HKMDB Daily News

November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TVB hands over treasured films to Hong Kong Film Archive

To show its ardent support for the preservation of film heritage, TVB has handed over about 1,000 film titles from the 1930s to the 1990s to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) for permanent preservation. About 60 per cent of these archival films are new to the HKFA and will consequently greatly enrich its collection.

Films to be handed over include the earliest Chinese film in TVB’s library, “Little Heroine” (1939), starring Hu Rongrong and Kung Chiu-hsia; and the earliest Hong Kong film in the library, “Female Spy 76″ (1947) starring Wu Lai-chu and Wang Hao. The eight films on the list of HKFA’s recommended “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies” are: “Wong Fei-hung’s Whip that Smacks the Candle” (1949), “Wong Fei-hung Burns the Tyrants’ Lair” (1949), “Blood-stained Azaleas” (1951), “Mysterious Murderer” (1951) parts one and two, “Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom” (1959), “Father is Back” (1961) and “The Pregnant Maiden” (1968).

Mainland China’s first AIDS-related pic, “Love for Life” is an anemic mess, notwithstanding stars

CRI: Profitable Short Films

As short films are gaining popularity in China, many companies are starting to reap the benefit.

CF: Mou Girl to Cry More in New Movie - “The Allure of Tears”

A message adorns the bottom of the picture[poster], which states: “Love while we are still alive; Say farewell when we have no more time.” The movie revolves around three tragic but romantic love stories

CF: Final Trailer of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: Brainstorming in “White Vengeance”

Award-winning actors Zhang Hanyu and Anthony Wong appear in the still photos of the movie “White Vengeance.” The megastars portray Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng, two famous strategists in ancient China who served different masters. 

CF: Sexy Liu Yan Joins “Laughing and Crying Forbidden”

The mere mention of Liu Yan immediately conjures up images of the sexy host-turned-actress in her latest fantasy romance “The Mural” and upcoming project “Marry a Perfect Man.”

Now Liu is planning to take on an entirely different role in the comedy romance “Laughing and Crying Forbidden” in which she plays a realistic and candid young woman,

CF: Teng’s Pic Stays Strong in Box Office Performance

The cast and crew of the romance “Love Is Not Blind” held a “victory” celebration Tuesday in Beijing, after the film raked in 200 million yuan (US$31.5 million) in box office revenue,

CF: Mainland Box-office Chart in Week 46

Legendary East is a joint venture established by Legendary Pictures and its partner the Huayi Brothers Media Corp. in June this year, which aims to produce and distribute English-language movies that have the potential to be worldwide hits.

“Magic to Win” Beijing press conference yesterday

Edmond Wong, Wu Chun, Karena Ng, Wilson Yip, Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing, Tonny Jan

Karena Ng, Wilson Yip

Stop, in the name of love - Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing

Karena Ng likened to Emma Watson

“Magic to Win” MV - theme song “Love Spell”

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A series of posters for David Wu’s “Cold Steel” featuring Song Jia.

The film will be heading to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2012.

Mickey He plays a sniper

(Sina)2

A peek at Milla Jovovich and Li Bingbing in Resident Evil 5 (Sina)

Li Bingbing demonstrates how she copes with the time difference between Toronto and Beijing.

CF: Andy Lau to Attend Golden Horse Awards

Kelly shared that she is currently filming All’s Well, Ends Well 2012, but had rejected 20 to 30 other jobs because of her pregnancy. The singer also declined job offers, which required her to take a plane

Kelly Chen

(Sina)

Huo Siyan shoots a batch of photos with a fresh new style for the cover of a fashion magazine.

CNA:  Kelvin Tong’s new film “Dance Dance Dragon” more than just a comedy

MSN: Lee Hom invites Shu Qi to his concert

It was rumoured that the Taiwanese singer invited the actress despite his mother’s disapproval

MSN: Chinese actor Ham Yu’s fans chide Selina Jen online

After the accident, it was widely rumoured that Ham had helped Selina escape the fire. Other versions said that the actor had rushed into the burning set to save Selina. Thus, Ham’s fans had since blamed Selina for their idol’s injuries and some had even called her ungrateful.

CNA: Jay Chou to develop social gaming site with tech company?

Apart from being a shareholder of Ucan Technology, a company which is developing a 3D interactive social networking cum gaming website, Chou will be the website’s cultural ambassador for the next two years.

July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:14 pm

Hey, isn’t that Wendi Deng Murdoch seated behind James and Rupert Murdoch testifying before a parlimentary committee? She, literally, leapt to her husband’s defense when a demonstrator attempted to hit Murdoch with a foam pie. Wendi jumped out of her seat and swung her arms to protect her man.

Wendi Deng, left (Yahoo)

Who is Wendi Deng?

And a very informative profile, here.

FBA: Love For Life review

China’s first AIDS drama jumps the rails when it becomes a star-driven tragic romance.

CRI: Tony Leung Fights to Win in ‘The Grandmasters’

Check out the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s long-awaited film, “The Grandmasters”, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the martial-arts legend Yip Man.

Lucas Tse and Ekin Cheng in Treasure Hunt

Lucas’ cameo appearance in Wong Jing has drawn lots of attention and is featured in the trailer (Sina)

Beijing press conference for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (aka It’s Love)

Huang Shengyi

Jet Li, Huang Shengyi

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung

Yang Zi (producer), Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Sarah Choi (producer), Jet Li (Sina)2

Beijing press conference for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

Qin Jing

Song Guangcheng, Daniel Lee, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

(Sina)

Fortune Buddies, which opens Aug. 11, features veteran actors like Pauline Wong who has been retired since the 1990’s.

Pauline Wong Siu-Fung

Eric Tsang, Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong, Siu Yam-Yam, Richard Ng (Sina)

Anita Mui’s mother took to the streets to protest the court judgement against her in battle to claim Anita Mui’s estate

Takes her case to reporters

Her son arrived later to take her away (Xinhua)(Sina)2

July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011

THR: Love For Life review

An incurably sentimental and didactic take on China’s AIDS patients.

Revenge: A Love Story review (FBA)

An effective enough exploitation movie dressed up in apocalyptic clothes.

Chinese movie director on ‘absurdity’

Chinese movie director Jiang Wen used a key word Saturday to tell Taiwan movie lovers what he tries to express in his works:

Tsui Hark: Bringing a Wealth of Cinematic Knowledge to the Screen in 3-D (NYTimes)

In November, he will begin filming “The Taking of Tiger Mountain.” He has begun to write the screenplay for another “Detective Dee” movie.

CRI: Cecilia Cheung Featured in ‘Lion Roars 2′ Posters

CF: Tang Wei Promotes Romance Film “Late Autumn” in Taipei

Mysterious Island poster featuring Jordan Chan

Yang Mi with strange smile

Anya tortured (Sina)

Latest poster for Coming Back

Simon Yam

Qi Wei

The film’s producer denied rumored reports that Qi Wei’s scenes were deleted due to her breaking unspoken rules. Speculating that it was self-promotion by the actress, he said that the editing was due to normal requirements of filmmaking. She can be seen in the latest trailer released. (Sina)2

Qi Wei dropped after refusing sex

Promotional stills from Beach Spike

Chrissie Chau

Jessica C (Sina)

Summer Love

Romantic comedy features pseudo-models and raging hormones, on the beach

Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Zhang Xinyu (Viann Zhang)

Liu Yuqi, Terence Tsui (Xiao Fei) (Sina)

Peter Chan, Jimmy Wang Yu

Peter Chan visited Jimmy Wang Yu in Taiwan while doing publicity for Wu Xia. The director brought fruit and chicken and felt a little more at ease after seeing Wang Yu in person. Wang Yu is rehabilitating after suffering a stroke last month. Besides watching his diet and giving up wine, Wang Yu has been exercising his left arm and walking the stairs at home. Even going so far as threatening to drive with one hand to the rehab center, Wang Yu said he scared the wits out of his assistants. He promised director Chan that he would attend the Taiwan and  Hong Kong premieres on July 20 and July 26.

Both Donnie Yen and Peter Chan grew up admiring and imitating the legendary Wang Yu

Young Donnie Yen

Young Peter Chan

(Sina)2

Nic Tse hires ex-FBI agent

Nicholas Tse hired a former FBI agent to dish out the dirt on former wife Cecilia Cheung and to fight for the custody of his two sons…Cecilia is not one to be taken lightly though. MSN: Deborah Li on the verge of breaking down

Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung’s marriage woes has taken a toll on the actor’s mother Deborah Li.MSN: Michelle Yim exploited for a scam

Ariel Lin bids farewell to showbiz

Boston gets a nonreality show

CBS broadcasts impossible views of 4th fireworks

[Remind anyone of the Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony?]

Chinese fans are putty in Potter’s hands(CRI)

Emma Watson, the lead actress in the Harry Potter films, opened a Weibo account, the Chinese version of Twitter, on Friday and had more than 30,000 fans in six hours.

June 9, 2011

June 9, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 4:09 pm

TimeOutHK: Love For Life review

FBA: A Disappearing Village review

Drily black comedy of rural stubbornness is a small, independent gem.

Slice of Life: A film nerd’s wildest dream (TimeOutHK)

Dinner with Johnnie To and Ringo Lam

CF: “The Founding of a Party” Premieres in Beijing

Han also revealed that the movie will be shown in over 10 foreign countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, South Korea and Singapore, and added that the global version finished editing on Wednesday

CF: Wolverine” Sings Chinese in “The Secret Fan”

Hugh Jackman portrays an Australian businessman who was involved into a romantic relationship with the character played by Gianna Jun

GlobalTimes: The Piano in a Factory

The Piano in a Factory (2010) has been touring the globe, attending more than 40 international film festivals in the year since completion, before its premiere on the Chinese mainland on June 30, according to director Zhang Meng.

Shooting was almost suspended mid-production due to a cash crisis, leading to lead actress Qin Hailu investing her own money and becoming co-producer. Although the film took merely 60 days and 5 million yuan ($771,500) to make, investors suddenly withdrew at the toughest of times, leaving only 47 yuan ($7.25) remaining in the budget.

CNNGo: The Hong Kong movie audience doesn’t matter anymore

Gao Yuanyuan promotes vegetarianism for PETA Asia

Zhao Wei and daughter (Xinhua)

MSN: Andy Hui to propose in Japan? (Xinhua)

MSN: Carina Lau and Tony Leung trying for a baby

The pair was said to have gone to the United States to seek treatment

Nicholas-Cecilia saga: It’s all over

Nicholas Tse Ting Fung has finally signed divorce papers and agreed that wife Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi can take primary care of his two kids, according to an early report from Hong Kong’s East Week and Next Magazine

Nicholas Tse: Cecilia is no longer my woman (MSN)

May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree review (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: Why Hong Kong Favors Historical Fare for Chinese Audiences

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million “Monkey King” plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Liu Xuan - Chinese Former Gymnast Tries Her Hand at Acting (THR)

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

TimeOutHK: Let the Wind Carry Me (Interview)

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.

Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall

Johnnie To

Jury press conference photos

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Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When “City of Life and Death” makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

THR: The Weinsteins Ride ‘Wu Xia’ For World Outside Asia, France (Cannes)

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]

Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most ‘Dragon’ rights

TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for ‘Wu Xia’

Cannes Special: Chinese Film ‘Wu Xia’ (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal

A product of the Changchun Film Studio, “The Sun” (”Da Tai Yang”) was inspired by stories of the survivors’ psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao’s New Film to Begin Shooting(Sina)

Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei’s scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a “little girl” was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo’s scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.

Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me

(Sina)

Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan

(Sina)

Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

Gong Li

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung rumoured to use body double for non-action scenes

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.

Ceci’s double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, “Don’t waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!”

He urged Wong, whom he called “an eternal friend” to settle down as well as “have children soon” because she was getting old…The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong’s father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog(CRI)

ChinaHush: Leftover women in Hong Kong to look for Mr. Right in mainland China

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

May 6, 2011

May 6, 2011

CRI: ”Love for Life” (Zui Ai) Premieres Thursday

A grand premiere was held in Beijing on Thursday, May 5, for director Gu Changwei’s AIDS-themed feature film, “Love For Life”(Zui Ai)[vide. Till Death Do Us Part] starring Aaron Kwok and Zhang Ziyi,

CF: ”Till Death Do Us Part” Premieres Thursday

CF: Aaron Kwok Premieres “The Detective 2″ in Hong Kong

CF: ”The Grandmasters” Scheduled to Wrap in Mid-May

HKStandard: Sex in a new dimension - Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy

The big gripe doing the rounds is that it does not live up to the promise of the title. That’s the grumble from hard-porn- hardened youngsters who paid the HK$100 ticket price to gaze at it on one of 73 screens in Hong Kong.

“Why would a porn flick show more piercing cries rather than moans of ecstasy? Why would a porn flick turn into a horror movie? Why would it contain head explosions, disembowelment and dismemberment? I watch porn because I want to see people having sex, not murdering each other.”

“Asking them to pay a hundred bucks was unfair to them,” he [Stephen Shiu] says. “I’ve just realized that.”

“Vegetate” directed by Wang Jing was the biggest winner of the night, including best picture, best sceenplay, best actor and actress.

In previous versions, Liu Ye and Tang Wei were on the right

No Party for Tang Wei. All traces of Tang Wei have been removed from the official website for The Founding of a Party, including videos and stills according to reports from netizens. (Sina)

Poster for North American release, May 20, of A Beautiful Life (Sina)

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi and Liu Ye met the media for interviews to promote A Beautiful Life.

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Tsui Hark personally inscribed the calligraphy on the limited-edition fans promoting Flying Swords of Dragon Gate to be given away at the Bona Film Group banquet at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

(Sina)

Twins are in Queensland, Australia to shoot a MV commemorating their 10th anniversary. Here, in a seafood restaurant posted on their weibo. (Xinhua)

Huang Yi

Huang Yi (l), Chen Lu Yu (c), Zhou Xun (r)

Huang Yi was invited to be an ambassador for disaster prevention and relief by the Chinese Ministry of Civil Affairs at the Great Hall of the People.  (Sina)

Such is his popularity that Hui has been commandeered by the Hong Kong government to join the election committee which chooses the city’s chief executive while he also sits on China’s National People’s Congress — a rare honour for man who makes a living out of poking fun at society.

Although Hui has not made a film since “Rob-B-Hood” alongside Jackie Chan in 2006 he says he has been inspired now by recent happenings both at home and abroad to start writing again.

CF: Donnie Yen Covers “Fashion Weekly”

Director James Lee has begun shooting for his upcoming martial arts comedy “Petaling Street Warrior” in a small street with ancient buildings at Siputeh, Ipoh

The House of Dancing Water” is the latest brainchild of veteran Vegas show-maker Franco Dragone, the director of Cirque du Soleil’s most prestigious shows in the 1990s.

Drugs, money, mother-in-law

In other news, Jay, who is currently in Malaysia filming The Viral Factor, secretly cut his hair short to achieve a rugged look for his new role. When his new on-set image was exposed, fans praised him for looking more mature and manly.

May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011

THR: Feng Xiaogang’s Next Film Tackles China Famine During Japanese Invasion

Remembering 1942 will be the first time Feng addresses on the big screen Japan’s WWII era atrocities, a fraught subject for Chinese filmmakers, but one that in recent years has proven commercially popular in the marketplace.

CRI: ”Nanjing Heroes” Reveals Battle Scenes

CRI: ”Wu Xia” to Premiere in Cannes Film Festival

Peter Chan Ho-sun’s martial art flick, “Wu Xia,” originally known as Swordsman, will have a global premiere on May 13 at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival this year.

Reportedly, the director has employed a very different approach to demonstrate the physicality of martial arts by magnifying some medical and scientific elements in the action choreography.

CRI: First Peek of Love Birds Deng and Sun in “Painted Skin 2″

Deng Chao opened up on his marriage with years-long girlfriend and fellow actress Sun Li in a recent on location interview of his new film “Four Famous Detectives.”

Deng Chao in The Founding of a Party

Pan Yueming, Deng Chao (Sina)

CF: Theme Song of “Till Death Do Us Part” Releases

CF: Poster Released for “My Kingdom”

“My Kingdom” is based on an epic story about two orphans adopted in an opera troupe in the 1920s in Shanghai.

THR: Chinese Director Chen Kaige Named Jury President of Sydney Film Festival(FBA)

A1: Bladesman of Glory

The Lost Bladesman - Granted that the feature-film format provides only a limited canvas to properly explain the entire history and myriad of characters of that era, it’s clear that at the core of the film is the treachery of politics that even heroes can’t get untangled from.

The Lost Bladesman made a robust RMB100.4 million ($15.5 million) in its first six days in cinemas last week.

Stills of Kelly Lin from newly-released trailer of The Devil Inside Me

Additional stills (Sina)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu press conference in Guangzhou, the film opens May 10 (May 5)

Wang Baoqiang, Michelle Ye

Wang Baoqiang, Ng Man-Tat (Sina)

Gillian Chung and Kevin Kwan have been filming in the mainland. The Chinese title is literally Midnight Angel and Gillian plays an OL (office lady).

(Sina)

Beijing premiere press conference for Gu Changwei’s Love For Life/Till Death Do Us Part (May 5)

Zhang Ziyi , Aaron Kwok , and Pu Cunxin , Jiang Wenli , Tao Zeru , Sun Haiying , Cai Guoqing , and others attended the press conference for the premiere of Till Death Do Us Part.

Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok arriving

Gu Changwei

Zhang Ziyi

Tao Zeru, Li Danying

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Edison Chen, Andrew Lau

Edison Chen helped Andrew Lau promote A Beautiful Life by recording the theme song with him. According to the report, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is also helping out. (Sina)

Poster for The Pretending Lovers

Huang Bo

The Pretending Lovers (lit.Pretend Couple) is an urban romance-comedy shot in Norway(!) and stars Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan. The film is set to be released June 24. (Sina)

Tse and Chou in action as filming gets under way(A1)

KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong superstar Nicholas Tse and Taiwanese heart-throb Jay Chou have started shooting for the action movie Against War at two locations right in the heart of the city.

MSN: Andy Hui meets his in-laws to discuss wedding plans

MSN: A-Mei has a fear for crowds

During the shoot of her album cover, she had an attack and was spotted to be trembling and sweating profusely. The sudden attack brought on by her fear for crowds caused her manager, Chen, to suffer a relapse in depression.

MSN: Wu Chun donates $5.2mil to Japan relief efforts

Suzanne Siu (Xinhua)

Suzanne: “How come I’m such a bitch?”

Taiwan actress Suzanne Siu went behind bars yesterday for the second time and is paying the price again for her drug-related offences, according to Apple Daily.

The jail term is one year and seven months but with good behaviour she might be released on probation in March 2012 the earliest.

The 34-year-old Siu (other aliases Suzanne Siu Suk-San, Lily Siu, Suzanne Xiao Shu-Shen, Hsiao Shu-Shen, Cecelia Hsiao, Siu Sou-San and Suzanne Hsiao) was viewed as a shining star when she first entered showbiz at the age of 21

.”Other people who take drugs never get caught. Why does it have to be me? So I just abandoned myself to vice,” she said in a recent interview.

(Nov.6.2009)(Oct.10 2009)(Nov. 2008)(Nov.2007)2

Speaking at an anti-drug rally in Taiwan recently (Xinhua)

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