Monday, March 18, 2019

[2019.03.19] LINAH MATSUOKA GETS FILM POSTER BANNED

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The Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Jeana Ho Pui Yu and Linah Matsuoka starred new film DECEPTION OF THE NOVELIST (JOK GA DIK FONG YIN: BUK JUNG YAU JUI) officially released its poster. Linah Matsuoka was in the buff. Despite the lack of any nudity or lewd behavior the poster received a ban before its release, as MTR and Kowloon Bus rejected the poster citing nudity, neck wound and knife in hand as reasons. The film company felt that the poster was suitable and would consider other formats to promote.

In the film Cheung Kin Sing, his wife Jeana and their son originally were a happy family, but after the mistress Linah Matsuoka suddenly appeared and rented the room upstairs, a thrilling mystery occurred. In the film Matsuoka had many super sexy costumes, in the stairway in seductive lingerie, and blindfolded in another scene.

[2019.03.19] AARON KWOK WORRIES ABOUT TERMINAL ILLNESS AFTER PLAYING A CHARACTER WITH IT

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Media Asia film yesterday announced its major film projects for this year at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market. Attending actors included Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) and others. Five films were introduced, BODIES AT REST (CHUM MUK DIK JING YUN), SILENCE IN SMOKE (MUN YIN), FAGARA (FA JIU JI MEI), KNOCKOUT (NGOR MOON WING BUK YIN HEI), THE CALLING OF BUS DRIVER (AH SOK DIK GOO SI) and I'M LIVING IT (MAK LO YUN). Sing Sing revealed, "I'M LIVING IT has already been completed for awhile, it is slated for a release this year and later will participate in film festivals elsewhere. As an actor I won't put awards first. Because it is a Hong Kong subject, I hope it will be able to show the world that Hong Kong films are excellent."

Sing Sing in the film played a terminally ill homeless person. He said after the shoot he thought that he had the terminal illness himself and was rather anxious. Later after a physical he found out that he was fine and relaxed. Chin Wa praised Sing Sing for being in character, he was able to skip meals and very easily bring them into their characters. Reportedly Sing Sing placed a fengshui setting for having sons, which he denied. "Of course not, actually I have always used fengshui to secure the home. It isn't a made up story as reported. (Was it not this color before?) Because it broke in a storm earlier a new one was set up. Now it is much more secure. Since I am a father and a husband, I have a duty to protect the health of my family. (You wouldn't pray for a son with your wife's second pregnancy?) Regardless of the gender I am happy, I just want my daughter to have a companion." Chin Wa said, "The elders always teach us not to reveal the gender during the pregnancy." Sing Sing agreed that his mother did not like him always talking about it either. Happiness was the most important.

Cheng Sau Man with Megan Lai Ya-Yan and Cherry Li Xiaofeng in the film FAGARA played sisters. Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To) played their father. They said that B Gor Gor could play their boyfriend. B Gor said, "With make up effect I can play old, if I play the age since I have known human nature then I am probably OK."

Singer turned actor Ivana Wong Yuen Chi yesterday promoted her new film THE CALLING OF A BUS DRIVER. Producer, director and writer Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum) revealed that she went to get a bus driver license. "She in the film played a bus driver, but I wouldn't say how many times she took the test! I thought about asking her to take everyone to the premiere on a bus, but I would go on my own!" Ivana said that getting the bus driver license actually was not too hard. "As long as you are willing to go to class you are fine. You will get it after a few times. I want to say that after the shoot I can drive to celebrate with a barbecue, but no one has responded."

[2019.03.19] WHITE STORM 2 PREDICTS MTR CRASH?

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The summer release WHITE STORM 2: DRUG LORDS (SO DUK 2 TIN DEI DUI KUET) yesterday held a press conference at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market. Director Herman Yau Lai To, actors Andy Lau Tak Wa, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Michael Miu Kiu Wai, Kent Cheng Juk Si, Karena Lam Ka Yun and Chrissie Chau Sau Na all appeared for the trailer premiere.

As the producer and the lead, Lau Tak Wa revealed that WHITE's first 80 minutes had plenty of car chases. For the finale a 1 to 1 scale two story MTR Central station lobby and tunnel set was built for a car chase between him and Koo Tin Lok into the MTR. The shoot took over two weeks. Sam Gor said that it cost HK$ 350 million. Wa Jai said, "Then I would rather they gave the money to us!" Speaking of yesterday two MTR trains crashed during a new signal test, Goo Jai said, "Maybe we crushed them!" Sam Gor continued, "It was at the station we shot at, I am a little scared!" Wa Jai also said, "That's very awkward!" Sam Gor joked, "Would they blame you?" Wa Jai answered, "I don't think now, they would blame the boss!"

Wa Jai felt that this collaboration was rather fresh, because he and Sam Gor have not worked together since BROTHERS about ten years ago and with Goo Jai since FAT CHOI SPIRIT (LEK GOO LEK GOO SUN NIN CHOI). It was even the first time that Sam Gor worked with Goo Jai. Sam Gor joked, "One of you was heaven and the other earth and you went to have a heart to heart, I came out in the end to take care of things. However it was the first time I witnessed the power of two Best Actors. I was learning!" Wa Jai joked that he was in the business the longest. Sam Gor said that he only got into the business a few months before Wa Jai. Goo Jai in the film played the villain, the most evil performance yet. His character preferred foreign women, he often had bikini clad beauties around him and gave him lap dances. Did he feel very lucky? He said, "It was more awkward, so awkward that I was angry. I could only perform as such. However before the dance we needed more communication, and I was forced to dance!" Wa Jai joked that in the film he only had two Asian beauties in his wife Lam Ka Yun and girlfriend Chau Sau Na, and Sam Gor in the film only had a daughter.

Lam Ka Yun said that she worked with Wa Jai for the first time as husband and wife. She praised Wa Jai for truly having no bad side. He took care of everyone very well, the meal boxes were very fine and he would end the work day on time. "When I had to change for a wedding gown scene, he was very patient. When I came out in a wedding gown, he attentively lent me a hand. So I was very safe and felt very fortunate!" Although in the film she and Wa Jai had intimate scene, but Ka Yun had limits. Instead on the first day of work they worked on an argument scene. They were unable to reach an understanding in life but still were able to look very compatible.

Chau Sau Na on the first day of work also had to work on a break up scene with Wa Jai, which required her to be "packed" to dump him. "Because it was the first time we worked together, I was very nervous and anxious. I could only not think about how handsome he was, only focusing on the flaws of his character. Yet inside I was very reluctant. We really should have more sweet scenes earlier, maybe then I would be a little more used to it." Sister Na also praised Wa Jai for being very professional, the break up scene had a lot of emotional swings and would get physical. He would adjust himself to bring the scene to a finish very quickly.

[2019.03.19] LEON LAI ENCOURAGES YOUNG PEOPLE TO SEEK BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE GREATER BAY AREA

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The Hong Kong Entertainment Expo has already stepped into its 15th year. This time the Entertainment Expo would continue to open with the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (Filmart). Filmart has also stepped into its 23rd year. Over 880 exhibitors from 35 countries and regions yesterday unveiled their exhibits, for the next four days the Hong Kong Convention Center will be where music, film and television big shots gather to promote their latest film and television products to buyers from around the world. This year would have even more regions that set up exhibits or exhibition halls for the first time, which fully reflected the Filmart's important position in the Greater Bay Area and solidify Hong Kong's position as the city of creativity.

The Hong Kong Entertainment Expo will take place from March 18th to April 14th, including the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the Hong Kong Film Awards, Hong Kong Asian Film Financing Forum, Hong Kong Asian Pop Music Fair and other events. This year's Entertainment Expo is even more meaningful to Hong Kong. Because as clearly stated in the just announced Greater Bay Area Development Plan Outline, it would support Hong Kong through film and television market and other events with international influence. Yesterday the Hong Kong secretary of finance Chan Mo Po, Trade Development Council executive director Margaret Fong Shun Man, the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television television series deputy secretary Liu Meiyu, the TDC film, television and entertainment advisory committee chair Peter Lam Kin Ngok and the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo ambassador Leon Lai Ming host the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo launch ceremony.

The Leon shot promotional short film was shown, creatively all the lines were said backward. Chan Mo Po said that this time the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo's slogan was it could be recited backward, thus all the lines were backward in the promotional film. He was surprised to find how fluent Leon was with it. The promotional film already has 350,000 hits.

Chan Mo Po represented the Special Administrative Region government in welcoming friends old and new, stressing that Hong Kong would gather creative talent through film and television market and other internationally influential events and solidify Hong Kong's position of city of creativity. This would fully reflect the film and television market's very unique and sizable position in the Greater Bay Area.

In order to further assist the industry to expand its business connections, the film and television market will have over 60 cultural exchanges, new film announcements, special topic forums and other events, as well as over 300 screenings. Around 100 screenings would be world or Asian premieres. The Greater Bay Area film and television industry development would be one of the focus of this year's Filmart, as many Greater Bay Area representatives would examine the future of the Greater Bay area entertainment industry development opportunities at several forums.

Lam Kin Ngok pointed out that after the announcement of the Greater Bay Area Development Plan Outline, he felt that more development space would appear, attracting more from the industry to Hong Kong and strengthening Hong Kong film, television and entertainment position. He even urged young people to support it and inject new force into the Hong Kong film industry.

Leon changed from his golden quote ways to tongue twisters. Speaking of how creative his promotional film was, how would technology and creativity help each other? Leon said, "Actually many peopl would use new technology, including the internet to make their own creations. I believe creative technology will require a lot of time. For friends who find a suitable team, they love to create. This creation can not only develop step by step online but also be seen by even more. It can even be developed into a new entertainment format that we never would have guessed."

What business opportunity would the Greater Bay Area concept bring entertainment development? Leon said that for young people it absolutely would be a good starting point. The time has come for everyone to interact and create even more opportunities for young people to create their careers. Leon continued, "First for a creator or a job seeker, when they would look for work in Hong Kong they would look the same district and for jobs that speak Cantonese. Actually most of the Greater Bay Area understand Cantonese, of course Putonghua would be great too. If you can communicate and the job is close to home, you can let your inspiration run wild and have exchanges in a new place. I believe for young people it absolutely would be a good starting point. Hong Kong is a small place, and has been developing for a very long time. It is time for interactive exchanges, creating even more opportunities for young people to start their careers. They would include online, behind the scene and friends who like film and music, if they do well, business opportunities would naturally come find you."

[2019.03.19] DONNIE YEN WOULD NOT ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY FOR IP MAN 5

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Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi Lam) yesterday appeared at the Hong Kong Film and Television Market's IP MAN Hall to promote IP MAN 4. Speaking of IP MAN reaching its finale with its four installment, Chi Tan admitted the most beautiful thing should come to an end. He was not upset, as perhaps there would be a new start. In addition nothing was forever in film, he even joked that maybe in the next one Hung Doi Lam would return. Would he like to make a fifth film? He said, "Film has a lot of imagination! If the audience asks for it, with new co-stars that can stimulate everyone and new elements artistically, I wouldn't block off my own road."

Would the fighting in IP MAN 4 be more difficult? Chi Tan stated that if the audience would be happy from watching it and he was able to fight, he already did his job. He said, "I fight no matter the genre, in each movie I would look for breakthrough for even more sensory stimulation. Yet each film would have its chemical reaction." Lynn said that she was very envious of how much Yen Chi Tan loved and respected his wife, while making IP MAN she was single and she wanted to find a husband like Yen Chi Tan. In the end she was able to find a good husband.

[2019.03.19] RAYMOND LAM PLAYS A VILLAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME


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Gordon Lam will go to work in the Mainland and Malaysia
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Er Dong film yesterday held a Hong Kong International Film and Television Market press conference. P STORM (P FUNG BO)'s actors Louis Koo Tin Lok, Raymond Lam Fung, Kevin Cheng Ka Wing, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Chrissie Chau Sau Na, Patrick Tam Yiu Man and I CORRUPT ALL COPS 2 (GUM CHIN DAI GOK 2 SEI DAI TAM JEUNG)'s producer Wong Jing and actor Jacquelin Chong Si Man attended.

Lam Fung said that 18 years after STEP INTO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI) he worked with Koo Tin Lok again on P STORM (P FUNG BO). This time was also his first villain role. Goo Jai also praised Lam Fung as more stable and mature 18 years later, working together again was particularly happy. Lam Ka Tung said that Goo Jai "did him in" in the first installment, thus this time in the fourth installment in the prison he "did Goo Jai in" with his subordinates at the shower. The only female lead in the film, Chau Sau Na said that Lam Fung was trying to kill her on a helicopter. Luckily Ka Wing saved her and she felt very fortunate. Ka Wing also said that fighting in the narrow space in the helicopter was quite a challenge and felt that Lam Fung was quite agile. Sister Na did not complain even though she got bruises. She had a lot of professional ethics.

Cheng Ka Wing was asked if he would start to be more careful now that he has a family. Ka Wing said, "Now film productions would more or less have action, my wife is an actor too. She would understand the process. In addition I don't want to stop being an actor so soon!" His son just turned a month old. Did he feel he looked like him? Ka Wing said, "My Ma says he looks like me, my mother in law says he looks like my wife. For now I feel he looks more like me, when he will be a little older maybe he will look like my wife. Everyday he looks different!"

Yesterday at work Ka Wing admitted that he kept missing his son. "Actually anyone with children would know. Now every two hours he would need someone, but he has been very nice and slept very well. Sometimes he would wake up, so I have to have patience." With his fatherhood experience, Ka Wing said that he started to know his son's temper. If he had to go he would be moving around with his face all red, if he was hungry he would have another reaction. He changed, fed and burped his son. When he successfully burped his son he had an indescribable sense of satisfaction. However he said that his son was very "nice" as he already poured tea for him. "Once the maternity assistant was changing him and I was standing next to her. He turned to the side and spray in my face. The feeling was warm, very powerful and strong. However it probably happened to every Papa!"

[2019.03.19] BODIES AT REST PUT RICHIE JEN IN CRUTCHES FOR MONTHS


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The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival held its opening ceremony last night at the Convention Center. Opening ceremony guests included the Commerce and Economic Development under secretary Dr. Bernard Chan Pak Li, Hong Kong International Film Festival Association president Dr. Wong Ying Wai, film festival ambassador Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, film festival youth ambassador Jennifer Yu Heung Yi, the opening film BODIES AT REST (CHUM MUK DIK JING YUN)'s director Renny Harlin, actors Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Roger Kwok Chun On, Ron Ng Cheuk Hei. Other guests included director Johnnie To Kei Fung and his wife, Mainland director Jia Zhangke and his wife.

President Wong Ying Wai said, "The Hong Kong International Film Festival is an annual event for film cultural exchange, so far 85 shows have been sold out. We have invited a group of domestic and internationally renowned filmmaker to the film festival to provide the valuable opportunity for sharing and exchanges among colleagues."

Lately busy with another action film in Spain, Cheung Ka Fai said that he was very happy to have a film that would open the film festival for the first time. Thus two nights ago he made time to return to Hong Kong and show his support. After the event he would fly back to continue the shoot. "I have been in Spain for three weeks, after returning only had one meal with my wife and daughter. However after one more week I will be back."

Siu Chai talked about the production experience. The most memorable for him was when he kicked in a door to catch Ka Fai and was injured. "The kick caused leg muscle tear, I had to be in crutches for two months. However the director was very accommodating and delayed all the running and action scenes. I promised Mama I would make a dramatic film, so I didn't dar to tell her I got hurt. I was afraid that she would yell at me."

Ng Cheuk Hei and Kwok Chun On both said that they were very happy to be to work with a Hollywood director and experience a Hollywood style production. On Jai said that this time he played a seemingly gay but not character at the request of the director. "Actually I don't know too much, when I got to the set I very happily chatted with Ka Fai for two days then I returned to Hong Kong. However I added in more feminine gestures. After each shot the director would yell 'good', but he was demanding. After three or four times when he said 'well done' then we were finished."

Cheuk Hei said that his role mainly revolved around Siu Chai. The script only had the word "brawl". He then fought for six full days. He fought for a dozen or so takes before the director yelled 'well done'. Although at the time Beijing was chilly and he had to fight from morning to night, he learned a lot from working with Ka Fai and Siu Chai for the first time.

Yu Heung Yi last night was present with old flame Chan Ka Lok. She said that she was not afraid of awkwardness if they ran into each other because they already ran into each other at the Directors' Guild spring banquet earlier. They politely greeted each other.

Chan Ka Lok also said that running into his ex would not be awkward, but he would try not to talk too much about his love life. Speaking of being caught with Jeannie Chan Ying in a car again, he explained, "It was an old photo, earlier we worked together on a series. After work I got her a ride home."