HKMDB Daily News

January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: ’Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault’ review

From the opening moment when a bomb explodes and annihilates everything in sight, “Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault” makes clear its intention to claim all the tropes of Hollywood action films.

FBA: Black & White loses during elections

CRI: ’You Are the Apple of My Eye’ review

CF: Apple Tastes Sweet

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Premieres in Hong Kong

The action-packed film “The Viral Factor” premiered in Hong Kong, on January 15, 2012. Director Dante Lam, along with Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse, Lin Peng attended the ceremony.

Patrick Tse and Albert Yeung at the Hong Kong premiere of “Viral Factor” Sunday

Lin Peng

Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse

Nic with parents Deborah Li, Patrick Tse

Two shady Tses, ngar, ngar (Sina)234

CF: Chilling Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”

The film is scheduled for release in March, 2012.

CRI: ’Flowers of War’ Stars at Golden Globes

Surely, you saw them on the broadcast. No? (Sina-slideshow)

CF: China’s ‘Flowers of War’ Stuck in Trenches

Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, added that “Zhang is good at blending sights and sounds with a forceful impact, but often fails to express a film’s inner meaning.”

FBA: The Flowers of War review

Good-looking but dramatically weak Nanjing Massacre drama, with a miscast Christian Bale. 

Mainland edition of poster for Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle” (Sina)

Latest poster for “Harpoon”. The Lunar New Year sado-masochistic thriller stars Hu Bing, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) and Zhao Ming. It’s being promoted as “Saw” with Chinese characteristics.

Daniel Wu makes a guest appearance in Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician”. Other guest stars include directors Tsui Hark and Vincent Kok and funny man Jung Hsiang (Rong Xiang).

Daniel Wu (Sina)

Daniel Wu, Derek Yee and Yan Ni attend a media appreciation event to mark RMB$100M box-office since opening Jan.12 (Sina)

Stills from Valentine’s Day zombie thriller, “Night Club Suspense Tale”, featuring Chrissie Chau and other youth idols.

Zhang Yingjun in a “Thriller” spoof

Chrissie Chau

No longer just a “flower vase” (Sina)2

Yao Di and Jimmy Lin Zhi-Ying in a scene from the romantic comedy  ”If I Were You”, by way of “Ghost”

Li Qi’s film opens Jan. 26 Sina)

Chu Yen-ping’s “Perfect Two” Shanghai premiere press conference.

Vivian Hsu, Chu Yen-ping, Ella Chen, Vic Chou and Little Bin

Vic Chou, Little Bin

Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

Sunday in Beijing

Yang Mi, Vivian Hsu

Yang Mi and Little Bin (Sina)2

CF: Zhang Ziyi on “Marie Claire” Cover

CF: Wax Statue of Yao Chen Unveiled in Shanghai

SGYahoo: Bosco Wong defends girlfriend’s honour

Assertions that clearly hints at TVB beauty, Myolie Wu were made that the actress has dabbled in prostitution involving rich Hong Kong business tycoons for money.

MSN: Miriam Yeung is not pregnant with twins

It is believed that Real did not want his wife to drink at the banquet, and wanted her to leave early. Miriam decided to take her leave, so as to avoid her husband’s incessant nagging.

Ever since the 37-year-old singer got pregnant, her husband had been very strict with her eating habits and health. He also made sure his wife abided to every pregnancy taboo.

“To people of my age, Shu Qi is our goddess, so I was really nervous working with her on ‘LOVE’,” said Ruan.

“Sometimes, I’d even forget to breathe.”

Shu Qi may be his “goddess”, but Ruan had recently declared in a post on his micro blog that Taiwan model Tiffany Hsu is his true love.

January 3, 2012

January 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love Is Not Blind review

Charming, unpretentious rom-com boosted by subtle chemistry between its leads.

FBA: Legendary Amazons review

Old-fashioned, ’80s-style costume action with a miscast Cecilia Cheung setting the shaky tone.


Variety: Black Blood review

The Cathay countryside and its inhabitants have rarely looked drearier than in “Black Blood,” Zhang Miaoyan’s impressive second feature. Set in a hostile area beyond the Great Wall and shot in beautifully textured, black-and-white HD, the pic charts the downfall of a dirt poor family after they’ve started selling their own blood for money — and subsequent contracts AIDS.

FBA: Apple takes Hustle’s crown

Box office news

WSJ: ‘Apple of My Eye’ Sets Box-Office Record in Hong Kong

Over the weekend, Mr. Ko issued a two-page letter in appreciation of the movie’s Hong Kong fans, while the film’s two stars — Ko Chen-tung and Michelle Chen — paid a visit to Hong Kong. They’re headed to Shanghai to promote the film in China, where it opens on Friday.

Giddens Ko

Ko Chen-Tung, Michelle Chen Yan-si

Ko Chen-Tung, Michelle Chen Yan-si, producer Angie Chai, Giddens Ko (Sina)

Vivian Hsu sports cute buck teeth for Chu Yen-ping’s romantic comedy “Perfect Two”. It opens Jan. 23.

(Sina)2

Vicky Zhao Wei plays a sexy, warm, single mom in Doze Niu’s “Love”. This Valentine’s Day film is Zhao Wei’s first film since having a child.

(Sina)

Stills from “The Killer Who Never Kills” featuring Jam Hsiao, Chrissie Chau, Eric Tsang

Jam Hsiao

Jeffrey Huang Licheng

Chrissie Chau, all bound up

Jam Hsiao, Eric Tsang

(Sina), 2

Li Bingbing, Zhang Li and Xu Jianing attend the MV theme song release for Sun Zhou’s “I Do”

Li Bingbing

Zhang Li, Li Bingbing, Xue Jianing

Zhang Li (Sina)

A1: Cannabalism in HK drama - a matter of taste?

A controversial Hong Kong TVB drama series is alienating its core group of mature viewers, butis drawing new and younger fans to the goggle box with its creativity.

When Heaven Burns, a 30-parter psychological drama that explores the consequences of a guilty conscience, was massively panned when it started its run in Hong Kong last month.

“Most of them feel that they are already so tired after a long day at work, it’s a chore to use their brains to digest the content of a drama series.

ChinaHush: Female superhero Chinese Redbud Woman appears in Beijing (Bauhinia Heroine)

Another case of China’s Shan zhai?

Surely, a publicity stunt. But for whom, what?

Poster for Hong Kong film

Chrissie Chau as Bauhinia Heroine

Ethan Ruan, pants on the ground

MSN: Ethan Ruan’s nude photo goes viral

Ethan’s nude clip not only generated buzz for the movie, but also earned the actor the title of No. 1 eye-candy. His clip had since gone viral online.

Nicholas Tse: Cecilia’s still the mother of my sons (MSN)

The Hong Kong actor spoke on reconciliation rumours with ex-wife Cecilia Cheung

Nicholas’ father, veteran artiste Patrick Tse, admitted in an interview recently that the pair indeed had “an enjoyable time with their sons”.

Sceptics believe it to be a publicity stunt for the pair’s new films, pointing out that it comes at a time when both Cheung’s “Speed Angels” and Tse’s “The Viral Factor” are about to hit cinemas across Asia. 

MSN: Shu Qi responds to holiday rumours with Lee Hom

MSN: Miriam Yeung announces pregnancy

December 6, 2011

December 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

China Lion Announces its Chinese New Year Slate and 2-for-1 Tickets (North America)

CRI: ’The Great Magician’ Coming out on Jan. 12

Previous reports indicated the film would cooperate with Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, also produced by Bona Film Group, to go head-to-head against Zhang Yimou’s Oscar-hopeful “The Flowers of War”.

CF: The Flowers of War’ Brings Forward its Release Date

“The Flowers of War” was supposed to go head-to-head against “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate.”

A spokesperson for Bona provided the press with a clever if not all too revealing answer, stating that, “There is a possibility for us to bring forward the date too; the final decision will be announced at the premiere ceremony of our film on December 12 in Beijing.”

Stills of Huang Haibo in “The Flowers of War”. He plays a Chinese soldier who disagrees with the military orders of Tong Dawei.

Huang Haibo

Tong Dawei plays Captain Li

Qin Hao plays one of the Chinese soldiers

Qin Hao - 7th from right (without a helmet)

Qin Hao

Qin Hao - 3rd from right

1st on right

(Sina)23

Stephen Chow has reportedly abandoned his plans to film “Tai Chi” next year citing unhappiness with his script. Instead, he will film a 3D version of “Little Mermaid” and begin casting for a lead actress soon. (Sina)

“The director of “Kung Fu Hustle”, Stephen Chow is also remaking it in Chinese.”

The original film will be released in mainland China next week. About 900 prints of the film have also been sent overseas, making it the biggest Bollywood release outside of India.

Li Yuchun’s new long-haired look for Peter Chan’s “The Guillotines” (Sina)

New “Great Wall, My Love” poster

Tong Dawei and Cherrie Ying star in the romantic road movie

Emily Liu Yi-Ming directed the Taiwan made film

(Sina)2

Posters for Kevin Chu Yen-Ping’s “Perfect Two” feature Vic Chou and Little Bin

Yang Mi will sing the theme song as well as act in Chu Yen-Ping’s romantic comedy “Perfect Two”. Yang Mi plays the single mother of Little Bin, with a cast that also includes Vic Chou, Vivian Hsu, Ella Chen (of S.H.E.), Tao Zeru and Ding Sha Sha. The “family New Year comedy” opens January 23.

Yang Mi

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” Trio in Esquire Magazine

Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan, cast members of director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” posed for a photo shoot for Hong Kong’s Esquire Magazine in promoting their new movie. The film is slated for release on December 16.

(Sina)

CF: Final Promotional Trailer of “The Allure of Tears” out

The production company of the sensational film “The Allure of Tears” released the movie’s final promotional trailer on December 6, featuring the third story “The Third Drop of Tears.” The film consists of three separate stories, respectively entitled “The First Drop of Tears,” “The Second Drop of Tears” and “The Third Drop of Tears.” Directed by Barbara Wong and starring an all-star cast with Zhou Dongyu, Gigi Leung, Richie Ren, Joe Chan, “The Allure of Tears” is scheduled to open in national cinemas on December 22.

Directed by and stars Xu Jinglei, with other stars including Stanley Huang, Christy Chung and Gigi Leung, the film will hit cinemas on the 23rd of December during the Christmas holiday slot.

CF: Top Chinese Films of the Season

All my old HK friends are now in Beijing: Carina Lau, Cherie Chung and Kenny Bee attend a watch brand event.

Carina Lau, Cherie Chung

Kenny Bee, Carina, Cherie

(Xinhua)

MSN: Eason Chan denies divorce rumour

When a Hong Kong magazine asked him if he was ready to divorce his wife at the post-concert celebration party, Eason lost his temper and asked the reporter to “buzz off”.

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