HKMDB Daily News

January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Bona to introduce movie ratings to China

Jin Bo, marketing director of Bona Cineplex, stated that the in-house system — which could launch in late February — will only give guidance and will not enforce any age restrictions.

Film Review: All’s Well Ends Well 2012

This entry has a bit more narrative cohesion, but at the expense of that “anything goes” humor that made the series so watchable.

SG: Dance Dance Dragon review

FBA: Dear Enemy review

The China rom-com goes global, with great chemistry between leads Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang.

The story is set one hundred years ago, after the Xinhai Revolution. During the period of social upheaval, two important families in White Deer Village in Shaanxi province war over land ownership, with a woman caught between them.

A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Chinese Blockbuster ‘Flowers of War’ Leaves U.S. Audiences Cold

Flaying ‘Flowers’: An Example of Western Media’s Bias Against China (WSJ)

ChinaDaily: Yao Ming eying film business

Foreign media report that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with Yao Ming, which has caught the attention of China’s media and public.

Newly released poster for “Nightfall” starring Simon Yam and Nick Cheung. Film is now in post-production.

Earlier poster featuring a “wanted” Nick Cheung (Sina)

Latest poster for “Crazy Dinner” starring Huang Bo, Liu Hua and Fan Wei which opened January 23.


“I Do” starring Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong and Sun Honglei opens February 10.

Newly released photos of Li Bingbing

With Duan Yihong

Pregnant Li Bingbing


“Nightclub Suspense Tales” opens Feb. 10

Chrissie Chau

Deng Jia Jia

Jill Hsu Jie-er (Sina)

Anthony Wong filming in Henan

Joey Wang turned 45 on January 30 and posted a recent picture for her fans in a surprise to her fan club.

Richard Mille celebrates the year of the dragon with a watch that not only pays tribute to the legendary creature, but also his personal friend, international kungfu superstar Jackie Chan. On the front of the RM 057, a dragon grips the tourbillon bridge in one of its claws, while on the back on the black onyx base plate, a round engraved Jackie Chan signature rotates once every 60 seconds in time with the tourbillon’s rotation. Limited edition of 36 pieces in 18K red gold or white gold with a red gold dragon. (A1)

CNA: Ethan Ruan begins serving national service


Daniel Wu: I’m totally not a romantic person (A1)

Dumped in the middle of the highway on way to airport

The singer declares that she wants to arrange for her soon-to-be-born son to marry Andy’s daughter MSN: Andy Lau and wife expecting a baby girl

Hong Kong singer Andy Lau was previously speculated to be expecting a baby boy with his wife. This may not be true anymore with the singer’s recent announcement.

MSN: Carina Lau claims Margie Tsang was “lucky” to have dumped Tony Leung

SGYahoo: Fans protecting Ron Ng

Actress Viann Zhang has become the target of numerous allegations with rumours of skin grafting and providing escort services. Recently, explicit photos of Viann were found circulating widely online tarnishing the name of actor Ron Ng.

With rumors that Hong Kong actress, Maggie Cheungunderwent plastic surgery to still be viable in the Chinese movie industry, the 47-year-old made a comeback with saying she is undeterred by ageing.

Don’t look now, but TVs may again be made in U.S.

Believe It Or Not: TV Manufacturing Returning To The US

Of course, they first looked at Mexico, but eventually realized that it was actually a better deal to manufacture in the US, saying it’s still cheaper on shipping both parts and final products and would allow the company to react faster to market changes. The company also believes they’ll save money in training and retaining workers in the US. Who knows if there’s more going on behind the scenes here, but considering how big a story it was when all TV manufacturing left the US, it’s certainly noteworthy that (at least at one plant) it’s come back from Asia.

May 26, 2011

May 26, 2011

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THR: Ip Man’ Director Wilson Yip’s Comedy Debut ‘Magic To Win’ Sells in Europe, Southeast Asia

Filming will begin in June in Hong Kong for a late 2011 release in Hong Kong and China.

Tang Wei appearing for a TV brand in South Korea. Tang Wei was unfazed by news that her name was not among the 109 actors listed in the official cast list released for The Founding of a Party. Over 170 actors were originally cast but many were left on the cutting room floor. Director Huang Jianxin called them the ‘unsung heroes’ and apologized to them. An 18 minute clip of their scenes would be posted on the internet as compensation to them.

Tang Wei


Frankie Chan and Ti Lung have been signed on for a remake of Blood Brothers. The film is a co-production that includes Aoying Media and Shanghai Heying Media

Frankie Chan Fan-Kei

Ti Lung (Sina)2

Joey Wang (Xinhua)

MSN: Joey Wong rumoured to have a 17-year-old daughter(Xinhua)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung celebrates birthday in Taiwan

MSN: Selina Jen will not wed in December

Two nights ago at a pub in Hong Kong a female Hong Kong Apple Daily journalist met two US servicemen from the USS Carl Vinson. The journalist managed to get a basic illustration that explains Bin Laden’s burial process.

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

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THR: 3D ‘Sex & Zen’ Sells to China Lion for North America

“It is just like being a voyeur near someone’s bed,” said producer Stephen Shiu Yeuk-Yuen

Hong Kong Oriental Daily News reports that Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo (IMDB) are co-directing Revenge of the Green Dragons, executive produced by Martin Scorcese. However, production which began at the end of last year, stopped due to a copyright dispute. It’s an action drama set in New York’s Chinatown. The project was originally announced in 2009. The film is based on an investigative article written for the New Yorker by Fredric Dannen, author of Hong Kong Babylon: : An Insider’s Guide to the Hollywood of the East.”

IMDB:  A gritty, violent take on a true immigrant story set against the vibrant backdrop of New York City’s China town. (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s manager admits the star and Edison Chen met

In other related reports, Edison was said to be writing a musical based on his life…He also expressed his wish to meet with Cecilia’s husband Nicholas Tse, and hopes that “it would not be a big issue by then”.

CNA: Cecilia Cheung spends birthday without husband: Edison Chen to blame?

Hong Kong’s Next Magazine is reporting that Joey Wang is the mother of 17 year old illegitimate daughter. The deaf and mute girl living in Taipei and the foster mother, a midwife, is confirming the claim. According to the report, Joey had induced labor at 6-7 months and the baby was thought to have died but was saved in the incubator room. Fu Rui Jiao, received a call from the hospital and the baby girl was adopted by a woman surnamed Du. Fu told her that the mother was a Hong Kong star, single and was involved in a sex scandal with Andy Lau. Du asked, “It’s not Joey Wang is it?” And Fu said, yes it was. Fu Rui Jiao, is serving a maximum sentence in jail the past 10 years in the largest baby trafficking case ever. Fu sold more than 40 babies, many reported to be the babies abandoned by those in the movie business.

Joey Wang’s daughter?

Photos of Joey (l) and daughter (r) compared


Zhao Wei

Chinese actress and pop singer Vicki Zhao Wei has a hot body and she wants you to know it

Zhao Wei in upcoming Grazia issue

May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree review (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: Why Hong Kong Favors Historical Fare for Chinese Audiences

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million “Monkey King” plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Liu Xuan - Chinese Former Gymnast Tries Her Hand at Acting (THR)

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

TimeOutHK: Let the Wind Carry Me (Interview)

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.

Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall

Johnnie To

Jury press conference photos


Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When “City of Life and Death” makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

THR: The Weinsteins Ride ‘Wu Xia’ For World Outside Asia, France (Cannes)

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]

Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most ‘Dragon’ rights

TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for ‘Wu Xia’

Cannes Special: Chinese Film ‘Wu Xia’ (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal

A product of the Changchun Film Studio, “The Sun” (”Da Tai Yang”) was inspired by stories of the survivors’ psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao’s New Film to Begin Shooting(Sina)

Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei’s scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a “little girl” was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo’s scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.

Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me


Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan


Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

Gong Li


Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung rumoured to use body double for non-action scenes

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.

Ceci’s double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, “Don’t waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!”

He urged Wong, whom he called “an eternal friend” to settle down as well as “have children soon” because she was getting old…The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong’s father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog(CRI)

ChinaHush: Leftover women in Hong Kong to look for Mr. Right in mainland China

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011

CRI: First Look at “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

WSJ: ‘Punished’ Revisits the Hong Kong Crime Thriller

Just when it looked as if the days of distinctively Hong Kong movies were numbered, along comes a gritty new crime drama that is Hong Kong through and through.

Poster for Wong Jing’s Men Suddenly in Love

Cast includes Chapman to, Jim Chim, Chrissie Chau, Eric Tsang and Wong Jing

Big Big Man poster

Ng Man-Tat stars in the film described as a clash of HK mo lei tau and hot Sichuan-style comedy. The film premiered in Chengdu on March 8 with a general release on the 11th.

Ng Man-Tat

Yang Lele (Sina)23

Stills from The Lost Bladesman featuring Shao Bing, Jiang Wen and Dong Yong

Shao Bing, Jiang Wen

Shao Bing

Dong Yong

Dong Yong, Jiang Wen (Sina-gallery)

Liu Yifei

Chao Deng

Liu Yifei, having finished A Chinese Fairy Tale, will join Chao Deng, Ronald Cheng and Anthony Wong and shortly start working on Gordon Chan’s next film (lit. Four Marshals). (Sina)

Zhou Dongyu, Dou Xiao - Taipei

The duo appeared at a press conference to promote the upcoming premiere of Under the Hawthorn Tree (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Stanley Ho

Stanley Ho issued a statement declaring that the four party family dispute had reached an agreement and conclusion. Details were not contained in the joint declaration. Four points: 1) the law suit in high court had been dropped, 2) an agreement among the parties was signed on March 8., 3) each family member will continue to  work for the betterment of the shareholders, SJM, Macau, Hong Kong and the motherland, 4) we thank friends for their caring support and successful resolution and thank the community for their tolerance and understanding. In addition, Stanley Ho was quieted discharged from the hospital where he had been undergoing evaluation for the past 16 days. (Xinhua)2

Joey Wang shoe shopping again in Canada

Once again, a netizen posted photos of Joey Wang shoe shopping. Shortly after the New Year, 44 year-old Joey was spotted shopping for shoes during the holidays. The article notes that Joey was wearing the same coat both times. (Sina)(Xinhua), (Xinhua-January)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Sammi Cheng, Selina, Ella

MSN: Zhang Ziyi reconciles with Erik Fok? (Xinhua)

The Chinese actress was recently spotting having a cup of coffee with her ex-beau, Erik Fok Kai Shan

Zhang Ziyi no longer wearing Vivi’s “pigeon egg” engagement ring (Xinhua)

MSN: Are wedding bells ringing for Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng?

The pair decided to work things out between them and hope to get married by the end of this year

MSN: Cecilia Cheung goes on an eating spree (Sina)(Xinhua)

The nervy singer apparently gained 20kg after binge-eating the past month

May 4, 2010

May 4, 2010

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Illusion Apartment posters

Illusion Apartment is directed by Hong Kong’s Cheung Kwok-Kuen. The film is described as a Japanese or Korean-styled horror film and opens in the mainland on June 4.  (Sina)

THR: Rob Minkoff sets sail for ‘China Odyssey’

Variety: Minkoff to helm ‘Chinese Odyssey’

Director set for 3D action-adventure

Rob Minkoff is attached to direct “Chinese Odyssey,” a 3D English-language action-adventure his newly formed shingle is producing in partnership with China Film Group and Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV.

Film is intended to play in the U.S. and at the foreign B.O.

Minkoff (”The Lion King,” “The Forbidden Kingdom”) founded Tiger 62 Media with Pietro Ventani. The production company has offices in L.A., Singapore and Beijing.

“Chinese Odyssey” will be shot in China. China Film Group and Galloping Horse Film are providing financing.

CRI: “The Karate Kid” Releases New Poster

CRI: ‘Du Lala’ on TV

Following the box-office success of Xu Jinglei’s romantic film “Go Lala Go!”, a TV version will soon hit China’s small screens.

CRI: Theme Song of ‘Go Lala Go!’ Is Hot

CRI: ‘Ip Man 2′ Sold $15 Million in First Week

Aaron Kwok at tennis charity fundraiser for Qinghai earthquake relief (Sina)

Chingmy Yau (file photo)

Sexy goddess Chingmy Yau who will turn 42 this month is reportedly three months pregnant. Already the mother of two daughters, aged 8 and 5 years old, she is hoping to deliver a son for her husband, Shen Jiawei, a fashion retailer and Chairman and CEO of IT brand. She was spotted at Ocean Park a few days ago with her daughter and trying very hard not to be recognized.

Chingmy Yau at Ocean Park (Xinhua)

Recent photos of Joey Wang posted by a netizen in Canada


CRI: Wild Liu Ye on ‘Esquire’ Cover

Andy Lau is Shu Qi’s Prince Charming

When she was asked to pick a female artiste whom she idolized, Shu Qi shared, “The goddess in my heart would be Gong Li and Maggie Cheung. After watching their shows from the past to the present, they are perfect in their dressing, appearance, way of doing things and attitude towards life. They are very attractive and I should learn from them.”

Jay Chou wary of marriage

Beggar Prince (Brother Sharp) dons wonderful streetwear

“I am just a normal pathetic person. It was the Internet that rescued me from the streets and I am grateful to the netizens who had lent their helping hand.

“I do not know anything about fashion and don’t understand why people said I am fashionable,” he said.

July 11, 2009

July 11, 2009

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Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg poster

Chaw to be Unleashed July 16
Known for its innovative and daring use of genre combinations, Korean cinema breaks new ground yet again with Chaw, a black comedy thriller about a killer pig wreaking havoc on a small mountain town.

Directed by SHIN Jeong-won (To Catch a Virgin Ghost), the film stars popular actors EOM Tae-woong, JEONG Yu-mi and YOON Jae-moon. While the posters may lead one to think Chaw is a chilling horror and gore flick, the film blends and subverts the monster genre into a witty, suspenseful black comedy.

The story is set in the peaceful mountain town of Sameri where plans are underway to develop the area. Soon mutilated bodies are found at the development site, and panic spreads across the community, as it is discovered that a huge wild boar is on the rampage.

Comparison to Korea’s all time box office champ The Host, are inevitable, and box office expectations are high. Chaw was shot in Seoul and San Francisco, and has been picked up by Hollywood’s Variety Fine Cut for release in the United States later this year. (KOFIC)

Gillian Chung promotes winter fashion line - gallery

Taiwan media reports liken Carol Cheng to Michael Jackson

Cites damage from acid skin peels, gaunt facial features, weight loss, etc after breaking up with long time boyfriend Liu Fong
Slide show

Joey Wong: No, I did not become a nun

Bobo Chen
Sam Lee, Edison Chen

Edison Chen quietly returned to Hong Kong two days ago to support a show 6Wing/Luk Wing of Fama. Reporters asked whether Edison planned to go and apologize to her but he avoided answering. This caused grief for Bobo Chen as her nail salon is nearby the theatre. Bobo also had to close up her shop to avoid photographers and reporters

Bobo Chen closes up shop

Rachel Chan, another Sexy Photo Gate victim, now runs a flower shop

July 10, 2009

July 10, 2009

Kungfu Cyborg poster

Retrospective of 50 years of Hong Kong cops and robbers films

Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan
Still from Overheard - Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan

Alice Mak

Cartoonist Alice Mak, McDull’s creator

Jackie Chan and Will Smith - Kung Fu Kid

Andy  Lau

Andy Lau - Detective Dee

Detective Dee Talks to Animals

Laughing Gor still

Tracing Shadow musical number pays tribute to a certain Oscar winner filmed in India

‘Breathless’ Reaps 13th Award in New York

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Kelly Chen in labor checks into hospital unassisted

Baby brings early joy for Kelly Chen

Li Bingbing Shows off in Style

Li Bingbing slide show

Chen saga finally behind Cheung with Tse Jr 2 on the way?
Funny and snarky
Joey Wong a nun?
Is ex-actress Joey Wong now a nun?

A-Mei Beijing press conference

Danwei: Two actresses barely survive botox overdose

Chinese group planning Neverland ranch replica

July 9, 2009

July 9, 2009

Joey Wang, Chyi Chin (not current photo)
Reports of Joey Wang becoming a Buddhist nun refuted

Joey reassures family and long time boyfriend rumors are untrue
Rumors started as a result of SMS chat joke with friends
Yesterday’s reports had Joey ready to shave her head:
Joey Wang
Joey Wang has become a Buddhist monk/nun

According to reports, Joey became a Buddhist nun in June and has left Vancouver Canada for Taiwan
Recaps Joey’s history of relationships with big shot Peter Lam and long time boyfriend singer Chyi Chin
Joey Wang
Joey Wang profile and gallery

Will Smith Brings Kung Fu Kid to Beijing

Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Tony Leung Ka-Fai tore his knee ligament shooting a scene in Bodyguards and Assassins

Nic Tse, Arthur Wong
Director Teddy Chen
Chris Li Yichun, Arthur Wong
Cast and crew celebrate cinematographer Arthur Wong’s birthday

Jeff Lau, Gan Wei, Alex Fong
Kungfu Cyborg cast appear on TV program

Murderer posters and billboards deemed too scary and draws complaints

Stills of Andy Lau as Detective Dee

Andy Lau

First Peek of Feng Xiaogang’s New Movie Aftershock

Korea Times: ‘Chaw’ Explores Omnivore’s Nightmare

Zhang Yimou Becomes Honorary Director of Post Office

Kelvin Tong serves up more surprises in new film ‘Kidnapper’

Rumours: Cecilia Cheung expecting again!

Sun Li (Kungfu Cyborg) slide show

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan appearing at a charity event

June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

Lau Ching-Wan
Lau Ching-Wan - Written By directed by Wai Ka-Fai

Misses premiere in New York due to fear of H1N1 flu

Aaron Kwok
Aaron Kwok - Murderer

Janine Chang, Aaron Kwok


Overheard with Lau Ching-Wan, Daniel Wu and Louis Koo on summer schedule

MacDull’s latest McDull Wudang (aka McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten) opens July 24

Sandra Ng and Anthony Wong will voice for the Cantonese version

Taipei Times: The odd couple
‘If You are the One’ raked in roughly US$50 million at the end of last year in China, making it the country’s biggest box-office hit ever

Don’t Bank on It: a Film about Old China’s ‘Wall Street’
Taiwan tycoon Terry Guo has a special affinity for Shanxi Province as his parents lived there before they went to Taiwan in 1949. His roots inspired his first invested film, “Empire of Silver.”

In Theater: ‘The Magic Aster’ (”Ma Lan Hua”)

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing - Media conference for East Wind Rain

Danny Boyle chides China on restrictions
‘Slumdog’ director calls limits ‘regrettable’

Hong Kong director takes swipe at film censors

Fruit Chan said he still wanted to make horror films, but the authorities would never approve the topic. Moreover, “investors no longer like a film that can only be screened in Hong Kong,” he said.

Young-seok Noh’s “Daytime Drinking” is a droll minimalist comedy with major insights that has been understandably heralded as a breakthrough in independent filmmaking in Korea. A great-looking film made for a mere $20,000…

Shu Qi
Shu Qi

Shu Qi appears on TV program

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Leon Lai

Leon Lai windsurfs to stay fit for upcoming concert

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung at opening ceremony for watch store

Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung leaves Malaysia ahead of Edison’s arrival

Finishing a three day ad shoot, Gillian departs before Edison opens a new branch of his clothing store. Earlier, it was reported that Gillian had blocked SMS from Edison who was trying to arrange a make up dinner.

Vivian Hsu in her newest ad

Cherie ChungBrigitte Lin
Vivian ChowJoey Wang now living in Vancouver, Canada
Seven beauties highly anticipaged film comebacks

A-Mei’s Music “Transformation”
A-mei: Charity work rejuvenates me

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