HKMDB Daily News

July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Lost Child review

Over-stretched but interesting curio on alienated Beijing youth by a young newcomer.

FBA: Here There review

Collage of three thin, weakly developed stories is neither here nor there.

TimeOutHK: Painted Skin 2 review

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Sets Seven New Records for Chinese Films

CF/ChinaDaily: Let’s Make A Movie Together

Co-productions have gone mainstream, uplifting a sagging Hong Kong film industry and teaching new tricks to filmmakers across the border.

CF: ”Wu Dang” Premieres in Hangzhou

CF: Wu Dang” Film Premieres in Beijing

CF: Zhang Yimou Denies Directing for Ministry Film

CF: ”The Four” Unveils Pulsing Bathing ScenesSina

More from “The Four”

Deng Chao turns into a werewolf

Wu Xiubo and a female zombie

Jiang Yiyan

Ronald Cheng (Sina-gallery)

Chinese spy movie “The Silent War”, starring Tony Leung and Zhou Xun, is set for release on August 10.

“King of the Streets”  (Sina)

The first trailer for Yue Song’s “King of the Streets” has been released and can be seen here: (Sina)

A pair of posters for Herman Yau’s “Nightmare” in black and white.

FBA: Apple seeks bite of Asian content market

Asian film content is at the moment limited. For example, only one Asian movie — the hit romantic comedy Love Is Not Blind from China — is available on the Taiwan store. It features optional English subtitles, but no Chinese subtitles.

Hollywood titles dominated Mainland China’s boxoffice chart for ten straight weeks, in each week the Hollywood blockbusters accounted for more than 70% of the weekly grosses. But the situation finally shifted this past week thanks to the strong performances of newly released domestic titles.

A1: Richie Jen to share on-screen smooch with male actor

CRI: China Records Song to Send Best Wishes to London Olympics

Huang Xiaoming and Fan Bingbing attended the record of song “Best Wishes from Beijing” on Thursday. The song shows the best wishes to London Olympic Games from Beijing.

In May, 80 fans streamed into a live music venue on the outskirts of Beijing to see their idol Jane Zhang. The small room was packed, and the 27-year-old singer made two wardrobe changes and sang 15 songs. The recording of that session, Listen to Jane Z Live, has now been released.

Jane Zhang also sings the theme song in “Painted Skin 2″ as she did in the first film

ChinaDaily: Celebration of 15th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return

Jacky Cheung

Kelly Chen

Jackie Chan, Joey Yung, Twins, Leo Ku, Raymond Lam, Vincy Chan help out, though the stadium’s audience seems a bit sparse. (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Jacqueline Law succumbs to cancer

CNA: Ex-HK actress Jacqueline Law dies of pancreatic cancer in Singapore

MSN: Last goodbyes for Jacqueline Law in Singapore

Former HK actress ‘no longer in pain’

A1: Karen Mok hit by taxi2

The singer-actress suffered a sprained ankle and bruises to her buttocks and was now resting at home.

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng set to tie the knot this year

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng move in together

MSN: Louis Koo’s low-profile charitable work revealed

MSN: Are Stanley Huang and Xu Jinglei about to wed?

MSN: Selina Jen returns to showbiz

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


September 14, 2011

September 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: The Lady review

“Democracy takes time,” a character observes in “The Lady,” though viewers of all political stripes will be checking their watches during Luc Besson’s dully conventional tribute to heroic Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Hong Kong’s “A Simple Life” to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival

“A Simple Life” is one of two Hong Kong films featured at the 36th TIFF this year, the other being Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle”.

CF: Shanxi Local Music in “White Deer Plain”

CF: Theme Song of “The Mural” Released

The song named “The Mural” is interepreted by the leading actors Deng Chao and Sun Li.

Actress Liu Yan on her way to the Mural press conference

On September 12, director Zhao Linshan revealed that his newest costume epic “the Bronze Sparrow Terrace” (Tong Que Tai) will start shooting on October 5.

Concept poster for the sequel to Lost in Panic Room, Lost in Panic Ship

Alec Su returns (Sina)

Jane Zhang sings the theme song at the MV release for Lee’s Adventure starring Jaycee Chan

Director Guo Fan (2r) (Sina-gallery)

Yu Na deleted from Legendary Amazons?

According to various reports and rumours, most of Yu Na’s scenes have been deleted in Legendary Amazons, starring Cecilia Cheung. The official reason is that Yu Na has been suffering from a heart illness and was not able to shoot her action scenes because she returned to Beijing to get checked out. Rumours suggested that she was cut because she did not participate in promotional activities. (Sina)2

Andy Lau’s 50th birthday celebration


The Taiwanese pop star was suspected to be underage at an American casino

MSN: Terri Kwan spends Mid-Autumn Festival with new love

CNA: Frankie Gao Ling Feng gets ‘divorce SMS’ from wife during filming

61-year-old Gao’s marriage to his 42-year-old wife had been on the rocks after Jin was photographed behaving intimately in a car with a younger man last month.

July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011

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CBC: The Lady, Luc Besson’s controversial film about Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is among the world premieres at TIFF (Toronto).

Toronto International Film Festival announces 2011 line-up

The Lady Luc Besson, World Premiere

The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. It’s a story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine. Stars Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.

A Simple Life Ann Hui, Hong Kong, North American Premiere

Based on real people and events. Ah Tao was born in Taishan, China. She works as a servant for 60 years and has been serving four generations of the Leung family. For the past decade, Ah Tao lived with Roger, the only family member left in Hong Kong. Stars Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Wang Fuli and Qin Hailu. [vide. Miss Peach/Sister Peach]

11 Flowers Wang Xiaoshuai, World Premiere

Wang Han, an 11-year-old boy in the province of Ghizhou, is confronted by a runaway murderer hiding in the woods. The wounded man persuades Wang Han to help him out. Both frightened and fascinated, Wang Han and his friends promise to keep the man’s whereabouts secret from the police even when strange things begin happening at school. Stars Liu Wenqing, Wang Jinchun and Yen Ni.

Wang Xiaoshuai and cast of 11 Flowers (Sina)

CF: ”Wu Xia” Premieres in Hong Kong(Xinhua-gallery)

CF: Zhang Hanyu to Join Hands with Song Hye Kyo for China’s Answer to ‘Titanic’

Zhang Hanyu, has used a promotional event to reveal news that he will join the cast of director John Woo’s new film, “The Sinking of the Steamer ‘Peace’ in 1949,” [aka "1949","Pacific Steamer"] which is set to be China’s answer to the 1997 hit film Titanic. [Previously]

CF: Rene Liu Promotes “Love in Space” in Beijing

The star-studded romance, “Love in Space,” held its first news conference today in Beijing. Director Tony Chan along with his three lead actresses Rene Liu, Guey Lun Mei and Angelababy attended the event.


CF: A Very French Kiss for ‘Perfect Baby’ in Beijing

CF: Trailer Out for “Perfect Baby”

My Kingdom release delayed

My Kingdom’s release has been pushed back from Aug. 12 to Sept. 9 (Sina)

Wong Jing introduced the MV theme song  for Treasure Hunt sung by Jane Zhang in Beijing. Composer Peter Kam and child actor Lin Miaoke also attended the press conference.

Wong Jing

Jane Zhang

Lin Miaoke

Peter Kam, Jane Zhang

Nadia Chan is married

The Hong Kong actress revealed that she has married a Chinese actor who is eight years her juniorMSN: Aaron Kwok quits race after car accident

MSN: Cherie Chung has no plans of making a comeback

A1: Kenny Bee and family ‘treated like criminals’ at Singapore airport

Actress groped by assistant director

Xiaoshan, who shot to fame as the body double of Zhang Ziyi for the nude scenes in “The Banquet”, said she had not previously encountered these “hidden rules”.

February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011

Variety: Stool Pigeon review

Compelling Hong Kong police meller offers a judicious blend of gritty morality and frisky action.

Variety: Sacrfice review

An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge, and a welcome return to form for Chen Kaige.

THR: Battle Royale 3D: Berlin Review

3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.

Variety: Taiwan movie biz rides high

Commercial focus has production, grosses on upswing

CRI: Johnnie To’s New Film to Hit Screens on Mar. 31 (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

The film has passed the review at the film bureau without any changes being made.

Valentine’s Day edition of poster with stills

Johnnie To directs kissing scene

Sparks fly between Gao Yuanyuan and Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Together’ Seeks to Diminish Discrimination against AIDS Sufferers

Film director Zhao Liang and producer Gu Changwei attended a press conference to discuss the film on February 12 in Beijing.

Gu Changwei

Zhao Liang, Gu Changwei (Sina)

THR: TF1 Taking ‘Wu Xia’ to France (Berlin)

TF1 has taken French rights to Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s new action film Wu Xia from We Pictures.

The film, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro andTang Wei also features a cameo by One-Armed Swordsman star Jimmy Wang Yu, his first on-screen appearance in 18 years. Wu Xia is currently in post and is set for release this summer.

FBA: Wu Xia adds French sale

Wu Xia is set for delivery by late spring and is slated for wide release in summer 2011.

ScreenDaily: Buyers hopping for hot Chinese animation Rabbit

Tianjin Film Studio off to a roaring start with Legend Of A Rabbit.

To keep a promise to a dying Kung Fu master on the run, a humble farmhouse Rabbit must step out of the kitchen, and take on ancient Beijing’s baddest Panda in order to save the fate of China’s Kung Fu Academy forever.

Stills from The Lost Bladesman

“Film is the realest fantasy world. It is fiction, but it is the most realistic. The me in the film is fictional, but the work of acting makes me realistic. Typically, people do not think deeply about themselves, so they do not really know what they should do or who they are. It is different for an actor. You think about the role, and you develop reality.”

Tang Wei, Hyun Bin attend the premiere of Late Autumn in Seoul (Sina)

First concept drawings of The Sorceror and The White Snake released to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

(Sina-more) (Xinhua)

Aarif Lee, Eric Tsang

Bosco Wong, Koni Lui

Eric Tsang and the cast of I Love Hong Kong promoted the film in Guangzhou and celebrated topping rival film All’s Well Ends Well 2011 at the box office. (Sina)

Li Bingbing: “Shameless narcissism on the beach to celebrate the New Year”

Kitaro and Jane Zhang attending the Grammy Awards

Kitaro was nominated for Best New Age Album but did not win.

Pink Stretch Hummer arrival (Sina)2

GlobalTimes: The missing pieces of the broken mirror of celebrity marriage

On the Yao Chen-Ling Xiaosu divorce, double, double, toil and trouble.

MSN: Andy Lau coaxes wife with mushy gestures

The Hong Kong actor revealed how he shares Valentine’s Day with his wife

MSN: Royston Tan hopes to release a new movie at the end of the year

MSN; Selina Jen sleeps with help of sleeping pills

September 18, 2010

September 18, 2010

APA: Truth in Beauty: an interview with Last Train Home director Lixin Fan

FBA: The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman (刀見笑)

Fox’s second Chinese production is a rich stew of clever script and tasty cast.

[Also, see related videos below from TIFF screening.]

Zhang Ziyi Special Olympics Global Ambassador met with kids at a skating rink in Seoul to promote the 2013 Winter Olympics


Tianjin - Jane Zhang 2010 I Believe World Tour


Angelababy at Harbour City

Windows 7 and Adidas, an odd partnership (Xinhua)

Jennifer Tse

(Sept.17) (Sina-slide show)


TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan was trapped in a media scrum after being charged with corruption and conspiracy to defraud the broadcaster - six months after his arrest…The three senior officials to testify against Chan are TVB deputy chairwoman Mona Fong Yat-wah, wife of Sir Run Run Shaw; the controller of TVB’s production resources division Virginia Lok Yee-ling; and TVB’s finance and administration general manager Mark Lee Po-on.

HKStandard: Vets get shock at the Big Station

Choi said she did not know Yeoh was married, as he was not wearing any ring when they first met a few months ago at a friend’s gathering. [Be sure to read the captions for the full article.]

Yeoh family photo with Jean Todt (Xinhua)

Intro and Q&A for Wuershan’s THE BUTCHER, THE CHEF &  THE SWORDSMAN (Thanks, Brian)

August 5, 2010

August 5, 2010

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CRI: China’s ‘High School Musical’ Premieres in Beijing

The Chinese version of “High School Musical” co-produced by Walt Disney, Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and Huayi Brothers, had its premiere in Beijing on Wednesday (August 4). (Sina)

Jane Zhang singing the theme song

Director Chen Shizheng and Jane Zhang

US Amabassador to China, Jon Huntsman, and his daughter

Index and summary of August releases

Often atmospheric study of a boy’s lonely emotional life is diluted by a lack of dramatic focus.

After his precision-crafted urban black comedy Parking, director Chung Mong-hong moves to the countryside with this somewhat different second feature, an interior drama of a boy’s lonely emotional life that exists on a plane somewhere between dream and reality.

Well Go USA, the US distributor, has confirmed its pick up of North American Rights to Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.

Shooting has begun on Mei Mei, a film by Pauline Chan about a 16 year old Chinese orphan who travels to Australia, only to find that her sponsor is in prison convicted of manslaughter…The film is only the second to made as an official co-production using the bilateral Australia-China co-production treaty.

Lee Chung-Han, unrequited love for Michelle Yeoh in Reign of Assassins (Sina)

Nicholas Tse in Stool Pigeon


Zhang Ziyi back on the cover

After a series of ‘-gates’ Zhang returns to Harper’s Bazaar cover (Xinhua)

Joyce Cheng and Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting jeans ad

Joyce Cheng’s dramatic weight loss credited to fruit and eliminating unhealthy diet

Jennifer Tse (Xinhua)

Joyce Cheng admitted to self-induced vomiting but will no longer do so. (Sina)

Global Times: Publicists play public for fools and the desperation of Zhang Jingchu

SG: Miriam Yeung preps for two major events

SG: Jordan Chan hits out at mystery offender

The star attended Daniel Wu and Lisa S.’ wedding dinner late last month and according to reports, Jordan had gotten into a tussle of sorts with someone.

His first feature film, Au Revoir Taipei, currently in cinemas, stars theatre actor Jack Yao and singer-actress Amber Kuo. The two share a bizarre night together on the streets of Taipei.

Sammi Cheng revealed in her blog Wednesday that she had considered reuniting with old flame Andy Hui.

Sammi’s blog post (Sina)

July 27, 2010

July 27, 2010

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Hawthorn Tree’ Due out Sept. 16

Zhang Yimou’s new film “The Love of the Hawthorn Tree” will open in Chinese cinemas on September 16, the director’s producing partner Zhang Weiping has announced.

CRI: Stills Released for John Woo’s ‘Reign of Assassins’

The film will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival which will open on September 1. Theatrical release is set for September 28.

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Turns into 3D “Mulan”

On top of playing the main character, Zhang will also serve as the producer of the film. The lead actor has been confirmed as Taiwan pop singer Lee-Hom Wang, who speaks fluent English.

Variety reports that Isaac Julien’s Ten Thousand Waves featuring Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao is short-listed for screening at the Venice International Film Festival. [Maggie Cheung is a Goddess]

2 classics return to former glory

The Hong Kong Film Archive will present restored classics Cold Blade (1970) and The Story of Wong Fei-hung (Part I) (1949) in August and September as part of the Restored Treasures series.

Long-shelved Gillian Chung vehicle is an out-there HK “island movie” mixing the tender, silly and fantastical.

Aftershock has brought in 180 million yuan at the box office after 4 days. The original 500 million yuan goal is quite reasonable now. (Sina) Based on Sina comments and reviewers, Aftershock has a 85.9 /100 rating. 85.7 is the average rating, with 70 the lowest since the panel’s inception in early 2009. An accompanying chart shows ratings for various films. (Sina)

You can’t get these at the San Diego Comic-Con

12″ action figure of Donnie Yen

Limited Edition action figures of Donnie Yen will go on sale at the Hong Kong Book Fair to coincide with Donnie Yen’s birthday, July 27. Yen himself has ordered 10 sets to give away as gifts. It was announced today (July 27) that Fist of Legend: The Return of Chen Zhen will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, and for the Venice Film Festival, Shu Qi will take 4 days off from shooting Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 in order to attend the Venice premiere. A Mainland and Hong Kong release is scheduled Sept. 21 during the Mid-Autumn Festival (Sina)

CRI: Donnie Yen’s Action Film to Show at 35th TIFF

The music video of the title track “Baby” was just released on July 27.

Jane Zhang publicity photo for concert tour for I Believe CD that begins in Shanghai, Aug. 14


Zhou Xun - collection of magazine covers over the years (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei - on her way to shoot print adverts in Beijing (Xinhua)

Carina Lau - spotted in late-night outing with mystery man in Beijing (Xinhua)(Sina)

Gigi Lai could earn up to seven figures if she decided to make a comeback and endorse commercial products according to one appliance PR spokeswoman. Faye Wong and Michelle Reis earn roughly that much for their endorsements. However, the wife and new mother is unlikely to return to work. (Xinhua)

SG: A rift between Cecilia Cheung and mother-in-law?

Photos from yesterday show a happy family gathering (Xinhua-gallery)

Lucas and Cecilia Cheung

Quintus and Deborah


Lin Chiling and ‘Toilet Bowl Prince’ a couple?

Liu Qian, the Miracle Man

The 34-year-old magician became an international celebrity after an exceptional performance at the CCTV New Year’s Gala 2009 in China.

ChinaHush: Girl enters model contest to chase pop star Andy Lau

HKStandard: ‘Tentacle of lies’

Octopus Cards stands accused of having lied to 1.97 million cardholders.

July 10, 2010

July 10, 2010

Chan Yau-Hau

Anthony Wong, Cheung Kam-Ching

Funeral services were held July 10 for veteran film, TVB actor and teacher Chan Yau-Hau who passed away June 12 at the age of 93 (95 or 96 in other reports). A mentor to many younger actors, Anthony Wong said if not for Chan there would be no me. He taught me the history of Chinese drama, Wong said. After the war, he taught drama while holding a single light bulb in one hand according to Wong. Former students Chow Yun-Fat, Liza Wong, Andy Lau, Lau Ching-Wan sent wreaths to the funeral hall while Alex Man, Kam Kwok-Leung, Maggie Chan Mei-Kei attended in person. Other students of the drama teacher included Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Ng Man-Tat. ( (

First poster for Benny Chan’s City Under Siege released

Unveiling ceremony and web site launch with Enlight Pictures and Sina executives with Zhang Jingchu


RTHK’s five-part five hour documentary Legend of Kung Fu has been a ratings hit averaging 1M viewers per episode. Individual episodes have focused on Hung Quan, Wudang, Shaolin, Wudang, and Tai Chi. (Sina)2(rthk)

FBA: GIO announces $3m in flagship subsidies

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin and Wei Te-Sheng’s Seediq Bale among recipients

CRI:  Latest Stills of “The Dreams of Jinsha”

CRI: Stills of Scenes from “Death and Glory in Changde”

CRI:Trailer for “Midnight Beating” Released (Midnight Pulse/Heartbeat)

A silent trailer for director Zhang Jiabei’s latest horror flick “Midnight Beating” has been released.

Preview audiences ahead of the July 22 release of Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock are being moved to tears. But at the same time, the number of product placements for liquor, automobile, insurance, communications and down jacket brands has viewers chuckling during the movie. Though product placements are normal these days, for such a serious film it is not appropriate said one Shanghai viewer. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok getting made up for City Under Siege

City Under Siege (21cn)

Ann Hui’s All About Love poster (21cn)

More action stills of Zhang Jingchu from City Under Siege

Zhang Jingchu


Josie Ho

Josie Ho’s father, gambling king Stanley Ho, suddenly checked into the hospital July 7. He was subsequently released but reporters saw medical equipment being delivered to Ho’s mansion. Josie Ho celebrates her 10th anniversary of marriage to Conroy Chan this November. (Sina)2

Zhou Xun, Jia Hongsheng

A painting of Zhou Xun and the late Jia Hongsheng resurfaced recently. It was first exhibited in 2007 in the Chinese New Realism Oil Paintings Exhibition. Zhou Xun was a good friend of the painter and often posed for the artist but this painting was based on a photograph as Zhou Xun was busy working at the time. (Xinhua)

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung recently spent 60,000 yuan to redesign her personal web site to accommodate Traditional, Simplified Chinese and English to make it internationally friendly and expand her market.

Gigi Leung’s album launch for Pa Jimo’s Cat, her first in 3 years


CRI: Jane Zhang’s “I Believe” Solo Tour to Hit Beijing in August

Jane Zhang Liangying is a phenomenal talent. While she was with Huayi Brothers she sang the theme songs for many of their big pics, e.g., Mulan, Painted Skin, and TV series.

CRI: Photo of Andy Lau’s Marriage Certificate Published

March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010

THR: Children of Invention (USA)

Bottom Line: Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing.

CRI: Director’s Eye Strain Delays Completion of Expo Film

The documentary that Jia Zhangke is making for the Shanghai World Expo may not be ready in time for the event’s opening in May.

Doctors have suggested that Jia stay away from computers for at least one month, the source said. Previously, Jia had been working in front of computer screens for 14 hours a day.

CRI: Troubled Zhang Ziyi Locks Lead Role in Gu Changwei Film

Scandal-plagued actress Zhang Ziyi will get a chance to salvage her career as art-house film director Gu Changwei (Peacock) has offered her the lead role in his upcoming drama, “The Era of Magic.”

CRI: TVB General Manager Arrested for Corruption Probe

Wang Leehom inspired by Brother Sharp?

Wang Leehom’s directorial debut film cast includes Liu Yifei, Joan Chen in addition to himself in an inspirational youth comedy (Love Notices/Love Announcement). Many guest appearances are expected. Low key filming in Shanghai began in February and is expected to be released this summer. (Sina)

Francis Ng

Producer Sun Jie announced that filming for “Warring States” (tentative) would begin in Beijing this month with a 2011 Lunar New Year release target. Sun Honglei and Francis Ng will portray the historical rivals Sun Bin and Pang Juan, respectively. South Korean actress Kim Hee-Sun (The Myth) and Jiang Wu are are also cast. (HunanTV) (ifeng) The description in Wikipedia sounds like a barn burner! (Thanks to Valerie for the heads up!) Related story.

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen adds hair extensions and 4-inch heels to promote her new Mandarin album. (Sina)

Jane Zhang Liangying, Kitaro

Jane Zhang guested at a recent Kitaro concert in Singapore. During the Lunar New Year holidays, Jane came to the United States to work with dance choreographer Tucker Barkley (Britney Spears, Janet Jackson) and dance teacher Nick Demoura (Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls) to prepare for the launch of her new album.

(Sina) (2)

CRI: Fan Bingbing’s High-Profile Trip to Paris Fashion Week

Leon Lai forgets about his wedding anniversary

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