HKMDB Daily News

July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Design of Death review

Boisterous black village comedy is flawed by a weak structure and lack of a strong central core.

FBA: Sweet Eighteen review

Offbeat portrait of a teenage lesbian crush marks a promising directorial debut.

FBA: Falling Flowers review

Biopic of 1930s Chinese writer Xiao Hong looks fabulous but lacks involving drama.

FBA: To Forgive review

Island mystery is an interesting calling-card for a first-time director.

FBA: Motorway review

Slick, engaging thriller blends cars, crime and characterisation in a fresh way.

TimeOutHK: Tony Leung Ka-Fai interview

CF: ”People Mountain People Sea” Set to Release on August 3

It is based on a true crime in which the youngest brother of a rural family was murdered and the killer fled. Five older brothers searched half the country and finally caught him.

CF: People Moutain People Sea:A Simple Revenge Story with Apocalyptic Ambitions

CF: Fan Bingbing Lights up “Double Xposure” on September 29


Poster for documentary about the making of Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death”

“Matters of Life and Death”  (Sina)

CF: ”McDull Pork of Music” to Premiere on July 10

CF: Release Date for “Happy Hotel” Confirmed

CF: Caught in the Web

Caught in the Web, a new film by Chinese mainland director Chen Kaige, is a movie about the online human flesh search. Premiering on July 6, the professional return of Chen after his focus on historical films and the topic of web violence are both becoming trending topics.

Qiao Renliang plays the leading role of Peng Da, a rag man who accidentally becomes the new boss of a luxury hotel. Lam Suet portrays Peng Da’s best friend

Directed by Fu Yong and starring Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Qiao Renliang, Kent Cheng,Christy Chung and Zhou Weitong,

Stills of Wong Jing/Marco Mak’s “Naked Soldier” featuring Sammo Hung and Anthony Wong

Sammo Hung

Anthony Wong

Anthony Wong, Ankie Beilke

CF: Descent into Obscurity

The Hundred Flowers, Golden Rooster and Huabiao Awards become irrelevant.

The movie will be released in North America in 3D and 3D/IMAX formats on September 14.

Stills of Maggie Cheung and Cherie Chung in Yonfan’s 1988 “Last Romance”

Cherie Chung, last week, at an event in Admiralty

For several years, the paparazzi have been trying to nail down photographic evidence of a romance between director Leon Dai and actress Guey Lun-mei.

Nicholas, who will be headlining two action movies this year, Story of the White Haired Demoness 3D and Special Rescue Squad, is said to have visited the physician to get his health back on track before filming commences for his new movies.

Has Brigitte Lin split from husband Michael Ying?

The 57-year-old’s inability to produce a son has led to speculations that she has split from her husband

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.

May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City”

The cast, minus Charlie Young, took some publicity stills

Aaron Kwok, Annie Liu

Director Yim Ho, Annie Liu, Paw Hee-Ching, Aaron Kwok, Calvin Cheng

Calving Cheng, Aaron Kwok (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Leon Yang Shu-Peng’s “An Inaccurate Memoir” includes a shootout in an underground tunnel between Huang Xiaoming and Japanese soldiers featuring one 3-minute long continuous shot. It was designed and shot by director of photograhpy Cao Yu (”City of Life and Death”).

Yang Shu-Peng (Sina)(HunanTV)2

Elanne Kong plays Wang Baoqiang’s lover, a bullied girl with autism who grew up in an orphanage in Oxide Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer (”Perfect Fairy Tale”)

Wang Baoqiang, Elanne Kong

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” has been compared to “Saw”. Netizens compared images and noted similarities.


Gigi Leung is in Taipei rehearsing for her May 5th concert

Gigi Leung


Maggie Cheung flew from Beijing to Taiwan and was rushed to customs

Rockin’ her Dr. Dre Beats


MSN: Jerry Yan and Lin Chi-ling to reconcile?

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.


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.

October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Posters out for “The Guillotines”

CF: New Promotional Posters for “The Tears” Unveiled

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao-En (Chen Chiao-en) (Sina)

CF: Chinese Movie set to Emulate “Indiana Jones” and “007″

Set in 2010, the movie tells the story of intrepid treasure hunters, vying with one another in an effort to locate the famous Chinese painting, “Fuchun Mountains”, created by Huang Gongwang during the Yuan Dynasty.

Andy Lau

Lin Chi-Ling, Andy Lau

Zhang Jingchu (Sina-gallery)

A Chinese stunt man was killed and a Chinese-American stunt man was injured after a boat explosion being filmed went awry. The accident occurred in a reservoir near Sofia, Bulgaria where “The Expendables 2″ is being shot. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria confirmed the death of a 26 year-old from Shaanxi. (Sina)

Reuters: A tragic accident on the set of the star-packed action sequel “The Expendables 2″ killed one stuntman and left another seriously injured Thursday night

CF: Peter Ho Shows his Macho in “Cold Steel”

CF: Han Chae-young in “A Big Deal”

In the film, Han is set to portray a girl called Zhou Yun, who comes to China alone and becomes entangled in a series of complicated relationships with three Chinese men.

CF: Stars Gathered for Doze Niu’s “Love”

Filling his cast with A-list stars, including Shu Qi, Vicky Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Mark Zhao and Eddie Peng, Doze Niu is determined to create a blockbuster romance movie.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai attending Chinese International Fashion Week in Beijing

(Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

Maggie Cheung attended a fashion event this evening

She is described as looking haggard and thin, a little drunk

With Wyman Wong

With Huang Xiaoming

Maggie Cheung

Miriam Yeung

Huang Xiaoming

Lynn Xiong   (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Gordon Liu suffers from a stroke

The TVB martial artiste was paralyzed on his right side due to the stroke

February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

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CRI: Jet Li to Show Tai-Chi, but Not with Feng Xiaogang (Sina)

THR: Huang Zumo, Director of China’s Longest-Running Film, Dies at 90

‘Romance on Lushan Mountain’ still playing after 31 years.

FBA: Love In Space blasts off

Production got underway today on Love In Space the sequel to last year’s hit ensemble comedy Hot Summer Days

Love in Space - Wing Shya, Eason Chan, Angelababy, Guei Lun-Mei, Aaron Kwok, Tony Chan Kwok-Fai


An enterprising journalist armed with pliers cut through barbed wire and managed to breach the high security guarding the set of Zhang Yimou’s ruined city of Nanjing for his film 13 Flowers of Nanjing/Thirteen Girls in Jinling.


Wilson Yip’s upcoming Chinese Fairy Tale boasts 1200 computer-generated shots. Art director Kenneth Mak Kwok-Keung strove to create a fantasy world that blends realistic and the impressionistic.


Mr. and Mrs. Incredible will compete at the 13th Asian International Film Festival in Deauville, France

Vincent Kok will attend the festival which begins in mid-March. (Sina)

“Youth editon” of Buddha Mountain poster

A second MV has also been released making the pair ‘his and her’ versions. (Sina)

Youth Film Guide announced the winners of the final round for the 2010 Golden Broom Awards.

Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 won for both 2nd Most Disappointing Film and Most Disappointing Director. His film Aftershock was also awarded Most Disappointing Product Placement Film Award. Confucius  garnered both Most Disappointing Film and Director awards. Lee Lik-Chi’s Flirting Scholar 2 won the awards for Most Disappointing Sequel and Most Disappointing Actor (Zhou Libo). Taiwan actress Barbie Hsu won the Most Disappointing Actress award for 3 films, Future X-Cops, Reign of Assassins and Adventure of the King beating out Xie Na who received the 2nd Most Disappointing Actress. Organizers said that the prize was a wedding gift for the bride-to-be. :D

The first round was pared to a short list by film critics, media people, academics, netizens, filmmakers and others.

The jury also recognized as high-quality films: Let the Bullets Fly, Buddha Mountain, Monga, Echoes of the Rainbow, The Fourth Painting, Taipei Exchanges, Love in a Puff and Chongqing Blues. Documentaries I Wish I Knew and KJ: Music and Life were also awarded. Jia Zhangke, Pang Ho-Cheung, Wang Xiaoshuai and others attended the event to receive their prize. (Sina)

Jay Chou and Kobe Bryant

The pair were shooting an advert for a beverage brand Sprite in Los Angeles


Maggie Cheung attending the Burberry show for London Fashion Week (Feb.21)

I love the necklace. (Xinhua)

January 24, 2011

January 24, 2011

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THR: China’s ‘What Women Want’ Remake to Get Day-and-Date U.S. Release

China Lion will also distribute Chen Daming’s film to cinemas in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

  • What Women Want, starring Andy Lau and Gong Li, will open at select North American theaters day-and-date with its China premiere on Feb. 3, the first day of the Lunar New Year, distributor China Lion said on Friday.
  • China Lion will open What Women Want, subtitled in English, at AMC theaters in cities where there are large concentrations of ethnic Chinese moviegoers, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Boston, Seattle and Washington, D.C., and at Cineplex theaters in Vancouver.
  • Its next North America and China day-and-date release will be the March 18 premiere of the Fox International Productions film The Butcher, The Chef and the Swordsman.

Cast promote “If You Are the One II” in Taipei

Shu Qi, Ady An Yixuan

CRI: A Review of the Shaolin-Themed Kung Fu Movies

Shaolin: Character driven with a dash of Kung Fu

Underneath all the violence, bloodshed and machismo in Hong Kong director Benny Chan’s “Shaolin” is an endearing tale of a man’s journey in search of redemption.

Andy Lau promoting Shaolin at Kowloon Bay (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Chinese Hostess Invited to Star in Tarantino’s New Movie

MTV VJ JuJu (Zhu Zhu) in upcoming What Women Want

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’s Sandra Ng, Louis Koo and Vincent Kok opened the Lunar New Year Flower Market in Tsimshatsui


Faye Wong busy blogging even just before her Taipei concert! ;D

Faye Wong’s Hello Kitty phone case (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei did not travel alone to Taipei to support Faye Wong’s concert. She was also accompanied by her husband, Huang You-Long, and daughter. (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Maggie Cheung rumoured to have met boyfriend’s parents

HK’s Maggie Cheung rubbishes breakup rumours

MSN: Andy Lau admits he is working on having children

RazorTV: Andy Lau: I used to be a snob (1/5)

GlobalTimes: Barbie meets her Ken in lightning-fast path to the altar

HK heartthrob Louis Koo meets fans

Koo, who is still recuperating from an injury to his left leg sustained during the filming of a movie in Beijing last August, said he could only take on action movies after August this year.

RazorTV: 881 The Musical (1/7)

Judee Tan and Joanna Dong play the new Papaya Sisters in the musical.

China sports brand tries to break into US market

Praise in China for Lang Lang’s martial White House tune (NYPost) (EpochTimes-video link)

January 14, 2011

January 14, 2011

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Omnibus project Quattro Hong Kong 2

CRI: ’Shaolin’ Premieres in Beijing

Set in the warlord-dominated 1920s, “Shaolin” is about an arrogant Chinese warlord (Andy Lau) who gains a new understanding of life and becomes a merciful Buddhist monk.

Evening premiere photos

Jackie Chan, Andy Lau

Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Nicholas Tse

Nicholas Tse (Sina)2 34 (Sina-slide show)

Eric Tsang, Jam Hsiao

Jeffrey Huang plays a gang boss

(Taiwan) Eric Tsang showed up on the set of The Killer Who Never Kills in sunglasses, presumably acting cool. In fact, Eric has burst blood vessels in his eye while appearing in the ultra-cold for a promotion. (Sina)

Jeff Lau announced that he will begin filming  Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011 in March. The casting has not been announced yet. (Sina)

Charlene Choi dressed as a chocolate rabbit in a publicity photo for a Harbour City promotional event.


Ad to show ‘friendly China’ during Hu’s visit to US

Yao Ming, former Olympic 100-metres-hurdles gold medallist Liu Xiang, famous actresses Zhang Ziyi and Zhou Xun, and Chinese astronauts are among other celebrities who took part in the film, People’s Daily said.

MSN: Maggie Cheung rumoured to have split from boyfriend (Sina)

Exes not invited to Barbie Hsu’s wedding

December 29, 2010

December 29, 2010

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CRI: ”The Kidnapped” Premieres in Jackie Chan’s Cinema

“The Kidnapped” [aka The Kidnap] centers on two young women named Nana and Lin Bingqi who aspire to become famous singers. Nana becomes an overnight superstar after sleeping with her boss. As Lin Bingqi looks very much like Nana, the agent, gangster leader and the investor want to take advantage of the girl. The film reflects on some showbiz industry scandals in recent years.

Infernal Affairs” director Andrew Lau helms the film, which will premiere in January.

Hong Kong version of poster for If You Are the One 2

There are up to 20 product placements for white wine, mobile phones, insurance, hotel, autos, airlines, mobile phones, etc. (Sina)2

New Shaolin poster and trailer released at press conference in Beijing (Dec.28)

Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan

Benny Chan, Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan (Sina)

Let the Bullets Fly posters accused of plagiarism. Reporters and netizens are noticing that posters created by a Beijing advertising company bear semblance to posters for Hollywood films. Other examples, such as Welcome to Shamatown, Midnight Beating, and Future Cops were cited.

Let The Bullets Fly

Prison Break: The Final Break

Let The Bullets Fly

The Departed (Sina)

The popularity and success of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly has led to a re-release of his earlier film The Sun Also Rises. (Sina)

Kelly Chen was Andy Lau’s guest singer for last night’s 9th concert

Kelly Chen

(Sina-slide show)

Photos from Andy’s 8th concert show

Lady in red

Guest performer Sally Yeh

Karen Mok

Gigi Leung (Sina-slide show)

Maggie Cheung’s recent Olay advert


Aarif Lee (Aarif Rahman) is becoming an endorsement darling.

Here, he is pitching for a 3D video game. (Sina)

MSN: Aaron Kwok rumoured to have dined with married woman

Aaron and Iris


Carina Lau’s Christmas greetings make waves online

MC Hot Dog, Edison Chen promote his CD Confusion while sitting on toilets.

(Sina-slide show)

December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

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CRI: Keanu Reeves Invests in Chinese Action Film

Previously [10.21.2009][10.14.2009]

FBA: Seediq Bale sets Sep 2011 campaign

FBA: Beijing launches major new film event

Beijing International Film Festival to debut in April 2011

CRI: ‘If You Are the One 2′ Gets Poetic Ending

Huayi Brothers, the film’s production company, released the movie’s closing song “Zui Hao Bu Xiang Jian” (”Best Not to Meet”), saying its lyrics were taken from Tsangyang Gyatso’s poem “Shi Jie Shi” (”Ten Nots Poem”).

The work is split into two obvious parts, the styles and plots of which are in complete contrast, as if coming from two different writers. Later as I found out, they actually did.

Shortly after the film’s premiere last week, scriptwriter Gao Xuan complained on her weibo (local version of twitter) that despite the fact that she, Chen and another writer had worked on the script for the first half of the film, she was only credited for “early-stage script composition” instead of “scriptwriter.”

Sha Yi, Yao Chen, Yan Ni

Cast members Xiao Jian, Ni Hongjie

Yao Chen sports new shorter hair at press conference for My Own Swordsman opening January 26.


Francis Ng attending a charity activity for autistic children organized by the One Foundation.

Francis donated a private collection of calligraphy and paintings. (Sina)

Maggie Cheung at the closing ceremony of the Marrakech International Film Festival (Xinhua)

Faye Wong will hold 3 concerts in Hong Kong on March 4 -6. Half of the songs will be in Cantonese. (Sina)

The 50-year-old stuntman-turned-director also denied rumours that his school is a scam to take money from those who hope to break into the industry.

HK singer Gigi Leung dating US consulate spokesman?

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