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December 21, 2013

Personal Tailor (Variety review)

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Personal Tailor

December 20, 2013
Justin Chang

Top-grossing Chinese helmer Feng Xiaogang has alternated between romantic comedies and big-budget historical epics with remarkable consistency in recent years, padding out two pleasant servings of “If You Are the One” with an earthquake-themed tearjerker (“Aftershock”) and a wartime famine drama (“Back to 1942″). Back in the laffer realm with “Personal Tailor,” a sly bit of satirical whimsy about a company that brings people’s fantasies of wealth and power to life, Feng has not only continued the trend but fashioned an unofficial sequel to one of his early hits, 1997′s “The Dream Factory.” An easy-on-the-eyes trifle with a few pleasingly sharp edges, “Tailor” is likely too mild and episodic to catch on offshore, though domestically it’s off to a fine start with $13 million — the second-highest opening of all time for a mainland release.

The central conceit of “The Dream Factory” — four friends making money by impersonating any characters requested by their clientele — has been taken to more elaborate situational extremes here. “What you don’t dare imagine, we dare to do,” goes the slogan of Personal Tailor, a company that provides a far more benign version of the services offered in David Fincher’s “The Game,” allowing regular men and women to see their wildest dreams temporarily realized. We get a glimpse of their handiwork in the film’s amusing prologue, in which a woman willingly submits to interrogation, detainment and a six-day hunger strike as the star of her own WWII resistance fantasy, playfully shot in black-and-white.

Personal Tailor is run by Zhong Yang (Feng regular Ge You), the “director of dreams,” and his resourceful employees Miss Bai (Bai Baihe), the “fantastician”; Lu Xiaolu (Li Xiaolu), the “caterer of whims”; and Ma Qing (Zheng Kai), the “spiritual anesthetist.” For all their elaborate titles, however, they’re essentially members of a scrappy, high-concept acting troupe, called upon to wear as many hats as possible, literally and figuratively, in order to satisfy their clients’ demands. From this premise, Wang Shuo’s script strings together three vignettes (well, three-and-a-half), getting in a few modest digs at China’s political, artistic and economic values in the process.

In the first segment, “Honest Instincts,” a chauffeur (Fan Wei) whose previous high-ranking employers were all busted for accepting bribes, decides to test his own moral resilience by assuming the role of a village chief. Local peasants, foreign dignitaries and his own staff, all played by the Personal Tailor quartet (outfitted in an array of costumes by Dora Ng Li Lo), do their utmost to tempt him with financial and even sexual favors, though as Yang tartly observes, the “chief” turns out to be susceptible to a much more banal form of corruption.

Feng indulges in some playful self-parody in the second and most overtly comedic yarn, “Bloody Vulgar,” centered around a massively successful commercial filmmaker (Li Chengru) who, tired of winning awards like the “Pacific Rim Pandering Prize” and “Sell-out Screenplay of the Year,” yearns for low-budget art-cinema respectability. Featuring a brief cameo by Jackie Chan (one of the film’s producers), the tale pokes outlandish if somewhat overstretched humor at the differences between high and low culture. Once again Yang supplies a crucial bit of wisdom, and one of the pic’s best lines: “Chinese films, however bad, are never art.”

The most touching and trenchant of the three tales, “Mo’ Money,” finds the Personal Tailor crew returning a favor to the impoverished Mrs. Dan (Song Dandan), allowing her to play the part of a billionaire for a day. Cloaked in expensive finery and perfume, and spending her $14 million daily allowance on swanky real estate, Mrs. Dan gets an ample taste of the high life, as well as a sense of the dissatisfactions and undesirable obligations that it brings. If this development strikes some viewers as an apologia for the rich, or an argument against social mobility, it’s entirely consistent with Feng’s dryly ironic worldview, acknowledging the sheer difficulty of retaining any sort of principles in a position of power.

While Zhao Xiaoshi’s widescreen cinematography and Shi Haiyang’s production design supply no shortage of visual polish, “Personal Tailor” remains a modest, low-pulse endeavor throughout, meandering from one story to the next and never allowing any of its four principal characters to really come into focus. Yet over the course of its generally absorbing if overlong 117-minute running time, it offers a brief and appreciably sympathetic take on the lure of fantasy, the pleasures of role play and the thrill of commanding the multitudes — which is to say that it’s, among other things, a film about filmmaking.

Film Review: ‘Personal Tailor’
Reviewed on DVD, Pasadena, Calif., Dec. 20, 2013. Running time: 117 MIN. Original title: “Si ren ding zhi”

Production
(China) A China Lion Film Distribution (in U.S.) release of a Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and Huayi Brothers Intl. presentation of a Chonqing Film Group, Emperor Film Prod. Co., Sparkle Roll Media Co., Anhui Broadcasting Corp., SMG Pictures, the One Investment Fund Management Co. presentation, in association with China Film Co-Prod. Corp., of a Huayi Brothers Media Corp., Bon Voyage Film Studio, Huayi Brothers Intl., Beijing Live Planet Film Co. production. Produced by Wang Zhongjun, Liu Guangquan, Albert Yeung, Jackie Chan, Zhang Suzhou, Qiu Xin, Wang Yiyang. Executive producer, Hu Xiaofeng. Co-producers, Zhou Lifang, Li Chaoyang, Su Xiao, Wang Ren. Co-executive producers, Zhang Dajun, Huang Xiang, Albert Lee, Qi Jianhong, Zhao Hongmei, Yang Wenhong, Zhang Jiaming.

Crew
Directed by Feng Xiaogang. Screenplay, Wang Shuo. Camera (color/B&W, widescreen), Zhao Xiaoshi; editor, Zhang Weili; music, Luan Shu; production designer, Shi Haiyang; costume designer, Dora Ng Li Lo; sound, Wu Jiang; line producer, Hu Xiaofeng; associate producers, Bernard Yang, Helen Li.

With
Ge You, Bai Baihe, Li Xiaolu, Zheng Kai, Fan Wei, Song Dandan, Li Chengru, Miao Pu, Du Jiayi, Liang Tian, Li Yong, Guan Xiaotong, Cao Bingkun, Jackie Chan, Wang Baoqiang. (Mandarin dialogue)
Variety

December 3, 2011

December 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Another “catch up” post, after a few eventful days at the local cardiothoracic unit. No, not for me, thankfully.

THR: Ge You Signs Three-Picture Deal with Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures(CF)

Emperor Motion Pictures signed a five-year, three-picture deal with Chinese box office king Ge You to develop tailor-made vehicles for the actor-director-producer to star in, which he might also direct and produce if he chooses to. EMP has agreed to invest not less than $78 million into the three projects.

Ge You, Albert Yeung

Charlene Choi

Gillian Chung

Twins (Sina-gallery)

THR: Tang Wei to Pick Up Third Best Actress Award for ‘Late Autumn’

CF: ”Dear Enemies” Wandering on the Street

The romance movie “Dear Enemy”, dedicated to this year’s Christmas, is due to hit the national screens on December 23. A batch of new still photos was released today in the run up of its release. Lead actress and director of the movie Xu Jinglei and lead actor Stanley Huang were featured in the pictures wearing bathrobes and standing on the street.

In “Strawberry Cliff,” a supernatural thriller about a young woman who can foresee people’s deaths, director Chris Chow was able to break from formulas and plot conventions that he typically sticks to in his screenwriting work.

It also stars Eason Chan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular actors, as a Hong Kong bartender who shares a soul with both an American man and a French woman. For Mr. Chan, best known for Cantopop ballads and comedic roles, it’s a both a weightier-than-usual part and his first in English.

Mr. Chow currently is working on screenplays for a few films, including one with director John Woo. “Flying Tigers,” which Mr. Woo says he plans to begin shooting next year, is about the group of American combat pilots who fought with the Chinese military against the Japanese during World War II.

SARFT released a document named “On Promoting the Coordinated Development of Movie Making, Publishing and Releasing.”

“The Flowers of War” international poster

Nie Yuan plays a Chinese Army soldier (Sina-gallery)

CF: The Leading Actress of “The Flowers of War” Finally Removes Her Veil

The lead actress’s name, Ni Ni, is listed on the poster alongside that of Hollywood star Christian Bale; indicating the girl’s importance within the project.

(Sina)

CF: ”The Flowers of War” Pair Cover Hollywood Reporter Magazine

Also, the premiere of “The Flowers of War” was moved ahead one day to Dec. 15 to get a jump on Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”. (Sina)

Reportedly, Zhou Dongyu, Joe Chan and Dou Xiao are all dubbed by professionals in the Cantonese edition.

New “first tear” poster for “Allure of Tears”, now scheduled for Dec. 22 release

Aarif Lee, Zhou Dongyu

Barbara Wong coaxes tears from Zhou Dongyu (Sina)2

Chen Kun will portray a nefarious eunuch with high level kung-fu skills, going up against Ming Dynasty general Chow Wai-On, played by Jet Li. Newly released still photos, showcasing Chen’s unique make-up and luxurious costumes, give audiences a glimpse of the character that Chen is set to portray.

Chen Kun

(Sina)

At the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, which took place from October 20-30, the director revealed that the film would be released on the mainland, and beared this in mind during the filming process. “I’ve prepared backup materials for the sensitive content that may be disapproved by the Film Board,” he said in an interview. So, there is no need for movie fans to worry about losing the original flavor when watching Ko’s latest creation on mainland cinema screens.

The perfect kung fu duo—Tsui Hark and Jet Li—pose for a photo shoot for “GQ” magazine to promote their new wuxia martial arts flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” slated for release on December 16.

CF: Leni Lan Yan Covers the For Him Magazine

Lan Yan poses for a sultry and seductive photo shoot to cover the For Him Magazine (FHM).

Many fans, however, were less than thrilled with a crude joke actor Eric Tsang made about the film You Are the Apple of My Eye. Tsang cohosted the ceremony with his daughter, Mando-pop singer and actress Bowie Tsang.

The Chinese title of the sweet-natured comedy, which is about a group of high school friends engaged in a romantic rivalry, literally translates as “Those years, we chased the same girl.” The film has set box office records in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong and a single off its soundtrack, Those Years (那些年), has become a major hit.

The movie is so influential, Tsang declared during the ceremony, that Hong Kong director Wong Jing, a prolific director with infamously crass sensibilities, wants to make his own version. The title? “Those years, when we raped the same girl”.

“That sounds a little scary,” Bowie Tsang responded to her father as their celebrity audience giggled nervously.

Lin Chi-ling probably wishes the media had some boundaries, too. The supermodel celebrated her 37th birthday last week, which led to yet another round of tabloid speculation about when she will finally find a husband…Gossip reporters were horrified by the idea of Taiwan’s top model becoming a 40-year-old spinster. “I feel like everyone asks me the same question every year,” said Lin with a giant smile plastered across her face. “I never have a different answer. It makes me feel depressed.”

Baby, baby, baby…

Soon after Andy Lau’s admission that he is going to be a father, fellow “Heavenly King” Leon Lai hinted that he may well be next, during the premiere of his new film “White Vengeance” on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.

Benny Chan recently shared a piece of happy news amidst all the negativity he’s been getting due to his improper behaviour towards 19-year-old actress Rose Chan.

Previously, a tabloid claimed that Benny paid Rose HK$1 million as a form of compensation. Commenting on the report, the actor said, “Today’s my two queens’ birthday. Let’s not talk about that.” (Sina)

Chan’s wife, Lisa Jiang, a Chinese former-model, was due to give birth in mid-December but delivered her daughter earlier via Cesarean section because the baby’s umbilical cord was coiled around its neck.

“Because this day is my wife Lisa Jiang’s 26th birthday and is also the day my daughter is born, it is especially memorable,” Chan told reporters.

December 1, 2010

December 1, 2010

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Sacrifice loses steam in the second half

Sacrifice could have been a masterpiece.

Ge You - “Mr Nice Guy” gets a makeover

The actor who is so loved today was never admitted to any acting school. Until 1978, he was a pig farmer in suburban Beijng, a legacy of the “cultural revolution” (1966-76). It was his role in a short skit on pig breeding that took him into a drama troupe.

The romantic TV series Eternal Moment that debuted 12 years ago is to have a big screen adaptation…Shot in Beijing, Shanghai and Bordeaux, France, the film will present three endings for the viewers to choose the one they like. (CRI)

FBA: Bruce Lee lacks punch at China box office

CNNGo: Ben Sin: Going to the movies sucks in Hong Kong

We never get to see what we want to see on the big screen, because film distributors are out of touch with reality


CRI: Heroines of ‘The Yang Family’ Unveiled

Fan Bingbing is reportedly joining the cast of Wong Kar-Wai’s The Grandmasters in an unknown role. Fan’s agent could not confirm but said that she had been in contact with the director. (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat and Jiang Wu in a scene from Let the Bullets Fly

(Xinhua)

Rocker Cui Jian and Christopher Doyle are collaborating on a new film, The Blue Bone, now filming in Beijing. Cui Jian summarized it as ‘one song, two generations, three stories, four styles’, a complicated story of a young man with multiple identities in love with a singer who is the boss’ lover. The cast members are relative newcomers. Singer Mao Amin will appear in a cameo role.

Cui Jian, Christopher Doyle

Ni Hongjie (Sina)

Andrew Lin announced he is getting married and that his wife is pregnant.

Andrew Lin - The Founding of a Party

Chrissie Chau featured in new ad campaign for makeup brand

More at the she.com site

MSN: Ethan Ruan clears the air on film offers

MSN: Mother urges Lin Chi-ling to get married on her 36th birthday

MSN: Wang Xiaofei still uses a supplementary card from his mother

Barbie Hsu’s mother-in-law clarifies the state of her son’s wealth

MSN: Barbie Hsu and Wang Xiaofei’s property rejection

The newly wedded couple’s option to purchase an apartment in Kunming was rejected

HK actor Adam Cheng hospitalised after four-metre fall(Xinhua)

November 18, 2010

November 18, 2010

Variety: Ge You emerging as China’s most bankable thesp

FBA: Bona files for stock market listing

THR: China’s Bona Film Group Files IPO

  • Bona, which no longer is connected to China’s military, counts among its private competitors Huayi Brothers Media, which raised $176 million on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in October 2009 and Enlight Media, a Beijing based TV company turned movie studio.
  • Bona, in fact, has government ties of its own, having merged in November 2003 with the China Poly Group, a business wing of the People’s Liberation Army, to form PolyBona Film Distribution, the company’s former English name
  • Bona’s U.S. IPO filing follows close on the heels of the filings for U.S. public listings by China’s two largest online video sharing web sites, Youku with the New York Stock Exchange and Tudou on the Nasdaq.

CRI: ’My Own Swordsman’ Trailer Available

Director Shang Jing has reunited the original cast to continue his parody of social issues through the stories of everyday life in a small inn.

Andy Lau and Gong Li attend the trailer premiere event for What Women Want in Beijing (Nov. 18)

Director Chen Daming (Sina)2

(Nov.17) Peter Chan, Sandra Ng and Vincent Kok of Mr. and Mrs Incredible collaborated with the Hong Kong Tourism Board to promote winter holiday tourism and  shopping. A 3D animated short film featured characters named ‘Hong-Hong’ and ‘Kong-Kong’. Peter Chan, jokingly, announced the release date for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible as January 32, 2011, meaning the day after January 31st.

Peter Chan

Director Vincent Kok

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan, Vincent Kok

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan (Sina)

Li Qin (Dream of the Red Mansions) plays Blue Phoenix in Mr.and Mrs. Incredible

(Sina)

Let the Bullet posters outlining the characters and relationships

Jiang Wen

Chow Yun-Fat

Ge You (Sina)

Wang Xueqi in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Founding of a Party

Wang Leehom

Daniel Wu

Qin Lan, Bai Bing (Sina)

The Taiwanese actress and her millionaire boyfriend registered their marriage in Beijing on Tuesday, and will hold their wedding in March. [Rumors of her pregnancy _may_ prove to be unfounded. :D]

Hsu may have called Wang her “husband” in her statement, however, due to regulations governing cross–strait marriages; they are not legally husband and wife yet.

Netizens are gleefully flaming the 34-year-old, calling her everything from “evil woman” and “gold-digger” to “more disgusting than a rat” and “Big quot; (a play on Hsu’s official nickname Big S). The cause of such outrage?

(Xinhua)

January 12, 2010

Gasp (China)

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Gasp

(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.

By DEREK ELLEY
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.
Variety

November 6, 2009

November 6, 2009

Divaasia: Vivian returns to her roots

Actress Vivian Hsu will soon start work on the new Taiwanese movie Seediq Bale, directed by Wei Te Sheng, who also directed last year’s Cape No 7.

Vivian plays the lead role in the movie that portrays the Wushe Incident, a 1930 Seediq uprising led by Mona Rudao against the Japanese when Taiwan was colonised.

The Seediq are Taiwanese aboriginal people who, along with the Truku people, were previously classified as the Atayal tribe.

She said: “I won’t be speaking any Mandarin in the movie at all. Instead, I would have to speak Japanese and Seediq.”

The movie is due to film for half a year and will be completed in 2011.

It is budgeted at $21 million.

Treasure Hunter poster featuring Jay Chou

(HunanTV)

Bodyguards and Assassins main poster

The difficulty in fitting all the cast took three months before finalizing the poster.

World premiere will be in Nanjing Nov. 12 where Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum is located.

(HunanTV)

THR: Tang Wei returns in ‘Manchu’ remake

‘Lust, Caution’ actress coming off ban, stars in English film

“Full Autumn” in Korean — by Kim Tae-yong (“Family Ties”) will start shooting later this month in Seattle, and will travel to other cities across the United States, the Korean producer said…

THR: Hong Kong movies make a dramatic showing at the boxoffice

Four local films got into the top 10 in the summer: the Shaw Brothers’ comeback “Turning Point” (HK15.7 million), “Overheard” from the “Infernal Affairs” team (HK15.5 million), Edko’s Aaron Kwok thriller “Murderer” (HK11.7 million) and period comedy “On His Majesty’s Secret Service” (HK8.8 million). Only two made the cut last summer…Although the number of local releases rose slightly in 2009, what’s staggering is the upcoming Chinese New Year public holiday slot, which will see 10 Hong Kong/Chinese-language high-profile projects competing in three weeks in February. It’s something the which hasn’t been seen since the 1990s….

THR: AFM Special Report: Hong Kong

Boxoffice may be up, but the outlook is troubled

“If there (were) enough films to make in Hong Kong, I’d rather not go anywhere else,” says [Herman] Yau, the hugely prolific Hong Kong director who works with three crews simultaneously — even while many technicians have followed the helmers to the mainland. “Although a large number of Hong Kong filmmakers are now working in China,” he says, “they can’t bring all the film crews with them, so there’re still a lot of local crew members stranded here, unemployed.”

THR: ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ sells at AFM

Cinema Popular also is shopping its action-romantic comedy “The Return of the Incredible Wu Xia Couple,” directed by Vincent Kuk, and Dante Lam’s period actioner “Flying Guillotines” at AFM.

Screen Daily

THR: Jung to star in ‘Rain of Swords’

Film co-stars Michelle Yeoh, co-produced by John Woo

Screen Daily: TF1 buys Media Asia’s Chen Zhen for France

Hong Kong’s Media Asia Distribution has sold The Legend Of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau and starring Donnie Yen, to France’s TF1.

Leading Hong Kong action star Yen plays Chen Zhen in the film, a folk hero who fights the Shanghai mafia and occupying Japanese. Shu Qi and Anthony Wong also star…Meanwhile, Dream Movies also took rights for Australia and New Zealand to Pang Ho-chueng’s Love In A Puff, a comedy starring Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, and Johnnie To’s new project, Death Of A Hostage, starring Lau Ching Wan.

Zhang Yimou’s remake of Blood Simple [Amazing Tales: Three Guns] has bought its release forward from December 18 to December 11, while Hong King Universe’s The Storm Warriors has shifted its release to December 10. Jay Chou-starring Treasure Hunter will be released on December 9 instead of mid-month as originally planned, and Ning Hao’s road movie Wu Ren Qu [No Man's Land] will move back its release by three months to March next year…

Variety: CineAsia honors Zhou Xun

Actress to receive star of the year kudo

Variety: The Laughing Policeman (Japan)

Wheat (長平大戰之麥田)

What first might appear to be another tiresome period costumer about one of the millions of battles in China’s history turns out to be something rather different. Two deserters from the Qin army in the Warring States period lucklessly find themselves in an enemy town whose men are away fighting. Their lies and ingratiations with the women gradually wear thin — especially as others arrive with contradictory news. This meticulously photographed drama-comedy is structured around elemental themes, of which wheat, the local crop, is prominent. Directed by He Ping (何平), who made The Swordsman in Double Flag Town

Meat Grinder

(雙旗鎮刀客).

A coming-on-middle-aged street vendor projects her madness and history of abuse onto (mostly) unsuspecting, sleazy men — and cooks up a storm. Surprisingly good reviews greeted this gory Thai drama, which is right up there with Hong Kong’s The Untold Story (八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包) as a boundary-pushing, gag-inducing Asian incarnation of Sweeney Todd; it’s also a perfectly timed essay for people who think US beef is the sign of the Devil. Abstruse political subtexts (it’s set during student riots in the 1970s) and class and gender commentary … or blood, guts and torture for their own sake? Take your pick. Taiwan’s censors have let this one through without cuts, though it isn’t clear if this is the version originally banned in Thailand. Either way, here’s the question: Why doesn’t Taiwan make movies like this?

4 new Three Guns images in HD (Sina)

CRI: Stefanie Sun Sings for Mulan

Let The Bullets Fly

Ge You

Carina Lau plays Ge You’s wife

(Xinhua)

CRI: ‘Bullets’ Go Stylish (HD version Sina)

Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok

Oxide Pang has started shooting B+Detective, the sequel to C+Detective (aka The Detective) in Thailand. (HunanTV)

Li Xiaolu and Alfred Cheung (actor, director, writer)

Love At Seventh Sight (lit.Seven Days To Fall in Love)

(HunanTV)

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 costumes - Angelababy

Lynn Xiong (Sina)

Hot Summer Days - Daniel Wu

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

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.]
[Update]
Chinese director Zhang Yuan releases first film since drug scandal
[Previous drug arrest reports]
2/1/2008
1/19/2008
1/14/2008
1/10/2008

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The Message opens September 30


Huang Bo
Huang Bo in black comedy ‘Cow’ opens September 11

66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP (Selective list )[Update]
COMPETITION
“Accident,” Cheang Pou-Soi (China-Hong Kong)
“Tetsuo The Bullet Man,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Prince of Tears,” Yonfan (Hong Kong)
OUT OF COMPETITION
“Chengdu, I Love You,” Fruit Chan, Cui Jian (China) - Closing Film
“Yona Yona Penguin,” Rintaro (Japan)
HORIZONS
“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)
http://www.luxuryta.com/italy/venice-film-festival-announces-line-1253





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
Rosemary
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]

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

July 1, 2009

July 1, 2009


Brigitte Lin
Brigitte Lin

Chen Hong, then known as “Little Lin Ching-hsia”,
completed New Dragon Inn after Brigitte Lin returned to Hong Kong
(Can anyone confirm this? All I’ve found is that Chen Hong,Chen Kaige’s wife, played the role in a TV series version with Steven Ma.)

Pace Wu
Francis Ng and Pace Wu
Beijing press conference for Tracing Shadow

Photo gallery
Slide show

On His Majesty’s Secret Service
Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu slide show


Over 170 actors

Ge You

The Great Cause of China’s Foundation (Founding of the Nation: A Great Cause) - Launching ceremony in Beijing

Andy Lau
Latest Poster and Trailer

One Night in Supermarket trailer

Korea Times: Summer Action Flicks Are Coming

Stefanie Sun - Her thigh steals the thunder
20th Global Melody Awards (Taiwan) gallery

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan attending Spring Summer Fashion Show in Hong Kong


Joey Yung plastic surgery rumors continue

Before and After

China to spread the news in English

Shandong and Metan are ‘Golden’
120-episode series ‘Golden Mountain’ will be shot in China, U.S

June 30, 2009

June 30, 2009


Louis KooLau Ching-Wan
Daniel Wu, Louis Koo and Lau Ching-Wan appeared on a Hunan Satellite TV program to promote their upcoming film Overheard


Tiffany Tang Yan
Ekin Cheng
Storm Warriors


Top Japanese Animator’s New Film to Hit N. America

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film ‘Ponyo on a Cliff’ will be released in North America on August 14.

Murderer - making of video (in Cantonese)

Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock cast officially announced
Xu Fan, Chen Daoming, Zhang Jingchu, Liu Yi, et al. ‘Feng girl’ to be announced in July. The main role is a 7 year old girl who survives the earthquake and grows up, spanning thirty years.


Zhang Ziyi, Yang LanCarina Lau, Yang Lan
Celebrity Cheer for Launch of ‘Lan’ Jewelry

Famous hostess Yang Lan and Canadian pop diva Celine Dion have joined forces to roll out a jewelry brand


Ge You Covers Bazaar Man’s Style

Vivian Hsu
Vivian Hsu promoting laser hair removal

More photos


Edison’s foresight pays off

Prior to the opening of his Kuala Lumpur shop, Edison Chen produced some limited edition tee-shirts with MJ’s blurred image. They quickly sold out at HK$900 each.

Byline - Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin columnist

In a recent column for Hong Kong’s Southern Weekend, Brigitte recalled her experience filming New Dragon Inn and how she injured her eye during a night shoot. The martial arts director wanted to shoot a close-up of Brigitte’s face with many bamboo swords at her. In the flailing of swords, a shred of bamboo struck her eyes. The crew helped wash out her eyes and Brigitte returned to filming though her right eye was in pain. Back at the hotel in Dunhuang, Brigitte cried out of pain and self-pity. she cried through the night until she was too tired to sleep. After going to the emergency room the next morning, Brigitte flew back to Hong Kong alone to get medical treatment. On the flight back, her eye wrapped in gauze, she buried her face in a straw hat and cried all the way back to Hong Kong. Even now, she does not want to watch New Dragon Inn.
Despite the injury, Brigitte still fondly remembers the beauty of filming in the night desert and was reminded of it on a recent vacation with her family in Thailand.
Brigitte’s full column - I cried for half of China
(They were filming in the desert near Dunhuang. The flight through Lanzhou towards Hong Kong for medical treatment is across ‘half of China’.)

Gillian Chung Returns to Work with Pride

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