HKMDB Daily News

December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010

Santa, are you reading?

Singapore-based company has unveiled a video jukebox dubbed ZiiEagle. While the product name provides little hint of its capability, the ZiiEagle is supposed to be a movie box preloaded with 668 Shaw Brothers Chinese films. The collection includes The Kingdom and the Beauty and One-Armed Swordsman, which should appeal to classic movie buffs, as well as retirees. Included in the package are also around 200 titles not released on DVDs and TV. (Cnet - Crave)

THR: China’s Gong Li Supports Film Ratings System

Maybe it should say “Singapore’s Gong Li” :D

James Hong talks acting, “Safe”

“As long as I have the talent and there’s a demand for the old Chinese man - whether he’s a philosopher, or a master, or an old-time restaurant owner, or a villain, or a so-called good guy - I will always be working,” he said.

James Hong

THR: ’Eleven Flowers’ to Bloom under Wang Xiaoshuai

Wang, 44, first caught the world’s eye with Berlin Silver Bear-winning Beijing Bicycle (2001) and most recently competed at Cannes with Chongqing Blues. Eleven tells the autobiographical story of four 10-year-old boys discovering the world of adults — and its violence and sexuality — at the end of China’s decade-long Cultural Revolution.

CRI: ’The Road Less Traveled’ to Hit Cinemas on Dec. 31

The movie tells the story of a van driver (Louis Koo) who kills a restaurant owner (Yin Xiaotian) in a car accident. When he finds out that Yin’s wife (Huang Yi) is pregnant and has to work hard to run her husband’s business, he decides to help her even though it may anger his girlfriend (Karen Mok). (Sina)

Well-cast but thinly scripted portmanteau drama with overlapping characters in separate stories.

Richie Ren in Lady Generals of the Yang Family

(Sina-gallery)

14 year-old Zhou Mengqiao is thought to be the latest of 13 ‘mou girls’ to be cast in Zhang Yimou’s 13 Women of Jinling (aka Nanjing). In recent weeks Zhang has been training and auditioning young girls to play in his latest production. Also, Zhang has been trying to cast a big name Hollywood name in the film. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks were in the running, Hanks’ fee was reportedly half the film’s budget. The latest rumor is that Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to appear but an official announcement is pending. (Sina)

Shu Qi isn’t afraid to post a picture of her grey hair, or ‘accumulated wisdom’ as she calls it

hu Qi blogged, ‘Fat’ is a word temporarily disappeared from her dictionary (Xinhua)

MSN: Faye Wong refuses to share stage with Nicholas Tse

The Chinese singer said she would not be attending the New Year’s Gala with her family.

September 6, 2009

Venice and Vancouver

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Michelle Ye Xuan

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Han Yuqin
Louis Koo
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Soi Cheang Pou-Soi
Richie Ren’s wife, Tina
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Richie Ren, wife Tina, Soi Cheang, guest, Louis Koo, Michelle Ye, Han Yuqin
Venice: Accident Red Carpet (Zimbio)

Louis Koo

Richie Ren

Michelle Ye Xuan

Han Yuqin
(Sina.com)

Accident defies Hong Kong thriller genre

Variety: Tetsuo the Bullet Man (Japan)

Vancouver Fest Announces Dragons & Tigers (more summaries)
THE COW (Guan Hu) North American Premiere
The sole survivor of a Japanese attack in WWII, shock-haired Chinese farmer Nie Er becomes an unlikely resistance hero, along with his companion, an indomitably loyal milk cow. Guan Hu’s picaresque black comedy packs a delightfully absurd punch, with stunning images illustrating a touching magic-realist fable.

OXHIDE II (Liu Jiayin) North American Premiere
One of Chinese cinema’s boldest experiments in narrative fiction is also the funniest Chinese film of the year. Liu Jiayin’s story of making dumplings with her parents structures this formally daring, wryly amusing look at family dynamics, economic burdens and the ethics and aesthetics of cooking from scratch.


NIGHT AND FOG (Ann Hui) North American Premiere
Based on a true incident, Ann Hui’s harrowing drama captures domestic violence in all its dramatic complexity. When a pregnant mainland woman marries a violently jealous unemployed Hong Konger, economic and cultural differences prove explosive.


AT THE END OF DAYBREAK (Ho Yuhang)
An elegant, tough, unconventional film noir from Malaysia. Probing beneath unquiet surfaces, Ho Yuhang’s luminous images and stunning montages catch quiet passions erupting into unpredictable, shocking action: between two young lovers, between husband and wife and between mother and son.


YANG YANG (Cheng Yu-chieh) North American Premiere
This vibrantly alive coming-of-age story of a young Eurasian woman in Taipei follows glamorous Yang Yang from high-school athlete to aspiring actress. Director Cheng Yu-chieh’s intimate camera captures the precise articulation, via sex, scandal and heartbreak, between adolescence and adulthood.

September 5, 2009

Accident cast in Venice

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 12:51 pm

Accident Photocall

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Near accident!
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Han Yuqin, Michelle Ye
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Richie Ren

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Chinese media give the film lukewarm reviews (6-7.5/10) after viewing press screening.

August 28, 2009

August 28, 2009


Shing Fui-On passed away last night at 11:45pm at Hong Kong Baptist Hospital


Shing Fui-On passed away last night

Despite his poor condition Shing checked out of the hospital a couple days ago to be home because he did not like the feeling of loneliness at the hospital. Two days later his condition worsened dramatically and Shing returned to the hospital. Nick Cheung, Michael Miu Kiu-Wai, Eric Tsang visited him and others visited him. (Thanks, to Fan)

The fourth of five brothers, Shing quit school and joined his brother at Shaw Brothers at age 15 (some say 13) to work in the props department

Later he joined Golden Harvest but a downturn in the industry forced him to find work in a ballroom as a guard (?).
HK actor Fui-on Shing dies of cancer

Hong Kong Actor Fui-on Shing Dies of Cancer


Big Silly character debuted in 1985 Chase a Fortune

Big Silly (middle) with two cousins
Before he was fierce (center, with two cousins)
Disco era Big SillyFull fierce on
Once claimed in an interview that he joined the triads but later recanted


Xinhuanet coverage


Sina.com’s coverage of Big Silly’s passing



Opening ceremony for Fire Dragon

NY Times: Film on Confucius Resurfacing
Fei Mu’s Confucius being restored

No Kungfu and No Charity for Jet Li in Ocean Paradise

Daughter Cast in Director John Woo’s New Film

Two more sneak into Toronto lineup
The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday made two last-minute bookings for Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf’s “Green Days” and “The Warrior and the Wolf,” a combat epic from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang.

Taipei Times: Hear Me review
A love story in silence
Blatant product placement for the Taipei City Government mars an otherwise enjoyable boy-meets-girl tale

Taipei Times - short takes

Let’s Fall in Love (尋情歷險記)
Also making use of Chinese Valentine’s Day is this up-close-and-personal Taiwanese documentary enjoying a proper release with a new promotional campaign. Twenty-odd married couples come under the spotlight with their relationship problems and weaknesses, together with the intriguing matchmaker-counselor whom all of them share. From award-winning director Wuna Wu (吳汰紝), who had to solicit hundreds of small investors to get this film into theaters.

The Forbidden Legend: Sex & Chopsticks 2 (金瓶梅2:愛的奴隸)
Sweaty and kinky sex for its own sake is a rare bird on the Taiwanese big screen these days. We haven’t had a soft porn extravaganza since, well, the original Sex & Chopsticks late last year. Japanese hardcore actresses Hikaru Wakana (with head still shaved), Kaera Uehara, Serina Hayakawa and Yui Morikawa secure another Hong Kong work visa to tell, for the umpteenth time, the misadventures of barely robed courtesans. But tableware fetishists will likely feel misled all over again; the Chinese title (“The Golden Lotus 2: Slaves of Love”) is more faithful to what’s on show.

Rookies: Graduation
And so, back to a movie based on a Japanese manga. A bunch of good-for-nothing punks regain self-respect and team spirit after their charismatic high school teacher shapes them into a formidable baseball team. This is a theatrical follow-up to a TV series based on the popular manga series Rookies. But unless you’re a baseball tragic or swoon at the sight of “bad boys” with trendy shocks of hair and perfect skin, this attempt at inspiration won’t mean a pitcher’s mound of beans. The Bad News Bears it ain’t.

KJ (音樂人生)
The poster for this Hong Kong documentary says it all: a boy sitting alone in an auditorium. The boy is “KJ,” a brilliant pianist with a bright future in store, though the film covers much wider, and occasionally darker, ground, which makes it an ideal companion to Four Minutes. With respected director Ann Hui (�?�) as consultant, this study of individual genius in a society that tends to stifle it has the stamp of quality. Six years in the making, KJ is screening exclusively at the Wonderful Cinemas complex in Taichung.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2009/08/28/2003452150

Yasmin Ahmad tribute

Shawn Yue speaks up for Stephy Tang
Stephy criticized for potentially spreading H1N1 at typhoon fundraiser

The husband of Lee Young-ae publicly speaks about his wife

Felicia Chin breaks down at ongoing rumours of plastic surgery

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Karen Mok

Karen Mok promoting her new digital album


Zhang Ziyi endorsing watch brand



Taiwan actress Yu Ke-Hsin lost Andy Lau to Carol Shu many years ago and suffered depression for some 15 years

Yu Ke-Hsin
Andy’s partner pregnant?
Is Lau’s long-term partner expecting a baby?
The women in Andy Lau’s life - captioned slideshow
[*According to Chinese custom, following the death of a father, the couple must marry within 100 days or wait 3 years. Others say AFTER 100 days otherwise bad luck for the bridegroom. You pick, I guess.]



Vivian Chow paintings selected for exhibition


Josie Ho
Josie Ho shows off a purse she designed featuring a gun

She joked that there are two meaning to the gun, to promote world peace and to keep evildoers away from her husband. Her father, Stanley Ho, remains in the hospital resting and recuperating from surgery.


Photos from Gillian Chung’s stage performance I Ought To Be in Pictures



More photos

Gillian Chung’s stage debut


Li Bingbing opens a flagship store in Ningbo

Michelle Reis slide show

August 24, 2009

August 24, 2009

21st Century Kato
Jay Chou as Kato

Jay Chou stuffs himself with good ol’ American food

Zhou Xun

Stills from The Message released

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng at launch ceremony for typhoon relief

Asked about making another Young and Dangerous film, Ekin expressed doubt about the continued impact of film culture. He said it was better to do charity work.

Charlie Yeung and daughter in 37
Charlie Yeung in ‘37′

Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren
Fire Dragon’s Leon Lai, Vivian Hsu, Richie Ren

Vivian unfazed by rumors of Shu Qi and boyfriend Stephen Fung


Michelle Ye
Pinky Cheung
More Fire Dragon cast photos

Leon LaiMichelle Ye
Dante Lam’s Fire Dragon

More photos

Gao Yuanyuan
Heo Jin-Ho’s Season of Good Rain, formerly a segment of Chengdu, I Love You

Tussle over Tony Leung
Carina Lau
Carina Lau philosophical about Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung incident

‘After so many years, we are very much like watching a love story. We do not want it played out quickly, if you want to see it then we have to go on.’

Shooting Stanley Kwan’s Energy Behind the Heart/Dancing With The Heart

Ducked into clothing store until her car arrived

More Carina Lau photos

HK star Shawn Yue is tired of being linked to female celebs

Actress Angelica Lee to wed HK director

Jackie Chan, Tan Jing
Zhang Ziyi
Stars attend solo concert celebrating China’s founding


Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei appointed as VP Chinese Performing Arts Society appears at skin care endorsement event in Shanghai

More photos

Aaron Kwok
Lee San-San
Aaron Kwok finished third in his own charity race in Shanghai

Zhang Ziyi


Vogue magazine spread - Zhang Ziyi (click through)

Andy Lau?
Funeral procession of Andy Lau’s ‘father-in-law’

Obscurred by a sea of white umbrellas, media determines Andy secretly in attendance. Trademark hook nose is the tell.
Photos: Funeral procession, Andy’s secret children?
‘Son-in-Lau’ goes under cover at Chu’s funeral
Last wish of Carol Chu’s dad - to see her wed Lau
Quite a ’scene’ at funeral of Chu’s dad

Lucky number 4

Sandy Lau Crowned Miss Hong Kong 2009

Simon Yam
Judge Simon Yam

Museum of Chinese in America Gets a New Home

July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Richie Ren
Richie Ren and Dante Lam promote The Sniper in Taiwan

Long-delayed ‘Sniper’ to Screen in Taiwan

Ge You
Ge You in ensemble piece Gasp due out August 21

Liang Tian, Zhang Qiufang , Ge You

Young Bruce Lees Wanted for Ip Man 2
Related promotional video

Korean monster pig movie ‘Chaw’

Quick, Quick, Slow — Film Review
Bottom Line: “Shall We Dance” for seniors.

Walk to School — Film Review
Bottom Line: A picturesque children’s film that sidesteps genuine social issues.

The Magic Aster — Film Review
Bottom Line: This lackluster eco-friendly animation is a yawn for both kids and adults.

Raymond Wong launches Pegasus
‘All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010′ is firm’s first project


Charlene Choi dons glasses for her stage play Golden Hit


With TVB artist Fiona LeungWith Liza Wang
Photos from Michael Jackson’s 1987 visit to TVB’s Clearwater Bay Studios

Island of Greed bill rises as Andy Lau loses appeal


Anthony Wong greets TVB executive Virginia Lok at her birthday party

Xu Fan and Feng Xiaogang


I spy: Feng Xiaogang and wife Xu Fan with adopted daughter

Despite marital problems and living separately, both dote on daughter on set of Aftershock. Gu Changwei and wife Jiang Wenli have adopted as well as Zhang Guoli and his wife. The article also says that Feng Xiaogang is suffering from vitiligo.

Rosemary Vandenbroucke
Rosemary still serving it up, this time at Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest

June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

The many faces of Francis Ng
Faye Wong
Jacky Cheung - Fake Emperor
Jackie Chan - Fake Emperor
Chow Yun-Fat - Fake Emperor
Wang Yu - Golden Girls
Patrick Tse - Those Were The Days
Zatoichi - White Dragon
Jackie Chan - HKFA awards show
Tracing Shadows’ Francis Ng - has been imitating stars for 20 years

Also Leslie Cheung (Mr Possessed), Sek Kin (Fantasia), Tora-san (Himalaya Singh)
Star ratings are for Similarity Index and Level of Comedy

Looking for Jackie Chan premiere

Zhang Yishan
Looking For Jackie Chan premieres in Beijing

Shawn Yue and Rainie Yang
Elanne Kong and Rainie Yang
Cast and crew in Thailand for opening lens ceremony for Pang brothers 3-D horror film Child’s Eye

Slide show


Ge YouFan Bingbing

Ge You and Fan Bingbing attend a real estate promotion in Hefei

 Huang Yi
Huang Yi attending a charity wine auctiion

Gigi Leung
Gigi Leung bowls for charity



Lin Chi-ling
Lin Chi-ling promoting hair care product in Nanjing

Happy Birthday to Tony Leung Chiu-Wai who turned 47. Carina and Tony spent the day quietly in their Mid-Levels love nest.

Wu BaiKaren Mok and Wu Bai

Karen Mok guesting at Wu Bai’s concert


Eason ChanRichie Ren
The 20th Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan

Eason and Josie Ho
Eason is wearing a ballet skirt suit and combat boots (or, are they bowling shoes?) for fun.
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/281279/1.html

June 26, 2009

June 26, 2009


Memorial service held for Sek Kin

Mourners in attendance included Connie Chan, Nancy Sit, Alan Tang, Chow Chung, Kenneth Tsang, Wu Fung, Joe Cheung Tung-cho, Lau Kar Leung, Lau Kar Fai, Ng Man Tat, Ng See Yuen, Ken Lo and the Seven Little Fortunes
http://paper.wenweipo.com/2009/06/26/EN0906260002.htm
Connie Chan and Nancy Sit
Wu Fung and Kenneth Tsang
Alan Tang
Fortunes Yuen Bo and Yuen Ting/Ng Ming Choi
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/279390/1.html
English version
Slide show

Liu Kai-Chi, Leon Lai
Richie Ren
Fire Dragon - slide show

Chen Kuan-Tai, Aaron Kwok
Murderer - Chen Kuan-Tai, Aaron Kwok

Glamorous Youth (明媚時光) director explores home truths

Philip Yung, a former film critic, makes his directorial debut with the Hong Kong-based drama Glamorous Youth.

Glamorous Youth review




Visual design of The Message revealed

Webcasts
Lu Chuan and His Humanity Care Trilogy
Chinese Animation: Where are we?

“Old Fish” Review – 2009 New York Asian Film Festival

Taipei film festival opens with Yang Yang
Taipei Film Festival shines the spotlight on Berlin

Changes to Taipei Awards stir controversy

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Audemars Piguet Antique Pocket Watches Give Historical Flavor To “Bodyguards and Assasins” Movie


Cherie Chung wearing Stella McCartney and Cartier
Cherie and Ferrari
Cherie Chung appearing for a medical center

Still loves movies but would rather watch
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Additional photos
Video

Video: Lin Chi-Ling Longines appearance reacting to news of Michael Jackson’s death

Michelle Yeoh, Frank Nuovo co-creators
Michelle Yeoh opens flagship store for luxury personal communications (cell phones) in Taipei 101

Chinese censors tinker with ‘Transformers’

Police raids nab 2 million pirated DVDs in Manila

June 15, 2009

June 15, 2009

Anthony Wong, Miriam Yeung, Richie Ren
Shanghai: Anthony Wong, Miriam Yeung, Richie Ren

Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing
Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing promote The Message


Lynn Xiong and Donnie Yen promote Ip Man 2

Gan Wei, KX, Sun Li
200 Mln Yuan Box Office Predicted for “Cyborg”

Fan Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi
“Sophie’s Revenge” to be Released in August

Ten former Miss Hong Kong contestants (*crowned):
Anita Yuen*, Angie Chiu, Michelle Reis*, Ada Choi, Monica Chan, , Kenix Kwok, Sonija Kwok*, Lee San-San*, Charmaine Sheh, Loletta Chu*
Anita Yuen, 1990
Angie Chiu, 1973
Michelle Reis, 1988

This year’s hopefuls

55 year-old Angie Chiu was in Shanghai to shoot an advert and went dining out at a hotel with her husband. A throng of fans separated the two. In the scrum, she became a victim of exuberant grabby handed male fans until her husband rescued her.

Teresa Teng
Teresa Teng’s 1982 broken engagement to Kuok Khoon Chen, Malaysian sugar king

Three conditions of marriage from Kuok family: give up singing and acting career, give up connections with show business, draw the line against male friends.

Isabella Leong
Five conditions Isabella Leong must pass to marry Richard Li

1) Return to Hong Kong, 2)Sign a prenuptial agreement, (so far she’s received two San Francisco mansions and cash worth HK$200M) 3) Avoid scandal, 4) Continue education, 5) Divination reviewed by Cai Boli (a geomancy elder). In her favor, Isabella possesses, the ‘5 thins, 5 longs’ signs of inborn riches and honor - thin ears, thin eyes, thin lips, thin skinned, thin back, long facial features, height, lots of pull, foot length, and head length.

Yu Na Poses Sexy in a Men’s Magazine

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