HKMDB Daily News

July 16, 2012

July 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]


FBA: Caught in the Web review

Chen Kaige’s superbly crafted drama about internet and media abuse has a cast at the top of its game.

CRI: Caught in the Web reviewCF

FBA: Full Circle review

Comedy-drama about rebellious oldies is a beautifully played heartwarmer.

FBA: The Locked Door review

Well-composed but dramatically bloodless drama centred on a small-town single mother.

FBA: Meet in Pyongyang

Glossy China-North Korea co-production is intriguing but short on human drama.

Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Ho-sun Chan has started shooting his next directorial project following Wu Xia, a drama entitled American Dreams In China.

The film is described as a tale of friendship, loyalty and betrayal, following three university graduates who build a multi-billion dollar tutorial empire. Their rise and fall plays out against the backdrop of historical events in China spanning three decades from the beginning of economic reforms to the present day.

“This type of film allows almost anyone to be a director,” veteran mainland Chinese filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Gu Changwei, 54, told AFP.

“I can see feedback right after people have watched and I am able to know what is good, and what can be improved,” said Gu. “Micro films present a real, direct communication between the director and the audience”.

Hong Kong films will have better access to the mainland China market following a revision of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement between China and its Special Administrative Area.

Huayi Brothers’ “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” easily hold on the top spot for another week with a strong $36.33 million over this past week, while it has hauled in $83.76 million as of last Sunday. Renowned director Kaige Chen’s “Caught in the Web” debuted at number two at the weekly boxoffice chart in mainland China with a decent $7.14 million over its first three days in release. Martial art flick “Wu Dang” started with a not bad performance, sitting at third place with $3.18 million during its first three-day theatrical run.

It is understood that there will be one scene showing girls fighting in a bathhouse. Informed sources said Chinese actor Jiang Yi-Yan will be showing her bare back in that scene.

Regarding this, Jiang said she completed all the bareback scenes without a body double. She told the reporter that she was willing to sacrifice for the film.

However, China Press reported that the scene will be completely removed in Malaysia due to the strict censorship set by the local censorship board.

Li Yu’s “Double Xposure” opens Sept. 29.

Fan Bingbing

Feng Shaofeng

Huo Siyan

Fan Bingbing (Sina)

Teaser for “Double Xposure”

Posters for the comedy “Happy Hotel” directed by Wang Yuelan. Cast includes Jiang Wu, Ning Jing, Lam Tsz-Chung and cameos by Liu Ye, Huang Yi

Jiang Wu

Du Haitao

Ning Jing

Trailer

(Sina-gallery)2

The actress-model discusses her reel-romances and thoughts about her career so far

She discusses her experience of being a mother in her first interview after giving birth

The late actress remains positive in a video filmed before her death

MSN: Shu Qi and Stephen Fung return from Tokyo together

Pictures surfaced of the two together, sparking questions of why they would meet

The actress reportedly requested for HK$80 million from her ex-husband after running into cash-flow difficulties

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.

THR: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Bottom line: Spectacular if blemished Chinese fantasy aiming for high lyricism should pull in female viewers and fans of the 2008 original.

FBA: My Elder Brother in Taiwan review

Slim but likeable second feature by the director of Pinoy Sunday.

FBA: Shanghai Calling review

Light, cross-cultural rom-com has few of the usual cliches and awkwardnesses.

ScreenDaily: Double Trouble review

Double Trouble seems less about honestly dissimilar and abrasive characters, and more about contrived friction.

TimeOutHK: First Time review

Once a cult favourite known for his nihilistic vision, Soi Cheang has since mellowed into one of our cinema’s leading helmers. He talks to Edmund Lee about his latest outing, Motorway.

THR: Feng Xiaogang Unveils Epic ‘Remembering 1942′ at the Shanghai Film Festival

FBA: Feng portrays drama of 1942

The film’s story chronicles the human drama as a devastating famine struck Henan Province in 1942, a time when China was already at war with and partially occupied by Japan.

CF: Chow Yun-fat Brings his “Last Tycoon” to Shanghai Film Fest

CF: Tony Leung Unveils Release Date of “The Silent War” at SIFF

A news conference to promote the August 10 release of Tony Leung’s newest spy movie, “The Silent War” was held on June 17 during the 15th Shanghai Film Festival,

CF: First Trailer out for “The Silent War”

CF:Stars Introduce Suspense Film “The Four” at SIFF

CF:”The Four” Brings You a New Trailer

A different two minute trailer

CF: Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun Promote “Dangerous Liaisons” at SIFF

CF: Jang Dong-gun’s Character Trailer of “Dangerous Liaisons”

Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo (”The Four”) were introduced to the press yesterday in a Shanghai press conference. They will co-star in Xue Xiaolu’s (”Ocean Paradise”) new romantic comedy, “Finding Mr. Right” (Chinese title, “Beautiful Destiny”).

Director Xue Xiaolu

Tang Wei

Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo

Huang Yi’s first directorial effort, a micro film called “Exchange”, will screen at the SIFF on June 21. She plays a country girl and a surprise guest star is promised.

Huang Yi

Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi” has officially begun filming yesterday. Shooting started in Wan Chai last night. Despite blocking off the road, it attracted a large number of passersby and onlookers.

Karen Mok (Sina)2

Trailer for “Holding Love” (aka “Hold on to Love”) starring Yang Mi real-life BF Hawick Lau and Chrissie Chau.

Shanghai trailer release conference

Hawick Lau, Yang Mi

Chrissie Chau

(Sina)

The cast of “The Bounty” promote the film while Chapman To recuperates in the US

Fiona Sit

Director Fung Chi-Keung, Fiona Sit, Stephanie Cheng, Charmaine Fong

CF: Huayi · ELLE’s Starry Night at SIFF

Li Bingbing, director Feng Xiaofang and his wife Xu Fan, cast members of Jackie Chan’s “CZ12″ and 3D “Sex and Zen” star Lan Yan were spotted at the red carpet ceremony.

MSN: Gigi Leung takes up the director’s seat for the first time

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are back together

MSN: Tony Leung is unaffected by rumors about Carina Lau

MSN: Andy Lau celebrates first Father’s Day

MSN: Andy Lau names his daughter

SGYahoo: Andy Lau and wife to move to Malaysia

Edison Chen makes a guest appearance in American rapper Sammy Adam’s MV for the song “Only One”.

SGYahoo: Get a “Kitty-cure” at world’s first Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF/THR: Dangerous Liaisons: Cannes Review

An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.

CF: China Lion Eyes U.S. Market With Cannes Pickups

… it has a deal with AMC Entertainment to screen up to 15 titles a year, include the raunchy Hong Kong comedy Vulgaria, Taiwanese romantic comedies Girlfriend Boyfriend and When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep, warlord actioner The Bullet Vanishes and Thai martial arts pic Rebirth.

CF: Release Date for “Nightmare” Announced

The production company for the upcoming thriller “Nightmare”, which is directed by Herman Yau and starring Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan and Zhou Chuchu, announced its July 6th mainland release date yesterday.

CF: Character Posters of “Caught in the Web” Released

Chen Kaige, known for his top award-winning film at Cannes “Farewell to My Concubine,” has turned his focus to ordinary people and hot topics in modern times in his latest film.

The film revolves around the problems caused by internet violence and “flesh searches” in modern society.

A few of the character posters for “Caught in the Web”

Yao Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Wang Xueqi

Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film Releases Poster

Director Lu Chuan’s first micro film “The Way of the Heart” releases its poster.

In more micro film news, actress Huang Yi is directing her first micro film, “Exchange”, based on a true incident in which a female university student inspired by the ‘paperclip for a villa’ (see links below) exchanged two rings and in four months after three more exchanges built a classroom building. Huang Yi developed an interest in micro films when she was invited to act in another micro film earlier. This time, she was invited by the Shanghai International Film Festival’s director of micro film projects to direct and Huang readily accepted.

Huang Yi

Huang Yi and young actors (Sina)

Student barters rings to build school in Guizhou

From paper-clip to house, in 14 trades

Vicki Zhao’s directorial debut “To Our Past Youth” finished shooting in Nanjing and Shanghai, and the cast and crew are in the midst of their shoot at the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a famous scenic spot in Guizhou Province.

Another June edition of L’Officiel, with Huang Yi on the cover this time.

The Hong Kong actor is said to have become more caring and cheerful after officially ending his marriage recently

Zhang Ziyi, as ambassador of the event, was all smiles at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards last night

May 3, 2012

May 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Release Date of “To Forgive” Announced

“To Forgive” is a story about a doctor, portrayed by Yu Xiaowei, who loses consciousness after a car accident and wakes up on a remote island.

Following the film’s screening at the 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival (BCSFF), “To Forgive” will be shown at the Festival de Cannes which opens at the end of May.

“To Forgive” poster

Law Kar-Ying joked that due to his facial paralysis he acted with only half his face.

The film is about how several senior citizens try to escape from a retirement home and pursue their dreams.

“Old people also have their own dreams,” said Zhang Huaxun, who is also the director’s father. “Not only should they live happily, but live with dreams.”

Due to the strong performance of Hollywood blockbusters, local flicks screening in the same time slots hardly survived in boxoffice market.

Audiences can expect brutal torture scenes in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lam Suet on the receiving end

Lau Ching-Wan investigates

Wang Baoqiang - the torturer (Sina)

Stills from Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

Charlie Young

Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok

Annie Liu, Aaron Kwok (Sina)

MV: Angelababy sings the theme song for “The First Time”, co-starring Mark Chao

Song composed by Jay Chou

Last night, Huang Yi sang “Wings” at an event commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Youth League

Anthony Wong with his mother, who suffered a stroke earlier this year (Sina)

More celebrity sightings at last night’s Lady GaGa concert

Richie Jen

Carol “Dodo” Cheng

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Kenny Bee, Qi Qi, Simon Yam

Fans (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Is love in the air for Edison Chen?

MSN: Are Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung getting back together?

April 29, 2012

April 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D “Tracks in the Snow Forest”

Based on the novel of the same name, the film will tell the legendary story about a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeastern China in 1946. Yu said he expected famous actor/director Jiang Wen to play the lead role.

CF: Character Posters of “The Expendables 2″ Released

Jet Li (Sina)

Jet Li  recently celebrated his 49th birthday on the 26th

Jet Li with wife Nina Li and two daughters (Sina)

CF: Shooting begins for “Sha Jie”

“Ni Ni is an elegant actress,” Liu Ye said regarding his opinion on Ni Ni. “Our collaboration is worthy of the anticipation.”

CF: Shooting Begins on Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film (Sina)

Lu told the media the movie was inspirited by the classic American film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. It revolves around a young woman who must decide between two men before marrying one of them.

CF: The 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival Wraps up

The Most Popular Actor and Actress awards went to Wen Zhang and Yan Ni. Gu Changwei clinched the award for Best Director for feature film, “Love For Life”. The coveted Best Film award was bagged by low-budget film, “Mr. Tree”.

CF: ”11 Flowers” Postpones Release Date

CF:  Chinese Actress Ju Ju Leads Peter Fudakowski’s “Secret Sharer”

CF: LeTV Pictures Announces 10 Film Projects for 2012

LeTV Pictures’ other big-budget films include director Gordon Chan’s war suspense epic “The Dark Meteors” and director Law Chi-Leung’s “The Ghost Bullets.” 

Directed by Guan Hu, the movie features renowned actors Huang Bo and Simon Yam as leading characters. It will hit the national screens on April 28.

Director Guan Hu, Liang Jing, Huang Bo, Simon Yam, Alec Su (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Yi attended the press conference in Beijing for the wrap of Johnnie To’s “Drug War”

Huang Yi

Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, Johnnie To, Louis Koo (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok and Charlie Young play husband and wife in Yim Ho’s biopic “Floating City”

(Sina)

CF: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” Releases First Poster

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Show Luo’s foot fetish, Edison Chen at Coachella

CNA: Chapman To stops work to recuperate from rare nerve disease

A1: Shu Qi: My lips are sealed

A1: Karen Mok joins Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fan campaign

The campaign, “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan”, is designed to raise the hotel group’s brand awareness by globally connecting ‘the fan’ with international celebrities who regularly stay at its hotels.

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Most Anticipated Chinese Movies of 2012

CF: Dayyan Eng’s “Inseparable” Due to Hit the Big Screen

FBA: Youku kickstarts more micro movies

PR: New HK Film Archive exhibition highlights the cinematic legend of Wong Fei-hung

The HKFA’s new publication “Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist”, with an English edition on CD-ROM, examines the cinema of Wong Fei-hung from a historical background and considers its various artistic characteristics and film genres.

Fourth generation student, Pang Chi-ming; Mok Kwai-lan, godson of Wong Fei-Hong’s wife; fifth generation student, Lau Ka-yung (info.gov.hk)

CF: Talented Actress Jiang Yiyan

In 2012, Derek Yee’s “Ghost Bullets” and Gordon Chan’s “The Four” will bring Jiang to the big screen again, and Jiang Yiyan recently finished her part in director Peng Shun’s “Conspirators”, which is expected to be released in October.

(Sina)

CF: Huang Yi: The Beauty in Hoh Xil

Huang Yi

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CRI: Actress Hsu Chi Undaunted by Online Attacks

CF: Bullied actress’ Cold Shoulder to Weibo Prompts Reflection

“Frustration in life boosts aggression. So people’s discontent has been funneled into cyberspace, where they can act with little restraint,”

MSN: Netizens regret supporting Vincent Zhao after learning daughter has US passport

November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Johnnie To Brings New Film for Valentine’s Day

Poster and stills of Johnnie To’s film “Romancing in Thin Air”, featuring Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng

CF: Deleted Segment of “Love is not Blind” Exposed

FBA: Love stronger than Steel

In China, Love is Not Blind has achieved the biggest opening box office for a local film this year. By Sunday night, the comedy had taken RMB188.0 million ($29.6 million) in six days.

The story tells of wedding planner Huang Xiaoxian’s 33 days of heartbreak after discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. Her maybe-gay colleague Wang Xiaojian helps her back on her feet.

Actress Bai Baihe

Director Teng Huatao yesterday at an event to celebrate the box office success

Teng Huatao, Bai Baihe, Wen Zhang (Sina-gallery)

CF: Final Trailer of ‘White Vengeance’ Released

The costume heroine-themed war epic, “Legendary Amazons” recently released film clips exposing the lead actress Jin Qiaoqiao, who portrays a “Marksman” in the film.

Insiders report that Yang Zitong’s scenes have been deleted from “The Legendary Amazons”, unfortunately, due to the scale of violence in the film. Hopefully, her scenes will be restored in an unabridged Hong Kong version (?). She plays one of the Yangs and engaged in violent, bloody fights.

Yang Zitong, “You did what to my scenes!”

Yang Zitong

The romantic comedy “Love is Not Blind” has swept the mainland China’s box office charts, while in Hong Kong, director Giddens Ko’s romance “You are the Apple of My Eye” is making a history to by entering Hong Kong’s Top 10 Box-Office Records.

A Chengdu media preview screening of Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” left viewers satisfied but many described the film as more of a comedy, particularly the Joe Chen-Dou Xiao story. Director Wong said that she wanted to make a film for audiences to cry at but she did not achieve her purpose.

Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee - the “first tear” (Sina)23

A final trailer was also unveiled at the event in the run up to its release on November 24.

Shanghai press conference

Karen Mok

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Huang Yi walked the red carpet in Shanghai twice, once for an ELLE event and again for the premiere of “East Meets West 2011″.

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Chinese actress LI Bingbing is to be honoured as Female Star of the Year at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong next month.

A few of the happy recipients of the 2011 China’s Most Beautiful Award held this evening.

Huang Shengyi

Lin Chi-Ling

Zhang Ziyi

Wang Luodan (Sina)23

Gao Yuanyuan poses for animal protection in a photo spread featured in the magazine “ELLE”

Kelly Chen is reportedly four three months pregnant

Attending a fashion event today, she told reporters that she was pregnant and acknowledged that it was achieved through artificial insemination. Kelly has not suspended work and that doctors told her to relax and not be stressed. She said doctors feared that if she stayed at home she would be cranky. (Sina)

Grateful for Carol’s pregnancy, Andy was said to have secretly arranged Taiwan’s Reverend Di Bo and 20 nuns for a three days trip to Hong Kong to help conduct a ritual for a smooth delivery.

The 31-year-old model, who is also actor Aaron Kwok’s rumoured girlfriend, finally hit the big time after appearing in a racy advertisement for breast augmentation services, and was inundated with modelling assignments.

CNA: Sunny Chan opens up about autistic son, seeks help for child

October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”East Meets West 2011″ Holds Press Conference

The director of the film revealed that 60 popular Chinese stars, including Karen Mok, Ekin Cheng, Jaycee Chan, William So, Yang Mi, Jonathan Lee and Alan Tam will be involved in the film, as well as those in attendance at the event.

Huang Yi

Stephy Tang, William So, Eason Chan, Jeff Lau, Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Tan Weiwei (Sina-slideshow)

Topping the domestic box office chart on its third week on the screens, Jet Li’s latest fantasy action movie “The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Its Love)” grossed an estimated 200 million RMB (about $31.4m) and still has a strong hold on the international box office charts, remaining at seventh place.

On the sidelines of the event, an exhibition was also launched to showcase the film’s production process. The exhibition consists of the pictures of the scenes, character modeling, and victims shot by an American journalist with Time magazine in 1942.

Two unnamed Hollywood actors familiar to domestic audiences have also been cast. (Sina)

Movie review: The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (SG)

Publicity stills of Kathy Chow preparing for battle in “The Legendary Amazons”

And Cheng Pei-Pei

(Sina)2

Lin Chi-Ling in Chengdu to promote “Love on Credit”

Lin Chi-Ling, Super Girl Liu Xin, Leste Chen (Sina)

Yesterday, in Shanghai:

Lin Chi-Ling, Chen Kun

Leste Chen, Lin Chi-Ling

(Sina-slideshow)

New poster for “Harpoon”

Zhao Ming is one of the torture victims when a group on a tour of Hainan goes awry

The film will be released in early December. (Sina)

Returning to Hong Kong from Rome, Tang Wei spoke with reporters to compensate them for arriving late.

She acknowledged having spoke with 007 director Sam Mendes but was otherwise cagey about whether starring in an action movie was in her near future.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung and husband, Sergio returned to Hong Kong today to visit her parents

“Did I mention, Hong Kong is crowded?” (Sina-gallery)

Zhao Wei sings the festival theme song, “A Dream Comes True”, to close the opening ceremony for the 30th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival last night.

Zhao Wei (Sina)234

Jay Chou, A-Mei, Frankie Kao

The former TVB actress was said to have approached her friends to join her

Free-to-air television owner Ricky Wong has declared war on TVB by poaching its talents for his new TV station.

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

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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

October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR:Hong Kong Auteur Yonfan Relishes His Role as Talent Scout

As head of the jury at the Busan International Film Festival New Currents competition, Yonfan is being asked to choose among the best new talents in Asia or elsewhere

Likable but lightweight compendium of high-school romances, well cast and slickly packaged.

FBA: Headshot (Thailand/France) review

A part return to form by director Pen-ek Ratanaruang in an existential crime noir.

FBA: Taiwan govt blocks release of 1911

Huang Yi was hospitalized while in Hong Kong yesterday to promote her new film The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. She was suffering from sudden stomach cramps and cold sweats pain. When Huang Yi tried to recover in break room with staff, her condition did not improve and she was sent to a hospital. Huang Yi was diagnosed with gastritis and given an injection and painkillers by doctors. Meanwhile, doctors recommended bed rest but as Woman Knight is her first starring film, Huang Yi hoped to continue working.

Already sick while getting made up (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Yang Guifei

Wang Leehom - Poet Li Bai

Fan Bingbing will play imperial consort Yang Guifei, one of the four legendary beauties of Ancient China, in Kwak Jae-Yong’s same-titled “Yang Guifei”. And Wang Leehom will play poet Li Bai in this China-Japan-South Korea co-production. The core of the story will be centered around war and palace intrigues. Fan Bingbing played the role once before in a 2007 TV series, Tang Paradise.

Also, Antoine Fuqua is making another version concerning the romance between Yang Guifei and Tang Emperor Xuanzong. Fuqua had been trying to invite Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun-Fat but he may make another film about Tupac Shakur first. (Sina)

THR: Busan International Film Festival Gets an Extreme Makeover

Fan Bingbing walked the red carpet twice to open the Busan International Film Festival this evening, once with Wang Leehom for Yang Guifei and, again, with the cast of her South Korean film, My Way.

Fan Bingbing, Wang Leehom

My Way Director Kang Je-kyu and Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri

Kang Je-kyu, Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri, Jang Dong-gun (Sina)

Also from the BIFF

Shi Nansun and Tsui Hark

Accepting the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award

Jury head Yonfan and jury member Jiang Wenli on the red carpet

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Wu Renhui - Most Photogenic?

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(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Tony Leung’s night out with two women

MSN: Christy Chung’s sudden weight gain

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