HKMDB Daily News

December 27, 2011

December 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Magic to Win review

Lame college fantasy involving a girls’ volleyball team and battling “magicians”.

FBA: A Big Deal review

Unoriginal get-rich-quick New Year comedy hobbled by a clumsily written script.

CRI: Flowers of War review

Does the film deserve the commotion it has caused?

CF: ”The Flowers of War:” A Special Case for China’s Film Industry

CF:From Art House to Box Office

Director Xu Jinglei is exploring less experimental and more commercial territory.

CF: ”Drug War” Holds Promo Event in Tianjin

Huang Yi, Sun Honglei (Sina-gallery)

CF: ”Hyperspace Rescue” Trailer Released

Hyperspace Rescue is the only film about “time travel” that integrates a large number of elements such as Hong Kong and mainland humour.

Director Chi Chung Lam also helped make the films “Shaolin Soccer” and “Kung Fu”. He’s confident the film will be a hit at the box office. (Sina-gallery)

CF: First Promotional Trailer of “I Do” Released

The movie is now in post-production and will be released on February 14 in time for the Valentine’s Day slot.

FBA: Flowers widens lead on Swords - Box Office News

CRI: Actress Zhou Xun Tries on Directing

The trailer of “Five Demon Traps” features actor Tony Leung Chiu-wai as a demon killer.

CF: Tony Leung in Zhou Xun’s Micro Movie

The movie will hit the national screens on January 12.

Hosted by Huayi Brothers, a concert of songs from prestigious Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s movies will be held on January 3, 2012.

“Glory Days” cast attend a publicity event in Chuxiong, Yunnan Province

Co-director Eric Tsang

Xiong Xin-Xin

Felix Wong, Ni Hongjie, Max Mok

Rose Chan, Gigi Leung, Ni Hongjie

Rose Chan demonstrates “Blocking the Devil’s Kiss” (Sina)

“Wanted” posters showing Nick Cheung appeared on the streets of Hong Kong on Christmas Eve.

The posters were to promote the Roy Chow film “Nightfall” co-starring Simon Yam.

(Sina)

The year in review: Pop Stop

TaipeiTimes: Worst-case scenarios

The Golden Shrimp Awards name and shame Taiwan’s greatest cinematic blunders

Just Call Me Nobody won the Golden Shrimp Worst Film of the Year Award.

A1: Jet Li to focus on combating injustice(CF)

CF: Jet Li Jack of Many Trades, Master of Kungfu

A1: Laughing Gor gets serious

Laughing Gor was the only person who wasn’t laughing at the recent 44th TVB Anniversary Awards on Dec 5.

MSN: Benny Chan has yet to donate

…when Josephine Siao — veteran actress and founder of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation — was questioned about Benny’s donation at a recent event, she said, “I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me about this. I heard that the media had placed him under tremendous pressure.”

“We welcome any donation from kind souls. In truth, there are many perpetrators who have not been caught. If each of them makes a donation, we’ll be rich. I hope Benny can help to drive this moment,” she added, when probed if the foundation had received the actor’s donation.

Josephine Siao Fong Fong

Foundation president, Josephine Siao thanks Stanley Ho’s 3rd wife for 10 consecutive years of support. (UDN)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing, 30, went to court last week to battle claims that she eloped with the 65-year-old actor Wang Xueqi, and she appears to be winning the war. 
MSN: Zhang Xinyu reacts to online verbal attacks

Despite the endless rumours, Xinyu’s career did not seem to be affected. The model is currently in the midst of filming Legend of Yue Fei and had made an appearance at a new car launch in Suzhou, China yesterday morning. She was said to have made a whopping six-figure paycheck, for a mere 20-minute appearance.

A1: Hong Kong remembers ‘Black Christmas’ of 1941

December 21, 2011

December 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Karen Mok Is Keanu Reeves’ Tai Chi Girl(FBA)

The movie is expected to start shooting in February in Beijing.

CRI: Tony Leung Plays Blind ‘Windseeker’

Tony Leung plays a blind man who uses his unusually good hearing to complete a mission. The film is slated for release in the summer of 2012

CRI: Movie Ticket Price May be Too High: Survey

“Many excellent home-grown Chinese movies are coming out these days. But since the ticket prices are too high, no one will pay 60 yuan for a small-budget film. So those films are often box-office disasters. It’s a lose-lose situation for everyone.”

CF: “Dear Enemy” Premieres in Beijing

Most Spring Festival movies tend to be sentimental, but “Dear Enemy” takes the route of fashion and romance, giving it a lot of entertainment punch for the Chinese New Year holiday.

Xu Jinglei: From art house to box office

Despite centering on workplace romance like Go Lala Go!, Xu says Dear Enemy is her first entertainment-oriented directorial work tinged with suspense and aiming to excite audiences at every twist and turn.

CF: New Posters out for “The Great Magician”

MSN: Jordan Chan harassed by phone pranksters

When fans learnt that the actor received threatening text and calls from unknown pranksters, they took it upon themselves to investigate and inform the police

MSN: Newly pregnant Miriam Yeung splurges on million-dollar bungalow

MSN: Is Anita Yuen pregnant?

MSN: Lisa S plans to have babies “in the next 2 years”

Lisa Selesner is no trophy wife. Although married to Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu for more than a year, she is not resting on her husband’s laurels.

MSN: Karen Mok’s exes absent at wedding reception

MSN: Nicholas Tse makes appearance at Jay Chou’s concert

Fans initially thought they had seen the wrong person, only to go wild when Jay appeared with a keyboard, sharing a duet with Nicholas.

MSN: Hannah Quinlivan’s father spotted at Jay Chou’s concert

November 7, 2011

November 7, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Starry Starry Night review

Disappointingly conventional tale of two lonely 13-year-olds, short on charm and drama.

FBA: Jump Ashin! review

Follow-your-dream heartwarmer centred on a male gymnast is okay but unoriginal.
FBA: Warriors of the Rainbow review

With Part I rating a noble 8/10, and Part II a lesser 6/10, the whole movie aggregates out at an impressive but not knockout 7/10. It well deserves, like the original Red Cliff, to be shown long after the “international version” has done its immediate business and been forgotten.

FBA: Stellar opening for Starry Night in Taipei

While Apple is the second-highest grossing local film in Taipei this year, placed after the first Warriors film, it has emerged as the highest grossing Chinese-language film in Hong Kong this year with HK$42.2 million ($5.4 million) after 18 days on release.

CF: Newly Married Karen Mok to Promote “East Meets West” in Hong Kong

Karen Mok

Ekin Cheng

Eason Chan

Stephy Tang and Alex Fong Lik-Sun also attended the promotion (Sina)

CF: Ming Zhenjiang on the future of the August First Film Studio

Chinese filmmakers have been quick to criticize a recently released propaganda film entitled “Shen Zhou 11″ after it received the ‘Best Movie Award’ at the 28th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers awards ceremonies…

Our Liberation Army can fight against invaders from outer space too. America won’t be the only force protecting the planet.

CF: Cinema, dConstructed

Interview with Karin Chien, founder and president of dGenerate Films, the leading distributor of independent Chinese cinema in the United States

Character posters for mainland racing film “Racer Legend”. Cast also includes Shin and Wang Bo-jie.

Shawn Dou Xiao

Eric Tsang

Janine Chang Chun-Ning

Janine Chang Chun-Ning, Shawn Dou

Janine Chang, Eric Tsang (Sina)2

Poster for Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”. Parts of the film were shot in Hong Kong, Australia and England. The cast includes Xu Jingleai, Stanley Huang, Gigi Leung, Christy Chung and Aarif Lee Chi-Ting (Aarif Rahman).

(Sina)2

Andy On Chi-Kit in a series of new stills from Daniel Lee’s “White Vengeance”

Not Feeling Too Lovey Dovey: Interview with Edison Chen (APA)

Edison Chen talks to Asia Pacific Arts about escaping his personal problems through his acting roles and his plan to release three albums next year.

Edison flew to Vancouver, Canada yesterday to attend the Asian Film Festival, so as to avoid media scrutiny. His action prompted an outcry from netizens, who left comments like, “Scum, couldn’t even leave a 16-year-old alone” and “he’s well-suited for a life in the US, don’t come back!”

Faye Wong wowed more than 8,000 fans at the Malaysian leg of her concert.

November 2, 2011

November 2, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Cecilia Cheung Promotes New Film’s Premiere

Cecilia Cheung, who plays the lead role in the war movie “Legendary Amazons”, was in Beijing to promote the film.

CF: Jackie Chan: I want to be a woman

Jackie Chan told the media he made the movie because he had adored the story of Yang Family for a long time. “It’s a pity I’m a man,” he said, “I really wanted to portray a heroine of the family.”

Her new romantic comedy is titled “My Lucky Star”. Zhang will produce and star in the film, according to reports in the Beijing News. “New York Minute” director Dennie Gordon will direct the film, with other cast members to be announced later.

Huayi Bros and Atom Cinema’s pure love movie, “Starry Starry Night,” is scheduled for release tomorrow. The promoting company unveiled a batch of new still photos in the run up of its release.

The film has the same lead actors as Xu’s last film, “Go Lala Go!”, which tells of an office romance and features costumes with vibrant colors. However, by releasing a decolorized trailer for her new film, Xu told Sina.com.cn that she wanted to send a message to the audience that while “Dear Enemy” still uses workplace romance as its theme, it is a very different film from “Go Lala Go!”.

Directed by Lv Zusong and Cui Siwei, starring Zhang Mo, the makers of the film “Piano Trojan” recently released the first trailer, after its appearance at the Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Awards this month. 

Once, Ekin had teased Yoyo, daring her to “strip naked and jump into the water”. The latter did so, leaving Ekin speechless.

When Gigi Leung and Nick Cheung appeared at event for MontBlanc a couple days ago. Gigi offered Ekin Cheng and Yoyo Mung congratulations if rumours of their wedding were true. She wore a short gray skirt showing off her legs and revealed her new wedding ring.

Gigi Leung

Recently, it was revealed that the 31-year-old had dated 16-year-old model Cammi Xie after a photo of the couple kissing was leaked online.

The Notorious E.D.C and Cammi Xie

Text messages between Edison and Cammi

(Sina-slideshow)2

The singer also revealed his criteria for his future wife.

“She must idolise me, but not blindly. She has to be as low-profile as I am, understanding and provide me with constructive feedback on my music,” Jay said.

November 1, 2011

November 1, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Village Roadshow Asia announces first titles

ZHANG Ziyi-starring My Lucky Star and Stephen CHOW-directed Journey To The West have been unveiled as the first two films to emerge from the new Village Roadshow Entertainment Group Asia company.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s ‘Dear Enemy’ Eyes New Year Season

The inspiration behind “Dear Enemy” comes from Xu’s discontent with her previous piece “Go Lala Go!”, after she decided that she could do better in the genre of workplace romance…In order to ensure the quality of the film, Xu has cut out half of the commercials.

CF: Production on Chopstick Brothers’ New Project Wraps Up

The Chopstick Brothers, including Wang Taili and Xiao Yang, are an up-and-coming duo in the filmmaking industry. Normally, they fully participate in their films by writing scripts, directing, singing and acting by themselves. Their first musical flick “Memoirs of Male Geisha” launched online in 2007, caused a great sensation among netizens and made a name for the duo.

CF: Fan Bingbing Shows her Strong Side in her First Micro Film

CF: ’Lost in Panic Cruise’ Released New Promotional Posters

The company behind the movie, “Lost in Panic Cruise”, starring Alec Su and Yang Kun, recently released new promotional materials including posters that feature the depths of space. The blockbuster ‘Lost in Panic Cruise’ has already made 10 million yuan since its opening on October the 27th.

CF: New Trailer of “A Big Deal” Released

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all made guest appearances

(Sina)

CF: Jin Sha to Star in “Lemon”

In reference to her involvement in the movie, Jin revealed that she is very excited, as she likes the director’s previous works, such as “Red River” and “The Road” which were considered arthouse films.

Poster for “Cold Steel”, opening Dec. 2

Tony Leung Ka-Fai costars with Song Jia, Peter Ho, Mickey He (Sina)

Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes” opens early next year. The horror-thriller features Ruby Lin, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Kara Hui.

(Sina)

More posters for “Starry Starry Night” featuring Xu Jiao and Lin Huimin

(Sina)

Huang Xiaoming is described as looking like a werewolf in these stills for Andrew Lau’s “The Guillotines”.

He plays a mad man.

Huang Xiaoming

(Sina)

Sun Honglei and Duan Yihong play rivals for the heart of Li Bingbing in “Yes, I Do”

Sun Honglei, Duan Yihong

March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

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Screen Daily: Hong Kong International Film Festival chooses the High Life

Zhao Dayong’s The High Life picked up both the Silver Digital Award the FIPRESCI prize at the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), while the Golden Digital Award went to Yang Heng’s Sun Spots.

The festival’s Asian Digital Competition encourages young filmmakers in Asia to explore the potential of digital media. Yang previously took the FIPRESCI prize at the 31st HKIFF for Betelnut.

The High Life, which follows a group of lost souls living in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, is Zhao’s feature debut.

Zhao Liang’s Petition took the Humanitarian Award for Documentaries

CRI: Aaron Kwok and Zhang Ziyi to Play AIDS Couple in ‘The Era of Magic’

Chinese director’s film evokes civil war’s cost (Apart Together)

The Chinese director [Wang Quanan] said his next project will be a 100 million yuan ($14.6 million) adaptation of Chen Zhongshi’s 1993 epic novel, “Bailuyuan,” which follows the disputes between rival families in a Chinese village through three generations.

CRI: Tang Wei and Jacky Cheung Shoot Promotional Photos for Crossing Hennessy

Zhang Jingchu gets wired up for Flirting Scholar 2

Dion Lam promises new and innovative ‘drifting’ wire work. (HunanTV)

Lau Ching-Wan and wife, Amy Kwok, promote 3D TV

(Xinhua)

(HunanTV)

Xu Jinglei

Karen Mok

The first press screening of Go Lala Go! in Beijing has received generally positive reviews. Opens Apr.15. (Sina)

CRI: Entertainment Stars Involved in Top Official’s Bribery Case

Zhao Wei and CCTV host Liu Fangfei are allegedly involved in a graft case of a top official of the China Development Bank.

Banker’s bribery trial names two female celebrities

Ronald Cheng believes ex-wife Charlene Choi didn’t stray

ESWN: Apple Daily’s News-In-Motion Travels To America

August 7, 2009

August 7, 2009

Taipei Times Film Review: Simplicity unveils a complex character in ‘Yang Yang’

HK Magazine: Overheard film review

‘Yasukuni’ Cuts Into Spiritual Dimension

Xu Jinglei Creates High-Fashion Du Lala
“Du Lala’s Promotion”, adapted from a bestselling Chinese novel of the same name, centers on a woman named Du Lala who takes the high road to get promoted.
More cast photos

Huang Yi
Huang Yi reprises Lin Chi-Ling in Light-Transcending Pandora’s Box




Stills from new trailer of The Message


New Photos of ‘Yang Guifei’

Anthony Wong as Tang emperor Xuanzong

Outfest 2009: An interview with Francoise Yip

APA Top Ten: Hayao Miyazaki Scenes

Taiwan denies boycotting Australian film festival
GIO criticizes withdrawal of the movie ‘Miao Miao’

Action! A New Type of Kung Fu Movie Is Set to Hit the Screens (Bodyguards and Assassins)
“Bodyguards and Assassins” Trailer

Zhang Mo
Zhang Yimou’s daughter Zhang Mo has joined the crew of Three Guns

26 year-old Zhang Mo will work as editor on the film. She graduates this year from NYU Graduate Film School. Originally, Zhang Mo originally entered Columbia law school but changed her studies. She has also married an American.



Shu QiDaniel Wu
Leon LaiSimon Yam
Daniel Wu dressed as Bruce Lee
Miriam YeungMichelle YeDenise HoIvanna WongLam Ka-Tung
Shawn Yue, Alan MakPeter Lam
Media Asia boss Peter Lam hosts a star-studded birthday party

Jay Chou might replace Stephen Chow in The Green Hornet!
Jay’s Pandaman a copycat?

Stylish Faye Wong Shops in Hong Kong

Zhang Ziyi’s relationship on the rocks

Jet Li Promotes ‘Wuji’ Exercise

Bai Ling
Bai Ling in Taipei at promotion for film Black Fairy

McDull Movie Creators Plan Spin-off Products

Internship with Hong Kong-based film company

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Malaysia considers Web filter similar to PRC’s Green Dam

August 1, 2009

August 1, 2009

Variety: Crazy Racer review
[Why can't I see this on DVD with subtitles!]

Variety: Look For A Star review

News from KOFIC
Haeundae Box Office Rampage about to Hit China

Even though tidal wave warning systems had predicted the oncoming Haeundae tsunami, the Korean box office was not prepared for its mass devastation. The film attracted 1,546,976 viewers in its opening weekend grossing over 11 billion won (U.S $.9,000,000) Climbing to number one in the box office it even managed to push aside Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince which has been weaving its own box office magic around the world.

Tsunamis usually subside but Haeundae has continued its onslaught going from success to success. Initially, when it was released back in April it sold to a number of territories at the HK Film Mart. Word of its success obviously reached back to Korea and anticipation of its release here was high. More recently, it has been announced the China Film Group (C.F.G), will, on a revenue-sharing basis import the film into China. This is rare for a Korean film but given the film’s star power, ongoing success and mix of big-budget, block-buster yet non political ideals, does seem an ideal China release. The film was released in Korea July 23.


Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Jo Koo begin filming Poker King in Macau - photos

Hip-hop Singer to Star in Movie Remake of Bestselling Novel
Taiwan singer Stanley Huang will star in film “Du Lala’s Promotion”, which is to be directed by Xu Jinglei

Chrissie
The object of a 13 year-old’s affection (see story below)

Ani-com Hong Kong

July 13, 2009

July 13, 2009

A tale of two Tonys
Meeting Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

“Murderer” Premieres in Hong Kong


Xu Jinglei on Office Politics

New Stills for Francis Ng’s ‘Tracing Shadow’

Kung Fu Kid: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith start ‘Karate Kid’ remake

Stephen Chow quits Kato role in ‘The Green Hornet’
Oriental Daily article

Taiwanese film industry looks to China for growth

Liu Ye
‘Role Model’ Movie’s Bumpy Road to Success

‘Iron Man’, which eulogizes an oil field worker, has walked the tight rope between profit-making and being just an ethics sermon


Sandra Ng
Barbie Hsu
Sandra Ng, Barbie Hsu promote On His Majesty’s Secret Service

Barbie Hsu, Louis Koo
Maggie Lee Man-Kwan
Louis Koo, Barbie Hsu, Maggie Lee Man-Kwan

More photos

Xie Na
Liu Yiwei, Xie Na
Upcoming sci-fi comedy Martian Baby/Mars Baby also costars Wong Jing

Rosamund KwanSimon Yam
Rosamund Kwan, Simon Yam attend charity for Operation Smile

Kelly Chen’s baby boy English name is ‘Chace’, Chinese name ‘Lau Sing’
New mom Kelly Chen to return to work next month

Gigi and Sly
Gigi Leung
Hong Kong media reports that Gigi Leung will marry her secret boyfriend ‘Sly’ in France next year


Josie Ho
Edison’s night out in Hong Kong

`Whatever Man’ ponders his next play

February 27, 2009

The Sniper opens March 24 at HKIFF

http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-27/09342394149.shtml

HKIFF preview

‘Shinjuku Incident’ to Open HK Film Fest

Ip Man - Taiwan review

HKIFF press conference
Simon Yam and Zhang Jingchu star in Ann Hui’s Night and Fog as man and wife

Zhang Jingchu

With Ann Hui

Shinjuku Incident’s Fan Bingbing, Daniel Wu, Xu Jinglei

Xu Jinglei

Jackie Chan

http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-27/05512393953.shtml

Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are The One plagiarized from novel Chongqing Stewardess?
Many similarities between lead character (played by Shu Qi) and plot
Huayi Brothers had previously tried to buy film and television rights

http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-27/09142394093.shtml

Jackie Chan says HK govt ignored museum plea


With Quake Film, Feng Xiaogang Wants More than Tears

Future Cops’ Tang Yifei and Wong Jing mimic 007 for magazine


http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/m/p/2009-02-27/09472394162.shtml

Gillian Chung first project back in TV series would challenge her in role as mother and daughter


http://ent.sina.com.cn/v/m/p/2009-02-27/13312394488.shtml

Cecilia Cheung breaks down and reveals inside story of Edison Chen

http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/200267/1.html

Director Charlie Yeung debuts at upcoming HAF


http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/p/2009-02-27/10392394256.shtml

Movie and media empire Shaw Brothers’ privatization deal approved

Taiwan Pop Stop

Andy: It’s tough for the woman behind me
On working with Wong Kar-Wai

Jay Chou’s ‘Pandamen’ new female lead Cao Yan revealed

‘Soldiers and Their Commander’ in Focus
Reprises cast of last year’s TV hit Soldiers Sortie

Coco Lee, No.15 Sexiest Pop Divas in the World

Huayi Bro. or Sony Music? Question for Jane Zhang

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