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September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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LATimes: Chinese pay for product placement in Hollywood movies

TimeOutHK: Karen Mok interview

My next big project is my first English album and it’s jazz. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Our take on this jazz album is to also retain our Chinese identity. So we have some Chinese elements in the album. I play the guzheng and we put that in as well. It’s a completely new sound we’re trying to create.


Karen Mok’s micro film/advert for Cadillac shot on Route 66

Daniel Wu gets Tom Cruise-y for Cadillac

Posters for the recently opened (in August) Mainland horror film “Horrible Hotel”(?). The B-list cast includes Cecilia Cheung look-a-like, Gong Mi, and the pulchritudinous Zhao Ming, Anya, comic actors Li Jing and Dong Lifan. Hong Kong singer-actor and Wang Lee Hom clone, as well as Kelly Chen’s brother, Victor Chen is the nominal hero.

Gong Mi, Victor Chen

Nightgown scene

Wet tee-shirt scene

Chinese Klansman?


October 31, 2011

October 31, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Michelle Yeoh is “The Lady”

CF: Tang Wei Awarded Best Actress for a Second Time in Korea

FBA: The Space Dream review

Good-looking, widescreen paean to China’s manned space programme.

FBA: Rooster calls for Space Dream

Astronaut drama The Space Dream, co-directed by WANG Jia and SHEN Dong, was named best film at China’s Golden Rooster Film Awards last weekend.

FBA: Huayi, Bona invest in China Lion (THR)

“[This deal] will allow overseas Chinese to watch Chinese movies without delays, as well as open modern Chinese movies to a broader North American audience, and thereby help promote Chinese culture,” said Bona Film Group chairman and CEO YU Dong.

CF: Still photos of “White Vengeance” Released

The production company Starlight International Media Group, responsible for the historical epic “White vengeance” has released a bunch of still photos featuring Anthony Wong.

CF: First Trailer of “Racer Legend” Released

CF: Chinese Stuntman Died on the set of “The Expendables 2″

The stuntman, named Liu Kun from Shanxi province, died while performing a stunt which involved an explosion. The rumor came that Liu is the stand-in for Jet Li but the production team hadn’t confirmed it yet.

Karen Mok shows off her wedding ring at the airport upon returning to Hong Kong. A Hong Kong wedding banquet is planned for Dec. 18.


August 26, 2011

August 26, 2011

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THR: My Kingdom review

Solid fighting vies with sensationalist plotting in this uneven period action drama.

CF: Cast Revealed for Lu Chuan’s New Film

Actress Du Juan, who trounced 10,000 competitors to take on the role, was negatively received after making her first appearance in front of the media.

The reporters said that as she would be playing one of the most beautiful women in ancient Chinese history, the 20 year-old actress was not pretty enough for the character. But the director said differently.

FBA: Huayi expands film to TV

The company has announced series based on box office hits If You are the One (2008) and Aftershock  directed by Feng Xiaogang, a major shareholder in the company.

Huang Xiaoming was spotted as having joined the cast of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff 2 that has begun filming in Beijing. (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok attended the book launch for her parent’s new soup and diet book,.

Karen Mok and parents

Mok Family and Karen’s fiance, Johannes (Sina)

Video: Cash Chin’s The 33D Invader trailer w/subtitles

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Cecilia Cheung back with old boyfriend, Daniel Chan?

CF: Cecilia Cheung in Good Spirits after Divorce

MSN: Cecilia Cheung makes first public appearance after divorce

Cecilia Cheung opens a new jewelry store in Wuhan (Sina-slideshow)

Aaron Kwok won the latest round in the Clio Cup China Series this week in China.

MSN: Barbie Hsu faints, causes panic among family members

MSN: Christy Chung ignores ex-husband

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan wants to settle down with Jay Chou

Jay Chou & Hannah’s holiday details revealed

June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011

CRI: Guy Pearce Promotes New Film in China

Guy Pearce comes to China to promote the film, “33 Postcards” starring this veteran actor and Chinese newcomer, Zhu Lin.

Variety: 33 Postcards review

Director: Mao’s Omega watch not product placement

“Beginning of the Great Revival” does not feature any other brands, but American carmaker Cadillac is an official sponsor.

CRI: Film 7 New Media Project Announced in Shanghai

The films will be shot in digital and broadcast on new media platform such as the Internet and mobile phone.

“Return Ticket” is the second film of Teng, who is a veteran director of commercials in east China’s Taiwan province. :D

Han Jie has won the Golden Goblet award for directing, for his surreal drama “Mr. Tree” at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Jiang Yiyan, Huang Bo


Wang mentioned that despite his work as an award-winning director, tabloids seemed to focus lately on his recent marriage to young actress Zhang Yuqi, the female lead in his latest film “Bai Lu Yuan” (”White Deer Plain”).

The film, adapted from a famous novel of the same name by Chen Zhongshi, is in the post-editing phase. Wang said he was reluctant to cut the four-hour film as he had been talking to his producer to determine a better way to release the movie.

FBA: Guillotines to fly again with new director

We Pictures says the film is not a remake of the 1975 cult classic and that it changed the title from The Flying Guillotines in order to distance the new picture from the old.

Joan Chen is attached in the role of Mrs Young, BD Wong attached to the role of Mr Young, Margaret Cho attached to the role of Ms Lee, and Glee star Harry Shum Jr. attached to the role of Chaz.

Two new Coming Back posters featuring tools of crime in the comedy mystery starring Simon Yam


Latest posters for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Li Bingbing

Jeon Ji-Hyun

Vivian Wu

Jiang Wu (21cn)

Latest Treasure Inn stills feature Charlene Choi and Nicholas Tse

Charlene Choi, Nicholas Tse


CRI: Singer Karen Mok to Wed in Oct with First BF

Karen Mok announced she will get married in October when she accepted the award for best female singer at the 22nd Golden Melody Awards ceremony in Taipei on Saturday night.

April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011

CRI: Lynn Xiong Rumored to Have Brain Tumor

According to Next Magazine, Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi Lam) was reported to have been secretly hospitalized last week and diagnosed with a 2.5cm brain tumor last week after suffering from a persistent headache. Aaron Kwok rushed back to Hong Kong after his April 17th concert in Shanghai. Lynn’s manager denied the report saying that she only went to the hospital for a stomach ache. The article reports that Lynn was overheard talking on the phone about worries of brain surgery. Doctors recommended that she stay in the hospital for observation but she was too anxious to remain and returned home. (Xinhua)2

FBA: Kara Hui is engaged for Wedding Diary

FBA: Huayi’s Resistance comes to a halt

CRI: ’The Lost Bladesman’ Opens Beijing Film Panorama

CF: Jackie Chan’s Cinema Opens in NE China

Christopher Doyle

From Los Angeles, Doyle discusses Chungking Express, the revitalization of Asian cinema and the appeal of revisiting a masterwork.

Variety: Real estate to fund China films

The real estate sector is awash with cash as it’s one of the few vehicles available to Chinese private investors, who get little return from bank deposits in a time of rising inflation; where better for the real estate sector itself to invest than in the film biz, which is yielding high returns as more theaters are built and a cinemagoing culture starts to kick in. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

“The standing joke is that funding comes from coal mine owners with cash to burn [like The Warring States?], but it is a combination of wealthy individual investors, funds and traditional sources,” said Celestial Pictures CEO Ross Pollack.

Variety: Songzhuang docu fest cancelled

Beijing festival shadow falls on smaller event

A well-known Chinese indie docu fest, the Songzhuang Documentary Film Festival China, was forced to cancel its May 1-7 event, bowing to pressure ahead of the first state-run Beijing Intl. Film Festival, which opens at the weekend. Film Festival Pulls Own Plug

GlobalTimes: New film recycles Three Kingdoms story(CF)

With mainly male actors and action scenes, The Lost Bladesman is a macho film with only one female character, Qi Lan.

It is well-known historical supposition – and common sense – that Cao admired Guan’s extraordinary talents and martial-arts ability and tried to coerce him to join his side, while Guan steadfastly refused to betray his master Liu Bei. The Lost Bladesman highlights the two’s love-hate dynamic and even hints at something of a homoerotic relationship. It’s certainly a fresh angle to the tired Three Kingdoms formula Chinese audiences have long been spoon-fed.

It was reported that the film’s original print underwent an exacting digit refurbishment in the lead up to the re-release.

A not-so-scary Chinese ghost story -  review from Malaysia

What started off as a promis­ing premise turns choppy and relies very much on fast edit­ing to make the plot really pop out. While it is commendable to experiment with cameraworks, but tilting the camera again and again is just plain sick. I don’t feel any artistic twist to it every time the filmmaker does that; more like a vomit-inducing effect that I am more than please to take it off…

At times her jumpy character can be really annoying, but it’s her innocence that actually draws people to her - like it or not. And she so much reminds me of Joey Wong, when she broke into the Hong Kong entertainment industry. Not bad.

One more A Beautiful Life poster.

A May 20 simultaneous release was previously reported. (Sina)

The Peter Chan-Teddy Chen production of the martial arts film The Flying Guillotines has been delayed according to Taiwan media due to not having received necessary approvals from the mainland. Production was due to begin filming this month. Ethan Ruan returned to Taiwan from Beijing where he had been training. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Poster for Law Wing-Cheong’s Punished, scheduled for a May 5 release (Sina)

Stills featuring Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok from The Detective 2.

With no classification system, mainland audiences are warned that this is ‘ not another teen movie’. With scenes of a tongue being cut out, rotting corpses and other horrors, the words ’see with caution’ have been added to all advertising posters, trailers, and other publicity materials in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities.. A promotional gimmick or an informal rating? (Xinhua)23 In other news, Feng Xiaogang’s cameo scene revealed in online photos in Gu Changwei’s Till Death Do We Part has been deleted.

CRI: Top Directors Play Cameo Roles in Gu’s Film

No. 32, B District poster

The Chinese-Thai co-production is called the Asian “Paranormal” and opens June 3. (Sina)

Karen Mok posted pictures of herself taken while filming on Rt. 66 outside of Los Angeles and Las Vegas while filming a micro-film for Cadillac. The road was closed for shooting with the help of the police.

Poster for Committed to Freedom

The micro-film is a follow up to the first one starring Daniel Wu entitled On the Verge filmed in Hong Kong and Shanghai. (Xinhua)23

Cherie Chung’s first TV advert in ages, directed by Lawrence Ah Mon and photographed by Cheung Man-Wa/Zhang Wenhua. [You can also look forward to seeing Cherie on the May cover of Elle.]


Li Bingbing promoting environmental protection in Beijing

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be released in July after screening a 10 minute clip at Cannes.


CNA:  Nicholas Tse says wife Cecilia Cheung is much more important than children

His comment took the blogosphere by storm, with come netizens even conferring upon him the title “Best Man of the Century” and expressing envy that Cheung had scored a husband whose love for her eclipsed his love for their children.

CNA: Kenny Bee’s ex-wife claims Fan Jiang abused her daughter, goes to police

CNA: Kitty Zhang marries director 21 years her senior

For those who missed Rock Records’ 30th anniversary in Taipei five months ago, its upcoming Beijing gig will offer another chance to catch up with the largest-ever line-up of Mandopop singers, responsible for 1,800 albums and 20,000 songs on Asia’s largest independent label from the 1980s.

December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010

CRI: “Big Deal” Starts Filming

The movie recounts a magnificent and crazy adventure of three young men, who pursue new directions in life. “The story themes on daily life and characters in the film are as normal as anyone you can see in real life. I believe the black humor in the film would delight the audience”, said Ma Liwen. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Zhao Wei Announces New Film

Zhao Wei will play two roles in “Underground Resistance” (”Shi Kong Di Dao”), a film that involves romance and time travel, the actress said Tuesday. (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Christian Bale Joins Zhang Yimou’s WWII Film

The “Dark Knight” star will play a missionary working in 1930s Nanjing. The film “Jinling Shi San Chai” (”The Thirteen Women of Jinling”), is set in what was once the Chinese capital at the time of the Nanjing Massacre.

“Investors first and foremost think about the market, unlike Yimou, who is focused on art. We invited Bale to join because I am thinking about the market and because we want the world to better understand Chinese culture,” the producer said. (THR)

THR: “Sophie’s Revenge” writer and director enlisted by Montecito/Paramount, Overbrook/Twentieth Century Fox.

Eva Jin Yimeng, writer and director of China’s 2009 smash hit Sophie’s Revenge, starring Zhang Ziyi, is in Los Angeles working on both a feature film script and a television pilot for two separate major Hollywood studios.

FBA: Bullets takes Aftershock’s opening record

Stills from Derek Chiu’s The Road Less Traveled which opens December 31.

Karen Mok, Louis Koo


Empress Dowager and First Emperor Yuan Shikai

Fan Bingbing and Chow Yun-Fat in The Founding of a Party (Sina)

MSN: First look at Michelle Yeoh’s portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in The Lady (Sina)

Tang Wei in her first endorsement since her return, for SK-II (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer posted a photo of himself posing with three members of Fahrenheit.

Lin Chi-Ling: She keeps it simple with money

November 27, 2010

November 27, 2010

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Family photo - Bruce Lee (Sina)

CRI: Sacrifice’ Premieres in Beiijng

Jordan Chan made his first public appearance since returning from his honeymoon with Cherrie Ying. The event was the official launch of a new film (lit. BMW Rhapsody) in Beijing at the 798 Art District. He will be costarring in the black comedy with Gong Xinliang, Lee Kin-Yan and Kong Ming (the male Fan Bingbing impersonator).

Jordan Chan

Jordan Chan

Director Qi Lin

Kong Ming, Lee Kin-Yan

Kong Ming (Xinhua)2(Sohu)

Karen Mok in Shanghai for a Christmas lighting ceremony at The Peninsula.


November 9, 2010

November 9, 2010

Color Me Love poster

Preview screenings in Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen have received positive reviews

Zhu Hong, model Lu Yan

iLook editor Hong Huang, Zhu Hong, Joan Chen

Zhu Hong (Sina)2

Jang Dong-Gun, Fan Bingbing, director Kang Je-Kyu

Best Actress Fan Bingbing was presented with flowers upon returning to the set of My Way in South Korea. (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Jiang Luxia

Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia, DaDa Lo and A.Lin took to the streets to promote Vampire Warriors.

A.Lin, Dada, Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia

Massive crowds (Sina)23

Nicholas Tse plays a villain in Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple

Andy Lau plays a rival warlord who becomes a monk

He leads the monks in protecting the victims of war (Sina)2

CRI: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse Seen in ‘Shaolin’

Still from Midnight Beating

Opens Dec. 24, a future Christmas classic! (Sina)

Josephine Siao Fong-Fong and husband

Fong Fong accompanied her husband who received an honorary doctorate’s degree. (Sina)

Cherrie Ying and Jordan Chan shot a series of light-hearted wedding pictures (Sina)

Closeups of Cecilia Cheung

Sure looks pregnant to me (HunanTV)

Law Kar-Ying and wife Liza Wang returned from Canada to Hong Kong (Sina)

Displeased that he’s being accused of using Lin Chi-ling to gain viewership for his new variety show, Mr. J Channel, Jay Chou slams media online

Barbie Hsu’s whirlwind romance brings out naysayers

October 19, 2010

October 19, 2010

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Variety: My Ex-Wife’s Wedding review

Love fades but won’t let go in “My Ex-Wife’s Wedding,” a glossy but only partially successful Pan-Asian take on the post-divorce romantic-comedy subgenre.

CRI: Cantonese Trailer for ‘Bruce Lee’ Released

FBA:  Huayi sets date for One 2

Huayi Brothers has announced that the sequel to Feng Xiaogang’s romantic comedy If You are the One will open in China on 22 Dec. Lead actor Ge You also starring in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice and Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly.

Chow Yun-Fat, Li Jing - The Founding of a Party

He Yunwei plays a French translator

Li Jing plays Chow Yun-Fat’s son (Sina)

CRI: Zhou Xun Poses for ‘i-D’

Mainland singer-actress Zhou Xun was featured in a photoshot for a special 30th-anniversary issue of fashion magazine “i-D”. Zhou dresses up in black lace and imitates a rock singer displaying her wild charm.

Faye Wong concert crashes Taiwan ticket system

Hong Kong media also reports rumor of an April concert in Hong Kong. Faye supposedly would perform for only 45 minutes and the remainder would be filled by video games. At a 2500 yuan price, that works out to 55 yuan per minute for the shortest concert in the history of Hong Kong. (Xinhua)

Netizens claim Zhang Ziyi wore knock-off dress at awards ceremony (Xinhua-photos)

Francis Ng and 2 year-old son spotted out shopping last week (Sina)

Karen Mok in Singapore


The Hong Kong actress is mad about co-star stealing her lead role and getting double her pay in Lunar New Year flick.

Cecilia Cheung - You wanna beef with this? (Xinhua)

MSN: Tony Leung and Donnie Yen are worth $5m each (HK$30M)

October 7, 2010

October 7, 2010

Variety: Under the Hawthorn Tree 2

CRI:  Zhang Yimou Promotes “Hawthorn Tree” in S. Korea

AP: Zhang calls new film a back-to-basics romance

Shawn Dou Xiao, Zhang Yimou, Zhou Dongyu

Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree opened the 15th Pusan International Film Festival


Maggie Cheung returns in Ten Thousand Waves (UK)

Isaac Julien on Ten Thousand Waves (UK)

APA: Vancouver International Film Festival 2010: Capsule reviews (Part 1)

Winter Vacation, The High Life, Seven Days in Heaven, Cold Fish, Crossing the Mountain, Pinoy Sunday, Red Dragonflies, The Drunkard, R U There?

APA: Vancouver International Film Festival 2010: Capsule reviews (Part 2)

The Fourth Portrait, I Wish I Knew, Sandcastle, Single Man, et al

FBA: Buddha Mountain joins Tokyo competition

Buddha reunites Li with Lost’s leading actress Fan Bingbing, starring alongside Sylvia Chang and Berlin Chen.

CRI: Nominees Announced for the 47th Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival

The Taiwan film “When Love Comes,” directed by Chang Tso-chi, stands out in the film list with 14 nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Performer, and Best Original Screenplay to name a few.

APA: Street Fighter for the Fans: interview with producer Jennifer Zhang

Jennifer Zhang is the producer of the YouTube film Street Fighter High and the recently-released sequel, Street Fighter High: The Musical.

Karen Mok, at a recent promotional event, said she would like to reprise her Skeleton Demon role in Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. (Sina)

CRI: Edison Chen Releases New Album

And if you see him, be sure to wish Edison a happy birthday!


Charlene Choi

Charlene plays an OL (office lady) in her latest music MV (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung at an event at Times Square wearing a skirt that looks like a Tiffany’s lamp shade (Sina-slide show)

Neck injury forces HK actress Gillian Chung to stop work

(Oct. 5) Charlie Young attending a reception to raise funds for the Hong Kong Cancer Fund

(Sina-slide show)

Karen Mok with Astrid Chan and Daniel Chan on UNICEF goodwill tour (Sept.30)

Travelling to the hinterlands in Chengdu for UNICEF, Karen Mok reveals an essential “magic portable toilet”. :D

Jennifer Tse

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting kicks off a ‘Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF’ campaign at Harbour City.

The kids look sceptical :D


SG: Cecilia Cheung makes comeback in Lunar New Year flick

My love life isn’t traumatic, says Rainie Yang

It was the Taiwanese pop star’s difficult love life that landed her a plum role in the latest Pang brother’s horror flick.

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