Wednesday, August 4, 2021

[2021.08.05] LOLETTA LEE IS GRATEFUL FOR HER DAUGHTER AFTER HER PARENTS' PASSING

Loletta Lee

Teresa Mak
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Wong Yau Nam
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Loletta Lee turned down all her jobs after her parents passed away earlier.  Two nights ago she appeared at the COFFIN HOME premiere and said that she already felt much better

Loletta Lee calls her daughter her little guardian angel

Teresa Mak often goes to the Mainland for work.  Perhaps because she rarely appears in Hong Kong, many thinks that she no longer works after she got married

Wong Yau Nam wants to buy a home, a 2 to 300 square foot unit would be enough
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The film COFFIN HOME (GWAI TUNG NEI JU) two nights ago held a premiere. Actors Loletta Lee Lai Chun, Wong Yau Nam and Teresa Mak Ka Kei attended with director Fruit Chan Gor. Lee Lai Chun earlier lost both her parents within a year. She was rumored to be unwilling to see anyone because she was unable to recover, until two nights ago she appeared at the premiere. When Chun Mui faced the cameras, she was obviously a little anxious but she was still in good shape. Chun Mui revealed that she has not attended any public event in several months. Was she emotionally recovered already? She said, "Much better, now I can control it. Anything unpleasant would require me to help resolve it myself and find something happy to fill it!" Her way to fill the gap was to binge series. "At home I binged many series. While working for so many years I missed out of many good shows, now I relived many 70s and 80s television series. I even watched Cantonese features, in particular after watching Cantonese features I felt much better. I felt people of that day were much simpler, and had much less worries. When I got into people of that era I was a little happier, but with my own movies I would rarely watch them again."

Chun Mui admitted that in her down days earlier, her biggest pillar was daughter Yi Yung who has always been by her side. Chun Mui happily said, "My daughter is my greatest support. She is already working in a design and art job. It's her interest. When she was paid she even said that she would chip in a little for the expenses, I smiled and said to her, 'Really, so generous'. Actually I was a little surprised, I felt that she really is grown! I know she doesn't want me to worry. She saw everything that happened around me. Thank Heaven for grating me a little angel to safeguard me, otherwise I would feel very lonely!"

After recovering Chun Mui has already returned to work. Lately friend Irene Wan Bik Ha invested in a new film NGOR MOON DIK 18 SHUI (OUR EIGHTEEN), which also invited her to guest star in. Her part has already been completed. Chun Mui also revealed that she has been in contact with many directors, but due to the pandemic work would not start until September or October.

In addition, Mak Fong Kiu (Mak Ka Kei) rarely made any public appearance in recent years. She said that many thought that after marriage she would not work again, but actually she often commuted to Mainland. Last month summer vacation began, so she returned to be with her three children. Earlier she would return to Shunde for work. Would she miss her children from constantly going to the Mainland for work? She said that of course she would miss them, but she was rather happy on her own. In addition her children were growing and beginning to be independent, only her husband sometimes would whine because she once was gone for 5 months. Did her husband tell her to settle down? She joked, "He might have, but I am used to moving around and unable to sit still."

[2021.08.05] FANS ASK NICHOLAS TSE TO COOK LESS AND ACT MORE

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Nicholas Tse and Jeana Ho promote RAGING FIRE in Guangzhou

Joey Yung shows her support for the film
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The Emperor Motion Picture RAGING FIRE (NO FOR) was on top of the Mainland box office for 5 days in a row. For now it has accumulated over 340 million yuan RMB. Two days ago, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung and Jeana Ho Pui Yu appeared in Guangzhou, attended many audience appreciation and promotional events.

Ting Fung joked, "For the past few days, I read a lifetime worth of comments. Everyday I have been reading them. Some wanted to blow up the kitchen, the garden, and even the ski slope!" Some viewers after the after screening meeting directly yelled at Ting Fung, "You performed too well, can you make more movies from now on? I want to blow up your kitchen!" Ting Fung replied, "Blow it up!" Then he added in Cantonese, "I dare you to try."

In the past in another Benny Chan Muk Sing directed film SHAOLIN (SUN SIU LUM JI), Ting Fung also played the villain. This time in the film he even had a breakthrough interpretation as he thoroughly demonstrated the character's change from good to evil. Ting Fung said, "Stuff like this is a type of digestion. If ten years ago I took this role, I wouldn't have been able to handle it. Thus everything has been the best arrangement."

With a series of intense and thrilling action scenes, Ting Fung again showed his life risking nature. Some curiously asked about insurance companies declining to cover Ting Fung's fight scenes. Ting Fung joked, "I haven't bought insurance in too long, under normal circumstances injuries are covered, but not on the set of an action film. This is our job!"

The interrogation room scene Ting Fung revealed was a stroke of genius. "When it started I spoke very normally, suddenly I loudly roared. Because it was a character reaction that I added last minute, I didn't tell the director and the live sound engineer. After the shoot, I saw the sound engineer immediately took off his headphone. Director Chan Muk Sing was giggling for half a hour over at control."

Speaking of the Tsim Sha Tsui gun fight in RAGING FIRE, even in a real explosion Ho Pui Yu showed no fear. Jean said, "If it wasn't at a film production, I would be scared. However once I knew it was a production I would feel very safe." Jeana revealed that two months before the production she needed to study shooting and conduct many physical training. Ting Fung chimed in, "Whatever you ate before, after a fight scene or two shots, all the calories would be burnt off!"

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

[2021.08.05] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, AUGUST 1 2021

For the week ending Sunday August 1 2021
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10 BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: THE CASE OF THE COURAGEOUS CURRY + MYSTERY OF THE LADYBUG RUINS
    d. Miho Hirayama
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 71 mins.
  Opening July 15 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/JS6fsjxDrp0

[ CINEMA CITY ]
THE CASE OF THE COURAGEOUS CURRY

    On a sunny afternoon, Butt Detective and his assistant Brown are enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea at the cafe. Mr. Walter, the manager of a new curry restaurant in town, walked in with a large shopping bag. At this time, he found that the spices he had just bought, "Piriritokikku", an essential spice for curry dishes, had disappeared from his shopping bag. "You can't make curry without the spices! There is no way to open the business on schedule!" While Mr. Walter was devastated and distressed, Butt detective step forward, his remarkable reasoning mind is ready to solve the disappearance of the curry spices.


MYSTERY OF THE LADYBUG RUINS

    Here comes the second piece of "Butt Detective" jumps to the big screen. This is an adventurous action film that tells the story of the Butt detective and his father Butt Dandy discover the mystery of the ancient ruins together!

    One day Butt Detective received a commission from his father's Butt Dandy, which is going to the Ladybug Ruins to investigate into a case. According to the rumors, the hidden treasure in the ruins, possibly could save the continuous drought in the dim dim village. Butt Dandy and a baby panda called Tan arrived to the site in advanced, however someone who wants to steal the treasure are already onto them. Moreover, the phantom thief U delivered a criminal notice at the same time...........Butt Detective follows the footstep of Butt Dandy, while unraveling various mysteries in the ruins!


  9 SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS
    d. Robert Schwentke
    Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Haruka Abe, Samara Weaving,


  8 LUCA
    d. Enrico Casarosa
    Disney/Pixar Animation
    English voices: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman


  7 TIME
  Can : Sak Chook Gor Wong Fun
  Lit : Kill Out A Sunset
    d. Ricky Ko Chi Bun
    Patrick Tse Yin, Petrina Fung Bo Bo, Lam Suet, Chung Suet Ying
      Sam Lee Chan Sam, JJ Jia, Zeno Koo Ting Hin,
      Belinda Yan (Ngan Chi Fei), Stephanie Ho Ngan Sze,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening April 4 2021 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening July 15 2021
  Site : https://www.hkiff.org.hk/film/getdetail?fid=947
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/CWXNXh1mGYY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Last generation of assassins moved to HK in 50/60’s and posted as "killer-for-hire" trio to fix all sort of problems for their clients. Decades passed, they now become redundant themselves at work and home. An accidental mission calls upon them turns out to be an assisted suicide. The trio suddenly finds new 'life'...as "Guardian Angels of the Elders". Just when they are finding meanings to this new role, an order from a teenager turns their new practice upside down again...this might as well be their very last job.

[ HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    Once famous for his quick blade, a retired assassin can no longer earn a living with his cut-throat skills. Summoned again, he partners with his chauffeur to carry out special missions – fullfilling the wishes of old people looking to kill themselves. When commissioned by a young girl who has been deserted by her parents and lover, the "Elderly's Angel" squad finds an arresting way to complete its task. New director Ricky Ko slashes open the loneliness and depression of old age, in a black comedy that's no laughing matter.


  6 OLD
    d. M. Night Shyamalan
    Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff,


  5 ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
    d. Adam Robitel
    Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Thomas Cocquerel


  4 MAN IN LOVE
  Can : Dong Nam Yun Luen Oi Si
    d. Yin Chen-Hao
    Roy Chiu, Ann Hsu Wei Ning,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening July 22 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/nHHFoo1OW7I

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    A-cheng is a rogue who relies on debt collection for living. He lives in the attic of a small barber shop managed by his elder brother. It's time for a 37-year-old adult to live on his own, but he always ignores all contempt from others. One day, he goes to the hospital to collect a debt from a creditor in coma, there he meets Hao-ting, daughter of the creditor. She is forced to sign a debt transferring contract without any complaint. Her silhouette of silently taking care of her father deeply attracts A-cheng, a guy who never had responsibility before. A-cheng clumsily draws a "graffiti contract" to offset Hao-ting's debts with walks and dinners as dating, even tries his best to manage the funeral for her father. Hao-ting feels touched by his behaviors and accepts his pursuit. Unexpectedly, a barter gambling takes away their future ruthlessly. A-cheng is not only imprisoned, also diagnosed with hemangioma. He has not much time left...At that moment, A-cheng finally understands that when a man falls in love, he can give up everything without hesitation.


  3 BLACK WIDOW
    d. Cate Shortland
    Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour,
      O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstones, Rachel Weisz


  2 THE BOSS BABY: FAMILY BUSINESS
    d. Tom McGrath
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Amy Sedaris
    Cantonese Voices: Bob Lam Sing Bun, Harriet Yeung Sze Man




  1 JUNGLE CRUISE
    d. Jaume Collet-Serra
    Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall,
      Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti

[2021.08.04] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, JULY 31 2021

For the week starting Saturday, July 31 2021 (Week 31)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 WE DON'T CHOK
  Can : Ngor Moon But Chok
  ERROR

  4 CIAO
  RubberBand

  3 SILENT WAVE
  Can : Mo Sing Long
  Cath Wong Yin

  2 UNABLE TO LEAVE
  Can : Lei But Hoi
  Kay Tse On Kay


  1 IT'S OK TO BE SAD
  Janice Vidal (Wai Lan)

[2021.08.04] ANTHONY WONG: I AM FINISHED



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Going to Taiwan last year for HEAVEN ON THE 4TH FLOOR and FRIENDS BY FOOD TRUCK, Anthony Wong Chau Sun earlier returned to Hong Kong for prepare for the middle of this month's run of the play ART. He said that he did not hope this to be the final play he would perform in Hong Kong, but now Hong Kong is very different from the one he used to know -- with a lot of unknowns. Turning 60 next month, Chau Sun said that he did not have as much displeasure and rage inside as he used to. He was very peaceful, very balanced, he really liked the him now. Yet after decades in the business Chau Sun said that he had depression during this period. "I am already finished. I treat myself no longer a part of this circle, not so because this circle is already finished too. At least that format before is finished. Even if any so-called film would exist, it would already be different from the world that I took part in."

Wong Chau Sun in mid August would perform the play ART. Based on French playwright Yasmina Reza's claim to fame ART, the play has been adapted and performed by many before -- including the Dayo Wong Tze Wa starred 2008 play. However Chau Sun was not worried that the audience would compare him to Tze Wa. He felt that the interesting part of the stage was that it did not matter who performed the play and how many times, because each had their own performance methods. He once witnessed two actors performing the same script, delivering the same lines. The reactions could be a difference of complete silence and belly laughs. They were very extreme.

Playing the same role as Tze Wa, Chau Sun never saw that version of ART. However he could imagine how Tze Wa performed, which probably was cooler and more philosophical. The style and rhythm would be completely different from his this time. "My character is more despicable, merciless with his words. (Like yourself?) That's right, but performing to not resemble myself is the technical issue. With some impersonation, imagination, rhythmic and tone changes, in the process of rehearsal with co-stars I slowly search for the character." In ART he would work for the first time with two Performing Arts Academy junior colleagues Chan Suk Y and Chu Pak Hong. Chau Sun said that Chan Suk Yi had rather rich stage experience and a great grasp of comedy. They had a common language and communicating was very easy. They did not need to waste time to get their gears in line. He felt that Chu Pak Hong was also decent, with a very powerful explosiveness.

In the show three good friends had different points of views over a painting and could not stop fighting; Chau Sun said that this feeling was very familiar. During rehearsal he was reminded of his dinner with Francis Ng Chun Yu, Sean Lau Ching Wan, and Dayo Wong Tze Wa. They were often all red from arguing over something trivial, but their relationships were not harmed. No one ever slammed the table and left. Would Tze Wa win every time? Chau Sun denied that and said tht they were very evenly matched. "Tze Wa spoke softly, and was very good with words; Chun Yu wasn't weak either, with his quick with he shot off words like a machine gun and got his in in a very roundabout way; Ching Wan was quiet but struck right on the spot, which made everyone shut up immediately." Chau Sun felt that if they were able to work together it would be rather interesting, but it would be very hard. He joked that everyone had different ideas, so they could not rehearse at all. How could they get to the official run?

Speaking of this time might be for his temporary farewell to the Hong Kong stage, Chau Sun said, "I hope not, but for now I can't see a lot of opportunities of performing in a play again in the future. Aside from the pandemic, there is a variety of unstable elements." The biggest effect the pandemic has had on him was no job? He said, "I haven't had a job for a very long time, many other reasons caused that. (After the performance would you head to Taiwan for work?) Taiwan seems to have a lot of opportunities, but whether actual opportunities are right in front of me, no; only the possibilities may be a little great. Hong Kong has zero possibility, what else I can do? No movie or series is offered to me, now the stage is like this. Now is very different from the Hong Kong I used to know!"

Chau Sun has been in the business for decades and experienced rises and falls. To him is right now the most difficult moment? He said, "I am already finished, I treat myself like I am no longer a part of this circle; not so because this circle is already finished too. At least that format before is finished. Even if any so-called film exists from now on, this is already different from the world I took part in. The whole thing is finished, I can't go back. (Completely no chance?) At least I am telling myself not to dream, and not to blame myself for the career that I have worked hard to build vanishing in a moment. This would only make myself hurt more. (Have you been unhappy?) Certainly. (How did you adjust?) The experience that I have accumulated, the thought I have accumulated. However much I have inside is showing up now. No difficulty is invisible."

Chau Sun used being tested to described this period. "Extremely large test, during testing there might be failures, falls, depression, unhappiness, from which I would give up on myself. (Has you had depression?) Yes, but not too serious. Because it is a long period of change, at first I would comfort myself, tell myself 'it doesn't matter', 'don't think about it', 'let's wait and see', but when there really is completely zero job, what can I do? I would this worry, become depress, then stand up anew. The whole thing is slow. Now I would suddenly be unhappy, depressed, because ahead is still darkness, a dead end." Chau Sun said that he was no longer in his 20s or 30s, with the energy to learn a new skill or immigrate. He will turn 60 soon, what else can he do? Thus wherever there is work he would go, this is a question of survival."

Chau Sun no longer has a longing for the Hong Kong entertainment circle. After such a long time, he kept thinking about certain things -- one of which is where he would miss anything. The entire process has been a huge digestive process. "Of course after all the time and the storms, rises and falls, a lot of halo, a lot of things should be cherished but I didn't cherish them. Among them of course are many stories. I would ask myself why I didn't miss them. Actually I long for the stage, but the stage I really can't make a living from. If the stage can make you live pretty good, survive, I would choose the stage more than film."

Wong Chau Sun will turn 60 in September. Did he get sentimental? He said, "The feeling is very strange, young people see 60 as very old. Now I am turning 60, I don't feel it is; although my body is starting to slowly deteriorate, the quality of my sleep is better than before. My life and diet are stable, I have less desire, I even drink less. Inside are less displeasure and rage than before, very peaceful, very even, I really like myself now. The pace and the way I speak are different. (Is it a good thing?) Actually it's not that I am not upset at things outside, but I can only another way to express it. My attack method before didn't work, it doesn't mean that my method now won't. Since this way doesn't work, then using it again would be pointless."

[2021.08.04] MILLION LOVES IN ME COPYRIGHT HOLDER SUES I WEIRDO DIRECTOR FOR LIBEL

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Taiwan film IWEIRDO earlier was accused of plagiarizing the Malaysian film MILLION LOVES IN ME. MILLION LOVES IN ME copyright holder, the Hong Kong film company JK Holdings Limited two days ago filed suit with the Superior Court against IWEIRDO's director Liao Ming-Yi, producer Ivy Chen and Hong Kong distribution company Golden Scene for libel over their response to the plagiarism accusations of MILLION LOVES IN ME. The suit claimed that some of the comments were false and had ill intent, making them libelous. The company asked the court to issue an injunction to keep the defendant from making any libelous comment and compensate the film company for its losses.

The libelous comments involved in the suit were expressed in September 9th and November 20th last year, leading to attacks on the plaintiff and switching the public's support for MILLION LOVES IN ME, and the plaintiff JK Holdings Limits' Hong Kong distribution troubles of MILLION LOVES IN ME and other films. The suit also claimed that the defendant's goal was to damage the plaintiff's profit and the film's success, asked the court to issue an injunction against libelous comments from being expressed in any method, and compensation for the damage that the company's business and reputation suffered.

[2021.08.04] WONG YAU NAM TAKES OFF EVERYTHING FOR FRUIT CHAN

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Artist Wong Yau Nam earlier worked on the Fruit Chan Gor directed new film COFFIN HOME (GWAI TUNG NEI JU). Playing a real estate agent, he mentioned a love scene. "My on screen girlfriend and I were shooting in the bathtub, with bubbles covering (over important areas). However no matter how we shot the underwear was showing. Out of ideas I took everything off. Of course I had to explain to her that I would do that. (Making the sacrifice for art?) Making the sacrifice for Ah Gor. He is my mentor. I also believe in his handling method (editing). However actually the wide shot from above really showed everything!"

This time they made an unusual ghost film, using ghost stories to examine Hong Kong housing issues. Yau Nam admitted that last year due to the pandemic he only made one movie. He believed that buying a home would be difficult in the short run.