HKMDB Daily News

October 27, 2010

October 27, 2010

Mavis Fan and Li Yuchun (Chris Lee) have joined the cast of Tsui Hark’s 3D Flying Swords of Dragon Gate.

Li Yuchun

Mavis Fan

(Sina)

CRI: Li Yuchun, Mavis Fan Join Cast of Tsui Hark’s 3-D Film

FBA:  Tsui has fun with Catching Monkey

Tsui Hark has secretly made a movie in 3-D, which will be pitched for sale at next month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

CRI: Horror Movie ‘Lost in Panic Room’ Set for Halloween Release (previously Hidden Chamber of Secrets, here)

Pace Wu and Yuan Chengjie are reportedly planning on skipping the premiere in anger over the ‘assistant gaffer’ (lighting assistant) nude scene leakage threats. (Xinhua)

CRI: Ang Lee Gets Male Lead for His First 3-D Work

Seventeen-year-old Indian boy Suraj Sharma has been chosen by director Ang Lee to star in his 3-D film. The movie is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi”.

FBA: Lee brings Pi to Taiwan and India

“Under the Hawthorn Tree” actor Shawn Dou Xiao will play Qu Qiubai in a biopic to be directed by Huo Jianqi.

Chrissie Chau - Vampire Warriors

With director Dennis Law distributing limited edition vampire dolls in Mongkok (Xinhua)

Director Alexi Tan

Liu Ye

Yao Chen

Color Me Love launches official website

(Sina)

October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010

THR: Peaceful ‘Buddha’ Bow

Taiwan-China Co-Prod. Rises Above Politics

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.

THR: Juliets review

The Bottom Line: Love is not rosy in this romantic omnibus sporting sexy, flowery styles.

Variety: The Intruder (Thailand)

Killer cobras create carnage in “The Intruder,” a lively exploiter pitting trapped residents of a Bangkok apartment block against an army of angry asps.

FBA: Black and White has arresting cast and budget

CNNGo: Lover’s Discourse’ star Kay Tse has a secret crush

The romantic flick focuses on the intersection of six love stories. Tse portrays a shy laundry girl who has a secret crush on one of her customers.

CRI: Cecilia Cheung Is Back at Work on Three Films

CRI: Chen Kun’s ‘Bullets’ Look

Photo stills featuring actor Chen Kun in the upcoming gangster movie “Let the Bullets Fly” have been released.

CRI: More Love Scenes Expected in ‘Tale of Magic’

As a result, the public release of the movie will be postponed to next year, probably around Valentine’s Day.

CRI:  Chinese Film ‘Assembly’ Gets 3-D Boost in Germany

Kungfu Wing Chun poster

Poster for preview of Kungfu Wing Chun

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

Hidden Chamber of Secrets opens Oct. 29

Alec Su and Pace Wu star in the thriller (Sina)

Stills from Alan Mak and Felix Wong’s Lost Bladesman

Andy On Chi-Kit

(Sina-gallery)

Wind Blast promotion takes Francis Ng to Shanghai (Sina-gallery)

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.

Soaked Sammi Cheng (Xinhua)

CRI: Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan in Honeymoon

MSN: Aaron Kwok rumoured to have spread STD to Lynn Hung (Xinhua)2

MSN: Selina Jen braves 5-hour surgeryHebe’s mother donates skin to Selina

S.H.E’s Selina Jen undergoes surgery for severe burns on body

Eyewitnesses said that Jen’s clothes were on fire and she was screaming “It burns! It burns!” immediately after the explosion.

Yu on the other hand, appeared to be in shock and had a glazed look in his eyes as the production crew rushed forward to help the still-smouldering pair.

Selina suffered minor burns to face, too

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.

(Xinhua)

October 20, 2010

October 20, 2010

Variety: My Spectacular Theater (China)2

Variety: Merry-Go-Round (Hong Kong)

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

CRI: Jackie Chan Produces ‘The Break-up Artist’

CRI: ‘My Own Swordsman’ Moves to Big Screen(Xinhua)

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.

I Love Wing Chun

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,

Interview: Shu Qi Talks About Legend of the Fist (Chinese Mirror)


Shu Qi - Goodbye (Theme Song)

Vivian Hsu has three films screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival, The Musician (The Star and The Sea), Fire of Conscience and Hot Summer Days.

(Oct.19) Miriam Yeung and Raymond Lam attending the chilly Beijing premiere of Perfect Wedding.

(Xinhua)(Sina)

HK Premiere, Oct. 18 (Xinhua-gallery)

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)

Chen Kun (Xinhua-gallery)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi attended the opening of a Hong Kong jewellry shop.

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

“Pot-bellied” Michelle Reis

Now visibily pregnant Michelle Reis is still working

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

MSN: Andy Lau is happy for Tony Leung

The Hong Kong actor doesn’t mind being paid less than Tony Leung

MSN: Carl Ng the ‘optimistic pessimist’

The boyishly charming Hong Kong actor opens up on his relationship with dad, and tells us he wants to play a comedic dance instructor in tight spandex

MSN: Singapore is Richard Ng’s Silver Lining (June)

The well-travelled thespian said, “Working in Singapore is really enjoyable. I’ve worked in many miserable shows, I tell you.

Quoting Mainland China as one “horrendous” place he has worked in, he described Singaporeans as “sincere, genuine and warm”.

HKStandard: The One - New plaza proves customer friendly

Stalking Carina Lau photos

Carina Lau was spotted shopping in Hong Kong and chatting amiably with a little girl. (Sina)

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)

July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010

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THR: John Woo honored in Hong Kong

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)

Global Times: Jeffrey Lau In Focus

“There has never been any system or theory behind my film shooting,” he smiled. “I am just a naughty director, making naughty films that I want to make.”

Deleted - Derek Yee apologized to fans for deleting kissing scene between Charlene Choi and Louis Koo.

He teased that perhaps in the DVD edition. Li Bingbing’s kissing scene remained for the sake of the plot explained Yee. (Sina)

Mutants from City Under Siege

The stylists that designed the mutants are from Thailand and have worked on Hollywood films including The Hulk, Lord  of the Rings, and Men in Black. (Sina)

Collin Chou

Collin Chou is also working on a short film in Hollywood as a homeless man. (Sina)

Shu Qi - Not a mutant

Her stylist in City Under Siege, William Chang

(Sina)

Poster for I Wish I Knew

Alex Su and Pace Wu attending Beijing press conference for Hidden Chamber of Secrets (Xinhua)

Stephen Chow, Xu Jiao

Appearing on Hunan TV’s Happy Camp program to promote CJ7 The Cartoon (Love the Earth) (Sina)

CRI: Wang Luodan Shoots Photos for Fashion Magazine

Will divorced Gong Li remain a Singaporean?

Gigi Lai

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)

June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010

City Under Siege poster

Film opens in Hong Kong Aug.12 (Sina)

THR: Daniel Wu hopes to export HK success to Hollywood

“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.

Variety: Love in a Puff

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

CRI: “Shanghai”

Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy said that a good film should touch people emotionally. It was proved in his latest work “Shanghai”.

FBA: Welcome to Shamatown (決戰剎馬鎮) (6/10)

Goofy treasure-hunting comedy is a cross between Crazy Stone and A Simple Noodle Story.

Taiwan musician Giong Lim held a press conference last week in Beijing to promote the background music for Jia Zhangke’s “I Wish I Knew”, a dedicated film for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. [hkmdb]

Liu Ye plays a well-off man who is bored with his married life until he bumps into his first love played by Gao Yuanyuan.

Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan

A press conference for the action thriller “Triple Tap” was held in Beijing on June 28th. (Sina)

Beijing premiere

Li Bingbing

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.

Triple Tap: Intriguing premise but uneven delivery

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.

Endorsement appearance

(Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Stephen Fung - Fantastic Water Babes

Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Stephen Fung

Stephen Fung (Sina)

Alec Su (left), director Zhang Fanfan during a media visit to the set

Alec Su

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)

Fan Bingbing

Rian Dundon: Behind the Scenes with Fan Bingbing(CF)

Li Bingbing - Trends Health cover

CRI: Cover Girl of 10-year Anniversary Edition of “Trends Health”

CRI: Faye Wong to Perform 5 Concerts in Beijing This Fall

Hong Kong celebrity Michelle Reis in the family way

Ex-Hong Kong actress Michelle Reis was seen coming out of the gynaecologist’s office recently, leading to speculation that she was preparing to get pregnant, according to a report in U-Weekly.

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