HKMDB Daily News

July 14, 2009

July 14, 2009

AP:Tony Leung breaks arm in training for kung fu film
Tony Leung suffers broken arm during martial arts training
Tony Leung’s Arm Broken during Kung Fu Training

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai suffers a setback preparing for A Generation of a Master

Tony fractured a bone in his left hand and rehabiliation is expected to take four or five weeks. He declined to have a cast on his hand for fear of losing muscle strength. Shooting was planned to begin in September.

Summer fest opens with ‘Vengeance’

‘Infernal Affairs’ team to become ‘Gangsters’
Parody of trilogy reunites ‘Young and Dangerous’ cast

Shooting gets underway on Takashi Miike’s Thirteen Assassins

Jackie Chan, Will Smith’s son start filming ‘Kung Fu Kid’

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng visits Japan to promote Hong Kong tourism

Actress Fan Bingbing to Donate Compensation to Charity

Amy Kwok, Lau Ching-Wan model marriage
Lau Ching-Wan denies rumors of prostitution
Lau Ching-Wan’s model marriage to Amy Kwok has been dragged through the mud. Lau is under the spotlight with prostitution allegations in a blog written by Mainland singer Lin Hao-Wei. The singer claims underground practice of brokering sex between big star - small star (aspiring models, starlets) is widespread. Lin hinted at names such as actor, Lau x Wan, director Chow (interpreted as Stephen Chow).
Nic Tse’s mother, Deborah Li, has been mentioned as a broker by a senior producer
Tu Zining also named (as the small star)
Tu Zining’s blog reports meeting with Johnnie To through a broker but she declined interest
[Update: The blog entry seems to have been deleted (!) but can been seen here - ]
(So far, it seems only Mainland sites are reportng this ’story’. More than likely, it’s a shameful ploy for self-promotion. I hope so.)
Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei made a quick appearance for a cosmetics brand in Shanghai

HK star Gigi Leung to wed?

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi postpones wedding
Ziyi-Vivi wedding postponed,says tabloid

Zhang Ziyi and Vivi Nevo postpone marriage plans

Busy schedules cited as reason for delaying previously reported August wedding. In a recent interview, Zhang admitted to being apprehensive at getting married now.

Miao Pu for MOTO Fashion Shoot

Actress Song Jia Shoots Magazine Cover

Edison Chen: Hong Kong sex photos pop star arrives in Taiwan to re-launch career

Gone in 55 seconds

Shaq O’Neal wants to bring kung fu to NBA

July 13, 2009

July 13, 2009

A tale of two Tonys
Meeting Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

“Murderer” Premieres in Hong Kong

Xu Jinglei on Office Politics

New Stills for Francis Ng’s ‘Tracing Shadow’

Kung Fu Kid: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith start ‘Karate Kid’ remake

Stephen Chow quits Kato role in ‘The Green Hornet’
Oriental Daily article

Taiwanese film industry looks to China for growth

Liu Ye
‘Role Model’ Movie’s Bumpy Road to Success

‘Iron Man’, which eulogizes an oil field worker, has walked the tight rope between profit-making and being just an ethics sermon

Sandra Ng
Barbie Hsu
Sandra Ng, Barbie Hsu promote On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Barbie Hsu, Louis Koo
Maggie Lee Man-Kwan
Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu, Maggie Lee Man-Kwan

More photos

Xie Na
Liu Yiwei, Xie Na
Upcoming sci-fi comedy Martian Baby/Mars Baby also costars Wong Jing

Rosamund KwanSimon Yam
Rosamund Kwan, Simon Yam attend charity for Operation Smile

Kelly Chen’s baby boy English name is ‘Chace’, Chinese name ‘Lau Sing’
New mom Kelly Chen to return to work next month

Gigi and Sly
Gigi Leung
Hong Kong media reports that Gigi Leung will marry her secret boyfriend ‘Sly’ in France next year

Josie Ho
Edison’s night out in Hong Kong

`Whatever Man’ ponders his next play

June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

The many faces of Francis Ng
Faye Wong
Jacky Cheung - Fake Emperor
Jackie Chan - Fake Emperor
Chow Yun-Fat - Fake Emperor
Wang Yu - Golden Girls
Patrick Tse - Those Were The Days
Zatoichi - White Dragon
Jackie Chan - HKFA awards show
Tracing Shadows’ Francis Ng - has been imitating stars for 20 years

Also Leslie Cheung (Mr Possessed), Sek Kin (Fantasia), Tora-san (Himalaya Singh)
Star ratings are for Similarity Index and Level of Comedy

Looking for Jackie Chan premiere

Zhang Yishan
Looking For Jackie Chan premieres in Beijing

Shawn Yue and Rainie Yang
Elanne Kong and Rainie Yang
Cast and crew in Thailand for opening lens ceremony for Pang brothers 3-D horror film Child’s Eye

Slide show

Ge YouFan Bingbing

Ge You and Fan Bingbing attend a real estate promotion in Hefei

 Huang Yi
Huang Yi attending a charity wine auctiion

Gigi Leung
Gigi Leung bowls for charity

Lin Chi-ling
Lin Chi-ling promoting hair care product in Nanjing

Happy Birthday to Tony Leung Chiu-Wai who turned 47. Carina and Tony spent the day quietly in their Mid-Levels love nest.

Wu BaiKaren Mok and Wu Bai

Karen Mok guesting at Wu Bai’s concert

Eason ChanRichie Ren
The 20th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan

Eason and Josie Ho
Eason is wearing a ballet skirt suit and combat boots (or, are they bowling shoes?) for fun.

March 26, 2009

Ashes of Time Redux Beijing press conference gallery

‘Ashes of Time Redux’ Premieres

Kenny Bee and Sylvia ChangWith Nansun Chi and Tsui Hark
Kenny Bee and Sylvia Chang attend HKIFF exhibition organized by Tsui Hark and Nansun Chi titled ‘Romantic Historical Novel’

Angelica LeeBrigitte Lin
Kwai Lun-MeiEric Tsang
Gallery of guests

Q&A: Noh Young-seok
“Daytime Drinking”

Korean Films to Return in April
10 domestic titles are slated for release next month

BC Magazine Film Reviews
Tokyo Sonata
Oxide Pang’s Basic Love
The Equation of Love and Death
Love Connected
A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Love triangle
Oxide Pang Chun offers a melodramatic teen love story in Basic Love

Charlie Yeung
HAF lauds Charlie Yeung for financial acumen
‘Christmas Rose’ is first project to get fully financed at HAF

China takes on Hollywood in box office battle
Directors offer ways to defeat dominance of imports

Feng Xiaogang created a stir when he made some controversial remarks. [fuzzy and partial translation follows]

Feng XiaogangSpeaking on a panel with John Woo and Wei Desheng (Cape No. 7), Feng said that although many mainland films are screened in Hong Kong, Hong Kong and Taiwan do not sufficiently understand mainland culture, “therefore I simply do not want to make films for overseas market. Mainland culture to Taiwan and Hong Kong is strange.”

“In the mainland, my movie in one day makes 20,000,000 Yuan box office, but here (in Hong Kong) only takes in one month 2,000,000 Yuan. Is my film really not good?”

“I must tell the truth, Hong Kong audience look down upon us.”

Feng Xiaogang is quite confident in his brand and thinks he does not need Zhang Ziyi to make Tangshan Earthquake  (his upcoming film). He said, To use her, I’d have to pay her $20M yuan, I will simply use a new person. I want that $20M yuan to be put into the filmmaking.

Andy Lau wedding on hold?
Falsely led to believe Carol Chu was pregnant?
Carol not pregnant, Andy plans to call off wedding

Faye Wong in Hong Kong
Faye Wong recently signed an 8-digit contract to film a shampoo ad

The ad is set to be broadcast on regional TV in April. The brand was previously promoted by Jackie Chan for $14M yuan. Faye’s fee is estimated at betwee $15M - $20M yuan. This has sparked speculation of Faye’s return to stage. Today marks the 20th anniversary of her debut.

Faye Wong makes return with S$4million advertisement
New CD? Role in Feng Xiaogang’s Tangshan Earthquake?

Gigi Leung
Gigi Leung celebrates birthday and CD release with fans

Joey Yung has no love for Edison Chen; only resentments
There is no pity for Edison Chen; neither is there love. Hong Kong singer Joey Yung, who will be holding her concert in Singapore in April for the first time, tells local media in a phone interview that she has never had good impression of Edison and disdained any interactions with him.

“I do not want to have any relations to him. I’ve always never had any good impression of him or admiration for him. I have no feelings about his ordeal,” she said.

On the other hand, she is supportive of her good friend Gillian Chung, who has had a sexual relationship with Edison and was twirled into a sex photos scandal last year. To relieve Gillian’s stress and cheer her up, Joey was seen out shopping with the former; she said that was the only thing she can do for a friend in such crisis.

“Nobody can ever relieve her of the hurt and sorrow she suffered. But I hope it is a lesson learned and she can learn to love herself more. I hope everyone can give her a second chance,” Joey said.

Though fully supportive of Gillian’s comeback, Joey said she will not invite her as the concert performing guest. “I think she is more than a special guest; Gillian should always be the center of attraction,” she said. However, Joey will not hesitate to invite Gillian to Singapore as guest of the concert if the latter is available.

Joey is now among the top female singers in Hong Kong music industry and has even been named the Queen of Pop; she is now hoping to extend her performing career further in acting. Since “The Return of the Condor Heroes”, Joey has not received any new scripts. She hoped to be landed with a role that offers room for character development.

When reporters hypothesized for the male lead of Joey’s next movie to be Edison, she was stunned and speechless for a moment. After seconds of pauses, she replied, “I’ll let the company decide for me. I believe their decision is the best for me.”

Her friendship with Hong Kong female singer Denise Ho was rumored to be more than just that. Joey said she was indeed vexed and afraid initially, but got used to the rumors as years passed. However, she wished those meaningless rumors would not affect their friendship.

“Denise is a very special girl with her own unique perspectives about things; she will also offer me opinions on my work. To get such a loyal and reliable friend in showbiz is rare. I will do everything to treasure this friendship,” she said.

Joey, who denied to be homosexual, shyly said she has never been molested. “Perhaps people do not have any fantasies of me. If you don’t give people the “Welcome” message, he will not come over. I am someone who is very self-protective.”

Mid April, Joey will be holding a concert for the first time in Singapore and challenging tough dance steps; she is not just going to do somersaults but also stunts. Without a background in action and dance, Joey spent one month practicing for a 20 minute performance and ended up with injuries.

When asked if her company will increase her insurance coverage, Joey was bold and uninhibited. “I’ve never asked my company about this, but it’s an honour to die on the stage!”

Gillian Chung appears in Shanghai for an online game, FIFA Online

Annie Yi shouts for justice

Caged in by poverty - Cage Men
Hong Kong art gallery exhibits ‘cage homes’ to highlight wealth gap

March 24, 2009

Feng LiFeng Li
Actor Feng Li embroiled in ‘Adding Fat Gate’.
For his health and career development, Feng writes in his blog that he does not want to be always the fat actor. After graduating from university, Feng Li gained 70 catties (1 catty= .6kg, so 80lbs?) for his debut in Peacock. After completing the film, he tried to lose weight for a year and a half. During this time, he suffered hypoglycemia and dizzy spells. Feng’s doctor has advised him to lose weight. “I also want to lose weight. Being fat is very laborious.” However, his management agency has contracted Feng not to weigh less then 110 kilos. According to his agreement, if he falls below 110 kilos, Feng will get a letter from the lawyers. His agency fears if he loses too much weight that he would no longer be recognizable.

Zhou Xun - Best ActressTsui Hark and Nansun Shi

Zhou Xun Crowned at Asian Film Awards
‘Tokyo Sonata’ best film at Asian Film Awards
Best actress went to China’s Zhou Xun, who played a taxi driver searching for her boyfriend in “The Equation of Love and Death.”
Japan shines at Asian Film Awards
Japanese cinema triumphs at Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong

Vivian HsuMichelle Yeoh

Tony LeungJohn Woo and wife

Zhao Tao and Jia ZhangkeJoan Chen
Gallery of stars at the Asian Film Awards…

Fan Bingbing gallery
Michelle Yeoh gallery

Patrick Tse and daughter Jennifer Tse
Patrick Tse and Jennifer Tse

Brigitte Lin!
Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin gallery

Brigitte Lin, Tsui Hark and Nansun Shi
Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema presented to Tsui Hark and Nansun Shi

Jay Chou’s “Ci Ling” begins filming
Screen Daily review - Dragonball: Evolution
Eat Drink Man Woman sequel, Mermaid, The Last Dragon
Hong Kong’s Salon Films’ pan-Asia alliance have announced new production projects including three projects from Taipei-based Zoom Hunt International
Dayyan Eng enlists Daniel Wu, Gong Beibi for Inseparable
Hit Singapore director Jack Neo plans ghost story triptych
China OKs Rape of Nanking pics
A couple of violent scenes had to be revised.

Exploiting Confucius for fun and profit

Golden age of cinema may show again, says producer Raymond Wong
Wong recalled that in 1993, 300 movies were in production at any given time compared to just 50 today.

Gigi Leung
Gigi Leung to appear in horror film for first time

Nick Cheung - Red River
Nick Cheung has passionate scenes in Red River

Bodyguards and Assassins cast
Cast of Teddy Chen’s Bodyguards and Assassins introduced

Roles: Leon Lai - the beggar, Donnie Yen - the gambler, Hu Jun - the assassin, Eric Tsang - the policeman, Nic Tse - rickshaw puller, Fan Bingbing - the concubine/mistress and Donnie Yen’s ex-wife, Tony Leung Ka-Fei - the revolutionary, Simon Yam - the theatrical troupe impresario, and the central role of Dr Sun Yat-Sen? To be announced later…
Fan BingbingNic Tse

Light Shed on ‘Bodyguards’

Kung Fu Cyborg cast

Kung Fu Cyborg cast - Hu Jun, Gan Wei, Wu Jing, Ronald Cheng, director Jeff Lau, and Alex Fong(?)
Kung Fu Cyborg
In ‘Cyborg,’ Robots Fight Right

Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi arrives in South Korea under heavy security to promote Forever Enthralled

Li Bingbing
Li Bingbing promotes Energy Conservationa and Environmental Protection

Edison Chen and father

2002 family photo
Edison Chen’s father, Chen Chak-Man filed for bankruptcy recently as a result of the current financial tsunami. Even before, until last year’s ’sexy photo gate’, Edison had been helping pay his father’s debts.
Gillian Chung provides youths with Food for Thought

Zhang Ziyi on cover of sex disc
A pirated sex disc with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s photos on its cover is a hot favorite in the Hong Kong piracy market. Besides the beach photos that paparazzi took of her last year, in the disc are five other sex video clips unrelated to her.

A Hong Kong reporter found the disc which is currently retailing at HK$30 (about S$6) in the Hong Kong piracy market. Zhang’s beach photos, taken by paparazzi and breached privacy rights, were used unscrupulously to solicit business.

The disc is exquisitely packaged in two layers of wrapper, a colored cardboard cover and a transparent case. Printed on the cover are her portraits and six classic photos in the beach series, in fine prints are the words “Zhang Ziyi Nude Photos”. The inside cover also has a short summary of about 100 hundred words on Zhang’s series of topless photos disseminated on the Internet.

81 photos of Zhang frolicking on a Caribbean beach with her boyfriend Vivi Nevo while they were on a holiday in January 2009 spread like wild fire on China websites. The photos showed Zhang baring her top and lying on the beach for a sunbath while Vivi “buried” his head into her butt.

A custom spokesperson said they will follow up with investigations should the copyrights owner of the photos decide to file a complaint. When found guilty, the infringer may be sentenced to a maximum of four years imprisonment and receive a fine of HK$50,000 for each infringed material. According to previous reports, an anonymous man has paid an astronomical price to buy the exclusive copyrights of these photos in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and America. For three months between Jan 9 to Apr 9, media in the four countries are not allowed to buy or publish the related photos. It was not reported if copyrights of the photos were bought in Hong Kong.

Carol Zhu Liqian prepare her dowry
Andy Lau marrying Carol Chu in end April?
Hong Kong Male Stars become “Male Star Stamp Collector” suspects
[One previous article indicated that Mark Cheng seemed to fit the profile which was more detailed]

Gillian Chung arrives in China with Edison Chen’s father

Super Band Hits the Road
Stage Set for “Big Four” of Chinese Pop

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