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February 17, 2011

February 17, 2011

CRI: Jackie Chan’s New Movie Gets U.S. Release

The film, with a former title, “The 1911 Revolution”, is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the monumental Xinhai Revolution that began in 1911 and eventually brought an end to China’s last feudal dynasty.

PeoplesDaily: ‘Bullets’ copyright scores Hollywood bullseye

Last year’s blockbuster comedy Let the Bullets Fly, which became the biggest-grossing Chinese language movie ever, has now set another record - the top price paid in Hollywood for the rights to adapt a Chinese film.

FBA: Fox to release Butcher in Hong Kong

20th Century Fox is to release The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman in Hong Kong on 7 April.

Pulpy psychodrama is made watchable by its two female leads.

‘Late Autumn,’ a modern fairytale for adults

Heart-stopping and transcending sentimentality, Kim Tae-yong’s “Late Autumn” is a remake with a greater purpose than simply pairing superstars in a new setting.

I majored in directing at the Central Academy of Drama (in Beijing) because I wanted to become a director. When you study directing, you also learn how to act.

It was recently reported that the investor was unhappy with Cecilia, as she did not have time to complete the filming of The Lady Generals of Yang Family, due to her busy schedule.

The investor also put down the rule that the movie must be completed by the end of the month, else it would be cancelled.

A Chinese Fairy Tale

Louis Koo, Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

The first stills from the secretive shoot of Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Fairy Tale was released yesterday.

A world-wide release is planned for April. (Sina)

In December, the Chinese Fairy Tale cast went into the studio for post-production getting head scans to enhance the 3D effects.

Liu Yifei

Fan Siu-Wong

Kara Hui (Sina)

Kara Hui in costume


Zhang Zilin (Zhang Zhilin)

Zhang Zilin

Stills from Underdog Knight 2 features Liu Ye and Zhang Zilin (Miss World 2007)

The film opens April 1. (Sina)

Daniel Wu - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan

Daniel Wu plays a depressed but brilliant architect who restores his self-confidence after meeting Gao Yuanyuan (Sina)

It was reported that Leon, who rarely appeared in events, began taking up more work recently. This drove speculations of a pregnant Gaile Lok and that Leon was saving up for the birth of his Rabbit child.

October 22, 2010

October 22, 2010

TaipeiTimes: The Fourth Portrait

After winning the Best Feature Film award at this year’s Taipei Film Festival, ‘The Fourth Portrait’ is ready for the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, with nominations in seven categories.

CRI:  Huang Xiaoming Teams Up with Angelababy in New Film

Huang Xiaoming and Hong Kong model Angelababy will co-star in the film “A Sentimental Story,” reports.

The film entitled “Yi Chang Feng Hua Xue Yue De Shi” in Chinese is being directed by Gao Qunshu who shot “The Message” and “Wind Blast.”

Hong Kong kicks off film fest with China focusAFP

The seventh annual Hong Kong Asian Film Festival features more than 60 independently-made films from across Asia, but this year it will shine a spotlight on the work of Chinese directors, organisers said.

Hong Kong director Barbara Wong has never worked in Hollywood, but you might not know that from watching her new film. “Perfect Wedding” seems right at home among Hollywood romantic comedies like “Runaway Bride” and “The Wedding Planner.”

FBA: Josie Ho runs with The Courier

ScreenDaily: Rourke, Ho join cast of Hany Abu-Assad’s The Courier

Mickey Rourke and Josie Ho have joined Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Til Schweiger in the cast of Arclight Films’ action thriller The Courier which started shooting in Louisiana this week…The Courier revolves around an international carrier who delivers things to people who can’t, or don’t want, to be reached. Ho plays a woman with a mysterious past whom the courier meets.

Josie Ho

Husband Conroy Chan has accompanied Josie Ho to the set everyday. Does it have to do with the fact that Josie has a bed scene with Jeffrey Dean Morgan?


Latest Late Autumn poster (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung has joined the cast of the Jackie Chan-produced, Frankie Chan-directed Yang Women Generals/14 Amazons! This makes the third film that Ceci has signed up for, besides Dynamic Angel/Race Car with Jimmy Lin, Tang Wei and Rene Liu and Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year film All’s Well End’s Well 2011. This role will be considerably more challenging as she plays the key role of Mu Guiying. It has been previously played by Ivy Ling Po and Liza Wang in previous versions. Ceci is also reported to have agreed to a guest cameo in Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. (Sina) (Xinhua)23

MSN: Cecilia Cheung takes up Jackie Chan movie

Mu Guiying: Chinese Woman Warrior

“Her swinging sword flashes like nine falling suns shot by Yet the legendary bowman; she moves with the force of a team of Dragons driven by the gods through the sky; her strokes and attacks are like those of terrible thunder; and when she stops all is still as water reflecting the clear moonlight.”

Cecilia Cheung imagined as Mu Guiying

Liza Wang

Ivy Ling Po

Frankie Chan Fan-Kei (Xinhua)

Stills from Zhang Jiarui’s thriller Distant Thunder

Guo Xiaoran, Huo Siyan


Mani Fok to the rescue?

Emperor’s super manager Mani Fok and so-called “bomb expert” has been recalled from the US where she was on leave to handle the Charlene Choi-William Chan Wai-Ting (Sa-Ting) affair. The publicity stunt/romance has had unintended effects requiring Mani to come back to handle matters. Since it came to light, the Sa-Ting Love has raised the popularity of William Chan  but is not popular with Twins fans. Chan is said to be a playboy and Charlene has been accused of bad taste. Chan is alleged to have  had many ‘pedal boats’, including Gillian Chung causing a secret rift between the singing duo in the past. Mani is said to have had private communications with Chan and the Twins to discuss how to handle events. The Twins are scheduled to hold a concert in Macau in November. (Sina)

Edison Chen attending an Adidas event will be releasing two new songs tomorrow

Edison will be performing at the East Asia All Stars Concert in Shanghai with Anthony Wong and Sammi Cheng for support in his return to the stage. Edison and Sammi recorded a new version of Mr Sandman on his new album. (Xinhua-gallery) (Sina)2

Invitation to Jordan Chan-Cherrie Ying 50 table wedding banquet


MSN: Tony Leung is “Property King”

MSN: Andy Lau and Nicholas Tse’s love woes in Year of Rabbit

Four famous Hong Kong Feng shui masters look into 2011, year of the Rabbit, and predict that both Andy and Nicholas will face troubles in love

October 21, 2010

October 21, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:16 pm

FBA: Late Autumn (4/10)

Lifeless cross-national romance set in the US is a pointless remake of a South Korean classic.

FBA: Thirteen Assassins (Japan) (9/10)

It’s a major shame that a decision was taken to make an “international version” that is 17 minutes shorter.

CRI: ’Buddha Mountain’ Poster Released

“Buddha Mountain” revolves around a retired Peking Opera singer, played by Sylvia Chang, and her young tenants, played by Fan Bingbing, Chen Po-Lin and Fei Long.

Francis Ng - Wind Blast

Duan Yihong

Duan Yihong (Sina)2

Product placements draw laughs at preview screenings of Wind Blast in Shanghai and Xi’an. Besides prominently featuring a vehicle brand (Jeep?) in the story, the camera lingers over billboards for a medicinal product that is used in a joke later on. The Shanghai screening was cut short when the film caught fire during projection. Talk about a hot film! Some viewers up to that point complained that the story was unclear in the opening ten minutes and that having eight major players was too much. The Hollywood-like ‘Chinese western’ was both praised and criticized as imitative by the audience.


FBA: Emperor output deal with Celestial

Celestial Pictures and Emperor Motion Pictures have signed an output deal putting Emperor’s movie slate on the Celestial Movies pay-TV channel in South East Asia.

FBA: Detective Dee beats Wall Street - Box Office Summary

CNNGo: Movies we want to see at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (Thanks, to duriandave)

A documentary on Johnnie To, Hong Kong’s prolific creator of films across genres, but best known for his action crime thrillers that have earned him a strong cult following internationally. The documentary was shot by French filmmaker, critic and journalist Yves Montmayeur who followed To for three years, capturing his insight on filmmaking.

Law Kar-Ying, Jiang Chao

Bruce Leung Siu-Lung, Jiang Chao

Bruce Leung, Law Kar-Ying, and Jiang Chao have begun filming Shentong Fo Ying based on at true story of the restitution of a stolen Buddha’s head to a temple in Shandong. With elements of action and suspense, the film emphasizes the importance of cultural preservation. This marks the third film collaboration between Law Kar-Ying and Jiang Chao. Law Kar-Ying denied rumors that he was joining the cast of Stephen Chow’s new Journey to the West. (Sina)2

Expect to see Tony Leung and Zhou Xun pair up and Jay Chou partnering Andy Lau in this magic fever

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) plays Harlem Yu’s partner in the just begun Mr. and Mrs. Single (Sina)

(Oct.19) World Premiere of The Star and The Sea (The Musician) at the Hawaii International Film Festival

Directors Xiao Guiyun, Li Qiankuan

“Aloha” from Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu meets the Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle (Sina)

(Oct.18) Vivian Hsu romps on the beach in Hawaii


(Oct.20) Lin Chi-Ling appearing in Shanghai for Godiva (Xinhua-gallery)

Gao Yuanyuan graces the November cover of Cosmopolitan (Xinhua)

MSN: Gigi Lai bans parents from visiting her daughters

MSN: Vicki Zhao takes pointers from Faye Wong

MSN: Michelle Reis to undergo C-section

October 11, 2010

Late Autumn (Hollywood Reporter review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 10:37 am

Late Autumn
By Maggie Lee

Bottom Line: A gentle but wan love story.

BUSAN, South Korea — There’s something not right with a film when the interludes are more interesting than the central setpieces. Kim Tae-yong’s sympathetic characterization is evident in his adaptation of Korean master Lee Man-hee’s lost film “Late Autumn” (remade twice before), about the brief encounter between a female convict on temporary leave and a fugitive.

But Kim treads too softly with his protagonists’ injured psyches, as if afraid to hurt them, so he couldn’t capture the urgency, desperation or illicitness that stokes their passion.

More like a cute date movie than a shattering love tragedy, the film will stay a while in domestic commercial cinemas. In the rest of Asia, the billing of Tang Wei (”Lust, Caution”) in the lead could be a draw card, but the Seattle location and awkwardness of hearing English dialogue by two leads who are obviously not native speakers could be a deterrent to wide distribution.

The screenplay follows the original film (which has a surviving script) in skeletal form. Chinese-American Anna (Tang Wei) who is in prison for killing her husband is allowed parole for 72 hours to attend her mother’s funeral in Seattle. On the bus, she lends the bus fare to a Korean escort named Hoon (Hyun Bin). Hoon’s entanglements with a married woman forms a parallel to what Anna went through in her past.

The setup is a variation on Richard Linklater’s “Before Sunrise” as the couple spends a day and a half exploring the city. At three major turning points they engage in a child-like play-acting game. In one of these scenes, Hoon pretends to be Anna’s fiance at the funeral, and provokes a punch out with her jealous ex-lover, which is culturally inaccurate as it is unthinkably disrespectful for Chinese to cause any disturbance at funeral gatherings.

The verbal fireworks needed to develop physical rapport are absent. In fact, in contrast to the original which made waves with a controversial suggested sex scene in a train compartment, Kim’s version is surprisingly chaste. And without prison guards accompanying the heroine like in Lee’s film, the frisson of snatched privacy and stolen pleasure is gone.

It is actually during the narrative’s silences and pauses that deeper feelings have a chance to emerge, like a scene at the bus stopover, when the camera whirls around Anna as she mills about in the mist looking for Hoon, her distress and sense of loss echoes the opening shot of her staggering down the road the day she killed her husband.

Tang re-plays her sullen, repressed persona in “Crossing Hennessy” but it is Hyun who impresses more for not underplaying the dandy, narcissistic side of his personality.

Technical credits are polished with quiet, mellow music adding a shade of wistfulness. Seattle appears foggy and drab, with hardly any color or smell of autumn.

Pusan International Film Festival, Gala Presentation

Production: Boram Entertainment.
Cast: Tang Wei, Hyun Bin
Director-screenwriter: Kim Tae-yong.
Producers: Lee Jooick, Nansun Shi, Cho Sung-woo.
Cinematographer: Kim Woo-hyung.
Art director: Ryu Sung-hie.
Editor: Steve M. Choe, Lee Jin.
Sound: Hong Ye-young, Sung Ji-young.
Music: Cho Sung-woo.
No MPAA rating, 115 minutes

September 23, 2010

September 23, 2010

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Variety: Late Autumn2

Suspended between the leisurely and the lethargic, slow-burn romance “Late Autumn” revolves around an unlikely crossing of paths between a female convict on temporary leave and a frivolous young gigolo.

CRI: Tang Wei, Hyun Bin Meet in ‘Late Autumn’

FBA: The Stool Pigeon (線人) (8/10)

The main cast of Dante Lam’s Beast Stalker reunites in a tense, more character-driven crime thriller.

CRI: Zhou Xun Displays Bizarre Habit in New Thriller

The “Perhaps Love” starlet leads a thriller short entitled “Legend of Four Nights: The Nail Trimmer’ which is currently shooting on location in Beijing,

Lawrence Chou, Zhou Xun

Derek Tsang, Lawrence Chou, Jimmy Wan Chi-Man

(Sina-slide show)

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster (Sina)

Tats Lau, Liu Kai-Chi - Shanghai Bund

Liu Kai-Chi broke his wrist while filming Shanghai Bund (tentative title) in Central. Liu fell down some stairs and landed awkwardly while shooting a fight scene. He is currently recovering at home. (Sina)(Xinhua)

CRI: Fan Bingbing to Star in Korean War Epic ‘My Way’

The film will tell a story of a Korean solider who was recruited by the Japanese army to fight for the Germans during World War II. Fan stars as a Chinese woman who falls in love with the Korean solider after meeting him in China.

“Pregnancy is really too time-consuming. You have a big belly and after delivering the child [you] have to regain your figure. It takes about two years.

September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010

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Late Autumn poster - Hyun Bin, Tang Wei (Xinhua)

The film has also broken new ground with its moon cakes tie in. After a limited edition of 3,000 boxes of hawthorn fruit moon cakes sold out, more were produced and are expected to create significant income for the Zhangs’ Beijing New Picture Film company.

“The Founding of a Republic” tops the best film nominees list for the 30th Hundred Flowers Awards.

Winners will be announced after a final round of voting during the 19th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival scheduled from October 12 to 16 in Jiangyin, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

The Island (formerly Adventure Island) opens Oct. 12 and stars Lam Suet, Huo Siyan and Liu Hua.


Miriam Yeung helps launch new Nokia phone

Miriam has been exercising three hours a day preparing for her concerts and has lost 10 pounds in three months. (Sina-slide show)

Gong Mi is ready for the Mid-Autumn Festival

(Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei performing in rehearsal for tonight’s CCTV Mid-Autumn Festival broadcast

(Sina-slide show)

SG: Gong Li’s “busty” seduction

HK actress Vivian Chow says no to kids

August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010

THR: 3D redux of ‘Sex and Zen’ starts shooting

CRI: Feng’s ‘Aftershock’ Sets New Record

Feng Xiaogang’s latest film “Aftershock” has taken just two weeks to become the most profitable Chinese-language film ever.

CRI: Daniel Wu Joins in CPC Anniversary Film (The Founding of a Party)

CRI: ”Death and Glory in Changde” Previewed in Beijing

Ray Lui, An Yixuan

Death and Glory in Chengde poster

Yuan Wenkang featured in poster (Sina)23

FBA: Love in Cosmo (搖擺de婚約) (8/10)

Comedienne Yao Chen shows amazing range in this slick, characterful rom-com.

Tang Wei

Late Autumn, the Korean film starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei shot in Seattle, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival September 9. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Jingchu

Aaron Kwok

Zhang Jingchu

Aaron Kwok and Zhang Jingchu appeared in Tsuen Wan for the MV release to promote City Under Siege. (Xinhua)

In Beijing, the trailer for the mainland thriller, Watchman (or is it, Watchmen?), was released. Zhang Jingchu was not able to attend.

Simon Yam

Huang Shengyi

Simon Yam, Huang Shengyi

Chen Sicheng, Hao Lei

Stills from Watchman/Watchmen

Simon Yam, Chen Sicheng

Zhang Jingchu, Chen Sicheng


Yoyo Mung and Ekin Cheng

Ekin Cheng, in a turn around, is reported as agreeing to marriage with Yoyo Mung next year. (Xinhua)

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. - Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. held their US wedding banquet over the weekend in Las Vegas. (Sina-slide show)

Jackie Chan, Lin Peng

Jackie Chan, Lin Peng, New Seven Little Fortune and Stanley Tong attended a charity dinner in Shanghai.

(Sina-slide show)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Serves as AIDS Prevention Ambassador(Xinhua-slide show)

February 8, 2010

February 8, 2010

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Tang Wei, Hyun Bin (Hyeon Bin)

Stills released for Late Autumn, the joint venture between US and South Korea now shooting in the Seattle area. The film is scheduled for a South Korean release in the second half of the year and later go to foreign film festivals. (HunanTV) (Xinhua)

CRI: Tang Wei Turns out a Prisoner in New Film

THR: Peter Chan to produce ‘Incredible Couple’

“It’s ‘Mr. & Mrs Smith’ meets ‘The Incredibles’ in the Qing dynasty”

Legends in a martial arts tale

TRUE Legend is the extraordinary journey of a man — a martial arts hero — whose greatest dream is to create a unique school of martial arts for the world to follow. It is directed by legendary kungfu film-maker Yuen Woo-Ping.

Hong Kong comedy classic reproduced - 72 Tenants of Prosperity

Zhang Yuqi

Zhang Yuqi costars with Masanobu Ando in a comedy, action, martial arts film ‘Legend of the Kitchen Knife’ due for release in May. 

(Sina) (qq) (6)(HD Sina)

Donnie Yen’s luggage is ’strongest of the universe’ (Sina)


AngelaBaby’s New Year’s wish is for her family’s health (Sina)

Christy Chung, baby Cayla and husband Yan Zheng

(Sina) (Xinhua)

Three girls are enough for HK actress Christy Chung (2)

Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang exchange wedding rings.

Oxide Pang made a Declaration of Love video with clips from (in the style of?) The Eye that brought tears to Angelica and convulsed the guests with laughter. (Sina) (8)(Sina)

Viewers complained that “Pandamen” had a childish, convoluted plot that was hard to follow and pointed out that the show seemed to cater specifically for Mainland audiences as the cast often delivered their lines in Mainland-accented Mandarin.

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