Sunday, December 4, 2022


Donnie Yen, Cissy Wang

Chingmy Yau's daughter Shum Yuet
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Sammi Cheng
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Carina Lau would consider returning to television with a good script and character

Gigi Lai says that her daughter has no interest in watching her work and has no idea that she is Smarties in YOUNG AND DANGEROUS
Sammi Cheng

Josephine Lau, her mother Kimbee Chan and Alice Ho

Stephen Fung

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"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan and his wife Cissy Wang two nights ago attended an event. Speaking of SAKRA (TIN LUNG BAK BO ji KIU FUNG JUEN), the film that he directed and starred in and would transition to an internet platform release, Chi Tan said, "The plan has been to do that all along, because the entire world's film watching culture is completely different. With more platforms to choose from, viewers are in luck!" He pointed out that the film company had its own calculations to bring the film to the most viewers. Would the "internet movie" format release bring even higher return? He said, "As a creator, the most important for me is to make the movie its best. Of course the more people watch it the better. Sharing my creation this way isn't necessarily a bad thing. (Did the production cost 220 million yuan?) I am not Tsui Hark, Zhang Yimou, I don't have so much money to make it!"

Chi Tan said that he has been very fortunate to have the support of the entire team. "I have Best Actresses Cya Liu and (Kara) Wai Ying Hung, and the entire Hong Kong Film Award winning team trusting me, I really have to thank me." He felt that the amount of production budget and the production quality might not necessarily be in proportion, creativity and putting an effort into work were the most important. Would the film make its Lunar New Year release? He admitted that he is very nervous right now. "A lot of post production haven't been done yet, honestly my entire team has done its best. Every actor is number 1. The entire team has been squeezed dry. Now I hope the computer graphics would be done in time." He joked that his mobile phone had 9 chat groups, when he got up at 5AM he would begin to busily send out orders.

Carina Lau Ka Ling talked about Tony Leung Chiu Wai's interest in making television series again. Ka Ling praised her husband, "That's right, it's in negotiation. He has even more choices than I do. I can't be too envious. (What kind of script and character is Wai Jai looking for?) He has already reached a stage of infinite possibilities, and absorbed years of life and acting experience. He has already reached the stage of lifting heavy roles like they are nothing and in full command!"

Speaking of meeting with Sylvia Chang, Shu Qi and others earlier, Sammi Cheng Sau Man said that she was very happy to see Shu Qi. They have not seen each other in awhile. With Sister Chang she has worked on a movie together. She was very grateful to Sister Chang for giving her a different experience in how she saw acting. Sammi said, "From now on I wouldn't give myself too much pressure on my acting. Before I kept demanding myself to improve and break through, but I discovered that if I performed with a natural state of mind instead I would be able to achieve the effect even more. Like when I made LOST LOVE (LAU SHUI LOK FA) my entire person suddenly got it. I was very happy Sister Chang was able to see the change in my acting. When I made LOST LOVE I even overcame an obstacle. When I was younger I focused on showing my prettiest side on camera, but at the current stage, even if I have to play Mama, old role, weathered and wrinkled characters I wouldn't mind. At whatever age I would play the role of whatever age."

Saturday, December 3, 2022


Donnie Yen, Raymond Wong

Toby Chan does not mind her boyfriend going to sea with other people.  She says that love is not prison, and she completely trusts her boyfriend.
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The Movie Producers and Distributors Association of Hong Kong and the Guangdong Film and TV Program Production Association organized 2022 Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area International Film Marketing Certificate Program yesterday held its graduation ceremony. Artists Fung Yik sum and Hon Yeung are both graduates. The Movie Producers and Distributors Association of Hong Kong chief director and course director Raymond Wong Pak Ming, course instructor Clifton Ko Chi Sum, Guest Presenter Donnie Yen Chi Tan and others shared their experience. Chi Tan even revealed that once after his film investment failed, his bank account only had HK$ 100 left.

Chi Tan before presenting the certificates to the graduates also shared his own story of hardship. He said that he has already been in the business for 40 years, but he was still learning. He recalled when he was in the business for about a decade or so, he opened a company for the first time to make movies that he liked. However it bombed at the box office. He had to borrow money to pay the debut and his bank account only had HK$ 100 left. He was very down, and even thought about whether he got into the wrong business because to him it was quite a tremendous setback. He did not make money, but he did not receive the reward either. He thought about whether he should retire, but in the end he decided to persist in his dream and look for opportunity to continue making movies. He continued, "What I want to share with everyone is, even with a movie I really want to make. However without funding, without market return, I wouldn't be able to go on. So taking this course is right for you students. Don't be like me, the course can make everyone understand market need first."

Event master of ceremony Toby Chan Ting Yan yesterday responded to her boyfriend and a blonde went to sea, which led to break up rumors. She said that she understood that artists would have gossip. She was also happy that she still had news value but stressed that her relationship with her boyfriend. "Everyone relax, it's fine. I am very happy. The reports haven't affected my work or emotions, but I wouldn't wed in advance because of this, otherwise it would become pressure."


Simon Yam plans to write, direct and star in an authentic Hong Kong film

Kathy Yuen praises husband Maverick Mak for being better at acting than she is
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Simon Yam Tat Wa, Henick Chou Hon Ning, Maverick Mak Chau Sing and his wife Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee), Ben Yuen Fu Wa and others two nights ago attended the film A LIGHT NEVER GOES OUT (DUN FOR LAN SHAN)'s advanced screening event. Speaking of Sylvia Chang's Golden Horse Best Actress victory with the film, Yam Tat Wa stated that she truly deserved it. He also praised her for sparing no effort to help the new generation.

Brother Wa praised this film for being made with a lot of sincerity and quality. "Cheung Ngai Ga and I, even everyone have a lot of effort into helping young directors, actors and behind the scene people. The film's subject was the neon lights of the 60's. Although this industry has fallen, but now another kind of light is shining ton this Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong. It could continue to radiate and shine, so movie friends around the world all like to come to Hong Kong and shoot on location!" Brother Wa even felt that what was special about Hong Kong would not exist anywhere else in the world, which was where the charm of Hong Kong lay and also gave rise to the idea of him directing again. He said that currently he is writing a screenplay for a Hong Kong film that he would direct and star in next year. "I would shoot the back alleys of Hong Kong, (the movie) would be a reflection of ordinary life, and show the beauty of Hong Kong!"

Brother Wa revealed that in the film would be a collaboration between middle aged actors and young rising stars. He also intended to ask Yuen Wah and Kara Wai Ying Hung to work with him. "I have always really admired him. His acting had a kind of charm. In addition i too want to ask good actor Sister Hung. Later I would ask some young actors to perform, but first I would have to finish the screenplay." Would he permit his daughter Ella Yam Ching Kai to perform? He laughed and said that he would tailor a script for his daughter next time.

Mak Chau Sing said that it was his first movie role, so he was very nervous. He was waiting for his wife to give him her opinion. However Tong Yee said that although acting wise she had more experience, she still did not dare to give any opinion. She only joked that he still had room for improvement. Luckily she rehearsed with him. Tong Yee praised her husband's acting to be better than hers. "However sometimes during rehearsal he wouldn't be able to keep himself from laughing."

She actually would not mind working with her husband on a movie, but instead she would not want to dance with him. Mak Chau Sing joked, "Then we have to make a dance movie together, I have been secretly training her in dance, feeling that she is pretty well coordinated!"

Friday, December 2, 2022


New York's Times Square and Taipei's Taipei Arena both have outdoor advertising for the film

WARRIORS OF FUTURE is released online on Netflix yesterday
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The Louis Koo Tin Lok produced and starred WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI) since its August 25th release has passed HK$ 81 million at the box office. Since its release viewers everywhere have been eagerly waiting for it. WARRIORS OF FUTURE would officially go online on the streaming platform Netflix on December 2nd. it even at various city landmarks around the world, including New York's Times Square, London's Storm Cromination, Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing, Taipei's Taipei Arena and others displayed its giant outdoor advertisement and brought the world's attention to this film that set Hong Kong box office record history and opened a new chapter to science fiction in Asia. The film's producer Koo Tin Lok said, "Seeing WARRIORS OF FUTURE's outdoors advertising at various landmarks around the world felt very wonderful and very happy, I hope viewers everywhere would enjoy this film and would look forward to the science fiction universe that would be beyond everyone's imagination from our One Cool Film!"

For the film's Netflix release, OneCoolCollective that earlier released the WARRIORS OF FUTURE NFT series would also collaborate with the new generation luxury NFT platform WEAR for a future science fiction themed virtual space to display the armor and equipment tht have appeared in the WARRIORS OF FUTURE series NFT from December 2nd to 24th; another spotlight of the exhibit would be the soon to be released WARRIORS OF FUTURE virtual sneakers NFT. The exhibit would also have a big screen screening of the film trailer and the discord invitation link. OneCoolCollective's "chief commander" Koo Tin Lok would often appear online to exchange ideas of film and science fiction future with everyone!

In addition, WARRIORS OF FUTURE on December 9th would hold The Finale and The Future film event and outdoor screening experience at The Grounds at Central. Key creators including Koo Tin Lok, director Ng Yuen Fai, Sean Lau Ching Fai, Philip Keung Ho Man and others would attend to share their experience of battling shoulder to shoulder on the journey of WARRIORS OF FUTURE with everyone.


Brigitte Lin and William Chang 
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The second K11 Musea's high class fashion exhibit invited Hong Kong master class art director William Chang Suk Ping to be the exhibit's design director. In a way that is full of the film experience, and his classic poetic story narration method he would write the "script" for the exhibit. With the Nobel Prize poet laureate Derek Walcott's poem LOVE AFTER LOVE as the concept blueprint, he would write scene after scene about fashion, craftsmanship, culture and creativity. He even invited his friends of 42 years Brigitte Lin (Lam Ching Ha) to preview this generation crossing legendary fashion collection exhibit.

Chang Suk Ping and Lam Ching Ha knew while working on LOVE MASSACRE (OI SAK) in California, U.S.A. in 1980, many classic costumes of Lam Ching Ha's Hong Kong films like DREAM LOVERS (MUNG CHUNG YUN), THE SWORDSMAN 2 (SIU NGO KONG WU II DONG FONG BUK BAI), ASHES OF TIME (DONG CHE SAI DUK) and CHUNG KING EXPRESS (CHUNG HING SUM LUM) came from Chang Suk Ping's hands. He also won the won the Hong Kong Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards Costume Design honors. With the chemistry accumulated from work, Lam Ching Ha absolutely trusted in Chang Suk Ping's designs. Even her home decorations and the 3 books that she has published were designed by Chang Suk Ping.

Lam Ching ha once praised Chang Suk Ping for being very prestigious in his own professional arena. For this exhibit from stage background, lighting, background music, promotional poster and film to story narration, Chang Suk Ping would show his persistence in romantic styling and aesthetics in this project. Thus Lam Ching Ha paid a preview visit to show her support.


Donnie Yen is both the film's director and star

Donnie Yen, Kara Wai, Wong Jing, Cya Liu, Grace Wong and others have a pleasant production and meet up for dinner

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Grace Wong is invited to a beauty salon opening
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Grace Wong says after I'VE GOT THE POWER her relationship with TVB would come to an end
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The Donnie Yen Chi Tan directed film SAKRA (TIN LUNG BAK BO ji KIU FUNG JUEN) started production in July in Hengdian and shot on location on the Mirror Lake and in Shanxi. Early in the preparation stage, Chi Tan and his wife Cissy Wang scouted locations all over China and went through a strict selection for a lead actress. He prohibited any "plastic surgery" as he swore to find a female star with looks and acting abilities to start. In the end the role of "Ah Ji" ended up in the hands of the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress Cya Liu while the role of "Ah Ju" went to Yukee Chen Yuqi.

When Cya Liu joined the production, Chi Tan also personally instructed the fight scenes. Although at the time she just won the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress and the team wanted to celebrate with her, she did not give up this great opportunity and focused on training with Chi Tan. The other lead actress Chen Yuqi gave up her good looks to appear bald in the film. Each time the skull cap would take a long time to put on, but she was all in. The entire team has proven that it spent a lot of effort into making the film. This film earlier wrapped up production. Chi Tan returned to Hong Kong immediately to fully jump into its post production work. Nothing was left to chance!

The audience of course has been looking forward to the film. However earlier reports pointed out that the film would be just like Wong Jing's two other film productions last year, the Raymond Lam Fung starred films NEW KUNG FU CULT MASTER 1 and 2 and be released on Mainland internet platforms for the Year of the Rabbit Spring Festival Lunar New Year slot. In other words the film would give up the cinemas, which would be quite a surprise! Actually in recent years many big productions have had disappointing releases at the cinemas. Another one of Chi Tan's film, the 200 million yuan Mainland film COME BACK HOME (SAU GAU) opened in October. Despite decent word of mouth but perhaps due to the pandemic the film only made 22 million yuan. Wong Jing last year also due to the weakened Mainland box office and the high cinema marketing and distribution costs gave up the theatrical releases for KUNG. In addition many internet platforms would welcome new members with discounts on major holidays, aside from the viewers benefiting the viewership coverage would definitely be higher than cinemas. So it could be said to be a "win win" strategy for viewers and film companies.

Reporters contacted Wong Jing about SAKRA being released on an internet platform. He replied, "More to be announced later." Chi Tan has yet to respond.

In addition, Cya Liu earlier shot a video and mentioned the hardship before her fame. She pointed out that once on the set, both she and the lead actress had to go to the bathroom. The production assistant ended up stopping her and said that all the shots have to be done before she could go. Yet at the end the production has yet to reach her shoot. Such an unfair treatment left a deep impression with her. She also told herself to have to work hard and fight for herself.

Grace Wong Kwan Hing who has been a part of the film welcomed the move to streaming. "I know the film would be released on three major Mainland platforms, which of course is good. More viewers would be able to see it. However I don't know whether other places would get theatrical releases. Let's wait for the company to make the arrangements and announcements."

She revealed that since working on SAKRA she has received many film offers. "I am looking at several scripts, some from Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S. I am pretty happy. If it would happen I could take the chance to travel the world."

Tuesday, November 29, 2022


For the week ending Sunday November 27 2022


    d. Luca Guadagnino
    Timonthee Chalamet, Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance


    d. Jaume Collet-Serra
    Dwayne Johnson, Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge,
      Noah Centineo, Quintessa Swindell


  Can : Ming Yut Jin Gei
  Lit : Tomorrow War Journal
  AKA : Mau Tung Jin Jung
  Lit : Spear Shield War
    d. Ng Yuen Fai
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sean Lau Ching Wan, Philip Keung Ho Man,
      Carina Lau Ka Ling, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Tse Kwan Ho,
      Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Ng Siu Hin, Wan Guopeng, Kevin Chu Kam Yin
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 112 MINS.
  Opening June 27 2019 (POSTPONED)
  Opening July 2021 (POSTPONED)
  Opening August 15 2022 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening August 25 2022
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    In the not-too-distant future, pollution and global warming have left Earth barren, a giant meteorite crashed down and an odd looking vine started to grow from it. While this vine, people called it Pandora, sucked up the smog and began to purify Earth, it also grew at high speed destroying anything in sight. When the genetic map of Pandora was revealed, genetic modification became the last hope for mankind.


  Can : Fan Hei Gung Sum
  Lit : Rice Drama Invades The Heart
    d. Sunny Chan Wing Sun
    Dayo Wong Tze Wa, Stephy Tang Lai Yun, Louis Cheung Kai Chung,
      Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Minchen Lin, Peter Chan Charm Man
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening February 1 2022 (POSTPONED)
  Opening April 24 2022 at the Udine Far East Film Festival
  Opening July 23 2022 at the New York Asian Film Festival
  Opening July 23 2022 (Preview)
  Opening September 8 2022
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    It is often said that food and meals bring families together, but in TABLE FOR SIX it's clear that not all family gatherings are a cause for celebration. In this melodramatic comedy, three brothers reside in a home that they inherited from their late parents. The eldest brother Steve, theoretically is the man of the house, but he constantly is getting dissed by his two younger brothers Bernard and Lung for the decisions he makes, the inedible meals that he cooks, and his complicated romantic encounters. To prepare for a family reunion dinner, Steve seeks the help of Lung’s girlfriend and foodie Josephine and in doing so, wins back their hearts for a while, until his old flame and Bernard’s new girlfriend Monica shows up. That's a recipe for a disaster waiting to explode! The unexpected visit of Steve's part-time girlfriend Meow not only fails to turn down the heat and cool the awkward situation, but stirs up the sibling conflict even further.


  Can : Fut Yin Sum Dung
    d. Mak Ho Bong
    Roxanne Tong Lok Man, Karena Ng Chin Yu,
      Edward Ma Chi Wai, Adam Pak Tin Nam, Anson Kong Yip Sang,
      Michael Ning (Bak Ji), Chloe So Ho Yi, Shirley Chan Yan Yin
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 93 mins.
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  Opening February 1 2022 (POSTPONED)
  Opening November 17 2022

    This story is a collection of four love relationships: Geeky Hong who looks forward to romance bumps into Shirley; Rich kid Silver who is socially anxious hires a rental boyfriend Jerome; Chung and Zoe,a dysfunctional pair of social couple; and Ho an indecisive person meeting Tin Tin, a nurse with polyamorous relationships. Following the through line in each story, they encounter unexpected obstacles in their relationships all set on the eve of Valentine's Day.


    d. Don Hall, Qui Nguyen
    Disney Animation
    English Voices: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jaboukie Young-White, Gabrielle Union
    Cantonese Voice: Kaki Sham


    d. Ayako Kono
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 102 mins.
  Opening November 24 2022

    After two months of being trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, Kirito and Asuna reach the fifth floor of Aincrad. As they wander through the maze-like ruins, they indulge in raiding the floor's treasures. However, upon returning to the fourth floor, they encounter a quest from Elf Lord Yofilis. This quest puts the pair face-to-face with Asuna's most hated monster.


  Can : Gor Si Gor Jik
    d. Eric Tsang Hing Weng
    Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Gardner Tse Kwan Ho, Edan Lui Cheuk On,
      Anson Lo Hon Ting, Hedwig Tam Sin Yin, Angela Yuen Lai Lam,
      Joey Leung Cho Hiu, Fung So Bo,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening October 7 2022 at the Busan International Film Festival
  Opening October 25 2022 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening November 24 2022
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    The chaos began at the Winter Solstice dinner eight years ago. The father lost his temper, the son, not able to forgive his father, ran away from home. Eight years have passed, and the family's relationship is still cold and distant. A cousin returns to Hong Kong from England and hopes to gather everyone for a Winter Solstice dinner. The long-awaited gathering prompted everyone to rethink their relationships with family members. Some choose to leave, some are back. When things are about to fall apart, it might as well be an opportunity to mend connections.

    On the evening of the family's traditional winter solstice dinner, Chun and Ling, their daughter Ki and son Yeung, and Ling's brother Ming gather at Ling's mother's house. Tired of Chun’s incompetence, losing his job when they're looking to repair and move into the house they bought with everything they had, Ling demands a divorce. While attempting to mediate between the two, Yeung gets greatly disappointed and angry with Chun. And Ming, whose business failed, has a fight with his aging mother. That becomes the last family dinner. Eight years later, Ming's daughter Joy returns to Hong Kong, and the family plans for their traditional dinner on the winter solstice again. Can the years of pain and remorse bring the family together again? On this evening of Joy’s first winter solstice dinner, the film shows through the night scenery that a family can be whole even if it is not perfect. (CHOI Eun)

    Edan Lui, member of Hong Kong pop sensation Mirror, takes on his most challenging role yet in this powerful and unsentimental family drama. Based on the story of director Tsang Hing Weng Eric's own family, Tsang's directorial debut follows a family in a Hakka-walled village eight years after a combative winter solstice dinner tore the family apart. When a cousin returns home and seeks to reunite the family for another dinner, they must rethink their connection. In addition to his fellow Mirror member Anson Lo, Lui is also supported by a cast of both masterful veteran actors and talented up-and-coming stars.


  Can : Jing Yi Wai Long
  Lit : Justice Cloister
    d. Ho Cheuk Tin
    Yeung Wai Lun, Mak Pui Tung, Louisa So Yuk Wa, Michael Chow Man Kin,
      Jan Lamb Hoi Fung, Gloria Yip Wan Yi,
      Xenia Chong Wan Ching,
  Rating : III
  Length : 135 mins.
  Opening August 30 2022 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening October 27 2022
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    Adapted from a sensational real-life case in 2013, the intricate story begins when a young man partners with his friend to murder and dismember his parents. Pleading not guilty, the defense attorneys soon turn on each other, as the defendants play the devil and idiot game. Meanwhile, heated debates emerge inside the jury room, where nine jurors grapple with the truth. Crafting a complex, multi-layered narrative with surprising twists and turns, Ho Cheuk-tin sets himself a formidable challenge in this directorial debut.

    Adapted from a sensational 2013 family murder, Henry Cheung partnered up with his friend Angus Tong to murder and dismember his parents. In the courtroom, two veteran lawyers Wilson Ng and Carrie Yau were defending the pair pleading not guilty. The prosecutor Allen Chu suggests the murder was a calculated move for money. But the plot thickened when Ng and Yau began to present their case, and when Tong rebutted all accusations on his own. The truth becomes all the more elusive as the defendants played the role of 'genius' and 'idiot' in court. In the breakroom, discussions between the nine jury members spiraled into debates of right and wrong.


    d. Ryan Coogler
    Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke,
      Angela Bassett, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Dominique Thorne