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October 13, 2010

October 13, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 1:00 pm

Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le!

Congratulations to the Chilean miners and their rescuers for a job well done! Hope all continues to go well and the rescue concludes successfully.

FBA: The Old Donkey (老驢頭) China (5/10)

Strikingly shot peasant drama is cramped by slow, arty direction.

THR: The Red Eagle review (Thailand)

Latest film from director of Tears of the Black Tiger

FBA: Double Edge sells western to the West (Treasure Hunter)

“We’re thrilled to the bone that our deal includes a widespread theatrical release in urban USA.”

Simon Yam, Anita Yuen and Peter Ho were among the few famous faces at the opening show.

Chinese film ads dating back to 1917 part of 10-day exhibit

Also receiving the award was Darcy Paquet, founder of Koreanfilm.org and correspondent for Screen International. Paquet founded his website in 1999. Originally from the U.S. state of Massachusetts, he has lived in Korea since 1997.

Directors face hurdles for Asian independent cinema

In Hong Kong, filmmakers are eagerly eyeing the mainland. Derek Tsang, who co-directed the romantic omnibus “Lover’s Discourse” with Jimmy Wan, sees the surrounding province of Guangdong as a huge market where Cantonese is used. “Over there we can have our own Cantonese version screening,” he said. \

Zhou Dongyu

Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou Xiao

The two stars of Under the Hawthorn Tree attended a film discusssion forum meeting with students at Hong Kong’s Baptist University. Besides talking about the film, Zhou Dongyu said that she regretted not being able to visit Disneyland this time due to her heavy publicity schedule. (Sina)

Liu Hua and Guo Tao celebrate at the premiere on Don Quixote (Sina)

Charlene Choi

Charlene Choi promoting her new CD Beauty Remains. Gossip circulating the Hong Kong tabloids is suggesting Charlene’s relationship with William Chan Wai-Ting began while he was still dating AngelaBaby and Charlene was not yet divorced from husband Ronald Cheng. Reportedly, the pair had a secret flat in Hung Hom going back over a year. Angelababy posted a message on her weibo, “Do you really believe they have only been dating three months?” which was later deleted. For her part, Charlene posted yesterday on her weibo that she was very tired, going to bed early and preparing for the next day’s gossip. Today, “Sleep .. tomorrow will be better! Remember the words I said today “

Tabloid photos

Faye Wong - Harper’s Bazaar

(Xinhua-gallery)

The Philippine leadership has been told to show some backbone as Hong Kong’s government declared itself “disappointed” by the response to the killing of eight tourists.

January 2, 2010

January 2, 2010

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Francis Ng arrested for causing bodily harm

Wife injured

(Nextmedia)

Injured male customer

Francis Ng was arrested New Year’s Day in an alteracation at a bakery. He was coming to his wife’s aid who got into an argument with a clerk. While shopping for bread, Francis’ wife told the clerk to to stop sweeping the floor since she was stirring up dust onto the bread. A foul-mouthed customer verbally abused her and when Francis entered the shop a chaotic melee ensued. (Sina) Additional photos (Thanks, to Fan for pointing out the story.)

Audience back to the cinema

Interview: Law Kar-Ying (HK Magazine)

The Treasure Hunter review (HK Magazine)

Chou’s lack of acting skills, however, is hardly the main reason this massive pile of crap masquerading as a film is a flop. This high-budget adventure-esque film by Taiwanese director Kevin Chu has gotta be one of the worst we have seen in a while.

New York, I Love You (HK Magazine)

Upcoming (HK Magazine)

Black Ransom
(Hong Kong) Cheung Bo-man, an elite police officer who sunk into depression after the murder of his wife, is sent to investigate the violent crimes of triad leaders. The triads can predict what the police will do, however, because the gang is formed with ex-policemen. Directed by Keung Kwok-man. Starring Simon Yam and Michael Miu. Opens Jan 7.

Forever Yam Kim-fai
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cantonese opera icon Yam Kim-fai’s death, Hong Kong Film Archive is presenting a special program, screening twelve of her titles, including films where she played male roles. $30 from www.urbtix.hk, 2734-9009. Through Jan 2, 2010. Cinema, Film Archive, 50 Lei King Rd., Sai Wan Ho, www.filmarchive.gov.hk.

The Eagle Knight and the Crimson Girl
(Hong Kong, 1960) Yam’s rare appearance in martial arts films, and an early example of the kung fu comedy that would later characterize the 1980s. Sat, Jan 2, 2:30pm.

Phoenix Terrace
(Hong Kong, 1961) This Chinese New Year release features Yam as a feeble son ill-treated by his mean stepmother. Yam embodies the suffering through both acting and singing. Sat, Jan 2, 5pm.

Lin Chi-Ling sang the Treasure Hunter theme song at a TVBS sponsored New Year’s Eve party in Taipei. Rainie Yang and others also performed. HD slide show (Sina)

Chinese Floats to Make Debut on New Year’s Day Rose Parade

(cri.cn)

Top models walk out on top show due to over-the-top heels

December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009


THR: Storm Warriors review

Bottom Line: A martial arts fantasy with advanced 3D effects and two-dimensional characters.

Betty Sun Li in Jeff Lau’s Once Upon A Chinese Classic

Ronald Cheng (right) (Sina)

The Treasure Hunter

This Chinese so-called blockbuster easily wears the crown as the worst film of the year, with its cheap sets and amateurish action sequences and visual effects that rip off Western treasure-hunt flicks.

Taipei Times: FILM REVIEW: Treasure hunting is a dreary affair


We cannot help but be cautious that China’s film industry is repeating what destroyed Hong Kong’s film industry in the late 1990s: blind investment, neglect of film quality and the quest for cash and competition. Hong Kong director and producer Tung-Shing Yee sighed at the premiere of Overheard, stating that the Hong Kong film industry was officially dead. Chinese filmmakers need to be on guard so that we too are not mourning the death of the Chinese film industry in a few years time.

Worst 10 Chinese films of 2009

1. Wind Warriors (feng yun 2)

2. Gasp (qi chuan xu xu)

3. Looking for Jackie (xun zhao cheng long)

4. On His Majesty’s Secret Service (da nei mi tan ling ling gou)

5. My Fair Gentleman (yao tiao shen shi)

6. Radish Warrior (jue jiang de luo bo)

7. Copycat (dao ban mao)

8. Mulan (hua mu lan)

9. The Warrior and the Wolf (lang zai ji)

10. Wheat (mai tian)

49-year old Cherie Chong was said to have walked out of her sadness of losing of her husband and is planning to marry a Singaporean businessman next year. However, Cherie personally denies to this issue with her best friend Sylvia Chang exclaiming that it’s all a misunderstanding.

With the appearance of Mr L, her friends noted that her gloomy days are over. She has a smile across her face more regularly. However, being in love did not make her conscious of her weight and reporters claimed that she seemed at least 60kg.


Pop star Eva Huang Shengyi promotes new album in Shanghai

Sammi Cheng and guest Gigi Leung share a kiss on stage

Sammi, Gigi

Sammi, Jacky Cheung

(Xinhua)

Edison Chen accepted an interview with “GQ” magazine and mentioned about the sex scandal again.

Zhou Xun

Zhou Xun is on featured on the cover of France’s Le Point (Viewpoint) which focuses 80 pages on China’s rise as the new Asian power. Le Point is similar to the US Newsweek. (Sina)

CRI: Michelle Reis Looks Ravishing in Red

CRI: Ode to Cheongsam

Take a look at China’s notable stars dressed in gorgeously vying Cheongsams and see who looks the best.

Anita Mui’s brother mourned his sister’s passing yesterday on the 6th anniversary of the singer’s death. (Sina)

(Elsewhere James Cameron has been accused of plagiarizing from Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky and Totoro.)

December 24, 2009

December 24, 2009


Hot Summer Days Poster (HunanTV)

(J)Aaay!

CRI: Treasure Hunters Jay and Chi-Ling in HK HD Slide show (13) (Sina)

Lin Chi-ling On Her Guards Against Men Yet Worries of Not Being Loved

NYTimes: Reimagining a Pivotal Year in China

Big, star-studded ensemble casts with their many egos are notoriously difficult to handle, and for Teddy Chen, the director of the Chinese blockbuster “Bodyguards and Assassins,” it was no different.

CCTV: “Bodyguards and Assassins” sweeps big screen

Cast members promote movie “Bodyguards and Assassins”

Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Fan Bingbing

Taipei (Sina)

Lee Lik-Chi, Zhang Jingchu, Huang Xiaoming

(HunanTV)

Flirting Scholar cast send Christmas greetings, HD slide show (7)(Sina)

Top 10 movies of this holiday season in China

CRI: Ink-splashed ‘Zhang Ziyi’ in Trouble ?

CRI: Comedian Zhao Benshan to Create Pop Band

Have a Merry Christmas! (Xinhua)

November 10, 2009

November 10, 2009

Treasure Hunter posters

Lin Chi-Ling

Chen Daoming

Eric Tsang

(Sina)

CRI: Jia Zhangke to Finance ‘Mr. Tree’

CRI: Stills from ‘Once Upon a Time in Tibet’

Variety: The Sword With No Name (South Korea)

THR: Yen enjoyed playing villain

Yen explored transformation in ‘14 Blades’

Action star Donnie Yen says he signed on to play an ancient Chinese secret service agent in his new film — even though it was another kung fu epic — because he wanted to tackle the role of a villain who discovers his humanity.

THR: ‘Bullets’ women still secret

Jiang film’s full male cast revealed, but female leads unknown [?][Well, readers here know that Carina Lau is in it! Puzzling.]

Chow Yun-fat hospitalised

BEIJING - CHOW Yun-fat says he had to check himself into a Beijing hospital earlier this week after catching a cold while shooting an US$18 million (S$24 million) Chinese frontier film.

The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star told reporters at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday that he took a two-day break from filming Chinese director Jiang Wen’s upcoming movie Let the Bullets Fly for treatment.

In a self-deprecating joke about his age, the 54-year-old Chow said he had to receive medical treatment after filming scenes with younger male Chinese actors.

‘I couldn’t take it any more,’ Chow said, adding the younger actors were ’simply too brilliant.’ Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures publicist Yip Kin-ping later said Chow was put on an intravenous drip after catching a cold from shooting in and near Beijing.

In the film, Jiang plays a bandit chief who tries to take over a remote provincial town in 1920s China, only to meet resistance from a tyrannical local businessman played by Chow.

Chow made his name with stylish Hong Kong gangster thrillers like A Better Tomorrow before making his Hollywood debut with the 1998 action movie The Replacement Killers. His other American credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and Dragonball Evolution. — AP

China’s recently-listed film conglomerate Huayi Brothers has come on board Dante Lam’s now in-production crime thriller “Stool Pigeon.”

November 6, 2009

November 6, 2009

Divaasia: Vivian returns to her roots

Actress Vivian Hsu will soon start work on the new Taiwanese movie Seediq Bale, directed by Wei Te Sheng, who also directed last year’s Cape No 7.

Vivian plays the lead role in the movie that portrays the Wushe Incident, a 1930 Seediq uprising led by Mona Rudao against the Japanese when Taiwan was colonised.

The Seediq are Taiwanese aboriginal people who, along with the Truku people, were previously classified as the Atayal tribe.

She said: “I won’t be speaking any Mandarin in the movie at all. Instead, I would have to speak Japanese and Seediq.”

The movie is due to film for half a year and will be completed in 2011.

It is budgeted at $21 million.

Treasure Hunter poster featuring Jay Chou

(HunanTV)

Bodyguards and Assassins main poster

The difficulty in fitting all the cast took three months before finalizing the poster.

World premiere will be in Nanjing Nov. 12 where Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum is located.

(HunanTV)

THR: Tang Wei returns in ‘Manchu’ remake

‘Lust, Caution’ actress coming off ban, stars in English film

“Full Autumn” in Korean — by Kim Tae-yong (“Family Ties”) will start shooting later this month in Seattle, and will travel to other cities across the United States, the Korean producer said…

THR: Hong Kong movies make a dramatic showing at the boxoffice

Four local films got into the top 10 in the summer: the Shaw Brothers’ comeback “Turning Point” (HK15.7 million), “Overheard” from the “Infernal Affairs” team (HK15.5 million), Edko’s Aaron Kwok thriller “Murderer” (HK11.7 million) and period comedy “On His Majesty’s Secret Service” (HK8.8 million). Only two made the cut last summer…Although the number of local releases rose slightly in 2009, what’s staggering is the upcoming Chinese New Year public holiday slot, which will see 10 Hong Kong/Chinese-language high-profile projects competing in three weeks in February. It’s something the which hasn’t been seen since the 1990s….

THR: AFM Special Report: Hong Kong

Boxoffice may be up, but the outlook is troubled

“If there (were) enough films to make in Hong Kong, I’d rather not go anywhere else,” says [Herman] Yau, the hugely prolific Hong Kong director who works with three crews simultaneously — even while many technicians have followed the helmers to the mainland. “Although a large number of Hong Kong filmmakers are now working in China,” he says, “they can’t bring all the film crews with them, so there’re still a lot of local crew members stranded here, unemployed.”

THR: ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ sells at AFM

Cinema Popular also is shopping its action-romantic comedy “The Return of the Incredible Wu Xia Couple,” directed by Vincent Kuk, and Dante Lam’s period actioner “Flying Guillotines” at AFM.

Screen Daily

THR: Jung to star in ‘Rain of Swords’

Film co-stars Michelle Yeoh, co-produced by John Woo

Screen Daily: TF1 buys Media Asia’s Chen Zhen for France

Hong Kong’s Media Asia Distribution has sold The Legend Of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau and starring Donnie Yen, to France’s TF1.

Leading Hong Kong action star Yen plays Chen Zhen in the film, a folk hero who fights the Shanghai mafia and occupying Japanese. Shu Qi and Anthony Wong also star…Meanwhile, Dream Movies also took rights for Australia and New Zealand to Pang Ho-chueng’s Love In A Puff, a comedy starring Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, and Johnnie To’s new project, Death Of A Hostage, starring Lau Ching Wan.

Zhang Yimou’s remake of Blood Simple [Amazing Tales: Three Guns] has bought its release forward from December 18 to December 11, while Hong King Universe’s The Storm Warriors has shifted its release to December 10. Jay Chou-starring Treasure Hunter will be released on December 9 instead of mid-month as originally planned, and Ning Hao’s road movie Wu Ren Qu [No Man's Land] will move back its release by three months to March next year…

Variety: CineAsia honors Zhou Xun

Actress to receive star of the year kudo

Variety: The Laughing Policeman (Japan)

Wheat (長平大戰之麥田)

What first might appear to be another tiresome period costumer about one of the millions of battles in China’s history turns out to be something rather different. Two deserters from the Qin army in the Warring States period lucklessly find themselves in an enemy town whose men are away fighting. Their lies and ingratiations with the women gradually wear thin — especially as others arrive with contradictory news. This meticulously photographed drama-comedy is structured around elemental themes, of which wheat, the local crop, is prominent. Directed by He Ping (何平), who made The Swordsman in Double Flag Town

Meat Grinder

(雙旗鎮刀客).

A coming-on-middle-aged street vendor projects her madness and history of abuse onto (mostly) unsuspecting, sleazy men — and cooks up a storm. Surprisingly good reviews greeted this gory Thai drama, which is right up there with Hong Kong’s The Untold Story (八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包) as a boundary-pushing, gag-inducing Asian incarnation of Sweeney Todd; it’s also a perfectly timed essay for people who think US beef is the sign of the Devil. Abstruse political subtexts (it’s set during student riots in the 1970s) and class and gender commentary … or blood, guts and torture for their own sake? Take your pick. Taiwan’s censors have let this one through without cuts, though it isn’t clear if this is the version originally banned in Thailand. Either way, here’s the question: Why doesn’t Taiwan make movies like this?

4 new Three Guns images in HD (Sina)

CRI: Stefanie Sun Sings for Mulan

Let The Bullets Fly

Ge You

Carina Lau plays Ge You’s wife

(Xinhua)

CRI: ‘Bullets’ Go Stylish (HD version Sina)

Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok

Oxide Pang has started shooting B+Detective, the sequel to C+Detective (aka The Detective) in Thailand. (HunanTV)

Li Xiaolu and Alfred Cheung (actor, director, writer)

Love At Seventh Sight (lit.Seven Days To Fall in Love)

(HunanTV)

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 costumes - Angelababy

Lynn Xiong (Sina)

Hot Summer Days - Daniel Wu

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

November 5, 2009

November 5, 2009

Treasure Hunter

Treasure Hunter - Lin Chi-Ling, Jay Chou

(HunanTV) (2)

14 Blades

Donnie Yen and Zhao Wei

A first rough cut of 14 Blades, prior to post production special effects and music, was screened in Hong Kong to industry insiders and it has garnered applause and predictions of a big box office. With a goal of HK$200M it is expected to earn HK$300M. The film reportedly has a mix of romance for the women and action for the men. Zhao Wei’s performance is said to be ‘beyond all previous works’. In the past, Zhao Wei was considered box office poison, now with Red Cliff, Painted Skin and 14 Blades, she will become China’s first actress to make 3 films with over $200M earnings and make her the Queen of Costumes. (Sina) (2)

Vivan Chow and Sandra Ng on set of Ann Hui’s latest film. (Sina)

Jane Zhang Liangying will sing the main theme song Mulan Star in Mulan. Previously, it was reported that Stefanie Sun would sing the theme song for the Mulan MV.  (cri)

Jane also sings the theme song for Panda Express (Nov.20 release). (Sina)

Xie Na

Listen to the catchy song Earth Welcomes You from the Lunar New Year sci-fi comedy Mars is OK (?)(originally Mars Baby) sung by actress Xie Na (Tracing Shadow). [Audio caution] (Sina)


Andrew Lau plans next year to shoot a Storm Warriors style film based on a popular manga series Abi Sword. He plans to invite Shu Qi, Jay Chou and Wu Zun in the leading roles. (Sina) (Teaser)

THR: Zhang Ziyi on board for ‘Flower’

To star in and co-produce English-language drama “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

CRI: Zhang Ziyi to Produce Second Film

Next decade could be ‘glorious,’ Zhang Yimou says of Chinese films

Zhang said his new film has shades of Chow’s signature nonsensical humor, but doesn’t go as far as the Hong Kong comedian known for “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu Hustle.”

“There are some parts where we go crazy like Stephen Chow, but we don’t go as crazy,” he said.

Shooting in digital format for the first time, Zhang said he was more prone to letting his actors experiment because he didn’t have to conserve film.


Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival opens with 2 Asian films

Taiwanese director Cheng Wen-tang’s “Tears” and Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “The Wolf and the Warrior” opened the Golden Horse Film Festival Thursday.

Media Asia at 15

October 29, 2009

October 29, 2009

To Live and Die in Mongkok (lit.Mongkok Prison)

Liu Kai-Chi

Nick Cheung

Pau Hei-Ching plays Nick’s mother (Sina)

Nick Cheung plays a killer released from prison who suffers schizophrenia in Wong Jing’s latest film.(Sina)

Simon Yam

Model Emma Pei training with Kong Sifu

Producer Bey Logan chronicles the filming of Michael Biehn’s Blood Bond in Guangzhou on his blog, jump directly to the Simon Yam post, or meet Phoenix Chou

HK Magazine: Rebellion review

Despite being the 67th Hong Kong triad film I have seen thus far, “Rebellion” is a surprisingly interesting production. Directed by insanely prolific director Herman Yau (this is his sixth film in the past 12 months), the movie combines a cute suspense storyline with surprisingly good acting from some non-actors (namely Paul Wong and Jun Kung). It’s just a shame Yau coudln’t control the pacing better, and main star Shawn Yue didn’t turn in a more solid performance…

Ip Man 2

Donnie Yen says a third film will not be necessary, Ip Man 2 will be an instant classic and praises Huang Xiaoming. (Sina)

Donnie Yen and Sammo Hung face off

Wilson Yip and Donnie Yen

(Sina)

Carina Lau has joined the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let The Bullets Fly. Her role requires plenty of action, fighting, riding, wading and passionate scenes. Maggie Cheung was reportedly invited to join the cast but she was not prepared to return to film yet. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Yonfan and George Lam

Terri Kwan

Zhu Xuan

Prince of Tears Taipei Premiere slide show (18) (Sina)

Movie makes Taiwan relive ‘White Terror’ period

HK Magazine: Yonfan interview

One month before the year-end film season begins, the competition has already started heating up. The most anticipated Chinese movies seem to be following the same formula that is, a combination of ancient Chinese stories, all-star casts, and prestigious directors

Zhang Yimou and producer Zhang Weiping screened a rough of cut of Three Guns for the CEOs of the nation’s theatre owners to secure prime theatre slot for the year-end season.

Release dates: Treasure Hunter (Dec.9), Storm Warriors (Dec.10), Amazing Guns: Three Tales (Dec.11), Assassins and Bodyguards (Dec.18) (Sina)

October 22, 2009

October 22, 2009

Stills from Treasure Hunter

Lin Chi-Ling, Jay Chou

Chen Daoming, Eric Tsang

(Sina.com)

Nic Tse, Fan Bingbing, Wu Jing, Andy Lau

Photo gallery (Sina.com)

CRI: Jackie Chan to Show Shaolin Kung-Fu

Jackie Chan and Andy Lau were in the Shaolin Temple on Thursday to kick off the filming of “New Shaolin Temple”.

Screen Daily: Chan teams with monks on $30m action epic Shaolin

Unlike the 1982 film which is set in Tang Dynasty, Shaolinis set in the early 20th century when China was at war. Nicholas Tse will play a wealthy young man who finds refuge in the temple after a tragic incident in his family. He meets his kung fu master, played by Jackie Chan, in the temple as well as future enemies.

THR: Chan, Lau to star in ‘Shaolin’ remake

Variety: Ninja Assassin review

Seemingly made to capitalize on a dubious CG innovation — namely, the slicing of bodies in half by whizzing five-pointed stars — “Ninja Assassin” has little else to recommend it, not even laughs.

The story of a poor, terminally ill factory worker in mainland China develops in unexpected ways inWeaving Girl, a touching, small-scale drama featuring a strong performance from the actress Yu Nan.

CRI: Donnie Yen with ‘14 Blades’ (trailer)

(ifeng.com)

Prince of Tears, Taiwan slide show

Screen Daily: Matrix stuntman to head cast of China Film’s Kung Fu Man (previously, Kung Fu Hero with Keanu Reeves)

Scheduled to start shooting on Oct 28, Kung Fu Man will tell a contemporary story about a martial arts practitioner, who accidentally rescues a Caucasian boy from a foreign kidnapping group, and changes the boy’s world perspective and values. Branch and Chyna McCoy (G.I. Joe) will play the villains.

Michelle Yeoh wants to help develop new talents for entertainment industry

“If our market is strong enough, there might come a day where foreigners will want to shoot more movies over here. Most the movies done now are all about their stories. We have a lot of our own stories. Being in Southeast Asia, in Singapore or Malaysia, we have a lot of our own stories and we can film these movies well.”

“There was a scene where (Tse) was beaten up by Hu Jun for protecting Sun Yat-San and he requested for a real fighting scene,” he said. “In the end, I got his close friend (a martial arts instructor) to punch him. The friend kept punching his face for more than 10 times till his face was swollen and I decided that was enough.”

Peter refuted speculations about Donnie and Leon’s disharmony when both actors avoided each other during the promotional events for Bodyguards and Assassins. “There is no such problem at all! Do not believe those reports! On the contrary, those with problems are not being reported!”

Exhibit chronicles the contributions of Chinese Americans in Hollywood since 1916

Comedy Western to be directed by Jiang Wen

September 18, 2009

September 18, 2009

New poster of The Warrior and the Wolf reveals Maggie Q (Sina.com)

The Warrior and the Wolf Debuts at Toronto Film Festival

FFWD: Short take

The Warrior and the Wolf (dir. Tian Zhuang Zhuang)A disclaimer on this one: mid-TIFF exhaustion was setting in, and I was drifting a bit, but I also know for a fact that I wasn’t the only one who thought this Chinese period piece was tough to follow. The attrition rate was far higher than any other movie I’ve seen at TIFF, and even interstitial title cards couldn’t spell out exactly what was going on. A great warrior (maybe) is reluctant to kill people in battle, leading to his army’s defeat (I think). He hides out in a desert for a bit, sleeping with a female outcast he meets, and after a really strange sandstorm, they both turn into wolves. For some reason. It’s well shot, but that’s about all I can really say for it.

Lin Chi-Ling (!)

Treasure Hunter poster was released yesterday. The Jay Chou, Lin Chi-Ling movie is set to be released in December. (Sina.com)

‘Treasure Hunter’ Gears up for Release

The official poster and the first trailer for “The Treasure Hunter”, starring Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling, were released Thursday.

Spy vs Spy

This autumn, “The Message” (”Feng Sheng”) will join the growing list of flicks about the shadowy lives of secret agents.

The Message stills

Danwei: What do stars having a meeting look like? On Founding of a Republic and Ye Daying’s Tian’anmen

Tian’anmen tries to face the behemoth of The Founding of a Republic

All-star Epic Presents a New Face for China

All-Star Movie Gives Nation’s History

Screen Daily: Founding Of A Republic has record-breaking opening day

The film was originally scheduled to open on Sept 17, but was pushed ahead to 2pm on Sept 16. Its nationwide gross reached $1.9m (RMB14m) up until midnight of Sep 16, which is the best half-day sales record in Chinese film history.

Hollywood Reporter

Jackie Chan, journalist

Telegraph: Epic film The Founding of a Republic marks 60 years of Chinese Communism

Screen Daily: Media Asia scores deals on Venice title Accident

Hollywood Reporter: Tian’s ‘Warrior’ to open HKAFF

Two-week event highlights Asian directors for HK audience

The latest work from upcoming directors, including Singaporean Ho Tzu-nyen’s “Here,” Indian Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s “The Man Beyond the Bridge,” Hong Kong director Risky Liu’s “Pastry” and Hong Kong film critic turned indie filmmaker Bono Lee’s “Beijing is Coming,” which is making its world premiere at the festival, will compete for this year’s New Talent Awards, which commend newcomers making their debut or sophomore efforts.

Yakkity Yek: Blood Ties a good start

Blood Ties features Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang in Singapore film

It has that under-lit urban mystery look, especially in scenes featuring cops in a tense station, which seem as though they could have come from Infernal Affairs or a Johnnie To expose into a seedy underbelly of some kind.

Time Out: Film about illegal Chinese immigrant claustrophobic, in a good way

In Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou’s film, “Take Out,” the audience follows an illegal Chinese immigrant, Ming Ding (Charles Jang). He has one day to pay back a debt or the debt doubles.

A kind of road movie to nowhere that literally goes around in circles and plays out in the course of a single day…

Taipei Times: 02′20″ review

With its sports theme and a physically challenged character in a pivotal role, this melodrama seems ready to capitalize on the Taipei Deaflympics and the Kaohsiung World Games. But it deserves no medal — if anything, the script should have been disqualified

They could be Heroes

Chinese ‘Hero’ for NBC’s Hit Drama: Report

NBC is currently approaching Hong Kong-based stars Daniel Wu, Allen Ting and Stephen Fung for the role, according to the report. Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung share an American upbringing.


Anna May Wong documentary featured at weekend film festival

The first annual festival, sponsored by the San Francisco Chinatown Merchants Association, will screen Elaine Mae Woo’s acclaimed 2007 documentary on Anna May Wong along with two highly regarded documentaries by Jeff Adachi, The Slanted Screen from 2006, and the recently released You Don’t Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story.


Taipei Times: Pop Stop

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