Monday, June 21, 2010

6.21.2010 - News

Chinese actress-turned-director Jiang Wenli and her debut film "Lan" won the Best Asian New Talent Film award at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival on Friday.

Director Jung Ki-Hoon was named best director for the mother-daughter movie "Goodbye Mom." The Jury prize went to the Korean film "The Executioner," and "The Pawnshop," from the Philippines, won the Students' Choice award.

FBA: Bruce Lee biopic set to start
Jennifer Tse to play Bruce Lee's girlfriend, Gong Mi, the Cecilia Cheung look-alike is also cast.

FBA: Lan (我們天上見) (6/10)
Assured directing debut is an affecting, semi-autobiographical tale of a lonely teenager.
FBA: Vegetate (我是植物人) (7/10)
Whistle-blower drama, centred on a woman in the pharmaceuticals industry, is sustained by two fine central performances.
FBA: The Double Life (A面B面) (6/10)
This madcap comedy on modern-day "lunacy" marks a partial return to form by director Ning Ying.

FBA: Ocean Heaven tops Shanghai Media Award (June 19)
CCTV Movie Channel Media Awards 2010
Best Film: Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂)
Best Director: ZHANG Jiarui (章家瑞) for Distant Thunder (迷城)
Best Actor: Wen Zhang (文章) for Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂)
Best Actress: Lu Liping (呂麗萍) for City Monkey (玩酷青春)
Best Supporting Actor: Yip Chun (葉准) for The Legend is Born: Ip Man (葉問前傳)
Best Supporting Actress: Li Bin (李濱) for City Monkey (玩酷青春)
Best New Director: XUE Xiaolu (薛曉路) for Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂)
Best New Actor: Guo Xiaoran (郭曉然) for Distant Thunder (迷城)
Best New Actress: Na Zhiye (娜芝葉) for Deep in the Clouds (碧羅雪山)
Jury Prizes: Good Earth (大地), My Beloved China (可愛的中國), A Joyous Story Along the Yellow River (黃河喜事)
Media Award: Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting (80'后)

THR: Italy, China take top awards at SIFF (June 20)
Golden Goblet/Jin Jue Award winners:

Best Feature Film
"Kiss Me Again," directed by Gabriele Muccino, Italy;
Jury Grand Prix
"Deep in the Clouds," directed by Liu Jie, China;
Best Director
Liu Jie for "Deep in the Clouds," China;
Best Actor
Christian Ulmen in "Wedding Fever in Campobello," directed by Neele Leana Vollmar, Germany, Italy;
Best Actress
Vittoria Puccini in "Kiss Me Again," directed by Gabriele Muccino, Italy;
Best Screenplay
Gabriele Muccino for "Kiss Me Again," Italy;
Best Cinematography
Christopher Doyle for "Ondine," Ireland;
Best Music
Giong Lim for "Deep in the Clouds," China.
Christopher Doyle said that his trophy for best photography was the only award that he'd ever received in China. Doyle stated that he couldn't have made Neil Jordan's Ondine without the experience of having made so many Chinese films. On receiving the best director prize, Liu Jie said that it was the first time that he'd come on stage to receive an award in his homeland.

Zhao Wei at the SIFF closing ceremony red carpet
John Woo leads the jury onto the red carpet

Compared to the star-studded opening ceremony, the closing ceremony red carpet stars seem dim. Zhao Wei  was undoubtedly the star of the evening. (Sina), 2

Ruby Lin - Driverless

Wang Luodan

Zhang Yang's press conference for Driverless was peppered with questions about actress Li Xiaoran even though she was absent. Zhang parried the reporters and tried to steer the focus back to the film but ultimately he was unsuccessful. In the end, the photographers settled for an upskirt photo of Wang Luodan. (Xinhua)

In the wake of Li Xiaoran's blog posting that director Yan Po's true attackers had not been arrested, she now writes that director Lu Chuan has received threatening telephone calls. (Xinhua)

I Wish I Knew poster (21cn)

Jia Zhangke - I Wish I Knew

Jia Zhangke held a press conference in Shanghai for his oft-delayed documentary I Wish I Knew to announce a July 2 release. A June 14th conference and screening was planned during the SIFF but abruptly cancelled. He denied that the film had been banned because of controversial remarks by Han Han, a writer and rally car driver, rather a technical issue translating the Shanghai dialect into Chinese and English subtitles caused the delay and misunderstanding. The film will be 10 minutes shorter than the version screened at Cannes. Jia said he hoped to re-edit a TV version later. The film is based on historical recollections of Shanghai from 18 interviews out of an original 80 personal interviews. (Sina), 2, 3, 4

Karen Mok turns 40 ahead of next week's Golden Melody Awards


Huang Xiaoming

Yu Dan, Song Zuying, Huang Xiaoming receiving International Charitable Celebrity Awards.

Tang Wei was lauded for being thrifty by taking home leftovers after late night dining

Tang Wei (June 19)(Xinhua)

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