1: Positive review
of "What Women Want" from Derek Elley for FilmBiz.Asia: "Andy
Lau and Gong Li shine in an improved remake of the US rom-com... Gong,
45, in her first rom-com, acquits herself in relaxed style and forges a
mature chemistry with Lau that really does drive the movie. With a
younger actress in the part, it would have been a different - and lesser
1: Michael Rechtshaffen reviews
"What Women Want" for the Hollywood Reporter. Excerpts: "Easy
chemistry between its amiable leads - box office royalty Andy Lau and the
ever-radiant Gong Li. Opening day-and-date with China, where Feb. 3 coincides
with the start of New Year's festivities, the picture should score with
female-skewing Asian-Americans in the market for slick, mainstream escapism...
Aside from the spirited give-and-take of its photogenic leads, the film boosts
the glam factor with Zhuoyi Li's gleaming art direction and costume designer
Yikai Li's impeccably chic wardrobe selections."
28: I attended the Los Angeles media screening of "What Women Want"
last night. Thanks to the folks at China Lion Entertainment for inviting me and
for providing a media kit! I added more hi res publicity stills to the photo
27: A media conference
and premiere were held in Shanghai for "What Women Want". Gong
Li, Andy Lau, director Chen Daming, and other members of the cast attended. (See
26: The cast and director of "What Women Want" attended a media
conference and premiere in Beijing.
25: Visit the official U.S. website
for "What Women Want" for list
of theaters screening the film as of Feb 3.
20: The official "What Women Want" website
has been unveiled (in Chinese). It includes the videos and publicity stills
previously released, along with wallpapers and character
11: Several new publicity photos from "What Women Want" have been
10: Music video from "What Women Want', featuring Andy Lau singing over
9: Interview with Gong Li, Andy Lau released (recorded Nov 18) to promote
"What Women Want".
14: An interview
that Gong Li accepted on the 9th has been published in the Hollywood
9: After the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony, director Chen Daming and Gong
Li met with reporters. An interview with Chen was published in the
Hollywood Reporter. "I worked with the two biggest stars in Asia...
It was a fantastic experience. We became very close. Being an actor
myself, I think I understand actors better than most Chinese directors.
You know how sensitive actors can be. For Gong Li, this is a completely
different role. She never played a business woman before. When we worked
on the script, I realized she is a real woman and sensitive, polite and
has a sense of humor. She is not what you see in other movies. I wanted
to see her in this role - the real Gong Li."
18: A media
conference to promote the film was held this afternoon.
Gong Li and Andy Lau attended, and the first trailer was screened.
6: The director and producer of "What Women Want" spoke with Louisa
Lim of NPR. Producer Dede Nickerson: "A lot of my successful Chinese [male]
friends are businessmen, playboys who like to party down, and many of my
girlfriends are very hard-working, successful career women... The film has a
different kind of depth than the original has because of what is going on right
now [in China]. They didn't have these issues 10, even 20 years ago. There
wasn't this thriving, commercial go-getter mentality that's really so pervasive
in society today." Director Chen Daming commented: "What I want
is to do is make the female character stronger than in the original film.
China's a little bit different, because being a Chinese woman living in China is
harder than in the States because you have to fight for everything."
29: The first official publicity photos have been released.
24: Gong Li was spotted Thursday in Beijing filming a scene with Russell Wong
for "What Women Want". From ScreeningChina.blogspot.com: "China's
queen of the screen Gong Li was filming outside the cinema on Thursday afternoon
in the futuristic surrounds of the MOMA [cinema] complex. The shoot took place
just outside Kubrick cafe, located opposite the cinema.
14: Gong Li and Andy Lau attended a media conference to discuss their
project that is currently filming in Beijing.