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June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:36 pm

Variety: Juliets review

Three short films by three Taiwanese directors take the character of Shakespeare’s most famous heroine in different, equally post-feminist directions in “Juliets.”

Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-Woo

Posted by Ceci’s manager from set of Repeat, I Love You (Xinhua)

Hiro Hayama in the upcoming thriller Mysterious Island


Takeshi Kaneshiro is part Sherlock Holmes, part House M.D. in Wu Xia. The actor reportedly suffered nightmares after filming the autopsy scenes.


Poster for Coming Back (vide. Backstroke) starring Simon Yam

Produced by Gordon Chan and directed by 7th generation director Li Yuan, the picture opens this summer (Sina)

“The Piano in A Factory” starring Qin Hailu and Wang Qianyuan will dominate the tail end of this June with a thunderous nationwide release on June 30

Starring Wang Baoqiang, Tan Zhuo and He Jie, the film is about a man named Mr. Tree who lives in a village and can predict the future.

Zhang Ziyi attends a fashion show in Seoul, South Korea

Fendi CEO, Michael Burke


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CRI: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung to Divorce on June 6?

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s rumored divorce due to extramarital affair

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung discuss separation through text messages

Rumour has it that the pair has begun discussing the terms of their separation…through text messages. Nicholas’s rep EEG Groups is also reportedly preparing to announce the couple’s divorce soon.

“Stay together for the kids”

Nic’s EEG manager, Mani Fok was quoted as saying: “He is currently filming and many action scenes require his participation rather than using a stunt double. Earlier, Nic filmed a scene where he had to jump from an eight storey building. He did not tell EEG in advance about this stunt. I want him to focus his concentration first and not think any troubling thoughts.”

Mani indicated that after completing “The Viral Factor”, Nic will quickly film a mainland series.

Mani was confident that there was no third party in Nic and Cecilia’s relationship. “For a man who stays home aside from work, it’s very hard for him to keep a mistress.”

The model tells why she does not believe in pre-nuptial agreements

Sammi: “I will change for him!”

CF: Chen Kun and Guey Lun Mei Bite Each Other on “Elle Men”

Anthony Wong visits Montmartre. Anyone recognize the woman?

Studying French cuisine with chef

A young Louis Fan Siu-Wong with Chow Yun-Fat

May 12, 2011

May 12, 2011

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CRI: Shu Qi Not Feeling Beautiful in ‘A Beautiful Life’

A trailer has been released for Andrew Lau’s urban drama film “A Beautiful Life”, starring Shu Qi and Liu Ye.

CRI: Chinese Faces in Cannes

Chinese film stars including Fan Bingbing and Gong Li walked the opening red carpet of the 64th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. (Xinhua)

CF: Chinese Films Promoted at 64th Cannes Film Festival

CRI: ”Royal Tramp” Hits the Screens in 3D

CF: Zhang Yadong Eyes Non-commercial Filmmaking

Most Chinese people know the name Zhang Yadong from the songs he writes and produces for pop diva Faye Wong. But despite his renown, Zhang is a man who rarely speaks publicly, although he is regarded as arguably the best music producer on the Chinese mainland, and has worked with such Hong Kong singers as Karen Mok and Joey Yung.

CANNES Q and A: ‘Wu Xia’ Director Peter Ho-sun Chan (THR)

But as I always say to my director friends, you haven’t worked in Hollywood, the censorship there is even trickier. The only difference being the censorship in Hollywood is not imposed by the state authorities but the studios. The studio bureaucracy is much more troublesome than the Chinese bureaucracy. At the end of the day if you know all the rules about censorship and you try to work around the rules, then theoretically it won’t be that difficult to deal with. Every place has its own rules. Hollywood has its rules, which are business rules, and principles that are fuzzier.

CNA: Director Peter Chan blows 1.8m yuan to fly “Wu Xia” to Cannes

Airport arrivals - Cannes

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan

Takeshi Kaneshiro


Michelle Yeoh hopes Suu Kyi biopic will raise awareness; film eyeing Venice premiere

Yeoh’s other upcoming release is the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which is the first time she has lent her voice to a cartoon character. She is the voice of The Soothsayer.

Wong Jing’s God of Wealth Inn (God of Fortune Inn) is set to be released this summer. The film reunites Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung.


Posters for Stronger Than Earthquake about the Sichuan Earthquake


Variety: ‘Mayday 3DNA’ rocks abroad

Taiwanese 3D concert film sells to three countries

Mark Lee’s scary “2359″

The Singaporean effort is produced by multiple award-winning producer Eric Khoo and is directed by Gilbert Chan, who preciously worked on “Love Matters” with Jack Neo.

Yuen’s latest effort will see him dabbling in films once again to strike gold with “Petaling Street Warrior”, the first ever Kung Fu comedy film to be shot and produced completely in Malaysia.

“Petaling Street Warrior” takes the setting in 1908, where a Hokkien mee seller named See has to face continuous extortions from the colonial police and Chinese gangs in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur while having a troubled (and sex-less) marriage to his wife, Zhung.

Zhao Wei was spotted yesterday at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport and lauded for her postnatal weight loss.

February 4, 2011

February 4, 2011

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Variety: What Women Want review

Asian superstars Gong Li and Andy Lau spark together, but the script rarely produces fireworks in “What Women Want,” a straightforward remake of Paramount’s 2000 money-spinner.

Forbes: A New Studio System

Stellar Megamedia Group aiming for vertical integration

“Nobody could have guessed where we are today five years ago,” says Peter Chan, a star Hong Kong director who is working with Stellar to market his films in China…

Sir Run Run Shaw attending the annual TVB Lunar New Year broadcast

Liza Wang (Sina)

Onimusha 3 - Takeshi Kaneshiro action figure

(From Derek Kwok’s weibo)


Or, if you prefer, Donnie Yen from Legend of the Fist

Still have money left from your haul of hong baos? Buy the whole lot!

MSN: Donnie Yen’s wife rumoured to be pregnant

Later, his wife Cecilia Wang denied she was pregnant in a phone interview. She explained that she went to see the doctor due to an eye infection.

Chinese New Year fireworks burn down 5-star hotel in Shenyang

Seems to be a new tradition

Trailer for Promise, a Canadian-Chinese film opening Feb.19

Promise- official website (Thanks, Brian)

November 10, 2010

November 10, 2010

Variety: The Star and the Sea review 2

A well-appointed if very old-fashioned meller charting the impoverished childhood of early 20th-century Chinese composer Xiang Xinghai.

CRI: Zhao Benshan Brings Comedy to New Year’s Screens

Zhao Benshan, one of China’s most popular comedians, will bring laughs to moviegoers this New Year’s season with the action-comedy film “Just Call Me Nobody”.

Xiao Shenyang (Xinhua)

An exclusive deal between AMC Entertainment and China Lion Film Distribution will bring up to 15 Chinese films per year to American cinemas to be released on the same dates in both countries, “The Washington Times” reports.

Tang Wei in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

Takeshi Kaneshiro

Donnie Yen

Jimmy Wang Yu, returns to the screen after a 17 year break


Andy Lau is busy rehearsing for his December concerts

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Edison Chen’s business woes in Hong Kong

MSN: Selina Jen plagued by nightmares

MSN: Andy Lau dismisses surrogate birth issue

Chrissie Chau - Hong Kong model rejects expensive dinner

“I am not Mrs Cheng, I am Ms Choi,” says HK’s Charlene Choi

Luxury brands Oakley, Calvin Klein, and Gucci offer sunglasses that double as 3D viewing glasses

Oakley ($150), Calvin Klein ($180)

Gucci ($275)

At better retailers everywhere (Sina)

November 4, 2010

November 4, 2010

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The film was first set for release on October 28, and then November 5. Previous reports said director Chen Yili had to delete some scenes to pass a review by the country’s film watchdog.

Beijing premiere (Nov. 3)

Director Alexi Tan (Chen Yili)

Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Zhu Hong (Sina-gallery)

TV actress Joe Chen makes her big-screen debut, joining heartthrob Huang Xiaoming for a romance within a striving dragon-boat racing team.

Joe Chen Qian En


I Spy: Tang Wei filming Peter Chan’s Wu Xia in Yunnan


Yen plays a man with a past — and wicked kung fu skills — sought by a detective, played by Kaneshiro. Tang plays Yen’s wife. Also starring as the villain is veteran actor Jimmy Wang Yu, best known for his role in Chang Cheh’s One Armed Swordsman. Wu Xia will be Wang’s first onscreen appearance in 17 years. (THR)(FBA)

Takeshi Kaneshiro

With director Peter Chan

Thought to be Ken Watanabe (Sina)

Barbara Wong has begun work on writing a sequel to Perfect Wedding Dress and hopes to bring Miriam Yeung back again. (Sohu)

A sequel to Hidden Chamber of Secrets (Lost in Panic Room) is already being planned. This time the story will take place on a cruise ship. It hasn’t been determined whether Alec Su will return for the follow-up film or not. (Sina)

World premiere of 5-minute trailer for 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy

Lan Yan (Leni Lan)

Vonnie Lui


The film has been pre-sold to South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand recouping half the $25M investment costs. (Sina)

FBA: 3-D Sex to be exposed at AFM

Hong Kong’s Next Magazine reports that Ronald Cheng only just last month signed the formal papers agreeing to a divorce from Charlene Choi. Up until then, Cheng had been hoping for a possible reconciliation and Charlene would change her mind. The recent high profile exposure of the Sa-Ting (William Chan Wai-Ting) relationship dashed his hopes. (Xinhua)

Aaron Kwok - Taiwan

Aaron Kwok celebrated his 20th year in music and his 45th birthday with 400 fans in Taiwan. (Xinhua-gallery)

Amy Kwok, Lau Ching-Wan, Francis Ng, Monica Chan attending Dayo Wong’s show at Hung Hom Coliseum (Sina)2

October 5, 2010

October 5, 2010

Variety: Hot Summer Days

A “Valentine’s Day”-style romantic multi-strander, “Hot Summer Days,” Fox’s virgin venture into Chinese-language production and distribution, bubbles along with a jaunty but unoriginal blend of the sweet, tart, cute and weepy.

According to a report from Taiwan’s Apple Daily, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Shu Qi will play husband and wife in Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s long rumored, since 2007, martial arts fantasy film (The Assassin). The cast also includes Chang Chen and Tadanobu Asano and begins low-key shooting in Nara, Japan now that Shu Qi’s If You Are the One 2 has wrapped up. [In July, HHH was granted a $625,000 production subsidy from the Taiwan government's National Development Fund and assurance that 30 percent of the budget would be provided.]

A poster from Cannes with English title The Lady From Tang accompanied the Taiwan article. (Sina)(Apple Daily)

The Tai Pak Floating Restaurant in Aberdeen was transformed into a casino for Contagion

Gwyneth Paltrow on her way to the boat launch shielded from photographers by tarps.

The security cordon around her was heavy. After an eight hour day, Paltrow returned and retired to the Mandarin Oriental.

Another actress needing protection. (Sina)

Andy Lau


Deanie Ip

Deanie Ip, Paula Tsui, Ann Hui, Virginia Lok(?), Peter Lam (?)

(Oct. 4) Andy Lau held a press conference to announce his series of 18 Hong Kong Coliseum concerts. Eric Tsang MC’d, while guests lending him support included Deanie Ip, Paula Tsui, Ann Hui. and TVB series producer Li Tiansheng. Ann Hui directed Andy in his first film, Boat People, although she originally invited Chow Yun-Fat. And Li Tiansheng cast Andy in his first TV series a cop drama which costarred Deanie Ip and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Andy said he planned to invite Idy Chan, Chow Yun-Fat and the other Five Tigers [Felix Wong, Michael Miu, Kent Tong, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai] as concert guest performers. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok

Karen Mok on the cover of the October HK editions of Elle (AnD)

Michelle Reis blogs that she’ll be in the November mainland edtion of Madame Figaro

Noshing on noodles 2 - Zhang Jingchu

According to her blog, Zhang Jingchu was in SF and LA last month. I wonder what she was doing there?

Fan Bingbing attending Paris Fashion Week

With Catherine Deneuve

Also in Paris, Joey Yung, Wyman Wong (Xinhua)(Sina)2

John Woo touched by Tarantino

SG: Tony Leung pacifies wife with gifts

SG: Sexy mama Christy Chung coy about love life

Faye Wong to take time off for another kid

November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009

CRI: 3D Monkey King to Hit Screen Next Summer

Triple Tap (Sina)

CRI: “Triple Tap” Finished Filming

THR: Yee looks for next hit with ‘Triple Tap’

“The gunfire would trigger explosions near swamps, so we had to spend more time to find locations. We also had to modify the guns to make them safe for filming,”

Considerations were made to accommodate the Chinese audience and regulators, with “stylized portrayal of violence,” said director Yee, whose previous outing, the Jackie Chan drama “The Shinjuku Incident” was denied release in China even after the script had been approved by the Chinese censors and granted co-production status.

Additional photos (Sina)

Poster for mainland comedy Mars Is OK

The film opened last Friday but along with comedies Panda Express and The Robbers got steamrollered by mega-disaster film ‘2012′ (Sina)

Wong Jing plays a baddie


Bodyguards and Assassins - Sun Yat-Sen

[Looks like Jacky Cheung, to me]

The mystery of who plays Sun Yat-Sen remains. Jacky Cheung is known to have flown to Shanghai to film for  half a day in an important role but it was not revealed what role. Jet Li has also been rumored but Tony Leung Chiu Wai is said to be in the Hong Kong version and Zhang Hanyu in the mainland version hase also been mentioned as possibilities.

Michelle Ye dubbing for Fan Bingbing (Sina)

Michelle Ye has been selected to dub the Cantonese for Fan Bingbing’s character in Bodyguards and Assassins.

Screen Daily: Mo Tzu Yi joins cast of Singaporean comedy Forever

Epic tale of Mulan returns to cinemas


Zhao Wei and Chen Kun bathing scene slide show (Sina)

Updated Swordsman?

Hong Kong media reports that Yuen Wo-Ping is gearing up to make an updated version of Tsui Hark’s Swordsman with Zhou Xun and Takeshi Kaneshiro after the Lunar New Year. (

Chen Hong-Lieh

Chen Hong-Lieh, Shaw Brothers villain and TVB actor recently died of a heart attack. His age was reported to be either 65 or 66. (Sina)

Edison Chen visits three Taiwan nightclubs to promote his own USB products

Andy Lau spends millions for a change of fortune

Twins again, Charlene’s 10 lb birthday cake (Sina)

November 4, 2009

November 4, 2009

Three Guns: Zhang says ‘Blood Simple’ has shades of Stephen Chow

CRI: Athlete Liu Xiang may Play Thief in Jackie Chan’s Police Story

Nic Tse’s fighting form for Bodyguards and Assassins (Sina)

The Robbers

Hu Jun

Jiang Wu


Horror film, Midnight Taxi poster resembles Saw style. It gets a national release Nov.17.

Gao Qunshu has relinquished the title ‘Four Marshals’ to Gordon Chan. His film is now titledFierce West Wind. Together with his film The Message (lit.Wind Sound or Sound of the Wind) and a film scheduled to start in May that is based on a novel that also has ‘Wind’ in the title, the three will therefore form his ‘Wind Trilogy’. (Xinhua)

Takeshi Kaneshiro considering a career advancement in Hollywood (2)

Screen Daily: EMP adds Stool Pigeon to star-studded AFM slate

Li Xiaolu

Love At Seventh Sight, directed by Alfred Cheung, opens Nov. 3. Love is a road romance, Mike He plays a sound engineer from Hong Kong and Li plays a Beijing girl. (Sina)

Mainland theaters ready promotional materials for Storm Warriors, opening Dec.10 Twenty cities nationwide have slotted the film in its prime movie house. Already, female moviegoers are clamoring for the posters featuring Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng. Golden Harvest and Chengtian has been giving out free monthly ‘Wind and Cloud’ magazines to heighten the anticipation. (Sina)

THR: Polybona plans NYSE listing

Third Chinese film studio readies IPO for late 2010 or 2011

“The capital markets are starting to recognize Chinese movie studios”

October 31, 2009

October 31, 2009

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Takeshi Kaneshiro has been invited to join the cast for the prequel to The Message. Huang Xiaoming, Li Bingbing and Zhou Xun are slated to return. (Sina)

Joan Chen riles S’pore film-makers

Joan, who rose to fame in The Last Emperor in 1987, said: “I love Singapore, life is great here, it’s clean, well-managed and well-run. The people are wonderful too…”

Then she added: “It’s just that, perhaps, the (film) industry isn’t ripe enough at the moment. It’s still in the process of development.

“I mean, Singapore is beautiful and orderly, it’s like a fairyland film set. You guys are really lucky that everything is so good here.

“But personally, I feel that art comes from dissent, not from contentment.”


HKTopTen: Veteran actor Lam Kau passes away at 88

Forty foot leap launched movie career

Lam Kau

With Ti Lung at Mid Autumn Festival appearance with Hong Kong Performing Artists Guild


So Ji-Sub, Zhang Ziyi

CRI: Ziyi in Tokyo for ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ Premiere

May 22, 2009

May 22, 2009

Tony Leung Ka-FaiFan Bingbing
Donnie YenHu Jun
Preview of Bodyguards and Assassins released- photo gallery

Meet the ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ (trailer)

Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi regrets not heeding Ang Lee’s advice to learn English


Asia’s dark pics make a splash at Cannes

Tang Wei Wei (right)
Chengdu, I Love You scheduled for October release

Iron Man
Iron Man opens this month

bc magazine: Simon Yam - Breaking the Boundaries

Screen Daily: Karaoke (Malaysia)

Taipei Times: True Women For Sale

bc magazine: Night and Fog

HK Magazine: Night and Fog

bc magazine: Ashes of Time Redux

bc magazine: A Frozen Flower (South Korea)

HK Magazine: A Frozen Flower

Wedding bells for Miriam Yeung?

Surviving a blacklist brought Tsai Chin new found freedom

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Faye Wong to return in Feng Xiaogang’s Tangshan Earthquake?

Shu QiZhang Ziyi

Shu Qi, Zhang Ziyi, Bill Clinton attend Cannes Amfar benefit

Vivian Chow
Vivian Chow at a product promotion event

Maggie Cheung, Ole Scheeren
Maggie Cheung and Ole Scheeren remain in Hong Kong

Maggie Cheung Okay with ‘Basterds’ Cut
Simon Yam and wife
Simon Yam and wife

More Faye Wong advertisment photos released

Faye Wong’s shampoo advertisement exposed

Bobby Yip
Bobby Yip puts up Shenzhen clothing shop up for sale.

Bat Leung Gam has discounted the sales price after struggling through the financial tsunami. Plans to remain as the brand spokesman. Shortly, he has plans to go to Beijing to work on his new CCTV comedy program.

Li Yuchun gets measured for Madame Tussauds

Takeshi Kaneshiro

Takeshi Kaneshiro beer advert

Lynn Xiong
Lynn Xiong glamour shots

Charlene Choi,, Eric Tsang, Chin Kar-Lok arrive at studio for dubbing session

Ruby Lin in New Ad

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