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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.]
Chinese director Zhang Yuan releases first film since drug scandal
[Previous drug arrest reports]

The Message opens September 30

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

“Accident,” Cheang Pou-Soi (China-Hong Kong)
“Tetsuo The Bullet Man,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Prince of Tears,” Yonfan (Hong Kong)
“Chengdu, I Love You,” Fruit Chan, Cui Jian (China) - Closing Film
“Yona Yona Penguin,” Rintaro (Japan)
“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)

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
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]

August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009

Costume design of spy movie “The Message”

Shooting underway for “Tangshan Earthquake”

Jet Li returns to Chinese film after 3 US movies
Jet Li makes a quiet appearance at Cartier for his charity
alivenotedead: Jet Li - Going Green With Tony Blair

‘Haeundae’ Attracts 10 Mil. Audience

Sophie’s Revenge takes in RMB$60M in ten days
Zhang Ziyi abandons tough image, more like a child, perhaps even too vulnerable.

Chen Kun Is A Handsome Bandit in “Let Bullets Fly”
Chen Kun to join Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly
Taking on new tough guy image in film

Poster for TV series The Legend of Yang Guifei

Stars include Anthony Wong, Ruby Lin
Anthony Wong

China’s birthday movie has many seeing red

Stills from Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Three Guns will be released on the same day as Bodyguards and Assassins in December

Stephen Chow quietly supporting Red Cross typhoon efforts, denies retirement rumor
Ching Siu-Tung confirmed co-shooting martial arts super-hero comedy with Jack Black and Anne Hathaway

Gillian Chung being wooed for 30-episode CCTV series Legend of White Snake

Director waiting for SARFT approval, Gillian accepting lower fee, Fan Bingbing considered but fee too high

Jackie Chan puckers up to Wang Lee Hom

alivenotdead: Karen Mok - Canon Fireworks Display

Andy “appear” on web to admit his relationship with Zhu family

Charlene Choi shot a new series of photos for fall and winter women’s sportwear

Wuyi Roots
In Wuyi, China, lies Jiangmen, one of Riverside’s Sister Cities. Wuyi is “The Number One Homeland of the Overseas Chinese” who came to California in 1849 to work in the goldfields, on the railroad, and then in Riverside’s citrus industry. The documentary tells their story. “Wuyi Roots” TV documentary was produced in Jiangmen, China (2005) by the Guangdong Provincial Publishing House/Guangdong Petrel.

In the Pearl River Delta of southern China, west of Macao & Hong Kong, is located the beautiful and unique city of Jiangmen, China. The districts of Xinhui,Taishan, Kaiping, and Heshan under its jurisdiction are customarily called “Wuyi”, meaning 5 Counties. Many of the ancestors of today’s Chinese Americans, including those who settled in Riverside, came from Wuyi. Wuyi Roots is their story and the story of Wuyi as it has developed over the past 150 years.

SCMP: Canadian Tourist missing in Hong Kong: Help find Ani Ashekian 1/7

August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009

bc Magazine: When Johnnie Meets Johnny
‘Vengeance’ mixed effort to take Johnnie To global

bc Magazine: Hear Ye, Hear Ye (Michelle Ye)
The female star of Vengeance reveals what it is like in Johnnie To’s boys’ brigade

bc Magazine: Genius in the Madhouse
Jeffrey Lau Chun Wai gets slippery about being typecast

bc Magazine: Vengeance
HK Magazine: Vengeance

bc Magazine: On His Majesty’s Secret Service

bc Magazine: Turning Point

Overheard: Cops cross the line in taut Hong Kong thriller
Hollywood Reporter: Overheard
Bottom Line: A riveting thriller of commercial crime with dark, Faustian overtones.
Korea Times: ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ Satisfies to a Point

Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto
‘Once Upon a Time Proletarian’ will have N. American bow

Film celebrates founding of new China

“The Great Cause of New China’s Foundation” is scheduled for nation-wide release on September 17th
Forty Films Will Commemorate China’s 60th Anniversary

Jet Tone, Fortissimo appeal GIO ruling
Jet Tone Films and Fortissimo Films – the production company and sales agent behind Cheng Hsiao-tse’s Miao Miao, is at the centre of a funding row

Donnie Yen
NY Times: An Action Star Moves to the Lead
Bey Logan: Now and Yen

Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong, whose feature debut Parking screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last year, returns with sophomore effort The Fourth Portrait. Hong Kong writer-director Pang Ho-cheung serves as producer on Hong Kong Film Award nominee Heiward Mak’s The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
Screen Daily

Eric Tsang and stunt man

Sun Li
Sun Li

Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box
Yuen Biao
More photos

Zhou Xun
Zhou Xun has a new single, a theme for an online game

Lin Chi-Ling
Lin Chi-Ling promoting film on life of Coco Chanel

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung ambassador for eye care

Hong Kong Singers Gather for Fundraising Event
Jet Li: Visiting the Kaoshiung Disaster Area

A*mei joins line-up of F1 Rocks

HK Magazine: Lo Hoi-Pang interview
HKMDB entry

Original advert,  Lo Hoi-Pang send-up
[Credit to Fan for originally bringing the videos to my attention]

Duen Kee Chinese Restaurant
There are some who visit the place solely because it was the location for the shooting of the Anthony Wong horror classic “The Untold Story.”

August 12, 2009

August 12, 2009

Anthony Wong with Lorretta Chow, Koni Lui, two former Miss Hong Kong runner ups
No seat reserved at Laughing Gor premiere for Anthony Wong

So he leaves

‘Turning Point’ for Shaw, Hong Kong film

Maverick Yau helms first new Shaw Brothers pic in 22 years

McDull animation hits big screen

Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing
Shanghai press conference for Sophie’s Revenge

On His Majesty’s Secret Service celebration held

Earned RMB$70M in 10 days

Movie With 100 Stars Presents A Question: Who’s Chinese?

‘Haeundae’ Hits 7-Million-Viewer Mark

Shu Qi
Shu Qi and Ge You film an auto advert with wedding theme

Based on their characters from If You Are The One

Film “Tian An Men” set for release
The story in “Tian An Men” revolves around a team of stage art workers given the task of refurbishing Tian An Men Tower a month before the founding ceremony of new China.

Jet Li’s One Foundation PSA
Photo gallery

SCMP: Beijing struggles to make Olympic changes permanent

July 1, 2009

July 1, 2009

Brigitte Lin
Brigitte Lin

Chen Hong, then known as “Little Lin Ching-hsia”,
completed New Dragon Inn after Brigitte Lin returned to Hong Kong
(Can anyone confirm this? All I’ve found is that Chen Hong,Chen Kaige’s wife, played the role in a TV series version with Steven Ma.)

Pace Wu
Francis Ng and Pace Wu
Beijing press conference for Tracing Shadow

Photo gallery
Slide show

On His Majesty’s Secret Service
Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu slide show

Over 170 actors

Ge You

The Great Cause of China’s Foundation (Founding of the Nation: A Great Cause) - Launching ceremony in Beijing

Andy Lau
Latest Poster and Trailer

One Night in Supermarket trailer

Korea Times: Summer Action Flicks Are Coming

Stefanie Sun - Her thigh steals the thunder
20th Global Melody Awards (Taiwan) gallery

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan attending Spring Summer Fashion Show in Hong Kong

Joey Yung plastic surgery rumors continue

Before and After

China to spread the news in English

Shandong and Metan are ‘Golden’
120-episode series ‘Golden Mountain’ will be shot in China, U.S

May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

Anthony Wong and Tracy Ip
Laughing Gor cast update

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung on set of Detective Dee

Zhao Wei and Donnie Yen
Zhao Wei and Donnie Yen (from Founding of a Nation)

Edison's father
Tracing Edison's moves this year
Edison Chen reportedly sneaks into Hong Kong

Family finances in dour state: father is bankrupt, sister has little work modelling, competition from Juno Mak’s clothing line, Edison’s band FAMA only source of income

Michelle Reis
Michelle Reis reportedly moved back to her mother’s home

Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying
Guests include Carol Cheng, Teresa Mo, Deborah Li
Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying hold banquet for friends to celebrate wedding

So, you’ve seen Chungking Express. You’ve visited Chungking Mansions, you’ve found Midnight Express (and discovered it’s now a 7-11) and you’ve rode the escalators by Christopher Doyle’s apartment. But you’ve haven’t landed a jet a Kai Tak Airport. Now, here’s your chance:

(No guarantees that Valerie Chow will be your flight attendant, though) :(

April 1, 2009

April 1, 2009

Leslie Cheung (1956 - 2003)
Fans Pay Tribute to Leslie Cheung on Sixth Death Anniversary

Madame Tussauds wax figure of Leslie

Leslie Cheung - Smallest of 10 siblings - Sup Jai1969 - British middle school
1978 - First leading role - Erotic Dreams of Red Chamber1980 - Proposed to Teresa Mo

Korea Times: Park Chan-wook Explores Self, Dream in ‘Thirst’
“Thirst” is the first South Korean film to be co-produced and distributed by a major Hollywood studio.

Hong Kong, Mainland Plan ‘Big Movies’
Ten blockbusters in 5 years! Investors of the 5510 Big Movie Plan announced their ambition Tuesday as they launched the project…
Hong Kong film producer Jimmy Heung, whose company - Win’s Entertainment - is one of the five investors.
Li BingbingWu Jing and Monica Mok
Liu Zi and Wu JingKong Wei and Jiang Yiyan
Miu Miu aka Gong Xin-Liang
Director Lee Lik-ChiJimmy Heung
Photo gallery

Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu - Singapore
Early birthday celebration for Jackie Chan (April 7)
Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu promote Shinjuku Incident in Singapore

Saving the world is still on Jackie Chan’s agenda
He spent more time at the press conference indignantly telling reporters about the role of films and the current state of the world, than promoting Shinjuku Incident.

Peter Chan directing Leon Lai in Founding of the Nation

Donnie Yen
Lynn Hung
Sammo Hung
Gordon LamFann Siu WongProducer Raymond Wong
Ip Man 2 press conference photo gallery

Shooting begins in August. Raymond Wong, speaking on whether Bruce Lee will appear, he said because the second part takes place in 1949 it should not include Bruce Lee. He hopes that if there is a third part, he should appear then. Yip Man took Bruce as a disciple in 1960.

Nick Cheung - Red River
Nick Cheung goes crazy in lumber mill scene in Red River

Shu Qi and Sylvia Chang
Shu Qi and Sylvia Chang endorse Cartier
Shu Qi waiting and hoping for love.
Shu QiSylvia Chang
Photo gallery and video

Edison Chen missing Hong Kong badly

Michelle Reis Poses for Marie Claire

Tang Wei
Tang Wei Vogue photo shoot - gallery and video

Yammie Nam
Yammie Nam panhandling outside of a convenience store

Three years ago, she declared bankruptcy and has been living on public assistance. Regular readers will recall that in April 2008 Yammie was spotted soliciting men in a red-light district.

Five hurt as mop-wielding woman runs amok

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