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February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011

Director of new China’s first film with kissing scene dies at 90

Huang Zumo, director of the classic Chinese movie, Romance on Lushan Mountain, died Saturday night in Shanghai.

1981 - Huang Zumo, Zhang Yu, screenwriter Bi Bicheng (Xinhua)

A Woman, A Gun, and A Noodle Shop - Coen remake released on DVD

On Blu, the visuals and soundscapes are stunning. On DVD, they are good. Both formats share an exhaustive documentary that, at 119 minutes, runs 29 minutes longer than the brisk feature. You see Yimou’s exacting filmmaking techniques. His bravado is even more impressive because you see he was in pre-production while concurrently planning the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

CRI: Theme Song MV of ‘Buddha Mountain’ Released

Chen Bo-Lin, Li Yu, Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing, Fei Long

Mavis Fan, Fan Bingbing

(Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-gallery)

CRI: New Director Debuts with Two Films

Journalist-turned filmmaker Yan Ran will make his directorial debut with “Sweet Journey” and “Together”

ScreenDaily: Stool Pigeon review 2

A tasty Hong Kong cops and robbers movie marred by a cliched plot and over-melodramatic backstory

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster, opening Mar.17

Ning Hao in guest appearance (Sina)2

Ning Hao’s aptly-named and ill-fated No Man’s Land has seen its release delayed again. Rescheduled for a tentative April release, the film was once again postponed. The film began shooting in May 2009 and originally slated for a December 2009 release. After criticisms from the film review board for having no good characters and too many bad guys, the film has struggled to find approval for its release. Meanwhile, Ning Hao has begun work on a new film for 2011 audiences. (Sina)2

Poster for the thriller Fatal Invitations (Deadly Invitations) based on a best-selling Japanese novel

The film stars Cheung Tat-Ming and opens Mar.4 (Sina)

Poster for Lock Destination, formerly J-10’s Sortie

Huang Yi

Huang Yi costars in the film, a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the mainland’s Air Force (Sina) [3.2.2010]

Dragon Pearl poster

Dragon Pearl is a Chinese-Australian co-production and will be released on Mar. 11

Jordan Chan costars in the archeological action film. Mario Adreacchio directs Sam Neill and Heidi Wang Ji in the leads.  (Sina)(Xinhua)

Cherie Chung appearing in Beijing for jewellry brand Chaumet (Feb.19) (Xinhua)

MSN: Selina Jen’s wedding put on hold indefinitely

MSN; Kristen Jen rumoured to replace Selina Jen in drama

MSN: Kevin Tsai to host Barbie Hsu’s wedding

MSN: Patty Hou confirms April wedding

Italian seeks kung-fu stardom in Shanghai (AFP)

“Shangdown: The Way of the Spur” is an independent kung-fu spaghetti western, and the cowboy is Christian Bachini, a 25-year-old Italian actor who came to Shanghai to become an action star.

February 19, 2011

Stool Pigeon (Screen Daily review)

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The Stool Pigeon
19 February, 2011
By Lee Marshall
Dir: Dante Lam. Hong Kong. 2010. 113mins

A tasty Hong Kong cops and robbers movie marred by a cliched plot and over-melodramatic backstory, The Stool Pigeon reunites Dante Lam with leads Nick Cheung and Nicholas Tse two years on from The Beast Stalker. While it lacks that film’s tightly-wound story and dark mood, The Stool Pigeon has all the visual panache that we’ve come to expect from Lam, plus some enjoyable fight and chase sequences, and a screen-hogging performance by Kwai Lun-Mei (Secret, Parking) as a gangster’s moll who takes revenge on her uncaring criminal lover.

The film played in Berlin’s Forum sidebar after its Chinese and Hong Kong release last August, when it performed fairly strongly. But with the European and US appetite even for Johnnie To’s auterish variety of Cantonese noir tailing off in recent years, it’s difficult to see this more traditional crime caper doing much theatrical business outside of Asia, except perhaps in late-night and speciality shots. Auxiliary results should be more robus.

Cheung plays Don Lee, an intense and serious inspector with the serious crimes bureau of the Hong Kong police. A pre-credit prologue raises the jeopardy factor of what will follow by showing a police informer who reports to Don being stabbed and beaten to a pulp by a boss whose drug deal he helped to rumble. A year on, the informer has lost his marbles and become a vagrant who (in one of the film’s more mushy episodes) is visited and fed by the contrite Don.

This doesn’t stop Don from courting recently released convict Ghost Junior (Tse), a shaven-headed illegal road racer, to become his new stool pigeon. Don knows that Ghost needs the police’s blood money to pay back a debt to a gang that is prostituting his sister; he plans to use him to break up a jewellery-heist ring led by criminal mastermind Barbarian (Lu Yi) and Tai-ping (Keung), a local boss whose driver Ghost has become.

Barbarian’s tough and independent-minded pregnant girlfriend Dee (Lun-Mei) is increasingly at odds with her man, who tells her dismissively to get an abortion, and she ends up spending more and more time with Ghost. Inevitably, passion sparks. Don, for his part, has his own more sentimental women problems, which are laid on with a thick trowel of sentiment. Years before he had an affair which led his wife (Miao Pu) to attempt suicide. Now she works as a dance teacher with that lazy scriptwriter’s favourite affliction, amnesia. Don has enrolled as a student in her class just to be close to her, but he’s too ashamed of his past behavour to reveal himself.

Moodily lit, with extensive use of colour filters for nighttime atmosphere, the film has real noir attitude – something reinforced by the urban jazz soundtrack. And with two snappily-edited car chases, two footchases, a road-racing scene and a visceral final showdown in an abandoned school, all shot with sweaty immediacy, there’s plenty to please action fans.

Lam is at his most Tarantino-esque in one streets-of-the-city car chase which is played out entirely to the strains of White Christmas, and there’s real chemistry between Tse and Lun-Mei in the film’s gritty central romance. If only the script had kept its tear-jerking tendencies in check, and come up with some more original twists and turns.

Production companies: Visual Capture, Emperor Classic Film, Huayi Brothers Media, Sil-Metropole Organization

International sales: Emperor Motion Pictures, www.emp.hk

Producers: Albert Lee, Wang Zhonglei, Cheung Hong-tat

Executive producers: Albert Yeung, Wang Zhongjun, Song Dai

Screenplay: Jack Ng

Cinematography: Kenny Tse

Production design: Peter Wong

Editor: Chan Ki-hop, Matthew Hui

Music: Henry Lai

Main cast: Nicholas Tse, Nick Cheung, Kwai Lun-Mei, Miao Pu, Lu Yi, Liu Kai Chi, Philip Keung
ScreenDaily

February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011

Variety: Stool Pigeon review

Compelling Hong Kong police meller offers a judicious blend of gritty morality and frisky action.

Variety: Sacrfice review

An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge, and a welcome return to form for Chen Kaige.

THR: Battle Royale 3D: Berlin Review

3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.

Variety: Taiwan movie biz rides high

Commercial focus has production, grosses on upswing

CRI: Johnnie To’s New Film to Hit Screens on Mar. 31 (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

The film has passed the review at the film bureau without any changes being made.

Valentine’s Day edition of poster with stills

Johnnie To directs kissing scene

Sparks fly between Gao Yuanyuan and Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Together’ Seeks to Diminish Discrimination against AIDS Sufferers

Film director Zhao Liang and producer Gu Changwei attended a press conference to discuss the film on February 12 in Beijing.

Gu Changwei

Zhao Liang, Gu Changwei (Sina)

THR: TF1 Taking ‘Wu Xia’ to France (Berlin)

TF1 has taken French rights to Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s new action film Wu Xia from We Pictures.

The film, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro andTang Wei also features a cameo by One-Armed Swordsman star Jimmy Wang Yu, his first on-screen appearance in 18 years. Wu Xia is currently in post and is set for release this summer.

FBA: Wu Xia adds French sale

Wu Xia is set for delivery by late spring and is slated for wide release in summer 2011.

ScreenDaily: Buyers hopping for hot Chinese animation Rabbit

Tianjin Film Studio off to a roaring start with Legend Of A Rabbit.

To keep a promise to a dying Kung Fu master on the run, a humble farmhouse Rabbit must step out of the kitchen, and take on ancient Beijing’s baddest Panda in order to save the fate of China’s Kung Fu Academy forever.

Stills from The Lost Bladesman

“Film is the realest fantasy world. It is fiction, but it is the most realistic. The me in the film is fictional, but the work of acting makes me realistic. Typically, people do not think deeply about themselves, so they do not really know what they should do or who they are. It is different for an actor. You think about the role, and you develop reality.”

Tang Wei, Hyun Bin attend the premiere of Late Autumn in Seoul (Sina)

First concept drawings of The Sorceror and The White Snake released to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

(Sina-more) (Xinhua)

Aarif Lee, Eric Tsang

Bosco Wong, Koni Lui

Eric Tsang and the cast of I Love Hong Kong promoted the film in Guangzhou and celebrated topping rival film All’s Well Ends Well 2011 at the box office. (Sina)

Li Bingbing: “Shameless narcissism on the beach to celebrate the New Year”

Kitaro and Jane Zhang attending the Grammy Awards

Kitaro was nominated for Best New Age Album but did not win.

Pink Stretch Hummer arrival (Sina)2

GlobalTimes: The missing pieces of the broken mirror of celebrity marriage

On the Yao Chen-Ling Xiaosu divorce, double, double, toil and trouble.

MSN: Andy Lau coaxes wife with mushy gestures

The Hong Kong actor revealed how he shares Valentine’s Day with his wife

MSN: Royston Tan hopes to release a new movie at the end of the year

MSN; Selina Jen sleeps with help of sleeping pills

September 23, 2010

September 23, 2010

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Variety: Late Autumn2

Suspended between the leisurely and the lethargic, slow-burn romance “Late Autumn” revolves around an unlikely crossing of paths between a female convict on temporary leave and a frivolous young gigolo.

CRI: Tang Wei, Hyun Bin Meet in ‘Late Autumn’

FBA: The Stool Pigeon (線人) (8/10)

The main cast of Dante Lam’s Beast Stalker reunites in a tense, more character-driven crime thriller.

CRI: Zhou Xun Displays Bizarre Habit in New Thriller

The “Perhaps Love” starlet leads a thriller short entitled “Legend of Four Nights: The Nail Trimmer’ which is currently shooting on location in Beijing,

Lawrence Chou, Zhou Xun

Derek Tsang, Lawrence Chou, Jimmy Wan Chi-Man

(Sina-slide show)

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster (Sina)

Tats Lau, Liu Kai-Chi - Shanghai Bund

Liu Kai-Chi broke his wrist while filming Shanghai Bund (tentative title) in Central. Liu fell down some stairs and landed awkwardly while shooting a fight scene. He is currently recovering at home. (Sina)(Xinhua)

CRI: Fan Bingbing to Star in Korean War Epic ‘My Way’

The film will tell a story of a Korean solider who was recruited by the Japanese army to fight for the Germans during World War II. Fan stars as a Chinese woman who falls in love with the Korean solider after meeting him in China.

“Pregnancy is really too time-consuming. You have a big belly and after delivering the child [you] have to regain your figure. It takes about two years.

September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010

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New Wind Blast poster released (Sina)

Stool Pigeon review - 4/5 by Winnie Yeung

Reign of Assassins - Barbie Hsu, Wang Xueqi, Michelle Yeoh

Kelly Lin

Barbie Hsu

Reign of Assassins was previewed for critics in Beijing today. John Woo’s daughter, Angeles, plays a female killer and even gets a few close-ups. (Sina)

Promotional stills for Adventure Island

A ruthless female killer recalls Kill Bill (Sina)

Vivian Hsu, Wang Bo-Chieh

Juliet starring Vivian Hsu will be the opening film of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November. Vivian plays a physically handicapped woman in the film. (HunanTV)

Who wore what on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet including a nice comparison of the runway version to the red carpet version.

Andy Lau celebrates birthday early in Venice (Sina-slide show)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen appearing for a children’s shoe brand (Sina-slide show)

Zhang Ziyi - Got Milk?

Dropped by international brands like Armani in the wake of ‘donation-gate’, Zhang Ziyi recently appeared in a  TV advert for a national milk brand. (Xinhua)

F4’s Jerry Yan is said to be interested in being cast in Zhang Ziyi’s upcoming Mulan. He’s brushing up his English in hopes of landing a role.

(Sina)

Karena Lam is rumored to be due to deliver a baby in November. The father is said to be MV director Yuen Kim-Wai who is married. Her former company Filmko denied the allegations and threatened legal actions. Derek Tsang tried but failed to contact Karena hoping to have her help promote his film Lover’s Discourse at the Pusan Film Festival. The film features Karena and Eason Chan. (Sina)2

Plans for Cecilia Cheung to comeback in a Derek Yee collaboration has dissolved according to reports. She had a choice of two scripts to review from the director. No explanations other than the usual ’schedule confilicts’ and a failure to reach an agreement between the two sides. Cecilia’s manager confirmed the news. (Sina)2

SG: Michelle Reis shows off baby bump

August 23, 2010

August 23, 2010

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Global Times: The branding wars: Zhang Ziyi’s latest self-reinvention falls flat

The solution is really not that complicated. All she had to do to survive the scandals was to admit to the fraud and then blame it on her team, but she held on to her pride and refused to apologize. She denied the fraud and made excuses, which finally evoked public rage and large-scale media criticism.

Zhang made the right choice by keeping a low profile for some time, enough for the scandals to dissipate and Zhang and her team to create a new public image…

CRI: Call For Control on Smoking in Chinese TV and Movies

The Chinese Association of Tobacco Control (CATC) is calling on The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) to exert tougher controls over TV and movie scenes showing people smoking.The Chinese Association of Tobacco Control (CATC) is calling on The State Administration of Radio Film and Television (SARFT) to exert tougher controls over TV and movie scenes showing people smoking. (Xinhua)

FBA: Kung Fu Hip-Hop 2 (精舞門2) (4/10)

Weak follow-up to the 2008 original, with plenty of dancing but not much else.

The Stool Pigeon: Excellent male leads carry the show

The storyline is gritty and engaging but is completely eclipsed by the excellent acting of its two male leads.

Chen Kun and Dong Jie have joined the cast of The Founding of a Party. Chen Kun will play Zhou Enlai while Dong Jie will play Soong Ching-Ling. (Xinhua)(Sina)

CRI: Gordon Chan Casts Foxy Lady in Latest Movie

The new film, “Wall Paintings” (”Hua Bi”), has two young men seeking shelter from the rain in a dilapidated temple and being attracted there to two beautiful women who turn out to be a fox and a snake in human form.

Actress Yan Ni, the heroine of Zhang Yimou’s “A Simple Noodle Story”, stars as the fox. Other cast members are yet to be announced.

Takeshi Kaneshiro

Tang Wei

Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei were spotted leaving a hotel restaurant where the cast of Peter Chan’s Wu Xia were dining in Tengchong, Yunnan Province. Earlier this month, Peter Chan had denied rumors Tang Wei was cast to play Takeshi Kaneshiro’s wife and no such role existed. When contacted, Peter Chan issued a statement that the standard practice of the industry is to not acknowledge cast lineups until contracts have been signed.  (Xinhua)(Sina)

Tang Wei’s arrival at airport in Tengchong. (Sina-gallery)

Pang Brothers Perfect Fairy Tale shoot in Hong Kong mall attracts onlookers

Wang Baoqiang, Lau Ching-Wan

Oxide(?) Pang, Wang Baoqiang

Wang Baoqiang, Oxide Pang, Lau Ching-Wang, Joey Meng Yee-Man (Xinhua)

Dante Lam’s Stool Pigeon

Nick Cheung

Nicholas Tse

Liu Kai-Chi (Sina)

Yu Nan - I kill men for fun in Wind Blast

Film opens Oct.28

(Sina)(21cn)

Zhang Jiarui’s (Red River) thriller Lost City (previously Distant Thunder/Secrets of the Past) has been pushed back to an October release. Originally set for a Aug. 20 release, the schedule was adjusted to avoid facing The Expendables with Sylvester Stallone and Jet Li and also fit into the Halloween season.

Ge Siran (Sina)2

Karen Mok - Taipei

Karen Mok denied allegations that her single Precious/Baby was plagiarised from ’80s Captain and Tennille song, Do That To Me One More Time. (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung, Charlene Choi

Charlene, Ceci, Nicholas Tse

Charlene Choi posted photos of her dinner visit at Ceci and Nicholas Tse’s home. (Aug.21) (Sina)

Global Times: Believing in Jane, Zhang begins tour

Jackie Chan wants kung fu as Olympic sport

Taiwanese singer claims sex trade in Korea’s show business

Global Times: Hello kitty themed children’s hospital (slide show)

August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

THR: ’Chan’ looks to reshape view of Asian character (Charlie Chan)

Iconic film detective, cop he was based on covered in dual bio

THR: Youku debuts original online film series

“The Boxer’s Secret,” an original Chinese online movie, on Friday kicked off a new Chevrolet- and China Film Group-sponsored series on Youku, one of the leading online video sites in the country with more web surfers than any other, now numbering 420 million.

Called Youku Originals’ “11 Degrees” New Media Film Project, the series has sponsored 10 “young” directors in their creation of 10 short narrative features showcasing Chevrolet’s four-door Cruze sedan, a model the U.S. car maker hopes will appeal to China’s fast-growing car market.

Jung Woo-Sung

CRI: New Posters from John Woo’s “Reign of Assassins”

CRI: Publicity Launches for John Woo’s Latest Film, “Reign of Assassins”

Li Bingbing

CRI: Latest Stills of ‘Detective Dee’

CRI: Dwight Howard Has ‘Amazing’ Acting in Shanghai

Chinese acting stars, including Huang Xiaoming and Huang Yi, take the lead roles in the film about a group of basketball fanatics challenging themselves with the sport.

CRI: The Eyes Have It for New Thriller ‘The Man’

A poster showing the mystic theme of the suspense film “The Man Behind the Courtyard House”.

The film tells of a man who, after spending ten years behind bars, begins a new life before returning to his criminal ways.

Director John Woo’s latest film “Flying Tigers,” set to start shooting this fall, will be released in IMAX format.

First stills of Gu Changwei’s Life is a Miracle featuring Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok

(Sina)

First stills from Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s The Lost Bladesman now in post-production.

(Sina)

Posters for Korean version of A Better Tomorrow

Flocks of tourists gathered around 110 red Chinese Kung Fu sculptures of Bruce Lee on display at the World Expo on Aug. 17.

CRI: Actress Shu Qi Featured in Fashion Photos

Nick Cheung shoots his first ever beauty, uh - skin care, advert (Xinhua)

Chingmy Yau - 6 months pregnant

Veronica Yip and Chingmy Yau caught up with old time before Veronica left Hong Kong.

Veronica Yip

(Xinhua)(Sina)2

Andy Hui and Cecilia Cheung secret romance during shooting of Sex and the Beauties in 2004? (Xinhua)

Maggie Q - Maggie Q’s Racy Nikita Billboards Upset Mall Bosses(Xinhua)

Variety: CW’s ‘Nikita’ ads too sexy?

SG: Gong Li speaks up (on rumours)

SG: Sandra Ng expecting her second child

Richard Ng: Grumpy old man

August 19, 2010

August 19, 2010

Concept poster for The Man Behind The Courtyard House starring Simon Yam and Zhang Jingchu

(formerly Watchman/Watchmen here)

Thrillers fans are enjoying a wave of new films with the recent releases of Illusion Apartment, Curse of the Deserted, and the upcoming Midnight Pulse and The Island. (Sina)2

NPR: Giving ‘Charlie Chan’ A Second Chance

China: no film ratings, restated censors role (THR)

SARFT vice minister sees more cinemas, cheaper tickets

CRI: It’s Not Time for Film Rating System

THR: Thomas Mao

Bottom line: A fresh and delightful crossover between art and life, documentary and fiction, dream and reality.

Writer-director Felix Chong’s light satire on gangster dramas is hit-and-miss.

The upcoming Hong Kong cops and gangsters film “The Stool Pigeon” was screened for the press in Beijing recently, and proved the film had passed the Mainland examiners and would be presented in its original form without any cuts.

Reboot of John Woo classic focuses on drama

When the Korean remake of John Woo’s seminal, genre-defining shoot’em up, “A Better Tomorrow” rolls out in multiplexes all over Korea during next month’s Chuseok holiday, don’t expect a faithful update.

Michelle Ye (and Aaron Kwok) won 3rd place prize

front: Chin Kar-Lok, Ng Ka-Lok, Michelle Ye, Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng

Chin Kar-Lok placed second to winner Ng Ka-Lok in Jet Li’s One Foundation Celebrity Charity Cup race in Shanghai.

Jet Li and volunteer Lin Peng

Lin Peng

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

While Vicki is willing to give the marriage time, she is said to be taking on jobs to ensure that she has a steady income in the event of a divorce and she needs to fight for custody of her daughter.

She even met up with a famous Chinese scriptwriter to discuss plans for her movie, which will be her first self-directed feature.

Karena Lam (Sina)

HK actress Karena Lam goes back to school

Karena Lam’s management company has released an official statement on Wednesday, clarifying that the 32-year-old had not completely left the industry but has gone back to school, reported Chinese media.

SG: Irene Wan shows her motherly side

After 10 years of marriage, former sex-bomb Irene Wan has given up on trying to conceive and decided to adopt instead.

CRI: Chinese Women’s National Volleyball Team Triggers Debate in Hong Kong

August 11, 2010

August 11, 2010

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Na Na’s War of the Roses/Nana’s Love War poster

New Stool Pigeon posters released

Stool Pigeon (Sina)

Simon Yam - Midnight Heartbeat/Midnight Pulse

Simon Yam says the film is not for children. According to reports, there are horror scenes every five minutes and young children should be accompanied by parents, and the elderly and those with poor endurance are to be watched. (!) But for fans of horror films it will be a visual feast. (Sina)

Chen Kun and Zhou Xun have been confirmed as returning for Painted Skin 2. Chun Kuo-Fu (The Message) will produce, the director may be Ning Hao. Confusingly, Gordon Chan is working on a similar ghost story project, Wall Painting. Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei are not returning for the sequel, Betty Sun Li has opted to appear in Gordon Chan’s Wall Painting. (Sina)2(Xinhua)

Recruitment poster for China Great Star Action Star Training in Shanghai

Prospective students were surprised to see Jackie Chan performing Wing Chun in a recruitment video. Successful students will have the opportunity to perform in two films, two television series and theatre internships. (Sina)

Karen Mok’s Taipei press conference for the release of her single ‘Baby’.

Karen Mok

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

Daniel Wu, Lisa S.

The Las Vegas wedding cake for Daniel Wu and Lisa S. was a replica of their South African wedding hut. Lisa’s father is Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace Hotel President. (Xinhua)

SG: Andy Hui preparing to go public with Sammi Cheng?

Latest reports claim that Sammi gave Andy an Apple iPad as a token of love and the two of them have been communicating using the iPad since.

HKStandard: Fiddling case ‘fizzling out’

TVB executives case faltering?

Two of five people arrested in March on corruption charges involving a top executive at broadcaster TVB were yesterday released unconditionally.

August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010

Xinhua: Quake film triggers calls for shake-up of film approval system

The latest domestic blockbuster, “Aftershock,” set during the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that left more than 240,000 people dead, has stirred up a debate among parents whose children were scared — not moved — to tears during the movie.

Study: Asians rely on mobile video (THR)

Americans watch twice as much TV as Asian counterparts

Danwei: Southern Weekly in conversation with Chen Daoming

Chen Daoming is one of the most venerated actors in China, working in TV and film since the ‘80s. His roles include Fang Hung-chien in the 1990 TV adaptation of Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu . Lately though, his more commercial roles include the emperor in Zhang Yimou’s Hero and the retired People’s Liberation Army officer in Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock.

Charlene Choi and Raymond Lam in stills from The Jade and The Pearl

(Xinhua)

The Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai Single Men and Women crew held a wrap ceremony and invited the media. Louis Koo is still busy shooting Chinese Ghost Story in Shanghai and complained of the heat there filming in heavy costumes. He said filming Single Men was much easier as it was indoors with air-conditioning.

Johnnie To, Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan, Wai Ka-Fai

Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan

Gao Yuanyuan

Johnnie To (Xinhua)(Sina)

Miao Pu and Nick Cheung dancing in Stool Pigeon.

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei)

Guei Lun-Mei took on new challenge in her first action role

The Dante Lam film opens August 26. (Sina)2

Vivian Chow and Sandra Ng met with the press to talk about All About Love

(Sina)

Poster for ‘Hot Honey’, a comedy about the ‘hidden rules’ of the workplace. (Sina)

Stephen Shiu’s 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy will beginning filming this month.

Aug.4 press conference photos

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu

SUO Yukiko

Hayama Hiro (Hayama Go)

HARO Saori

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan

The producers, Shiu Ding-Yat (Stephen Shiu, Jr), Stephen Shiu

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu Chen Chau-Ping, Hayama Hiro, Lan Yu (Sina)2

Michelle Reis appeared at the restaurant opening of former suitor Joseph Lau.

The real estate tycoon is known as The One, the pseudonym he used to publish full page birthday greetings to Michelle and even going so far as renaming one of his buildings The One.

(Xinhua)

Tony Leung and Chen Daoming chat at a new car unveiling in Shanghai

Dapper Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina)

Cherrie Ying Choi-Yi Esquire

(Sina)

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