Friday, April 23, 2010

4.23.2010 - News

Pretty people kicking major ass is a fairly solid formula for success, and in Vietnam it's helped make "Clash" the year's top-grossing film so far. Starring martial-arts idol Johnny Tri Nguyen, this briskly paced actioner is enhanced by debut helmer Le Thanh Son's musicvid stylings, a soapy storyline and some fabulous fighting. Despite a potentially broad aud, however, "Clash" may not be exotic enough for the specialty market, although clever marketing could find it a niche.
Screen Daily: Udine honours Johnnie To, set to open with Sophie's Revenge
Also on opening night – as previously reported – Pang Ho-cheung’s Dream Home will have its world premiere.
Other hot titles for this edition include Hong Kong title Gallants, a new twist on Kung Fu auctioneers of the 1960s and 70s by Derek Kwok and Clement Chang;Woochi a superhero themed action comedy from South Korea’s Choi Dong-hoon...
Chapman To and Wong Cho-Lam pose for posters for The Humane Comedy which is being screened at the Udine Film Fest (Sina)

Karen Mok, appearing in Shanghai for Coach's flagship opening, once again denied having an affair with musican/producer Zhang Yadong, only a professional spark.

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung
Yao Chen (If You Are the One 2)

Li Xiaoran (East Wind, Rain)

Karen Mok, Yao Chen, Li Xiaoran
(Xinhua), (, (Sina)

Jennifer Tse  at a nail art exhibition in Japan

Andrew Lin, Jordan Chan

Sins of Hong Kong sums up Lin’s observations and feelings from living in Hong Kong over the past 10 years. The dark mood and ‘zombie-like’ characters portrayed in his artwork reveal the negative energy accumulated within him through his encounters with people who are immersed in sins and ‘truly the representatives of the walking dead’...(AnD)
"24 Herbs"
Andrew Lin will donate the sale of one his paintings to the family of Wong Fu-Wing, the Hong Kong truck driver and volunteer who sacrificed his life to save three children at an orphanage in Yushu, Qinghai. The exihibition opens on the 10th. ( (alivenotdead)

A few photos Denise Ho posted of herself from the night of the HKFA (AnD)
Denise Ho and Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower

Nicholas Tse, Denise Ho (and Chapman To)

Denise Ho with at17 (Eman Lam and Ellen Loo) and Rebecca Pan

Simon Yam and wife Qi Qi open flagship shop

Wu Zun, Simon Yam, William Chan Wai-Ting

CRI: Jay Chou in Fashion (Photo gallery)
Angelica Lee's first love
Lee sounds like a hopeless romantic but there was actually a time when the actress did not trust men at all, and behaved just like her character Da Jia Yu in "Ice Kachang Puppy Love", a rebellious tomboy whose mother was physically abused by her husband.
Her character's circumstances were a reflection of what life was like when she was growing up.
"In the village where I grew up, there were men who hit their wives and so on. So when I was younger, I was a lot like Da Jia Yu. I feel like I needed to protect myself and put up a strong front even when I was fragile inside," said Lee. "I don't want to be bullied by men."
"That is why I started a relationship so late, because at some level I am very afraid of getting hurt by men.
Quick take: Ice Kacang Puppy Love
THE concept of the star-studded ensemble cast gets transplanted to this region with the debut feature of singer-turned-film-maker A-niu. The cast is a veritable who's who of Malaysia-born pop stars, including Angelica Lee as A-niu's onscreen crush, Fish Leong as a silent admirer and, most memorably, Eric Moo as a blustery ne'er-do-well.
The film lovingly evokes the simple joys of life and is as much an ode to small-town Malaysia as it is to first love.

Global Times: Things you may not know about the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards (gossip)
Kara Hui afraid of Lau Kar-Leung's wife Mary Jean Reimer? Cinema Popular dissolved, Peter Chan and Yu Dong split?
Global Times: Ghost-directors/designers/writers behind Zhang Yimou, drama & divas

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