HKMDB Daily News

March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

THR: Bona Posts 2010 Revenue Gain But Net Loss

The completion of one of those projects, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, starring actress Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha), has been delayed until the fourth quarter.

Addressing queries about another delayed pictureMulan, Bona’s planned English-language international co-production of the story of China’s most famous woman warrior, Bona CFOMason Xu told The Hollywood Reporter: “Yu Dong our CEO is now talking with potential investors both from China and overseas.”…the project’s finance fell apart just before Mulan was due to go into production outside Shanghai last fall, members of the production team told The Hollywood Reporter on condition of anonymity. One described how they had been asked to gather at Hengdian Studios then all been sent home.

Life is a Miracle posters - Zhang Ziyi

Aaron Kwok

People’sDaily: Chinese director Zhang Yimou appeals for sterner action against film piracy

Zhang Yimou, submitted a proposal to the ongoing annual session of the National Committee of CPPCC, together with other five members, including Zhang Huijun, president of Beijing Film Academy, and other famed directors Feng Xiaogang, Yin Li, Feng Xiaoning and Chen Guoxing.

FBA: SARFT considers new product placement rules

FBA: My Own Swordsman review (8/10)

Even more notably, the movie has some of the liveliest and best-staged action-comedy seen so far in a Mainland movie without any offshore help: the finale in the booby-trapped inn is the equal of anything in a similar Hong Kong movie.

Donnie Yen: Bruce Lee is still my idol

HKTopTen: Connie Chan’s Digitally Restored Youth

Alas, the 1966 film is incomplete.

S.F. International Asian-American Film Fest caps

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

Almost Perfect with Kelly Hu and Edison Chen

Edison Chen, a fine young talent, has been effectively banned from Hong Kong films because of a nude photo scandal; their loss is our gain, at least for this feel-good indie film.

HK Film Archive’s “Morning Matinee” to feature Cantonese and Mandarin films in April

In April the Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” will screen four Cantonese and one Mandarin film starring renowned Cantonese opera stars Yam Kim-fai, Fong Yim-fun, Sun Ma Si-tsang, Lam Kar-sing and film idols Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Patsy Kar Ling and Helen Ma.

Kiwi-Asian marriage in film-making

My Wedding and Other Secrets is a romantic comedy telling a classic tale of forbidden love between a Chinese girl and a Kiwi boy.

The film is based on Liang’s own romance, which was also the subject of a 2005 documentary called Banana in a Nutshell. The storyline attracted acclaimed Chinese actors, Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang to take key roles in the production

According to this report of Faye Wong’s first Hong Kong concert, Faye sang mainly in Cantonese, but also in Mandarin and English. As is typical, Faye spoke very little to the audience, not until 35 minutes into the first night’s concert, she uttered only a brief ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’. Later, when singing a cover of an Eason Chan song, Faye said a few more ‘Thank yous’ in both Cantonese and Mandarin. (Xinhua-gallery)

Director Yan Ran held a joint press conference as he has two film releases to promote, Together and Sweet Journey. Both films are scheduled to be released on the 8th of this month.

Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong), Yan Ran

Li Feier - Together

Zhang Hanyu - Sweet Journey (lit. Under the Clouds) opens March 8.

Zhang Hanyu plays a tragic thief (Sina)23

Xu Jiao attending junior high school

Xu Jiao is being sent to school in Taipei to prepare for her unconfirmed upcoming role in Tom Lin Shuyu’s Star. Among the goals are to not delay her studies, to experience life in Taiwan, and to change her Mainland accent. Shooting for Star is set to begin in early April. (Sina)

Huang Yi - Sky Fighters

Huang Yi

Li Guangjie

Sky Fighters held a grand premiere ceremony at the Tianjin Air Force Base on the 5th. Coproduced by the August 1st Film Company (the PLA-backed film studio) the event included a flight demonstration by Air Force fighter jets. (Sina)2, (Sina-gallery)

FBA: Polyface launched in Taipei

Shu Qi and Carina Lau were among the celebrities in Taiwan to help launch a new entertainment company. The article notes that Shu Qi dressed in a  sexy dresss] while Carina looked like an ordinary white-collar office worker. Lee Hsing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Andrew Lau, Doze Niu also attended. (Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-slide show)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi and Andrew Lau

Karen Mok promoting Canon cameras

In her favorite color, gold (Xinhua-gallery)

Gao Yuanyuan visits Los Angeles and the Avenue of Stars

(Sina-slide show)

Yao Chen attending Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris


MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng rumoured to wed in August

CNA: Sammi Cheng reunites with Andy Hui

CNA: Charmaine Sheh says money’s not the issue in TVB departure

CNA: HK’s Sonija Kwok moves wedding date to prove a point

Trailer for The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, opening day and date around the world, Mar.18

March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011

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CRI: China through the Lense: National Film Museum

FBA: Korean major takes self distribution route in US

The film [Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow ] is released in the US through deals with two exhibitors: CGV America, operates a multiplex in Los Angeles’s Koreatown and a subsidiary of Korea’s CJ-CGV; and US giant AMC from next week in other cities including San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii and Vancouver.

CRI: Sun Honglei Concerned about Image in ‘Warring States’

GlobalTimes: Mountain’s peak (Buddha Mountain)

Having triumphed in last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, winning Best Artistic Contribution and Best Actress for star Fan Bingbing, Li Yu’s youth film Buddha Mountain begins showing nationwide Friday.

The female Li is known for previous artistic works including Fish and Elephant (2001), known as China’s first lesbian film, and won awards in the Berlin and Venice film festivals. Her Dam Street (2005) also received international acclaim as did Lost in Beijing (2006), the graphic sexual content of which led to a long and unsuccessful battle with domestic censors. Indeed, none of Li’s films have enjoyed a cinematic release in her own country.

But her fourth feature film, Buddha Mountain lacks sexual, violent or political content and is, in fact, a relatively mild story. “It [the banning of Lost in Beijing] got on my nerves and I couldn’t sleep at nights. I was too stubborn at that time. I have now formed a better relationship with the censorship people, and found a win-win solution: a good film for me that also caused no problem for them,” Li told the Global Times.

Together poster features Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Opening March 8. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Isabella Leong, Selina Jen…

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng are back together

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung show affection in public

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s wedding details revealed

CNA: Lin Chiling says ‘no’ to public romances

MSN: Netizen accuses Ella Chen’s boyfriend of being a playboy

Bob Dylan is coming to BeijingCNA: Bob Dylan to perform in China

March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

FBA: Lau and Ip reunite for Sister Peach

AP: HK star Andy Lau channels China earnings to local films

Lau said he was barely spending any time in Hong Kong these days, instead busy belting out his hits for mainland fans and capitalizing on his stardom among entertainment-hungry Chinese audiences that accounted for a total box office of $1.55 billion last year. Lau has been the front man for most Chinese blockbusters in recent years, most recently a remake of the kung fu classic “Shaolin” and the fantasy-mystery “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.”

Ann Hui is one of the local directors who has sort of fallen by the wayside amid the rise of big-budget Chinese productions. She excels in Hong Kong-set family and domestic dramas that win critical acclaim, but struggles to find viewers on the mainland.

Latest poster for the J-10 film, now called Sky Fighters

As Lock Destination, last month

Whatever it’s called, it’s Huang Yi in a flight suit! Take that, Kelly McGillis. (Sina)2

Sky Fighters costar Li Guangjie and Huang Yi attend the Beijing premiere of Johnnie To/Wai Ka-Fai’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.


Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Tsui Hark with Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Tsui Hark with Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai

Guests Huang Xiaolei, Zhang Guoli (center) (Sina)2

The Warring States starring Sun Honglei, Kim Hee-Sun and Francis Ng opens April 15, the official web site launch is today. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok

Appearing in Beijing with a “marriage certificate” Life is a Miracle announced a new Chinese title (lit. Favorites) for the Gu Changwei film openinng May 10.


New poster for diaster film Together starring Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Ni Dahong, Yan Ran, Li Feier

Director Yan Ran has another film Sweet Journey being released at the same time

Zhang Hanyu and Yu Na star


Chen Hong, wife of Chen Kaige, has a guest role in The Lost Bladesman.

She plays the wife of Alex Fong Chung-Sun’s character. (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan poses for Darizi (Big Wedding Day) magazine (Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei in Dubai photo shoot for Voyage magazine

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Lin Chi-ling: We’re more than friends

The Taiwanese model was talking about her relationship with businessman Qiu Shi Kai

Aiiya, check out the underarm stains! (Sina-slide show)

MSN: Dee Hsu tickles fans with bathroom photo

CNA: Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split

February 16, 2011

February 16, 2011

THR: Day-and-Date Release Planned in U.S., China for Jackie Chan’s ‘1911′ (Berlin)

A September/October release is planned. (Sina)


March 17

Ando Masanobu

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman will get a simultaneous multi-national release on Mar. 17 that includes North America, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. (Sina)

WSJ: ”The Killer”: Remaking a John Woo classic

Mr. Woo, who is one of the producers of the remake, says of Mr. Lee: “I like the way he expresses a feeling or emotion through powerful visual language” and that his vision is “faithful to the spirit of the original movie.”

THR:  Annapurna Productions Takes Wong Kar Wai’s ‘Grandmasters’ for North America (Berlin)

Megan Ellison is in final negotiations to pick up the rights and to make a significant financial commitment to the movie.

CRI: Mainland Box Office Top 10 (Feb. 7-13, 2011)

CRI: Chinese Film Wins Top Prize at Vesoul Festival

“Addicted to Love” (”Lao Na”) won three awards at the 17th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema on Tuesday, February 15, 2011, including the highest Golden Cyclo Award.

The film, directed by Liu Hao, features a Chinese retiree, Old Pop, who lives in Beijing with his extended family. One day, he meets his first love accidentally. In spite of their children’s reluctance, the two start meeting in secret. Discovering his first love has Alzheimer, Old Pop plays little games with her to exercise her mind.

THR: Bleak Night review (South Korea)

Downbeat, compellingly believable saga of high-school friendships gone fatally sour.

Lin’s production crew reportedly nicknamed her “The Gentlest Director in History” as she was always courteous to her crew members on the set and gave her orders in her trademark ‘baby doll’ voice.

“Still In Time To Say I Love You” will premiere on YouTube on March 1.


Chow Yun-Fat has finished his scenes for The Monkey King

A summer 2012 release is planned (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat as the Jade Emperor

Kelly Lin as Guanyin (Sina)2

Together poster

Chen Xiaodong (Daniel Chan), Ni Dahong

Ni Dahong stars in the mine diaster film, Together (lit. Survival Day), opening Mar. 4.

The production created an underground “maze of death” 200 meters long with 18 bends and 30 intersections. (Sina)234

The Man Behind the Courtyard House stills

Simon Yam

Zhang Jingchu (Sina)2

WSJ: Stanley Ho Files New Lawsuit (RTHK)

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