HKMDB Daily News

July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Design of Death review

Boisterous black village comedy is flawed by a weak structure and lack of a strong central core.

FBA: Sweet Eighteen review

Offbeat portrait of a teenage lesbian crush marks a promising directorial debut.

FBA: Falling Flowers review

Biopic of 1930s Chinese writer Xiao Hong looks fabulous but lacks involving drama.

FBA: To Forgive review

Island mystery is an interesting calling-card for a first-time director.

FBA: Motorway review

Slick, engaging thriller blends cars, crime and characterisation in a fresh way.

TimeOutHK: Tony Leung Ka-Fai interview

CF: ”People Mountain People Sea” Set to Release on August 3

It is based on a true crime in which the youngest brother of a rural family was murdered and the killer fled. Five older brothers searched half the country and finally caught him.

CF: People Moutain People Sea:A Simple Revenge Story with Apocalyptic Ambitions

CF: Fan Bingbing Lights up “Double Xposure” on September 29

(Sina)

Poster for documentary about the making of Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death”

“Matters of Life and Death”  (Sina)

CF: ”McDull Pork of Music” to Premiere on July 10

CF: Release Date for “Happy Hotel” Confirmed

CF: Caught in the Web

Caught in the Web, a new film by Chinese mainland director Chen Kaige, is a movie about the online human flesh search. Premiering on July 6, the professional return of Chen after his focus on historical films and the topic of web violence are both becoming trending topics.

Qiao Renliang plays the leading role of Peng Da, a rag man who accidentally becomes the new boss of a luxury hotel. Lam Suet portrays Peng Da’s best friend

Directed by Fu Yong and starring Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Qiao Renliang, Kent Cheng,Christy Chung and Zhou Weitong,

Stills of Wong Jing/Marco Mak’s “Naked Soldier” featuring Sammo Hung and Anthony Wong

Sammo Hung

Anthony Wong

Anthony Wong, Ankie Beilke

CF: Descent into Obscurity

The Hundred Flowers, Golden Rooster and Huabiao Awards become irrelevant.

The movie will be released in North America in 3D and 3D/IMAX formats on September 14.

Stills of Maggie Cheung and Cherie Chung in Yonfan’s 1988 “Last Romance”

Cherie Chung, last week, at an event in Admiralty

For several years, the paparazzi have been trying to nail down photographic evidence of a romance between director Leon Dai and actress Guey Lun-mei.

Nicholas, who will be headlining two action movies this year, Story of the White Haired Demoness 3D and Special Rescue Squad, is said to have visited the physician to get his health back on track before filming commences for his new movies.

Has Brigitte Lin split from husband Michael Ying?

The 57-year-old’s inability to produce a son has led to speculations that she has split from her husband

March 26, 2010

March 26, 2010

CCTV: Film “Ip Men II” ready for screening

Fanny Shu [Shu Qi] May Quit “If You Are the One 2″ for Andrew Lau film

Danny Lee and Mimi Chu - Crossing Hennessy

Danny Lee plays a small-time accountant (HunanTV)

Sneak Peek of posters at the HKIFF

Ann Hui’s All About Love

At The End of Daybreak starring Kara Hui

Johnnie To’s Death of a Hostage

King of Jesters with Jim Chim, Wong Cho-Lam, Xu Jiao

Wong Jing’s Naked Soldiers to be directed by Cash Chin Man-Kei features Tang Yifei

The Emerald and The Pearl stars Charlene Choi, Raymond Lam, Ti Lung and Tien Niu (HunanTV)

Zhou Yun - Let the Bullets Fly

Zhou Yun attending HKIFF press conference (Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Bikini found in room could have caused Charlene-Ronald split

March 25, 2010

March 22, 2010

Variety: Hong Kong festival kicks off

The 34th Hong Kong Film Festival kicked off Sunday with the twin bows of Ivy Ho’s comedy “Crossing Hennessy” and Clara Law’s “Like a Dream” at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

Screen Daily: Like A Dream

Clara Law’s beautifully absorbing fable is a lush and at times entrancing moody melodrama that is highlighted by the quite wonderful performance by the enchanting Yolanda Yuan who plays dual roles.

Screen Daily: Crossing Hennessy

Crossing Hennessy is an engagingly fresh and enjoyable dramatic comedy that makes great use of its Hong Kong locations as it delves into the romantic complications of modern urban life.

THR: Chinese presence fuels optimism in Hong Kong

Almost a fifth of this year’s exhibitors — more than 120 — hail from mainland China, as the growing strength and importance of that market continues to show itself.

Jackie Chan and Stanley Tong will produce a 30-part television series about Yuefei, one of China’s most heroic and controversial generals, now that they have secured long-sought Chinese government approval.

The series, “Yuefei,” is about the general of the Southern Song Dynasty in the 12th century A.D., who helped defend central China against invaders, but eventually was imprisoned and executed by the high court at age 39. Yuefei’s name was cleared posthumously and his story is told to Chinese children today to teach courage and tenacity.

Chow Yun-Fat - Let the Bullets Fly

(Sina)

CRI: Interest in ‘Bullets’ Runs High

CRI: Director Wang Quan’an’s New Project Not So New

CRI: Bazaar Releases ‘La La” Fashion !

Bazaar releases a special issue of its magazine to coincide with ‘Go Lala Go!’ that includes more golden rules of office survival.

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yu hope Cat.3 rating won’t affect box office for Love in a Puff

(Sina)

Asian Film Awards Jury President Tony Leung Kai-Fai suffering from eye irritation.

Awards to be announced Monday. (Sina)

Tang Wei at HKIFF

Paw Hee-Ching, Ivy Ho, Tang Wei (Sina)

Stanley Huang and Karen Mok in Go Lala Go! (Du Lala’s Promotion)

Three “Jing girls” in Wong Jing’s Future X-Cops

Zhang Li

Tang Yifei

Natalie Meng Yao (HunanTV)

(Re)Inventing China’s “Seventeen Years” on Film at the 2009 New York Film Festival

Mainland Chinese works of art from this “Seventeen Years” period have been routinely dismissed as propaganda by the same Western scholars and critics who periodically “discover” and celebrate masterpieces of Chinese cinema from the preceding Republican era or the later post-Mao era.

Mao-era Chinese films are univocal, tedious, and thematically homogeneous.

This rarely questioned truism could only be asserted by the ill-informed, and its widespread acceptance reveals how common is the ignorance of this period of Chinese film history. The cinema of this period includes comedies, musicals, dramas, animation, war epics, historical sagas, traditional operas, children’s films, and spy thrillers…

Mao-era Chinese films are excessively ideological and oppressively obvious, bludgeoning the viewer with blatant political propaganda…

THR: Echoes of the Rainbow

Bottom Line: A nostalgic and unabashedly sentimental family picture.

THR: 14 Blades

Bottom Line: A traditional martial arts thriller beefed up by gimmicky weaponry.

THR: Crossing Hennessy

Bottom Line: A rom-com that is more comical than romantic.

THR: Like a Dream

Bottom Line: Little thematic and less narrative sense make for difficult viewing that often tests the patience.

THR: Amphetamine

Bottom Line: Aesthetic aspirations killed the camp.

Bottom Line: Evidence that the digital revolution isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Bottom Line: A teasingly original idea from a new filmmaker wrapped up in the familiar.

THR: Wong Jing tackles 3D comedy

‘King of Jesters’ to be produced by Mega-Vision

Wong also returns to familiar grounds with “Naked Soldiers”, the US$4 million three-quel to his sex and crime series “Naked Weapon” and “Naked Killer,” which raised to cult status in Europe with their main draw of T&A and guns. Next, Mega-Vision will also begin production of the 30 million yuan (US$4.4 million) action adventure “Aladdina,” starring Louis Koo and the Hong Kong pop group Twins.

THR: Filmko on a quest to make 3D ‘Quixote’

First Chinese stereoscopic 3D period drama, helmed by Chinese director Agan

…starring Karena Lam (”Claustrophobia”) and Liu Ye (”City of Life and Death”), the film was produced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, utilizing the academy’s stereoscopic 3D camera, the first in China. The film also hired a group of 3D experts from Germany as consultants during the shoots.

The company is now developing its next 3D epic, “The Monkey King,” a 180 million yuan retelling of the Chinese mythical literature “Journey to the West” with a script written by “Ip Man” writer Edmond Wong. Filming is scheduled for October with a 2011 release date.

Fresh from his win at the Berlin International Film Festival for his romantic comedy “Au Revoir Taipei,” Chinese-American director Arvin Chen is at this week’s Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum to meet with potential investors for his new movie,“Nan Jing East Road.”

East Wind Rain poster


Half a century on, ‘Suzie Wong’ still a star in Hong Kong

Actress Nancy Kwan walks into Hong Kong’s Luk Kwok Hotel, the first time she has ever visited the backdrop to her classic 1960 film “The World of Suzie Wong”.

Jacky Cheung concert tour embroiled in fraud case

Stanley Ho’s daughter, Pansy Ho

Asian casino magnate Stanley Ho denied Thursday that he has ties to Chinese organized crime gangs.

Casino VIP rooms opened door to gangsters in Macau, report says

Vivian Hsu was surprised with a birthday cake on the set of Seediq Bale

Director Wei Te-Sheng, Vivian Hsu 

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