Sunday, October 20, 2019

[2019.10.21] JAMES NG WANTS A LITTLE ROMANCE WITH CHRISSIE CHAU


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James Ng Yip Kwan and Jinny Ng Yeuk Hei yesterday attended a Yan Chai charity event. Brother Kwan still has not have the time to discuss a new contract after his record company contract came to term, as he had to go to Malaysia for the Shaw film FEI FAN SAM HUP (EXTRAORDINARY HEROIC TRIO). This time he would go for a week, half for work and half for play as he would bring his mother along. He joked that he wanted a little romance with Chrissie Chau Sau Na. 9 years ago they had a connection due to a photo book. Now they would work together and he felt that life was very wonderful. Would he have any intimate scene? He said that it was not in the script, but adjustments might be made on the set. He however would not need to get into shape to see Sister Na because his character would be more ordinary.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

[2019.10.18] LOUIS KOO "INJURES" JESSICA HESTER HSUAN

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The film A WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE (FAN JUI YIN CHEUNG) was Louis Koo Tin Lok and Jessica Hester Hsuan (Suen Huen)'s reunion after the television series STEP INTO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI) 17 years ago. Although their chemistry remained, Goo Jai injured Suen Huen in "close combat". Goo Jai was questioned whether he had a grudge against Suen Huen for him to avenge himself a work? Goo Jai explained, "Actually it was an action scene. I had to wrap a windbreaker around her head and then ram her into the wall. After knocking her out I would strangle her. Before the shoot the director asked for one take straight, so I communicated with her because some people would have claustrophobia from having their heads wrapped. She said that she would be fine. I told her if anything happened not to tough it out and to yell cut right away. During the shoot she finished without anything unusual, but later I realized that she hurt her neck. I immediately put an ice pack on her, but she didn't rest long before returning to work!" Suen Huen said, "That's how a movie goes, some people are destined to get hurt easily. I would expect to get hurt a little for fight scenes. This time wasn't anything severe. The most important was the result was pretty. At the time I felt that since I heard a few cracks, I might as well keep going."

Since Goo Jai caused Suen Huen's injury, has he promised to take care of her for the rest of her life should something happen? Suen Huen said, "No but he said that he would be able to. Actually I am used to making fight scenes. Sometimes people would hit with real force, we hope to finish the scene in one take." Goo Jai not only had hardcore combat with actors but also action scenes with actresses many times. Earlier in LINE WALKER (SI TOH HUNG JEH) he and Korean actress Clara Lee fought. Action director Chin Kar Lok told him to fight her like he was fighting a man. Goo Jai would not hold back when fighting an actress. "You don't get to. Actually I would be very scared because few actresses truly know how to fight. We would hold back, otherwise we would kill someone!"

Just finishing the film BACK TO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI), the film's original cast reunited after over ten years. Suen Huen admitted that she felt like she went back to the past, but of course everyone grew up a little. Goo Jai felt that working together again, everyone changed personalities wise. "Many actors already have children and families, so their characters are different. I feel that before we were carefree, now we have some burdens to carry!"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

[2019.10.16] FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 13 2019

For the week ending Sunday October 13 2019
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10 A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK
    d. Woody Allen
    Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Jude Law,
      Diego Luna, Liev Schreiber



  9 RAMBO: LAST BLOOD
    d. Adrian Grunberg
    Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Yvette Monreal


  8 FAGARA
  AKA : FAGARA IN MARA
  Can : Fa Jiu Ji Mei
  Lit : Taste of Flower Pepper
    d. Heiward Mak Hei Yan
    Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Megan Lai Ya-Yen, Cherry Li Xiaofeng,
      Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To), Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai),
      Linda Liu, Wu Yan-Shu, Bryant Mak Chi Lok, Andy Lau Tak Wa,
      Ben Yuen Fu Wa
  Rating : I
  Length : 118 mins.
  Opening August 10 2019 (Preview)
  Opening September 12 2019
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/W0ayqNSv9Mc

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    In the wake of her father's untimely demise, Cira not only inherits his debt-ridden hot pot restaurant in Hong Kong but also two younger sisters whom she never even knew existed: Luna from Taiwan and Stella from China. Together, the three estranged sisters from radically different backgrounds must strive to build up their sisterly bond in order to rescue their father's restaurant from imminent closure. Meanwhile, Cira is trying desperately to reconnect with the man she secretly loves, who has fled to Maasai Mara in Kenya after being spurned by her.


  7 AD ASTRA
    d. James Gray
    Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Donald Sutherland




  6 READY OR NOT
    d. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
    Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny


  5 MY PEOPLE, MY COUNTRY
  Can : Ngor Wor Ngor Dik Jo Gok
  Lit : Me and My Ancestral Nation
    d. Chen Kaige, Zhang Yibai, Guan Hu, Xue Xiaolu,
      Xu Zheng, Ning Hao, Wen Muye, Vivian Qu
    Huang Bo, Zhang Yi, Liu Tao, Du Jiang, Ge You, Song Jia,
      Liu Haoran, Chen Feiyu, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Wang Tianchen, Tong Liya,
      Zhang Jiayi, Wang Qianyuan, Oho Ou, Kara Wai Ying Hung
  Rating : I
  Length : 158 mins.
  Opening October 1 2019

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Seven renowned filmmakers each find inspiration from the 70-year history of new China to tell moving stories about the close ties between everyday people and their nation. Focusing on historical events in this important era, the concept of everyday people sharing seemingly far yet close connections with the government will awaken a shared connection among Chinese people around the world.

    The Eve directed by GUAN Hu, starring HUANG Bo - Oct. 1, 1949, the People's Republic of China was founded.

    Passing By directed by ZHANG Yibai, starring ZHANG Yi, REN Suxi - Oct. 16, 1964, China successfully exploded its first atomic bomb.

    Champion directed by XU Zheng, starring LIU Tao - Aug. 8, 1984, China Women's Volleyball team won the Olympic championship, becoming the first to win championships titles in the three major international competitions of volleyball.

    Going Home directed by XUE Xiaolu, starring DU Jiang, Simon YAM, Kara WAI - July 1, 1997, Hong Kong returned to China.

    Hello, Beijing directed by NING Hao, starring GE You - The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games open on Aug. 8, 2008.

    One For All directed by WEN Muye, starring SONG Jia - Sept. 3, 2015, the military parade marked the 70thanniversary of victory over Japan.

    The Guiding Star directed by CHEN Kaige, starring LIU Haoran and Arthur CHEN - Nov. 18, 2016, the return capsule of China's Shenzhou-11 spacecraft landed successfully.


  4 47 METERS BELOW UNCAGED
    d. Johannes Roberts
    Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Rose Stallone


  3 ABOMINABLE
    d. Jill Culton
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Chloe Bennet, Tenzing Norgay Trainor,
      Albert Tsai, Sarah Paulson
    Cantonese Voices: Rosa Maria Velasco (Wai Law Sa)


  2 GEMINI MAN
    d. Ang Lee
    Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen



  1 JOKER
    d. Todd Phillips
    Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz,

Monday, October 14, 2019

[2019.10.15] CHARLENE CHOI FINDS IT HARD TO IMAGINE HERSELF AND WONG CHO NAM AS A COUPLE

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JUST 1 DAY (CUP NGOR YUT TIN) is a love story that is full of Hong Kong collective memories, with Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin and Wong Cho Nam tailoring this date of just one day. They would also bring the audience to discover some neglected settings, people, culture and scenery anew, to find that lost intimacy in their bland lives.

Ah Sa this time would play a high ranking bank client manager, living a bland and ordinary life and never having the space to find the truth of happiness. She only followed the flock until she ran into her first grade classmate, the Wong Cho Nam played Ma Choi Hak. Ma Choi Hak used his action to deeply affect the protagonist. Ah Sa joked that at first she found it difficult to picture her and Cho Nam as a couple, after Cho Nam's costume fitting she felt that he had quite a presence.

Cho Nam in the film played a city speed artist with ALS, Ma Choi Hak. He needed to collect some happy memories before his condition worsened. He made a final wish to his elementary school crush to be his girlfriend for one day. Cho Nam said that working with Ah Sa again after so many years, he learned a lot from Ah Sa. He learned to how to perform even more appropriately and close the distance with the audience and felt that he benefit a lot. In addition, Cho Nam praised Ah Sa as a goddess. He has liked her work since he was very little. This over a month long "date" was full of "laughter" and "tears". He hoped that he will be able to share the film with everyone as soon as possible.

[2019.10.15] LOUIS CHEUNG CALLS A PARROT "PROFESSIONAL"


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In the new film A WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE (FAN JUI YIN CHEUNG), Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Philip Keung Ho Man and Cherry Ngan Cheuk Ling shared their production experience and memories. Firing a real gun for the first time, Cherry experienced its unprecedented loudness and kickback, after firing the gun she felt goosebumps and sweaty. Ah Chung praised his co-star Louis Koo Tin Lok for his shooting, as he would not blink when he fired. Instead he was made fun of for blinking like he was firing a machine gun.

The new film would feature nostalgic classic crime film elements and add a parrot as an animal actor lead. Cheung Kai Chung who had scenes with the parrot was actually afraid of birds. He said, "Since I was little I have been afraid of birds, but for the movie I could only tough it out. The trainer told me, wild parrot's peak could apply 100 pounds of pressure. I was even more afraid that finding that out. Finally I saw the trainer taking care of the parrot like a child, I overcame my fear and tried to feed the parrot. However I wouldn't want to keep one."

Ngan Cheuk Ling also said that she was afraid of birds, but she was not as afraid as Ah Chung. She said that the parrot was very strong. Even when standing on her shoulder, it claws would bruise her. She praised the parrot for being rather professional. "Because one scene would often take many takes, sometimes the parrot would throw a tantrum and deliberately walk away. However it also knew that everyone just wanted the best."

Firing a real gun for the first time, Cherry remembered feeling goosebumps and sweating after firing a gun. She still had to keep acting. She hoped to have a chance to practice more so she would not blink.

Cheung Kai Chung said that for a gun fight he got a stiff neck. He said, "In one scene Goo Jai, Hak Jai and I fought, originally we agreed on the firing order. In the end he would stick my head out for Goo Jai to shoot at, but he didn't respond. Then I stuck it out some more before he finally fired. In the end the order was completely messed up as shots kept firing around me. Later I asked Goo Jai why it was different from what we discussed, he actually said that not following it would have real responses."

Keung Ho Man also remembered the gun fight in a remote village. Working in winter clothes in the hot summer was very tough. He revealed that Ah Chung in one scene jumped into the sea and had to swim in waste, which cracked everyone up. Ah Chung said, "This was my first diving scene, after I came back on land I went to shower in the bathroom. I just saw someone finished and came out, but I saw the pipe was connected to where I was diving. I thought luckily I didn't drink any of the water. I could just kept washing myself clean."

Sunday, October 13, 2019

[2019.10.14] TONICK'S CHIU SIN HANG FINISHES FILM WORK

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ToNick yesterday morning attended a running event in Shatin. ToNick revealed that the four of them had a habit of exercising and running. Lead singer Hang Jai (Chiu Sin Hang) was interested in running the marathon next year. He believed that the 10 kilometer run probably would not be a problem for him. He would train for a few more years before considering the full marathon. Hang Jai also revealed that he just finished the film ONE SEC (YUT MIU KUEN WONG). Currently he was on vacation to recharge and later he would start post production work for the film and work on his music.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

[2019.10.13] SUSAN SHAW REMEMBERS YAO LEE'S GENEROSITY

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Song queen of a generation, the original singer of ROSE ROSE I LOVE YOU Yao Lee passed away on July 19th at age 96. Yesterday a group of Hong Kong old song fan club members held an event for Yao Lee and produced a memorial publication to remember their idol. Susan Shaw Yam Yam and Jenny Tseng's aunt Tseng Sau Yi attended.

Sister Yam Yam said that although she and Ms. Yao Lee were born decades apart, her mentor Ms. Chun Yin was a very close friend of Ms Yao Lee. Thus while at the TVB training class, when she, Chow Yun Fat and Andy Lau Tak Wa went to practice singing at Ms. Chun Yin's home they would see Ms. Yao Lee. Sister Yam Yam said that Ms. Yao Lee was wise and smart, generous, never complained when she was in trouble, truly loyal to her friends. Although her children all migrated to the U.S., she was still arranged to stay at a very good nursing home and receive attentive care. This senior did not have any major illness, only that she wanted to sleep more until the end of her life. Sister Yam Yam praised Ms. Yao Lee for her musical talent. Her hit ROSE ROSE I LOVE YOU was even known worldwide.