Friday, November 17, 2017


Stephy Qi and Zhang Hanyu
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The John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) directed new version of MANHUNT will open in Hong Kong next Thursday, the 23rd. Recently the team has been promoting nonstop at the Venice, Toronto, Busan, London and Hong Kong international film festivals as raves rushed in like a tidal wave. Director Ng who just returned from promoting in Malaysia today would lead leads including Mainland Best Actor Zhang Hanyu, Korean film queen Ha Ji-Won and popular Mainland queen Stephy Qi Wei to the Hong Kong premiere.

MANHUNT aside from series of gun fights and car chases that would have the viewers' blood boiling, but also shot a large scale party that would be memorable at Japan's tallest skyscrapper and Osaka's new landmark Abeno Harukas building. Zhang Hanyu was lucky as Qi Wei caught his eyes in a red Chinese dress and fell in love at first dance; on the other hand international model Tao seduced him with another dance. Dance scenes probably would be no problem for Best Actor Zhang Hanyu, but on camera he appeared stiff. Actually it was all acting. "I felt that the character was a very serious tough guy and probably would not react to the seduction. He probably would not have any shaken expression or cute gesture."


Louis Koo sits down despite the pain and even flashes a smile
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Kevin Cheng speaks up for his girlfriend 
Stephy Tang would not consider category III films until she is older
Louis Koo adds the flu and back problems to his eye injury
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Louis Koo Tin Lok, Kevin Cheng Ka Wing, Stephy Tang Lai Yun, Julian Cheung Chi Lam and others two nights ago attended the flm L STORM's wrap banquet. Still recovering from his eye injury Goo Jai caught the flu and spinal column dislocation, no wonder he looked exhausted. Ka Wing said that even with a new STORM film he would not recommend Grace Chan Hoi Lam to star because he would let her own work speaking for itself. Before the banquet began producer Raymond Wong Pak Ming and director David Lam Tak Luk announced that a fourth installment has already begun its preparation.

Earlier suffering an eye injury on the set, Koo Tin Lok still has not recovered. He needed sunglasses during the day and he estimated that he would need three or four more weeks before healing. Recently working on a movie in New Zealand, Goo Jai caught the flu as well. He helplessly said, "The temperature suddenly dropped and snow fell there. I carelessly caught a severe flu. Earlier I even lost my voice. Even two doses of antibiotics were useless. Earlier when I woke up my back hurt a lot. The diagnosis was spinal column misalignment. I couldn't sleep and even sitting hurt. I had to stand up, which meant I didn't get to sleep! This ailment has no cure. It is from soft issue friction between the columns, maybe it is related to all the action scene damages. I should be fine with more rests."

Goo Jai will soon work on an action film in Malaysia. He said that he might not be able to perform some stunts but he would do his best. Would he reduce his workload? Goo Jai said, "No, this situation occurs once or twice a year. It's related to the climate change. After a few days of rest I will be fine."

Cheng Ka Wing was asked if L STORM had a fourth installment would he recommend his girlfriend Chan Hoi Lam? Ka Wing said, "She can't possibly have more jobs, would she still need recommendations from others? She is working on television, film and attending events, everyone sees her every other day. Her work speaks for itself and doesn't need me to say more."

Speaking of TVB asking its female artists to be "less sexy", Ka Wing must be the happiest one? He said, "Why would you say that? I am a viewer too. I believe the television station has its own policy. I also understand that this decision is correct for the family viewing period. However I hope it won't be like what (Anthony) Wong Chau Sun said -- Miss Hong Kong would have to wear diving suits. I look forward to what next year's Miss Hong Kong would be like."

As for Chan Hoi Lam's special flight boarding privilege, Ka Wing said, "I heard her talk about it and knew what happened. It's pretty funny, the informant should clear up what is special privilege and consumer rights. The kind of ticket you get would determine benefits and servces. Everyone is the same time. This is the airline's business decision. (Did you feel bad for your girlfriend?) Artists would always experience stuff like this. This time was minor, she can learn from it."

Tang Lai Yun revealed that she would focus on film in the future and had no record plan. She had no new plan in singing, even if she might perform a musical it would involve acting. Stephy said, "I like to act." Would she have any daring performance? She said, "I can't accept category III films, my bottom line is no full nudity. I may only bare my back. Maybe I would consider it when I get older. (Is it age related?) By then it wouldn't matter, at an older age no one would ask me to bare it all, haha."


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Shu Qi attends an event in Beijing
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The 54th Golden Horse Award will take place next Saturday (the 25th). Two nights ago two Best Actress favorites Shu Qi and Kara Wai Ying Hung ran into each other as well attended a jewelry event at a new Beijing hotel with Kris Wu Yifan, model Lily Aldridge, socialite Tse Ling Ling and her daughter.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


Ha Ji-Won makes a killer pose
Ha Ji-Won and John Woo make the heart gesture
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Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum)'s MANHUNT (JUI BO) two days ago held its Malaysian premiere. Ng Yu Sum and Korean star Ha Ji-Won attended. They spoke from their hearts through a translator on the stage. Director Ng admitted that before working together he has never seen Ha Ji-Won's work and apologized to her; Ha Ji-Won expressed her admiration for the director and admitted that she was jealous of Director Ng's exchange with his daughter on the set.

Two days ago Ha Ji-Won often made the "heart giving" gesture and made the audience scream. Director Ng despite his age followed suit. Then when he met the audience and posed for photos with them he would automatically make the gesture, much to Ha Ji-Won's surprise. Then the director pointed at Ha Ji-Won and told reporters, "She taught me this gesture! I just learned it!"

Director Ng was asked if he spoke any Korean with Ha Ji-Won? He demonstrated his usual greeting. Ha Ji-Won was asked to greet everyone in Chinese and luckily she complied. Then the host asked Ha Ji-Won to make a killer pose and she also did it, but she cracked up as she did. Before the pose she even performed a serious of gun pulling gestures, just like in the director's A BETTER TOMORROW. The audience applauded.

The director at the same time praised Ha Ji-Won for her charm during the shoot and her great agility. She almost did not need any stunt double assistance at all as she did all of her own stunts. Did Ha Ji-Won get hurt on the set? She said no because the Japanese team was rather protective. Before every shoot they would be fully prepared so she was able to complete all the stunts successfully. MANHUNT wll hold a premiere in Hong Kong Saturday. Zhang Hanyu, Ha Ji-Won and Stephy Qi Wei will appear.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


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The Checkley Sin Kwok Lam led National Arts Entertainment Culture Group yesterday announced that a 10% stake in Hollywood comedy star Eddie Murphy's Murphy Entertainment Studios LLC for HK$ 327 million. They would exchange stocks as Eddie Murphy would become a member of National Arts' board. National Arts Entertainment would be guaranteed no less than 50 million in cash dividends annually for the next three years.

Sin Kwok Lam yesterday said, "7 years later when I came up with the studio idea, the outside thought I was full of it. Some even asked if I would die. Now people say I have foresight! This time I had the intuition and make even the goverment issue a policy to make Foshan into 'Guangzhou Hollywood' and a world class film and television center. (Many Hollywood actors want to break into the Chinese market.) They see our development potential. Eddie Murphy has become our main shareholder and I am very happy. After years of hard work I have caught the eyes of the local government and Hollywood, it is really very encouraging!"

[2017.11.16] FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 12 2017

For the week ending Sunday November 12 2017
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  Can : Si Yeuk
  Lit : Corpse Promise
    d. Jim Sopon Sukdapisit
    Numthip Jongrachatawiboon, Apichaya Thongkham
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening November 9 2017
  Trailer :

    In 1997, the financial crash, known in Thailand as the Tom Yum Goong Crisis, was a disastrous event that crept over Asia and left millionaires bankrupt overnight.

    A bright future which two best friends, Boum and Ib, pictured together fell apart when they found out that their families were going bankrupt. All of their assets were seized to satisfy their debts. The construction of a premium luxury condominium, which their parents jointly invested in, had been suspended. Unable to accept the harsh truth, they decided to end their lives together at the unfinished tower, where they promised to be together forever. In the end, Ib died all alone.

    Twenty years later, Boum becomes a successful real estate entrepreneur. One day, she gets to visit the abandoned tower with her beloved daughter, Bell. That night, Boum wakes up and finds Bell sleepwalking and talking to herself in the dark. Bell’s sleepwalking condition continues to worsen every night. What concerns Boum the most is that Bell’s actions and words in her sleepwalking state frighteningly remind Boum of Ib.

    d. Tomas Alfredson
    Michael Fessbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg,
      Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons

    d. Sho Tsukikawa
    Shun Oguri, Keiko Kitagawa, Takumi Kitamura, Minami Hamabe
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 115 mins.
  Opening November 2 2017
  Trailer :

    Sakura Yamauchi and “I” were former high school classmates. Inspired by Sakura’s words, “I” has now become a teacher at the school they both attended. While talking to his students, he is reminded of the many days he spent with Sakura. Sakura, who was suffering from a disease of the pancreas, kept a diary of her struggle against her illness and how she tried to live with it. After he discovers the diary by chance one day, “I” and Sakura gradually start to spend more time together. Sakura is determined to live out her days brilliantly, but finally, the end draws near. Twelve years after her death, her best friend Kyoko, who is soon to marry, also begins to remember the time she spent with Sakura, just as “I” does. Then, because of something that happens, the two realize what Sakura really wanted to convey over the distance of those 12 years.

 3 MIX!
  Can : Bing Bung Ching Yun Mung
  Lit : Ping Pong Lover Dream
    d. Junichi Ishikawa
    Yui Aragaki, Eita, Ryoko Hirosue, Koji Seto, Mei Nagano, Yu Aoi
  Rating : I
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening November 9 2017
  Trailer :

    After breaking up with her boyfriend, Tamako flees to her hometown and picks up table tennis again in the Table Tennis Club formerly run by her late mother. When Tamako sees her ex, and his new girl paired together in the mixed doubles category, she resolves to enter the National Championship. Tamako teams up with former pro boxer Hagiwara but they are totally incompatible and fight all the time. Over time, however, their relationship begins to change...

    d. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

    d. Taika Waititi
    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba,
      Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban,
      Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins


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Candy Yu, Monica Chan, Teresa Mo and Ada Choi
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The Teresa Mo Shun Kwan starred film TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (WONG GUM FA) two nights ago held a premiere. Friends Ada Choi Siu Fun, Monica Chan Fat Yung and Candy Yu On On attended. Mo Shun Kwan in the film played the mother of an autistic child. Her acting was challenged again. She admitted that before the performance she visited this type of families and deeply felt how noble the parents were, as it was not easy at all to care fo autistic children. Mo Mo also was grateful for both daughters growing up healthily. Even now they were still "stuck" to her and constantly missed home. They would even go on vacation with their parents when they had time. She said, "This is the advantage of having girls, actually sometimes I would see how rebellious some children would get. My husband and I would think whether we experienced that. Luckily our daughters were very nice!" Mo Mo also just took a new role and had to work in Japan during Christmas. She said that her daughters were planning to spend the holiday with her there.

Choi Siu Fun and Chan Fat Yung came to support Mo Mo. Ada revealed that earlier she took a television series role but due to script changes the production had to postpone its start until next year. She in turn had more vacation time to spend with her daughters. She planned to spend a white Christmas with them, now she would have to see whether her husband could take some time off. Ada also said that hre daughters were rather vain and sometimes would match her clothing for her. When we were out they would look at pretty things. Even if she did not like them they would ask her to get them for them, so they could wear them when they grew up.