HKMDB Daily News

September 7, 2010

September 7, 2010

Screen Daily: Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame

There’s a tasty idea in here, and its entertainingly executed: graft a detective story onto a historical martial arts actioner set during the Tang dynasty, and see what emerges. Director Tsui Hark has never been a less-is-more kind of guy, and the sheer abundance of plot threads and sumptuous, FX-enriched set pieces threatens to swamp the story at times.

Strait Times/AFP: Tsui’s film wows

Screen Daily: The Child’s Eye 3D

While the script of cult directors Danny and Oxide Pang’s 3D horror movie is a strictly by-the-numbers affair, there are more than a few nicely set-up 3D moments and a healthy moment of surreal filmmaking in amidst the film’s horror-in-a-hotel tale.

Screen Daily: Reign of Assassins

As a action-packed tale of martial arts revenge and killings, the impressively staged Reign of Assassins certainly delivers the goods in stylish fashion. It might lack the sheer visual poetry of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but its scenes of sword-play are wonderful and once the story gathers momentum it is absorbing and entertaining.

Poster for national release


Screen Daily: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

Screen Daily: Showtime

Macau-born Clara Law at Venice Festival

Law will present “Red Earth”, which is one segment of a larger project, “Quattro Hong Kong,” featuring the independent contributions of four Hong Kong directors: Herman Yau, Clara Law, Heiward Mak and Fruit Chan.

CRI: Li Bingbing in Venice(Sina-slide show)

CRI: Shu Qi Models ‘Legend of the Fist’ Costumes

Lam Suet

Lam Suet, Liu Hua

Lam Suet plays his first lead role in the Hollywood-style Mainland action thriller Adventure Island directed by Feng Chao. Starting as a stage manager in the ’80s, Lam Suet became a regular in Johnnie To’s films and won a Best Supporting Actor Award for his role in PTU. (Sina)

Up Close With Benny Chan2

FBA: Seediq Bale finally wraps

FBA: Hawthorn to open Pusan festival

Guests include Tang Wei and a gala screening of Late Autumn.

Karena Lam break due to pregnancy? In July, a pregnant woman resembling Karena Lam has been regularly seen visiting a Toronto hospital for check ups. To confirm suspicions, documents were checked and indicated the patient’s English name was indeed ‘Karena Lam’. This was reported by someone who is a friend of a nurse. A call by reporters to a GM at Filmko said that there were no signs of pregnancy and that Karena’s break was for education purposes in order to get a degree in Canada. (Xinhua)

CRI: Film-goer Jolts Cinema, Distributor with Lawsuit over “Aftershock” Ads

Chen, who saw the movie twice at the Xi’an Polybona International Cinema (Polybona), said in her suit that audiences were given no warning or indication on the ticket that ads before the film ran to 20 minutes.

October Elle - Zhao Wei


Sam Lee, Edison Chen

Edison Chen and Sam Lee sold out a club in Hangzhou with 1000 tickets at 200 yuan each. One caller offered 80,000 for a box. Outside the club, it was like an auto show, Lamborghinis, Porsches, and Ferraris filled the street. Out of town license plates indicated that many had made special trips to come. Edison’s rapping in Mandarin was bad yet the crowd screamed like crazy. Female fans were especially excited as he left the stage and they grabbed to touch him. (Xinhua)

HKStandard: Bullets that silenced the hired guns

There were several robbery cases involving banks and goldsmiths between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. The robbers used nine-millimeter automatic pistols (like the Black Star made for the People’s Liberation Army), assault rifles such as the AK47 and even grenades…

June 23, 2009

June 23, 2009

Stanley Kwan, Christopher Doyle (channeling Keith Richard)
Stanley Kwan, Christopher Doyle - Shanghai International Film Festival closing ceremony

Faux Jet, Jackie and Andy
Tracing Shadow’s shanzhai Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Andy Lau

Focus Films launches Fight with ‘Fists of Dignity’
Film reunites Shaw Brothers stars from 1970s
Focus Films is also developing a $6.5 million starring vehicle for boss Lau, tentatively titled “Hao-yun Lian-lian” (”Continuous Luck”), a comedy scheduled for 2010 Chinese New Year holidays in China and Hong Kong

Chiu Man-Cheuk, Zhou Xun
‘True Legend’ with True Stunts

Chiu Man-Cheuk will play the lead role in the film “True Legend”, a biopic of Su Qi-Er, or Beggar Su, directed by Yuen Woo-Ping and due out later this year.

Taipei Film Festival - Taipei opens new fest, new era
The territory’s newfound focus on mainstream mass audiences may also help Taiwanese cinema connect better with its neighbor on the other side of the straits – and prove handy vehicles for the island’s many “Mandopop” music stars.

Zhang Yimou starts shooting Coen brothers remake

Lights, camera… film school

Actress Under Fire for Backing Marijuana

Yao Ming enjoys vacation, voicing for Chinese film

Jackie Chan’s New Seven Little Fortunes will be featured in Will Smith’s Karate Kids

Karen Mok in Beijing with Zhang Yadong release a new digital album

Edison Chen and Sam Lee (far right)

Edison: I love my life!

Josie Ho to join his record company
Chung avoids bumping into Edison while in KL
Edison Chen not ready for lead roles after scandal

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting
Jennifer Tse and Albert Yeung help open a new ramen museum in Central

Gong Mi
Gong Mi new photo album

Cecilia Cheung and Lucas visit Disneyland and Ocean Park regularly

Jimmy Lai in dark over possible motive for plot

March 19, 2009

Sam LeeDirector Xiong Xin Xin/Hung Yan-Yan

Upcoming Coweb
Coweb: Jiang Lu Xia Stars in Xiong Xin Xin’s First Film as a Director
Kitty Darling?

Peter Chan and Teddy Chen’s Dark October superstar cast
Chang ChenHu Jun replacing Chow Yun-Fat

Simon YamEric Tsang

Also Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Leon Lai, Wang Xueqi, and Anthony Wong.
Not officially announced yet, possibly: Nic Tse, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Lau Ching-Wan. The historical epic tells the story of the Qing government’s attempt to assassinate Sun Yat-sen. Originally planned in 1999, then again in 2004 but delayed when the investor committed suicide.
Star-Studded ‘Dark October’

Hong Kong rediscovers Sun Yat-sen

Michelle Yeoh: Interview Excerpts

Vivian Hsu and Feng Xiaogang

Vivian Hsu and Feng Xiaogang promote If You Are the One in Japan

The Sniper - villain Huang Xiaoming
Edison Chen is The Sniper

Peter Chan and Sandra Ng with their daughter at recent art exhibition

Stephen Chow target of criticisms once again

‘Portrait of a Beauty’: gender-bending fantasy

Comfort Woman Film Touches Japan - My Heart Is Not Broken Yet

Wang Xuebing
Jiang Haiyang’s Examination 1977 opens April 3
The Testing Times That Helped Make Famous People

Yumiko, Joey, Gillian and Charlene will cooperate in Hong Kong version of Sex and the City

Louis Koo declares he will return to TVB in 2 years to film series

Chinese ‘Ugly Betty’ Lousy?

Police Denies Knowledge of Names Mentioned In Jang Ja Yun’s Note
Calls Growing for Overhaul of Showbiz ‘Slave Contracts’

Sunny Charlene - photo gallery

White Terror documents cause uproar

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