HKMDB Daily News

May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: An Inaccurate Memoir review

Actor Huang Xiaoming shines in a quirky, blackly comic tale of bandit heroes during WW2.

Part western, part martial arts homage, part Sino-Japanese resistance drama riff, An Inaccurate Memoir is a bustling mixture of genre references and colourful characters that ultimately celebrates the heroism of unnamed “ordinary people” (its Chinese title).

John Woo Has Cancer?

According to authoritative sources, the reason John Woo has postponed the filming of “Love and Let Love” (formerly “Pacific Steamer”), starring Chang Chen, Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-Kyo, is that while preparing for production in April the director was hospitalized for laryngeal cancer in the US. According to previous rumours, Woo had surgery for a heart ailment or pancreatic cancer. Producer Terence Chang did not return calls from reporters but according to a friend Woo did not have heart problems. Woo is currently recuperating in the US and he is optimistic that Woo will begin working again by the end of the year. Speaking of the remake of “The Killer”, to be directed by Lee Jae-Han (John H. Lee), Chang said that Nicolas Cage and James Franco are being considered but not yet confirmed.(Sina)

FBA: Yeoh stirred by CJ Cooktales

Production is now underway in Thailand on Cooktales, an English-language drama about food and family set in Singapore.

The much-delayed film is directed by South Korea’s Gina Kim and stars Asian superstar Michelle Yeoh.

CF: Jiang Wen to Shoot “Gone With The Bullets”

Leading Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen is likely to reunite with Gong Li in his latest directorial project, Gone With The Bullets

CF: Jiang Wen’s “Gone With The Bullets” Releases Posters at Cannes

Jiang Wen’s latest project, sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Let the Bullets Fly,” released two posters at Cannes International Film Festival. The movie, titiled “Gone with the Bullets,” is expected to start shooting between September and October this year and the release date is set for late 2013.

(Sina)

CF: Latest Pics Unveil the Holy Land of Wu Dang at Cannes

Partial cast of “Wu Dang”

Yang Mi

Fan Siu-Wong

Dennis To Yu-Hang

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk)

Xu Jiao

Father and daughter, Vincent Zhao and Xu Jiao (Sina-gallery)

CF: Cannes Planning Surprise Screening Of Non-Fest Films

Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters” may be included

A Wong Kar-Wai microfilm “Deja Vu”, sponsored by Chivas Regal, had its world premiere at Cannes May 18 and stars Chang Chen and supermodel Du Juan.  It will premiere in China June 15. (Sina)

CF: Cecilia Cheung Promotes “Dangerous Liaisons” at Cannes

Today is Cecilia Cheung’s 32nd birthday (Sina)2

The film, featuring Fiona Sit and Chapman To and directed by Fung Chi Keung, is slated to screen in the summer on the mainland. 

CF: Babara Wong Set her Foot in Mainland wih”9090″

CF: New Trailer of Chen Kaige’s “Caught in the Web”

A1/AFP: ’Monkey’ to go West again as cinema power shifts East

CNA: Anthony Wong blasts “unprofessional” Chinese production teams

(Sina)

Zhang Jingchu starting on “I Trust You”

Zhang Jingchu is in Rome to begin shooting “I Trust You” an Italian film about global food safety. Filming will also take place in China and Hong Kong. (Sina)2

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Edison Chen, Leni Lan, et al

The big news this week is Lau Ding-sing’s private photo collection. The Apple Daily reported that the wealthy Hong Kong businessman claims to have 100,000 photos of partially dressed and fully nude male celebrities.

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok not changing plans for marriage

A1: Michelle Yeoh delighted with ‘Datuk Seri’ title

MSN: Edison Chen invited Joyce Wu to his hotelSGYahoo

There seems to be no end to Edison Chen’s philandering ways as his provocative text messages to Chinese actress Joyce Wu came to light recently.

Joyce Wu Sifan

(21cn)

May 16, 2012

May 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: Nightfall review

Gut-wrenching violence, classical music, daddy issues and Lolita complexes are grist for director Roy Chow Hin Yeung’s grisly mill in “Nightfall,” a Hong Kong thriller with a strong noirish flavor that stops short of lurid, thanks to the seasoned cast’s solid perfs.

FBA: Woo boards BeastTHR

John WOO will direct Day of the Beast, a remake of SUZUKI Seijun’s yakuza classic Youth of the Beast (1963).

The Chinese martial-arts film “Wu Dang” is set to debut at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi (Sina)

As a part of the “Four plus One” project produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, the movie tells a comedic story, which is set in Beijing, about a man and woman who can’t remember the night after a drinking binge. In that one night, they lose a company car and 300,000 yuan in cash, and then the two trace back their steps to try to figure out what happened.

Zhang Jingchu with an alpaca in “Lacuna”

Shawn Yue shares a whiff of alpaca with Zhang Jingchu

An alpaca, a cat and a frog provide important clues to discovering what happened that drunken night.

“Lacuna” posters

(Sina)23

“11 Flowers” revolves around the memory of an 11-year-old boy who witnesses a murder and attempts to catch the criminal.

Producer and actor Wong Bak-Ming, director Vincent Kok and actors Raymond Lam, Ronald Cheng, Teresa Mo, Lynn Hung and Karena Ng attended the event.

Director Vincent Kok

Raymond Wong

Ronald Cheng, Karena Ng (Sina)2

The film features actors from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Zhang Zhen (Chang Chen), Song Jia, Chen Chong (Joan Chen) and Janice Man.

The film depicts a series of comical incidents which occur between 3 pairs of lovers on an island named Re Ai Dao, or Hot Love Island. The couples experience a number of misunderstandings and setbacks in pursuit of a happy ending. [Filmed back in 2010, it might be a hint that the film's a stinker.]

Francis Ng and Song Jia play husband and wife

Simon Yam

Francis Ng

Joan Chen, Simon Yam (Sina)234

Zhou Xun

(Sina)

The production side of the fantasy movie “Painted Skin 2″ released a batch of still photos featuring actor Chen Kun in the movie

Chen Kun (Sina)

Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Zhou Xun and Gu Changwei are expected to be present at the film event, along with other popular Chinese actors such as Yang Mi, Tong Dawei and Feng Shaofeng.

The 25-minute “Walker”, directed by Tsai Ming-liang, has been one of the most hotly debated movies on Youku since it debuted in late April, receiving nearly 20,000 comments so far.

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CNA: Andy Lau confirms birth of baby girl in pensive message to fans

Andy Lau: Yes, I’m a dad now

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung to be business partners?

Even though their divorce will be finalised this month, the pair’s shared love for food might see them forming a new kind of partnership

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s family of four celebrates Quintus Tse’s birthday

In other related news, Nicholas appeared on last week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model where he left a deep impression on the contestants

MSN: Miriam Yeung worried about premature birth

MSN: Are Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung finally getting married?

Rumour has it that the couple will be tying the knot next month to bring good luck to the actress’ family

April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

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THE WARRING STATES officially opens today here in the US via AMC Theatres, as well as various other countries. So be sure to catch it and support the latest film from China Lion Film Distribution. Okay, The Warring States sounds like it might be a vanity production, albeit star-laced, but still…

(Xinhua)2

FBA: The Lost Bladesman review (6/10)

Serviceable costume action drama that’s just about held together by its starpower.

CF: Latest Photos of “Till Death Do Us Part”

CF: Feng’s Banquet

“White Vengeance,” the next likely blockbuster from director Daniel Lee, unveiled its cast at a press conference in Beijing Tuesday, with William Feng [Feng Shao-feng] selected to play the main role of Xiang Yu,

CRI: Feng Xiaogang’s Next Film to Begin Shooting in Oct.

China’s entertainment group, Huayi Brothers, announced Thursday that director Feng Xiaogang’s next film would be “Memory of 1942″.Chinese director Feng says next disaster pic set against 1942 drought that killed 3 million

Feng Xiaogang announced in a live webcast on Chinese portal Sina.com on Thursday that he will adapt Liu Zhenyun’s 1993 novel called “Remembering 1942.” Liu’s work examines the suffering in China’s Henan province when the then-ruling Nationalist Party was preoccupied with a Japanese invasion.

THR: Shanghai Film Festival Launches Mobile Film Competition

Organizers of the first mobile phone film competition at The 14th Shanghai International Film Festival will accept submissions until April 30 and announce the final selections in mid-May, offering the winners in June more than $15,300 in cash prizes.

THR: China’s Phoenix New Media plans U.S. IPO Worth up to $200 mln

The company, which traces its roots to Hong Kong-based Mandarin-language TV network Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd. — one of whose major shareholders is a News Corp.

Change of plans

John Woo’s “1949″ (aka “Pacific Steamer”) which ran aground due to copyright issues may be restarted and begin production in the autumn of this year. If so, this would push back his Flying Tigers film to 2012. Announced in May 2008, plans were scuttled for “1949″ in March 2009 after a dispute over copyrights surfaced; Chang Chen and Song Hye-Kyo (Reign of Assassins) were initially cast. Recently, a company in Zhejiang obtained the rights and made agreements to collaborate with Lion Rock’s Terence Chang and John Woo. In addition, Flying Tigers is rumoured to be financially underfunded. (Sina)

March 13, 2009: John Woo to Film Chinese Sunken Titanic

The Detective 2 has escaped the censors scissors. Oxide Pang’s latest film has managed to avoid the fate of earlier Hong Kong film like Election, Election 2, The Mad Detective, Protege, Running on Karma, etc, through a combination of timing and talent.

(Sina)

A Sentimental Story with Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy

Huang Xiaoming

Angelababy, Gao Qunshu

A Sentimental Story, directed by Gao Qunshu (Wind Blast) is filming in the high altitudes of Shangri-La in Yunnan. Huang Xiaoming has an English teacher accompanying him so he can practice his English. The story involves a young policewoman trying to recover national treasures. (Xinhua)

Louis Fan Siu-Wong uses one-armed style in A Chinese Fairy Tale (Sina)

CF: Zhou Xun Graces “ADStyle” Magzine

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Lin Chi-Ling, Mavis Pan, and Taiwan prostitution ring

An inside look at the late Anita Mui’s residence which her estate is giving up 7 years after her death. The reason is that due to litigation (with her mother) the cost of administering her estate has exceeded 10M yuan. In addition, Mui’s mother receives 1.2M per month for living expenses and 107,000 per month for the lease of the residence.

A1: Donnie Yen throws surprise birthday party for wife

Hong Kong action superstar Donnie Yen held a million-dollar birthday party for wife Cecilia Wang recently.

(Xinhua-gallery)

Edison Chen held a press conference for his new album “Confusion” in Beijing at the International Gallery of Exhibition last night.

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Lynn Hung said to have brain tumour?

The Hong Kong actress clarified that she was only suffering from gastritis

MSN: Kenny Bee asks ex-wife Teresa Cheung to move on

MSN: Selina Jen tours the Taipei International Flora Expo

CDT: Tiananmen Confucius Statue Relocated

Third day of Shanghai strike threatens China exports

Striking truck drivers protested for a third day on Friday in Shanghai’s main harbor district amid heavy police presence and signs the action has already started to curb exports from the world’s busiest container port.

August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

CRI: ’If You Are the One 2′ Starts Filming

The sequel features the same cast as the original, and has new additions Sun Honglei and Yao Chen, who have collaborated on the hit TV series “Lurk” (”Qian Fu”).

Sun Honglei, Yao Chen in Lurk (Sina)

CRI: New ‘Romance on Lushan Mountain’ Photo Stills

Starring Qin Lan, Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Li Chen, the sequel depicts a love triangle involving the children of the characters from the original film.

CRI: ’City Under Siege’ Premieres in Beijing

CRI: Liu Ye Stars in ‘The Underdog Knight 2′

FBA: Ex (前度) (7/10)

Gillian Chung shines in a charming relationships movie directed with a light touch by writer Heiward Mak.

HKStandard: ATV shareholder mystery deepens

John Woo’s favorite weapon

John Woo discussed the various weapons in the film Reign of Assassins

(Sina)

Reign of Assassins weaponry

(Sina-slide show)

Tang Wei has been invited by director Wang Quan’an to join the cast for White Deer Plain. As there are passionate scenes, Tang Wei may require a stand-in.

So far, the cast includes Zhang Fengyi, Wu Gang and Liu Wei. Sun Honglei is thought to be cast in an important lead role but it’s not been fully confirmed.

Liu Wei, Zhang Fengyi

(Xinhua)23

Danwei:Actress Tang Wei to appear in White Deer Plain?

Huang Yi in Shanghai to receive an award from Jessica magazine

(Sina-slide show)

Rose Chan visited the ACGHK (comic-con)

She said it was her first time at the fair. Rose also said that there was a possibility that she would go to Taiwan and film an idol series. Asked whom she would most like to co-star with, Rose said, Ethan Ruan. (Sina)

CRI: Lin Chi-Ling on Life as a Graceful Woman

. “The graceful woman is a life attitude, distributing charm out from the inside,” she said.

Ming Na: I’ve never strived to be super famous

Now on Syfy’s Stargate Universe

[I've recently seen her co-hosting Sunday infomercials for Wen Hair Care products by Chaz Dean.]

SG: Gong Li tried to salvage her marriage

Andy Hui splits from model girlfriend Michelle Yu

Sparks rumours of reconciliation with Sammi Cheng

SG: Gigi Lai shed tears of joy

At a tender age of 14, she was already trying to earn a living in showbiz.

Gigi Lai does not want kids to enter showbiz

Garbage islands threaten China’s Three Gorges Dam

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

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Poster for Nana’s War of the Roses starring Xie Na

(HunanTV)

Street featured in Echoes of the Rainbow is facing demolition and redevelopment. Now with the success of the film there are renewed calls to preserve Wing Lee Street. (Sina)

Berlin movie hero in real-life heritage plea

Much of Wing Lee Street, home to original architecture from the 1960s, has been lined up for demolition under the government’s 25 urban renewal plan laid down in 1998.

Lee Chak-yue, whose Wai Che Printing Company has rented a unit at Wing Lee Street for almost 30 years, echoed Law’s call. “The people can move out because it’s not safe to be here, but we should keep the history somehow so the next generation will know about our times,” said the 81-year-old.

(Related article) (More photos - Flickr album)

Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: “Hot Summer Days” Blowout Over “Avatar”

CRI: Snow Flower Director: Zhang Ziyi’s Exit due to Neck Injury

Andy Lau’s Hollywood encounter

The Heavenly King revealed that he signed with a Hollywood agency in 1992.

“I was a Hollywood star earlier than Jackie Chan and Jet Li. For three years, I flew to America every three months to look at movie scripts.”

“I was told very clearly that even in the next 10 years, there would be no more than five scripts that are about Chinese. One of the better scripts I’ve seen is Year of the Dragon (1985), which starred John Lone.

CRI: China Has Second Largest Number of 3-D Screens in the World

Annie Yi’s home burgled, paparazzi suspected

The police have also stated the crime was not a simple burglary as no valuables were stolen except for the notebook computer.

Many believe this burglary might have been the work of paparazzi who are looking to find details on Yi’s private life by going through her notebook computer.

HK actress Kathy Chow vows not to marry again

Hong Kong actress Kathy Chow has revealed that she regretted her marriage to actor Ray Lui during an interview with a Hong Kong website.

Chow, who turns 44 this year, secretly wed Lui who is 12 years her senior in the United States in 1988. At the time, she was just 21 years old.

Anita Yuen

Nick Cheung

Appearing for Lancome (Sina) (Xinhua)

Gigi Leung shot a Japanese skin care advert and also handed out hong baos to staff. (Xinhua)

John Woo

John Woo who suffered from high blood pressure and liver problems while filming Red Cliff and is now producing Reign of Assassins did not appear markedly improved a year later when spotted leaving a restaurant recently. (Xinhua)

Two belated Valentine’s Day stories from China Hush:

12 years of reading of another woman’s love letter wakes her husband up from coma

Liu Hong, a 40-year-old woman in Minquan, Shangqiu City, woke up her husband from a 12-year coma by repeatedly reading her husband’s love letter from his period of puppy love for the entirety of the 12 long years when he was in a coma.

Beijing guys hitch-hike all the way to visit one’s girlfriend in Berlin

Two Beijing guys spent 3 and a half months hitch-hiking over 160,000 km across 13 countries to see one of the guy’s girl friend in Berlin, Germany. Altogether they took 88 hitch rides, including tricycle, tractor and carriage. Their journey was dubbed “the most romantic hitch-hike in history” by netizens.

November 30, 2009

November 30, 2009

CRI: Character Posters Released for “True Legend”

THR: Shaw readies ‘72 Tenants’

Shaw Studios returns to film, marking 50 years of production

Michelle Yeoh, Jung Woo-Sung

Michelle Yeoh

Barbie Hsu

Stills from John Woo’s The Swordswoman’s World/Rain of Swords (Sina)

Jacky Cheung will not play Sun Yat Sen in “Bodyguards and Assassins”

Nicholas Tse’s younger sister, Jennifer makes her showbiz debut

Tony Leung and Carina Lau shopping for a villa in Suzhou (Sina)

The Collector: Yonfan

CRI: Leon Dai, Kwai Lun-mei’s Relationship Revealed

Kwai Lun-Mei Taiwan Elle slide show (Sina)

Lin Chi-ling heads to London to shoot 2010 calendar

Andy Lau splurged on S$20million love nest for wife

October 28, 2009

October 28, 2009b

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Producer John Woo and wife

Vivian Hsu (HunanTV)

BBQ!

John Woo

Vivian Hsu and Seediq Bale poster

Memorial service to commemorate the Wushe Incident

Wushe Monument

Wei Te-Sheng’s (Cape No. 7) new film will be about the massacre of Taiwan aboriginals by the Japanese during the occupation.  Financing for the big budget is short and Vivian Hsu offered to sell a $35M Yuan house her father gave her to help fund the film. John Woo and Terence Chang are considering cross-strait coproduction possibility and plan to engage Japanese and South Korean special effects teams. Wei has begun casting for about 30 aboriginal Taiwanese. A 2011 release is targeted. (Sina)

October 28, 2009

Charlene Choi and Louis Koo filming Derek Yee’s Double Tap King in Central

(Sina)

Jay Chou in Yuen Wo-Ping’s True Legend (Beggar So)

Zhou Xun

(Sina)

Johnnie To

Johnnie To visited Wang Xiaoshuai in Chongqing where Wang is filming Mosaic/Sunshine in Chongqing (Sina)

October 12, 2009

October 12, 2009

CRI: Donnie Yen Is a Royal Spy in New Martial Art Film 14 Blades

Yen will continue his action hero routines to play the head agent of the royal espionage network during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a relatively dark period in China’s history when the feudal court made unprecedented use of a spy system to run the ruling machine…

Peter Ho Yun-Tung - Once Upon A Time In Tibet

Variety: The Warrior and The Wolf review

Variety: Fireball (Thailand) review

Basketball becomes an underground bloodsport in “Fireball,” a lively Thai actioner in which Bangkok’s toughest street gangs smash each other senseless in the quest for championship honors.

Screen Daily: Paju (South Korea)

Glenn offers us his thoughts on Francis Ng’s Tracing Shadow

Imagi hitches rocket to ‘Astro Boy’

“Astro Boy II” could soon be in the works if all goes well with this week’s release of the animated superhero movie “Astro Boy.” That would also spell a new lease on life for its production house Imagi and could redefine the concept of co-production in Asia.

Chinese directors pay tribute to quake-hit city

In the same style as the anthology films “New York, I Love You” and “Paris, I Love You,” two Chinese filmmakers have profiled a Chinese city that was hit by a massive earthquake last year.

“Chengdu, I Love You” was conceived as a tribute to the southwestern city in Sichuan province that was decimated by a 7.9-magnitude quake in May 2008, leaving nearly 90,000 people dead or missing, Hong Kong director Fruit Chan said.

OCRegister: Red Cliff West Coast Premiere

The Regency South Coast Village Theater will screen, in its West Coast premiere, John Woo’s latest epic, “Red Cliff” (Oct. 15), the most expensive Chinese film ever made, followed by a Q and A with the director. In collaboration with the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum, a series of ping pong tournaments will be held in South Coast Plaza to commemorate Nixon-era Ping Pong Diplomacy (Oct. 17-18). The Bowers Museum, South Coast Repertory, and the Orange County Museum of Art will also present “Ancient Paths” events.

Two Hollywood projects lined up for John Woo

THR: ‘Ong Bak’ team ready for English-language ‘City of Angels’

Dwayne Johnson and Robin Shou to costar

THR: Disaster director ready for America

‘Haeundae’ helmer writing English comedy with Korean story

Fan Bingbing

With Wilson Chen Bo-lin

Fan Bingbing has started work in Chengdu on Li Yu’s Guanyin Mountain which also costars Sylvia Chang. (Xinhuanet.com)

Ge You to Chair Macao Int’l Film Festival

Li Feier - newcomer in Wang Xiaoishua’s Mosaic/Sunshine in Chongqing

Visitors From the Sui Dynastyslide show

A time travel comedy.

China’s Hottest Entertainers for 2009

Xiao Shenyang, Liu Qian, Li Yugang

September 22, 2009

September 22, 2009

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Storm Warriors

Charlene Choi

Ekin Cheng (Sina.com)

My Fair Gentlemen - Beijing Premiere

Sun Honglei, Kelly Lin

Making mooncakes - Sun Honglei, Kelly Lin

Director Lee Gui-Yuen, Yuan Xinyu, John Woo, Kelly Lin, Sun Honglei

(Xinhuanet.com) (Sina.com)

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Wheat

Fan Bingbing - Beijing, Wheat premiere

Huang Jue

Director Ho Ping (Sina.com) (Sina.com)

Kaohsiung fest removes controversial doc from line-up

Hackers attack Kaohsiung festival Web site

Taiwan director: Art movies are on the decline

Tsai Ming-liang, known for his highly experimental style, said Tuesday that art movies are shrinking for one reason: the box office drives the movie industry.


RTHK hears victory cry

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