HKMDB Daily News

November 26, 2011

Week Ending: November 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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WSJ: Taiwan Tribe Epic Leads Golden Horse Nominations

A 4-1/2-hour drama recounting the armed rebellion by Taiwan’s indigenous Seediq tribes in 1930 against Japanese colonial rule leads nominations at this Saturday’s 48th Golden Horse Awards, that honors the year’s best Chinese-language cinema.

CRI:  Stars Stud Red Carpet of 48th Golden Horse Awards

The 48th Golden Horse Awards Kicked off in Hsin-chu, southeast China’s Taiwan on Saturday, Nov. 26.

CF: Carina Lau and Qin Hailu on Board to Present Golden Horse Awards

‘A Simple Life’ big winner at Taiwan film festival

Hong Kong’s Ann Hui has won the best director award for her movie “A Simple Life” at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival.

“A Simple Life” also won Andy Lau the best actor award and Deanie Ip the best actress honor. Ip plays a domestic helper who copes with her own aging while serving her master, played by Lau.

Hong Kong’s ‘A Simple Life’ sweeps ‘China Oscars’

Yu Dong, producer of “The Dragon Gate” and CEO of the Bona Film Group announced yesterday at the movie’s premiere ceremony that they will not raise prices and will partake in any form of smear campaign. Dong’s made these comments following the actions of Zhang Weiping, CEO of the production company responsible for “The Flowers of War” who was able to force eight large cinemas to increase the price of their cheapest tickets.

CF: Leading Actors Promote “Flying Swords”

Five of the leading roles including Jet Li, Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, Guey Lun-mei and Mavis Fan made an appearance at the event. However, director Tsui Hark and another lead actress Zhou Xun were absent. Tsui is said to be busy with the post-production stages of the film.

Australian filmmaker burned by Dragon

No box office from Chinese blockbuster [The Dragon Pearl] for SA filmmaker

An Emmy award-winning film producer is fighting to recoup millions of box office dollars in returns from China.

“We’ve tried to contract for that but that’s all being ignored because that’s not how you do it in China.”

Fascinating genre-bender that morphs from C-Horror into something quite different.

Quirky but original sequel to action-comedy The Underdog Knight, flawed by a weak finale.

Ambitious but failed attempt at a live-action version of a cult animated short.

Entertaining action drama on Qiu Jin, commandingly played by Crystal Huang.

Variety: Honey Pupu review

A deliriously wild mix of Web-based youth culture, fantasia and memory, Chen Hung-I’s dreamy “Honey Pupu” is the work of a strong voice uninterested in conventional narrative rules.

TimeOutHK: Tsui Hark

Whether as producer or director, Tsui Hark has delivered many of our cinema’s greatest hits over the past 30 years
TimeOutHK: Wei Te-sheng

How could Wei Te-sheng better himself after directing the highest grossing Taiwanese movie ever?

CF: Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai to Shoot Gangster Film on Mainland

Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai are teaming up again for a new project based on the mainland, titled “Drug War”

Josie Ho, daughter of the gambling mogul Stanley Ho, was recently spotted having a meeting with Reeves. Other big names, including Zhou Dongyu and Liu Yifei are also on Reeves’ shortlist.

CRI: Ads Axed during Popular TV Shows

Commercial breaks during television dramas are to be banned from next year, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television announced on Friday.

“The order is a double-edged sword,” Ren Jianwei, an official of Shanghai’s Drama Channel, told Shanghai Daily. “It will certainly affect our ad revenue, but it will also attract more people to watch TV.”

Low-budget local movie “Love is Not Blind” slayed its competitors of four Hollywood blockbusters at this week’s box office, taking the top spot repeatedly. The constant boom of this romance has a positive significance to guide the production of domestic films and set a good example for low/ medium scale movie. This film’s success indicates that the mode of “good story+ capable director+ talented actors+ suitable market promoting+ marketable distribution schedule” is the very effective approach to earn impressive ticket sales.

A Chinese state-owned film studio strives to survive

Founded in 1945, the Changchun Film Studio, later known as the CFGC after transitioning to a corporate structure, is widely regarded as the cradle of modern Chinese film. The studio influenced generations of audiences with the country’s first feature-length film “Qiao (Bridge)” (1949) and many other acclaimed works.

“Dou Niu (Cow)” (2009) was one of the company’s post-reform masterpieces. The film, depicting a peasant who is tasked with protecting his village’s dairy cow during a harsh winter prior to the founding of the “New China,” received 7 nominations at the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan and premiered in the “Orizzonti” category at the 66th Venice Film Festival.

As the first racing car film dedicated to female drivers, the cast of “Speed Angels” have been revelling in the presence of three award winning actresses - Cecilia Cheung, Rene Liu and Tang Wei since they started filming.

As the film premiered in Beijing, some media reflected that there were wide discrepancies between the plot and the actually historic events. Echoing that opinion, director Daniel Lee said that “the film represents my attitude and perspective of the history, so it will be meaningless if the both are wholly identical.”

The film will hit national screens on November 29.

Director David Wu, along with leads Peter Ho, Song Jia and Mickey Ho attended the event.

The film will hit cinema screens on December 1.

Sexy actress Monika Mok [Mo Xiaoqi], dressed in a leopard-skin outfit performed a pole dance at the press conference held for “My Own Swordsman” director Shang Jing’s new project “Crazy Banquet” [vide "Crazy Dinner"]yesterday in Beijing.

The first round of still photos for the gangster film “Cold War” have been released, featuring scenes of explosive action. In order to create authentic explosion scenes, the makers not only utilized a number of special effects, but also invited a demolitions expert to create real explosions. The film starts shooting in October and will be screened in the first half of 2012.

The makers of the comedy blockbuster, “Celebrate Spring Festival with Relatives by Marriage”, recently released a batch of still shots. Produced by Manfred Wong, directed by Raymond Yip, and starring Wen Zhang and Liu Yun, the film is expected to be screened during the Spring Festival holiday slot

New Pictures, the production company of Zhang Yimou’s soon-to-be-released epic war blockbuster “The Flowers of War,” is about to publish a special book in memory of the making of the movie

The film boasts an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent , Hugh Grant and Korean star Du-na Bae and Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

The movie is slated for release on November 24

Huang Yi, the star of the latest blockbuster comedy “East Meets West 2011″, poses for a photo shoot in a seductive uniform to promote the film.

Huang Yi

MSN: Carl Ng keeps co-stars on their toes

Cammi Tse aborted Vincent Wong’s child

16-year-old model Cammi Tse has been a hot topic ever since the recent scandal with Edison Chen, but it is now reported that she had an abortion earlier this year and the father was actor Vincent Wong, who just got married two weeks ago to actress Yoyo Chen

MSN: Tony Leung and Carina Lau to undergo artificial insemination again?

After his 2008 marriage to actress Carina Lau, the pair has been trying to conceive a child with no success. Upon hearing rumours that Andy’s wife, Carol Chu, managed to successfully conceive through artificial insemination, the couple harbours plans to undergo the procedure too.

MSN: Did Hannah Quinlivan’s father meet Jay Chou?

It is understood that Hannah specially brought her father around to sightsee as he seldom visits Taiwan since his divorce with Hannah’s mother, who is a Taiwanese.

MSN: Selina Jen will not act after making showbiz comeback

MSN: Jackie Chan missing at Elaine Ng’s daughter birthday

The former actress celebrated daughter, Etta Ng’s 12th birthday in Hong Kong

March 28, 2011

March 28, 2011

FBA: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart review (6/10)

An entertaining but shallow rom-com from Johnnie To that doesn’t really engage the emotions.

Movie preview: ‘3D Sex and Zen’ is all about abstinence (CNNGo)

Soft porn in 3D leaves us with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. The wholesome kind

It’s all naughty good fun and there isn’t a single boring scene. From the moment the first pair of jiggly 3D breasts appears — prompting the male audience members to collectively gasp — through to the fight scenes with 3D daggers thrown at the audience, this is 3D movie magic at its low-brow erotic best.

Feng Xiaogang is in Chongqing to prepare for his upcoming film (Wen Gu 1942). Shu Qi, Betty Sun Li and Jiang Wenli are expected to be joining the cast. Feng visited the General Stillwell Museum, the general’s war time residence in Chongqing. He also inspected the Botanical Gardens and the many old foreign embassy buildings. (Sina)

Training Day’ Director to Tell Chinese Love Story

Ancient Chinese beauty Yang Guifei will be the protagonist of American director Antoine Fuqua’s new film.

New Deadly Will poster

Guo Tao, Han Xue camp horror comedy resembles a Republican era Sherlock Holmes story involving a bizarre murder. (Sina)23

Simon Yam’s latest film is generating online controversy. With the release of The Man Behind the Courtyard House, netizens are posting opinions such as this one, “[The film] tests the water is too bold for the first time, many areas are not in line with the habit of domestic films, including the shooting style, narrative structure of these macro aspects people have to try to figure out viewing the process of reasoning. And although the plot of the film, after carefully pondering the idea is reasonable, but somewhat incompatible with the logic of ordinary people.”

However, there are opposite views too, “the film has a lot of innovation, whether temporarily or not mature, this spirit to be encouraged. And the innovative effects of the film did not live up to the expectations of the audience, the kind of shock is very enjoyable audio-visual stimulation. especially the large-scale plot is very hot, they can bring the audience’s emotions. and the film itself is able to mobilize the audience thinking, along with the advancement of all branches of the film appears interwoven stories, characters relations are complicated, the vital need for the audience slowly into the role of scrutiny, is a test of logical reasoning ability is also a kind of exercise. you can say [Courtyard] is the rare movie IQ. “ (Sina)

More than a hundred Hong Kong celebrities will come together on 1 April at a Jackie Chan-organised charity concert in a bid to raise donations for the earthquake, tsunami and radiation relief efforts in Japan, according to Chinese media reports.

CRI: A Dream of Red Mansions

CRI’s Tom McGregor reviews “A Dream of Red Mansions” (”Hong Lou Meng”), a masterpiece in Chinese literature

A netizen allegedly witnessed the heated exchange

Chen Chao Yang, CEO of Sohu.com, who is currently being sued by Barbie and Xiaofei for the live broadcast of their wedding, was also present at the wedding.

CNA: Barbie Hsu warns errant wedding guest, Chinese CEO refuses to apologise

Wang Xiao Fei: I really regret inviting Mr Zhang to my wedding

Taiwan media in particular criticised Hsu for her perceived favouritism towards the Chinese media and even speculated that she had been bribed, resulting in a call among Taiwan media outlets to shut her out of the Taiwan media completely.

MSN: Kelly Lin to wed today at the Maldives

Kelly Lin’s guests water house (Sina)2(Xinhua)

Shu Qi

Kelly’s good friend, Shu Qi, posted photos from the Malidives on her weibo (Xinhua)

MSN: Pan Shuang Shuang’s past exposed

MSN; Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng teased by good friends

When the reporters told Sammi, netizens are calling Andy ‘Pig Trotter On’, she replied: “Am I Ox Tongue Man then?”

A1: Wang Lee Hom wins 6 Astro awards

March 25, 2011

March 25, 2011

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CRI: HK Entertainers to Raise Fund for Quake Victims

It’s been confirmed that Hong Kong artists will hold a three-hour charity concert titled “311 Love beyond Borders” to raise funds for victims of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami.

THR: Jackie Chan, Hong Kong Stars Set Japan Charity Concert

The group has recorded the song “Succmb Not to Sorrow” which is based on a Japanese poem and serves as the theme for the concert. (Xinhua)

(Sina-slideshow)

Japan live blog: More than 27,000 dead, missing (CNN)

Breach suspected at troubled Japanese power plant (Yahoo)

(more…)

March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011

Variety: H.K.’s Filmart gets Beijing accent

The 15 years of Hong Kong Filmart have been a busy and transformative decade and a half in the territory, a period during which Cantonese movies developed a pronounced Mandarin accent, reflecting deepening cross-border relations with mainland China.

Co-production is always a big theme at this key event at the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, especially co-productions with the booming Chinese mainland.”

In the early days, co-production meant working with China to get a mainland release. But now the emergence of the China market has changed that frame of mind. The emergence of the China market has been a godsend, as we watched Hong Kong’s market share in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other regional markets diminish. In the past two to three years, co-productions have gradually evolved into co-productions in a real sense,” says Albert Lee, chief executive of Emperor Motion Pictures.

FBA: Lover’s Discourse awarded in Osaka

International edition of poster for Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Release is set for July 15. (tom.com) (Xinhua)

CRI: Foreign Poster for “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart poster released on White Day (30 days after Valentine’s Day, when men receive chocolates and gifts from women) (Sina)

Beautiful Life poster

Beautiful Life - Shu Qi

Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life opens the summer film season on May 20. Shu Qi plays a Hong Kong woman who comes to Beijing and in the process disrupts the lives of Liu Ye and Tian Liang who plays his brother. Anthony Wong also costars. (Sina)2

CRI: Shu Qi’s new film to open during summer season

Yu Shaoqun - A Chinese Fairy Tale

Yu Shaoqun hopes to pay tribute to Leslie Cheung in his portrayal in the update to A Chinese Ghost Story (Sina)

Simon Yam

Huang Shengyi

(Mar.13) Simon Yam and the cast of The Man Behind the Courtyard House promoted the film and anti-piracy in Guangzhou. Simon said he dared not let his daughter watch this movie. The film opens March 25. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Simon Yam’s view of Shanghai (Mar.10)

March 13 - Andy Lau is in Beijing doing post-production dubbing for The Founding of The Party (Sina)

Josie Ho starring in The Liaisons

Liaisons is a stage drama by Frederic Mao that reworks the classic Cantonese opera The Purple Hairpin. Alan Mak and Felix Chong wrote the script. The Liaisons: The next frontier for Cantonese opera

Weibo

Faye Wong finished her series of concerts in Hong Kong. She dedicated her song Heart Sutra to the victims of the earthquakes in Japan and Yunnan. Guests in the audience included Eason Chan, Sandy Lam, Mona Fong, and Virginia Lok. Faye considered cancelling the post-concert celebration party but after discussions decided to carry on as planned in order to cherish and celebrate the company of friends and family.

Faye Wong

Sandy Lam

Carina Lau, Zing (Mar.12)

Zing, Faye (Mar.11)

(Sina-slide show)2(Xinhua)

CNA: Faye Wong to perform in Singapore in October

Kelly Chen’s home in Kadoorie Hill was staked out by the media but there were no signs of Kelly and her family. Besides her age, the additional complications of having twins, Kelly’s work scheduled were speculated by the media as possible factors in her having the miscarriage. (Sina)

Kelly Chen miscarries twin girls at five months

According to media reports, Kelly Chen had known early in March there were problems with her pregnancy. Due to her unstable condition, her doctor had ordered her to five days bed rest. Thus, she was in the hospital when the miscarriage of her twins occured. (Sina)

Johnnie To, Sammi Cheng, Louis Koo(?) dining in Shangi-La

Friday, Yunnan Province experienced a 5.8 earthquake near where Johnnie To and cast are filming High Altitude Romance. More than twenty people died when buildings collapsed. Sammi assured fans that she was safe via her microblog. (Sina)

The spa featured in Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One in Hokodate, Hokkaido was reported flooded by the tsunami this weekend. The location became a popular site with Chinese site after the movie’s release. 2009: Hit China movie aids Hokkaido’s tourism Feng’s After Shock was set for release in Japan on March 26 but is likely to be postponed now. Pang Ho-Cheung and Peggy Chiao were in Tokyo and Osaka during the earthquake and microblogged their experience of it. (Sina)

Angelababy was called back home to Hong Kong by her manager after she was evacuated from her hotel into the middle of the street in Tokyo during the earthquake (Sina-slide show)

September 2, 2010

September 2, 2010

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The Man Behind the Courtyard House poster - Simon Yam and 10,000 nails! (HunanTV)

THR: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Bottom Line: The Fist is back, and he’s furious in Andrew Lau’s formulaic but fun foray into kung fu.

FBA: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (精武風雲) (6/10)

Technically flashy resuscitation of Bruce Lee’s hero from the 1972 Fist of Fury.

Reincarnating the titular kung fu warrior as an avatar of anti-Japanese aggression in 1920s Shanghai, Andrew Lau’s frenzied, flashily violent period actioner boasts more nuance in its ultra-stylized color palette than in its delineation of personalities, relationships and international battle lines.

Cissy Wang, Donnie Yen

CRI: ’Chen Zhen’ Gets Venice Premiere(Sina-slide show)

CRI: Actors for the Film “Jian Dang Wei Ye” Unveiled (Founding of a Party)

Tang Wei

Michelle Ye

Tang Wei, Zhou Xun

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-slide show)

THR: Tang Wei to play Mao’s girlfriend

FBA: Roger Garcia to head HK Film Festival

A report from Venice says that Raymond Wong will feature Donnie Yen in a Wesley film next year. Lynn Xiong, Norika Fujiwara and Jun Ji-Hyun would costar. (Sina)

Louis Koo - Beijing

Louis Koo will take a break for 9-12 months after he returns to Hong Kong. His injuries included a torn cruciate ligament and meniscal tear. (Sina)2

Andy Lau and Li Bingbing unveiled at Hong Kong Madame Tussauds

In the flesh

(Sina-gallery) CRI: Li, Lau Team up at Wax Museum

Denise Ho, Gao Yuanyuan, Zhang Meng and Edison Chen appeard in Shanghai for the Levi’s brand.

Gao Yuanyuan on the catwalk

Zhang Meng

Denise Ho

Edison Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Guo Yuanyuan, Zhang Meng, Denise Ho (Sina)

SG: Boyfriend saves Pace Wu from peeping tom

SG: Jackie Chan hides from enraged Hong Kong citizens

SG: Lynn Hung: From supermodel to TV actress?

SG: Lee Hom wanted to elope (with Shu Qi?)

Jet Li married first wife to change his fortunes

August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

THR: ’Chan’ looks to reshape view of Asian character (Charlie Chan)

Iconic film detective, cop he was based on covered in dual bio

THR: Youku debuts original online film series

“The Boxer’s Secret,” an original Chinese online movie, on Friday kicked off a new Chevrolet- and China Film Group-sponsored series on Youku, one of the leading online video sites in the country with more web surfers than any other, now numbering 420 million.

Called Youku Originals’ “11 Degrees” New Media Film Project, the series has sponsored 10 “young” directors in their creation of 10 short narrative features showcasing Chevrolet’s four-door Cruze sedan, a model the U.S. car maker hopes will appeal to China’s fast-growing car market.

Jung Woo-Sung

Li Bingbing

Chinese acting stars, including Huang Xiaoming and Huang Yi, take the lead roles in the film about a group of basketball fanatics challenging themselves with the sport.

A poster showing the mystic theme of the suspense film “The Man Behind the Courtyard House”.

The film tells of a man who, after spending ten years behind bars, begins a new life before returning to his criminal ways.

Director John Woo’s latest film “Flying Tigers,” set to start shooting this fall, will be released in IMAX format.

First stills of Gu Changwei’s Life is a Miracle featuring Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

(Sina)

First stills from Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s The Lost Bladesman now in post-production.

(Sina)

Posters for Korean version of A Better Tomorrow

Flocks of tourists gathered around 110 red Chinese Kung Fu sculptures of Bruce Lee on display at the World Expo on Aug. 17.

CRI: Actress Shu Qi Featured in Fashion Photos

Nick Cheung shoots his first ever beauty, uh - skin care, advert (Xinhua)

Chingmy Yau - 6 months pregnant

Veronica Yip and Chingmy Yau caught up with old time before Veronica left Hong Kong.

Veronica Yip

(Xinhua)(Sina)2

Andy Hui and Cecilia Cheung secret romance during shooting of Sex and the Beauties in 2004? (Xinhua)

Maggie Q - Maggie Q’s Racy Nikita Billboards Upset Mall Bosses(Xinhua)

Variety: CW’s ‘Nikita’ ads too sexy?

SG: Gong Li speaks up (on rumours)

SG: Sandra Ng expecting her second child

Richard Ng: Grumpy old man

August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010

Concept poster for The Man Behind The Courtyard House starring Simon Yam and Zhang Jingchu

(formerly Watchman/Watchmen here)

Thrillers fans are enjoying a wave of new films with the recent releases of Illusion Apartment, Curse of the Deserted, and the upcoming Midnight Pulse and The Island. (Sina)2

NPR: Giving ‘Charlie Chan’ A Second Chance

China: no film ratings, restated censors role (THR)

SARFT vice minister sees more cinemas, cheaper tickets

CRI: It’s Not Time for Film Rating System

THR: Thomas Mao

Bottom line: A fresh and delightful crossover between art and life, documentary and fiction, dream and reality.

Writer-director Felix Chong’s light satire on gangster dramas is hit-and-miss.

The upcoming Hong Kong cops and gangsters film “The Stool Pigeon” was screened for the press in Beijing recently, and proved the film had passed the Mainland examiners and would be presented in its original form without any cuts.

When the Korean remake of John Woo’s seminal, genre-defining shoot’em up, “A Better Tomorrow” rolls out in multiplexes all over Korea during next month’s Chuseok holiday, don’t expect a faithful update.

Michelle Ye (and Aaron Kwok) won 3rd place prize

front: Chin Kar-Lok, Ng Ka-Lok, Michelle Ye, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng

Chin Kar-Lok placed second to winner Ng Ka-Lok in Jet Li’s One Foundation Celebrity Charity Cup race in Shanghai.

Jet Li and volunteer Lin Peng

Lin Peng

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

While Vicki is willing to give the marriage time, she is said to be taking on jobs to ensure that she has a steady income in the event of a divorce and she needs to fight for custody of her daughter.

She even met up with a famous Chinese scriptwriter to discuss plans for her movie, which will be her first self-directed feature.

Karena Lam (Sina)

HK actress Karena Lam goes back to school

Karena Lam’s management company has released an official statement on Wednesday, clarifying that the 32-year-old had not completely left the industry but has gone back to school, reported Chinese media.

After 10 years of marriage, former sex-bomb Irene Wan has given up on trying to conceive and decided to adopt instead.

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