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Postby dleedlee » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:54 pm

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Fan Bingbing
http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/0 ... 748801.htm

Zhang Jingchu in 'John Rabe'
Story of Nazi who saved thousands of Chinese from Nanjing massacre
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/f/2009-02-01/00122358364.shtml
International premiere at Berlin Film Festival
In his film Oscar award-winner Florian Gallenberger (QUIERO SER [I WANT TO BE...]) relates the true story of a German Siemens manager in the then Chinese capital of Nanking who in 1937 saved about 250,000 civilians from being slaughtered by Japanese soldiers during the Sino-Japanese War. The film is based on the diaries of the "Schindler of China" (New York Times), who to this day is revered as a saint in China, but was practically forgotten in Germany. Starring alongside Ulrich Tukur are Steve Buscemi (FARGO, ARMAGEDDON), Anne Consigny (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY), Chinese shooting star Zhang Jingchu (RUSH HOUR 3), Japan's Akira Emoto (SHALL WE DANCE) and Daniel Bruehl (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, GOOD BYE, LENIN!). Beta Cinema is handling world sales.
http://www.betacinema.com/en/news_beta_ ... ail?id=105

Face poster
Tsai Ming-Liang's film to preview at Berlin, premiere at Cannes
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/p/2009-02-02 ... 9587.shtml
Louvre-Set "Face" to Premiere at Cannes
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/02/02/1221s449257.htm

Empire of Silver
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-02/09152359712.shtml

Jay Chou preparing to film 'Secret 2'
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/Jay-Chou ... 23267.html

Brigitte Lin promotes Peach Blossom Land
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-02/08572359694.shtml

Tang Wei and Jacky Cheung to costar in new film directed by Ivy Ho
Filming in Hong Kong begins in March
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http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-02/03292359586.shtml
http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-02/08392359690.shtml

Gigi Lai's fiance spends millions to charter private plane so injured brother can witness her wedding in Sydney
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/Gigi-Lai ... 22883.html

MING PAO DAILY, JANUARY 26 2009, FILM WORDS
ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2009 LIGHT AND LIVELY


ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2009 (GA YAU HEI SI 2009) is a typical Hong
Kong-style Lunar New Year comedy film that is just for the sake of popular
excitement, without any expectation for anything wonderful and novel. As
long as it is light and lively it is considered not bad. In fact, over
the past decade domestic comedy has been fewer and fewer, and often it
gives bitter rather than hearty laughs. This one at least demonstrates
that our spirit of comedy has not disappeared and may have possibility to
recover.

The Raymond Wong Pak Ming produced, Vincent Kok Tak Siu directed
film routinely cooks up drama and comedy with marriage, which is a timely
subject that is not obsolete in both ancient and modern comedy. This
time Sandra Ng Kwan Yu wonderfully plays a shrewd sister, a publishing
industry talent who takes pride in being single, but actually "longs for
marriage" and dreads of becoming a spinster!

Having fun at the expense of single and independent woman like
this is inevitable vulgar, but Ng Kwan Yu's performance is lively and
funny. Whether she is playing strong and mean or playing infatuated and
love struck she is appropriately humorous and maintains a sense of
cheerful comedy. Ronald Cheng Chung Kei as her heartbroken brother is
also fun, in order to lift the "curse" he hires romance expert Louis Koo
Tin Lok to open his sister's heart and leads to a series of bumbling and
stumbling relationships.

Koo Tin Lok's courtship tricks are very comic book like, the
funniest of which is when he runs into his true love he "loses all his
power" and becomes a shy guy. Between Ng Kwan Yu and Mainland beauty
Shen Lijun he is at a loss. Another Mainland actress Yao Chen plays
"Buckteeth Jane" and with Cheng Chung Kei develops a romance that is also
interesting.

Of course no one should be take this film too seriously. The film
also takes the opportunity to promote tourism in Hangzhou and Qiandaohu.
Fortunately, Kok Tak Siu has given the film a quick pace and the film
maintains consistency from the beginning to the end. Co-stars also
include Wong Pak Ming, Ha Chun Chau, Lee Heung Kam, Guo Tao, Clifton Ko
Chi Sum and so on. Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin also makes a cameo appearance
that can relieve the doldrum.

The 1992 version ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL has the strongest cast. Ko
Chi Sum directed, with Stephen Chow Sing Chi, Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing, and
Wong Pak Ming as three brothers and actresses like Maggie Cheung Man Yuk,
Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan and so on. Back then it was a
Lunar New Year hit, but in my impression it was very silly. Later in
ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 97 the brothers were Chow Sing Chi, Francis Ng Chun
Yu and Wong Pak Ming, with Roy Chiao (Kiu Wang) as the father.

Actually this series' original prototype was the 1988 Cinema City
film EIGHT HAPPINESS (BAK SING BO HEI). Johnnie To Kei Fung directed and
Wong Pak Ming, Chow Yun-fat, and Jacky Cheung Hok Yau played three
brothers, the girlfriends were Petrina Fung Bo Bo, Cherie Chung Chor Hung,
Carol Cheng Yui Ling and others. It was very popular.

Now ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2009 turned three brothers into a sister
and a brother, with Ng Kwan Yu as the most important. Obviously Chinese
families had less and less brothers (the Mainland has an one-child
policy), but love and family are always attractive. - SHEK KEI
http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Towers/2038/090122.txt

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http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/h/2009-02-01/11172358768.shtml
Jet Li among Davos forum's Crystal Award winners
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/0 ... 748175.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009- ... 744832.htm

Unknown Faye Wong Single Released
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/02/02/1221s449338.htm

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Crystal Liu (Yi Fei) Appears as Vogue Cover Girl
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/02/01/1321s449069.htm
http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/m/p/2009-02-01 ... 8821.shtml

Zhang Ziyi in Sydney shooting a cosmetics advert
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/0 ... 742702.htm

Mavis Fan sports new look in photo book
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http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/0 ... 748726.htm
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Re: News Links - 2/2/09

Postby Brian Thibodeau » Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:49 pm



That's an ugly poster. Looks like something whipped up for some DTV martial arts cheapie you'd find in the Wal-Mart bargain bin. :( Come to think of it, there's been a few chintzy looking posters from Chinese films of late, including some of those RED CLIFF II jobbies. :?
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Postby dleedlee » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:28 pm

That's an ugly poster. Looks like something whipped up for some DTV martial arts cheapie you'd find in the Wal-Mart bargain bin.


I think this is one of those vanity productions. Which is not to say that the film itself is good or bad but that the typical money and resources behind production aren't necessarily there. Still, it's going to Berlin, so that counts for something.
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Postby Brian Thibodeau » Mon Feb 02, 2009 11:33 pm

And the crackdown continues. I can see one of these places out of the shipping bay doors of our office. I often grab lunch in the mall! :lol:

http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoa ... 6-sun.html
http://www.yorkregion.com/article/87513

Most of the places shut down in late 2008 remain shut down, which is remarkable in this city.
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Postby ewaffle » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:37 pm

That's an ugly poster.


Yet another example showing that just because one can use Photoshop doesn't mean one should use Photoshop.

Looks like something whipped up for some DTV martial arts cheapie you'd find in the Wal-Mart bargain bin.


A generic poster that says "Don't bother with this movie. We didn't."
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Postby ewaffle » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:44 pm

Louvre-Set "Face" to Premiere at Cannes


Laetitia Casta as Salomé, supported by Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye and Jeanne Moreau. Quite a cast.
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Re: News Links - 2/2/09

Postby cal42 » Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:00 pm

And the world of Spam gets just that little bit weirder.
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Re: News Links - 2/2/09

Postby Brian Thibodeau » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:13 am

cal42 wrote:And the world of Spam gets just that little bit weirder.



Indeed. I keep hitting the "report" button, but this character just keeps on posting. I hope our report button actually reports! :?
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Re: News Links - 2/2/09

Postby dleedlee » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:21 am

I sent Bob an email yesterday morning...but no reply. Maybe he's out of town for the weekend.
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Re: News Links - 2/2/09

Postby Brian Thibodeau » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:33 am

dleedlee wrote:I sent Bob an email yesterday morning...but no reply. Maybe he's out of town for the weekend.



Cool. I was leaning toward doing that myself, but I'm sure he'll know at some point. ;)
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Re: News Links - 2/2/09

Postby dleedlee » Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:30 pm

Yay, the blither blather's been blasted away. :D
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