Saturday, November 27, 2021

[2021.11.28] CLARA LAW WINS THE 58TH GOLDEN HORSE AWARD BEST DIRECTOR

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Bai  Ling wrote "Be Your Most Exciting Self" on her dress

Lee Sinjie hopes to return to film next year

After 30 years in the business, Chang Chen finally won his first Golden Horse Best Actor with THE SOUL

Alyssa Chia hit the mark with her first Golden Horse Best Actress nomination for THE FALLS

Residing in Australia, Hong Kong director Clara Law won Best Director with DRIFTING PETALS

Jun Li succumbs to tears after winning Best Adapted Screenplay for DRIFTING

Best Supporting Actress Wang Yu-xuan and Best Supporting Actor Liu Kuan-ting
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The 58th Golden Horse Awards last night took place in Taipei. Due to the pandemic, masks were required. Chang Chen with THE SOUL won his first Best Actor award against Francis Ng Chun Yu, Kai Ko Chen-Tung, Roy Chiu, and Cheng Jen-shuo. Alyssia Chia with THE FALLS and her first nomination immediately defeated Karena Lam Ka Yan for Best Actress. THE FALLS also won Best Narrative Feature, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Film Score to become the big winner. Hong Kong director Clara Law with DRIFTING PETALS won Best Director; the Jun Li directed Hong Kong film DRIFTING received 12 nominations but in the end only won Best Adapted Screenplay.

Jun Li Chun Shek with DRIFTING defeated TILL WE MEET AGAIN's Giddens Ko for the Best Adapted Screenplay Award. Winning his first Golden Horse Award, Li Chun Shek succumbed to tears as he accepted the prize. He said, "The creative journey is very tough, very lonely, I have been very fortunate to have a group of battle companions and friends who have always supported me. Thank you my family, my love, thank you Boss, and the hard working Producer who deserved a lot of the credit." He continued as he choked up, "I am sorry, thank you for your company and support. Thank you to the cast, especially Brother Chun Yu. Even if the screenplay was written even better, without good actors' performance it would still be useless. Every one of their performance was very excellent." He also thanked each person he has interviewed, saying, "Thank you for sharing the stories of your lives."

Clara Law with DRIFTING PETALS won Best Director. She did not attend as a friend accepted the award on her behalf. "Clara Law is in Australia. Earlier she told me to relax, saying that her chance of winning was zero. Because she is the most cursed director, going home empty handed many times before. This award now is a pleasant surprise. She thanks the Golden Horse Award jury, thank the husband who is cooking for her everyday in the kitchen -- Fong Ling Ching."

THE 58th GOLDEN HORSE AWARDS
https://goldenhorse.org.tw/awards/nw/?r=en&serach_type=award&sc=8&search_regist_year=2021&ins=50

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: THE FALLS
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: REVOLUTION OF OUR TIMES
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: NONE
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM: GOOD DAY
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM: IN THEIR TEENS
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: THE MAGICAL TRACING
BEST DIRECTOR: Clara Law (DRIFTING PETALS)
BEST LEADING ACTOR: Chang Chen (THE SOUL)
BEST LEADING ACTRESS: Alyssa Chia (THE FALLS)
BEST SUPPROTING ACTOR: Liu Kuan-ting (TREAT OR TRICK)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Wang Yu-xuan (GODDAMNED ASURA)
BEST NEW DIRECTOR: Fion Roan Feng-i (AMERICAN GIRL)
BEST NEW PERFORMER: Caitlin Fang (AMERICAN GIRL)
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Chung Mong-hong, Chang Yaosheng (THE FALLS)
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Jun Li (DRIFTING)
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Giorgos Valsamis (AMERICAN GIRL)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Archin Yen (TILL WE MEET AGAIN)
BEST ART DIRECTION: Huang Mei-ching, Liang Shuo-lin, Liao Huei-li (THE SOUL)
BEST MAKEUP AND COSTUME DESIGN: Singing Lin, Hsiao Pai-chen, Liu Hsien-chia (TILL WE MEET AGAIN)
BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY: Chan Man-fai, Chu Ke-feng, Feng Ren-zhi (NEZHA)
BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE: Lu Luming (THE FALLS)
BEST ORIGINAL FILM SONG: I MISSED YOU (I MISSED YOU)
BEST FILM EDITING: Shieh Meng-ju (THE SOUL)
BEST SOUND EFFECTS: R.T Kao, Chu Shih-yi (TILL WE MEET AGAIN)
OUTSTANDING TAIWANESE FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR: Frank Chen
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: AMERCIAN GIRL
FIPRESCI PRIZE: AMERICAN GIRL
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Lin Tsan-ting, Tsai Yang-ming

[2021.11.28] LOUISE WONG OFFERS HER SERVICES TO COMEDY

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Louis Koo Tin Lok, Louise Wong Dn Nei and director Longman Leung yesterday attended the "Lee Theatre Presents Christmas Rouge X Anita" unveiling. On display were a series of promotional photos that photographer Wing Shya (Ha Wing Hong) shot for the film ANITA. At the event Goo Jai and Wong Dan Nei shared the person that they wanted to thank the most in their careers. Goo Jai said that he wanted to thank his parents while Wong Dan Nei wanted to thank her elder who studied design and encouraged her to become a model, only then did she have the opportunity to play the role of Mui Yim Fong.

The Goo Jai and Wong Dan Nei starred ANITA has opened for more than two weeks and already passed the HK$ 40 million mark. Goo Jai was surprised as well. He asked, "Really? I am very surprised, very pleased!" He said that he knew on regular days many people still went to watch the movie. He only watched it once because he had to work recently. His Mommy has seen it as well. Although she did not cry from it, she praised how entertaining it was. As for Papa because he was less mobile, he has not seen it yet. However his friends have booked shows to watch it. Would Goo Jai like the box office to go higher? He said, "I only want to make entertaining movies that viewers would like s well. I haven't thought about the box office as much. However I have never had so many people who watched this film around me, maybe everyone around me was from that era and they had a lot of memories."

Wong Dan Nei said that she has seen the film many times. Her family has shown its support too and praised how entertaining it was. Each time she watched she has been moved to tears. Because many spots had memories and sentiments, she used many packs of tissues. Did the hardship drive to her tears? She denied and said, "I had a mission to play this role well, it was worth all the hardship." Speaking of her first film already making her a HK$ 40 million box office star, she admitted that the number was very encouraging. It was all the hard work from the entire team and it encouraged her to keep working hard. Has Goo Jai lent a hand to the younger generation and asked Wong Dan Nei to make a movie? Goo Jai said, "I have heard that many movies have approached her, I would consider any actor with potential." Wong Dan Nei revealed that earlier she volunteered for comedy. Goo Jai said, "Really?" Wong Dan Nei said, "That's why it was funny."

Goo Jai felt that comedy would not be easy to make and require a lo of personal style. The timing had to be precise and the person had to be creative, knowing which spot to cut in. Sometimes they would stop right in the middle of coming up with an idea, thus Hong Kong very rarely made comedy. The script was very hard to come up with, unless it would be for the Lunar New Year. However he agreed that the current climate would be suitable for more comedy.

With Christmas on the way, Goo Jai said that recently he has been busy with an action film. Wong Dan Nei also said that she would have to work and hoped to be able to make time to have a big Christmas feast with her family.

Friday, November 26, 2021

[2021.11.27] ANSON LO EXECUTES THE PERFECT LEAP

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The Anson Lo Hon Ting, Chloe So Ho Yi, Summer Chan Chi Huen, Heidi Lee Ching Yi and Alina Lee Yan Yi starred film SHOWBIZ SPY (GA MO NUI TUEN) with the opening day, the premiere and the advanced screenings made over HK$ 1.1 million on its first day. The cast and the crew were happy to see the results. Anson Lo would even appear at cinemas to thank the audience.

Anson Lo in the film also had his first martial art fight scene attempt. In order to handle action director Law Ho Ming's action designs, they had few action performance lessons. Anson Lo did not disappoint, as he was able to perform one of the leaps in one take. The performance had the crew applauding him in praise.

However Chan Chi Huen was not as lucky. When rehearsing one scene, she descended from a hand stand and sprained her neck. She could not move. As everyone was concerned, she withstood the pain and smiled as she comforted everyone. Luckily after going to the hospital and treatment from the doctors she was fine. Originally the doctor suggested for her to rest, but she did not want to hinder the production. The next day she insisted on going to work with a neck brace. Even the director and producer Charlie could not help but praise her professionalism.

[2021.11.27] LOUISE WONG AT FIRST WORRIES ABOUT FANS NOT ACCEPTING HER

Although ANITA has become a hit, Louise Wong does not hold out much hope for awards
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Louise Wong Dan Nei two nights ago performed at the online concert "A NIGHT OF ANITA". The film ANITA made HK$ 36 million. Lead Wong Dan Nei said that she never thought about what she would get in return, as she thought that she gained a lot already. She did not dare to think about whether she would win an award or not.

Wong Dan Nei said that being able to make ANITA was a type of destiny and sense of duty, for even more people to know Mui Yim Fong's story and reminisce. She hoped to be able to bring this film to go even further even more, to be able to go to different countries and regions; seeing viewers taking their parents and children to the movie, she felt that this film has already become a family gathering and she was very moved.

With the good box office and the film becoming the talk of the town, has Wong Dan Nei thought about winning an award with the film? She said that for a new actor, to be able to play such a meaningful character was already a huge gain. She truly did not dare to think about awards. Wong Dan Nei said, "At first I was the most worried about Mui Yim Fong's fans not accepting me, but after attending many audience appreciation events I saw that everyone truly sensed the entire team's sincerity and heart. Thus I was very happy. Now really more people know me, for that I am really grateful. This is also the first step, many people who have seen this film say they would look forward to my next one."

As for her husband Sheldon Lo Hau Yung's review, Wong Dan Nei said that her family and people who lived around her, whether parents or children they all said that they were proud of her. Earlier they only saw her leaving early and returning late, after watching the film they finally realized how hard the team worked to make this happen. She said, "They were happy for me that I was able to make this movie. (How has the family celebrated with you?) Earlier my family booked a show to watch this movie. On a certain level to me it is a gift, to watch with the family, to cry and to laugh together, I feel that the joy of the people around me or the joy of viewers after seeing this film, how moved the audience is to me is the biggest gift."

[2021.11.27] LOVE AFTER LOVE FEATURES OSCARS WINNERS ON ITS TEAM

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The Ann Hui On Wa directed, Ma Sichun and Eddie Peng Yu-Yan starred film LOVE AFTER LOVE (DAI YUT LO HEUNG) earlier opened officially. Yesterday the film company released a behind the scenes production special. Hui On Wa described the golden team that included music producer Ryuichi Sakamoto, cinematography director Christopher Doyle (To Ho Fung), costume designer Emi Wada, and has won over 176 heavyweight award with "They all have won Oscars!"

Emi Wada passed away on November 13 2021 at age 84. Early on with Akira Kurosawa's film RAN (1985) she won the Best Costume Design Oscar, the first Japanese woman to do so. LOVE was her final film. Hui On Wa has always had a dream of working with her "idol" Ryuichi Sakamoto. This time she even personally headed to Tokyo for a meeting and enabled this opportunity to work together this time.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

[2021.11.26] ANSON LO GETS A PHOTO WITH PATRICK TAM ON HIS PARENTS' ORDERS

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Anson Lo has many action scenes

Andrew Lam and 193 are just as funny and set off a lot of spark
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"Cult Leader" Anson Lo Hon Ting's first film as a lead actor, the Chui Tze Yu directed film SHOWBIZ SPY (GA MO NUI TUEN) was officially released yesterday. Earlier a premiere and many audience appreciation screenings took place. Cult Leader also personally participated, as many shows were showed out even before the film was released. Cult Leader in the film was fortunate enough to work with his parents' idol Patrick Tam Yiu Man in the film. He said that his parents asked him to get a photo and to report everything about Brother Tam to them when he got home.

As SHOWBIZ SPY fever hit the city, Anson Lo and other stars attended various audience appreciation events that became the focus. The film's advanced sales have been rather ideal. Cult Leader worked on his first film with many new attempts. Aside from martial art action he also had a female disguise. Resembling a student prince in school uniform, he with martial art action had many "Disciples" under his spell. Cult Leader said, "This was my first movie, the first fight scene in my life. I studied Tae Kwon Do when I was little, but after I never tried to fight. During the production I haven't had even the slightest bump. For fight scenes this time, I had several action training lessons. Because we had to rehearse the marks, punching back and forth, all of which to me were something fresh."

Co-star Tam Yiu Man actually was the idol of Cult Leader's parents. Cult Leader said, "After learning Brother Tam would take this film, my parents were very excited because we super like Brother Tam. They asked me to remember to take photos with Brother Tam, when I got home I hd to report everything about Brother Tam. Brother Tam didn't put on air, and gave me the impression of a big brother. He really took care of me. The first time when I worked with him, he led from the beginning to the end. He reminded me that acting had to have rhythm. He studied wiht me how to take the journey as an actor, and gave me a lot of suggestions for my image and acting style."

Cult Leader called Andrew Lam Man Chung the Master, as he gave off a enormous presence, humorous and dominant. Cult Leader said, "For the first time I met Master, he took out his phone for a selfie with me. Master was a very easy going person, he did whatever he felt doing at the moment. At every shoot he would have different funny spots, his creative abilities are very high. He would make erupt with laughter but also have to learn how to hold the laughter back."

In addition, Cult Leader also worked with his fellow KING MAKER contestant 193 Kwok Ka Chun in the film, which made him felt like he had a battle companion. He said, "I had a very sweet feeling, aside from 193 it is the first time I worked with other actors. I have known 193 since I started, at least I had the feeling of having a battle companion to keep me company."

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

[2021.11.25] GORDON LAM FEELS GUILTY ABOUT KNOCKING DOWN HIROYUKI IKENUCHI

Gordon Lam's LIMBO performance is seen as Best Actor worthy.  He however feels awards are secondary, making a good movie is more important.

Working with Hiroyuki Ikenuchi again, Gordon Lam says that they have more chemistry
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Gordon Lam Ka Tung in the new film LIMBO had any action scenes. Aside from beating up Cya Liu, his fight scene with Hiroyuki Ikenuchi was very exciting. Ka Tung described it as "free style combat" because director Soi Cheang Pou Soi only told them the area of the fight and where the "weapons" were. They were free to do whatever they wanted. He joked that his painful expressions in the film were real, and Hiroyuki Ikenuchi really got dizzy from the fight. However even with the pain, as long as the director did not yell cut they could only keep on performing.

Lam Ka Tung's performance in Cheang Pou Soi's new film LIMBO received praises and hopes for another Best Actor award. However he said that awards would only be bonuses. The most important was for the audience to see a good movie. LIMBO did not disappoint as it performed well at many overseas film festivals.

Ka Tung worked for the first time with Cya Liu and Mason Lee and praised them as outstanding actors. Cya Liu's performance in particular surprised him. "I had hatred for Cya Liu because she made my wife miscarried and became a vegetable. After that each time I ran into her I had it out for her, I wanted revenge. Each time I saw her I chased and hit her to relieve the hatred in my heart."

In a scene outside the morgue, Ka Tung kicked Cya Lu -- the brutality with which was almost too much to witness. "I don't want the girl to be hit too many times, so I wanted just one take. However this scene took two because in one of the takes the phone was outside the shoot. Before hand we didn't talk about how to fight. Before I started I would worry. In comparison to the scene in which Sham Chun Hin surrounded her, at the time she had a weapon to protect herself and could yell for help. However at the morgue she couldn't. She could only plead with me. However she was my enemy and she due to shame did not dare to fight back, so she could only take it. I could only fight with all I got. The stress was greater. (Did you communicate how to fight before hand?) No, but I knew she had a spot that have taken protective measures. I kept an eye on the fighting. The director only told me the area of the fight, as long as I didn't exceed the borders I could take all the marks I wanted, fight as much as I could. I was pretty surprised by Cya's response. Her reaction was really real, I worried the most bout her feeling the pain. If she did then she would slip, and if she slipped then we would have to start over. However she didn't, no matter how much it hurt she stayed inside the character. Even when the phone dropped she still picked it up and kept acting. She didn't stop, very professional. (Did you want to hold back?) Of course more or less I did, but in order to play the role well I had no choice. I could only make less bad takes and not too use too many takes, I tried to finish the fight as soon as possible."

Another scene with Hiroyuki Ikenuchi ws one of the major scenes. Ka Tung and Ikenuchi worked together on IP MAN. They were full of chemistry for this reunion, but Ka Tung felt that his co-star had it rougher this time. "IP MAN had styles that could be followed, this time however there were none. Ours was a free fight. The director only told us the area of the fight and what weapons were nearby. We had to come up with ways to get them. Thus before hand we first confirmed whether the props and the set were stable, if they were OK then we went. We both were experienced actor, didn't have too many problems. The only thing I was sorry for, as soon as he came and dragged me to the trash can to fight. As soon as he pulled, my instinct was to retaliate. I really knocked him silly so he really got dizzy. However the director didn't yell cut. He was swaying but he kept walking out. I really hurt him, so he had it pretty rough."