HKMDB Daily News

December 28, 2009

December 28, 2009

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Two new posters. Movie opens Jan.22.

(China News)

Producer Jackie Chan launches TV version of The Myth (HunanTV)

Movie season’s lesser gems

Midnight Taxi, Poker King, Bright Future

CRI: Xu Jinglei Offers More Office Politics Advice

Xu Jinglei shoots promotional photos for her upcoming film “Du Lala’s Promotion” in Beijing on December 26, 2009.

Angry group lashes out at Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi accused of cheating former business partner

English subtitles missing in Hong Kong’s ‘Avatar’

December 17, 2009

December 17, 2009


Finally! A great Chinese flick (Bodyguards and Assassins)

Bodyguards stars dish dirt

(HunanTV)

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

(Sohu)

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 16, 2009

October 16, 2009a

HK Magazine: Shawn Yue Man-lok interview

bd magazine talks to Herman Yau - A Different Split

HK Magazine and bc Magazine Film Reviews

The Message

Seeing “The Message” makes one realize just how strong mainland cinema has become in recent years, and also makes you worry about whether Hong Kong cinema can keep up.

The end result is a propaganda film that is more embarrassing than patriotic. I would have preferred to be brainwashed than to see this piece of crap.

Chrissie Chau proves she has more potential than just as a seducer of teenage boys with her life-size cushion.

The film suffers from very slow pacing and, at over two hours, has probably managed to successfully alienate its intended demographic. It is genuinely surprising that the film’s producer, acclaimed filmmaker Ann Hui, didn’t have a quiet word in her protégé’s ear to suggest that if the film lost half an hour, it would stand a far better chance of being appreciated by those who will benefit most from it.

It’s easy to roll your eyes and dismiss this film as yet another popular Japanese romance weepie, but the truth is it’s a dramatic interpretation and enactment of a real person’s last days, a young woman given the short end of the stick by Fate.

HK PICKS

The Warrior and The Wolf

(China) An army commander during the Han Dynasty falls in love with a beautiful widow while stranded in the desert, with disastrous results. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Starring Maggie Q, Joe Odagiri. Opens Oct 22.

Poker King

(Hong Kong) Another local gambling-themed romantic comedy except this time they’re playing Texas Hold’em in Macau. Directed by Chan Hing-ka, Janet Chun. Starring Lau Ching- wan, Louis Koo, Stephy Tang. Opens Oct 22.

Astro Boy

(USA) The popular Japanese manga gets a slick, 3-D facelift in this animated feature. Directed by David Bowers with an all-star voice cast including Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage, Charlize Theron and Samuel L. Jackson. Opens Oct 23.

bc magazine’s HKAFF Preview

The Warrior and the Wolf

The opening film is a large scale historical epic, starring Japanese navel-gazing superstar Odagiri Jo and originally Tang Wei – her with the hairy armpits in Lust, Caution. But since being banned from appearing in Mainland productions, the infinitely more attractive, though perhaps not as talented Maggie Q, steps into the fold. Directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang – not a New Romantic band, but rather the highly acclaimed director of films like The Horse Thief and Springtime in a Small Town, as well as the elegant snoozefest, The Go Master. This looks bigger, louder, faster and sexier, so here’s opening the festival opens with a bang.

At the End of Daybreak

The closing film this year comes from Ho Yuhang, the award-winning Malaysian director of Sanctuary and Rain Dogs. The film details a secret relationship between a simple working class lad and a wealthier schoolgirl, a tryst that turns sour leading to blackmail and far worse. Examining their fractured family lives, the lack of parental control, class divisions and broader criticisms of society, At The End of Daybreak continues to cement Ho’s reputation as one of the most important filmmakers in a region of ever-increasing relevance.

Breathless

Actor Yang Ik June turns Writer, Producer and Director in this bold, brutal and uncompromising tale of domestic violence and self-destruction. Picking up a slew of awards on the global festival circuit, Breathless is the largely autobiographical tale of a brutish, deeply disturbed debt collector, who crosses paths with an equally abrasive schoolgirl, only for this mismatched pair to strike up an unlikely friendship. The cutting edge of Korean Independent Cinema.

Mother

Highly acclaimed and internationally successful director Bong Joon Ho (Memories of Murder, The Host) has, by all accounts, turned in another masterpiece. Controversially centring this tale of murder, corruption, justice and revenge on an aging female protagonist, the film follows the titular matriarch as she sets out to clear the name of her handicapped son, accused of murdering a schoolgirl and coerced by authorities into signing a confession. Mother is slated to be Korea’s official entry into next year’s Academy Awards and promises to be an intelligent, yet thrilling experience.

Air Doll

Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest film, after a string of critical hits including Nobody Knows and Still Walking, seemed at first glance to be a controversy-baiting piece of poorly judged titillation, casting Korean star Bae Doo Na as a sex doll that miraculously comes to life. What has emerged, however, is a different beast entirely. Air Doll is a delightful tale of unrequited love examining what it means to be human and the loneliness of urban life, while putting a decidedly Japanese spin on the old Pinocchio story.

Face

Always a talking point, the films of Taiwanese director Tsai Ming Liang often defy description. This is especially true of his latest French co-production, Face. Purportedly about a Taiwanese filmmaker (Tsai’s regular cohort Lee Kang Sheng) travelling to Paris in order to stage an adaptation of Salome at The Louvre, Face is a bold, challenging spectacle, brimming with beautiful imagery and even the occasional show tune. Some have loved it, some have hated it, some have been bored to tears – but everybody who has seen Face has come away with a strong, opinionated response.

Crows: Zero II

Whether he is making depraved horror films like Visitor Q or Audition, or big budget family-friendly fare such as The Great Yokai War or Yatterman, a new Miike Takashi movie is always worthy of attention.

This clumsily titled sequel to 2007’s Crows: Zero (which played at last year’s HKAFF) guarantees fisticuffs galore as he continues to adapt Takahashi Hiroki’s school gang manga for the big screen. Expect fighting, swearing, wonderful accessorising of militaristic school uniforms and, this time out, an entire army of skinheads. Not particularly highbrow, but sure to be lots of fun.

The Housemaid

Widely hailed as one of the greatest Korean films ever made, this 1960 psychodrama tells the tale of a regular family torn apart after their newly-hired maid turns out to be a sexual predator with her own increasingly evil agenda. Largely unknown outside of Korea until the 1990s, this is a revelatory piece of work that had the Global Film Community finally looking East to the Han Peninsula.

HK Magazine: G.E.M. interview

Coco Lee’s take on fame and music

August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009

Variety: Crazy Racer review
[Why can't I see this on DVD with subtitles!]

Variety: Look For A Star review

News from KOFIC
Haeundae Box Office Rampage about to Hit China

Even though tidal wave warning systems had predicted the oncoming Haeundae tsunami, the Korean box office was not prepared for its mass devastation. The film attracted 1,546,976 viewers in its opening weekend grossing over 11 billion won (U.S $.9,000,000) Climbing to number one in the box office it even managed to push aside Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which has been weaving its own box office magic around the world.

Tsunamis usually subside but Haeundae has continued its onslaught going from success to success. Initially, when it was released back in April it sold to a number of territories at the HK Film Mart. Word of its success obviously reached back to Korea and anticipation of its release here was high. More recently, it has been announced the China Film Group (C.F.G), will, on a revenue-sharing basis import the film into China. This is rare for a Korean film but given the film’s star power, ongoing success and mix of big-budget, block-buster yet non political ideals, does seem an ideal China release. The film was released in Korea July 23.


Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Jo Koo begin filming Poker King in Macau - photos

Hip-hop Singer to Star in Movie Remake of Bestselling Novel
Taiwan singer Stanley Huang will star in film “Du Lala’s Promotion”, which is to be directed by Xu Jinglei

Chrissie
The object of a 13 year-old’s affection (see story below)

Ani-com Hong Kong

July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009

Hollywood Reporter: Murderer review
Bottom Line: A horror-suspense with a head-scratching outcome.

Hollywood Reporter: Wong Jing to live and die with ‘Mongkok’
Throwback film To Live and Die in Mongkok now shooting, set for late 2009 release.
“As long as the budget is not too high, we want to finance our own films that preserves the distinct flavor of Hong Kong cinema,” added Wong

Stellar Megamedia boards Dennis Chan’s 37
Chan’s 37 tells the story of a single mother taking her daughter on a trip to the Mongolian grasslands to fulfil the girl’s dream. It also stars Lin Miao-ke, the 10-year-old girl who earned her fame singing Ode To The Motherland at the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympic Games. (Also, see Charlie Yeung articles below)

Poker King with Louis Koo, Lau Ching-Wan, Stephy Tang filming in Macau

Fruit Chan
Fruit Chan announced plans to make ‘Kowloon City’ a story about the young Bruce Lee

Chan will write, direct and produce and Lin Chi-Shiang will co-write. The biggest problem is to find the person who will play Bruce Lee because at least five similar in appearance is required.
Stanley Kwan had previously announced plans for his film about Bruce Lee but Chan was not concerned about this.
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Ge You ‘Gasps’ out Funny English

Fan Bingbing film Wheat directed by He Ping - slide show

Just for laughs - Michael Hui
Michael Hui’s Comedy Talk Show In Malaysia

Nicholas Tse encourages wife to have second child

Fan Bingbing Graces Bazaar August Issue

Stars Gather for Charity Concert
Gigi Leung, Miriam Yeung, Angie Chiu, Kenny Bee

Zhang Ziyi Elle magazine slide show



Shu Qi films a bath gel advert


Charlie Yeung
Charlie Yeung cut her hair for an upcoming role in film ‘37′ to be shot in Mongolia with Mainland actress Liu Xiaoqing. [Wonder if that means Christmas Rose is completed.] She had planned to auction hair off for charity but feared the hair would be used for other purposes.

Charlie Yeung sports new short hair, video

More photos


Kelly Chen’s baby Chace photos




Edison Chen leaves Taiwan

Wang Jie
The Stage Is Set for Jackson Imitator

June 24, 2009

June 24, 2009

Lau Ching-Wan, Louis KooStephy Tang
At TGIF's !?
Poker King opening lens ceremomy


Jo Kuk, Cherrie Ying, Josie HoLau Ching-Wan
Louis Koo
More cast photos from Friday’s

Park Shanghai — Film Review

China Star gambles on ‘Poker King’
Co-production with Macau gaming corporation Suncity Group

‘City Under Siege’ set for holiday release
Benny Chan sci-fi actioner set for Chinese National Day 2010

Dante Lam to direct ‘Dragon Tiger Gate’ sequel
Enlight Pictures producing ninth film of new slate

Hong Kong Film Archive showcases director Allen Fong’s films and TV works


Jackie Chan performed at Los Angeles’ Chinatown

The New Seven Little Fortunes helped to celebrate Chinese culture and China’s 60th birthday. Jackie taught the crowd of a thousand the lyrics and meaning of ‘Nation’.

Nnadia Chan sued for failing to pay manager

Wu Chun, Zhou Xun to star in Taiwan’s “Full House”
Full House will be shot in Taiwan and China and discusses the cross-strait ties that modern Chinese are concern about.

Korean agents reined in with contracts
Suicide sparked investigation, new regulations


Francis Ng
Francis Ng went shopping in Central.

After 15 minutes, he was done. However, he couldn’t find his car for over an hour!

Lin Chi-Ling

Lin Chi-ling advertisement photos


Charlie Yeung
Charlie Yeung returned from overseas to help open a friend’s restaurant in Causeway Bay


Gillian Chung
Simply Actors Siu Mei-Gwan , Chan Suk-Yee
Gillian Chung will be appearing in a series of 6 plays (performances?) at the end of August about fathers and daughters

Karen Mok
Karen Mok had positive experiences with Stephen Chow

New album all cover songs

China Web boycott called to mark filter debut
Green Dam opponents fear tightening of censorship

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