HKMDB Daily News

August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

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WSJ: How Asia Stacks Up at the Venice Film Festival

CF: ”Love in Space” Stars on Press Conference

Guei Lun-Mei, Eason Chan

Poster of Leon Lai for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance


CF: Leon Lai Ming in “White Vengeance”

Jordan Chan

Andy On Chi-Kit

Feng Shaofeng

Anthony Wong

Liu Yifei

Zhang Hanyu

CF:  Huang Xiaoming Covers Esquire Magazine

MSN: Carina Lau admits that her marriage has problems

She responds to speculations on her marriage to Tony Leung and talks about her conceiving problems

MSN: Kelly Lin to welcome baby girl next month

Cecilia Cheung on cover of Face magazine (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s “abused” video makes headlines

A1: Cecilia Cheung’s alleged bondage video surfaces (Sina-slideshow)

December 2, 2009

December 2, 2009

Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Kwai Lun-Mei help open a new LV shop in Macau with Pansy Ho.

Shu Qi

Kwai Lun-Mei

(Xinhua) (Sina) (

Karen Mok was in Shanghai to promote her upcoming concert.


Simultaneous Press Conferences for Hot Summer Days

Barbie Hsu

Nic Tse


Barbie Hsu, Nic Tse, Angelababy

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu, Daniel Wu


Wei Shiya

Director Chan Kwok-Fai

Producer Fruit Chan

Hot Summer Days cast and crew held joint press conferences in Hong Kong and Beijing. Nic Tse, Angelababy and Barbie attended in Hong Kong while costars Daniel Wu and Vivian Hsu held a simultaneous press conference in Beijing (Xinhua) (2) (Sina) (

Film Archive to hold conference on history of early Chinese cinema

Top Asian cameraman expresses distaste of digital

Cannes-winning Taiwanese cameraman Mark Lee Ping-bing says in an interview published in “A Poet of Light and Shadow” — a collection of his still photographs — that shooting in digital format takes away the artistry of camera work and lighting because you can immediately see your work on a display monitor and fix it — as opposed to waiting to develop the film.

CNN: ‘1428′ tells Sichuan quake survivors’ stories

Storm Warriors Singapore promotion tour

Aaron and Ekin are such Storm troopers

Aaron Kwok on theme song duet with Ekin Cheng: his singing is not bad

Ekin Cheng: “I’m a romantic”

‘Warriors’ storm into M’sia

Chinese actress Li Bingbing married since 1999?

CRI: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis Reunite on, off-screen

Lin Chi-ling voted actress with “most beautiful breasts”

Carina jealous after Maggie Cheung said she wanted to squeeze Tony’s thigh

Loletta’s back and sexier than ever

Ssshhh… we’re married

November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009

CRI: Classic Fantasy Film Storms back with Dazzling CG Effects

The sequel to 1998 fantasy/kung fu film ‘The Storm Warriors’ will hit cinemas across Asia on December 10.

CRI: ‘Mulan’ Premieres in Beijing

Three Guns poster features English title of A Simple Noodle Story. The title is reminiscent of the popular internet parody of Chen Kaige’s The Promise, The Bloody Case That Started With a Steamed Bun


CRI: Zhang Yimou’s New Film Is a Tribute to “Zhiqing” Generation

Director Zhang Yimou will begin shooting a heart-wrenching romance set in China in the 1970s.

Adapted from a 2008 bestselling novel “Hawthorn Tree Forever”, the story revolves around a great unfulfilled love in around 1975 between two “zhiqing,” or young, educated urban people sent to the countryside for re-education during China’s decade long “cultural revolution.”

Zhang will embark on a Nanjing massacre-themed film following “Hawthorn Tree,” the report said.

THR: Zhang considers war drama, romance as next project

THR: ‘Chen Zhen’ starts shooting near Shanghai

Leon Lai - Frozen

Leon Lai has begun work on Derek Kwok’s Frozen. The storyline is unknown. (HunanTV) (Sina)

CRI: Jet Li Acknowledges Singaporean Citizenship

Kitty Zhang gives her two cents on mentor Stephen Chow

The demure 23-year-old actress revealed her tendencies to quarrel with Stephen during filming due to their differences in personality. Despite that, she expressed her utmost respect for the latter and shared that she is filled with awe and admiration for him.

Panda Express Premiere

Deng Jiajia

Jane Zhang sang the theme song

Liu Hua

Panda Express Premiere photos (Sina)

Charlene Choi attending a Christmas lighting ceremony at Times Square (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung celebrates 15th anniversary of Toughjeans brand


October 26, 2009

October 26, 2009

Leon Lai - Bodyguards and Assassins


Leon plays the son of a rich man who becomes depressed and a beggar after both he and his father falls in love with Michelle Reis. With glasses on, he looked like John Lennon and brought much laughter to the set. (

CRI: Bodyguard Leon Lai Fights Assassins in All-star Film

Eric Tsang - Jay Chou’s Treasure Hunter

Eric Tsang, Lin Chi-Ling (

Wang Xuebing

Wang Xuebing puts on makeup to become King Bull in Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box (

Cfensi has a nice post on Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting, which screened recently at TIFF.

CRI: Milu Deer Leads Chinese Animation Industry

Stefanie Sun

Stefanie Sun was in Beijing to film the MV theme song for Mulan (

CRI: Stefanie Sun Shoots Music Video in Beijing

Abbot Shi of Shaolin Temple presented Jackie Chan with scroll he personally wrote with ‘Dragon’. (

Andy Lau

Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan

Slide show of New Shaolin Temple cast in Abott’s chamber (20) (

Press Release: Bruce Lee Enterprises Announces Website Launch and Major Expansion of Brand

…Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee (pictured above), announces a major expansion of the Bruce Lee brand. Her organization is launching a flagship website, “This site will be the beacon of all things Bruce Lee on the Internet,” says Shannon. The company is also engaged in an ambitious program of licensing merchandising rights and creating original film and television productions through Bruce Lee Enterprises and LeeWay Media Group. (Photo: Business Wire)

August 28, 2009

August 28, 2009

Shing Fui-On passed away last night at 11:45pm at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital

Shing Fui-On passed away last night

Despite his poor condition Shing checked out of the hospital a couple days ago to be home because he did not like the feeling of loneliness at the hospital. Two days later his condition worsened dramatically and Shing returned to the hospital. Nick Cheung, Michael Miu Kiu-Wai, Eric Tsang visited him and others visited him. (Thanks, to Fan)

The fourth of five brothers, Shing quit school and joined his brother at Shaw Brothers at age 15 (some say 13) to work in the props department

Later he joined Golden Harvest but a downturn in the industry forced him to find work in a ballroom as a guard (?).
HK actor Fui-on Shing dies of cancer

Hong Kong Actor Fui-on Shing Dies of Cancer

Big Silly character debuted in 1985 Chase a Fortune

Big Silly (middle) with two cousins
Before he was fierce (center, with two cousins)
Disco era Big SillyFull fierce on
Once claimed in an interview that he joined the triads but later recanted

Xinhuanet coverage’s coverage of Big Silly’s passing

Opening ceremony for Fire Dragon

NY Times: Film on Confucius Resurfacing
Fei Mu’s Confucius being restored

No Kungfu and No Charity for Jet Li in Ocean Paradise

Daughter Cast in Director John Woo’s New Film

Two more sneak into Toronto lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday made two last-minute bookings for Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days” and “The Warrior and the Wolf,” a combat epic from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Taipei Times: Hear Me review
A love story in silence
Blatant product placement for the Taipei City Government mars an otherwise enjoyable boy-meets-girl tale

Taipei Times - short takes

Let’s Fall in Love (尋情歷險記)
Also making use of Chinese Valentine’s Day is this up-close-and-personal Taiwanese documentary enjoying a proper release with a new promotional campaign. Twenty-odd married couples come under the spotlight with their relationship problems and weaknesses, together with the intriguing matchmaker-counselor whom all of them share. From award-winning director Wuna Wu (吳汰紝), who had to solicit hundreds of small investors to get this film into theaters.

The Forbidden Legend: Sex & Chopsticks 2 (金瓶梅2:愛的奴隸)
Sweaty and kinky sex for its own sake is a rare bird on the Taiwanese big screen these days. We haven’t had a soft porn extravaganza since, well, the original Sex & Chopsticks late last year. Japanese hardcore actresses Hikaru Wakana (with head still shaved), Kaera Uehara, Serina Hayakawa and Yui Morikawa secure another Hong Kong work visa to tell, for the umpteenth time, the misadventures of barely robed courtesans. But tableware fetishists will likely feel misled all over again; the Chinese title (“The Golden Lotus 2: Slaves of Love”) is more faithful to what’s on show.

Rookies: Graduation
And so, back to a movie based on a Japanese manga. A bunch of good-for-nothing punks regain self-respect and team spirit after their charismatic high school teacher shapes them into a formidable baseball team. This is a theatrical follow-up to a TV series based on the popular manga series Rookies. But unless you’re a baseball tragic or swoon at the sight of “bad boys” with trendy shocks of hair and perfect skin, this attempt at inspiration won’t mean a pitcher’s mound of beans. The Bad News Bears it ain’t.

KJ (音樂人生)
The poster for this Hong Kong documentary says it all: a boy sitting alone in an auditorium. The boy is “KJ,” a brilliant pianist with a bright future in store, though the film covers much wider, and occasionally darker, ground, which makes it an ideal companion to Four Minutes. With respected director Ann Hui (�?�) as consultant, this study of individual genius in a society that tends to stifle it has the stamp of quality. Six years in the making, KJ is screening exclusively at the Wonderful Cinemas complex in Taichung.

Yasmin Ahmad tribute

Shawn Yue speaks up for Stephy Tang
Stephy criticized for potentially spreading H1N1 at typhoon fundraiser

The husband of Lee Young-ae publicly speaks about his wife

Felicia Chin breaks down at ongoing rumours of plastic surgery

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Karen Mok

Karen Mok promoting her new digital album

Zhang Ziyi endorsing watch brand

Taiwan actress Yu Ke-Hsin lost Andy Lau to Carol Shu many years ago and suffered depression for some 15 years

Yu Ke-Hsin
Andy’s partner pregnant?
Is Lau’s long-term partner expecting a baby?
The women in Andy Lau’s life - captioned slideshow
[*According to Chinese custom, following the death of a father, the couple must marry within 100 days or wait 3 years. Others say AFTER 100 days otherwise bad luck for the bridegroom. You pick, I guess.]

Vivian Chow paintings selected for exhibition

Josie Ho
Josie Ho shows off a purse she designed featuring a gun

She joked that there are two meaning to the gun, to promote world peace and to keep evildoers away from her husband. Her father, Stanley Ho, remains in the hospital resting and recuperating from surgery.

Photos from Gillian Chung’s stage performance I Ought To Be in Pictures

More photos

Gillian Chung’s stage debut

Li Bingbing opens a flagship store in Ningbo

Michelle Reis slide show

August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009

21st Century Kato
Jay Chou as Kato

Jay Chou stuffs himself with good ol’ American food

Zhou Xun

Stills from The Message released

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng at launch ceremony for typhoon relief

Asked about making another Young and Dangerous film, Ekin expressed doubt about the continued impact of film culture. He said it was better to do charity work.

Charlie Yeung and daughter in 37
Charlie Yeung in ‘37′

Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren
Fire Dragon’s Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren

Vivian unfazed by rumors of Shu Qi and boyfriend Stephen Fung

Michelle Ye
Pinky Cheung
More Fire Dragon cast photos

Leon LaiMichelle Ye
Dante Lam’s Fire Dragon

More photos

Gao Yuanyuan
Heo Jin-Ho’s Season of Good Rain, formerly a segment of Chengdu, I Love You

Tussle over Tony Leung
Carina Lau
Carina Lau philosophical about Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung incident

‘After so many years, we are very much like watching a love story. We do not want it played out quickly, if you want to see it then we have to go on.’

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

Ducked into clothing store until her car arrived

More Carina Lau photos

HK star Shawn Yue is tired of being linked to female celebs

Actress Angelica Lee to wed HK director

Jackie Chan, Tan Jing
Zhang Ziyi
Stars attend solo concert celebrating China’s founding

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei appointed as VP Chinese Performing Arts Society appears at skin care endorsement event in Shanghai

More photos

Aaron Kwok
Lee San-San
Aaron Kwok finished third in his own charity race in Shanghai

Zhang Ziyi

Vogue magazine spread - Zhang Ziyi (click through)

Andy Lau?
Funeral procession of Andy Lau’s ‘father-in-law’

Obscurred by a sea of white umbrellas, media determines Andy secretly in attendance. Trademark hook nose is the tell.
Photos: Funeral procession, Andy’s secret children?
‘Son-in-Lau’ goes under cover at Chu’s funeral
Last wish of Carol Chu’s dad - to see her wed Lau
Quite a ’scene’ at funeral of Chu’s dad

Lucky number 4

Sandy Lau Crowned Miss Hong Kong 2009

Simon Yam
Judge Simon Yam

Museum of Chinese in America Gets a New Home

July 28, 2009

July 28, 2009

Jet Li
Still from Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables - Jet Li

SCMP: Daniel Wu discusses new film ‘Overheard’
Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan
Overheard takes in 35M yuan in the opening weekend

‘Tracing Shadow’ Premieres

More photos of premiere

Peter Chan wanted to cast Michelle Reis ten years ago when Bodyguards and Assassins was first planned

Additional photos of Michelle Reis on set of Bodyguards and Assassins
Andrew Lau received a 1905 HK$10 bill as a reward and commemoration for his efforts
Peter Chan, in a surprise, introduced Andrew Lau on the last of shooting. Lau had been called in to assist due to an unnamed large crisis.
‘Infernal’ Lau joins ‘Bodyguards’

Shing Fui-On
Shing Fui-On suffers recurrence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma

The 54 year-old actor was treated in 2004 with chemo and radiation therapy and he lost 45kg in weight. He also lost his sense of taste and hearing. Nonetheless, Shing was elected village head in Sai Kung and later ran for election to the legislature but was defeated.
Nick Cheung, also a Sai Kung resident, went directly from shooting To Live and Die in Mongkok to visit Shing at the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. He is due to be released in a couple days.

Prison on Fire
1988 - The Greatest Lover
2001 - ATV series with Japanese beauties
Secret Lover, 1995The Detective, 2007
2003 running for legislative council member

Shing Fui-On continued auto racing even after first being diagnosed in 2004

Zhang Ziyi Interview: From Actress to Producer (Thanks, to duriandave, for pointing it out)

Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang begins shooting earthquake movie
“Aftershocks” tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who survived the quake that killed more than 240,000 people.

Hong Kong filmmaker Lee Kung-lok’s romantic comedy Let’s Fall in Love starts shooting in Beijing on July 24.

MIFF weighs future of Chinese pics
Claustrophobia, Miao Miao also withdrawn

Hollywood Reporter: Haeundae - film review
Bottom Line: Korea’s first disaster movie is slow to reach a crest of excitement but eventually delivers shiploads of action and visual spectacles.
Disaster film a Korean BO success

Comic-Con ‘Thirst’ panel with director Park Chan-Wook

Sassy Girl Returns as a Cyborg (video/photos)
Sassy girl returns as robot in Cyborg She

HK singer Eason Chan’s marriage in trouble?

Donnie Yen’s birthday party
Donnie Yen and wife
Raymond WongLynn XiongCheung Tat-MingVincent Kok
Roy CheungLeon LaiAndrew Lin
Donnie Yen celebrates his 46th birthday with friends

Additional photos

Yasmin Ahmad

  • Touched by her maternal glow
  • Friend to All
  • Tears and tribute

    ESWN: Young Models At The Hong Kong Book Fair

    SCMP: Anti-model activists protest at HK Book Fair

    SCMP: Kobe brings MVP skills to HK

  • June 26, 2009

    June 26, 2009

    Memorial service held for Sek Kin

    Mourners in attendance included Connie Chan, Nancy Sit, Alan Tang, Chow Chung, Kenneth Tsang, Wu Fung, Joe Cheung Tung-cho, Lau Kar Leung, Lau Kar Fai, Ng Man Tat, Ng See Yuen, Ken Lo and the Seven Little Fortunes
    Connie Chan and Nancy Sit
    Wu Fung and Kenneth Tsang
    Alan Tang
    Fortunes Yuen Bo and Yuen Ting/Ng Ming Choi
    English version
    Slide show

    Liu Kai-Chi, Leon Lai
    Richie Ren
    Fire Dragon - slide show

    Chen Kuan-Tai, Aaron Kwok
    Murderer - Chen Kuan-Tai, Aaron Kwok

    Glamorous Youth (明媚時光) director explores home truths

    Philip Yung, a former film critic, makes his directorial debut with the Hong Kong-based drama Glamorous Youth.

    Glamorous Youth review

    Visual design of The Message revealed

    Lu Chuan and His Humanity Care Trilogy
    Chinese Animation: Where are we?

    “Old Fish” Review – 2009 New York Asian Film Festival

    Taipei film festival opens with Yang Yang
    Taipei Film Festival shines the spotlight on Berlin

    Changes to Taipei Awards stir controversy

    Taipei Times: Pop Stop

    Audemars Piguet Antique Pocket Watches Give Historical Flavor To “Bodyguards and Assasins” Movie

    Cherie Chung wearing Stella McCartney and Cartier
    Cherie and Ferrari
    Cherie Chung appearing for a medical center

    Still loves movies but would rather watch
    Additional photos

    Video: Lin Chi-Ling Longines appearance reacting to news of Michael Jackson’s death

    Michelle Yeoh, Frank Nuovo co-creators
    Michelle Yeoh opens flagship store for luxury personal communications (cell phones) in Taipei 101

    Chinese censors tinker with ‘Transformers’

    Police raids nab 2 million pirated DVDs in Manila

    June 22, 2009

    June 22, 2009

    Leon Lai
    Leon Lai shooting a stunt scene five stories up in Tsim Sha Tsui for Dante Lam’s film, lit. Fire Dragon

    Slide show of location shoot

    Louis Koo

    On His Majesty’s Secret Service (Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog) with Louis Koo is scheduled for July 30 release in the Mainland

    Ekin Cheng
    Ekin Cheng - Storm Warriors

    Tracing Shadows

    “The Magic Aster” Starts Animation Battle of the Summer
    Related video

    Mulan: Ancient heroine hits Shanghai Film Festival

    Michelle Yeoh to star in John Woo kung fu movie
    Woo, Yeoh set to collaborate on martial arts project
    Michelle Yeoh
    Michelle Yeoh - Shanghai International Film Festival closing ceremony

    Danish-Swedish drama best film at Shanghai

    ‘Original’ tops in Shanghai awards

    Karen Mok at closing ceremony

    Shanghai film festival panned by critics
    Shanghai Film Festival Catalyzes Co-Productions

    A retrospective film from 1949-1959 (II)
    Video - one hour program

    New York Asian Film Fest: Bigger, Louder, Weirder
    Hong Kong Bounces Back
    Asian Movies All Over the Map

    Tai tai tie-ups

    Isabella Leong’s climb up the social ladder via Richard Li has set tongues wagging. But she’s not the only HK star who snagged a rich man

    Fan Bingbing Cherishes Memories of the Past

    Francis Ng

    Photos from Francis Ng’s first fashion photoshoot in the Mainland

    (Thanks to Valerie - this site’s No.1 Francis Ng Fan ;) )

    Josephine Siao
    Josephine Siao was spotted entering into a Hong Kong eye hospital accompanied by her daughter.

    It is thought that a relapse of a 2003 eye condition (interior bleeding) has recurred. She stayed three hours at the hospital before leaving by taxi to a mall for dinner with her daughter. The daughter has been studying at university in the US but returned in recent months to work in Hong Kong and care for her mother.

    Simon Yam and wife
    Hong Kong Repetory School For Children where Simon Yam’s daughter attends school has two cases of H1N1

    Martin Lee and Jimmy Lai likely targets of shooting plot

    June 20, 2009

    June 20, 2009

    Aaron Kwok
    Murderer - stills and poster

    Leon Lai
    Leon Lai getting made up for Bodyguards and Assassins

    Lin Chi-Ling, Leon Lai
    ‘The Magic Aster’ Premieres in Shanghai

    bc Magazine: Plastic City
    …nearly half an hour has been excised from the original [Venice] version
    HK Magazine: Plastic City
    …calling this movie a glorified trailer isn’t quite right—it’s more like a glorified music video
    HK Magazine: Blood: The Last Vampire
    bc Magazine: Blood: The Last Vampire
    bc Magazine: Scandal Makers
    bc Magazine: Nobody To Watch Over Me (Japan)

    bc Magazine: Tats Lau - A New Calling
    bc Magazine: James Yuen - A Sort of Love
    …he rebels against making Hong Kong films that ‘mention nothing about Hong Kong

    Gillian Chung blocks Edison Chen on MSN

    Edison opens new branch of his store in Kuala Lumpur

    Shu Qi perseveres in love

    Jet Li buys S$20 million bungalows in Singapore’s Binjai Park

    Gao Yuanyuan promoting cosmetics in Nanjing

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