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November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

CRI: ’When Love Comes’ Wins Golden Horse for Best Film

“When Love Comes”, a drama about a teenage girl dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and her chaotic family life, claimed the best film trophy at the 47th Taiwan Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

FBA: Taiwan films divide prizes at Golden Horse

Among the biggest surprises of the evening was a best actor win for Ethan Ruan for “making the translation from idol to actor in a performance with depth” in Monga…The most competitive award of the evening was in the best actress category, with the jury vote split nine-to-eight in favour of China’s Lü Liping forCity Monkey. Taiwan’s Sylvia Chang lost the vote because of her less-central role in Buddha Mountain.

MSN: Ethan Ruan wins Best Actor award at Golden Horse Awards

Taiwan’s arthouse films win top honours at Golden Horse Awards

FBA: Chen orbits Atom

Director and producer Chen Kuo-fu [The Message] has reportedly bought a personal 35% stake in Taiwan distribution, production and sales company Atom Cinema…Chen is currently head of production at China’s Huayi Brothers, where he produced recent blockbusters Aftershock and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

CRI: More Still Photos of ‘If You Are the One 2′ Released

Shu Qi - If You Are the One 2


Andy Lau and Wu Jing sparring in New Shaolin Temple


Gong Mi version of My Brother Bruce Lee poster

Gong Mi


Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aarif Lee (Sina)

John Woo returned to Hong Kong from the US to receive the Silver Bauhinia Star Award. The awards replaced the old British honours system, e.g., Order of the British Empire, after 1997.

Stanley Ho

Stanley Ho received Hong Kong’s highest award, the Grand Bauhinia Medal. (Xinhua)(Sina-slide show) (Sina)

Faye Wong - Shanghai concert

Faye Wong closed the show with the Heart Sutra dedicated to the victims of the recent Shanghai apartment building fire. Speaking to her fans, Faye only said ‘thank you’ four times during her concert. This was two more words than she spoke in Beijing.

Besides their three wedding receptions in Beijing, Hainan Island and Taipei, Xiaofei would be bringing his bride to France for a fourth wedding.

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s manager has denied rumours that the star had reunited with old flame Huo Qi Shan [Eric Kok Fai-Shan], and revealed that she is currently not dating anyone,

November 9, 2010

November 9, 2010

Color Me Love poster

Preview screenings in Shanghai, Chengdu and Shenzhen have received positive reviews

Zhu Hong, model Lu Yan

iLook editor Hong Huang, Zhu Hong, Joan Chen

Zhu Hong (Sina)2

Jang Dong-Gun, Fan Bingbing, director Kang Je-Kyu

Best Actress Fan Bingbing was presented with flowers upon returning to the set of My Way in South Korea. (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Jiang Luxia

Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia, DaDa Lo and A.Lin took to the streets to promote Vampire Warriors.

A.Lin, Dada, Chrissie Chau, Jiang Luxia

Massive crowds (Sina)23

Nicholas Tse plays a villain in Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple

Andy Lau plays a rival warlord who becomes a monk

He leads the monks in protecting the victims of war (Sina)2

CRI: Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse Seen in ‘Shaolin’

Still from Midnight Beating

Opens Dec. 24, a future Christmas classic! (Sina)

Josephine Siao Fong-Fong and husband

Fong Fong accompanied her husband who received an honorary doctorate’s degree. (Sina)

Cherrie Ying and Jordan Chan shot a series of light-hearted wedding pictures (Sina)

Closeups of Cecilia Cheung

Sure looks pregnant to me (HunanTV)

Law Kar-Ying and wife Liza Wang returned from Canada to Hong Kong (Sina)

Displeased that he’s being accused of using Lin Chi-ling to gain viewership for his new variety show, Mr. J Channel, Jay Chou slams media online

Barbie Hsu’s whirlwind romance brings out naysayers

March 1, 2010

March 1, 2010

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A Side, B Side/Side A, Side B (The Double Life)

Ning Ying’s black comedy starring Zhang Jingchu is scheduled for a Apr.8 release. It is set in a mental hospital. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Stephen Chow aims for film empire

Stephen Chow Sing-chi is aiming to build a Chinese version of Time Warner in the mainland after being appointed executive director of Emcom International, reports Sing Tao Daily

A Comeback for ‘Lust, Caution’ Actress Tang Wei


CRI: Huang Xiaoming in Upcoming Kung-Fu Biopic Ip Man 2

Jackie Chan

Yu Shaoqun (

Jackie Chan plays a cooking monk in New Shaolin Temple.

A $10M yuan replica Shaolin Temple was built to avoid tourists and because the real temple has been modernized.

Andy Lau plays a warlord hiding out at Shaolin Temple

(Sina) (Xinhua)

CRI: New Shaolin Temple, Literally

Future X-Cops

China Film Group officially announced a release date of Mar.30 (Sina)

(Feb.27) Hong Kong premiere of Echoes of the Rainbow

Simon Yam, Sandra Ng


Vicki Zhao, now seven months pregnant with a baby boy, will return to acting soon after delivery because property magnate husband Huang You Long reneged on promises to fund her planned wine-related enterprise, said Hong Kong media.

Huang reneged on his promises once he found out that Zhao was pregnant. The 31-year-old reportedly even denied Zhao the right to openly call herself his wife.
Zhao was said to have become worried and spread the word that she will be returning to showbiz soon after giving birth, as a fallback plan if things with Huang do not work out.


AngelaBaby met with fans to celebrate her 21st birthday

The theme was ‘Back To School Birthday Party’

(Sina) (Xinhua)

After a two year break Twins sing together at the EEG dinner in Macau (Feb.27) (Sina)

CRI: Twins Highlight EEG Spring Dinner

Sammi Cheng’s concert DVD has surpassed 150,000 and a second edition is being issued.


Fan furore that Yao Ming’s baby could be American

February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

CRI: Tang Wei Returns to Mainland Screens

Ang Lee Protege to Return to Chinese Screens

Hot Summer Days: A hunka-hunka burnin’ love

Forget “Valentine’s Day” and head East instead. From directors Tony Chan and Wing Shya comes the Hong Kong take on the star-studded rom-com, “Hot Summer Days”.

Like its American counterpart, “Hot Summer Days” follows the intertwined stories of various couples as they embark on the arduous journey to find true love - giggles, tears and “Aww …”

All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010: Happy endings

All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010″ may not be the most profound movie but you can’t deny its entertainment value (what, were you expecting Shakespeare?). Starring some of the biggest names in the Hong Kong film industry, it knows not to take itself too seriously and go straight for the funny. It’s a fine blend of mischief and mayhem that is guaranteed to generate more than its fair share of guffaws.

72 Tenants of Prosperity: Prosperity you can do without

Loosely based on an older version of the film, “72 Tenants” has a plot that is scattered, disjointed and, at times, completely haphazard.

New characters and developments spring up randomly, and the jokes often go beyond slapstick into the realm of the ridiculous.

At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss “Little Big Soldier” as yet another war epic set in ancient China. Any movie produced by Jackie Chan, however, is bound to generate a few giggles.

Vincent Kok will direct Sandra Ng and Louis Koo in a martial arts comedy produced by Peter Chan. Tentatively titled ‘Heroine’, Chan described the story as similar to The Incredibles and, hopefully, reminiscent of A Touch of Zen. Filming will begin soon at Hengdian. (Sina)

New Shaolin Temple - Nic Tse, Benny Chan

Nic Tse training to face against Andy Lau


Corey Yuen, Benny Chan (HunanTV)

Miriam Yeung, Alan Tam

Here Comes Fortune Hong Kong premiere last night

Ella Koon


Jay Chou’s image from True Legend was used without authorization for marketing beer. In the film, Jay plays Drunken Master Beggar So’s mentor.


Gillian Chung’s 2008 film Fantastic Water Babes, after a two year delay, is slated for a summer release. In addition, Gillian will possibly work on a mainland drama ‘Ling Zhu’. Albert Yeung reported paved the way for Gillian’s return by donating RMB$40M to various charities. For her part, Gillian resigned with Emperor through the year 2020. (HunanTV)

Variety: China Film Group set to float in 2010

China’s state-run film colossus China Film Group will seek a stock market listing this year, with revenue likely to grow at 40% annually, according to its vice-prexy Shi Dongming.

An emotionally wrenching portrait of migrant workers in China, Last Train Homehas already become one of the most acclaimed Canadian documentaries in recent years.


Cherie Chung

At the Taipei National Palace Museum buying souvenirs (Xinhua)

Charity premiere of Nine - Lau Ching-Wan, Amy Kwok

(HunanTV) (Sina)

Also Marsha Yuen, Pau Hee-Ching, Monica Chan (Sina) (CRI)

19 year-old Gong Mi signed with music label Amusic,

the same label as Leon Lai, Miriam Yeung and Janice Man. (Gong Mi first became famous for her resemblance to Cecilia Cheung when she competed in the Super Girl contest.)


Grieving Hong Kong actress Michelle Yim may finally fulfill her late boyfriend Wan Chi Keung’s longtime wish to marry her.

The actress is considering arranging minghun, or a ghost marriage according to Chinese traditions, to formalize their relationship, said reports. (Xinhua)

Her suspicious were aroused after she discovered that her jewellery worth an estimated NT$1 million, diamond watch, and other valuables were left intact, except for a missing laptop kept in her Louis Vuitton handbag. She also revealed that the intruder also left traces and went through her personal documents.

December 17, 2009

December 17, 2009

Finally! A great Chinese flick (Bodyguards and Assassins)

Bodyguards stars dish dirt


Andy Lau trains for New Shaolin Temple Slide show (13) (Sina)

Poker King Shanghai publicity visit with Lau Ching Wan, Stephy Tang and director Chan Hing-Kar (Sina)

Mainland version is 20 minutes shorter.

Scriptwriter Lawrence Chou, Gillian Chung

Sze Na, William Chan

Gillian Chung is preparing for her comeback film Former/Ex a Chapman To project also featuring Chan Wai-Ting and Sze Na/Shi Ya (Sina)

Almost Pefect - Edison Chen

Kelly Hu


Indie film Almost Perfect featuring Edison Chen and Kelly Hu is slated for a Christmas holiday release. (Xinhua) (IMDB)

Annie Yi says role in ‘Great Porcelain Merchant’ saved her

Former actress Gigi Lai changes name in hopes of bearing a son

A geomancer claimed that Lai’s old name “Li Zi” benefited her career but conversely decreased the chances of her having a child. Even if she conceived, the child will more likely be a daughter than a son.

Jay Chou is CNN’s Entertainer Extraordinaire for 2009

AngelaBaby Super slide show (100) (Sina)

Born and raised in Shanghai, AngelaBaby is of one quarter German descent and moved to Hong Kong at the age of 13 when she only spoke Mandarin.

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu promoting apparel brand in Shanghai

(Sina) (Xinhua)

After finishing Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock/Tangshang Earthquake last month, Zhang Jingchu’s next film will be the comedy Flirting Scholar 2 to be directed by Lee Lik-Chi and co-starring Huang Xiaoming. [I think this is a different Flirting Scholar project than the one featuring Fan Bingbing in a reversal of gender role announced earlier this year.]

A-mei - Macau

A-Mei performed in Macau with a mix of rock and roll, metal, and Turandot’s Nessun Dorma. (Xinhua)

October 26, 2009

October 26, 2009

Leon Lai - Bodyguards and Assassins


Leon plays the son of a rich man who becomes depressed and a beggar after both he and his father falls in love with Michelle Reis. With glasses on, he looked like John Lennon and brought much laughter to the set. (

CRI: Bodyguard Leon Lai Fights Assassins in All-star Film

Eric Tsang - Jay Chou’s Treasure Hunter

Eric Tsang, Lin Chi-Ling (

Wang Xuebing

Wang Xuebing puts on makeup to become King Bull in Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box (

Cfensi has a nice post on Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting, which screened recently at TIFF.

CRI: Milu Deer Leads Chinese Animation Industry

Stefanie Sun

Stefanie Sun was in Beijing to film the MV theme song for Mulan (

CRI: Stefanie Sun Shoots Music Video in Beijing

Abbot Shi of Shaolin Temple presented Jackie Chan with scroll he personally wrote with ‘Dragon’. (

Andy Lau

Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Jackie Chan

Slide show of New Shaolin Temple cast in Abott’s chamber (20) (

Press Release: Bruce Lee Enterprises Announces Website Launch and Major Expansion of Brand

…Shannon Lee, daughter of Bruce Lee (pictured above), announces a major expansion of the Bruce Lee brand. Her organization is launching a flagship website, “This site will be the beacon of all things Bruce Lee on the Internet,” says Shannon. The company is also engaged in an ambitious program of licensing merchandising rights and creating original film and television productions through Bruce Lee Enterprises and LeeWay Media Group. (Photo: Business Wire)

October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009

Stills from Treasure Hunter

Lin Chi-Ling, Jay Chou

Chen Daoming, Eric Tsang


Nic Tse, Fan Bingbing, Wu Jing, Andy Lau

Photo gallery (

CRI: Jackie Chan to Show Shaolin Kung-Fu

Jackie Chan and Andy Lau were in the Shaolin Temple on Thursday to kick off the filming of “New Shaolin Temple”.

Screen Daily: Chan teams with monks on $30m action epic Shaolin

Unlike the 1982 film which is set in Tang Dynasty, Shaolinis set in the early 20th century when China was at war. Nicholas Tse will play a wealthy young man who finds refuge in the temple after a tragic incident in his family. He meets his kung fu master, played by Jackie Chan, in the temple as well as future enemies.

THR: Chan, Lau to star in ‘Shaolin’ remake

Variety: Ninja Assassin review

Seemingly made to capitalize on a dubious CG innovation — namely, the slicing of bodies in half by whizzing five-pointed stars — “Ninja Assassin” has little else to recommend it, not even laughs.

The story of a poor, terminally ill factory worker in mainland China develops in unexpected ways inWeaving Girl, a touching, small-scale drama featuring a strong performance from the actress Yu Nan.

CRI: Donnie Yen with ‘14 Blades’ (trailer)


Prince of Tears, Taiwan slide show

Screen Daily: Matrix stuntman to head cast of China Film’s Kung Fu Man (previously, Kung Fu Hero with Keanu Reeves)

Scheduled to start shooting on Oct 28, Kung Fu Man will tell a contemporary story about a martial arts practitioner, who accidentally rescues a Caucasian boy from a foreign kidnapping group, and changes the boy’s world perspective and values. Branch and Chyna McCoy (G.I. Joe) will play the villains.

Michelle Yeoh wants to help develop new talents for entertainment industry

“If our market is strong enough, there might come a day where foreigners will want to shoot more movies over here. Most the movies done now are all about their stories. We have a lot of our own stories. Being in Southeast Asia, in Singapore or Malaysia, we have a lot of our own stories and we can film these movies well.”

“There was a scene where (Tse) was beaten up by Hu Jun for protecting Sun Yat-San and he requested for a real fighting scene,” he said. “In the end, I got his close friend (a martial arts instructor) to punch him. The friend kept punching his face for more than 10 times till his face was swollen and I decided that was enough.”

Peter refuted speculations about Donnie and Leon’s disharmony when both actors avoided each other during the promotional events for Bodyguards and Assassins. “There is no such problem at all! Do not believe those reports! On the contrary, those with problems are not being reported!”

Exhibit chronicles the contributions of Chinese Americans in Hollywood since 1916

Comedy Western to be directed by Jiang Wen

October 21, 2009

October 21, 2009

14 Blades poster



Terri Kwan, Oceane Zhu Xuan

Cheng Pei-PeiKarena Lam, George Lam, Daniel Wu, Kenneth Tsang and wife

Prince of Tears Hong Kong premiere - slide show (28) (


THR: Chow Yun-Fat to star in Jiang’s ‘Bullets’

CRI: Chow Yun-Fat Joins “Bullets” Cast

… there were no less than ten options for the ending of the movie. The director and Chow came up with the final version when they were drinking and chatting…

The 11 major male roles will go towards assembling a Chinese “Ocean’s Eleven”, according to earlier reports.

Investment in the movie has hit 150 million Hong Kong dollars, or about 20 million US dollars.

Michelle Yeoh goes back to gongfu

In Jianyu Jianghu, loosely translated as Rain Of Swords In The Martial Arts World, she will play an assassin.

Co-directed by acclaimed Chinese director John Woo (Face/Off) and Taiwanese film-maker Su Chao-pin (Silk), filming for the movie will start in China next week.

Emi Wada: A many-hued Oscar

The world knows Emi Wada for her Academy Award-winning costumes for Akira Kurosawa’s Ran, but most Chinese know her as the brains behind the techni-colored wardrobe of Zhang Yimou’s 2002 Hero (Yingxiong).

Astro Boy’s Huge Comeback

Deng Chao’s Astro Boy haircut

Deng Chao as Astro Boy

THR: Golden Harvest promises rebirth

New managers vow to resurrect storied HK studio Golden Harvest

Benny Chan’s New Shaolin Temple won’t be like the Jet Li version. Filming begins in December and will feature Nic Tse, Fan Bingbing, Andy Lau, Jackie Chan, and Wu Jing. But the female lead has not been cast yet. Fan Bingbing replaces Zhou Xun who was originally announced but had a schedule conflict. Script is by New Police Story’s Yuen Kam-Lun. Filming will take place at the actual Shaolin Temple then move to Hengdian Studio. (Xinhua)

Keanu Reeves will act in producer/investor capacity and ’spiritual pillar’. He will not star, as previously reported, in Kung Fu Hero. Keira Knightly is slated to guest appear. Ning Ying will direct.[An odd choice as she is noted for harder hitting films like On The Beat and Railroad of Hope.] Beijing launch ceremony photos below. (

Tiger Chen Hu

Chen Hu, Lin Shen

Director Ning Ying

Three leads - Chen Hu, Jiang Mengjie, Lin Shen

Brandy Yuen, action director

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