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Fala Chen won’t renew TVB contract despite 8 figure offer from TVB

By on April 8th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Movies

It was reported that TVB actress Fala Chen will not renew her contract with the company, stating that she will be taking an acting class in New York instead.

According to Popular Asians, with her contract with TVB deemed to expire in May, rumour has it that TVB has offered her an 8-digit sum. However, the actress has determined not to renew her contract.

When asked whether she has set her sights outside of TVB once her contract expires, Fala declined to elaborate but stated, “At this stage, nothing is settled yet. I’ve been at TVB for 8 years, and I hope we will maintain a good relationship. There were no unhappy circumstances. It’s just that I’ve filmed so many dramas, and I want to use this time for a break.”

About her decision to take acting class, Fala revealed, “I hope to gain a new perspective in the acting field. In recent years, I discussed acting with co-workers and read many books. However, reading and actually filming are very different.”

“I’ve always wanted to leave the film set and watch different performance platforms to improve myself. I’ve mentioned this to the company before. I’ve planned this for several years and have mentioned this to the company before, so I want to take this chance to refresh myself,” the actress concluded.



Tony Leung fed up with Wong Kar Wai

By on January 17th, 2013 | Hong Kong Movies

Rumour has it that “The Grandmaster” actor Tony Leung has been avoiding director Wong Kar Wai since the movie’s release.
According to Groove Asia website, it was rumoured that the 50-year-old actor was unhappy with the result of the movie, and felt that his role in “The Grandmaster” was fashioned to complement Zhang Ziyi’s character, who received 100-minute screen time in the movie.

Reportedly, Tony was shocked to find out that after his three-year effort learning Wing Chun, many of his scenes in “The Grandmaster” was cut by the director. As Tony and Ziyi filmed separately, the former was not aware that the actress has more screen time while he worked hard only to play second fiddle to Ziyi.

Director Wong explained the decision to cut his screen time, saying that Ip Man (played by Tony Leung) was a man of few words, and that it was necessary for him to remove as much dialogue scenes as possible.

Meanwhile, unlike Song Hye-gyo – who only gets six minutes of screen time in the movie, Tony has been professional and attended promotional activities in Taiwan and Guangzhou. However, rumours are rife that Tony and wife Carina have been avoiding dinner gatherings with the director.


Song Hye Kyo Shoots “The Grandmaster” for 1 Year, 6 Minutes Screen time in Return

By on January 11th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Movies, Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

The 10 year production The Grandmaster finally released in Mainland. Lead actor Tony Leung and lead actress Zhang Ziyi were willing to sacrifice their time and lose several jobs to shoot this film from beginning to end. In 2010, it was rumored Korean actress Song Hye Kyo “fussed” and was unwilling to take up extra time to re-shoot some scenes. After spending a year shooting, she only had 6 minutes of screen time in the 130 minute film, lead actress Zhang Ziyi occupied 100 minutes!

Although Song Hye Kyo had little screen time and declined to participate in the promotions, lead actor Tony Leung still praised her professionalism despite having a language barrier with the crew and basically gave a lot of ‘face’. Tony said: “I totally understand her situation. In the past, I went to Taiwan to shoot Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film not knowing any Mandarin. At the time, I felt as if I was mute and couldn’t speak. But, Song Hye Kyo was very professional, she was able to portray the elegant woman, she’s a very rare actress.” Wong Kar Wai’s production style is ‘patient work makes a good product’, and may not necessarily understand every artist. Tony works very closely with the director, asked if he tutored Song Hye Kyo? Tony laughed: “She’s very professional, not necessary.”

Tony Leung also praised Zhang Ziyi, he said: “I admire her. I don’t need to say much about her acting, but she trained her Kung Fu well. It’s amazing. I had a few action scenes with her, because we had to accommodate several things, I couldn’t hit her lightly. That night we were shooting the scene 50 times, so absolutely there was accidental hitting and stepping involved, I know she was in real pain due to her old injuries, but she held it all in. I really admire her, very rare!”



Gillian Chung’s comeback movie showcases her first kiss and bedroom scene

By on January 8th, 2010 | Hong Kong Entertainment, Hong Kong Movies, newsfeed

The post-scandal Gillian Chung from Cantopop duo Twins, whose virginal image was irreversibly shattered with the eruption of Edison Chen’s online sex photo mayhem of 2008, has been keeping up her quiet hiatus for more than a year.

But Ah Jiao (as her fans call her) is slowly stepping out of the shadows and making inroads back into the entertainment scene.

The 28-year-old singer-actress will make a film comeback with Former, a Chapman To movie produced by Emperor Entertainment Group.

The Hong Kong star is taking a three-pronged approach for her comeback that will certainly be under the media spotlight. Besides a return to the silver screen, she will also release a new music album and film a Mainland drama series in China.

At the prayer ceremony conducted for the movie, which she attended with fellow cast members including William Chan, Michelle Wai, and Lawrence Chow, reporters commented…

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Ashes of Time Redux

By on September 13th, 2008 | Hong Kong Movies

Since its release in 1994, Wong Kar Wai’s “Ashes of Time” has received mixed reviews.  Many critics praised it for its artistic re-interpretation of Jin Yong’s characters that appear in his “Eagle-Shooting Heroes” novel, beautiful landscape photography by Christopher Doyle, and melancholy atmosphere.  The haunting soundtrack for this film is also very memorable and fits the mood of the film well.  Not to mention, the late Leslie Cheung starred in the film alongside Tony Leung and with an array of actors such as Tony Leung Kar Fai, Carina Lau, Bridgette Lin, and Maggie Cheung.

Now the movie is in “redux” mode and re-released in a digitally cleaned up version.  It is said that this is an abridged version too.


Storm Riders II 2009

By on March 30th, 2008 | Hong Kong Movies

Storm Riders II

Ma Wing Shing’s popular Hong Kong manga “Fung Wan” (Wind and Cloud) was first translated to the big screen in 1998′s “The Storm Riders” movie which starred Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok in the lead roles of Wind and Cloud. The Pang Brothers are now slated to produce a budgeted $12 million 2009 sequel which will bring back Ekin and Aaron for the roles. Casting also includes Nicholas Tse to play Juet Sum, Simon Yam as Juet Mo Sun, Charlene Choi as Second Dream, and newcomer Tiffany T. as Chor Chor. “Storm Riders II” will be the first Asian movie to be shot almost entirely on blue screen so we can expect game-like sequences and backdrops like “300″.

From looking at the character list, it looks like we can expect the sequel to take place directly after the defeat of Fung Wan’s master Hong Ba (Conqueror) and the invasion of Japanese warriors like Juet Mo Sun and son Juet Sum. The only gripe I have is why Charlene Choi as Second Dream? I hope she won’t turn the character into a silly teenage girl. This portion of the manga has some of the most entertaining fight scenes as Wind will become evil and battle Cloud at the very end.

Character Artwork:

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