Thursday, May 25, 2017


Ng Hok Yau, Anthony Chan, Jonathan Wong and Carlos Chan
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Anthony Chan Yau, Jonathan Wong Chee Hynn, Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Ng Hok Him yesterday promoted their film THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SONS (HING DAI BAN). The story was based on the Wynners' experience in their youth. Playing the young Chan Yau, Ah Him had the least acting experience. Wong Chee Hynn said that Ah Him's nickname was "Off" because he often ran off. Chan Yau said, "Ah Him was very precise with his drum beats, but his life beat was completely wrong. He would disappear at meals and on the set." Ah Him explained, "Because I just left the Sil Hung Mo band, I had some negative emotions. I didn't want to affect the team." Chan Yau said that he did not yell at Ah Him for his behavior, instead he comforted him that life had ups and downs.

Chee Hynn said that as the director Chan Yau really took care of Ah Him, Ka Lok immediately got jealous. "The director was very accepting or loving toward other new actors, he would hug them. Yet I had a crying scene he didn't hug me, he didn't comfort me either." Chan Yau said, "You expected that, because Ka Lok was rich with acting experience he knew how to take care of himself. At first when I asked Ka Lok to play the young Pang Kin Sun, everyone thought when was Kin Jai was handsome? Actually when he was young he was very handsome. Later his look changed with age."

Chan Yau said that he treated all the actors the same, he would take care of everyone. Ah Him was a new actor. Some said that he looked like he was acting the least. This was the power of a new actor. Chee Hynn played the very important big brother in the young Wynners. He sang well and performed decently.


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The film 77 HEARTBREAKS (YUEN LEUNG TA 77 CHI) lead actress Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin and C Kwan worked together for the first time in a film. With his always mischievous image, C Kwan made Ah Sa say that the hardest part about working with him was trying not to laugh. C Kwan's appearance already was full of comedic feel, with his film costume he cracked up Ah Sa and the crew on the set. C Kwan could not help but say about his costume that it was unforgivable.

Ah Sa remembered in one of the scenes, the rich C Kwan felt in love at first sight with Ah Sa then started pursuing her. He even proposed to her at her friend J.Arie's wedding ceremony. Ah Sa stated that it was truly too painful because she had to try not to laugh. Each time she looked at C Kwan's serious expression but naturally funny face, Ah Sa did not know what to do. C Kwan the comedy expert during the shoot often "caused trouble" with his improvisation and created a lot of laughs. On one hand C Kwan proposed to Ah Sa, on the other hand Pakho Chau appeared and knelt to Ah Sa in hope of her forgiving him. Ah Sa cried for help because Ah Sa was full of conflict with Pakho, she did not know whether she would continue to forgive Pakho. Yet with C Kwan, she would crack up due to him and ruin the scene. However Ah Sa said that actually C Kwan contributed a lot. During the shoot he brought the cast and the crew endless joy.


Flowers from Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan
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Yu So Chau's son Mak Yiu Man gets choked up when talking about his mother
One of the Seven Little Fortunes Yuen Nin (Lau Man Wan) pays her respect
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Flowers from Yuen Biao
Mak Bing Wing and Yu So Chau will be buried next to each other
Cho Tat Wa and Yu So Chau's BUDDHA'S PALM
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Famous action actress Yu So Chau's funeral took place on the 23rd. The farewell ceremony was Buddhist, the decoration was simple. Yu So Chau's coffin was placed in the center of the hall. Her daughter Mak Kam Ling chose the photo, when Mama returned to Hong Kong to attend the Seven Little Fortunes 50th Anniversary with sunglasses and in a Chinese dress. Next to the photo was fresh white flowers; on the other side of the hall was a big screen television, showing Yu So Chau and husband Mak Bing Wing's two classic films, THE LEGEND OF MADAME WHITE SNAKE and LODGING OF A COMPLAINTS BEFORE THE IMPERIAL COURT BY THE YOUNG AMAZONS, for attending family and friends to relive their past film glory.

Son Mak Yiu Man has lived with his mother for almost 50 years. He was not used to the passing of his mother, as he especially missed Mother would make coffee and fix breakfast for him every morning. Now the home just felt empty. He said, "With Mother's passing, the family has been very heartbroken. However seeing Mother's smile when she passed she was still very beautiful. Her peaceful appearance comforted the family very much." As the funeral wear was shipped from Hong Kong, as he wanted to make the funeral its best.

"Seven Little Fortunes" disciples Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Yuen Biao, Yuen Qiu, Yuen Wah, Yuen Bun and others were unable to attend the farewell ceremony in person but still sent flowers from across the seas as their final salute to their big sister. Disciples of Yu So Chau's father Yu Jim Yuen like Yuen Nin, Yuen Mui, Yuen Yuen, Yuen Jing all went from Los Angeles, San Ramon and other places to San Francisco to attend their elder's funeral.

The family would arrange for Yu So Chau to be buried next to her husband Mak Bing Wing. The family will donate all the gift to the Fo Guang Shan San Bao Temple in San Francisco. They were considering another ceremony in Hong Kong for friends who were unable to attend the ceremony in the U.S. and bid farewell to Yu So Chau.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

[2017.05.24] FOR THE WEEK ENDING MAY 21 2017

For the week ending Sunday May 21 2017
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    d. James Ponsoldt
    Emma Watson, Tom Hanks, John Boyega

    d. Guy Ritchie
    Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Jude Law

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

  Can : Suk Min
  Lit : Insomnia
    d. Herman Yau Lai To
    Anthony Wong Chau Sun, Michelle Wai Si Nga,
      Jojo Goh (Ng Lei Suen), Bryant Mak Chi Lok,
      Funaki Ikki, Gordon Lam Ka Tung,
  Rating : III
  Length : 102 mins.
  Opening April 17 2017 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening May 18 2017
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    During Japan's wartime occupation of Hong Kong in 1941-1945, a young translator's collaboration with the enemy results in his life being cursed by a murdered "comfort woman" forced to become a sex slave. Forty-five years later, the man's sins come back to haunt his son, a professor specializing in sleeping disorders, when the lady's ghost returns for vengeance.

    d. James Gunn
    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper,
      Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff,
      Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell

  Can : Duk Gai
  AKA : Sun Hung Tai Bo
  AKA : Tin Hung Tai Bo 2016
  Lit : Magic Traveller 2016
    d. Lawrence Ah Mon (Lau Kwok Cheung)
    Sean Lau Ching Wan, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Max Zhang Jin,
      Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Jiang Yiyan, Ng Man Tat, Patrick Tam Yiu Man,
      Lo Hoi Pang, Chen Koon Tai, Lau Nam Kwong, Lam Kwok Bun,
      Vincent Wan Yeung Ming, Cora Miao, Lam Tak Luk,
      Jacquelin Chong Si Man, Justin Cheung Kin Sing,
      Deon Cheung Chung Chi, Chiu Wing Hung, Kevin Chu Kam Yin,
      Tang Yat Ming, Nam Ching, Ng Hoi Yan, Chan Kin Long,
      Chan King Hung, Lai Cheung Leung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 101 mins.
  Opening May 18 2017

    This is a true story based on a repented gangster preaching the word of God and guiding his brotherhood to turn over a new leaf. Chen once was the leader of the famous gang “The 13 Tsz Wan Shan”, he lost his family, lovers, brothers and finally ended up imprisoned for his drug abuse and trafficking. After jail, he devoted himself to save the lost fellows and was selected as “The JCI Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons”. Being respected by the world, Chen is always asked to solve the most difficult situations between evil and good. People give him a nickname “The Fixer”. However, there are two sides of a coin, Chen can work out any problem of others, he does not know how to deal with his personal knot with his love, with whom he has had guilty conscience all his life. Can he fix it eventually?

  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
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    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.

    d. Jordan Peele
    Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

 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
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    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.

    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.

    d. Ridley Scott
    Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup

[2017.05.24] FOR THE WEEK STARTING MAY 20 2017

For the week starting May 20 2017

  Can : Leung Leung
  Aska Yang, Zhang Bichen

  Shi Shi (Suen Sing Hei)

  Can : Sei Mong ji Mun
  Kelvin Kwan Chor Yu

  Justin Lo (Juk Tin) Feat. DOUGH-BOY

  Can : Tung Man ji Gan
  Vision Wei Chen and Ryan B.

  Can : Piu Seung Buk Fong
  Namewee (Wong Ming Ji) feat. Wang Leehom

  Can : Lei Ji Yu Gum Ching
  Sammi Cheng Sau Man

  Can : Lam Hai Ji
  Su Yunying

  Can : Bin Jau Yuen Liu
  The Freshmen

  Can : Sing Doh
  Zhao Lei

  Dai Jeuk Gwut Fui Hui Lui Hung
  Ken Hung Cheuk Lap

  Can : Ngor Guoon Nei
  Hua Chenyu (Wa Sun Yu)

  Can : Fan Yun Gor
  Mayday feat. Jam Hsiao (Siu Ching Tung)

  Can : Sup Bak
  Coco Lee Man

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


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The Venus Wong Man Yik starred film LUCKY BOY (TIN GUNG JAI) earlier opened in Singapore. In the film she played a righteous Singaporean student. Playing a school girl again, Wong Man Yik admitted that this character was more stubborn. Seeing the male lead's ex bullying him, she stood up for him and chased her with her exclusive weapon of feather duster.

Speaking of her kiss scene with lead actor Wang Weiliang, Wong Yik Man said that she did not tell her boyfriend Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung ahead of time. He had no idea. She said, "I probably didn't tell him. It doesn't matter. He probably wouldn't be able to see this Singapore release. In addition he is very busy, he wouldn't have to worry. Haha."


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Director Pang Ho Cheung and Miriam Yeung want Shawn Yue to treat everyone to another celebration
Jo Kuk and June Lam's characters require them to be foul mouthed
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The Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Shawn Yue Man Lok starred LOVE OFF THE CUFF (CHUN GIU GAU JI MING) broke the HK$ 30 million mark. Two days ago a celebration took place but the lead actor was not in Hong Kong. Chin Wa and the director both said that Lok Jai was "out of line" for not coming to the celebration. Chin Wa even took the chance to make Lok Jai to take out HK$ 10,000 for another dinner.

Attending the celebration was boss Peter Lam Kin Ngok, actors Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Susan Shaw Yam Yam, Jo Kuk Cho Lam, June Lam Siu Ha and others. Speaking of the absent Lok Jai posting photos of sand and sun online, Chin Wa said, "He went to make a commercial. No problem, when he comes back he has to take us to dinner. Earlier we took guesses at the box office, I guessed HK$ 42 million, Lok Jai guessed HK$ 45 million and the director guessed HK$ 48 million. Now I am the closest so he loses. He can shoot whatever he wants, but he has to take HK$ 10,000 for dinner."

Andy Lau Tak Wa had to cancel his year end concert series due to injury, tempting many singers. Even Nancy Sit Ka Yin wanted the Hong Kong Coliseum date and even asked Chin Wa and Justin Lo (Juk Tin) to give her a few days. Would Chin Wa give in to her elder? She said, "Don't say it like that. The company applied for the date but hasn't received any news. I didn't take too many days. I am not so greedy. (The schedule) should be enough for several people. Actually at first I wanted to spend my birthday at the HK Coliseum, but Wa Jai was injured. I don't know whether the HK Coliseum dates would change. If I don't get it this year I will try again next year. (Will you invite your co-stars to the stage?) At the concert I would force Yue Man Lok to appear on the stage, haha."

The director agreed with Chin Wa and wanted Lok Jai to take them to dinner. Would he make another film in the series? He said, "I won't make a fourth film, but this year I will make a 13 episode television series about the monster that appeared in the film. It specializes in eating little girls. (Would you ask Yue Man Lok to play it?) That's good, he is right for it. We have to shoot in Taiwan. If he doesn't eat a little girl in seven days he would turn into a monster, if he does then he would turn into Yue Man Lok!"

Monday, May 22, 2017


Sam and Alan perform a warm up for their concerts
The venue was decorated with past Alan Tam and Sam Hui album covers
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Two Masters of Music Sam Hui Koon Kit and Alan Tam Wing Lun will perform 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 time 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!"


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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 Film 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."


Bryant Mak, Anthony Wong, Herman Yau, Michelle Wai
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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 film 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 films. 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


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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."