HKMDB Daily News

August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Lacuna

Lacuna, perhaps adhering to the conservative censorship standards in China, feels uncharacteristically tame and gratuitously sweet. Indeed, the nocturnal rom-com’s Category IIA rating in Hong Kong should ring all sorts of alarms for those looking for The Hangover, Beijing.

TimeOutHK: Pang Ho-Cheung

Pang Ho-cheung is returning to his controversial best with his latest showbiz satire, Vulgaria.

TimeOutHK: Sexy Shiga Lin

CF: Jackie Chan Brings “Rush Hour 4″ Back

CF: August One Studio: Shooting from a New Perspective

CF: Character Posters Released for ‘White Deer Plain’

CRI: Zhang Yimou Responds to Ad Scandal

Zhang Yimou to cooperate with railways film probe

(Sina)

GlobalTimes: Rail ministry under fire over 7m yuan film kickback

Shortly after an audit report showed the Ministry of Railways had spent 18.5 million yuan ($2.91 million) on a disappointing publicity short film, the public was shocked again to learn that a huge chunk of the investment might have been pocketed by ministry officials.

CF: Chinese Stars on the Torch Relay of London Olympics

May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Final Poster of “Floating City” Released

Yim Ho’s upcoming film “Floating City” is set to hit cinemas nationwide on May 18.

(Sina)

Based on a true story, “To My Wife” is about famous couple Lin Juemin and Chen Ying, played by actors Tong Dawei and Xu Qing, respectively, at the beginning of 20th century, while at the same time tells the story of a film crew shooting a movie about the couple.

Vincent Zhao, Yang Mi

Yang Mi (Sina)

A wave of filmmakers from China and Hong Kong, including chopsocky legend Jackie Chan, are spending more time than ever shooting in France — lured there by some of the world’s most recognizable icons as they also take advantage of juicy incentives.

CF: Brigitte Lin Says No to Jay Chou’s New Movie

A previous report said Chou invited Lin to join the sequel of his piano-themed movie “Secret.” But the actress told the media at the event that she declined the invitation.

“Motorway” concept poster unveiled in Beijing yesterday

Anthony Wong

Shawn Yue, Anthony Wong, direcotr Soi Cheang Pou-Soi (Sina)

The feature film in the ‘4+1 series’ produced by Pang Ho-Cheung and co-directed by Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan Chi-Man will finally be released this June (originally scheduled for Aug.2011 as “Lacuna”). Starring Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu, the pair try to remember what happened prior to waking up together after one drunken night. The project began in 2010 as four interlocking short films starring Zhou Xun, Stanley Huang, Laurence Chou as well as Shawn Yue and Zhang Jingchu. Previously: [7.13.2011][12.4.2010]

(Sina)23

The father of two was spotted with his ex-wife at their eldest son’s meet-the-parents session on Saturday

Cecilia’s mother attending the recent Lady GaGa concert

March 28, 2012

Vulgaria (Screen Daily review)

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Vulgaria

By Edmund Lee
Having spent much of his career filtering good humour through very bad taste, writer-director Pang Ho-cheung delivers arguably his naughtiest picture to date with a pitch-black comedy whose central mystery concerns whether its protagonist has had sexual intercourse(s) with a mule. While its potentially offensive content is either verbal or merely implied, Vulgaria’s readiness to revel in its own political incorrectness should ensure its popularity with festivals looking for curiosity items.

The film world-premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and is scheduled for a summer release locally – tentatively in late June.

Shot in 12 days without a complete script, the movie is essentially a series of side-splitting episodes related by producer To Wai-cheung (Chapman To, who previously starred in a much more reserved role in Pang’s Isabella) at a sharing session with cynical film students. Pushed to defend his worth in the role, the downtrodden veteran recalls the ridiculously dramatic journey of getting his latest project, a remake of the 1976 soft-core flick I Want More!, off the ground.

To do that would mean to satisfy the whims of investor Brother Tyrannosaurus (Ronald Cheng), a mainland Chinese gangster boss who’s into exotic food and kinky sex; to persuade the original film’s lead actress (Susan Shaw playing herself) to take her part again; and to secure further financial support from his disillusioned ex-wife (played by Kristal Tin, To’s real-life spouse). Pang’s penchant for male sexual fantasy is again evident as his character’s plight is partly relieved by the affection of a teenage model, Popping Candy (Dada Chan), who earns her nickname with her unusual fellatio technique.

With an original Chinese title that translates as Vulgar Comedy, this film-biz satire displays a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals – of humans and other species – as frequently as it possibly can; in fact, the irreverent tone is immediately set at the start of the film when the function of movie producers is compared to that of pubic hair (“to ease friction between two people”). As has become the norm for Pang’s recent efforts, Vulgaria also concludes with extended post-credits sequences which provide the movie’s ultimate comic punch line.

Production company: Making Film

International sales: Golden Scene Co. Ltd., www.goldenscene.com

Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang

Scriptwriters: Pang Ho-cheung, Lam Chiu-wing, Luk Yee Sum

Original story: Pang Ho-cheung

Cinematography: Jason Kwan

Art and costume designer: Ho Lok-lam

Editor: Wenders Li

Original music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung

Main cast: Chapman To, Dada Chan, Kristal Tin, Ronald Cheng, Fiona Sit

ScreenDaily

March 26, 2012

Vulgaria (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Vulgaria
3/22/2012 by Deborah Young

Fully living up to its title, Vulgaria is Hong Kong comedy at its breeziest and most communicative. Even if this odyssey about a debt-ridden film producer who stoops as low as you can go to finance his next picture – a porn flick bankrolled by a gangster – it isn’t going to replace Mel Brooks’ The Producers as sub-genre leader anytime soon; it’s smooth and funny enough to win its own coterie of admirers. The laughs are universal and will ensure fast and furious festival bookings, but many of the references to local actors, etc., are in-jokes that won’t be caught outside H.K. It will be interesting to see how this witty, R-rated material is going to fly with more conservative Asian audiences.

It is the second film by prolific director Pang Ho-cheung to play in the current Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, after his romantic comedy Love in the Buff opened the event. It’s not hard to see their strong local appeal. Both films pivot around a deep feeling for Hong Kong’s dialect, slang, food and social behavior, which in this case makes them even more interesting, if a bit less accessible, to the rest of the world. In the case of Vulgaria, there may be some remake value abroad.

The film’s extreme spontaneity is a result of the off-the-cuff way it was made in twelve days on a mini-budget, with the screenwriters penning scenes and actors improvising as they went along. The zippy pace, cascades of characters and droll perfs offer more proof of the director’s versatility and grasp of genres.
A film teacher has invited uninhibited veteran producer To Wai-cheung (Chapman To) to address his class of film students and explain what his profession is all about. To immediately takes charge and likens the producer’s job to pubic hair, specifically in its/his function of decreasing friction in the director’s intercourse with the financier. Prodded by questions from the floor, he launches in on a frank, often gross, history of his hit film Confessions of Two Concubines, in which he used wannabe actress Popping Candy (Dada Chan) as the 20-year-old body double for an aging porn star (a good-natured cameo by cult actress Susan Shaw.)

But before he gets everybody on the set, To is forced to scrape together some production funds. His ex-wife, a heartless lawyer, agrees to loan him money and suspend alimony payments for a year, on the condition he give up visitation rights to the daughter he adores. Of course he ends up accepting. An associate introduces him to a man with some money to invest – a glittery young mob boss whose lavish dinner party becomes the scene of a hysterical show-down. To atone for not eating the stomach-churning delicacies put before them, the producers are ordered to copulate with two female mules lead into the restaurant.

At this point To tells the student his memory goes blank (illustrated by a piece of 35mm film burning up), and it will not be until the end credits that the truth about that fateful night is revealed.

Chapman To, one of the recurring characters in the Infernal Affairs trilogy and co-producer on Pang’s Isabella, is instantly recognizable as the deadpan producer whose one-track mind rarely deviates from making movies. As such he is wholly sympathetic, even when succumbing to the advances of Popping Candy, an expert in exotic oral sex. Newcomer Dada Chan brings an uncommon archness to an airhead role that should signal her own big-screen break.

Production company: Making Film Productions
Director: Pang Ho-cheung
Cast: Chapman To, Dada Chan, Ronald Cheng
Screenwriters: Pang Ho-cheung, Lam Chiu-wing, Luk Yee-sum
Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang
Director of photography: Jason Kwan
Production designer: Ho Lok-lam
Editor: Wenders Li
Music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung
Sales Agent: Golden Scene Co. Ltd (Hong Kong)
No rating, 90 minutes.
THR

Love in the Buff (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Love in the Buff
3/26/2012
by Deborah Young

You don’t have to be an admirer of Pang Ho-cheung’s 2010 surprise hit, the romantic comedy Love in a Puff, to be amused by its equally hip and sassy sequel Love in the Buff. Reprising the two original lover-protags as they break up and make up between Hong Kong and Beijing, Pang offers another painfully on-target analysis of modern love in all its truth and lies, with only a wee bit of wheel-spinning towards the end. Opening the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong-Chinese coprod has a waiting audience and can be expected to gain ground on its predecessor in Asian markets. Though the raucous, off-color jokes in Cantonese and Mandarinare mostly untranslatable, their flavor at least comes across in subtitles, while Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue’s down-to-earth, laid-back acting makes their beleaguered characters as familiar as New Yorkers.

At the end of the first film, junior ad exec Jimmy (Yue) and slightly older cosmetics salesgirl Cherie (Yeung) gave up smoking, the bad habit that brought them together during work breaks. Now they’ve been living together for half a year and he’s already forgetting birthdays and putting work commitments ahead of their relationship (a running theme.) The sarcastic Cherie, always comparing and complaining, isn’t that easy to live with, either. She decides to move back to her mother’s.

When first he and then she get transferred to Beijing for work, both find new love interests. But they can’t stay away from each other long, and they start texting and cheating on their new companions while they feel their way through a painful off-and-on relationship. The highly convincing dialogue is spiced with very funny toilet jokes (toilets literally figure in two important scenes) and buoyed up by a series of well-timed gags, beginning with the opening horror film send-upthat manages to be funny and scary at the same time.

Later, on the plane to Beijing, Jimmy’s pal Eunuch announces it’s legal to feel up flight attendants two times before they arrest you. The guy behind them tries it and finds out once is enough. The offended hostess (doll-like beauty Mimi Yang) asks for Jimmy’s number as a “witness” and they quickly get together. Attentive, fun and much younger than Cherie, she wants a serious relationship that the immature Jimmy has no intention of providing.

Cherie also has someone new in her life, Sam (Xu Zheng): serious, considerate, divorced. He would make a great long-term partner, if the crazy Jimmy didn’t haunt her thoughts and cell phone. Pang and Luk Yee Sum’s screenplay hits home in its attempt to crack the universal conundrum: why do people fall for each other, despite their obvious imperfections? Why do they ditch better partners to be together? Clearly Jimmy and Cherie are made for each other and, like the salty 7/11 noodles he loves with not enough meat, each is “perfect” for the other.

Not only Hong Kong, but mainland China is made to look like a very modern, happening place with its disco, bar and club scene for upwardly mobile 30-somethings. Lok-Lam Ho’s very spare scenery in sophisticated tones of white and gray underlines the anti-traditional feeling of the whole, echoed in close shots, apparently casual framing and nervous editing that well capture the intimacy of a moment.

A number of local guest stars appear in well-planted cameos that always got a laugh from Hong Kong audiences. Similarly, the absurd end credits sequence in which one of the characters appears in drag lip-synching an MTV song will fly by Western viewers, though the gist is clear.

Venue: Hong Kong Filmart, Mar. 19, 2012
Production companies: Making Film Productions
Cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yu, Mimi Yang, Xu Zheng
Director: Pang Ho-cheung
Screenwriter: Pang Ho-cheung, Luk Yee Sum
Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Shi Dongming
Director of photography: Jason Kwan
Production designer: Lok-Lam Ho
Editor: Wenders Li
Music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung
Sales Agent: Media Asia Distribution
No rating, 106 minutes
THR

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Romancing in Thin Air review

Ambitious riff on Asian melodrama is diverting but lacks real emotional oxygen.

SCMP: Cutting it in Beijing - without selling out (Pang Ho-Cheung)

Rather than offering melodramatic high jinks and endless sequences showcasing Beijing’s hypermodern urban landscape - two things which litter mainland romantic comedies of the past few years - Love in the Buff is comparatively restrained, drawing its humour from the way the two Hongkongers consolidate themselves in Beijing through personal and professional relationships they establish there.

CF: Laughter Sounds the Same in Any Tongue (”Love in the Buff”)

CF: Cast and Crew of ‘Nightfall’ Celebrate in HK

CF: Film Masters Unveil Micro Movies at HKIFF

The four installments will be edited into one feature film entitled “Beautiful 2012″ and will be sent to this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

CF: Scrutinizing Sixth Generation Directors

This year’s springtime will see the works of sixth generation Chinese film directors come to life on the nation’s cinema screens. From late April to May, “Design of Death” “Guns N ‘Roses”, “Full Circle” and “An Inaccurate Memoir”, all directed by sixth or seventh generation directors, are to be released in cinemas and examined by audiences and critics alike.

CF: ”The Zodiac Mystery” Scheduled for Release in Summer Holiday Slot

The suspense thriller “The Zodiac Mystery” finally passed censorship stages after a three-month-long review, which has reignited the interest of moviegoers.

Blood Stained Shoes premieres tonight before a national release on the 31st.

Daniel Chan plays Ruby Lin’s husband

Ruby Lin

“Mandarin ducks”

(Sina)23

Poster for “Witness” released at the HKIFF

Jack Kao plays a noodle shop owner who witnesses a hit-and-run accident one night (Sina)

Zhang Yimou, Zhang Weiping

Rumours are circulating through the weibo-sphere that director Zhang Yimou and long-time business partner producer Zhang Weiping are parting ways. The two either had a falling out due to Yimou’s recent marriage “scandal” or differences over money according to the speculation. During the promotions for “The Flowers of War” it was noted that they rarely appeared together and promoted the film separately. Their relationship has spanned over 23 years. (Sina)23

CNA: Cherrie Ying to set up “Anti-Third Party Club”?

MSN: Timmy Hung ties the knot

Bride and groom arriving!

Happy parents -  Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung

Jacky Cheung dropped off a gift before flying off to Shanghai for a concert

Patrick Tse and Deborah Li

Andy Lau

Jackie Chan

Yuen Biao and wife

Angie Chiu, Melvin Wong

Raymond Wong

Richard Ng and wife

Shi Nansun

David Chiang and wife

Law Ka-Ying, Liza Wang

Virginia Lok

Timmy Hung’s mother (right)

Albert Yeung

Bride and groom (and Sammo) (Sina)23

July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

China Lion to bring Fox International’s ‘Love in Space’ to U.S. theaters2(FBA)

The story “follows a mother and her three grown daughters as they juggle their assorted love lives. Each woman is successful in everything except love – until they unexpectedly encounter new romances in Beijing, Sydney and even on a space shuttle.”

The romantic comedy will be released in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand on September 9.

“Sex and Zen 3D” Gets North American and UK Release Dates

The Chinese erotic blockbuster “Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy”, will hit North America August 12, with the UK and Ireland following September 2.

CRI: Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu Portray Love in Outer Space

In the film, Liu and Kwok portray two ex-lovers who have to face each other day and night in the space capsule. They both said that it is a big challenge for them to perform when there is no gravity.

CF: Producer’s Cut the Unkindest

The Pretending Lovers and Rest on Your Shoulders cut for creative, market considerations

In America, it is known as an “Alan Smithee film,” the name given when a director’s dispute over final cut reaches the stage where they are no longer willing to be associated with their own film.

Variety: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

A mawkish, nuance-free adaptation of Lisa See’s 2005 bestseller.

THR: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan demonstrates the Chinese-American director Wayne Wang remains one of the world’s best directors of women.

CF: Zhou Dongyu Lands a Role in “Qing Cheng Zhi Lei”

Young actress Zhou Dongyu has landed a role in the film “Tears in a Fallen City”

It’s Love - The Sorcerer and the White Snake stills featuring Huang Shengyi

(Sina-gallery)

The Pang Ho-Cheung-produced “4+1 Project” gets a mainland theatrical release at the end of August. Previously issued as 4 separate internet short films, this is the “+1″ expanded piece interlocking the individual segments(?). Now titled, literally, “Drunken Nights” (originally, “Broken Pieces”). (Previously), and here

Shawn Yue, Zhang Jingchu

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing attends the LA premiere of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (July 11)

Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang

Wendi Deng, Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang

Jeon Ji-Hyun did not attend (Sina)(Zimbio)

CF: “Snow Flower” Premieres in LA

“2011’s most thirst-quenching summer movie”, Beach Spike

Yeah!

3 Faces of Chrissie

(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung lets son Lucas Tse skip kindergarten

October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

THR: ‘Aftershock’ to shake U.S., Canada Oct. 29

CRI: “The Founding of a Republic” Wins Biennial Chinese Audience Film Award

FBA: Asian films score at Sitges

Dream Home: Best Actress prize for Josie Ho; Andrew Lin gets Best Make Up FX.

Variety: The Red Eagle review

Vivian Wu

Vivian Wu plays a guard in the prison drama Let Love Come Back(?). The film will be released next year on International Women’s Day, March 8, with a cast that includes Cecilia Yip and Siqin Gaowa. Previously announced cast members included Cheng Pei, Pei, Pace Wu, and Jessey Meng Guangmei. The drama will focus on the lives of both the women guards and the women prisoners.

Cecilia Yip, Vivian Wu

Cheng Pei Pei (Sina)234

Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen, Leste Chen Cheng-Tao, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen, Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu and Zhu Yuchen have begun filming the fourth part of Pang Ho-Cheung’s omnibus film ‘4 + 1 Project’ (4 shorts, 1 movie’. The project is Pang’s first mainland production. The first part featured Zhou Xun in the Nail Clipper Monster, Shawn Yue starred in part 2; and Stanley Huang in part 3. In part 4, as a tribute to Gabriel Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera, the film is called Love in the Time of Weibo. Director Chen Cheng-Tao (Leste Chen) says the film documents a couple’s relationship via weibo bit by bit and is filled with magic realism. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Francis Ng in signature red leather hoodie from Wind Blast

(Sina-gallery)

(Oct.16) Rehearsal photos of Zhang Ziyi for Saturday evening’s Hundred Flowers Film Awards.

Zhang Ziyi will also be singing a Teresa Teng song.

(Xinhua-slide show)

Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Ziyi celebrating after the awards Saturday night. (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei’s first film since giving birth will be a collaboration with Huang Xiaoming according to her agent. Filming will begin in December. (Sina)

Karen Mok met with fans in Singapore to promote her new CD. Despite feeling ill, Karen carried on singing four songs and playing games with fans. (Sina)

(Oct.17) Louis Koo celebrated his 40th birthday with over 400 fans from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. A noted Star Wars fan, Louis dressed as a Jedi Knight and guests included Sandra Ng and the Grasshoppers. (Sina)

WSJ: Edison Chen and His ‘Mr. Sandman

With “Mr. Sandman” — the first single from his forthcoming album “Confusion” — Mr. Chan resumes his singing career, which started in 2004 when he released his first record, “Please Steal This Album,” with Emperor Entertainment Group. (Also, free download of his single.)

Peter Lam, Edison Chen (file photo) (Xinhua)

GlobalTimes: It’s complicated! China’s own Casanova and seven of his great loves

Six degrees of Zhang Yadong

CRI: Faye Wong Concerts Tickets Price Soaring

Veteran HK actress Kathy Chow lashes out at industry ‘pimps’

Kathy Chow plagued by Lupus rumours

Lin Chi-ling botches live singing attempt at Taipei concert (Xinhua)

(Sina-slide show)

Wu Bai, SHE, Jay Chou, et al

A few more Stalking Cherie Chung photos

(Xinhua)

June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010

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THR: MPAA’s Pisano calls for ‘open and free’ industry in China

THR: Product placement finding its place in China

Product placement strategies for China’s booming movie business drew a standing room only crowd to the film market’s closing day, on the sidelines of the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival.

  • But China’s catching up and imitating Western practice quickly, if not always smoothly. In the current boxoffice hit romantic comedy “Go La La Go,” by director Xu Jinglei, the male protagonist is cheered up when his girlfriend hands him a cup of Lipton tea without mentioning the American brand.
  • Actor Tony Leung appeared on an outdoor billboard for Head & Shoulders shampoo with the same haircut and black shirt he wore in “Infernal Affairs” (2002).
  • “With my film ‘Spicy Love Soup,’ Peter showed us all kinds of things we’d never seen done for movies in China, like a soundtrack using pop stars, posters in the subways and a Valentine’s Day,” said Zhang about the film he said grossed about 30 million yuan ($4.39 million), a killing for its time.

THR: Chan calls ‘Karate Kid’ role a nice break

City Monkey (6/10)

China’s first parkour movie is more about the teenage hero’s combative relationship with his mum than about the sport itself.

The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (8/10)

Unofficial Ip Man prequel has a quality look and lively tone, with plenty of good action.

Shanghai (7/10)

Full-on, pulpy mystery-thriller, set in spy-ridden ’40s Shanghai, entertainingly tips its hat to studio classics.

Short of having the Warner Bros. logo at the start, and Humphrey Bogart walk on screen and say “Play it again, Chan,” Shanghai is the closest thing to an oriental version of Casablanca in colour and widescreen as you’re likely to get. The surprising thing is that it pretty much works, on its own deliberately pulpy level, and even manages to pack some genuine emotion into its final section and must-make-the-last-ship-out finale. The central plot doesn’t really manage to combine the main character’s personal and professional quests, and some interesting side characters get beached by the tight editing; but while it’s running on screen, Shanghai doesn’t bore for a second…

Zhang Ziyi and Sun Honglei have signed on to star in the epic historical film ‘Revolution’. Sun Honglei plays Huang Xing, second only to Sun Yat-Sen, who led an alliance to overthrow the Qing Dynasty in 1911. Zhang Li will direct with a script by Wang Xiaodong, who wrote The Founding of a Republic. (Xinhua)

Pang Ho-Cheung

Hong Kong director Pang Ho-Cheung revealed in Shanghai that he was entering the mainland market. He will make three films in three years under an agreement with a subsidiary of Jiangsu Radio and Television Studios. He said Hong Kong producers at most invest $10M yuan. Pang’s first mainland film will have a $30M yuan budget. He admitted that he is still learning the mainland review system and that he will consult with his mainlaind partner and slowly he will learn it. Pang has already started preparation on his first film. It is an adaptation of a book whose rights have been purchased [Women's guide to catching spoiled boys] and it is in the scripting stage. The tentative Chinese title is ‘Spoiled Women, Best Life’. (Sina)23

Shanghai’s winning projects include Lost In Touch, Last Valentine’s Day (Screen Daily)

Quan Ling’s Lost In Touch and Sheng Zhimin’s Last Valentine’s Day took the top two prizes at China Film Pitch and Catch (CFPC) and Co-production Pitch and Catch (Co-FPC), the project market of Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).

At a low-key awards ceremony in Shanghai last night, novelist Quan Ling (權聆, pictured) secured Most Creative Project Award for Lost In Touch (陌生), her melodrama about a husband and wife experiencing the seven-year itch that is to be produced by Jia Zhangke’s (賈樟柯) Xstream Pictures (西河星匯).

CJ readies 3-D creature movie

CJ Entertainment (CJ엔터테인먼트) is re-teaming with Haeundae (해운대) producer JK Film to deliver a 3-D creature movie.

Production gets underway this week on Block 7 (7광구, working title), a creature-action film set on and below an oil rig. (FBA)

Wang Xiaoshuai, John Woo

Pang Ho-Cheung, Doze Niu

3-D charges the air in Shanghai

From his own experiences working with a Hollywood studio, He Ping said that US producers see their own films as global films and not just as North American films, with powerful resources at hand to take the films into international markets. The implication is that Chinese producers are still thinking too locally. He also said that Chinese producers have a “not invented here” mindset and that they should work more closely with neighbouring countries on new technologies. (FBA)

Jiang Kai and Huang Yi, only separated?

Latest reports from ‘informed sources’ indicate that Huang Yi is trying to salvage her marriage to Jiang Kai. Previously reported to have a flash marriage and flash divorce, it’s said that the couple is only separated and that divorce proceedings were not finalized.

In the interview, Huang Yi said: “The question was repeatedly asked is sometimes annoying, I’m here to tell my friends who care about me, one thing, that I really had separated Jiang Kai.” As to the causes, Huang Yi stressed: “Just because personality clashes … … there are many problems, really hard to say a few words clearly. It is purely due to a financial (the people), one artist, two people working environment there is no way to reconcile, he will move. Some requirements may be I can not accept personal and work environment is the most important (reason). “

Huang Yi said she tried to restore their marriage, “as a girl, if not to the last step, certainly will be very hard to restore. I have this feeling, or serious, otherwise I would not be open to you this feeling. But indeed there are many problems in that period, I have been in a confused period. until the subsequent emergence of the photographs, I also can not question him, why did you do, but I think I tried, for me, This is not a good thing, is a great harm. “

She also revealed than in October she may work in Herman Yau’s new film ‘Qiu Jin’. (Xinhua)

Charlene Choi signed autographs in Beijing to coincide with the release of her Mandarin CD As a Sa. (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei

Ruby Lin, Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei, Ruby Lin, and China Film Group Deputies visited a senior actress on her birthday at a Shanghai hospital. (Xinhua)

Lucas Tse takes on pop legend Michael Jackson

In a 5-minute clip circulated on a popular Chinese video-sharing website, Lucas Tse, son of power couple Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse, pouts and moonwalks to the beat of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’.

Twenty years her senior, Mu is said to be a native from the Shandong province who grew up in Taiwan. Apart from being the boss of a famous club in Shanghai, Mu is also active in the Taiwanese showbiz arena and is one of the masterminds behind many Taiwanese and Mainland Chinese productions.

May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010

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Louis Koo - Triple Tap

CRI: Louis Koo vs. Daniel Wu in ‘Triple Tap’

CRI: Sophie Marceau to Star in Wang Xiaoshuai’s New Film

THR: Chinese producer unveils ‘Monkey King

Three-part, 3D Monkey King announced

Two Mainland versions of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Cat. III Love in a Puff will be released in June. Neither version will have any scenes deleted. Rather, both Mandarin and Cantonese (for Guangdong Province) versions will be redubbed to eliminate foul language and Hong Kong slang. This means that there will be three versions of the film, Mainland Mandarin, Mainland Cantonese and Hong Kong Cantonese. On a post by the director on his micro-blog: “So excited to tell you, Love in a Puff will be released in June. La la la la. The most exciting thing is, Guangdong Province Cantonese version will be shown, yo yo yo yo. Happy, happy, happy, happy.” In the past, foul language was ‘beeped’ out but this was found to be too distracting for viewers. According to anonymous sources, Pang originally tried to edit the scenes with bad language but the results were unsatisfactory so the redub approach was taken. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Producer Manfred Wong announced that Karen Mok and Tony Leung Ka-Fai would play Bruce Lee’s parents in the Bruce Lee Biography. Aarif Lee Chi-Ting was previously announced as playing Bruce Lee. Shooting would begin in June, in time for a November release to coincide with Bruce Lee’s 70th birthday. Simon Yam and others are expected to guest. Peter Chan is to direct and Raymond Yip to deputy direct. (Sina)

The First Adventures of the Three Gangsta Bears

Poster for an early short work of Pang Ho-Cheung.  On his micro-blog, Pang says he is having underground screenings. A description of the film where it has a surprise world premiere at Udine Film Festival.

Tsui Hark at first trailer release for Detective Dee

Deng Chao plays an albino detective in a body-burning case

Poster unveiling, September 23 release planned (Sina)2

Simon Yam in Taiwan to promote Echoes of the Rainbow

(Sina)

Simon Yam dismisses death hoax rumours

Zhang Jingchu - Shanghai World Expo

Zhang Jingchu helped to raise funds for China Disabled Persons Welfare Foundation (Sina)

Lucas

After missing her expected Mother’s Day delivery date, Cecilia Cheung has checked into the hospital and is expected to deliver her baby tomorrow. The family has reportedly selected an English name already, ‘Focus’, to match the ‘-cas’ in brother Lucas’ name. (Xinhua)

More baby news. Due to her recent hard stance against having a baby, Michelle Reis’ husband has reportedly offered her HK$500 million if she will agree to undergoing artificial insemination. Regardless of the success, she would reap the benefit. (Xinhua)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting unveils the HTC Desire

(Sina)

CRI: Beautiful Director Xu Jinglei in Magazine

(Sina)

Lin Chi-ling on Takuya Kimura: Handsome but not for me

Japanese TV series co-star

Mark Chao flaunts physique

Aaron Kwok’s Singapore concert (Sina)

Aaron Kwok wows!

The highlight of the spectacular show was, naturally the much-talked about indoor revolving stage that entered the Guinness World Records for its sheer size - a 10m by 9.44m translucent platform (about the size of two squash courts). Cavorting on a 450 degree revolving manner, the stage took Aaron Kwok back and forth while he sang and danced, as it revolved vertically and horizontally.

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