HKMDB Daily News

December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

Karena Lam braves the cold for Don Quixote, which will be released in 3D (Sina)

AngelaBaby plays a country maid with a stutter in All’s Well Ends Well 2010


CRI: Zhao Wei’s ‘Blades’ Wedding

The latest still-shots from the upcoming Chinese movie “14 Blades” show beautifully dressed Qiao Hua, played by Zhao Wei, waiting for her groom Qinglong, played by Donnie Yen.

HK Film Archive looks at Eileen Chang and film

China finds likely tomb of 3rd century general Cao Cao

Simon Yam spotted having a tryst with an unknown girl

Simon, who is currently overseas, refuted the rumours and explained, “That girl is just someone who was supposed to pick me up. There were others as well, and the flowers they were holding were for me. The next time if someone picks me up, I will tell them not to bring flowers but fruits instead. These rumours are ridiculous!”

Former HK actress Cherie Chung to marry a Singaporean businessman

“Single life is great, but having someone to share your joy and sorrow with is a very blissful thing,” Chung said.

Who’s behind the Zhang Ziyi ‘black paint incident’?

Hong said in her blog update that people who think Murdoch orchestrated the whole thing are completely mistaken.

“As far as I know, the mastermind behind this incident does not have a husband. She is someone’s second mistress. But for a second mistress to be so brazen, she must be somebody. I suggest that entertainment reporters focus on finding out who she is,” Hong said in her update.

Charmaine Sheh is TVB’s top earner!

Garnering a total of 15 million viewers for her shows, Charmaine has officially become TVB’s highest earner for the year, triumphing Raymond Lam, who is in 2nd place and Michael Tse (otherwise known as “Laughing Gor”), who is in 3rd. Bernice Liu, who was in 3rd place last year, is no where to be found near the top.

Shanghai Daily: Cantopop king Alan Tam delves into jade

New Gillian Chung advert for TOUGH Jeansmith (Sina)


Fan Bingbing wedding studio advert


Karen Mok

I spy: Karen Mok with a new boyfriend? Spotted shopping in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

Dec. 30 is the 6th anniversary of Anita Mui’s passing.(Sina)

December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009

Lynn Xiong

Taiwan actress Feng Yuan Zhen, know as Little Lin Chi-Ling

Leon Jay Williams

He Jiong

Joe Ma announced in Beijing plans to film My Sassy Girl 2 with Lynn Xiong/Hung Doi-Lam and Leon Jay Williams/Li Wei-Lian.  (Sina)

Storm Warriors Hong Kong premiere

Slide show (HunanTV)

Bodyguards and Assassins - Shanghai promotion stop (HunanTV) (Sina)

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s New ‘Story’ Premieres

“A Simple Noodle Story”, the long-awaited new film by Zhang Yimou, premiered in Beijing on Wednesday

CRI: MV for ‘Noodle Story’ Theme Song

Prince of Tears (Hong Kong), City of Life and Death (China), No Puede Vivir Sin Te (Taiwan) make final list of Golden Globes Best Foreign Language Film. (Sina)

I spy: Zhang Ziyi getting in shape for Wong Kar-Wai’s Grand Master


Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation Ambassadors:

Ekin Cheng, Connie Chan, Karena Lam

Karena Lam (Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Defines Her ‘Good Man’

Female tycoon spotted at Edison Chen’s new Shanghai store

Cecilia Cheung aspires to have a brood of five children

July 29, 2009

July 29, 2009

Lau Ching-Wan and wife,Amy KwokLau Ching-Wan, Zhang Jingchu, Alex Fong

Daniel Wu, Louis Koo, Lau Ching-WanDaniel Wu

Anita YuenMichelle Ye

Overheard cast and guests attend Hong Kong premiere
Michael Wong and wife
Michael Wong and wife

“Overheard” Premieres in Hong Kong
Hollywood Reporter: Alan Mak hopes for hit in China

‘Chengdu’ to close Venice festival
Fruit Chan, Cui Jian unveil sci-fi film
Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival
[ I wonder, did the third part get cut out because Hur Jin-ho expanded his segment to a full length feature?]
Previously: Hur Jin-ho wraps feature-length Season Of Good Rain
‘Chengdu’ to Close Venice Film Festival

Variety: SPC to distribute Yimou’s ‘Blood’ [Amazing Tales: Three Guns]
Sony Pictures Classics is continuing its relationship with filmmaker Zhang Yimou, agreeing to distribute his planned remake of the Coen brothers’ comedic thriller “Blood Simple” domestically and in several major foreign territories
Screen Daily: Sony Classics on board for Zhang Yimou’s Blood Simple remake

China welcomes ‘Haeundae’ wave
Korean disaster film looks for success onshore in China

Lee Byung-hun Returns With Film ‘G.I. Joe’
Kwon Sang-woo May Make Hollywood Debut
Hollywood’s Korean ninjas
Sandra Ng
Barbie Hsu
Sandra Ng and Barbie Hsu - On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Xu Fan and husband Feng Xiaogang
Chen Daoming, Chen Jin

Does Feng Xiaogang have vitiligo?

Aftershock officially launches production

Ceremony held at Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Square

HK actress Michelle Reis returns to the big screen

Anthony Wong
Anthony Wong, Yin Tao to Lead Epic Tang Drama

Jia Zhangke: In fact it is the President of the World Uighur Congress Kadeer, a documentary film, and invited me to attend the film premiere, it is known that political figures in the film will appear, too political, and I am not sure about the history of Xinjiang, so it is not the time to attend the film festival a good time, so I choose not to participate. ”
Jia Zhangke speaking at the Hong Kong Book Fair

Jet Li’s Singapore citizenship confirmed

Shing Fui-On (file photo)
Shing Fui-On gives a thumbs up

Young Shing Fui-On and Andy Lau
Shing Fui-On’s cancer has spread to his lungs. He entered the hospital last week and only weighs 45kgs (not lost 45kgs as previously reported)

86 year-old Lam Kau enters hospital with foot injury

Nick Cheung
Nick Cheung films a tourism program in Finland

Vivian Chow
Peter Chan
I spy: Vivian Chow secretly meeting with Peter Chan in Shanghai

Sparks rumors of plans for comeback

England: Family made £7m in fake DVD scam

July 15, 2009

July 15, 2009

“On His Majesty’s Secret Service” ready to open

Critics Give Thumbs-up to “One Night in a Supermarket” Ahead of Release

Hur Jin-ho wraps feature-length Season Of Good Rain
Hur Jin-ho has extended his section of pan-Asian omnibus Chengdu, I Love You into a feature entitled Season Of Good Rain

Wong Jing announced production of a new film featuring Nick Cheung, Paw Hee-Ching, Chan Lai-Wan and Meng Yao ‘Mongkok Prison’

Nick plays a schizophrenic, Paw Hee-Ching his mother suffering from dementia

Fan Bingbing, Joey Yung, Jackie Chan, Charlene Choi, Liu Yifei
Fan Bingbing, Joey Yung, Jackie Chan, Charlene Choi, and Liu Yifei promote a real estate company in Guangzhou

Stephen Chow passes on Kato
Director and star moves on to focus on own projects

Ziyi’s Non-revenge for Love and Fear for Marriage

Zhang Ziyi’s character in ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ might be one to fight to win back her ex, but the actress said she would not do so in real life.

Andy Lau in Shanghai to Promote Newly-Open Boutique

Kelly Chen Leaves Hospital (After) Giving Birth

I spy: Zhao Wei in Shanghai

I spy: Stephen Fung and Shu Qi

Nic Tse
Nic inspects new Lamborghini purchased for Cecilia
Nic Tse took a break from shooting Bodyguards and Assassins to visit wife

Previously rumors have been circulating that Cecilia Cheung has suffered a miscarriage.

Gillian Chung visits Harbin (almost 700 miles NE of Beijing!)

With singer Jiang Peng

Edison made a quick day and a half visit to Taiwan

He shot a Levi’s ad and probably scouted locations for another CLOT store

July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
Photo Gallery
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
Stills from Overheard released

Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan

New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions

‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).

Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

bc Magazine: 24 City review
HK Magazine: 24 City

bc Magazine: Roy Chow (Murderer) interview

bc Magazine: Wai Kar Fai (Written By) interview

bc Magazine: Jia Zhangke (24 City) interview

HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
Oppai Volleyball
(Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

Charlene Choi
Charlene surrounded by fans

Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage

A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai

I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing

APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng is ready for the Dragon Boat Festival at Sai Kung

Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung
TVB artists Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung (Ekin’s girlfriend) attend Shatin Dragon Boat Festival

‘If You Are the One’, the Most Bankable One
Top Chinese earner beats out Red Cliff

There are no losers at film festivals, says Thirst’s Park Chan-wook

Judge Shu Qi jaded to sex and violence

Sister, Tricia
Edison Chen back in Hong Kong

Screen idol Alan Tang linked to June 4 escape plot
John Shum and Anita Mui also named in “Operation Yellow Bird.”

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

I spy: Sylvia Chang shopping in Central with husband and son

Son Oscar was kidnapped in 2000 at age 9 by gangsters

Chinatown Shoplifting showdown caught on CCTV (Thanks, Brian!)

Shanghaiist: A lesson on subway etiquette: Pole-iteness counts!

China’s Susan Boyle

May 23, 2009

May 23, 2009

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Chengdu, I Love You
Gao Yuanyuan, Jung Woo-Sung

Gao Yuanyuan and Jung Woo-Sung in the ‘present’ segment.
Cui Jian directs the ‘future’, Fruit Chan the past, and Heo Jin-Ho the present.

Taipei Times: Asian cinema gains traction as Hollywood takes a tumble

Screen Daily: Face

APA Top Ten: Asian movies about the worlds of kids

APA: Hara Kazuo and his “Renegade Cinema”

Nancy Kwan: A Chinese Legacy in Tinseltown

Korean “Sassy girl” in Singapore to promote first Hollywood film

Taking Woodstock scenes really marijuana inspired

Daniel Henney’s US TV Series to Air in Fall

Of note: Eclipse Series 17-Nikkatsu Noir Box Set
Coming August from Criterion

Actress Carina Lau ready for motherhood

Patrick Tse, Coco

I spy: Patrick Tse and Coco grocery shopping in Wan Chai

Mavis Fan
Mavis Fan promoting watch brand (video)

May 21, 2009

May 21, 2009

Poster for Tracing Shadow

Posters for new Jiang Wen film Let the Bullets Fly released at Cannes

Jiang Wen Will “Let the Bullets Fly”

D is for Detective and Dee

Zhou XunWang BanChow Yun-Fat
Ren QuanDirector Hu Mei
Confucius photo gallery

Decipher Confucius’ Alleged Romance


Fan Bingbing

East Wind and Rain photo gallery

Anthony Wong
Director To poses with cast members at film “Vengeance” at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival

Michelle Ye, Anthony WongSimon Yam, Johnny Hallyday
Michelle YeohShu Qi
Vengeance premiere

Tony Leung Chiu-WeiAnthony Wong
Vengeance red carpet photo gallery

Donnie Yen Longs for Romance in New Film
Donnie Yen says his new film “14 Blades” will compensate for his unrequited love for Zhao Wei in a previous film.

Screen Daily: Like You Know It All (South Korea)
Screen Daily: Air Doll (Japan)
Variety: Air Doll
Screen Daily: A Brand New Life (Une Vie Toute Neuve)(France-South Korea)
Korea Times: Bong’s ‘Mother’ Highlights Maternal Love
Confucius Chow

Director given French honour

Johnnie To, whose latest movie ‘Vengeance’ is competing for the Cannes festival’s Palme d’Or, on Monday was made an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Two Johnnies bid for Cannes glory

Variety: China central to Hong Kong’s film future
Mainland’s size, potential lure island producers

Tony Leung Ka-Fai in Hong Kong crime thriller
Award-winning actor Tony Leung Ka Fai has the distinction of being picked to play Hong Kong’s notorious Chief Inspector Lee Rock in the 1960s.

Basketball-Playing ‘Bodyguard’

Zhang’s Turandot Fervor a Riddle for Critics

‘Red Cliff’ to Hit North America

Screen Daily: Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan to Prince Of Tears from acclaimed filmmaker Yonfan and has already sold it to Ocean Films for France.

Hollywood Reporter: Art house pic ‘Prince of Tears’ finds home

Variety: Hong Kong cinema timeline
Hong Kong Cinema at 100
Variety: Spotlight: Hong Kong talent

Hollywood Reporter: Cannes’ red carpet is blood-soaked
Gore quotient giving even festival veterans pause

Josie Ho slashes conventions in new film, Dream Home

Sun Li, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Iron Road (Gold Mountain) with Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sun Li, Peter O’Toole - Shanghai International Film Festival

Johnny Hallyday, Michelle YeJohnnie To
Vengeance - Cannes Photo Call

Johnnie To Receives Award - photo gallery

Vengeance Premiere - 2009 Cannes Film Festival

‘Spring Fever’ Photocall At Cannes Film Festival

Spring Fever Premiere

Ang Lee
Shu QiZhang Ziyi
Shu Qi attending Inglourious Basterds screening

Maggie Cheung is a no-show at Cannes this year (and reportedly cut from film)
Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi on short film judging panel at Cannes

Karen Mok
Karen Mok for a shampoo brand

Zhang Ziyi Shows Care for Children

Oops! Be Careful with Your Lipstick, Ziyi!

Faye Wong from shampoo commercial, looking like Gong Li in Curse of the Golden Flower

Michelle Reis (right) and sister
I spy: Michelle Reis with older sister, without her wedding ring

Cops look for angle on acid attacks

April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009

Brigitte Lin

Empress Wu?

Andy Lau joins Tsui Hark to pursue Brigitte Lin for Detective Dee
Shooting begins next month at Hengdian Studio for Detective Dee with a new Chinese title.

The Sniper: Not by a long shot

Director Yang Shares Life Story in ‘Breathless’ (South Korea)

No jackpot yet for Hollywood in Korean film remakes

‘Dragonball Evolution’ Flops
Manga adaptation finds no love on big screen

Variety: Huairou hosts booming local business

New facility competes with Hengdian Studios

Lifting the Veil on a North Korean Obsession

Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee - Red River

78 NGs in scene hitting Zhang Jingchu

Wang Xueqi, Wang Baijie
Wang BaijieWang Baijie
Wang Baijie and Wang Xueqi shave heads for Bodyguards and Assassins

Impression - Hainan Island

Images from Zhang Yimou’s production Impression - Hainan Island

Cherie Chung

Cherie Chung baptized as Catholic like her late husband

Denies rumors of return to film

Nancy Sit Returns to Work

Nic Tse
Nic Tse sports new look with short hair during mainland music tour

Shu Qi
I spy: Shu Qi at Hong Kong airport

Avoids questions about Feng Xiaogang’s remarks that Hong Kong people don’t understand Mainland films

Vivian Chow and Joe Nieh

With father-in-law Ni Kuang

Joe Nieh, Vivian Chow, Deborah Li/Dik Bo Lai
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh open new billiards parlor

Rosamund Kwan
I spy: Rosamund Kwan

Edison Chen
Edison Chen reportedly in debt 50M RMB to his management company after 20M advance on his contract in 2004, legal expenses for Sexy Photo Gate and compensation to advertising agents.

Cheer Chen (Source:UDN)
Cheer Chen: Embrace yourself and you have the world
Cheer Chen not used to performing in a pub

Chosun Ilbo Sues Lawmakers Over Actress Jang Ja-Yun
Alleges libel in naming senior executive

Texas rep apologies for remarks on Asian names

April 9, 2009

April 9, 2009

HKFA Movie Kings - Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Simon YamHKFA Movie Queens - Barbie Hsu, Paw Hee Ching, Karena Lam, Zhou Xun

Directors - Benny Chan, Ann Hui, Wilson Yip, John Woo
Johnnie To, as usual, declines to participate

The Newcomers - Zhang Yuqi, Lin Chi-ling, Xu Jiao, Monica Mok, and Juno Leung
Josephine Siao Fong Fong
HKFA nominees group photos released
Lifetime Achievement Award - Josephine Siao Fong Fong
Professionalism Award - Ding Yu
Group photos
Nominees Promote HK Film Awards
Four classic films remade as short for HKFA presentation ceremony
“A better Tomorrow”, “Days of Being Wild”, “The Eye” and “Internal Affairs” were remade as short film.

Film on Tibet starring Charlie Yeung to start shooting

Yang’s ‘Breathless’ Is Breathtaking (South Korea)

First Cambodian lesbian film is a hit

The Musician - Feature film on Xian Xinghai to be shot in Macau
Cast includes Vivian Hsu, Chen Kun and Ng Man-Tat. Li Qiankuan director
Cherie Chung
Cherie Chung mentally and physically preparing for return

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu in John Rabe - movie clip, stills

Karen Mok

John Legend
John Legend and Karen Mok perform in Shanghai

Fan Bingbing
Another case of actresses getting groped at guest appearances

This time old photos of Fan Bingbing, Gong Li recapped. (The bearded man is actor Zhang Jizhong.)

Edison Chen

I spy: Edison Chen at Beijing International Airport with two assistants

Slide show

HK Techie Denies He Stole Edison Chen’s Pics
Edison pics seen year before
BBC: Film star sex photos trial begins

HK pop star Jill Vidal faces Tokyo trial

Controversial Release of Eileen Chang Novel

Wild boar attacks pensioner in Tai Po

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