Thursday, December 18, 2014

[2014.12.19] TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES TRAILER IS UNVEILED

Louis Koo and Charmaine Sheh have a passionate kiss scene in the pool
Charmaine Sheh and Louis Koo play a couple for the first time
Viewers already look forward to the beautiful people, scenery and the romantic scenes just from the trailer alone
Sam Gor (Francis Ng) extends the romance with the Sammi Cheng played film veresion Ho Nin Hei
Sammi Cheng cries at will in this scene
Cool Demon Julian Cheung conquers Amber Kuo
Louis Koo looks cool as a pilot
How can the trailer be without this classic shot
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The Year of the Sheep Lunar New Year's Day will be February 19 next year. The Lunar New Year films have begun its invasion. With 3 kings and 3 queens Francis Ng Chun Yu, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Charmaine Sheh Si Man and Amber Kuo team up for the TRIUMPH OF THE SKIES (CHUNG SEUNG WON SIU) movie. Yesterday its trailer was released. Goo Jai and Ah Sheh's kiss in the water was very fiery; FROM VEGAS TO MACAU (DOH SING FUNG WON II) will pair Chow Yun Fat with Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Carina Lau Ka Ling; Sandra Ng KWan Yu's 12 GOLDEN DUCKS (12 GUM NGAP) will again use an all star surprise cameos for its Valentine's Day release.

Continuing from the television series, the TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES film has been scheduled for a February 19 Lunar New Year's Day release. It will directly confront the Fat Gor, Cheung Ka Fai and Lau Ka Ling starred FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 2 and the Jackie Chan starred DRAGON BLADE.

This year's Lunar New Year film champion, FROM VEGAS TO MACAU made HK$ 35 million in Hong Kong and over 500 million yuan RMB in the Mainland. Next year Fat Gor will strike again with his charm, but it will run into a strong rival in the TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES movie. Yesterday TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES trailer "2015 LOVE IN FLIGHT" was unveiled. With Eason Chan Yik Sing's AGE LIKE SONG pairing beautiful people and scenery, the fiery love stories are truly worth their anticipation; in particular all three couples have kiss scenes in the trailer, Koo Tin Lok and Sheh Si Man's swimming pool kiss scene even became the bright spot. Cheung Chi Lam and Amber Kuo had a Cool Demon style nose to nose loving, and Ng Chun Yu and Sammi shared a very romantic peck. Thus as soon as the trailer was released, the interview heated up with discussions, praising how cool Ng Chun Yu was and going to the movies for Cool Demon. Each had their fan support. With Ng Chun Yu's Mainland popularity due to WHERE ARE YOU GOING DAD 2, the film's Mainland box office will have a lot of help.

Sammi yesterday posted on Weibo, "After the Touch Mi concerts will come TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES. I really like every character in the series. Each with their own past and experience, they really are like a snapshot of the real world. Yet, love is the nutrition in life, it makes people find the reason and the strength to bravely fly!"

At the same time although Ng Kwan Yu is still working on 12 GOLDEN DUCK, she is confident that this Hong Kong film will bring Hong Kong people to the movies. Reportedly it will be released on Valentine's Day. Because of many surprise actor appearances, Kwan Yu yesterday posted photos of guest stars Joey Yung Cho Yi and Anthony Wong Chau Sun on facebook. With her show business connections, the guest stars will conceivably be very fresh.

[2014.12.19[ ANDREW LAU ORGANIZES A FUNERAL COMMITTEE FOR THE LATE CINEMATOGRAPHER

Chan Kwok Hung (right)
Chan Kwok Hung's wife and son goes to the morgue to identify the body with family and friends
Andrew Lau will provide assistance to the widow
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The 51 year old cinematographer Chan Kwok Hung two days ago while working on the Jackie Chan film SKIPTRACE in Yam O, the Lautau Island was on a sampan that overturned from strong turbulence. Chan Kwok Hung drowned after falling into the sea and becoming trapped under the sampan. His wife, family and friends yesterday morning identified the body in the Kwai Chung morgue, left around 10AM and declined to answer any media question. The case has already been assigned to the Marine Police Region major crime department for investigation. Officers yesterday returned to To Kau Wan, Yam O, where the accident happened to collect evidences. The overturned sampan was craned out and towed back to the Marine Police base for further investigation. The sampan did not have any obvious sign of damage.

Yesterday the Hong Kong Director's Guild and Society of Cinematographers president Andrew Lau Wai Keung revealed that he has already contacted and sent his condolences to Tall Guy (Chan Kwok Hung)'s widow. The members met last night with the Director's Guild and other affiliated organizations to form a funeral committee and assist with Tall Guy's affairs. Will Chan Kwok Hung's widow need financial assistance? Will a fund raiser be held for Chan Kwok Hung's children to receive financial assistance to continue their education in the future? Lau Wai Keung felt that if the widow asked everyone would lend a helping hand. Aside from money, the current concern should be with Tall Guy's family and assisting with the funeral arrangements. When his family is able to accept the fact, then they will provide other assistance.

[2014.12.19] ANNIE LIU PLAYS A GHOST AGAIN

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Annie Liu is suspected of having work done, but says that if she did and her face was still loose then she failed
Kate Tsui is afraid of rats but will have to work with them.  She wants to look for a double
Eric Kwok has the scene in nothing but an apron, but he claims to be conservative and has not agreed to it
Carrie Ng will direct KNOCK KNOCK WHO'S THERE
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Jennifer Tse has to play a make up artist for the dead despite her fears of ghosts
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Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau), Jennifer Tse Ting Ting, Kate Tsui Tsz Shan and Eric Kwok Wai Leung yesterday attended the Carrie Ng Ka Lai directed film KNOCK KNOCK WHO'S THERE (YAU HAT DOH) press conference in Kowloon Bay. Sum Yau this time played a ghost for the second time and was crowned "ghost queen". She said that she has always liked characters with scarred face and ugly look, which would be a challenge to her acting. Lately on a Mainland program interview, her face was said to be loose and pointy like it has been worked on. She admitted that perhaps she drank too much water at night, so she was swollen and loose. She joked that she could do nothing about gravity. She was human too and would have times when she was in poor shape. Did she have work done? She joked that if she was loose after that then she failed. Ting Ting in the film played a make up artist for the dead. She said that it was the first time that she played this type of character. The first time she came in contact with someone who passed was her grandmother. She said, "At the time I touched her, the feeling was very different. Papa even praised that her make up was very pretty." She said that she could not help but buy Christmas presents for her nephews, but she had no date for Christmas. This year she wanted to spend Christmas with family.

Eric Kwok in the film will try to kill Ting Ting. Ng Ka Lai joked that Eric asked her if he had to rape her first then kill her. She even said that Eric would consider baring his backside for the shoot. Eric immediately joked that if his rear was being shot he would have to get the make up artist to put make up on it, he would also have to practice first raping then killing with his wife Grace Ip Pui Man to be able to. Later Eric said that he was very conservative, his wife probably would not permit him to show his rear. He joked that his wife perhaps only wanted to save it for herself. Earlier Eric was rumored to no longer write songs for Kay Tse On Kay. He said that he was only joking during the interview, he has never been truthful with what he said. He admitted that he has already communicated with Tse On Kay, but perhaps her manager did not know and responded to the media. He reiterated that he will write songs for Tse On Kay.

Tsui Tsz Shan in the film played a paper offering maker with autism. Speaking of Ng Ka Lai wanted Tsz Shan to work on a rat scene, Tsz Shan immediately screamed that she was very scared. She was the most afraid of rats and anything bloody. The best would be not making it. She said that actually she was very afraid of making a ghost film. She took it due to Sister Ka Lai's sincerity. Earlier she deliberately asked her to discuss the script, so she had to agree. She also said that she has already begun to learn to make paper offerings and brought some home to practice. She said, "I live alone, I am not afraid of any taboo."

[2014.12.19] JULIAN CHEUNG AND CHARMAINE SHEH KEEP THEIR FEELING INSIDE


One of the film's executive producers Chau Cheok Wa (third right) makes an appearance
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Julian Cheung feels that the relationship between his character and Charmaine Sheh's has become more reserved after 15 years
Director Patrick Kong (fourth left) leads the cast to the press conference
Julian Cheung, Charmaine Sheh, Helen Ma, Jacquelin Chong and others
Jacquelin Chong and Stephen Shiu Jr.
Nancy Sit
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The cast of the new film RETURN OF THE CUCKOO (SUP YUET CHOR NG DIK YUET GUONG) including Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Charmaine Sheh Si Man, Nancy Sit Ka Yin, Jacqueline Chong Si Man and Michael Tong Man Lung yesterday worked on location in Macau and attended the film production start press conference. One of RETURN's executive producer and linked in rumors with model Mandy Lieu, Sun Entertainment boss Chau Cheok Wa also attended. Reportedly his wife Chan Wai Ling was pregnant with their second child, he onyl smiled in response to the media's congratulations but did not accept any interview. Speaking of his wife's health, he replied, "She has no health problem." He alos said that his wife was afraid of the crowd and did not attend. As for his wife's belly he joked that she was only fatter. He also said that he already bought a present to reward his wife and said that it was only HK$ 10 million. Did he console Mandy, who was hospitalized? He said, "I don't know."

RETURN's actors first paraded the streets of Macau on a double decker bus and gave away presents to the neighbors. The television series RETURN OF THE CUCKOO was made 15 years ago. After over a decade the original team reunited again, Cheung Chi Lam and Sheh Si Man said that it was like yesterday and nothing really changed. As for any intimate scene between them, Chi Lam said that in the film they were siblings. Although they were not biological, they were still family. He said, "We wouldn't keep saying I love you, you love me. We would keep it inside and wouldn't show it." As for Anita Yuen Wing Yi's plan to have another child, did Chi Lam have a mutual understanding with his wife? He said, "Lately I am busy, let it come naturally! Having another child will indeed be very joyous, but having just one is just as joyous because we have to be content with what we have in life." He said that they have always have a plan to have another child. As for his son appearing to really know how to take care of children. He said that his son would only take care of children who were no blood relation to him and have not directly fight over toys of him. He said, "I have asked my son if he wanted a sibling, he said he didn't know."

Sheh Si Man earlier while cutting a cake to celebrate her TVB Best Actress award wished that the next time she would be cutting a cake it would be to celebrate her Best Actress film award. She said that she will work hard toward film. She said, "I hope I will have good performance." Sit Ka Yin said that she was sentimental to hear the song JOOK KWAN HO. Fortunately after 15 years the actors were still around. She said, "Back then when I worked with Chi Lam and Ah Sheh, they were very young. Now they are all grown and even more famous than before. Luckily I persisted and still have a spot."

[2014.12.19] NICHOLAS TSE MOURNS THE PASSING OF A CINEMATOGRAPHER

Nicholas Tse disappears for 3 minutes after jumping in the sea for a scene, scaring manager Mani Fok witless
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Nicholas Tse says that his schedule is full until 2016
Mani Fok and Nicholas Tse have plenty to talk about
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Nicholas Tse Ting Fung yesterday attended a Emperor Group's property event. Yesterday he gave a live performance of CHEF NIC and cooked a turkey for Christmas.

Speaking of cinematographer Chan Kwok Hung's drowning death while working on Jackie Chan's film SKIPTRACE, Ting Fung heard about it but did not realize the name. When he learned it was "Tall Guy", he looked solemn, shook his head and sighed. He recalled, "We definitely have worked together. I have been in the business for 15 years, the cast and the crew are like family. Every year I would send them a jacket, although I might not be able to remember everyone's name. I don't know what I can say about this accident, I believe Big Brother (Jackie Chan) would be suffering the most because he was on the set."

Ting Fung said that Jackie Chan has always been supportive of his crew. Jackie Chan would definitely blame himself for and suffer from this accident. Will he be more careful with future film productions? He said, "We are all in this business, when they ask me to work they don't want anything to happen to me. If I can do it within my abilities, I will still do it. This is the spirit of film, I hope to preserve this attitude." His manager said that when Ting Fung worked on THE VIRAL FACTOR (YIK JIN) he fell into the sea when the boat overturned and did not surface for three minutes. His manager was almost scared to death.

[2014.12.19] EDDIE PENG FULFILLS HIS WORLD TRAVELING DREAM

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Choi Si-Won recalls shaving his legs
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The film TO THE FORE (POR FUNG) yesterday held its "start" press conference in Beijing. Director Dante Lam Chiu Yin along with leads Eddie Peng Yu-Yen, Shawn Dou Xiao, Choi Si-Won, Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Andrew Lin Hoi, Ouyang Nana all appeared. Emperor group chief Albert Yeung Sau Sing, Evergrande Film chief Sun Qin, iQiYi CEO Gong Yu and Suning Universal vice president Wu Zhaolan also attended.

Lam Chiu Yin announced TO THE FORE will officially open in the summer of 2015. Yesterday the trailer was shown. The team shot on six locations around the world. The actors rode over 100,000 kilometers; the story not only depicted the cyclists' hot blooded dreams but also displayed their inner emotional worlds of friendship and love. Lam Chiu Yin said that the new film not only had a hot blooded story but also fierce action and would bring awe to the visual sense and experience.

The team went to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Tengger Desert of Inner Mongolia, and Shanghai to shoot. The actors even rode over 100,000 kilometers, two and a half times around the world. Peng Yu-Yen joked, "This film production fulfilled my dream of traveling around the world!" In order to play the cyclist well, the leads accepted strict training for professional cycling teams. Peng Yu-Yen pointed out that he was the "experience type", he trained and lived with these cyclists to be able to truly understand their races and inner world. Only by becoming them would he be able to perform the most realistic condition. Choi Si-Won only discovered at training that hobby and professional levels had a huge difference. To be a top qualifying cyclist, the best physical condition and will power were necessary. Dou Xiao also said, "We have to work with real professional cyclists, under high speed riding conditions we even had to cast off the relay. Actually it was rather dangerous and also challenged the skills a lot. However after a few crashes I finally was able to do it. Although I was injured, I felt it was worth it. It was very fun and pleasant." Peng Yu-Yen also said that originally he thought cycling would be easier than fighting and martial arts, but actually it was even tougher. Because this time was a competition of speed, skills, endurance and will power, I truly was forced to a limit. However in the end the resulting display was very cool."

[2014.12.19] DEREK YEE CALLS SEAN LAU THE STABILIZING PILLAR

INSANITY producer Derek Yee and director Lee Kuan Yew have confidence in the box office
In INSANITY Sean Lau plays a schizophrenia patient with a high IQ but severely violent tendency, Huang Xiaoming plays the doctor
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Huang Xiaoming, Derek Yee, Sean Lau
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The Derek Yee Tung Sing produced, new director Lee Kuan Yew also written film INSANITY (BO FUNG YU) starred Sean Lau Ching Wan, Huang Xiaoming and Fiona Sit Hoi Kei. The subject was mental illness. In the film Ching Wan had schizophrenia, after killing his wife he accepted treatment from the Huang Xiaoming played doctor then returned to society. After that a series of murders took place and began a sequence of thrilling and intense stories.

Lee Kuan Yew this time chose mental illness as the subject because he was very curious about it. In the past ten years this type of events frequently happened. This film also spent three to four years on research because many mental illnesses had no conclusion in the medical world. He especially liked mysteries.

When Yee Tung Sing directed THE LUNATICS (DIN LO JING JUEN) he had a very hard time finding investors. This time Lee Kuan Yew ran into script inspection issues in the same manner. Yee Tung Sing offered a helping hand. Yee Tung Sing said that if this film could not go into production, he definitely would want to die. After reading the script, he believed that finding a investor would not be too hard. Now the Mainland started to open up for the subject, if the mental patient promoted violence it would be very hard to approve. Yet it was about social problems, mental illness' basic element came from stress, the Mainland society actually was very stressful. The film showed concern and not out to shock and awe. Thus it passed inspection in the end.

Speaking of the actors Lau Ching Wan and Huang Xiaoming, Lee Kuan Yew admitted that sometimes the shoot would have miscalculations and they had to wait. However Ching Wan never acted up. Once Ching Wan after changing had to wait for five to six hours. He asked the assistant director to relay to him that he miscalculated, but Ching Wan replied, "Don't be crazy! A film production of course requires waiting, work comes first!" He admitted that Ching Wan's understanding touched me a lot. Yee Tung Sing first revealed that Ching Wa was very "indecisive". "He is quite troublesome, just like (Tony) Leung Chiu Wai. When you ask them they would say 'no', they are quite indecisive!" He pointed out that Ching Wan was the "pillar that settled the sea" because he drove the production on the set. He also praised Huang Xiaoming for his very steady performance. His internal performance was very well measured.

Sit Hoi Kei in the film played Huang Xiaoming's girlfriend. Lee Kuan Yew actually was Sit Hoi Kei's classmate at the university, but he was a super senior. He praised that Sit Hoi Kei's performance was very natural and smart. During voice work he felt that she was very smart and detailed oriented.