HKMDB Daily News

April 29, 2012

April 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D “Tracks in the Snow Forest”

Based on the novel of the same name, the film will tell the legendary story about a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeastern China in 1946. Yu said he expected famous actor/director Jiang Wen to play the lead role.

CF: Character Posters of “The Expendables 2″ Released

Jet Li (Sina)

Jet Li  recently celebrated his 49th birthday on the 26th

Jet Li with wife Nina Li and two daughters (Sina)

CF: Shooting begins for “Sha Jie”

“Ni Ni is an elegant actress,” Liu Ye said regarding his opinion on Ni Ni. “Our collaboration is worthy of the anticipation.”

CF: Shooting Begins on Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film (Sina)

Lu told the media the movie was inspirited by the classic American film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. It revolves around a young woman who must decide between two men before marrying one of them.

CF: The 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival Wraps up

The Most Popular Actor and Actress awards went to Wen Zhang and Yan Ni. Gu Changwei clinched the award for Best Director for feature film, “Love For Life”. The coveted Best Film award was bagged by low-budget film, “Mr. Tree”.

CF: ”11 Flowers” Postpones Release Date

CF:  Chinese Actress Ju Ju Leads Peter Fudakowski’s “Secret Sharer”

CF: LeTV Pictures Announces 10 Film Projects for 2012

LeTV Pictures’ other big-budget films include director Gordon Chan’s war suspense epic “The Dark Meteors” and director Law Chi-Leung’s “The Ghost Bullets.” 

Directed by Guan Hu, the movie features renowned actors Huang Bo and Simon Yam as leading characters. It will hit the national screens on April 28.

Director Guan Hu, Liang Jing, Huang Bo, Simon Yam, Alec Su (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Yi attended the press conference in Beijing for the wrap of Johnnie To’s “Drug War”

Huang Yi

Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, Johnnie To, Louis Koo (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok and Charlie Young play husband and wife in Yim Ho’s biopic “Floating City”

(Sina)

CF: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” Releases First Poster

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Show Luo’s foot fetish, Edison Chen at Coachella

CNA: Chapman To stops work to recuperate from rare nerve disease

A1: Shu Qi: My lips are sealed

A1: Karen Mok joins Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fan campaign

The campaign, “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan”, is designed to raise the hotel group’s brand awareness by globally connecting ‘the fan’ with international celebrities who regularly stay at its hotels.

January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Austin TX: A Watery Grave Narrowly Avoided

35mm prints of lost HK actioners unspool in the Alamo’s Asian Invasion series

TimeOutHK: Father Franco Mella

Portrayed in film by Anthony Wong in “Ordinary Heroes” (1999).

TimeOutHK: Dante Lam interview

Director Dante Lam is on the highway to becoming Hong Kong’s next action auteur. Expect more gunfire in his hard-hitting latest, The Viral Factor

Jay Chou: I had to grit my teeth and do it

Jay Chou was willing to risk life and limb while filming his latest movie, The Viral Factor, all because of “face”.

THR: Taiwan Stands Tall as ‘Warriors of the Rainbow’ Earns Foreign-Language Oscar Shortlist Spot

Wei, one of Taiwan’s most commercially and critically successful directors, received the news in the middle of the Asian night. He was unsure why Warriors had made the shortlist while the rest of East Asia is staying home. Asian films played no part in any major category last year.

FBA: Seediq Bale shortlisted for Oscars

CF: Ann HUI On-wah to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at AFA

CF: Behind the Scenes of “Repeat, I Love You” Released

The film stars Cecilia Cheung, Sang-woo Kwon, Angela Chang and Jing Boran

CF: Mainland Box Office Performance in Second Week 2012

“The Great Magician” debuted with $11.55 million over four days and managed to wrestle the first place from the highest-grossing hit of the year 2011″The Flowers of War”. “Magician”is the latest film directed by Derek Yee, who is good at balancing commercial success with artistic integrity very successfully.

CF: Film Buzz: 2012

Smaller films made big splash

Over the past year, three small-budget movies, Eternal Moment, The Piano in a Factory and Love is Not Blind, flexed their competitive muscle by attracting audiences and critical praise.

According to Chen Shan, professor at the Beijing Film Academy, the allure of small-budget films in the era of big-budget blockbusters is their ingenuity.

“Because their original cost is much lower, they can be more flexible with their themes. They dare to try something different from the mainstream, while blockbusters have to be more cautious,” he said to the Global Times.

Singapore director Jack Neo is evidently sticking to his winning formula - fresh-faced teen actors, heart-breaking family drama and a healthy dose of social commentary in his latest directorial offering, We Not Naughty.

A1: We Not Naughty review

Famous comedian Zhao Benshan will not perform on this year’s “CCTV Spring Festival Gala” because of health problems.

Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” launches, with a bang, on Feb. 9

(Sina)2

Guest stars in “The Great Magician” include Tsui Hark, Benz Kong, Jamie Luk, Vincent Kok, writer Lau Ho-Lueng and dubbing director Chiang Siu-Leung.

Tsui Hark

Eight military governors (Sina)

Stills from “All’s Well Ends Well 2012″

Louis Koo, Kelly Chen

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen

Chapman To, Lynn Hung

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Donnie Yen, Vincent Zhao, Jing Tian, Zhang Hanyu, Yang Kun attended the Beijing launch of a new Clarence Fok film (Chinese title, Special Status). Donnie Yen will action direct as well as produce. Peter Pau is the cinematographer for the film.

Vincent Zhao, Donnie Yen (Sina)

Photos from Dubai where “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” is filming. The film stars Andy Lau, Chen Kun and Zhang Jingchu.

Lin Chi-ling tries on a prop

Filming on a closed road

The crew prepares for a scene

Director Sun Jianjun (r)

Two British bandits (Sina-gallery)

“Harpoon” poster featuring Hu Bing (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Jay, Hannah, Nic, Viral Factor, Wang Lee-Hom, Kanye West

CNA: Dragon Year spells nightmare for Hong Kong mums

“We didn’t plan for a Dragon baby,” says 38-year-old Michele Lee, who is expecting her second child, a girl, in April.

“It was exciting when we first found out the news but very soon that excitement turned into worry about whether we’ll get a place in hospital.”


October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: China-Korea-Japan Ready ‘Yang Gui Fei’ for November Shoot

Yang Gui Fei tells the story of a Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong. Despite her legendary beauty and relationship with the emperor, she was ultimately killed by the emperor’s guards after her family was blamed for a rebellion against the monarch.

THR: Asian Filmmaker of the Year: Tsui Hark

Filmmaker Tsui Hark expects bright future for 3D movies

CNA: Asia’s movie makers embrace 3D revolution

A 3D horror movie set in a public toilet block is part of a revolution underway in the Asian film industry as low-budget 3D productions take on the big studios at their own game.

CF: ”Starry Starry Night” Releases Six Hand Painted Posters by Jimmy

THR: Lin Pins Hopes on ‘Starry Night’

CF: ”Inseparable” Premieres at the Busan International Film Festival

“Inseparable” tells the tale of the things that happened between two men after their encounter, one is a mysterious American guy played by Kevin Spacey, and the other is a young engineer played by Daniel Wu, who has troubles both in his life and career. After experiencing constant accidents and intense danger, they both embark upon a totally unexpected journey which threatens to spiral out of their control.

WSJ: Spacey’s ‘Inseparable’ Opens at Busan

THR: Inseparable’ Culture Clash Story Stars Kevin Spacey

Diverse background of director Dayyan Eng leads to a first in the Chinese film sector.

Eng has two upcoming projects set for 2012: a heist gone wrong film that will likely shoot in Hong Kong next spring, backed by China Film Group and a Hong Kong partner. The other is the birth of his first child, due in January.

CF: Trailer out for ‘White Vengeance’

CF: ’Let the Bullets Fly 3′ Postponed for Jiang Wen’s New Project

Actress Fan Bingbing glitters in Busan

“My Way” centers around two men set in the Battle of Normandy during World War II. Even though it’s a war film, the movie mainly portrays a drama of true humanity that transcends border and nationality.

Fan plays a Chinese woman with astonishing sniper skills, who seeks revenge for the Japanese army’s murder of her family.

THR: Korean WWII Film Promises Big Action, Bigger Drama

“We aimed to provide visual effects that haven’t been seen before in a war movie, but My Way is essentially a dramaa bout humanist values,” said director Kang Je-kyu, who ends a seven-year hiatus since helming Taegukgi, a Korean War flick that became one of the highest-grossing films in local box office history.

The new film has been making headlines for bringing together three of Asia’s hottest superstars, including Jang, Odagiri and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing.

The film is slated to open in Korea in December and in Japan on Jan. 14, 2012. Discussions are underway for distribution dates in China and the United States, which are expected to fall sometime around mid-January next year.

Fan Bingbing at the Busan press conference for My Way

Jang Dong-gun, Fan Bingbing, Joe Odagiri and, presumably, their translators

(Sina-slideshow)

The film tells a story about a couple of childhood sweethearts who are involved in two uninvestigated yet questionable murders.

Fan Bingbing, Li Yu

Kong Wei (Sina)23

Laughing Gor - I’m back

Francis Ng - I’m bad

Turning Point Extreme, a new Laughing Gor film based on the TVB series Lives of Omission,  is set to begin shooting on October 20. The cast includes Michael Tse, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui, Francis Ng and MC Jin. Francis Ng will play the villain. Fala Chen will not return, the female lead will be Rebecca Zhu, Miss Hong Kong 2011.(Sina)

Lost in Panic Cruise poster

The film is the follow up to Lost in Panic Room, also starring Alec Su.

Based on positive response to a preview in Hong Kong, Barbara Wong’s The Allure of Tears, besides a Mainland release, now will also open in Taiwan, Hong Kong, UK, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia on December 24. (Sina)

Tentative Lunar Holiday schedule (Mainland) released, a partial listing: White Vengeance (Nov.24), Happy Magic (Dec.1), The Flowers of War (Dec.16), The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Dec.18), The Grandmasters (Dec.22), The Allure of Tears (Dec.24).

(Sina)

Gigi Leung’s other wedding day dress, a traditional cheongsam in Spanish colors

October 4, 2011

October 4, 2011 - News [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: 1911 review

An erratic, laborious interpretation of Chinese revolutionary history that lets down its epic subject.

Variety: Tsui Hark made Hong Kong a global force

Asian Filmmaker of the Year: Tsui Hark

Variety: China woos Hollywood

Beijing gives blessing to CityWalk-style complex

FBA: Seediq and Bullets head Horse race

Two period action dramas, Taiwan’s Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and China’s Let the Bullets Fly, have the most nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards. With 11 and 9 nominations respectively, they directly compete in 5 categories.

Golden Horse nominations ceremony (Sina)

Hong Kong’s poster girl is not your average heiress

Josie Ho strayed from a privileged family into acting, a job her elders viewed as “lower class”

Felix Wong

Felix Wong and Max Mok have been secretly practicing their horseback riding in preparation for a new action film (lit. Glory Days). The film will be directed by Eric Tsang and action directed by Xiong Xin-Xin. Reports from earlier in the spring indicated a superstar cast including Simon Yam, Anthony Wong, Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Zhang Jingchu and others. It remains to be seen whether this is accurate or just pre-production hype. (Sina)(Mtime)

MSN: Karena Lam makes Hong Kong her permanent home

The actress denied having marital woes and revealed that she might return to showbiz any time

Chrissie Chau, at a boot modelling gig in Causeway Bay,  is still recovering from burns on her leg from a motorcycle. She recently finished her part filming in Stephen Chow’s Monkey King film and said she felt that he was very talented.

Chrissie Chau

(Sina)

Jennifer Tse next?

Yesterday, when asked by reporters if she was next to get married, Jennifer Tse said that she is ready and would not be a surprise if boyfriend Andy On proposed. She would, of course, accept.

Jennifer Tse, earlier this week, for Juicy Couture

(Sina)2

In other related news, it was reported that Gigi had chosen to get married on the eve of her former lover Ekin Cheng’s 44th birthday, so as to show him that she could get married before he does.

Another report claimed that Ekin and girlfriend Yoyo Mung will register for marriage in the US, in spring next year. That was why Gigi chose to get married suddenly.

Gigi Leung - Weibo photo

Interestingly, while the statement warned the media about making claims that Lai and Lok’s 3-year marriage is on the rocks, it did not mention anything about the condition of their relationship.

32-year-old Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, whom a number of media reports have claimed as being the woman who came between Lai and his wife, has also taken action to deal with the negative rumours about herself.

(Sina)

The newlyweds will reportedly spend their honeymoon in Europe and will stay in Germany for a while before relocating to London.

It is believed that Sonija will stay in Beijing with her husband and only return to Hong Kong, if she needs to work.

July 8, 2011

July 8, 2011

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WSJ: Tsui Hark’s Golden Life in Film

WSJ: Taiwan’s ‘Night Market Hero’ Makes Mainland Debut

CRI: ‘Kung Fu Prince’ Ashton to Star in Disaster Movie

Ashton Chen, better known by his Chinese name Shi Xiaolong, will star in the Sino-Australian 3-D disaster movie, “Bait”.

CRI: Chen Kaige’s Stage Show ‘Xiyi’ Premieres

Chen Kaige’s outdoor stage show “Xiyi” has finally premiered after almost a year’s delay.

CF: First Joint Movie Production to Enhance Friendship Between China and Italy

Maria Grazia Cucinotta is the co-producer of and lead actress in a romantic comedy named “C’ e sempre un perche” (There is always a reason why), whose shooting will start in September in Italy’s Sicily island.

“Our comedy will tell the story of a young Shanghainese cook [Huang Bo] who comes to Italy to study the culinary arts. In Sicily, he meets a heartbroken woman who does not believe in love anymore,” Cucinotta said. (Previously)

CF: Three Magicians of “Magic to Win” Unveiled

Summer Love is coming, August.

Directed by Wilson Chin Kwok-Wai, currently on trial in the TVB corruption scandal (Sina)

Stills from biopic Qian Xuesen starring Chen Kun and Kitty Zhang Yuqi

(21cn)

Fan Bingbing is a doll, literally. Netizens discovered this prototype online recently.

(Sina-gallery)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Nicholas leaves KL for HK

Will the real mistress please stand up?

Li Meixi (Xinhua)

Edison got irate when asked about Fung-Chi at Taipei appearance for Disney at toy fair. Reporters noted that he was wearing a bracelet similar to one that Cecilia wears.

(Sina)2(Xinhua-gallery)

Media scrum for Nicholas Tse in HK

(Sina-slideshow)(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Rosamund Kwan tours Milan with Chen Tai Ming

The actress was spotted shopping with the businessman whom she had been secretly dating for the last three years (Xinhua)

Jiang Wen lashes at reporters

Jiang Wen, actor and director of China’s highest grossing film, “Let the Bullets Fly”, was involved in a vicious confrontation with media reporters upon arrival at a Hong Kong court

(Xinhua)

May 23, 2011

May 23, 2011

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A sampling of reviews of Andrew Lau’s A Beautiful Life:

NYPost: A Beautiful Life - Chinese-made cloys

Is the Chinese export “A Beautiful Life” a light ro mantic comedy or a sappy melodrama? Sadly, it’s both.

NPR: In Booming Beijing, A Bad Girl Meets A Good Cop

A Beautiful Life is hardly the only Chinese-language film to play off the culture clash between Hong Kong and the mainland. But the movie is among the first to suggest that the balance of power has shifted north. Economic migrants now travel from Hong Kong to Beijing to make their fortunes, and are regarded with suspicion by their new neighbors.LATimes Review: ‘A Beautiful Life’

THR: Beijing ‘Sparkles’ Like an ‘Urban Wonderland’ in ‘A Beautiful Life’

This Chinese romantic melodrama proves that cinematic clichés are an international commodity.

Slant: A Beautiful Life

Not every story has a happy ending but we strive to get by - Shu Qi’s Weibo

Shu Qi can’t sleep - Weibo

FBA: No Asian winners at Cannes

Wu Xia and The Yellow Sea both screened in “Cannes versions” that may never be screened again. The former, receiving its world premiere, was specially edited for the festival slot. It will be extended before it screens in Asia.

FBA: Sauna on Moon review

Loosely structured but engaging portrait of characters around a sauna/brothel in southern China.

Variety: China propaganda film to U.S.

Chairman Mao’s grandson Mao Xinyu, a major-general in the People’s Liberation Army, apparently intervened to have her [Tang Wei] cut out of the movie.

FBA: Party becomes Revival for int’l release

China Lion Film Distribution has given the new title of Beginning of the Great Revival to its planned release of The Founding of a Party

A report has come out that the film has not yet passed approval/review by China’s SARFT and the June 15th release may be in jeopardy. However, a China Film Group spokesman said that SARFT has said never said that it did not pass review. Instead, post-production changes were being made to accommodate younger viewers so that they would better understand the story according to the rep. A dozen actors could be affected under this scenario. [Does that mean cut?] (Sina)

Tsui Hark, Jet Li

(Sina-gallery)

Jet Li and Tsui Hark promote Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in Beijing. Jet Li discounted old rumours of a rift with Tsui Hark. He revealed their ’secret history’ and that the director once advised him not to make Black Mask when he was searching for investors. Jet also cited his starting up of The One Foundation as the reason for missing out on Tsui’s production of Detective Dee but had read the script. Tsui Hark said that he was quite proud of his 3D work for the upcoming film and felt it was comparable to Hollywood. A brief clip was shown to the assembled press.

Current poster for The Piano in a Factory (Sina)

[Another story on the studio at Hengdian, this one is pretty good.]

Productions must use the studio extras, says Nansun Shi, a Hong Kong film producer. “They stick out like a sore thumb,” she says.   Official Hengdian web site.

CF: Eva Huang Shengyi Graces Fashion Weekly

CNA: Cecilia Cheung reconciles with Edison Chen?

Edison Chen admitted that he met actress Cecilia Cheung, one of the women he was photographed with in his 2008 sex photo scandal, at the airport earlier this month on May 8.

MSN: Andy Hui talks about his relationship with Sammi Cheng

October 27, 2010

October 27, 2010

Mavis Fan and Li Yuchun (Chris Lee) have joined the cast of Tsui Hark’s 3D Flying Swords of Dragon Gate.

Li Yuchun

Mavis Fan

(Sina)

CRI: Li Yuchun, Mavis Fan Join Cast of Tsui Hark’s 3-D Film

FBA:  Tsui has fun with Catching Monkey

Tsui Hark has secretly made a movie in 3-D, which will be pitched for sale at next month’s American Film Market in Santa Monica.

CRI: Horror Movie ‘Lost in Panic Room’ Set for Halloween Release (previously Hidden Chamber of Secrets, here)

Pace Wu and Yuan Chengjie are reportedly planning on skipping the premiere in anger over the ‘assistant gaffer’ (lighting assistant) nude scene leakage threats. (Xinhua)

CRI: Ang Lee Gets Male Lead for His First 3-D Work

Seventeen-year-old Indian boy Suraj Sharma has been chosen by director Ang Lee to star in his 3-D film. The movie is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi”.

FBA: Lee brings Pi to Taiwan and India

“Under the Hawthorn Tree” actor Shawn Dou Xiao will play Qu Qiubai in a biopic to be directed by Huo Jianqi.

Chrissie Chau - Vampire Warriors

With director Dennis Law distributing limited edition vampire dolls in Mongkok (Xinhua)

Director Alexi Tan

Liu Ye

Yao Chen

Color Me Love launches official website

(Sina)

October 11, 2010

October 11, 2010

THR: Jet Li, Tsui Hark reunite

Li plays a Ming Dynasty general battling a power-hungry eunuch played by Chen Kun. Their contest comes to a head at an inn run by actress Zhou Xun.

FBA: Li, Tsui reunite for new Dragon picture

Production got underway today on Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, a stereoscopic 3-D film which reunites action star Jet Li and Chinese director Tsui Hark 14 years after their most successful collaboration on New Dragon Gate Inn.

CRI: ’The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate’ Starts Filming

(Sina)

THR: Hot Summer Days review

THR: When Love Comes review

THR: Late Autumn review

THR: Suitors rap on China’s door

Fox gets teeth into Chinese movie market

THR: Asian Filmmaker of the Year

Tsai Ming-liang lauded by PIFF for his taciturn films

CRI: Zhang Ziyi to Host Hundred Flowers Awards

The festival will open Tuesday, Oct. 12 in Jiangyin, a small city in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province. The media predicted a lackluster opening, as Jiangyin has no airport. [Fan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming have already announced that they are not going.]

It is tradition for the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Festival, one of the biggest film events in China, to be held in a different host city each year.

Stories From Chinese America - The Arthur Dong Collection

New DVD collection

Bouquet commemorating Anita Mui’s 47th birthday at a fan gathering in Hong Kong.

It’s been almost 7 years since the pop legend passed away.

(Xinhua)

Dong Xuan, Li Chen - Struggle

Director Joe Ma Wai-Ho and the cast of Struggle

Joe Ma has begun shooting the film version of Struggle in Suzhou. The romantic comedy is based on the popular 2007 mainland TV series. (Sina)

Publicity stills of Yu Shaoqun (Forever Enthralled) and Jiang Wu (Let the Bullets Fly) from The 1911 Revolution

Jiang Wu

Jiang Wu

Yu Shaoqun

(Sina)

Porn site is selling ‘fully naked’ photos of female stars for HK$78; HK stars next target

Anthony Wong spoke out against the unhealthy trend and called for government intervention.

(Xinhua)

Andy Lau in Harper’s Bazaar (Xinhua-slide show)

CRI: Yuan Quan, Chen Kun Pose for Mag Cover

Their romantic film “My Ex-wife’s Wedding” will be released on October 22.

Chen Kun

(Xinhua-slide show)

CRI: Li Bingbing, Star in Singaporean and Malaysian Versions of ‘Bazaar’

Stalking Cherie Chung shopping in Central

(Sina-gallery)

Need more Cherie? Check out Glenn’s Cherie Chung Week.

Charlene Choi

(Oct. 8) Appearing at the Metro i Do Concert, Charlene requested a microphone stand for support as she woke up feeling dizzy and nauseous, probably due to an ear infection. She was scheduled to fly overseas the next day for filming. Charlene admitted that she wanted a holiday but that it was just wishful thinking. [Give this girl a break! Her health seems to be an ongoing problem.] The Twins also have a November 13th concert in Macau on their schedule.  (Sina)

William Chan, Charlene Choi

Elsewhere, over the weekend, William Chan Wai-Ting publicly declared his love for Charlene on his weibo. (Sina) Charlene admitted through Emperor that two have been dating for 3 months and would make an announcement about their relationship when she returns to Hong Kong from a mainland fan club meeting. (Sina)2

HK actress Charlene Choi now dating singer William Chan

William Chan, Charlene at Hong Kong airport today

(Xinhua) (Sina)234

Sammo Hung

(Oct.8) Sammo Hung attended the Hong Kong Golf Assoiciation annual charity match. Vivian Chow, Eric Tsang, Michale Miu and  other Hong Kong artists participated. Son Timmy Hung recently got married to Janet Chow, former Miss Hong Kong runner up, and Sammo was kidded about the prospect of being a grandfather. (Sina)

Eric Tsang

(Sina)

WSJ: Hollywood Heads to Hainan for Golf Tournament

SG: Cecilia Cheung to go against Rebecca Tang [Tang Wei] in Jingle Ma’s new film

SG: Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying go old school for wedding photos

Younger rival threatens Maggie Cheung’s relationship

July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang/Cheung Kwan-NingMaggie Cheung Ho-YeeEkin Cheng and two of the Grasshoppers
Hong Kong premiere of Murderer
Photo Gallery
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials

‘Overheard’ a Crime Thriller
Stills from Overheard released

Michael TseRon Ng, Sammul Chan
Laughing Gor cameos by Ron Ng, Sammul Chan


New Sophie’s Revenge poster

Ani-men in 3-D, it turns out, is directed by Tsui Hark

Chen Kaige Braces for Battle of Impressions


‘Spying Rose’ Yu Na

Yu is currently filming an espionage thriller called “Die Zhan Mei Gui” (”Rose in the War of Spies”).


Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Stills from Derek Chiu’s new film (All The Way With You)

John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
Aviator pic in early stages, to be shot in Yunnan
John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie

bc Magazine: 24 City review
HK Magazine: 24 City

bc Magazine: Roy Chow (Murderer) interview

bc Magazine: Wai Kar Fai (Written By) interview

bc Magazine: Jia Zhangke (24 City) interview

HK Magazine: Gillian Chung interview

HK Magazine: Jeff Lau interview

HK PICKS (HK Magazine)
Oppai Volleyball
(Japan) Japanese comedy about a young teacher who promises to show her “oppai” (breasts) to the geeky, all-male school volleyball team in an effort to spur them into winning the big game.

KOFIC
Thirst to Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia
PARK Chan-wook’s acclaimed vampire-thriller Thirst will have its North American premiere screening at the 13th Fantasia Film Festival, running July 9 – 27 in Montreal, Canada. The fest will screen over 100 feature films mainly from Asia, the United States and Europe.

Thirst became a Korean-American co-production when Universal Pictures boarded the project while in production. It is to be released in the United States in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco on July 31, with a release in Canada through Alliance-Vivafilm also planned.

It is PARK’s second film to win a Cannes competition prize, taking the Jury Prize at this year’s festival, following a Grand Prize win in 2004 for the director’s international breakthrough, Old Boy.

The Fantasia Festival audience originally discovered PARK Chan-wook in 2001 with his first Korean hit, Joint Security Area followed by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in 2003, the first film of his « Vengeance » trilogy.

Korean Line-up at Fantasia Int’l Film Fest
North America’s largest genre film fest, the Fantasia International Film Festival boasts an impressive line-up of notable Korean films this year; among them the North American premiere of PARK Chan-wook’s Cannes-winning vampire drama, Thirst. Held annually in Montreal, Canada, the event will run from July 9 – 29 at several theaters in the city.

Along with PARK’s latest is Crush and Blush, a film he produced for debut director LEE Kyoung-mi. Two int’l festival favorites, NOH Young-seok’s micro-budget but acclaimed debut, Daytime Drinking, and JANG Hun’s Rough Cut will screen. Both films have had their Canadian rights bought by Canada’s Evokative Films which plans to release Rough Cut in Canadian theaters in January of 2010.

Rotterdam winner Breathless by YANG Ik-june will screen along with sleeper hit of 2008, The Chaser by NA Hong-jin. LEE Yoon-ki’s Seoul odyssey, My Dear Enemy and KWAK Jae-young’s Japanese made Cyborg, She, were also invited. Other films in the program include the more commercially made Korean films Private Eye, The Divine Weapon, Portrait of a Beauty, and GoGo 70s.

Fan Bingbing Wins ‘Plastic Surgery’ Case

Charlene Choi
Charlene surrounded by fans

Charlene Choi completes six performance run on stage


A-Mei promoting new album in Shanghai


I spy: Faye Wong shopping for an iPod in Beijing


APA Top Ten: Asia’s Ode to Michael Jackson

Korea Times: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career

April 19, 2009

April 19, 2009

Josephine Siao Fong Fong - Lifetime Achievement Award

Josephine Siao Fong Fong - Lifetime Achievement Award

Raymond Wong - Best Picture (Ip Man)Ann Hui - Best Director (The Way We Are)

Nick Cheung - Best Actor (Beast Stalker)Liu Kai-Chi - Best Supporting Actor (Beast Stalker)

Chun Lai Wan - Best Supporting Actress (The Way We Are)Xu Jiao - Best New Performer (CJ7)
 Sammo Hung - Best Action Choreography (Ip Man)Paw Hee-Ching - Best Actress (The Way We Are)

28th Hong Kong Film Awards
Xinhuanet: Red carpet and awards presentation - photo gallery
Ent.sina - photo gallery


‘Yasukuni’ hangs in limbo

Feature films get China release while documentary waits


Variety: Fish Story (Japan)

A playful Japanese sci-fi shaggy-dog story
Hollywood Reporter
Bottom Line: Light entertainment that will thrill J-pop lovers.

Variety: 20th Century Boys: Chapter 2 (Japan)

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Jackie Chan: Chinese people need to be controlled
Action star Jackie Chan said Saturday he’s not sure if a free society is a good thing for China and that he’s starting to think “we Chinese need to be controlled.”

Chan’s comments drew applause from a predominantly Chinese audience of business leaders in China’s southern island province of Hainan.

The 55-year-old Hong Kong actor was participating in a panel at the annual Boao Forum when he was asked to discuss censorship and restrictions on filmmakers in China. He expanded his comments to include society.

“I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not,” Chan said. “I’m really confused now. If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic.”

Chan added: “I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”

The kung fu star has not been a vocal supporter of the pro-democracy movement in his hometown of Hong Kong. Since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997, voters have not been allowed to directly elect their leader. Several massive street protests have been held to demand full democracy, but Beijing has repeatedly said Hong Kong isn’t ready for it.

The theme at Saturday’s panel discussion was “Tapping into Asia’s Creative Industry Potential,” and Chan had several opinions about innovation in China.

He said that early in his career, he lived in the shadow of the late martial arts star Bruce Lee. He said that during his first foray into Hollywood, he struggled to establish his own identity, so he returned to Hong Kong. After spending 15 years building his reputation in Asia, Chan finally got rediscovered by Hollywood, he said.

Chan said the problem with Chinese youth is that “they like other people’s things. They don’t like their own things.” Young people need to spend more time developing their own style, he added.

The action hero complained that Chinese goods still have too many quality problems. He became emotional when discussing contaminated milk powder that sickened tens of thousands of Chinese babies in the past year.

Speaking fast with his voice rising, Chan said, “If I need to buy a TV, I’ll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode.”

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