HKMDB Daily News

October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Purple House review

Disappointing psychodrama from noted Hong Kong d.p. Poon Hang-sang, in his directorial debut.

FBA: Revenge of the Factory Woman review

Simple but impressive drama set in ’70s Taiwan, with lucid direction and acting.

ChinaPost: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Part 2 review

“The Rainbow Bridge”, the second half of director Wei Te-sheng’s epic film “Seediq Bale”, is packed with more action but is also more convoluted and weaker in character development.

Stills from Gordon Chan’s Mural featuring Eric Tsang and Yan Ni

Eric Tsang

CNA: Celebrity weddings galore in October

MSN: Sonija Kwok marries in Japan secretly

The Hong Kong actress married her martial arts choreographer boyfriend, enraging her mother

Lam denied that she is back to Hong Kong to save her failing marriage with Yuen, as previous rumours have claimed.

September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TimeOutHK: 1911 review

FBA: 1911 review

Handsome but unengaging anniversary film about the founding of China’s first republic.

CF: Jackie Chan Plays Real-life Hero in “1911″

Unfocused, slackly directed fantasy with just a few good individual performances to its merit.

TimeOutHK: Tony Ching Siu-Tung interview

FBA: HKAFF spotlights Taiwan and men in tights

THR: Hong Kong Asian Film Festival to Feature Superheroes, Taiwan Cinema

Taiwan shows box office clout, China guts, and superheroes spring up across Asia at the 8th Asian Film Festival. Chinese directors Wang Xiaoshuai and Lou Ye are named the Directors in Focus, and selections from Taiwan reflect the revival of the Taiwan film industry.

CF: Director Ma Liwen’s latest project, “The Big Deal,” released its first batch of character posters today.

FBA: Fan Bingbing to give gong in Tokyo

Alan Mak’s Windseeker

Alan Mak revealed on his Weibo that Zhou Xun would play the female lead joining Tong Leung Chi-Wai and Yang Mi in the Felix Chong-scripted film. (Sina)

A series of stills from Love on Credit featuring Liao Fan and Lin Chi-Ling, opening Oct. 20.

Liao Fan


The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake opens Oct. 13

Stills from scene with Anthony Wong and Huang Yi


Updated posters now titled The Allure of Tears


Photos from Dangerous Liaison boot up ceremony in Shanghai. (Sept 27) Zhang Ziyi’s absence led to speculation that she was still upset over being perceived as having a secondary role to Cecilia Cheung.

Cecilia Cheung, Lisa Lu

Jang Dong-gun

In Beijing accepting an award for the First Youth Film Festival (Sept.28)


Irene Wan Pik-Ha signed a “lifetime” 29 year contract with Huayi Brothers and received a 29 ct. diamond necklace as a gift.

Huayi producer Yang Shanpu

Wang Zhonglei, Irene Wan (Sina)23

CF: Gong Li Covers French Magazine L’ OFFICIEL

MSN: Is Kelly Chen’s marriage in trouble?

The Hong Kong singer revealed that her husband would visit nightclubs four times a week

MSN: Sammi Cheng has no plans to settle down

Apart from a soaring music career, Sammi is also making good progress in movies this year. The singer is involved in two out of three productions by director Johnnie To. Apart from that, she recently completed filming for High Altitude of Love 2 in June and will be joining Andy Lau in October, in the movie Blind Detective. (Sina-slideshow)

Furthermore, the singer let on that she now exercises in a gym because she was once chased by a pack of wild dogs when she jogged outside her residence.

CNA: Chyi Chin’s burn recovery photos released, records audio clip for fans

September 14, 2011

September 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: The Lady review

“Democracy takes time,” a character observes in “The Lady,” though viewers of all political stripes will be checking their watches during Luc Besson’s dully conventional tribute to heroic Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Hong Kong’s “A Simple Life” to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival

“A Simple Life” is one of two Hong Kong films featured at the 36th TIFF this year, the other being Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle”.

CF: Shanxi Local Music in “White Deer Plain”

CF: Theme Song of “The Mural” Released

The song named “The Mural” is interepreted by the leading actors Deng Chao and Sun Li.

Actress Liu Yan on her way to the Mural press conference

On September 12, director Zhao Linshan revealed that his newest costume epic “the Bronze Sparrow Terrace” (Tong Que Tai) will start shooting on October 5.

Concept poster for the sequel to Lost in Panic Room, Lost in Panic Ship

Alec Su returns (Sina)

Jane Zhang sings the theme song at the MV release for Lee’s Adventure starring Jaycee Chan

Director Guo Fan (2r) (Sina-gallery)

Yu Na deleted from Legendary Amazons?

According to various reports and rumours, most of Yu Na’s scenes have been deleted in Legendary Amazons, starring Cecilia Cheung. The official reason is that Yu Na has been suffering from a heart illness and was not able to shoot her action scenes because she returned to Beijing to get checked out. Rumours suggested that she was cut because she did not participate in promotional activities. (Sina)2

Andy Lau’s 50th birthday celebration


The Taiwanese pop star was suspected to be underage at an American casino

MSN: Terri Kwan spends Mid-Autumn Festival with new love

CNA: Frankie Gao Ling Feng gets ‘divorce SMS’ from wife during filming

61-year-old Gao’s marriage to his 42-year-old wife had been on the rocks after Jin was photographed behaving intimately in a car with a younger man last month.

September 8, 2011

September 8, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: A Simple Life reviewHKMDBNews-reprint

Suffused with the gentle, unforced humanity viewers have come to expect from Hong Kong helmer Ann Hui, “A Simple Life” is a tender ode to the elderly, their caregivers and the mutual generosity of spirit that makes their limited time together worthwhile.

THR: People Mountain People Sea review

A fascinating insider’s trip through rural China falls apart in the final scenes.

ScreenDaily: People Mountain People Sea reviewHKMDBNew-reprint

The mine sequences, towards the end, would easily suggest a descent into hell out of which there is no escape.

FBA: Seediq Bale takes battle to Oscars

The Taiwan version has been divided into two movies; part one opens on Friday, part two on 30 September. According to Academy regulations, the local release version must be the version screened to Academy voters.

CF: Gwai Lun-mei in Remake of “Almost a Love Story”

The original movie “Almost a Love Story” starred Leon Lai and Maggie Cheung as lovers in a decade-long relationship.

Orz Boys director, Yang Ya-Che, announced the casting of Guei Lun-Mei and Joseph Chang Hsiao-Chuan in his upcoming film (lit. Girlfriend, Boyfriend). The love story will cover three decades starting from high school to middle age. Guei Lun-Mei plays a dance teacher in the 1980s. The film is a co-production of Taiwan Central Motion Pictures and Huayi Brothers. Filming is expected to begin in November.

Joseph Chang, Guei Lun-Mei

Director Yang Ya-Che (center)


Gordon Chan’s imminent fantasy film “The Mural” will hit cinemas on September 29.


Yan Ni on wires

Sun Li, Zheng Shuang (Sina)

Mural poster featuring Yan Ni (Sina)

At a cast celebration in Hong Kong for the success of Overheard 2, Daniel Wu revealed that an Overheard 3 will be made. No time frame given, however. Louis Koo, Kenneth Tsang, Wu Fung, Michelle Ye, Shi Nansun, Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Derek Yee and other attended the event. Louis Koo is slowly recovering from his leg injury and thanked everyone for their concern.

Daniel Wu

Louis Koo (Sina-gallery)

Moon Goddess Gigi Leung in the flesh (Sina)

CF: B-Listers Boost “Love in Space”

CF: ”Love in Space” Stars Glamour the Vogue Magazine

Zhou Xun in her fox spirit makeup for The Painted Skin 2

(Sina) (Sina-gallery)

Myolie Wu, Johnnie To and Yue Wai at Hong Kong airport departing for Venice

More photos of Huang Yi at the MV release press conference

CNA: Cecilia Cheung to restart singing career with new single

[I hope her singing has improved since her 2000 903 Live Concert!]

CRI: Cecilia Cheung Prepares for Her New Album

CNA: Ronald Cheng quietly marries girlfriend Sammie Yu in ‘homemade’ wedding

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan ready to marry Jay Chou


I think I recognize those robots!

September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

CRI: Venice Int’l Film Festival Kicks off

Producer Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony

Huang Yi (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)2

FBA: Juliets review

Consistently engaging collection of three offbeat Romeo & Juliet riffs.

FBA: Tsui is Asian Filmmaker of the Year

CF: Animated and Real Actors Unite for Jaycee Chan’s New Film

Flesh-and-blood actors will perform alongside animated stars for the new fantasy movie “Lee’s Adventure” which is based on a single cartoon created by a creative young animator.

CF: ”Love in Space” Premieres in Beijing

Eason Chan, Guei Lun-Mei, Wing Shya, Aaron Kwok

Wing Shya, “Guess where I am.”  (Sina-slideshow)2

CF: Snake Fairy and Beast Romance in “Its Love”

The imminent fantasy romance movie, “Its Love,” released a batch of still photos featuring the blue snake portrayed by Charlene Choi and the monk-turned beast played by Wen Zhang.

Poster for the male characters in Gordon Chan’s Mural which opens Sept. 29.

Deng Chao

Collin Chou

Andy On Chi-Kit

Bao Bei-Er  (Sina)

And a sampling of special effects


Filming has begun in Sai Kung for the latest Wong Jing-Patrick Kong collaboration, a ghost story featuring Chrissie Chau, Law Chung-Him (Him Law), Timmy Hung and Charmaine Fong. Chrissie injured her right leg and had to go to the hospital to be treated.

Patrick Kong (Yip Lim-Sum), Wong Jing

Chrissie Chau


Producers Jimmy Huang Chih-Ming and John Woo flank director Wei Te-Sheng

Landy Wen, Vivian Hsu, Luo Mei-Ling

Vivian Hsu

Da Ching

Lin Ching-Tai (Sina-slideshow)

Zhang Jingchu: Poster Girl for FIGARO

The Prince of Magic, Liu Qian and Gao Yuanyuan promote a brand product in Beijing.

MSN: Mark Chao tells of soured friendship with Vic Chou

The Black & White lead actor admitted—for the first time—that his friendship with Vic Chou took a turn for the worse after he nabbed the Best Actor award over the widely-tipped hot fave Vic

Eason’s wife, Hilary Tsui was recently photographed hanging out at night clubs with a number of male companions. She also reportedly paid for their drinks, which incurred into a huge expense.

Awkward: Edison Chen and Gillian Chung check into the same hotel in Shanghai last week. (Sina)

August 9, 2011

August 9, 2011

FBA: Make Up review

A mystery-drama that’s rather different from the Taiwan norm, and with terrific playing by actress Nikki Hsieh.

CF: Ning Hao’s Next Project Going for Gold

CF: Director Shang Jing’s New Project Underway

Shang Jing, director of the successful 2006 TV comedy series “My Own Swordsman” has officially announced that his new project titled “Crazy Dinner Engagement” is in intense shooting stages

CF: Behind-the-scene footage of “Love in Space” Released

CF: Legendary Film Star Brigitte Lin is Back as a Writer

Derek Yee, Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Huang Yi and Daniel Wu, from Overheard 2, attended a Forbes Bona Film forum on film industry investing in Beijing yesterday.

Huang Yi

Daniel Wu, Huang Yi

Daniel Wu


New publicity stills featuring Collin Chou in Mural

Multiple aspects of Huang Yi in Herman Yau’s Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

Bride a-marrying



Handsome manly looking






Opens Sept. 1 (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse accused of using publicity surrounding his marriage to raise his asking fee

MSN: Karena Lam does not regret sacrificing career

August 5, 2011

August 5, 2011

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TaipeiTimes: Blowfish review

Lee Chi-yuarn strikes a fine balance between style and content in his latest romance about a woman, a man and a blowfish

ChinaPost: Blowfish review

Blowfish” seeks itself to be a classy literary film, while announces itself to be a young, modern romance comedy-esk type. Hoping to grasp the best of both worlds, Blowfish only left the audience a head-scratching remark.

CF: ”Tian Sheng Yi Dui” Eyeing New Year Holiday Release

Stellar Mega Films Co., Ltd. held a press conference in Beijing yesterday to promote its latest comedy production, a remake of the 1985 film ‘A Match Made by Heaven’.

Yang Mi (Sina)

The theme tune and music video are based on the classic Chinese love song, ‘The Moon Represents My Heart’. The song, with its waltz-like lilt, has been covered by many performers and is one of China’s most well known and popular love songs.

Aaron Kwok revealed that he “almost died on the moon” when his prop spacesuit failed to deliver enough oxygen on the first day of shooting. Due to import restrictions, a real spacesuit could not be cleared through customs. (Xinhua-gallery)

Director Gordon Chan’s fantasy movie, “Mural” released a collection of still photos featuring the celebrity couple Deng Chao and Sun Li. Deng and Sun registered for marriage last February. Currently Sun is in pregnancy.

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CNA: Peter Chan reveals the secret to Takeshi Kaneshiro’s success

Women love him while men could identify with him without feeling threatened.

MSN: Lucas Tse comforts Cecilia Cheung: I won’t go to Daddy

“Whenever I see them [my sons], I feel that the Lord has been very good to me. I spent the happiest days of my life with them,” Cecilia said.

1997 nostalgia - Nicholas Tse magazine cover posted on weibo by fan (Xinhua)

“The story they wrote is so colourful! Give them a round of applause,” said Shu Qi sarcastically.MSN: Karen Mok to wed early October

MSN: Selina Jen’s fiancé denies he announced their wedding date

July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011

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FBA: Asian quintet to play Venice

CRI: Meet the Beautiful Fairies in ‘Mural’

New still photos from the film “Mural” feature Sun Li, Yan Ni and Zheng Shuang as fairies.The Chinese fantasy film “Mural” is set to hit silver screens on September 29. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Wang Xiaoshuai to Present New Film in Toronto

11 Flowers, set in the mid-1970s, is about the consequences which unfold after an 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder. The cast includes Qiao Renliang, Yan Ni, Wang Jingchun and Liu Wenqing.

CF: Theme Song of Wong Jing’s New Film Released

Director Wong Jing and the film’s two child leads, Lin Miaoke and Zhang Keyuan, attended the press conference in Beijing where singer Zhang Liangying sung the theme song “Flavor of True Love”.

Wong Jing and Zhang Keyuan (Sina-gallery)

CF: Zhou Dongyu to Enroll at BFA

The BFA was quick to deny the public query that Zhou was admitted simply because she is already a star, though many still viewed the admission with skepticism and used the opportunity to turn a spotlight on what they viewed as lax admission requirements.

New poster for Derek Yee’s The Great Magician features Zhou Xun

The film will be released during the Lunar New Year season (Xinhua)(Sina)

Four “family” posters for Wong Jing’s Treasure Hunt recently released

Ceclia Cheung, Lucas and Ekin Cheng

Ronald Cheng and Lin Miaoke

Wong Jing and Zhang Keyuan

Shao Bing and son (Sina)

Media Asia held a press conference is Shanghai to formally establish the Media Asia Media Group. Big names in attendance: Peter Lam, Leon Lai, Daniel Wu, Andy Lau, Zhang Guoli, singer Han Hong, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Andrew Lau, and Sammi Cheng. Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng will team up again, and Andy will play a blind policeman.

Andy Lau

Sammi Cheng

It was also announced that a sequel to Love in a Puff will be produced. This time around the setting will be in Beijing and include both Hong Kong and Mainland actors. Pang Ho-Cheung said that he hoped to be able to release the same version of the film in Hong Kong and the mainland.

Pang Ho-Cheung, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue


MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung may have a family reunion

The couple is said to be celebrating their eldest son’s birthday together

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s marriage on the rocks?

The couple was spotted looking unhappy when they returned from Europe (Xinhua-gallery)

July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

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ChinaPost: Formosa Mambo review

Telephone and Internet frauds are so pervasive in Taiwan that people have become numb and indifferent to such illegal activities. Yet, “Formosa Mambo” draws attention to this social problem in a brilliantly entertaining way.

ChinaPost: Wu Xia review

TimeOutHK: Peter Chan interview

CF: News Conference for “Wu Xia”

FBA: Night Market Hero review

Likable but over-long and predictable heartwarmer about street hawkers battling big business.

CF: 3-D Version of “Uproar in Heaven” to Open Next January

The classic Chinese animated feature film “Uproar in Heaven” is being restored with 3-D special effects and is expected to hit cinemas next January, the New Express Daily reports.

Directed by Wan Laiming in the 1960s,”Uproar in Heaven” earned both domestic and international recognition and received numerous awards.

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Lovebirds Take on New Project

Director Barbara Wong’s tear-jerking romance film, “The Tears” (aka Tears in a Fallen City), held a news conference to mark the beginning of filming on Thursday in Shanghai.

The director was seen at the event with five of the leading actors from her film, namely Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Aarif Lee, Joe Chen and Richie Ren. (CF)(Sina-slideshow)

Poster for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Sina)

Stills from Gordon Chan’s The Mural, opening Sept. 29

Collin Chou

Collin Chou

Deng Chao

Deng Chao

Bao Bei-er, Deng Cha (Sina)

CF: Deng Chao Leads the “Mural”

The film tells the story of three men who unconsciously break into the ‘mural’ wonderland, a place where there are no males.

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011

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CF: New Poster of “My Kingdom” Comes Out

CF: Trailer of “Mural” Released

FBA: Chan’s Mural strikes Homerun

Chan said that with the special effects in the film they are trying to create a unique look reminiscent of Chinese water-colored paintings. His intent is to combine traditional Chinese culture with the latest in special effects to create something visually fresh.

Yan Ni, director Gordon Chan

Xie Nan

Bao Beier

Liu Yan (Sina-slideshow)

Zhao Wei was named cultural ambassador for the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival which will begin on October 19. It will be held in Hefei, Anhui Province this year. Zhao Wei wore sunglasses as she was suffering from allergies.

Zhao Wei

Flowers and letter of appointment (Sina)23

Donnie Yen has a daring rooftop run and jump in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

Huang Bo dressed like ‘Brother Sharp’ in The Pretending Lovers

With Jiang Yiyan

Huang Bo and double (Sina)

Huang Yi and Nick Cheung filming Wong Jing’s Treasure Inn with camels


Nicholas Tse: I won’t allow her to come (MSN)

According to an insider, tension among the film crew rose, when they heard that Cecilia may be visiting with the children. However, Nicholas calmed them down by promising, “Don’t worry, I wouldn’t allow her to come.”

CRI: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung Getting back Together?

A1: Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung will not divorce after all

MSN: Aaron Kwok to marry before he turns 55

MSN: Wang Xiaofei rumoured to have cheated on Barbie Hsu before marriage

A1: Get ready for the real Jane Zhang

Pop star knows some fans might not approve of her new hard-edged album, but the former Supergirl star is determined to be true to herself

I noticed that some people were curious to see a closer up view of, French Open Women’s Singles winner, Li Na’s tattoo that peeped out at the Roland Garros final Saturday.

Li Na’s heart-shaped rose tattoo

Glam’d up in a fashion shoot (Sina-slideshow)


Li Na escapes the grip of Chinese authorities and the French Open is her reward

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