HKMDB Daily News

November 2, 2009

November 2, 2009

Mulan opens November 27

Amazing Tales: Three Guns (Dec.10, earlier reported as Dec.11)

Ning Hao’s No Man Land/No Man’s Land (Dec.18)

Other release dates: The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers, Panda Express (Nov.20), Bodyguards and Assassins (Dec.18), Still unconfirmed: Treasure Hunter,14 Blades, Little Big Soldier, Confucius. (

Stephen Chow

Spotted outside a Hong Kong Jockey Club event, Stephen Chow said he will begin shooting a film next year. A noted bicycling enthusiast often seen riding about the city, reporters suggested a Shaolin Bicycle film would be appropriate. Asked if he was taking advantage of the real estate market to make big money, Chow was evasive. (Sina)

Ann Hui has not decided whether a kissing scene between Vivian Chow and Chan Wei-Ting will be necessary. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok

Josie Ho

Josie, Aaron, Director Roy Chow, Christine To (writer)

Murderer aka Crime and Punishment promotion in Guangzhou. The ending was changed and the violence toned down in order to play in the Mainland. Josie Ho hoped that her Dream Homes would be accepted for screening with edits from director Pang Ho-Cheung. (Sina) (Xinhua)

CCTV: Remake of the classic “Mulan”

Actress Zhao Wei said, “I have dressed like a man before, but it was all about being funny. This time, I have to actually perform like a man. I’m not sure if the audience will think I’m really manly in this film. Director Ma has been devoted in sculpting my part and Chen Kun’s role. So the movie is going to be very romantic.”

CCTV: Stephen Fung’s Jump

Hong Kong actor, singer, model, writer and film director Stephen Fung’s third directorial effort “Jump” will come out soon to be screened for the year-end season. Fung has recently embarked on an intensive promotional campaign around China in hopes that it will help his movie “Jump” over some fierce box office competition…

THR: ‘Stool Pigeon’ starts filming in HK

‘Beast Stalker’ team returns with police story

[T]he first-ever recipient of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress, is making a comeback with a new indie film called “At the End of Daybreak.”

‘Tuya’s Marriage’ director stands out at four-day market

Film production house now valued over $1.5 bil

August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009

Variety: Crazy Racer review
[Why can't I see this on DVD with subtitles!]

Variety: Look For A Star review

News from KOFIC
Haeundae Box Office Rampage about to Hit China

Even though tidal wave warning systems had predicted the oncoming Haeundae tsunami, the Korean box office was not prepared for its mass devastation. The film attracted 1,546,976 viewers in its opening weekend grossing over 11 billion won (U.S $.9,000,000) Climbing to number one in the box office it even managed to push aside Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which has been weaving its own box office magic around the world.

Tsunamis usually subside but Haeundae has continued its onslaught going from success to success. Initially, when it was released back in April it sold to a number of territories at the HK Film Mart. Word of its success obviously reached back to Korea and anticipation of its release here was high. More recently, it has been announced the China Film Group (C.F.G), will, on a revenue-sharing basis import the film into China. This is rare for a Korean film but given the film’s star power, ongoing success and mix of big-budget, block-buster yet non political ideals, does seem an ideal China release. The film was released in Korea July 23.

Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Jo Koo begin filming Poker King in Macau - photos

Hip-hop Singer to Star in Movie Remake of Bestselling Novel
Taiwan singer Stanley Huang will star in film “Du Lala’s Promotion”, which is to be directed by Xu Jinglei

The object of a 13 year-old’s affection (see story below)

Ani-com Hong Kong

July 28, 2009

July 28, 2009

Jet Li
Still from Sylvester Stallone film The Expendables - Jet Li

SCMP: Daniel Wu discusses new film ‘Overheard’
Zhang Jingchu, Lau Ching-Wan
Overheard takes in 35M yuan in the opening weekend

‘Tracing Shadow’ Premieres

More photos of premiere

Peter Chan wanted to cast Michelle Reis ten years ago when Bodyguards and Assassins was first planned

Additional photos of Michelle Reis on set of Bodyguards and Assassins
Andrew Lau received a 1905 HK$10 bill as a reward and commemoration for his efforts
Peter Chan, in a surprise, introduced Andrew Lau on the last of shooting. Lau had been called in to assist due to an unnamed large crisis.
‘Infernal’ Lau joins ‘Bodyguards’

Shing Fui-On
Shing Fui-On suffers recurrence of nasopharyngeal carcinoma

The 54 year-old actor was treated in 2004 with chemo and radiation therapy and he lost 45kg in weight. He also lost his sense of taste and hearing. Nonetheless, Shing was elected village head in Sai Kung and later ran for election to the legislature but was defeated.
Nick Cheung, also a Sai Kung resident, went directly from shooting To Live and Die in Mongkok to visit Shing at the Hong Kong Baptist Hospital. He is due to be released in a couple days.

Prison on Fire
1988 - The Greatest Lover
2001 - ATV series with Japanese beauties
Secret Lover, 1995The Detective, 2007
2003 running for legislative council member

Shing Fui-On continued auto racing even after first being diagnosed in 2004

Zhang Ziyi Interview: From Actress to Producer (Thanks, to duriandave, for pointing it out)

Chinese filmmaker Feng Xiaogang begins shooting earthquake movie
“Aftershocks” tells the story of a seven-year-old girl who survived the quake that killed more than 240,000 people.

Hong Kong filmmaker Lee Kung-lok’s romantic comedy Let’s Fall in Love starts shooting in Beijing on July 24.

MIFF weighs future of Chinese pics
Claustrophobia, Miao Miao also withdrawn

Hollywood Reporter: Haeundae - film review
Bottom Line: Korea’s first disaster movie is slow to reach a crest of excitement but eventually delivers shiploads of action and visual spectacles.
Disaster film a Korean BO success

Comic-Con ‘Thirst’ panel with director Park Chan-Wook

Sassy Girl Returns as a Cyborg (video/photos)
Sassy girl returns as robot in Cyborg She

HK singer Eason Chan’s marriage in trouble?

Donnie Yen’s birthday party
Donnie Yen and wife
Raymond WongLynn XiongCheung Tat-MingVincent Kok
Roy CheungLeon LaiAndrew Lin
Donnie Yen celebrates his 46th birthday with friends

Additional photos

Yasmin Ahmad

  • Touched by her maternal glow
  • Friend to All
  • Tears and tribute

    ESWN: Young Models At The Hong Kong Book Fair

    SCMP: Anti-model activists protest at HK Book Fair

    SCMP: Kobe brings MVP skills to HK

  • July 26, 2009

    July 26, 2009

    Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:55 am


    OBITUARY: Yasmin Ahmad, the film legend
    Yasmin Ahmad laid to rest
    Yasmin will forever remain a film guru

    Film director Yasmin Ahmad dies
    Friends and colleagues pay tribute
    Malaysia director of race-themed films dies at 51
    The Passing of a Legend

    Just a sample of Yasmin’s many wonderful adverts
    Tan Hong Ming was awarded a Gold Medal at Cannes last year.
    Petronas is a multinational oil and gas company owned by the Malaysian government and Yasmin Ahmad has produced numerous adverts for them.

    Yasmin’s death also felt in Singapore
    Her death, caused by a stroke, raised questions on what would happen to ‘Go, Thaddeus’, a film that she was to direct, which is still in its early stages of production.

    Park Chan-wook’s ‘Thirst’ is a vampire film sans cliches

    Karen Mok
    Karen Mok in concert in Tianjin

    Actor Andy Tsang Tak-Wah arrested on sex related charges

    He attempted to rape a secondary school student he met on the interet under the pretext of photographing her in a hotel.
    Even more interesting is that the accompanying photograph looks like it was taken from HKMDB’s own image gallery!
    What do you think?
    The caption credits Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper.
    Wen Wei Po article

    Sam Hui will hold a series of concerts in September to celebrate his 61st birthday
    Always low key, Sam did not hold a press conference but simply placed a newspaper advertisement. He will be introducing a new song that pays tribute to Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui and Roman Tam.

    Chang Chen
    Chang Chen was among celebrities who attended the 100th anniversary of Audi brand

    Zhang Ziyi issued a statement via her lawyers denying reports that her marriage plans with Vivi Nevo were postponed due to his having HIV. These rumors had spread via the internet earlier last week.

    Chinese News Channel Punished for Airing Obscene Ad

    July 20, 2009

    July 20, 2009

    Kent Cheng
    Hong Kong celebrity charity bowling tournament - Kent Cheng

    Exhibition in Hong Kong commemorates 36th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death

    Movies 101: Who are the top young Asian American leading men in Hollywood?

    APA Magazine: Park Chan-wook’s Insatiable Thirst

    Jang Back to Silver Screen in 4 Years
    Jang Dong-gun returns to the silver screen for the first time in four years, in a comedy featuring him as a handsome president.

    Fan Bingbing - The Message

    Leon Jay Williams aka William
    Stephen Fung, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Edison Chen
    Stephen Fung’s Jump -reshot with Leon Jay Williams in one week

    SARFT approves Jump for exhibition.
    Fantastic Water Babies with Gillian Chung still unreleased

    Li Xiaolu
    One Night in Supermarket premieres in Shenzhen

    Variety review

    Chinese movies struggle to make ends meet despite pretty box office

    China backs Mandarin in film, TV
    Historical dramas, kids’ fare must avoid dialects

    Lin Chi-Ling’s image used without authorization to advertise abortions at gynocology clinic

    The ad promises two minute painless abortions for 400 yuan.

    Cecilia Cheung at Swing concert
    Cecilia Cheung denies pregnancy

    Cecilia Cheung/concert photos

    Angie Chiu
    Angie Chiu in Beijing promoting beauty care product in Beijing

    With Ti Lung's wife
    Oddest piece of news out Hong Kong: Brigitte Lin pregnant?

    Hong Kong’s 3 Weekly wonders. After seeming to be preparing for a comeback working with a fitness coach her enthusiasm has recently cooled. So the magazine raises the question after spotting Brigitte visiting a medical building in Central earlier this month.

    July 7, 2009

    July 7, 2009

    Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
    Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
    Photo Gallery
    Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

    ‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
    Stills from Overheard released

    Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
    Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan

    New Sophie’s Revenge poster

    Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

    Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions

    ‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

    Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).

    Louis Koo, Huang Yi

    Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

    John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
    Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
    John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

    bc Magazine: 24 City review
    HK Magazine: 24 City

    bc Magazine: Roy Chow (Murderer) interview

    bc Magazine: Wai Kar Fai (Written By) interview

    bc Magazine: Jia Zhangke (24 City) interview

    HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

    HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

    HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
    Oppai Volleyball
    (Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

    Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
    PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

    Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

    It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

    The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

    Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
    North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

    Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

    Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

    Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

    Charlene Choi
    Charlene surrounded by fans

    Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage

    A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai

    I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing

    APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

    Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

    June 3, 2009

    June 3, 2009

    Lau Ching-WanLouis Koo
    Daniel WuAlex Fong
    Michael WongProducer Fong Ping
    Overheard cast and crew press conference photos - more

    Lau Ching-Wan
    Overheard - Lau Ching-Wan

    ‘Thirst’ sinks fangs into US July 31

    Film will hit Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York first

    Blood, the Last Vampire: Undead Kimchi

    Kelvin Tong is set to direct a suspense thriller, Kidnapper

    Takashi Shimizu to direct Japan’s first live-action 3D feature The Shock Labyrinth

    Cast Promotes “Sophie’s Revenge”

    Closer Look at Yao Chen (Sophie’s Revenge)

    Yao Chen

    Anthony Wong gets into possible assault lawsuit while dining with Edison

    Edison, People misunderstood my meaning when I said I was withdrawing for an ‘unlimited’ time.

    Cecilia Cheung
    Cecilia Cheung accepts Edison’s apology

    Cecilia Cheung accepts Edison Chen’s apology in sex scandal

    Exclusive interview: Edison Chen breaks his silence

    Edison Chen: I am a victim

    May 29, 2009

    May 29, 2009

    Ekin Cheng
    Ekin Cheng is ready for the Dragon Boat Festival at Sai Kung

    Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung
    TVB artists Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung (Ekin’s girlfriend) attend Shatin Dragon Boat Festival

    ‘If You Are the One’, the Most Bankable One
    Top Chinese earner beats out Red Cliff

    There are no losers at film festivals, says Thirst’s Park Chan-wook

    Judge Shu Qi jaded to sex and violence

    Sister, Tricia
    Edison Chen back in Hong Kong

    Screen idol Alan Tang linked to June 4 escape plot
    John Shum and Anita Mui also named in “Operation Yellow Bird.”

    Taipei Times: Pop Stop

    I spy: Sylvia Chang shopping in Central with husband and son

    Son Oscar was kidnapped in 2000 at age 9 by gangsters

    Chinatown Shoplifting showdown caught on CCTV (Thanks, Brian!)

    Shanghaiist: A lesson on subway etiquette: Pole-iteness counts!

    China’s Susan Boyle

    May 25, 2009

    May 25, 2009

    cyborg300Kungfu Cyborg advert

    South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook’s vampire romance “Thirst” shared the festival’s jury prize, the third-place award.

    The directing award went to Filipino filmmaker Brillante Mendoza for “Kinatay,” a harsh story centered on police inflicting bloody retribution on a prostitute who crossed them.

    Chinese director Lou Ye’s “Spring Fever,” a tale of forbidden romance involving homosexual relationships, won the screenplay award for writer Feng Mei.
    Cannes awards
    All three of the Asian kudos drew heavy booing from the assembled press corps. Biggest scorn was reserved for the director prize for Filipino Brillante Mendoza’s rape-and-dismemberment drama “Kinatay” (of which even admiring jury member Hanif Kureishi admitted, “I don’t ever want to see it again, myself”), followed by jeers for “Thirst” and mainland Chinese director Lou Ye’s “Spring Fever,” which copped screenplay (generally seen as its weakest element).
    Korea Times: ‘Thirst’ Wins Jury Prize
    Korea Times:’Thirst’ Gets Jury Prize in Cannes

    From HKTopTen, now available in blog format (see blogroll, right):
    Josephine Siao Thanks Stephen Chow

    NYTimes: Showing the Glimmer of Humanity Amid the Atrocities of War - Lu Chuan

    Also from HKTopTen, on The City of Life and Death’s lead actress, Jiang Yiyan:

    Jiang Yiyan - Why, you're talking about little ol' me?

    (May 14) THE CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH premiered last week. Lead actress Jiang Yiyan came to Hong Kong to promote with director Lu Chuan. This new star from the Beijing Film Academy appeared on TVB, Cable and other media interviews. Everyone was surprised that Jiang Yiyan who played a heroic prostitute in this film was very mild mannered and quiet. RTHK Radio 5’s film program host Sze Kai Keung and Lau Shek Yin said that Jiang Yiyan opened the entire station’s men and described her as having Fan Bingbing’s feminine charm, Li Bingbing’s quick wit, Gao Yuanyuan’s sweet looks, Vicki Zhao Wei’s cleverness, and Xu Jinglei’s power of making men’s hearts pound without any word or movement. Four days after the show aired, the station received nearly 50 letters from male listeners who told Sze Kai Keung that they saw Jiang Yiyan on television and were completely under her spell. They wanted to form a fan club through RTHK Radio 5 and invite Jiang Yiyan to appear in Hong Kong again. Sze kai Keung responded that they were very busy with radio and did not have time to organize them. They could only relay their good intention to Jiang Yiyan’s manager Wang Jinghua.

    Jiang Yiyan
    Jiang Yiyan

    Dark documentary on China underbelly chills Cannes
    “Petition” documents the plight of China’s judicial “petitioners” — people from across the land who gather in Beijing in the hope of righting legal wrongs suffered back home.

    Lush images, audience walk-outs as Cannes winds up
    Tsai Ming-Liang

    ‘Kinatay’ draws raves, rants in Cannes
    Roger Ebert: What were they thinking of?
    Q&A: Brillante Mendoza

    ‘Sophie’s Revenge’ nabs buyers
    Zhang Ziyi stars in Eva Jin’s romantic comedy

    Ang Lee Partnership Gives Him Broad Film Focus

    Cannes closing ceremony
    Zhang ZiyiShu Qi
    Zhang Ziyi slide show
    Shu Qi slide show

    Vanishing history `robs city of movie magic’

    May 21, 2009

    Thirst (Screen Daily Review)

    Filed under: Reprints — Tags: — dleedlee @ 6:40 pm

    11 May, 2009 | By Darcy Paquet

    Dir. Park Chan-wook. South Korea-US. 2009. 133mins.

    After winning the Cannes Grand Prix with his 2003 revenge epic Oldboy, Park Chan-wook has faltered somewhat (2005’s Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, the poorly received I’m A Cyborg, But That’s OK in 2006), but his visually arresting vampire movie Thirst looks certain to create a stir: adopting a more lyrical mode than before, this complex and supremely inventive work sees the filmmaker back on top form.

    Thirst is not, as some observers expected, a return to a more audience friendly approach - Park is aiming far above the heads of mainstream viewers. But even as it confounds some audiences, Thirst’s sheer creativity and cinematic brio will drive word of mouth and propel it to a solid, though not super, international career in theatrical and ancillary markets. Renewed interest in the vampire genre, manifested at the multiplexes by Twilight and in critical circles by Sweden’s Let the Right One In, should add to the work’s commercial potential.

    The film has already recorded the biggest opening of the year in its native Korea, where distributor CJ Entertainment pulled in 1.36m admissions ($7.2m) in the six days after its April 30 release. Co-financier Universal Pictures/Focus Features will handle a forthcoming US release, and the film has secured numerous pre-sales around the world including Palisades Tartan for the UK.

    Intriguingly, Park takes Emile Zola’s 1867 novel Therese Raquin as the starting point for his story. Sang-hyun (Song) is a Catholic priest who, in an act of moral desperation, volunteers for a dangerous medical experiment in Africa to combat a deadly disease. Contracting the virus, he is at the point of dying when a blood transfusion from an unknown source revives him. Returning to Korea, the symptoms of the disease linger, but he is able to stave them off by giving in to his new, insatiable desire to drink human blood. To his disgust, he realizes that he has become a vampire.

    Meanwhile Tae-ju (Kim Ok-vin) is locked in a loveless marriage to a sickly, infantile young man (Shin) doted on by his obsessive mother (Kim Hae-sook). When the priest - a childhood friend of her husband - becomes a regular visitor to her home, Tae-ju’s previously suppressed desires and frustrations rush to the fore. Sang-hyun, locked in his own inner battle between conscience and worldly lust, submits to her advances.

    Since his breakthrough with Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance in 2002, Park’s work has been characterised by its visual inventiveness, dark humour, intense acting performances, and strange but compelling shifts in tone. The first 90 minutes of Thirst is a robust display of these talents, but it is anchored in a melancholic lyricism that is new to Park’s oeuvre. Although the focus of its narrative movement is not always clear, in its best moments, Thirst offers something of the poetic force of cinema’s timeless masterpieces.

    A key plot development comes at the three quarters mark, and at this point the film displays a shift in style to the kind of highly kinetic Park Chan-wook film many viewers might have expected in the first place. Even the production design undergoes a noticeable transformation. Although logically consistent with the plot’s development, the shift is slightly unnerving, and it robs some power from what might have been an even more heartbreaking final scene.

    In the midst of Thirst’s swings in mood and style, it is the restrained, pitch perfect performance of Korea’s leading actor Song Kang-ho (The Host) that serves as the film’s main unifying presence. In this sense he carries the film’s broader themes of guilt, conscience and redemption almost single-handedly.

    Tae-ju, modelled after Zola’s Therese, is a less consistent character, despite the best efforts of young actress Kim Ok-vin. One of the film’s weaknesses is that, perhaps relying too much on the implicit link with the novel, Tae-ju’s characterisation in the screenplay lacks depth. Supporting performances, bolstered by a highly experienced cast, are excellent.

    Technical aspects of the work, from the smoky colour palates of Jeong Jeong-hun’s cinematography to the deliberate artifice of Ryu Seong-hee’s antique-styled production design, are as good as anything in contemporary Asian cinema.

    Production company
    Moho Films

    International sales
    CJ Entertainment, (82) 2 2017 1193

    Miky Lee
    Katharine Kim
    Park Chan-wook
    An Soo-hyun

    Park Chan-wook
    Jeong Seo-gyeong

    Jeong Jeong-hun

    Production design
    Ryu Seong-hee

    Jo Young-wook

    Main cast
    Song Kang-ho
    Kim Ok-vin
    Kim Hae-sook
    Shin Ha-kyun
    Park In-hwan
    Song Young-chang
    Oh Dal-soo

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