HKMDB Daily News

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Most Anticipated Chinese Movies of 2012

CF: Dayyan Eng’s “Inseparable” Due to Hit the Big Screen

FBA: Youku kickstarts more micro movies

PR: New HK Film Archive exhibition highlights the cinematic legend of Wong Fei-hung

The HKFA’s new publication “Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist”, with an English edition on CD-ROM, examines the cinema of Wong Fei-hung from a historical background and considers its various artistic characteristics and film genres.

Fourth generation student, Pang Chi-ming; Mok Kwai-lan, godson of Wong Fei-Hong’s wife; fifth generation student, Lau Ka-yung (info.gov.hk)

CF: Talented Actress Jiang Yiyan

In 2012, Derek Yee’s “Ghost Bullets” and Gordon Chan’s “The Four” will bring Jiang to the big screen again, and Jiang Yiyan recently finished her part in director Peng Shun’s “Conspirators”, which is expected to be released in October.

(Sina)

CF: Huang Yi: The Beauty in Hoh Xil

Huang Yi

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CRI: Actress Hsu Chi Undaunted by Online Attacks

CF: Bullied actress’ Cold Shoulder to Weibo Prompts Reflection

“Frustration in life boosts aggression. So people’s discontent has been funneled into cyberspace, where they can act with little restraint,”

MSN: Netizens regret supporting Vincent Zhao after learning daughter has US passport

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Zombie 108 review

FBA: All’s Well Ends Well 2012 revivew

Latest instalment of the Hong Kong New Year comedy franchise is less brash and more charming.

CF: ”Guns N’ Roses” Portrays Ning’s Style

CF: ”Design of Death” to Hit Cinemas in April

Huang Bo, Simon Yam

Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Stars in Black and White

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Zhang Yi (Sina-gallery)

CF: 7 Blockbusters from Huayi Bro. to be Released in 2012

CF: Cast and Crew Talk about “Full Circle”

CF: Youku Plans to Shoot 12 Microfilms

Stills of Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Jing Gangshan in a passionate scene from “Blood Stained Shoes”

Jing Gangshan plays a carpenter in the film (Sina)2

Photos from launch conference in Taiwan for “Westgate Tango”

Anthony Wong

Dylan Kuo

Amber An Xin-Ya

She’s a popular Taiwan fan boy “sex goddess” appearing in her first film

(Sina-slideshow)

TimeOutHK: Shu Qi interview (The Second Woman)

Titled “Returning to the basics”, the actress thanked those who have hurt her and expressed that the incident has allowed her to learn and improve.

“The past is not a scar but something to be proud of,” she wrote.

CNA: HK artistes applaud Privacy Commissioner’s report on tabloid misconduct

MSN: Jay Chou to scout for fresh face for his new movie

The Taiwanese singer’s move implied that rumoured girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan will not star in his upcoming film

MSN: Cecilia Cheung spotted with younger son Quintus

A1: Wang Lee-hom to carry torch for 2012 Olympics

CF: Wax Figure of Actress Sandra Ng Unveiled in HK

Sandra Ng (left)

With Peter Chan’s father and Sandra Ng’s parents (Sina)

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Vulgaria review

This film-biz satire displays a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals – of humans and other species – as frequently as it possibly can.

“Vulgaria” Hong Kong premiere photos

Chapman To, Kristal Tin

DaDa Chan

Pang Ho-Cheung, Chapman To, Kristal Tin, Matt Chow

Ronald Cheng

Fiona Sit (Sina)

CF: Stars of “The Four” and “The Assassins” Set to Shine at BJIFF

PR: Youku, Buick Debut “Micro Movie” Series from Major Directors

China’s leading Internet television company (”Youku”), joined by Buick today, announced the kickoff of “Infinite Drive,” a series of 12 web-based “micro movies” from internationally renowned directors Wang Xiaoshuai (”Beijing Bicycle”, “Chongqing Blues”), Lu Chuan (”City of Life and Death”, “Hoh Xil”), and Teng Huatao (”Dwelling Narrowness”, “Love is Not Blind”), and actress and director Hao Lei (”Summer Palace”, “Empire of Silver”).

Each of the four directors will produce three ten-minute micro movies to tell the stories about young urban professionals balancing their personal pursuits against the desire for stability. The 12 micro movies will correspond to the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, and will reflect the personality traits typical of each sign.

Stills of Tao Hong from Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

CRI:  Selina Ren Comes Back into the Limelight

MSN: Selina Jen refuses to forgive director Chen Ming Zhang

CNA: Selina Jen: S.H.E. to reunite in 2012

MSN: Is Miriam Yeung’s husband in financial trouble?

MSN: Shu Qi forced to shut down her microblog

A1: Shu Qi cries in park after nude photos circulated

CNA: Shu Qi becomes a casualty of Donnie Yen, Vincent Chiu feud

In a long article on her official fan site on Tuesday, the actress said she was actually “grateful” to the people who have hurt her, because their actions allowed her to continue “to learn and to grow”.

Shu Qi went on to say that she “just needed a little bit of time” and assured her fans that she would soon bounce back.

March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: Nightall review

Cop pits wits with con in an improbably plotted but visually resonant Hong Kong thriller starring Nick Cheung and Simon Yam.

THR: Love in the Buff review

Modern love shifts from Hong Kong to Beijing in the successful sequel to Love in a Puff, a natural, light and convincing rom com very similar to the original Hong Kong hit.

THR: Vulgaria review

Director Pang Ho-cheung appeals to international audiences in this laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.

K-film ‘Late Autumn’ breaks box office record in China

FBA: Late Autumn has Indian summer

CRI: Zhang Yimou Takes a Break from Making Movies

CF: Posters of ‘The Last Supper’ Released

CF: First Trailer of “The Last Supper” Unveiled

Latest concept poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

Josephine Siao Fong Fong’s eldest daughter recently married in Phuket, Thailand

The groom, an American of British-Irish descent, is learning to speak Mandarin. (Sina)

A distraught Shu Qi

Possibly a victim of crossfire in the war of words between Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao over “Special Identity”, Shu Qi deleted all her posts on her Weibo microblog account after a series of posts attacking and harassing her. Shu Qi has over 10 million followers. She had recently given her support to Donnie Yen, her “Legend of the Fist” costar. So some speculate that the attacks were from Vincent Zhao supporters, or it could have been from other people taking advantage of the dispute to settle old scores. Fellow artists, Wong Jing, Carina Lau, Gordon Chan, Yao Chen, Feng Xiaogang, Annie Yi, Zhang Yuan and Chen Kun expressed solidarity with Shu Qi and condemned the ‘network of violence’ on their own weibo posts. (Sina)23

Shu Qi supported Donnie Yen, Netizens attacks back posting old nude photos

Shu Qi cries in the park

Meanwhile, many people have shown their support for Shu Qi, including film director Wong Jing, who followed her footstep to delete all comments on his weibo as a silent protest.

“I know who’s behind this, but don’t have evidence,” he told a reporter over the phone.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang also supported Shu Qi. He wrote: “If I scold you of behaving like an animal, I’m humiliating the animals.”

Vincent apologised to Shu Qi for being dragged into the dispute. “I hope this issue will end soon, Shu Qi is innocent.”

Happier days on Weibo

Chateau Lafite

Shu Qi La Feet

MSN: Kelly Chan discharged from hospital after labour

MSN: Faye Wong’s eldest daughter posted intimate photo with a boy

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Conceptual Poster of “A Crazy Single Mom” Released

Character posters for the cast of  ”An Inaccurate Memoir” starring Huang Xiaoming as the leader of a gang of kidnappers

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Sun Lei

Tino Bao

Ni Jingyang

Wang Lie

Zhang Yi

Zhang Yue (Sina)23

From the Hong Kong premiere of “The Second Woman” (Mar.12)

Anthony Wong

Shawn Yue, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)

Samsung Makes the New iPad’s Screen Because No One Else Could

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Chow Yun-Fat to star again in Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

CF: Micro Film “Soul Station” Officially Online

CRI: Zhang Yimou to Stage Opera for London Olympics

Hong Kong poster for “The Second Woman”, opening March 22

(Sina-slideshow)

Nick Cheung and Kay Tse in an action scene from “Nightfall”

(Sina)2

Francis Ng signs posters in Beijing to promote “Crazy Stupid Thief”

(Sina)

Wong Jing and cast of “Marry a Perfect Man” attend the premiere press conference in Beijing yesterday

Wong Jing, Gigi Leung

Chapman To, Ronald Cheng

Lin Miaoke (r)

Xie Na

Gong Xinliang (Sina)2

MSN: Lynn Hung refuses to comment on recent breakup rumours

MSN: Male fan professes love for Edison Chen

MSN: Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan heads to Thailand together

ay’s music video director, stylist and make-up artist also accompanied the singer on this trip, fuelling speculations that the group is heading to Thailand to check out locations for Jay’s upcoming movie Secret 2, which is scheduled to begin shooting in April.

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Hong Kong Film Directors Guild Awards Handed out

Jackie Chan

Jiang Wen, Ann Hui, Felix Chong

Stephen Fung

Tsui Hark, Shi Nansun

Stephen Fung and Andrew Lau performing for the guests

Teddy Robin

Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan, Derek Yee, Andrew Lau

(Sina)23

TaipeiTimes: The Flowers of War review

Even with Christian Bale leading the cast, Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Massacre epic misses the mark by veering off into gross sentimentality

CF: ‘Kung Fu Wing Chun’ Star [Bai Jin] Killed in Alleged Murder-Suicide

Rumors circulated that Zhou was a billionaire who made his fortunes from the stock market and owned many real estate properties. He was said to have divorced his first wife, with whom he had a son, for Bai and invested huge amounts of money in Bai’s acting career. They eventually married in October 2010.

However, earlier this year, some insiders claimed Bai conspired with her boyfriend in the mafia to steal 20 million yuan from Zhou and hire a prostitute to seduce Zhou in order to get a divorce, from which she would get more money. The widespread rumors alleged that Zhou’s mother “died of anger” earlier this year after discovering this.

CF: Actress Yang Mi Enjoying the Best of Times

She will also star in Hong Kong director Derek Yee’s new period drama, The Disappearing Bullet.

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart in the Eighth Week 2012

Shu Qi and Shawn Yue in Beijing for the premiere of  Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi

Playing games - Shawn Yue, Shu Qi (Sina)

Mainland version of “Turning Point Extreme” poster (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung sang the movie theme song while promoting “The Lion Roars 2″ in Hunan”. The cast, including Zhang Xinyu, Xiao Shenyang, was taping an episode of Happy Camp for Hunan Satellite TV.

Victor Huang

SGYahoo: Vincent no feud with Donnie

[Update: According to the latest report, Vincent Zhao and Donnie Yen have failed to reconcile and Zhao will need to be replaced. (Sina)2 ]

SGYahoo: Chrissie to ride

Chrissie Chow’s new film “Bauhinia Heroine 3D” will require her to perform on amotorcycle, but as she has no licence to do so yet, Chow has announced that she would be taking a motorcycle test and passMSN: Are things over for Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung?

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s family vacation without ex-wife and kids

Fans who are hoping for Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung reconciliation are going to be disappointed.

Nicholas Tse

Nicholas, Jennifer, Patrick Tse

Family and staff (!) (Sina-slideshow)

“Age does not matter when it comes to love,” Hong Kong actress Candice Yu recently said.

February 13, 2012

February 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Poster of “Dangerous Liaisons” Released at BIFF

Zhang Ziyi, Cecilia Cheung Jang Dong-gun costar

CF: Interview: Restoring “The Monkey King”(FBA)

CF: “Nightfall” to Hit Mainland Silver Screens on Mar. 15

Starring award-winning actors Simon Yam and Nick Cheung, the film weaves violence, suspense, and true love tightly together. In the film, the crazy cop (portrayed by Yam) tracks down the newly-released prisoner (portrayed by Cheung), who wants to seek revenge.

FBA: My Way review

Unengaging, nationalist war epic, devoid of genuine emotion or real characters


CRI: Cast Members Promote Movie “LOVE” in Beijing

Zhao Wei, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)2

Lin Chi-ling plays a mysterious woman in “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, now shooting in Beijing. Photos taken during a media set visit at a hospital garage dressed as a nightclub. Andy Lau drives an Audi R8 for the scene. (Feb.11)

Andy Lu (Netease)(Sina)2More

At recent appearance in Chengdu, Lin Chi-ling’s face appeared swollen leading to the usual speculations about plastic surgery. Lin blamed it on eating too many snacks and spicy Sichuan food.

(Sohu)(Sina)

Connie Chan promoting Hong Kong Film Archives “100 Must See Hong Films” in Yau Ma Tai’s Broadway Cinematheque

(Sina)2

February 10, 2012

February 10, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love review

Good-looking, multi-character Valentine’s Day movie, stronger in parts than as a whole.

Shu Qi at the Taipei premiere of “Love” last night

Amber Kuo, Shu Qi, Wang Zhonglei

Eddie Peng, Ivy Chen

(Sina)

A superstar and his erstwhile fan develop a high-concept romance when thrown together in an inn two-and-a-half miles above sea level in Johnnie To’s gorgeous-looking escapist meller “Romancing in Thin Air.”

Feng Xiaogang is undergoing some personal crisis and is contemplating quitting filmmaking according to posts on his Weibo. Feng’s film “If You Are the One 2″ accounted for a third of Huayi Brothers revenues last year. The stock price of Huayi Brothers has dropped 11 pct since Feng’s comment five days ago. The post led to over ten thousand comments from netizens. Feng later backtracked and responded with thanks for their concern and he said that he would repsect  his contract with Huayi and complete “Remembering 1942″(Sina)2

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” which premieres Sunday at the opening of the  Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival.

Wang Taili (of Chopstick Brothers), Lin Jian (Lin Wai-kin)

Lam Suet, Ying Er, Francis Ng

Francis Ng, Ying Er

Ying Er, Francis Ng, Peng Bo

(Sina)23

The trio [of films] will be given a splashy launch at next month’s Hong Kong FilMart.

CRI: Berlin Int’l Film Festival Raises Curtain

Chinese director Wang Quan’an will present his latest film “White Deer Plain” in the main competition, vying for the top award for the third time, after his winning a Gold Bear in 2007 and a Sliver Bear in 2010.

Wang’s movie, which is more than three hours long, depicts twists and turns of two major families in a village of Shanxi Province over half a century before 1949, based on a controversial and prize-winning eponymous novel by Chinese outstanding writer Chen Zhongshi.

CF: Film Clip of “White Deer Plain” Out

Musical clip

The Hong Kong singer reportedly changed his number tag used at the Standard Chartered Marathon last weekend

Jeremy Lin planking (Deadspin)

Now we’ll see if Jeremy Lin is for real!

Lakers-Knicks tonight

“I don’t know anything about him,” Kobe Bryant added. “I honestly have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ve heard about him, but I have never seen him. I will watch some tape though. I can tell you that.”

Jeremy Lin getting overwhelmed

‘On the Court It’s Just Basketball’

Lin and his family have gotten a kick out of all the nicknames people are coming up with for him. There’s the most popular Linsanity, but also Linsane, Linning, Jeremy “My Shot is Fall” Lin, Super Lintendo, among others.

February 8, 2012

February 8, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate review

The 3D is terrific in “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” but helmer Tsui Hark’s costume actioner — the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format — is let down by two-dimensional characters.

CF: Video Clip of Remastered “New Dragon Inn” Released

CF: ”Let the Bullets Fly” Gets North America Release

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue star in Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi plays duo roles as twin sisters in the romance-horror.

(Sina)2

Final poster for “Romancing in Thin Air”  (Sina)

Lau Ching-Wan and Nicholas Tse attended the announcement of the HKFA nominations

(Sina)

‘Let the Bullets Fly’ and ‘Dragon Gate’ top HKFA’s shortlist

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s eldest son Lucas hospitalised for high fever

MSN: Choi Min-Sik afraid of Cecilia Cheung

The actress made news in South Korea recently when veteran actor Choi Min-Sik revealed an unhappy working experience with the former 11 years ago on the movie Falian.

Cecilia’s father, Zhang Ren Yong, was said to have powerful connections to the triads and stirred much fear within the production team of movie Falian.

Ceclia Cheung and father (Sina)

A1: Lollipop F’s Owodog avoids tweeting Gillian Chung

Rumours started flying last September when the two were seen tweeting each other on Weibo frequently.

Gillian was also seen attending a gathering at Owodog’s home, and catching You Are The Apple of My Eye with him in Taipei.

CNet: Ethical iPhone 5 petitions to be delivered to Apple stores

In a statement today, watchdog group SumOfUs said that it plans to deliver its own petition, along with one from Change.org, to a number of Apple’s retail stores around the world. That includes New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore.

Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out.

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