Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Latest "My Lucky Star" - Poster, Stills [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


New "My Lucky Star" publicity released this week.

Zhang Ziyi

Yao Chen

Ruby Lin

Ada Choi

Ruby Lin, Yao Chen

Wang Leehom

Saturday, August 24, 2013

8.24.2013 [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


Zhang Ziyi, Wang Leehom in "My Lucky Star"

Variety: Ziyi Zhang’s ‘My Lucky Star’ Set For North American Release
China Lion has acquired North American rights to Ziyi Zhang’s “My Lucky Star” and will release the Chinese-language comedy Sept. 20 in North America day-and-date with Mainland China.

The film is set for a limited release in the U.S. and Canada in metro areas, including Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto, Vancouver and the Washington, D.C., area.

Edko announced on Tuesday that Eddie PENG has been cast in the role of Wong Fei-hung. The film also co-stars Angelababy. Both actors attended the ceremony to mark the first day of shooting.

Not your father's Wong Fei-Hung
Eddie Peng, Roy Chow

Eddie Peng, Jing Boran

Eddie Peng, Angelababy

Cast and crew

Director Roy Chow, Eddie Peng, Angelababy

Roy Chow (Sina)

Things are looking extremely bright for Peng's career, and he is already preparing for his next physically demanding role. Peng sits down with Time Out at the W Hong Kong to talk about his preparations as an MMA fighter and his thoughts on becoming a sex symbol.

Wannabe noirish crime drama collapses from a feeble script and zero chemistry.

Forget box office -- online video viewing in China has doubled in the last six months as its streaming leader offers hot American TV shows -- with (yes!) paid receipts to prove it.

Monday, August 19, 2013

8.19.2013 [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


"The Palace" poster

According to news reports, "The Palace" features S&M, 'forbidden/ambiguous love', and Zhou Dongyu's most challenging role to date.

THR: China's Wanda Pushing Film Credentials With 'The Palace'
The movie is a love story set during the Qing Dynasty and features Zhou Dongyu, who made a big splash for her role in Zhang Yimou’s Under The Hawthorn Tree, and also features Lu Yi, Zhao Liying and Chen Xiao.

Zhao Liying and Zhou Dongyu develop "feelings" for each other
More publicity stills at HKMDB

On the back of ongoing movie theater building in China, Wang's Dalian Wanda Group bought North America's AMC Entertainment last year for $2.6 billion, making it the largest exhibitor in the world.

"Tiny Times" posters

Touted as the Chinese Sex and the City, the glitzy chick flick, which broke China’s opening-day records, follows four best friends in Shanghai as they totter around on Manolo Blahniks pursuing love and career success. [And what brand were Brigitte Lin's heels, so lovingly polished by Takeshi Kaneshiro, in "Chungking Express"? Yep, Manolo Blahnik.]

"Chungking Express"

NYT: A Kung Fu That Maims and Romances - Wong Kar-wai on His New Film, ‘The Grandmaster’
The American edit, with his approval, adds explanatory titles, character names and some different footage and hews to a more linear chronology.

Additional details on Roy Chow's upcoming Wong Fei-hung film
THR: Hong Kong's Edko Films Unveils Kung-Fu Project 'Rise of the Legend'
While the actor playing the lead role of Wong Fei-hung is not yet unannounced, the film will star Sammo Hung (Ip Man 2) as the kung fu master's mentor, as well as Jing Boran (The Bullet Vanishes), and martial arts champion-turned-actorZhang Jin (The Grandmaster).

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Angelababy and Kim Beom Pair Up [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


To celebrate the Double Seventh (Qixi) Festival or "Chinese Valentine's Day", Huayi Brothers released new stills featuring Angelababy and the Korean-born Kim Beom who play lovers in "Young Detective Dee:  Rise of the Sea Dragon". The Tsui Hark film will be released Sept. 28. (Sina)


Kim Beom

Angelababy, Kim Beom

[Update] Jia Zhangke's "Touch of Sin" [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


English version of earlier post.

Variety: Director Jia Zhangke Reveals Tentative Release Date for ‘A Touch of Sin’
Many had questioned whether the auteur’s Cannes best screenplay-winning film would get permission to be shown in Chinese cinemas, due to its provocative subject matter.

FBA: Touch of Sin targets November release

Friday, August 9, 2013

Who Will Be China's Next Wong Fei-Hung? [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


A new Wong Fei-Hung film is in the works, to be directed by Roy Chow Hin-Yeung ("Nightfall","Murder") from a script by Christine To ("Fearless","Nightfall"). China's SARFT has approved the script, and according to a synopsis will depict a youthful Wong Fei-Hung battling hooligans and helping the poor. It's a near certainty that the hero is a "young punk" and, thus, eliminates Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao/Chiu Man-Cheuk as prospects for the lead role. Below, some possibilities to portray the hero and their respective bona fides. (Sina), 2

Dennis To/Du Yuhang
("Ip Man", "Ip Man 2", "The Legend is Born - Ip Man", "Choy Lee Fut")

Eddie Peng

Nick Cheung
("Unbeatable", "Nightfall")

"A Touch of Sin" [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)


Jia Zhangke announced via weibo that "A Touch of Sin" will be released domestically this November. In May, he won the Award for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.

The film's cast features Jiang Wu, Wang Baoqiang, Zhao Tao and Luo Lanshan in four based-on-true-life stories with a violent core.

Cannes poster

Zhao Tao, Jia Zhangke's wife and muse

Zhao Tao

19 year-old Luo Lanshan, a non-professional actor

Luo Lanshan

Jiang Wu

Jiang Wu

Wang Baoqiang

Zhao Tao

Wang Baoqiang

FBA: A Touch of Sin
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