The Asian cinema specialist picked up North American rights to four films from Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures.
Chinese hit Let The Bullets Fly stars Chow Youn-fat and Jiang Wen.
AP: Chinese epic faces box-office inflation charges
Lovers Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee
Zhou Dongyu and Aarif Lee will play lovers in Barbara Wong Chun-Chun’s new film (lit. Fallen Tears). Teaming up again with Lawrence Cheng writing, the cast is unofficial but said to include Richie Ren, Gigi Leung and Joe Chen Qiao En. Filming begins soon in Shanghai. [This must mean her Mulan film is on hold?] (Sina), 2, (Sohu)
Qi Wei, June press conference
Cheng Pei-Pei, Qi Wei
Actress Qi Wei has had all her scenes deleted from the Simon Yam thriller, Coming Back. According to rumours, the actress refused the ‘unspoken rule’ of moviemaking, turning away the attentions of a valuable investor. Allegedly, on the eve of an important investor’s signing a contract, Qi Wei turned down ‘further contacts’ from the brand sponsor who expressed admiration and goodwill for the actress. The producers intervened but after numerous attempts could not get the actress to meet the sponsors conditions and travel requirements to Macau, eventually losing the sponsor. The angered producers said that the actress did not understand the rules and, thus, blocked her.
Subsequently, the actress’ image was no longer featured in posters and later, all her scenes deleted from the film. In addition, Qi Wei did not appear in the film’s promotional events. Though not expressly named, Qi Wei is the likely victim. Director Li Yuan, when questioned, only gave a vague response. Qi Wei’s agent said that the scenes were deleted for other reasons. (Sina)
Attention must be paid, to any film that’s titled Super Cockroach (lit. Live Like Xiao Qiang).
It’s a black comedy
It’s an inspirational film with a revolutionary spirit
3 Noes: No big stars, no special effects, no budget
Opening July 29 (Sina), 2
Jiang Yiyan, a Chinese Sassy Girl
Low budget, dark horse comedy, The Pretending Lovers, has drawn over 30 million yuan at the box office in 10 days since its opening. In the face of new releases Wu Xia and The Beginning of the Great Revival, the film is still trending upwards. (Sina), 2
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, NYC screening, July 13.
A poster from film’s Samsung partner
If you are using a Samsung phone to same-sex close friends, who would you call?
With Leslie Cheung in Ashes of Time
When she learned he suffered from depression, Brigitte had planned to introduce Leslie to a doctor. But because of the SARS epidemic at the time it was postponed to her inifinte regret.
At 17 when she made her film debut
Brigitte Lin’s book (Window Inside, Window Outside) goes on sale July 22. (Xinhua), (Sina)
CRI: Actress Kwai Lun-mei Tastes French Fashion
Kwai Lun-mei was seen on July 5, 2011 in Paris, France, attending the Chanel Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show.
CF: Cast Members of “Rest on Your Shoulder” Shoot New Photos
Chrissie Chau - She’s an app!
The Annual Hong Kong Book Fair Photo Album Wars will not include Chrissie Chau this year. Instead Chrissie will pick fan boys’ pockets via a mobile app. The Chrissie Chau app will be available in mid-July according to her agent, Iris. The app will come in 3 versions. In the free version, users play a simple math exercise [you touch numbers on screen to sum to 10] to unlock a new pic of Chrissie each time. A second .99 version features more pics and a more expensive version does not require playing the game. Multiple editions with updated photos are planned according to Iris. For Apple users only, search for “10NaNaMania”. (Sina)
MSN: Is Takeshi Kaneshiro married?
Cecilia signs off on divorce
A1: Nic and Cecilia to meet on July 8
MSN: Deborah Li put up with Cecilia Cheung’s bad attitude
A1: CCTV host slams Lv Liping’s gay slur