Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[2014.04.17] DONNIE YEN WANDERS CENTRAL FOR A CARD

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"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan last night around 6:30PM seemed to be lost at Central, finally he found a bookstore and chose a card. When he saw reporters, he seemed to have found a savior and asked for directions to a hotel then rushed off.

In addition, with both rises and falls in his career, in 2003 when he made the Emperor Motion Picture THE TWINS EFFECT (CHIN GEIBIN) he established the Donnie Yen Stuntman Association. Yet when he did not have a movie, its members would have other jobs. Chi Tan admitted, "I wouldn't follow the martial art school rules exactly, should I have the brothers sit at home and starve?"

Association members from Japan, Yuji Shimomura and Kenji Tanigaki, and later additions Yun Kang and Yan Hua have followed Chi Tan for over a decade. Most recently he even promoted Yu Kang to play an important role in his new film THE ICEMAN 3D (3D BING FUNG HUP: CHUNG SUN ji MOON). He was also very concerned with his brothers' safety during the production.

[2014.04.17] JACKY CAI HAS AN AFFAIR WITH HER DEBUT

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Film industry rising star Jacky Cai Jie in her first film ABERDEEN (HEUNG GONG JAI) had an affair with Best Actor Eric Tsang Chi Wai and even performed a conceptually daring bed scene. They were not only making out topless, Chi Wai even put his face on her chest. Cai Jie explained that she has taken the full protection and the shoot was not awkward. She felt very relaxed. "Chi Wai is a quite a gentleman. Normally he takes great care of people and is very polite. He makes everyone feel very relaxed. Perhaps because the director already told me about it several months ago, I was mentally prepared. At the time I agreed right away."

However, because director Pang Ho Cheung wanted a drunk feeling, she before the shoot drank an entire bottle of red wine. Cai Jie who rarely drank "blacked out" midway and had to shoot again the next day. She said, "I heard after 45 minutes I was unconscious. Originally everyone thought to wait for me to awake up, but Chi Wai said, 'Don't wake, she definitely won't be able to wake up!' After waking up, I immediately called to apologize because I added to everyone's burden."

[2014.04.17] ZHANG ZIYI GIVES HUANG XIAOMING A HIGH FIVE

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Huang Xiaoming, Song Hye-Kyo and Zhang Ziyi overcome language barrier and become friends
Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-Kyo meet again after THE GRANDMASTER
Zhang Ziyi's character comes from the lower class and later becomes a mother, another challenge to her acting
Huang Xiaoming's military officer look is very handsome
Song Hye-Kyo plays a rich girl, John Woo says her aura makes her the only choice
Masami Nagasawa has a memorable romance with Takeshi Kaneshiro
John Woo spent 4 years on THE CROSSING,which wrapped up production yesterday
Masami Nagasawa thanks John Woo for providing warmth like the sun.
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The John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) directed, over 400 million RMB war disaster romance THE CROSSING (TAI PING LUN) with top Chinese, Japanese and Korean stars Zhang Ziyi, Masami Nagasawa, Song Hye-Kyo, Huang Xiaoming and Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo) yesterday held a production end ceremony. Only Gum Sing Mo did not appear. The film spent 1 year in production. Currently in Beijing the 9 time Best Actress Zhang Ziyi was in a greaet mood and even joked that this film production was much faster than the one before. He even described the character in the film had more charm than Gong Er. Was she confident that she will win Best Actress next year? Huang Xiaoming already cut in and said, "Definitely."

Ng Yu Sum this time dropped his hero films for romance. With the 1949 Tai Ping Ferry sinking as the background he brought out wartime three love stories with Zhang Ziyi and Tong Dawei, Gum Sing Mo and Masami Nagasawa and Huang Xiamong and Song Hye-Kyo; but Ng Yu Sum did not feel THE CROSSING was a Chinese TITANIC because TITANIC was a story that took place on a ship. THE CROSSING's wartime background brought out each person's different fate, it was even closer to GONE WITH THE WIND. Ng Yu Sum said that he was just as handy with a romance and would definitely be able to affect everyone.

Winning her 9th Best Actress recently at the Hong Kong Film Award, Zhang Ziyi this time did not look glum and even appeared to be rather close with THE GRANDMASTER's co-star Song Hye-Kyo as they often conversed in English. Zhang Ziyi at the press conference even happily gave Huang Xiaoming a high five. She was fully confident in this collaboration.

When Ng Yu Sum said that the film took 4 years to prepare and over 1 year to produce, Huang Xiaoming said that she turned down many jobs to coordinate. Zhang Ziyi joked, "When compared to my previous experience (THE GRANDMASTER took over three years to make) this is already considered fast."

Reporters asked if Ng Yu Sum should thank Wong Kar Wai? He said, "That's definite." Zhang Ziyi said that this time her character was a woman with a rather strong will to live. She had a hard time on the production, in particular with the ferry sinking. However on the other the character also made her enjoy the performance. Earlier with Gong Er she won 9 Best Actress. She pointed out that the awards were bonuses, viewers' fondness for and recognition of the character was even more important. She stated that for the director she was willing to give times to the production, and described the character as even more charming than Gong Er. When reporters asked if she was confident about winning Best Actress next year, Huang Xiaoming already cut in and answered for her, "Definitely."

Ng Yu Sum had nothing but praise for the actors in the film, saying that he worshipped Zhang Ziyi and believed that directors who have worked with her like Wong Kar Wai, Ang Lee, Zhang Yimou would be rather happy because she would perform more outstandingly and worked even harder than the director would ask. When she tried her luck in Hollywood she did not speak English, also with her own hard work she was able to have her achievements today. He mentioned that he asked Song Hye-Kyo because she had a very elegant grace. In addition she was smart, thus every scene was grasped very accurately. She was even more able to perform myself. Song Hye-Kyo praised Ng Yu Sum gave her a very warm impression of a father. At the same time she also loved to wear Chinese dresses.

As for Huang Xiaoming he mentioned that during the shoot he conversed with Song Hye-Kyo in English and even said that his English has always been improving. He even said that his relationship with Song Hye-Kyo was very tragic. When he read the script he cried many times. Yesterday Zhang Ziyi and Huang Xiaoming presented a watch and a massage chair respectively to the director, hoping that aside from his love for film he would also take care of his body and focus on his rest.

[2014.04.17] ZHANG ZIYI AND FAN BINGBING VIE FOR ATTENTION ON THE BEIJING FILM FESTIVAL RED CARPET

Zhang Ziyi
Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming promote WHITE HAIRED WITCH OF THE LUNAR KINGDOM
Jean Reno gets the most cheer from the crowd
Zhang Yimou's COMING HOME gains attention
Song Hye-Kyo
Vanness Wu, Ivy Chen, CLOSE FRIEND director Barbara Wong, Fiona Sit
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Zhang Ziyi
Fan Bingbing
Liu Yifei
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The Beijing International Film Festival last night held its opening ceremony. This year master directors all have big production releases. The Zhang Yimou directed, Gong Li starred COMING HOME became a film in focus. This year the film will also participate in the Cannes International Film Festival.

John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) and the cast of THE CROSSING (TAI PING LUN) Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Masami Nagasawa, Song Hye-Kyo and others wrapped up the red carpet ceremony. How did the Beijing International Film Festival differ from other film festivals? Zhang Ziyi joked, "It's in my backyard, I can come back after dinner."

Fan Bingbing first walked the red carpet with Wu Chun, Zhang Yimou and the YANG GUIFEI team took to the red carpet. Then she changed and appeared with Huang Xiaoming to represent THE WHITE HAIRED WITCH OF THE LUNAR KINGDOM (BAK FAT MOR NUI JUEN ji MING YUET TIN GOK). She was asked what was different from BRIDE WITH WHITE HAIR? She joked, "It has Xiaoming!" Other artists on the red carpet included CLOSE FRIEND's Fiona Sit Hoi Kei, Vanness Wu (Ng Kin Ho) and Ivy Chen, and OUTCAST (JUI HAU DIK JIN JUNG)'s Liu Yifei and Andy Tien (On Chi Kit).

[2014.04.17] THE POLICE SENDS ANDY LAU RUNNING

Andy Lau takes off when he attracts the police's attention
Andy Lau is completely in character for LOST AND LONELY
Andy Lau posts missing person flyers without any pedestrian recognizing him
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The Andy Lau Tak Wa starred film about kidnapped children,LOST AND LONELY (SUT GOO) started production in Quanzhou, Fujian in March. In the film he played a farmer who began a cross country journey to find his kidnapped son. Wa Jai for the character actively gained weight before the shoot. With his farmer look he was not easily recognized. The team earlier shot in Nanchang. After a month in production, Wa Jai's weary looked was even more convincing. When he posted missing person flyers at the train station the police even drove him away, he was described as 100% realistic.

In the film Wa Jai's clothing was tattered and torn, his hair was a mess and he was unshaven. He also carried a canvas bag. After a month in production, Wa Jai was convincingly dark and thin. When he shot in Quanzhou, he attracted a crowd that caused a traffic jam nearby and affected production. Earlier the team shot secretly at the Nanchang train station. Three production vehicles were present for the shoot, hiding the cameras. A dusty Wa Jai posted missing person flyers all over. Pedestrians could not recognize Heavenly King Lau Tak Wa, during the shoot the police even drove him away. Wa Jai actually ran and turned it into a real chase scene. When the photos were posted, some were amazed at Wa Jai's performance and some Mainland fans felt fortunate that Wa Jai did not run into "city management".

In LOST AND LONELY Wa Jai played a mountain farmer and father, his daughter was kidnapped and sold. He spent over 10 years to travel across the country and find his daughter. The film for realism had its share of hidden camera shoots. When he was distributing flyers on the streets the pedestrians became extras; some even did not know that a film was being shot and enthusiastically helped with the missing person flyers by posting it online. Later they realized that it was all an act.

[2014.04.17] LOUIS KOO IS AFRAID OF TRIGGERING THE "LAND MINE"

Alex Fong Chung Shun's mushroom hair is hilarious
Daniel Wu
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Louis Koo
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Louis Koo Tin Lok, Zhou Xun and Sean Lau Ching Wan starred in the film OVERHEARD 3 (SIT TING FUNG WON 3), which released a trailer. The character relationships were complicated and their lines referred to the secret behind real estate deals. Director Felix Chong Man Keung said that real state had many secrets that no one dared to shoot. This time OVERHEARD reached its third film, and he hoped it would have some real impact on society. OVERHEARD was a way to eavesdrop into the "land tycoons".

Koo Tin Lok said that when he got the script he was surprised. "Reading those lines, I felt they were very controversial. Many conversations in it were like land mines that would trigger social explosions. If not done correctly it would lead to revenge, I didn't dare to imagine why the directors would write this way." The other director Alan Mak Siu Fai felt that filmmakers had certain burden, subjects that were as light as water would not be interesting.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[2014.04.16] SATURDAY, APRIL 12 2014

GLOBAL CHINESE SONG CHART
For Saturday, April 12 2014

15 YOU ARE SO UNFORGETTABLE
  Can : Nei Si Yu Chi Nan Yi Mong Gei
  Julian Cheung Chi Lam

14 FOREVER LOVE
  Can : Oi Jeuk Oi Jeuk Jau Wing Yuen
  Hebe Tien (Tin Fuk Yum)

13 MY TEARS
  Can : Ngor Dik Ngan Lui
  Angela Chang (Cheung Siu Hom)

12 I AM MINE
  Can : Ngor Si Ngor Dik
  Jane Zhang Liangying

11 ORDINARY FRIEND
  Can : Po Tung Pung Yau
  Vincy Chan (Wing Yi)

10 GROWING UP
  Can : Sing Jeung
  Anson Hu (Wu Yin Bun)

 9 LOVE HAS LIFE TOO
  Can : Oi Ching Ya Yau Sun Ming
  Leo Ku Kui Ke, Joey Yung Cho Yi

 8 MASK
  Can : Min Gui
  William Wei (Wai Lai On)

 7 THE LIGHT FROM LOVE
  Can : Oi Ching Fat Dik Guong
  Summer Jike Junyi

 6 CLIFF TO THE HEAVEN
  Can : Jeung Tin Tong Dik Yuen Ngai
  Jess Lee (Lee Gai Mei)

 5 SAIL AWAY
  Robynn & Kendy

 4 DESTINED HALF
  Can : Tin Sun Yut Boon
  Sammi Cheng Sau Man

 3 INFINITELY BIG
 Can : Mo Han Dai
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi

 2 ENTERTAINMENT SKY
  Can : Yu Lok Tin Hung
  Eason Chan Yik Shun


 1 LITTLE FONG
 Can : Siu Fong
  Khalil Fong Datong