Sunday, August 18, 2019

[2019.08.19] CARLOS CHAN DOES NOT DARE TO GET TOO CURIOUS ABOUT NEW FILM

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Best Actress Kara Wai Ying Hung, Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Taiwan actor Tsao Yu-Ning and others starred in the horror film BINDING SOUL (BONG LING) and even went to an abandoned school, a popular haunted location in Thailand, for a location shoot.

Chan Ka Lok admitted that this time the production atmosphere was a little frightening. Most Hong Kong productions would conduct a simple worship and roast pig cutting ceremony, instead the production start ceremony in Thailand was quite a big deal. Masters were invited to recite scriptures and everything was very solemn. After the blessing everyone had to carry a coin, which made him think whether the location was very haunted. He said, "This abandoned school looked very clean, but why would it become abandoned? I never dared to ask, as I didn't let myself get too curious! However for the official shoot I wouldn't be too afraid, many people were on the set. When I got back to the hotel I would be scared, as I have heard many strange stories about Thailand and Malaysia." Working with Wai Ying Hung again, Chan Ka Lok received praises from her over his improvement. He said that this time he communicated more with the young actors to coordinate with the performance, whereas before he would only just look at the script. "Now I would interact with everyone. This time most of the actors spoke Cantonese. Only Tsao Yu-Ning spoke Putonghua, so I would take care of him good."

Tsao Yu-Ning said that during the shoot he did not run into anything supernatural, on the other hand in real life something strange happened but he could not tell either it was a dream or reality. He said, "One day I was very tired so I went to sleep. Halfway through I saw a child standing at the door at home, without a face and completely white. The strangest was that it suddenly ran over and strangled me with both arms. It was the first time I felt that I would soon die! Later Mama woke me because she heard me in pain. Luckily Mama was at home, I felt very scared!" Working with Wai Ying Hung for the first time, he admitted that he was very scared as he sensed her enormous presence. Her eyes were also very sharp. "Actually I wanted to see Sister Hung, then Sister Hung suddenly looked over! Wow, that was very scary! However Sister Hung gave me some advice. Because I spoke Putonghua, during he shoot Sister Hung knew I didn't understand Cantonese. However she said that was no excuse, as I should memorize my and others' lines. I should also perform some reactions because she discovered that my mind was blank and I couldn't follow. I wouldn't be unhappy, instead I felt like I learned alot." Currently single, Yu-Ning said that he wanted to find a Hong Kong girl, learn Cantonese so in the future he would understand when he would work with Hong Kong actors.

[2019.08.19] MYOLIE WU WINS VANCOUVER CHINESE FILM FESTIVAL BEST ACTRESS

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DEAREST ANITA recently at Canada's 7th Vancouver Chinese Film Festival won 4 awards. Aside from the Best Cantonese Film of the Year, lead Myolie Wu Hung Yi won Best Actress, Sonija Kwok Sin Nei won New Popularity award and directors Clifton Ko Chi Sum and Leung Pak Ho won Best Director.

Ko Chi Sum said, "The most important is Wu Hung Yi's award. She just had a baby, now she won Best Actress. Congratulations to her on double the happiness." Because Hung Yi had to be with her baby she was not able to attend but she prepared some words that in case she won she would ask Ko Chi Sum to read for her. Hung Yi in her speech wanted to thank the director the most for asking her to play this character, as well as all of the Mui Nation members. In the end she wanted to thank Sister Mui (Anita Mui Yim Fong). She said that she never thought about winning an award during the shoot. She was already very happy to be a part of the film and very honored that overseas viewers were able to see this film.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

[2019.08.15] FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 11 2019

For the week ending Sunday August 11 2019
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10 THE CONFIDENCE MAN JP
  Can : Shun Yung Hei Ja Si JP
    d. Ryo Tanaka
    Masami Nagasawa, Masahiro Higashide, Fumiyo Kohinata,
      Yuko Takeuchi, Haruma Miura, Yosuke Eguchi
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 116 mins.
  Opening July 25 2019
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/EB9b6FKYkK4

[ BROADWAY CIRCUITS ]
    "Confidence Man" is all about "money" and "desire." Three seemingly ordinary, good-natured scammers (confidence men) pull of schemes that are both epic and outlandish, and swindle huge sums of money from greedy victims in the tourism, real estate, medicine and sports worlds. This time, Da-ko, Boku-Chan, Richard and others will break out of Japan and engage in another thrilling con-game in Hong Kong! Don't miss it! Welcome to the world of "Confidence Man"!


  9 WHITE STORM 2 DRUG LORDS
  Can : So Duk 2 Tin Dei Dui Kuet
  Lit : Drug Sweep 2 Heaven and Earth Duel
    d. Herman Yau Lai To
    Andy Lau Tak Wa, Louis Koo Tin Lok,
      Michael Miu Kiu Wai, Karena Lam Ka Yun,
      Chrissie Chau Sau Na, Cherrie Ying Choi Yi
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 99 mins.
  Site : https://www.facebook.com/TheWhiteStorm2.DrugLords/
  Opening July 16 2019
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/Q7KSVFCgjhU

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    In the quadripartite drug market in Hong Kong, Jizo gradually expands in collaboration with Mexican drug lord across the border, followed by a chain of dog-eat-dog events which shock and bring the whole trade on high alert.

    On the other hand, Yu Shun-Tin, who hates drugs like poison because his father died of drugs when he was young, now a financial tycoon and a philanthropist, is offering a 100 million bounty to eliminate the No.1 drug dealer in Hong Kong, which causes a stir in society. Policeman Fung intended to try his best to collect evidence for arresting Jizo, but now he cannot but protect Jizo instead due to the bounty. Helplessly, he even receives a tempting offer from Tin which puts him into an internal struggle. A final battle has broken out between the two tycoons which were lesser-known brothers from the same triad.


  8 THE GREAT DETECTIVE SHERLOCK HOLMES -- THE GREAT JAIL-BREAKER
 AKA : SHERLOCK HOLMES
 Can : Dai Jing Tam Fok Yi Mor Si
 Lit : Great Detective Holmes
    d. Matthew Chow, Yuen Kin To
    Animation
    Cantonese Voice: Louis Yuen Siu Cheung
 Rating : I
 Length : 83 mins.
 Opening July 27 2019 (Preview)
 Opening August 1 2019
 Trailer : https://youtu.be/dILgI6TpDxE

    Adapted from the popular children's fiction franchise by author Lai Ho. A notorious swindler has escaped from prison, and Sherlock must team up with Watson to solve this seemingly impossible case before time runs out!


  7 ONCE UPON A TIME...IN HOLLYWOOD
    d. Quentin Tarantino
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie


  6 TOY STORY 4
    d. Josh Cooley
    Disney Pixar Animation
    English Voices: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Anne Potts, Tony Hale,
      Keegan-Michael Kay, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw,
      Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves
    Cantonese Voices: Sean Lau Ching Wan, Dicky Cheung Wai Kin,
      Kay Tse On Kay, I Love You Boyz


  5 DORAEMON: NOBITA'S CHRONICLE OF THE MOON EXPLORATION
    d. Shinnosuke Yakuwa
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 111 mins.
  Opening July 25 2019 (Preview)
  Opening August 8 2019
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/Og57h8O5wJ8

[ MCL CINEMA ]
    Nobita saw a moon turned yellow last night and told his class about it but they think it's funny. Doraemon gives him the "History Explorers Club Badge" and discovers there's life on the moon. Until a new student changed him forever.


  4 LINE WALKER 2
  Can : Si Toh Hung Jeh 2 Dip Ying Hung Dung
    d. Jazz Boon (Man Wai Hung)
    Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Francis Ng Chun Yu,
      Jiang Peiyao, Zhang Yichi, Liu Yuning, Huang Zhizhong,
      Grace Wong Kwan Hing, Benjamin Yuen Wai Ho,
      Joe Ma Tak Chung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 98 mins.
  Opening August 8 2019
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/bF4gEHaX-Ew

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    The police force is plagued by a conspiracy that involves a triad planting a mole within the force.


  3 THE LION KING
    d. Jon Favreau
    Disney Animation
    English Voices: Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor,
      Alfre Woodard, Billy Eichner, John Kani, John Oliver,
      Beyonce Knowles-Carter, James Earl Jones


  2 WEATHERING WITH YOU
  Can : Tin Hei Ji Ji
  Lit : Son of Weather
    d. Makoto Shinkai
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 112 mins.
  Opening August 8 2019
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/s9TiLYJwWf0

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    "I wanted to try going into that light."

    First year of high school, summer. Hodaka runs away from his home on an outlying island to come to Tokyo. He falls into poverty quickly, but after many days of solitude, at last finds work as a freelance writer for a dubious occult magazine.

    Rain falls day after day, as if taking its cue from his life. One day, though, Hodaka meets a girl in one corner of the hustle and bustle of the big city.

    Hina is a cheerful, strong-willed girl who lives alone with her little brother due to certain circumstances. She also has a strange power.
    "Hey, it's gonna clear up now."

    Little by little, the rain stops and the cityscape gives off a beautiful glow. For Hina has the power to make the sky clear just by praying...



  1 FAST AND FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS AND SHAW
    d. David Leitch
    Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby,

[2019.08.15] SIMON YAM FEELS THE LOVE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

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Simon Yam Tat Wa last month was attacked at an event in Zhongshan and suffered injuries to his abdomen and 4 fingers. After over half a month of recovery, last Sunday he already returned to work to promote his film LITTLE Q (SIU Q) in Guangzhou. Last night he again promoted the film and made his first officially appearance in Hong Kong after the injury.

The film LITTLE Q opens today in Hong Kong. Brother Wa, Tang Siu Hau and others last night attended the LITTLE Q screenings for the visually impaired. At the ceremony, the film company arranged for guide dogs to participate and asked students from the Ebenezer School and Home for the Visually Impaired to host. Visually impaired Lau Yik Keung also performed WALK WITH YOU with the film's Tang Siu Hau.

Brother Wa appeared to be in a decent shape but two fingers of his right hand were still bandaged and his arm was still in a sling. He had two bodyguards, not as much as 80 in Guangzhou. Brother Wa said, "Thank you friends for your concern for me, to my wife and daughter as they got thinner while taking care of me. I am very touched. My TOMB RAIDER sequel co-star Angelina Jolie also sent a text, which made me feel that the entire world is full of love. My wife Qi Qi and friends bought a lot of stuff for me to eat, and my daughter personally made desserts that were very sweet to me inside."

Brother Wa said, "Last week I started physical therapy, which would take half a year to 9 months. I would have to wear the sling for 8 to 10 more weeks before I can take it off. Although the incident happened almost a month ago, I still am not completely healed. However I really like LITTLE Q so I want to attend and show my support." After his injury Brother Wa had to stop exercising, but he had a lot of soup for nourishment. He gained over a pound from it. Brother Wa happily said, "I received consolation from many years, in particular was goddess Angelina Jolie. After reading the news she was very concerned about my condition and texted me. I thanked her in my reply. Many French and European fans sent their well wishes through my manager. I would also like to thank some doctor friends and boss Yeung Sau Sing."

When asked he would return to work, Brother Wa said, "Film companies would understand my current status. For commercials they would take one or two days so they can be completed first. Otherwise I hope to resume exercising first and return to work when I would be at my best." He pointed out that his family already went on vacation so they did not accompany him to the event. Later he would join them on their trip. Brother Wa hoped to be able to spend more time with his family and admitted that earlier when he went to work in Guangzhou his wife was very worried. However he truly liked this film too much, as it would be able to spread the message of companionship and love. After this difficulty, he still would look ahead and leap over it. Of course he would have more security when working in the Mainland, he would not keep his distance from fans though. Contact and love are needed between people. Speaking of the difference in security between this time and his Guangzhou event, Brother Wa said, "This is Hong Kong, and media like you are here."

In addition, Tang Siu Hau did not have a dog in real life but had five cats. She almost adopted one every year. They were all street cats, either sick or blind. For now she probably would not adopt any more. Yet if she ran into street dogs and cats near her home she would feed them. Siu Hau felt that the most important was to spay or neuter them to reduce the chance of animals being abandoned. Siu Hau praised the guide dogs in the film as very obedient. During the shoot she also gave them a lot of love. The opportunity was rare.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

[2019.08.14] FOR THE WEEK STARTING AUGUST 10 2019

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting August 10 2019


15 MISS U
  You Zhangjiang (Yau Cheung Ching)

14 SOLUTION
  Can : Gai Yau
  Jane Zhang Liangying (Cheung Lan Wing)

13 HOUSE PARTY
  Can : House Party Ho Si Pai Dui
  Jia Jia (Ga Ga) feat. 0zi

12 GOLDEN STRAWBERRY
  Can : Gum Cho Mui
  Jason Chan Pak Yu

11 5:59 PM
  Can : Ng Dim Ng Sup Gau Fun
  Jun Kung Shek Leung and Yoyo Sham Ning Yi

10 JOURNEY TO LIGHT
  Can : Chui Guong Ho
  Chen Chusheng

 9 BETTER DAYS
  Can : Ngor Moon Hung Ho
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

 8 LIFE SAVING SONG
  Can : Gau Ming Gor
  Joyce Cheng Yun Yi

 7 THAT TIME
  Can : Bei Si
  Diamond Zhang Bichen

 6 WA
  Can : Wa
  Chris Lee Yuchun

 5 SONG OF ELEPHANT
  Can : Dai Jeung Ji Gor
  Bibi Zhou Bichang

 4 THE ONE WHO BELIEVES IN YOU
  Can : Seung Shun Nei Dik Yun
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 3 WE GREW THIS WAY
  Can : Ngor Moon Doh Si Jeh Yeung Jeung Dai Dik
  Sammi Cheng Sau Man

 2 PUPPET
  Can : Muk Au Yun
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

 1 LONELY DOORWAY
  Can : Goo Duk Moon Hau
  Gin Lee (Lee Hung Ngai)

[2019.08.14] FAGARA TRAILER DISPLAYS CHEMISTRY BETWEEN SAMMI CHENG AND ANDY LAU

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The Sammi Cheng Sau Man starred film FAGARA (FA JIU JI MEI) unveiled its trailer. In the film Sammi convincingly cooked the hot pot soup base and also worked with her two former co-stars Andy Lau Tak Wa and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai). In the film Wa Jai and Sammi debated the issue of "can" and "want" like a soon to wed couple. They seemingly became old flames. Such a relationship was absolutely easy for them. During the shoot, Wa Jai just recovered from his fall off a horse, but in order to support Sammi he insisted on finishing his guest starring role. They were full of chemistry.

[2019.08.14] LILY LEUNG PASSED AWAY AT AGE 90





Grace Wong
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Lily Leung truly lived up to her "Upper Class" nickname
Lily Leung was graceful even on her off day
The British media called Lily Leung the first woman on Hong Kong television
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Grandson Nic Yuen reveals that Grandma went very peacefully
Lily Leung's KINDRED SPIRIT co-star Nancy Sit (front) is saddened by her passing
Lily Leung suffered the pain of losing her youngest son Yuen Wai Hung (back left) and husband Yuen Lai Ming (front third right)
Lily Leung's touching performance in TRACEY
After making the jump to TVB, Lily Leung host ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT with Leung Sing Bo, Lydia Shum and Wu Cheung Siu

Pong Bik Wan, Lai Yuen Ling and Lily Leung were the three flowers of RTV

Two years ago Hacken Lee invited his mother, mother in law and godmother Lily Leung to celebrate together
Lau Siu Kwan played the son of Lily Leung on KINDRED SPIRIT and regretted that he was unable to see her one last time
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Starring in the 1995 situation series KINDRED SPIRIT (JUN CHING), Lily Leung Ho Shun yesterday passed away at age 90. TVB made the announcement on behalf of her grandson. Leung Shun Yin passed away peacefully in the company of her family. Godson Hacken Lee Hak Kun said, "I want to respect Godmother's family, and would leave any news for her family to respond. I send my condolences to them. I would always miss Godmother and wish her peace in Heaven." TVB expressed deeply sorrow over Leung Shun Yin's passing. Assistant general manager (artist management and development) Elaine Lok Yi Ling and assistant general manager (drama production) Tsang Lai Chun sent her family their condolences and TVB would provide suitable assistance.

Leung Shun Yin was originally named Leung Suk Ching, born on January 7, 1929. She graduated from the Belilios Public School and was a devout Catholic. She was the first actress in Hong Kong television history. In 1957 her husband encouraged her to participate in the RTV artist recruitment, but when she got there the quota was filled. The producer arranged for her to try voice acting and later she successfully applied to RTV (ATV's predecessor) to become one of Hong Kong's earliest Chinese actress on television, the first artist to sign with a television station. She was also among the first generation of Flowers of Hong Kong news, as she anchored the news three nights a week and host five television program. Viewers appreciated Leung Shun Yin's classical aura and graceful manner as she became the most popular female anchor at the time.

After over half a century in film, Leung Shun Yin in 2004 received the TVB Anniversary Performing Art Award. After that she said that she would still work on series as her production rate did not reduce due to her age. Leung Shun Yin in recent years worked on series in the company of her maid. Her work included HEART AND GREED (TONG SUM FUNG BO 3), A FIST WITHIN FOUR WALLS (SING JAI YING HUNG), FIST FIGHT (HING DAI), AS TIME GOES BY (HO YUT JI), the currently on air JUSTICE BAO THE FIRST YEAR (BAU CHING TIN JOI HEI FUNG WON), the September 2nd release NEIGHBORHOOD FINANCE (GAI FONG CHOI YEH), the yet to air OF GREED AND ANTS (WONG GUM YAU JUI), and her final show was the new series CHINATOWN that just wrapped up in May. Leung Shun Yin worked at TVB for 30 years and would have received her 30 year long term service gold medal. On June 26th, Sister Lily even attended executive Tsang Lai Chun's birthday party at Television City and posed for a group photo with colleagues. She appeared to be well at the time.

At the beginning of this month, Leung Shun Yin reportedly was gravely ill and rushed to the hospital. As her condition deteriorated, her godson Hacken Lee Hak Kun reportedly rushed to visit. Leung Shun Yin's grandson and fellow actor Nic Yuen Ho Chung eulogized her on social media. "Thank you everyone for your love for Grandma. Grandma went very peacefully and very beautifully, as graceful and elegant as ever." Many artists eulogized her online as well. Her CHINATOWN co-star Grace Wong Kwan Hing expressed sorrow over Leung Shun Yin's passing. Kwan Hing said that she just heard the bad news yesterday and was very saddened. "She would always get to work very on time, finished with make up and hair early on she would sit there and wait. She never had any temper. No matter how late the shoot went, she would always say, "I appreciate your hard work'. She always had great attitude, care about each of us very much. She was always very heart warming and very elegant."

[2019.08.14] KENNY KWAN FALTERS TO CONCERT AND FILM WORK

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Kenny Kwan Chi Bun, Cherry Ngan Cheuk Ling, Michael Ning (Bak Ji) and Anthony Chan Yau yesterday attended the film SINGER AND STRANGER (YUM SING DIK NEI)'s production start. Kenny has been busy with his film and concert rehearse, everyday he would practice five or six things. Finally earlier his body succumbed and he almost collapsed at home. Kenny revealed that his body could not take as much as he has imagined. Earlier after exercising at home he felt a little sleepy and belly pain. After taking some medicine he went to rest in his home. When he woke up he could not stand steadily. A co-worker rushed him to the hospital. The doctor said that his blood sugar and blood pressure were too low. After taking a shot for his fever he no longer had to stay at the hospital so he went home and rest. He immediately bought a cup of hot chocolate to drink.

Kenny stated that he got into trouble from trying to get into better shape as he quit all sugar. Later Joey Yung Cho Yi sent him a text to comfort him and said that she tried the same thing for her first concert. She reminded him to be healthy, happy and alert on the stage.

Speaking of his concert being sold out as soon as tickets went on sale yesterday, Kenny happily said, "I was pleasantly surprised, but I kind of guessed it. Because this time had no internal sale, co-workers and I all went to grab tickets. Unfortunately the entire company was only able to grab a dozen or so. My family and friends need 300 tickets, now I can only ask the company to think of ideas." He also admitted that the past two months or so have been the most pressure he has experienced in his life, because he was able to so dramatically perform a concert and the film SINGER AND STRANGER was also tailored for him. He thus had to properly schedule his time to be two very important things well.

Speaking of his former bandmate Steven Cheung Chi Hung, Kenny said that he has been busy lately so they have had less contact. Would he ask him to see the show? He said that it would depend on how Steven would feel. Kenny said that Steven mentioned his wedding next month to him, but he would leave the announcement for Steven to make. Would he attend? He said that as a brother he would try to coordinate, for now he has no idea what gift to give him.

[2019.08.14] RICHIE JEN LEARNS HONG KONG ACTOR SPIRIT FROM NICK CHEUNG

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Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) 15 years after BREAKING NEWS (DAI SI GEIN) worked together again on BODIES AT REST (CHUM MUK DIK JING YUN). Ka Fai praised Siu Chai for being just as friendly and serious about work, while Siu Chai pointed out that he was able to learn the Hong Kong actor spirit from Ka Fai. The rehearsal was already a lot of fun. He also stated that he "sensed how unpredictable Ka Fai could be, one look from him seems to see right through you."

Working together again after 15 years, Ka Fai admitted that Siu Chai did not feel too different. Instead this time he was able to get to know him even more. Ka Fai said, "Siu Chai has his own personality. Everyone like him so much because he is so carefree and such a nice guy. Working together again, that feeling remains unchanged. He is just as easy going, and serious at work. For his performance he can be fat and thin. You can see his hard work." Siu Chai said, "I am very honored to be able to learn the Hong Kong actor spirit from Ka Fai. This time I learned a lot. After getting into character Ka Fai controls how he looks and speaks very well, thus during rehearsal it s already a lot of fun. I am very happy, I sense how unpredictable Ka Fai is. One look from him seems to be able to see through you." Ka Fai replied, "Should I tell you about the ghost babies I am raising too?"

Siu Chai this time in the film played a robber. Playing a villain again, he admitted that before the performance he would convince himself first that whatever he did was right. In the film he was after better days and had to do whatever it took to reach his goal. Yet he ran into a forensic scientist who would rather die than submit in Cheung Ka Fai. Finally the doctor saw through his identity and psychology and turned the robbers against each other. Ka Fai joked that he was able to play this character because he had a lot of education. He also got into his character and treated corpses like his friends. He would communicate with them. In the film his wife was a victim in a robbery, after which he became very alone. Work was always a joy for him, thus he had a very strong ability for analysis.

Working with DIE HARD 2's director Renny Harlin, Ka Fai said that the director continued his own personal production style. The story took place at the morgue. He kept running from Siu Chai and would set traps for him. The process had some Western humor, like a drunk guy Roger Kwok Chun On stumbling in and MC Jin unable to get his cry for help with his headphones. Siu Chai stated that the film had nonstop action, which was not too highly difficult but very highly painful. He said, "They were all thug fights but I fought so much that I didn't have the heart to throw another punch. In the finale everyone fought, we fought for real. I got a little dizzy from fighting. I also had another shot when I had to kick Ka Fai down. The director and the action director were pleased, but Ka Fai asked me for another take." Ka Fai said that at the time he had protective padding and would evaluate whether he would be able to handle the action. He said, "I would only do something that I was confident about!" Siu Chai also praised Ka Fai for his Hong Kong spirit.

Ka Fai said that the Hollywood director's pace was faster, and had his own way from the commercial angle like some foreign humor. Thus this experience was great. He was able to come in contact with different cultures. Siu Chai pointed out that in the past all the Hong Kong directors he worked with "flew notes" as none had an official script. They would change the story development at anytime, belong to more casual creativity and felt bolder. However Hollywood director would very precisely calculate the audience's mood swings. Although Ka Fai has directed before, as an actor he absolutely would not interfere with the director's creativity. He would be in his actor's position and respect the creator.

Monday, August 12, 2019

[2019.08.13] HA PING PASSED AWAY


Cheung Kwok Keung was by Ha Ping's side when she passed
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TVB Anniversary Performing Art Award in 2005

Ha Ping started her career in LITTLE WOMEN with Cheung Ying
In HOUSE OF KAM TOPPLES with Pak Yin
As Stephen Chow's mother in HAIL THE JUDGE
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Veteran actor Ha Ping (originally named Lo Siu Ping) passed away from stroke related complications on the 5th at the hospital. She was 81. Ha Ping's funeral has been scheduled for August 19 at the Universal Funeral Parlor.

God son Gordon Lam Ka Tung yesterday confirmed the news of Ha Ping's passing. He revealed that his godmother lived in a senior home for several years, but due to stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure her health deteriorated and made eating difficult for her. She also suffered several falls that left her less than mobile. Ka Tung stated that at the beginning of this year Godmother's body took a turn, even medication did not improve her condition. In the past two months or so she was not doing well. Ka Tung said, "Because I am working in Yunnan, when I got the call that Godmother's condition got worse I recorded words of encouragement for her. The doctors also said that they would do their best to extend her life. I hurried and finished the rest of the film production and rushed back on the 4th to the hospital. On the 5th I watched her take her final breath as she passed away." Did his godmother have any final wish? Ka Tung said, "Probably everyone was present when she passed. Her children and grandchildren all were. I also promised her to see her off on her final journey!"

Ka Tung naturally missed his time with his godmother. He said that Godmother actually remained clear headed and often joked about with him. "Godmother was very direct, I always said to her that she crossed many people. However many people came to visit her, you can imagine how great she was with people!" Ka Tung also revealed that Ha Ping was a Buddhist, in the past decade she often listened to Buddhist scriptures. Thus her funeral would be a Buddhist ceremony. He would also serve his duty as a godson and take care of his godmother's affairs.

The Performing Artist Guild president Louis Koo Tin Lok expressed sympathy over the passing of Sister Ha Ping and felt it was a loss to show business. He said that the Guild will communicate with her family to see if it would be able to lend a hand and try to help as much as it can.

Ha Ping has been in film for over 60 years. In the 50s she applied to a film company and became an actor. In the 70s she joined Shaw and then TVB, participating in many films and television series. Her recent television series included A FIST WITHIN FOUR WALLS, QUEEN DIVAS, RETURN OF THE SILVER TONGUE, mostly playing maids and elders. In 2005 she received the TVB Anniversary artist award at the TVB awards. Her contribution to Hong Kong television and her performance abilities were well respected, as she left an indelible impression on everyone.