Monday, April 23, 2018

[2018.04.24] HACKEN LEE PLANS TO DIRECT BUT NOT STAR

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Hacken Lee is not in a hurry to direct his film
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Hacken Lee Hak Kun yesterday promoted his new song SINGLE DOG on the radio. The song would be his only Cantonese song this year because in the second half of the year he would focus on his Mandarin record.

Hacken also revealed that this year he originally would write and direct a film, but he fell behind schedule and had to postpone the production. He said that this film would be a more mature and a little humorous modern love story. He already had a synopsis but he also wanted to find people of different levels to form a team and write a script.

Would Hacken perform? He joked that he did not want to affect the box office. "I am not going to act, how well can I act? If I can act well I would have won Best Actor! (Who would you like to cast?) Nothing is set yet, and it won't be a very large investment. Although the boss (Albert Yeung Sau Sing) said infinite funding, my goal is not to lose money. My first time as a director may be my last time, I hope to have a second time!"

Sunday, April 22, 2018

[2018.04.23] PHILIP KEUNG CARRIES A BABY FOR WORK

Philip Keung has a way with his baby co-star
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Upon arriving in Thailand Philip Keung meets with director Mark Wu, Ronald Cheng and Tin Kai Man about the film IN TURMOIL
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This year's latest Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actor Philip Keung Ho Man has been very appreciative of the industry and the audience's support. After his victory he has been working even harder. After taking only a day off to celebrate with his friends of Lung Mei, Tai Po, he immediately began work on his new film

The new film IN TURMOIL (GAU SHOOK) was Hak Jai's reunion with Ronald Cheng Chung Kei after CONCERTO OF THE BULLY (DAI LOK SI). At the Hong Kong Film Award, Ronald was the Best Supporting Actor guest presenter. The video of Ronald announcing Hak Jai's award still spread like mad online. They truly had quite a connection.

Hak Jai after reaching in Thailand immediately met with director Mark Wu Yiu Fai to discuss the character, emotions. He did not spare any effort on the preparation and was very professional. Hak Jai had scenes with the cute baby in the film. Before the shoot he kept holding the baby to cultivate a relationship and the baby nicely stared at Hak Jai. After work Hak Jai took advantage of his time and went to the night market for food. "Thai fish egg rice noodle is great! After that I returned to the hotel to rest right away. Work started the next morning." Hak Jai at the night market ran into many Hong Kong vermicelli (fans) asking for photos. He said that he definitely would keep working hard on his performance to thank viewers for their support.

[2018.04.23] BRIGITTE LIN RECEIVES THE UDINE GOLDEN MULBERRY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


OUTSIDE THE WINDOW
THE SWORDSMAN II

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Brigitte Lin is surprised to tears to see her daughter Eileen Ying
Brigitte Lin plans to celebrate with an Italian Feast with her daughter
CHUNG KING EXPRESS
Brigitte Lin in CLOUD OF ROMANCE
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The 20th Udine Far East Film Festival is taking place between April 20th and 28th. Two days ago at the opening ceremony the Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Chinese film industry great beauty Brigitte Lin (Lam Ching Ha). Lam Ching Han received the honor from the hands of veteran filmmaker and friend Shi Nansun. Her daughter Ying Oi Lam also made a surprise appearance and presented flowers to congratulate Lam Ching Ha.

Aside from the award, Udine Far East Film Festival also planned a Lam Ching Ha film retrospective and selected some of her classic films including the 1977 film that completed its restoration in Taiwan, CLOUD OF ROMANCE. The film will hold its European premiere there for European viewers to catch a glimpse of this film industry great beauty on the silver screen.

Lam Ching Ha received the award from the hands of Shi Nansun. Shi Nansun herself was the 17th Golden Mulberry Award recipient. This time she again went to Italy with her friend for the opening ceremony and the Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement award presentation. Lam Ching Ha's daughter Eileen Ying Oi Lam secretly flew to Italy to give Mama a super surprise! Lam Ching Ha felt very happy and touched, as she prepared to have an Italian feast with her daughter to celebrate.

Lam Ching Ha said about her Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement Award, "CHUNG KING EXPRESS gave Italians Sabrina and Thomas a dream 18,000 miles aways from Hong Kong as they successfully founded the Far East Film Festival. This year is the Film Festival's 20th anniversary. As a star of CHUNG KING EXPRESS, I am fortunate enough to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award here. I believe this means a lot to me, to Wong Kar Wai, to the Far East Film Festival's Sabrina and Thomas. The Duine Film Festival is the greatest news for Far East film." She also gave special thanks to people she worked with like Chiung Yao, Soon Tsan So, Yok Teng Heung, Tsui Hark, William Chang Suk Ping and Shi Nansun.

[2018.04.22] LOUIS KOO WOULD NOT MIND HELPING NEW DIRECTORS

Today is Johnnie To's birthday, Louis Koo celebrates with him in advance
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Johnnie To, Kara Wai and Louis Koo
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Louis Koo Tin Lok, Kara Wai Ying Hung, Johnnie To Kei Fung last night attended the Fresh Wave Awards 2018. Fresh out of the oven Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor Koo Tin Lok revealed that he will work with To Sir. To Sir joked that he worried that the Best Actor would raise his price, but praised Goo Jai for his great contribution to Hong Kong film and continuing support for young new directors.

Since winning the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor, Goo Jai admitted that he never had the chance to celebrate because he had to work after the award. Speaking of Fresh Wave's continuing discovery of new directors, Goo Jai also hoped that new directors would participate more as the film industry really needed new blood. Sister Siu Hung also disagreed that the film industry had a generation disconnect because in recent years she has worked with new directors more. Their quality was not bad either. As long as new directors are willing to put in more effort they definitely would be able to achieve certain performance.

Goo Jai said that for now no new director has approached him about performing. Did his salary scare people off? He said, "A good movie isn't about salary. In addition I know new directors have limited budgets. If they have good scripts I would accommodate them." Goo Jai and Sister Siu Hung were asked if they were interested in directing, they both said that they were not ready. Goo Jai said, "Because directing is another area, if you do it you have to first drop your actor identity and focus on it." Having been an assistant director, producer, and executive producer, Sister Siu admitted that she ultimately loved acting. If she would direct she would give up on screen performance. Sister Siu Hung said that years ago she worked with Goo Jai on television but did not have a chance to be in the same scene together. She believed that in the future they would have the opportunity to in film. Goo Jai said that later he and To Sir would work on something new but he would wait for him to make the arrangements; earlier he also celebrated To Sir's birthday in advance.

As for the Fresh Wave chair, To Sir thanked ViuTV for their annual assistance. Thus Fresh Wave short films would be arranged to be shown on their platform. To Sir said, "Because we have an understanding with the Art Development Council, every year we would reduce donation as we hope to be able to responsible for our own gains and losses." Seeing Fresh Wave's growing success, To Sir joked that even he was unable to compete for new directors. Speaking of working with Goo Jai again, To Sir said that he would have to come up with a good story before making it. He also joked that he would raise his price after becoming Best Actor. He joked, "I don't know if Goo Jai would raise his price, I also don't know if he would have any room in his schedule. After the award maybe he would 'pose', as I see him wanting to but doesn't know how."

To Sir said that after his award of course he congratulated Goo Jai, even if he did not like to he still had to. In the end the award was already in Goo Jai's hands. "However Goo Jai has made great contributions to Hong Kong film. He really takes care of young directors, putting up both money and effort. Too few people like this are in this business." Why did he call Goo Jai "Goo Chui Chui" on the stage? To Sir explained that because Goo Jai was very cute. How would To Sir celebrate his birthday? He said that he would have a big celebration, as he was fine with celebrating it naturally.

Friday, April 20, 2018

[2018.04.21] ENDY CHOW FIGHTS WITH MICHAEL TONG

Wylie Chiu has been performing in the Mainland
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Michael Tong and Endy Chow
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Endy Chow Kwok Yin and Michael Tong Man Lung two nights ago attended the film LOVE IS COLD (OI BEI SEI GUNG LAN) premiere. In the film Chow Kwok Yin played a student. He said that he admired the director's courage to use him. He also had many fight scenes. He said, "The director's editing abilities are great, making someone without any kung fu background appear to be a great fighter. I had to fight with Man Lung. He really knew kung fu. He taught me how to protect myself during the shoot."

[2018.04.21] FISH LIEW AND LO CHUN YIP ARE NOT WORRIED ABOUT BEING LABELED

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Fish Liew, director Derke Chiu and Lo Chun Yip
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Director Derek Chiu Sung Kei, Fish Liew Chi Yu and Lo Chun Yip two days ago attended their film NO. 1 CHUNG YING STREET forum at the City University. Teaching at CU, Chiu Sung Kei said that the film had limited budget and could not use all actors. Luckily it received many students' assistance. Thus he deliberately arranged for a forum at CU to thank the students.

The film earlier at the Osaka Asian Film Festival received the "Most Excellent Film Grand Prize". Chiu Sung Kei revealed that later the film will compete at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

Was Chiu Sung Kei worried that due to the film's sensitive subject its release would be affected? He was not and said that the two advanced screenings had enthusiastic response. The tickets were all sold out in a day. He said, "Even the first row was sold out."

Liew Chi Yu and Siu Yeh were not worried that they would be labeled in their careers. Liew Chi Yu said that her friend Jennifer Yu Heung Yi also attended and paid for her own ticket. She joked that she was grabbing tickets like fans did with Dayo Wong Tze Wah's stand up comedy tickets.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

[2018.04.19] STEPHY TANG FEELS LOST AFTER LOSING BEST ACTRESS BID

Neo Yau says that Stephy Tang is one of his goddesses
Stephy Tang tries to keep stay humble with her acting
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The film KEYBOARD WARRIORS (HEI DAI JO) two nights ago held a wrap banquet. Director Michael Sit Ho Ching, actors Stephy Tang Lai Yun and Lam Yiu Sing attended. Grace Chan Hoi Lam due to work arrived later.

Speaking of Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress defeat, Stephy admitted that she felt lost but not disappointed. "The feeling is like after a big show, I am a little lost. Because I was nervous for several month and preparing for awhile. I wasn't disappointed that I didn't win. I won Best Dressed so I can answer to my sponsors!" Stephy said that she might look at ease in the dress, but it was actually worth HK$ 300,000, hand stitched and heavy. After half a night in her neck was all red.

Did her former boyfriend Alex Fong Lik Sun send a text to comfort her? Stephy said that she did not receive his text. Speaking of Siu Fong telling her to work hard, Stephy said, "I would, I have to maintain my original intention. I like to act, only because of that would I have motivation and goal. I would follow up again and again, I hope to run into another good script and good character!"

Stephy was somewhat upset that Rachel Leung did not win Best New Performer with SOMEWHERE BEYOND THE MIST (LAN TIN BAK WON) and Chapman To Man Chak for Best New Director with THE EMPTY HANDS (HUNG SAU DOH), since an award would be a type of encouragement. As for her Best Dressed award, would she be even sexier from now on? She said that people would have to wait for her to get into shape and wear even more pretty clothes so she would disappoint anyone.

Neo Yau Hawk Sau in KEYBOARD played a geek who helps with the investigation. He said with disappointment, "At first I thought I would play a couple with Stephy, but actually we only had a few scenes together. You have no idea how much I like her, Stephy is pretty and has a lot of potential. She has been that way from then to now, she knows I like her. I know all her songs. (Would you pursue Stephy?) How do you know Stephy or I aren't dating? However if she really is single, I vow to pursue her until I die! She is one of my goddesses. Earlier when I asked her to help with a video, she agreed with hesitation. Aside from her loyalty, when I got her reply I felt like I was dreaming."

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

[2018.04.19] FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 15 2018

For the week ending Sunday April 15 2018
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10 MUSE     d. Jaume Balaguero
    Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente, Ana Ularu


  9 EARLY MAN
    d. Nick Park
    Aardman Animation
    English Voices: Tom Hiddleston, Eddie Remayne, Maisie Williams
    Cantonese Voices: Wong Yau Nam, Alfred Cheung Kin Ting,
      Angela Yuen Lai Lam, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan


  8 TOMB RAIDER
    d. Roar Uthaug
    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho)


 7 PETER RABBIT
    d. Will Gluck
    Sony Pictures Animation
    Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill,
    English Voices: James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley,
      Elizabeth Debicki, Sia
    Cantonese Voices: Sammy, Moses Chan Ho



 6 PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING
    d. Steven S. DeKnight
    John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny


  5 TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
  AKA : BLOSSOM AFRESH
  Can : Wong Gum Fa
  Lit : Golden Flower
    d. Chan Tai Lee
    Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Ray Lui Leung Wai, Prudence Liew Mei Kwan,
      Bonnie Xian (Sin Sik Lai), Ling Man Lung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 91 mins.
  Opening November 13 2017 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/vvqb7vwlkOw

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    After a night of fierce argument, Wong Kim Far’s husband left her. Wong was left alone to take care of her mentally challenged autistic son. She was thinking to commit suicide but found out her husband was living happily with his mistress. Wong planned a series of secret action to regain the integrity of the family. However, her friend advised her to live a positive life is a better way of revenge. When Wong was struggling and right before she lost here mind, she found out her son actually understand completely the pain she’s going through. He begged Wong not to do anything stupid. Wong was finally relieved and returned to her peaceful life with her precious son.


  4 SECRET SUPERSTAR
    d. Advait Chandan
    Aamir Khan, Zaira Wasim


  3 A QUIET PLACE
    d. John Krasinski
    Emily Blunt, John Krasinski


  2 READY PLAYER ONE
    d. Steven Spielberg
    Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn



  1 RAMPAGE
    d. Brad Peyton
    Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jeffrey Dean Morgan

[2018.04.18] ANTHONY WONG APOLOGIZES TO JACKIE CHAN

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Anthony Wong's comment, "Will there be any Hong Kong film next year?" was misread as aiming at Jackie Chan.
Jackie Chan once said, "There is no Hong Kong film, only Chinese film."
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Anthony Wong Chau Sun earlier was a guest presenter at the Hong Kong Film Award. On stage he mentioned, "Next year would there be any Hong Kong film?" His original intention was to cheer for Hong Kong film as Hong Kong film would still exist, but he was misunderstood. Jackie Chan once said, "There is no Hong Kong film, only Chinese film." Jackie Chan was present that night and thus some felt that Chau Sun's comment was aimed at Jackie Chan.

Two nights ago Chau Sun made a clarification on facebook. Because his comment was twisted around, as it spread some comments that he did not say were added in. He thus apologized to Jackie Chan. "Although I am not well versed, I wouldn't at a joyous yet serious event insult an elder......the script was already set a week before, I had no idea who would attend. Although I didn't kill Boren, Boren died because me. Here I need to apologize to Big Brother Jackie Chan......"

Many commented on Chau Sun's fb. Some disagreed with his apology. Chau Sun replied, "I disagree that being impolite is civilized!" Some asked if he was forced to apologized. Chau Sun also replied, "I think too much, I was well fed when I wrote it." His mixed use of simplified with traditional characters was also questioned. He responded, "My simplified is better than traditional."

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

[2018.04.18] FOR THE WEEK STARTING APRIL 14 2018

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting April 14 2018


15 BREAK THE ICE
  Can : Por Bing
  He Jie (Ho Kit)

14 PRECIOUS
  Can : Mei Ho
  Fang Wu (Ng Man Fong)

13 MARS BABY
  David Tao (To Jit)

12 BEGGAR
  ZTAO (Wong Chi To)

11 TAEYANG
  Can : Tai Yeung
  Hinry Lau Cheuk Hin

10 LIGHT OF THE BEGINNING
  Can : Yu Chor Ji Guong
  Karen Mok Man Wai

 9 WAITING FOR YOU
  Can : Dun Nei Ha For
  Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun)

 8 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
  Can : Lim Lim
  Eric Chou (Chow Hing Jik) featuring Janine Hsu (Hui Wai Ling)

 7 TAKE EVERYTHING YOU WANT
  Can : Nei Yiu Dik Chuen Na Jau
  Tiger Hu

 6 THE YEARS
  Can : Shui Yuet
  Faye Wong, Natasha Na Ying

 5 NIAN
  Can : Lim
  Hu Xia

 4 WHAT A SONG
  Can : Sup Mor Gor
  Mayday

 3 ILLUSORY
  Can : Yun Yun Jok Sau
  Diamond Zhang Bichen (Cheung Bik Sun)

 2 DIGNITY
  Can : Tai Min
  Kelly Yu (Yu Man Man)


 1 LIKE SONG
  Can : Yu Gor
  Jason Zhang Jie (Cheung Kit)

[2018.04.17] BEST ACTOR LOUIS KOO WANTS TO GO HOME AND SLEEP

Chrissie Chau is happy for director Kearen Pang
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Both Philip Keung and Louis Koo win their first Hong Kong Film Award after years in the business.  They both encourage each other.
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The 37th Hong Kong Film Awards two nights ago came to an end. The nine major Hong Kong film companies for the first time held a joint celebration in Tsim Sha Tsui, but due to the narrow space, winners and almost 100 media members filled the entrance. Fresh out of the oven Best Actor Louis Koo Tin Lok, Best Actress Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Best Supporting Actor Philip Keung Ho Man and Best Supporting Actress Deanie Ip Tak Han had to duck and dodge in the crowd to be able to get into the press area for interviews. Goo Jai and Hak Jai were sweating bullets.

Koo Tin Lok won his first Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor. Has his excitement subsided? Goo Jai said that he did not think too much about it. He did not expect to win either. Instead when he saw other winners he felt very sentimental, he felt even more that the award did not just belong to one person but the contribution of everyone. Thus he really wanted to make Hong Kong films well. Speaking of Anthony Wong Chau Sun's comment about Hong Kong film's future, Goo Jai noticed but felt that each person had their own way of expressing themselves. Chau Sun wanted to say how he thought and felt, thus he probably should not comment on it.

Would he get a salary after the award? Goo Jai said that he has not thought about it, as it was in his manager's hands. As for how he would celebrate, he said, "I have to celebrate with too many people, my family knows too. Last week will be Papa's birthday. We will celebrate together then." Would his next goal be a comeback to music or starting a family? Goo Jai said, "The next goal is something that I really want to do, that I want to do every moment. I am already very happy to be able to finish what I do everyday, but now I want the most to go home and sleep. Tomorrow I have to work." Did he feel like he could breathe a sigh of relief? He said, "I didn't disappoint!"

Keung Ho Man with SHOCK WAVE (CHAK DAN JUEN GA) won his first Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actor award. At the celebration he was asked if his favorite won? Hak Jai said that he played a cool cop in SHOCK. The other nominated character in CONCERTO OF THE BULLY (DAI LOK SI WAI OI PUI LOK) had more drastic changes and many people liked it as well. Thus some friends worried about his votes being split. "However Cheng Chung Kei told me that having two nominations is glorious first and foremost. I have always felt normal and didn't get nervous until a few days before the award show!"

Speaking of forgetting to thank his wife on the stage, would he buy another home for his wife as a reward? Hak Jai said, "I don't know yet, it's hard to make a living. Actually I constantly reward her!" Hak Jai also revealed that when he got home he often threw tantrums at his wife. Now would he reverse their roles? Hak Jai stated, "I would welcome that, she has always accommodated me. In particular she knows I am explosive so she hides a lot. When she talks on the phone she goes outside the house. I am very sorry. Actually she can relax and chat with me!" Hak Jai praised his wife for being tolerant. Not only was she not mad that he did not thank her on the stage, but she instead told him to thank more people who have helped him. "She doesn't mind, she always puts me first. She never wants me to always talk about her."