Thursday, July 22, 2010

7.22.2010 - News

Aftershock, a drama about one of the deadliest earthquakes in history, is due to shake more movie theaters across China than any film in history, opening Thursday on more than 3,500 screens. 
THR: Aftershock (review)
"Aftershock" is ultimately a small family melodrama revolving around perennial themes of love, forgiveness and coming-of-age. Feng ditches his usual sharp-tongued humor and feisty characters to concentrate on stimulating the tear ducts through traditional but polished storytelling technique.
CRI: Film "Aftershock" Opens to Public

Pirated copies of Aftershock have already surfaced on the eve of the national release. One online 100 minute version has appeared with the final 20 minutes missing. 30 minute cellphone videos and CD-ROMs have also appeared in Guangzhou. (Xinhua)

Danwei: Aftershock, filmed like The Banquet or The Day After Tomorrow? Decide!
The Liaoshen Evening News published an investigation into the commercial backing of the film, interviewing its producer on the Tangshan side, Yao Jianguo.
The deputy manager of the big shot New Film Association, Gao Jun, accepted an interview and said that most of the films in China are cutting a loss. This is true for the majority of the 20 films shown in June. For example, Love In Cosmos stopped showing after not making 5 million yuan, Ocean Heaven will hardly make the 8 million yuan it spent on production, and it would be hard for Welcome to Shamatown to make a profit on its 16 million yuan production and 8 million yuan running costs.

Love in Disguise poster

Exclusive interview with Chen Huanzong, the producer of the film "80's Generation". (CRI Review)

Cultural Revolution tale of a scientist and the villagers he tries to help develops into a moving, subtly directed drama.
Single Men and Women - Gao Yuanyuan, Daniel Wu

Daniel Wu proposes to Guan Yuanyuan
CRI: Johnnie To Directs New Romantic Film

As previously announced, Stanley Tong is starting an 'action star training' course in Shanghai. The goal is to develop a new generation of action stars and train them for TV and film. The model is the old TVB artists course that created stars such as Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Andy Lau and others. Tuition will be for 5 months and cost $98,000. Guest lecturers will include Jackie Chan, Gordon Chan, Eric Tsang, Yuen Tak, Won Bin and others. The best students will be offered roles in Tong's two TV and two film productions. Partner Eric Tsang stated the training policy, "Training as short as possible, to work the sooner the better." (Xinhua)

SG: Gaile Lok is pregnant
SG: Faye Wong's three sentences in 10 minutes cost a bomb

Shanghai Youth Daily article wonders whether Faye Wong has misgivings about returning. The article cites 1) the smaller venues - to ensure full house, fear of loss in popularity, 2) longer advance ticket sales period - to gauge sales, 3) no full tour - concerts limited to Beijing and Shanghai, rumors of a tour being cancelled, concerts are to make 'milk money' and  to recoup losses due to bad investments by her husband Li Yapeng, 4) 'concert then retreat' strategy could be marketing ploy to sell tickets. (Xinhua)

SG: Wang Lee Hom accused of being difficult
Ethan Ruan sued by ex-manager
Mark Chao spotted on movie date with Ivy Chen

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