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September 18, 2013

Something Good (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Something Good

9/18/2013 by Clarence Tsui

The Bottom Line
The political message gets lost in translation in this thriller, thanks to simplistic handling of cross-cultural business dealings and amorous relationships.

Luca Barbareschi might have taken himself out of politics, but his first directorial effort in over a decade shows him steadfastly unwilling to have the politics taken out of him. A thriller revolving around a Hong Kong-set conspiracy among Chinese businessmen to export contaminated milk powder to sub-Saharan countries — in what is dubbed as the “White Africa Operation” — Something Good is brimming with good intentions (as displayed by the expositional text about real-life tainted-food scandals bookending the film) and bubbling with genuine fury.

But passion alone a credible and gripping movie does not make, as the film’s simplistic depiction of its central political premise and its cultural setting reveals a globalization-gone-wrong treatise that subscribes to some of the old-school perspectives about the non-Western “Other” out there perpetuating harm on everyone. While the director’s mainstream audiences at home (who knew of him as the director of the 2002 film The Chameleon, about a moral corruption of a small-town activist scaling the political ladder in Rome) and in other European markets might warm to what they simply see as a well-made thriller, Something Good will probably see its presence in Asian markets restricted to bookings at Italian-themed showcases. (The film made its world premiere on Wednesday as the curtain-raiser of the Hong Kong International Film Festival’s Cine Italiano! program.)

Running on the generic trope of a gangster rediscovering his conscience through love, Something Good centers around Matteo (played by Barbareschi himself), a middle-aged Italian dealer making a fortune from the trading of undocumented and unchecked foodstuffs. After a botched deal on home turf, he flees to Hong Kong with a view of capitalizing on what he sees as the Chinese century — by trying to coax the country’s businessmen to take up the European colonialist’s mantle with their raid on Africa through sales of adulterated milk powder to the impoverished nations on the continent.

Matteo, of course, soon finds himself drawn into a murderous, double-dealing universe which he has had no control over, just as his hard-edged veneer is dismantled when he falls for a local restaurateur Xiwen (mainland Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu) — a romance that throws his profiteering drive into doubt (his new love’s young son died of food poisoning) and also provides a way in from his pursuers from the law and the mob.

It’s perhaps ironic that Something Good is an adaptation of an Italian novel titled I Trust You — a reference to the confidence Matteo and Xiwen show towards each other as their fates become intertwined. So, the on-screen lovers believe each other, but the viewer’s faith in the story is repeatedly challenged as the proceedings get bogged down by Matteo’s underdeveloped relationships — with Xiwen, his expatriate associates (such as Gary Lewis’ heavily-accented Scot) and his sleazy local business partners (played by, among others, Hong Kong veterans Kenneth Tsang and Eddy Ko).

While Arnaldo Catinari’s camerawork manages to play up the Asian metropolis’ unique urban fabric without resorting to the visual exoticization of yore — the film’s location scouting is again the handiwork of October Pictures, the company who also assisted the Hong Kong shoot of The Dark Knight and Contagion, among others — Something Good is still mired in a dated cultural discourse, as many a riveting film — such as, say, Matteo Garrone’s Gomorra — has set a new high standard for situating nuanced human drama amidst complex economic and demographic flows in the world today.

The shortfall is perhaps best embodied by how all the Chinese cast have their voices overdubbed here, even if most of them speak fluent English. Something Good is ultimately a story about an Italian man stranded in a strange land, but Barbareschi’s film could certainly have armed itself with a more sophisticated sheen if it wants to mount a more complex political argument about the moral frailties within the politically-charged business ethos of the modern-day foodstuff production conglomerates. As it stands now, Something Good is limited to be a story about a bad guy lost in a bad food nation, whose chance of redemption lies in his love for someone who cooks well – a skeletal framework which, perhaps, works better as a Mostly Martha-style romantic drama.

Venue: Cine Italiano! Film Festival, Hong Kong

Production Companies: Casanova Multimedia, Rai Cinema
Director: Luca Barbareschi
Cast: Luca Barbareschi, Zhang Jingchu, Kenneth Tsang, Eddy Ko, Michael Wong
Producer: Luca Barbareschi
Executive Producers: Claudio Gaeta, Giulio Cestari
Screenwriters: Francesco Arlanch, Luca Barbareschi and Anna Pavignano, based on “I Trust You” by Francesco Abate and Massimo Carlotto
Director of Photography: Arnaldo Catinari
Editor: Walter Fasano
Music: Marco Zurzolo
Production Designer: Francesco Frigeri
Costume Designer: Milena Canonero
In English, Mandarin/Putonghua, Cantonese and Italian
No ratings, 111 minutes
THR
Related article: Luca Barbareschi Talks About His Crime Thriller ‘Something Good’

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July 17, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Lacuna review

Offbeat Beijing rom-com, mixed up in a puzzle, that’s beautifully played by its two leads.

CF: The “Taichi” Trilogy Set to Release 2 Films

Set in late Qing Dynasty, the movie concentrates on how an ordinary man becomes a Taichi master, fighting off foreign invaders and monstrous machines.

FBA: Tai Chi goes 3-D

CF: Latest Poster of the New Taichi Trilogy Released

More on “Good-for-Nothing Heroes”

Leni Lan Yan, Francis Ng

Lan Yan

Lam Suet, Francis Ng, Kimi Qiao Ren-Liang (Sina)2

Poster for the kidnapping thriller “Lethal Hostage” set on the China-Burma border is produced by Ning Hao and directed by Cheng Er. Opens Aug. 17, stars Wang Luodan, Sun Honglei, Ni Dahong, and Zhang Mo.

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei

Ni Dahong, Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: The “Mou Girl” Ni Ni Talks about her Relationship with Feng Shaofeng

CF: A Graceful Fan Bingbing on Cosmopolitan Magazine

CF: Zhang Jingchu: To Pompeii with Love

Recently Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu has been to the city of Pompeii, a partially buried ancient town-city near modern Naples in Italy. She appeared in casual clothes and stolled around the ancient Roman wrecks and appreciated the beautiful scenes there

Stars of “Switch” attend a press conference in Beijing yesterday

Lin Chi-Ling, Andy Lau, Zhang Jingchu

Lin Chi-Ling

Zhang Jingchu

(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung calls Nicholas Tse “hubby”

MSN: Have Leon Lai and Gaile Lok split?

Rumours that the couple has gone their separate ways after rumours that their marriage was on the rocks

Yesterday, a source claimed that the two had already finalized their divorce last week and that Gaile has returned to the US, where her parents reside at.

MSN: Is Lynn Hung forcing Aaron Kwok into marriage again?

The 31-year-old was rumoured to be using pregnancy as her latest weapon to force the Heavenly King to tie the knot

SGYahoo: Chow Yun Fat is Hugo Boss spokesman for Asia

June 22, 2012

June 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Poster for Elle’s micro film series “I Love You”

Poster for Gia Coppola’s micro film “Casino Moon” (lit. “Las Vegas Moonlight”) starring Zhang Jingchu and Robert Schwartzman

Released on June 18

“The Making of Casino Moon”

“Casino Moon”

“Shanghai Strangers” (aka “SARS Sweetheart”) poster, directed by Joan Chen, starring Jiang Yiyan and Teo Yoo

“Miao Shan and the Minotaur”/”Love in Paris” starring Zhou Dongyu, Niels Schneider, directed by Stephane Sednaoui

Zhou Dongyu at the SIFF’s Elle520 micro film series premiere press conference

Jiang Yiyan, Joan Chen (Sina)

Joan Chen and Jiang Yiyan (below)

Jiang Yiyan

Joan Chen (above), Teo Yoo, Jiang Yiyan

Alexi Tan and Robert Schwartzman (below)

Photos from Weibo

CF: Chinese Actors Can’t Hold Their Sexiness Any More, in Vintage Style (Thanks, Valerie!)

Prestigious photographer Chen Man shoot a batch of new photos for cast of the movie “The Last Supper.” Director Lu Chuan, actors Daniel Wu, Liu Ye and Chang Chen were seen inside an old public bath house. The pictures will be published on Esquire Magazine

More of Chen Man’s recent work

Fan Bingbing on the cover

Chen Kun by Chen Man

(Sina-slideshow)

Chen Man, herself, on Jessica magazine’s 12th anniversary edition

Notice the ‘12′? (JessicaHK)

China’s National Basketball Team shot for Nike and the London Olympics

MSN: Michelle Reis has surgery to remove 8 tumours

When asked about a rumour that she had suffered a miscarriage, she replied, “Nothing of that sort, how inauspicious!”

MSN: Is Cherrie Ying finally pregnant?

MSN: Faye Wong makes yet another pilgrimage

The diva attended the 27th birthday celebrations for the 17th Karmapa (head of a prominent Tibetan Buddhist school) together with other Hong Kong superstars, including Carina Lau, Rosamund Kwan and Kenny Bee, who brought his family along as well.

October 18, 2011

October 18, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Still Shots of “Midnight Microblog” Released

Microblogs have been a popular means of communication in recent years, though the creators of these “weibo” probably didn’t think they would be used for a darker kind of communication.

CF: A Glimpse of Fan Bingbing’s New Project

A rare still photo featuring the award-winning actress Fan Bingbing has just been unveiled and the picture reveals a small piece of her latest project, “Double Exposure.”

CF: Another Poor Film for Model-turned-Actress Lin Chi-Ling?

Amid skepticism from the media and audiences, Lin and cast members Chen Kun, Liao Fan, Tony Yang long with the director Leste Chen stepped on stage to answer the question as to whether it will be another B-grade film, or a success story.

Lin Chi-Ling (Sina-gallery)

One of China’s four kings of Canto-pop, Leon Lai, has put his own special twist on the theme song of the upcoming film ‘White Vengeance’.

First poster for “Glory Days” released at a press conference in Beijing. The action film is co-directed by Eric Tsang and Xiong Xinxin (Hung Yan-Yan) and will begin shooting shortly in Gansu and Yunnan. The cast includes Felix Wong, Max Mok, Ray Lui, Michael Wong, Guo Tao, Power Chan (Chen Guobang), Li Wei and others, including Gigi Leung.

(Sina-gallery)

Posters for Oxide Pang’s “Sleepwalker in 3D”, opening Oct.27.

Angelica Lee

Huo Siyan, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)

Zhang Jingchu has joined the cast of “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains” starring Andy Lau. In these photos, she has begun her martial arts training in Hangzhou.

Stills from “Scary Market” starring Athena Chu. The film focuses on a group of people who meet in a supermarket because of a robbery giving rise to a variety of stories, some horrific, some funny.  Teaser and theme song MV by Tan Weiwei at the bottom.

(Sina)2

Meanwhile, Wong took to Weibo, a microblogging site, to shoot down speculation that she is pregnant. She wrote in Mandarin: “Okay, I admit, I am not pregnant.” She added: “But it’s true that I did put on a bit of fat.”

CNA: Faye Wong not pregnant, jokes about having ’seal-like’ figure

According to the suit, the actress, who is of Asian descent, changed her name to make it more American and has never wanted to reveal her age in order to maximize her chances of obtaining film roles.

Theme song MV - kind of catchy and fun!

January 4, 2011

January 4, 2011

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Checking China Lion Entertainment’s website (they are in cooperation with AMC theatres to distribute their films here in North America), here’s what we might be looking forward to seeing in 2011: Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman, What Women Want, Wu Xia, 1911. China Lion

CRI: Buddha Mountain’ to Hit Cinemas in March

Starring Sylvia Chang and Fan Bingbing, the film was nominated for several awards at the 23rd Tokyo Film Festival and the 47th Golden Horse Awards.

Newest version of poster for Shaolin

Xiong Xin-Xin (Hung Yan-Yan)

Wu Jing

Fan Bingbing (Sina-slide show)

CRI: Vivian Chow Promotes Upcoming Concert(Sina-slide show)

Cecilia Cheung on the cover of February Harper’s Bazaar (Xinhua)

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang appeared at a recent Zhejiang TV award event

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Lin Chi-ling rumoured to wed this year

A fortune teller predicted that the model would not be able to get married after this year

MSN: Faye Wong’s online message evokes pregnancy suspicions

MSN: No second season for Jay Chou’s ‘Mr. J Channel’

November 26, 2010

November 26, 2010

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FBA: The Jade and the Pearl (翡翠明珠) (4/10)

Routine local romp lacking real star power and sparky direction.

FBA: The Island (絕命島) (4/10)

Spotty attempt at a genre thriller with international reach.

CRI: Trailer Released for Xu Jinglei, Li Yapeng Film

The romantic film “Eternal Moment” starring Xu Jinglei and Li Yapeng is set for release on Valentine’s Day 2011. (Sina)

CRI: ”Lover’s Discourse” Depicts Modern Love Stories on Dec. 31

Through the telling of four different stories of four young couples, starring Eason Chan, Karena Lam, Mavis Fan, Eddie Peng, Kay Tse, William Chan, the film depicts the happiness and sadness people feel when they are looking for love in the modern city.

GlobalTimes: Yu Nan - Widening her repertoire

Starring in recently-released western Wind Blast and receiving several international acting awards, Yu Nan has earned herself the title in China of “international actress,” one that is much coveted in the local scene, although not one that she is keen to wear.

Yu Nan

CRI: ’If You Are the One 2′ Releases New Poster

Shu Qi - If You Are the One 2

Poster (Sina)

Rival Bruce Lee film Jeet Kune Do opens November 27.

Bruce Leung, Chen Tian-Xing

Chen Tian-Xing (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu

Stills from the Pang Ho-Cheung produced short ‘Love in the Time of Micro-blog’

Yoga Lin, Zhang Jingchu (Sina)

MSN: Ethan Ruan rejects role in Stephen Chow’s latest movie

MSN: Selina has a successful third skin graft

Cantopop singer Kay Tse reveals her brush with depression

CNNGo: How to make a pinhole camera out of a duck

October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

THR: ‘Aftershock’ to shake U.S., Canada Oct. 29

CRI: “The Founding of a Republic” Wins Biennial Chinese Audience Film Award

FBA: Asian films score at Sitges

Dream Home: Best Actress prize for Josie Ho; Andrew Lin gets Best Make Up FX.

Variety: The Red Eagle review

Vivian Wu

Vivian Wu plays a guard in the prison drama Let Love Come Back(?). The film will be released next year on International Women’s Day, March 8, with a cast that includes Cecilia Yip and Siqin Gaowa. Previously announced cast members included Cheng Pei, Pei, Pace Wu, and Jessey Meng Guangmei. The drama will focus on the lives of both the women guards and the women prisoners.

Cecilia Yip, Vivian Wu

Cheng Pei Pei (Sina)234

Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen, Leste Chen Cheng-Tao, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen, Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu and Zhu Yuchen have begun filming the fourth part of Pang Ho-Cheung’s omnibus film ‘4 + 1 Project’ (4 shorts, 1 movie’. The project is Pang’s first mainland production. The first part featured Zhou Xun in the Nail Clipper Monster, Shawn Yue starred in part 2; and Stanley Huang in part 3. In part 4, as a tribute to Gabriel Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera, the film is called Love in the Time of Weibo. Director Chen Cheng-Tao (Leste Chen) says the film documents a couple’s relationship via weibo bit by bit and is filled with magic realism. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Francis Ng in signature red leather hoodie from Wind Blast

(Sina-gallery)

(Oct.16) Rehearsal photos of Zhang Ziyi for Saturday evening’s Hundred Flowers Film Awards.

Zhang Ziyi will also be singing a Teresa Teng song.

(Xinhua-slide show)

Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Ziyi celebrating after the awards Saturday night. (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei’s first film since giving birth will be a collaboration with Huang Xiaoming according to her agent. Filming will begin in December. (Sina)

Karen Mok met with fans in Singapore to promote her new CD. Despite feeling ill, Karen carried on singing four songs and playing games with fans. (Sina)

(Oct.17) Louis Koo celebrated his 40th birthday with over 400 fans from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. A noted Star Wars fan, Louis dressed as a Jedi Knight and guests included Sandra Ng and the Grasshoppers. (Sina)

WSJ: Edison Chen and His ‘Mr. Sandman

With “Mr. Sandman” — the first single from his forthcoming album “Confusion” — Mr. Chan resumes his singing career, which started in 2004 when he released his first record, “Please Steal This Album,” with Emperor Entertainment Group. (Also, free download of his single.)

Peter Lam, Edison Chen (file photo) (Xinhua)

GlobalTimes: It’s complicated! China’s own Casanova and seven of his great loves

Six degrees of Zhang Yadong

CRI: Faye Wong Concerts Tickets Price Soaring

Veteran HK actress Kathy Chow lashes out at industry ‘pimps’

Kathy Chow plagued by Lupus rumours

Lin Chi-ling botches live singing attempt at Taipei concert (Xinhua)

(Sina-slide show)

Wu Bai, SHE, Jay Chou, et al

A few more Stalking Cherie Chung photos

(Xinhua)

August 17, 2010

August 17, 2010

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THR: Pang’s ‘Dream Home’ sells to UK

KoreaTimes: ‘Tomorrow’ remake to bring macho drama

John Woo’s “A Better Tomorrow” showed the world what Hong Kong noir was all about, and the Korean remake of the 1986 classic is now awaiting release on Chuseok next month, with the support of Woo as a producer.

Aaron’s the BIGGEST winner

In Hong Kong sci-fi action movie City Under Siege, audiences will see the handsome 44-year-old like never before.

CRI: ”Color Me. Love” Set for October Release

The romantic comedy “Color Me. Love” starring Yao Chen and Liu Ye, which aims to be the most romantic film this fall, is set for an October 28th release, Mtime.com reports. (Sina)

CRI: “The Stool Pigeon” Press Conference in Beijing

CRI: ’Struggle’ Moves to the Big Screen

CRI: ”Reign of Assassins” Releases New Posters

Tony Leung Ka-Fai and Kelly Lin  are filming a thriller in Xi’an directed by Zhang Qi. Tony plays a mysterious doctor that has to solve six puzzles each one more suspenseful than the last. He has an ambiguous relationship with Kelly Lin. Filming should complete in September.

Kelly Lin

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Kelly Lin

(Sina)2

The back story relationship of Wu Jing and Zhang Jingchu was edited out of City Under Siege (21cn)

Andrew Lin brings his art exhibition to Beijing. He will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s White Snake in September. Andrew worked on the special effects design on Alien 3 while living in the US before returning to Hong Kong and becoming an actor. He came out of retirement to work on special effects make-up for Josie Ho’s highly regarded Dream Home. He hopes to raise the level of Chinese special effects in the 3D White Snake which has a HK$10M special effects budget.

Andrew Lin

(Sina-gallery)

Shawn Yue on the August cover of Jet (Hong Kong) magazine

Poster for Hong Kong Film Training

From the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers produced website:

Hong Kong Filmmakers from the industry’s professional body composed of ten members, including: Hong Kong Film Directors, Screen Writers Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers, the Hong Kong Film Arts Association, Hong Kong Movie Production Executives Association, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Association, Hong Kong Cinematography Lighting Association, the Hong Kong Stuntman Association, the Hong Kong Film Association and the Hong Kong film post-editing professional associations, covering more than 1,800 workers over the film, as the industry’s key organizations and non-profit organizations. Committed to the protection and the protection of rights and interests of Hong Kong Filmmakers, Filming in Hong Kong to upgrade to improve the environment, as well as industry and government circles as a bridge.

Over the years the Federation of actively promoting the film industry, from film policy, education and training, which had spared no effort to promote Hong Kong films. Including the SARS outbreak during the launch, “1:99 Shorts” short film inspirational cheer for the people of Hong Kong; for the industry shortage of talent and established “film professional training program”; launched the “Hong Kong Film Workers professionally produced guidelines and Industrial Safety Manual” and so on.

Gillian ready to move on with ‘mature-minded man’

HK singer Andy Hui admits he had secret ex-girlfriend

Andy Hui admitted that he had secretly dated former personal assistant Pan Heng Zhang in a handwritten letter to the media on Tuesday, reported Hong Kong media.

August 9, 2010

August 9, 2010

THR: 3D redux of ‘Sex and Zen’ starts shooting

CRI: Feng’s ‘Aftershock’ Sets New Record

Feng Xiaogang’s latest film “Aftershock” has taken just two weeks to become the most profitable Chinese-language film ever.

CRI: Daniel Wu Joins in CPC Anniversary Film (The Founding of a Party)

CRI: ”Death and Glory in Changde” Previewed in Beijing

Ray Lui, An Yixuan

Death and Glory in Chengde poster

Yuan Wenkang featured in poster (Sina)23

FBA: Love in Cosmo (搖擺de婚約) (8/10)

Comedienne Yao Chen shows amazing range in this slick, characterful rom-com.

Tang Wei

Late Autumn, the Korean film starring Hyun Bin and Tang Wei shot in Seattle, will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival September 9. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok, Zhang Jingchu

Aaron Kwok

Zhang Jingchu

Aaron Kwok and Zhang Jingchu appeared in Tsuen Wan for the MV release to promote City Under Siege. (Xinhua)

In Beijing, the trailer for the mainland thriller, Watchman (or is it, Watchmen?), was released. Zhang Jingchu was not able to attend.

Simon Yam

Huang Shengyi

Simon Yam, Huang Shengyi

Chen Sicheng, Hao Lei

Stills from Watchman/Watchmen

Simon Yam, Chen Sicheng

Zhang Jingchu, Chen Sicheng

(Xinhua)(Sina)23

Yoyo Mung and Ekin Cheng

Ekin Cheng, in a turn around, is reported as agreeing to marriage with Yoyo Mung next year. (Xinhua)

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. - Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas

Daniel Wu and Lisa S. held their US wedding banquet over the weekend in Las Vegas. (Sina-slide show)

Jackie Chan, Lin Peng

Jackie Chan, Lin Peng, New Seven Little Fortune and Stanley Tong attended a charity dinner in Shanghai.

(Sina-slide show)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Serves as AIDS Prevention Ambassador(Xinhua-slide show)

July 12, 2010

July 12, 2010

Global Times: Jia Hongsheng’s death a modern day tragedy as thousands mourn the screen idol

Jia helped Zhou [Xun] get her first important role in TV series Palace of Desire by introducing her to director Li Shaohong, but their relationship ended with Zhou cheating with singer Pu Shu.

FBA: Hear Me (聽說) (7/10)

Taiwan’s little-known box-office champ of last year is an engaging romance that’s kept light and unsaccharine.

FBA: Documentary takes top prize at TFF’s Taipei Awards

CRI: World’s Largest Screen for ‘Aftershock’ Premiere

The largest silver screen in the world will be used for the premiere of Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s IMAX disaster film “Aftershock” Monday evening (July 12) in Tangshan.

In order to make their 500 million yuan box office goal, Huayi Brothers has increased the minimum allowed ticket price for Aftershock up 5 yuan.  For A-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, this means the minimum price is now 35 yuan, for B-tier cities like Chengdu the minimum will be 30 yuan and for C-tier cities, 25 yuan. Feng Xiaogang’s Cell Phone was the first to a require a minimum ticket price but back then the minimum was only 5 yuan. Theater owners have already complained about minimum ticket prices in the past, with half-priced Tuesdays and discounts for group sales, they are already subsidizing ticket sales out of already low profits. (Xinhua)

CRI: Light Shed on ‘Orphan of Zhao’

Bankable actor Ge You plays the lead character Cheng Ying, a doctor living in the countryside in 6th century BC who sacrifices his own son to save an orphan, and then raises him and helps him get his revenge.

Chow Yun-Fat, warlord Yuan Shi-Kai, Emperor of China?

Yuan Shikai

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Aarok Kwok, Zhang Jingchu

While promoting City Under Siege in Beijing Sunday, Zhang Jingchu shocked everyone by singing an excellent acappella rendition of Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina while Aaron imitated various Cristiano Ronaldo gestures that sent the audience laughing. Aaron opined that the German octopus Paul successfully predicted the winners of the matches because he liked bright colors and the winners flags all had bright colors.

Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu was touched and grateful for Wu Jing’s care. Because she had a torn ligament injury, Wu Jing showed her how to massage it to relieve the pain and also gave her a small hammer to massage her leg with. (Sina)23

Qin Hailu

First photos of Qin Hailu in Shaoxing Opera costume for TV drama Jinling Confidential

(Xinhua)(ynet)

Zhang Ziyi

Trying the vuvuzela

Zhang Ziyi appeared on a sports talk show on World Cup Sunday (Xinhua)(Sina)

Shanghai - Edison Chen

Edison Chen was in Shanghai to celebrate the 6 year anniversary of his CLOT brand and autograph a commemrative book. Besides working on a new album, Edison plans to produce a film next year.

(Sina)

Edison Chen steps out as film producer

SG: Gaile Lok and Leon Lai’s marriage on the rocks?

Sammi Cheng back to her best

Sammi Cheng blurred the line between big-budget musical and blockbuster pop event at her recent concerts in Hong Kong and at Taipei Arena.

Alex Fong: Go ahead, ask me about Ah Gill

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