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November 18, 2009

November 18, 2009

CRI: Classic Fantasy Film Storms back with Dazzling CG Effects

The sequel to 1998 fantasy/kung fu film ‘The Storm Warriors’ will hit cinemas across Asia on December 10.

CRI: ‘Mulan’ Premieres in Beijing

Three Guns poster features English title of A Simple Noodle Story. The title is reminiscent of the popular internet parody of Chen Kaige’s The Promise, The Bloody Case That Started With a Steamed Bun

(cri.cn)

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s New Film Is a Tribute to “Zhiqing” Generation

Director Zhang Yimou will begin shooting a heart-wrenching romance set in China in the 1970s.

Adapted from a 2008 bestselling novel “Hawthorn Tree Forever”, the story revolves around a great unfulfilled love in around 1975 between two “zhiqing,” or young, educated urban people sent to the countryside for re-education during China’s decade long “cultural revolution.”

Zhang will embark on a Nanjing massacre-themed film following “Hawthorn Tree,” the report said.

THR: Zhang considers war drama, romance as next project

THR: ‘Chen Zhen’ starts shooting near Shanghai

Leon Lai - Frozen

Leon Lai has begun work on Derek Kwok’s Frozen. The storyline is unknown. (HunanTV) (Sina)

CRI: Jet Li Acknowledges Singaporean Citizenship

Kitty Zhang gives her two cents on mentor Stephen Chow

The demure 23-year-old actress revealed her tendencies to quarrel with Stephen during filming due to their differences in personality. Despite that, she expressed her utmost respect for the latter and shared that she is filled with awe and admiration for him.

Panda Express Premiere

Deng Jiajia

Jane Zhang sang the theme song

Liu Hua

Panda Express Premiere photos (Sina)

Charlene Choi attending a Christmas lighting ceremony at Times Square (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung celebrates 15th anniversary of Toughjeans brand

(Xinhua)

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

(HunanTV)


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 30, 2009

October 30, 2009

True Legend

Andy On plays the villain possessed by the devil

Guo Xiaodong first time doing martial arts - grades out an ‘80′

Michelle Yeoh plays a hermit in seclusion living in the mountain

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) HD slides (5) (Sina)

Mulan

Jaycee declined using a stunt double

Latest stills show Zhao Wei and Jaycee Chan fighting (Sina)

Four Marshals

Charlie Young

Duan Yihong, one of the marshals

(Sina)

Xiao Shenyang (Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns HD slide show (4) (Sina)

THR: ‘Blood Simple’ remake set for December

CRI: “Ip Man 2″ Shifts Focus to Life

He Ping’s Wheat accused of plagiarising The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers. He Ping was chairman of the jury at the 2007 Shanghai International Film Festival when The Robbers was awarded as having the most market potential. He Ping and director Yang Peng had discussed the script, Bitter Bamboo Grove, at the time. (Sina)

Wang Kuirong in Wang Xiaoshuai’s Mosaic tries to capture old Chongqing (Sina)

Wang Xueqi and Qin Hao also costar (ifeng)

Jackie Chan: The Centurion

The action star celebrates his 100th film

Variety: Blue Mansions (Singapore)

It’s been a long time between drinks for Singapore helmer Glen Goei, whose 1999 debut pic, “Forever Fever,” a contagious local riff on “Saturday Night Fever,” promised to expand the island republic’s filmmaking horizons beyond local comedies and festival navel-gazers.

Though the least “Hong Kong” of the series — with the usual local in-jokes and linguistic wordplay virtually absent — this is the most marketable of the four to date, as well as a timely commentary on the onetime Brit colony’s cultural relationship with the mainland.

Yonfan’s overly self-conscious ‘Prince of Tears’ treats the White Terror period with a glib sentimentality that can best be described as political terror as soap opera

Old Fish (千鈞一髮)

An unusual Chinese police drama, to say the least. A Harbin cop is forced — and able — to defuse a time bomb thanks to his engineering background, only to find that more and more explosives are being planted in the area, and his superiors want him to keep doing the dirty work. Is Dennis Hopper on the loose? Ma Guowei (馬國偉) plays “Old Fish,” the put-upon policeman, in an award-winning turn. Directed by Gao Qunshu (高群書), who co-directed The Message (風聲), which is currently on release.

Plastic City (蕩寇)

A Chinese crook (Anthony Wong, 黃秋生) and his cooler-than-cool adopted Japanese son struggle to keep their enterprise afloat in Sao Paulo, Brazil, when rivals and the authorities turn on them, including a Taiwanese entrepreneur. Critics said the fascinating idea behind the film and its visual distinctiveness were undercut by avoidable technical problems (dubbing, for starters) and a stereotypically art house divergence from coherent narrative — not to mention stylistic lapses that verge on the silly.

Vengeance (復仇)

Johnnie To (杜琪峰) is a Hong Kong director who has kept pumping out solid action flicks over the years. He probably doesn’t have as much international exposure as he should, but this film may help to change that. The lead actor is legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday, who arrives in Macau after his daughter is nearly killed in a triad hit (the rest of her family is wiped out). Hallyday, now a chef, must draw on his unsavory past to accomplish his vengeful mission — but that past is disappearing as an old injury accelerates his amnesia. Co-stars include the formidable Anthony Wong (黃秋生) as a criminal (again) and Simon Yam (任達華) as a triad boss.

Screen Daily: Far East festivals compete for market attention

US and European buyers were scarce at both events. “There were some US companies in Tokyo but they were looking for remake material, not doing acquisitions,” says Tadayuki Okubo of Japanese studio Toei.

October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009

Francis Ng, a bounty killer?

Yu Nan, his partner

Four Marshals ( 四大名捕): two directors, one title, made famous by a martial arts novel written by Wen Rui’an .

Gordon Chan and Gao Qun Shu (co-director of The Message)  are contending for the use of the title 四大名捕. Gordon Chan has acquired adaptation rights to the wuxia novel and wants to make a costume martial arts (film?) series based on the novel. Gao Qun Shu has already been filming a modern tale in Gansu under the same title but the story is unrelated to the novel.

In Gao Qun Shu’s film, the story is about four police and a fugitive. Casting includes Duan Yihong, Ni Dahong, Wu Jing (replacing Wang Baoqiang, though rumors persist that he may be filming secretly), Zhang Li, Francis Ng ,Charlie Yeung (Francis’ girlfriend), Yu Nan,  (Xinhua) (2) (ifeng) HD slide show (4) (Sina.com) Francis and Yu Nan play world weary bounty killers who look to retire in Gansu after one last expedition. His favorite song is The Eagles’ Hotel California.


Xia Yu, a fugitive

Filming in Gansu

(Sina.com)

Director Billy Chung, Cherrie Ying (2nd left), Wang Zi (left) promote New Year’s action film Wu Lin Xiao Zhuan (lit.Martial Arts Comedy).

The film is a joint Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan venture. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Jaycee Chan

Zhao Wei

Mulan cast and crew become honorary citizens of Mulan’s hometown Shangqiu, Henan Province. The crew also donated movie props to the city. (Sina)

The Robbers (lit.Tang Dynasty Brothers)

A martial arts comedy starring Hu Jun and Jiang Wu opens November 20 kicks off the New Year early. It has been positively received at the Shanghai and Pusan International Film Festivals. (Sina)

Radish Warrior successfully opened the weekend with $8.7M at the box office (Sina)

Love At Seventh Sight (lit.Seven Days To Fall in Love With You)

Alfred Cheung’s romantic comedy opens Nov. 3 and features Mike He and Li Xiaolu (Sina)

CRI: Director Zhang Yimou Tells “Amazing Tales” in Color

The Message has surpassed $220M at that box office and the prequel is set to begin filming next summer. (Sina)

Chinese movie-makers keep faith with martial arts

The Chinese film industry is hoping a little more martial arts magic will woo international audiences over the next 12 months with two productions set to take familiar stories one step further.

First up comes the US$12 million (eight million euro) budgetedThe Storm Warriors, directed by Hong Kong-based twins Oxide and Danny Pang, and set to make its film industry premiere at next month’s American Film Market (http://www.ifta-online.org/) as they try to sell it to the world.

The film is taken from the wildly successful Hong Kong comic series Fung Wan (Wind and Cloud), by Ma Wing-shing, which also inspired the Andrew Lau-directed The Stormriders (1998).

That film starred Asian idols Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, and raked in HK$42 million (3.6 million euros) from the local box office that year. It still ranks as Hong Kong cinema’s 12th all-time top earner.

The Pangs — who built an international reputation thanks to the success of horror film such as The Eye (2002) — say they have tried to reinvent the martial arts genre with their production, reuniting Kwok and Cheng and mixing live action and cutting-edge computer generated imagery.

They also claim the story should stand on its own and not be thought of as a sequel, even thought it features the same characters.

The same line is being taken by the people behind the US$29 million (19 million euro) budgeted Shaolin Temple - which shares the same name as the 1982 film that launched the career of martial arts star Jet Li, and is obviously set around the same legendary martial arts school.

The film is set to star box office draws Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicolas Tse — alongside more than 1,000 monks from the temple.

The film starring Li took in 100 million yuan (9.7 million euros) in China and saw the Shaolin monks start to take their martial arts skills on international tours, a trend which continues today.

But director Benny Chan — who made the award-winning New Police Story (2004) with Chan — told Chinese media that while his production shares a number of things in common with Li’s film, he plans to move the story of the monastery forward from the seventh century to the early 20th century.

Shaolin Temple will have its fight scenes choreographed by Hong Kong’s Corey Yuen (Red Cliff, X-Men) and is set for an end-of-2010 release. (Independent.co.uk)[site flagged for trojan virus]

October 23, 2009

October 23, 2009

Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue

Cheung Tat Ming, Shawn Yue

Shooting Pang Ho-Cheung’s new film in Tsim Sha Tsui (Sina.com)

Huang Bo in Radish Warrior/Stubborn Radish

(Sina.com)

CRI: Zhang Yimou Creates Vibrant ‘Tales’

Dazzling pink for the men, and garish green for the women. Chinese director Zhang Yimou only wants gaudy costumes worn in his latest film “Amazing Tales: Three Guns”

Variety: I Come With The Rain review

Storm Warriors slide show (7) (Sina.com)

China Confronts Difficult History in New Domestic Film Premiering at the Chinese American Film Festival in L.A.

Gao Kao 1977 becomes Examination 1977, Exam 1977, for US, Turning Point 1977

TURNING POINT 1977 tells the sympathetic story of young people who struggle to determine their own futures.

Jiang Wenli has double cause for celebration.

Golden Rooster’s Best Actress for And The Spring Comes and

PIFF’s Audience Award for Lan in her directorial debut

(Sina.com)

CRI: New ‘Journey to the West’

House of 72 Tenants Cast Launch Ceremony

Producer, director Eric Tsang,

Anita Yuen and Jacky Cheung play husband and wife

Jacky Cheung (Sina.com)

Bernice Liu

Joyce Cheng reprises her mother’s (Lydia Shum) role

Charmaine Sheh

Linda Chung

Michael Tse Tin Wah

Bosco Wong

Joyce Tang

Lawrence Ng, Raymond Cho Wing-Lam

Eric Tsang

(Xinhua) (Sina.com)

The singer-actor produces, directs and acts the 20-episode Sci-Fi TV series, which is now in post production. (Props, Sina.com)

October 20, 2009

October 20, 2009

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Producer Manfred Wong promotes Stubborn Radish aka Radish Warrior which opens later this month. (Sina.com)

The Message premiere in Taipei, Taiwan

(Sina.com)

Abu Dhabi - Maggie Q, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Joe Odagiri (The Warrior and The Wolf)

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow was photographed in a gay bar preparing for her role in Ann Hui’s ‘Up and Down’ 《上上下下》. Ann Hui arranged for Vivian to visit an lesbian bar establishment in Lan Kwai Fong and meet some gay women. Vivian is earning a reported seven figure fee for her role in the film costarring Sandra Ng. (Xinhua)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu has been cast in the lead of the new film from Cape No. 7 director Wei Te-Sheng, to be produced by John Woo. Vivian will be putting her multi-lingual skills to use as she will be speaking in Japanese. (Sina.com)

Anthony Wong

CRI: Vivid Tang Dynasty Shown in TV Drama

Ning Hao

Ning Hao’s latest film ‘No Man’s Land’ is in post-production. It will feature a new side of Huang Bo, who is having a busy year with Cow, Radish Warrior and Crazy Racer. (Sina.com)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns is also in post-production and expected to be completed next month. The original story has changed and now is said to be three connected stories about paired couples and their quarrels. Staff have had to sign confidentiality agreements with $1M fines. Zhang Yimou has spent a great attention to the colors of the costumes discarding the originals and having them redone. Zhang is also busy working on his Turandot production at the Bird’s Nest. (Sina.com)

CRI: ‘True Legend’ to Open during Chinese New Year

Yuen Woo-Ping’s new film about 19th-century hero Su Qi-Er (Beggar So) will open in Chinese cinemas around mid-February in time for the Chinese Lunar New Year, the movie’s producers announced on Monday.

Moviegoers will also be able to see a few scenes featuring the late Hollywood actor David Carradine, who was known for his role in the “Kill Bill” series. Director Yuen invited Carradine to work on his film after a pleasant collaboration in “Kill Bill” for which Yuen was the stunt advisor.

THR: ‘Founding’ now top Chinese film

CRI: Zhou Xun Celebrates 35th Birthday and Best Actress Award

Black &; White sweeps Golden Bell amid controversy

101-year-old founder to become non-executive chairman

August 7, 2009

August 7, 2009

Taipei Times Film Review: Simplicity unveils a complex character in ‘Yang Yang’

HK Magazine: Overheard film review

‘Yasukuni’ Cuts Into Spiritual Dimension

Xu Jinglei Creates High-Fashion Du Lala
“Du Lala’s Promotion”, adapted from a bestselling Chinese novel of the same name, centers on a woman named Du Lala who takes the high road to get promoted.
More cast photos

Huang Yi
Huang Yi reprises Lin Chi-Ling in Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box




Stills from new trailer of The Message


New Photos of ‘Yang Guifei’

Anthony Wong as Tang emperor Xuanzong

Outfest 2009: An interview with Francoise Yip

APA Top Ten: Hayao Miyazaki Scenes

Taiwan denies boycotting Australian film festival
GIO criticizes withdrawal of the movie ‘Miao Miao’

Action! A New Type of Kung Fu Movie Is Set to Hit the Screens (Bodyguards and Assassins)
“Bodyguards and Assassins” Trailer

Zhang Mo
Zhang Yimou’s daughter Zhang Mo has joined the crew of Three Guns

26 year-old Zhang Mo will work as editor on the film. She graduates this year from NYU Graduate Film School. Originally, Zhang Mo originally entered Columbia law school but changed her studies. She has also married an American.



Shu QiDaniel Wu
Leon LaiSimon Yam
Daniel Wu dressed as Bruce Lee
Miriam YeungMichelle YeDenise HoIvanna WongLam Ka-Tung
Shawn Yue, Alan MakPeter Lam
Media Asia boss Peter Lam hosts a star-studded birthday party

Jay Chou might replace Stephen Chow in The Green Hornet!
Jay’s Pandaman a copycat?

Stylish Faye Wong Shops in Hong Kong

Zhang Ziyi’s relationship on the rocks

Jet Li Promotes ‘Wuji’ Exercise

Bai Ling
Bai Ling in Taipei at promotion for film Black Fairy

McDull Movie Creators Plan Spin-off Products

Internship with Hong Kong-based film company

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Malaysia considers Web filter similar to PRC’s Green Dam

August 6, 2009

August 6, 2009

Warners offers Bruce Lee role to Rain
Korean singer-actor still mulling remake of ‘Enter the Dragon’

Jaycee Chan Comedy novice in Tracing Shadow

Johnnie To: Johnny Hallyday wasn’t prima donna on ‘Vengeance’ set

‘Chengdu, I Love You’
“Chengdu, I Love You” may not be shown in its entirety as its premiere closes the 66th Venice International Film Festival.

“Empire of Silver” Generates Its Own Fortune in Taiwan


Kungfu Cyborg - Eric Tsang, Law Gar-Ying photos
Opens August 20 simultaneously in Hong Kong and Mainland

Barbie Hsu, Wong JingLouis Koo
Meng YaoJing girl - Liu Yang
On His Majesty’s Secret Service premiere - photo gallery

Maggie Siu, Simon Yam
Michelle YeAnthony Wong

Vengeance premiere photos

Opening ceremony at Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival

Mao Mao
Mao Mao - Zhang Yimou’s Amazing Tales - Three Guns


Jet Li: Never Heard about ‘Shaolin’ Remake


Gillian Chung scenes deleted from Jeff Lau’s Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box for fear of Mainland objection

Mars Baby photo gallery

Charlene Choi: Twins will not be disbanding

Zhang Ziyi and Vivi Nevo separated
Recently, Zhang has been staying in Beijing to help her brother take care of his children and promoting her new film. Supposedly, the real reason is that the two have parted company.


New Faye Wong advert photo found on her Facebook page

Karena Lam
Karena Lam promoting cosmetics

Zhang Pimin promoted to deputy director of China’s SARFT

August 3, 2009

August 3, 2009


Michelle Ye in Cheang Pou-Soi’s Accident (formerly Assassins)

Hong Kong art-house director Stanley Kwan tackles science fiction film

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns story summary
The comedy-thriller is about the owner of a Chinese noodle shop whose plan to kill his cheating wife and her lover “spins out of control after the introduction of a gun into the lives of characters more accustomed to knives and swords,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement sent to The Associated Press late Friday.

Hong Kong cartoon piglet debuts - McDull
CCTV video in English

Nick Cheung – a late bloomer
CCTV video version (English)

Tangshan Earthquake represented on big screen
CCTV video in English
 Huayi Bro. Denies ‘If You Are the One’ Sequel in the Pipeline
Feng Xiaogang has decided that following his current project “The Tangshan Earthquake”(formerly named “Aftershock”), he will film a comedy but he has yet to choose a story.

Hollywood Reporter: Meat Grinder — Film Review
Thanks to “Meat Grinder,” Thai cinema now boasts its own Sweeney Todd in the form of a female psychopath who grinds her victims into meatballs for noodle soup

NY Times: Chasing Society’s Hidden Dragons - Ang Lee

Venice Launches 3D Film Prize, Ang Lee Heads Jury Panel

‘Talentime’, Yasmin’s final masterpiece?
[Related note: iTunes Store has three free podcasts available with interviews/discussions with Yasmin Ahmad and Sharifah Amani]

Actress Lee Sinje bags beauty ambassador role
Lee Sinje in Singapore as SK-II beauty ambassador - photos

Andy LauGong Li
Patrick TseKelly Lin, Simon Yam
Kenny BeeJordan ChanAndy On, Jennifer TseJet LiLau Ching Wan
Stars open Lan Kwai Fong Hotel in Macau promote child adoption - photos

More photos


Aaron Kwok Taipei concert


Photo gallery


SCMP: Gillian Chung interview with subtitles
Plays Carmen Mok in remake of Neil Simon’s I Ought To Be in Pictures

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009


New Sophie’s Revenge poster


Zhang Ziyi

More stills - Sophie’s Revenge


Tracing Shadow poster

Recent posts from Bey Logan’s blog
Bey Logan: Chow on Fire
Fat Gor tries to change a flat tire/tyre

Bey Logan: Coffee with Gong Li
Gong dominated Chinese cinema to such an extent that, when she proved unavailable for the project, Chen Kaige begrudgingly began his film Temptress Moon with another actress, Iron Monkey’s Jean Wang, before summarily dismissing her when Gong Li did become available (and then, rather unkindly, criticizing Wang in the press.)

Bey Logan: The Man With The Deadly Pen
Ngai Hong (AKA Ni Kuang) (and Vivian Chow’s father-in-law)

Guardian: Can Kung Fu Cyborg kick Transformers’ arse?

Shu Qi performing action stunts on City Under Siege - slide show

Fruit Chan
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan’s Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival


Xiao Shenyang
Sun Honglei
Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Li Bingbing was admitted to the hospital with heat stroke and hospitalized for two days but has now returned to the set of Detective Dee
on.cc

Chow Yun-Fat possibly joining the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly

The woman who changes one man’s destiny - Michelle Reis
“If a woman can change a man’s whole life, that’s an attractive story to me,” the 39-year-old says. “My role encourages a beggar to stand up to hardship and live with dignity and confidence. She makes me believe in love.”

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu to star in Sun Zhou’s 1949 war drama set in Guangzhou

Kelly Chen

Hong Kong media is reporting that Kelly Chen is not getting along with her mother-in-law

Supposedly clashing over cooking and child care
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/301496/1.html


Zhao Wei releasing new album on digital platform via China Mobile (a la Karen Mok) in August

Rumor: Zhao Wei has registered for marriage in Singapore to a businessman
She was spotted with a wealthy merchant outside a marriage registration office in Singapore. To register in Singapore one must be a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore.
If so, can a change in citizenship be far behind? :)
http://www.businesstimes.com.hk/a-20090730-24326/zhaowei12
http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20090730/1976875.html



Liu Ye promoting auto brand

First public appearance since marriage

Pace Wu

Pace Wu in Taipei promoting cosmetics - gallery


Paris Hilton dons a Hello Kitty dress

Group wants to stub out film smoke
Chinese anti-smoking group call for a ban on smoking scenes

Hong Kong gang convicted for piracy
Leader sentenced to 74 months; $1.1 mil in assets seized

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