HKMDB Daily News

May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Theme Song of “Shadows of Love” Released

Kwon Sang-Woo, Cecilia Cheung


CF: ”Du Zhan” [Drug War] Wraps up in Beijing

Jointly-produced by the Hong Kong film production company Milkway Image and mainland company HaiRun Movies & TV, the movie marked Johnny To’s first attempt at filming a gangster film on the mainland, touring cities like Tianjin, Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Andy Ng’s suspense-thriller “Death Zone” opens this month. The cast includes Leon Jay Williams, Chen Zihan, Niu Meng-Meng, Lee Siu-Kei, Patrick Tam and Liu Hai-Long. The film was shot in the mountainous jungles of Yunnan and Thailand.

Lee Siu-Kei

Chen Zihan, Leon Jay Williams

Patrick Tam, Niu Meng-Meng

Wei Lu, Liu Hai-Long (”He Man 2″, “Choy Lee Fut”)


Wang Baoqiang plays a serial killer in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”. Lau Ching-Wan finds clues in his son’s fairy tale book. Opens May 11.

Wang Baoqiang

Lady Gaga

So, Lady Gaga performs in concert in Hong Kong. Who would you expect to attend?

Edison Chen and Lady Gaga’s mama

Carina Lau

Brigitte Lin

Simon Yam, Qi Qi, Brigitte Lin

Simon, wife and daughter

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting (Sina)

MSN: Jay Chou to accept Christianity for Hannah Quinlivan

March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Cecilia Cheung Promotes New Movie (Shadows of Love/Repeat I Love You)

Cecilia said that despite fame and wealth, men couldn’t tolerate a strong, independent, successful woman.

Tien Niu, Cecilia Cheung (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

CRI:  “Let the Bullets Fly” Wins Asian Film Award

CF: Film Posters Go on Show in Hong Kong

CF: Mainland BO Chart in the 10th Week 2012

CF: Yao Chen, Gao Yuanyuan Co-cover Bazaar Magazine

CF: Actress Shu Qi Portrays Luxury on Bazaar Jewelry

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Zhang Yimou alleged to have remarried last year

Recent reports have it that the 60-year-old director married Chinese actress Chen Ting last year, and the couple have three children together.

Chen Ting

Mother-in-law’s luxury villa in Wuxi? (Sina)2

MSN: Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy’s rendezvous in Paris

MSN: Did Joe Ma & Eric Suen “sexually harassed” a female makeup artist?

Hong Kong actor Joe Ma is embroiled in yet another scandal while filming in China, following his previous incident with fellow actress, Rose Chan.

Jennifer Tse, Wu Fung, Eric Tsang, Annie Liu, Chief Executive Donald Tsang and other celebrities help launch a new attraction at Ocean Park, a re-creation of an old Hong Kong street.

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Wu Fung (Woo Fung)

Wu Fung, Jennifer Tse, Joe Junior

Joe Junior, Jennifer Tse

Eric Tsang, Annie Liu


February 16, 2012

February 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”New Dragon Inn” (1992) Back to the Big Screen

Compared to the original poster featuring Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, the updated version also features Kung Fu megastar Donnie Yen.

“White Deer Plain” poster (Sina)

White Plain Deer” hits the red carpet in Berlin last night

Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Wang Quan’an

(Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

“White Plain Deer” reception

Sylvia Chang, Shi Nansun

Tsui Hark, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Wang Quan’an

Kitty Zhang

“Glory Days” posters unveiled at Berlin International Film Festival

Now in post-production, a summer release is planned (Sina)2

The cast of “Crazy Stupid Thief” in Harbin

Francis Ng, Ying Er

Lam Suet

Peng Bo

Wang Taili, Francis Ng

Starring Eva Huang, Yang Zi and Li Man, the tragic romance film tells of the downfall of a young and beautiful girl, portrayed by Huang, as public opinion turns against her in her small hometown. 

Photos from the Hong Kong premiere of Wong Jing’s “Mr. and Mrs. Gambler” last night.

Fiona Sit, Law Kar-Ying

Chapman To


Michael Wong promotes his new “MW” leather brand. Jennifer Tse Ting-ting helps him out.

Both singers share a passionate kiss together on stage, surprising many in the audience

Eason’s wife, Hilary Tsui, and daughter, Real Ting, Miriam Yeung’s husband record the event (Sina)

October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011 - News [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: 1911 review

An erratic, laborious interpretation of Chinese revolutionary history that lets down its epic subject.

Variety: Tsui Hark made Hong Kong a global force

Asian Filmmaker of the Year: Tsui Hark

Variety: China woos Hollywood

Beijing gives blessing to CityWalk-style complex

FBA: Seediq and Bullets head Horse race

Two period action dramas, Taiwan’s Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and China’s Let the Bullets Fly, have the most nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. With 11 and 9 nominations respectively, they directly compete in 5 categories.

Golden Horse nominations ceremony (Sina)

Hong Kong’s poster girl is not your average heiress

Josie Ho strayed from a privileged family into acting, a job her elders viewed as “lower class”

Felix Wong

Felix Wong and Max Mok have been secretly practicing their horseback riding in preparation for a new action film (lit. Glory Days). The film will be directed by Eric Tsang and action directed by Xiong Xin-Xin. Reports from earlier in the spring indicated a superstar cast including Simon Yam, Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Zhang Jingchu and others. It remains to be seen whether this is accurate or just pre-production hype. (Sina)(Mtime)

MSN: Karena Lam makes Hong Kong her permanent home

The actress denied having marital woes and revealed that she might return to showbiz any time

Chrissie Chau, at a boot modelling gig in Causeway Bay,  is still recovering from burns on her leg from a motorcycle. She recently finished her part filming in Stephen Chow’s Monkey King film and said she felt that he was very talented.

Chrissie Chau


Jennifer Tse next?

Yesterday, when asked by reporters if she was next to get married, Jennifer Tse said that she is ready and would not be a surprise if boyfriend Andy On proposed. She would, of course, accept.

Jennifer Tse, earlier this week, for Juicy Couture


In other related news, it was reported that Gigi had chosen to get married on the eve of her former lover Ekin Cheng’s 44th birthday, so as to show him that she could get married before he does.

Another report claimed that Ekin and girlfriend Yoyo Mung will register for marriage in the US, in spring next year. That was why Gigi chose to get married suddenly.

Gigi Leung - Weibo photo

Interestingly, while the statement warned the media about making claims that Lai and Lok’s 3-year marriage is on the rocks, it did not mention anything about the condition of their relationship.

32-year-old Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, whom a number of media reports have claimed as being the woman who came between Lai and his wife, has also taken action to deal with the negative rumours about herself.


The newlyweds will reportedly spend their honeymoon in Europe and will stay in Germany for a while before relocating to London.

It is believed that Sonija will stay in Beijing with her husband and only return to Hong Kong, if she needs to work.

April 4, 2011

April 4, 2011

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A1: Jackie Chan, Asian stars raise funds for Japan (CNA)

CRI: Chinese Film ‘Warring States’ to Open in N. America

Jing Tian in  battle (Sina)

CRI: Leon Lai, Zhang Hanyu Invited for ‘Banquet’ (White Vengeance)

Variety: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart review

A tightly plotted, frequently funny fantasy-world take on romantic rivalry.

Sacrifice review (HK)

The source material of “Sacrifice” is a true story that happened in ancient China, known to everybody in the country as “The Orphan of Zhao Family.” …To put it simply: any director who gets to make a film about this story had better hope not to screw it up. Alas, Palm d’Or-winning Chinese auteur Chen Kaige sort of did with his latest epic saga, which, after a majestic first half, degrades into an awkward, confusing soap opera in the end.

Variety: China Lion roars into North America

China Lion CEO Milt Barlow said: “The best of Chinese cinema will now be available to North American audiences — not only through day-and-date theatrical with our partners AMC, but also through new platforms including iTunes, Xbox, Netflix and cable VOD.”

Stills from crime scene in The Detective 2, opening April 29.


Patrick Tse, Nicholas Tse

Nicholas Tse recently hosted a housewarming party for his post-production company. (Sina)

Sister Jennifer posted some family photos on weibo

Jennifer Tse, Nicholas Tse

Nicholas and Jennifer

Lucas and Nicholas (Xinhua)

TV alert: Action director/actor Tiger Chen joins Andrew Zimmern on the Travel Channel for an episode on Chengdu cuisine. His mom, a former opera performer, shows off her skills in the kitchen. And the piece on Chef Yu’s Family Kitchen was pretty impressive, too. (TravelChannel)

Tiger Chen and stunt team (CelebrityTwitter)

CNA: Jackie Chan to donate entire fortune to charity, leaves nothing to son

Chan, who already willed half his fortune to charity, expressed Thursday that his son will get nothing after he passes away.

MSN: A-Mei says goodbye to old love with tattoo

The Taiwanese singer recently got some new inkMSN: Richard Chang said to have met drama director

Selina Jen’s fiancé requested a face-to-face apology

Her Apr 1 wedding was postponed due to an on-set accident

Qingming Festival: A fashionable send-off for Shanghai’s dead (CNNGo)

[iPad 2s are popular this year, too]

March 3, 2011

March 3, 2011

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FBA: China’s import quotas poised for increase

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Back on May 10 with AIDS-themed Film

Zhang Zilin - Underdog Knight 2

Besides Liu Ye, the former Miss World is another selling point of the film. (Sina)

Wang Ji, Sam Neill in Dragon Pearl

Jordan Chan (Sina)

Shu Qi posting from Paris - Feb.28

Shu Qi - Cool, pretending to be cool!

Sammi Cheng guesting at Gigi Leung’s HK concert Feb. 28

According to reports, tickets sales were poor and are quietly being offered at half price

Sammi Cheng (Xinhua)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting on the catwalk in Hong Kong

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Ethan Ruan “banned” from drama by Ministry of Defence

The reason for the Taiwanese actor’s ban was due to his unfinished military duties

MSN: Nicholas Tse: No “successors” for kungfu actors

MSN: Is Ella Chen dating?

One-third of the Taiwanese girl group S.H.E was spotted on a date with a businessman

November 15, 2010

November 15, 2010

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Manfred Wong, Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting, Aarif Lee, MC Jin, Wilfred Lau, Leanne Ho Sze-Yin, DaDa Lo and others attended a Bruce Lee related event at APM in Hong Kong. (Nov.14)

Aarif Lee

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Leanne Ho Sze-Yin

Leanne Ho

Dada Lo

(Sina-slide show)

Twins celebrate Charlene’s lunar birthday prior to their Macau concert at the Venetian. (Nov.13) (Sina)

A few more from Jordan-Cherrie’s Hong Kong wedding banquet

Ronald Cheng, Cherrie Ying, Louis Koo

Ekin Cheng, Aaron Kwok, Jordan Chan, Cherrie Ying, Andrew Lau

Singing the theme from Young and Dangerous (Sina)

CRI: Tsai Chin Performs Concerts in Hong Kong

Tsai sang many old melodies familiar to locals, especially ones from Hong Kong films made in the 1960s. (Sina-slide show)

“I was more carefree and trusting before, now, I am more defensive.”

“If you change your mindset, your lifestyle still remains the same, but you will feel much happier.”

The unwritten rule at all interviews with super-celebrity Andy Lau is: Stay away from questions about his private life.

“To be an idol or to be an actor, this was not a choice I made myself. I just want to do the best I can.”

“We need to make money. Preparing for this wedding has been very expensive,” said Ying, commenting on their quick return to work.

Currently six months pregnant, Michelle admits she considered surrogate birth and talks about her plans to take nude shots of her belly…Despite rumours of Michelle’s mother-in-law being unhappy over her taking nude shots of herself, she explained that the photos were not meant for public consumption and that there’s no disagreement in the family.

“Selina’s burned face was a deep red. She joked that she looks like Guan Gong (a popular Chinese warrior deity who is always depicted with a red face),” he wrote.

November 8, 2010

November 8, 2010

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Sacrifice poster

Huang Xiaoming (Sina)

CRI: ’Sacrifice’ to Be in Theaters Earlier

Chen Kaige’s history epic, “Sacrifice” will soon come to theaters on December 4, two weeks earlier than its original release date on December 18.

THR: AFM Sees Frenzy of Weekend Deals

Newly-formed distributor China Lion, a partnership between former Village Roadshow CEO Milt Barlow and AMC, North America’s No. 2 exhibitor, bought four films for day-and-date release.

For North America, Australia and New Zealand, Barlow bought What Women Want, the Poly Bona-CJ Entertainment co-production remake of the old Mel Gibson hit by Chen Daming, and, for the same territories, also picked up the March-April release of Bona’s Donnie Yen action film Guan Yun Chang. [Lost Bladesman]

We Distribution sold China Lion Peter Chan’s upcoming comedy Mr. & Mrs. Incredible and Wu Xia for Australia and New Zealand. China Lion also bought the Jackie Chan film 1911 for Australia and New Zealand from the actor’s film company.

CRI: ‘Hawthorn Tree’ Starlet to Play Mao Zedong’s Wife
Zhou Dongyu will portray Mao Zedong’s wife Yang Kaihui in her second film

FBA: Thomas Mao (小東西) (6/10)

Arty but entertaining vignette in which East and West briefly collide as an Odd Couple.

Twins rehearse for Saturday’s Macau concert

Gillian gives Charlene a massage (Xinhua)

Law Kar-Ying, Liza Wang

Law Kar-Ying is recovering from Bell’s Palsy in Canada according to a post on his Weibo. Bell’s Palsy is a paralysis of the facial muscles and 80 percent of patients typically recover in 4-6 weeks.


Linda Chung

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Wang Yuanyuan

Linda Chung, Jennifer Tse, Wang Yuanyuan model home furnishings. (Xinhua-gallery)

September 29, 2010

September 29, 2010

HK Film Archive shows Mandarin and Cantonese classics to celebrate Cathay’s 75th anniversary

Hong Kong media reports that Cecilia Cheung will join Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year film costarring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo and Carina Lau. New Year films are always fun, popular and an easy role for a mother like Cecilia. That, and the stellar cast were given as reasons for Wong’s ability to lure Ceci back. Besides the Hong Kong and Beijing premieres, Cecilia will not be required to participate in the normal publicity tour of cities. (Sina)(Xinhua)

New Westward Journey will begin filming in October. The Stephen Chow produced and written prequel to his earlier Monkey King films will be directed by Derek Kwok Chi-Kin. Casting was not announced but Chow has been recruiting new actors recently. (Sina)

Posters for Distant Thunder

Zhang Jiarui’s (Red River) new film is described as a mainland ‘Rouge’ (Sina)

CRI: Tang Wei to Drive Racing Car in New Movie

Tang Wei has signed up to join Hong Kong director Jingle Ma’s new film, “Race Car” .

CRI: ’Just Call Me Nobody’ Wraps up Shooting

Just Call Me Nobody” features Taiwan actress Kelly Lin and well-known Chinese mainland comedians Zhao Benshan and Xiao Shen Yang.


FBA: Hot Summer has its Day in US theatres

Hot Summer Days gets limited release in New York, LA

FBA: Pinoy Sunday (台北星期天) (7/10)

Vignettish “road movie” about two Filipino workers on their day off in Taipei is slim but likable.

Interesting note: As well as many filmmakers and delegations, foreign industry guests at the 12th Pyongyang Festival included Hong Kong producer Shi Nansun (with a new print of Tsui Hark’s classic 1984 comedy Shanghai Blues)(FBA)

The cast of Legend of the Fist held an event in Beijing to celebrate its box office success during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday period.

Shu Qi

Anthony Wong on harmonica

Andrew Lau, Ryu Kohata

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi, Huo Siyan, Chen Jiajia, Anthony Wong, Ryu Kohata

Director Lau  revealed that in the first cut the original ending was eight minutes longer and that he hoped the scene would be used to open the sequel. (Sina-gallery)(Xinhua-gallery) With her string of successful films on the mainland since Confession of Pain, her films Blood Brothers, If You Are the One, Looking For a Star, and City on Alert have been big box office earners, Shu Qi’s being dubbed Queen of the Mainland. Elsewhere, it’s been reported that Shu Qi recently bought a 14M yuan villa in Beijing.  (Xinhua)

Zhou Dongyu

Shawn Dou Xiao

Yu Xinbo

Zhang Yimou returned to visit his alma mater, Beijing Film Academy, with the young stars of Under the Hawthorn Tree. (Sina-gallery)

Jennifer Tse promoting Breast Cancer Awareness (Sept.29)

(Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow, Kay Tse and Gong Xinliang attend a Piaget event. (Sept.28)


Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying took retro photos for their upcoming November wedding banquet invitations.

Reminded me of this one with Fan Wei and Zhang Jingchu from The Road. (Sina)


Rosemary and boyfriend Jason return to Hong Kong from France where she’s been hiding out since mid-September after her Labor Day arrest in Reno, NV. Her demeanor was reportedly better now that her legal situation has somewhat eased. (Sina)

Hong Kong model’s Reno trial set for Dec. 8(HKStandard)(msnbc)

SG: Battle of the Queens: Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao, Zhou Xun

Edison Chen makes pop-art debut

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)

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