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December 15, 2011

December 15, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Universal boards Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi

The contemporary, Beijing-set story is the “spiritual journey of a young martial artist (Tiger Chen), whose fighting skills brings him to a realm opportunities and painful choices.”

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s Latest Epic Lauds Humanity in Wartime

A review of Beijing-based Jinghua Times described the film as “having both strong sound and visual effects as well as humanistic power,” calling it “very Oscarish.”

However, renowned critic Zhu Dake didn’t approve filmmakers to take advantage of a serious historical event to fulfil box office ambitions.

CF: Film Adds Depth to Wuxia

Although “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is based on the iconic “New Dragon Gate Inn”, Tsui wanted to ensure originality in the new story while presenting the same characteristic morality and code of honor of those chivalrous men and women from the world of jianghu.

Although Monday’s premiere has drawn generous approval, the critics are not unanimous. Some have pointed out flaws in the movie’s 3D effects. In answer to this, Tsui Hark said the new movie is merely a knock on the door of innovation, a door that will lead China to new arenas in the film industry.

CF: Chen Kaige Surprises His Wife on set of his New Movie

Based on the popular online novel, “Please Forgive Me,” his new movie “Search” revolves around the problems caused by searching for human flesh on the Internet. It will finish its shooting schedule within three months in Ningbo and is slated for release in 2012.


CF: ”The Allure of Tears” Premieres in Hangzhou

Zhou Dongyu will likely skip most promotional activities due to year end college academic requirements. She had previously missed classes for her other recent film events already. (Sina-gallery)2

FBA: China seeks BO controls, limit on cinema ads

The draft contains 13 articles on forbidden content in movies made in China. [13 Noes]

CF: First Promotional Trailer of “Romancing in Thin Air” out

Horror film “Harpoon”’s release has been delayed even though post-production is completed and it has finally received the necessary state approvals. A Spring Festival release is now expected. The setting for the film is a desert island survival tale and has drawn much attention and expectations. (Sina)

“Harpoon”

Mo Xiaoqi, Hu Bing (Sina)

Return of the zombie movie? In “Crescent Moon Phantom”(lit.), a town is plagued by murders, rumors of zombie killings spread like wildfire. A female detective does not believe in zombies and tries to crack the mystery. Directed by Johnny Chen (Chen Long) and features young Mainland actors.

(Sina)2

All of Ivy Chen’s scenes have been reportedly cut from Tsai Yueh-Hsun’s “Black & White, Episode 1: The Dawn of Assault”. In addition, Angelababy’s scenes have been resurrected. Her role as heroine was downgraded to supporting actress and practically invisible.. In a dramatic turnaround, Angelababy was revived but that meant Ivy Chen’s scenes had to go due to excessive length. Director Tsai said that it was not personal and had nothing to do with her terminating an agency contract with him. Other actors’ scenes, such as Paul Chun, Matt Wu and Ken Lin, were also trimmed to reduce the running time.

Ivy Chen, scenes deleted

A few days ago while doing publicity for Doze Niu’s “Love”, Chen sighed and said, “this is life, the director said the film is too long.” When she first heard the news, she broke down in tears but then distracted herself by throwing herself into her work on “Love” and accepted the reality. However, the cuts left a mark on Chen as she became worried about her scenes in “Love” being cut out and she often asked Doze Niu to see the editing.

Angelababy, scenes restored

Director Tsai Yueh-Hsun, the Decider

(Sina)2

More on Black & White:

In movie news, the film Black and White, scheduled for release next month, is having woman trouble. The flick, based on the hugely successful police drama of the same name that hit TV screens in 2005, is clearly intended as the big release for the Lunar New Year season, and the production company has been pulling out all the stops in marketing the film.

Unfortunately for the film’s producers, two of its leading female stars are being uncooperative. Taiwanese actress Ivy Chen was incensed to discover that all the scenes in which she appeared had been left on the cutting-room floor, though she was given an acting credit. In response, she refused to participate in any of the marketing activities.

Meanwhile, Chinese actress Angelababy made exorbitant demands as a condition of coming to Taiwan to promote the film, including five-star accommodation and expensive spa treatments, but ultimately attended only a single press conference. TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Stills from trailer for Jingle Ma’s “Speed Angels”, opening Jan. 5

Cecilia Cheung, Rene Liu

Han Jae-suk, Tang Wei

Rene Liu and Cecilia Cheung come to blows

(Sina)23

Racing edition of trailer

Lam Chi-Chung (as poet Li Bai), Wallace Huo

Lam Chi-Chung directs and acts in the upcoming time-travelling comedy “Super Reinforcement” (lit.) which opens January 13. Dylan Kuo, Lam Suet, Jing Tian and Cheung Tat-Ming co-star.(Sina)

Louis Koo and Sun Honglei will star in Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai “Drug War”. Filming will mainly take place in Tianjin. This is Sun’s first time working with Johnnie To. Specific roles have not been revealed but netizens polled said that expected Sun Honglei to play a villain.

Louis Koo, Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei (Lurk, TV series)  (Sina), 2

A1: Karen Mok is in love with married life

He has as appeared in a supporting role in a slew of TV dramas, with the most famous being the Lurk (Qian Fu) in 2008 where he played a secret service official.

Once billed as the largest amusement park in Asia, the unfinished “Wonderland” park now stands derelict, a worrying sign of China’s property market.

November 9, 2011

November 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

MSN: Ricky Hui dies at 65

Ricky’s day of death also coincided with the death anniversary of Lam Ching-ying, one of Hong Kong’s famous actors who acted in many vampire-themed movies. He had played the role of Ricky’s master in the movie Mr Vampire.

Ricky Hui found dead(A1)(CNA)

On top of making people laugh with his screen performance, Ricky was also a musician, having released seven albums, penned the songs in Sam’s debut Cantonese album and participated in the production of the latter’s 1999 musical “Mid Summer Night Madness”.

Family photo - brothers Michael, Stanley, Ricky and Sam

Concert poster (Sina)2

CRI: Chow Yun-fat Plays a New Cao Cao

Chow, Alec Su and Japanese actor Hiroshi Tamaki have attended a news conference to preview the historic epic “Tong Que Tai” (”The Bronze Sparrow Terrace”).

Li Bingbing said at the event, “The character suits me very well. We are both the same age and at the same stage of life. And I’m single too.” As the only single member of the three leads, the 38-year-old actress was “commanded” by Sun and Duan to “catch up” with them as soon as possible.

“Love in the Buff”, directed by Pang Ho-Cheung, and the sequel to his 2010 romance drama “Love in A Puff”, has had its first English language promotional poster released.

Produced by Bona Film Group, director Tsui Hark’s imminent action blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” unveiled a new batch of character posters in the run up of its release in December.

Guei Lun-Mei (Sina)

The makers of “Painted Skin 2″ revealed that the trailer was made under the direction of Japanese fantasy master Yoshitaka Amano and other domestic fantasy designers. The 120-second clip does not disclose any specific details about the plot, but does give film fans a glimpse of the fantasy inspired images that feature throughout the movie.

“White Deer Plain” is considered to be the most difficult books to adapt into film, particularly in terms of technical constraints, its time span and the tight content. The novel is lengthy but tight. Staying true to the original work while keeping it short enough to be a film is a tough task.

Gaile Lok and Leon Lai walk red carpet at New York Chinese Film Festival

Vivian Hsu

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Vivian Hsu

Gaile Lok, Leon Lai (and Qin Hailu?)

Vivian Hsu (Sina)2, (Sina-slideshow)

Jingle Ma’s “Speed Angels” featuring Tang Wei, Cecilia Cheung, Chie Tanaka and Rene Liu opens Dec. 28

Cecilia Cheung

Tang Wei

Chie Tanaka

Rene Liu

Jimmy Lin

Tang Wei, Rene Liu (Sina)

“Tai Chi 0″ concept poster released at AFM (American Film Market)

Huayi Brothers officially announced it as the first part of a “Tai Chi Trilogy”. Already, the first film has been pre-sold to 31 countries.

Art design is by Tim Yip

(Sina)

Having dropped out of show business and secretly married in Las Vegas in 2007, doe-eyed actress Ng Sin-Lin (Jacklyn Wu Chien-Lien) surprised the media when she appeared in costume at a press conference for a TV drama “Tang Dynasty Romatic Hero”. Adding another surprise, she revealed that she had given birth to a baby two years ago. The 43 year-old actress has been living in the mainland with her businessman husband and is returning to acting as a guest on the film because the director and writer are her friends. She said her life is now that of a housewife, she has entered a different stage of life and is family-oriented. The film’s cast includes Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Chrissie Chau, Cecilia Yip and AK, a pop duo.

Jacklyn Wu/Ng Sin-Lin

Pop duo AK, Chrissie Chau, Alex Fong, Jacklyn Wu

Alex Fong, Jacklyn Wu

Jacklyn Wu

Chrissie Chau

Chrissie Chau (Sina)(Sina-gallery), (ifeng)

ZHANG Yimou’s epic-scale The Flowers of War has been acquired for North American distribution by two small US companies. They will quickly give film a platform release in three cities in order that Flowers can compete in the main categories of the Oscars.

December 6, 2010

December 6, 2010

ScreenDaily: The Warrior’s Way

Variety: The Warrior’s Way

A surreal film that suggests a martial-arts pic co-directed by Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini.

NYTimes: And Baby Makes Comedy When a Princess Is Taken West

CRI: Exhibition on Ruan Lingyu’s Works Held in Beijing

CRI: Rene Liu, Cecilia Cheung, Tang Wei Race Cars Together (Speed Angel, previously Dynamic Angel)

A press conference was held in Shanghai on Sunday, December 5, 2010 to offer a preview of the movie. The film centers on three young girls, who chase their dreams of becoming professional race-car drivers. Besides the three A-list actresses, it also features veteran actress Cheng Pei-Pei, actor and race-car driver Jimmy Lin and South Korean actor Han Jae-Seok.

Tang Wei

Tanaka Chie (Sina-gallery)2(Sina-slide show)

Hong Kong actor Chapman To, Taiwan actor Sun Xing, and mainland actresses Qu Ying and Ye Yiqian star in the film.

Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has begun production of its first feature film. The move ends years of false starts and missed deadlines.

1920s Martial Arts Film Set, Shooting in Shanghai

As American shoppers pinch pennies this holiday season, a new documentary takes a personal look at the U.S.-China trade deficit of over $220 billion by challenging a California family to make Christmas happen without anything labeled “Made in China.”

Images of Dong Jie and Dou Xiao for Huo Jianqi’s White Flower in Autumn posted on Weibo look like old vintage photographs.

Dong Jie

Dong Jie

Shawn Dou Xiao, Dong Jie

On location

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Shaolin key cast members

Jackie Chan

Andy Lau

Fan Bingbing

Nicholas Tse (Sina)

Chen Kun in Let the Bullets Fly

(Sina)

Mavis Fan - Lovers Discourse

Eason Chan and Mavis Fan play a couple in the Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan film.

The four segment film is based on the the themes of falling in love, unrequited love, secret love and bitter love. Lovers Discourse opens December 31.

(Sina)2(Sina-gallery)

Stanley Kwan and Fan Bingbing

Stanley Kwan who is currently working on plans for a new Peony Pavilion was spotted leaving a Beijing luxury hotel with Fan Bingbing leading to speculation that he is courting her for the lead role.

(Sina)

Maggie Cheung meets Prince Moulay Rachid of Morocco

Maggie is a juror at the 10th Marrakech Internation Film Festival.

Opening ceremony

(Xinhua)(Zimbio)

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