HKMDB Daily News

November 9, 2010

November 9, 2010

Color Me Love poster

Preview screenings in Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen have received positive reviews

Zhu Hong, model Lu Yan

iLook editor Hong Huang, Zhu Hong, Joan Chen

Zhu Hong (Sina)2

Jang Dong-Gun, Fan Bingbing, director Kang Je-Kyu

Best Actress Fan Bingbing was presented with flowers upon returning to the set of My Way in South Korea. (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Jiang Luxia

Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia, DaDa Lo and A.Lin took to the streets to promote Vampire Warriors.

A.Lin, Dada, Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia

Massive crowds (Sina)23

Nicholas Tse plays a villain in Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple

Andy Lau plays a rival warlord who becomes a monk

He leads the monks in protecting the victims of war (Sina)2

CRI: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse Seen in ‘Shaolin’

Still from Midnight Beating

Opens Dec. 24, a future Christmas classic! (Sina)

Josephine Siao Fong-Fong and husband

Fong Fong accompanied her husband who received an honorary doctorate’s degree. (Sina)

Cherrie Ying and Jordan Chan shot a series of light-hearted wedding pictures (Sina)

Closeups of Cecilia Cheung

Sure looks pregnant to me (HunanTV)

Law Kar-Ying and wife Liza Wang returned from Canada to Hong Kong (Sina)

Displeased that he’s being accused of using Lin Chi-ling to gain viewership for his new variety show, Mr. J Channel, Jay Chou slams media online

Barbie Hsu’s whirlwind romance brings out naysayers

April 13, 2010

April 13, 2010

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Hong Kong media is reporting that Zhao Wei’s first post-childbirth film will be Stephen Chow’s new version of Hail the Judge. Zhao Wei was absent from promotions for 14 Blades and apparently has been abandoned by her husband, a wealthy tycoon. Though her baby’s due date is unknown, Zhao Wei has previously stated that she planned to be back shooting an advert in June. Chow’s film would not begin shooting until the end of the year at the earliest. (Xinhua)

Oxide Pang’s planned shooting next month in Bangkok, Thailand of ‘B+ Detective’ with Aaron Kwok and Gong Beibi has been postponed due to the recent political unrest there. For the safety of the crew, Universal has delayed the shoot. Shooting in Bangkok originally began in October but was suspended when Oxide Pang and Angelica Lee prepared for their marriage. In addition, a new film (恐慌完美童話) by Pang with Lau Ching-Wan was also scheduled to begin next month in Thailand. (Xinhua)

The eponymous hawthorne tree

Zhang Yimou’s “Romance Under a Hawthorne Tree” will begin filming in Yichang, Hubei Province under high security and secrecy on Apr.16. Filming is expected to take three months with an expected release in October or December. Most of the cast will be newcomers not yet graduated from university, though Lin Peng (Big Little Soldier) is rumoured to be also cast. The story takes place in the ’70s during the Cultural Revolution. (Sina), 2

Monga: No glamour, only grit in this gangland film

CRI: Leehom Wang’s Monkey King Images Unveiled (Love Announcement)

CRI: Lowest Budget, Highest Potential - “KJ: Music and Life” for Best Film of HKFA

“KJ: Music and Life” tells a story of a young musician’s tortured life. As a documentary, it is even more moving for audiences than a drama film. As today’s parents pay a great deal of attention to art education for their children, the film’s theme is quite attractive.

CF: “A Singing Fairy” to Hit Big Screen

Alec Su and Eva Huang Shengyi star in remake of Third Sister Liu

The Faye Wong MV photos in yesterday’s news post are reportedly fakes, said Faye’s manager responding to media inquiries. (Xinhua)

CRI: Photos of Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang

Xu Jinglei and actor Stanley Huang, the two leads in the film “Go, Lala, Go”, recently posed for a series of photos.

CRI: Jacky Cheung Promotes New Album in Taipei

Zhang Ziyi revealed to be anonymous donor in charity drive for drought victims

Feng [Xiaogang] may be impressed but some Netizens are not. They remain skeptical about the matter and suspect it is a public relations move to repair Zhang’s tattered image after the scandal, citing the revelation to be a little too convenient.

Zhang seemed unperturbed by the matter. She told reporters that it is the thought that counts when donating to charity. She believed that as long as her thoughts and sincerity reach the recipients, there is nothing much else to say.

Gigi Lai waiting for newborn’s arrival in Sydney

Currently six months pregnant, Gigi originally wanted to give birth in Hong Kong. However, due to various reasons such as the toxic sandstorm from northern China which swept through Hong Kong a few days ago, and the ongoing road renovations at her current home, the couple was afraid that it might harm their unborn child.

After consulting a fengshui master, the former actress decided to move into her husband’s 10,000 square-metres luxurious estate in Sydney, for a smooth delivery.

Paris - Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh

Attending the premiere of Luc Besson’s new film (Sina)

Sammi Cheng

Endorsing a protein drink (Xinhua)

Gillian’s clothing will be available on the Granville Rd shop. Joey Yung’s topcoat is shown on the left.

Charlene Choi opened a second-hand consignment shop in Tshimshatsui. According to the clerk, TVB stars, Janice Man and Angelababy are regular customers. (Sina)

April 7, 2010

April 7, 2010

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Bottom Line: Competent but unremarkable, derivative romantic drama offers nothing new to the genre in Asia.

Gillian Chung

Ex - Gillian Chung, William Chan Wai-Ting, Michelle Wai

HKIFF Closing Film press conference (Sina)2

CRI: “Monga” To Be Shot into Chinese Mainland Version

Monga actors bring down the house in rowdy action scene

Lin Miaoke, Charlie Yeung - 37

CF: “37″ Makes its Debut in HKIFF

Variety: Secret Reunion (South Korea)

The Korean buddy-cop movie gets a North/South political veneer.

Donnie Yen, Huang Xiaoming, Lynn Xiong

Beijing press conference to launch website for Ip Man 2

Sik Siu-Lung (Shaolin Popey)

Gallery (Xinhua)

Jet Li brought small gifts and bottled water to drought stricken Yunnan, in addition to helping build a water storage project.


Marry Maggie Cheung in the afterlife!

China Hush: Extraordinary offerings on Qingming (Ching Ming) Day

Tony Leung hands it to Carina Lau

TV personality May Fung dishes on celebrities on last episode of Be My Guest

Nicholas Tse does not want gifted son to go into showbiz

March 25, 2010

March 23, 2010

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THR: Q and A: Andy Lau

His production outfit Focus Films, which made its name with the “Focus: First Cuts” initiative from 2005 that featured debuts of new directors across Asia including Ning Hao’s “Crazy Stone” (2006), now launches the HK$50 million ($6.4 million) six-film initiative “Focus Fight” with Derek Kwok’s “Gallants,” showcased in this year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Screen Daily: Monga

Monga is a dynamic and powerfully impressive Taiwanese gangster film set against the stunning backdrop of Taipei of the 1980s as a group of teenagers become men as they fight to survive amongst the gangs that run the old Monga quarter of the city.

Variety: 1428

The title of Du Haibin’s striking documentary refers to the exact time (14:28) on May 12, 2008, when a massive 8.0 earthquake rocked China’s Sichuan province. Pic proceeds with virtually no exposition, except for the words supplied by survivors as they scramble to build a makeshift existence on the ruins. Visiting a devastated village 10 days and then 210 days after the quake, Du depicts, with immediacy and casual artistry, a wide range of human reactions to the natural and political aftershocks. Fascinating, beautifully crafted Venice prizewinner fully warrants an arthouse run.

4th Asian Film Awards 2010: Glitz, glam, and awkward moments

CRI: South Korean Film Named Best Asian Picture

CRI: Snapshots from the 2010 Asian Film Awards

CRI: Jia Zhangke’s Hometown Trilogy in Print Form

Lynn Xiong and Donnie Yen attend press conference for Ip Man 2

Donnie Yen

Lynn Xiong (Xinhua)

WSJ:Bruce Lee’s Mentor Gets Second Biopic (Ip Man 2)

CRI: Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival to Mark the 70th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Birth

China launches official English language film website
The Chinese government has announced that it will launch an official English-language website to provide information on Chinese-language films and the Chinese film industry.

The website is co-established by the Film Bureau under State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) and Chinese Radio International (CRI), a state-owned radio broadcast company which broadcasts radio programs globally outside of China.

China Film Promotion International (CFPI), a state-owned promotion and sales company under the China Film Group, and CRI website will be operating the website.

The website offers information such as news, reviews, interviews, industry information on Chinese-language films and Chinese film policies. Most of the industry information is about mainland Chinese companies or institutions while film news covers the greater China region including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia. In the future, CFPI also plans to provide online Chinese film screenings, online forum, and a database on the website. (Screen Daily), the first foreign-language website of the Chinese mainland for promoting Chinese films, was officially launched at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center on March 23.

Lan poster

Lan to Debut in April

March 23, 2010

Monga (Screen Daily review)

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By Mark Adams
Dir: Doze Niu. Taiwan. 2010. 140 mins

Monga is a dynamic and powerfully impressive Taiwanese gangster film set against the stunning backdrop of Taipei of the 1980s as a group of teenagers become men as they fight to survive amongst the gangs that run the old Monga quarter of the city.

The film is a stylish whirlwind ride of colour and action, with everything brilliantly choreographed by director Doze Niu (who made What On Earth Have I Done Wrong? in 2008), who also plays an effective cameo as a chain-smoking gang boss. Monga has the style and panache to find an international audience and could be a cult hit for sales agent Distribution Workshop.

The gangland epic may well be a standard movie genre, but Monga is distinctive both in the era it is set (bright shirts, audio cassettes, the odd floppy haircut and an innocence in amidst the gang politics) and the fact that it focuses on friendship and brotherhood rather then bloodshed and mayhem.

Mosquito (a charismatic Mark Chao) moves to Monga, and is taken under the protection of Dragon Lee (Rhydian Vaughan), son of local gangster Boss Geta, and his friends Monk, Monkey and A-Po. They become young members of the Temple Front Gang.

Shy and defensive Mosquito enjoys a brotherhood he has never experienced before, and accepts the gang status because of his commitment to his band of brothers. They group relish the lifestyle – and since it is the 1980s they also hit the discos – but gradually come to see the brutal realities of gang membership.

When outside ‘Mainlanders’ look to move in on the Monga gangs, lines are drawn and loyalties are divided, and the young’s gang members find themselves in the middle of a gang war.

This classy Taiwanese film has a refreshing sense of nostalgia. It may be somewhat traditional in structure (Mosquito falls for the obligatory tainted-but-lovely prostitute Ning, who is unpopular because of the large birthmark on her face) but it is a vivid and exciting recreation of an era. The fight sequences are stylish and exciting and the performances all spot on, with Mark Chao particularly impressive as the young man whose love of brotherhood becomes increasingly fierce as he aligns himself with the gang.

Director Noze Niu (who also produces and co-scripts) shows Monga as a hip and cool town, blending the legacies of its Chinese and Japanese past with the advent of Western fashions. Monga is a seriously cool gangster film that deserves to find exposure beyond the festival circu

Production companies: Green Day Film Co. Ltd., Honto Production

International sales: Distribution Workshop

Producers: Dennis Yu, Chan Ya-Wen, Yao Cheng-Cheng, Chang Hsueh-Shun, Alan Tong, Doze Niu, Lee Lieh

Screenplay: Tseng Li-Ting, Doze Niu

Cinematographer: Jake Pollock

Editors: Tseng Li-Teng, Doze Niu, Lin Yung-Yi

Music: Sandee Chan

Main cast: Ching-Tien Juan, Mark Chao, Ju-Lung Ma, Ko Chia-Yen, Rhydian Vaughan
Screen Daily

February 15, 2010


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(Hokkien, Mandarin dialogue) A Green Day Film Co., Honto Prods., One Prod. Film Co. production. (International sales: Distribution Workshop, H.K.) Produced by Dennis Yu, Chan Ya-wen, Yao Cheng-chung, Chang Hsueh-shun, Alan Tong, Doze Niu. Executive producers, Lee Lieh, Niu. Directed by Doze Niu. Screenplay, Tseng Li-ting, Niu.

With: Ethan Juan, Mark Chao, Ma Ju-lung, Ko Chia-yen, Rhydian Vaughan, Jason Wang, Tsai Chang-hsine, Huang Teng-hui, Chen Han-tien, Hsing Feng.

Rather like its punk protags, “Monga” is a wannabe gangster/community epic whose reach falls a tad short of its ambitions. Bathed in retro nostalgia for a time (Taipei, mid-’80s) when “brotherhood,” small mafias and the seedy backstreets of the titular area still repped a way of life for young men with a certain kind of star in their eyes, this second helming outing by actor Doze Niu (following his low-budget comedy “What on Earth Have I Done Wrong?”) is still a considerable undertaking that holds attention over its two-hour-plus length, despite a weak lead and some wobbly scripting.
It’s the kind of larger-spanned movie that Taiwan should be attempting if the island’s industry is ever to get back on its feet again. Niu’s gamble looks to be repaid — at least locally — with “Monga” strong-arming a brawny $1.6 million in its first week since bowing Feb. 5.

Monga (known in the local Hokkien dialect as Bangka) is the oldest district of Taipei, with famous sites like Snake Alley and Longshan Temple that, prior to a cleanup in the ’90s, were equally famous for their iniquity. When new transfer student Mosquito (Mark Chao) is bullied at school over his lunch box, he’s taken under the wing of the so-called Temple Front gang, led by handsome Dragon (Eurasian thesp Rhydian Vaughan), son of vet gang boss Geta (Ma Ju-lung).

“I moved to Monga when I was 17, and became a gangster because of a chicken leg,” says Mosquito in v.o. Soon, this son of a beauty shop owner, Ling, is brawling in the back alleys with other Temple Fronters: Dragon’s deputy and childhood pal, Monk (Ethan Juan), butcher’s son A-po, and fighter Monkey.

Initially, the teens have only small-time crime and personal revenge on their minds as their hormones rage. When rival punk gangster Dog Boy (Chen Han-tien), who first bullied Mosquito, gets uppity again, the Temple Fronters punish him horribly, causing Geta to freak out at what his son has sanctioned.

Halfway through, story shifts forward a year to 1987 as the boys graduate and “step into the world of adults, with no turning back.” Things now get serious, with the quintet training to become full-time gangsters. A complex series of alliances and personal betrayals unfolds as Gray Wolf (helmer Niu, with silvered hair), a way-more-organized “mainland” gangster (i.e. of mainland Chinese rather than Taiwan-born parents) tries to muscle in on the locals’ small turfs.

It’s in this half, where the relationships and dramatic strands should take on an epic scale, that the screenplay by Tseng Li-ting and Niu isn’t really up to the job. Tensions among the sizable cast and the dense array of emotional currents — including Ling’s backstory, Mosquito’s romance with a scarred hooker (Ko Chia-yen), and even an unrequited gay love — are resolved through a series of script conveniences rather than truly organic development. Dialogue is also weak at crucial moments.

Most damagingly, there’s little sense of real physical threat here — and certainly nothing on a par with that in some of Johnnie To’s movies and most South Korean gangster yarns.

With Vaughan doing little more than switching on a Tom Cruise grin and looking cool and cocky, pic lacks a strong central character. Best perfs are all on the borders (Juan’s intense Monk, Ma’s vet Geta), with Niu himself increasingly carrying the film in its second half as the wily Gray Wolf.

What holds “Monga” together is the superb widescreen lensing by Taiwan-based American d.p. Jake Pollock (”Yang Yang,” “The Message”), whose saturated colors bring a vividness to both the day and nighttime backstreet scenes that the screenplay only fitfully matches. .

Camera (color, widescreen), Jake Pollock; editor, Niu, Tseng, Lin Yung-yi; music, Sandee Chan; production designers, Huang Mei-ching, Chen Po-jen; costumes, Fang Chi-lun, Lee Ta-chi; sound (Dolby Digital), Tu Duu-chih; action choreographer, Yang Gil-yong; visual effects, Johnny Lin, Tony Hu; associate producers, Tseng, Tina Yin, Jimmy Huang. Reviewed at CinemaxX Potsdamer Platz 2, Berlin, Jan. 29, 2010. (In Berlin Film Festival, Panorama.) Running time: 141 MIN.

February 15, 2010

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Growing pains of China’s animation movie

Chop Socky Chooks: Volume One

Playing more like a slapstick version of the Coen brothers’ classic Blood Simple than a remake, Zhang Yimou’s latest moves the action back a few hundred years and switches location to the spectacularYellow Earth landscapes of Northern China.

Variety: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

For the record, pic’s international version is four minutes shorter than that released in China and Hong Kong.

Chinese remake of Coen brothers classic screens in Berlin

Screen Daily: Au Revoir Taipei

Asian-American director Arvin Chen’s boy-meets-girl romance coasts along on sheer goofy sweetness. A brightly-coloured Before Sunrise in Taiwanese screwball sauce with just a pinch ofUmbrellas Of Cherbourg thrown in, it does little except charm, seduce and mildly amuse. But it does so with enough grace and storytelling skill to keep most audiences hooked though to the end, even though the sugar-rush wears off pretty soon after leaving the cinema.

It’s the kind of larger-spanned movie that Taiwan should be attempting if the island’s industry is ever to get back on its feet again. Niu’s gamble looks to be repaid — at least locally — with “Monga” strong-arming a brawny $1.6 million in its first week since bowing Feb. 5.

Variety: The Actresses (South Korea)

Six movie stars — playing themselves — gather for a Vogue photo shoot in a Seoul studio in “The Actresses,” a talky but involving fakumentary that continually plays with the thin dividing line between reality and fiction. Hardly the catfight it’s expected to be, this cheekiest outing yet from writer-director E J-yong is a funny, sometimes surprisingly touching exploration of the role of actresses in South Korea’s still socially proscribed film world, though considerable knowledge of local showbiz and the thesps themselves is necessary to get the most from the movie. Asia-friendly fests should extend invites to these broads.

Variety: I’m In Trouble (South Korea)

Korean Academy of Film Arts alum So Sang-min makes a promising feature debut with “I’m in Trouble!,” a charmingly modest talking-eating-drinking movie — carved from the same rockface as helmers like Hong Sang-soo, Emmanuel Mouret and Woody Allen — in which a bunch of likable, indecisive losers endlessly repeat the same emotional mistakes.

Based on a novel by one of Japan’s most acclaimed fiction writers of the 20th century, ‘Villon’s Wife’ possesses a cinematic presence rarely achieved by literary adaptations

All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010

Ronald Cheng, Raymond Wong, Louis Koo, Sandra Ng

Raymond Wong

Sandra Ng

Ronald Cheng, Louis Koo (Xinhua)

Jacky Cheung

Jacky Cheung promoting his new CD Private Corner on a TV program (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Chrissie Chau will celebrate Valentine’s Day with boyfriend Avis (Sina)

Liza Wang, Law Kar-Ying (Sina)


James Parry, AngelaBaby (Sina)

Donnie Yen (Sina)

Rainie Yang (Sina)

Donnie Yen: I’m good in bedroom kungfu

Sandra Ng has no time to go online

Jackie Chan backs Vivian Hsu’s Jap comeback

Zhang Ziyi - Chinese art of reveling in another’s pain

With so many in Taiwan’s celebrity firmament embroiled in scandals over the past few years, 2010 may turn out to be the year when some turn to religion to change their evil ways. But don’t count on it.

Shannon Lee at Hollywood Madame Tussauds

February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010

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Avatar Fever, Catch It Series (China Hush)

With a stellar cast and entertaining storyline that weaves together action and drama, the film should do well with younger audience members who like to view the underworld through rose-tinted glasses.

A romance as pretty and immaterial as a swirl of bubbles.

A love story between an elderly couple that is tender without being schmaltzy.

Limited US release begins this Friday

On the popular movie site, it scored a 3.8 out of 10 in user-submitted reviews, compared to 9.4 for Avatar. The Global Times gave it a 4 out of 10, calling it “thoughtless and mind-numbing.”…

Han Han, one of China’s most popular writers who is widely viewed as a key voice of the country’s youth generation, gave it a two on his popular blog, calling it an entertainment, educational, and business failure.

HK Magazine: Confucius

Sze Nga (Michelle Wai)

Former - Sze Nga, Chapman To

Chapman To convinced Albert Yeung to produce small films like Former designed to bring new acting and directing talent to the screen. The artists are given creative space with no interference from Yeung. (Sina)

Huang Yi - Legend is Born - Ip Man

Bernice Liu

Sire Ma Choi

Xu Jiao

Rose Chan, Bernice Liu

The cast of The Legend is Born - Ip Man (Ip Man Prequel), including Lam Suet, Yuen Biao and Du Yuhang, gathered for a production wrap banquet in Hong Kong last night. (Xinhua) (23)(Sina)

Chen Kaige - Zhao’s Orphan

Chen Kaige held the first press conference for Zhao’s Orphan. He said that the film will promote Tibetan culture. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi embroiled in donation scandal

Wedding bells for Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang this Saturday

Aaron Kwok once gave Lynn Hung lingerie

Glass CDs, Panda Men and Golden Brooms

Spring Festival means 2.5 billion people on the move In photos (China Hush)

Monga (Taipei Times review)

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Billed as an action-loaded gangster flick, Niu Chen-zer’s (鈕承澤) Monga (艋舺) stars some of Taiwan’s brightest young things, including Ethan Ruan (阮經天) and Mark Chao (趙又廷).

With a stellar cast and entertaining storyline that weaves together action and drama, the film should do well with younger audience members who like to view the underworld through rose-tinted glasses.

Set in 1980s Bangka, otherwise known as Manka, an old Taipei borough that is now part of the city’s Wanhua District (萬華), the movie opens with transfer student Mosquito (Chao) doing battle with school bullies. The following day, a high school gang comprised of Hoklo-speakers approaches Mosquito and recruits him.

Zhilong (Rhydian Vaughan), whose father Geta (Ma Ru-long) is a well-respected underworld kingpin, leads the gang of five. Fellow gang member Monk (Ruan), however, is the most ruthless. Together they skip class and spend their days getting into street fights, going clubbing and wooing girls.

With their carefree innocence, the gang members seem invincible, until one night a spot of street justice accidentally leads to murder.

Meanwhile, a gang of Mainlanders from another area attempts to muscle in on the action in Bangka by befriending Wenqian (Jason Wang, 王識賢) a member of a rival gang. The outsiders conspire to take out Bangka’s gang bosses, including Zhilong’s father, and approach Monk to undertake the slayings, who obliges.

Mosquito uncovers Monk’s betrayal, and the scene is set for a bloody showdown.

Niu said he wanted to craft a uniquely Taiwanese gangster flick. Visually, the director has achieved his goal as the characters in the film look like archetypal taike (台客) with their floral print shirts, bell-bottoms and flip-flops.

The movie’s romanticism is palpable — it is more a paean to times gone than a pure gangster flick. Friendship, the innocence of youth and loyalty take precedence over scheming and plotting, and the violence is rendered lyrically rather than realistically. The opening street fight, which involves more than 100 extras, is played out like a ballet set against the score composed by Sandee Chen (陳珊妮).

Unlike Niu’s semi-autobiographical feature debut What On Earth Have I Done Wrong?! (情非得已之生存之道), Monga’s scale and structure require storytelling skills that the director has yet to master. The narrative is uneven and frequently plagued with dull dialogue. Tensions mostly dissolve as the characters’ conflicting emotions come across as more constructed than heartfelt.

One exception is Monk, who is secretly in love with Zhilong, played by British-Taiwanese actor Vaughan. Ruan injects his role with layers of emotion that elicit sympathy for a man torn between love and revenge.
Taipei Times

January 23, 2010

January 23, 2010

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Monga, the youth-gang film opens in Taiwan during the Lunar New Year and also at the Berlin Film Festival, then in Hong Kong in April.


In addition, the Berlin Film Festival announced the European premieres of Jackie Chan’s Little Big Soldier and Yuen Wo-Ping’s True Legend. Jackie plans to take a break from filming New Shaolin Temple and go to Berlin. Vincent Zhao, Zhou Xun and Jay Chou are also planning on attending. (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat and the cast and crew of Confucius went to Qufu, Shandong Province, home of Confucius, to hold a solemn prayer ceremony. (Sina) (

Director Hu Mei and actress Chen Rui at the Jinan, Shandong premiere (Sina)

Ren Quan

Chow Yun-Fat kisses a fan’s hand


Attendance, so far, has been reported as only ordinary. Avatar 3D still going strong at the box office. (Xinhua)

Hot Summer Days: Maggie Cheung plays a matchmaker to Daniel Wu and Vivan Hsu. in what is essentially a 3 minute solo scene. She is credited simply as ‘Miss Cheung’ in the film. (HunanTV)

CNN Talk Asia: Zhou Xun: China’s queen of quirk

WSJ: China’s Homegrown Movies Flourish

“We began to think that we could use China’s own stories to develop the industry, and that’s worked really well,” says Xu Jianhai, president of Beijing Forbidden City Film Co.

Chinese audiences typically shun musicals, horror and westerns, which rules out many Hollywood films. But they do like costume dramas, romances, war stories and kung-fu films. Except for a few government-subsidized political films Michael Moore documentaries, almost all productions widely shown in China the US are escapist.

Top model admits being transsexual

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