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May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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ChinaPost: They love and they bluff

“Love in the Buff” is a revelation on the sophistication of romantic relationships in urban Hong Kong and mainland China today.

CF: ”Motorway” Due to Release in Summer

Produced by Johnny To and directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, “Motorway” features talent from the mainland, HK and Taiwan, including Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Michelle Ye, Ka Tung Lam, Barbie Hsu and Guo Xiaodong.

CF: Exorcist Falls in Love with a Demon in “Painted Skin 2″

Feng Shaofeng portrays a little-known exorcist who accidentally comes across a demon played by Yang Mi, and he falls in love with her.

Wang Baoqiang, who made a name for himself for his honest and simple performance, portrays a psychopath killer in the movie.

Stills of Angelababy and Mark Chao from the shooting of the MV for “The First Time” theme song.

Maggie Cheung, Gigi Leung and other celebrities helped open a new LV boutique in the Taipei 101 skyscraper last night.


MSN: Mark Chao’s parents do not approve of his marriage plans

It looks like Mark Chao might have to delay his marriage plans with Gao Yuan Yuan. The actor’s father, Allen Chao, apparently does not approve of his future daughter-in-law.

April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Second Woman review

Poorly written psychodrama about twins in love with the same man generates no tension.

FBA: Love in the Buff review

Fluffy rom-com following the pair from Love in a Puff is a big improvement.

CF: Sequel to “Ip Man” Confirmed

The sequel will see the original cast and crew reunited, with Donnie Yen once again portraying Ip Man, as he did in the previous two films.

CNA: Donnie Yen to return as Ip Man in 3D “Ip Man 3″

CF: ’Repeat I Love You’ Set to Release in May

CF: White Deer Plain” to Meet Audiences

Even before its release, the movie caused something of a stir due to its screening time, which was 220 minutes at its first screening. Regarding this, Wang said audiences will see a 156-minute cut version in cinemas.

CF: Lu Chuan Appears at Launch of First International Micro Film Festival

During the event, Lu was unable to dodge media questions about his upcoming epic “The Last Supper.” When asked about the film’s release date, he said the post-production stages had been completed, and the movie had been sent to the government film department for review. The film would be released after he made revisions based on the bureau’s advice, Lu added.

CF: Feng Xiaogang Speaks at Seminar at Boao Forum

In the past 20 years, I worked for a living,” Feng said. “During the process, accidentally, I achieved something. I think my mother brought me into the world to enjoy a happy life rather than a hard one. So in the next 20 years, my main work is to enjoy my life, but not to make movies.”

Feng also talked about Chinese movies being screened in international film markets and told the media there was no need for Chinese filmmakers to cater to the appetites of foreign audiences.

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen took home the Director of the Year award for “Let the Bullets Fly” at the Chinese Film Directors’ Guild awards ceremony in Beijing this weekend. Bullets also won Picture of the Year and Actor of the Year (Ge You) awards. Zhang Ziyi received the nod for Actress of the Year for “Love For Life”.

Zhang Ziyi

Two generations of “Mou girls” - Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok on the red carpet

(Sina)2, (Sina-gallery)

CF: Meet the Winners of China Film Directors’ Guild Awards

Posters for Zhang Yang’s senior comedy “Full Circle”


CF: New Still Photos out for “Full Circle”

In the movie, a group of elderly housemates escape from a nursing house and have fun by themselves.

Latest promotional posters and stills for “An Inaccurate Memoir” starring Huang Xiaoming


March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: Nightall review

Cop pits wits with con in an improbably plotted but visually resonant Hong Kong thriller starring Nick Cheung and Simon Yam.

THR: Love in the Buff review

Modern love shifts from Hong Kong to Beijing in the successful sequel to Love in a Puff, a natural, light and convincing rom com very similar to the original Hong Kong hit.

THR: Vulgaria review

Director Pang Ho-cheung appeals to international audiences in this laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.

K-film ‘Late Autumn’ breaks box office record in China

FBA: Late Autumn has Indian summer

CRI: Zhang Yimou Takes a Break from Making Movies

CF: Posters of ‘The Last Supper’ Released

CF: First Trailer of “The Last Supper” Unveiled

Latest concept poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

Josephine Siao Fong Fong’s eldest daughter recently married in Phuket, Thailand

The groom, an American of British-Irish descent, is learning to speak Mandarin. (Sina)

A distraught Shu Qi

Possibly a victim of crossfire in the war of words between Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao over “Special Identity”, Shu Qi deleted all her posts on her Weibo microblog account after a series of posts attacking and harassing her. Shu Qi has over 10 million followers. She had recently given her support to Donnie Yen, her “Legend of the Fist” costar. So some speculate that the attacks were from Vincent Zhao supporters, or it could have been from other people taking advantage of the dispute to settle old scores. Fellow artists, Wong Jing, Carina Lau, Gordon Chan, Yao Chen, Feng Xiaogang, Annie Yi, Zhang Yuan and Chen Kun expressed solidarity with Shu Qi and condemned the ‘network of violence’ on their own weibo posts. (Sina)23

Shu Qi supported Donnie Yen, Netizens attacks back posting old nude photos

Shu Qi cries in the park

Meanwhile, many people have shown their support for Shu Qi, including film director Wong Jing, who followed her footstep to delete all comments on his weibo as a silent protest.

“I know who’s behind this, but don’t have evidence,” he told a reporter over the phone.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang also supported Shu Qi. He wrote: “If I scold you of behaving like an animal, I’m humiliating the animals.”

Vincent apologised to Shu Qi for being dragged into the dispute. “I hope this issue will end soon, Shu Qi is innocent.”

Happier days on Weibo

Chateau Lafite

Shu Qi La Feet

MSN: Kelly Chan discharged from hospital after labour

MSN: Faye Wong’s eldest daughter posted intimate photo with a boy

March 26, 2012

Love in the Buff (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Love in the Buff
by Deborah Young

You don’t have to be an admirer of Pang Ho-cheung’s 2010 surprise hit, the romantic comedy Love in a Puff, to be amused by its equally hip and sassy sequel Love in the Buff. Reprising the two original lover-protags as they break up and make up between Hong Kong and Beijing, Pang offers another painfully on-target analysis of modern love in all its truth and lies, with only a wee bit of wheel-spinning towards the end. Opening the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong-Chinese coprod has a waiting audience and can be expected to gain ground on its predecessor in Asian markets. Though the raucous, off-color jokes in Cantonese and Mandarinare mostly untranslatable, their flavor at least comes across in subtitles, while Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue’s down-to-earth, laid-back acting makes their beleaguered characters as familiar as New Yorkers.

At the end of the first film, junior ad exec Jimmy (Yue) and slightly older cosmetics salesgirl Cherie (Yeung) gave up smoking, the bad habit that brought them together during work breaks. Now they’ve been living together for half a year and he’s already forgetting birthdays and putting work commitments ahead of their relationship (a running theme.) The sarcastic Cherie, always comparing and complaining, isn’t that easy to live with, either. She decides to move back to her mother’s.

When first he and then she get transferred to Beijing for work, both find new love interests. But they can’t stay away from each other long, and they start texting and cheating on their new companions while they feel their way through a painful off-and-on relationship. The highly convincing dialogue is spiced with very funny toilet jokes (toilets literally figure in two important scenes) and buoyed up by a series of well-timed gags, beginning with the opening horror film send-upthat manages to be funny and scary at the same time.

Later, on the plane to Beijing, Jimmy’s pal Eunuch announces it’s legal to feel up flight attendants two times before they arrest you. The guy behind them tries it and finds out once is enough. The offended hostess (doll-like beauty Mimi Yang) asks for Jimmy’s number as a “witness” and they quickly get together. Attentive, fun and much younger than Cherie, she wants a serious relationship that the immature Jimmy has no intention of providing.

Cherie also has someone new in her life, Sam (Xu Zheng): serious, considerate, divorced. He would make a great long-term partner, if the crazy Jimmy didn’t haunt her thoughts and cell phone. Pang and Luk Yee Sum’s screenplay hits home in its attempt to crack the universal conundrum: why do people fall for each other, despite their obvious imperfections? Why do they ditch better partners to be together? Clearly Jimmy and Cherie are made for each other and, like the salty 7/11 noodles he loves with not enough meat, each is “perfect” for the other.

Not only Hong Kong, but mainland China is made to look like a very modern, happening place with its disco, bar and club scene for upwardly mobile 30-somethings. Lok-Lam Ho’s very spare scenery in sophisticated tones of white and gray underlines the anti-traditional feeling of the whole, echoed in close shots, apparently casual framing and nervous editing that well capture the intimacy of a moment.

A number of local guest stars appear in well-planted cameos that always got a laugh from Hong Kong audiences. Similarly, the absurd end credits sequence in which one of the characters appears in drag lip-synching an MTV song will fly by Western viewers, though the gist is clear.

Venue: Hong Kong Filmart, Mar. 19, 2012
Production companies: Making Film Productions
Cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yu, Mimi Yang, Xu Zheng
Director: Pang Ho-cheung
Screenwriter: Pang Ho-cheung, Luk Yee Sum
Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Shi Dongming
Director of photography: Jason Kwan
Production designer: Lok-Lam Ho
Editor: Wenders Li
Music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung
Sales Agent: Media Asia Distribution
No rating, 106 minutes

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Romancing in Thin Air review

Ambitious riff on Asian melodrama is diverting but lacks real emotional oxygen.

SCMP: Cutting it in Beijing - without selling out (Pang Ho-Cheung)

Rather than offering melodramatic high jinks and endless sequences showcasing Beijing’s hypermodern urban landscape - two things which litter mainland romantic comedies of the past few years - Love in the Buff is comparatively restrained, drawing its humour from the way the two Hongkongers consolidate themselves in Beijing through personal and professional relationships they establish there.

CF: Laughter Sounds the Same in Any Tongue (”Love in the Buff”)

CF: Cast and Crew of ‘Nightfall’ Celebrate in HK

CF: Film Masters Unveil Micro Movies at HKIFF

The four installments will be edited into one feature film entitled “Beautiful 2012″ and will be sent to this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

CF: Scrutinizing Sixth Generation Directors

This year’s springtime will see the works of sixth generation Chinese film directors come to life on the nation’s cinema screens. From late April to May, “Design of Death” “Guns N ‘Roses”, “Full Circle” and “An Inaccurate Memoir”, all directed by sixth or seventh generation directors, are to be released in cinemas and examined by audiences and critics alike.

CF: ”The Zodiac Mystery” Scheduled for Release in Summer Holiday Slot

The suspense thriller “The Zodiac Mystery” finally passed censorship stages after a three-month-long review, which has reignited the interest of moviegoers.

Blood Stained Shoes premieres tonight before a national release on the 31st.

Daniel Chan plays Ruby Lin’s husband

Ruby Lin

“Mandarin ducks”


Poster for “Witness” released at the HKIFF

Jack Kao plays a noodle shop owner who witnesses a hit-and-run accident one night (Sina)

Zhang Yimou, Zhang Weiping

Rumours are circulating through the weibo-sphere that director Zhang Yimou and long-time business partner producer Zhang Weiping are parting ways. The two either had a falling out due to Yimou’s recent marriage “scandal” or differences over money according to the speculation. During the promotions for “The Flowers of War” it was noted that they rarely appeared together and promoted the film separately. Their relationship has spanned over 23 years. (Sina)23

CNA: Cherrie Ying to set up “Anti-Third Party Club”?

MSN: Timmy Hung ties the knot

Bride and groom arriving!

Happy parents -  Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung

Jacky Cheung dropped off a gift before flying off to Shanghai for a concert

Patrick Tse and Deborah Li

Andy Lau

Jackie Chan

Yuen Biao and wife

Angie Chiu, Melvin Wong

Raymond Wong

Richard Ng and wife

Shi Nansun

David Chiang and wife

Law Ka-Ying, Liza Wang

Virginia Lok

Timmy Hung’s mother (right)

Albert Yeung

Bride and groom (and Sammo) (Sina)23

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Deanie Ip - Best Actress (”A Simple Life”), again

Asian Film Awards (Sina)2

Best New Artist - Ni Ni (”The Flowers of War”)

Ni Ni (Sina)23

Ann Hui and Lifetime Achievement Award (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu was one of the presenters Monday night


Hong Kong-mainland production Wu Xia, a martial-arts thriller directed by renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan Ho-sun, won the best cinematographer, best production designer and best composer honours. Another martial-arts epic and the world’s first such 3-D flick, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark, won the best visual effects and best costume designer awards.

THR: Song of Silence review

A quietly moving if not cutting-edge family drama a welcome narrative change from China.

ScreenDaily: Love in the Buff review

Love In The Buff is still a relentlessly entertaining romancer that should please more than a few viewers from any culture.

FBA: Harpoon review

A well-directed low-budget slasher that’s light on real thrills.

FBA: The Floating Shadow review

Impressively acted psychodrama centred on two women, a female prisoner and a police officer. 

Above-average biopic of the father of China’s missile programme. 

Hong Kong Filmart: Emperor Readies Firefighter Drama (THR)

Emperor Motion Pictures will back an as-yet-untitled firefighter drama to be directed by award-winning helmer Derek Kwok and starring Nicholas Tse.

FilmMart 2012: Pang Brothers to Unleash ‘Inferno’ (THR)

Scheduled to begin filming in mid 2012 for release at the end of 2013, the producers describe Inferno as the first of its kind. “There is yet to be a fire disaster film in 3D made anywhere in the world, we have the courage to try,” said producer and Universe COO Alvin Lam

FilmMart 2012: Powerful Asian Alliance to Fund ‘Micro Movies’ (THR)

Micro movies refers to the small budget of the productions, targeted to average at around $1 million for each film.

The film will feature a who’s who of Korean and Hong Kong stars, including Kim Yun-seok (Punch), Kim Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers), Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), Simon Yam (Ip Man), Derek Tsang (Dream Home) as well as Hong Kong-based Malaysian Angelica Lee (The Eye).

CF:”The Unfortunate Car” Hits Cinemas on April 1

[T]he film documents the hilarious story of four strangers who meet one another when buying a car. The film touches upon a number of hot issues within modern society, including the license plate lottery, car-sharing, the odd/even license plate restriction plan and online shopping.

CF: Famous Photographer Works on “Guns N’ Roses” Poster

Guei Lun-Mei arriving for the Asian Film Awards (Mar.19)


MSN: Donnie Yen meets Keanu Reeves in Hong Kong

MSN: Andy Lau names soon-to-born daughter

THR: Jeremy Lin Linsanity Prompts Canada’s First All-Mandarin NBA Telecast

Canadian broadcaster Omni Television has hired former Chinese national basketball team player and basketball commentatorWeiping Zhang to call its first-ever NBA game in the Mandarin language whenJeremy Lin and the New York Knicks play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

Love in the Buff (Screen Daily review)

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Love In The Buff
19 March, 2012
By Edmund Lee

With 2010’s Love In A Puff, writer-director Pang Ho-cheung (Dream Home, Exodus) scored an unlikely triumph with a chain-smoking and very chatty rom-com almost with audience word-of-mouth alone. Latching on to its rapport with the audience, Love In The Buff is a Hong Kong-China co-production that partly forgoes its prequel’s quintessentially Hong Kong setting but more than makes up for it with its stream of callous yet laugh-out-loud humour; the profanities also remain.

The film opens the Hong Kong International Film Festival with its world premiere on March 21, before going on general releases concurrently in late-March in Hong Kong, mainland China, and various cities worldwide.

Starting off with an absurdly funny short story included presumably just to parallel the original’s narrative structure, the new film quickly delves back into the relationship between cosmetic salesgirl Cherie (Miriam Yeung) and advertising executive Jimmy (Shawn Yue), which began at the end of Puff with a mutual vow to quit smoking.

As Jimmy turns out to be an immature workaholic who has an eye for beauties - all beauties - and Cherie a fed-up girlfriend who decides to move back to her mother, the former jumps at his first job offer from China and the two’s affair fizzles out.

The action then shifts to Beijing, where Jimmy hits it off with a young and gorgeous air hostess (Mimi Yang) and swiftly moves in with her. Cherie will also move north - and chance upon a new admirer (Xu Zheng) - when her employer closes its Hong Kong business six months later.

The two will, of course, run into each other, and their story will settle into a monotonous pattern in which they repeatedly exchange text messages and meet up for romantic rendezvous behind the back of each other’s partner - a vicious cycle that the film dares its protagonists to break out from to find their happy ending.

Although there are, as in the first film, naughty usages of Chinese slang that prove impossible to translate for the English subtitles, and the movie’s three memorable cameos - of pop culture mainstays Ekin Cheng, Linda Wong and Huang Xiaoming - may not come across as funny for a foreign audience,

Love In The Buff is still a relentlessly entertaining romancer that should please more than a few viewers from any culture. The hilarious video that runs alongside this worthy sequel’s end credits, which documents Jimmy’s efforts to win back Cherie at the movie’s climax, has to be seen to be believed.

Production company: Making Film
International sales: Media Asia Distribution,
Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang
Executive producer: John Chong, Shi Dongming
Screenplay: Pang Ho-Cheung, Luk Yee Sum, based on characters created by Pang
Cinematography: Jason Kwan
Production designer: Lok-Lam Ho
Editor: Wenders Li
Original music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung
Main cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Mimi Yang, Xu Zheng

January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Yen, Zhao Collaborate on Action Movie

Donnie Yen says he feels excited about his first collaboration with fellow action star Vincent Zhao in the new film “Special Identity”

Vivian Hsu

Vic Chou, Ella Chen, Director Chu Yen-ping and Little Bin Bin (Benny Wen)

Dressed in black, mourning the passing of her grandfather (Sina)

ScreenDaily: The Viral Factor review(HKMDBNews)

Viral pandemic drama takes a backseat to fraternal fisticuffs and gunplay in The Viral Factor, an enjoyably sprawling if completely scatterbrained action movie from director Dante Lam. 
FBA: 10+10 review

Largely interesting collection of shorts showcasing older and younger Taiwan talent.

ChinaPost: Bang Bang Formosa review

“Bang Bang Formosa”, directed by Andy Luo An-de, is a delightful road movie that moves boisterously through contemporary Taiwan.

The film has a very strong Jack Neo flavour and greatly resembles his previous offerings like “I Not Stupid”, mixing in moral messages with some humour and a good dose of drama.

The problem is “We Not Naughty” tries to do too much – while Neo’s previous films tend to deal with a specific issue, like the immense pressure to excel Singaporean children face in “I Not Stupid”, “We Not Naughty” deals with a whole basket of issues.

Lin Chi-ling is wrapped up in Dubai for “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”

Zhang Jingchu and the Burj Kalifa nee Burj Dubai, world’s tallest building at 828 meters

Zhang Jingchu and a Dubai dolphin


Poster for a “Love in the Buff” online micro-film, the 3rd ’secret love’ chapter

So far, the 3 micro-films have received over 10 million views

There will be a total of 10 chapters, or micro-films


Lunar New Year greetings from “Love in the Buff”’s Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue


Greetings from “The Great Magician” cast


Actress Yang Mi poses for a series of photos to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year. 
A1: I don’t think I’m very handsome, says Daniel Wu

MSN: Aaron Kwok not ready to start a family

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan absent from Jay Chou’s birthday party

1 Pct News, excerpted from a recent SCMP article:

A clear and starry night sky in Hong Kong is about as elusive as eternal youth - which is why La Prairie needed to deploy a little technological magic at a gala dinner to launch its new Cellular Power Charge Night collection…

While guests dined, a harpist performed in the background and models weaved among the long tables showcasing the collection on glowing silver trays.

Guests were treated to a 3-D film highlighting the product - viewed through Venetian masquerade head-dresses fitted with dual-coloured 3-D lenses. A sizzling performance of the Argentinian tango wrapped up the evening’s entertainment.  

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


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


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.

November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

MSN: Ricky Hui dies at 65

Ricky’s day of death also coincided with the death anniversary of Lam Ching-ying, one of Hong Kong’s famous actors who acted in many vampire-themed movies. He had played the role of Ricky’s master in the movie Mr Vampire.

Ricky Hui found dead(A1)(CNA)

On top of making people laugh with his screen performance, Ricky was also a musician, having released seven albums, penned the songs in Sam’s debut Cantonese album and participated in the production of the latter’s 1999 musical “Mid Summer Night Madness”.

Family photo - brothers Michael, Stanley, Ricky and Sam

Concert poster (Sina)2

CRI: Chow Yun-fat Plays a New Cao Cao

Chow, Alec Su and Japanese actor Hiroshi Tamaki have attended a news conference to preview the historic epic “Tong Que Tai” (”The Bronze Sparrow Terrace”).

Li Bingbing said at the event, “The character suits me very well. We are both the same age and at the same stage of life. And I’m single too.” As the only single member of the three leads, the 38-year-old actress was “commanded” by Sun and Duan to “catch up” with them as soon as possible.

“Love in the Buff”, directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, and the sequel to his 2010 romance drama “Love in A Puff”, has had its first English language promotional poster released.

Produced by Bona Film Group, director Tsui Hark’s imminent action blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” unveiled a new batch of character posters in the run up of its release in December.

Guei Lun-Mei (Sina)

The makers of “Painted Skin 2″ revealed that the trailer was made under the direction of Japanese fantasy master Yoshitaka Amano and other domestic fantasy designers. The 120-second clip does not disclose any specific details about the plot, but does give film fans a glimpse of the fantasy inspired images that feature throughout the movie.

“White Deer Plain” is considered to be the most difficult books to adapt into film, particularly in terms of technical constraints, its time span and the tight content. The novel is lengthy but tight. Staying true to the original work while keeping it short enough to be a film is a tough task.

Gaile Lok and Leon Lai walk red carpet at New York Chinese Film Festival

Vivian Hsu

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Vivian Hsu

Gaile Lok, Leon Lai (and Qin Hailu?)

Vivian Hsu (Sina)2, (Sina-slideshow)

Jingle Ma’s “Speed Angels” featuring Tang Wei, Cecilia Cheung, Chie Tanaka and Rene Liu opens Dec. 28

Cecilia Cheung

Tang Wei

Chie Tanaka

Rene Liu

Jimmy Lin

Tang Wei, Rene Liu (Sina)

“Tai Chi 0″ concept poster released at AFM (American Film Market)

Huayi Brothers officially announced it as the first part of a “Tai Chi Trilogy”. Already, the first film has been pre-sold to 31 countries.

Art design is by Tim Yip


Having dropped out of show business and secretly married in Las Vegas in 2007, doe-eyed actress Ng Sin-Lin (Jacklyn Wu Chien-Lien) surprised the media when she appeared in costume at a press conference for a TV drama “Tang Dynasty Romatic Hero”. Adding another surprise, she revealed that she had given birth to a baby two years ago. The 43 year-old actress has been living in the mainland with her businessman husband and is returning to acting as a guest on the film because the director and writer are her friends. She said her life is now that of a housewife, she has entered a different stage of life and is family-oriented. The film’s cast includes Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Chrissie Chau, Cecilia Yip and AK, a pop duo.

Jacklyn Wu/Ng Sin-Lin

Pop duo AK, Chrissie Chau, Alex Fong, Jacklyn Wu

Alex Fong, Jacklyn Wu

Jacklyn Wu

Chrissie Chau

Chrissie Chau (Sina)(Sina-gallery), (ifeng)

ZHANG Yimou’s epic-scale The Flowers of War has been acquired for North American distribution by two small US companies. They will quickly give film a platform release in three cities in order that Flowers can compete in the main categories of the Oscars.

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