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August 28, 2013

The Palace (Variety review)

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The Palace

August 28, 2013
This local hit is an exquisitely wrought but moralistic Cinderella story set during China’s Qing Dynasty.

Maggie Lee
Richly cinematic and more tasteful than the average mainland Chinese period costumer,”The Palace” is as exquisitely wrought as a cloisonne vase, but beneath the surface craftsmanship lies a timeworn Cinderella story entrenched in conservative attitudes toward women. Reliably helmed by Pan Anzi and floridly plotted by hit-making TV producer-scribe Yu Zheng, the Qing dynasty-set romance between a palace maid and a prince oscillates between drippy puppy love and bodice-ripping amour fou. The pic has swiftly conquered its targeted adolescent market at home, but audiences outside Chinese-speaking territories may find the package too formulaic.

“The Palace” has collected more than $7.5 million in its first week of domestic release, having been marketed as the offshoot of Yu’s top-rated TV dramas “Palace: The Locked Heart Jade” (2011) and “Palace: The Locked Beaded Curtain” (2012). As the film’s producer, Yu has marshaled a first-rate Hong Kong crew that handles the technical aspects with flair, while visual effects supervised by Rhythm & Hues’ Josh Cole (“Red Cliff,” “Night at the Museum 2″) add an air of fairy-tale enchantment.

Yet despite Yu’s reputation as an expert on Qing Dynasty court sagas, his screenplay interweaves romance, eroticism and royal intrigue without generating much suspense or surprise. By discarding the time-travel elements that made the original TV series playful and refreshing, the material becomes all the more generic in its re-creation of an archaic world where women lie, steal and beg to win men’s fickle favors.

The film is most gripping in its first act, which depicts a tough rite of passage for Chenxiang (Zhang Zifeng), daughter of a minor Manchurian official. At 13, she is recruited to serve as a palace maid at the court of Emperor Kangxi (Winston Chao, “The Wedding Banquet”). Out of scores of hopefuls, she is hand-picked by the chief eunuch (Dickie Cheung), not for her looks, but for her ability to withstand pain — a quality that comes in handy in her later career. Chenxiang is bullied the moment she enters the dorm, but fortunately, the prettier, craftier Liuli (Jiang Yiyi) comes to her aid and becomes her bosom friend. A few brief but chilling scenes describing the fates of over-ambitious palace maids and out-of-favor concubines suggest the cutthroat nature of this imperial harem.

Seven years later, the girls have bloomed into nubile maidens on the lookout for any chance to catch a prince’s roving eye. Liuli (now played by Zhao Liying) sweet-talks Chenxiang (Zhou Dongyu, “Under the Hawthorn Tree”) into joining her on the night shift. While Liuli is busy waylaying Prince Yintang (Zhu Zixiao) and literally thrusting herself upon him, Chenxiang stumbles into a sequestered garden just as Prince Yinxiang (Chen Xiao) saunters in. Chenxiang’s gift for summoning butterflies sets his heart aflutter, as it reminds him of his late mother, Concubine Min (Eva Huang).

Smitten with Chenxiang after their hasty encounter, Yinxiang enlists Concubine De (Vivian Hsu, “The Pillow Book”) to be his matchmaker, but there’s a minor glitch: He doesn’t know what she looks like, as she was wearing a scarf over her face. Cinderella had it easy compared with Chenxiang, who has to jump through so many hoops before Yinxiang recognizes her that it soon becomes exasperating to watch. While Yinxiang’s effusive desire to please his dream girl feels like the stuff of teen fantasy, what’s even harder to swallow is how Chenxiang silently suffers and makes ridiculous sacrifices; her innocence and docility are contrasted with Liuli’s powerful libido and conniving behavior in an old-fashioned virgin/whore dichotomy.

Zhou holds the screen very well, turning an initially daft personality into an angsty but stoical heroine. TV thesps Chen, Zhao and Zhu acquit themselves adequately, but none of them attempt to bring any additional layers to their stock characters . By contrast, established thesps like Chao and Hsu exude an air of respectability in memorable supporting roles.

Production values are exceptionally high, notable in the magnificent mise-en-scene with its hints of danger and mystique, as the thesps, costumed in exquisitely embroidered finery by Bobo Ng, tiptoe around luxuriant chambers designed by Lau Sai-wan. Tsou Lin-yau’s luminous lensing has a velvety texture, while scene transitions are silky-smooth under Cheung Ka-fai precise cutting. Composer Peter Kam eschews his usual thundering beats for a sweet, tuneful score.

Reviewed online, Seoul, Aug. 15, 2013. Running time: 114 MIN. Original title: “Gong suo Chenxiang”

Production
(China) A Wanda Media Co., Cathay Media release of a Wanda Media Co., Hunan Broadcasting System, EE Media, Yuzheng (Shanghai) Film & TV Studio presentation of a Wanda Media Co. production in association with China Film Co., SFC Film Distribution Co., Zhujiang Film Group, EE Media, Like-minded Movie and TV Culture Co. (International sales: Wanda Media Co., Beijing.) Produced by Du Yang, Ye Ning, Lv Huanbin, Zhang Huali, Yu Zheng. Executive producers, Zhao Fang, Yu Zheng. Co-producers, Liu Xiangqun, Pu Shulin, Sun Huaiqing. Co-executive producers, Li Lei, Yang Le.

Crew
Directed by Pan Anzi. Screenplay, Yu Zheng. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Tsou Lin-yau; editor, Cheung Ka-fai; music, Peter Kam; production designer, Lau Sai-wan; costume designer, Bobo Ng; sound (Dolby Digital), Wu Jiang, Zhao Yong; re-recording mixer, Zhao Yong; visual effects supervisor, Josh Cole; visual effects, Phenom Films; action director, Guo Yong; line producer, Peggy Lee Kam-man; associate producers, Zhang Yong, Long Danni, He Jin, Yang Le; assistant director, Lanbo Cheuk.

With
Zhou Dongyu, Chen Xiao, Zhao Liying, Zhu Zixiao, Lu Yi, Bao Beier, Eva Huang, Winston Chao, Vivian Hsu, Zhang Zifeng, Jiang Yiyi, Dickie Cheung, Kingdom Yuen, Lam Tze-chung. (Mandarin dialogue)
Variety

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.

June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Guns and Roses review

Busy but uneven heist movie by Ning Hao, set in ’30s Manchuria under the Japanese.

Variety: China pic’s Square root

Directors, writers, venture capitalists and sundry celebs gathered in an Imax theater in a Wanda cineplex in downtown Beijing recently for the launch of a 3D pic about Cui Jian, China’s most popular and controversial rock star.

CF: Zhou Dongyu Shoot Elle Magazine’s Short Film

“Mou Girl” Zhou Dongyu recently shot a short film produced by Elle Magazine. Alexi Tan directed produced the film [Stéphane Sednaoui directed]. It will be screened on June 16.

Zhou Dongyu

(Sina)23

CRI: Jiang Wen Seeks U.S. Partner for ‘Bullets’ Sequel

CF: ”Million-Dollar Crocodile” Premieres in Beijing

The film tells the story of an eight-meter-long crocodile on the rampage in Beijing.

(Sina)

Poster for Herman Yau’s “Nightmare”, opening July 6 in the mainland

Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan with director Herman Yan in Beijing

Herman Yau rocking his Van Halen t-shirt (Sina)23

Taiwan version of “Painted Skin 2″ poster

Zhou Xun transforms into a fox spirit

Simon Yam attended  the Taiwan premiere of  ”Design of Death” which opened the 4th Taiwan-China Cross-Strait Film Festival.

Simon shows off his shoes (Sina)

Miriam Yeung has delivered a 7 pound baby according to Hong Kong media. Husband Real Ting announced the news via his microblog. No news on the whether the baby is a boy or girl. (Sina)

Chapman To has just about fully recovered from Miller-Fisher Syndrome and is expected to return to work in July on a new movie. Kristal Tin thanked Sandra Ng for referring them to a doctor and, today, the couple is planning on leaving for the US to celebrate their 7 year wedding anniversary. (Sina)

The songstress’s daughter took to her microblog to complain about the tight reins her mother have over her life

MSN: Aaron Kwok pays Lynn Hung’s father’s medical bills

MSN: No baby shower for Andy Lau’s firstborn

The low-profile superstar holds a strict control over the list of family and friends who are keen to visit his newborn

MSN: The mastermind behind Zhang Ziyi’s scandal is Fan Bingbing?

On May 31, renowned movie critic, Bi Cheng-gong revealed on his microblog that Bingbing was the one behind the 33-year-old’s scandal. He claimed that the actress “is addicted to throwing her weight around and is infamous in the scene for this.”

How I Landed In The Middle Of China’s Crazy New Rumor

SGYahoo: Nicholas Tse’s new girlfriend?

CNA: Maggie Cheung “currently single”, German beau now “good friend”(A1)

October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: The Butcher’s Wife review

“The Butcher’s Wife” is a respectable but dramatically unrewarding debut for writer-director Gao Xiongjie, a veteran teacher of film and television arts at China’s Central Academy of Drama. This story of a simple country man chasing his ambitious runaway wife to the city goes for low-key realism but is little more than a cautionary melodrama. Mixture makes for a dreary small-scale tragedy with one-note characters whose mismatched marriage is hard to root for.

TimeOutHK: Life Without Principle review

With three major story threads and nary a ‘plot’ in sight, Life Without Principle witnesses a veteran filmmaking team brilliantly capturing the zeitgeist and seriously failing their screenwriting exam.

CF: Still Shots of the Film “Black & White: Part 1″ Released

Recently, the production company behind the Taiwanese film “Black & White: Part 1″, starring Mark Chao, Ivy Chen, Angelababy and mainland actor Huang Bo, released still shots of the film.

CF: Fearsome Embroidered Shoes

Horror suspense film titled “Blood Stained Shoes” is being promoted at the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Awards, with the production team and cast members taking to the red carpet for its first news conference held as part of the award ceremony, hosted in Hefei, Anhui province, south China, on October 20.

Producer Manfred Wong

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi

Mabel Ye (Ye Xiqi)

Cast - Xing Man-shan, Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi, Mabel Ye, Michael Tong (Sina)2

Directed by up-and-coming Hong Kong director Francis Lam, the movie brings 3D filming technology and the parkour game together for the very first time. The production company hopes to offer an audio-visual feast to moviegoers when it is screened.

Kongfu megastar Jet Li and renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark reunited at Peking University for their upcoming 3D Wuxia blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” yesterday.

“Aftershock” star Xu Fan, and the leading actress of “City Monkey”, Lv Liping have been nominated for the best actress award, each for the third time.

Li Bingbing posed for a new photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine before she left to America for her role in the film franchise “Resident Evil: Retribution.” She shared in the magazine that she can only be conquered by talented man. (Sina-slideshow)

China’s film industry, the world’s third largest in terms of production, has been criticized for its over-commercialization and a lack of cultural depth amid expectations that the fast-growing sector will help enhance the nation’s soft power.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Trailer: Christian Bale Protects Girls From Invading Japanese in 1937 China

The faces of the ‘13 hairpins’ remain a secret (Sina)

The second set of posters for Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” was released. They feature Richie Jen and Gigi Leung.

(Sina)

Barbara Wong and Zhou Dongyu helped present a preview screening of the film in Hefei at the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival.

(Sina)2

(Sina)

Zhao Qianyu sings “Raising eyebrows” in the newly released MV for “The Legendary Amazons”

The singer from Inner Mongolia plays Cecilia Cheung’s daughter in the film.

MSN: Leon Lai and Gaile Lok appear in public hand-in-hand

MSN: Jay Chou smiles and accepts blessings

CNA: Jay Chou’s songs once rejected by Andy Lau, A-mei, says mentor

July 4, 2011

July 4, 2011

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ChinaDaily: The science of martial arts

Veteran Hong Kong director Peter Chan’s latest film aims to demystify martial arts, while also tackling moral dilemmas.

He, too, wanted to give the old genre a new spin, but could not figure out how until 2009 when hesaw a television program, which depicted in detail how a bullet penetrates a person’s skin, flesh,veins and heart.

Reel China: It’s Rough out West for Chinese Films (LATimes)

Films that have been blockbusters in China have failed to find much of a market in the U.S. Zhang Yimou’s $100-million “The Heroes of Nanking,” with Christian Bale and large portion of English dialogue, tries to change that.

…despite its Hollywood-style violence and an actor with international name recognition, “Let the Bullets Fly” hasn’t even managed to find a distributor in the United States.

Interview: Chrissie Chau (TimeOutHK)

Starting out as a toothpaste-dripping lang mo, Chrissie Chau has gone from rom-com sidekick to a leading lady in two years…It would be an injustice to presume Chrissie Chau is a bad actress purely because of her spectacular figure.

FBA: The Detective 2

A notch down overall on the quirky original but with a stronger third act.

Bai Ling reveals dark memories of Chinese army

Actress Bai Ling said she is confronting a dark chapter from her past: sexual abuse she suffered as a teenager at the hands of Chinese army officers.

Filming for the South Korean Oceans-like caper film, working title Thieves, has begun on the Tai Pak Floating Restaurants in Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

Kim Hye-Su, Simon Yam

Jeon Ji-Hyun, Angelica Lee (Sina)

New stills from My Kingdom with Han Geng, Barbie Hsu and Wu Chun

(Sina)

A third TVB film production, following “72 Tenants of Prosperity” and “I Love Hong Kong” wrapped after only 20 days. Produced by Eric Tsang and directed by Chung Shu-Kai, the cast will again include a variety of TVB actors including Fiona Sit, Fala Chen, and Michael Tse. Even with only a 20 day shooting schedule, Eric Tsang promises it will not lack in quality. The two previous films were Lunar New Year films but this one will be released in August to avoid heavy competition. The film (lit. Invincible Gods) is a TVB-Hunan Satellite TV co-production.

Wong Cho-Lam, Lee Sze-Chit, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yee, Louis Yuen

Lee Sze-Chit

Louis Yuen

Fiona Sit

Eric Tsang and Richard Ng (Sina-gallery)

39 year-old Ronald Cheng and girlfriend Yu Sumin have registered to marry. According to law, he must marry within 3 months. Hong Kong media reports that the marriage registry application was dated June 20. (Xinhua)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s eldest son to adopt her surname? (July 4)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung denies receiving divorce papers (July 4)

A1: Nic and Cecilia break their pre-nup (July 3)

MSN: Nicholas Tse signs divorce papers (July 1)

MSN: Zhou Dongyu pulls-strings

The public is currently speculating that teenage actress Zhou Dongyu is about to get into the prestigious Beijing Film Academy not because of her exam scores, but because of her connections

Conflicting reports of exam scores (Sina)2

MSN: Yeoh from Myanmar to Monaco

A1: Maggie Cheung receives degree in Scotland

May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

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Variety: A Beautiful Life review

Despite an excess of melodrama, helmer Andrew Lau reteams with scripter Tang Kit-ming (”Look for a Star”) to deliver a lush tearjerker that aims to do for Beijing what Woody Allen once did for Manhattan.

CF: Li Bingbing in “The Secret Fan”

A batch of still photos was released for the imminent drama, “Snow Flowers and the Secret Fan.

CF: Tang Wei: Despaired Housewife in “Wu Xia”

The production company of the Peter Chan’s “Wu Xia” released new still photos featuring Tang Wei as a village woman.

(Sina)

Concept poster of Zhang Zilin as the Sky Goddess in The Monkey King (Sina)

Zhang Hanyu

Lam Suet, Fu Yong

Lam Suet will be starring in a comedy, working title Island Paradise, produced under China Film Group’s new talent development program. The film will be directed by newcomer Fu Yong. (Sina)

3D version of The Fruit is Swelling from Cash Chin Man-Kei who hopes to land Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang

Gong Li was one of the many celebrities attending a Louis Vuitton event in Beijing at the National Museum of China.

Gong Li

Wang Xueqi

Chen Kun

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s parents-in-law to help save her marriage?

This article includes the prospect of Cecilia going to visit Nicholas on set in Malaysia with their two sons and publicly apologizing. (Xinhua)

CNA: Late Anita Mui’s mother vows to “seek justice on television”

Anita Mui’s mother, Tam Mei-Kam, held a press conference in her hospital ward on Monday, to voice her unhappiness over not getting control of her late daughter’s estate

Anita’s brother and mother (Xinhua)

Baby bump? (Xinhua)

The queen of Cantopop claims that she does not like the idea and thinks that it is “old-fashioned and gross”.

November 8, 2010

November 8, 2010

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Sacrifice poster

Huang Xiaoming (Sina)

CRI: ’Sacrifice’ to Be in Theaters Earlier

Chen Kaige’s history epic, “Sacrifice” will soon come to theaters on December 4, two weeks earlier than its original release date on December 18.

THR: AFM Sees Frenzy of Weekend Deals

Newly-formed distributor China Lion, a partnership between former Village Roadshow CEO Milt Barlow and AMC, North America’s No. 2 exhibitor, bought four films for day-and-date release.

For North America, Australia and New Zealand, Barlow bought What Women Want, the Poly Bona-CJ Entertainment co-production remake of the old Mel Gibson hit by Chen Daming, and, for the same territories, also picked up the March-April release of Bona’s Donnie Yen action film Guan Yun Chang. [Lost Bladesman]

We Distribution sold China Lion Peter Chan’s upcoming comedy Mr. & Mrs. Incredible and Wu Xia for Australia and New Zealand. China Lion also bought the Jackie Chan film 1911 for Australia and New Zealand from the actor’s film company.

CRI: ‘Hawthorn Tree’ Starlet to Play Mao Zedong’s Wife
Zhou Dongyu will portray Mao Zedong’s wife Yang Kaihui in her second film

FBA: Thomas Mao (小東西) (6/10)

Arty but entertaining vignette in which East and West briefly collide as an Odd Couple.

Twins rehearse for Saturday’s Macau concert

Gillian gives Charlene a massage (Xinhua)

Law Kar-Ying, Liza Wang

Law Kar-Ying is recovering from Bell’s Palsy in Canada according to a post on his Weibo. Bell’s Palsy is a paralysis of the facial muscles and 80 percent of patients typically recover in 4-6 weeks.

(Xinhua)

Linda Chung

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting

Wang Yuanyuan

Linda Chung, Jennifer Tse, Wang Yuanyuan model home furnishings. (Xinhua-gallery)

November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

Bruce Lee My Brother posters

(Sina)

THR: Hong Kong Production Funding Emerging from Unlikely Places

For instance, the local charitable organization, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, has pooled its resources to create Merry-go-round, a drama co-directed by indie helmer Mak Yan-yan and Clement Cheng, in celebration of the organization’s 140th anniversary. All the more surprising is the venture into the film industry by the Hong Kong restaurant chain, Tsui Wah Group, which in collaboration with the production company T-Films, is producing two stereoscopic 3D animation features and a live action film [Little Gobi, Flying Hero, Beach Spike]

THR: Hong Kong Filmmakers Eye China’s Larger Audiences

The performance of local productions has indicated the start of a resurgence in Hong Kong cinema amid the larger and irrevocable trend of China-Hong Kong co-productions.

The government-subsidized Hong Kong Film Development Fund has been a reliable backer for local filmmakers interested in alternative storytelling

Directed by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Fan, “Home” - which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work - was nominated Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice. Fan himself is nominated in six of those categories, making him the most nominated individual in the history of Cinema Eye.

CRI: Golden Horse Film Festival Opens with ‘Juliets’(Xinhua-gallery)

Certain content, such as the over-glorification of killing, bloodshed, ghost and spirits, are discouraged and may be edited or deleted.

Painted Skin, the 2008 blockbuster was adapted from the Liaozhai compendium of supernatural tales, and it was more romance than ghost story.

Even so, the regulators made the director delete a gory scene in which the spirit was eating a human heart.

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder is being marketed at the AFM in Los Angeles.

Chen Kun costars with Gigi Leung, Guei Lun-Mei and Jiang Yiyan (Sina)

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu

Cinematographer Zeng Jian, Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, producer Fang Li

The crew of Buddha Mountain celebrated their awards from the Tokyo Film Festival in Beijing. Fan Bingbing flew back from South Korea to participate. She was awarded Best Actress and Li Yu won the prize for Best Artistic Contribution. Fang Li revealed that Fan Bingbing worked on both Buddha Mountain and Lost in Beijing (Best Supporting Actress, Golden Horse and Best Actress, 4th Eurasia Film Festival) for no fee. Fan also donated the $5000 prize money to the cost of the celebration. In addition, Fan Bingbing presented Li Yu with a Mercedes Smart car to show her gratitude for helping her career.

Fan Bingbing’s many passionate kisses with Li Yu raised quite a few eyebrows.

(Sina-gallery)(Sina-slide show), (Xinhua)(Sohu)

Yao Chen, Alexi Tan, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok), Zhu Hong

Shanghai publicity stop for Color Me Love

Zhu Hong

Mo Xiaoqi, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Mo Xiaoqi (Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Rumors are circulating that Cecilia Cheung is pregnant again. This would explain her turning down working with Derek Yee who required Ceci not to get pregnant during the shooting of the film.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Under the Hawthorn Tree’s Zhou Dongyu recently attended a fashion show

(Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: China’s Huangmei Opera Star Wows US Audience

Man boarded flight as senior, exited as 20-year-old

Death of another Foxconn worker

A worker has died in an apparent suicide at a factory in Shenzhen run by Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes goods for Apple, Sony and Nokia. Xinhua news agency says the worker died after falling from a building at Foxconn’s massive plant, which employs an estimated 400,000 people. There have been 10 earlier suicides there this year. Labour activists blame them on harsh working conditions.

October 13, 2010

October 13, 2010

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Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le!

Congratulations to the Chilean miners and their rescuers for a job well done! Hope all continues to go well and the rescue concludes successfully.

FBA: The Old Donkey (老驢頭) China (5/10)

Strikingly shot peasant drama is cramped by slow, arty direction.

THR: The Red Eagle review (Thailand)

Latest film from director of Tears of the Black Tiger

FBA: Double Edge sells western to the West (Treasure Hunter)

“We’re thrilled to the bone that our deal includes a widespread theatrical release in urban USA.”

Simon Yam, Anita Yuen and Peter Ho were among the few famous faces at the opening show.

Chinese film ads dating back to 1917 part of 10-day exhibit

Also receiving the award was Darcy Paquet, founder of Koreanfilm.org and correspondent for Screen International. Paquet founded his website in 1999. Originally from the U.S. state of Massachusetts, he has lived in Korea since 1997.

Directors face hurdles for Asian independent cinema

In Hong Kong, filmmakers are eagerly eyeing the mainland. Derek Tsang, who co-directed the romantic omnibus “Lover’s Discourse” with Jimmy Wan, sees the surrounding province of Guangdong as a huge market where Cantonese is used. “Over there we can have our own Cantonese version screening,” he said. \

Zhou Dongyu

Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou Xiao

The two stars of Under the Hawthorn Tree attended a film discusssion forum meeting with students at Hong Kong’s Baptist University. Besides talking about the film, Zhou Dongyu said that she regretted not being able to visit Disneyland this time due to her heavy publicity schedule. (Sina)

Liu Hua and Guo Tao celebrate at the premiere on Don Quixote (Sina)

Charlene Choi

Charlene Choi promoting her new CD Beauty Remains. Gossip circulating the Hong Kong tabloids is suggesting Charlene’s relationship with William Chan Wai-Ting began while he was still dating AngelaBaby and Charlene was not yet divorced from husband Ronald Cheng. Reportedly, the pair had a secret flat in Hung Hom going back over a year. Angelababy posted a message on her weibo, “Do you really believe they have only been dating three months?” which was later deleted. For her part, Charlene posted yesterday on her weibo that she was very tired, going to bed early and preparing for the next day’s gossip. Today, “Sleep .. tomorrow will be better! Remember the words I said today “

Tabloid photos

Faye Wong - Harper’s Bazaar

(Xinhua-gallery)

The Philippine leadership has been told to show some backbone as Hong Kong’s government declared itself “disappointed” by the response to the killing of eight tourists.

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.

(Sina-gallery)

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.

(Sina)23(NBA)(ESPN)

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.”

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