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March 21, 2012

March 21, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Ballsy Double Trouble enlivens FilMart

Jaycee Chan, Shoko, Jessica C, Xia Yu

Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan

Jessica C, Shoko

Taiwan’s Hey Girls

Jessica C going for “little Jaycee” (Sina-gallery)

FBA: No Limit review

Messy mixture of action and young romance, partly redeemed by its two young leads.

A1: Horror films rise from the dead in Malaysia

Horror films were effectively banned in the Muslim-majority country for three decades for celebrating the other-worldly in violation of Islamic teachings.

A recurring Malaysian character is the “orang minyak,” or “oily man,” an elusive bogeyman smeared in black oil who hunts for virgins to rape.

It was immortalised in 1958’s “Curse of the Oily Man” by the late P. Ramlee, Malaysia’s most celebrated filmmaker, and real-life “sightings” remain common.

HKIFF opening ceremony

Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue

7 months pregnant and wearing 4-inch heels

Miriam Yeung

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung

Yang Mi

Yang Mi

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan (Sina)23

Trailer for Lo Chi-Leung’s “The Bullet Vanishes” starring Nicholas Tse, Lau Ching-Wan

Trailer for “Switch” (”Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)


Congratulations: Kelly Chen gave birth to a 6.5 pound boy today. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Jay Chou’s Deja Vu restaurant reviewed

December 3, 2010

December 3, 2010

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CRI: Jet Li Practices Tai Chi in New Movie

CRI: ’The Green Hornet’ Arrives in Spain

Poster for Lee’s Adventures starring Jaycee Chan

Jaycee Chan is filming Lee’s Adventure in Guangzhou. The film is an adaptation of a 2009 animated film of the same title. Jaycee plays a young man who because of an illness has enhanced senses that allows him to travel through time and space(?).

Filming with Peter Pau

(Sina)

More Zhao Wei advert photos for a jewelry brand

(Xinhua)

“I’m afraid to go home,” says Shu Qi

Not because she is worried about crazed stalkers but because her family members have stepped up their efforts to set her up with men.

MSN: Selina Jen says hello to the media

The pop star told the media yesterday that her most painful days are finally over.

S.H.E’s Selina Jen finally able to speak to media

November 3, 2010

November 3, 2010

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster

Kitty Zhang Yuqi edition

Ando Masanobu edition

(Xinhua)(Sina)

FBA: Wong’s Grandmasters joins Wild Bunch

It has been tentatively positioned for release at Chinese New Year in late-Jan or early-Feb 2011. However, other recent press reports suggest that shooting will continue in early 2011.

Adjusting to pace of Wong Kar-Wai

Tony Leung goes jogging

Song Hye-Kyo plays badmington

Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi

Lunar New Year release deemed optimistic (Xinhua)(Sina)

Alexi Tan’s Color Me Love features work of contemporary artist

Song Jia and Francis Ng play a couple in Love Island

(Xinhua)(Sina-slide show)

Jaycee Chan

Jaycee Chan in The 1911 Revolution (Xinhai Revolution) (Xinhua)

Angelababy fashion shoot for an Italian brand

(Xinhua)

Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi

(Sina)

FBA: Three charges against Stephen Chan are dropped

MSN: Rumours rife on Wang Xiaofei’s past

The Chinese millionaire who is engaged to Taiwanese actress, Barbie Hsu, is alleged of being a wife-beater who deserted his wife and kids

Viewers complained that Chou did very little hosting in the first episode of show, with most of the work being done by his guest, fellow Taiwan singer and experienced television host Show Luo.

June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010

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THR: Asia’s Bona, CJ to co-produce movies

CF: ‘Ocean Heaven’ Actor Wen Zhang: It’s Good to Learn

Wen Zhang, who is better known in China as a TV actor, plays the son. His performance is so natural that many thought the actor was actually autistic.

NPR/AP: Jackie Chan’s Son Prefers Music To Movies

Six years after his movie and album debut, 27-year-old Jaycee Chan said he was starting to shed the baggage of his famous family name and finding his niche in the Chinese-language entertainment industry.

CF: Ip Man’s Son Nominated for Best Newcomer

Ip Chun also told the media that he will not authorize anymore Ip Man films, meaning “The Legend is Born - Ip Man” will be the last film about Ip Man.

Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi made a low key appearance at the Beijing premiere of Ocean Heaven. Although she did not walk the blue carpet, Zhang Ziyi met Jet Li who introduced his daughters inside the theater. Said Zhang of the film afterwards, “Before we say mother love is the greatest, the movie makes us see the power of fatherly love. I was moved by the emotion of father and son.” (Xinhua)

John Cusack, Gong Li at the Shanghai press conference (Sina)

Huang Yi and Yip Chun at a media event for Legend is Born (HunanTV)

Cecilia Cheung returned back to Hong Kong, the airport was chaotic

But Lucas is prepared for the media dogs

(Sina)

Sammi Cheng in Taiwan to promote her gospel album

(Sina)

Andy Lau, Hacken Lee

Tiffany Chen, Charles Heung, Andy Lau and Hacken Lee promote the opening of a new branch of the Michelin-rated restaurant of long-time friend Mr.Lee. Heung’s wife, Tiffany Chen teased the media about a future movie reunion of Andy and Cecilia Cheung. (Xinhua)

Shu Qi appearing in Eddie Peng Yu-Nan’s MV

(HunanTV)

THR: Hong Kong moves to close World Cup loophole

April 12, 2010

April 12, 2010

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THR: Ong Bak 3 trailer

Ivy Ho writes romance for Hong Kong

Ivy Ho offers a refreshing love story with Crossing Hennessy, starring Tang Wei and Hong Kong pop king Jacky Cheung. A renowned writer and director, Ho is described as the “poet of Hong Kong” by the magazine Life Week.

CRI: Cover Photos for 29th Hong Kong Film Awards Released

Futuristic Faye Wong MV photos leaked

(Sina)

Shanghai - Aaron Kwok takes a break from shooting Era of Magic

Aaron is nominated as Best Actor for Murderer

(Xinhua)(Sina)2

Jaycee Chan films new MV Stolen Kisses

(Sina)

Huang Yi hosted a charity auction in Shanghai

(Sina)

Karen Mok

Karen Mok promotes mobile digital music platform

(Xinhua)

March 19, 2010

March 19, 2010

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Today, Mar.19, is Vivian Hsu’s birthday (35th) and marks her 20th year in show business.

To mark the event she [updated] offered a ‘gift’ via her international web site (http://www.vivianhsufanclub.com) to her fans (a copy of her new CD to her first 319 fans and one autographed by herself to a lucky fan).

(Sina) (NowNews)

Director/actor Liu Yunlong, Fan Bingbing

(Sina)

During World War II, Japan allegedly prearranged coded weather forecasts to alert its diplomats overseas of ensuing attacks on a foreign country. “North wind, cloudy” would mean the Soviet Union; “West wind, clear” Britain; “East wind, rain” the United States, or more specifically, Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

“East Wind, Rain” also stars Fan Bingbing, Yu Rongguang, Li Xiaoran, and Wang Baoqiang. (Opens Apr.22)

Ning Caishen, the film’s screenwriter, said Yan Ni will still star as the manager of the Tong Fu hotel in the film, even though it had previously been reported that she would not appear in the movie because she was not satisfied with the salary on offer.

YANG QING

Yang’s “One Night in Supermarket,” a stylish and quirky low-budget laffer, has captured the imagination of China’s growing army of young cinemagoers, with boffo B.O. to boot. The 28-year-old from Chongqing in southwestern China wrote “One Night” in 2006 and shot it in just 29 days on a budget of $3.65 million. Yang won best scriptwriter at the Media Awards of the 12th Shanghai Intl. Film Festival in 2009.

ARVIN CHEN

The Boston-born director of “Au Revoir Taipei” cut his teeth working as an assistant in Taipei to the late, great Taiwanese director Edward Yang, and has also impressed Wim Wenders, who executive produced and gave behind-the-scenes support for “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chen’s feature debut. “Au Revoir Taipei” has delighted crix and won the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) prize at the Berlin Intl. Film Festival in February. Chen had previously won a Silver Bear at Berlin for his short “Mei” in 2007.

EVA JIN

The Chinese-American filmmaker generated an interesting first last year: with her Zhang Ziyi starrer “Sophie’s Revenge,” she become the first female Chinese director to make more than 100 million yuan ($14.65 million) at the B.O. She also sold the English-language remake rights of the film, which she wrote. An early sign of her talent was when her short film “The 17th Man” won an Emmy Award for university students.

As the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival kicks off Sunday, the local movie industry is re-evaluating its role in Chinese-language cinema.

‘Suzie Wong’ star, Nancy Kwan, shocked at destruction of old Hong Kong

“Hong Kong was really very charming in those days,” she told AFP in an interview ahead of the screening of a documentary about her life at the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market forum on Monday.

The documentary, entitled “To Whom it May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey”, a reference to Kwan’s Chinese name, traces the ups and downs of her career and life, including the death of her only son in 1996 at age 33.

A reformer and pioneer of Hong Kong cinema, director Patrick Lung Kong vowed to change the face of Cantonese cinema and was ahead of his time in farsighted portrayals of sensitive social issues like the plague in “Yesterday Today Tomorrow” and the anti-nuclear film “Hiroshima 28″. He was keen to explore new ways of storytelling and experimented with different editing and pacing techniques. His films are impressive viewing, even today.

Kim Hee-Sun

Warring States: Why Kim Hee-Sun?

And how he got the interview

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Two nights ago, Kelly Chen, Gigi Leung, Hacken Lee and Edmond Leung performed at a Lion’s Club charity concert

Gigi Leung

(Xinhua)

Jun Ji-Hyun and Leon Lai attended the grand opening of the Peninsula Hotel in Shanghai

The pair met 12 years ago while working on an advert

(Sina)(2)

Jaycee Chan - Taiwan

Jaycee Chan shooting MV for his new single

(Xinhua)

Edison Chen, in his own words:

Guess Who’s Back

with two words MICHAEL JORDAN shook a nation

with no words LEVI’s of CHINA/TAIWAN/HONG KONG spoke loudly for me

yes i’m back and probably more focused and more determined than ever

alot is in the mix for ya boi EDC

people been talking alot, saying that and this and that

i dun need to speak back to the haters and nay-sayers cuz my actions will destroy

laugh all u want and ridicule all u want

my mom told me the world is mine

so i am here to take it back

YEAH take it back not just take it

THANKS FOR KEEPING MY SEAT WARM

like jigga man said it best ……… IM ALREADY HOME

BIG UPS TO LEVI’s 4 BELIEVING IN ME AND STANDING BY ME

Edison Chen and Jolin Tsai avoid each other at fashion show

TVB’s Stephen Chan stays calm in storm

October 30, 2009

October 30, 2009

True Legend

Andy On plays the villain possessed by the devil

Guo Xiaodong first time doing martial arts - grades out an ‘80′

Michelle Yeoh plays a hermit in seclusion living in the mountain

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) HD slides (5) (Sina)

Mulan

Jaycee declined using a stunt double

Latest stills show Zhao Wei and Jaycee Chan fighting (Sina)

Four Marshals

Charlie Young

Duan Yihong, one of the marshals

(Sina)

Xiao Shenyang (Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns HD slide show (4) (Sina)

THR: ‘Blood Simple’ remake set for December

CRI: “Ip Man 2″ Shifts Focus to Life

He Ping’s Wheat accused of plagiarising The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers. He Ping was chairman of the jury at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival when The Robbers was awarded as having the most market potential. He Ping and director Yang Peng had discussed the script, Bitter Bamboo Grove, at the time. (Sina)

Wang Kuirong in Wang Xiaoshuai’s Mosaic tries to capture old Chongqing (Sina)

Wang Xueqi and Qin Hao also costar (ifeng)

Jackie Chan: The Centurion

The action star celebrates his 100th film

Variety: Blue Mansions (Singapore)

It’s been a long time between drinks for Singapore helmer Glen Goei, whose 1999 debut pic, “Forever Fever,” a contagious local riff on “Saturday Night Fever,” promised to expand the island republic’s filmmaking horizons beyond local comedies and festival navel-gazers.

Though the least “Hong Kong” of the series — with the usual local in-jokes and linguistic wordplay virtually absent — this is the most marketable of the four to date, as well as a timely commentary on the onetime Brit colony’s cultural relationship with the mainland.

Yonfan’s overly self-conscious ‘Prince of Tears’ treats the White Terror period with a glib sentimentality that can best be described as political terror as soap opera

Old Fish (千鈞一髮)

An unusual Chinese police drama, to say the least. A Harbin cop is forced — and able — to defuse a time bomb thanks to his engineering background, only to find that more and more explosives are being planted in the area, and his superiors want him to keep doing the dirty work. Is Dennis Hopper on the loose? Ma Guowei (馬國偉) plays “Old Fish,” the put-upon policeman, in an award-winning turn. Directed by Gao Qunshu (高群書), who co-directed The Message (風聲), which is currently on release.

Plastic City (蕩寇)

A Chinese crook (Anthony Wong, 黃秋生) and his cooler-than-cool adopted Japanese son struggle to keep their enterprise afloat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when rivals and the authorities turn on them, including a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Critics said the fascinating idea behind the film and its visual distinctiveness were undercut by avoidable technical problems (dubbing, for starters) and a stereotypically art house divergence from coherent narrative — not to mention stylistic lapses that verge on the silly.

Vengeance (復仇)

Johnnie To (杜琪峰) is a Hong Kong director who has kept pumping out solid action flicks over the years. He probably doesn’t have as much international exposure as he should, but this film may help to change that. The lead actor is legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday, who arrives in Macau after his daughter is nearly killed in a triad hit (the rest of her family is wiped out). Hallyday, now a chef, must draw on his unsavory past to accomplish his vengeful mission — but that past is disappearing as an old injury accelerates his amnesia. Co-stars include the formidable Anthony Wong (黃秋生) as a criminal (again) and Simon Yam (任達華) as a triad boss.

Screen Daily: Far East festivals compete for market attention

US and European buyers were scarce at both events. “There were some US companies in Tokyo but they were looking for remake material, not doing acquisitions,” says Tadayuki Okubo of Japanese studio Toei.

October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009

Francis Ng, a bounty killer?

Yu Nan, his partner

Four Marshals ( 四大名捕): two directors, one title, made famous by a martial arts novel written by Wen Rui’an .

Gordon Chan and Gao Qun Shu (co-director of The Message)  are contending for the use of the title 四大名捕. Gordon Chan has acquired adaptation rights to the wuxia novel and wants to make a costume martial arts (film?) series based on the novel. Gao Qun Shu has already been filming a modern tale in Gansu under the same title but the story is unrelated to the novel.

In Gao Qun Shu’s film, the story is about four police and a fugitive. Casting includes Duan Yihong, Ni Dahong, Wu Jing (replacing Wang Baoqiang, though rumors persist that he may be filming secretly), Zhang Li, Francis Ng ,Charlie Yeung (Francis’ girlfriend), Yu Nan,  (Xinhua) (2) (ifeng) HD slide show (4) (Sina.com) Francis and Yu Nan play world weary bounty killers who look to retire in Gansu after one last expedition. His favorite song is The Eagles’ Hotel California.


Xia Yu, a fugitive

Filming in Gansu

(Sina.com)

Director Billy Chung, Cherrie Ying (2nd left), Wang Zi (left) promote New Year’s action film Wu Lin Xiao Zhuan (lit.Martial Arts Comedy).

The film is a joint Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan venture. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Jaycee Chan

Zhao Wei

Mulan cast and crew become honorary citizens of Mulan’s hometown Shangqiu, Henan Province. The crew also donated movie props to the city. (Sina)

The Robbers (lit.Tang Dynasty Brothers)

A martial arts comedy starring Hu Jun and Jiang Wu opens November 20 kicks off the New Year early. It has been positively received at the Shanghai and Pusan International Film Festivals. (Sina)

Radish Warrior successfully opened the weekend with $8.7M at the box office (Sina)

Love At Seventh Sight (lit.Seven Days To Fall in Love With You)

Alfred Cheung’s romantic comedy opens Nov. 3 and features Mike He and Li Xiaolu (Sina)

CRI: Director Zhang Yimou Tells “Amazing Tales” in Color

The Message has surpassed $220M at that box office and the prequel is set to begin filming next summer. (Sina)

Chinese movie-makers keep faith with martial arts

The Chinese film industry is hoping a little more martial arts magic will woo international audiences over the next 12 months with two productions set to take familiar stories one step further.

First up comes the US$12 million (eight million euro) budgetedThe Storm Warriors, directed by Hong Kong-based twins Oxide and Danny Pang, and set to make its film industry premiere at next month’s American Film Market (http://www.ifta-online.org/) as they try to sell it to the world.

The film is taken from the wildly successful Hong Kong comic series Fung Wan (Wind and Cloud), by Ma Wing-shing, which also inspired the Andrew Lau-directed The Stormriders (1998).

That film starred Asian idols Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, and raked in HK$42 million (3.6 million euros) from the local box office that year. It still ranks as Hong Kong cinema’s 12th all-time top earner.

The Pangs — who built an international reputation thanks to the success of horror film such as The Eye (2002) — say they have tried to reinvent the martial arts genre with their production, reuniting Kwok and Cheng and mixing live action and cutting-edge computer generated imagery.

They also claim the story should stand on its own and not be thought of as a sequel, even thought it features the same characters.

The same line is being taken by the people behind the US$29 million (19 million euro) budgeted Shaolin Temple - which shares the same name as the 1982 film that launched the career of martial arts star Jet Li, and is obviously set around the same legendary martial arts school.

The film is set to star box office draws Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicolas Tse — alongside more than 1,000 monks from the temple.

The film starring Li took in 100 million yuan (9.7 million euros) in China and saw the Shaolin monks start to take their martial arts skills on international tours, a trend which continues today.

But director Benny Chan — who made the award-winning New Police Story (2004) with Chan — told Chinese media that while his production shares a number of things in common with Li’s film, he plans to move the story of the monastery forward from the seventh century to the early 20th century.

Shaolin Temple will have its fight scenes choreographed by Hong Kong’s Corey Yuen (Red Cliff, X-Men) and is set for an end-of-2010 release. (Independent.co.uk)[site flagged for trojan virus]

August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009

Warners offers Bruce Lee role to Rain
Korean singer-actor still mulling remake of ‘Enter the Dragon’

Jaycee Chan Comedy novice in Tracing Shadow

Johnnie To: Johnny Hallyday wasn’t prima donna on ‘Vengeance’ set

‘Chengdu, I Love You’
“Chengdu, I Love You” may not be shown in its entirety as its premiere closes the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

“Empire of Silver” Generates Its Own Fortune in Taiwan


Kungfu Cyborg - Eric Tsang, Law Gar-Ying photos
Opens August 20 simultaneously in Hong Kong and Mainland

Barbie Hsu, Wong JingLouis Koo
Meng YaoJing girl - Liu Yang
On His Majesty’s Secret Service premiere - photo gallery

Maggie Siu, Simon Yam
Michelle YeAnthony Wong

Vengeance premiere photos

Opening ceremony at Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Mao Mao
Mao Mao - Zhang Yimou’s Amazing Tales - Three Guns


Jet Li: Never Heard about ‘Shaolin’ Remake


Gillian Chung scenes deleted from Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box for fear of Mainland objection

Mars Baby photo gallery

Charlene Choi: Twins will not be disbanding

Zhang Ziyi and Vivi Nevo separated
Recently, Zhang has been staying in Beijing to help her brother take care of his children and promoting her new film. Supposedly, the real reason is that the two have parted company.


New Faye Wong advert photo found on her Facebook page

Karena Lam
Karena Lam promoting cosmetics

Zhang Pimin promoted to deputy director of China’s SARFT

June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009


Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok
 Colin Chou, Aaron Kwok, Shu Qi, Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu
Zhang Jingchu
City Wide Alert cast photos

Colin Chou, Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok, Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu
Slide show

Benny Chan Builds ‘City’ with Special Effects

Faux Jackie and Jaycee Chan
‘Jackie’ meets Jaycee Chan in Tracing Shadow

Seven Little Fortunes gather
Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan



MC Yuan Chau
Over 20 Seven Little Fortunes gathered for a reunion to celebrate their 50th anniversary


Yuen Chau/Yuen QiuYuen Wah
Slide show

Cherie Chung cover girl
Cherie Chung will be on the upcoming cover of Elle

Fan Bingbing Covers COSMO July Issue


Zhang Ziyi Interprets ‘Precious Woman’

Jackie Chan Promoted Patriotic Song in LA

Zhou Xun Breaks up with Stylist Boyfriend
Flashback of Zhou Xun and Li Daqi’s Five Years in Love

China Film Association Names Best Chinese Films of 2008
2008 saw an annual output of 406 Chinese films, among which 260 were digital productions. It was the first time the number of digital films exceeded traditional films, the report said.
166 films, including 42 foreign-made films, were widely released.


Karen Mok

Photos from Karen Mok’s digital album release event in Beijing

Karen Mok back with Digital Album



Gillian Chung taking Botox shots to lose weight in arm and legs

Paid a seven digit endorsement fee to get rid of ‘elephant legs’
Gillian Chung’s secret to slimmer legs: Botox

No Botox for Charlene

Thrilled to have photo take with Clive Owen at SIFF


Hong Kong’s Happy Ambassador

Japanese Police Arrest Late Actress Jang’s Ex-Manager

ICAC fury sparked mutiny 32 years ago

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