HKMDB Daily News

January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010

CRI: HK Critics Name Wang Xueqi Best Actor

CRI: “All’s Well, End’s Well” Launches Sequel

CRI: Stills and Behind The Scenes of ‘True Legend’

CRI: A Good Rain Knows opens in China on January 20

Alex Law and Mabel Cheung’s Echoes of the Rainbow will be competing at the Berlin Film Festival (Feb.11-21)(Sina)

Patrick Tse (Sina)

Another son for Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse

Sandra Ng to marry director Peter Chan

Kate Tsui a kept woman?

Isabella Leong in HK to discuss upcoming nuptials with Richard Li?

Singer Ayumi Hamasaki implicated in drug scandal

Zhou Shiya, Simon Yam

The Simon Yam affair in Hangzhou continued to ruminate as additional reports surface. Originally, the woman photographed going to a hotel with Simon was said to be only a staffer accompanying his entourage. Later, the woman was identified as a mainland actress Zhou Shiya. In phone interviews with Hong Kong press, Simon said that he did not know her but that she simply followed the entourage into the hotel, implying that she was a publicity seeker. Now a photo has surfaced showing the pair together and it is reported that they have, at least, a working relationship. (Xinhua) (Sina)

Stephen Chow took his King of Comedy 2 promotion to Guangzhou. Chow hopes to recruit mainland actors and make the film on the mainland. An enthusiastic male fan greeted a surprised Chow onstage.  (HunanTV)

Wax on…


Wax figure of Jackie Chan unveiled in LA

Edison Chen turns to greet reporters following him while shopping in Causeway Bay


CNN: Acid attacks are ‘easy’ in Hong Kong

Police blasted over acid rain

Gasp (China)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 12:24 pm


(China) A China Film Group, Hua Xia Film Distribution Co., Enlight Pictures release of a Beijing Shengshi Huarui Film Investment & Management Co., Beijing Zentan Culture & Media Center, Beijing San Shi Li Sheng Movies Co., Beijing Sohu Entertainment Culture Media Co., BAMC Entertainment Co. presentation of a Beijing Zentan, Beijing Shengshi Huarui production. Produced by Cai Yuan, Ben Ji, Janet Yang, Monte Young. Executive producers, Gao Jun, Liu Xiaodian, Yan Heping, Charles Zhang, Yang Wenquan. Directed, written by Zheng Zhong.

With: Ge You, John Savage, Kelly Lin, Zhang Qiufang, Liu Hua, Chen Bo-lin, Liang Tian, Li Jing, Ji Lianhai, Warren Fox, Ji Qin, Kerry Berry Brogan, Yu Shasha.

Slaughtered by crix, which didn’t keep it from bagging a bonny 40 million yuan ($6 million) in August, “Gasp” is no worse than several other self-consciously hip, emotionally frantic satires on New China’s money fever. Helming debut by writer Zheng Zhong (”Baober in Love”) looks destined for some kind of cult status simply due to its weird assembly of talent, including top mainland comic Ge You, two Taiwanese (Kelly Lin, Chen Bo-lin) and three Yanks (including vet John Savage). All that’s wrong with “Gasp” is — gasp! — it’s frequently over-goofy and overall not very funny.

Texan cheese-maker Frank Dreibelbis (Savage, coasting) arrives dazed and confused in Beijing to sell the family company (which he’s already milked dry) to a gullible Chinese investor. But Li Qiang (Ge, deadpanning wryly) isn’t gullible, he’s simply dealing with liquidity and family problems, so gets his wannabe actress assistant (Lin) to take Frank on long sightseeing tours while he tries to stop his own life from collapsing. Meanwhile, Frank is approached by a Shanxi mine owner (Liu Hua), who’s on the run. Norwegian d.p. Aasulv Wolf Austad’s saturated cinematography swings between well-composed and artfully pretentious.

Camera (color), Aasulv Wolf Austad; editor, Tu Yiran; music, Howie B; production designer, Vanessa Carlino; art director, Tu Nan; costume designers, Guo Zhaohui, Carlino, Zheng Jing, Menalie Hug. Reviewed on DVD, London, Jan. 10, 2010. Original title: Qichuan xuxu. Mandarin, English dialogue. Running time: 90 MIN.

August 27, 2009

August 27, 2009

John Woo and daughter
John Woo and Terence Chang to produce martial arts film costarring Woo’s daughter Angeles Fei-Shai Woo as a female killer

Shooting starts in Shanghai in October. Cast includes Jung Woo-sung, Michelle Yeoh, Barbie Hsu, Shawn Yue, Kelly Lin. Su Zhao-Bin will direct the film, literally ‘River and Lakes Swordwomen’. 30 year-old Angeles has studied martial arts in the US.

Ocean Paradise press conference with Jet Li, Kwai Lun-Mei, director/screenwriter Xue Xiaolu

Jet Li plays the father of an autistic child, due for a 2010 Spring Festival release

More Ocean Paradise cast photos

Wang Jing’s Invisible Killer opens August 28

Film about internet human flesh searches

Eternal Beloved opens September 3

Law Kar-Ying’s scenes in Kung Fu Cyborg mostly deleted

Edited for out pacing, Law quipped that if you yawn you’ll miss me.

Actress Tao Hong attends party for new movie “Death Dowry”

Ethan Ruan gets bashed up for his latest movie, Monga
Monga, depicts Taiwan in the 1980s when it was encroached with mafia and triad gangs.

Cast presents at premiere ceremony of new film “Gasp”

Comic Ge You goes serious for Gasp

Shanzhai! Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before…

Donnie Yen to retire from the big screen in 2013

Karena Lam and Ekin Cheng promote Claustrophobia in South Korea

Airport sighting of Andy and Carol all the rage

More celebs embroiled in Eason Chan marriage drama

Simon Yam
Simon Yam at Hong Kong Disneyland press conference for new Halloween show ‘The Deep Cold Universe’

Shu Qi in Beijing endorsing a watch brand

New Lin Chi-Ling fashion photos

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 4, 2009

August 4, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 9:31 am

International Gasp to Set off Laughter

Stars Ge You and John Savage

Wong JingLiu YiweiXie NaXu ZhengHe GuiGuo Degang
Sci-fi comedy Mars Baby combines six styles of comedy

Variety: The Sniper review

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star Zhang Ziyi is trying her hand at romantic comedy after a series of dramas

Sundance Channel will launch the latest season of its late-night destination Asia Extreme™ in August and September

Stylish Faye Wong Shops in Hong Kong

Eric Tsang shoots nostalgic advert for Mid-Autumn Festival

Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu grace wedding magazine cover

Charlene Choi promotes Coke

Huang Yi ring sparks engagement rumor

Stanley Ho hospitalized last night after a fall
Ho had an operation to remove bleeding of the brain
Stanley Ho photo gallery
Reuters: Macau gaming tycoon Ho undergoes brain surgery

July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009

Hollywood Reporter: Murderer review
Bottom Line: A horror-suspense with a head-scratching outcome.

Hollywood Reporter: Wong Jing to live and die with ‘Mongkok’
Throwback film To Live and Die in Mongkok now shooting, set for late 2009 release.
“As long as the budget is not too high, we want to finance our own films that preserves the distinct flavor of Hong Kong cinema,” added Wong

Stellar Megamedia boards Dennis Chan’s 37
Chan’s 37 tells the story of a single mother taking her daughter on a trip to the Mongolian grasslands to fulfil the girl’s dream. It also stars Lin Miao-ke, the 10-year-old girl who earned her fame singing Ode To The Motherland at the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games. (Also, see Charlie Yeung articles below)

Poker King with Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan, Stephy Tang filming in Macau

Fruit Chan
Fruit Chan announced plans to make ‘Kowloon City’ a story about the young Bruce Lee

Chan will write, direct and produce and Lin Chi-Shiang will co-write. The biggest problem is to find the person who will play Bruce Lee because at least five similar in appearance is required.
Stanley Kwan had previously announced plans for his film about Bruce Lee but Chan was not concerned about this.

Ge You ‘Gasps’ out Funny English

Fan Bingbing film Wheat directed by He Ping - slide show

Just for laughs - Michael Hui
Michael Hui’s Comedy Talk Show In Malaysia

Nicholas Tse encourages wife to have second child

Fan Bingbing Graces Bazaar August Issue

Stars Gather for Charity Concert
Gigi Leung, Miriam Yeung, Angie Chiu, Kenny Bee

Zhang Ziyi Elle magazine slide show

Shu Qi films a bath gel advert

Charlie Yeung
Charlie Yeung cut her hair for an upcoming role in film ‘37′ to be shot in Mongolia with Mainland actress Liu Xiaoqing. [Wonder if that means Christmas Rose is completed.] She had planned to auction hair off for charity but feared the hair would be used for other purposes.

Charlie Yeung sports new short hair, video

More photos

Kelly Chen’s baby Chace photos

Edison Chen leaves Taiwan

Wang Jie
The Stage Is Set for Jackson Imitator

July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Richie Ren
Richie Ren and Dante Lam promote The Sniper in Taiwan

Long-delayed ‘Sniper’ to Screen in Taiwan

Ge You
Ge You in ensemble piece Gasp due out August 21

Liang Tian, Zhang Qiufang , Ge You

Young Bruce Lees Wanted for Ip Man 2
Related promotional video

Korean monster pig movie ‘Chaw’

Quick, Quick, Slow — Film Review
Bottom Line: “Shall We Dance” for seniors.

Walk to School — Film Review
Bottom Line: A picturesque children’s film that sidesteps genuine social issues.

The Magic Aster — Film Review
Bottom Line: This lackluster eco-friendly animation is a yawn for both kids and adults.

Raymond Wong launches Pegasus
‘All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010′ is firm’s first project

Charlene Choi dons glasses for her stage play Golden Hit

With TVB artist Fiona LeungWith Liza Wang
Photos from Michael Jackson’s 1987 visit to TVB’s Clearwater Bay Studios

Island of Greed bill rises as Andy Lau loses appeal

Anthony Wong greets TVB executive Virginia Lok at her birthday party

Xu Fan and Feng Xiaogang

I spy: Feng Xiaogang and wife Xu Fan with adopted daughter

Despite marital problems and living separately, both dote on daughter on set of Aftershock. Gu Changwei and wife Jiang Wenli have adopted as well as Zhang Guoli and his wife. The article also says that Feng Xiaogang is suffering from vitiligo.

Rosemary Vandenbroucke
Rosemary still serving it up, this time at Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest

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