Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng will team up again with Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai in March after the release of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Single Men and Women). The production will head to the high altitudes of Yunnan Province. Sammi plays an mainland truck driver and Louis, as in The Road Less Traveled, a van driver, in this touching romance. (Sina)
Poster for Underdog Knight 2
The sequel, as in the original, is directed by Ding Sheng.
Underdog Knight is scheduled for a April 1 release. (Sina)
Mr. and Mrs. Incredible premiere press conference in Beijing (Jan. 24)
Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Wen Zhang, Li Qin, Vincent Kok, Peter Chan
Macau gambling king Stanley Ho has accused members of his family of robbing him of most of his multi-billion dollar fortune in a domestic feud that could complicate succession of the ailing tycoon’s vast empire.
In the sequel, the romance feels a bit pallid and the story mirthless, possibly because the lovers still can’t reconcile love and marriage. A sense that there’s a dark lining to every silver cloud reigns.
“The [overseas Chinese] audience is so conditioned to seeing these pictures on the Internet or on pirated DVDs,” he says. “It will take a while to break the habit that has been around a long time. Nothing beats seeing these pictures on a big screen.”
A new film from one of the bad boys of Chinese cinema, Jiang Wen — a scathing satire on power, greed and corruption — has critics cheering and movie-goers queuing up to make it a box office hit.
The leading Southern Daily newspaper praised Jiang and said the film’s message would not be lost in a society increasingly divided by a gaping rich-poor income gap.
Jiang had “exposed and satirised the weaknesses and shortcomings of Chinese society and its people”… “Dressed up in commercial wrappings, he has packaged a work greatly steeped in political meaning.” (AFP)
Of course most of you know that Wong successfully held comeback concerts in Beijing and Shanghai last month, two of which I attended and enjoyed. What you surely do not know is that after one concert in Beijing, the diva continued on to share a passionate night with her drummer and was caught by the paparazzi. Her husband, local actor Li Yapeng, had to spend a few million yuan (half a million dollars) keeping the cheating couple’s photos out of the press.
Here’s a full list of the 668 Shaw Brothers titles available on the ZiiEagle mentioned yesterday. Trying to figure out which titles haven’t been released on DVD, was Best Hustler Wins released? Cunning Hustler? Dear Murderer? Queen Hustler? Murder on the Wedding Night? The Gambling Syndicate? Trapeze Girl? (ZiiEagle’s list of 668 films)
If You Are the One 2, by Aftershock director Feng Xiaogang will be the first Chinese film ever to release in North America on the same day as it premieres at home, marking a milestone in China’s push to raise its movie industry profile around the world.
On Christmas Eve, China Lion Film Distribution is set to release the second installment of the comedic on-again-off-again love saga starring Ge You and Shu Qi in 20 AMC and Cineplex Theatres in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa, all cities with significant Chinese populations.
Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly, set in Southwest China in the 1900s, premiers nationwide Thursday, following on from hits like Korean director Kim Ji-Woon’s The Good, the Bad, and the Weird (2008).
At a preview screening in Beijing last week, laughter filled the theater. “I cannot recall what is the funniest part of the film, because there was a constant barrage of comedy,” 28-year-old white collar worker Tan Li told the Global Times.
Apparently when the photos originally circulated on the internet netizens thought that they were real personal photos of Francis Ng and an unknown girl. A statement had to be issued to confirm that they were publicity photos for Midnight Beating. The phrase, hoisted by their own petard, comes to mind. (Sina)(Thanks, V)
Four prospective ‘Mou girls’ training in Nanjing for Zhang Yimou’s 13 Women of Jinling/Thirteen Girls in Jinling were expelled after they were caught micro-blogging. The four unfortunates admitted their error but were cast out nevertheless thus ruining the future hopes of stardom. (Photos) (Sina), 2
Mavis Fan - deleted scene
Mavis Fan’s love scene will be deleted from the theatrical version of Derek Tsang’s Lover’s Discourse. The scene will be included in the DVD. (Sina)
Huang Yi and Louis Koo in an emotional scene from The Road Less Traveled (Sina)
A few days ago, when Vivian received the Yahoo! Most Searched Chinese Actress award on stage, the actress however strongly expressed that she is single and does not have a boyfriend. Her strong attitude and self-contradictions created speculations of a split.
Stephen Fung and Vivian Hsu in Japan this August. (Xinhua)
The new film was set in the 1920s, during which time the warlords in China were fighting with each other. Besides showcasing the Shaolin kung-fu style, the film will show many modern war scenes as well. Director Benny Chan explained that “The usage of modern weapons is in a conflict with traditional kung fu. It’s a terrible thing to many kung-fu masters.”
The Cantopop singer has plans to split the wedding into two days, Dec 20 and Dec 24. Family members and relatives will attend the function on Dec 20 and friends from the entertainment industry will attend the 24th event.
Men who use cosmetics are called “Du Shi Yu Nan” or City Jade Men, the local language term that translates to “metrosexuals.”
Liang Guang, a 29-year-old architect for a property company in Beijing, began buying cosmetics after seeing a television commercial for L’Oreal men’s products featuring Hong Kong action star Daniel Wu.
“When Love Comes”, a drama about a teenage girl dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and her chaotic family life, claimed the best film trophy at the 47th Taiwan Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, November 20, 2010.
Among the biggest surprises of the evening was a best actor win for Ethan Ruan for “making the translation from idol to actor in a performance with depth” in Monga…The most competitive award of the evening was in the best actress category, with the jury vote split nine-to-eight in favour of China’s Lü Liping forCity Monkey. Taiwan’s Sylvia Chang lost the vote because of her less-central role in Buddha Mountain.
Director and producer Chen Kuo-fu [The Message] has reportedly bought a personal 35% stake in Taiwan distribution, production and sales company Atom Cinema…Chen is currently head of production at China’s Huayi Brothers, where he produced recent blockbusters Aftershock and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.
Faye Wong closed the show with the Heart Sutra dedicated to the victims of the recent Shanghai apartment building fire. Speaking to her fans, Faye only said ‘thank you’ four times during her concert. This was two more words than she spoke in Beijing.
She said it was her first time at the fair. Rose also said that there was a possibility that she would go to Taiwan and film an idol series. Asked whom she would most like to co-star with, Rose said, Ethan Ruan. (Sina)