Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Jiang Wen, Ann Hui, Felix Chong all won awards
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The Hong Kong Directors' Guild last night held its spring banquet and annual award presentation.  The Ann Hui On Wa directed A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH) brought her the Most Outstanding Director of the Year and the Most Recommended Film; she even received the "Honorary Grand Prize".  She thanked the Directors' Guild for this honor.  She said that recently she won many awards.  If she lost her head, she hoped everyone would remind her.

Jiang Wen with LET THE BULLETS FLY won the Most Outstanding Director and The Most Recommended Film.  He said that winning an award in Hong Kong was a little strange, he would never imagine that he would win two.

Stephen Fung Tak Lun revealed that he is working on the film TAI CHI trilogy.  The first two installments have already been completed.  Speaking of Keanu Reeves' MAN OF TAI CHI, he felt that with one being modern and the other costume they had no conflict.  He hoped for a summer release.  He also revealed that his company with Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho) is planning a racing film with Derek Yee Tung Sing as its director.    "Ng Yin Cho and I both will perform.  (Will you fight over the lead?)  Let him have it, I will help with the camera!"


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The Van Fan Yat Sun and Chrissie Chau Sun Na starred thriller ANY OTHER SIDE (YEH DIM GWAI TAM) will open in Hong Kong on March 15.  Chau Sau Na in the film played twin sisters, which to her was a huge acting challenge.  She even watched the classic Thai horror film ALONE to experience the character's mental condition in order to achieve the fatal thrill.  Did she set off any spark with the numerous hunks in the film?  Chau Sau Na said that working with Fan Yat Sun and other actors was pleasant.  On the set they often had a lot of fun, of course sparks were inevitable.

In the film Fan Yat Sun and Chau Sau Na had a bathtub scene that originally could be very hot, but they were "out of juice" because the murder scene was very terrifying.  During that scene, everyone already worked all night and it was the last scene before the wrap.  At the time everyone was out of juice and even took the chance to lie in the tub and rest for awhile.  Since his comeback with the film CAPE NO. 7, Fan Yat Sun admitted that she would like to make films of different genres as his CAPE NO. 7 character was still a singer.  he would like the most to write, direct and star i a humorous hero comedy.  This time Fan Yat Sun was a comic book writer who created his own comic book characters, which he played to entertain himself.


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Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Kay Tse On Kay promoted the film NIGHTFALL (DAI JUI BO).  Speaking of this performance, Ka Fai's sacrifice was the greatest.

Before the shoot Ka Fai spent a half a year on a hellish weight loss training.  At its peak he was only a little over 110 pounds and his waist was 22 inches.  He remembered that he has not been this thin since he was 15 and admitted that he thought about quitting during the training, but his wife encouraged him.  "Either you don't play, if you do you have to play all out!"  Ka Fai after hearing what his wife said agreed wholeheartedly.

Ka Fai in order to perform well in this film turned down other jobs.  He thought that this film was the most extravagant because in general only Hollywood productions would spent half a year to prepare, but he in turned suffered a lot of losses.  He said, "I turned down 200 to 300 million in film salary, haha!"

This time Ka Fai's character was very dark.  In order to get into character, during the breaks on the set he would only sit quietly.  Others seemed to be afraid of him.  In addition he played a criminal, generally he would not join the actors who played the police and felt very lonely.  Did he have any difficulty leaving the character?  Ka Fai said no, since he has been acting for several decades.

Kay in the film play a cop.  In one scene Ka Fai put a plastic bag over her head and almost suffocated her.  She personally performed that scene.  Yet for different angles, Kay performed over 20 times and Ka Fai felt very sorry.

Kay even injured her arms on the glass on the ground.  After she got her her son saw all the blood on her and was very scared.  She could only think of an excuse to fool her son to keep him from worrying.  Ka Fai also pointed out that when his daughter saw his poster she asked him why he had to hold a gun.


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Raymond Wong Pak Ming and Teddy Robin Kwan yesterday attended Hong Kong Film New Action event.  As one of the show business commission member Wong Pak Ming was asked about Chief Executive candidate Henry Tang Ying-Yen's recent troubles.  He said that before that he already nominated him.  He thought that everyone had advantages and flaws, no one was perfect.  He thought he had more advantages than flaws.

Wong Pak Ming admitted that now he still leans toward supporting Tang Ying-Yen because among the candidates he was more supportive of show business.  Earlier when the government supported the 300 million film development fund, they met at Mr. Tang's home.  Have other candidates campaigned with him?  Wong Pak Ming admitted that no one contacted him and he would not contact them.  His decision would be primary.

Teddy Robin said that he did not know how to discuss politics or religion.  He was not in the commission so he did not want to say much.  Earlier he won a Best Actor award in Australia with MERRY GO ROUND (DUNG FUNG POR), Teddy Robin said that now he has more choices.  However he would not randomly make movies.  Now he mainly is a producer as he has three scripts in preparation.


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LOVE IN THE BUFF (CHUN GIU YU JI MING) at the end of March will be released.  Both leads Shawn Yue Man Lok and Miriam Yeung Chin Wa looked forward to it very much.  The pregnant Yeung Chin Wa stated that on March 21 she definitely will "apply" to participate in the premiere with her husband.

Chin Wa in the film wore a revealing black dress, which Lok Jai joked that he would never imagine Chin Wa would wear.  In this scene Chin Wa met with her old flame Lok Jai.  He guessed that she would wear a low cut dress but it was a back baring dress that attracted his eyeballs.  This dress was Chin Wa's own.  She said that the team arranged many for her to try but she thought that Chun Giu wanted more, as she should be sexy yet not too deliberate.  She said, "I don't want to bare my chest since there isn't much to see.  So I brought my own dress.  Lok Jai's reaction proved that my decision was right!"

During the shoot they were very focused, except the Spanish dishes on the table distracted him.  Chin Wa and Lok Jai could not help themselves as they sat down and ate whenever the shoot stopped.  The team had to keep ordering to fill in the food that constantly disappeared in extreme speed.  In addition, when they shot in Beijing in one scene Chi Ming went out late with his co-workers; that day the director arranged for 200 extras, most of them were present because they liked director Pang Ho Cheung and knew that Yue Man Lok would be there when they automatically applied.  They were very focused during the shoot.  Instead Lok Jai who felt that he was no longer young was numb to going out at night.

As for Chin Wa who did not go out at night still had fun because she could work while applying a facial mask.  In one scene Chin Wa and her friends chatted while they applied facial masks and ate.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

[2012.02.29] SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 2012

For Saturday, FEBRUARY 25 2012

15 10,000 LIGHT YEARS
  Can : Yat Man Guong Nin
  Anson Hu (Wu Yin Bun)
  Can : Min Gui
  Alfred Hui Ting Hung

  Can : Ngor Moon Jum Mor Love
  Wu Jiahui (Ng Ka Fai)

  Can : Gong Bui
  May Day

  Can : Ngor Oi Ngor
  Elva Hsiao (Siu Nga Hin)

  Can : Guong Jeuk Ngor Dik Geuk Ah Ji
  Penny Dai Pui Nei

  Can : Na Seh Nin
  Hu Xia

  Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun)

  Can : Hok But Wui
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

  Can : Sor Ji
  James Lin (Lam Yau Ga)

  Can : Yeuk Ding Nei
  Jam Hsiao (Siu King Tung)

  Can : Lum Ngai Lap Ma
  Kay Tse On Kay

  Can : Fa Fa Sai Gai
  Hebe Tian

  Can : Pui Ngor Hui Ching Hong Jong Go Yuet
  Crowd Lu (Lo Guong Chung)

  Can : Gu Duk Wan Jeh
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

[2012.02.29] THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23 2012

For Thursday, February 23 2012
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    d. Stephen Daldry
    Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn

  Can : Go Hoi But Ji Luen II
  Lit : Romance of High Altitude 2
    d. Johnnie To Kei Fung
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammi Cheng Sau Man,
      Crystal Huang Yi, Gao Yuanyuan, Wang Baoqiang,
      Li Guangjie, Yeung Yi, Sun Jiayi
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 111 mins.
  Opening February 9 2012
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  A Hong Kong movie megastar jilted at the altar by his actress bride finds true love in a neurotic fan while licking his wound in high-altitude Yunnan in China.

    d. Luc Besson
    Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King), David Thewlis

    d. Michel Hazanavicius
    Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman

    d. Martin Scorsese
    Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley

  Can : Lan Doh Fu Dau Lan Doh Chai
  Lit : Gambling Addict Husband Vs. Gambling Addict Wife
    d. Wong Jing
    Chapman To Man Jat, Fiona Sit Hoi Kei,
      Harriet Yeung Sze Man, Law Kar Ying,
      Philip Ng Won Lung, Mimi Choo, Wen Chao
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening February 16 2012

  Manfred and Flora are degenerate gamblers who can gamble on anything 24 hours a day seven days a week. Though they have come across each other a few times at the casino, they have not left any lasting impression upon each other. On that fateful day, they both suffered heavy losses and held hostage by the loan sharks in Macau. It was then they fell in love with each other.

    d. McG
    Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy

    d. Daniel Espinosa
    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Patrick

  Can : Oi
    d. Doze Niu Chen-Zer
    Ethan Juan (Yuen King Tin), Mark Chao (Chiu Yau Ting),
      Eddie Peng Yu-Yen, Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao Wei,
      Ivy Chen, Amber Kuo, Doze Niu Chen-Zer
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 127 mins.
  Opening February 23 2012

  A bicycle team's co-captain is unexpectedly pregnant.  The father is actually her best friend, heiress's director boyfriend?  The heiress' father Lu Ping is a wealthy businessman in the city and has been with a top star for two years.  When Lu Ping thinks their relationship is stable and can step down the aisle, the star runs into an ordinary "stuttering otaku"......can the rich middle age man Lu Ping compete with this young and strong kid?  Lu Ping's business partner, Mark, is a playboy who never falls in love.  Yet the mother of a five year old in Beijing deeply moves him.

    d. Mans Marlind, Bjorn Stein
    Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, India Eisley


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William Chan Wai Ting might not have started as an actor, but due to his looks and potential his past film characters like EX (CHIN DOH)'s unfaithful boyfriend who was stuck between Gillian Chung Yun Tung and Michelle Wai (Si Nga) and HI, FIDELITY (CHOOK GWAI DIK NUI YUN)'s twin brothers left deep impressions.  In order to William to go even further in the film industry, Emperor Motion Pictures decided to make a Wise Guy story TRIAD (JAT JIK) and even tailored a character to him.  It hoped to make him a Dior Cheng Yi Kin successor and a new generation of Wise Guy.

JAT JIK's story reportedly will be very different from past Wise Guy movies.  The story will mainly revolve around how a group of ambitious Wise Guys fight for promotions, the subject is extremely controversial; in order to make William's character stand out, director Daniel Chan Yik Hung deliberately made him a Harvard University student who moved up the ranks in the mob with his brain.  The mob "family punishment" scene would even challenge film standards as William would not only be take a brutal beat on his upper body but also severe injury on his lower body.

William said, "The story hasn't been confirmed yet, so I won't talk about it yet.  We are still talking in meetings."  He admitted that he did not a lot of homework for his new film.  "As a Wise Guy, I have to be big.  The last few months I have been in training and on a diet in order to achieve eight pack abs."  The lead actress will be Emperor artist Si Nga who will play William's girlfriend.


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Chrissie Chau Sau Na yesterday revealed that for the film BAUHINIA HEROINE 3D (3D JI GAING HUP) she scheduled a motorcycle license test and had to pass, otherwise she would not be able to perform on the motorcycle. She said, "I plan to ask Mommy because she used to constantly ride the motorcycle on grocery runs.  When I was little I constantly rode on the back.  She also said that when I got the license I would give her a ride."  Earlier burning her thigh at work, she had to ride a motorcycle again.  Was she worried about injury?  Chrissie said that she was not.  Accidents were inevitable on the set.  She did not want to use a double and hoped to perform her stunts personally.  She believed that the team would purchase a lot of insurance for her.

Aside from motorcycle, Chrissie also hoped to continue to study acting.  How did she feel about her acting?  She said, "Actually I don't dare to watch my own performance, I would feel embarrassed and get the shakes, but my friends feel that I have improved with every film.  (Which movie of yours would you definitely never watch again?)  I might as well not watch, I would save all my work to study from."

In the future Chrissie would like to try a tragic character because others thought she was very tough.  Actually she too wanted to be protected.  Did she lack someone to protect her in real life?  She said, "Occasionally!  Earlier when we went to Thailand my boyfriend got sick, and I had to take care of him!"


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Recent reports claimed that Vincent Zhao Wenzhou was upset at script changes and refused to work on the Donnie Yen Chi Tan produced and starred film DUT SHU SUN FUN (SPECIAL IDENTITY).  The report also said that Yen Chi even called Zhao Wenzhou personally but did not receive any response, and Zhao Wenzhou refused to accept any work order.  Yesterday Zhao Wenzhou's company issued a statement to the media to clarify the matter.  Zhao Wenzhou was not upset at the DUT SHU SUN FUN team.  Any script change would require actor agreement, which was written into the contract and was an industry rule.

The statement also said that Zhao Wenzhou did not pack up and return to Beijing as reported but has always been on the Shenzhen set.  The statement said that the report has not been confirmed with anyone on
the team and was pure speculation.

The report also mentioned that Zhao Wenzhou acted like a big shot with seven assistants.  The statement said that Zhao Wenzhou did not have seven assistants around him and that this report has created negative impact on Zhao Wenzhou and asked the media to issue an apology and a correction.  It would also reserve all rights to take legal action.


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Zhang Yimou's favorite Dou Xiao yesterday with Best Actor Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Kay Tse On Kay attended the NIGHTFALL (DAI JUI BO) Beijing press conference.  Dou Xiao in the film played the young Cheung Ka Fai.  Dou Xiao said that although he was unable to work with the Best Actor, he was fortunate enough to promote the new film in Taiwan with Brother Ka Fai and he was very excited.

Dou Xiao also felt that he was somewhat similar to Brother Ka Fai, "Of course we still have differences, he is an elder Best Actor!"  As for the reason that he participated in NIGHTFALL, Dou Xiao revealed that actually the director "fell in love at first sight" with him.  He said, "Director (Roy) Chow Hin Yeung once said to me, finding an actor who can play a young Brother Ka Fai is very hard in Hong Kong.  The director felt that my eyes resembled his so in the end he chose me.  This was also my first movie in Hong Kong.  It was just three short days, for the movie I didn't even have a chance to return to the hotel and rest.  I had my luggage with me the whole time and kept working throughout the night.  Finally after the shoot I went directly to the airport and returned to Beijing."

Cheung Ka Fai in order to better get into character before the shoot spent half a year to train and lose weight.  Finally he got into shape that could rival Bruce Lee's.  Yesterday at the press conference Cheung Ka Fai appeared in a black suit and his fit figure was on display.  He revealed that he suffered a lot during the fitness and diet period for this shape.  "During that period I only had steamed vegetables and chicken.  Once I truly could not tolerate it and ran into a Japanese restaurant fora few pieces of sashimi to satisfy my appetite."

However this was only physical pain, the most painful was becoming isolated on the set.  Cheung Ka Fai complained, "In this film my character due to vocal cord damage couldn't speak.  In order to get into the mood no one on the entire team spoke to me."  Although this was the first time that Ka Fai played a mute, the challenge was not difficult for him at all.


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The film THE ALLURE OF TEARS (KING SING JI LUEN) premiere took place two nights ago.  Attending actors included Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Aarif Rahman (Lee Chi Ting) and Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui and others.  Three days ago was Lee Chi Ting's 25th birthday and the event celebrated with cake.  During the event, an umbrella fell from above and the actors all jumped back in fright.  Luckily no one was hurt. Later Siu Chai and Gigi were asked if they cross someone.  Gigi joked that perhaps someone could not get Siu Chai's concert ticket.  Siu Chai joked that Lady GaGa's tickets would be more like it.  He said, "Whatever!  Make it my fault then."  However, Siu Chai hoped that everyone would pay attention to safety.  No matter how bad everyone's mood was, no one should do this.  He believed this was a prank.

Gigi in the film had to learn to play the violin and took lessons with violinist Yao Jue, who came in support two nights ago.  Gigi said that she only learned for a little more than a month, thus when she played a scene with the Shanghai symphony orchestra she became to feel guilty.  Siu Chai joked of course, because they brought several million in musical instruments to rehearsal.  They were all valuable collectibles, even the cheapest was 100,000 or so.  Siu Chai said, "Once in the rain we rushed to cover the instruments, not people."

Was Gigi interested in picking up the violin again?  She said that she was not young anymore and truly had difficulty.  Did she play for her husband?  Gigi said yes, because neither knew how to play they thought it was very convincing.  She pointed out that during the shoot, her husband came to Hong Kong and stayed with her at the hotel for three days to learn the violin.  Siu Chai joked, "No wonder you didn't dine with us, with a face full of love!"

Did Lee Chi Ting feel the umbrella was the act of a fan?  He said that would be impossible because he has always been mild mannered and not violent.  He believed that his fans would not do that.  He said luckily no one was hurt.  As for his birthday wish, Lee Chi Ting wished for world peace and a good Hong Kong.

Monday, February 27, 2012


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The Wong Jing directed new film MR. AND MRS. GAMBLER (LAN DOH FU DAU LAN DOH CHAI) two nights ago held a celebration.  The cast included Chapman To Man Jat, Fiona Sit Hoi Kei, Philip Ng Won Lung and director Wong Jing attended.  Wong Jing became the dealer and watched the actors make their wagers, but they only played with prop chips.  Sit Hoi Kei immediately took off her ring and said that she wanted to place a bet.  Finally she won.  Sit Hoi Kei said that the ring was worth HK$600 and wanted Wong Jing to pay up.  Finally Wong Jing was forced to give HK$100 as reward.  Sit Hoi Kei said that she did not like to gamble and revealed that the film had a good educational meaning.  To Man Jat said that Sit Hoi Kei's performance was not as sexy and attractive as the LAN KWAI FONG (HEI OI YEH PO) actresses.  Sit Hoi Kei said, "If the script requires it I would, but the intimate scene wasn't the focus.  Please ask To Man Jat not to mind.  Adding dirty elements into a comedy would only be for his own satisfaction."

The film after ten days in release made HK$5 million, which was decent.  Lead actor To Man Jat thanked the audience for the support.  He said that last year he made eight movies in one breath.  This year he would have many film scheduling clashes and competition with himself would be inevitable.  To Man Jat said, "Investors said that the response to this movie was decent and would consider a sequel."


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Ann Hui On Wa received in a television interview revealed that for awhile she and Wong Jing were at odds.  When Hui On Wa made SONG OF EXILE (HAT TOH CHAU HUNG), Wong Jing said, "Who would love to watch the story of a fat, old woman?" and made her very angry.  She said, "At the time the outside was fanning the flame, many hoped to see us fight.  When I was asked to respond I said, 'Wong Jing's filmmaking
attitude is improper'.  Then the headline was 'War Begins, Hui On Wa Announces She Wants To Beat Wong Jing'."

Hui On Wa later due to a Wong Jing interview in which he said the Hong Kong directors who he admired the most were Hui on Wa and John Woo (Ng Yu Sum), which made her feel sorry and she did not say anything more.  Over a year ago, Hui On Wa was looking for funding for her film THOSE ARE THE DAYS (TIN SHUI WAI DIK YUT YU YEH).  After Wong Jing read it he immediately responded, which surprised and pleased her.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


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Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Shawn Yue Man Lok yesterday promoted the film LOVE IN THE BUFF (CHUN GIU YU JI MING).  Chin Wa and Ah Lok sat as they watched viewers play game.  Real Ting Chi Ko did not appear.  Reporters joked that Chin Wa could finally breathe freely, but Ah Lok cut in.  "She is always sneaking out to breathe freely."  Chin Wa explained, "Hubby is my mother in law, and it's not like the Hong Kong Coliseum with so many elevators."  She revealed that she just snuck in some fries.  Was she afraid that her husband would yell at her?  Chin Wa said, "People like to be sneaky with food, it's human nature."

Chin Wa looked prettier and chubbier, even Ah Lok said that she was much sharper.  Chin Wa heard Ah Lok's compliment and immediately urged Ah Lok to get a wife soon.  Actually Ah Lok asked Chin Wa to introduce girls to him, Chin Wa helplessly said, "I am pregnant now, matchmaking is inconvenient."

What is Ah Lok looking for in a mate?  He kept saying that he did not have any condition, but he kept nervously shaking his foot.  Chin Wa joked that he was not this nervous even for bed scenes.  Chin Wa believed that Ah Lok's condition was filial piety.  Earlier when they worked in Beijing, Ah Lok's mother came to visit.  She saw how attentive Ah Lok was to his mother.  Ah Lok immediately said to Chin Wa, "Like you would be the best."  Chin Wa replied, "Too bad you met me too late."

Because Chin Wa's friends were around her age, would Ah Lok mind being with an older woman?  He admitted, "I don't mind.  Remember to spread around that I am a good site slashing prices for sale and like long hair."  Did he want long legs?  Ah Lok did not answer and changed the subject to praise Chin Wa as a mother in law killer, as she was able to chat nonstop with his mother.  In this area she was very learned.

Did Ah Lok chase girls normally?  He joked, "At my age I can't move, I can't go to Central, not to mention four places in one night.  It's not good getting called Uncle when I get there."

Saturday, February 25, 2012


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Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Yen Chi Tan two nights ago attended a cancer fund charity event.  Currently working on a film in Shenzhen, Chi Tan deliberately returned to Hong Kong to attend with his wife Cissy Wang, but he looked scruffier and darker.  He admitted that he recently has been working on a modern police film and slept for only two hours daily.  Cissy revealed that Chi Tan's look scared their son so much that he did not dare to go near him, he even kept calling him "bad man".  Luckily their daughter knew he was just making a movie.  Cissy also revealed that recently she showed their son IP MAN, and their son said that he was
"proud of Daddy".  Did their son learn Wing Chun from Chi Tan in the film?  Chi Tan said that he did not have to because his son already has his own fighting style.  He also praised that his son had a knack for martial arts, but because he did not have time to instruct him Cissy has already enrolled their son in kung fu classes.