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May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree review (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: Why Hong Kong Favors Historical Fare for Chinese Audiences

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million “Monkey King” plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Liu Xuan - Chinese Former Gymnast Tries Her Hand at Acting (THR)

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

TimeOutHK: Let the Wind Carry Me (Interview)

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.

Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall

Johnnie To

Jury press conference photos

(Zimbio)234

Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When “City of Life and Death” makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

THR: The Weinsteins Ride ‘Wu Xia’ For World Outside Asia, France (Cannes)

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]

Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most ‘Dragon’ rights

TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for ‘Wu Xia’

Cannes Special: Chinese Film ‘Wu Xia’ (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal

A product of the Changchun Film Studio, “The Sun” (”Da Tai Yang”) was inspired by stories of the survivors’ psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao’s New Film to Begin Shooting(Sina)

Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei’s scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a “little girl” was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo’s scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.

Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me

(Sina)

Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan

(Sina)

Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

Gong Li

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung rumoured to use body double for non-action scenes

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.

Ceci’s double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, “Don’t waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!”

He urged Wong, whom he called “an eternal friend” to settle down as well as “have children soon” because she was getting old…The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong’s father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog(CRI)

ChinaHush: Leftover women in Hong Kong to look for Mr. Right in mainland China

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

October 15, 2010

October 15, 2010

Variety: Addicted to Love (China) review

A Chinese senior citizen rediscovers the power of the heart in the beautifully observed and played “Addicted to Love.”

Reign of Assassins - Michelle Yeoh’s swordplay gem

CRI: ’If You Are the One’ Sequel in Theaters Dec. 22

CRI: ’The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman’ Releases Final Trailer

CRI: Latest Stills of ‘Wind Blast’

THR: Pang Brothers’ 3D horror films bows in HK

Pang went to the cinemas to observe the opening day crowd for “The Child’s Eye” on Thursday in Hong Kong, and saw firsthand the three main advantages that 3D brings to the film industry as a whole.

Also: Filming for “The Sleep Walker” is scheduled to start at the end of this month in Hong Kong and Thailand for a 2011 release.

Indomina Releasing has acquired domestic rights to Hong Kong martial arts thriller “Bodyguards and Assassins” from We Distribution.

Indomina also recently acquired “Griff the Invisible,” “Wasted on the Young,” “True Legend” and “Fire of Conscience.”

Midnight Heartbeat/Midnight Pulse new poster

The Simon Yam, Francis Ng hospital horror film has finally received an official release date after passing a final cut and review following another round of edits. The release date is set for December 24th. Ho, Ho, Ho! (Sina)

Ning Hao’s film No Man’s Land has finally been freed from limbo. Originally scheduled for a December 8, 2009 release, the film had been held up by authorities and now finally granted a December 18, 2010 release. Reportedly too dark for censors, the film has been reedited many times. Though Ning Hao had previously said the changes were minor, netizens were expressing doubts. (Sina)

Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou Xiao

Zhang Yimou brought Under the Hawthorn Tree to the Hawaii International Film Festival. As Dou Xiao is fluent in English, he acted as Zhou Dongyu’s translator.

(Sina)23

Alec Su, Pace Wu

Pace Wu

Hidden Chamber of Secrets unveiled the film’s poster and officially launched its website yesterday. The film opens October 29. (Sina)2


The cast of Jingle Ma’s Dynamic Angel (Race Car) celebrate Jimmy Lin’s 36th birthday.

Cecilia Cheung, Jimmy Lin, Tang Wei, Chie Tanaka, Han Jae-Seok

Jimmy Lin, Rene Liu, Jingle Ma (Sina)

On the set of Love Island

Simon Yam, Francis Ng

Francis Ng

The cast also includes Song Jia, Janice Man, Chang Chen and Joan Chen

(Sina) (Thanks, to Valerie)

Stanley Fung

Stanley Fung appeared on a Beijing TV program recently (Sina)

October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010

THR: Under the Hawthorn Tree

THR: Zhang’s ‘Hawthorne’ opens Pusan

Director is guest of honor at Asia’s largest film fest

Reign of Assassins review

Famous for his script-crafting skills, Su displays his talents yet again in “Assassins” with detailed plotlines and humorous convos without trying too hard.

Interview: Man with the Iron Fist Director, Wu-Tang Impresario RZA

Christopher Doyle to shoot RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fist

CRI: Miriam Yeung Stages Concert in Hong Kong,

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CRI: Zhao Wei Releases First Music Video for Latest Album(Sina-gallery)

CRI: Fan Bingbing Shows Her Style in Paris

CRI:Chinese Film ‘Buddha Mountain’ Completes Tokyo Fest Lineup

“Buddha Mountain” and “The Piano in a Factory” by Chinese director Zhang Meng, are set to compete for six awards, including the prestigious Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix.

FBA: Detective Dee dominates box office in China

FBA: World wins Vancouver prize

Japanese film Good Morning to the World was announced today as the winner of the Dragons and Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Francis Ng

Publicity for Wind Blast which opens Oct. 28 is starting to ramp up. (Sina)

Pat Ha Man-Chik

Pat Ha and husband

45 year-old Pat Ha Man-Chik returns to show biz in Calvin Poon’s upcoming Derailed Women. Married to a Taiwan businessman, Pat Ha is the mother of three girls and was living in the US. Rumored to be now separated from her husband, Pat Ha was spotted snuggling with a young 25 year-old man in a Happy Valley apartment. He was later spotted in the laundry room washing her D&G underwear. (!)

(Sina)

Maggie Cheung, working behind the camera this time, for jewellry brand Qeelin as creative director. Model Pei Bei on right.

Maggie advising Pei Bei on posing sexy (Xinhua)2

SG: Andy Lau hands over billions to wife

SG: Andy Lau’s wife rumoured to be three months pregnant

SG: Shu Qi prepares for retirement?

Supermodel Lin Chiling ordered to pay NT$6.84m in tax case

HKStandard: Off the hook

Pals of the Philippine president who have been blamed over the Manila bus bloodbath in which eight Hongkongers were killed are to have charges against them dropped or reduced…But punishment for the media - accused of disrupting the government’s botched rescue action - will be harsh, with two reporters likely to be charged.

October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

Variety: Under the Hawthorn Tree 2

CRI:  Zhang Yimou Promotes “Hawthorn Tree” in S. Korea

AP: Zhang calls new film a back-to-basics romance

Shawn Dou Xiao, Zhang Yimou, Zhou Dongyu

Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree opened the 15th Pusan International Film Festival

(Sina)

Maggie Cheung returns in Ten Thousand Waves (UK)

Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves (UK)

APA: Vancouver International Film Festival 2010: Capsule reviews (Part 1)

Winter Vacation, The High Life, Seven Days in Heaven, Cold Fish, Crossing the Mountain, Pinoy Sunday, Red Dragonflies, The Drunkard, R U There?

APA: Vancouver International Film Festival 2010: Capsule reviews (Part 2)

The Fourth Portrait, I Wish I Knew, Sandcastle, Single Man, et al

FBA: Buddha Mountain joins Tokyo competition

Buddha reunites Li with Lost’s leading actress Fan Bingbing, starring alongside Sylvia Chang and Berlin Chen.

CRI: Nominees Announced for the 47th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

The Taiwan film “When Love Comes,” directed by Chang Tso-chi, stands out in the film list with 14 nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Performer, and Best Original Screenplay to name a few.

APA: Street Fighter for the Fans: interview with producer Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang is the producer of the YouTube film Street Fighter High and the recently-released sequel, Street Fighter High: The Musical.

Karen Mok, at a recent promotional event, said she would like to reprise her Skeleton Demon role in Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. (Sina)

CRI: Edison Chen Releases New Album

And if you see him, be sure to wish Edison a happy birthday!

(Xinhua-gallery)

Charlene Choi

Charlene plays an OL (office lady) in her latest music MV (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung at an event at Times Square wearing a skirt that looks like a Tiffany’s lamp shade (Sina-slide show)

Neck injury forces HK actress Gillian Chung to stop work

(Oct. 5) Charlie Young attending a reception to raise funds for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund

(Sina-slide show)

Karen Mok with Astrid Chan and Daniel Chan on UNICEF goodwill tour (Sept.30)

Travelling to the hinterlands in Chengdu for UNICEF, Karen Mok reveals an essential “magic portable toilet”. :D

Jennifer Tse

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting kicks off a ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ campaign at Harbour City.

The kids look sceptical :D

(Sina)(HunanTV)

SG: Cecilia Cheung makes comeback in Lunar New Year flick

My love life isn’t traumatic, says Rainie Yang

It was the Taiwanese pop star’s difficult love life that landed her a plum role in the latest Pang brother’s horror flick.

Under the Hawthorn Tree (Hollywood Reporter review)

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By Maggie Lee

“Under the Hawthorn Tree,” is without question Zhang Yimou’s simplest work. The tale of pure young love set during the Cultural Revolution is laid back and lushly shot, with any sexual passion or political overtones exiled to the narrative margins.

Even though the storyline closely resembles ’80s Korean love tragedies, the film is not unabashedly romantic. There’s timorousness in the lovers’ innocence and repression in their modesty, which signals a throwback to the more conservative characterization and film grammar of pre-5th-generation directors.

An older age group, especially if they like Zhang’s “The Road Home,” enjoy “Hawthorn”’s wholesomeness as much as visiting an organic farm. Japan would be the most receptive market. For a youth film, it is so stuck in Zhang’s arrested nostalgia for his own salad days, that contemporary Chinese youngsters probably won’t connect to it. Acceptable domestic box office is possibly on its way to reaching $14 million.

Adapted from a true story, novelized by Aimi, “Hawthorn” is typical of China in the ’70s. Jingqiu (Zhou Dongyu), who is in her last year of high school, is “sent down” to Xiping Village to learn from the peasants, and to conduct research for the school curriculum. She gets to know another “zhiqing” (young city-born intellectual) Sun Jianxing, who’s in the geological unit.

Sun takes an instant liking to Jingqiu and courts her with little gifts and frequent visits.

After Jingqiu returns to the city, she and Sun begin to date secretly. However, since her father is in a re-education camp for being a “Rightist,” she is under tremendous pressure to be on best behavior during her probation as a teacher. The couple’s pact to see the blossoming of a hawthorn tree (the landmark of Xiping Village) becomes a symbol of their longing and loyalty.

The film’s promotion tagline is “the cleanest romance in history.” Indeed, Zhang’s touch is rarely so delicate in describing the pre-pubescent looking Jingqiu’s perplexity and embarrassment toward Sun’s advances, as well as her naivety (she thinks sharing a bed is enough to cause pregnancy). In fact, a deep sexual undercurrent rippling under their blushing complexions — when she frolics with him in the pond, wearing the red swimsuit he gave her, when he bandages her feet, or when they lie down together in the hospital bed (his hand goes straight to where it counts). That is what lends the film its beauty.

Zhou, who is a 17-year-old high school student plucked from thousands of teenage hopefuls, personifies the film — fresh as cut grass, untainted by professional training. She exudes serene calm even as the melodrama intensifies. The film unfolds mostly from a feminine perspective. As a result, Sun’s character is rendered at a remove, and he is too perfect to be more than a cipher.

Almost religious devotion to objects prevails, with a light bulb or a foot basin acquiring symbolic significance as love tokens. The meticulous evocation of period detail reflects the film’s elegiac attitude to ephemera. What it mourns most is not the transience of youth or of love, but the transience of happiness, especially when its harmless pursuit is systematically obstructed by collective ideology. Perhaps that is why it ends with such an aching sense of loss.

The narrative structure is strictly linear, organized by old fashioned intertitles of quotations from Aimi’s novel, thus giving the film a fusty, literary feel. Production quality is top drawer, especially the lighting, which bestows radiance on every inch of Zhou’s translucent young skin.

Pusan International Film Festival, Opening Film
Sales: Edko Films Ltd.
Production: Beijing New Pictures Film Co. Ltd., IDG China Creative Media Ltd., New Classical Entertainment Co. Ltd., Film Partner (2010) Intl. Inc.

Cast: Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Xi Meijuan, Jiang Ruijia.
Directors: Zhang Yimou
Screenwriters: Yin Lichuan, Gu XIaobai, A Mei.
Based on the novel Hawthorn Tree Forever by Aimi.
Producers: Zhang Weiping, Hugo Shong, Cao Huayi, Bill Kong.
Director of photography: Zhao Xiaoding.
Production designer: Wu Ming.
Costume designer: Ma Defan.
Music: Chen Qigang.
Editor: Meng Peicong.
No rating, 109 minutes.
THR

Under the Hawthorn Tree (Variety review)

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Under the Hawthorn Tree
Shan zha shu zhi lian

((China-Hong Kong)) A Beijing New Picture Film Co., IDG China Creative Media, New Classical Entertainment, Film Partner Intl. production. (International sales: Edko Films, Hong Kong.) Produced by Zhang Weiping, Cao Huayi, Hugo Shong, Bill Kong. Directed by Zhang Yimou. Screenplay, Yin Lichuan, Gu Xiaobai, Ai Mi, based on Ai’s novel “Hawthorn Tree Forever.”

With: Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Xi Meijuan, Jiang Ruijia, Li Xuejian.
(Mandarin dialogue)

By RUSSELL EDWARDS
Youthful passion and faithful devotion are lovingly depicted in Zhang Yimou’s “Under The Hawthorn Tree.” In the vein of the exquisite mellers (”Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles,” “The Road Home”) the helmer delivers between flashy epics, this tender, understated romancer touches the heart with a disarming, almost stealthy sweetness. Buoyed by pleasing perfs from young newcomers Zhou Dongyu and Shawn Dou, pic has garnered more than 83 million yuan ($13.4 million) in China since mid-September release; other Asian territories will embrace the film, but less enthusiastically. After fest play, international prospects will be limited to Zhang’s loyal arthouse following.

Set during the Cultural Revolution in the early ’70s, story begins as sparrow-like teacher-in-training Jing (Zhou) journeys to Xiping, a village in Hubei province, as part of her re-education process. En route, Jing is shown an iconic Hawthorn tree that, according to local legend, blooms with red flowers, since it grew in soil enriched by the blood of Chinese soldiers fighting Japanese invaders.

During her stay in the village, Jing falls for the rustic charms of handsome geology student Sun (Dou). Though entranced by Sun’s passionate gestures, the chaste teenager is caught between romantic impulse and the discretion the turbulent times require.

Amid omnipresent images of Chairman Mao, the era’s paranoia is personified by Jing’s mother (Xi Meijuan), who, having already lost her husband (a political priosner), is vigilant about controlling her immature daughter and her habit of drawing attention to herself. When Jing returns home and her mother finds out about the blossoming romance, she insists they separate until Jing completes her teacher training at age 25 years. Jing is initially compliant, but the strain of separation begins to show as she learns of a disturbing rumor.

Script, based on an Internet novel by Ai Mi (who adapted her work with Yin Lichuan and Gu Xiaobai), teases with the possibility that Sun is not all that he seems, and expertly milks both sadness and joy from Jing’s naivete. Less overtly political than helmer’s 1994 Gong Li starrer, “To Live,” which was also set during the social upheaval of the Cultural Revolution, this gentle love story still offers some meaty subtext for auds willing to read between the lines (in between tissues).

In a role that has distant echoes of a performance by the helmer’s earlier thesping discovery Zhang Ziyi (no relation) in 1999’s “The Road Home,” Zhou reps the film’s enchanting powerhouse; winning thesp utterly convinces as a young woman whose sheltered life cannot protect her from love’s sometimes bitter disappointments. Dou effectively complements Zhou with his portrayal of a man whose devotion knows no bounds, and Xi impresses with her zealous portrayal of Jing’s protective and suspicious mother.

Zhang’s restrained direction embraces an old-fashioned, literary style that includes elliptical fades to black and transitional intertitles; muted colors used by the helmer’s regular d.p., Zhao Xiaoding, is in keeping with the film’s understatement. Score by Chen Qigang, with its emphatic use of the guzheng, a traditional Chinese zither-like instrument, is artful in its spare simplicity. Camera (color, widescreen) Zhao Xiaoding; editor, Meng Peicong; music, Chen Qigang; art director, Wu Ming; sound (Dolby Digital), Tao Jing. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (opener), Oct. 7, 2010. Running time: 114 MIN.
Variety

September 27, 2010

September 27, 2010

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THR: ‘Legend of the Fist’ and ‘Ip Man 2′ get North American release

The companies are also bringing the popular Asian action pic “Ip Man” to select theaters starting Oct. 1, with an exclusive run at New York City’s Cinema Village theater, to be followed by a combination of traditional one-week runs and special one-off screenings for fans.

WSJ: Hong Kong Legend Yuen Woo Ping’s ‘Fantastic’ Past, Future

After four decades choreographing and directing some of the best-known martial arts films in contemporary Hong Kong cinema, Yuen Woo Ping is making the first American film festival appearance of his career.

Variety: Red Nights2

The funky pleasure of femme-vs.-femme intrigue, assassins and dragon ladies is undone by an ersatz fusion of giallo and John Woo-ish Hong Kong gunplay in “Red Nights.” Glossy, dumb item offers evidence that Gallic co-directors Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtland are fans of the genres in question, but their handling is utterly ham-fisted. Too many lethargic passages undermine the pic’s deep-midnight S&M weirdness and star Carrie Ng’s over-the-top camp appeal.

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree (山楂樹之戀) (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: China takes first stake in Hollywood firm

It’s finally happened: a Chinese entertainment company has bought a piece of Hollywood.

FBA: Chinese conglomerate makes Hollywood foray

FBA: TVB the centre of acquisition talk

CRI: ’Assassins’ Premieres ahead of Sept. 28 Release

Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok in Life is a Miracle (Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Mixes Happy and Sad in ‘Tale of Magic’

Tony Leung Ka-Fai as Bruce Lee’s father Lee Hoi-Chuen (Sina)

My Ex-Wife’s Wedding poster

The rom-com directed by Lee Kung-Lok features Chen Kun, Lu Yi and Yuan Quan, opens Oct.22 (Sina)

Francis Ng, Li Nian

Francis Ng

Simon Yam

A passionate love scene in Midnight Pulse between Francis Ng and Li Nian may be cut. In addition, an ambiguous scene with Simon Yam and Yang Yuyu who play brother and sister may also be cut. No exact release date has been announced yet for Midnight Pulse but a November timeframe is expected. (Xinhua)23

Chow Yun-Fat and Aaron Kwok have been reported to be signed on for Filmko’s 3D version of The Monkey King. Chow will play the Jade Emperor and Aaron Kwok the evil Bull King Demon. Donnie Yen was previously announced in the role of the Monkey King.  (Xinhua)

CRI: Faye Wong Practices for Upcoming Concert

Previous reports suggest that besides Beijing and Shanghai, the concert will also be taken to various cities including Taipei in January of next year.

Simon Yam and Qi Qi donated a limited edition photo book for charity in Shanghai (Xinhua)

Getting an early look

Zhang Jingchu will be attending the Bally 2011 Spring Preview in Milan for Fashion Week in October. (Xinhua)

Angelababy - Cosmo photo shoot

(Sina-slide show)

Kelly Chen at a recent fashion event in Shanghai

(Sina-slide show)

Chrissie Chau has no worries about her safety when she goes to Japan next month despite recent Sino-Japanese tensions. (Sina)

Liu Yifei’s graduation photo

(Xinhua)

September 16, 2010

September 16, 2010

THR: Detective Dee

Bottom Line: Breathtaking sets and effects give this youthful martial arts film a modern air.

Global Times: Deconstructing Detective Dee

Li Bingbing (Xinhua)

FBA: Taipei Exchanges (第36個故事) (5/10)

Beautifully mounted but wafer thin story of two sisters running a boutique Taipei coffee house.

Global Times: Ice Kacang Puppy Love

Writing, directing and starring in romantic film Ice Kacang Puppy Love, Malaysian singer/ songwriter Ah Niu is enjoying his broadened repertoire and spoke with the Global Times after the film’s Chinese mainland premiere Monday in Beijing.

Feng Trilogy concludes with A Romantic Affair

After spy suspense film The Message (Fengsheng) and Western action film Wind Blast (Xi Feng Lie), director Gao Qunshu announced the third of the Feng Trilogy A Romantic Affair (Yichang Fenghuaxueyue De Shi) Thursday in Beijing.

Zhang Yimou’s new simplicity

Zhang Yimou’s latest work Under the Hawthorn Tree opens nationally on Thursday with the famous filmmaker meeting the press Sunday evening in Beijing, talking about his choice of young actors, film festivals and the ideals of love.

Dou Xiao, Zhou Dongyu, Zhang Yimou

Zhou Dongyu (Sina)

CRI;”Legend of the Fist” Returns

Legend of the Fist poster (Sina-gallery)

A Seven Little Fortunes reunion? Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao are trying to bring the old gang together. Besides Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu, Eason Chan and Ronald Cheng are said to be in the cast.  The film would be about the history of the Seven Little Fortunes and is reported to start shooting in October. (Sina)

FBA: Stephen Chan to face corruption charges

THR: Former TVB GM charged with corruption

Former general manager of Television Broadcasts Ltd. Stephen Chan Chi-wan has been charged by the Independent Commission Against Corruption for alleged corruption and conspiracy to defraud offenses when handling TVB business affairs, the ICAC announced on Thursday.

Color Me Love poster and trailer release conference in Beijing (Sept.14)

Director Alexi Tan, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)

Monica Mok, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Joan Chen called in to the conference from the US. (Xinhua-slide show)

CRI: ”Color Me Love” Releases out Trailer

Wang Xinjun, Andy Lau in costume for Founding of a Party (Sina)

Reign of Assassins: Jung Woo-Sung, Michelle Yeoh, Su Chao-Pin

Wedding scene stills (Sina-gallery)

Kelly Lin, Guo Xiaodong poster

Don Quixote poster featuring Miao Pu

Miao Pu

(Sina-gallery)2

Sleeping Beauty

Shu Qi napping before Beijing premiere after dressing and makeup, taken by hairdresser Sev Tsang

(Xinhua)

SG: Karena Lam married in June

Jay Chou adds another title to his resume: TV host

September 13, 2010

September 13, 2010

Screen Daily: The Ditch

THR: The Ditch

Bottom Line: A documentary-like memorial to China’s forced-labor camps, respectful but harrowing to watch.

GlobalTimes: The truth behind John Woo and Tsui Hark’s healing Venice embrace

Zhou Dongyu (Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Yimou Premieres “Under the Hawthorn Tree”

SG: Raymond Lam to collaborate with Jet Li

Filming for Madame White Snake commenced last Friday. Other cast members include Chinese actress Huang Shengyi and pop idol Charlene Choi.

CRI: MV of Film “Detective Dee’s” Theme Song Released

Detective Dee poster

Detective Dee awaiting Venice judgement for Golden Lion (Xinhua)

American director wins top prize at Venice Film Festival

Sofia Coppola’s ” Somewhere,” her exploration of the relationship between a father and his young daughter under the flashbulbs of movie celebrity, won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Zhang Yuan presented his 3D animated short Space Guy at Venice. The film was originally shot for the Shanghai World Expo. (Sina)

Louis Koo will not be able to make any action films for 6 months following his surgery. Altogether, he will need a year to fully rehabilitate. (Sina)

SG: Louis Koo spares no expense buying properties

Despite having injured his right knee-cap during filming for his upcoming film A Chinese Ghost Story, Louis insists on continuing with work, opting to only drop action scenes.

“(My injury) requires a surgery. The doctors said that I’d need six months to a year to recuperate. Hence, my filming projects need to be re-scheduled. I can’t shoot action scenes during that period,” he explained.

The film star also revealed that he already has two projects lined up; a comedy film and a sequel to movie Overheard.

Filming for his new film Young Warriors of the Yang Clan will commence in March next year.

Photos from media visit to set of TV series “Swordsman’s Passion”

Wu Yaqiao (’Little Vivian Hsu’), Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi

Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi

Yumiko Cheng, Kevin Kwan, Charlene Choi

Nicholas Tse (Sina)

Huo Siyan in Legend of the Fist

(Sina)

Fans leave flowers at the door of Leslie Cheung’s former Kadoorie Hill home to commemorate what would have been his 54th birthday (Sept.12) (Sina) (Xinhua-slide show)

Fan gathering in Tsimshatsui hotel (Sina-slide show)

Karen Mok performed in Beijing at the China Green Community Concert (Sept.10) (Sina)\

Anthony Wong at a Puma Music event

Greeting the press

Anthony Wong will be flying to Bejing to promote Legend of the Fist. According to other reports, Anthony turned down requests to be photographed with some (pseud)o-models also attending the event. (Standards, you know.) (Sina-slide show)

Anthony Wong in Beijing

Enlight Pictures President Zhao, Anthony Wong, Andrew Lau, Huang Bo (Sina-gallery)

Wedding photos

Karena Lam

Advertising director Yuen Kim-wai (Steve Yuen) has confirmed that Karena Lam is pregnant but she is not a third-party. He revealed that, in fact, he and Karena were married in Vancouver, Canada back in June. Yuen, thought to be married, is divorced from his wife. (Sina)2, (Xinhua)2

HK actress Karena Lam married & pregnant

Carina Lau in Florence getting measured for a custom shoe last.

In 2004, husband Tony Leung had his own custom Ferragamo shoe last made. Lin Chi-Ling and Zhang Ziyi have had custom shoe lasts made by Ferragamo in the past. Carina’s autographed last will be displayed in the Ferragamo Museum for display. She was received by third-generation family member James Ferragamo and presented with a NT$800,00 (US$25,000) Sofia alligator purse as a welcoming gift. (!) (Xinhua)

Rosemary - arrest photo (21cn.com)

Rosemary family photo. Her father is French-Russian and mother is Chinese. (File photo) (Sina)

Rosemary and mother, Julie.

In years past, the two have had an icy relationship due to Julie’s strict discipline. (Sina)

HK model arrested in US for drug possession

Dorian Ho

With mentor William Tang

Rosemary is now back in Hong Kong. She is scheduled to appear Thursday on the runway for designer Dorian Ho at a charity fashion event. For now, designers Dorian Ho and William Tang are standing by her. Rosemary cancelled a planned press conference on advice from her attorney. Besides simple possession, more serious charges of dealing are possible. (Sina)2

Vivian Hsu - Taipei (Sept.10)

Ethan Ruan and others attended, but really…

(Sina-slide show)

Huang Yi prepares to deliver a little high heat

Huang Yi was a celebrity guest helping kick off a fall baseball league in Beijing. Currently working on the basketball film ‘Amazing’ she has been practicing horse riding and martial arts skills for her next film, with she inadvertently revealed, Anthony Wong, ‘Qiu Jin’. (Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Maggie Cheung in black bikini and Burberry.

Maggie took the plunge to help celebrate the 160th anniversary of Lane Crawford and demonstrate both the versatility of the Burberry raincoat and abstract art form. (Xinhua)

SG: Julian Cheung and Anita Yuen move in preparation for Baby No.2

Ayi Jihu: Her raunchy videos attract unwelcome attention from Chinese govt

Sexy Chinese R&B singer dubbed “Chinese Madonna”

Alleged Ponzi schemer joins T.O. mayor race (Thanks, to Brian)

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FBA: A Better Tomorrow (무적자) (South Korea) (5/10)

Okay but over-long South Korean remake of John Woo’s 1986 crime classic is darker and more emotionally intense.

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Lovebirds Pose for Photo Shoot

Zhou Dongyu, Dou Xiao (Xinhua)

CRI: “Under the Hawthorn Tree” Previewed in Shanghai

And let’s pause a moment to remember Zhang Ruijia,, the original girl picked to play Quiet Autumn but then lost the role for talking to the press. [4.21.2010]

THR: Tsui Hark returns with ‘Detective Dee’

Simon Yam sporting new soul patch, with wife Qi Qi

Karen Mok’s new Hong Kong version of CD will feature two MVs including her ‘bathing’ performance, a signature of her concert shows.

(Sina) (Sina-slide show)

Anthony Wong

Anthony Wong was spotted out and about with a new young woman recently. Wong who is married with two sons has frequently been linked romantically to many women (Jessey Meng, Fan Bingbing, model Jessie Cheung) leading to divorce rumors over the years. In fact, this particular woman is Wong’s new assistant. Psych! So, really, this is a non-story, but just an excuse to dish on Anthony Wong’s wandering ways. (Sina)

Rosemary

Mug shot (msnbc)

Supermodel, actress Rosemary (Rosemary Vandenbroucke) was reportedly arrested in Nevada for drug possession and hit-and-run after attending the Burning Man Festival. She was released on $15,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court Oct.19. (Sina)(USAToday)

No luck with Jo Luck

Zhao Wei’s investment in a Beijing restaurant has soured and found to be recently shuttered. Opened in November, Zhao Wei and celebrities like Faye Wong often seen dining there. (Xinhua-slide show)

October Marie Claire cover featuring Michelle Reis (Xinhua)

SG: Maggie Cheung wants to adopt

SG:  HK model Angelababy proves she is no ‘artificial beauty’

The new and improved Maggie Q

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