Sunday, March 18, 2018


Stephy Tang and Teresa Mo split the Best Actress awards

Kara Wai
Sandra Ng's directing debut only made a little over a million, she jokes that she is a million dollar director

Andrew Lau presents Best Director to Sylvia Chang
New Director: Kearen Pang
Best New Actor: Rachel Leung
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Stephy Tang, Teresa Mo and Louis Koo
Sylvia Chang says the road from acting to directing is very tough
Yuen Wo Ping receives the Honorary Award from Ng See Yuen
Vicki Zhao
Jessica Hester Hsuan
Fiona Sit
Irene Wan
Peter Chan and Sandra Ng
Miriam Yeung wants to change the pace of life and focus on her family
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The Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild annual dinner and award presentation took place last night at the Intercontinental Hotel. Incumbent president Andrew Lau Wai Keung revealed that the 38 tables affair was the biggest in its history and hoped that next year even more different types of film workers would be invited, or even a joint event with other film organizations. At last night's award presentation, Louis Koo Tin Lok who won Best Actor earlier in Macau won again, while Teresa Mo Shun Kwan and Stephy Tang Lai Yun both won Best Actress.

Many industry insiders attended, including Koo Tin Lok, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Sylvia Chang, Ann Hui On Wa, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Peter Chan Ho Sun, Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting, Ng See Yuen, Yu Dong, Vicki Zhao Wei and others. President Lau Wai Keung revealed that last night's theme was "everlasting". Re-elected to the post he also recommended many young directors to be on the council and see what the new ideas the new generation has. He even said that the dinner was not just dinner. He hoped that the industry would forecast the future and share its joy and difficulties. He said, "I am the happiest to see (Dante) Lam Chiu Yin's OPERATION RED SEA becoming China's Lunar New Year box office champion."

After winning Best Actor in Macau, Koo Tin Lok last night won again. He was happy and excited, thanked the entire team for its effort. He would not think too much about his Hong Kong Film Award chances. When asked about his parents' response to his first Best Actor award, Goo Jai said, "They waited for me to come home and asked me to show them the award. Once in their hands they said it was very heavy then they went to sleep." President Lau Wai Keung hoped that Goo Jai would sing on the stage, he said, "No, I am afraid that it would send a chill throughout the place. Everyone would throw up after dinner." Best Director Sylvia Chang won her first Director's Guild award. She admitted that she did not start in academia. The road from actor o director was very hard to walk. All her film knowledge was learned on the set, so the director voted award had special meaning.

Mo Shun Kwan and Tang Lai Yun both won Best Actress. Sister Mo admitted that at first she threw away her form, otherwise she probably would have won by one vote. Stephy immediately thanked Sister Mo for not voting. Did Sister Mo regret that she threw out her voting form? She said, "It's very wonderful, I have never believed in fighting for one vote. If I lose I wouldn't lose by one and if I win I should win by a few votes. However I am happy about the award." Sister Mo said that her husband was not in Hong Kong before so he did not vote either. Now they have already quickly voted for the Hong Kong Film Award next month. Sister Mo said, "With Supporting Actress I have been nominated 7 times, is it so hard to win just once? The hardest is running into a good script. I don't know if I would still run into any chance for the rest of my life. If it's about qualification and experience, isn't it time for me?"

Rumored to be forming her own company and leaving Media Asia, Yeung Chin Wa last night confirmed that her contract with the company ended during her December concerts last year. Her relationship with her boss was proven to be good, even the contract ended they still put an effort into the production. Would Chin Wa sign with her husband Real Ting Chi Ko? She said, "The moment I signed the marriage certificate is already a contract, because I don't excel in job negotiations. Now I have a family and a son, I want to return to my own pace at work. However Media Asia would still distribute my records." When asked how much her husband's signing fee was, Chin Wa said, "Because I don't want to give myself this pressure I signed with my husband, because I want to be in charge. I still have room for collaboration with my old company." Chin Wa admitted that she was worried that working with her husband would have friction, but she believed that she would be able to handle it. In addition her family came first.


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Philip Keung Ho Man and Kara Wai Ying Hung starred in the film TRACEY (CHUI SZE), in which he played a transsexual. In the poster he put on sexy ladies' underwear and lightly touched his chest with his right hand. On the eve of the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market, One Cool Film announced films that it will invest, produce and distribute this and next year. Aside from TRACEY, Keung Ho Man also starred in REMEMBER WHEN I FORGOT (DIN YING CHI HON) with Fish Liew Chi Yu. In the story a "film fanatic" appeared in the Hong Kong film industry. He was familiar with the film set operation. As long as something had to do with Hong Kong films he could come without any invitation required. He was suspected of being a mystery film critic and was investigated.

Other films included Louis Koo Tin Lok, Raymond Lam Fung and Jessica Hester Hsuan (Suen Huen) in the film BACK TO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI) with the original cast of A STEP INTO THE PAST. New director Lai Chun Lung would direct. Koo Tin Lok and Suen Huen would work on another film A WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE (FAN JUI YIN CHEUNG) with Louis Cheung Kai Chung. Francis Ng Chun Yu, Poon Chan Leung, Ken Wong Tak Bun, Nancy Wu Ting Yun would star in MAN ON THE DRAGON (YIK LAU DAI SHOOK).


Richie Jen
Jeannie Chan
Couple Wu Tsz Tung and Stephanie Au
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Alex Fong Lik Sun surprises old flame Stephy Tang with a friendly handshake

Jeannie Chan says Joey Law is just a friend
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Alex Fong Lik Sun, Stephy Tang Lai Yun, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Jeannie Chan Ying, Stephanie Au Hoi Shun and Wu Tsz Tung yesterday attended the Race for Water as guests at the start of the race. On the stage Siu Fong even offered his hand to former girlfriend Stephy, who was in shock.

At the race start ceremony Siu Fong suddenly extended his hand to shake Stephy's, Stephy was stunned. After hesitating for a second she put her hand over her heart then extended her hand to shake Siu Fong's. Then Siu Fong hinted for Siu Chai, who was about to get on the stage, to wait for little so he and Stephy could pose for photos.

Then the event arranged for them to be interviewed separately. Siu Fong felt that since they belonged to different companies, separate interviews were very normal. He said, "I want to be interviewed together, I don't mind. (How about a picture together?) Sure, last year we did one too." He said that Stephy deserved her Film Critic Society Best Actress Award.

Stephy was asked about Siu Fong surprising her, she said that maybe she did not sleep enough. As soon as she turned around she saw such a big person and was frightened a little. In the original rundown he wasn't on the stage ye. Did she feel Siu Fong was much bigger? Stephy said that the clothes might make him a little bigger. Two years after their breakup, Stephy admitted that they would see each other at private events. Siu Fong also congratulated her on her recent award.

Saturday, March 17, 2018


NO.1 CHUNG YING STREET's director Derek Chiu, Fish Liew and Lo Chun Yip
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The Osaka Asian Film Festival yesterday announced its winners. This year three Hong Kong films THE EMPTY HANDS, NO.1 CHUNG YING STREET and IN YOUR DREAMS were in competition. The highest honor the Most Excellent Film went to the Derek Chiu Sung Kei directed NO.1 CHUNG YING STREET, a film about the 1967 riot. Last year's winner was also a Hong Kong film MAD WORLD (YUT LIM MO MING). Chiu Sung Kei tearfully said, "I never thought that the most domestic film's world premier would not be in Hong Kong, but in Japan. I never expected that the Japanese audience would respond so enthusiastically. Many were moved to tears. Thus as soon as I got to the stage I took broke down in tears."


He Lin
Cherry Ngan

Hedwig Tam
Natalie Mitchell (Haw Yee)
Lang Yueting
Vanessa Yeung

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Stephy Tang
The crowd cheers for Carina Lau
Janice Man
Kara Wai wants to cultivate newcomers
Ruby Lin
Darren Wang says that the movie he is working on with Frankie Chen will not be OUR TIMES 2
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Last night the 12th Asian Film Award red carpet was star studded. Stephy Tang Lai Yun, Cherry Ngan Cheuk Ling and Janice Man Wing Shan were rather sexy. Carina Lau Ka Ling made a spotlight stealing grand entrance and became the focus of the entire event.

Recently becoming an action actress, Tang Lai Yun would present with Max Zhang Jin the newly added Best Action Film. She said that her dress was very fitting so she did not need to take too many precaution, but she fasted for a few days -- which might also had to do with poor appetite from the bad weather. Would she be even sexier for the Hong Kong Film Award? Stephy said, "I haven't chosen a dress yet, today I'm already wearing very little. I don't know what even less would look like. Let's see if destiny would find a suitable dress!" Some joked that Zhang Jin did not dare to look directly at his cohort. He joked that he was walking ahead to guide Stephy into the venue, so he was unable to see her sexy "back".

Man Wing Shan yesterday presented Best Screenplay with director Derek Kwok Chi Kin. She joked that she did not have to be sexy every year, with a pretty dress she would not mind. JM revealed that in April she will work on a modern series in the Mainland and stay for three months. Speaking of her former boss Leon Lai Ming's impending fatherhood rumor, JM said that she read it in the news. She has not congratulated him over text mainly because she did not know whether it was true or not. She also did not want to disturb him. However she said that she knew the mother Wing because they used to work together. However she was with Aarif Rahman (Lee Chi Ting) and not her.

Speaking of Lai Ming handing A Music to Wing, JM said, "I am not in Hong Kong all that often, I haven't seen Lai Ming in a long time. The last time we had dinner together was a year ago. I would wait for his response before I dare to congratulate him!"

Excellence in Asian Cinema award winner Wai Ying Hung said that she was very nervous to accept this award. Although this time was not a performance award, she was still all emotional. Thus she tried to prepare a speech before coming, but in the end she still gave up. "I would be better off saying what I feel on stage, which would also be my sincere words. Actually I have attended a few times before, I never thought that it would present such a big award to me."

Louis Koo Tin Lok appeared in a suit and purple bow tie. He said that he matched the clothes himself. However when he arrived he still was not nervous because he felt that the nomination was already a recognition. He would wait for Heaven's arrangement so he did not prepare a speech. A victory would mean his first Best Actor award and even breaking out of Hong Kong. Goo Jai said that he would worry about it when he wins. He did not book any book to celebrate because he still had to promote the annual Entertainment Expo. Taiwan star Darren Wang would present Best Costume. He revealed that in June he will with director Frankie Chen on a girl movie but denied it would be OUR TIMES 2. He said that it was only a misunderstanding and that this character would not be easy to play. His co-star would be an actress he has never worked with before, but he wanted to let the director make the announcement.


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Ti Lung and his wife, Ivy Ling and husband Chin Han
John Chang and wife Lee Lam Lam
Susan Shaw wishes a great life for Lee Ching in her reincarnation
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Known as the "Doll Best Actress", retired artist Lee Ching was found dead at her apartment last month at age 69. Shaw yesterday held a memorial for her at the Hong Kong Film Archive to commemorate her film contributions. Tommy Tam (Ti Lung) and John Chiang Dai Wai attended with their wives. Ivy Ling Bo, Chin Han, Susan Shaw Yam Yam attended. Lee Ching's Best Actress award winning film MERMAID (YU MEI YUN) was screened as well as eulogy collection with messages from Ti Lung, Ling Po, Chiang Dai Wai, Cheng Pei Pei and other friends.

Ti Lung has worked with Lee Ching on many films. He lamented that no one would be successful forever, no flower would remain red always, and life was unexpected. He praised her as a good actress and was very willing to teach newcomers. "At the time she saw me reading a script and told me not to work so hard, to be more flexible instead of staring the script to death. I would then have even higher achievement in the future." He said that Lee Ching was happy and energetic, back then she was very gorgeous. "Just like flowers blossoming with spring wind, leaves fall with autumn moon. She now is like autumn leaves, quietly drifting across the wilderness."

Chiang Dai Wai worked with Lee Ching on three films. He revealed that when he joined Shaw Lee Ching was already Best Actress but she still was willing to teach and encourage them. He also remembered that how mischievous he used to be as he used to play pranks on her constantly. Ling Po worked with Lee Ching on MERMAID. When asked how she felt after watching MERMAID again, Ling Po broke down. "It's so sad! She was a great lead actress. I worked with her on many movies. She passed in such difficult circumstances, it's too sad!" Ling Po continued to praise Lee Ching on how smart she was. "When we made MERMAID, whatever the director asked her to do she picked it up right away and on the spot."