Monday, July 6, 2020

[2020.07.07] STEPHEN CHOW'S FAVORITE LEE KIN YAN IS HEMIPLEGIC FROM A STROKE


Tin Kai Man

Cross dressing in many films, Lee Kin Yan's classic gestures like nose picking has become memorable

Lee Kin Yan's family has always been close.  Mrs. Lee is now focused on taking care of her husband
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The 59 year old "Stephen Chow Sing Chi's favorite" Lee Kin Yan (Yu Fa) suffered a stroke in Shenzhen last year and became hemiplegic. His friend Tin Kai Man yesterday said that Yu Fa earlier had brain surgery in Shenzhen and he visited. He said that at the time Fu Ya was able to recognize him but did not remember some things. He said, "I have been following up with his condition. The last time I visited him it improved. Right now giving him encouragement and confidence is the most important." Chow Sing Chi was rumored to be raising fund for Yu Fa. Tin Kai Man said, "No." He revealed that Chow Sing Chi learned about the stroke. Lam Tsz Chung revealed that last year he wanted to approached Yu Fa about a movie, after learning about his condition he wanted to visit him and perform to raise fund for him, but his family turned him down.

[2020.07.07] RETIRED KATE TSUI STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT IN A-CHOO

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The Kai Ko Chen-Tung, Ariel Lin and Darren Wang starred film based on Giddens Ko's novel of the same name A-CHOO will have advanced screenings on July 9th. This film originally would have been released 6 years ago, but because Ko Chen-Tung's Mainland drug arrest it was never released. 6 years later it finally had the chance to see the light of day. Immigrating to study in Europe last year and already retired from show business, Kate Tsui Tsz Shan's cameo in the film became a bright spot. Ko Chen-Tung said that Tsz Shan in the film played his manager, when she appeared she had a very strong presence.

Two nights ago A-CHOO held a Taiwan premiere. Ko Chen-Tung, Ariel Lin and Giddens Ko appeared at a forum. Giddens Ko mentioned that the film was completed in 2014. After all the storms he was grateful that the film was able to be released smoothly now. Ko Chen-Tung broke down and said, "I really am very tired over these few years, but I am working hard on being brave, thank you everyone." The entire audience applauded in encouragement.

[2020.07.07] BEYOND THE DREAM MAKES A MIRACULOUS BOX OFFICE REBOUND

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The Terrance Lau Chun Him and Cecilia Choi Sze Wan starred, Kiwi Chow Koon Wai directed BEYOND THE DREAM (WAN OI) in the past weekend topped the box office for two days in a row. On Sunday its single day box office was over HK$ 900,000. BEYOND THE DREAM opened low on opening day with only HK$ 140,000. Lau Chun Him expressed that he was disappointed on his personal social media, lamented that BEYOND THE DREAM had no star, the subject was not commercial enough so the poor box office performance was comprehensible. He worried that the first week box office would be brutal and each major cinema circuit would reduce shows, then this film would very quickly say goodbye to the audience. Chapman To Man Chak, Kristal Tin Yui Nei and many film critics strongly recommended BEYOND THE DREAM. The weekend box office miracle appeared, as every show was sold out and the performance was encouraging.

Director Chow Koon Wai said that his heart dropped when the opening box office was low. Then the film had multiples in growth and audience word of mouth, he was not only touched but also sentimental. He said, "Seemingly Heaven is reminding me, this city still has room for love." Lau Chun Him and girlfriend Choi Sze Wan went on audience appreciation dates, visiting 10 shows over two days. Some viewers said that they have watched BEYOND THE DREAM 8 times already.

[2020.07.07] SAMMI CHENG VISITS NEW MOTHER NIKI CHOW

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The 40 year old Niki Chow Lai Kei wed Mainland actor Fu Weiming (formerly Fu Chengpeng) two years ago. In May she gave birth to a son. Although she just finished her month long postpartum recovery, Niki still focused on taking care of the baby at home. Friends Sammi Cheng Sau Man and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin also visited new mother Niki and the baby. Sammi posted a photo with Niki, her son and Ah Sa on social media, but Sammi put a flower over the baby's face to keep it confidential. Sammi held the baby and felt that he was very light. As for Niki she just became a mother but she still looked great with only light make up. She also seemed to have gotten back into shape.

Sammi posted, "This time mi isn't the ten grandauntie, but Auntie sammi (Sa Jeh Jeh and Niki Mama). Recently many new mothers are around, as I witnessed a lot of love and each mother's joy. Mothers are truly very nobly give to their children without any condition. New mothers have to learn a lot! I have quite a way with holding a baby!" Ah Sa replied to Sammi, "No......I too am Auntie Sa, haha!"

After becoming a mother, Niki shared her motherhood experience on social media. She mentioned that she finally realized what "raise a child to age 10, worry to age 99" feels like. Thus she has already stored the baby's cord blood and umbilical cord membrane. Niki yesterday also posted a ginger vinegar photo. "As for the traditional of giving away ginger vinegar, I really don't know where it started. I did a lot of research online but couldn't come up with a correct answer. I don't know if anyone knows why vinegar ginger has to be given out after giving birth?"

In addition, Sammi also posted a photo with director Johnnie To Kei Fung and film company personnel. "When I meet with To Sir, I would always have topics that I can never finish 'listening' to (because he would always speak much, much more than me, mi is a loyal listener). This night I had dinner with the company's film department. I like to listen to everyone's analysis and forecast, absorbing knowledge and benefiting a lot." However Sammi joked that she had Italian and ate a lot, she would need to run 100 kilometers to make up for it! However she praised To Sir as her forever mentor, friend and benefactor.

[2020.07.07] KARENA LAM PROMOTES DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD WITH BONUS FEATURE

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Karena Lam Ka Yun starred in her husband Steve Yuen Kim Wai directed Emperor Motion Picture DECLARED LEGALLY DEAD (SEI YUN MO HOR YI). The cumulative box office headed toward HK$ 6 million. The team has been on an audience appreciation tour all over Hong Kong, Kowloon and New Territories. Some of the screenings over the weekend even had Easter eggs, as the director's carefully conceived, Lam Ka Yun, Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) and Stephen Au Kam Tong starred additional feature HOT DOG BUN + COFFEE was shown.

Yuen Kim Wai revealed that because during audience appreciation many viewers asked what happened to Au Kam Tong's character. Thus he shot a film for everyone to guess in response to the audience's request. Brother Tong admitted that he has never made an additional feature after a film was released and revealed the small secret that he always really liked Lam Ka Yun. In the film she gained weight and looked sloppy, he still thought she was "hot". Ka Lok and Tong Yee in the additional feature originally only had one line that they kept repeating, "hot dog bun and coffee, as soon as I finish them I have strength!" Ka Lok however improvised an apology scene, while Tong Yee tried to hold back her laughter all the way through but still failed.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

[2020.07.05] BEYOND THE DREAM STARS ARE NOT DISAPPOINTED WITH THE OPENING NUMBERS

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Terrance Lau Chun Him and girlfriend Cecilia Choi Sze Wan yesterday attended the film BEYOND THE DREAM (WAN OI)'s forum in Yau Ma Tei. Choi Sze Wan revealed that when she was rushing to the venue it started pouring. She almost slipped and fell, luckily her boyfriend caught her in time. The film opened on July 2nd. Lau Chun Him said that the opening day box office was HK$ 150,000. Although it was not as ideal as expected, he was not disappointed. Choi Sze Wan explained that because the opening day was not a holiday, she believed that it would rise over the weekend. They would attend audience appreciation events everywhere to pump up the box office. They wanted to go to Tuen Mun the most. Lau Chun Him said, "Because Tuen Mun's box office was particularly good, maybe because the film was shot in Tuen Mun the residents felt a sense of familiarity and were able to relate."

As for future jobs, Choi Sze Wan later would work on a drama. Although she would play a supporting role, the character would still be rather important. Lau Chun Him would perform in a play about the Hong Kong Colonial era between 1970 and 1980. He said, "I heard that the script was finished as early as decades ago, before the Hong Kong Handover. This time would be a revival, so I am not worried that the subject would be sensitive." Born in 1988, Lau Chun him was not familiar with Hong Kong then. Thus he had to study a lot of research material.

[2020.07.05] STANLEY KWAN CONSIDERS WORKING WITH SAMMI CHENG AGAIN

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Stanley Kwan Kam Peng yesterday attended the mm2 Movie Makers Awards 2020 opening ceremony as a judge. He pointed out that this event would provide a platform for young people who were interested in joining the film industry to take their first step. This year the winner will be selected from 15 short films.

Speaking of the current Hong Kong young people's desire to join the industry, Kwan Kam Peng said, "I myself have been teaching a screenwriting class at the City University. I will teach a director's class in the future. I feel the students are still very passionate, even under the pandemic and so much has happened in Hong Kong. Everyone still was able to put their experience of this place in their work. Maybe the film industry now feels withered and discouraged, which instead would form a force of motivation creatively." ,br>
Kwan Kam Peng revealed that he was writing a story about a middle aged boss lady of a bar with decades of history. The story would take place in Tin Hau and Tai Hang. He admitted that he still intended for his multiple time collaboration Sammi Cheng Sau Man to play the boss lady role. As for the lead actor he has contacted Louis Koo Tin Lok, who was interested but he would wait until the script would be more a little mature before showing them. Preparation and screenplay writing required time, the soonest the production will begin would be next year.