HKMDB Daily News

July 6, 2009

July 6, 2009

John Woo to Direct China’s Biggest Budget Film

The movie, a joint Sino-US production with a budget of US$100 million, will be about the Flying Tigers, the legendary US air squadron, which fought alongside China in World War II.
John Woo to direct Flying Tigers epic

Daming Chen - remakes Mel Gibson hit What Women Want for China & wins awards for other films

New “Ani-Men” Animation to Become Mini-Franchise

Book review by Donald Richie
The Shanxi trilogy: films that never made it back home
JIA ZHANGKE’S “HOMETOWN TRILOGY”: Pickpocket, Platform, Unknown Pleasures

All star blockbuster “Jian Guo Da Ye” opens official web site
“The Great Cause of Building New China”. It’s to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The final length of the film will be 2 hours and 14 minutes. It means another 10 minutes will be cut. Some actors and actresses will not see their performances.

Bong Joon-ho’s Latest Challenge in ‘Mother’

Kim Hye-ja marvels in an overwhelming thriller

New York Times: A Filmmaker Finds Her Play Is the Thing
Sylvia Chang’s Design For Living

‘Cape No. 7’ effect still going strong for Kenting

SCMP interactive video: Aaron Kwok on Murderer

Liu Ye and his French bride
Liu Ye’s Big Day
Liu Ye wedding slide show

Zhou Xun Plays Down Breakup at Public Appearance

Vivian Chow
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh appeared together at child adoption charity event

Maria Cordero opens a household goods store in Tseung Kwan O
Plans to open 20, three this month, five next month.
Maria and Idy Chan

Arrest Warrant Sought for Late Actress’ Former Agent

June 25, 2009

June 25, 2009

Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok
 Colin Chou, Aaron Kwok, Shu Qi, Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu
Zhang Jingchu
City Wide Alert cast photos

Colin Chou, Shu Qi, Aaron Kwok, Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu
Slide show

Benny Chan Builds ‘City’ with Special Effects

Faux Jackie and Jaycee Chan
‘Jackie’ meets Jaycee Chan in Tracing Shadow

Seven Little Fortunes gather
Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan

MC Yuan Chau
Over 20 Seven Little Fortunes gathered for a reunion to celebrate their 50th anniversary

Yuen Chau/Yuen QiuYuen Wah
Slide show

Cherie Chung cover girl
Cherie Chung will be on the upcoming cover of Elle

Fan Bingbing Covers COSMO July Issue

Zhang Ziyi Interprets ‘Precious Woman’

Jackie Chan Promoted Patriotic Song in LA

Zhou Xun Breaks up with Stylist Boyfriend
Flashback of Zhou Xun and Li Daqi’s Five Years in Love

China Film Association Names Best Chinese Films of 2008
2008 saw an annual output of 406 Chinese films, among which 260 were digital productions. It was the first time the number of digital films exceeded traditional films, the report said.
166 films, including 42 foreign-made films, were widely released.

Karen Mok

Photos from Karen Mok’s digital album release event in Beijing

Karen Mok back with Digital Album

Gillian Chung taking Botox shots to lose weight in arm and legs

Paid a seven digit endorsement fee to get rid of ‘elephant legs’
Gillian Chung’s secret to slimmer legs: Botox

No Botox for Charlene

Thrilled to have photo take with Clive Owen at SIFF

Hong Kong’s Happy Ambassador

Japanese Police Arrest Late Actress Jang’s Ex-Manager

ICAC fury sparked mutiny 32 years ago

April 24, 2009

April 24, 2009

Tang Wei

With Paw Hee-ChingPaw Hee-Ching, Danny Lee
Tang Wei congratulates Paw Hee-Ching, costar in Crossing Hennessy, on award

Tang Wei delighted to be working again after ban

Spencer Lam (Photo:
ESNW: Whom Did Spencer Lam Play For?
1960 Rome Olympian played soccer under what banner?
Football commentator `Uncle Spencer’ dies

Patience rewarded
Veteran actor Nick Cheung Ka-fai finally gets his due after putting some 20 years into the Hongkong film industry

‘Girlfriend’ Prevails With Small, Tactful Jokes
Shin Tae-ra’s buoyant spy romance “My Girlfriend Isn’t an Agent’’ is a promising asset to the South Korean romantic comedy genre.

Taipei Times: All picture, no story
‘Our Island, Our Dreams’ uses a postcard-worthy location to tell a run-of-the-mill romantic tale

Evokative picks up South Korea’s Daytime Drinking for Canada

I Corrupt All Cops Shanghai premiere, opens April 30th

Feng Sheng/Rumor/Sound of the Wind
Poster for Rumor/Sound of the Wind

Film features Zhou Xun, Li Bingbing, Huang Xiaoming, Alec So, Zhang Hanyu,Wang Zhiwen
Liu Weiwei
First stills, trailer released

NYT: Jackie Chan Strikes a Chinese Nerve

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Suzanne Hsiao absent thrice for community service and risks retraction of probation order

Jill Vidal - Prison break as Wei Si admits heroin charge

Police Fail to Pursue Sex Scandal List - Jang Ja-Yeon case
9 Booked Over Actress Jang Ja-yeon Suicide

Danwei: More free Chinese music from Neocha

April 19, 2009

April 19, 2009

Josephine Siao Fong Fong - Lifetime Achievement Award

Josephine Siao Fong Fong - Lifetime Achievement Award

Raymond Wong - Best Picture (Ip Man)Ann Hui - Best Director (The Way We Are)

Nick Cheung - Best Actor (Beast Stalker)Liu Kai-Chi - Best Supporting Actor (Beast Stalker)

Chun Lai Wan - Best Supporting Actress (The Way We Are)Xu Jiao - Best New Performer (CJ7)
 Sammo Hung - Best Action Choreography (Ip Man)Paw Hee-Ching - Best Actress (The Way We Are)

28th Hong Kong Film Awards
Xinhuanet: Red carpet and awards presentation - photo gallery - photo gallery

‘Yasukuni’ hangs in limbo

Feature films get China release while documentary waits

Variety: Fish Story (Japan)

A playful Japanese sci-fi shaggy-dog story
Hollywood Reporter
Bottom Line: Light entertainment that will thrill J-pop lovers.

Variety: 20th Century Boys: Chapter 2 (Japan)

Variety: Building an epic ‘Journey’ out West
Zhang Jizhong plans Monkey King trilogy

SCMP Video Interviews
SCMP: Karena Lam breaks free in Claustrophobia (video in English)
SCMP: Jackie Chan on Shinjuku Incident (video w/subtitles)

SCMP: Nansun Shi reflects 25 years on (video w/subtitles)
SCMP: Film Workshop’s 25-year memory lane (video - Tsui Hark in English)
SCMP: Yuen Wah on playing a cook in ‘Australia’ with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (video w/subtitles)
SCMP: Ip Chun Vanguard of Wing Chun (video w/subtitles) 

Eric still can’t find his Rose
Time’s running out for movie director Eric Khoo to find actress to play Rose Chan

I spy: Cherie Chung

Reportedly inherited HK$52M from her late husband, Cherie Chung was spotted dining with Peter Chan Ho-San

Zhang ZiyiGillian Chung

Zhang Ziyi, Gillian Chung
Odd pairing: Zhang Ziyi and Gillian Chung appear in Beijing for a cellphone handset

Gillian Chung snatches Ziyi Zhang’s limelight

Jackie Chan: Chinese people need to be controlled
Action star Jackie Chan said Saturday he’s not sure if a free society is a good thing for China and that he’s starting to think “we Chinese need to be controlled.”

Chan’s comments drew applause from a predominantly Chinese audience of business leaders in China’s southern island province of Hainan.

The 55-year-old Hong Kong actor was participating in a panel at the annual Boao Forum when he was asked to discuss censorship and restrictions on filmmakers in China. He expanded his comments to include society.

“I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not,” Chan said. “I’m really confused now. If you’re too free, you’re like the way Hong Kong is now. It’s very chaotic. Taiwan is also chaotic.”

Chan added: “I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”

The kung fu star has not been a vocal supporter of the pro-democracy movement in his hometown of Hong Kong. Since the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997, voters have not been allowed to directly elect their leader. Several massive street protests have been held to demand full democracy, but Beijing has repeatedly said Hong Kong isn’t ready for it.

The theme at Saturday’s panel discussion was “Tapping into Asia’s Creative Industry Potential,” and Chan had several opinions about innovation in China.

He said that early in his career, he lived in the shadow of the late martial arts star Bruce Lee. He said that during his first foray into Hollywood, he struggled to establish his own identity, so he returned to Hong Kong. After spending 15 years building his reputation in Asia, Chan finally got rediscovered by Hollywood, he said.

Chan said the problem with Chinese youth is that “they like other people’s things. They don’t like their own things.” Young people need to spend more time developing their own style, he added.

The action hero complained that Chinese goods still have too many quality problems. He became emotional when discussing contaminated milk powder that sickened tens of thousands of Chinese babies in the past year.

Speaking fast with his voice rising, Chan said, “If I need to buy a TV, I’ll definitely buy a Japanese TV. A Chinese TV might explode.”

Huang Yi - photo gallery

Korea Times: 5 Face Punishment Over Actress’ Suicide

April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009

Brigitte Lin

Empress Wu?

Andy Lau joins Tsui Hark to pursue Brigitte Lin for Detective Dee
Shooting begins next month at Hengdian Studio for Detective Dee with a new Chinese title.

The Sniper: Not by a long shot

Director Yang Shares Life Story in ‘Breathless’ (South Korea)

No jackpot yet for Hollywood in Korean film remakes

‘Dragonball Evolution’ Flops
Manga adaptation finds no love on big screen

Variety: Huairou hosts booming local business

New facility competes with Hengdian Studios

Lifting the Veil on a North Korean Obsession

Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee - Red River

78 NGs in scene hitting Zhang Jingchu

Wang Xueqi, Wang Baijie
Wang BaijieWang Baijie
Wang Baijie and Wang Xueqi shave heads for Bodyguards and Assassins

Impression - Hainan Island

Images from Zhang Yimou’s production Impression - Hainan Island

Cherie Chung

Cherie Chung baptized as Catholic like her late husband

Denies rumors of return to film

Nancy Sit Returns to Work

Nic Tse
Nic Tse sports new look with short hair during mainland music tour

Shu Qi
I spy: Shu Qi at Hong Kong airport

Avoids questions about Feng Xiaogang’s remarks that Hong Kong people don’t understand Mainland films

Vivian Chow and Joe Nieh

With father-in-law Ni Kuang

Joe Nieh, Vivian Chow, Deborah Li/Dik Bo Lai
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh open new billiards parlor

Rosamund Kwan
I spy: Rosamund Kwan

Edison Chen
Edison Chen reportedly in debt 50M RMB to his management company after 20M advance on his contract in 2004, legal expenses for Sexy Photo Gate and compensation to advertising agents.

Cheer Chen (Source:UDN)
Cheer Chen: Embrace yourself and you have the world
Cheer Chen not used to performing in a pub

Chosun Ilbo Sues Lawmakers Over Actress Jang Ja-Yun
Alleges libel in naming senior executive

Texas rep apologies for remarks on Asian names

April 7, 2009

April 7, 2009

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Jet LiJet Li
Jet Li - only three lines in Founding of The Nation

But took a full day to shoot due to 67 NGs because of interruptions

Hu Jun - Founding of The Nation
Photo gallery

TVB revives dead cop Laughing Gor
A minor character captures the hearts of TV viewers and gets a Shaw spin-off movie to be directed by Herman Yau

Michael Tse, the character called Laughing [Gor] was a nobody whose life had been swallowed by his job as a mole inside a triad.

Charlene Choi releases a special edition CD

Charlene’s First Solo Album released

Gillian Chung makes a fresh start; no longer disguises herself when going out
Call me “Naïve Gil”!

Edison Chen
Edison Chen raises voice at reporter
Edison’s PR: Hand over that tape!
Was it the intense media glare?

Or was it the tension from threats on his life?

Whatever the reason, Edison Chen finally lost his cool in Singapore last evening.

The Hong Kong actor of the infamous nude photo scandal was in town over the weekend to promote his new movie The Sniper, along with director Dante Lam and co-star Richie Jen.

He was drilled relentlessly by reporters during the roundtable interview and coped relatively well, considering what he had been through this past year.

However, when MediaCorp Chinese News probed him further on his father’s bankruptcy during their one-to-one interview, he suddenly turned emotional. His publicist even stepped in and demanded that the recorded footage be erased.

MediaCorp Chinese News reporter Liang Kaixin recounted that the interview was progressing smoothly, and Edison did not oppose to answering sensitive questions. Even when asked if he would act with former lovers Cecilia Cheung and Gillian Chung in the future, he simply answered that if there is a need, he would not avoid it. His managers also did not stop CNA immediately from asking questions beyond those submitted previously.

During the roundtable, Edison had commented that in the wake of his father’s impending bankruptcy, he hopes that his family can get together and take care of each other. Instead of throwing a bag of cash to his father (like his character in The Sniper), he will write him a cheque.

Kaixin decided to follow up on that question and asked Edison how much help he would give to his father.

Suddenly, Edison turned emotional, and answered in English, “I don’t know why people won’t think that I will help my family. What makes you think that I am not helping my family?”

The journalist thought Edison just felt more comfortable answering in English, and treated his answer as a rhetorical question. When she prepared to ask her next question, Edison asked her agitatedly, “I am asking you. What makes you think that I am not helping my family?”

Shocked, the journalist replied, “Because the amount is quite big, so you might not be able to help.”

The journalist then continued her interview with Richie Jen and Dante Lam.

When the interview ended, Edison left to talk to his managers. When the journalist requested to obtain some additional footage of the trio, Edison returned as well, silent but looking as if he was angry.

Suddenly, around four of the staff and PR managers approached the journalist, and demanded that she hands over the tape and re-records using a new tape. Their reason? She did not follow her list of submitted questions.

The journalist rejected, and said the interview was completed.

The staff continued to pressure the interview crew, only satisfied when the recording timer was reset to zero.

Channel NewsAsia’s newsroom intern Vivi, who was present as a Cantonese-Mandarin translator, described, “The atmosphere was very awkward; it was like deleting the footage seemed to be the only option”.

Journalist Kaixin said that Richie Jen consoled her and said, “I’m sorry that we have to redo this.”

In the re-interview, the questions were all from the submitted list, and Edison did not answer any questions directly.

After the interview, Richie apologized to the journalist again. Vivi, a fan of Edison, requested for a photograph with Edison. At that point, Edison seemed to have calmed down and posed for the photograph. He even gave Kaixin a pat on her shoulder, saying, “I understand it’s your job.”

Vivi commented that her heart ached seeing her idol so emotionally unstable.

On Edison’s odd behaviour, Kaixin thought that he probably felt his ability was being questioned, since he was asked the same question twice during the roundtable. He answered once in Mandarin, and another time in Cantonese.

Richie Ren prepared to be neglected
Asia’s “most secured” entertainment event?
Media seated about 6m away from the panel behind barricades
Edison Chen sat nearest to the emergency exit on the panel’s right

No signs of wedding at Carol Chu’s
Since no sources have been able to confirm if the rumoured marriage of Andy Lau is true or false, reporters decided to take a chance by flying to Malaysia on Apr 6 to check out for themselves. They were disappointed to find no trace of a wedding at Carol Chu’s house.

Though two big lanterns were hung on the door of her family’s bungalow, there were no other wedding decorations and the garage was empty. Speculating that the Chu family may be out, reporters headed towards the hotel where the banquet was rumored to be, only to find no banquet rooms with wedding decorations.

Lau’s friend of 30 years, movie investor of “Future Cops”, Cai Songlin said he had not received Lau’s wedding invite but revealed that Lau appeared to be envious of his family life when they met in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year this year. Cai believed that Lau will get married but for someone who feels that true love is far more important than the marriage certificate, Lau will not rush into one. As for the little girl that has been rumored to be Lau’s daughter, Cai clarified that she is a child from the Chu family.

Cai and 47-year-old celebrity has been friends for over 30 years and knows him very well. “Andy is someone with delicate thoughts. He needs to consider things very thoroughly before making a decision. Moreover this is a marriage, not a simple affair,” Cai said.

In February this year, the Hong Kong media witnessed Lau dining with Chu’s family in Kuala Lumpur, it was later rumored that they will be tying the knot on Apr 6, also Chu’s birthday.

When the news broke out, fans displayed bi-polar reactions. Some supported the marriage, while others were heart-broken. It is said that his fans reactions put him in difficult position and thus decided to postpone the wedding.

Korea Times: 6 Quizzed Over Late Actress Jang Ja-yeon

Pop idol Wei Si `had heroin in her belongings’
Police found 10 packages of Heroin in Jill Vidal’s luggage

Toronto investor (the Chinese Warren Buffett) now hit with U.S. fraud charge (Thanks, Brian)

April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

Gao YuanyuanQin LanLu Chuan, Gao Yuanyuan
Beijing press conference - The City of Life and Death/Nanking! Nanking!

1200 copies of the film to be distributed.

Details behind Big Soldier, Little General
Wang Lee Hom, third choice, picked by Joan Lin (Jackie’s wife). Lin Peng chosen after being spotted at Olympics opening.

Actress Kim Ok-bin Speaks Out About Starring in ‘Thirst’

Zhang Jingchu, Nick Cheung, Rachel Lee
Red River cast holds first press conference in Kunming, Yunnan

Zhang Jiarui reveals Zhangs Jingchu nude scene doubled.

Daniel Wu, the outsider

Industry abuzz about possible Cannes lineup
Asian filmmakers will be well represented. Bong Joon Ho, the auteur behind Korean monster pic “The Host,” will unveil “Mother,” about a woman who searches for a murderer who framed her son. Genre specialist Johnnie To will probably bring his latest, the Hong Kong revenge pic “Vengeance,” though the movie is in French. And Chinese helmer Lu Chuan may debut his “City of Life and Death,” his Nanking massacre pic, which has been generating strong international buzz.

Super Girl Chris Li Yichun secretly spent four days in Shanghai to screen test for Bodyguards and Assassins

Hong Kong Hustle: tours the Film Workshop exhibition

One dream rush in 42 seconds

Dante Lam plays decoy
Dante Lam’s arrival in Singapore decoys Edison seekers

Director Dante Lam lures the enemies away, Edison Chen escaped to Singapore
Edison Chen braves death threat to promote movie in Singapore
Drill and grill for Edison
Edison Chen, Dante Lam, Richie JenEdison
The Sniper press conference - photo gallery

Court hears of Edison Chen sex photos
Computer technician pleads not guilty at beginning of 10-day trial

Michael Tse- TVB Stars Laughing Gor in New Movie
Herman Yau to direct prequel movie to popular TVB series, Shaw Brothers to produce it

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng apologizes for harassment.

A phone number shown in his movie Claustrophia belongs to a teacher at Bejing Foregin Studies University. Since the movie was shown on the mainland, the lecturer has received phone calls every two minutes asking if it is a movie star or connected to the film company.

Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung joins UNICEF visit to visit children affected by last year’s 5.12 earthquake

Chinese activist seeks earthquake truth
Famed artist Ai Wei Wei wants to identify all [students] who died in 2008 quake.
(Thanks, Brian)
“Ai calls his team of young volunteers “a movement.” Every day they go out and gather research, post names on Ai’s website to commemorate the dead and conduct interviews with parents for a documentary film.”

Test driving Google’s China music search

Kim Yu-na’s Fashion Picks in Vogue

Jang Ja-Yun/Jang Ja-Yeon
Figures in actress sex case to be quietly quizzed
Key figures in Jang case face summons
Police to Seek Extradition in Jang Ja-yeon Scandal
Jang Ja-yeon’s manager gets account info seized

China hi-tech exam cheats jailed

April 2, 2009

K100Jeff Lau
Beijing: Jeff Lau unveils Kung Fu Cyborg model dubbed ‘K100′

Intends to make as a series

Cherie Chung
She wants to raise funds to complete her late husband’s project of building a resort hotel in Bali. The construction project has stalled and been delayed since starting in 2004.

Cherie Chung very possibly will return to movie making

Newcomer Lin Peng - Big Soldier
Lin Peng - Big Soldier

Screen Daily: Bona Entertainment, JC Group team on Chan’s Big Soldier
Jackie Chan, Wang Lee Hom
Press conference photo gallery

Lion Rock abandons Woo’s historical epic 1949

No bullet-proof vests for Edison’s bodyguards

Daniel Wu
Daniel Wu magazine photos

“Nanking!” Actress Gao Yuanyuan in Fright

Diver-Turned Actor Hopes to Pass for Hero

Sam Lee
Sam Lee, Shawn Yue
Shawn Yue and Sam Lee shoot TV advert - photo gallery

Rivalry between Mou’s girls never more in fashion
Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi

Li BingbingZhang Ziyi and Leon Lai
OMG dept: Li Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi wearing the same dress!

Jackie Chan to hold concert in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium

Anita Mui's mother
Anita Mui’s mother lost her last appeal in the Supreme Court to get her hands on her daughter’s inheritance

In a new tactic, because of pressure from the lawsuits, she has applied for HK$800,000 travel expense for family and servants. Instead, the court granted HK$70,000 per month for living expenses.

Carol Chu
English translation

Carol Chu, Andy Lau’s bride-to-be, profiled

Televisa in ‘Heaven’ in China
Mexican telenovela Dumb Girls Don’t Go to Heaven adapted for China

Guardian: Storm in South Korea over Jang Ja-yeon’s suicide
SARFT Tightens Grip on Webcast Content

Kelvin Kwan: Cantopop star withdraws from scene amid pot scandal

NBA, Tsingtao team for cheerleading show
CCTV program is part of post-Olympic marketing partnership

Kim Yu-na May Attend University of Toronto
Kim Yu-na is South Korea’s latest sensation after winning the World Championship in figure skating last weekend in Los Angeles

$10M Sex Pact

March 31, 2009

March 31, 2009

Brigitte LinCharlie Yeung
Carina Lau, Tony LeungWong Kar-Wai and wife
Hong Kong premiere of Ashes of Time Redux - gallery

Video tributes to Leslie Cheung from Maggie Cheung, Gong Li, Faye Wong, Cecilia Cheung and Lucas, Shu Qi, John Woo, Sandra Ng and others

Chow Yun-Fat
Confucius begins filming with low-key ceremony at a Confucian temple

Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling - Treasure Hunter
Stills from Ci Ling/Treasure Hunter - Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling

Lin Chi-Lin and Eric Tsang
Photo gallery

“Ci Ling” has begun filming

Simon Yam

Nic Tse

Bodyguards and Assassins promotional material released


Examination 1977 poster

Officially released April 4
Zhou Xianxin - 'Little Gong Li'
Shanghai Normal University premiere gallery
Wong Kar-Wai sends public letter of support

Liu YeGao Yuanyuan
Nanking! Nanking!/City of Life and Death

Qin Lan
Gao Yuanyuan thought to be co-lead with Liu Ye rumored to be largely deleted, Qin Lan’s character becomes the lead

Edison Chen ‘tests water’ with role as sex pervert
According to Chinese media, a source revealed that for publicity purposes, the filming period has to be stated as before the uproar of the scandal.

Jackie Chan says producers don’t want to use original title.

Shinjuku Incident
Jackie Chan pitches his ‘different’ side in new movie
“I even had my first, mildly saucy scene but that’ll be censored in many countries, including Malaysia,” he said.
In the yakuza’s grip
Not just any Hollywood role for Daniel Wu & Jackie Chan

Cecilia Cheung
Cecilia Cheung shoots new bedding advert in Guangzhou

 Korea Times: Police to Question Journalists Over Actress Suicide

Google, music labels launch China download service

Forgery fight looms over Nina Wang’s will

Nina Wang was the widow of Teddy Wang whose kidnapping was depicted in Jackie Chan’s Crime Story

March 29, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 10:59 am

Wisconsin Film Festival: ‘Daytime Drinking’ finds laughs in the cringe-worthy
“Daytime Drinking,” which is tentatively scheduled to enter U.S. cinemas April 10. The humorous indie flick revolves around an unfortunate man who is dumped by his girlfriend, stood up by his friends and victimized by the Korean drinking culture.

John Woo backs out of 1949?
Terence Chang has confirmed that John Woo has given up plans to film 1949 (太平轮) because of copyright issues over the script by Wang Hui–ling (Lust, Caution).

Jet Li
Jet Li, Zhang Yimou Named “Chinese of World Influence”
The 85-year-old martial art novelist, Jin Yong, was given the lifetime achievement award

Alan Mak and new bride
Felix Chong, Andrew Lau, Shawn Yu join new bride and groom
Alan Mak gets married
Photo gallery

Misfortune never comes alone
On the heels of the ‘bullet letter’ and his father’s declaration of bankruptcy, Hong Kong and Taiwan news reports that Gillian Chung and Cecilia Cheung met and have formed an alliance to vote Edison Chen off the island. According to the reports, upset over Edison’s failure to personally apologize to them, Gillian and Cecilia are using their entertainment connections to scotch Edison’s return to show biz. Infernal Affairs’ Alan Mak recently was cited as saying, looking from the market view, he would not consider using Edison Chen in the near future.

A-Mei Taipei concert photo gallery

Jang Ja Yun Had Received ‘Death Threats’ From Kim
Jang Ja Yun’s Former Manager May Be Arrested

Toronto: Investor ‘king’ admits sin, but denies stealing (Thanks, Brian!)
News of the OSC’s freeze order against Tang flooded Chinese-language news websites, blogs and chat rooms in North America, China and even Europe. Bloggers and columnists debated whether Tang was more like Nebraska-born investor guru Warren Buffett, who has an estimated net worth of $62 billion (U.S.), or Bernard Madoff, the disgraced New York businessman, recently convicted of running a $65 billion Ponzi scheme.

Ghostnet: Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries
In a report to be issued this weekend, the researchers said that the system was being controlled from computers based almost exclusively in China, but that they could not say conclusively that the Chinese government was involved.

ChinaSmack: What Do Chinese Soldiers Eat On The Battlefield?

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