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August 4, 2009

August 4, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 9:31 am

International Gasp to Set off Laughter

Stars Ge You and John Savage

Wong JingLiu YiweiXie NaXu ZhengHe GuiGuo Degang
Sci-fi comedy Mars Baby combines six styles of comedy

Variety: The Sniper review

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” star Zhang Ziyi is trying her hand at romantic comedy after a series of dramas

Sundance Channel will launch the latest season of its late-night destination Asia Extreme™ in August and September

Stylish Faye Wong Shops in Hong Kong

Eric Tsang shoots nostalgic advert for Mid-Autumn Festival

Louis Koo and Barbie Hsu grace wedding magazine cover

Charlene Choi promotes Coke

Huang Yi ring sparks engagement rumor

Stanley Ho hospitalized last night after a fall
Ho had an operation to remove bleeding of the brain
Stanley Ho photo gallery
Reuters: Macau gaming tycoon Ho undergoes brain surgery

The Sniper (Variety Review)

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The Sniper
San cheung sau

(Hong Kong) A Media Asia Films production. (International sales: Media Asia, Hong Kong.) Produced by Candy Leung. Executive producer, John Chong. Directed by Dante Lam. Screenplay, Jack Ng; story, Lam.

With: Richie Jen, Huang Xiaoming, Edison Chen, Bowie Lam, Liu Kai-chi, Jack Kao, Wilfred Lau, Mango Wong, Michelle Ye, Charmaine Fong, Tung Wai.
(Cantonese, Hokkien dialogue)

Anyone expecting the vise-like tension and clever scripting that helmer Dante Lam and writer Jack Ng brought to the terrific “Beast Stalker” will feel let down by “The Sniper.” But as an above-average Hong Kong actioner, this tale of three sharpshooters locked in an Alpha-male contest delivers enough thrills to hit ancillary targets offshore. Pic was, in fact, shot before “Beast” (in fall 2007) but held back from skedded release last year due to a sex-photo scandal that torpedoed the career of co-lead Edison Chen. Pic finally went out this spring in Hong Kong, snagging an OK HK$6 million ($780,000).

Chen plays beat cop O.J., who’s invited to join the sniper unit after distinguishing himself in a standoff with some criminals one night. While training under hard-assed Hartman Fong (Taiwan’s Richie Jen), he hears about legendary marksman Lincoln (mainland Chinese TV star Huang Xiaoming) and becomes obsessed with equaling or beating him.

Coincidentally, Lincoln has just been released after four years in jail for some (as yet undisclosed) wrongdoing. After picking up a long-distance rifle and tipping off Fong that a Taiwanese gangster (Jack Kao) is about to bust out during a prison transfer, Lincoln takes potshots at the cops during the actual snatch, though he spares Fong.

The beautifully edited sequence, almost a half-hour in, with Lincoln controlling events, god-like, from a high vantage point, sets the tone for an elaborate revenge plot. Lincoln blames Fong for his imprisonment and means for him to pay; Fong, though a onetime friend and colleague, in turn intends Lincoln to pay for killing his cops during the jailbreak.

The three leads are totally defined by their work, making the supporting female roles — Michelle Ye as Fong’s ex-wife, Mango Wong as Lincoln’s beloved — little more than token coloring. Pic, which runs only 86 minutes, also shows signs of cutting at a late stage: Some plot transitions and the leads’ backstories are jumpy, the character of O.J.’s father (Tung Wai) is hardly developed, and there’s even a hint (left hanging) of Lincoln using Fong’s young daughter to psych him out.

Pic’s strongest section is its first hour, with an elevator shootout and subsequent chase that reps the movie’s highlight. Third act, featuring a shootout in an abandoned building, is more by-the-numbers, as the character psychology becomes more simplistic.

Chen, in a relatively small role, doesn’t make much impression compared with the charismatic Huang and Jen, who is surprisingly good in a tough-guy role far removed from his usual romantic-comedy persona.

Technical package is slick, with a standout score by Henry Lai that (rare for a Hong Kong production) develops its main theme in symphonic style.

Camera (color), Cheung Man-po; editor, Angie Lam; music, Henry Lai; art director, Alfred Lau; costume designer, Choy Yim-man; sound (Dolby Digital), Chan Wai-hung, Nip Kei-wing, Phyllis Cheng; visual effects supervisor, Stephen Ma; stunt co-ordinator, Richard Hung. Reviewed on DVD, London, July 30, 2009. Running time: 86 MIN.

July 2, 2009

July 2, 2009

Richie Ren
Richie Ren and Dante Lam promote The Sniper in Taiwan

Long-delayed ‘Sniper’ to Screen in Taiwan

Ge You
Ge You in ensemble piece Gasp due out August 21

Liang Tian, Zhang Qiufang , Ge You

Young Bruce Lees Wanted for Ip Man 2
Related promotional video

Korean monster pig movie ‘Chaw’

Quick, Quick, Slow — Film Review
Bottom Line: “Shall We Dance” for seniors.

Walk to School — Film Review
Bottom Line: A picturesque children’s film that sidesteps genuine social issues.

The Magic Aster — Film Review
Bottom Line: This lackluster eco-friendly animation is a yawn for both kids and adults.

Raymond Wong launches Pegasus
‘All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010′ is firm’s first project

Charlene Choi dons glasses for her stage play Golden Hit

With TVB artist Fiona LeungWith Liza Wang
Photos from Michael Jackson’s 1987 visit to TVB’s Clearwater Bay Studios

Island of Greed bill rises as Andy Lau loses appeal

Anthony Wong greets TVB executive Virginia Lok at her birthday party

Xu Fan and Feng Xiaogang

I spy: Feng Xiaogang and wife Xu Fan with adopted daughter

Despite marital problems and living separately, both dote on daughter on set of Aftershock. Gu Changwei and wife Jiang Wenli have adopted as well as Zhang Guoli and his wife. The article also says that Feng Xiaogang is suffering from vitiligo.

Rosemary Vandenbroucke
Rosemary still serving it up, this time at Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest

April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009

Brigitte Lin

Empress Wu?

Andy Lau joins Tsui Hark to pursue Brigitte Lin for Detective Dee
Shooting begins next month at Hengdian Studio for Detective Dee with a new Chinese title.

The Sniper: Not by a long shot

Director Yang Shares Life Story in ‘Breathless’ (South Korea)

No jackpot yet for Hollywood in Korean film remakes

‘Dragonball Evolution’ Flops
Manga adaptation finds no love on big screen

Variety: Huairou hosts booming local business

New facility competes with Hengdian Studios

Lifting the Veil on a North Korean Obsession

Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee - Red River

78 NGs in scene hitting Zhang Jingchu

Wang Xueqi, Wang Baijie
Wang BaijieWang Baijie
Wang Baijie and Wang Xueqi shave heads for Bodyguards and Assassins

Impression - Hainan Island

Images from Zhang Yimou’s production Impression - Hainan Island

Cherie Chung

Cherie Chung baptized as Catholic like her late husband

Denies rumors of return to film

Nancy Sit Returns to Work

Nic Tse
Nic Tse sports new look with short hair during mainland music tour

Shu Qi
I spy: Shu Qi at Hong Kong airport

Avoids questions about Feng Xiaogang’s remarks that Hong Kong people don’t understand Mainland films

Vivian Chow and Joe Nieh

With father-in-law Ni Kuang

Joe Nieh, Vivian Chow, Deborah Li/Dik Bo Lai
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh open new billiards parlor

Rosamund Kwan
I spy: Rosamund Kwan

Edison Chen
Edison Chen reportedly in debt 50M RMB to his management company after 20M advance on his contract in 2004, legal expenses for Sexy Photo Gate and compensation to advertising agents.

Cheer Chen (Source:UDN)
Cheer Chen: Embrace yourself and you have the world
Cheer Chen not used to performing in a pub

Chosun Ilbo Sues Lawmakers Over Actress Jang Ja-Yun
Alleges libel in naming senior executive

Texas rep apologies for remarks on Asian names

April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

Tina Ti Na and daugther

Tina Ti Na
64 year-old Tina Ti Na is reportedly seriously ill (with cancer?)

But her assistant and son* has denied this. Ti Na had earlier checked into a cancer ward in a private hospital for two weeks.
[*Note: Her son was actually Ti Na's daughter and had a sex change operation 14 years ago]

Jackie Chan goes big on ‘Soldier’
Actor unveils details of his $25 million pic
Jackie Chan veers back to comedy in China
Period actioner follows gritty gang film ‘Shinjuku Incident’

Variety: Romantic Island (South Korea)
Three separate holiday affairs, tenuously connected by their shared destination, are cruisy and bright, though rarely surprising, in the entertaining South Korean criss-crosser “Romantic Island.”

Doomed to Love You poster

Opens April 10

Hu Jun
Hu Jun shaves his head for Bodyguards and Assassins

Carrie Ng
Maria Chan Chai-Ping, Carrie Ng
Carrie Ng returns to movies in a French film, Red Night, now shooting in Hong Kong

She dropped 15kg in weight down to 50kg to make the film.
The film also costars Law Kar-ying and Stephen Huynh and features Cantonese opera.
Stephen Huynh Plays Opera Star in New French Film
Stephen Huynh, Carrie NgLaw Kar-Ying

Zhang Jingchu
Nick Cheung
Red River Beijing preview

Barbie Hsu
Barbie Hsu in Wong Jing’s Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog (or 009)

Dante Lam, Edison, Richie Jen
The Sniper - Down time in the hotel, drinking, dining and signing autographs - photos

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing secretly shooting a film in Shanghai (’East Wind, Rain’)
Trailer, photo gallery

Liu Yun-Long directs and acts the lead.
Cinematography by Arthur Wong, art direction by Yi Zhenzhou
It looks a lot like Lust, Caution. She plays a KMT spy

Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Anthony Wong
I Corrupt All Cops

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing for diamond brand

The article makes a comment about her flabby arms in an otherwise perfect form. :)
Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing magazine spread - photo gallery

Francis Ng and wife
I spy: Back in Hong Kong, Francis Ng takes his wife on a shopping spree.

Francis waited in the car while his wife and a friend went shopping in the hard to park Causeway Bay area. He scurried to his wife’s aid when she came out laden with bags. ;)

Trial: Edison driver tells of 3-hour laptop lapse

Actor Kal Penn (’Kumar’) joins White House team

Film and TV stars, including Jet Li, Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing, were honored at the 2nd Performance Grand Ceremony of Beijing on April 7.

Controversial Release of Eileen Chang Novel

Fast and Furious? Fuggetaboutit! F1 shanzhai style!
F1 racing car made from scrap

April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

Gao YuanyuanQin LanLu Chuan, Gao Yuanyuan
Beijing press conference - The City of Life and Death/Nanking! Nanking!

1200 copies of the film to be distributed.

Details behind Big Soldier, Little General
Wang Lee Hom, third choice, picked by Joan Lin (Jackie’s wife). Lin Peng chosen after being spotted at Olympics opening.

Actress Kim Ok-bin Speaks Out About Starring in ‘Thirst’

Zhang Jingchu, Nick Cheung, Rachel Lee
Red River cast holds first press conference in Kunming, Yunnan

Zhang Jiarui reveals Zhangs Jingchu nude scene doubled.

Daniel Wu, the outsider

Industry abuzz about possible Cannes lineup
Asian filmmakers will be well represented. Bong Joon Ho, the auteur behind Korean monster pic “The Host,” will unveil “Mother,” about a woman who searches for a murderer who framed her son. Genre specialist Johnnie To will probably bring his latest, the Hong Kong revenge pic “Vengeance,” though the movie is in French. And Chinese helmer Lu Chuan may debut his “City of Life and Death,” his Nanking massacre pic, which has been generating strong international buzz.

Super Girl Chris Li Yichun secretly spent four days in Shanghai to screen test for Bodyguards and Assassins

Hong Kong Hustle: tours the Film Workshop exhibition

One dream rush in 42 seconds

Dante Lam plays decoy
Dante Lam’s arrival in Singapore decoys Edison seekers

Director Dante Lam lures the enemies away, Edison Chen escaped to Singapore
Edison Chen braves death threat to promote movie in Singapore
Drill and grill for Edison
Edison Chen, Dante Lam, Richie JenEdison
The Sniper press conference - photo gallery

Court hears of Edison Chen sex photos
Computer technician pleads not guilty at beginning of 10-day trial

Michael Tse- TVB Stars Laughing Gor in New Movie
Herman Yau to direct prequel movie to popular TVB series, Shaw Brothers to produce it

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng apologizes for harassment.

A phone number shown in his movie Claustrophia belongs to a teacher at Bejing Foregin Studies University. Since the movie was shown on the mainland, the lecturer has received phone calls every two minutes asking if it is a movie star or connected to the film company.

Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung joins UNICEF visit to visit children affected by last year’s 5.12 earthquake

Chinese activist seeks earthquake truth
Famed artist Ai Wei Wei wants to identify all [students] who died in 2008 quake.
(Thanks, Brian)
“Ai calls his team of young volunteers “a movement.” Every day they go out and gather research, post names on Ai’s website to commemorate the dead and conduct interviews with parents for a documentary film.”

Test driving Google’s China music search

Kim Yu-na’s Fashion Picks in Vogue

Jang Ja-Yun/Jang Ja-Yeon
Figures in actress sex case to be quietly quizzed
Key figures in Jang case face summons
Police to Seek Extradition in Jang Ja-yeon Scandal
Jang Ja-yeon’s manager gets account info seized

China hi-tech exam cheats jailed

March 25, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 9:45 am


Jackie ChanDaniel Wu
Shinjuku Incident cast in Taiwan
Shinjuku Incident premiere in Taiwan

Hong Kong International Film Festival kicks off
Shinjuku Incident world premiere photos


Richie Ren, Huang XiaomingMichelle Ye Xuan
Cast of The Sniper
The Sniper premieres in Hong Kong sans Edison Chen

Q&A: Tsui Hark
Q&A: Soo-wei Shaw
New executive director of HKIFF and granddaughter of Run Run Shaw
Q&A: Lu Chuan
Director of Nanking! Nanking!
Q&A: Jaycee Chan

100 years of Hong Kong cinema
The question being — is 2009 the 100th year of Hong Kong cinema?
Movie on life of China’s model worker “Iron Man” to debut May 1
Eileen Chang: A great 20th century writer, as depicted in movies spanning 60 years

Door opens for Tibet film from Dai Wei
‘Once Upon a Time in Tibet’ , perhaps with Charlie Yeung

Juliet Binoche plans film with Chinese director Jiang Wen

Zhang Ziyi

Leon Lai, Zhang Ziyi’s ‘Paper Handcuff Fame’
Forever Enthralled opens in South Korea

Ghibli’s Ponyo on a Cliff Dated for August 14 in U.S. Theaters

Female Zatoichi update

Sandra Ng
Sandra Ng spotted filming new Alex Law film

Pregnancy rumors renewed

Kelly Chen
Kelly Chen quizzed again about wisdom of wearing 3-inch heels when pregnant

Carina Lau, Tony Leung
Carina Lau
Carina Lau and Tony Leung arriving in Beijing to promote Ashes of Time Redux

Norika Fujiwara
Norika Fujiwara announces her divorce from husband

Husband admits to having extramarital affair

Annie Yi and Harlem Yu separated for six years

Head of Jang Ja-yeon’s agency says he’ll appear
Police raid Jang Ja Yun’s management firm, suspect it was used as ‘brothel’
Sonija Kwok
TVB actress Sonija Kwok was bitten and threatened with a knife by her domestic servant. The servant had worked for the actress for ten months without issue but apparently she had a nervous breakdown. The servant put a kitchen knife to her own neck and forced Kwok to put on makeup (!). When Kwok called the police, the maid pulled her hair and bit her arm. The police arrived shortly and the maid was taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
Out of control Indonesian domestic helper threatens Sonija Kwok and her mom with a knife

March 19, 2009

Sam LeeDirector Xiong Xin Xin/Hung Yan-Yan

Upcoming Coweb
Coweb: Jiang Lu Xia Stars in Xiong Xin Xin’s First Film as a Director
Kitty Darling?

Peter Chan and Teddy Chen’s Dark October superstar cast
Chang ChenHu Jun replacing Chow Yun-Fat

Simon YamEric Tsang

Also Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Leon Lai, Wang Xueqi, and Anthony Wong.
Not officially announced yet, possibly: Nic Tse, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok and Lau Ching-Wan. The historical epic tells the story of the Qing government’s attempt to assassinate Sun Yat-sen. Originally planned in 1999, then again in 2004 but delayed when the investor committed suicide.
Star-Studded ‘Dark October’

Hong Kong rediscovers Sun Yat-sen

Michelle Yeoh: Interview Excerpts

Vivian Hsu and Feng Xiaogang

Vivian Hsu and Feng Xiaogang promote If You Are the One in Japan

The Sniper - villain Huang Xiaoming
Edison Chen is The Sniper

Peter Chan and Sandra Ng with their daughter at recent art exhibition

Stephen Chow target of criticisms once again

‘Portrait of a Beauty’: gender-bending fantasy

Comfort Woman Film Touches Japan - My Heart Is Not Broken Yet

Wang Xuebing
Jiang Haiyang’s Examination 1977 opens April 3
The Testing Times That Helped Make Famous People

Yumiko, Joey, Gillian and Charlene will cooperate in Hong Kong version of Sex and the City

Louis Koo declares he will return to TVB in 2 years to film series

Chinese ‘Ugly Betty’ Lousy?

Police Denies Knowledge of Names Mentioned In Jang Ja Yun’s Note
Calls Growing for Overhaul of Showbiz ‘Slave Contracts’

Sunny Charlene - photo gallery

White Terror documents cause uproar

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