Sunday, June 24, 2018

[2018.06.25] CARLOS CHAN GETS HAND FROM THE SUPERNATURAL IN MALAYSIA

Bryant Mak, Carlos Chan and Carman Soup
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Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Bryant Mak Chi Lok and Carmen Soup (Tong Ka Man) recently worked together on BUYER BEWARE (GUK OK). The trio while shooting in Malaysia ran into supernatural incidents. Chan Ka Lok said that in one scene he was shooting photos with a mobile phone at an unit. Due to an angle issue, he thought, "It would be great if someone would prop up my arm!" Then he really felt a force propping up his arm. After the shoot he realized no one was around. At the time he was a little scared, but he felt that someone was helping him.

In addition, Chan Ka Lok could not help but complain about the shoot. "I was sick for a long time when I made this film, toothache, fever and voice loss. I even had to see a dentist there. Several scenes even needed post production voice work. Everyone said that I was like that because I didn't participate in the worship ceremony, but as a Christian I couldn't." Mak Chi Lok and Tong Ka Man went to the casino on their free time. They said that they have never won money before, that day they bet on their hotel room number and won.

In the film they were all being scared. Would they like to try scaring people in their next horror film? Chan Ka Lok turned it down right away and said that special effect make up was quite a pain. He said that once he saw an actress' special effect make up that really had something burrowing in her arm. It was terrifying! Mak Chi Lok would like the chance to try special effect make up. Tong Ka Man wanted to be pretty. She said that this time she was possessed. She saw that her expressions were all very frightening. In addition, Chan Ka Lok in the film had a passionate scene and showed off his physique. He said that when he got the script it did not have any bed scene. Later the director felt it was needed. He happened to be working out for other jobs so it was perfect for the performance. As for how passionate the bed scene was, he said that everyone would find out at the movies.

[2018.06.25] FRANCIS NG PICKS NANCY WU FOR HIS NEW FILM

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Francis Ng Chun Yu, Nancy Wu Ting Yan, Ken Wong Tak Bun, Tony Wu Tsz Tung and director Sunny Chan Wing Sun yesterday were guest presenters at the Hong Kong dragon boat carnival and promoted their film MEN ON THE DRAGON (YIK LAU DAI SHOOK). Ting Yan was very popular with the dragon boat athletes. Ting Yan thanked Chun Yu for approaching her with the movie and bringing her to the silver screen. Chun Yu joked that other female stars were getting married, having babies and "retiring". Since Ting Yan was not a parent yet and had charm, he asked her to perform.

Chun Yu revealed that this production was very pleasant. He said that in the film he had to row the dragon boat. He would even flirt with the girls on the other dragon boas and ask, "What kind of dragon is yours?" Ting Yan said that in the film she did not have to row. She said, "This is my first film, a new beginning. I thank Chun Yu for asking me." Why would Chun Yu ask Ting Yan to make a movie? He joked, "The others were all married, having children, they have completed their historic mission and retired in glory. Since Ting Yan isn't a parent yet and has charm, I asked her."

In the film Ting Yan played a single mother. Chun Yu was her "soldier" (Someone who would do anything the object of his affection). Has Chun Yu been one in real life? He admitted that he has. "It's an interest, but even as a soldier you can't even go to places that you want to go. When you drive you have no destination, it like you are sleep walking. You have no idea of your own. (Did you get the girl?) Of course I would do that after I get the girl. (Didn't you waiting for the girl to make a move?) Even with pets, in the end you become the soldier."

Recently revealing that she has suitors, Ting Yan was asked if she had any soldier. She said that she would worry about it after her play. Soldiers might not wait for her, Ting Yan said that then they would not even meet the qualification to be soldiers. Would she ask her suitors to buy tickets? Chun Yu chimed in, "Getting tickets are the casual ones, what do you think Ting Yan is? You have to book shows for life." Ting Yan added, "Not the 20 some sea private show, if you are going to book book the big venue. It's a problem of sincerity."

Saturday, June 23, 2018

[2018.06.24] JOHN CHIANG EMIGRATED FROM HONG KONG DUE TO FILM INDUSTRY DISAPPOINTMENT

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John Chiang and Lee Lam Lam have been a model couple in the industry for 44 years.
John Chiang was linked to Valerie Chow while working on a TVB series 24 years ago
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John Chiang Dai Wai earlier appeared on a radio program. Started as a child star, John Gor once was a Shaw stuntman. He caught the eyes of his mentor big director Chang Chen, with VENGEANCE! (BO SAU) he became Hong Kong's first "Asian Best Actor" in 1970 and rose to fame in the film industry. Back then he made countless classic martial art films for Shaw, but later when he became a director he mainly made heart warming films. He explained, "I feel that I would never be as good as Sifu Chang Cheh and Lau Ka Leung. Why would I want to destroy the image that Director Chang Cheh has given me for so long? I can't destroy that!" John Gor admitted that films that he directed were mostly critical but not commercial successes, including the 1986 film SILENT LOVE (TING BUK DOH DIK SUET WA) with Season Ma and first time lead actor Sean Lau Ching Wan. "I prefer to make heart warming films. Because those films didn't have huge budgets, and at the time I saw Lau Ching Wan on television and thought he was decent, very alternative, so I asked him to be the lead actor. Season Ma too. Although this movie didn't make money, but at least its word of mouth was good."

In the early 90s, John Gor sold all of his asset and migrated his entire family to Vancouver, Canada. He said aside from his daughter's education and 1997, the biggest reason was his extreme disappointment in the Hong Kong film industry at the time. "Back then I was extremely disappointed in the film industry. Everyone could still remember when the mob invaded the film industry, the film world's nature completely changed. Everyone was fighting over teaser sales and actors, for example overseas sales could be made with just Andy Lau Tak Wa's name, it was quite a mess! I felt that I no longer belonged here, so I decided to leave. I sold everything, I decided that I wouldn't be without my wife. Then as soon as I got to Canada, Sifu Chang Cheh askd me to make a series in Taiwan. Since Sifu asked I couldn't turn him down, so I came back."

John Gor was at the peak of his popularity when he wed Lee Lam Lam in 1974. John Gor admitted that he married early but he had no regret. "If I told you, back then I had no propositions you wouldn't believe me! Of course I did, but luckily at the time I really was very busy. I had too much to do. When my wife and I met, I was with Shaw and she was a Cathay actress. We originally didn't know each other, but she was very close with my family. Once a friend of ours got married and we met at that wedding. Perhaps this was the so-called love at first sight, so we gave it a try. As soon as we did we tried for over 40 years. I got married very early, but at that time what was I afraid of? I might as well! In addition back then we were with child, we had Yi Lan so we got married. I didn't feel marriage had much effect on me!"

John Gor and Lee Lam Lam were the model couple in the industry, but in 1994 when he returned to Hong Kong to make the TVB series FATE OF THE CLAIRVOYANT his marriage was rumored to be on the rocks. John Gor said, "Why would I be upset at that? I didn't care about what people said, those were rumors. They proved that I performed very well in that series!" Yet with his wife Lee Lam Lam's cancer diagnosis in 2011, John Gor stated that he would be worried no matter the illness was big or small. However he and his wife have seen through life and death. "When the old lady is sick, even with a common cold or cough I would worry -- not to mention it was early term cancer. I absolutely was worried, but the old lady comforted me instead! After chemotherapy she was in a lot of pain. Now her recovery is also because my wife was willing to accept treatment. The two of us actually aren't very afraid of death becaus everyone know people must die. The difference is who goes first. Even after we pass we wouldn't need to worry where to be placed or would anyone pay their respect. Our thinking is the same, after death we would only need to be cremated then have the ashes scattered then we would be fine."

Friday, June 22, 2018

[2018.06.23] DONNIE YEN GLADLY PICKS UP THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SPREADING POSITIVE ENERGY

Wong Jing, Donnie Yen, Yu Dong
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Action film BIG BROTHER (DAI SI HING) held a press conference in Shangha, executive producer, producer and actor Donnie Yen Chi Tan and director Kam Ka Wai along with actors Joe Chen Chiao-En, Yu Kang, Bruce Tong Kwan Chi, Chris Tong Kwan Yiu, Gladys Li Ching Kwan, Chaney Lin (Lam Chau Nam) attended. Bona film CEO Yu Dong, producer Wong Jing also attended in support. Chi Tan hoped through the film to bring some positive energy to society. Speaking of the school violence problem, Chi Tan admitted that he ran into it while in school in the U.S. Luckily at the time Bruce Lee was very famous, everyday he dressed like Bruce Lee to school. Everyone also knew that he knew kung fu so he avoided being bullied.

Chi Tan gave his full support this time on and off screen. Chi Tan said, "I have always hoped that my movies would be able to bring some positive energy to society, as a filmmaker I have to be socially responsible. I hope through what little influence I have to bring some motivation to young people. The best place for this is at school." He also said that because he was also a father, everyday he faced a lot of educational problems with his children. Thus he hoped to make a movie that would be able to mix together education, positive energy and commercial elements. Adding in action he ended up with BIG BROTHER.

In the film Chi Tan played a teacher. As soon as he started on the job he ran into the crisis of school closing, at the same time he faced a group of poor performing and behaving students; he used unusual teaching methods with different problem students to resolve each student's problem. In his battle of brains and brawn with the students, Chi Tan not only pleaded but also used punches and kicks to protect this group of children. Speaking of playing a teacher, Chi Tan admitted, "As a father actually everyday I am learning to be a teacher. When I rehearsed with them, it was like communicating with the children at home. During the shoot, I really expressed my real experience."

The film had school violence scene. Chi Tan said that at school he too ran into school violence. "When I first went to school in the U.S., foreigners often discriminated against Chinese. Thus everyday I would encounter some school violence. Luckily at the time I was already studying kung fu. At the time Bruce Lee was very popular in the U.S. Everyday I dressed like Bruce Lee to school. Everyone knew I knew kung fu so they didn't bully me."

Chi Tan said that he was mischievous, exactly like the "problem student" in the film. Later when he became a parent, he paid attention to the children's home education. "I would understand in depth the stress that the students faced everyday, home, psychology, educational system and others. Everyone in the world would face school problems. I hope through my movie I would be able to bring some topics for everyone to discuss."

Chen Chiao-En talked about school violence. She felt that the basic reason was lack of communication. "Very rarely would you run into a teacher as enthusiastic as Big Brother Chi Tan. The teacher I played used other methods to get close to the students, but even more important is more concern. If you run into problems, you not only have to go to teachers for help but also communicate with each other."

As the main character of the film, Chi Tan said that he was very strict and demanding. The Chi Tan recommended director Kam Ka Wai admitted that when he learned that Big Brother Chi Tan asked him to direct he did not dare to believe it. "Actually I was a little afraid that I wouldn't be able to reach his demands, later whether on the set or in post production Big Brother Chi Tan kept leading us. He would use very interesting methods to tell the boring principles." Playing a mischievous female student Li Ching Kwan had car chase scenes in the film. She thanked Big Brother Chi Tan for his guidance, as he would always have some special suggestions to make the movie even better. As the antagonist Yu Kang "complained" a little about how demanding Big Brother Chi Tan was. "I started with the Jackie Chan Stunt Team, I really like to fight, but Big Brother Chi Tan is too demanding. He not only let me fight but also wants me to play the piano, which to me truly is painful. However I still have to thank him, because he gave me different space to develop."

Chi Tan said that actually everyone had a very tough time. I hope to use a little of my industry experience to give some newcomers their start. When I wrote the script I hoped to give them the scenes. Later the director asked me to play a teacher so everyone could see me fight. I was more demanding, every actor had to give their most realistic performance. This to them was very rare for their first acting experience. However when everyone watch the movie they won't feel they are acting for the first time."

Child actor Chaney Lin (Lam Chau Nam) played a young Chi Tan. He gave a martial art performance on the spot. Chi Tan praised him, "At such a young age he already has shades of me."

[2018.06.23] WONG KAR WAI RETURNS A PERFECT TONY LEUNG CHIU WAI TO CARINA LAU


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CHUNG KING EXPRESS
HAPPY TOGETHER
Tony Leung Chiu Wai wins Best Actor in Cannes with IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
In 2000 Wong Kar Wai directed IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE brought Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai back to the Cannes red carpet
2046
THE GRANDMASTER
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Tony Leung Chiu Wai yesterday suddenly sent a text to the media. "All reporter friends how are you, I am Leung Chiu Wai. My management contract with Jet Tone has been completed and ended. From now on for any work need, you can temporarily contact my wife Lau Ka Ling. Thank you everyone." The unexpeced "break up" announcement with Jet Tone has led to speculation everywhere.

Suddenly announcing his Jet Tone contract completion, Leung Chiu Wai ended his 30 year manager relationship with Wong Kar Fai. Carina Lau Ka Ling said, "I am only lending him a helping hand before he finds a suitable manager, I am just a contact!"

As for the reason of Wai Jai's departure from Jet Tone, Ka Ling said, "I have to respect Mr. Leung's intention and let him speak for himself!" She opened an entertainment culture industry company to produce film and television series. The company also had a management department. Ka Ling said that her entertainment company was another matter and the two were not be mixed.

Jet Tone yesterday responded, "In 1988, Mr. Leung Chiu Wai and Jet Tone began a 20 year journey. From CHUNG KING EXPRESS, CITY OF SADNESS, from the Golden Horse Award Best Actor to the Cannes Best Actor we share countless glory and always unforgettable moments. In 2018, we decided with this 30 year long friend to explore a new director together and no longer bind each other with a contract. With a new way we will head toward new journey on our own."

Wong Kar Wai personally replied, "Years ago a friend asked us to take care of Leung Chiu Wai. Years later we return Mr. Leung to him in perfect condition. With a glorious history, we have lived up to our duties. Very fulfilled -- Wong Kar Wai"

Wai Jai and Wong Kar Wai have worked together countless times over the years. Starting with DAYS OF BEING WILD (AH FEI JING JUEN), Wai Jai with the Wong Kar Wai directed CHUNG KING EXPRESS, ASHES OF TIME (DUNG CHE SAI DUK), 2046, HAPPY TOGETHER (CHUN GUONG JA SIT) won the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (FA YEUNG NIN WA) even made Wai Jai the Cannes Best Actor.

Their last film together was THE GRANDMASTER (YUT DOI JUNG SI), who knows whether Wai Jai will create another classic with Wong Kar Wai in the future.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

[2018.06.21] FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 17 2018

For the week ending Sunday June 17 2018
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10 DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA
    d. Takashi Yamazaki
    Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 129 mins.
  Opening May 10 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/A-3cBLiID5A

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    When young Akiko marries mystery author Masakazu Isshiki and moves in with him in Kamakura, her way of life becomes a constant source of amazement. A simple stroll through the streets brings her into contact with supernatural creatures such as spirits, goblins, ghosts, and not-grim-at-all reapers. As Akiko learns very quickly, Kamakura is a place where humans and non-humans live side-by-side in harmony. One morning, Masakazu awakes to find that Akiko has disappeared. The only trace of her is a loving letter to her husband... It seems that Akiko has met an unfortunate accident, died, and departed for the netherworld. Upon losing his wife, Masakazu realizes for the first time how much he loves her. To bring Akiko back to life, he decides to journey to the netherworld himself. What awaits Masakazu there are the supernatural creatures who took away his wife, and someone else he recognizes... At last, the destiny of the desperate Isshikis will reveal itself.


  9 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
    d. Ron Howard
    Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover,
      Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany


  8 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
    d. Anthony and Joe Russo
    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
      Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland,
      Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie,
      Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista,
      Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt,
      Benedict Wong, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff


  7 FIFTY FIRST KISSES
  Can : 50 Chi Chor Mun
    d. Yuichi Fukuda
    Takayuki Yamada, Masami Nagasawa, Tsuyoshi Muro, Katsuya, Taiga,
      Hirona Yamazaki, Shinya Owada, Jiro Sato
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening June 14 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/QDusS6FcnS8

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Daisuke Yuge is a tour guide in Hawaii and also studies astronomy. He used to fool around until he meets Rui Fujishima at a cafe and falls in love with her at first sight. But Rui suffers from problem to retain new memory since a car accident and forgets about Daisuke on the next day...


  6 BLOCKERS
    d. Kay Cannon
    Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena,
      Kathryn Newton, Gideon Aldon, Geraldine Viswanathan


  5 WHEN SUN MEETS MOON
  Can : Mau Yut Mau Yuet
  Lit : Certain Day Certain Month
  AKA : Mau Yun Mau Yuet
  Lit : Certain Person Certain Month
  AKA : SUN, MOON AND STAR
  AKA : Yut Yuet Sing
  Lit : Sun Moon Star
  AKA : Sing Si Tai Fan
  Lit : Saint Suggests Rebellion
    d. Benny Lau Wai Hung
    Daichi Harashima, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi),
      Aimee Chan Yan Mei, Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui,
      Maggie Shiu Mei Kei, Donny Summer (Ha Siu Sing),
      Mark Lui Chung Tak, Karena Ng Chin Yu
  Rating : I
  Length : 95 mins.
  Opening May 31 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/YuKpnmXZnao

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    In 1992, the young astrology enthusiasts Sun and Moon met under the starry night. They fall for each other but face the challenges from school and family.


  4 DEADPOOL 2
    d. David Leitch
    Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison
      Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hillebrand, Jack Kesy,


  3 DEATH WISH
    d. Eli Roth
    Bruce Willis, Vincen D'Onofrio, Elisabeth Shue,
      Dean Norris, Kimberly Elise


  2 OCEAN'S 8
    d. Gary Ross
    Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling,
      Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Rihanna



  1 JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
    d. J.A. Bayona
    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

[2018.06.21] CHRISSIE CHAU GETS TOSSED AROUND

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Chrissie Chau Sau Na in the Herman Yau Lai To crime action new film THE LEAKERS (SIT MUK JEH MOON) played a couple with Vinz Sze Cho Lam. After Sze Cho Lam's mysterious death, Sister Na had to carry an important item and run from Malaysia to Hong Kong. On the way dangers lurked everywhere. When she reached her hotel in Hong Kong she ran into a killer disguised as a hotel employee Wiyona Yeung Lau Ching. Defenseless, Yeung Lau Ching held her down and beat her, then tossed her toward a sofa as she rolled to the floor. However, Sister Na was very professional and agile with the stunts. Sister Na said, "Before the action scene we communicated very well, so the shoot was very safe and very smooth."