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June 27, 2012

June 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 7:47 pm

FBA: Black & White Episode I: The Dawn of Assault review

Taiwan’s first action blockbuster is a fiasco, redeemed only by Mainland comic Huang Bo.

CF:Acclaimed Actor Chen Qiang Dies at 94

[The article doesn't mention it but he is the father of Chen Peisi. And I highly recommend "Father and Son's Car" and "The Silly Manager", as well as "Make Ten Million", all of which feature the pair in wry comedies before the boomtimes in China surfaced.]

Chen Peisi, Chen Qiang in “Silly Manager”

“Magician’s Adventure” (1962) (Sina)2

More promotional stuff for “The Four” directed by Gordon Chan and Janet Chun

Liu Yifei

Origins of Riverdance revealed!

Anthony Wong and Wu Xiubo square off

Jiang Yiyan’s got back

Jiang Yiyan

Wu Xiubo

Wu Xiubo, Jiang Yiyan (Sina)2

Poster for “Painted Skin 2″/”Painted Skin: The Resurrection”

(Sina)

Look for Josie Ho in “Open Grave” directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego

Reading her script (and texting her agent?)

The haunting thriller sets six individuals waking up together next to a grave of rotting bodies in the middle of nowhere. None of them knows how they got there. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, who helmed Apollo 18, is directing. (Deadline.com) (Sina)

Today is Tony Leung Chiu-Wai’s 50th birthday and Carina Lau posted this photo of him yesterday. Last year, she wrote, “Master, happy birthday to you!”. This year, “Blissful silence can also be gentle. Happy Birthday”.

And a few more from Carina’s weibo

Tony and Jacky Cheung

Tony and Kenny Bee

Carina, Tony, Brigitte Lin

Couples - Jacky, Tony, May Lo (Law Mei-Mei), Carina

Happy birthday! Thanks you all for coming! U guys rock the party!!! (Sina)

Edison Chen posted another picture of Tang Wei on his weibo with no comment other than Sharing picture, Creepy, dude.

MSN: Joey Yung asks for personal space in hand-written letter

SGYahoo: Michelle Reis removed eight benign tumours

June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: First Time review

Chinese re-working of a South Korean romance is far richer than the original.

FBA: Racer Legend review

Rote drama of motor-racing rivalries, with performances way above the script. 

CF: ”The Last Supper” Release Date Postponed

Director Lu Chuan immediately responded to the news by joking that his “baby is waiting for a hukou” (household registration), meaning that State Administration of Radio, Film and Television had not yet approved the film..

Liu Yifei plays a wheelchair-bound detective in Gordon Chan and Janet Chun’s “The Four”.

In addition, she is ruthless, a friend of birds and has an iron hand

Liu Yifei

Anthony Wong

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

The cast also includes Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou and Wu Xiubo (Sina)23

Adapted from Wen Ruian’s novel. The novel tells the story of four young constables: Heartless, Iron Fist, Chaser, and Cold Blood, who work together to solve mysterious cases and discovers the plan to overthrow the capital by flooding it with an army of undead.

“Windseeker”/”The Silent War” directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong will be released Aug. 10 in Asia, China and the US. Besides Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Zhou Xun, the cast also includes Mavis Fan, Wang Xuebing and Carrie Ng.

On Sunday night, Ekin and Charlene Choi met with the media to promote their new movie, My Sassy Hubby. It is the pair’s first collaboration since My Wife is 18 in 2002 but they showed good rapport.

The album, which contains Buddhist teachings in Cantonese recited by Andy, was released in August 1998 under the singer’s monastic title “Hui Guo”.

November 10, 2011

November 10, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF:  “Taichi” Confirmed to Shoot Trilogy

In regards to the American Film Market (AFM), the Huayi Brothers also announced that the “Taichi” trilogy will respectively be entitled “Taichi 0″, “Taichi Hero” and “Taichi Summit”. The president of Huayi Brothers, Wang Zhonglei, has revealed that the “0″ of the prelude title means “zero”, suggesting that the trilogy starts from “zero”, and tells the tale of how a great master of Taichi was created. (Sina-slideshow)

CF: Homegrown “Love is not Blind” Beats Hollywood Blockbuster “Real Steel”

The performance of “Love is not Blind” has provided startling proof of the popularity of the Chinese romance genre among domestic audiences.

CF: The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven

Originally created in 1961, a new 3D adaptation of the world-famous Chinese animation “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven” will hit domestic screens on January 12, 2012, as announced yesterday by the film’s production team in Shanghai.

According to a report on xinhuanet.com, a star-studded cast will provide the voices for the animated classic, including famed director Feng Xiaogang and Chen Kaige, actors Chen Daoming and Chen Peisi, and actresses Liu Xiaoqing and Yao Chen.

Veteran comic actor Chen Peisi in dubbing studio (Sina)

CF: Fan Bingbing “Unfollow” the World

Fan Bingbing’s first micro movie, “Unfollow”, is set to be unveiled on the Internet on November 15, xinhuanet.com reports today. A black and white trailer has been released in the run up to the micro movie’s official release…According to the production team, up-and-coming fashion photographer Chen Man is at the helm for the shooting of promotional posters.

THR: Sonny Chiba Cuts Four-Picture Deal With Assembly Line

The 72-year-old martial arts master will first star in the action drama “Bushido.”

“Speed Angels” - Cecilia Cheung (Sina)

Derek Yee, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Lau Ching-Wan held the first Asian press conference for “The Great Magician” at Fudan University in Shanghai. A special “making of film” was presented and featured Tony Leung and Zhou Xun singing the theme song.

(Sina)2

Pop singer Mabel Ye Xiqi will adopt a ’30s look for the Manfred Wong-Raymond Yip thriller “Blood Stained Shoes”.

(Sina)

Jacklyn Wu

MSN: Samuel Hui refuses to leave his residence after death of his brother Ricky

Ricky Hui opened a Weibo account just last week and only had a chance to post this one photo.

Today, on the first day of microblogging, Hello, everyone, I’m coming.” (Sina)2

It was also rumoured that Edison not only coaxed Cammi to keep tight-lipped about their relationship with honeyed words, he had also threatened to reveal their two-minute erotic video clip.

Teaser for Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician”

The Legendary Amazons trailer

Concept trailer for “Painted Skin 2″

Black and white trailer for Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”

Yes, that is Michael Wong!

August 6, 2010

August 6, 2010

Xinhua: Quake film triggers calls for shake-up of film approval system

The latest domestic blockbuster, “Aftershock,” set during the 1976 Tangshan earthquake that left more than 240,000 people dead, has stirred up a debate among parents whose children were scared — not moved — to tears during the movie.

Study: Asians rely on mobile video (THR)

Americans watch twice as much TV as Asian counterparts

Danwei: Southern Weekly in conversation with Chen Daoming

Chen Daoming is one of the most venerated actors in China, working in TV and film since the ‘80s. His roles include Fang Hung-chien in the 1990 TV adaptation of Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu . Lately though, his more commercial roles include the emperor in Zhang Yimou’s Hero and the retired People’s Liberation Army officer in Feng Xiaogang’s Aftershock.

Charlene Choi and Raymond Lam in stills from The Jade and The Pearl

(Xinhua)

The Johnnie To-Wai Ka-Fai Single Men and Women crew held a wrap ceremony and invited the media. Louis Koo is still busy shooting Chinese Ghost Story in Shanghai and complained of the heat there filming in heavy costumes. He said filming Single Men was much easier as it was indoors with air-conditioning.

Johnnie To, Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan, Wai Ka-Fai

Louis Koo, Gao Yuanyuan

Gao Yuanyuan

Johnnie To (Xinhua)(Sina)

Miao Pu and Nick Cheung dancing in Stool Pigeon.

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei)

Guei Lun-Mei took on new challenge in her first action role

The Dante Lam film opens August 26. (Sina)2

Vivian Chow and Sandra Ng met with the press to talk about All About Love

(Sina)

Poster for ‘Hot Honey’, a comedy about the ‘hidden rules’ of the workplace. (Sina)

Stephen Shiu’s 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy will beginning filming this month.

Aug.4 press conference photos

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu

SUO Yukiko

Hayama Hiro (Hayama Go)

HARO Saori

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan

The producers, Shiu Ding-Yat (Stephen Shiu, Jr), Stephen Shiu

Tony Ho Wah-Chiu Chen Chau-Ping, Hayama Hiro, Lan Yu (Sina)2

Michelle Reis appeared at the restaurant opening of former suitor Joseph Lau.

The real estate tycoon is known as The One, the pseudonym he used to publish full page birthday greetings to Michelle and even going so far as renaming one of his buildings The One.

(Xinhua)

Tony Leung and Chen Daoming chat at a new car unveiling in Shanghai

Dapper Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina)

Cherrie Ying Choi-Yi Esquire

(Sina)

June 28, 2010

June 28, 2010

Lessons from ‘The Karate Kid’ — Japan out, America down, China on the rise

Meat Grinder (Thailand)

Imagine Joerg Buttgereit’s early movies remade by Wong Kar Wai and you’re halfway there.

Pic introduces its title character — plump, middle-aged Buss (Mai Charoenpura) — when a young guy from the country arrives to meet his fiancee, Aoi, who’s been working at Buss’ noodle shop. Buss tells him Aoi ran off with her husband; after inviting him in, she chops off one of his legs, nails him to the floor by his fingers and then stuffs him, still alive, with herbs…Original Thai title roughly means “Carve Before Tasting.”  (Variety) Now available on DVD. ;D

THR: China media regulator cited for misuse of funds

SARFT named China’s second-most corrupt agency

  • On Monday, an online chart illustrating the annual audit and naming SARFT — and the No. 1 and No. 3 offenders, the State Bureau of Survey and Mapping and the Ministry of Culture — had disappeared from the China Daily’s Web site, apparently nixed by censors.
  • SARFT and the Ministry of Culture both already are under international pressure to loosen their control of the import and distribution of cultural content. The pressure comes largely from the Motion Picture Association and the World Trade Organization, which in November ruled China was in violation of free trade.

Shu Qi and Aaron Kwok in City Under Siege (Sina)

CJ7 The Cartoon posters

Movie opens July 9 (Xinhua)

Stephen Chow

Stephen Chow and Xu Jiao have been quietly filming commercials for CJ7: The Cartoon.

While in Changsha, Hunan Chow reportedly visited Mao Zedong’s former home. (Xinhua)

Edison Chen is Disney-friendly

Edison Chen’s Clot and Disney collaborate in Shanghai on a new line of clothing.

Commerce makes for strange bedfellows.

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Looking like they just stepped out of an advert, Michelle Reis and her husband, Julian Hui, were spotted hand in hand in Macau celebrating her 40th birthday. (Xinhua)

Chrissie Chau

Attending a breast cancer self examination event Chrissie called the Book Fair banning by the Trade Development Council hypocritical. She said she considered appealing the ban but softened her stand.

(Sina)23(Xinhua)

Gillian Chung’s appearance was ‘disappeared’ from the popular Changsha, Hunan TV program ‘Happy Camp’ broadcast. The program which also featured fellow Fantastic Water Babes’ Jeff Lau, Stephen Fung and Alex Fong Lik-Sun deleted all references to Gillian. Taped earlier, all traces of her were eliminated according to reports despite official previews saying that Gillian would appear for a few minutes. According to  those involved in the taping Gillian introduced the film plot, and performed a dance. There was no mention of the ‘photo-gate’ incident so the reason for her removal were not clear. A call to Hunan TV’s chief editor was not returned. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung spotted at the Hong Kong International Airport heading to Shanghai (Xinhua)(Sina)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai posted a photo showing his 48th birthday celebration at home.

Wife Carina Lau was recently implicated in a developing real estate scandal in Chongqing. (Xinhua)

Adrien Brody, Zhang Ziyi - Los Angeles

(Xinhua)

February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010


Fire of Conscience formerly Fire Dragon - Richie Ren

Leon Lai

(Sina)

Gillian Chung

Ronald Cheng

Once Upon a Chinese Classic

CRI: Gillian Chung Returns to Big Screen (Xinhua)

CRI: Nicholas Tse Practicing Hard on “Shaolin” Set

Tse is also working hard on his image in the film, hoping to create a brand new character completely unique from his previous works.

Tony Leung’s surgery disrupts filming for The Grand Master

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s screen time in the film will also be greatly reduced. The 31-year-old was recently embroiled in a donation fund scandal for not giving the full amount of one million yuan she promised to remit to the Sichuan earthquake.

And that is not the end of the development hell for the film project. The crew was not given the green light to shoot in Foshan, China, and had no choice but to relocate to Shenyang. As filming conditions in Shenyang were undesirable, the schedule got further pushed back.

Tony Leung’s surgery causes further delays in ‘Grand Master’

In 2004, Leung, who plays Ip Man, was slated to begin martial arts training for his role in the film. However, Leung suffered a ski injury and had to rest for six months, causing filming for “The Grand Master” to be pushed back.

THR: Hong Kong cinema gets HKIFF spotlight (AP)

“Hong Kong Auteur, Lung Kong” at HK Film Archive

A visionary and an exceptional director of Hong Kong cinema, Patrick Lung Kong was ahead of his time in farsighted portrayals of neglected issues and bold confrontations of sensitive social topics. He left an indelible imprint as one of the most original and uncompromising auteurs of the 1960s and 70s. His unique approach to filmmaking might have been met with mixed reactions but his influence is long-lasting.

Chen Kaige’s Zhao’s Orphan set to begin filming at the end of March has been delayed due to delay in constructing the set. This puts the target for next year’s Lunar New Year in jeopardy. (Sina)

Wang Xiaoshuai, Gao Yuanyuan, Fan Bingbing (Sina)

CRI: Chinese Filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai Receives French Knighthood

Joey Yung, Charlene Choi

Charlene Choi

Joey Yung

Raymond Lam

Emerald Pearl/Jade Pearl has been shooting in the forest in the cold, rain and snow. (Xinhua)

December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009

CRI: ‘Once Upon a Chinese Classic’ Launches Official Website

Jeff Lau updates A Chinese Odyssey with Athena Chu, Ronald Cheng

Michelle Ye and her new movie

Variety: Kitano plots gangster pic ‘Outrage’

Japanese director also writes and stars in pic

(HunanTV)

Kung Fu Kid slide show (Sina)

Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan

CRI: Actress Xu Qing Signs up with Huayi Bros.

THR: HBO, Mei Ah to launch Asian movie channel

Singer Faye Wong to stage comeback concert tour

Faye may return with tour

Also, Wong may perform at state-run broadcaster Central China Television’s annual Spring Festival gala show in February.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Carina Lau

Tony and Carina lent their childhood photos to be used for UNICEF fund raising (Sina)

Nick Cheung returns to Hong Kong with his Best Actor Golden Horse

Kara Hui Best Supporting Actress for At The End of Daybreak

(Sina)

Big Soldiers Launches Official Website

Jackie Chan

Director Ding Sheng

Lin Peng

Xu Dongmei

Wang Lee Hom was absent but taped a greeting. Big Soldiers is scheduled for a Feb. 14 release. (Sina)

November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009

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New Midnight Taxi poster released

(HunanTV)

Mulan’s world premiere has been announced in Beijing for Nov.16. at the Worker’s Stadium.

Zhejiang Satellite TV has acquired the hotly contested live broadcast rights to the event. Beginning on the 7th Zhejiang will begin a massive publicity campaign. (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

CRI: Mulan’s Release Date Set for November 27 (Sina)

Huang Yi, To Yuhang - Ip Man Prequel

Cast for Herman Yau’s Ip Man Prequel at Hong Kong press conference. The prequel covers Ip Man’s adolescence and studies in Hong Kong, his return to Foshan and how he met his wife played by Huang Yi. It’s scheduled for a May release ahead of Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 2.

Xu Jiao will play Ip Man’s younger sister (ifeng)

(Sina)

CRI: First Look at Sun Honglei in Treasure Hunt Movie

Another treasure hunt comedy starring popular actors Sun Honglei and Lin Chi-ling is now filming in the vast desert of northwestern China’s Gansu province. (HD version - Sina)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Sleeper?

Sun Honglei (Sina)

Lurk/Sleeper (Sina)

Yao Chen

Yao Chen, Shen Aojun

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Shu Qi are reportedly interested and in the running for the movie remake of a recent popular TV series ‘Sleeper’. Sun Honglei and Yao Chen played the originals in the story of a Communist sleeper agent in the KMT’s top intelligence agency after Japan surrendered in 1945. While his wife joins the Communist Party, he takes on a temporary wife. Sun Honglei is also open to the possibility to return to reprise his role. (HunanTV)

Wang Baoqiang

Jia Zhangke

Wang Baoqiang will star in a Jia Zhangke produced film, ‘Hello, Mr Tree’ to be directed by Han Jie. (Sina)

October 1, 2009

October 1, 2009a

Variety: Ghost Town review

Zhao Dayong’s magisterial docu “Ghost Town” minutely examines the day-to-day doings in the dying town of Zhiziluo, in the mountains of China’s Yunan province. At a leisurely 172 minutes, the pic takes on the desultory rhythms of rural stagnation, its rigorous compositions imparting aesthetic weight and meditative scope to everything in its purview…

Jiang Wen, Shuji Iwai, Maggie Q, Shu Qi


Golden Week Film Recap (slide show)

Films screening during National Day holidays:

The Warrior and The Wolf, Earthshaking, Royal Tattoo, Copy Cat, Happy Running (animation), Fei Chang Zhu Bo, My Fair Gentleman, Wheat, The Message, Shenbing Kids (animation), Prequel: Monkey King (3D),  The King of Milu Deer (3D), The Founding of a Republic

Hong Kong premiere of Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock

Tony Leung sans wife Carina Lau

Karena Lam

Chin Kar-Lok

(Xinhuanet.com)

Vivian Chow

Vivian and husband Joe Nieh attending the stage drama Wild Rose Xinhuanet.com)


September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009

Aaron Kwok rehearses for National Day show

How does he do that?

(Xinhuanet.com) (Sina.com)

Vivian Chow

New advert photos

(Xinhuanet.com)

Tony Leung

Almost ready to begin shooting WKW’s First Generation Master (Xinhuanet.com)

At an appeance for The Founding of a Republic in Shaanxi, Director Huang Jianxin saidthat the first cut was 3 hours and 27 minutes long but he had to edit it down to 2 hours. The original film is long enough for a 4 episode TV movie version and he is now in discussions with TV stations. (Sina.com)

Astro Boy with the man behind his voice, Aaron Kwok

Aaron and movie son (Sina.com)

China claims ‘Astro Boy’

“Astro Boy,” a big budget cartoon from Hong Kong- and L.A.-based Imagi International, will escape China’s film import quotas and be considered a local picture on the Chinese mainland.


Meanwhile, Lynn Xiong is modeling and filming Ip Man 2 in Shanghai. [Aaron was recently photographed with Mango Wong in Beijing.]  (Sina.com)

After receiving a surprise gift from an anonymous man at a charitable banquet, Chinese actress Zhou Xun has admitted the man was her new boyfriend.

Zhao Benshan

Zhao Benshan had a stroke Wednesday and is now being treated in Shanghai.

Zhang Ziyi - August

Zhang Ziyi sent a video message to Tsai Ming-Liang on the eve of his Taiwan premiere of Face. She congratulated him on his success and expressed hope to collaborate in the future. In the message, Zhang said that movies are a high art form that combines literature, drama and music and other arts which is not easy to do but Tsai was able to do so. At the Cannes Film Festival premiere, Zhang Ziyi said that not only did Face have avant-garde artistic value but should also be appreciated. Therefore, she did not hesitate to vote for Face. (Sina.com)

Screen Daily: Golden Horse fest to open with Warrior and Tears

Starring Tsai Chen-nan, Enno Cheng, Serena Fang and Tsai Jian-wei, Tears is a story about an old detective who takes on the case of a girl who dies of a drugs overdose, and accidentally reveals a hidden crime he committed years ago.

THR: Bey Logan to produce ‘Blood Bond’

Bey Logan has set “The Blood Bond” as the first movie to flow from his new production company following his imminent exit as the Weinstein Company’s Hong Kong-based vice president. The picture is a stylized Asian actioner to be shot in English…The picture co-stars American stage actress Phoenix Chou and also features Chinese model and Taekwondo ace Zhang Lan-xin and veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam. Production begins Oct. 15 in China…

The Chinese-language romantic comedy “Hot Summer Days” will be a co-production between Fox International Productions, China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and satellite TV operator Star Television Asia Ltd., Fox and Star said in a joint statement late Tuesday. Fox and Star are both units of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

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