Monday, June 18, 2018

[2018.06.19] FRANCIS NG ROWS THE DRAGON BOAT WHILE AILING


Jennifer Yu also participates in the dragon boat training
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Francis Ng Chun Yu, Poon Chan Leung, Ken Wong Tak Bun, Tony Wu Tsz Tung's film MEN ON THE DRAGON (YIK LAU DAI SHOOK) will open on August 2nd. The story will mainly be about dragon boat and was shot in the summer. The cast and the crew used 100 bottles of sun block. Chun Yu said, "We only took half a lesson of dragon boat rowing, the rest of the time we learned as we shot. Luckily everyone learned very quickly, and the more we learned the more fun it was." Director Sunny Chan Wing Sun appreciated Chun Yu's persistence because he performed all of the dragon boat racing scenes while ailing to avoid hindering the production progress. His voice was hoarse as he put in quite an effort and professionalism.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

[2018.06.18] STANLEY TONG WILL WORK WITH JACKIE CHAN ON NEW FILM

Stanley Tong and Checkley Sin
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Stanley Tong Kwai Lai and Checkley Sin Kwok Lam two nights ago attended the Lau Jarm Hung Kuen Alumni Association 60th anniversary event. Tong Kwai Lai said that he has always studied Hung Kuen with Lau Kar Leung's junior colleague Yu Yuen Yin, he too has taught in Beijing and Shanghai. He revealed that he is preparing for his October anti terrorism film GUP SIN FUNG, which will shoot on location in 8 cities in 5 nations. He said that film production now is harder and harder. Would he use young fresh meat actors to make it more attractive? He said that he would; later he would work with Jackie Chan on another film.

Sin Kwok Lam said that the earlier financial dispute has ended and he has resigned from all chairman duties to focus on handling film and kung fu businesses. As for the Foshan film studio investment, he said that it no longer needed any further investment.

[2018.06.18] CHIN SIU HO GETS CHOKED UP REMEMBERING A SHAW STUNT ELDER

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Chin Siu Ho, Danny Lee Sau Yin and others two nights ago attended a Muay Thai event. Siu Ho is no longer competing in matches as he joked that soon he could take the MTR with two bucks.

Stunt actor Choi Kwok Keung earlier died while working in the Mainland. Chin Siu Ho got choked up as he said, "On June 8th he fell from working on a wire scene in the Mainland and died. He was my elder at Shaw, I have known him since age 15. Maybe now I am older, I cry easily. When I thought about the past I would get teary eyed."

Chin Siu Ho said that Choi Kwok Keung contributed to show business, but it ended his life. The Hong Kong Stuntman Association would help with his affairs. Would he feel that Mainland safety precaution was lacking? "I don't dare to talk that, no one wanted it to happen. We are people too, stunt people use their talent to make movies, I hope directors would pay a little more attention to action scenes. Life has no take two!"

[2018.06.17] CHARLENE CHOI AND SAMMI CHENG SHINE IN SHANGHAI




Kathy Yuen, Ethan Juan, Liao Fan and Albert Yeung
Dinner for two with Julian Cheung and Francis Ng?
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FATAL VISIT's Charlene Choi, Sammi Cheng and director Calvin Poon
Francis Ng has to finish a bowl of noodles in one sitting.  The scene may look easy but due to various angles it took five takes and he has to finish five bowls.
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Charlene Choi and Sammi Cheng attend the Shanghai International Film Festival
Jason Statham and Li Bingbing promote THE MEG
Carina Lau, Mark Chao and Ethan Juan
Charmaine Sheh
Chrissie Chau
Albert Yeung supports Kathy Yuen and director Benny Lau
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The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival opened last night with a star studded red carpet ceremony. Emperor boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing personally led his team of three films, including the Sammi Cheng Sau Man and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin starred THE FATAL VISIT (SING HOR SAI MAU SAT ON), the Jiang Wen directed, Eddie Peng Yu-Yan starred HIDDEN MAN and the Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi) starred WHEN SUN MEETS MOON (MAU YUT MAU YUET).

Cheng Sau Man and Choi Chuek Yin worked together again after 14 years on THE FATAL VISIT. Ah Sa said that her performance was not too stressful, Cheng Sau Man and Tong Dawei's parts were more difficult. Because the film was shot in Cantonese, the Northeasterner Tong Dawei stated that before the production began he had to hire a tutor to learn Cantonese. "I was in class everyday, reciting the lines like I was practicing English." The host tested Tong Dawei on the spot and asked him to say Shanghai International Film Festival in Cantonese. Ah Sa immediately whispered to him. Tong Dawei did not disappointed.

Tong Yi attended as the WHEN SUN MEETS MOON lead actress with director Benny Lau Wai Heng. Boss Yeung Sau Sing gave her encouragement and greatly increased her confidence. She said, "For the past few months, director Lau Wai Heng and I have relied on each other for our lives. We were together for all the promotions and audience appreciation events, the more we worked the happier we got. The feeling was a little different from attending the Beijing Film Festival earlier. Because WHEN SUN MEETS MOON has already opened in Hong Kong with decent word of mouth and box office performance, this trip to the Shanghai Film Festival red carpet was particularly pleasant. I look forward to introducing even more people to the 90's Hong Kong nostalgia. Ultimately it is the first time I play the lead, all the film festival selections to me have been hugely encouraging."

Last night the film THE LEAKERS (SIT MUK JEH MOON)'s Charmaine Sheh Sze Man, Chrissie Chau Sau Na, Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Francis Ng Chun Yu also appeared, which led to an uproar from fans on hand. Another good looking team appeared with DETECTIVE DEE: THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS with Carina Lau Ka Ling, Ethan Juan and Mark Chao. Li Bingbing and Jason Statham promoted their film THE MEGA.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

[2018.06.14] FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 10 2018

For the week ending Sunday June 10 2018
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10 NO. 1 CHUNG YING STREET
  Can : Jung Ying Gai 1 Ho
    d. Derek Chiu Sung Kei
    Neo Yau Hawk Sau, Fish Liew Chi Yu, Lo Chun Yip
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 118 mins.
  Opening March 16 2018 at the Osaka Asian Film Festival
  Opening May 31 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/-qnewzrJxMo
  Site : http://www.oaff.jp/2018/en/program/hk05.html

[ OSAKA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL ]
    Four teenagers are divided by fate when they are caught up in the 1967 pro-China demonstrations against the British colonial government in Hong Kong that start in Chung Ying Street. Illegal immigrant Wing-kuen protests for food and shelter while Chun-man participates out of patriotism. Chun-man’s western-influenced female friend Lai-wah and her admirer Chi-ho don’t understand his passion. Their lives are changed forever after the government crackdown.

    Flash-forward to 2019 and protestors with their roots in the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement of 2014 are at the barricades. Teenage girl Sze-wai and her boyfriend Yee-hong took part riots and were both sentenced to jail. Sze-wai is later released but Yee-hong has gone missing. Sze-wai’s ex-boyfriend Yat-long wants to get back together with her but her heart still belongs to Yee-hong who is hiding in the New Territories with a farmer who turns out to be Wing-kuen from the 1967 story. It seems like history is repeating itself as the old man has to fight for his rights once again with three teens.

    Shot in black-and-white, this bravely political film is released at a time when people in Hong Kong argue over the limits of censorship and the power of mainland China and examines two important protest movements through the lives of people caught up in the turmoil of politics.


  9 THE CRIMES THAT BIND
  Can : Dong Kei Toh Lok Mok Si
  Lit : When the Curtain Falls on Prayers
    d. Katsuo Fukuzawa
    Hiroshi Abe, Nanako Matsushima, Junpei Mizobata
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening May 24 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/6mBWXtyS6Go

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    A woman is found strangled to death in an apartment in Tokyo's Katsushika Ward. The victim is Michiko Oshitani, a resident of Shiga Prefecture who worked for a home cleaning company. What's more, the occupant of the apartment where the murder took place, Mutsuo Koshikawa, has gone missing. Matsumiya and his fellow detectives of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police’s Investigation Section 1 begin investigating, but hit a brick wall when they fail to find any links between Oshitani and Koshikawa. Why was Oshitani, who lived in Shiga, killed in Tokyo?

    Eventually, the detectives’ inquiries lead them to a theater director named Hiromi Asai. They learn that Oshitani came to Tokyo to visit her former classmate Asai, but again come up with nothing when searching for connections between Asai and Koshikawa, and their investigation grinds to a halt.

    Matsumiya has a hunch that a charred corpse found nearby the murder scene may have some relevance to the case, and subsequently discovers an item among the victim’s belongings with the names of Nihonbashi’s 12 bridges written on it. When Kyoichiro Kaga learns of this, he is deeply shaken. It is somehow connected to his mother, who died alone...


  8 DESTINY: THE TALE OF KAMAKURA
    d. Takashi Yamazaki
    Masato Sakai, Mitsuki Takahata
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 129 mins.
  Opening May 10 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/A-3cBLiID5A

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    When young Akiko marries mystery author Masakazu Isshiki and moves in with him in Kamakura, her way of life becomes a constant source of amazement. A simple stroll through the streets brings her into contact with supernatural creatures such as spirits, goblins, ghosts, and not-grim-at-all reapers. As Akiko learns very quickly, Kamakura is a place where humans and non-humans live side-by-side in harmony. One morning, Masakazu awakes to find that Akiko has disappeared. The only trace of her is a loving letter to her husband... It seems that Akiko has met an unfortunate accident, died, and departed for the netherworld. Upon losing his wife, Masakazu realizes for the first time how much he loves her. To bring Akiko back to life, he decides to journey to the netherworld himself. What awaits Masakazu there are the supernatural creatures who took away his wife, and someone else he recognizes... At last, the destiny of the desperate Isshikis will reveal itself.


  7 AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
    d. Anthony and Joe Russo
    Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
      Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland,
      Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie,
      Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista,
      Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt,
      Benedict Wong, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff


  6 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY
    d. Ron Howard
    Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover,
      Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany


  5 ANON
    d. Andrew Niccol
    Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried,


  4 BLOCKERS
    d. Kay Cannon
    Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz, John Cena,
      Kathryn Newton, Gideon Aldon, Geraldine Viswanathan


  3 WHEN SUN MEETS MOON
  Can : Mau Yut Mau Yuet
  Lit : Certain Day Certain Month
  AKA : Mau Yun Mau Yuet
  Lit : Certain Person Certain Month
  AKA : SUN, MOON AND STAR
  AKA : Yut Yuet Sing
  Lit : Sun Moon Star
  AKA : Sing Si Tai Fan
  Lit : Saint Suggests Rebellion
    d. Benny Lau Wai Hung
    Daichi Harashima, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi),
      Aimee Chan Yan Mei, Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui,
      Maggie Shiu Mei Kei, Donny Summer (Ha Siu Sing),
      Mark Lui Chung Tak, Karena Ng Chin Yu
  Rating : I
  Length : 95 mins.
  Opening May 31 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/YuKpnmXZnao

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    In 1992, the young astrology enthusiasts Sun and Moon met under the starry night. They fall for each other but face the challenges from school and family.


  2 DEADPOOL 2
    d. David Leitch
    Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison
      Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hillebrand, Jack Kesy,



  1 JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM
    d. J.A. Bayona
    Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt

[2018.06.14] DANNY CHAN TO BE REMEMBERED WITH A RECORD AND A CONCERT

Lawrence Cheng asks to host the ceremony
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Shirley Kwan, Lowell Lo and Prudence Liew will sing Danny Chan's hits
September 7th would have been Danny Chan's 60th birthday.  A group of singers will perform a concert on September 9th in his honor and release a record of his hits.
Prudence Liew (center) recorded a song with Danny Chan and Priscilla Chan

Lawrence Cheng says that he did not give up on screenwriting completely because of what Danny Chan said.
The Danny Chan International Fan Club presents a birthday card to Danny's brother James
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To remember the late singer Danny Chan Pak Keung's 60th birthday, the record company invited many of Danny's elder and junior singers to record Danny's classic hits. In September a non profit concert will take place. Yesterday Lowell Lo Koon Ting, Prudence Liew Mei Kwan and Shirley Kwan Suk Yi attended the press conference to share their experience with Danny. Danny's fans sent a birthday card, which Chan Pak Keung's brother accepted on his behalf.

Host Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui was his film ENCORE (HOK CHOI)'s screen writer. He revealed that back then his career was working out, as his screenplays were neither critical nor commercial success. As he was about to consider switching jobs, Danny's words of encouragement made him keep writing and he became today's Cheng Tan Shui. Lo Koon Ting said that Danny was known for his fashion sense. "Once Danny ask me if I knew why I wasn't popular, it was because I didn't dress as well as he did." Liew Mei Kwan said that the first time she saw Danny she deliberately played cool. In the end he came over and praised her for how cool she was. Her heart was pounding. Kwan Suk Yi said that at school she saw Danny working on a film outside her school, but she was too shy to ask for an autograph. She could only look from afar.

In the new record, each singer chose Danny's hit to perform. Liew Mei Kwan chose A PINK LIFE, Lo Koon Ting chose BREAKTHROUGH, and Kwan Suk Yi chose the most difficult RIPPLE. Even Lo Koon Ting said that this song was very hard to sing, adding a lot of pressure on Kwan Suk Yi. However he was confident that she would be able to sing i well. Kwan Suk Yi explained that RIPPLE was her favorite song. The last time she released a record she thought about recording it, but she had too many songs and had to give up the idea. This time she got her wish. Kwan Suk Yi expressed that she has already returned to Universal Records and said that she was very happy to be able to sing songs that she liked. Her new record will be released within the year and a concert will take place as well.

[2018.06.14] WU KANG-JEN'S CANTONESE ALMOST TURNS CHARLENE CHOI'S NEW FILM INTO AN ADULT FILM


Charlene Choi cracks up after busting Wu Kang-Jen's chops
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Wu Kang-Jen presents heels to Charlene Choi, who returns the favor with a big laisee
Deep Ng's birthday was yesterday.  Alex Lam presents a birthday cake to him
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Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Taiwan star Wu Kang-Jen, Alex Lam Tak Shun and Deep Ng Ho Hong yesterday attended their new film THE LADY IMPROPER (FEI FUN SHOOK NUI)'s production start ceremony. Boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing also participated and prayed for a smooth production. Wu Kang-Jen delivered his lines in Cantonese, but Ah Sa made fun of his less than fluent pronunciation that almost made the film an A film (category III film). She during the shoot would wear something sexy and pole dance, before hand she has already taken classic to learn the basics to prepare.

Wu Kang-Jen presented heels to Ah Sa because she would pole dance in the film. Ah Sa presented a big lai see to him in return. Ng Ho Hong's birthday was yesterday and Lam Tak Shun presented him with a birthday cake to celebrate.

Ah Sa said that she has already taken pole dancing lessons to learn the basics. "Although my dance won't be complicated, I still have to learn from scratch then add some spins." Ah Sa said that for her first class she only wore a sports bra and shorts, bu all the other classmates wore bikinis. She revealed that during the shoot she would wear something sex to pole dance. As for intimate scenes, Ah Sa said that she would have them with all three actors but hoped that everyone would keep an open mind. In the film she was frigid sexually. Wu Kang-Jen practiced his Cantonese to fluency and revealed that 90% of his lines were in Cantonese. Ah Sa said, "When he said, 'Don't cry' and 'Once you cried you will be fine' they turned into 'don't suck' and 'once you sucked you will be fine'. Finally I asked him to speak Putonghua to keep the film from turning into an A(dult) film."

Birthday boy Ng Ho Hong revealed that at night he would take his father to dinner to celebrate to thank him for taking care of him over the years. He admitted that he was not easy to deal with. His birthday wish was to perform at the Hong Kong Coliseum soon. Speaking of his intimate scenes with Ah Sa in the film, Ng Ho Hong said that it would be his first intimate scene too. Although he would not have many nude scenes, conceptually they would be very daring.

Lam Tak Shun said that he would not be lucky enough to have any intimate scene with Ah Sa, but fortunately he could personally watch her pole dance. He joked that he would have deliberately have bad takes then so he could watch Ah Sa's exciting dance several more times.

[2018.06.14] THE DIRECTOR THINKS FRANCIS NG IS "ABOVE" DOING HIS OWN STUNTS

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Julian Cheung, Chrissie Chau, Charmaine Sheh and Francis Ng at THE LEAKERS' premiere
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Francis Ng Chun Yu, Charmaine Sheh Sze Man, Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Chrissie Chau Sau Na two nights ago attended the film THE LEAKERS (SIT MUK JEH MOON)'s premiere. Speaking of the wedding banquet of Nancy Sit Ka Yin's son, Ah Sheh said that she attended with her mother and saw the groom Shi Yiu Ting cried like a baby when he made his wedding vow. Even she got teary eyed. Chilam originally was invited but he was not in Hong Kong. He regretted not being able to personally congratulate Sister Ka Yin, but he was very moved when he saw the videos. He could only take the new couple to dinner later.

Chun Yu said that while shooting the film in Malaysia he saw durian the most. One durian cultivar was called Joan Lin. He was very curious and really wanted to try it. As for the gun and car chase scenes in the film, Chun Yu admitted that he used a double. Did he skip his stunts? He said, "I have done many, but when a double is available I would let him do it. I would do the ones in shots that you can see my face in. Earlier a director tried to talk me into jumping off one floor. I said since the double was there just let him jump. He said that I have become more valuable. As soon as the double jumped he broke his leg. In the end I doubled for the double!"

Chun Yu also revealed that Louis Cheung Kai Chung went to work out for the intimate scene with Ah Sheh in the car. Ah Sheh said, "Actually it was a car chase scene, since my face could be seen I performed it myself!" Chun Yu also said that Ah Chung asked for more after the shoot. Ah Sheh said, "Ah Chung said that next time he wants more lines!" Chun Yu joked, "He said that in the next life he would have more lines with you!" Chilam said that he used a double in the car chase scene because his driving was not superb and he was not Chin Kar Lok. He was afraid that he would hurt others.

On Father's Day, Chilam said that he would be at work in Shanghai. Chun Yu said, "Mother's Day has always been more important, the father makes money to spend on Mother's Day." He said that it was just the way of the world. This Father's Day he would have to work because Mother was waiting for him to make money. As for his son Feynman, Chun Yu said, "He will get out of it if he can. Now at his adolescence he is chubby, with a belly, butt and crossed long legs!"