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June 24, 2011

June 24, 2011

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Donnie Yen: The Last Action Hero (WSJ)

WSJ: Zhang Ziyi’s Favorite Films

FBA: Rest on Your Shoulder review

Magical romantic fantasy is better suited for ingenuous youngsters than picky adults.

Variety: Mr. Tree review

A character study masquerades as social commentary without succeeding as either in Han Jie’s “Mr. Tree.”

Variety: Beginning of the Great Revival review

A Chinese propaganda film without the heavy dogma and dour treatment that would have been expected a generation ago, “Beginning of the Great Revival” is a slick and lavish historical epic charting the 1921 formation of the Chinese Communist Party.

A worthy history lesson on the founding of the Chinese Communist Party with only partially entertaining aspects.

EpochTimes: Propaganda Film Inspires China’s Youth to ‘Overthrow Dictatorship’

Epoch Times is pro-Falun Gong publication

Three lives clash in the Taiwanese crime thriller “Make Up”when a closeted music teacher takes her life, leaving a trail of unanswered questions for a make-up artist, a psychiatrist and a detective to follow.

The Pretending Lovers opens today (Sina)

Veteran actor Chen Kuan-Tai is working on a new martial arts film (lit. Assassin) now under production. The film is being described by director, Miao Shu, as a Warring States version of Infernal Affairs. Ricky Lau Koon-Wai is producing. The story involves rival kings sending assassins to each other.

Ricky Lau

Miao Shu, opening lens ceremony

Chen Kuan-Tai

Chen Kuan-Tai and director Miao Shu

Zhou Yichen

Jiang Chao

Jiang Chao

Leung Kar-Yan

Zhou Yichen, Dong Zhihua (Sina)23456

The actress, who is currently working in Germany, claimed that Nicholas is a frequent liar. She added that he was the person behind the attacks on her, in order not to transfer any properties to her.Cecilia Cheung breaks silence over marital woes

Cecilia Cheung has broken her silence on her marital woes, and in an explosive interview with Oriental Daily News, told her husband Nicholas Tse to stop pretending to be a good man, good husband and good father.

“Even up until yesterday, right before I got on the plane, he was still secretly ‘releasing’ information to the public. I truly couldn’t stand it anymore and felt that I needed to come out and say something.”

I’ve been married to him for 5 years and have known him since I was 18 years old – of course I know what type of person he is! All this time, he has always projected the image of being ‘cool’ and ‘suave’, wearing his sunglasses all the time and such. I once asked him why he always wears sunglasses, to which he replied that with the sunglasses on, people can’t tell whether he is lying or telling the truth! So him getting ‘Best Actor’ is truly ‘deserving’ then! (Q and A with Cecilia, translated)

Airport security guards for Ceci’s departure (Xinhua)

June 18, 2011

Rest On Your Shoulder (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Rest On Your Shoulder
by Maggie Lee

SHANGHAI — A candy-colored, marshmallow-sweet fairytale about true love, horticulture and immunology, Rest on Your Shoulder tells of a botanical scientist who faithfully pines for his missing fiancé, unaware that she is by his side in a different form. Its loudly spelled out ecological lesson is tailor-made for family viewing and is Hong Kong writer-director Jacob Cheung’s (The Ticket, A Battle of Wits) most guileless and mainstream film.
Although some adults may find the story and its fantasy elements hopelessly naïve, young kids will be swept away by the cascade of CG animation merged with splendid natural scenery. In addition to a routine run at cinema circuits in Chinese-speaking territories, this could be considered for festival sidebars aimed at family viewing.
In an unspecified time when epidemics run rampant, botanist Yan Guo (Aloys Chen) and his fiancée-assistant Baobao (Zhang Yiyan) move to Moon Island, a nature reserve, to research the curing properties of rare plants. As is customary, they pray to the magical Eros Tree to cement their love, unaware that they have to undergo a severe trial, in which Baobao must remain unseen to Yan for three years in exchange for his life.
Baobao transforms into a butterfly, and like the Little Mermaid, she watches two other women – horticulturalist Bailan (Kueh Lun-Mei) and journalist Yang Lin (Gigi Leung) — court her lonely boyfriend, but cannot speak out her feelings. Cheung does not exploit the plot potential to create a melodramatic love quadrangle. Instead, he opts for a more down-to-earth, feel-good emotional arc by describing how Yan’s platonic friendship with the two women motivates a breakthrough in his research.
The subplot about Baobao’s adventures in the insect and plant world provides animated slapstick to keep a young audience’s attention, as well as showcase the lush natural landscapes shot on location in Hokkaido and Guangxi, and the idyllic replica Canadian houses shot in Yokohama. The generous use of CGI effects don’t always blend in completely with the live action or outdoor locations. While smaller scale animation, such as flora and fauna, look fairly life-like, larger scale elements such as waterfalls, tainted skies and fantasy effects look quite artificial.
The music by Joe Hisaishi, who composed most of Hayao Miyazaki’s animated features, tends towards the zappy, but it helps to brighten the rhythm during some dull lapses when the film is droning on drily about conservation. It also helps bridge the gap in tone between the adult love story and the childish insect shenanigans. The four main cast members make do with stock expressions and responses for their undemanding roles.
Venue: Shanghai International Film Festival
Production companies: Straw Family Inc., Straw Workshop
Cast: Aloys Chen, Kueh Lun-Mei, Gigi Leung, Jiang Yiyan
Director -producer: Jacob Cheung
Screenwriter: Polly Yeung, Jacob Cheung
Executive producer: Wang Jianxin
Director of photography: Ardy Lam
Production designer: Hiroki Kaneko
Music: Joe Hisaishi
Costume designer: Vivian Lam
Editor: Yang Qingyi
Sales: Straw Family Inc.
No rating, 120 minutes

June 15, 2011

June 15, 2011

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THR: Hello Mr. Tree review

The Bottom Line - A satire that bridges the personal and political with fantasy and black humor.

FBA: Beginning of the Great Revival review

Cameo-studded blockbuster is a notch down on Republic but still a savvy big-screen experience.

Directed by Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin, the film was made conventionally and converted into IMAX, where it now plays on 20 of the 24 commercial screens in China.

Tang Wei reportedly can be spotted very briefly in a crowd scene as Mao gives a speech. (Xinhua)2

CRI: Cast and Crew Promote “Piano in a Factory” in Shanghai

Despite the sizzling public anticipation, it has not yet been settled as to when “Piano in a Factory” will hit cinemas. The release date was initially planned for early July.

CRI: ”Coming Back” to Meet Audience on July 15

Producers of the treasure-hunting comedy, “Coming Back,” held a press conference during the ongoing Shanghai International Film Festival on Tuesday.

The story is set on a wonderland-like isle, and features talking insects. Director Jacob Cheung has filled more than half of the film with computer-generated scenes.

Gigi Leung, Guei Lun-Mei, Jiang Yiyan

Guei Lun-Mei

Jiang Yiyan

Gigi Leung (Sina)23

Gigi Leung is wearing a dress by Ralph Lauren

And 5-inch heels

Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi attended a yacht party for the movie “White Snake” on Monday in Shanghai, during the ongoing Shanghai International Film Festival.

Do not think this guy is a tennis master, he is the one that ‘Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011′ production crew can not live without ~ ~ mosquito Ambassador! Karen Mok posted this photo of Jaycee Chan wielding a bug zapper.

Michelle Ye and Huang Yi at Bona Night earlier this week in Shanghai

Huang Yi was seen practicing at a dance studio after midnight in Guangzhou where she is filming Jeff Lau’s Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011. Working with her dance teacher, Huang Yi reportedly did not leave until 3a.m. She frequently blogs after midnight causing her fans to be concerned for her health. Besides Overheard 2, and Treasure Inn, Huang Yi has two other films on her schedule to promote this year, the NBA-related Amazing, and Qiu Jin.

Huang Yi


May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011

THR: China Bars Crime, Spies from TV Ahead of Party Birthday [and Tang Wei, it seems]

China has banned TV shows about crime, espionage and romance in the run up to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, local media reported on Friday.

Chinese TV: a history of bans and censorship

Founding of a Party director Huang Jianxin denied the rumours that Tang Wei’s scenes have been deleted. On the official website, Tang Wei is still on one of the trailers, plus the NG trailer. Also, Tang Wei is still listed sixth on the cast list. It is reported that the family of Tang Wei’s character, Tao Yi, Mao’s first love, objected to having Tang Wei portray her. (Sina)

TimeOutHK: The Detective 2 review

Aaron Kwok returns as the bumbling private dick Chan Tam in Oxide Pang’s follow-up to his engrossing solo effort The Detective, which intriguingly spirals off the track of the detective tradition with an offbeat sense of humour and a supernatural twist that feverishly throws reason out of the window.

GlobalTimes: Lost in translation

How do you make a movie that can be a big hit both in China and abroad? No one has come up with the answer yet, but co-productions just might be the future.

CRI: Joe Hisaishi’s Music to Promote Chinese Fantasy Film (Rest on Your Shoulder)

The story, dubbed a “live action fairytale for adults,” follows a young woman (Jiang Yiyan) who becomes a butterfly in exchange for the recovery of her sick fiancé, a biologist played by Chen Kun, who later gets involved in a love triangle.

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Talks About Naked Scene in New Film (Love For Life)

At the end of the film, Zhang soaked herself in cold water, while she was naked to bring down the fever of her husband. She said she felt no hesitation being naked, saying, “I will do the same thing for my husband too. It’s not about sex. I can do anything for the movie.”



CF: New Still Photos of Li Xiaoran in “Wu Xia”

Li Xiaoran’s portrayal of a well-bred lady from a rich family in Peter Chan’s upcoming martial arts film, “Wu Xia” was made public by the production team to mark Li’s birthday on Sunday, May 8. (Xinhua-gallery)

Cannes poster for Wu Xia

Tang Wei

Donnie Yen

Takeshi Kaneshiro (Sina)2

Directed by Feng Xiaoning, a slew of stars including Xia Yu, Lv Liping and Sun Haiying will feature in the film.

CF:  “Eat Drink Man Woman II” Reveals Shooting Location

“Eat Drink, Man Woman II” is about vegetarianism, a true love that lasts for 50 years and Chinese food as a medicinal diet.

Stills of Jeon Ji-Hyun from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The film will premiere at Cannes.


FBA: Snowblade production underway

Production is now underway on Snowblade, a sexy period martial arts actioner set for delivery at the end of the year.The English-language film about a swordswoman must kill seven foes before the full moon is the directorial debut of Bey Logan.

The first trailer for Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom was released at a Beijing event today.

Director Gao Xiaosong

Wu Chun, Han Geng

Han Geng, Gao Xiaosong, Wu Chun (Sina)

Feng Xiaogang’s melodrama Aftershock won the top prize last night at Udine’s Festival of Far East Film.

Last week, Chen returned to Chinese mainland for his first concert in three years, at Chengdu’s Zebra Festival, to promote new hip-hop album Confusion. The concert saw 100,000 fans screaming and waving posters, and extra security had to be called to maintain order. It seemed to set the seal on his post-scandal comeback.

“I was confused and lost over the past few years but there’s no more confusion now.”

Edison Chen at a CD signing in Guangzhou yesterday. Surrounded by four burly bodyguards, he was asked if he was still fearful for his life. Edison said that they were…assistants. He was also questioned about the similarity of his new album cover to Shawn Yue’s new cover. (Xinhua)2

Jay Chou and Edison Chen at a recent store opening event. Edison will be recording a song by Jay, I Can Fly.


Shu Qi spent Mother’s Day in Beijing at the premiere press conference of A Beautiful Life with Liu Ye and Andrew Lau. She did not deny a rumoured romantice relationship with Shawn Yue when questioned. Tian Liang, Feng Danying and Ivana Wong (who composed and sang the theme song) also attended the event.


Karen Mok spent Mother’s Day in the hospital after recovering from surgery for appendicitis.

Karen and mother (Sina)

Vivian Chow, Angelababy, Bernice Liu, Mandy Lieu, Ana R., Amanda S. and others attended a charity event on Mother’s Day.

Vivian Chow

Angelababy (Sina-slideshow)

Li Bingbing will be heading to London on May 18th for the UEFA Champions League final on May 29th as the Asian Pacific Champions League Amabassador. She will also be CCTV-5’s guest host. Li Bingbing has been in studio filming commericals for the final.

Li Bingbing


Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu, Cecilia Yip, Vivian Wu, Dong Xuan and others attended a pink carnation-themed women’s health care event in Beijing. (Sina-slideshow)

Jay Chou caught on set in the city (Against War)

The day also saw a small fight scene between Nicholas Tse’s character and Jay Chou, with the latter ending up with some “injuries” on his face.

Shuang Shuang will reportedly host a string of activities for her new book which includes a modeling competition to pick the best hunk to model with her. Rumour has it that she is also considering distributing Raymond’s concert ticket for every book purchased.

MSN: Andy Hui will not bring forward his wedding

The singer denied that he is rushing Sammi into marriage

CNA: Super Junior’s Lee Teuk hospitalised

Another casualty of an overloaded work schedule

Recent photos of Suzanne Siu (Hsiao Shu-Shen) at Taipei City Women’s Detention Center

Sporting an ankle tattoo


A1: China to build Hello Kitty theme park

The project, jointly designed by Sanrio and US-based amusement park designer Hettema, will cost $215 million, with construction expected to start in the second half of this year and completed in 2014

April 27, 2011

Aprl 27, 2011

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CF: ”Four Detectives” Reveals Cast’s Images

CF: Chen Kun’s New Love Trangle in Rest on Your Shoulder

Chen Kun is in love with three ladies and faces a dilemma to choose his true love.

Variety: Let the Bullets Fly review

An entertaining hot pot of wry political commentary and general mischief.

Wai Ka-Fai

Wai Ka-Fai to take break from filmmaking? In an excerpt from a Jet magazine interview, frequent Johnnie To collaborator, Wai says that after wrapping up current projects he is considering a career change.(Yahoo) (Jet) (Thanks, to Joyce!)

Is Andrew Lau replacing Teddy Chen as Peter Chan’s director for The Guillotines? That’s the current rumour. (Sina)

CF: Stars Gather to Promote Chinese Films

Vivian Hsu

The Founding of a Party opens June 15 in IMAX and regular theatres

Director Huang Jianxin was flooded with text messages from actors asking whether they survived the final cut.  With 178 actors to fill only 131 minutes, the director assured the press at a trailer release event that John Woo (cut from the Founding of a Republic) and Tang Wei (previously rumoured to be cut) were not excised, at least in the trailer. (Xinhua)

FBA: Ghost Story haunts China BO

Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Ghost Story, an adaptation of the 1987 classic, led the China box office last week with RMB72.5 million ($11.1 million) after six days on release.

The action-romance-fantasy opened on 19 April, three days earlier than originally scheduled, so as to give it additional headroom ahead of The Lost Bladesman after it moved its own release date forward.

The censorship process for “Buddha Mountain” was not completely trouble-free.

KL date for Hong Kong film

Dante Lam’s Against War

Posters for the mainland release of the 2009 Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends - The Movie to mark the 45th anniversary of Ultraman. Opens May 13. (Sina)

(Apr.27) At an event in Beijing promoting the 1987 A Chinese Ghost Story, Ng See-Yuen said he planned to rerelease more Hong Kong classics in the mainland.

Ng See-Yuen

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung

Actor Lau Siu-Ming from the classic film

Leslie Cheung’s costume (Sina)

Lin Chi-Ling

A new romantic comedy (lit. Happiness Quota) from director Leste Chen held a launch ceremony. The film stars Lin Chi-Ling, Liao Fan, Chen Kun and Tony Yang. The story has Lin Chi-Ling in a love triangle with three men.

Chen Kun

Liao Fan

Tony Yang

Leste Chen

Chen Kun, Liao Fan, Lin Chi-Ling, Tony Yang (Sina)

The boot ceremony for “Beasts and Flowers”(literally) was held at Hengdian today. The film directed by newcomer Zhang Lijia stars Ady An Yixuan, Jaycee Chan, Lam Suet, Ng Man-Tat, Frankie Ng Chi-Hung, Gong Xinliang, Ricky Chan, and others. The ensemble comedy is premised around the notion that we are all “Beasts and Flowers”.

Jaycee Chan

Ady An

Ady An, Jaycee

Director Zhang Lijia (Cheung Lap-Kar)

Frankie Ng

Group photo (Sina)

Shu Qi - A Beautiful Life

A Beautiful Life opens May 13. (Sina)

Hong Kong multi-hyphenate Stephen Chow Sing Chi is adding one more hyphen to his repertoire of skills – he has grand designs to open a dozen cinemas within one year in Mainland China, according to Xiao Xiang Morning Post.

Kelly Chen announced Tuesday on her blog that she will soon be getting back to work, after spending the past few weeks at home recovering from her recent miscarriage, reported Hong Kong media.

Kelly’s son, “Har Gow” (Sina)

Former TVB Number 1 Brother Gallen Lo Kar Leungrevealed that he has no regrets leaving TVB at the peak of his acting career in 2003 to pursue work in Mainland China, according to Chinese media.

April 26, 2011

April 26, 2011

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FBA: The Piano in a Factory review (9/10)

A lightly comic gem with an ensemble cast and stylised look in perfect synch.

CF: “Let the Bullets Fly” Premieres in New York

CF: Chinese Filmmakers Encouraged to Work with Foreign CounterpartsFilmmmakers Discuss China-Europe Film Coproduction

FBA: More Panic in China

Zhang Panpan, the director of Lost in Panic Room, will begin shooting a sequel to the hit thriller next month.

The Lion Roars (2002)

Joe Ma is set to begin filming the sequel to The Lion Roars in July with Cecilia Cheung returning. Cecilia had contracted for the sequel years ago. Whether Louis Koo also returns has not been finalized. Filming will take place in Shandong and Ningbo. (Sina)

The Detective 2

The early report from one viewer who saw the media preview of The Detective 2 (B+ Detective) says that the visual impact of the film is worthy but finds that the storytelling aspect is less impressive and an insufficient level of suspense. The film focuses on human nature and the darker side of man rather than ghostly type horrors which the director feels is more terrifying and lasts a lifetime. The film closes with an open ending and the author wonders whether there should be a future promotion to A+ Detective. (Sina) [Update: It seems that the mainland and Hong Kong version may not be the same?]

Stills from Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulders. The story is a romance of one man, three women and will be released this summer

Chen Kun

Guei Lun-Mei, Chen Kun

Jiang Yiyan, Chen Kun

Gigi Leung, Chen Kun

Gigi Leung, Chen Kun


Angelababy on poster for an upcoming show in Japan (Xinhua)

MSN: Barbie Hsu to use body doubles for sexy scenes

MSN: TVB to save Raymond Lam’s career

The broadcast station is said to be promoting the Hong Kong actor through his dramas, songs and new movie role

MSN: Selina Jen’s fiancé wants to file for marriage first

April 13, 2011

April 13, 2011

To Whom It May Concern : Ka Shen’s Journey (Nancy Kwan documentary)

THR: Punished review

Punished reflects the trend that “kidnapping” is fast replacing “moles” as the premier theme for Hong Kong crime thrillers

WSJ: ‘3-D Sex and Zen’ Opens

The highly anticipated “3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” had its world premiere in Hong Kong on Tuesday night, giving moviegoers their first peek at what the movie’s producer describes as the world’s first 3-D erotic film.

CF: Poster Released for “A Beautiful Life”

CF: Trailer Out for “Rest On Your Shoulder”

Combining live action with CGI animation, the film is presented as an adult fairytale. It revolves around love stories between an entomologist and three other girls on a fictional island.

Director [Jacob] Cheung hopes the film can be inspiring and can help people better understand love and responsibility.

The star-studded cast includes Chen Kun, Kwai Lun-Mei, Jiang Yiyan and Gigi Leung.


Chen Kun (Sina)

Chang Chen masquerades as a nun to assassinate democratic revolutionary Tao Chengzhang, played by Guo Tao.

CF: ”It’s Love” Releases New Stills (”The Sorcerer and the White Snake”)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, a comedy starring Wang Baoqiang and Michelle Ye opens May 20.

The supporting cast includes Stephen Chow regulars Ng Man-Tat, Wong Yat-Fei, Gabriel Wong Yat-San and Kingdom Yuen King-Tan.

Red version of poster

Blue version of poster


Zhang Yimou’s script for Nanjing Heroes has been drastically changed according to reports. It is rumoured that Christian Bale no longer plays a priest. In addition, Tong Dawei who suffers lower back injury has returned from sick leave in Beijing where he was recovering. Shawn Dou Xiao denied that his role as a Japanese soldier has only one line. He is currently working in the gym for training. Whether he had scenes with Bale or not he could not reveal it.

Christian Bale

Launch ceremony for Eat Drink Man Woman 2 in Hangzhou

Gua Ah-Lei (Rose Kuei), Huo Siyan, Kenneth Tsang, Jiang Mengjie (Sina-gallery)

Michele Reis’s first post-natal commercial for a skin care brand

Angelica Lee Sinje shares her thoughts in her newly released book.

MSN: Yoyo Mung tours Paris with Ekin Cheng

It is rumoured that the Hong Kong actress is hoping for a marriage proposal

The commercial for OTC painkiller Fenbid featuring action star Donnie Yen in a true-to-life scenario was released Friday at a press conference in Beijing.

A1: Third child for Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung

MSN: Ugly photos of Jolin Tsai and Carina Lau surface

MSN: Stefanie Sun says ‘I do’

HKStandard: Shark fin soup loses must-have appeal

March 16, 2011

March 16, 2011

People saying stupid things, or, “I apologize if anyone may have been offended”:

Tokyo governor apologizes for calling quake divine retribution

UCLA Student Who Posted Racist Rant Online Receives Death Threats

Pondexter apologizes for tweet about Japan

I’m not even going to mention Gilbert “Aflac!” Gottfried, unless I do.

Vivian Hsu, who launched her career in Japan, has donated NT$1 million to disaster relief for Japan

100 Taiwan artists are participating in a telephone fundraising concert effort Friday night. (Xinhua)2

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


November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

Bruce Lee My Brother posters


THR: Hong Kong Production Funding Emerging from Unlikely Places

For instance, the local charitable organization, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, has pooled its resources to create Merry-go-round, a drama co-directed by indie helmer Mak Yan-yan and Clement Cheng, in celebration of the organization’s 140th anniversary. All the more surprising is the venture into the film industry by the Hong Kong restaurant chain, Tsui Wah Group, which in collaboration with the production company T-Films, is producing two stereoscopic 3D animation features and a live action film [Little Gobi, Flying Hero, Beach Spike]

THR: Hong Kong Filmmakers Eye China’s Larger Audiences

The performance of local productions has indicated the start of a resurgence in Hong Kong cinema amid the larger and irrevocable trend of China-Hong Kong co-productions.

The government-subsidized Hong Kong Film Development Fund has been a reliable backer for local filmmakers interested in alternative storytelling

Directed by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Fan, “Home” - which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work - was nominated Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice. Fan himself is nominated in six of those categories, making him the most nominated individual in the history of Cinema Eye.

CRI: Golden Horse Film Festival Opens with ‘Juliets’(Xinhua-gallery)

Certain content, such as the over-glorification of killing, bloodshed, ghost and spirits, are discouraged and may be edited or deleted.

Painted Skin, the 2008 blockbuster was adapted from the Liaozhai compendium of supernatural tales, and it was more romance than ghost story.

Even so, the regulators made the director delete a gory scene in which the spirit was eating a human heart.

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder is being marketed at the AFM in Los Angeles.

Chen Kun costars with Gigi Leung, Guei Lun-Mei and Jiang Yiyan (Sina)

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu

Cinematographer Zeng Jian, Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, producer Fang Li

The crew of Buddha Mountain celebrated their awards from the Tokyo Film Festival in Beijing. Fan Bingbing flew back from South Korea to participate. She was awarded Best Actress and Li Yu won the prize for Best Artistic Contribution. Fang Li revealed that Fan Bingbing worked on both Buddha Mountain and Lost in Beijing (Best Supporting Actress, Golden Horse and Best Actress, 4th Eurasia Film Festival) for no fee. Fan also donated the $5000 prize money to the cost of the celebration. In addition, Fan Bingbing presented Li Yu with a Mercedes Smart car to show her gratitude for helping her career.

Fan Bingbing’s many passionate kisses with Li Yu raised quite a few eyebrows.

(Sina-gallery)(Sina-slide show), (Xinhua)(Sohu)

Yao Chen, Alexi Tan, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok), Zhu Hong

Shanghai publicity stop for Color Me Love

Zhu Hong

Mo Xiaoqi, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Mo Xiaoqi (Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Rumors are circulating that Cecilia Cheung is pregnant again. This would explain her turning down working with Derek Yee who required Ceci not to get pregnant during the shooting of the film.


Under the Hawthorn Tree’s Zhou Dongyu recently attended a fashion show


CRI: China’s Huangmei Opera Star Wows US Audience

Man boarded flight as senior, exited as 20-year-old

Death of another Foxconn worker

A worker has died in an apparent suicide at a factory in Shenzhen run by Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes goods for Apple, Sony and Nokia. Xinhua news agency says the worker died after falling from a building at Foxconn’s massive plant, which employs an estimated 400,000 people. There have been 10 earlier suicides there this year. Labour activists blame them on harsh working conditions.

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