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June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 7:47 pm

FBA: Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault review

Taiwan’s first action blockbuster is a fiasco, redeemed only by Mainland comic Huang Bo.

CF:Acclaimed Actor Chen Qiang Dies at 94

[The article doesn't mention it but he is the father of Chen Peisi. And I highly recommend "Father and Son's Car" and "The Silly Manager", as well as "Make Ten Million", all of which feature the pair in wry comedies before the boomtimes in China surfaced.]

Chen Peisi, Chen Qiang in “Silly Manager”

“Magician’s Adventure” (1962) (Sina)2

More promotional stuff for “The Four” directed by Gordon Chan and Janet Chun

Liu Yifei

Origins of Riverdance revealed!

Anthony Wong and Wu Xiubo square off

Jiang Yiyan’s got back

Jiang Yiyan

Wu Xiubo

Wu Xiubo, Jiang Yiyan (Sina)2

Poster for “Painted Skin 2″/”Painted Skin: The Resurrection”

(Sina)

Look for Josie Ho in “Open Grave” directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

Reading her script (and texting her agent?)

The haunting thriller sets six individuals waking up together next to a grave of rotting bodies in the middle of nowhere. None of them knows how they got there. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, who helmed Apollo 18, is directing. (Deadline.com) (Sina)

Today is Tony Leung Chiu-Wai’s 50th birthday and Carina Lau posted this photo of him yesterday. Last year, she wrote, “Master, happy birthday to you!”. This year, “Blissful silence can also be gentle. Happy Birthday”.

And a few more from Carina’s weibo

Tony and Jacky Cheung

Tony and Kenny Bee

Carina, Tony, Brigitte Lin

Couples - Jacky, Tony, May Lo (Law Mei-Mei), Carina

Happy birthday! Thanks you all for coming! U guys rock the party!!! (Sina)

Edison Chen posted another picture of Tang Wei on his weibo with no comment other than Sharing picture, Creepy, dude.

MSN: Joey Yung asks for personal space in hand-written letter

SGYahoo: Michelle Reis removed eight benign tumours

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

(Sina)

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

(Sina)2

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.

(Sina)

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.

March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011

Variety: H.K.’s Filmart gets Beijing accent

The 15 years of Hong Kong Filmart have been a busy and transformative decade and a half in the territory, a period during which Cantonese movies developed a pronounced Mandarin accent, reflecting deepening cross-border relations with mainland China.

Co-production is always a big theme at this key event at the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, especially co-productions with the booming Chinese mainland.”

In the early days, co-production meant working with China to get a mainland release. But now the emergence of the China market has changed that frame of mind. The emergence of the China market has been a godsend, as we watched Hong Kong’s market share in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other regional markets diminish. In the past two to three years, co-productions have gradually evolved into co-productions in a real sense,” says Albert Lee, chief executive of Emperor Motion Pictures.

FBA: Lover’s Discourse awarded in Osaka

International edition of poster for Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Release is set for July 15. (tom.com) (Xinhua)

CRI: Foreign Poster for “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart poster released on White Day (30 days after Valentine’s Day, when men receive chocolates and gifts from women) (Sina)

Beautiful Life poster

Beautiful Life - Shu Qi

Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life opens the summer film season on May 20. Shu Qi plays a Hong Kong woman who comes to Beijing and in the process disrupts the lives of Liu Ye and Tian Liang who plays his brother. Anthony Wong also costars. (Sina)2

CRI: Shu Qi’s new film to open during summer season

Yu Shaoqun - A Chinese Fairy Tale

Yu Shaoqun hopes to pay tribute to Leslie Cheung in his portrayal in the update to A Chinese Ghost Story (Sina)

Simon Yam

Huang Shengyi

(Mar.13) Simon Yam and the cast of The Man Behind the Courtyard House promoted the film and anti-piracy in Guangzhou. Simon said he dared not let his daughter watch this movie. The film opens March 25. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Simon Yam’s view of Shanghai (Mar.10)

March 13 - Andy Lau is in Beijing doing post-production dubbing for The Founding of The Party (Sina)

Josie Ho starring in The Liaisons

Liaisons is a stage drama by Frederic Mao that reworks the classic Cantonese opera The Purple Hairpin. Alan Mak and Felix Chong wrote the script. The Liaisons: The next frontier for Cantonese opera

Weibo

Faye Wong finished her series of concerts in Hong Kong. She dedicated her song Heart Sutra to the victims of the earthquakes in Japan and Yunnan. Guests in the audience included Eason Chan, Sandy Lam, Mona Fong, and Virginia Lok. Faye considered cancelling the post-concert celebration party but after discussions decided to carry on as planned in order to cherish and celebrate the company of friends and family.

Faye Wong

Sandy Lam

Carina Lau, Zing (Mar.12)

Zing, Faye (Mar.11)

(Sina-slide show)2(Xinhua)

CNA: Faye Wong to perform in Singapore in October

Kelly Chen’s home in Kadoorie Hill was staked out by the media but there were no signs of Kelly and her family. Besides her age, the additional complications of having twins, Kelly’s work scheduled were speculated by the media as possible factors in her having the miscarriage. (Sina)

Kelly Chen miscarries twin girls at five months

According to media reports, Kelly Chen had known early in March there were problems with her pregnancy. Due to her unstable condition, her doctor had ordered her to five days bed rest. Thus, she was in the hospital when the miscarriage of her twins occured. (Sina)

Johnnie To, Sammi Cheng, Louis Koo(?) dining in Shangi-La

Friday, Yunnan Province experienced a 5.8 earthquake near where Johnnie To and cast are filming High Altitude Romance. More than twenty people died when buildings collapsed. Sammi assured fans that she was safe via her microblog. (Sina)

The spa featured in Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One in Hokodate, Hokkaido was reported flooded by the tsunami this weekend. The location became a popular site with Chinese site after the movie’s release. 2009: Hit China movie aids Hokkaido’s tourism Feng’s After Shock was set for release in Japan on March 26 but is likely to be postponed now. Pang Ho-Cheung and Peggy Chiao were in Tokyo and Osaka during the earthquake and microblogged their experience of it. (Sina)

Angelababy was called back home to Hong Kong by her manager after she was evacuated from her hotel into the middle of the street in Tokyo during the earthquake (Sina-slide show)

February 1, 2011

February 1, 2011

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FBA: The Killer gets green light for 3-D remake

South Korea’s Jung Woo-sung will star in a 3-D English-language remake of iconic Hong Kong film The Killer.

Variety: Shaolin

Well-mounted Chinese-Hong Kong martial-arts co-production “Shaolin” elevates enlightenment above brute strength, but weak helming undercuts the pic’s punch.

FBA: Shaolin (7/10)

Potentially epic tale ends up as okay popcorn entertainment.

(Sina)

Louis Koo plays a makeup artist in All’s Well Ends Well 2011

Eric Tsang crashed the Hong Kong premiere of CNY rival Raymond Wong’s All’s Well Ends Well 2011.

He sported an I Love Hong Kong t-shirt, of course. (Sina)

Josie Ho has dropped out of Quentin Tarantino-RZA project The Man With the Iron Fist in order to remain in Hong Kong and deal with the Stanley Ho family financial squabble. The project would have required her to spend a month-long shoot in Shanghai. (Sina)

Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling rehearse for CCTV’s Spring Festival broadcast.

(Sina-gallery)

New Year greetings from My Own Swordsman

Yao Chen

Yan Ni

Writer Ning Caishen, director Shang Jing (Sina)

“This is the first Singaporean film that shows how people lived from the 40s to the 60s,” says director Kelvin Tong of his new film which was shot on a lavish set built at a former army camp in Choa Chu Kang.

October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

THR: The Piano in a Factory review

A light though tad melancholy comedy set in a fading factory town in northeastern China.

THR: A Better Tomorrow review

Variety: The Drunkard review

“The Drunkard” reps a sincere if uneven adaptation of Chinese author Liu Yichang’s celebrated 1963 novel about a middle-aged writer whose artistic ideals evaporate in a fog of booze and dames.

FBA: All About Love (5/10)

Gender-reversal, “lesbian” comedy is let down by a lack of style and clumsy script.

FBA: The King of Fighters (4/10)

Gordon Chan directs international cast in video game adaptation.

THR: Josie Ho Joins the Cast of ‘The Courier’

Hong Konger Ho plays Anna, a woman with a mysterious past who meets the daredevil international delivery man of the film’s title (Morgan) during what may be his last drop, to someone who may, or may not, exist.

THR: TIFF Offers Its Own Look at Booming Chinese Film Industry

Chinese film officials heralding a cinema revival not seen since the 1930s.

With Hong Kongers firmly established in the mainland, Hollywood studios are homing in. Where 10 years ago it was Sony Pictures and five years ago it was Warner Bros. leading Hollywood’s China charge, now it’s Fox and Disney working on their co-production chops.

CRI: ’Wind Blast’ Gets Starry Premiere

Guests attending to lend support included Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yibai, Ma Liwen, Huang Bo, Huo Siyan, Song Jia, Zhang Yang and Zhang Guoqiang.

Charlie Young, Xia Yu

Francis Ng

Ma Su

(Sina-slide show)23

Jeet Kune Do poster

Jeet Kune Do opens Nov. 16 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birthday. The film stars Chen Tian-Sing and includes Wu Ma and Bruce Leung Siu-Lung. Billy Chan Wui-Ngai, frequent action director for many of Bruce Lee’s films, is the executive producer.

(Sina) (JKD website)

World’s first 3D sex film attracts Chinese tourists to Hong Kong

Producer Stephen Shiu told the newspaper he had already been approached by six travel agents who wanted to arrange private screenings and “meet and greet” sessions with cast members.

CRI: ’Color Me. Love’ Postpones Release Date

The original October 28 release date had been pushed ahead to November 5, because of unexpected post-production work.

But it was reported that some film industry insiders suggested the movie failed to pass a review by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television because of a nude scene.

Liu Ye, Yao Chen (Sina)

A 3D DVD version of Feng Xiaogang’s The Assembly (2008) is planned for Europe. A German company in cooperation with Huayi Brothers plans to release it in Europe where the film is still popular. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke awarded Best Documentary prize for I Wish I Knew at HIFF

With Hollywood producer Chris Lee (Sina)

[Many articles are now recalling Anthony Wong's controversial remarks he made in the spring about unprofessional Mainland crews and deadly working conditions. At the time, his costar Tse Kwan-Ho was burned in the face while filming the TV series Secret History of the Yang Family. (Xinhua) ]

MSN: Kenny Bee will not marry girlfriend

CRI: Gong Li Walks the Red Carpet at China Fashion Week (Xinhua)

October 22, 2010

October 22, 2010

TaipeiTimes: The Fourth Portrait

After winning the Best Feature Film award at this year’s Taipei Film Festival, ‘The Fourth Portrait’ is ready for the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, with nominations in seven categories.

CRI:  Huang Xiaoming Teams Up with Angelababy in New Film

Huang Xiaoming and Hong Kong model Angelababy will co-star in the film “A Sentimental Story,” M1905.com reports.

The film entitled “Yi Chang Feng Hua Xue Yue De Shi” in Chinese is being directed by Gao Qunshu who shot “The Message” and “Wind Blast.”

Hong Kong kicks off film fest with China focusAFP

The seventh annual Hong Kong Asian Film Festival features more than 60 independently-made films from across Asia, but this year it will shine a spotlight on the work of Chinese directors, organisers said.

Hong Kong director Barbara Wong has never worked in Hollywood, but you might not know that from watching her new film. “Perfect Wedding” seems right at home among Hollywood romantic comedies like “Runaway Bride” and “The Wedding Planner.”

FBA: Josie Ho runs with The Courier

ScreenDaily: Rourke, Ho join cast of Hany Abu-Assad’s The Courier

Mickey Rourke and Josie Ho have joined Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Til Schweiger in the cast of Arclight Films’ action thriller The Courier which started shooting in Louisiana this week…The Courier revolves around an international carrier who delivers things to people who can’t, or don’t want, to be reached. Ho plays a woman with a mysterious past whom the courier meets.

Josie Ho

Husband Conroy Chan has accompanied Josie Ho to the set everyday. Does it have to do with the fact that Josie has a bed scene with Jeffrey Dean Morgan?

(Sina)

Latest Late Autumn poster (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung has joined the cast of the Jackie Chan-produced, Frankie Chan-directed Yang Women Generals/14 Amazons! This makes the third film that Ceci has signed up for, besides Dynamic Angel/Race Car with Jimmy Lin, Tang Wei and Rene Liu and Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year film All’s Well End’s Well 2011. This role will be considerably more challenging as she plays the key role of Mu Guiying. It has been previously played by Ivy Ling Po and Liza Wang in previous versions. Ceci is also reported to have agreed to a guest cameo in Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. (Sina) (Xinhua)23

MSN: Cecilia Cheung takes up Jackie Chan movie

Mu Guiying: Chinese Woman Warrior

“Her swinging sword flashes like nine falling suns shot by Yet the legendary bowman; she moves with the force of a team of Dragons driven by the gods through the sky; her strokes and attacks are like those of terrible thunder; and when she stops all is still as water reflecting the clear moonlight.”

Cecilia Cheung imagined as Mu Guiying

Liza Wang

Ivy Ling Po

Frankie Chan Fan-Kei (Xinhua)

Stills from Zhang Jiarui’s thriller Distant Thunder

Guo Xiaoran, Huo Siyan

(Sina)

Mani Fok to the rescue?

Emperor’s super manager Mani Fok and so-called “bomb expert” has been recalled from the US where she was on leave to handle the Charlene Choi-William Chan Wai-Ting (Sa-Ting) affair. The publicity stunt/romance has had unintended effects requiring Mani to come back to handle matters. Since it came to light, the Sa-Ting Love has raised the popularity of William Chan  but is not popular with Twins fans. Chan is said to be a playboy and Charlene has been accused of bad taste. Chan is alleged to have  had many ‘pedal boats’, including Gillian Chung causing a secret rift between the singing duo in the past. Mani is said to have had private communications with Chan and the Twins to discuss how to handle events. The Twins are scheduled to hold a concert in Macau in November. (Sina)

Edison Chen attending an Adidas event will be releasing two new songs tomorrow

Edison will be performing at the East Asia All Stars Concert in Shanghai with Anthony Wong and Sammi Cheng for support in his return to the stage. Edison and Sammi recorded a new version of Mr Sandman on his new album. (Xinhua-gallery) (Sina)2

Invitation to Jordan Chan-Cherrie Ying 50 table wedding banquet

(Sina)

MSN: Tony Leung is “Property King”

MSN: Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse’s love woes in Year of Rabbit

Four famous Hong Kong Feng shui masters look into 2011, year of the Rabbit, and predict that both Andy and Nicholas will face troubles in love

October 6, 2010

October 6, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:50 pm

According to this report, Stephen Chow has invited Ethan Ruan to play the Monkey King and Aarif Lee Chi-Ting (Aarif Rahman) to portray the Tang Monk in his upcoming New Journey to the West (Journey to the West Enchantment of Tripitaka). Filming is planned to begin in February. (21cn)

FBA: Baihe (百合) (6/10)

Modest but solid migrant-worker drama, with a striking performance by Chinese newcomer Wang Zitong.

Chow Yun-Fat - The Founding of a Party

Chow Yun-Fat has begun shooting his part as China’s first President, Yuan Shikai

Hou Yong (front)

Zhao Benshan, Feng Gong

Feng Gong (Xinhua)(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

Director Ning Hao is recruiting new actors online for a free training course for a future film. (Sina)

Josie Ho leaving the set of Contagion for the day. (Sina)

Nick Cheung’s wife, Esther Kwan, is thought to be pregnant. Besides shopping for clothes for her daughter, Esther was spotted looking at newborn clothing. Hong Kong media reports that she recently underwent artificial insemination procedures but Nick has denied this. (Sina)

More photos from Kiki Seung Tin-Ngo’s wedding banquet

Margie Tsang, Tony Leung’s long-time girlfriend during his TVB years, Carina Lau

Acting course classmates: Lawrence Ng, Lau Ching-Wan, Michael Tao Dai-Yue, Sandra Ng, Margie Tsang, Carina Lau (Sina)

Speaking at a Milan fashion show on Sunday, the actress hinted at the reason behind her delayed pregnancy - she preferred to live a life of enjoyment.

The home boasts a magnificent sea view and a 37,000 square meters outdoor garden. It was also constructed out of premium raw materials only.

October 4, 2010

October 4, 2010

Poster for Patrick Kong’s (Yip Lim-Sum) Marriage With a Liar

Film is set for a Christmas release and features Chrissie Chau.

Chrissie Chau

(Photos from Weibo)

Wind Blast poster released last week

FBA: Contagion infects Hong Kong

Chui Tien-You (of Shine)

Chui Tien-You

Josie Ho

Steven Soderbergh

Crowd of extras, pedestrians and hawkers

Decontamination unit scene

Contagion has started shooting in Mongkok. The film is about the CDC’s attempt to trace the origins of SARS and stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard.

(Sina)234

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman will be released in November (Sina)

Ge You, Shu Qi - wrapping up shooting of If You Are the One 2

Shu Qi noshing on noodles

Cecilia Cheung and Jingle Ma will reunite in his upcoming Dynamic Angel/Race Car. Ceci’s manager has confirmed her casting but would leave it to the film production company to announce the start date. (Sina)(Xinhua)

Kiki Seung Tin-Ngo and businessman Patrick Lee

Carina Lau

Margie Tsang

(Oct.3) Hong Kong TV actress Seung Tin-Ngo’s wedding banquet was attended by many celebrities including Teresa Mo, Sandra Ng, Liza Wong, Law Kar-Ying, Lau Ching-Wan, Amy Kwok. Wong Cho-Nam and Lee Sze-Kit (Johnson Lee) served as MCs for the event. (Sina)(Xinhua)2

Jessey Meng Guang-Mei

The same evening, in Taipei, 43 year-old supermodel-actress Jessey Meng Guang-mei and her Beijing investment baron fiance, Ji Zenghe held an engagement banquet. Her engagement ring is worth a reported  $6.6 million yuan. Her 50 year-old fiance is estimated to be worth $1B yuan. In 2008, her ex-boyfriend, Corrado Riccio swindled her of her life savings, along with 29 other investors to the tune of US$51 million. According to IMDB, Riccio was executive producer of a 2007 Hong Kong-Italy horror film, Counting House, that featured Michael Wong, Maggie Q and Cheng Pei-Pei.

(Xinhua)23(Sina)

Patrick Kong received an Detective Dee action figure at the Hong Kong premiere!

Concert poster featuring Edison Chen

Edison Chen will be part of the East Asia All Stars Concert in conjunction with the Shanghai World Expo. To be held in Shanghai’s Hongkou Soccer Stadium which seats 45,000, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Andy Hui, Richie Ren, Leon Lai, Miriam Yeung, Denise Ho, Daniel Wu and Shawn Yue will be among the more than 30 artists performing.

East Asian All-Stars Concert poster (Sina)

SG: Jacky Cheung’s record-breaking concert ticket prices

SG: Rainie Yang: From Cutesy to Sexy?

Barbie Hsu & Shone An spotted holding hands

Andy Lau and wife rumoured to be in family way

At 48, Yeoh’s still kicking up a storm

No sexy roles for me, says ex-beauty queen Yeoh

September 10, 2010

September 10, 2010

Danwei: Chinese horror films: It was all just a dream

Satisfying horror movies are difficult to come by in China. Film censors on the mainland frown on the supernatural, nor do they look kindly on serial murders.

APA: Sophie’s Creator: an interview with director Eva Jin

The Chinese box office hit Sophie’s Revenge, starring Zhang Ziyi as the romantic comedy lead, was the sophomore directing effort by China-born, American-educated filmmaker/cartoonist Eva Jin.

CRI: ”White Deer Plain” Begins Filming in Beijing

CRI: Gong Li, Andy Lau Star in Valentine’s Day Release, What Women Want

CRI: Director Tsui Hark Visits Students at Beijing Film Academy

THR: Chen Kaige talks ‘Sacrifice’

FBA: Zhao’s Orphan now titled Sacrifice

Don Quixote opens Oct. 15 and features 27 big name stars

Li Jing edition poster

Li Jing

Guo Tao

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)

(Sina)23

Schoolgirl killer in Feng Chao’s Adventure Island

(Sina)

Anthony Wong attending the premiere of High School Musical. He said he is afraid of prescription drugs (ecstasy?) and wishes Rosemary well. (Sept.9)

(Sina-slide show)2

Li Bingbing (Xinhua-slide show)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai spotted leaving a Central noodle shop, wondering if anyone will bring him back a t-shirt from Venice. (Sina-gallery)

Josie Ho cleaning bathroom out of concern for health after finding odors

With Amy Wu Mei-Yee

Josie Ho volunteered to clean the backstage bathroom at the theatre in Shanghai where she is performing excerpts from The Purple Hairpin as part of the World Expo. (Sina)

SG: Andy Hui rumoured to be back with old flame

SG: Jackie Chan embroiled in donation scandal

SG: Cosmetic surgeon claims 95% of Korean stars had gone under the knife

September 3, 2010

September 3, 2010

NPR: ’Noodle Shop’: A Coen Brothers Tale Goes East

Relocated from flat and empty Texas to hilly and vacant China, Zhang’s film has a lot of fun with the original material, along with some smiles at the expense of the director’s own style. But the pacing is too deliberate, and much of the humor doesn’t translate; the result is a would-be farce that’s more droll than uproarious.

NPR: A Family Torn Asunder Takes The ‘Last Train Home’

Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance.

NYTimes: Last Train Home

FBA: Showtime (用心跳) (2/10)

Incoherent, wannabe musical drama fumbles the ball at every level.

Resisting his long-time penchant for dazzling, picture-perfect visual effects and dropping the political edge in his early movies, top Chinese film director Zhang Yimou has recreated a pure love story on the silver screen in a simple and direct way.

WSJ: Hong Kong: A Love Story - All About Love

“I make films because I really want to find out what Hong Kong is like at the moment,” says the 63-year-old Ms. Hui.

THR: Contagion’ spreads to Hong Kong - Soderbergh film to feature Josie Ho

Ho, who met Soderbergh in Hong Kong in July, said she would draw on her own memories of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome outbreak to play her role in “Contagion.”

“It was a very sad time when we were all scared and nobody knew where to turn for help,” Ho said. “I really respect all the doctors and nurses who saved us. They are heroes.”

FBA: Asian stars join Soderbergh’s Contagion

CRI: ‘The Piano in a Factory’ to Compete at Tokyo Film Festival (formerly Steel Piano, here)

(Sina-gallery)

FBA: Tang Wei invited back to Party

Malaysian hit film Ice Kacang Puppy Love featuring Angelica Lee opens Sept. 9 in China.  (Sina)

New stills from Legend of the Fist released

(Sina-slide show)

Promises, promises

Jackie Chan brewing up another donation-gate? Inquiries have revealed that Jackie’s 2009 promise to donate funds from Little Big Soldier box office for the reconstruction of a Beichuan Middle School destroyed by the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan has so far been not met. Jackie Chan and Li Yuchan visited Beichuan on the first anniversary of the earthquake and made his pledge then. A search of the online website listing donors turned up nothing for Jackie Chan or his various other names, Sing Long, Chan Kong, etc. Jackie Chan’s Charitable Foundation confirmed that no record of a donation to Beichuan has been made. (Xinhua)

Louis Koo’s agent tried to clarify earlier reports that the star would be out of commission for 9-12 months. He said that the actor would not completely suspend working after surgery for that length of time, more likely one month for rest and recovery. (Sina)

Chen Kun and Zhao Wei in Chengdu appearing for luxury brand LV.

(Xinhua-gallery)

SG: Beautiful voice runs in Faye Wong’s family

SG: Vicki Zhao thanks hubby

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