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July 22, 2011

July 22, 2011

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ChinaPost: Formosa Mambo review

Telephone and Internet frauds are so pervasive in Taiwan that people have become numb and indifferent to such illegal activities. Yet, “Formosa Mambo” draws attention to this social problem in a brilliantly entertaining way.

ChinaPost: Wu Xia review

TimeOutHK: Peter Chan interview

CF: News Conference for “Wu Xia”

FBA: Night Market Hero review

Likable but over-long and predictable heartwarmer about street hawkers battling big business.

CF: 3-D Version of “Uproar in Heaven” to Open Next January

The classic Chinese animated feature film “Uproar in Heaven” is being restored with 3-D special effects and is expected to hit cinemas next January, the New Express Daily reports.

Directed by Wan Laiming in the 1960s,”Uproar in Heaven” earned both domestic and international recognition and received numerous awards.

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Lovebirds Take on New Project

Director Barbara Wong’s tear-jerking romance film, “The Tears” (aka Tears in a Fallen City), held a news conference to mark the beginning of filming on Thursday in Shanghai.

The director was seen at the event with five of the leading actors from her film, namely Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou, Aarif Lee, Joe Chen and Richie Ren. (CF)(Sina-slideshow)

Poster for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Sina)

Stills from Gordon Chan’s The Mural, opening Sept. 29

Collin Chou

Collin Chou

Deng Chao

Deng Chao

Bao Bei-er, Deng Cha (Sina)

CF: Deng Chao Leads the “Mural”

The film tells the story of three men who unconsciously break into the ‘mural’ wonderland, a place where there are no males.

July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011

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ChinaDaily: The science of martial arts

Veteran Hong Kong director Peter Chan’s latest film aims to demystify martial arts, while also tackling moral dilemmas.

He, too, wanted to give the old genre a new spin, but could not figure out how until 2009 when hesaw a television program, which depicted in detail how a bullet penetrates a person’s skin, flesh,veins and heart.

Reel China: It’s Rough out West for Chinese Films (LATimes)

Films that have been blockbusters in China have failed to find much of a market in the U.S. Zhang Yimou’s $100-million “The Heroes of Nanking,” with Christian Bale and large portion of English dialogue, tries to change that.

…despite its Hollywood-style violence and an actor with international name recognition, “Let the Bullets Fly” hasn’t even managed to find a distributor in the United States.

Interview: Chrissie Chau (TimeOutHK)

Starting out as a toothpaste-dripping lang mo, Chrissie Chau has gone from rom-com sidekick to a leading lady in two years…It would be an injustice to presume Chrissie Chau is a bad actress purely because of her spectacular figure.

FBA: The Detective 2

A notch down overall on the quirky original but with a stronger third act.

Bai Ling reveals dark memories of Chinese army

Actress Bai Ling said she is confronting a dark chapter from her past: sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager at the hands of Chinese army officers.

Filming for the South Korean Oceans-like caper film, working title Thieves, has begun on the Tai Pak Floating Restaurants in Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

Kim Hye-Su, Simon Yam

Jeon Ji-Hyun, Angelica Lee (Sina)

New stills from My Kingdom with Han Geng, Barbie Hsu and Wu Chun

(Sina)

A third TVB film production, following “72 Tenants of Prosperity” and “I Love Hong Kong” wrapped after only 20 days. Produced by Eric Tsang and directed by Chung Shu-Kai, the cast will again include a variety of TVB actors including Fiona Sit, Fala Chen, and Michael Tse. Even with only a 20 day shooting schedule, Eric Tsang promises it will not lack in quality. The two previous films were Lunar New Year films but this one will be released in August to avoid heavy competition. The film (lit. Invincible Gods) is a TVB-Hunan Satellite TV co-production.

Wong Cho-Lam, Lee Sze-Chit, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee, Louis Yuen

Lee Sze-Chit

Louis Yuen

Fiona Sit

Eric Tsang and Richard Ng (Sina-gallery)

39 year-old Ronald Cheng and girlfriend Yu Sumin have registered to marry. According to law, he must marry within 3 months. Hong Kong media reports that the marriage registry application was dated June 20. (Xinhua)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s eldest son to adopt her surname? (July 4)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung denies receiving divorce papers (July 4)

A1: Nic and Cecilia break their pre-nup (July 3)

MSN: Nicholas Tse signs divorce papers (July 1)

MSN: Zhou Dongyu pulls-strings

The public is currently speculating that teenage actress Zhou Dongyu is about to get into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy not because of her exam scores, but because of her connections

Conflicting reports of exam scores (Sina)2

MSN: Yeoh from Myanmar to Monaco

A1: Maggie Cheung receives degree in Scotland

June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

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CF: Communist Party Movie Brings Red Storm

FBA: Revival has strong but disappointing opening

CF: ”The Founding of a Party” Premieres in HK

Chow Yun-Fat and his wife

Nick Cheung

Chow Yun-Fat

Angelababy

Michelle Ye (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Francis Ng and Alex Fong Chung-San are among the confirmed cast for another upcoming commemorative film about Father of the Republic, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Tian Liang, Han Geng, Fan Wei and others are also cast. The film is scheduled for an October release. Earlier, both Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Song Hye-kyo denied playing the leads roles: Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching-ling.(21cn)

CF: Tang Wei Fishing in “Wu Xia”

“Wu Xia” released a batch of new still photos featuring Tang Wei.

Olive Oyl?

Supposedly, a love scene between Tang Wei and Donnie Yen was cut from the film. The scene was in the film’s opening 20 minutes and is marked by an abrupt edit. When questioned by reporters, Peter Chan confirmed it but said it was due to storytelling needs. The fishing scene with Tang Wei was not originally in the script but added to increase Tang Wei’s screen time. Peter Chan also noted that Tang Wei reminded him of Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl (!). Years ago, he named Maggie Cheung’s character in his first film, Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye, Olive. (Xinhua)(Sina)(21cn)

Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu just completed his role in Painted Skin 2 where he plays Chen Kun’s father. He is next heading to  Chengdu to film a comedy with Wilson Tong. (Sina)

Rong Xiang and Koji Yano play brothers in Crazy GPS

Now filming in Guangzhou

(Sina)

Jiang Wu

Jiang Wu plays a butcher in Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

(Sina)

A1: Yeoh eyes Oscars for new film ‘The Lady’

CRI: Cathy Tsui Gives Birth to Baby Boy

MSN: Nicholas Tse to talk about his marriage woes

The latest on the Nicholas Tse - Cecilia Cheung divorce is that there won’t be one.

MSN: Ray Chen’s exposé on Chinese celebs who went under the knife

Ray added, “Everyone used the same excuse to claim that it was due to a car accident. But, why would wounds from such accidents leave only a small scar on the chin? The scar appeared when Xiaoming got into an accident, and likewise for Lee Hom!”

Fan Bingbing

Angelababy

(Xinhua)2(Sina)

CNA: TVB GM in court for fraud, corruption charges

The trial of TVB general manager Stephen Chan and two others on fraud and corruption charges has begun in Hong Kong. All three have pleaded not guilty.

June 7, 2011

June 7, 2011

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CF: New Poster of “My Kingdom” Comes Out

CF: Trailer of “Mural” Released

FBA: Chan’s Mural strikes Homerun

Chan said that with the special effects in the film they are trying to create a unique look reminiscent of Chinese water-colored paintings. His intent is to combine traditional Chinese culture with the latest in special effects to create something visually fresh.

Yan Ni, director Gordon Chan

Xie Nan

Bao Beier

Liu Yan (Sina-slideshow)

Zhao Wei was named cultural ambassador for the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival which will begin on October 19. It will be held in Hefei, Anhui Province this year. Zhao Wei wore sunglasses as she was suffering from allergies.

Zhao Wei

Flowers and letter of appointment (Sina)23

Donnie Yen has a daring rooftop run and jump in Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

Huang Bo dressed like ‘Brother Sharp’ in The Pretending Lovers

With Jiang Yiyan

Huang Bo and double (Sina)

Huang Yi and Nick Cheung filming Wong Jing’s Treasure Inn with camels

(Sina)

Nicholas Tse: I won’t allow her to come (MSN)

According to an insider, tension among the film crew rose, when they heard that Cecilia may be visiting with the children. However, Nicholas calmed them down by promising, “Don’t worry, I wouldn’t allow her to come.”

CRI: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung Getting back Together?

A1: Nicholas Tse, Cecilia Cheung will not divorce after all

MSN: Aaron Kwok to marry before he turns 55

MSN: Wang Xiaofei rumoured to have cheated on Barbie Hsu before marriage

A1: Get ready for the real Jane Zhang

Pop star knows some fans might not approve of her new hard-edged album, but the former Supergirl star is determined to be true to herself

I noticed that some people were curious to see a closer up view of, French Open Women’s Singles winner, Li Na’s tattoo that peeped out at the Roland Garros final Saturday.

Li Na’s heart-shaped rose tattoo

Glam’d up in a fashion shoot (Sina-slideshow)

(Sina-slideshow)

Li Na escapes the grip of Chinese authorities and the French Open is her reward

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 12, 2011

May 12, 2011

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CRI: Shu Qi Not Feeling Beautiful in ‘A Beautiful Life’

A trailer has been released for Andrew Lau’s urban drama film “A Beautiful Life”, starring Shu Qi and Liu Ye.

CRI: Chinese Faces in Cannes

Chinese film stars including Fan Bingbing and Gong Li walked the opening red carpet of the 64th Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. (Xinhua)

CF: Chinese Films Promoted at 64th Cannes Film Festival

CRI: ”Royal Tramp” Hits the Screens in 3D

CF: Zhang Yadong Eyes Non-commercial Filmmaking

Most Chinese people know the name Zhang Yadong from the songs he writes and produces for pop diva Faye Wong. But despite his renown, Zhang is a man who rarely speaks publicly, although he is regarded as arguably the best music producer on the Chinese mainland, and has worked with such Hong Kong singers as Karen Mok and Joey Yung.

CANNES Q and A: ‘Wu Xia’ Director Peter Ho-sun Chan (THR)

But as I always say to my director friends, you haven’t worked in Hollywood, the censorship there is even trickier. The only difference being the censorship in Hollywood is not imposed by the state authorities but the studios. The studio bureaucracy is much more troublesome than the Chinese bureaucracy. At the end of the day if you know all the rules about censorship and you try to work around the rules, then theoretically it won’t be that difficult to deal with. Every place has its own rules. Hollywood has its rules, which are business rules, and principles that are fuzzier.

CNA: Director Peter Chan blows 1.8m yuan to fly “Wu Xia” to Cannes

Airport arrivals - Cannes

Sandra Ng, Peter Chan

Takeshi Kaneshiro

(Sina-slideshow)

Michelle Yeoh hopes Suu Kyi biopic will raise awareness; film eyeing Venice premiere

Yeoh’s other upcoming release is the animated movie “Kung Fu Panda 2,” which is the first time she has lent her voice to a cartoon character. She is the voice of The Soothsayer.

Wong Jing’s God of Wealth Inn (God of Fortune Inn) is set to be released this summer. The film reunites Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung.

(Sina)

Posters for Stronger Than Earthquake about the Sichuan Earthquake

(Sina)

Variety: ‘Mayday 3DNA’ rocks abroad

Taiwanese 3D concert film sells to three countries

Mark Lee’s scary “2359″

The Singaporean effort is produced by multiple award-winning producer Eric Khoo and is directed by Gilbert Chan, who preciously worked on “Love Matters” with Jack Neo.

Yuen’s latest effort will see him dabbling in films once again to strike gold with “Petaling Street Warrior”, the first ever Kung Fu comedy film to be shot and produced completely in Malaysia.

“Petaling Street Warrior” takes the setting in 1908, where a Hokkien mee seller named See has to face continuous extortions from the colonial police and Chinese gangs in Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur while having a troubled (and sex-less) marriage to his wife, Zhung.

Zhao Wei was spotted yesterday at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport and lauded for her postnatal weight loss.

May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree review (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: Why Hong Kong Favors Historical Fare for Chinese Audiences

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million “Monkey King” plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Liu Xuan - Chinese Former Gymnast Tries Her Hand at Acting (THR)

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

TimeOutHK: Let the Wind Carry Me (Interview)

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.

Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall

Johnnie To

Jury press conference photos

(Zimbio)234

Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When “City of Life and Death” makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

THR: The Weinsteins Ride ‘Wu Xia’ For World Outside Asia, France (Cannes)

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]

Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most ‘Dragon’ rights

TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for ‘Wu Xia’

Cannes Special: Chinese Film ‘Wu Xia’ (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal

A product of the Changchun Film Studio, “The Sun” (”Da Tai Yang”) was inspired by stories of the survivors’ psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao’s New Film to Begin Shooting(Sina)

Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei’s scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a “little girl” was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo’s scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.

Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me

(Sina)

Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan

(Sina)

Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

Gong Li

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung rumoured to use body double for non-action scenes

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.

Ceci’s double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, “Don’t waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!”

He urged Wong, whom he called “an eternal friend” to settle down as well as “have children soon” because she was getting old…The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong’s father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog(CRI)

ChinaHush: Leftover women in Hong Kong to look for Mr. Right in mainland China

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011

THR: China Bars Crime, Spies from TV Ahead of Party Birthday [and Tang Wei, it seems]

China has banned TV shows about crime, espionage and romance in the run up to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, local media reported on Friday.

Chinese TV: a history of bans and censorship

Founding of a Party director Huang Jianxin denied the rumours that Tang Wei’s scenes have been deleted. On the official website, Tang Wei is still on one of the trailers, plus the NG trailer. Also, Tang Wei is still listed sixth on the cast list. It is reported that the family of Tang Wei’s character, Tao Yi, Mao’s first love, objected to having Tang Wei portray her. (Sina)

TimeOutHK: The Detective 2 review

Aaron Kwok returns as the bumbling private dick Chan Tam in Oxide Pang’s follow-up to his engrossing solo effort The Detective, which intriguingly spirals off the track of the detective tradition with an offbeat sense of humour and a supernatural twist that feverishly throws reason out of the window.

GlobalTimes: Lost in translation

How do you make a movie that can be a big hit both in China and abroad? No one has come up with the answer yet, but co-productions just might be the future.

CRI: Joe Hisaishi’s Music to Promote Chinese Fantasy Film (Rest on Your Shoulder)

The story, dubbed a “live action fairytale for adults,” follows a young woman (Jiang Yiyan) who becomes a butterfly in exchange for the recovery of her sick fiancé, a biologist played by Chen Kun, who later gets involved in a love triangle.

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Talks About Naked Scene in New Film (Love For Life)

At the end of the film, Zhang soaked herself in cold water, while she was naked to bring down the fever of her husband. She said she felt no hesitation being naked, saying, “I will do the same thing for my husband too. It’s not about sex. I can do anything for the movie.”

(Xinhua-gallery)

(Sina)

CF: New Still Photos of Li Xiaoran in “Wu Xia”

Li Xiaoran’s portrayal of a well-bred lady from a rich family in Peter Chan’s upcoming martial arts film, “Wu Xia” was made public by the production team to mark Li’s birthday on Sunday, May 8. (Xinhua-gallery)

Cannes poster for Wu Xia

Tang Wei

Donnie Yen

Takeshi Kaneshiro (Sina)2

Directed by Feng Xiaoning, a slew of stars including Xia Yu, Lv Liping and Sun Haiying will feature in the film.

CF:  “Eat Drink Man Woman II” Reveals Shooting Location

“Eat Drink, Man Woman II” is about vegetarianism, a true love that lasts for 50 years and Chinese food as a medicinal diet.

Stills of Jeon Ji-Hyun from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The film will premiere at Cannes.

(Sina)

FBA: Snowblade production underway

Production is now underway on Snowblade, a sexy period martial arts actioner set for delivery at the end of the year.The English-language film about a swordswoman must kill seven foes before the full moon is the directorial debut of Bey Logan.

The first trailer for Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom was released at a Beijing event today.

Director Gao Xiaosong

Wu Chun, Han Geng

Han Geng, Gao Xiaosong, Wu Chun (Sina)

Feng Xiaogang’s melodrama Aftershock won the top prize last night at Udine’s Festival of Far East Film.

Last week, Chen returned to Chinese mainland for his first concert in three years, at Chengdu’s Zebra Festival, to promote new hip-hop album Confusion. The concert saw 100,000 fans screaming and waving posters, and extra security had to be called to maintain order. It seemed to set the seal on his post-scandal comeback.

“I was confused and lost over the past few years but there’s no more confusion now.”

Edison Chen at a CD signing in Guangzhou yesterday. Surrounded by four burly bodyguards, he was asked if he was still fearful for his life. Edison said that they were…assistants. He was also questioned about the similarity of his new album cover to Shawn Yue’s new cover. (Xinhua)2

Jay Chou and Edison Chen at a recent store opening event. Edison will be recording a song by Jay, I Can Fly.

(Sina-slideshow)

Shu Qi spent Mother’s Day in Beijing at the premiere press conference of A Beautiful Life with Liu Ye and Andrew Lau. She did not deny a rumoured romantice relationship with Shawn Yue when questioned. Tian Liang, Feng Danying and Ivana Wong (who composed and sang the theme song) also attended the event.

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Karen Mok spent Mother’s Day in the hospital after recovering from surgery for appendicitis.

Karen and mother (Sina)

Vivian Chow, Angelababy, Bernice Liu, Mandy Lieu, Ana R., Amanda S. and others attended a charity event on Mother’s Day.

Vivian Chow

Angelababy (Sina-slideshow)

Li Bingbing will be heading to London on May 18th for the UEFA Champions League final on May 29th as the Asian Pacific Champions League Amabassador. She will also be CCTV-5’s guest host. Li Bingbing has been in studio filming commericals for the final.

Li Bingbing

(Xinhua)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu, Cecilia Yip, Vivian Wu, Dong Xuan and others attended a pink carnation-themed women’s health care event in Beijing. (Sina-slideshow)

Jay Chou caught on set in the city (Against War)

The day also saw a small fight scene between Nicholas Tse’s character and Jay Chou, with the latter ending up with some “injuries” on his face.

Shuang Shuang will reportedly host a string of activities for her new book which includes a modeling competition to pick the best hunk to model with her. Rumour has it that she is also considering distributing Raymond’s concert ticket for every book purchased.

MSN: Andy Hui will not bring forward his wedding

The singer denied that he is rushing Sammi into marriage

CNA: Super Junior’s Lee Teuk hospitalised

Another casualty of an overloaded work schedule

Recent photos of Suzanne Siu (Hsiao Shu-Shen) at Taipei City Women’s Detention Center

Sporting an ankle tattoo

(Xinhua)

A1: China to build Hello Kitty theme park

The project, jointly designed by Sanrio and US-based amusement park designer Hettema, will cost $215 million, with construction expected to start in the second half of this year and completed in 2014

April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011

THR: Bieber Entertainment Enterprises Purchases Screen Rights to ‘Chinese General’

Two competing Two-Gun Cohen films in the works.

Last month, director Doug Liman and producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman joined forces with Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Production to produce a competing drama about Two-Gun Cohen

FBA: Second project shoots at Two Gun Cohen

“The Chinese General tells the dramatic and exciting story of how Morris Cohen’s career became interwoven in the lives of the most important players in the formation of modern-day China,” said Bieber and Duband. Cohen was also a close, trusted friend and protector of Sun’s wife Soong Ching Ling.

Variety: The Dragon Pearl review

An admirable attempt to blend Western blockbuster tropes with Chinese motifs, “The Dragon Pearl” lacks fire but is respectful enough not to camp it up despite its broad tone.

Let us begin with Vonnie Lui’s breasts: they are impressively huge, in 3D, and honoured with the kind of extreme close-up shot that was never offered the face of the semi-famous model/actress.

As hard as this might be to believe, sex is often best experienced in person. That, however, isn’t exactly stopping any Hongkonger from downloading Japanese porn, at will.

Hayama was shocked when he checked out 1991’s Sex and Zen as part of his professional due diligence.

After I watched the DVD, I thought to myself: I must say no [to the offer]!” he says, alternating between a boyish grin and embarrassed chuckle. “This is not a love story at all!” He exclaims. “This is totally a porno!”

CNNGo: Hiro Hayama: ‘I should have asked for more money’

You have to shave first, but the hair grows back within two days and it still hurts when you pull the tape off. In the end I just pulled the hairs out. It was so painful.

THR: No ‘Sex’ for Imax, but ‘3D Zen’ Film Eyes Sequel

The producers were eager to launch the 3D romp in Imax theatres when the film began production, but after a long negotiation, they found that it was not meant to be. “Imax has rejected our film because of the subject matter and content,” Shiu Jr. said, “but for our premiere in Taiwan, we will show the film in an Imax 3D theatre using their 3D screening equipment.”

Leni Lan Yan

Suo Yukiko

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan, Taiwan premiere (Apr.13) (Sina)2

FBA: Ecstasy enjoys explosive launch in HK, Taiwan

SG: “3D Sex” finally opens

AFP: ’World’s first 3D porn film’ opens in Hong Kong

College student Yan Shek, 21, was also among the first to see the movie in a morning screening. The 113-minute film has been rated Category III in Hong Kong, which bars anyone under 18 from watching it.

“We are very curious,” she said. “It is the first time to see an X-rated film in the cinema. It should be very interesting.”

Excited fan, Hong Kong

Leni Lan Yan, Jason Yiu Luk-Ming (Sina)

CF: ”Rest On Your Shoulder” Promotes in Beijing

CF: 13 Female Leads’ Images of “Nanjing Heroes”

CF: Kwon Sang Woo Ready for Chinese Romantic Film

South Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo will join hands with Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung for a Chinese romantic film, “All About Love”(”Zai Shuo Yi Ci Wo Ai Ni”), according to Yonhap News Agency. Cecilia is reportedly being paid 10 million yuan for her role. (Xinhua)

CF: ”Bladesman” Releases New Poster

Zhang Yuan has been quietly shooting a sequel to his Beijing Bastards, tentatively called “Youth”. The cast includes hot young actors, Duan Bowen (Law of Attraction), Lin Xinyun (Little Red Flowers, Dada’s Dance) and Lu Yu-Lai (Peacock).

Zhang Yuan (Sina)

The Warring States is no longer The Warring States (Sina)

The article from Chengdu notes: 1. Director Jin Chen, on the subversion of the classic Sun Bin (Sun Honglei), he says that there are only 180 words in the history book about Sun Bin, the rest is only speculation. Sun Bin was not a perfect person. Jin Chen decided that Sun Bin in real life was a silly character. 2. Sun Honglei’s portrayal has been accused of imitation Ge You in Let the Bullets Fly. Thus, his previous remarks about admitting to his poor performance. Sun Honglei has been suffering from kidney stones during the publicity tour for the film. 3. Francis Ng was asked why all his ‘northern’ i.e., mainland, films are lousy. Ng countered, did you think Wind Blast was bad? Maybe the choice of directors and cast did not meet the audience expectations. He only admits a horror movie was really bad. He dares not make anymore horror films. 4. 22 year-old Jing Tian’s prominence has viewers saying the film should be called “Jing Tian and The Story of Three Men”. It is suggested that her boyfriend, the son of a wealthy coal mine owner in Shanxi, has pressured the producers to highlight the actress. Jing Tian admitted as much saying she was unaware of it and apologized to the three male leads. However, she cleverly noted that actor Yu Shaoqun was an unknown among stars in Mei Lanfang/Forever Enthralled.

In addition, yesterday, rumours said that Sun Honglei and Francis Ng were given a 12 and 6 million yuan acting fee, respectively, by the boyfriend. (Sina)

New interpretations of a classic story

Sun Honglei (Sina)

Francis Ng, Sun Honglei and Jing Tian taped an appearance on the popular Hunan TV program Happy Camp earlier this month.

Happy Camp

Francis Ng, Jing Tian, Sun Honglei

(Sina)

Peter Chan is rushing to complete post-production in time for the Cannes Film Festival. Presenting it at Cannes leaves him two months less to work on the final cut. The rough cut has been finished but special effects, sound, etc is still incomplete.

Donnie Yen - Hidden

Tang Wei - Warm

Takeshi Kaneshiro - Secretive

Jimmy Wang Yu - Kill (Sina)

Liu Yifei

Louis Koo

The release of A Chinese Fairy Tale has been moved up 4 days to April 19. This announcement was made after the April 13 premiere in Beijing. Louis Koo’s rendition of the song “Dao” was recorded but ultimately deleted. (Sina)2

CF:”A Chinese Fairy Tale” to Hit Screen on Apr 22

Stills from The Detective 2 featuring Patrick Tam Yiu-Ming

Patrick Tam, Liu Kai-Chi

Shu Qi with Liu Ye’s son

Shu Qi went out to celebrate in Beijing after the premiere press conference for A Beautiful Life. Shu Qi’s birthday is April 16th so it was thought to be an early birthday party, too. Andrew Lau, Liu Ye and his wife, Ding Sheng, Tian Liang, Shawn Yue and others also attended.

Andrew Lau, Liu Ye and wife Anais Martane, Qin Hong (Stellar Media Group CEO) (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Yoyo Mung and Ekin Cheng in Europe.

The article notes Yoyo’s double chin but Ekin’s not looking too sharp himself. Media speculation has Yoyo and Ekin getting secretly married.

Earlier this month, they celebrated Andrew Lau’s 51st birthday (Xinhua-gallery)2

CNNGo: Edison Chen: ‘I want to succeed’

MSN: Raymond Lam pleads for Pan Shuang Shuang to stop

“Mavis Pan should back off!”

Tavia Yeung Yi has joined the Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang-bashing, as the ugly drama of her photo sex scandal with Raymond escalates.

Online buzz indicate that the Raymond-Mavis saga has overshadowed Isabella Leong and Richard Li’s split under intense public scrutiny, not to mention the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards(HKFA) which will take place this Sunday, 17 April 2011.MSN: Charmaine Sheh rumoured to sign contract with Huayi Brothers

CNA: Taiwan b-list actress blows whistle on prostitution ring

According to a police officer, the authorities had discovered detailed records of the website’s transactions during their raid.

The records showed that ‘Zhang’ had a clientèle of over 30,000 men and women, including some prominent figures in business, politics and the entertainment industry. (Sina)

Newlywed Kelly Lin is reportedly 3 months pregnant according to Taiwan media reports. The couple reportedly bought a love nest recently in Taiwan.

Chinese food comes to China?

Panda Express eyes the mainland Chinese market, but are local palates ready for American Chinese food

CNNGo: Why do Chinese hate kung pao chicken (and foreigners love it)?

A plate of cultural difference lies behind one of China’s most popular dishes

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

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