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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]

June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

Murderer featuring Aaron Kwok, Josie Ho opens in July

Searching for Jackie Chan

Sandra Ng

Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog photos

Jia Zhangke has started production on a two-hour documentary, Shanghai Legend (working title), which will be the official film of the Shanghai World Expo 2010.
Besides the documentary, Jia is also preparing his first commercial period drama which is set to start shooting immediately after the documentary. The film will revolve around intellectuals in Shanxi Province in the late Qing dynasty.

Feng Xiaogang follows hit with ‘Aftershocks’ (Tangshan Earthquake)
Chinese director readies earthquake drama

Huang Yi
China’s Star Fighter Jet Leads New Film

Full time acting on Eason’s mind

Kwai Lun-Mei
Kwai Lun-Mei magazine photos

Edison, praying for a second chance?Edison's back

WestEast Magazine photos

CNN interview
Reportedly will apologize to Cecilia Cheung on CNN Talk Asia interview

Excerpts from Talk Asia interview:
On why he chose to speak to CNN:
“Now legally I’m allowed to speak about it because the trial’s finally over and honestly there’s been a lot of talk through the past year and a half about this or that, and a lot of rumors, a lot of hearsay. I have a lot to say and I think I’m only gonna say it once so I think that it would be best to say it here with you.

On being in hiding:
“I was afraid to go anywhere. I was traveling around when I was still in Hong Kong in trunks of taxis, literally, just to get to places. I had to be in the trunk for 15 minutes. I didn’t even know if I had enough oxygen to be honest with you”

“Even when I had left Asia and I had went to Canada and America, it took me 3 months to really get out of the shell that I had put myself in. I mean, I was in darkness for 5 days. I had my drapes closed and I didn’t even want to go anywhere”

On Cecilia Cheung’s accusation and his public apology to her:
“I don’t really want to have a back and forth with her, which is why I didn’t really comment on what she had said before…I wasn’t allowed to talk to her in the initial because of the police request and they were investigating me, which already had troubled me a lot…I really do feel sorry. I really am sorry to her.”

On how many pictures were taken and consent:
Edison admits that there were more than 1300 pictures taken and all of them were taken with the women’s consent: “Everything was mutual. It was all consensual… if I have a camera in front of your face and there’s a flash, do you know that I’m taking a photo of you? That’s as simple as it is.”

Yes, we know the whole debacle is so over. But for those of you still interested in the fallen star, he’ll be appearing on CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’ in an interview conducted by Anjali Rao on Wednesday, June 2 at 8:30pm.

Edison Chen returns secretly to Hong Kong

Leon Lai plays two hours of tennis every day to prepare for Hong Kong concerts

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