HKMDB Daily News

August 25, 2009

August 25, 2009

Costume design of spy movie “The Message”

Shooting underway for “Tangshan Earthquake”

Jet Li returns to Chinese film after 3 US movies
Jet Li makes a quiet appearance at Cartier for his charity
alivenotedead: Jet Li - Going Green With Tony Blair

‘Haeundae’ Attracts 10 Mil. Audience

Sophie’s Revenge takes in RMB$60M in ten days
Zhang Ziyi abandons tough image, more like a child, perhaps even too vulnerable.

Chen Kun Is A Handsome Bandit in “Let Bullets Fly”
Chen Kun to join Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly
Taking on new tough guy image in film

Poster for TV series The Legend of Yang Guifei

Stars include Anthony Wong, Ruby Lin
Anthony Wong

China’s birthday movie has many seeing red

Stills from Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Three Guns will be released on the same day as Bodyguards and Assassins in December

Stephen Chow quietly supporting Red Cross typhoon efforts, denies retirement rumor
Ching Siu-Tung confirmed co-shooting martial arts super-hero comedy with Jack Black and Anne Hathaway

Gillian Chung being wooed for 30-episode CCTV series Legend of White Snake

Director waiting for SARFT approval, Gillian accepting lower fee, Fan Bingbing considered but fee too high

Jackie Chan puckers up to Wang Lee Hom

alivenotdead: Karen Mok - Canon Fireworks Display

Andy “appear” on web to admit his relationship with Zhu family

Charlene Choi shot a new series of photos for fall and winter women’s sportwear

Wuyi Roots
In Wuyi, China, lies Jiangmen, one of Riverside’s Sister Cities. Wuyi is “The Number One Homeland of the Overseas Chinese” who came to California in 1849 to work in the goldfields, on the railroad, and then in Riverside’s citrus industry. The documentary tells their story. “Wuyi Roots” TV documentary was produced in Jiangmen, China (2005) by the Guangdong Provincial Publishing House/Guangdong Petrel.

In the Pearl River Delta of southern China, west of Macao & Hong Kong, is located the beautiful and unique city of Jiangmen, China. The districts of Xinhui,Taishan, Kaiping, and Heshan under its jurisdiction are customarily called “Wuyi”, meaning 5 Counties. Many of the ancestors of today’s Chinese Americans, including those who settled in Riverside, came from Wuyi. Wuyi Roots is their story and the story of Wuyi as it has developed over the past 150 years.

SCMP: Canadian Tourist missing in Hong Kong: Help find Ani Ashekian 1/7

August 21, 2009

August 21, 2009

Dada's DanceZhang Yuan
“Dada” Will Dance Across China in September

Lau Ching-Wan appears at the Asian Poker Tour in Macau where he is filming Poker King with Louis Koo

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Huayi Bros Threw a Star-Studded Party
Li Bingbing
More photos

Zhang Ziyi Nanjing press conference for Sophie’s Revenge

Zhang Ziyi lost her composure during Nanjing press conference

Falsely blamed by newspapers for travel delays (?)

Vivian Hsu, Pace Wu
Stars raise funds for diaster relief

Andy Lau
Speculation over whether Andy Lau will attend father of Carol Chu’s funeral

Chu’s father passed away of a cerebral hemorrhage on the 18th. Chu’s is the long-rumored secret wife of Andy.
Andy Lau attends funeral of rumoured girlfriend’s father

Taiwanese supermodel Lin Chiling on cover of porn disc

August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009

bc Magazine: When Johnnie Meets Johnny
‘Vengeance’ mixed effort to take Johnnie To global

bc Magazine: Hear Ye, Hear Ye (Michelle Ye)
The female star of Vengeance reveals what it is like in Johnnie To’s boys’ brigade

bc Magazine: Genius in the Madhouse
Jeffrey Lau Chun Wai gets slippery about being typecast

bc Magazine: Vengeance
HK Magazine: Vengeance

bc Magazine: On His Majesty’s Secret Service

bc Magazine: Turning Point

Overheard: Cops cross the line in taut Hong Kong thriller
Hollywood Reporter: Overheard
Bottom Line: A riveting thriller of commercial crime with dark, Faustian overtones.
Korea Times: ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ Satisfies to a Point

Guo Xiaolu doc booked for Toronto
‘Once Upon a Time Proletarian’ will have N. American bow

Film celebrates founding of new China

“The Great Cause of New China’s Foundation” is scheduled for nation-wide release on September 17th
Forty Films Will Commemorate China’s 60th Anniversary

Jet Tone, Fortissimo appeal GIO ruling
Jet Tone Films and Fortissimo Films – the production company and sales agent behind Cheng Hsiao-tse’s Miao Miao, is at the centre of a funding row

Donnie Yen
NY Times: An Action Star Moves to the Lead
Bey Logan: Now and Yen

Taiwanese filmmaker Chung Mong-hong, whose feature debut Parking screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last year, returns with sophomore effort The Fourth Portrait. Hong Kong writer-director Pang Ho-cheung serves as producer on Hong Kong Film Award nominee Heiward Mak’s The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name.
Screen Daily

Eric Tsang and stunt man

Sun Li
Sun Li

Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box
Yuen Biao
More photos

Zhou Xun
Zhou Xun has a new single, a theme for an online game

Lin Chi-Ling
Lin Chi-Ling promoting film on life of Coco Chanel

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung ambassador for eye care

Hong Kong Singers Gather for Fundraising Event
Jet Li: Visiting the Kaoshiung Disaster Area

A*mei joins line-up of F1 Rocks

HK Magazine: Lo Hoi-Pang interview
HKMDB entry

Original advert,  Lo Hoi-Pang send-up
[Credit to Fan for originally bringing the videos to my attention]

Duen Kee Chinese Restaurant
There are some who visit the place solely because it was the location for the shooting of the Anthony Wong horror classic “The Untold Story.”

August 14, 2009

August 14, 2009

Kungfu Cyborg designs - more

Movie opens August 20

Talks of Stephen Chow’s retirement dispelled

HK director offers mix of violence, creativity
Soi’s thriller ‘Accident’ nominated for Golden Lion at Venice

Movie aims to rein in China’s Online Mob
“Invisible Killer,” produced and co-written by Xie Xiaodong, is the first movie to broach the subject of Internet vigilantism and dramatize the pitfalls of having a mobilized and motivated online mob administering its own brand of justice.
Variety: Invisible Killer review

Zhang Ziyi, So Ji-Sub
Zhang Ziyi and So Ji-Sub promote Sophie’s Revenge in South Korea

Korean Actor So Ji-sub to Court Zhang Ziyi Onscreen

Ziyi: Break-up rumours are baseless

Zhou Xun

Maggie Cheung

Shu Qi
Zhou Xun, Maggie Cheung and Shu Qi featured in upcoming Vogue spread

Taiwanese tycoon’s 9 heirs duke it out in NJ court

August 12, 2009

August 12, 2009

Anthony Wong with Lorretta Chow, Koni Lui, two former Miss Hong Kong runner ups
No seat reserved at Laughing Gor premiere for Anthony Wong

So he leaves

‘Turning Point’ for Shaw, Hong Kong film

Maverick Yau helms first new Shaw Brothers pic in 22 years

McDull animation hits big screen

Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing
Shanghai press conference for Sophie’s Revenge

On His Majesty’s Secret Service celebration held

Earned RMB$70M in 10 days

Movie With 100 Stars Presents A Question: Who’s Chinese?

‘Haeundae’ Hits 7-Million-Viewer Mark

Shu Qi
Shu Qi and Ge You film an auto advert with wedding theme

Based on their characters from If You Are The One

Film “Tian An Men” set for release
The story in “Tian An Men” revolves around a team of stage art workers given the task of refurbishing Tian An Men Tower a month before the founding ceremony of new China.

Jet Li’s One Foundation PSA
Photo gallery

SCMP: Beijing struggles to make Olympic changes permanent

August 11, 2009

August 11, 2009

Michael Tse, Fala ChanJaime Chik, Michael Miu
Charmaine Sheh, Bobby AuyeungShirley Yeung
Bernice Liu, Lam FungFrancis Ng
Laughing Gor opening ceremony

Donnie Yen and Lynn XiongWith Huang Xiaoming
Ip Man 2 launch ceremony in Foshan

Bruce Lee introduced
Jiang Daiyan
Bruce Lee selected - more photos

Tang Wei rumored to have a guest role in Founding of the Nation

Angie Chiu
Angie Chiu will appear in Stanley Kwan’s Dancing With The Heart/Energy Behind the Heart as a mysterious Russian

Shu Qi and Aaron Kwok shooting stunt scene for City Under Siege

Olympic girl Lin Miao-Ke appearing in TV drama

Hollywood Reporter: Zhang Ziyi stars in novice director’s ‘Revenge’

Jack Neo’s latest ‘offering’ brings horror to another dimension
Neo has departed from the norm with “Where Got Ghost” to look at the departed.

Korea selects Mother as foreign-language Oscar entry

Zhang Zi-yi - the actress with a foul mouth

“Everything is All Right” about Zhang Ziyi and Fiance

Jet Li Launches Gym Training Program

August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009

Overheard review

‘Green Hornet’ casts Kato role
Taiwan’s Jay Chou goes to Hollywood
Jay Chou to Play Kato in ‘Green Hornet’

Rain In the Dragon
Enter the Dragon remade as Awaken the Dragon

‘Mother’ to represent Korea for Oscars
Maternal thriller beats out vampire flick and farmer documentary

Cast Promotes “Sophie’s Revenge”
Yao ChenRuby Lin

Gillian Chung scenes cut from ‘Red Cliff’ parody

Zhang Yimou’s Daughter Edits His New Film

Questions raised over whether Murderer is plagiarized from DiCaprio produced Orphan

TGIO raps Jettone over ‘Miao’
Hong Kong-Taiwan co-production “Miao Miao” is under investigation by Taiwan’s Government Information Office over its entry and subsequent withdrawal from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing and Guo Degang will both be 'general directors'
Fan Bingbing press conference announcing New Year’s film, retelling Flirting Scholar story

Fan will both produce and act in film

Hu Jun, Stanley Kwan

Stanley Kwan’s Dancing With the Heart/Energy Behind the Heart

Deng Chao
Deng Chao - Detective Dee

SCMP: Anthony Wong on ‘Vengeance’

SCMP: Michael Tse laughs his way to the big screen in Laughing Gor - Turning Point
After 20 years playing mostly two-bit soap characters, actor Michael Tse Tin-wah finally found his breakthrough role in the form of “Laughing Gor”, an undercover police officer in the TVB series ‘Emergency Unit’.

Zhang Ziyi & fiance still together, says manager

Suki Chui, Sarah Song
A big pair of Crocs

SCMP: Portrait of a master face-changer

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009

New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Zhang Ziyi

More stills - Sophie’s Revenge

Tracing Shadow poster

Recent posts from Bey Logan’s blog
Bey Logan: Chow on Fire
Fat Gor tries to change a flat tire/tyre

Bey Logan: Coffee with Gong Li
Gong dominated Chinese cinema to such an extent that, when she proved unavailable for the project, Chen Kaige begrudgingly began his film Temptress Moon with another actress, Iron Monkey’s Jean Wang, before summarily dismissing her when Gong Li did become available (and then, rather unkindly, criticizing Wang in the press.)

Bey Logan: The Man With The Deadly Pen
Ngai Hong (AKA Ni Kuang) (and Vivian Chow’s father-in-law)

Guardian: Can Kung Fu Cyborg kick Transformers’ arse?

Shu Qi performing action stunts on City Under Siege - slide show

Fruit Chan
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan’s Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival

Xiao Shenyang
Sun Honglei
Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Li Bingbing was admitted to the hospital with heat stroke and hospitalized for two days but has now returned to the set of Detective Dee

Chow Yun-Fat possibly joining the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly

The woman who changes one man’s destiny - Michelle Reis
“If a woman can change a man’s whole life, that’s an attractive story to me,” the 39-year-old says. “My role encourages a beggar to stand up to hardship and live with dignity and confidence. She makes me believe in love.”

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu to star in Sun Zhou’s 1949 war drama set in Guangzhou

Kelly Chen

Hong Kong media is reporting that Kelly Chen is not getting along with her mother-in-law

Supposedly clashing over cooking and child care

Zhao Wei releasing new album on digital platform via China Mobile (a la Karen Mok) in August

Rumor: Zhao Wei has registered for marriage in Singapore to a businessman
She was spotted with a wealthy merchant outside a marriage registration office in Singapore. To register in Singapore one must be a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore.
If so, can a change in citizenship be far behind? :)

Liu Ye promoting auto brand

First public appearance since marriage

Pace Wu

Pace Wu in Taipei promoting cosmetics - gallery

Paris Hilton dons a Hello Kitty dress

Group wants to stub out film smoke
Chinese anti-smoking group call for a ban on smoking scenes

Hong Kong gang convicted for piracy
Leader sentenced to 74 months; $1.1 mil in assets seized

July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
Photo Gallery
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
Stills from Overheard released

Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan

New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions

‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).

Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

bc Magazine: 24 City review
HK Magazine: 24 City

bc Magazine: Roy Chow (Murderer) interview

bc Magazine: Wai Kar Fai (Written By) interview

bc Magazine: Jia Zhangke (24 City) interview

HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
Oppai Volleyball
(Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

Charlene Choi
Charlene surrounded by fans

Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage

A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai

I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing

APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

July 3, 2009

July 3, 2009

Overheard opens July 24

Sophie’s Revenge expected to do well this summer

Tracing Shadow: tribute to Chang Cheh, King Hu, Li Han-Hsiang

Francis Ng wants to inspire young film viewers to golden age of Hong Kong martial arts film and modern interpretation of classic films like Gone With the Wind (above)

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei decapitates a head in Hua Mulan

Wong Jing confirms he is planning a Mainland remake of Flirting Scholar

Taipei Times - Pop Stop

China media body gets new film boss

Zhang Pimin rises out of anonymity at SARFT

Gillian feeling more confident

Gillian Chung 30 days after 24 shots of Botox

Richard Ng
Richard Ng appeared on Stephen Chan’s TV interview program recently

Miriam Yeung forced to postpone wedding
Real Ting backs out

Michelle Reis Now Says No to Surrogate Mother

Vivian Hsu Denies Relationship with Stephen Fung

A belated post, but still amazing pictures:
Building Collapsed In Shanghai
Why Did The Apartment Building In Shanghai Collapse? (Humorous)
[The phallus shaped rock formation appears to be Yangyuan Stone in Guangdong Province.]
Nine held in connection to collapsed Shanghai apartment building

Mainlander gets 16 years in Martin Lee, Jimmy Lai case

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