HKMDB Daily News

October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: You Are the Apple of My Eye review

A bawdy, sentimental but still enjoyably Taiwanese coming-of-ager.

WSJ: Taiwan’s Hit ‘Apple’ Takes Off in Hong Kong

The popularity of this year’s biggest movie in Taiwan is spilling over into Hong Kong.

CF: Lead Actress of “Magic to Win” Makes Public Debut in Press Conference

The film tells the tale of a modern magic story, in which an ordinary girl accidentally obtains magical powers from her magician teacher. Consequently, she becomes embroiled in a magical world which is beyond her control.

CF: Gao Qunshu to Follow in the Footsteps of the Cohen Brothers

“Gao will start shooting the first movie of the franchise, ‘Detective Hunter Zhang’ in November. He will follow this up with a series of black comedies. We’re hoping that Gao can film two movies every year.”

CF: Still Shots Featuring Kimi Qiao in Film “A Big Deal” Released

FBA: Hot cast for Coldwar

CF: ”Cold War” Holds First Press Conference

During the event, Tony Leung revealed that the film begins with a police car under siege in the middle of a street. With the police station finding it difficult to cope with the crisis, everyone inside is under suspicion for being a mole.

The main investor behind the film, Edko Flim Limited, has claimed that the structure of the story is similar to that of “Infernal Affairs” in some ways, but claims that the film has incorporated a number of other elements including lots of car-chases and deadly explosions.

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina-gallery)

CF: Couple Joins Forces for a Third Time in New Thriller

The movie held its premiere ceremony yesterday in Beijing to celebrate the fact that this will be the first time that an Oxide Peng film has been screened on the mainland.

Angelica Lee

Angelica Lee Sinjie in Shanghai today for the opening of Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”

Movie poster

Angelica Lee - movie stills

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Producer Yuan Xiaomin announced that Cecilia Cheung would attend the Beijing and Shanghai premieres of “The Legendary Amazons”.  Despite currently working on “Dangerous Liaisons” Cecilia readily agreed to appear.

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“Cold Steel” stills of tough guys Peter Ho Yun-Tung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Mickey He and Guo Mingxiang. In the action film opening Dec. 2, Peter Ho portrays a young farmer who becomes a skilled sniper in the war against Japan. Song Jia, Angeles Woo, and Yu Rongguang are also in the cast

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Peter Ho

Guo Mingxiang plays a Japanese sniper

Mickey He  (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok in another guise for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West (Sina)

Director Tom Lin Shu-Yu

From today’s premiere of “Starry Starry Night” in Beijing

Xu Jiao

Rene Liu (Sina)

Photos from last night’s birthday banquet for Deborah Li at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Besides family, Susanna Kwan and her partner also attended the celebration.

Deborah’s 60th birthday

Andy On, Jennifer Tse

Jennifer and Nicholas with mother

Patrick Tse Yin

Quintus and Lucas

Quintus and dad (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong’s Next magazine published a photo of 56 year-old Gordon Liu recently. The Hong Kong martial arts star suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. His right side has hemiplegia, paralysis, and he is undergoing long term rehabilitation. To prevent identification, Liu wears a knit hat and mask.

Gordon Liu

(Sina)

October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:42 pm

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

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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

October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Golden Roosters Celebrates Lesser Knowns

FBA: The Raid review (Indonesia)

CF: ”Sleep Walker in 3D” Premieres in Tokyo

“In the film, the character played by Angelica Lee always has the same dream, and this is the actual story of me,” Oxide Pang Chun revealed at the premiere. He went on to say, “The dream has been repeating for more than ten years; I always see a corpse inside a bag in an enclosed space.”

CF: Zhang Weiping on the Promotional Tactics of “The Flowers of War”

Christian Bale performed sexual scenes for the very first time

CF: Tony Leung’s New Role as a Blind Spy

In the action-packed flick “Windseeker”, Tony Leung Chiu Wai will portray a blind spy, while actress Zhou Xun will also play a spy, starring opposite Leung. While the two leads fall in love, they also know that given their profession they can trust nobody - and they must pit their wits and skills against one another to survive.

The film will hit the national screen on November 4.

CF: New Trailer and Poster out for “Qian Xuesen”

Director Zhang Jianya’s biopic movie, “Qian Xuesen,” released new poster and trailer during the 20th Golden Roosters and Hundred Flowers Awards on Octorber 22. The trailer put together the successful explosion of China’s first atomic bomb and the launch of our first satellite booster. The movie is expected to be synchronously released in China and the U.S.

Poster for Bauhinia Heroine, fighting injustice with a giant rice cooker

Bauhinia Heroine’s Chrissie Chau

The film begins shooting in 2012 for a 2013 release.

Chrissie Chau, winning hearts and minds the old-fashioned way, at the Golden Roster Awards Saturday night.

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Last poster for “Lost in Panic Cruise” (Sina)

Two character posters for Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win”

Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu)

Wu Chun

Wu Chun, Karena Ng (Sina)

Fan Bingbing: the Most Gorgeous Judge (CF)

The beautiful Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was praised as the most gorgeous judge at the 24th Tokyo International Film Festival after she made her appearance with the judging panel yesterday at the press conference.

MSN: Joey Yung openly discusses her relationship with Denise Ho

MSN: Nick Cheung causes chain collision at charity race

The Hong Kong actor crashed into fellow actors Bosco Wong and Kate Tsui during the race

MSN: Deborah Li’s birthday celebration without son and grandsons

October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Still Shots of “Midnight Microblog” Released

Microblogs have been a popular means of communication in recent years, though the creators of these “weibo” probably didn’t think they would be used for a darker kind of communication.

CF: A Glimpse of Fan Bingbing’s New Project

A rare still photo featuring the award-winning actress Fan Bingbing has just been unveiled and the picture reveals a small piece of her latest project, “Double Exposure.”

CF: Another Poor Film for Model-turned-Actress Lin Chi-Ling?

Amid skepticism from the media and audiences, Lin and cast members Chen Kun, Liao Fan, Tony Yang long with the director Leste Chen stepped on stage to answer the question as to whether it will be another B-grade film, or a success story.

Lin Chi-Ling (Sina-gallery)

One of China’s four kings of Canto-pop, Leon Lai, has put his own special twist on the theme song of the upcoming film ‘White Vengeance’.

First poster for “Glory Days” released at a press conference in Beijing. The action film is co-directed by Eric Tsang and Xiong Xinxin (Hung Yan-Yan) and will begin shooting shortly in Gansu and Yunnan. The cast includes Felix Wong, Max Mok, Ray Lui, Michael Wong, Guo Tao, Power Chan (Chen Guobang), Li Wei and others, including Gigi Leung.

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Posters for Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”, opening Oct.27.

Angelica Lee

Huo Siyan, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)

Zhang Jingchu has joined the cast of “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” starring Andy Lau. In these photos, she has begun her martial arts training in Hangzhou.

Stills from “Scary Market” starring Athena Chu. The film focuses on a group of people who meet in a supermarket because of a robbery giving rise to a variety of stories, some horrific, some funny.  Teaser and theme song MV by Tan Weiwei at the bottom.

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Meanwhile, Wong took to Weibo, a microblogging site, to shoot down speculation that she is pregnant. She wrote in Mandarin: “Okay, I admit, I am not pregnant.” She added: “But it’s true that I did put on a bit of fat.”

CNA: Faye Wong not pregnant, jokes about having ’seal-like’ figure

According to the suit, the actress, who is of Asian descent, changed her name to make it more American and has never wanted to reveal her age in order to maximize her chances of obtaining film roles.

Theme song MV - kind of catchy and fun!

September 22, 2011

September 22, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:17 pm

‘1911′: Jackie Chan Takes Serious Turn in First Trailer (Video)

The film’s wordless first trailer is straightforward with battle scenes and explosions taking up most of the action. The tagline show between cuts is: “When an empire is torn between power and corruption a revolution begins.”

CF: ‘China, 1911′ Film Marks Centenary of the Nationalist Revolution

If your appetite for history, as viewed by the Communist Party of China, was not sated by the summer movie “Beginning of the Great Revival”, you’ll be eager to learn about the imminent arrival of the (somewhat unimaginatively titled) China, 1911, starring Jackie Chan and Li Bingbing.

Jackie Chan’s career first sex scene?

(Sina)

CF: Qin Lan Nominated as Best Actress in CIFF in London

Starring Qin Lan, Wang Pei and Alex Fong Chung Sun, the movie [Be A Mother] approaches the sensitive social topic of surrogacy. A girl, played by Qin, becomes a surrogate mother for an infertile couple (played by Wang Pei and Alex Fong Chung Sun) in order to receive a large sum of money for the family. Ultimately, the three people end up becoming emotionally entangled.

Be a Mother posters

CF: ‘Starry Starry Night’ Unprecedented “gentle” Film, HY Bros Claim

Adapted from well-known Taiwanese illustrator Jimmy’s illustrations of the same title, Starry Starry Night tells of a 13-year-old girl’s beauty and inner pain, through her daily adventures. The film, shot mainly in Taiwan with post-production in Beijing, is being called a proper Taiwan-mainland co-production for its mixed casting, production team and investors.

CF: Wang Xiaoshuai Takes ‘11 Flowers’ to Spain

CF: Chen Kun in “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D”

Director Tsui Hark’s newest Kung Fu movie, “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D,” released a batch of new still photos featuring Chen Kun. (Sina)

FBA: Hong Kong makes it Simple

A Simple Life, which recently enjoyed success at the Venice International Film Festival, has been selected as Hong Kong’s contender for the foreign-language Oscar.

Chrissie Chau has reportedly joined the cast, in a small role, of Derek Kwok and Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. Tentatively, the cast includes Huang Bo (Monkey King), Shu Qi, and Show Luo. (Sina)

Oxide Pang meets the press in Beijing to introduce the new trailer for Sleepwalker in 3D. The film will be released worldwide Oct. 27.

Oxide Pang

Angelica Lee

Angelica Lee, Calvin Li Zonghan, Huo Siyan

Li Zonghan, Huo Siyan, Angelica Lee, Oxide Pang (Sina-gallery) (Sina)2

Publicity stills of Chen Kun in the biopic of Qian Xuesen, the rocket scientist

Chen Kun

(Sina)

Photos from the cocktail party following the LV Maison opening in Singapore.

Chow Yun-Fat

Chow and wife, Jasmine

Vivian Hsu

Zhao Wei

Yves Carcelle, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu, Yves Carcelle, Cate Blanchett, Chow Yun-Fat, Jasmine Chan

Jasmine Chan, Ana R., Lisa S. Chow Yun-Fat

Vivian Hsu

Zhao Wei

November 2, 2010

November 2, 2010

CRI: Feng Xiaogang Promotes Landscape Drama

The celebrated director is dabbling in the area of landscape drama, a new genre of entertainment rising out of many Chinese scenic spots.

Oxide Pang has begun production of Sleepwalker in 3D, a thriller that marks the director’s second venture in stereoscopic film-making.

Multi-layered Hong Kong family drama spanning half a century has plenty of dusty nostalgia but a poor script.

Zhou Xun working on Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

CRI: Zhou Xun Appears in ‘Dragon Gate’ Photos

Zhou dons a blue gown with her hair hidden in a black hairnet. Her character, Ling Yanqiu, is a woman who dresses as a man to live in the male-dominated “jianghu” - the martial-arts world.

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia’s scorecard of paydays: Monkey King -15 days, 8 million yuan; Lady Generals of the Yang Family - 30 days, 12.9M yuan; Dynamic Angel - 8 days, 8.6M yuan; All’s Well Ends Well 2011 - 10 days, 8.6M yuan. (Sina)

MSN: Faye Wong’s ex husband attends her sold-out concert

MSN: Carina Lau’s name not in Tony Leung’s latest property

The veteran actress and her mother-in-law are rumoured to be on bad terms

MSN: Wang Xiaofei: Barbie Hsu is not the third partyBarbie Hsu not the third party: fiance

Three charges against TVB boss dropped

The prosecution has withdrawn three of the corruption charges against TVB General Manager, Stephen Chan, and his former assistant, Tseng Tei-kun. The charges relate to the accepting of advantages. The prosecution said the decision was taken after reviewing the evidence. The remaining five counts — involving fraud and bribery — were transferred to the District Court for plea on November 23. A senior TVB executive, Wilson Chan, is the third defendant in the case. Bail was extended.

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