Ambitious riff on Asian melodrama is diverting but lacks real emotional oxygen.
Rather than offering melodramatic high jinks and endless sequences showcasing Beijing’s hypermodern urban landscape - two things which litter mainland romantic comedies of the past few years - Love in the Buff is comparatively restrained, drawing its humour from the way the two Hongkongers consolidate themselves in Beijing through personal and professional relationships they establish there.
CF: Laughter Sounds the Same in Any Tongue (”Love in the Buff”)
The four installments will be edited into one feature film entitled “Beautiful 2012″ and will be sent to this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
This year’s springtime will see the works of sixth generation Chinese film directors come to life on the nation’s cinema screens. From late April to May, “Design of Death” “Guns N ‘Roses”, “Full Circle” and “An Inaccurate Memoir”, all directed by sixth or seventh generation directors, are to be released in cinemas and examined by audiences and critics alike.
The suspense thriller “The Zodiac Mystery” finally passed censorship stages after a three-month-long review, which has reignited the interest of moviegoers.
Blood Stained Shoes premieres tonight before a national release on the 31st.
Daniel Chan plays Ruby Lin’s husband
Poster for “Witness” released at the HKIFF
Jack Kao plays a noodle shop owner who witnesses a hit-and-run accident one night (Sina)
Zhang Yimou, Zhang Weiping
Rumours are circulating through the weibo-sphere that director Zhang Yimou and long-time business partner producer Zhang Weiping are parting ways. The two either had a falling out due to Yimou’s recent marriage “scandal” or differences over money according to the speculation. During the promotions for “The Flowers of War” it was noted that they rarely appeared together and promoted the film separately. Their relationship has spanned over 23 years. (Sina), 2, 3
Bride and groom arriving!
Happy parents - Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung
Jacky Cheung dropped off a gift before flying off to Shanghai for a concert
Patrick Tse and Deborah Li
Yuen Biao and wife
Angie Chiu, Melvin Wong
Richard Ng and wife
David Chiang and wife
Law Ka-Ying, Liza Wang
Timmy Hung’s mother (right)