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October 1, 2009

October 1, 2009a

Variety: Ghost Town review

Zhao Dayong’s magisterial docu “Ghost Town” minutely examines the day-to-day doings in the dying town of Zhiziluo, in the mountains of China’s Yunan province. At a leisurely 172 minutes, the pic takes on the desultory rhythms of rural stagnation, its rigorous compositions imparting aesthetic weight and meditative scope to everything in its purview…

Jiang Wen, Shuji Iwai, Maggie Q, Shu Qi

Golden Week Film Recap (slide show)

Films screening during National Day holidays:

The Warrior and The Wolf, Earthshaking, Royal Tattoo, Copy Cat, Happy Running (animation), Fei Chang Zhu Bo, My Fair Gentleman, Wheat, The Message, Shenbing Kids (animation), Prequel: Monkey King (3D),  The King of Milu Deer (3D), The Founding of a Republic

Hong Kong premiere of Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

Tony Leung sans wife Carina Lau

Karena Lam

Chin Kar-Lok


Vivian Chow

Vivian and husband Joe Nieh attending the stage drama Wild Rose

October 1, 2009

‘Informed sources’ report that Zhang Ziyi has indeed been retained to play Tony Leung’s wife in Wong Kar-Wai’s First Generation Master. Zhang Ziyi, through her manager, denied the rumor yesterday. Elsewhere, it’s been reported that Wong Kar-Wai is under a lot of pressure as Ip Man was a big box office success and will now compete against Ip Man 2. The casting of Zhang Ziyi is viewed as a counterstrike. Ip Man’s son was asked about the pair, he said, ‘Both Lynn Xiong and Zhang Ziyi are very thin. My mother was similiar in build (?). I have not seen Zhang Ziyi’s acting but Lynn Xiong in Ip Man was pretty good.’

Brigitte Lin reportedly turned down a role because it was not tailor-made for her. Chang Chen is said to play Bruce Lee. Filming is now slated to commence in November.


Barbie Hsu and Nic Tse

Nic and Barbie shoot a special effects scene in the studio for Hot Summer Days. Today, Nic is flying to Beijing to perform in the National Day celebration. (

Mike He, Li Xiaolu

Alfred Cheung’s new film 7 Days To Fall in Love With You opens Nov.3. Lead actress Li Xiaolu recommends spending the National Day Holiday to find a new boyfriend or girlfriend. (

Korea Times: ‘Rain’ Falls on Summer-Battered Hearts

Would you give love a second chance? In his fifth feature “A Good Rain Knows,” (aka Season of Good Rain) melodrama maestro Hur Jin-ho says “yes,” orchestrating another romance that seeps into the viewers’ hearts with a graceful andante tempo.

Korea Times: Jang Dong-kun makes a comeback onscreen as a character not unlike himself ― an eligible bachelor ― in “Good Morning President.”

NYTimes: Indie Filmmakers: China’s New Guerrillas

Like independent filmmakers everywhere, Mr. Zhao worked with no guarantee of an audience, or even a place to show his work. By his estimates only a few thousand people have seen “Ghost Town” in China since he finished it last year. Several hundred more are scheduled to see it Sunday afternoon when the film has its international premiere at the New York Film Festival.

Ang Lee says he’s baffled by ‘Woodstock’ results

The Message hits theaters for National Day

The movie was directed by Gao Qunshu from the mainland and Chen Kuofu from Taiwan. According to Chen, the movie was filmed to tell the destinies of people involved in China’s Anti-Japanese Aggression War (1937-1945)…

The plot of the film was inspired after a murder mystery game, in which one tries to guess who is “killing” the others in the group. However, the film is more solemn than the game, as heroes and heroines in the movie are tortured both physically and spiritually in a bid to fulfill their purposes.

July 31, 2009

July 31, 2009

Storm Warriors limited editon posters released at Anime Festival

Ekin Chen, Ma Wing-Shing (original manga illustrator, writer), Aaron Kwok

Variety: Coweb review

Variety: Chaw review

Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei Tapped for another ‘Chinese Ghost Story’

bc Magazine: Overheard reviewed

Taipei Times Film Review: ‘Empire of Silver’ short changes audiencesThe world of finance is barren ground for a good story in ‘Empire of Silver,’ a big-budget period drama about the Wall Street of imperial China

Taipei Times Film Review: Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale in How Are You, Dad
Best known for directing Hoklo and Hakka films, Chang Tso-chi shot a movie in Mandarin as a response to his late father’s wishes

Two Chinese Films to Vie for Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
Hong Kong helmer Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” set in Taiwan during the 1950s anti-Communist period known there as “White Terror.
Cheang Pou-Soi’s thriller “Accident,” [previously Assassins] produced by Johnnie To
Yonfan’s Prince of Tears to compete at Venice Film Festival
[see May 19 entry for additional background]

‘Taking Woodstock’ Premieres in New York

Premiere photos

From farmer to A-lister: Wang Baoqiang’s unchanged smile
Blind Shaft earned him 1,000 yuan ($146), and a Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Star-studded film to open for 60th anniversary of PRC

Children Of Workers: 24 City

Life in China through a foggy lens

Meng Yao, Nick Cheung and Monica Mok attend launch ceremoney for To Live and Die in Mongkok

Korean stars take their shot at Hollywood
Supporting roles seen as opening door to larger parts

Li Bingbing Denies Rumors of Foreign Boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Eason Chan, A-Mei and so much more

Zhao Wei reported to be marrying Singaporean businessman

Kelly Chen ruffles mother-in-law’s feathers

Shu Qi ambassador and Hou Hsiao-Hsien executive director attend press conference for 2009 Golden Horse awards

Zhou Xun shampoo advertising photos

Zhao Wei

New Zhao Wei pictures

May 20, 2009

May 20, 2009

Retired Actress Brigitte Lin Returns to Martial-Arts Film

Cast Promotes “Mulan” at Cannes

Fox in Chinese production with ‘King’s Ransom’
John Woo, Terence Chang also get first-look deal

Old [South Korean] Films Return With Foreign Dubbing
‘Know’: Hong’s Realm of Comic Realism
New in local theaters and currently showing in the out-of-competition section of the Cannes Film Festival is Hong Sang-soo’s latest feature “Like You Know It All.”

Won Bin’s ‘Second Life’ With ‘Mother’

Korea, China team up for 3D action flick “Legend of the Magic Bell”

Cannes Spends a ‘Taiwan Night’

Ang Lee’s 10-minute standing ovation

Ang Lee is `Taking Woodstock’
Michelle Ye Enjoys Cannes
Johnnie To leads Asian charge at Cannes

Anthony Wong, Michelle Ye, Johnny Hallyday - Cannes

‘Red Cliff’ to Hit North America

Qi Yuwu training for new action film (14 Blades)
Jackie Chan takes on media “toughies”
Jackie Chan to Volunteer in Tongyeong for 3 Days
Private part exposed during concert? Surely that was no Kwok!

Korea’s Showbox bucks pre-sales trend on Sword With No Name
Korea’s CJ closes deals on Thirst and Mother
H’wood has ‘Thirst’ for films by Park
Vampire tale generates buzz over remake rights

Fan Bingbing - East Wind and Rain
Fan Bingbing, Liu Yunlong - East Wind and Rain

Andy Lau (left) and double
Andy Lau’s double in Detective Dee

Yvonne Yung Hung
The Biography of Sun Zi

Li Bingbing, Zhou Xun
Big budget production of The Message confirmed to be shut down due to financial difficulties

Joey Wang and mother
Joey Wang living in seclusion in Vancouver the last seven years

Louis Koo
Louis Koo promotes Pepsi in Beijing

Carina Lau, Charlene Choi ribbon cutting ceremony in Shanghai - photo gallery

Miriam Yeung engaged to be married

Fan Bingbing, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Patty Hou - fashion event photo gallery
Fan Bingbing
Actress Fan Bingbing Graces Elle Magazine

Zhou Xun
“Guest Editor in Chief” Zhou Xun

Air stewardess complains about Zhang Ziyi’s arrogance
“Ziyi does not eat instant noodles.”

Mong Kok clue hunt proves to be acid test for detectives
Acid attack spy cameras to be kept hush-hush
$300,000 price on acid fiend

Nina’s $10m for Chan a `trivial sum’

April 10, 2009

April 10, 2009

Taking Woodstock poster - Ang Lee

Huang Xiaoming, Richie Jen, Bowie Lam

The Sniper released on DVD today for mainland

New poster for Thirst

Gao YuanyuanJiang Yiyan
Yao Di
Director Lu Chuan
Nanking! Nanking! / City of Life and Death press conference - photo gallery

“Red River” Actor Nick Cheung Votes for Himself in Film Awards Race

Taipei Times Film Reviews
School Days With a Pig (Japan)
This little piggy went to school

Detours to Paradise (Taiwan)
Film critic and educator Rich Lee realizes his filmmaking dream with a sincere tale about two runaway foreign workers

Beautiful Crazy (Taiwan)
An artful combination of improvisational acting, non-linear storytelling, long takes and handheld camerawork make ‘Beautiful Crazy’ a beautiful movie

Big Soldier, Little General - Xu Dongmei(center)Xu Dongmei
Still from Big Soldier, Little General

Xu Dongmei
Jackie Chan video press conference with cast Wang Lee Hom, Xu Dongmei

Li Bingbing to join cast of Tsui Hark’s Detective Dee
Brigitte Lin inivted to play Empress Wu but Tsui Hark has also secretly met with Cherie Chung. Tony Leung Ka-Fai’s participation was announced last month.

Zhao Benshan, Wong Kar-WaiZhao Benshan, Annie Yi
Year-long rumors of a Zhao Benshan/Wong Kar-Wai collaboration heated up when Wong flew to Zhao’s headquarters in Dalian where he operates a dance and theatrical troupe.

Brigitte Lin Resurfaces, A Possible Cooperation With Louis Koo?
Sylvia Chang throws hat in the ring for the Brigitte comeback lottery.

Lady Knight Barbie Hsu Protects Louis Koo in Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog

Confucius: Fans, experts in doubt over making greatest philosopher film star

Li Xiaolu
Li Xiaolu a demoness and Vanness Wu a schizophrenic in upcoming film similar to Rouge (’Waiting For You to Return’)

Ken Yip Wing-Kin to direct
Van Ness Wu featured in “Singapore ghost stories”

Kelly Lin, Sun HongleiNewcomer Xian Seli, Director Li Juyuan, Kelly Lin
Kelly Lin and Sun Honglei attend opening ceremony in Xiamen (’Elegant Gentleman’)(’Dirt Rich in Shanghai’,wikipedia)

Taipei Times Pop Stop

Cherie Chung
I spy: Cherie Chung attending secret business meeting

The article notes that after finishing a three hour dinner with business people, Cherie was all smiles, friendly, polite and courteous. But after the group broke up, her face looked tired, listless and worried. Whether due to concern over finishing the resort or remembering her late husband, the writer could only speculate. :)

Charlene Choi’s album cover tampered with
Twins’ Charlene Choi releases solo album
Charlene Choi Thanks Fans by opening Mini Live Band Show

Cecilia Cheung and Nic Tse Move Into New Multi-Million Dollar Home

Jay Chou breaks Asian celebrity endorsement fee record

Edison Chen flies into Beijing under the radar
Just a week after his hyped up visit to Singapore where he arrived in a private jet and had over twenty security personnel’s protection, Edison Chen touched down in Beijing on Thursday without any security.

He exited the Beijing Airport casually with only two assistants and light luggage on April 9 at 11.40am.

Chen Zemin, Edison’s father, when contacted by Chinese reporters, said that his son was visiting Beijing for private matters.

The father-and-son meeting has been the focus of media especially when the former, who recently declared for bankruptcy, was seen arriving in the Beijing airport earlier in March. However, the father refused to reveal his own whereabouts and only admitted that he is currently still in China. He told reporters that he is eager to meet up with his son as soon as possible

Classic Pictures of Crystal Lau/Liu Yifei

Ariel Lin admits having operation

Jill Vidal’s trial for illegal drug-use will be held on the 24th

Texas Lawmaker Tells Asian-Americans To Get “Easier” Names

Under-skirt photos zoom
There has been a 30 percent jump in the number of people taking under- the-skirt pictures of women on MTR escalators.

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