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January 5, 2011

January 5, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 2:38 pm

FBA: Color Me Love (5/10)

Glossy rom-com set in Beijing’s fashion scene let down by an empty script and weak direction.

FBA: Just Call Me Nobody (3/10)

CRI: 2011 Chinese Cinema Preview

CRI: ’Shaolin’ Releases New Poster

The background of the poster shows the burning Shaolin temple. To make the temple look older than it actually was, the director asked Chung-Man Hai, the film’s artistic director, to build a second Shaolin Temple. Chung-Man Hai spent two months and 20 million yuan (US$3 million) building the temple, which is larger than the original Songshan Shaolin Temple.

Stills of Jet Li in Tsui Hark’s 3D Flying Swords of Dragon Gate


Chow Yun-Fat and his double Wen Xiang (Xinhua)

January 3, 2011

January 3, 2011

HK Film Archive celebrates 10th anniversary with “The Best From the Archive Collection”

Twenty-five film classics that are documents of their times as well as timeless works of art will be shown in “The Best From the Archive Collection” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HKFA.

Home of China’s “Bigfoot” plans to shoot Avatar-like 3D film on the elusive beast

FBA: Let the Bullets Fly (8/10)

A richly entertaining Oriental Western anchored by a well-honed, ironic script and terrific performances.

After 17 days, Let the Bullets Fly breaks 500 million yuan at the box office.

Liao Fan, Jiang Wen, Shao Bing, Zhang Mo (Xinhua)

Beautifully shot biopic of Lee’s early life in ’50s Hong Kong is more charming than dramatic.

Two Taiwan version posters for Chen Yen-Ping’s (Treasure Hunter) martial arts comedy Just Call Me Nobody

Eric Tsang, Kelly Lin are among the cast that includes spoofs of Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046, Wanted, The Terminator, Star Wars and the novels of Jin Yong (Louis Cha). (Sina)

Aaron Kwok performs at New Year’s Eve countdown at APM Mall — in shorts

(Sina-slide show) (Xinhua)

Charlene Choi counts down to the new year in TST East

Deep Ng, Charlene, Vincy Chan

The following day, New Year’s Day, Charlene collapsed from exhaustion at Shanghai’s airport while enroute to her next activity. Posting on her Weibo, she said airport staff and colleagues came to her assistance so that she didn’t make a fool of herself.

Twins, later New Year’s Day (Sina) (Xinhua)

HK’s Charlene Choi faints in Shanghai airport

(Jan.1) The same evening, Charlene Choi, Yao Chen, Fahrenheit, Wu Chun, Wang Luo Dan and Han Geng performed in concert at the Shanghai World Expo Centre.

Yao Chen

(Sina-slide show)

Carina Lau and Tony Leung send New Year’s greeting on Weibo (Xinhua)

Faye Wong’s five Hong Kong concerts in March are 93 percent sold out after half a day ticket sales. In addition, Faye has been leaving hints on her Weibo that she is pregnant again. (Sina)

Sandra Ng and George Lam were Andy Lau’s guests at his New Year’s evening concert

Sandra Ng

George Lam (Sina-slide show)

The next evening, January 2, Karen Mok, Connie Chan Po-Chu and her son joined Andy on stage

(Sina-slide show)

Top 10 cover female stars

…the shiniest female cover stars of 2010 according to their cover appearances on the Chinese editions of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar.

December 8, 2010

December 8, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 7:23 pm

Michelle Yeoh to portray Aung San Suu Kyi on filmCNNGo

According to the Bangkok Post, the movie is titled “Dans la Lumiere” and will be directed by Luc Besson. A French production team is already wrapping up location shooting in Thailand, which will stand for Myanmar in the movie. (Thanks, Dave!)

Michelle Yeoh

Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Yeoh (Sina)2

THR: Abacus and Sword — Film Review (Japan)

In Asia, where accountants are often considered hotter dates than rock stars, many will find Yoshimitsu Morishita’s portrait of a book-keeping samurai who is lousy at kendo but brilliant at computation and penny-pinching is funny and endearing.

CRI: Barbie Hsu Joins ‘My Kingdom

In “My Kingdom”, Hsu joins Wu Chun (”14 Blades”) and Han Geng for a 1920s tale of two brothers’ quest for fame, love and revenge.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s Look in ‘Eternal Moment

Twelve years ago, Xu Jinglei and Li Yapeng, who just graduated from university, starred in the trendy TV drama “Cherish Our Love Forever”, which won them fame and popularity. Zhang Yibai, director of the TV drama, assembled the original cast to make the movie sequel.

FBA: Nobody is early winner at China BO

Kevin Chu’s costume comedy Just Call Me Nobody made RMB60.9 million ($9.1 million) over the three-day weekend in China, keeping Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice off the top of the charts…Nobody stars Xiao as a cobbler who learns martial arts from Jacky Wu’s hermit. Zhao, also the major financier of the film, stars as a bandit who is also skilled in martial arts.

Kara Hui

Kara Hui Ying-Hung in costume as vilainous demon for Wilson Yip’s Chinese Ghost Story (HunanTV)

Carina Lau arriving for Let the Bullets Fly press conference in Beijing. (Dec.6)

A scar on her chin revealed

With Ge You


MSN: Ekin Cheng plans to wed Yoyo Mung

MSN: Selina Jen rejoices as she sits on a wheelchair

November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010

Poster for Jordan Chan’s horror film Mysterious Island (lit. Panic Island) (Sina)

Latest poster for the martial arts comedy Just Call Me Nobody features Xiao Shenyang, Zhao Benshan and Kelly Lin (Sina)

New Midnight Beating poster (21cn)

Aarif Lee: ‘I don’t look like Bruce Lee’ (CNNGo)

Charlie Young attending a jewelry brand promotion in Shanghai said that her script for Christmas Rose is completed and she would begin shooting early next year.

(Sina)2(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua-gallery)

I’m the best for Simon

Last December, when the Hong Kong paparazzi alleged that actor Simon Yam had a night of illicit sex with an unknown girl in a hotel in Hangzhou, China, ex-supermodel Qiqi rubbished the reports immediately.

MSN: Li Yapeng to retire from acting

Li shared that they are still in the midst of ironing out the final details for Faye and their daughter Dou Jingtong’s (otherwise known as Tong Tong) first collaboration as voiceovers for the Chinese version of Mamma Mia!.

Night and Day - Channel NewsAsia

Point Of Entry” revolves around the action-filled cases taken on by an elite team of Immigration And Checkpoints Authority (ICA) special agents who protect Singapore’s borders from smuggling and illegal immigration.

The son of Hong Kong comedian Richard Ng, Carl bears the constant burden of carving out a career outside of his famous father’s shadow.

November 10, 2010

November 10, 2010

Variety: The Star and the Sea review 2

A well-appointed if very old-fashioned meller charting the impoverished childhood of early 20th-century Chinese composer Xiang Xinghai.

CRI: Zhao Benshan Brings Comedy to New Year’s Screens

Zhao Benshan, one of China’s most popular comedians, will bring laughs to moviegoers this New Year’s season with the action-comedy film “Just Call Me Nobody”.

Xiao Shenyang (Xinhua)

An exclusive deal between AMC Entertainment and China Lion Film Distribution will bring up to 15 Chinese films per year to American cinemas to be released on the same dates in both countries, “The Washington Times” reports.

Tang Wei in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

Takeshi Kaneshiro

Donnie Yen

Jimmy Wang Yu, returns to the screen after a 17 year break


Andy Lau is busy rehearsing for his December concerts

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Edison Chen’s business woes in Hong Kong

MSN: Selina Jen plagued by nightmares

MSN: Andy Lau dismisses surrogate birth issue

Chrissie Chau - Hong Kong model rejects expensive dinner

“I am not Mrs Cheng, I am Ms Choi,” says HK’s Charlene Choi

Luxury brands Oakley, Calvin Klein, and Gucci offer sunglasses that double as 3D viewing glasses

Oakley ($150), Calvin Klein ($180)

Gucci ($275)

At better retailers everywhere (Sina)

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

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