HKMDB Daily News

June 22, 2011

June 22, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 4:38 pm

FBA: Fallen City review

Small-scale but interesting drama of switched identities pretty much delivers on its original idea.

FBA: Lovers in the Water review

Emotionally delicate drama of a dying young man visiting his hometown avoids obvious melodrama.

Web Ratings Disabled for Chinese Communist Party Film

Two popular movie review websites in China have disabled the star rating system for the film. The sites, douban.com and mtime.com, are also not allowing users to leave written reviews about the movie.

CRI: ”My Kingdom” Unveils Its Makeup Secrets

The Devil Inside Me opens July 2 and stars Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Kelly Lin

Kelly Lin

Andy Lau is confirmed as cast in the lead for the international action-mystery film based on the historic Chinese painting, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains. Filming begins in September and will take place in Dubai, Tokyo, Taipei, Milan in addition to locations in China. Zhao Wei and Lin Chi-Ling were previously reported as the likely female costars. Production was originally slated to begin in May but was delayed to accommodate Andy Lau’s concert tour schedule. The film will be a US co-production with teams from Canada, South Korea, and Japan and Chinese and American directors. Andy’s character will be a version of the James Bond-007 legend. (Sina)2

First picture of Jimmy Wang Yu since his recent stroke. Wang Yu said that the doctor told him there was no stroke like his, three days in bed and then he was up walking. The left side was still weak but his speech and walking was normal.

Karen Mok: I still love him (MSN)

The Hong Kong singer was responding to a past comment that said her fiancé is a homosexual

Donnie Yen, man magnet

Most of Cheung’s fighting scenes from her upcoming movie “The Lion Roars 2″ has reportedly been omitted out from the script due to her pregnancy.

Cecilia Cheung: “I will not respond to untrue reports!” (CNA)

A1: Cecilia’s pregnant, Tse wants to try again

A1: Edison Chen’s lewd proposition released

It is believed that the actor would be signed under the same company as Japanese-Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro and would focus on making movies.

Note: There will be no news and gossip post tomorrow, so check your other regular sources. I’ll pre-post a few other items for your amusement.

May 20, 2011

May 20, 2011

THR: China Lion to Release Chinese Communist Party Epic in North America, Australia, New Zealand

This June, China Lion Film Distribution will release the drama celebrating Chinese communism once known as The Founding Of A Party but renamed Beginning of the Great Revival for overseas English-language markets including North America, Australia and New Zealand, the start-up partnered with US theater chain AMC told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

CF: Latest Photos of “The Founding of A Party”

Shawn Dou, a Chinese-Canadian acting newcomer who is favorably called “Mou boy” for his acting mentor Zhang Yimou, takes a supporting role as a soldier in “Nanjing Heroes”.

CF: ’The Last Supper’ Finds Int’l Distributor

CF: ”Rock Paper Scissors” Boots in Beijing

Poster for Backstroke starring Simon Yam released in Cannes

The comedy is set in the world of the high fashion perfume industry. Super girl winner Shang Wenjie, Cheng Pei Pei and Annie Yi Nengjing are among the cast members. A July release is planned

(Sina)

Gan Wei, Jordan Chan, Koji Yano

A new “Crazy” film from Crazy Racer writer Zhou Zhiyong booted up yesterday in Guangdong. The cast includes Jordan Chan, Gan Wei, Lee Kin-yin and Koji Yano. Unlike the previous Crazy films the new film adds a female component and love triangle to the story. The Chinese title translates as “Crazy GPS”. (Sina)2

Stills from The Pretending Lovers featuring Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan. Huang Bo’s character has the ability to change shapes, below as table tennis player and dancer.

(Sina)

Kelly Lin appearing in Beijing at the press conference for The Devil Inside Me. (Sina)

And also Fan Bingbing (Sina)2

Jayden’s expensive full moon

MSN: Cecilia Cheung denies taking the same flight as Edison Chen

Edison & Cecilia make up?

MSN: Christy Chung’s husband is wrongfully accused

May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011

THR: Feng Xiaogang’s Next Film Tackles China Famine During Japanese Invasion

Remembering 1942 will be the first time Feng addresses on the big screen Japan’s WWII era atrocities, a fraught subject for Chinese filmmakers, but one that in recent years has proven commercially popular in the marketplace.

CRI: ”Nanjing Heroes” Reveals Battle Scenes

CRI: ”Wu Xia” to Premiere in Cannes Film Festival

Peter Chan Ho-sun’s martial art flick, “Wu Xia,” originally known as Swordsman, will have a global premiere on May 13 at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival this year.

Reportedly, the director has employed a very different approach to demonstrate the physicality of martial arts by magnifying some medical and scientific elements in the action choreography.

CRI: First Peek of Love Birds Deng and Sun in “Painted Skin 2″

Deng Chao opened up on his marriage with years-long girlfriend and fellow actress Sun Li in a recent on location interview of his new film “Four Famous Detectives.”

Deng Chao in The Founding of a Party

Pan Yueming, Deng Chao (Sina)

CF: Theme Song of “Till Death Do Us Part” Releases

CF: Poster Released for “My Kingdom”

“My Kingdom” is based on an epic story about two orphans adopted in an opera troupe in the 1920s in Shanghai.

THR: Chinese Director Chen Kaige Named Jury President of Sydney Film Festival(FBA)

A1: Bladesman of Glory

The Lost Bladesman - Granted that the feature-film format provides only a limited canvas to properly explain the entire history and myriad of characters of that era, it’s clear that at the core of the film is the treachery of politics that even heroes can’t get untangled from.

The Lost Bladesman made a robust RMB100.4 million ($15.5 million) in its first six days in cinemas last week.

Stills of Kelly Lin from newly-released trailer of The Devil Inside Me

Additional stills (Sina)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu press conference in Guangzhou, the film opens May 10 (May 5)

Wang Baoqiang, Michelle Ye

Wang Baoqiang, Ng Man-Tat (Sina)

Gillian Chung and Kevin Kwan have been filming in the mainland. The Chinese title is literally Midnight Angel and Gillian plays an OL (office lady).

(Sina)

Beijing premiere press conference for Gu Changwei’s Love For Life/Till Death Do Us Part (May 5)

Zhang Ziyi , Aaron Kwok , and Pu Cunxin , Jiang Wenli , Tao Zeru , Sun Haiying , Cai Guoqing , and others attended the press conference for the premiere of Till Death Do Us Part.

Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok arriving

Gu Changwei

Zhang Ziyi

Tao Zeru, Li Danying

(Sina)2(Sina-gallery)

Edison Chen, Andrew Lau

Edison Chen helped Andrew Lau promote A Beautiful Life by recording the theme song with him. According to the report, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is also helping out. (Sina)

Poster for The Pretending Lovers

Huang Bo

The Pretending Lovers (lit.Pretend Couple) is an urban romance-comedy shot in Norway(!) and stars Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan. The film is set to be released June 24. (Sina)

Tse and Chou in action as filming gets under way(A1)

KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong superstar Nicholas Tse and Taiwanese heart-throb Jay Chou have started shooting for the action movie Against War at two locations right in the heart of the city.

MSN: Andy Hui meets his in-laws to discuss wedding plans

MSN: A-Mei has a fear for crowds

During the shoot of her album cover, she had an attack and was spotted to be trembling and sweating profusely. The sudden attack brought on by her fear for crowds caused her manager, Chen, to suffer a relapse in depression.

MSN: Wu Chun donates $5.2mil to Japan relief efforts

Suzanne Siu (Xinhua)

Suzanne: “How come I’m such a bitch?”

Taiwan actress Suzanne Siu went behind bars yesterday for the second time and is paying the price again for her drug-related offences, according to Apple Daily.

The jail term is one year and seven months but with good behaviour she might be released on probation in March 2012 the earliest.

The 34-year-old Siu (other aliases Suzanne Siu Suk-San, Lily Siu, Suzanne Xiao Shu-Shen, Hsiao Shu-Shen, Cecelia Hsiao, Siu Sou-San and Suzanne Hsiao) was viewed as a shining star when she first entered showbiz at the age of 21

.”Other people who take drugs never get caught. Why does it have to be me? So I just abandoned myself to vice,” she said in a recent interview.

(Nov.6.2009)(Oct.10 2009)(Nov. 2008)(Nov.2007)2

Speaking at an anti-drug rally in Taiwan recently (Xinhua)

March 30, 2011

March 30, 2011

MSN: Alan Tang dies in his sleep

Actor and director Alan Tang, who’s often known as one of the “big brothers” in Hong Kong showbiz, passed away yesterday, after suffering a stroke in the middle of the night.

Alan Tang (Sina)

HKStandard: Entertainment giant Tang found dead at home

Tang rose to fame after starring in the Cantonese movie Student Prince in 1963, after which he went on to make 63 films. (Sina)(Xinhua)

Eery, as it comes on the heels of yesterday’s Twitter hoax about Jackie Chan’s death by heart attack.] (Sina)

Death report a hoax (Sina)

THR: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart review

The Bottom Line

A calculated female wish-fulfillment romance with a touch of “Rear Window” irony.

AP: Oscar winner Ruby Yang sees boom in Chinese documentaries

Yang, who edited the feature films “Xiu Xiu, The Sent Down Girl” and “Autumn in New York,” both directed by actress Joan Chen, said she next plans to make short films about Chinese activists and also hopes to direct a feature film.

The film uses four separate stories to explore different aspects of love. It will be released on April 8.

The 140-minute film features A-list actors fleshing out a long list of historical figures, among them Chow Yun-Fat (as Yuan Shikai), Chen Kun (as Zhou Enlai), Chang Chen (as Chiang Kai-shek), Dong Jie (as Soong Ching-ling), Andy Lau (as Cai E), and Tang Wei (as Tao Yi).

Compared to the film “The Founding of a Republic”, Han’s 2009 extravaganza which also featured a similar cast scale, the co-director said that the new film would be “much better” in terms of plots and scenes.

Carina Lau, Kate Moss and Vivian Chow appeared for a ribbon-cutting event for French brand Longchamp in Hong Kong.

Kate Moss left after ten minutes and did not stay for the champagne toasting ceremony

Meanwhile, Vivian Chow’s husband raised eyebrows when he was spotted dining with a young woman that was a Charlene Choi look-a-like. (Sina)(Xinhua-gallery)

He elaborated that he often walked around dressed in a singlet and shorts in his house, and because of this his parents found it hard to invite friends over. His parents have told him more than once that they would like to have “space” away from him. (RazorTV video)

Kelly Lin, Chris Young

While Shu Qi did not say much, her wedding card spoke volumes of her thoughts on her best friend’s nuptials.

“I really can’t bear to let you spend the rest of your life with another person.

“You must know that I am holding back tears and putting up with the pain to leave you in the hands of someone who loves you even more,” wrote the actress, who took three flights from her filming location just to attend Lin’s wedding.

Before flying back to Shenzhen, Shu Qi reminded the groom of “wives rules”, to help wash Lei-Lei’s (Kelly) underwear, sweep, mop, cook, to greet her every morning; and if Lei-Lei is cold at night, to keep her warm. Chris replied, Yes, sir! But isn’t underwear machine washable? (Sina)

“881 The Musical” sees Tan playing Yan Yan, the loud Papaya Sister who is a bit of a delinquent, with co-star Dong taking on the role of Min Min, the gentler of the two.

March 29, 2011

March 29, 2011

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OT: In Japan, disaster coverage is measured, not breathless (WPost)

Nice article in yesterday’s paper on NHK’s coverage

For the past two weeks, NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, has covered a triple disaster, appraising the damage with the help of 14 helicopters, 67 broadcasting vans and virtually no adjectives…And another

OT: In China, microblogging sites become free-speech platform (WPost)

In a country where most media are controlled by the state, information is heavily censored and free-flowing opinions are sharply constricted, Chinese have turned to a new platform to openly exchange unfettered news and views: microblogs, similar to Twitter…

A1: Japan relief album tops iTunes charts in 18 nations


THR: New NYU Shanghai Campus to Offer Film, Acting Classes

CRI: Stanley Huang Joins Xu Jinglei Again for New Film

Anthony Wong plays a blind boss of a bar in Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life

He also plays a matchmaker to Shu Qi and Liu Ye

(Xinhua)(Sina)2

Jing Tian sings the theme song in the MV for Warring States

(Sina)

MSN: Kelly Lin lost sleep before wedding

During the wedding ceremony, Kelly wore a specially-designed toga wedding dress. Good friend Shu Qi helped to hold her long skirt, take photos and even dry Kelly’s tears.

Kelly Lin, Chris Young (Yang Chen)

The media notes the groom’s resemblance to Michael Wong

Kelly, Shu Qi

Friends, relatives, Shu Qi

(Xinhua)(Sina)23

MSN: Gaile Lok acknowledges pregnancy

Gaile appeared more plump than usual. When reporters asked if she was pregnant, the usually truthful Gaile replied, “I wouldn’t answer you this time,” hinting that she is already pregnant.

(Xinhua)

In a recent interview, Selina’s fiancé Richard Chang revealed that the singer’s assistant had filmed the entire ordeal.

He was filming his latest movie Reversal War in Jordan with Hong Kong actor Nicholas Tse when current instability in Libya halted filming. The movie is said to have moved its set to Malaysia.

March 28, 2011

March 28, 2011

FBA: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart review (6/10)

An entertaining but shallow rom-com from Johnnie To that doesn’t really engage the emotions.

Movie preview: ‘3D Sex and Zen’ is all about abstinence (CNNGo)

Soft porn in 3D leaves us with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. The wholesome kind

It’s all naughty good fun and there isn’t a single boring scene. From the moment the first pair of jiggly 3D breasts appears — prompting the male audience members to collectively gasp — through to the fight scenes with 3D daggers thrown at the audience, this is 3D movie magic at its low-brow erotic best.

Feng Xiaogang is in Chongqing to prepare for his upcoming film (Wen Gu 1942). Shu Qi, Betty Sun Li and Jiang Wenli are expected to be joining the cast. Feng visited the General Stillwell Museum, the general’s war time residence in Chongqing. He also inspected the Botanical Gardens and the many old foreign embassy buildings. (Sina)

Training Day’ Director to Tell Chinese Love Story

Ancient Chinese beauty Yang Guifei will be the protagonist of American director Antoine Fuqua’s new film.

New Deadly Will poster

Guo Tao, Han Xue camp horror comedy resembles a Republican era Sherlock Holmes story involving a bizarre murder. (Sina)23

Simon Yam’s latest film is generating online controversy. With the release of The Man Behind the Courtyard House, netizens are posting opinions such as this one, “[The film] tests the water is too bold for the first time, many areas are not in line with the habit of domestic films, including the shooting style, narrative structure of these macro aspects people have to try to figure out viewing the process of reasoning. And although the plot of the film, after carefully pondering the idea is reasonable, but somewhat incompatible with the logic of ordinary people.”

However, there are opposite views too, “the film has a lot of innovation, whether temporarily or not mature, this spirit to be encouraged. And the innovative effects of the film did not live up to the expectations of the audience, the kind of shock is very enjoyable audio-visual stimulation. especially the large-scale plot is very hot, they can bring the audience’s emotions. and the film itself is able to mobilize the audience thinking, along with the advancement of all branches of the film appears interwoven stories, characters relations are complicated, the vital need for the audience slowly into the role of scrutiny, is a test of logical reasoning ability is also a kind of exercise. you can say [Courtyard] is the rare movie IQ. “ (Sina)

More than a hundred Hong Kong celebrities will come together on 1 April at a Jackie Chan-organised charity concert in a bid to raise donations for the earthquake, tsunami and radiation relief efforts in Japan, according to Chinese media reports.

CRI: A Dream of Red Mansions

CRI’s Tom McGregor reviews “A Dream of Red Mansions” (”Hong Lou Meng”), a masterpiece in Chinese literature

A netizen allegedly witnessed the heated exchange

Chen Chao Yang, CEO of Sohu.com, who is currently being sued by Barbie and Xiaofei for the live broadcast of their wedding, was also present at the wedding.

CNA: Barbie Hsu warns errant wedding guest, Chinese CEO refuses to apologise

Wang Xiao Fei: I really regret inviting Mr Zhang to my wedding

Taiwan media in particular criticised Hsu for her perceived favouritism towards the Chinese media and even speculated that she had been bribed, resulting in a call among Taiwan media outlets to shut her out of the Taiwan media completely.

MSN: Kelly Lin to wed today at the Maldives

Kelly Lin’s guests water house (Sina)2(Xinhua)

Shu Qi

Kelly’s good friend, Shu Qi, posted photos from the Malidives on her weibo (Xinhua)

MSN: Pan Shuang Shuang’s past exposed

MSN; Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng teased by good friends

When the reporters told Sammi, netizens are calling Andy ‘Pig Trotter On’, she replied: “Am I Ox Tongue Man then?”

A1: Wang Lee Hom wins 6 Astro awards

August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

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THR: Pang’s ‘Dream Home’ sells to UK

KoreaTimes: ‘Tomorrow’ remake to bring macho drama

John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow” showed the world what Hong Kong noir was all about, and the Korean remake of the 1986 classic is now awaiting release on Chuseok next month, with the support of Woo as a producer.

Aaron’s the BIGGEST winner

In Hong Kong sci-fi action movie City Under Siege, audiences will see the handsome 44-year-old like never before.

CRI: ”Color Me. Love” Set for October Release

The romantic comedy “Color Me. Love” starring Yao Chen and Liu Ye, which aims to be the most romantic film this fall, is set for an October 28th release, Mtime.com reports. (Sina)

CRI: “The Stool Pigeon” Press Conference in Beijing

CRI: ’Struggle’ Moves to the Big Screen

CRI: ”Reign of Assassins” Releases New Posters

Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Kelly Lin  are filming a thriller in Xi’an directed by Zhang Qi. Tony plays a mysterious doctor that has to solve six puzzles each one more suspenseful than the last. He has an ambiguous relationship with Kelly Lin. Filming should complete in September.

Kelly Lin

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Kelly Lin

(Sina)2

The back story relationship of Wu Jing and Zhang Jingchu was edited out of City Under Siege (21cn)

Andrew Lin brings his art exhibition to Beijing. He will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s White Snake in September. Andrew worked on the special effects design on Alien 3 while living in the US before returning to Hong Kong and becoming an actor. He came out of retirement to work on special effects make-up for Josie Ho’s highly regarded Dream Home. He hopes to raise the level of Chinese special effects in the 3D White Snake which has a HK$10M special effects budget.

Andrew Lin

(Sina-gallery)

Shawn Yue on the August cover of Jet (Hong Kong) magazine

Poster for Hong Kong Film Training

From the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers produced website:

Hong Kong Filmmakers from the industry’s professional body composed of ten members, including: Hong Kong Film Directors, Screen Writers Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers, the Hong Kong Film Arts Association, Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Association, Hong Kong Cinematography Lighting Association, the Hong Kong Stuntman Association, the Hong Kong Film Association and the Hong Kong film post-editing professional associations, covering more than 1,800 workers over the film, as the industry’s key organizations and non-profit organizations. Committed to the protection and the protection of rights and interests of Hong Kong Filmmakers, Filming in Hong Kong to upgrade to improve the environment, as well as industry and government circles as a bridge.

Over the years the Federation of actively promoting the film industry, from film policy, education and training, which had spared no effort to promote Hong Kong films. Including the SARS outbreak during the launch, “1:99 Shorts” short film inspirational cheer for the people of Hong Kong; for the industry shortage of talent and established “film professional training program”; launched the “Hong Kong Film Workers professionally produced guidelines and Industrial Safety Manual” and so on.

Gillian ready to move on with ‘mature-minded man’

HK singer Andy Hui admits he had secret ex-girlfriend

Andy Hui admitted that he had secretly dated former personal assistant Pan Heng Zhang in a handwritten letter to the media on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.

July 20, 2010

July 20, 2010

Chinese tramp ‘Brother Sharp’ shoots to movie fame

UK article recaps beggar’s drama

THR: Toy Story 3 beats Shrek at Hong Kong box office

‘Toy Story 3′ could turn in 2010’s strongest performance

As for local releases, comedy “La Comédie Humaine” has been making steady progress through good word-of-mouth and took fourth place with HK$3 million in four days, more than in the previous seven-day period, for a two-week total of HK$5.2 million; “Derek Yee’s actioner “Triple Tap,” in its third week of release, took sixth place for an accumulated gross of HK$6.99 million, ahead of this week’s eighth place finisher, “The Legend is Born – Ip Man,” whose four-week total came to HK$6.9 million.

Xinhua: Will new Chinese film about Tangshan earthquake disaster jerk too many tears?

John Woo’s Reign of Assassins will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival September 28. Earlier this week, an advance trailer was accidentally leaked on the internet. Galloping Horse spokesman said that the 29 second trailer was not official. Surprisingly, the teaser showed no stars and was only captioned. The overall effect was suspenseful and shocking and used traditional music. The captions only trailer was rare but also created suspense. (trailer) (Sina)

Close to You poster - Bloody Edition

Romantic Edition

Close to You stars Ming Dao and Eddie Peng and combines romance with boxing. (HunanTV)

Eddie Peng in Close To You

(Sina)

Kelly Lin with

Without makeup

Kelly Lin attended the launch ceremony in Xi’an for a film in which she will play a heart transplant patient. Her co-star in the film will be Tony Leung Ka-Fai for release next April. Kelly upset the media when she disappeared for half an hour to apply makeup on before returning to meet for interviews. As a result, the media retaliated and published a ‘before’ photo and derided her ‘crows feet.’ (HunanTV)2

Ethan Ruan promoting Monga DVD release

Mark Chao, Director Doze Niu (HunanTV-slide show)

Is Gaile Lok pregnant?

Her friends suspect so as Gaile has stopped smoking and goes to bed early these days.

Leon Lai does not want children and wants to focus on business according to informed sources. This has led to disputes. (Xinhua)

Maggie Cheung

Shooting a new series of adverts for a diamond and watch brand with Wing Shya, Maggie revealed in an interview that she has moved in with boyfriend Ole Scheeren in Beijing. For exercise, Maggie runs except when the paparazzi are about, then she sticks to the treadmill indoors. (Xinhua)

Faye Wong

Faye Wong held a very brief press conference in Beijing. To promote her upcoming concerts, her first in five years, Faye Wong invited the press to the event with virtually no notice by e-mail invitation. Held under high security, invited press only were allowed entry. The event started an hour later than announce and Faye was joined by concer organizers and sponsors. The conference left many questions unanswered. Faye herself did not accepts interviews and spoke only about 35 words.

(Xinhua-slide show)2

Sammi Cheng brought 30 pairs of shoes to the set for her MV shoot

On a treadmill (Xinhua)

Miss Hong Kong contestants vs

Young models

The Miss Hong Kong competition has been going on for weeks now. Yesterday the pageant contestants took to the water park, while today the models posed at the Sai Kung Outdoor Training Park. The low-cut battle between the ATV-sponsored beauty contestants and the young models has been a feast for the eyes.

Contestant No.8 is deemed the most curvaceous

(Xinhua-slide show)

Shu Qi in Beijing endorsing household goods (Sina)

HK ex-child star Petrina Fung Bo Bo to write memoirs in Penang (2)

“As a child actress, I never watched my own movies. In a way, I was rejecting my past because of the many hardships I faced.

“Some days I would be working on three movies at a time.

“There were days when I had to stay up past midnight, waiting for the adult actors to show up because they were too busy smoking opium,” she recalled.

September 22, 2009

September 22, 2009

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Storm Warriors

Charlene Choi

Ekin Cheng (Sina.com)

My Fair Gentlemen - Beijing Premiere

Sun Honglei, Kelly Lin

Making mooncakes - Sun Honglei, Kelly Lin

Director Lee Gui-Yuen, Yuan Xinyu, John Woo, Kelly Lin, Sun Honglei

(Xinhuanet.com) (Sina.com)

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Wheat

Fan Bingbing - Beijing, Wheat premiere

Huang Jue

Director Ho Ping (Sina.com) (Sina.com)

Kaohsiung fest removes controversial doc from line-up

Hackers attack Kaohsiung festival Web site

Taiwan director: Art movies are on the decline

Tsai Ming-liang, known for his highly experimental style, said Tuesday that art movies are shrinking for one reason: the box office drives the movie industry.


RTHK hears victory cry

August 26, 2009

August 26, 2009


The Founding of a Republic features 172 stars but no guarantee of box office success



Dada’ Dance - Zhang Yuan

Story parallels Noriko Sakai’s recent drug scandal. [This is also Zhang's first film since his own drug arrest.]
[Update]
Chinese director Zhang Yuan releases first film since drug scandal
[Previous drug arrest reports]
2/1/2008
1/19/2008
1/14/2008
1/10/2008

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The Message opens September 30


Huang Bo
Huang Bo in black comedy ‘Cow’ opens September 11

66TH ANNUAL VENICE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP (Selective list )[Update]
COMPETITION
“Accident,” Cheang Pou-Soi (China-Hong Kong)
“Tetsuo The Bullet Man,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
“Prince of Tears,” Yonfan (Hong Kong)
OUT OF COMPETITION
“Chengdu, I Love You,” Fruit Chan, Cui Jian (China) - Closing Film
“Yona Yona Penguin,” Rintaro (Japan)
HORIZONS
“Adrift,” Bui Thac Chuyen (Vietnam)
“Cow,” Guan Hu (China)
“1428,” Du Haibin (China)
“Once Upon A Time Proletarian: 12 Tales of a Country,” Guo Xiaolu (China)
http://www.luxuryta.com/italy/venice-film-festival-announces-line-1253





Kelly Lin and Ge You attend premiere of Gasp

Jet Li returns to Chinese film
Due to start shooting ‘Ocean Paradise’ in Chinese
Li will star with Taiwanese actress Kwai Lun-mei, last seen in Tsui Hark’s “All About Women,” in the directorial debut of Chinese screenwriter Xue Xiao-lu, titled “Ocean Paradise” in Chinese. Xue has written for director Chen Kaige, working the script for Chen’s 2002 drama “Together With You.”
Jet Li to star in first non-action drama Ocean Heaven
Christopher Doyle will handle cinematography while Hai Chung-man (Curse Of The Golden Flowers) will serve as art director of the film. The release date is set for spring 2010.

Variety: Blood Pledge (South Korea)
Variety: Missing (South Korea)
Variety: Insadong Scandal: Replicated Strokes (South Korea)
Variety: Macabre (Singapore)

Support for China animation lags
Industry fails to develop despite government backing



Donnie Yen plans to give up acting in 2013.

In an NY Times interview (see Aug 20 post), Yen said he plans to concentrate on behind the lens directing and action choreography after finishing his 2012 obligations.


Sammi Cheng reveals she once had depression

[I think the film they are referring to is Everlasting Regret]


Mike He: I’m being framed again

‘Jewel in the Palace’ star weds in US
Lee Young-ae is also known for her role in the Park Chan-wook film “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”



Stars attend Dayo Wong’s stage show






Andy Lau and Carol Chu returning to Hong Kong from Malaysia

First public acknowledgment of their relationship
Andy Lau and girlfriend appear together publicly (English)


Yang Lijun
Article recalls the many (rumored) loves in Andy Lau’s life

Danny Poon, Idy Chan, Yue Hoh-Yan, Anita Mui, Rosamund Kwan, Yang Lijun (the crazy fan)
More airport photos, and, still, more

Andy Lau apologized on his blog for creating the chaos at the two airports and thanked fans for their concern



Andy avoided questions from media while leaving his apartment

Carina Lau
Carina Lau at Hong Kong Airport

When questioned about Tony’s injuries, Carina smiled and replied, ‘OK, la’. Article notes her HK$100k handbag, too.


Vivian Chow
Rosemary
Vivian Chow and Rosemary attend fall fashion show

Vivian is described as adopting a dishevelved, wild cat (or is it cougar?) look




Guests at Dorian Ho’s fall fashion show

Universally unimpressed with this year’s Miss Hong Kong contestants
[Reigning Miss Hong Kong Edelweiss Cheung was denied the opportunity to crown the new Miss HK. Instead, Loletta Chu, Miss Hong Kong 1977 and Henry Fok's former daughter-in-law, crowned Sandy Lau]

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