Friday, November 16, 2018

[2018.11.17] GUIDE DOG STUMPS SIMON YAM WITH 48 TAKES


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Simon Yam and Gigi Leung play brother and sister
Charlie Yeung and Law Chung Him both need guide dog lessons before hand
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Filmko purchased Japanese writer Kengo Ishiguro's book THE LIFE OF QUILL, THE SEEING-EYE DOG film rights to make the touching Hong Kong guide dog film LITTLE Q (SIU Q). The Japanese version QUILL already was released in 2003. LITTLE Q yesterday held a production start ceremony. Director Law Wing Cheong, actors Simon Yam Tat Wa, Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Law Chung Him, Charlie Yeung Choi Nei, Roger Kwok Chun On, Angela Yuen Lai Lam, JJ Jia attended. Yam Tat Wa in the film played a visually impaired person, the most difficult role in his film career.

Yam Tat Wa admitted that this was the hardest time in his decades in film. Aside from pretending to have no focus and looking lost in front of the camera, he also had to be led by a guide dog. Thus he could not be in control in many scenes. In one scene the guide dog led him across the road. Due to the noisy environment and the spotlights, it took six hours and 48 takes to complete. Was his Best Actor confidence shaken? Brother Wa said, "I grew up in hardship, and I also had to rely on myself to perform properly. Although the entire world knows working with dogs and children are the hardest, this time I have to be one with the dog!" However Brother Wa despite his rich performance experience still had to prepare. Before the performance he met with the first visually impaired person to use a guide dog in Hong Kong. In addition in the film seven guide dogs would take over for each other in the performance. He took each one home for a week to cultivate a relationship, which made his dog at home jealous.

Leung Wing Kei in the film played Brother Wa's sister. She said that she had quite a connection with Little Q. Earlier she provided her voice to the Japanese version. This time she would perform. She hoped to bring out positive energy through the film and make more people accept guide dogs and understand the needs of the visually impaired.

This time the film would also have touching scenes. Gigi said that she probably would be able to cry on the set because she had the heartbreaking experience of her dog passing. Now her 7 year old dog has just been hospitalized for illness, which she felt like taking care of like family. Luckily her daughter also has cultivated a relationship with the dog. She posted a video of her daughter reading and ignoring her, Gigi said, "I intend on cultivating her reading habit, for that I am happy that she ignores me!"

Yeung Choi Nei and Kwok Chun On played a couple, the guide dog's foster family as a puppy. Although she was a guest star, she said that the positive energy subject attracted her. She also got to work with her friend Leung Wing Kei, and director Law Wing Cheong very thoughtfully accommodated her schedule for her to return to Singapore to take care of her twin boys. Would she stay with Gigi in Hong Kong? Charlie said, "No, I need time to sleep when I make a movie. Because we only see each other once a year, each time we see each other we talk nonstop. Thus she can't live together!"

Law Chung Him played a guide dog association member. Although he has a dog, before the performance he still accepted 20 hours of training. He learned to use commands and a "tool" to curb the guide dog with. "Actually I learn from not knowing to knowing. I only feel I am dumb because in the process they are very smart!"

Thursday, November 15, 2018

[2018.11.16] SANDRA NG HOLDS BACK HER SORROW TO SUPPORT PHILIP KEUNG

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The film TRACEY (CHUI SZE) last night held a VIP screening. Lead actor Philip Keung Ho Man received support form friends Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Ben Yuen Wai Ho, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Ron Ng Cheuk Hei and Kristal Tin Yui Nei.

Speaking of TRACEY's upcoming release, Hak Jai said that he was not nervous. Instead last night was like the premiere for him. Since he invited most of his friends, he definitely would hear real responses after the screening. Thus he was nervous and excited. Hak Jai's wife Kam Wai Ying last night also showed her support. He said that his wife actually has seen it twice already, but she did not have too much to say. Instead she was worried about his mood the most. Hak Jai said, "I remember when I was promoting in Japan, I was very happy in the first half hour. Then suddenly I started crying. My wife asked why I was crying! So after tonight I would let go, feeling that my job is done and I can wait for the result. Luckily all I heard have been comforting sounds!"

Ng Kwan Yu was already teary eyed when she arrived, perhaps expecting that media questions about her friend Yammie Nam Kit Ying's cremation yesterday. Kwan Yu held back her sorrow during he interview and praised Hak Jai's courage for playing a woman. Now he is no longer Hak Jai, but can be both handsome and pretty as a woman transgender. After watching his performance she definitely would speak from the heart to him. Hak Jai said that he would gladly accept her voice. Kwan Yu said that she was preparing for her next movie. Speaking of Nam Kit Yng's cremation yesterday, Kwan Yu was teary eyed and sighed. "I am upset! Now I am still upset, but life still has to be lived!" Did a lot of memories come back to her? Kwan Yu still said, "Emotionally I am upset!" As for anything memorable with Nam Kit Ying, she answered, "Having known each other for so many years, we would have some at every stage. Now I am upset, until this moment I am still upset!" Then she changed the subject and said that luckily Hak Jai invited her to the movie, so she would be able to "learn" from it. When asked about her father and brother, Kwan Yu sighed before the crew pulled her away. She did not return for the group photo.

Ng Cheuk Hei said that he already liked Brother Hak before getting into the business and felt that he was a great actor. Then they worked together on SHOCK WAVE (CHAK DAN JUEN GA) he felt that he was thoughtful and humble. Thus during the shoot he often watched from the sideline, as he felt that he was worth learning from. This time for example was already a daring attempt. Would he dare to play a woman like Brother Hak? Ng Cheuk Hei said, "No one would ask me, if they do I can. Actually I wore a dress when I was dancing before, but I have never worn stocking and heels."

[2018.11.16] LOUIS KOO TEAMS UP FOR KUNG FU MONSTER

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The film KUNG FU MONSTER (MO LUM GWAI SAU) will open on January 3 next year in Hong Kong. Louis Koo Tin Lok, Chen Xuedong and Bea Hayden (Kwok Bik Ting) starred in the Andrew Lau Wai Keung directed and Derek Yee Tung produced film that was full of modern Hong Kong style humor, turning the martial art wold into a crazy party. Director Lau Wai Keung said, "This film looks like a costume film, but I made it like a modern film. It has a lot of funny lines and would satirize the present with the past. The martial art world on a certain level became the modern society. Whatever is happening with the society now, we would use different characters to express it."

The film released its official poster and first trailer. In the trailer the often talked about "monster" can be seen in full view. It looks more cute than "monster" like! The director said that actually whether it was a "monster" or not it only acted as a mirror. However you would treat the "monster" it would return in kind. The director also gave this "monster" a rather old school name, "Chiu Choi" (attracting money), because Hong Kong people resist that less. This "Chiu Choi" also took the director half a year's time before seeing the light of day. Thus for the director himself, this "Chiu Choi" has quite a heavy relationship with him.

For the Hong Kong release, the director even asked Lo Hoi Pang, Watermelon, Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung, Joey Man Yi Man and others to provide their voices for the Cantonese version in a lively and funny way, to make the story even more vivid and local.

Louis Koo Tin Lok and Kevin Cheng Ka Wing yesterday attended a razor press conference. Goo Jai's neck was bandaged but it was not from shaving. His cervical vertebrae was dislocated. At the end of last month he had an operation in the U.S. and would take half a year before he would fully recover.

Goo Jai said that the wound was old. Although the doctor suggested avoiding surgery, he was afraid that it would affect his films and the pain reached level 8 to 10. thus he decided to have the operation. "A few days after my birthday I flew to the U.S. for the major operation." Goo Jai said that he has always had headaches, and the dislocated vertebrae would easily contact the nerves. In severe cases all his fingers would feel numb. Thus he decided to treat the source of the problem. After the surgery Goo Jai cancelled all his jobs and rested for two weeks. From then now he would have to negotiate any action scenes in film. Ka Wing jokingly asked if he set off any metal detector at the airport, Goo Jai said, "I haven't yet because in the U.S. it's a full body scan. Maybe next time I would give it a try."

Ka Wing earlier injured his kneecap and had to have surgery to remove the pieces. The doctor also suggested for him to switch to titanium joints, which would require half a year of rest. Ka Wing said that at the time his schedule was full so he could only wait. Ka Wing said that next year he would work with Goo Jai again. Would they work together musically? Ka Wing said, "I have retired for a long time, I don't plan to return to singing yet." Goo Jai explained that earlier he sang a duet with Kay Tse On Kay as a prelude to a film. When he had the surgery he asked the doctor whether his vocal cord would be affected. Although the doctor said no, now he realized that he could not make some sound.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

[2018.11.15] MICHELLE YEOH TRIES ON A CHINESE DRESS

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Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King) after CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON in 2016 worked with Lord Eight Yuen Woo Ping again on the action film MASTER Z: THE IP MAN LEGACY (IP MAN OI JUEN: CHEUNG TIN CHI). Michelle in the film played the mob's big sister, who began conflict with Max Zhang Jin over her brother Kevin Cheng Ka Wing. The team in order to bring back the 60s style invested heavily on the construction of the Cheung Lok company, as a lot of effort was put into it like interior decoration to be close to the feel of the era. When Michelle stepped onto the set she praised as though she went back in time to the 60s.

After years in film Michelle even appeared in a Chinese dress this time. She revealed that the team spent a lot of time to prepare for this look. "This is my first 60's film. At the time women all wore Chinese dresses and hairstyle like this. If I couldn't appear that way in an era film then this chance would truly be wasted. Luckily everyone liked the result. Lord Eight said, 'OK' because he has never seen me in a Chinese dress either. Lord Eight even said not to wear the Chinese dress for a fight. I said if I had to fight I wouldn't dare to wear it!"

In the film Michelle also had to try calligraphy, which to her was a huge challenge since she did not know Chinese. The team arranged for a calligraphy instructor for her. Michelle listened attentively and wrote stroke by stroke. In the middle she sad, "Luckily I didn't go to a Chinese school, otherwise if I had to write my name for punishment I would be in big trouble!" Lord Eight said, "That's right, so many strokes!" Finally Michelle's work did not disappoint. The calligraphy instructor praised, "Not bad, just right. This one is fine!"

[2018.11.15] DANIEL WU IS WILLING TO RETURN FOR A GOOD SCRIPT


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The film HAN KEI POR ONG (DEADLINE CASE BREAK) two days ago held its production start ceremony in Jiangmen. Emperor Group chief Albert Yeung Sau Sing, producer Han Sanping, director Lau Ho Leung, producer Leung Lam, leads Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho), Wang Qianyuan, Michelle Wai Sze Nga attended. Boss Yeung personally hosted the roast pig cutting and worship ceremony. He even gave away lai see on the spot for good luck! Ng Yin Cho said that the script lured him back for the production.

Living in the U.S., Ng Yin Cho admitted that because this script was outstanding he returned for it! "For now I can't spoil anything. After a few days at work, the director, Wang Qianyuan and I have had a very pleasant collaboration. Of course making U.S. series and Hollywood films were fun too, but I was born in Hong Kong. Filmmaking here is very professional, other nations can't make the Hong Kong flavor! In the U.S. jobs are divided very clearly, directors, producers, editors would only mind their own jobs, especially with television. Every two episode the director changes. You can't build lasting relationships. Coming back to make movies is much happier, I can study the script and the character with the director."

Daniel's unique look in HAN KEI POR ONG opened people's eyes. He said, "I think it's pretty handsome, pretty cool!" As for all the action scenes, Daniel said that he has been training in the past few years so no one would need to worry about him. "Making movies is much more comfortable. When I made the American series I almost had to fight everyday, and I had to make one episode every nine days. It was like working in a factory for six days a week, for nine months nonstop." Daniel has always been a family man. When he was making INTO THE BADLANDS, he brought his daughter Raven to the set. This time though she was nowhere to be found. Daniel explained, "She is in her first year in kindergarten. I want her to properly go to school and learn Chinese. My only regret is I didn't learn Chinese properly when I was little. I don't wan her to regret that in the future as well." Daniel joked that normally he could be the strict father, maybe Raven would be happier about not seeing him. "Yet every night we facetime to stay in touch." In order to take care of his 89 year old father, Daniel would still put his family and career focus in the U.S. He will make a new season of INTO THE BADLANDS and make other Asian films in his free time.

Earlier he was a guest on friend Nicholas Tse Ting Fung's program CHEF NIC. "We haven't seen each other in 3 or 4 years. I got teary eyed when we talked about the past. Actually GEN-X COPS was made 20 years ago already. We want to work together on another film, getting (Stephen) Fung Tak Lun to make GERIATRIC COPS, haha."

As the lead actress, Wai Sze Nga has already begun training early on. "I have to play the best fighter, I don't want to lose to the guys so I hired a coach. Today I work on arms, tomorrow on abs, the day after on thighs, the coach says I am too crazy and tells me to rest instead of coming everyday!" On the first day of work, Michelle held nothing back and opened her co-stars' eyes. "Wang Qianyuan asked, 'Why do you have to perform every scene in person? You still have over 50 days to fight!' I know I have female stunt doubles in waiting and the face is covered anyway, but I don't want to us a double. After training for so long, I feel it's wasted if I can't fight. Even if I am not in a scene, I would stay on the set to learn. Hopefully with this experience when other people think of action films they would remember Wai Sze Nga has fought before. It's better to have another way out." She planned to stay in Jiangmen until January next year. She would only take a day off to return to Hong Kong for her sister's wedding in December.

Michelle has worked with Daniel before. Years after she felt that Daniel was as handsome as ever. "Many friends have called to ask to visit the set, but actually they don't want to visit me. They want to see Daniel." Wang Qianyuan said that he had similar encounters. "Lately I got calls from many girls, asking for Ng Yin Cho's autograph." In Wang Qianyuan's impression Daniel was a handsome idol. After working together he did not feel the same. "Earlier when I worked with Chang Chen, he fought very well. Actually Ng Yin Cho fights just as well, I am a little nervous!"

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[2018.11.14] FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 11 2018

For the week ending Sunday November 11 2018
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10 SEARCHING
    d. Aneesh Chaganty
    Jon Cho, Debra Missing, Joseph Lee


  9 MY HERO ACADEMIA THE MOVIE - TWO HEROS
    d. Kenji Nagasaki
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening November 8 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/mYcUUwfgEIg

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    A superhero-loving boy without any powers is determined to enroll in a prestigious hero academy and learn what it really means to be a hero. The film set after the term-end examination ended. While the members of U.A. High School are waiting for a forest camp in the summer vacation, DEKU and All Might are visiting I Island, a moving city with huge population that floats on a foreign sea, with an invitation from someone.

    Deku meets a girl named Melissa who has no "Quirk." She reminds Deku of himself in the past who also lacked a "Quirk." All of sudden, the security system of the island is hacked by an unknown villain and all of the people in the island are being held hostage. Then "a project" that may shock the structure of the hero society is launched. The one person who holds the key to the project is All Might, the symbol of peace.


  8 PROJECT GUTENBERG
  Can : Mo Seung
  Lit : No Other
    d. Felix Chong Man Keung
    Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing,
      Zhang Jingchu, Feng Wenjuan, Liu Kai Chi,
      Catherine Chau Ka Yi, David Wang Yao Ching, Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan,
      Deon Cheung Chung Chi, Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Carl Ng Ka Lung,
      Jack Kao, Alex Fong Chung Shun,
    Rating : IIB
    Length : 130 mins.
    Opening October 4 2018
    Trailer: https://youtu.be/t2BBNta35as

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Lee Man, a member of a notorious money counterfeiting ring, is arrested in Thailand and extradited back to Hong Kong. Thanks to renowned painter Yuen Man, Lee is offered a deal by the police: Reveal the identity of Painter, the charismatic leader of the counterfeiting ring, and Yuen can bail him out. Lee has no choice but to comply and recount his story: In the 1990s, Lee and Yuen were lovers living together in Vancouver, seeking to be seen in the art world. However, success eludes them, and Lee is forced to go make counterfeit paintings to make a living.

    Lee's counterfeit paintings catch the eyes of Painter, and he decides to recruits Lee to join his team. Together with Painter's elite team, Lee travels the world in search of technologies to create the "Super Dollar," a counterfeit bill that circumvents the anti-counterfeiting measures of the 1996 American dollar. But when Lee witnesses Painter's violent methods in action, he becomes desperate to escape his employer's grip.

    Will Painter come out of hiding to seek revenge for Lee’s betrayal? Or will he disappear for good?

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    A mastermind with the code name "Painter" and his counterfeiting gang are being hunted by the Hong Kong police. Their criminal activities have gone global but it is hard to distinguish the authenticity of their counterfeits as they possess exceptional counterfeiting skills. Due to this, a painter, Lee Man, is called in to assist with the case.


  7 RAMPANT
  Can : Si Sak Dai Gok
  Lit : Corpse Killing Empire
    d. Kim Sung-Hoon
    Hyun-Bin, Jang Dong-Gun, Jo Woo-Jin, Kim Eui-Sung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 127 mins.
  Opening November 1 2018
  https://youtu.be/-1ilJrgT-Y8

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Lee Chung, a Prince of Joseon, is a talented swordsman but also a womaniser who is prone to gambling. He has been given to the Qing Dynasty as a political hostage but returns to Joseon after more than 10 years later when his older brother Lee Young is set to succeed the throne. Soon, Lee Chung has to confront the monsters that run rampant in the night.


  6 HICHKI
    d. Siddharth P Malhotratiqua
    Rani Mukerji
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 116 mins.
  Opening November 8 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/cuWtXLfflVE

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Hichki is a story about a woman who turns her most daunting weakness into her biggest strength. Naina Mathur is an aspiring teacher who suffers from Tourette Syndrome. After several interviews and numerous rejections, she lands her dream job as a full-time teacher in one of the most elite schools in the city. However, she soon realises that the class she has been assigned comprises of defiant and impish students who can't seem to keep out of trouble. Despite a few initial hiccups, Naina must do whatever she can to ensure that her students realise their true potential, and defy all the odds against them.


  5 ONE CUT OF THE DEAD
  Can : Si Sak Pin Cheung
  Lit : Corpse Killing Studio
    d. Shinichirou Ueda
    Yuzuki Akyama, Takayuki Hamatsu, Mao, Harumi Syuhama
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening September 24 2018 (Preview)
  Opening October 25 2018
  https://youtu.be/SzhZ68Acr_c

[ THE GRAND CINEMA ]
    The film opens in a run-down, abandoned warehouse where a film crew are making a zombie film...Yet, this is no ordinary warehouse. It’s been said that it’s the site of where military experiments took place...Out of nowhere, real zombies arrive and terrorize the crew!


  4 HUNTER KILLER
    d. Donovan Marsh
    Gary Oldman, Gerard Butler


  3 A STAR IS BORN
    d. Bradley Cooper
    Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott


  2 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
    d. Bryan Singer
    Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee



  1 OVERLORD
    d. Julius Avery
    Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek

[2018.11.14] FOR THE WEEK STARTING NOVEMBER 10 2018

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting November 10 2018


15 MY LOVE
  Can : Ngor Dik Oi
  Xu Wei

14 SERIOUS AS EVER
  Can : Ying Chun Yu Chor
  Jason Chan Pak Yu

13 ABSOLUTE
  Can : Juet
  Karen Mok Man Wai

12 I AM YOURS
  Can : Ngor Si Nei Dik
  Chen Linong

11 DIVING
  Can : Chim Shui
  Hins Cheung King Hin

10 CREO EN MI
  Sammi Cheng Sau Man Feat. Jackson Wang

 9 I RETURN TO THAT PLACE CALLED LOVE
  Can : Ngor Wui Doh Na Gor Ming Giu Oi Ching Dik Dei Fong
  Sha Baoliang

 8 OH
  Can : Ai Ya
  Mo Buyi

 7 CAN BE AGAIN
  Can : Hor Yut Hor Joi
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 6 A WOMAN AND BATHROOM
  Can : Yut Gor Nui Yun Wor Yuk Sut
  Kay Tse On Kay

 5 NO LONGER ME
  Can : Ngor Buk Joi
  Jane Zhang Liangying

 4 BETRAYED YOUTH
  Can : Wai Bui Dik Ching Chun
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

 3 THE BOY NAMED CROW
  Can : Hong Nga Siu Nin
  Hua Chenyu (Wa Sun Yu)

 2 IF I WERE YOUNG
  Can : Nin Siu Yau Wai
  Li Ronghao


 1 TIME STOPPED
  Can : Si Gan Ting Liu
  Luhan