HKMDB Daily News

May 2, 2010

May 2, 2010

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CRI: Donnie Yen: No More ‘Ip Man’

CRI: Actor-Singer Chen Kun Talks about Difficult Past

Chen Kun said in a TV show that his sister used to sell blood to finance his career. [In the Chinese report, and previously, it's reported that Chen has a secret eight year old son, the mother has not been identified.]

CRI: Gong Li Honored at French Pavilion

[Gong Li is the face of L'Oreal, a sponsor of the French Pavilion]

China Hush: A complete one day guide to Shanghai World Expo

Hong Kong newspaper says China banning its journalists from Shanghai World Expo

Critics see red over China’s ‘copycat’ culture at Shanghai Expo

Brother Sharp at the airport

Brother Sharp’s debut on fashion runway

Flying in from Jiangxi to Guangdong, Brother Sharp (Cheng Guorang) was described as hesitant and had some stage fright in his first public appearance. Viewers said that Brother Sharp no longer possesses his original charm. Audience expectation was too high and thus they were disappointed. According to reports, Brother Sharp has lost his natural beauty, missing his sunken deep set eyes and a look of bitterness. Underneath his designer clothes, Brother Sharp was quiet, cautious, and nervously fearful, the image of a small man. (Xinhua)

From vagrant to Fashion Show Manager

Brother Sharp sightseeing at nearby Chime-Long Paradise, an amusement park (Sina)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting appears as Little Dragon Girl for a Jin Yong exhibition

Earlier last week, Louis Cha (Jin Yong) received a Life Achievement Award for his contributions to local culture and arts. (Sina)

Jacky Cheung

Jacky Cheung held a mini-concert at the Polytechnic University Jockey Club Auditorium performing songs from his new CD Private Corner, a few old hits as well as some songs by Sam Hui and Deanie Ip. (Sina)

January 29, 2010

January 29, 2010

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New posters for Choi San Dou (God of Wealth Arrives)

Fortune King is Coming to Town

(Sina)

The Future of Hong Kong Cinema: a round table discussion (V) (Conclusion)

CRI: Jianyu Jianghu Stills Come out! (Rain of Swords)

This first batch of John Woo-produced romantic martial art thriller ‘Jianyu Jianghu’ starring Malaysian Michelle Yeoh and South Korean Jung Woo-sung are released online Friday. (14)(Sina)

Lydia Shum?

No, Elton Loo!

Elton Loo (Law Kwan-Chor) will play Lydia Shum in an upcoming superstar concert. In addition to Fei Fei, he will impersonate Pak Suet Sin, Lowell Lo and Paula Tsui. Law recently lost his right leg due to diabetes. (Sina)

Miriam Yeung

A fan presented an embarrassed Miriam Yeung with sweet lotus seeds (for wishing a male offspring) and a birthday cake while she and Raymond Lam were filming on Temple Street. (cri.cn)

Jacky Cheung

Jacky Cheung launched his first album in five years at the Hong Kong Shangri-la Hotel. (Xinhua)

Taipei Times

Mother: The invincible matriarch

Selected as South Korea’s submission to the Oscars this year, ‘Mother’ is another example of why director Bong Joon-ho is the country’s most brilliant young auteur

Transsexual or hermaphrodite? “This ain’t my shit.”

Taiwanese TV host Liching: Both man and wife

China Daily: Why I don’t want to watch Avatar

CRI: Leon Lai on Duty: Children and HIV/AIDS

Cecilia Cheung could have miscarried after jumping in earlier TV ad

Before she knew she was pregnant with her second child, Cecilia Cheung filmed a TV commercial in which she had to jump and bounce on a bed. The Hong Kong actress was said to have felt dizzy and nauseous after filming the advertisement, and could have risked a miscarriage. This news was reported two days ago though the shoot had been done a few months back.

January 20, 2010

January 20, 2010

Confucius poster for Taiwan (Sina)

Flirting Scholar - Zhou Libo has a bloody nose

(Sina)

CRI: Zhou Libo Passes as a Silver Screen Comedian in Debut Film

Anthony Wong with Janice Man, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi attend the opening ceremony for Vincent Lo’s Bou Ying/Retribution

Maggie Cheung

Richie Ren

(Xinhua)

Inseparable opening ceremony in Guangzhou: Gong Beibi, Dayyan Eng, Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Dayyan Eng Enlists Daniel Wu, Kevin Spacey for Inseparable

Anita Yuen, Jacky Cheung - House of 72 Tenants (7)(Sina)

Ada Choi - Princess Iron Fan

Athena Chu (cri.cn) Once Upon A Chinese Classic (3)(Sina)

Gong Mi

Gong Mi’s debut film (5)(Sina)

The film is about the dangers of online gaming addiction.

Little Big Soldier

New stills released (31)(HunanTV)

Huang Bo: A plain actor with overrated skill

Berlin film festival to open with Chinese movie (CRI)

CRI: “Tuan Yuan” Likely to Open 60th Berlinale

Eat Drink Man Woman sequel script approved by SARFT. Cast and director has not been disclosed yet, though, rumors have Barbie Hsu attached to the film. (Sina)

Anita Yuen to take time off for baby No.2

China Says Not Forcing “Avatar” Off The Screens

Faye Wong’s gradual return to the entertainment industry

According to other reports, Faye’s first comeback appearance will be at a jewel fair held in Shanghai this coming Saturday

Father: Tang Wei is obedient, sensible, well-behaved and hard-working

Tang Yuming has been a noted painter since the ’70s

Photos: Tang Wei and father

Some have commented that Tang Wei’s father resembles Felix Wong.

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung was one of the many celebrities who helped to kick off Hong Kong Fashion Week (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu

Kelly Chen

Fan Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu, Kelly Chen, Fan Bingbing and other celebrities appeared for a clothing brand in Guangzhou. (Xinhua)

Twins taped a congratulations greeting to Hot Summer Days director Wing Shya.

Charlene has a brief cameo in the film.

(Xinhua)

CRI: Twins Reunite for “Hot Summer Days” Video

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

(Xinhua)

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.)

December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009

Future Cop Andy Lau performs a risky stunt

(Xinhua)

Jacky Cheung keeps cool in Hot Summer Days (Sohu)

Slide show (12)(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat is in Taishan, Guangdong shooting Let The Bullets Fly (Sohu)

Beijing - Simon Yam, Li Yuchun

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

After less than two weeks, Bodyguards and Assassins has made over $208M at the box office. The cast held a celebration ceremony in Beijing. (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

First poster for House of 72 Tenants released (Sina)

Wang Lee-hom not first choice for role in ‘Little Big Soldier’?

Emme Wong defends accusations thrown at Shawn Yue

Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue was recently accused of being “arrogant” by the Hong Kong media. He was said to have angered his teacher, Alan Tam, who has decided to groom his junior from the same management company, Gregory Wang, instead.

It’s not easy being Jay Chou’s girlfriend

Huang Yi

Aaron Kwok

JJ Lin, Huang Yi and Aaron Kwok promote New Year’s Eve festivities in Shanghai

(Xinhua)

‘Mou girl’ Wei Minzhi has grown up!

Not One Less - Wei Minzhi

Wei Minzhi, who is now 23 and a film director, went to the United States as an exchange student. She studied film and TV production at Brigham Young University - Hawaii and is now fluent in English and even has an unidentified but prominent boyfriend. (HunanTV) Related article in English.

September 28, 2009

September 28, 2009

Spy drama Happy Autumn(?) set in 1949 Guangzhou features Guo Xiaodong and Sun Chun, opens Oct.14. (cri.cn)

Guo Xiaodong

Sun Chun, Guo Xiaodong (Sina.com)

The Message has been on whirlwind media tour around the country. At one enthusiastic meeting with fans Huayi Brothers CEO Wang Zhonglei has promised that if The Message broke $300M at the box office he would release a 3 hour DVD version! The theatrical version runs 122 minutes. According to reports, the footage shot for the Li Bingbing-Huang Xiaoming ‘medical checkup’ scene is almost equal to that alone. (cri.cn)

(Sina.com)

Fan Bingbing

Huang Jue

Du Jiayi

Director He Ping

Wheat arrives in Beijing (Sina.com)

Huang Jue Exposed in ‘Wheat’

Known for his relationship with actress-director Xu Jinglei, actor Huang Jue has stepped out of his comfort zone to reveal his true colors in the film “The Wheat”.

“The Wheat” tells the story of two Qin soldiers fleeing from war and taking refuge in the small town of Zhao, where all of the adult men of the village have gone to war. To survive, the fugitives change their identities into Zhao soldiers who had won the battle against Qin.

Rene Liu, Jacky Cheung

With production moving from Beijing to Shenzhen, Jacky Cheung and Rene Liu were in Shenzhen to promote their upcoming New Year’s/Valentine’s Day film Hot Summer Day (formerly Yit Lat Lat). The film is a Huayi Brothers and Fox joint venture. The stellar cast will include Nic Tse, Daniel Wu, Barbie Hsu, Vivian Hsu, and Duan Yihong. When Jacky was asked about the difference between Rene and his recent costar Tang Wei (Crossing Hennessy), he replied that Rene was more experienced and Tang Wei needed more time as she was still new. (Xinhuanet.com)

Visitors From The Sui Dyansty from director Zhang Yuxin (Teeth of Love) features time travellers in this new comedy.  Trailer (Sina.com)

3D ‘Deer’ Premieres

“The King of Milu Deer”, which claims to be China’s first animated 3D blockbuster, premiered on Saturday in Beijing.

Chow Yun-Fat ‘Dancing with Strangers’

Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-Fat’s next film will be a Spanish-American-German-Chinese cooperation, Screendaily.com reports.

Huang Xiaolei

Da Zhang Wei

Director Liang Chao

Royal Tattoo red carpet photos (Sina.com)

Astroboy opens Oct.23

Astroboy mosaic made of 138,000 recycled subway tickets on display in a Shinjuku department store. (Sina.com)

China picks ‘Forever Enthralled’ for Oscars

Emperor hires Ivy Ho for marketing

Former HKIFF awards director joins after 15 years in industry

April 20, 2009

April 20, 2009

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Sandy LamJacky Cheung
Guest performers Sandy Lam, Jacky Cheung
HKFA: Guest performers Sandy Lam, Jacky Cheung


Seven Little Fortunes
HKFA: 50th anniversary of the Seven Little Fortunes

Sammo joked that they were short one person because that person said something wrong and we punished him by not letting him come (obviously referring to Jackie Chan and his recent remarks).

Legendary Josephine Siao Fong Fong

Video version

HKFA: New generation of actresses’ style ‘graded’
‘Jing girls’ Liu Yang and Meng Yao (2/5), Alan (3/5), Bei Anke (3/5), Monica Mok (3/5), Lin Chi-Ling (4/5), Chie Tanaka (2/5)

HKFA: What the stars wore on the red carpet

Movie on working-class dominates Hong Kong Awards
Winners at Hong Kong Film Award - photo gallery

Post-Olympics, director Zhang Yimou plans new film

Jackie Chan’s China comments prompt backlash
Jackie Chan made remarks, becomes laughing stock


Jim Chim fired up over battle of the sexes

He is Kong Girl, She is Kong Boy

April 3, 2009

Crystal Huang YiLouis Koo
Derek Chiu
Louis Koo and Crystal Huang Yi filming Derek Chiu’s latest film in Guangzhou

Jacky Cheung and Tang Wei


Crossing Hennessy - Jacky Cheung and Tang Wei begin filming in Hong Kong

English version

Hollywood Reporter: Lu Chuan brings history to ‘Life and Death’ (Nanking! Nanking!)


The Rebel
Chinese poster of The Rebel

Examination 1977 poster

Jet Li
Jet Li hopes to return to filmmaking after a year’s layoff since the Sichuan earthquake

Taipei Times: An old tale learns new tricks in Colorful Mind
Talent and perseverance vie with power and privilege in Chen Kun-ho’s return to the cinema

Shinjuku Incident
This time, Jackie Chan isn’t joking

Still Walking
Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda crafts a beautiful story of a family brought together by the memory of a deceased son

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Armed security engaged to protect Edison Chen
Despite the two bullet threat mails sent to Hong Kong media last month, Edison Chen will still be appearing in Singapore this Sunday at the press conference of movie “Sniper”. For enhanced security purposes, Shaw Organization has arranged for two armed security to be present besides 25 security personnel.

Faith from Shaw Organization’s Advertising and Promotions Department told Xin.sg that security at the press conference would be very tight. To ensure the safety of the artistes and press, they have arranged for armed police to be present; however, to avoid creating an overly tensed atmosphere, they only arranged for two of them to be present.

All media will also have to pass through security checks before entering the venue.

This is the second time that Chen is appearing in Singapore since the outbreak of the sex photos scandal. When he was here in end February to grace the new product launch of a fast food chain, hordes of overseas media stalked on his every movement, fans were also fighting to catch a glimpse of the actor. Chen did not seem resistant about the chaos and agreed to be in Singapore again to promote his movie this time round. Faith speculated that Chen was pleased with the previous round of visit, thus agreed to make his appearance again.

Coincidentally, the press conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt again; according to sources, Chen will also be staying in the hotel. Was it pure coincidence or was it trust in the hotel’s security measure? When Xin.sg approached the hotel in trying to understand their plans in receiving Chen, the hotel declined to comment.

Male lead of movie “Sniper”, Ritchie Ren, and director Dante Lam will be attending the press conference together with Chen. Other male lead, Huang Xiaoming, was unable to be here due to other work commitments. Xin.sg will be attending the press conference of “Sniper” on Apr 5. Stay tuned for more reports!

‘We were Edison’s human shields’
What is it like protecting such a high-profile celebrity as Edison Chen?

Vivian Chow - The Valient Maiden
The Eternal Maiden Queen” appeared calm and easy when photos of her boyfriend kissing a university girl, almost 20 years her junior, were splashed on tabloids.

Though Vivian Chow broke up with Joe Nieh briefly, she still chose to stand by him in trying times and married him eventually. The public opined that it was a silly and irrational move; but think twice about it, this decision calls for courage. For a woman who has been “emotionally betrayed” by a man, besides love, she has to have the courage to give this man a chance and even entrusts her lifetime to him.

This exclusive interview with Vivian was done in Singapore, before the Nieh’s kissing scandal broke out. Though the questions were screened beforehand, in the 25 minutes long interview, we still touched on topics outside the screened list and despite that, Vivian answers all questions without any evasion.

She tells us, “I must have gone through a lot of ups and downs to become who I am now. I will remember and cherish every important moment of my past performing career. My fans’ supports are my source of motivation.”

After the kissing scandal and her marriage, when Vivian first showed up in public in Hong Kong, she took on all reporters’ incisive questions with ease and is fully cooperative.

This is probably what she meant by “fruits of her self cultivation”. Vivian was cultured and refined in handling the issue that attracted region wide attention; she lives up to her name as “The Eternal Maiden Queen”.

Yet in her eyes, only Xiaolongn Jin Yong’s classic wuxia novel “The Return of the Condor Heroes” could be termed as a “maiden”.

“Perhaps when the modern viewers refer to an artiste as a maiden, they meant that she has high regards for oneself; I think viewers see me as such a lady. Actually there are many sides of me. I can be gentle and naughty at times,” she laughs, “There are times when I am active and prefer being with a crowd; but when I’m drawing, I’ll become another person. I simply immerse in my own world and do not communicate with others.”

“I believe everyone will regret throwing a temper after they did it. Usually I’ll throw my temper at home, over things which I’ve done and feel were not up to my own expectations. I’m always angry with myself and will just keep quiet. I don’t throw things around, not that crazy. I’m very simple,” Vivian adds.

She admitted to be very mindful of how others see her; the years she spent abroad after withdrawing from showbiz in 1999 made her mature and truly drop the burden of being an artiste.

“I do not feel much about the title as Maiden Queen now, and will not do anything to live up to that title; nothing can restrict my feelings or actions. I believe as a woman, when you find self-confidence, you can face everything with an open mind. For example this title as Maiden Queen, it does not bother me anymore. I am confident about myself and am happy with any assignments. I lead a fulfilling life.”

This self-confidence is perhaps the very source of courage that gives her the power to face the unhappiness that had happened; this self-confidence also convinced her that she is living a life “that’s filled with love and hopes”; that she has married the right man for her; and that they will have a wonder future together.

Perhaps, a title like the “Valiant Maiden” would be more apt for the current Vivian Chow.

Karen Mok
Karen Mok visits Prince Edward Island as Hong Kong’s Animal Ambassador

English version

Kelly ChenKathy Chow Man-Kei


I spy: Cecilia Cheung and Nic Tse

Cecilia Cheung considering comeback in remake of Derek Yee’s period film with Louis Koo 三少爷的剑.
(This is the same title as the 1977 Death Duel but not sure if this is a remake or not.)

Kelly Chen
Kelly Chen living dangerously, dodges traffic after dining at Thai restaurant

Rumour hitch to Andy Lau wedding talk


Yammie Nam
Yammie Nam (Lam Kit-Ying)

Kelvin Kwan
Kelvin Kwan announces that he will leave the entertainment industry for a long period
Dope-bust Kwan sorry, but happy to be a free man

Kim Yu-na Syndrome

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