Friday, June 2, 2023

[2023.06.03] CECILIA CHOI ENJOYS THE MOMENT DURING A TORTURE SCENE

Cecilia Choi suffers at the hands of Tony Wu in the film
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The film TALES FROM THE OCCULT: BODY AND SOUL (SUT HUNG HUNG GAN ji JUI YU SAT) has entered its second week in release. Its segment CHESHIRE CAT (MAU GIP)'s actors Kevin Chu Kam Yin and Tony Wu Tsz Tung both came from the sports world but worked together for the first time. Wu Tsz Tung said that this time with the acting interaction the collaboration was very pleasant.

On the day of the shoot Wu Tsz Tung held Cecilia Choi Sze Wan captive in a bird cage. Chu Kam Yin not only just looked on, but later also fought with Wu Tsz Tung over a difference of opinions. Wu Tsz Tung said, "Originally we came up with some fight scenes, action exchanges like slapping each other, but due to the story development they were cut in the end. So I very much look forward to be able to fight more with Ah Chu in the future."

Trapped in a cage and chained up, Choi Sze Wan was hung for over a hour. In addition in the story she had to break down emotionally and scream for help, the crew worried that the shoot would be rough on the fragile looking actress. She however was enjoying the moment. "When I was hung, originally I was a little scared. Later I discovered it was very carefree and pretty fun, and on the set only I got to do that. The others didn't get to, haha!"

In the film Chu Kam Yin, Choi Sze Wan and ANSONBEAN were in a love triangle, but for this "romantic rival" Chu Kam Yin had nothing but praise. Even Wu Tsz Tung agreed. "Anson is really very cute, very full of energy. When he learned that he had a fight scene today, before it was his turn he already told the director, 'I'm ready'. This kid really is very interesting." Chu Kam Yin said that Anson would always suddenly dance. The CHESHIRE CAT team earlier visited cinemas around Hong Kong for audience appreciation events, which felt very fresh for ANSONBEAN as it was his film debut.

[2023.06.02] AMY LO CUTS HER HAIR 8 INCHES SHORTER FOR WORK

Amy Lo looks refreshed with shorter hair
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Amy Lo says the short hair is easier to take care of 
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Amy Lo Wai Man recently cut her long hair for work. Two days ago she attended a brand private party with her refreshing short hair. She said that her hair has never been so short. She estimated that 8 inches were cut and praised how easy short hair was to manage, especially after an all night shoot as her hair washing time was cut in half. In recent years she participated in many film and television performances. Her film with Chow Yun Fat ONE MORE CHANCE (BIT GIU NGOR DOH SUN) would soon open in the mainland; the horror film TALES FROM THE OCCULT: ULTIMATE MALEVOLENCE (SUT HUNG HUNG GAN ji NGOR LIM JI JUI) and her film with Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui AN ABANDONED TEAM (GAU JUEN YUN SUN) would open this year. Started as a model, Lo Man Wai said, "I feel I have been lucky with opportunities, ultimately my height is an obstacle in movies; but since I was born that way I couldn't change it. I would work extra hard. When I have production opportunities I would work while learning from elders. At the same time I have been attending drama classes in hopes of telling everyone in the future with substance, I truly have successfully transitioned."

Wednesday, May 31, 2023

[2023.06.01] JEREMY LEE REVEALS EDAN LUI AND JER LAU ARE THE FUNNIEST ON THE SET

Jeremy Lee is very happy and touched to have the support from so many fans
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Jeremy Lee says that he frequently messes up his lines on the set of WE 12
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Jeremy Lee does not like to iron his clothes so he often gets complaints from image designers
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MIRROR member Jeremy Lee Chun Kit yesterday attended a athletic brand opening ceremony. Many "Unicorns" (fan nickname) showed up to show support and surrounded the store. Jeremy kept making the heart gestures to the fans outside and even personally accepted gifts and flowers, which made the Unicorns scream. In August he would perform his first solo concert. Jeremy said that the preparation has been heating up and he was nervous. Ultimately he has not have much opportunity to completely two hour solo performance, it would be an enormous challenge.

Jeremy revealed that the MIRROR starred film WE 12 (12 GWAI DOH) would wrap up production soon. The production process has been very pleasant. The 12 very rarely had a chance to work together and created a lot of comedy. "The funniest was Edan (Lui Cheuk On) and Jer (Lau Ying Ting). Earlier in one scene before Jer's cue to deliver his lines, he suddenly spoke them. The entire set was stunned and didn't know how to react. My character would have super memory, a lot of lines. Sometimes I would mess them up and get bad takes." Edan at the fan meeting lost his voice from playing. Jeremy said that he was already much better but his voice was still a little hoarse. Would he finally be a little quieter? He said, "No, even with a hoarse voice he still kept talking to people."

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

[2023.05.31] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, MAY 28 2023

For the week ending Sunday, May 28 2023

FATE POSTER

10 FATE
  Can : Sai Seung Ji Yau Ba Ba Ho
    d. Gurt Wong Lui Lok
    Liu Kai Chi, Chiu Sin Hang, Baby Po Pui Yue,
      Hero Yuen Ching Fung, Kimi Chiu Wing Yiu
      Nina Paw Hee Ching, Mimi Kung Chi Yan,
      Amy Tam Ka Chuen, Milkson Fong Siu Chung
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 95 mins.
  Opening March 30 2023
  Opening May 18 2023

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Delivery truck driver, Uncle Chuen, works hard every day to put food on the table. His only son, Chong, is only interested in photography. Uncle Chuen doesn't like how Chong idles his days away doing nothing, and this is a frequent flashpoint between the two. One time during an argument, Uncle Chuen slapped Chong on the face, and Chong ran out of the house, but didn't forsee that Chong would be hit unexpectedly by a car. Uncle Chuen and his wife rushed to the hospital, but there was no way to save him. The director of organ donation at the hospital found out that Chong had registered as an organ donor before he died. Although Uncle Chuen still could not accept his son's death, he pushed through the pain to fulfil his son's dying wish, to leave a gift to those still alive.

FLASH OVER POSTER

  9 DAY OFF
  Can : Boon Yat Gung Yau
    d. Fu Tien-yu
    Lu Hsiao-fen, Fu Meng-po, Shih Ming-shuai, Annie Chen,
      Fang Chih-yu, Bolin Chen, Austin Lin
  Length : 106 mins.
  Opening May 18 2023

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    For forty years A-Rui has been running a barbershop, a small place where she has seen happiness and sorrow, ebb and flow. Faced with all the troubles in her life, A-Rui fully commits to her work and defeat is never an option for her, but her children never appreciate it and treat her profession with disdain. One day, A-Rui receives a phone call from the family of an old regular client who moved far away a long time ago. The family asks A-Rui if she would be willing to travel to cut the hair for the bedridden old man. Reminded of what her master taught her, "Always provide your best service," A-Rui decides to hang up the "Day Off" sign and closes her shop for one day. She drives her beat-up old car and embarks on a long journey to do something others think is not worthwhile.

TALES FROM THE OCCULT: BODY AND SOUL POSTER

  8 TALES FROM THE OCCULT: BODY AND SOUL
  Can : Sut Hung Hung Gan ji Jui Yu Sat
  AKA : TALES FROM THE OCCULT 2
    d. Frank Hui Hok Man, Daniel Chan Yu Hang, Doris Wong Chin Hin
    Karena Lam Ka Yan, Michelle Wai Sze Nga,
      Terrance Lau Chun Him, Cecilia Choi Sze Wan,
      Wong Yau Nam, Chu Kam Hong, Kevin Chu Kam Yin,
      Tony Wu Tsz Tung, ANSONBEAN (Chan Ngai Sun), Scott Choi Ho Yin
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 93 mins.
  Opening May 25 2023
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/qTeMK2r5l9U

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    "Rapunzel" (directed by Frank HUI)
    When a hair model's tresses are sullied in a carouse, she walks into a hair salon to salvage her sole pride and joy, only to meet her most macabre end.

    "Cheshire Cat" (directed by Daniel CHAN)
    A man that is asked by an animal lover to investigate incidents of cat torture turns out to be the perpetrator himself, whose next target could be human.

    "Tooth Fairy" (directed by Doris WONG)
    The death of a philandering dentist initially suggests a crime of passion, but it soon comes to light that a patient of his might not be as innocent as she looks.

MAD FATE POSTER

  7 MAD FATE
  AKA : FATAL FATE
    Can : Ming Ong
    d. Soi Cheang Pou Soi
    Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Lokman Yeung,
      Berg Ng Yin Yip, Peter Chan Cham Man, Ng Wing Sze,
      Bonnie Wong Man Wai, Ko Tin Lung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 109 mins.
  Opening February 19 2023 at the Berlin Film Festival
  Opening March 30 2023 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 20 2023
  Opening April 27 2023 at the Udine Far East Film Festival
  Site : https://www.berlinale.de/en/2023/programme/202307420.html
  Site : https://www.hkiff.org.hk/film/getdetail?fid=2358

[ HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    When a fortune teller predicts that a psychopath is destined to commit murder, he uses the powers of feng shui and metaphysics to change the course of events. A thematic continuation of his classic films about the neverending struggle between fate and free will, Soi Cheang delivers a gripping thriller with intensity and panache, powered by producer Johnnie To and screenwriter Yau Nai-hoi. Gordon Lam and Lokman Yeung are extraordinary as two men standing at the edge of sanity, as they fight an invisible enemy. Berlinale Special.

[ BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    The sky above Hong Kong is not just heavy with clouds and rain, it also contains astral signs and dark omens in this esoteric neo-noir. In a radical and counter-intuitive move, rather than having the characters' trajectories converge towards the end, the plot instead knits their fates together from the start. Crossing paths at the scene of a heinous crime in a brothel are the serial killer perpetrator and the upstanding detective chasing him, but also a delivery boy obsessed with blood and knives and an occultist feng shui master who had predicted the victim's gory fate without being able to prevent it. The last two quickly form an unlikely pair, and this transforms the film into a surreal, hyperkinetic, expressionist buddy thriller. The horoscopes confirm that the boy will soon succumb to his bloodthirsty temptations, but to redeem past failures and save him from his fate, the fortune teller is willing to do anything. As the investigations gather pace, the pair sinks into delirium in a whirlwind of superstitions, rituals and distortions, against a backdrop of an alchemical metropolis.

THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE POSTER

  6 THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE
    d. Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
    Illumination Animation
    English Voices: Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day,
      Jack Black, Seth Rogen

THE CONVENANT POSTER

  5 THE CONVENANT
    d. Guy Ritchie
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Dar Salim

MARRY MY DEAD BODY POSTER

  4 MARRY MY DEAD BODY
    Can : Guan Yu Ngor Wor Gwai Bin Sing Ga Yun Dik Na Gein Si
    d. Cheng Wei-hao
    Greg Hsu Kuang-Han, Austin Lin, Gingle Wang,
    Tsai Chen-nan, Tuo Tsung-hua, Ma Nieh-hsien
    Rating : IIB
    Length : 129 mins.
    Opening April 1 2023 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
    Opening April 27 2023

[ HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    During a pursuit, homophobic police officer Ming-Han inadvertently picks a red envelope off the ground and becomes roped into a ghost marriage with a dead man named Mao-Mao. To get rid of his ghostly groom, Ming-Han agrees to help Mao-Mao find the culprit behind his death. Previously best known for scaring audiences with The Tag-Along series, director Cheng Wei-Hao proves himself to be one of the best genre directors in Taiwan cinema with a rambunctious high-concept comedy that has the comic energy of an old-school Hollywood farce.

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Ming-Han is a passionate policeman in a muscular shape. One day, in the process of arresting a criminal with his beautiful colleague - Zi-Qing, Ming-Han accidentally picks up a red envelope, and a group of people suddenly jumps out to call him "son in law". They ask him to get married with their dead child, who is a dead guy! It is impossible for Ming-Han to accept this decision. However, he doesn't expect to be in misfortune since then. What is even more terrifying is that he begins to see his ghost husband Mao-Mao that scares Ming-Han to death. Therefore, Ming-Han visits a great master to get rid of Mao-Mao. The master tells him that he must get married to Mao-Mao and check Mao-Mao's wish lists; otherwise, Mao-Mao will follow him forever. To get rid of Mao-Mao, Ming-Han has no choice but to help him fulfill all his wishes; at the same time, Mao-Mao also acts like Ming-Han’s partner to help him with the investigation of drug smuggling. A fantasy journey full of laughter and tears between a straight man and a gay ghost has begun.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 3 MOVIE POSTER

  3 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOLUME 3
    d. d. James Gunn
    Illumination Animation
    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillien,
      Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji,
      Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Sylvester Stallone
    English Voices: Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Maria Bakalova

THE LITTLE MERMAID MOVIE POSTER

  2 THE LITTLE MERMAID
    d. Rob Marshall
    Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Melissa McCarthy


FAST AND FURIOUS 10 MOVIE POSTER

  1 FAST AND FURIOUS 10
    d. Louis Leterrier
    Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson,
      Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jason Momoa, Nathalie Emmanuel,
      Jordana Brewster, John Cena, Jason Statham,
      Sung Kang, Alan Ritchson, Daniela Melchior,
      Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron,
      Brie Larson, Rita Moreno

[2023.05.31] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, MAY 27 2023

For the week starting Saturday, May 27 2023 (Week 20)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 WHAT IF
  Can : Man Yut Nei Si Ho Yun
  Terence Lam Ka Him

  4 RUMOURS
  MIRROR

  3 MIZU
  AGA

  2 INTO THE FOREST
  Serrini


  1 ALL DEAD ANGLE SAILOR MOON
  Can : Chuen Sei Gok Mei Siu Nui Jin Si
  LaiYing

[2023.05.31] LOUIS KOO REPEATS AS THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG FILMMAKERS PRESIDENT

Federation president Louis Koo (fourth left) along with vice president Joe Cheung (second left) attend THE REMNANT production start ceremony
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Louis Koo announces the second season of the "Keep Rolling Keep Running" project and looks forward to good scripts turning into good movies

The Philip Keung starred THE REMNANT has already begun production and started post production
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The Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers would release the second season of the "Keep Rolling Keep Running" project. Applications would be accepted between June 1st and August 31st to recruit film screenplays with both domestic uniqueness and creativity. This season's goal would be to choose 4 film projects. Each chosen team would receive a maximum investment of HK$ 4.2 million on their production budget to turn the script into a commercial film.

The "Keep Rolling Keep Running" project has no restriction to the participants' experience and its principles are to encourage creativity and explore Hong Kong film's new directions; at the same time, the selected production team must employ domestic film workers for all of its positions and hence create employment opportunity for the industry, cultivate a new generation of film talent and promote the industry's continuing development.

Just re-elected as the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers president, Koo Tin Lok said, "Last year the audience gradually returned to the cinemas. Hong Kong film again received everyone's attention and support. In the industry, even more young screenwriters, directors, new actors and even different position film workers still worked tirelessly to find the opportunity to realize their film dreams. Thus the second season of 'Keep Rolling Keep Running' hopes to be able to choose 4 film projects and looks forward to being able to encourage even more screenplays with domestic uniqueness, creativity and different genres so the Hong Kong film industry would continue to power up."

In the first season of the "Keep Rolling Keep Running" project, two selected films THE REMNANT (NGOK YUN DON DOH) and THE SIN OF UNFORGIVENESS (BUT SEH JI JUI) jumped out of over 40 participating screenplays and received investment for their production. Now the two films have already entered post production and pre production stages. Among them THE REMNANT tells a story about a retired mob boss who returns for a neighborhood that has been bullied over a rebuilding purchase issue. The cast would include Philip Keung Ho Man, Fish Liew Chi Yu, Cecilia Yip Tung, Ling Man Lung and Vincent Wan Yeung Ming. Liew Chi Yu had to dye her hair blonde to play a mother while Ling Man Lung would play a villain for the first time.

[2023.05.31] SEAN LAU CHALLENGES THE HUMAN BODY LIMITS AS HE RESUMES PRODUCTION

Sean Lau has to be hot as he is dressed like this on location in the heat

Kenny Wong, Timmy Hung work with Sean Lau

Sean Lau during the shoot has to run back and forth
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The fresh out of the oven Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor Sean Lau Ching Wan constantly took roles. Currently working on a new film, he earlier got sick and needed to stop and rest. Because he did not want to hinder the production progress, after testing negative again he immediately returned to work fully. When he was not in a scene he would discuss the scene with the director. Wearing a suit under the blazing sun, he turned into a "water person" but did not care. He worked for a full 6 hours without drinking a drop of water, showing his "iron Best Actor" nature!

Lau Ching Wan won the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor this year. Before his victory he once said that he would make every movie like it would be his last, not because he thought life was unexpected but that the journey of an actor was difficult. He could be without a job at anytime. However, for him that was too humble. He absolutely has been a hot property in the business, with one film offer after another. Just finishing the film BA BA (PAPA) earlier, he very quickly had to join another large scale film production TAM BOON JUEN GA (NEGOTITION EXPERT). Perhaps he was too busy, his body has been frail and earlier he tested positive for COIVD. He had to stop all productions. However, work has always come first for Ching Wan. Because he did not want to affect the production progress, several days later when he tested negative he immediately returned to work.

Earlier, he worked on large scale scenes with car crashes and hostage taking in Ho Man Tin. Also on hand were Timmy Hung Tin Ming, Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Adam Pak Tin Nam, Ken Low Wai Kwong, and Michael Miu Kiu Wai. Ching Wan was completely focused on the production. When not in a scene, he very rarely chatted with other actors. He stood aside while cultivating his emotions and going into the tent to discuss the scenes with director Herman Yau Lai To; because the temperature reached over 30 degrees Celsius, under the blazing sun he was completely soaked. He worked the full 6 hours without drinking a drop of water, challenged the human body limits. As soon as he worked on a movie he would forget about himself just like an iron man.

As the shoot neared its end, Ching Wan finally "returned to his real self" and chatted and laughed with Wong Tak Bun, Hung Tin Ming and others. Miu Kiu Wai chatted with the crew and even had a female worker rolling over laughing, he was rather popular with the ladies. Hung Tin Ming had his wife Janet Chow Ka Wai and their children visiting the set.