Tuesday, May 21, 2024

[2024.05.22] FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAY 19 2024

For The week ending May 19 2024

THE ROUNDUP: PUNISHMENT MOVIE POSTER

10 THE ROUNDUP: PUNISHMENT
    d. Heo Myeong-haeng
    Don Lee, Kim Moo-yul, Park Ji-hwan, Lee Dong-hwi
    Rating : IIB
  Length : 109 mins.
  Opening May 1 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/Iz0KhqQ7i1Y

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    While investigating a drug-trafficking app, "Monster Cop" Ma Seok-do and his team discover a connection between the app's developer, who was murdered in the Philippines, and an illegal online gambling organisation. Meanwhile, in the Philippines, Baek Chang-gi is controlling the Korean online illegal gambling market and spreading terror with kidnap, assault and murder. His partner, the IT genius Chang Dong-cheol, is planning an even larger scheme in Korea itself. To put an end to the escalating threat, Detective Ma expands his operation by proposing an unexpected alliance...The fourth instalment in the Roundup series.

HAIKYU!!: THE DUMPSTER BATTLE MOVIE POSTER

  9 HAIKYU!!: THE DUMPSTER BATTLE
    d. Mitsunaka Susumu
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 85 mins.
  Opening April 11 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/2k_36L-IS2E

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    The teaser trailer glimpses the initial encounter and subsequent development of friendship between Shoyo Hinata and Kenma Kozume, culminating in a decisive match on the volleyball court. With Shoyo Hinata's famous line: "Let's play a game that can't be repeated", the stage is set for 'The Dumpster Battle"!

MYSTERY WRITERS MOVIE POSTER

  8 MYSTERY WRITERS
  Can : Gwai Tin Ha
    d. Hsieh Chih Wen
    Esther Huang, Chen Yuu, Masha Pan,
      Dai Ping Ya, Tanivu Yatauyungana
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 84 mins.
  Opening May 16 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/jJ1n8UOCwww

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    On the evening of May 28, 1984...

    A fierce fire broke out on the 4th floor of the Jin Xin Building, suspected to have been caused by electrical wires igniting. Thick smoke billowed to the ceiling, but the escape routes were blocked with debris, leaving 19 residents trapped and perishing in the flames. This tragic event shocked society, and rumors of terror within the Jin Xin Building persisted, earning it a notorious reputation as a haunted house. However, due to its significantly lower rent compared to surrounding properties, it always remained fully occupied. Exorcist Pei Zhi, YouTuber Shao Jun seeking inspiration for ghost stories, and Yi Ting, who moved to the city for work, were among those who gradually moved in. One day, Pei Zhi and Shao Jun experienced a supernatural event together, prompting them to join forces to investigate these inexplicable phenomena and uncover the truth behind the fire disaster.

ALL SHALL BE WELL MOVIE POSTER

  7 ALL SHALL BE WELL
  Can : Chung Gum Yi Hau
  Lit : From Now On
    d. Ray Yeung Yiu Hoi
    Patra Au Ga Man, Maggie Li Lin Lin, Tai Bo, Leung Chung Hang,
      Fish Liew Chi Yu, Rachel Leung Yung Ting,
      Hui So Ying, Na Mei Kwan, Lee Lai Ha,
      Yu Yuk Wa, Lai Chai Ming
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 93 mins.
  Opening March 28 2024 at the 48th Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening May 1 2024
  Site : https://www.berlinale.de/en/2024/programme/202402642.html
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/YzZfXu8iHnc

[ 2024 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    When her partner Pat unexpectedly dies, Angie is left to worry about the flat in which the couple lived together for over 30 years. Supported by her chosen family, Angie begins a later-life journey into emancipation.

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    After her partner's unexpected death, a woman finds herself at the mercy of her partner's family as she struggles to find her balance and dignity while trying to retain the home they shared for over thirty years.

THE FALL GUY MOVIE POSTER

  6 THE FALL GUY
    d. David Leitch
    Ryan Gosling, Emily Blunt

A BALLOON'S LANDING MOVIE POSTER

  5 A BALLOON'S LANDING
  Can : Ngor Joi Jeh Lui Dun Nei
    d. ANGEL I-HAN TENG
    Terrance Lau Chun Him, FANDY FAN, CHAN TZU HSUAN
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening May 15 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/VPJDvyfMi0E

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Hong Kong writer Tian-Yu, embroiled in a plagiarism controversy, embarks a solo trip to Taipei, seeking solace at the mysterious "Bay of Vanishing Whales" in Taiwan. He unexpectedly befriends A-Xiang, a warm-hearted local gangster. Despite initial doubts, Tian-Yu, drawn to the Bay, joins A-Xiang on an adventure. In A-Xiang's company, Tian-Yu finds inspiration. The smile of A-Xiang lightens Tian-Yu's heart. However, the much-anticipated Kenting Fireworks Festival takes a disappointing turn due to A-Xiang’s absence. Back in Hong Kong, Tian-Yu grapples with moving forward but remains haunted by lingering regret. One day, he realizes that his meeting with A-Xiang is destined, not by chance. With renewed hope, Tian-Yu returns to Taiwan, eagerly anticipating a meaningful reunion.

GUNDAM SEED FREEDOM MOVIE POSTER

  4 GUNDAM SEED FREEDOM
    d. Mitsuo Fukuda
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 124 mins.
  Opening April 25 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/xLFdFQh8LaI

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    In C.E.75, the fighting still continues. There are independence movements, and aggression by Blue Cosmos... In order to calm the situation, a global peace monitoring agency called COMPASS is established, with Lacus as its first president. As members of COMPASS, Kira and his comrades intervene into various regional battles. Then a newly established nation called Foundation proposes a joint operation against a Blue Cosmos stronghold.

IF MOVIE POSTER

  3 IF
    d. John Krasinski
    Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, br />       Fiona Shaw, Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Carell

THE KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES MOVIE POSTER

  2 THE KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
    d. Wes Ball
    Owen Teague, Freya Allen, Kevin Durand


TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN MOVIE POSTER

  1 TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN
  AKA : KOWLOON WALLED CITY (Working title)
  Can : Gau Lung Sing Jai Wai Sing
    d. Soi Cheang Po Soi
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Raymond Lam Fung,
      Terrance Lau Chun Him, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai),
      Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Philip Ng Won Lung,
      Tony Wu Tsz Tung, German Cheung Man Kit,
      Max Zhang Jin
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 125 mins.
  Opening May 1 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/GCCP9WCjSxs

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Set in the eighties inside the dangerous and enigmatic Kowloon Walled City, which was a de jure Chinese enclave within British colonial Hong Kong, Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In follows troubled youth Chan Lok-kwun as he accidentally enters the Walled City, discovers the order amidst its chaos, and learns important life lessons along the way. In the Walled City, he becomes close friends with Shin, Twelfth Master and AV. Under the leadership of Tornado, they resist against the invasion of villain Mr. Big in a series of fierce battles. Together, they vow to protect the safe haven that is Kowloon Walled City.

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Adapted from the award-winning Hong Kong cult manga series "City of Darkness", this action thriller is set in the eighties inside the dangerous and enigmatic Kowloon Walled City which was a de jure Chinese enclave within British colonial Hong Kong.

    The walled city is populated by people in the lowest strata of society, among whom are various colorful and kung-fu savvy characters: e.g. a Vietnamese immigrant biding time for revenge, an ex-boxer on the lookout for his kidnapped girlfriend, a katana wielding martial arts boy wonder from Temple Street, as well as a local gang leader and his loyal friend. When the British Hong Kong government tries to demolish the Walled City once and for all with the help of a Triad kingpin and his ruffian underlings, they gather all the residents in the enclave behind them to fight against the invaders and protect their homes and properties

[2024.05.22] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, MAY 18 2024

For the week starting Saturday, May 18 2024 (Week 20)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 SPOOKY COINCIDENCE
  Can : Chong Doh Jang
  Vincy Chan (Wing Yi)

  4 FORTUNE OF THREE LIVES
  Can : Sam Sun Yau Hung
  Yan Ting Chow

  3 LAMOLAND
  Can : Nam Mo Si Gum Guoon Man Yau
  Terence Lam Ka Him

  2 TELL ME I'M GOOD
  Can : Wong Yin
  Cath Wong Yin


  1 SHAKESPEARE OF YAU MA TEI
  Can : Yau Ma Dei Sa Si Bei Ah
  Edan Lui Cheuk On

[2024.05.22] CARLOS CHAN MAY HAVE SPOIL HIS BABY'S GENDER REVEAL

Carlos Chan's bold hairstyle makes him look like a doll
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After illness Conroy Chan appears to be in good spirit, attending their new film production start ceremony with his wife Josie Ho

Kathy Yuen tries to save Carlos Chan and says that she would prepare her daughter's items to give to Carlos Chan 
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Director Danny Pang reveals that his wife is still fighting cancer

The cast and the crew join in the roast pig cutting ceremony to wish for a smooth production
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The film SUP FONG FAT SI yesterday held its production start ceremony. Director and screenwriter Danny Pang Fat, producer Conroy Chan Chi Chung, boss Josie Ho Chiu Yi, actors Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee), German Cheung Man Kit, Sabrina Ng Bing and new foreign actor Iman attended. Director Pang Fat returned to direct a Hong Kong thriller 17 years after the film IN LOVE WITH THE DEAD. He revealed that he has already had the script in his mind for over a decade. It would be about how a priest who was picking up garbage helped people who die in vain to pass on in the afterlife.

Speaking of Pang Fat filing for bankruptcy due to his inability to pay off his loans for his beloved wife's terminal lung cancer medical bills, he was offer a 7 figure emergency payment from a film company. Finally Peng Fa took the initiative to withdraw the bankruptcy application to the court. Pang Fat said yesterday that now the weight has been lifted off him. "The hardest period has already passed, I would leave whatever happens next to Heaven, living everyday well is already great." Ho Chiu Yi has a personal doctor in Iman, would he ask for opinion on his wife's condition? Pang Fat said, "My English isn't great, but I would also try to communicate with him. (How is your wife's current health?" She is fighting, giving her greatest effort." How would he divide his time between taking care of his wife when he would be filming? He pointed out that his sister is currently taking care of his wife, and he would go home to see his wife after filming everyday; but he will go to Taiwan to shoot a thriller about what happened in the hotel later. All he jobs seem to come one after another? He felt satisfied with just having a job.

Investor and star Ho Chiu Yi said that she has always liked the Pang brothers' movies, when Pang Fat happened to have "new ideas" he made this collaboration happen; Chan Chi Chung has already formed a relationship with Pang Fat in their early years and wanted to work together for a long time. He said, "Early on when I did some English translation work for Pang Fat, I already knew that he wanted to work Ho Chiu." Ho Chiu Yi at the ceremony also introduce the her newly signed foreign actor Iman as her rookie of focus. She pointed out that while her husband Chan Chi Chung was ailing, a friend introduced her to the doctor Iman. She felt that not only was he a good doctor but also very attentive. Since he was tall and handsome, as well as an internet star with several million followers, she decided to sign him as an artist, get him to stay in Hong Kong and follow up with Chi Chung's health -- killing two birds with one stone.

She said that wanted to make Iman into a new generation hunk. In the films she arranged for him to play the police commissioner. "Earlier I went with my husband Chan Chi Chung to the U.S. for treatment. Since the nurses had many patients to take care, sometimes they would forget about his condition. I was terrified. A friend said that Iman is a great doctor and would treat patients until they are well. So I asked him to follow Chi Chung's condition. He is tall, cool and handsome, he even writes new poetry and has many female fans in North America. I feel he have a lot of on screen potential and is very suitable for the Hong Kong film industry." Chi Chung joked that when he was staring at Iman from his sick bed, he too felt he was very cool.

Ho Chiu Yi joked she wanted to sign Iman to a lifetime contract. She even came up with a Chinese name for Iman, "Yi Man" and hoped that she could get him to stay in Hong Kong. "With Iman around to keep an eye on Chi Chung, I can instantly know when his wound hurts or his diet has any issue, how to make improvements so he wouldn't have to constantly go to the hospital. Two years go we spent our birthdays, anniversary and even Christmas at the hospital. I am very scared that if we keep living like this my husband might kill himself. Iman has helped us a lot." Chi Chung said, "I wouldn't, I wouldn't."

Speaking of director Pang Fat's wife is fighting cancer, would they ask Iman to provide medical opinion? Chi Chung said, "When everyone is together at work, he would provide professional opinions for Chan Ka Lok's pregnant wife and Pang Fat's ailing wife." Iman said that after becoming a doctor, it was his lifelong career. He could not give up this duty of saving people, but was very happy to have a chance to try making a movie. He said that he really liked his Chinese name, 4 times more than American rapper 50 cent. He also introduced himself in Cantonese on the spot.

Chan Ka Lok shaved his head for another movie three months ago. This time in SUP FONG FAT SI he would play a sloppy cop, so he did not get a hair cut for three months. He would grow his hair long for another new movie later. During the audition Director Pang Fat said that his hairstyle has not been seen before and would be suitable for the character. Even his wife Shiga Lin pointed out that his new hair style looked exactly like a cartoon character's! With a past relationship with Ka Lok in the film, Tong Yee played a medical examiner who would investigate the case with him. In addition German Cheung Man Kit would play a cult killer, responsible for hitting Ka Lok in the film. Ka Lok was not afraid of getting hit, as he believed that Cheung Man Kit would know how to accommodate him. Cheung Man Kit heard, stared at Ka Lok and said, "No, the team told me to hit with all my might!"

Speaking of his wife's approaching due date, Ka Lok has been working non-stop and would fly to Malaysia to start work later. Losing over 10 pounds, Ka Lok denied that his pressure was growing from becoming a father soon and said that he was losing weight for another film. Meanwhile he has already come up with an English name for the baby. When asked if he has already prepared the "baby stuff", he replied, "I know getting something that other children have used is a type of blessing. Suen Wai Suet has been great; she has already sent me a bag of things. (Both of hers are boys, meaning so will be yours?) Don't be so sensitive. My wife will announce the English name and the gender next week. (On this past Mother’s Day, did you give anything to mommy for the baby? ) I asked (Nicholas) Tse Ting Fung's manager to buy a bag for me in the UK." Reporters said that he has already spoiled the reveal, Ka Lok immediately asked everyone not to misunderstand. When Tong Yee came to his aid and said that she too has prepared to give him some of her daughter's stuff, Ka Lok finally breathed a sigh of relief. Cheung Man Kit joked that he too wanted to give his blessing. "I would give Ka Lok the clothes I have worn, for the child to wear after he grows up." Ka Lok joked, "Your film character Sei Jai blew up, you are better off saving 'Sei Jai' for me!" Cheung Man Kit might be a good fighter, but he revealed that he was very afraid of ghost. Tong Yee said that she would resist listening to friends tell ghost stories, but she would have no problem with a horror film performance.

[2024.05.22] RAYMOND LAM LEADS THE GANG TO THANK THE AUDIENCE WITH FLOWERS

Tony Wu, German Cheung, Raymond Lam and Terrance Lau present flowers to thank the audience
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Artists Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, German Cheung Man Kit and Tony Wu Tsz Tung attended the 520 special audience appreciation screening of their movie TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) in Tsim Sha Tsui last night and prepared roses and heart shaped balloons to give to the audience for the occasion. Speaking of the movie's box office already exceeding 66 million after three weeks in release, the four guys expressed great joy. Lam Fung said, "It really has exceeded expectation. I have heard many good reviews, and the audience continues to support the film. I feel very happy. As a part of Hong Kong film, I see a movie that everyone like and would really go to the cinemas to support it. Box office figures are actually very important. The movie went to the mainland and had good box office; it even went to Cannes. I have met so many viewers from different countries and I can really tell that they like this movie." As for the online call for the four of them to form a group and release a song, he joked, "Let's see if they want a fast or slow song. I feel we can fight while singing, or we can sing Boss Koo (Louis Koo Tin Lok)'s songs." The film has already confirmed that it would become a trilogy with DRAGON THRONE and THE FINAL CHAPTER on the way. Lam Fung pointed out that THE FINAL CHAPTER would be about the story after the four of them afterward. He was happy that Hong Kong film would have another film series. The four of them would continue to train and prepare for the movies.

Lau Chun Him also said that some foreign viewers also told him, "Waiting for a comeback", feeling like they have been waiting for Hong Kong films for many years. That message made the four of them feel very encouraged. "I believe it hasn't been easy on anyone, and it's not like we can definitely make a good movie just because we want to. It requires timing, location and people. I feel this time is a new beginning, which doesn't mean that TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN is the best. I feel it has given Hong Kong film a shot of confidence, so we can all keep going." His character in the film Shun Yat made him very popular, reportedly he would get a movie UNDERWORLD (SHUN YAT JUEN). He has heard about it but not yet received any information. If the opportunity would present itself, of course he would want to. As for attracting a large group of female fans who called themselves "Mrs. Lau", he joked, "If you scream Mrs. Lau, my Ma would probably respond the loudest. Ma would think you are calling her."

Cheung Man Kit explained when he would break down when the film received 10 minutes of applause after its Cannes screening. "I was very moved, the applause took away my soul. I was very emotional, thinking why don't you stop! I can't take it anymore. Actually when the last song played I would feel it, I wouldn't be able to hold it. So whenever I hear that song I would be very sensitive." Would he hope to be able to remove his mask in THE FINAL CHAPTER? He said, "It doesn't matter to me, wearing the mask might be able to help with certain feeling. I haven't really minded it."

Speaking of Wu Tsz Tung being mistaken for Tony Leung Chiu Wai in Cannes, he admitted that he was not aware of the incident but revealed that Wu's English name was also Tony. Lau Chun Him said, "At the scene I heard many people screamed Tony. We thought perhaps Leung Chiu Wai came too!" Lam Fung pointed out that indeed many people at Cannes liked the character Wu Tsz Tung played. Tsz Tung was surprised to receive everyone's attention. Currently he very much looks forward to starting work on DRAGON THRONE (LUNG TAU) and THE FINAL CHAPTER (JUNG JEUNG). He also looks forward to the quartet's training and experience on their own, just like what the feeling would be like when they would reunite in the film.

Monday, May 20, 2024

[2024.05.21] THE LAST DANCE FOCUSES ON THE HONG KONG FUNERAL INDUSTRY

The Michael Hui and Dayo Wong starred THE LAST DANCE's teaser poster is unveiled for the first time at the Cannes International Film Festival

Dayo Wong and Michael Hui each have gains on their life views after making THE LAST DANCE 

Soi Cheang would direct the new film THE SEA BATTLE OF PENGHU
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The Emperor Motion Picture THE LAST DANCE (POR DEI YUK) is Anselm Chan Mou Yin directed and written, Dayo Wong Tsz Wah, Michael Hui Koon Man, Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Chu Pak Hong, Catherine Chau Ka Yee, Paul Chun Pui, Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling), Rachel Leung Yung Ting, Rosa Velasco (Wai Law Sha), and Chung Suet Ying starred. Among them, Hui Koon Man and Wong Tsz Wah collaborated again 32 years after THE MAGIC TOUCH (SUN SUEN) to make the first movie in the Hong Kong film industry with the funeral industry as its subject. Yesterday (20th), the film's teaser poster was released first at the 77th Cannes Film Festival to promote this Hong Kong-made film with a unique subject and a strong cast to Hong Kong and global audiences.

The gathering of two superstars, Wong Tsz Wah and Hui Koon Man, has turned THE LAST DANCE into a hot topic on the eve of its production start. The film locked onto the 77th Cannes Film Festival to distribute two teaser posters, heavily mysterious as only the backs of the two actors could be seen. Wong Tsz Wah admitted that THE LAST DANCE was completely different from his previous films, definitely a new challenge; Tsz Wah said, "When director Chan Mou Yin showed me the outline of this movie, I instantly felt like I found buried treasure. I've always been wondering, what is unique about Hong Kong that is worthy of us telling the world about? I have found that our funeral industry is unique to the world, wherever we are there is a place for it. This time with Hong Kong's unique funeral industry to interpret a solemn subject. I couldn't agree fast enough!" On the rare occasion that two master class comedy stars collaborate, THE LAST DANCE actually would not be a comedy? Tsz Wah personally solved the mystery, "I think everyone should be mentally prepared, the movie has a solemn component; it won't be about the audience going in and casually have a good time, 'hahahaha' and the movie ends. THE LAST DANCE might bring some changes to your life, just as Michael and I have changed some of our views on life because of this movie. I feel that I am more tolerant after the shoot; and I believe that after watching it, everyone will be more tolerant and open-minded than before."

Michael, who has been a writer and director for many years, has always taken his film career seriously and had strict requirements for each script, Michael said that THE LAST DANCE was the good script that he has been looking forward to for a long time: "After making this film, I have a lot of life experience, I am wider and happier, and the world is more beautiful!" As the first film in Hong Kong to focus on the funeral industry, Michael described the theme of THE LAST DANCE as fitting for him, "I have a dream to be able to participate in a movie that isn't for any certain individual market, without the shadow of East and West; and the story is so authentic that it fully reflects Hong Kong's characteristics, but audiences all over the world would enjoy it. As long as you have thought about the issue of life and death, you would have an understanding after watching the movie; then you would feel that life has meaning. Such a subject, the 8 billion people of the entire earth will be interested in watching!"

In addition, Soi Cheang Pou Soi won the Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards this year for MAD FATE (MING ONG), and the recently released TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) also won word-of-mouth and a bumper box office harvest. Yesterday, Cheang Pou Soi was announced to direct THE SEA BATTLE OF PENGHU, which Du Jiayi would produce. The film first release the "based on history poster, in which huge naval ship stood in the center of the poster that was full of tension. Behind it was countless naval fleets waiting in the wings.

Reportedly the movie would be based on the real historical event of "In the Twenty-second Year of Kangxi, Shi Yao Led the Fujian Sailors to Unify Taiwan", and gather powerful actors and behind-the-scenes creators to participate.

Sunday, May 19, 2024

[2024.05.20] EDDIE PENG MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT CANNES' HONG KONG NIGHT

Eddie Peng (third right) sends his well wishes to the TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN team in Cannes
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Currently participating in the Cannes Film Festival, the film TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) started up a Hong Kong film fever as it became the movie that has caught the attention of the Chinese communities around the world. As of 11 a.m. yesterday, its box office in Hong Kong and Macao recorded HK$ 63,216,046 to land the film in fifth place among the total box office of Chinese films in Hong Kong film history. When the film team attended the Cannes Film Festival's "Hong Kong Night" event, Eddie Pang Yu-yan made a special appearance to show his support, congratulated the team and took photos with the crowd.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival was held from May 14 to 25. The Hong Kong Film Development Council, Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council jointly set up the Hong Kong Pavilion, organized 6 networking activities, 5 industry networking activities and 9 film market screenings, and showcased a number of outstanding Hong Kong films to filmmakers from all over the world. Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Tony Wu Tsz Tung and German Cheung Man Kit went live online from the Hong Kong Pavilion. The TWILIGHT OF THE WARRORS: WALLED IN team was very supportive of Hong Kong's tourism development and hoped to attract more visitors to Hong Kong.

The "Hong Kong Night" was attended by a large line-up of filmmakers, including TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN director Soi Cheang Pou Soi, actors Louis Koo Tin Lok, Lam Fung, Lau Chun Him, Wu Tsz Tung and Cheung Man Kit, and hundreds of film professionals from Hong Kong and overseas. Later they even attended TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN Cannes premiere, walking the Cannes red carpet together at the Midnight Screening section. In addition, the TWILIGHT team was popular with the Chinse and foreign groups in Cannes. After completing their trip Lam Fung, Lau Chun Him, Wu Tsz Tung and Cheung Man Kit would return to Hong Kong to continue to promote the film. Tonight they would attend the "520 special audience appreciation screening" in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

[2024.05.19] SYLVIA CHANG, KAREN MOK PAY TRIBUTE TO HONG KONG FILMS

Sylvia Chang and Karen Mok participate in the filming of a documentary about Hong Kong film
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Sylvia Chang attends the ceremony before the SHANGHAI BLUES 2024 screening and receives applause from the audience.

The late James Wong composed the SHANGHAI BLUES film score and the theme song NIGHT WIND

Yonfan's lawyer sends a letter to state that he owns the intellectual property rights to the SHANGHAI BLUES story

HONG KONG CLASSICS REIMAGINED has 6 directors and 6 short films, of which I WANT TO SEE stars George Lam and Sylvia Chang 

Sammo Hung stars in another short film HAPPY ENEMIES
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SHANGHAI BLUES (SEUNG HOI JI YEH) was the first film of the Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun founded Film Workshop in 1984. On the 40th anniversary of the founding, the 4K restored version premiered on May 17 in the "Cannes Classics" section of the Cannes International Film Festival. Although director Yang Fan's lawyer sent a legal letter to Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun's Film Workshop, stating that he still owns the original intellectual property rights of the story, the 4K restored version was still being screened in Cannes as scheduled.

The premiere was held at the Salle Bunuel Cinema, and lead actress Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) returned to Cannes after a long absence, attending the ceremony before the screening as a representative of the film. SHANGHAI BLUES has been meticulously restored under the supervision of director Tsui Hark since last year, in addition to updating the color grading of the picture, there is also all new dubbing so the audience can feel the all new charm of the film. Lead actor Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To) provided his voice for his own role, and the new generation actress Sabrina Zhuang Dafei, hand-picked by Tsui Hark, provided the voice for Sally Yeh (Yip Sin Man)'s role. The purpose of the restoration and screening was not only to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film's release, but also to allow more audiences to experience the enduring appeal of Hong Kong films. The film will gradually be scheduled for release around the world.

Cheung Ngai Ga attended the Cannes screening on May 17. Dressed in white, she received applause from the audience as soon as she took the stage. She first asked the audience, "Have any friends watched SHANGHAI BLUES before?" Many people in the audience raised their hands, and she said happily, "Wow! It's a pleasure to see you again!" Before the screening meeting, she on behalf of producer and director Tsui Hark and producer Shi Nansun greeted the audience and said, "In 1984, the F Workshop was established with the goal of producing films of genres that were outside of convention in the film industry at that time, so the first movie made was SHANGHAI BLUES." Now, 40 years later, the restored version of this film would be more able to reflect the romance and connotation of the film even more. She sentimentally said that she was grateful to be able to see this 4K restored film. "It reminds me of the moments when I worked with director Tsui Hark. This film is not only a movie, but also a precious memory." She said that Tsui Hark asked her to make a special mention of her late friend and the late film score composer James Wong Jim. "Thank you for the romantic atmosphere he brought to this film."

During the screening, the audience responded very enthusiastically. The applause was continuous at the end of the film, and after the lights went back on, the audience still applauded around her for a long time and could not bear to leave. When Cheung Ngai Ga left the scene, some fans asked for autographs. Many of whom were a new generation of fans who just watched SHANGHAI BLUES for the first time and "fell into the gap".

Irene Wan Bik Ha recently flew to France to attend the Cannes Film Festival and promote her new film "The Mermaid on Lying Island", Irene appeared on the red carpet in a white off-the-shoulder dress, exuding a noble elegance. Irene said she was very happy to walk on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. "This place is so beautiful, I feel so relaxed and really enjoy it. I can also see a lot of French films, communicate with many filmmakers, meet a lot of new friends, and the journey has been very unforgettable."

Irene brought her new film "The Mermaid on Lying Island" to the Cannes Film Festival to recommend to different filmmakers, Irene said that it has been a long time since she has made this kind of dark humor romance, which also includes family and love. It was about the age contrast between women and men, and also life and death. She hoped the film would be able to touch the audience.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Double S Entertainment jointly produced the documentary HONG KONG CLASSICS REIMAGINED, which brought together the veterans and new generations on and off camera, divided the classic works into 6 categories of Hong Kong films, and re-shot them into 6 short films to pay tribute to the classic plots and themes of Hong Kong films. Veteran producer Silence Leung Wai Yee was the producer, and invited Wing Shya, Man Lim Chung, Kenji Tanigaki, Lawrence Kan Chun Kwan, Wong Kwok Keung and Lemon Liu Yik Man to direct 6 short films, which were produced by Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi, Julia Chu Ka-yi and Cora Yim Ka-yin. The six short films are ILLICIT (GUM) starring Karen Mok Man Wai, DEJA VU starring Stanley Yau, Ling Man Lung and Angela Yuen Lai Lam, LA ROSE NOIRE VS LA ROSE NOIRE 2023 (HAK MUI GWAI DUI HAK MUI GWAI 2023) starring Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Gillian Chung Yun Tung and Kenny Kwan Chi Bun, THE RAW OYSTERS (FOON HEI YUEN GA) starring Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Michelle Yim (Mai Suet), Chu Kam Yin and Jocelyn Chan Ming Hei, PASSION CALL (BIT LEI TUNG) starring Eddie Cheung Siu Fai and Locker Lam Ka Hei, and SOMEWHERE IN TIME (SEUNG GEIN LIU) starring Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) and George Lam Chi Cheung.

Best Actress Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) recently attended the premiere of the documentary film about Hong Kong film HONG KONG CLASSIC REIMAGINED at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was Wing Shya, Man Lim Chung, Lawrence Kan Kwan Chun and others directed. In addition to Cheung Ngai Ga, George Lam Chi Cheung, Karen Mok Man Wai, Eddie Cheung Siu Fai, Stanley Yau, Angela Yuen Lai Lam and others were invited to participate in the filming and to pay tribute to classic Hong Kong films.

Speaking of the production, Cheung Ngai Ga said, "I have always liked Hong Kong's Star Ferry when I participated in the filming of the romantic chapter this time, but I was the happiest about being able to work with (George) Lam Chi Cheung again. He joked, 'Back then we needed to wear makeup to look old, but now we don't need to.' and we all laughed. I love Hong Kong, it's a blessed place. I hope more people come to Hong Kong, not just to shop, but to explore this beautiful place."

Some of the actors who were unable to go to Cannes in person, including Karen Mok Man Wai and Lam Chi Cheung, also made special videos to cheer the film on.