Sept. 17, has officially passed Feng Xiaogang’s 2008 romantic comedy “If You Are the One” as the biggest grossing Chinese film ever, with a whopping 334 million yuan ($49 million) in its first 20 days. The film could surpass “Titanic” as China’s all-time B.O. champ by the end of its run, though local spy whodunit “The Message” started taking over screens in late September. In Hong Kong, “Founding” took a surprising $700,000 in its first five days.

Traversing most major (and a few minor) events in the gradual victory of the communists over the nationalists from August 1945 to October 1949, the pic adopts the usual format of datelined scenes, with characters introduced via captions. However, this time the fast-forward format — largely consisting of men meeting in rooms — is leavened by a fair amount of light comedy and actors who go beyond merely spouting historical background and political standpoints.

Most notably, a genuine dynamic emerges between communist leader Mao Zedong (Tang Guoqiang) and KMT head Chiang Kai-shek (Zhang Guoli). Seemingly reflecting the contempo detente between China and Taiwan, Chiang is treated as more than a simple villain. An early scene of the two meeting in Chongqing to talk terms after the end of the Sino-Japanese War in 1945 stresses that both were disciples of Sun Yat-sen, who set up the country’s first republic in 1911.

The film could be the first of its kind to get a release in Taiwan — early next year — if statements by the Taiwan government are to be believed. However, some scenes — especially a late one in which Chiang confesses to an officer (Andy Lau) that “the KMT has been ruined by our own hands” — may prove too bitter a pill for even the island’s current KMT administration to swallow.

Tang, the latest in a huge number of lookalikes to Mao, has a twinkly-eyed slyness that chimes well with Zhang’s excellent perf as the unbending Generalissimo Chiang, who slowly realizes he’s losing the game to a player who’s even smarter than he is. On a secondary level, Xu Qing, as Sun’s widow Soong Ching-ling, and Vivian Wu, as Chiang’s wife Soong May-ling, powerfully portray the ice-cold ruthlessness of two sisters who deem power a right rather than a privilege.

Performances like these, and those of others such as Liu Jin as Mao’s admired deputy, Zhou Enlai, create character arcs that help to bind the succession of small scenes into a greater whole. Though considerable material disappeared during the final edit (as well as other cameos, like John Woo’s), the pic manages to take some time out with more extended sequences — notably the nationalists’ bombing of Mao’s hideout in Yan’an — that humanize the players.

For movie geeks bored with the politics, the pic is a cameo-spotter’s paradise: There’s Jet Li as a naval officer, Jackie Chan as a Hong Kong journalist, and Zhang Ziyi as a young communist in a women’s group photo, to name just a few.

Going beyond mere walk-on, Chen Kun brings a frighteningly cool focus to Chiang’s son, Chiang Ching-kuo. Equally effective are actor-helmer Jiang Wen as a quietly ruthless KMT officer, and, most entertainingly, helmer Feng as Shanghai’s most famous gangster, Du Yuesheng.

The bulk of the pic was directed by Huang, whose fine list of credits portraying contempo China with an ironic eye stretches back to “The Black Cannon Incident” (1986). Both Feng and Chen Kaige (who also has an extended cameo as a nationalist officer) are among those who helped with helming chores.

Docu footage is sparingly used, except in the final rally in Tiananmen Square on Oct. 1, 1949, when Mao declared the PRC’s founding. Use of large-scale military scenes from earlier pics — here printed in black-and-white — helped keep the pic’s tab down to a relatively modest 30 million yuan ($4.4 million). Throughout, Zhao Xiaoshi’s widescreen lensing is topnotch.

Han recently announced he’s planning a similar extravaganza, “The Founding of a Party,” set during 1917-21, for the 90th anni of the Communist Party in 2011.

Camera (color, widescreen), Zhao Xiaoshi; editor, Xu Hongyu; music/songs, Shu Nan; production designer, Zhao Jing; sound (Dolby Digital), Wang Danrong; visual effects supervisor, Fang Rongguo. Reviewed at Broadway Cinemas Star City 2, Beijing, Sept. 23, 2009. Running time: 138 MIN.
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117941365.html?categoryid=31&cs=1

October 7, 2009

October 7, 2009

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Time: Reshooting History in China’s The Founding of a Republic

Film brings fame to bar “Four Sisters Izakaya”

Film director Feng Xiaogang shot parts of his film “If You Are The One” at Hamakko Izakaya in Kushiro City in 2008 and fabricated a new name Four Sisters Izakaya and used the advertisement with a picture of four girls.

Singapore: Blue Mansion steals the show from real life cast

Singapore director Glen Goei’s latest film “The Blue Mansion” revolves around the quirky story of an eccentric extended family in the middle of a murder mystery.

Taking on Lee Ang/Ang Lee

ESWN: Jackie Chan Babbles On CCTV Show


THR: Clara Law’s ‘Dream’ leads Golden Horse nominations

Macau-born director Clara Law’s “Like a Dream” leads Taiwan’s 2009 Golden Horse Awards nominations with nods in nine categories, closely followed by Taiwan’s chosen Oscar best foreign-language film contender “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti” with eight, and war comedy “Cow” with seven nominations, the Taipei Golden Horse Festival announced on Wednesday.

Nominations:

Best Feature Film
“No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti”
“Cow”
“Crazy Racer”
“Face”
“Like a Dream”

Best Director
Leon Dai, “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti”
Guan Hu “Cow”
Tsai Ming-liang, “Face”
Clara Law, “Like a Dream”

Best Leading Actress
Sandrine Pinna, “Yang Yang”
Yolanda Yuan, “Like a Dream”
Zhou Xun, “The Message”
Li Bingbing, “The Message”

Best Leading Actor
Chen Wen-pin, “No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti”
Nick Cheung, “The Beast Stalker”
Huang Bo, “Cow”
Daniel Wu, “Like a Dream”

Best Supporting Actress
Liou Yiin-shang, “Sleeping with Her”
Lu Yi-ching, “A Place of One’s Own”
Wai Ying-hung “At the End of Daybreak”
Zhang Ziyi, “Forever Enthralled”

Best Supporting Actor
Cai Zhen-nan, “Ending Cut”
Huang Chien-wei, “Yang Yang”
Zhang Han-yu, “The Equation of Love and Death”
Wang Xueqi, “Forever Enthralled”

October 2, 2009

October 2, 2009

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THR: Rising in the East

These days the answer to nearly every question about the Asian film industry is China…

“Our 2008 work ‘Lady Cop & Papa Crook’ was an effort to adapt ourselves more to the Chinese movie market and win favor with Chinese audiences,” Mak says. “However, we have returned to the Hong Kong style in ‘Overheard,’ and I think it is the way for us to go — to adapt ourselves to new markets while keeping our style.”

‘We should be looking closely at China because it is our future,” Shelly Kraicer argues. “Shanghai is our future. It’s vitally important we know what is going on.”

One of the more mainstream offerings is Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s Night and Fog. Based on a true story of horrific domestic violence, the film raises many provocative questions - about ethnicity, gender politics and the social responsibility and effectiveness of the state.

Independently filmed documentaries are using a grey area in a censorship-prone Chinese environment to find their way into the hearts and minds of people globally and those of a limited domestic audience as well.

Chinese communist films get rare attention at NYFF

Chinese cinema flourished with the rise of communism, a timely relationship that resulted in tensions between artistic and moralistic tendencies.

Behind ‘ District 9,’ ‘3D Garfield’s Pet Force’

SCMP video

September 18, 2009

September 18, 2009

New poster of The Warrior and the Wolf reveals Maggie Q (Sina.com)

The Warrior and the Wolf Debuts at Toronto Film Festival

FFWD: Short take

The Warrior and the Wolf (dir. Tian Zhuang Zhuang)A disclaimer on this one: mid-TIFF exhaustion was setting in, and I was drifting a bit, but I also know for a fact that I wasn’t the only one who thought this Chinese period piece was tough to follow. The attrition rate was far higher than any other movie I’ve seen at TIFF, and even interstitial title cards couldn’t spell out exactly what was going on. A great warrior (maybe) is reluctant to kill people in battle, leading to his army’s defeat (I think). He hides out in a desert for a bit, sleeping with a female outcast he meets, and after a really strange sandstorm, they both turn into wolves. For some reason. It’s well shot, but that’s about all I can really say for it.

Lin Chi-Ling (!)

Treasure Hunter poster was released yesterday. The Jay Chou, Lin Chi-Ling movie is set to be released in December. (Sina.com)

‘Treasure Hunter’ Gears up for Release

The official poster and the first trailer for “The Treasure Hunter”, starring Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling, were released Thursday.

Spy vs Spy

This autumn, “The Message” (”Feng Sheng”) will join the growing list of flicks about the shadowy lives of secret agents.

The Message stills

Danwei: What do stars having a meeting look like? On Founding of a Republic and Ye Daying’s Tian’anmen

Tian’anmen tries to face the behemoth of The Founding of a Republic

All-star Epic Presents a New Face for China

All-Star Movie Gives Nation’s History

Screen Daily: Founding Of A Republic has record-breaking opening day

The film was originally scheduled to open on Sept 17, but was pushed ahead to 2pm on Sept 16. Its nationwide gross reached $1.9m (RMB14m) up until midnight of Sep 16, which is the best half-day sales record in Chinese film history.

Hollywood Reporter

Jackie Chan, journalist

Telegraph: Epic film The Founding of a Republic marks 60 years of Chinese Communism

Screen Daily: Media Asia scores deals on Venice title Accident

Hollywood Reporter: Tian’s ‘Warrior’ to open HKAFF

Two-week event highlights Asian directors for HK audience

The latest work from upcoming directors, including Singaporean Ho Tzu-nyen’s “Here,” Indian Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s “The Man Beyond the Bridge,” Hong Kong director Risky Liu’s “Pastry” and Hong Kong film critic turned indie filmmaker Bono Lee’s “Beijing is Coming,” which is making its world premiere at the festival, will compete for this year’s New Talent Awards, which commend newcomers making their debut or sophomore efforts.

Yakkity Yek: Blood Ties a good start

Blood Ties features Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang in Singapore film

It has that under-lit urban mystery look, especially in scenes featuring cops in a tense station, which seem as though they could have come from Infernal Affairs or a Johnnie To expose into a seedy underbelly of some kind.

Time Out: Film about illegal Chinese immigrant claustrophobic, in a good way

In Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s film, “Take Out,” the audience follows an illegal Chinese immigrant, Ming Ding (Charles Jang). He has one day to pay back a debt or the debt doubles.

A kind of road movie to nowhere that literally goes around in circles and plays out in the course of a single day…

Taipei Times: 02′20″ review

With its sports theme and a physically challenged character in a pivotal role, this melodrama seems ready to capitalize on the Taipei Deaflympics and the Kaohsiung World Games. But it deserves no medal — if anything, the script should have been disqualified

They could be Heroes

Chinese ‘Hero’ for NBC’s Hit Drama: Report

NBC is currently approaching Hong Kong-based stars Daniel Wu, Allen Ting and Stephen Fung for the role, according to the report. Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung share an American upbringing.


Anna May Wong documentary featured at weekend film festival

The first annual festival, sponsored by the San Francisco Chinatown Merchants Association, will screen Elaine Mae Woo’s acclaimed 2007 documentary on Anna May Wong along with two highly regarded documentaries by Jeff Adachi, The Slanted Screen from 2006, and the recently released You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story.


Taipei Times: Pop Stop

August 26, 2009

August 26, 2009


The Founding of a Republic features 172 stars but no guarantee of box office success



Dada’ Dance - Zhang Yuan

Story parallels Noriko Sakai’s recent drug scandal. [This is also Zhang's first film since his own drug arrest.]
[Update]
Chinese director Zhang Yuan releases first film since drug scandal
[Previous drug arrest reports]
2/1/2008
1/19/2008
1/14/2008
1/10/2008

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The Message opens September 30


Huang Bo
Huang Bo in black comedy ‘Cow’ opens September 11

66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP (Selective list )[Update]
COMPETITION
“Accident,” Cheang Pou-Soi (China-Hong Kong)
“Tetsuo The Bullet Man,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Prince of Tears,” Yonfan (Hong Kong)
OUT OF COMPETITION
“Chengdu, I Love You,” Fruit Chan, Cui Jian (China) - Closing Film
“Yona Yona Penguin,” Rintaro (Japan)
HORIZONS
“Adrift,” Bui Thac Chuyen (Vietnam)
“Cow,” Guan Hu (China)
“1428,” Du Haibin (China)
“Once Upon A Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country,” Guo Xiaolu (China)
http://www.luxuryta.com/italy/venice-film-festival-announces-line-1253





Kelly Lin and Ge You attend premiere of Gasp

Jet Li returns to Chinese film
Due to start shooting ‘Ocean Paradise’ in Chinese
Li will star with Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-mei, last seen in Tsui Hark’s “All About Women,” in the directorial debut of Chinese screenwriter Xue Xiao-lu, titled “Ocean Paradise” in Chinese. Xue has written for director Chen Kaige, working the script for Chen’s 2002 drama “Together With You.”
Jet Li to star in first non-action drama Ocean Heaven
Christopher Doyle will handle cinematography while Hai Chung-man (Curse Of The Golden Flowers) will serve as art director of the film. The release date is set for spring 2010.

Variety: Blood Pledge (South Korea)
Variety: Missing (South Korea)
Variety: Insadong Scandal: Replicated Strokes (South Korea)
Variety: Macabre (Singapore)

Support for China animation lags
Industry fails to develop despite government backing



Donnie Yen plans to give up acting in 2013.

In an NY Times interview (see Aug 20 post), Yen said he plans to concentrate on behind the lens directing and action choreography after finishing his 2012 obligations.


Sammi Cheng reveals she once had depression

[I think the film they are referring to is Everlasting Regret]


Mike He: I’m being framed again

‘Jewel in the Palace’ star weds in US
Lee Young-ae is also known for her role in the Park Chan-wook film “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”



Stars attend Dayo Wong’s stage show






Andy Lau and Carol Chu returning to Hong Kong from Malaysia

First public acknowledgment of their relationship
Andy Lau and girlfriend appear together publicly (English)


Yang Lijun
Article recalls the many (rumored) loves in Andy Lau’s life

Danny Poon, Idy Chan, Yue Hoh-Yan, Anita Mui, Rosamund Kwan, Yang Lijun (the crazy fan)
More airport photos, and, still, more

Andy Lau apologized on his blog for creating the chaos at the two airports and thanked fans for their concern



Andy avoided questions from media while leaving his apartment

Carina Lau
Carina Lau at Hong Kong Airport

When questioned about Tony’s injuries, Carina smiled and replied, ‘OK, la’. Article notes her HK$100k handbag, too.


Vivian Chow
Rosemary
Vivian Chow and Rosemary attend fall fashion show

Vivian is described as adopting a dishevelved, wild cat (or is it cougar?) look




Guests at Dorian Ho’s fall fashion show

Universally unimpressed with this year’s Miss Hong Kong contestants
[Reigning Miss Hong Kong Edelweiss Cheung was denied the opportunity to crown the new Miss HK. Instead, Loletta Chu, Miss Hong Kong 1977 and Henry Fok's former daughter-in-law, crowned Sandy Lau]

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