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May 9, 2009

May 9, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:09 am

Thanks, to Fan for the following article on Tang Wei:

On April 12th, Tang Wei secretly met with Harvey Weinstein and Bey Logan to plan her debut in Hollywood.

Other photos include her HK apartment, Eaton House, and the Happy Valley Starbucks that Tang Wei frequents, for you stalkers. Tang Wei was slated to star in Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Warrior and the Wolf but was ultimately replaced by Maggie Q due to the media ban by mainland authorities.
Fan: Tang Wei met up with Harvey Weinstein recently in HK. No film contract confirmed yet. I am not particularly impressed by this girl but with her performance in Lust Caution, seems like there should be something big to follow but so far, no.

Tang Wei and her manager

Portraits of Zhao Wei

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Andy Lau, Li Bingbing engaged in war of wits
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Jane Zhang to appear on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Monday
For those unfamiliar with Jane Zhang Liangying, Jane Z for Japan, she placed third in the 2005 Super Girl competition that was won by tomboy favorite Chris Li Yuchun (debuting in upcoming Bodyguards and Assassins), though Jane was clearly the best singer of the three finalists (Bibi Zhou Bichang placing second). Jane has sung numerous theme songs for TV series and movies including The Banquet and Painted Skin (HKFA Best Original Song)(both below). She also performed the title song to Zhang Yimou’s modern day opera Impressions of West Lake.

Teresa Tang’s memorial park to be completed in 2011

Carina Lau unafraid of H1N1, but avoids Maggie Cheung
(The writer of the article doesn’t seem to know that Maggie is still in Hong Kong.)

Lulu Ng Caused Distressed Woman’s Suicide?
Details behind Josephine Koo’s sister’s death.

Sweet freedom as quarantine ends for 283 at hotel
Celebration time for some as hotel ordeal ends

Toronto student wins NASA prize for designing space colony (Thanks, Brian)


  1. Other photos include her HK apartment, Eaton House, and the Happy Valley Starbucks that Tang Wei frequents, for you stalkers.

    Thanks! ;p

    Seriously though, it really does suck when you can’t even go to Starbucks without being photographed.

    I’m not sure how I feel about Tang Wei working with Harvey Weinstein. I just read in an old news item that Zhang Yiyi had signed a contract with him in 2006 for three films, including a version of Mulan and a remake of Seven Samurai. Are those projects even moving forward? If anything, I’d like to see Tang Wei take the Joan Chen route and work in smaller, but more interesting, English-language films.

    Comment by duriandave — May 9, 2009 @ 11:04 am

  2. Does Tang Wei speak English? Joan Chen is fluent so it’s been easier for her. Plus she lives in San Francisco & is close to the indie media scene here.

    But I agree that the Weinsteins are not necessarily the best mentors for Asian films and film stars. They seem to like to buy up rights to HK movies, then do a terrible job dubbing & re-editing them for direct-to-video release. What’s up with that?


    Comment by valeriesoe — May 9, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

  3. When did Harvey and Bey Logan (and Tarantino, while I’m at it) become the gatekeepers for Asian entertainment in America?

    The *only* good thing I can say about them is that Dragon Dynasty’s DVD of Come Drink with Me is available in Wal-Mart. That is some sort of miracle of quality reaching a new audience.

    To echo Dave a bit, Tang Wei, like Zhou Xun, is going to be much more interesting as an actress if she stays out of big psuedo-wuxia epics.

    Comment by glenn — May 9, 2009 @ 1:27 pm

  4. Does Tang Wei speak English?

    Yes, I believe so. She studied drama in England while she was ‘on hiatus’. (University of Reading)

    When did Harvey and Bey Logan (and Tarantino, while I’m at it) become the gatekeepers for Asian entertainment in America?

    Yeah, that’s Roy Lee’s role!

    Comment by dleedlee — May 9, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  5. According to the writer, “From we saw (in the meeting), Tang Wei can speak English fluently” and from the reply of Bey Logan to the reporter, he said that’s just a casual meeting, mainly trying to know Tang Wei a little bit more and commented “she’s a rare talent, can speak in Cantonese, Putonghua and English, very intelligent.”

    Comment by Fan — May 10, 2009 @ 8:00 am

  6. If anyone is interested, here is an interview with Tang Wei speaking in English about Lust, Caution.

    Yeah, I was trying not to be a knee-jerk Asian film fan, but the Weinsteins suck!

    Comment by duriandave — May 10, 2009 @ 12:34 pm

  7. Nice find, David! Her English is not bad at all.

    Comment by dleedlee — May 10, 2009 @ 12:58 pm

  8. RE: Harvey, Bey and Wei

    Glad to see other readers are aware that Harvey Weinstein + Bey Logan does not = entry into the U.S. market. Bey’s still just a glorified orientalist fanboy firmly rooted in the old-school era with just enough knowledge of the contempo scene to impress his handlers and maintain his self-anointed title of “Asian Cinema Expert.” I’m sure talent like Tang Wei could care less what these two do to Asian cinema on a regular basis; otherwise, they probably WOULD do lunch with someone like Roy Lee, who at least gets his shitty movies into theaters (and doesn’t just fixate on period epics and period martial arts films), which in turn drives home video sales and, naturally, viewer impressions in the U.S. market. I can imagine Harvey & especially Bey get off on dangling “Hollywood” carrots in front of premium Asian talent, but so rarely do they deliver.

    In the accompanying photo, I wonder if Harvey’s making a pretend call to someone “powerful” in Hollywood to impress his dinner guests. :lol: “Steven [Spielberg], baby, I’m sitting here with this GAW-geous little Chinese actress . . .

    Comment by Brian T — May 12, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

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