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I am building a new home which is practically the same as this one although I am trying to make it better than this, hopefully. I will still continue writing for this one…hahaha…I know I have not written any lately…too many distractions!

However, my new home is at http://asiandramaaddict.com or you just simply click here.

It may be down sometimes because I am still trying to organize and fix things. The whole COFFEE PRINCE recaps are already there and I am on the process of trasnferring HANA KIMI. I am painstakingly transferring the posts manually for God knows why… it will take too many hours for me to tell you all about it anyway you are all invited to go over there…I hope I can fix it before the month ends…

See yah!

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I am catching up. It is really hard to squeeze in my addiction to asian dramas and movies but this is a different weekend for me. I have a long list of Chinese and Korean movies to watch. I might even be able to watch a few episodes of recent dramas.

The movie, Going By The Book was a good way to start my date with asian actors. I missed a lot of movies and dramas this year and I will try my best to see them all this weekend.

In the past year, I was trying to remember two chinese movies I watched several years ago. I fell in love with the story and I totally forgot the titles. I am just glad that I was able to accidentally bump into one of them. I wrote an article about Wu Chun’s new movie, Butterfly Lovers a couple of days ago and when I read about the synopsis of the movie, I immediately realized that the older version of Butterfly Lovers was what I was looking for so long. I was so happy that I found the older version in crunchyroll.

Now, my only dilemna is finding the other one. All I can remember from the other movie was there was two people who I believe is in love with one another and somehow they can transport to another time via electricity or light. It was a chinese period movie. If you guys have any idea on that movie, pls give me a holler.

I am looking forward in watching the following movies:

Red Cliff, Three Kingdoms, Lust and Caution, Girl Scout, Frivolous Wife, The Chaser, Le Grand Chef etc. Some of these movies are already with me but some of them I am still waiting for a good friend to send over. Plus a few episodes of Gourmet, Strongest Chil Woo and When Night Comes.

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Just recently I saw a promotional poster for a remake of Butterfly Lovers. It stars Wu Chun (Hot Shot, Romantic Princess), HK Twins pop duo Charlene Choi and Hu Ge (Fairy in Wonderland with Ariel Lin).

Some regarded it as the Chinese version of tragic romantic story of Romeo and Juliet although there are also a lot of differences between the two. This remake will be in wuxia version, meaning plenty of martial arts involved, well sort of.

Basically, the story revolved around two young people, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. The girl, Yingtai, disguised herself as a man so she can freely travel and study. On her way to the city, she met Shanbo who is a scholar. They clicked and become friends. In the next three years in school, they shared the same room, one bed naturally a love will blossom but it was from Yingtai’s side only since Shanbo sees her as a man, his best friend.

One day, Yingtai received a letter from her father demanding for her return. Before she left, she went to the school’s headmaster and revealed her true identity to him. She left a jade pendant to the headmaster with specific instruction to give it to Shanbo.

Shanbo on the other hand was sad and since Yingtai is his best friend and blood brother (they made a pact when they met) accompanied her only until they reach a certain point on her journey. During that time, she was giving several hints as to her real gender but Shanbo was so dense. Anyway, Yingtai thought of “matchmaking” him to her sister so that she can encourage him to visit her in the future.

When he was able to visit her, he found out her real identity and naturally they fell passionately in love with each other. The problem is, the father is forcing her to marry another man who is quite rich. The lovers promised each other that if they cannot live together, they will die together.

The story was based from a Chinese legend. A couple of movies and TV series plus theatre plays have been produced for this classic love story since the 1950s. The TV series version last year garnered one of the highest ratings in Chinese TV history.

I am quite excited on how this 2008 movie version will turn out.  It will be released next month. The female lead role was first offered to Gillian Chung. Charlene Choi’s partner in their pop duo act, TWINS. However, when Gillian was involved in a sex photo scandal with her then boyfriend Edison Chen, the role was passed on to Charlene.

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 His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an army charged with liberating the land from an evil warlord. Inspiring by action, honor and a dream of unifying his divided nation, Zhao’s heroism becomes legend, but as the years pass and the throne changes hands the war still rages on. When a newly enthroned king decides peace can only be achieved by defeating the warlords once and for all, the aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time…(imbd.com)

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Cast
Andy Lau – Zhao Yun
Maggie Q – Cao Ying
Sammo Hung – Zhang Fei
Vanness Wu – Zhao Bao
Andy On – Deng Zhi
Ti Lung – Guan Yu

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Oh, I moved on to a new home, check asiandramaaddict.com or simply click here to get the full article.

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You can’t believe anyone will do that, right? Every person in the moviemaking business dreams of being invited to that prestigious event. An invitation means either you are a presentor, performer or a nominee. So, who is this lunatic who rejects the chance to bring home an Oscar?

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(L-R: Andy Lau, Xu Jinglei, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jet Li, Peter Chan) 

Director Peter Chan.

He’s the director of the latest Jet Li starrer, The Warlords, along with CantoPop King Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro. It is an epic film about the Qing Dynasty. Huge cast, amazing battle scenes, detailed costumes and a great storyline.

Why the rejection? Simple reason that he wanted the film to be more known to the public when its released to the US by fall of next year thereby making it more popular and eligible for individual category nominations in the Academy Awards next year instead of rushing it for this year and be nominated only for the Best Foreign Film.

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He said he does not want to rob his cast of the chance of getting recognized by the Academy. A great risk and unselfish move by the director and just in case he didnt get notice next year, he will always have the satisfaction in knowing that the Academy already recognized his efforts.

The $40 million movie is expected to break box office records in Asia and and make a significant mark on the U.S market as well. I don’t doubt that at all, JET LI never fails to deliver. I can’t wait to see it.

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Stephen Chow, the man behind the mega blockbuster hit, Kung Fu Hustle gave the rights for the worldwide distribution of his upcoming movie, A Hope, (also known as Long River 7) to Columbia Pictures Film Production Asia, a Sony HK company.

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Do not be alarmed by the image you see above. There is nothing serious about this movie. It is a sci-fi comedy about a poor father, played by Chow, and his young son whose lives are changed when they take in a strange, new pet. Hmmmnn…sounds familiar…E.T. perhaps.

They started filming in China late last year and set to be released soon. This is their second collaboration already and is much awaited by a lot of fans since the first one grossed more than $100M worldwide and was critically acclaimed as well winning Best Film and Best Director in Taiwan’s version of Hollywood’s OSCARS.

 

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