Tuesday, April 22, 2014

[2014.04.23] SATURDAY, APRIL 19 2014

For Saturday, April 19 2014

  Can : Sum Yu
  Han Hong

  Can : Nei Si Yu Chi Nan Yi Mong Gei
  Julian Cheung Chi Lam

  Can : Ngor Dik Ngan Lui
  Angela Chang (Cheung Siu Hom)

  Can : Yeung Chung

  Can : Na Mor Lei Hoi

  Can : Min Gui
  William Wei (Wai Lai On)

  Can : Jeung Tin Tong Dik Yuen Ngai
  Jess Lee (Lee Gai Mei)

  Can : Dap On
  Yang Kun, Amber Kuo

  Can : Ling Ting Jeh
  Koala Liu (Lau Si Hom)

 Can : Mo Han Dai
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi

  Can : Po Tung Pung Yau
  Vincy Chan (Wing Yi)

  Can : Sing Jeung
  Anson Hu (Wu Yin Bun)

  Can : Yu Lok Tin Hung
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

  Robynn & Kendy

 Can : Siu Fong
  Khalil Fong Datong

[2014.04.23] FOR APRIL 17-20 2014

For April 17-20 2014
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    d. Darren Aronofsky
    Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins

    d. Jalil Lespert
    Pierre Niney,Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon, Laura Smet

    d. Randall Wallace
    Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church

    d. Umin Boya (Ma Chih-hsiang)
    Masatoshi Nagase, Takao Osawa
    Rating : IIA
    Length : 185 mins.
    Opening March 27 2014

  In 1929 the Kano baseball team that consisted of Chinese, Japanese and aboriginal Taiwanese. Under the new coach's goal of "Koshien" and a Spartan style strict training, the originally sloppy team after over a year of hellish training and constant defeats gradually had the determination to win and head to Koshien. In 1931 the Kano baseball team went on a winning streak and defeated the perennial all Japanese champion Taipei Commercial team to become the first team south of the Chuoshui River to win the all island baseball championship. It also represented Taiwan in the Koshien tournament in Japan. On the endless grassy field of Koshien and in front of 55,000 viewers, the Kano team's determination and never quit spirit affected everyone......

  Can : Mor Nui Jai Gup Bin
  Lit : Witch's Delivery Express
    d. Takeshi Shimizu
    Fuka Koshiba, Rie Miyazawa, Minako Kotobuki,
      Machiko Ono, Ryohei Hirota
  Rating : I
  Length : 108 mins.
  Opening April 17 2014

  Kiki (Fuka Koshiba) is the daughter of a witch Koriki. Following an ancient law of witchery, once Kiki turns 13 she must leave her home and travel to another place, where she needs to live on her own for one year. With Jiji, her black cat, she climbs on her broom and flies off until she finds the town of Koriko, set in a group of islands far over the sea.

  Flying over the town, she spies a windmill. Landing, she smells bread and comes into the ‘Buy Bye Bakery’, where she meets Osono, the kindhearted owner. Bearing in mind her mother’s admonition to always ‘keep smiling’, she decides to start a broom-based delivery service and meets a youth Tombo who is fascinated in flying.

  Kiki demonstrates her flying skills to many in the town, and soon receives a lots of delivery order. Jiji doesn’t share the same enthusiasm, but Kiki ignores this and enjoyed her new life. Unfortunately, Word of the ‘curse’ spreads and soon people return everything she has delivered. In shock, she loses her ability to fly, and resolves to abandon her hopes of becoming a full-fledged witch.

  What will she do next? Will she recover both her magic and her smile?

  Can : Ho Ching 3D
  Lit : Bold Love 3D
  Lit : Bold Love 2
    d. Lee Kung Lok
    Chapman To Man Jat, Josie Ho Chiu Yi, Taka Kato,
      Anri Okita, Maiko Yuki, Kana Yume
      Nozomi Aso, Tsukasa Aoi, Yui Tatsumi,
      Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung,
  Rating : III
  Length : 106 mins.
  Opening March 25 2014 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 3 2014
  Site : http://hkiff.org.hk/eng/film/detail/38239-3d-naked-ambition.html

  Vulgaria star Chapman To challenges the boundaries of good taste again, this time alongside a platoon of Japanese AV stars in the raunchy and rudely satirical 3D Naked Ambition. An honors graduate in literature, Wayman (To) is stuck writing cheap erotic fiction, but somehow ends up starring in an AV film. Suddenly a porn superstar in Japan, he discovers a whole new world fraught with pleasure, pain and more twists and turns than he or the audience expects!

  Top literature department graduate Chan Wai Man falls to write sex stories in the newspaper for a living, while his live in girlfriend becomes a popular romantic novel queen whose novels are destined to be bestsellers. The woman on top situation does not just appear at work but also in bed.

  Chan Wai Man's disappointing career falls into the abyss with the newspaper ending its sex pages. A group of unemployed and disillusioned sex page writers meet with a friend who delivers new film for adult video film reviews at the adult video store. Chan suddenly gets an idea. Since they grew up on Japanese adult video, why do they not make one of their own and go from viewers to producers even if it is just for fun? Finally they receive overwhelming responses for investment from a group of shut in friends and even plan to form a tour group to visit the set......

  Can : Na Yeh Ning Sun, Ngor Jor Seung Liu Wong Gok Hoi Wong Dai Bo Dik Hung Van
    Wong Yau Nam, Tsui Tin Yau, Janice Man Wing Shan,
      Sam Lee Chan Sam, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Wai Ying Hung,
      Lam Suet, Jacqueline Chong Si Man
  Rating : III
  Length : 124 mins.
  Opening March 28 2014 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 10 2014
  Site : https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=20144221#tab=video25
  Site : http://www.hkiff.org.hk/eng/film/detail/38187-the-midnight-after.html

  Fruit Chan’s very Hong Kong story is based on a local internet sci-fi novel with a title made up of 17 Chinese characters plus a comma. A mini-bus leaves beautiful Mongkok one evening for Tai Po. It exits the Lion Rock Tunnel, drops off three Chinese University students and arrives in a Tai Po totally void of people and traffic. Then the passengers start dying horrible disfiguring deaths, or are raped and murdered by fellow travellers. A streetwise apocalyptic vision with special Fruit Chan characteristics, ingeniously aided by local rocker Jan Curious strumming a broom guitar and lip synching “This is ground control to Major Tom...”

  A night like any other in the streets of Hong Kong: in the midst of the tangle of night-owls, cars and vendors, a group of passengers climbs aboard a minibus that is to take them from Mongkok to Tai Po. The group is as diverse as the city: there’s a young man on drugs, an arguing couple, a woman with prayer beads and a girl who has just fallen in love. And behind the wheel sits the chatty driver. But as the bus emerges from a tunnel, everything is suddenly quite still: the streets and buildings are all empty and there’s not a soul to be seen; it’s as if everyone has suddenly been swallowed by the earth. Only the millions of neon lights continue to blink, as if nothing has happened. The eclectic group of passengers seek refuge in a deserted cafĂ© and discuss what they should do. Then they make an horrific discovery … After his film Dumplings, which premiered in the 2005 Panorama, indie director Fruit Chan adapts the best-selling novel ‘Lost on a Minibus from Mongkok to Taipo’ and once again turns the horror genre upside down for his screen version, The Midnight After. A fast-paced and scary shocker which also happens to feature a David Bowie song.

 3 RIO 2
    d. Carlos Saldanha
    Blue Sky Studio Animaton
    English Voices: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Jemaine Clement

    d. Anthony Russo, Jose Russo
    Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson,
      Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie

  Can : Mor Gaing
  Lit : Demon Cop
    d. Dante Lam Chiu Yin
    Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho),
      Andy Tien (On Chi Kit), Lam Ka Wa,
      Liu Kai Chi, Au Kam Tong,
      Lee Kwok Lun, Ken Wong Hap Hei, Deep Ng Ho Hong,
      Xie Jieting, Shatina Chen
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 112 mins.
  Opening February 8 2014 at the Berlin International Film Festival
  Opening April 7 2014 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 17 2014
  Site : https://www.berlinale.de/en/programm/berlinale_programm/datenblatt.php?film_id=20143897#tab=video25
  Site : http://www.hkiff.org.hk/eng/film/detail/38203-that-demon-within.html

  Action maestro Dante Lam strikes again with a psychological thriller packed with ferocious antics. Daniel Wu plays Dan, a taciturn and dutiful cop. Cruel fate leads him to save Nick Cheung’s life, the leader of a gang of violent armed robbers, allowing him to go on to commit more crimes and kill more cops. Guilt-ridden, Dan devises an outlandish scheme to “befriend” the leader and causes the gang to implode. But someone who so single-mindedly pursues anything might just be sick in the head and have a history. His superiors suspect as much, but the snowball of crime committed in the name of justice has started rolling.

  A shootout on the night-time streets of Hong Kong results in a bleeding man being taken to hospital. Reticent policeman Dave doesn't think twice about donating blood to save him. But the wounded man turns out to be Hon Kong, head honcho of a brutal group of street-thugs known as the ‘Gang from Hell’. The gang commit murderous hold-ups wearing demon masks and show no mercy to either civilians nor the police. Dave is plagued by a guilty conscience and decides to dismantle the gang. He is haunted by increasingly dreadful visions which appear to be connected to his past. When Hon is betrayed by gang-members, Dave decides to throw in his lot with the criminal in order to achieve his goal. But boundaries become blurred: Dave falls under suspicion of murder, colleagues turn out to be corrupt and his visions become ever more threatening ... In That Demon Within multi-award-winning action specialist Dante Lam, who with this new film is now a guest of the Berlinale for the fourth time, tells a virtuoso, psychologically ambiguous cop story imbued with the shady atmosphere and extremes of the megacity.

  By a strange twist of fate, dutiful Hong Kong policeman Dan saves the life of the leader of a violent gang of armed robbers. When they commit another crime, Dan is determined to put an end to their activities. He works with the leader, whom the gang had betrayed, to engineer a plan to wreak havoc within the gang and let the gangsters kill one another. But it becomes increasingly obvious to Dan and to his colleagues that Dan is suffering from a severe mental disorder, and Dan finds that instead of upholding the law as a righteous police officer, he has now become a fugitive wanted for murder. Dan changes his plan and executes one final move that is certain to wipe out all traces of the gang and restore his reputation as a good police officer.


Eddie Cheung and his wife
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Johnnie To celebrates his birthday
Stephanie Che, Sammi Cheng
Andy Hui may have arrived later than Sammi Cheng but they chip in for Johnnie To's gift
Amy Kwok and her husband Sean Lau
Gao Yuanyuan
Daneil Lam hopes Elanne Kong respects the spirit of their contract
Real Ting and wife Miriam Yeung
Tang Wei brings calligraphy by her father to give to Johnnie To
Vic Chou
Nick Cheung would like to work with Johnnie To again
Lam Suet celebrates Johnnie To's birthday with foul language
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Director Johnnie To Kei Fun last night celebrated his 59th birthday with a private party in a Central restaurant. Among the guests were Sammi Cheng Sau Man and Andy Hui Chi On, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Real Ting Chi Ko, Gao Yuanyuan, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Huang Yi, Vic Chou Yu Man, Anthony Wong Chau Sun, Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga), Eddie Cheung Siu Fai and his wife, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Luo Dayou, Lam Suet, Soi Cheang Po Shui, Wong Jing, Felix Chong Man Keung, Tang Wei, Lau Siu Ming, Chung King Fai, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heung Wa Keung and their son Jacky Heung Jor, Stephanie Che Yuen Yuen, Maggie Siu Mei Kei and boyfriend Vinz Sze Cho Nam, Daneil Lam Siu Ming and others.

Cheng Sau Man brought a gift in a Lane Crawford bag and said that it was suitable for To Kei Fung and his wife. She also brought another small gift for Mrs. To. She wished for his director road would reach its most perfect place, if he does not want to stop then he would keep on working. Hui Chi On said that he was late due to work, but he knew that the director would not be upset. He said that he and Cheng Sau Man brought a gift together. Cheung Ka Fai said that he and Claudie Chung Chun gave red wine to the director. Because the director was vain and wanted to lose weight in recent years, he had no idea what to give. He said that he knew most of the friends, wished the director good health and dominance. Why did his wife Esther Kwan Wing Ho not attend? He pointed out that his wife usually would not attend such events. As for whether he would work with To Kei Fung, he said, "Let him think about it himself, I shouldn't have to speak up. If I have to then it's no fun." Was his salary too high? He joked, "Speaking of expensive, I am not even in the top ten." Jai Jai said that at first he thought it was a private party, he did not expect so many reporters. He said that he brought some authentic snacks for the director.

Lam Suet said that he brought a very big gift for the director, a stone seal. He wished him a full harvest every year. Tang Wei gave her father's calligraphy to him. Would she want to work with the director? She said that they are working together now on the film DESIGN FOR LIVING (WA LAI SEUNG BAN JOOK). She said that the director was not mean and has not yelled at her. Wong Jing joked that he brought two bunches of bananas. Because he had an early flight this morning, he had a few drinks and left. He wished To Kei Fung's films would be better and better. Lau Siu Ming said that he, Chung King Fai and others worked with the director. The two of them together were over 100 in age. He wished for the director to make more good movies. Gao Yuanyuan said that over eight years she has worked with the director on four films. She respected him very much and treated him like a father and an elder. She said that she gave the director an ancient blade. Cheung Siu Fai said that he gave the director a camera lens. Cheung Ngai Ga wished good health and more good films for the director. Lam Siu Ming recently had a contract dispute with Elanne Kong Yeuk Lam. He said that for now they did not have any contact as the matter was being handled. Would he follow up? He said, "Why would I, but since the contract was signed it must be followed through." Would he take her to court? He said, "I don't want to because it would be quite a bother." Speaking of Kong Yeuk Lam crying, he had no pity. "Crying? Don't pretend to be pitiful."


Nick Cheung is happy that the film's overwhelming response
Donnie Yen's THE ICEMAN 3D did not officially open on Easter
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Daniel Wu and Dante Lam
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The Easter holiday has just ended. At the film box office of the four day holiday the Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho) and Nick Cheung Ka Fai starred THAT DEMON WITHIN (MOR GAING) crushed all films to become the Easter holiday slot box office champion. With last Thursday (April 17th)'s advanced screening and the four day Easter holiday (18th to 20th) the five day total was HK$9,208,999 and 155,526 viewers.

Nine films that opened for Easter included THAT DEMON WITHIN, 3D animation RIO 2, Japanese film KIKI's DELIVERY, small scale releases FRUITVALE STATION, HOT YOUNG BLOOD and others. With the already in current CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE MIDNIGHT AFTER (NA YEH LING SUN, NGOR JOR SEUNG LIU WONG GOK HOI WONG DAI PO DIK HUNG VAN), 3D NAKED AMBITION (3D HO CHING) and others the battle had a great mix. In the end THAT DEMON WITHIN crushed all films to become the Easter box office champion. In second place was CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (HK$8,724,894), in third place was RIO 2 (HK$6,906,520). Because both CAPTAIN AMERICA and RIO 2 are 3D films, each ticket cost more than THAT DEMON WITHIN. In terms of admission, THAT DEMON WITHIN left its opponent in the dusts with 50,000 more viewers than both CAPTAIN AMERICA and RIO 2.

As for the Mainland box office, THAT DEMON WITHIN opened in the Mainland last Friday (18th). Its four day accumulation was 56.4 million RMB. Currently at the Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, director Dante Lam Chiu Yin was very happy about the Hong Kong and Mainland box office, but because neither lead actors Ng Yin Cho and Cheung Ka Fai were in Hong Kong, he had no plan to celebrate just yet. Currently in the U.S., Ng Yin Cho everyday tightly followed the box office numbers and hoped that aside from the box office success viewers would continue to support Hong Kong films. Ka Fai also said that he was very happy, stating that this character was a challenge for him and hoped that everyone would continue their support.


The young versions
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Leung Ka Shu, Eric Tsang and Teresa Mo wish for good word of mouth
Lawrence Ng has fun playing a former high school hunk
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The Eric Tsang Chi Wai produced TVB new series M CLUB (NUI YUN KUI LOK BO) two nights ago aired its first episode. He took the cast to dinner and to watch the premiere together. The first episode's average rating was 25 points and a peak of 26. Chi Wai two nights ago said that he would not have any rating pressure, but he has already promised the entire cast to take them on a trip around the world if the rating reached 40 points.

Two nights ago aside from Chi Wai, Carman Lee Yeuk Tung, Rachel Lee Lai Chun, Fennie Yuen Kit Ying, Alvina Kong Yun Yin, Lawrence Ng Kai Wa, Gloria Yip Wan Yi and Eliza Sam Lai Heung attended. An instructor earlier, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan was also present. Chi Wai said that this time was his treat, because the business rule was the most senior paid. As for ratings, he joked, "If it reaches 40 points, I will take the entire cast on a trip around the world, 35 points I will take them to Europe, 30 points I will take them to Asia, 28 points I will take them to Cheung Chau." He also joked that if the rating warranted a trip around the world, they might not only make a sequel but also babies.

Chi Wai admitted that he wanted the series to have the best rating of the entire year. He also said that starting Monday TVB will air its purchased series JOURNEY TO THE WEST, which might have great rating and would bring viewers into M CLUB.

Chun Mui admitted that she did not mind Chi Wai's joke that they might have a baby, as she liked children; however she said that even her daughter was 17, perhaps she might be better off waiting to be a grandmother.

Chun Mui continued, her daughter is currently studying in Canada. They would only have contact several few days. Was she afraid that her daughter would bring back a foreign boyfriend? She said that she did not get to be afraid. She had no discrimination and believed that her daughter would tell her if she was dating. Was her daughter as pretty as she was? Chun Mui said that her daughter had an aura.

Kai Wa in this series was surrounded by actresses, Chun Mui would even touch him and seduce him. He said that he had no kiss scene in the series but denied that his wife did not approve. In his other series JOI JIN MING TIN he had many kiss scenes with Kate Tsui Tsz Shan. Kai Wa also pointed out that this series was a lot of fun, as he has never played such a character. "Young people want to watch young girls, the series has them. Older viewers can also watch their former goddesses."


DaDa Chan
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Charlie Yeung, Gigi Leung, Valen Hsu
Louis Koo is busy with 4 films
Miriam Yeung is careful with what she says in front of her son Torres
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The film ABERDEEN (HEUNG GONG JAI)'s actors Louis Koo Tin Lok, Eric Tsang Chi Wai, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Jacky Choi Kit, Lee Man Kwai and director Pang Ho Cheung two nights ago went to Tsim Sha Tsui The One to attend the film's premiere and a toast ceremony took place. Leung Wing Kei and Koo Tin Lok in the film had a bed scene. At the premiere they shared a dirty joke, Leung Wing Kei's friends Valen Hsu (Hui Yu Wan) and Charlie Yeung Choi Nei attended to show their support.

Leung Wing Kei said that earlier she already enjoyed the new film with her husband. She said, "I am very pleased with playing this Mommy character, the entire character was very complete. Together with Koo Tin Lok the performance was great, the daughter in the film is very smart." Playing Leung Wing Kei's daughter in the film, Lee Man Kwai played an ugly character in the film but from the beginning to the end of the shoot she did not know the truth. Leung Wing Kei said, "We all knew, I have asked her if her classmates knew that she was working on a movie. She said that her classmates would ask why her. I didn't dare to ask, I worried about affecting the child mentally. However she is very happy and smart, I believe she hasn't been affected. Koo Tin Lok took great care of her too. I felt bad for Man Kwai, after a night on the set she had school the next day. If I have a child I definitely wouldn't let her act." Leung Wing Kei's friend Jasmine Leong Jing Yu just became a mother. She said, "She is very brave, this is he hardest thing to do. I am brave too, but I have to first get my body ready." Koo Tin Lok said that he has not been in Hong Kong often for four months as he was being flying back and forth to promote. He will soon have four films that will start production, including SPL 2 (SAT POR LONG 2) and TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES (CHUNG SEUNG WON SIU). He pointed out that he had quite a connection with children as he often worked with them. He said, "Children usually like me too, maybe because I have made a lot of comedy films, they feel I am cute. Maybe no matter how to hit and pinch me I don't make much noise."

Leung Wing Kei and Koo Tin Lok joked that their bed scene was the most memorable. Goo Jai said, "The director wanted us to try different positions, tumbling on the bed!" Gigi revealed, "Goo Jai came up with one himself!" Tsang Chi Wai joked that he followed director Pang Ho Cheung's demonstration in his love scene. Yeung Chin Wa said that she had no bed scene because she played a mentally disturbed character.

Yeung Chin Wa earlier went to the country with her son and her husband. She said, "My son borrowed a friend's toy car to play with, then he got tired and I had to carry him downhill. My husband was responsible for carrying things. Now I have more family time, communication is very important. My son already know how to share with children and talk with others. He is very sharp." She pointed out that her son often repeated the last few words of their sentences. She said, "Thus we have to be careful with what we say, we even take our calls in the room to keep him from learning anything bad. We wouldn't argue, try not to be loud, and we wouldn't hit. We would only grab his hand and tell him not to do anything that he should not do."

Monday, April 21, 2014


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The "Dream Team" of Dante Lam Chiu Yin and Nick Cheung Ka Fai again took effect. Emperor new film THAT DEMON WITHIN (MOR GAING) after 4 days in release already made over 9 million at the Hong Kong box office and 50 million RMB in the Mainland. However because both Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho) and Cheung Ka Fai were not in Hong Kong, they could not celebrate.

Lam Chiu Yin yesterday said, "I hope there is momentum at the box office, if it passes 20 million then it's all taken care of. (Will you work with this team again?) I am thinking of new stories, at the end of the year I should work with Ka Fai on another one, his character will again surprise everyone. (Will you lead an audience appreciation team?) This film is heavier after viewing, so it doesn't seem appropriate for the cheerful atmosphere of audience appreciation."