HKMDB Daily News

September 6, 2011

September 6, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: A Simple Life review

The Bottom Line

Overlong tale of a Hong Kong family’s ailing maid resists excessive sentimentality.

ScreenDaily: A Simple Life review (HKMDBNews-reprint)

CF: ”1911″ Gets Ready for Debut

Lau Ching-Wan and wife, Amy Kwok, prepare to leave for Venice (Sina)

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Sammo Hung in Shanghai promoting My Kingdom

Wu Chun, Sammo, Han Geng, Liu Qian (Sina-gallery)

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Barbara Wong’s Tears in a Fallen City wrapped up shooting in Shanghai

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao En, Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao En

The film also stars Richie Ren, Gigi Leung and Aarif Lee with a Christmas release planned.


The crew of Ann Hui’s A Simple Life have a toast at dinner in Venice.

Qin Hailu, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Don Yu Dong


A bevy of beauties attend the Hong Kong premiere of Wilson Chin’s Lan Kwai Fong.

I don’t recognize one of them.

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver


36 “behind the scenes” photos from Love in Space were released ahead of the Sept. 8 opening of the film. Love in Space opens in China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries.

Roast Pork Sliced From a Rusty Cleaver

Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu

Rene Liu

Eason Chan


Angelababy, Jing Boran

Guei Lun-Mei

Aaron Kwok

Angelababy and Jing Boran (Sina)2 (Sina-slideshow)

CF: Michelle Reis Credits the OFFICIEL Magazine

CF: Mayday 3D Film Landing soon

Pop band Mayday rocks Taipei with 3D concert film

MSN: Kelly Lin: Giving birth hurts a lot

The actress also revealed that she would not force herself to return to showbiz

MSN: Vicki Zhao tours Taipei with her family

Not one to rest on her laurels, the busy actress secretly went to Taipei last week to attend the costume fitting for her new movie Love.


The starlet’s fiancé let on that they will be skipping all traditional ceremonies in view of Selina’s inconveniences

“You are peeing at my car, stop it!”

Kelly Chen distributes mooncakes at a senior center in Aberdeen.


Andy Lau kicks sand in my face


January 26, 2011

January 26, 2011

PR: China Lion Knows ‘What Women Want’ February 3rd

China Lion Film Distribution will open the Mandarin-language remake of ‘What Women Want’ (Wo Zhi Nu Ren Xin), starring Andy Lau and Gong Li, on the first day of the Lunar New Year, February 3rd, at select theaters throughout North America, as well as day-and-date in China and releasing in Australia and New Zealand. The film will be the first China Lion release for 2011…


All’s Well Ends Well 2011 posters


New stills featuring Daniel Wu in Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart hint that his character transforms from frog to prince.

Daniel Wu




Stills from Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom. Action director Sammo Hung recreates the era of the Seven Little Fortunes .

Yuen Biao

Yu Rongguang


Sammo Hung recently celebrated his 59th birthday (Jan. 7)

Unfortunately, Sammo was also in the tabloid news after being photographed hand-in-hand with a young woman. When shown the photograph, his wife (Joyce Godenzi/Gao LiHong, 2nd right, above) said that she did not recognize her but she didn’t know all of Sammo’s friends. (Sina)

October 29, 2009

October 29, 2009

To Live and Die in Mongkok (lit.Mongkok Prison)

Liu Kai-Chi

Nick Cheung

Pau Hei-Ching plays Nick’s mother (Sina)

Nick Cheung plays a killer released from prison who suffers schizophrenia in Wong Jing’s latest film.(Sina)

Simon Yam

Model Emma Pei training with Kong Sifu

Producer Bey Logan chronicles the filming of Michael Biehn’s Blood Bond in Guangzhou on his blog, jump directly to the Simon Yam post, or meet Phoenix Chou

HK Magazine: Rebellion review

Despite being the 67th Hong Kong triad film I have seen thus far, “Rebellion” is a surprisingly interesting production. Directed by insanely prolific director Herman Yau (this is his sixth film in the past 12 months), the movie combines a cute suspense storyline with surprisingly good acting from some non-actors (namely Paul Wong and Jun Kung). It’s just a shame Yau coudln’t control the pacing better, and main star Shawn Yue didn’t turn in a more solid performance…

Ip Man 2

Donnie Yen says a third film will not be necessary, Ip Man 2 will be an instant classic and praises Huang Xiaoming. (Sina)

Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung face off

Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen


Carina Lau has joined the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let The Bullets Fly. Her role requires plenty of action, fighting, riding, wading and passionate scenes. Maggie Cheung was reportedly invited to join the cast but she was not prepared to return to film yet. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Yonfan and George Lam

Terri Kwan

Zhu Xuan

Prince of Tears Taipei Premiere slide show (18) (Sina)

Movie makes Taiwan relive ‘White Terror’ period

HK Magazine: Yonfan interview

One month before the year-end film season begins, the competition has already started heating up. The most anticipated Chinese movies seem to be following the same formula that is, a combination of ancient Chinese stories, all-star casts, and prestigious directors

Zhang Yimou and producer Zhang Weiping screened a rough of cut of Three Guns for the CEOs of the nation’s theatre owners to secure prime theatre slot for the year-end season.

Release dates: Treasure Hunter (Dec.9), Storm Warriors (Dec.10), Amazing Guns: Three Tales (Dec.11), Assassins and Bodyguards (Dec.18) (Sina)

August 15, 2009

August 15, 2009

Guo Xiaodong and Jiang Yiyan Pair up for “Qiu Xi”

Stops for fan photograph
Anthony Wong, Virginia Lok and Herman Yau bury the hatchet over Laughing Gor premiere seating incident

Dine over wine and pizza

HK actor Sammo Hung hospitalised for heart surgery

Brigitte Lin/Lin Ching Hsia recalls triad encounters

At the End of Daybreak -Film Review
Bottom Line: Well-meaning tale of young love misfiring lacks cohesion.
Shu QiAndy Lau
Jet LiKwai Lun-Mei>Wu Bai
Celebrities raise funds for Typhoon Morakot victims relief

Charlene ChoiJoey Yung
Charlene Choi and Joey Yung donate NT$1M for diaster relief

Jackie Chan in Beijing donates NT$1000M (HK$25M)
Chinese star Jet Li helps Taiwan typhoon relief
Sylvia Chang
Sylvia Chang campaigns for children

Zhang Ziyi throws out first pitch at Korean baseball game, accidently shows off T-back

Carina Lau
Carina Lau attends the Shanghai Book Fair

August 13, 2009

August 13, 2009

Li Bingbing
Li Bingbing helps launch The Message’s official website

Huayi Brothers hope for RMB$200M box office

Sun Li
Eric Tsang, Hu Jun

Kungfu Cyborg Beijing premiere press conference

SCMP: Johnnie To has high hopes for HK film industry

Anthony Wong left out in the cold
He raged that the organizers did not arrange a seat for him and criticized, “Don’t arrange such things if you don’t know how to do it!”
Video of Anthony Wong leaving Laughing Gor premiere in a huff and the post-exit spin

Hollywood Reporter:Audience loud and clear for ‘Overheard’
Now that financial crime thriller “Overheard” has become the top Chinese-language film in China so far this summer, writer-director Alan Mak and Felix Chong are planning a follow-up that revolves around eavesdropping.

Hollywood Reporter: Weinsteins want autumn ‘Shanghai’ release
Film completed in 2008 but no release date yet set

Hollywood Reporter: Maggie Q cast in ‘Priest’
Joins adaptation starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet
Screen Daily: Maggie Q set to star with Bettany in Priest

Screen Daily: The Search film review

Ip Man 2 - Sequel to hit biopic about Bruce Lee’s kung fu master begins filming in China

Yang Qing: Young voice finds cinema success - One Night in Supermarket
One Night in Supermarket draws from Korean director Kim Sang-Jin’s Attack the Gas Station and Cashback by British director Sean Ellis. There are also hints of Ning Hao’s work whose Crazy Stone was the highest grossing Chinese film in the country in 2006, raking in more than 6 million yuan ($877,000) in less than two weeks.

Stephen Chow’s Spokesman Resigns

Korea Times: Gluttony for Beauty Takes Toll in ‘Yoga’
The intention of the horror movie-wannabe “Yoga” seems sound enough. Misled desire for eternal beauty and youth leads a group of already perfectly gorgeous women to a sinister place where they all end up screaming and running for their lives.

Brigitte Lin
Brigitte Lin recalls 3 triad encounters in latest column for Southern Weekend [apologies for the poor translation]

1. In 1981, she returned to Taiwan for three years where she shot 14 films many for triad bosses. Even if Brigitte did not want to, what could she say? One night a gangster delivered a bag full of cash to her worth NT$2.5M. After he left, Brigitte put the money in a small safe and deposited it the next day. At the time her family was living in America [for safety?] and she was alone in Taiwan.
2. Blackmail: On a film shoot, during a break in a dressing room a low level gangster asked her to lend him some money. She pretended not to understand him and cleverly turned to Derek Yee for help. The gangster then gave up.
3. Because of gang harassment, many film shoots employ ‘bodyguards’. The production crew was always ready for self-defense. The atmosphere was tense but fun recalls Brigitte. On one film her bodyguard had a knife scar. Brigitte’s nickname was Little Rose, so her bodyguard was called Little Knife Scar Rose. Filming a gun scene in front of a restaurant, Knife Scar Rose jumped out pointing his gun thinking that it was real.
Other related stories:
Jackie Chan’s Rush Hour 2, Jackie had to pay HK$500K ‘venue fee’ as protection money
Because Leslie Cheung refused to join [the gangs?] prints of Raymond Wong’s Alls Well End’s Well were stolen when gunmen stormed the production office.

Hong Kong magazine reports that 57 year old Sammo Hung had emergency heart surgery last week

According to this report, Sammo was diagnosed with blocked arteries and secretly admitted to the hopsital. He acknowledged the surgery when contacted by the media by phone. Sammo is home now and rapidly recovering and hopes to return to Mainland to continue working on Detective Dee.

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei models new ‘owl’ look

Song Hye-kyo Teams up with Chinese stars for New Ad

Song Hye-kyo was the Korean actress/model slated to star John Woo’s cancellled ‘1949′

June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009

Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok
 Colin Chou, Aaron Kwok, Shu Qi, Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu
Zhang Jingchu
City Wide Alert cast photos

Colin Chou, Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok, Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu
Slide show

Benny Chan Builds ‘City’ with Special Effects

Faux Jackie and Jaycee Chan
‘Jackie’ meets Jaycee Chan in Tracing Shadow

Seven Little Fortunes gather
Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan

MC Yuan Chau
Over 20 Seven Little Fortunes gathered for a reunion to celebrate their 50th anniversary

Yuen Chau/Yuen QiuYuen Wah
Slide show

Cherie Chung cover girl
Cherie Chung will be on the upcoming cover of Elle

Fan Bingbing Covers COSMO July Issue

Zhang Ziyi Interprets ‘Precious Woman’

Jackie Chan Promoted Patriotic Song in LA

Zhou Xun Breaks up with Stylist Boyfriend
Flashback of Zhou Xun and Li Daqi’s Five Years in Love

China Film Association Names Best Chinese Films of 2008
2008 saw an annual output of 406 Chinese films, among which 260 were digital productions. It was the first time the number of digital films exceeded traditional films, the report said.
166 films, including 42 foreign-made films, were widely released.

Karen Mok

Photos from Karen Mok’s digital album release event in Beijing

Karen Mok back with Digital Album

Gillian Chung taking Botox shots to lose weight in arm and legs

Paid a seven digit endorsement fee to get rid of ‘elephant legs’
Gillian Chung’s secret to slimmer legs: Botox

No Botox for Charlene

Thrilled to have photo take with Clive Owen at SIFF

Hong Kong’s Happy Ambassador

Japanese Police Arrest Late Actress Jang’s Ex-Manager

ICAC fury sparked mutiny 32 years ago

June 12, 2009

June 12, 2009

Kungfu Cyborg opens Aug. 13th

Huang Jue
6 new Wheat posters released

Carina LauWith Sammo and Tsui Hark
Detective Dee press conference at Hengdian Studio with Sammo Hung, Carina Lau, Andy Lau, Li Bingbing and Tsui Hark

Sammo said the Seven Little Fortunes plan to commemorate their 50th anniversary when all arrive

Questioned three times about marriage, Andy Lau finally threw down his microphone and walked
Tsui Hark (and Crocs?)
Take a tour of Hengdian World Studios (and Theme Park!)
Yuen Qiu (left)
Yuen Qiu originally given name ‘Yuen Rong’ by Master Yu

Stanley Kwan to shoot Chinese musical in Shanghai
Carina Lau, Hu Jun, Li Bingbing and Deng Chao will provide guest performances

Chinese Stories
Lou Ye on why any portrait of Chinese people in cinema also involves politics.

File photo
Yip Chun’s half brother demands royalty and consultancy fees for ‘Ip Man’.

After ten unsuccessful visits to Yip Chun, Yip Siu-Wah threatened to jump from an upper story building. The matter was resolved after police arrived. The half-brother has a history of seeking money from Yip Chun.

Li Bingbing Shot Commercial in Rome

Edison Chen expands fashion business to Malaysia
Residents and neighbors voice displeasure and applying public pressure to prevent store from opening

Lin Chi-ling in financial difficulties?

Chin Han (right)
Chin Han promotes his new Mainland TV series based on The Cowherd and the Maiden

I spy: A fan runs into Tony Leung Chiu-Wai shopping for DVDs

Tony satisfied all photo requests from fans before finally leaving with a full load of DVDs

More accounts of marital discord between Josie Ho and Conroy Chan

Conroy photographed with mainland model, sent packing by Josie?

Scud comes up with a dud
‘Permanent Residence’ would have been a much more enjoyable gay flick if the audience were spared the feeling that the film was not based on the director’s life

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

‘Commander’ Arguably the Most Popular
There was little surprise when ‘Soldiers and Their Commander’ led the People’s Choices Awards Thursday at the Shanghai TV Festival.

More Test Results On Green Dam
Hello Kitty and Garfield fail their test
A User Report On A Green Dam Trial
A humorous account

Acid attack probe narrowed down to two buildings

May 28, 2009

May 28, 2009

Anthony Wong and Tracy Ip
Laughing Gor cast update

Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung on set of Detective Dee

Zhao Wei and Donnie Yen
Zhao Wei and Donnie Yen (from Founding of a Nation)

Edison's father
Tracing Edison's moves this year
Edison Chen reportedly sneaks into Hong Kong

Family finances in dour state: father is bankrupt, sister has little work modelling, competition from Juno Mak’s clothing line, Edison’s band FAMA only source of income

Michelle Reis
Michelle Reis reportedly moved back to her mother’s home

Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying
Guests include Carol Cheng, Teresa Mo, Deborah Li
Liza Wang and Law Kar-Ying hold banquet for friends to celebrate wedding

So, you’ve seen Chungking Express. You’ve visited Chungking Mansions, you’ve found Midnight Express (and discovered it’s now a 7-11) and you’ve rode the escalators by Christopher Doyle’s apartment. But you’ve haven’t landed a jet a Kai Tak Airport. Now, here’s your chance:

(No guarantees that Valerie Chow will be your flight attendant, though) :(

May 27, 2009

May 27, 2009

Lin Chi-Ling
Liu Keng-Hung
Ci Ling/Treasure Hunter photo gallery

Sammo Hung
Sammo Hung

Vanness Wu
Kungfu Chef opens June 12

Costars: Fan Siu-Wong, Lam Tze-Chung, Bruce Leung

Gao Yuanyuan
Lu Chuan
City of Life and Death cast returns to Beijing after 18 city tour

Barbie Hsu
Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog - Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu photo gallery

Cecilia Cheung?
A healthier Cecilia Cheung lookalike Gong Mi

Kelly Chen, March
Kelly Chen advert shoot - photo gallery

Japan launches digital archive on director Akira Kurosawa

Arclight looks to ‘Future X-Cops’ (formerly Future Cop)
Sci-fi action movie stars Andy Lau

Ruby Yang film captures Chinatown ‘Moment’ - A Moment in Time
Academy Award-winner Ruby Yang has unveiled her latest documentary, about the growth, evolution and eventual demise of five ethnic cinemas in San Francisco’s Chinatown and their role in bridging the gap between China and the United States.
Much of it [the film's budget], Yang said, was spent on licensing rights to archival film clips from outfits such as Celestial Pictures in Hong Kong, which charged up to $8,000 per minute.

Tonight on PBS: A look at Hollywood’s China syndrome

Ziyi Gives Lowdown on Her Landmark Role

Aaron Kwok
Aaron gets Achy-Breaky
Aaron Kwok for Longines

BoC, OMB seize P300M worth of replicating machines
Bootlegging operations moved from Hong Kong to Philappines.
12 containers of optical media manufacturing equipment and materials that arrived in two batches of six forty footers last May 15 and 24 at the Manila International Container Port.

March 20, 2009

Nanjing Massacre Films to Highlight April Silver Screens

Beijing-based distributor-turned-producer ACE Film Studio has announced that it is lining up thriller Midnight Taxi and China-Japan co-production Dream Wall

Screen Daily Review - Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

SFAAFF Reviews
White on Rice
Ocean of Pearls
Fruit Fly

Ashes of Time: Wong Kar-Wai credits Sammo Hung for being the inspiration behind Ouyang Feng/Leslie Cheung’s lines, ‘What’s behind the mountain? Same desert, another mountain.’ Says while checking locations during filming with the rotund Sammo Hung, Sammo didn’t like all the walking about and casually uttered those same words.

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Huang Shengyi
Huang Shengyi’s Hollywood debut in Race to Witch Mountain reduced to 45 seconds

Gillian Chung
Chengdu auto brand cancels on Gillian Chung

Not satisfied with feedback on jeans promotion

Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung off to Beijing for sponsor promotion - gallery

First time back to Mainland

Andy Lau is starting to have severe hair loss

Kelly Chen announces in Hong Kong that her baby is a boy,

Ariel Lin underwent brain surgery; irritable after operation

Maiden in China: Pop star Jane Z hopes to woo new fans around the world

Flags-made-in-China flap has (Ontario) legislature in uproar
(Thanks, Brian)
[Hmm, should they burn them? 80 ]

Mainland soldier shot dead and machine gun stolen

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