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October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Purple House review

Disappointing psychodrama from noted Hong Kong d.p. Poon Hang-sang, in his directorial debut.

FBA: Revenge of the Factory Woman review

Simple but impressive drama set in ’70s Taiwan, with lucid direction and acting.

ChinaPost: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Part 2 review

“The Rainbow Bridge”, the second half of director Wei Te-sheng’s epic film “Seediq Bale”, is packed with more action but is also more convoluted and weaker in character development.

Stills from Gordon Chan’s Mural featuring Eric Tsang and Yan Ni

Eric Tsang

CNA: Celebrity weddings galore in October

MSN: Sonija Kwok marries in Japan secretly

The Hong Kong actress married her martial arts choreographer boyfriend, enraging her mother

Lam denied that she is back to Hong Kong to save her failing marriage with Yuen, as previous rumours have claimed.

September 13, 2010

September 13, 2010

Screen Daily: The Ditch

THR: The Ditch

Bottom Line: A documentary-like memorial to China’s forced-labor camps, respectful but harrowing to watch.

GlobalTimes: The truth behind John Woo and Tsui Hark’s healing Venice embrace

Zhou Dongyu (Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Yimou Premieres “Under the Hawthorn Tree”

SG: Raymond Lam to collaborate with Jet Li

Filming for Madame White Snake commenced last Friday. Other cast members include Chinese actress Huang Shengyi and pop idol Charlene Choi.

CRI: MV of Film “Detective Dee’s” Theme Song Released

Detective Dee poster

Detective Dee awaiting Venice judgement for Golden Lion (Xinhua)

American director wins top prize at Venice Film Festival

Sofia Coppola’s ” Somewhere,” her exploration of the relationship between a father and his young daughter under the flashbulbs of movie celebrity, won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

Zhang Yuan presented his 3D animated short Space Guy at Venice. The film was originally shot for the Shanghai World Expo. (Sina)

Louis Koo will not be able to make any action films for 6 months following his surgery. Altogether, he will need a year to fully rehabilitate. (Sina)

SG: Louis Koo spares no expense buying properties

Despite having injured his right knee-cap during filming for his upcoming film A Chinese Ghost Story, Louis insists on continuing with work, opting to only drop action scenes.

“(My injury) requires a surgery. The doctors said that I’d need six months to a year to recuperate. Hence, my filming projects need to be re-scheduled. I can’t shoot action scenes during that period,” he explained.

The film star also revealed that he already has two projects lined up; a comedy film and a sequel to movie Overheard.

Filming for his new film Young Warriors of the Yang Clan will commence in March next year.

Photos from media visit to set of TV series “Swordsman’s Passion”

Wu Yaqiao (’Little Vivian Hsu’), Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi

Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi

Yumiko Cheng, Kevin Kwan, Charlene Choi

Nicholas Tse (Sina)

Huo Siyan in Legend of the Fist

(Sina)

Fans leave flowers at the door of Leslie Cheung’s former Kadoorie Hill home to commemorate what would have been his 54th birthday (Sept.12) (Sina) (Xinhua-slide show)

Fan gathering in Tsimshatsui hotel (Sina-slide show)

Karen Mok performed in Beijing at the China Green Community Concert (Sept.10) (Sina)\

Anthony Wong at a Puma Music event

Greeting the press

Anthony Wong will be flying to Bejing to promote Legend of the Fist. According to other reports, Anthony turned down requests to be photographed with some (pseud)o-models also attending the event. (Standards, you know.) (Sina-slide show)

Anthony Wong in Beijing

Enlight Pictures President Zhao, Anthony Wong, Andrew Lau, Huang Bo (Sina-gallery)

Wedding photos

Karena Lam

Advertising director Yuen Kim-wai (Steve Yuen) has confirmed that Karena Lam is pregnant but she is not a third-party. He revealed that, in fact, he and Karena were married in Vancouver, Canada back in June. Yuen, thought to be married, is divorced from his wife. (Sina)2, (Xinhua)2

HK actress Karena Lam married & pregnant

Carina Lau in Florence getting measured for a custom shoe last.

In 2004, husband Tony Leung had his own custom Ferragamo shoe last made. Lin Chi-Ling and Zhang Ziyi have had custom shoe lasts made by Ferragamo in the past. Carina’s autographed last will be displayed in the Ferragamo Museum for display. She was received by third-generation family member James Ferragamo and presented with a NT$800,00 (US$25,000) Sofia alligator purse as a welcoming gift. (!) (Xinhua)

Rosemary - arrest photo (21cn.com)

Rosemary family photo. Her father is French-Russian and mother is Chinese. (File photo) (Sina)

Rosemary and mother, Julie.

In years past, the two have had an icy relationship due to Julie’s strict discipline. (Sina)

HK model arrested in US for drug possession

Dorian Ho

With mentor William Tang

Rosemary is now back in Hong Kong. She is scheduled to appear Thursday on the runway for designer Dorian Ho at a charity fashion event. For now, designers Dorian Ho and William Tang are standing by her. Rosemary cancelled a planned press conference on advice from her attorney. Besides simple possession, more serious charges of dealing are possible. (Sina)2

Vivian Hsu - Taipei (Sept.10)

Ethan Ruan and others attended, but really…

(Sina-slide show)

Huang Yi prepares to deliver a little high heat

Huang Yi was a celebrity guest helping kick off a fall baseball league in Beijing. Currently working on the basketball film ‘Amazing’ she has been practicing horse riding and martial arts skills for her next film, with she inadvertently revealed, Anthony Wong, ‘Qiu Jin’. (Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Maggie Cheung in black bikini and Burberry.

Maggie took the plunge to help celebrate the 160th anniversary of Lane Crawford and demonstrate both the versatility of the Burberry raincoat and abstract art form. (Xinhua)

SG: Julian Cheung and Anita Yuen move in preparation for Baby No.2

Ayi Jihu: Her raunchy videos attract unwelcome attention from Chinese govt

Sexy Chinese R&B singer dubbed “Chinese Madonna”

Alleged Ponzi schemer joins T.O. mayor race (Thanks, to Brian)

Background:  [3.29,2009][4.7.2009]

September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010

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New Wind Blast poster released (Sina)

Stool Pigeon review - 4/5 by Winnie Yeung

Reign of Assassins - Barbie Hsu, Wang Xueqi, Michelle Yeoh

Kelly Lin

Barbie Hsu

Reign of Assassins was previewed for critics in Beijing today. John Woo’s daughter, Angeles, plays a female killer and even gets a few close-ups. (Sina)

Promotional stills for Adventure Island

A ruthless female killer recalls Kill Bill (Sina)

Vivian Hsu, Wang Bo-Chieh

Juliet starring Vivian Hsu will be the opening film of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November. Vivian plays a physically handicapped woman in the film. (HunanTV)

Who wore what on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet including a nice comparison of the runway version to the red carpet version.

Andy Lau celebrates birthday early in Venice (Sina-slide show)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen appearing for a children’s shoe brand (Sina-slide show)

Zhang Ziyi - Got Milk?

Dropped by international brands like Armani in the wake of ‘donation-gate’, Zhang Ziyi recently appeared in a  TV advert for a national milk brand. (Xinhua)

F4’s Jerry Yan is said to be interested in being cast in Zhang Ziyi’s upcoming Mulan. He’s brushing up his English in hopes of landing a role.

(Sina)

Karena Lam is rumored to be due to deliver a baby in November. The father is said to be MV director Yuen Kim-Wai who is married. Her former company Filmko denied the allegations and threatened legal actions. Derek Tsang tried but failed to contact Karena hoping to have her help promote his film Lover’s Discourse at the Pusan Film Festival. The film features Karena and Eason Chan. (Sina)2

Plans for Cecilia Cheung to comeback in a Derek Yee collaboration has dissolved according to reports. She had a choice of two scripts to review from the director. No explanations other than the usual ’schedule confilicts’ and a failure to reach an agreement between the two sides. Cecilia’s manager confirmed the news. (Sina)2

SG: Michelle Reis shows off baby bump

August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010

Concept poster for The Man Behind The Courtyard House starring Simon Yam and Zhang Jingchu

(formerly Watchman/Watchmen here)

Thrillers fans are enjoying a wave of new films with the recent releases of Illusion Apartment, Curse of the Deserted, and the upcoming Midnight Pulse and The Island. (Sina)2

NPR: Giving ‘Charlie Chan’ A Second Chance

China: no film ratings, restated censors role (THR)

SARFT vice minister sees more cinemas, cheaper tickets

CRI: It’s Not Time for Film Rating System

THR: Thomas Mao

Bottom line: A fresh and delightful crossover between art and life, documentary and fiction, dream and reality.

Writer-director Felix Chong’s light satire on gangster dramas is hit-and-miss.

The upcoming Hong Kong cops and gangsters film “The Stool Pigeon” was screened for the press in Beijing recently, and proved the film had passed the Mainland examiners and would be presented in its original form without any cuts.

Reboot of John Woo classic focuses on drama

When the Korean remake of John Woo’s seminal, genre-defining shoot’em up, “A Better Tomorrow” rolls out in multiplexes all over Korea during next month’s Chuseok holiday, don’t expect a faithful update.

Michelle Ye (and Aaron Kwok) won 3rd place prize

front: Chin Kar-Lok, Ng Ka-Lok, Michelle Ye, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng

Chin Kar-Lok placed second to winner Ng Ka-Lok in Jet Li’s One Foundation Celebrity Charity Cup race in Shanghai.

Jet Li and volunteer Lin Peng

Lin Peng

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

While Vicki is willing to give the marriage time, she is said to be taking on jobs to ensure that she has a steady income in the event of a divorce and she needs to fight for custody of her daughter.

She even met up with a famous Chinese scriptwriter to discuss plans for her movie, which will be her first self-directed feature.

Karena Lam (Sina)

HK actress Karena Lam goes back to school

Karena Lam’s management company has released an official statement on Wednesday, clarifying that the 32-year-old had not completely left the industry but has gone back to school, reported Chinese media.

SG: Irene Wan shows her motherly side

After 10 years of marriage, former sex-bomb Irene Wan has given up on trying to conceive and decided to adopt instead.

CRI: Chinese Women’s National Volleyball Team Triggers Debate in Hong Kong

August 18, 2010

August 18, 2010

CRI: 3D “The Legend of Silk Boy” to be Released on August.20

Jackie Chan is the voice of the hero, Xu Rongcun, while the film’s director, David Liu, also worked on “Star Trek”, “Transformer” and “Toy Story”.

The cast also includes Li Bingbing, Li Yang and comedian Zhou Libo, who speaks in a Shanghainese dialect for his character.

FBA: Toronto unleashes Butcher in madness

The 35th Toronto International Film Festival (9-19 Sep 2010) will host the world premiere of Wu Ershan’s anarchic action-comedy The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman [ previously Legend of the Kitchen Knife here] in its Midnight Madness section.

The film is the first feature from Daniel Yu’s Beijing-based production company First Cut Features, founded in June 2008. Yu previously produced the Focus First Cuts series, including Crazy Stone.

In Butcher, a lowly pork vendor tries to steal the heart of a top courtesan, a mute learns how to cook to avenge the death of his father and a warrior attempts to become the world’s number one, all with the help of a magical blade.

The martial-arts comedy stars Ando Masanobu, Ben Chang You and Kitty Zhang.

Karena Lam

Don Quixote poster featuring Karena Lam

CRI: Karena Lam Announces Retirement from Entertainment Industry

HK actress Karena Lam quit showbiz?

With the expiration of her eight year contract with Filmko last year, Karena Lam has effectively withdrawn from the movie business. She has declined to appear for publicity events for her most recent film Don Quixote which she worked on under a tacit agreement. According to friends, Karena has been studying photography, ceramics and architecture in Canada and France. After the expiration of her contract, she rarely appeared in public and last month she dismissed her assistant of many years. Even though Filmko was willing to extend her contract, Karena was unmoved. Now 31 years old, Karena grew up in Canada and at the age of 15 signed a 5 year development contract in Taiwan as a singer against her parents wishes. After being put on ice after a falling out, she went to Hong Kong in 2001 where she made her first film, July Rhapsody, and won Best Supporting Actress. Karena made twenty films in 5 years but her career subsequently stalled. (Xinhua)(21cn)

Guangzhou premiere press conference for Stool Pigeon

Guei Lun-Mei

Miao Pu, Nick Cheung

Liu Kai-Chi

Liu Kai-Chi

Audience favorite, Liu Kai-Chi won HKFA’s Best Supporting Actor in 1993 for his role in Cagemen and was nominated three more times for Internal Affairs 2, SPL and Beast Stalker. (Sina)2

Liu Ye as young Mao Zedong

Li Qin

Li Qin plays Mao’s second wife, Yang Kaihui

Liu Ye and Li Qin

The Founding of a Party (tentative title) held a low key opening lens ceremony. Filming is scheduled for 5 months with a 2011 release. (Sina)2

Jiang Wen and Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro recently visited the Shanghai World Expo and was unnoticed by the public. Later, De Niro visited Jiang Wen in Beijing and watched an early preview of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly. Afterward, even though the special effects and music has not been completed, De Niro praised the film as thrilling, funny and fantastic. He offered his own people to provide the subtitling because if he wanted to attract American audiences native English speakers would be preferable. The following day, in honor of De Niro’s 67th birthday, Jiang Wen held a banquet complete with the Godfather theme. He also gave De Niro a handwritten scroll with the character ‘Warrior’. (Sina)

Poster for Cheer Chen’s Sept. 4 Guangzhou ‘Summer Etude’ concert (21cn)

CRI: Tsai Chin to Start New Concert Tour

SG: Jay Chou late for Lee Hom’s Love In Disguise opening

SG: Andy Hui fesses up

SG: Huang Xiaoming rails at AngelaBaby in public

SG: Lucas Tse’s Disney birthday bash

Lucas

Lucas and Quintus

(Xinhua)(Sina-slide show)

Aaron Kwok says no to cohabitation

The 44-year-old star who graced the opening of a fitness centre in Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district on Tuesday revealed that he was dead against cohabitation.

December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

Karena Lam braves the cold for Don Quixote, which will be released in 3D (Sina)

AngelaBaby plays a country maid with a stutter in All’s Well Ends Well 2010

(Sina)

CRI: Zhao Wei’s ‘Blades’ Wedding

The latest still-shots from the upcoming Chinese movie “14 Blades” show beautifully dressed Qiao Hua, played by Zhao Wei, waiting for her groom Qinglong, played by Donnie Yen.

HK Film Archive looks at Eileen Chang and film

China finds likely tomb of 3rd century general Cao Cao

Simon Yam spotted having a tryst with an unknown girl

Simon, who is currently overseas, refuted the rumours and explained, “That girl is just someone who was supposed to pick me up. There were others as well, and the flowers they were holding were for me. The next time if someone picks me up, I will tell them not to bring flowers but fruits instead. These rumours are ridiculous!”

Former HK actress Cherie Chung to marry a Singaporean businessman

“Single life is great, but having someone to share your joy and sorrow with is a very blissful thing,” Chung said.

Who’s behind the Zhang Ziyi ‘black paint incident’?

Hong said in her blog update that people who think Murdoch orchestrated the whole thing are completely mistaken.

“As far as I know, the mastermind behind this incident does not have a husband. She is someone’s second mistress. But for a second mistress to be so brazen, she must be somebody. I suggest that entertainment reporters focus on finding out who she is,” Hong said in her update.

Charmaine Sheh is TVB’s top earner!

Garnering a total of 15 million viewers for her shows, Charmaine has officially become TVB’s highest earner for the year, triumphing Raymond Lam, who is in 2nd place and Michael Tse (otherwise known as “Laughing Gor”), who is in 3rd. Bernice Liu, who was in 3rd place last year, is no where to be found near the top.

Shanghai Daily: Cantopop king Alan Tam delves into jade

New Gillian Chung advert for TOUGH Jeansmith (Sina)

(on.cc)

Fan Bingbing wedding studio advert

(Xinhua)

Karen Mok

I spy: Karen Mok with a new boyfriend? Spotted shopping in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

Dec. 30 is the 6th anniversary of Anita Mui’s passing.(Sina)

December 18, 2009

December 18, 2009

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HK Magazine: Bodyguards and Assassins

Malaysia premiere with Peter Chan, Teddy Chen, Fan Bingbing, and Tony Leung Kar-Fai, slide show (Sina)

Francis Ng

Yu Nan embraces Charlie Yeung

Four Marshals/Fierce West Wind has been shooting under blizzard conditions in the Gobi Desert. Filming has been extended due to delays caused by the weather. After two and half months the cast and crew morale is still high. (Xinhua) (Thanks, to Valerie!)

HD slide show (Sina)

(cri.cn)

Jay Chou promotes Treasure Hunter in Shanghai, slide show (Sina)

Karena Lam in her first costume film Don Quixote (HunanTV)

Andy Lau becomes ‘monk’ for three days

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow celebrated the close of filming Ann Hui’s ‘Leisurely Fried Rice’ and exchanged Christmas gifts with other cast and crew at a Hong Kong seafood restaurant last night (Sina)

Fan Bingbing praises Fann Wong for “grace and elegance”

Huang Yi

Zhang Jingchu

Angelica Lee

CRI: Elle Fashion Time!

Every public appearance by a celebrity can be subject to fashion critics. Stars usually choose their outfits in a highly cautious manner. So, what are they going to choose for a major fashion event?

Kelly Chen attends a ribbon cutting ceremony in Monkok. (Sina)

Still from latest Faye Wong advert (Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Asian groups outraged over Toby Keith’s ‘racist’ gesture during performance

Add him to the list with Miley Cyrus and the Spanish Olympic Basketball Team

December 10, 2009

December 10, 2009

Lynn Xiong

Taiwan actress Feng Yuan Zhen, know as Little Lin Chi-Ling

Leon Jay Williams

He Jiong

Joe Ma announced in Beijing plans to film My Sassy Girl 2 with Lynn Xiong/Hung Doi-Lam and Leon Jay Williams/Li Wei-Lian.  (Sina)

Storm Warriors Hong Kong premiere

Slide show (HunanTV)

Bodyguards and Assassins - Shanghai promotion stop (HunanTV) (Sina)

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s New ‘Story’ Premieres

“A Simple Noodle Story”, the long-awaited new film by Zhang Yimou, premiered in Beijing on Wednesday

CRI: MV for ‘Noodle Story’ Theme Song


Prince of Tears (Hong Kong), City of Life and Death (China), No Puede Vivir Sin Te (Taiwan) make final list of Golden Globes Best Foreign Language Film. (Sina)

I spy: Zhang Ziyi getting in shape for Wong Kar-Wai’s Grand Master

(HunanTV)


Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation Ambassadors:

Ekin Cheng, Connie Chan, Karena Lam

Karena Lam (Xinhua)


CRI: Zhang Ziyi Defines Her ‘Good Man’


Female tycoon spotted at Edison Chen’s new Shanghai store


Cecilia Cheung aspires to have a brood of five children

October 1, 2009

October 1, 2009a

Variety: Ghost Town review

Zhao Dayong’s magisterial docu “Ghost Town” minutely examines the day-to-day doings in the dying town of Zhiziluo, in the mountains of China’s Yunan province. At a leisurely 172 minutes, the pic takes on the desultory rhythms of rural stagnation, its rigorous compositions imparting aesthetic weight and meditative scope to everything in its purview…

Jiang Wen, Shuji Iwai, Maggie Q, Shu Qi


Golden Week Film Recap (slide show)

Films screening during National Day holidays:

The Warrior and The Wolf, Earthshaking, Royal Tattoo, Copy Cat, Happy Running (animation), Fei Chang Zhu Bo, My Fair Gentleman, Wheat, The Message, Shenbing Kids (animation), Prequel: Monkey King (3D),  The King of Milu Deer (3D), The Founding of a Republic

Hong Kong premiere of Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

Tony Leung sans wife Carina Lau

Karena Lam

Chin Kar-Lok

(Xinhuanet.com)

Vivian Chow

Vivian and husband Joe Nieh attending the stage drama Wild Rose Xinhuanet.com)


August 27, 2009

August 27, 2009

John Woo and daughter
John Woo and Terence Chang to produce martial arts film costarring Woo’s daughter Angeles Fei-Shai Woo as a female killer

Shooting starts in Shanghai in October. Cast includes Jung Woo-sung, Michelle Yeoh, Barbie Hsu, Shawn Yue, Kelly Lin. Su Zhao-Bin will direct the film, literally ‘River and Lakes Swordwomen’. 30 year-old Angeles has studied martial arts in the US.






Ocean Paradise press conference with Jet Li, Kwai Lun-Mei, director/screenwriter Xue Xiaolu

Jet Li plays the father of an autistic child, due for a 2010 Spring Festival release



More Ocean Paradise cast photos


Wang Jing’s Invisible Killer opens August 28

Film about internet human flesh searches




Eternal Beloved opens September 3



Law Kar-Ying’s scenes in Kung Fu Cyborg mostly deleted

Edited for out pacing, Law quipped that if you yawn you’ll miss me.


Actress Tao Hong attends party for new movie “Death Dowry”

Ethan Ruan gets bashed up for his latest movie, Monga
Monga, depicts Taiwan in the 1980s when it was encroached with mafia and triad gangs.


Cast presents at premiere ceremony of new film “Gasp”

Comic Ge You goes serious for Gasp

Shanzhai! Stop me if you’ve seen this movie before…

Donnie Yen to retire from the big screen in 2013



Karena Lam and Ekin Cheng promote Claustrophobia in South Korea


Airport sighting of Andy and Carol all the rage

More celebs embroiled in Eason Chan marriage drama


Simon Yam
Simon Yam at Hong Kong Disneyland press conference for new Halloween show ‘The Deep Cold Universe’




Shu Qi in Beijing endorsing a watch brand



New Lin Chi-Ling fashion photos

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