HKMDB Daily News

December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Sleepless Fashion review

Strained light comedy set in Beijing’s fashion/media world. FBA: Mr. & Mrs. Single review

Gentle office rom-com of sexual misunderstandings does the business.

As a whole, the movie never reaches very far down, and is at pains to stay within the genre’s conventions, but as a gentle rather than aggressively modern rom-com it’s an above-average ride for 100 minutes.

CF: “The Flowers of War” Screened in LA

The latest “Mou girl” was finally revealed to the public, in Los Angeles, at a press conference. Her name is Ni Ni. She is 23 years old and has the auspicious birthday of 8.8.1988. Contacted by reporters, Ni Ni was described by a university teacher as easy, outgoing and a good Latin dancer. She is a 2007 graduate of CUCN (Communication University of China Nanjing) in Gansu Province. Previous reports revealed that Ni Ni’s character has a sex scene with Christian Bale, probably edited down for the domestic release. Zhang’s daughter, Zhang Mo, a former student at Columbia University and NYU Film School, served as a translator for Christian Bale.

Ni Ni

Ni Ni, Zhang Yimou (Sina)2

CF: Standoff in Box Office War Over Top Spot in Peak Season

CF: Two-faced Louis Koo in “Romancing in Thin Air”

Louis Koo plays the role of a celebrity actor who by virtue of his romantic films, had won five Best Actor awards. But in his real life, his own relationships had been less successful. After one particularly bad blow, he hides out in Shangri-La to get back on his feet.

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Trio

Still photos featuring actor Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan Li Yuchun, cast members in director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” were released.

Li Yuchun, Guei Lun-Mei

Louis Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)2

According to a interview with Terence Chang, Zhang Ziyi has signed on for John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” (lit. “Fatal Love”) Screenwriter is reported to be Wang Hui-Ling (”Lust, Caution”) and filming should begin in February. Louis Koo is said to be cast as her lover. Zhang Hanyu, Song Hye-Kyo and Chang Chen have been previously announced as cast.(Sina)(cn21)

Concept poster for “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D”

First look at the Monkey King

Seven fairies (Sina)

Stills of Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong in “I Do” (also, vide “Yes, I Do”) now in post-production. The young couple, after a seven year relationship that began in college, breaks up over money issues. Sun Honglei also stars in the film directed by Sun Zhou.

(Sina)

Jordan Chan and Li Fei-er began shooting “Ghost Marriage” in Beijing today. Co-directed by Bosco Lam Chi-Ho, the thriller will be filmed in 3D. (Sina)

Jordan Chan recently guested at “White Vengeance” costar, Leon Lai’s, Hong Kong concert. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng and Connie Chan appeared at Hong Kong’s Harbour City to launch a Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation charity event. Connie has been a foundation ambassador for the past ten years.

(Sina)

Bona Film Group celebrated its first anniversary of being listed on the Nasdaq stock market. Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones and CEO Yu Dong were on hand for the ceremony. Zeta-Jones also praised “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” after seeing a preview screening of the trailer on the Times Square LED screen.

Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yu Dong

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

“Screw you. You [the Hong Kong press] are full of crap,” he snapped.

In film-related news, a pirated copy of You Are the Apple of My Eye went viral online and received some 140,000 hits on YouTube within a couple of days before it was blocked on Sunday.

MSN: Kelly Chan confirms her second child is a boy

Kelly revealed that she is having a baby boy. The singer joked that she would call her son “xiao long bao (soup dumpling)”, because the baby would be born in the Year of the Dragon.

One of the highlights of the night included a tribute to Cheung’s godmother, the late Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum.

Ron Ng’s girlfriend Zhang Xinyu was recently suspected of uploading a photo of herself on the actor’s microblog at around 1am on Dec 7.

TVB senior executive Virginia Lok expressed that she understood that Ron’s microblog had been hacked.

April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

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Variety: Punished review

Hong Kong-action fans will find a measure of reward if insufficient excitement in the Buddhist-flavored thriller “Punished.”

CF: Jet Li Pays Tribute to Tai Chi Master

It is said that Jet Li, who has once studied the Yang style Tai Chi, will play the role of Yang Luchan in the movie of “Tai Chi” produced by Huayi Bros. Media Group.

CF: Young Quake Hero Stars in Film

Lin plays a young survivor in “The Sun”, which tells the story of a couple seeking hope after losing their daughter during the Sichuan earthquake.

The boy’s story made headlines, and brought him nationwide attention. He was chosen to lead the Chinese team with Yao Ming at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

CF: Versatile Actor Feng Yuanzheng Plays Psycho Again

He also played a transvestite in Director Feng Xiaogang’s blockbuster “If You Are the One,” which impressed many moviegoers.

As a Sino-American co-production, the film is directed by American director Gil Kofman and also stars Ady Ang, Yao Lu, Gao Xin and Chun-tsan An.

CF: Manfred Wong Supports Young Talents

The Weinstein Company has picked up North American rights to The Lost Bladesman. (Sina)

Felix Chong, Jiang Wen, Alan Mak considering collaborating on a sequel to Let the Bullets Fly

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen, Felix Chong, Donnie Yen (Sina-slideshow)

Lau also took the unusual step of letting Shu [Qi] make an early edit of the movie so he could structure the story from a woman’s perspective. The veteran Taiwanese actress is now eyeing a directorial debut, so Lau thought the editing task was a good learning experience for her and was pleased with her effort.

“She is not just an actress any more. She knows how to analyze camera angles, the score. She knows how to analyze cinema,” Lau said.

Lau said: “My visuals are typically very powerful. The rhythm is fast. The cuts are fast. This time I took a completely different approach. There are many lengthy shots.”

AP: Olympic champ diver Tian shines in romantic film

Chinese champion diver Tian Liang has won glowing reviews from a prominent Hong Kong director as the two-time Olympic gold medalist transitions from elite athlete to entertainer.

Tian, the men’s 10-meter platform champion at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and synchronized platform champion four years later in Athens, plays an autistic young man who marries a mute woman in Andrew Lau’s upcoming Chinese-language romance “A Beautiful Life.”

Tian Liang (Sina)

A Beautiful Life’s Andrew Lau, Shu Qi and Liu Ye appeared at a charity event at Grand Century Plaza along with Charles K Kao, “godfather of fiber optics” and Nobel Prize winner. Shu Qi displayed her calligraphy with the new Chinese title for A Beautiful Life, “Won’t Leave You Alone”. It took her an hour to write. A Beautiful Life opens May 20.

Shu Qi

Liu Ye

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi

(Xinhua)2(Sina-slideshow)

Poster for new Chinese Ghost Story.

The reissue of the original Chinese Ghost Story which earlier was slated to open on the 10th has reportedly extended its run from 20 to 30 days. It will run head to head against the new Wilson Yip version which will open on the 22nd. (Sina)

Wilson Yip, Kara Hui and Louis Fan Siu-Wong promote the 2011 version of A Chinese Ghost Story in Taiwan. (Apr.6)

Louis Fan, Kara Hui, Wilson Yip

Kara Hui

Wilson Yip (Sina-slideshow)

Mr. and Mrs. Single opens April 14.

Eason Chan

Eason Chan, Harlem Yu

Bai Bing, Eason Chan (Sina-slideshow)

Qin Lan was caught practicing her fencing for Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper, based on the Banquet at Hongmen. Her role in the film has not been announced. Earlier it had been leaked that Qin Lan played the Empress but this has been denied.

(Sina-gallery)

A1: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse movie set for KL shoot

CF: Sun Li Graces “Vogue” China

CRI: Jackie Chan and Liu Yuanyuan Pump ‘Livelihood’

Jackie Chan joined hands with singer Liu Yuanyuan to sing “Livelihood”, a tribute song for the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC.

3D Sex and Zen: Boom or bust?

March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011

AP Interview: ‘Farewell My Concubine’ director denies he traded artistic integrity for success

Chen [Kaige] said “Sacrifice” will be released in the U.S. in the second half of the year. Its Japanese release, originally scheduled for May, will likely be delayed by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

FBA: Golden age forecast for China business (Nasdaq: Bona)

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Girl to Lead Stanley Kwan’s Film

Zhou Dongyu, the starlet in Zhang Yimou’s drama “Under the Hawthorn Tree”, has been cast as a lead for Stanley Kwan’s upcoming romantic film, “Ta De Guo” (”His Kingdom”), according to the Guangzhou Daily.

CRI: Liu Ye Promotes ‘He-Man’ Premiere

Chinese actor Liu Ye, who has portrayed a Forrest Gump-like character in the action-crime film “The Underdog Knight” and its sequel, says he’d like to continue the role as long as he can.

Liu Ye, Zhang Zilin

(Sina)

The Man in the Courtyard House

Now a psychological crime drama?

(Sina)2

Law of Attraction poster - Rainbow edition (Sina)

Mo Xiaoqi, Harlem Yu

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Mo Xiaoqi and Harlem Yu costar with Eason Chan and Rene Liu in Mr. and Mrs. Single (Sina)

The sequel to Ang Lee’s Eat Drink, Man Woman will feature Blue Lan, Huo Siyan and Rose Kuei (Gua Ah-Lei) it was announced this week in Hong Kong. Taiwanese filmmaker Tsao Jui-yuan (Love’s Lone Flower, 2005) will direct the $3m (RMB20m) drama which, like the original, centers on an old master chef and the love stories of his three daughters.This time, the chef is a mainland Chinese chef based in Hangzhou City in East China [played by Kenneth Tsang]. Shooting will start in Hangzhou on April 6 and will shift to Taipei starting in early May. The film should open in Taiwan and the mainland in Nov. (ScreenDaily)

Blue Lan

Huo Siyan, Blue Lan (Sina)2

Former Olympic diver Tian Liang

Tian Liang plays Liu Ye’s autistic brother in Beautiful Life (Sina)

MSN: Wang Xiaofei: Make a wish for our daughter

The Chinese millionaire’s words at the wedding fuelled yet another round of pregnancy rumours

CNA: Barbie Hsu’s celebrity wedding guests mobbed by reporters at airport

The journalists had been restless since yesterday when they lost the scoop to Hsu’s wedding guests, who gave a virtual ‘live telecast’ of the event with their camera phones and micro-blog posts. (Xinhua)

MSN: Gaile Lok rumoured to be pregnant again

Gaile Lok at a recent spring/summer fashion show in HK

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Raymond Lam rumoured to have proposed to girlfriendCNA: Raymond Lam lied about breakup?

A1: Raymond Lam’s ex Mavis Pan is married

According to a netizen, she wed a Caucasian man known only as John in 2009, and their relationship got started with the help of Malaysian singer-songwriter, Eric Moo. (Related article)

Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang, John and his son (Xinhua)

HKStandard: Mansion comes back to life in name of people

The building has been featured in several films and TV series over the years. In Enter the Dragon, it can be seen both on the black and white composite photo used to represent Han’s Island during Lee’s briefing with Braithewaite, and as a long shot as Lee enters Han’s island. (Wikipedia)

March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief

(more…)

March 15, 2011

March 15, 2011

Pray for more rescues and reunions in the wake of the Sendai Earthquake.

(more…)

February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

THR: Fox, Huayi Brothers, Sundream Team for ‘Love in Space’

Lost in Space is a model of Huayi Brothers’s three-pronged strategy in developing its production slate, including expanding into different genres. “At the beginning, everyone was making historical epics and action films, but female audiences support romantic comedies, which are less costly to make. This genre can become part of the mainstream films,” Huayi Brothers Media Corp. president James Wang told The Hollywood Reporter.

THR: Top-Earning Chinese Director Cites Martin Scorsese as His Only Influence

Jiang Wen met ‘The Departed’ director in New York in 1980, according to English-language newspaper China Daily.

Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” next month will screen four “city comedies” by renowned comedy director Mok Hong-si, starring popular 1960s actress Ting Ying.

FBA: Overheard receives welcome echo

Production is underway on Overheard 2 , a sequel to the cop thriller Overheard

“Together” demonstrates how badly China needs a documentary to help address discrimination toward its growing HIV-positive population.

CRI: Mainland Box Office Top 10 (Feb. 14-20, 2011)

Eternal Moment #1

Qin Lan - Mr. and Mrs. Single

Qin Lan costars in Patrick Kong’s Mr. and Mrs. Single, a comedy about urban couples keeping their marriages secret to get better jobs and higher income. Eason Chan, Rene Liu, Harlem Yu and Bai Bing are among the cast members. [Sounds strikingly similar to the 1962 Happy Couples in the Ting Ying article above.] The film opens in April.

Eason Chan (Sina)2

Beijing - Kara Hui, Liu Yifei, Wilson Yip hold press conference for A Chinese Fairy Tale (Feb.23)

Wang Danyi Li, Kara Hui, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei, Gong Xinliang, Wang Danyi Li

Kara Hui, Lin Peng

(Sina)23

Deanie Ip and Andy Lau have begun work on Ann Hui’s latest film (Miss Peach/Peach Sister).

Deanie plays a servant to Andy’s master (Sina)(Sohu)

Cambodia - Michelle Yeoh continues to promote road safety as UN Make Roads Safe Global Ambassador (Xinhua)

MSN: Jackie Chan kissed Jane Xu Jinglei in drunken stupor (Xinhua-gallery)

CNA: Faye Wong garners praise for posting au naturel photo (Xinhua)

CNA: Selina Jen’s wedding “delayed indefinitely” says fiance

CRI: Kobe Bryant Works with Jay Chou in New Song

MSN: Jay Chou films commercial with Kobe Bryant

All-Star debut for Chinese shoe company

February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011

THR: Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City

A fun superhero film that makes black-and-white look “colorful.”

THR: Chinese New Year Welcomes Slew of Comedy Releases

John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ remake now has a promo poster

CRI: Zhao Wei Lends Her Voice to “Eternal Moment”

CRI: Stars Shine at “Eternal Moment” Premiere (Sina-slide show)

Faye Wong and others dressed as Young Pioneers in signature red scarves

Faye Wong

Faye Wong

When one phone isn’t enough (Sina)

Husband and wife, Wang Xuebing, Sun Ning (Xinhua)

(Sina)

FBA: We sharpens Flying Guillotines

Hong Kong and Chinese production group We Pictures has given the green light to The Flying Guillotines

Screen Daily: Bodyguards team throws Flying Guillotines with We Distribution

The Flying Guillotine team is an elite crime-fighting unit in the emperor’s court, trained to use flying blades to decapitate people in their search-and-destroy operations.

FBA: Wang works with genius

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang (王穎) is to go ahead with Einstein, a biopic of the physics genius

Hong Kong-based sales outfit takes $25m-budgeted The Sorcerer And The White Snake. (Screen Daily)

Distribution Workshop has picked up international sales rights to the Jet Li film The Sorcerer And The White Snake. Hong Kong action choreographer and film director/producer Tony Ching Siu-tung is directing the film.

Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle) stars as the White Snake of the title, who transforms into a beautiful woman to rescue and live with the man she falls in love with – an herbal physician played by Raymond Lam. When their town is plagued by a mysterious disease, she sacrifices her supernatural power and energy to help him save people but is found out to be a serpent when the Sorceror played by Jet Li arrives. Charlene Choi of The Twins Effect series also stars as Green Snake who helps the white one.

Venus Keung (One Nite In Mongkok) is director of photography while William Chang (2046) is costume director.

Patrick Kong’s (Yip Lin-Sum) Mr. and Mrs. Single has been quietly dropped from the Valentine’s Day slot and rescheduled for an April release. Rene Liu and Eason Chan star in the comedy.

Buddha Mountain starring Fan Bingbing is about to be released on Mar. 4

Sylvia Chang and Fan Bingbing (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable, starring Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu, debuts in Berlin. (Sina)

Ady was initially described as their matchmaker. However, she was later said to have an unrequited crush on Xiaofei, which led to fallout between Ady and Barbie.

Model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is likely to escape jail time after a prosecutor in Nevada decided to reduce the drug charge against her to one of possession.

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