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|Stephen Chow during rehearsal performs with Kitty Zhang|
|Stephen Chow and Kitty Zhang reunite and their chemistry is the same as before|
|Show Lo has to get wet in the cold, but his mood for pranks still has not been dampened.|
|Despite being the director Stephen Chow still has to travel all over|
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|Jelly Lin's popularity will rise from the success of MERMAID|
|Kitty Zhang and Deng Chao|
|The three demons of JOURNEY TO THE WEST are chosen from thousands of applicants|
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The Stephen Chow Sing Chi directed Lunar New Year film MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) made almost HK$ 43 million two days ago in Hong Kong and over 2.7 billion RMB in the Mainland. The performance broke MONSTER HUNT's record of 2.439 billion RMB last year and made the film the highest grossing in Mainland film history. With MERMAID's strong momentum, its total box office will likely pass 3 billion.
According to industry insiders, every film would have different bonus structure. In general if the film makes 1 billion RMB, over 600 million go to the cinemas and the remaining 300 million or so return to investors. Production, promotions are other costs are included in the number. MERMAID so far has made 2.7 billion. over 30% or 950 million go to investors. After all expenses and investor dividends, Chow Sing Chi will probably be able to pocket 600 million.
Yesterday Chow Sing Chi continued to promote. When asked when he would return to the screen, he said, "Currently I am very focused on the job of directing. As a director I act more than I did as an actor. The director plays every character big and small once for the cast, but my flame for acting has never been extinguished!"
Another Lunar New Year film THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) already broke HK$ 1.2 billion with the Mainland box office. No expense was spared on the costumes of the White Bone Spirit's three followers bat demon, snake demon and porcupine demon. The film company revealed that the special effect make up of the three demons cost more for each character than an ordinary film's budget.