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April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

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CF: Cecilia Cheung, Xiao Shenyang to Play Wife and Husband

Joe Ma’s The Lion Roars 2

Guan Yu rules

The Lost Bladesman reviewed

CF: ‘Seal of Love’ Making Waves

Produced to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Revolution of 1911, “The Seal of Love” (vide. White Flower in Autumn) tells the story of the romance between well-known political leader Qu Qiubai and his wife Yang Zhihua…Starring Dou Xiao and Dong Jie…

CF: Stars at the Closing Ceremony of BJIFF

FBA: A tale of two festivals

The elephant in the room throughout the Beijing event was the Shanghai festival that celebrates its 14th edition in June. Key staff were in attendance to observe the better-financed rival, but were seemingly ignored. While Beijing rejoiced in its large delegation of festival presidents, there to witness and advise the new event, Shanghai was present but not invited to speak.

THR: Sarandon, Dillon, Dafoe and Tomei all Shanghai-bound

Susan Sarandon, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe and Marisa Tomei are all bound for China this June on a visit to the world’s fastest growing film market as guests of the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival, organizers said on Thursday.

Celebrity imitators including doubles for Andy Lau and Chow Yun-Fat (Wen Xiang)

After a few years’ absence of what was once an annual summer tradition, 4 Star owner Frank Lee has once again ventured into the theater’s crawlspace and come up with some forgotten gems of martial arts, action and erotica and cobbled together an Asian Movie Madness series to last through July.

Ung said he does not see Hollywood filmmaking or its tendency toward cliched happy endings as the pinnacle of success, and he admires the creativity of foreign films. He refers to Hong Kong films from the 1980s, which often end tragically and abruptly.

“I thought, ‘Wow, you can really end a film like this?’ You wouldn’t see this anywhere in an American screenwriting textbook,” Ung said. “These guys have guts.”

Documentary film “Xmas Without China” to tell new kind of story

Jacky Cheung sings the theme song for A Beautiful Life in the MV. (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat, Ann Hui

Chow Yun-Fat presented the award for Outstanding Artistitic Contribution to director Ann Hui last night at the Hong Kong Arts Development Awards Presentation Ceremony. Joseph Koo received the Lifetime Achievement award. (Xinhua)

New poster for No. 32, B District a domestic horror film co-produced with Thailand


Fan Bingbing won the award for Best Actress at the Beijing Student Film Festival today. Yao Chen was voted Most Popular Actress, Feng Xiaogang, Most Popular Director, Wen Zhang, Most Popular Actor. Aftershock won the award for Best Picture and Ge You received the Best Actor award. (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Best Actress

Yao Chen - Most Popular Actress


Zhang Ziyi (Apr.27)

Zhang Ziyi attended the opening reception of an exhibition of Ralph Lauren’s collection of automobiles at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris.

Ralph Lauren

Zhang Ziyi with Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh and Jean Reno


Fan Bingbing, Yao Ming

Astronaut Yang Liwei, Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing, Yao Ming and Yang Liwei spoke about being representatives of China’s national image at a cultural forum in Shanghai yesterday. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Chicken soup marriage proposal
Fan Bing Bing is the target of a very public marriage proposal from a man who claims he is not rich but is very good at making chicken soup, if billboards are anything to go by.

MSN: Isabella Leong spotted at a fast food joint with son

Netizens post pictures of the former Hong Kong actress online

The Taiwanese actress sudden weight gain sparks talks of pregnancy again


January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

ScreenDaily: What Women Want

This Chinese production features palpable chemistry between stars Andy Lau and Gong Li, but director Chen Daming’s film, like the original, is a great commercial hook in search of an equally clever story. (hkmdbnews)

“Ip Man 2″: China’s anti-Western kung fu phenomenon (Salon)

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” is now playing in New York and Los Angeles, with wider North American release to follow.

FBA: Fantôme, où es-tu? (2/10)

Lame ghost-cum-gender mish-mash that squanders its potential.

Check out Valerie’s My Ever-Changing Moods: Francis Ng 2010 In Review on beyondasiaphilia

2010 was a busy year for Francis Ng…

Much influenced by American sitcom-classic Friends, which had a huge fan base in China, My Own Swordsman centers on six characters whose relationships intertwine through friendship, family and romance, and is set in a hostel being managed in ancient China. With the same cast, director and screenwriter, the film version continues the initial’s stories, while injecting today’s social including house purchase and relocation, family finances and the “marriage crisis.”

GlobalTimes: First trailer of Buddha Mountain lives up to advance hype

With winter vacation meaning there’s a nation of children who need entertaining, three Chinese animation films are filling in this traditionally peak-time for box-office family fun: Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (January 21), Old Master Q and Little Ocean Tiger (January 27) and Little Big Panda (February 3) are all scheduled for cinemas over the next four weeks.


Poster for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

Opening Feb. 3

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng (Sina)

I Love Hong Kong poster

Opening Jan. 31

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng

Eric Tsang, Aarif Lee (Sina)2 3 4

Eva Jin Yimeng (Sophie’s Revenge) is preparing for multiple Hollywood projects. (Sina)

Charlene Choi at the Harbour City chocolate exhibition


Chrissie Chau taped a song for ATV’s Spring Festival broadcast. Other guests include George Lam, Kay Tse and Hins Cheung. (Sina)

GlobalTimes: Publishing tycoon books divorce in New Year season

Yao Chen’s divorce a case of Julia Roberts-Benjamin Bratt?

Yao Chen, Ling Xiaosu (Sina)

CNA: Cecilia Cheung saves woman from committing suicide

All’s well ends well, indeed

CNA: Charlene Choi on her divorce: “This is not something to celebrate.”

“I may not make enough to eat delicacies ever day, but I can earn enough for three square meals every day”.

MSN: Mark Chao dropped from ‘Black and White’ promotional trail in Japan

Recently, the director’s cut of Black & White DVD was released in Hong Kong. Every single copy was snapped up in a mere four minutes.

China red-faced after footage of new fighter ‘was from Top Gun’

The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television.

Oldham said Ho had been coerced into reconciling with family members on live television on Wednesday, with the wheelchair-bound Ho struggling to read a giant cue card.

January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

CRI: Fan Bingbing Likely to Land Role in Co-Production (First Love)

Set in 1950 near the China-Vietnam border, the story centers on the romance between a French soldier and a Chinese girl that ends up in tragedy.

HK Film Archive’s newly restored treasure “Colourful Youth” to be screened at HK Cultural Centre

“Colourful Youth” (1966), the only “contemporary” film starring Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao Fong-fong, was a huge hit on its first release and re-releases in the 1960s. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration activities, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) will screen the restored song-and-dance classic at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre next month.

CRI: Gong Li and Andy Lau Promote New Movie in Beijing

“What Women Want” is a remake of the Hollywood box office hit of the same title. The story is about an advertising agency manager who suddenly finds he can read women’s minds.

CRI: Eric Tsang Presents New Year Film ‘I Love Hong Kong’ on Jan. 31

The story centers on a family of three members, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng and Aarif Lee. Due to financial difficulties, they must move back to public housing, where the city’s lower-income people inhabit. They have some unhappy experiences with neighbors at the beginning; however they are gradually moved by them after living in there for some time.

Aarif Lee, Fala Chen - I Love Hong Kong

Bosco Wong, Wong Cho-Lam


Chapman To and Lynn Hung (Lynn Xiong) settle differences in All’s Well Ends Well 2011


Ning invited people like Hong Kong’s Jim Chim - a veteran theater and film actor and stand-up comedian - to be one of the trainers. His teaching involves a lot of games that call for much imagination and improvisation.

The students may join the cast of Ning’s next film, a period comedy, which filming will begin in March. [Meanwhile, his film No Man's Land is still in limbo with state censors for over a year now.]

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has announced the results of its survey of the “100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films”.

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible Guangzhou premiere


Qin Lan plays a surrogate mother

To Alex Fong Chung-Sun’s baby’s daddy in Mu Yu (lit. Mother Tongue)

Wu Ma plays Alex’s father

Mu Yu is directed by Yu Zhong (Roots and Branches, Far From Home) (Sina)

Separately, Yao and her husband Ling Xiaosu issued a statement on Friday to announce the end of their seven-year marriage.

Happier times (Xinhua)

China White Rabbit sweets hop into Lunar New Year

Zhao Wei

One pill makes you larger / And one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you / Don’t do anything at all.

MSN: Eric Tsang’s father cremated in Taiwan

MSN: Barbie Hsu rumoured to hold wedding dinner tomorrow

MSN: Selina Jen has five endorsement invitations

The singer is expected to make her comeback with either a fruit juice or a slimming programme commercial in June, while other endorsements would be subjected to the state of her physical health.

THR: ‘Joy Luck Club’ Producers See Movie Promise in Tiger Mom Controversy

Amy Chua’s memoir on parenting has captured the nation’s attention, but can ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ recreate the movie success of the 1989 film?

December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

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CRI: Keanu Reeves Invests in Chinese Action Film

Previously [10.21.2009][10.14.2009]

FBA: Seediq Bale sets Sep 2011 campaign

FBA: Beijing launches major new film event

Beijing International Film Festival to debut in April 2011

CRI: ‘If You Are the One 2′ Gets Poetic Ending

Huayi Brothers, the film’s production company, released the movie’s closing song “Zui Hao Bu Xiang Jian” (”Best Not to Meet”), saying its lyrics were taken from Tsangyang Gyatso’s poem “Shi Jie Shi” (”Ten Nots Poem”).

The work is split into two obvious parts, the styles and plots of which are in complete contrast, as if coming from two different writers. Later as I found out, they actually did.

Shortly after the film’s premiere last week, scriptwriter Gao Xuan complained on her weibo (local version of twitter) that despite the fact that she, Chen and another writer had worked on the script for the first half of the film, she was only credited for “early-stage script composition” instead of “scriptwriter.”

Sha Yi, Yao Chen, Yan Ni

Cast members Xiao Jian, Ni Hongjie

Yao Chen sports new shorter hair at press conference for My Own Swordsman opening January 26.


Francis Ng attending a charity activity for autistic children organized by the One Foundation.

Francis donated a private collection of calligraphy and paintings. (Sina)

Maggie Cheung at the closing ceremony of the Marrakech International Film Festival (Xinhua)

Faye Wong will hold 3 concerts in Hong Kong on March 4 -6. Half of the songs will be in Cantonese. (Sina)

The 50-year-old stuntman-turned-director also denied rumours that his school is a scam to take money from those who hope to break into the industry.

HK singer Gigi Leung dating US consulate spokesman?

October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010

CRI: Slow Melody Added to ‘Wind Blast’

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

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

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


CRI: Critical Film “Vegetate” Premieres in Beijing

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

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

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

Director of international sales leaving Huayi Brothers

THR: Huayi Bros.’ Bee leaving the company

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

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

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

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

Playing three-legged race game

Huang Yi

NBA Commissioner David Stern

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

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

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


Dong Jie Madame Figaro photo spread

(Sina-slide show)

Yao Chen on the cover of November’s Vogue

(Xinhua-slide show)

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

August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

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

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

CRI: Taiwan Film “Monga” to Compete for Oscar

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

FBA: Aftershock (唐山大地震) (7/10)

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

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

Jackie’s stepped into it again!

Jackie Chan draws flak for tweets on Manila hostage-taking

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

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

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

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

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

Don Quixote poster featuring Paul Chun

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

Passion, tension in Stool Pigeon

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


Duan Yihong - Wind Blast

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

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

Yao Chen, Liu Ye

Yao Chen

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

SG: Vicki Zhao refuses to talk about marriage


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

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

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

HKStandard: Blundering siege cops suspended

Fish with tongue caught in Guangdong!


June 3, 2009

June 3, 2009

Lau Ching-WanLouis Koo
Daniel WuAlex Fong
Michael WongProducer Fong Ping
Overheard cast and crew press conference photos - more

Lau Ching-Wan
Overheard - Lau Ching-Wan

‘Thirst’ sinks fangs into US July 31

Film will hit Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York first

Blood, the Last Vampire: Undead Kimchi

Kelvin Tong is set to direct a suspense thriller, Kidnapper

Takashi Shimizu to direct Japan’s first live-action 3D feature The Shock Labyrinth

Cast Promotes “Sophie’s Revenge”

Closer Look at Yao Chen (Sophie’s Revenge)

Yao Chen

Anthony Wong gets into possible assault lawsuit while dining with Edison

Edison, People misunderstood my meaning when I said I was withdrawing for an ‘unlimited’ time.

Cecilia Cheung
Cecilia Cheung accepts Edison’s apology

Cecilia Cheung accepts Edison Chen’s apology in sex scandal

Exclusive interview: Edison Chen breaks his silence

Edison Chen: I am a victim

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