Saturday, October 20, 2018

[2018.10.20] STEPHY TANG MAKES HER FIRST REVEALING ON SCREEN PERFORMANCE


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The Teddy Robin Kwan directed, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, DaDa Chan Jing, Kevin Cheng Ka Wing, Stephy Tang Lai Yan starred LUCID DREAMS (BAK BO BOON HEI LO OI LOK) will officially open on October 25th. The film consists of four stories about joy, anger, sorrow and happiness. JOY: WEDDING BANUQET stars Cheung Kai Chung, Chan Jing, Maria Cordero and Susan Shaw Yam Yam; ANGER: BUILDING stars Cheng Ka Wing and Xia Yan; SORROW: HAUNTED HOME stars Stephy and HAPPINESS: EAST CITY stars Andrew Lam Man Chung and Cecilia So Lai Shan. Aside from suspense, horror, action and comedy elements, the director also added some Hong Kong urban legends into the film to make this domestic fantasy film even more Hong Kong! Director Teddy Robin's creative idea came from the dull and stressful Hong Kong life and negligence of the emotions inside just to make a living. He hoped through this film the audience would be able to pick up the joy, anger, sorrow and happiness that should be in life.

Playing a sentimental and fragile children illustration artist, Stephy in SORROW: HAUNTED HOUSE segment moved to an ancestral home to live alone temporarily after a relationship change with her husband. She did not expect all the strange events at the house. In order to strengthen the film's horror and suspense atmosphere, director Teddy Robin daringly asked Stephy to appear topless and gave her first bare back performance. The director said, "When human is at its most naked, without even the sense of security from clothing, the condition would be the most horrifying." Stephy agreed with the statement and thus she agreed right away when the director asked on the day of the shoot. The director praised her professionalism. Stephy stated that it would be her sexiest on screen performance. "Basically the back was bare up to the rear. Actually it made sense in the story. I can accept suitable sexiness." Director Teddy Robin also joked that because of this scene, he unknowingly made Stephy a "Best Actress" (back shot homophone).

In addition, since the film consisted of four stories Stephy's SORROW: HAUNTED HOUSE performance was only 20 minutes long. Yet how to deliver the character's emotional scenes to the audience in 20 minutes was a new attempt for her. "Over 20 minutes I had a lot of action and fight scenes, I even tried an explosion scenes. Thus to me this production was a lot of fun."

[2018.10.20] RAYMOND WONG DOES NOT BELIEVEN ANYONE WOULD LINE THEIR OWN POCKET

Miss Hong Kong first runner up Amber Tang, Miss Hong Kong Hera Tang and second runner up Sara Ting
Shaun Tam does not want his daughter to be in show business
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Raymond Wong says Fan Bingbing's tax evasion storm has not affected his company's film plans
Raymond Chiu attends with his new girlfriend "Little Yang Mi"
Jacquelin Chong wants to do more film release or planning to remind people that Hong Kong still has Hong Kong films
Shaun Tam spends his time off at home as the house husband
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At an event two nights ago, film company boss Raymond Wong Pak Ming was rather pleased when discussing the government's HK$ 1 billion allocation to assist the film industry productions. Earlier Sammo Hung Kam Bo pointed out that someone in the film industry was filling their own coffer, Wong Pak Ming believed that probably no one would be daring enough to pocket the government's money.

Film company boss Wong Pak Ming gleefully said about the government's HK$ 1 billion allocation for film industry productions, "Great, it's quite an improvement. Earlier it was only 300 million, now it is much, much more!" Hung Kam Bo earlier pointed out that despite the government financial assistance for the film industry, someone has been filling their own coffer. He responded, "I don't feel it's like that, and it probably wouldn't be. I have once an inspection council member for several years, when we looked at scripts we fairly and justly evaluated them. I just stopped in recent years, but I believed no one would be daring enough to pocket the government's money."

Due to the Mainland's "yin yang contract" and Fan Bingbing's tax evasion storm, most films have halted production. Has he been affected to reduce film production? He said that he has not been affected. Those in production would continue. Future releases will include LUCID DREAMS (BAK BO BOON HEI LO OI LOK), MASTER Z: THE IP MAN LEGACY (IP MAN OI JUEN CHEUNG TIN CHI) and next summer's IP MAN 4.

As for the prop master's prop currency management case appeal approval, Wong Pak Ming admitted that he supported the appeal. Now being able to get justice is also a good thing.

Jacquelin Chong Sze Man aside from on screen performance also invested in film production. Recently a project involving Mainland financing had a little problem and needed to be postponed, but the problem was being gradually resolved. She revealed that this year she seemed to have done little, next year her goal would be making more films or planning. Currently she had several scripts on hand, but her personal fund was limited. Thus she hoped to be able to work with other companies. Chong Sze Man pointed out that her investment this year MEN ON THE DRAGON (YIK LAU DAI SHOOK) had great word of mouth and box office, it even made a profit. The most important was for everyone to know that Hong Kong still had Hong Kong films with authentic Hong Kong flavor. Would MEN ON THE DRAGON make a sequel? She said the decision would be up to the director. Would she make WOMEN ON THE DRAGON (YIK LAU DAI SUM)? She said that girls might have a lot of difficulty with dragon boat racing, so it might be about another sport. If the project would go into production she would not mind playing an auntie.

[2018.10.20] CHRISSIE CHAU LIKES A BIG AND FUNNY GUY LIKE LOUIS CHEUNG

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Louis Cheung Kai Chung and Chrissie Chau Sau Na yesterday promoted their new film HOTEL SOUL GOOD (NUI WONG CHONG DOH JING). Cheung Kai Chung said that after the premiere he received a lot of positive reviews. Later he would attend audience appreciation events nonstop. He revealed that although the film involved ghosts and would require an inspection for a Mainland release, the film already made two endings in preparation. They both agreed that they would like another chance to work together. Would they consider showing off their figure next time? Cheung Kai Chung said, "I can! We can make the subject about the military or construction, we can be romantic on the scaffold. We would have both action and exercise, which would be pretty good."

Chau Sau Na could not help but feel Cheung Kai Chung's arm. She revealed that she was already attracted to Cheung Kai Chung during the script reading. She said, "He was huge at the time, he even wore a small tank top. Sitting next to him, I suddenly felt like leaning on him. Because I look like a very strong woman, finding someone compatible is very hard. (Would you look for a boyfriend who is big and funny like Cheung Kai Chung?) The most important is having a sense of humor." Cheung Kai Chung joked that perhaps his filial piety touched the heaven, his appearance has not changed. He said, "When I was a teenager and saw female stars' interviews, all of them liked the funny and athletic type. None said they liked handsome guys. At the time I knew being an idol would be impossible, so I started planning. I felt that this was what I did the most correctly in life. Of course I had to suffer. For awhile people treated me like a clown, but at age 40 the harvest began."

Friday, October 19, 2018

[2018.10.19] JET LI REVEALS THAT HE ALMOST DIED ON A MOVIE SET

Jet Li almost lost his life while working on FEARLESS
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Jet Li (Lee Nin Kit) earlier appeared on a Mainland talk show and revealed the fear of facing death for the first time while shooting the film FEARLESS in 2005.

Lee Nin Kit revealed that at the time he almost died on a mountain. At the time he fell from a platform 12 feet above to the grass. He had no bone injury and at the time he felt fine. On the snowy mountain he was fine for the first day or two, but by the fourth day he realized that he lost control of bodily functions and his breathing became weaker. The crew rushed to bring a big oxygen box, but once it arrived they could not open it. The team rushed down the mountain and took three hours. In the latter part he was carried down. He still could remember the feeling now very clearly. At the time he even thought, "Now if you offer me an oxygen pillow for HK$ 1 million, I would buy it right away! Yet at this moment, what is money? Even if I have 1 million I wouldn't be able to get it."

[2018.10.19] EDDIE PENG GETS IN SHAPE FOR DANTE LAM'S NEW FILM


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Taiwan hunk Eddie Peng Yu-Yan yesterday attended a watch event. Next week he will join the Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed new film GUNG GUP GAU WOON (EMERGENCY RESCUE). Eddie admitted that working on Director Lam's films has been rather tough. This time he would be physically and mentally prepared. In addition Director Lam this time asked him to dive 40 meters deep, which had certain risks. Thus he would prepare fully before performing.

Peng Yu-Yan's charm filled the venue. When he waved behind the glass to fans outside, "Friends at the door how are you, Happy Halloween!" screams arose.

Eddie said that he just finished a movie and next week he will join the Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed new film GUNG GUP GAU WOON (EMERGENCY RESCUE) for a month of physical, diving and rescue training. Next month this sea rescue team film will officially start production and shoot on location in the Mainland and overseas. Eddie revealed that the director had his diving certification for years but has not used it in years. In addition the director asked him to dive to 40 meter deep, which had certain risks. He understood that more conditions would appear in water so safety would come first. He would prepare himself for the performance. Eddie said that working with Director Lam from UNBEATABLE (GIK JIN), TO THE FORE (POR FUNG), OPERATION MEKONG the productions have been very tough. Thus this time he would be fully prepared physically and mentally.

Did he have to work out for Chinese films so more foreigners would pay attention to them? He said that over a year ago when he performed fully nude in HIDDEN MAN he originally was in great shape. Yet the most recent film he had to be very thin. Thus in the next month he would have to get stronger. "Because I would have to swim, climb ropes and jump down, I have to be in a little better shape. However it's not for looking good!"

Speaking of HIDDEN MAN's representation of Mainland in the Oscar Best Foreign Film Award nomination competition, Eddie happily said, "I know, I am very happy for the director and the boss. If foreigners will be able to see it then I really will be very happy. That way foreigners will pay more attention to Chinese film and they will also know me. However more importantly the film will perform well. I will be very honored to be a part of it!"

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

[2018.10.18] FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 14 2018

For the week ending Sunday October 14 2018
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10 PAWS-MAN
  Can : Mo Hup
  Lit : Furry Hero
    d. Au Cheuk Man
    Lam Yiu Sing, Tats Lau Yi Tat, Bob Lam Sing Bun,
      Chan Lai Wun, Isabel Chan Yat Ning, Charlie On Choi Nei,
      Kent Luk Ka Jik, Lee Siu Lun, Chan Tat Yan, Au Cheuk Man
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 97 mins.
  Opening October 11 2018
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/5zUnjrU-r9U




  8 DESTINATION WEDDING
    d. Victor Levin
    Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder


  6 DISTINCTION
  Can : Fei Tung Fan Heung
  Lit : Not the Ordinary Sound
    d. Jevons Au Man Kit
    Jo Koo (Kuk Cho Lam), Jennifer Yu Heung Yi, Kaki Sham (Shum Ka Kei),
      Cecilia Yip Tung, Chung King Fai, Dominic Lam Ka Wa,
      Stephen Au Kam Tong, Rain Lau Yuk Chui, Eric Kwok Wai Leung,
      Cheung Kwok Keung, Joman Chiang, Leung Kin Ping, Chan Lai Wan,
      Fish Liew Chi Yu, Fu Yuet Mei
  Rating : I
  Length : 98 mins.
  Opening July 28 2018 at the Hong Kong Kids International Film Festival
  Opening October 11 2018
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/llJZkF_eLl4

[ THE GRAND CINEMA ]
    Ms Tsui is a music teacher in a special education needs (SEN) school, who is not able to switch to a mainstream school due to stereotyping and labelling; Zoey is an underachiever from a Band 1 school, who is struggling for the coming public examination; Ka Ho is a rebellious teenager from a Band 3 school, who idles away his time and doesn’t care about his handicapped little brother......When being assigned to helm a musical performance, Ms Tsui has to bite the bullet while juggling between work and personal issues; for the sake of earning higher school credit, Zoey volunteers in an extracurricular musical; to avoid being expelled, Ka Ho has no choice but to attend a musical in a SEN school. Three individuals take part in a musical they deem worthless for their own purposes, which turns out to be a journey of self-discovery towards their dreams and goals.


  5 A SIMPLE FAVOR
    d. Paul Feig
    Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, Henry Golding


  4 JOHNNY ENGLISH STRIKES AGAIN
    d. David Kerr
    Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko


  3 FIRST MAN
    d. Damien Chazelle
    Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke


  2 PROJECT GUTENBERG
  Can : Mo Seung
  Lit : No Other
    d. Felix Chong Man Keung
    Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing,
      Zhang Jingchu, Feng Wenjuan, Liu Kai Chi,
      Catherine Chau Ka Yi, David Wang Yao Ching, Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan,
      Deon Cheung Chung Chi, Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Carl Ng Ka Lung,
      Jack Kao, Alex Fong Chung Shun,
    Rating : IIB
    Length : 130 mins.
    Opening October 4 2018
    Trailer: https://youtu.be/t2BBNta35as

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Lee Man, a member of a notorious money counterfeiting ring, is arrested in Thailand and extradited back to Hong Kong. Thanks to renowned painter Yuen Man, Lee is offered a deal by the police: Reveal the identity of Painter, the charismatic leader of the counterfeiting ring, and Yuen can bail him out. Lee has no choice but to comply and recount his story: In the 1990s, Lee and Yuen were lovers living together in Vancouver, seeking to be seen in the art world. However, success eludes them, and Lee is forced to go make counterfeit paintings to make a living.

    Lee's counterfeit paintings catch the eyes of Painter, and he decides to recruits Lee to join his team. Together with Painter's elite team, Lee travels the world in search of technologies to create the "Super Dollar," a counterfeit bill that circumvents the anti-counterfeiting measures of the 1996 American dollar. But when Lee witnesses Painter's violent methods in action, he becomes desperate to escape his employer's grip.

    Will Painter come out of hiding to seek revenge for Lee’s betrayal? Or will he disappear for good?

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    A mastermind with the code name "Painter" and his counterfeiting gang are being hunted by the Hong Kong police. Their criminal activities have gone global but it is hard to distinguish the authenticity of their counterfeits as they possess exceptional counterfeiting skills. Due to this, a painter, Lee Man, is called in to assist with the case.



  1 VENOM
    d. Ruben Fleischer
    Tom Hardy, Michelle Williams, Riz Ahmed

[2018.10.18] WONG CHO LAM WRAPS UP DIRECTING DEBUT


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Ivana Wong admires elders Candy Yu and Teresa Mo
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Wong Cho Lam's directed debut, the Lunar New Year musical I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! (NEI MAI LEI, NGOR OI NEI!) two nights ago held its production wrap banquet. Most of the film's 60 actors attended. They included Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Alex Fong Lik Sun, Harriet Yang, Anjaylia Chan Ka Bo, Ho Yuen Tung, Wu Fung and Law Lan. Cho Lam's wife Leanne Li also showed her support.

Wong Cho Lam praised that each actor for their great performance this time. They were full of sincerity with song and dance galore, and definitely would be able to give everyone belly laughs. "Even Sister Mo sang, Fong Lik Sun even sang like he won the Best Male Singer. The film has 60 actors, as (Joey) Yung Cho Yi and (Sammi) Cheng Sau Man also guest starred. Sammi even dropped her idol baggage to play a housewife, it truly was quite a breakthrough!" Cho Lam said that editing has already begun. Despite numerous actors the film was not hard to edit. The editing went like one for a music video, as whoever sang which verse would be edited in. His wife Li Yanan was pregnant and was unable to dance or participate, but she constantly visited the set. Cho Lam said, "During editing at night, the baby would hear the music and dance. He was very familiar with all of the songs, it will be able to sing them when it is born. I guarantee it won't be a rotten film." Li Yanan also said, "The baby might have heard it ten thousand times, as we would watch the editing together every time!"

Speaking of the Hong Kong Lunar New Year film competition, Cho Lam knew about Andrew Lam Man Chung, Wong Jing, Donnie Yen Chi Tan and KING OF COMEDY 2. He said that Hong Kong for decades have not had a domestic Cantonese musical. Even "Brother Sau" Wu Fung said that for decades no movie sang and delivered lines like past Cantonese films. As for a Mainland release, Cho Lam said that it might not be simultaneous. Currently he was considered whether to have a dubbed version or the subtitled version. He would like to promote the original Cantonese version.

His artist Mag Lam Yun Tung lost her voice and had to postpone her year end concert. Cho Lam admitted that they considered the decision for a long time. Actually Mag already wanted to perform a concert long ago, but she had health problems. Everyone encouraged her not to tough it out. "Health is the most important, she will have plenty of time. Now she is recovering and would try not to speak too much!" Cho Lam's uncle Checkley Sin Kwok Lam had an eye condition, which he said that his uncle was already recovering from. He knew that his uncle has been positive and setting his expectation. Later they would meet for dinner.

Mo Shun Kwan in I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! was in 4 stories and 7 costumes. One of them she even had a 50G devilish figure. In addition Sister Mo also played a couple with Eric Tsang Chi Wai for a 7th time, as they truly lived up to the name "old couple". She said, "The two of us singing is already funny enough, we even had to sing in the Cantonese opera style. Luckily we don't have to dance old dances, just sing old songs!" Sister Mo joked that she and Cho Lam had a few singing lessons, but her father also sang Cantonese opera so she already had lessons in the womb.

Wong Yuen Chi has seen the rough cut and praised Cho Lam for the quality production, which had heart and was touching for a rare Hong Kong musical. Before her performance she had to rehearse the songs and choreography. Because her normal singing differed, she had to put a lot of effort and even keep her mind on singing, acting and dancing. Yuen Chi admired elders Candy Yu On On and Mo Shun Kwan the most, as she did not expect their sing to be so amazing. Despite being a comedy her hair was on its end from hearing the songs and was moved to tears. Thus she truly felt very honored to be abl to work with several elders on 3 of the stories.

[2018.10.18] SAMMO HUNG'S HEART ACHES OVER HONG KONG FILM DECLINE

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Sammo Hung makes Andrew Lam's Lunar New Year to support him and Hong Kong film
Tian Niu wants to offer her services to Nancy Sit to try her hand on singing

Carl Ng would not reply on father Richard Ng to get married
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The Andrew Lam Man Chung directed film TREASURE (YU JU YU BO) yesterday held a worship ceremony in Sai Kung. Actors Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Tian Niu, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Richard Ng Yiu Hon and son Carl Ng Ka Lung attended. The location was decorated as an old style senior home, on the wall were many photos of the Lam Man Chung played senior. He joked that the person in the photos was his ancestor.

Hung Kam Bo looked much thinner. He admitted that he lost weight for his health. For two months his wife Joyce Godenzi (Go Lai Hung) also quit carbohydrates and juice cleanse for one day with him to detoxify decades of medication. How did his wife reward him? He joked, "Maybe he would let me get another wife, but each time I got fat again after losing weight. My wife thanked me for giving me the chance to be together a little longer. Now my grandsons know I am on a diet, when I ask them for chocolate they wouldn't give me any!" Big Brother Sammo said that this time he returned to acting for Lam Man Chung. He still wanted to see how Hong Kong film is made. Speaking of the fall of Hong Kong film, his heart ached. In the past Hong Kong films led the trend, now Korean films have surpassed it. Even Thai commercials were entertaining. Now kung fu actors no longer exist. Despite a good kung fu background people could only sell roast pork bun as they would have no opportunity or future.

Tian Niu said that this time she only got the synopsis before taking her mark. On the first time day of work she was nervous about not having a script, but the next day she was already in shape. Tian Niu said that her current goal was to perform a concert. She hoped in 3 years she would be able to perform at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Mainly after decades of acting she would like a breakthrough. "I don't like to act too much, I like to sing. I have released 7 records, I really enjoy the lights, the sound and the applause!" She could ask Lam Man Chung for lyrics for a new song, Tian Nu was surprised and joked that she did not sense his musical talent.

Ng Yiu Hon clarified with the media that he did not say his son Ng Ka Lung's girlfriend had a gold digging family and the report got him in a lot of trouble as they were not too please to see it. Would he help with his son with his wedding? He said, "No, he didn't need my help to get into the business and with work, if he gets to choose he may not choose me to be his dad!" Ng Ka Lung said that when he weds perhaps no one would know, not even his father. Ng Yiu Hon said that it might be a secret, since he was open minded and would not need him to explain. Not spending any money on wedding banquet would be the best, as the money would be better used on a home.