Thursday, August 4, 2022

[2022.08.05] MIRROR CANCELS SUMMER SONIC APPEARANCE

MIRROR was originally scheduled to perform on the 20th at the Summer Sonic 2022
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Keung To twice vows to never give up and declares that they will stand up again

MIRROR

COLLAR's captain GAO departs first

Marf and birthday girl Ivy So follow
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Keung To posts a socia media update, saying that they would never give up and they would face everything together

After MIRROR returned to the company for a meeting, they gradually returned to social media

Sumling and Marf thank everyone for their concern for So Ching

Candy with her new hair color and Winka express that they will keep working hard

COLLAR appears on a Commercial Radio interview without So Ching

So Ching's boyfriend Ah Mo remains in the ICU
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Guy group MIRROR's 4th show of their Hong Kong Coliseum concert series had a serious accident, as a giant monitor fell from above and injured two dancers Lee Kai Yin (Ah Mo) and Cheung Chi Fung. They remained hospitalized. Ah Mo is the boyfriend of girl group COLLAR's member So Ching. After the accident MIRROR and COLLAR immediately suspended their jobs, until two days ago when they returned to PCCW for a meeting. After that Keung To posted on social media, "We would never give up, we definitely stand up". COLLAR yesterday returned to work first as they appeared on a Commercial Radio interview. So Ching did not appear. The members said that they were OK and wished for everyone to be safe.

After the MIRROR HK Coliseum accident, their and COLLAR's jobs, as well as ViuTV's marketing all were suspended. The outside were not only concerned with the dancers' injuries but also MIRROR's emotional states. Earlier captain Lokman Yeung posted on social media, "We would watch ourselves, don't worry about us." Then other members shared the post. MIRROR and COLLAR two days ago were called to the company. Around 9:45 PM everyone left through the parking lot. Ian Chan drove away with a serious look. Edan Lui and Anson Lo were expressionless as they left in manager Sister Fa (Wong Wai Kwan)'s vehicle. Other members Anson Kong, Frankie Chan, Keung To and others left in two vehicles without speaking.

Keung To early yesterday morning posted on social media, "Never give up, we would never give up, definitely would stand up, together face everything" to shatter the breakup rumors. Ian yesterday posted a photo of the sky. "Stay positive, pray." Frankie shared on social media, "Don't believe it's impossible for you to do, you don't have to be talented, you don't have to be great, just when faced with challenged don't give up first. Believe in yourself, then anything is possible." Edan posted, "Over the past few days I received a lot of concerns, thank you everyone, relax I am fine. Now I only wish for a speedy recovery for the injured, only ask for them to be fine. God please help us." Jeremy said, "We are one and all, we would keep going, no matter how difficult, keep praying."

The dancer who was injured before the concert and did not perform, Zisac Law Tak Chi yesterday posted his concert staff pass. "This show, although in the end I never performed on the stage, absolutely must be remembered. I never thought that 24 people could be united as one. In the future the 24 of us would definitely be able to return to the stage, with the 12 guys, 36 as one! Finally I wish for all those injured, whether physically or spiritually, a speedy recovery and live on."

So Ching's boyfriend Ah Mo currently remained in the intensive care unit at the hospital. COLLAR yesterday returned to work for an interview at the Commercial Radio. She did not appear, only the remaining 7 members went to the station. As they got out of the vehicle they darted into the station without saying a world, but they waved to the waiting media. When the program began, COLLAR spoke about the accident. Captain Gao said, "We very sincerely thank everyone for caring about us. We have received encouragement from people from different walks of life, and received your love. We are OK, we wish everyone to be safe, we wish for something good to happen. We would carry everyone's energy and work hard, keep doing well, spread positive energy. Thank you everyone for caring about So Ching. We hope that everyone would continue to believe in and support us." On her birthday yesterday, Ivy So said that she never believed in birthday wishes, but this year she would make two wishes: for everyone to be healthy and for So Ching, the injured and all performers to be safe.

MIRROR originally was scheduled to perform at the Summer Sonic 2022 music festival in Tokyo on the 20th, reportedly they have already cancelled. As for their September Commercial Radio concerts and basketball game, Commercial Radio replied to the media that they had no update.

[2022.08.05] SAMMO HUNG, SIMON YAM ARE AMONG ALEX LAW'S PALLBEARERS


 

Mabel Cheung rides in the hearse to the crematorium to send Alex Law on his final journey

Alex Law's farewell ceremony took place yesterday.  He was 69.

Pallbearers Sammo Hung and Simon Yam
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Famous screenwriter and director Alex Law Kai Yui passed away early last month at age 69. Yesterday a farewell ceremony took place at the Methodist International Churt. Law Kai Yui's friends Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Shi Nansun and Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling) were among his pallbearers. Director Fruit Chan Gor, Ann Hui On Wa, Joe Chan Sin Chi, Nina Paw Hee Ching, Tina Lau Tin Lam and Winnie Yu Tsang saw their friend off on his final journey. None spoke to the media.

The farewell ceremony was completed around 11AM. Law Kai Yui's nephew carried his photo out of the church. Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting followed in sorrow and remained silent throughout, she followed the hearse as a part of the family and headed toward the Diamond Hill Crematorium.

[2022.08.05] SEAN LAU ADMIRES LOUIS KOO'S COURAGE TO TRY

The golden team of Sean Lau, Carina Lau and Louis Koo makes the movie even more attractive
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The Louis Koo Tin Lok produced and starred, Sean Lau Ching Wan, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Philip Keung Ho Man, Tse Kwan Ho starred, Nick Cheung Ka Fai guest starred first Hong Kong science fiction film WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI) will open on August 25th. Goo Jai stressed, "Hong Kong has never seriously made a very quality science fiction film. Actually when we started to conceive a science fiction film production, we first set a good foundation to have a special effect company to support the project. The shots that this science fiction movie would require might exceed the quantity that past Asian films have done......the most time consuming was special effects, then story creation as we tried to avoid become 'fake Hollywood'. Through this film, Hong Kong from now on not only had certain types of subjects. It could make some fantasy movie or science fiction films."

Lau Ching Wan admired Goo Jai's courage to try, feeling that everyone would have the ability to complete it; Lau Ka Ling greatly praised the film's art as very science fiction, cool; Cheung Ka Fai was deeply won over, because Hong Kong has never made such a high quality special effect film, not to mention a science fiction subject. It was a daring attempt.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

[2022.08.04] THREE TIME HONG KONG FILM AWARD WINNING COSTUME DESIGNER BRUCE YU PASSED AWAY

Yu Ka On was Anita Mui's official costume designer.  He was responsible for her costumes in her film WU YAN

Chow Yun Fat's A BETTER TOMORROW "Mark Gor" look came from the hands of Yu Ka On

Last night Vivian Chow posted a photo with Yu Ka On from 2006.  "Dear Bruce, thank you for your care and love since the beginning of my career.  Whether from concerts, albums, movies, I have too many, too many beautiful memories.  May you rest in peace."

Vincent Kok (right) posts a photo with his late friend

DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME and THE SWORDSMAN II won Yu Ka On Hong Kong Film Awards Best Costume and Make Up Design
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Famous Hong Kong art director, costume and make up designer Bruce Yu Ka On passed away on July 28th (Thursday). Winner of the Hong Kong Film Award Best Costume and Make Up Design Award three times, he was also the late superstars Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing and Anita Mui Yim Fong's official designer. The classic looks of Ah Mui's record MIRROR FLOWER WATER MOON and Chow Yun Fat's A BETTER TOMORROW (YING HUNG BOON SIK) Mark Gor all came from his hands. Tsui Hark, Vincent Kok Tak Chiu, Vivian Chow Wai Man, directors and actors who have worked with him yesterday eulogized him upon receiving the news.

The Hong Kong Film Art Society last night issued the obituary on behalf of Yu Ka On's family. "It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone, Mr. Yu Ka On left us peacefully on July 28th 2022. The most beautiful is life is on top; it is the scenery along the journey. All the beautiful scenery he has already been to, he must have no regret. Life is unexpected, there is a time for everything. Cherish the present. The family thanks everyone for their concern and sincerely plead with friends to give us some quiet space. In regard to Mr. Yu Ka On's funeral arrangement, further notice will be made later."

Director Tsui Hark worked with Yu Ka On on YOUNG DETECTIVE DEE: RISE OF THE SEA DRAGON (DIK YUN KIT ji SUN DOH LUNG WONG) and other films. Yesterday he posted, "Mr. Yu Ka On, a war buddy of many years. Now we reluctantly part. Thank you for your care over the years. May you rest in peace in Heaven." Shi Nansun felt the news of Yu Ka On's death was very sudden and expressed that she was very heartbroken. Tin Kai Man confirmed the news of Yu Ka On's death to the media and said that he was very saddened. He described Yu Ka On as the main pillar of the film art scene. His passing would be a tremendous loss to the industry. Kok Tak Chiu uploaded a photo with Yu Ka On and wrote, "Dear Brother Bruce, from my first time as a director you taught me many, many things. You were a good teacher and friend. My dear friend, RIP, miss you much!" Gordon Chan Ka Seung also wrote, "I met Bruce while working on A BETTER TOMRROW. Several clueless guys' numerous mess ups fortunately had the tolerance and the encouragement of the elders. I miss my days with him too much, but all I can do is only wish you a safe journey."

Mainland actress Yao Chen wrote, "In 2009 when I went to Hong Kong to make a movie for the first time, a stranger in a strange place, you were the only friend on the team who was willing to chat with me everyday. As we parted, you even gave me a book FANTASTIC DEER MAN, which remained on my bookshelf today. Later we reunited on the set of JOURNEY TO THE WEST: THE DEMONS STRIKE BACK, you were as happy as a child. I never thought that today when I read the news about you, it would be a passing. Mr. Yu Ka On, may you continue to be in the company of beauty in another world."

The Hong Kong Film Awards in 1993 (the 12th) first added the Best Costume and Make Up Design category. Yu Ka On with JUSTICE MY FOOT (SHUM SEI GUOON) and with THE SWORDSMAN II (SIU NGO GONG WU II DONG FONG BUT BAI) with William Chang Suk Ping received two nominations. In the end with THE SWORDSMAN II with Chang Suk Ping he became one of the first winners of this award; then with DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (DIK YUN KIT ji TUNG TIN DAI GOK) and JOURNEY TO THE WEST: DEMONS STRIKE BACK (SEI YAU FONG YIU PIN) he won the Best Costume and Make Up Design award again as well as being nominated on multiple occasions. In 2018 for example, he won with JOURNEY both was nominated for WU KONG and CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG) as well. At the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards last month, Yu Ka On with Yip Ka Yan with LIMBO (JI CHI) was nominated, but in the end lost to ANITA. He also was nominated for Best Art Direction many times and for the Golden Horse Award for Best Costume and Make Up Design and Best Art Direction. Movies like EIGHTEEN SPRINGS (BOON SUN YUEN), CITY OF GLASS (BOR LEI JI SING), WU YAN (CHUNG MO YIM), THE HEROIC TRIO (DONG FONG SAM HUP), SHANGHAI GRAND (SUN SEUNG HOI TAN), GEN X COPS (DUT GAING SUN YUN LUI) and RUNNING ON KARMA (DAI JET LO) all had Yu Ka On in charge of art direction or costume and make up design.

[2022.08.04] DONNIE YEN HAS THE FORESIGHT TO ROPE IN CYA LIU EARLY

Donnie Yen stipulates "no artificial beauty".  Cya Liu more than meets that criteria.

Cya Liu before winning the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress was already confirmed fro SAKRA

Grace Wong goes all over with the SAKRA tee shirt
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"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan earlier announced that he would work on the 200 million yuan epic SAKRA (TIN LUNG BAK BO ji KIU FUNG JUEN). The female roles have always been the focus. Yesterday Grace Wong Kwan Hing was rumored to be the lead actress, but she immediately clarified and said that she would only play a role. Reportedly, the fresh out of the oven Best Actress Cya Liu would be the real lead actress as "Ah Chi". Mainland star Yukee Chen Yuqi would play "Ah Chu"

The Wong Jing produced wuxia film SAKRA is in production in Zhejiang. Yen Chi Tan would play "Kiu Fung" while the female roles remained mysteries. Earlier Chi Tan insisted in an interview against "artificial beauties" as he hoped to find an actress who could act and had a fresh aura. Yesterday Wong Kwan Hing who earlier left TVB was rumored to be the lead!

Wong Kwan Hing posted a photo from Hengdian and wrote, "Actress Wong Kwan Hing reports in." She deliberately wore a tee shirt with the SAKRA poster and also tagged Yen Chi Tan, which led to speculation that she was the female lead. She clarified, "The production has begun now, but I signed a confidentiality agreement so I can't say too much. I am not the female lead though, please don't misunderstand. This time I am very happy to be able to work with Mr. Yen and in such a classic film. He is very nice but also very demanding! Wish us a pleasant collaboration."

Reportedly, the lead actress has been set. The role of Ah Chu would go to the Mainland series HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE's "most beautiful Chiu Man" Yukee Chen Yuqi. Ah Chi would be the fresh out of the oven Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress Cya Liu. Because she just finished her film in Hong Kong and would need to be in quarantine in the Mainland later, she has yet to join the team. Wong Kwan Hing would play Lady Ma. The other Best Actress Kara Wai Ying Hung would play "Ah Chu" and "Ah Chi"'s mother.

Reportedly, the roles have been offered as early as 2 months ago. Cya Liu already confirmed her performance before winning the Best Actress Awards. Wong Jing and Chi Tan really had sharp eyes! However, the team still kept the cast confidential. Yen Chi Tan's staff replied, "In regards to Wong Hing Kwan's character, film audition and other details, they would wait the official response. Currently we are rushing to handle the set and locations and for now we are not at liberty to respond."

[2022.08.04] WILLIAM CHAN AND NICK CHEUNG WORK ON THEIR NEW FILM IN SHAM SHUI PO

William Chan darts around the shopping center with a vicious look in his eyes
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Nick Cheung takes a peek out of the make up car

Four mobile restrooms are placed on a truck for Nick Cheung and others to use

William Chan shoots a revenge scene in a shopping center

Eddie Peng visits the set and chats with Nick Cheung
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The Best Actor Nick Cheung Ka Fai, William Chan Wai Ting, Shaun Tam Chun Yin and Chrissie Chau Sau Na starred new film BAU LIT DIM (EXPLOSION POINT) earlier officially started production. Stationed in the Mainland for work in recent years and away from Hong Kong for over two and a half years, Chan Wai Ting's return to the Hong Kong film industry became the focus. Chan Wai Ting's previous Hong Kong film was the 2014 release GOLDEN BROTHER (NAM YUN NG HOR YI KUNG). Reportedly he in order to return to Hong Kong for this over HK$ 200 million film investment even turned down the opportunity to participate in the Mainland variety program CALL ME BY FIRE 2.

Two nights ago around 7 PM Chan Wai Ting and Cheung Ka Fai were working on a shoot at the popular Golden Shopping Center in Sham Shui Po. Chan Wai Ting in the company of the staff arrived first. He wore a colorful top, silver flat top hair and caught a lot of attention. He also rehearsed with the group 24 Herbs member Brian. In the film they walked around on the second floor of the shopping center and darted in and out of the crowd. Chan Wai Ting had a very vicious look in his eyes and a dominating presence. The staff brought spray bottles to spray water on Chan Wai Ting for the sweating effect.

During the break, the avid fan of trendy items Chan Wai Ting was checking out plastic model figures in the display windows. Because the shopping center was crowded, several dozen people looked on. The team also invited a dozen or so "extras", so the scene was somewhat chaotic. The staff had to often maintain order. Many recognized Chan Wai Ting, who has not been in Hong Kong for awhile, and said, "Taxi Chan!"

Around 8 PM, the other lead Cheung Ka Fai also arrived. Ka Fai upon arriving immediately went to the make up car to dress up. After about a hour Cheung Ka Fai stuck his head out of the car for a glimpse of the situation. Soon he put his mask back on and went to the shopping center for the shoot.

The most surprising of the shoot all night had to be Eddie Peng Yu-Yan's surprise set visit. Peng Yu-Yan in 2013 worked with Cheung Ka Fai on the film UNBEATABLE (GIK JIN) and last year on a Mainland series with Chan Wai Ting. Since Peng Yu-Yan was in Hong Kong for the Andy Lau Tak Wa produced and starred film I DID IT MY WAY (CHIM HUNG), last time he spent his free time to surprise his two friends. Peng Yu-Yan wore a blue cap and a black top, despite his low key clothing his strong Kirin arms were very eye catching; during the break, the trip sat at a corner of the shopping center, chatted and laughed. When not on the set, both leads were immediately put on masks.

[2022.08.04] FILMMAKERS AND FRIENDS REMEMBER FAMED DIRECTOR ALEX LAW

Cherie Chung and Sammo Hung attend the memorial

Mabel Cheung eulogizes her beloved in text and publishes a photo of them together in the program
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Girlfriend Mabel Cheung's floral arrangement is placed next to Alex Law's photo

In the memorial program is a photo of Alex Law with Mabel Cheung, whose eulogy reveals her heartache

Many film industry friends come to pay their respect
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Two time Hong Kong Film Award Best Screenplay winner for films AN AUTUMN'S TALE (CHAU TIN DIK TUNG WA) and ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW (SHUI YUET SUN TAU), famous director and screenwriter Alex Law Kai Yui passed away from illness on July 2nd at age 69. His funeral took place yesterday at the Methodist International Church. At 6 PM a memorial was held. The farewell ceremony was set for the next day, after which the remans would be transported to the Diamond Hill Crematorium. Law Kai Yui's beloved Director Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting arrived after 3 PM to take care of the events, but the media was kept from covering them inside.

Yesterday around 4:44 PM, the hearse that carried Law Kai Yui's coffin arrived at the Church. Due to the numerous media outlet members, the staff erected boards to prevent media photos. After almost ten minutes, the staff finally carried out the coffin, deep brown with a golden cross and with Law Kai Yui's coffin written below.

From the official photos, the church had simple and clean decorations. At the center was a color photo of a smiling Law Kai Yui. Next to the photo was Cheung Yuen Ting's heart shaped floral arrangement, which wrote, "Dear Kai Yui, Till we meet again......" signed Yuen Ting. On the other side was the heart shaped floral arrangement from Mother Law.

Industry insiders who attended included Cherie Chung Chor Hung, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Director Johnnie To Kei Fung, Tin Kai Man, Director Stanley Kwan Kam Peng, Joe Cheung Tung Cho, Shi Nansun, Manfred Wong (Man Jun), Cindy Yeung Lok Si, Director Teddy Chan Tak Sum, Araif Rahman (Lee Chi Ting)'s parents and sister. Dressed in black, Hung Goo did not speak to the media but stopped for photos. Hung Kam Bo arrived with a cane in hand and also declined any interview. Due to the pandemic remaining severe, family and friends must scan their Leave Home Safe app at the door before entering.

Yesterday many industry insiders sent floral arrangements in remembrance. They included Director Ang Lee, Leon Lai Ming, Stephen Fung Tak Lun and Shu Qi, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho), Tang Wei, Aarif Rahman (Lee Chi Ting), Director Ann Hui On Wa, Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Joe Chan Sin Chi, Chung Chor Hung and Claudie Chung Chun.

Tin Kai Man last night spoke of Director Law's passing. He stated that it felt very sudden. Did you know that he had health problems? He said, "No, even he himself didn't know. If he did he would have taken care of it. It probably was a heart problem." He also said that earlier they even chatted about movies and he encouraged him to make more movies. Did they have any plan to make movies? Tin Kai Man said, "Because we have a group, President Ng See Yuen told him to make more films of his expertise. He said that he would think about what subject to make." Tin Kai Man said that Law Kai Yui wanted to cultivate the new generation of young people the most, hoping to give young people even more creative space. He also said that he knew Cheung Yuen Ting was very heartbroken. As for she was still willing to attend the Hong Kong Film Awards, he felt that she handled her emotions very well.

The memorial event also distributed programs to guests. The program cover was titled MASTER THIEF'S TALE (a mix of the Chinese title of ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW and AN AUTUMN'S TALE). Inside were a biography of the director's life, childhood photos, classic film stills from ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW, AN AUTUMN'S TALE, CITY OF GLASS and other films, photos of Director Law with many superstars like Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing, Chow Yun Fat and Cherie Chung Chor Hung, many life and travel photos with his beloved Cheung Yuen Ting. It also had Cheung Yuen Ting's thoughts on Law Kai Yui's sudden passing.

"Dear Kai Yui

On that stormy afternoon of wind and rain, you suddenly left......more than half a lifetime together, you were like sunshine and water. Everything was so matter of fact!

Without sunshine and water, how do you live on? After one day and one night, I just sat here, neither eating nor drinking, life has come to a quiet stop......

Suddenly I think, would you be hungry? So I went to the kitchen for the dinner that would have been yours that day, cooked it, opened the table, put it in your place. I too sat in my original spot, just like this, I again just sat there for awhile.

Suddenly, I heard your voice, from a certain corner......you are actually still here! I was mad with joy as I looked everywhere, actually the television was showing your life......wow......can it be a little more exaggerated? Were you really that mighty? They really thought of you like this? Calm down, this perhaps was the toleration for those who passed! No matter what, I am really happy for you. Your life seemingly hasn't been wasted! Watching it on screen, it was exciting and colorful! Although in real life we didn't notice!

It doesn't matter! Since you said: the galaxy is where your soul wanders......then in the company of your light and shadow, I ate the dinner and washed my face! From now on you are in Heaven, and I am on Earth. Everyone continues to properly live on......Till we meet again......Yuen Ting"