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May 4, 2011

May 4, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:08 pm

Variety: The Lost Bladesman review

CF: New Take on Legend

Director lauds Christian Bale for China film work (AP)

“Nanjing Heroes,” a $90 million production, is scheduled to finish shooting in June and will be released in China on Dec. 16. CF: Christian Bale Finishes Shooting “Nanjing Heroes”

Nanjing Heroes

Dou Xiao

Huang Haibo

Tong Dawei (Sina)

AP: Dancer-turned-actor Kwok is focus in 2 May movies

The dancer-turned-singer-turned-actor stars in two of the month’s major releases — Gu Changwei’s romance “Love for Life,” and Oxide Pang’s crime thriller “The Detective 2″ — and has earned rave reviews from both directors.

CF: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” Goes to Cannes

Just a few days before, actress Fan Bingbing revealed that she would join Korean director Kang Je-gyu and actor Jang Dong-gun to promote her new movie “My Way” at Cannes.

Green Snake (1993) will be released alongside It’s Love later this year; The Soong Sisters (1997) will be showing with new film 1911; New Dragon Inn (1992) with the original Dragon Inn, and King of Western Chu (1994) with The Last Supper.

First poster for My Kingdom

My Kingdom will screen at Cannes

Four years in the making, MY KINGDOM is a sweeping story of love, honor and revenge set against the backdrop of Chinese opera during its heyday in 1920s Shanghai. Written by Zou Jingzhi, one of China’s most popular writers, the story centers around two sworn brothers and their quest to regain their master’s honor. Their relentless quest leads them to fame and love, but also to their own downfall.

Bringing this epic tale to life is director Gao Xiaosong, one of a new wave of young Chinese directors defining the next evolution of Chinese cinema. Although Chinese opera performers have been the subject of iconic films before, Gao wants audiences to see a different side of this art form, one filled with strength, honor and deadly duels. Playing the lead roles are three of today’s hottest young idols in Asia: Wu Chun, Han Geng and Barbie Hsu. Each actor trained for over three months to hone their martial arts skills in order to perform the duels in the film. (FBA) [Sammo Hung provides the action choreography] (Sina)

Till Death Do Us Part premieres in Beijing May 5, with a full release May 10.

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok

The Founding of a Party - following the tradition of The Founding of a Republic, Huang Jianxin selected Lu Chuan to help co-direct a key scene in the new film. The production also released an NG trailer to thanks all the big name guest stars in the film.

Wang Bo-Chieh plays a patriotic student

Wang Lee-Hom

Liu Ye as Mao Zedong (Sina)

Jackie Chan and Tan Jing ;D opened the torch relay at Tsinghua University in Beijing for the 26th Shenzhen Universiade

Tan Jing

Tan Jing and Jackie performing at the recent 100th anniversary celebration of Tsinghua University (Apr.24) (Sina)

Tan Jing singing the theme song at The Lost Bladesman premiere (Apr.18)

(Sina-slidshow)23, (Xinhua)Shenzhen Universiade flame lit at Tsinghua University

Hong Kong soap actor Law Lok Sam who is making headlines for dying so often on TV shows.

CNA: Shawn Yue denies romancing Shu Qi: “I’m not so lucky”

He exchanges intimate micro blog posts with Shu Qi, was spotted chatting her up on a few occasions and described the 35-year-old Taiwan actress as “very charismatic” and “a good girl” when he met the Taiwan media on Sunday.

Shawn will be singing the theme song in Shu Qi’s A Beautiful Life directed by Andrew Lau who also accompanied Shawn on guitar.  (Sina)

Angelababy gets apology

Hong Kong-based publication Three Weekly has issued a statement apologising for its untruthful reports about Angelababy’s facelifts, in the latest development to frequent media speculation about the Chinese beauty.

April 22, 2011

April 22, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:26 pm

THE WARRING STATES officially opens today here in the US via AMC Theatres, as well as various other countries. So be sure to catch it and support the latest film from China Lion Film Distribution. Okay, The Warring States sounds like it might be a vanity production, albeit star-laced, but still…

(Xinhua)2

FBA: The Lost Bladesman review (6/10)

Serviceable costume action drama that’s just about held together by its starpower.

CF: Latest Photos of “Till Death Do Us Part”

CF: Feng’s Banquet

“White Vengeance,” the next likely blockbuster from director Daniel Lee, unveiled its cast at a press conference in Beijing Tuesday, with William Feng [Feng Shao-feng] selected to play the main role of Xiang Yu,

CRI: Feng Xiaogang’s Next Film to Begin Shooting in Oct.

China’s entertainment group, Huayi Brothers, announced Thursday that director Feng Xiaogang’s next film would be “Memory of 1942″.Chinese director Feng says next disaster pic set against 1942 drought that killed 3 million

Feng Xiaogang announced in a live webcast on Chinese portal Sina.com on Thursday that he will adapt Liu Zhenyun’s 1993 novel called “Remembering 1942.” Liu’s work examines the suffering in China’s Henan province when the then-ruling Nationalist Party was preoccupied with a Japanese invasion.

THR: Shanghai Film Festival Launches Mobile Film Competition

Organizers of the first mobile phone film competition at The 14th Shanghai International Film Festival will accept submissions until April 30 and announce the final selections in mid-May, offering the winners in June more than $15,300 in cash prizes.

THR: China’s Phoenix New Media plans U.S. IPO Worth up to $200 mln

The company, which traces its roots to Hong Kong-based Mandarin-language TV network Phoenix Satellite Television Holdings Ltd. — one of whose major shareholders is a News Corp.

Change of plans

John Woo’s “1949″ (aka “Pacific Steamer”) which ran aground due to copyright issues may be restarted and begin production in the autumn of this year. If so, this would push back his Flying Tigers film to 2012. Announced in May 2008, plans were scuttled for “1949″ in March 2009 after a dispute over copyrights surfaced; Chang Chen and Song Hye-Kyo (Reign of Assassins) were initially cast. Recently, a company in Zhejiang obtained the rights and made agreements to collaborate with Lion Rock’s Terence Chang and John Woo. In addition, Flying Tigers is rumoured to be financially underfunded. (Sina)

March 13, 2009: John Woo to Film Chinese Sunken Titanic

The Detective 2 has escaped the censors scissors. Oxide Pang’s latest film has managed to avoid the fate of earlier Hong Kong film like Election, Election 2, The Mad Detective, Protege, Running on Karma, etc, through a combination of timing and talent.

(Sina)

A Sentimental Story with Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy

Huang Xiaoming

Angelababy, Gao Qunshu

A Sentimental Story, directed by Gao Qunshu (Wind Blast) is filming in the high altitudes of Shangri-La in Yunnan. Huang Xiaoming has an English teacher accompanying him so he can practice his English. The story involves a young policewoman trying to recover national treasures. (Xinhua)

Louis Fan Siu-Wong uses one-armed style in A Chinese Fairy Tale (Sina)

CF: Zhou Xun Graces “ADStyle” Magzine

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Lin Chi-Ling, Mavis Pan, and Taiwan prostitution ring

An inside look at the late Anita Mui’s residence which her estate is giving up 7 years after her death. The reason is that due to litigation (with her mother) the cost of administering her estate has exceeded 10M yuan. In addition, Mui’s mother receives 1.2M per month for living expenses and 107,000 per month for the lease of the residence.

A1: Donnie Yen throws surprise birthday party for wife

Hong Kong action superstar Donnie Yen held a million-dollar birthday party for wife Cecilia Wang recently.

(Xinhua-gallery)

Edison Chen held a press conference for his new album “Confusion” in Beijing at the International Gallery of Exhibition last night.

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Lynn Hung said to have brain tumour?

The Hong Kong actress clarified that she was only suffering from gastritis

MSN: Kenny Bee asks ex-wife Teresa Cheung to move on

MSN: Selina Jen tours the Taipei International Flora Expo

CDT: Tiananmen Confucius Statue Relocated

Third day of Shanghai strike threatens China exports

Striking truck drivers protested for a third day on Friday in Shanghai’s main harbor district amid heavy police presence and signs the action has already started to curb exports from the world’s busiest container port.

April 21, 2011

April 21, 2011

CRI: Lynn Xiong Rumored to Have Brain Tumor

According to Next Magazine, Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi Lam) was reported to have been secretly hospitalized last week and diagnosed with a 2.5cm brain tumor last week after suffering from a persistent headache. Aaron Kwok rushed back to Hong Kong after his April 17th concert in Shanghai. Lynn’s manager denied the report saying that she only went to the hospital for a stomach ache. The article reports that Lynn was overheard talking on the phone about worries of brain surgery. Doctors recommended that she stay in the hospital for observation but she was too anxious to remain and returned home. (Xinhua)2

FBA: Kara Hui is engaged for Wedding Diary

FBA: Huayi’s Resistance comes to a halt

CRI: ’The Lost Bladesman’ Opens Beijing Film Panorama

CF: Jackie Chan’s Cinema Opens in NE China

Christopher Doyle

From Los Angeles, Doyle discusses Chungking Express, the revitalization of Asian cinema and the appeal of revisiting a masterwork.

Variety: Real estate to fund China films

The real estate sector is awash with cash as it’s one of the few vehicles available to Chinese private investors, who get little return from bank deposits in a time of rising inflation; where better for the real estate sector itself to invest than in the film biz, which is yielding high returns as more theaters are built and a cinemagoing culture starts to kick in. It’s a symbiotic relationship.

“The standing joke is that funding comes from coal mine owners with cash to burn [like The Warring States?], but it is a combination of wealthy individual investors, funds and traditional sources,” said Celestial Pictures CEO Ross Pollack.

Variety: Songzhuang docu fest cancelled

Beijing festival shadow falls on smaller event

A well-known Chinese indie docu fest, the Songzhuang Documentary Film Festival China, was forced to cancel its May 1-7 event, bowing to pressure ahead of the first state-run Beijing Intl. Film Festival, which opens at the weekend. Film Festival Pulls Own Plug

GlobalTimes: New film recycles Three Kingdoms story(CF)

With mainly male actors and action scenes, The Lost Bladesman is a macho film with only one female character, Qi Lan.

It is well-known historical supposition – and common sense – that Cao admired Guan’s extraordinary talents and martial-arts ability and tried to coerce him to join his side, while Guan steadfastly refused to betray his master Liu Bei. The Lost Bladesman highlights the two’s love-hate dynamic and even hints at something of a homoerotic relationship. It’s certainly a fresh angle to the tired Three Kingdoms formula Chinese audiences have long been spoon-fed.

It was reported that the film’s original print underwent an exacting digit refurbishment in the lead up to the re-release.

A not-so-scary Chinese ghost story -  review from Malaysia

What started off as a promis­ing premise turns choppy and relies very much on fast edit­ing to make the plot really pop out. While it is commendable to experiment with cameraworks, but tilting the camera again and again is just plain sick. I don’t feel any artistic twist to it every time the filmmaker does that; more like a vomit-inducing effect that I am more than please to take it off…

At times her jumpy character can be really annoying, but it’s her innocence that actually draws people to her - like it or not. And she so much reminds me of Joey Wong, when she broke into the Hong Kong entertainment industry. Not bad.

One more A Beautiful Life poster.

A May 20 simultaneous release was previously reported. (Sina)

The Peter Chan-Teddy Chen production of the martial arts film The Flying Guillotines has been delayed according to Taiwan media due to not having received necessary approvals from the mainland. Production was due to begin filming this month. Ethan Ruan returned to Taiwan from Beijing where he had been training. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Poster for Law Wing-Cheong’s Punished, scheduled for a May 5 release (Sina)

Stills featuring Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok from The Detective 2.

With no classification system, mainland audiences are warned that this is ‘ not another teen movie’. With scenes of a tongue being cut out, rotting corpses and other horrors, the words ’see with caution’ have been added to all advertising posters, trailers, and other publicity materials in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and other cities.. A promotional gimmick or an informal rating? (Xinhua)23 In other news, Feng Xiaogang’s cameo scene revealed in online photos in Gu Changwei’s Till Death Do We Part has been deleted.

CRI: Top Directors Play Cameo Roles in Gu’s Film

No. 32, B District poster

The Chinese-Thai co-production is called the Asian “Paranormal” and opens June 3. (Sina)

Karen Mok posted pictures of herself taken while filming on Rt. 66 outside of Los Angeles and Las Vegas while filming a micro-film for Cadillac. The road was closed for shooting with the help of the police.

Poster for Committed to Freedom

The micro-film is a follow up to the first one starring Daniel Wu entitled On the Verge filmed in Hong Kong and Shanghai. (Xinhua)23

Cherie Chung’s first TV advert in ages, directed by Lawrence Ah Mon and photographed by Cheung Man-Wa/Zhang Wenhua. [You can also look forward to seeing Cherie on the May cover of Elle.]

(Xinhua)(Sina-slideshow)

Li Bingbing promoting environmental protection in Beijing

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan will be released in July after screening a 10 minute clip at Cannes.

(Sina)

CNA:  Nicholas Tse says wife Cecilia Cheung is much more important than children

His comment took the blogosphere by storm, with come netizens even conferring upon him the title “Best Man of the Century” and expressing envy that Cheung had scored a husband whose love for her eclipsed his love for their children.

CNA: Kenny Bee’s ex-wife claims Fan Jiang abused her daughter, goes to police

CNA: Kitty Zhang marries director 21 years her senior

For those who missed Rock Records’ 30th anniversary in Taipei five months ago, its upcoming Beijing gig will offer another chance to catch up with the largest-ever line-up of Mandopop singers, responsible for 1,800 albums and 20,000 songs on Asia’s largest independent label from the 1980s.

March 11, 2011

March 11, 2011

CRI: First Look at “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

WSJ: ‘Punished’ Revisits the Hong Kong Crime Thriller

Just when it looked as if the days of distinctively Hong Kong movies were numbered, along comes a gritty new crime drama that is Hong Kong through and through.

Poster for Wong Jing’s Men Suddenly in Love

Cast includes Chapman to, Jim Chim, Chrissie Chau, Eric Tsang and Wong Jing

Big Big Man poster

Ng Man-Tat stars in the film described as a clash of HK mo lei tau and hot Sichuan-style comedy. The film premiered in Chengdu on March 8 with a general release on the 11th.

Ng Man-Tat

Yang Lele (Sina)23

Stills from The Lost Bladesman featuring Shao Bing, Jiang Wen and Dong Yong

Shao Bing, Jiang Wen

Shao Bing

Dong Yong

Dong Yong, Jiang Wen (Sina-gallery)

Liu Yifei

Chao Deng

Liu Yifei, having finished A Chinese Fairy Tale, will join Chao Deng, Ronald Cheng and Anthony Wong and shortly start working on Gordon Chan’s next film (lit. Four Marshals). (Sina)

Zhou Dongyu, Dou Xiao - Taipei

The duo appeared at a press conference to promote the upcoming premiere of Under the Hawthorn Tree (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Stanley Ho

Stanley Ho issued a statement declaring that the four party family dispute had reached an agreement and conclusion. Details were not contained in the joint declaration. Four points: 1) the law suit in high court had been dropped, 2) an agreement among the parties was signed on March 8., 3) each family member will continue to  work for the betterment of the shareholders, SJM, Macau, Hong Kong and the motherland, 4) we thank friends for their caring support and successful resolution and thank the community for their tolerance and understanding. In addition, Stanley Ho was quieted discharged from the hospital where he had been undergoing evaluation for the past 16 days. (Xinhua)2

Joey Wang shoe shopping again in Canada

Once again, a netizen posted photos of Joey Wang shoe shopping. Shortly after the New Year, 44 year-old Joey was spotted shopping for shoes during the holidays. The article notes that Joey was wearing the same coat both times. (Sina)(Xinhua), (Xinhua-January)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Sammi Cheng, Selina, Ella

MSN: Zhang Ziyi reconciles with Erik Fok? (Xinhua)

The Chinese actress was recently spotting having a cup of coffee with her ex-beau, Erik Fok Kai Shan

Zhang Ziyi no longer wearing Vivi’s “pigeon egg” engagement ring (Xinhua)

MSN: Are wedding bells ringing for Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng?

The pair decided to work things out between them and hope to get married by the end of this year

MSN: Cecilia Cheung goes on an eating spree (Sina)(Xinhua)

The nervy singer apparently gained 20kg after binge-eating the past month

March 10, 2011

March 10, 2011

THR: Neil Gaiman Journeys East to Pen ‘Monkey King’ Movies in China

The “Sandman” and “Coraline” scribe signs with producer Zhang Jizhong.

Assessing the challenge of distilling one of the four great epics of Chinese literature for the big screen, Gaiman hesitated: “To the West, there’s nothing inherently not interesting aboutJourney to the West. It has the best bad guys. That’s absolutely universal.” (Sina)

FBA: Buddha Mountain climbs China BO

Li Yu’s drama Buddha Mountain starring Sylvia Chang, Fan Bingbing and Berlin Chen opened second place at the Chinese box office at the weekend.

My Wedding and Other Secrets is the second time she has told her true love story of how a Chinese girl falls for a white boy and dares not tell her conservative Hong Kong immigrant parents (Kenneth Tsang and Cheng Pei Pei). New Zealand Film To Be Released In Chinese Version

“Punished,” which is scheduled to make its world premiere at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival on April 4, features veteran Hong Kong actor Anthony Wong as a ruthless property tycoon who uses intimidation tactics to confiscate land from local villagers only to be humbled after his rebellious daughter is kidnapped and murdered.

More pictures from boot ceremony for Lu Chuan’s King’s Feast held yesterday in Beijing

Qin Lan, Yang Mi

Liu Ye, Stellar Media chairman, Han Sanping (China Film Group chairman), Lu Chuan (Sina)

Alex Fong Chung-Sun

Newly released photos of Alex Fong from The Lost Bladesman (Sina)

Michelle Ye, director Calvin Poon

Michelle Ye

Carrie Ng, Michelle Ye

Front: Berlin Chen Bo-Lin, Carrie Ng, Michelle Ye, Pat Ha Man-Jik, Calvin Poon

Calvin Poon and the cast of Hi, Fidelity (lit.Derailed Women) promote the film at a press conference for the HKIFF which will premiere on the 20th. (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Daniel Wu

Louis Koo

Johnnie To’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart will have a preview screening in Shanghai on the 11th. Reaction to the premiere in Beijing on March 2 has been positive.

(Sina)234

Huang Yi - Sky Fighters

(Sina)

CRI: Carina Lau Visited Drought-struck Village

Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

(Sina-slide show)

Also, check out ewaffle’s take on Fan Bingbing’s adventure in Paris: Fan Bingbing in Paris for Dior

CNA: Ekin Cheng’s odd first gift to girlfriend Yo Yo Mung: A life jacket

MSN: Michelle Reis reveals photo with son

The Hong Kong actress and her husband is also planning to set up a foundation to help other children

MSN: Korean actress Jang Ja-yeon sheds light on dirty industry practices

Furthermore, Hallyu star Jang Dong-gun’s wife Ko So-young was also rumoured to be a victim as she was once under the same management as Ja-yeon. CNA: Jang Ja-yeon’s death may be re-investigated after sordid letters

February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011

Variety: Stool Pigeon review

Compelling Hong Kong police meller offers a judicious blend of gritty morality and frisky action.

Variety: Sacrfice review

An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge, and a welcome return to form for Chen Kaige.

THR: Battle Royale 3D: Berlin Review

3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.

Variety: Taiwan movie biz rides high

Commercial focus has production, grosses on upswing

CRI: Johnnie To’s New Film to Hit Screens on Mar. 31 (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

The film has passed the review at the film bureau without any changes being made.

Valentine’s Day edition of poster with stills

Johnnie To directs kissing scene

Sparks fly between Gao Yuanyuan and Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Together’ Seeks to Diminish Discrimination against AIDS Sufferers

Film director Zhao Liang and producer Gu Changwei attended a press conference to discuss the film on February 12 in Beijing.

Gu Changwei

Zhao Liang, Gu Changwei (Sina)

THR: TF1 Taking ‘Wu Xia’ to France (Berlin)

TF1 has taken French rights to Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s new action film Wu Xia from We Pictures.

The film, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro andTang Wei also features a cameo by One-Armed Swordsman star Jimmy Wang Yu, his first on-screen appearance in 18 years. Wu Xia is currently in post and is set for release this summer.

FBA: Wu Xia adds French sale

Wu Xia is set for delivery by late spring and is slated for wide release in summer 2011.

ScreenDaily: Buyers hopping for hot Chinese animation Rabbit

Tianjin Film Studio off to a roaring start with Legend Of A Rabbit.

To keep a promise to a dying Kung Fu master on the run, a humble farmhouse Rabbit must step out of the kitchen, and take on ancient Beijing’s baddest Panda in order to save the fate of China’s Kung Fu Academy forever.

Stills from The Lost Bladesman

“Film is the realest fantasy world. It is fiction, but it is the most realistic. The me in the film is fictional, but the work of acting makes me realistic. Typically, people do not think deeply about themselves, so they do not really know what they should do or who they are. It is different for an actor. You think about the role, and you develop reality.”

Tang Wei, Hyun Bin attend the premiere of Late Autumn in Seoul (Sina)

First concept drawings of The Sorceror and The White Snake released to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

(Sina-more) (Xinhua)

Aarif Lee, Eric Tsang

Bosco Wong, Koni Lui

Eric Tsang and the cast of I Love Hong Kong promoted the film in Guangzhou and celebrated topping rival film All’s Well Ends Well 2011 at the box office. (Sina)

Li Bingbing: “Shameless narcissism on the beach to celebrate the New Year”

Kitaro and Jane Zhang attending the Grammy Awards

Kitaro was nominated for Best New Age Album but did not win.

Pink Stretch Hummer arrival (Sina)2

GlobalTimes: The missing pieces of the broken mirror of celebrity marriage

On the Yao Chen-Ling Xiaosu divorce, double, double, toil and trouble.

MSN: Andy Lau coaxes wife with mushy gestures

The Hong Kong actor revealed how he shares Valentine’s Day with his wife

MSN: Royston Tan hopes to release a new movie at the end of the year

MSN; Selina Jen sleeps with help of sleeping pills

January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011

FBA: Shaw to sell stake in TVB

FBA: Seven Days in Heaven (6/10)

Original, low-key black comedy set during the week-long Taoist mourning process for an average small-town father.

‘Mr. & Mrs. Incredible’ and Sandra Ng (WSJ)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011: A Lunar New Year Laugh-in (WSJ)

Fiona Law, who teaches a class on Hong Kong cinema at the University of Hong Kong and has done extensive research on the phenomenon of the Chinese New Year movie, says the first known example was “Bloom and Prosper,” a 1937 comedy from mainland director Tang Xiaodan. No copy is believed to survive, but Dr. Law says it involves a familiar theme for the genre: winning the lottery and easy fortune.

Tsang and Leung lead CNY movie pack in I Love Hong Kong

I Love Hong Kong poster

The film features over 100 HK stars (Sina)

Posters for The Lost Bladesman

Various aspects of General Guan Yu depicted

Alan Mak and Felix Chong direct Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen in the costume epic.(Sina)2

PETA ad targets Gong Li (Xinhua)

MSN: Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi given probationary divorce

January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011

THR: Let the Bullets Fly

A rollicking Chinese western directed with cinematic gumption.

THR: Ip Man 2

A smashing martial arts extravaganza dented by crude nationalism. [Look for a theatrical release in the US this month.]

THR: Sacrifice

A classical historical drama of grand passions and humanity.

Michel Gondry’s “The Green Hornet” reinvents the retro vigilante, delivering the goods for a punchy 3D breakout.

CNN: China’s Woody Allen on turning a disaster into a hit

Film director Feng Xiaogang may have made China’s biggest box office hit, the disaster movie, “Aftershock”, but he built his reputation in comedies, comparing himself to American director, Woody Allen.

Fox International Productions and China Lion Film Distribution said Wednesday they will release the Mandarin-language martial arts film The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman on March 17 in North America, Australia and New Zealand, simultaneously with its premiere in China.

THR: Chinese Delegation Touring Hollywood in Search of Box-Office Success

Five Chinese film veterans and ambitious newcomers are seeking to hire Hollywood help to achieve their goal: exportable movies.

CRI: Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan Promote New Film (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

CRI: Stanley Kwan to Put Han Han’s Novel on Big Screen

CRI: Jiang Wen Plays Cao Cao in New Film (Lost Bladesman)

(Sina-gallery)

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing’s first foreign film has been released in France this week. The all-English language film, Stretch, is directed by Charles de Meaux and required Fan to cram to learn English. This is the same production that David Carradine was shooting in Thailand when he died. (Xinhua)

Li Yuchun, Andrew Lau

(Jan.12) Andrew Lau directed and co-starred with Li Yuchun in a 15-minute musical film called ‘Prologue’. The premiere event was held in Beijing with screenings planned for Chengdu, Changsha, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Lau praised Li as a ‘female version of Jay Chou’. (Sina)

Videos: Making of Shaolin (8) (YouTube) (Thanks, to Valerie)

MSN: Aaron Kwok denies his engagement with Lynn Hung

MSN: Selina Jen to return home for Lunar New Year

The S.H.E member will host a media conference to thank the people who showed concern for her during the ordeal

MSN: Overworked Jolin Tsai spotted with receding hairline

SG: Chinese pop diva Faye Wong to come out with new album soon (?)

October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010

THR: Peaceful ‘Buddha’ Bow

Taiwan-China Co-Prod. Rises Above Politics

The world premiere of director Li Yu’s China-Taiwan co-production Buddha Mountain spooled without a hitch Sunday in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival, proving that once in a while the culture of filmmaking can trump both sticky cross-Straits politics and past squabbles with China media authorities.

THR: Juliets review

The Bottom Line: Love is not rosy in this romantic omnibus sporting sexy, flowery styles.

Variety: The Intruder (Thailand)

Killer cobras create carnage in “The Intruder,” a lively exploiter pitting trapped residents of a Bangkok apartment block against an army of angry asps.

FBA: Black and White has arresting cast and budget

CNNGo: Lover’s Discourse’ star Kay Tse has a secret crush

The romantic flick focuses on the intersection of six love stories. Tse portrays a shy laundry girl who has a secret crush on one of her customers.

CRI: Cecilia Cheung Is Back at Work on Three Films

CRI: Chen Kun’s ‘Bullets’ Look

Photo stills featuring actor Chen Kun in the upcoming gangster movie “Let the Bullets Fly” have been released.

CRI: More Love Scenes Expected in ‘Tale of Magic’

As a result, the public release of the movie will be postponed to next year, probably around Valentine’s Day.

CRI:  Chinese Film ‘Assembly’ Gets 3-D Boost in Germany

Kungfu Wing Chun poster

Poster for preview of Kungfu Wing Chun

Joe Cheung Tung-Cho’s martial arts story features romance and comedy which opens Nov. 2. The cast includes veterans Collin Chou, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu and Kara Hui besides Bai Jing and Yu Shaoqun in the leads. (Sina)2

Hidden Chamber of Secrets opens Oct. 29

Alec Su and Pace Wu star in the thriller (Sina)

Stills from Alan Mak and Felix Wong’s Lost Bladesman

Andy On Chi-Kit

(Sina-gallery)

Wind Blast promotion takes Francis Ng to Shanghai (Sina-gallery)

Fan Bingbing has dropped out of The Founding of a Party due to conflict with the shooting schedule for her South Korean film My Way (Sina)

Follow up on the East Asia All Star Concert in Shanghai: Typhoon Megi was responsible for the wet look on stage, not a production design element of the show. Denise Ho complained about the lack of available umbrellas, dancers slipped on the wet stage, and Edison Chen looked like a drowned rat. Other artists simply muddled through.

Soaked Sammi Cheng (Xinhua)

CRI: Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan in Honeymoon

MSN: Aaron Kwok rumoured to have spread STD to Lynn Hung (Xinhua)2

MSN: Selina Jen braves 5-hour surgeryHebe’s mother donates skin to Selina

S.H.E’s Selina Jen undergoes surgery for severe burns on body

Eyewitnesses said that Jen’s clothes were on fire and she was screaming “It burns! It burns!” immediately after the explosion.

Yu on the other hand, appeared to be in shock and had a glazed look in his eyes as the production crew rushed forward to help the still-smouldering pair.

Selina suffered minor burns to face, too

Speculation was rife that the television drama’s production company would replace Jen and Yu and resume filming. The rumours riled fans, who took to the Internet slamming the producers for being heartless.

Taiwanese director Chen Ming-chang has come out to address the issue on his microblog, stressing that the crew will wait for the condition of the two actors to improve before checking with them whether they would resume their roles. Only if they decline to return, wrote Chen, would they consider replacing the actors.

(Xinhua)

August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

THR: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ writers to pen ‘Karate Kid’ sequel

CRI: Stephen Fung Challenges Dwight Howard in Basketball

Stephen Fung has joined in the Basketball film “Amazing” which is now under production in Shanghai.

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, director Sherwood Hu, Huang Yi, Stephen Fung

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, Stephen Fung (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Huang Bo (Crazy Stone, Crazy Racer, Cow) in Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen

Huang Bo (Sina)

CRI: Yu Nan, Francis Ng Featured in New ‘Wind Blast’ Posters

CRI: ‘The Lost Bladesman’ Unveils New Stills

FBA: Triple Tap (鎗王之王) (5/10)

Cat-and-mouse crime game starts promisingly but then goes off the rails from its midpoint.

Martial arts comedy The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman from Wuershan (Wu Ershan) will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Sina)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung in her Tang Dynasty costume for her first Mainland TV series (Xinhua-gallery)

She will reportedly lose $30M yuan in loss income the next 10 months from cancellation of advert and endosements for clothing and weight loss brands. (Xinhua)

The Monga actor was recently caught up in a product endorsement deal clash between two different jeans brands.

Jackie Chan condemned on the internet (Xinhua)

Eric Tseng, told Hong Kong media that he felt Chan’s statements were inappropriate, when he attended a TVB memorial ceremony Thursday morning.

“This time the mistake is especially big, his words come out the wrong way every time,” said Tseng during the event, which reportedly saw more than 1,000 TVB employees turn up to mourn the deaths of the hostages.

Eric Tsang

(Xinhua)

Mourning for Manila victims: Kenny Kwan, Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung and Yumiko Cheng

Nicholas is refusing gifts and celebration for his upcoming birthday, Aug.28. (Xinhua)

ChinaHush: After Manila hostage incident

Apple Daily made this animated simulation of what was happening inside of the bus.

A letter from a teenage Filipino to the WHOLE WORLD via CNN

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