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February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Li Bingbing Confirmed to Attend Oscar

Besides Li Bingbing, Chinese actress and singer Laure Shang posted her “Oscar Schedule” on the microblogging site Weibo. She was invited by domestic media outlets to broadcast live from the red carpet.

CF: ”Love in the Buff” Goes into Top Nightclubs

The romantic comedy “Love in the Buff” unveiled a batch of new still photos in the run up to its release on March 30th. Male lead Shawn Yue was featured having fun in the top nightclubs with a group of trendsetters.

CF: Poster for “Joyful Reunion” Out

Huo Siyan tries cooking at Chengdu press conference (Sina)

CF: Sino-U.S. Co-production to Film Tangshan Earthquake Blockbuster

The movie tells the true story of more than 200 prisoners risking their life to save people during the disaster only to spontaneously return to prison afterwards. Following their heroic acts, the prisoners were granted amnesty by the government and were released from prison.

CF: Lineup for Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival(FBA)

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke, posting on his Weibo, wondered if fans would accept it if he cast Takeshi Kitano in his martial arts actioner “In the Qing Dynasty” (aka In the Manchurian Dynasty). During difficult financial times, Kitano invested in three of Jia’s early films, “Platform”, “Unknown Pleasures” and “The World”. (Sina)

Speaking at the Beijing press conference for “Crazy Stupid Thief”, Francis Ng said that he was overwhelmed with multiple roles, not only involved in script writing, casting, editing and design, as well as directing the MV, but he only took a paycheck as actor.

Wang Taili, Teddy Lin (Lian Jin), Ying Er (Liu Ying), Lam Suet, Francis Ng, Peng Bo (Sina)2

(Feb.20) Vivian Hsu and Zhou Dongyu attending Burberry’s Fall and Winter Fashion Week in London.

Vivian Hsu, Zhou Dongyu

Zhou Dongyu

Vivian Hsu (Sina)2

In Milan, Gao Yuanyuan attended a Valentino Flagship shop opening, Gucci Fall/Winter 2012 and below, Max Mara Autumn/Winter 2012

Valentino Flagship store opening (Sina)

October 5, 2011

October 5, 2011 - News [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: 1911 review

The revolutionaries who fought to free China from nearly 3,000 years of dynastic oppression deserve a worthier cinematic monument than “1911.”

Publicity stills of Lin Chi-Ling for Love on Credit, opening Oct. 20.


Update on Glory Days: Michael Tong, Chan Kwok-Pong (Power Chan) have been added to the cast list in addition to previously mentioned Eric Tsang, Felix Wong and Max Mok.

Michael Tong, Felix Wong, Chan Kwok-Pong

Michael Tong Man-Lung, Felix Wong, Chan Kwok-Pong

Chan Kwok-Pong

Michael Tong

Felix Wong (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Yi and Rose Chan promote The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake in Hong Kong


More, albeit fuzzier, photos of Gao Yuanyuan in Paris with flaming red lips


MSN: Andy Lau and Deanie Ip nominated for the Golden Horse Awards

MSN: Karen Mok’s father denies he was dissatisfied with son-in-law

September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

CRI: Venice Int’l Film Festival Kicks off

Producer Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony

Huang Yi (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)2

FBA: Juliets review

Consistently engaging collection of three offbeat Romeo & Juliet riffs.

FBA: Tsui is Asian Filmmaker of the Year

CF: Animated and Real Actors Unite for Jaycee Chan’s New Film

Flesh-and-blood actors will perform alongside animated stars for the new fantasy movie “Lee’s Adventure” which is based on a single cartoon created by a creative young animator.

CF: ”Love in Space” Premieres in Beijing

Eason Chan, Guei Lun-Mei, Wing Shya, Aaron Kwok

Wing Shya, “Guess where I am.”  (Sina-slideshow)2

CF: Snake Fairy and Beast Romance in “Its Love”

The imminent fantasy romance movie, “Its Love,” released a batch of still photos featuring the blue snake portrayed by Charlene Choi and the monk-turned beast played by Wen Zhang.

Poster for the male characters in Gordon Chan’s Mural which opens Sept. 29.

Deng Chao

Collin Chou

Andy On Chi-Kit

Bao Bei-Er  (Sina)

And a sampling of special effects


Filming has begun in Sai Kung for the latest Wong Jing-Patrick Kong collaboration, a ghost story featuring Chrissie Chau, Law Chung-Him (Him Law), Timmy Hung and Charmaine Fong. Chrissie injured her right leg and had to go to the hospital to be treated.

Patrick Kong (Yip Lim-Sum), Wong Jing

Chrissie Chau


Producers Jimmy Huang Chih-Ming and John Woo flank director Wei Te-Sheng

Landy Wen, Vivian Hsu, Luo Mei-Ling

Vivian Hsu

Da Ching

Lin Ching-Tai (Sina-slideshow)

Zhang Jingchu: Poster Girl for FIGARO

The Prince of Magic, Liu Qian and Gao Yuanyuan promote a brand product in Beijing.

MSN: Mark Chao tells of soured friendship with Vic Chou

The Black & White lead actor admitted—for the first time—that his friendship with Vic Chou took a turn for the worse after he nabbed the Best Actor award over the widely-tipped hot fave Vic

Eason’s wife, Hilary Tsui was recently photographed hanging out at night clubs with a number of male companions. She also reportedly paid for their drinks, which incurred into a huge expense.

Awkward: Edison Chen and Gillian Chung check into the same hotel in Shanghai last week. (Sina)

June 9, 2011

June 9, 2011

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TimeOutHK: Love For Life review

FBA: A Disappearing Village review

Drily black comedy of rural stubbornness is a small, independent gem.

Slice of Life: A film nerd’s wildest dream (TimeOutHK)

Dinner with Johnnie To and Ringo Lam

CF: “The Founding of a Party” Premieres in Beijing

Han also revealed that the movie will be shown in over 10 foreign countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Singapore, and added that the global version finished editing on Wednesday

CF: Wolverine” Sings Chinese in “The Secret Fan”

Hugh Jackman portrays an Australian businessman who was involved into a romantic relationship with the character played by Gianna Jun

GlobalTimes: The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory (2010) has been touring the globe, attending more than 40 international film festivals in the year since completion, before its premiere on the Chinese mainland on June 30, according to director Zhang Meng.

Shooting was almost suspended mid-production due to a cash crisis, leading to lead actress Qin Hailu investing her own money and becoming co-producer. Although the film took merely 60 days and 5 million yuan ($771,500) to make, investors suddenly withdrew at the toughest of times, leaving only 47 yuan ($7.25) remaining in the budget.

CNNGo: The Hong Kong movie audience doesn’t matter anymore

Gao Yuanyuan promotes vegetarianism for PETA Asia

Zhao Wei and daughter (Xinhua)

MSN: Andy Hui to propose in Japan? (Xinhua)

MSN: Carina Lau and Tony Leung trying for a baby

The pair was said to have gone to the United States to seek treatment

Nicholas-Cecilia saga: It’s all over

Nicholas Tse Ting Fung has finally signed divorce papers and agreed that wife Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi can take primary care of his two kids, according to an early report from Hong Kong’s East Week and Next Magazine

Nicholas Tse: Cecilia is no longer my woman (MSN)

March 20, 2011

March 20, 2011

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AP: Hong Kong film festival opens, mood subdued because of Japanese disasters

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is part of [Johnnie] To’s recent push into the mainland Chinese market with blander fare than his signature crime thrillers, which are often too violent or gritty to pass mainland censorship. But the movie’s story of a playboy Hong Kong trader and an earnest Canadian-Chinese architect pulling all stops to win the heart of a mainland Chinese financial analyst reads like political commentary on China’s growing geopolitical clout.

To didn’t attend Sunday’s opening ceremony, but his co-director denied any political overtones in the movie.

ScreenDaily: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart review2

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart is a delight to sit through.

Gao Yuanyuan - HKIFF Opening Ceremony

Johnnie To delayed filming and waited 5 months for Gao Yuanyuan because her mother was ill. (Sina)

THR: ’Factory Girls’ to Get Feature Treatement

Chinese migrant worker story optioned by Hong Kong-Dutch director.

Reel China: Targets an elusive film fan — the Chinese American (LATimes)

October’s “Aftershock,” about a devastating 1976 earthquake, was one of the highest-grossing films ever in mainland China but brought in just $61,000 in limited North American release. In December, “If You Are the One 2″ grossed a respectable $427,000, while the Chinese remake of “What Women Want” sold about $130,000 of tickets in February. The movies all premiered in about two dozen theaters.

THR: 5 Films Not to Miss at the Hong Kong International Film Festival

Hi, Fidelity

Making its world premiere at HKIFF is Hong Kong filmmaker Poon Yuen-leung’s Hi, Fidelity, which follows the sexual exploits of three spurned Hong Kong housewives who cross the border to China, only to discover they’ve all fallen for the same gigolo. The film will likely be a big draw because it marks the comeback of iconic Hong Kong actress Patricia Ha (An Amorous Woman of Tang Dynasty), who makes her first appearance onscreen in eight years.THR: Everything You Need to Know to Survive Filmart

THR’s guide to Asia’s largest film market

3D Sex and Zen

3D doesn’t get more rousing than 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, a stereoscopic reinterpretation of an erotic Chinese novel, repped by One Dollar Distribution. The film occupies its own booth at Filmart 2011, with an invitation-only market screening of the full 3D version off-site on March 22.

Kung Fu Panda 2, which adds the voice of Pan-Asian superstar Michelle Yeoh to a cast that brings back Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu, is all but certain to be released in China on May 26, simultaneous with its North American debut.

Chinese shingle Huayi Brothers has announced a long-term co-operation deal with Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung’s Hong Kong-based indie production house Diversion Pictures.

Jay Chou is in Jordan shooting Dante Lam’s new film (lit.Against War).

Jay Chou

With a fan (Sina)2

Shibuya Tenma (Ip Man, Cow) is the latest actor to join the cast of Nanjing Heroes (Sina)

Deadly Will a comedy, thriller opens April 7.

Guo Tao plays a detective

Cecilia Han Xue


Chen Kun

Chen Kun at the recent launch ceremony for Qian Xuesen (Sina)

Huang Yi, Chen Kun and Dong Jie

Montblanc opening in Shenyang

Huang Yi (Sina-slideshow)

Zhao Wei in short skirt at Beijing Versace store event

Zhao Wei


Andrew Lin on the Catwalk


March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

FBA: Lau and Ip reunite for Sister Peach

AP: HK star Andy Lau channels China earnings to local films

Lau said he was barely spending any time in Hong Kong these days, instead busy belting out his hits for mainland fans and capitalizing on his stardom among entertainment-hungry Chinese audiences that accounted for a total box office of $1.55 billion last year. Lau has been the front man for most Chinese blockbusters in recent years, most recently a remake of the kung fu classic “Shaolin” and the fantasy-mystery “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.”

Ann Hui is one of the local directors who has sort of fallen by the wayside amid the rise of big-budget Chinese productions. She excels in Hong Kong-set family and domestic dramas that win critical acclaim, but struggles to find viewers on the mainland.

Latest poster for the J-10 film, now called Sky Fighters

As Lock Destination, last month

Whatever it’s called, it’s Huang Yi in a flight suit! Take that, Kelly McGillis. (Sina)2

Sky Fighters costar Li Guangjie and Huang Yi attend the Beijing premiere of Johnnie To/Wai Ka-Fai’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.


Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Tsui Hark with Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Tsui Hark with Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai

Guests Huang Xiaolei, Zhang Guoli (center) (Sina)2

The Warring States starring Sun Honglei, Kim Hee-Sun and Francis Ng opens April 15, the official web site launch is today. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok

Appearing in Beijing with a “marriage certificate” Life is a Miracle announced a new Chinese title (lit. Favorites) for the Gu Changwei film openinng May 10.


New poster for diaster film Together starring Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Ni Dahong, Yan Ran, Li Feier

Director Yan Ran has another film Sweet Journey being released at the same time

Zhang Hanyu and Yu Na star


Chen Hong, wife of Chen Kaige, has a guest role in The Lost Bladesman.

She plays the wife of Alex Fong Chung-Sun’s character. (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan poses for Darizi (Big Wedding Day) magazine (Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei in Dubai photo shoot for Voyage magazine

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Lin Chi-ling: We’re more than friends

The Taiwanese model was talking about her relationship with businessman Qiu Shi Kai

Aiiya, check out the underarm stains! (Sina-slide show)

MSN: Dee Hsu tickles fans with bathroom photo

CNA: Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split

February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011

CRI: Jackie Chan’s New Movie Gets U.S. Release

The film, with a former title, “The 1911 Revolution”, is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the monumental Xinhai Revolution that began in 1911 and eventually brought an end to China’s last feudal dynasty.

PeoplesDaily: ‘Bullets’ copyright scores Hollywood bullseye

Last year’s blockbuster comedy Let the Bullets Fly, which became the biggest-grossing Chinese language movie ever, has now set another record - the top price paid in Hollywood for the rights to adapt a Chinese film.

FBA: Fox to release Butcher in Hong Kong

20th Century Fox is to release The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman in Hong Kong on 7 April.

Pulpy psychodrama is made watchable by its two female leads.

‘Late Autumn,’ a modern fairytale for adults

Heart-stopping and transcending sentimentality, Kim Tae-yong’s “Late Autumn” is a remake with a greater purpose than simply pairing superstars in a new setting.

I majored in directing at the Central Academy of Drama (in Beijing) because I wanted to become a director. When you study directing, you also learn how to act.

It was recently reported that the investor was unhappy with Cecilia, as she did not have time to complete the filming of The Lady Generals of Yang Family, due to her busy schedule.

The investor also put down the rule that the movie must be completed by the end of the month, else it would be cancelled.

A Chinese Fairy Tale

Louis Koo, Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

The first stills from the secretive shoot of Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Fairy Tale was released yesterday.

A world-wide release is planned for April. (Sina)

In December, the Chinese Fairy Tale cast went into the studio for post-production getting head scans to enhance the 3D effects.

Liu Yifei

Fan Siu-Wong

Kara Hui (Sina)

Kara Hui in costume


Zhang Zilin (Zhang Zhilin)

Zhang Zilin

Stills from Underdog Knight 2 features Liu Ye and Zhang Zilin (Miss World 2007)

The film opens April 1. (Sina)

Daniel Wu - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan

Daniel Wu plays a depressed but brilliant architect who restores his self-confidence after meeting Gao Yuanyuan (Sina)

It was reported that Leon, who rarely appeared in events, began taking up more work recently. This drove speculations of a pregnant Gaile Lok and that Leon was saving up for the birth of his Rabbit child.

November 19, 2010

November 19, 2010

CRI: Andy Lau to Show ‘What Women Want’ in Feb.

Zhang Yishan, Aarif Lee

Jennifer Tse and Zhang Yishan - from My Brother Bruce Lee (HunanTV)

Cecilia Cheung in costume for Lady Generals of the Yang Family. It appears to be an ethnic minority style instead of a military uniform. Posted on Weibo by an assistant of Ceci’s.


False alarm:  Francis Ng was injured on the set of Warring States while shooting a fire scene. The action called for Francis to set fire to a supply cart and act distraught.  Somehow the fire got out of control in a gale of wind and while still deep in the role trying to utter his lines Francis was soon surrounded by a wall of fire and smoke. Wearing heavy armor costume weighing 30kg he could not move. Until he was located by shouting and searching Francis was finally rescued. He was temporarily suffocated and he suffered red and swollen eyes. His throat/vocal chords was damaged and had some burns on his skin but did not suffer more serious injury because he was rescued in time. (Sina)(Xinhua) [It turns out, this actually happened back in July. Warring States completed filming in September and Francis Ng has fully recovered since. So this story is just coattailing on the Selina Jen fire incident.] (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan tries new gangster image in new film co-starring Leon Lai (Sina)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen opened the Christmas season at Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay. (Sina)

And nothing says ‘Christmas’ like Hello Kitty, with Annie Liu, at Langham Plaza. (Sina)

Today is Sir Run Run Shaw’s 103rd birthday.

Last night, he celebrated  at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel with wife Mona Fong under heavy hotel security. (Sina)(Xinhua)

MSN: Was it a shotgun marriage for Barbie Hsu?

MSN: Lin Chi-ling and mother insulted on Facebook

Lin Chi-Ling for Longines, in English.

MSN: Selina Jen breaks down during counseling

CNN: Hong Kong diagnoses first human bird flu case in 7 years

US Embassy: Beijing air quality is ‘crazy bad’

Experts say Beijing’s frequently bad air has been even dirtier recently because a growing number of factories and villages on the outskirts of the city are burning coal for the winter, and more than 1,200 new cars hit the roads each day.

September 9, 2009

September 9, 2009 (2)

In the winter of 1940, peasant Niu Er is unluckily burdened with the task of protecting his village’s only Dutch dairy cow, which supplies milk for the wounded Chinese soldiers. Even when all the other villagers are massacred by Japanese troops, Niu Er remains committed to protecting the cow. Loyal Niu Er outsmarts Japanese soldiers, starving refugees who abuse the cow’s generous milk-giving, and greedy thugs who even try to slaughter the cow for meat…

Gordon Liu plays Nic Tse’s father in Yit Lat Lat (’Spicy Hot’?), a story about troubled youth

(Oriental Daily)

Zhao Wei and Jingle Ma

Zhao Wei attended Jingle Ma’s press conference in Beijing where he officially signed on with Starlight International Media Group to produce three films including Beijing Raiders and Hua Mulan 2. (

Chow Yun-fat: Confucius Bored Me to Death

Taipei Times: Tsai movie set at Louvre to screen at concert hall
The Taiwanese feature film Face, or Visage in French, a production paid for in part by the Louvre Museum in Paris, is scheduled to make its debut at the National Concert Hall in Taipei on Sept. 22.

Season of Good Rain Seoul premiere

Heo Jin-Ho, Guo Yuanyuan, Jung Woo-Sun


August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009

21st Century Kato
Jay Chou as Kato

Jay Chou stuffs himself with good ol’ American food

Zhou Xun

Stills from The Message released

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng at launch ceremony for typhoon relief

Asked about making another Young and Dangerous film, Ekin expressed doubt about the continued impact of film culture. He said it was better to do charity work.

Charlie Yeung and daughter in 37
Charlie Yeung in ‘37′

Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren
Fire Dragon’s Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren

Vivian unfazed by rumors of Shu Qi and boyfriend Stephen Fung

Michelle Ye
Pinky Cheung
More Fire Dragon cast photos

Leon LaiMichelle Ye
Dante Lam’s Fire Dragon

More photos

Gao Yuanyuan
Heo Jin-Ho’s Season of Good Rain, formerly a segment of Chengdu, I Love You

Tussle over Tony Leung
Carina Lau
Carina Lau philosophical about Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung incident

‘After so many years, we are very much like watching a love story. We do not want it played out quickly, if you want to see it then we have to go on.’

Shooting Stanley Kwan’s Energy Behind the Heart/Dancing With The Heart

Ducked into clothing store until her car arrived

More Carina Lau photos

HK star Shawn Yue is tired of being linked to female celebs

Actress Angelica Lee to wed HK director

Jackie Chan, Tan Jing
Zhang Ziyi
Stars attend solo concert celebrating China’s founding

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei appointed as VP Chinese Performing Arts Society appears at skin care endorsement event in Shanghai

More photos

Aaron Kwok
Lee San-San
Aaron Kwok finished third in his own charity race in Shanghai

Zhang Ziyi

Vogue magazine spread - Zhang Ziyi (click through)

Andy Lau?
Funeral procession of Andy Lau’s ‘father-in-law’

Obscurred by a sea of white umbrellas, media determines Andy secretly in attendance. Trademark hook nose is the tell.
Photos: Funeral procession, Andy’s secret children?
‘Son-in-Lau’ goes under cover at Chu’s funeral
Last wish of Carol Chu’s dad - to see her wed Lau
Quite a ’scene’ at funeral of Chu’s dad

Lucky number 4

Sandy Lau Crowned Miss Hong Kong 2009

Simon Yam
Judge Simon Yam

Museum of Chinese in America Gets a New Home

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