HKMDB Daily News

January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Austin TX: A Watery Grave Narrowly Avoided

35mm prints of lost HK actioners unspool in the Alamo’s Asian Invasion series

TimeOutHK: Father Franco Mella

Portrayed in film by Anthony Wong in “Ordinary Heroes” (1999).

TimeOutHK: Dante Lam interview

Director Dante Lam is on the highway to becoming Hong Kong’s next action auteur. Expect more gunfire in his hard-hitting latest, The Viral Factor

Jay Chou: I had to grit my teeth and do it

Jay Chou was willing to risk life and limb while filming his latest movie, The Viral Factor, all because of “face”.

THR: Taiwan Stands Tall as ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ Earns Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist Spot

Wei, one of Taiwan’s most commercially and critically successful directors, received the news in the middle of the Asian night. He was unsure why Warriors had made the shortlist while the rest of East Asia is staying home. Asian films played no part in any major category last year.

FBA: Seediq Bale shortlisted for Oscars

CF: Ann HUI On-wah to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at AFA

CF: Behind the Scenes of “Repeat, I Love You” Released

The film stars Cecilia Cheung, Sang-woo Kwon, Angela Chang and Jing Boran

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in Second Week 2012

“The Great Magician” debuted with $11.55 million over four days and managed to wrestle the first place from the highest-grossing hit of the year 2011″The Flowers of War”. “Magician”is the latest film directed by Derek Yee, who is good at balancing commercial success with artistic integrity very successfully.

CF: Film Buzz: 2012

Smaller films made big splash

Over the past year, three small-budget movies, Eternal Moment, The Piano in a Factory and Love is Not Blind, flexed their competitive muscle by attracting audiences and critical praise.

According to Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, the allure of small-budget films in the era of big-budget blockbusters is their ingenuity.

“Because their original cost is much lower, they can be more flexible with their themes. They dare to try something different from the mainstream, while blockbusters have to be more cautious,” he said to the Global Times.

Singapore director Jack Neo is evidently sticking to his winning formula - fresh-faced teen actors, heart-breaking family drama and a healthy dose of social commentary in his latest directorial offering, We Not Naughty.

A1: We Not Naughty review

Famous comedian Zhao Benshan will not perform on this year’s “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” because of health problems.

Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” launches, with a bang, on Feb. 9


Guest stars in “The Great Magician” include Tsui Hark, Benz Kong, Jamie Luk, Vincent Kok, writer Lau Ho-Lueng and dubbing director Chiang Siu-Leung.

Tsui Hark

Eight military governors (Sina)

Stills from “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen

Chapman To, Lynn Hung

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Yang Kun attended the Beijing launch of a new Clarence Fok film (Chinese title, Special Status). Donnie Yen will action direct as well as produce. Peter Pau is the cinematographer for the film.

Vincent Zhao, Donnie Yen (Sina)

Photos from Dubai where “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is filming. The film stars Andy Lau, Chen Kun and Zhang Jingchu.

Lin Chi-ling tries on a prop

Filming on a closed road

The crew prepares for a scene

Director Sun Jianjun (r)

Two British bandits (Sina-gallery)

“Harpoon” poster featuring Hu Bing (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Jay, Hannah, Nic, Viral Factor, Wang Lee-Hom, Kanye West

CNA: Dragon Year spells nightmare for Hong Kong mums

“We didn’t plan for a Dragon baby,” says 38-year-old Michele Lee, who is expecting her second child, a girl, in April.

“It was exciting when we first found out the news but very soon that excitement turned into worry about whether we’ll get a place in hospital.”

November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Ricky Hui passed away tonight

Sam, Ricky Hui in concert

Hong Kong media is reporting that Ricky Hui died of a heart attack Tuesday night. He was found by an assistant at home lying in bed and not breathing. Ricky Hui was 65 years old. He joined the Shaw Brothers actors training course in 1971 along with his brothers. (Sina), 2

TimeOutHK: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I review

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Flowers of War’ to Open in US

CF:  Final Posters of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: ”Dear Enemy” to Compete with “The Flowers of War”

Set against the backdrop of a business environment, “Dear Enemies” tells the story of a separated couple who become bitter enemies as they enter into war over the issue of company acquisition. A promotional trailer for the movie was released at the press conference.

Xu Jinglei at the press conference (Sina)2

Director David Wu’s latest sniper-themed film “Cold Steel” has had its new still photos released recently. The stills feature actor Peter Ho and actress Song Jia. In the film, they portray a couple of love birds.

Directed by Zhang Yang and starring Xu Huanshan, Wu Tianming and Li Bin, the film “One Flew over the Retirement Home” (”Fei Yue Lao Ren Yuan”) is currently being filmed in Tianjin. On Saturday, the film’s production team released a collection of still shots featuring mainland actor Chen Kun who makes a guest appearance as a doctor in the film.

CRI: Gao Xiaosong Released after 6 Months in Jail

Whilst serving time in the jail, Gao also wrote the theme song “Like a Dream” for his film “My Kingdom” which was released in September.

“Painted Skin 2″ poster released at the AFM features Zhou Xun (Sina)

Sun Zhou’s “Yes, I Do” held a film wrap press conference with cast members Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong. The film is due for a Lunar New Year release.

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, director Sun Zhou, Duan Yihong

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong, Mi Qi (Sina-gallery)

THR: Michelle Yeoh Garners Praise at AFI Fest for ‘The Lady’ (Video)

The actress talks to THR about her life, career and dream opportunity to play and meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

CF: A Lack of 3D Technology in China’s Film Industry

The fever for 3D movies spread quickly throughout the worlds’ film industries. Production companies were keen to cash in on high returns, and China’s growing film market was no different.

China’s ’soft power’ push stumbles at the movies

Mainstream Chinese films all need government approval for release, and there is a marked absence of movies that tell revealing, gritty tales set in the present day.

Bai Baihe, the star of the latest romance movie “Love is Not Blind”, poses for a new photo shoot in black and white to promote the film.

Fan Bingbing dons Versace for H&M collection at a fashion event in Beijing on Monday

Vicki Zhao to make directorial debut

Edison’s ex-girlfriend speaks

Edison’s rumored ex-girlfriend, Gloria Wong, scolded him bluntly for his fetish obsessions and revealed that Edison had asked her to wear a pink lingerie set to pose for some photographs while they were dating.

She was discovered when she was just 14 years old.

“TVB was considering that she has many good friends, such as Veronica Yip and Chingmy Yau. These former sex goddess have left showbiz and it would have been a talking point to have them on the show but…”

MSN: Selina Jen has yet to register her marriage

MSN: Eason Chan collaborates with daughter on new album

William Hung has joined the Los Angeles Police Dept as a technical crime analyst after graduating from college. He became a sensation after appearing on American Idol and later appeared with Nancy Sit in “Where is Mama’s Boy?”

November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Starry Starry Night review

Disappointingly conventional tale of two lonely 13-year-olds, short on charm and drama.

FBA: Jump Ashin! review

Follow-your-dream heartwarmer centred on a male gymnast is okay but unoriginal.
FBA: Warriors of the Rainbow review

With Part I rating a noble 8/10, and Part II a lesser 6/10, the whole movie aggregates out at an impressive but not knockout 7/10. It well deserves, like the original Red Cliff, to be shown long after the “international version” has done its immediate business and been forgotten.

FBA: Stellar opening for Starry Night in Taipei

While Apple is the second-highest grossing local film in Taipei this year, placed after the first Warriors film, it has emerged as the highest grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong this year with HK$42.2 million ($5.4 million) after 18 days on release.

CF: Newly Married Karen Mok to Promote “East Meets West” in Hong Kong

Karen Mok

Ekin Cheng

Eason Chan

Stephy Tang and Alex Fong Lik-Sun also attended the promotion (Sina)

CF: Ming Zhenjiang on the future of the August First Film Studio

Chinese filmmakers have been quick to criticize a recently released propaganda film entitled “Shen Zhou 11″ after it received the ‘Best Movie Award’ at the 28th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers awards ceremonies…

Our Liberation Army can fight against invaders from outer space too. America won’t be the only force protecting the planet.

CF: Cinema, dConstructed

Interview with Karin Chien, founder and president of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent Chinese cinema in the United States

Character posters for mainland racing film “Racer Legend”. Cast also includes Shin and Wang Bo-jie.

Shawn Dou Xiao

Eric Tsang

Janine Chang Chun-Ning

Janine Chang Chun-Ning, Shawn Dou

Janine Chang, Eric Tsang (Sina)2

Poster for Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”. Parts of the film were shot in Hong Kong, Australia and England. The cast includes Xu Jingleai, Stanley Huang, Gigi Leung, Christy Chung and Aarif Lee Chi-Ting (Aarif Rahman).


Andy On Chi-Kit in a series of new stills from Daniel Lee’s “White Vengeance”

Not Feeling Too Lovey Dovey: Interview with Edison Chen (APA)

Edison Chen talks to Asia Pacific Arts about escaping his personal problems through his acting roles and his plan to release three albums next year.

Edison flew to Vancouver, Canada yesterday to attend the Asian Film Festival, so as to avoid media scrutiny. His action prompted an outcry from netizens, who left comments like, “Scum, couldn’t even leave a 16-year-old alone” and “he’s well-suited for a life in the US, don’t come back!”

Faye Wong wowed more than 8,000 fans at the Malaysian leg of her concert.

October 3, 2011

October 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Purple House review

Disappointing psychodrama from noted Hong Kong d.p. Poon Hang-sang, in his directorial debut.

FBA: Revenge of the Factory Woman review

Simple but impressive drama set in ’70s Taiwan, with lucid direction and acting.

ChinaPost: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Part 2 review

“The Rainbow Bridge”, the second half of director Wei Te-sheng’s epic film “Seediq Bale”, is packed with more action but is also more convoluted and weaker in character development.

Stills from Gordon Chan’s Mural featuring Eric Tsang and Yan Ni

Eric Tsang

CNA: Celebrity weddings galore in October

MSN: Sonija Kwok marries in Japan secretly

The Hong Kong actress married her martial arts choreographer boyfriend, enraging her mother

Lam denied that she is back to Hong Kong to save her failing marriage with Yuen, as previous rumours have claimed.

September 23, 2011

September 23, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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WSJ: ‘Seediq Bale,’ a Taiwanese Epic of Historical Proportions

FBA: Love in Space review

Pop-coloured rom-com of three sisters’ love problems is charming throwaway entertainment.

FBA: Beach Spike review

Larky Hong Kong summer movie centred on women’s beach volleyball only partly delivers.

THR: Hong Kong Chooses Ann Hui’s ‘A Simple Life’ for Oscar Foreign Language Submission

Although the film was selected as the Hong Kong candidate in the Oscar race of the year 2011, it is set for wide release in the territory in March 2012. The distributor has scheduled five daily screenings in one cinema of two-dozen seats that has begun on Tuesday for a week, a move met with criticism locally.

“Autumn Gem: A Documentary on Modern China’s First Feminist”

Rae Chang, writer, producer and director of a documentary about the Chinese Joan of Arc, Qiu Jin, will discuss the film at a free screening Saturday at California Lutheran University

1911 poster

US version (Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War was previewed for buyers in Beijing today. The screening was held in a 120-seat VIP room and the audience was checked to prevent bootlegging. Also, viewers were charged 200 yuan per ticket to offset costs for the screening room and snacks. Reaction to the film afterwards was positive.

Poster for Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War

Security measures (Sina)2

Stills of Jordan Chan from Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Now in post-production, the film has a planned November release. (Sina)

The bamboo forest where The House of Flying Daggers was filmed has been turned into a tourist site. It now features a realistic sculpture of Andy Lau and a semi-naked bathing Zhang Ziyi.


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop


Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.


And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

September 9, 2011

September 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Reminder: My Kingdom AND Love in Space opens today. Check your local China Lion theater.

CF: Bleak Picture of Rural China

‘People Mountain People Sea’ paints a grim picture of China in its story of Lao Tie and his quest for revenge in the absence of state justice.

CF: ”Naked Marriage” in “The White Snake”

FBA: A Simple Life review

Deanie Ip and Andy Lau make memorable chemistry in the moving story of an amah’s final lap.

An abridged, two-hour cut for international release has been shown for the world premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, though Wei has stated that it diminishes his original vision. In keeping with the two-part domestic release, The China Post will review the film in two parts.

Mainland suspense-comedy gets released in a Cantonese version for southern audiences. Guangdong audiences have not been responsive to popular northern comedies such as those by Feng Xiaogang. Director Jiang Tao, who is himself Cantonese, oversaw the conversion for the Cantonese edition. (Sina)

Lau Ching-Wan, Denise Ho and Myolie Wu meet the press in Venice for Life Without Principle

Lau Ching-Wan

Denise Ho

Myolie Wu

Myolie Wu, Lau Ching-Wan, Denise Ho (Sina)

Andy Lau celebrated an early birthday (his 50th, on Sept. 27) for the second year in a row in Venice. He had three wishes: a Best Director and Best Actress award for Ann Hui and Deanie Ip and one secret wish.

Ann Hui, Deanie Ip, Andy, Qin Hailu (Sina)2

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Mike He decided to mark his eight sexy years in show business by revealing the full glory of his well-muscled limbs, taut buttocks and ripped six-pack.

Cecilia Cheung taped a variety show program for Shanghai TV and sang her new single.

Weeping tears of joy for support by fans


A1: Vincy Yeung dumps Edison Chen

Cecilia Cheung to sing again

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s new single has the same title as Daniel Chan’s song

In other related news, Cecilia promoted her latest movie Treasure Hunt, which featured her eldest son Lucas.

The actress, who was there for only 10 minutes, slammed Wong Jing, the movie’s scriptwriter cum director, for having a bad script, which resulted in Lucas changing his lines.

MSN: Ronald Cheng houses three generations under one roof

MSN: Maggie Cheung dumped?

MSN: Elaine Ng and daughter live a thrifty lifestyle

The former actress had also let on that Etta wanted to study in Harvard. In order to realise her daughter’s dream, the pair had been living a thrifty lifestyle, by wearing simple clothing, eating economically, driving a fuel-saving car and living in a rural area.

Girl Next Door: Tang Wei was spotted in Beijing getting out a taxi with an assistant.  She put on a surgical mask but took it off, apparently unused to wearing one. After going to a Traditional Chinese Medicine hospital, Tang Wei stopped at kiosk to have a snack of instant noodles and bottle of water before being picked up again by another taxi.


September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

TaipeiTimes: ‘Seediq Bale’ addresses harmony

ChinaPost: Seediq Bale premiere shines in Venice

THR: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale review

ScreenDaily: Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale review(HKMDBNews)

FBA: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

‘Seediq Bale’ the pride of Taiwan’s movie industry: producer

After the screening in Venice, another of the movie’s producers Jimmy Huang revealed that American distributors had raised their offer to buy the rights to the film.

Taipei premiere, Sept. 4 (Sina-slideshow)

CF: Jia Zhangke’s worries about Chinese Films

(Sept. 5) Beijing premiere for My Kingdom. Director Guo Xiaosong is still in jail serving time for a drunken driving sentence.

My Kingdom’s action director Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

Han Geng, Barbie Hsu, Wu Chun

Yuen Biao

Magician-actor Liu Qian (Sina-gallery)

Variety: The Sorcerer And The White Snake review

THR: Film The Sorcerer And The White Snake review

ScreenDaily: The Sorcerer And The White Snake review(HKMDBNews)

More bodies hit that ground that in any feel-good Rambo movie, and while flailingly unfocused in structure it is also a fascinatingly brutal history lesson.

FBA: The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Uncomplicated chunk of Chinese legend, with plenty of CGI, action and entertainment.

CF: Reporters Praise “Its Love” in Venice


FBA: Cai surprises at Venice

One more Chinese film competes for Golden Lion

The film “Ren Shan Ren Hai,” or “People Mountain People Sea,” was listed as the “surprise film” to compete for the Golden Lion in the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2011, reports. Gu Xiaobai, screenwriter of the film, confirmed that the film director CaiShangjun has left for Venice.

Hong Kong: Line-up defies expectations (Variety)

CF: Loving Birds in “Lee’s Adventure”

The animation-based movie, “Lee’s Adventure,” released a batch of still photos featuring the two leading roles played by Jaycee Chan and Wang Ziwen. The film is about the imagination of a broken hearted young man in which he travels through time and space and finds his true love at last.

CF: New Trailer out for “1911″

The epic war movie marking the 100th anniversary of the Revolution in 1911 released its trailer in Hong Kong.


“My Sassy Girl” Director Takes the Helm of a Chinese Film

My Sassy Girl” director Kwak Jae Yong’s next project is a Chinese historical film starring Fan Bing Bing. He is the first Korean director to do so.

Strong buzz surrounds the possibility of Hong Kong-born superstar Chow Yun Fat taking the lead opposite Fan. Reports say Chow is the top candidate to play Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty.

Kwak Jae-Yong and Fan Bingbing (cri)

John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” has a new Chinese title, “Fatal Love”. Zhang Hanyu, Chang Chen and Song Hye-Kyo have already been lined up. Woo said that he hopes Zhang Ziyi will also join the cast. Filming will take place in Taiwan, Shanghai and Beijing. In addition, John Woo said he will produce Zhang Meng’s (Piano in a Factory) next film. (Sina)

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Wrapped up in Beijing

Lin Peng, Jay Chou and Elaine Kam wrap up shooting of Viral Factor in Beijing


Tsui Hark and Kitty Zhang Yuqi at the GQ Man of the Year awards ceremony in Beijing


Zhou Dongyu’s first day at college (Xinhua-gallery)

Huang Shengyi attended the premiere of Contagion in Venice, Sept. 4, before returning to Hong Kong.

That’s a ponytail!

Heels by House of Frankenstein (Sina)(Zimbio)

MSN: Jaycee Chan dating a Taiwanese model secretly

CNA: Kelly Lin gives birth to baby girl

MSN: Another child for Kelly Lin?

The Taiwanese actress supposedly woke up from surgery and told her husband that she wanted another child

CNA: Ariel Lin chooses film over TV

Unhealthy working conditions on Taiwan drama productions have driven Taiwan singer-actress Ariel Lin to quit TV acting.

September 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

CRI: Venice Int’l Film Festival Kicks off

Producer Yang Zi and Huang Shengyi walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony

Huang Yi (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)2

FBA: Juliets review

Consistently engaging collection of three offbeat Romeo & Juliet riffs.

FBA: Tsui is Asian Filmmaker of the Year

CF: Animated and Real Actors Unite for Jaycee Chan’s New Film

Flesh-and-blood actors will perform alongside animated stars for the new fantasy movie “Lee’s Adventure” which is based on a single cartoon created by a creative young animator.

CF: ”Love in Space” Premieres in Beijing

Eason Chan, Guei Lun-Mei, Wing Shya, Aaron Kwok

Wing Shya, “Guess where I am.”  (Sina-slideshow)2

CF: Snake Fairy and Beast Romance in “Its Love”

The imminent fantasy romance movie, “Its Love,” released a batch of still photos featuring the blue snake portrayed by Charlene Choi and the monk-turned beast played by Wen Zhang.

Poster for the male characters in Gordon Chan’s Mural which opens Sept. 29.

Deng Chao

Collin Chou

Andy On Chi-Kit

Bao Bei-Er  (Sina)

And a sampling of special effects


Filming has begun in Sai Kung for the latest Wong Jing-Patrick Kong collaboration, a ghost story featuring Chrissie Chau, Law Chung-Him (Him Law), Timmy Hung and Charmaine Fong. Chrissie injured her right leg and had to go to the hospital to be treated.

Patrick Kong (Yip Lim-Sum), Wong Jing

Chrissie Chau


Producers Jimmy Huang Chih-Ming and John Woo flank director Wei Te-Sheng

Landy Wen, Vivian Hsu, Luo Mei-Ling

Vivian Hsu

Da Ching

Lin Ching-Tai (Sina-slideshow)

Zhang Jingchu: Poster Girl for FIGARO

The Prince of Magic, Liu Qian and Gao Yuanyuan promote a brand product in Beijing.

MSN: Mark Chao tells of soured friendship with Vic Chou

The Black & White lead actor admitted—for the first time—that his friendship with Vic Chou took a turn for the worse after he nabbed the Best Actor award over the widely-tipped hot fave Vic

Eason’s wife, Hilary Tsui was recently photographed hanging out at night clubs with a number of male companions. She also reportedly paid for their drinks, which incurred into a huge expense.

Awkward: Edison Chen and Gillian Chung check into the same hotel in Shanghai last week. (Sina)

July 29, 2011

July 29, 2011

ChinaPost: The Killer Who Never Kills review

Another Taiwanese singer has made his movie debut: Jam Hsiao. The popular entertainer stars as a sympathetic contract killer who saves lives, but fails short of saving his first feature film “The Killer Who Never Kills”

CF: Two Chinese Films Compete for the Golden Lion

Festival organizers announced yesterday that Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s drama “A Simple Life” and Taiwanese director Wei Desheng’s epic film “Seediq Bale” will compete with 20 other films for the top award during the 11-day event which runs from August 31 to September 10.

Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s imminent fantasy movie “It’s Love” will open the Screening Section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

Deannie Ip - A Simple Life

Deannie Ip and Ann Hui (Sina)

CF: Time to Celebrate the 1911 Revolution with Sun Film

Produced by Central Pictures Corporation and directed by Wang Caitao, the movie “Sun Yat-sen,” a long-awaited tribute to that other anniversary this year, the centenary of the 1911 revolution, will tell the heroic story of the founder of the Republic of China. Singer and actor Han Geng plays Sun’s secretary, Hu Hanmin.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Donnie Yen are the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith

CNA: Donnie Yen and Cecilia Cheung to star in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake

Filming for “Assassin Couple” is scheduled to begin in March next year.

Xiao Shenyang and Cecilia Cheung in a scene from The Lion Roars 2


According to the Venice International Film Festival site the version of Seediq Bale shown will be 135 minutes long. The international two-part version seen in a preview by festival director Marco Muller is reported to be two and a half hours long. (Sina)2

A few more stills of Huang Yi in The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (Qiu Jin)

Huang Yi

Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, Huang Yi

One of Qiu Jin’s descendants, a nephew, has complained about her depiction based on the script. He said it does not respect the facts and portrays her in a vulgar light. [Maybe he's angling for a consulting fee?] (HunanTV)(Sina)

Louis Koo injured

Louis Koo suffers yet another injury on his right leg, sparking concerns that he might not be able to star in historical epic “Saving General Yang”.

Major Chinese dailies also reported that the Weibo accounts of Chinese artistes Tang Wei and Ge You were terminated after they condemned the authorities over the train crash in China.

MSN: Jay Chou impresses model with magic tricks

Raymond: “Not my girlfriend!”

Model Kibby “Blueberry” Lau is upset with alleged boyfriend Raymond Lam Fung because he is denying they are a couple to the media.

Tavia Yeung is Pinnochio

Tavia Yeung is being called a Pinnochio, not only because of her longer nose but because the actress is denying any surgical enhancement to it

In the past, Mavis has come forward to single Raymond out as a love rat.

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