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March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011

AP Interview: ‘Farewell My Concubine’ director denies he traded artistic integrity for success

Chen [Kaige] said “Sacrifice” will be released in the U.S. in the second half of the year. Its Japanese release, originally scheduled for May, will likely be delayed by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

FBA: Golden age forecast for China business (Nasdaq: Bona)

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Girl to Lead Stanley Kwan’s Film

Zhou Dongyu, the starlet in Zhang Yimou’s drama “Under the Hawthorn Tree”, has been cast as a lead for Stanley Kwan’s upcoming romantic film, “Ta De Guo” (”His Kingdom”), according to the Guangzhou Daily.

CRI: Liu Ye Promotes ‘He-Man’ Premiere

Chinese actor Liu Ye, who has portrayed a Forrest Gump-like character in the action-crime film “The Underdog Knight” and its sequel, says he’d like to continue the role as long as he can.

Liu Ye, Zhang Zilin

(Sina)

The Man in the Courtyard House

Now a psychological crime drama?

(Sina)2

Law of Attraction poster - Rainbow edition (Sina)

Mo Xiaoqi, Harlem Yu

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Mo Xiaoqi and Harlem Yu costar with Eason Chan and Rene Liu in Mr. and Mrs. Single (Sina)

The sequel to Ang Lee’s Eat Drink, Man Woman will feature Blue Lan, Huo Siyan and Rose Kuei (Gua Ah-Lei) it was announced this week in Hong Kong. Taiwanese filmmaker Tsao Jui-yuan (Love’s Lone Flower, 2005) will direct the $3m (RMB20m) drama which, like the original, centers on an old master chef and the love stories of his three daughters.This time, the chef is a mainland Chinese chef based in Hangzhou City in East China [played by Kenneth Tsang]. Shooting will start in Hangzhou on April 6 and will shift to Taipei starting in early May. The film should open in Taiwan and the mainland in Nov. (ScreenDaily)

Blue Lan

Huo Siyan, Blue Lan (Sina)2

Former Olympic diver Tian Liang

Tian Liang plays Liu Ye’s autistic brother in Beautiful Life (Sina)

MSN: Wang Xiaofei: Make a wish for our daughter

The Chinese millionaire’s words at the wedding fuelled yet another round of pregnancy rumours

CNA: Barbie Hsu’s celebrity wedding guests mobbed by reporters at airport

The journalists had been restless since yesterday when they lost the scoop to Hsu’s wedding guests, who gave a virtual ‘live telecast’ of the event with their camera phones and micro-blog posts. (Xinhua)

MSN: Gaile Lok rumoured to be pregnant again

Gaile Lok at a recent spring/summer fashion show in HK

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Raymond Lam rumoured to have proposed to girlfriendCNA: Raymond Lam lied about breakup?

A1: Raymond Lam’s ex Mavis Pan is married

According to a netizen, she wed a Caucasian man known only as John in 2009, and their relationship got started with the help of Malaysian singer-songwriter, Eric Moo. (Related article)

Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang, John and his son (Xinhua)

HKStandard: Mansion comes back to life in name of people

The building has been featured in several films and TV series over the years. In Enter the Dragon, it can be seen both on the black and white composite photo used to represent Han’s Island during Lee’s briefing with Braithewaite, and as a long shot as Lee enters Han’s island. (Wikipedia)

March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011

FBA: Celestial unveils My Kingdom

A tale of fame, love and revenge, the film is the story of two orphans adopted into an opera troupe at the end of the 19th century. They are trained in Peking Opera and martial arts and become sensations in Shanghai.

FBA: To and Wai again Romancing with Media Asia

The film is shooting in Shangri-la in China’s Yunnan province and stars Louis Koo as a superstar dumped by his girlfriend, played by Gao Yuanyuan. He flies off to Shangri-la to seek peace, but falls in love with another character played by Sammi Cheng).

FBA: Mei Ah gives Palace royal treatment

The film, a co-production between Mei Ah, Hunan etv Culture Media and Huanrui Century Film is based on the hit 2010 television series of the same name, and revolves around a time-travelling female scientist during the Qing dynasty.

Separately, Mei Ah also launched Mysterious Island starring Hong Kong stalwart Jordan Chan

FBA: Boonmee claims AFA crown

FBA: Mayday film plays in a third dimension

Production is underway on Mayday 3DNA, a 3-D film starring popular alternative rock band Mayday

THR: China’s Top Rocker Cui Jian Set to Get 3D Concert Film

Producer of “U2 3D” to bring Chinese rocker’s symphonic show to life.

Tentatively titled Stereo Symphony On the New Long March, the roughly 75-minute film will feature footage shot around two New Year’s 2010 concerts Cui gave in December at Beijing’s outdoor Workers’ Stadium cut together with interviews with the rock legend and his fans.

THR: Raymond Wong Takes on Chinese History in ‘Saving General Young’ (Yang Family Generals)

Yet comedy will come before tragedy for Pegasus, as Wong reawakens his Happy Ghost franchise of the 1980s CinemaCity heyday for the Chinese audience, now renamed Magic to Win. Wong’s Ip Man director Wilson Yip is at the helm, and Edmond Wong again on the screenplay. In fact, the whole crew from Ip Man will return for this CGI-heavy US$10 million update, with Wong reprising the role of the motivational high school teacher, this time possessing not supernatural powers nor a Chinese vampire-style past life but magic instead.

A little less sex was just what the censor ordered for Singapore.

Three minutes of footage depicting group sex has been left on the cutting floor for the South Korean edition.

The Hong Kong theatrical version of the period sex romp is set and approved for release on April 14 at 118 minutes, but a full 129-minute director’s cut has been made.

Tai Chi was originally slated as a martial arts drama tracing the life story of 19th century tai chi master Yang Lu-chan, with Jet Li confirmed as the lead and Stephen Fung at the helm.

But the colorful life of the founder of the Yang school of tai chi proved too eventful for the producers, who decided to spread the biography into a three-part series. Part one will detail the master’s young life from age 17 through 25, with an as yet-unconfirmed young Chinese actor in the lead. Li will take part in the second installment, and an older actor will portray the martial artist’s later years in the third.

Also in the pipeline for the boutique label is another remake of the John Woo classic, A Better Tomorrow, of which both Fung and Wu have been dedicated fans.

CRI:  Stars Return to ‘Painted Skin 2

This time, Wuershan, director of the film “Dao Jian Xiao”, or “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman”, has taken over the directorial reins from Gordon Chan with Chen Kuo-fu as executive producer.

The new project is said to be an updated version of her highly-acclaimed film, “Go Lala Go!” about romance and survival in the office, which she directed and acted in last year. The new flick is likely to be the last project which would feature her acting and directing in tandem.

The Bottom Line

Frequently charming, diverse collection of shorts that speaks to the city like few films have in recent years

Marking the screen return of 1980s movie actress Pat Ha (An Amorous Woman Of Tang Dynasty, My Name Ain’t Suzie), this directorial effort by Calvin Poon - a Cantopop lyricist, football commentator, screenwriter and one-time film director (1986’s Kiss Me Goodbye) - starts out as a character drama centred around three unhappily married middle-aged Hong Kong women, but gradually turns into full-on B-movie mode.

The Bottom Line

Nostalgic, feel-good stories set in an amusement park is only periodically amusing.

“It’s a Great, Great World” dramatizes a few individuals who made a living in a Singaporean amusement park with 40 years’ history.

Hsu’s narrative structure is symptomatic of many new generation Taiwan filmmakers whose feature length ventures are thinly disguised amalgams of shorts. Its lack of one strong lead story will weaken its impression on buyers and audiences alike, limiting commercial prospects to short spells of semi-arthouse release domestically.

NPR: ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ Tackles AIDS In Rural China (Life is a Miracle)

Director Gu Changwei is praising the all-star cast he assembled in his first film in four years, a drama exploring how AIDS impacts a rural Chinese village.

HKIFF Press Conference photos

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi

Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi, Jiang Wenli, Gu Changwei

Zhang Ziyi (Sina-slide show)2

White Vengeance (lit. Banquet at Hongmen)

Directed by Daniel Lee, the poster features the seven main characters. (Sina)

Liu Kai-Chi is back for Detective 2 (lit. B+ Detective)

(Sina)

Andrew Lau

Andrew Lau confirmed that Beautiful Life received a name change to “No Longer Leave You Alone” at FilMart today. The title now matches the theme song of the same name. Shu Qi demonstrated her calligraphy skills and wrote the new title by brush in Lau’s studio.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

MSN: Raymond Lam sheds light on relationship with model

According to Raymond, Shuang Shuang likes to take sexy photos. He added, “[I] told her to not take so much [sexy photos] initially. No one likes to have his own girlfriend expose herself.”MSN: Andy Hui hopes for a future with Sammi Cheng

The Hong Kong singer tells how the pair reconciledMSN: Barbie Hsu’s father to give her away at wedding

CRI: Stars Leave for Barbie Hsu’s Wedding

CRI: A Wedding in the Limelight

(Sina-slide show)

March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief

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October 20, 2010

October 20, 2010

Variety: My Spectacular Theater (China)2

Variety: Merry-Go-Round (Hong Kong)

An ensemble melodrama stuffed with sudden flashbacks and odd coincidences, “Merry-Go-Round” is a handsomely lensed Hong Kong pic that leans too hard on a drippy narrative and the wall-to-wall tunes of Ketchup… 2

The film assembles the original TV version crew and cast, including director Shang Jing, screenwriter Ning Caishen and actresses Yao Chen and Yan Ni, even though some of them have become very popular and busy since the success of the TV drama.

Though all the characters wear ancient costumes, they speak exactly like modern young people. It parodies all kinds of current cultural and social trends, winning over many young fans.

I Love Wing Chun

Hongkong director Lex Choi Lik brings together diverse talents from two countries in a martial art comedy.

I Love Wing Chun stars such diverse artistes as China’s multiple Olympic gold medallist diver-turned-actor Tian Liang, Hongkong’s comic talents like Natalis Chan, Yuen Wah and Yuen Qiu as well as Malaysia’s veteran actress Lai Meng,

Interview: Shu Qi Talks About Legend of the Fist (Chinese Mirror)


Shu Qi - Goodbye (Theme Song)

Vivian Hsu has three films screening at the Hawaii International Film Festival, The Musician (The Star and The Sea), Fire of Conscience and Hot Summer Days.

(Oct.19) Miriam Yeung and Raymond Lam attending the chilly Beijing premiere of Perfect Wedding.

(Xinhua)(Sina)

HK Premiere, Oct. 18 (Xinhua-gallery)

Pace Wu, Yuan Chengjie - Hidden Chamber of Secrets

Someone posting as ‘assistant gaffer’ on Weibo has threatened to expose deleted nude scenes of Pace Wu from the upcoming Hidden Chamber of Secrets. ‘Assistant gaffer’ has given a deadline of one week to get unpaid back wages before posting the photos. Sample shots were posted. Publicity stunt, or not? (Xinhua)

Charlene Choi mentally and physically fatigued

After 10 years in the business, Charlene Choi said it is time for a major change. Likening her career to a mountain climber, sometimes one has to stop and re-equip before tackling the next peak. She would like to take a long vacation to relax and travel. Sleeping in cars, living in hotels, sightseeing and dining with castmates is too short a relaxation. She hopes her company would send her on a major holiday. Charlene wants to see Rome, Greece, Bermuda, Easter Island and leave all her cares behind. (Xinhua)

Chen Kun (Xinhua-gallery)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi attended the opening of a Hong Kong jewellry shop.

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

“Pot-bellied” Michelle Reis

Now visibily pregnant Michelle Reis is still working

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

MSN: Andy Lau is happy for Tony Leung

The Hong Kong actor doesn’t mind being paid less than Tony Leung

MSN: Carl Ng the ‘optimistic pessimist’

The boyishly charming Hong Kong actor opens up on his relationship with dad, and tells us he wants to play a comedic dance instructor in tight spandex

MSN: Singapore is Richard Ng’s Silver Lining (June)

The well-travelled thespian said, “Working in Singapore is really enjoyable. I’ve worked in many miserable shows, I tell you.

Quoting Mainland China as one “horrendous” place he has worked in, he described Singaporeans as “sincere, genuine and warm”.

HKStandard: The One - New plaza proves customer friendly

Stalking Carina Lau photos

Carina Lau was spotted shopping in Hong Kong and chatting amiably with a little girl. (Sina)

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