Wednesday, February 1, 2023

[2023.02.02] A GUILTY CONSCIENCE'S SUCCESS BRINGS BACK CASE MEMORIES FOR MARY JEAN REIMER

Dayo Wong's A GUILTY CONSCIENCE role is said to be based on Mary Jean Reimer

A GUILTY CONSCIENCE has reached 7th place among the highest grossing Hong Kong films

Mary Jean Reimer accompanied Pang Chor Ying's sisters to the Eastern Law Court to give their testimony

Mary Jean Reimer admits that her acting bug has been biting, but she would be too busy assisting her husband with his business to perform
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The Dayo Wong Tze Wa starred film A GUILTY CONSCIENCE (DUK SIT DAI JONG) yesterday announced that it has reached 7th place among the highest grossing Hong Kong film in history with OVER HK$ 60.9 million. The film has triggered as a series of discussions. Some mentioned that the big family, murder in the film reminded them of the 1999 "Pang Chor Ying case". Mary Jean Reimer (Yung Jing Jing) on social media posted the related posts. In 2005 Pang Chor Ying's family asked her for help and suggested to the government a Coroner's Court hearing. She said that the case was a "legal tragedy that took place during the Hong Kong colonial era." Some said that Yung Jing Jing was the basis for A GUILTY CONSCIENCE's lawyer and that she was the real "Lam Leung Shui". Yung Jing Jing said that she has yet to watch A GUILTY CONSCIENCE, but she believed they would not be related. Only because she has handled many cases, people were trying to connect the dots.

Yung Jing Jing recently on social media shared her experience as a lawyer, saying that each time she took a special case someone would visit her mother and want her to quit. Thus her mother suggested for her to bring water to court, if someone would throw acid at her she would be able to wash it off. Speaking of A GUILTY CONSCIENCE's Lam Leung Shui being based on her, Yung Jing Jing said that she was not in Hong Kong so she has not yet seen the film. However she has heard the story and was interested in going to see the movie. She revealed that when THE SPARRING PARTNER opened, some already said that she was the basis for the lawyer. She said, "Actually it's not related, because of the cases I have handled people were just trying to connect the dots."

Yung Jing Jing while handling the "Pang Chor Ying case" experienced inexplicable supernatural events. "Although the Coroner's Court closed the case, if you would ask me whether the victim would rest in peace I would answer, 'No." She (Pang Chor Ying) would occasionally appear at my home. My worker has seen her but I haven't."

Yung Jing Jing revealed that during the pandemic, many units that have been preparing legal scenes have contacted her. At the time she was not in Hong Kong and declined. Reportedly some film people was preparing to adapt the 2010 case of "Kan Ka Leung family murders"; Yung Jing Jing also participated in the case and has heard the news, but no one has contacted her yet. "The book I wrote already have many cases that could be studied in detail. I have the responsibility to maintain confidentiality, I can't reveal the details. I have thought about writing a screenplay, or be interested in consulting, as long as time would permit. Earlier my acting bug had its fill. I guest starred in a movie in Macau and played (Cherry) Ngan Cheuk Ling's mother. However in the short run I wouldn't be able to participate in performing, because I would have to assist with my husband's business."

Yung Jing Jing said that the legal world had many subjects, many shocking cases that could be made in movies that would definitely be attractive. Since both THE SPARRING PARTNER (JING YI WUI LONG) and A GUILTY CONSCIENCE (DUK SIT DAI JONG) performed well, she believed that people would keep making the subject. She hoped that filmmakers would put an effort into serious productions and not to ruin the legal subject.

Has she missed her war of words days in court? Yung Jing Jing said, "Many of my cases required me to put up both money and effort, in one a young person with autism was accused of murder. I spent 300 hours but made no money. The 2015 Ting Wai Monastery case still has not concluded yet."

Yung Jing Jing said that she had to focus her energy on business. Her husband Sean Hotung's family business is all over the world, but he recently has focused on writing his law doctorate thesis. She said, "My husband wants to be a scholar, so I can only be the business person and handle the properties. Even leaking pipes became my business. I really am very busy."

[2023.02.02] DONNIE YEN TAKES A RISKY RIDE IN HIS NEW FILM

Donnie Yen has put a lot of effort into interpreting a different Kiu Fung

Donnie Yen shares the pain and joy of his years in the business
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Donnie Yen Chi Tan earlier attended a film special screening and mentioned when he first opened a film company the movie bombed at the box office. However he did not give up his dream and finally he was able to fight his way out! In the new film he performed highly difficult stunts and risked challenging his weakness, as he risked his life on a thrilling riding scene.

The Yen Chi Tan directed and starred film SAKRA (TIN LUNG BAK BO ji KIU FUNG JUEN) was released online in the Mainland during the Lunar New Year and received decent response. Some online pointed out that the film aside from the fight scenes also had very outstanding shots, as they praised Chi Tan to be a fully qualified director. Actually years ago he directed and starred in two movies, LEGEND OF THE WOLF (JIN LONG CHUEN SUEN) and BALLISTIC KISS (SAT SAT YUN TIU TIU MO), but both bombed at the box office.

Earlier when he attended a special screening in Hong Kong, he talked about this again. "In 1995 I started a film company, directed and starred in two movies but both failed. My bank account only had 100 bucks left, I didn't even have the money to eat and had to ask the producer to treat. The movie's box office failed insanely, at the time because the film had to wrap up production I even borrowed from loan sharks. However I never gave up."

Grinding his teeth, he kept going and finally reached the peak of his career of IP MAN. He never lingered on the halo of success. Instead he kept looking for breakthrough. Also because of this, he decided to make costume films and direct again. He spent a lot of effort into interpreting a different Kiu Fung. In one of the riding scenes, he in order to bring out the boldness of the character risked his life. He said, "I didn't know how to ride. Early on in my career I learned on the set, but for years I haven't made a costume film. I had to adjust anew. In one scene I took eight disciples riding in the forest. The action design was to drink and ride. Controlling the riding director and opening the wine to drink were both very difficult. With the slightly mishap I would fall to the ground. The people behind wouldn't be able to stop in time, so if I fell to the ground I would definitely be trampled to death! That's filmmaking though, a lot of risks would be taken. Luckily in the end I was able to get this scene." In addition, the film's lead actress Yukee Chen Yuqi kept promoting online recently with cute poses.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

[2023.02.01] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 2023

For the week ending Sunday, January 29 2023

M3GAN POSTER

10 M3GAN
    d. Gerard Johnstone
    Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Amie Donald,
      Ronny Cheng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps,

A MAN CALLED OTTO POSTER

  9 A MAN CALLED OTTO
    d. Marc Forster
    Tom Hanks, Mariana Trevino, Rachel Keller, Manuel Garcia-Ruffo

SAY I DO TO ME POSTER

  8 SAY I DO TO ME
  Can : 1 Yun Fun Lai
  Lit : 1 Person Wedding
    d. Kiwi Chow Koon Wai
    Sabrina Ng Ping, Kelvin Chan Kin Long, Candy Lo Hau Yam,
      Jacky Tong Hoo Yin, Mixson Wong Bo Cheung, Isabel Chan Yat Ning,
      Gregory Wong Chung Hiu, J Lou (Lam Yun)
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 115 mins.
  Opening January 20 2023 (Preview)
  Opening January 26 2023
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/CLZKC2n5Z78

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    "I want to marry myself!"

    To plan for a solo wedding, to marry myself, to declare my forever love for myself to the world!

    Attractive comedienne Ping vows to become a viral Youtuber. She concocts a plan to put on a show of marrying herself in what was meant to secure both money and likes! However, the scam ultimately ended up in the discovery of her true self in this coming-of-age fairy tale comedy.

    To love others, I must love myself. Simple enough, right? But who am I? In a pageant of love, four contest as lovers, each one goodhearted in their own right. Does Ping want all four or none at all? By marrying herself, can she figure out who she really is? And who she really loves? Ping will tell it all on the day of the solo wedding...

    In this satire of marriage and the individual self, nothing is left untouched: women, men, organised religion, homosexuality, the filthy rich, not to mention ye good old mother! Love yourself in Say I do to me, won't you?

TO MY NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF POSTER

  7 TO MY NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF
    Can : Cup Sup Gau Shui Dik Ngor
    d. Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting
    Documentary
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 136 mins.
  Opening August 21 2022 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening October 12 2022 (Preview)
  Opening December 23 2022 (Preview)
  Opening January 26 2003

[ THE 46TH HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    Sparked by the demolition and reconstruction of its century old campus, Ying Wa Girls' School embarks on a project to chronicle the transformation of its students through the penetrating camera of director Mabel Cheung, its distinguished alumni. Following a group of young students since 2011, the documentary captures the trials and tribulations that go with the most turbulent decade in Hong Kong's history. An up-close and honest coming-of-age saga, with fascinating stories to tell, and personal journeys of self-discovery and realisation.

SAKRA POSTER

  6 SAKRA
  Can : Tin Lung Bak Bo ji Kiu Fung Juen
    d. Steve Cheng, Donnie Yen Chi Tan
    Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Yukee Chen Yuqi, Cya Liu,
      Kara Wai Ying Hung, Wu Yue, Grace Wong Kwan Hing,
      Eddie Cheung Siu Fai, Ray Lui Leung Wai
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 130 mins.
  Opening January 16 2023 in Malaysia
  Opening January 19 2023
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/9xuJkDlBWI4

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    During the Northern Song dynasty, Qiao Feng, the leader of the Beggars' Sect, was a heroic and chivalrous man who was respected by the whole martial arts world. But he was suddenly accused of being a Khitan, which made him isolated by friends and allies. Qiao Feng met Azhu the maid from Murong family on his journey to find out about his origin and enemies...

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Under the reign of Emperor Zhe Zong, an unlikely bond is formed between three very different men. The first is Qiao Feng, the courageous leader of the beggar clan. His clan looks up to him for always defending them, but when he is accused of being of Khitan descent and labelled a traitor, he is shunned by his fellow martial artists. The second is Duan Yu, the cheerful young prince of Dali. He avoids learning martial arts due to his hatred of conflict, and often runs away from his problems. The third man is Shaolin Monk Xu Zhu, who is a skilled martial artist torn between 2 powerful clans. As these three embark on their personal journeys of self-discovery, they find their way into each other's lives.

PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK POSTER

  5 PAWS OF FURY: THE LEGEND OF HANK
    d. Chris Bailey, Mark Koetsier, Rob Minkoff
    Nickelodeon Animation
    English Voices: Michael Cera, Ricky Gervais, George Takei,
      Gabriel Iglesias, Michelle Yeoh, Samuel L. Jackson
    Cantonese Voices: Edan Lui Cheuk On,
      Stanley Yau, Shirley Chan Yan Yin

AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER POSTER

  4 AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER
    d. James Cameron
    Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana,
      Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet

THE FIRST SLAM DUNK POSTER

  3 THE FIRST SLAM DUNK
    d. Takehiko Inoue, Yasuyuki Ebara
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 124 mins.
  Opening January 12 2023

[ EMPEROR CINEMAS ]
    Slam Dunk is a shonen manga by Takehiko Inoue that was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump from 1990, issue No. 42, to 1996, issue No. 27. The series, which depicts the personal growth of several high school basketball players, has sold more than 120 million copies in Japan. It has inspired numerous boys and girls to get into basketball. An anime series (that ran from October 1993 to March 1996), several video games, and other media based on the manga have also been produced. The Slam Dunk Scholarship was established in 2006 to support young basketball players in Japan. In 2018, a new, 20-volume shinsoban edition with all new cover illustrations was published, with volume divisions at each milestone in the story. An artwork compilation, PLUS / SLAM DUNK ILLUSTRATIONS 2, was released in 2020 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the series' launch.

EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL POSTER

  2 EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL
  Can : Chiu Sun Gaing Hai Gip Ong Ha
  Lit : Under Super Crazy Armed Robbery Case
  AKA : Fei Sun Gaing Hai Gip Ong Ha
  Lit : Under Not Crazy Armed Robbery Case
  AKA : Chiu Sun Gaing Hai Gip Ong
  Lit : Super Crazy Armed Robbery Case
    d. Ying Chi Wan
    Hins Cheung King Hin, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi,
      Jeffrey Ngai Chun Sun, Kaho Hung, Michael Ning (Bak Ji),
      Bonnie Wong Ching Yi, Yau Chung Wai,
      Angus Yeung Tin Yue, Carl Ao Ieong Chun Hou (Hou Dee),
      Aaryn Cheung Ming Wai, Suey Kwok Sze
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 126 mins.
  Opening January 21 2023
  Teaser: https://youtu.be/wByEEMOrAcg

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    During a diamond heist, one of the security escorts steals the diamonds and flees. Fellow security escorts Yau Shing and Jelly are forced to help the robber track down the diamond. Tracking the diamonds, they stumble into a secluded village. While they clash with the weird villagers, the three men suspect that they are being haunted by a female ghost.


A GUILTY CONSCIENCE POSTER

  1 A GUILTY CONSCIENCE
  Can : Duk Sit Dai Jong
  Lit : Poison Tongued Lawyer
    d. Jack Ng Wai Lun
    Dayo Wong Tze Wa, Tse Kwan Ho,
      Louise Wong Dan Nei, Fish Liew Chi Yu,
      Michael Wong Man Tak, Dee Ho Kai Wa, Renci Yeung Sze Wing,
      Adam Pak Tin Nam, Bowie Lam Bo Yi,
      Vincent Kok Tak Siu, Sheldon Lo (Law Hau Yung)
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 135 mins.
  Opening January 7, 14 2023 (Preview)
  Opening January 21 2023
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/JRUKWIv59Uw
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/DYJ828h8k4M

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    A simple supermodel's child abuse case becomes the battleground of justice, power, and fame. When the apex society exercises every network and resource to save itself, how will the barristers pursue justice?

[2023.02.01] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 2023

For the week starting Saturday, January 28 2023 (Week 4)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 HEAR ME OUT
  VSing

  4 START OVER
  Can : Moot Hui Chung Loi
  Paula Au Tsz Lam

  3 HOMO SAPIENS
  Can : Yun Ah Yun
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

  2 MY POLYHYMNIA
  Can : Ngor Dik Bor Lei Hoi Nei Ah
  Kay Tse On Kay


  1 APOLLO
  Can : Ah Bor Law
  Jeremy Lee Chun Kit

[2023.02.01] A GUILTY CONSCIENCE BECOMES 9TH HIGHEST GROSSING HONG KONG FILM

Jinny Ng goes to the movies with husband Alex
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The Dayo Wong starred A GUILTY CONSCIENCE has repeatedly set new records since its release

SAY I DO TO ME's director Kiwi Chow and actress Sabrina Ng attend an audience appreciation event 

Adam Pak and Alannah Oh attend A GUILTY CONSCIENCE special screening
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Adam Pak Tin Nam, Allanah Ong (Lam Siu Cham), Jinny Ng Yeuk Hei and husband Alex Ho Siu Hung, Candy Yu On On, Yuen King Tan, Sharon Kwok Sau Wan and Kong Chi Nei two nights ago attended A GUILTY CONSCIENCE (DUK SIT DAI JONG)' show business guest special screenings. The busier the 82 year old Lam Siu Cham would get the more energetic she would become, as she would start production on several films. Ng Yeuk Hei said that this year career would come first as she would not have another baby.

Pak Tin Nam said that aside from being busy with audience appreciation events recently, he also came to support his on screen "mother in law" Lam Siu Cham. He pointed out that this time from Sister Siu Cham he learned that as an actor the most necessary was have politeness and character. Speaking the film after 10 days has already passed HK$ 55 million at the box office, he praised the script as well written. At the same time he was very grateful to the Hong Kong audience for its support. He also said that if the box office would climb higher, he would try to satisfy all the viewers' requests on his live stream as a show of appreciation. Would he appear in swim wear? He joked, "This one seems to be Ah Dee (Ho Kai Wa)'s, he said he would wear swimming trunks. (Would you show off your muscles?) If that would be a live request, we will see. Actually I am happy, reaching HK$ 55 million in 10 days is very sharp. In addition the word of mouth has been great, but we still really need everyone's support." Playing the villain in the film, he also felt that as an actor he should not mind whether the role was good or bad. As long as he could get into character he was fine.

Sister Siu Cham after the special screening already flew to Canada to visit her family yesterday. "I haven't been back in 3 years, I really miss them. This time my son and daughter bought the plane ticket, I would stay for a month." Sister Siu Cham revealed that after returning to Hong Kong he would work on Johnnie To Kei Fung's new film and two Mainland films. The 82 year old said that busier the better, instead without work she would feel very tired. Her family has also been very supportive. Sister Siu Cham said, "In 2019 I won Best Supporting Actress in Canada, at the time I was 79. People asked me when I would retire, I said I would act until I would be 100."

The Lunar New Year film A GUILTY CONSCIENCE last night reached HK$ 58 million and landed in ninth place in Hong Kong film historical box office. Lead Dayo Wong Tze Wa posted, "Dresses are pulled and pants are falling, all because of you!" The Kiwi Chow Koon Wai directed SAY I DO TO ME (1 YUN FUN LAI) opened on the second Lunar New Year slot on January 26th and has made HK$ 1.9 million. Some online said that the SAY I DO TO ME was in box office trouble and started a box office pumping movement. Chow Koon Wai has been promoting hard on social media and revealed that more and more people have been booking entire shows to enjoy the film.

A GUILTY CONSCIENCE has been extremely topically. Many viewers have said that they have seen it two to three times. Speaking of many scenes being cut, like the intimate scene between Louise Wong Dan Nei and Fish Liew Chi Yu in the production special, someone has asked for a "director's cut" release.

Aside from A GUILTY CONSCIENCE's box office success, during the Lunar New Year EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL (CHIU SUN GAING HAI GIP ONG HA) was also closed to HK$ 15 million. The Japanese animation THE FIRST SLAM DUNK passed HK$ 35 million.

The Chow Koon Wai directed SAY I DO TO ME after 4 days (January 23rd to 29th) made over HK$ 1.6 million and accumulated over HK$ 1.9 million. Some online said that SAY I DO TO ME was in box office trouble. Some restaurants in order to help with the box office gave 10% discount with the movie's ticket stubs; some stores gave away a free ticket coupon, hoping client3s would take another person to the movie.

SAY I DO TO ME has about 100 shows daily, but they have been either early or late shows. Many have said that they wanted to support the movie but said it would not be easy. Director Chow Koon Wai has been promoting hard on social media and shared that different units have booked shows. "More and more people have been booking shows to enjoy SAY I DO TO ME." In order to thank the audience for its support, Chow Koon Wai and lead actress Sabrina Ng Ping today and tomorrow would attend audience appreciation events.

[2023.02.01] SERVICES FOR VETERAN ACTOR CHEN MAN LEI BEGIN

Chen Man Lei passed away in December at age 78 from the novel coronavirus

The hall plays a montage of Chen Man Lei's family photos and his FALLEN ANGELS performance

Wong Kar Wai sends a floral arrangement
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Veteran actor Chen Man Lei passed away due to the novel coronavirus on December23rd at age 78. Yesterday a Buddhist ceremony and Christian memorial services took place at the Universal Funeral Parlor. Today the funeral and the cremation ceremony would take place, and his remains would be transported to his ancestral home of Fujian for burial. Chen Man Lei participated in many films, and in 1995 with the film FALLEN ANGELS (DOR LOK TIN SI) received his Best New Performer nomination at the 15th Hong Kong Film Awards. FALLEN ANGELS' director and screenwriter Wong Kar Fai sent a floral arrangement and wrote "Always Missed". The hall also played Chen Man Lei and his family's photos and videos of his films.

Chen Man Lei's youngest daughter Chen Choi Fung said that her father two years ago was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure. At the time Father decided to use the palliative care service, without dialysis. In November last year his condition deteriorated. On December 20th he was diagnosed with novel coronavirus and passed away 3 days later. She continued, Father originally constantly commuted between the Mainland and Hong Kong. He operated a factory in the Mainland while acting in Hong Kong. Years ago after completing the film THREE HUSBANDS (SAM FU) his health started to decline. With his leg ailment he retired and settled in Hong Kong. At the final stage of his life, his 4 children were all by his side. Father originally wanted to see his grandson, who was studying in the Mainland, celebrate his 16th birthday. Otherwise he did not have any regret.

[2023.02.01] HINS CHEUNG'S NEW FILM REACHES HK$ 15 MILLION

Hins Cheung thanks Ian Chan for celebrating his birthday with him

Hins Cheung performs at a female fan's wedding.  Hana Kuk is also one of the special guests
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Hins Cheung King Hin would turn 42 today. After fans celebrated with him at a shopping center in advance, he also celebrated with Ian Chan Cheuk Yin and several friends over dinner. Three nights ago he also performed at a female fan's wedding banquet.

Hin Jai received good news on the eve of his birthday. His Emperor Motion Picture EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL (CHIU SUN GAING HAI GIP ONG HA) made around HK$ 15 million. Before and after the Lunar New Year he has been busy with audience appreciation event, so today he took a day off with the company for his birthday to properly enjoy Me time. Tomorrow he would resume work and continue to attend public events.

MIRROR member Ian last night held a birthday banquet last night to celebrate "Lord Hin's Birthday". Two hunks posed for a photo together and posted it on social media. Many fans left messages to wish him Happy Birthday. Hin Jai repeatedly thanked Ian's attentive arrangement. "Thank you Chairman Chan and several close friends for the birthday dinner, which has been heart warming and touching." He said that he almost wanted to cry and wished all sincere friendships would always be forever young.

In addition, Hin Jai three nights ago took time to perform at a female fan's wedding. Hin Jai responded, "Actually 3 years ago I already knew about this mission, but the wedding due to the pandemic has been rescheduled many times. This time was the first time I performed in front of so many people since I tested positive, suspended the concert series then recovered. The whole thing became very meaningful." The wedding banquet also invited Peter Tsang Pei Tat and Hana Kuk Chi Kiu as special guests and Derek Wong Kin Tung and Jacquelin Ch'ng Se Man as hosts.