Wednesday, September 30, 2020

[2020.10.01] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27 2020

For the week ending Sunday September 27 2020
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10 PENINSULA
  Can : Si Sak Boon Doh
    d. Yeon Sang-ho
    Kang Dong-Won, Lee Jung-hyun
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 116 mins.
  Opening July 16 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening August 20 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening August 28 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/JWWTpuNTVLM

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Korea has officially become an isolated country due to the mysterious viral outbreak.

    Now, the very last struggle to escape from the abandoned peninsula begins again!

    Jung-seok, a former soldier, barely managed to escape the peninsula to Hong Kong. While living as "peninsula refugee" in Hong Kong, being ignored by the local people, Jung-seok accepts a tempting offer from a random foreigner. Jung-seok and his crew head to the peninsula again to accomplish the mission, just to discover a group of non-infected survivors still living in the zombie-occupied peninsula! Will they be able to survive again from the disaster?


  9 STEEL RAIN 2: SUMMIT
    d. Yang Woo-suk
    Jung Woo-sung, Kwak Do-won, Yoo Yeon-seok, Angus Macfadyen
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 131 mins.
  Opening September 24 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/sT3Doxc-jk8

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Leaders of South Korea, North Korea, and the U.S. hold a summit in Wonsan, North Korea to discuss North Korea's nuclear issue and peace in the Korean Peninsula. Interrupted by some North Korean hardliners who have raised a coup, the leaders of the three countries are abducted and taken away on a North Korean submarine.

    As the North Korean hardliners, the U.S., Japan, and China each set up their own plans for war, how will President HAN of South Korea, who is trapped inside a submarine, overcome this crisis?


  8 BEYOND THE DREAM
  Can : Wan Oi
  Lit : Fantasy Love
    d. Kiwi Chow Koon Wai
    Terrance Lau Chun Him, Cecilia Choi Sze Wan,
      Nina Paw Hee Ching, Poon Chan Leung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening November 14 2019 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening December 13 2019 (Preview)
  Opening May 9 2020 (Preview)
  Opening July 2 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/y1X2n0DVqgQ

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Lok is a recovering schizophrenic who yearns for love. One day, he encounters the young and beautiful Yan and quickly falls in love with her. Just when he struggles whether to tell her about his illness, he has a relapse and becomes delusional. Little does he know that she's a psychological counselor who has a hidden agenda. The pair develops a relationship that is beyond their wildest dreams.


  7 MULAN
    d. Niki Caro
    Crystal Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Gong Li,


  6 LOVE YOU FOREVER
  Can : Ngor Joi Si Gan Jun Tau Dun Nei
  Lit : I Will Wait For You At the End of Time
    d. Yoyo Yao Tingting
    Lee Hongchi, Li Yitong
  Rating : I
  Length : 115 mins.
  Opening September 17 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/LY5gERElwFo

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Some lives are linked across time, connected by destiny. While aiding an old theatre attendant Lin Ge, aspiring dancer Qiu Qian stumbles upon his diary which chronicles the life and memories they shared together since childhood, thus discovering a timeless love story concealed in another dimension.


  5 FATAL VISIT
  AKA : MURDER IN SAN JOSE
  Can : Sing Hor Sai Mau Sat On
    d. Calvin Poon Yuen Leung
    Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Sammi Cheng Sau Man,
      Tong Dawei, Dominic Lam Ka Wa, Patrick Tam Yiu Man
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 90 mins.
  Opening November 16 2019 (Preview)
  Opening April 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening September 25 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/o42y9ZkkzAs

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    The story tells of Yanny, who leaves Hong Kong to escape a love affair gone bad. She goes to San Jose to visit Ling, an old friend she hasn't seen in years. It seems like Ling and her husband Tang lead an ideal, carefree existence. But during the short span of five days, Yanny uncovers the truth hidden behind the fa├žade as she discovers the unspeakable secrets that propel all three down a fatal path shattering their American dreams and imperiling their lives.


  4 DO YOU LOVE ME AS I LOVE YOU
  Can : Hor Buk Hor Yi Ne Ya Gong Ho Hei Foon Ngor
    d. Chieh Shueh-Bin
    Tsao Yu-Ning, Chen Yuu, Lin Ying Wei
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 108 mins.
  Opening August 27 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening September 12 2020 (Preview)
  Opening September 24 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/qiTo00oAzTs

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Tien Xiao-Xiang is a fan of author Si-Yi and Tarot cards. But deep down, she has another love, childhood sweetheart Li Zhu-Hao. Just when she sees the perfect opportunity to reveal her love to him from fortunetelling. Li confesses his feelings to her best friend Song Yi-Jing! But Song has a condition for Li, that is to help three unlikely couples to date.

    To everyone's surprise, Li, a chump, agrees to take on the challenge. But he has no idea how to accomplish it and turns his best friend Tien for help. Even with her heart broken over her first love, Tien can't bear to see him suffer. Therefore, she tries to help him reluctantly with mixed feelings, but will this first love in her heart go where she hopes for to a perfect ending?


  3 I'M LIVIN' IT
  AKA : I'M LIVING IT
  Can : Mak Lo Yun
  Lit : Wheat Road People
  AKA : Muk Lo Yun
  Lit : Man on A Strange Path
    d. Wong Hing Fan
    Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Alex Man Chi Leung,
      Cheung Tat Ming, Nina Paw Hee Ching, Cya Liu Yase,
      Zeno Koo Ting Hin, Wong Yui Ka
      Angie Shum Yat Ka, Lo Ho Yu,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 115 mins.
  Opening October 29 2019 at the Tokyo International Film Festival
  Opening December 26 2020 (Preview)
  Opening September 17 2020
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/nlh16FWBh7U

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Once a star in his finance firm, Bowen now spends his nights in a 24-hour fast food joint, where he encounters other "roommates" who are in a similar predicament: a mother with her daughter who has taken put high-interest loans to cover her mother-in-law's debt, an old man who is too afraid to go home, a young runaway, and a young singer living in a temporary shelter. Together these accidental roommates must strive to lift one another out of rock bottom.


  2 GREENLAND
    d. Ric Roman Waugh
    Gerard Butler, Morena Baccarin, Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn



  1 TENET
    d. Christopher Nolan
    John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki,
      Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, Kenneth Branagh,

[2020.10.01] GORDON LAM RECEIVES HIS FIRST GOLDEN HORSE BEST ACTOR NOMINATION[2020.

Gordon Lam thanks viewers for supporting HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE

Gwai Lun-Mei jokingly asks if nominees get a slow cooker

Lau Chun Him sees the BEYOND THE DREAM Golden Horse Best New Performer nomination as the greatest honor in his life.

THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING also receives 6 nominations
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Gordon Lam works on the movie for zero salary to support the film industry and gets a Best Actor nomination in return
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Gordon Lam says that he does not know who the competition will be so comparison will be difficulty

A LEG's Best Actress nominee Gwei Lun-Mei has won the Golden Horse Award before 

Golden Horse Best Supporting Actress Bai Ling is nominated for Best Actress with THE ABORTIONIST

Lau Chun Him thanks the Golden Horse Awards for its recognition of him

THE ABORTIONIST's Fruit Chan is nominated for Best Director

THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING
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The 57th Golden Horse Award yesterday announced its nominations. Nominated Hong Kong films included BEYOND THE DREAM (WAN OI), HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE (SAU GUEN YIN), THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING (KONG MO PAI 3), THE ABORTIONIST (DOR TOI SI). Among the 18 nominations for Hong Kong films, Fruit Chan with THE ABORTIONIST would compete for Best Director against Taiwan director Tsai Ming-Liang. THE ABORTIONIST's lead actress Bai Ling would vie for Best Actress against Gwei Lun-Mei. Gordon Lam Ka Tung received his first Golden Horse Best Actor nomination with HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE.

Yesterday Pink Yang Qian Pei and actor Lin Da-her were the event master of ceremony. Special guest Gingle Wang and last year's Best New Actor award winner Fandy Fan announced the nominations. Aside from the Best Actor nomination for HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE's Lam Ka Tung, the film also was nominated for Best Feature Film, Best Art Direction (Cheung Siu-hong, Yman Yiu Hon-Man), Best Makeup and Costume Design (Cheung Siu-hong, Dos Santos Chan Chi-Ching), Best Editing (William Chang Suk Ping/Alan Lo Wai Lun), Best Action Choreography (Tang Sui Wah), Best New Director (Chan Kin Long). Lam Ka Tung responded, "Congratulations to the director! I also hope all viewers would continue to support HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE. Thank you very much!"

Gwei Lun-Mei with her new film A LEG received her fourth Golden Horse Award Best Actress nomination and became the favorite. Yesterday she attended an event and was asked about her Golden Horse nomination. She said, "No matter I was nominated or not it was a great learning experience." She even jokingly asked, "Would nominees get electric cookers this time?"

The Hong Kong film THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING received 6 nominations, including Best New Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Film Song, Editing, Sound Effect and Action Choreography. Director Adam Wong Sau Ping happily said, "Thank you to THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING team, thank you Golden Scene, thank you Hong Kong Film Development Fund and the Creative Hong Kong office, thank you Golden Horse. Once again, let's go Golden Horse!"

Terrance Lau Chun Him with BEYOND THE DREAM was nominated for Best New Actor with THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING's actor Heyo (Fok Ka Ho). Lau Chun him yesterday said, "As a Hong Kong actor it was a very meaningful experience. My first Golden Horse Award nomination is the greatest honor I have received in my life, I am moved by being able to be one of the Hong Kong film representatives." In addition, Hong Kong representative TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE was nominated for Best Documentary, and NIGHT IS YOUNG was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film.

57TH GOLDEN HORSE AWARD
https://goldenhorse.org.tw/awards/nw/?serach_type=award&sc=8&search_regist_year=2020&ins=49
    BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
  • DAYS
  • MY MISSING VALENTINE
  • CLASSMATES MINUS
  • DEAR TENANT
  • HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE
    BEST DOCUMENTARY
  • FATHER
  • ME AND MY CONDEMNED SON
  • CHEN UEN
  • LOST COURSE
  • TAKING BACK THE LEGISLATURE
    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
  • DR. SUN
  • CITY OF LOST THINGS
    BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
  • TEMPLE OF DEVILBUSTER
  • SEE YOU, SIR
  • NIGHT IS YOUNG
  • IN THIS LAND WE'RE BRIEFLY GHOSTS
  • SISTERS' BUSY HANDS
    BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
  • THE SIX
  • GRAND ADVENTURE RAILROAD
  • LITTLE HILLY
  • THE WEATHER IS LOVELY
  • NIGHT BUS
    BEST DIRECTOR
  • TSAI Ming-liang (DAYS)
  • CHEN Yu-hsun (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • HUANG Hsin-yao (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • CHENG Yu-chieh (DEAR TENANT)
  • Fruit CHAN (THE ABORTIONIST)
    BEST LEADING ACTOR
  • Mark LEE (NUMBER 1)
  • LIU Kuan-ting (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • Austin LIN (I WEIRDO)
  • MO Tzu-yi (DEAR TENANT)
  • LAM Ka-tung (HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE)
    BEST LEADING ACTRESS
  • Patty LEE (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • Nikki HSIEH Hsin-ying (I WEIRDO)
  • GWEI Lun-mei (A LEG)
  • BAI Ling (THE ABORTIONIST)
  • CHEN Shu-fang (LITTLE BIG WOMEN)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • Nadow LIN (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • CHENG Jen-shuo (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • Michael CHANG (A LEG)
  • Leon DAI (YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN)
  • KIM Hyunbin (THE SILENT FOREST)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Francesca KAO (GET THE HELL OUT)
  • CHANG Ya-ling (MICKEY ON THE ROAD)
  • CHEN Shu-fang (DEAR TENANT)
  • HSIEH Ying-xuan (LITTLE BIG WOMEN)
  • Vera CHEN (THE ROPE CURSE 2)
    BEST NEW DIRECTOR
  • CHONG Keat-aun (THE STORY OF SOUTHERN ISLET)
  • LIAO Ming-yi (I WEIRDO)
  • Joseph HSU Chen-chieh (LITTLE BIG WOMEN)
  • KO Chen-nien (THE SILENT FOREST)
  • CHAN Kin-long (HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE)
    BEST NEW PERFORMER
  • WU Yi-jung (DEAR ORANGE)
  • LAU Chun-him (BEYOND THE DREAM)
  • Heyo (THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING)
  • Edward CHEN (YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN)
  • CHEN Yan-fei (THE SILENT FOREST)
    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • CHEN Yu-hsun (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • CHONG Keat-aun (THE STORY OF SOUTHERN ISLET)
  • CHUNG Mong-hong, CHANG Yao-sheng (A LEG)
  • CHENG Yu-chieh (DEAR TENANT)
  • KO Chen-nien, LIN Pin-jun (THE SILENT FOREST)
    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
  • Felix TSANG, Kiwi CHOW (BEYOND THE DREAM)
  • HUANG Hsin-yao (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • Maya HUANG, Joseph HSU Chen-chieh (LITTLE BIG WOMEN)
  • Adam WONG Sau-ping (THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING)
    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • CHOU Yi-hsien (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • Wayne PENG (PRECIOUS IS THE NIGHT)
  • LIAO Ming-yi (I WEIRDO)
  • NAKASHIMA Nagao (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • YAO Hung-i (YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN)
    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  • Tomi KUO (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • Sam KUNG, MIAO Tien-yu, ArChin YEN (I WEIRDO)
  • Aben LEE (HELLO! TAPIR)
  • XU Yuan, HUANG Min-pin (THE ROPE CURSE 2)
    BEST ART DIRECTION
  • WANG Chih-cheng (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • WU Jhong-syuan (I WEIRDO)
  • CHAO Shih-hao (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • LEE Tien-chueh, LIU Yi-ru (THE SILENT FOREST)
  • CHEUNG Siu-hong, Yman YIU Hon-man (HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE)
    BEST MAKEUP AND COSTUME DESIGN
  • Raymond KUEK, Azni SAMDIN (NUMBER 1)
  • LIM Sau-hoong (PRECIOUS IS THE NIGHT)
  • HSU Li-wen (A LEG)
  • CHEUNG Siu-hong, Dos Santos CHAN Chi-ching (HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE)
  • Lore SHIH, Kiara WANG (THE ROPE CURSE 2)
    BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY
  • Teddy Ray Huang, LI Shao-peng (GET THE HELL OUT)
  • ZHANG Peng (A CHOO)
  • Shing MAK (THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING)
  • TANG Sui-wah (HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE)
    BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
  • KO Ren-chien, Eddie TSAI (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • Fran CHEN (DEAR TENANT)
  • Blaire KO (LITTLE BIG WOMEN)
  • Chris HOU, Jason HUANG (YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN)
  • LU Luming (THE SILENT FOREST)
    BEST ORIGINAL FILM SONG
  • HAPPY FAMILY (BABI)
    Lyricist : Namewee, 5forty2, The Real Masta Clan
    Composer : Namewee
    Performer : Namewee, 5forty2, The Real Masta Clan
  • LOST AND FOUND (MY MISSING VALENTINE) Lyricist : Patty LEE, LU Luming
    Composer : LU Luming
    Performer : Patty LEE
  • GUO MIE (LITTLE BIG WOMEN)
    Lyricist : Elisa Y.H. LIN
    Composer : Blaire KO
    Performer : CHEN Shu-fang, YU Tzu-yu
  • WELCOME TO THIS CITY (THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING)
    Lyricist : Heyo, Afuc, Saville CHAN
    Composer : Day TAI, Heyo
    Performer : Heyo, Afuc, Lydia LAU, Jan Curious, KIDA Choir
  • YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN (YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN)
    Lyricist : Keon Chia, TAN Boon-wah, HOOI Yuan-teng
    Composer : Keon Chia, TAN Boon-wah, HOOI Yuan-teng
    Performer : Crowd LU, Edward CHEN
    BEST FILM EDITING
  • LAI Hsiu-hsiung (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • LAI Hsiu-hsiung (CLASSMATES MINUS)
  • Mary STEPHEN, Adam WONG Sau-ping (THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING)
  • Milk SU, CHEN Chun-hung (THE SILENT FOREST)
  • William CHANG Suk-ping, Alan LO (HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE)
    BEST SOUND EFFECTS
  • Dennis TSAO, HO Hsiang-ling, Terry LIN, LEE Yu-chih, WANG Min-shi (DAYS)
  • TU Duu-chih, WU Shu-yao (BEYOND THE DREAM)
  • Book CHIEN, TANG Shiang-chu (MY MISSING VALENTINE)
  • Thomas CHENG, Vincent TAM King-wah, Chill YANG (THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING)
  • KUO Li-chi, LEE Dong-hwan (THE SILENT FOREST)
OUTSTANDING TAIWANESE FILMMAKER OF THE YEAR
PENG Ren-meng

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
HOU Hsiao-hsien

[2020.10.01] EDMOND LEUNG HOPES FEMALE VIEWERS WILL FORGIVE HIS RARE CHANCE TO CHEAT

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Singers Ivana Wong Yuen Chi and Edmond Leung Hon Man in the film played a couple in a complicated relationship. During the shoot they often talked about music. Earlier they even jam online live. Wong Yuen Chi said, "After making the film, we always want to find a chance to play music together. Coincidentally we learn the film has confirmed the release date, so we should jam songs to celebrate even more. This time we had a lot of fun." Four years ago, she was a guest performer at Leung Hon Man's Hong Kong Coliseum concert and played the piano. They performed BROKE THREE HEARTS and HAND WISH.

Leung Hon Man in the film originally was a pair with Wong Yuen Chi, later because his feelings changed the relationship was destroyed. He said, "Musically, three people together is called a collaboration. However in relationship scenes it is called seeing two people at once, which would be condemned by all. It was my first time, I hope each female viewers after watching wouldn't yell at me. Please forgive me."

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

[2020.09.30] KARENA LAM FEELS BAD FOR HER DIRECTOR HUSBAND

Karena Lam understands that whether she agrees with it or not the decision has been made and cannot be changed.
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Karena Lam does not want her daughters to depend too much on city living as she brings her daughters to enjoy the great outdoors

The Steve Yuen directed, Karena Lam and Anthony Wong starred LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD is one of the films the Hong Kong Film Awards postponement affected
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Karena Lam Ka Yun yesterday attended an outdoors brand event. As for the Hong Kong Film Award Association combining two years into the 40th Hong Kong Film Award and postponing it to 2022, Ka Yun said, "I think the Association has already thought about it a lot and ended up with this decision. I would respect the Association." Her husband Steve Yuen Kim Wai directed the Emperor Motion Picture LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD (SEI YUN MO HOR YI) was released already, would she feel that it would be at a disadvantage due to the Hong Kong Film Award delay? She stated that she liked performing and acting too much for her to be at a disadvantage, as her original intent never changed. She said, "My husband respects that too, but he is more pitiful! I as an actor can be more casual, he spent more time on it. I asked if he was OK, he said that he would respect the Association. It is an idea when they were out of ideas."

[2020.09.30] THE HONG KONG COMIC WORLD MOURNS LEE WAI CHUN

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The comic creator of MISS 13 DOTS, Lee Wai Chun, passed away on August 27th. Yesterday services were held at the St. Bonaventure Church in Tsz Wan Shan and burial would take place the next day at the Happy Valley Catholic Cemetery. After 5PM, the hearse arrived. Lee Wai Chun's daughter carried a color photo of her mother in with and the trademark Miss 13 Dots hair accessory and a friendly smile. The hall was simple and clean, decorated with fresh white flowers. Monitors in the hall showed photos of her life and her family, in which she was rather trendy in her youth. Many friends from comic book world sent floral arrangement, including Mr. and Mrs. Tony Wong Yuk Long, Mr. and Mrs. Wong Chak, Ma Wing Shing, Zunzi, Lee Chi Ching, Yeung Hok Tak and the Hong Kong Comics and Animation Federation.

Monday, September 28, 2020

[2020.09.29] SANDRA NG REUNITES WITH GONG LI 30 YEARS LATER

Sandra Ng helps Gong Li with her posture
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Gong Li worked with Sandra Ng and Stephen Chow in GOD OF GAMBLERS III BACK TO SHANGHAI in 1991

As Sandra Ng gives Gong Li a big hug, Peter Chan asks curiously, "Do you two know each other?"
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The Peter Chan Ho Sun directed film LEAP after 5 days in release made 200 million RMB, a decent showing. Recently the film released official behind the scene videos. Chan Ho Sun's wife Sandra Ng Kwan Yu and Joan Chen visited the set. As soon as Kwan Yu said Gong Li she gave her a big hug, like old friends reuniting after a long time apart. Chan Ho Sun was puzzled and asked Gong Li, "Do you two know each other?" Gong Li held Kwan Yu's hands and answered that she and Kwan Yu have worked together on a movie.

They worked together on the 1991 film GOD OF GAMBLERS PART III: BACK TO SHANGHAI (DOH HUP II SEUNG HOI TAN DOH SING), so they have not seen each other in 30 years. Gong Li said to Chan Ho Sun, "She treated me particularly well. At the time I didn't know anything and didn't speak, so other people didn't say much to me......" Kwan Yu remembered that back then Gong Li had back pain and would give her massages to ease her pain.

Later Gong Li and Chan Ho Sun were focused on watching the playback, Kwan Yu saw Gong Li hunched over and gave her a massage. However Gong Li ducked away and said, "You can't do that!" She then stood up straight and said, "This is me!" She hunched over again and said, "She (Lang Ping) normally is like this; when (the role) is growing on you, you are not used to standing up straight!"

[2020.09.29] THE 40TH HONG KONG FILM AWARD HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2022

Derek Yee does not feel merging two years of movies into one event eligibility would be an issue due to the small number of releases this year.
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Aaron Kwok would have to wait for nominations for DISCONNECT'D


Sean Lau's SHOCK WAVE 2 will face even stiffer competition
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SHOCK WAVE 2

LEGALLY DECLARED DEAD

THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING

KEEP ROLLING

SHADOWS

The Hong Kong Film Award Association president Derek Yee announces that the 40th Hong Kong Film Award will be postponed until 2022
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The Hong Kong Film Award Association yesterday issued a public notice. Due to the novel coronavirus changes, Hong Kong cinemas were unable to operate normally for most of this year and this year's film releases would be drastically postponed. Thus the event decided to postponed the 40th Hong Kong Film Award presentation ceremony to 2022. Films that met the criteria in 2020 and 20201 would be eligible for first season 2022 combined voting and award ceremony. He also thanked the sponsors and various film companies' support and understanding of this decision. The Hong Kong Film Award Association stressed that this change would not affect how fair and representative the event would be.

Originally scheduled for 2021, the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards will postpone for a year and also combine two years into one. Reportedly this year only a dozen or Hong Kong films were released, many film company bosses due to the continuing pandemic would rather give up the originally scheduled spots for films that were to be released this year, postpone their releases and even production plans until after the pandemic. Such a production rate would make selection more excellent films and performs in Hong Kong films form the past year difficult.

Currently at work in Shanghai, the Hong Kong Film Awards Association president Derek Yee Tung Sing (Siu Bo) responded to the move to postpone the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards for a year and confirmed that the Hong Kong Film Awards will not take place in April next year. He pointed out that as of September 28th this year, only a dozen or so Hong Kong films were released. The release rate was indeed very few. He said, "Actually no matter how many films were released in the year, or the market problems, planning the awards how under the pandemic would continue to be severely impacted. Thus in the end we made this helpless decision."

How did sponsors and film companies react to this decision to postpone for a year? Did the event have any voice of opposition and how did it reach an agreement? Siu Bo said, the Hong Kong Film Award Association consisted of 14 industry affiliated organizations (including the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association, the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild, the Hong Kong Theater Association, the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers and others). All suggestions would be approved internally within the affiliated organizations before handing them over to the Hong Kong Film Awards Board of Directors' common meeting for final voting discussions and decision. This time 14 director representatives would first consult with their own affiliated organizations before making the decision. He said, "Among them, one affiliated organization hoped to continue the event. I already explained to that organizations' president, because the planning required time and currently too many aspects had uncertainties the event had no way to begin planning like guest invitation and venue rental. In the end the majority of the Board of Directors felt that the 40th year would be representative and did not want the event to take place casually under this unstable pandemic condition. In addition few films were released last year and greatly took away the attractiveness of the film competition. Thus we decided to postpone for a year." As for government financial assistance, he revealed that it would also be postponed for a year. However the film industry itself was already in hot water, was making this decision very tough and heartbreaking? He admitted that this truly was a decision out of helplessness.

The 40th Hong Kong Film Award would be delayed until 2022, which would be the first time two years would be combined into one. With more films in competition than annually in the past, would the judging format be more difficult? Siu Bo said, "No, we would expect that. During this period few films were released in Hong Kong. Combining the two years into one election absolutely wouldn't affect the event's attractiveness. In past years we have had over 100 eligible films, in terms of past experience the two year combination into one year voting would not affect the competitiveness, the evaluation abilities of the voters and the related work." However the 40th anniversary would be a very special day, would the delay cause it to lose its representative nature? He said, "The delay doesn't affect what the Hong Kong Film Awards represent, the delay under special conditions absolutely would not affect how fair or how representative the Hong Kong Film Awards would be." Would the Hong Kong Film Awards 40th anniversary celebration theme remain? He admitted that the pandemic affected all preparation issues, thus the related activities would be decided after the pandemic. However with 2021 freed up next year, would the event come up with other activities to help the film industry? He pointed out that the Hong Kong Film Awards was an organization that would only service the industry, and would not be involved in industry development.

Speaking of this year's lack of a physical award show as the results were announced online, the Hong Kong Film Award Association earlier said that it planned to present the awards to this year's winners at next year's award red carpet ceremony. Would the plan be postponed for a year as well? Yee Tung Sing said that actually the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards winners earlier were notified by the event to pick up their awards. The make up award ceremony would have to wait until after the pandemic. Yee Tung Sing also revealed that this board of directors term would be 2019-2021. The 40th Hong Kong Film Awards would be postponed for a year and the current board of directors would still be responsible from planning to completion.

Under the pandemic and the film market effects, Hong Kong in the past 9 months only had a dozen or so Hong Kong film releases. In the first half of the year the Hong Kong total box office revenue fell to HK$ 290 million, a 70% drop from the same period last year. Film released this film only included ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2020 (GA YAU HEI SI 2020), YOU ARE THE ONE (NGOR DIK SHUN POON NAM YAU), LOST AND FOUND IN TOKYO (SHOOK NUI OI MAN YAU), FALLEN (DOR LOK FA), KNOCK OUT, the currently in release FATAL VISIT (SING HOR SAI MAU SAK ONG) and others.

However, coming up would be the Gong Li starred LEAP, Ann Hui On Wa's documentary KEEP ROLLING, from the end of this year to next year the Andy Lau Tak Wa starred SHOCK WAVE 2 (CHAK DAN JUEN GA 2), the late Benny Chan Muk Sing directed RAGING FIRE (NO FOR), the Louis Koo Tin Lok starred WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI) and BACK TO THE PAST (CHUM CHUN GEI), the Aaron Kwok Fu Sing starred DISCONNECT'D (DUEN MONG) and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (FUNG JOI HEI SI), the Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo) starred SONS OF THE NEON LIGHT (FUNG LUM FOR SHAN), the Gordon Lam Ka Tung starred HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE (SAU GUEN YIN), the Francis Ng Chun Yu and Rachel Lee Lai Chun starred DRIFTING (JUK SHUN PIU LAU), SEPTET (CHUT YUN LOK DUI) with 7 great directors and the Sandra Ng Kwan Yu starred ON YOUR MOM, GET SET, GO! (MA MA DIK SUN KEI SIU JI). Thus the Hong Kong Film Award delay to combine two years into one, to the overall film award competition, would coordinate this special moment of the 40th award show with even more variety, full bloom and more attractions. KEEP ROLLING's director Man Lim Chung said about the arrangement, "I am not affected, I only feel sorry for those new directors and good movies that originally had a chance to be nominated this year. Documentary films like ours never plan for any award!" THE WAY WE KEEP DANCING (KONG MO PAI 3)'s director Adam Wong Sau Ping said, "I look forward to the 2022 Hong Kong Film Awards to take place in an even better Hong Kong, everyone let's go!" YI CHI YUN SUN (SECOND LIFE)'s new director Ho Lik Hung said, "The one year postponement indeed is somewhat disappointing, but I respect the colleagues' and the event's professional decisions." Actor Lam Ka Tung supported the combination of the Hong Kong Film Awards. "The merger would be good because the first half of this year didn't provide many opportunities to schedule film releases. Even now with the social distance measures easing, only three months are left. Movies that would be able to be released wouldn't be enough." Would the combination give his film HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE pressure on the 2022 Hong Kong Film Award nominations? He said, "I took part in HAND ROLLED CIGARETTE to support new comers. Aside from the director, many workers were fresh people. I mainly hope that everyone would have a chance to work, whether it would be nominated for the Hong Kong Film Award it wasn't what's important."

Stephy Tang Lai Yun said, "Of course it's regrettable, for so many years Hong Kong Film Awards has never been suspended or have any issue, but I understand this decision very well. Everyone knows about this year's condition. Aside from the film industry, every business has been affected. The delay is an idea amid a lack of better ideas. In the first half of the year I had no film release, in November I would have SHADOWS (CHAN YING HUNG GAN). This year I haven't thought too much about any nomination, as I had my mind on the pandemic. I hope it will quickly pass and everyone would be able to operate normally, live healthily, unite and get over the hard times together. I hope to see everyone again at the 2022 Hong Kong Film Award."

[2020.09.29] CHEUNG TAT MING BRINGS HIS HONG KONG FILM AWARD TO AUDIENCE APPRECIATION EVENTS

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I'M LIVIN' IT (MAK LO YUN) has been released for more than a week and performed well at the box office. In the past few days Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Cheung Tat Ming and director Wong Hing Fan appeared at audience appreciation events and shared their experience. The audience response was very enthusiastic.

I'M LIVIN' IT 's audience appreciation shows began las Thursday. Tat Ming with his character in the film won the Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actor, which he brought to surprise the audience on the first day.

The weekend audience appreciation activities included appearances of Yeung Chin Wa and director Wong Hing Fan. In order to be able to see even more viewers, the duo visited ten shows all day. Viewers shared overwhelmingly when they saw the duo appear and praised the film's ability to touch people's hearts. A 70 something year old Grandma after watching the film was very emotional. She got choked up and even yelled at the director for being very cruel. The director explained that because the story was based on many real "McRefugees'" experience, he hoped to be able to show these stories in their original form. Chin Wa said that she hoped the film would bring more attention to the social problems mentioned but also remind viewers to learn to cherish people around them and the present.

Two nights ago Kwok Fu Sing and the director attended audience appreciation events. Sing Sing while giving away autographed posters made the questions even more difficult, but no matter how tough the questions were they could not stump loyal viewers who have already seen I'M LIVIN' IT many times. Even Sing Sing and the director were surprised.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

[2020.09.28] AARON KWOK ADMITS THAT HE CANNOT BE MAD AT HIS DAUGHTERS

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Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and director Wong Hing Fan yesterday attended the film I'M LIVIN' IT (MAK LO YUN)'s Po Leung Kuk student charity special screening.

Sing Sing said that the event arranged for many teachers, students and parents to enjoy the film. The film wanted to say that when encountering difficulty in life, no one should run away but instead should help each other and face it positively. The film also included the difficulty that the basic level faced or conflict with their family. He hoped that everyone would let go and cherish everything. As for Sing Sing, he said that after having a family he no longer had any debt in his heart. "Because it is a new beginning in life, I deleted everything of the past. I no longer had any debt in my heart, I let myself be even more positive. The entire family would have an even better future."

This year would be Sing Sing's 30th anniversary in the business. He said that he had drastic changes at work and personally. He even founded his own skin care brand, in addition he had a very happy family as life reached another level. Sing Sing pointed out that due to the pandemic, many commemorative events could not take place. However he was currently planning concerts in Hong Kong next year. Details would depend on the pandemic. He said that the concert would mainly thank fans who grew up with him over 30 years. "I love you, having you is great. I will keep charging ahead."

How would he spend the Mid Autumn Festival? Sing Sing revealed that he would have a holiday and already prepared two rabbit lanterns for his two daughters. Would the girls fight over toys? Sing Sing said, "They are already fighting. I would intervene, but I really am reluctant to yell at them. I can't get mad, as soon as I do they pout. Then I give in."

[2020.09.28] ANDY LAU IS PLEASED WITH SHOCK WAVE 2 ROLE

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Andy Lau Tak Wa yesterday welcomed his 59th birthday. Due to the pandemic, Wa Jai decided to hold his birthday party online and celebrate with fans around the world for a hour. Wa Jai performed many hits for the fans.

In addition, the two Best Actors Lau Tak Wa and Sean Lau Ching Wan starred SHOCK WAVE 2 (CHAK DAN JUEN GA 2) will open at the end of the year. Yesterday an all new poster and trailer were released. In them two bomb disposal experts Lau Tak Wa and Lau Ching Wa as well as the anti terrorism unit chief Ni Ni were in full gear. The trailer further unveiled everyone. Lau Tak Wa's all new character walked the line between good and evil, even more complicated than in the last film, more stressed and in greater detail. On the surface he was a cold blooded criminal, but he showed a tender side to his former girlfriend Ni Ni. Lau Ching Wan's role was extremely challenging, tough but cunning. As his former colleague became a fugitive, even if he still believed in him he could not fend off the pressure and the questions from all sides. His trust in his former colleague began to shake. Ching Wan n the film had many struggles between sense and sentiment.

In the trailer, every look and helpless expression from Lau Tak Wa hid secrets. Wa Jai admitted that he was very pleased with this performance. "I am very happy and very pleased to land this role. In the first film the character was more direct, the fluctuation wasn't as great. Yet in this film the turbulence was tremendous. The performance required even more tension and coordination. This time another 'Lau Tak Wa' would appear.

Friday, September 25, 2020

[2020.09.26] ALIEN HUANG TO HAVE A FLOWER BURIAL AFTER CREMATION

Alien Huang passed away on the 16th and his funeral was completed yesterday

Huang's family reportedly would shatter his ashes in Yang Ming Shan for a flower burial so he would rest in nature

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Wu Han Chun bids her boyfriend farewell

Chun Chun continues Alien Huang's filial piety with a family photo recreation in his place

Jacky Wu attended the viewing yesterday and says it was like Alien Huang was asleep
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Tiffany Hsu and Rainie Yang bid Alien Huang farewell

Alien Huang's girlfriend Chun Chun celebrates Father Huang's birthday
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Alien Huang last Wednesday passed away at home at age 36. His family after a three day memorial for him last weekend yesterday held a low key cremation ceremony. Father Huang just turned 60 but still had no taboo, as he appeared to bid farewell to his beloved son. Reportedly Alien in the end chose a flower burial, as his ashes will be placed in Yang Ming Shan as he would eternally slumber in nature.

The cause of death for Alien Huang was an aortic dissection caused blood vessel blockage. Yesterday morning Alien's family, girlfriend Wu Han Chun, friends in the business and workers who took place on Alien's past programs first held a small farewell ceremony for Alien before the cremation.

Alien's family yesterday held a low key cremation ceremony for him. It took place at noon at the Taipei Second Funeral Parlor's Crematorium. The coffin and the hearse were both white. Aside from Alien's family, his girlfriend Wu Han Chun and former classmates Rainie Yang, Tiffany Hsu and others all attended to bid him farewell.

Although Alien's father just turned 60 two days ago, yesterday he made an appearance despite the taboo. Dressed in black he pushed the coffin into the crematorium. Father Huang looked sadly for afar as he, daughter Ting Ting, family and friends screamed, "Fire is coming, hurry up and run!"

After the cremation ceremony ended, Alien's sister carried her late brother's ashes, silently boarded a vehicle and left. Alien's girlfriend Chun Chun broke down and wept. Many family and friends were sobbing. Chun Chun's manager said to give Chun Chun some space and mentioned, "From yesterday I have confirmed that someone kept her company, she has been OK."

Alien's manager Dino revealed that due to the lack of a family religion Father Huang did not mind the taboo of sending the younger generation off. They also would not have the first seven day ceremony. As for Alien's resting place, Dino said, "I am not at liberty to say, I have to respect the family's decision." According to friends, before the ceremony a viewing was held. After the cremation a flower burial ceremony was chosen as the ashes would rest eternally in Yang Ming Shan. Because Alien's family lived in Beitou, at the foot of Yang Ming Shan, Alien would only be a hill away from his family.

Two days ago (the 24th) was the 60th birthday of Alien's father. Alien's classmates Rainie Yang, Tiffany Hsu and others celebrated with Father Huang over video conference. Alien's sister Ting Ting shared photos and told her late brother, "We are taking great care of Papa." In the photo Rainie Yang sent "hearts" Father Huang to wish him Happy Birthday. Father Huang smiled at everyone.

Alien's girlfriend Chun Chun also celebrated the birthday with Father Huang and even took her boyfriend's place in the recreation of last year's family photo. She was so attentive that even Alien's favorite 6 year old nephew was in love with her. Alien's brother in law revealed that Chun Chun spent the entire day with the family. When Chun Chun asked his 6 year old son, "Which of your uncle's toy is your favorite?" He answered, "I like you!"