Sunday, May 19, 2024

[2024.05.20] EDDIE PENG MAKES AN APPEARANCE AT CANNES' HONG KONG NIGHT

Eddie Peng (third right) sends his well wishes to the TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN team in Cannes
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Currently participating in the Cannes Film Festival, the film TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) started up a Hong Kong film fever as it became the movie that has caught the attention of the Chinese communities around the world. As of 11 a.m. yesterday, its box office in Hong Kong and Macao recorded HK$ 63,216,046 to land the film in fifth place among the total box office of Chinese films in Hong Kong film history. When the film team attended the Cannes Film Festival's "Hong Kong Night" event, Eddie Pang Yu-yan made a special appearance to show his support, congratulated the team and took photos with the crowd.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival was held from May 14 to 25. The Hong Kong Film Development Council, Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council jointly set up the Hong Kong Pavilion, organized 6 networking activities, 5 industry networking activities and 9 film market screenings, and showcased a number of outstanding Hong Kong films to filmmakers from all over the world. Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Tony Wu Tsz Tung and German Cheung Man Kit went live online from the Hong Kong Pavilion. The TWILIGHT OF THE WARRORS: WALLED IN team was very supportive of Hong Kong's tourism development and hoped to attract more visitors to Hong Kong.

The "Hong Kong Night" was attended by a large line-up of filmmakers, including TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN director Soi Cheang Pou Soi, actors Louis Koo Tin Lok, Lam Fung, Lau Chun Him, Wu Tsz Tung and Cheung Man Kit, and hundreds of film professionals from Hong Kong and overseas. Later they even attended TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN Cannes premiere, walking the Cannes red carpet together at the Midnight Screening section. In addition, the TWILIGHT team was popular with the Chinse and foreign groups in Cannes. After completing their trip Lam Fung, Lau Chun Him, Wu Tsz Tung and Cheung Man Kit would return to Hong Kong to continue to promote the film. Tonight they would attend the "520 special audience appreciation screening" in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

[2024.05.19] SYLVIA CHANG, KAREN MOK PAY TRIBUTE TO HONG KONG FILMS

Sylvia Chang and Karen Mok participate in the filming of a documentary about Hong Kong film
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Sylvia Chang attends the ceremony before the SHANGHAI BLUES 2024 screening and receives applause from the audience.

The late James Wong composed the SHANGHAI BLUES film score and the theme song NIGHT WIND

Yonfan's lawyer sends a letter to state that he owns the intellectual property rights to the SHANGHAI BLUES story

HONG KONG CLASSICS REIMAGINED has 6 directors and 6 short films, of which I WANT TO SEE stars George Lam and Sylvia Chang 

Sammo Hung stars in another short film HAPPY ENEMIES
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SHANGHAI BLUES (SEUNG HOI JI YEH) was the first film of the Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun founded Film Workshop in 1984. On the 40th anniversary of the founding, the 4K restored version premiered on May 17 in the "Cannes Classics" section of the Cannes International Film Festival. Although director Yang Fan's lawyer sent a legal letter to Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun's Film Workshop, stating that he still owns the original intellectual property rights of the story, the 4K restored version was still being screened in Cannes as scheduled.

The premiere was held at the Salle Bunuel Cinema, and lead actress Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) returned to Cannes after a long absence, attending the ceremony before the screening as a representative of the film. SHANGHAI BLUES has been meticulously restored under the supervision of director Tsui Hark since last year, in addition to updating the color grading of the picture, there is also all new dubbing so the audience can feel the all new charm of the film. Lead actor Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To) provided his voice for his own role, and the new generation actress Sabrina Zhuang Dafei, hand-picked by Tsui Hark, provided the voice for Sally Yeh (Yip Sin Man)'s role. The purpose of the restoration and screening was not only to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film's release, but also to allow more audiences to experience the enduring appeal of Hong Kong films. The film will gradually be scheduled for release around the world.

Cheung Ngai Ga attended the Cannes screening on May 17. Dressed in white, she received applause from the audience as soon as she took the stage. She first asked the audience, "Have any friends watched SHANGHAI BLUES before?" Many people in the audience raised their hands, and she said happily, "Wow! It's a pleasure to see you again!" Before the screening meeting, she on behalf of producer and director Tsui Hark and producer Shi Nansun greeted the audience and said, "In 1984, the F Workshop was established with the goal of producing films of genres that were outside of convention in the film industry at that time, so the first movie made was SHANGHAI BLUES." Now, 40 years later, the restored version of this film would be more able to reflect the romance and connotation of the film even more. She sentimentally said that she was grateful to be able to see this 4K restored film. "It reminds me of the moments when I worked with director Tsui Hark. This film is not only a movie, but also a precious memory." She said that Tsui Hark asked her to make a special mention of her late friend and the late film score composer James Wong Jim. "Thank you for the romantic atmosphere he brought to this film."

During the screening, the audience responded very enthusiastically. The applause was continuous at the end of the film, and after the lights went back on, the audience still applauded around her for a long time and could not bear to leave. When Cheung Ngai Ga left the scene, some fans asked for autographs. Many of whom were a new generation of fans who just watched SHANGHAI BLUES for the first time and "fell into the gap".

Irene Wan Bik Ha recently flew to France to attend the Cannes Film Festival and promote her new film "The Mermaid on Lying Island", Irene appeared on the red carpet in a white off-the-shoulder dress, exuding a noble elegance. Irene said she was very happy to walk on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. "This place is so beautiful, I feel so relaxed and really enjoy it. I can also see a lot of French films, communicate with many filmmakers, meet a lot of new friends, and the journey has been very unforgettable."

Irene brought her new film "The Mermaid on Lying Island" to the Cannes Film Festival to recommend to different filmmakers, Irene said that it has been a long time since she has made this kind of dark humor romance, which also includes family and love. It was about the age contrast between women and men, and also life and death. She hoped the film would be able to touch the audience.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Double S Entertainment jointly produced the documentary HONG KONG CLASSICS REIMAGINED, which brought together the veterans and new generations on and off camera, divided the classic works into 6 categories of Hong Kong films, and re-shot them into 6 short films to pay tribute to the classic plots and themes of Hong Kong films. Veteran producer Silence Leung Wai Yee was the producer, and invited Wing Shya, Man Lim Chung, Kenji Tanigaki, Lawrence Kan Chun Kwan, Wong Kwok Keung and Lemon Liu Yik Man to direct 6 short films, which were produced by Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi, Julia Chu Ka-yi and Cora Yim Ka-yin. The six short films are ILLICIT (GUM) starring Karen Mok Man Wai, DEJA VU starring Stanley Yau, Ling Man Lung and Angela Yuen Lai Lam, LA ROSE NOIRE VS LA ROSE NOIRE 2023 (HAK MUI GWAI DUI HAK MUI GWAI 2023) starring Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Gillian Chung Yun Tung and Kenny Kwan Chi Bun, THE RAW OYSTERS (FOON HEI YUEN GA) starring Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Michelle Yim (Mai Suet), Chu Kam Yin and Jocelyn Chan Ming Hei, PASSION CALL (BIT LEI TUNG) starring Eddie Cheung Siu Fai and Locker Lam Ka Hei, and SOMEWHERE IN TIME (SEUNG GEIN LIU) starring Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) and George Lam Chi Cheung.

Best Actress Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) recently attended the premiere of the documentary film about Hong Kong film HONG KONG CLASSIC REIMAGINED at the Cannes Film Festival. The film was Wing Shya, Man Lim Chung, Lawrence Kan Kwan Chun and others directed. In addition to Cheung Ngai Ga, George Lam Chi Cheung, Karen Mok Man Wai, Eddie Cheung Siu Fai, Stanley Yau, Angela Yuen Lai Lam and others were invited to participate in the filming and to pay tribute to classic Hong Kong films.

Speaking of the production, Cheung Ngai Ga said, "I have always liked Hong Kong's Star Ferry when I participated in the filming of the romantic chapter this time, but I was the happiest about being able to work with (George) Lam Chi Cheung again. He joked, 'Back then we needed to wear makeup to look old, but now we don't need to.' and we all laughed. I love Hong Kong, it's a blessed place. I hope more people come to Hong Kong, not just to shop, but to explore this beautiful place."

Some of the actors who were unable to go to Cannes in person, including Karen Mok Man Wai and Lam Chi Cheung, also made special videos to cheer the film on.

[2024.05.19] RAYMOND LAM KEEPS KISSING HIS WALLED IN BROTHERS

With the box office success, Raymond Lam grabs and kisses German Cheung to celebrate
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Raymond Lam first kisses Terrance Lau, then Tony Wu and German Cheung 
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Best Actor Louis Koo Tin Lok, Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, German Cheung Man Kit and others participated in the Cannes Film Festival with the movie TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING). The film has already grossed about 500 million yuan RMB in the mainland. Since its release in Hong Kong on the 18th, the film has made over HK$ 60 million and putting it in 10th place in the total box office of Chinese films in Hong Kong film history. Koo Tin Lok, who played Tornado in the film, announced the good news and thanked the audience on behalf of the cast and the crew.

Cheung Man Kit talked about crying after the screening, saying that he was moved by the atmosphere and the audience's applause; Wu Tsz Tung, who also cried, said that the director's words touched them and the audience. With the mainland box office of film passing 500 million RMB yuan so far, they were sked if they would give any benefit it the box office would reach 600 to 700 million? Lam Fung joked, "The four of us will kiss Tornado together! But I don't know if he'll hit us!" Some online hoped that the "Four Youths of the Walled City" would release a group song, and Lam Fung suggested, "I would wait for my concert and bring them on stage!" They talked about the fun story of walking the red carpet, Lau Chun Him burst his beard and was mistaken for Tony Leung Chiu Wai. Cheung Man Kit laughed and said, "The reporters called Tony, Tony!" Wu Tsz Tung said that he did not know why but he was flattered. Lam Fung posted a video of him kissing the brothers one by one on social media to celebrate the 500 million yuan mainland box office. Lam Fung kissed his co-stars Lau Chun Him, Wu Tsz Tung and Cheung Man Kit as requested. Once he was "done" he even jokingly wiped his mouth. He then attended a star-studded dinner for jewelery brand.

When everyone stepped on the red carpet together, the venue suddenly switched to playing Cantonese songs. Director Soi Cheang Pou Soi was very surprised. Lam Fung curiously asked, "Who sings this?" Unexpectedly Goo Jai nodded and admitted that it was the song he sang with Edmond Leung Hon Man, INFINITE UNIVERSE, and the audience bursted into laughter.

[2024.05.18] SOI CHEANG, LOUIS KOO LEAD THE WALLED IN GANG TO CANNES

Tony Wu, German Cheung, Louis Koo, director Soi Cheang, Raymond Lam and Terrance Lau visit Cannes to build momentum for their new film

Raymond Lam takes a selfie with fans and is very popular
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Louis Koo is very popular with fans, as they fight for photos with him

Cheuk Wan Chi, Stanley Kwan and Jun Li share their experience with film production grants

German Cheung, Raymond Lam, Tony Wu and Terrance Lau make kung fu poses at the press conference

The TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS team announces that they will finalize the preparation for the film of the prequel and the final chapter
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The 77th Cannes Film Festival opened a few days ago, attracting many movie stars to attend. The film TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) was selected for the "Midnight Screening" segment as the Hong Kong representative, and director Soi Cheang Pou Soi recently led stars Louis Koo Tin Lok, Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Tony Wu Tsz Tung and German Cheung Man Kit to fly there to build momentum. In addition to attending the press conference, they even appeared at the premiere there yesterday and walk on the red carpet. They received an enthusiastic response, and the audience applauded for nearly 10 minutes after the "Midnight Screening". Cheang Pou Soi was happy about the success of Hong Kong-made action movies, which meant a lot to him. Louis Koo hopes that bringing the Kowloon Walled City back to life through the film would boost Hong Kong's tourism industry. The production team announced yesterday that it was preparing to shoot the TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS trilogy.

Actually Hong Kong films have been missing from Cannes for many years. The last Hong Kong film was selected for the "Midnight Screening" was the 2013 movie BLIND DETECTIVE (MAN TAM), so when a group of sharply dressed men stepped on the red carpet the flash bulbs flashed non-stop. Aside from Koo Tin Lok, who the media and the fans were asking for photos and autographs, Lam Fung who stepped foot in Cannes for the firs time was also very popular. All of his fan-spoiling acts like signing autographs, taking selfies and chatting were caught on the event's live broadcast. Even though earlier he was said to be swollen and old, he seemed to have successfully lost weight and beyond handsome on the red carpet. After the midnight premiere of TWILIGHT, the audience stood up and cheered one after another for 10 minutes of cheer and applause. Cheung Man Kit and Wu Tsz Tung were moved to tears. Cheang Pou Soi would like to thank the audience. "This film was very fortunate to have an awesome production team and actors, they are some of the best artists in Hong Kong. For me, this movie is very meaningful and significant, and I would like to thank them and the Cannes Film Festival for choosing this very domestic action film, and many thanks to the selection committee and the chairman. I also want to thanks Kinnie Cheung and Angus Chan; only because they persevered for 8 years this film came out. I hope I will have another film to show everyone in Cannes in the future." The audience gathered around the director and actors, asked for autographs, took photos and hug them. However, they still did not steal the spotlight like Koo Tin Lok did. Because he rarely broke his previously beyond cool image, when he put up his dukes to pose for pictures the result was unexpectedly cute.

Cheang Pou Soi admitted that he has never never fantasized about setting foot in Cannes. "Of course I was happy when I found out, and I am the happiest that a domestic action movie can be so successful." Koo Tin Lok joked, "It's only because you are talented!" Cheang Pou Soi responded, "Everyone has a share! I only got this talented when I found you!" Being able to bring a film full of Hong Kong nostalgia to Cannes, Cheang Pou Soi said, "I am very happy; I just talked to the reporters about this movie, and they felt it too." Koo Tin Lok also talked about the revival of the already demolished Kowloon Walled City. "The Kowloon Walled City has been demolished, and we hope to revive the Walled City, to a certain extent, in the hope of boosting Hong Kong's tourism industry." He also joked that coming to Cannes, he would have to get enough sleep and delicious seafood platters.

The "Four Sons of the Walled City" all expressed their deep feelings for their first visit to Cannes, and Lam Fung gave special thanks to the director, "I never imagined that we brothers could come to Cannes together and promote Hong Kong films to audiences all over the world. We will continue to work hard." Lau Chun Him also said, "Just like a pioneering act, I am able participate with the Master Class (referring to Cheang Pou Soi and Koo Tin Lok). I have never thought that I could come to such a big film festival, I am so happy." Wu Tsz Tung said frankly that he would like to thank the whole team, otherwise he would not have the opportunity to participate in a large-scale film festival. From the film being selected to everything else all felt fresh to him, and he often reminded himself to enjoy them. Cheung Man Kit smiled and pointed out that he felt that he was still dreaming and he didn't know if it was true. Koo Tin Lok who was next to him joked that that was why he told everyone to get enough sleep.

The team also attended the "Hong Kong Night" reception, during which Koo Tin Lok expressed his hope to introduce the film to the world, "Because the Kowloon Walled City has been demolished, we have the feeling of having been there firsthand. We hope to introduce it to everyone in the world through the film, for them to know that we used to have a Kowloon Walled City." Lam Fung said, "We four sons had a farewell scene with Koo Tin Lok, in which he gave us his trust. We have always thanked him for lending us a hand, cherishing and supporting Hong Kong films. As a part of Hong Kong film, we hope to continue to contribute." Lau Chun Him said, "We fight together in the film, but actually people rarely have the opportunity to do one thing without regret, so the scene in the movie is deeply and touching to me." Wu Tsz Tung found the reunion scenes of the four sons in the film unforgettable, pointing out that the story taught them to do what they thought they should -- just like doing his own jobs well and improving Hong Kong. Cheung Man Kit said that for the scene with Tornado and Wong Gau, they were very emotional and very heartbroken on the day of the filming. It was very profound to him.

The Hong Kong Film Development Council (FDC), Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) set up a Hong Kong Pavilion at the Cannes Film Market during the Cannes Film Festival, organizing 6 networking events, 5 industry networking events and 9 film screenings to showcase a wide range of outstanding Hong Kong films to filmmakers from around the world.

Koo Tin Lok and the film team, together with the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, Kevin Yeung Yun Hung, attended the "Hong Kong Night" reception that was organized by the Hong Kong Film Development Council, Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Cannes Film Festival. The event invited more than 600 industry professionals from all over the world to exchange views and discuss collaboration opportunities. Aside from the TWILIGHT team, many film directors and filmmakers like Stanley Kwan Kam Peng, Cheuk Wan Chi, Wing Shya, Sylvia Chang and the fresh out of the oven Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Rachel Leung Yung Ting were present, as well as Permanent Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism Joe Wong Chi-jo, Assistant Director of Create Hong Kong and Secretary General of the Film Development Council Gary Mak Shing-hei, and members of the Hong Kong Film Development Council Angus Chan Lo-chiu, Mathew Tang Hon-keung, Tsui Kuan, Frankie Yeung Wai-shing and Cora Yim Ka-yin all attended the event to show their support for the development of the Hong Kong film industry. During the ceremony, the winners of the Hong Kong-Asian Film Collaboration Funding Scheme to promote the expansion of co-productions in Asia and international markets were announced. Kwan Kam Peng, Jun Li Chun Shek and Cheuk Wan Chi represented the two award winning projects in sharing their experience and photo opportunities. A number of Hong Kong films would be screened at the Cannes Market, including LOVE LIES, PEG O' MY HEART, AN ABANDONED TEAM, FIGHT FOR TOMORROW and VITAL SIGNS, none of which have been released in Hong Kong yet.

Since its release early this month, TWILIGHT's box office kept climbing. As of two day ago the Hong Kong box office was HK$ 55,187,318 and the mainland box office exceeded 500 million yuan. The "Four Sons of the Walled City" in order to thank viewers for their support last night went live from Cannes to share the joy with viewers and fans. The film's original novel author Yu Yi also shared good news on social media, citing that TWILIGHT would become a trilogy with TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: DRAGON THRONE (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI LUNG TAU) and TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: THE FINAL CHAPTER (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI JUNG JEUNG). In addition to the Koo Tin Lok and Aaron Kwok Fu Sing played "Tornado" and "Ah Jim" respectively, the internet has been looking forward to who will play the character "Lui Chun Tung", who has not yet appeared. The official social media of TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN later also announced that the team has confirmed the production of the prequel and final chapter of TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS, namely the "Tornado" mentioned DRAGON THRONE in the film; and the extension of the story of "The Four Youths of the Walled City" in THE FINAL CHAPTER. Reportedly the creative and production team would be the original team, but no casting has been revealed. Lau Chun Him became popular for playing Shun Yat in the film, and it is rumored that a movie about the character would start production. Some online discover on the Hong Kong Film Development Council's funding schemes website that UNDERWORLD (GAU LUNG SING JAI SHUN YUT JUEN) was selected for the "Content Development Scheme For Streaming Platform " and was approved to raise $1.2 million in February this year. According to the information, Cheang Pou Soi would produce, and Jonathan Li Tsz Chun would direct.

Thursday, May 16, 2024

[2024.05.17] DONNIE YEN'S THE PROSECUTOR UNVEILS FIRST INTERNATIONAL POSTER IN CANNES

Donnie Yen will have a number of new films, but he is not afraid of hard work and only seeks to surpass himself.

Donnie Yen works hard and designs new moves for the movie

Donnie Yen launched THE PROSECUTOR publicity campaign in Cannes.
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Donnie Yen will show off his kung fu in the spin off film as Caine
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Donnie Yen confronts the enemy in a MTR car

Donnie Yen plays a prosecutor who do whatever it takes for justice
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The Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism of Hong Kong, Kevin Yeung Yun Hung, is visiting France to participate in the 77th Cannes Film Festival. He said on the 15th local time that he and the Creative Hong Kong team participated in the film festival to promote Hong Kong films. In addition to officiating at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Pavilion, he also visited the Hong Kong exhibition at the Cannes Film Festival, which showcased Hong Kong films to the world. The international action star Donnie Yen Chi Tan directed and starred latest film with a production cost over HK$ 300 million, THE PROSECUTOR (NG POON) has remained in mystery from the start of filming to post-production. It was first unveiled at this year's Cannes International Film Festival, and the first international version of the poster was even on the cover of the international film magazine "Screen International".

Yeung Yun Hung said on his social media account that he hosted the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival to introduce Hong Kong films, as well as a sharing session with Hong Kong film industry professionals, and arrange meeting with the film industry representatives around the world to discuss collaboration opportunities.

On the same day, he also visited the Hong Kong exhibition organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council at the Cannes Film Festival, which brought together a number of Hong Kong film companies to show and sell Hong Kong films to the world. It is understood that the Hong Kong films on display and sale on the spot include TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING), PEG O' MY HEART (SHOOK MUNG), WE ARE FAMILY (CHOOK JO GA YUN), LOVE LIES (NGO TAM DIK NA CHEUNG LUEN OI), VITAL SIGN (SUNG YUEN TOH JUNG), POSSESSION STREET (CHEH MALL), GOOD GAME (JOOK DIN) and others.

During the Cannes Film Festival, Kevin Yeung will officiate at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Pavilion, the "Hong Kong Night" reception, and will attend the "Midnight Screening" Hong Kong Film Screening and the "Chinese Youth Film Night" to promote the development of Hong Kong films in the international market.

TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN was selected for the midnight screening segment of the 77th Cannes Film Festival. Louis Koo Tin Lok has arrived in Cannes with director Soi Cheang Pou Soi and the "Four Youths of the Walled City" Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Tony Wu Tsz Tung and German Cheung Man Kit. They were ready to attend the midnight screening on the evening of the 16th. Earlier, Koo Tin Lok posted a photo of their group dining on social media and wrote, "The film TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN's Kowloon Walled City team gets together in Cannes, and we will see you at the midnight screening of the Cannes Film Festival tonight." The team also met with local media.

"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan will start filming the JOHN WICK 4 spin off next year. Determined to promote the Hong Kong film industry, he has successfully lobbied film companies to use Hong Kong as a location. The filming footage of his new film THE PROSECUTOR (NG POON) has been unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival and appeared on the cover of an international film magazines.

The golden partnership of the IP MAN film series, Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Raymond Wong Pak Ming produced, Yen Chi Tan directed and starred film with a production cost over HK$ 300 million, THE PROSECUTOR (NG POON) was filmed on location and on constructed sets in Hong Kong. The film made its first appearance at this year's Cannes International Film Festival, its first international poster even landed on the cover of the international film magazine SCREEN INTERNATIONAL! On the cover, Yen Chi Tan was wearing a legal robe, his eyes were firmly looking ahead, and his hands were injured and holding the scales tightly; showing that this time Chi Tan would face new challenges. Playing the prosecutor for the first time, he would be fighting for justice!

Distributors around the world have flocked to buy the distribution rights. The film has signed contracts with distributors in many parts of the world, including Germany, Italy, the Middle East, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, etc., and showed that Chi Tan is very popular all over the world.

The Chi Tan, Julian Cheung Chi Lam and other starred Hong Kong film THE PROSECUTOR unveiled its stills and highlight in Cannes. THE PROSECUTOR was based on a real case in Hong Kong, telling the story of a a courier package triggered wrongful conviction case: a young man was involved in a drug trafficking case for helping a friend collect a courier package, which led to a 27-year prison sentence. In the film the Yen Chi Tan played prosecutor saw the loopholes in the case and tried to correct this wrongful conviction, but discovers deeper dark events in the process of finding the truth. This was Chi Tan's first time in a legal themed film and playing a prosecutor who would risk everything for justice. When asked why he picked the legal subject this time, the story moved him. "I think there is justice behind this story, a value of integrity that is worthy of us to deliver; there are also many exciting action scenes, which is a great challenge for me." His performance as the prosecutor this time felt very fresh to everyone. Chi Tan said that he really needed to be able to be both in the drama and the action this time: "This role has to impress and shock the audience with both drama and action, only then would it the most powerful!"

This time, in addition to the first shocking release of the international version of the poster, three stills were also released; all three of which were different scenes of Donnie Yen in the film, not only was he wearing a legal robe to make a statement in court, but also taking on many in a fight scene, as well as a tense scene of a confrontation with the enemy with guns in the MTR. He not only played the protagonist in dramatic and action scenes, but also the director and directed the whole film. Many people would think that holding three positions would be very hard, but Yen Chi Tan did not think much of it. "I don't think it is worth talking about how hard the work is. Judges and prosecutors who fight for justice in real life deserve what little effort I give."

Regarding the official release of the first poster at the Cannes Film Festival, he said that he is very much looking forward to seeing the work with the audience, "I am getting more and more excited, more and more emotional, I hope to let the audience see this work as soon as possible!"

THE PROSECUTOR was also the first film of Raymond Wong Pak Ming and Yen Chi Tan after they announced their Mandarin Pictures strategic partnership last year, and the two will continue to co-produce the upcoming FLASH POINT 2 and IP MAN 5, which fans are looking forward to! He also announced that he would work with many heavyweight and new generation actors.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

[2024.05.16] LOUIS KOO HAS HOPES TO JAM WITH "SHUN YAT" AT AUDIENCE APPRECIATION EVENTS

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Starring Louis Koo Tin Lok, Raymond Lam Fung and others, the Hong Kong Film Awards winning director Soi Cheang Pou Soi directed film TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) grew braver as it battled on. Yesterday on the Buddha's Birthday public holiday the film already passed HK$ 50 million at its morning box office. Koo Tin Lok led the "Four Sons of the Walled City" in the film, Raymond Lam Fung, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Terrance Lau Chun Him and German Cheung Man Kit to, announce the good news on the film's official social network. With a smile that "Tornado" would hold a microphone instead of cigarette, he hoped "Tornado " next time would jam with "Shun Yat" on a song!

TWILIGHT as of 11 PM two nights ago had a total box office of HK$ 48,088,577 in Hong Kong and Macau. Yesterday morning on the Buddha's Birthday public holiday the figure has already exceeded HK$ 50 million at the box office in the morning. The film's official social media site posted

As of 11 o'clock two night ago (14th), the total box office of TWILIGHT in Hong Kong and Macao was HK$ 48,088,577, and it had exceeded HK$ 50 million at the box office in just one morning during the Buddha's Birthday Public Holiday next morning. The film's official social media site posted a video of Dragon Head boss "Tornado" Koo Tin Lok leading the "Four Sons of the Walled City" stars Lam Fung, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Terrance Lau Chun Him and German Cheung Man Kit to announce the good news and asked viewers who still have not seen the movie to hurry up and go.

The official social media site of the film TWILIGHT mentioned in a post, "This time our Dragon Head Boss Tornado would hold a microphone instead of a cigarette, as we have an important event to announce. TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN's box office has exceeded HK$ 50 million!! Thank you very much for your support from the Walled City neighborssss, setting record again and again until even our Big Bossessss would recognize you! PS: I hope that next time Tornado and Shun Yat would both hold microphones and jam on a song." Seeming Koo Tin Lok would have the opportunity to sing with Lau Chun Him at any time at audience appreciation events.

In addition, experienced action directors Cheung Man Kit and Philip Ng Won Lung were recently invited to attend a special student screening and exchange views with more than 100 secondary school and university students. They even invited a student and a teacher to interact with them on the stage. Cheung Man Kit performed a back flip on the spot, and picked up a male student the back flip experience as well. Cheung Man Kit was asked if his desire to perform was affected because his character "Sei Jai" had to be masked. He admitted that even he asked if anyone could play the role. When he took this type he had the mentality of "years of practicing just for one opportunity" when he took this role. At first the crew made fun of his mask for looking like a pair of underwear, which made him feel embarrassed.

[2024.05.15] PHILIP NG IS VERY PLEASED WITH HIS MAD VILLAIN

Philip Ng has no idol baggage.  He agrees to play the villain out of admiration for director Soi Cheang

Philip Ng has won word of mouth with his extraordinary performance, wonderful martial art and acting skills

Philip Ng shows his feats in his decisive battle with the "Four Youths of the Walled City'

Philip Ng has many scenes with Sammo Hung in the film.  Although he has a lot of pressure from it, he also benefits a lot from it
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The movie TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) was released on the 14th. Driven by word-of-mouth, the box office exceeded HK$ 46 million as of 3 PM yesterday. Ng Won Lung, who played the villain "Wong Gau" in the film, has soared in popularity. In addition to his outstanding performance, he still maintained his demeanor and was praised for his moral integrity after a viewer attacked him at an audience appreciation event. He was also "Wong Gau" when promoting the film: "What? You haven't watched TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN yet? Are you kidding! The box office has exceeded 45 million! Hahaha!" The film was selected for the "Midnight Screening Section" of the Cannes Film Festival. Louis Koo Tin Lok and director Soi Cheang Pou Soi led the "Four Young Masters of the Walled City" to Cannes. Today, Philip Ng Won Lung takes the lead and brought Nine Bamboos (Chu Pak Hong) to a 10 consecutive "Return to Righteousness" audience appreciation shows.

Ng Won Lung has been practicing martial arts since he was a child. He has been in the industry for 23 years. He played the domineering role of "Wong Gau" in TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN, and his wonderful martial arts has won him word of mouth. Ng Won Lung described the film as one of the most interesting roles he has ever played, "This character is so crazy, he does a lot of strange tricks, he will bite off a knife and use it to stab people. Wow, when I first thought about how special the scenes were, I was excited before filming. The results turned out great, I'm so pleased."

Not all actors are willing to accept the role of a villain. Ng Won Lung said that he had no idol baggage. In addition, he has always admired director Cheang Pou Soi and liked his film style. Even though it was their first collaboration, he was very confident in his casting arrangement and agreed to perform right away. "Director Soi felt that I have already made a lot of movies. Since everyone knew me, he suggested that it was time to try something new. In addition to coming up with very crazy ideas, he also knew how to explore the potential of actors. When filming dramatic scenes, he always let me try to act with different emotions. After making this movie I have fallen in love with Director Soi even more, out of a scale of 10 I love him 18."

During the filming Ng Won Lung risked his life for the performance, tore the ligaments along with muscles of his right leg. He said that the injury was innocent. "I was filming the stair jumping scene in the alley of the Walled City. I thought the action was very simple, so I didn't change the prop shoes and keep on my leather shoes for the shoot; but the leather shoe soles were too thin, and there was no insole to relieve the force. I jumped to the ground and bang I was hurt. Fortunately, I rested for a week after the injury. Only then I was able to film the chase scene on Nathan Road." He said that he could take painkillers and bandage the wound to treat his injuries. Instead, when he filmed the battle scene Raymond Lam Fung, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Tony Wu Tsz Tung and German Cheung Man Kit he accidentally kicked Wu Tsz Tung on the chin. Wu had to be hospitalized for 15 stitches and he felt guilty, "When I treated I bought Wu Tsz Tung 15 drinks to make up for it. He was great and had a strong character. Because he was a professional baseball player, he didn’t blame me. I'm very grateful to him. It was the first time I kicked and hurt someone in my film career, I have to blame the leather shoes."

Speaking of the action scenes in the film with elders "Big Brother Big" Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Koo Tin Lok (Goo Jai) and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) (Siu Chai). Ng Won Lung said that although it was his second film with a fight scene with Big Brother Big, the pressure was also very high. He did not want to see any injury again, but he had to support his body from behind for balance and also had to take into account his acting. He was stumped and relied on the guidance of an experienced elder Big Brother Big, "He is very amazing, he would explain how to achieve the scene the director wanted. The positioning was very accurate and very safe, and the shoot was completed in one take." As for the action scene with Siu Chai, which was only one scene, Ng Won Lung laughed and said that he and Siu Chai talked a lot outside the scene, "Siu Chai is a super nice guy. We have many mutual friends in Taiwan, such as Ng Kin Ho (Vannes Wu)." Having filmed several movies with Goo Jai before, this time they met again and Ng Won Lung said that he felt comfortable and relaxed, "There was a scene in which I had to chop his back repeatedly, and I felt sorry. Goo Jai very readily said that it was no problem and asked me to do it as directed."

Hung Kam Bo earlier publicly stated that it was difficult to find a successor for action films, was Ng Won Lung ready to take over? He said he did not dare to take it; but since his contract with Wong Jing's management company expired in 2019, he formed his own office to develop his acting career independently. He previously went to the United States to serve as an action director for Hollywood movies. He recently returned to Hong Kong and completed the first project of his own company, the action film MO MING FOR (NAMELESS FIRE). He said, "Being an actor is very passive. Setting up your own company gives you greater freedom, and you can make the production international. The team uses my contacts in Asia to do what they want; like if I prefer to package kung fu with science fiction subjects, I can. The funding can come from all directions."

The 46 year old Ng Won Lung after going to Hollywood to develop his career doubled his net worth. Has he saved enough money to get married? He said that financially he had a foundation and he hoped to tie the knot soon. "Now I have no date. I have tried to go out and meet different people, hoping to find someone compatible. I have always been in a hurry, but I'm also picky. Of course I hope to find a caring and beautiful wife, the most important thing is that she has to love me. (Do you regret missing out on your ex?) No, I think this is God's arrangement, or it’s fate. However long two people can be together is however long, most of those I have dated have become good friends and have kept in touch. (Are you still good friends with Linda Chung Ka Yun?) Don't name names, I don't want to involve others and don't want to affect other people's lives either. In short, I take every relationship seriously. I wouldn't do anything to hurt them; but when some parts of the relationship just don't fit together they turn into break ups. I think marriage depends on timing."