HKMDB Daily News

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: In Memory of Leslie Cheung

A large number of fans from across the world come to offer flowers at the Hong Kong Mandarin Hotel; the location where Leslie Cheung, the famous Hong Kong film actor and musician, committed suicide 9 years ago on April 1.

Japanese fans (Sina-slideshow)

FBA: Nightfall review

Routine crime drama squanders good leads on a poor script with only average direction.

CF: Box Office Revenue of “Nightfall” Reaches 40 Million Yuan

Engaging fable on greed and loss of values in HK society is good but not great.


CF: “Blood Stained Shoes” Premieres in Guangzhou

CF: The Absurd Comedy “Design of Death”

Based on the novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of a group of villagers who try to design the death of a well-known local hooligan. 
CF: ”Tokyo Newcomer” Gets Extra Screening Slots

The film tells the story of a Chinese superstar, portrayed by Chung, who abandons her career in China and marries a Japanese man. One of her loyal fans, played by Miao, follows her to Japan where he accidentally becomes involved in a spate of serial murders in a family-owned hotel where the owners are killed one by one.

Based on the life story of entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rocky Liang, the film recreates how Liang became successful. 

Stills from Derek Yee/Law Chi-Leung’s “The Bullet Vanishes” released at a Beijing press conference (Sina-gallery) yesterday

Yang Mi, Lau Ching-Wan

Nicholas Tse

Lau Ching-Wan

Liu Kai-Chi, according to the caption

Yang Mi  (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu and Li Bingbing are rumoured to be in contention for the femal lead role in the Hollywood production of Edward Zwick’s “The Great Wall”

Li Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu is currently in Las Vegas

(Sina)2

Read the tale and circumstances behind how fellow blogger and ex-pat Glenn got these picture of Cherie Chung, Vivian Chow and Annie Liu, and some swag too, link below.

Cherie Chung

Vivian Chow, Cherie Chung, Annie Liu

A1: Andy Lau changes plans to raise daughter in Malaysia

He has now set his sights on Edmonton, where his sister has migrated to. Lau is also believed to own properties there.

MSN: Was Joey Yung showbiz boss Albert Yeung’s mistress?

MSN: Video of Jay Chou’s scuffle with the paparazzi circulated online

The video clip that documented Jay’s actions had shown him instructing his friends to form a human barricade to block the three reporters present. Jay had whipped out his mobile phone and filmed the reporters. He referred to them as “Number One, ninja dog”, “Number Two, horse face” and “Number three, monkey with glasses”.

Several days after Timmy’s marriage to Janet Chow in Hong Kong, he lashed out at Chester for spilling drinks on the bride’s wedding dress and also used his wedding as means to meet new girls.

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop

(Sina)

Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.

(Sina)

And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

August 10, 2011

August 10, 2011

Hong Kong film to conclude Venice film festival

Johnnie To’s new movie “Life Without Principle” about financial greed will wrap up the official selection for this year’s Venice film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Variety: Venice adds ‘Life’ to competish

Johnnie To’s crime thriller joins lineup

CRI: Johnnie To’s Film Joins Golden Lion Competition(FBA)

THR: Celestial Pictures Enters the Gaming Realm with ‘My Kingdom’ Tie-in(FBA)

More games to come from Celestial’s 760-title Shaw Brothers library.

THR: Stephen Chow Producing New Take on China’s ‘Odyssey’

‘Journey to the West’ redux will co-star Shu Qi as a swordswoman absent from earlier versions.

THR: Jackie Chan’s ‘1911′ Added as Second Opening Film for Tokyo Fest(FBA)

CF: Superstar Sun Honglei Joins Sun Zhou’s New Project

Sun Honglei

Sun Zhou

Yes, I Do book cover (Sina)

CF: Sun Yat-sen Biopic to Be Released in October

CF: Yan Ni in Supremacy(Sina-gallery)

Fantasy film “Mural” saw its new still photos released recently. The stills feature actress Yan Ni who portrays Coldblood Queen who is in charge of the mural wonderland and enjoys the mightiness of supremacy.

Huang Yi and Raymond Lam Fung attend the launch of the official web site for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and the White Snake.

Yang Zi, Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam

(Sina)2

Lau Ching-Wan and Huang Yi shoot a bedroom scene in Overheard 2

Huang Yi plays a lawyer who helps her husband, Lau Ching-Wan, evade justice (Sina)2

Huang Yi in Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (HunanTV)

Xu Fan has a 1950s retro look in Love in Space

Xu Fan, Liu Jinshan (HunanTV)(Sina)2

Online trailer for horror film Harpoon is drawing lots of netizens’ attention for featuring a naked Zhao Ming. Hu Bing and Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) co-star and opens in December, just in time for the holidays. (Sina)Trailer

Zhang Ziyi on upcoming cover of September Elle

Shu Qi Elle Extra cover

Tang Wei in Hong Kong shooting a skin care advert

(Xinhua)(Sina-slideshow)

CF: Huang Shengyi Poses Backless for “Sunshine” Magazine

CRI: Rene Liu Announces Marriage(CNA)

MSN: Nicholas Tse suffers an asthma attack(CNA)

Next Miracle boot ceremony (Sina)

MSN: Karena Lam returns to Hong Kong

MSN: Elaine Ng rumoured to bring daughter into showbiz

Jackie Chan’s son caught dating a busty woman

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