HKMDB Daily News

July 12, 2010

July 12, 2010

Global Times: Jia Hongsheng’s death a modern day tragedy as thousands mourn the screen idol

Jia helped Zhou [Xun] get her first important role in TV series Palace of Desire by introducing her to director Li Shaohong, but their relationship ended with Zhou cheating with singer Pu Shu.

FBA: Hear Me (聽說) (7/10)

Taiwan’s little-known box-office champ of last year is an engaging romance that’s kept light and unsaccharine.

FBA: Documentary takes top prize at TFF’s Taipei Awards

CRI: World’s Largest Screen for ‘Aftershock’ Premiere

The largest silver screen in the world will be used for the premiere of Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s IMAX disaster film “Aftershock” Monday evening (July 12) in Tangshan.

In order to make their 500 million yuan box office goal, Huayi Brothers has increased the minimum allowed ticket price for Aftershock up 5 yuan.  For A-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, this means the minimum price is now 35 yuan, for B-tier cities like Chengdu the minimum will be 30 yuan and for C-tier cities, 25 yuan. Feng Xiaogang’s Cell Phone was the first to a require a minimum ticket price but back then the minimum was only 5 yuan. Theater owners have already complained about minimum ticket prices in the past, with half-priced Tuesdays and discounts for group sales, they are already subsidizing ticket sales out of already low profits. (Xinhua)

CRI: Light Shed on ‘Orphan of Zhao’

Bankable actor Ge You plays the lead character Cheng Ying, a doctor living in the countryside in 6th century BC who sacrifices his own son to save an orphan, and then raises him and helps him get his revenge.

Chow Yun-Fat, warlord Yuan Shi-Kai, Emperor of China?

Yuan Shikai

Cast members for The Founding of the Republic’s follow-up, The Founding of a Party is beginning to shape up. Feng Xiaogang, Jiang Wen, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Tao-ming, and Ge You are said to be confirmed. Liu Ye was previously reported to play the young Mao Zedong. Andy Lau and Chow Yun-Fat have not wanted to respond whether they will participate or not, Chow is said to be cast as warlord Yuan Shi-Kai. According to sources, Tang Guoqiang will again play the older Mao Zedong. Chen Kun (Zhou Enlai), Zhang Hanyu (Sun Yat-Sen), Zhang Guoli (older Chiang Kai-Shek), Andy Lau (Cai E), Vivian Wu, (Soong Meiling, Chiang Kai-Shek’s wife), Jiang Wenli (Soong Weiling, Sun Yat-Sen’s wife) and Zhou Xun are also reportedly cast. Director Huang Jianxin promiised that, this time, he would not cut out John Woo’s role. Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Stephen Chow, Jet Li and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai have also been invited to perform. Jet Li and Donnie Yen are said to be ready when needed. (Sina)

Aarok Kwok, Zhang Jingchu

While promoting City Under Siege in Beijing Sunday, Zhang Jingchu shocked everyone by singing an excellent acappella rendition of Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina while Aaron imitated various Cristiano Ronaldo gestures that sent the audience laughing. Aaron opined that the German octopus Paul successfully predicted the winners of the matches because he liked bright colors and the winners flags all had bright colors.

Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu was touched and grateful for Wu Jing’s care. Because she had a torn ligament injury, Wu Jing showed her how to massage it to relieve the pain and also gave her a small hammer to massage her leg with. (Sina)23

Qin Hailu

First photos of Qin Hailu in Shaoxing Opera costume for TV drama Jinling Confidential

(Xinhua)(ynet)

Zhang Ziyi

Trying the vuvuzela

Zhang Ziyi appeared on a sports talk show on World Cup Sunday (Xinhua)(Sina)

Shanghai - Edison Chen

Edison Chen was in Shanghai to celebrate the 6 year anniversary of his CLOT brand and autograph a commemrative book. Besides working on a new album, Edison plans to produce a film next year.

(Sina)

Edison Chen steps out as film producer

SG: Gaile Lok and Leon Lai’s marriage on the rocks?

Sammi Cheng back to her best

Sammi Cheng blurred the line between big-budget musical and blockbuster pop event at her recent concerts in Hong Kong and at Taipei Arena.

Alex Fong: Go ahead, ask me about Ah Gill

August 28, 2009

August 28, 2009


Shing Fui-On passed away last night at 11:45pm at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital


Shing Fui-On passed away last night

Despite his poor condition Shing checked out of the hospital a couple days ago to be home because he did not like the feeling of loneliness at the hospital. Two days later his condition worsened dramatically and Shing returned to the hospital. Nick Cheung, Michael Miu Kiu-Wai, Eric Tsang visited him and others visited him. (Thanks, to Fan)

The fourth of five brothers, Shing quit school and joined his brother at Shaw Brothers at age 15 (some say 13) to work in the props department

Later he joined Golden Harvest but a downturn in the industry forced him to find work in a ballroom as a guard (?).
HK actor Fui-on Shing dies of cancer

Hong Kong Actor Fui-on Shing Dies of Cancer


Big Silly character debuted in 1985 Chase a Fortune

Big Silly (middle) with two cousins
Before he was fierce (center, with two cousins)
Disco era Big SillyFull fierce on
Once claimed in an interview that he joined the triads but later recanted


Xinhuanet coverage


Sina.com’s coverage of Big Silly’s passing



Opening ceremony for Fire Dragon

NY Times: Film on Confucius Resurfacing
Fei Mu’s Confucius being restored

No Kungfu and No Charity for Jet Li in Ocean Paradise

Daughter Cast in Director John Woo’s New Film

Two more sneak into Toronto lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday made two last-minute bookings for Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days” and “The Warrior and the Wolf,” a combat epic from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Taipei Times: Hear Me review
A love story in silence
Blatant product placement for the Taipei City Government mars an otherwise enjoyable boy-meets-girl tale

Taipei Times - short takes

Let’s Fall in Love (尋情歷險記)
Also making use of Chinese Valentine’s Day is this up-close-and-personal Taiwanese documentary enjoying a proper release with a new promotional campaign. Twenty-odd married couples come under the spotlight with their relationship problems and weaknesses, together with the intriguing matchmaker-counselor whom all of them share. From award-winning director Wuna Wu (吳汰紝), who had to solicit hundreds of small investors to get this film into theaters.

The Forbidden Legend: Sex & Chopsticks 2 (金瓶梅2:愛的奴隸)
Sweaty and kinky sex for its own sake is a rare bird on the Taiwanese big screen these days. We haven’t had a soft porn extravaganza since, well, the original Sex & Chopsticks late last year. Japanese hardcore actresses Hikaru Wakana (with head still shaved), Kaera Uehara, Serina Hayakawa and Yui Morikawa secure another Hong Kong work visa to tell, for the umpteenth time, the misadventures of barely robed courtesans. But tableware fetishists will likely feel misled all over again; the Chinese title (“The Golden Lotus 2: Slaves of Love”) is more faithful to what’s on show.

Rookies: Graduation
And so, back to a movie based on a Japanese manga. A bunch of good-for-nothing punks regain self-respect and team spirit after their charismatic high school teacher shapes them into a formidable baseball team. This is a theatrical follow-up to a TV series based on the popular manga series Rookies. But unless you’re a baseball tragic or swoon at the sight of “bad boys” with trendy shocks of hair and perfect skin, this attempt at inspiration won’t mean a pitcher’s mound of beans. The Bad News Bears it ain’t.

KJ (音樂人生)
The poster for this Hong Kong documentary says it all: a boy sitting alone in an auditorium. The boy is “KJ,” a brilliant pianist with a bright future in store, though the film covers much wider, and occasionally darker, ground, which makes it an ideal companion to Four Minutes. With respected director Ann Hui (�?�) as consultant, this study of individual genius in a society that tends to stifle it has the stamp of quality. Six years in the making, KJ is screening exclusively at the Wonderful Cinemas complex in Taichung.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2009/08/28/2003452150

Yasmin Ahmad tribute

Shawn Yue speaks up for Stephy Tang
Stephy criticized for potentially spreading H1N1 at typhoon fundraiser

The husband of Lee Young-ae publicly speaks about his wife

Felicia Chin breaks down at ongoing rumours of plastic surgery

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Karen Mok

Karen Mok promoting her new digital album


Zhang Ziyi endorsing watch brand



Taiwan actress Yu Ke-Hsin lost Andy Lau to Carol Shu many years ago and suffered depression for some 15 years

Yu Ke-Hsin
Andy’s partner pregnant?
Is Lau’s long-term partner expecting a baby?
The women in Andy Lau’s life - captioned slideshow
[*According to Chinese custom, following the death of a father, the couple must marry within 100 days or wait 3 years. Others say AFTER 100 days otherwise bad luck for the bridegroom. You pick, I guess.]



Vivian Chow paintings selected for exhibition


Josie Ho
Josie Ho shows off a purse she designed featuring a gun

She joked that there are two meaning to the gun, to promote world peace and to keep evildoers away from her husband. Her father, Stanley Ho, remains in the hospital resting and recuperating from surgery.


Photos from Gillian Chung’s stage performance I Ought To Be in Pictures



More photos

Gillian Chung’s stage debut


Li Bingbing opens a flagship store in Ningbo

Michelle Reis slide show

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