HKMDB Daily News

August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

THR: ‘Kung Fu Panda’ writers to pen ‘Karate Kid’ sequel

CRI: Stephen Fung Challenges Dwight Howard in Basketball

Stephen Fung has joined in the Basketball film “Amazing” which is now under production in Shanghai.

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, director Sherwood Hu, Huang Yi, Stephen Fung

Chen Chien-Chou, Dwight Howard, Stephen Fung (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Huang Bo (Crazy Stone, Crazy Racer, Cow) in Legend of the Fist: Return of Chen Zhen

Huang Bo (Sina)

CRI: Yu Nan, Francis Ng Featured in New ‘Wind Blast’ Posters

CRI: ‘The Lost Bladesman’ Unveils New Stills

FBA: Triple Tap (鎗王之王) (5/10)

Cat-and-mouse crime game starts promisingly but then goes off the rails from its midpoint.

Martial arts comedy The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman from Wuershan (Wu Ershan) will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. (Sina)

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung in her Tang Dynasty costume for her first Mainland TV series (Xinhua-gallery)

She will reportedly lose $30M yuan in loss income the next 10 months from cancellation of advert and endosements for clothing and weight loss brands. (Xinhua)

The Monga actor was recently caught up in a product endorsement deal clash between two different jeans brands.

Jackie Chan condemned on the internet (Xinhua)

Eric Tseng, told Hong Kong media that he felt Chan’s statements were inappropriate, when he attended a TVB memorial ceremony Thursday morning.

“This time the mistake is especially big, his words come out the wrong way every time,” said Tseng during the event, which reportedly saw more than 1,000 TVB employees turn up to mourn the deaths of the hostages.

Eric Tsang


Mourning for Manila victims: Kenny Kwan, Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung and Yumiko Cheng

Nicholas is refusing gifts and celebration for his upcoming birthday, Aug.28. (Xinhua)

ChinaHush: After Manila hostage incident

Apple Daily made this animated simulation of what was happening inside of the bus.

A letter from a teenage Filipino to the WHOLE WORLD via CNN

June 29, 2010

June 29, 2010

City Under Siege poster

Film opens in Hong Kong Aug.12 (Sina)

THR: Daniel Wu hopes to export HK success to Hollywood

“I find that Americans still have a very big stereotype toward what Asians are, and I don’t feel a need to perpetuate that stereotype. So when a good character comes along, I’m all for it. I’m ready. I’d be very open to it,” Wu said.

Variety: Love in a Puff

A lighter-than-air yarn about two cheerful nicotine enthusiasts, Hong Kong romancer “Love in a Puff” is an unfiltered delight. Pang Ho-cheung gets the balance exactly right with this well-realized vehicle for Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, which also plays like a poem to that most cinematic of vices, smoking.

CRI: “Shanghai”

Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy said that a good film should touch people emotionally. It was proved in his latest work “Shanghai”.

FBA: Welcome to Shamatown (決戰剎馬鎮) (6/10)

Goofy treasure-hunting comedy is a cross between Crazy Stone and A Simple Noodle Story.

Taiwan musician Giong Lim held a press conference last week in Beijing to promote the background music for Jia Zhangke’s “I Wish I Knew”, a dedicated film for the Shanghai World Expo 2010. [hkmdb]

Liu Ye plays a well-off man who is bored with his married life until he bumps into his first love played by Gao Yuanyuan.

Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan

A press conference for the action thriller “Triple Tap” was held in Beijing on June 28th. (Sina)

Beijing premiere

Li Bingbing

In the film, Li portrays a manager at a financial company. When Yee was asked to describe Li in real life, he said Li was strong, but inside she was a tender woman. As soon as the voice faded, a tear came out of Li’s eyes. “It’s very touching that the director understands me,” explained Li.

Triple Tap: Intriguing premise but uneven delivery

Unfortunately, “Triple Tap” could not capitalise on this intriguing premise. Yee made his big reveal somewhere in the middle of the film, completely shutting down the suspense of finding out what actually transpired during the robbery and who was behind it.

Cecilia Cheung - Shanghai

Cecilia will begin work on Derek Yee’s film with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in February.

Endorsement appearance

(Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Stephen Fung - Fantastic Water Babes

Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Stephen Fung

Stephen Fung (Sina)

Alec Su (left), director Zhang Fanfan during a media visit to the set

Alec Su

Alec Su, Pace Wu

Pace Wu in character

The Hidden Chamber of Secrets, a mystery film about serial murders, stars Alec Su and Pace Wu is currently filming in Beijing. He plays a novelist, she plays his wife. The story of horror takes place within 24 hours in a locked house with 8 people. One by one they die. Zhang Fanfan directs the film scheduled to open Oct. 29. (Sina)

Fan Bingbing

Rian Dundon: Behind the Scenes with Fan Bingbing(CF)

Li Bingbing - Trends Health cover

CRI: Cover Girl of 10-year Anniversary Edition of “Trends Health”

CRI: Faye Wong to Perform 5 Concerts in Beijing This Fall

Hong Kong celebrity Michelle Reis in the family way

Ex-Hong Kong actress Michelle Reis was seen coming out of the gynaecologist’s office recently, leading to speculation that she was preparing to get pregnant, according to a report in U-Weekly.

June 24, 2010

June 24, 2010

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New Triple Tap poster

Also a cool new dynamic flash poster inside. This must be the latest trend, if you recall the 31 Degrees North Latitude poster from earlier this month. (June 9, 2010) (Sina)

Poster for ‘36 Love Traps’ (36 Manoeuvres of Love)

Cast includes Chie Tanaka, Daniel Chan, Wu Jing and Qin Hailu in the love comedy which opens this summer.

Chie Tanaka (Sina)

Huang Yi at the Hong Kong premiere of The Legend is Born

Yip Chun is congratulate on his Best Supporting Actor award in Shanghai (Sina)

Winging it with Ip Chun

“This is the first and last time I’m acting in a film,” he announced heartily.

Break Up Club

FBA: Local films score despite World Cup challenge

A micro-blogger posted comparison photos of Liu Yifei and Joey Wang in anticipation of the new upcoming Chinese Ghost Story. The Liu Yifei images are from the TV series Return of the Condor Heroes.


Young Mao Zedong?

Insiders at the China Film Group press conference hinted Liu Ye will play a young Mao in The Founding of a Party.

Liu Ye, Zhang Jingchu (Xinhua)

Last Airbender from M Night Shyamalan

(Sina-slide show)

SG: Cecilia Cheung’s big return to the silver screen

Rumors of Cecilia Cheung returning to the screen has been rife and reports now confirm that she has accepted director Derek Yee’s offer.

With regards to a previous article that reported Derek’s interest in casting Cecilia’s son, Lucas Tse, for a fee twice his father’s, Derek said that he had seriously discussed the prospects with Cecilia before.

Zhao Wei

Zhao Wei is back to work, filming a mobile phone advert for a reported 7 figure fee. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen, Angie Chiu and Raymond Lam appearing for a watch brand in Hong Kong. (Sina)

Adam Cheng condemned as unfair the photos of Fiona Sit in apartment.

Adam and Liza Wang will hold a series of concerts in August. Daughter Joyce sent him a text message for Father’s Day. (Sina)

Fiona Sit feels violated

Fiona Sit and mother snapped by paparazzi at home (Sina)

SG: Fiona Sit in tears over paparazzo’s hounding

Because it’s Cherie Chung Dept.

Cherie Chung was spotted dining and shopping in Central with a friend (Xinhua)

June 16, 2010

June 16, 2010

NYTimes: In China, an Attempt at a Hollywood-Style Movie (Empires of the Deep)

It is an ambitious departure from the formulaic historical or Communist propaganda movies usually churned out by the Chinese film industry. [sigh, that old canard again]

Variety: Crossing Hennessy

Riffing on American indie “Crossing Delancy,” Hong Kong helmer-scribe Ivy Ho’s lackluster romantic comedy “Crossing Hennessy” centers on a fortysomething slacker, still hung up on the childhood sweetheart who dumped him, and a young woman whose family feels she’s involved with an unsuitable man. Ostensibly a vehicle for the two stars, pic forces their relationship to take a backseat to multiple subplots that detour the narrative through sitcom, melodrama and fantasy.

THR: ‘Killers’ to close Shanghai fest Sunday

DMG, a Chinese-American media company, and Lionsgate have managed to get “Killers” slotted as the Shanghai International Film Festival’s closing-night film on Sunday.

“They love American movies,” DMG CEO Dan Mintz said. “However, there’s also a signal coming from China: You need to know how to do business with us and how to handle us. The signal is that you can’t just show up once in a while and expect things to go right. You have to know how to work the market and be committed. People know when you are committed or not.”

THR: China screen reaches out for more foreign actors [for boxing, maybe?]

THR: Christie opens Shenzhen production facility

Digital cinema projector maker ramps up output

Triple Tap stills - Louis Koo, Chapman To


Louis Koo, Charlene Choi (21cn)

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue

Miriam and Shawn were in Guangzhou to promote the Mainland Cantonese version of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff. Shawn discounted recent rumors of a relationship with Sammi Cheng. Since they live in the same building, reporters spotted the pair walking their dogs together. Coincidentally, Love in a Puff features a spring-fall relationship. Director Pang declared Love in a Puff the mildest Cat.III film ever. Some of the changes include: the 10 minute opening scene has been shortened to 3-4 minutes, a cigarette joke referring to the male organ, Vincent Kok’s jokes about the paparrazzi, and a key point where Miriam quizzes Shawn about text messages and the implication of getting an abortion(?) is blurred. (Xinhua)(21cn)

Tsui Siu-Ming promised that the 3D Modern Beijing Opera starring Jackie Chan will be action packed. Chan will play national hero Yang Zirong. It is based on the story of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy which takes place during the Sino-Japanese War. Tsui Siu-Ming is enlisting the help of the PLA backed August 1 Film Studio because of its enormous resources and expertise. (21cn)


Danwei: Liu Ye fights a drunken foreigner over a taxi

Global Voices: Film director beats up foreigner at swimming pool

Director Ning Hao meets a paper tiger

Nicholas Tse’s son, Lucas, receives HK$8m acting offer

Kelly Chan

Kelly Chan unveils the new Airbus 330 for Hong Kong airline (Sina)(Xinhua)

Gigi Leung

Mandy Lieu

Gigi Leung was asked at a design exhibition whether ex-boyfriend Ekin Cheng called to comfort her after her recent break up with her French boyfriend. Gigi told reporters that there was no need. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng - Taiwan

Sammi appeared with Fay, lead singer of FIR, to promote sales of handmade soaps to benefit World Vision. (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung appearing at an event for her film Ex.

Is she rooting for England in the World Cup? (Xinhua)

China’s 3D World Cup dreams put on hold

June 5, 2010

June 5, 2010

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Chinese poster for The Karate Kid


Jeff Lau’s Fantastic Water Babes opens July 22 (21cn)

Gillian Chung and Alex Fong Lik-Sun

Love in Cosmo poster

Love in Cosmo is a romantic comedy starring Yao Chen (Lurk, Go Lala Go!), Zhu Yuchen and Guo Xiaodong. (Sina)

CRI: Interview: Closer Look at Yao Chen

CRI: Opening of “Triple Tap” Postponed to Early July

This decision to postpone the film’s opening was in deference to Jet Li’s film “Ocean Heaven,” which is scheduled to open in cinemas on June 18. To support Li’s efforts to call attention to the situation of autistic children, the entire “Triple Tap” cast and crew decided to postpone the film’s opening to boost public awareness about autism, which is the theme of “Ocean Heaven.”

No action for Jet Li

The film, slated for a summer release in China, revolves around a cancer-stricken man (Li) who devotes himself to taking care of his autistic son and tries to find a sanctuary for him before he succumbs to cancer.

Taiwanese pop idol Jay Chou, whom Li worked with in 2006’s “Fearless”, has agreed to sing the film’s theme song at his behest.

Li also took a pay cut to appear in the film.

“It is a film that has a budget of just seven million yuan, what acting fees can I ask for,” said the action star, who usually demands millions for each film appearance.

Petrina Fung Bo-Bo

Arriving at HKFA

Greeting fans

The Magic Cup (1961)

Child star Petrina Fung Bo-Bo made a special appearance at the Hong Kong Film Archives (HKFA) screening of her film The Magic Cup. She flew in from Malaysia where she now lives. Fung revealed that she plans to begin writing her memoirs in October and that she will contact the other Seven Princesses. (Sina)

Gigi Leung is in Mexico filming a segment for the program One Earth.

Besides staying at a Cancun resort, Gigi will visit a Mayan city and see a Mexical wrestling match. (Sina)

Memorial to Zhang Ziyi

In Chengdu, a grave and tombstone memorial to Zhang Ziyi was discovered in a park. After some investigation, it was thought to be the result of some promotional marketing by an online game company. The tombstone was professionally made of wood with a portrait of Zhang Ziyi above it and the words, ‘Tomb of Internationally Dirty Miss Zhang’ and set next to a trash can. The grave was littered with paper money. In addition, business cards, posters and laptop bags led to the belief that this was all the work of an online game company that was co-sponsoring a dance competition. A company executive denied it and said the cards were fake. (Xinhua)

Acclaimed novelist Louis Cha Jin Yong has become the latest victim of a series of death hoaxes that have circulated in the entertainment industry lately.

May 15, 2010

May 15, 2010

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HK Magazine: Clara Law

HK Magazine: Daniel Wu

HK Magazine: Ip Man 2

Lam Suet, Triple Tap opens July 1

Louis Koo (Sina)

Cui Jian

THR: Rocker Cui Jian making directing debut with ‘Blue Bone’

“It’s about two people who fall in love and then, with the Cultural Revolution, they develop problems with each other, politically,” Cui said in Cannes, where he is promoting the project.

Cui told THR he hopes to start shooting “Blue Bone” in China later this year and is angling to get acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle to lens the picture. Japanese director Takeshi Kitano, whose latest, “Outrage,” screens In Competition this year, is on board as an executive producer. Jiang Wen and Anthony Wong are attached to star.

Cui said “Blue Bone” began as a three-part story tracing the life of a young musician, with each part represented by a color and a musical genre: red for rock and roll, blue for electronic music and yellow for pop. As he developed the script, Cui tossed out the red and yellow stories and expanded the blue one to feature length. (Xinhua)

Screen Daily: Chinese pop star Cui Jian plans to direct for Beijing Antaeus

  • Set to star Jiang Wen and Anthony Wong, Cui’s The Blue Bone is a three-part story about a young musician’s perplexing journey through life. Japanese film-maker Takeshi Kitano, whose Outrage is screening in competition here in Cannes, is on board the $2.5m film as executive producer.
  • Also in development are $13m period drama Rouge, which is set during the Japanese invasion of China, and $16m 3D animation fantasy Destiny. Rouge will be directed by Beijing Antaeus chairman Zhang Baoquan, who also developed the original story of Destiny.
  • Among smaller projects on the company’s slate are veteran Chinese director Xie Fei’s first feature in ten years – $1m drama Red Coal – and Xue Xiaolu’s Running Girl, set to star Karen Mok.

CRI: Jackie Chan Scouts Film Sites in Expo Garden

Jackie Chan visited the Shanghai Expo gardens on Thursday to scout shooting locations for his new film, “Chinese Zodiac”.

Global Times: Famous ‘family men’ with much more than a few secrets on the side

We went to watch the spy suspense film East Wind Rain out of sheer boredom, which proved to be so bad that we skipped the second half for a drink…Li Fei’er - a cheated mistress?

April 9, 2010

April 9, 2010

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Poster for Love in a Puff

Love in a Puff has little hope to be screened in the mainland due to its Cat.III rating. It has a limited release in Hong Kong. Director Pang Ho-Cheung said that he did not originally expect a Cat.III rating. On his upcoming Dream Home, there are a large number of bloody scenes and mutilated bodies, so it might also face difficulty to introduce in the mainland. Said Pang, he did not intentionally give up the mainland market but just wants to make his own films. (Sina)

Derek Yee’s Triple Tap poster

Derek Yee, Daniel Wu, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chin Ka-Lok

Charlene Choi, Louis Koo

Derek Yee fears June 30 scheduled release will run up against World Cup matches (Sina)

Taipei Times: A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop

The joke’s on Zhang Yimou‘A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop’ translates the Coen brothers’ ‘Blood Simple’ into slapstick, but the comedy backfires.

CRI: “A Tale of Two Donkeys” Wins Laughter in CSFF

Hong Kong honors kung fu director with award

The Hong Kong Film Awards have honored veteran kung fu film director and choreographer Lau Kar-leung with its lifetime achievement prize.

Maggie Cheung, Jiang Qiong Er

Maggie Cheung is rumored to have split with her younger German boyfriend architect Ole Scheeren. According to Hong Kong’s Next Weekly Ole is smitten with Chinese designer Jiang Qiong Er. In the past six months Maggie has been seen travelling alone and unaccompanied to public events. When asked about her boyfriend recently Maggie seemed embarrassed. Jiang Qiong Er is an internation jewelry, furniture and clothing designer starting her own brand. (Xinhua)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Ethan Ruan dodging miltary service? Shu Qi Happy Online Farmer?

Shu Qi posts a photo of herself on her micro-blog

Shu Qi’s online farm (Xinhua)

Zhang Jingchu promoting a fragrance brand


December 22, 2009

December 22, 2009

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 poster (Sina)

Louis Koo - Triple Tap

An action filled 30 second trailer was recently released (Sina)

CRI: Donnie Yen Portrays a Different Chen Zhen

Unlike Bruce Lee or Jet Li who both portrayed Chen Zhen as a tough martial artist, Donnie Yen is set to add a new identity to the fictitious character - special agent.

Teddy Chan’s titanic struggle

Jay Chou, Chiling Lin promote film “The Treasure Hunter”

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung prepares to shoot New Year’s MV for Emperor (Xinhua)

November 24, 2009

November 24, 2009

CRI: 3D Monkey King to Hit Screen Next Summer

Triple Tap (Sina)

CRI: “Triple Tap” Finished Filming

THR: Yee looks for next hit with ‘Triple Tap’

“The gunfire would trigger explosions near swamps, so we had to spend more time to find locations. We also had to modify the guns to make them safe for filming,”

Considerations were made to accommodate the Chinese audience and regulators, with “stylized portrayal of violence,” said director Yee, whose previous outing, the Jackie Chan drama “The Shinjuku Incident” was denied release in China even after the script had been approved by the Chinese censors and granted co-production status.

Additional photos (Sina)

Poster for mainland comedy Mars Is OK

The film opened last Friday but along with comedies Panda Express and The Robbers got steamrollered by mega-disaster film ‘2012′ (Sina)

Wong Jing plays a baddie


Bodyguards and Assassins - Sun Yat-Sen

[Looks like Jacky Cheung, to me]

The mystery of who plays Sun Yat-Sen remains. Jacky Cheung is known to have flown to Shanghai to film for  half a day in an important role but it was not revealed what role. Jet Li has also been rumored but Tony Leung Chiu Wai is said to be in the Hong Kong version and Zhang Hanyu in the mainland version hase also been mentioned as possibilities.

Michelle Ye dubbing for Fan Bingbing (Sina)

Michelle Ye has been selected to dub the Cantonese for Fan Bingbing’s character in Bodyguards and Assassins.

Screen Daily: Mo Tzu Yi joins cast of Singaporean comedy Forever

Epic tale of Mulan returns to cinemas


Zhao Wei and Chen Kun bathing scene slide show (Sina)

Updated Swordsman?

Hong Kong media reports that Yuen Wo-Ping is gearing up to make an updated version of Tsui Hark’s Swordsman with Zhou Xun and Takeshi Kaneshiro after the Lunar New Year. (

Chen Hong-Lieh

Chen Hong-Lieh, Shaw Brothers villain and TVB actor recently died of a heart attack. His age was reported to be either 65 or 66. (Sina)

Edison Chen visits three Taiwan nightclubs to promote his own USB products

Andy Lau spends millions for a change of fortune

Twins again, Charlene’s 10 lb birthday cake (Sina)

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