HKMDB Daily News

June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Promise review

Modest but affecting rural drama that conceals much beneath its placid surface.

FBA: Beijing Blues review

Exhilarating, docu-drama-like ride with a squad of Beijing plainclothes crime-hunters.

Variety: Falling Flowers review

Although resplendently shot and elegantly appointed, this fusty biopic of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong recounts events without exploring the mind of an intellectual woman of her time.

Variety: First Time review

Like a latte with caramel on top and coffee residue at the bottom, “First Time” starts off as a treacly teen daydream and changes course halfway through to deconstruct its own romantic myth.

THR: Follow Follow review

Peng Lei’s film, about a lonely girl who adores Kurt Cobain, is one of the first rock ‘n’ roll films ever authorized by the Chinese Film Bureau.

CF: Golden Goblet Awards Presented at Shanghai International Film Festival Closing Ceremony

Both local nominated films won prizes, Gao Qunshu’s Beijing Blues for best director and Falling Flowers for best cinematography.

CF/Global Times: Small Movies with Huge Audiences

A growing trend is to include celebrity casts and crews. “We have films in line featuring big stars like Christine Fan, Elva Hsiao, Rainie Yang, Berlin Chen and Lin Chi-Ling,” Liu said. Similarly, Youku has also launched a project in collaboration with famous directors and actors. Some of their big names include Gu Changwei, Ann Hui and Wang Xiaoshuai.

Invited by the SIFF organizers, Hong Kong singer and actress Gigi Leung tried directing for the first time with her film Fortune Cookie. Leung, who was involved in writing the script, portrayed the lead character in the film. The story is about a biscuit store owner who explores life through her customers. Leung said her multiple roles in the production were “interesting and challenging.”

Like Leung, actress Huang Yi also tried the director’s seat. In her directorial debut Exchange, Huang told the story of a university student from Guizhou Province who managed to build a new school building using her incredible skills at bartering.

My Love was directed by the young Jin Yimeng, who made her name with the film Sophie’s Revenge which featured stars like Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing. Her short film My Love tells the story of how a terminally ill woman addresses problems at the very end of her life. Another film directed by Tian Yuan tells of a woman psychologist and her relationships with her patients.

Poster for Huang Yi’s micro film “Exchange”

Huang Yi at the SIFF (Sina)

CF: Fabulous Original Drawings of the Fantastic “Painted Skin 2″

Stills of Zhao Wei in “Painted Skin 2″

More publicity stills for “The Four” featuring Liu Yifei. Opens July 12.

Poster for “The Four”

What does it take to get together Brigitte Lin, Sylvia Chang, Zhang Jingchu, Eric Tsang, Derek Yee, Ringo Lam, Shi Nansun as well as Andy Lau? A small party to celebrate Andy Lau’s new fatherhood at Derek Yee’s place.

And, look, there’s Teddy Robin, too!

Eric Tsang, Ringo Lam (Sina)2

“If any more immigrants come to Hong Kong , it will get overcrowded and burst.”

October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: You Are the Apple of My Eye review

A bawdy, sentimental but still enjoyably Taiwanese coming-of-ager.

WSJ: Taiwan’s Hit ‘Apple’ Takes Off in Hong Kong

The popularity of this year’s biggest movie in Taiwan is spilling over into Hong Kong.

CF: Lead Actress of “Magic to Win” Makes Public Debut in Press Conference

The film tells the tale of a modern magic story, in which an ordinary girl accidentally obtains magical powers from her magician teacher. Consequently, she becomes embroiled in a magical world which is beyond her control.

CF: Gao Qunshu to Follow in the Footsteps of the Cohen Brothers

“Gao will start shooting the first movie of the franchise, ‘Detective Hunter Zhang’ in November. He will follow this up with a series of black comedies. We’re hoping that Gao can film two movies every year.”

CF: Still Shots Featuring Kimi Qiao in Film “A Big Deal” Released

FBA: Hot cast for Coldwar

CF: ”Cold War” Holds First Press Conference

During the event, Tony Leung revealed that the film begins with a police car under siege in the middle of a street. With the police station finding it difficult to cope with the crisis, everyone inside is under suspicion for being a mole.

The main investor behind the film, Edko Flim Limited, has claimed that the structure of the story is similar to that of “Infernal Affairs” in some ways, but claims that the film has incorporated a number of other elements including lots of car-chases and deadly explosions.

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina-gallery)

CF: Couple Joins Forces for a Third Time in New Thriller

The movie held its premiere ceremony yesterday in Beijing to celebrate the fact that this will be the first time that an Oxide Peng film has been screened on the mainland.

Angelica Lee

Angelica Lee Sinjie in Shanghai today for the opening of Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”

Movie poster

Angelica Lee - movie stills

(Sina-gallery)2

Producer Yuan Xiaomin announced that Cecilia Cheung would attend the Beijing and Shanghai premieres of “The Legendary Amazons”.  Despite currently working on “Dangerous Liaisons” Cecilia readily agreed to appear.

(Sina)2

“Cold Steel” stills of tough guys Peter Ho Yun-Tung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Mickey He and Guo Mingxiang. In the action film opening Dec. 2, Peter Ho portrays a young farmer who becomes a skilled sniper in the war against Japan. Song Jia, Angeles Woo, and Yu Rongguang are also in the cast

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Peter Ho

Guo Mingxiang plays a Japanese sniper

Mickey He  (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok in another guise for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West (Sina)

Director Tom Lin Shu-Yu

From today’s premiere of “Starry Starry Night” in Beijing

Xu Jiao

Rene Liu (Sina)

Photos from last night’s birthday banquet for Deborah Li at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Besides family, Susanna Kwan and her partner also attended the celebration.

Deborah’s 60th birthday

Andy On, Jennifer Tse

Jennifer and Nicholas with mother

Patrick Tse Yin

Quintus and Lucas

Quintus and dad (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong’s Next magazine published a photo of 56 year-old Gordon Liu recently. The Hong Kong martial arts star suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. His right side has hemiplegia, paralysis, and he is undergoing long term rehabilitation. To prevent identification, Liu wears a knit hat and mask.

Gordon Liu

(Sina)

October 13, 2011

October 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: How Special Effect Used in the Movie “1911 Revolution”

The production company of Jackie Chan’s 100th war flick, “1911 Revolution,” released a batch of behind-the-scene photos that unveiled how special effect was used in the movie.

CF: Zhou Xun and Zhang Ziyi vie for role in Keanu Reeves’ movie

CF:  Remake of “Internal Affairs” In Production

A film tentatively titled “Cold War” which stars Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung, and would be a remake of the cult classic ‘Internal Affairs’ is being shot in Hong Kong ,according to a report from sina.com.cn. (Sina)

CF: Qian Xuesen’s Biopic Expected to be Released in the U.S.

An employee within the Western Movie Group revealed that negotiations with AMC, the largest chain of cinemas in the U.S., and with the American video website Hulu, regarding the movie’s copyright are drawing to a close. The movie is expected to be released in MIT, where Qian carried out his studies, and other regions across America…The inspiration for the movie, Zhang Huiling, is a plain clothes police officer from a sub-station of the Haidian police station, in Beijing. He has arrested more than 1600 criminal suspects over the course of 7 years…

CF: Director Gao Qunshu to Shoot “Hunter Zhang”

Director Gao Qunshu, who has previously directed several acclaimed movies including “The Message” and “Wind Blast”, has stated that “Hunter Zhang” will be the first movie to be included as part of his “1930-2030″ Movie Series, which is set to feature the lives of ordinary individuals. (Sina)

CF: Promotional Trailer of “My Way” Released

Josie Ho - next Bond film?

Or Tang Wei?

The new Bond film has been casting for a Chinese actress and front runners are Tang Wei and Josie Ho, according to this article. Li Bingbing, Fan Bingbing and Shu Qi are also said to be “finalists” being considered. The production company has been quietly interviewing candidates in Mainland China and Hong Kong last month. The role calls for sexy, bad and mysterious. Fan Bingbing and Li Bingbing are well known domestically in China but Fan’s English is not strong and Li’s is not as strong as Tang Wei and Josie Ho. Shu Qi has sexy but in “The Transporter” she did not have much dialogue. Tang Wei is considered the likely choice due to both her English fluency and notoriety from “Lust, Caution”. Josie Ho has the rebel image and fashion style, also, she recently worked on Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion”. The film, directed by Sam Mendes, begins shooting next month so a final announcement is expected shortly. (Sina) Elsewhere, it’s being reported that the official Bond girl is French actress Berenice Marlohe

Athena Chu goes zombie hunting

Scary Market features Athena Chu as a zombie killer in the mainland horror-comedy. Co-starring Cheung Tat-Ming, Li Fei-er and Liao Jian. The movie joins the Halloween scary movie season, Oct. 21.

Athena Chu

Liao Jian, Athena Chu (Sina)23

What’s Under the Bed Poster

(Sina)

More stills and a final trailer released of Lin Chi-Ling from Love on Credit, opening Oct. 20.

(Sina)

Yao Chen on cover of November Elle

(Sina-slideshow) (Sina)

CF: Fan Bingbing Covers Harper’s Bazaar Magazine

Fan Bingbing graced the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine to celebrate her thirtieth birthday, on September 16, 2011.

(Sina-slideshow)

Tang Wei wears green plaid in Busan for photo shoot and interview.

Raymond Lam has gotten into trouble with his ex-girlfriend, busty Chinese model-actress Mavis Pan lately.

March 29, 2010

March 29, 2010

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HK Magazine: Patrick Lung Kong interview

Beauty on Duty will open on Apr.1 as scheduled - no truth to rumor of a delay.

Wong Jing expects to do well at the box office. (Sina)

Future X-Cops publicty tour arrives in Chengdu (Mar.27) (cri)

Gao Qunshu

After participating in the HKIFF press conference for Manhunt, director Gao Qunshu spent his days in Hong Kong scouting for an old-style teahouse to conclude filming of his “Fierce West Wind”. He visited Wan Chai, Kowloon, Stanley and the New Territories. Besides searching in Hong Kong, he visited Macau and may go to Guangzhou and Shenzhen next according to an assistant. (HunanTV)

Beijing - Leon Lai

Wang Baoqiang, Richie Jen, Dante Lam, Leon Lai, Tan Kai

Fire of Conscience - Beijing premiere (Sina)

After 18 years (since Justice, My Foot), Johnnie To and Stephen Chow buried the hatchet. Last year, Manfred Wong and Wong Jing severely criticized Chow. Only Danny Lee supported him. Chow was seen bringing two bottles of wine to a French restaurant where Johnnie To was earlier entered. Is a future collaboration in the works? [Both Johnnie To and Pang Ho-Cheung had expressed interest on making a Brother Sharp film. Stephen Chow would make a fine Brother Sharp, don't you think?] (HunanTV)

CRI: Actress-turned-director Jiang Wenli’s Debut Premieres

[Previously reviewed as "Lan", so I wonder if "San" is correct or new?]

CF:Actor Daniel Wu Had Fun in Acting “Inseparable”

CF: The Founding of the Party” to be Shot in Summer

(UDN)

Edison Chen still a favourite with youths

CRI: Charlene Choi and Ronald Cheng Plan to Divorcemore

Choi commented further on their arrangement at an interview during a Twins meet-the-fans session on Sunday.

“I can afford my own lifestyle and he can afford his”, said Choi. “I can take care of myself.”

Actress Nancy Kwan puts her life on film

`Suzie’ shows how to age gracefully

CRI: A Slower Legacy for Bruce Lee in Chinese Ancestral Town

CRI: Jackie Chan, ‘Karate Kid’ Appear at Choice Awards

November 4, 2009

November 4, 2009

Three Guns: Zhang says ‘Blood Simple’ has shades of Stephen Chow

CRI: Athlete Liu Xiang may Play Thief in Jackie Chan’s Police Story

Nic Tse’s fighting form for Bodyguards and Assassins (Sina)

The Robbers

Hu Jun

Jiang Wu

(HunanTV)


Horror film, Midnight Taxi poster resembles Saw style. It gets a national release Nov.17.


Gao Qunshu has relinquished the title ‘Four Marshals’ to Gordon Chan. His film is now titledFierce West Wind. Together with his film The Message (lit.Wind Sound or Sound of the Wind) and a film scheduled to start in May that is based on a novel that also has ‘Wind’ in the title, the three will therefore form his ‘Wind Trilogy’. (Xinhua)


Takeshi Kaneshiro considering a career advancement in Hollywood (2)

Screen Daily: EMP adds Stool Pigeon to star-studded AFM slate


Li Xiaolu

Love At Seventh Sight, directed by Alfred Cheung, opens Nov. 3. Love is a road romance, Mike He plays a sound engineer from Hong Kong and Li plays a Beijing girl. (Sina)


Mainland theaters ready promotional materials for Storm Warriors, opening Dec.10 Twenty cities nationwide have slotted the film in its prime movie house. Already, female moviegoers are clamoring for the posters featuring Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng. Golden Harvest and Chengtian has been giving out free monthly ‘Wind and Cloud’ magazines to heighten the anticipation. (Sina)


THR: Polybona plans NYSE listing

Third Chinese film studio readies IPO for late 2010 or 2011

“The capital markets are starting to recognize Chinese movie studios”

October 30, 2009

October 30, 2009

True Legend

Andy On plays the villain possessed by the devil

Guo Xiaodong first time doing martial arts - grades out an ‘80′

Michelle Yeoh plays a hermit in seclusion living in the mountain

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) HD slides (5) (Sina)

Mulan

Jaycee declined using a stunt double

Latest stills show Zhao Wei and Jaycee Chan fighting (Sina)

Four Marshals

Charlie Young

Duan Yihong, one of the marshals

(Sina)

Xiao Shenyang (Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns HD slide show (4) (Sina)

THR: ‘Blood Simple’ remake set for December

CRI: “Ip Man 2″ Shifts Focus to Life

He Ping’s Wheat accused of plagiarising The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers. He Ping was chairman of the jury at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival when The Robbers was awarded as having the most market potential. He Ping and director Yang Peng had discussed the script, Bitter Bamboo Grove, at the time. (Sina)

Wang Kuirong in Wang Xiaoshuai’s Mosaic tries to capture old Chongqing (Sina)

Wang Xueqi and Qin Hao also costar (ifeng)

Jackie Chan: The Centurion

The action star celebrates his 100th film

Variety: Blue Mansions (Singapore)

It’s been a long time between drinks for Singapore helmer Glen Goei, whose 1999 debut pic, “Forever Fever,” a contagious local riff on “Saturday Night Fever,” promised to expand the island republic’s filmmaking horizons beyond local comedies and festival navel-gazers.

Though the least “Hong Kong” of the series — with the usual local in-jokes and linguistic wordplay virtually absent — this is the most marketable of the four to date, as well as a timely commentary on the onetime Brit colony’s cultural relationship with the mainland.

Yonfan’s overly self-conscious ‘Prince of Tears’ treats the White Terror period with a glib sentimentality that can best be described as political terror as soap opera

Old Fish (千鈞一髮)

An unusual Chinese police drama, to say the least. A Harbin cop is forced — and able — to defuse a time bomb thanks to his engineering background, only to find that more and more explosives are being planted in the area, and his superiors want him to keep doing the dirty work. Is Dennis Hopper on the loose? Ma Guowei (馬國偉) plays “Old Fish,” the put-upon policeman, in an award-winning turn. Directed by Gao Qunshu (高群書), who co-directed The Message (風聲), which is currently on release.

Plastic City (蕩寇)

A Chinese crook (Anthony Wong, 黃秋生) and his cooler-than-cool adopted Japanese son struggle to keep their enterprise afloat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when rivals and the authorities turn on them, including a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Critics said the fascinating idea behind the film and its visual distinctiveness were undercut by avoidable technical problems (dubbing, for starters) and a stereotypically art house divergence from coherent narrative — not to mention stylistic lapses that verge on the silly.

Vengeance (復仇)

Johnnie To (杜琪峰) is a Hong Kong director who has kept pumping out solid action flicks over the years. He probably doesn’t have as much international exposure as he should, but this film may help to change that. The lead actor is legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday, who arrives in Macau after his daughter is nearly killed in a triad hit (the rest of her family is wiped out). Hallyday, now a chef, must draw on his unsavory past to accomplish his vengeful mission — but that past is disappearing as an old injury accelerates his amnesia. Co-stars include the formidable Anthony Wong (黃秋生) as a criminal (again) and Simon Yam (任達華) as a triad boss.

Screen Daily: Far East festivals compete for market attention

US and European buyers were scarce at both events. “There were some US companies in Tokyo but they were looking for remake material, not doing acquisitions,” says Tadayuki Okubo of Japanese studio Toei.

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