Wednesday, July 23, 2014

[2014.07.24] DONNIE YEN CELEBRATES HIS PARENTS' GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

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International superstar Donnie Yen Chi Tan's father Yen Wan Lung earlier celebrated his 75th birthday and 52th golden wedding anniversary in Boston. 300 friends and family members from around the world came to celebrate. Papa Yen before retiring worked at the Sing Tao Daily Boston office. Sing Tao News Group CEO on the day of the party sent a thank you letter and an "excellent achievement award" to honor Papa Yen's 34 years of contribution to the Sing Tao Daily Boston office.

Yen Chi Tan, his wife Cissy Wang and sister Yen Chi Ching planned this party for two months, inviting around 300 friends and family members from Hong Kong, Europe, Canada and California to Boston to share the joy with Papa and Mama Yen. Cissy Wang's parents also attended to congratulate their in laws.

Before Papa Yen retired he worked at the Sing Tao Daily Boston Office for 34 years and deserved a lot of credit for the newspaper's increasing advertising business. Even after retirement he still provided a lot of valuable suggestions to the Group. Sing Tao News Group thus on the day of the party sent Papa Yen a thank you letter and an "excellent achievement award" to honor him for his tireless and devote contribution of excellence to the newspaper content and business for 34 years. Papa Yen was elated and it was joy upon joy for him.

Chi Tan's three children Jeff, Jasmine and James attended. Jeff at Cissy's encouragement was the host and even sat next to Cissy all night. Jasmine and James sang and dance. James even entertained the guests with kung fu.

Chi Tan thanked his father for raising him during the speech. Since childhood he was taught to value life principles. He said, "When I learned to drive, I really wanted to get Father's old car. However Father gave the old car to a poor new immigrant family." Papa Yen was obviously charitable, passionate and righteous. Chi Tan also pointed out that his martial art school operating mother was infinitely tough and loving. Under his mother's tireless guidance he spent years on martial art lessons. He thanked his parents for letting him choose the road that he liked, with them as teachers and role models he was able to never give up on his dreams amid difficulty. He said, "Without my parents, I wouldn't be where I am today."

His sister Yen Chi Ching said that for his father's birthday, the entire family had a rare reunion for the first time.

Aside from performance from the children, when the birthday cake was presented, Chi Tan also played the birthday song on the stage for his father. Chi Tan and his sister also presented a 10 square inched glass box with sculptures of the family of four to their father as a birthday gift. They also presented many valuable gifts for a lucky drawing for their family and friends.

Chi Tan was all over the venue. Aside from being the event photographer he also toasted every table to thank his family and friends. He also posed for photos with guests.

[2014.07.24] NICK CHEUNG SCARES SCHOOL GIRLS WITH HUNGRY GHOST RITUALS

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The Nick Cheung Ka Fai directed and starred HUNGRY GHOST RITUALS (YU LAN SUN GUNG) after less than two weeks in release accumulated HK$10,191,113 at the box office, successfully broke the 10 million mark and many ghost film box office records. With Macau, its box office reached HK$11,183,891. As the director Ka Fai was very excited and thanked Hong Kong viewers for supporting domestic creativity.

Ka Fai recalled last year when he shot a night scene in which a female ghost in red appeared in a building, a group of students happened to pass by. Suddenly he pointed at the building and yelled, "Behind you!" The students saw a female ghost in red in mid air, screamed and ran. Ka Fai said, "This sudden scare is exactly the feeling that I want! Now I have pulled it off! This first filmmaking experience that received everyone's support was truly very encouraging. I hope next time will be even better." HUNGRY GHOST RITUALS not only received Hong Kong and Macau audience's enthusiastic support. Earlier an advanced screening was held, not only viewers showed their support with facial masks but also film critics praised the cast for their outstanding performance.

[2014.07.24] MIRIAM YEUNG WINS OVER 5 CO-STARS

Chin Wa plays a principal who insists on continuing despite only having 3 students left, Chu Nui (left), Kitty (second right) and Jenny (right)
Chin Wa cools down with a little fan in yesterday's high heat
For Chu Nui's 5th birthday, her parents, Chin Wa and producer Benny Chan present her with a birthday cake
The only 5 or 6 years old girls in the film are energetic and cute
Chin Wa takes a bicycle for a joy ride
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Miriam Yeung Chin Wa yesterday worked on the film NG GOR SIU HAI DIK HAU JUENG (FIVE CHILDREN'S PRINCIPAL) in Tsuen Wan. Bonnie Wong Wai Man who played a cleaning lady made fun of her for only having three students in the scene. Yesterday the temperature reached 34 degree Celsius. Playing Principal Lui in the film, Chin Wa and her students Chu Nui, Jennie and Kitty had to wear long sleeve clothes for winter scenes. Thus they immediately cooled down with a little fan when they were not in the shoot.

Chin Wa worked on the film in Tsuen Wan. When she was not in a scene she took a bicycle for a fun joy around the set.

Yesterday was one of the child actor Chu Nui's fifth birthday. Chin Wa and Chu Nui's parents, producer Benny Chan Muk Sing and the team presented a birthday cake during lunch to celebrate with her. "Little classmates" Siu Suet, Jennie, Kitty and Ka Ka also sang birthday songs. Chu Nui was all smile and even gave Chin Wa a kiss.

With five children, Chin Wa admitted that at first she was worried that she would not be able to handle them. Luckily as a mother she already had experience with children. In addition the five child actors were very nice so the shoot was very successful. She said that during the shoot she realized that she inherited her father's teaching genes and had potential to teach. In the future she could start a playground as a teacher.

With 5 energetic girls everyday, would she want to have a daughter? Chin Wa joked that Real Ting Chi Ko of course would like to, but she felt that she would be at a disadvantage as a daughter would take away her husband's love for her! She said, "Chu Nui yesterday told me that when her father looks at her he seemed to be very 'lum' (loving). A father would definitely be 'lum' to death by his daughter! However, children are up to fate, I would be very happy to have them. I really like children, I will leave the decision up to fate."

If in real life she had five daughters what would she do? Chin Wa said, "I immediately would stop working and switch job to open a tutoring center. With one son and five daughters, it would be very amazing!" On the set, Chin Wa on and off camera got along with five child actors. Five little girls saw Chin Wa as a real principal. As long as Chin Wa made a noise, she would all nicely quiet down. Chin Wa praised them as very smart. They could recite difficult to remember dialogues without skipping a single word. Instead she as the principal has forgotten her line once or twice. Although the temperature was high, the five child actors had a lot of fun with the shoot. They all wanted Sister Chin Wa to play with them all the time.

[2014.07.24] BREAK UP NOTE: THE RELUCTANT FAREWELL

Ekin Cheng, Lawrence Cheng, Jase@C AllStar
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Finally the cafe scene has been completed. As we evacuated from Po Hing Fong, we realized that the neighborhood was already used to having our team there. They missed us even more than I missed them, as countless photos were taken. Neighbors of Po Hing Fong and Pound Lane, thank you for accepting us......

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

[2014.07.23] FOR THE WEEK ENDING JULY 20 214

For the week ending July 20 2014
Photos courtesy of Yahoo! Movies Hong Kong


10 HEISEI RIDER VS. SHOWA RIDER: KAMEN RIDER TAISEN FEATURING SUPER SENTAI
  Can : Ping Sing Dui SIU WOR MUNG MIN CHIU YUN DAI JIN FEATURING CHIU CUP JIN DUI
    d. Takayuki Shibasaki
   Hiroshi Fujioka, Ryo Hayami, Shun Sugata, Kento Handa
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 99 mins.
  Opening July 17 2014

[ BROADWAY CIRCUITS ]
  The Riders are usually fighting in order to protect their worlds, but this time around they are fighting each other. It seems like the fighting is connected to the Underground Empire Badan. Kamen Rider 1, Takeshi Hongo, is trying to defeat Badan and in order to do that he must defeat Gaim. Badan are using monsters from different series and are trying to continue where Shocker left off. Toqger and Kyoryuger will be joining the fight to protect world peace.


 9 CHEF
    d. Jon Favreau
    Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson,
      Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr.


 8 PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE
    d. Roberts Gannaway
    Disney Animation
    English Voices: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen


 7 THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA
  Can : Fai Yiu Gei Muk Yu
    d. Isao Takahata
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 137 mins.
  Opening Opening July 12 2014

[ YAHOO! MOVIES HONG KONG ]
  An old bamboo cutter by chance discovers an infant girl in the forest and brings her home to raise in his village. A simple childhood enables the girl to enjoy the joy of innocence. Yet only months later the girl has already grown to be a heavenly beauty. The bamboo cutter believes that she is descended from Heaven and should enjoy the joy of the mortal world. Thus he decides to move to the capital to pave her way to riches. Because of her beauty, she receives the royal title of Princess Kaguya and attracts marriage offers from endless royalties everywhere. Yet Princess Kaguya only has eyes for the young bamboo cutter she grew up with and is not too enthusiastic about her suitors. Missing home, she chooses to run away but her childhood sweetheart is already married. At this moment Princess Kaguya realizes that the true meaning of happiness in life is so hard to grasp...


 6 DELIVER US FROM EVIL
    d. Scott Derrickson
    Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn


 5 BLENDED
    d. Frank Coraci
    Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore


 4 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2
    d.Dean DeBlois
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler


 3 HUNGRY GHOST RITUAL
  Can : Yu Lan Sun Gung
    d. Nick Cheung Ka Fai
    Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Carrie Ng Ka Lai, Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau), Lam Wai
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 81 mins.
  Opening July 10 2014
  Site : http://www.arclightfilms.com/NewTitles.aspx?bu=Darclight

[ DARCHLIGHT FILMS ]
  Hong Kong best actor award-winner Nick Cheung directs and stars in a horror story set within an opera troupe. After ZONG is forced to take over the old troupe, abnormal phenomenon starts to happen involving a very hungry ghost. As he struggles with evil spirits that lead him to extreme fear, the reasons that lie beneath start to surface.


 2 TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
    d. Michael Bay
    Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer,
      Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor


 1 DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
    d. Matt Reeves
    Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Keri Russell

[2014.07.23] FOR THE WEEK STARTING JULY 19 2014

GLOBAL CHINESE SONG CHART
For the week starting July 19 2014

15 THE KING'S SPEECH
  Can : Wong Jeh Ji Sing
  Wilber Pan (Poon Wai Pak)

14 LOST
  Can : Mai Lo
  William Wei (Wai Lai On) Featuring Soft Lipa

13 SPECIAL PERSON
  Can : Dut Bit Dik Yun
  Khalil Fong Datong

12 WHEN I AM NEAR YOU
  Can : Dong Ngor Kau Gung Nei
  Bruce Liang (Leung Bok)

11 GOOD TIMING
  Can : Ho Si Sun
  Ivana Wong Yuen Chi

10 FAREWELL SAY LOVE YOU
  Can : Doh Bit Suet Oi Nei
  J.Arie (Lui Sum Yu)

 9 NO CUT
  Can : Yut Doh But Jin
  Aaron Yan (Yim Ah Lun)

 8 JUST LIKE BROTHERS
  Can : Jeung Hing Dai Yut Yeung
  Cheryl Lee (Lee Yun Yi)

 7 FOREVER YOUNG
  Can : Ching Chun Seung Ju
  Hins Cheung King Hin

 6 FOOLISH YOU
  Can : Oi Ching Na Mor Sor
  Victor Wong (Bun Koon)

 5 NO FRIEND
  Can : Mo Pung Yau
  Hacken Lee Hak Kun

 4 MODEL
  Can : Mo Dut
  Li Ronghao (Lee Wing Ho)

 3 ABLE TO
  Can : Hor Yi Liu
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 2 NOT SO IN LOVE
  Can : Ngor Moon Na Mor Oi Nei
  Della Ding Dong


 1 MARCH
  Can : Sam Yuet
  A-Mei Chang (Cheung Wai Mui)

[2014.07.23] NICK CHEUNG AND SAMMI CHENG CRY UNTIL THEY COLLAPSE


Sammi Cheng and Nick Cheung clear the set to focus on their bed scene
Sammi Cheng and Nick Cheung's intense kiss stuns Jiang Wu
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Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Sammi Cheng Sau Na in their new film TEMPORARY FAMILY (SUT LUEN GUP YEUNG) worked together for the first time. Earlier a mystery screening took place. Their crying scene in a car left a deep impression, because in recent years Ka Fai has not been seen crying so hard in a film. During the shoot the director even ordered the crew to stay away from them to avoid affecting their emotions.

Ka Fai described this crying scene as the one that he cried the hardest in recent years. Recalling the shoot he said, "I truly had a breath of cold air because the shoot took place on the coldest day in winter. During the shoot we couldn't turn on the heater. The director wanted us to remember some heartbreaking and difficult days. The more we thought the more pitiful we became; I really have not cried like that in a long, long time, I really got a headache from crying." Sammi also felt that this scene was fun to perform. She said, "This collaboration with Ka Fai truly had joy, laughter, tears, it actually was emotionally unstable. Sometimes we laughed until we cried, sometimes the tragedy made us sob. For this scene in the car I had to lose control on my emotions, in the end I thought of many, many heartbreaking memories and cried until I collapsed. After the shoot I felt like I fought to victory. Even Ka Fai gave me five out of satisfaction." Aside from this car scene, Ka Fai and Sammi also had several scenes that they wanted to clear the set for so they could perform more naturally. They included a bed scene, but it was not the bed scene that everyone would imagine. It was a hilarious and loving bed scene.