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April 8, 2010

April 8, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 4:01 pm

Dream Home posters

May 13 opening in Hong Kong is being reported. It is slated to open the Udine Far East Film Festival Apr.23 and compete in the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Like Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff, Dream Home is likely to garner a Cat.III rating but Josie Ho vowed not to edit the film in order to maintain the film’s integrity. (Sina)

Poster for Ex

Ex features Gillian Chung, William Chan Wai-Ting and Michelle Wai (Sze Nga) (Sina)

Wei Te-Sheng

Filming of Wei Te-Sheng’s Seediq Bale is almost completed. Currently, it has been cut down to 3.5 hours down from 4 hours. Wei has decided to make the story a two-parter, the first part to be released in the summer, and part two to be released during Christmas or New Year. (HunanTV)

HK Magazine: Amphetamine

Future X-Cops - More like blast from the past

For the first 20 minutes of the film, I was only thinking about cheese. It is not because I particularly like cheese or had developed a sudden craving for cheese nachos sold at the cinema, but because the special effects and the character designs were so cheesy and dated.

The cyborgs were themed after various animals such as the porcupine, bat, snake and mantis, but the character design was incredibly poor and looked ridiculous, sort of like a really cheap transformer costume. Their mechanical limbs, wings and what have you also looked like they were crafted from cheap plastic or cardboard and looked incredibly flimsy.

However, “Future X Cops” is saved from being another sci-fi flop by the abundant comic moments peppered throughout the film. The dialogue is witty and riddled with humorous jokes. The sharp dialogue draws genuine laughter from the audience and makes the film bearable.

Lau hopes sci-fi film breaks new ground

Andy Lau in a Chinese world of tomorrow

HK Magazine: Shannon Lee interview

Aaron Kwok in concert - Toronto (Apr.6)

When Aaron tried to plug his in production movie, Era of Magic, and he mentioned costar Zhang Ziyi, she was booed by the audience. (Sina)

Faye Wong

Publicity photos for Faye Wong’s release via mobile download of her single Legend and upcoming album. (Sina)(Xinhua)

CRI: Jet Li Visits Drought-hit SW China

Ethan Ruan rejects plum role in Stanley Kwan’s new movie

The Taiwanese actor was unable to accept the role’s provocative and sensual nature and rejected the opportunity to star in Stanley Kwan’s upcoming new movie.

One of Taiwan’s hottest and most bankable star, Ethan Ruan, was said to have surreptitiously attended a casting session in Beijing a few days ago for Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan’s latest flick, The Peony Pavilion…

Vicki Zhao remains tight-lipped about pregnancy

“Every time I hear the words ‘tycoon’ and ‘rich family’, I get goosebumps and think of Hong Kong and Taiwan dramas in the 1980s. It’s vulgar and strange to attach those words to people.”

Making a vague statement about her personal life, Zhao expressed throughout the interview that “many things do not develop and end the way you want it. There are a lot of factors that prevent them from happening.”

March 10, 2010

March 10, 2010

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Variety Drops Chief Film and Theater Critics

On Monday, the trade let go chief film critic Todd McCarthy and chief theater critic David Rooney. Longtime film critic Derek Elley also was cut, as was features editor/indie film reporter Sharon Swart, along with several copy and design desk employees. [VarietyAsia (Patrick Frater - now with THR, Marcus Lim, Kaiju Shakedown), devoted to Asian film reporting  was shut down early last year back. Now Variety's preeminent Asian film reviewer, Derek Elley, gets the pink slip.]

2010 restored version of archival treasure “Confucius” unveiled

Master director Fei Mu’s lost classic “Confucius” (1940) is an important film not only from the perspectives of film and aesthetics, but also in regard to Chinese history, culture, art history, musicology and other disciplines. The screening of its initial phase of restoration last year met with an overwhelming response. This year, based on scientific evidence from the negatives and research on available literature, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) has inserted nine minutes of loose fragments back into the film, restoring it to a condition much closer to its original glory.

Let the Bullets Fly - Ge You, Carina Lau, Feng Xiaogang, Jiang Wen (Sina)

Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yu

Womb Ghosts (Mar.18) - Dada, A.Lin, Chrissie Chau, Koni Lui join Lam Suet in Dennis Law’s horror film. (Sina)

Trailer for Dennis Law’s Womb Ghosts brings monumental amounts of crazy.

Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei will join Louis Koo and Yu Shaoqun (New Shaolin Temple) in Wilson Yip’s new version of Chinese Ghost Story to begin filming in May. (Sina)

Stills of sets in Future X-Cops


Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi push marriage plans back

March 1, 2010

March 1, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 10:14 pm

A Side, B Side/Side A, Side B (The Double Life)

Ning Ying’s black comedy starring Zhang Jingchu is scheduled for a Apr.8 release. It is set in a mental hospital. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Stephen Chow aims for film empire

Stephen Chow Sing-chi is aiming to build a Chinese version of Time Warner in the mainland after being appointed executive director of Emcom International, reports Sing Tao Daily

A Comeback for ‘Lust, Caution’ Actress Tang Wei


CRI: Huang Xiaoming in Upcoming Kung-Fu Biopic Ip Man 2

Jackie Chan

Yu Shaoqun (

Jackie Chan plays a cooking monk in New Shaolin Temple.

A $10M yuan replica Shaolin Temple was built to avoid tourists and because the real temple has been modernized.

Andy Lau plays a warlord hiding out at Shaolin Temple

(Sina) (Xinhua)

CRI: New Shaolin Temple, Literally

Future X-Cops

China Film Group officially announced a release date of Mar.30 (Sina)

(Feb.27) Hong Kong premiere of Echoes of the Rainbow

Simon Yam, Sandra Ng


Vicki Zhao, now seven months pregnant with a baby boy, will return to acting soon after delivery because property magnate husband Huang You Long reneged on promises to fund her planned wine-related enterprise, said Hong Kong media.

Huang reneged on his promises once he found out that Zhao was pregnant. The 31-year-old reportedly even denied Zhao the right to openly call herself his wife.
Zhao was said to have become worried and spread the word that she will be returning to showbiz soon after giving birth, as a fallback plan if things with Huang do not work out.


AngelaBaby met with fans to celebrate her 21st birthday

The theme was ‘Back To School Birthday Party’

(Sina) (Xinhua)

After a two year break Twins sing together at the EEG dinner in Macau (Feb.27) (Sina)

CRI: Twins Highlight EEG Spring Dinner

Sammi Cheng’s concert DVD has surpassed 150,000 and a second edition is being issued.


Fan furore that Yao Ming’s baby could be American

January 8, 2010

January 8, 2010

Future X-Cops’ new release date is Feb.25 (Sina)

CRI: In ‘Hot Summer Days’, It’s Getting Really Hot

The new Chinese romantic movie “Hot Summer Days” is about six stories set in an unusually sultry summer. Just how hot could this fictitious summer be?

CRI: Maggie Cheung to Make Guest Appearance in “Hot Summer Days”

Gillian Chung’s comeback movie showcases her first kiss and bedroom scene

Jeon Ji-hyun to star opposite Zhang Ziyi in new English movie adapted from bestseller

CRI: Fan Bingbing in the Onlookers’ Eye

Fan Bingbing is called a Chinese ‘Femme Fatale’.Maybe it is because her beauty is so blinding that few onlookers would look beyond her face and deep into her heart.

Fan Bingbing was the cover girl again for the February issue of ‘Marie Claire’ and an accompanied interview she emptied her heart to gave the readers a much closer look at this radiant star off screen.

CRI: Huang Yi Still Waits Her ‘Big Day’

Rumor has it that Huang Yi had a flash marriage with her fiancé, Mr. Jiang Kai, CEO of ChinaFund, LP last August. The actress denied the gossip in the accompanying interview, saying marriage seems to be complicated and she won’t take the plunge until she is very well prepared.

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Lip-sync and other frauds

Andy On Chi-Kit gets painted for True Legend


Miriam Yeung is a magician for a beverage advert (Sina)

Donnie Yen

Donnie Yen repotedly made over RMB$200M last year, and over $10M for these underwear adverts. (Sina)

Karen Mok - One Life One Earth

From Karen Mok’s educational travel program One Life One Earth - Australia chapter (Sina)

THR: China blocks access to movie site unavailable since Wednesday, cause unknown

Variety: China reports 44% rise in box office(THR)

Multiplex growth averages 1.65 screens a day

China’s B.O. boom continued unabated last year as box office rose a muscular 44% to 6.2 billion yuan ($910 million) on a sharp rise in the number of cinema screens in what’s potentially the world’s biggest market.

The China Film Group had earlier forecast 40% year-on-year growth (Daily Variety, Dec. 29).

With this kind of growth rate, I am confident that in 2010, China’s box office will grow to a new height,” China Film spokesman Weng Li said. His remarks were based on data from the State Administration of Radio, Film and TV.

This means for the last six years, the Chinese film market’s box office has maintained an annual growth rate of more than 30%,” Weng said, adding that China produced 456 domestic films in 2009.

The main impetus behind the strong growth was the rise in screen numbers. Citing SARFT figures, Weng said China had added 1.65 new screens every day last year.

China imports around 20 foreign films a year for theatrical release. The two top movies of 2009 were 2012,” which took $67.5 million, and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” which took $63 million.

Homegrown epic “The Founding of a Republic,” celebrating the People’s Republic of China’s 60th anniversary, made $61 million.

January 4, 2010

January 4, 2010

Surprising news: Faye Wong will sing the theme song to Confucius thus marking her comeback, even ahead of her reported Spring Festival appearance. The song (’Orchids Parade’?) is to be released on Jan.6. Faye was contacted back in April and the lyrics and music were constantly revised. The recording was only just completed on New Year’s Eve. Orchids Parade is an adaptation of Tang Dynasty poet Han Yu masterpiece and contains only 64 words. (Xinhua) Lyrics (2)

CRI: Pop Queen Faye Wong Back for Confucius

Release delayed

Scheduled for a Feb.5 release, Future Cop/Future X-Cops is now further delayed due to post-production not being completed. (Sina)


5 new stills from 14 Blades HD (Sina)

Barbie Hsu


CRI: Barbie Hsu’s Motorcycle Fetish in ‘Hot Summer Days’

9 new stills from Hot Summer Days featuring Barbie Hsu HD (Sina)

Feng Xiaogang’s guest cameo in Yuen Wo-Ping’s True Legend

Chinese Film: Happy Noodle Year

2009 has come to an end, but the battle for movie-goers has just begun.This season, the competition is more intense than ever. Take this downtown cinema; by mid-February it will have screened four dozen films since late-November. Film makers believe it’s this bumper holiday period, taking in Valentine’s Day and Spring Festival, that will lay the golden eggs…

The film market is like a highway. If too many cars take to it at the same time, there will be a traffic jam. In that case, even a BMW can’t drive at top speed.

The head of the cinema chain said to make the maximum profit out of the market, a film must enjoy at least one week free of competition before it’s joined by a new one. But now, cinemas are getting much busier than in previous years, as it’s common to put on several new films in a single day, resulting in vicious competition…

Francis Ng was released on bail while at the same time his wife was released from the hospital


Francis Ng to be charged with ‘wounding’ for New Year’s Day fracas?

Now, also a red light scofflaw. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng celebrates end of a 10 show run of concerts

Guests Michelle Reis and husband

Isabella Leong first appearance after childbirth (Xinhua)

France - Fan Bingbing photo shoot for Bazaar Jewelry

(Xinhua) Slide show (HunanTV)

Aaron Kwok, New Year’s Eve, begins the countdown to the Shanghai World Expo (Sina)

Huang Yi and Expo mascot Hai Bao (Ocean Treasure)

Huang Yi (HunanTV)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu was in Taipei to promote her new TV series ‘Love Strategy’. The series costars Korean Kim Jung-Hoon.

(HunanTV) HD slide show (Sina)

May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009

Lin Chi-Ling
Liu Keng-Hung
Ci Ling/Treasure Hunter photo gallery

Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung

Vanness Wu
Kungfu Chef opens June 12

Costars: Fan Siu-Wong, Lam Tze-Chung, Bruce Leung

Gao Yuanyuan
Lu Chuan
City of Life and Death cast returns to Beijing after 18 city tour

Barbie Hsu
Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog - Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu photo gallery

Cecilia Cheung?
A healthier Cecilia Cheung lookalike Gong Mi

Kelly Chen, March
Kelly Chen advert shoot - photo gallery

Japan launches digital archive on director Akira Kurosawa

Arclight looks to ‘Future X-Cops’ (formerly Future Cop)
Sci-fi action movie stars Andy Lau

Ruby Yang film captures Chinatown ‘Moment’ - A Moment in Time
Academy Award-winner Ruby Yang has unveiled her latest documentary, about the growth, evolution and eventual demise of five ethnic cinemas in San Francisco’s Chinatown and their role in bridging the gap between China and the United States.
Much of it [the film's budget], Yang said, was spent on licensing rights to archival film clips from outfits such as Celestial Pictures in Hong Kong, which charged up to $8,000 per minute.

Tonight on PBS: A look at Hollywood’s China syndrome

Ziyi Gives Lowdown on Her Landmark Role

Aaron Kwok
Aaron gets Achy-Breaky
Aaron Kwok for Longines

BoC, OMB seize P300M worth of replicating machines
Bootlegging operations moved from Hong Kong to Philappines.
12 containers of optical media manufacturing equipment and materials that arrived in two batches of six forty footers last May 15 and 24 at the Manila International Container Port.

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