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July 15, 2013

Switch (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Switch
7/15/2013 by Elizabeth Kerr

Hong Kong star Andy Lau heads a strong cast as a globetrotting spy in search of redemption.

Completely baffling and almost utterly inept, Switch would be bad enough to be good if it didn’t take itself so completely seriously. Ostensibly a heist picture, multi-hyphenate Jay Sun strings together what he may have thought were a series of really cool set pieces that never connect coherently. More reminiscent of a cheesy 1980s cop show than a thriller, the random action sequences and subtitle howlers (not seen since that same decade) start early and never let up. Not even Hong Kong movie star Andy Lau will be able to help Switch’s commercial prospects, which are dire in any territory with taste if the speed at which it vanished from cinemas is any indication.

As can best be determined by gaping plot holes, shoddy editing and illogical narrative construction, Switch revolves around Interpol supercop/spy/thief (it’s never really clear) Xiao Jinhan (Andy Lau) and his quest to get his hands on a priceless Yuan Dynasty painting, one of three that — it seems — an American gangster, a British art collector, a Chinese dowager thug type and a Japanese wannabe Yakuza, Yamamoto (Tong Dawei, American Dreams in China) with serious Oedipal issues, are also looking for. Jinhan has several girlfriends who help him with either his spying or his thieving depending on the girl, among them Lisa (Lin Chiling, Red Cliff), who’s dead but then not and his Hong Kong cop wife Lin Yuyuan (Zhang Jingchu, Peacock), who has absolutely no jurisdiction over the crime. At one point Switch changes focus to concentrate on Jinhan’s reform; the film implies he has a tainted past, but what that might be remains a mystery. Also a mystery? Why Yuyuan stays married to Jinhan when he makes it clear he has no intention of ending his womanizing ways. Oh, there’s also a kidnapping.

Switch was released in two versions, one for Mainland China and one for Hong Kong, and word on the street is that the hatchet job done on the Hong Kong print made the story even more confusing than the widely lampooned Mainland one; the extra details would not have helped. Writer-producer-director Sun directs his feature debut like a film school drop-out with too much cash; he’s clearly got some to play with — locations Dubai and Bahamas came out of the alleged $26 million budget — but zero grasp on story or how to direct actors. Characters come and go, plot threads materialize out of nowhere to no purpose (Who was the little girl in the village? What’s with the all-girl ninja army?). The big moments that should leave an impression consistently fall flat — like Lisa and Yuyuan’s throwdown. When one runs the other through with a sword Roc Chen’s score swells and crashes — and the audience remains deathly, tellingly silent.

Producer: Han Xiaoli, Cui Qiang, Lu Hongshi, Teng Wenji, Xu Chuantong, Shen Yue
Director: Jay Sun
Cast: Andy Lau, Lin Chiling, Zhang Jingchu, Tong Dawei, Siqin Gaowa, Zhang Guangbei, Shi Tianqi
Screenwriter: Jay Sun
Executive producer: Han Sanping, Peter Lam, Jay Sun
Director of Photography: Shao Dan
Production Designer: Otto Cui
Music: Roc Chen
Editor: Du Hengtao
No rating, 112 minutes
THR

June 25, 2013

Switch (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Switch
6/21/2013 by Deborah Young

Hong Kong star Andy Lau adds kung fu to China’s answer to James Bond

While the James Bond franchise has started to focus on character development and serious acting, China’s entry into the international espionage market, Switch, gets back to basics with an army of sexy female assassins guarding an invincible villain, futuristic electronics used without budget worries and the world’s most expensive branded cars and hotels – plus a great deal of acrobatic kung fu.

As directed by producer-turned-filmmaker Jay Sun Jianjun, the overall effect is more retro camp than cutting edge, accounting for the critical beating the film has taken since its June 7 release. Yet the film’s detractors have caused few injuries at the box office: the movie soared to the top until being deposed by Man of Steel this weekend. The reason is probably that, in spite of its far-fetched plotting, blatant product placement, outré characters and set design, etc., Switch is still an amusing, well-produced two-hour romp through Asia and the Middle East with jaw-dropping set pieces filmed in Dubai, China and Tokyo.

The movie can also bank on the power of craggy-faced Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, who at 51 has lost none of his charismatic screen appeal. In the role of a larger-than-life secret agent whose mission, entrusted to him by the mysterious “F,” is to unite two halves of a priceless scroll in time for an international shindig, he references not only 007 (evident from the opening credits onward) but also Tom Cruise’s skyscraper stunts in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, all in an Asian martial arts idiom.

The action begins in Dubai, where a nasty band of British evil-doers plans to steal an ancient scroll long ago torn into two parts. One half is stored in an art museum in China, the other in Taiwan, and they are to be officially reunited in a joint Chinese-Taiwanese exhibition which serves as a background countdown to the action. Competing for the treasure is the main villain of the piece, the young Japanese yakuza boss Yamamoto (Tong Daiwei), sporting a long blond pony-tail and living in a gadget- and girl-filled mansion that would make Goldfinger feel the need to redecorate.

Though the Taipei museum looks like the Fortress of Solitude, it’s child’s play for the Brits’ radio-controlled drone to open the roof like a can-opener, deactivate the sensors and make the heist. Yamamoto’s squadron of acrobatic women in black catsuits also turn up on ropes, but they are temporarily defeated. Interpol agent Xiao Jinhan (Lau) and Lin Yuyan (Zhang Jingchu), the agent for a global insurance company who happens to be his attractive wife and the mother of his son Baobao, are in charge of retrieving the missing half of the scroll and safeguarding the one in China.

The first stop is a lavish banquet thrown by a disturbing old lady called the Empress (Siqin Gaowa), who is also interested in the painting and who offers to help Yamamoto. But instead of following her, agent Xiao is ordered by F to fly to Dubai, where he will be working with a glamorous new partner, Lisa (Lin Chiling). In spite of Xiao’s chaste wedded state, she serves as his chief love interest. Xiao gallantly solves the issue with the memorable line, “My heart is fully booked, but my body is still taking reservations.” Still he nobly resists Lisa’s charms, which Lin takes beyond seduction to hint at a bit of real feeling for the guy. In comparison, in the fairly thankless role of Xiao’s wife, sensitive actress Zhang Jingchu feels more like a police teammate as she fights by his side in an emergency.

Interestingly, there are no on-camera sex scenes in the film; even Yamamoto’s perverted taste for Oedipal S&M with a giant portrait of his mother hovering in the background is conveyed through suggestive costumes and poses.

Writer-director Sun has a playful feeling for kitsch and alternates the traditional Chinese elegance of Hangzhou and Fuyang with Dubai landmarks like the Burj Al Khalifa building and the Burj Al Arab and Atlantis Palm luxury hotels, the site of an anthology-worthy car chase through the hotel that has to be seen to be believed. The Disneyland-like style of the Middle Eastern locations jives perfectly with the film’s basic pop aesthetic of decadence and hedonism. In this vein, the near-constant display of the female body in cheesy, barely-there costumes seems aimed at getting a laugh as much as titillating the audience. But in the long run, the over-abundance of deadly beauties in stiletto heels and transparent mini-skirts pulls down the quality considerably, even in the finely choreographed fight scenes credited to Robert Francis Brown and Zhang Peng.

Venue: Shanghai Film Festival (Focus China), June 21, 2012
Production companies: Beijing Pegasus & Taihe Ubiquitous Intl., China Film Co., Media Asia Film Production
Cast: Andy Lau, Chiling Lin, Tong Daiwei, Zhang Jingchu
Director: Jay Sun
Screenwriter: Jay Sun
Producers: Shen Xue, Zhao Haicheng, Lorraine Ho
Executive producers: Zhao Minghui,Han Sanping, Jay Sun, Peter Lam
Director of photography: Dan Shao
Production designer: Otto Cui
Music: Roc Chen
Costume designer: Lawrence Xu
Editor: Du Hengtao
Sales: Media Asia
No rating, 122 minutes.
THR

March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Ballsy Double Trouble enlivens FilMart

Jaycee Chan, Shoko, Jessica C, Xia Yu

Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan

Jessica C, Shoko

Taiwan’s Hey Girls

Jessica C going for “little Jaycee” (Sina-gallery)

FBA: No Limit review

Messy mixture of action and young romance, partly redeemed by its two young leads.

A1: Horror films rise from the dead in Malaysia

Horror films were effectively banned in the Muslim-majority country for three decades for celebrating the other-worldly in violation of Islamic teachings.

A recurring Malaysian character is the “orang minyak,” or “oily man,” an elusive bogeyman smeared in black oil who hunts for virgins to rape.

It was immortalised in 1958’s “Curse of the Oily Man” by the late P. Ramlee, Malaysia’s most celebrated filmmaker, and real-life “sightings” remain common.

HKIFF opening ceremony

Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue

7 months pregnant and wearing 4-inch heels

Miriam Yeung

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung

Yang Mi

Yang Mi

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan (Sina)23

Trailer for Lo Chi-Leung’s “The Bullet Vanishes” starring Nicholas Tse, Lau Ching-Wan

Trailer for “Switch” (”Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)


Congratulations: Kelly Chen gave birth to a 6.5 pound boy today. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Jay Chou’s Deja Vu restaurant reviewed

February 20, 2012

February 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: White Deer Plain review

Potentially epic peasant drama, with a fine cast, is undercut by an uninvolving approach.

CF: ”Love” Presented at Berlin Film Festival

CF: Bullets Sweeps the 24th Harbin Film Festival

The awarding ceremony of the 24th Harbin Film Festival was held on February 16th. “Let the Bullets Fly,” the top grossing blockbuster in 2010, and “The Piano in a Factory” swept the festival and obtained three awards respectively.

Leon Lai Ming, Charlie Yeung, Kara Hui, Feng Shaofeng and directors Daniel Lee, Huang Jianxin were spotted on the red carpet of the festival.

TimeOutHK: Simon Yam interview

Synonymous with Hong Kong movies by appearing in seemingly half of them, veteran actor Simon Yam tells us about his thespian secrets – and why he never gets tired of playing cops.

CRI: Final Posters of “Nightfall” Unveiled

Award-winning actor Simon Yam unveiled the two movie posters featuring Nick Cheung and himself in the run up to the film’s much anticipated release.

Simon Yam

Janice Man (Sina-gallery)

CF: Poster Released for “The Second Woman”

The movie will hit national screens on March 8th. Actress Shu Qi and actor Shawn Yue were featured as leading roles in it

CF: Promotional Poster for “An Inaccurate Memoir” Unveiled

Featuring Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yi and actress Zhang Xinyi, the film is currently in an intense post-production stage.

“An Inaccurate Memoir” poster

(Sina)2

Stills from Herman Yau’s “Love Lifting” starring Chapman To and Elanne Kong. Chapman To plays a house husband to Elanne Kong who hopes to fulfill her athletic dreams.

Herman Yan, Elanne Kong and Chapman To at the Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival (Sina)2(Poster)

“Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” held a press conference after they wrapped up shooting in the National Museum in Beijing recently

Andy Lau, Zhang Jingchu, Lin Chi-Ling, Tong Dawei, co-director Bob Brown

Co-director Sun Jianjun (l)

Four leads - Tong Dawei, Andy Lau, Lin Chi-Ling, Zhang Jingchu

Lin Chi-Ling

Lin Chi-Ling, Zhang Jingchu (Sina-gallery)

CNA: First ever ‘4D’ Hong Kong adult film in the works, says HK film producer

Hong Kong film producer Stephen Shiu Jr, who had worked on the Hong Kong adult film “3D Sex and Zen” which made waves across Asia last year, recently revealed that he plans to release a ‘4D’ sequel to the film, reported Hong Kong media.

CNA: 64 injured at Faye Wong concert after spectator stand collapses

Faye Wong’s concert in Chongqing on Friday was abruptly cancelled, after a section of the spectator stands suddenly collapsed, leaving 64 people injured, reported Chinese media. 
MSN: Faye Wong utters 36 words at concert

The Chinese singer moved her fans to tears when she went beyond her usual “Thank you” at her concert

February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Poster of “Dangerous Liaisons” Released at BIFF

Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung Jang Dong-gun costar

CF: Interview: Restoring “The Monkey King”(FBA)

CF: “Nightfall” to Hit Mainland Silver Screens on Mar. 15

Starring award-winning actors Simon Yam and Nick Cheung, the film weaves violence, suspense, and true love tightly together. In the film, the crazy cop (portrayed by Yam) tracks down the newly-released prisoner (portrayed by Cheung), who wants to seek revenge.

FBA: My Way review

Unengaging, nationalist war epic, devoid of genuine emotion or real characters


CRI: Cast Members Promote Movie “LOVE” in Beijing

Zhao Wei, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)2

Lin Chi-ling plays a mysterious woman in “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, now shooting in Beijing. Photos taken during a media set visit at a hospital garage dressed as a nightclub. Andy Lau drives an Audi R8 for the scene. (Feb.11)

Andy Lu (Netease)(Sina)2More

At recent appearance in Chengdu, Lin Chi-ling’s face appeared swollen leading to the usual speculations about plastic surgery. Lin blamed it on eating too many snacks and spicy Sichuan food.

(Sohu)(Sina)

Connie Chan promoting Hong Kong Film Archives “100 Must See Hong Films” in Yau Ma Tai’s Broadway Cinematheque

(Sina)2

January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 12:32 pm

CRI: Yen, Zhao Collaborate on Action Movie

Donnie Yen says he feels excited about his first collaboration with fellow action star Vincent Zhao in the new film “Special Identity”

Vivian Hsu

Vic Chou, Ella Chen, Director Chu Yen-ping and Little Bin Bin (Benny Wen)

Dressed in black, mourning the passing of her grandfather (Sina)

ScreenDaily: The Viral Factor review(HKMDBNews)

Viral pandemic drama takes a backseat to fraternal fisticuffs and gunplay in The Viral Factor, an enjoyably sprawling if completely scatterbrained action movie from director Dante Lam. 
FBA: 10+10 review

Largely interesting collection of shorts showcasing older and younger Taiwan talent.

ChinaPost: Bang Bang Formosa review

“Bang Bang Formosa”, directed by Andy Luo An-de, is a delightful road movie that moves boisterously through contemporary Taiwan.

The film has a very strong Jack Neo flavour and greatly resembles his previous offerings like “I Not Stupid”, mixing in moral messages with some humour and a good dose of drama.

The problem is “We Not Naughty” tries to do too much – while Neo’s previous films tend to deal with a specific issue, like the immense pressure to excel Singaporean children face in “I Not Stupid”, “We Not Naughty” deals with a whole basket of issues.

Lin Chi-ling is wrapped up in Dubai for “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”

Zhang Jingchu and the Burj Kalifa nee Burj Dubai, world’s tallest building at 828 meters

Zhang Jingchu and a Dubai dolphin

(Sina)

Poster for a “Love in the Buff” online micro-film, the 3rd ’secret love’ chapter

So far, the 3 micro-films have received over 10 million views

There will be a total of 10 chapters, or micro-films

(Sina)

Lunar New Year greetings from “Love in the Buff”’s Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue

(Sina)

Greetings from “The Great Magician” cast

(Sina)

Actress Yang Mi poses for a series of photos to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. 
A1: I don’t think I’m very handsome, says Daniel Wu

MSN: Aaron Kwok not ready to start a family

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan absent from Jay Chou’s birthday party


1 Pct News, excerpted from a recent SCMP article:

A clear and starry night sky in Hong Kong is about as elusive as eternal youth - which is why La Prairie needed to deploy a little technological magic at a gala dinner to launch its new Cellular Power Charge Night collection…

While guests dined, a harpist performed in the background and models weaved among the long tables showcasing the collection on glowing silver trays.

Guests were treated to a 3-D film highlighting the product - viewed through Venetian masquerade head-dresses fitted with dual-coloured 3-D lenses. A sizzling performance of the Argentinian tango wrapped up the evening’s entertainment.  

January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Austin TX: A Watery Grave Narrowly Avoided

35mm prints of lost HK actioners unspool in the Alamo’s Asian Invasion series

TimeOutHK: Father Franco Mella

Portrayed in film by Anthony Wong in “Ordinary Heroes” (1999).

TimeOutHK: Dante Lam interview

Director Dante Lam is on the highway to becoming Hong Kong’s next action auteur. Expect more gunfire in his hard-hitting latest, The Viral Factor

Jay Chou: I had to grit my teeth and do it

Jay Chou was willing to risk life and limb while filming his latest movie, The Viral Factor, all because of “face”.

THR: Taiwan Stands Tall as ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ Earns Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist Spot

Wei, one of Taiwan’s most commercially and critically successful directors, received the news in the middle of the Asian night. He was unsure why Warriors had made the shortlist while the rest of East Asia is staying home. Asian films played no part in any major category last year.

FBA: Seediq Bale shortlisted for Oscars

CF: Ann HUI On-wah to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at AFA

CF: Behind the Scenes of “Repeat, I Love You” Released

The film stars Cecilia Cheung, Sang-woo Kwon, Angela Chang and Jing Boran

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in Second Week 2012

“The Great Magician” debuted with $11.55 million over four days and managed to wrestle the first place from the highest-grossing hit of the year 2011″The Flowers of War”. “Magician”is the latest film directed by Derek Yee, who is good at balancing commercial success with artistic integrity very successfully.

CF: Film Buzz: 2012

Smaller films made big splash

Over the past year, three small-budget movies, Eternal Moment, The Piano in a Factory and Love is Not Blind, flexed their competitive muscle by attracting audiences and critical praise.

According to Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, the allure of small-budget films in the era of big-budget blockbusters is their ingenuity.

“Because their original cost is much lower, they can be more flexible with their themes. They dare to try something different from the mainstream, while blockbusters have to be more cautious,” he said to the Global Times.

Singapore director Jack Neo is evidently sticking to his winning formula - fresh-faced teen actors, heart-breaking family drama and a healthy dose of social commentary in his latest directorial offering, We Not Naughty.

A1: We Not Naughty review

Famous comedian Zhao Benshan will not perform on this year’s “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” because of health problems.

Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” launches, with a bang, on Feb. 9

(Sina)2

Guest stars in “The Great Magician” include Tsui Hark, Benz Kong, Jamie Luk, Vincent Kok, writer Lau Ho-Lueng and dubbing director Chiang Siu-Leung.

Tsui Hark

Eight military governors (Sina)

Stills from “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen

Chapman To, Lynn Hung

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Yang Kun attended the Beijing launch of a new Clarence Fok film (Chinese title, Special Status). Donnie Yen will action direct as well as produce. Peter Pau is the cinematographer for the film.

Vincent Zhao, Donnie Yen (Sina)

Photos from Dubai where “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is filming. The film stars Andy Lau, Chen Kun and Zhang Jingchu.

Lin Chi-ling tries on a prop

Filming on a closed road

The crew prepares for a scene

Director Sun Jianjun (r)

Two British bandits (Sina-gallery)

“Harpoon” poster featuring Hu Bing (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Jay, Hannah, Nic, Viral Factor, Wang Lee-Hom, Kanye West

CNA: Dragon Year spells nightmare for Hong Kong mums

“We didn’t plan for a Dragon baby,” says 38-year-old Michele Lee, who is expecting her second child, a girl, in April.

“It was exciting when we first found out the news but very soon that excitement turned into worry about whether we’ll get a place in hospital.”


January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Actress Yu Nan to Star in ‘The Expendables 2′

Born in 1978, Yu Nan studied acting at the Beijing Film Academy, China’s top educational institution for film talent.

Her acting talent was discovered by director Wang Quan’an who cast her in the lead role of the 1999 film “Lunar Eclipse”. Yu later worked with Wang Quan’an in several more films, the best-known one being “Tuya’s Marriage”, which garnered the top prize at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival.

Yu’s fluency in English also landed her a role in Wachowski brothers’ 2008 live-action film “Speed Racer”. She also speaks French.

CRI: 3D Monkey King Makes Debut in China

Western classic music has been added into the film soundtrack catering to the international market, compared to the traditional version featuring the music of Chinese opera.

A group of popular actors, singers and directors including Feng Xiaogang, Yao Chen, and Chen Daoming have been invited to dub for the film.

FBA: Fuchun Mountains spring up in Dubai

The story involves a gang of thieves who attempt to steal one of China’s most famous landscape paintings, Huang Gongwang’s “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”. The mid-14th century work was burnt into two halves in 1650 that in recent decades have been kept in separate museums in Taipei and Hangzhou, China.

Lin Chi-Ling at the press conference

Zhang Jingchu

Andy Lau answers questions (Sina-gallery)

The new date now sets the 13 city release before the awards and before the nominations are announced on 24 Jan 2012.

SG Movie review: The Great Magician (A1)

Forget about the plot and this happy mishmash of genres and cliches actually surprises you.

Expect great acting and moments of lucid philosophical insights into love and politics.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan using a unique weapon, a turkey drumstick from a Renaissance Fair

Tony Leung fights ninja

Zhou Xun and Lau Ching-Wan fighting

Yan Ni and Lau Ching-Wan (Sina-gallery)

Tony Leung, Zhou Xun, Lam Suet and Yan Ni attended the Guangzhou premiere

(Sina-gallery)

A1: China’s daredevils to stars

It may look like a horrific road accident, but Li is actually working and this is the eighth time he has been hit in one morning.

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in First Week 2012

The most anticipated new-released movie “You Are the Apple of My Eye” is now deemed as a dark horse, earning a strong $4.35 million through its three days debut.

Cherie Chung appearing in Beijing for MontBlanc.

Hong Gu looks like she’s ready to appear in “Bauhinia Woman”! (Sina-slideshow)

CNA: Jay Chou: “Honestly, going on matchmaking sessions is just tragic!”

MSN: Jackie Chan flirts with female co-star on-set

MSN: Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung to announce marriage this year?

MSN: Edison Chen to quit smoking for Janice Man?

When Janice expressed dislike for smokers, he shot a video, which said he would quit smoking, on New Year’s Eve. Later, he added a video of himself after exercising, and confessed that he has asthma, with hopes that his actions would touch the model.

October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 7:58 pm

CF: Posters out for “The Guillotines”

CF: New Promotional Posters for “The Tears” Unveiled

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao-En (Chen Chiao-en) (Sina)

CF: Chinese Movie set to Emulate “Indiana Jones” and “007″

Set in 2010, the movie tells the story of intrepid treasure hunters, vying with one another in an effort to locate the famous Chinese painting, “Fuchun Mountains”, created by Huang Gongwang during the Yuan Dynasty.

Andy Lau

Lin Chi-Ling, Andy Lau

Zhang Jingchu (Sina-gallery)

A Chinese stunt man was killed and a Chinese-American stunt man was injured after a boat explosion being filmed went awry. The accident occurred in a reservoir near Sofia, Bulgaria where “The Expendables 2″ is being shot. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria confirmed the death of a 26 year-old from Shaanxi. (Sina)

Reuters: A tragic accident on the set of the star-packed action sequel “The Expendables 2″ killed one stuntman and left another seriously injured Thursday night

CF: Peter Ho Shows his Macho in “Cold Steel”

CF: Han Chae-young in “A Big Deal”

In the film, Han is set to portray a girl called Zhou Yun, who comes to China alone and becomes entangled in a series of complicated relationships with three Chinese men.

CF: Stars Gathered for Doze Niu’s “Love”

Filling his cast with A-list stars, including Shu Qi, Vicky Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Mark Zhao and Eddie Peng, Doze Niu is determined to create a blockbuster romance movie.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai attending Chinese International Fashion Week in Beijing

(Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

Maggie Cheung attended a fashion event this evening

She is described as looking haggard and thin, a little drunk

With Wyman Wong

With Huang Xiaoming

Maggie Cheung

Miriam Yeung

Huang Xiaoming

Lynn Xiong   (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Gordon Liu suffers from a stroke

The TVB martial artiste was paralyzed on his right side due to the stroke

October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Still Shots of “Midnight Microblog” Released

Microblogs have been a popular means of communication in recent years, though the creators of these “weibo” probably didn’t think they would be used for a darker kind of communication.

CF: A Glimpse of Fan Bingbing’s New Project

A rare still photo featuring the award-winning actress Fan Bingbing has just been unveiled and the picture reveals a small piece of her latest project, “Double Exposure.”

CF: Another Poor Film for Model-turned-Actress Lin Chi-Ling?

Amid skepticism from the media and audiences, Lin and cast members Chen Kun, Liao Fan, Tony Yang long with the director Leste Chen stepped on stage to answer the question as to whether it will be another B-grade film, or a success story.

Lin Chi-Ling (Sina-gallery)

One of China’s four kings of Canto-pop, Leon Lai, has put his own special twist on the theme song of the upcoming film ‘White Vengeance’.

First poster for “Glory Days” released at a press conference in Beijing. The action film is co-directed by Eric Tsang and Xiong Xinxin (Hung Yan-Yan) and will begin shooting shortly in Gansu and Yunnan. The cast includes Felix Wong, Max Mok, Ray Lui, Michael Wong, Guo Tao, Power Chan (Chen Guobang), Li Wei and others, including Gigi Leung.

(Sina-gallery)

Posters for Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”, opening Oct.27.

Angelica Lee

Huo Siyan, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)

Zhang Jingchu has joined the cast of “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” starring Andy Lau. In these photos, she has begun her martial arts training in Hangzhou.

Stills from “Scary Market” starring Athena Chu. The film focuses on a group of people who meet in a supermarket because of a robbery giving rise to a variety of stories, some horrific, some funny.  Teaser and theme song MV by Tan Weiwei at the bottom.

(Sina)2

Meanwhile, Wong took to Weibo, a microblogging site, to shoot down speculation that she is pregnant. She wrote in Mandarin: “Okay, I admit, I am not pregnant.” She added: “But it’s true that I did put on a bit of fat.”

CNA: Faye Wong not pregnant, jokes about having ’seal-like’ figure

According to the suit, the actress, who is of Asian descent, changed her name to make it more American and has never wanted to reveal her age in order to maximize her chances of obtaining film roles.

Theme song MV - kind of catchy and fun!

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