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| Monday, March 31, 2008

Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon will be officially screened in the cinemas on 3 April, director Daniel Lee specially extract a segment that few would notice from the original novel - 70-years-old undefeated general Zhao Zilong being ambushed, luckily being saved by the younger generations and bring us into the inner world of a hero. Daniel think that death is not the most painful thing for a hero, rather it's thinking back his life and whether it's worth it. Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon is the process of Zhao Zilong think about his life, the writer made use of Luo Ping-an's conversation with Zhao Zilong to ask questions about life and death, live for whom and battle for whom?


Daniel graduated from University of Windsor and majors in TV, movies, martial arts and painting, he was once an arts director and coordinator in TV station. In 1994, he directed his first movie What Price Survival which surprised all with its different style of shooting, he made his name in European market with Black Mask, the other movies that he directed includes A Fighter's Blues, Moonlight Express, Star Runner and Dragon Squad.



news from: Ming Pao



| Saturday, March 29, 2008




Ever since the development on the river bay of Tianjin River, the beautiful sight had attracted many tourists, some films also chose to location shooting there.





On 28 March, when reporter was walking on the bridge to enjoy the good view of the Tianjin River, it was discovered that heavenly king superstar Andy Lau was location shooting there.






Although it was drizzling, but Andy is still professional as he carried on with the shooting. The shooting is very successful.






news from: ent.enorth.com.cn



| Friday, March 28, 2008





With Maggie Q excused herself from promotion and Sumo Hung not feeling well, director Daniel Lee, Andy Lau, Di Lung and Andy On attended the premiere of Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon at Elements in Hong Kong.






Several celebrities were present to show their support which includes Anne Heung, the whole family of Michelle, Theresa Fu and Freeze.











Despite only Andy to support the whole event, the response is good as there was also close to 100 Andy's fans present as they wave their flags and shouted out loud for their idol.







Andy who had completed his concerts and a month of rest, when asked when would he start work again? Andy said that the fastest would be the shooting of Andrew Lau directed love story comedy which alleged to be a collaboration with Shu Qi.








When asked if he initially said that he will be taking more than 6 months of rest, he said: "This is not what I meant, it's been tough shooting Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon, the character is too heavy due to the extended time shooting under sandstorm, I need at least 2 months of facial to return my original skin condition, I looked old is ok, but I'm afraid that when reporters took photograph of me and write that I looked old. Haha!"







Andy added: "At the moment I would not be accepting any more period projects only. Actually I always wanted to be involved in some romantic and relaxing projects."








He continued: "A Battle of Wits is doing very well in Japan, the Japanese whom invested in Battle of Wits are planning to shoot a film based on a manga of Zheng Cheng Gong in June as they approached me as they wanted to cast me as a soldier under Zhao Zilong, I requested they postpone the shooting to start in June 2009 in order for me to have a good rest."







When talked about acting Zhao Zilong from young to old in Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon, Andy said that he had no chance of being casted in the sequel (if any), he said: "Unless it's like A Fighter's Blues where there is Star Runner, the prequel of A Fighter's Blues but I'm also not cast in the movie."







When talked about Maggie Q's absence, Andy exclaimed: "There's nothing we can do with the babe missing, she worked very hard and do very well for this movie." When asked of his future plans, Andy exclaimed that he hope to be cast in an artistic movie but he said: "Nobody approached me!"






news from: Ming Pao, Sing Tao News, Apple Daily News, Sina.com, Sing Pao, Ta Kung Po, ent.163.com



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| Thursday, March 27, 2008



Andy Lau Wonderful World Concert Tour Hong Kong 2007 Karaoke Live (3DVD) @ US$28.99 [~S$40.19] only

People often say that Andy Lau is as hardworking as a bull. That may very well be true considering his continuous non-stop involvement in films like Brothers and The Warlords. However, Andy's super efforts are not only limited to the film arena, as he proved once again last year during his extensive concert tour from September to December. Andy Lau Wonderful World Concert Tour Hong Kong 2007 Karaoke Live records his performances at the Hong Kong Coliseum before the close of 2007. The tour was an overwhelming success even before it started, with tickets sold out in the blink of an eye, and this live recording is one of the most highly anticipated Chinese music releases of 2008.

Andy Lau Wonderful World Concert Tour Hong Kong 2007 Karaoke Live features forty tracks on three DVDs. Among the songs that made it onto this time's track list are "17" (DVD 3 Track - 6), "Shepherd's Flute" (DVD 2 Track - 7) and the theme song of Infernal Affairs (DVD 3 Track - 4). Other songs to look out for include "Flowery World", (DVD 1 Track - 3) If One Day? (DVD 3 Track - 8), and "Think Of You Every Day" (DVD 3 Track - 9).

This edition comes with the MV of "Congratulations to the Lucky Family Members" (DVD 3 Track - 13) and a making of Andy Lau Wonderful World Concert Tour Hong Kong 2007 documentation. A 48-page Concert Souvenir booklet has also been included.






Since April 2003, the gathering of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games has started. After close to 5 years of gathering of songs which create the Olympic Games music, Chinese most talented musicians all participated in this activity. According to a Shanghai daily report, the Olympic theme song office had revealed 30 selected songs. With the Olympic Games 100 days away, the Olympic Games committee will soon hold a presentation award and announced the 25 nominated songs.


From the recent revealed gathered list, songs by Andy Lau, Sun Nan, Chris Yu Hung Ming, Emil Chou, Wang Feng, Zhou Bi Chang, Han Hong, Yu Quan, Joey yung, Nicholas Tse, Lin Xi, Mark Lui, Jacky Cheung and others were nominated. All songs had their own music video, the songs' tempo and images are full of excitement. All these songs and their music videos are selected, with regards to which song will be selected as the theme song to be sang throughout the world, it will be picked among the 25 nominated songs.







Written By Andy, Everyone is No. 1 is a touching and encouraging song. In the music video, he's an athletic who lost one of his leg in a car accident, he then wore artificial limbs to restart his "running life". The music video also includes some scenes of the Paralympic Games. Andy hope that with this song and music video, it will encourage more disabled people to stand up and also used the music video to tell everyone that with hard work, everyone is No. 1. Being idolized by many, he himself also has heroes and they are none other than those never give up disabled athletics, especially Mainland China's swimmer He Jun Guan who leaves him the deepest impression. Andy said: "I always cannot forget the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, he lost both hands and still could swim faster than others, he always used his head to rebound himself from the wall of the swimming pool before continue swimming, I take my hats off for him."


news from: Wei Wen Po, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News



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| Wednesday, March 26, 2008




Andy Lau, Sumo Hung and Maggie Q's Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon held its premiere at Seoul two nights ago, hundreds of media jam packed the event. After the screening, it won praises from the medias.



The cinema and local film distributor specially arranged lion dance performance, many fans also came to catch a glimpse of their idols. There was a 50-years-old female fan told Andy in Korean: "You're my idol for 20 years, I finally can see you in person."



The Andy fans came in a large group and armed with a banner written "Andy I love you!" When talked about Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon screening at the same time with The Forbidden Kingdom, a collaboration between Jet Li and Jackie Chan in Taiwan, when asked if he's worried, Andy quipped: "There's no point to be afraid." He feel that he will do his best for movies and the others will be decided by the audience.



news from: Apple Daily News












Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon world premiere and press conference was held at Seoul's Yongsan-gu CGV cineplex, leads Andy Lau, Sumo Hung, Maggie Q and director Daniel Lee were present for the events.











The world premiere was divided to two parts, for the first part medias from Korea and other countries were invited before a press conference with the director and cast.








In the second part, "Three Kingdom Gala" , Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon was screened to audience for the first time, it's different from other premieres because only well-known personnels in Korea are invited, it can be said to be a true VIP premiere.






news from: Sina.com



| Tuesday, March 25, 2008




Andy Lau latest film, Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon held its press conference and world premiere in Seoul yesterday as hundreds of media were present to report the event. Director Daniel Lee, Andy Lau, Maggie Q and Sumo Hung were present for the activities.





The special media premiere was held at 2:30 pm where Andy wore a coffee colored jacket with jeans while Maggie Q wore a purple mini-skirt with golden jacket.





At the 4:30 pm press conference, Andy wore a white shirt with black pants while Maggie Q wore a carbon gray dress.





At the 7:30 pm official premiere, Andy wore a red leather jacket with black T-shirt and pant, Maggie Q wore a black and white low cut blouse. Within 5 hours, both Andy and Maggie wore 3 different outfits.





Other than outfits, Andy and Maggie Q also compare their popularity, Maggie was all smiles and wave her hand wherever she goes, showing off Hollywood charisma. Meanwhile Andy appeared more next-door-friendly feeling as hundred of Andy World Club members (which includes 8 fans specially travel all the way from Taiwan) as they shouted at their top voice to allow him to enjoy heavenly king treatment, he seems to win over Maggie Q.





After the screening of the film, the media gave good reviews of the film. There is no flying around stunts like previous period films as everyone ride on horses during their war battles, killing enemies on horses is more when compared to killing enemies standing on the ground. Take example for the scene where Zhao Zilong tried to rescue Ah Dou from the Cao army camp, he fight the enemies himself as blood flows like a river, he even instruct his horse to kick the enemy, it won applause!





Sumo Hung played the "blood brother" of Zhao Zilong and also the art director of the fil,, no wonder he quipped during the press conference: "I and the director requested for more pay, later I discover that the money should have gone to Andy and Maggie Q." Maggie Q teared when she heard the praise from Sumo.





Maggie Q is Cao Cao's grand-daughter Cao Yin in the film, she admit that she is not familiar with Three Kingdom and could not communicate well in Mandarin, she put a lot of effort into this film as she learn martial arts and play the pi pa for the film as she transform herself into Cao Yin, she cried every night due to tiredness and told herself that she need to continue to work hard in the next day.






She displayed that female do not lose out to male spirit as every blow is to the skin during her fight with Andy, however it's a pity that she does not have much screen time in the film as she only appeared in the last 30 minutes of the film.







It was stated at the press conference that no private questions to be asked, the rule seems to be set because of the presence of Maggie Q as her name appeared in the recent Edison Chen sex scandal which limited her public appearance.





Meanwhile she did answer question on the scandal as she expressed that she does not know why her name is being dragged into the scandal when no photographs of her was found, she stressed that her photograph with Edison is not taken in his apartment. She also hope that everyone would show respect and understand the affected women as they are also the victims.





When comparing, Andy seems more friendly as he answer all questions posted to him. At the end of the press conference, Andy also help to move chairs and water bottles which surprised the fans and media. Before the end of the press conference, Andy also thank the media and bow to the media.






With regards to Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon will be screened at the same time with The Forbidden Kingdom, Andy said: "It makes me a little bit worry, but it's two complete different movies. I can do nothing if their box office taking is better than ours, it vice versa for them. I have done my best in the film, I hope the audience will watch both movies."






Meanwhile on the photograph of a bottle of Pepsi being found on the set, Andy express ed that he only drink green tea and seldom drink soft drinks, he never drank Pepsi at the film set thus the bottle of Pepsi could be leave behind by one of the crew member. Andy stressed: "Of course we clear the set before shooting, such silly mistake should not happen. This is one major production of the year, it show Zhao Yun from young to old, it's his final battle, it's also a challenge to my acting. I believed after the movie is screened, everybody will see a general whom had countless victories."






news from: Liberty Times, udn news, Sing Tao News, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Sina.com



| Monday, March 24, 2008




Having upgraded herself to become an international star, Maggie Q would not involved in the promotion of Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon in Hong Kong and Taiwan whereas she picked Korea. Maggie Q, Andy Lau, Sumo Hung and director Daniel Lee were in Seoul to promote Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon. Maggie Q had an entourage of 7 person which include her manager, makeup artist and hairstylist, she was surrounded by a human wall thus getting close to her is not easy, she indeed have the style of an international star. Andy only have 4 person in his entourage, when compared for the "big star" factor, Andy lose out to Maggie Q.





It was said that Maggie Q's selective move of promoting the movie was due to avoiding sensitive questions being asked with regards to the recent Edison Chen sex scandal. During the press conference, Maggie Q only talked about the movie and avoid all questions regarding the scandal. She exclaimed that she engage a Mandarin teacher to solve her problems of communicating in Mandarin, another challenge during the shooting of the movie is the scene she fighting against Andy, it can be said to be her toughest challenge since she started acting. She added that the weather is a major issue during the location shooting at Dun Huang as a sandstorm came which resulted her unable to open her eyes but she still need to continue fighting.






During the earlier promotion in Hong Kong, Andy did express that the boss would be unhappy of Maggie Q's absence and said that it would be another form of promotion. Andy whom had Maggie Q by his side in Seoul once again explain for for with regards to her absence in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Andy said that Maggie Q is not trying to play the superstar card and believed that her manager had considered her work schedule thus she's unable to attend the promotions. When asked to compare his entourage of 4 to Maggie Q's 7, Andy quipped: "Tom Cruise has an entourage of 20 people! I actually witness the real big star factor, she's considered ok." Andy added that whether a person show off throw superstar card is how the person's attitude and Maggie is no such person. Andy whom had collaborated with Maggie Q in Magical Kitchen before, feel that she has no burden in her acting in the past, she show off what she like or dislike in an obvious way, she don't talk when she don't feel like talking, but it's not the case now.





Andy who had appeared in several major period productions recently which includes Battle of Wits, The Warlords and Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon, he added that he would also like to appear in modern warmth story projects but no such scripts came to him. There's allegations that Andrew Lau is intending of pairing Andy and Jay Chou in a new movie? Andy exclaimed that Andrew had yet contacted him, he hope to collaborate with the actor that he like, take his collaboration with Tony Leung Chiu Wai in Infernal Affairs for example which sparkle.





When asked about Jay? Andy said that if Jay is to be the director and cast him in his movie, his answer would be "Yes!" When told that Jay once exclaimed that he would like to collaborate with Andy, Andy said: "I also want to collaborate with him, it's like a theme of 2 different singers or person from different areas." Andy anticipate Jay to direct another movie, he expressed that he would like to invest in movies again but Chinese films also need to consider other Asian market outside Hong Kong, thus being a boss would need time to think.





Andy describe Zhao Zilong as a "bodyguard" as he's always protecting someone, despite he know being made use of by Zhu Geliang, but he still continue to fight for him. Andy whom had read Three Kingdom since young exclaimed that his favorite character is actually Cao Cao but feel that he's a villain, the greatest of them all, but his downfall is his love of talent and too humanize.





When asked about the earlier leaked photograph of a bottle of Pepsi bottle under the foot of a battling Zhao Zilong, Andy said: "It should be a real photograph, actually the bottle of Pepsi is to help the director in positioning the actors and positioning the camera to them."





news from: Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, SingTao News, udn news, Liberty Times