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” .
Just Call Me Nobody” features Taiwan actress Kelly Lin and well-known Chinese mainland comedians Zhao Benshan and Xiao Shen Yang.
Hot Summer Days gets limited release in New York, LA
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.
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)
Shawn Dou Xiao
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)
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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