Tuesday, March 19, 2019

[2019.03.20] FOR THE WEEK STARTING MARCH 16 2019

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting March 16 2019


15 IMPOSTER
  Can : Ngai Yun
  Alfred Hui Ting Hung

14 LOVE FINDS A WAY
  Can : Ngam Shek Nui Dik Fa
  G.E.M. (Tang Chi Kei)

13 DISTANCE OF TIME
  Can : Si Gan Dik Yuen Fong
  Jason Zhang (Cheung Kit)

12 SHAPING
  Can : Sok Jo
  Nicholas Tse Ting Fung

11 BIG SLEEP
  Can : Dai Min
  Cyndi Wang (Wong Sum Ling)

10 SPRING SEA
  Can :Chun Hoi
  Xu Wei

 9 LONG TIME NO SEE
  Can : Ho Gau Buk Gein
  Chen Chusheng (Chan Chor Sun)

 8 IMPERFECT LOVE
  Can : Gong Ho Dik Seung Hau
  Lin Yanjun (Lam Yin Chun)

 7 WHALE FALL
  Can : King Lok
  Silence Wang (Wong So Lung)

 6 HALF A LIFE
  Can : Boon Gor Yun Sun
  Ashin

 5 LOVE LIVE TO US
  Can : Ngor Moon Man Shui
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 4 LOVE IN TROUBLED TIMES
  Can : Luen Sai Ching Lui
  Leo Ku Kui Ke

 3 HUBBY
  Can : No Gung
  Jolin Tsai (Choi Yi Lam)

 2 THE WIND RISES
  Can : Hei Fung Liu
  Wu Qingfeng (Ng Ching Fung)


 1 TALENT
  Can : Tin Fun
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

[2019.03.20] EMPEROR ANNOUNCES 9 FILMS



Karena Lam and Anthony Wong play a couple in DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD

Vicki Zhao
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Albert Yeung presents the award to Dante Lam
Dante Lam's THE RESCUE includes Carlos Chan, Xin Zhilei and Ian Wang 
Benny Chan and Nicholas Tse will start work on RAGING FIRE next month

77 HEARTWARMINGS
DETECTIVE VS. SLEUTHS

Daniel Wu in CAUGHT IN TIME
Dayo Wong and Annie Liu promote their new film
DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD
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Emperor Motion Pictures yesterday held its 2019 film showcase at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market at the Hong Kong Convention center. 9 upcoming releases and productions were introduced. Last year the Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed OPERATION RED SEA was a critical and commercial hit, made 4.524 billion at the box office and won the 2018 Highest Grossing Asian Film at the Asian Film Awards. Emperor boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing personally presented the award to Lam Chiu Yin. Director Lam thanked the boss bu also jokingly asked the boss to remember to give bonuses. Mr. Yeung revealed that his bonus could buy several homes and at the same time previewed that Director Lam would follow up with a 800 million yuan sea rescue film production THE RESCUE (GUNG GUP GAU WOON), which would be one of the major blockbusters for Emperor in 2019!

Other films included the Benny Chan Muk Sing directed, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung starred RAGING FIRE (NO FOR); the Wai Ka Fai directed, Sean Lau Ching Wan, Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin and Raymond Lam Fung starred DETECTIVE VS. SLEUTH (SUN TAM DAI JIN); the Steve Yuen Kim Fai directed, Karena Lam Ka Yun starred DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD (SEI YUN MO HOR YI); the Lee Cheuk Pan directed, Irene Wan Bik Ha starred THE FALLEN (DOR LOK FA); the Lau Ho Leung directed, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho) and Wang Qianyuan starred CAUGHT IN TIME (HAN KEI POR ONG); the Erica Li Man directed, Wong Cho Lam starred GIVE ME A DAY (CUP NGOR YUT TIN); the Li Fei directed, Vicki Zhao Wei starred TWO TIGERS (LEUNG JET LO FU); the Choi Cheuk Yin and Pakho Chau starred 77 HEARTWARMINGS (GUM DUNG TA 77 CHI).

The event debuted the teaser for THE RESCUE. Director Lam Chiu Yin made an appearance with actors Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Xin Zhilei, Ian Wang. Speaking of making THE RESCUE for more than OPERATION RED SEA (HUNG HOI HUNG DUNG)'s 400 billion production budget, Lam Chiu Yin stated, "This time the challenge would be even greater. Each time would have different elements. I of course want to spend more money. (More than double?) I don't know, just give me more to spend." Albert Yeung Sau Sing presented the 2018 Highest Grossing Asian Film Award to Director Lam. Mr. Yeung joked, "The 3.65 billion RMB box office was very rare, the credit belonged to the great director." Director Lam said, "Thank you Boss for the support, bonus, please remember to give bonuses." Mr. Yeung said, "Last time I got a lot already, and you bought many homes. This time you are rich."

Director Lam revealed that THE RESCUE has already completed its Mainland shoot. Today he will head to Mexico for a month. Would the 800 million production budget give him stress? He said, "No, as I count it may be that much. It's very stressful. (How would you celebrate the award?) I am the most interested in the bonus, would some of the 800 million go to me? (Mr. Yeung said that you bought several homes?) Mr. Yeung is constantly giving me hope. He always says that I might get it if I think about it, but I have been thinking for a very long time."

RUYI'S ROYAL LOVE IN THE PALACE's Consort Jia, Xin Zhilei said that the director made no gender difference. Direction Lam said, "She has to pilot a plane, dive. It has to be very tough, otherwise I can't hold on to my 'Demon Director' reputation!"

Last year Emperor Motion Pictures' total box office was 6 billion RMB, second highest in the Manland industry. This year it will continue to produce strong films. At the event a video of Dayo Wong Tze Wah was shown as he previewed his new film. Tze Wah revealed, "After FIGHTING TO SURVIVE (YUT MUN GAI BO BIU) 20 years ago, this will be the second time I write, direct and star. Over a decade agao I already wanted to make this film, but I couldn't find the lead actress. This time I found the tough, pretty and with good skin Lau Sum Yau (Annie Liu)." The video kept shooting a punching bag, hinting that the story would be related to it.

Lam Ka Yun revealed that for her DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD (SEI YUN MO HOR YI)'s character she kept her hair gray for two months and could not have any skin care treatment in order for her to perform more convincingly. Zhao Wei in TWO TIGERS would produce and star. She said, "The director wrote this film for two years. The character would be quite a character."

After 3 years away from film, Zhao Wei as the producer and the actor would work with director Li Fei on the new film TWO TIGERS. Zhao Wei said, "The director wrote this film for two years. We will shoot a lot in the Mainland. This film belongs to a very unique style of its own. The character I play will be quite a character."

Lau Ching Wan and Wai Ka Fai 10 years ago reunited for DETECTIVE VS. SLEUTHS (SUN TAM DAI JIN). Ching Wan said, "The biggest challenge was not making this film but taking this role. After I agreed I started to regret it. I am very certain about what I would run into with a Wai Ka Fai film, and realize that I am very suitable to make his movies. Everything I expect will happen in the film. It's very hard to explain to everyone clearly!"

Nicholas Tse Ting Fung and Donnie Yen Chi Tan will work on the Benny Chan Muk Sing directed action film RAGING FIRE (NO FOR), which will officially start production next month and will take three and a half months to shoot. Ting Fung who has not made a movie in awhile felt that each time has been a new attempt and challenge. He felt that Hong Kong film has not had hand to hand combat in a very long time. He joked that his body has been itching for a long time and he looked forward to a beating!

Ting Fung said that injury will be inevitable, which was the spirit of action film. As for dangerous stunts, he left them for Lord Tan to design. He revealed that they have not worked together for 14 years. "The last time was DRAGON TIGER GATE (LUNG FU MOON). I really look forward to fighting together. (Would you ask Lord Tan to hold back?) I am in training, I hope to be able to run a little faster."

As for big scenes, Chan Muk Sing said, "It's very hard to shoot gun fights and explosion scenes on the streets of Hong Kong because the cost is expensive and the application process is hard. (Would you ask boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing) to increase the production budget?) The boss definitely would support the film! (How much will the budget be?) I can't say yet."

Speaking of the Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed THE RESCUE (GUNG GUP GAU WOON)'s 800 million yuan investment, Ting Fung said, "Our genres are different. We aren't at war, we are in a fight!" Recently linked to Mini Yang Mi, was Ting Fung's relationship with Faye Wong stable? He smiled and said, "I am not answering anything about love, we aren't really at war, haha."

[2019.03.20] CHARLENE CHOI TRIES TO PROTECT HER BOYFRIEND

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Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin yesterday went to two events at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market. First she attended the Emperor Motion Pictures showcase, then she promoted her film THE LADY IMPROPER (FEI FUN SHOOK NUI)'s photography exhibit.

Ah Sa revealed that she would have five films and television series on the way. Today she first saw the teasers for 77 HEARTWARMINGS (GUM DUNG TA 77 CHI) and DETECTIVE VS. SLEUTHS (SUN TAM DAI JIN) and she looked forward to them very much. She said that after making DETECTIVE she felt like she just survived a disaster, everyone felt like they just experienced the end of the world and they were the only earthlings left. In one scene her head had to be covered in plastic wrap. She said, "It was very tough, but someone asked if that was me. I was very heartbroken." Ah Sa also experienced the brink of death. "Originally the wrap went around twice, with two holes poked for air. However the director said that they would show up during the close up shot and added another layer. I truly almost died."

Ah Sa then went to the photography exhibit. She said that her favorite photo was the one without eye makeup, which was more able to show her individuality. Normally when she was not at work she would not put on makeup, as she fought to rest her skin a rest. She and her boyfriends held hands when they attended Pal Sinn Lap Man's birthday birthday. Ah Sa said, "That's very normally, we have no reason to let go. Going to a friend's party isn't a problem for me and him, but he is outside the industry. He was not used to facing the cameras, so when everyone took photos please turn off the flash bulb and not to rush him in a group. Taking turns to take photos would be the best, otherwise he would be very scared."

[2019.03.20] GILLIAN CHUNG PULLS OFF EXTRA'S WIG


Raymond Wong brings his granddaughter to sing with Ng Kai Ming
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Janice Yan
Eva Lai
Chan Man Na and her daughter Cheng Cho Yi
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Gillian Chung Yun Tung, Karena Ng Chin Yu, Janice Yan, Raymond Wong Pak Ming and son Edmond Wong Chi Wun's family of four, Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau) two nights ago attended the Mandarin Film Spring Banquet. Chin Yu saw Wong Chi Wun's younger son, could not help but pick him up to play with him. Janice Yan broke the zipper on her dress and had to return backstage to fix it.

Chin Yu and Ah Gil last year worked on a movie about a women's prison. Chin yu said, "We shot at the hottest time in the summer. The temperature reached 40 degrees (Celsius). The prison was constructed in a studio without any window. I was at melting point for a long period of time. The film had many woman fight scenes, everyone was pulling hair. I remembered a brawl, in which I had to throw dishes and slap people. (Did you have to use foul language?) Because of the film rating I didn't need to, if I have to I wouldn't mind. I wouldn't have any baggage. Normally when I want a release I would use single word English curses."

Ah Gil revealed that she has already begun of weight loss plan. She would first go on a diet then exercise. "Everyday I have one meal now, before I almost have seven. At each meal I would eat everything and my appetite increased. My husband has been losing weight with me. Actually his diet is healthier, he likes to eat light while I like flavor."

Speaking of her friend Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin's plan to "freeze her eggs" as well, Ah Gil said, "At the time the hormone shots made me gain 20 pounds, and I go a nurse to give me the shot. It was very tough. (Do you have any advice for Ah Sa?) No, ask (Joey) Yung Cho Yi. She didn't get fat. Because each person's body is different, she would have different reactions."

Ah Gil mentioned in one of the fight scenes, she pulled off an extra's wig. Exhausted, she could not help but laugh when she saw what happened.

[2019.03.20] LOUIS KOO INVESTS IN 13 FILMS



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Sandra Ng jokes about playing the male role instead of the mother
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The STEP INTO THE BACK team reunite for BACK TO THE PAST
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Louis Koo Tin Lok's "One Cool Film" yesterday held its film showcase at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market and announced many films that would start production this year. They included WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI), BACK TO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI), WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE (FAN JUI YIK CHEUNG), ON YOUR MOM, GET SET, GO! (MA MA DIK SUN KEI SIU JI), REMEMBER WHAT I FORGOT (DIN YING CHI HON), STORM CLOUD (FUNG WON), WHERE IT ALL BEGINS (GAI DAN JAI), A LIFE OF PAPERS (JI PEI POR POR), SECRET DIARY OF A MOM-TO-BE (BABY FOOK SAU GEI), TRIER OF FACT (SAU KYUT JEH), STAR DUST (SING CHUN), THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING (KONG MO PAI 3) and LINE WALKER 3 (SI TOH HUNG JEH 3).

Yesterday actors, producers and directors including Koo Tin Lok, Sean Lau Ching Wan, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Jessica Hester Hsuan (Suen Huen), Raymond Lam Fung, Sonija Kwok Sin Nei, Joyce Tung Lai Ming, Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau), Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Philip Keung Ho Man, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Fiona Sit Hoi Kei, Andy Tien (On Chi Kit) and Dada Chan Jing attended the press conference. At the event Goo Jai and BACK TO THE PAST actors Suen Huen, Lam Fung, Michelle Saram (Suet Yi), Kwok Sin Nei and Tung Lai Ming shared their experience. Goo Jai said, "At first I didn't think about the original team. Since the series was made in 2000, many wanted us back together for the movie. In the end I still feel I have to use the original team."

Suen Huen pointed out that when she found about the movie she was already happy for several years. "Finally the day I have been waiting for is here. Many people are more excited than me, so there is no room for error." Kwok Sin Nei said, "STEP INTO THE PAST was a very important to me because it was my first work. Thank you very much to Boss Koo for me being able to make the film version." Suet Yi pointed out that she has not seen this group of friends in many years. This was a rare chance and they would be able to catch up. Tung Lai Ming said, "Because Boss Koo told me about all the fighting, he scared me. I hope we would pay more for doubles." Lam Fung said that he heard Goo Jai talk about this script a long time ago, but each time he saw him Goo Jai would say that the script had changes.

Later Goo Jai with Lau Ching Wan and Lau Ka Ling introduced the 540 million science fiction epic WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI). In the film Earth was no longer inhabitable due to pollution. The film needed even more long for special effects. Goo Jai said that the first time I was at the set he was in awe and excited, because it had actual sets for some bases and collapsed buildings. Actually Hong Kong people could achieve a very large scale film. As for the investment amount this time, Goo Jai said, "It is also very shocking!" Ching Wan said that during the shoot he had to wear a 30 pound armor. Did he get hurt? He joked, "I didn't get hurt, you can see how real my face look, no CG, but I heard Goo Jai got hurt because he was the boss."

Later Goo Jai, Suen Huen and Lam Fung talked about this year "One Cool" would make more movies than Media Asia and Emperor. Goo Jai said, "As long as the movie is good and sincere, film companies need to invest. I want to innovate more and have more domestic subjects. (Ching Wan joked that your wallet suffered heavy casualty?) No no no, nothing like that. Movies should be made. (How much did you invest on movies this year?) You have ask the film company." He also revealed that BACK TO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI) will soon start production. The film will be a continuation of the television version. Has his role in another film STORM CLOUD (FUNG WON) been confirmed? Goo Jai said, "It will have some new character additions."

Ka Ling and Ching Wan boht said that they have never worked on a science fiction film before, so they were excited and looked forward to it. In the film Ka Ling played a military officer. She said that the toughest was remembering all the micro organism and military terms. The director had to explain them to her as they shot. Would they plan to help Goo Jai break out of Asia with this film? Ka Ling asked, "Isn't he already out of Asia? I thought he broke ou a long time ago." Ching Wan said that his first science fiction film felt very fresh.

Ng Kwan Yu would produce and star in ON YOUR MOM, GET SET, GO! (MA MA DIK SUN KEI SIU JI), which was based on the Paralympics gold medal track athlete So Wah Wai's story. Would Kwan Yu play So Wah Wai's mother? She said, "I haven't played a mother role, not to mention So Wah Wai's mother. How could I have So Wah Wai, my daughter is only 12. It's very hard." She pointed out that So Wah Wai's mother still has not been cast as she urged anyone interested to give it a try.

Would she ask So Wah Wai to perform? Kwan Yu said that for now she has not yet contacted So Wah Wai, which would be one of the things to consider. She might also recruit an actor. The film would be an "One Cool Film" investment. Did she have any difficulty to get Koo Tin Lok to invest? She said, "My GOLDEN CHICKENSSS (GUM GAI SSS) was also Mr. Koo invested. He and I have already established trust and I made money for him. So with a phone call to ask him for money, he very quickly said, 'fine'." She said that the film is slated to start production in the second half of the year. She said that she did not know what role she would play. She might ask Andy Lau Tak Wa for help.

[2019.03.20] PHILIP KEUNG RECORDS THEME SONGS FOR THREE DAYS

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Hong Kong Film Composers' Guild was founded yesterday, the event invited Hong Kong Film Development Council's chair Ma Fung Kwok, Hong Kong Federation of Film Workers permanent honorary president Ng See Yuen as guests. The guild's first president Wai Kai Leung, vice president Peter Kam Pui Tat and other Hong Kong film composer association representatives conducted the launch ceremony. Other guests included Derek Yee Tung Sing, Philip Keung Ho Man and Sam Lee Chan Sam.

Hak Jai recently performed the theme song for his film REMEMBER WHAT I FORGOT (DIN YING CHI HON). He said that everyday he would record for five or six hours at the recording studio for three days. "I like to sing, but it really is different from singing at concerts. I just realized that I had a lot of relaxed pronunciation, the pitch had to be fixed. Because the entire film has been made for such a long time, so some of the feelings weren't there. The company one day arranged for me to see the movie for my feelings to return, then I returned to the recording studio to record." Would he dare to sing? He said that he would. He also pointed out that earlier he sang a duet, but this time was a solo so he was a little nervous. How did his wife feel about his singing? He said, "My wife says that she really likes it. Earlier I recorded another version for her. After listening she said that I sang very stiff. This time was the soft version."

Monday, March 18, 2019

[2019.03.19] LINAH MATSUOKA GETS FILM POSTER BANNED

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The Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Jeana Ho Pui Yu and Linah Matsuoka starred new film DECEPTION OF THE NOVELIST (JOK GA DIK FONG YIN: BUK JUNG YAU JUI) officially released its poster. Linah Matsuoka was in the buff. Despite the lack of any nudity or lewd behavior the poster received a ban before its release, as MTR and Kowloon Bus rejected the poster citing nudity, neck wound and knife in hand as reasons. The film company felt that the poster was suitable and would consider other formats to promote.

In the film Cheung Kin Sing, his wife Jeana and their son originally were a happy family, but after the mistress Linah Matsuoka suddenly appeared and rented the room upstairs, a thrilling mystery occurred. In the film Matsuoka had many super sexy costumes, in the stairway in seductive lingerie, and blindfolded in another scene.