HKMDB Daily News

December 3, 2011

December 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Another “catch up” post, after a few eventful days at the local cardiothoracic unit. No, not for me, thankfully.

THR: Ge You Signs Three-Picture Deal with Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures(CF)

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

Charlene Choi

Gillian Chung

Twins (Sina-gallery)

THR: Tang Wei to Pick Up Third Best Actress Award for ‘Late Autumn’

CF: ”Dear Enemies” Wandering on the Street

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)

CF: The Leading Actress of “The Flowers of War” Finally Removes Her Veil

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.

(Sina)

CF: ”The Flowers of War” Pair Cover Hollywood Reporter Magazine

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

Barbara Wong coaxes tears from Zhou Dongyu (Sina)2

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.

Chen Kun

(Sina)

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.

CF: Leni Lan Yan Covers the For Him Magazine

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.

October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Not Interested in ‘The Lady’ (WSJ)

A1: Michelle Yeoh to join Malaysian politics?

But when contacted, her parents - Datuk Yeoh Kian Geik and Datin Janet Yeoh deny having any knowledge of their famous daughter’s political ambition.

FBA: Kora review

Engrossing two-wheel road/survival movie set in the wilds of Yunnan and Tibet.

Kora - Li Tao

Li Tao, director Du Jiayi

Li Tao (Sina)

ChinaPost Abba review No, not that Abba

“Abba” is a musical documentary about the life and legacy of Hong Yi-feng (1927-2010), one of the most iconic popular musicians in post-World War II Taiwan. The film, produced by Hong’s three sons, offers great music, nostalgic discoveries, a glimpse into creative minds, a complex and tender family story and some food for thought on the possible healing power of religion.

China orders cutback on TV entertainment

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television starting next year will restrict shows that “record the dark and gloomy side of society,” the Southern Metropolis Daily said.

CF: ”The Tale of Two Cities” to be Released

Directed by the young Chinese director Pan Anzi, and starring Richie Ren, Teng Ge’er, Yvonne Yung and Xiong Naijing, the film “The Tale of Two Cities” is set to hit cinema screens during the Spring Festival of 2012…Set in the turbulent days of the Republic of China, the film tells the tale of grassroots outlaws and rivals.

The film is set in the thirties, in old Shanghai, and documents the filming of a horror movie in an old mansion. As part of the storyline, the lead actress of the movie being filmed, which is set in the ancient times, dies uncannily. A policewoman, played by Han Yifei, is sent to apply for the role of lead actress, lurking among the cast to investigate the case. However, actors and actresses start to die one after another, plunging everyone into a terrible dilemma.

Ning Hao’s “No Man’s Land” to get a November release? Frozen for two years, reporters last night spotted an entry on China Film Digital Development’s web site a table of distribution dates, including one for an entry for Nov.29 listed only as ‘WRQ’, i.e., Wuren Qu/No Man’s Land. The entry was later deleted. When reporters questioned the company, a spokesman denied it. But reporters claimed to have a screen capture showing it. The spokesman said he would investigate and see if it was a staff member’s entry error. (Sina)

“Lost in Panic Cruise” is the usual array of detectives, high suspense and murder. The movie is expected to thrill audiences during the week of Halloween and is due to start screening tomorrow.

“Sleepwalker in 3D” posters. Put your glasses on now!

Angelica Lee

Calvin Li Zong-han

Charlie Young

Huo Siyan

Charlie Young at the Beijing premiere this afternoon

Huo Siyan, Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

Calvin Li, Huo Siyan, Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

(Sina)2(Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok celebrated his 46th birthday today at an event for “Cold War” in Hong Kong

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aarif Lee, Eddie Peng (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer denies that she is in a relationship with fellow singer Denise Ho

The photo was said to be taken by the Hong Kong singer’s assistant

August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010

Concept poster for The Man Behind The Courtyard House starring Simon Yam and Zhang Jingchu

(formerly Watchman/Watchmen here)

Thrillers fans are enjoying a wave of new films with the recent releases of Illusion Apartment, Curse of the Deserted, and the upcoming Midnight Pulse and The Island. (Sina)2

NPR: Giving ‘Charlie Chan’ A Second Chance

China: no film ratings, restated censors role (THR)

SARFT vice minister sees more cinemas, cheaper tickets

CRI: It’s Not Time for Film Rating System

THR: Thomas Mao

Bottom line: A fresh and delightful crossover between art and life, documentary and fiction, dream and reality.

Writer-director Felix Chong’s light satire on gangster dramas is hit-and-miss.

The upcoming Hong Kong cops and gangsters film “The Stool Pigeon” was screened for the press in Beijing recently, and proved the film had passed the Mainland examiners and would be presented in its original form without any cuts.

Reboot of John Woo classic focuses on drama

When the Korean remake of John Woo’s seminal, genre-defining shoot’em up, “A Better Tomorrow” rolls out in multiplexes all over Korea during next month’s Chuseok holiday, don’t expect a faithful update.

Michelle Ye (and Aaron Kwok) won 3rd place prize

front: Chin Kar-Lok, Ng Ka-Lok, Michelle Ye, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng

Chin Kar-Lok placed second to winner Ng Ka-Lok in Jet Li’s One Foundation Celebrity Charity Cup race in Shanghai.

Jet Li and volunteer Lin Peng

Lin Peng

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

While Vicki is willing to give the marriage time, she is said to be taking on jobs to ensure that she has a steady income in the event of a divorce and she needs to fight for custody of her daughter.

She even met up with a famous Chinese scriptwriter to discuss plans for her movie, which will be her first self-directed feature.

Karena Lam (Sina)

HK actress Karena Lam goes back to school

Karena Lam’s management company has released an official statement on Wednesday, clarifying that the 32-year-old had not completely left the industry but has gone back to school, reported Chinese media.

SG: Irene Wan shows her motherly side

After 10 years of marriage, former sex-bomb Irene Wan has given up on trying to conceive and decided to adopt instead.

CRI: Chinese Women’s National Volleyball Team Triggers Debate in Hong Kong

June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

Lessons from ‘The Karate Kid’ — Japan out, America down, China on the rise

Meat Grinder (Thailand)

Imagine Joerg Buttgereit’s early movies remade by Wong Kar Wai and you’re halfway there.

Pic introduces its title character — plump, middle-aged Buss (Mai Charoenpura) — when a young guy from the country arrives to meet his fiancee, Aoi, who’s been working at Buss’ noodle shop. Buss tells him Aoi ran off with her husband; after inviting him in, she chops off one of his legs, nails him to the floor by his fingers and then stuffs him, still alive, with herbs…Original Thai title roughly means “Carve Before Tasting.”  (Variety) Now available on DVD. ;D

THR: China media regulator cited for misuse of funds

SARFT named China’s second-most corrupt agency

  • On Monday, an online chart illustrating the annual audit and naming SARFT — and the No. 1 and No. 3 offenders, the State Bureau of Survey and Mapping and the Ministry of Culture — had disappeared from the China Daily’s Web site, apparently nixed by censors.
  • SARFT and the Ministry of Culture both already are under international pressure to loosen their control of the import and distribution of cultural content. The pressure comes largely from the Motion Picture Association and the World Trade Organization, which in November ruled China was in violation of free trade.

Shu Qi and Aaron Kwok in City Under Siege (Sina)

CJ7 The Cartoon posters

Movie opens July 9 (Xinhua)

Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow and Xu Jiao have been quietly filming commercials for CJ7: The Cartoon.

While in Changsha, Hunan Chow reportedly visited Mao Zedong’s former home. (Xinhua)

Edison Chen is Disney-friendly

Edison Chen’s Clot and Disney collaborate in Shanghai on a new line of clothing.

Commerce makes for strange bedfellows.

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Looking like they just stepped out of an advert, Michelle Reis and her husband, Julian Hui, were spotted hand in hand in Macau celebrating her 40th birthday. (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Attending a breast cancer self examination event Chrissie called the Book Fair banning by the Trade Development Council hypocritical. She said she considered appealing the ban but softened her stand.

(Sina)23(Xinhua)

Gillian Chung’s appearance was ‘disappeared’ from the popular Changsha, Hunan TV program ‘Happy Camp’ broadcast. The program which also featured fellow Fantastic Water Babes’ Jeff Lau, Stephen Fung and Alex Fong Lik-Sun deleted all references to Gillian. Taped earlier, all traces of her were eliminated according to reports despite official previews saying that Gillian would appear for a few minutes. According to  those involved in the taping Gillian introduced the film plot, and performed a dance. There was no mention of the ‘photo-gate’ incident so the reason for her removal were not clear. A call to Hunan TV’s chief editor was not returned. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung spotted at the Hong Kong International Airport heading to Shanghai (Xinhua)(Sina)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai posted a photo showing his 48th birthday celebration at home.

Wife Carina Lau was recently implicated in a developing real estate scandal in Chongqing. (Xinhua)

Adrien Brody, Zhang Ziyi - Los Angeles

(Xinhua)

June 9, 2010

June 9, 2010

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THR: SARFT takes control of IPTV in China

China’s evolving plans for media convergence now appear to grant control of Internet Protocol TV to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, official media reported on Wednesday.

The apparent move by the State Council, China’s cabinet, could clarify a previously gray area in a potentially lucrative media arena in the world’s largest Internet market.

ChinaHush: Red Light Revolution

Nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at Australia’s 2008 Inside Film Awards, RED LIGHT REVOLUTION is the first feature film centered on China’s multitude of adult stores, and the everyday people who run them. RED LIGHT REVOLUTION follows a luckless Beijinger who risks it all to open a shop, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighborhood.

Karate Kid: Watch this one for kicks

A lot of the film’s charm, like its predecessor, relies on its leads. And though it has to be said that Chan seems uninspired and Smith is annoyingly bratty to begin with, they both come into their own after the obligatory spirit-lifting training montages.

Overall, the film pays just enough homage to the original to appeal to both old-time devotees and new fans. This is the kind of movie where you find yourself cheering even though you know you’re being manipulated into doing so - and you’re okay with that because of its earnest naivete.

The film lurches back and forth between the past and the present, trying to explain too many things at once, and eventually spins out of control with its unnecessary twists and turns.

It is, however, a serious contender for Film With The Stupidest Character Names Ever. [Hey, I resent that!]

Check out the video poster for A Gan’s thriller ‘Video Cassette of 31 Degrees North Latitude’. Film opens June 11. Trailer looks like a Blair Witch Project-type premise. (Sina)

Wei Te-Shang’s (Cape No.7) Seediq Bale has been saddled with financial problems. Previously reported, Vivian Hsu sold her house to invest $5M in the film. Now it’s being reported that Jay Chou has lent the director tens of millions to complete the film. The film is scheduled to finish in July and take up to a year in post-production to be ready for next summer’s release. (Sina)

Liu Ye, a bit over PS’d?

Comfort Magazine (Sina)

Taiwan media reported on Zhou Xun’s close encounter with a fan. Arriving at a brand endorsement appearance, Zhou Xun stepped out of her car and in the middle of a media scrum she was greeted by a fan who was reluctant to let go of her. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung’s $1,800 stroller for Quintus

Jay Chou would rather shed blood than tears

August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009

Warners offers Bruce Lee role to Rain
Korean singer-actor still mulling remake of ‘Enter the Dragon’

Jaycee Chan Comedy novice in Tracing Shadow

Johnnie To: Johnny Hallyday wasn’t prima donna on ‘Vengeance’ set

‘Chengdu, I Love You’
“Chengdu, I Love You” may not be shown in its entirety as its premiere closes the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

“Empire of Silver” Generates Its Own Fortune in Taiwan


Kungfu Cyborg - Eric Tsang, Law Gar-Ying photos
Opens August 20 simultaneously in Hong Kong and Mainland

Barbie Hsu, Wong JingLouis Koo
Meng YaoJing girl - Liu Yang
On His Majesty’s Secret Service premiere - photo gallery

Maggie Siu, Simon Yam
Michelle YeAnthony Wong

Vengeance premiere photos

Opening ceremony at Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Mao Mao
Mao Mao - Zhang Yimou’s Amazing Tales - Three Guns


Jet Li: Never Heard about ‘Shaolin’ Remake


Gillian Chung scenes deleted from Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box for fear of Mainland objection

Mars Baby photo gallery

Charlene Choi: Twins will not be disbanding

Zhang Ziyi and Vivi Nevo separated
Recently, Zhang has been staying in Beijing to help her brother take care of his children and promoting her new film. Supposedly, the real reason is that the two have parted company.


New Faye Wong advert photo found on her Facebook page

Karena Lam
Karena Lam promoting cosmetics

Zhang Pimin promoted to deputy director of China’s SARFT

July 24, 2009

July 24, 2009

New Film Guarantees Laughs and More - On His Majesty’s Secret Service
Sandra NgBarbie Hsu

Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen gets in shape for 14 Blades




Jiang Wen’s Let The Bullets Fly photos - more

[Looks like an Abercrombie and Fitch advert!]

Surprise!
Bodyguards and Assassins publicity director denies Cecilia Cheung cameo

Also denied that Faye Wong will sing the theme song. However, he revealed that Michelle Reis will appear!

Never a McDull moment

Overheard - Tapping into the craze for stocks

Should Kato be played by a woman in the new ‘Green Hornet’ movie?

Red Cliff - the short version

China tells TV to get history right
Online commentators were critical of Tian’s performance and costumes and of the show’s use of “Matrix”-like fight scenes and rap music stylings in songs sung by actors playing gods

Yasmin Ahmad suffers stroke
Yasmin’s condition being closely monitored
Film Director Yasmin Ahmad Admitted In ICU

Plastic City - This city sinks

Variety: ‘Forbidden Door’ nabs PiFan prize
Dante Lam wins best director in Puchon

Taipei Times: Film review
An attractive young teacher hits on a novel way to motivate a group of nerdy junior high students in ‘Oppai Volleyball’
The world of modern art gets a roasting in Takeshi Kitano’s morbidly funny ‘Achilles and the Tortoise’

Jackie Chan to Donate All Property after Death

Agent Denies Zhao Wei’s Hiatus Rumor
Update: Zhao Wei to marry boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Don’t skip the story on Xiao S!

Faye Wong denies National Day concert comeback rumors

Not joining Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung

The latest rumor concerning Kelly Chen’s baby
In this version, according to netizens, the baby is actually the illegitimate offspring of Kelly’s brother and a model. Because Kelly and her husband cannot have a baby of their own, they have agreed to accept her brother’s child as their own. The surrogate mother story becomes a handy smoke screen in this scenario.
Update: English version - Kelly Chen faked pregnancy?
Kelly's brother


Ronald Cheng and Gillian Chung’s fathers spotted by press leading to marriage speculation


Li Xiaolu magazine photos



Karen Mok shoots an MV to promote environmental awareness

Supports Hong Kong’s new plastic bag fee

Shanzhai Lin Chi-Ling Chen Si XuanLin Chi-Ling
Shanzhai Lin Chi-Ling denies any plastic surgery


SCMP: Take the Hong Kong Entertainment Quiz


SCMP: Vitasoy chairman Winston Lo drinks to healthy future

Grilled fish dish a worthy catch at Danny Lee’s new restaurant

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