The world premiere of director Li Yu’s China-Taiwan co-production Buddha Mountain spooled without a hitch Sunday in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival, proving that once in a while the culture of filmmaking can trump both sticky cross-Straits politics and past squabbles with China media authorities.
Joe Cheung Tung-Cho’s martial arts story features romance and comedy which opens Nov. 2. The cast includes veterans Collin Chou, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu and Kara Hui besides Bai Jing and Yu Shaoqun in the leads. (Sina), 2
Fan Bingbing has dropped out of The Founding of a Party due to conflict with the shooting schedule for her South Korean film My Way (Sina)
Follow up on the East Asia All Star Concert in Shanghai: Typhoon Megi was responsible for the wet look on stage, not a production design element of the show. Denise Ho complained about the lack of available umbrellas, dancers slipped on the wet stage, and Edison Chen looked like a drowned rat. Other artists simply muddled through.
Speculation was rife that the television drama’s production company would replace Jen and Yu and resume filming. The rumours riled fans, who took to the Internet slamming the producers for being heartless.
Taiwanese director Chen Ming-chang has come out to address the issue on his microblog, stressing that the crew will wait for the condition of the two actors to improve before checking with them whether they would resume their roles. Only if they decline to return, wrote Chen, would they consider replacing the actors.
An ensemble melodrama stuffed with sudden flashbacks and odd coincidences, “Merry-Go-Round” is a handsomely lensed Hong Kong pic that leans too hard on a drippy narrative and the wall-to-wall tunes of Ketchup… 2
The film assembles the original TV version crew and cast, including director Shang Jing, screenwriter Ning Caishen and actresses Yao Chen and Yan Ni, even though some of them have become very popular and busy since the success of the TV drama.
Though all the characters wear ancient costumes, they speak exactly like modern young people. It parodies all kinds of current cultural and social trends, winning over many young fans.
Hongkong director Lex Choi Lik brings together diverse talents from two countries in a martial art comedy.
I Love Wing Chun stars such diverse artistes as China’s multiple Olympic gold medallist diver-turned-actor Tian Liang, Hongkong’s comic talents like Natalis Chan, Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu as well as Malaysia’s veteran actress Lai Meng,
Pace Wu, Yuan Chengjie - Hidden Chamber of Secrets
Someone posting as ‘assistant gaffer’ on Weibo has threatened to expose deleted nude scenes of Pace Wu from the upcoming Hidden Chamber of Secrets. ‘Assistant gaffer’ has given a deadline of one week to get unpaid back wages before posting the photos. Sample shots were posted. Publicity stunt, or not? (Xinhua)
Charlene Choi mentally and physically fatigued
After 10 years in the business, Charlene Choi said it is time for a major change. Likening her career to a mountain climber, sometimes one has to stop and re-equip before tackling the next peak. She would like to take a long vacation to relax and travel. Sleeping in cars, living in hotels, sightseeing and dining with castmates is too short a relaxation. She hopes her company would send her on a major holiday. Charlene wants to see Rome, Greece, Bermuda, Easter Island and leave all her cares behind. (Xinhua)
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.
The Hong Kong government announced Thursday that the veteran director has been bestowed the Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his contributions to Hong Kong and Chinese cinema. The award is named after the semiautonomous territory’s official flower. (BBC)
Gigi Lai who is six months pregnant, reportedly with twins, is still managing her brother’s beauty clinic business. She recently suffered internal hemorrhaging but was released from the hospital and advised to take bed rest by doctors. (Xinhua)
“I find that Americans still have a very big stereotype toward what Asians are, and I don’t feel a need to perpetuate that stereotype. So when a good character comes along, I’m all for it. I’m ready. I’d be very open to it,” Wu said.
A lighter-than-air yarn about two cheerful nicotine enthusiasts, Hong Kong romancer “Love in a Puff” is an unfiltered delight. Pang Ho-cheung gets the balance exactly right with this well-realized vehicle for Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, which also plays like a poem to that most cinematic of vices, smoking. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5642
A press conference for the action thriller “Triple Tap” was held in Beijing on June 28th. (Sina)
In the film, Li portrays a manager at a financial company. When Yee was asked to describe Li in real life, he said Li was strong, but inside she was a tender woman. As soon as the voice faded, a tear came out of Li’s eyes. “It’s very touching that the director understands me,” explained Li.
Unfortunately, “Triple Tap” could not capitalise on this intriguing premise. Yee made his big reveal somewhere in the middle of the film, completely shutting down the suspense of finding out what actually transpired during the robbery and who was behind it.
Cecilia Cheung - Shanghai
Cecilia will begin work on Derek Yee’s film with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in February.
Alec Su (left), director Zhang Fanfan during a media visit to the set
Alec Su, Pace Wu
Pace Wu in character
The Hidden Chamber of Secrets, a mystery film about serial murders, stars Alec Su and Pace Wu is currently filming in Beijing. He plays a novelist, she plays his wife. The story of horror takes place within 24 hours in a locked house with 8 people. One by one they die. Zhang Fanfan directs the film scheduled to open Oct. 29. (Sina)