HKMDB Daily News

December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Karen Mok Is Keanu Reeves’ Tai Chi Girl(FBA)

The movie is expected to start shooting in February in Beijing.

CRI: Tony Leung Plays Blind ‘Windseeker’

Tony Leung plays a blind man who uses his unusually good hearing to complete a mission. The film is slated for release in the summer of 2012

CRI: Movie Ticket Price May be Too High: Survey

“Many excellent home-grown Chinese movies are coming out these days. But since the ticket prices are too high, no one will pay 60 yuan for a small-budget film. So those films are often box-office disasters. It’s a lose-lose situation for everyone.”

CF: “Dear Enemy” Premieres in Beijing

Most Spring Festival movies tend to be sentimental, but “Dear Enemy” takes the route of fashion and romance, giving it a lot of entertainment punch for the Chinese New Year holiday.

Xu Jinglei: From art house to box office

Despite centering on workplace romance like Go Lala Go!, Xu says Dear Enemy is her first entertainment-oriented directorial work tinged with suspense and aiming to excite audiences at every twist and turn.

CF: New Posters out for “The Great Magician”

MSN: Jordan Chan harassed by phone pranksters

When fans learnt that the actor received threatening text and calls from unknown pranksters, they took it upon themselves to investigate and inform the police

MSN: Newly pregnant Miriam Yeung splurges on million-dollar bungalow

MSN: Is Anita Yuen pregnant?

MSN: Lisa S plans to have babies “in the next 2 years”

Lisa Selesner is no trophy wife. Although married to Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu for more than a year, she is not resting on her husband’s laurels.

MSN: Karen Mok’s exes absent at wedding reception

MSN: Nicholas Tse makes appearance at Jay Chou’s concert

Fans initially thought they had seen the wrong person, only to go wild when Jay appeared with a keyboard, sharing a duet with Nicholas.

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan’s father spotted at Jay Chou’s concert

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.

March 22, 2011

March 22, 2011

FBA: Celestial unveils My Kingdom

A tale of fame, love and revenge, the film is the story of two orphans adopted into an opera troupe at the end of the 19th century. They are trained in Peking Opera and martial arts and become sensations in Shanghai.

FBA: To and Wai again Romancing with Media Asia

The film is shooting in Shangri-la in China’s Yunnan province and stars Louis Koo as a superstar dumped by his girlfriend, played by Gao Yuanyuan. He flies off to Shangri-la to seek peace, but falls in love with another character played by Sammi Cheng).

FBA: Mei Ah gives Palace royal treatment

The film, a co-production between Mei Ah, Hunan etv Culture Media and Huanrui Century Film is based on the hit 2010 television series of the same name, and revolves around a time-travelling female scientist during the Qing dynasty.

Separately, Mei Ah also launched Mysterious Island starring Hong Kong stalwart Jordan Chan

FBA: Boonmee claims AFA crown

FBA: Mayday film plays in a third dimension

Production is underway on Mayday 3DNA, a 3-D film starring popular alternative rock band Mayday

THR: China’s Top Rocker Cui Jian Set to Get 3D Concert Film

Producer of “U2 3D” to bring Chinese rocker’s symphonic show to life.

Tentatively titled Stereo Symphony On the New Long March, the roughly 75-minute film will feature footage shot around two New Year’s 2010 concerts Cui gave in December at Beijing’s outdoor Workers’ Stadium cut together with interviews with the rock legend and his fans.

THR: Raymond Wong Takes on Chinese History in ‘Saving General Young’ (Yang Family Generals)

Yet comedy will come before tragedy for Pegasus, as Wong reawakens his Happy Ghost franchise of the 1980s CinemaCity heyday for the Chinese audience, now renamed Magic to Win. Wong’s Ip Man director Wilson Yip is at the helm, and Edmond Wong again on the screenplay. In fact, the whole crew from Ip Man will return for this CGI-heavy US$10 million update, with Wong reprising the role of the motivational high school teacher, this time possessing not supernatural powers nor a Chinese vampire-style past life but magic instead.

A little less sex was just what the censor ordered for Singapore.

Three minutes of footage depicting group sex has been left on the cutting floor for the South Korean edition.

The Hong Kong theatrical version of the period sex romp is set and approved for release on April 14 at 118 minutes, but a full 129-minute director’s cut has been made.

Tai Chi was originally slated as a martial arts drama tracing the life story of 19th century tai chi master Yang Lu-chan, with Jet Li confirmed as the lead and Stephen Fung at the helm.

But the colorful life of the founder of the Yang school of tai chi proved too eventful for the producers, who decided to spread the biography into a three-part series. Part one will detail the master’s young life from age 17 through 25, with an as yet-unconfirmed young Chinese actor in the lead. Li will take part in the second installment, and an older actor will portray the martial artist’s later years in the third.

Also in the pipeline for the boutique label is another remake of the John Woo classic, A Better Tomorrow, of which both Fung and Wu have been dedicated fans.

CRI:  Stars Return to ‘Painted Skin 2

This time, Wuershan, director of the film “Dao Jian Xiao”, or “The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman”, has taken over the directorial reins from Gordon Chan with Chen Kuo-fu as executive producer.

The new project is said to be an updated version of her highly-acclaimed film, “Go Lala Go!” about romance and survival in the office, which she directed and acted in last year. The new flick is likely to be the last project which would feature her acting and directing in tandem.

The Bottom Line

Frequently charming, diverse collection of shorts that speaks to the city like few films have in recent years

Marking the screen return of 1980s movie actress Pat Ha (An Amorous Woman Of Tang Dynasty, My Name Ain’t Suzie), this directorial effort by Calvin Poon - a Cantopop lyricist, football commentator, screenwriter and one-time film director (1986’s Kiss Me Goodbye) - starts out as a character drama centred around three unhappily married middle-aged Hong Kong women, but gradually turns into full-on B-movie mode.

The Bottom Line

Nostalgic, feel-good stories set in an amusement park is only periodically amusing.

“It’s a Great, Great World” dramatizes a few individuals who made a living in a Singaporean amusement park with 40 years’ history.

Hsu’s narrative structure is symptomatic of many new generation Taiwan filmmakers whose feature length ventures are thinly disguised amalgams of shorts. Its lack of one strong lead story will weaken its impression on buyers and audiences alike, limiting commercial prospects to short spells of semi-arthouse release domestically.

NPR: ‘Til Death Do Us Part’ Tackles AIDS In Rural China (Life is a Miracle)

Director Gu Changwei is praising the all-star cast he assembled in his first film in four years, a drama exploring how AIDS impacts a rural Chinese village.

HKIFF Press Conference photos

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi

Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Ziyi, Jiang Wenli, Gu Changwei

Zhang Ziyi (Sina-slide show)2

White Vengeance (lit. Banquet at Hongmen)

Directed by Daniel Lee, the poster features the seven main characters. (Sina)

Liu Kai-Chi is back for Detective 2 (lit. B+ Detective)

(Sina)

Andrew Lau

Andrew Lau confirmed that Beautiful Life received a name change to “No Longer Leave You Alone” at FilMart today. The title now matches the theme song of the same name. Shu Qi demonstrated her calligraphy skills and wrote the new title by brush in Lau’s studio.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

MSN: Raymond Lam sheds light on relationship with model

According to Raymond, Shuang Shuang likes to take sexy photos. He added, “[I] told her to not take so much [sexy photos] initially. No one likes to have his own girlfriend expose herself.”MSN: Andy Hui hopes for a future with Sammi Cheng

The Hong Kong singer tells how the pair reconciledMSN: Barbie Hsu’s father to give her away at wedding

CRI: Stars Leave for Barbie Hsu’s Wedding

CRI: A Wedding in the Limelight

(Sina-slide show)

February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011

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CRI: Jet Li to Show Tai-Chi, but Not with Feng Xiaogang (Sina)

THR: Huang Zumo, Director of China’s Longest-Running Film, Dies at 90

‘Romance on Lushan Mountain’ still playing after 31 years.

FBA: Love In Space blasts off

Production got underway today on Love In Space the sequel to last year’s hit ensemble comedy Hot Summer Days

Love in Space - Wing Shya, Eason Chan, Angelababy, Guei Lun-Mei, Aaron Kwok, Tony Chan Kwok-Fai

(Sina)

An enterprising journalist armed with pliers cut through barbed wire and managed to breach the high security guarding the set of Zhang Yimou’s ruined city of Nanjing for his film 13 Flowers of Nanjing/Thirteen Girls in Jinling.

(Sohu)

Wilson Yip’s upcoming Chinese Fairy Tale boasts 1200 computer-generated shots. Art director Kenneth Mak Kwok-Keung strove to create a fantasy world that blends realistic and the impressionistic.

(Sohu)(Sina)

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible will compete at the 13th Asian International Film Festival in Deauville, France

Vincent Kok will attend the festival which begins in mid-March. (Sina)

“Youth editon” of Buddha Mountain poster

A second MV has also been released making the pair ‘his and her’ versions. (Sina)

Youth Film Guide announced the winners of the final round for the 2010 Golden Broom Awards.

Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 won for both 2nd Most Disappointing Film and Most Disappointing Director. His film Aftershock was also awarded Most Disappointing Product Placement Film Award. Confucius  garnered both Most Disappointing Film and Director awards. Lee Lik-Chi’s Flirting Scholar 2 won the awards for Most Disappointing Sequel and Most Disappointing Actor (Zhou Libo). Taiwan actress Barbie Hsu won the Most Disappointing Actress award for 3 films, Future X-Cops, Reign of Assassins and Adventure of the King beating out Xie Na who received the 2nd Most Disappointing Actress. Organizers said that the prize was a wedding gift for the bride-to-be. :D

The first round was pared to a short list by film critics, media people, academics, netizens, filmmakers and others.

The jury also recognized as high-quality films: Let the Bullets Fly, Buddha Mountain, Monga, Echoes of the Rainbow, The Fourth Painting, Taipei Exchanges, Love in a Puff and Chongqing Blues. Documentaries I Wish I Knew and KJ: Music and Life were also awarded. Jia Zhangke, Pang Ho-Cheung, Wang Xiaoshuai and others attended the event to receive their prize. (Sina)

Jay Chou and Kobe Bryant

The pair were shooting an advert for a beverage brand Sprite in Los Angeles

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Maggie Cheung attending the Burberry show for London Fashion Week (Feb.21)

I love the necklace. (Xinhua)

February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010

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72 Tenants of Prosperity leading All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010 in box office by HK$7.4M to $5.2M.

(Sina)

Stephen Chow to begin filming English movie ‘Tai Chi’ in June

Renowned comedy film-maker Stephen Chow will begin shooting his new film “Tai Chi” which features prominent Hollywood stars Jack Black and Anne Hathaway in the United States in June this year, said Hong Kong media reports.
“Tai Chi” will be based on the 1972 film “Way of the Dragon” starring Bruce Lee. It tells the story of a Chinese migrant in the US (played by Chow) who works as a dishwasher in Chinatown and hides his skills as a Tai Chi master. He is forced to stand up to gangsters who oppress his fellow migrants and later gets invited to start martial arts schools to share his knowledge.

Echoes of the Rainbow

HK film hits jackpot at end of rainbow in Berlin fest

Hong Kong’s small to medium budget films are elbowing their way into the international arena with help from the Film Development Fund.

Echoes of the Rainbow, which won the Crystal Bear for best feature film at the Berlin Film Festival, is the second film partly bankrolled by the film to garner critical acclaim.

The first, Claustrophobia by director Ivy Ho Sai-hong, saw Karena Lam Ga-yan win the best actress award at last year’s Chungmuro International Film Festival in Seoul.

The fund started off with a bang - its first beneficiary, McDull Kungfu Ding Ding Dong, was a mainland box-office hit in July.

Taiwan film wins at Berlin

“Au Revoir, Taipei” on Saturday beat 11 other Asian entries to win the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF) 2010

Variety: About Her Brother (Otouto)(Japan)

Any resemblance between Yoji Yamada’s 81st feature “About Her Brother” and Kon Ichikawa’s 1960 masterpiece of the same name is purely incidental.

I could’ve been a yakuza: Japan film maker Takeshi Kitano

Lin Chi-ling to star as Takuya Kimura’s lover in Japanese drama series

CRI: Doubts over Cao Tomb’s Authenticity

AngelaBaby before plastic surgery in a photo discovered by a netizen.

Meanwhile, AngelaBaby was discounting rumors of secretly meeting Huang Xiaoming in Shanghai.

(Xinhua)

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