HKMDB Daily News

November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Emperor backs Lo mystery starring Nicholas Tse

Emperor Motion Pictures from Hong Kong and China’s Le Vision Pictures are to co-produce the next film by acclaimed Hong Kong director Lo Chi-leung.

The $12 million film is an untitled murder-mystery produced by veteran producer-director Derek Yee.

THR:Hong Kong Star Nicholas Tse Boards Period Pic

FBA: 11 Flowers review

Involving snapshot of childhood set near the end of the Cultural Revolution.

FBA: Well Go acquires Seediq Bale

CRI: ’Flying Guillotines’ Team Meets the Media

Besides the previously announced actors Huang Xiaoming and Ethan Ruan, the director also presented Shawn Yue, Jing Boran, Zhou Yiwei, Pu Bajia and Li Yuchun.

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CF: ”The Sword Identity” Premieres on the Mainland

The film “The Sword Identity” tells the legendary story of a sabre coming out from a military camp, wanders from place to place, making ripples on the world of martial arts, before finally being recognized by orthodox denomination of martial arts .

The Patrick Leung-Corey Yuen martial arts-action film “Great Wudang” held a press conference in Hubei yesterday. The cast includes Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk), Louis Fan, Yang Mi and Dennis To (To Yuhang) and Xu Jiao. A summer 2012 release is planned.

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Dennis To

Louis Fan

Vincent Zhao, Yang Mi

Yang Mi

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Korean editon of poster for “West Wind” - from Charlie Young’s weibo

Gigi Leung in Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”

Producer Raymond Wong sees Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu) as a younger version of Charlie Young and hopes that she will develop into the next AngelaBaby.

Karena Ng - Magic to Win

Vincent Kok and Paw Hee-Ching guest in Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win”

Paw Hee-Ching

Vincent Kok - volleyball coach

“Magic to Win” cast includes Loletta Lee and Yip Sai-Wing

Loretta Lee (Lee Lai-Chun ) and Yip Sai-Wing appear as husband and wife

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As 2011 draws to a close, celebrities have made this the year of the showbiz wedding.

In terms of sumptuousness, [Coco] Lee and Rockowitz’s nuptials lead the field, with two days of celebrations that reportedly cost NT$600 million [US$19M]. The wedding was rated by the press as the most expensive to be held in Hong Kong.

Entertainment was provided by Grammy-winning musicians Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo, while the Shaw Brothers Film Studio, which, according to the Liberty Times, is normally not allowed to be rented out for private use, was turned into a playground for the rich and powerful.

MSN: Cammi Xie speaks up on romance with Edison Chen

The model’s relationship with singer Edison Chen was exposed after photos of the pair were leaked online

“I didn’t have sex with him! I’m only 16,” Cammi shouted.

CNA: Edison Chen admits to dating 16-year-old schoolgirl amidst new scandal

Even if the pair did have relations, Chen is in the clear as the legal age of sexual consent in Hong Kong is 16.

The 31-year-old actor said he only started seeing Tse after he broke up with girlfriend Vincy Yeung, whom he had dated since Yeung was 17.

In response to questions about whether there were even more salacious photos in her phone, Tse said, “No, the sexiest ones have already surfaced.”

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop

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Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.

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And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

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