NYTimes: In China, an Attempt at a Hollywood-Style Movie (Empires of the Deep)
It is an ambitious departure from the formulaic historical or Communist propaganda movies usually churned out by the Chinese film industry. [sigh, that old canard again]
Riffing on American indie “Crossing Delancy,” Hong Kong helmer-scribe Ivy Ho’s lackluster romantic comedy “Crossing Hennessy” centers on a fortysomething slacker, still hung up on the childhood sweetheart who dumped him, and a young woman whose family feels she’s involved with an unsuitable man. Ostensibly a vehicle for the two stars, pic forces their relationship to take a backseat to multiple subplots that detour the narrative through sitcom, melodrama and fantasy.
DMG, a Chinese-American media company, and Lionsgate have managed to get “Killers” slotted as the Shanghai International Film Festival’s closing-night film on Sunday.
“They love American movies,” DMG CEO Dan Mintz said. “However, there’s also a signal coming from China: You need to know how to do business with us and how to handle us. The signal is that you can’t just show up once in a while and expect things to go right. You have to know how to work the market and be committed. People know when you are committed or not.”
THR: China screen reaches out for more foreign actors [for boxing, maybe?]
Digital cinema projector maker ramps up output
Triple Tap stills - Louis Koo, Chapman To
Louis Koo, Charlene Choi (21cn)
Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue
Miriam and Shawn were in Guangzhou to promote the Mainland Cantonese version of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff. Shawn discounted recent rumors of a relationship with Sammi Cheng. Since they live in the same building, reporters spotted the pair walking their dogs together. Coincidentally, Love in a Puff features a spring-fall relationship. Director Pang declared Love in a Puff the mildest Cat.III film ever. Some of the changes include: the 10 minute opening scene has been shortened to 3-4 minutes, a cigarette joke referring to the male organ, Vincent Kok’s jokes about the paparrazzi, and a key point where Miriam quizzes Shawn about text messages and the implication of getting an abortion(?) is blurred. (Xinhua), (21cn)
Tsui Siu-Ming promised that the 3D Modern Beijing Opera starring Jackie Chan will be action packed. Chan will play national hero Yang Zirong. It is based on the story of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy which takes place during the Sino-Japanese War. Tsui Siu-Ming is enlisting the help of the PLA backed August 1 Film Studio because of its enormous resources and expertise. (21cn)
Director Ning Hao meets a paper tiger
Gigi Leung was asked at a design exhibition whether ex-boyfriend Ekin Cheng called to comfort her after her recent break up with her French boyfriend. Gigi told reporters that there was no need. (Sina)
Sammi Cheng - Taiwan
Sammi appeared with Fay, lead singer of FIR, to promote sales of handmade soaps to benefit World Vision. (Xinhua)
Gillian Chung appearing at an event for her film Ex.
Is she rooting for England in the World Cup? (Xinhua)