Friday, March 30, 2012

3.30.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

CF: Most Anticipated Chinese Movies of 2012
CF: Dayyan Eng's "Inseparable" Due to Hit the Big Screen
FBA: Youku kickstarts more micro movies

PR: New HK Film Archive exhibition highlights the cinematic legend of Wong Fei-hung
The HKFA's new publication "Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist", with an English edition on CD-ROM, examines the cinema of Wong Fei-hung from a historical background and considers its various artistic characteristics and film genres.
Fourth generation student, Pang Chi-ming; Mok Kwai-lan, godson of Wong Fei-Hong's wife; fifth generation student, Lau Ka-yung (

CF: Talented Actress Jiang Yiyan
In 2012, Derek Yee's "Ghost Bullets" and Gordon Chan's "The Four" will bring Jiang to the big screen again, and Jiang Yiyan recently finished her part in director Peng Shun's "Conspirators", which is expected to be released in October.

CF: Huang Yi: The Beauty in Hoh Xil
Huang Yi

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CRI: Actress Hsu Chi Undaunted by Online Attacks
CF: Bullied actress' Cold Shoulder to Weibo Prompts Reflection
"Frustration in life boosts aggression. So people's discontent has been funneled into cyberspace, where they can act with little restraint,"
MSN: Netizens regret supporting Vincent Zhao after learning daughter has US passport

Thursday, March 29, 2012

3.29.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

ScreenDaily: Zombie 108 review
FBA: All's Well Ends Well 2012 revivew
Latest instalment of the Hong Kong New Year comedy franchise is less brash and more charming.

CF: "Guns N' Roses" Portrays Ning's Style

CF: "Design of Death" to Hit Cinemas in April
Huang Bo, Simon Yam
Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: "An Inaccurate Memoir" Stars in Black and White
Huang Xiaoming 
Zhang Xinyi

Zhang Yi (Sina-gallery)

CF: 7 Blockbusters from Huayi Bro. to be Released in 2012
CF: Cast and Crew Talk about "Full Circle"
CF: Youku Plans to Shoot 12 Microfilms

Stills of Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Jing Gangshan in a passionate scene from "Blood Stained Shoes"

Jing Gangshan plays a carpenter in the film

Photos from launch conference in Taiwan for "Westgate Tango"
Anthony Wong

Dylan Kuo

Amber An Xin-Ya
She's a popular Taiwan fan boy "sex goddess" appearing in her first film

Titled "Returning to the basics", the actress thanked those who have hurt her and expressed that the incident has allowed her to learn and improve.
"The past is not a scar but something to be proud of," she wrote.

The Taiwanese singer’s move implied that rumoured girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan will not star in his upcoming film

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3.28.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

ScreenDaily: Vulgaria review
This film-biz satire displays a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals – of humans and other species – as frequently as it possibly can.

"Vulgaria" Hong Kong premiere photos
Chapman To, Kristal Tin

DaDa Chan

Pang Ho-Cheung, Chapman To, Kristal Tin, Matt Chow

Ronald Cheng

Fiona Sit (Sina)

CF: Stars of "The Four" and "The Assassins" Set to Shine at BJIFF

PR: Youku, Buick Debut "Micro Movie" Series from Major Directors
China's leading Internet television company ("Youku"), joined by Buick today, announced the kickoff of "Infinite Drive," a series of 12 web-based "micro movies" from internationally renowned directors Wang Xiaoshuai ("Beijing Bicycle", "Chongqing Blues"), Lu Chuan ("City of Life and Death", "Hoh Xil"), and Teng Huatao ("Dwelling Narrowness", "Love is Not Blind"), and actress and director Hao Lei ("Summer Palace", "Empire of Silver").
Each of the four directors will produce three ten-minute micro movies to tell the stories about young urban professionals balancing their personal pursuits against the desire for stability. The 12 micro movies will correspond to the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, and will reflect the personality traits typical of each sign.

Stills of Tao Hong from Ning Hao's "Guns and Roses"

CRI:  Selina Ren Comes Back into the Limelight
MSN: Selina Jen refuses to forgive director Chen Ming Zhang
CNA: Selina Jen: S.H.E. to reunite in 2012

MSN: Is Miriam Yeung’s husband in financial trouble?

MSN: Shu Qi forced to shut down her microblog
A1: Shu Qi cries in park after nude photos circulated
CNA: Shu Qi becomes a casualty of Donnie Yen, Vincent Chiu feud
In a long article on her official fan site on Tuesday, the actress said she was actually "grateful" to the people who have hurt her, because their actions allowed her to continue "to learn and to grow".
Shu Qi went on to say that she "just needed a little bit of time" and assured her fans that she would soon bounce back.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

3.27.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

THR: Nightall review
Cop pits wits with con in an improbably plotted but visually resonant Hong Kong thriller starring Nick Cheung and Simon Yam.
THR: Love in the Buff review
Modern love shifts from Hong Kong to Beijing in the successful sequel to Love in a Puff, a natural, light and convincing rom com very similar to the original Hong Kong hit.
THR: Vulgaria review
Director Pang Ho-cheung appeals to international audiences in this laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.

K-film ‘Late Autumn’ breaks box office record in China
FBA: Late Autumn has Indian summer

CRI: Zhang Yimou Takes a Break from Making Movies

CF: Posters of 'The Last Supper' Released
CF: First Trailer of "The Last Supper" Unveiled

Latest concept poster for Ning Hao's "Guns and Roses"

Josephine Siao Fong Fong's eldest daughter recently married in Phuket, Thailand
The groom, an American of British-Irish descent, is learning to speak Mandarin.

A distraught Shu Qi

Possibly a victim of crossfire in the war of words between Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao over "Special Identity", Shu Qi deleted all her posts on her Weibo microblog account after a series of posts attacking and harassing her. Shu Qi has over 10 million followers. She had recently given her support to Donnie Yen, her "Legend of the Fist" costar. So some speculate that the attacks were from Vincent Zhao supporters, or it could have been from other people taking advantage of the dispute to settle old scores. Fellow artists, Wong Jing, Carina Lau, Gordon Chan, Yao Chen, Feng Xiaogang, Annie Yi, Zhang Yuan and Chen Kun expressed solidarity with Shu Qi and condemned the 'network of violence' on their own weibo posts. (Sina), 2, 3

Meanwhile, many people have shown their support for Shu Qi, including film director Wong Jing, who followed her footstep to delete all comments on his weibo as a silent protest.
"I know who's behind this, but don't have evidence," he told a reporter over the phone.
Chinese director Feng Xiaogang also supported Shu Qi. He wrote: "If I scold you of behaving like an animal, I'm humiliating the animals."
Vincent apologised to Shu Qi for being dragged into the dispute. "I hope this issue will end soon, Shu Qi is innocent."
Happier days on Weibo

Chateau Lafite
Shu Qi La Feet

MSN: Kelly Chan discharged from hospital after labour
MSN: Faye Wong’s eldest daughter posted intimate photo with a boy

Monday, March 26, 2012

3.26.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

Variety: Studio complex puts China in the picture
Huairou Film Base hopes to lure Westerners
In a recent coup for Huairou, Keanu Reeves signed on to shoot "Man of Tai Chi," a $32 million contemporary chopsocky and tai chi actioner that will film here. The cast includes Tiger Chen and Karen Mok, with Reeves as a bad guy -- and martial arts choreography by Yuen Woo-ping ("The Matrix").

Local auds didn't flock to "City of Life and Death" in expected numbers, partially because Lu made the Japanese general in the war movie a real character.
Now the director wants his vision to appeal to auds in the booming China market as he gets ready to unveil "The Last Supper," a costume drama about two warring generals, toplining mainland-friendly stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.
FBA: Audience invited to all or nothing Supper
Qin Lan as Empress Lu in "The Last Supper", opening July 5th

Qin Lan

Liu Ye, Qin Lan, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen at recent Beijing press conference (Sina)
Daniel Wu

Liu Ye

Chang Chen (Sina-gallery)

Trailer for "The Last Supper"

Gong Li will play Empress Wu in "Tang Dynasty Mystic/Mystery Map"
Two versions of the film are in the pipeline, with Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung directing and Tony Ching Siu-Tung producing and filming to begin in July. An international US-China version hopes to get Danny Boyle to direct with an unnamed actress in the lead.

First stills from Guan Hu's black comedy "Design of Death"
A quack doctor (Simon Yam) performs an autopsy to determine whether the cause of a death is a murder or an accident. The setting is an ancient village in the mountains.
Simon Yam

Yu Nan atop a coffin

Huang Bo

Alec Su (Sina)

CF: China's First Banned Film Released after 60 Years
After its premier in 1951, the film was soon caught up in ideological disputes, which saw it pilloried as being pro-capitalist, a severe accusation in an era characterized by its black-and-white politics. However, Mao Zedong's criticism of the film, in which he labeled it as carrying a message detrimental to the principles of socialism, was perhaps the main reason behind the banning of the film.

Jackie Chan, Elaine Ng (Sina), 2


WaPo: Hong Kong selects new leader after tumultuous contest
After a boisterous but highly undemocratic contest featuring feuding tycoons, dark rumors of closet communism and a host of scandals over sex, gangsters and an illegal wine cellar, Hong Kong elites on Sunday selected a wealthy, China-backed populist as the new leader of this former British colony.
SCMP: Leung wins chief executive race
“We, Hong Kong people, have no rights to cast our votes, We come here just to voice our anger,”
"We already have no right to vote in the real election. Why should we be deprived of our rights even in a fake one?"