Another “catch up” post, after a few eventful days at the local cardiothoracic unit. No, not for me, thankfully.
Emperor Motion Pictures signed a five-year, three-picture deal with Chinese box office king Ge You to develop tailor-made vehicles for the actor-director-producer to star in, which he might also direct and produce if he chooses to. EMP has agreed to invest not less than $78 million into the three projects.
Ge You, Albert Yeung
The romance movie “Dear Enemy”, dedicated to this year’s Christmas, is due to hit the national screens on December 23. A batch of new still photos was released today in the run up of its release. Lead actress and director of the movie Xu Jinglei and lead actor Stanley Huang were featured in the pictures wearing bathrobes and standing on the street.
In “Strawberry Cliff,” a supernatural thriller about a young woman who can foresee people’s deaths, director Chris Chow was able to break from formulas and plot conventions that he typically sticks to in his screenwriting work.
It also stars Eason Chan, one of Hong Kong’s most popular actors, as a Hong Kong bartender who shares a soul with both an American man and a French woman. For Mr. Chan, best known for Cantopop ballads and comedic roles, it’s a both a weightier-than-usual part and his first in English.
Mr. Chow currently is working on screenplays for a few films, including one with director John Woo. “Flying Tigers,” which Mr. Woo says he plans to begin shooting next year, is about the group of American combat pilots who fought with the Chinese military against the Japanese during World War II.
SARFT released a document named “On Promoting the Coordinated Development of Movie Making, Publishing and Releasing.”
“The Flowers of War” international poster
Nie Yuan plays a Chinese Army soldier (Sina-gallery)
The lead actress’s name, Ni Ni, is listed on the poster alongside that of Hollywood star Christian Bale; indicating the girl’s importance within the project.
Also, the premiere of “The Flowers of War” was moved ahead one day to Dec. 15 to get a jump on Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”. (Sina)
Reportedly, Zhou Dongyu, Joe Chan and Dou Xiao are all dubbed by professionals in the Cantonese edition.
New “first tear” poster for “Allure of Tears”, now scheduled for Dec. 22 release
Aarif Lee, Zhou Dongyu
Chen Kun will portray a nefarious eunuch with high level kung-fu skills, going up against Ming Dynasty general Chow Wai-On, played by Jet Li. Newly released still photos, showcasing Chen’s unique make-up and luxurious costumes, give audiences a glimpse of the character that Chen is set to portray.
At the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival, which took place from October 20-30, the director revealed that the film would be released on the mainland, and beared this in mind during the filming process. “I’ve prepared backup materials for the sensitive content that may be disapproved by the Film Board,” he said in an interview. So, there is no need for movie fans to worry about losing the original flavor when watching Ko’s latest creation on mainland cinema screens.
The perfect kung fu duo—Tsui Hark and Jet Li—pose for a photo shoot for “GQ” magazine to promote their new wuxia martial arts flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” slated for release on December 16.
Lan Yan poses for a sultry and seductive photo shoot to cover the For Him Magazine (FHM).
Many fans, however, were less than thrilled with a crude joke actor Eric Tsang made about the film You Are the Apple of My Eye. Tsang cohosted the ceremony with his daughter, Mando-pop singer and actress Bowie Tsang.
The Chinese title of the sweet-natured comedy, which is about a group of high school friends engaged in a romantic rivalry, literally translates as “Those years, we chased the same girl.” The film has set box office records in Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong and a single off its soundtrack, Those Years (那些年), has become a major hit.
The movie is so influential, Tsang declared during the ceremony, that Hong Kong director Wong Jing, a prolific director with infamously crass sensibilities, wants to make his own version. The title? “Those years, when we raped the same girl”.
“That sounds a little scary,” Bowie Tsang responded to her father as their celebrity audience giggled nervously.
Lin Chi-ling probably wishes the media had some boundaries, too. The supermodel celebrated her 37th birthday last week, which led to yet another round of tabloid speculation about when she will finally find a husband…Gossip reporters were horrified by the idea of Taiwan’s top model becoming a 40-year-old spinster. “I feel like everyone asks me the same question every year,” said Lin with a giant smile plastered across her face. “I never have a different answer. It makes me feel depressed.”
Baby, baby, baby…
Soon after Andy Lau’s admission that he is going to be a father, fellow “Heavenly King” Leon Lai hinted that he may well be next, during the premiere of his new film “White Vengeance” on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.
Benny Chan recently shared a piece of happy news amidst all the negativity he’s been getting due to his improper behaviour towards 19-year-old actress Rose Chan.
Previously, a tabloid claimed that Benny paid Rose HK$1 million as a form of compensation. Commenting on the report, the actor said, “Today’s my two queens’ birthday. Let’s not talk about that.” (Sina)
Chan’s wife, Lisa Jiang, a Chinese former-model, was due to give birth in mid-December but delivered her daughter earlier via Cesarean section because the baby’s umbilical cord was coiled around its neck.
“Because this day is my wife Lisa Jiang’s 26th birthday and is also the day my daughter is born, it is especially memorable,” Chan told reporters.