HKMDB Daily News

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Deanie Ip - Best Actress (”A Simple Life”), again

Asian Film Awards (Sina)2

Best New Artist - Ni Ni (”The Flowers of War”)

Ni Ni (Sina)23

Ann Hui and Lifetime Achievement Award (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu was one of the presenters Monday night

(Sina)2

Hong Kong-mainland production Wu Xia, a martial-arts thriller directed by renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan Ho-sun, won the best cinematographer, best production designer and best composer honours. Another martial-arts epic and the world’s first such 3-D flick, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark, won the best visual effects and best costume designer awards.

THR: Song of Silence review

A quietly moving if not cutting-edge family drama a welcome narrative change from China.

ScreenDaily: Love in the Buff review

Love In The Buff is still a relentlessly entertaining romancer that should please more than a few viewers from any culture.

FBA: Harpoon review

A well-directed low-budget slasher that’s light on real thrills.

FBA: The Floating Shadow review

Impressively acted psychodrama centred on two women, a female prisoner and a police officer. 

Above-average biopic of the father of China’s missile programme. 

Hong Kong Filmart: Emperor Readies Firefighter Drama (THR)

Emperor Motion Pictures will back an as-yet-untitled firefighter drama to be directed by award-winning helmer Derek Kwok and starring Nicholas Tse.

FilmMart 2012: Pang Brothers to Unleash ‘Inferno’ (THR)

Scheduled to begin filming in mid 2012 for release at the end of 2013, the producers describe Inferno as the first of its kind. “There is yet to be a fire disaster film in 3D made anywhere in the world, we have the courage to try,” said producer and Universe COO Alvin Lam

FilmMart 2012: Powerful Asian Alliance to Fund ‘Micro Movies’ (THR)

Micro movies refers to the small budget of the productions, targeted to average at around $1 million for each film.

The film will feature a who’s who of Korean and Hong Kong stars, including Kim Yun-seok (Punch), Kim Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers), Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), Simon Yam (Ip Man), Derek Tsang (Dream Home) as well as Hong Kong-based Malaysian Angelica Lee (The Eye).

CF:”The Unfortunate Car” Hits Cinemas on April 1

[T]he film documents the hilarious story of four strangers who meet one another when buying a car. The film touches upon a number of hot issues within modern society, including the license plate lottery, car-sharing, the odd/even license plate restriction plan and online shopping.

CF: Famous Photographer Works on “Guns N’ Roses” Poster

Guei Lun-Mei arriving for the Asian Film Awards (Mar.19)

(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Donnie Yen meets Keanu Reeves in Hong Kong

MSN: Andy Lau names soon-to-born daughter

THR: Jeremy Lin Linsanity Prompts Canada’s First All-Mandarin NBA Telecast

Canadian broadcaster Omni Television has hired former Chinese national basketball team player and basketball commentatorWeiping Zhang to call its first-ever NBA game in the Mandarin language whenJeremy Lin and the New York Knicks play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: ’Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault’ review

From the opening moment when a bomb explodes and annihilates everything in sight, “Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault” makes clear its intention to claim all the tropes of Hollywood action films.

FBA: Black & White loses during elections

CRI: ’You Are the Apple of My Eye’ review

CF: Apple Tastes Sweet

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Premieres in Hong Kong

The action-packed film “The Viral Factor” premiered in Hong Kong, on January 15, 2012. Director Dante Lam, along with Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Lin Peng attended the ceremony.

Patrick Tse and Albert Yeung at the Hong Kong premiere of “Viral Factor” Sunday

Lin Peng

Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse

Nic with parents Deborah Li, Patrick Tse

Two shady Tses, ngar, ngar (Sina)234

CF: Chilling Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”

The film is scheduled for release in March, 2012.

CRI: ’Flowers of War’ Stars at Golden Globes

Surely, you saw them on the broadcast. No? (Sina-slideshow)

CF: China’s ‘Flowers of War’ Stuck in Trenches

Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, added that “Zhang is good at blending sights and sounds with a forceful impact, but often fails to express a film’s inner meaning.”

FBA: The Flowers of War review

Good-looking but dramatically weak Nanjing Massacre drama, with a miscast Christian Bale. 

Mainland edition of poster for Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle” (Sina)

Latest poster for “Harpoon”. The Lunar New Year sado-masochistic thriller stars Hu Bing, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) and Zhao Ming. It’s being promoted as “Saw” with Chinese characteristics.

Daniel Wu makes a guest appearance in Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician”. Other guest stars include directors Tsui Hark and Vincent Kok and funny man Jung Hsiang (Rong Xiang).

Daniel Wu (Sina)

Daniel Wu, Derek Yee and Yan Ni attend a media appreciation event to mark RMB$100M box-office since opening Jan.12 (Sina)

Stills from Valentine’s Day zombie thriller, “Night Club Suspense Tale”, featuring Chrissie Chau and other youth idols.

Zhang Yingjun in a “Thriller” spoof

Chrissie Chau

No longer just a “flower vase” (Sina)2

Yao Di and Jimmy Lin Zhi-Ying in a scene from the romantic comedy  ”If I Were You”, by way of “Ghost”

Li Qi’s film opens Jan. 26 Sina)

Chu Yen-ping’s “Perfect Two” Shanghai premiere press conference.

Vivian Hsu, Chu Yen-ping, Ella Chen, Vic Chou and Little Bin

Vic Chou, Little Bin

Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

Sunday in Beijing

Yang Mi, Vivian Hsu

Yang Mi and Little Bin (Sina)2

CF: Zhang Ziyi on “Marie Claire” Cover

CF: Wax Statue of Yao Chen Unveiled in Shanghai

SGYahoo: Bosco Wong defends girlfriend’s honour

Assertions that clearly hints at TVB beauty, Myolie Wu were made that the actress has dabbled in prostitution involving rich Hong Kong business tycoons for money.

MSN: Miriam Yeung is not pregnant with twins

It is believed that Real did not want his wife to drink at the banquet, and wanted her to leave early. Miriam decided to take her leave, so as to avoid her husband’s incessant nagging.

Ever since the 37-year-old singer got pregnant, her husband had been very strict with her eating habits and health. He also made sure his wife abided to every pregnancy taboo.

“To people of my age, Shu Qi is our goddess, so I was really nervous working with her on ‘LOVE’,” said Ruan.

“Sometimes, I’d even forget to breathe.”

Shu Qi may be his “goddess”, but Ruan had recently declared in a post on his micro blog that Taiwan model Tiffany Hsu is his true love.

December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Universal boards Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi

The contemporary, Beijing-set story is the “spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Chen), whose fighting skills brings him to a realm opportunities and painful choices.”

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s Latest Epic Lauds Humanity in Wartime

A review of Beijing-based Jinghua Times described the film as “having both strong sound and visual effects as well as humanistic power,” calling it “very Oscarish.”

However, renowned critic Zhu Dake didn’t approve filmmakers to take advantage of a serious historical event to fulfil box office ambitions.

CF: Film Adds Depth to Wuxia

Although “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is based on the iconic “New Dragon Gate Inn”, Tsui wanted to ensure originality in the new story while presenting the same characteristic morality and code of honor of those chivalrous men and women from the world of jianghu.

Although Monday’s premiere has drawn generous approval, the critics are not unanimous. Some have pointed out flaws in the movie’s 3D effects. In answer to this, Tsui Hark said the new movie is merely a knock on the door of innovation, a door that will lead China to new arenas in the film industry.

CF: Chen Kaige Surprises His Wife on set of his New Movie

Based on the popular online novel, “Please Forgive Me,” his new movie “Search” revolves around the problems caused by searching for human flesh on the Internet. It will finish its shooting schedule within three months in Ningbo and is slated for release in 2012.


CF: ”The Allure of Tears” Premieres in Hangzhou

Zhou Dongyu will likely skip most promotional activities due to year end college academic requirements. She had previously missed classes for her other recent film events already. (Sina-gallery)2

FBA: China seeks BO controls, limit on cinema ads

The draft contains 13 articles on forbidden content in movies made in China. [13 Noes]

CF: First Promotional Trailer of “Romancing in Thin Air” out

Horror film “Harpoon”’s release has been delayed even though post-production is completed and it has finally received the necessary state approvals. A Spring Festival release is now expected. The setting for the film is a desert island survival tale and has drawn much attention and expectations. (Sina)

“Harpoon”

Mo Xiaoqi, Hu Bing (Sina)

Return of the zombie movie? In “Crescent Moon Phantom”(lit.), a town is plagued by murders, rumors of zombie killings spread like wildfire. A female detective does not believe in zombies and tries to crack the mystery. Directed by Johnny Chen (Chen Long) and features young Mainland actors.

(Sina)2

All of Ivy Chen’s scenes have been reportedly cut from Tsai Yueh-Hsun’s “Black & White, Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault”. In addition, Angelababy’s scenes have been resurrected. Her role as heroine was downgraded to supporting actress and practically invisible.. In a dramatic turnaround, Angelababy was revived but that meant Ivy Chen’s scenes had to go due to excessive length. Director Tsai said that it was not personal and had nothing to do with her terminating an agency contract with him. Other actors’ scenes, such as Paul Chun, Matt Wu and Ken Lin, were also trimmed to reduce the running time.

Ivy Chen, scenes deleted

A few days ago while doing publicity for Doze Niu’s “Love”, Chen sighed and said, “this is life, the director said the film is too long.” When she first heard the news, she broke down in tears but then distracted herself by throwing herself into her work on “Love” and accepted the reality. However, the cuts left a mark on Chen as she became worried about her scenes in “Love” being cut out and she often asked Doze Niu to see the editing.

Angelababy, scenes restored

Director Tsai Yueh-Hsun, the Decider

(Sina)2

More on Black & White:

In movie news, the film Black and White, scheduled for release next month, is having woman trouble. The flick, based on the hugely successful police drama of the same name that hit TV screens in 2005, is clearly intended as the big release for the Lunar New Year season, and the production company has been pulling out all the stops in marketing the film.

Unfortunately for the film’s producers, two of its leading female stars are being uncooperative. Taiwanese actress Ivy Chen was incensed to discover that all the scenes in which she appeared had been left on the cutting-room floor, though she was given an acting credit. In response, she refused to participate in any of the marketing activities.

Meanwhile, Chinese actress Angelababy made exorbitant demands as a condition of coming to Taiwan to promote the film, including five-star accommodation and expensive spa treatments, but ultimately attended only a single press conference. TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Stills from trailer for Jingle Ma’s “Speed Angels”, opening Jan. 5

Cecilia Cheung, Rene Liu

Han Jae-suk, Tang Wei

Rene Liu and Cecilia Cheung come to blows

(Sina)23

Racing edition of trailer

Lam Chi-Chung (as poet Li Bai), Wallace Huo

Lam Chi-Chung directs and acts in the upcoming time-travelling comedy “Super Reinforcement” (lit.) which opens January 13. Dylan Kuo, Lam Suet, Jing Tian and Cheung Tat-Ming co-star.(Sina)

Louis Koo and Sun Honglei will star in Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai “Drug War”. Filming will mainly take place in Tianjin. This is Sun’s first time working with Johnnie To. Specific roles have not been revealed but netizens polled said that expected Sun Honglei to play a villain.

Louis Koo, Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei (Lurk, TV series)  (Sina), 2

A1: Karen Mok is in love with married life

He has as appeared in a supporting role in a slew of TV dramas, with the most famous being the Lurk (Qian Fu) in 2008 where he played a secret service official.

Once billed as the largest amusement park in Asia, the unfinished “Wonderland” park now stands derelict, a worrying sign of China’s property market.

November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Sweet Journey revew

Modest but interesting road movie centred on two rural kids on the cusp of New China.

Shot in 2009 but only released in spring 2011 — when it ended up being released the same day as director YAN Ran’s second feature, mine disaster movie Together.

CF: Horror Movie ‘Harpoon’ to be Released

The pictures featured lots of nudity and adult content. Some people even questioned whether the movie can survive the strict movie censorship of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

CF: ’A Big Deal’ Premieres in Beijing

CF: ’A Simple Life’ Sweeps Golden Horses Awards

SGYahoo: Andy Lau snatches Best Actor award

When receiving the trophy, he jokingly said, “I told you. I always pay money to get the Best Leading Actor award.”

Ann Hui, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip

Ann Hui (Sina)23

Deanie Ip returns to Hong Kong

(Sina)

‘My Way’ documents Korean soldier in the Battle of Normandy

The film has drawn attention for both its storyline and record-setting budget

CF: New Stills for “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

CF: Exhibitors Make Peace with Flowers

Minimum ticket prices for blockbusters at issue.

Producers of TSUI Hark’s 3-D action fantasy Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, who have moved its release two days forward to open head-to-head with Flowers, have themselves asked cinemas in China to return a minimum of RMB35 ($5.50) per admission, a precedent set by local blockbuster Aftershock.

Chow Yun-Fat in costume as Cao Cao for “Bronze Temple Terrace” (Sina)

Michelle Yeoh considers herself lucky

I don’t even recognize you anymore!


MSN: Ricky Hui laid to rest

When he was alive, he had made known his desire to have a low-key funeral. Yesterday’s simple and solemn ceremony stayed true to his wishes.

A Side, B Side

DivaAsia: Actress Rose Chan’s molest claim just a publicity stunt?2

Here’s a nice chronology of events leading up to the “Devil Kiss, Wolf Claw” incident” with Rose Chan, Benny Chan and Joe Ma. It includes an interview with Rose Chan.

SGYahoo: Rose Chan didn’t mind getting groped

SGYahoo: Joe Ma is innocent

“Rose had said then that Joe pulled her closer because he wanted to comfort her… but his hand did not touch any sensitive part of her body.”

Master Sin had failed to receive an answer from Rose as to why she went for karaoke with the men.

“Girls should always maintain her distance even if they know the person well.”

“I slapped her and called her stupid but I only did that because I care about her. I still haven’t apologised to her.” he said.

A1:Kiss ‘n’ don’t tell pics catch the smooch seen around the world Also, Selina, Cammi, Edison

Meanwhile, Taiwan celebrity sisters Barbie and Dee Hsu are facing a Sina Weibo micro blog backlash, after pictures of them as young girls were widely retweeted.

Both of the stars are Weibo VIPs and have huge followings, but would have been uncomfortable answering the questions that popped up suggesting Barbie used to have single eyelids, a shorter chin and chubby cheeks.

A1: Andy Lau will soon be a dad CNA

Lau, 49, made the announcement in his website on Monday at 1.50am,

During the Golden Horse Film Awards, Lau glared at host Eric Tsang when Tsang asked him if he “even knows how to make babies”, referring to how there has been no happy news yet even though he and Chu have been together for decades.

MSN: Jay Chou to spend Christmas with Hannah Quinlivan?

October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”East Meets West 2011″ Holds Press Conference

The director of the film revealed that 60 popular Chinese stars, including Karen Mok, Ekin Cheng, Jaycee Chan, William So, Yang Mi, Jonathan Lee and Alan Tam will be involved in the film, as well as those in attendance at the event.

Huang Yi

Stephy Tang, William So, Eason Chan, Jeff Lau, Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Tan Weiwei (Sina-slideshow)

Topping the domestic box office chart on its third week on the screens, Jet Li’s latest fantasy action movie “The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Its Love)” grossed an estimated 200 million RMB (about $31.4m) and still has a strong hold on the international box office charts, remaining at seventh place.

On the sidelines of the event, an exhibition was also launched to showcase the film’s production process. The exhibition consists of the pictures of the scenes, character modeling, and victims shot by an American journalist with Time magazine in 1942.

Two unnamed Hollywood actors familiar to domestic audiences have also been cast. (Sina)

Movie review: The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (SG)

Publicity stills of Kathy Chow preparing for battle in “The Legendary Amazons”

And Cheng Pei-Pei

(Sina)2

Lin Chi-Ling in Chengdu to promote “Love on Credit”

Lin Chi-Ling, Super Girl Liu Xin, Leste Chen (Sina)

Yesterday, in Shanghai:

Lin Chi-Ling, Chen Kun

Leste Chen, Lin Chi-Ling

(Sina-slideshow)

New poster for “Harpoon”

Zhao Ming is one of the torture victims when a group on a tour of Hainan goes awry

The film will be released in early December. (Sina)

Returning to Hong Kong from Rome, Tang Wei spoke with reporters to compensate them for arriving late.

She acknowledged having spoke with 007 director Sam Mendes but was otherwise cagey about whether starring in an action movie was in her near future.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung and husband, Sergio returned to Hong Kong today to visit her parents

“Did I mention, Hong Kong is crowded?” (Sina-gallery)

Zhao Wei sings the festival theme song, “A Dream Comes True”, to close the opening ceremony for the 30th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival last night.

Zhao Wei (Sina)234

Jay Chou, A-Mei, Frankie Kao

The former TVB actress was said to have approached her friends to join her

Free-to-air television owner Ricky Wong has declared war on TVB by poaching its talents for his new TV station.

August 10, 2011

August 10, 2011

Hong Kong film to conclude Venice film festival

Johnnie To’s new movie “Life Without Principle” about financial greed will wrap up the official selection for this year’s Venice film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Variety: Venice adds ‘Life’ to competish

Johnnie To’s crime thriller joins lineup

CRI: Johnnie To’s Film Joins Golden Lion Competition(FBA)

THR: Celestial Pictures Enters the Gaming Realm with ‘My Kingdom’ Tie-in(FBA)

More games to come from Celestial’s 760-title Shaw Brothers library.

THR: Stephen Chow Producing New Take on China’s ‘Odyssey’

‘Journey to the West’ redux will co-star Shu Qi as a swordswoman absent from earlier versions.

THR: Jackie Chan’s ‘1911′ Added as Second Opening Film for Tokyo Fest(FBA)

CF: Superstar Sun Honglei Joins Sun Zhou’s New Project

Sun Honglei

Sun Zhou

Yes, I Do book cover (Sina)

CF: Sun Yat-sen Biopic to Be Released in October

CF: Yan Ni in Supremacy(Sina-gallery)

Fantasy film “Mural” saw its new still photos released recently. The stills feature actress Yan Ni who portrays Coldblood Queen who is in charge of the mural wonderland and enjoys the mightiness of supremacy.

Huang Yi and Raymond Lam Fung attend the launch of the official web site for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and the White Snake.

Yang Zi, Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam

(Sina)2

Lau Ching-Wan and Huang Yi shoot a bedroom scene in Overheard 2

Huang Yi plays a lawyer who helps her husband, Lau Ching-Wan, evade justice (Sina)2

Huang Yi in Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (HunanTV)

Xu Fan has a 1950s retro look in Love in Space

Xu Fan, Liu Jinshan (HunanTV)(Sina)2

Online trailer for horror film Harpoon is drawing lots of netizens’ attention for featuring a naked Zhao Ming. Hu Bing and Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) co-star and opens in December, just in time for the holidays. (Sina)Trailer

Zhang Ziyi on upcoming cover of September Elle

Shu Qi Elle Extra cover

Tang Wei in Hong Kong shooting a skin care advert

(Xinhua)(Sina-slideshow)

CF: Huang Shengyi Poses Backless for “Sunshine” Magazine

CRI: Rene Liu Announces Marriage(CNA)

MSN: Nicholas Tse suffers an asthma attack(CNA)

Next Miracle boot ceremony (Sina)

MSN: Karena Lam returns to Hong Kong

MSN: Elaine Ng rumoured to bring daughter into showbiz

Jackie Chan’s son caught dating a busty woman

August 2, 2011

August 2, 2011

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THR: Willie Chan Establishes Production Shingle Kudos Films, Plans Film with Stanley Kwan

Juno Mak will star in Kwan’s adaptation of Han Han novel ‘To The End of Love.’

FBA: Chan, Mak open Kudos

Willie Chan

Juno Mak

Friends Conroy Chan and Josie Ho (Sina-slideshow)

FBA: Mysterious Island review

CF: Yang Mi to Star in Four Tailor-made Films

FBA: Mei Ah unveils weighty China slate

Poster for Harpoon

Harpoon is a horror film starring Hu Bing and Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and scheduled for a December release. (Sina)

CF: Tang Wei Graces BAZAAR Magazine

CF: Chen Kun Covers August Issue of Esquire

MSN: Nicholas Tse brought lawyers to Lucas’ party to divorce Cecilia Cheung

MSN; Cecilia Cheung goes shopping with her sons

MSN:Netizens praises Vicky Zhao’s daughter for her cute swim wear

MSN: Is Miriam Yeung pregnant?

The Hong Kong singer was speculated to be pregnant, after she gave her husband a birthday cake with the word ‘Dad’ on it

Attention-starved Phoebe Hui

(Sina-slideshow)

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