Aaron Kwok Finds Happiness In Women’s Kingdom

Aaron Kwok Finds Happiness In Women’s Kingdom



Aaron Kwok (郭富城) is once again leading the Lunar New Year movie marathons with his new film The Monkey King 3 <西遊記·女兒國>, which premiered on the new year. The film, which also stars William Feng (馮紹峰), Zanilia Zhao (趙麗穎), Xiaoshenyang (小瀋陽), and Him Law (羅仲謙), is a based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West <西遊記>, and follows Sun Wukong and his journey into the Women’s Kingdom.

This is Aaron’s second time portraying the iconic Sun Wukong. To go days on end wearing heavy makeup was not easy for the actor-singer, but upon receiving the script of The Monkey King 3, Aaron decided to go for it again, perhaps one last time.

“It’s been two years since I did the last one,” he said. “When I got the script [of The Monkey King 3], I saw that there was something very different here compared to the last one. To be able to portray a complicated character like Sun Wukong, and not just his playful side, definitely benefits me as an actor. You would want to do a role that helps you develop.”

Asking if he would like to play Sun Wukong for another sequel, he said, “Just the makeup itself took five hours, every single day. So when you’re sweating, you can’t wipe it off. It would give you this feeling of dread. After two years, I forgot about it, but on the first day on set for this film, that feeling came back to me. But it’s too late to take it back. I already agreed to do the role, and I received a lot of encouragement from my agency. The director is also very understanding. That pain is hard to deal with.”

Superstars like Stephen Chow (周星馳) and Donnie Yen (甄子丹) have took on the role of Sun Wukong before, and when asked if he was worried about viewers comparing him to them, he said, “That is something I won’t be able to prevent, but I’m not worried. I’m very confident with my own performance. (In your opinion, what qualities do you have that makes your performance stand out over theirs?) Sun Wukong is a very flexible fighter, and I come from a dancing background. I think that helped me deal with a lot of the character’s body language. It’s my style. (Who is the most handsome Sun Wukong?) I don’t want to rate that. (Maybe you?) Not worthy to be!”

After a whirlwind promotional tour to promote the film in Mainland China, Aaron’s last stop was Hong Kong, where he also spent the New Year’s. Now a new father, Aaron was asked about how he dealt with his new identity.

In bright smiles, Aaron said, “I’m still serious about my career and when I go home, I get to take care of my family. I think this moment is the most important. (What will you be doing differently this New Year holiday?) Taking care of my daughter! It’s the happiest time now. I get to focus on my career and also have a happy family. This is something I never got to experience before.”

Aaron is currently preparing for his upcoming film, which will be shot in New York. He shared, “There’s going to be a lot of preparation for it. I’ll be speaking some English.” Asking if he’ll decrease his workload for his family, he said, “Not necessarily. Because now I have a family, I have to work even harder for them.”

At the end of the year, Aaron will be holding a 50-date concert tour, with the last performance in Hong Kong. He promised fans that he’ll be in his fittest shape for the concert.

Source: Mingpao

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Tony Leung forms an alliance with Kris Wu, Tang Yan in Europe Raiders

When films list Jingle Ma (The Butterfly Lovers, Mulan, Speed Angels) as director, it’s usually a sign for me to stay right away from the very beginning, because his movies always turn out to be so very boring. I’ve heard some good things about the other two Raiders movies though, so let’s hope he doesn’t turn an action flick into a snooze fest.

ony Leung) and Miss Wang (Tang Yan) are a pair of agents employed by the CSI to help track down ‘God’s Right Hand’, which was stolen by a mysterious woman (Du Juan). However, they discover that things are not as simple as they seem after saving genius hacker Luo Qi (Kris Wu).

The action comedy film is scheduled for a late 2018 release.

Tang Yan should always play bad-ass characters:

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Review: Detective Chinatown

Easily one of the best mysteries and best comedies of the past few years, Detective Chinatown is a sure crowd pleaser.

A belated review for one of my favorite films of 2016 to get ready for the sequel. Detective Chinatown 2 will be distributed by Warner Bros in the U.S. and will open in 48 markets (biggest in a long time for a Chinese film).

A clean and twist-filled mystery embellished with well-executed humor and splashes of romance kept me on the edge of my seats  for Detective Chinatown 唐人街探案. The buddy cop flick from actor-turned-director Chen Sicheng  proves that he continues to be one of China’s best young commercial directors.

When the reserved mystery novel nerd Qin Feng (Liu Haoran) is sent to spend the summer with his uncle, ne’er-do-well  Bangkok Chinatown P.I. Tang Ren (Wang Baoqiang), the two immediately clash and Qin Feng is ready to leave. Yet before Qin Feng can leave,   Tang Ren is framed for a murder, and Qin Feng is baited into helping him clear his name.

Despite mostly being sold as a comedy, the series has one of the most well-made crime plots among recent Chinese films. While other mystery films often feel either too pretentious with insights into human nature or too sophomoric with amateur directing/editing, Detective Chinatown felt like a polished mystery film fitting for a blockbuster. The mystery-solving is filled with unexpected twists, well-motivated suspects, and plenty of humor and chase scenes to make it exciting.

The comedy is sharper and more varied than the typical Wang Baoqiang comedy, although some of the misogynistic raunchiness remains. There are also notably a few comedic fights that’s a callback to older martial arts comedies of Hong Kong. Liu Haoran works well as the reserved nerd, while Zhang Zifeng shines as Snow, a seemingly normal student with secrets of her own.

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Jaywalk Studio Buys “The Journey of Flower” Movie Rights, Dilireba to Star?

Jaywalk Studio Buys “The Journey of Flower” Movie Rights, Dilireba to Star?

Tied to a 15-year contract with Yang Mi’s (杨幂) Jaywalk Studio, one can bet that Dilireba (迪丽热巴) will be taking the lead in the studio’s major projects.

According to a recent report, the Chinese production studio and agency Jaywalk Studio, created by Yang Mi, has just purchased the rights to produce a film version of the 2015 hit series The Journey of Flower <花千骨>, which starred Zanilia Zhao Liying (赵丽颖) and Wallace Huo (霍建華). It’s been reported that the studio purchased the show’s movie rights for at least 1 billion yuan.

When the movie version for the hit drama was confirmed last year, it was assumed that Zanilia and Wallace would reprise their popular roles. Zanilia, however, had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. At the time, it was rumored that Angelababy would replace her.

With Jaywalk Studio’s new involvement in the movie, it is speculated that the lead role Hua Qiangu could go to Dilireba, Jaywalk Studio’s top artiste.

Dilireba’s possible casting is met with mixed reviews. Many fans pointed out that Yang Mi would be a more suitable candidate to play the lead role, as her 2017 hit Eternal Love <三生三世十里桃花> has already been compared to The Journey of Flower.

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Mark Chao Bears Harsh Winters for “Till the End of the World”

Mark Chao Bears Harsh Winters for “Till the End of the World”



Starring Mark Chao (趙又廷) and Yang Zishan (杨子珊), the winter romance film Till the End of the World <南极之恋> premiered in China on February 2, 2018. The film is based on the novel written by Wu Youyin (吴有音), who also directed the film. The movie focuses focuses on the love story between a young millionaire and a scientist who get stranded in Antarctica for 75 days.

The film was shot on location in Antarctica for one month, a first for a Chinese film. “The approval process took a long time,” shared Mark. “We came across a few tour groups when we went there, and they were only allowed to be on land for about one to two hours. We were with the seals, the penguins… to be able to experience Antarctica like how we did is a rare opportunity.”

When recalling his experience filming in Antarctica, Mark said he had conflicted feelings of homesickness. “When we were there, we all missed home, but after leaving it, we missed Antarctica. It’s not easy to get there, but if given the chance, I would love to go back. Hopefully next time I’ll get to bring my family and friends.”

Mark: Antarctica was “Beyond Our Imaginations”

It was a warmer season in Antarctica when the film crew of Till the End of the World arrived to shoot the film. Mark shared, “It was about -10 to -20 degrees Celsius at the time. It wasn’t even as cold as the winters in the Northeast [of China], but it was really beyond our imaginations. The winds were heavy and there would be sudden blizzards. We weren’t allowed to film outdoors during those times.”

Mark recalled a time when the film crew experienced a sudden strong wind gust when they were shooting on top of a hill. “We felt like we would get blown away. It was scary! You feel so small and insignificant living here.”

In wide-screen shots or scenes where Mark had to walk off-camera, the actor said he would see nothing but whiteness and snow. “You suddenly don’t feel like you’re in the real world or filming. It’s like you entered another reality. You don’t know what’s going to happen to you, you don’t know where you are. You’re like a little rock on the side of the road. You’re not important. That feeling is horrible.”

Source: People.com.cn

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Ann Hui’s “Our Time Will Come” Leads 2018 HKFA Nominations

Ann Hui’s “Our Time Will Come” Leads 2018 HKFA Nominations



Nominees for the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards have been announced, and leading the race is Ann Hui’s (許鞍華) wartime film Our Time Will Come <明月幾時有> with 11 nominations.

The film, set in 1940’s Japan-occupied Hong Kong, is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress, among others.

Sylvia Chang’s (張艾嘉) Love Education <相愛相親> and Wilson Yip’s (葉偉信) Paradox <殺破狼‧貪狼> are tied with nine nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor.

Both Philip Keung (姜皓文) and Japanese actor Yasuaki Kurata (倉田保昭) have received two Best Supporting Actor nominations for their films Concerto of the Bully <大樂師為愛配樂>, Shock Wave <拆彈專家>, The Empty Hands <空手道>, and God of War <蕩宼風雲>. Philip Keung said, “When I got the message from my manager, I couldn’t stop crying as I looked at my wife. I really want to thank [Shock Wave] director Herman Yau (邱禮濤) and Andy Lau (劉德華) for giving me the space to stretch my abilities.” Yasuaki Kurata said, “I am absolutely thrilled. Thank you to the Hong Kong films The Empty Hands and God of War.”

Stage actor Ling Man-lung (凌文龍), who is nominated for both Best Actor and Best New Performer for his performance in Tomorrow Is Another Day <黃金花>, is honored for the nomination and expressed his excitement for the chance to participate in the film event. “I’m already so excited and happy to even be nominated,” he said. “I’m so surprised and thankful to be able to be nominated alongside the seniors I grew up watching on the big screen. I never thought this day would come.”

Three-time nominee Louis Koo (古天樂), nominated for Best Actor in Paradox, said, “Thank you to the judges and audiences for recognizing this film, and I am especially grateful to the team behind Paradox. I also want to congratulate my good partner Gordon Lam (林家棟) and my daughter Hanna Chan (陳漢娜) for their Best Actor and Best New Performer nominations!” Louis also thanked the film’s action director Sammo Hung (洪金寶), who received a nomination for Best Action Choreography: “Congratulations to Big Big Brother! I really hope to see some good results at the awards ceremony!”

Best Actor nominee Ronald Cheng (鄭中基), nominated for his performance in Concert of the Bully, said, “Receiving the nomination has already made me crazy. It’s such a rare opportunity to be able to do a film about music, and I’m so thankful for the people who voted for us.” The actor, who had hosted the awards ceremony in the past, added, “This year I can finally sit among the audience!”

29+1’s Chrissie Chau (周秀娜), a first-time nominee for Best Actress, said, “Thank you so much. I didn’t expect myself to get this emotional about it. When Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜) gave me the call about it, I was still okay. It wasn’t until I got messages after messages of congratulations when I finally realized what it actually was. This nomination is the best gift for New Year’s. I also want to thank Joyce and our director for their nominations!”

The winners will be announced on Sunday, April 15 when the ceremony is held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Check the list of nominees below:

Best Picture
Shock Wave
Our Time Will Come
Love Education
Chasing the Dragon
Paradox

Best Director
Kearen Pang for 29+1
Herman Yau for Shock Wave
Ann Hui for Our Time Will Come
Sylvia Chang for Love Education
Wilson Yip for Paradox

Best Screenplay
29+1
Our Time Will Come
Love Off the Cuff
Love Education
Somewhere Beyond the Mist

Best Actor
Ronald Cheng for Concerto of the Bully
Andy Lau for Shock Wave
Tian Zhuangzhuang for Love Education
Louis Koo for Paradox
Ling Man-lung for Tomorrow Is Another Day

Best Actress
Chrissie Chau for 29+1
Zhou Xun for Our Time Will Come
Stephy Tang for The Empty Hands
Sylvia Chang for Love Education
Teresa Mo for Tomorrow Is Another Day

Best Supporting Actor
Philip Keung for Concerto of the Bully and Shock Wave
Yasuaki Kurata for The Empty Hands and God of War
Paul Chun for Love Off the Cuff
Gordon Lam for Paradox

Best Supporting Actress
Joyce Cheng for 29+1
Deanie Ip for Our Time Will Come
Wu Yanshu for Love Education
Susan Shaw for Vampire Cleanup Department
Baby Bo for Somewhere Beyond the Mist

Best New Performer
Larine Tang for The Yuppie Fantasia 3
Stephanie Au for Love Off the Cuff
Hanna Chan for Paradox
Ling Man-lung for Tomorrow Is Another Day
Rachel Leung for Somewhere Beyond the Mist

Best New Director
Kearen Pang for 29+1
Jonathan Li for The Brink
Chapman To for The Empty Hands
Xu Hongyu for This Is Not What I Expected
Lee Chan-tai for Tomorrow Is Another Day

Best Cinematography
Our Time Will Come
The Empty Hands
Love Education
Chasing the Dragon
Paradox

Best Film Editing
In Your Dreams
Shock Wave
Our Time Will Come
Chasing the Dragon
Paradox

Best Art Direction
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Our Time Will Come
The Empty Hands
Wukong
Chasing the Dragon

Best Costume and Make-up Design
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Our Time Will Come
Wukong
Chasing the Dragon
This Is Not What I Expected

Best Action Choreography
The Brink
The Thousand of Faces of Dunjia
Wuking
Chasing the Dragon
Paradox

Best Original Film Score
29+1
Concert of the Bully
Our Time Will Come
The Empty Hands
Love Education

Best Original Film Song
29+1
Concerto of the Bully
Love Education
Vampire Cleanup Department
This Is Not What I Expected

Best Sound Design
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
Shock Wave
Our Time Will Come
Wukong
Paradox

Best Visual Effects
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back
The Thousand Faces of Dunjia
Shock Wave
The Founding of an Army
Wuking

Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan
The Great Buddha +
The Bold, the Corrupt and the Beautiful
Youth
Duckweed
Wolf Warrior 2

Source: Mingpao.com

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    Jaycee Chan (房祖名) has made his first social media update after three years of staying silent. It was a happy birthday message to his mother, Joan Lin (林鳳嬌), as well as a confirmation that his directorial debut has completed filming.

    In August 2014, Jaycee was sentenced to six months of prison following his arrest for marijuana possession and consumption. He was released in February 2015 and stayed out of the public eye for three years.

    He made his first social media post on January 30, 2018, announcing that he has just completed the production of his directorial debut Beijing: Wan Jiu Zhao Wu <北京·晚九朝五>. The film stars Chen Bolin (陳柏霖), Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒), Amber Kuo (郭采潔), Eric Tsang (曾志偉), and a special appearance by his father, Jackie Chan (成龍).

    Jaycee dedicated the completion of his directorial project to his mother Joan, writing, “[My] first production completed! Mom, happy birthday!” Attached to his message was a picture of Jaycee and his mother when he was ten years old.

    Joan Lin told the Taiwanese media, “I’m so happy to see him being so serious about directing, and also happy to see him complete his first big project. As his mother, he will always be the best. Whether he succeeds or not, all I want for him is to be healthy and happy!”

    Source: Sina.cn

    This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.