Friday, June 22, 2018

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

Wong Jing, Donnie Yen, Yu Dong
Joe Chen
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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


Tony Leung earlier attends a regalia in Hungary
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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."

[2018.06.21] CHEUNG TAT MING ADAPTS HIS PLAYS INTO MOVIES

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Cheung Tat Ming and Kam Kwok Leung yesterday were guest presenters at Radio Hong Kong's Hong Kong Book Prize. Tat Ming joked that the event probably invited the wrong person. Although he has written a few books he belonged to the stage division. However Tat Ming expressed that when he was little he madly followed Louis Cha and Ni Kuang's work. He also came in contact with classic Chinese literature JOURNEY TO THE WEST, LEGEND OF THE WATER MARGIN and ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS. Later he also fell for foreign cultures as he would not miss any Nobel Prize winning books. He said that when he came in contact with the stage, he also ran into Hong Kong novelist Eileen Chang and Lilian Lee Pik Wah's work and felt that literature could interact and influence film mutually. "Now the stage is doing the sam thing. I would adapt my first award winning play to silver screen with (Francis) Ng Chun Yu, (Anita) Yuen Wing Yi, (Louis) Koo Tin. I also plan to turn two of my other plays into movies." Would he write another book? Tat Ming said that he would write, but now he would mainly write scripts. Because his scripts would be written in Cantonese, its culture would not be as deep as writing a novel.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

[2018.06.20] FOR THE WEEK STARTING JUNE 16 2018

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting June 16 2018


15 THE YEARS
  Can : Shui Yuet
  Faye Wong, Natasha Na Ying

14 MEDITERRANEAN SUN
  Can : Yeung Guong Dei Jung Hoi
  Weibird Wei (Wai Lai On)

13 BEHIND MEN
  Can : Nam Yun Bui Hau
  Pakho Chau

12 BACK TO BEFORE
  Can : Wui Doh Yi Chin
  Hana Kuk Chi Kiu

11 TAKE EVERYTHING YOU WANT
  Can : Jui Seung Hui Dik Dei Fong
  Tiger Hu (Wu Yin Bun)

10 SUNSHINE RAINBOW LITTLE WHITE HORSE
  Can : Yeung Guong Choi Hung Siu Bak Ma
  Wowkie Zhang (Dai Cheung Wai)

 9 LIKE SONG
  Can : Yu Gor
  Jason Zhang Jie (Cheung Kit)

 8 LUST
  Can : Tam Luen
  Jane Zhang Liangying

 7 SKYCRAPER
  Can : Mor Tin Dai Lau
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

 6 BLACK RAINBOW
  Can : Hak Choi Hung
  Joyce Cheng Yun Yi

 5 YOU DON'T LOVE ME, IT'S FINE
  Can : Buk Oi Ngor Jau Lai Doh
  Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun)

 4 FRIENDS IN LOVED FOR A VERY LONG TIME
  Can : Oi Liu Hung Gau Dik Pung Yau
  Hebe Tien (Tin Fok Yun)

 3 US
  Can : Ngor Moon
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 2 SLOWLY LIKE YOU
  Can : Man Man Hei Foon Nei
  Karen Mok Man Wai


 1 UNDER THE CLOUDS
  Can : Fei Won Ji Ha
  Han Hong, JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

[2018.06.20] ANTHONY CHAN RETURNS TO DIRECTING AFTER 20 YEARS

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Anthony Chan gets support from his fellow Wynners Kenny Bee, Bennett Pang and Alan Tam for his new film
Jonathan Wong and Carlos Chan also perform
Veterans Kara Wai, Elaine Jin and Simon Yam benefit the new comers greatly
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The Sil-Metropole invested, Anthony Chan Yau written, directed and produced film based on the Wynners' struggles, HOUSE OF THE RISING SONS (HING DAI BAN) will open on July 19th in Hong Kong. Chan Yau, Alan Tam Wing Lun, Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To), Bennett Pang Kin Sun and three younger versions Eugene Tang Ka Lok, Lam Yiu Sing and Ng Hok Him yesterday promoted the film. Chan Yau revealed that the film will open nationally on July 20th. July was the Mainland's national film protection month as few big foreign films would open in this period. Thus they felt very fortunate.

Chan Yau announced that the good news that the 17th New York Asian Film Festival selected the film for a global premiere on July 2nd. The organizer even said that the Wynners was a band worth remembering in Asia and thus arranged for two American bands to perform their hits. Principal Tam said, "The event asked a pair of American groups to sing our songs. We suggested to them for the Village People to sing LOVE instead of YMCA. They can even perform our choreography." Would he go along to jam? Principal joked, "No one says we are invited, should we be so cheap to ask!"

As for other good news, Chan Yau revealed that the film was slated for a nationwide release on July 20th. July was the Mainland's national film protection period, few big foreign films would be released during this time. Thus they felt rather lucky. Principal joked, "July is the ghost festival, all the foreign ghosts are avoiding it. Our film is righteous and positive, driving away all the bull ghosts and snake gods. However Chan Yau is the director, he would take all the credit or the blame!"

Chan Yau said that this time he hoped to be able to break into the Mainland market with Hong Kong film's spirit and nostalgia, to meet the Mainland China market with Hong Kong film specialty. However this time he did not write the story alone, the brothers gave suggestions. He only arranged them together. After 20 years directing again felt the same, only now he has more technology to help. Storytelling is his specialty, everyday he was coaxing buddies to take him to dinner. Were the new actors obedient? Chan Yau said that the new comers were very cooperative, they already met and rehearsed songs two or three months before the shoot. Chan Ka Lok as Kin Jai was spot on. Chan Yau said that this script was not from Ah B or Alan's point of view, but from the points of view of three victims in Ah Keung, Kin Jai and him. Ah B objected, "You are not victims, you are the beneficiaries!" Principal also said, "They should be the weakling. Since Ah B and I sang lead, the focus naturally fell on us. This time everyone's pain was told from Kin Jai's angle, we became supporting players!" Chan Yau clarified that every character was important. Principal disagreed. "I don't feel that!" Chan Yau again explained that Alan became the focus. This time started from 69 when the Wynners was formed. Mainly the group of young people would play that. Then in 93 for our first reunion after the disbanding concert to 2016 Wynners concerts they officially performed, an over 10 second close up of how Alan's waist ballooned up was very touching. Principal helplessly said, "It came from all the training!"

Would the Wynners reunite for another concert? Principal said that he would not eliminate the possibility, but Ah B would first perform his own show. Ah B admitted that he has not perform a solo concert in 10 years so he was planning to. Among the three new actors, Tang Ka Lok played Alan. He said that because he grew up in Canada, he was not too familiar with the Wynners' background and relied on Mommy the "Principal fan" to tutor him. However during the shoot director Chan Yau did not permit them to meet the real Wynners as he was afraid that their performance would be affected. Lam Yiu Sing played Ah Keung. He said that it was very hard to find information on Ah Keung online and felt that he was a Buddhist bassist. As Chan Yau Ng Hok Him knew how to play the drums before, but he still had to practice for awhile before performing.