Monday, October 16, 2017

[2017.10.17] KARA WAI MISPLACES JEWELRY IN THE TRASH

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Kara Wai Ying Hung and Stephy Tang Lai Yan two days ago promoted their new film at the Busan Film Festival. Sister Siu Hung thought that the jewelry she brought from Hong Kong vanished. As she was about to "report" it to the sponsors and discuss compensation, she discovered tha she threw it into the hotel trash can.

Best Actress Wai Ying Hung two nights ago attended the new film THE BOLD, THE CORRUPT AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Busan Film Festival world premiere. Although she has won countless awards, Sister Siu Hung was absent minded. She looked all over for the jewelry that she brought from Hong Kong. She not only turned her luggage over but also called the airline to ask if she left it on the plane. As she was planning to discuss compensation with the sponsor, her door bell rang. A hotel service clerk said, "There was a bag of jewelry in the trash can, we are confirming if the client discarded it?"

She said, "This trip has been tightly scheduled, in two short days I had to be interviewed nonstop all over. In my mind was only fast, fast, fast......I would only mess up like this in a moment of chaos! Haha!" In the past film festival guests have stayed at this hotel. The clerk might have often run into such incidents and thus confirmed this bag of "trash". Sister Siu Hung thanked this dutiful clerk with a pair of hand crafted earrings that she bought in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Film Award winning new director Cheung King Wai's first feature film SOMEWHERE BEYOND THE MIST (LAN TIN BAK WON) also held a premiere there on the same day. Two days ago was lead actress Stephy Tang Lai Yan's birthday. Director Cheung prepared a Korean seafood feast and a birthday cake to celebrate. Stephy revealed that it was her first birthday at Busan and she was both excited and fulfilled. "To be able to watch a movie that I have looked forward to for a long time on my birthday, my feelings are very complicated -- like blue sky doesn't necessarily have white clouds, but after white clouds is definitely a blue sky. This is the best birthday present this year!"

[2017.10.17] CONAN LEE RETURNS TO FILM TO REMEMBER HIS MOTHER

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Martial art actor Conan Lee Yuen Ba retired from film and returned to the U.S. after his mother was diagnosed with scleroderma with only a few months to live. He took care of her and even studied medical nutrition therapy, but his mother in the end passed away in an accident.

Lee Yuen Ba had no regret. Because he was close to his mother, he would even give all the money he made from his movies to her. Although he took care of his mother for 17 years, he stated that he cherished this very valuable period of time together. He also said that he never thought about returning to film because he would be even happier if he had 10 more years to be with his mother. Yet he believed that Heaven brought her in so she did not need to suffer anymore. Thus he was determined to return to China and Hong Kong to make movies. He also wrote a script about his mother. After Feng Xiaogang's wife Xu Fan read it she asked to play his mother. He said, "I feel she is suitable for the Mama role. She also helped me a lot. I am very grateful. This time this film will be shot in Hollywood, it will be the first film of my comeback. I will produce, write, star and direct. It will be about the process of Mama's treatment and my study of medicine. However the resulting positive energy has to let the entire world know that Mama is the most important. I also wrote a lot of scripts. Because I want to be fully prepared for my return, if anyone want to work together I can."

Speaking of many film industry action actors like Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Max Zhang Jin, Lee Yuen Ba admitted that now few actors could fight. Thus he was very happy to still have this group of outstanding action actors. He hoped to have a chance to work with everyone.

He recently participated in the Juno Mak Chun Lung new film SONS OF THE NEON NIGHT (FUNG FOR SAN LAM), he praised him for how serious and attentive he was at work. Despite his young age he was very talented, humble and friendly. Thus the collaboration has been very pleasant.

[2017.10.17] SHAWN YUE HAS A TOUGH FIGHT UNDERWATER

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The Janice Man Wing Shan, Shawn Yue Man Lok and Max Zhang Jin starred new film earlier represented Hong Kong at the Busan Film Festival. The film had many underwater fight scenes, which unexpectedly stumped martial art expert Zhang Jin. He said, "Fighting under water and on land are completely different. I never thought about how tough shooting underwater would be. Fighting without oxygen tank was very hard." Yue Man Lok also felt that making a fight scene underwater was tough. "The director told me that day, he wanted to shoot the underwater fight scene under a Number 10 Storm Signal. I told him that absolutely would not be easy. When I watched the film I was very surprised how successful the director's shoot was."

Sunday, October 15, 2017

[2017.10.16] JOHN WOO CALLS HA JI-WON THE "FEMALE CHOW YUN FAT"

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MANHUNT two nights ago held its Busan Film Festival premiere. Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) and his wife, daughter and actress Angeles Woo Fei Ha and lead actress Ha Ji-Won attended and enjoyed the new film with the audience. Their appearance caused a stir. After the screening the audience applauded passionated. Director Woo stood up and waved to the viewers in a show of appreciation. Later at the forum, a viewer was very happy to see a lot of the director's unique style in the new film. Director Woo revealed that aside from the white doves and the twin guns he also had dance elements. He said, "I really like to dance, my wife and I met due to dancing. Actually gun fights and fight scenes are like dancing, they have to have beauty and rhythm." He also said that he thanked China's Zhang Hanyu, Japan's Masaharu Fukuyama, Korea's Ha Ji-Won and actors and crew members from all over for their professional quality contribution. On and off camera they were able to display the spirit of friendship that went beyond borders.

Although the film was filled with Director Woo's classic style, he did not forget to innovate and add in new elements. He added a female killer and actresse shooting a gun for the first tme. Ha Ji-Won said that she felt honored to be the first. Director Woo also said that with Ha Ji-Won's good acting and agility, during the shoot he treated her like Chow Yun Fat! Ha Ji-Won was pleasantly surprised, bowed to the director and shook his hand in appreciation. She said, "I didn't expect Director Woo would say that, this time I probably wouldn't be able to sleep from being so happy!" She also revealed that Director Woo taught her when shooting and fighting in the film to focus on emotional expression. As the event ended, the audience rushed up with gifts fo them and asked for photos and autographs passionately.

In addition, Stephy Tang Lai Yun has been busy at the Busan Film Festival. Yesterday was her birthday. Although she did not have to celebrate but the team thoughtful prepared a cake for her. Stephy thanked everyone online. "I watched a movie that I have looked forward to for a long time on my birthday today. My feelings are very complicaed, happy, nervous, moved! I believe this is probably the best birthday present this year. Thank you Director, thank you to each actor. You are the greatest. Thank you for the surprise as well."

[2017.10.16] CHECKLEY SIN SAYS WONG CHO LAM HAS HEART BUT NO TIME

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Checkley Sin Kwok Lam, Shek Sau, Leung Siu Lung and others yesterday attended an opening. Speaking of artists leaving Wong Cho Lam's entertainmen company, Master Sin said that he has been taking note of his nephew's news. "Actually Cho Lam really puts an effort into the company, but maybe he didn't expect that he would be too busy himself. I have been a manager, sometimes when you are busy you may not be able to take care of the artists." Master Sin said that although artists left, he believed that their relationships with Cho Lam did no change. Vivian Lai Shui Yan was still friends with him for example. As for manager advice for Cho Lam, Master Sin said, "I am not great at it, but when I sign artists I definitely would give them the chance to perform. For example my new film earlier might no have ideal box office performance but had great word of mouth, now it has over 100 booked shows."

Leung Siu Lung just returned from Shenyang. He said that he, Ti Lung and Sammo Hung Kam Bo were working on a Zhao Benshan produced new web series. When as if it had action scenes galore, he said, "What do you think? I just finished another fight film, Zhao Wenzhou, Chan Kwok Kwan and On Chi Kit took turns to fight me, the three of them against me." Leung Siu Lung said that he would not return to Hong Kong film until January next year. He admitted that his age was very advantageous in the Mainland market, but only he, Hung Kam Bo, Yuen Wah, Tsui Siu Keung, Louis Fan Siu Wong learned how to fight in the film industry.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

[2017.10.15] CHRISSIE CHAU INJURES HER TOES WHILE TRYING TO SAVE LAW LAN





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Chrissie Chau Sau Na not only kept promoting her films but also was busy with her new film NUI WONG CHONG DOH JING (RUN RIGHT INTO THE QUEEN). Earlier around 6:30 PM, Chrissie and Law Lan worked on location in Sham Shui Po. Before the shoot, Chrissie faithfully participated in the worship ceremony and prayed for a smooth shoot.

In the story Law Lan spilled a barrel of crabs in the middle of the road, Chrissie drove by and got ou to help. Then a vehicle was headed toward them at a high speed. Chrissie pushed Law Lan out of the way and landed on her rear.

Before the shoot the crew prepared padding to keep Chrissie from getting hurt. Yet during the shoot, she looked like she was in pain after the first take. Her assistant took out slippers and helped Chrissie to the side to check her injury. Several of her toes was scratched by the heels. After being treated Chrissie returned to work.

[2017.10.15] JOHN WOO ATTENDS BUSAN HAND PRINTING CEREMONY

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Ha Ji-Won attends the MANHUNT premiere and press conference
John Woo attends the Busan Film Festival hand printing ceremony
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Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) recently attended Busan Film Festival activities in Korea. Yesterday he led his film MANHUNT's lead actress Ha Ji-Won, Angeles Woo Fei Ha to promote the film. Director Woo attended a hand printing ceremony on the beach of Haeundae. Korea star Ha Ji-Won took time from her busy television series shoot schedule to show her support.

After the ceremony Director Woo joked, "The hand printing ceremony is like a wedding. Today I married the Busan Film Festival!" Ha Ji-Won's appearance caused a stir immediately. She went to the crowd to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. She also blew kisses and was very friendly.

Director Woo has been making movies for over 50 years, almost every one was a men's films. MANHUNT was the first film in which he added a "female killer" role and a female star firing a gun. Director Woo praised Ha Ji-Won and said, "When I met Ha Ji-Won I fel that she was very suitable to play the female killer. Durng the shoot she even displayed her agility, intelligence and professionalism. I was very pleased."

As Director Woo's first female killer, Ha Ji-Won was surprised. "Director Woo took great care of each and every actor. On the set I was very comfortable. I have always liked Director Woo's movies. Many of his past films had killer and gun fight scenes, all of which were very exciting and spellboundng. Yet they were never women. MANHUNT was the first to have a female killer role. I never expected that female killer would be me. I felt very happy and honored."

Director Woo's daughter and actress Woo Fei Ha were as close as sisters on and off camera with Ha Ji-Won. She thanked Ha Ji-Won for taking care of her on the set. Ha Ji-Won gave her a pat on her shoulder in response and the audience applauded. Last night they continued to attend the MANHUNT Korean premiere and forum.

Friday, October 13, 2017

[2017.10.14] DONNIE YEN AND ANDY LAU DECLINE TO PLAY VILLAINS


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Andy Lau Tak Wa, Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Tong Chun Yip, Niki Chow Lai Kei, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Philip Keung Ho Man, Ben Ng Ngai Cheung and director Wong Jing two nights ago attended their film CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG)'s celebration. The film as of two days ago made around HK$ 10 million at its Hong Kong and Macau box office. In the three lands on both sides of the Strait, Singapore and Malaysia the film's box office headed for HK$ 600 million. Wa Jai and Chi Tan agreed that they were pleased with the box office. They also said that they would be able to work together again, but as fathers they would both resist playing villains. Wa Jai even joked that even romantic scenes would have baggage.

Wa Jai said that he was very touched to be able to accompany Wong Jing to today when he received everyone's praise. He always thought that Wong was capable. He used to keep telling Wong Jing to put an effort into his work, but Wong Jing said that no one cared about him. He said that was not true and there would be a reward. Now Wong undrestood that really putting in an effort would bring a return. He stated that he used to feel Wong Jing was not putting up enough of an effort. This time was pretty tough and sometimes he had to give Wong Jing encouragement. Chi Tan said that Wong Jing was praised everyday, but Wong also said that he has never received so many praises.

With the decent performance of the new film, would the original team return? Wa Jai said that the films and actors of their era had very heavy Hong Kong flavor. They could work together again but they did not have any idea yet. This year he would not make another film. At the end of the year he would perform a concert; Chi Tan said that he would not have time until the end of next year. If they would work together again they could make other subjects. Wa Jai also asked Chi Tan to play the piano at his concert. Chi Tan said that if he would have to sing he would have to practice. Which song would he like to sing? Chi Tan said, "I can sing HEART OF THE WANDERER again, I can play the piano with it too." Wa Jai said that he wanted to learn to play the piano.

Earlier Chi Tan in an interview said that as a father he did not want to play a villain. "I don't think I would, it would be too much to get over mentally. I am not resistent to playing villain, but the children can't accept it. I don't want to bring the negative energy home, which was very tough and very tiring. I want to be sunnier." Did fellow father Wa Jai have any burden from playing a villain? Wa Jai also admitted that he would. He joked, "Even romantic scenes would have a little baggage, so I have limits. (You can play a monk.) I can't play a monk, kids ask a lot of questions like 'Why is Papa a monk?'" Wa Jai could provide his voice to a cartoon. Wa Jai said that he could, over ten years ago he did and even did both Cantonese and Putonghua voice work. However back then his Putonghua was poor and he spent two weeks on the voice work.

Chow Lai Kei just went to Prague of her TVB series and said that now she was mainly working on the Hong KOng scenes. She expected the production to wrap by the end of the year. Then she would have to go to the Mainland for a series and variety program. Did her TVB series reduce her income? Niki said no, because the seris was a co-production as well. Now she was commuting between the Mainland and Hong Kong.

Since she was so busy would she not have time to date? She said, "Now I see my series co-workers the most. (Don't you want to date?) I do, but I have a little lover (her nephew)." Her close friend Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin was already in a relationship. Did she introduce any guys to her? Niki said, "I didn't ask her to, it's very hard. Let her date first. I am busy lately and she is busy both personally and professionally. I don't want to bother her so much. I hope she would have more good news for me soon." Has she seen Ah Sa's boyfriend? She said that only in photos.

In addition, before the banquet began, the event gave each guest a "hunchback" -- what the HK$ 500 bill was called in the film. Director Wong Jing and the film consultant Chan Chun Chi explained that back then the back of the HK$ 500 bill had a crouching lion logo, so at the time both sides of the law would call it the "hunchback". The event also had a lucky drawing and many won cash or prizes.

[2017.10.14] CHARLENE CHOI AND JULIAN CHEUNG PLAYS MAHJONG WITH HEAVENLY KINGS

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Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yn earlier appeared on a ViuTV program. Actually they had constant contact and were even "mahjong friends". Chilam even worred about Ah Sa's love life and wanted to play matchmaker for her, bu Ah Sa helplessly said, "You actually introduced the same person ten years ago and ten years later. You introduced someone I already knew. However he really is a nice guy." Chilam laughed, "Then you know how limited my stock is! I have a lot of leftover female friends but diamond bachelors are rare. If you ask me to open a matchmaking shop I definitely would fail."

Speaking of mahjong, Ah Sa could not stop telling. Chilam said Ah Sa was very different at work from at the mahjong table. "When she is at work she is rushing to get off work, at mahjong she just appeals nonstop!" Actually their mahjong companions were Heaven Kings, as they revealed that they have played with Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and Leon Lai Ming.

Recently they worked together on a movie. Chilam said that Ah Sa in the film played a tough woman. In order to fulfill her late fiancee's final wish she would resolve any problem she ran into herself. In real life Ah Sa would resolver her own problem the same way. Ah Sa said, "I am a more impatient person, when I run into problems I would very quickly come up with resolutions." As for Chilam, he joked, "I would go out and eat with friends, have hot pot casserole, but in the end the problem isn't solved. Then I would just go home and sleep."

[2017.10.14] STEPHY TANG HAS A "SISTER" TO CELEBRATE HER BIRTHDAY WITH

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Stephy Tang Lai Yan has been busy with her new film KEYBOARD WARRIORS (HEI DAI JO), but earlier the team surprised her with a birthday celebration.

That day Stephy worked from morning to night in remote countryside and even had to handle many collapse scenes. Stephy was able to meet all of the director's demands, especially in the argument scene with her on screen sister Grace Chan Hoi Lam. When the "sisters" finished their final scene for the day, producer Ng Kin Hung and director Sit Ho Ching arranged for the crew to bring out a cake with a little crown that said Happy Birthday for Stephy.

The team knew that they would celebrate Stephy's birthday. Sharon Chan Man Chi who originally could have gone home to be with her son stayed to sing the birthday song to the birthday girl. Instead Stephy was too focused on the film to have any clue. When she saw the cake she sweetly smiled and said to everyone, "You guys are way too smart!" As for her birthday wish, she sad, "My birthday wish is very simple, good health!"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

[2017.10.13] FRANKIE CHAN BEATS CANCER

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The 65 year old actor and director Frankie Chan Fun Kei last year was diagnosed with Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer and after a period of treatment beat the disease. This month he resumed work as he directed the film MEI LAI JIN JUNG (BEAUTIFUL WAR). The film two days ago officially started production in Jiangsu. Actors included Kenneth Ma Kwok Ming, Patrick Tam Yiu Man and Jessey Meng. Chan Fun Kei said about his cancer fight, "Now my voice sounds like (Eric) Tsang Chi Wai's, the cancer cells destroyed my vocal cord. I thought I was done for. The doctor said that patients with this disease typically only had two months to live."

Luckily Chan Fun Kei created a miracle with will power and active treatment. "I had several dozen radiation therapy, I lost all the muscle and was left with half a life. In general after radiation therpay chemotherapy was required, I didn't want to lose all my hair after chemo. Later a friend recommended a treatment and finally I got over it." After recovery, he often told his friends' I remember Tsang Chi wai told me and Jacke Chan, 'Even Ma Yun is only managing wealth for others, can you take the money with you? You should spend all the money while you are alive.' I though Chi Wai was right."

Chan Fun Kei reportedly criticized Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi's work ethics while working on LEGENDARY AMAZONS. He clarified, "Pak Chi's performance was great. I remembers when something hard hit her face in a fight scene and she was swollen, she still insisted on continuing the shoot. She was very tough and I really admired her!"

Cheng Pei Pei said that while working on the film she was constantly waiting for Pak Chi. Chan Fun Kei said, "Pak Chi at the time wasn't feel too well, so when she wasn't in a shoot she would remove her armor and get warm inside a heated vehicle. Putting the armor back on took time. I understood that, I don't understand why I am always rumored to feel that Pak Chi destroyed Hong Kong actors' professionalism. Nothing like that happened."

[2017.10.13] GORDON LAM SURRENDERS TO THE GHOST KING



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Gordon Lam Ka Tung in the horror film ALWAYS BE WITH YOU (SEUNG JOI NEI JOR YAU) played a worker who stole of Ava Liu (Yu Kiu)'s burial offering to gamble. The most memorable scene was when he opened the coffin to take the wedding braclet. He said, "Yu Kiu's makeup was pretty fresh and pretty scary. In our traditional the ghost in red is fierce, with a grudge. When you see it you wouldn't feel fun at all and have a lot of pressure. Actually I would be scared and uncomfortable." Because the character was a gambling addict, he put a lot of thought into his costume including the color scheme. He even wore down the new clothes to make them look old. Even he asked the team whether there was no funding so he had to wear old clothes. He admitted that this time the production was tougher. "In one scene the debt collectors were chasing me. I didn't use a double or padding. The director wanted me to tough it out, I had to get it done in two takes."

ALWAYS was the 20th anniversary commemoration of the film TROUBLESOME NIGHT (YUM YEUNG LO). Ka Tung participated in the classic film series for the first time and stated that he did not watch the previous films before the shoot. "Particpating for the first time would give me a sense of freshness. I am afraid that watching the previous 19 films would affect my performance." He also said that the director kept looking for change. Each horror film would have a different style. Thus it probably would not have a lot of similar scenes from before. As for becoming the new "ghost king", he said that he could not possible surpass Simon Loui Yu Yeung. Instead he wanted try comedy and romance. After almost 30 years n the business, Ka Tung actually rarely made horror films. "So far everyone feels I have made mostly crime films. I think I have made less than four or five horror films, but I worked with Yau Lai To on several. Although I didn't have a lot of experience, we definitely had chemistry. He gave me space to perform, which would make an actor the happiest." He admitted that during the shoot he would have discussions with the director in hopes of bringing the character to life.

Would Ka Tung consider horror films as a producer? He said, "I always feel horror films are hard to make because the atmosphere is very important. I don't know how to deal with the script either. TROUBLESOME NIGHT was so successful, we can't be too different. I have to talk with the producer about how to make it. I want to challenge myself a little too."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

[2017.10.12] FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 8 2017

For the week ending Sunday October 8 2017
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10 THE TAG-ALONG 2
    d. Cheng Wei-Hao
    Rainie Yang, Hsu Wei-Ning, Francesca Kao, Lung Shao-Hua, River Huang
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 108 mins.
  Opening September 21 2017
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/cMX6ubKdaBM

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    Social worker Li Shu-fen is often overwhelmed by her heavy workload and neglects her daughter Li Ya-ting as a result. When she discovers that Ya-ting is gone missing, she realizes there is a past demon hidden at the bottom of her heart. Shu-fen tries everything to find Ya-ting, and encounters many horrifying mysteries. One mother, Lin Mei-hua keeps her own daughter in a weird place that all the walls and doors are covered in paper written with spells over a year. While another pregnant woman, Shen Yi-chun, who was reported missing several months ago, was found on the hill. In order to rescue Ya-ting, they need to return to the mountain where the little girl in red kept Ya-ting. And Shu-fen finally realizes the deepest fear comes out of love...


 9 RENEGADES
    d. Steven Quale
    Sylvia Hoeks, Ewen Bremner, J.K. Simmons


 8 AMERICAN ASSASSIN
    d. Michael Cuestar
    Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan,
        Shiva Negar, Taylor Kitsch


 7 FIREWORKS, SHOULD WE SEE IT FROM THE SIDE OR THE BOTTOM
  Can : Yin Fa, Ying Goi Wor Shui Hon
  Lit : Fireworks, Who Should I Watch It With
    d. Akiyuki Shinbo
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 90 mins.
  Opening September 28 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/dGySiZbQono

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    One Summer day, in a sea-side town. One Junior high school is gathered with an excitement before a firework show. Norimichi and Yusuke, at a pool side, meets Nazuna, an idol of their class, a girl they both secretly have a crush on. The two boys turn out to have a swimming match with Nazuna. Norimichi, although fails the match, finds a mysterious ball in the water. On the other hand, Yusuke, who won the fight, is asked by Nazuna to go out to watch the firework show together. After school, while boys have an argument whether fireworks are round or flat when viewed from sideways, Norimichi is told by Nazuna that she was going to ask out the one who won the swimming match. However, her true purpose was something else.

    “If only I won the match thay day...”

    Irritated, Norimichi throws the ball he found in the water and then...
    When the fireworks sparkle, the love encounters a miracle.



 6 THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
    d. Hany Abu-Assad
    Idris Elba, Kate Winslet


 5 THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE
    d. Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher
    Animation
    English Voices: Jackie Chan, Dave Franco, Fred Armisen


 4 A TAXI DRIVER
  Can : Yik Kuen Si Gei
  Lit : Anti Authority Driver
    d. Jang Hoon
    Song Kang-Ho, Thomas Kretschmann,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 137 mins.
  Opening September 21 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/QaxunqwNuRI

[ BROADWAY CIRCUITS ]
    May 1980. A Seoul taxi driver named Man-seob comes across an offer too good to be true. If he drives a foreign passenger from Seoul down to Gwangju and back again before the curfew, he'll be paid the unthinkable sum of 100,000 won – enough to cover several months of unpaid rent. Without stopping to ask the details, he picks up the German reporter Peter and sets off along the highway.

    Although stopped by police roadblocks at the edge of Gwangju, Man-seob is desperate to earn his taxi fare, and eventually manages to find a way into the city. There they encounter students and ordinary citizens taking part in large-scale demonstrations against the government. Man-seob, alarmed by the danger in the air, pleads with Peter to go quickly back to Seoul. But Peter ignores him, and with the help of a university student Jae-sik and a Gwangju taxi driver named HWANG, begins shooting with his news camera. As time passes the situation grows more and more serious, and Man-seob keeps thinking of his young daughter at home all alone.


 3 BLADE RUNNER 2049
    d. Denis Villeneuve
    Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas,


 2 KINGSMAN: GOLDEN CIRCLE
    d. Matthew Vaughn
    Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne moore, Mark Strong,
      Halle Barry, Elton John, Channing Taum, Jeff Bridges





 2 CHASING THE DRAGON
  AKA : KING OF DRUG DEALERS
  Can : Jui Lung
  Lit : Chasing Dragon
    d. Law Wing Cheong, Wong Jing, Jason Kwan
    Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Andy Lau Tak Wa, Kent Cheng Juk Si,
      Philip Keung Ho Man, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Yu Kang, Tong Chun Yip,
      Michelle Hu Yan (Wu Yin), Xu Dongdong, Felix Wong Yat Wa,
      Ng Ngai Cheung, Niki Chow Lai Kei, Philip Ng Won Lung, Chun Wong
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 128 mins.
  Opening September 28 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/MdKWaNgEbI0

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    In 1963, illegal immigrant Howard snuck into Hong Kong. Equipped with guts and combat skills, he plunged into the underground world where he found how corrupt Hong Kong was as a colony under the British authority, and how the police were in collusion with the triads in a black money community.

    Howard struggled between two folks who came from his hometown – righteous police constable Gregory who was honest and refused to take bribes and Wayne, who was greedy, lustful and dishonourable. Howard chose to side with Wayne and joined the triads.

    After striving through much adversaries as being set up, betrayed and physically crippled, the once good-natured Howard has transformed into a monster. He became more atrocious than the most corrupted cops and more beastly than the most ruthless drug dealers. He finally emerged as the number one and most powerful Drug Lord under the control of the Chief Chinese Superintendent, Lionel.

    With the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in year 1974, Lionel was forced into premature retirement, while Howard still would not be stopped, as he was determined to become the sole dictator in the drug empire...

[2017.10.11] FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 7 2017

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting October 7 2017


15 SAY GOODBYE TO EVERYDAY
  Can : Wor Mui Tin Gong Joi Gein
  Gin Lee (Lee Hung Ngai)

14 SO WHAT
  Can : Na Yau Jum Yeung
  Timmy Xu (Hui Ngai Jau)

13 SECRET FRUIT
  Can : Bei Gor
  Fish Leong Jing Yu

12 100 TYPES OF PASSION
  Can : Yut Bak Jung Yit Oi
  Chris Lee Yuchun, Major Lazer

11 THAT IS IT
  Can : Jau Jeh Yeung
  Li Ronghao

10 BIG UNCLE IS NOT BAD EITHER
  Can : Dai Juk Ya Buk Chor
  Yang Kun feat. Huang Bo

 9 IN FIRST AID
  Can : Gup Gau Jung
  Robynn and Kendy

 8 ONCE UPON A TIME
  Can : Sam Sun Sam Sei Sup Lei Toh Fa
  Natasha Na Ying

 7 OVER THE HILLS
  Can : Yuet Gor Shan Yau
  Aska Yang (Yeung Chung Wai)

 6 BLACK TUESDAY
  Can : Hak Sik Sing Kei Yi
  David Tao (To Jit)

 5 LOVE LIKE AIR
  Can : Oi Yu Hung Hei
  Weibird Wei (Wai Lai On)

 4 GO
  Can : Yut Jik Jau
  A-Lin

 3 I DO
  Karen Mok Man Wai

 2 WHO COMES TO CUT THE MOONLIGHT
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[2017.10.12] OPERATION RED SEA COSTS 500 MILLION YUAN RMB

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The film OPERATION RED SEA yesterday held a Beijing press conference. The production cost reached 500 million yuan RMB. Director Dante Lam Chiu Yin even admitted that this was the most difficult time n his 20 year film career. Director Lam said, "At sea we had to find helicopters, our battleship. No matter how you shoot it, you would run into difficulties that you would never imagine."

Yesterday Director Lam Chiu Yin and the "Dragon Strike Team" members Zhang Yi, Du Jiang, Huang Jingyu, Jiang Luxia, In Fang, Guo Jiahao, Wang Yutian, Henry Mak, Hai Qing, Wang Qiang and screen writer Feng Ji attended.

The film was about the Chinese navy's strike team when it received an order to evacuate Chinese nationals overseas. After OPERATION MEKONG, Bona and director Lam Chiu Yin worked together again on OPERATION RED SEA to display the modern navy of China.

Lam Chiu Yin jokingly complained about how tough his life has been, as he would always run into very difficult film productions. "I have been making movies for 20 years and I have never suffered so much. It's true, maybe it was the first time for you but it was the first time for me too. Actually when we shot there, I felt that I faced some difficulties that we would never imagined. My producer in particular truly risked his life, as he almost collapsed there. So this is truly a very memorable film in my life."

OPERATION RED SEA cost 500 million yuan RMB. He said, "I believe everyone can see from the video and completely sense the difference between OPERATION RED SEA and OPERATION MEKONG. The last time I felt OPERATION MEKONG was a story that was told on land. This time I truly saw how great the sea was. At sea we had to look for helicopters, our battleship. However you wanted to shoot it, you would run into difficulties that you would never imagine. Everyone had to spend a lot of energy to be able to shoot many great visuals. The team used 6 battleships at sea. Everyone departed from different ports to be together, then we had to arrange how to use the helicopter to shoot these scenes. We had no experience at all . I have something important to tell the several bosses, although we spent a lot of money I didn't go over budget."

The host then invited the strike team members to discuss the production. They admitted that the process was rather painful, but because of that they became even stronger and were thankful for this valuable and memorable experience. Huang Jingyu revealed that while shooting in Morocco life was particularly "simple". He said, "All the dishes tasted the same, leadng everyone to cook for themselves. After the shoot my culinary skills improved."