Saturday, April 17, 2021

[2021.04.18] VETERAN ACTOR WONG CHUNG PASSED AWAY

Wong Chung was both an actor and a director
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Veteran actor Wong Chung (originally named Chiang Pui Kwan) earlier passed away at age 74. The funeral will take place on April 20th at the Universl Funeral Parlor. He took part in films like KING OF BEGGARS and THE IMP.

Wong Chung's younger brother was artist Wong Ching (Big Mouth Ching). His cousin was John Chiang Dai Wai. Chiang Dai Wai said that he heard about his cousin's passing from a friend, but because they have lost contact for decades he was unable to reach his family. "We found the number for Wong Chung's nephew, but he didn't respond. Maybe he wanted to remain low key. I just want to see if I can help." Chiang Dai Wai pointed out that when they were little his relationship with Wong Chung was decent. They lived upstairs and downstairs from each other and were childhood playmates.

[2021.04.18] JACKY CHEUNG, LOUIS KOO AND WONG CHO NAM RECEIVE THE HONG KONG ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS HONORS

Jacky Cheung
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Louis Koo

Leanne Li witnesses her husband Wong Cho Nam's honorary fellowship presentation
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Liza Wang congratulates Cantones Opera singer Leung So Kam for years of teaching
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts two days ago at the Academy Lyric Theatre held its honorary doctorates and honorary fellowships presentation ceremony to honor ten outstanding people in society for their performing art achievements and contribution to the Academy for Performing Arts' development. The ceremony was officiated by the Academy Council Charmain Professor Stephen Chow Chun-kay. God Song Jacky Cheung Hok Yau received an honorary doctorate, while Best Actor Louis Koo Tin Lok and TVB's first chief creative officer Wong Cho Nam received honorary fellowships.

The school commended Cheung Hok Yau for being a show business master class figure, humble, passionate about community service, sparing no effort in helping the younger generation, and always supporting the development of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. In 2013, he even guest starred in the first Academy for the Performing Arts film and television academy's first film production bachelor's course graduation film A COMPLICATED STORY and made the film much better for it.

As for Koo Tin Lok he has been actively in promoting Asian film industry development, including LITTLE BIG MASTER (NG GOR SIU HAI DIK HOK JEUNG), MEN ON THE DRAGON (YIK LAU DAI SHOOK), and the upcoming release WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI). He also provided domestic new directors many directing opportunities, supported and benefit the film industry and the Academy for Performing Arts film and television academy, and provided even more employment opportunities for graduates. Koo Tin Lok once served as the Academy's consultant council member, gladly sharing his opinions and helping the younger generation. In addition, special mention was made about his benevolent and low key charity work. So far he donated to the constructions of over 100 school buildings in the Mainland.

The Hong Kong Performing Art Academy graduate Wong Cho Nam's heart has always been with his alma mater. With his directing debut I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! (NEI MAI LEI, NGOR OI NEI!) he invited over 50 Performing Art Academy graduates to participate in the production and the performance, and 20 drama academy students to participate in the musical performance. He physically contributed to cultivate those who came after him.

Upon receiving the honorary fellowship from his alma mater, Wong Cho Nam said that he felt deeply honored. "The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts is where my performing art creativity was enabled. My 18 years of hard work was recognized by my alma mater. Today (the 16th) I received a honorary fellowship from the Hong Kong Performing Art Academy. I deeply feel honored, in the future I will keep working hard and moving forward."

Wong Ming Chuen two days ago also attended the ceremony and posted a photo with Cho Nam on social media. She praised his excellent performance background and outstanding talking skills, which made his humorous image stood out and always deeply influenced viewers everywhere. Ah Jeh said, "His talent is multi-dimensional, now he has just begun. I believe in the future he will have even more, even wider and even better creations (on and off screen) to look forward to. Congratulations Cho Nam! Keep going!"

[2021.04.18] BECKY LEE SENDS A MESSAGE TO LIU KAI CHI IN HIS MEMORY

Anthony Chan and Becky Lee (left) appear on Nancy Sit (center)'s radio program
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Becky Lee Bik Kei and Karen Kong (Kung Or Won) two nights ago attended the gospel film EMBRACE (DUN YUT GOR YUNG PO)'s audience appreciation event. They said that they almost went all over Hong Kong for audience appreciation events. Although they did not know about the performance yet, but if the box office would surpass HK$ 10 million they would cook to thank the audience. TVB recently ran the series LAW DIS-ORDER in memory of Liu Kai Chi. A part of the series, Lee Bik Kei stated that she did not dare to watch the re-run. She said that when she heard the news that day she was very heart broken, and could not help but send a text message to Uncle Chi's phone and expressed her feelings to him. Kung Or Won once studied acting with the earlier passed Radio Hong Kong DJ Connie Yim King. After hearing the news she too succumbed to tears during a live broadcast.

In addition, Lee Bik Kei and Anthony Chan Yau yesterday promoted their new film on the radio. Chan Yau said that when he was little he had cornea surgery, so he could easily have glucoma. Later he disocvered that he needed surgery for the glucoma problem.

Friday, April 16, 2021

[2021.04.17] HO LIK HANG EXPERIENCES SECOND LIFE AFTER INVESTORS BACKED OUT

Patrick Tam (in red) played a gym teacher who, in order to fulfill his promised his late wife to run a 10K race, practiced and competed even when he was sick

Tony Wu played a real estate agent whose will was rekindled after running into his elementary school teacher Patrick Tam

Director Ho Lik Hang says that after investors backed out the film almost did not come to be
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Ho Lik Hang's directing debut I STILL REMEMBER...(YI CHI YUN SUN), during its production process, truly experienced a "second life". Because of investors suddenly "pulling out", the film also died in the womb. He could only establish a film company and fund the production himself, to encourage young people through the film; he felt that this film was very suitable for current teachers and students to watch. With an advertising background Lik had a head full of creativity, turning what he thought up into movies; whether his company would have a second film, it would depend onf I's box office performance.

Screenwriter and director in one, Lik in 2013 after watching a musical with many young players, hearing many cheers for those young people, felt that young people had a chance. They also after the performance found their own directions; Lik also wanted to make a movie to encourage young people, thus he started to write a story with the subject of "street marathon". "If you have two legs you can run, it doesn't have any difficulty or technique. For example I can wear a pair of 'Chinese Noodle Fishes' (white boat shoes) and run. I wouldn't have any exercise not to reach the finishing line. It is the simplest way to encourage people. I hope to cheer for young people who are lost and don't know what they want to."

Unfortunately after the script was completed, investors "backed out" and it was scrapped until 2018 when Lik founded his own company to fund the production himself. "When I first conceive this film, investors had no opinion on the subject and the production cost. We only had confidence when we had another team. Finally the investors didn't participate. I didn't want to waste everyone's effort and hard work, so I forced myself to invest. Just like in the film, (Tony) Wu Tsz Tung ran with his gym teacher (Patrick Tam Yiu Man), he ran and ran and ended up running himself and finishing the race."

Lik made two short films LATE LETTERS and GOODNIGHT, but directing his first full length feature film was still difficult. Luckily he had veteran filmmker Or Sing Pui as his producer, advising him from behind and making the production process even smoother. He said, "The producer helped me alot. Although I made two short films, worked as a full time advertising director for 10 years, and accumulated a lot of pre and post production experience, telling a story with a full length feature ultimately was different. He fixed many of my minor details to their prettiest and put them on film. (Which scene was the most difficult?) The ending scene that blocked off Nam Kok Road for 3 hours, its timing had to be very accurate. That day several hundred extras cheered on both sides of the street, just getting them to take their marks already took a long time. Then I had to arrange the protagonist and runners, not to mention there were a lot more I had to handle as well. No matter how loudly I yelled they couldn't hear me. Luckily it was successfully completed."

With the pandemic gathering restrictions, the cinema admission rate has been capped at 75%. Lik still had confidence in the film's box office, because earlier the film held many advanced screenings and academic screenings and received decent response. "I don't dare to say they were great, but I sense many people's support. They know the reason that the film is made and the message it wants to deliver. It's very suitable for Hong Kong people to watch. The film talked about the teacher and student relationship. A headmaster after watching it encouraged me, praised the film as great and he liked it very much. He wished that my team would have a second film, but it would depend on the performance of I."

As a new director, how did he view the topic everyone recently have been discussing, "Hong Kong Film is Dead"? Lik disagreed, feeling that now although Hong Kong film production rate is low, each film has its own style and story that it wants to tell. Instead it is a chance to start over. "The film industry is very hard to operate, which gives small productions like ours a chance."

Thursday, April 15, 2021

[2021.04.16] CHIN KAR LOK SAYS NO TO YEUNG PAN PAN?

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The Hong Kong Stuntmen Association president Chin Kar Lok and members Kok Hin Siu, Chan Chun Fung and Ho Pui Man were guests on Yeung Pan Pan's Hong Kong Open Television program and talked about their hardship of getting into the business.

On the program Yeung Pan Pan personally cooked Shanghai cuisine and made "drunken chicken" for everyone. Chin Kar Lok said that it was delicious and joked, "She made drunken chicken, because she knows I like to drink." Yeung Pan Pan has known Chin Kar Lok for years. She revealed that once she wanted to ask Chin Kar Lok to work together on a film, but he turned her down right away. Chin Kar Lok said, "It wasn't me, my manager turned you down." Finally Yeung Pan Pan asked a friend to ask Chin Kar Lok again and finally successfully invited her to participate. Speaking of past productions, Chin Kar Lok revealed that early in his career he worked with Jackie Chan on PROJECT A. At the time he only needed to like on the ground to play dead. "At the time Big Brother Jackie Chan worked on a wire scene for three days, we lay on the grond to play corpses and slept. As soon as we lay down we lay for three days." Yeung Pan Pan continued to say that when she started as a stunt person, she too had to first lie on the ground to play dead. Slowly she began to have fight scenes, the more she fought the more she had.

In addition, Chin Kar Lok and Kok Hin Siu also talked about directors Sammo Hung Kam Bo and Yuen Woo Ping. Kok Hin Siu said, "What Director Hung came up with, if you weren't fit you couldn't do it. So everyone in the Sammo Hung Stuntman Association was very fit. With Yuen Woo Ping I worked him since ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (WONG FEI HUNG). He was a good master, gladly listened to suggestions." Chin Kar Lok also praised Hung Kam Bo's great martial art background. In the past he would personally demonstrate the stunts.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

[2021.04.15] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, APRIL 10 2021

For the week starting Saturday, April 10 2021 (Week 15)

TVB JADE SOLID GOLD


  5 GONE WITH THE FLARE
  Can : Yin Fa Gei
  Joey Yung Cho Yi

  4 CITYPOP
  AGA

  3 MY DOPPLEGANGER IN COPENHAGEN
  Can : Gor Boon Hei Gung Dik Ling Yut Gor Ngor
  Fiona Sit Hoi Kei

  2 @princejoyce
  Joyce Cheng Yun Yi


  1 WHATEVER LOVE
  Can : Ji Dan Kau Kei Oi
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

[2021.04.15] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, APRIL 11 2021

For the week ending Sunday April 11 2021
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10 THE FATHER
    d. Florian Zeller
    Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss,
      Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams


  9 SOUL
    d. Peter Docter, Kemp Powers
    Disney Pixar Animation
    English Voices: Jaime Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
    Cantonese Voices: Ronald Cheng Chung Kei, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi


  8 HI, MOM
  Can : Nei Ho! Lee Woon Ying
  Lit : Hello, Li Huanying
    d. Jia Ling
    Jia Ling, Shen Teng, Chen He, Zhang Xiaofei
  Rating : I
  Length : 248 mins.
  Opening March 26 2021 (Preview)
  Opening April 8 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/OTm0TDiHxCM

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    It was 2001, a "very average" student Jia experienced a big up-and-down in her life. As a daughter she always wanted to make her mother proud, and she had finally been admitted to college, however, her mother ran into a serious accident. In a state of emotional breakdown, Jia is magically transported back to 1981 and meets a younger version of her mother Li Huanying. The two become inseparable, just like best friends. At the same time, she also meets a group of innocent and kind friends. Jia thought she could use her knowledge of the future to make her mother "successful" in her younger years, but the result surprised her...


  7 THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
    d. Joel Crawford
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds,
    Cantonese Voices: Jazz Lam Tsz Sin, Sandy Lam Shan Shan


  6 READY O/R KNOT
  Can : Buk Yut Sing Fun
  Lit : Coming Soon Wedding
    d. Anselm Chan Mou Yin
    Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Michelle Wai Sze Nga,
      Hedwig Tam Sin Yin, Chu Pak Hong,
      Kaki Sham, Renci Yeung Sze Wing, Ashina Kwok Yui Sum,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 105 mins.
  Opening April 1 2021
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/ODACCkbxo-A

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    After five years together, Heidi sees marriage as testimony of their love, while Guy treats it as doomsday.

    Heidi's friends try to get Heidi pregnant and Guy into marrying her. Meanwhile, Guy and his friends backfire with their antics in defense against the girls.

    After Guy has unprotected sex with Heidi, the boys resort to the pill, but Guy doesn't follow through. Heidi finds out, and the couple break up. Heidi decides to depart for her working holiday, and Guy realizes the reality of losing Heidi forever. Can he catch her just in time? Ready or Knot, here comes love!


  5 NOBODY
    d. Ilya Naishuller
    Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen


  4 MORTAL KOMBAT
    d. Simon McQuoid
    Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, Mehcad Brooks,


  3 ONE SECOND CHAMPION
  AKA : ONE SEC
  Can : Yut Miu Kuen Wong
  Lit : One Second Fist King
    d. Hang Chiu Sin Hung
    Endy Chow Kwok Yin, Chanon Santinatornkul,
      Chiu Sin Hang, Lin Minchen, Lo Hoi Peng, Ben Yuen Fu Wa,
      Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Hung Cheuk Lok, Wong Yau Nam
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 95 mins.
  Opening November 22 2020 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening December 3 2020 (POSTPONED)
  Opening March 11 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/DmWENYkUxRY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Tin Yen was born with a superpower of foreseeing one second ahead, but it didn't bring him any luck so far. Now a middle age man, he is still a loser who needs to take care of a young son with partial hearing loss and has no respect of his superpower.

    One day, a boxing-holic, Shun, witnessed how Tin Yen defeated a loan shark gang by himself. He is determined to hire Tin Yen as his training assistant to beat the local boxing champion Joe. During the preliminary round, Shun had to withdraw from the match due to asthma attack. Tin Yen had no choice but to stand-in for Shun. Out of expectation, Tin Yen won with his one-second power.

    Tin Yen realized in order to gain back his son's respect, he has to get himself together. Thus, he agreed to be properly trained by Shun. Suddenly, Tin Yen has turned into this new sensation "One Second Champion" who is on his way to the finals. However, due to an accident, Tin Yen lost his superpower. Will he be able to beat the killer champion Joe on his own and will Tin Yen be able to win his son's respect in the end?

[ HONG KONG ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL ]
    How much difference does one second make? Can it be the difference between life and death? A loser single father learns that lesson the hard way when he becomes gifted with the power of seeing one second into the future. When his ability is exposed, a boxing buff persuades him to use his power in the boxing ring.


  2 GODZILLA VS. KONG
    d. Adam Wingard
    Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall,
      Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison,
      Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Kaylee Hottle




  1 STAND BY ME DORAEMON 2
    d. Ryuichi Yagi, Takashi Yamazaki
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening April 1 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/5SwTxhReBG4

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    Nobita find a teddy bear hand sewn by his beloved grandma and the memories trigger a torrent of tears for him. He and Doraemon then use the time machine to visit the past. Grandma tells Nobita that she wants to see the girl who he will marry. In order to grant her wish, Nobita and Doraemon travel to the future where Nobita, now an adult, is soon to marry Shizuka, but runs away on the day of their wedding...