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February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Poster of “Dangerous Liaisons” Released at BIFF

Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung Jang Dong-gun costar

CF: Interview: Restoring “The Monkey King”(FBA)

CF: “Nightfall” to Hit Mainland Silver Screens on Mar. 15

Starring award-winning actors Simon Yam and Nick Cheung, the film weaves violence, suspense, and true love tightly together. In the film, the crazy cop (portrayed by Yam) tracks down the newly-released prisoner (portrayed by Cheung), who wants to seek revenge.

FBA: My Way review

Unengaging, nationalist war epic, devoid of genuine emotion or real characters


CRI: Cast Members Promote Movie “LOVE” in Beijing

Zhao Wei, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)2

Lin Chi-ling plays a mysterious woman in “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, now shooting in Beijing. Photos taken during a media set visit at a hospital garage dressed as a nightclub. Andy Lau drives an Audi R8 for the scene. (Feb.11)

Andy Lu (Netease)(Sina)2More

At recent appearance in Chengdu, Lin Chi-ling’s face appeared swollen leading to the usual speculations about plastic surgery. Lin blamed it on eating too many snacks and spicy Sichuan food.

(Sohu)(Sina)

Connie Chan promoting Hong Kong Film Archives “100 Must See Hong Films” in Yau Ma Tai’s Broadway Cinematheque

(Sina)2

December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Magic to Win review

Raymond Wong’s little inside joke

CF: Film “My Way” Promoted in Seoul

Fan Bingbing and South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun attend a press conference to promote the film “My Way” in Seoul, capital of South Korea, Dec. 13, 2011.

Fan Bingbing

In October, Huo Siyan wore the same dress to the Beijing Sleepwalker 3D premiere

Fan Bingbing, Jang Dong-gun at the premiere (cri-gallery)234

CF: Still Shots of “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

The makers of the upcoming martial arts blockbuster, “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D”, recently released a collection of still shots featuring the leading roles in the film.


And in-the-news Viann Zhang Xinyu attended the Beijing premiere of “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D”. She plays a concubine in the film.

Li Yuchun, Chen Kun, Viann Zhang Xinyu

(Sina)

On to Guangzhou, Dec. 13

Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei

Sweet smile says the capion. Who’s to disagree? (Sina-gallery)

Close up look at a masked Louis Fan Siu-Wong

Li Yuchun

Zhou Xun

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Ni Ni in black and white at the Beijing premiere of “The Flowers of War” (Sina)

CF: ”City of Life and Death”: Best Foreign Language Film in LA

CRI: Book Marks the Making of ‘Flowers of War’

A press conference has been held in Beijing to promote the publishing of a book entitled “The Days We Have Together”, which consists of articles written by 91 members of the production team behind Zhang Yimou’s film “The Flowers of War”. [In English, I've read elsewhere.]

CRI: China Offers Its Own Digital IMAX System, DMAX

Twins will party down Christmas Eve at Harbour City for the Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation

Twins

They’ll be singing and dancing to countdown to Christmas (Sina)

NPR: And You Thought The Tiger Mother Was Tough

Wolf Dad, as he’s been nicknamed, wrote a book that was originally titled Beat Them Into Peking University. It was later changed to the not-quite-as-catchy So, Brothers and Sisters of Peking University.

SGYahoo: Gigi Lai is worth HK$4mil, for comeback

MSN: Aarif Lee’s driving license suspended

Aarif appeared calm during the trial, although he fumbled through his answers when he was questioned in court.

MSN: Ron Ng’s after-party lies exposed

Viann Zhang Xinyu (Source)

MSN: Xiao Bin Bin ties the knot in a lavish banquet

His two adorable sons, Xiao Xiao Bin and Mini Bin, doubled up as page boys and the family of four made their grand appearance on the red carpet together.

Faye Wong in Chengdu (Dec.9)

(Sina-slideshow)

See ewaffle’s: Faye Wong concert in Chengdu

November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Sweet Journey revew

Modest but interesting road movie centred on two rural kids on the cusp of New China.

Shot in 2009 but only released in spring 2011 — when it ended up being released the same day as director YAN Ran’s second feature, mine disaster movie Together.

CF: Horror Movie ‘Harpoon’ to be Released

The pictures featured lots of nudity and adult content. Some people even questioned whether the movie can survive the strict movie censorship of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

CF: ’A Big Deal’ Premieres in Beijing

CF: ’A Simple Life’ Sweeps Golden Horses Awards

SGYahoo: Andy Lau snatches Best Actor award

When receiving the trophy, he jokingly said, “I told you. I always pay money to get the Best Leading Actor award.”

Ann Hui, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip

Ann Hui (Sina)23

Deanie Ip returns to Hong Kong

(Sina)

‘My Way’ documents Korean soldier in the Battle of Normandy

The film has drawn attention for both its storyline and record-setting budget

CF: New Stills for “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

CF: Exhibitors Make Peace with Flowers

Minimum ticket prices for blockbusters at issue.

Producers of TSUI Hark’s 3-D action fantasy Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, who have moved its release two days forward to open head-to-head with Flowers, have themselves asked cinemas in China to return a minimum of RMB35 ($5.50) per admission, a precedent set by local blockbuster Aftershock.

Chow Yun-Fat in costume as Cao Cao for “Bronze Temple Terrace” (Sina)

Michelle Yeoh considers herself lucky

I don’t even recognize you anymore!


MSN: Ricky Hui laid to rest

When he was alive, he had made known his desire to have a low-key funeral. Yesterday’s simple and solemn ceremony stayed true to his wishes.

A Side, B Side

DivaAsia: Actress Rose Chan’s molest claim just a publicity stunt?2

Here’s a nice chronology of events leading up to the “Devil Kiss, Wolf Claw” incident” with Rose Chan, Benny Chan and Joe Ma. It includes an interview with Rose Chan.

SGYahoo: Rose Chan didn’t mind getting groped

SGYahoo: Joe Ma is innocent

“Rose had said then that Joe pulled her closer because he wanted to comfort her… but his hand did not touch any sensitive part of her body.”

Master Sin had failed to receive an answer from Rose as to why she went for karaoke with the men.

“Girls should always maintain her distance even if they know the person well.”

“I slapped her and called her stupid but I only did that because I care about her. I still haven’t apologised to her.” he said.

A1:Kiss ‘n’ don’t tell pics catch the smooch seen around the world Also, Selina, Cammi, Edison

Meanwhile, Taiwan celebrity sisters Barbie and Dee Hsu are facing a Sina Weibo micro blog backlash, after pictures of them as young girls were widely retweeted.

Both of the stars are Weibo VIPs and have huge followings, but would have been uncomfortable answering the questions that popped up suggesting Barbie used to have single eyelids, a shorter chin and chubby cheeks.

A1: Andy Lau will soon be a dad CNA

Lau, 49, made the announcement in his website on Monday at 1.50am,

During the Golden Horse Film Awards, Lau glared at host Eric Tsang when Tsang asked him if he “even knows how to make babies”, referring to how there has been no happy news yet even though he and Chu have been together for decades.

MSN: Jay Chou to spend Christmas with Hannah Quinlivan?

October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: China-Korea-Japan Ready ‘Yang Gui Fei’ for November Shoot

Yang Gui Fei tells the story of a Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong. Despite her legendary beauty and relationship with the emperor, she was ultimately killed by the emperor’s guards after her family was blamed for a rebellion against the monarch.

THR: Asian Filmmaker of the Year: Tsui Hark

Filmmaker Tsui Hark expects bright future for 3D movies

CNA: Asia’s movie makers embrace 3D revolution

A 3D horror movie set in a public toilet block is part of a revolution underway in the Asian film industry as low-budget 3D productions take on the big studios at their own game.

CF: ”Starry Starry Night” Releases Six Hand Painted Posters by Jimmy

THR: Lin Pins Hopes on ‘Starry Night’

CF: ”Inseparable” Premieres at the Busan International Film Festival

“Inseparable” tells the tale of the things that happened between two men after their encounter, one is a mysterious American guy played by Kevin Spacey, and the other is a young engineer played by Daniel Wu, who has troubles both in his life and career. After experiencing constant accidents and intense danger, they both embark upon a totally unexpected journey which threatens to spiral out of their control.

WSJ: Spacey’s ‘Inseparable’ Opens at Busan

THR: Inseparable’ Culture Clash Story Stars Kevin Spacey

Diverse background of director Dayyan Eng leads to a first in the Chinese film sector.

Eng has two upcoming projects set for 2012: a heist gone wrong film that will likely shoot in Hong Kong next spring, backed by China Film Group and a Hong Kong partner. The other is the birth of his first child, due in January.

CF: Trailer out for ‘White Vengeance’

CF: ’Let the Bullets Fly 3′ Postponed for Jiang Wen’s New Project

Actress Fan Bingbing glitters in Busan

“My Way” centers around two men set in the Battle of Normandy during World War II. Even though it’s a war film, the movie mainly portrays a drama of true humanity that transcends border and nationality.

Fan plays a Chinese woman with astonishing sniper skills, who seeks revenge for the Japanese army’s murder of her family.

THR: Korean WWII Film Promises Big Action, Bigger Drama

“We aimed to provide visual effects that haven’t been seen before in a war movie, but My Way is essentially a dramaa bout humanist values,” said director Kang Je-kyu, who ends a seven-year hiatus since helming Taegukgi, a Korean War flick that became one of the highest-grossing films in local box office history.

The new film has been making headlines for bringing together three of Asia’s hottest superstars, including Jang, Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

The film is slated to open in Korea in December and in Japan on Jan. 14, 2012. Discussions are underway for distribution dates in China and the United States, which are expected to fall sometime around mid-January next year.

Fan Bingbing at the Busan press conference for My Way

Jang Dong-gun, Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri and, presumably, their translators

(Sina-slideshow)

The film tells a story about a couple of childhood sweethearts who are involved in two uninvestigated yet questionable murders.

Fan Bingbing, Li Yu

Kong Wei (Sina)23

Laughing Gor - I’m back

Francis Ng - I’m bad

Turning Point Extreme, a new Laughing Gor film based on the TVB series Lives of Omission,  is set to begin shooting on October 20. The cast includes Michael Tse, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, Francis Ng and MC Jin. Francis Ng will play the villain. Fala Chen will not return, the female lead will be Rebecca Zhu, Miss Hong Kong 2011.(Sina)

Lost in Panic Cruise poster

The film is the follow up to Lost in Panic Room, also starring Alec Su.

Based on positive response to a preview in Hong Kong, Barbara Wong’s The Allure of Tears, besides a Mainland release, now will also open in Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia on December 24. (Sina)

Tentative Lunar Holiday schedule (Mainland) released, a partial listing: White Vengeance (Nov.24), Happy Magic (Dec.1), The Flowers of War (Dec.16), The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Dec.18), The Grandmasters (Dec.22), The Allure of Tears (Dec.24).

(Sina)

Gigi Leung’s other wedding day dress, a traditional cheongsam in Spanish colors

October 6, 2011

October 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR:Hong Kong Auteur Yonfan Relishes His Role as Talent Scout

As head of the jury at the Busan International Film Festival New Currents competition, Yonfan is being asked to choose among the best new talents in Asia or elsewhere

Likable but lightweight compendium of high-school romances, well cast and slickly packaged.

FBA: Headshot (Thailand/France) review

A part return to form by director Pen-ek Ratanaruang in an existential crime noir.

FBA: Taiwan govt blocks release of 1911

Huang Yi was hospitalized while in Hong Kong yesterday to promote her new film The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. She was suffering from sudden stomach cramps and cold sweats pain. When Huang Yi tried to recover in break room with staff, her condition did not improve and she was sent to a hospital. Huang Yi was diagnosed with gastritis and given an injection and painkillers by doctors. Meanwhile, doctors recommended bed rest but as Woman Knight is her first starring film, Huang Yi hoped to continue working.

Already sick while getting made up (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Yang Guifei

Wang Leehom - Poet Li Bai

Fan Bingbing will play imperial consort Yang Guifei, one of the four legendary beauties of Ancient China, in Kwak Jae-Yong’s same-titled “Yang Guifei”. And Wang Leehom will play poet Li Bai in this China-Japan-South Korea co-production. The core of the story will be centered around war and palace intrigues. Fan Bingbing played the role once before in a 2007 TV series, Tang Paradise.

Also, Antoine Fuqua is making another version concerning the romance between Yang Guifei and Tang Emperor Xuanzong. Fuqua had been trying to invite Zhang Ziyi and Chow Yun-Fat but he may make another film about Tupac Shakur first. (Sina)

THR: Busan International Film Festival Gets an Extreme Makeover

Fan Bingbing walked the red carpet twice to open the Busan International Film Festival this evening, once with Wang Leehom for Yang Guifei and, again, with the cast of her South Korean film, My Way.

Fan Bingbing, Wang Leehom

My Way Director Kang Je-kyu and Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri

Kang Je-kyu, Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri, Jang Dong-gun (Sina)

Also from the BIFF

Shi Nansun and Tsui Hark

Accepting the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award

Jury head Yonfan and jury member Jiang Wenli on the red carpet

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Wu Renhui - Most Photogenic?

(Sina),  2

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Tony Leung’s night out with two women

MSN: Christy Chung’s sudden weight gain

July 1, 2011

July 1, 2011

CRI:  Jet Li Plays Sorcerer in ‘White Snake’

White Snake” is currently in its post-production stages, with a release scheduled for the end of this year.

CRI: Charlene Choi, Wen Zhang Seen in New Film

Still photos from Ching Siu-tung’s upcoming fantasy film “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” (Sina-gallery)

CF: “Overheard 2″ to Hit Screens on August 18

According to the details that have been released, Lau Ching-wan plays Law, an influential figure in Hong Kong’s stock market, who is involved in a traffic accident. As the investigation continues, police officer Ho (Louis Koo) discovers a man named Cho (Daniel Wu) has been intercepting the stock mogul’s phone calls, which in turn leads Ho to uncover a conspiracy.

FBA: Cleopatra Wong revamped

Poster for the Ricky Lau-produced Assassin (Sina)

A sequel to Lost in Panic Room, Lost in Panic Ship, again directed by Zhang Fan Fan, begins filming in July. Alec Su returns in the lead role.

(21cn)

My Way featuring Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bingbing will be released simultaneously in Japan and South Korea sometime in December. The story is about Koreans conscripted by the Japanese and attached to the Germans to defend against the Allies invasion of Normandy.

Jang Dong-gun

(Sina)

Simon Yam plays an art painting restorer disguised as a perfume expert in Coming Back. Opens July 14.

(Sina)

Stephen Chow’s spokesman did not deny reports that he would step forward and play the Monkey King in the new version of Journey to the West. This would leave the roles of Aarif Lee and Show Luo up in the air. (Sina), 2

Latest poster for Mysterious Island

Features heavily promoted Yang Mi (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Plastic surgery, Fung-Chi, Selina

MSN: Nicholas Tse signs divorce papers

Cecilia Cheung’s act of entrusting sons Lucas and Quintus to her makeup artist friend Rick Chin, was reportedly the factor that pushed Nicholas Tse to speed up the divorce procedures.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung loves Nicholas Tse no more

MSN: Nicholas Tse clashes with father over his marital woes

CNA:  Nicholas Tse ignored Cecilia Cheung when she had a miscarriage?

Cheung Ho-lung said his sister had tearfully confided in him about these things on many occasions, and expressed that he was very angry people viewed her as a shrewish wife, when it was Tse who did her wrong.

April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011

CRI: ’Warring States’ Actor Rates Performance ‘Poor’

Lead actor Sun Honglei says he is dissatisfied with his performance in the film “The Warring States”, but still hopes audiences will like the movie, which is due out in Chinese and North American cinemas on April 12.

CRI: Romance Movie “Mr and Mrs Single” Premieres in Beijing

CRI: “As Tears Go By” Gets on Cannes

The still featured by Andy Lau and Maggie Cheung in the movie “As Tears Go By,” was posted as the special poster of Cannes Critics Week

KoreaTimes: Cannes to host press junket for ‘My Way’

The main cast members ― heartthrob Jang Dong-gun, Japanese superstar Jo Odagiri and Chinese pop icon Fan Bingbing ― are slated to appear in the May event. It is expected to help pitch international sales for the movie.

Poster for A Chinese Fairy Tale/A Chinese Ghost Story

Liu Yifei

Wilson Yip

Wilson Yip, Wang Danyi Li (Sina-slideshow)

The Devil Inside Me - Tony Leung Ka-Fai

A June release is planned (Sina)

Sammy Hung - Choy Lee Fut opened April 2

Lau Wing-Kin (Sina)

Eat Drink, Man Woman 2 cast

front: Huo Siyan, Kenneth Tsang, Gua Ah-Lei; rear: Huang Xuan, Jiang Mengjie

back: Huang Xuan, Gua Ah-Lei, Kenneth Tsang, Jiang Mengjie

front: Huo Siyan, producer Hsu Li-Kong, director Tsao Jui-Yuan (Sina)

Lawrence Ng, attending a hospital charity event in Guangzhou, said he regrets making the original Sex and Zen film and had no plans to watch the new 3-D version. (Sina)

Leni Lan Yan surfaces

The missing Lan Yan has sent an email to Stephen Shiu apologizing for her absence that sparked rumours of her suicide. She said that since March 18 until April 6,  she has been at a Buddhist temple in Chongqing. Lan Yan plans to return home to Shanghai and then head to Hong Kong on the 7th to promote 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy. Lan Yan apologized for the trouble she caused her agent. (Sina)

MSN: Andy Lau rumoured to have bought mansion in Malaysia

MSN: Pan Shuang Shuang on Raymond Lam: We have not broken up The Chinese model speaks up

Mavis Pan’s appearance at Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay is greeted with a swarm of press . She was questioned about whether she had had breast augmentation surgery performed on her. (Apr.6)

MSN: Kenny Bee’s daughter has not seen mum in 7 years

Last week, it was reported that Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and his long-time girlfriend Fan Jiang Su Zhen were embroiled in a quarrel with his ex-wife Teresa Cheung’s younger sister Cheung Xiaowan.

CNA: Kenny Bee’s family feud heats up, daughter defends Fan Jiang

A1:Gan Lulu’s mother attacks her on TV show

“My mother hits me because she loves me.” Her mother immediately rushes forward, shoves her and starts yelling vulgarities again. (Xinhua-video) [Gan Lulu is a model/actress whose mother created a sensasian when she uploaded a video of her daughter getting out of the shower in hopes of finding a suitor for her.] (ChinaSmack)

Bob Dylan made headlines of Chinese newspapers the second day after the Beijing show with two follow-ups in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Here is a brief round-up of newspaper digests and reviews by some Chinese music commentators.

September 23, 2010

September 23, 2010

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Variety: Late Autumn2

Suspended between the leisurely and the lethargic, slow-burn romance “Late Autumn” revolves around an unlikely crossing of paths between a female convict on temporary leave and a frivolous young gigolo.

CRI: Tang Wei, Hyun Bin Meet in ‘Late Autumn’

FBA: The Stool Pigeon (線人) (8/10)

The main cast of Dante Lam’s Beast Stalker reunites in a tense, more character-driven crime thriller.

CRI: Zhou Xun Displays Bizarre Habit in New Thriller

The “Perhaps Love” starlet leads a thriller short entitled “Legend of Four Nights: The Nail Trimmer’ which is currently shooting on location in Beijing,

Lawrence Chou, Zhou Xun

Derek Tsang, Lawrence Chou, Jimmy Wan Chi-Man

(Sina-slide show)

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster (Sina)

Tats Lau, Liu Kai-Chi - Shanghai Bund

Liu Kai-Chi broke his wrist while filming Shanghai Bund (tentative title) in Central. Liu fell down some stairs and landed awkwardly while shooting a fight scene. He is currently recovering at home. (Sina)(Xinhua)

CRI: Fan Bingbing to Star in Korean War Epic ‘My Way’

The film will tell a story of a Korean solider who was recruited by the Japanese army to fight for the Germans during World War II. Fan stars as a Chinese woman who falls in love with the Korean solider after meeting him in China.

“Pregnancy is really too time-consuming. You have a big belly and after delivering the child [you] have to regain your figure. It takes about two years.

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