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November 3, 2009

Murderer (Variety review)

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Murderer
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(Hong Kong-U.S.) An Edko Film (in Hong Kong) release of a Focus Features Intl. (U.S.)/Hero Focus Group, Sil-Metropole Organization (Hong Kong) presentation of an Eastern (Hong Kong) Film Prod. production. (International sales: Edko Films, Hong Kong.) Produced by Candy Leung, Cheung Hong-tat. Executive producers, Chui Po-chiu, Song Dai. Co-producer, Stephen Lam. Directed by Roy Chow. Screenplay, Christine To.

With: Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang, Cheung Siu-fai, Tam Chun-yat, Chen Kuan-tai, Chin Ka-lok, Wong You-nam, Josie Ho, Teddy Lin, Michelle Ye.
(Cantonese, Mandarin dialogue)

By DEREK ELLEY
An amazing amount of talent is wasted on psychothriller “Murderer,” whose chief culprits are first-time director Roy Chow (previously an assistant to Ang Lee) and scripter Christine To (”Fearless,” “Secret”). After an impressively edgy start and an audience-teasing midsection, the pic sinks at the 80-minute mark with a twist that’s outrageous even by genre standards and direction that abandons its previously atmospheric style. Pic tanked in Hong Kong on its July release and has only a minor cult career on ancillary to look forward to.

Shot in saturated, slightly lurid colors by ace lenser Mark Lee and moodily scored by Japanese vet Shigeru Umebayashi (”2046″), the pic starts like gangbusters with the sudden bone-crunching fall of Hong Kong cop Tai (vet Chen Kuan-tai) while hunting a serial killer who drains blood from his victims with a power drill. Tai’s partner, Inspector Ling (Aaron Kwok), is found at the scene with temporary memory loss.

All the clues progressively point toward Ling being implicated, and his only defender is his buddy, “Ghost” (Cheng Siu-fai), who’s handed the case while Ling rests. To add to his problems, Ling has three days in his diary he can’t account for, and even his wife (Taiwan’s Janine Chang, speaking Mandarin throughout) and adopted young son (Tam Chun-yat) can’t remember what he did.

As Ling tries to prove his innocence — between ghoulish memory flashes — the evidence against him mounts on all fronts. Even Ghost discovers that all three of the serial killer’s victims were childhood neighbors of Ling.

The big reveal is not only laughably out there but also is explained by the murderer in a speech that’s so long it actually becomes boring — and there’s still a half-hour to go.

Kwok, who’s taking much more “serious” roles nowadays, overdoes the intensity of his confused character to diminishing effect. Other thesps punch the clock, including Josie Ho, who’s spliced in as Ling’s sister for no apparent reason.

Camera (color), Mark Lee; editor, Cheung Ka-fai; music, Shigeru Umebayashi; production designer, Man Lim-chung; costume designer, Eddy Yeung; sound (Dolby Digital), Chan Wai-hung; sound designer, George Lee; visual effects supervisor, Victor Wong. Reviewed at Pusan Film Festival (Midnight Passion), Oct. 12, 2009. Running time: 119 MIN.
http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117941524.html?categoryid=31&cs=1

August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009

Overheard review

‘Green Hornet’ casts Kato role
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Jay Chou to Play Kato in ‘Green Hornet’

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‘Mother’ to represent Korea for Oscars
Maternal thriller beats out vampire flick and farmer documentary

Cast Promotes “Sophie’s Revenge”
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Gillian Chung scenes cut from ‘Red Cliff’ parody

Zhang Yimou’s Daughter Edits His New Film

Questions raised over whether Murderer is plagiarized from DiCaprio produced Orphan

TGIO raps Jettone over ‘Miao’
Hong Kong-Taiwan co-production “Miao Miao” is under investigation by Taiwan’s Government Information Office over its entry and subsequent withdrawal from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing and Guo Degang will both be 'general directors'
Fan Bingbing press conference announcing New Year’s film, retelling Flirting Scholar story

Fan will both produce and act in film

Hu Jun, Stanley Kwan

Stanley Kwan’s Dancing With the Heart/Energy Behind the Heart

Deng Chao
Deng Chao - Detective Dee


SCMP: Anthony Wong on ‘Vengeance’


SCMP: Michael Tse laughs his way to the big screen in Laughing Gor - Turning Point
After 20 years playing mostly two-bit soap characters, actor Michael Tse Tin-wah finally found his breakthrough role in the form of “Laughing Gor”, an undercover police officer in the TVB series ‘Emergency Unit’.


Zhang Ziyi & fiance still together, says manager

Suki Chui, Sarah Song
A big pair of Crocs


SCMP: Portrait of a master face-changer

July 21, 2009

July 21, 2009




Louis Koo is On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Louis Koo Becomes a Robot in Golden Armour

Song Jia

Lau Ching-WanLouis Koo
Zhang JingchuDaniel Wu

Overheard Beijing premiere - more photos


Bodyguards and Assassins - farewell to Hu Jun as his part concludes shooting

New Bruce Lee flick to focus on his life and loves
An eight-minute trailer for the biopic, directed by veteran filmmaker Ng See- yuen, was shown yesterday at the launch of a design competition for the restoration of Lee’s former home in Kowloon Tong.
Bruce Lee legend remains strong in Hong Kong 36 years after his death


Bruce Lee’s brother and sister authorize Manfred Wong to make film on Bruce’s life

Confirmed Tony Leung Kar-Fai as father, while reporters suggested Karen Mok as sister due to her resemblance.
Hope to begin shooting early next year and complete in time for 70th anniversary of Bruce’s birthday, November 27.
Kungfu star Bruce Lee’s new movie to be shot
Bruce Lee’s siblings authorize Chinese biopics
Pointing to childhood picture - Phoebe Lee Chau-Yun, Richard Lee Chun-Fai
Bruce Lee museum in design phase
Hong Kong government gathers items, commissions doc
Hong Kong to open Bruce Lee museum
J.A. Media plans trilogy on kung fu master’s life

Interview with Wa Ka-Fai
Prolific screenwriter and director Wai Ka-Fai is nothing less than the Ben Hecht of Hong Kong cinema.

bc Magazine: Murderer review
HK Magazine: Murder review

bc Magazine: Written By review

bc Magazine: KJ review
Striking a Chord
A local documentary about an unusual classical musician is a surprise hit

Hollywood Reporter: MW review
Bottom Line: Another classic manga bites the dust in an action-oriented, hatchet-job screen adaptation.

Hollywood Reporter: A Blood Pledge review
Bottom Line: A slight schoolgirl K-horror with a mildly intriguing hook

bc Magazine: Soundless Wind Chime review

HK Magazine: Peter Kam interview
Peter Kam’s new CD is now available at any McCafe

Chinese films pulled from MIFF
Uighur documentary brought Chinese pressure, withdrawal
Emily Tang and Jia Zhangke also withdraw

Re-enter the Dragon
The International Kung Fu Festival hopes to put guoshu back on the local map
Gordon Liu, Cheng Pei PeiTsui Siu-Ming
Press conference photos


Lydia Shum Memorial Exhibition opens at Hong Kong Heritage Museum

Michael Wong
Helicopter pilot Michael Wong promoting watch brand

Shu Qi
Shu Qi promotes upcoming event in Beijing


Charlene Choi: Ronald Cheng is not a Casanova

July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009

Hollywood Reporter: Murderer review
Bottom Line: A horror-suspense with a head-scratching outcome.

Hollywood Reporter: Wong Jing to live and die with ‘Mongkok’
Throwback film To Live and Die in Mongkok now shooting, set for late 2009 release.
“As long as the budget is not too high, we want to finance our own films that preserves the distinct flavor of Hong Kong cinema,” added Wong

Stellar Megamedia boards Dennis Chan’s 37
Chan’s 37 tells the story of a single mother taking her daughter on a trip to the Mongolian grasslands to fulfil the girl’s dream. It also stars Lin Miao-ke, the 10-year-old girl who earned her fame singing Ode To The Motherland at the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games. (Also, see Charlie Yeung articles below)

Poker King with Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan, Stephy Tang filming in Macau

Fruit Chan
Fruit Chan announced plans to make ‘Kowloon City’ a story about the young Bruce Lee

Chan will write, direct and produce and Lin Chi-Shiang will co-write. The biggest problem is to find the person who will play Bruce Lee because at least five similar in appearance is required.
Stanley Kwan had previously announced plans for his film about Bruce Lee but Chan was not concerned about this.
yule.tom.com

Ge You ‘Gasps’ out Funny English

Fan Bingbing film Wheat directed by He Ping - slide show

Just for laughs - Michael Hui
Michael Hui’s Comedy Talk Show In Malaysia

Nicholas Tse encourages wife to have second child

Fan Bingbing Graces Bazaar August Issue

Stars Gather for Charity Concert
Gigi Leung, Miriam Yeung, Angie Chiu, Kenny Bee

Zhang Ziyi Elle magazine slide show



Shu Qi films a bath gel advert


Charlie Yeung
Charlie Yeung cut her hair for an upcoming role in film ‘37′ to be shot in Mongolia with Mainland actress Liu Xiaoqing. [Wonder if that means Christmas Rose is completed.] She had planned to auction hair off for charity but feared the hair would be used for other purposes.

Charlie Yeung sports new short hair, video

More photos


Kelly Chen’s baby Chace photos




Edison Chen leaves Taiwan

Wang Jie
The Stage Is Set for Jackson Imitator

July 13, 2009

July 13, 2009

A tale of two Tonys
Meeting Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

“Murderer” Premieres in Hong Kong


Xu Jinglei on Office Politics

New Stills for Francis Ng’s ‘Tracing Shadow’

Kung Fu Kid: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith start ‘Karate Kid’ remake

Stephen Chow quits Kato role in ‘The Green Hornet’
Oriental Daily article

Taiwanese film industry looks to China for growth

Liu Ye
‘Role Model’ Movie’s Bumpy Road to Success

‘Iron Man’, which eulogizes an oil field worker, has walked the tight rope between profit-making and being just an ethics sermon


Sandra Ng
Barbie Hsu
Sandra Ng, Barbie Hsu promote On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Barbie Hsu, Louis Koo
Maggie Lee Man-Kwan
Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu, Maggie Lee Man-Kwan

More photos

Xie Na
Liu Yiwei, Xie Na
Upcoming sci-fi comedy Martian Baby/Mars Baby also costars Wong Jing

Rosamund KwanSimon Yam
Rosamund Kwan, Simon Yam attend charity for Operation Smile

Kelly Chen’s baby boy English name is ‘Chace’, Chinese name ‘Lau Sing’
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Gigi and Sly
Gigi Leung
Hong Kong media reports that Gigi Leung will marry her secret boyfriend ‘Sly’ in France next year


Josie Ho
Edison’s night out in Hong Kong

`Whatever Man’ ponders his next play

July 9, 2009

July 9, 2009

Joey Wang, Chyi Chin (not current photo)
Reports of Joey Wang becoming a Buddhist nun refuted

Joey reassures family and long time boyfriend rumors are untrue
Rumors started as a result of SMS chat joke with friends
Yesterday’s reports had Joey ready to shave her head:
Joey Wang
Joey Wang has become a Buddhist monk/nun

According to reports, Joey became a Buddhist nun in June and has left Vancouver Canada for Taiwan
Recaps Joey’s history of relationships with big shot Peter Lam and long time boyfriend singer Chyi Chin
Joey Wang
Joey Wang profile and gallery

Will Smith Brings Kung Fu Kid to Beijing

Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Tony Leung Ka-Fai tore his knee ligament shooting a scene in Bodyguards and Assassins

Nic Tse, Arthur Wong
Director Teddy Chen
Chris Li Yichun, Arthur Wong
Cast and crew celebrate cinematographer Arthur Wong’s birthday

Jeff Lau, Gan Wei, Alex Fong
Kungfu Cyborg cast appear on TV program


Murderer posters and billboards deemed too scary and draws complaints


Stills of Andy Lau as Detective Dee

Andy Lau

First Peek of Feng Xiaogang’s New Movie Aftershock

Korea Times: ‘Chaw’ Explores Omnivore’s Nightmare

Zhang Yimou Becomes Honorary Director of Post Office

Kelvin Tong serves up more surprises in new film ‘Kidnapper’

Rumours: Cecilia Cheung expecting again!

Sun Li (Kungfu Cyborg) slide show

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan appearing at a charity event

July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
Photo Gallery
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
Stills from Overheard released

Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan


New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions


‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).


Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

bc Magazine: 24 City review
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HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
Oppai Volleyball
(Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

KOFIC
Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

Charlene Choi
Charlene surrounded by fans

Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage


A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai


I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing


APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

July 6, 2009

July 6, 2009


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The movie, a joint Sino-US production with a budget of US$100 million, will be about the Flying Tigers, the legendary US air squadron, which fought alongside China in World War II.
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Daming Chen - remakes Mel Gibson hit What Women Want for China & wins awards for other films


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JIA ZHANGKE’S “HOMETOWN TRILOGY”: Pickpocket, Platform, Unknown Pleasures

All star blockbuster “Jian Guo Da Ye” opens official web site
“The Great Cause of Building New China”. It’s to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The final length of the film will be 2 hours and 14 minutes. It means another 10 minutes will be cut. Some actors and actresses will not see their performances.


Bong Joon-ho’s Latest Challenge in ‘Mother’

Kim Hye-ja marvels in an overwhelming thriller

New York Times: A Filmmaker Finds Her Play Is the Thing
Sylvia Chang’s Design For Living

‘Cape No. 7’ effect still going strong for Kenting


SCMP interactive video: Aaron Kwok on Murderer

Liu Ye and his French bride
Liu Ye’s Big Day
Liu Ye wedding slide show

Zhou Xun Plays Down Breakup at Public Appearance


Vivian Chow
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh appeared together at child adoption charity event

Maria Cordero opens a household goods store in Tseung Kwan O
Plans to open 20, three this month, five next month.
Maria and Idy Chan

Arrest Warrant Sought for Late Actress’ Former Agent

June 20, 2009

June 20, 2009



Aaron Kwok
Murderer - stills and poster


Leon Lai
Leon Lai getting made up for Bodyguards and Assassins

Lin Chi-Ling, Leon Lai
‘The Magic Aster’ Premieres in Shanghai

bc Magazine: Plastic City
…nearly half an hour has been excised from the original [Venice] version
HK Magazine: Plastic City
…calling this movie a glorified trailer isn’t quite right—it’s more like a glorified music video
HK Magazine: Blood: The Last Vampire
bc Magazine: Blood: The Last Vampire
bc Magazine: Scandal Makers
bc Magazine: Nobody To Watch Over Me (Japan)

bc Magazine: Tats Lau - A New Calling
bc Magazine: James Yuen - A Sort of Love
…he rebels against making Hong Kong films that ‘mention nothing about Hong Kong

Gillian Chung blocks Edison Chen on MSN



Edison opens new branch of his store in Kuala Lumpur

Shu Qi perseveres in love

Jet Li buys S$20 million bungalows in Singapore’s Binjai Park


Gao Yuanyuan promoting cosmetics in Nanjing

June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009

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Sek Kin
Sek Kin passed away yesterday today (?) at age 96 of renal failure at Hong Kong’s Elizabeth Hospital. A Christian funeral is planned for June 25. He began his career as a makeup artist for opera star Sit Kok-Sin before making his debut on film as a Japanese spy.


With Kwan Tak-Hing
Gallery of photos

With Aaron Kwok and Leslie Cheung - And is that Sai Gwa Pau?
Lifetime Achievement Award (1996)
Veteran actor Shek Kin dies
Veteran actor mourned

Aaron Kwok
Aaron Kwok
Aaron Kwok Murderer

A Chinese Factory Reborn as Condo Heaven in 24 City 


Zhang Ziyi Appears in The Great Cause of China’s Foundation/Founding of a Nation

“Iron Road” to Hit Cinemas in June

Edison
CNN Talk Asia interview (video)
CNN Talk Asia interview
Edison Chen breaks silence on celebrity sex scandal


Lin Chi-ling’s ‘baby voice’ a hoax?


Jay Chou taugh Lin Chi-Ling bad words while filming Ci Ling/Treasure Hunter


http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/p/2009-06-04/06462548660.shtml


Lin Chi-Ling etiquette ambassador for 2010 Asian Games


I spy: Carina Lau out late with Hu Jun

The article reports that Carina Lau arrived in Shanghai secretly and was seen with at a bar with friends from midnight to 4 am. The lengthy partying leads to speculation that Carina is not pregnant.


The previous day, Carina was in Hangzhou checking the books on her clothing store

Cherie Chung

I spy: Cherie Chung window shopping

Described as forlorn, unhappy and knitting her brows, Cherie’s new close relationship with Peter Chan since last month was severed when it came to public light.

Cheer Chen
Cheer Chen’s young brother accused of swindling investors

One victim threatened their mother and was reported to the police

Japanese drama queen gave body for career

Dogs Sniff Out DVD Pirates in Malaysia
This time, it’s Paddy and Maddy

SCMP: Two decades since Tiananmen

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