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January 6, 2010

January 6, 2010

CRI: Jackie Chan’s ‘Little Big Soldier’

One is an old soldier who only wants to survive. The other is a young general who is aspiring to conquer. After a bloody battle, the two are the only ones alive.

Beast Stalker 2 [Stool Pigeon] wraps with Lam promising added action and drama

Cheung’s role as a cold-blooded killer in Beast Stalker helped him win the Best Actor Award at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards. The sequel sees him take on the role of policeman, with Cheung promising a different side that audiences have not previously seen in his work…

“In the future, I would like to work with mainland directors who have fresh ideas, like Feng Xiaogang and Ning Hao.”

Zhang Mo

Shao Bing

Let The Bullets Fly (China Daily)

Let the Bullets Fly - Shao Bing, Zhang Mo new slide show (Sina)

THR: Chinese film pulled from Palm Springs fest

China Film Group yanks ‘City of Life and Death’

Catch Qi Yuwu in his upcoming movie, and also on TV - as a movie star

14 Blades costar profiled

Maggie Cheung introduces her personally developed skin care fragrance (Xinhua)

CRI: Yao Ming’s Wife Pregnant

Hong Kong model charged with drug possession

17 year-old Monique Chau placed on probation

Teen model’s drug shame

Bob Dylan to launch Asian tour

Red River

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 11:56 am

Red River
(Hong he)

(China) A Yunnan Hongyang Film & TV Co., IDG China Media production, in association with Boram Entertainment, No. 1 Film Studio Hanoi. (International sales: Eclectic Film Sales, Los Angeles.) Produced by Meng Jiazong, Ted Perkins, Bruce Fierstein, Alina Y. Qiu. Executive producers, Wang Jiaxing, Hugo Shong. Directed by Zhang Jiarui. Screenplay, Meng Jiazong, Yuan Daju; story, Zhang.

(Mandarin, Vietnamese dialogue)

The creative chemistry between mainland Chinese helmer Zhang Jiarui and actress Zhang Jingchu goes seriously wrong in “Red River,” after two remarkable outings (”Huayao Bride in Shangri-La” and the socko “The Road”) that helped establish her as a talent to watch. Handsome production values and good perfs by the rest of the cast, including Hong Kong’s Nick Cheung and Loletta Lee, can’t hide the emotional vacuum in this story of a mentally challenged Vietnamese woman caught up in a border-town love triangle. Pic grossed an OK 8.4 million yuan ($1.2 million) locally in April but has made few ripples offshore.
Prologue, set in Vietnam in 1975, shows tyke Tao (Xu Junhan) traumatized when her soldier father (Xue Wenkang) is blown up by a land mine while the two are playing with a kite. Twelve years later, the grown Tao (Zhang Jingchu) arrives illegally in a bordertown in Yunnan province, China, where her aunt, Shui (Lee), has arranged work at her massage parlor.

One night, escaping from a police raid, Tao ends up in the apartment of broke, unemployed Mo Zhongxia (Cheung), whom Tao mistakes for her father. Shui warns Mo that Tao is still a virgin and he should refrain from any hanky-panky, but lets him exploit her fine singing voice by setting up a roadside karaoke.

This should be the start of a touching love story between the childlike Tao and loser Mo, who still pines for a Yunnan opera performer who dumped him years ago. But Zhang’s performance as Tao is so one-dimensionally wide-eyed that not enough sparks are generated to make Mo’s growing attraction to Tao convincing after their initial, semi-comedic scenes.

Mo’s eventual attempt to rescue Tao from the attentions of a Chinese-Vietnamese gangster (Hong Kong’s Danny Lee) ring as false as the ethnic minority strand that’s later stitched into the story (Mo is from the Yao minority around the Red River region, already celebrated by helmer Zhang in “Huaoyao Bride”).

Cheung, who’s developing into one of Hong Kong’s finest character actors, is alright here, but looks uncomfortable in a Mandarin-speaking role. Much more in tune, as Tao’s hard-nosed but sympathetic aunt, is Lee, making a rare screen appearance after virtually retiring a decade ago.

Lensing of locations around Hekou by South Korean d.p. Jin Young-hwan (”Rainbow Trout,” “Lovers’ Concerto”) is consistently eye-pleasing, but not enough to compensate for the pic’s lack of a strong emotional center. Helmer Zhang’s original cut, which was much longer, has so far not appeared on DVD.

Camera (color), Jin Young-hwan; editor, Zhang Yifan; music, Liu Sijun; music director, Dong Wei; art director, Han Chunlin; costume designer, Laurence Xu; sound (Dolby Digital), Chen Guang, Andrew Neil; visual effects supervisor, Phil Jones; assistant director, Qian Qinghua. Reviewed on DVD, London, Dec. 26, 2009. (In Beijing Screenings, Hawaii Film Festival.) Running time: 103 MIN.

April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

Gao YuanyuanQin LanLu Chuan, Gao Yuanyuan
Beijing press conference - The City of Life and Death/Nanking! Nanking!

1200 copies of the film to be distributed.

Details behind Big Soldier, Little General
Wang Lee Hom, third choice, picked by Joan Lin (Jackie’s wife). Lin Peng chosen after being spotted at Olympics opening.

Actress Kim Ok-bin Speaks Out About Starring in ‘Thirst’

Zhang Jingchu, Nick Cheung, Rachel Lee
Red River cast holds first press conference in Kunming, Yunnan

Zhang Jiarui reveals Zhangs Jingchu nude scene doubled.

Daniel Wu, the outsider

Industry abuzz about possible Cannes lineup
Asian filmmakers will be well represented. Bong Joon Ho, the auteur behind Korean monster pic “The Host,” will unveil “Mother,” about a woman who searches for a murderer who framed her son. Genre specialist Johnnie To will probably bring his latest, the Hong Kong revenge pic “Vengeance,” though the movie is in French. And Chinese helmer Lu Chuan may debut his “City of Life and Death,” his Nanking massacre pic, which has been generating strong international buzz.

Super Girl Chris Li Yichun secretly spent four days in Shanghai to screen test for Bodyguards and Assassins

Hong Kong Hustle: tours the Film Workshop exhibition

One dream rush in 42 seconds

Dante Lam plays decoy
Dante Lam’s arrival in Singapore decoys Edison seekers

Director Dante Lam lures the enemies away, Edison Chen escaped to Singapore
Edison Chen braves death threat to promote movie in Singapore
Drill and grill for Edison
Edison Chen, Dante Lam, Richie JenEdison
The Sniper press conference - photo gallery

Court hears of Edison Chen sex photos
Computer technician pleads not guilty at beginning of 10-day trial

Michael Tse- TVB Stars Laughing Gor in New Movie
Herman Yau to direct prequel movie to popular TVB series, Shaw Brothers to produce it

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng apologizes for harassment.

A phone number shown in his movie Claustrophia belongs to a teacher at Bejing Foregin Studies University. Since the movie was shown on the mainland, the lecturer has received phone calls every two minutes asking if it is a movie star or connected to the film company.

Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung joins UNICEF visit to visit children affected by last year’s 5.12 earthquake

Chinese activist seeks earthquake truth
Famed artist Ai Wei Wei wants to identify all [students] who died in 2008 quake.
(Thanks, Brian)
“Ai calls his team of young volunteers “a movement.” Every day they go out and gather research, post names on Ai’s website to commemorate the dead and conduct interviews with parents for a documentary film.”

Test driving Google’s China music search

Kim Yu-na’s Fashion Picks in Vogue

Jang Ja-Yun/Jang Ja-Yeon
Figures in actress sex case to be quietly quizzed
Key figures in Jang case face summons
Police to Seek Extradition in Jang Ja-yeon Scandal
Jang Ja-yeon’s manager gets account info seized

China hi-tech exam cheats jailed

April 1, 2009

April 1, 2009

Leslie Cheung (1956 - 2003)
Fans Pay Tribute to Leslie Cheung on Sixth Death Anniversary

Madame Tussauds wax figure of Leslie

Leslie Cheung - Smallest of 10 siblings - Sup Jai1969 - British middle school
1978 - First leading role - Erotic Dreams of Red Chamber1980 - Proposed to Teresa Mo

Korea Times: Park Chan-wook Explores Self, Dream in ‘Thirst’
“Thirst” is the first South Korean film to be co-produced and distributed by a major Hollywood studio.

Hong Kong, Mainland Plan ‘Big Movies’
Ten blockbusters in 5 years! Investors of the 5510 Big Movie Plan announced their ambition Tuesday as they launched the project…
Hong Kong film producer Jimmy Heung, whose company - Win’s Entertainment - is one of the five investors.
Li BingbingWu Jing and Monica Mok
Liu Zi and Wu JingKong Wei and Jiang Yiyan
Miu Miu aka Gong Xin-Liang
Director Lee Lik-ChiJimmy Heung
Photo gallery

Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu - Singapore
Early birthday celebration for Jackie Chan (April 7)
Jackie Chan and Daniel Wu promote Shinjuku Incident in Singapore

Saving the world is still on Jackie Chan’s agenda
He spent more time at the press conference indignantly telling reporters about the role of films and the current state of the world, than promoting Shinjuku Incident.

Peter Chan directing Leon Lai in Founding of the Nation

Donnie Yen
Lynn Hung
Sammo Hung
Gordon LamFann Siu WongProducer Raymond Wong
Ip Man 2 press conference photo gallery

Shooting begins in August. Raymond Wong, speaking on whether Bruce Lee will appear, he said because the second part takes place in 1949 it should not include Bruce Lee. He hopes that if there is a third part, he should appear then. Yip Man took Bruce as a disciple in 1960.

Nick Cheung - Red River
Nick Cheung goes crazy in lumber mill scene in Red River

Shu Qi and Sylvia Chang
Shu Qi and Sylvia Chang endorse Cartier
Shu Qi waiting and hoping for love.
Shu QiSylvia Chang
Photo gallery and video

Edison Chen missing Hong Kong badly

Michelle Reis Poses for Marie Claire

Tang Wei
Tang Wei Vogue photo shoot - gallery and video

Yammie Nam
Yammie Nam panhandling outside of a convenience store

Three years ago, she declared bankruptcy and has been living on public assistance. Regular readers will recall that in April 2008 Yammie was spotted soliciting men in a red-light district.

Five hurt as mop-wielding woman runs amok

March 27, 2009

Tang Wei
Tang Wei earns a big payday at Emporio Armani ribbon cutting in Changsha

Modestly attired and unrecognized by many

Zhang Jingchu - Red River

Red River photo leaked
Netizens have debated whether it is actually Zhang Jingchu or a double. Director evasive when questioned. Red River has been compared in some respects to The Lover which starred Tony Leung Ka-Fai. Previous reports have said Tony declined the role played by Nick Cheung due to his wife’s objection. In addition, some passionate scenes have already been reduced.

Strictly ballroom - Step by Step
Award-winning director Kuo Chen-ti tackles a tale about life in the slow lane with a combination of star charisma, comedy, dance and music

Tokyo Sonata - Japanese flick hits on global unemployment woes

The Tragic-Comic Cucumber
Debut film from director Zhou Yaowu

Zhang Ziyi and Leon Lai
Forever Enthralled - Seoul gallery

Painted Skin, Ip Man, Pleasant Goat to get new installments

Raintree, Wayne Wang prepare Singapore historical thriller 1965

Korea Times: ‘Private Eye’ Signals New Detective Genre

Variety Review - Dragonball: Evolution

Louis Koo
Louis Koo attends opening of Teruhisa Kitahara toy museum

Taipei Times Pop Stop

Elephant legs?

Gillian Chung was laughed at for having small elephant legs
Gillian Chung
Gillian returns to Hong Kong

Quizzed about rumor of Edison Chen’s suicide in Beijing. Hong Kong media reported that Edison leapt from a building in Beijing after learning that his father filed for bankruptcy. Chen Chak-Man said that the rumor was unfounded and that he had spoken by telephone with Edison.
Edison Chen rumoured to jump off building and commit suicide; father denies

Probe of Actress Jang’ Ja Yuns Suicide Stuck in Stalemate

Hello Kitty Sweets server

Restaurant review: Hello Kitty Sweets
One blogger’s photos of trip to Hello Kitty Sweets

March 24, 2009

Feng LiFeng Li
Actor Feng Li embroiled in ‘Adding Fat Gate’.
For his health and career development, Feng writes in his blog that he does not want to be always the fat actor. After graduating from university, Feng Li gained 70 catties (1 catty= .6kg, so 80lbs?) for his debut in Peacock. After completing the film, he tried to lose weight for a year and a half. During this time, he suffered hypoglycemia and dizzy spells. Feng’s doctor has advised him to lose weight. “I also want to lose weight. Being fat is very laborious.” However, his management agency has contracted Feng not to weigh less then 110 kilos. According to his agreement, if he falls below 110 kilos, Feng will get a letter from the lawyers. His agency fears if he loses too much weight that he would no longer be recognizable.

Zhou Xun - Best ActressTsui Hark and Nansun Shi

Zhou Xun Crowned at Asian Film Awards
‘Tokyo Sonata’ best film at Asian Film Awards
Best actress went to China’s Zhou Xun, who played a taxi driver searching for her boyfriend in “The Equation of Love and Death.”
Japan shines at Asian Film Awards
Japanese cinema triumphs at Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong

Vivian HsuMichelle Yeoh

Tony LeungJohn Woo and wife

Zhao Tao and Jia ZhangkeJoan Chen
Gallery of stars at the Asian Film Awards…

Fan Bingbing gallery
Michelle Yeoh gallery

Patrick Tse and daughter Jennifer Tse
Patrick Tse and Jennifer Tse

Brigitte Lin!
Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin gallery

Brigitte Lin, Tsui Hark and Nansun Shi
Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema presented to Tsui Hark and Nansun Shi

Jay Chou’s “Ci Ling” begins filming
Screen Daily review - Dragonball: Evolution
Eat Drink Man Woman sequel, Mermaid, The Last Dragon
Hong Kong’s Salon Films’ pan-Asia alliance have announced new production projects including three projects from Taipei-based Zoom Hunt International
Dayyan Eng enlists Daniel Wu, Gong Beibi for Inseparable
Hit Singapore director Jack Neo plans ghost story triptych
China OKs Rape of Nanking pics
A couple of violent scenes had to be revised.

Exploiting Confucius for fun and profit

Golden age of cinema may show again, says producer Raymond Wong
Wong recalled that in 1993, 300 movies were in production at any given time compared to just 50 today.

Gigi Leung
Gigi Leung to appear in horror film for first time

Nick Cheung - Red River
Nick Cheung has passionate scenes in Red River

Bodyguards and Assassins cast
Cast of Teddy Chen’s Bodyguards and Assassins introduced

Roles: Leon Lai - the beggar, Donnie Yen - the gambler, Hu Jun - the assassin, Eric Tsang - the policeman, Nic Tse - rickshaw puller, Fan Bingbing - the concubine/mistress and Donnie Yen’s ex-wife, Tony Leung Ka-Fei - the revolutionary, Simon Yam - the theatrical troupe impresario, and the central role of Dr Sun Yat-Sen? To be announced later…
Fan BingbingNic Tse

Light Shed on ‘Bodyguards’

Kung Fu Cyborg cast

Kung Fu Cyborg cast - Hu Jun, Gan Wei, Wu Jing, Ronald Cheng, director Jeff Lau, and Alex Fong(?)
Kung Fu Cyborg
In ‘Cyborg,’ Robots Fight Right

Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi arrives in South Korea under heavy security to promote Forever Enthralled

Li Bingbing
Li Bingbing promotes Energy Conservationa and Environmental Protection

Edison Chen and father

2002 family photo
Edison Chen’s father, Chen Chak-Man filed for bankruptcy recently as a result of the current financial tsunami. Even before, until last year’s ’sexy photo gate’, Edison had been helping pay his father’s debts.
Gillian Chung provides youths with Food for Thought

Zhang Ziyi on cover of sex disc
A pirated sex disc with Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s photos on its cover is a hot favorite in the Hong Kong piracy market. Besides the beach photos that paparazzi took of her last year, in the disc are five other sex video clips unrelated to her.

A Hong Kong reporter found the disc which is currently retailing at HK$30 (about S$6) in the Hong Kong piracy market. Zhang’s beach photos, taken by paparazzi and breached privacy rights, were used unscrupulously to solicit business.

The disc is exquisitely packaged in two layers of wrapper, a colored cardboard cover and a transparent case. Printed on the cover are her portraits and six classic photos in the beach series, in fine prints are the words “Zhang Ziyi Nude Photos”. The inside cover also has a short summary of about 100 hundred words on Zhang’s series of topless photos disseminated on the Internet.

81 photos of Zhang frolicking on a Caribbean beach with her boyfriend Vivi Nevo while they were on a holiday in January 2009 spread like wild fire on China websites. The photos showed Zhang baring her top and lying on the beach for a sunbath while Vivi “buried” his head into her butt.

A custom spokesperson said they will follow up with investigations should the copyrights owner of the photos decide to file a complaint. When found guilty, the infringer may be sentenced to a maximum of four years imprisonment and receive a fine of HK$50,000 for each infringed material. According to previous reports, an anonymous man has paid an astronomical price to buy the exclusive copyrights of these photos in Taiwan, Japan, Korea and America. For three months between Jan 9 to Apr 9, media in the four countries are not allowed to buy or publish the related photos. It was not reported if copyrights of the photos were bought in Hong Kong.

Carol Zhu Liqian prepare her dowry
Andy Lau marrying Carol Chu in end April?
Hong Kong Male Stars become “Male Star Stamp Collector” suspects
[One previous article indicated that Mark Cheng seemed to fit the profile which was more detailed]

Gillian Chung arrives in China with Edison Chen’s father

Super Band Hits the Road
Stage Set for “Big Four” of Chinese Pop

March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009

Zhang Jingchu
“Red River” Takes Transnational Love Story to Screen

Red River opens April 10

Daniel Wu - Shinjuku Incident
Daniel Wu - Shinjuku Incident

Daniel Wu

Wong Jing’s Forbidden City Cop: Spirit Dog

Barbie Hsu/ Da S

Mainland Actors to Be Allowed in Taiwan TV Series

‘Pandemic’ cuts plague Japanese film
Korean importer changed ending without producer’s OK


Zhang Yimou Launches Live Show on Tropical Island


Trailer for Thirst with Park Chan-wook


Jang Ja Yun/Jang Ja-Yeon

Conspiracy Deepens On Late Jang Ja Yun’s Suicide
Other suicides may be investigated

Times Square Has a ‘Red Cliff’

Zhao Benshan’s Spring Festival skit controversy continues

103 Famous Faces in One Painting

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