HKMDB Daily News

December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Sleepless Fashion review

Strained light comedy set in Beijing’s fashion/media world. FBA: Mr. & Mrs. Single review

Gentle office rom-com of sexual misunderstandings does the business.

As a whole, the movie never reaches very far down, and is at pains to stay within the genre’s conventions, but as a gentle rather than aggressively modern rom-com it’s an above-average ride for 100 minutes.

CF: “The Flowers of War” Screened in LA

The latest “Mou girl” was finally revealed to the public, in Los Angeles, at a press conference. Her name is Ni Ni. She is 23 years old and has the auspicious birthday of 8.8.1988. Contacted by reporters, Ni Ni was described by a university teacher as easy, outgoing and a good Latin dancer. She is a 2007 graduate of CUCN (Communication University of China Nanjing) in Gansu Province. Previous reports revealed that Ni Ni’s character has a sex scene with Christian Bale, probably edited down for the domestic release. Zhang’s daughter, Zhang Mo, a former student at Columbia University and NYU Film School, served as a translator for Christian Bale.

Ni Ni

Ni Ni, Zhang Yimou (Sina)2

CF: Standoff in Box Office War Over Top Spot in Peak Season

CF: Two-faced Louis Koo in “Romancing in Thin Air”

Louis Koo plays the role of a celebrity actor who by virtue of his romantic films, had won five Best Actor awards. But in his real life, his own relationships had been less successful. After one particularly bad blow, he hides out in Shangri-La to get back on his feet.

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Trio

Still photos featuring actor Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan Li Yuchun, cast members in director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” were released.

Li Yuchun, Guei Lun-Mei

Louis Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)2

According to a interview with Terence Chang, Zhang Ziyi has signed on for John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” (lit. “Fatal Love”) Screenwriter is reported to be Wang Hui-Ling (”Lust, Caution”) and filming should begin in February. Louis Koo is said to be cast as her lover. Zhang Hanyu, Song Hye-Kyo and Chang Chen have been previously announced as cast.(Sina)(cn21)

Concept poster for “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D”

First look at the Monkey King

Seven fairies (Sina)

Stills of Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong in “I Do” (also, vide “Yes, I Do”) now in post-production. The young couple, after a seven year relationship that began in college, breaks up over money issues. Sun Honglei also stars in the film directed by Sun Zhou.


Jordan Chan and Li Fei-er began shooting “Ghost Marriage” in Beijing today. Co-directed by Bosco Lam Chi-Ho, the thriller will be filmed in 3D. (Sina)

Jordan Chan recently guested at “White Vengeance” costar, Leon Lai’s, Hong Kong concert. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng and Connie Chan appeared at Hong Kong’s Harbour City to launch a Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation charity event. Connie has been a foundation ambassador for the past ten years.


Bona Film Group celebrated its first anniversary of being listed on the Nasdaq stock market. Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones and CEO Yu Dong were on hand for the ceremony. Zeta-Jones also praised “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” after seeing a preview screening of the trailer on the Times Square LED screen.

Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yu Dong


TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

“Screw you. You [the Hong Kong press] are full of crap,” he snapped.

In film-related news, a pirated copy of You Are the Apple of My Eye went viral online and received some 140,000 hits on YouTube within a couple of days before it was blocked on Sunday.

MSN: Kelly Chan confirms her second child is a boy

Kelly revealed that she is having a baby boy. The singer joked that she would call her son “xiao long bao (soup dumpling)”, because the baby would be born in the Year of the Dragon.

One of the highlights of the night included a tribute to Cheung’s godmother, the late Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum.

Ron Ng’s girlfriend Zhang Xinyu was recently suspected of uploading a photo of herself on the actor’s microblog at around 1am on Dec 7.

TVB senior executive Virginia Lok expressed that she understood that Ron’s microblog had been hacked.

November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love You You review

Fluffy but enjoyable summer beach romance, with engaging leads in Angelababy and Eddie Peng.

FBA: Love On Credit review

Taiwan’s Lin Chi-ling strikes gold in a delightfully played Mainland rom-com.

WSJ: Giddens Ko ‘Speechless’ When It Comes to ‘Apple’ - “You Are the Apple of My Eye”

“Many people tell me that after they watch the film, they go home and call the boy or girl that they used to like — or had a secret crush on — not because they want to have another chance to get together, but to thank them for the good memories.”

“Legendary Amazons,” a costume heroine-themed movie produced by Jackie Chan, was said to be the bloodiest film in recent years by a cinema manager after it was screened in Kunming Lijiang, Yunnan province, last weekend.

“No male actors have ever fought like that in a Chinese film before. So, seeing a group of women killing others in such a way was beyond our imagination.”

From the trailer

New “bloody edition” trailer with subs

Zhao Qianyu plays the daughter of Cecilia Cheung and Richie Jen in “The Legendary Amazons”

With Richie Jen (Sina)2

The film’s production company behind the “The Flowers of War” recently issued promotional posters in both Chinese and English.

Qin Hailu accepting the award for Most Outstanding Asian Artist in “The Piano in a Factory” at the New York Chinese Film Festival.

Born in the 1960s, the multiple-award-winning animation film “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven” is one of the most famous Chinese cartoons of all time. And now a 3-D remake of the classic cartoon is going to be brought to the big screen in January.

The production team also asked the original animation and graphic designer Yan Dingxian to join their team. The 75-year-old animation master was the chief animation director of the 1960s’ version of the animation film.

Some Hong Kong tabloids claim that is the case, citing photographs of Tse with three other male celebrities – all taken over the course of a year – as proof that she is no shrinking violet and may have used Chen as a tool to create publicity for herself.

The Taiwanese singer’s fans felt that the young model was too whiney in her recent commercial

July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

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ChinaPost: Formosa Mambo review

Telephone and Internet frauds are so pervasive in Taiwan that people have become numb and indifferent to such illegal activities. Yet, “Formosa Mambo” draws attention to this social problem in a brilliantly entertaining way.

ChinaPost: Wu Xia review

TimeOutHK: Peter Chan interview

CF: News Conference for “Wu Xia”

FBA: Night Market Hero review

Likable but over-long and predictable heartwarmer about street hawkers battling big business.

CF: 3-D Version of “Uproar in Heaven” to Open Next January

The classic Chinese animated feature film “Uproar in Heaven” is being restored with 3-D special effects and is expected to hit cinemas next January, the New Express Daily reports.

Directed by Wan Laiming in the 1960s,”Uproar in Heaven” earned both domestic and international recognition and received numerous awards.

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Lovebirds Take on New Project

Director Barbara Wong’s tear-jerking romance film, “The Tears” (aka Tears in a Fallen City), held a news conference to mark the beginning of filming on Thursday in Shanghai.

The director was seen at the event with five of the leading actors from her film, namely Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Aarif Lee, Joe Chen and Richie Ren. (CF)(Sina-slideshow)

Poster for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Sina)

Stills from Gordon Chan’s The Mural, opening Sept. 29

Collin Chou

Collin Chou

Deng Chao

Deng Chao

Bao Bei-er, Deng Cha (Sina)

CF: Deng Chao Leads the “Mural”

The film tells the story of three men who unconsciously break into the ‘mural’ wonderland, a place where there are no males.

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