Wednesday, October 13, 2021

[2021.10.14] FOR SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10 2021

For Sunday October 10 2021
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10 ZERO TO HERO
  AKA : ON YOUR MOM, GET SET, GO!
  Can : Ma Ma Dik Sun Kei Siu Ji
  Lit : Ma Ma's Wonder Kid
    d. Jimmy Wan Chi Wan
    Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Leung Chun Hang,
      Mason Fung Ho Yeung, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Chin Siu Ho,
      Lo Hoi Pang, Yeung Wai Lun, Locker Lam Ka Hei,
      Ng Siu Hin, Lok Wing, Chung Suet Ying, Mak Pui Tung
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 103 mins.
  Opening August 12 2021
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/byBgUOK1Cbg
  fb : https://www.facebook.com/zerotoherofilm
  ig : https://www.instagram.com/zerotoherofilm

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    This film is based on the story of So Wa Wai, the medal-winning Paralympic athlete. It teaches audiences that even people who "lose on the starting line" can achieve victory as long as they persist.

    Soon after birth, Wai was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which made him hard of hearing and even unable to walk normally. But under a strict training regimen from his mother, Wai eventually learned how to walk and was even invited into the Hong Kong Disabled Track and Field Team. Wai has participated in multiple Paralympic Games and won many gold medals. To this day, he is still the record holder for men's 100-meter and 200-meter at the Paralympics. For his achievements, he has earned the nickname "Wizard Boy".

    Wai wanted to be a full-time athlete, but due to his father's work injury, he chooses to become a courier instead to support his family. He tries to balance between work and training, but his mother begins to arrange ad appearances and paid appearances on his behalf. Soon, he falls out with Fong, his coach, for neglecting his training, and he begins to fight back against his mother's control. At the 2008 Paralympic Games, Wai finds himself under unprecedented pressure from the match and his fallout with his mother.

    Fortunately, Wai repaired his relationship with his mother, and he received encouragement from his father and fellow competitors before the match. In the end, he not only wins the race, but also sets a new world record for the men's 200-meter sprint. As he stands on the podium with pop hit "Boundless Sky" playing in the background, he finds himself filled with pride as all 90,000 people inside the Bird's Nest sing along with the song.

    But Wai actually has a more important motivation for winning the gold medal: Wai wants to share the gold medal with his mother, who didn't have a piece of gold when she got married. Now, she can finally proudly wear the gold that she's waited her entire adult life for.


  9 EARWIG AND THE WITCH
  Can : On Nga Yu Mor Nui
    d. Goro Miyazaki
    Japanese Animationi
  Rating : Ii
  Length : 83 mins.i
  Opening September 30 2021i
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/L71GNcvJQqM

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    Earwig, a 10 year old orphan girl, has grown up in a home for children where she always gets her way, and never wants for anything. One day, she is visited by a strange couple: a gaudy looking woman who goes by the name Bella Yaga, and a lanky gentleman called Mandrake. They take Earwig back to their abode.

    "I'm a witch. I brought you into this house...because I need another pair of hands."

    "You agree that you'll teach me everything you know about magic. And I agree to remain here and help you out!"

    So begins Earwig's agreement with Bella Yaga, and her new life working as a witch's helper. However, all the hostile woman does is work the defiant girl to the bone, without teaching her even a smidgen of magic.

    For the first time ever, Earwig finds herself at someone else's beck and call, So she joins forces with Bella Yaga's familiar, a magic savvy black cat named Thomas, and goes on the counterattack!


  8 ESCAPE FROM MOGADISHU
    d. Ryoo Seung-Wan
    Kim Yoon-seok, Huh Joon-ho, Jo In-sung, Koo Kyo-hwan, Kim So-jin,
    Joung Man-sik, Kim Jae-hw, Park Gyeong-hye
  Length : 121 mins.
  Opening September 15 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/iF7e8bp3KUc

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    In the late 1980s, at the height of the Cold War, a diplomatic skirmish between North and South Korea breaks out on the African continent over the latter's campaign to join the United Nations. In Autumn 1990, three years after the opening of a South Korean embassy, Somalia's capital Mogadishu is engulfed in civil war, leaving the South Korean diplomats trapped. The North Korean embassy, meanwhile, faces the same situation. The diplomats of these two nations, who in the outside world are sworn enemies, become targets for the hails of bullets fired by both Somali government forces and the rebels in the chaos of civil war. Risking their lives, they embark on a joint escape.


  7 THE MEDIUM
    d. Banjong Pisanthanakun
    Sawanee Utoomma, Narilya Gulmongkolpech, Sirani Yankittikan
  Rating : III
  Length : 131 mins.
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/PEABO2HTWdc
  Opening September 22 2021 (Preview)

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    A horrifying story of a shaman's inheritance in the Isan region of Thailand.

    What could be possessing a family member might not be the Goddess they make it out to be.

    A documentary team follows Nim, a shaman based in Northern Thai, the Isan area, and encounters her niece Mink showing strange symptoms that seem to be of inheritance of shamanism. The team decides to follow Mink, hoping to capture the shaman lineage passing on to the next generation, but her bizarre behavior becomes more extreme.


  6 #PTGF
  AKA : PART-TIME GIRLFRIEND
  Can : #PTGF Chook Jo Nui Yau
  Lit : #PTGF Rental Girlfriend
    d. Terry Cheng Fung Lan
    Chiu Sin Hang, Larine Tang Yueping, Nami Chun Chor Ying,
      Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Kaki Sham, Deon Cheung Chung Chi,
      Ashina Kwok Yik Sum, Charlie Ngan Ming Hon,
      Charlotte Cheung Pui Lok, Kiwi Ching Mei Tuen, Rose Ma Chun Yi,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 109 mins.
  Opening September 9 2021 (POSTPONED)
  Opening September 21 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/sRQD9bit7BI

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Based on true event, the story starts with Ka Chun, an ordinary white-collar, storms the city by leaking over 3,000 photos of part-time-girlfriends (PTGF).

    After a series of unfortunate love, Ka Chun decides to seek relationships with PTGF and soon becomes a master on YouTube admired by thousands of netizens, namely "Score of 100". A life turning point emerges when Ka Chun finds out that the girl Tsz Shun he has a crush on is also a PTGF.

    How would they overcome the hardship and survive in the cruel world of internet?


  5 THE COMEBACK TRAIL
    d. George Gallo
    Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, Zach Braff


  4 DUNE
    d. Denis Villeneuve
    Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Issac, Josh Brolin,
      Stellan Skarssgard, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya,
      Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling,
      Jason Momoa, Javier Bardem


  3 SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
    d. Destin Daniel Cretton
      Sima Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Meng'er, Fala Chen
      Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King), Yuen Wah, Florian Munteanu


  2 THE ADDAMS FAMILY 2
    d. Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon, Laura Brousseau
    Animation
    English Voices: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz
    Cantonese Voices: Christine Ng Wing Mei, Aaron Chow Chi Kwan




  1 NO TIME TO DIE
    d. Cary Joji Fukunaga
    Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lea Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw,
      Naomie Harris, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Denick,
      Rory Kinnear, Dali Benssalah,
      Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Weltz, Ralph Fiennes

[2021.10.14] CHIN KAR LOK CONFIRMS JACKIE CHAN'S PARTICIPATION IN THE DOCUMENTARY

Ruco Chan and Phoebe Sin

Chin Kar Lok, Angela Tong and their children
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Chin Siu Tung (top), Andrew Lau

Ruco Chan does not resist Phoebe Sin's punch to the face
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The documentary film KUNG FU STUNTMEN two nights ago held its premiere during the Number 8 hurricane signal. Many industry insiders attended in support, including Chin Kar Lok with his wife and two daughters, directors Andrew Lau Wai Keung, Ching Siu Tung, Ruco Chan Jin Pang and his wife Phoebe Sin Man Yau. Chin Kar Lok revealed that actually Jackie Chan shot a video in support, but due to his image right issues it could not be used.

As one of the producers of KUNG, Chin Kar Lok said that he had no pressure from box office numbers. He pointed out that at first a Mainland producer wanted to make a movie about kung fu stuntmen. He then suggested making a documentary. He did not want it to be too commercial. In turn many big brothers were willing to help. "I really want to thank the directors and many big brothers for being willing to help with me with fulfilling this dream. It's very rare to come together so well!" However Jackie Chan was missing? Kar Lok explained that actually Big Brother Jackie Chan personally shot a video for them, but due to very complicated image right issues they had to cut it out.

For the premiere two nights ago, Kar Lok said that he spent a lot of time to invite the guests. He invited most of them personally. When he invited Ching Siu Tung, because he rarely attended premieres, Kar Lok spent almost a hour on the phone before he successfully invited him. Kar Lok also started as a stuntman, so he probably had wounds all over? He joked, "If we have been on the job until our age but still don't have any would, then that person was 'slacking off' in his youth!"

In addition, Ruco Chan Chin Pang took his wife Phoebe Sin Man Yau to the premiere. He joked that it was all thanks to the Number Eight hurricane signal, because he was working on two series at the same time. The typhoon cancelled all the shoots. "So we can come to the movies for a date!" Jin Pang said that in his heart, the feeling that kung fu stuntmen gave him was very meaningful. First they represented Hong Kong, secondly he usually would work on a lot of action scenes. However in comparison to the real kung fu stuntmen, his was only for show!

Has Sin Man Yau worried about Jing Pang getting hurt from the constant action scenes? She answered, "He is very agile! At home we would occasionally spar!" Who has won more? She joked, "Of course me! haha!" Jin Pang also joked, "Then you understand why I am so agile! I know how to dodge, haha!" He then praised his wife for actually being very attentive. Occasionally when he returned home with a bruise from working on a series, his wife would immediately rub medicated oil on him. However even despite he is a father now, Jin Pang said that he still would not hold back on action scenes. He said, "It's very hard, if your action isn't as dangerous as before it wouldn't be as entertaining. However of course I would take all the safety precautions first, working to the best of my abilities for the audience to enjoy!"

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

[2021.10.13] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 2021

For the week starting Saturday, October 9 2021 (Week 41)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 WASTED FIREWOOD
  Can : Fai Chai
  Terence Siufay

  4 WHEN THE SUN RISES LET THE STREET LAMPS SLEEP
  Can : Yut Chook Si Yeung Gai Dun On Shui
  Gin Lee Hung Ngai (featuring Jacky Cheung Hok Yau)

  3 TIME TRAVEL
  Can : Yik Si Che Jam
  Kaho Hung

  2 MY DEAR FRIEND
  Keung To


  1 I WANNA BE WITH YOU
  Can : Ngor Seung Wor Nei Ho Ho Dik
  Panther Chan Lui

[2021.10.13] CHLOE SO TRIES COMEDY IN A GHOST MOVIE

Chloe So

Ashina Kwok
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Chloe So Ho Yi, Ashina Kwok Yik Sum and Ling Man Lung starred in the film SCA3RY (MAN GWAI 3 BO). The cast earlier gathered at the set for a production start worship ceremony. Chloe in recent years worked on many horror films and seemed to already be "scared of nothing". That day she and Kwok Yik Sum both made the "very scared" expression, having a little fun before the production.

The film would consist of three parts. Ling Man Lung, Kaki Sham, Fat Cheong and Chung Suet Ying would star in the prison segment. Ling Man Lung said, "Actually this is an interesting comedy, I am very afraid of watching ghost movies. If it's purely a ghost movie I might not have taken it. However it's a comedy that can bring joy. I can give it a try." Aaron Chow Chi Kwan and Chloe would be working together for a second time, coincidentally both films were related to the supernatural.

Monday, October 11, 2021

[2021.10.12] CHRISSIE CHAU GREW THINNER AS THE FILM SHOOT WENT ON

Chrissie Chau grew so much thinner for the film that fans urged her to eat more

Louis Cheung dropped pounds for the role and could compete with Chrissie Chau on who would be thinner

Chrissie Chau and Louis Cheung had many intimate scenes.  Luckily they had chemistry and easily got through them
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Artists Chrissie Chau Sau Na and Louis Cheung Kai Chung worked together again in a new film. Ah Chung for the new film sacrificed his muscles, while Chau Sau Na lost her brain cells as she grew thinner and thinner under the suppressed emotions! They had a romantic hair washing scene, but Ah Chung joked that whether he was romantic, the "user" Kay Tse On Kay would have to be asked!

Chau Sau Na and Cheung Kai Chung starred in the film MADALENA, which was about to open. Ah Chung pointed out that the greatest challenge was the role had no funny part at all unlike his usual roles. In order to coordinate with the character's down-and-out image he even deliberately reduced his muscles. He said, "The film was shot in Macau. During the quarantine period I ran in the room. With the aid of the costumes, once I stood next to laborers to watch Chrissie at work. The team couldn't find me!" Chrissie has contributed a lot of effort. She stated, "A lot of brain cells died, because the character was very suppressed. Before the shoot I had a great appetite, but as the shoot went on I grew thinner. I couldn't eat."

In the film they had a kiss and car make-out scenes. They said that since they were already in character, they would not be awkward but have some difficulties. Chrissie said, "The car was very narrow inside, we were often hitting our heads and legs. We also had to accommodate the cinematographer's angles." Speaking of the scene in which Chrissie washed Ah Chung's hair, Ah Chung felt that this was ordinarily romantic. When asked if he has washed his wife Kay Tse On Kay's hair? He said, "No, she hasn't washed mine either. (Are you a romantic person?) You have to ask the user for her opinion, I of course feel I am." Chrissie bore witness for her co-star. "I feel he is, because he came up with some of the romantic parts in the film."

Some film critics praised Chrissie's acting. Was she confident about challenging for the Best Actress award? She humbly said that she has not thought about it. She was already happy from the compliments. Ah Chung said that he would describe her as "open". In several scenes he saw her radiating.

[2021.10.12] LEUNG CHUNG HANG IS BUSY WITH HIS MUSICAL REHEARSAL

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Multiple Paralympic Games gold medalist and former Hong Kong representative So Wa Wai and the actor who played So Wa Wai in the film ZERO TO HERO (MA MA DIK SUN KEI SIU JI) Leung Chung Hang yesterday attended a "blood cell gene mutation" exhibit. Leung Chung Hang revealed that because he was still young, so far he still has not had a physical examination. However as he aged, he felt the need to do so. His health condition has always been great. Normally he rarely had cold and flu, he played basketball and worked out leisurely. In addition he was a stage actor, everyday before rehearsal he would stretch and had more opportunities to move around.

Currently he was busy with the musical THE WOMAN IN KENZO, and he still had a few days before the stage performance. He said, "I would perform 10 shows, I would sing and dance. Although I don't have a dance background, fortunately I had contact with it before at the academy. To me it wouldn't be something completely new, but it would be more exhausting. In comparison to other actors I already don't consider myself having a time, they have even more dance portions."

Sunday, October 10, 2021

[2021.10.11] WONG KAR WAI'S NFT WITH SOTHEBY SOLD FOR HK$ 4.28 MILLION

The IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE - DAY ONE NFT recorded 92 seconds from Wong Kar Wai's first day on the film and was sold for over HK$ 4.28 million

Wong Kar Wai

The yellow jacket Leslie Cheung wore in HAPPY TOGETHER sold for 156,000 more than the starting bid of 600,000

The Last Man Standing - Vertical poster, autographed and hand-painted by Wong Kar Wai, had a fierce competition
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Reaching international renown with a Cannes Film Festival Best Director prize for HAPPY TOGETHER, Wong Kar Wai and Hong Kong Sotheby modern art held an auction on the 9th and the 10th. Wong Kar Wai's first NFT, IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE - DAY ONE, was also the first Asian film NFT to appear at an international auction. In the end it was sold for HK$ 4.284 million. The yellow jacket Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing wore in HAPPY TOGETHER was sold for 756,000. The Jet Tone Archive auctioned off 30 items, the "Last Man Standing - Vertical" poster started the bidding at HK$ 200,000 and yesterday was finally sold for HK$ 529,200.

Wong Kar Wai collaborated with Sotheby's as an artist, a collector and a planner on the IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE- DAY ONE NFT, which recorded 92 seconds of IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE's first day in production on February 13th, 1999. Wong Kar Wai wrote, "All creation originates from a single thought. The 'Humane King Sutra' describes that every thought consists of 90 flashes, and within each flash lives 900 sparks and extinguishments. Where did the first thought of In the Mood for Love originate from? Hard to say. What's certain was that 13 February 1999, was the first day when I put that thought into action. The first day of every film production is like the first date with your dream lover; it is filled with fright and delight, like skating on thin ice. An arrow never returns to its bow; twenty years on, this arrow is still soaring." The starting bid on this item was HK$ 2 million. Two days ago it was auctioned and sold for HK$ 4.284 million, with a certificated of authenticity issued by Jet Tone Archive and signed by Wong Kar Wai. As for the yellow leather jacket Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing wore in HAPPY TOGETHER, its starting bid was HK$ 600,000 and it was sold for 756,000.

In addition, Wong Kar Wai attentively chose 30 items that were related to his films for the auction yesterday. Most were costumes, props, photos and posters from his films, as well as works of his long time professional partners like William Chang Suk Ping, Christopher Doyle (To Ho Fung), Wing Shya (Ha Wing Hong) and Ronald Zee (Tsui Chi Chun), and creations from different regions' artist and designers who specifically designed for the Jet Tone 30th anniversary. Among the 30 items, "The Last Man Standing" vertical poster that was autographed and hand-painted by Wong Kar Wai had a particularly fierce competition. In the end the buyer bid HK$529,200 to win the prize. As for 'The Last Man Standing' horizontal poster the winning bid was HK$ 252,000. The theme originally was a line from Ip Man in The GRANDMASTER, "Kung Fu - two words. Horizontal. Vertical." The poster designer Ronald Zee was inspired by it and designed a horizontal and a vertical poster. At the time originally two sets of 4 film posters were planned, in the end due to time constraint only the first was printed for an official poster and was revealed at the Hong Kong premiere. The other 3 never saw the light of day. This time the most initial design returned and completed the "horizontal. vertical." appearance.

As for the HAPPY TOGETHER DIPTYCH, its starting bid was 150,000 and the winning bid was 478,800. This work was a Wong Kar Wai and Tino Kwan Wing Kuen collaboration. Back then the HAPPY TOGETHER poster was printed with the traditional offset printing technique. The DIPTYCH was produced through the modern lighting approach and the preserved HAPPY TOGETHER's traditional cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black) split. Among director Wong Kar Wai's autographed posters, the highest bids were for ASHES OF TIME and the two GRANDMASTER posters. They were sold for 138,600 each. Th 2046 director autographed poster was sold for 126,000. The SUMMER IN BEIJING director autographed poster was sold for HK$ 35,280.