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March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief

(more…)

September 21, 2010

September 21, 2010

Mid-Autumn Festival edition of poster for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

The Vincent Kok-directed, Peter Chan-produced film is set for a 2011 release. (Sina)

Who Killed Paul the Octopus? poster

Inspired by the World Cup match-picking German octopus, the film opens in theaters far from you Oct.22 (Sina)

Virtual Recall poster

Tang Yifei and Stephen Fung

Tang Yifei

Directed by Cheung Hoi-Cheung (Devil’s Vendetta), the romantic thriller also features Cherrie Ying and opens Oct.12. (Sina)

CRI: Xu Jinglei, Li Yapeng in New Romantic Film ‘To Love’

CRI: ’Legend of the Fist’ Has Gala Premiere in HK

Anthony Wong

Shu Qi

Anthony Wong, Huo Siyan, Donnie Yen, Shu Qi, Andrew Lau

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

FBA:  Taiwan’s FTPP declares 25 projects

Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film & TV Film Project Promotion (FTPP) project market has announced 25 projects from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, France, USA and Taiwan.

Cherie Chung - Taiwan

Cherie Chung made her first trip to Taiwan since her husband died. (Xinhua)

August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

THR: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ writers to pen ‘Karate Kid’ sequel

CRI: Stephen Fung Challenges Dwight Howard in Basketball

Stephen Fung has joined in the Basketball film “Amazing” which is now under production in Shanghai.

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, director Sherwood Hu, Huang Yi, Stephen Fung

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, Stephen Fung (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Huang Bo (Crazy Stone, Crazy Racer, Cow) in Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen

Huang Bo (Sina)

CRI: Yu Nan, Francis Ng Featured in New ‘Wind Blast’ Posters

CRI: ‘The Lost Bladesman’ Unveils New Stills

FBA: Triple Tap (鎗王之王) (5/10)

Cat-and-mouse crime game starts promisingly but then goes off the rails from its midpoint.

Martial arts comedy The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman from Wuershan (Wu Ershan) will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Sina)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung in her Tang Dynasty costume for her first Mainland TV series (Xinhua-gallery)

She will reportedly lose $30M yuan in loss income the next 10 months from cancellation of advert and endosements for clothing and weight loss brands. (Xinhua)

The Monga actor was recently caught up in a product endorsement deal clash between two different jeans brands.

Jackie Chan condemned on the internet (Xinhua)

Eric Tseng, told Hong Kong media that he felt Chan’s statements were inappropriate, when he attended a TVB memorial ceremony Thursday morning.

“This time the mistake is especially big, his words come out the wrong way every time,” said Tseng during the event, which reportedly saw more than 1,000 TVB employees turn up to mourn the deaths of the hostages.

Eric Tsang

(Xinhua)

Mourning for Manila victims: Kenny Kwan, Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung and Yumiko Cheng

Nicholas is refusing gifts and celebration for his upcoming birthday, Aug.28. (Xinhua)

ChinaHush: After Manila hostage incident

Apple Daily made this animated simulation of what was happening inside of the bus.

A letter from a teenage Filipino to the WHOLE WORLD via CNN

June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010

City Under Siege poster

Film opens in Hong Kong Aug.12 (Sina)

THR: Daniel Wu hopes to export HK success to Hollywood

“I find that Americans still have a very big stereotype toward what Asians are, and I don’t feel a need to perpetuate that stereotype. So when a good character comes along, I’m all for it. I’m ready. I’d be very open to it,” Wu said.

Variety: Love in a Puff

A lighter-than-air yarn about two cheerful nicotine enthusiasts, Hong Kong romancer “Love in a Puff” is an unfiltered delight. Pang Ho-cheung gets the balance exactly right with this well-realized vehicle for Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, which also plays like a poem to that most cinematic of vices, smoking. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5642

CRI: “Shanghai”

Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy said that a good film should touch people emotionally. It was proved in his latest work “Shanghai”.

Goofy treasure-hunting comedy is a cross between Crazy Stone and A Simple Noodle Story.

Taiwan musician Giong Lim held a press conference last week in Beijing to promote the background music for Jia Zhangke’s “I Wish I Knew”, a dedicated film for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. [hkmdb]

Liu Ye plays a well-off man who is bored with his married life until he bumps into his first love played by Gao Yuanyuan.

Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan

A press conference for the action thriller “Triple Tap” was held in Beijing on June 28th. (Sina)

Beijing premiere

Li Bingbing

In the film, Li portrays a manager at a financial company. When Yee was asked to describe Li in real life, he said Li was strong, but inside she was a tender woman. As soon as the voice faded, a tear came out of Li’s eyes. “It’s very touching that the director understands me,” explained Li.

Triple Tap: Intriguing premise but uneven delivery

Unfortunately, “Triple Tap” could not capitalise on this intriguing premise. Yee made his big reveal somewhere in the middle of the film, completely shutting down the suspense of finding out what actually transpired during the robbery and who was behind it.

Cecilia Cheung - Shanghai

Cecilia will begin work on Derek Yee’s film with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in February.

Endorsement appearance

(Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Stephen Fung - Fantastic Water Babes

Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Stephen Fung

Stephen Fung (Sina)

Alec Su (left), director Zhang Fanfan during a media visit to the set

Alec Su

Alec Su, Pace Wu

Pace Wu in character

The Hidden Chamber of Secrets, a mystery film about serial murders, stars Alec Su and Pace Wu is currently filming in Beijing. He plays a novelist, she plays his wife. The story of horror takes place within 24 hours in a locked house with 8 people. One by one they die. Zhang Fanfan directs the film scheduled to open Oct. 29. (Sina)

Fan Bingbing

Rian Dundon: Behind the Scenes with Fan Bingbing(CF)

Li Bingbing - Trends Health cover

CRI: Cover Girl of 10-year Anniversary Edition of “Trends Health”

CRI: Faye Wong to Perform 5 Concerts in Beijing This Fall

Hong Kong celebrity Michelle Reis in the family way

Ex-Hong Kong actress Michelle Reis was seen coming out of the gynaecologist’s office recently, leading to speculation that she was preparing to get pregnant, according to a report in U-Weekly.

December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009

New Midnight Taxi poster released

The film stars Jordan Chan and Deng Ziyi and opens Dec. 22  (Sina)

Concept poster for the upcoming Alex Fong, Wang Baoqiang comedy Bright Future

(Sina)

Stephen Fung

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu, Stephen Fung’s rumoured girlfriend, joined him at the Taipei premiere of Jump last night

(Xinhua)

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s Next Hero - Hanks, Cruise or Pitt?

13 Women of Jinling (Nanjing)

CRI: Zhang Yimou Wins Case

Director Zhang will receive 450,000 yuan in compensation from Huang Xiaoyang and the Huaxia Publishing House for writing and publishing a book revealing his personal life without his consent.

CRI: The Casual Side of Song Jia

“Red Cliff” star Song Jia enjoys her beach time. The actress is working on a new romantic movie called “Once upon a Time in Tibet”

Loletta Lee

44 year-old Loletta Lee undergoes a face lift procedure for a 7-digit fee

(HunanTV)

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing promotes green credit cards, cards that are bio-degradable. 2 billion credit cards were issued last year. (HunanTV)

Gillian Chung in Shanghai promoting Hong Kong brand Photo gallery (Sina)

(Sina)

Baby Lucas eating at Hong Kong Airport with mom is just learning to use chopsticks.

(Sina)

Edison’s backer?

A wealthy mainland mystery woman is reportedly behind Edison Chen’s five new mainland stores. Edison denies the financial backing is other than with his own funds (Xinhua)

Carina Lau turned 44 years young Dec 8.

(Sina)

BTCHINA, VeryCD.com both down in move against piracy

US TV Note: Korean TV Dramas and Film Launch on MHz Worldview in January

The dramas, from YA Entertainment, include: The Grand Chef, I Love You, Someday, Alone In Love, and Freeze. Films include:Lover’s Concerto, My Beautiful Days, My Little Bride, Peppermint Candy, Singles and Turning Gate.

The programs, via MHz Worldview, will be available to nearly 27 million households across the country, in over half of the top-20 TV markets in the U.S. via broadcast and/or cable affiliates in: Chicago, IL- WYCC; Philadelphia, PA- MiND TV (WYBE); San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, PA- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; St. Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando, FL- WCEU; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN statewide; Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI- WGVU/WGVK; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- VegasPBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Moline (Quad Cities), IL- WQPT; Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Austin-Rochester, MN- KSMQ and Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ. As well as nationally via DirecTV and WorldTV satellite (G-19).

December 7, 2009

December 7, 2009

HK Magazine: Wong Jing

According to director Teddy Chan, he had shot four versions with each featuring a different actor playing Sun Yat-Sen. “Although it was really a hard decision to make, we eventually chose Zhang’s version for the completed film.” Slide show (Sina)

NYTimes: Martial Arts With a Digital Twist (Storm Warriors)

The brothers said they are keen to try new technologies to explore new ways of filmmaking. They have just finished shooting their first 3-D film, “Child’s Eye,” a supernatural horror movie that is set for release next summer.

Ekin Cheng, Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

Ekin Cheng

Tiffany Tang Yan

Edison Chen

Edison Chen opened a new store in Shanghai and drew large crowds. Pals including Sam Lee were there to support Edison. (Xinhua)

Stephen Fung at recent style award ceremony

(Sina)

Jordan Chan promotes upcoming Christmas tour and EP

(Sina)

Chrissie Chau lights up green LED Christmas lights

(Sina)

November 23, 2009

November 23, 2009

Jump Press Conference

Kitty Zhang Yuqi

Yao Wenxue

Leon Jay Williams

Director Stephen Fung

Yao Wenxue, Stephen Fung, Kitty Zhang, Leon Jay Williams

Producer Stephen Chow did not attend the press conference. The film is scheduled for a Dec. 3 release

(Sina)

Bodyguards and Assassins Nic Tse and Zhou Yun

Nic Tse and Zhou Yun play a couple

Zhou Yun

Nic Tse

Bodyguards and Assassins HD slide show (18) (Sina)

CRI: Andy Lau Turns into a Peking Opera Performer

THR: Screen empress Liu returns in ‘37′

Once the most celebrated actress in China, award-winning Chinese screen legend Liu Xiaoqing will return to film in Hong Kong director Dennis Chen’s drama “37,” in a role that rendered her unrecognizable,

Mike He, Alfred Cheung

Mike He and Alfred Cheung promote Love At Seventh Sight at Tuen Mun Town Plaza in Hong Kong. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng

Aaron and Ekin attend Storm Warriors MV and theme song release Sunday. More photos (Sina)

CRI: Director Gu Changwei Casts Eye on AIDS discrimination

Established director Gu Changwei ['Peacock'] started to shoot a documentary on reducing people’s discrimination toward HIV/AIDS.


November 2, 2009

November 2, 2009

Mulan opens November 27

Amazing Tales: Three Guns (Dec.10, earlier reported as Dec.11)

Ning Hao’s No Man Land/No Man’s Land (Dec.18)

Other release dates: The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers, Panda Express (Nov.20), Bodyguards and Assassins (Dec.18), Still unconfirmed: Treasure Hunter,14 Blades, Little Big Soldier, Confucius. (cri.cn)


Stephen Chow

Spotted outside a Hong Kong Jockey Club event, Stephen Chow said he will begin shooting a film next year. A noted bicycling enthusiast often seen riding about the city, reporters suggested a Shaolin Bicycle film would be appropriate. Asked if he was taking advantage of the real estate market to make big money, Chow was evasive. (Sina)


Ann Hui has not decided whether a kissing scene between Vivian Chow and Chan Wei-Ting will be necessary. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok

Josie Ho

Josie, Aaron, Director Roy Chow, Christine To (writer)

Murderer aka Crime and Punishment promotion in Guangzhou. The ending was changed and the violence toned down in order to play in the Mainland. Josie Ho hoped that her Dream Homes would be accepted for screening with edits from director Pang Ho-Cheung. (Sina) (Xinhua)


CCTV: Remake of the classic “Mulan”

Actress Zhao Wei said, “I have dressed like a man before, but it was all about being funny. This time, I have to actually perform like a man. I’m not sure if the audience will think I’m really manly in this film. Director Ma has been devoted in sculpting my part and Chen Kun’s role. So the movie is going to be very romantic.”

CCTV: Stephen Fung’s Jump

Hong Kong actor, singer, model, writer and film director Stephen Fung’s third directorial effort “Jump” will come out soon to be screened for the year-end season. Fung has recently embarked on an intensive promotional campaign around China in hopes that it will help his movie “Jump” over some fierce box office competition…

THR: ‘Stool Pigeon’ starts filming in HK

‘Beast Stalker’ team returns with police story


[T]he first-ever recipient of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress, is making a comeback with a new indie film called “At the End of Daybreak.”

‘Tuya’s Marriage’ director stands out at four-day market

Film production house now valued over $1.5 bil

September 18, 2009

September 18, 2009

New poster of The Warrior and the Wolf reveals Maggie Q (Sina.com)

The Warrior and the Wolf Debuts at Toronto Film Festival

FFWD: Short take

The Warrior and the Wolf (dir. Tian Zhuang Zhuang)A disclaimer on this one: mid-TIFF exhaustion was setting in, and I was drifting a bit, but I also know for a fact that I wasn’t the only one who thought this Chinese period piece was tough to follow. The attrition rate was far higher than any other movie I’ve seen at TIFF, and even interstitial title cards couldn’t spell out exactly what was going on. A great warrior (maybe) is reluctant to kill people in battle, leading to his army’s defeat (I think). He hides out in a desert for a bit, sleeping with a female outcast he meets, and after a really strange sandstorm, they both turn into wolves. For some reason. It’s well shot, but that’s about all I can really say for it.

Lin Chi-Ling (!)

Treasure Hunter poster was released yesterday. The Jay Chou, Lin Chi-Ling movie is set to be released in December. (Sina.com)

‘Treasure Hunter’ Gears up for Release

The official poster and the first trailer for “The Treasure Hunter”, starring Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling, were released Thursday.

Spy vs Spy

This autumn, “The Message” (”Feng Sheng”) will join the growing list of flicks about the shadowy lives of secret agents.

The Message stills

Danwei: What do stars having a meeting look like? On Founding of a Republic and Ye Daying’s Tian’anmen

Tian’anmen tries to face the behemoth of The Founding of a Republic

All-star Epic Presents a New Face for China

All-Star Movie Gives Nation’s History

Screen Daily: Founding Of A Republic has record-breaking opening day

The film was originally scheduled to open on Sept 17, but was pushed ahead to 2pm on Sept 16. Its nationwide gross reached $1.9m (RMB14m) up until midnight of Sep 16, which is the best half-day sales record in Chinese film history.

Hollywood Reporter

Jackie Chan, journalist

Telegraph: Epic film The Founding of a Republic marks 60 years of Chinese Communism

Screen Daily: Media Asia scores deals on Venice title Accident

Hollywood Reporter: Tian’s ‘Warrior’ to open HKAFF

Two-week event highlights Asian directors for HK audience

The latest work from upcoming directors, including Singaporean Ho Tzu-nyen’s “Here,” Indian Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s “The Man Beyond the Bridge,” Hong Kong director Risky Liu’s “Pastry” and Hong Kong film critic turned indie filmmaker Bono Lee’s “Beijing is Coming,” which is making its world premiere at the festival, will compete for this year’s New Talent Awards, which commend newcomers making their debut or sophomore efforts.

Yakkity Yek: Blood Ties a good start

Blood Ties features Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang in Singapore film

It has that under-lit urban mystery look, especially in scenes featuring cops in a tense station, which seem as though they could have come from Infernal Affairs or a Johnnie To expose into a seedy underbelly of some kind.

Time Out: Film about illegal Chinese immigrant claustrophobic, in a good way

In Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s film, “Take Out,” the audience follows an illegal Chinese immigrant, Ming Ding (Charles Jang). He has one day to pay back a debt or the debt doubles.

A kind of road movie to nowhere that literally goes around in circles and plays out in the course of a single day…

Taipei Times: 02′20″ review

With its sports theme and a physically challenged character in a pivotal role, this melodrama seems ready to capitalize on the Taipei Deaflympics and the Kaohsiung World Games. But it deserves no medal — if anything, the script should have been disqualified

They could be Heroes

Chinese ‘Hero’ for NBC’s Hit Drama: Report

NBC is currently approaching Hong Kong-based stars Daniel Wu, Allen Ting and Stephen Fung for the role, according to the report. Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung share an American upbringing.


Anna May Wong documentary featured at weekend film festival

The first annual festival, sponsored by the San Francisco Chinatown Merchants Association, will screen Elaine Mae Woo’s acclaimed 2007 documentary on Anna May Wong along with two highly regarded documentaries by Jeff Adachi, The Slanted Screen from 2006, and the recently released You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story.


Taipei Times: Pop Stop

March 11, 2009

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LA Examiner: Top 10 Foreign fight scenes

“Dragonball” Premieres in Tokyo
Heroic pairs in Dragonball: Evolution
A spunky cast brings to life cult manga characters in the comic book adventure Dragonball: Evolution

Beijing-based Dadi Century Film has confirmed that Chow Yun-fat will star in its upcoming biopic Confucius, in which he will portray the great Chinese philosopher and sage.
Dadi Media, the mother company of Dadi Century Films, is also investing in the $14m China-UK co-produced musical The Sacrifice Of Yang Guifei.

John Woo eyes film on Hard-Boiled game
Lion Rock Productions is in talks with Hong Kong director Stephen Fung

Jackie Chan starts shooting historical epic - Big Soldier, Small General

Shooting of Hua Mulan was shut down when local villagers disrupted the filming. According to the report, years ago in another film, a production company fell behind on paying the local villagers hired to participate. With this in mind, they were very unhappy and used all sorts of methods to interrupt filming. Public security officials had to be called in. This shutdown has cost hundreds of thousand of yuan and impacted the schedule of Chen Kun and Zhao Wei. Hu Jun and Jaycee Chan are scheduled to arrive shortly for their part of the filming.
http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-03-11/09352412239.shtml

In February, Sun Honglei was invited to join the cast of Jay Chou’s Ci Ling by director Chu Yen-ping. When Sun learned that Lin Chi-Ling was in the cast, he reportedly ridciculed her as, “the vase”, and declined. Both parties have denied this and Sun says his schedule for appearing in ‘Confucius’ was the reason for his declining.
http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-03-11/09102412222.shtml

The Asian Conundrum
Are all Asians female?

Reasons for Suicide of Actress Remain a Mystery
Depression Probably Not The Reason Behind Jang Ja Yun’s Death

Jackie Chan cheated of $600,000


Gillian Chung - more

With fans

Hong Kong press conference
Gillian Chung restarts, grateful to Charlene Choi
Gillian Chung’s secret romance
Her Twins singing partner, Charlene Choi, had warned her that he was a bad guy but she did not listen, she said
Joey Yung’s point of view
“It’s beneath me to have anything to do with him. I have never been a fan of his.”

Press conference excerpt, subtitled (SCMP)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1B0hABqMd4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c12GGjmr67w&feature=related (Part 1, skip to 6:00 for Gillian’s appearance)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJrLa_qlRLU&feature=related (Part 2, more product flogging)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLWFX6z3WBw&feature=related (Part 3, press conference)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrXn0HVBRTg&feature=related (Part 4, press conference ends with Mani Fok taking Gillian off stage)

Undisclosed Pics of Twins (update in English)

Hong Kong’s Celestial strikes Canadian licensing deal

Michael Tse sentenced to 6 weeks jailtime for drunk driving

At age 19, Jennifer Tse smoked marijuana without parents knowing,

K-Pop Fan-turned YouTube Star Visits Korea

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