Sunday, March 29, 2009

Confucius (movie 2009)

Confucius

Director: Hu Mei

Screenwriter: Chen Han, He Yanjiang

Supervisor
: Bao Zhu Cui

Designer
: ZhongWen

Photography director: Jiang QiTao

Art director: Lin Chiao Xiang

Genre: Biography | Drama

Cast (official):

Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius
Zhou Xun as Nan Zi
Jiao Huang as Lao Zi
Lu Yi
Ren Quan
Wang Bin


News:

- Chow Yun Fat plays Confucius and Zhou Xun his lover

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Zhou Xun Clips in the 3rd Asian Film Awards

Zhou Xun on red carpet
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Zhou Xun received "Best actress" award
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Interview in the backstage after receiving award
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Sina interview
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Zhou Xun's photos in the 3rd Asian Film Awards


















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Monday, March 23, 2009

Zhou Xun wins "Best actress" - 2009 Asian Film Awards

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's family drama Tokyo Sonata was named best film Monday evening at the Asian Film Awards gala held in Hong Kong.

The evening was dominated by Japanese films, with Tokyo Sonata, Still Walking and Departures taking home four of the top prizes.

Tokyo Sonata, a story of estrangement between a husband, his wife and his children, earned honours for best film and best screenwriter (Kurosawa). The film also won the jury prize Un Certain Regard at Cannes last year

Motoki Masahiro scooped best actor for Departures, the 2009 Oscar winner for best foreign language film. Masahiro plays a cellist who moves back to his hometown and reconnects with his past after losing his job.

Still Walking, Hirokazu Koreeda's drama about the dynamics of a family reunion, especially the impact of a family member long dead, earned him the award for best director.

Koreeda said Still Walking was a personal film which he made after his mother passed away.

Japan's Joe Hisaishi won the best composer AFA for his work on Hiyao Miyazaki's hit animation Ponyo On the Cliff by the Sea.

Best actress went to Zhou Xun, one of China's hottest young actresses who played a taxi driver searching for her boyfriend in The Equation of Love and Death, a mainland Chinese film by Cao Baoping.

Zhou said she prepared for her role by asking her boyfriend not to visit her on set so she could feel lonely.

"I felt a great sense of loss [after finishing the movie]," she said.




The best newcomer honour went to Chinese actor Yu Shaoqun who plays the young opera singer Mei Lanfang in Chen Kaige's biopic Forever Enthralled. Korean actor Jung Woo-sung was named best supporting actor for The Good, the Bad, the Weird, which earned eight nominations going into the awards.

Filipina Gina Pareno took best supporting actress for her role in Brillante Mendoza's Service.

The Nielsen Box Office Award, presented by the trade publication the Hollywood Reporter, went to Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, 25.

Hong Kong actress Michelle Yeoh headed the 13-person jury for this year's AFAs, which also included Noah Cowan of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2009/03/23/asian-film.html

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

2009 list of the Chinese celebrity rankings

Forbes China unveiled its 2009 list of the Chinese celebrity rankings on Tuesday night, with NBA star Yao Ming on top for the sixth straight year.

Yao holds a safe lead with the most frequent media exposure and a pre-tax income of 357 million yuan (about 51 million U.S. dollars), the highest among the 100 celebrities.

Actress Zhang Ziyi leads the female front-runners and takes the second spot on the list. Coming up next are NBA player Yi Jianlian and Olympic champion diver Guo Jingjing.

The injury-plagued athlete Liu Xiang, who was placed second in 2007 and 2008, fell to the fifth place.

Since its inception in 2004, the Forbes' Top 100 Chinese celebrity List has ranked actors, filmmakers, musicians, writers and athletes born on the Chinese mainland according to their press coverage, web hits and commercial value in the previous year. The list is updated in March every year.

Top Ten Chinese Celebrities on this year's Forbes list are as below:

1 Yao Ming, athlete

2 Zhang Ziyi, actress

3 Yi Jianlian, athlete

4 Guo Jingjing, athlete

5 Liu Xiang, athlete

6 Jet Li , actor

7 Zhao Wei, actress

8 Fan Bingbing, actress

9 Zhou Xun, actress

10 Li Bingbing, actress

Source:
http://en.ce.cn/entertainment/gossip/200903/19/t20090319_18550325.shtml

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Lancel - Spring/Summer Collection 2009

Zhou Xun and Spring/Summer collection of Lancel handbags 2009.




















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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador Zhou Xun champions Ctrip’s carbon offsetting initiative

March 2009, Beijing – UNDP China Goodwill Ambassador, actress/singer Zhou Xun teams up today with the online travel service company Ctrip in a carbon-offsetting scheme, the first of its kind in China designed to encourage travelers to reduce their carbon footprints by contributing to tree planting projects.

This partnership is part of the efforts initiated by OUR PART, a national environmental awareness campaign between Zhou Xun and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China in an attempt to promote sustainable lifestyles and green actions to combat climate change.

Championing this carbon offsetting initiative, Zhou Xun announced that she will contribute to tree planting projects to offset carbon emissions generated by her air travels in the past year. She hopes that her example will encourage the public to act to reduce its own carbon footprints.



Zhou Xun’s travel-intensive work schedule inspired her to take on the challenge offsetting her carbon emissions. “My air miles amounted to 149,483 kilometers last year,” Zhou Xun said. “This number can be converted into about 20 tons of CO2. I am donating 238 trees to offset my air travel emissions.”

“The global economic downturn actually provides a historical opportunity for governments, business and individuals to act together to carve out a greener future,” said Silvia Morimoto, Deputy Country Director of UNDP China. “The financial crisis urges people worldwide to alter their lifestyles to use natural resources more efficiently and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”




“Ctrip is the first company in the tourism industry in China to promote carbon offsets to minimize the greenhouse effect and advocate traveling in a low-carbon, environmentally-friendly manner,” said Tang Lan, VP of Sales and Marketing at Ctrip.

Ctrip’s strategy is to actively remind their customers about the amount of carbon emissions generated during their flights, as well as the number of trees needed to offset emissions. Meanwhile, customers are encouraged to choose to fund the planting of the number of trees that correspond to their carbon emission on a voluntary basis.

“Since the initiative was launched in September 2008, it has received tremendous support from Ctrip’s customers, and donations are increasing continuously,” Tang said. “Many customers voluntarily donated ten trees at a time.”

Moreover, the customers can also fund trees with their Ctrip points. Once a customer opts to redeem points in exchange for trees, Ctrip will make a payment for the same amount to Roots and Shoots, a respected environmental non-governmental organization based in Shanghai.


Background

It is widely known that carbon emission is a major cause to global warming. The airline industry and the tourism sector are the major greenhouse gas emission polluters.

Zhou Xun is the first National Goodwill Ambassador (GWA) appointed by UNDP China in April 2008 focusing on promoting environmental sustainability. In June 2008, UNDP China partnered with the Shanghai International Film Festival to establish a carbon neutral scheme. As UNDP China GWA, Zhou Xun was the first festival goer to respond to the cause.

Source: http://www.un.org.cn/cms/p/news/27/1029/content.html

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