The new film by Hong Sangsoo, “Ha Ha Ha”, won the top prize for a film in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section tonight in France.
Palme d’Or Winner
Swedish director Mikael Hafstrom will bring his international cast - including actor John Cusack, Chinese-born Singaporean actress Gong Li, Hong Kong action star Chow Yun-fat and Japanese “Batman Begins” actor Ken Watanabe - to the opening ceremony to promote the film.
Chinese fans of the 2009 romantic movie “New York, I Love You” will soon be able to enjoy a similar film set in one of their own cities - Shanghai.
Director Zhang stated that this movie is an updated version of his 1997 film “Spicy Love Soup”. It deals with several relationship issues, including the infamous seven year itch, reuniting with a first love, one night stands, an old husband with a young wife, and extramarital affairs.
Guei Lun-Mei plays a clown in Jet Li’s Ocean Paradise (21cn)
More confirmation being sought for these next two items:
Zhang Ziyi to star and co-produce 3D Mulan? According to a Sing Tao Daily report, a listing was spotted in Cannes promotional material for a film called ‘Mulan: The Woman Warrior of Legend’ a US co-production including Zhang Ziyi’s name as one of the producers. Charles Russell (Scorpion King, Mask) is listed as director. (Sina), (cri)
Martial arts actor, director Frankie Chan Fan-Kei is reportedly planning a film adapted from the classic Shaw Brothers The 14 Amazons. The film will be a joint production by Xian Film Studio and Shanghai Film Group among others with U$$20 million budget. A December 2010 launch in Inner Mongolia is scheduled. Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Siqin Gaowa and Michelle Yeoh are attached while Jaycee Chan and Yu Shaoqun are also invited. (Sina), (mtime)
Raymond Yip Wai-Man presented Lost on Journey in Wuhan
Huang Xiaolei, Xu Zheng (Sina)
Fan Bingbing - Cannes Closing Ceremony
Li Fei-er (Chongqing Blues) Cannes Closing Ceremony
Wang Xueqi, Fan Bingbing
Actress Qin Hailu has been making a name for herself (and not a good one) by criticizing fellow thespian Fan Bingbing, who wore a “dragon gown” for the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival last week.
On her micro-blog (China’s version of Twitter) Qin claimed Fan demonstrated her overweening ambition by wearing the impressive dress at the French film event. The implication was that Fan was positioning herself as China’s leading lady by wearing the typically Chinese creation on international stage.
Anthony Wong and his 13 year-old son at the premiere of the musical Chicago
The last episode of the TV series Secret History of Imperial Concubine Yang airs tonight. (Sina)
Betty Sun Li turned away