On Apr 29, the trailer for movie directed by Peter Chan, Violent Land , was released officially for the first time.
On the screen, Takeshi Kaneshiro was seen in an agitated mood. Reporters present took pictures of the trailer all the time.
The trailer was indeed shattering & imposing, it comprises a few war scenes, all the 3 actors, Takeshi, Andy & Jet Li though smiling were all in tears. Despite a few strokes on their emotion, it gets to show the meticulous effort put in by the director.
At a budget of HK$250 million, the movie will be out only in Dec, while related movie promo activity will start only in May.
However, a trailer lasting 1 min 36 sec, has been put on the internet for the netizens viewing pleasure a few days ago.
At the press meet yesterday, the first of the promotional trailer for Violent Land (Warlords) was launched. Director Peter Chan fielded questions from the media.
A shocking observation was this promotional trailer was exactly the same as that circulated online, how can this happen, how can the trailer leaked out before it was launched, the reason & culprit will be investigated.
The trailer lasting 1 & ½ min, focus on the biggest battle, & included close-ups of the 3 leads, stranded among thousands of army & horses, Andy, Jet were weeping bitterly, while Takeshi lifts up the heads. Its imposing manner with music added complemented each other very well, & set blood boiling in the reporters, making them eagerly waiting to see the entire movie.
Peter indicated there are 4 previews, this one that leaked out is only one of them, the effect will not be too much. This first trailer will be out on May 1.
Said, "Luckily this is only the trailer, if it is the preview which is half an hr, I will be most worried, after all the movie will be out only in Dec."
The 1/2 hr preview is used for outstation sale, it shows the essence of the movie with excellent dialogue.
The company disclosed that this trailer is for promotional sale at Cannes F Festival next month.
Media Asia chairman indicated this is a serious case of piracy, without the permission it was put online, the case will be investigated.
The trailer was put up at Youtube by a person named matrixsxyx on Apr 23, the particulars reveal that he is a Thai, age 21, & became a member of Youtube on Apr 22.
Till 3 pm on Apr 25, it has 1,000 hits, & received good comments. One named rjbrown57 said this is going to be a better warrior movie, many indicated it is a must-see, another called deadasoren shown concern with the leakage of the trailer, "This is not released by the movie company, it will be taken away soon."
Andy who is currently shooting in Dunhuang released a series of pictures at his official website early yesterday morning, to share them with his fans.
He talked on the last day of shooting at the location. While he was still sound asleep in the car, he heard the workers yelled,"Get up! It’s snowing!" He checked it out himself.
Said, “2 hours ago before set off, the sky was blue, 2 hrs later, it is a completely changed world” As the snow was too heavy, shooting was called off & the set went back to the hotel for rest.
Andy was excited with the snow & used Xu Xiao Feng's song 'Season of the Wind' to express his feeling.
He experienced 4 seasons in a day while shooting in Dunhuang.
Worried that he might fall in the snow, two workers piggy-ride him be it the muddy ground or snowy place, indeed very caring. When there was wind or rain, someone will shelter him, he is v grateful.
On the 3 hrs journey back, other than playing in the snow, showing the smile that has been missing from him for a long time, he waved bye-bye to a herd of camels on the way.
Said, " The sky is unpredictable, if by chance one has met with it, one has but to face it with courage."
Since after the incident of the crazy fan, Andy has avoided publicity, his whereabouts was a mystery. Of late, he is busy shooting Warlords in Gansu Guazhou, security was v tight at the location. Recently, he disclosed as series of photos at his websites, including playing in the snow, he appeared cheerful & had close contact with the camels.
TITLE: SECRET LOVE OF THE ACTRESSES
Andy has put up new pictres of himself on his won website. He was transformed to an Arabia beauty, so ‘beautiful’ that he could not recognize himself.
He was actually at a new location shoot, it was at the remains of an ancient city. At the mountainous area the sand storm was common, whenever there is sand storm , shooting will be put to a halt. He had to at 9.9 sec speed hid in the down-gown. The director was tanned like an African, Andy said he cannot afford to be like an African, so he continued to be a masked swordsman. He remained all that he is acting as Zhao Zilong.
He wonder how the ancient people survived in such an environment, & how Tripitaka the Buddhist made a journey to the West via the silk road?
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO DATED APR 27
TITLE: ANDY ENTERTAINS HIMSELF BY DISGUISING AS A THIEF
Andy has gone to the western part of China shooting The Three Kingdoms.
At Guazhou shooting location, he met with sand storms often, before he set off everyday he uses a veil to do some make-up. He teased that he looks like a robber, the workers beside him too have their faces covered, Andy caught hold of everyone for a photo shoot.
He has been in Guazhou one over week, he has taken pictures of the beautiful scenery in the morning & shared on the website with his fans. He too thanks 2 Lanzhou female reporters who gave him a gift.
At C Radio pre-recorded interview yesterday, Sammi on Andy's plight of being pursued by a crazy fan, she said she had wanted to sms to Andy to show her concern, but not sure what to say, but she trusts Andy will know how to handle it well, so she will show her concern when she meets him, said, "This sort of thing makes one very helpless & being misunderstood, if it is me, I won’t know how to deal with it, perhaps I will adopt the same method as Andy. There is a limit for an artiste, the behavior of crazy fans, one has to take some responsibility."
On this matter, she supports Andy fully, "I will stand by his side, really want to shout it out, on this matter when one faces it alone, it will be better if more voices of support are heard."
SOURCE: O D
TITLE: TONY TO ACT AS ZHOU YU
The two movies, A Better Tomorrow & The Killer had made John Woo & Chow Yun Fat close buddies, never had it expected that because of Red Cliff, their friendship of 20 over years is shattered & faces serious testing. There is a news saying that John Woo is very upset, Tony Leung on learning John's bitter situation, has decided to rejoins the cast, to help him to get through the difficult situation.
There is a twist of event last night, Tony Leung who had turned down the role of Zhu Ge Ling in Red Cliff has agreed to take over the role left vacant by Chow Yin Fat. Zhong Yin Movie Co is going to announce the news today.
Though the successor is now settled, John Woo is still emotional, as the relationship among John, Zhang Jian Zheng & Chow started in their younger days, & is very deep. It was said John won’t even answer his phones these days. He does not know what to say to the media & wishes not to hurt the other party.
Zhang Jia Zheng 2 nights ago at an interview by mainland media rebutted what Chow said on getting the script too late is all nonsense, said, "At the beginning of last year, we had secretly gave him our earliest script, he was shooting in America then, he had even given us some romance ideas between Chou Yu & Xiao Qiao, we felt not bad. Early this yr, when the first script was out, we gave to Chow & Tony at the same time, he gave some suggestions, & we accepted, the present script was given to him one week before shooting."
Did he ask for fee to be paid all at once? Said, "Yes, he asked for this. After my bitter pleading, he agreed to collect 50%, only after getting the money then he will report to the set 3 days later, the other 50% we have to open an a/c with the bank & save it there, to be given to him half way through shooting, though not taking one shoot, I still have to take out the money all at once!"
(How much is the fee?) US$5 million. With global dividends, it is more than his takings in 4 movies at his present rate.
"John Woo had helped him in opening up international market, I had helped him to secure Anna & King & other Hollywood movies, & had given money to open X-LA 3 scripts. Perhaps he has forgotten! "........
Red Cliff has again replaced another actor, Chow Yin Fat who was to play Chou Yu has been replaced most probably by Jay Chou. News had it that Chow asked for close to a hundred unreasonable demands & was thus rejected by the American company.
On the above matter, Chow denied them all. Yesterday through phone he indicated he had last Friday actively through lawyer resigned from playing the role. The reason being he feels that for such a big movie, he does not have enough time to prepare, & not because of the close to 100 demands.
He admitted he knew he needed to speak in Mandarin in Red Cliff, thus he hoped to get the script early so as to have enough time to prepare, but the script came only recently, more than a week ago.
SOURCE: O D
Daniel Wu has gone on a 3-month couse in filming in America, & has turned down the offer to act.
Lin Chiling develops skin allergy during shooting of Red Cliff, this may delay the progress of filming.
TITLE: CHOW YUN FAT OUT OF RED CLIFF
Red Cliff, the most attention-grabbing movie of the year, had started shooting since Apr 14.
An exclusive news revealed that Chow Yun Fat who was to play Chou Yu, has been rejected by the set. It is said that Chow had raised close to a hundred unreasonable demands even to John Woo, who had played a part in bringing him to the present status, & movie producer Zhang Jia Zheng. He is now totally rejected by the insurance company coming from Hollywood, & has made the set cold at heart.
Many people do not have a favorable view on Chow playing the role, a change is a big good news to many.
Accordingly, he raised close to 100 demands, which are all against the regulations in the circle, & unreasonable, he is said to have ask 3 X the fee of Curse of the G F, & wanted to be paid once the camera rolls, all at once.
Zhang Wei Ping, producer of COTGF too had criticized badly on Chow after shooting the movie.
Chow age is a vast difference from the young Chou Yu.
Takashi has replaced Tony Leung Chiu Wai to play Zhu Ge Liang.
Who will play Chou Yu? It is up to everyone guess…
Preliminary nominees: Andy Lau, Leung Ka Fai, Daniel Wu, Zhang Zheng, Xia Yu.
Hu Jun who has gone for audition 3 X, all are for Zhao Zilong, he said he wont be playing Chou Yu, he likes the role of Zhao Zilong.
The annual HK FA was over last night. Lau Ching Wan, finally ascended the throne as Best Actor at the 7th nomination last night with movie My Name id Fame .
Gong Li was named best Actress with Curse of the G F, but she was absent, it was said she was unhappy with the hotel in HK. Tony Leung Chiu Wai nominated 6 times before for Best Actor, but only lost once was defeated last night at the 7th.
Aaron Kwok lost the Best Actor title, but his movie After This, Our Exile received 5 nods, namely Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Newcomer, & Best Script. Curse of the G F has 4 awards. Horro flick 'Re-Cycle' has 2. Big budget movies such as Fearless, Exiled, ABOW & The Banquet has one each. Riding Alone For Thousands Of Miles) was named Best Asian Film, beating Crazy Stone.
Of late, Andy has faced a lot of pressure from the case of a crazy fan, the organizer arranged Anita Yuan to be on the stage & voiced words of support for Andy.
Saying she has in all these years played many roles , from the day she won Miss HK title to becoming an actress, Best Actress, to last year she played the best role of a mother.
The only role she cannot play well is to be a fan, she has never been to the airport to receive idols, chased after their cars or visit them in shooting, or waiting at the idols’ houses, for one reason she is lazy, for another she respects the idols, she feels that the idols too need to have their own space,
said, "A successful fan is to support the idols, & not to give him pressure, similarly, a successful idol also wishes not to disturb the lives of the fans, the idols should not ask the fans for support such that the relationship of the fan with her/his family is s trained, everyone please support one another."
During her pregnancy she filmed the movie Protégé, she hopes next yr she can be nominated as Best Supporting Actress, she has become a fan of Andy, she continued, "An idol is a human, not god, I know now he (Andy) is faced with a lot of pressure, but here I wish to say, Andy, I support you forever."
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: ERIC TSANG PRAISED INFERNAL AFFAIRS URGED VIEWERS TO VISIT CINEMAS
Eric Tsang at curtain opening, indicated, "HK movie has exerted a big influence in Hollywood this year, if there is no Infernal Affairs there will be no The Departed, & there will be no new-crowned Best Director." He added many movie makers from abroad are coming to HK nowadays to buy the script, the more he talked the more excited he became, until he even urged the floor to give an applause, showing thanks to Infernal Affairs.
In a serious tone, he said HK cinemas have in all these years dwindle from 144 to 46, he urges all to visit cinemas more often, to show some respect to movie makers, if there is no cinemas there will be no movie !" Finally, he added he have wanted to voice some righteous words for Andy, "But the organizer has some arrangement, we shall wait to see the highlight tonight!"
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/TA KUNG PAO
Though all the females came dressed to the nines, stealing the lime light were Carina Lau & Tony Leung, who locked hands & smiled blissfully to walk the red carpet, quashing the rumor on their break-up.
Andy not deterred by the toughness of the long-distance journey, arrived in Guazhou after reaching Dunhuang. After a night in Guazhou, the next day he headed direct to Jiuquan city at Gansu north, Shi Pao Three Kingdoms site for the exciting location shoot. In armor costume he had a fierce battle with Wei army.
Andy was lodged in a Guazhou hotel, his movement was very low-keyed, bodyguards followed his every move, getting up & down the car alone, not only 4 bodyguards walked in front of him, on the roads his people were on full alert. No one could ever get near to him, not to say taking photos or signing autograph.
Besides a saloon car at his service, the crew team has specially build a tent for him. Though only a tent, the internal facility compared to a desolate Gobi desert, simply looks like a ‘mansion’ . In the tent the facility is luxurious, not only the floow was laid with wood, the daily necessarities also close to luxurious, the crew called it a 'mansion'. Compared to other actors & workers, other than difference in lodging & food, his working hrs are very special. He was arranged to embark at 11am from Guazhou Sian city, his time on the camera was also very limited.
On Apr 12 morning, the sky was gloomy, & a cold wind blew. The reporters set off from Dunhuang to 200 km away, rushed to the foot of Chilien mountain shooting location.
At the entrance, the barrier that was set up before has another defense line added, 5 to 6 policemen were guarding, other than crew members, no one is allowed in. When the reporters identified themselves, the police said they received order the more the reporters could not be allowed in. The had been told to specially on guard for reporters.
The reporters observed that on both sides long police condone was set up, also, on both sides of the mountain were guards on stand-by, several men patrolling on horseback.
After much difficulty, from Shi Pao the reporters drove to Tong He hilltop. From afar, the mountain looks torturous, shroud with mist, combat tanks stood out at the Yu Ling River west bank, on the east bank below Tong He Tai, Andy in long spear & armored costume were fighting with the Wei general Cao Ying. The chilling piercing spring wind blew at the monuments & grass, it was a scene of kill or be killed.
But a pity a few minutes after watching, workers on horseback came to chase the reporters away.
A few reporters before getting out of the defense line, chatted with the guards, & learnt that Andy reached at around 12, Sammo Hung, Yu Rong Guang & other actors were also present, everyone has been fully into the exciting shooting.
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: LEON ONLY SANG 18 SONGS, NO ENCORE
Leon had a concert in Coliseum 2 nights ago. Other than singing his own songs, he sang songs from the other 3 Heavenly kings, when he sang their songs, he kept forgetting the lyrics, his performance was lacking in luster.
He sang Andy's Water To Forget, he thanked Andy, "If not for Andy who had gotten me to sing at TVB in the duet, I would be able to have this album. " Mark praised that Andy is the smartest among the 4, he has long bought the copyrights to all his songs. When Leon called Andy personally talking on the right of the song, Andy surprisingly agreed immediately, he thanked Andy for this.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/O D
HK Film Awards is taking place tonight at the Cultural Center. Guests from Korea, Kwon Sang Woo & Song Hye Kyo who are to give out Best Asian Movie arrived in HK separately yesterday.
SOURCE: THE SUN
Yang & her mother had a ride in taxi from 11 till 2 pm yesterday. As they didn't know where the taxi took them they walked back. Yang’s mother said she wont be out tonight for HKFA. As for the alter of her father, Yang indicated she will pray wholeheartedly
SOURCE: THE SUN TITLE: ANDY MET WITH STORM SHOOTING IN GUAZHOU
Andy who is now in Guazhou shooting at his won website yesterday, he stated "After we experienced scorching sun, rainstorm, the sandstorm, finally it was also hail storm…"
As if using the weather as analogy to his own state of emotion.
TRANSLATION ON ANDY'S DIARY NO. 46 BY Dixie
TITLE: Steadfast Petrol Station
DATED 14 APRIL 2007 04:45 PM
Every day on my way to the shooting location, I will pass by this petrol station which has a very lovely name: Steadfast I also have a petrol station, my petrol station's name is called: awc618.com Every time I come into my petrol station, my heart becomes steadfast.
(The literal meaning of Petrol Station, can be interpreted it as a place of motivation too.)
Yesterday the workers told me that recently there are a lot of reporters here.
Went online to see the news, saw a few reporters wrote about how they climbed past the mountain range to come and interview. They had climbed a few mountains but eventually could only see a group of people from far.
The mountain tracks at this area are rugged, not many people around, weather is unpredictable, it's been hard on you reporters.....
Hope that all of you are already safely at home.
Hopefully there were no reporters who climbed mountains to secretly film us yesterday.
Because yesterday we experienced extreme sun, extreme rain, extreme sand and wind, finally there was even some hail....
Wish all of you a safe journey
Currently our filming schedule is very tight, the entire crew is too busy for any interviews. You all don't have to come from afar to visit us, why not wait till we finish filming, then go to the cinema and watch comfortably. I know it's very difficult to ask all of you not to come. As all of you also have your jobs to do, have to answer to your companies. So yesterday night on the way back, I took this picture for all of you media friends.
I wish to tell all of you sincerely that, news is secondary, most importantly: Safety comes first.
2 nights ago at the premiere of a movie by Stephy Tang (above) & Alex Fong, a man with weird behavior sneaked into the fans zone, shouting & holding a white tee shirt with words 'Andy Lau The Shame of China' in front & some Chinese words behind. He claimed that Andy had called him by phone, if he could be present to help with the promotion he would be paid $500, said, "I stay around here, there is money of course I come!" (Andy will not be here, this is not his movie. R u disappointed?) I'm v disappointed with him, the father was dead, he still went recording." The security came & coerced him to get out.
The mother & daughter had collected the ash yesterday, when ATV reporter asked when they r going back home, they started a quarrel with the reporter immediately, those present helped to settle the squabble.
SOURCE: EASY FINDER #794
TITLE: ANDY STRANDED FOR SEVEN DAYS TO AVOID A CRAZY FAN
Honored as Outstanding Youth of The World, Andy is always viewed as having an upright image by all. In circle 27 yrs, not only is he without negative news, news on his romance is only with Zhu Liqian.
Never has anyone expected that he can be 'plagued' by a 'Hua Pursuer' of 13 yrs till his head has gone 'big'.
After the drowning of Yang’s father end of last month, Andy was saddled with intense pressure, he who is a workaholic was forced to forgo his recording of his Mandarin album.
Last Thursday the fan again launched an 'attack' in HK, Andy was stranded in his home for 168 hours.
It was learnt that both mother & daughter will leave HK this Friday, in order not to irritate the two, only has to stay indoors!
The matter has been on for 2 weeks, it was still a hot topic, not only media in mainland widely reported the news, a singer even sponsored them with cash to come to HK. Though said to settle the funeral, every word Yang said gunned at Andy, "I'm completely disappointed with him, he is heartless, if he is still a human, he shd come to see my father for the last time."
The insider said, "It involved a life this time, he is really unhappy, he has lostinterest even with bowling, he stays at home everyday, he had planned to go for holidays in south east asia region, but due to Good Friday, there was no ticket. Everyone is so worried abt him, his staff, good friends take turns to pay him visits, to enlighten him, his father talks to him everyday, his mood is now slightly better."
Previously whenever he is off work, he will bowl for 2 days weekly, this time it is against his usual by staying at home. The last time he went bowling was on 23rd Mar, 2 days before he saw Yang.
On the Bday party on Mar 25 @ AWC office, a fan said, "I was sitting beside her, the first 3 hrs nothing happened, but after photo taking with Andy, when she came back to her seat, she was like a mad person, kept pestering her father, & scolding him, 'You're useless! You can't even arrange for me to meet him alone…" Everybody turned to look at them.
On mar 20, the 3 of them were at AWC doorstep waiting since 7 am, as her membership has already expired, she was not allowed in, they went to governmental offices to hand in letter, wanting to meet Andy.
AWC staff later informed that on Mar 25 the 3 of them could attend the party on Mar 25. her father specially reminded the staff, "Please introduce my daughter specially to Andy, so that he can have close contact with her for a chat, & sign autograph." There was a photography session, & a sad ending.
TRANSLATION ON ANDY'S DIARY NO. 45 By Dixie DATED 11 APRIL 2007 10:16 AM
TITLE: Today I traveled past many mountains
Yet another mountain
All mountains still...
One hour later.....still mountains
Other than our companion's car in front, there was no one else on the road throughout the journey
Ten thousand mountains later...
Finally I've reached....
Though I traveled past so many mountains.....
But the journey can be described by the words on top of this cute motorbike:
Don't think of me.
Since after the incidence of a crazy fan, the where-about of Andy has become a mystery. Though he came to Gua Zhou only on the 11th, yesterday he was on the set. The security has tightened with his arrival. From a 4 km radius a security line is drawn, the police checked all the vehicles passing by that area.
At around 12 noon, Andy was at the location. The reporter drove to the site, but 4 km away before reaching the vehicle was stopped.
Accordingly, to enter the site, one has to go through 3 layers of security check, the first being by the local policemen, other than the crew members & their vehicles, any cars or passengers were checked thoroughly. No one is allowed in.
In negotiating with the police, the reporters understand that the other 2 lines were guarded by crew members. The police on duty disclosed, “The crew has v strict demands. Not a single person unrelated is allowed in, any negligence will lead to loss of the job.” The reporters saw in all corners around the mountain were many workers patrolling.
Looking at the situation, the reporter retreat. To get some knowledge on the shooting, the reporter took a roundabout mountain road far away from the crew, finally at a 4 km away place saw the shooting. As it was too far, the reporter saw only a group of men & horses operating. Around the periphery, crew on horses patrolled.
The scene filmed yesterday was a small one, Zhao Zilong & Cao Ying were fighting at Dong he Tai empty space, one group-actor told the reporter Andy was in screen costume, started shooting of Zhao Zilong's part. Though there will be double for action scenes, those involving showing the face, he will do it himself.
The set had built a special Mongolian tent for Andy, not only was the ground lain with wooden planks, all other things are modern, a vast contrast to the other actors. Outside & inside his tent are many bodyguards. Other than movie makers, no one is allowed in. Wherever he goes, the bodyguards accompany him. The actors cannot ask him for photos or signature.
On the first night of arrival, Andy stayed in a hotel. A big group of police was patrolling non-stop, criminal police which were hardly seen on normal days were repeatedly making an appearance on the street where the hotel was. Layers of security were implemented in & out of the hotel.
On his arrival, the manager had personally wanted to shake hand with Andy, but even before he could get near, the bodyguards stopped him, & Andy wnet to his own room.
His 3 meals were brought to the room by the bodyguards. No service men were allowed to enter his room. The cleaning job of the room was done only when he was out & only the stipulated staff can enter. His body guard kept a close watch outside his room.
Due to the tight security fans who turned up were v disappointed.
The Three Kingdoms---Resurrection of the Dragon has location shoot in Dun Huang currently, all set & fully prepared, only waiting for Andy who plays Zhao Zilong to be on the set.
Finally on Apr 11 afternoon, in a chartered flight Andy reached Dun Huang, leading to a climax of the shooting.
Affected by the incident of Lanzhou crazy fan Yang’s attack on HK homeland, for the past few weeks Andy was forced to lay low. This Apr 11 he secretly flew via a commercial flight to Xian, thence to Dun Huang.
At 4 pm the plane arrived, the airport was v stringent with reception, no one was allowed to get close to see or take photo. A few tens of his fans were barred outside the airport, they could only waved from afar.
The media could only through iron barricades take pictures. 2 strong men from the crew kept shaking the wire net, & used hands to block the cameras of the reporters.
The reporter saw Andy after greeted the staff from the set who came to receive him as he alighted, swiftly went into a commercial car, that drove off directly from the tarmac to the main road leading to Gua province direction.
FEW HUNDREDS OF TEMPORARY ACTORS ON STAND-BY
Through a worker from the set, the reporter learnt that Andy for the first time was present at the Gansu North Shi Bao shooting location on the 12th & was into the shooting.
At the moment, from Dun Huang, Gua province, 300 soldiers were selected to station at Dong He Tai.
The reporter saw the lodging of the actors below the station, many tents were up, weapons of all types filled the store room. A middle-aged man, Mr Li, who worked there told the reporter that since the 30th last month food has been provided for the staff ,about 300 of them, at times it was close to 1,000. Just cooking rice alone 9 chefs are on duty.
The atmosphere at the ancient is impressionable
The main shooting location of Dong He Tai is situated 50 km from the border of Gansu North & Gua Zhou.
From the Yi Ling river upper part of ??? the reporter saw a few hundred people were busily working, building stoves, training the horses, feeding the horses, & setting up the props. The movement of people & vehicles were incessant. Under the big backdrop of Chilien Mountain, Dong He Station this biggest outdoor location was set adjoining the mountain, the angle of the eaves are tilted high. The corridor turns in corners. Below the station are many monuments, as the wind blows, it gives a imposing feel. Not far away the sound of water from Yu Ling River gushes, at this ancient battlefield, wind blows horses hisses, as if narrating the story of The Three Kingdoms.
With the camera rolling, media in hot pursuit, this Dong He station invested with 2.5 million was built, & has become a big local attraction. From Dun Huang, Gua Zhou, Gansu North came many civilians, on horses, riding motorbikes or in cars, they came to take a look at Dong He Tai. Many whipped out camera to take pictures.
Dong He Tai situated at the foot of Chilien Mountain, the feel of the faraway mountain is imposing, at the vicinity is the valley with flowing water, elegantly set, due to this unique characteristic location, indeed is irrepressible.
Natural landscapes of multiple diversities, the snowy mountain, blue sky, serene valley, steep cliff, natural landscape all combine into one & manifest itself here. Time & again the hunchbacked camels came in groups neighing. Shepherds on horsebacks on the grasslands, not a single one fails to give one a serene feel so close to nature.
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: A BATTLE OF WITS BEING SUED FOR RIGHT VIOLATION
Recently, the author of 'The Battle of Mo Zi' has filed a lawsuit against Jacob Cheung & Beijing movie investors Hua Yu Brothers Pte Ltd, calling the defedants have seriously infringed the script right & the signature right. He is asking for a compensation from Jacob, a fee of loss & others of 1.08 million rmb, & through media in HK, Shenzhen have an open apology.
It was said BJ 2nd people's court has accepted plantiff's Li Shu Quan & defendant Jacob Cheung’s right infringement case.
According to Li Shu Quan, in 1998 he accepted the invitation of Jacob to create the story of anti-war with Mohism principle in the warring states.
In 2000 Jan he published the book titled 'Battle of Mo Zi----Li Shu Quan Screenplay Selections'. 'Battle of Mo Zi' belongs to one third of the section of the book.
In 2006 November, Hua Yu Brothers Movie Co invested in the movie A Battle of Wits, the story background, characters, contents, scenes, & others is almost identical to his book Battle of Mo Zi, more ever, almost a third of the character lines & the script lines are similar.
A Battle of Wits is like a reborn of Battle of Mo Zi, Jacob Cheung became the scriptwriter, has encroached upon his signature right & the right for reward.
Le indicated Hua Yu Brothers had without his permission used & altered the original script to film the movie, the defendant work is based on the plaintiff original framework to shoot, it has encroached upon the plaintiff's copyright.
In addition, he had many times approached the defendants for a negotiation, but failed. This has caused enormous harm to him spiritually & materialistically.
SOURCE: ORIENTAL DAILY
TITLE: MYSTERIOUS CAME TO THE MOURNING. YANG'S MOTHER THREW AWAY THE FLOWERS
The body of Yang's father was cremated yesterday. A flower with anomalous name was sent, when asked if it was from Andy or the fan club, mother Yang threw it away angrily. On the absence of her idol, Yang claimed he is heartless.
There was no response from Andy's side.
Yesterday, the lead of The Three Kingdoms---Resurrection of The Dragon, Andy Lau, under much expectation of many arrived at Gua province.
At 4 in the afternoon, Andy & his entourage chartered a plane to Dunhuang airport. Though there were not too many people, the police car led the way, under the escort of many bodyguards, from the tarmac Andy’s took the transport directly, within 2 mins he was swiftly whisked off .
NO ONE AT THE AIRPORT
News had it that Andy had arrived in Gua province yesterday. At 9 am the reporter went to Dunhuang airport, but it was all quiet, only a few cleaners were cleaning the place, no sign of big star arriving. The reporter learnt that the staff came to work at 11:30am. They said they were not told Andy was coming. When they heard he was coming, they appeared to be very excited.
Emergency meeting at the airport
When all the staff had reported for duty, an emergency meeting was held. One cleaner told the reporter that looked as if they were discussing on Andy. Abt an hr later, the meeting was over. The reporter tried to get info from one of the staff, but he was tight-lipped. When the reporter forced on them, at the end, he could only said, "The security is extremely tight this time, no photo taking & no videoing."
At 3 pm, a few commercial vans appeared. From the vehicles came a few burly men with sun shades & ear-phones. After alighting, they kept surveying the surrounding of the airport & all those present at the airport. Then they went round to survey at the periphery. The reporter too became their object of observation.
The reporter pretended he was coming to receive someone at the airport, & went up to ask info from them. They, however, not only not saying a word, eyes were all alert on all those at the airport, the every movement of those present. Later a police car came, a few policeman on stand-by state. The atmosphere at the airport became very tense.
At 4 pm, Andy coming from Xian in a chartered flight, arrived at Dunhuang airport. The 2 commercial vans & police car drove into the tarmac. At the same time, the bodyguards were at the outside observed every moment of those present. When the reporter tried to take photo, they used their hands to cover it.
After 3 persons had alighted, in a black cap, white blouse, & casual jeans Andy was finally out of the plane. The followers encircled Andy tightly, although none of the reporters & fans were at the close range. Andy swiftly went up to the transport, the car left following the police car which had opened up the road for him.
At around 3 pm, a group of abt 4 to 5 who wanted to take a glimpse of Andy, had came in a specially chartered transport from Gua province to Dunhuang, a regret that Andy were whisked off directly from the airport tarmac, the security was v tight at the site, they kept discussing, one of the fan said, "Isn't Andy very friendly? Why is he so aloof this time?"
On seeing the layout, the fans conceded they had no more chance to see Andy, & weredisappointed, later they left very reluctantly.
Despite the very tight restrain on the reporters & fans, there was no way of getting close to the tarmac, the airport however gave special ‘green light’ to its own staff, many cleaners & those airhostesses who were not on duty could get close to look at Andy, & were v excited, many even whipped out their cameras, & took pictures of the heavenly king.
….Andy who has been much troubled by the Yang mother & daughter recently has decided to give HK Film Awards this Sunday a miss, this is against his usual way of sure-come attitude to show his support for the big event in the movie arena.
But it is said he will be absent because he has promised Jet Li to attend Jet’s One Charity Foundation which is holding a charity activity in Beijing this Monday, Apr 16, he is thus not able to attend.
A pity that hot fave this year for Best Actor Actress & Director Jet Li, Gong Li, & Zhang Yimou are not able to attend. Chow Yin Fat who is contesting in Best Actor category, is presently shooting Red Cliff in China, but he is still fighting for leave to attend the event.
On guest awards presenters, it is confirmed Song Hye Kyo & Kwon Sang Woo , Taiwanese sisters big & small S, Shu Qi, Zhou Xun, Leung ka fai, Mirium, Huang Xiao Ming, father & son team Wang Tian Lin & Wang Jin will be in. Carina Lau is attending with beau Tony Leung Chiu Wai hand in hand.
SOURCE: THE SUN
TITLE: YANG GAVE LAST RESORT TO FORCE ANDY OUT
Yesterday the mother & daughter went to Wan Chai Hu Chong Building to settle the funeral matter, & spent 7 k +. After some rest in the hotel, they went to the police station suddenly at 2pm & were there for 2 hrs. They had said their money is not much left, when asked why did they go to the police station, Yang did not answer. She urges the media to get Andy to attend, if Andy does not appear she will not leave.
Andy when he first joined the circle was ever scolded till he cried.
HK golden director Liu Shi Yi had directed TV serial The Condor Heroes, Shanghai Bund, & other classics. Liu disclosed that he was v strict to the actors previously, he had ever scolded Andy till he cried, it was during shooting of Su Qi Er (Begger Su), when Andy was the 3rd lead actor. As Andy was young & inexperienced, & they were v rush with shooting, when Andy could not reach the requirement, Liu flew to a rage & scolded him all the time, Andy cried behind closed doors. Now he still remembers this incident.
TITLE: EXCLUSIVE REPLY FROM ANDY---NOW ALL THE THOUGHTS ON ZHAO ZILONG
The latest news was that Andy by the latest will be in Gansu end of April to join the set of The Three Kingdoms— Resurrection of The Dragon. From Andy’s side was this reply, "Confirmed to set off end of April, Andy has now postponed all the activities, he concentrates on the script, studying the character of Zhao Zilong."
At the moment, Andy is fully immersed in the movie, studying the role & plots, preparatory work included rejecting all interviews, now he is whole-heartedly studying the script & the history book, specially studying books related to The Three Kingdoms.
According to his asst, Andy not only hopes he understands oneself to play the role of Zhao Zilong, hopes to understand the other characters as well.
His asst added Andy’s is one who always indulged fully, every single role he plays he is fully into it. Through his asst, he hopes his portrayal of period character maintains the standard of A Battle of Wits.
SOURCE: SING TAO
TITLE: PETER CHAN REPROCHES CRAZY FAN OF ANDY FOR WRONG DOINGS
..Peter Chan indicated the movie Violent Land has wrapped up. When asked if he is aware that the crazy fan of Andy had pressed his house door bell by mistake?
He said, "I only knew there were many reporters at the door." He said of late he has not seen Andy, but Sandra has, he sent Andy SMS to show concern, He feels that in this world, right & wrong, black & white, is all upside down, there is no more right or wrong, if someone thinks it is right, then it is right, simply ridiculous.
SOURCE: HK NEWSPAPERS
TITLE: CRAZY FAN THREATENS ANDY---WILL NOT LEAVE HK TILL SHE MEETS HIM (WEN WEI PO)
YANG VOWS TILL DEATH SHE STILL WANTS TO MEET ANDY (TA KUNG PAO)
YANG AGAIN CALLS ANDY 'DO NOT AVOID' . AFTER THE FUNERAL YANG’S MOTHER WILL STAYS TO WAIT FOR THE IDOL (SING PAO)
IF ANDY DOES NOT APPEAR, CRAZY FAN VOWS NOT TO GO HOME (APPLE DAILY)
THROW ANDY'S PICTURES ANGRILY AWAY (THE SUN/OD)
Yesterday afternoon Yang & her mother claimed the body of her father, they are to get a date for cremation today, the earliest is estimated to be more than a week later, at that time they will hold a simple wake. Yang again declares that Andy has to come to the wake to pay the last respect or meet her personally, otherwise she will not leave HK. Staying at a hotel in Nan Chang Rd, they did not appeared till yesterday afternoon at 2, at the request by the Taiwanese media for an interview. The interview was held at the nearby park & lasted for abt 40 mins.
At abt 3 pm, they wanted to go to the mortuary, a magazine reporter offered to send them. Though the mortuary do not usually function in the afternoon, the staff gave them special treatment. Yang waited by the side while her mother did the procedure. Yang appeared restless, sitting & walking abt, mumbling to herself or clasping her hands.
Yang described the situation was caused by Andy, if Andy was willing to meet her alone that day such a tragedy would not have happened, & claimed she harbors no ‘fantasy’, still insists Andy come to pay the last respect & meet her. She said the media gives her only negative news, she is going to explain to Andy on meeting him.
If after the funeral, she still cannot meet Andy, her mother will stay back in HK, until the request is met....
TITLE: ANDY HAS CHANCE TO ACT OPPOSITE BRAD PITT IN MOVIE CHRISTMAS IN NANJING 1937
TITLE: THE THREE KINGDOMS CLARIFIES RUMOR. ANDY WILL BE IN GANSU AT MONTH END TO ACT AS ZHAO YUN
Yesterday it was again rumored that Andy has resigned. The crew indicated at the moment that they can only wait for Andy to be officially in the set before they can quell the rumor.
Andy, Sammo Hung, Maggie Q had @ last year’s Pusan I FF in a high-profiled manner picked to be playing lead roles in the movie. Andy is to be Zhao Yun, Maggie Q as Cao Yin, Sammo Hung was later included to play Zhang Fei, while Ti Long as Guan Yu.
Despite several attempts by the director & Andy’s managerial company to clarify, still there was a report yesterday calling withdrawal of Korean investors has led to Andy's resigning.
Andy’s manager indicated there is no such thing as resigning from the set, Andy will set off to Gansu as soon as schedule is set. The crew is presently actively involved with the preparatory work, & waiting for Andy to join them.
It is indeed a bitter pill to swallow for the crew. Accordingly, Korean investor had truly wanted to withdraw at one stage, as they think it clashes with The Red Cliff, & doubted if Andy alone is enough to draw viewers. This resulted in some delay to the shooting, but after withdrawal of the Korean investors, several movie companies including Silver City had joined in to invest in the movie.
Also, after some serios thoughts Korean investors has re-joined the investment. The coming & going of Korean investors has led to unfavorable speculations.
Andy, as disclosed, the latest by month end will join the set & officially participated in the shooting.
TITLE: MAGGIE Q WITH DOUBLE FEE INCREASE IS BACK WITH THE THREE KINGDOMS.ANDY CONFIRMED TO ACT
The 2 movies with story of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms as theme, Red Cliff & Resurrection of The Dragon, began shooting coincidentally at about the same time recently. The other coincidence is that both big budget movies are similarly faced with problem of actors change.
The media again disclosed that Andy is going to resign from acting in the movie. But from the reporter of Shanghai Eastern Morning Post, the news is 'frying a month-old cold rice' .
The actors who agree to return to the set is not only Andy, once said to resign from the set, Maggie Q, has been back, but her fee is doubled.
As Andy who is acting as Zhao Yun is yet report to Gansu ??? shooting location, it has led the media to speculate that he is again resigning fro acting. But according to reliable sources, it is set that Andy will be acting.
Also, with the return of Andy, Korean Tai Yuan company & Visualizer has joint-hand in the movie production work.
The cast has become more obvious, Vanness who had worked under director Daniel Lee before will act as a servant for Zhao Yun, Lo Ping.
After some consideration, the crew has decided to use back Maggie Q, who was announced to play the first female lead at the Pusan I F F. It was said she had resigned due to the delay initially. The crew invited her back sincerely, with double fee increase. But Maggie Q is said to be in America now, shooting the 4th installment of ..., it is not known when she will join the set.
At the moment, the action director , also acting as Zhang fei, Sammo Hung, is in Gansu outdoor location training the ‘srmy’. According to those in the same line, the crew is recruiting 400 over temporarily actors, to be the soldiers & civilians.
SOURCE: MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY DENIED GOING TO YUNAN TO AVOID THE CRAZY FAN
A crazy fan of Andy landed in HK yet again & had gone on a door to door search for Andy’s residence. For days Andy has stayed indoors. It was however spread online that he has gone away to avoid meeting the crazy fan.
A news said days before Andy had gone to Yunan to participate in the 'Nurturing the Young' activity, using his own name.
Some tourists disclosed to the media that they had sighted Andy. Saying that he looked tired after the long journey, but still attended the 'water splashing' event, the entourage went in 3 cars, & appeared to be low-keyed.
On this, Andy's company was contacted, the spokesman replied that Andy has been in HK all the time & has not gone to Yunan.