HKMDB Daily News

August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Lacuna

Lacuna, perhaps adhering to the conservative censorship standards in China, feels uncharacteristically tame and gratuitously sweet. Indeed, the nocturnal rom-com’s Category IIA rating in Hong Kong should ring all sorts of alarms for those looking for The Hangover, Beijing.

TimeOutHK: Pang Ho-Cheung

Pang Ho-cheung is returning to his controversial best with his latest showbiz satire, Vulgaria.

TimeOutHK: Sexy Shiga Lin

CF: Jackie Chan Brings “Rush Hour 4″ Back

CF: August One Studio: Shooting from a New Perspective

CF: Character Posters Released for ‘White Deer Plain’

CRI: Zhang Yimou Responds to Ad Scandal

Zhang Yimou to cooperate with railways film probe

(Sina)

GlobalTimes: Rail ministry under fire over 7m yuan film kickback

Shortly after an audit report showed the Ministry of Railways had spent 18.5 million yuan ($2.91 million) on a disappointing publicity short film, the public was shocked again to learn that a huge chunk of the investment might have been pocketed by ministry officials.

CF: Chinese Stars on the Torch Relay of London Olympics

July 17, 2012

July 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Lacuna review

Offbeat Beijing rom-com, mixed up in a puzzle, that’s beautifully played by its two leads.

CF: The “Taichi” Trilogy Set to Release 2 Films

Set in late Qing Dynasty, the movie concentrates on how an ordinary man becomes a Taichi master, fighting off foreign invaders and monstrous machines.

FBA: Tai Chi goes 3-D

CF: Latest Poster of the New Taichi Trilogy Released

More on “Good-for-Nothing Heroes”

Leni Lan Yan, Francis Ng

Lan Yan

Lam Suet, Francis Ng, Kimi Qiao Ren-Liang (Sina)2

Poster for the kidnapping thriller “Lethal Hostage” set on the China-Burma border is produced by Ning Hao and directed by Cheng Er. Opens Aug. 17, stars Wang Luodan, Sun Honglei, Ni Dahong, and Zhang Mo.

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei

Ni Dahong, Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: The “Mou Girl” Ni Ni Talks about her Relationship with Feng Shaofeng

CF: A Graceful Fan Bingbing on Cosmopolitan Magazine

CF: Zhang Jingchu: To Pompeii with Love

Recently Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu has been to the city of Pompeii, a partially buried ancient town-city near modern Naples in Italy. She appeared in casual clothes and stolled around the ancient Roman wrecks and appreciated the beautiful scenes there

Stars of “Switch” attend a press conference in Beijing yesterday

Lin Chi-Ling, Andy Lau, Zhang Jingchu

Lin Chi-Ling

Zhang Jingchu

(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung calls Nicholas Tse “hubby”

MSN: Have Leon Lai and Gaile Lok split?

Rumours that the couple has gone their separate ways after rumours that their marriage was on the rocks

Yesterday, a source claimed that the two had already finalized their divorce last week and that Gaile has returned to the US, where her parents reside at.

MSN: Is Lynn Hung forcing Aaron Kwok into marriage again?

The 31-year-old was rumoured to be using pregnancy as her latest weapon to force the Heavenly King to tie the knot

SGYahoo: Chow Yun Fat is Hugo Boss spokesman for Asia

June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF/ChinaDaily: A Blackout Comedy That’s a Knockout Film

Pang Ho-cheung, who’s known for his urban romantic comedies, produced Lacuna, a tender version of The Hangover.

CF: Stars Brightened the “First Time” Premiere

Mark Chao, Angelababy

(Sina-gallery)

CF: Poster of the Basketball-themed “Amazing”

CF: NBA Stars Appear in the Trailer of Basketball-themed “Amazing”

CF: Latest Poster of “Million Dollar Crocodile” Out

CF: Mission Hills · Huayi Brothers · Feng XiaoGang Movie-Themed Town

“Motorway” poster

Opening June 21 in Hong Kong and mainland (Sina)

Stills of Joan Chen and Jiang Yiyan behind the scenes of  micro film “SARS Sweetheart/Lover”

(Sina)

Xu Jiao plays Vincent Zhao’s daughter in in the action film “Wu Dang”

(Sina)

Basketball fanatic Shawn Yue and his team shoot photos for a sports drink poster

Shawn Yue

(Sina)

According to Taiwan media reports, Maggie Cheung confirmed that her 7 year relationship with Ole Scheeren has been over for a month now. Maggie was attending a Montblanc jewelry event in Beijing. Other celebrity guests included: Nicholas Cage, Yao Chen, Lynn Xiong, Jessica Alba, Vic Chou and Naomi Watts.

(Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Eric Tsang is now a grandfather

MSN: Gong Li’s late in paying villa’s conservation fees

The actress had never stayed in the villa despite owning it for twenty years

MSN: Sonija Kwok caught in a fix

The actress’ mother scolded her son-in-law publicly and is rumoured to be displeased with his income

May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: New Perfect Two review

Vehicle for Taiwan singer Vic Chou is thin but okay, and very well packaged.

CF:Cast and crew Promote “Passion Island” in Beijing(Sina)

CF: “Under the Temptation” Released Teaser Poster

On June 8, the film will open in mainland theatres. The cast includes Liu Hua, Feng Lei, Bian Yuan, and Dong Lifan, and deals with a group of Average Joes – a taxi driver, a salesman, a doctor – who fight amongst each other over 5 million yuan

Greed kills (Sina)

Poster for Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s “Lacuna”

Joan Chen is back working behind the camera as director and screenwriter for “SARS Sweetheart” set in Shanghai during the SARS epidemic. The short film, produced by Alexi Tan, is one of a series of female-directed shorts in the “ELLE 5.20 I Love You” series. Jiang Yiyan and South Korean actor Teo Yoo are the leads in Chen’s film.

Two days ago, comic actor Peng Bo (”Crazy Stone”, “Crazy GPS”, “Crazy Stupid Thieves”) was seriously injured in an auto accident in Shanghai and is in the intensive care unit in the hospital. His assistant was driving the car when he tried to overtake an oncoming truck to catch up with a crew vehicle before it hit a tree on the roadside. Peng was resting in the back seat when the accident happened. An updated report says that his condition has stabilized today.

A1: Zhang Ziyi in paid sex scandal with Bo Xilai: Reports

Zhang Ziyi’s legal team issued an open letter to Apple Daily on Weibo demanding a retraction and an apology. (Sina)

MSN: Faye Wong and Li Yapeng are not having more children

Faye’s 15-year-old daughter, Dou Jing Tong, whose father is Faye’s ex-husband Dou Wei, also attended the opening ceremony, where her mature style attracted media attention.

Dou Jingtong (Sina-slideshow)

Bobby Yip, Rainbow Woo and (ex-Edison Chen girlfriend) Cammi Tse recently shot a series of photos in Tokyo to promote an online game.

Rainbow Woo, Bobby Yip, Cammi Tse

May 22, 2012

May 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”The Guillotines” Set to Hit Theaters on December 20

Set in the period of the Qing Emperor Qianlong, the film revolves around a secretive organization called The Guillotines which is composed of young martial arts masters who carry out the government’s orders to kill those who go against the government’s ruling.

Well Go USA has acquired the rights for North America (Sina)

CF: Backup Packages Bona’s ‘Lady’

Backup Films, the expanding financial-packaging division of Paris-based Backup Media Group, is negotiating an addition to its burgeoning roster of French-Chinese co-productions: “The Lady in the Portrait,” starring Fan Bingbing.

CF: Character Posters Revealed for “The Four”

“The Four”, adapted from Wen Ruian’s classic novel, is tagged as a supernatural wuxia film, a new area for this genre.

Collin Chou

Anthony Wong

Ronald Cheng

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

Liu Yifei

Wu Xiubo (Sina)

CF: Final Poster Released for “37″

Final poster of the movie “37″ was released. Starring Liu Xiaoqing and Charlie Young, it will feature Liu as a middle-aged local woman while Young as a white collar that comes to the prairie with her daughter.

Charlie Young and “Olympic girl” Lin Miaoke

Lin Miaoke

Liu Xiaoqing (Sina)

CF: Official Poster of “Double Trouble” Unveiled

Jaycee Chan portrays a Taiwanese security guard, while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting from China. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

More posters featuring Jaycee, Jessica C and Shoko

(Sina)

Poster for “Passion Island” (”Rei Ai Do”) starring Simon Yam, Joan Chen, Francis Ng, Song Jia, Chang Chen, and Janice Man in a trio of tales about love. Opens June 1.

Janice Man, Chang Chen

Joan Chen, Simon Yam

Francis Ng, Song Jia

Janice Man, Chang Chen (Sina)2

“Passion Island” trailer

Final poster for Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna”, co-directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan Chi-Man.

Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu try to unravel what happened after one drunken night. Opens June 1, Children’s Day.

Kiss the frog, Shawn!

Now, it’s Zhang Jingchu’s turn (Sina)23

Teaser trailer

Three years after filming, David Stern and the NBA has authorized promotional activities for ”Amazing” the basketball-themed movie for a summer release. The film includes NBA stars Dwight Howard, Scottie Pippen and Carmelo Anthony as well as Huang Yi, Stephen Fung, Huang Xiaoming and Amber Kuo.

Dwight Howard, Huang Xiaoming

Dwight Howard

2010: Yep, it’s been that long. (Sina)2

Lead actors Huang Yi and Geng Le along with foreign cast members attended the event.

FBA: China’s Wanda to pay $2.6bn for AMC

CF: Chinese Firm’s Deal to Buy AMC May Spur Others

CF: Microfilms will be coming shortly to a screen near you

CF: Poster of Jackie Chan’s Film “CZ12″ Released in Cannes

CF: Jackie Chan Lands his Last Punch as an Action Star

CF: Jackie Chan Retiring From Action Movies with “CZ 12″

CNA: Jackie Chan not retiring, but “Chinese Zodiac” to be his last big action film

MSN: Edison Chen in scuffle with the paparazzi

MSN: Aaron Kwok’s girlfriend, Lynn Hung, vows to talk less about their relationship

MSN: Kelly Chen wants to be in-laws with Andy Lau

SGYahoo: Lau Ding Sing claims Him Law had posed for him

Lau had also mentioned actor William Chen, whose name was not among those in the list, to be ‘young, smooth, cute and sweet’ and had modeled for him several years ago.

Chen’s agency EEG also released a press statement that Chen and Lau did not know each other and would be pursuing legal action against Lau, for false information.

Many Hong Kong artists were shocked to hear that musician Lee Ming Ho was involved with the rape case of an actress recently.

May 16, 2012

May 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: Nightfall review

Gut-wrenching violence, classical music, daddy issues and Lolita complexes are grist for director Roy Chow Hin Yeung’s grisly mill in “Nightfall,” a Hong Kong thriller with a strong noirish flavor that stops short of lurid, thanks to the seasoned cast’s solid perfs.

FBA: Woo boards BeastTHR

John WOO will direct Day of the Beast, a remake of SUZUKI Seijun’s yakuza classic Youth of the Beast (1963).

The Chinese martial-arts film “Wu Dang” is set to debut at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi (Sina)

As a part of the “Four plus One” project produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, the movie tells a comedic story, which is set in Beijing, about a man and woman who can’t remember the night after a drinking binge. In that one night, they lose a company car and 300,000 yuan in cash, and then the two trace back their steps to try to figure out what happened.

Zhang Jingchu with an alpaca in “Lacuna”

Shawn Yue shares a whiff of alpaca with Zhang Jingchu

An alpaca, a cat and a frog provide important clues to discovering what happened that drunken night.

“Lacuna” posters

(Sina)23

“11 Flowers” revolves around the memory of an 11-year-old boy who witnesses a murder and attempts to catch the criminal.

Producer and actor Wong Bak-Ming, director Vincent Kok and actors Raymond Lam, Ronald Cheng, Teresa Mo, Lynn Hung and Karena Ng attended the event.

Director Vincent Kok

Raymond Wong

Ronald Cheng, Karena Ng (Sina)2

The film features actors from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, including Francis Ng, Simon Yam, Zhang Zhen (Chang Chen), Song Jia, Chen Chong (Joan Chen) and Janice Man.

The film depicts a series of comical incidents which occur between 3 pairs of lovers on an island named Re Ai Dao, or Hot Love Island. The couples experience a number of misunderstandings and setbacks in pursuit of a happy ending. [Filmed back in 2010, it might be a hint that the film's a stinker.]

Francis Ng and Song Jia play husband and wife

Simon Yam

Francis Ng

Joan Chen, Simon Yam (Sina)234

Zhou Xun

(Sina)

The production side of the fantasy movie “Painted Skin 2″ released a batch of still photos featuring actor Chen Kun in the movie

Chen Kun (Sina)

Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Zhou Xun and Gu Changwei are expected to be present at the film event, along with other popular Chinese actors such as Yang Mi, Tong Dawei and Feng Shaofeng.

The 25-minute “Walker”, directed by Tsai Ming-liang, has been one of the most hotly debated movies on Youku since it debuted in late April, receiving nearly 20,000 comments so far.

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CNA: Andy Lau confirms birth of baby girl in pensive message to fans

Andy Lau: Yes, I’m a dad now

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung to be business partners?

Even though their divorce will be finalised this month, the pair’s shared love for food might see them forming a new kind of partnership

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s family of four celebrates Quintus Tse’s birthday

In other related news, Nicholas appeared on last week’s episode of America’s Next Top Model where he left a deep impression on the contestants

MSN: Miriam Yeung worried about premature birth

MSN: Are Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung finally getting married?

Rumour has it that the couple will be tying the knot next month to bring good luck to the actress’ family

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