HKMDB Daily News

October 26, 2011

October 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Aung San Suu Kyi: Not Interested in ‘The Lady’ (WSJ)

A1: Michelle Yeoh to join Malaysian politics?

But when contacted, her parents - Datuk Yeoh Kian Geik and Datin Janet Yeoh deny having any knowledge of their famous daughter’s political ambition.

FBA: Kora review

Engrossing two-wheel road/survival movie set in the wilds of Yunnan and Tibet.

Kora - Li Tao

Li Tao, director Du Jiayi

Li Tao (Sina)

ChinaPost Abba review No, not that Abba

“Abba” is a musical documentary about the life and legacy of Hong Yi-feng (1927-2010), one of the most iconic popular musicians in post-World War II Taiwan. The film, produced by Hong’s three sons, offers great music, nostalgic discoveries, a glimpse into creative minds, a complex and tender family story and some food for thought on the possible healing power of religion.

China orders cutback on TV entertainment

China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television starting next year will restrict shows that “record the dark and gloomy side of society,” the Southern Metropolis Daily said.

CF: ”The Tale of Two Cities” to be Released

Directed by the young Chinese director Pan Anzi, and starring Richie Ren, Teng Ge’er, Yvonne Yung and Xiong Naijing, the film “The Tale of Two Cities” is set to hit cinema screens during the Spring Festival of 2012…Set in the turbulent days of the Republic of China, the film tells the tale of grassroots outlaws and rivals.

The film is set in the thirties, in old Shanghai, and documents the filming of a horror movie in an old mansion. As part of the storyline, the lead actress of the movie being filmed, which is set in the ancient times, dies uncannily. A policewoman, played by Han Yifei, is sent to apply for the role of lead actress, lurking among the cast to investigate the case. However, actors and actresses start to die one after another, plunging everyone into a terrible dilemma.

Ning Hao’s “No Man’s Land” to get a November release? Frozen for two years, reporters last night spotted an entry on China Film Digital Development’s web site a table of distribution dates, including one for an entry for Nov.29 listed only as ‘WRQ’, i.e., Wuren Qu/No Man’s Land. The entry was later deleted. When reporters questioned the company, a spokesman denied it. But reporters claimed to have a screen capture showing it. The spokesman said he would investigate and see if it was a staff member’s entry error. (Sina)

“Lost in Panic Cruise” is the usual array of detectives, high suspense and murder. The movie is expected to thrill audiences during the week of Halloween and is due to start screening tomorrow.

“Sleepwalker in 3D” posters. Put your glasses on now!

Angelica Lee

Calvin Li Zong-han

Charlie Young

Huo Siyan

Charlie Young at the Beijing premiere this afternoon

Huo Siyan, Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

Calvin Li, Huo Siyan, Charlie Young, Angelica Lee

(Sina)2(Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok celebrated his 46th birthday today at an event for “Cold War” in Hong Kong

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aarif Lee, Eddie Peng (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer denies that she is in a relationship with fellow singer Denise Ho

The photo was said to be taken by the Hong Kong singer’s assistant

October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Lady review

Bitty biopic of Aung San Suu Kyi is too much hagiography, too little big-screen drama.

Good-looking production values and noble intentions aren’t enough to makeThe Lady speak as either a human or political drama.

Variety: Inseparable review

Taiwanese-born, Stateside-reared, Beijing-based helmer Dayyan Eng makes a clear if uneven attempt to craft a pic that’s both China- and America-friendly with “Inseparable,” a comic examination of a man’s turning-30 crisis.

CF: Chen Kaige Takes on Online ‘Human Flesh Searches’

Chen said at the press conference that the reason for him to choose this subject was because there are few movie projects in China that focus on the problems that are accompanying the development of modern Chinese society.

CF: ”The Glory Days” Starts Filming

Set in the last years of Qing dynasty, the movie tells the tale of a court that is facing domestic strife and foreign aggression. In order to suppress the rebellion, a ton of gold is raised by the local government to purchase military supplies. Unexpectedly, the gold is stolen, so the court dispatches military forces to investigate. Thus two factions are formed, which are set to inevitably clash.

CF: ‘Loser’ Team of “Speechless Fashion”

Cast members of the inspirational comedy, “Speechless Fashion,” shoot a batch of new photos named “Loser” in the run up to its release on October 21

Joey Yung’s sacrifice

Hong Kong’s singer-actress Joey Yung was reportedly willing to turn down an eight figure job offer, so that she could take on a new challenge in Heiward Mak’s latest film, “Diva”.

Scary Market press event in Beijing yesterday

Cheung Tat-Ming

Theme song singer Tan Weiwei, Cheung Tat-Ming, Liao Jian (Sina)

Photos from the Shanghai premiere of “Love on Credit” today.

Lin Chi-Ling, Chen Kun

Li Bingbing posts a pic from her first day on the set of “Resident Evil 5″ (near Toronto?). She says that it very exciting with lots of gunfire and fight scenes.

Simon Yam recently bought a small island in Indonesia. He said he plans to build a two-story house that opens underground to the sea where the coral can be seen.

Simon Yam and Qi Qi last night at store opening event

Simon recently shot an underwater advert for Omega as celebrity ambassador to protect marine ecosystem.

(Sina)2

MSN: Did Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan get married in Europe?

(Sina)

MSN: Faye Wong dismisses pregnancy rumour on microblog

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s mother criticises Deborah Li

Cecilia’s mother (Sina)

September 14, 2011

September 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: The Lady review

“Democracy takes time,” a character observes in “The Lady,” though viewers of all political stripes will be checking their watches during Luc Besson’s dully conventional tribute to heroic Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi.

Hong Kong’s “A Simple Life” to be screened at Toronto International Film Festival

“A Simple Life” is one of two Hong Kong films featured at the 36th TIFF this year, the other being Johnnie To’s “Life Without Principle”.

CF: Shanxi Local Music in “White Deer Plain”

CF: Theme Song of “The Mural” Released

The song named “The Mural” is interepreted by the leading actors Deng Chao and Sun Li.

Actress Liu Yan on her way to the Mural press conference

On September 12, director Zhao Linshan revealed that his newest costume epic “the Bronze Sparrow Terrace” (Tong Que Tai) will start shooting on October 5.

Concept poster for the sequel to Lost in Panic Room, Lost in Panic Ship

Alec Su returns (Sina)

Jane Zhang sings the theme song at the MV release for Lee’s Adventure starring Jaycee Chan

Director Guo Fan (2r) (Sina-gallery)

Yu Na deleted from Legendary Amazons?

According to various reports and rumours, most of Yu Na’s scenes have been deleted in Legendary Amazons, starring Cecilia Cheung. The official reason is that Yu Na has been suffering from a heart illness and was not able to shoot her action scenes because she returned to Beijing to get checked out. Rumours suggested that she was cut because she did not participate in promotional activities. (Sina)2

Andy Lau’s 50th birthday celebration

(Sina)2

The Taiwanese pop star was suspected to be underage at an American casino

MSN: Terri Kwan spends Mid-Autumn Festival with new love

CNA: Frankie Gao Ling Feng gets ‘divorce SMS’ from wife during filming

61-year-old Gao’s marriage to his 42-year-old wife had been on the rocks after Jin was photographed behaving intimately in a car with a younger man last month.

September 13, 2011

September 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Actress Zhou Xun to Join Hands with Tom Hanks in ‘Cloud Atlas’

Zhou Xun in Germany

Bae Doo-Na will also join the cast (Sina)2

FBA: My Kingdom review

Weak male leads and an unsuitable director sap the juice from a potentially interesting action drama.

Michelle Yeoh (THR)

THR: The Lady review

Luc Besson trades his usual muscular action and pumped-up visual style for a stately inspirational epic.

A1: Myanmar democracy leader’s struggle debuts on film(AFP)

Myanmar’s revered pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now also a movie protagonist after Luc Besson’s “The Lady” premiered on Monday at the Toronto film festival.

THR: Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh on Being Deported From Burma

Chow Yun-Fat will play the famous warlord Cao Cao in a film (Tong Que Tai) set to begin shooting in Beijing next month. Chow has already begun growing a beard for the role. Official launch will be Oct. 5. Directed by first-time director, Zhao Lin-Shan, he was inspired by the recent (2009) discovery of  Cao Cao’s tomb and his burial with his empress and a young servant girl. The film will focus on the later years of Cao Cao’s life. In addition to Chow, Alec Su, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Roy Cheung(!) and many others have been confirmed as cast. An October 2012 release is planned.(Sina)23

HKStandard: Simple boost for movies hailed

Deanie Ip Tak-han’s best actress award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival will boost the SAR movie industry, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said.

Deanie Ip

Deanie Ip’s return to Hong Kong

(Sina)2

WSJ: Jet Li Ashamed of China’s Soft Power

“China is an economic powerhouse,” Mr. Li said at Alibaba Group’s annual summit for small to medium-sized business owners in Hangzhou. But the world’s most populous country has little cultural influence compared to the U.S., South Korea and Japan, he said.

CF: Jet Li Talks about Charities

Anita Mui’s bling on sale

Sotheby’s auction house announced on Friday that there will be 43 lots, including memorabilia items, valued at more than HK $2.6 million during the Hong Kong Autumn Sale.

Jang Dong-gun met Zhang Ziyi at a hotel?

It was speculated the two met to discuss Zhang Ziyi’s role alongside Jang Dong-gun in director Heo Jin-ho’s new film, “Dangerous Liaisons”.

CNA: Anita Yuen admits she was once a kept woman

Yuen had previously revealed that she had been someone’s mistress during an interview with TVB General Manager Stephen Chan in 2007, but this was the first time she went into detail about the matter.

MSN: A grand birthday celebration for Andy Lau

While the banquet yesterday was to be an early birthday celebration, there were rumours that suggested it was actually a belated wedding banquet instead.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heung

Fans

(Sina-slideshow)

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

(Sina-slideshow)

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.

(Sina)

Posters for Stronger Than Earthquake about the Sichuan Earthquake

(Sina)

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.

January 20, 2011

January 20, 2011

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Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster’ (LATimes)

Opening Jan. 28

THR: ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ Is China’s New Homegrown Box Office Champion

The 1920s Eastern Western has passed ‘Aftershock’s’ $9.8 million take.

Jiang Wen: If you don’t understand my films, you’re ’silly’ (CNNGo)

FBA: Bullets, Confessions head AFA nominations

It’s a wrap for Michelle Yeoh and The Lady

After three months of hard work, playing Myanmar freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady, our very own Michelle Yeoh could finally take a breather as filming of the biopic was wrapped up on Jan 18.

CRI: Batman’s China Role Hints of Future Co-op in Sino-U.S. Film Industries

Reports from media previews of Benny Chan’s Shaolin indicate that the film is quite bloody and children are recommended to be accompanied by parents. Women audibly gasped at certain scenes. Jackie Chan’s humourous appearances lightened the tone in contrast. In addition, the burning of Shaolin Temple is said to not look very realistic.

Poster for What Women Want released (Sina)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011 poster (Sina)

RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fists

The cast: Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Daniel Wu, MMA fighter Cung Le, and what’s really exciting as well, a huge Alive Not Dead contingent!!! Andrew Lin, Terence Yin, Osric Chau, Darren Scott, Celina Jade, Byron Mann, MC Jin, Brian Yang & Andrew Ng are all cast in this project. The whole combo makes for a movie that will definitely kickass!

Action director Corey Yuen and Grace Huang

Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, Wilson Chen Bo-Lin promote Buddha Mountain in Beijing

Buddha Mountain opens March 4 (Sina)

Teddy Robin posted a picture on Weibo from a scene shot for the 1964 film Student Prince that featured Alan Tang Kwong-Wing in his film debut. Unfortunately, the scene with Teddy playing with his first band The Striplings was deleted from the final cut.

CRI: Faye Wong Arrives in Taipei for Upcoming Concert

MSN: Selina Jen could return to stage after a year of therapy

Pop star Selina finally discharged from hospital

MSN: Carina Lau and Tony Leung write love letters to each other

Carina Lau reveals secret to keeping the romance alive

“I can also find out if he delivers on his promises [in his letters],” she joked.

The guest list to last night’s White House state dinner guest list (CNN)

Notable names include Jackie Chan (of Beverly Hills, CA!), Michelle Kwan, Yo Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Tung Chee-Wah (former Chief Executive of Hong Kong), Maya Lin. and Jean Quan (newly elected mayor of Oakland — the first Asian American female mayor of a major US city ;D )

JackieChan.com

January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011

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Glamorous exhibition and archival films to celebrate Hong Kong Film Archive 10th Anniversary

  • The HKFA now plans to embark on the restoration of the films “Colourful Youth” (1966), starring Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao Fong-fong and Woo Fung, and “The Arch” (1970), directed by Tong Shu-shuen. These restored archival treasures will then be introduced to local and overseas educational and cultural organisations.
  • In addition, a “star cards gift box” containing some of the finest photos of the featured film stars will be on sale at $88 at the HKFA.
  • Other thematic exhibitions and screenings to be held later this year include a retrospective of the Union Film Company, Movies on Railways, and the films of director and martial arts choreographer Lau Ka-leung.
  • A HKFA 10th Anniversary souvenir booklet is also being published.

(Sina)

THR: ‘Let The Bullets Fly’ Now China’s All-Time No. 3 Film

Shaolin poster, film opens Jan. 19 (21cn)

Michelle Yeoh is secretly filming The Lady in Paris to avoid affecting the safety of Aung San Suu Kyi who could be rearrested by the Burmese government at any time. A fall UK release is planned. (Sina)

Rosamund Kwan joins Andy Lau onstage.

Fellow Five Tigers Felix Wong, Michael Miu and Ken Tong also joined Andy to sing As Time Goes By. (The other, 5th Tiger, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai was not there.)

(Sina)2(21cn)

Carina Lau (Sina)

(1) Liza Wang, (4) Idy Chan (Kwongwah)

Godmother Deanie Ip, according to one report, got embarrassingly drunk at the concert celebration party.

(ifeng) (tom)

MSN: Carina Lau wants Andy Lau to thank Carol Chu for her sacrifices

Andy’s guests for the night included Idy Chan, who acted with him in The Return of the Condor Hero as Little Dragon Maiden. Both of them shared a duet, ‘The Courageous Chinese’.

Desperately seeking publicity?

Carina Lau marks her 45th birthday with a sultry calendar shoot, but critics say it’s a desperate attempt to boost her sagging popularity.

December 22, 2010

December 22, 2010

CRI: “Big Deal” Starts Filming

The movie recounts a magnificent and crazy adventure of three young men, who pursue new directions in life. “The story themes on daily life and characters in the film are as normal as anyone you can see in real life. I believe the black humor in the film would delight the audience”, said Ma Liwen. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Zhao Wei Announces New Film

Zhao Wei will play two roles in “Underground Resistance” (”Shi Kong Di Dao”), a film that involves romance and time travel, the actress said Tuesday. (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Christian Bale Joins Zhang Yimou’s WWII Film

The “Dark Knight” star will play a missionary working in 1930s Nanjing. The film “Jinling Shi San Chai” (”The Thirteen Women of Jinling”), is set in what was once the Chinese capital at the time of the Nanjing Massacre.

“Investors first and foremost think about the market, unlike Yimou, who is focused on art. We invited Bale to join because I am thinking about the market and because we want the world to better understand Chinese culture,” the producer said. (THR)

THR: “Sophie’s Revenge” writer and director enlisted by Montecito/Paramount, Overbrook/Twentieth Century Fox.

Eva Jin Yimeng, writer and director of China’s 2009 smash hit Sophie’s Revenge, starring Zhang Ziyi, is in Los Angeles working on both a feature film script and a television pilot for two separate major Hollywood studios.

FBA: Bullets takes Aftershock’s opening record

Stills from Derek Chiu’s The Road Less Traveled which opens December 31.

Karen Mok, Louis Koo

(Xinhua)

Empress Dowager and First Emperor Yuan Shikai

Fan Bingbing and Chow Yun-Fat in The Founding of a Party (Sina)

MSN: First look at Michelle Yeoh’s portrayal of Aung San Suu Kyi

Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis in The Lady (Sina)

Tang Wei in her first endorsement since her return, for SK-II (Sina)

The Hong Kong singer posted a photo of himself posing with three members of Fahrenheit.

Lin Chi-Ling: She keeps it simple with money

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