HKMDB Daily News

August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009

bc Magazine: When Johnnie Meets Johnny
‘Vengeance’ mixed effort to take Johnnie To global

bc Magazine: Hear Ye, Hear Ye (Michelle Ye)
The female star of Vengeance reveals what it is like in Johnnie To’s boys’ brigade

bc Magazine: Genius in the Madhouse
Jeffrey Lau Chun Wai gets slippery about being typecast

bc Magazine: Vengeance
HK Magazine: Vengeance

bc Magazine: On His Majesty’s Secret Service

bc Magazine: Turning Point

Overheard: Cops cross the line in taut Hong Kong thriller
Hollywood Reporter: Overheard
Bottom Line: A riveting thriller of commercial crime with dark, Faustian overtones.
Korea Times: ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ Satisfies to a Point

Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto
‘Once Upon a Time Proletarian’ will have N. American bow

Film celebrates founding of new China

“The Great Cause of New China’s Foundation” is scheduled for nation-wide release on September 17th
Forty Films Will Commemorate China’s 60th Anniversary

Jet Tone, Fortissimo appeal GIO ruling
Jet Tone Films and Fortissimo Films – the production company and sales agent behind Cheng Hsiao-tse’s Miao Miao, is at the centre of a funding row

Donnie Yen
NY Times: An Action Star Moves to the Lead
Bey Logan: Now and Yen

Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong, whose feature debut Parking screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last year, returns with sophomore effort The Fourth Portrait. Hong Kong writer-director Pang Ho-cheung serves as producer on Hong Kong Film Award nominee Heiward Mak’s The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
Screen Daily

Eric Tsang and stunt man

Sun Li
Sun Li

Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box
Yuen Biao
More photos

Zhou Xun
Zhou Xun has a new single, a theme for an online game

Lin Chi-Ling
Lin Chi-Ling promoting film on life of Coco Chanel

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung ambassador for eye care

Hong Kong Singers Gather for Fundraising Event
Jet Li: Visiting the Kaoshiung Disaster Area

A*mei joins line-up of F1 Rocks

HK Magazine: Lo Hoi-Pang interview
HKMDB entry

Original advert,  Lo Hoi-Pang send-up
[Credit to Fan for originally bringing the videos to my attention]

Duen Kee Chinese Restaurant
There are some who visit the place solely because it was the location for the shooting of the Anthony Wong horror classic “The Untold Story.”

August 12, 2009

August 12, 2009

Anthony Wong with Lorretta Chow, Koni Lui, two former Miss Hong Kong runner ups
No seat reserved at Laughing Gor premiere for Anthony Wong

So he leaves

‘Turning Point’ for Shaw, Hong Kong film

Maverick Yau helms first new Shaw Brothers pic in 22 years

McDull animation hits big screen

Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing
Shanghai press conference for Sophie’s Revenge

On His Majesty’s Secret Service celebration held

Earned RMB$70M in 10 days

Movie With 100 Stars Presents A Question: Who’s Chinese?

‘Haeundae’ Hits 7-Million-Viewer Mark

Shu Qi
Shu Qi and Ge You film an auto advert with wedding theme

Based on their characters from If You Are The One

Film “Tian An Men” set for release
The story in “Tian An Men” revolves around a team of stage art workers given the task of refurbishing Tian An Men Tower a month before the founding ceremony of new China.

Jet Li’s One Foundation PSA
Photo gallery

SCMP: Beijing struggles to make Olympic changes permanent

August 11, 2009

August 11, 2009

Michael Tse, Fala ChanJaime Chik, Michael Miu
Charmaine Sheh, Bobby AuyeungShirley Yeung
Bernice Liu, Lam FungFrancis Ng
Laughing Gor opening ceremony

Donnie Yen and Lynn XiongWith Huang Xiaoming
Ip Man 2 launch ceremony in Foshan

Bruce Lee introduced
Jiang Daiyan
Bruce Lee selected - more photos

Tang Wei rumored to have a guest role in Founding of the Nation

Angie Chiu
Angie Chiu will appear in Stanley Kwan’s Dancing With The Heart/Energy Behind the Heart as a mysterious Russian

Shu Qi and Aaron Kwok shooting stunt scene for City Under Siege

Olympic girl Lin Miao-Ke appearing in TV drama

Hollywood Reporter: Zhang Ziyi stars in novice director’s ‘Revenge’

Jack Neo’s latest ‘offering’ brings horror to another dimension
Neo has departed from the norm with “Where Got Ghost” to look at the departed.

Korea selects Mother as foreign-language Oscar entry

Zhang Zi-yi - the actress with a foul mouth

“Everything is All Right” about Zhang Ziyi and Fiance

Jet Li Launches Gym Training Program

August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009

Overheard review

‘Green Hornet’ casts Kato role
Taiwan’s Jay Chou goes to Hollywood
Jay Chou to Play Kato in ‘Green Hornet’

Rain In the Dragon
Enter the Dragon remade as Awaken the Dragon

‘Mother’ to represent Korea for Oscars
Maternal thriller beats out vampire flick and farmer documentary

Cast Promotes “Sophie’s Revenge”
Yao ChenRuby Lin

Gillian Chung scenes cut from ‘Red Cliff’ parody

Zhang Yimou’s Daughter Edits His New Film

Questions raised over whether Murderer is plagiarized from DiCaprio produced Orphan

TGIO raps Jettone over ‘Miao’
Hong Kong-Taiwan co-production “Miao Miao” is under investigation by Taiwan’s Government Information Office over its entry and subsequent withdrawal from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing and Guo Degang will both be 'general directors'
Fan Bingbing press conference announcing New Year’s film, retelling Flirting Scholar story

Fan will both produce and act in film

Hu Jun, Stanley Kwan

Stanley Kwan’s Dancing With the Heart/Energy Behind the Heart

Deng Chao
Deng Chao - Detective Dee

SCMP: Anthony Wong on ‘Vengeance’

SCMP: Michael Tse laughs his way to the big screen in Laughing Gor - Turning Point
After 20 years playing mostly two-bit soap characters, actor Michael Tse Tin-wah finally found his breakthrough role in the form of “Laughing Gor”, an undercover police officer in the TVB series ‘Emergency Unit’.

Zhang Ziyi & fiance still together, says manager

Suki Chui, Sarah Song
A big pair of Crocs

SCMP: Portrait of a master face-changer

July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009

Message of ‘Overheard’: Don’t Be Greedy

McDull’s Big Success at Box Office

Latest Stills of ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’

Michelle Reis
Michelle Reis in costume for Bodyguards and Assassins

Shaw Bros. returns with trio of films
Aptly named ‘Turning Point’ [English name for the Laughing Gor film ]to lead new slate, August release

In addition to “Turning Point,” the studio is now developing three films, two of which will begin production this year. The first is the US$5 million ensemble comedy “House of 73 Tenants,” a sequel-of-sorts to a 1973 Shaw Brother blockbuster, executive produced by Hong Kong multi-hyphenate Eric Tsang and co-directed by Tsang and Riley Yip
The story revolves around the lessees of a Hong Kong market-styled shopping mall made up of tiny stores. Filming will commence in September at the Shaw Studios for a 2010 Chinese New Year release date.

Hong Kong film “Overheard” premieres on mainland

HK indie filmmakers taking the lead
Three independent Hongkong productions due for release this year

» Break Up Club (director: Barbara Wong): The director con-tinues to focus on Hongkong’s youth culture, with Jaycee Fong and Fiona Sit starring as young lovers dealing with broken hearts.

» Dream Home (director: Pang Ho-cheung): Josie Ho plays a local girl who’ll do anything to get the house of her dreams – even murder. With Eason Chan and Anthony Wong.

» Christmas Rose (director: Charlie Young): The former pop idol’s debut as a director looks at a young man who succumbs to greed and temptation when he enters the world of big business

Donnie Yen magazine spread

Aaron Kwok plays a werewolf type character in Benny Chan’s City Under Siege

Tortured soul - Aaron Kwok’s Murderer

Jia Zhangke released an English verison of his book Interview with Chinese Workers - 24 Cities at the Hong Kong Book Fair

Jia to make first big-budget film
Hong Kong director Johnnie To, known for his stylish action thrillers, is the producer.

Gillian Chung gets a visit from Joey Yung and Kenny Kwan before rehearsing for upcoming stage musical “I Ought to be in Pictures” - photos

Screen Daily: Malaysia’s Yasmin Ahmad dies aged 51
Yasmin Ahmad laid to rest

A couple of the Sam Hui songs used in Yasmin Ahmad’s Sepet

Blink and you missed it, the theme from Shanghai Tan/The Bund by Frances Yip

July 10, 2009

July 10, 2009

Kungfu Cyborg poster

Retrospective of 50 years of Hong Kong cops and robbers films

Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan
Still from Overheard - Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan

Alice Mak

Cartoonist Alice Mak, McDull’s creator

Jackie Chan and Will Smith - Kung Fu Kid

Andy  Lau

Andy Lau - Detective Dee

Detective Dee Talks to Animals

Laughing Gor still

Tracing Shadow musical number pays tribute to a certain Oscar winner filmed in India

‘Breathless’ Reaps 13th Award in New York

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Kelly Chen in labor checks into hospital unassisted

Baby brings early joy for Kelly Chen

Li Bingbing Shows off in Style

Li Bingbing slide show

Chen saga finally behind Cheung with Tse Jr 2 on the way?
Funny and snarky
Joey Wong a nun?
Is ex-actress Joey Wong now a nun?

A-Mei Beijing press conference

Danwei: Two actresses barely survive botox overdose

Chinese group planning Neverland ranch replica

July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
Photo Gallery
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
Stills from Overheard released

Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan

New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions

‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).

Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

bc Magazine: 24 City review
HK Magazine: 24 City

bc Magazine: Roy Chow (Murderer) interview

bc Magazine: Wai Kar Fai (Written By) interview

bc Magazine: Jia Zhangke (24 City) interview

HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
Oppai Volleyball
(Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

Charlene Choi
Charlene surrounded by fans

Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage

A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai

I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing

APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

Anthony Wong and Tracy Ip
Laughing Gor cast update

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung on set of Detective Dee

Zhao Wei and Donnie Yen
Zhao Wei and Donnie Yen (from Founding of a Nation)

Edison's father
Tracing Edison's moves this year
Edison Chen reportedly sneaks into Hong Kong

Family finances in dour state: father is bankrupt, sister has little work modelling, competition from Juno Mak’s clothing line, Edison’s band FAMA only source of income

Michelle Reis
Michelle Reis reportedly moved back to her mother’s home

Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying
Guests include Carol Cheng, Teresa Mo, Deborah Li
Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying hold banquet for friends to celebrate wedding

So, you’ve seen Chungking Express. You’ve visited Chungking Mansions, you’ve found Midnight Express (and discovered it’s now a 7-11) and you’ve rode the escalators by Christopher Doyle’s apartment. But you’ve haven’t landed a jet a Kai Tak Airport. Now, here’s your chance:

(No guarantees that Valerie Chow will be your flight attendant, though) :(

May 14, 2009

May 14, 2009

Poster for Peter Chan’s JungKu - The Man From 18th Hell

Dante Lam’s The Flying Guillotines
Queen's Road Ripper
Queen’s Road Ripper
The God of Wealth
The God of Wealth
Cinema Popular posters
Peter Chan Brings Demon-Slayer to Life

‘Spring’ has sprung for Lou Ye
Chinese director delivers another controversial pic with Spring Fever

Q&A: Park Chan-wook

Anthony Wong - Sleeveless in Seatte?
Laughing Gor’s Anthony Wong

Louis KooSandra Ng

Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog - Louis Koo, Sandra Ng

Law Kar-Ying
Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog - Law Kar-Ying

Shu Qi
Shu Qi - Opening Ceremony at Cannes

Cannes judging panel press conference

Cannes Film Festival Opens

Tsai Ming-liang: Ang Lee is my strongest competitor!

Korea Times - ‘Know’: Hong’s Realm of Comic Realism
New in local theaters and currently showing in the out-of-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival is Hong Sang-soo’s latest feature “Like You Know It All.”

Opinion: Ambitious Lu Chuan Succeeds
Since “The city of life and death”, a historical epic movie also known as “Nanking, Nanking,” made its debut on April 23rd, a heated debate provoked by the film has ensued. The most controversial topic is the way Lu Chuan, the movie’s director, represents the massacre of Nanking.

Huang Xiaoming, Zhou XunHuang XiaomingLi Bingbing, Zhang HanyuAlec So
The Message - photo gallery

Wang ZhiwenAlec So
The Message

Simon Yam attending first screening of Ann Hui’s Night and Fog

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei at 14 Blades press conference

Nic and parents
Cecilia couldn't attend but sent Nic a gift
Nic and Patrick Tse promote new CD and MV

Faye Wong’s new shampoo ad

Faye Wong’s Comeback Ad Released

Gillian was expecting Hello Kitty!
Gillian Chung was a guest on a Sina’s TV program

Vivan Chow, Ni Kuang
Filial daughter Vivian Chow on Mother’s Day with Ni Kuang (father-in-law)

Edison Chen Sex-Pix Thief Gets Prison

Nina Wang eyed the Nobel Peace Prize

China, Hong Kong confirm influenza cases
Passengers flew from Canada, San Francisco

May 7, 2009

May 7, 2009

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14 Blades
Poster for 14 Blades starring Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei. This is the remake of Secret Service of the Imperial Court directed by Daniel Lee. Filming begins next month.

Next Media in Hong Kong reports that Edison Chen signs 10 year contract with Media Asia’s Peter Lam Gin-Ngok in exchange for HK$15M to pay off legal expenses and his father’s debts.
Edison, now 29, once expressed the wish to accumulate $1B and retire by age 32.
Edison Chen not keeping his word about leaving the Entertainment Industry

More pictures from Detective Dee opening ceremony

Michael Tse’s New Movie ‘Laughing Gor’ to Feature Anthony Wong, Felix Wong & Francis Ng

Fortissimo Films checks into Pang’s Dream Home

Choi Min-soo Cast for Hollywood Movie

‘Tokyo Sonata’: Hopeful Melancholy

Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung is resting in Hong Kong after cancelling an appearance in Taiwan

Maggie flew from New York to Hong Kong with boyfriend Ole Scheeren and was not feeling well. After visiting a doctor, Maggie decided to recuperate in Hong Kong instead of continuing to Taiwan. Her assistant stated Maggie only had a cold and not the H1N1 flu.

Zhang Ziyi in Inner Mongolia - photo gallery

Jail time for ex-magazine editor in Carina Lau topless photo case
Jail Time in Topless Pix Case
East Week editor published Carina Lau kidnap photo
Carina Lau Spotted at Fertility Clinic for Assisted Pregnancy

In the aftermath of the May 1 Bird’s Nest concert in Beijing, a new scandal is brewing. Dubbed the ‘attending guest’ scandal, reports are surfacing of a post concert party at a mansion where famous movie actresses were ‘introduced’ to wealthy businessmen and movie directors. These ‘fresh fruit and vegetables’ had the opportunity for ‘pay for play’. One site published a price list, the top being RMB$1M for a noted Taiwan model/actress. However, not all attended reportedly accepted the offers.
One version of the fruits and vegetables list

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