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March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief


March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

CRI: Chen Kun Takes Lead in Qian Xuesen Biopic

CRI: Huayi Bros Announces 10 Bln Ambition

Wang branded 2011 as a year of brewing while 2012 is expected to be a year of blooming when most of Huayi Bros productions hit the big screens.

The 2nd Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival will include Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s internet movie Devil Nail Clippers. The 50-minute film stars Zhou Xun as a woman with unusual appetites.

Fan Bingbing in stills from Buddha Mountain

Initial box office returns have been good since opening on March 3, reportedly bring in 26M yuan the first week. (Sina)

Promotional stills of Karen Mok and Leon Dai for Law of Attraction. A 30-second trailer was also released.

Law of Attraction opens April 8. (Sina-gallery)2

Lu Chuan, San Hanping officially open the filming of King’s Feast

Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Chang Chen are confirmed cast members. Chow Yun-Fat was originally reported to be cast in the role thought to now be Daniel Wu’s. In addition, Yan Ni and Qin Lan have been identified as cast with undetermined roles yet. Offiicial role assignments have not been announced yet. (Sina)

Poster for the 18th Beijing Student Film Festival which begins March 26. The festival is a key barometer of films and television programs popularity with audiences and closes April 27 with an award ceremony. (Sina)

“Mou girl”

Christian Bale and family in Beijing

Bale in Nanjing

Reporters followed Christian Bale’s arrival in Beijing on March 6 to begin working on Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes.. To their surprise, Bale was spotted in Nanjing the following day. In the process, the reporters also nabbed a few shots of the latest “Mou girl” during a training class. (Xinhua)

Lee Heung Kam denied reports that she has Parkinson’s Disease. The 79 year-old actress was flooded with calls from friends with concern. Brushing it off as misunderstanding due to a joke, she said that she was heading to Australia to raise funds for a senior citizen home. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung returned to Inner Mongolia to complete 30 hours of filming for the Lady Generals of the Yang Family. She was said to have only slept two hours to finish her part in the film. (Sina)

Yao Chen

For some reason, the Grace Jones song Warm Leatherette comes to mind.

CRI: Yao Chen Attends Chanel Fashion Show (Sina-slide show)

Miriam Yeung in Beijing for the release of her 3rd Mandarin album Ready or Not (Xinhua-gallery)

Michelle Reis and baby JM posted on her weibo (Xinhua)

At an event yesterday, reporters dubbed Andy as “Spring Andy” because he wore a smile on his face throughout the entire interview.

“He’s 50% anarchist and the other half poet. For Chinese, he’s not that easy to understand.”

December 7, 2010

December 7, 2010

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CRI: ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ Premieres in Beijing

CRI: Lu Chuan Holds Auditions for Next Female Lead

“King’s Feast” will reprise a banquet in 206 B.C. known in historical books as the Banquet of Hongmen (Hongmen Yan). Xiang Yu, an influential military leader at the time, attempted to murder his rival, Liu Bang, during the banquet. Yuji was Xiang Yu’s concubine.

CRI: ’All’s Well, Ends Well’ Releases Cartoon Trailer

Raymond Wong

Louis Koo

Carina Lau

Cecilia Cheung (Sina)

FBA: My Ex-Wife’s Wedding (跟我的前妻談戀愛) (3/10)

Fluffy Beijing rom-com substitutes frantic technique for emotional substance.

Benny Chan’s martial arts film Shaolin has had its China release date pushed back to 19 Jan 2011 from its previously announced December slot.


Posters for The Kidnap (The Kidnapped) from Golden Harvest

Chapman To

Sun Xing

Sun Xing

Ye Yiqian

Li Fei-Er (Sina)2345

Huang Yi

Huang Yi is in Beijing recording the theme song for The Road Less Travelled. Huang plays a pregnant woman whose husband is killed by a car driven by Louis Koo. She gradually develops feelings for him and causes his break up with girlfriend Karen Mok. The film is directed by Derek Chiu. (Sina)

US embassy cables: China’s next leader reveals taste for Hollywood movies

(Thanks, to Joyce for forwarding me this link!)

The [2007] cable relates a dinner conversation between America’s ambassador to China and Xi Jinping, expected to be the next president when Hu Jintao stands down at the end of his term.

A WWII Hollywood Movie Aficionado

22. (C) The Ambassador also asked Secretary Xi about his recent movie viewing, recalling that Xi had told him in their meeting one year ago that he had recently seen and tremendously enjoyed “Saving Private Ryan.” Had Secretary Xi seen other recent American movies that he had enjoyed? Xi replied that he already owns the “Flags of Our Fathers” DVD, but hopes to view it during the Lunar New Year holidays had gone unfulfilled. He had seen and enjoyed “The Departed.” Xi said he particularly likes Hollywood movies about World War II and hopes Hollywood will continue to make them. Hollywood makes those movies well, and such Hollywood movies are grand and truthful. Americans have a clear outlook on values and clearly demarcate between good and evil. In American movies, good usually prevails. In contrast, “Curse of the Golden Flower,” a recently popular Chinese movie directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li (she of “Miami Vice” movie stardom) had been confusing to Xi. Some Chinese moviemakers neglect values they should promote.

23. (C) America is a powerful nation in terms of culture because Americans say what they should say, Xi elaborated. Too many Chinese moviemakers cater to foreigners’ interests or preconceptions, sometimes vulgarly so. He criticized Zhang Yimou by name as well as the kungfu action movie genre. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Wu Ji” [The Promise] and imperial palace intrigues — all are the same, talking about bad things in imperial palaces. Most are not nominated for Oscars or other awards, so to some extent it can be said that such movies are not worth very much. The Ambassador noted that a Chinese film about HIV/AIDS orphans had just garnered the Oscar for best short documentary [Ruby Yang's The Blood of Yingzhou District]. Xi expressed awareness of the movie, noting that the director is a female overseas Chinese (but Xi never said whether he had seen that documentary). Xi recalled that a low cost, very good Chinese movie by the director Jia Zhangke had recently won a Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival. Returning to “Flags of Our Fathers,” Xi said he had come to understand that the flag raising on Iwo Jima did not mark the end of the battle. The Japanese were still in holes and caves and the battle continued. He expressed particular admiration for WWII movies set in the Pacific theater of operations and expressed a strong desire to visit Guadalcanal. FBA: China film policy through new eyes

Look for more Li Bingbing in the January issue of Vogue


An odd trio?

Edison Chen, Shu Qi and Connie Chan Po-Chu appear at a fund-raising event for the Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation.

Shu Qi, Connie Chan(Xinhua)

THR: Zhang Ziyi Named Actress of the Decade

Nicholas Tse, at birthday party (1993)

Nicholas Tse

Someone recently posted old photos on Weibo of Nicholas Tse attending a friend’s birthday party. (Xinhua)

Carina Lau, Yang Lan, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Carina Lau and Yang Lang, a noted TV interviewer and businesswoman

(Dec. 7) Tony Leung took a break from The Grandmasters to join wife Carina Lau in Shanghai for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Tomorrow is Carina’s birthday. (Sina)2

Jackie Chan throws mushy surprise birthday party for son

MSN: Barbie Hsu banks in millions endorsing a soya bean milk franchise

Barbie had been working nonstop this year. The movies she shot previously in China are being released consecutively. She is also currently filming The Kingdom, Giant Looking for Millions and Wei Shi Lu.

July 5, 2010

July 5, 2010

FBA: Searching for Brodsky (尋找布洛斯基) (7/10)

Revealing documentary on the hardly-known “China Film King,” Russian-Jewish businessman Benjamin Brodsky…Next up for rediscovery: Chinese-American director-cum-restaurateur Esther Eng?

Newsweek: Remaking Hollywood Hits for Asian Audiences

AP: Feng revisits deadly 1976 quake in ‘Aftershock’

FBA: Aftershock to be China’s next great leap forward

Aftershock, the new film by Feng Xiaogang seems on course to break one record even before the first audience member files in. The film is to receive the widest theatrical release in modern Chinese history.

FBA: Golden Horse introduces new director award

Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan confirmed Chow Yun-Fat will appear in his ‘King’s Feast’ (previously, Banquet at Hongmen, in Chinese) as rumored back here on (3.27). Chow will play Liu Bang, First Emperor of the Han Dynasty. Filming will begin in October with a 2011 Chinese National Day (Oct.1) release target. (Sina)

CRI: “The King’s Feast” to Start Shooting

Renowned Hong Kong actor Chow Yun-fat has confirmed he will act in the role of ancient peasant leader Liu Bang.

CRI: More Than 70 Stars Join in “The 1911 Revolution”

Sun Honglei, Sun Chun and actress Jiang Wenli will respectively play the roles of revolutionary leader Huang Xing, Warlord Yuan Shikai and Honorary President of the People’s Republic of China Soong Ching-ling.

CRI: Zhang Fengyi to Star in ‘White Deer Plain’

New film from director Wang Quan’an (Tuya’s Marriage, Apart Together).

CRI: ‘Amazing’! Basketball Film Begins Shooting This Fall

The upcoming basketball film “Amazing” will be produced by the Shanghai Film Group Corporation (SFGC) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) and will begin shooting this August, the Oriental Morning Post reports.

A handful of Asian actors will get the chance to play with those great players for the project. Actors who may appear in the film include Jay Chou, Daniel Wu, Wu Chun, Peter Ho, Han Geng, Huang Xiaoming, Shawn Yue, Ethan Ruan, Mark Chao and Nicholas Tse.

SG: Takeshi Kaneshiro to trade blows with Donnie Yen

Acclaimed director Peter Chan will be directing a re-telling of Chang Cheh’s classic, One-Armed Swordsman, but he will not be allowed to use the same title as he was not able to acquire the rights to the original.

The rights to the original movie was acquired by Celestial Pictures and the company had an agreement with Peter’s long-time partner, Teddy Chan. Due to a fall-out earlier, Peter will be flying solo and has decided to do a re-telling of One-Armed Swordsman.

SG: Seth Rogen reveals truth behind Stephen Chow’s departure

“Stephen wanted to film it in a more comic-book fashion, which was different from what we intended.”

“The Green Hornet has a fixed structure to it, like how Green Hornet and Kato are buddies and will work together to fight villains. This part of the story cannot be changed but Stephen wanted something different, so he had to leave.”

CRI: Latest Stills of “CJ 7: The Cartoon”

The trailer has revealed splendid visual effects and many innovative ideas. The explosion scenes, which usually dominate Benny Chan’s films, will take the audience’s breath away in this film by blowing up more than 30 different vehicles including cars, trucks and even buses. The budget for explosions has been added up to more than 70 million yuan (US$10 million).

Unusual Love

The film tells a story of love and hatred, which takes place in the wilderness of Yinchuan during the 1920s. In order to pirate the treasure successfully, the advisor of Escort (Yu Dongjiang) sets a trap to provoke the chieftain of Escort (Vincent Chiao) and his wife (Miao Pu) against each other. Eventually, it evolves into warfare between them in the wilderness.

Tien Niu

Tien Niu was in Shanghai to promote her TV series a Chinese version of The Devil Wears Prada. She would not rule out working with ex-husband Alex Man if given the opportunity. Alex Man returned to show business and will appear on stage in a production of Faust. Tien Niu also said she would not encourage their daughter to enter show business even though she recently made her television debut.

Tien Niu (Xinhua)2

Arthur Wong, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei sent a late night bottle of wine to DP Arthur Wong Ngak-Tai for his birthday on the set of Chinese Ghost Story in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

In Suzhou to promote Lost Bladesman

Donnie Yen denied rumors his fee was 22 million yuan for the film

Donnie Yen does retro, sporting the Village People look

Leaving his imprint (Xinhua)

Guei Lun-Mei - recent photo shoot


Chang Han

Chang Han (Chang Chen’s brother) in a recent photo shoot in Hong Kong


Gigi Leung - Cat Woman

Wing Shya is shooting cover for Gigi Leung’s new CD ‘Pa Jimo Cat’ (lit. afraid to be alone) (Xinhua)

Edison Chen

Edison Chen in Taipei for a book signing denied recent rumors of a break up with Vincy Yeung. Vincy has not been seen by his side at recent events leading to the rumors. Edison was also recently seen clubbing with a new 18 year-old girl. (Xinhua)

A recent drop in Huayi stock price has caused Li Bingbing’s shares to drop over 10 million yuan. (Xinhua)

Sammi Cheng Taipei concert

(Xinhua-slide show)

Dikembe Mutombo, Zhang Ziyi  - South Africa

(Xinhua slide-show)

Global Times: The return of Faye Wong, her September issue and cover girl wars

Jet Li drew up will a decade ago

The action star also took the opportunity to reiterate that he is not retiring from the movies and said that he would “continue to do films” as long as it did not interfere with his running of his charity, One Foundation.

US authorities seize websites over pirated movies

SG: Treasure trove of vintage Arab film posters hidden in Beirut

Helicopter crashes into Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, crew, 11 passengers rescued

July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010

CRI: China’s First Mutated-Creature Film Due out Aug. 6 (City Under Siege)

In the film, Aaron Kwok plays a careless man who makes a living performing at a vaudeville theater. While he is performing in Malaysia, he and some of his associates travel into the remote mountains in search of treasure. During their trek they absorb a biochemical gas left behind by the Japanese army during WWII.

Donnie Yen, Felix Chong, Alan Mak (r) receive bronze statue of General Kwan (Sina)

CRI: Donnie Yen Promotes “The Lost Bladesman” in Beijing

In the film Yen plays Guan Yunchang, a legendary general of the Shu Kingdom in the novel “The Romance of Three Kingdoms,” one of the Four Classical Chinese Novels.

Chan got the idea from the film “One Armed Swordsman,” but he decided to create a new story which is more bloody and cruel. Takashi Kaneshiro will costar.

Densely plotted, Shanghai-set spy tale, set around the time of Pearl Harbor, is loaded with meaty production design and performances.

If the characters in East Wind Rain and Shanghai had been real people, they couldn’t help but bump into each other. Set at the same time, in the same city (where it conveniently rains at moments of high drama), the two films are the flip-side of the same coin: Shanghai through western eyes, East Wind Rain through Chinese ones.

Echoes of the Rainbow is one of a growing series of films (from Mr.Cinema to the recent (Gallants) in which Hong Kong filmmakers have begun to assert their separate Cantonese identity by looking back at “rosier” times as China gradually hijacks the territory’s film industry and future.

Jun Ji-Hyun (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) at a recent Shanghai brand appearance. (Xinhua-gallery)

Lu Chuan was formally announced as the director of Banquet at Hongmen after rumors had him being possibly being replaced by Daniel Lee. The film now as a new Chinese title King’s Feast. The film will be a joint venture with Taiwan’s Central Motion Picture and a US company besides Mainland participation and is expected to start filming in October. In fact, there are potentially two films to come out of the project, one on the greater epic story and one focusing on just the banquet incident. (Sina)2 Previously reported on here: (12.12.2009)(3.27.2010)

Gillian’s appearance on TV censored

After reigning over the Mandopop scene for a decade there are signs that Jay Chou is coming to the end of his powers.

SG: Cecilia Cheung confirms her return to the silver screen

Gong Li and husband divorce

Rene Liu opens up about scandal

A Taiwanese daily reported that the Taiwan-born beauty was to blame for her singer friend Tarcy Su’s break-up with her long-time film director boyfriend Chen Kuo-Fu years ago.

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