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May 14, 2010

May 14, 2010

Variety: Chongqing Blues

An irreparable father-son bond triggers a study in bleak cityscapes and pervasive intergenerational malaise in “Chongqing Blues.” Initially as glum as its title would suggest, Wang Xiaoshuai’s poignant if plodding ninth feature — which follows an absentee father trying to glean information about the dead son he never knew — eventually opens up with a handful of quietly affecting moments, but elsewhere bogs down in psychodramatic flashbacks that ultimately sentimentalize as much as they clarify. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5453

Screen Daily: Chongqing Blues

A strong performance by Wang Xueqi as the father provides emotional ballast but fails to make up for the glacial pacing of the drama; and although there are some effective emotional tugs and an evocative use of the film’s dirty industrial city setting, the audience’s investment in the slowbuild structure is never paid back in full. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5456

THR: Wang Xiaoshuai returns to Cannes

CRI: “Chongqing Blues” Screened at Cannes Film Festival

Fan Bingbing

Li Lingyu, Zi Yi Cannes red carpet (Xinhua)

Fan Bingbing in dress from Elie Saab for film’s premiere (Sina)2

He Yumeng

Be sure to check out ewaffle’s take on the premiere’s red carpet.

CNNGo: Josie Ho in Dream Home: Incredibly gruesome must-see slasher film

Jeon Do-Yeon - Cannes (Sina)

Tasty, full of black humour, but finally upended by the mannerist games it plays so ably, erotic thrillerThe Housemaid is a smart but shallow remake of Kim Ki-young’s cult 1960 Korean movie of the same name.

THR: The Housemaid

Bottom Line: An operatic, sensuous social satire that dares to be different from the original classic.

Screen Daily: Sandcastle (Singapore)

Sandcastle marks a quietly assured debut feature from writer/director Boo Junfeng. The blending of guilty family secrets and the ghosts of Singapore’s recent past create an involving narrative that is related with tenderhearted understatement.

Variety: Bedevilled (South Korea)

A young mother understandably wants to get off a remote island filled with violent and misogynistic miscreants and slave-driving old hags in “Bedevilled,” a confused genre hodgepodge that marks the feature debut of Kim Ki-duk’s former assistant director Jang Cheol-soo. Part limpid study of city-country contrasts, part one-sickle-kills-all revenge fantasy, Jang’s film drifts from one genre to another without ever fully coming into its own.

Taipei Times: Taipei Exchanges

‘Taipei Exchanges’ juxtaposes capitalism against a more idealistic way of life in the form of two sisters, one practical, the other utopian.

Eight films and two TV dramas in the works

First up for Chan himself is the martial arts film “Drunken Master 1945.” Though neither a remake nor sequel to Chan’s 1978 hit “Drunken Master,” the new film is intended to capture the martial arts spirit that the earlier film also celebrated.

Beginning in August, Steve Woo will direct “The Break-Up Artist,” a Chinese Mandarin-language romantic comedy about a young woman who runs an agency that helps couples break up.

Jackie Chan a ruthless boss?

Ken Lo, William Duen Wai-Lun sacked with little compensation; Xinhua2

Zhao Benshan as a river pirate in “Laughter of the Water Margins”

Director is Chu Yen-Ping (TreasureHunter)

(Sina)

Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land too dark? (Xinhua)

Former Olympic diver Tian Liang has joined the cast of Andrew Lau’s love story Beautiful Life

Beautiful Life stars Shu Qi, Liu Ye (file photo) (HunanTV)

CRI: Tsui Hark’s 3-D Animation “Animen” to Hit Cinemas on Children’s Day(Sina)

Opening in China, Europe and US simultaneously

Rumor Mill:  Previously, Edko announced that Tsui Hark would remake a 3D version of New Dragon Inn. No cast has been announced yet. Earlier rumors has Gui Lun-Mei and Ethan Ruan as Tsui Hark’s favorite candidates. A current rumor from an ‘insider’ on the micro-blogosphere has Jet Li, Li Yuchun and Zhou Xun in the new love triangle with filming to begin in September. (HunanTV)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop - Mother’s Day

Huang Yi and her cat

Practicing her piano (Photos from micro-blog)

CRI: Gigi Leung Breaks up with French BoyfriendChannel NewsAsia

Gigi Leung breaks up with French boyfriend of four years

December 24, 2009

December 24, 2009


Hot Summer Days Poster (HunanTV)

(J)Aaay!

CRI: Treasure Hunters Jay and Chi-Ling in HK HD Slide show (13) (Sina)

Lin Chi-ling On Her Guards Against Men Yet Worries of Not Being Loved

NYTimes: Reimagining a Pivotal Year in China

Big, star-studded ensemble casts with their many egos are notoriously difficult to handle, and for Teddy Chen, the director of the Chinese blockbuster “Bodyguards and Assassins,” it was no different.

CCTV: “Bodyguards and Assassins” sweeps big screen

Cast members promote movie “Bodyguards and Assassins”

Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Fan Bingbing

Taipei (Sina)

Lee Lik-Chi, Zhang Jingchu, Huang Xiaoming

(HunanTV)

Flirting Scholar cast send Christmas greetings, HD slide show (7)(Sina)

Top 10 movies of this holiday season in China

CRI: Ink-splashed ‘Zhang Ziyi’ in Trouble ?

CRI: Comedian Zhao Benshan to Create Pop Band

Have a Merry Christmas! (Xinhua)

October 5, 2009

October 5, 2009

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Gong Mi

Gong Mi, the shan zhai Cecilia Cheung, was hurt badly while filming a TV series at Hengdian Studios. The actress was struck by a camera crane while suspended in the air by wires. Gong Mi was still conscious but taken to the hospital for injuries to her chest and abdomen. (Sina.com)

NY Times: China Looks to Create Its Own Media Empires

CRI: Comedian Zhao Benshan Looks Well after Surgery

CRI: Comedian Zhao in Stable Condition (Oct.1)

Exec: China’s anniversary film set to break record

BBC: Communist China’s founding lauded in film

The cult of Mao may be dead, but celebrity power is helping the Great Helmsman receive a Hollywood-style makeover.

WSJ: Sixty Years of Propaganda

What ‘The Founding of a Republic’ says about China today.

Impressive film of Mao and the Chinese Revolution

The Founding of a Republic is a propaganda film but not one that you would expect. It takes an almost documentary approach to the Chinese Civil War and the formation of the Republic and there is a sense of honesty about it.

THR: China marks 60th anniversary on TV

Variety: China celebrates 60 years of communism

LA Times: With tanks, troops and kitsch, China celebrates 60 years of communist rule and its new power

September 30, 2009

September 30, 2009

Aaron Kwok rehearses for National Day show

How does he do that?

(Xinhuanet.com) (Sina.com)

Vivian Chow

New advert photos

(Xinhuanet.com)

Tony Leung

Almost ready to begin shooting WKW’s First Generation Master (Xinhuanet.com)

At an appeance for The Founding of a Republic in Shaanxi, Director Huang Jianxin saidthat the first cut was 3 hours and 27 minutes long but he had to edit it down to 2 hours. The original film is long enough for a 4 episode TV movie version and he is now in discussions with TV stations. (Sina.com)

Astro Boy with the man behind his voice, Aaron Kwok

Aaron and movie son (Sina.com)

China claims ‘Astro Boy’

“Astro Boy,” a big budget cartoon from Hong Kong- and L.A.-based Imagi International, will escape China’s film import quotas and be considered a local picture on the Chinese mainland.


Meanwhile, Lynn Xiong is modeling and filming Ip Man 2 in Shanghai. [Aaron was recently photographed with Mango Wong in Beijing.]  (Sina.com)

After receiving a surprise gift from an anonymous man at a charitable banquet, Chinese actress Zhou Xun has admitted the man was her new boyfriend.

Zhao Benshan

Zhao Benshan had a stroke Wednesday and is now being treated in Shanghai.

Zhang Ziyi - August

Zhang Ziyi sent a video message to Tsai Ming-Liang on the eve of his Taiwan premiere of Face. She congratulated him on his success and expressed hope to collaborate in the future. In the message, Zhang said that movies are a high art form that combines literature, drama and music and other arts which is not easy to do but Tsai was able to do so. At the Cannes Film Festival premiere, Zhang Ziyi said that not only did Face have avant-garde artistic value but should also be appreciated. Therefore, she did not hesitate to vote for Face. (Sina.com)

Screen Daily: Golden Horse fest to open with Warrior and Tears

Starring Tsai Chen-nan, Enno Cheng, Serena Fang and Tsai Jian-wei, Tears is a story about an old detective who takes on the case of a girl who dies of a drugs overdose, and accidentally reveals a hidden crime he committed years ago.

THR: Bey Logan to produce ‘Blood Bond’

Bey Logan has set “The Blood Bond” as the first movie to flow from his new production company following his imminent exit as the Weinstein Company’s Hong Kong-based vice president. The picture is a stylized Asian actioner to be shot in English…The picture co-stars American stage actress Phoenix Chou and also features Chinese model and Taekwondo ace Zhang Lan-xin and veteran Hong Kong actor Simon Yam. Production begins Oct. 15 in China…

The Chinese-language romantic comedy “Hot Summer Days” will be a co-production between Fox International Productions, China’s Huayi Brothers Media Corp. and satellite TV operator Star Television Asia Ltd., Fox and Star said in a joint statement late Tuesday. Fox and Star are both units of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

March 17, 2009

March 17, 2009

Zhang Jingchu
“Red River” Takes Transnational Love Story to Screen


Red River opens April 10


Daniel Wu - Shinjuku Incident
Daniel Wu - Shinjuku Incident


Daniel Wu

Wong Jing’s Forbidden City Cop: Spirit Dog

Barbie Hsu/ Da S

Mainland Actors to Be Allowed in Taiwan TV Series

‘Pandemic’ cuts plague Japanese film
Korean importer changed ending without producer’s OK

 

Zhang Yimou Launches Live Show on Tropical Island


Thirst

Trailer for Thirst with Park Chan-wook

Thirst


Jang Ja Yun/Jang Ja-Yeon

Conspiracy Deepens On Late Jang Ja Yun’s Suicide
Other suicides may be investigated

Times Square Has a ‘Red Cliff’

Zhao Benshan’s Spring Festival skit controversy continues


103 Famous Faces in One Painting

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