Tuesday, February 20, 2024

[2024.02.21] FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 18 2024

For The week ending February 18 2024

ANATOMY OF A FALL  MOVIE POSTER

10 ANATOMY OF A FALL
    d. Justine Triet
    Sandra Huller, Samuel Thels

PERFECT DAYS  MOVIE POSTER

  9 PERFECT DAYS
  Can : Sun Woot Yut Seung
    d. Wim Wenders
    Koji Yakusho, Tokio Emoto, Arisa Nakano, Tomokazu Miura
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 124 mins.
  Opening January 25 2024

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Nearly four decades after the Yausjiro Ozu tribute documentary Tokyo-Ga, German auteur Wim Wenders returns to Japan and makes a glorious comeback to form this transcendent drama about the beauty of simplicity. In a sublime performance that earned him the Best Actor prize in Cannes, Koji Yakusho plays Hirayama, a public toilet cleaner who leads a quiet life that involves only work and enjoying his eclectic collection of music and books. Over a series of encounters, we slowly learn of Hirayama's previous life and why he chose his current lifestyle.

THE GOLDFINGER MOVIE POSTER

  8 THE GOLDFINGER
  AKA : ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG
  Can : Gum Sau Ji
  Lit : Gold Finger
    d. Felix Chong Man Keung
    Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Andy Lau Tak Wa,
      Simon Yam Tat Wa, Alex Fong Chung Shun, Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin,
      Philip Keung Ho Man, Ken Hung Cheuk Lap, Carlos Chan Ka Lok,
      Catherine Chau Ka Yee, Chin Ka Lok, Dee Ho Kai Wa
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 126 mins.
  Opening December 30 2023
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/UDbHJ-f-mVk
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/x3VE106Srzs

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    In the 1980's, a stock market crash causes the sudden collapse of a multi-billion-dollar company. Elite anti-corruption investigator Lau uncovers a criminal conspiracy involving the company founder Ching, who built the company from the ground up. Little does Lau know that he's about to meet his match in a HK$200 million investigation that will entangle him for years to come.

[ SCREEN DAILY ]
    the film is set in Hong Kong in the 1980s when a stock-market crash causes the sudden collapse of a multi-billion-dollar company. An anticorruption investigator uncovers a criminal conspiracy involving the company's founder, and becomes entangled in a long-running investigation.

ARGYLLE MOVIE POSTER

  7 ARGYLLE
    d. Matthew Vaughn
    Henry Cavill, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Rockwell,
      Brian Cranston, Catherine O'Hara, Dua Lipa, Ariana DeBose
      John Cena, Samuel L. Jackson

MADAME WEB MOVIE POSTER

  6 MADAME WEB
    d. S.J. Clarkson
    Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced,
      Celeste O'Connor, Tahar Rahim, Mike Epps,
      Emma Roberts, Adam Scott

MIGRATION MOVIE POSTER

  5 MIGRATION
    d. Benjamin Renner, Guylo Homsy
    Illumination Animation
    Kumail Nanjiani, Tresi Gazal, Elizabeth Banks,
      Caspar Jennings, Isabela Merced, Danny DeVito, Carol Kane,
      Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key, David Mitchell

SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE MOVIE POSTER

  4 SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE
    d. Takashi Katagiri
    Japanese Animation
  Rating: IIA
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening February 1 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/xnBaH7Pj4so

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    In the era of fierce intelligence wars, all nations in the world are in turmoil. A top spy, working for Westalis and spying in Ostania, "Twilight" disguises as Loid Forger, undergoing a mission, namely Operation Strix. But in the midst of the operation, he is replaced by an incapable man?!

    At the same time, Eden College is organizing a cooking internship program the winner of which will be rewarded with a "stella star". In order to proceed with Operation Strix, and to prove to WISE that he is up to the task of keeping the peace of the world, Loid proposes to Anya to make a traditional Frigis dessert called "Meremere" to win the principal's heart! In order to confirm the authentic taste of the dessert, the Forgers decides to take a trip to Frigis. But before their departure, Yor witnesses Loid meeting with a mysterious woman. After that Yor becomes uneasy about the "fake relationship" with Loid...

    On the train, Anya finds a strange suitcase with a chocolate in it. When the owner of the suitcase suddenly returns, while in panic, Anya swallows the chocolate by mistake. It is found out later that the chocolate is hiding a top secret that could shatter the peace of the world!

    Unexpected things happen one after another, crisis after crisis, thrill after thrill ...!

    The fate of the world has once again been entrusted to the Forgers! investigation.

ROB N ROLL MOVIE POSTER

  3 ROB N ROLL
  Can : Lum Si Gip Ong
  Lit : Temporary Robbery Case
  AKA : Lum Si Hai Gip
  Lit : Temporary Armed Robbery
    d. Albert Mak Kai Kwong
    Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Gordon Lam Ka Tung,
      Maggie Cheung Ho Yi, Lam Suet, Lo Hoi Pang,
      Leung Chung Hang, Nina Paw Hee Ching, Michael Wong Man Tak,
      Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan, Mike Tsang Pei Tak, Calvert Fu Ka Tsun,
      Deon Cheung Chung Chi, John Chiang, Jr. (Chiang Cheuk Man),
      Ansonbean (Chan Ngai Sun), Kathy Wong Chung Yan,
      John Chiang Dai Wai, Nancy Wu Ting Yan,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 98 mins.
  Opening January 19 2024 in mainland China
 Opening Februry 9 2024
  Teaser : https://m5rjpd5AUro
  Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/movierobnroll

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    A ruthless bandit Mui launches a "blitzkrieg"; armed robbery, which happens to stir up the spirit of two perplexed middle-aged men named Fai and Timid who are about to acquire a gun for robbing too. The characters of the three are widely different but they share the same "luck" and goal. Upon their alliance with Mui's unique slogan "Don't hurt innocent and brothers, we're civilized and polite!" Finally, both Fai and Timid became the real gangsters and all three are hunted by Police all along their escape. Their ad-hoc and dramatic robbery has started a war with the Police pursuit.

THE MOON THI4V3S MOVIE POSTER

  2 THE MOON THI4V3S
  Can : Doh Yuet Jeh
  Lit : Moon Thieves
    d. Steven Yuen Kim Wai
    Anson Lo Hon Ting, Edan Lui Cheuk On,
      Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Michael Ning (Bak Ji), Keung To,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening February 9th 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/px4IsWQeHyg

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Monsieur is a conman whose latest interest is in selling counterfeit watches. He is caught by a cold-blooded watch smuggler and forced to take part in a heist to steal three ultra-luxury watches in Tokyo. However, Monsieur notices that his fellow robbers all have their ulterior motives. With the entire team distrustful of each other, can the heist succeed?


TABLE FOR SIX 2 MOVIE POSTER

  1 TABLE FOR SIX 2
  Can : Fan Hei Gung Sum 2
    d. Sunny Chan Wing Sun
    Stephy Tang Lai Yan, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi,
      Lin Minchen, Peter Chan Charm Man, Gardner Tse Kwan Ho,
      Jeffrey Ngai Chun Sun, Dee Ho Kai Wa, Wu Fung, Peter Lai Pei Tat,
      Ram Chiang Chi Kwong, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Helena Law Lan,
      Michelle Yim (Mai Suet), Fish Liew Chi Yu,
      Jennifer Yu Heung Ying, Renci Yeung Sze Wing, Ling Man Lung,
      Locker Lam Ka Hei, Ng Wing Sze, Birdy Wong Ching Yan
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 133 mins.
  Opening Feburary 9 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/zZohTLGw2Yk

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Belief in our own blessings can bring us good fortune, but what is true fortune? Fortune and misfortune, love and hate, what is their ultimate definitions? One family, three couples, three weddings. After they decided to move on, what further challenges await them?

    Marriage isn't just about two individuals; it involves a whole family of aunts, uncles, and cousins. Sunny Chan, with his unique sense of humor, once again dives into the complex dynamics of modern society's men and women, families, and romance.

[2024.02.21] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 2024

For the week starting Saturday, February 17 2024 (Week 7)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 DOUBLE HAPPINESS
  Can : Seung Hei Lau
  Twins

  4 GROUPS OF FOUR AND FIVE
  Can : Sei Ng Sing Kwun
  ERROR

  3 FIRST AID GUIDE TO EXPLODING POTS
  Can : Bau Bo Gup Gau Ji Nam
  The Hertz

  2 ALL THAT I WANT
  Jay Fung Won Him Featuring Marf Yau Yin Tung


  1 GLAD THAT WE MET
  Can : Nei But Wui Yut Bui Ji Dik Oi Seung Ngor
  Tyson Yoshi

[2024.02.21] CHRISSIE CHAU TEAMS UP WITH STEPHY TANG AND ANSON KONG ON A BOWLING MOVIE

Stephy Tang promotes her film in the mainland
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Chrissie Chau Sau and Stephy Tang Lai Yan after the film HUSBAND KILLERS (NUI SI FOOK SAU) would work together again on a film about bowling with guy group MIRROR's vice captain Anson Kong.

Stephy's Lunar New Year film with Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Lin Minchen, Louis Cheung Kai Chung and Jeffrey Ngai Chun Sun, TABLE FOR SIX 2 (FAN HEI GUNG SUM 2) after success in Hong Kong would later open in the mainland for the Lantern Festival. Director Sunny Chan Wing Sun recently brought the team to promote in the mainland. Earlier at the Dongguan stop all the lead actors appeared. Actually Stephy and the director's families were both from Dongguan. Stephy on a rare trip to her hometown said in Cantonese, "Hometown friends how are you! I just found out that actually the director's family is also from Dongguan." She also talked about being in Dongguan. "I am very happy, actually I haven't been back in several years. I am very happy to see the old home of Dongguan again. I used to come all the time, like for shows, singing, all of which had a particular sense of familiarity. This time I am able to bring this movie to everyone. Because this movie is full of love, full of warmth, I came here to this familiar city. I hope everyone would like it, after watching everyone would receive this love and warmth too."

Monday, February 19, 2024

[2024.02.20] EDAN LUI INVITED ANSON LO TO BARE ALL

Keung To, Anson Lo and Edan Lui are happy about the good response their film has

Anson Lo and Keung To go to the cinema to thank viewers for their support

Steve Yuen touches his stars and made the MIROs screams
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Director Steve Yuen, Keung To, Anson Lo and Edan Lui all hope for HK$ 60 million box office


Keung To is still coughing
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Anson Lo Hon Ting, Edan Lui Cheuk On, and Keung To two nights ago attended the Emperor Motion Picture THE MOON THIEVES (DOH YUET JEH) audience appreciation event, attracting many fans to show their support. They and the audience came together as one, they even attentively answered questions about the movie. Director Yuen Kim Wai touched the chins of he three, leading to screams from fans. Edan pointed out that the response to the film has been better than imagined. Because his past film reviews have been polarizing but this time almost all were positive, he was very happy.

The film would soon pass HK$ 20 million at the box office. Edan pointed out that this performance would already be very amazing. "Of course I hope the performance would continue to be even better. (The goal?) The director says that the goal to over HK$ 60 million, we would do our best!" Earlier Edan promised that he would show "August 15th" when the box office would reach HK$ 40 million. Would Keung To and Anson Lo also give away benefits? Anson Lo played dumb, "We don't even know what 'August 15th' is! (What are you planning to show?) If he would show 'August 15th', it wouldn't matter what we show!" Keung To joked, "Even if Stanley appears it wouldn't matter!" Edan later suggested that Anson Lo would be able to show the front of "August 15th". Keung To promised that as long as the box office would reach HK$ 20 million he would satisfy fan requests and reprise his part from the film.

Speaking of after the concert various members "succumbed" to illness. Edan said that they have already recovered. Although there were some after effect, they have been very lucky because they were able to recover before their mid March concert tour. Anson Lo said that lately he has been taking his medicine on time. "I hope by the concerts we wouldn't even have the after effect. I want to hurry up and take care of it. I remember during the Hong Kong stop, I had to pull the mic away to cough. It really didn't look good, I hope it wouldn't be like this again." Keung To also said that he would continue to take the medicine and take care of his body, so he would be able to guarantee the performance would not be affected. Would he celebrate his April birthday in Hong Kong? He said, "I can't confirm, let it be. (Would it affect Keung To Bay?) Let it be." On Valentine's Day, but Anson Lo and Keung To both shared their unshaven photo. Anson Lo pointed out that it was proof that he did not shave for 5 days after he fell ill. Keung To thought his photo was very ugly, so after sharing it he removed it.

Sunday, February 18, 2024

[2024.02.19] EDAN LUI RENEGES ON HK$ 30 MILLION BOX OFFICE PROMISE

Anson Lo, director Steve Yuen and Edan Lui continue to promote THE MOON THIEVES and attend audience appreciation events

Edan Lui and Keung To answer questions at the audience appreciation event
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MIRRROR members Keung To, Anson Lo Hon Ting and Edan Lui Cheuk On starred in the Lunar New Year film THE MOON THIEVCES (DOH YUET JEH) exceeded HK$ 15 million at the box office. In recent days the three and director Steve Yuen Kim Wai split up their audience appreciation duties to continue to pump up the box office. After Anson Lo and Edan two days go, yesterday Keung To and Edan appeared at the cinemas for audience appreciation events. Keung To earlier kept coughing at a promotion. He explained that the weather change caused allergy and revealed that he had a big pile of drugs to take for illness. Yesterday before Keung To entered the cinema, a large group of Keung Candies surrounded him to give him lai see, gifts and flowers. His voice was hoarse during the event and sounded like he has not recovered, but he is in good sprits. He answered Keung Candies' questions and posed for group photo.

Anson Lo two days ago attended an audience appreciation show with Edan. A viewer mentioned that Edan once said that when the box office reached HK$ 30 million he would show "August 15th" to everyone and joked that they were waiting for him to give the benefit and show his rear. Edan made a correction, "I said August 15th, I didn't say rear." Yuen Kim Wai asked did August 15th not mean the rear? Edan explained, "August 15th is the moon."

[2024.02.18] THE MOVIE EMPEROR RETREATS FROM MAINLAND LUNAR NEW YEAR RACE

The Andy Lau starred THE MOVIE EMPEROR bombed at the mainland Lunar New Year box office
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Andy Lau's THE MOVIE EMPEROR made 83 million yuan RMB over 8 days and had to retreat for another release.  Some online speculated that its lackluster box office  was due to less screens and poor show times 

The Jia Ling directed and starred YOLO made over 2.7 billion, 2.6 billion more than THE MOVIE EMPEROR

Also retreating from the mainland Lunar New Year race are VIVA LA VIDA, GOD OF MONEY and BA JIE
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The Andy Lau Tak Wa starred, Ning Hao directed film THE MOVIE EMPEROR (HUNG JIN SIN SUN) opened in the mainland on the Lunar New Year's Day (February 10th). After 7 days in release it passed the 80 million yuan RMB mark, but the release company two days ago suddenly announced its retreat from the Spring Festival slot and would choose another date for release. Some online speculated that due to few cinema scheduling and poor show times, the film's box office has been impacted and left behind in the race.

The company stated, "We appreciate everyone's support of the film since its release. Film is an art that interacts with the audience. We sincerely hope to be able to have sincere interactions with even more viewers. After the team's careful consideration, the film THE MOVIE EMPEROR would retreat from the Spring Festival slot and choose a new date to see everyone again. We hereby express our sincerest apology to each of the film creators and staff, thank you for your hard work on the film. THE MOVIE EMPEROR is extremely simplistic absurd comedy, a film that because of interaction with the audience became complete. We are grateful to viewers who have already watched this film, and look forward to at an even more suitable time to encounter you who are willing to complete this film with us. Communication can never be too late, let's chat at another time. Happy Holidays everyone!"

Before THE MOVIE EMPEROR, this year already had other Lunar New Year films that announced their retreat from the Spring Festival slot. VIVA LA VIDA, GOD OF MONEY, and BA JIE have also announced its their retreat, meaning half of the mainland Lunar New Year film slate have backed out. VIVA LA VIDA's release company earlier on the 14th announced on its official site, "Due to an enormous error on scheduling, we have fallen short of the director, the actors, the cast, the crew and the staff's hard work." The film postponed its release to March 30th; the animation GOD OF MONEY two nights ago announced an early end to its run with around 910,000 yuan. Another animation BA JIE yesterday also announced its Spring Festival retreat with around 3.25 million yuan and would choose another date for release.

THE MOVIE EMPEROR has been scheduled for a February 29th release in Hong Kong. On whether the release date would be affected, Lau Tak Wa's company responded, "At this stage Wa Jai isn't certain either, everything would depend on the distributor's decision."

As of October 17th, the mainland Spring Festival total box office reached 8.04 billion yuan RMB and passed the 2021 Spring Festival's 7.84 billion yuan RMB record. The Jia Ling directed and starred YOLO even broke the Spring Festival feature film box office record with 2.6 billion yuan RMB. In second PEGASUS 2 made 2.3 billion and in third the mainland animation BOONIE BEARS: TIME TWIST made 1.4 billion yuan.

Director Lee Lik Chi two nights ago posted on Weibo to question the retreat announcements of THE MOVIE EMPEROR, VIVA LA VIDA, GOD OF MONEY were to make way for YOLO. "What strategy is this? They are all making way for the 100 catty Jia Ling?" His "make way" comment upset many online, who cited that Jia Ling's YOLO won out due to word of mouth. Lee Lik Chi has since removed the post.

Saturday, February 17, 2024

[2024.02.18] GORDON LAM IS WORKING ON A SCRIPT ABOUT BROTHERHOOD

Aaron Kwok gets sentimental and digs out a phone for a selfie with the fans

Gordon Lam attends an audience appreciation event to promote ROB N ROLL
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Gordon Lam (second right) attends an audience appreciation show with other ROB N ROLL actors and director 
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Aaron Kwok Fu Sing on the Lunar 7th arrived in Malaysia for his show concert in Genting. As the concert neared its end, Sing Sing asked for a group photo with the audience. He joked, "Just casually take a photo with me please, give me a chance?" Then he dug out his phone for a selfie. "Thank you everyone for protecting me all along, I am very grateful. You are the stars in my hearts." He even took the opportunity to advertise, mentioning his Lunar New Year film ROB N ROLL (LUM SI GIP ONG). He even performed the character's catch phrase, "Say thank you".

While Sing Sing did not forget to remember the film in Malaysia, the film's other star Gordon Lam Ka Tung yesterday attended the film's audience appreciation event in Hong Kong with Calvert Fu Ka Tsun, John Chiang Cheuk Man, Kathy Wong Chung Yan and director Albert Mak Kai Kwong.

Speaking of ROB N ROLL's box office nearing HK$ 10 million and currently in third place among Lunar New Year films, Lam Ka Tung happily screamed "Great, I am very happy! Originally the film company didn't want a Lunar New Year release, but back then the non Lunar New Year film PROTEGE (MOON TOH) was released during the Lunar New Year and still performed well; In the past many films have been about the 'pain of women', this was a rare one that talked about the 'pain of men'. In addition I haven't made a dark comedy in a very long time." How would he celebrate the box office success and drum up more business? Lam Ka Tung jokingly asked if anyone would want him to take off his clothes. "What else do you want me to lose? Bachelorhood? I want that too!" Ka Tung also revealed that Sing Sing hoped to make a sequel. Sing Sing even came up for the title LUM SI MING ONG (TEMPORARY MURDER). The director also said that there would be a chance.

Looking obviously thinner, Ka Tung revealed that during the New Spring he would bury himself in scripts writing everyday at the office until early in the morning. He also has not been eating much; the new script would be mainly about brotherhood, with him personally producing and starring. He also had suitable actors in mind and the pairing would be fresh. However because the audience now is very demanding, their demand for script has also been elevated. Thus despite the investors rushing for the production to start, he would still put taking care of the script first. Now he is writing the second draft. The soonest the production would start would be the end of the year.

Although he has been busy writing scripts, Ka Tung has already paid a New Year visit to Patrick Tse Yin. Sei Gor's health has been rumored to be declining. Ka Tung immediately said, "Sei Gor couldn't be any sharper. When talking about the past he would even dance the 'cha cha'. I even joked that I would wait for Sei Gor's 90th birthday to book an old music hll for him to 'cha cha'. (Have you discussed starting work on the sequel to TIME (SAT CHOOK GOR WONG FUN)? The film performed well on online platforms. Sei Gor wants to make a sequel too. He asked me, 'Kid, got any gig?' I asked Sei Gor not to rush me, because I couldn't just ask him to start then start. The script has to be tailor made for him. If a sequel would really be made, Sister Bobo (Petrina Fung Bo Bo)'s character wouldn't be repeated either; it would have to be turned upside down. The previous film took 7 years of preparation before starting production, this time would also take time. Even although the box office can't be predicted, I still hope to at least have the box office victory for the participating cast and crew."