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October 1, 2013

Final Recipe (Variety review)

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Final Recipe

September 30, 2013

Michelle Yeoh makes the standard-issue ingredients and saccharine flavors go down in director Gina Kim’s predictable foodie film.

Jay Weissberg

Standard-issue ingredients get folded into “Final Recipe,” a largely English-lingo heartwarmer about a high-school student entering a “MasterChef”-type contest and finding his long-lost father along the way. The always welcome presence of Michelle Yeoh makes the saccharine flavors go down slightly better, yet there’s no getting around the feeling that helmer Gina Kim (“Never Forever”) was doing this for money rather than out of a passion for the product. Given the popularity of food-related pics, it’s likely “Recipe” will find a decent number of middlebrow consumers, though no one will mistake this for anything but empty calories.

Crotchety grandpa Hao (Chang Tseng) faces the closure of his restaurant in Singapore because he refuses to adapt to modern palates. Grandson Mark (singer-actor Henry Lau) gets the bright idea of entering the Final Recipe competition in Shanghai so he can use the prize money to keep the family afloat, but he has to hide his scheme from the old man, whose one ambition is for the kid to get an engineering degree.

An embarrassing montage of Mark taking in the sights of Shanghai, eyes agape and baseball cap askew, segues to the tryouts, where, since he never thought to submit his own application, he pretends to be a Russian contestant who didn’t show up. The competition is hosted by Julia Lee (Yeoh), looking to rejuvenate her hubby, master chef David Chen (Chin Han), who’s been kind of down recently — could it be because Julia is barren? Might he be thinking of the family he left behind in Singapore 15 years earlier? After impressing Daniel Boulud with a perfect omelet, Mark wins a place in the cookoff, teaming with predictably diva-ish contestants yet upstaging their theatrics with grace under pressure and honest down-home cooking.

Admittedly, the chow looks great, but the surrounding foam, metaphorically speaking, is beaten stiffer and glossier than egg whites in a meringue. Dialogue and situations are equally predictable, and editing seems to have already figured out how to fit in commercial breaks for inevitable TV rotation. Presumably the South Korean and Thai producers decided that shooting in English would maximize international sales, though the line deliveries don’t come trippingly from everyone’s lips (Lau and Han are notable exceptions).

Shooting was largely done in Thailand, and visuals are notably slick, combining the polish of high-end cooking shows with the feel of a tourism-board ad. The occasional use of sappy tricks like a slo-mo dash in the rain only reinforces the material’s soapy nature.

Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (Culinary Cinema), Sept. 21, 2013. (Also in Hawaii Film Festival — opener.) Running time: 97 MIN.

(South Korea-Thailand) A CJ Entertainment presentation of a Grand Elephant, Bang Singapore production. (International sales: Fortissimo, Amsterdam.) Produced by Yeonu Choi, Jeong Tae-sung, Steven Nam, Gina Kim. Co-producer, Khan Kwon. Executive producer, Miky Lee, Mike Suh, Keiko Bang, Michael Werner, Michelle Yeoh.

Directed by Gina Kim. Screenplay, George Huang, based on a screenplay by Gina Kim. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Kim Young-ho, Kim Jun-young; editor, Steve M. Choe; music, Mok Young-jin; production designer, Darcy Scanlin; costume designer, Chantika Kongsillawat; sound, Sung Ji-young; sound designer, Hong Ye-young; associate producer, Pak Chaisana.

Michelle Yeoh, Henry Lau, Chin Han, Chang Tseng, Lori Tan Chinn, Bobby Lee, Lika Minamoto, Aden Young, Byron Bishop, Patrick Teoh, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Daniel Boulud. (English, Mandarin dialogue)


September 27, 2013

Final Recipe (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Final Recipe
9/26/2013 by Clarence Tsui

The Bottom Line
A mild, feel-good tale about reconciliation of three generations of a cookery-gifted clan.

Humility, harmony and a lot of heart: the three things that Final Recipe’s protagonists discovered to be essential to a good dish are also what shape the film itself. Steering clear of the boisterous aesthetics of many a past masterchef-contest films – Stephen Chow’s God of Cookery, say, or Jeon Yun-su’s manga adaptation Le Grand Chef – Korean director Gina Kim has delivered a mild, comforting oeuvre which channels a reaffirmation of cultural roots and traditional bonds within a crust of a family-reunited melodrama.

While the presence of Michelle Yeoh (who’s also one of the film’s many executive producers) would help raise Final Recipe’s profile among Chinese-speaking audiences in both Asia and in the US – especially when the film, though taking place among Chinese characters in Singapore and Shanghai, is nearly entirely in English – the on-screen gastronomic pleasures would also ease the film into the now burgeoning food-film chain. Its appearance at San Sebastian Film Festival’s culinary cinema section, to be followed by an opening-film slot at the Hawaii International Film Festival on Oct. 10, is bound to just the first outings in similarly-themed programs, mirroring – to a lesser scale, maybe – the travels of films such as Mostly Martha.

Playing the mastermind of a successful, long-running cooking-competition show – or, as the character Julia is described in the film, the gastronomic “grandmaster” – Yeoh is central to the proceedings. But more as a catalyst, mind, as Final Recipe is essentially a film about generational schisms among the men in a clan: the major ingredient in the formula here is Mark (a vibrant turn from the Canadian-Chinese K-pop star Henry Lau), a Singaporean high-school student whose enthusiasm and gift in preparing food are frowned upon by his chef-grandfather Hao (Chang Tseng), who single-handedly raised him with hopes of getting the boy into university rather than taking over his crumbling restaurant.

Running against past mainstream narratives of scions refusing to (and often finally relenting in) taking over a dated family business, Mark’s enthusiasm lies solely on learning his grandfather’s recipes and admiring, from afar, the career of David Chan (Singaporean-born Chin Han, The Dark Knight and Contagion), an established culinary mega-star of Julia’s Shanghai-based TV show – and a man who also recounts of having to rebel against a vanished masterchef-father who tried the utmost in trying to derail his aspirations for a career in the kitchen.

With his grandfather falling ill and his eatery getting nearer to be shuttered for good – partly due to the old man’s open disdain for customers who disagree with his self-proclaimed “real cooking” – Mark’s gambit lies with using what should have been his university fees and fly off in the hope of winning the $1 million cash prize in the Julia-David “Final Recipe” competition. Taking the place of a Russian contestant who doesn’t turn up, the teenager deploys his youthful spunk (cooking an omelette over burning documents when the stove doesn’t work) and inventiveness (revitalizing the pepper paste in the Korean rice dish bibimbap, or serving noodles as dumplings) to emerge into the final showdown with David – a clash which, as Julia’s introduction illustrates, would look at “what family tastes like”.

It’s certainly not that difficult to guess what the film’s big reveal is, especially when David tells Mark – or “Dmitri”, as he’s known – during a brief meeting in the market that “if you’re my kid, I’ll be very very proud”. But it’s the expectation of reconciliation and reunion that drives Final Recipe – it’s the antithesis of the Gordon Ramsay-style reality TV spectacles – an advocacy of warm, interpersonal concordwhich glosses over some of the logical flaws in the back stories which led to Mark’s and David’s agony and angst.

Despite having her own screenplay reworked by George Huang – a fact which explains Final Recipe resembling a director making a big leap into mainstream-style story-plotting – Kim has shown herself still able to mine some of the themes in Never Forever, her Vera Farmiga-starring 2007 Sundance hit about an American woman recruiting a Korean immigrant to impregnate her so as to save her marriage with her Korean-American husband. Final Recipe is all about turning one’s back on middling cultural fusion and returning to one’s roots. The once London-based Julia would find her success back in China, and so would the Singapore-raised Mark find inspiration (from the Shanghainese street snacks which mesmerized him), his big break and estranged parent there; the young chef’s earthly dishes – derided by an American connoisseur as “peasant cooking” – rings in greater acclaim (from the Asian judges) than the fancy French pretensions of his fellow Japanese contestant Kaori (Lika Minamoto).

Backed with a polished production design and more than competent technical values, Final Recipe – which is backed by South Korea’s CJ Entertainment – is Kim’s ticket to prove her credentials for entry into her home country’s commercial filmmaking arena. And with the Seoul-based major now flexing its international co-production muscles, they might look at Kim with some confidence as she conjures a non-exotic piece out of a territory-trotting narrative, where every place is made to seem like home.

Venue: Online screener (San Sebastian International Film Festival, Culinary Zinema section)

Production Company: CJ Entertainment, in a presentation co-associated with Bang Singapore and A Grand Elephant Production

Director: Gina Kim

Cast: Henry Lau, Michelle Yeoh, Chin Han, Chang Tseng

Producers: Gina Kim, Steven Nam, Yeonu Choi, Miky Lee

Executive Producers: Jeong Tae-sung, Mike Suh, Jonathan Kim, Keiko Bang, Michael J Werner, Michelle Yeoh

Screenwriter: George Huang, based on a screenplay by Gina Kim

Director of Photography: Kim Young-ho, Kim Jun-young

Editor: Steve M. Choe

Music: Mok Young Jin

Production Designer: Darcy Scanlin

In English and Mandarin

International Sales: Fortissimo Films

No ratings, 98 minutes

September 23, 2013

Final Recipe (Screen Daily review)

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Final Recipe

By Mark Adams

Dir: Gina Kim. South Korea-Thailand. 2013. 98mins

A warm-hearted story of cooking and families, the glossily made Final Recipe is a frothy, engaging and gently moving story of a family driven apart and finally reunited by a passion for food. Shot in English (with only a couple of scenes in Mandarin) and with the ever-charismatic Michelle Yeoh on-board as both star and executive producer, it has the qualities to play well as well as being a solid seller.

Set against the backdrop of a televised ‘Master Chef’ competition, the film plays on expected notions of family, love and loyalty (with a dash of melodrama added to give it more taste) while also lovingly filming food as it is prepared. Mouth-watering at times, the beauty of the dishes themselves are almost reason enough to make the film enjoyable mainstream fun, though it is given extra weight thanks for a series of enjoyable lead performances.

Gina Kim shoots with a good deal of energy, mixing up the laughs with the pathos and the food with the fun, and making good use of Shanghai and Singapore locations. And while Final Recipe may well, at heart, be all rather predictable, it is also engaging and gently entertaining.

The film opens in Singapore where renowned but rather grumpy chef Hao Chan (Chang Tseng) is struggling to keep his restaurant going. He is desperate for his grandson Mark (a charming Henry Lau) to study engineering and not become a chef, but little does he know tat at heart Mark simply loves food and wants to be like his grandfather and his father (who vanished years earlier) and work as a chef.

When Hao is taken ill, Mark decides to go to Shanghai and try and enter the high-profile televised Master Chef competition, where the winner from hordes of entries wins the chance to cook-off against legendary chef David Chen (Chin Han) to try and win $1 million. He blunders his way into the competition having not realised he needed to formerly apply taking the place (and name_ of a Russian competitor named Dmitri who failed to turn up.

Julia Lee (Yeoh), executive producer of the show and who is married to David Chen, whose career she launched when he was a humble chef from Singapore, begins to watch over Mark and starts to see his talent. She also unearths the truth of his background and his connection (guess what?) between Mark and David. As Mark makes his way through the cookery competition rounds the scene is ultimately set for a showdown between the two chefs.

The heart of Final Recipe may be pure melodrama, but it is a glossy and enjoyable journey. Henry Lau is engagingly fresh-faced and enthusiastic as Mark, while Michelle Yeoh is sheer class as a woman who comes to realise that she needs to bring a family together to heal a rift that she had been part of.

There are some delightful laughs (as well as cool cooking) in the central section as Mark has to team with three other competitors (played by Aden Young, Bobby Lee, Lika Minamoto) to cook as a team, and while Chang Tseng and Lori Tan Chinn (as Mrs Wang, who tends Hao and helps look after the restaurant) plays things much more broadly (and likely appeal to an older demographic) the film is at its core a quite tender and moving tale of a family finally coming together.

Production companies: Grand Elephant, Bang Singapore

International sales: Fortissimo Films, / CJ Entertainment,

Producer: Yeonu Choi

Executive producers: Miky Lee, Mike Suh, Keiko Bang, Michael Werner, Michelle Yeoh

Screenplay: George Huang, based on a story by Gina Kim

Cinematography: Young-Ho Kim, Jun-Young Kim

Editor: Steve M Choe

Co-producer: Khan Kwon

Production designer: Darcy Scanlin

Music: Young Jin Mok

Main cast: Michelle Yeoh, Henry Lau, Chin Han, Chang Tseng, Lori Tan Chinn, Aden Young, Bobby Lee, Lika Minamoto

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Tang Wei Sings “Late Autumn” Theme

Tang Wei will sing the theme song for the film “Late Autumn” (Wan Qiu), her latest collaboration with South Korean actor Hyun Bin. This marks Tang’s first foray into a singing career.

CRI: ”A Simple Life” a Hit at the Mainland Box Office

New cast posters for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses” released yesterday at a press conference in Beijing. Huang Bo revealed that he only had a small role in the film and did not charge the director a fee.

Huang Bo

Fan Wei

Guo Tao

Liu Hua

Sun Chun

Tao Hong

Yue Xiaojun

Cheng Yuanyuan

Lei Jiayin

Guo Tao, Tao Hong, Jue Xiaojun, Ning Hao, Huang Bo, Liu Hua (Sina)

Simon Yam and Sandra Ng are working in southern Taiwan on Zero Chou’s “Hua Yang”, a costume drama. The cast includes Ivy Chen, Jerry Yan, Michelle Chen and Cheng Yuan-Chang. A midsummer release is expected with a premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Ivy Chen, Cheng Yuan-Chang, Sandra Ng

Jerry Yan, Simon Yam

Jerry Yan

Simon Yam is a pirate king

An early birthday celebration for Simon Yam who turns 57 on the 19th (Sina)

CNA: Michelle Yeoh receives France’s highest honour

MSN: Gigi Leung is two months pregnant

MSN: Has Kelly Chen given birth?

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Sun Honglei Awarded the Most Disappointing Actor

The 3rd Golden Broom Awards took place Saturday afternoon, doling out 13 Golden Brooms in total. Lacking in attendance at the award ceremony were movie stars.

Famous mainland actor Sun Honglei was awarded the most disappointing actor for his character as renowned ancient strategist Sun Bin in The Warring States. A-list Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung won the most disappointing actress for both her performances in Legendary Amazons and Treasure Hunt.

The Flowers of War, nominated at the Golden Globes, was given a special jury’s version of “the most disappointing movie” award.

CF: The Blame Game

Zhang Weiping, producer of Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, blames Hollywood and the United States press for “Nanjing Massacre denial”.

CF: Flying Swords Lifts Bona Group Results

FBA: Go ahead for Mr. Go

Xu Jiao (Josie Xu) to star in South Korean 3D flick

Wong Jing revealed that Huang Xiaoming has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” with Chow Yun-Fat and Sammo Hung. Both Chow and Huang have played the lead character, Hui Man Keung, in TV series versions of the story. Yuan Quan (Yolanda Yuan) and Yuan Li were also named as joining the cast. A Lunar New Year release is planned.

TimeOutHK: Ann Hui interview

TimeOutHK: A Simple Life

Zhou Xun (Sina-gallery)

Andy On will replace Chiu in “Special Identity”. 

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) and wife

Zhao and lawyer at press conference where he read a statement defending himself (Sina)

Michael Wong plays an abusive father to his daughter, Janice Man, in “Nightfall”


MSN: A first glimpse at Karena Lam’s daughter

The former actress took her daughter to a renowned kindergarten for an entrance interview

A1: Why should I be afraid? Says Michelle Yeoh

Already svelte and athletic, the 49-year-old former Bond girl lost another 10kg to play the slightly gaunt Nobel laureate in The Lady.

A1: Always a Lady

A1: Jacky Cheung’s wife sexually harassed

Wife of Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung was allegedly sexually harassed twice by a manager of a gym in Hong Kong.

MSN: Cherrie warns woman to stop seducing hubby

Cherrie Ying has warned a woman to stop “seducing” her husband Jordan Chan Siu-Chun.

November 11, 2011

November 11, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: Michelle Yeoh Calls Aung San Suu Kyi an ‘Iconic Female Asian Figure’

FBA: No Liar, No Cry review

Mildly funny gold-fever comedy set on the edge of the Gobi desert.

CRI: ’White Vengeance’ Set for Release on Nov. 29


CF: New Stills for “The Allure of Tears” Released

The photos feature Gigi Leung and Richie Ren as lovers studying in a music conservatory. The film also stars Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee, Shawn Dou and Joe Chan. It will hit cinemas globally on December 22.

CF: In the Making of “The Eight Happiness”

Donnie Yen told media that thanks to his experience in the comedy movie “All’s Well Ends Well” last year, his comedy performance this time will be up to par, as he performs all kinds of dance in the movie including break dancing, Bhangra dancing and pole dancing. And elsewhere, Kelly Chen revealed that the always ultra-cool actor Louis Koo was naked for a couple of days on the set. “I’m not used to seeing him wearing clothes now,” she joked.

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen


CF: Lengthy Behind-the-scenes Clip Released for “Great Magician”

At present, the film is in intense post-production stages. It is expected to hit cinemas in December or early 2012 at the latest.

Part 1

Video: Magic to Win ‘making of” (Sina) - looks fun!

Aaron Kwok rehearses for upcoming concert. Rain’s dance teacher was invited from South Korea to choreograph.


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Edison, Cammi, Jolin, Dawson

Aarif Lee (Sina)

MSN: Aarif Lee arrested for drink-driving

When pressed on his thoughts on the incident, Simon Yam, who played Aarif’s father in Echoes of the Rainbow, said, “Drink driving is wrong and very dangerous, especially to the driver and people on the roads. If Aarif did commit a mistake, he should apologise publicly and admit to his mistake. Only then will the public forgive him.”

MSN: Michael Hui recounts Ricky Hui’s life

“When Sam (Ricky’s brother) held his concert in Guangzhou, it was Ricky’s birthday. Together with thousands of the audience, we sang him a birthday song. That was the first and last time [we did that]. I had never sung him any birthday songs before,” Michael added.

MSN: Jay Chou keeps relationship a secret to protect Hannah Quinlivan

CNA: Jay Chou seeks low-key girlfriend

CNA: Sammi Cheng likens her figure to “A4 paper”

“I will never do it, unless my figure is really good!” joked Cheng, in response to questions about whether she had ever taken intimate photos with Hui, like 16-year-old model Cammi Tse did with actor Edison Chen.

Seetoh Says: Sar Kay Mah, the vanishing snack

Proustian moment: The best were always sent fresh from NYC during holidays from relatives and family friends. The treats came in pale blue boxes wrapped in wax paper. And yes, the pre-packaged stuff, made nowadays, cannot compare!

Memories of Little Horse 馬仔

October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: Inseparable review [and barely a word about anyone except Kevin Spacey]

A black comedy with conflicting urges toward satire on one hand and fantasy on the other.

CF: Posters of “What’s under the Bed” Released

CF: Official Website of “Love is not Blind” Launched

The film is set to be screened nationwide on November 8, hitting cinemas just in time for Single’s Day, which falls every year on November 11.

CF: Ariel Lin is “Love Sick”

The film is about a girl who decides not to fall in love again due to her past troubles.

CF: “Legendary Amazons” to Set Release Date

Reportedly, actress Cecilia Cheung is said to be very cooperative this time round, and is expected to make her appearance at the premier ceremony of the film. :D

MSN: Zhou Xun and Zhang Ziyi vie for role in Keanu Reeves’ movie

Previously [12.13.2010], Tiger Chen w/Andrew Zimmern  [4.4.2011]

Michelle Yeoh at today’s press conference in Busan for Luc Besson’s “The Lady”

Michelle Yeoh, Luc Besson (Sina-gallery)2

Lin Chi-Ling experiences many “firsts” in “Love on Credit”: first one-night stand, first “understanding” of sex, first time as mistress, etc.

Francis Ng in A Nian’s “Love Never Dies” (aka Blocked/Traffic Jam). This is the first time he has dubbed his own voice in Mandarin. Opens Oct. 14.

Francis Ng

A few days ago, Liu Yifei was announced as joining the cast of “Bronze Sparrow Terrace” opposite of Chow Yun-Fat. She also revealed that she recently turned down a role in Resident Evil.

Milla Jovovich revealed in a Tweet that Li Bingbing has joined the cast in Resident Evil 5. (Thanks to SpyMonkey)


Li Bingbing Cast as Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution

Mystery-thriller Lost in Panic Cruise, the sequel to Lost in Panic Room, opens Oct.27

Wu Chun celebrates his 32nd birthday yesterday with cast members, including Ekin Cheng, on the set of Ronny Yu’s “Saving General Yang”.

Wu Chun


Spend Thanksgiving Day with Ekin Cheng - Atlantic City concert poster

Jessica C. leaving police station (Sina-slideshow)

Jessica C. at the airport (Sina)

Jessica C. modelling lingerie earlier this month


Feng Xiaogang, Yao Ming and Andy Lau in Ningbo for an awards event last night


September 13, 2011

September 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Actress Zhou Xun to Join Hands with Tom Hanks in ‘Cloud Atlas’

Zhou Xun in Germany

Bae Doo-Na will also join the cast (Sina)2

FBA: My Kingdom review

Weak male leads and an unsuitable director sap the juice from a potentially interesting action drama.

Michelle Yeoh (THR)

THR: The Lady review

Luc Besson trades his usual muscular action and pumped-up visual style for a stately inspirational epic.

A1: Myanmar democracy leader’s struggle debuts on film(AFP)

Myanmar’s revered pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now also a movie protagonist after Luc Besson’s “The Lady” premiered on Monday at the Toronto film festival.

THR: Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh on Being Deported From Burma

Chow Yun-Fat will play the famous warlord Cao Cao in a film (Tong Que Tai) set to begin shooting in Beijing next month. Chow has already begun growing a beard for the role. Official launch will be Oct. 5. Directed by first-time director, Zhao Lin-Shan, he was inspired by the recent (2009) discovery of  Cao Cao’s tomb and his burial with his empress and a young servant girl. The film will focus on the later years of Cao Cao’s life. In addition to Chow, Alec Su, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Roy Cheung(!) and many others have been confirmed as cast. An October 2012 release is planned.(Sina)23

HKStandard: Simple boost for movies hailed

Deanie Ip Tak-han’s best actress award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival will boost the SAR movie industry, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said.

Deanie Ip

Deanie Ip’s return to Hong Kong


WSJ: Jet Li Ashamed of China’s Soft Power

“China is an economic powerhouse,” Mr. Li said at Alibaba Group’s annual summit for small to medium-sized business owners in Hangzhou. But the world’s most populous country has little cultural influence compared to the U.S., South Korea and Japan, he said.

CF: Jet Li Talks about Charities

Anita Mui’s bling on sale

Sotheby’s auction house announced on Friday that there will be 43 lots, including memorabilia items, valued at more than HK $2.6 million during the Hong Kong Autumn Sale.

Jang Dong-gun met Zhang Ziyi at a hotel?

It was speculated the two met to discuss Zhang Ziyi’s role alongside Jang Dong-gun in director Heo Jin-ho’s new film, “Dangerous Liaisons”.

CNA: Anita Yuen admits she was once a kept woman

Yuen had previously revealed that she had been someone’s mistress during an interview with TVB General Manager Stephen Chan in 2007, but this was the first time she went into detail about the matter.

MSN: A grand birthday celebration for Andy Lau

While the banquet yesterday was to be an early birthday celebration, there were rumours that suggested it was actually a belated wedding banquet instead.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heung



May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011

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CRI: Shu Qi Not Feeling Beautiful in ‘A Beautiful Life’

A trailer has been released for Andrew Lau’s urban drama film “A Beautiful Life”, starring Shu Qi and Liu Ye.

CRI: Chinese Faces in Cannes

Chinese film stars including Fan Bingbing and Gong Li walked the opening red carpet of the 64th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. (Xinhua)

CF: Chinese Films Promoted at 64th Cannes Film Festival

CRI: ”Royal Tramp” Hits the Screens in 3D

CF: Zhang Yadong Eyes Non-commercial Filmmaking

Most Chinese people know the name Zhang Yadong from the songs he writes and produces for pop diva Faye Wong. But despite his renown, Zhang is a man who rarely speaks publicly, although he is regarded as arguably the best music producer on the Chinese mainland, and has worked with such Hong Kong singers as Karen Mok and Joey Yung.

CANNES Q and A: ‘Wu Xia’ Director Peter Ho-sun Chan (THR)

But as I always say to my director friends, you haven’t worked in Hollywood, the censorship there is even trickier. The only difference being the censorship in Hollywood is not imposed by the state authorities but the studios. The studio bureaucracy is much more troublesome than the Chinese bureaucracy. At the end of the day if you know all the rules about censorship and you try to work around the rules, then theoretically it won’t be that difficult to deal with. Every place has its own rules. Hollywood has its rules, which are business rules, and principles that are fuzzier.

CNA: Director Peter Chan blows 1.8m yuan to fly “Wu Xia” to Cannes

Airport arrivals - Cannes

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan

Takeshi Kaneshiro


Michelle Yeoh hopes Suu Kyi biopic will raise awareness; film eyeing Venice premiere

Yeoh’s other upcoming release is the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which is the first time she has lent her voice to a cartoon character. She is the voice of The Soothsayer.

Wong Jing’s God of Wealth Inn (God of Fortune Inn) is set to be released this summer. The film reunites Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung.


Posters for Stronger Than Earthquake about the Sichuan Earthquake


Variety: ‘Mayday 3DNA’ rocks abroad

Taiwanese 3D concert film sells to three countries

Mark Lee’s scary “2359″

The Singaporean effort is produced by multiple award-winning producer Eric Khoo and is directed by Gilbert Chan, who preciously worked on “Love Matters” with Jack Neo.

Yuen’s latest effort will see him dabbling in films once again to strike gold with “Petaling Street Warrior”, the first ever Kung Fu comedy film to be shot and produced completely in Malaysia.

“Petaling Street Warrior” takes the setting in 1908, where a Hokkien mee seller named See has to face continuous extortions from the colonial police and Chinese gangs in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur while having a troubled (and sex-less) marriage to his wife, Zhung.

Zhao Wei was spotted yesterday at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport and lauded for her postnatal weight loss.

April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011

According to Joseph Chan, the curator of the Days of Being Wild Anniversary Exhibition, Leslie Cheung’s simple closeup for the “one minute-friend” scene had 47 NGs. (Xinhua)

Variety: Buddha Mountain review

From Wong Kar Wai’s “Days of Being Wild” to Jia Zhangke’s “Unknown Pleasures” and beyond, more than 20 years of aimless Asian youth running amok has lapsed into cinematic cliche. But “Buddha Mountain” finds a narrative drive that still keeps faith with the youthful alienation it’s exploring.

FBA: Lost Bladesman finds London home

FBA: New Video scores Lion’s share

China Lion Film Distribution has struck an exclusive deal with New Video, a North American entertainment distributor and digital content aggregator.

Aiming to handle some 15 Chinese-language films per year, with many of them day-and-date releases with mainland China, China Lion will next distribute the Jin Chen-directed The Warring States on 22 April.

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei described Warring States as costumed version of Lurk, his hit TV series about spies costarring Yao Chen. (Sina)

Director Hou Liang previewed a 20-minute trailer of Deadly Will yesterday in Beijing.

Hou Liang

Han Xue

Guo Tao (Sina-gallery)

Two Lost Bladesman posters featuring Jiang Wen


Three production design images for Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes


Tony Leung Ka-Fai plays a doctor in The Devil Inside Me

The suspense thriller is to be released in June (Sina)

The Frightening Night opens just in time for Ching Ming Festival (Apr.5)

Tang Yifei

Tang Yifei - Beijing premiere (Apr.1)

Director Xu Bin, Tang Yifei and castmates (Sina-gallery)2

Stills from The Frightening Night


Michelle Yeoh with Dee Poon (Pan Chuying), daughter of ex-husband Dickson Poon, appeared together at a handbag brand’s charity dinner.

(Sina-slide show)

Du Yiheng, frequent double for Andy Lau, has a new CD out


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Barbie Hsu and Kelly Lin’s weddings

A1: Teresa Teng’s old-flame died from exhaustion

Close friends and relatives of Alan Tang, who was known to be physically fit, have expressed shock that he passed away in his sleep.They speculated that it could be due to over-exhaustion.

A1: Even gongfu stars need stunt doubles

In 1999, To [Yuhang] became the youngest person in Hong Kong to win the World Wushu Championships at age 18…Find out more about Dennis To’s life after Ip Man, and meet Hong Kong’s latest gongfu babe… former Olympic champion Liu Xuan, Hong Kong’s latest addition to its slew of gongfu babes, about her transition from gymnastics to acting. She plays the wife of martial arts hero Wong Fei Hong in TVB drama Grace Under Fire (2011). (RazorTV)

Zhang Ziyi with Wendi Deng Murdoch (Xinhua)

MSN: Vivian Chow’s husband cheating on her again?

MSN:  Richard Chang admonishes drama director again

Selina Jen’s fiancé fights back for his beloved

MSN: Vivian Hsu’s boyfriend living with her

The Taiwanese singer-actress added that she would not jump into marriage suddenly

MSN: J-girl supports Jay Chou at basketball match

Not hit-and-run for Cecilia Cheung

The most infamous example was in March 2002 when Nicholas crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central. No one was injured but he fled the scene and later had his chauffeur take responsibility.

CNA: Cecilia Cheung crashes car into elderly man, manager denies it was hit-and-run

HKStandard: Curtain comes down on Shaw control of TVB

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