Thursday, March 17, 2011

3.17.2011 - News

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let's, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)
Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)
MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief

WSJ:  A Slice of Hong Kong Life
Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan’s new film features a large ensemble cast, all the action takes place aboard a bus, and it runs just 13 minutes.

Lu Chuan quietly started production on his new film, historical drama The Last Supper, on Wednesday 9 March on the outskirts of Beijing. The film's international title was only decided today. (vide. King's Feast)
Poster for The Last Supper (Sina)

Fortissimo Films will begin international sales next week at FilMart of all 13 feature films by auteur director Yonfan.

Film review: 'The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman' (LATimes)
The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman: Only the strong survive (TorontoStar)
Kiwi-Asian Romeo and Juliet tale hits cinemas
My Wedding and Other Secrets has just been released to critical acclaim worldwide.

Poster for horror film The Frightening Night features Tang Yifei
Tang Yifei
Tang Yifei

Li Yan
Mr. and Mrs Single starring Eason Chan and Bai Bing opens April 8.
  (Sina), 2

Zhang Xinyu, Alex Fong Lik-Sun
The film (Summer Love...?) has begun filming in Sanya, Hainan and features lots of girls in bikinis.

Elanne Kong costars and Eric Tsang, Ekin Cheng and Andy Hui are set to make guest appearances. (Sina-gallery)
Barbara Wong Chun-Chun recently confirmed that she will be making a new version of Mulan. She promised an unconventional take on the story. The first draft of the script is complete and plans are to begin filming in June or July. (Sina)

 Stephen Fung, newly-signed to Huayi Brothers, and Daniel Wu held a press conference to announce the formation of their new production company, Diversion Pictures, with Huayi as backers. Stephen will be CEO and Daniel, the president of the company. As previously announced, the first production will be 'Tai Chi' to be directed by Fung who promised a breakout first film. When asked if he would appear in the the film, Daniel Wu was unwilling to disclose the cast. Fung said that the script was completed and that shooting would begin in June.
Daniel Wu
Stephen Fung, Daniel Wu

Huayi President Wang Zhonglei
Huayi CEO Wang Zhongjun

Signing ceremony

Stephen Fung, Daniel Wu, Wang Zhonglei

Raymond Lam Fung and Mavis Pan Shuangshuang had been dating for the past few months but had broken up since. Raymond admitted it at a recent TVB program press conference after photos of the pair on a bed were leaked. They met while filming The Emerald and The Pearl last year. 

Tang Wei and father, Tang Yuming

Tang Wei recently visited her artist father's studio in Guangdong. (Xinhua)

When asked why Chan had refused to admit to the media that they were in a relationship at the time, Yeung simply said that "men aren't as brave as women".
"Hong Kong needs me and I need Hong Kong.

Hoping Alexandra has another epiphany.


Glenn, kenixfan said...

GREAT news about the Yonfan...assuming someone like the Weinsteins aren't the ones who get the rights (no flying guys with swords in those, so probably not).

I had a beautiful edition of Last Romance but I mistakenly traded it to a guy for 4 SB IVL/Celestial DVDs. It will be nice to get that film back eventually.

dleedlee said...

I remember my copy of Last Romance came with a frame of film of the movie. Where either one of them now is a mystery to me. Somewhere around here! ;D

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Yes, that's the version I had too. Stills and a frame. Nice packaging. I think my Peony Pavilion is just as nice. I still have that one.