HKMDB Daily News

February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Poster of “Dangerous Liaisons” Released at BIFF

Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung Jang Dong-gun costar

CF: Interview: Restoring “The Monkey King”(FBA)

CF: “Nightfall” to Hit Mainland Silver Screens on Mar. 15

Starring award-winning actors Simon Yam and Nick Cheung, the film weaves violence, suspense, and true love tightly together. In the film, the crazy cop (portrayed by Yam) tracks down the newly-released prisoner (portrayed by Cheung), who wants to seek revenge.

FBA: My Way review

Unengaging, nationalist war epic, devoid of genuine emotion or real characters


CRI: Cast Members Promote Movie “LOVE” in Beijing

Zhao Wei, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)2

Lin Chi-ling plays a mysterious woman in “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, now shooting in Beijing. Photos taken during a media set visit at a hospital garage dressed as a nightclub. Andy Lau drives an Audi R8 for the scene. (Feb.11)

Andy Lu (Netease)(Sina)2More

At recent appearance in Chengdu, Lin Chi-ling’s face appeared swollen leading to the usual speculations about plastic surgery. Lin blamed it on eating too many snacks and spicy Sichuan food.

(Sohu)(Sina)

Connie Chan promoting Hong Kong Film Archives “100 Must See Hong Films” in Yau Ma Tai’s Broadway Cinematheque

(Sina)2

February 10, 2012

February 10, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love review

Good-looking, multi-character Valentine’s Day movie, stronger in parts than as a whole.

Shu Qi at the Taipei premiere of “Love” last night

Amber Kuo, Shu Qi, Wang Zhonglei

Eddie Peng, Ivy Chen

(Sina)

A superstar and his erstwhile fan develop a high-concept romance when thrown together in an inn two-and-a-half miles above sea level in Johnnie To’s gorgeous-looking escapist meller “Romancing in Thin Air.”

Feng Xiaogang is undergoing some personal crisis and is contemplating quitting filmmaking according to posts on his Weibo. Feng’s film “If You Are the One 2″ accounted for a third of Huayi Brothers revenues last year. The stock price of Huayi Brothers has dropped 11 pct since Feng’s comment five days ago. The post led to over ten thousand comments from netizens. Feng later backtracked and responded with thanks for their concern and he said that he would repsect  his contract with Huayi and complete “Remembering 1942″(Sina)2

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” which premieres Sunday at the opening of the  Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival.

Wang Taili (of Chopstick Brothers), Lin Jian (Lin Wai-kin)

Lam Suet, Ying Er, Francis Ng

Francis Ng, Ying Er

Ying Er, Francis Ng, Peng Bo

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The trio [of films] will be given a splashy launch at next month’s Hong Kong FilMart.

CRI: Berlin Int’l Film Festival Raises Curtain

Chinese director Wang Quan’an will present his latest film “White Deer Plain” in the main competition, vying for the top award for the third time, after his winning a Gold Bear in 2007 and a Sliver Bear in 2010.

Wang’s movie, which is more than three hours long, depicts twists and turns of two major families in a village of Shanxi Province over half a century before 1949, based on a controversial and prize-winning eponymous novel by Chinese outstanding writer Chen Zhongshi.

CF: Film Clip of “White Deer Plain” Out

Musical clip

The Hong Kong singer reportedly changed his number tag used at the Standard Chartered Marathon last weekend

Jeremy Lin planking (Deadspin)

Now we’ll see if Jeremy Lin is for real!

Lakers-Knicks tonight

“I don’t know anything about him,” Kobe Bryant added. “I honestly have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ve heard about him, but I have never seen him. I will watch some tape though. I can tell you that.”

Jeremy Lin getting overwhelmed

‘On the Court It’s Just Basketball’

Lin and his family have gotten a kick out of all the nicknames people are coming up with for him. There’s the most popular Linsanity, but also Linsane, Linning, Jeremy “My Shot is Fall” Lin, Super Lintendo, among others.

February 7, 2012

February 7, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Viral Factor review

Splashy but routine action thriller, with nothing between the shootouts and explosions.

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Celebrates it BO Success

CRI: ”I Do” Premieres in Beijing

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong - Beijing (Sina)

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing answers question at the Shanghai premiere (Sina)2

A batch of new still photos featuring the famous actress Shu Qi in the romance “Love” was released. The movie was slated for release on February 14th. Receiving enthusiastic responses during previous screening events, the movie’s producer Wang Zhonglei decided to bring forward its date to February 13th.

(Feb.6) Taipei premiere of “Love”

Doze Niu, Shu Qi, Mark Chao

Shu Qi

Amber Kuo (Sina)

Wong Jing’s “Mr. and Mrs. Gambler” opens Feb. 16

Stars Fiona Sit and Chapman To

It is said that the movie star has been receiving numerous high paying film offers ever since her return to Hong Kong, one of which is Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s period film,The Assassin.

A blockbuster film which boast of a US$10,000,000 (approximately S$12,480,000) production cost, the star studded lineup includes Shu Qi, Chang Chen and Tetsuya Komuro. Maggie Cheung is said to be portraying the role of a heroine, Nie Yin Niang.

MSN: Maggie Cheung calls comedies she acted in “rubbish”

Maggie also revealed that her initial image was “the girl with the bunny tooth”. To be taken more seriously, she decided to correct her teeth with braces, and that paved the way for more serious roles and acting projects.

CF: A Brand New Gao Yuanyuan on Esquire Magazine

Different from her former pure image, she portrays a sexy tango dancer in the pictures.

Liu Ye recently poses for two magazines “Comfort” and “His Life”, showcasing his different sides.

CF: Bai Baihe: Magazine Favorite

In 2011, a small-budget romantic film “Love is Not Blind” made a little-known actress Bai Baihe rise to fame almost overnight.

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s eldest son wants his parents to reconcile

CNA: Edison Chen feels victimised by Hong Kong tabloids over charity marathon

“I only want to do charity work; do I need to clean up my past?” said Chen.

MSN: Edison Chen runs for charity

Yesterday morning, the singer wore a long-sleeved t-shirt and a pair of shorts, arriving at the Standard Chartered Marathon in Hong Kong, 45 minutes before it began, to warm up. Edison let on that during his pre-marathon runs, he could not complete the entire 42km run, and added that he was nervous and had difficulty sleeping the previous night.

Choi remained vague when she was told that fortune tellers in Hong Kong predicted that she will get married for the second time in the year of the Dragon. Asked whether she will secretly marry her lover in the future, she replied: “I’ve already done it before.”

CNN: Apple manufacturing plant workers complain of long hours, militant culture

Miss Chen stares curiously at the iPad. Even though she works overtime in a factory in southwestern China that manufactures them, she’s never seen the finished product.

CNN: Inside story of Foxconn shrouded in secrecy

On the day we filmed there, we were followed by a mysterious white car. Wherever we went, it went. Then it was joined by another. We approached to ask why, but the driver refused to acknowledge us.

February 3, 2012

February 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]


TaipeiTimes: The Soul of Bread review

It may be a sugarcoated romantic comedy, but ‘The Soul of Bread’ exudes a small-town charm and boasts a lovable cast.

New directing talents Sean Kao and Lin Chun-yang make a respectable stab at romantic comedy with The Soul of Bread (愛的麵包魂). The result successfully revitalizes the overworked genre with Taiwanese idiosyncrasies and easily connects with audiences.

ChinaPost: The Soul of Bread review

All’s Well Ends Well 2012 review

The actors all over-act. Their dialogue and even dressing are over-exaggerated, which all translates into pure adulterated silliness.

Eric Tsang hits right chord

I Love Hong Kong 2012 is a light-hearted comedy about the Kwok family, which is headed by Kwok Ching (Stanley Fung), a TV weatherman of 20 years who aspires to be a news anchor.

“The formula is always the same. It starts with a happy family, then arguments happen but, in the end, all the family members will be together again. The formula will never change as far as Lunar New Year comedies are concerned.”

CRI: “Life without Principle” Hits Mainland Cinemas

The film tells the story of three seemingly ordinary people, a bank teller, a small-time thug and an honest police inspector, who are all in dire need of money due to separate predicaments in their respective lives. A bag of stolen money worth 5 million dollars suddenly appears, putting all three in a difficult situation, forcing them to make soul searching decisions about the concepts of right and wrong.

CF: ”Romancing in Thin Air” Premieres in HK

The global premiere of the romance film “Romancing in Thin Air”, the most recent project from director-writer duo Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai, was held in Hong Kong, on February 2, 2012.

(Sina-gallery)

CF: New Photos of “Romancing in Thin Air” Out

“White Deer Plain”, the only Chinese film to compete for the Golden Bear Award at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, has released a collection of promotional stills in the run-up to the awards ceremony.

“Repeat, I Love You” poster with Cecilia Cheung, Kwon Sang-woo (Sina)

Posters for “The Floating Shadow” set in a women’s prison

Jiang Wu costars

(Sina)

Variety: The Floating Shadow review

Character posters for Doze Niu’s “Love” opening Valentine’s Day

Amber Kuo, Eddie Peng, Ivy Chen

Ethan Ruan, Shu Qi, Doze Niu

Zhao Wei, Mark Chao (Sina)

Mainland poster for the Taiwan black comedy “Do You Follow Me” (aka “Bang Bang Formosa”)

Betelnut beauty Tammy Chen fights Shanghai girl Yuan Xinyu

Yuan Xinyu (Sina)

Posters for “Nightclub School Hospital” (formerly “Night Club Suspense Tale” here)

Stills from thriller “Nightclub School Hospital”

Chrissie Chau, Van Fan Yi-chen

Opens Feb. 10 (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu celebrated her 32nd birthday on the set of “Dwelling on the Fuchun Mountains”

(Sina)

Pop king Jay Chou recently posed for Bazaar Men’s Style magazine.

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Ella Chen, Andy Lau, Ethan Ruan, et al.

MSN: Joey Wong’s recent photo revealed

A netizen claiming to be the actress’s “sister” posted a picture of her online

SGYahoo: Eric Tsang beats Raymond Wong

Tsang claimed that veteran comedian, Stanley Fung’s funny portrayal as Sir Kwok in “I Love Hong Kong 2012″ was the main reason that won the heart of the Hong Kong audience and he even joked that Fung had officially became the nemesis of Donnie Yen, who played the main character in the latest instalment of “All’s Well Ends Well” franchise.

This is not the first time Zhang Mo has been in trouble. He was expelled from The Central Academy of Drama in Beijing in 2004 after he assaulted a female classmate.

Huayi CEO Wang Zhonglei says Zhang Mo has not been replaced or had his scenes deleted in Feng Xiaogang’s “Remembering 1942″. His 13 day detention has impacted the shooting schedule. (Sina)

MSN: Joan Lin celebrates her 60th birthday

Son Jaycee Chan surprise the former actress with a performance

Jackie, who was busy filming in Japan, also took time out from work to attend the surprise event. He even stayed on to accompany wife Joan for the entire evening.

Cutting birthday cake

(Sina-gallery)2

Rumours are that Aaron and his model girlfriend’s wedding is to be taking place overseas

Chrissie Chau, one of Hong Kong’s most famous pseudo-models, is set to star in the upcoming drama Beach Spikes.

Also touted by the media as “Million Dollar Babe”, the 26-year old model-turned-actress is infamous for her TV commercial advertisement for Slim Beauty which saw her stripping down to her skimpy bikini walking on the streets of Hong Kong. She first made her name after clinching the 1st runner-up title as the 2002 Comics Festival ‘Game Girl’.

(Slideshow)


A1: Hong Kong ‘locust’ ad angers mainland netizens

The full-page advert demanded action to stop mainland Chinese “infiltration” of the territory, showing a huge locust overlooking Hong Kong’s skyline with the words “Hong Kongers have had enough!” and “This city is dying, you know?”

Many Hong Kongers also dislike the shadowy role that Beijing plays in local politics and the flashy displays of wealth by mainland Chinese tourists.

January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Herman Yau has begun working on a “Inception”-like thriller called “Qing Yan”. Fiona Sit and mainland actor Huang Xuan will head the cast. (Sina)

A few posters for the Valentine’s Day Chrissie Chau mainland thriller “Night Club Suspense Tales”.

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Black and White Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault review

Tsai Yueh-hsun’s action blockbuster-to-be elevates the country’s filmmaking industry to a new level

TaipeiTimes: Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix review

Kuo, a real-life operatic diva, hands in an amazing debut performance on the silver screen as she plays both Chun-mei, a woman who plays men, and Micky, a man who plays a woman who plays men. It is a pleasure to watch the operatic veteran toy with the idea of gender roles through her varied acting, while staying true to her two characters.

Still from “Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix”

CF: Behind-the-scenes Footage of “Crazy Dinner” Released(CF)

Starring Liu Hua, Fan Wei, Huang Bo, Mo Xiaoqi, Dai Lele and Liu Yajin, the film is slated to hit cinema screens nationwide on January 23,2012.

Derek Yee pleases mainland market

He has set his latest work, The Great Magician, in Beijing. It’s his first comedy for almost 30 years.

The film, based on a popular novel set in the early 20th century in the capital, reveals how amagician wins back his lover from a warlord.

The novel is a melancholy melodrama, but Yee has turned it into a comedy to pleaseaudiences.

CF:  Youku Signs Content Deal With Twentieth Century Fox

Youku Inc., China’s leading Internet television company (”Youku”), announced a deal with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment on 11 Jan, under which Youku will license 250 titles of new release and library films.

CF: Deals and Disputes Multiply in China Video Sector(FBA)

Independent Australian-Canadian sex shop comedy Red Light Revolution (2010) has also been picked up for release by Tudou Inc.

You Are the Apple of My Eye

Thanks to China’s censors, several scenes that make up nine minutes of the movie were edited out. Apparently, things like masturbation and kissing are deemed unsuitable for general viewing in China. Also, the character Boner, has had his name changed to something more innocuous.

Ko was noticeably absent from a promotion event held in Shanghai earlier this month, but he flew into Beijing to meet fans on Monday. He said that he didn’t attend the event because he was upset about the deleted scenes.

Yang, 25, became one of the most popular actresses with a rise to instant fame in 2011. The Beijing native began acting at 4 years old and rose to fame for her role in the TV series “Palace” in 2011.

The two actresses are rumoured to be unhappy about how their names are placed in promotional materials

The cast list on the movie poster also came in two different formats. In the Taiwanese version, Shu Qi’s name was listed before Vicki, while in the Chinese version, the latter’s name was listed first. The movie production company was said to have used this method to pacify both actresses.

Posters for  Doze Niu’s “Love”

Sorrows and Joys of Love edition (Sina)23

The Hong Kong singer found out the gender of his baby after taking his wife to an ultrasound scan

WPost: China denounces ‘Hong Konger’ trend

China is battling what it sees as a subversive challenge: an academic survey showing that many in this former British colony identify little with China.

More photos from the MontBlanc event in Beijing

Wu Chun

Vivian Hsu is ready to spin the Wheel of Fortune!

Vivian Hsu

Wu Chun, Vivian Hsu, Kevin Tsai, Yang Lan (one of the “Chinese Oprahs”) (Sina-slideshow)

January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Lovesick review

Taiwan’s Ariel Lin bounces back into movies with a slick rom-com about a love-shy young woman.

FBA: Flying Dragon, Dancing Phoenix review

CRI: Dear Enemy review

“Dear Enemy” is a poor movie in almost every sense, a rating of four out of 10 does it enough justice. The only explanation for its popularity is perhaps that moviegoers have had too much intense viewing of late with “The Flowers of War” and “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, so that a modern, light-hearted film holds some appeal for them for a change, never mind how cheesy it is.

Movie Review: Turning Point: Laughing Gor returns (A1)

Once again, that Hong Kong movie malaise of an uneven plot and bad acting kicks in. Some scenes - particularly between Tse and Ng - are good, some simply barmy.

CF: Actress Zhao Wei and Actor Huang Xiaoming Cooperate for the First Time

Huayi Brothers, the production company behind the urban romance “LOVE”, invited actor Huang Xiaoming to shoot a short film in an effort to promote the film “LOVE”. The short film will be screened prior to the feature length movie’s release on February 14, during the Valentine’s Day slot.

Huang Xiaoming

Zhao Wei (Sina)

CF: Launch Ceremony for “Mission: Rescue” Held in Beijing

CF: Still Life with Zhang Yimou: Authorized Biography Hits the Stands

Love in the Buff will be released simultaneously in Hong Kong and the Mainland

(Sina)

Guo Tao and Rose Chan have finished their part in the film shoot of  Xiong Xinxin’s “Glory Days” in Yunnan.

(Sina)

SGYahoo: Sean Lau & Deannie Yip shine in Hong Kong(FBA)

The Hong Kong Film Critics Society announced veteran actor Sean Lau Ching Wan as the winner of the Best Actor Award and Deannie Yip the winner of the Best Actress Award at the 18th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.

MSN: Jackie Chan’s wife supervises his filming

Jackie Chan was in Taiwan recently, to shoot a scene for his 101th movie 12 Zodiacs, with his wife, retired actress Joan Lin in tow.

Jackie and wife

Jackie guides actress Yao Xingtong

Co-star Korean Kwon Sang-hoo

Kwon Sang-hoo (Sina)23

A1: Is Janice Man Edison Chen’s new girl?

SGYahoo: Edison Chen’s new girlfriend

MSN: Cecilia Cheung shares short homemade videos

Recently, the actress took interest in producing online video clips, in which her two sons were lead actors.

Lucas (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung responds to reconciliation rumour

The actress appeared to be in a great mood at a recent event appearance

MSN: Aaron Kwok unscathed from 3–metre high fall

The singer hopes to stage another concert in Hong Kong soon

Decked in a hat and dark shades, Hong Kong veteran singer Aaron Kwok appeared stylishly handsome when he graced the opening ceremony of a shopping mall yesterday.

In The 33D Invader, Wu plays Future, a woman who travels from the year 2046 to 2011 in search of a healthy man to impregnate her because the entire male population had become sterile due to alien radiation.

Meanwhile, Wu appears to be at a crossroad in her life. She posted on her Weibo account on Christmas Day: “The older you get, the less you know about what you want, which gets you thinking harder about what you want.

“So what do I really want?”

The 39-year-old was among 40 celebrities helping ambitious teenagers fulfill their dreams.

Pan Qianqian is the new singing sensation in China.

Her boss realised her talent and encouraged her to take part in the Star Way, a major singing competition organised by China Central Television (CCTV).

Her ability to sing in both female and male tones helped her win the monthly competition and boosted her to fame when the show was broadcast in October last year.

January 3, 2012

January 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love Is Not Blind review

Charming, unpretentious rom-com boosted by subtle chemistry between its leads.

FBA: Legendary Amazons review

Old-fashioned, ’80s-style costume action with a miscast Cecilia Cheung setting the shaky tone.


Variety: Black Blood review

The Cathay countryside and its inhabitants have rarely looked drearier than in “Black Blood,” Zhang Miaoyan’s impressive second feature. Set in a hostile area beyond the Great Wall and shot in beautifully textured, black-and-white HD, the pic charts the downfall of a dirt poor family after they’ve started selling their own blood for money — and subsequent contracts AIDS.

FBA: Apple takes Hustle’s crown

Box office news

WSJ: ‘Apple of My Eye’ Sets Box-Office Record in Hong Kong

Over the weekend, Mr. Ko issued a two-page letter in appreciation of the movie’s Hong Kong fans, while the film’s two stars — Ko Chen-tung and Michelle Chen — paid a visit to Hong Kong. They’re headed to Shanghai to promote the film in China, where it opens on Friday.

Giddens Ko

Ko Chen-Tung, Michelle Chen Yan-si

Ko Chen-Tung, Michelle Chen Yan-si, producer Angie Chai, Giddens Ko (Sina)

Vivian Hsu sports cute buck teeth for Chu Yen-ping’s romantic comedy “Perfect Two”. It opens Jan. 23.

(Sina)2

Vicky Zhao Wei plays a sexy, warm, single mom in Doze Niu’s “Love”. This Valentine’s Day film is Zhao Wei’s first film since having a child.

(Sina)

Stills from “The Killer Who Never Kills” featuring Jam Hsiao, Chrissie Chau, Eric Tsang

Jam Hsiao

Jeffrey Huang Licheng

Chrissie Chau, all bound up

Jam Hsiao, Eric Tsang

(Sina), 2

Li Bingbing, Zhang Li and Xu Jianing attend the MV theme song release for Sun Zhou’s “I Do”

Li Bingbing

Zhang Li, Li Bingbing, Xue Jianing

Zhang Li (Sina)

A1: Cannabalism in HK drama - a matter of taste?

A controversial Hong Kong TVB drama series is alienating its core group of mature viewers, butis drawing new and younger fans to the goggle box with its creativity.

When Heaven Burns, a 30-parter psychological drama that explores the consequences of a guilty conscience, was massively panned when it started its run in Hong Kong last month.

“Most of them feel that they are already so tired after a long day at work, it’s a chore to use their brains to digest the content of a drama series.

ChinaHush: Female superhero Chinese Redbud Woman appears in Beijing (Bauhinia Heroine)

Another case of China’s Shan zhai?

Surely, a publicity stunt. But for whom, what?

Poster for Hong Kong film

Chrissie Chau as Bauhinia Heroine

Ethan Ruan, pants on the ground

MSN: Ethan Ruan’s nude photo goes viral

Ethan’s nude clip not only generated buzz for the movie, but also earned the actor the title of No. 1 eye-candy. His clip had since gone viral online.

Nicholas Tse: Cecilia’s still the mother of my sons (MSN)

The Hong Kong actor spoke on reconciliation rumours with ex-wife Cecilia Cheung

Nicholas’ father, veteran artiste Patrick Tse, admitted in an interview recently that the pair indeed had “an enjoyable time with their sons”.

Sceptics believe it to be a publicity stunt for the pair’s new films, pointing out that it comes at a time when both Cheung’s “Speed Angels” and Tse’s “The Viral Factor” are about to hit cinemas across Asia. 

MSN: Shu Qi responds to holiday rumours with Lee Hom

MSN: Miriam Yeung announces pregnancy

December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: The Flowers of War review

The Bottom Line: An unconvincing yarn of hookers, convent girls and a phony priest during the Nanjing massacre.

ScreenDaily: The Flowers of War review(HKMDB)

Bale is a tad hammy as the self-interested American who finds his heroic streak, but the supporting actors are all luminous.

Variety: The Flowers of War review

Zhang Yimou’s great gift for stories of resilient women serves him well in this uniquely harrowing account of the rape of Nanjing.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Director Zhang Yimou Reveals Steven Spielberg’s Role in Casting Christian Bale

“I asked Steven Spielberg, who is a friend, to read the English script and recommend actors,” Zhang said at a press conference following the premiere.

Flowers’ female lead, newcomer Ni Ni, put herself out on a limb when asked if she felt a steamy scene between her character and Bale’s was necessary, as in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution — which had its sex scenes removed and earned a two-year industry ban for actress Tang Wei.

CRI: ’The Flowers of War’ Debuts in Beijing

Ni Ni at Beijing premiere (Sina)

The comedy is broad and physical and the sometime confusing narrative takes a long time to gel.

Movie Review: ‘White Vengeance’ (CRI)

We Chinese are weird, weird people. We always expect something extra out of what we do. And that extra is a big deal. For example, when ancient historians wrote history, they were not content with just recording exactly what had happened, so they embellished it to show off their literary talent. The result is that we now read these historical records as literature - good literature though - without knowing for sure what exactly happened.

Another example: When we watch a movie, we not only expect it to be entertaining, but also want it to be educational. If it’s a historical film, we want it to reflect history as it was, although there is no way of ascertaining which version is the true one, because the historical records are more literary than realistic.

CRI:  Tsui Hark Premieres His 3-D ‘Dragon Gate’

Director Tsui Hark led the star-studded cast of his new 3-D martial-arts film “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” in promoting the movie’s premiere Monday in Beijing.

Mavis Fan, Zhou Xun - Still (Sina)

Li Yuchun, Tsui Hark, Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei

Shanghai premiere (Dec.13)

(Sina-gallery)

FBA: The battle after Seediq Bale

How do the various versions of the film differ?

CF: ’Love’ to Highlight Next Year’s Valentine’s Day

MSN: Ethan Ruan and Vicki Zhao talk ‘Love’

Featuring a star-studded cast that comprises of Vicki Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Eddie Peng, Mark Chao, Shu Qi, Ivy Chen and Amber Kuo, Love tells of four different love stories based on different themes

CF: ”Chinese Zodiac” Eyes IMAX

The first promotional trailer revealing the concept behind the upcoming movie “Chinese Zodiac”, co-produced by JCE Entertainment Ltd., Huayi Brothers and Emperor Mothion Pictures, was released on December 12.

Accompanied by a rapid and fierce rhythm, and presented in a chilling style, the trailer provides glimpses of thrilling gun battles, parachute dives, car races and ferocious dogfight combat scenes; declaring that the authentic Jackie Chan kung fu movie is back.

FBA: Chinese group (Bona Film Group) raises stakes in English-lang film

Yu confirmed that Wong Kar-wai’s long awaited The Grandmasters, once scheduled to be part of this year’s Christmas crush, is still some months away from being ready. “It will be released some time between next summer and Christmas 2012.”

CF: Bai Baihe in Pure and Fresh Look

Bai Baihe, lead actress of the hit romance film, ’Love is not Blind’, recently poses for a photo shoot to cover a Japanese style magazine in pure and fresh look

Viann Zhang Xinyu

Boyfriend actor Ron Ng declined to comment on [Viann] Zhang Xinyu’s photos with her ex-boyfriend.

A number of intimate photos of Chinese model-actress was leaked and circulated online since yesterday.

HK actor Ron Ng has stepped forward to explain why a photo of model-actress Viann Zhang [No Liar, No Cry] lounging in a bed was published on his micro-blog.

Ng also side-stepped queries on whether Zhang had deliberately posted the photo on his blog, saying that he “never bothered about that”.

Reports have been speculating on whether Zhang’s motivation could have been to promote herself as a newcomer.

CRI:  Edison Chen Apologizes for Recent Photo Scandal

The young model had been left red-faced at the event after falling on her butt during the show.

Decked in a long red dress with plunging neckline, Hannah was reportedly worried about wearing a pair of 15-inch heels for the show.

MSN: Vivian Chow spotted at the gynaecologist

The Hong Kong actress is said to be making preparations for a ‘Dragon baby’

Shiu, who appeared smiling radiantly at a promotional event yesterday in Hong Kong, promised that she will explain the matter next time, which is taken to mean that she is silently admitting her marriage.

Chan explained that he had already planned to resign for some time, in order to embark on an overseas study tour and gain new experiences.

MSN: Netizens blast Vanness Wu for lack of respect towards God

After a tree-lighting ceremony, the singer uploaded a picture of himself at the toilet urinal on to his microblog, and was condemned by netizens for his blasphemous deed

Responding to the outburst, the singer’s manager Katie explained that Vanness thought that the plants in the toilet were special, so he asked a staff member to help him take the picture.

Sun Fei Fei walked away from a photo session on the red carpet without realising that TV host Fang Ling was stepping on her dress. Some netizens said her look of suprise looked too fake. This has led to speculation that this was all a publicity stunt. A1: More photos, and a gallery of wardrobe malfunctions:

September 26, 2011

September 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: 1911 review

Handsome but unengaging anniversary film about the founding of China’s first republic.

CF: Jackie Chan vs Feudalism as Heroic General on Screen

According to statistics from gewara.com, the largest online movie ticket sales platform in the Yangtze Delta, China 1911 was the second most popular movie on Friday. It fell behind May Day 3DNA, a music movie from Taiwan.

Scheduled to open in China on 16 Dec 2011, the film began its eligibility run at a 22-seat VIP screen at Beijing’s Capital Cinema yesterday. It is screening once per day for seven days.

THR: China to Submit ‘The Flowers of War’ in Foreign-Language Oscar Race

CF: ”The Mural” Premieres in Beijing

CF: Taiwan Actress Plays Twin Roles in Romantic Comedy

Taiwan model/actress Lin Chih-ling plays identical twins - one a material girl and the other, a down-to-earth office worker - in Love on Credit, a romantic comedy to be released this autumn.

“The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Its Love)” will be screened simultaneously in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian regions on September 29.

Actor-singers are not a new phenomenon, but what is new is that fierce competition is forcing more young stars, with indifferent skills, to release albums to stay in the limelight.

In the horror film, Mysterious Island, which grossed more than 90 million yuan ($14 million) in the mainland, Yang [Mi] is not just the lead actress, but also the singer. Her two singles, Love of Support and Summer in Love, have topped local new song charts and are highly rated online.

The actress, who began acting at the age of 4, played a minor role in King of Beggars in 1992, which starred Stephen Chow in the lead. The slim, big-eyed girl then went on to study at Beijing Film Academy.

Last Train Home on PBS

Now in post-production, Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor will be released in early 2012

Jay Chou

Nicholas Tse (Sina)

(Sept 26) Mark Chao, Zhao Wei and Doze Niu promote his latest film LOVE in Beijing. No word on where costars Ethan Ruan or Shu Qi were. Huayi’s Wang Zhonglei said that despite the the title, LOVE is not a romance but a realistic social documentary. The film opens next Valentine’s Day.

Mark Chao, Zhao Wei, director Doze Niu

Mark Chao, Zhao Wei, Doze Niu, Wang Zhonglei (Sina)

Li Bingbing, Jackie Chan - Hong Kong premiere of 1911

Li Bingbing (Sina)

Winston Chao, Li Bingbing, Jackie Chan

(Sept.25) 1911 Hong Kong press conference

(Sina-slideshow)

Nancy Sit’s lover 17-years her junior

MSN: Gaile Lok may move out of marital home

The model replied “maybe” when probed if she was moving out, causing speculations that she was using the rumour to help husband Leon Lai promote his concert

Cinemagraphs: Still images that move (CBSNews)

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