HKMDB Daily News

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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PR: HK Film Archive’s “The Strange Case of Hong Kong Amoy Cinema” (HKFA)

To tie in with the programme, the HKFA will publish a research monograph entitled “The Amoy-dialect Films of Hong Kong” in late March.

FBA: I Do review

A terrific trio of leads, plus an atypical script, keep the China rom-com bar high.


TimeOutHK: Chow Yun-Fat interview

The film was directed by Chinese director Huo Jianqi, the director of “Postmen in the Mountains”, a smash hit in Japan. A China/Japan/Hong Kong/Taiwan co-production, “Snow Fall in Taipei” is a romantic film starring popular Taiwan actor Berlin Chen along with the mainland actress Tong Yao

Wong Jing’s upcoming film “Marrying Mr. Perfect” is set to hit cinemas nationwide on March 16. Prior to its release, a series of still photos featuring gorgeous Liu Yan have been released.

A series of stills featuring Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”. Lin plays a virtuous mother who transforms into a demon/ghost.

Ruby Lin

In a recent newspaper interview, Vincent Zhao claimed that script changes on “Special Identity” lead to an argument between director Clarence Fok and cinematographer Peter Pau. Also, Zhao said that the changes reduced his role to that of a supporting cast member.

Vincent Zhao (Sina)

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok & Nick Cheung in Malaysia

Following the high-profile filming of “The Viral Factor” in Kuala Lumpur last year, it seems that more Hong Kong filmmakers are looking to Malaysia for filming locations for their movies and this year, award-winning actors Aaron Kwok and Nick Cheung are that batch of Hong Kong stars, having arrived here recently to shoot Oxide Pang’s detective thriller titled “Conspirator”.

SGYahoo: Han Geng collaborates with Vicky Zhao

A program about two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, who has adjusted well to life in China after moving here in 2010, will be the first of 14 nonfiction documentaries from the Vibrant China series.

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Sun Honglei Awarded the Most Disappointing Actor

The 3rd Golden Broom Awards took place Saturday afternoon, doling out 13 Golden Brooms in total. Lacking in attendance at the award ceremony were movie stars.

Famous mainland actor Sun Honglei was awarded the most disappointing actor for his character as renowned ancient strategist Sun Bin in The Warring States. A-list Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung won the most disappointing actress for both her performances in Legendary Amazons and Treasure Hunt.

The Flowers of War, nominated at the Golden Globes, was given a special jury’s version of “the most disappointing movie” award.

CF: The Blame Game

Zhang Weiping, producer of Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, blames Hollywood and the United States press for “Nanjing Massacre denial”.

CF: Flying Swords Lifts Bona Group Results

FBA: Go ahead for Mr. Go

Xu Jiao (Josie Xu) to star in South Korean 3D flick

Wong Jing revealed that Huang Xiaoming has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” with Chow Yun-Fat and Sammo Hung. Both Chow and Huang have played the lead character, Hui Man Keung, in TV series versions of the story. Yuan Quan (Yolanda Yuan) and Yuan Li were also named as joining the cast. A Lunar New Year release is planned.

TimeOutHK: Ann Hui interview

TimeOutHK: A Simple Life

Zhou Xun (Sina-gallery)

Andy On will replace Chiu in “Special Identity”. 

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) and wife

Zhao and lawyer at press conference where he read a statement defending himself (Sina)

Michael Wong plays an abusive father to his daughter, Janice Man, in “Nightfall”

(Sina)

MSN: A first glimpse at Karena Lam’s daughter

The former actress took her daughter to a renowned kindergarten for an entrance interview

A1: Why should I be afraid? Says Michelle Yeoh

Already svelte and athletic, the 49-year-old former Bond girl lost another 10kg to play the slightly gaunt Nobel laureate in The Lady.

A1: Always a Lady

A1: Jacky Cheung’s wife sexually harassed

Wife of Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung was allegedly sexually harassed twice by a manager of a gym in Hong Kong.

MSN: Cherrie warns woman to stop seducing hubby

Cherrie Ying has warned a woman to stop “seducing” her husband Jordan Chan Siu-Chun.

November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Emperor backs Lo mystery starring Nicholas Tse

Emperor Motion Pictures from Hong Kong and China’s Le Vision Pictures are to co-produce the next film by acclaimed Hong Kong director Lo Chi-leung.

The $12 million film is an untitled murder-mystery produced by veteran producer-director Derek Yee.

THR:Hong Kong Star Nicholas Tse Boards Period Pic

FBA: 11 Flowers review

Involving snapshot of childhood set near the end of the Cultural Revolution.

FBA: Well Go acquires Seediq Bale

CRI: ’Flying Guillotines’ Team Meets the Media

Besides the previously announced actors Huang Xiaoming and Ethan Ruan, the director also presented Shawn Yue, Jing Boran, Zhou Yiwei, Pu Bajia and Li Yuchun.

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CF: ”The Sword Identity” Premieres on the Mainland

The film “The Sword Identity” tells the legendary story of a sabre coming out from a military camp, wanders from place to place, making ripples on the world of martial arts, before finally being recognized by orthodox denomination of martial arts .

The Patrick Leung-Corey Yuen martial arts-action film “Great Wudang” held a press conference in Hubei yesterday. The cast includes Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk), Louis Fan, Yang Mi and Dennis To (To Yuhang) and Xu Jiao. A summer 2012 release is planned.

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Dennis To

Louis Fan

Vincent Zhao, Yang Mi

Yang Mi

(Sina-gallery)

Korean editon of poster for “West Wind” - from Charlie Young’s weibo

Gigi Leung in Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”

Producer Raymond Wong sees Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu) as a younger version of Charlie Young and hopes that she will develop into the next AngelaBaby.

Karena Ng - Magic to Win

Vincent Kok and Paw Hee-Ching guest in Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win”

Paw Hee-Ching

Vincent Kok - volleyball coach

“Magic to Win” cast includes Loletta Lee and Yip Sai-Wing

Loretta Lee (Lee Lai-Chun ) and Yip Sai-Wing appear as husband and wife

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As 2011 draws to a close, celebrities have made this the year of the showbiz wedding.

In terms of sumptuousness, [Coco] Lee and Rockowitz’s nuptials lead the field, with two days of celebrations that reportedly cost NT$600 million [US$19M]. The wedding was rated by the press as the most expensive to be held in Hong Kong.

Entertainment was provided by Grammy-winning musicians Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo, while the Shaw Brothers Film Studio, which, according to the Liberty Times, is normally not allowed to be rented out for private use, was turned into a playground for the rich and powerful.

MSN: Cammi Xie speaks up on romance with Edison Chen

The model’s relationship with singer Edison Chen was exposed after photos of the pair were leaked online

“I didn’t have sex with him! I’m only 16,” Cammi shouted.

CNA: Edison Chen admits to dating 16-year-old schoolgirl amidst new scandal

Even if the pair did have relations, Chen is in the clear as the legal age of sexual consent in Hong Kong is 16.

The 31-year-old actor said he only started seeing Tse after he broke up with girlfriend Vincy Yeung, whom he had dated since Yeung was 17.

In response to questions about whether there were even more salacious photos in her phone, Tse said, “No, the sexiest ones have already surfaced.”

November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

Bruce Lee My Brother posters

(Sina)

THR: Hong Kong Production Funding Emerging from Unlikely Places

For instance, the local charitable organization, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, has pooled its resources to create Merry-go-round, a drama co-directed by indie helmer Mak Yan-yan and Clement Cheng, in celebration of the organization’s 140th anniversary. All the more surprising is the venture into the film industry by the Hong Kong restaurant chain, Tsui Wah Group, which in collaboration with the production company T-Films, is producing two stereoscopic 3D animation features and a live action film [Little Gobi, Flying Hero, Beach Spike]

THR: Hong Kong Filmmakers Eye China’s Larger Audiences

The performance of local productions has indicated the start of a resurgence in Hong Kong cinema amid the larger and irrevocable trend of China-Hong Kong co-productions.

The government-subsidized Hong Kong Film Development Fund has been a reliable backer for local filmmakers interested in alternative storytelling

Directed by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Fan, “Home” - which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work - was nominated Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice. Fan himself is nominated in six of those categories, making him the most nominated individual in the history of Cinema Eye.

CRI: Golden Horse Film Festival Opens with ‘Juliets’(Xinhua-gallery)

Certain content, such as the over-glorification of killing, bloodshed, ghost and spirits, are discouraged and may be edited or deleted.

Painted Skin, the 2008 blockbuster was adapted from the Liaozhai compendium of supernatural tales, and it was more romance than ghost story.

Even so, the regulators made the director delete a gory scene in which the spirit was eating a human heart.

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder is being marketed at the AFM in Los Angeles.

Chen Kun costars with Gigi Leung, Guei Lun-Mei and Jiang Yiyan (Sina)

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu

Cinematographer Zeng Jian, Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, producer Fang Li

The crew of Buddha Mountain celebrated their awards from the Tokyo Film Festival in Beijing. Fan Bingbing flew back from South Korea to participate. She was awarded Best Actress and Li Yu won the prize for Best Artistic Contribution. Fang Li revealed that Fan Bingbing worked on both Buddha Mountain and Lost in Beijing (Best Supporting Actress, Golden Horse and Best Actress, 4th Eurasia Film Festival) for no fee. Fan also donated the $5000 prize money to the cost of the celebration. In addition, Fan Bingbing presented Li Yu with a Mercedes Smart car to show her gratitude for helping her career.

Fan Bingbing’s many passionate kisses with Li Yu raised quite a few eyebrows.

(Sina-gallery)(Sina-slide show), (Xinhua)(Sohu)

Yao Chen, Alexi Tan, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok), Zhu Hong

Shanghai publicity stop for Color Me Love

Zhu Hong

Mo Xiaoqi, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Mo Xiaoqi (Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Rumors are circulating that Cecilia Cheung is pregnant again. This would explain her turning down working with Derek Yee who required Ceci not to get pregnant during the shooting of the film.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Under the Hawthorn Tree’s Zhou Dongyu recently attended a fashion show

(Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: China’s Huangmei Opera Star Wows US Audience

Man boarded flight as senior, exited as 20-year-old

Death of another Foxconn worker

A worker has died in an apparent suicide at a factory in Shenzhen run by Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes goods for Apple, Sony and Nokia. Xinhua news agency says the worker died after falling from a building at Foxconn’s massive plant, which employs an estimated 400,000 people. There have been 10 earlier suicides there this year. Labour activists blame them on harsh working conditions.

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