Li Hongqi 's "Han Jia" (Winter Vacation), a coming-of-age story set it small town China, won the Locarno Film Festival's Golden Leopard prize Saturday during a full but drizzly ceremony at the Piazza Grande. It is the second consecutive year that a film from a Chinese director took home the festival's top prize.
Li’s “Winter Vacation” centers on four idle, aimless adolescents who gather at Zhou Zhixin’s home. According to a Locarno description, the teenagers are hoping to enjoy their last day of holiday and want to hang out in this place where nothing ever seems likely to happen. Their conversations are desultory and they sometimes seem to argue for argument’s sake. One of them, Laowu, talks frankly with his girlfriend about how teenage love might affect their studies, while Laobao questions school’s value and relevance to real life. The film also won the FIPRESCI competition, whith fellow Chinese production, “Kamaray” by Xu Xin receiving a special mention. (IndieWire)
Variety: Winter Vacation (Han Jia)
FBA: Lost on Journey (人在囧途) (7/10)
Good chemistry between the two leads makes for an enjoyable, odd-couple road movie.
If you love Hong Kong films and have some spare time, the enjoyable (albeit generic) blend of action, comedy and eye candy in "City Under Siege" will not disappoint.
Raymond Lam Fung
While promoting The Jade and The Pearl with Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi repeated a previously stated desire to take a year off from chasing fame and fortune to regain her health and balance. She said that no doctor's medicine could help her with her past bouts with dizziness, low blood sugar and stomach cramps. (Sina)
Joey Yung signing posters
Raymond Lam and Joey Yung
THR: China turns off entertainment for day of mourning
The scheduled Beijing premiere of Dante Lam's Stool Pigeon was postponed. Sunday, Aug.15, had been declared a national day of mourning for the Zhouqu, Gansu Province landslide disaster victims. (Sina), (FBA)
A celebrity charity auto race in Shanghai for Jet Li's One Foundation was among the events postposed for the national day of mourning.
Lee San San
Gigi Leung observed a moment of silence and called for donations to help landslide victims before holding a CD autograph session at Tai Po MegaMall. The games portion of the meeting was cancelled.
Karen Mok offered up birthday greetings to ex-boyfriend Stephen Fung at a Habitat for Humanity event.
A drunken fan bearing floweres crashed a VIP interview room frightening Gillian Chung who was attending a beer promotion in Malaysia. Security was tightened up around the stage afterwards.
Lucas' trademark mop-top was shaved off for the summer heat
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