Super-slick Valentine's Day movie misses the natural charm of the TV series that inspired it.
French poster for Tsui Hark's Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Since opening April 20, the film has drawn 103,000 viewers
Li Bingbing on the April cover of French magazine Positif
Tony Ching Siu-Tung regrets that he wasn't able to restore the deleted love/sex scene between Leslie Cheung and Joey Wang in A Chinese Ghost Story. Shooting the film was difficult, 20 NGs were common, 50 NGs sometimes for the relatively new director. Speaking at a Shanghai press conference introducing the restored, now with 5.1 sound, version, Ng See-Yuen said that, originally, Leslie almost passed up the role because he was reluctant to appear in a film with weird costume and a weird story. Tsui Hark later convinced him that at heart the film was a modern story. A newcomer at the time, Joey Wang was considered too old for Leslie at first and Jacky Cheung's wife, May Law Mei-Mei, and a Japanese actress were considered. If the box office is good, Ng plans to restore New Dragon Inn and Green Snake and other classic films which he retains the copyrights to. (Sina)
Shooting under heavy security, the set of Derek Yee's The Great Magician was visited recently. It was learned that Jackie Chan will have a cameo appearance as well as action director duties. Yan Ni and Alex Fong Chung-San, as well as Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhou Xun, and Lau Ching-Wan, are among the big name cast members. The day of the visit, Tony was performing magic tricks so reporters were barred from taking photographs. (Sina)
Choy Lee Fut Kung Ku starring Michelle Ye and Wang Baoqiang opens May 10.
The supporting cast includes Kara Hui Ying-Hung, Ng Man-Tat and Kingdom Yuen.
The cast of 3D Sex and Zen hit the streets of Mongkok to thank fans for making the film a hit at the box office. Many of stars, including Vonnie Lui, were absent.
Sukie Shek (l)
Evergreen singer Tsai Chin sang at a Houston charity concert for the Chinese community to raise funds for cancer patients. (Apr.30)
MSN: Filming put off for Ethan Ruan’s new movie, The GuillotinesIt was rumoured that the producer and director of the movie fell out with each other