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October 11, 2011

October 11, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Love You You

It’s all too sweet and cutesy and sentimental, but Love You You will nonetheless prove a diverting time if realistic story settings and discreet emotional ploys are the lesser of your worries. This throwaway giggle won’t make stars out of its adorable lead couple. Without them, however, it would be nothing.

TimeOutHK: Huang Yi interview

Hardly a household name in Hong Kong before very recently, Chinese actress Huang Yi has seemingly appeared in every other Hong Kong movie in the past year.

TimeOutHK: Giddens Ko interview

Prolific Taiwanese author Giddens Ko has turned his adolescent regrets into an unusually presentable teen drama.

CF: The Film “Searching” is Ready to Start Shooting

“Searching” tells the tale of an insane human flesh search triggered by a girl who fails to give up her seat on a bus.

CF: Promotional Posters of “Love is not Blind” Released

The film charts the events of a 33 day period between two colleagues who work together in a wedding planning company, Xiaoxian Huang and Xiaojian Wang, after the former breaks up with her boyfriend.

CF: The First Trailer of “A Big Deal” Out

The film tells the story of three brothers who are set to embark on a deal in Dubai worth 2 billion US dollars.

Blue Lan and Chapman To at the Big Deal press conference (Sina)

ScreenDaily:  Film Asia launches Zombie, 3D Hunter at Busan market

Sharifah Amani, Harisu, Dennis To Yu-Hang, Eva Huang Shengyi, Lau Kar-leung in the news

MSN: Gaile Lok rumoured to have harmed herself


MSN: Ekin Cheng buys Cecilia Cheung a thank-you meal

The actor frequently meets up with the actress to repay her for standing up for him many years ago

MSN: Chang Chen to wed girlfriend next year

The actor was rumoured to have fathered a child with his girlfriend, whom he may soon marry

Mavis Pan lashes out at Raymond Lam again

September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: Mayday 3DNA review

Billed as the first 3D concert feature film made in the pan-Chinese community, “Mayday 3DNA” interweaves select footage from the band’s DNA World Tour with three narrative vignettes.

CF: Famous Directors Help Promote Brigitte Lin’s New Book

Lin also made two promises to Jiang Wen at the event—the first was to write the prologue to Jiang’s new book, and the second was to read voiceovers in his new movie.

Jiang Wen

Brigitte Lin sliced and served Jiang Wen a mango

Tsui Hark remembered his collaborations and partnership with the actress (Sina)

CF: Three Megastars to Star in “Dangerous Liaisons”

Set in 1930’s Shanghai, the story revolves around the three-way relationship between Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung), Xie Yifan (Dong-gun Jang) and Du Yufen (Zhang Ziyi).

CF: Behind Scenes of ‘Starry Starry Night’ Released

The movie revolves around an autistic girl, Xiao Mei, who wants to escape from her miserable life. In order to do this, she escapes into her own idyllic fantasy world, but eventually she must face reality. Xu Jiao and Rene Liu play mother and daughter.

Mr Yam said with his more than 20 years of participation in the Hong Kong film industry, he has a deep feeling of both the vitality and enchantment of Hong Kong cinema. The city’s outstanding and wonderful films are not only timeless but are the accomplishments of many dedicated filmmakers.

Hong Kong poster for The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Tony Ching Siu-Tung also posted some photos on his Weibo account

Shanghai roll out of “1911″. Of course, the media focused on Jackie Chan’s report of a deleted sexy scene with Li Bingbing. Jaycee Chan, when asked, said that he did not know about it but, if true, he hoped that an extended DVD edition might contain it. Director Zhang Li explained that the scene(s) were deleted as the film was a serious, historical subject and did not fit. [So, naturally, it begs the question, why was it filmed in the first place? Oh, Jackie!] Later, the always stingy with praise Jackie Chan rated his son’s performance as only 20/100. When asked by reporters whether someday Jaycee might be successful and copy the father-son duo Patrick Tse and Nicholas Tse, Jackie immediately dismissed it and said never in this lifetime.

Jaycee Chan

To Yuhang (Dennis To)


(Sept.19) Beijing premiere of “1911″ was held in the conference hall of the CPPCC National Committe. Jackie Chan was unable to attend.

Li Bingbing

Joan Chen, Winston Chao

Jiang Wu

The actress confessed that she still longs for love and plans to have another child with her new love

Cecilia admitted that she looked forward to her next relationship, and hoped that she would be able to have another child, giving Lucas and Quintus half-siblings.

According to recent reports from the Hong Kong media, Gillian had taken a liking to Taiwanese singer Owodog — member of pop quartet Lollipop F — supposedly because he resembled her former lover Edison Chen. There were also rumours that Gillian was actively courting the singer.

“For me, exceeding the time limit is just an excuse to shut down the TV program, and there would have been other excuses even if the TV station did not make the shows that long,” said Jin Yong, a researcher at the Communication University of China.

Hunan Satellite Television, which produces Super Girl, has agreed to follow the broadcast regulator’s ruling to remove the show and replace it with public service programming, the newspaper quoted deputy editor-in-chief Li Hao as saying.

September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

CRI: Venice Int’l Film Festival Kicks off

Producer Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony

Huang Yi (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)2

FBA: Juliets review

Consistently engaging collection of three offbeat Romeo & Juliet riffs.

FBA: Tsui is Asian Filmmaker of the Year

CF: Animated and Real Actors Unite for Jaycee Chan’s New Film

Flesh-and-blood actors will perform alongside animated stars for the new fantasy movie “Lee’s Adventure” which is based on a single cartoon created by a creative young animator.

CF: ”Love in Space” Premieres in Beijing

Eason Chan, Guei Lun-Mei, Wing Shya, Aaron Kwok

Wing Shya, “Guess where I am.”  (Sina-slideshow)2

CF: Snake Fairy and Beast Romance in “Its Love”

The imminent fantasy romance movie, “Its Love,” released a batch of still photos featuring the blue snake portrayed by Charlene Choi and the monk-turned beast played by Wen Zhang.

Poster for the male characters in Gordon Chan’s Mural which opens Sept. 29.

Deng Chao

Collin Chou

Andy On Chi-Kit

Bao Bei-Er  (Sina)

And a sampling of special effects


Filming has begun in Sai Kung for the latest Wong Jing-Patrick Kong collaboration, a ghost story featuring Chrissie Chau, Law Chung-Him (Him Law), Timmy Hung and Charmaine Fong. Chrissie injured her right leg and had to go to the hospital to be treated.

Patrick Kong (Yip Lim-Sum), Wong Jing

Chrissie Chau


Producers Jimmy Huang Chih-Ming and John Woo flank director Wei Te-Sheng

Landy Wen, Vivian Hsu, Luo Mei-Ling

Vivian Hsu

Da Ching

Lin Ching-Tai (Sina-slideshow)

Zhang Jingchu: Poster Girl for FIGARO

The Prince of Magic, Liu Qian and Gao Yuanyuan promote a brand product in Beijing.

MSN: Mark Chao tells of soured friendship with Vic Chou

The Black & White lead actor admitted—for the first time—that his friendship with Vic Chou took a turn for the worse after he nabbed the Best Actor award over the widely-tipped hot fave Vic

Eason’s wife, Hilary Tsui was recently photographed hanging out at night clubs with a number of male companions. She also reportedly paid for their drinks, which incurred into a huge expense.

Awkward: Edison Chen and Gillian Chung check into the same hotel in Shanghai last week. (Sina)

August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

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WSJ: The Talents of Giddens Ko

Giddens Ko is one of Taiwan’s most prolific and popular novelists. Now, he’s turning his creative talents into box-office gold.

FBA: Apple still ripe at Taipei BO

FBA: Red Light Revolution review

Light character comedy centred on a Beijing sex shop transcends its modest budget on all levels.

Character posters for Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom

Barbie Hsu

Han Geng

Wu Chun (Sina)

Tong Liya on new poster for horror film The Purple House/The House (Sina)

Producer Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi attend a press conference for the release of the theme song for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and the White Snake.


CF: Movie Stars Shine at 14th Huabiao Awards Ceremony

Kara Hui and Tang Wei walk the red carpet together

Best Overseas Actress, Sandra Ng (”Echoes of the Rainbow”) and Actor, Chow Yun-Fat (”Confucius”)

A teary Sandra Ng (Sina)2

Zhou Dongyu - Outstanding New Actress (”Under the Hawthorn Tree”)

Zhou Dongyu, Dou Xiao (Sina)2

Aftershock won three awards including a shared Best Feature Film and Best Actress

Feng Xiaogang

Best Actress, Xu Fan (Sina)

Wong Kar-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen represent The Grandmasters

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)2

Twins (Sina)

Sammi Chen, Peter Lam (Sina)

Jackie Chan on the red carpet (Sina)

Gong Li (Sina)

Tang Wei (Sina)

Sina-14th Huabiao Awards recap

CF: Actress Fan Bingbing Graces CHENMAN Magazine

September Esquire, one of 15 covers to celebrate the magazine’s 15th anniversary (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung goes on leave to spend time with sons

It was reported that the actress will be on leave for 10 days to deal with Lucas’ school matters

MSN:Carina Lau says give Edison Chen a second chance

The actress comments on her intimate photo with Edison for the first time

MSN: Sammi Cheng jokes about her flat chest

MSN: Barbie Hsu denied fainting from eating placenta

The British brand behind the famous Phantom says it’s producing a line of limited-edition cars celebrating the upcoming year of the dragon.

October 1, 2010

October 1, 2010

First official poster for 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy (Sina)

THR: Stephen Chow’s ‘Odyssey’ continues filming Feb.

WSJ: A Chinese Detective Story

“Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” cost $15 million and makes wide use of computer graphics to create a bustling Chinese city centered on sprawling palace grounds and a giant Buddhist statue.

Indomina Releasing Acquires FIRE OF CONSCIENCE for US

The Indomina Group is based in Los Angeles and the Dominican Republic.

(Sept.29) Tony Ching Siu-Tung and Huang Shengyi attended the launch conference for Madame White Snake in Heibei. The cast includes Jet Li, Charlene Choi and Raymond Lam Fung.

Huang Shengyi

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung (Sina)

Joan Chen and Simon Yam

Xiao Song Jia, Francis Ng

Joan Chen, Simon Yam, Chang Chen, Janice Man

Simon Yam, Francis Ng

The opening lens ceremony for Kam Kwok-Leung’s Love Island was held yesterday. The cast includes Francis Ng, Chang Chen, Xiao Song Jia and Janice Man. Joan Chen was cast after earlier rumors had Sandra Ng and Carina Lau being invited and declining the role. (Sina)2, 3, (Sina-slide show), (Xinhua-gallery)

Jung Woo-Sung, Michelle Yeoh, Shawn Yue

(Sept.29) Reign of Assassins Hong Kong premiere press conference (Sina-gallery)

Andy Lau shows the illustrations for postcards accompanying his upcoming CD. (Xinhua-gallery)

Miriam Yeung

Miriam Yeung rehearsing for upcoming concert (Sina)

SG: Vicki Zhao: My husband is proud of me

SG: Lee Hom’s plan to go topless a no-go

“This is not the Wang Lee Hom that I know of,” they said.

August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010

THR: 3D redux of ‘Sex and Zen’ starts shooting

CRI: Feng’s ‘Aftershock’ Sets New Record

Feng Xiaogang’s latest film “Aftershock” has taken just two weeks to become the most profitable Chinese-language film ever.

CRI: Daniel Wu Joins in CPC Anniversary Film (The Founding of a Party)

CRI: ”Death and Glory in Changde” Previewed in Beijing

Ray Lui, An Yixuan

Death and Glory in Chengde poster

Yuan Wenkang featured in poster (Sina)23

FBA: Love in Cosmo (搖擺de婚約) (8/10)

Comedienne Yao Chen shows amazing range in this slick, characterful rom-com.

Tang Wei

Late Autumn, the Korean film starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei shot in Seattle, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival September 9. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Jingchu

Aaron Kwok

Zhang Jingchu

Aaron Kwok and Zhang Jingchu appeared in Tsuen Wan for the MV release to promote City Under Siege. (Xinhua)

In Beijing, the trailer for the mainland thriller, Watchman (or is it, Watchmen?), was released. Zhang Jingchu was not able to attend.

Simon Yam

Huang Shengyi

Simon Yam, Huang Shengyi

Chen Sicheng, Hao Lei

Stills from Watchman/Watchmen

Simon Yam, Chen Sicheng

Zhang Jingchu, Chen Sicheng


Yoyo Mung and Ekin Cheng

Ekin Cheng, in a turn around, is reported as agreeing to marriage with Yoyo Mung next year. (Xinhua)

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. - Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. held their US wedding banquet over the weekend in Las Vegas. (Sina-slide show)

Jackie Chan, Lin Peng

Jackie Chan, Lin Peng, New Seven Little Fortune and Stanley Tong attended a charity dinner in Shanghai.

(Sina-slide show)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Serves as AIDS Prevention Ambassador(Xinhua-slide show)

July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010

FBA: Chen Zhen set for Venice heroics

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen has been set as the second film on the opening night of the Venice film festival (1-11 Sept, 2010).

Huang Shengyi will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s 3D Legend of White Snake next month. Previously, Jet Li has been reported to also cast. Huang, a Stephen Chow protege, had no comment on the report of Chow’s recent break up news. (Xinhua)

Elanne Kwong plays a woman with autism in Perfect Fairy Tale


Zhang Yimou’s mysterious Quiet Autumn (Jing Qiu)

Zhou Dongyu

The high school student playing Jing Qiu in Under the Hawthorne Tree has been kept under tight wraps.

Recently, it was learned by netizens that the actress is Zhou Dongyu a 19 year-old senior and dance student from Shijiahuang, Hebei Province. Graduating in June, Zhou went to Beijing to take the arts examination where she was spotted by a deputy of Zhang Yimou. He recommended her to Zhang and thus became a ‘Mou girl’. Due to the filming schedule, Zhou missed the annual college entrance examinations. According to reporters, her father died in an auto accident and her mother remarried, then gave birth to a daughter. The press has taken to calling her ‘octopus mouth’ or ‘octopus lips’ but friends and classmates say that Zhou is actually quite cuter than the photos show. (Xinhua)234

Truth or Dare press conference in Suzhou

Qin Hailu


Wen Zhang, Sun Xing (Sina)

Petrina Fung

Petrina Fung Bo-Bo was in Taiwan to promote the opening of Derek Chiu’s 2007 Road to Dawn, an account of Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s trip to Malaysia. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi, Yao Ming

Zhang Ziyi

Charity dinner

Steve Nash

(Xinhua-slide show)

Xinhua: Yao Ming to lead charity game in Beijing

Yao Ming also launched his brand of products


Gaile Lok and Moses Chan appeared for water brand

Moses Chan

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Gigi Lai’s husband, Ma Ting-Keung announced the birth of twins daughters


The Shockingly Rapid Deterioration of the Three Gorges Dam (gallows humor)

China floods put pressure on Three Gorges Dam

January 30, 2010

January 30, 2010

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Donnie Yen

14 Blades opens Feb.4 (Sina)

Myolie Wu - one of 174 popular stars in 72 Tenants of Prosperity (Sina)

Huang Shengyi

Sammo Hung

Kirk Wong

Peter Pau

Stanley Kwan

Zhang Yang

At a Juli Entertainment company celebration in Heibei, it was announced that Huang Shengyi will be featured in a, possibly 3D, version of Madam White Snake to be directed(?) by Sarah Choi Bo-Chu and filmed by Peter Pau. Guests included Sammo Hung, Stanley Kwan, Kirk Wong, Peter Pau, Zhang Yang and others. (Sina)

Brigitte Lin and husband, Michael Ying Lee-Yuen

What’s behind the gates to their 10000 sq.ft. mansion on New Clearwater Bay Road?

A private cinema, heated swimming pool, a private studio, a luxury gym, and a small dance floor! (Xinhua)

Jane Zhang

Believe in Jane, Jane Zhang’s new CD since joining Universal Music will be released Feb.2. According to yesasia, the CD includes two hidden tracks, the theme songs to Mulan and Panda Express. (Sina)

Audio only - I Believe

December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009

THR: Storm Warriors review

Bottom Line: A martial arts fantasy with advanced 3D effects and two-dimensional characters.

Betty Sun Li in Jeff Lau’s Once Upon A Chinese Classic

Ronald Cheng (right) (Sina)

The Treasure Hunter

This Chinese so-called blockbuster easily wears the crown as the worst film of the year, with its cheap sets and amateurish action sequences and visual effects that rip off Western treasure-hunt flicks.

Taipei Times: FILM REVIEW: Treasure hunting is a dreary affair

We cannot help but be cautious that China’s film industry is repeating what destroyed Hong Kong’s film industry in the late 1990s: blind investment, neglect of film quality and the quest for cash and competition. Hong Kong director and producer Tung-Shing Yee sighed at the premiere of Overheard, stating that the Hong Kong film industry was officially dead. Chinese filmmakers need to be on guard so that we too are not mourning the death of the Chinese film industry in a few years time.

Worst 10 Chinese films of 2009

1. Wind Warriors (feng yun 2)

2. Gasp (qi chuan xu xu)

3. Looking for Jackie (xun zhao cheng long)

4. On His Majesty’s Secret Service (da nei mi tan ling ling gou)

5. My Fair Gentleman (yao tiao shen shi)

6. Radish Warrior (jue jiang de luo bo)

7. Copycat (dao ban mao)

8. Mulan (hua mu lan)

9. The Warrior and the Wolf (lang zai ji)

10. Wheat (mai tian)

49-year old Cherie Chong was said to have walked out of her sadness of losing of her husband and is planning to marry a Singaporean businessman next year. However, Cherie personally denies to this issue with her best friend Sylvia Chang exclaiming that it’s all a misunderstanding.

With the appearance of Mr L, her friends noted that her gloomy days are over. She has a smile across her face more regularly. However, being in love did not make her conscious of her weight and reporters claimed that she seemed at least 60kg.

Pop star Eva Huang Shengyi promotes new album in Shanghai

Sammi Cheng and guest Gigi Leung share a kiss on stage

Sammi, Gigi

Sammi, Jacky Cheung


Edison Chen accepted an interview with “GQ” magazine and mentioned about the sex scandal again.

Zhou Xun

Zhou Xun is on featured on the cover of France’s Le Point (Viewpoint) which focuses 80 pages on China’s rise as the new Asian power. Le Point is similar to the US Newsweek. (Sina)

CRI: Michelle Reis Looks Ravishing in Red

CRI: Ode to Cheongsam

Take a look at China’s notable stars dressed in gorgeously vying Cheongsams and see who looks the best.

Anita Mui’s brother mourned his sister’s passing yesterday on the 6th anniversary of the singer’s death. (Sina)

(Elsewhere James Cameron has been accused of plagiarizing from Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky and Totoro.)

March 20, 2009

Nanjing Massacre Films to Highlight April Silver Screens

Beijing-based distributor-turned-producer ACE Film Studio has announced that it is lining up thriller Midnight Taxi and China-Japan co-production Dream Wall

Screen Daily Review - Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

SFAAFF Reviews
White on Rice
Ocean of Pearls
Fruit Fly

Ashes of Time: Wong Kar-Wai credits Sammo Hung for being the inspiration behind Ouyang Feng/Leslie Cheung’s lines, ‘What’s behind the mountain? Same desert, another mountain.’ Says while checking locations during filming with the rotund Sammo Hung, Sammo didn’t like all the walking about and casually uttered those same words.

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Huang Shengyi
Huang Shengyi’s Hollywood debut in Race to Witch Mountain reduced to 45 seconds

Gillian Chung
Chengdu auto brand cancels on Gillian Chung

Not satisfied with feedback on jeans promotion

Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung off to Beijing for sponsor promotion - gallery

First time back to Mainland

Andy Lau is starting to have severe hair loss

Kelly Chen announces in Hong Kong that her baby is a boy,

Ariel Lin underwent brain surgery; irritable after operation

Maiden in China: Pop star Jane Z hopes to woo new fans around the world

Flags-made-in-China flap has (Ontario) legislature in uproar
(Thanks, Brian)
[Hmm, should they burn them? 80 ]

Mainland soldier shot dead and machine gun stolen

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