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May 17, 2011

May 17, 2011

Variety: Operation Tatar review

Ramshackle charm and a Mongolian “khan”-do attitude make “Operation Tatar” a diverting if bloody contempo comedy crimer.

Variety: Wu Xia review

Satisfyingly sinewy fusion of martial-arts actioner and brain-tickling noir from busy producer-director Peter Ho-sun Chan.

THR: Wu Xia review

The Bottom Line: An exhilarating martial arts entertainment that modernizes the genre while re-emphasizing its strong points.

Latest posters for Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s The Sorcerer and The White Snake unveiled at Cannes.

CRI:  Starry Trailers Released for ‘Founding of a Party’

Four new posters for The Founding of a Party

Poster for the Bona Film Group sponsored beach party at Cannes. Celebrity chef Martin Yan created two signature dishes personally named by Tsui Hark: Tai Chi Luk Chicken and Seven Star Tornado Blade(?).

Johnnie To, Tsui Hark

Shi Nansun, Tsui Hark

Martin Yan, center (Sina)2

Fan Bingbing has joined the cast of Joe Ma’s The Lion Roars 2 (Sina)

CF: Fan Bingbing Lands Role in “The Lion Roars 2″

Zhao Ming and Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) are featured in an upcoming horror film with the literal title of “Crying Game”. It’s described as Saw-like. Hu Bing and Li Lingyu are also in the cast. Stills from a media set visit.

Zhao Ming

Monica Mok

Li Lingyu, Zhao Ming, Hu Bing

(Sina)

From the Tree of Life premiere (May 16)

Li Bingbing

Zhang Zilin

(Xinhua)(Zimbio)2

MSN: Lin Chi-ling to perform in Japanese musical

Sealing the deal yesterday, Chi-ling will set off for Tokyo in August to reprise her role as Xiao Qiao in the Japanese musical remake of The Red Cliff.

MSN: Takeshi Kaneshiro: Still single and waiting for love

MSN: Chyi Chin announces that he got married last year

CBS: Chemical-infused watermelons explode in China

Overdoses of growth chemicals create “land mines” in farm fiasco (Thanks, to Joyce)

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

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CRI: Gianna Jun’s Portrayal in “The Secret Fan” Revealed

CRI: Musician Gao Xiaosong Detained for Drunk Driving

Gao had attended a press conference in Beijing yesterday morning to release the trailer of his directorial film “My Kingdom” which stars Wu Chun, Han Geng and Barbie Hsu.

CF: ”Banquet at Hongmen” Releases Seating Plan Plot

The film [aka White Vengeance] features actors Leon Lai Ming, Zhang Hanyu, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng, Anthony Wong, Jordan Chan and Andy On.

CF: ”The Devil Inside Me” Eyeing a Late June Release

CF: Poster Released for “The Pretending Lovers”

The movie revolves around a couple who travel around the world for true love.

The movie “72 Hours” will hit national screens on the third anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake,

3D The Monkey King posters designed for Cannes

Designed by William Chang, the posters contains hidden secrets to the film. One interpretation is that Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat will battle to the death. The film is scheduled for a  summer of 2012 release. (Sina)

Cannes posters for Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s The Sorcerer and the White Snake. The star-heavy cast includes Jet Li, Charlene Choi, Miriam Yeung, Huang Shengyi, Vivian Hsu and Raymond Lam. The posters reflect the theme that love is a disaster, sometimes very violent.

(Sina)

Ning Hao, still waiting for the release of his film, No Man’s Land, announced a new film (tentatively, Case of Golden Puzzle) in Shanghai today. A black comedy, Ning Hao plans on completing it by mid-August. Huang Bo and other former cast members are participating. Set in 1941 Shanghai, Huang Bo plays a beggar that eventually organizes an anti-Japanese campaign. (Sina)

Poster for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival (Sina)

Jiang Wen’s cameo as a railroad engineer in Love For Life.  (Sina)

June Elle with Cecilia Cheung on cover

(Xinhua)

Oriental Sunday reports that Cecilia Cheung has ‘four rules’ for the shooting of her current film, Love Again: 1) Use of double/stand-in, 2) daily lunch break, 3) limit shooting to 6 hours a day, 4) return to Hong Kong daily [currently filming in Shenzhen]. (Xinhua)

Alan Mak

Alan Mak clarified rumours that he was seriously ill. Due to problems with his vision six months ago, Mak underwent a brain scan. To correct a little problme he was given medication to control a hormonal imbalance that had side effects and made him fat. Mak is fine now and his condition is under control and he is back to work in Beijing. (Sina)

Twins, Carol Dodo Cheng, Julian Cheung and Jim Chim appearing on the taping of TV game show All-Star Glam Exam. Lots of nice pics of Twins.

With host, one of the Grasshoppers, Calvin Choy

CF: Crystal Liu Graces Chinese May Issue of Harper’s Bazaar

Years after Cantopop diva Anita Mui passed away in 2003 from cervical cancer, the legal tussle over her estate finally came to a close on Monday.

Tam expressed she had no plans to contest her daughter’s will again but Mui’s elder brother Peter Mui said he will look for another opportunity to overturn the court’s decision.

CNA: Anita Mui’s millions to stay in trust fund after mother loses court appeal

(Xinhua)

The pregnant Hong Kong actress, who has gone past her due date, is apparently opting for induced labour

April 13, 2011

April 13, 2011

To Whom It May Concern : Ka Shen’s Journey (Nancy Kwan documentary)

THR: Punished review

Punished reflects the trend that “kidnapping” is fast replacing “moles” as the premier theme for Hong Kong crime thrillers

WSJ: ‘3-D Sex and Zen’ Opens

The highly anticipated “3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy” had its world premiere in Hong Kong on Tuesday night, giving moviegoers their first peek at what the movie’s producer describes as the world’s first 3-D erotic film.

CF: Poster Released for “A Beautiful Life”

CF: Trailer Out for “Rest On Your Shoulder”

Combining live action with CGI animation, the film is presented as an adult fairytale. It revolves around love stories between an entomologist and three other girls on a fictional island.

Director [Jacob] Cheung hopes the film can be inspiring and can help people better understand love and responsibility.

The star-studded cast includes Chen Kun, Kwai Lun-Mei, Jiang Yiyan and Gigi Leung.

Poster

Chen Kun (Sina)

Chang Chen masquerades as a nun to assassinate democratic revolutionary Tao Chengzhang, played by Guo Tao.

CF: ”It’s Love” Releases New Stills (”The Sorcerer and the White Snake”)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu, a comedy starring Wang Baoqiang and Michelle Ye opens May 20.

The supporting cast includes Stephen Chow regulars Ng Man-Tat, Wong Yat-Fei, Gabriel Wong Yat-San and Kingdom Yuen King-Tan.

Red version of poster

Blue version of poster

(Sina)

Zhang Yimou’s script for Nanjing Heroes has been drastically changed according to reports. It is rumoured that Christian Bale no longer plays a priest. In addition, Tong Dawei who suffers lower back injury has returned from sick leave in Beijing where he was recovering. Shawn Dou Xiao denied that his role as a Japanese soldier has only one line. He is currently working in the gym for training. Whether he had scenes with Bale or not he could not reveal it.

Christian Bale

Launch ceremony for Eat Drink Man Woman 2 in Hangzhou

Gua Ah-Lei (Rose Kuei), Huo Siyan, Kenneth Tsang, Jiang Mengjie (Sina-gallery)

Michele Reis’s first post-natal commercial for a skin care brand

Angelica Lee Sinje shares her thoughts in her newly released book.

MSN: Yoyo Mung tours Paris with Ekin Cheng

It is rumoured that the Hong Kong actress is hoping for a marriage proposal

The commercial for OTC painkiller Fenbid featuring action star Donnie Yen in a true-to-life scenario was released Friday at a press conference in Beijing.

A1: Third child for Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung

MSN: Ugly photos of Jolin Tsai and Carina Lau surface

MSN: Stefanie Sun says ‘I do’

HKStandard: Shark fin soup loses must-have appeal

February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011

Variety: Stool Pigeon review

Compelling Hong Kong police meller offers a judicious blend of gritty morality and frisky action.

Variety: Sacrfice review

An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge, and a welcome return to form for Chen Kaige.

THR: Battle Royale 3D: Berlin Review

3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.

Variety: Taiwan movie biz rides high

Commercial focus has production, grosses on upswing

CRI: Johnnie To’s New Film to Hit Screens on Mar. 31 (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

The film has passed the review at the film bureau without any changes being made.

Valentine’s Day edition of poster with stills

Johnnie To directs kissing scene

Sparks fly between Gao Yuanyuan and Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Together’ Seeks to Diminish Discrimination against AIDS Sufferers

Film director Zhao Liang and producer Gu Changwei attended a press conference to discuss the film on February 12 in Beijing.

Gu Changwei

Zhao Liang, Gu Changwei (Sina)

THR: TF1 Taking ‘Wu Xia’ to France (Berlin)

TF1 has taken French rights to Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s new action film Wu Xia from We Pictures.

The film, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro andTang Wei also features a cameo by One-Armed Swordsman star Jimmy Wang Yu, his first on-screen appearance in 18 years. Wu Xia is currently in post and is set for release this summer.

FBA: Wu Xia adds French sale

Wu Xia is set for delivery by late spring and is slated for wide release in summer 2011.

ScreenDaily: Buyers hopping for hot Chinese animation Rabbit

Tianjin Film Studio off to a roaring start with Legend Of A Rabbit.

To keep a promise to a dying Kung Fu master on the run, a humble farmhouse Rabbit must step out of the kitchen, and take on ancient Beijing’s baddest Panda in order to save the fate of China’s Kung Fu Academy forever.

Stills from The Lost Bladesman

“Film is the realest fantasy world. It is fiction, but it is the most realistic. The me in the film is fictional, but the work of acting makes me realistic. Typically, people do not think deeply about themselves, so they do not really know what they should do or who they are. It is different for an actor. You think about the role, and you develop reality.”

Tang Wei, Hyun Bin attend the premiere of Late Autumn in Seoul (Sina)

First concept drawings of The Sorceror and The White Snake released to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

(Sina-more) (Xinhua)

Aarif Lee, Eric Tsang

Bosco Wong, Koni Lui

Eric Tsang and the cast of I Love Hong Kong promoted the film in Guangzhou and celebrated topping rival film All’s Well Ends Well 2011 at the box office. (Sina)

Li Bingbing: “Shameless narcissism on the beach to celebrate the New Year”

Kitaro and Jane Zhang attending the Grammy Awards

Kitaro was nominated for Best New Age Album but did not win.

Pink Stretch Hummer arrival (Sina)2

GlobalTimes: The missing pieces of the broken mirror of celebrity marriage

On the Yao Chen-Ling Xiaosu divorce, double, double, toil and trouble.

MSN: Andy Lau coaxes wife with mushy gestures

The Hong Kong actor revealed how he shares Valentine’s Day with his wife

MSN: Royston Tan hopes to release a new movie at the end of the year

MSN; Selina Jen sleeps with help of sleeping pills

February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011

THR: Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City

A fun superhero film that makes black-and-white look “colorful.”

THR: Chinese New Year Welcomes Slew of Comedy Releases

John Woo’s ‘The Killer’ remake now has a promo poster

CRI: Zhao Wei Lends Her Voice to “Eternal Moment”

CRI: Stars Shine at “Eternal Moment” Premiere (Sina-slide show)

Faye Wong and others dressed as Young Pioneers in signature red scarves

Faye Wong

Faye Wong

When one phone isn’t enough (Sina)

Husband and wife, Wang Xuebing, Sun Ning (Xinhua)

(Sina)

FBA: We sharpens Flying Guillotines

Hong Kong and Chinese production group We Pictures has given the green light to The Flying Guillotines

Screen Daily: Bodyguards team throws Flying Guillotines with We Distribution

The Flying Guillotine team is an elite crime-fighting unit in the emperor’s court, trained to use flying blades to decapitate people in their search-and-destroy operations.

FBA: Wang works with genius

Hong Kong-born director Wayne Wang (王穎) is to go ahead with Einstein, a biopic of the physics genius

Hong Kong-based sales outfit takes $25m-budgeted The Sorcerer And The White Snake. (Screen Daily)

Distribution Workshop has picked up international sales rights to the Jet Li film The Sorcerer And The White Snake. Hong Kong action choreographer and film director/producer Tony Ching Siu-tung is directing the film.

Eva Huang (Kung Fu Hustle) stars as the White Snake of the title, who transforms into a beautiful woman to rescue and live with the man she falls in love with – an herbal physician played by Raymond Lam. When their town is plagued by a mysterious disease, she sacrifices her supernatural power and energy to help him save people but is found out to be a serpent when the Sorceror played by Jet Li arrives. Charlene Choi of The Twins Effect series also stars as Green Snake who helps the white one.

Venus Keung (One Nite In Mongkok) is director of photography while William Chang (2046) is costume director.

Patrick Kong’s (Yip Lin-Sum) Mr. and Mrs. Single has been quietly dropped from the Valentine’s Day slot and rescheduled for an April release. Rene Liu and Eason Chan star in the comedy.

Buddha Mountain starring Fan Bingbing is about to be released on Mar. 4

Sylvia Chang and Fan Bingbing (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Dayyan Eng’s Inseparable, starring Kevin Spacey and Daniel Wu, debuts in Berlin. (Sina)

Ady was initially described as their matchmaker. However, she was later said to have an unrequited crush on Xiaofei, which led to fallout between Ady and Barbie.

Model Rosemary Vandenbroucke is likely to escape jail time after a prosecutor in Nevada decided to reduce the drug charge against her to one of possession.

January 17, 2011

January 17, 2011

CRI: Nicholas Tse, Jay Chou to Collaborate in Action Movie

Dante Lam to direct Reversal Wars

MSN: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse set to act in a movie together

Nicholas and Jay would play two brothers, while the antagonist would either be Korean stars Jung Woo-sung or Lee Byung-Hun, Chinese actress Lee Bingbing would play one of the female leads.

CRI: ’Aftershock’, the Winner at Harbin Film Festival

Zhang Jingchu and Wang LeeHom on the red carpet

Anthony Wong (Xinhua-gallery)

Karen Mok having a bit of fun in Harbin (Xinhua)

CRI: Chinese Version of ‘What Women Want’

Interview with director Chen Daming

Andy Lau

Andy Lau in What Women Want

The cast of heavily-under-wraps Tony Ching Siu-Tong’s Madame White Snake (current English title, It’s Love) was revealed to the public at the production wrap press conference on the 16th. The cast presented to the press: Jet Li, Charlene Choi, Vivian Hsu, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam and Wen Zhang. The lineup also includes Lam Suet, Chapman To, Sonija Kwok, Law Kar-Ying, and Miriam Yeung. The film is now in post-production with a year-end release planned.

Jet Li

Jet Li, Vivian Hsu, Charlene Choi, Huang Shengyi, Raymond Lam Fung, Wen Zhang

Producer Yang Zi with Charlene Choi

and Vivian Hsu (Xinhua-gallery)

Publicity stills for All’s Well Ends Well 2011

Cecilia Cheung, Louis Koo

Carina Lau, Donnie Yen

Yan Ni, Raymond Wong

Lynn Hung, Chapman To (Sina)

Andy Lau and Fan Bingbing promote Shaolin in Shanghai which opens on the 19th.

Benny Chan, Andy Lau, Fan Bingbing, Nicholas Tse (Sina)

Angelababy

Pakho Chau and Angelababy promote Adidas brand in Beijing. (Jan.16)

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

MSN: Selina Jen receives apology from drama director

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