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Postby dleedlee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:32 pm

Wong Kar-Wai and Tsui Hark vying for first shot at Brigitte Lin's return
Possibly in Judge/Detective Dee?
Brigitte recently dined with Tsui, his wife, Zhou Xun and Li Daqi
After eating in a Japanese restaurant in Hong Kong, she sent out sushi to the papps
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-01-07/08392331452.shtml

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-01/0 ... 615099.htm

Zhang Ziyi Back to Work after Paparazzied Beach Vacation
Sophie's Revenge
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/01/07/1221s440572.htm
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/m/2009-01-07/06552331337.shtml

"If You Are the One" Comes Close to "Red Cliff"
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/01/07/1321s440914.htm

First Korean film to tackle the stock market
"The Scam" seems to be the Korean version of "Wall Street" or "Boiler Room"
http://forum.dvdtalk.com/international- ... l#portugal

Reviews

Ong Bak 2
The first hour of the film is baffling and rather nonsensical, before finally settling down
http://www.bcmagazine.net/hk.bcmagazine ... k%202.html
Gruesome, grotesque, stylized and lavish
http://hk-magazine.com/feature/ong-bak-2

Parking
http://www.bcmagazine.net/hk.bcmagazine ... rking.html

Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms
Lam Suet steals the film
http://www.bcmagazine.net/hk.bcmagazine ... until.html
Law Wing Cheong talks about his new film
http://www.bcmagazine.net/hk.bcmagazine ... cties.html

Play against type - Sun Honglei
http://www.bcmagazine.net/hk.bcmagazine ... 0type.html

Top 5 Local Films (scroll down)
http://hk-magazine.com/feature/top-10-films-year

Asian B.O. awake to sexy "Frozen Flower" and "Bedtime Stories"
http://varietyasiaonline.com/content/view/7792/53/


Raymond Wong steps down as chairman of Mandarin Films after 25 years
http://varietyasiaonline.com/content/view/7794/1/

Red Cliff sequel contiues PR offensive in Hong Kong
Lin Chi-Ling, Zhao Wei
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Chang Chen, Zhang Fengyi
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Tony Leung, John Woo
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-01-07/13442332066.shtml (more)

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http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-01/0 ... 616388.htm

Kungfu Cyborg
Stephen Fung, Hu Jun
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-01-06/23242331133.shtml

Jackie Chan Wins Best Charity Song Award
He also filmed a cameo for a children’s movie titled Finding Jackie Chan
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/Jackie-C ... 15415.html

Future Cops cast nervous working with idol Andy Lau
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/Andy-is- ... 15568.html

Rainie Yang in hot water with Mainland again
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/One-pers ... 15664.html

Older Chinese Singers Criticize the New Wave of “Idolâ€
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Postby Brian Thibodeau » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:34 pm

Zhang Ziyi Is Front Page News In Hong Kong
(Chen Kaige must be relieved Mei Lanfang has already been released)

http://www.zonaeuropa.com/200901a.brief.htm#009
The Season For Sexy Photos
http://www.zonaeuropa.com/200901a.brief.htm#010


Can't believe the mileage this seems to be getting in certain quarters . . . oh wait a minute . . . "netizens", now I get it. :lol:
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Postby Gaijin84 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:41 pm

Zhang Ziyi Is Front Page News In Hong Kong
(Chen Kaige must be relieved Mei Lanfang has already been released)

http://www.zonaeuropa.com/200901a.brief.htm#009
The Season For Sexy Photos
http://www.zonaeuropa.com/200901a.brief.htm#010


I'm beginning to think the Great Firewall of China should go up and with even stricter rules. Now no pictures or forums!
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Postby dleedlee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 6:57 pm

Partly, I think, because we're jaded by TMZ, sex tapes, etc and

If Zhang Ziyi was intimate with a Chinese person on the beach, she would be guilty only of being "skittish." But she did it with a white man, and that is of a completely different nature.

The latter, a more significant cause for the uproar, I suspect.
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Postby Brian Thibodeau » Wed Jan 07, 2009 7:22 pm

dleedlee wrote:The latter, a more significant cause for the uproar, I suspect.


No doubt. Shame that's even an issue nowadays, for people on either side of the ethnic divide . . .

I'm not sure this would even qualify as a "-gate" in some quarters! Celebrity boobies are old hat over here I guess. Sometimes look like them, too! :D
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Postby dleedlee » Wed Jan 07, 2009 8:08 pm

Not simple as pure racism, in my opinion. I take it as a festering remnant of The Opium Wars. This type of thing cuts deeply across the grain of Chinese national pride.

Now, the latest twist:

Possible Classifications of the Zhang Ziyi Photos
Scrutiny by Obscene Articles Tribunal
http://www.zonaeuropa.com/200901a.brief.htm#014

What's really ironic is that just a few days ago, there was a proposal to drop the OAT altogether in HK.

Away With The Obscene/Indecent Articles Control Ordinance in Hong Kong
http://www.zonaeuropa.com/200901a.brief.htm#002
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Postby Brian Thibodeau » Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:56 pm

dleedlee wrote:Not simple as pure racism, in my opinion. I take it as a festering remnant of The Opium Wars. This type of thing cuts deeply across the grain of Chinese national pride.


You're right, some commentary surrounding this "issue" does seem rooted in deeper issues, but is something (anything) as superficial as this all it takes to stoke the fires of nationalism these days? :( . Seems like opportunism regardless of culture. She's an actress, a celebrity, with a storied past no less, and yet someone still expects her to be the bastion of national decency because history dictates it must be so? Western military missteps or political gaffes make good catalysts for nationalist fervour in a lot of countries, but "naughty" snaps from a celebrity's mixed relationship? Sigh.
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Postby dleedlee » Sun Jan 11, 2009 2:38 pm

Zhang-Vivi

Sun, sand and bare truth (editorial)
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2009 ... 382699.htm

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http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show. ... 311/1.html

Curiouser and curiouser
The Power of Love or The Case of the Vanished Photos: Very Yellow, Very Absent
A mystery person (suspected to be Vivi Nevo) has purchased the copyrights for three months in USA, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, from X17online.com
Afterwhich, the speculation is that negotiations to completely buy back the photographs will be completed.
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show. ... 169/1.html

This is what now appears at the original link on x17online's site (the original source)
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Postby ewaffle » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:30 am

Curiouser and curiouser
The Power of Love or The Case of the Vanished Photos: Very Yellow, Very Absent
A mystery person (suspected to be Vivi Nevo) has purchased the copyrights for three months in USA, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, from X17online.com Afterwhich, the speculation is that negotiations to completely buy back the photographs will be completed.


He has quite a reach--fitting for a billionaire. They have disappeared from an Italian site that had the photos yesterday.
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Postby Brian Thibodeau » Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:50 am

ewaffle wrote:He has quite a reach--fitting for a billionaire. They have disappeared from an Italian site that had the photos yesterday.


I was at a nearby mega-Chinese grocery store today and there at the checkout for all to see--and cat about--was a Hong Kong gossip rag with the ViviZiyi pictures plastered huge all over the cover (and no doubt inside), including the bum-nibbling shot. Buying up the rights to the photos was probably the only (and best) thing Nevo could do, although I'm sure they've been downloaded to a bazillion hard drives already or, failing that, scanned by some enterprizing perv from any of the magazines that have now clearly circled the globe! :shock:

I thought they looked pretty happy together, not that it's any of my business . . . ;)

It didn't appear that the magazine was exactly flying off the racks at the checkouts I passed on my way out, though that's hardly an accurate survey. I'm prone to believe it's one of those things where no one really wants to be caught adding "that" to their pile of groceries! :lol: Either that, or no one really cares that much, which is as it should be.
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