HKMDB Daily News

September 19, 2011

September 19, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

ChinaPost: Mayday 3DNA review

Billed as the first 3D concert feature film made in the pan-Chinese community, “Mayday 3DNA” interweaves select footage from the band’s DNA World Tour with three narrative vignettes.

CF: Famous Directors Help Promote Brigitte Lin’s New Book

Lin also made two promises to Jiang Wen at the event—the first was to write the prologue to Jiang’s new book, and the second was to read voiceovers in his new movie.

Jiang Wen

Brigitte Lin sliced and served Jiang Wen a mango

Tsui Hark remembered his collaborations and partnership with the actress (Sina)

CF: Three Megastars to Star in “Dangerous Liaisons”

Set in 1930’s Shanghai, the story revolves around the three-way relationship between Mo Jieyu (Cecilia Cheung), Xie Yifan (Dong-gun Jang) and Du Yufen (Zhang Ziyi).

CF: Behind Scenes of ‘Starry Starry Night’ Released

The movie revolves around an autistic girl, Xiao Mei, who wants to escape from her miserable life. In order to do this, she escapes into her own idyllic fantasy world, but eventually she must face reality. Xu Jiao and Rene Liu play mother and daughter.

Mr Yam said with his more than 20 years of participation in the Hong Kong film industry, he has a deep feeling of both the vitality and enchantment of Hong Kong cinema. The city’s outstanding and wonderful films are not only timeless but are the accomplishments of many dedicated filmmakers.

Hong Kong poster for The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Tony Ching Siu-Tung also posted some photos on his Weibo account

Shanghai roll out of “1911″. Of course, the media focused on Jackie Chan’s report of a deleted sexy scene with Li Bingbing. Jaycee Chan, when asked, said that he did not know about it but, if true, he hoped that an extended DVD edition might contain it. Director Zhang Li explained that the scene(s) were deleted as the film was a serious, historical subject and did not fit. [So, naturally, it begs the question, why was it filmed in the first place? Oh, Jackie!] Later, the always stingy with praise Jackie Chan rated his son’s performance as only 20/100. When asked by reporters whether someday Jaycee might be successful and copy the father-son duo Patrick Tse and Nicholas Tse, Jackie immediately dismissed it and said never in this lifetime.

Jaycee Chan

To Yuhang (Dennis To)


(Sept.19) Beijing premiere of “1911″ was held in the conference hall of the CPPCC National Committe. Jackie Chan was unable to attend.

Li Bingbing

Joan Chen, Winston Chao

Jiang Wu

The actress confessed that she still longs for love and plans to have another child with her new love

Cecilia admitted that she looked forward to her next relationship, and hoped that she would be able to have another child, giving Lucas and Quintus half-siblings.

According to recent reports from the Hong Kong media, Gillian had taken a liking to Taiwanese singer Owodog — member of pop quartet Lollipop F — supposedly because he resembled her former lover Edison Chen. There were also rumours that Gillian was actively courting the singer.

“For me, exceeding the time limit is just an excuse to shut down the TV program, and there would have been other excuses even if the TV station did not make the shows that long,” said Jin Yong, a researcher at the Communication University of China.

Hunan Satellite Television, which produces Super Girl, has agreed to follow the broadcast regulator’s ruling to remove the show and replace it with public service programming, the newspaper quoted deputy editor-in-chief Li Hao as saying.

September 5, 2011

September 5, 2011

TaipeiTimes: ‘Seediq Bale’ addresses harmony

ChinaPost: Seediq Bale premiere shines in Venice

THR: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale review

ScreenDaily: Warriors Of The Rainbow: Seediq Bale review(HKMDBNews)

FBA: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale

‘Seediq Bale’ the pride of Taiwan’s movie industry: producer

After the screening in Venice, another of the movie’s producers Jimmy Huang revealed that American distributors had raised their offer to buy the rights to the film.

Taipei premiere, Sept. 4 (Sina-slideshow)

CF: Jia Zhangke’s worries about Chinese Films

(Sept. 5) Beijing premiere for My Kingdom. Director Guo Xiaosong is still in jail serving time for a drunken driving sentence.

My Kingdom’s action director Sammo Hung

Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao

Han Geng, Barbie Hsu, Wu Chun

Yuen Biao

Magician-actor Liu Qian (Sina-gallery)

Variety: The Sorcerer And The White Snake review

THR: Film The Sorcerer And The White Snake review

ScreenDaily: The Sorcerer And The White Snake review(HKMDBNews)

More bodies hit that ground that in any feel-good Rambo movie, and while flailingly unfocused in structure it is also a fascinatingly brutal history lesson.

FBA: The Sorcerer and the White Snake

Uncomplicated chunk of Chinese legend, with plenty of CGI, action and entertainment.

CF: Reporters Praise “Its Love” in Venice


FBA: Cai surprises at Venice

One more Chinese film competes for Golden Lion

The film “Ren Shan Ren Hai,” or “People Mountain People Sea,” was listed as the “surprise film” to compete for the Golden Lion in the 68th Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2011, reports. Gu Xiaobai, screenwriter of the film, confirmed that the film director CaiShangjun has left for Venice.

Hong Kong: Line-up defies expectations (Variety)

CF: Loving Birds in “Lee’s Adventure”

The animation-based movie, “Lee’s Adventure,” released a batch of still photos featuring the two leading roles played by Jaycee Chan and Wang Ziwen. The film is about the imagination of a broken hearted young man in which he travels through time and space and finds his true love at last.

CF: New Trailer out for “1911″

The epic war movie marking the 100th anniversary of the Revolution in 1911 released its trailer in Hong Kong.


“My Sassy Girl” Director Takes the Helm of a Chinese Film

My Sassy Girl” director Kwak Jae Yong’s next project is a Chinese historical film starring Fan Bing Bing. He is the first Korean director to do so.

Strong buzz surrounds the possibility of Hong Kong-born superstar Chow Yun Fat taking the lead opposite Fan. Reports say Chow is the top candidate to play Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty.

Kwak Jae-Yong and Fan Bingbing (cri)

John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” has a new Chinese title, “Fatal Love”. Zhang Hanyu, Chang Chen and Song Hye-Kyo have already been lined up. Woo said that he hopes Zhang Ziyi will also join the cast. Filming will take place in Taiwan, Shanghai and Beijing. In addition, John Woo said he will produce Zhang Meng’s (Piano in a Factory) next film. (Sina)

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Wrapped up in Beijing

Lin Peng, Jay Chou and Elaine Kam wrap up shooting of Viral Factor in Beijing


Tsui Hark and Kitty Zhang Yuqi at the GQ Man of the Year awards ceremony in Beijing


Zhou Dongyu’s first day at college (Xinhua-gallery)

Huang Shengyi attended the premiere of Contagion in Venice, Sept. 4, before returning to Hong Kong.

That’s a ponytail!

Heels by House of Frankenstein (Sina)(Zimbio)

MSN: Jaycee Chan dating a Taiwanese model secretly

CNA: Kelly Lin gives birth to baby girl

MSN: Another child for Kelly Lin?

The Taiwanese actress supposedly woke up from surgery and told her husband that she wanted another child

CNA: Ariel Lin chooses film over TV

Unhealthy working conditions on Taiwan drama productions have driven Taiwan singer-actress Ariel Lin to quit TV acting.

August 10, 2011

August 10, 2011

Hong Kong film to conclude Venice film festival

Johnnie To’s new movie “Life Without Principle” about financial greed will wrap up the official selection for this year’s Venice film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Variety: Venice adds ‘Life’ to competish

Johnnie To’s crime thriller joins lineup

CRI: Johnnie To’s Film Joins Golden Lion Competition(FBA)

THR: Celestial Pictures Enters the Gaming Realm with ‘My Kingdom’ Tie-in(FBA)

More games to come from Celestial’s 760-title Shaw Brothers library.

THR: Stephen Chow Producing New Take on China’s ‘Odyssey’

‘Journey to the West’ redux will co-star Shu Qi as a swordswoman absent from earlier versions.

THR: Jackie Chan’s ‘1911′ Added as Second Opening Film for Tokyo Fest(FBA)

CF: Superstar Sun Honglei Joins Sun Zhou’s New Project

Sun Honglei

Sun Zhou

Yes, I Do book cover (Sina)

CF: Sun Yat-sen Biopic to Be Released in October

CF: Yan Ni in Supremacy(Sina-gallery)

Fantasy film “Mural” saw its new still photos released recently. The stills feature actress Yan Ni who portrays Coldblood Queen who is in charge of the mural wonderland and enjoys the mightiness of supremacy.

Huang Yi and Raymond Lam Fung attend the launch of the official web site for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and the White Snake.

Yang Zi, Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam


Lau Ching-Wan and Huang Yi shoot a bedroom scene in Overheard 2

Huang Yi plays a lawyer who helps her husband, Lau Ching-Wan, evade justice (Sina)2

Huang Yi in Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (HunanTV)

Xu Fan has a 1950s retro look in Love in Space

Xu Fan, Liu Jinshan (HunanTV)(Sina)2

Online trailer for horror film Harpoon is drawing lots of netizens’ attention for featuring a naked Zhao Ming. Hu Bing and Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) co-star and opens in December, just in time for the holidays. (Sina)Trailer

Zhang Ziyi on upcoming cover of September Elle

Shu Qi Elle Extra cover

Tang Wei in Hong Kong shooting a skin care advert


CF: Huang Shengyi Poses Backless for “Sunshine” Magazine

CRI: Rene Liu Announces Marriage(CNA)

MSN: Nicholas Tse suffers an asthma attack(CNA)

Next Miracle boot ceremony (Sina)

MSN: Karena Lam returns to Hong Kong

MSN: Elaine Ng rumoured to bring daughter into showbiz

Jackie Chan’s son caught dating a busty woman

August 4, 2011

August 4, 2011

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CRI: Chen Kaige Multi-tasking on Two Films

Chen is working on a film adaptation of the Chinese novel “Wang Shi”, literally meaning “Deaths on the Internet”, the Oriental Morning Post reports. The novel, written by Wen Yu, was first published and became popular on the Internet, and explores the negative influence of the cyber world on the real world. It was nominated for last year’s Lu Xun Literary Prize, a major award for Chinese literature.

CF: More Stills of Fairies in “Mural” Come out


CF: ”Bait 3-D” Opens its Set to Media

“Bait 3D” revolves around a tsunami that occurs off the Gold Coast of Australia and brings with it a school of bloodthirsty sharks. (Sina-gallery)

New posters and publicity stills for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and The White Snake

Raymond Lam Fung

Charlene Choi

Wen Zhang (Sina)2

Zhang Ziyi is expected to be named to play the lead in Antoine Fuqua’s film about legendary concubine Yang Guei Fei. (Sina)

In an interview, Zhang Hanyu revealed that he and Song Hye-Kyo will play husband and wife in John Woo’s newly restarted “Pacific Steamer”   (working title, formerly “1949″). (Sina)

Stills from Treasure Hunt show funnyman Ronald Cheng in a “Tarzan” scene

Treasure Hunt opens Aug. 15 (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

“In the future, you will see a brand new, more dazzling, queenlier Cecilia Cheung”

July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:14 pm

Hey, isn’t that Wendi Deng Murdoch seated behind James and Rupert Murdoch testifying before a parlimentary committee? She, literally, leapt to her husband’s defense when a demonstrator attempted to hit Murdoch with a foam pie. Wendi jumped out of her seat and swung her arms to protect her man.

Wendi Deng, left (Yahoo)

Who is Wendi Deng?

And a very informative profile, here.

FBA: Love For Life review

China’s first AIDS drama jumps the rails when it becomes a star-driven tragic romance.

CRI: Tony Leung Fights to Win in ‘The Grandmasters’

Check out the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s long-awaited film, “The Grandmasters”, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the martial-arts legend Yip Man.

Lucas Tse and Ekin Cheng in Treasure Hunt

Lucas’ cameo appearance in Wong Jing has drawn lots of attention and is featured in the trailer (Sina)

Beijing press conference for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (aka It’s Love)

Huang Shengyi

Jet Li, Huang Shengyi

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung

Yang Zi (producer), Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Sarah Choi (producer), Jet Li (Sina)2

Beijing press conference for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

Qin Jing

Song Guangcheng, Daniel Lee, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng


Fortune Buddies, which opens Aug. 11, features veteran actors like Pauline Wong who has been retired since the 1990’s.

Pauline Wong Siu-Fung

Eric Tsang, Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong, Siu Yam-Yam, Richard Ng (Sina)

Anita Mui’s mother took to the streets to protest the court judgement against her in battle to claim Anita Mui’s estate

Takes her case to reporters

Her son arrived later to take her away (Xinhua)(Sina)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


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


3 Faces of Chrissie


MSN: Cecilia Cheung lets son Lucas Tse skip kindergarten

July 1, 2011

July 1, 2011

CRI:  Jet Li Plays Sorcerer in ‘White Snake’

White Snake” is currently in its post-production stages, with a release scheduled for the end of this year.

CRI: Charlene Choi, Wen Zhang Seen in New Film

Still photos from Ching Siu-tung’s upcoming fantasy film “The Sorcerer and the White Snake” (Sina-gallery)

CF: “Overheard 2″ to Hit Screens on August 18

According to the details that have been released, Lau Ching-wan plays Law, an influential figure in Hong Kong’s stock market, who is involved in a traffic accident. As the investigation continues, police officer Ho (Louis Koo) discovers a man named Cho (Daniel Wu) has been intercepting the stock mogul’s phone calls, which in turn leads Ho to uncover a conspiracy.

FBA: Cleopatra Wong revamped

Poster for the Ricky Lau-produced Assassin (Sina)

A sequel to Lost in Panic Room, Lost in Panic Ship, again directed by Zhang Fan Fan, begins filming in July. Alec Su returns in the lead role.


My Way featuring Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bingbing will be released simultaneously in Japan and South Korea sometime in December. The story is about Koreans conscripted by the Japanese and attached to the Germans to defend against the Allies invasion of Normandy.

Jang Dong-gun


Simon Yam plays an art painting restorer disguised as a perfume expert in Coming Back. Opens July 14.


Stephen Chow’s spokesman did not deny reports that he would step forward and play the Monkey King in the new version of Journey to the West. This would leave the roles of Aarif Lee and Show Luo up in the air. (Sina), 2

Latest poster for Mysterious Island

Features heavily promoted Yang Mi (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Plastic surgery, Fung-Chi, Selina

MSN: Nicholas Tse signs divorce papers

Cecilia Cheung’s act of entrusting sons Lucas and Quintus to her makeup artist friend Rick Chin, was reportedly the factor that pushed Nicholas Tse to speed up the divorce procedures.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung loves Nicholas Tse no more

MSN: Nicholas Tse clashes with father over his marital woes

CNA:  Nicholas Tse ignored Cecilia Cheung when she had a miscarriage?

Cheung Ho-lung said his sister had tearfully confided in him about these things on many occasions, and expressed that he was very angry people viewed her as a shrewish wife, when it was Tse who did her wrong.

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