Wednesday, February 28, 2024

[2024.02.28] MAGGIE CHEUNG HO YI OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO PLAY A COP

Maggie Cheung Ho Yi could be rarely seen on television in recent years, instead you might catch a shade of her in different movies.
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Maggie Cheung Ho Yee has been in film for many years but has never played a cop. She has rarely worked on action scenes either. This time in the Lunar New Year film ROB N ROLL (LUM SI GIP ONG) she played a cop who has never solved a big case for the first time. She said that she has always been very afraid of sudden loud noises, even when working on Early Republic series fire crackers would scare her. This time she got a push to overcame a long time obstacle. "At the beginning I never thought about making this movie, but I thought the script was special. In the past decade or so Hong Kong has never seen this type of cops and robbery subject. So I played the intermediary and made connections for investors. Later the director told me he had a female role that would be pretty fun, and would have scenes with (Aaron) Kwok Fu Sing, Yam Yin Chai (Richie Jen) and (Gordon) Lam Ka Tung. So I took it."

Cheung Ho Yee said that this time her performance was a complete breakthrough for her. She remembered the most that Temple Street had a road block for 7 days for the shoot. She even revealed that she asked the director whether she could avoid shooting a fire. "The director had a difficult look on his face and said no way, impossible. He told me to train in running. I would have a double, but even with the double, I would perform most the action scenes. For several days on Temple street, I thought I was going to die from running. The shoot constantly had bad takes. Although the shoot was rough, when the production wrapped I felt I was finally able to do it. I deeply understood the hardship of being an action actor."

Cheung Ho Yee in recently rarely had film and television work. She said that she would continue to work on screen and also hope to be a creator. "I want to make film and television work that would be able to touch the soul and bring everyone energy, so people in darkness would be able to see the light. I don't dare to say I want to become a light tower and guide everyone, I would be pleased with just being a little light bulb."

[2024.04.28] MICHELLE WAI OFGETS CONGRATULATED BY MISTAKE

Michelle Wai is already grateful for the Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress nomination

Nancy Sit
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Michelle Wai has offered to be the godmother of Carlos Chan's child, but he has not agreed.

Nancy Sit says that she and Lee Ying were very close during their RTV days
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Nancy Sit mistakes Michelle Wai for Shiga Lin and keeps congratulating her on her pregnancy,  which makes Michelle smack her belly to prove that she is not.
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Michelle Wai Sze Nga two days ago appeared on a Metro Radio interview. Nominated for the Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress with the film READY O/R ROT (BUT YUT SING FUN 2), she admitted that her 16 years of persistence has not been wasted; she even said that while watching the live announcements when her co-star Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress she was already moved to tears. Then when she learned that she was nominated for Best Actress she cried again. She pointed out that she would need to prepare her speech. "Over 16 years many people have helped me, I need to thank so many people. (Would you wear something super sexy?) Nothing to see, do I show my ribs? I don't mind being sexy, the most important is being pretty. Actually I would like the most to walk the red carpet with Sister Kam Yin Ling, perhaps I would coordinate with her a little." Speaking of her co-star and friend Carlos Chan Ka Lok would be a father soon, she said that she was happy for him and even offered to be the godmother. However Ka Lok has yet to agree. Speaking of her declaring that when Ka Lok would have a child, she would get married. Would she "pay the bill"? She mischievously said, "Kids say the darnest thing, actors can't be trusted. Not to mention that I never said which child Ka Lok would have when I would get married!" Then she changed the subject. She said that many people have confused her with Shiga Lin, which led to jokes galore. "Everyone please stop congratulating my Papa. Because of the constant confusion, every time K Lok's wife announced marriage and pregnancy, someone would congratulate my Papa." Nancy Sit Ka Yin just happened to return to the radio, mistook her for Shiga Lin and congratulated her. Wai Sze Nga awkwardly denied that and asked Sit Ka Yin to congratulate her on her Hong Kong Film Awards nomination.

Sister Ka Yin talked about her friend of many years Lee Ying, who earlier passed away after a fall at home. She said at first she could not believe it, but after communicating with many friends she finally was able to confirm the news. She remembered that they have worked together at RTV as early as their 20s and they were very close. Several years ago she even invited her to be a guest on her show CANTOPOP AT 50, later due to the pandemic they no longer saw each other. Hence when she heard the bad news she was very saddened; she even revealed that Sandra Lang (Sin To Lai) also suffered a fall recently. Sister Ka Yin pointed out that these accidents made her suddenly realized that as she grew older she had to be careful and not fall. She even stated that even when bathing she would not dare to close the door completely. She would leave a gap for someone to hear her in case she called for help. She even revealed that she would bathe very quickly, and her daughter has urged her to slow down and put safety first.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

[2024.02.28] FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 25 2024

For The week ending February 25 2024

POOR THINGS MOVIE POSTER

10 POOR THINGS
    d. Yorgos Lanthimos
    Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe

ARGYLLE MOVIE POSTER

  9 ARGYLLE
    d. Matthew Vaughn
    Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell,
      Brian Cranston, Catherine O'Hara, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose
      John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson

THE ZONE OF INTEREST MOVIE POSTER

  8 THE ZONE OF INTEREST
    d. Jonathan Glazers
    Christian Friedel, Sandra Huller, Johann Karthau

MADAME WEB MOVIE POSTER

  7 MADAME WEB
    d. S.J. Clarkson
    Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced,
      Celeste O'Connor, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps,
      Emma Roberts, Adam Scott

MIGRATION MOVIE POSTER

  6 MIGRATION
    d. Benjamin Renner, Guylo Homsy
    Illumination Animation
    Kumail Nanjiani, Tresi Gazal, Elizabeth Banks,
      Caspar Jennings, Isabela Merced, Danny DeVito, Carol Kane,
      Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell

SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE MOVIE POSTER

  5 SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE
    d. Takashi Katagiri
    Japanese Animation
  Rating: IIA
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening February 1 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/xnBaH7Pj4so

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    In the era of fierce intelligence wars, all nations in the world are in turmoil. A top spy, working for Westalis and spying in Ostania, "Twilight" disguises as Loid Forger, undergoing a mission, namely Operation Strix. But in the midst of the operation, he is replaced by an incapable man?!

    At the same time, Eden College is organizing a cooking internship program the winner of which will be rewarded with a "stella star". In order to proceed with Operation Strix, and to prove to WISE that he is up to the task of keeping the peace of the world, Loid proposes to Anya to make a traditional Frigis dessert called "Meremere" to win the principal's heart! In order to confirm the authentic taste of the dessert, the Forgers decides to take a trip to Frigis. But before their departure, Yor witnesses Loid meeting with a mysterious woman. After that Yor becomes uneasy about the "fake relationship" with Loid...

    On the train, Anya finds a strange suitcase with a chocolate in it. When the owner of the suitcase suddenly returns, while in panic, Anya swallows the chocolate by mistake. It is found out later that the chocolate is hiding a top secret that could shatter the peace of the world!

    Unexpected things happen one after another, crisis after crisis, thrill after thrill ...!

    The fate of the world has once again been entrusted to the Forgers! investigation.

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA -TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING- MOVIE POSTER

  4 DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA -TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING-
    d. Haruo Sotozaki
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 104 mins.
  Opening February 22 2024

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    "To the Hashira Training" will show Episode 11 from the Swordsmith Village Arc, featuring the conclusion to the fierce battle between Tanjiro and Upper Four, Hantengu, and Nezuko's triumph over the sun in theatres for the first time. It's followed by Episode 1 of the Hashira Training Arc, featuring the beginning of the training conducted by the Hashira in preparation for the forthcoming final battle against Muzan Kibutsuji, also being shown for the first time.

THE MOON THI4V3S MOVIE POSTER

  3 THE MOON THI4V3S
  Can : Doh Yuet Jeh
  Lit : Moon Thieves
    d. Steven Yuen Kim Wai
    Anson Lo Hon Ting, Edan Lui Cheuk On,
      Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Michael Ning (Bak Ji), Keung To,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening February 9th 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/px4IsWQeHyg

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Monsieur is a conman whose latest interest is in selling counterfeit watches. He is caught by a cold-blooded watch smuggler and forced to take part in a heist to steal three ultra-luxury watches in Tokyo. However, Monsieur notices that his fellow robbers all have their ulterior motives. With the entire team distrustful of each other, can the heist succeed?

TABLE FOR SIX 2 MOVIE POSTER

  2 TABLE FOR SIX 2
  Can : Fan Hei Gung Sum 2
    d. Sunny Chan Wing Sun
    Stephy Tang Lai Yan, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi,
      Lin Minchen, Peter Chan Charm Man, Gardner Tse Kwan Ho,
      Jeffrey Ngai Chun Sun, Dee Ho Kai Wa, Wu Fung, Peter Lai Pei Tat,
      Ram Chiang Chi Kwong, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Helena Law Lan,
      Michelle Yim (Mai Suet), Fish Liew Chi Yu,
      Jennifer Yu Heung Ying, Renci Yeung Sze Wing, Ling Man Lung,
      Locker Lam Ka Hei, Ng Wing Sze, Birdy Wong Ching Yan
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 133 mins.
  Opening Feburary 9 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/zZohTLGw2Yk

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Belief in our own blessings can bring us good fortune, but what is true fortune? Fortune and misfortune, love and hate, what is their ultimate definitions? One family, three couples, three weddings. After they decided to move on, what further challenges await them?

    Marriage isn't just about two individuals; it involves a whole family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sunny Chan, with his unique sense of humor, once again dives into the complex dynamics of modern society's men and women, families, and romance.


ROB N ROLL MOVIE POSTER

  1 ROB N ROLL
  Can : Lum Si Gip Ong
  Lit : Temporary Robbery Case
  AKA : Lum Si Hai Gip
  Lit : Temporary Armed Robbery
    d. Albert Mak Kai Kwong
    Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Gordon Lam Ka Tung,
      Maggie Cheung Ho Yi, Lam Suet, Lo Hoi Pang,
      Leung Chung Hang, Nina Paw Hee Ching, Michael Wong Man Tak,
      Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan, Mike Tsang Pei Tak, Calvert Fu Ka Tsun,
      Deon Cheung Chung Chi, John Chiang, Jr. (Chiang Cheuk Man),
      Ansonbean (Chan Ngai Sun), Kathy Wong Chung Yan,
      John Chiang Dai Wai, Nancy Wu Ting Yan,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 98 mins.
  Opening January 19 2024 in mainland China
 Opening Februry 9 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/Le4MiwCbAr0
  Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/movierobnroll

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    A ruthless bandit Mui launches a "blitzkrieg"; armed robbery, which happens to stir up the spirit of two perplexed middle-aged men named Fai and Timid who are about to acquire a gun for robbing too. The characters of the three are widely different but they share the same "luck" and goal. Upon their alliance with Mui's unique slogan "Don't hurt innocent and brothers, we're civilized and polite!" Finally, both Fai and Timid became the real gangsters and all three are hunted by Police all along their escape. Their ad-hoc and dramatic robbery has started a war with the Police pursuit.

[2024.02.28] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 2024

For the week starting Saturday, February 24 2024 (Week 8)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 SOMETHING MISSING
  Can : Hung Sing Gei
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

  4 A FUTURE TOGETHER
  Can : Suet Ho Dik Mei Loi
  Winka Chan

  3 ALL THAT I WANT
  Jay Fung Won Him Featuring Marf Yau Yin Tung

  2 ROCKETSTARS
  MIRROR


  1 FIRST AID GUIDE TO EXPLODING POTS
  Can : Bau Bo Gup Gau Ji Nam
  The Hertz

Monday, February 26, 2024

[2024.02.27] ZHAO LIYING WOULD RECEIVE THE ASIAN FILM AWARDS NEXT GENERATION AWARD

Every award is important to Zhao Liying

Will Or is one of the youth ambassadors this year
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The 17th Asian Film Awards would take place on March 10th at the West Kowloon Cultural District Xiqu Centre Theatre. TVB J2 would exclusively broadcast the event live. A group of Asian film industry elite would gather in Hong Kong and vie for various awards.

This year 35 films from 24 nations and regions were nominated in 16 categories. 4 nominated Hong Kong films included THE GOLDFINGER (GUM SAU JI), TIME STILL TURNS THE PAGES (NIN SIU YUT GEI), IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (BAK YUT JI HA), FLY ME TO THE MOON (DAN YUEN YUN CHEUNG GAU); Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Sean Wong Tsz Lok, Rachel Leung Yung Ting, Tse Wing Yan and director Cheuk Yik Him would compete respectively for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Actor, Best New Director and other awards. The jury president would be famous Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the first time a Japanese director held the post in 17 years. This year's 4 youth ambassadors would be Will Or Wai Lam, Hio Miyazawa, Liu Kuan-Ting, and Mario Maurer.

Mainland star Zhao Liying would receive the 17th Asian Film Award AFA Next Generation Award. She would also attend the event in person to accept the award. Zhao Liying said, "Thank you Asian Film wards. Film has brought us a lot of time together. I look forward to be with everyone by the harbor of Hong Kong on March 10th. I am very grateful and value every award, the award would tell you your life hasn't been wasted in this period. People need encouragement, I am no exception."

Faced with fierce competition in the film industry, Zhao Liying felt that felt that in order to maintain the passion and the motivation for her show business career she must truly like what she was doing. She said, "At this level, I have already gotten a lot; but I still am able to persist because I truly like performing, cherish and relish it. It motivates me more than the external temptations. From the performance angle, every character is the most challenging. I very much enjoy challenging different types of character. An actor's performance somewhat resembles magic tricks, what the viewers watch is whether the end is exciting or not. We are responsible for how to perform the trick, and that process can preserve the mystery."

Speaking of her future plan or goal in her show business career, Zhao Liying said, "I have goals, but I wouldn't set an complete plan for myself because many good characters and good scripts come by chance and not by choice. When your experience, your performance has reached that level, many things would just happen. I too have always been changing and growing, at different levels what I care the most definitely aren't the same, I like this type of growth."

[2024.02.27] JOHN CHIANG HOPES FOR MORE FATHER AND SON COLLABORATIONS

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The John Chiang Jr. (Chinag Cheuk Man) starred, father John Chiang Dai Wai guest starred Lunar New Year film ROB N ROLL (LUM SI GIP ONG) broke the HK$ 15 million mark at the box office. Two nights ago the father and son along with director Albert Mak Kai Kwong went to an audience appreciation show. Funnily the audience appreciation event turned into revealing secrets. John Gor who never swore was asked to use foul language in the film by the director, making his face turn red from using foul language on the big screen for the first time. The director revealed that John Gor asked for a water scene, which also took place on the coldest day in Hong Kong this winter when even the city was in single digit temperature. John Gor said that because he has been in film for decades, he has made 50 or 60 death scenes whether he was standing, sitting or sleeping. By chance he saw a puddle on the ground, he thought falling into it would make a a pretty splash.

John Gor and son John Chiang Jr. (Cheuk Man) in the interview first joked that this time the director made them act, because the director first asked Cheuk Man then asked him to guest star. He only agreed because of his son. Was he pleased with the box office? John Gor felt that it was a little short, so he hoped even more viewers would go to support the film. He praised that Hong Kong film truly was decent; and pointed out that he has already run to 6 audience appreciation events and he would continue. As for Cheuk Man's performance in the film, John Gor encouraged him, "I consider the performance OK, but still has room for improvement. His first time playing such an important character wasn't easy, the pressure was great; actually even experienced actors would have pressure each time when making a movie." John Gor said that he would gladly work with his son Cheuk Man more, but he felt that now was already the era of the young people. Speaking of his wife Maggie Li Lin Lin's return to film ALL SHALL BE WELL (CHUNG GUM YI HAU) also won an award and even became the second Hong Kong film in history to win the Berlin Film Festival Teddy Award Best Feature Film, John Gor said that his wife was very happy to be able to take place in the production and thought it was very rare because she was retired for over 30 years when she suddenly took this film. As for whether his wife in the future would still make movies, he would respect her decision. He too hoped that his wife would return, because this business had no retirement and the acting bug would always be there. Cheuk Man also said, "Of course I hope to have a chance to work with Mama, it would be a very valuable memory. I already want to cherish the time spent with my parents, if I have a movie it would be even more perfect."

Speaking of Lee Ying's sudden passing, John Gor revealed that while Lee Ying returned to Hong Kong before the Lunar New Year they met for dinner. At the time she was in great spirit. He never thought that she would suddenly fall. Seniors really can't fall, so he has been very careful. Cheuk Man said that Lee Ying watched him grow up, may she rest in peace.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

[2024.02.26] RTV ACTRESS LEE YING PASSED AWAY AT AGE 70

Lee Ying after the divorce took care of her family alone.  Her daughter Winnie Shum has competed in the Miss Hong Kong pageant

Gigi Wong (back second right) would occasionally hold gathering for the stars of the era, including Lee Ying 

Lee Ying was in a relationship for 7 years with Damien Lau
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Lee Ying was rather close with her daughter Winnie (left) and Vivian (right)

Lee Ying wed businessman Shum Hoi Kin in 1984, but the marriage only lasted 8 years

Damien Lau (left) and Lee Ying (center) were training class classmates and old flames, Gigi Wong (right) and Lee Ying were friends of half a century.  Both were saddened to hear the news

Sammi Cheng (right) recalls working with Lee Ying

Last year's film release TWELVE DAYS was Lee Ying's final film

Lee Ying started at RTV and worked with Alex Man on television series 
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Former RTV actress Lee Ying was retired for many years. Yesterday she was rumored to have passed away in Canada at age 70. Her friend in Vancouver Gigi Wong Suk Yee confirmed the news. Once in a 7 year relationship with Lee Ying, Damien Lau Chung Yan stayed in touch and never heard her mention any illness.

Lee Ying took part in the RTV training class and then joined the entertainment industry, starring many series and became the top actress at the station. Her classmates included Mary Hon Man Lei, Johnny Mak Tong Hung and Damien Lau Chung Yan. She and Lau Chung Yan once dated for 7 years. Yesterday when Lee Ying was rumored to have passed away in Canada, Lau Chung Yan had no idea. "We stayed in touch, but I haven't heard her talk about any illness." He said that he would have to ask around then quickly hung up.

Lee Ying's friend, Gigi Wong Suk Yee who is currently in Vancouver confirmed the news. She revealed that she was informed around 2PM yesterday afternoon. "At the time I was very shocked, the call from my brother's wife. She played mahjong with Lee Ying and was very close. She said that another artist Cheung Wai Yee was on the scene at the time. (How did Lee Ying pass away?) She fell several days ago, but didn't see a doctor. She told her friends that it was only a sprain, but when we asked to see her she said no. We asked her to come out and she was unwilling. A friend then cooked and put the food at her door. I just returned to Vancouver on the 18th and was set to see Lee Ying tomorrow. Yesterday when I called her she was still fine."

Wong Suk Yee said that yesterday morning a friend called Lee Ying but no one answered, so the friend went to visit in person and saw Lee Ying in bed. Lee Ying said that she did not feel well and was nauseous, with the left side of her face and the corner of her eye bruised, and her speech slurred, so the friend called an ambulance and contacted Cheung Wai Yee. When Cheung Wai Yee arrived, Lee Ying's eyes were reacting. After the emergency medical team arrived they began CPR, but after half a hour it was to no avail. Lee Ying's two daughters immediately booked flights to Vancouver from Hong Kong to take care of their mother's affair, and revealed that Lee Ying has always resided in Hong Kong. She only returned to Vancouver this Valentine's Day to perform for a children's hospital there next month. Wong Suk Yee also said that when Lee Ying was waiting to give birth she stayed at her place and joked that when their children grew up they would have to make the match. Wong Suk Yee admitted, "I originally wanted to wait for the family to make the announcement, but the matter has already spread to the Hong Kong friends circle. Since I was considered to have the first hand account, so I would be the one to tell it in order to keep the rumors from spreading wildly."

Lee Ying in 1984 quickly wed Shum Hoi Kin after several months of dating and emigrated to Canada, unfortunately after several years they ended up in divorce. Lee Ying took care of their two daughters alone. She has returned to Hong Kong to make television series but did not produced many. Her daughter Winnie Shum Wing Ting in 2004 took part in the Miss Hong Kong pageant and joined the business. In recent years she has become a flight attendant and eased out of the business. Lee Ying also guest starred in last year's film release TWELVE DAYS (12 YUT), playing the mother in law role at the wedding banquet.