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November 23, 2010

November 23, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 2:56 pm

CRI: Documentary “I Wish I Knew” Wins Kino Pen Award

Director Jia Zhangke’s documentary about Shanghai “I Wish I Knew” (”Hai Shang Chuan Qi”), won the Kino Pen Award at the 13th Montreal International Documentary Festival.

Zhao Tao - I Wish I Knew (Sina)

FBA: Wind Blast (西風烈) (5/10)

Dusty, desert-set action movie is drained by a scrappy script and lack of cumulative drama or tension.

Yan Ni and Jiang Chao in the 2011 martial arts comedy My Own Swordsman

Jiang Chao (Sina)

The comeback Hong Kong actress’s imaging shots and personal photos were stolen along with three computers from her management company.

Cecilia Cheung’s management office was recently burgled and had three computers stolen. The computers contain Cecilia’s publicity photos, private family photos and file including personal information and confidential contract-related files. Ms Chow, Cecilia’s agent was travelling with Cecilia while she has been shuttling between Hong Kong and the mainland filming Alls Well Ends Well 2011 and Lady Generals of the Yang Family. The company office and neighboring offices were broken into when investigating police called Ms Chow to ask if she knew of the break in. When Ms Chow returned to the management office to assess the loss, she found that three computers were missing. Cecilia’s lawyers have already warned against publication of any materials found in the computers. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Computer with Cecilia Cheung’s confidential files stolen

Ethan Ruan - Golden Horse’s best leading man almost quit acting

MSN: Selina Jen asks for compensation for filming accident

Selina Jen’s music label releases official account of her injuries

Considering that Jen made almost 30 million yuan (S$5.9 million) annually before the accident left her hospitalised indefinitely, and that any compensation would definitely have to factor in her lost income as a result of the accident, Jen’s payout is likely to be huge.

MSN: Selina Jen’s fiancé pens a touching note on her recovery state

CNNGo: Sandy Lam and her penchant for jazz

The queen of Cantopop opens up about her journey to becoming the musician she is today

Lin Chi-Ling - She’ll pursue her dream man

RTHK: Trial of TVB boss set for June

TVB’s General Manager, Stephen Chan, and two other defendants have denied corruption and fraud charges. They will stand trial next summer, when a number of TVB stars are expected to give evidence.

October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

THR: The Piano in a Factory review

A light though tad melancholy comedy set in a fading factory town in northeastern China.

THR: A Better Tomorrow review

Variety: The Drunkard review

“The Drunkard” reps a sincere if uneven adaptation of Chinese author Liu Yichang’s celebrated 1963 novel about a middle-aged writer whose artistic ideals evaporate in a fog of booze and dames.

FBA: All About Love (5/10)

Gender-reversal, “lesbian” comedy is let down by a lack of style and clumsy script.

FBA: The King of Fighters (4/10)

Gordon Chan directs international cast in video game adaptation.

THR: Josie Ho Joins the Cast of ‘The Courier’

Hong Konger Ho plays Anna, a woman with a mysterious past who meets the daredevil international delivery man of the film’s title (Morgan) during what may be his last drop, to someone who may, or may not, exist.

THR: TIFF Offers Its Own Look at Booming Chinese Film Industry

Chinese film officials heralding a cinema revival not seen since the 1930s.

With Hong Kongers firmly established in the mainland, Hollywood studios are homing in. Where 10 years ago it was Sony Pictures and five years ago it was Warner Bros. leading Hollywood’s China charge, now it’s Fox and Disney working on their co-production chops.

CRI: ’Wind Blast’ Gets Starry Premiere

Guests attending to lend support included Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Yibai, Ma Liwen, Huang Bo, Huo Siyan, Song Jia, Zhang Yang and Zhang Guoqiang.

Charlie Young, Xia Yu

Francis Ng

Ma Su

(Sina-slide show)23

Jeet Kune Do poster

Jeet Kune Do opens Nov. 16 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s birthday. The film stars Chen Tian-Sing and includes Wu Ma and Bruce Leung Siu-Lung. Billy Chan Wui-Ngai, frequent action director for many of Bruce Lee’s films, is the executive producer.

(Sina) (JKD website)

World’s first 3D sex film attracts Chinese tourists to Hong Kong

Producer Stephen Shiu told the newspaper he had already been approached by six travel agents who wanted to arrange private screenings and “meet and greet” sessions with cast members.

CRI: ’Color Me. Love’ Postpones Release Date

The original October 28 release date had been pushed ahead to November 5, because of unexpected post-production work.

But it was reported that some film industry insiders suggested the movie failed to pass a review by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television because of a nude scene.

Liu Ye, Yao Chen (Sina)

A 3D DVD version of Feng Xiaogang’s The Assembly (2008) is planned for Europe. A German company in cooperation with Huayi Brothers plans to release it in Europe where the film is still popular. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke awarded Best Documentary prize for I Wish I Knew at HIFF

With Hollywood producer Chris Lee (Sina)

[Many articles are now recalling Anthony Wong's controversial remarks he made in the spring about unprofessional Mainland crews and deadly working conditions. At the time, his costar Tse Kwan-Ho was burned in the face while filming the TV series Secret History of the Yang Family. (Xinhua) ]

MSN: Kenny Bee will not marry girlfriend

CRI: Gong Li Walks the Red Carpet at China Fashion Week (Xinhua)

October 21, 2010

October 21, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:16 pm

FBA: Late Autumn (4/10)

Lifeless cross-national romance set in the US is a pointless remake of a South Korean classic.

FBA: Thirteen Assassins (Japan) (9/10)

It’s a major shame that a decision was taken to make an “international version” that is 17 minutes shorter.

CRI: ’Buddha Mountain’ Poster Released

“Buddha Mountain” revolves around a retired Peking Opera singer, played by Sylvia Chang, and her young tenants, played by Fan Bingbing, Chen Po-Lin and Fei Long.

Francis Ng - Wind Blast

Duan Yihong

Duan Yihong (Sina)2

Product placements draw laughs at preview screenings of Wind Blast in Shanghai and Xi’an. Besides prominently featuring a vehicle brand (Jeep?) in the story, the camera lingers over billboards for a medicinal product that is used in a joke later on. The Shanghai screening was cut short when the film caught fire during projection. Talk about a hot film! Some viewers up to that point complained that the story was unclear in the opening ten minutes and that having eight major players was too much. The Hollywood-like ‘Chinese western’ was both praised and criticized as imitative by the audience.


FBA: Emperor output deal with Celestial

Celestial Pictures and Emperor Motion Pictures have signed an output deal putting Emperor’s movie slate on the Celestial Movies pay-TV channel in South East Asia.

FBA: Detective Dee beats Wall Street - Box Office Summary

CNNGo: Movies we want to see at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (Thanks, to duriandave)

A documentary on Johnnie To, Hong Kong’s prolific creator of films across genres, but best known for his action crime thrillers that have earned him a strong cult following internationally. The documentary was shot by French filmmaker, critic and journalist Yves Montmayeur who followed To for three years, capturing his insight on filmmaking.

Law Kar-Ying, Jiang Chao

Bruce Leung Siu-Lung, Jiang Chao

Bruce Leung, Law Kar-Ying, and Jiang Chao have begun filming Shentong Fo Ying based on at true story of the restitution of a stolen Buddha’s head to a temple in Shandong. With elements of action and suspense, the film emphasizes the importance of cultural preservation. This marks the third film collaboration between Law Kar-Ying and Jiang Chao. Law Kar-Ying denied rumors that he was joining the cast of Stephen Chow’s new Journey to the West. (Sina)2

Expect to see Tony Leung and Zhou Xun pair up and Jay Chou partnering Andy Lau in this magic fever

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) plays Harlem Yu’s partner in the just begun Mr. and Mrs. Single (Sina)

(Oct.19) World Premiere of The Star and The Sea (The Musician) at the Hawaii International Film Festival

Directors Xiao Guiyun, Li Qiankuan

“Aloha” from Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu meets the Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle (Sina)

(Oct.18) Vivian Hsu romps on the beach in Hawaii


(Oct.20) Lin Chi-Ling appearing in Shanghai for Godiva (Xinhua-gallery)

Gao Yuanyuan graces the November cover of Cosmopolitan (Xinhua)

MSN: Gigi Lai bans parents from visiting her daughters

MSN: Vicki Zhao takes pointers from Faye Wong

MSN: Michelle Reis to undergo C-section

October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010

CRI: Slow Melody Added to ‘Wind Blast’

Film’s theme song is a slow tune written by Shao Yibei.

CRI: ’My Ex-wife’s Wedding’ Poster Released

In the film, Chen Kun’s character divorces Yuan Quan’s, and then introduces her to his best friend, played by Lu Yi. As his ex-wife enjoys her new romance, she asks him to plan her wedding, where he rediscovers his feelings for her.


CRI: Critical Film “Vegetate” Premieres in Beijing

The film is about a reporter who accidentally meets a human vegetable and both are involved in a case of fake medicine. The film reveals the dark side of the pharmaceuticals industry.

CRI: Video Clip of ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ Released

“Let the Bullets Fly” is due out in Chinese theaters on Dec. 16 during the New Year season. It will compete with a group of the big works such as Feng Xiaogang’s “If You Are the One 2″ and Chen Kaige’s “Sacrifice” .

Director of international sales leaving Huayi Brothers

THR: Huayi Bros.’ Bee leaving the company

CRI: Donnie Yen, Aaron Kwok Join Cast of ‘Havoc in Heaven’

Illustration for the Bull Demon King to be played by Aaron Kwok  in Filmko’s The Monkey King

Princess Iron Fan will be played by Joe Chen Qiao En (Xinhua)(Sina)

(Oct. 10) Zhou Dongyu and Dou Xiao begin Hong Kong promotions for Under the Hawthorn Tree with the release of the MV. The film opens in Hong Kong next month.

Playing three-legged race game

Huang Yi

NBA Commissioner David Stern

Huang Yi wore a custom-fitted Yao Ming jersey as a mini-skirt

Huang Yi, Stephen Fung attended the press conference for Amazing in Beijing

The Houston Rockets and New Jersey Nets will kick off the NBA China Games later this week and will be filmed for part of Amazing.


Dong Jie Madame Figaro photo spread

(Sina-slide show)

Yao Chen on the cover of November’s Vogue

(Xinhua-slide show)

“I have been with Carina for so many years already. Getting married is just something extra we did. It has not changed our relationship one bit.”

October 8, 2010

October 8, 2010

THR: Under the Hawthorn Tree

THR: Zhang’s ‘Hawthorne’ opens Pusan

Director is guest of honor at Asia’s largest film fest

Reign of Assassins review

Famous for his script-crafting skills, Su displays his talents yet again in “Assassins” with detailed plotlines and humorous convos without trying too hard.

Interview: Man with the Iron Fist Director, Wu-Tang Impresario RZA

Christopher Doyle to shoot RZA’s The Man With the Iron Fist

CRI: Miriam Yeung Stages Concert in Hong Kong,


CRI: Zhao Wei Releases First Music Video for Latest Album(Sina-gallery)

CRI: Fan Bingbing Shows Her Style in Paris

CRI:Chinese Film ‘Buddha Mountain’ Completes Tokyo Fest Lineup

“Buddha Mountain” and “The Piano in a Factory” by Chinese director Zhang Meng, are set to compete for six awards, including the prestigious Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix.

FBA: Detective Dee dominates box office in China

FBA: World wins Vancouver prize

Japanese film Good Morning to the World was announced today as the winner of the Dragons and Tigers Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Francis Ng

Publicity for Wind Blast which opens Oct. 28 is starting to ramp up. (Sina)

Pat Ha Man-Chik

Pat Ha and husband

45 year-old Pat Ha Man-Chik returns to show biz in Calvin Poon’s upcoming Derailed Women. Married to a Taiwan businessman, Pat Ha is the mother of three girls and was living in the US. Rumored to be now separated from her husband, Pat Ha was spotted snuggling with a young 25 year-old man in a Happy Valley apartment. He was later spotted in the laundry room washing her D&G underwear. (!)


Maggie Cheung, working behind the camera this time, for jewellry brand Qeelin as creative director. Model Pei Bei on right.

Maggie advising Pei Bei on posing sexy (Xinhua)2

SG: Andy Lau hands over billions to wife

SG: Andy Lau’s wife rumoured to be three months pregnant

SG: Shu Qi prepares for retirement?

Supermodel Lin Chiling ordered to pay NT$6.84m in tax case

HKStandard: Off the hook

Pals of the Philippine president who have been blamed over the Manila bus bloodbath in which eight Hongkongers were killed are to have charges against them dropped or reduced…But punishment for the media - accused of disrupting the government’s botched rescue action - will be harsh, with two reporters likely to be charged.

September 28, 2010

September 28, 2010

CRI: ‘Wind Blast’ Unveils Final Trailer

Francis Ng


CRI: Winston Chao Works on 4th Portrayal of Sun Yat-Sen in The 1911 Revolution

CRI: Chen Kun Sings Theme Song of His Latest Film ‘My Ex-Wife’s Wedding’

FBA: Hong Kong, China unveil Oscar nominees

FBA: San Diego Asian Film Festival (21-28 Oct)

The 11th edition of the San Diego Asian Film Festival (21-28 Oct) is set to kick off next month with the US premiere of Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.

Yuen Woo-Ping and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA at Austin’s Fantastic Fest

Yuen Woo-Ping’s Lifetime Achievement Award


Chang Chen as Chiang Kai-Shek in The Founding of a Party (Sina)

William Chan Wai-Ting, gigolo

Pat Ha, William Chan, Carrie Ng

Michelle Ye

2nd left: Pat Ha, Michelle Ye, Carrie Ng, Candice Yu

William Chan plays a gigolo in Calvin Poon’s Derailed Women. Michelle Ye and Candice Yu are also in the cast which began shooting yesterday. Candice Yu plays Chan’s mamasan. The cast includes Chapman To and Lawrence Cheng with a script by Yeung Yee-Shan (All About Love, Women For Sale). (Sina)2

Kent Cheng

Kent Cheng just finished shooting a TV series in Inner Mongolia and is now going to Nanjing to start work on  a new series. (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung is Hong Kong’s highest earning celebrity mum

SG: Nicholas Tse’s son Lucas in tears

Carina Lau: It’s a beautiful misunderstanding

September 19, 2010

September 19, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:00 pm
Let the Bullets Fly posters released last week
And special moon cakes for the crew with the film title stamped on (21cn), 2
Don Quixote poster featuring Wang Gang as Don Quixote’s servant (Sina)
Shu Qi, Huo Siyan
Legend of the Fist opens in Hong Kong on Sept. 20 (Sina)
Wu Jing - Wind Blast stills
Under the Hawthorn Tree? No, it’s Under the Strawberry Tree!
Fan parodies Zhang Yimou latest film (English Sina)
Elsewhere, Zhang Yimou’s Under the Hawthorn Tree is already available online for downloading by pirates. (Xinhua)
Canadian writer Zhang Ling wrote the 2006 novel that Aftershock was based on.

Zimbio: Aftershock TIFF Premiere
Zhang Ling: Writing has never been so meaningful (CRI)
Toronto 2010: ‘Aftershock’ hits TIFF (LATimes)
Xinhua: Chinese movie “Aftershock” touches Toronto fans to heart

Intro to screening by Zhang Ling at TIFF, you may want to jump ahead 1:56 (Thanks, to Brian)

TIFF: Red Nights description
Red Nights also boasts the long-overdue return of Hong Kong starlet Carrie Ng, famous for her sexy and deadly presence in such films as Naked Killer and Sex and Zen. Here she revels in her role as the jade-clawed Dragon Lady, equal parts seductress and psycho-sexual killer… A bittersweet fortune cookie of murder and deceit, Red Nights inhabits a mysterious realm where Italian giallo and espionage thrillers coexist with the exoticism of the Far East. [Carrie Ng deserves better than this!]

[Previously on 4.8.2009]
Carrie Ng

Zimbio: Red Carpet photos of Carrie Ng

Here’s the Q&A (in two parts) from RED NIGHTS, with the directors and Carrie Ng. (Thanks, Brian)

[The videos are quite dark, so you'll have to imagine what Carrie Ng looks like but she sounds fine. :D]

September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:52 pm

New Wind Blast poster released (Sina)

Stool Pigeon review - 4/5 by Winnie Yeung

Reign of Assassins - Barbie Hsu, Wang Xueqi, Michelle Yeoh

Kelly Lin

Barbie Hsu

Reign of Assassins was previewed for critics in Beijing today. John Woo’s daughter, Angeles, plays a female killer and even gets a few close-ups. (Sina)

Promotional stills for Adventure Island

A ruthless female killer recalls Kill Bill (Sina)

Vivian Hsu, Wang Bo-Chieh

Juliet starring Vivian Hsu will be the opening film of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November. Vivian plays a physically handicapped woman in the film. (HunanTV)

Who wore what on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet including a nice comparison of the runway version to the red carpet version.

Andy Lau celebrates birthday early in Venice (Sina-slide show)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen appearing for a children’s shoe brand (Sina-slide show)

Zhang Ziyi - Got Milk?

Dropped by international brands like Armani in the wake of ‘donation-gate’, Zhang Ziyi recently appeared in a  TV advert for a national milk brand. (Xinhua)

F4’s Jerry Yan is said to be interested in being cast in Zhang Ziyi’s upcoming Mulan. He’s brushing up his English in hopes of landing a role.


Karena Lam is rumored to be due to deliver a baby in November. The father is said to be MV director Yuen Kim-Wai who is married. Her former company Filmko denied the allegations and threatened legal actions. Derek Tsang tried but failed to contact Karena hoping to have her help promote his film Lover’s Discourse at the Pusan Film Festival. The film features Karena and Eason Chan. (Sina)2

Plans for Cecilia Cheung to comeback in a Derek Yee collaboration has dissolved according to reports. She had a choice of two scripts to review from the director. No explanations other than the usual ’schedule confilicts’ and a failure to reach an agreement between the two sides. Cecilia’s manager confirmed the news. (Sina)2

SG: Michelle Reis shows off baby bump

September 6, 2010

September 6, 2010

THR: De Bont to direct Zhang Ziyi in ‘Mulan’(CRI)

“Mulan” is set to start shooting this fall outside Shanghai, where de Bont, the director of “Speed,” “Twister” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” will attempt to bring romance, action and drama to screenwriter John Blickstead’s recreation of the Chinese Joan of Arc story that was first described in a 6th century poem

“Carmen”: Shu Qi’s Version for “Legend of the Fist” (CRI)

Seediq Bale: Taiwanese director completes epic film after 13 years

The four-hour film will be shown in two parts when it hits the big screen next July. (Sina)

Global Times: Local filmmakers bitter but can’t make films like Inception

Variety: China ready to ‘Party’

After the success of “The Founding of a Republic,” an epic tribute to China’s 1949 revolution, work has begun on “The Founding of a Party” to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party’s foundation on July 1 next year.

WPost: Chinese firms look to team up with Hollywood

“The Hollywood infrastructure is very open to other people’s money,” he added, “but they really only want to do creative deals within the community and to hire from within.”

BAW’s 007 SUV to launch in third quarter


Peter Chan’s Wu Xia crew was trapped for two hours due to a landslide caused by rain in Tengchong. Four large vans were blocked but no serious damage or injuries occurred. Donnie Yen is currently in Venice and Tang Wei is in Beijing for the Founding of a Party press conference. Only Takeshi Kaneshiro is in place. The mountain route is under heavy private guard ever since Tang Wei and Takeshi Kaneshiro were photographed at the nearby hotel. Only those with work permits are allowed to pass and foreign vehicles are not allowed to remain. (Sina)

Nick Cheung and Liu Yunlong latest to join cast of Founding of a Party

Liu Yunlong, Nick Cheung

Nick Cheung (Sina)

Wind Blast stills with Francis Ng (Sina)

Shu Qi gets wet for Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2

Taking a plunge


Jiang Yiyan - I Phone You

Jiang Yiyan

Jiang Yiyan stars in the China-Germany coproduction (Sina)

Chrissie Chau is reportedly supplanting Stephy Tang in Patrick Kong Pak-Leung’s next installment of his Love series films. Stephy starred in his previous films My Sweetie, Marriage With a Fool, Love is Not Around, L is For Love, Nobody’s Perfect and Love Connected. (Xinhua)

Guei Lun-Mei attending a charity auction in Taipei

Guei Lun-Mei

August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

Aroma City: Athena Chu Fantasy Film to Be Released in December (CRI)

The film is about the romance between a fairy who has sweet smell but is an aphasiac and a young man from a wealthy family. The beautiful and innocent fairy saves the young man’s life and eventually falls in love with him.

CRI: Taiwan Film “Monga” to Compete for Oscar

CRI: Jia Zhangke Takes ‘I Wish I Knew’ to Toronto

FBA: Aftershock (唐山大地震) (7/10)

Long-limbed drama is surprisingly moving without being a simple tearjerker.

Contrary to expectations and the pre-release hype, Aftershock is neither a CGI-heavy disaster epic nor a melodramatic wallow.

Jackie’s stepped into it again!

Jackie Chan draws flak for tweets on Manila hostage-taking

He said that the 11-hour standoff, which led to the death of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza and 8 Hong Kong tourists, was also hard for the Filipino people, particularly the police.

“If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad,” Chan tweeted.

Hong Kongers weren’t very pleased with Chan’s comments. Moments after, they set up a Facebook groups to criticize the actor, such as “Jackie Chan doesn’t represent Hong Kong” and “Jackie Chan doesn’t represent me.”

WSJ: In Hong Kong, Tributes and Backlash Follow Hostage Deaths

Johnnie To is said to be ready to begin shooting a new film in November based on the recent real-life Chongqing anti-corruption crackdown. [At least one senior Chongqing official was executed.] A script has been submitted and awaiting final approval by the film review board. Casting possibilities include Sun Honglei and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. (Sina) (Related)

Don Quixote poster featuring Paul Chun

Paul Chun feels lucky to watch process of making 3D movie (Sina)

Passion, tension in Stool Pigeon

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei), Nicholast Tse


Duan Yihong - Wind Blast

Wind Blast, Let the Bullets Fly marks the return of manly men films aimed to attract both male and female audiences.

Wind Blast poster - Killers version features Francis Ng, Yu Nan (Sina)2

Yao Chen, Liu Ye

Yao Chen

Yao Chen and Liu Ye shoot a magazine spread ahead of their October release of Color Me Love directed by Alexi Tan (Blood Brothers) and produced by Terence Chang for Lion Rock Productions. (Sina)

SG: Vicki Zhao refuses to talk about marriage


Koni Lui - “Center gate wide open” dress draws flak

Gillian Chung: Do daring bed scenes? ‘I haven’t thought about it’

Three years ago, chugging beer and indulging in a passionate on-screen smooch with a co-star would probably stand no chance of making it onto Gillian Chung’s resume…

HKStandard: Blundering siege cops suspended

Fish with tongue caught in Guangdong!


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