Monday, May 22, 2017

[2017.05.22] SAM HUI AND ALAN TAM TURNS INTO LEOPARD AND TIGER



Sam and Alan perform a warm up for their concerts
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Two Masters of Music Sam Hui Koon Kit and Alan Tam Wing Lun will oper the "Ah Sam and Ah Tam Happy Together" concert between August 12 and 18. Yesterday they performed a warm up duet at the press conference. They also sad that they would perform a rock version of DAI NUI FA. Sam even wanted Alan to sing the female part! Alan knew that Sam had a fondness for leopard print, so he prepared to appear in tiger strip and rock the Hong Kong Coliseum as "tiger and leopard".

Yesterday Sam and Alan appeared as they did in their concert poster. They first performed a medley of Cantonese songs. Sam played the guitar then they again sang English songs. Alan asked the audience to stand up like a warm up for their August concert.

In the poster they sang in a convertible antique vehicle happily. Alan said that the original concept was speeding down a highway, on the way their song titles would fly by. However they really had a lot of songs and an entire road would not fit them. Then they changed the idea. When the host asked if Alan was unable to fit into the vehicle, Sam said that he was about to sit in it. Alan joked, "It was a lot of work, the seat had to be widen for the shoot! Actually Sam is my own idol. He appeared in a convertible for his 1971 concert at the Stadium, so this time we sat in a convertible vehicle."

Two musical giants' unprecedented collaboration brought the listeners a pleasant surprise. Sam said, "Last year I invited Alan to be a guest at my HK Coliseum concert. Then two weeks ago I received news that we would perform a show together. I of course couldn't agree fast enough because I really enjoy his music, like LOVE OF FOG and LOVE IN LATE AUTUMN." Alan followed, "We have had quite a connection. The last time when I was his guest, I already followed up and asked Sam to write a song for me and he agreed right away; even though so far he still hasn't written it yet." Sam said, "I am writing it." Alan continued, "Back then Sam's EIFFEL TOWER IN THE CLOUDS was very influential in Chinese music. Once upon a tme Cantonese pop songs were important around the world. Now it depends on who sings them. This time would be a collective memory." Sam could not help but say, "Cantonese songs never die!"

During the group photo, because of too many people Sam and Alan graciously took a knee. The two "Song Gods" did not sweat the small stuff at all.

Due to their countless classic songs, every night they would have different songs and invite different era bands as guests. They would include the Lotus, the Playboys and the Wynners. Sam said that even the medley had several versions already and they had to sing four hours to finish all the songs. Alan said, "Don't sleep too much. (Would you remember the lyrics?) I won't have to!" They would sing each other's song. Alan said, "I already pocketed my favorite songs of his, which ones they are I can't tell you just yet. Sam likes my ROOT OF LOVE because the first verse sounds English, haha. I know Sam likes Elvis, originally I prepared several Elvis songs to surprise him. However he caught me!"

Currently this concert will have seven shows for now, will they add shows? Alan said, "Tickets are on sale yet, but very early on people are already scalping tickets for HK$ 1,500! I am very afraid that fans would be fooled. I don't encourage this behavior." Twenty shows would not be enough for the two of them, Sam revealed that this time the schedule would permit ten shows at most.

Actually Sam revealed that he considered rock version of Cantonese songs. "Like DAI NUI FA and BELLS OF THE MONASTERY." Who would be the diva, Sam pointed at Alan and said, "Alan would be the diva, his falsetto is great." Alan said, "Years ago at a charity event, Yip Sin Man (Sally Yeh) and I reversed our gender roles. I have already played a diva." Sam said that Alan would probably be very pretty. Alan said, "I really would!"

Their concert's image designer would be Tina Lau Tin Lan. Sam said, "Colleagues have already gone to Thailand for fabrics but we haven't decided on a style. (Would you lose weight?) No, each show I would automatically lose three pounds. (would you wear leopard print?) One or two sets." Alan joked, "He would wear leopard print and I would wear tiger strips, then the Tiger Balm Garden would appear! Because of the 'Five Tigers of Wynners'."

Alan loved to take friends around on food runs. He said, "I started to take Sam. Actually Sam really like the authentic street flavor. I have to ask him for suggestions. (Are you afraid you would eat so much you wouldn't fit into your costumes?) What is there to be afraid of? I would wear something Arabian." Sam would kiss fans at every show. Alan said, "He kissed so many before, this time we would divide up the job. He would kiss the guys and leave the heavy lifting of the girls to me." Sam said, "I can accept that, no problem. Fun is the most important!"

[2017.05.22] 29+1 WINS BEST FOREIGN FILM DIRECTOR IN NICE

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The Kearen Pang Sau Wai written and directed, Chrissie Chau Sau Na and Joyce Cheng Yun Yi starred film 29+1 was selected for the Nice International Flm Festival in France. Pang Sau Wai and Yun Yi earlier already flew to Nice for the award ceremony. Film company boss Stephen Shiu Jr. also went from Cannes to cheer them on. Finally Pang Sau Wai won Foreign Film Best Director award.

Pang Sau Wai was surprised. "I am very happy to be able to win this award. At an international film festival, four nominations for 29+1 is already a great honor. I am even happier that this time when I won so many people attended the award ceremony with me and share the joy. Because Yun Yi was nominated, we can sit together, be nervous together, and wait for the announcement together."

Yun Yi's character in the film dreamed about going to Paris since childhood. Last year the film went to Paris for the location shoot. A year later she and Pang Sau Wai returned and the feeling was very special. Director Pang said, "Coming to Paris again is very meaningful, very touching. Winning an award in France has a lot of meaning and sentiments, for 29+1 it is very special. Actually I hope everyone who participated can be here to share them with me."

Although Yun Yi did not win, she felt that the nomination was already quite a honor. To be able to witness Director Pang's winning moment, she was already very moved. "Actually I am very happy and very nervous about participating in this film festival, competing with many films from around the world for each award. I am especially happy for the director. Because of 13 nominees, she had to beat 12 to win the Foreign Film Best Director. So I am very happy."

[2017.05.22] THE SLEEP CURSE BREAKS THE MILLION MARK


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Anthony Wong Chau Sun, Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Bryant Mak Chi Lok and director Herman Yau Lai To two nights ago went to their new flm THE SLEEP CURSE (SUK MIN)'s audience appreciation event. Although the flm made over HK$ 1 million after three days in release, Chau Sun claimed to have no idea. Other people's movies would pass 1 billion over three days, he already had to snicker if his movie would be able to make more than 1 million. Sze Nga explained that many cinema circuits were unwilling to show the film. She believed that they had to rely on word of mouth to attract an audience.

Having already seen the film, Chau Sun did not understand why the cinemas were unwilling to show the film. "It's pretty mild, everything is within reason. It's not deliberately selling (gore). Recently I have seen similar genre films, foreign films can be released but not Hong Kong flms. Then they say they want to support Hong Kong film?" Sze Nga said that the promotional method of audience appreciation has been very useful because when the audience saw the actors appeared they would be very happy. She said that people would ask where Chau Sun was the most. She would say that it was too late for Brother Chau Sun and he had to go to bed. Chau Sun explained that when he had time he would go to audience appreciation events, only no one notified him. He would like more audience support so Sze Nga would be the lead in the next film and she would be responsible for butchering people.

Was the audience frightened when they saw them? Sze Nga said, "I like to watch the audience' reaction the most, I have seen someone turned completely pale, while others were very excited and thought that the film could be even more horrifying. When I watched I was excited. I could even watch the movie while eating a tomato. I wanted to see people get sick or scared the most, that meant that the film was successful."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

[2017.05.21] JOYCE CHENG AND BABYJOHN CHOI

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The Chrissie Chau Sau Na and Joyce Cheng Yun Yi starred 29+1 as for two days ago accumulated HK$ 7 million at the box office. Many industry insiders like Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Shiga Lin Sze Nga bought their own tickets to support the domestically created film. The director and the cast went all over Hong Kong for audience appreciation events at the movies in three teams. The audience was enthusiastic. Many were not first time viewers, some even watched it seven times. Because the film was meaningful and left room to think, each time a viewer watched the film he or she would come to a different understanding. Joyce said, ""For this audience appreciation, I was the most touched when a viewer after watching told me about a decision to quit a job and go on a working holiday; what I appreciate the most about this film would be that it would make you think. Whatever you want to, you would do something for yourself. You would cherish what you have even more, which is very important. I hope even more people would watch this film, I hope this message helps even more people to evaluate their choices." BabyJohn in the past few months attended several films' audience appreciation events, but this film's has been different from the ones before. "This movie is a more realistic portrayal of life, and focuses of the age of 30 for women. So the audience would rather willing to share their 30 year old experience or experience that relates to this film. So I feel this audience appreciation makes me think and feel. It's not as simple as just thanking the audience. It is a direct exchange."

Friday, May 19, 2017

[2017.05.20] ANN HUI SURPRISES EDDIE PENG

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The Ann Hui On Wa directed film that took place during the 3 years and 8 months when Hong Kong was under Japanese occupation, OUR TIME WILL COME will open on July 6. The film recently even received the Shanghai Film Festival's invitation to be this year's opening film and compete for the Golden Goblet Award, the only Chinese film to be s elected.

This was Eddie Peng Yu-Yan's first collaboration with Hui On Wa. Peng Yu-Yan pointed out that he ran into Director Hui On Wa at the Golden Horse Award and the Hong Kong Film Award, but they never had any chance to properly have an exchange until OUR TIME WILL COME. He felt like he finally got his turn! Peng Yu-Yan stated that he benefit a lot from working with Hui On Wa. "Director Hui On wa loves to accept challenges more than me, she is much bolder than many guys. She is very certain about what she wants, she doesn't compromise. She is willing to challenge a variety of different film genres. Even if this subject has already been told before, Director Hui On Wa would use different insertion point to talk about it. I feel this is her courage." Peng Yu-Yan even revealed that Hui On Wa and his mother were the same age, so to him the director was not only an experienced elder at work but a very respected elder in life.

Peng Yu-Yan in the film played the 40s legendary "sharpshooter" Lau Hak Jai. To be closer to the character, He tried to be exact in his physique and skin tone. He did not overlook small details like teeth and finger nails. Peng Yu-Yan even read the Lau Hak Jai biography before the shoot in hopes of get closer to the character on a spiritual level.

Director Hui On Wa had more than praise for Peng Yu-Yan's performance. "Lau Hak Jai has brains and brawn, excels in playing a variety of roles. Peng Yu-Yan is an all purpose actor, he cannot be more suitable to play him."

[2017.05.20] AARON KWOK RECEIVES A FILM AWARD

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Aaron Kwok Fu Sing last night attended the 6th Hong Kong Salento International Film Festival and received the "Salento Cinema Actor Award - City of Tricase" for his outstanding artistic achievement and contribution to the film industry. Sing Sing continued to maintain a low profile when asked about his wife Moka Fang's pregnancy rumors and did not directly answer. However he asked everyone to send their blessing when they saw him helping the old and the young on the street. At the same time he remembered his mother's urging for him to properly protect his family, thus he would no longer respond to questions about his family from now on.

Sing Sing felt honored to receive the award because he has always loved film work. He has supported productions of all sizes in hopes of doing his part as a Hong Kong actors. Would his wife encourage him with any present? He immediately shut his mouth. "No, (A baby?) Let's get back to the movies." Then he read off past winning artists included Tony Leung Ka Fai, Andy Lau Tak Wa, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Deanie Ip Tak Han.

Currently Sing Sing and Chow Yun Fat are working on their new film PROJECT GUTENBERG (MO SEUNG). In the film Sing Sing played a painter while Fat Gor played a counterfeit currency organization mastermind. Sing Sing has worked with Fat Gor three times and had the most scenes with him this time. He happily said, "Fat Gor praised me for being more mature. I appreciate that very much." To playing the character, Sing Sing went to take lessons. He said that his drawing ability was okay. The counterfeit currency in the film was realistic that it had to be reported to the Monetary Authority. He also worried that the prop currency would leak out. After the completion of the film Sing Sing will work on the Philip Yung Tsz Kwong directed CHUEN KAU TUNG CHUP LING (GLOBAL WANTED POSTER).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

[2017.05.19] XANADU HAS AN AWKWARD KISS SCENE


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"Xanadu" Yoyo Wu is optimistic and happy, but in the film TOURNAMENT 4 she plays a tragic woman who often suffers domestic abuse at the hands of her husband. It absolutely is a huge acting challenge that she admitted was rather hard to handle. "I am a very happy person, people at work are funny too. Yet as soon as I get into character I have to cry. My emotion has to be very down. It's like a personality split!"

Playing a bone setting master, Sam Leong Sing Chi learned that Yoyo's husband often hit her, took pity on her and taught her self defense. Later they fell for each other and even had a kiss scene. Yoyo said that it was super awkward. "The scene took several takes. That night was very cold. We shot as our noses ran. It was very memorable! During the shoot everyone were embarrassed. Maybe we were too familiar with each other, our mouths were all stiff! I tried to talk my way out, my character was so reserved, would she need to give a kiss? Yet the more I thought about it the kiss was needed. Our characters reached a point in their relationship, which gave her the motivate for revenge later."

[2017.05.19] MICHELLE WAI'S MOTHER TRIES TO CURE HER COUGH

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Michelle Wai Sze Nga's film THE SLEEP CURSE (SUK MIN) was finally released. She stated that she was very excited. Aside from promoting that film, she also had to promote another new film GO BIT JI JOK at the same time. She was a little confused and said that she was a little schizophrenic, often mixing up the situations.

Wai Sze Nga admitted that her parents had a very tough time of taking care of her. Recently she has been ill as her cough has been persistent. "Mommy has to get up early to brew the herbal medicine for me, she would also pick me up from work. She sleeps later and gets up earlier than I do. Lately Mommy found a rare prescription and applied oil for me to stop the cough. She would apply it to my chest, back and calves. Although it's a little awkward, actually it feels very sweet." She even described her mother as a magical healer. After her family's pet fish was injured she applied blue medicine on it and brushed its white spots with a toothbrush. She managed to cure it. Now it is her turn to be the lab rat.

[2017.05.19] CHOW YUN FAT CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY ON THE SET

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International film star Chow Yun Fat is busy with his new film PROJECT GUTENBERG (MO SEUNG). Yesterday was his 62nd birthday. His co-stars Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan, Alex Fong Chung Shun and Carl Ng Ka Lung celebrated with him and the team on the set. The film even prepared five birthday cakes for the birthday boy. Fat Soh Jasmine Tan even set up a buffet for everyone. Birthday boy Chow Yun Fat looked sharp in a suit. Catherine Chau Ka Yi and Justin Cheung Kin Sing both thanked Chow Yun Fat for setting up a "Fat Kee store" on set for the cast and the crew.

At lunch, Fat Gor stepped out of the studio and found 5 cakes waiting for him. At the same time Fat Soh hired Gingko House's catering for over 100 workers on hand. Surprised, Fat Gor immediately hug his wife and kissed her. Sing Sing was in great spirit and acted like a little fan. First he represented the entire team and presented a birthday card to Fat Gor, then he led a birthday song rendition. Sing Sing said, "Idol! For my only idol!" Sing Sing even pretended to kiss Fat Gor and Fat Gor also pretended. Fat Gor said, "This is my trainer, he teaches me how to run."

Fat Gor was very touched and said that he had to thank his wife. "I can't be happier. This morning she asked me 'Hubby what do you want to eat tonight'. I said whatever, going to and coming back from work, I should eat simpler since tomorrow I will have to work again. Who knew that she would make such a big deal, I am very touched and happy." Fat Gor revealed that he usually would celebrate his birthdays with dinner with friends, it was rare to celebrate with over 100 people on the set. He said, "I haven't celebrated my birthday on the set in a very long time. Birthday to me is very ordinary. I am happy everyday, so everyday is a birthday. Today I have more people to wish my Happy Birthday and Good Health." Speaking of his birthday wish, he joked that it was the old fashioned "Good health, world peace".

Fat Gor this time played a counterfeit currency organization mastermind. He said that the character is neither good nor evil so it was particularly fun. He even got to work with a group of very outstanding actors. He said, "It's been a lot of fun, with such a good group of actors. They including Sing Sing are outstanding. For my second collaboration with him, he is in great shape. Sing Sing this time is stuck to me from the beginning to the end. In the film I discovered, cultivated him, and asked him to help. He originally was a painter." Fat Gor said that Sing Sing was even more mature than last time. Did Fat Gor congratulate Sing Sing on impending fatherhood? He said, "That stuff is for later!"

Fat Gor said that this time he mainly had a gun fight scene, so he might not have the chance to show off his results from training with a famous trainer. "This time I mainly have dramatic scene and gun fight, so I won't show off any muscle."

After finishing the film's Hong Kong shoot, next time he will head to Chiang Mai, Thailand and Canada to continue the shoot.

Since the film will be about a counterfeit currency organization and its process, Chong Man Keung got a real currency press that was able to create extremely realistic counterfeit currency.

Chong Man Keung said, "The machine really prints fake money. During the shoot it printed once, it was so solid that I had to report to the Monetary Authority. The result looked very real. We asked a group of printing masters to help. The machine also required long term supervision. We aren't afraid of theft because the machine weighed 7 tons. Mainly it would be more for maintenance. As for legal issues, we did something to the currency so everyone could tell its authenticity. For the release we will remove it with computer special effects."

[2017.05.19] DANTE LAM SHOOTS ANTI TERRORISM FILM IN AFRICA

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Director Dante Lam Chiu Yin's latest film OPERATION RED SEA released its first poster at the 70th Cannes Film Festival and debuted its first teaser online.

Lam Chiu Yin's anti terrorism action film OPERATION RED SEA's total investment reached 500 million RMB, escalating both the production scale and the story. This time Director Lam traveled to Morocco for location shoots and between almost 10 regions from to the massive mountains to the desolate desert, from the modern city streets to old town alleys the Jiao Long Commando Unit left battle scars. The scale is unprecedented.

As a military expert, director Lam Chiu Yin made the film "China's first modern navy film" used world class weapons that have never appeared in Chinese films and invited professionals from almost 10 nations to assist with the shoot in Morocco. Lam Chiu Yin tried to break through the Chinese military subject's traditional model in hopes of making the Chinese navy "cool" and gratifying the passionate image young people imagined for serving the nation.

OPERATION RED SEA was based on the real life event the "Yemen Chinese Evacuation", when a Chinese merchant ship was held hostage in the ocean near Somalia. The Jiao Long commando unit invaded the ship and successfully rescued all the hostages. On the return voyage, a coup took place in a Red Sea republic as terrorist organization and rebel force invaded the capital. As the navy fleet rushed over for an evacuation of Chinese citizens, the Jiao Long commando unit received the news of a Chinese hostage in terrorist captivity 200 kilometers away. The unit without any assist went deep in an eight men team and faced an unpredictable result.

[2017.05.19] CHARLENE CHOI AND KARA WAI GAUGE EACH OTHER'S ACTING

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Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin in the film 77 HEARTBREAKS (YUEN LEUNG TA 77 CHI) played family with Best Actress Kara Wai Ying Hung. In one scene another relative suddenly passed away. The heartbroken Ah Sa and her mother Wai Ying Hung wept. When they took their marks they were already hugging and sobbing in character. Crying on cue truly as a display of substance for them, the audience conceivably would be able to sense that sorrow through the silver screen. Later Ah Sa said that she has always admired Sister Hung and even said that her "set presence" was very strong. Her emotional performance was precise and accurate, which was very helpful to how easily she was able to get into character.

Working with Ah Sa again, Wai Ying Hung was very happy to see Ah Sa's acting improvement today. "Today she really is a big girl, I can see her in command of her performance, her emotions flow very naturally."

[2017.05.19] GORDON LAM WEARS A SUIT TO WORK IN THE DESERT

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The film DEALER/HEALER (DUK. GAI) two nights ago held a premiere. Actors Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Patrick Tam Yiu Man, Vincent Wan Yeung Ming, Wylie Chiu Shek Chi and Cora Miao attended. Best Actor Lam Ka Tung appeared with facial hair. He revealed that it was his new look for a science fiction film. He will go to the desert with Shawn Yue Man Lok, Simon Yam Tat Wa and Philip Ng Won Lung for three weeks. He will not be going to the Sahara Desert like he wanted but to Yinchuan in the Mainland. He expected dehydration and electrolyte shortage while working in the scorching desert. He will even have to run in the desert in a suit and leather shoes. After work he wll have to take a two hour ride back to the hotel. He felt that it will be a huge challenge.

Chiu Shek Chi guest starred as a prostitute in the film. She had the most scenes with Sean Lau Ching Wan. Her former boyfriend Lam Ka Leung had an accident in Canada. Chiu Shek Chi admitted that she flew there to visit him. Even though they have broken up they were still good friends. She learned that he was no longer in any danger but had to wear a neck brace. She revealed that his mother still treated her like her son's girlfriend, but she has not thought about the chance of getting back together. She just finished a ViuTV series and last month she will work on two web movies. She said that although they will not pay a lot, she will still be able to make it up with quantity.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

[2017.05.18] FOR SUNDAY MAY 14 2017

For Sunday May 14 2017
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10 WITH PRISONERS
  Can : Tung Chau
    d. Wong Kwok Kuen
    Neo Yau Hawk Sau, Kelvin Kwan Chor Yiu,
      Kimi Chiu Wing Yiu, Ashina Kwok Yik Sum,
  Rating : III
  Length : 69 mins.
  Opening May 4 2017
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/mZmKnA8R8WY

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Based on a true Hong Kong story, With Prisoners is set in a detention center for offenders aged 14 to 24. Inmates are subjected to daily physical and mental abuse.

    Young gang leader Fan is jailed for a minor conflict with a police officer and attempts to kill himself on the third day of his detention due to the staff's cruel treatment. Fan is rescued from his suicide attempt, and decides to endure his incarceration in order to visit his ill grandmother upon release. Throughout the rest of his detention, he witnesses and experiences insults from the staff, as well as the mysterious death of an inmate, while the truth is likely to remain unknown to the outside world.


 9 THE SHACK
    d. Stuart Hazeldine
    Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw


 8 THE BOSS BABY
    d. Tom McGrath
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel


 7 GIFTED
    d. Marc Webb
    Chris Evans, Mckenna Gate, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer


 6 SHOCK WAVE
  Can : Chak Dan Juen Ga
  Lit : Bomb Defusing Expert
    d. Herman Yau Lai To
    Andy Lau Tak Wa, Ron Ng Cheuk Hei, Song Jia, Jiang Wu,
      Philip Keung Ho Man, Liu Kai Chi, Felix Wong Yat Wa
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 118 mins.
  Opening April 20 2017
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/qwKno-hnjik

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    Cheung Choi-san is a senior inspector of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD). Seven years ago, he went undercover and became the protege of Hung Kai-pang, a top wanted criminal specializing in bombs. Cheung successfully disintegrated Hung's criminal gang, but during the operation, Hung manages to escape while his younger brother and allies were captured. To seek revenge for Cheung's betrayal, Hung returns and prepares to plant a series bombs in Hong Kong to create public panic, and lures Cheung out for action to unfold an ultimate plan for revenge.

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    A criminal specializing in bombs is back for severe bomb attacks in the busiest cross-harbor tunnel in Hong Kong, a crucial bomb disposal operation has to be carried out by the EODB elites


 5 KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
    d. Guy Ritchie
    Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law


 4 LOVE OFF THE CUFF
  Can : Chun Giu Gau Ji Ming
  Lit : Cherie Saves Jimmy
    d. Pang Ho Cheung
    Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Shawn Yue Man Lok,
      Jiang Mengjie, Isabel Chan Yat Ning, June Lam Siu Ha,
      Paul Chun Pui, Hugo Goh (Ng Toi Yung)
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening April 11 2017 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening April 27 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/aUJzs3VPjTI

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Star-crossed couple Jimmy and Cherie strive to stay together happily ever after, only to find their already precarious relationship further strained when Jimmy's childhood best friend pops up out of nowhere and requests him to donate his sperm for her artificial insemination. Meanwhile, the shocking news of Cherie's philandering father marrying a girl younger than herself does not make things any easier for Cherie.


 3 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
    d. James Gunn
    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper,
      Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff,
      Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell


 2 29+1
    d. Kearen Pang Sau Wai
    Chrissie Chau Sau Na, Joyce Cheng Yun Yi, Babyjohn Choi Hong Yik,
      Ben Yang (Yeung Sau Bun), Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling),
      Catherine Chau Ka Yi, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi),
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opeinng October 31 2016 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening May 11 2017
  Site : http://www.china3d8078.com/film/detail.html?film_id=47
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/F8NuSFX-ltE

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Most of the women feels turning into 30 years old, is usually a big step in their life. The aging issue not just affect them in feeling tired and loss of energy but also driving them to feeling sad, empty or even hopeless in facing various life issues. This story is about two different Hong Kong girls in encountering life experiences when turning into 30.

    Lam Tsz Kwan, is a smart worker who always performs professional in her job field. However, Lam has to deal with various internal conflicts, with her career, love issues and physical states in turning 30. She has just reached a low ebb at this stage.

    Wong Tin Lok, an optimistic girl that turning into 30 too. As Wong's mother passed away when she was young, so Wong has to live life all on her own. Wong is working as a sales in a CD shops with low income, and doesn't even find the Mr. Right yet. However, Wong still stay positive and plan to visit Paris in fulfilling her dream.

    These two girls share the same birth date but with different personality. After Lam moves to live with Wong, occurs subtle changes begin in their life.

[ HONG KONG ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL ]
    Two women are at life's crossroads as they approach the big 3.0. Faced with work stress, aging parents and a stagnant romance, 29-year-old Christy, like many other her age, is gripped with insecurity about her present and future. Single and unaccomplished but nonetheless optimistic, Joyce makes a different choice at age 29; she packs her bags and pursues her childhood dream. These two strangers who share the same birth date form a deep invisible connection when Christy moves into Joyce's apartment and begins to read her journal.




 1 ALIEN COVENANT
    d. Ridley Scott
    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

[2017.05.18] BOB LAM DOES NOT WANT TO KISS OSCAR LEUNG AGAIN

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Jacquelin Chong has to outdrink her sister Lisa Ch'ng in the film
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Lisa Ch'ng Sze Ming and sister Jacquelin Chong Sze Man, Bob Lam Sing Bun, Oscar Leung Lit Wai and Grace Wong Kwan Hing yesterday attended the film JUI BAU GWAI MUK (DRUNK BESTIES)'s production start ceremony at Central. Jacquelin said that she and her sister had a drinking contest scene in the film. She admitted that she was just an average drinker. After getting drunk she would sleep and get sick. Sze Ming was a better drinker, she said that after getting drunk she would giggle and eat like crazy.

Sze Ming's boyfriend Mat Yeung Ming and series co-star Mina Kwok Chin Yu appeared to be intimate. Sze Mng said that the report was just for laughs. "The photos they got weren't intimate at all, as they were quite far apart. It's fine, really it's just for laughs. Chin Yu and I aren't close, Ah Yeung isn't too familiar with her either. They shared very few scenes. Everyone knows what's going on." She also expressed trust in her boyfriend as he was very accountable. Sometimes when he was out he would send her a video, which made her become accountable as well.

In his "long haired DJ" look, Bob in the film played a womanizing rich kid. As for intimate scenes, he said, "Just a peck, I want to leave something for the imagination!" He kissed Wai Wai after drinking. Would he re-enact this scene in the film? He said, "Never again." Wai Wai said that he did not want his daughter to see the photos of their kiss once she grows up.

Soon to be a father again, Bob earlier posted his son's sonogram online and even said that his son was "very big". He said that he did not see anything on the sonogram, only the "head of the dragon". Actually he only thought this photo was very cute, as he had no idea where the correct location was on it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

[2017.05.17] FOR THE WEEK STARTING MAY 13 2017

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting May 13 2017


15 SENSE AND SENTIMENT
  Can : Lei Ji Yu Gum Ching
  Sammi Cheng Sau Man

14 SONG OF PHOENIX
  Can : Si Mei Yun
  Jane Zhang Liangying

13 BLUE CHILD
  Can : Lam Hai Ji
  Su Yunying

12 KISS OF DEATH
  Can : Sei Mong ji Mun
  Kelvin Kwan Chor Yu

11 DON'T GO FAR
  Can : Bin Jau Yuen Liu
  The Freshmen

10 COLD COLD
  Can : Leung Leung
  Aska Yang, Zhang Bichen

 9 I DON'T CARE
  Can : Ngor Guoon Nei
  Hua Chenyu (Wa Sun Yu)

 8 CHENGDU
  Can : Sing Doh
  Zhao Lei

 7 BRUISE
  Can : Yu Ching
  Z-Chen Zhang (Cheung Chi Sing)

 6 BETWEEN THE IVY
  Can : Tung Man ji Gan
  Vision Wei Chen and Ryan B.

 5 EIGHTEEN
  Can : Sup Bak
  Coco Lee Man

 4 TRAVELING WITH ASHES
  Dai Jeuk Gwut Fui Hui Lui Hung
  Ken Hung Cheuk Lap

 3 STRANGER IN THE NORTH
  Can : Piu Seung Buk Fong
  Namewee (Wong Ming Ji) feat. Wang Leehom

 2 ANIMAL WORLD
  Can : Dung Muk Sai Gai
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)


 1 SONG OF ORDINARY PEOPLE
  Can : Fan Yun Gor
  Mayday feat. Jam Hsiao (Siu Ching Tung)

[2017.05.17] YU SO CHAU PASSED AWAY FROM PNEUMONIA







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Jackie Chan is heartbroken over the passing of his idol Yu So Chau
In 2009 at the 50th Anniversary of the "Seven Little Fortunes", members like Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao put on uniforms and welcomed Big Sister Yu So Chau
Yu So Chau's children were very filial.  Her son even went on vacation with her
While in the U.S. she enjoyed her time with her grandchild
Yu So Chau's father Yu Jim Yuen founded the "Seven Little Fortunes".  She was their big sister and would often find opportunities for them to perform.
Cho Tat W and Yu So Chau were best known for BUDDHA'S PALM
Yu So Chau and husband Mak Bing Wing retired after marriage and immigrated to the U.S. 
Yu So Chau and her father Yu Jim Yuen's Northern Style was well known in the film industry
Yu So Chau returned to Hong Kong in 2009 for an Avenue of Stars hand print ceremony with John Woo
Yu So Chau and other top actresses formed the Eight Peonies
Cho Tat Wa and Yu So Chau often worked together
The 1957 release DEVIL'S SWORD had a strong cast, with the then top stars Cho Tat Wa, Yu So Chau, Kwan Tak Hing and Shek Kin.
Yam Yin, Yu So Chau and Wu Lai Chu in THE STORY OF WONG ANG THE HEROINE
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Famous wuxia star Yu So Chau on May 12th passed away at 89 in the U.S. from pneumonia. Yu So Chau was the eldest disciple of her father Yu Jim Yuen trained and formed "Seven Little Fortunes". As a member of the "Seven Little Fortunes", Jackie Chan yesterday stressed that he would always remember this "big sister" and even said that he was her most loyal fan.

Yu so Chau passed away in the U.S. last week from pneumonia with her family by her side. Her family has already planned for services on May 22 from 5PM to 8PM in a San Francisco funeral home with the funeral to take place the next day.

Originally named Yu Fung, Yu So Chau was a famous martial art opera and film star of the 50s and 60s. She performed in over 400 films. She was born into a Beijing Opera family. Her father was a famous Beijing Opera martial art actor Yuen Jim Yuen. Under the influence of her father, she began to study opera early on. She excelled in hands free Northern Style and created the "double fly" spear kick with her father -- front, back, side spear kick styles. Later many younger generations followed suit.

Yu So Chau began her film career in age 14, the eldest disciple of her father Yuen Jim Yuen trained and formed "Seven Little Fortunes". Other members included Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Corey Yuen Kwai, Yuen Bun, Yuen Qiu and others.

Speaking of the passing, Jackie Chan replied, "I once said that I, Chan Kong Sun's father, was Chan Chi Ping. Jackie Chan's father was Yu Jim Yuen. Ms. Yu So Chau was my sister! Her life was very well lived, and she left many films that we could be proud of. I am her most loyal fan and family member. We would always remember her and forever miss her!"

Veteran actress Nancy Sit Ka Yin began her career during the Cantonese film era, she has worked with Yu So Chau. Sister Ka Yin said, "Yu So Chau, Law Yim Hing, Ng Kwan Lai and others were the Eight Peonies. We with (Josephine) Siao Fong Fong, (Connie) Chan Bo Chu were the Seven Princesses. I worked with So Chau when was very little. She was Master Yu Jim Yuen's daughter. Her father was Northern Style so she learned martial art since she was little. Her kung fu was great. She worked with Cho Tat Wa on many wu xia films. I worked with her when I was little, she was pretty and a good fighter. She was very famous then, everyone in the film industry praised her."

Sister Ka Yin also recalled when Yu So Chau worked on movies someone dubbed her voice live on the set. She said, "Yu So Chau was from out of province, her Cantonese wasn't too great. For her Cantonese films she needed to be dubbed for every one. On the set her mouth moved, behind the camera Lai Kun Lin said her lines for her. They were very well synchronized. so Chau didn't need post production voice work because on the set someone dubbed her live. We haven't seen each other in many years, of course I am very saddened to hear about her passing. I would like to send my condolences to her family. When everyone watch her films again, they would remember her again. She made great contribution to the film industry."

Donnie Yen Chi Tan said that the passing of Yu So Chau was very regrettable. Did Mother Yen know Yu So Chau? He said, "I don't know, I have seen all her movies -- especially her BUDDHA'S PALM with Cho Tat Wa. I can still remember her character the Invincible Flying Ring Suen Bik Ling. She has been my idol very early on. When I was little I even constantly played Cho Tat Wa and used Buddha's Palm."

Yu So Chau began her film career at age 14 and performed in over 400 films. The Cantonese wu xia film BUDDHA'S PALM and THE LEGEND OF MADAME WHITE SNAKE were more well known. She and Cho Tat Wa were even linked in rumors while making BUDDHA'S PALM and were considered the best on screen couple.

In addition, Yu So Chau was known as the "Black Peony". This nickname came from her "Eight Peonies" fan club with seven friends. The "Eight Peonies" were the top 8 stars of the period. They even became sisters. Aside from Yu So Chau, the remaining 7 Peonies included "White Peony" Ng Kwan Lai, "Silver Peony" Law Yim Hing, "Red Peony" Fung Wong Nui, "Blue Peony" Tang Bik Wan, "Purple Peony" Yu Lai Chun, "Green Peony" Nam Hung, and "Yellow Peony" Lam Fung.

Yu So Chau since marrying Cantonese opera star Mak Bing Wing in 1966 retired from show business, immigrated to the U.S. and spent a peaceful life with her children and grandchildren. On her free time he would play mahjong for fun. She rarely appeared in Hong Kong, but occasionally she would meet with her fans. Yu So Chau's final public appearance was the 50th Anniversary of the "Seven Little Fortunes" in 2009 with Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Yuen Biao, Yuen Wah, Yuen Qiu and others.