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 picture, Mulan, 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
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: 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.
Alas, the 1966 film is incomplete.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
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 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
Yao Chen attending Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris
Trailer for The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, opening day and date around the world, Mar.18