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August 3, 2013

Mr. Go (Variety review)

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Mr. Go

Maggie Lee

A Korean baseball team overcomes its losing streak by signing a gorilla in this technically impressive but under-dramatized 3D feature.

A 3D baseball film that flouts all sabermetrics, “Mr. Go” depicts how a Korean team overcomes its losing streak by signing a gorilla. The achievement of this Korean-Chinese co-production is primarily a technical one, rendering a bat-swinging primate that’s adorably lifelike and anchors the well-wrought action setpieces. Still, considering how out-of-left-field the concept is, one wishes helmer Kim Yong-hwa had run more recklessly with the idea, which might have generated more mayhem and a deeper sense of human-creature bonding. Although audiences don’t give a monkey about the pic in Korea (where it’s been billed as that country’s first film fully shot in 3D), it’s been a hit in China, scoring about $17.6 million in 15 days.

Showbox/Mediaplex and mainland partner Huayi Brothers reportedly spent $12 million of their estimated $25 million budget on developing visual effects. The payoff is the creation of not one but two gorillas with distinct physical features and personalities, culminating in a showdown that deviates from the traditional man-vs.-beast endings of films like “King Kong.”

The story originated from Korean artist Heo Young-man’s 1984 comic “The Seventh Team,” but Kim (“200 Pounds Beauty”) eschews cartoonish humor and spontaneity, instead adopting a dramatic realist mode. Yet the decision to shift the protagonists’ background to China, made to fulfill market requirements, results in an artificial feel and several calculated contrivances, such as a reference to the Wenchuan Earthquake.

Gorilla Lingling is raised in a Chinese circus and coached to play baseball as a tentpole act by Weiwei (Josie Xu), the adopted granddaughter of ringmaster Zhao (Byun Hee-bong). To raise the game, Zhao acquires mountain gorilla Leiting to make him a pitcher; however, the violently inclined Leiting can’t be tamed. After Zhao passes away, Weiwei, hounded by loan shark Lin Xiaogang (Kim Hie-won) to pay her grandpa’s debts, moves the troupe to the Sino-Korean border town of Yanbian, where Lingling is scouted by Sung Choong-soo (Sung Dong-il), manager of the Doosan Bears, a South Korean baseball team.

Up to this point, it’s hard to warm to either Lingling or Weiwei, as their upbringing is recounted perfunctorily in the form of a promo reel masterminded by Sung. Curiously absent are episodes showing how Lingling learns to bat, certainly the yarn’s most fascinating point. Nor does Lin, played as a whiny buffoon by Kim, appear threatening enough to rouse sympathy for the circus’ plight.

Things pick up once the duo arrives in Seoul, and Lingling, renamed Mr. Go, steps up to the plate at Samjik Stadium. While the 3D effects are discreetly used elsewhere, they are boldly and adroitly employed during the games, making Mr. Go’s strikes and homeruns reverberate beyond the screen. A scene of the gorilla running amok benefits from the dexterity of the camerawork by lensers Park Hyun-cheol and Jeon Dae-seong, as well as from the vivid CG detailing of facial expressions and body movements.

Nevertheless, the film’s emotional pull remains weak, as the screenplay barely observes the players’ reactions to their new recruit or generates a sense of team camaraderie as Lingling helps the downtrodden Bears climb up in the league rankings. Likewise, there’s little dramatic heft to Sung’s abrupt transformation from reviled “bounty hunter,” selling off ace players, to Lingling and Weiwei’s selfless benefactor.

Xu, who’s acted alongside computer-generated creatures in “CJ7″ (2008) and “Starry, Starry Night” (2011), is comfortable performing with simulated simians. However, the 16-year-old thesp appears awkward and emotionally disengaged, allowing Sung Dong-ill’s shrill perf to upstage hers.

Sung ends up hogging more screentime than his role deserves, though his hijinks supply the film’s rare moments of laugh-out-loud silliness, as when his rare botanical collection becomes Lingling’s high-fiber diet, or in a quintessentially Korean scene of them bonding over rice wine and kimchi. Joe Odagiri, cast for his popularity in Korea, gives a campy turn as the president of Japan’s Chunichi Dragons; sporting a pudding-bowl haircut that becomes a running gag, he slyly reveals a calculating streak beneath his foppish eccentricity.

Tech credits are slick, but snappier editing would have set a jauntier mood and tightened the sprawling 135-minute running time. Music by Lee Jae-hak employs songs by Dire Straits and Taiwanese crooner Teresa Tang to tongue-in-cheek effect.

Reviewed at UA KK Mall, Shenzhen, China, July 25, 2013. Running time: 135 MIN. Original titles: “Mi-seu-teo Geo” (South Korea), “Da ming xing” (China)

(South Korea-China) A Showbox/Mediaplex (in South Korea)/Huayi Brothers Media (in China) release and presentation of a Dexter Films production in association with the Vastness. (International sales: Showbox/Mediaplex, Seoul.) Produced by Victor Choung, Park Sung-june. Executive producers, You Jeong-hun, Wang Zhonglei. Co-producer, Mickey Kim.

Directed by Kim Yong-hwa. Screenplay, Kim, Kim Jong-hyun, Kim Hyun-chul, based on the comic by Heo Young-man. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Park Hyun-cheol, Jeon Dae-seong; editor, Zino Kim, Kim Yong-hwa; music, Lee Jae-hak; production designer, Yang Hong-sam; art director, A.M. Kim, Yoon Jun-shik; costume designer, Chae Kyung-hwa; sound (Dolby Digital), Lee Sung-jin; special makeup, Hwang Hyo-kyun; special effects supervisor, Hong Jang-pyo; special effects, Effect Storm; visual effects supervisor, Jung Sung-jin, Lim Jung-hoon; visual effects, Dexter Digital, Digital Intermediate, Filmwiz, Kinomotive Studio, Madman Post, Triton Pix Digital, 10 FX; action choreographer, Hong Eui-jung; creature leader, Oh Ki-hong; S3D stereographer, Kim Jae-ho, Jeon Dae-seong; assistant director, Kim Hyun-chul.

Josie Xu, Sung Dong-il, Joe Odagiri, Kim Hie-won, Byun Hee-bong, Kim Kang-woo, Kim Jung-tae, Ryu Hyun-jin, Choo Shin-soo. (Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, English dialogue)

July 15, 2013

Mr. Go (Screen Daily review)

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Mr. Go

14 July, 2013
By Jason Bechervaise

Though lacking a strong footing in a sensible script, Mr. Go has enough swing to it thanks to an endearing and captivating computer generated leading character known as Ling Ling - a gorilla with a gift for hitting home runs one after another - marking a milestone in Korean cinema through its jaw-dropping visuals that is bound to attract audiences of all ages when it goes on release in South Korea on the July 17. On the international stage meanwhile, it’s also set to make its mark in other Asian territories, especially China when it goes on release there on at least 5,000 screens a day after its local release (July 18).

Budgeted at $22.5 million the film comes with a significant risk for a Korean film, but with Chinese investment from Huyai Brothers Company accounting for approximately a quarter of the film’s budget, there is a tangible emphasis on the Chinese market. This can be seen through the casting of popular Chinese actress Xu Jiao (2011’s Starry Starry Night), along with its dialogue, which is a combination of Korean and Mandarin that may prove to be essential to the film’s success.

Director Kim Yong-hwa, however, is also careful not to shift all the focus on China as evident through the film’s emphasis on baseball itself that includes cameos from current South Korean baseball stars (Ryu Hyun-jin & Choo Sin-soo) as well as the inclusion of real teams such as the Doosan Bears (a popular team based in Seoul). Crucially, Kim has managed to capture much of the excitement found in the game which is very popular in Korea and replicated it on screen to extraordinary effect.

Based on the classic comic 7th Baseball Club written by Heo Young-man between 1985-87, the film adaptation follows a Chinese 15-year old ringmaster called Wei Wei (Xu Jiao) and her 285kg (628-pound) bat-swinging gorilla (Ling Ling).

After Wei Wei’s grandfather who is her only relative dies in the 2008 Great Sichuan Earthquake leaving vast amounts of debt, she has no choice but to accept a Korean sport agent’s offer (played by Sung Dong-il) to bring Ling Ling to Korea to play baseball for the Doosan Bears so she can save the circus she runs in China and the orphans that inhabit it. Ling Ling otherwise known as Mr. Go becomes an instant hit with the fans, but the gorilla and Wei Wei soon encounter unexpected troubles.

While the film’s noticeable flaws in its script are slightly less pronounced in the first half, as the film becomes increasingly schmaltzy through a number of unnecessary amateurish supporting roles, it’s more challenging to overlook its faults, but Kim’s melodramatic narrative traits as evident in his previous films including 200 Pounds Beauty (2006) and Take Off (2009) have made his features very successful at the box office. Both these films collectively amassed 15 million admissions (approx $88m) locally.

In terms of its visuals, it’s impossible to not acknowledge what Kim and the VFX supervisor Jung Sung-jin have achieved here through Kim’s production company’s own VFX studio Dexter Digital. Ling Ling together with a second gorilla called Lei-Ting who later comes onto the baseball field to also compete have been crafted with a staggering amount of clarity together with copious amounts of emotion and character. When these gorillas, especially Ling Ling who is the first leading character ever to be solely created by VFX in Korean live-action cinema get onto the field, the spectacle is exhilarating, which is further strengthened by its strong adoption of stereoscopic 3D - the first Korean film to be shot in this format – without taking it too far.

Xu is adorable as the 15-year old girl even though she is rather bland at times and Sung Dong-il is more than adequate as the materialist but amusing sports agent, but it’s Ling Ling who steals the show with his undeniable presence both in aptitude and charm. .

With its potentially wide demographic – from younger viewers to older generations – Mr. Go is set to exploit the summer box office window in its local market of Korea, while also holding strong prospects in other Asian territories beginning with China before being released in other parts of Asia including Indonesia, Hong Kong and India in August and September.

Production Company: Contents Eye & Dexter Studios

International Sales: Showbox/Mediaplex, inc,

Producers: Yoo Jin-woo

Screenplay: Kim Yong-hwa, Kim Hyun-chul, Kim Jong-hyun.

VFX Supervisor: Jung Sung-jin

Main cast: Xu Jiao, Sung Dong-il, Kim Kang-woo, Kim Hee-won Kim Jung-tae, Kim Eung-soo, Byun Hee-bong, Joe Odagiri

June 1, 2012

June 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF/ChinaDaily: A Blackout Comedy That’s a Knockout Film

Pang Ho-cheung, who’s known for his urban romantic comedies, produced Lacuna, a tender version of The Hangover.

CF: Stars Brightened the “First Time” Premiere

Mark Chao, Angelababy


CF: Poster of the Basketball-themed “Amazing”

CF: NBA Stars Appear in the Trailer of Basketball-themed “Amazing”

CF: Latest Poster of “Million Dollar Crocodile” Out

CF: Mission Hills · Huayi Brothers · Feng XiaoGang Movie-Themed Town

“Motorway” poster

Opening June 21 in Hong Kong and mainland (Sina)

Stills of Joan Chen and Jiang Yiyan behind the scenes of  micro film “SARS Sweetheart/Lover”


Xu Jiao plays Vincent Zhao’s daughter in in the action film “Wu Dang”


Basketball fanatic Shawn Yue and his team shoot photos for a sports drink poster

Shawn Yue


According to Taiwan media reports, Maggie Cheung confirmed that her 7 year relationship with Ole Scheeren has been over for a month now. Maggie was attending a Montblanc jewelry event in Beijing. Other celebrity guests included: Nicholas Cage, Yao Chen, Lynn Xiong, Jessica Alba, Vic Chou and Naomi Watts.


MSN: Eric Tsang is now a grandfather

MSN: Gong Li’s late in paying villa’s conservation fees

The actress had never stayed in the villa despite owning it for twenty years

MSN: Sonija Kwok caught in a fix

The actress’ mother scolded her son-in-law publicly and is rumoured to be displeased with his income

March 6, 2012

March 6, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Sun Honglei Awarded the Most Disappointing Actor

The 3rd Golden Broom Awards took place Saturday afternoon, doling out 13 Golden Brooms in total. Lacking in attendance at the award ceremony were movie stars.

Famous mainland actor Sun Honglei was awarded the most disappointing actor for his character as renowned ancient strategist Sun Bin in The Warring States. A-list Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung won the most disappointing actress for both her performances in Legendary Amazons and Treasure Hunt.

The Flowers of War, nominated at the Golden Globes, was given a special jury’s version of “the most disappointing movie” award.

CF: The Blame Game

Zhang Weiping, producer of Zhang Yimou’s The Flowers of War, blames Hollywood and the United States press for “Nanjing Massacre denial”.

CF: Flying Swords Lifts Bona Group Results

FBA: Go ahead for Mr. Go

Xu Jiao (Josie Xu) to star in South Korean 3D flick

Wong Jing revealed that Huang Xiaoming has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” with Chow Yun-Fat and Sammo Hung. Both Chow and Huang have played the lead character, Hui Man Keung, in TV series versions of the story. Yuan Quan (Yolanda Yuan) and Yuan Li were also named as joining the cast. A Lunar New Year release is planned.

TimeOutHK: Ann Hui interview

TimeOutHK: A Simple Life

Zhou Xun (Sina-gallery)

Andy On will replace Chiu in “Special Identity”. 

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) and wife

Zhao and lawyer at press conference where he read a statement defending himself (Sina)

Michael Wong plays an abusive father to his daughter, Janice Man, in “Nightfall”


MSN: A first glimpse at Karena Lam’s daughter

The former actress took her daughter to a renowned kindergarten for an entrance interview

A1: Why should I be afraid? Says Michelle Yeoh

Already svelte and athletic, the 49-year-old former Bond girl lost another 10kg to play the slightly gaunt Nobel laureate in The Lady.

A1: Always a Lady

A1: Jacky Cheung’s wife sexually harassed

Wife of Hong Kong pop singer Jacky Cheung was allegedly sexually harassed twice by a manager of a gym in Hong Kong.

MSN: Cherrie warns woman to stop seducing hubby

Cherrie Ying has warned a woman to stop “seducing” her husband Jordan Chan Siu-Chun.

October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TimeOutHK: Juno Mak interview

After the ultra-violent Revenge: A Love Story, Juno Mak is reuniting with director Wong Ching-po for a twisted superhero movie, Let’s Go!. He tries to convince Edmund Lee it’s not all doom and gloom.

CF: Peter Pau: Winning an Academy Award is Predestined

Directed by Sun Zhou and photographed by Peter Pau, the romance film “Yes I do,” starring by Li Bingbing and Sun Honglei, is secretly being shot in Beijing right now.

CF: Bond Girl Maria Grazia Cucinotta to Cooperate with Chinese Actor Huang Bo

Maria Grazia Cucinotta, the Italian Bond Girl from “007: The World is not Enough,” recently turned up for the launch ceremony of her new romance comedy “All about Marriage” on October 24 in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, in Southwest China.

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Set to Begin Filming in Tibet

Fantasy romance film, “Painted Skin 2″ has finished filming scenes in Beijing, Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The location of filming has now switched to Tibet, where the creators and cast members will work intensively for a 20-day period.

CF: The Film “Marry a Perfect Man” in Post Production Stages

Directed by Wong Jing, and starring Gigi Leung, Chapman To, Ronald Cheng and Xie Na, the film tells the tale of the events following an encounter between a “leftover” lady, unmarried in her thirties, and a comical billionaire.

Award-winning actor Zhang Hanyu aims to inject charisma into the role of the most skilled army counselor of the late Qin dynasty in his latest project, costume blockbuster “White Vengenace”.

The film tells the tale of men and women living in a busy city, who pursue love. Their pursuits lead to several soul-stirring accidents, as they attempt to secure true love. The plot follows three separate stories of three couples, with Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-woo playing one of the couples.

CF: New Trailer of “A Big Deal” Released

New poster for “Lost in Panic Cruise” featuring a maze was unveiled at today’s Beijing premiere.

Director Zhang Fanfan (Zhang Panpan)

Zhou Weitong

Alec Su


“Starry, Starry Night” poster features Xu Jiao and Lin Hui-Min

Rene Liu as Xu Jiao’s mother (Sina)2

This is how you promote Battlefield 3

DaDa Chan

Jacqueline Chong

Samantha Ko

Samantha Ko, Jacqueline Chong, DaDa Chan (Sina)

An online source reported today that Jessica C admitted to making the video with her first boyfriend. She said she was in love and did not think about the consequences.

A1: Tokyo International Film Festival 2011

Photos: Chinese actresses at Tokyo film fest

The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) opens at its main venue in Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills on Saturday and will run until Oct 30. Fan BingbingHuo SiyanJiang YiyanZhang Xinyu

March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

THR: Bona Posts 2010 Revenue Gain But Net Loss

The completion of one of those projects, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, starring actress Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha), has been delayed until the fourth quarter.

Addressing queries about another delayed pictureMulan, Bona’s planned English-language international co-production of the story of China’s most famous woman warrior, Bona CFOMason Xu told The Hollywood Reporter: “Yu Dong our CEO is now talking with potential investors both from China and overseas.”…the project’s finance fell apart just before Mulan was due to go into production outside Shanghai last fall, members of the production team told The Hollywood Reporter on condition of anonymity. One described how they had been asked to gather at Hengdian Studios then all been sent home.

Life is a Miracle posters - Zhang Ziyi

Aaron Kwok

People’sDaily: Chinese director Zhang Yimou appeals for sterner action against film piracy

Zhang Yimou, submitted a proposal to the ongoing annual session of the National Committee of CPPCC, together with other five members, including Zhang Huijun, president of Beijing Film Academy, and other famed directors Feng Xiaogang, Yin Li, Feng Xiaoning and Chen Guoxing.

FBA: SARFT considers new product placement rules

FBA: My Own Swordsman review (8/10)

Even more notably, the movie has some of the liveliest and best-staged action-comedy seen so far in a Mainland movie without any offshore help: the finale in the booby-trapped inn is the equal of anything in a similar Hong Kong movie.

Donnie Yen: Bruce Lee is still my idol

HKTopTen: Connie Chan’s Digitally Restored Youth

Alas, the 1966 film is incomplete.

S.F. International Asian-American Film Fest caps

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

Almost Perfect with Kelly Hu and Edison Chen

Edison Chen, a fine young talent, has been effectively banned from Hong Kong films because of a nude photo scandal; their loss is our gain, at least for this feel-good indie film.

HK Film Archive’s “Morning Matinee” to feature Cantonese and Mandarin films in April

In April the Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” will screen four Cantonese and one Mandarin film starring renowned Cantonese opera stars Yam Kim-fai, Fong Yim-fun, Sun Ma Si-tsang, Lam Kar-sing and film idols Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Patsy Kar Ling and Helen Ma.

Kiwi-Asian marriage in film-making

My Wedding and Other Secrets is a romantic comedy telling a classic tale of forbidden love between a Chinese girl and a Kiwi boy.

The film is based on Liang’s own romance, which was also the subject of a 2005 documentary called Banana in a Nutshell. The storyline attracted acclaimed Chinese actors, Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang to take key roles in the production

According to this report of Faye Wong’s first Hong Kong concert, Faye sang mainly in Cantonese, but also in Mandarin and English. As is typical, Faye spoke very little to the audience, not until 35 minutes into the first night’s concert, she uttered only a brief ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’. Later, when singing a cover of an Eason Chan song, Faye said a few more ‘Thank yous’ in both Cantonese and Mandarin. (Xinhua-gallery)

Director Yan Ran held a joint press conference as he has two film releases to promote, Together and Sweet Journey. Both films are scheduled to be released on the 8th of this month.

Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong), Yan Ran

Li Feier - Together

Zhang Hanyu - Sweet Journey (lit. Under the Clouds) opens March 8.

Zhang Hanyu plays a tragic thief (Sina)23

Xu Jiao attending junior high school

Xu Jiao is being sent to school in Taipei to prepare for her unconfirmed upcoming role in Tom Lin Shuyu’s Star. Among the goals are to not delay her studies, to experience life in Taiwan, and to change her Mainland accent. Shooting for Star is set to begin in early April. (Sina)

Huang Yi - Sky Fighters

Huang Yi

Li Guangjie

Sky Fighters held a grand premiere ceremony at the Tianjin Air Force Base on the 5th. Coproduced by the August 1st Film Company (the PLA-backed film studio) the event included a flight demonstration by Air Force fighter jets. (Sina)2, (Sina-gallery)

FBA: Polyface launched in Taipei

Shu Qi and Carina Lau were among the celebrities in Taiwan to help launch a new entertainment company. The article notes that Shu Qi dressed in a  sexy dresss] while Carina looked like an ordinary white-collar office worker. Lee Hsing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Andrew Lau, Doze Niu also attended. (Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-slide show)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi and Andrew Lau

Karen Mok promoting Canon cameras

In her favorite color, gold (Xinhua-gallery)

Gao Yuanyuan visits Los Angeles and the Avenue of Stars

(Sina-slide show)

Yao Chen attending Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris


MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng rumoured to wed in August

CNA: Sammi Cheng reunites with Andy Hui

CNA: Charmaine Sheh says money’s not the issue in TVB departure

CNA: HK’s Sonija Kwok moves wedding date to prove a point

Trailer for The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, opening day and date around the world, Mar.18

August 7, 2010

August 7, 2010

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Xu Jiao turn 13 years-old

Xu Jiao is working on a film in Shaanxi. At the end of the film day, the crew surprised her for her birthday. Besides a custom birthday cake from Xi’an, Xu Jiao received a 1986 limited-edition Barbie that the producer drove 3 hours on mountainous roads to deliver to her. Xu Jiao was delighted and never let go of the doll. (Xinhua)

Jia Zhangke

Jia Zhangke received the Golden Leopard Lifetime Achievement Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. At 40, he is the youngest recipient of the award. (Sina)(Xinhua)

Nicholas Tse and Charlene Choi have been quietly filming a  martial arts TV series in the mainland. Yumiko Cheng and Kenny Kwan also are in the cast.

Charlene Choi

Nicholas Tse

Yumiko Cheng

(21cn-slide show)

CNNGo: 12 year-old beats ’scholar pseudo-model’ at the last HKCEE

HKStandard: Super kid, 12, ready to skip to more triumphs

Runner up Sammi Cheung Sau-Man, winner Toby Chan Ting-Yan, 2nd runner up Lisa Chong Si-Ming

Miss Hong Kong 2010 Toby Chan Ting-Yan

Xinhua: Toby Chan crowned as Miss Hong Kong 2010

CNNGo: ’Porkchop’ pageant: Who is the ugliest Miss Hong Kong?

Sammi Cheung Sau-Man, Toby Chan Ting-Yan, Lisa Chong Si-Ming

(Sina)(Xinhua-slide show)

October 14, 2009

October 14, 2009

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CRI: Jia Zhangke Helps Korean ‘Flying Duck’

Veteran Chinese actors Jackie Chan and Ge You are also in talks to appear in the picture.

Jackie Chan eyes role in ‘Flying Duck’

Jia Zhangke film described as ‘cross-border bromance’

Mascot Weiwei

70’s era is meticulously recreated

Xu Jiao

Mulan is now in post-production and as the release data approaches stills of the film’s characters are being released. (

September 23, 2009

September 23, 2009

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Storm Warriors


CRI: “The Storm Warriors” to Hit Cinemas in December

Maggie Q - The Warrior and The Wolf slide show (

Hollywood Reporter: Q gets serious with ‘Warrior’

CRI: “Once Upon a Time in Tibet” Starts Shooting

Xu Jiao as young Mulan (

Subbed Mulan trailer

Back Dorm Boys

Appearing in Panda Express (

Filming begins next month in Shanghai on John Woo production (’Rivers and Lakes Swordswoman’). This is the film that Woo’s daughter, Angeles, will be working on with Barbie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Shawn Yue. (

June 16, 2009

June 16, 2009

Cherie Chung
After 18 years absence, Cherie Chung returns to shoot a skin care product advert

Cherie advert for Puma (circa 1980’s)

Zhao WeiJaycee Chan
Hua Mulan press conference slide show

Zhao WeiXu Jiao

Francis Ng
Jaycee Chan
Pace Wu
Marco Mak, codirector
Tracing Shadow press conference photos, opens July 30

Aaron Kwok, Hao Lei Promote ‘Silver Empire’

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Three Guns’ in Line with ‘Blood Simple’
Yan Ni
Zhang Yimou’s original leading lady replaced by Yan Ni after initial shooting began

Fan BingbingEric Tsang
Peter Chan, Teddy Chen

Set of Bodyguards and Assassins was opened to the press

Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing
This article reports Zhou Xun acting negatively towards Li Bingbing at press conference for The Message

Li Bingbing portrayed as friendly while Zhou Xun depicted as aloof, and during interview as insincere

Karen Mok will begin filming next year the story of Wang Junxia, 1990’s Olympic long distance runner

Ann Hui (note the sweater again!)
Ann Hui has no trouble finding investors now after winning awards for The Way We Are. Recently finished filming a bank advert and is heading to Taipei for film festival and participate as judge and panel member.


Jordan Chan and Teng Ziyi in upcoming Midnight Taxi based on an internet novel

Sandra Ng
Mabel Cheung, Alex Law
Echoes of the Rainbow press conference

Alex Law, Mabel Cheung film stars Simon Yam and Sandra Ng

Enlight ramps up production slate with Gordon Chan
Projects include fantasy period drama Liao Zhai, Chen Zhen directed by Andrew Lau and starring Donnie Yen, Four Famous Detectives, Dante Lam’s Arrow and another All’s Well Ends Well

SFG, Media Asia, Zhang Guoli form production partnership
Johnnie To producing Jia Zhangke’s In The Qing Dynasty, a period drama

Jackie Chan to son: Don’t wish me “Happy Father’s Day!”

Edison Chen complains about his manager

Isabella Leong and son not moving to Singapore after all

CCTV: A retrospective film from 1949-1959

Golden Harvest buys Wu’s Chengtian

Sun Yue celebrates with Lakers

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