Thursday, February 29, 2024

[2024.02.29] LOUIS KOO LAYS LOW THROUGH THE FILM WINTER TO PLAY AN ACE IN THE NEW YEAR?

Louis Koo changes the company's fengshui scheme for better luck

Louis Koo's movie BACK TO THE PAST would reportedly be released this year
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The Hong Kong film industry last year faced a lot of difficulties, especially its trend in the mainland market has shown more and more exhaustion. Best Actor Nick Cheung Ka Fai earlier lamented bout the current film market. "The current film industry seems to have fallen into a very cold, very unstable climate. We have worked in film for our whole life, under this atmosphere we can only do our best. The current changes seem to be unprecedented." Another Best Actor Gordon Lam Ka Tung also said that starting a film production would not be easy, in the past some films did not perform as expected. Perhaps the industry would have to discuss with the government how to receive even more support. Even the friendly Best Actor Chow Yun Fat once said that his film ONE MORE CHANCE (BIT GIU NGOR "DOH SUN") would have a chance to be his last. Originally scheduled to start production early in the year, SHOCK WAVE 3 (CHAK DAN JUEN GA 3) has also postponed its production start to early next year. One could imagine how dangerous a situation the film industry is in.

Film company boss and actor Louis Koo Tin Lok saw the less than positive climate in the mainland for Hong Kong films retreated and rested. With many major films on hand, he chose not to make any move last year. Even the big company spring banquets of the past would reportedly not take part this year. However, always passionate about film and full of determination, how could he lay low for long? He cut expenses in order to go even further. Reportedly his science fiction costume film BACK TO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI) would be released this year. Because this subject has been rarely seen in Hong Kong films in recent years, it would have hope to make a killing! In addition, a firm believer in metaphysics, he changed the fengshui scheme at the company door from "one horse eight dragon" to "three horses eight dragon" in hopes of strengthen his luck!

Recently caught praying at the Erawan Shrine in Thailand, he still remembered to do something for his colleagues. Seeing the Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) and Gordon Lam Ka Tung starred film ROB N ROLL (LUM SI GIP ONG) was in release in the mainland and Hong Kong, he shot a video to help promote the film recently. Currently overseas, he excitedly said that he would have to celebrate for the film. Sitting alone in a Chinese restaurant, he joked, "I just happened to watch ROB N ROLL with foreign friends, it's great! Now we are celebrating for him, celebrating by myself!" He then performed a "solo celebration" and thoroughly displayed his humorous side.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

[2024.02.29] ANSON LO VISITS 16 SHOWS STRAIGHT TO THANK THE AUDIENCE

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Anson Lo visits 16 audience appreciation shows for THE MOON THIEVES 
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"Cult Leader" Anson Lo Hon Ting yesterday and director Steve Yuen Kim Wai visited 16 audience appreciation shows in one breath for their Emperor Motion Picture THE MOON THIEVES (DOH YUET JEH). They met and interacted with viewers and fans. He hoped that everyone would continue to promote the film. Fans in the audience enthusiastically asked Cult Leader questions.

When asked if the disciples had the chance to play kaito characters what kind of thieves would they be? Inspiration struck Cult Leader at once as he thought they could be the emergency medical team, because in foreign films action scenes would usually have injuries and someone would be responsible for medical treatment. He joked that they could baby the team and give pressure point massages. Fans screamed. In the film he was able to any lock he touched, would he remember the lock that would never be opened? He answered the lock with his and the disciple's names he left in N Seoul Tower while shooting MIRROR GO in Seoul.

Speaking of filial piety, Cult Leader said that half a year before his grandmother passed he just started in the business for a year. Grandma was in long term hospital care. After work he would visit her at the hospital, even when he was not able to visit everyday he would go every other day to bathe her, chat with her. However at the time her consciousness was already very weak, unable to respond. However he still would show her his childhood photos, when he brought up secondary school she would often ask whether he would date. He joked that each time he would answer Grandma, "Soon!" He could not help but get choked up. In addition Cult Leader also mentioned that he would read the disciples' messages while taking a bath, thus he would always go from 10 minutes to over 1 hour and got all wrinkly.

[2024.02.28] MAGGIE CHEUNG HO YI OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO PLAY A COP

Maggie Cheung Ho Yi could be rarely seen on television in recent years, instead you might catch a shade of her in different movies.
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Maggie Cheung Ho Yee has been in film for many years but has never played a cop. She has rarely worked on action scenes either. This time in the Lunar New Year film ROB N ROLL (LUM SI GIP ONG) she played a cop who has never solved a big case for the first time. She said that she has always been very afraid of sudden loud noises, even when working on Early Republic series fire crackers would scare her. This time she got a push to overcame a long time obstacle. "At the beginning I never thought about making this movie, but I thought the script was special. In the past decade or so Hong Kong has never seen this type of cops and robbery subject. So I played the intermediary and made connections for investors. Later the director told me he had a female role that would be pretty fun, and would have scenes with (Aaron) Kwok Fu Sing, Yam Yin Chai (Richie Jen) and (Gordon) Lam Ka Tung. So I took it."

Cheung Ho Yee said that this time her performance was a complete breakthrough for her. She remembered the most that Temple Street had a road block for 7 days for the shoot. She even revealed that she asked the director whether she could avoid shooting a fire. "The director had a difficult look on his face and said no way, impossible. He told me to train in running. I would have a double, but even with the double, I would perform most the action scenes. For several days on Temple street, I thought I was going to die from running. The shoot constantly had bad takes. Although the shoot was rough, when the production wrapped I felt I was finally able to do it. I deeply understood the hardship of being an action actor."

Cheung Ho Yee in recently rarely had film and television work. She said that she would continue to work on screen and also hope to be a creator. "I want to make film and television work that would be able to touch the soul and bring everyone energy, so people in darkness would be able to see the light. I don't dare to say I want to become a light tower and guide everyone, I would be pleased with just being a little light bulb."

[2024.04.28] MICHELLE WAI OFGETS CONGRATULATED BY MISTAKE

Michelle Wai is already grateful for the Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress nomination

Nancy Sit
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Michelle Wai has offered to be the godmother of Carlos Chan's child, but he has not agreed.

Nancy Sit says that she and Lee Ying were very close during their RTV days
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Nancy Sit mistakes Michelle Wai for Shiga Lin and keeps congratulating her on her pregnancy,  which makes Michelle smack her belly to prove that she is not.
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Michelle Wai Sze Nga two days ago appeared on a Metro Radio interview. Nominated for the Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress with the film READY O/R ROT (BUT YUT SING FUN 2), she admitted that her 16 years of persistence has not been wasted; she even said that while watching the live announcements when her co-star Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling) was nominated for Best Supporting Actress she was already moved to tears. Then when she learned that she was nominated for Best Actress she cried again. She pointed out that she would need to prepare her speech. "Over 16 years many people have helped me, I need to thank so many people. (Would you wear something super sexy?) Nothing to see, do I show my ribs? I don't mind being sexy, the most important is being pretty. Actually I would like the most to walk the red carpet with Sister Kam Yin Ling, perhaps I would coordinate with her a little." Speaking of her co-star and friend Carlos Chan Ka Lok would be a father soon, she said that she was happy for him and even offered to be the godmother. However Ka Lok has yet to agree. Speaking of her declaring that when Ka Lok would have a child, she would get married. Would she "pay the bill"? She mischievously said, "Kids say the darnest thing, actors can't be trusted. Not to mention that I never said which child Ka Lok would have when I would get married!" Then she changed the subject. She said that many people have confused her with Shiga Lin, which led to jokes galore. "Everyone please stop congratulating my Papa. Because of the constant confusion, every time K Lok's wife announced marriage and pregnancy, someone would congratulate my Papa." Nancy Sit Ka Yin just happened to return to the radio, mistook her for Shiga Lin and congratulated her. Wai Sze Nga awkwardly denied that and asked Sit Ka Yin to congratulate her on her Hong Kong Film Awards nomination.

Sister Ka Yin talked about her friend of many years Lee Ying, who earlier passed away after a fall at home. She said at first she could not believe it, but after communicating with many friends she finally was able to confirm the news. She remembered that they have worked together at RTV as early as their 20s and they were very close. Several years ago she even invited her to be a guest on her show CANTOPOP AT 50, later due to the pandemic they no longer saw each other. Hence when she heard the bad news she was very saddened; she even revealed that Sandra Lang (Sin To Lai) also suffered a fall recently. Sister Ka Yin pointed out that these accidents made her suddenly realized that as she grew older she had to be careful and not fall. She even stated that even when bathing she would not dare to close the door completely. She would leave a gap for someone to hear her in case she called for help. She even revealed that she would bathe very quickly, and her daughter has urged her to slow down and put safety first.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

[2024.02.28] FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 25 2024

For The week ending February 25 2024

POOR THINGS MOVIE POSTER

10 POOR THINGS
    d. Yorgos Lanthimos
    Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe

ARGYLLE MOVIE POSTER

  9 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

THE ZONE OF INTEREST MOVIE POSTER

  8 THE ZONE OF INTEREST
    d. Jonathan Glazers
    Christian Friedel, Sandra Huller, Johann Karthau

MADAME WEB MOVIE POSTER

  7 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

  6 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

  5 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.

DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA -TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING- MOVIE POSTER

  4 DEMON SLAYER: KIMETSU NO YAIBA -TO THE HASHIRA TRAINING-
    d. Haruo Sotozaki
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 104 mins.
  Opening February 22 2024

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    "To the Hashira Training" will show Episode 11 from the Swordsmith Village Arc, featuring the conclusion to the fierce battle between Tanjiro and Upper Four, Hantengu, and Nezuko's triumph over the sun in theatres for the first time. It's followed by Episode 1 of the Hashira Training Arc, featuring the beginning of the training conducted by the Hashira in preparation for the forthcoming final battle against Muzan Kibutsuji, also being shown for the first time.

THE MOON THI4V3S MOVIE POSTER

  3 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

  2 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.


ROB N ROLL MOVIE POSTER

  1 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
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/Le4MiwCbAr0
  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.

[2024.02.28] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24 2024

For the week starting Saturday, February 24 2024 (Week 8)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 SOMETHING MISSING
  Can : Hung Sing Gei
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

  4 A FUTURE TOGETHER
  Can : Suet Ho Dik Mei Loi
  Winka Chan

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

  2 ROCKETSTARS
  MIRROR


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

Monday, February 26, 2024

[2024.02.27] ZHAO LIYING WOULD RECEIVE THE ASIAN FILM AWARDS NEXT GENERATION AWARD

Every award is important to Zhao Liying

Will Or is one of the youth ambassadors this year
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The 17th Asian Film Awards would take place on March 10th at the West Kowloon Cultural District Xiqu Centre Theatre. TVB J2 would exclusively broadcast the event live. A group of Asian film industry elite would gather in Hong Kong and vie for various awards.

This year 35 films from 24 nations and regions were nominated in 16 categories. 4 nominated Hong Kong films included THE GOLDFINGER (GUM SAU JI), TIME STILL TURNS THE PAGES (NIN SIU YUT GEI), IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (BAK YUT JI HA), FLY ME TO THE MOON (DAN YUEN YUN CHEUNG GAU); Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Sean Wong Tsz Lok, Rachel Leung Yung Ting, Tse Wing Yan and director Cheuk Yik Him would compete respectively for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best New Actor, Best New Director and other awards. The jury president would be famous Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the first time a Japanese director held the post in 17 years. This year's 4 youth ambassadors would be Will Or Wai Lam, Hio Miyazawa, Liu Kuan-Ting, and Mario Maurer.

Mainland star Zhao Liying would receive the 17th Asian Film Award AFA Next Generation Award. She would also attend the event in person to accept the award. Zhao Liying said, "Thank you Asian Film wards. Film has brought us a lot of time together. I look forward to be with everyone by the harbor of Hong Kong on March 10th. I am very grateful and value every award, the award would tell you your life hasn't been wasted in this period. People need encouragement, I am no exception."

Faced with fierce competition in the film industry, Zhao Liying felt that felt that in order to maintain the passion and the motivation for her show business career she must truly like what she was doing. She said, "At this level, I have already gotten a lot; but I still am able to persist because I truly like performing, cherish and relish it. It motivates me more than the external temptations. From the performance angle, every character is the most challenging. I very much enjoy challenging different types of character. An actor's performance somewhat resembles magic tricks, what the viewers watch is whether the end is exciting or not. We are responsible for how to perform the trick, and that process can preserve the mystery."

Speaking of her future plan or goal in her show business career, Zhao Liying said, "I have goals, but I wouldn't set an complete plan for myself because many good characters and good scripts come by chance and not by choice. When your experience, your performance has reached that level, many things would just happen. I too have always been changing and growing, at different levels what I care the most definitely aren't the same, I like this type of growth."