Thursday, September 17, 2020

[2020.09.18] I'M LIVIN' IT PULLS AWAY FROM MULAN ON OPENING DAY


MULAN opens sluggishly in Hong Kong

At 7PM, UA Times Square still had plenty of seats available for the 9:30 PM show

A protestor calls for a MULAN boycott in Korea

I'M LIVIN' IT opens on the same day and reaches HK$ 300,000 by half day
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The Mainland star Crystal Liu Yifei starred, US$ 200 million Disney live action film MULAN yesterday opened "under a low profile" at 45 cinemas. As of 6PM its box office was only six figures. MULAN yesterday also opened in Korea. As of 6PM its half day admission was only 12,763 people as MULAN boycott protests took place there. Lead actor Liu Yifei in August last year openly expressed her support for Hong Kong Police, leading to an internet backlash and call to "BoycottMulan". In addition its end credit thanked the Xinjiang government and ministries, which also led to controversy. No one knows whether those reasons affected the box office.

MULAN yesterday quietly opened in Hong Kong without much promotion in advance. At the Times Square UA, no MULAN display could be seen. The 9:30PM showing still had plenty of seats two hours before. As of 6PM, MULAN accumulated HK$ 103,077. Also opening yesterday was the Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and Miriam Yeung Chin Wa starred I'M LIVIN' IT (MAK LO YUN), as of 6PM it made around HK$ 320,000. TENET as of 9PM reached HK$ 1.364 million and continued to top the single day box office.

MULAN opened on the same day in Korea. As of 6PM, the admission rate was only 12,763 people. According to Korean media reports, yesterday "Declaration of Global Citizens" representative Lee Seoll-a held an one-person rally against the film's release in front of the CGV Yongsan I'Park Mall branch. "Declaration of Gloabl Citizen" condemned the film's release in Korea, said that many were illegally arrested in Hong Kong and the Korean people would remember and support them.

Last year during the Hong Kong social movement, Liu Yifei in August posted on Weibo "I also support the Hong Kong Police", triggered an internet backlash and led to the Boycott Mulan movement.

In March this year when MULAN held its U.S. premiere then its U.K. premiere in London, many protesters were on hand and raised MULAN parody posters in protest. With the novel coronavirus pandemic, MULAN postponed its release many times around the world. In September it was released on the streaming platform Disney+.

As the pandemic eased, MULAN opened on September 11th in the Mainland. Although Liu Yifei released firm praise from the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs press spokesperson Zhao Lijian said, "She (Liu Yifei) earlier expressed strong support for the HK Police. I feel she is the modern Hua Mulan. She is a real child of China." However the Mainland audience did not seem to care. According to the largest online ticket sales platform in the Mainland, Cat's Eye, as for September 16th the film's cumulative box office was over 201 million RMB -- below THE 800, which was already in its third week of release. American film and television data analyst Jeff Bock said, "This is a disappointing opening number. Disney tailored this film for the Mainland audience but they don't care."

After MULAN's release it also ran into trouble overseas due to its end credit thanks to one of the locations Xinjiang's publicity and public security departments. 19 U.S. lawmakers last Friday (the 11th) issued a joint letter to Disney chief Bob Chapek, urging him to clarify the Chinese government connection to MULAN. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Zhao Lijian felt that MULAN thanking the Xinjiang authorities for the convenience they provided the production could not be more normal and reiterated that Xinjiang and Hong Kong policies were purely China's internal affairs, which no foreign government, organization or individuals had any right to interfere with.

[2020.09.18] PRISCILLA WONG REVEALS THAT SHIGA LIN ASKS ABOUT HER OVERSEAS WEDDING

Kayla Wong (left) already makes her sister Irisa Wong her bridesmaid 

Priscilla Wong praises Carlos Chan as handsome
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Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Priscilla Wong Chui Yu, Kayla Wong Man Hei and sister Irisa Wong Lai Ka, and the now completely recovered from prostate cancer Ryan Hui Wai Yan attended a photography exhibit. Chan Ka Lok and rumored girlfriend Shiga Lin's friend Chui Yu met for the first time and spoke to the media together. Ka Lok had a healthy tan. He revealed that lately he constantly hiked, ran and waterski, but he stressed that he went waterskiing with a great swimmer Michelle Wai Sze Nga. When asked if he went hiking with Shiga Lin, he avoided the subject and said, "I went waterskiing with Wai Sze Nga."

Actually it was the firs time Chui Yu and Ka Lok met. Chui Yu hoped to have a chance to work with him later and praised how handsome he was. He probably had a lot of girls who were fond of him. Ka Lok returned the compliment and praised Chui Yu as pretty, fit, and tall. Appearing embarrassed, he asked the media to keep the subject on his work. Then he revealed that he just finished a Lunar New Year film BUK YUT SING FUN (COMING SOON WEDDING). As an onscreen couple he and Wai Sze Nga had differences in opinions when it came to marriage. She wanted to wed but he did not. Did Ka Lok want to get married in real life? He said, "I am not in a hurry, I want to work hard first since I haven't made enough money yet. (What about her?) No comment, I don't know how to answer." Chui Yu helped out and told everyone to ask her questions about marriage because she had knowledge in this area. Did Shiga ask her about marriage? She said, "yes, she asked about my overseas wedding. Actually Shiga is a good girl, very kind, so as long as she is happy it's fine."

[2020.09.18] THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING, HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE ARE CHOSEN TO CLOSE THE GOLDEN HORSE FILM FESTIVAL

Golden Horse Film Festival selects THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING
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The 57th Golden Horse Film Festival will take place between November 5th and 22nd. The event yesterday announced the Hong Kong films THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING (KONG MO PAI 3) and HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE (SAU GUEN YIN) as its closing films, calling both films deep displays of Hong Kong domestic nostalgia and would put moving end that would be full of "Hong Kong flavor" for the film festival.

THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING's director Adam Wong Sau Ping said, "The global pandemic hasn't ended yet. The Golden Horse Film Festival is able to take place physically and as scheduled, which I feel is very meaningful in the world film scene. Thus I feel very honored that THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING is selected for the Golden Horse closing film." One of the leads BabyJohn Choi Hon Yik said, "To be able to be this film festival's closing film also means that this 'sailboat' has officially launched. As a 'crew member' I feel very encouraged."

HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE director Chan Kin Long thanked the Golden Horse Film Festival for the selection. "A made in Hong Kong ship in the middle of her adventures is able to sail into this carefree port of Taiwan, it is a very happy event."



[2020.09.18] CHARLENE CHOI ADMIRES HOW LONG SAMMI CHENG CAN CRY

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Sammi Cheng Sau Man and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin earlier were guests on TVB Entertainment News program STARTALK and talked about their experience on their film FATAL VISIT (SING HOR SAI MAU SAK ONG).

The film was adapted from a play. They both said that they have not seen the play for research. Sammi felt the choice of not seeing it was the right one. "After getting the script the more I didn't seeing the play the more right I was not to, because (Alice) Lau Nga Lai starred in the play. If I saw it I would be even more nervous. Her performance was so good. In addition was afraid that I would imitate her performance and put myself in a box, so I wanted to use my way to perform the role, the most isolated the better."

Sammi's performance in the film received high praises but Sammi had no expectation for awards. "This time was the spring of the performance, not the spring of winning awards. Today awards are very low priority for me. You know after my years of experience, I put something like an award at an even lower priority. If one day I won I of course would be hpapy, but I haven't expected one."

Ah Sa said that being able to work with good actors would improve herself. "During the shoot, I didn't dare to bother other actors, like Tong Dawei and Sammi have many scenes that required a lot of strength and were very heavy. When I saw Sammi in a crying scene she won me over even more. I am something could cry fast and end fast. If I kept crying, I wouldn't be able to after awhile. Sammi was amazing though, she has so much tear! In one scene she was already crying starting from when she read the script. After she was done with the scene she still couldn't stop."

Ah Sa who has been frequently working on movies in recent years joked that she suddenly got it. "I realized that I had to keep the motor running for work, the motor can't be stopped for too long because when it starts up again it would sputter. However a year or two earlier I chose my roles because I wanted to prove people wrong. However these scripts didn't come by all the time. Later I realized that I should work while I could, I shouldn't think so much. Now there are fewer and fewer movies, if anyone asks you then you should work!"

Director Calvin Poon Yuen Leung pointed out that the Sammi played Sister Ling was an extremely difficult role. Each time she came to the set, Sammi would have her notes so she already has done her hoemwork and would perform at her best. Sammi joked that previous film productions often lacked scripts, so doing homework was very hard. This film not only had a complete script, but also before the shoot she had very clear communication with the director and the producer. Everyone knew what method they would use to perform. In order to play Sister Ling, Sammi even gained ten pounds on her own. She said, "The audience might not be able to tell the difference at first glimpse, as I just gained eight to ten pounds. The overall behavior would obviously differ from mine, which helped with getting into character even more."

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

[2020.09.17] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13 2020

For the week ending Sunday September 13 2020
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10 TWITTERING BIRD NEVER FLY: THE CLOUDS GATHER
  Can : Ming Liu Buk Fei: Wui Won Muk Bo
    d. Kaori Makita
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : III
  Length : 85 mins.
  Opening July 23 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening August 28 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/T9OaT70iJPc

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but he is also a deviant and a masochist. One day, Doumeki comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there's something about Doumeki that he can't resist. Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.


  9 UPGRADE
    d. Leigh Whannell
    Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson


  8 A CHOO
    d. Kevin Ko Meng-Jung, Peter Tsi (Chik Ka Kei),
    Kai Ko Chen-Tung, Ariel Lin, Darren Wang, Wang Ta-Lu
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 101 mins.
  Opening July 16 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening September 10 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/TDLti93klWQ

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    As a boy who had grown up in an orphanage, EJ met Hsin-Hsin, the one girl who'd care and hold him close to heart. Blossoming into a deep, mutual affection, Hsin-Hsin became the single most cherished soul in EJ's young heart. For some reason, whenever Hsin-Hsin thought of EJ, she couldn't stop sneezing. As they grew up, Hsin-Hsin left the orphanage to work in the city. EJ on the other hand, swore to be "the bravest man" to earn Hsin-Hsin's love, and devoted himself to become a boxer. Through his unyielding love for Hsin-Hsin, EJ became a legend in the boxing ring as the "man who could not be knocked-out". Yet as the evil Dr.Cube schemed in the shadows, threatening Hsin-Hsin's life with all sorts of dangers, EJ will soon learn that his true purpose lies not in becoming some superhero, but to be the one-and-only superman for the person he cares most in the world.


  7 UNHINGED
    d. Derrick Borte
    Russell Crowe, Caren Pistorius, Jimmi Simpson


  6 LAST LETTER
  Can : Jui Hau Dik Ching Shu
    d. Shunji Iwai
    Takako Matsu, Suzu Hirose, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nana Mori,
     Etsushi Toyokawa, Miho Nakayama, Hideaki Anno, Masaharu Fukuyama,
  Rating : I
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening August 6 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening September 3 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/pN_d2IXGDSY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    After Misaki Tono's death, her sister, Yuri Kishibeno, decides to attend Misaki’s high school reunion and share the news to her ex-classmates. Beyond Yuri's expectation, everyone including Yuri's first love Kyoshiro Otosaka has mistaken her as Misaki. Not knowing that the real Misaki has passed away, Kyoshiro starts writing letters to her whilst Yuri continues to play along as Misaki. One of the letters is sent to Misaki's home address and read by Ayumi, Yuri's niece. These letters slowly reveal the past, the present and the truth leading to her mother’s death...and how they are all intertwined and connected by love.


  5 ANTEBELLUM
    d. Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz
    Janelle Monae, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe, Tongayi Chirisa,
  nbsp;   Lily Cowles, Jena Malone, Jack Huston


  4 THE NEW MUTANTS
    d. Josh Boone
    Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Maisie Williams, Alice Brage,
      Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga, Adam Beach,


  3 BEYOND THE DREAM
  Can : Wan Oi
  Lit : Fantasy Love
    d. Kiwi Chow Koon Wai
    Terrance Lau Chun Him, Cecilia Choi Sze Wan,
      Nina Paw Hee Ching, Poon Chan Leung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening November 14 2019 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening December 13 2019 (Preview)
  Opening May 9 2020 (Preview)
  Opening July 2 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/y1X2n0DVqgQ

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Lok is a recovering schizophrenic who yearns for love. One day, he encounters the young and beautiful Yan and quickly falls in love with her. Just when he struggles whether to tell her about his illness, he has a relapse and becomes delusional. Little does he know that she's a psychological counselor who has a hidden agenda. The pair develops a relationship that is beyond their wildest dreams.


  2 PENINSULA
  Can : Si Sak Boon Doh
    d. Yeon Sang-ho
    Kang Dong-Won, Lee Jung-hyun
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 116 mins.
  Opening July 16 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening August 20 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening August 28 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/JWWTpuNTVLM

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Korea has officially become an isolated country due to the mysterious viral outbreak.

    Now, the very last struggle to escape from the abandoned peninsula begins again!

    Jung-seok, a former soldier, barely managed to escape the peninsula to Hong Kong. While living as "peninsula refugee" in Hong Kong, being ignored by the local people, Jung-seok accepts a tempting offer from a random foreigner. Jung-seok and his crew head to the peninsula again to accomplish the mission, just to discover a group of non-infected survivors still living in the zombie-occupied peninsula! Will they be able to survive again from the disaster?



  1 TENET
    d. Christopher Nolan
    John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki,
      Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh,

[2020.09.17] ALIEN HUANG PASSED AWAY FROM BATHROOM FALL

Alien Huang was found dead outside his bathroom. The news shocks Taiwan show business.

Huang's father finds his son's body and gives his statement at the police station
Alien Huang's remains was transported to Taipei Second Funeral Parlor
Alien Huang came to perform in Hong Kong four times and had many loyal fans
Tiffany Hsu, Rainie Yang and Alien Huang were all Hwa Kang Arts School students
Alien Huang's MR. PLAYER co-host Jacky Wu gets choked up when he hears the news
Alien Huang's rumored girlfriend Wu Han Chun gets a call from a reporter with the news and breaks down on the spot
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Final appearance: Alien Huang looked extremely tired when he got home
Alien Huang was family to Rainie Yang, who even guest starred on his program
Rainie Yang suspends all her work after hearing the news and remembers Alien online.
Linda Chien, Show Luo, Alien Huang on 100% ENTERTAINMENT
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Alien Huang was an all purpose artist as he left his footprints in film, television and music.
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Artist Alien Huang yesterday was found dead in his Taipei residence at age 36. According to the police's initial investigation announcement, Alien Huang accidentally slipped while leaving the bathroom, injuring his head. He lay outside the bathroom and passed away. When found his body was already in rigor mortis. His first love Rainie Yang said, "I have no way to describe how much pain I am in". Jacky Wu said that he could not accept Alien's passing at all. "I even promised him, at least next year (at the Golden Bell Award) I would be able to bring him on stage."

Alien Huang's father upon learning the news of his passing was in sorrow. He said that his son two days ago just had dinner with his family, he did not know why something like this would happen. Alien Huang started in show business in 2002, was once the lead host of 100% ENTERTAINMENT and guest starred in the recent hit series SOMEDAY OR ONE DAY. Alien Huang's best know romance was his first love with Rainie Yang. Rainie Yang once said, "At the time I even thought of marrying him in the future." Even though they broke up and Rainie Yang wed Mainland singer Li Ronghao, they talked about each other without any hesitation. Alien Huang also was a guest a Rainie Yang's 2018 concert. Rainie Yang said about her old flame's passing, "I have no way to describe how much pain I am in. Alien to me has always existed like family. When I learned this news I really had no way to accept it. His goodness, I would always remember. Everyone please remember his hard working, serious and talented face. I would always miss him......" Because of emotional breakdown, Rainie Yang has turned down all the jobs scheduled for that afternoon. Her husband Li Ronghao and Alien Huang were also friends. Li Ronghao said, "I really don't dare to believe it, he was such a good person. Friend, farewell."

Alien Huang's current girlfriend "Cheerleader Goddess" Wu Han Chun originally was scheduled for a TVBS program taping. Before she got a call she did not know that her boyfriend has already passed. Currently she has already cancelled all jobs. Alien and Chun Chun met on a program and fell in love. They publicized their romance in June this year.

Alien Huang during his years in show business stepped foot in variety program, singing, drama, and was great with people. Because 22 hours before he even shared a cute video of his dog on social media, the sudden news left many friends in the circle with no way to accept it. He and Show Luo host 100% ENTERTAINMENT. Piggy posted, "Why would it be like this?" His KO ONE co-star Aaron Yan wrote, "Alien, sorry, I didn't often meet up with you, but thank you for taking care of me and Gui Gui (Emma Wu) on MYSTERIOUS INCREDIBLE TERMINATOR. I am very sad, farewell RIP." Mickey Huang posted that his wife Summer Meng worked with Alien Huang on a drama. "The Road of Trends had you, the Road of Arts had you, the leader of leftover women's bodyguard, my wife kept thanking you. How can it be so sudden like this. We will miss you and always always remember you." Alien Huang's high school classmate Tiffany Hsu posted, "Tomorrow we scheduled a classmate reunion, originally you said you had to work. We would go on as schedule and save you a seat, because tomorrow you wouldn't have to work, you would be attend......" Dee Hsu, Michelle Chen, Alyssa Chia and others all posted their sorrow and how much they would miss Alien Huang.

Alien Huang although started in a boy band, he caught attention as a variety program host. In 2006 he became the 100% ENTERTAINMENT host, after taking the baton he host for almost 10 years. In 2015 he was nominated for the 50th Golden Bell Award Variety Program host but lost. In the same year he resigned from 100% ENTERTAINMENT and focused on his singing career. In 2018 he returned to hosting and joined MR. PLAYER as a host. Risking everything without any regard for his image, he was very memorable for the audience. In 2019 he was nominated for a Golden Bell game or reality show host award but again the prize passed him by. His MR. PLAYER co-host Jacky Wu remembered, "He passed away without winning a single Golden Bell Award. I even promised him that at least next year I would be able to bring him to the stage."

[2020.09.17] CHARLENE CHOI REVEALS THAT SHE COLLECTS SAMMI CHENG'S CD

Sammi Cheng acts opposite a whale in her new music video
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Sammi Cheng feels the song is a new page in another chapter of life
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Sammi Cheng Sau Man has had a fulfilling September so far. Aside from her new film FATAL VISIT (SING HOR SAI MAU SAK ONG) with Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin's end of the month release, her new song HOW TO HOLD BACK TEARS finally was released. Sammi and AhSa earlier talked about their collaboration experience. Ah Sa said, "I really like to watch Sammi's movies, and at home I have many of Sammi's collections. I had to ten 100 on tests before Ma would let me buy 1 CD. Several days ago I was cleaning at home and realized that actually I had many of her records, which absolutely were my personal collection!"

In addition, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Wong Hing Fan earlier spoke with StarTalk about their film I'M LIVIN' IT (MAK LO YUN). Chin Wa revealed that Kwok Fu Sing's pet peeves in order to play his role well. "He wouldn't let people touch his hair and clothes. He told people not to mess up his hair, don't bother fixing it for him."

For her character, Chin Wa went with the team to Temple Street and observe the life of a "song girl". She said, "I really don't know to describe them as song girls. Actually they are a group of singers. After chatting with them I really learned a lot. I understood nothing was certain and learned to cherish even more."