Thursday, July 24, 2008

'Skin' sets China release

Will play down supernatural to avoid delays

By Karen Chu

July 18, 2008, 04:50 PM ET


HONG KONG -- Gordon Chan's $15 million action fantasy "Painted Skin" starring Donnie Yen will premiere in China on Sept. 23, in time for the National Day holiday week beginning Oct. 1.

The first film in a planned trilogy adapted from a Chinese literary classic, "Skin" will be released in Singapore the same day then bow in Hong Kong and Macau on Sept. 25 and in Vietnam on Oct. 3, the film's overseas distributor Eastern Mordor, said Thursday.

Also starring actress Zhou Xun, "Skin" is in postproduction.

Producers have leaned toward the fantasy style of the "Harry Potter" films rather than play up the ghostly elements of the source material, elements they fear could offend censors and delay release.

The Hollywood film "Mummy 3" saw its China release pushed back as censors awaited editing of its supernatural elements. Producers expect it to be the first big film in China after the Beijing Olympics.

Source
: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Painted Skin: Characters and Plot

Vicky Zhao
Kind-hearted and virtuous, deeply loves her husband Chen Kun. Yet she is more than meets the eye.

Zhou Xun
Fox spirit with multiple disguises. Sometimes appears as an innocent little girl, sometimes behave like a little demoness. Upon falling for Chen Kun, is willing to do anything for him. Has a selfish and parochial view on love initially but eventually learns the meaning of true love.



Sun Li
Dresses like a guy, and Sun Li wasn't very happy about it at first. But considering that her makeup time was the shortest, it offset her gripes. The three women are always jumping down one another's throat in the film, though in actual life, they live harmoniously with one another.

A pugilistic ghostbuster who is very stouthearted and righteous, yet somewhat silly, and no one believes in her though she has the ability to tell demons apart from humans. Would willingly sacrifice herself for love.



Chen Kun
A brave and handsome general. He's not exactly irresponsible, yet has feelings for both his wife Vicky Zhao and fox spirit Zhou Xun. Is helplessly bewitched by the latter, apparently not because he lacks conviction, but she's too cunning.



Donnie Yen
A roaming pugilistic who knows nothing about the occult. Carries a torch for Vicky Zhao but unable to express to her. Feels sorry for Vicky Zhao's plight owing to Chen Kun's infidelity.

Reportedly, Donnie Yen has more drama scenes, including romance, than action scenes in this movie, and has the least fights in Painted Skin compared to his other movies.

Qi Yi Wu
This Flying Reptile is the fox spirit's guardian. Loves her deeply and would do whatever it takes to win her heart. Extremely possessive. Kills indiscriminately in order to obtain human hearts to sustain her life. Yet his effort goes unappreciated and he couldn't accept it.

Plot:

While fighting a war in the desert, Chen Kun, a general of Central Plains, saves a beauty Zhou Xun and brings her home. He doesn't know her true identity - a thousand year fox spirit. In Chen Kun's house, Zhou Xun meets his wife Vicky Zhao.

In order to have Chen Kun to herself, not only does she mask her needs for a human heart daily to sustain her beauty, but also frames Vicky Zhao, accusing her of being a demon, forcing a pill down her throat, turning her pale white.

Vicky Zhao couldn't clear her name, and gradually loses Chen Kun's affection, and could only stand by watching Zhou Xun and Chen Kun whispering sweet nothings in each other's ears.

Sun Li, who possesses the special ability of third eye is able to tell Zhou Xun's true nature, but no one buys her story. In the process of rescuing Vicky Zhao, she runs into martial arts exponent Donnie Yen. The two join forces against the demons.

Painted Skin, directed by Gordon Chan, opens in China on September 28

Source
: http://www.wu-jing.org/happenings

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Stars Experience Green Beijing

2008-07-17 08:47:08 CRIENGLISH.com


Actresses Zhou Xun (L) and Gao Yuanyuan ride a bus as they experience the public transport network in Beijing on July 16, 2008. [Photo: stardaily.com.cn]

Less driving and more walking. That's what some Chinese celebrities are doing to welcome the Beijing Olympics.

Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Gao Yuanyuan and Tong Dawei hit the road on Wednesday to experience the public transport network in Beijing. They started from the Temple of Heaven in the central-southern part of the city and reached the Bird's Nest in northern Beijing by bus, the metro and bicycles in about an hour.

Charles Zhang, CEO and president of Sohu.com and organizer of the event, joined the stars for the 20-kilometer journey.

"If we drive less, we would be contributing to the green Olympics," actress Zhou Xun, an environmental ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, told China News Service.

Actor Chen Kun says it's been five years since his last subway ride, and this time he found that Beijing's subway service was not only comfortable but also convenient. "During the Olympics, the venues will be accessible by subway or by bus. It's convenient and environmentally friendly."

With the Olympics less than one month away, Beijing is gearing up to further expand its public transportation network. Three new subway lines will be opened later this month, including the Olympic branch line that connects the major venues.

The operation time of more than 350 bus routes will be extended, and 34 new routes will be added, according to previous reports. Olympic ticket holders will be able to ride certain buses and subway lines for free during the Games, according to Xinhua news agency.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Equation of Love and Death: Trailer now !

"The Equation of Love and Death" which comes after "The Banquet", will be wide shown in China in this August.

A Trailer of the movie is available now. Let's enjoy!

Download: http://gz6.dhot.v.iask.com/f/1/8ccc7ec91ddc01690caf1d3dc75af0fb15014747.flv

Online: http://video.sina.com.cn/ent/m/c/2008-07-17/044820298.shtml
http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/SGtoxQ_b-nA/?is_rec

Credit: zhouxun.tv

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rocker Dou Wei Scores Zhou Xun's New Movie

2008-07-02 13:40:38 CRIENGLISH.com


Zhou Xun and Dou Wei discuss the music for "Li Mi's Guess," released by Huayi Brothers.

Rock and roll musician Dou Wei has been invited to score the Huayi brothers latest production "Li Mi's Guess," a love thriller starring "The Banquet" actress Zhou Xun, web portal sina.com reports.

Dou Wei is also set to produce a theme song for Zhou to sing, based on a track from his 1995 solo album "Sunny Days".

The exciting collaboration was proposed by Zhou Xun, her publicist said.

"In my eyes, Dou Wei is like a prophet. He produced Sunny Days in early 1990s and it still sounds charming today. I have dreamed collaborating with him for more than once," Zhou Xun was quoted as saying.

"Li Mi's Guess" has also cast actors Wang Baoqiang, Deng Chao, and Zhang Hanyu, all of whom are in the spotlight after appearing in director Feng Xiaogang's war epic "The Assembly".

The movie will open on August 14 across the country.


Rock and roll musician Dou Wei has been invited to score the Huayi brothers latest production "Li Mi's Guess," a love thriller starring "The Banquet" actress Zhou Xun, web portal sina.com reports.

Dou Wei is also set to produce a theme song for Zhou to sing, based on a track from his 1995 solo album "Sunny Days".

The exciting collaboration was proposed by Zhou Xun, her publicist said.

"In my eyes, Dou Wei is like a prophet. He produced Sunny Days in early 1990s and it still sounds charming today. I have dreamed collaborating with him for more than once," Zhou Xun was quoted as saying.

"Li Mi's Guess" has also cast actors Wang Baoqiang, Deng Chao, and Zhang Hanyu, all of whom are in the spotlight after appearing in director Feng Xiaogang's war epic "The Assembly".

The movie will open on August 14 across the country.


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