Thursday, December 31, 2009

12.31.2009 - News

THR: Storm Warriors review
Bottom Line: A martial arts fantasy with advanced 3D effects and two-dimensional characters.

Betty Sun Li in Jeff Lau's Once Upon A Chinese Classic

Ronald Cheng (right) (Sina)

This Chinese so-called blockbuster easily wears the crown as the worst film of the year, with its cheap sets and amateurish action sequences and visual effects that rip off Western treasure-hunt flicks.

We cannot help but be cautious that China's film industry is repeating what destroyed Hong Kong's film industry in the late 1990s: blind investment, neglect of film quality and the quest for cash and competition. Hong Kong director and producer Tung-Shing Yee sighed at the premiere of Overheard, stating that the Hong Kong film industry was officially dead. Chinese filmmakers need to be on guard so that we too are not mourning the death of the Chinese film industry in a few years time.

Worst 10 Chinese films of 2009
1. Wind Warriors (feng yun 2)
2. Gasp (qi chuan xu xu)
3. Looking for Jackie (xun zhao cheng long)
4. On His Majesty's Secret Service (da nei mi tan ling ling gou)
5. My Fair Gentleman (yao tiao shen shi)
6. Radish Warrior (jue jiang de luo bo)
7. Copycat (dao ban mao)
8. Mulan (hua mu lan)
9. The Warrior and the Wolf (lang zai ji)
10. Wheat (mai tian)

Best 10 Chinese films of 2009
1. The Message (feng sheng)
2. Weaving Girl (fang zhi gu niang)
3. Sophie's Revenge (fei chang wan mei)
4. Bodyguards and Assassins (shi yue wei cheng)
5. Overheard (qie ting feng yun)
6. Red River (hong he)
7. The Founding of a Republic (jian guo da ye)
8. Cow (dou niu)
9. A Simple Noodle Story (san qiang pai an jing qi)
10. Gao Xing (gao xing)

Top 10 movies 2009
(A different list)

49-year old Cherie Chong was said to have walked out of her sadness of losing of her husband and is planning to marry a Singaporean businessman next year. However, Cherie personally denies to this issue with her best friend Sylvia Chang exclaiming that it's all a misunderstanding.

With the appearance of Mr L, her friends noted that her gloomy days are over. She has a smile across her face more regularly. However, being in love did not make her conscious of her weight and reporters claimed that she seemed at least 60kg.

Sammi Cheng and guest Gigi Leung share a kiss on stage

Sammi, Gigi

Sammi, Jacky Cheung

CRI: Edison Chen: Why Am I The Bad Guy?
Edison Chen accepted an interview with "GQ" magazine and mentioned about the sex scandal again.

Zhou Xun
Zhou Xun is on featured on the cover of France's Le Point (Viewpoint) which focuses 80 pages on China's rise as the new Asian power. Le Point is similar to the US Newsweek. (Sina)

Take a look at China's notable stars dressed in gorgeously vying Cheongsams and see who looks the best.

Anita Mui's brother mourned his sister's passing yesterday on the 6th anniversary of the singer's death. (Sina)

(Elsewhere James Cameron has been accused of plagiarizing from Miyazaki's Castle in the Sky and Totoro.)


Glenn, kenixfan said...

You know, as bad and boring as Treasure Hunter was, it was still better than Storm Riders 2.

Just my humble opinion.

Have a happy new year!

I'll be here in the magical HK for 5 more days!

Anonymous said...

While I haven't seen the others on the 10 worst list, I must object to the placement of On His Majesty’s Secret Service. For what it was -- a Wong Jing comedy -- it was pretty darn near perfect, IMO.

Happy New Year! And thanks for all the news in 2009!

dleedlee said...

Happy New Year, everyone!

I need to pick up Majesty one of these days. Wong Jing's name doesn't scare me away! He's like a flame to this moth. :)