HKMDB Daily News

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

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”

(Sina)23

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.

November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Johnnie To Brings New Film for Valentine’s Day

Poster and stills of Johnnie To’s film “Romancing in Thin Air”, featuring Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng

CF: Deleted Segment of “Love is not Blind” Exposed

FBA: Love stronger than Steel

In China, Love is Not Blind has achieved the biggest opening box office for a local film this year. By Sunday night, the comedy had taken RMB188.0 million ($29.6 million) in six days.

The story tells of wedding planner Huang Xiaoxian’s 33 days of heartbreak after discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. Her maybe-gay colleague Wang Xiaojian helps her back on her feet.

Actress Bai Baihe

Director Teng Huatao yesterday at an event to celebrate the box office success

Teng Huatao, Bai Baihe, Wen Zhang (Sina-gallery)

CF: Final Trailer of ‘White Vengeance’ Released

The costume heroine-themed war epic, “Legendary Amazons” recently released film clips exposing the lead actress Jin Qiaoqiao, who portrays a “Marksman” in the film.

Insiders report that Yang Zitong’s scenes have been deleted from “The Legendary Amazons”, unfortunately, due to the scale of violence in the film. Hopefully, her scenes will be restored in an unabridged Hong Kong version (?). She plays one of the Yangs and engaged in violent, bloody fights.

Yang Zitong, “You did what to my scenes!”

Yang Zitong

The romantic comedy “Love is Not Blind” has swept the mainland China’s box office charts, while in Hong Kong, director Giddens Ko’s romance “You are the Apple of My Eye” is making a history to by entering Hong Kong’s Top 10 Box-Office Records.

A Chengdu media preview screening of Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” left viewers satisfied but many described the film as more of a comedy, particularly the Joe Chen-Dou Xiao story. Director Wong said that she wanted to make a film for audiences to cry at but she did not achieve her purpose.

Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee - the “first tear” (Sina)23

A final trailer was also unveiled at the event in the run up to its release on November 24.

Shanghai press conference

Karen Mok

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Huang Yi walked the red carpet in Shanghai twice, once for an ELLE event and again for the premiere of “East Meets West 2011″.

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Chinese actress LI Bingbing is to be honoured as Female Star of the Year at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong next month.

A few of the happy recipients of the 2011 China’s Most Beautiful Award held this evening.

Huang Shengyi

Lin Chi-Ling

Zhang Ziyi

Wang Luodan (Sina)23

Gao Yuanyuan poses for animal protection in a photo spread featured in the magazine “ELLE”

Kelly Chen is reportedly four three months pregnant

Attending a fashion event today, she told reporters that she was pregnant and acknowledged that it was achieved through artificial insemination. Kelly has not suspended work and that doctors told her to relax and not be stressed. She said doctors feared that if she stayed at home she would be cranky. (Sina)

Grateful for Carol’s pregnancy, Andy was said to have secretly arranged Taiwan’s Reverend Di Bo and 20 nuns for a three days trip to Hong Kong to help conduct a ritual for a smooth delivery.

The 31-year-old model, who is also actor Aaron Kwok’s rumoured girlfriend, finally hit the big time after appearing in a racy advertisement for breast augmentation services, and was inundated with modelling assignments.

CNA: Sunny Chan opens up about autistic son, seeks help for child

Powered by WordPress