HKMDB Daily News

December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Treasure Hunt review

An okay kid’s adventure comedy, shot in China, from the Wong Jing factory.

FBA: The Pretending Lovers review

Chinese take on My Sassy Girl is wafer-thin but gets by on its two leads’ charm.

FBA: 72 Martyrs review

Initially promising drama of a 1911 China uprising let down by a weaker second half.

FBA: I Phone You review

Given the amount of time the audience is to spend with Jiang [Yiyan]’s stranded Ling, the script wisely spends a good 20 minutes building her character at home with her job (a bubbly flower-girl) and easygoing girl friends. By the time she arrives in Berlin, the viewer already knows she’s a typical young Chongqing woman — practical, determined, life-loving, chance-taking. So, as she tries to survive 48 hours in a foreign city with just a mobile phone but no passport, money or a word of German, there’s at least a semi-believable element to the story.

CF: Gunfight of “Flowers of War” Unveiled

The teaser features the beginning of the movie when about 20 Chinese soldiers fight a large number of Japanese invaders to save a group of schoolgirls.

Dynamic version of international poster

New “Allure of Tears” poster featuring the cast of the second story released

The cast includes Dennis Chan, writer Lawrence Cheng and Jung Hsiang in addition to Gigi Leung and Richie Jen


In a Beijing press conference yesterday, Louis Fan Siu-Wong was introduced as one of the villains of Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in 3D”.

Tsui Hark, Louis Fan (Sina),(Sina-gallery)

Chen Kaige’s micro film “Searching” wrapped up shooting in Ningbo.

Yao Chen, Deng Chao (Sina-gallery)

Fans designed their own posters for Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” based on recently released concept poster and publicity stills. The impressive fan posters were themed to represent the four seasons.

Original concept poster

Fan made posters




Official publicity still (Sina-gallery)(CNYahoo)

(Dec.5) Beijing press conference for Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician” opening January 12.

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Wu Gang, Yan Ni, Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina-gallery)

Posters for “No Liar, No Cry” a comedy about gold fever set in the Gobi Desert.

Cherrie Ying

Wu Gang

Yue Xiuqing

Zhang Xinyu (Sina) (Review)

MSN: Vicki Zhao acquires winery in France

MSN: Miriam Yeung put on one-month bed rest

MSN: Benny Chan’s wife and daughter discharge from hospital

Lately, it was said that Rose’s master Master Sin is currently the target of triads.[!]

A1: Triads get involved in Rose Chan’s sexual harassment scandal(WorldJournal)

Sin Chew Daily reported that the sexual harassment scandal involving Hong Kong actress Rose Chan and two senior actors had escalated…Police, who got wind of the assassination attempt, arrested four people and seized three toy guns.

A1: Bruce Lee’s kung fu style draws new generation

Many credit wing chun’s renewed popularity to a series of films about Yip Man, one of the art’s greatest “sifus”, or teachers, and most famously the man who turned Lee from street fighter to martial arts legend.

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop


Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.


And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

August 18, 2011

August 18, 2011

THR: Imax to Super-Size First Chinese Language 3D Movie(CF)

“Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” a $35 million epic martial arts film from China’s Bona Film Group, will be released on Imax screens.

FBA: Hi, Fidelity review

Glossy slice of softcore nonsense is of interest only for its veteran female cast.

CF: The Making of a Kungfu Star

Actor-turned-producer Daniel Wu promises that Chinese cinema’s next martial arts hero will come out of his studio…”We have Donnie Yen, but he cannot be in all the kungfu films. We need new blood.”

CF: Jet Li Promotes Kung Fu in Washington D.C.

Treasure Hunt review: No real treasure

Little Lucas Tse (played by the real son of Cheung and Nicholas Tse), is cuter than he looks, but the kid needs to stay out of the set. What he should do now is watch and learn if he were ever to follow his parents’ footsteps. His special appearance in the movie (as Cheung’s screen son) might help boost ticket sales, but there isn’t much to expect from the kid.

Treasure Hunt poster and stills with Lucas


Posters of Wuershan’s Painted Skin 2 with an unknown blue-eyed mystery queen appears on the left in each poster. Netizens suspect a viral marketing campaign.

Zhou Xun

Chen Kun

Zhao Wei (Sina)

Ring-styled Nightmare features Gillian Chung

Nightmare, directed by Yip Wai-Ying (Troublesome Night 12), has passed review and received release permits. It will be released in late September. (HunanTV), (Sohu)

First poster for Wang Quan’an’s White Deer Plain

Kitty Zhang Yuqi

Guo Tao

Zhang Fengyi

Wu Gang, Liu Wei

Based on an early three and a half hour preview version, a group of writers from a Shaanxi literary federation were left very impressed by the film and Kitty Zhang Yuqi’s performance. (Sina)2

Nick Cheung shows the aftermath of shooting six hours in the sun in Nightfall

Simon Yam, playing in studio

Simon Yam and Tian Zhuangzhuang who has a small role in the film (Sina)2

Poster for The Purple House

The psychological thriller, i.e., horror film, is helmed by first-time director, long-time cinematographer, Poon Hang-Sang, and stars Jiro Wang and Tong Liya. The story has the couple moving into his father’s one hundred year-old house. Each night, there are strange events and Tong Liya’s character has nightmares. Is it real or not? Opens Sept.23. (Sina)

Raymond Wong, Ronny Yu and the cast of Saving General Yang held a press conference in Beijing to announce the official start of production on Aug. 19.

Raymond Wong

Ronny Yu

Ekin Cheng, Adam Cheng


MSN: Selina Jen to wed on October 31(CNA)

MSN: Zhang Ziyi rumoured to have reconciled with Eric Fok

August 4, 2011

August 4, 2011

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CRI: Chen Kaige Multi-tasking on Two Films

Chen is working on a film adaptation of the Chinese novel “Wang Shi”, literally meaning “Deaths on the Internet”, the Oriental Morning Post reports. The novel, written by Wen Yu, was first published and became popular on the Internet, and explores the negative influence of the cyber world on the real world. It was nominated for last year’s Lu Xun Literary Prize, a major award for Chinese literature.

CF: More Stills of Fairies in “Mural” Come out


CF: ”Bait 3-D” Opens its Set to Media

“Bait 3D” revolves around a tsunami that occurs off the Gold Coast of Australia and brings with it a school of bloodthirsty sharks. (Sina-gallery)

New posters and publicity stills for It’s Love/The Sorcerer and The White Snake

Raymond Lam Fung

Charlene Choi

Wen Zhang (Sina)2

Zhang Ziyi is expected to be named to play the lead in Antoine Fuqua’s film about legendary concubine Yang Guei Fei. (Sina)

In an interview, Zhang Hanyu revealed that he and Song Hye-Kyo will play husband and wife in John Woo’s newly restarted “Pacific Steamer”   (working title, formerly “1949″). (Sina)

Stills from Treasure Hunt show funnyman Ronald Cheng in a “Tarzan” scene

Treasure Hunt opens Aug. 15 (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

“In the future, you will see a brand new, more dazzling, queenlier Cecilia Cheung”

July 28, 2011

July 28, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:23 pm

FBA: Asian quintet to play Venice

CRI: Meet the Beautiful Fairies in ‘Mural’

New still photos from the film “Mural” feature Sun Li, Yan Ni and Zheng Shuang as fairies.The Chinese fantasy film “Mural” is set to hit silver screens on September 29. (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Wang Xiaoshuai to Present New Film in Toronto

11 Flowers, set in the mid-1970s, is about the consequences which unfold after an 11-year-old boy witnesses a murder. The cast includes Qiao Renliang, Yan Ni, Wang Jingchun and Liu Wenqing.

CF: Theme Song of Wong Jing’s New Film Released

Director Wong Jing and the film’s two child leads, Lin Miaoke and Zhang Keyuan, attended the press conference in Beijing where singer Zhang Liangying sung the theme song “Flavor of True Love”.

Wong Jing and Zhang Keyuan (Sina-gallery)

CF: Zhou Dongyu to Enroll at BFA

The BFA was quick to deny the public query that Zhou was admitted simply because she is already a star, though many still viewed the admission with skepticism and used the opportunity to turn a spotlight on what they viewed as lax admission requirements.

New poster for Derek Yee’s The Great Magician features Zhou Xun

The film will be released during the Lunar New Year season (Xinhua)(Sina)

Four “family” posters for Wong Jing’s Treasure Hunt recently released

Ceclia Cheung, Lucas and Ekin Cheng

Ronald Cheng and Lin Miaoke

Wong Jing and Zhang Keyuan

Shao Bing and son (Sina)

Media Asia held a press conference is Shanghai to formally establish the Media Asia Media Group. Big names in attendance: Peter Lam, Leon Lai, Daniel Wu, Andy Lau, Zhang Guoli, singer Han Hong, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Andrew Lau, and Sammi Cheng. Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng will team up again, and Andy will play a blind policeman.

Andy Lau

Sammi Cheng

It was also announced that a sequel to Love in a Puff will be produced. This time around the setting will be in Beijing and include both Hong Kong and Mainland actors. Pang Ho-Cheung said that he hoped to be able to release the same version of the film in Hong Kong and the mainland.

Pang Ho-Cheung, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue


MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung may have a family reunion

The couple is said to be celebrating their eldest son’s birthday together

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s marriage on the rocks?

The couple was spotted looking unhappy when they returned from Europe (Xinhua-gallery)

July 27, 2011

July 27, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:31 pm

CBC: The Lady, Luc Besson’s controversial film about Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is among the world premieres at TIFF (Toronto).

Toronto International Film Festival announces 2011 line-up

The Lady Luc Besson, World Premiere

The Lady is the extraordinary story of Aung San Suu Kyi and her husband, Michael Aris. It is also the story of the peaceful quest of the woman who is at the core of Burma’s democracy movement. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. It’s a story of devotion and human understanding set against a backdrop of political turmoil that continues today. The Lady was written over a period of three years by Rebecca Frayn. Interviews with key figures in Aung San Suu Kyi’s entourage enabled her to reconstruct for the first time the true story of Burma’s national heroine. Stars Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis.

A Simple Life Ann Hui, Hong Kong, North American Premiere

Based on real people and events. Ah Tao was born in Taishan, China. She works as a servant for 60 years and has been serving four generations of the Leung family. For the past decade, Ah Tao lived with Roger, the only family member left in Hong Kong. Stars Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Wang Fuli and Qin Hailu. [vide. Miss Peach/Sister Peach]

11 Flowers Wang Xiaoshuai, World Premiere

Wang Han, an 11-year-old boy in the province of Ghizhou, is confronted by a runaway murderer hiding in the woods. The wounded man persuades Wang Han to help him out. Both frightened and fascinated, Wang Han and his friends promise to keep the man’s whereabouts secret from the police even when strange things begin happening at school. Stars Liu Wenqing, Wang Jinchun and Yen Ni.

Wang Xiaoshuai and cast of 11 Flowers (Sina)

CF: ”Wu Xia” Premieres in Hong Kong(Xinhua-gallery)

CF: Zhang Hanyu to Join Hands with Song Hye Kyo for China’s Answer to ‘Titanic’

Zhang Hanyu, has used a promotional event to reveal news that he will join the cast of director John Woo’s new film, “The Sinking of the Steamer ‘Peace’ in 1949,” [aka "1949","Pacific Steamer"] which is set to be China’s answer to the 1997 hit film Titanic. [Previously]

CF: Rene Liu Promotes “Love in Space” in Beijing

The star-studded romance, “Love in Space,” held its first news conference today in Beijing. Director Tony Chan along with his three lead actresses Rene Liu, Guey Lun Mei and Angelababy attended the event.


CF: A Very French Kiss for ‘Perfect Baby’ in Beijing

CF: Trailer Out for “Perfect Baby”

My Kingdom release delayed

My Kingdom’s release has been pushed back from Aug. 12 to Sept. 9 (Sina)

Wong Jing introduced the MV theme song  for Treasure Hunt sung by Jane Zhang in Beijing. Composer Peter Kam and child actor Lin Miaoke also attended the press conference.

Wong Jing

Jane Zhang

Lin Miaoke

Peter Kam, Jane Zhang

Nadia Chan is married

The Hong Kong actress revealed that she has married a Chinese actor who is eight years her juniorMSN: Aaron Kwok quits race after car accident

MSN: Cherie Chung has no plans of making a comeback

A1: Kenny Bee and family ‘treated like criminals’ at Singapore airport

Actress groped by assistant director

Xiaoshan, who shot to fame as the body double of Zhang Ziyi for the nude scenes in “The Banquet”, said she had not previously encountered these “hidden rules”.

July 12, 2011

July 12, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 5:21 pm

CRI: Cecilia Cheung’s Son Lucas to make debut in film ‘Treasure Hunt’ (vide. Priceless Treasure)

Cecilia Cheung

Ronald Cheng

Shao Bing


China’s answer to ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′: Kung Fu rabbit (CNNGo)

“Legend of a Rabbit” reckons it’s China’s first world-class animation film, but Chinese netizens think it looks almost a bit too familiar.


CRI: Exclusive Interview with “The Piano in a Factory” Star Wang Qianyuan

The actress has acknowledged a China politician as her godfather

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