Screenings of director Fei Mu’s lost classic, “Confucius”, in its initial phase of restoration last year met with overwhelming response. The film in its second phase of restoration will be unveiled in the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) together with other works of the great director, including the masterpiece “Spring in a Small Town”. As a contribution to the HKIFF, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) has organised a retrospective “Fei Mu, Film Poet” to showcase the work of one of the greatest filmmakers of Chinese cinema. (Original article, NYTimes)
Chan’s new movie also shows that it’s possible to be creative within the often-soulless genre of the big-budget Chinese epic that has come to dominate the local industry.
Sometimes the punchlines were culturally specific and were delivered very quickly. They do not translate well and result in hard-to-catch subtitles. The quick fire comedic exchange between Wang’s staff for instance, left non-Chinese speakers puzzled as the subtitles zoomed by.
Dante Lam’s Fire of Conscience opens Apr.1
Leon Lai plays a hot, violent detective, Richie Ren/Jen a gentle anti-drug cop
Crossing Hennessy will be opening film at this year’s HKIFF.
Amphetamine from Taiwan will be the closing film.
Connie Chan and mother, Gung Fan-Hung (Sina)
Gung Fan-Hung (c) with Lydia Shum, Nancy Sit, Connie Chan
Connie Chan’s adoptive mother and mentor Gung Fan-Hung died after suffering chest pains while attending Connie Chan’s concert at Hong Kong Coliseum on the evening of Feb.24. She was 98 years old. In 1953, Gung and her husband Chan Fai-Lung opened the Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Academy and nurtured talent such as Ng Kwan-Lai. (Sina)
Connie Chan performed last night despite her grief. She was greeted with warm applause by fans.
Earlier, Connie told the media, ‘Mommy, since childhood, taught me everyone should play their part and perform their duties.’ (Sina)
Connie Chan held a brief press conference and said she would announce funeral plans after completing work.
New Swordsman from Yuen Wo-Ping featuring Daniel Wu, Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming? (Xinhua)
Zhou Xun and Huang Xiaoming are also rumored to be leaving Huayi Brothers when their contracts expire to join Peter Lam’s Media Asia. (Xinhua)
Cherie Chung shot new photo adverts for a collagen center promoting the ’secret of youth’ (!)
Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting’s new slimming advert (Sina)