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October 5, 2012

Cold War (Screen Daily review)

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Cold War
October, 2012
By Jason Bechervaise

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Opening this year’s Busan Film Festival, Cold War is a refreshing Hong Kong crime thriller that provides enough enjoyment that should help secure a wider-audience, but suffers from an overly convoluted plot.

The film’s appeal is further expanded owing to the film’s local stars: Tony Leung Ka-fai (2005’s Election) and Aaron Kwok (Divergence, 2005), which should help drive sales across the Asian region and possibly further afield, but neither is able to deliver the necessary performances to make them stand out.

The film follows two Deputy Chiefs, Lau and Lee who are both seeking the top position on the Hong Kong police force. After five police officers are taken hostage, it’s left to Lau and Lee to solve the case, but they both have different approaches, which ultimately leads to failure. What ensures is a realization that they have become pawns in a more treacherous game.

After building a strong reputation for their contributions on a number of films, debut directors Longman Leung (credits include Vengeance, 2009) and Sunny Luk (who worked as an assistant director on 2006 film Isabella 2006) are keen to exploit their visual talents, which is evident throughout the duration. The film includes a number of well-executed set-pieces, but lacks a fine polish in places due to some rather poor CGI. Nevertheless, its strong and vibrant aesthetic does make up for some of the film’s flaws.

Produced by internationally renowned Bill Kong (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), it has real potential to perform well in Asian markets, but its sloppy storytelling may hinder its success in some other territories.

Production Companies: Edko Films Limited, Stars Shine Blue Sea Productions Limited

World Sales: Edko Films Limited, info@edkofilm.com.hk

Producers: Bill Kong, Dai Song, Ryuhei Chiba, Hugh Simon.

Editor: Chi-Leung Kwong

Music: Peter Kam

Main Cast: : Tony Leung Ka-fai, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, Eddie Peng, Aarif Rahman, Charlie Young & Ka Tung Lam
ScreenDaily

October 27, 2011

October 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: You Are the Apple of My Eye review

A bawdy, sentimental but still enjoyably Taiwanese coming-of-ager.

WSJ: Taiwan’s Hit ‘Apple’ Takes Off in Hong Kong

The popularity of this year’s biggest movie in Taiwan is spilling over into Hong Kong.

CF: Lead Actress of “Magic to Win” Makes Public Debut in Press Conference

The film tells the tale of a modern magic story, in which an ordinary girl accidentally obtains magical powers from her magician teacher. Consequently, she becomes embroiled in a magical world which is beyond her control.

CF: Gao Qunshu to Follow in the Footsteps of the Cohen Brothers

“Gao will start shooting the first movie of the franchise, ‘Detective Hunter Zhang’ in November. He will follow this up with a series of black comedies. We’re hoping that Gao can film two movies every year.”

CF: Still Shots Featuring Kimi Qiao in Film “A Big Deal” Released

FBA: Hot cast for Coldwar

CF: ”Cold War” Holds First Press Conference

During the event, Tony Leung revealed that the film begins with a police car under siege in the middle of a street. With the police station finding it difficult to cope with the crisis, everyone inside is under suspicion for being a mole.

The main investor behind the film, Edko Flim Limited, has claimed that the structure of the story is similar to that of “Infernal Affairs” in some ways, but claims that the film has incorporated a number of other elements including lots of car-chases and deadly explosions.

Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina-gallery)

CF: Couple Joins Forces for a Third Time in New Thriller

The movie held its premiere ceremony yesterday in Beijing to celebrate the fact that this will be the first time that an Oxide Peng film has been screened on the mainland.

Angelica Lee

Angelica Lee Sinjie in Shanghai today for the opening of Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”

Movie poster

Angelica Lee - movie stills

(Sina-gallery)2

Producer Yuan Xiaomin announced that Cecilia Cheung would attend the Beijing and Shanghai premieres of “The Legendary Amazons”.  Despite currently working on “Dangerous Liaisons” Cecilia readily agreed to appear.

(Sina)2

“Cold Steel” stills of tough guys Peter Ho Yun-Tung, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Mickey He and Guo Mingxiang. In the action film opening Dec. 2, Peter Ho portrays a young farmer who becomes a skilled sniper in the war against Japan. Song Jia, Angeles Woo, and Yu Rongguang are also in the cast

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Peter Ho

Guo Mingxiang plays a Japanese sniper

Mickey He  (Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok in another guise for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West (Sina)

Director Tom Lin Shu-Yu

From today’s premiere of “Starry Starry Night” in Beijing

Xu Jiao

Rene Liu (Sina)

Photos from last night’s birthday banquet for Deborah Li at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Besides family, Susanna Kwan and her partner also attended the celebration.

Deborah’s 60th birthday

Andy On, Jennifer Tse

Jennifer and Nicholas with mother

Patrick Tse Yin

Quintus and Lucas

Quintus and dad (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong’s Next magazine published a photo of 56 year-old Gordon Liu recently. The Hong Kong martial arts star suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. His right side has hemiplegia, paralysis, and he is undergoing long term rehabilitation. To prevent identification, Liu wears a knit hat and mask.

Gordon Liu

(Sina)

May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree review (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: Why Hong Kong Favors Historical Fare for Chinese Audiences

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million “Monkey King” plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Liu Xuan - Chinese Former Gymnast Tries Her Hand at Acting (THR)

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

TimeOutHK: Let the Wind Carry Me (Interview)

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.

Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall

Johnnie To

Jury press conference photos

(Zimbio)234

Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When “City of Life and Death” makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

THR: The Weinsteins Ride ‘Wu Xia’ For World Outside Asia, France (Cannes)

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]

Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most ‘Dragon’ rights

TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for ‘Wu Xia’

Cannes Special: Chinese Film ‘Wu Xia’ (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal

A product of the Changchun Film Studio, “The Sun” (”Da Tai Yang”) was inspired by stories of the survivors’ psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao’s New Film to Begin Shooting(Sina)

Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei’s scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a “little girl” was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo’s scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.

Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me

(Sina)

Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan

(Sina)

Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

Gong Li

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung rumoured to use body double for non-action scenes

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.

Ceci’s double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, “Don’t waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!”

He urged Wong, whom he called “an eternal friend” to settle down as well as “have children soon” because she was getting old…The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong’s father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog(CRI)

ChinaHush: Leftover women in Hong Kong to look for Mr. Right in mainland China

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

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THR: Pang’s ‘Dream Home’ sells to UK

KoreaTimes: ‘Tomorrow’ remake to bring macho drama

John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow” showed the world what Hong Kong noir was all about, and the Korean remake of the 1986 classic is now awaiting release on Chuseok next month, with the support of Woo as a producer.

Aaron’s the BIGGEST winner

In Hong Kong sci-fi action movie City Under Siege, audiences will see the handsome 44-year-old like never before.

CRI: ”Color Me. Love” Set for October Release

The romantic comedy “Color Me. Love” starring Yao Chen and Liu Ye, which aims to be the most romantic film this fall, is set for an October 28th release, Mtime.com reports. (Sina)

CRI: “The Stool Pigeon” Press Conference in Beijing

CRI: ’Struggle’ Moves to the Big Screen

CRI: ”Reign of Assassins” Releases New Posters

Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Kelly Lin  are filming a thriller in Xi’an directed by Zhang Qi. Tony plays a mysterious doctor that has to solve six puzzles each one more suspenseful than the last. He has an ambiguous relationship with Kelly Lin. Filming should complete in September.

Kelly Lin

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Kelly Lin

(Sina)2

The back story relationship of Wu Jing and Zhang Jingchu was edited out of City Under Siege (21cn)

Andrew Lin brings his art exhibition to Beijing. He will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s White Snake in September. Andrew worked on the special effects design on Alien 3 while living in the US before returning to Hong Kong and becoming an actor. He came out of retirement to work on special effects make-up for Josie Ho’s highly regarded Dream Home. He hopes to raise the level of Chinese special effects in the 3D White Snake which has a HK$10M special effects budget.

Andrew Lin

(Sina-gallery)

Shawn Yue on the August cover of Jet (Hong Kong) magazine

Poster for Hong Kong Film Training

From the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers produced website:

Hong Kong Filmmakers from the industry’s professional body composed of ten members, including: Hong Kong Film Directors, Screen Writers Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers, the Hong Kong Film Arts Association, Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Association, Hong Kong Cinematography Lighting Association, the Hong Kong Stuntman Association, the Hong Kong Film Association and the Hong Kong film post-editing professional associations, covering more than 1,800 workers over the film, as the industry’s key organizations and non-profit organizations. Committed to the protection and the protection of rights and interests of Hong Kong Filmmakers, Filming in Hong Kong to upgrade to improve the environment, as well as industry and government circles as a bridge.

Over the years the Federation of actively promoting the film industry, from film policy, education and training, which had spared no effort to promote Hong Kong films. Including the SARS outbreak during the launch, “1:99 Shorts” short film inspirational cheer for the people of Hong Kong; for the industry shortage of talent and established “film professional training program”; launched the “Hong Kong Film Workers professionally produced guidelines and Industrial Safety Manual” and so on.

Gillian ready to move on with ‘mature-minded man’

HK singer Andy Hui admits he had secret ex-girlfriend

Andy Hui admitted that he had secretly dated former personal assistant Pan Heng Zhang in a handwritten letter to the media on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.

January 21, 2010

January 21, 2010

CRI: Vicki Zhao Bows out of “14 Blades” Promotion

CRI: Jackie Chan to Fight the Last Good Fight in His 100th Movie

“Shi Er Sheng Xiao,” literally “The 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals”, features many intense fighting scenes, almost from the beginning to the end, the super kungfu star said.

CRI: Chow Yun-fat Saves the Third Kowtow for Confucius

Director Hu Mei plans to take the film’s cast and crew to Qufu in Shangdong Province, Confucius’ hometown, for a grand worship ceremony on the same day. Chow who portrays Confucius in the movie will deliver an elegiac address at the event.

CRI: Confucius Squeezes out Avatar

Avatar had been showing on 2,500 screens – a third on 3D and IMAX screens, while the remaining two-thirds were on regular screens, which cost an average of 30 to 40 yuan a ticket, half the price of a 3D ticket. IMAX tickets, however, at 130 to 150 yuan, have been criticized as too expensive for many Chinese moviegoers.

Chengdu stop of publicity tour (Sina)

Oliver Stone visiting set of True Legend

The late David Carradine plays a fight promoter.

(Sina) HD slide show (Sina)

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Noodle Story’ Vies for Golden Bear

Wu Zun (7)(HunanTV)

Wu Chun won’t show flesh in new movie, says 14 Blades director

CRI: Chinese Director Lu Chuan Starts Filming City Story for Shanghai Expo

Charmaine Sheh plays the evil landlady

Charmaine Sheh - 72 Tenants of Prosperity/House of 72 Tenants (HunanTV)

Screen Daily: Bodyguards and Mother lead Asian Film Award nominations

Best Film

Bodyguards And Assassins (Hong Kong / China)

City of Life and Death (China)

Lola (The Philippines)

Mother(South Korea)

No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Taiwan)

Parade (Japan)

Best Director

Bong Joon-ho – Mother (South Korea)

Asghar Faradi - About Elly (Iran)

Lu Chuan - City of Life And Death (China)

Brillante Mendoza – Lola (The Philippines)

Sono Sion - Love Exposure (Japan)

Yonfan - Prince of Tears (Hong Kong / Taiwan)

Best Actor

Aasno Tadanobu - Villon’s Wife (Japan)

Huang Bo – Cow (China)

Matsimoto Hitoshi – Symbol (Japan)

Song Kang-ho – Thirst (South Korea)

Wang Xueqi - Bodyguards And Assassins (Hong Kong / China)

Best Actress

Bae Doo-na - Air Doll (Japan)

Kim Hye-ja – Mother (South Korea)

Li Bingbing - The Message (China)

Matsu Takako - Villon’s Wife (Japan)

Sandrine Pinna - Yang Yang (Taiwan)

Best Newcomer

Sonam Kapoor - Delhi 6 (India)

Kim Sae-ron – A Brand New Life (South Korea)

Li Yuchun - Bodyguards And Assassins (Hong Kong / China)

Ng Meng Hui - At The End of Daybreak (Malaysia / Hong Kong / South Korea)

Zhu Xuan - Prince Of Tears (Hong Kong / Taiwan)

Best Supporting Actor

Eita - Dear Doctor (Japan)

Huang Xiaoming - The Message (China)

Tou Chung-Hua - The Warrior And The Wolf(China)

Nicholas Tse - Bodyguards And Assassins (Hong Kong / China)

Won Bin – Mother (South Korea)

Best Supporting Actress

Anso Sakura - A Crowd Of Three (Japan)

Hirosue Ryoko - Villon’s Wife (Japan)

Kim Kkob-bi – Breathless (South Korea)

Wai Ying-hung - At The End Of Daybreak (Malaysia / Hong Kong / South Korea)

Yan Ni – Cow (China)

Best Screenwriter

Asghar Farhadi - About Elly (Iran)

Hong Sang-soo - Like You Know It All (South Korea)

Park Eun-kyo, Bong Joon-ho – Mother (South Korea)

Phan Dang Di – Adrift (Vietnam)

Wai Ka-fai, Au Kin-yee - Written By (Hong Kong)

Best Cinematographer

CaoYu - City Of Life And Death (China)

Cheng Siu-keung – Vengeance (Hong Kong)

Chung Chung-hoon – Thirst (South Korea)

Ly Thai Dzung – Adrift (Vietnam)

Jake Pollcok - Yang Yang (Taiwan)

Jury President - Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Yonfan, Tony Leung, Oceane Zhu Xuan (cri.cn)

South Korea: ‘Brothers’ Offers Bittersweet ‘Bromance’

A story about North and South Korean spies called “Blood Brothers” may initially seem like mawkish cliche capitalizing on the tragic divide of the peninsula.

But pleasantly surprising, bona fide entertainment is on offer ― an incisive observation of modern Korea that is tastefully packaged as a humorous and gripping story of a budding “bromance” between foes.

Edison Chen, Fama in Causeway Bay

Edison Chen appeared in Causeway Bay to help Fama promote their new CD O’Fama.

(Xinhua) (21)(Sina)

Huang Yi

Huang Yi is featured in a domestic magazine cover (cri.cn)

Gillian Chung 29 years old today (Jan.21)

Gillian celebrated her birthday with fans early a few days ago as she would be in the mainland filming a TV series (Sina)

AngelaBaby

AngelaBaby tried her hand at MC’ing for the first time for a Hong Kong Young Fashion Designer event. (Sina) (6)

Apple Daily’s animated news shows up on Conan O’ Brien’s Tonight Show Hulu clip

English version (shown on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night)

No Pants Day (Jan.17) has even spread to Guangzhou.

(Source)

December 30, 2009

December 30, 2009

Future Cop Andy Lau performs a risky stunt

(Xinhua)

Jacky Cheung keeps cool in Hot Summer Days (Sohu)

Slide show (12)(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat is in Taishan, Guangdong shooting Let The Bullets Fly (Sohu)

Beijing - Simon Yam, Li Yuchun

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

After less than two weeks, Bodyguards and Assassins has made over $208M at the box office. The cast held a celebration ceremony in Beijing. (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

First poster for House of 72 Tenants released (Sina)

Wang Lee-hom not first choice for role in ‘Little Big Soldier’?

Emme Wong defends accusations thrown at Shawn Yue

Hong Kong actor Shawn Yue was recently accused of being “arrogant” by the Hong Kong media. He was said to have angered his teacher, Alan Tam, who has decided to groom his junior from the same management company, Gregory Wang, instead.

It’s not easy being Jay Chou’s girlfriend

Huang Yi

Aaron Kwok

JJ Lin, Huang Yi and Aaron Kwok promote New Year’s Eve festivities in Shanghai

(Xinhua)

‘Mou girl’ Wei Minzhi has grown up!

Not One Less - Wei Minzhi

Wei Minzhi, who is now 23 and a film director, went to the United States as an exchange student. She studied film and TV production at Brigham Young University - Hawaii and is now fluent in English and even has an unidentified but prominent boyfriend. (HunanTV) Related article in English.

October 16, 2009

October 16, 2009

CRI: ‘The Message’ Trilogy on Agenda

“The Message” closes nine-day-run Pusan film festival

“The Message” joins Pusan Int’l Film Festival

Zhou Xun

Zhou Xun had to endure rope burns for these torture scenes. Her thighs suffered and were injured in the process since the costume was very thin for realism. (Sina.com)

Peter Chan

Tony Leung Ka-Fai

(Sina.com)

Bodyguards and Assassins: 8 minute show reel previewed in Beijing

No fear of competing against Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

CRI: Jiang Wenli’s Debut Film Wins Award at Pusan Film Fest

Actress/director Jiang Wenli’s “Lan” won the Audience Award at the Pusan International Film Festival on Friday.


LATimes: New York, I Love You

Maggie Q enjoys her ‘New York’ minute

Maggie Q New York premiere - slide show

Screen Daily: At The End of Daybreak (Malaysia/HK/South Korea)

Screen Daily: Taiwan’s Zeus set to produce triptych love story Juliet

Taiwanese producer Khan Lee is lining up a portmanteau love story, Juliet, as the second installment in its Pushing Hands initiative, designed to support new talent.

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

July 9, 2009

July 9, 2009

Joey Wang, Chyi Chin (not current photo)
Reports of Joey Wang becoming a Buddhist nun refuted

Joey reassures family and long time boyfriend rumors are untrue
Rumors started as a result of SMS chat joke with friends
Yesterday’s reports had Joey ready to shave her head:
Joey Wang
Joey Wang has become a Buddhist monk/nun

According to reports, Joey became a Buddhist nun in June and has left Vancouver Canada for Taiwan
Recaps Joey’s history of relationships with big shot Peter Lam and long time boyfriend singer Chyi Chin
Joey Wang
Joey Wang profile and gallery

Will Smith Brings Kung Fu Kid to Beijing

Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Tony Leung Ka-Fai tore his knee ligament shooting a scene in Bodyguards and Assassins

Nic Tse, Arthur Wong
Director Teddy Chen
Chris Li Yichun, Arthur Wong
Cast and crew celebrate cinematographer Arthur Wong’s birthday

Jeff Lau, Gan Wei, Alex Fong
Kungfu Cyborg cast appear on TV program


Murderer posters and billboards deemed too scary and draws complaints


Stills of Andy Lau as Detective Dee

Andy Lau

First Peek of Feng Xiaogang’s New Movie Aftershock

Korea Times: ‘Chaw’ Explores Omnivore’s Nightmare

Zhang Yimou Becomes Honorary Director of Post Office

Kelvin Tong serves up more surprises in new film ‘Kidnapper’

Rumours: Cecilia Cheung expecting again!

Sun Li (Kungfu Cyborg) slide show

Rosamund Kwan
Rosamund Kwan appearing at a charity event

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