Huang Xiaoming 黄晓明

The Crossing 《生死戀》 (2014)


Director: John Woo (吳宇森)

Cast:
  • Zhang Ziyi (章子怡)
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武)
  • Song Hye Kyo (宋慧喬)
  • Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明)
  • Tong Dawei (佟大為)
  • Alex Fong (方中信)
  • Bowie Lam (林保怡)
  • Tony Yang (楊佑寧).

Also Known As:
Taiping Lun <太平輪>
Pacific Wheel 《太平轮》
Love and Let Love

Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Release Date: 2014 / 2015
Genre: Drama

Production start: July 6, 2013

The movie will be released in two parts in China, with Part 1 hitting theaters on December 2 and Part 2 following in May of 2015.
 

Overview:

The Crossing is inspired by a true event that took place in 1949. Steamer Taiping was on its way from Shanghai to Keelung, Taiwan on January 27, 1949. It carried 1,500 passengers, many were refugees fleeing Communist 

China during the Chinese Civil War. Only approved of carrying 580 passengers, the steamer unfortunately hit a cargo boat en route and sank, leaving only about 50 survivors.

The Crossing will focus on the intertwining love stories of three couples and will span 60 years. Little is currently known about the characters, although reports claimed that Song Hye Kyo will play the daughter of a wealthy Shanghainese banker. Through a series of unfortunate events, she quickly learns to leave her spoiled and immature attitude behind.

A leaked cast list revealed character names. Song Hye Kyo will play Zhou Yunfen, while Zhang Ziyi is cast as Yu Zhen, Takeshi Kaneshiro as Yan Shikun, Huang Xiaoming as Lei Yifang, Tong Dawei as Tong Daqing, Alex Fong as Captain Gu, and Bowie Lam as Yuan Pite.

The post-World War II romantic epic is rumored to come in two parts, with the first part arriving in theaters at the end of 2014 and the second part in 2015. Scriptwriter Wang Hui Ling (王惠玲), who previously adapted the screenplays for Ang Lee (李安)’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon <臥虎藏龍>, and Lust, Caution <色戒>, is also on-board to pen the script for this movie.

The project has been planned for a long time but had to contineously be postponed due to John Woo's illness. Now that he has recovered filming is scheduled to start in July 2013.

The film, a romantic epic set against the backdrop of the Sino-Japanese War, has been hit by a series of almost farcical obstacles, and cancelled on more than one occasion. A dispute over rights to the script, originally titled 1949, saw the project put on hold indefinitely way back in 2009. The film then came back on track in late 2011, with Korean acress Song Hye-kyo as the lead, and Zhang and Taiwanese actor Chang Chen named in supporting roles. However, production had to be put on hold once more after Woo was struck down with a tumour in his throat. 

The good news now is that filming is scheduled to start in Shanghai and Taiwan within a matter of weeks (July 2013), with all three principle cast members - all of whom also starred in Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster - still on board. While the film marks a distinct change of pace for Woo, who has not helmed a film since earning a co-director credit on 2010's Reign of Assassins, the news that he is fit and healthy enough to get back to work is very encouraging.
 

Story

The Crossing is inspired by a true event that took place in 1949. Steamer Taiping was on its way from Shanghai to Keelung, Taiwan on January 27, 1949. It carried 1,500 passengers, many were refugees fleeing Communist China during the Chinese Civil War. Only approved of carrying 580 passengers, the steamer unfortunately hit a cargo boat en route and sank, leaving only about 50 survivors.

The Crossing will focus on the intertwining love stories of three couples and will span 60 years. Little is currently known about the characters, although reports claimed that Song Hye Kyo will play the daughter of a wealthy Shanghainese banker. Through a series of unfortunate events, she quickly learns to leave her spoiled and immature attitude behind.


Update 09 Aug 2013: First impressions of the film set:



 


The trailer for director John Woo's 3D Chinese epic drama The Crossing has come online (via Empire) and can be watched below. Written by Hui-Ling Wang, the movie stars Zhang Ziyi, Song Hye-kyo, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Huang Xiaoming, Bowie Lam, Tong Dawei and Masami Nagasawa.

The Crossing tells the true store of the ship Taiping, which sunk it 1949, an incident that led to the deaths of over 1,500 passengers and crew members.

The movie will be released in two parts in China, with Part 1 hitting theaters on December 2 and Part 2 following in May of 2015.










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Everyone Loves a Tender Woman (會撒嬌的女人最好命) (2014)

Everyone Loves a Tender Woman  
<會撒嬌的女人最好命>


Director: Edmond Pang 

Cast:

Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明)
Zhou Xun (周迅)
Sonia Sui
Xie Yilin


Also Known As:
Women Who Behave Spoiled Have the Best Lives <撒嬌女人最好命 >
SA JIAO DE NV REN ZUI HAO MING (撒娇女人最好命)


Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Release Date: 2014, tentative release date: August 2014
Genre: Romance, Comedy

Production start: November 2013
 

Overview:

The inspiration for the movie stems from a love-related reference book titled Everyone Loves Tender Woman <會撒嬌的女人最好命>, which is intended to teach women how to live life to the fullest by behaving spoiled around their partners. Penned by best-selling Taiwanese writer Luo Fuman (羅夫曼) – a transliteration of “Lover man” – the book sold like hotcakes after it was published in 2010. That year, Hong Kong director Edmond Pang (彭浩翔) saw the book in the hands of almost every female at the airport and decided to spin the idea into a movie screenplay. (by Jayne Stars)

Film Stills
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Insanity (暴疯语) (2014)

Insanity (暴疯语)

Director:  David Lee, Lee Kuan Yew  

Cast:

Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明)
Lau Ching-Wan
Fiona Sit
Alex Fong Chung-Sun
Paw Hee-Ching
Michelle Ye
Xian Seli
Fredric Mao
Michelle Wai
Alien Sun

 

Huang Xiaoming with Sean Lau Ching-wan

Also Known As:
Bao Feng Yu
 
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Release Date: 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller

Production start: September 2013
 

Background:

Hong Kong veteran filmmaker Derek Yee is turning mentor for his latest project, shepherding first-time writer-director Lee Kuan Yew through psychological thriller Insanity. Huang Xiaoming is set to star, as a young hotshot psychiatrist, who comes face to face with a violent yet devilishly intelligent psychopath, played by Lau Ching Wan. 
 
While this is Lee's first time in the director's chair, he is already a well-known and respected member of Hong Kong's film industry, serving as Assistant Director for Tsui Hark, Andrew Lau and Derek Yee himself over the years.
 
Lee apparently first showed the script for Insanity to Yee in 2008, and has spent the past five years reworking it to meet Yee's expectations. Clearly the veteran director behind One Nite In Mongkok, Protege and The Great Magician is now confident that Lee's script is strong enough, and is giving him a shot at directing the film too.
 
Produced by Bona Film Group, Insanity also stars Fiona Sit, Paw Hee Ching, Alex Fong, Michelle Ye and Michelle Wai and is currently shooting in Hong Kong for a 2014 release. (by Twitch Film)

Huang Xiaoming will play psychiatrist Li Yaowen, who is in charge of providing medical treatment for his mentally ill patient, Fan Guowen, played by Sean. Fan Guowen had previously murdered his wife, and when he lapses again, Yaowen is pressured to conceal the truth, even if doing so places his beloved daughter in danger.

BAO FENG YU will be helmed by newbie director David Lee (see photo below), who is under the mentorship of director/screenwriter Derek Yee. Other members of the cast include Fiona Sit, Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Paw Hee-Ching, Michelle Ye, Bonnie Xian(pictured below), Fredric Mao, and Michelle Wai. The movie is currently filming in Hong Kong and is scheduled for a 2014 release (by F! Yeah Huang Xiaoming)

 




Distribution Workshop just dropped a cache of marketing materials for Insanity, the Derek Yee-produced psychological thriller written and directed by David Lee Kuan Yew. We first reported on the project when it was announced back in October 2013. Lee apparently spent five years developing the script to meet his producer's expectations, which pits Huang Xiaoming's hotshot psychiatrist against Lau Ching Wan's intelligent psychopath. 


Nina Paw, Alex Fong, Michelle Ye and Michelle Wai also star and the film is slated for an April 2015 domestic release, which places it as a likely target to premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in March. Below you can find the film's poster, together with a selection of stills portraying the principals - Paw in particular - embodying the film's title in intriguing fashion. You can also check out the film's first teaser trailer, which doesn't give away too many plot details, but seems to be making full use of its top drawer cast.


Read more: http://twitchfilm.com/2014/12/insanity-lau-ching-wan-huang-xiaoming-get-crazy-in-first-trailer-stills-gallery.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=tumblr#ixzz3OcH7qfxm




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Cruel Romance (锦绣缘·华丽冒险) (2014)

Cruel Romance  (锦绣缘·华丽冒险)

Director:  

Cast:

Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明)
Chen Qiao’en
Kimi Qiao
Lv Jiarong
Gardner Tse
Qi Ji

Also known as:
Fate of the Brocade: Extravagant Adventure
 
Production start: September 2013.



Overview:

A 1930s romance based in Shanghai bund following the trend of adapting a popular novel.



UPDATE: New photos of Huang Xiaoming and Chen Qiao’en in CRUEL ROMANCE (锦绣缘·华丽冒险) were published in TV SERIES MAGAZINE (电视剧杂志) in February 2014. Here are some highlights from the accompanying magazine article (credit to http://fyhuangxiaoming.tumblr.com):

  • Huang Xiaoming did not read the original novel, THE FATE OF JINXIU (锦绣缘), because he knew there would be discrepancies between the drama screenplay and the source novel, and he did not want his performance to be influenced by the novel.
  • The basic characters have not changed, but the drama has fleshed out a lot more of the details and added more plotlines.
  • Xiaoming did not find it difficult to act Zuo Zhen, because he thinks Zuo Zhen’s personality is very similar to his own. He’s pretty sure that Zuo Zhen is a Scorpio like him.
  • Most of Xiaoming’s scenes with Kimi Qiao are fighting scenes. Although Xiaoming has filmed a lot of fighting scenes before, he still worries about filming them, especially after his accident on the set of THE WHITE HAIRED WITCH OF LUNAR KINGDOM 3D (白发魔女传之明月天国), when he injured his left foot after falling off a wire.
  • Xiaoming had forgotten about his previous collaboration with Chen Qiao’en, when he was on set for two days for a cameo in BREAKING THE WAVES (激浪青春). He says Qiao’en is a very good actress, and when the two work together, he can believe that the scene they are portraying is real.
  • CRUEL ROMANCE is Qiao’en’s first period drama and is the first time she got to wear a qipao in a drama. She was also excited that she got to film gun scenes and explosion scenes for the drama.
  • Apart from Rong Jinxiu, Qiao’en also plays a Japanese girl who dies a tragic death. She is the fiancee of villain Maeda Ryuichi and happens to look exactly like Jinxiu.
  • Although her character initially likes Xiang Yingdong more than Zuo Zhen, Qiao’en realized that in real life, she is more partial toward Zuo Zhen, because she doesn’t like humorous guys, since humorous guys attract a lot of girls. Qiao’en prefers guys who are concentrated on her alone, even if they are plain spoken like Zuo Zhen.
More photos can be seen in this Facebook album: Cruel Romance (錦绣缘華麗冒險)

Wu Wen Xi Dong (2013)

About: Reflection of the prestigious Tsinghua University's spirit.

Original Title: 无问西东
International title:
Directed by: Li Fangfang
Country: China
Genre: Drama
Duration:
Years of production: 2011-2012
Place of Shooting: Beijing, Yunnan, Gansu, Guangdong
Budget: 15 Millions $

The shooting took place at the Tsinghua University campus. Some students of the university join the cast during the shooting.

The script of the film has been changed several times during the shooting (even 20 minutes before the shooting). Director Li Fang-Fang showed the script to the actors and let them choose their own role. On campus shooting happened in October / November 2011 while the shooting in Beijing was completed by April 2012, the crew then went on to shoot in Yunnan later in the year.

Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Huang Xiaoming play four harbor dreams of Tsinghua. Zhang Ziyi plays a student and seemed to enjoy her “friendly” character and the stress-free shooting.
 

Cast:


Huang Xiaoming
Student

Zhang Ziyi
Wang Minjia

Chang Chen
?

Wang Leehom
?

Chen Chusheng


Here is the video shown during the press conference held in Tsinghua University auditorium on April 16th, 2012 with excerpts of the movie:



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