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December 16, 2013

No Man’s Land (Variety review)

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No Man’s Land

December 16, 2013
Maggie Lee

With a nod to the Coen brothers’ jet-black humor and twisty plotting, mainland helmer Ning Hao takes his personal brand of Chinese picaresque to nihilistic levels in “No Man’s Land.” An oater-cum-road-movie in which a lawyer’s misadventures on a lawless Xinjiang highway becomes a metaphor for a society governed by base human instincts, the film delivers white-knuckle suspense and mean action sequences spiked with an undercurrent of misanthropy and outrage. Ning’s acerbic wit has been endorsed locally with a nine-day B.O. haul of more than $27 million; offshore, the pic’s cool noir style and breathtaking desert vistas should draw Asian-friendly arthouse and genre crowds.

Completed in 2009 and scheduled for release six times over the past few years, only to be held back each time, “No Man’s Land” is rumored to have run afoul of China’s film bureau due to its allegedly negative portrayal of police (not noticeable in the current version). It’s impossible to tell from the final screened version how many edits or reshoots it has gone through, but except for a mawkish ending that feels tagged on, the yarn is tautly paced and structured.

Although speculation surrounding the film’s delayed opening no doubt stirred curiosity, it owes its commercial success primarily to the casting. While male leads Huang Bo and Xu Zheng have both appeared in Ning’s hit crime capers “Crazy Stone” (2006) and “Crazy Racer” (2009), it was their pairing in this year’s “Lost in Thailand,” China’s highest-grossing domestic film, that hyped up expectations for this particular outing.

Neither as crowdpleasing as the “Crazy” series nor even classifiable as comedy, “No Man’s Land” is instead a social allegory that harks back to the dyed-in-the-wool cynicism of Ning’s 2003 debut feature, “Incense”; both films portray spineless protags who find themselves shortchanged by an even more immoral society. Compared with that earlier work, this one is less dry and formalistic, expanding the same theme in a more entertaining genre framework. And although it alludes to Hollywood genres, it’s more stylistically coherent than the kitschy fusion of martial arts, noisy farce and Indiana Jones-style cliches represented by past Chinese Westerns set in desert locations, from Gao Qunshu’s “Wind Blast” to Liu Weiran’s “Welcome to Shama Town” and Zhang Yimou’s “A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop.”

“This is a story about animals,” announces the voiceover of protagonist Pan Xiao (Xu), setting up a running motif about man’s instincts toward predation and self-protection. These ideas are underlined by an arresting opening action sequence in which an illegal poacher (Huang) hunts down two endangered falcons in the Xinjiang desert. He is caught by policeman Wang (Zhao Hu) but escapes with the help of his boss, Lao Da (Tibetan thesp Duo Bujie, imposing), who stages a road accident as part of their getaway.

It is to this barren outpost that big-city lawyer Pan is summoned to defend Lao Da against allegations of dangerous driving. When the lawsuit wraps in the defendant’s favor, Pan coerces his client into giving him his late wife’s car as collateral for deferred payment. As the red Mustang roars along the lonely highway, the city slicker who can’t wait to get out of Hicksville unwittingly trespasses into 500 kilometers of no man’s land.

What follows bears some resemblance to Oliver Stone’s “U-Turn,” turning into a freakshow of roughneck nasties, who take turns insulting, scamming, thrashing and seducing Pan. Unlike the small-time crooks in Ning’s crime capers, whose colorful speech and goofy shenanigans give them a touch of quirky charm, the characters in “No Man Land” are physically and morally repugnant. Setting a new standard of grotesquerie in mainland comedy are a scuzzy family of three who run the world’s filthiest rest stop, and two loutish truck drivers whose idea of courtesy is to spit on the windshields of passing vehicles.

Every time Pan invokes the law, he invites more injustice, and audiences may feel torn between deploring his situation and enjoying the comeuppance of someone who routinely bends the law to his own advantage. Though the majority of the narrative is set on one straight highway, the ace car crashes and chase sequences devised by Hong Kong stunt coordinator Bruce Law (“Man of Taichi,” “The Raid 2″) keeps delivering visual thrills, while Pan’s endless reversals of fortunes and the other characters’ elusive comings and goings sustain an air of unpredictability. The appearance of Jiaojiao (Yu Nan), a sassy prostitute who becomes Pan’s unwanted travel companion, finally lends the narrative some human connection and dramatic heft.

Xu’s unscrupulous Pan bears a superficial resemblance to the mercenary yuppies he played in “Lost in Thailand” and its prequel, “Lost on Journey,” but in contrast with those trips, he’s on a less redemptive path. The actor is more low-key than usual here, his character evincing few signs of growth or emotional development, even when his conscience is tested in various life-and-death scenarios.

Playing an ingenue one minute and a hustler the next, Yu convinces as both, but is finally let down by an arbitrary epilogue that reduces her to a platitudinous mouthpiece. Huang amuses with his zombielike mannerisms without skimping on the character’s malevolence, while Duo’s quietly unhinged sociopath recalls Anton Chigurh from “No Country for Old Men.”

The harsh landscape (the film was shot around the craggy dunes of Xinjiang’s Hami region) evokes a godforsaken wasteland where every shred of human propriety has been discarded. Ning’s regular lenser, Du Jie, makes spectacular use of widescreen format to convey the velocity of the driving sequences as well as the vastness of the desert. Production designer Hao Yi’s grimy sets, beat-up vehicles and shabby costumes are totally of a piece with the dusty sepia tones of the imagery, and Nathan Wang’s thunderous, Ennio Morricone-inspired score goes well with the potent sound mix.

Production
Directed by Ning Hao. Screenplay, Shu Ping, Xing Aina, Cu Xishu, Wang Hongwei, Shang Ke, Ning. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Du Jie; editor, Du Yuan; music, Nathan Wang; production designer, Hao Yi; set decorator, Maimaitiyiming Kelimu; sound (Dolby Digital), Wang Gang; re-recording mixer, Wang Gang; visual effects supervisors, Wang Lifeng, Steve Katz, Miao Chun; stunt coordinator, Bruce Law; associate producers, Miao Xiaotian, Ling Hong, Kuan Xiaoze; casting, Li Kai.

Crew
(China) A China Film Group release of a China Film Co., Beijing Orange Sky Golden Harvest TV & Film Prod. Co., Beijing Guoli Changsheng Movies & TV Prod. Co., Yinji Entertainment & Media, Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co., Emperor Film and Entertainment (Beijing) presentation, production. (International sales: Emperor Motion Pictures, Hong Kong.) Produced by Han Sanping, Zhao Haicheng. Executive producers, Han Xiaoli, Peisen Li, Shirley Lau, Ning Hao, Yu Weiguo, Lin Fanxi; Co-executive producers, Zhang Qiang, Dan Mintz, Ivy Zhong, Albert Lee.

With
Xu Zheng, Yu Nan, Duo Bujie, Huang Bo, Wang Shuangbao, Sun Jianmin, Yang Xinmin, Guo Hong, Wang Pei, Zhao Hu, Tao Hong. (Mandarin dialogue, Xinjiang dialect)
Variety

April 11, 2012

April 11, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Cool Young review

Off-the-wall, very patchy curio centred on love and money in modern-day Shenzhen.

FBA: Young Dudes review

Undeveloped mix of fantasy and modern-hippy elements is more like an extended music video.

CF: Inaccurate Memoir Bumps up Release Date

Publicity stills for “An Inaccurate Memoir” featuring Zhang Yi

CF: Nostalgic Posters for ‘11 Flowers’ Released

Set at the end of the 1970s, the art-house film “11 Flowers” tells the story of an 11-year-old boy who witnessed a murder.

(Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi’s “Sophie’s Revenge 2″ to Begin Shooting Soon

CF: Presenters of Hong Kong Film Awards Unveiled

(Sina)

Latest poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses” features director’s filmography

(Sina)

CF: Box office chart for last week

Guan Hu (”Design of Death”, “Cow”) announced the cast of his new film “The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel”. In addition to the three leads, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Bo and Liu Ye; the cast includes Tanaka Chie, Wang Xun and Liang Jing in the action comedy. The director and three leads will also act as producers for the Lunar New Year film.

Liu Ye, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Bo

Guan Hu, Liu Ye, Zhang Hanyu

Huang Bo, Liang Jing, Tanaka Chie

Guan Hu, Liu Ye, Zhang Hanyu, Huang Bo (Sina)234

Stills from Guan Hu’s “Design of Death”.

Yu Nan plays a mute widow

Yu Nan and Huang Bo (Sina)2

Animated posters and a couple stills for “Full Circle”

(Sina)23

MSN: Sammi Cheng used to suffer from depression

The Hong Kong singer’s co-star Louis Koo revealed that she only ate a “piece of vegetable” during her dark period

MSN: Is Joyce Cheng dating a Korean model?

MSN: Raymond Lam struck by mysterious illness

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Studio complex puts China in the picture

Huairou Film Base hopes to lure Westerners

In a recent coup for Huairou, Keanu Reeves signed on to shoot “Man of Tai Chi,” a $32 million contemporary chopsocky and tai chi actioner that will film here. The cast includes Tiger Chen and Karen Mok, with Reeves as a bad guy — and martial arts choreography by Yuen Woo-ping (”The Matrix”).

Variety: Film is art to Chinese helmer Lu Chuan

Local auds didn’t flock to “City of Life and Death” in expected numbers, partially because Lu made the Japanese general in the war movie a real character.

Now the director wants his vision to appeal to auds in the booming China market as he gets ready to unveil “The Last Supper,” a costume drama about two warring generals, toplining mainland-friendly stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.

FBA: Audience invited to all or nothing Supper

Qin Lan as Empress Lu in “The Last Supper”, opening July 5th

Qin Lan

Liu Ye, Qin Lan, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen at recent Beijing press conference (Sina)

Daniel Wu

Liu Ye

Chang Chen (Sina-gallery)

Trailer for “The Last Supper”

Gong Li will play Empress Wu in “Tang Dynasty Mystic/Mystery Map”

Two versions of the film are in the pipeline, with Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung directing and Tony Ching Siu-Tung producing and filming to begin in July. An international US-China version hopes to get Danny Boyle to direct with an unnamed actress in the lead.

Gong Li

(Sina)23

First stills from Guan Hu’s black comedy “Design of Death”

A quack doctor (Simon Yam) performs an autopsy to determine whether the cause of a death is a murder or an accident. The setting is an ancient village in the mountains.

Simon Yam

Yu Nan atop a coffin

Huang Bo

Alec Su (Sina)

CF: China’s First Banned Film Released after 60 Years

After its premier in 1951, the film was soon caught up in ideological disputes, which saw it pilloried as being pro-capitalist, a severe accusation in an era characterized by its black-and-white politics. However, Mao Zedong’s criticism of the film, in which he labeled it as carrying a message detrimental to the principles of socialism, was perhaps the main reason behind the banning of the film.

(Sina)

MSN: Showbiz boss Albert Yeung dishes the dirt on celebrity scandals

Jackie Chan, Elaine Ng (Sina)2

WaPo: Hong Kong selects new leader after tumultuous contest

After a boisterous but highly undemocratic contest featuring feuding tycoons, dark rumors of closet communism and a host of scandals over sex, gangsters and an illegal wine cellar, Hong Kong elites on Sunday selected a wealthy, China-backed populist as the new leader of this former British colony.

SCMP: Leung wins chief executive race

“We, Hong Kong people, have no rights to cast our votes, We come here just to voice our anger,”

“We already have no right to vote in the real election. Why should we be deprived of our rights even in a fake one?”

February 13, 2012

February 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: New Stills of “White Deer Plain” Out

CF: Love Triangle in “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue

Chen Shu (Sina)2

CF: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip Promote “A Simple Life” on the Mainland

CRI: Actor Zhang Mo Released

Zhang was caught using drugs on January 30. According to related regulations, Zhang’s detention period should last for 13 days. Rumors on the Internet claiming that Zhang Mo had been released early were inaccurate.

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” (Chinese title). The film was reportedly well received by the audience at its premiere at the Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival on the 12th. The general release is scheduled for March 1.

Peng Bo, Francis Ng, Ying Er

Francis Ng, Lam Suet

Peng Bo, Francis Ng

Francis Ng

Insane Clown Posse? (Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Bo and Lin Chi-Ling will have the leads in a new Leste Chen film (Chinese title, “101 Proposals”) targeted for a 2013 Valentine’s Day release. The story is an adaptation of a Japanese TV drama.

Huang Bo, Lin Chi-Ling

MSN: Vicki Zhao and Shu Qi reunite after 10 years

MSN: Nicholas Tse stayed over at Cecilia Cheung’s home

Just under a year after they split, Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are showing signs of a possible reconciliation.

MSN: Did Hannah Quinlivan undergo plastic surgery?

Young Hannah with mother and father

Hannah (left) at a recent ski trip in South Korea (Sina)

January 4, 2012

January 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Cold Steel review

Routine, solidly made war drama with a professional cast.

CRI:  Zhao Wei Returns with ‘Love’

Huayi Brothers, the company producing the film, recently released a series of still photos featuring Zhao and a video clip of her dancing in sexy dresses.

CF: Promotional Song of “I Do” Released

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the movie “I Do” revolves around a topic that’s always popular in modern society – how left-over women can find suitable husbands.

Theme songs of 12 Feng’s movies were divided into 10 distinct segments with the most memorable movie moments screened on site.

Poster for “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″, opening January 20

Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng

Lynn Hung

Yang Mi

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Donnie Yen (Sina)23

“Crazy Dinner” poster (Source)

The cast of “Crazy Dinner Engagement”, directed by Shang Jing (”My Favorite Swordsman”) attended a grand opening media event in Beijing yesterday. Opening January 23.

Huang Bo

Monica Mok

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi), Huang Bo

Liu Hua

(Sina-gallery)2

The couple will be returning to the US to visit relatives after the New Year. The couple is rumoured to undergo a test to see if they are suitable for IVF procedure while they are there.

July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

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“MY KINGDOM in theatres AUGUST 19th!” This, from China Lion’s Twitter account earlier this month. Look for the usual cities and usual theaters in the US. Their website seems to be broken.

FBA: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

CF: Wong Jing Funny in ‘Treasure Hunt’

The production company of director Wong Jing’s imminent comedy, “Treasure Hunt,” released new still photos featuring Wong Jing in the movie.

FBA: Viral Factor set for New Year outbreak

CF: Juno Mak Wins Best Actor Award

Actor Juno Mak has won the Best Actor Award for his performance in the Hong Kong thriller, “Revenge: A Love Story,” at the 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea on July 22.

(July 25) Beijing premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s Overheard 2

Felix Chong

Louis Koo

Michelle Ye

Yu Dong dubbed Louis Koo the “summer box office king” and expressed confidence to break 300 million at the box office.

Poster unveiling

Bona CEO Yu Dong, Alan Mak, Louis Koo, Michelle Ye, Felix Chong

(Sina-gallery)

Huang Bo stars in The Story of David (lit. Egg Fried Rice) described as a Chinese Forrest Gump. (Sina)

Cherie Chung appearing at a ribbon cutting event in Chongqing (Xinhua)2

MSN: Cecilia Cheung refuses to sign divorce papers

A1: Tang Wei was unaware of Cecilia Cheung’s marital crisis

Tang Wei walked away with many happy memories from the set of Speed Angels, a soon-to-be-released car racing film which also stars Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung.

MSN: Gigi Lai’s twin daughters make their first public appearance(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Raymond Lam visits a night club after grandmother’s funeral

Jet Li’s low paycheque

June 17, 2011

June 17, 2011

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A Beautiful Life - Taiwan review

FBA: The Seal of Love review

A luscious looking political biopic that’s intriguingly remoulded as a love story.

THR: How Christian Bale Is Raising the Bar in China

Variety: Jia calls for more Chinese genre pix

Censorship is stifling the development of genre movies in China, local helmer Jia Zhangke told Variety at the Shanghai Intl. Film Festival Thursday.

Chinese film director hits out at state censorship

“This kind of cultural over-cleanliness that bans the erotic, violent and terrifying is cultural naivety.”

CF: Chinese Animation Classic Upgraded to 3D

The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven

Su Da said, “With the cooperation with Technicolor, we have polished the colors, applied 3D technologies and more sound effects, and even spent two months to shorten the film to 88 minutes. We also improved the Peking Opera influenced accompaniment music with the western symphonic music. Nevertheless, we will never ruin the artistry of the original piece by adding anything superfluous, all we want to do is to show our respect and to recall people’s memories to the classic with its new sensations.”

CRI: Tang Wei First Crowned Best Actress on Mainland

Actress Tang Wei won best actress award for her role in romance comedy, “Crossing Hennessy” at the 11th Chinese Film Media Awards in Macao Thursday night, the first title bestowed on her from the Chinese mainland.

Tang Wei

Best Actor, Ge You (Let the Bullets Fly)

Kara Hui on the red carpet (Xinhua)(Sina)

Newly released Seediq Bale posters

The two-part film is scheduled to open Sept. 9 and Sept. 30

Director Wei Te-Sheng at yesterday’s trailer and posters release event (Sina)2

Huang Bo, who missed the opening ceremony of the Shanghai International Film Festival due to working on projects in Beijing, will walk the red carpet at the closing ceremony with Jiang Yiyan.

The Pretending Lovers - Jiang Yiyan, Huang Bo

(Sina)2

A Bruce Lee museum? Maybe … in 2046

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Nicholas Tse is not worried about divorce settlements

The Hong Kong actor only wants custody of his two sons

In other related reports, singer-actress Gillian Chung’s management company has stepped forward to deny that she was the third party in Nicholas and Cecilia’s marriage.

MSN: Isabella Leong’s sons meet their grandfather The actress was

MSN: Zhang Ziyi is willing to sacrifice for love

The newly-single actress was recently in town as the ambassador of ScreenSingapore 2011

MSN: Lin Chi-ling might get married next year

June 14, 2011

June 14, 2011

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Fei Mu’s Confucius Restored for Posterity

CRI: Jia Zhangke Produces Surreal “Mr. Tree”

Director Han Jie inspired by Brother Sharp

CRI: Expectant Father Deng Chao Promotes “Perfect Baby”

In this lighthearted Sino-French urban romance co-production, Deng plays a Chinese student in Paris who gets himself involved in a love quadrangle when he unexpectedly becomes a dad after sperm donation. (Sina-gallery)

CF: Bond Girl to Join Huang Bo in RomCom

Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta will play opposite Chinese actor Huang Bo in a Sino-Italian co-produced romantic comedy “Shi Chu You Yin,”

The film will center on a romantic story between a homely Chinese chef and a beautiful Italian restaurateur. It will be shot on the Italian isle of Sicily and in China’s Chengdu.

CF: ”Love for Life” Premieres in HK

THR: Sunny Sky Media Unveils ‘Coming Back’ as First Project, Starring Simon Yam

In Coming Back, which was shot in Mandarin, Yam plays a painter who restores art to increase its value. He’s also a father of an estranged daughter struggling with two personalities, one dark and one light, reflected, Yam said, in the alternately black and pink socks he brought to his screen costumes.

Li Yuan, Annie Yi, Simon Yam

Simon Yam

Cheng Pei-Pei (Sina)2

A1: Nicholas Tse divorces Cecilia Cheung

The actor has reportedly agreed on divorce, and a lawyer’s letter was sent to Cecilia Cheung

Recently, netizens dug up yet another rumour that circulated in 2008 when Cecilia was embroiled in the photo scandal with Edison Chen. It was said that the Tse family then suspected that Lucas, the couple’s elder son, may not be Nicholas’s biological son and they had even sent him for a DNA test to verify who his father is.

Lucas, who is your father?

Lucas (left), Nicholas (right)

Young Edison

Lucas (Sina)2

The Hong Kong media too speculated that the couple was busy making babies as they stayed in the hotel for four consecutive days without leaving the premise.

Chinese Spying Devices Installed on Hong Kong Cars

Real life Overheard

Smugglers were the first to note something strange about the devices. A source told Apple Daily that after the cards were installed mainland authorities had no trouble picking off the cars carrying illicit goods.

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011

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CF: New Poster of “My Kingdom” Comes Out

CF: Trailer of “Mural” Released

FBA: Chan’s Mural strikes Homerun

Chan said that with the special effects in the film they are trying to create a unique look reminiscent of Chinese water-colored paintings. His intent is to combine traditional Chinese culture with the latest in special effects to create something visually fresh.

Yan Ni, director Gordon Chan

Xie Nan

Bao Beier

Liu Yan (Sina-slideshow)

Zhao Wei was named cultural ambassador for the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival which will begin on October 19. It will be held in Hefei, Anhui Province this year. Zhao Wei wore sunglasses as she was suffering from allergies.

Zhao Wei

Flowers and letter of appointment (Sina)23

Donnie Yen has a daring rooftop run and jump in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

Huang Bo dressed like ‘Brother Sharp’ in The Pretending Lovers

With Jiang Yiyan

Huang Bo and double (Sina)

Huang Yi and Nick Cheung filming Wong Jing’s Treasure Inn with camels

(Sina)

Nicholas Tse: I won’t allow her to come (MSN)

According to an insider, tension among the film crew rose, when they heard that Cecilia may be visiting with the children. However, Nicholas calmed them down by promising, “Don’t worry, I wouldn’t allow her to come.”

CRI: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung Getting back Together?

A1: Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung will not divorce after all

MSN: Aaron Kwok to marry before he turns 55

MSN: Wang Xiaofei rumoured to have cheated on Barbie Hsu before marriage

A1: Get ready for the real Jane Zhang

Pop star knows some fans might not approve of her new hard-edged album, but the former Supergirl star is determined to be true to herself

I noticed that some people were curious to see a closer up view of, French Open Women’s Singles winner, Li Na’s tattoo that peeped out at the Roland Garros final Saturday.

Li Na’s heart-shaped rose tattoo

Glam’d up in a fashion shoot (Sina-slideshow)

(Sina-slideshow)

Li Na escapes the grip of Chinese authorities and the French Open is her reward

June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011

Variety: A Chinese Ghost Story review

A mediocre remake of the famous, same-named 1987 Hong Kong action-fantasy, “A Chinese Ghost Story” sports snazzy effects and some decent fight sequences, but that’s about it.

CRI: Rest on Your Shoulder’ Joins Golden Goblet Competition

CF: Top Kung Fu Masters Join “The Royal Tramp”

The new adaptation will overturn some stories of original novel. In the film, the lead roles will travel back in time to the Qing Dynasty, and there will be a love triangle between Emperor Kangxi, Wei Xiaobao and a Russian princess. The movie will be screened across China in 3-D.

CF: Jiang Wu in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

CF: Thrilling Trailer of “Mysterious Island” Out

CF: Louis Liu Plays Villain in His Film Debut

As a magician, Liu Qian is a household name in China because of his mind-blowing performances on two consecutive China Central Television “Spring Festival Galas,” one of the nation’s highest-rated TV shows.

Johnnie To Wraps Romance Film at Home in Hong Kong

The veteran Hong Kong director was wrapping up his new romance “Romancing in Thin Air” in the southern Chinese financial centre Thursday afternoon after what he and his producer describe as a grueling filming in the high-altitude forests of southwestern Yunnan province.

Posters for Wong Jing’s martial arts comedy Treasure Inn which opens June 28. The cast includes Nicholas Tse, Nick Cheung, Huang Yi and Charlene Choi. Liu Yang is featured in the stills below.

Stills from Treasure Inn

Nicholas Tse, Liu Yang

Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, Liu Yang

(Sina)2

Wong Jing and Liu Yang at a press event today in Tianjin (Sina)

Beach Spike starring Chrissie Chau and Jessica C opens in mainland theaters this summer. The release is seen as testing the waters for Chrissie’s entry into the mainland market.

(Sina)

Huang Bo plays an E.T. in The Pretending Lovers which opens June 24.

(Sina)2

Fan Bingbing celebrated Children’s Day by wearing a sailor’s outfit and Young Pioneers’ red scarf in a visit to Henan Province, a former revolutionary stronghold. She brought gifts and school supplies to a children’s school for orphans and the underprivileged. Fan Bingbing also gave out the latest white iPhones to her staff as “big kids” gifts for Children’s Day to thank them for their efforts for her during her recent trip to Cannes. “.

(Sina)2

UNICEF Maggie Cheung launches Child Welfare Week

Our presence was the present: Maggie Cheung

UNICEF Ambassador Maggie Cheung, along with China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and Beijing Normal University, launched the second annual China Children Welfare Week at China’s UNICEF headquarters in Beijing

Maggie chats online about her experience in Sichuan (Sina)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung talked about divorce in April

The Hong Kong media exposed that the couple consulted a divorce lawyer prior to the Hong Kong Film Awards

MSN: Patrick Tse flares up at son’s marriage rumours

Rumour has it that Nicholas Tse’s mother Deborah Li had given the green light for Cha Xiao Xin’s exposé.

A1: HK paparazzi ‘ambush’ Nicholas Tse in KL

HKStandard: Divorce rumors dog star couple

Lucas, Quintus

A rumoured pre-nuptial agreement grants Cecilia custody rights of all children. Ceci and Lucas are inseparable and she has always doted on him. Quintus, however, has been often left in the care of his grandmother, Deborah Lee, and Nicholas is said to be unwilling to give up Quintus. (Sina)

CNA: Sammi Cheng changes willful ways for Andy Hui

HKStandard: June 4 rally aims to attract 150,000

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