Wednesday, May 11, 2011

5.11.2011 - News

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million "Monkey King" plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.
Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall 

Jury press conference photos
Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When "City of Life and Death" makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]
Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most 'Dragon' rights
TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for 'Wu Xia'
Cannes Special: Chinese Film 'Wu Xia' (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal
A product of the Changchun Film Studio, "The Sun" ("Da Tai Yang") was inspired by stories of the survivors' psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China's Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao's New Film to Begin Shooting, (Sina)
Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei's scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a "little girl" was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo's scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.
Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me

Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.
Ceci's double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, "Don't waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!"
He urged Wong, whom he called "an eternal friend" to settle down as well as "have children soon" because she was getting old...The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong's father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog, (CRI)

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

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