Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ai Weiwei's 草泥馬 Style [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


SCMP: Ai Weiwei Bemoans Block On His 'Gangnam' Parody

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei criticised the government on Thursday for removing from Chinese websites his parody of Korean pop sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style video.

Ai, a world-renowned artist and China’s most prominent dissident, and staff of his company performed Psy’s famous horse dance in his Beijing studio and posted the video late on Wednesday to Chinese sites such as Tudou, the equivalent of the blocked YouTube site.

Ai, 55, called the video “Caonima”. “Caonima” means “grass mud horse” but the word, which sounds like a very crude insult, has also been taken on by Chinese internet users, and by Ai himself, and featured in postings mocking the government’s online controls.

“We only filmed for a bit over 10 minutes but we used a whole day to edit, and eventually put it online at midnight,” Ai told reporters.

“After we had uploaded it, a few hours later ... we found that a lot of people, tens of thousands, had already watched it. Now, in China, it has already been totally removed, deleted entirely, and you can’t see it in China,” Ai said.

Ai said Psy’s Gangnam Style song and dance was a grass-roots expression of individualism that should be allowed in his country.

“Overall, we feel that every person has the right to express themselves, and this right of expression is fundamentally linked to our happiness and even our existence,” Ai said.

“When a society constantly demands that everyone should abandon this right, then the society becomes a society without creativity. It can never become a happy society.”

Ai, whose 81-day detention last year sparked an international outcry, has regularly criticised the government for what he sees as its flouting of the rule of law and the rights of citizens.

Last month, a court upheld a US$2.4 million tax evasion fine against him, ending a long legal battle with the authorities. He can be jailed if he does not pay. (SCMP)

Friday, October 12, 2012

SCMP: 'Gangnam Style' Fever Hits Hong Kong As Film Producer Releases Spoof Cover Music Video


Hong Kong film producer Wilson Chin is so hooked on the hit record 'Gangnam Style' that he has released a spoof cover video featuring local celebrities.

Chin, the man behind the movies Summer Love and Lan Kwai Fong, stars in the video alongside Canto-pop singers Leo Ku and Ekin Cheng, veteran actor TV host Eric Tsang and actress JJ Jia.

The video, which he posted on his Weibo page, was shot at various locations around Hong Kong and is gathering momentum on YouTube and Youku.

'Gangnam Style', by South Korean rapper Psy, shot to number one around the world after the video went viral.

Chin's effort comes a month before Psy visits Hong Kong. (SCMP)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

More Zhang Jingchu - Weibo [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


From Zhang Jingchu's weibo, mostly fashion related.

Probably from the recent Dior show in Dalian (9/22)

August Bund magazine spread
Wearing a little number from Moschino at a Guangzhou charity event last month

August cover of Jessica Magazine

Advert series for Marino Orlandi an Italian leather bag brand

Less glam, but still undeniably cute
Showing off her new cap in Guangzhou

Eating bamboo rice in Guilin

In Rome for the shooting of "I Trust You"

Monday, October 8, 2012

More "Switch" Stills [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


Lau, Andy Lau !

Lin Chi-ling, Andy Lau

Lin Chi-ling

Andy Lau, Lin Chi-ling

Lin Chi-ling

Zhang Jingchu

Lin Chi-ling

Tong Dawei

Villain Tong Dawei, as a Japanese gangster, also has a dozen "witches" who do his evil bidding. The are dubbed his constellation with associated zodiac signs. And, surprise (no?), they have their own group weibo besides individual ones. Most are former/current Moko models, fitting the film's fashion-action film prism; one is a former child star, another a beauty pageant winner, one is noted for her resemblance to Lin Chi-ling - she seems to have done some adult modelling, also. (Sina)

A handy scorecard

Cherry Wang Kunpeng as Libra in action

Zou Na - Sagittarius

Scorpio, Alice Bahaguli gets her kicks

Zhang Jingchu - Switch [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


"Switch" (aka "Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains") is slated to open Nov. 2. The film stars Andy Lau, Lin Chi-ling, and Zhang Jingchu. Today, let's just dwell on Zhang Jingchu. Below, the poster and a few stills of the actress via Weibo. Next: more "Switch".

She can be glamorous and charming, but also can hide their faces and mysterious, can be neutral handsome, also elegant! Very genuine, gentle, and pleasant woman! (9/1)

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Shu Qi in LA, Milan, Taiwan, New/Old Project Launched [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


Shu Qi was in LA last weekend for a World Heart Day charity dinner. Before that, she was in Milan for the 2013 Spring Jimmy Choo rollout.

Also, Shu Qi and Chang Chen have started a new/old (in development since 2005) martial arts film project helmed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien. The official launch ceremony for "The Assassins" (yes, another one!) was held in Taiwan on Sept. 25. Besides Shu Qi and Chang Chen, Nikki Hsieh Hsin-ying and Chang Shao-huai have been announced as cast members. The film will require Shu Qi to learn marital arts as well as flying by wire for the story set during the Tang Dynasty..

Shu Qi in Los Angeles

Seafood dinner!

"Habit" is the worst partner ... (???)
Perhaps a response to refute the latest rumour having Shu Qi reuniting with ex-bf Leon Lai?

Upcoming cover for October issue

With stylist Sev Tsang in Milan

Jimmy Choo show in Milan

Set in the Tang Dynasty, the story revolves about a young woman who is secretly trained by a Taoist nun to become a ruthless assassin but is then asked to kill her lover.

Shu Qi in Taiwan

Chang Chen

Chang Shao-huai, Nikki Hsieh, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Shu Qi, Chang Chen

Chang Chen