The 2nd Asian Film Awards (AFA) were presented on March 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in conjunction with the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Korean movie “Secret Sunshine” (밀양; Milyang) is the biggest winner with 3 major awards (complete list). Below are some pics from the event…

Tony Leung and Jeon Do-yeon at Asian Film Awards 2008
Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (best actor) and Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon (best actress)

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Chinese star Edison Chen has announced his exit from Hong Kong entertainment world following the nude-photos scandal that involved several famous female artists.

Chinese artist Edison Chen responding to sex photo scandal
Edison during the press conference

Edison made his announcement at a press conference in Hong Kong on Feb 21. He has admitted that the most of the related nude photos circulated online in recent weeks are taken by him, and has also apologised to her female ‘partners’ and others that have been affected by the issue.

The Chronicles of the nude Photos Scandal

On Jan 28, several nude photos involving two female Hong Kong artists and Edison were uploaded online and spread like wildfire.

The artists’ respective agency had responded that the photos were fake and doctored, but lots of the netizens have different opinions.

Jan 30, the Hong Kong police arrested the first suspect for spreading the photos. This action has enraged the netizens, accusing the police of playing favouritism to protect the artists.

Jan 31, the Hong Kong police had verified the authentication of the photos. Early investigations suggested that the photos were obtained from Edison’s hard disk when he sent his computer for repair earlier.

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Late Hong Kong artist Lydia Shum Din Ha

Veteran Hong Kong entertainer Lydia Shum (沈殿霞; Shum Din Ha) passed away on Feb 19 at the age of 60 due to complications from her liver cancer.

Lydia Shum was born on July 21, 1947 (some resources indicate 1945) in Shanghai, China. She made her entertainment debut when she was 13 and was known over the years for her comediennes, her size and iconic hairstyle and glasses.

She was affectionately nicknamed by her fans as Feifei (肥肥, literally fat-fat) and had won the heart of many Hong Kong audiences, not just for her entertaining performances, but for her professionalism and positive attitude as well.

Lydia is survived by daughter Joyce Cheng. Rest in peace Lydia.

Hong Kong star Chow Yun Fat has confirmed to join the live adaptation of “Dragon Ball”.

Master Roshi of Dragon Ball manga
Master Roshi

Chow Yun Fat will play the comedic Master Roshi, Goku’s mentor; Goku is the main character in Dragon Ball.

Dragon Ball is one of the most popular manga (and anime) of all time. Hollywood studio Twentieth Century Fox creates a huge buzz among Dragon Ball fans when they announced the making of the live movie in Oct 2007.

Hong Kong star Stephen Chow is the producer, James Wong the director.

This is the first time that Stephen Chow and Chow Yun Fat have joined hands in a movie; both of them are among the biggest stars for the past 2 decades in Hong Kong (probably Asian) entertainment world.

Other main casts that have been confirmed include Justin Chatwin, James Marsters, Emmy Rossum, Jamie Chung, Joon Park and Eriko Tamura.

Japanese all-girls pop group Morning Musume visited Korea and Taiwan last week to promote their new album “All Single Complete — 10th Anniversary”.

Their visit in Korea didn’t seem to create much hype, but the girls were very well received in Taiwan. Below is a video of Morning Musume in Korea and some pictures of them in Taiwan…

Press conference in Korea (Oct 26) – they speak in both Korean and Japanese

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Actress Annie Shizuka Inoh poses with Chinese NBA star, Yao Ming, at a recent charity auction in Beijing (Sep 19)… Yao’s Houston Rocket jersey is more like a dress on Annie.

Annie Shizuka Inoh and Yao Ming Annie Shizuka Inoh in Yao Ming jersey
Annie Shizuka Inoh wearing Yao Ming’s jersey (Image courtesy of Xinhuanet)

The charity auction was jointly sponsored by Yao Ming and Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash. It is reported that the auction managed to raise 7 million Yuan (~ USD930,000) to finance kids’ education in China’s poorest regions.

Annie is famous Chinese artist. Also known as Annie Yi, the Taiwanese born star got her Japanese like name from her Japanese stepfather. She is one of the many celebrities that attended the event to support the charity cause.



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