HKMDB Daily News

December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Treasure Hunt review

An okay kid’s adventure comedy, shot in China, from the Wong Jing factory.

FBA: The Pretending Lovers review

Chinese take on My Sassy Girl is wafer-thin but gets by on its two leads’ charm.

FBA: 72 Martyrs review

Initially promising drama of a 1911 China uprising let down by a weaker second half.

FBA: I Phone You review

Given the amount of time the audience is to spend with Jiang [Yiyan]’s stranded Ling, the script wisely spends a good 20 minutes building her character at home with her job (a bubbly flower-girl) and easygoing girl friends. By the time she arrives in Berlin, the viewer already knows she’s a typical young Chongqing woman — practical, determined, life-loving, chance-taking. So, as she tries to survive 48 hours in a foreign city with just a mobile phone but no passport, money or a word of German, there’s at least a semi-believable element to the story.

CF: Gunfight of “Flowers of War” Unveiled

The teaser features the beginning of the movie when about 20 Chinese soldiers fight a large number of Japanese invaders to save a group of schoolgirls.

Dynamic version of international poster

New “Allure of Tears” poster featuring the cast of the second story released

The cast includes Dennis Chan, writer Lawrence Cheng and Jung Hsiang in addition to Gigi Leung and Richie Jen

(Sina)

In a Beijing press conference yesterday, Louis Fan Siu-Wong was introduced as one of the villains of Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in 3D”.

Tsui Hark, Louis Fan (Sina),(Sina-gallery)

Chen Kaige’s micro film “Searching” wrapped up shooting in Ningbo.

Yao Chen, Deng Chao (Sina-gallery)

Fans designed their own posters for Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” based on recently released concept poster and publicity stills. The impressive fan posters were themed to represent the four seasons.

Original concept poster

Fan made posters

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Official publicity still (Sina-gallery)(CNYahoo)

(Dec.5) Beijing press conference for Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician” opening January 12.

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Wu Gang, Yan Ni, Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina-gallery)

Posters for “No Liar, No Cry” a comedy about gold fever set in the Gobi Desert.

Cherrie Ying

Wu Gang

Yue Xiuqing

Zhang Xinyu (Sina) (Review)

MSN: Vicki Zhao acquires winery in France

MSN: Miriam Yeung put on one-month bed rest

MSN: Benny Chan’s wife and daughter discharge from hospital

Lately, it was said that Rose’s master Master Sin is currently the target of triads.[!]

A1: Triads get involved in Rose Chan’s sexual harassment scandal(WorldJournal)

Sin Chew Daily reported that the sexual harassment scandal involving Hong Kong actress Rose Chan and two senior actors had escalated…Police, who got wind of the assassination attempt, arrested four people and seized three toy guns.

A1: Bruce Lee’s kung fu style draws new generation

Many credit wing chun’s renewed popularity to a series of films about Yip Man, one of the art’s greatest “sifus”, or teachers, and most famously the man who turned Lee from street fighter to martial arts legend.

September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: 11 Flowers review

An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China’s Cultural Revolution, “11 Flowers” takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai’s finest films.

FBA: Overheard 2 review

A slicker, but also more conventional, follow-up to the 2009 bugging thriller.

FBA: Starry cast assembled for Liaisons

Chinese adaptation set to shoot next month

Too Much Heaven, Part Two: City of Life and Death and Detective Dee reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

CF: New Horror Sequel Hits Cinemas in Oct.

Horror film ‘Lost In Panic Cruise’, a sequel to last year’s ‘Lost In Panic Room’, announced its premiere date to be October 27.

Battle of Wits with Father-in-law” is expected to be screened on Valentines Day 2012.

Liu Ye posted on his Weibo that Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper was delayed, and cannot be released in December. Scenes in Inner Mongolia and Yunnan have yet to be shot. This, on the recent, since deleted, post by Stellar Media boss Qin Wang about pulling investment on the film. (Sina)2

Update on on yesterday’s press conference in Hangzhou for The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. Today’s news reports that the film was premiered and Qiu Jin’s relatives were moved to tears after watching it.

Director Herman Yau, Huang Yi (Sina)23

HK Film Archive to screen marvellous works by Union Film affiliates

The Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)’s previous programme “All for One and One for All: Union Film”, which featured the full catalogue of Union Film, received an enthusiastic response. To showcase the creativity of Union Film’s many affiliates, the HKFA’s new programme “Marvelous Spinoffs: The Work of Union Film Affiliates” will screen from September 24 to October 16, featuring 10 films produced by the loose-knit collection of companies usually referred to as the “Union Group”.

New poster for I Phone You starring Jiang Yiyan

The film opened in Europe in May. (Sina)

Poster for What’s Under the Bed, a domestic horror thriller that’s not a ghost story. :D (Sina)

Motivated netizens found this still of the deleted love scene between Jackie Chan and Li Bingbing in “1911″

Li Bingbing said that she drank half a bottle of red wine to steel her nerves before shooting the scene. (Sina)

CNA: Chow Yun Fatt’s love affair with the camera

A1: Chow’s calm behind the lens

MSN: Vivian Hsu splits with boyfriend

MSN: Hebe Tian and Ella Chen lash out at Selina Jen’s fiance

A few days ago, Hebe posted an update on her Facebook which reads: “You. Are. Not. A. Man. [And] not even a human.”

The status prompted a reply from Ella, who wrote, “[You are] Not even comparable to the plaque between my teeth!”

September 15, 2011

September 15, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: ‘Cloud Atlas’ Raises Zhou Xun’s Profile

FBA: Asian backers integral to Cloud Atlas

CF:For Michelle Yeoh, Playing Aung San Suu Kyi in ‘The Lady’ is Role of Lifetime

CF: Jailed Director Fails to Attend Premiere of Own Film

My Kingdom, the first directorial work of mainland singer and music producer Gao Xiaosong, hit theaters on Sept 9, but he could not attend the premiere on Sept 5.

Poster for I Phone You starring Jiang Yiyan

I Phone You, directed by Tang Dan, is a Sino-German co-production filmed in Chongqing and Germany. Jiang Yiyan plays a woman working in Germany searching for true love. (Sina)

Liao Fan and Lin Chi-Ling attended a press conference in Beijing to promote Leste Chen’s Love on Credit which also stars Chen Kun. Lin Chi-Ling plays twin sisters in the film and director Chen said he would submit her nomination for the Golden Horse Awards as both best actress and best supporting actress.

Liao Fan, Lin Chi-Ling

Liao Fan, Lin Chi-Ling, Leste Chen (Sina)

Liu Kai-Chi

Derek Chiu

Elanne Kong

Elanne Kong, Zhao Bingrui

Elanne Kong, Liu Kai-Chi, Tse Kwan-Ho and other cast members attended the Beijing premiere press conference of Derek Chiu’s film, 72 Heroes (lit. Bloody Heroes), commemorating the 1911 revolution. The all-star cast includes Alan Tam, Eric Tsang, Irene Wan, et al. The film is also scheduled for the Los Angeles Chinese America Film Festival on October 7. (Sina)

Cantopop diva Sammi Cheng, who could not make it to the banquet, recorded a short video clip with a quirky message.

Jane Zhang (Sina)

Jane Zhang sings in the theme song MV for Lee’s Adventure

(Sina)

September 6, 2010

September 6, 2010

THR: De Bont to direct Zhang Ziyi in ‘Mulan’(CRI)

“Mulan” is set to start shooting this fall outside Shanghai, where de Bont, the director of “Speed,” “Twister” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” will attempt to bring romance, action and drama to screenwriter John Blickstead’s recreation of the Chinese Joan of Arc story that was first described in a 6th century poem

“Carmen”: Shu Qi’s Version for “Legend of the Fist” (CRI)

Seediq Bale: Taiwanese director completes epic film after 13 years

The four-hour film will be shown in two parts when it hits the big screen next July. (Sina)

Global Times: Local filmmakers bitter but can’t make films like Inception

Variety: China ready to ‘Party’

After the success of “The Founding of a Republic,” an epic tribute to China’s 1949 revolution, work has begun on “The Founding of a Party” to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party’s foundation on July 1 next year.

WPost: Chinese firms look to team up with Hollywood

“The Hollywood infrastructure is very open to other people’s money,” he added, “but they really only want to do creative deals within the community and to hire from within.”

BAW’s 007 SUV to launch in third quarter

Coincidence?

Peter Chan’s Wu Xia crew was trapped for two hours due to a landslide caused by rain in Tengchong. Four large vans were blocked but no serious damage or injuries occurred. Donnie Yen is currently in Venice and Tang Wei is in Beijing for the Founding of a Party press conference. Only Takeshi Kaneshiro is in place. The mountain route is under heavy private guard ever since Tang Wei and Takeshi Kaneshiro were photographed at the nearby hotel. Only those with work permits are allowed to pass and foreign vehicles are not allowed to remain. (Sina)

Nick Cheung and Liu Yunlong latest to join cast of Founding of a Party

Liu Yunlong, Nick Cheung

Nick Cheung (Sina)

Wind Blast stills with Francis Ng (Sina)

Shu Qi gets wet for Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2

Taking a plunge

(Xinhua)

Jiang Yiyan - I Phone You

Jiang Yiyan

Jiang Yiyan stars in the China-Germany coproduction (Sina)

Chrissie Chau is reportedly supplanting Stephy Tang in Patrick Kong Pak-Leung’s next installment of his Love series films. Stephy starred in his previous films My Sweetie, Marriage With a Fool, Love is Not Around, L is For Love, Nobody’s Perfect and Love Connected. (Xinhua)

Guei Lun-Mei attending a charity auction in Taipei

Guei Lun-Mei

August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010

NYTimes: Filmmaking in a Climate of Caution (Aftershock)

CRI: ”I Phone You” Promoted at the Brandenburg Gate

The film is a love story between a Chinese girl and a German guy. Their relationship is mainly over the phone at the beginning. Then the girl travels to Germany with the money she saved from working in a flower shop.

Part of the film was shot in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city on the bank of the Yangtze River, where the love story starts.

Jiang Yiyan was known by the German media as “The Most Beautiful and Real Oriental Girl” for her great appearance and acting in her previous films.

Jiang Yiyan (Sina-gallery)

Lead actors show up one by one in the 75-second trailer which follows the assassination plot targeting a retired murderess.

“The theme of the film is not about assassins and revenge but about love, which is the core message of my films. People should search for a way to get along with each other instead of hate and grudge,” John Woo was quoted by Sina.com.cn as saying.

Chief villain - Wang Xueqi (Sina)2

Haunted-fetus horror movie has some squirmy moments but is shackled by a confused script.

FBA: HK Summer opens with Love

Vivian Chow’s comeback film premieres in HK

Vivian Chow, Sandra Ng attend the HKSIFF screening of All About Love

Jo Koo, Joey Man, Vivian Chow, William Chan Wai-Ting, Ann Hui

Joey Man Yee-Man, Simon Yam (Sina)2(Xinhua-slide show)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting endorsing lip gloss for Estee Lauder (Sina)

Ekin Cheng and Lynn Xiong attend a Body Shop event

Lynn Xiong

Ekin Cheng - no marriage plans

He denied reports that he and Yoyo Mung registered for marriage in Japan during a recent holiday with his parents in Hokkaido.

Yoyo Mung

Yoyo, for her part, was reportedly very unhappy in Hokkaido as she had no alone time with Ekin and was constantly stalked by paparazzi.

(Sina)2(Xinhua-slide show)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi is the new regional face for Emporio Armani replacing Zhang Ziyi for Fall/Winter 2010. She will be appearing in new billboard ads that were recently shot in New York City. Shu Qi was lauded for her professionalism during the photo shoot in 100+ degree heat. (Xinhua)

SG: Miriam Yeung chooses concert over wedding

According to reports, the star appears to be more concerned about her concert and was said to have set a three-month abstinence from ‘bedroom activities’ with Real as she concentrates on concert preparations.

To make things worse, Real was seen hanging out with an unnamed hot babe when Miriam was out in Japan filming a music special.

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