Monday, February 8, 2016

[2016.02.09] JACKIE CHAN'S NEW FILM SETS OF TERRORISM SCARE


The explosion is so real on the Lambeth Bridge that some mistake it for a real attack
The explosion blows the roof off the bus
After the explosion the remains of the bus resemble the 2005 attack on London
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International film star Jackie Chan and former "James Bond" Pierce Brosnan starred Hollywood action thriller THE FOREIGNER is heating in production in London. The film shot an explosion scene that some mistook for a terrorist attack and called the police about it.

The film three days ago blew up a double decker bus on the Lambeth Bridge over the Thames in the center of London. Many did not know that a film production was taking and thought a terrorist attack has taken place. The police received two reports and later immediately clarified that it was a false alarm.

During the scene Jackie Chan was on the set; THE FOREIGNER's producer later said that before the shoot the production has already notified the residents and put up notices. At the same time they used warning signs. However some still felt upset and complained to the government.

The London authorities said that the Lambeth Bridge was already closed before the shoot and the fire department was present in case of any accident. Jackie Chan said, "Before the shoot roadblocks were set up and notices were posted to inform everyone. When I learned that people mistook its for a terrorist attack I was surprised too!" The production applied for the explosion for half a year before approval. Now it still has several explosion scenes and the production is estimated to finish by mid March.

[2016.02.09] STEPHEN CHOW DEFEATS WONG JING

Chow Yun Fat's FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 is the top film at the Hong Kong box office
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The Wong Jing directed Lunar New Year film FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 (DOH SING FUNG WON III) opened in Hong Kong. Despite all the controvresy a strong cast with Chow Yun Fat, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau and comedy the film was perfect for the Lunar New Year. On the 29th FROM 3 successfully defeated many films like THE GOOD DINOSAUR and ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS THE ROAD CHIP. Its single day take of HK$ 2.7 million brought it to the top of the Hong Kong box office.

On the Lunar New Year's Day yesterday FROM 3 continued to thrive. The film in the Mainland easily passed 100 million with a single day take of 150 million.

As for other films, Stephen Chow Sing Chi's MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) made 230 million while THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) made 140 million RMB on a single day in the Mainland.

Friday, February 5, 2016

[2016.02.06] JOSEPH CHANG AND ZHOU DONGYU COMPETE IN OSAKA

Zhou Dongyu, Joseph Chang
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Sun Entertainment Culture's films A NAIL CLIPPER ROMANCE and ROBBERY (LO LUP) were selected for the Osaka Asian Film Festival competition and participation respectively. NAIL starred Joseph Chang and Zhou Dongyu, who will vie for the Best Actor and Best Actress honors.

ROBBERY was selected for the New York Asian Film Festival, the Montreal Fantastic Film Festival, the Hawaii International Film Festival and Abertoir, the International Horror Festival of Wales. Lead actress J.Arie (Lui Sum Yu) earlier was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer.

[2016.02.06] WHITE BONE SPIRIT BATTLES MONKEY KING TO ZERO BAD REVIEW


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Gong Li as the White Bone Spirit has quite a dominating presence
Aaron Kwok holds down the fort in the film
Kris Philips
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The Best Actor Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Gong Li, Law Chung Him, Feng Shaofeng and Xiao Shenyang starred THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) held advanced screenings in 100 cities nationwide and 33 regions around the world. Industry insiders, media film critics and famous film magazines all gave good reviews as the film reached "zero bad review" excellent word of mouth. A world renowned film magazine film critic said that the film was excellent, the production was thorough and elevated the visual effects. Sing Sing and Gong Li's centerpiece performance had quite a presence. MONKEY's global advanced screenings for industry professionals was a show of confidence in its film quality. The other two Chinese Lunar New Year meanwhile continued to remain mysterious.

The film yesterday released the character posters. Gong Li as the demon king White Bone Spirit was very dominating. The King Kong band in front of her gave a preview of her battle with Sun Wukong. Sing Sing as Sun Wukong looked vicious and baffled. The "King" Kris Philips (Fei Xiang)'s identity remained a mystery. The blood red wine glass in his hand drew people in.

[2016.02.06] BRUCE LEE 4K RESTORATION FILM FESTIVAL SCREENING

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The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival brings good news to Bruce Lee fans. Bruce Lee films like THE BIG BOSS, FIST OF FURY, RETURN OF THE DRAGON and THE GAME OF DEATH have gone through 4K digital technology restoration. The restored films would feel richer visually, better for viewers to understand Lee's martial art philosophy of "knowing the hero and respecting the hero" throughout his films.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

[2016.02.05] STEPHEN CHOW PROMOTES IN CHENGDU

Stephen Chow likes to challenge himself, thus he asks new comer Jelly Lin to star
Deng Chao pretends to be a merman on the beach
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Stephen Chow Sing Chi led his Lunar New Year film MERMAID (MEI YUN YU)'s actors Jelly Lin Yun, Yang Neng earlier to promote in Chengdu. Chow Sing Chi invited director Tsui Hark to guest star and said that he still felt directors could act. As for his choice of new comer, Chow Sing Chi stated that he liked to challenge himself. Actors in his hands would be able to give their best performance.

As for Deng Chao, although he did not appear in Chengdu he posed many beach photos online to promote MERMAID. He made a fish tail out of a towel and posed with several statues.

[2016.02.05] LEON LAI WILL BE THE ENTERTAINMENT EXPO AMBASSADOR AGAIN

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Leon Lai Ming will be the 12th Hong Kong Entertainment Expo promotional ambassador. Earlier he worked on the promotional video and photos. The video will be shown in almost 50 cinemas in Hong Kong starting in the Lunar New Year. Lai Ming was happy to be the Entertainment Expo ambassador again. He said that the Entertainment Expo was an annual event, with television, film, digital entertainment and music all in one. Many events welcomed active participation from the people. He as a part of the Hong Kong entertainment industry encouraged everyone to support it enthusiastically.

Lai Ming yesterday posed a Lunar New Year video on facebook. "I got my friends to wish everyone a Happy New Year". The video opened with the "Old Lai wishes you a Happy new Year" couplet, with his and the other three Heavenly Kings' head on Mount Rushmore. Then he turned himself into a fortune god with a mustache and a black eye.