September 4th, 2012

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LI BINGBING PUTS POLITICS FIRST



China actress Li Bingbing (李冰冰) did not attend the world premiere of her first Hollywood film Resident Evil: Retribution, in Tokyo on Monday, due to the escalating sovereignty dispute over the Diaoyu Islands between China and Japan.

Her manager said, “We stand on the same side with our government. The Diaoyu Islands belong to China. Bingbing will attend this film’s premiere in any other place in the world, except Tokyo!”

However, there are some reports claiming that Bingbing was denied entry by the Japanese government.

Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, the film also stars Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory and Michelle Rodriguez.

The Diaoyu Islands are known as the Senkaku Islands in Japan, Tiaoyutai Islands in Taiwan, or the Pinnacle Islands, depending on your nationality and politics.

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Sammo Hung and Tony Jaa to duel in new film



The Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Wu Jing starred SPL (SAT POR LONG) was released in Hong Kong in 2005. Although it was a category III film it still made over 7 million. For a category III film the performance was decent.

A sequel has always been in the work but unfortunately due to a variety of reasons it did not come to fruition. After seven years ago attentive planning, the film finally has been scheduled for a 2012 production start. Aside from SPL's "Iron Foot"Hung Kam Bo and Wu Jing, top Thai martial artist film star Tony Jaa will join the cast! Yen Chi Tan whose film schedule was jam packed was also considering.

Tony Jaa in 2004 with the film ONGBAK made a name for himself with "no special effect, no stunt double" actual martial art in the international film industry. Working with "martial art masters" Hung Kam Bo and Wu Jing for the first time he definitely will be able to set off a lot of spark! For this golden team, the film company held nothing back! Hung Kam Bo and Tony Jaa alone already cost over 40 million in salary and a long time in negotiation, the action director even designed a fatal duel for both to display their abilities!

Hung Kam Bo said, "I have been approached but I don't know if it has been confirmed yet. Ask the film company."


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Han Han on Typos, Race Cars, Censorship in China



Han Han is often hailed as “the world’s most popular blogger” or “the voice of China’s boom-era youth,” but remarkably, until now, none of his writing (which spans blogging as well as hugely popular, angst-ridden novels) has been published in English.

On Oct. 9, Simon & Schuster releases “This Generation: Dispatches From China’s Most Popular Literary Star (and Race Car Driver),” a collection of work that dates back to when Mr. Han started blogging in 2005. The volume presents an overview of the social and political issues, both large and small, that have preoccupied him and much of China during the past several years of constant change.

In addition to writing, Mr. Han races cars professionally, releases pop music, has launched and edited magazines, and is startlingly handsome. The 29-year-old author spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the risks of his success, the rigors of racecar driving and his hopes for greater freedom of expression in China.


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Corrections & Amplifications: Simon & Schuster will release “This Generation” on Oct. 9. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said it would be released on Oct. 18.

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So much "oh snap" in here I don't know where to start lol