HKMDB Daily News

September 10, 2010

September 10, 2010

Danwei: Chinese horror films: It was all just a dream

Satisfying horror movies are difficult to come by in China. Film censors on the mainland frown on the supernatural, nor do they look kindly on serial murders.

APA: Sophie’s Creator: an interview with director Eva Jin

The Chinese box office hit Sophie’s Revenge, starring Zhang Ziyi as the romantic comedy lead, was the sophomore directing effort by China-born, American-educated filmmaker/cartoonist Eva Jin.

CRI: ”White Deer Plain” Begins Filming in Beijing

CRI: Gong Li, Andy Lau Star in Valentine’s Day Release, What Women Want

CRI: Director Tsui Hark Visits Students at Beijing Film Academy

THR: Chen Kaige talks ‘Sacrifice’

FBA: Zhao’s Orphan now titled Sacrifice

Don Quixote opens Oct. 15 and features 27 big name stars

Li Jing edition poster

Li Jing

Guo Tao

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)


Schoolgirl killer in Feng Chao’s Adventure Island


Anthony Wong attending the premiere of High School Musical. He said he is afraid of prescription drugs (ecstasy?) and wishes Rosemary well. (Sept.9)

(Sina-slide show)2

Li Bingbing (Xinhua-slide show)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai spotted leaving a Central noodle shop, wondering if anyone will bring him back a t-shirt from Venice. (Sina-gallery)

Josie Ho cleaning bathroom out of concern for health after finding odors

With Amy Wu Mei-Yee

Josie Ho volunteered to clean the backstage bathroom at the theatre in Shanghai where she is performing excerpts from The Purple Hairpin as part of the World Expo. (Sina)

SG: Andy Hui rumoured to be back with old flame

SG: Jackie Chan embroiled in donation scandal

SG: Cosmetic surgeon claims 95% of Korean stars had gone under the knife

June 30, 2010

June 30, 2010

Zhao Wei is reportedly returning to Gordon Chan’s follow up to Painted Skin but Chen Kun is said to have declined to participate. (21cn)

Hong Kong media reports that Jet Li will begin shooting Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s White Snake in August and then in September he will join in Tsui Hark’s New Dragon Inn cast. Polybona is said to be willing to pay Jet who earned no salary for Ocean Paradise a hefty US$12M fee. Zhou Xun, Chen Kun and Guei Lun-Mei have already been attached to the $300M yuan project. Donnie Yen is said to have turned down a role as he was busy and did not want to reprise his role. [And maybe a feud with Jet Li?] (21cn)

CRI: Jet Li Nets $12 Million for New Action Role

CRI: First Poster of ‘Orphan of Zhao’ Released

CRI: Cecilia Cheung, Tony Leung to Star in Chinese Version of ‘The Illusionist’

The film, entitled “Da Moshu Shi” (”Great Magician”), is a story about two childhood sweethearts set during the early part of the twentieth century. Yee had intended to keep the film a secret until it was discovered by the Guangzhou Daily. Information about the film was found on the Web site of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT).

Tony Leung is set to play the role of the intelligent illusionist, while Cheung will play a concubine to a warlord.

SG: Cecilia slims down for her return

Earlier Cecilia had attended actor-director Stephen Chow’s CJ7 2 press conference and the two was reportedly discussing plans for a sequel to King of Comedy.

Zhang Jiabei’s latest film, Midnight Hearbeat or Midnight Pulse, is inspired by classmateTakashi Miike’s horror stylings. The film stars Simon Yam and Francis Ng. Currently in post-production in Japan after completion in February, the supporting cast also includes four rising female stars: Yao Di, Li Nian, Liu Yuxin and Yang Yuyu. A synopsis says the film is about bizarre murders in a hospital ICU. A September release is planned. (Sina)23 [Thanks, to V]

Francis Ng

Simon Yam plays a surgeon (Sina)

Midnight Pulse’s Liu Yuxin

Li Nian (Sina)2

CRI: ‘Aftershock’ Releases IMAX Trailer

Feng also informed the press that pop diva Faye Wong sings the closing music for the film.

Local comedy Welcome to Shamatown made RMB22 million ($3.2 million) at the box office in China over six days after opening on 22 June.

The success of the debut film by Li Weiran confirms the marketability of actor Sun Honglei. Peter Lee’s  romantic comedy My Fair Gentleman (aka Dirt Rich in Shanghai), also starring Sun, was a moderate hit last year grossing $3 million. Shamatown also stars Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling.

Gillian Chung, Alex Fong Lik-Sun promote Fantastic Water Babes (Sina)

Andy Lau heads to studio to begin shooting What Women Want

(lit. I Know A Women’s Heart)

Andy Lau and Hu Jing play husband and wife

Chen Daming directs


Charlene Choi featured in an advert for urban tree planting

Charlene denied reports her contract with Emperor had expired. She said that she is signed until she is 32 years old (2014) (Xinhua)

Angelababy performs facial massage for Biotherm

Angelababy says she feels Japan, Europe, Mainland China and Taiwan (so, anywhere but Hong Kong?) are safe places when quizzed about Fiona Sit’s paparazzi underwear photos. (Sina)

Angelababy meet with fans and showed photos from her new photo album to prove that they are not vulgar.

She will be at Harbour City July 24 to promote the new book. (Sina)

Theresa Fu will take to the shopping malls to promote her photo album since hers is among the books banned from the Book Fair by the TDC. (Sina)

Lynn Xiong/Hung Doi Lam’s manager denied rumors by Ming Pao that hint that she is involved in the Chongqing hotel ‘immoral transactions’ scandal brewing. (Sina)

SG: Eason Chan: David Tao’s album is not good enough

After the [Golden Melody] awards show, the disgruntled Eason was spotted having supper with fellow Hong Kong singer, Karen Mok, who also lost out to A-Mei on the Best Female Singer award.

While Karen tried covering up her disappointment when interviewed, Eason could hardly keep his discontentment to himself.

April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

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Screen Daily: Survey shows Hong Kong support for warnings from ISPs

A survey has found that 82% of Hong Kong internet users would be likely to stop illegal file-sharing after receiving a warning from their internet service providers (ISPs).

Screen Daily: Well Go USA takes North American rights to Ip Man martial arts franchise

CRI: Director Reveals Possibility of ‘Ip Man 3′

Yip told the media that the appearance of a young Bruce Lee at the end of “Ip Man 2″ was foreshadowing for the next edition. But the director also hedged, saying, “Shooting films is like gambling, where you can’t predict the results. You can’t know if there will be a second episode while you were still working on the first one. I put my chips down on ‘Ip Man 2′ and will see how it goes. If I win, I will make ‘Ip Man 3′.”

Andy Lau’s next project is a remake of Mel Gibson’s What Women Want. Costarring Fan Bingbing and directed by Chen Daming, the production is hoping to invite Gong Li and Mel Gibson to appear. Andy will play a divorced single father with a small son. Due to an accident, he is able to overhear women’s wishes. Filming begins next month for a Valentine’s Day release next year. (Xinhua)

Miao Pu

Let the Bullets Fly - Miao Pu (Sina)(CRI)

Ge You and director Chen Kaige - Orphan of Zhao

Fan Bingbing, Chiu Man-Cheuk (Vincent Zhao)

Cast Chen Hong, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Chiu Man-Cheuk, Chen Kaige, Ge You, Wang Xueqi, Zhang Fengyi

Zhao’s Orphan production launched in the film’s primary location in Zhejiang where the ‘Spring and Autumn City’ was built. Security and safety were the foremost concerns after the previous stage collapse calamity in Shanxi. A release date of Dec. 18 is planned putting it head to head with Zhang Yimou’s Hawthorne Love Forever. (Xinhua)2Photos of the 152 acre, 120 million yuan city/set.

Sammi Cheng visits an injured victim in Xining, Qinghai Province (Xinhua)

More photos from Michael Wong’s Macau show, A Legend Reborn


Lisa S. will become Lisa W.

In addition, she revealed a July wedding party in Hong Kong is planned and then, in August, a wedding dinner will be held in Las Vegas so her grandparents can attend.


April 20, 2010

April 20, 2010

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Screen Daily: Hong Kong’s Celestial signs two-picture deal with Teddy Chen

Celestial Pictures has kick-started its move back into production by signing a deal with filmmaker Teddy Chen (Bodyguards And Assassins) who will direct and produce two features films for the Hong Kong studio.

Celestial also announced that it has picked up worldwide rights outside China to Sum-Wood’s upcoming movie The Enchanter, to be directed by Derek Kwok (The Pye-Dog,The Moss). The film tells the story of con artist whose life changes when he meets a pathological gambler and his 20-year-old intellectually disabled son.

Poster for Clara Law’s Like a Dream

Daniel Wu showed his wedding ring at the Beijing Student Film Festival where Like a Dream premiered (21cn)

Talking to reporters, Peter Chan “This year in July, I want to start a martial arts film. I want to make it to be very logical and the martial arts, every fist, every foot is authentic, not the kind with flying. In addition, the end of this year, I will shoot an art film art film ‘Waiting’ [This would be his film ten years in planning based on the novel by Ha Jin, originally with Chow Yun-Fat attached and then later Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro.] Chan also said, “In addition, I may also work with Tang Wei in a movie, I do appreciate her.”  (Sina)

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk)

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) is the latest to join the cast of Chen Kaige’s Zhao’s Orphan. He will play the father of the orphan, Fan Bingbing’s husband. The cast now includes Ge You, Huang Xiaoming, Zhang Fengyi and Wang Xueqi. HK action director Gu Hin-Chiu  (CJ7, 14 Blades) has also been engaged. (Xinhua)

Simon Yam at the airport

Takes picture with fans (Sina)

Teddy Chen, Peter Chan, Andrew Lau

Oriental Daily reports that Teddy Chen suffered from depression while filming Bodyguards and Assassins. This led to Andrew Lau stepping in as ‘guest’ director. Hence, the many ‘thanks’ to Lau during many of the HKFA winners’ acceptance speeches. (Sina)

Simon Yam, Nicholas Tse

Aarif Lee, Sandra Ng, Peter Chan, John Shum

Aarif Lee, Lowell Lo, Alex Law, Mabel Cheung, Evelyn Choi, Sandra Ng, Simon Yam

(Echoes of the Rainbow) (Sina)

Simon Yam consoles Sandra Ng on not winning Best Actress award (Sina)

No baby for Vivian Chow?

Hong Kong media reports that despite her marriage last year, she refuses to have a baby. Besides returning to film in Ann Hui’s All About Love, she intends to also return to music according to these reports. (Xinhua)

Big Sister Joey Yung and Twins

Twins thank Joey Yung

Last concert?

Twins, Mani Fok

Rumor of Twins break up persist, according to Ming Pao. Thus, the three show concert could be their last together for the near future despite invitations to tour Canada, Singapore and Malaysia. Gillian thanked Joey Yung for stepping in to replace the Twins concert schedule when Sexy Photo Gate broke out two years ago. Charlene also got emotional and called Joey a true friend.


Edison Chen

Cheer Chen

Sam Lee

A new series of photo adverts for a clothing brand (Xinhua)

March 15, 2010

March 15, 2010

NYTimes: Ghost Town (Documentary)

Fleshing Out Life in Remote China

2010 retrospective of Xie Jin’s movies

Xie Jin is an extremely popular director among the older generation of Chinese, with six of his films being voted Best Picture in the Hundred Flowers Awards. Xie Jin was always vigorous on set. He tirelessly kept on creating new films until his death in October 2008.

Zhao’s Orphan meant to be modern film: Chinese director Chen Kaige

CRI: Journalists Injured at Launch Ceremony of “Zhao’s Orphan”

The ceremony was held in a small town in Shanxi Province on Saturday afternoon. With the movie’s star-studded cast in attendance, it attracted hundreds of reporters from all over the country and a local audience of thousands.

Newcomer Jing Tian (Sina)

Jing Tian

CRI: New Face to Star in ‘Warring States’

Director Jin Chen told the “Straits News” that “casting a new face could avoid aesthetic fatigue.”

Jing Tian’s acting credits include the lead role in a stage rendition of Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution”.

Beauty on Duty - Charlene Choi

Sandra Ng

William Chan Wai-Ting and Charlene Choi promote Beauty on Duty (Xinhua)

Moving echoes of a past era

Little Wing Lee Street was plucked from relative obscurity and became a movie star in its own right.

TVB executive Virginia Lok Yi-ling yesterday admitted she has been asked by the ICAC to assist the probe.

Actress Tavia Yeung Yee and former Miss Hong Kong Shirley Yeung were also questioned by the ICAC over the weekend.

It was learnt that artistes who attended the Jade Singers Celebrate TVB Anniversary 2009 were only paid a symbolic sum ranging from HK$100 (S$18) to a few hundred dollars while the production company collected a large sum of money,Sing Tao Daily reported.

Sources told the daily that ICAC was also focusing its investigations on major functions of TVB including its anniversary celebrations and Miss Macau pageant.

Meanwhile, TVB has also withdrawn the plan to air its drama series ICAC Investigators 2007, scheduled for March 18, to avoid embarrassment.

Jean Todt, Michelle Yeoh attending Bahrain Grand Prix

Michael Schumacher

Zhao Wei in Singapore

Brammo’s first product is the Enertia, a 100% fully-electric motorcycle built in Ashland, Oregon. It has been put on the market at select Best Buy stores since August 2009. The Enertia, priced in the United States at $7995, has a top speed of over 60 miles per hour (95 km/h), a range of 42 miles (68 kilometers) and a charging time of about 4 hours.

March 2, 2010

March 2, 2010

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Fan Bingbing will step in to replace Song Hye-Kyo in Chen Kaige’s Zhao’s Orphan(Xinhua)

Despite claims of a normal cast shuffle, the incident led to a row over the recent statement by Song Hye-kyo’s agent company denying that the star had ever received any invitation from the film’s production crew or even met Director Chen in person. The statement also warned South Korea’s domestic media to be cautious with the publicity stunt tactics of China’s showbiz.

Charlene Choi

Beauty on Duty, Beijing promotion

The Wong Jing film opens Apr.1

Sandra Ng, Charlene, Xie Na, Lu Yi

Xie Na, Lu Yi


Huang Yi

CRI: Stills of Huang Yi’s New Film

Director Ning Haiqiang’s military action film “Jian Shi Chu Ji” (J-10’s Sortie) will meet the public soon. A series of stage photos have been released on Tuesday.

Wing Shya’s quest for perfection

The 46-year-old has worked as a graphic designer and art director, creating hundreds of album covers, including one featuring a tastefully naked Karen Mok stretched on a black leather couch in 1996.

But was his work for Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai that he speaks proudly of. In 1997, Wong asked him to be one of three photographers on the set of the movie, Happy Together (1997). Shya came up with cool stills in yellow, green and blue hues for the story of a pair of gay lovers.
On further collaborations, director Wong’s instructions to him were as cryptic as the script-less treatment his actors get.
For In The Mood For Love (2000), his brief to Shya was only one word: red.

CRI: Zhang Jingchu’s Vacation in the Philippines

Rosamund Kwan

Ray Lui and wife

Donnie Yen and wife

Celebrities including Nancy Sit visited a seniors nursing home and handed out laisee (Xinhua)

Shu Qi, March GQ


February 28, 2010

February 28, 2010

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What will happen in Hong Kong’s entertainment scene this year?

More problems for Chen Kaige’s Zhao’s Orphan. Lead actress Song Hye-Kyo will not be starring in the film as previously announced. Prior to the announcement, Song Hye-Kyo denied participation in the film. It turns out her performance fee was never agreed to. This leaves Chen in a bit of an embarrassing predicament. (Xinhua)

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen is revealed to be in the cast of Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. He plays a butcher and later Jeon Ji-Hyun’s husband. (Xinhua)

Book Features Korean Film Renaissance

“South Korean Film Renaissance: Local Hit Makers, Global Provocateurs” written by Choi Jin-hee in English probes how the Korean film industry turned an economic crisis into a cinematic renaissance through globalization based on historical reviews of the industry.

Josephine Siao Fong Fong most trusted Hong Kong celebrity

In a survey commissioned by Ming Pao last October, Josephine Siao was ranked #1 as the most trusted celebrity out of 80 candidates. Chinese University of Hong Kong Vice Chancellor Joseph Sung came in second. Siao is the founder and president of the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation. Chief Executive Donald Tsang was fourth from the bottom and Jackie Chan placed last. Rating was based on trust and credibility. A professor of Applied Social Sciences said that the results showed that Hong Kong people have a high degree of trust for those who serve the community. Firefighters as a profession topped the list while fortune tellers ranked last. (Sina) (bbc)

Happy Birthday to AngelaBaby who turns 21 (Feb.28)

Looking forward to going to Las Vegas casinos, she was turned away when she was 18.

Celebrating the ‘A-Z’ Chocolate Art Fair’

(Sina) (Xinhua)

Nic Tse endorsing sunglasses in Shanghai

Nic with two models (Xinhua)

Oops, Coco Lee and Lynn Xiong appeared at the Africa themed Hong Kong Cancer Foundation Charity Ball wearing the same dress.

(Xinhua) (Sina)

Twins attend Emperor reception and dinner at Macau’s The Venetian

Gillian Chung

Charlene Choi

Nic Tse

Joey Yung (Xinhua)

Hong Kong Football Association held a ‘Wan Chi-Keung Memorial Cup’ match in front of a crowd of 3000. A memorial service is planned for Mar.9 at Hong Kong Stadium.

Aaron Kwok

Nat Chan

Lee San-San (Sina)

February 25, 2010

February 25, 2010

Fire of Conscience formerly Fire Dragon - Richie Ren

Leon Lai


Gillian Chung

Ronald Cheng

Once Upon a Chinese Classic

CRI: Gillian Chung Returns to Big Screen (Xinhua)

CRI: Nicholas Tse Practicing Hard on “Shaolin” Set

Tse is also working hard on his image in the film, hoping to create a brand new character completely unique from his previous works.

Tony Leung’s surgery disrupts filming for The Grand Master

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s screen time in the film will also be greatly reduced. The 31-year-old was recently embroiled in a donation fund scandal for not giving the full amount of one million yuan she promised to remit to the Sichuan earthquake.

And that is not the end of the development hell for the film project. The crew was not given the green light to shoot in Foshan, China, and had no choice but to relocate to Shenyang. As filming conditions in Shenyang were undesirable, the schedule got further pushed back.

Tony Leung’s surgery causes further delays in ‘Grand Master’

In 2004, Leung, who plays Ip Man, was slated to begin martial arts training for his role in the film. However, Leung suffered a ski injury and had to rest for six months, causing filming for “The Grand Master” to be pushed back.

THR: Hong Kong cinema gets HKIFF spotlight (AP)

“Hong Kong Auteur, Lung Kong” at HK Film Archive

A visionary and an exceptional director of Hong Kong cinema, Patrick Lung Kong was ahead of his time in farsighted portrayals of neglected issues and bold confrontations of sensitive social topics. He left an indelible imprint as one of the most original and uncompromising auteurs of the 1960s and 70s. His unique approach to filmmaking might have been met with mixed reactions but his influence is long-lasting.

Chen Kaige’s Zhao’s Orphan set to begin filming at the end of March has been delayed due to delay in constructing the set. This puts the target for next year’s Lunar New Year in jeopardy. (Sina)

Wang Xiaoshuai, Gao Yuanyuan, Fan Bingbing (Sina)

CRI: Chinese Filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai Receives French Knighthood

Joey Yung, Charlene Choi

Charlene Choi

Joey Yung

Raymond Lam

Emerald Pearl/Jade Pearl has been shooting in the forest in the cold, rain and snow. (Xinhua)

February 5, 2010

February 5, 2010

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Avatar Fever, Catch It Series (China Hush)

With a stellar cast and entertaining storyline that weaves together action and drama, the film should do well with younger audience members who like to view the underworld through rose-tinted glasses.

A romance as pretty and immaterial as a swirl of bubbles.

A love story between an elderly couple that is tender without being schmaltzy.

Limited US release begins this Friday

On the popular movie site, it scored a 3.8 out of 10 in user-submitted reviews, compared to 9.4 for Avatar. The Global Times gave it a 4 out of 10, calling it “thoughtless and mind-numbing.”…

Han Han, one of China’s most popular writers who is widely viewed as a key voice of the country’s youth generation, gave it a two on his popular blog, calling it an entertainment, educational, and business failure.

HK Magazine: Confucius

Sze Nga (Michelle Wai)

Former - Sze Nga, Chapman To

Chapman To convinced Albert Yeung to produce small films like Former designed to bring new acting and directing talent to the screen. The artists are given creative space with no interference from Yeung. (Sina)

Huang Yi - Legend is Born - Ip Man

Bernice Liu

Sire Ma Choi

Xu Jiao

Rose Chan, Bernice Liu

The cast of The Legend is Born - Ip Man (Ip Man Prequel), including Lam Suet, Yuen Biao and Du Yuhang, gathered for a production wrap banquet in Hong Kong last night. (Xinhua) (23)(Sina)

Chen Kaige - Zhao’s Orphan

Chen Kaige held the first press conference for Zhao’s Orphan. He said that the film will promote Tibetan culture. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi embroiled in donation scandal

Wedding bells for Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang this Saturday

Aaron Kwok once gave Lynn Hung lingerie

Glass CDs, Panda Men and Golden Brooms

Spring Festival means 2.5 billion people on the move In photos (China Hush)

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