HKMDB Daily News

July 31, 2012

July 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Vulgaria review

Rough-and-ready satire of low-end Hong Kong filmmaking is what it is, and no more.

FBA: Fairy Tale Killer review

Scrappy serial-killer tale that fails to make a case for Danny Pang as a solo director.

Review:Not So Awesome Foursome

The Four has so far raked in 150 million yuan ($23.5 million), leapfrogging domestic blockbuster Painted Skin: The Resurrection for top spot last week. But not all viewers of the film have given it the thumbs up, hinting at growing fatigue among Chinese audiences for kung fu productions.

GuardianUK: Why Painted Skin 2 has taken China by storm

GlobalTimes: China’s 1st Microfilm Competition launches alongside film festival

GlobalTimes: ”Human flesh search” film renews discussion of Internet vigilantism

Chen Kaige’s latest film “Caught in the Web” has drawn fresh attention to issues regarding privacy infringement and Internet-based vigilantism.

FBA: Kirk Wong rolls a Six

Hong Kong’s Kirk WONG will shoot his first film in more than a decade when his upcoming Six cranks up in November in China and Louisiana, US.

SGYahoo: Lee Lik-Chi to film “Hua Xiao Hero”Hong Kong comedy director Lee Lik-Chi has confirmed that he will be making a Malaysian film titled “Hua Xiao Hero” soon, with local veteran artist Auguste Kwan to star as the male lead in the film

CF: ”The Silent War” Premiers in Beijing

The production company of “The Silent War” announced at the ceremony that the release date of the film was moved up to August 7, three days earlier than the previously scheduled screening time.

Poster for “Dangerous Liaisons, to be released Sept. 27

CF: Kimi Qiao and Shi Yanfei “Kiss” at “Good-For-Nothing Heroes” Premiere Ceremony

Director Fu Yong, accompanied by actors Suet Lam, Kimi Qiao, Kent Cheng, Christy Chung, Terri Kwan, Shi Yanfei and Leni Yan, attended a premiere ceremony for the romance comedy “Good-For-Nothing Heroes” yesterday in Beijing.

“Justin” Lam Suet

Kent Cheng

Lam Suet, Christy Chung

Leni Lan/Lan Yan (Sina-gallery)

CF: A Serious Chow Yun-Fat in the First Trailer of “The Last Tycoon”

Chow Yun-Fat

Huang Xiaoming (Sina)

CF: Zhou Xun’s 20 Years from an Actress to a BO Revenue Guarantee

Zhou Xun in 1999 TV series

CF: Chinese Films to Enter American Homes

M1905.com, the China Movie Channel website, and Jiaflix, an American based enterprise, have teamed together to stream Chinese movies through set-top boxes. It will bring thousands of Chinese flicks into North American families’ homes.

SGYahoo: Comedian Ng Mang Tat also sings?

Plays a karaoke champion in “Kara King”

SGYaoo: Chapman To joins “Wedding Diary 2″

Four years after ’singing’ in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lin Miaoke co-stars in the thriller “Insistence”

Lin Miaoke, Ken Lok

“Insistence” poster (Sina)

A1: Zhang Ziyi ends her scandals with a ring

Zhang Ziyi’s romance with CCTV host Sa Beining has been blown wide open with loads of consequences-China’s news hounds are filling pages with wedding talk, Internet bloggers are chatting about Ziyi’s motives, and businessmen are baiting fashion watchers with copies of the lovers’ sandals!

In Hong Kong director Gordon Chan’s latest wuxia flick The Four, she plays a woman named Emotionless, who has telepathic and telekinetic powers.

MSN: Eason Chan’s wife slammed for “ill-mannered Chinese” comment

SGYahoo: Mad dash for In-N-Out burgers at Circular Road

Tuesday’s pop-up store was a test case for In-N-Out — a family-run chain famous in the US West Coast — to see if it’s worth setting up a permanent store in Singapore.

July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Wu Dang review

Light action-adventure works OK as family fare but not much more than that.

FBA: The Four review

Standard, rather old-fashioned, martial arts mystery generates no real drama.

CF: Liu Ye Tames a Horse in his New Movie

“Sha Jie” features Liu Ye and former “Mou Girl” Ni Ni as a couple. They portray a love-hate relationship in the movie. [Directed by Zhang Jiarui ("Red River", "Distant Thunder")]

CF: Release Date Set for “The Bullets Vanished”

CF: Cecilia Cheung Photos Released for “The Lion Roars 2″

(Sina)

CF: ”Holding Love” Released New Stills of Yang Mi

“Holding Love”, the first co-starring of Yang Mi and her boyfriend Hawick Liu, one of the most popular star couples among teen Chinese audiences, will star in the same film for the first time.

CF: A Stockholm Complex in “The Lethal Hostage”

In the movie, a drug dealer portrayed by Sun Honglei, falls in love with his hostage (Wang Luodan) and decides to quit the business, that is, after one final deal.

CF: ”Let It Be” to Premiere on August 10

“Let it Be” is directed, written and stars Song Jinxiao along with Joan Chen and Taiwanese actor Van Fan.

Song plays a female poet can’t handle the pressures of modern life and escapes to an Arcadia-like village, where she meets an artist played by Van Fan. Chen portrays a consummate charmer who tries her best to seduce the artist with the result being an absurd love triangle.

Joan Chen

Song Jinxiao

CF: ”The King of the Streets” Premieres in Beijing

Actor-director Yue Song performed his kung fu skills at the event, winning applause from the audience. In the film, he plays opposite more than 10 top world boxers.

The film is about a boy who seeks revenge for the death of his parents who were killed eight years ago. He fights the local gangsters and finally achieves his goal.

Xu Zheng and Hui Siu-Hung butt heads when Xu Zheng meets his future father-in-law for the first time in ”Gao Ding Yue Fu Da Ren” (lit. Battle of Wits with Father-in-Law). Lin Peng plays the bride-to-be. Xu Zheng also acts as the film producer for the first time.

(Sina)

In “The Silent War,” Zhou will portray a spy, similar to her role in the 2009’s blockbuster “The Message”. The actress was highly praised by other members of the cast on the set, and she now has the reputation for being box office dynamite. In past six months, Zhou has released “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, “The Great Magician” and “Painted Skin: The Resurrection.” The upcoming project is exptected to take over the box office success of these three movies.

CF: John Woo: Chinese Films Don’t Have Real Blockbusters

Acclaimed director John Woo has recovered from the cancer and confirms that he has two projects in hand this year and next,

(Sina)

Rumour: Will Brigitte Lin return to film in Zhang Yimou’s next film, “Dragon Kiss”? That’s what insiders are saying about Zhang’s $100RMB budgeted film. Already, the director has said to have invited Angelina Jolie. When questioned at a recent fashion event, Brigitte Lin smiled and said, “Of course.” Yesterday, Brigitte made a low key appearance at the Hong Kong Book Fair sitting in on a lecture before leaving early as fans snapped photos. (Sina), 23

Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin with, friend and writer, Zhang Yihe


Mongolian director Wuershan’ s “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” collected an estimated $16.25 million over the past week for a three-week total of over $100.02 million, easily defending the championship of the boxoffice chart for a third straight week. Newly-released martial arts “The Four” debuted at number two at the weekly boxoffice chart in mainland China with an impressive $13.03 million over four days in release. Contemporary drama “Caught in the Web” dropped to third place in its second week of release, with $9.69 million boxoffice receipts.

During a news conference of his kung fu flick “Taichi” on July 17, producer Chen Guofu sent a message to all peers that they will face a tremendous failure for releasing their movies on the same date of his movie, which is September 28. But one person sneered at his bold announcement.

New poster for comedy “BMW Rhapsody” features Jordan Chan, Morris Rong (Rong Xiang) and Peng Bo.

The cast also includes Gong Xinliang and Kong Mei (the male Fan Bingbing).

Jordan Chan leads the film and plays a chauffeur named Liu Zili who dreams of having his own BMW car and accidentally gets involved in a series of crazy incidents. (CF)

Jordan Chan, Xiong Naijin

Morris Rong

Lee Kin-Yan (Sina)(CF)

Poster for Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Vulgaria”

Chapman To, Dada Chan (Chen Jing)

Dada Chan (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong trailer for “The Silent War”

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

How does one turn around matrimonial money squabbles, jealousy and internal family conflicts? Divorce, if you are Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse…Jay Chou, Stephen Fung, Shu Qi and more…

SGYahoo: Lynn Xiong hits out at abortion rumours

The witty star added: “When I find out who started this, I shall get Fahai (the evil monk in Tale of The White Snake) to deal with him.”

Despite sealing off the streets when filming, the singer’s image for his new movie was revealed in an online video

The singer who gave birth to baby Riley in March claims she has no time for more children

To avoid the paparazzi, the Heavenly King went all the way to make sure no photos of his daughter were taken

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Vulgaria review

This film-biz satire displays a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals – of humans and other species – as frequently as it possibly can.

“Vulgaria” Hong Kong premiere photos

Chapman To, Kristal Tin

DaDa Chan

Pang Ho-Cheung, Chapman To, Kristal Tin, Matt Chow

Ronald Cheng

Fiona Sit (Sina)

CF: Stars of “The Four” and “The Assassins” Set to Shine at BJIFF

PR: Youku, Buick Debut “Micro Movie” Series from Major Directors

China’s leading Internet television company (”Youku”), joined by Buick today, announced the kickoff of “Infinite Drive,” a series of 12 web-based “micro movies” from internationally renowned directors Wang Xiaoshuai (”Beijing Bicycle”, “Chongqing Blues”), Lu Chuan (”City of Life and Death”, “Hoh Xil”), and Teng Huatao (”Dwelling Narrowness”, “Love is Not Blind”), and actress and director Hao Lei (”Summer Palace”, “Empire of Silver”).

Each of the four directors will produce three ten-minute micro movies to tell the stories about young urban professionals balancing their personal pursuits against the desire for stability. The 12 micro movies will correspond to the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, and will reflect the personality traits typical of each sign.

Stills of Tao Hong from Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

CRI:  Selina Ren Comes Back into the Limelight

MSN: Selina Jen refuses to forgive director Chen Ming Zhang

CNA: Selina Jen: S.H.E. to reunite in 2012

MSN: Is Miriam Yeung’s husband in financial trouble?

MSN: Shu Qi forced to shut down her microblog

A1: Shu Qi cries in park after nude photos circulated

CNA: Shu Qi becomes a casualty of Donnie Yen, Vincent Chiu feud

In a long article on her official fan site on Tuesday, the actress said she was actually “grateful” to the people who have hurt her, because their actions allowed her to continue “to learn and to grow”.

Shu Qi went on to say that she “just needed a little bit of time” and assured her fans that she would soon bounce back.

Vulgaria (Screen Daily review)

Filed under: Reprints — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 11:05 am

Vulgaria

By Edmund Lee
Having spent much of his career filtering good humour through very bad taste, writer-director Pang Ho-cheung delivers arguably his naughtiest picture to date with a pitch-black comedy whose central mystery concerns whether its protagonist has had sexual intercourse(s) with a mule. While its potentially offensive content is either verbal or merely implied, Vulgaria’s readiness to revel in its own political incorrectness should ensure its popularity with festivals looking for curiosity items.

The film world-premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and is scheduled for a summer release locally – tentatively in late June.

Shot in 12 days without a complete script, the movie is essentially a series of side-splitting episodes related by producer To Wai-cheung (Chapman To, who previously starred in a much more reserved role in Pang’s Isabella) at a sharing session with cynical film students. Pushed to defend his worth in the role, the downtrodden veteran recalls the ridiculously dramatic journey of getting his latest project, a remake of the 1976 soft-core flick I Want More!, off the ground.

To do that would mean to satisfy the whims of investor Brother Tyrannosaurus (Ronald Cheng), a mainland Chinese gangster boss who’s into exotic food and kinky sex; to persuade the original film’s lead actress (Susan Shaw playing herself) to take her part again; and to secure further financial support from his disillusioned ex-wife (played by Kristal Tin, To’s real-life spouse). Pang’s penchant for male sexual fantasy is again evident as his character’s plight is partly relieved by the affection of a teenage model, Popping Candy (Dada Chan), who earns her nickname with her unusual fellatio technique.

With an original Chinese title that translates as Vulgar Comedy, this film-biz satire displays a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals – of humans and other species – as frequently as it possibly can; in fact, the irreverent tone is immediately set at the start of the film when the function of movie producers is compared to that of pubic hair (“to ease friction between two people”). As has become the norm for Pang’s recent efforts, Vulgaria also concludes with extended post-credits sequences which provide the movie’s ultimate comic punch line.

Production company: Making Film

International sales: Golden Scene Co. Ltd., www.goldenscene.com

Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang

Scriptwriters: Pang Ho-cheung, Lam Chiu-wing, Luk Yee Sum

Original story: Pang Ho-cheung

Cinematography: Jason Kwan

Art and costume designer: Ho Lok-lam

Editor: Wenders Li

Original music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung

Main cast: Chapman To, Dada Chan, Kristal Tin, Ronald Cheng, Fiona Sit

ScreenDaily

March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:55 pm

THR: Nightall review

Cop pits wits with con in an improbably plotted but visually resonant Hong Kong thriller starring Nick Cheung and Simon Yam.

THR: Love in the Buff review

Modern love shifts from Hong Kong to Beijing in the successful sequel to Love in a Puff, a natural, light and convincing rom com very similar to the original Hong Kong hit.

THR: Vulgaria review

Director Pang Ho-cheung appeals to international audiences in this laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.

K-film ‘Late Autumn’ breaks box office record in China

FBA: Late Autumn has Indian summer

CRI: Zhang Yimou Takes a Break from Making Movies

CF: Posters of ‘The Last Supper’ Released

CF: First Trailer of “The Last Supper” Unveiled

Latest concept poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

Josephine Siao Fong Fong’s eldest daughter recently married in Phuket, Thailand

The groom, an American of British-Irish descent, is learning to speak Mandarin. (Sina)

A distraught Shu Qi

Possibly a victim of crossfire in the war of words between Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao over “Special Identity”, Shu Qi deleted all her posts on her Weibo microblog account after a series of posts attacking and harassing her. Shu Qi has over 10 million followers. She had recently given her support to Donnie Yen, her “Legend of the Fist” costar. So some speculate that the attacks were from Vincent Zhao supporters, or it could have been from other people taking advantage of the dispute to settle old scores. Fellow artists, Wong Jing, Carina Lau, Gordon Chan, Yao Chen, Feng Xiaogang, Annie Yi, Zhang Yuan and Chen Kun expressed solidarity with Shu Qi and condemned the ‘network of violence’ on their own weibo posts. (Sina)23

Shu Qi supported Donnie Yen, Netizens attacks back posting old nude photos

Shu Qi cries in the park

Meanwhile, many people have shown their support for Shu Qi, including film director Wong Jing, who followed her footstep to delete all comments on his weibo as a silent protest.

“I know who’s behind this, but don’t have evidence,” he told a reporter over the phone.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang also supported Shu Qi. He wrote: “If I scold you of behaving like an animal, I’m humiliating the animals.”

Vincent apologised to Shu Qi for being dragged into the dispute. “I hope this issue will end soon, Shu Qi is innocent.”

Happier days on Weibo

Chateau Lafite

Shu Qi La Feet

MSN: Kelly Chan discharged from hospital after labour

MSN: Faye Wong’s eldest daughter posted intimate photo with a boy

March 26, 2012

Vulgaria (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Vulgaria
3/22/2012 by Deborah Young

Fully living up to its title, Vulgaria is Hong Kong comedy at its breeziest and most communicative. Even if this odyssey about a debt-ridden film producer who stoops as low as you can go to finance his next picture – a porn flick bankrolled by a gangster – it isn’t going to replace Mel Brooks’ The Producers as sub-genre leader anytime soon; it’s smooth and funny enough to win its own coterie of admirers. The laughs are universal and will ensure fast and furious festival bookings, but many of the references to local actors, etc., are in-jokes that won’t be caught outside H.K. It will be interesting to see how this witty, R-rated material is going to fly with more conservative Asian audiences.

It is the second film by prolific director Pang Ho-cheung to play in the current Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, after his romantic comedy Love in the Buff opened the event. It’s not hard to see their strong local appeal. Both films pivot around a deep feeling for Hong Kong’s dialect, slang, food and social behavior, which in this case makes them even more interesting, if a bit less accessible, to the rest of the world. In the case of Vulgaria, there may be some remake value abroad.

The film’s extreme spontaneity is a result of the off-the-cuff way it was made in twelve days on a mini-budget, with the screenwriters penning scenes and actors improvising as they went along. The zippy pace, cascades of characters and droll perfs offer more proof of the director’s versatility and grasp of genres.
A film teacher has invited uninhibited veteran producer To Wai-cheung (Chapman To) to address his class of film students and explain what his profession is all about. To immediately takes charge and likens the producer’s job to pubic hair, specifically in its/his function of decreasing friction in the director’s intercourse with the financier. Prodded by questions from the floor, he launches in on a frank, often gross, history of his hit film Confessions of Two Concubines, in which he used wannabe actress Popping Candy (Dada Chan) as the 20-year-old body double for an aging porn star (a good-natured cameo by cult actress Susan Shaw.)

But before he gets everybody on the set, To is forced to scrape together some production funds. His ex-wife, a heartless lawyer, agrees to loan him money and suspend alimony payments for a year, on the condition he give up visitation rights to the daughter he adores. Of course he ends up accepting. An associate introduces him to a man with some money to invest – a glittery young mob boss whose lavish dinner party becomes the scene of a hysterical show-down. To atone for not eating the stomach-churning delicacies put before them, the producers are ordered to copulate with two female mules lead into the restaurant.

At this point To tells the student his memory goes blank (illustrated by a piece of 35mm film burning up), and it will not be until the end credits that the truth about that fateful night is revealed.

Chapman To, one of the recurring characters in the Infernal Affairs trilogy and co-producer on Pang’s Isabella, is instantly recognizable as the deadpan producer whose one-track mind rarely deviates from making movies. As such he is wholly sympathetic, even when succumbing to the advances of Popping Candy, an expert in exotic oral sex. Newcomer Dada Chan brings an uncommon archness to an airhead role that should signal her own big-screen break.

Production company: Making Film Productions
Director: Pang Ho-cheung
Cast: Chapman To, Dada Chan, Ronald Cheng
Screenwriters: Pang Ho-cheung, Lam Chiu-wing, Luk Yee-sum
Producers: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang
Director of photography: Jason Kwan
Production designer: Ho Lok-lam
Editor: Wenders Li
Music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung
Sales Agent: Golden Scene Co. Ltd (Hong Kong)
No rating, 90 minutes.
THR

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