HKMDB Daily News

October 14, 2011

October 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Too Much Heaven, Part Four: Taiwan Film Days at the San Francisco Film Society

CNA: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (SG review)

“Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” is like a sports car with no engine - it looks stunning but doesn’t actually go anywhere.

CF: Shu Qi Likely to be the Next Bond Girl

According to the plot of the film, a Chinese actress is needed to take the role of Bond Girl who is not only sexy and intelligent, but also rebellious and dangerous.

CF:Leading Actress of ‘Magic’ Finally Revealed

After a wave of promotional activity, which managed to conceal the identity of the leading actress, Wu Qianyu’s face appears in the new trailer confirming her role in the movie. “Wu Qianyu [Karena Ng] has the chance to become next Angelababy!” producer-actor Bak-Ming Wong commented on the model-turned actress who is still not yet 18.

Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu)

Yan Ni plays a volleyball coach (Sina)

Poster for Love Never Dies (aka Blocked) (Sina)

Stills from The Legendary Amazons

(Sina)

Jeff Lau enlisted the aid of MV director Susie Au (”Ming Ming”) to direct a concert scene in East Meets West.

(Sina)

Zhao Wei, the Golden Rooster Awards ambassador, has shot an underwater video with a group of male dancers to be shown at the awards ceremony Oct. 22. Not known for dancing in public and afraid of the water, seeing her dance underwater is indeed a rarity. Zhao Wei spent more than four hours to shoot the video and perfect each movement.

(Sina)2

July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

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“MY KINGDOM in theatres AUGUST 19th!” This, from China Lion’s Twitter account earlier this month. Look for the usual cities and usual theaters in the US. Their website seems to be broken.

FBA: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

CF: Wong Jing Funny in ‘Treasure Hunt’

The production company of director Wong Jing’s imminent comedy, “Treasure Hunt,” released new still photos featuring Wong Jing in the movie.

FBA: Viral Factor set for New Year outbreak

CF: Juno Mak Wins Best Actor Award

Actor Juno Mak has won the Best Actor Award for his performance in the Hong Kong thriller, “Revenge: A Love Story,” at the 15th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in Korea on July 22.

(July 25) Beijing premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s Overheard 2

Felix Chong

Louis Koo

Michelle Ye

Yu Dong dubbed Louis Koo the “summer box office king” and expressed confidence to break 300 million at the box office.

Poster unveiling

Bona CEO Yu Dong, Alan Mak, Louis Koo, Michelle Ye, Felix Chong

(Sina-gallery)

Huang Bo stars in The Story of David (lit. Egg Fried Rice) described as a Chinese Forrest Gump. (Sina)

Cherie Chung appearing at a ribbon cutting event in Chongqing (Xinhua)2

MSN: Cecilia Cheung refuses to sign divorce papers

A1: Tang Wei was unaware of Cecilia Cheung’s marital crisis

Tang Wei walked away with many happy memories from the set of Speed Angels, a soon-to-be-released car racing film which also stars Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung.

MSN: Gigi Lai’s twin daughters make their first public appearance(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Raymond Lam visits a night club after grandmother’s funeral

Jet Li’s low paycheque

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

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Andy Lau Rescues Hit Kung Fu Film

Equal parts bone-cracking, sidesplitting and heartbreaking, Gallants is the sort of Hong Kong kung fu comedy you wish got made more often.

Best-selling novel-turned-movie to be released in cinemas

The Killer Who Never Kills

The movie follows the life of a contract killer who does not have the heart to kill anyone but uses deceit and trickery to give the appearance that he has killed his targets.

Produced by prolific Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang and directed by Taiwanese director Apple Lee, the movie stars Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao in the title role, while Taiwanese starlet Lin Chen-shi plays the female protagonist and love interest Hsiao Li.

CRI: ‘Winds of September’ Director Takes on New Film

“CJ7″ starlet Xu Jiao will portray the leading character, while Rene Liu and Harlem Yu are set to play her parents who are going through marital problems. (Sina)

A1: Tony Leung to play Lee Kuan Yew in upcoming ‘1965′ movie2

Heavyweights such as Maggie Cheung and Hollywood actress Julianne Moore are also slated to star in the movie, which will be directed by Hong Kong director, Peter Chan. [The Sina report cites Carina Lau's weibo, but I can't find the post.] (Sina)

KwongWah

Shu Qi and mainland TV actress Tong Liya have agreed to appear in the Stephen Chow-Derek Kwok Monkey King/Journey to the West film according to news reports. Shu Qi will play the White-Boned Demon and Tong Liya, the Spider Demon, and Wen Zhang, Tripitaka. The status of Show Luo is up in the air as he was originally cast as the Monkey King. Chow has quietly started filming at Hengdian. The film has a new Chinese title, “Journey to the West Legendary Demon Slayer”.  (Xinhua)(Sina)

The three different city backgrounds in the posters hint at clues to the story: Shenzhen for Daniel Wu, Shanghai for Louis Koo, Hong Kong for Lau Ching-Wan.

Combined edition poster(Sina-gallery)

New York premiere of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Nicole Kidman and Li Bingbing

“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua (in red) and her two daughters, Lucy Liu, Wendi Deng

With Ben Kingsley

Other guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ivanka Trump, Keith Urban, Gabourey Sidibe and Harvey Weinstein.

(Sina)234 (Sina-slideshow)

Peter Chan, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Peter Chan and Takeshi Kaneshiro met with People’s University students in Beijing. As a surprise gift, Chan brought previously unseen deleted fight scenes featuring Kaneshiro from Wu Xia. (Sina)

The two Hong Kong celebrities missed each other by 20 minutes

The Tse family had reportedly hired an ex-FBI agent to snoop on Cecilia after her in-flight meeting with Edison. They were rumoured to have acquired enough information to guarantee Nicholas a win during the custody battle.

(Xinhua-gallery)

Nicholas Tse looks set to head for a costly divorce settlement.

(July 14) Cecilia was in Shanghai for an event and looked especially thin.

Sammi Cheng, Zhou Dongyu, Guo Jingjing and other celebrities also attended the event

(Sina-gallery)2

July 13, 2011

July 13, 2011

China Lion to bring Fox International’s ‘Love in Space’ to U.S. theaters2(FBA)

The story “follows a mother and her three grown daughters as they juggle their assorted love lives. Each woman is successful in everything except love – until they unexpectedly encounter new romances in Beijing, Sydney and even on a space shuttle.”

The romantic comedy will be released in China, North America, Australia and New Zealand on September 9.

“Sex and Zen 3D” Gets North American and UK Release Dates

The Chinese erotic blockbuster “Sex and Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy”, will hit North America August 12, with the UK and Ireland following September 2.

CRI: Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu Portray Love in Outer Space

In the film, Liu and Kwok portray two ex-lovers who have to face each other day and night in the space capsule. They both said that it is a big challenge for them to perform when there is no gravity.

CF: Producer’s Cut the Unkindest

The Pretending Lovers and Rest on Your Shoulders cut for creative, market considerations

In America, it is known as an “Alan Smithee film,” the name given when a director’s dispute over final cut reaches the stage where they are no longer willing to be associated with their own film.

Variety: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

A mawkish, nuance-free adaptation of Lisa See’s 2005 bestseller.

THR: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan review

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan demonstrates the Chinese-American director Wayne Wang remains one of the world’s best directors of women.

CF: Zhou Dongyu Lands a Role in “Qing Cheng Zhi Lei”

Young actress Zhou Dongyu has landed a role in the film “Tears in a Fallen City”

It’s Love - The Sorcerer and the White Snake stills featuring Huang Shengyi

(Sina-gallery)

The Pang Ho-Cheung-produced “4+1 Project” gets a mainland theatrical release at the end of August. Previously issued as 4 separate internet short films, this is the “+1″ expanded piece interlocking the individual segments(?). Now titled, literally, “Drunken Nights” (originally, “Broken Pieces”). (Previously), and here

Shawn Yue, Zhang Jingchu

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing attends the LA premiere of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (July 11)

Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang

Wendi Deng, Li Bingbing, Wayne Wang

Jeon Ji-Hyun did not attend (Sina)(Zimbio)

CF: “Snow Flower” Premieres in LA

“2011’s most thirst-quenching summer movie”, Beach Spike

Yeah!

3 Faces of Chrissie

(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung lets son Lucas Tse skip kindergarten

July 6, 2011

July 6, 2011

ScreenDaily:  Well Go USA takes all rights to Let The Bullets Fly

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.

The other titles are Shaolin starring Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing and Jackie Chan; The Stool Pigeon starring Tse and Nick Cheung; and Triple Tap starring Louis Koo, Daniel Wu, Charlene Choi and Li Bingbing.

THR: Well Go USA Picks Up Chow Yun-Fat Starrer ‘Let the Bullets Fly’

FBA: Bullets finds US target

FBA: Stretch review

Clumsy, Macau-set jockey drama makes a poor English-language debut for Mainland icon Fan Bingbing.

CRI: Fantasy Film ‘Mural’ Sets Release Date

Chinese fantasy film “Mural” is set to hit silver screens on September 29.

CF: ”Mysterious Island” Premiered in Guangzhou

Jordan Chan’s official reason for absence from the premiere is that he is on his European honeymoon with Cherrie Ying, but others think it is to avoid questions about his former girlfriend, Cecilia Cheung, and her marital woes. But he, indeed, seems to be in Europe. (Sina)

CF: French Star Jane March in “Perfect Baby”

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)

Qi Wei

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?


Brigitte Lin

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.

(Sina-slide 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

June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

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CF: Communist Party Movie Brings Red Storm

FBA: Revival has strong but disappointing opening

CF: ”The Founding of a Party” Premieres in HK

Chow Yun-Fat and his wife

Nick Cheung

Chow Yun-Fat

Angelababy

Michelle Ye (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Francis Ng and Alex Fong Chung-San are among the confirmed cast for another upcoming commemorative film about Father of the Republic, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Tian Liang, Han Geng, Fan Wei and others are also cast. The film is scheduled for an October release. Earlier, both Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Song Hye-kyo denied playing the leads roles: Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching-ling.(21cn)

CF: Tang Wei Fishing in “Wu Xia”

“Wu Xia” released a batch of new still photos featuring Tang Wei.

Olive Oyl?

Supposedly, a love scene between Tang Wei and Donnie Yen was cut from the film. The scene was in the film’s opening 20 minutes and is marked by an abrupt edit. When questioned by reporters, Peter Chan confirmed it but said it was due to storytelling needs. The fishing scene with Tang Wei was not originally in the script but added to increase Tang Wei’s screen time. Peter Chan also noted that Tang Wei reminded him of Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl (!). Years ago, he named Maggie Cheung’s character in his first film, Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye, Olive. (Xinhua)(Sina)(21cn)

Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu just completed his role in Painted Skin 2 where he plays Chen Kun’s father. He is next heading to  Chengdu to film a comedy with Wilson Tong. (Sina)

Rong Xiang and Koji Yano play brothers in Crazy GPS

Now filming in Guangzhou

(Sina)

Jiang Wu

Jiang Wu plays a butcher in Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

(Sina)

A1: Yeoh eyes Oscars for new film ‘The Lady’

CRI: Cathy Tsui Gives Birth to Baby Boy

MSN: Nicholas Tse to talk about his marriage woes

The latest on the Nicholas Tse - Cecilia Cheung divorce is that there won’t be one.

MSN: Ray Chen’s exposé on Chinese celebs who went under the knife

Ray added, “Everyone used the same excuse to claim that it was due to a car accident. But, why would wounds from such accidents leave only a small scar on the chin? The scar appeared when Xiaoming got into an accident, and likewise for Lee Hom!”

Fan Bingbing

Angelababy

(Xinhua)2(Sina)

CNA: TVB GM in court for fraud, corruption charges

The trial of TVB general manager Stephen Chan and two others on fraud and corruption charges has begun in Hong Kong. All three have pleaded not guilty.

June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011

CRI: Guy Pearce Promotes New Film in China

Guy Pearce comes to China to promote the film, “33 Postcards” starring this veteran actor and Chinese newcomer, Zhu Lin.

Variety: 33 Postcards review

Director: Mao’s Omega watch not product placement

“Beginning of the Great Revival” does not feature any other brands, but American carmaker Cadillac is an official sponsor.

CRI: Film 7 New Media Project Announced in Shanghai

The films will be shot in digital and broadcast on new media platform such as the Internet and mobile phone.

“Return Ticket” is the second film of Teng, who is a veteran director of commercials in east China’s Taiwan province. :D

Han Jie has won the Golden Goblet award for directing, for his surreal drama “Mr. Tree” at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival.

Jiang Yiyan, Huang Bo

(Xinhua)(Sina-gallery)2

Wang mentioned that despite his work as an award-winning director, tabloids seemed to focus lately on his recent marriage to young actress Zhang Yuqi, the female lead in his latest film “Bai Lu Yuan” (”White Deer Plain”).

The film, adapted from a famous novel of the same name by Chen Zhongshi, is in the post-editing phase. Wang said he was reluctant to cut the four-hour film as he had been talking to his producer to determine a better way to release the movie.

FBA: Guillotines to fly again with new director

We Pictures says the film is not a remake of the 1975 cult classic and that it changed the title from The Flying Guillotines in order to distance the new picture from the old.

Joan Chen is attached in the role of Mrs Young, BD Wong attached to the role of Mr Young, Margaret Cho attached to the role of Ms Lee, and Glee star Harry Shum Jr. attached to the role of Chaz.

Two new Coming Back posters featuring tools of crime in the comedy mystery starring Simon Yam

(Sina)

Latest posters for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Li Bingbing

Jeon Ji-Hyun

Vivian Wu

Jiang Wu (21cn)

Latest Treasure Inn stills feature Charlene Choi and Nicholas Tse

Charlene Choi, Nicholas Tse

(Sina-gallery)

CRI: Singer Karen Mok to Wed in Oct with First BF

Karen Mok announced she will get married in October when she accepted the award for best female singer at the 22nd Golden Melody Awards ceremony in Taipei on Saturday night.

June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011

THR: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy review

FBA: Shanghai has starry opening

FBA: Sharp elbows and acid tongues at Shanghai seminar

CRI: Shanghai Int’l Film Festival Opens with Rainy Glitz

Miscellaneous pics from the red carpet walk at the Shanghai International Film Festival grand opening

Chen Kun and Kitty Zhang Yuqi walked a rainy red carpet Saturday (Sina)

Li Bingbing walked with the crew of Jackie Chan’s “1911″ (Sina)

And then again with Jeon Ji-Hyun for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Jiang Yiyan wore butterflies on her shoulder, for Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder and later returned in a red dress for Gordon Chan’s The Four Marshals

Rest on Your Shoulders cast Jiang Yiyan, Guei Lun-Mei, Chen Kun, Gigi Leung (Sina)2

Fan Bingbing

Zhang Zilin (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu (Sina)

The Sorceror and the White Snake’s Yang Zi, Huang Shengyi (Sina)

Also, check out more pics at Ed’s Favorite Hong Kong actresses

CRI: Stars Promote Xinhai Revolution Tribute Film

Stars promote the upcoming historical film, “1911,” during the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday.

First Person: Bey Logan

Frankly, the Hong Kong film industry doesn’t want white people around. That’s why there are none. If you look at the industry in the 10-15 years I’ve been here, how many other white guys have there been? Maybe a couple, not many.

CF: ”Love on Credit” Promoted in Shanghai

CF: Cast Members Promote “Overheard 2″ in Shanghai

CRI:  “Intimate Enemies” Moves on to Chengdu

“Intimate Enemies” is a bit like the 2005 film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” but instead of being set in the world of espionage, this film is set against the backdrop of the commercial market. The film will touch on topics such as corporate takeovers.

CRI: Golden Goblet Nominee ‘Mr. Tree’ Screened

Mr. Tree poster

Alan Tam, Vivian Hsu and Vic Chou promote their film Live With Fashion in Shanghai

Vivian Hsu, Vic Chou

(Sina)2

CF: Here Comes “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

Wayne Wang: ‘Snow Flower’ not a ‘Joy Luck Club’ rehash (AP)

CRI: How a Chinese Story Gets Told in an Int’l Way

Li Bingbing

Promotional poster cookie

My Kingdom cast promotes film while director Gao Xiaosong serves 6 month sentence for drunken driving.

Action director Sammo Hung

Han Geng, Barbie Hsu, Wu Chun

Magician Liu Qian’s first acting role (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

FBA: ScreenSingapore wraps on high note

Tom Hanks, Zhang Ziyi and South Korean Lee Byung-hun brought ScreenSingapore to a successful close Saturday night. Zhang Ziyi wore a purple dress from Chanel and sported a new hairstyle.

Tom Hanks, Zhang Ziyi, Lee Byung-hun

Tom Hanks’ new film “Larry Crowne” closed the week-long festival

A1: West isn’t always best, says Zhang

“It’s good if we can get a chance to go there and experience what filming is like there. But if there’s nothing suitable, we shouldn’t force ourselves to take on any role just so we can be in Hollywood.”

A1: Van Ness Wu insulted by Hollywood

“All the people they are casting are Caucasian. The names of the characters are Tetsuo and Kaneda…but they want Justin Timberlake and Robert Pattison,” scoffed Wu.

Chen Kun and Zhang Yuqi promote Qian Xuesen in Shanghai

The film is a biography of the father of China’s space program, a rocket scientist deported from the US. (Sina)

Bound for Toronto

Zhao Benshan has been approved to immigrate to Canada having passed his medical examination. According to reports Zhao has sought to immigrate and applied to Canadian authorities as early as 2008. (Xinhua)

Shu Qi’s recent posts to Weibo have netizens worried that she is depressed

June 12

How many tears can one woman have? (Xinhua)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung is said to be joining Edison Chen’s company soon

A1: Nicholas’ sister arrives in KL to comfort him

CRI: Carina Lau Denies IVF Attempt

A1: Who’s Nicking the spotlight?

Netizens are speculating that Wong Jing is the mastermind behind the rash of reports on Tse’s crumbling marriage…And Nick Cheung’s buckteeth are his own.

MSN: Dee Hsu revealed that Barbie Hsu was troubled over her marriage

MSN: Selina: Physiotherapy works better than crying

Hong Kong, First Hand

HK Magazine’s memorable interview quotes over the years

  • “Hong Kong is like a hotel to most people, not a home. Everyone fled with their cash before 1997, came back again when Hong Kong looked fine and fled with their cash again when SARS broke out.” - Jackie Chan, martial arts star.
  • “I used to love Hong Kong. I had hopes for it, and that’s why I was constantly critical. Now I just hate it. I look at the younger generation, young couples hugging teddy bears in the street—what hope do we have?” - Anthony Wong, actor.
  • “One day when I was skateboarding, a fat man in short pants asked me if I wanted to be an actor. I refused. It was a time when a lot of ‘model scouts’ were trying to rip off wannabes. This guy looked worst than most. It was Fruit Chan.” - Sam Lee, actor.

May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

Wing Shya: ‘I see beauty in everything’ (CNNGo)

Celebrated Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya tells us about the most beautiful people he has ever photographed and why it is all in the eyes

Interview: ‘Buddha Mountain’

Controversial Chinese director Li Yu talks to Wang Ge about Buddha Mountain, her tough childhood, and the demons she has tamed.

CRI: Directors Jiang and De Niro Meet in New York

CRI: Shu Qi and Liu Ye:Loving Birds in New Film

Romance film “A Beautiful Life” released new photos featured Shu Qi and Liu Ye. (Sina)

CF: ”Detective Dee” Makes a Record in France

Photos of Liao Fan and Andy Lau on the set of The Founding of a Party

Liao Fan

Liao Fan, Andy Lau

(Sina-gallery)

Wilson Yip, Liu Yifei (May 2)

Liu Yifei and Wilson Yip visited Soochow University in Taipei to promote A Chinese Ghost Story (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing promoted the launch of the official website for Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Li Bingbing will have many lines of dialogue in English in the film though she admitted her proficiency was not that high. She also stressed that the film did not involve homosexuality as reported in the press. When asked, Li Bingbing said that she didn’t know the background as to why Zhang Ziyi was dropped by producer Wendi Deng. The film will be released on July 15 after debuting at Cannes.

(Sina-gallery)

Actor Tong Dawei recently blogged that Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes may be getting another new English title, to “Rescue”, under advice from Hollywood experts. (Sina)

Oxide Pang’s interaction and discussion with fans on his weibo is helping to generate good word of mouth for The Detective 2 since opening on April 29. (Sina)

Gu Changwei’s Till Death Do Us Part opens May 10.

Zhang Ziyi

(Sina)

THR/AP: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’ takes $6.7 Million Globally

Sex and Zen is to be released in South Korea on May 12 and in France, India and Italy in June.

Sukie Shek Wing-Lei (of Freeze) sings “Bliss”, the theme song for 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

Andrew Lin became a father over the weekend. His wife delivered baby Zachary in Los Angeles. Andrew flew in from Beijing where he has been working on the special effects for Man With the Iron Fist and Qian Xuesen.

(Sina-slideshow)(AnD)

Edison Chen performing at the Chengdu Music Festival last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

A1: Nicholas Tse gives KL fans the slip

Nicholas Tse has arrived ahead of schedule to film the eagerly-awaited Against War movie.Zhang Ziyi: No hurry to marry

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng to wed in France?

Rumour has it that Andy Hui & Sammi Cheng will be getting hitched this OctoberMSN: Richard Chang labeled insincere and guilt ridden

MSN: Jay Chou laments about agingJay Chou getting too old for showbiz? (CNA)

Jay laments that he’s “getting older and unable to dance due to shortness of breath, which is why all the fast songs are arranged at the end of the concert.”

CNA: Remus Choi of Cantopop band Grasshopper arrested for drunk driving

CNA: Show Luo: Jolin Tsai has bad ‘table manners’

Show Luo revealed that fellow Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai has bad manners at the Mahjong table, during an appearance on a Chinese variety show on Thursday

April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

First, “Yam bui” to Wills and Kate!

Charismatic Donnie Yen is a ‘legend’ in his own right

The American theatrical distributor, Variance Films, proudly points out that “Legend of the Fist” is presented as the original Hong Kong version, with no missing footage, no Western-music soundtrack substitutions, and with subtitles instead of dubbed dialogue.

“Legend of the Fist” takes its story and setting from history, but it embellishes facts with magnificent action sequences.

CRI: Beijing International Film Festival Ends in Success

Chinese film authorities called the inaugural Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) a great success at a press conference ahead of the closing ceremony on Thursday night.

CF: Stars at the Closing Ceremony of BJIFF

CF: Latest Stills of “The Secret Fan”

A love story that spans time and space

Li Bingbing

(Sina-gallery)

CF: ”Love On Credit” to Explore Female Happiness

High-profile new romance flick Xingfu E’du (Love On Credit), directed by upcoming young Taiwanese director Leste Chen and starring an A-list cast including Taiwanese model-turned-actress Lin Chiling, Chen Kun and Liao Fan, held a kick-off press conference Wednesday in Beijing.

CF: Feng Xiaogang the Most Popular Director among College Students

CF: “Welcome to Shama Town” to Open Far East Int’l Film Festival

(Sina)

Chapman To’s review of 3D Sex and Zen (Thanks, to Dave for passing me this.)

Most of us who went to see 3D Sex and Zen are horny little bastards, not necrophillic sadist freaks! If you find any dude still pitching a tent after watching these scenes in the theater, I suggest you get up and leave. He may be dangerous.


Wong Jing is planning a comedic version of The Founding of a Republic for the Lunar New Year. Called, literally,  ”Married to a 100 Men”, the film will gather dozens of well-known comedians and first line stars. (Sina)

Andrew Lau - Guangzhou

A Beautiful Life played to a preview audience and the sad film left many audience members in tears. Already, Shu Qi’s performance has been anticipated for a Best Actress award next year according to Shu Qi’s former manager Manfred Wong. Lau said that because of her life experiences, Shu Qi was able to reveal the emotional truth in the film and depict the wandering and loneliness of her character. One scene in the alley required her to cry for 6 minutes. It has to be shot 3 times, so Shu Qi had to cry for 18 minutes. Lau revealed that Sun Honglei was originally planned for Liu Ye’s role but he was unavailable due to working on The Warring States. Liu Ye was selected because his personality was the closest to matching. Hu Jun was tender enough but too tall, Huang Xiaoming was deemed too small and like a brother. Anthony Wong was responsible for maintaining comedy in the film. The viewing press thought the ending too abrupt. (Sina)2

Wilson Yip

Liu Yifei

Lin Peng, Liu Yifei, Kara Hui, Li Jing

A Chinese Ghost Story/A Chinese Fairy Tale held a press conference to celebrate reaching 100 million yuan box office in Beijing yesterday. (Xinhua) (Sina-gallery)

Latest photos of Gaile Lok dispels pregnancy rumours.

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-slideshow)

Rosamund Kwan in Chengdu

50 year-old Rosamund Kwan answered all questions while appearing for an optical brand. Only 16 years-old when she entered into a “flash marriage”, she was asked whether she would again. Earlier, Rosamund was spotted in Paris with longtime boyfriend, a Taiwan businessman. Rosamund said that she hoped to marry, flash is okay. But marriage is a serious matter and must consider many things.  She said she often secretly came to Chengdu to stroll, eat and play. Asked whether she would make another film, Rosamund said she had no impulse at the moment so she’s taken a short break but had not quit. But if old boyfriend Andy Lau invited her, she would certainly consider it. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Patrick Tse was spotted shopping for his beloved silver jewelry in Central. Rarely seen without sunglasses, he took off his sunglasses to inspect closer before he was snapped by photogs. Coming out of the shop later, Patrick mischievously threatened to beat the reporters. (Xinhua)

TaipeiTimes: Pop stop

Weddings past and future

“The lotus root breaks but its fibers remain joined together.”

MSN: Kelly Lin admits pregnancy2

The Taiwanese actress however, denied it was a shotgun marriage

(Sina-slideshow)

Cecilia Cheung spends S$24 million on new property

The Hong Kong actress makes her money work hard for her

Just a photo of Ceci by Chapman To

Raymond Lam Fung’s impossibly busty ex-girlfriend Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang, looks set to complement the July release of her pictorial book with a TV role in a Mainland Chinese series, reported Apple Daily.

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