HKMDB Daily News

September 29, 2011

September 29, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TimeOutHK: 1911 review

FBA: 1911 review

Handsome but unengaging anniversary film about the founding of China’s first republic.

CF: Jackie Chan Plays Real-life Hero in “1911″

Unfocused, slackly directed fantasy with just a few good individual performances to its merit.

TimeOutHK: Tony Ching Siu-Tung interview

FBA: HKAFF spotlights Taiwan and men in tights

THR: Hong Kong Asian Film Festival to Feature Superheroes, Taiwan Cinema

Taiwan shows box office clout, China guts, and superheroes spring up across Asia at the 8th Asian Film Festival. Chinese directors Wang Xiaoshuai and Lou Ye are named the Directors in Focus, and selections from Taiwan reflect the revival of the Taiwan film industry.

CF: Director Ma Liwen’s latest project, “The Big Deal,” released its first batch of character posters today.

FBA: Fan Bingbing to give gong in Tokyo

Alan Mak’s Windseeker

Alan Mak revealed on his Weibo that Zhou Xun would play the female lead joining Tong Leung Chi-Wai and Yang Mi in the Felix Chong-scripted film. (Sina)

A series of stills from Love on Credit featuring Liao Fan and Lin Chi-Ling, opening Oct. 20.

Liao Fan

(Sina-gallery)

The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake opens Oct. 13

Stills from scene with Anthony Wong and Huang Yi

(Sina)

Updated posters now titled The Allure of Tears

(Sina)

Photos from Dangerous Liaison boot up ceremony in Shanghai. (Sept 27) Zhang Ziyi’s absence led to speculation that she was still upset over being perceived as having a secondary role to Cecilia Cheung.

Cecilia Cheung, Lisa Lu

Jang Dong-gun

In Beijing accepting an award for the First Youth Film Festival (Sept.28)

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Irene Wan Pik-Ha signed a “lifetime” 29 year contract with Huayi Brothers and received a 29 ct. diamond necklace as a gift.

Huayi producer Yang Shanpu

Wang Zhonglei, Irene Wan (Sina)23

CF: Gong Li Covers French Magazine L’ OFFICIEL

MSN: Is Kelly Chen’s marriage in trouble?

The Hong Kong singer revealed that her husband would visit nightclubs four times a week

MSN: Sammi Cheng has no plans to settle down

Apart from a soaring music career, Sammi is also making good progress in movies this year. The singer is involved in two out of three productions by director Johnnie To. Apart from that, she recently completed filming for High Altitude of Love 2 in June and will be joining Andy Lau in October, in the movie Blind Detective. (Sina-slideshow)

Furthermore, the singer let on that she now exercises in a gym because she was once chased by a pack of wild dogs when she jogged outside her residence.

CNA: Chyi Chin’s burn recovery photos released, records audio clip for fans

September 20, 2011

September 20, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Wang Xueqi Joins a Chen Kaige Movie for the Fifth Time

Wang Xueqi has confirmed that he will join the cast of Chen Kaige’s new project, “Searching”(Sou Suo), the news coming hot on the heels of reports that Mark Chao and Guao Yuanyuan will also be involved…Yao Chen has also joined. (Sina)

CF: Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong to Star in Sun Zhou’s New Film

In Beijing, on September 19, a launch ceremony was held for Sun Zhou’s new small-budget film “Yes, I do”…In the film, Sun Honglei plays a ‘budget husband’, and Duan Yihong a wealthy Prince Charming; both of whom attempt to court Tang Weiwei, portrayed by Li Bingbing.

CF: Fighting Scenes in “Its Love” [The Sorcerer and the White Snake]

These photos feature kung fu megastar Jet Li fighting with goblins. (Sina)

CF: China and Germany Co-production ‘I Phone You’ on Screen Soon

Ann Hui at the launch of HKFA’s 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies program

Hui had planned on retiring from filmmaking this year but after the success of A Simple Life has decided to “fight on” and continue making realistic films about Hong Kong.

Simon Yam (Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

The release of Herman Yau’s The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake has been delayed again due to objections by Qiu Jin’s descendants over her portrayal. Originally scheduled for an August release, then postponed to Sept. 19, it is now set for an Oct. 13 release. Qiu Jin’s descendants have been invited to the premiere in Hangzhou in hopes of smoothing over relations and eliminating misunderstandings.

Huang Yi and Qiu Jin’s granddaughter

Concept poster for Raymond Yip Wai-Man’s Blood Stained Shoes

Produced by Manfred Wong, the horror film’s cast includes Kara Hui, Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi), Ruby Lin and Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong). It looks like it might be a remake of Cheung Ying’s similarly-named 1962 film (which was terrific) about a woman who is murdered by her husband and her true love is framed.

Love on Credit poster

The film will be released on Oct. 30

Lin Chi-Ling with her twins at recent press conference

Wedding gown designed by Tim Yip to be auctioned for charity

Taiwan indie-folk band Sodagreen

(Sina)(Sohu),  2

Theme song for Love on Credit by Sodagreen

Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Stephy Tang and Tan Weiwei attended a press conference in Beijing to mark the release of new posters and trailers for Jeff Lau’s East Meets West 2011 (Eagle Shooting Heroes 2011). A November release is planned.

East Meets West 2011 poster

Jeff Lau, Stephy Tang

Kenny Bee, Huang Yi

Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Tan Weiwei, Stephy Tang

Huang Yi

Imitating the poster (Sina)2

Stills from “Five-Star General” now shooting in Thailand

Collin Chou

“Charlie’s Angels”

Ryu Kohata

Shi Yanneng (Sina)

MSN: Is Leon Lai and Gaile Lai’s marriage on the rocks?

It is speculated that Leon Lai and Gaile Lai’s relationship has reached a standstill due to personality differences and differing views on starting a family.

September 2, 2011

September 2, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 8:38 pm

WSJ: ‘Seediq Bale’ Opens at Venice

John Woo: ‘I Was Too Artistic’ (WSJ)

Variety: Love and Bruises review

After stirring controversy at home, Chinese auteur Lou Ye tackles a fresh setting while retaining his gratingly pessimistic view of human relations in the mostly Paris-set “Love and Bruises.”

Detective Dee: A Masterpiece from a Hong Kong Cinema Swami (Time)

NYTimes: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame review

A Grand-Scale Adventure Filled With Household Names You Don’t Know

EpochTimes: Detective Dee Doesn’t Disappoint Martial Arts Fans

“Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” opens in the United States on Sept. 9.

First Person: Joseph Koo

In the 60s, many Hongkongers happily hummed away to Western musicians such as the Beatles and John Denver. It wasn’t until songwriter Joseph Koo (known to most as “Brother Fei”) and his peers appeared on the scene in the early 90s that Hong Kong finally developed its own music culture.

Stills from a fierce fighting scene in Herman Yau’s The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

Wong You-Nam

Huang Yi

To Yu-Hang (Dennis To)

Hung Yan-Yan

Wong You-Nam (Sina)

Charlene Choi in Venice promoting It’s Love/The Sorcerer and the White Snake.

(Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

Brigitte Lin opened a Weibo account today, in advance of her Mainland book launch, and greeted fans (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Determined to undo their fate of a doomed relationship, the pair was said to have secretly married nine years ago in Canada

August 9, 2011

August 9, 2011

FBA: Make Up review

A mystery-drama that’s rather different from the Taiwan norm, and with terrific playing by actress Nikki Hsieh.

CF: Ning Hao’s Next Project Going for Gold

CF: Director Shang Jing’s New Project Underway

Shang Jing, director of the successful 2006 TV comedy series “My Own Swordsman” has officially announced that his new project titled “Crazy Dinner Engagement” is in intense shooting stages

CF: Behind-the-scene footage of “Love in Space” Released

CF: Legendary Film Star Brigitte Lin is Back as a Writer

Derek Yee, Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Huang Yi and Daniel Wu, from Overheard 2, attended a Forbes Bona Film forum on film industry investing in Beijing yesterday.

Huang Yi

Daniel Wu, Huang Yi

Daniel Wu

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New publicity stills featuring Collin Chou in Mural

Multiple aspects of Huang Yi in Herman Yau’s Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

Bride a-marrying

Brush-stroking

Dagger-stabbing

Handsome manly looking

Horse-riding

Robe-wearing

Sword-wielding

Slashing

Gun-toting

Opens Sept. 1 (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse accused of using publicity surrounding his marriage to raise his asking fee

MSN: Karena Lam does not regret sacrificing career

August 3, 2011

August 3, 2011

Variety: Ocean Heaven review

Starring Jet Li in an uncharacteristic non-action role, “Ocean Heaven,” about a dying man’s attempt to assure the future for his autistic son, reps a modest success for Chinese femme scripter Xue Xiaolu in her helming debut.

ScreenDaily: Tony Leung to star in Mei Ah’s spy thriller Windseeker

Another film also to start shooting in October is Da Wu Dang (literally translated as Big Wu Tang Clan). The film is set in the 1910s about a major martial arts contest taking place on the Wu Tang Mountain. Hong Kong’s Patrick Leung will direct with Corey Yuen action directing. The film will star Louis Fan, Chiu Man-Cheuk and Yang Mi.

Tsui Hark’s Next Film: Popular War Tale in 3D (CRI)

CRI: ‘Saving General Yang’ Kicks off Filming

CF: “Saving General Yang” Kicks off in Henan

At the news conference Yu said that “this movie will be my next ‘Fearless’. I’m very confident about making it the coolest film based on the story of the Yang family”. Members of the cast visited Yang’s Shrine following the news conference to worship the ancestors of the family.

FBA: Yu’s Yang epic cranks up

FBA: 1965 edges towards its Beginning

The $5 million budget picture aims to be the first China-Singapore co-production.

CF: New Poster for “The Woman Knight Of Mirror Lake” Released

Set in the turbulent period of the Republic of China, the film is about the female hero Qiu Jin’s legendary life. The film emphasizes her skills as she blazed a path through the world of literature and the military.

The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

Huang Yi

Xiong Xin Xin (Hung Yan Yan)

Dennis To (To Yue-Hong)

Overheard 2 - Huang Yi

Overheard 2- Michelle Ye

Louis Koo, Huang Yi

Huang Yi

Felix Chong explained why Zhang Jingchu was not brought back for the second installment of Overhead. First, Zhang Jingchu’s schedule was incompatible and, second, to highlight that Overheard 2 is a new story. Coincidentally, Michelle Ye was used to dub Zhang Jingchu’s Cantonese in the original film. Overheard 2 will be released Aug. 18. (Sina)2

Deng Chao and Zheng Shuang in Gordon Chan’s Mural

Opens Sept. 29 (Sina-gallery)

Lucas and movie dad Ekin Cheng (Sina-slideshow)

It is believed that Cecilia, who had reportedly refused to sign the divorce papers three times, had finally agreed to the split.

The Hong Kong actress is said to be making a comeback in showbiz

Shao Xiaoshan - spy?

The Banquet

31 year-old Chinese actress Shao Xiaoshan posted on her microblog that she was forced to act as a “honey trap” for military intelligence since she was 17 years old. She seduced Western embassy officials, including the son of the French ambassador to China in 2007, to gather information. Shao claimed that she no longer wanted to do evil things, authorities no longer paid the cost of living and would not let her emigrate. She risked her life and was not exaggerating. The post was immediately removed and her agent said that it was a result of too much drinking.

Shao acted as Zhang Ziyi’s nude body double in Feng Xiaogang’s The Banquet. But, afterwards, her American boyfriend abandoned her. (ifeng)(Sina)

Chinese Actress Says Forced to Spy on Foreign Boyfriends

July 29, 2011

July 29, 2011

ChinaPost: The Killer Who Never Kills review

Another Taiwanese singer has made his movie debut: Jam Hsiao. The popular entertainer stars as a sympathetic contract killer who saves lives, but fails short of saving his first feature film “The Killer Who Never Kills”

CF: Two Chinese Films Compete for the Golden Lion

Festival organizers announced yesterday that Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s drama “A Simple Life” and Taiwanese director Wei Desheng’s epic film “Seediq Bale” will compete with 20 other films for the top award during the 11-day event which runs from August 31 to September 10.

Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s imminent fantasy movie “It’s Love” will open the Screening Section of the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

Deannie Ip - A Simple Life

Deannie Ip and Ann Hui (Sina)

CF: Time to Celebrate the 1911 Revolution with Sun Film

Produced by Central Pictures Corporation and directed by Wang Caitao, the movie “Sun Yat-sen,” a long-awaited tribute to that other anniversary this year, the centenary of the 1911 revolution, will tell the heroic story of the founder of the Republic of China. Singer and actor Han Geng plays Sun’s secretary, Hu Hanmin.

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Donnie Yen are the new Mr. and Mrs. Smith

CNA: Donnie Yen and Cecilia Cheung to star in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” remake

Filming for “Assassin Couple” is scheduled to begin in March next year.

Xiao Shenyang and Cecilia Cheung in a scene from The Lion Roars 2

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According to the Venice International Film Festival site the version of Seediq Bale shown will be 135 minutes long. The international two-part version seen in a preview by festival director Marco Muller is reported to be two and a half hours long. (Sina)2

A few more stills of Huang Yi in The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (Qiu Jin)

Huang Yi

Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, Huang Yi

One of Qiu Jin’s descendants, a nephew, has complained about her depiction based on the script. He said it does not respect the facts and portrays her in a vulgar light. [Maybe he's angling for a consulting fee?] (HunanTV)(Sina)

Louis Koo injured

Louis Koo suffers yet another injury on his right leg, sparking concerns that he might not be able to star in historical epic “Saving General Yang”.

Major Chinese dailies also reported that the Weibo accounts of Chinese artistes Tang Wei and Ge You were terminated after they condemned the authorities over the train crash in China.

MSN: Jay Chou impresses model with magic tricks

Raymond: “Not my girlfriend!”

Model Kibby “Blueberry” Lau is upset with alleged boyfriend Raymond Lam Fung because he is denying they are a couple to the media.

Tavia Yeung is Pinnochio

Tavia Yeung is being called a Pinnochio, not only because of her longer nose but because the actress is denying any surgical enhancement to it

In the past, Mavis has come forward to single Raymond out as a love rat.

July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 4:34 pm

CNNGo: Hong Kong looks great in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion

Mainland China is the setting for cute kung-fu fighting animals, while we get to be ground zero for a worldwide killer virus

CRI: Jia Zhangke to Chair Orizzonti [Horizons] Jury at Venice

CF: Stars Help Promote “Snow Flower” in NY

Tony Leung not playing LKY in ‘1965,’ says Singapore firm

[In which Little Tony becomes conflated with Big Tony in the accompanying photos]

More on original story from CNNGoCF

StraitTimes: Hong Kong film-maker Peter Chan will play a supervisory role, though ‘the exact extent of his involvement is still being discussed’

Poster for The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

The film tells the story of the real life Qiu Jin, a feminist and revolutionary, starring Huang Yi in the lead role. Anthony Wong costars in the Herman Yau directed film. The cast includes Rose Chan, Dennis To, Lam Suet and Pat Ha Man-Jik.

Huang Yi

Rose Chan

Huang Yi presented with drawing of Qiu Jin from manga artist Tony Wong Yuk-Long

Anthony Wong with autographed t-shirt

Huang Yi demonstrates martial arts with Dennis To (Du Yuhang)

Real Qiu Jin and Huang Yi

Cast at Qiu Jin’s Tomb at West Lake, Hangzhou

(Sina-gallery)(Sohu)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

The novice filmmaker [Giddens Ko] has reportedly worked hard on the film, so when it ran into trouble with the Government Information Office over a masturbation scene, Jiubadao made a “pledge to God” that if the movie received a PG rating instead of an R, he would “take a dump on producer Argie Chai’s desk,” …

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