Saturday, May 21, 2022

[2022.05.21] SANDRA NG CONFIRMS NEW FILM RELEASE DATE; CHASES DOWN EDAN LUI FOR MIRROR TICKETS

Gigi Leung, Ronald Cheng, Sandra Ng and Edan Lui discuss their excitement over video conference
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The Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Ronald Cheng Chung Kei, Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Edan Lui Cheuk On starred film CHILLI LAUGH STORY (HOP GA LAT) originally was to be this year's Lunar New Year film, but in the end when cinemas were closed due to the government's tightening of pandemic prevention social distancing measures the release has been postponed until July 14th. CHILLI would be Hong Kong's firs summer vacation Lunar New Year film, wishing the audience an early Happy Lunar New Year this summer. When the four leads learned of the film's release this summer, they immediately had a video conference to discuss their excitement.

Gigi curiously asked, "Lunar New Year greeting during the summer vacation? When would CHILLI LAUGH STORY be released?" Edan anxiously said, "Fans, and Aunt Three next door, Soon Jai also said their necks have been stretched out from waiting. If it doesn't open soon, it won't be my first film!" As everyone chimed in, Kwan Yu officially announced, "CHILLI LAUGH STORY now has decided to open July 14th." Ronald joked, "July 14th? Aren't you kidding? Why don't you release it during summer vacation then!" Kwan Yu again reminded everyone, "July 14th, not on the Lunar calendar, not Sister Law Lan's Lunar calendar!"

During the conference, Kwan Yu took the opportunity to chase down Edan and asked him about the 100 MIRROR concert tickets she asked him to get for her. Kwan Yu jokingly asked, "I asked you to help me with getting 100 tickets, can't you get them?" Playing Edan's onscreen Mama, Gigi also chimed in, "Did you forget about your Mommy?" Edan pleaded in response, "I will do my best! No problem!"

Friday, May 20, 2022

[2022.05.21] LOOK UP CELEBRATES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HONG KONG HAND OVER

Ivana Wong was born into a classical music family.  Seeing his parents' lifetime of dedication, she would like to salute them with classical music.

Kevin Chu jokes that the Hand Over fireworks were to welcome his return
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Michelle Yim and Shek Sau have great chemistry from numerous collaborations

Both Alex Lam and Ivana Wong have upcoming music projects

Kevin Chu
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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hong Kong Hand Over, the film LOOK UP (YUT YEUNG DIK TIN HUNG) will open on June 23rd. The film would be a joint release of four Hong Kong film companies Sil-Metropole, Emperor Motion Pictures, Media Asia and One Cool Film. Sil-Metropole Organization produced it. Yesterday the film held a press conference. The cast and the crew attended and promoted the film, including chiefs of release companies Sil-Metropole Organization, Emperor Motion Pictures, Media Asia Film Production, and One Cool Film Production, producer John Chong Ching, four new directors Daniel Chan Yee-Hang, Tim Poon Chi Yin, Hau Chor Fung, and Yip Ching Hang, stars Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Shek Sau, Kevin Chu Kam Yin, Michelle Yim (Mai Suet), Stephanie Che Yuen Yuen, Anna Ng Yuen Yi, Aaron Chow Chi Kwan, Alex Lam Tak Shun, Ben Yuen Fu Wa, Tsui Ho Cheong, Bobular Wong Sing Yui, Wong Yik Ho, Terry Zou (Chow Man Ching), Lai Chun, Buber Mak Wing Nam, Angie Sham Yat Ka, Kochun Tse , and Kumer So. Everyone wished that the Hong Kong film industry would produce talent in every generation!

At the press conference, the soul figure of planning LOOK UP, Sil-Metropole Organization chief Chan Yat Kei shared the original intent of four film companies teaming up to release the film. "This year would be the 25th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Hand Over. We are very honored to present our most sincere salute to the Hong Kong's return to the Motherland with this film. The idea of the film came from 2017 when we led nine Hong Kong film companies for the short film production project, BEAUTIFUL HONG KONG. Actually, Sil-Metropole has always kept the excellent tradition of cultivating talent for the industry. Over the years we have always provided the opportunity and the platform for young people who intended on joining the film industry. Through short film competition films, with different subjects and production methods, Hong Kong's society appearance and regional cultural characteristics are shown in an all-round and multiple perspective way, better pass on the excellent tradition and style of Hong Kong film and tap more outstanding film talents for the prosperity and development of Hong Kong film. It is very gratifying that after two short film competitions, we finally successfully put the concept of short film on the big screen, among them director Yip Ching Hang and the first year's Best Actor Wong Sing Yui also participated in the shooting of LOOK UP. The various efforts we have made have only one purpose - to make Hong Kong films continue to thrive and to have talents from generation to generation. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of our return, I hope our film can bring you a refreshing feeling, and let us reminisce about the ups and downs of the past 25 years, and work together to create a better tomorrow."

Another soul character of this project, producer Chong Ching said that the four directors have four personalities and four styles. After they are familiar with the first one, they move on to the second one and grind together again. They work hard, but all the actors deserve the most thanks. Because each actor, without saying a word after listening to the story or how many scenes they would be in, agree without hesitation to support the new director force. This is also the spirit of Hong Kong movies. This time in making four stories to move people, he pointed out that from the creative process, he deeply realized the dedication and enthusiasm of the directors. The film can move everyone a little, which is the result of their hard work. The four co-directors are also grateful for the opportunity given by the film company, and said they have benefited a lot from their elder Chong Ching. The actors of the four segments of LOOK UP also introduced their roles and talked about the filming at the beginning of the year under the outbreak of the epidemic. They praised the team for showing the flexible spirit of Hong Kong people, working together to complete the filming as scheduled, and it can be released in the Hand Over period. They are also very happy that yesterday coincided with the relaxation of the theater occupancy rate to 85%. They hope that the theater can resume normal seating when it is released in June, so that more audiences can come to the theater to enjoy LOOK UP together.

In his first Hand Over film, Chu Kam Yin in the film played a brave young man who worked hard to fulfill his dreams and had to connect four stories. Playing the role from university graduation to his 40s, he said that because he still has not reached middle age he spent a lot of time on studying the character. In the four segments his favorite was the Chinese Opera Dream character. He played a numb and heartless manager who was a social worker for awhile. Since he has been in the business for some time was he numb? He said, "I haven't been in the business for too long yet, I would always remind myself." Speaking of his experience with the Hand Over, he said that at 8 or 9 he returned to Hong Kong from Canada with his family. It was July 1st, 1997. Papa even joked that the fireworks in Hong Kong was to welcome their return, so he had a deep impression.

Michelle Yim (Mai Suet) and Shek Sau in the Chinese Opera Dream segment played a couple again. Shek Sau said that this was already their fourth pairing but they still were just a couple, unable to go further to marriage. Mai Sue said that after working together many times they already had great chemistry. Shek Sau said, "We cultivated our relationship for 30 years in the film, but as a married a couple we would have to wait for the next one."

In addition, Mai Suet pointed out that this crossover of Cantonese opera and electronic music would be very chill, the producer would even create Chinese, English, Mandarin and other versions.

Ivana Wong Yuen Chi and Alex Lam Tak Shun spoke to the media together. They performed in different segments. Wong Yuen Chi said that she played a social worker in "90 Degree Angle World", the first time that she played a social worker. She thought it was a lot of fun, especially when working with a group of outstanding actors. Aaron Chow Chi Kwan's performance made her really wanted to protect him. She has not tried a production method like this time. The director would focus on communicating with actors, after setting goals the actors were left to achieve them and given a lot of freedom. It was the most memorable to her.

Speaking of the 25th anniversary of the Hand Over, Wong Yuen Chi said that the most memorable was the experience of chasing her dream. "Because the film was about chasing dreams, I felt closer and closer to the dream. All along I learned a lot, I really wanted to make art, at the same time also performed a lot of popular music jobs. Earlier I worked on a decorative art exhibit. Next month I would perform a classical music concert. Because I grew up in a classical music family, I wanted to salute my parents through this."

Alex said that his character was a musician who returned from Spain to chase his dream, just like him in real life when he came to Hong Kong to chase his music dream in 2010. Thus he was able to get into his character very quickly. In the story he performed, he represented electronic music and Mai Suet and Shek Sau represented Cantonese Opera in a crossover. Would he be interested in a crossover with Cantonese Opera in real life? He said, "I made several songs already, I would sing a duet with Sister Mai Suet and add in Cantonese Opera elements."

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

[2022.05.19] DONNIE YEN'S NEW FILM LAUNCHES CANNES CAMPAIGN

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The 75th Cannes International Film Festival opened on the night of the 17th. 21 films would compete for the Palme d'Or award. The Donnie Yen Chi Tan produced and starred new film SAKRA (TIN LUNG BK BO ji KIU FUNG JUEN) also made its appearance at Cannes. Its latest concept poster was published on an internationally renowned entertainment publication on May 18th. The poster displayed the strong presence of the martial art heroics with unique Chinese ink art. Yen Chi Tan's new film SAKRA would be adapted on Louis Cha (Jin Yong)'s wuxia novel classic DEMI-GODS AND SEMI-DEVILS (TIN LUNG BAK BO). Yen Chi Tan would produce the film and also star in the title role Kiu Fung. This character was also one of the creator Jin Yong's favorite, the hero with the most sense of justice in DEMI-GODS AND SEMI-DEVILS, the symbol and the existence of a spiritual leader. The film would be about the Beggars' Gang leader Kiu Fung's destiny and background, through his strong determination he struggled through the martial art world of blades and swords and gradually transformed into the "strongest hero" who represented honor. In the film Kiu Fung's life and experience would thoroughly display his fearless heroic spirit, which would be the most international, all new interpretation. The film's Chinese title was written by the famous Mainland calligraphy artist Xu Jing. She has been the "official" calligraphy artist for Zhang Yimou films like HERO and SHADOW.

Chi Tan admitted that he took a few months to consider before taking the role. Wong Jing's sincerity moved him into working on the Wong Jing and Cheng Wai Man directed film. "Earlier I guest starred in NEW KUNG FU CULT MASTER as Cheung Sam Fung. Actually I wasn't the most satisfied with his production, so this time when he approached me I told him to let go and let me do it. He has seen me produce many movies before, so he was very relaxed and made this deal happen."

Chi Tan put a lot of thought into character designs of this classic wuxia novel adaptation. Earlier he and his wife Cissy Wang visited Dalian, Mount Qingcheng and other locations. Aside from spending time with his wife on the vacation, he also scouted location and did research for inspiration. "This time I really want to give the audience a new visual impact and capture a type of nostalgia that would preserve the original's flavor while able to meet what the current audience likes. So I spent a lot of time on character design, screenplay and kept studying history. Because one of the attraction of this classic wuxia novel was its connection to history. I hope to be able to handle everything."

Since the story would feature "Kiu Fung", lead female character "Ah Chu" has not yet been cast. Chi Tan has already made Wong Jing promise no "fake faced female star". "Acting ability has to come first for the lead actress, and the face has to be real. The appearance can't be very fake. Recognition instead isn't that important, as long as she can act and her aura is right then she is fine. (If no one in the industry would be appropriate, would you consider a recruitment?) Yes, now many top artists who are publicly recognized as good actors come from recruitment. So it would be a possibility."

The film will start production in July, then to other locations in Shanxi.

[2022.05.19] KENNETH TSANG'S FUNERAL TOOK PLACE IN A LOW KEY MANNER

Kenneth Tsang's funeral photo was one of his favorites by a famous photographer
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Helen Ma posts the funeral photo, which reportedly Kenneth Tsang's widow Chiao Chiao chose

Chiao Chiao makes her first appearance after Kenneth Tsang's passing

Helen Ma and Wu Fung embrace and comfort Chiao Chiao

Kenneth Tsang's funeral ceremony is Catholic

Tsang Mo Suet carries her father's photo out of the church

Kenneth Tsang posed for a photo with his film character's funeral photo
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Veteran artist Kenneth Tsang Kong passed away at a hotel last month at ge 87. Tsang Kong's family two days ago held a low key funeral at a church. After the services ended, the remains were transported to the crematorium. Friends like Wu Fung and Helen Ma sorrowfully sent their late friend off on his final journey.

Tsang Kong's daughter Tsang Mo Suet followed Papa's wishes and held a low profile funeral. The service was Catholic, the hall was simply and cleanly decorated. Widow Chiao Chiao and daughter Tsang Mo Suet arrived early on to watch over the affair. Only few close family and friends attended. Artists like Wu Fung, Helen Ma, Tsang's second wife Tang Kung Pik and Yuen Su Fai came to bid their old friend farewell. The service ended after half a hour, as its the cremation ceremony. When Wu Fung and Helen Ma left they embraced Chiao Chiao to comfort her. Tsang Mo Suet was more calm. Although she did not accept any television interview, she said to the media, "Thank you very much."

Workers posted the news of the farewell ceremony on Tsang Kong's social media accounts. "Mr. Tsang, today was your farewell ceremony. After this we won't see each other again, for the rest of our lives we would be without you. You would rest in peace forever and we would miss you forever. My most respected Mr. Tsang Kong, have a safe journey. You once said, your life was well lived. May you be the same way in Heaven. Countless words left unsaid, we are grateful for you!" The post had a photo of two hands holding a candle, as well as a photo of Tsang Kong standing next to his funeral photo at the altar. The caption said, "This was a photo of Mr. Tsang from 5 years ago, Mr. Tsang at the time said to take a photo to remember the occasion." Tsang Kong was obviously very open minded and had no taboo at all.

Helen Ma after attending the funeral early yesterday morning posted Tsang Kong's final photo. "Without reluctance i sent Big Brother (Tsang Kong) off on his final journey. Everyone is lining up to go, you just went first. See you again in another world in the future."

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

[2022.05.18] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, MAY 15 2022

For the week ending Sunday May 15 2022
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THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD POSTER

10 THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD
    d. Joachim Trier
    Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum

BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: THE SECRET OF SOUFFLE ISLAND AND SHINKAI NO SURVIVAL POSTER

  9 BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: THE SECRET OF SOUFFLE ISLAND AND SHINKAI NO SURVIVAL
    d. Akifumi Zako
    Japanese Animation
    Rating : I
    Length : 80 mins.
    Opening May 5 2022
    Trailer : https://youtu.be/j5sxBMYiXxg

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Butt Detective the Movie: The Secret of Souffle Island
    A written notice from Phantom U has reached Souffle Island, where winds blow throughout the year. His target is the island's treasure, the Wind Guide. Oshiritantei visits the island along with the Wankoro police, and there meets the girl Lulu, who flies freely about in the sky. She dreams of the world outside the island, but she's tied down by her familial duty to guard the big lighthouse that is vital to the islanders' livelihoods. On the night of the full moon Phantom U specified, Oshiritantei and the others try to protect the Wind Guide from him, but Phantom U has a "secret plan"... When Oshiritantei's famous deduction shines, the secret hidden on the island will become clear!

    Shinkai No Survival
    Geo, Phoebe, and Dr. Gong board the Ammonite Submarine for a deep-sea survey. On their way down to several thousand meters of depth, they get caught in some methane gas bubbles, and the Ammonite Submarine breaks down. Now, they can no longer contact Kay, who's up on the surface. Then, a huge sperm whale and giant squid attack, and Geo ends up getting separated from the group! Phoebe and Dr. Gong go to rescue Geo, but the Ammonite only has a little bit of energy left...

    Meanwhile, Geo is surrounded by deep-sea creatures on the pitch-black ocean floor! Will they manage to make it back safely from their extreme deep-sea situation!?

    "I'll be sure to survive, just wait and see!!"

SING 2 POSTER

  8 SING 2
    d. Garth Jennings
    Illumination Animation
    English Voices: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Whitterspoon,
      Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Seth McFarland


SPECIAL DELIVERY POSTER

  7 SPECIAL DELIVERY
    d. Park Dae-Min
    Park So Dam, Kim Eui-Sung, Song Sae-Byeok
 Rating : IIB
 Length : 109 mins.
 Opening January 13 2022 (POSTPONED)
 Opening May 12 2022
 Trailer : https://youtu.be/KoEQbtBlaSA

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    "I deliver everything that the post office service does not handle."

    Eun-ha, who is a normal junkyard employee, secretly works as a delivery clerk that deals with unusual delivery request. One day, Eun-ha heads to Seoul to pick up a client who is involved in a gambling crime that wants to flee overseas. However, Eun-ha meets the client's young son at the pick-up point, instead of the client himself. Kyung-pil, a current police officer who is actually masterminding the whole gambling crime, chases after the missing child who has the security key to the bank account that holds 30 million dollars. After a long pursuit from Seoul to Busan, Eun-ha fights against the police to protect the child!

MY BEST FRIEND'S BREAKFAST POSTER

  6 MY BEST FRIEND'S BREAKFAST
  Can : Ngor Hap Liu Na Nam Hai Yut Jing Nin Dik Jo Chan
    d. Ryan Tu
    Moon Lee, Eric Chou, Jean Ho, Edison Song
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening May 11 2022
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/rLfOoLVX_8A

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    17-year-old sophomore Xiang Wei-xin sees food as the most healing and important thing in life. That's how she meets Tao You-quan: in the convenience store on campus.

    When Xiang Wei-xin needs five more bucks to pay for her favorite pineapple bun, Tao You-quan chips in and saves her day. The next day, she witnesses a breakup scene by the pool in school, and it turns out to be You-quan and his cheating girlfriend who refuses to let go. Wei-xin comes up with an idea and uses her best friend/campus belle Fang Qi-ran as an excuse to intervene, ending their relationship. To her, she's returning the favor by helping out.

    Since that day, Qi-ran’s been receiving two breakfasts, a wooing gesture from two guys. Qi-ran is not interested and gives them to her foodie best friend Wei-xin so they don't go to waste. Wei-xin is strapped for cash, and to be able to eat to her heart’s content every day is more than satisfying. Meanwhile, Zhang Yuan-shuo, the president of Guitar Club, uses free milk tea to get Wei-xin to say yes to do a solo show on the school's anniversary. There is only one catch: she can't really play guitar. In a chance encounter on the rooftop, You-quan offers to teach her guitar; therefore to Wei-xin, it doesn't seem like that much of a daunting challenge anymore...

    Like most 17-year-old girls, Wei-xin imagines all kinds of scenarios in her future life, and You-quan, Qi-ran and Yuan-shuo do too. At the beginning of the story, they never expect so much can happen in a year and that there will be all kinds of hurdles in life...

    The good news is that they eventually find the answers on their way to adulthood.

AMBULANCE POSTER

  5 AMBULANCE
    d. Michael Bay
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Eiza Gonzalez

THE BATTLE AT LAKE CHANGJIN II POSTER

  4 THE BATTLE AT LAKE CHANGJIN II
    d. Tsui Hark
    Wu Jing, Jackson Yee, Duan Yihong, Zhang Hanyu, Zhu Yawen, Li Chen,
      Elvis Han, Geng Le, Du Chun
 Rating : IIB
 Length : 149 mins.
 Opening May 12 2022

[ MCL CINEMA ]
    During the second battle of the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea, the 9th Corps Command issues an order for the 7th Infantry Company to attack the Sumun Bridge. The 7th Company suffers a tough march to the Sumun Bridge. The soldiers are near their limits, every step forward in the midst of the harsh weather only means another great challenge to the body and mind...

    When they inch close to the Sumun Bridge, the 7th Company perseveres with sheer and steel-like willpower. They bomb and destroy every attempt the US Army makes to repair the Bridge. Three grueling clashes – and the 7th Company finally manage to block the US Army's retreat to Xingnan Port.

FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE POSTER

  3 FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE SECRETS OF DUMBLEDORE
    d. David Yates
    Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Callum Turner,
      Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Mads Mikkelsen

THE BATMAN POSTER

  2 THE BATMAN
    d. Matt Reeves
    Robert Pattinson, Andy Serkis, Jeffrey Wright,
      Zoe Kravitz, Colin Farrell, John Turturro,
      Paul Dano, Peter Sarsgaard



DR. STRANG IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS POSTER

  1 DR. STRANG IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
    d. Sam Raimi
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor,
      Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams

[2022.05.18] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, MAY 14 2022

For the week starting Saturday, May 14 2022 (Week 20)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 LONG D
  Jace Chan Hoi Wing

  4 NOBODY BUT YOURSELF
  Can : Moot Yau Yun Hor Yi Wai Nei Hung Fook Fu Jak
  Alfred Hui Ting Hung

  3 LITTLE PEOPLE
  Cath Wong Yin

  2 EMBRACE YOURSELF
  Can : Sai Gai Yu Nei Mo Guan
  Panther Chan Lui


  1 SWEETLY
  Can : Bo Fook Sik Long Man
  Jay Fung Won Him

[2022.05.18] DENISE HO WOULD PERFORM AN ONLINE CONCERT SATURDAY FOR MEMBERS ONLY

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Denise Ho Wan Si last Tuesday turned 45. The next day the Department of National Security arrested her on "conspiracy with foreign power or forces outside the borders to harm national security" charge and she was released on bail.

Two nights ago Ho Wan Si announced that on Saturday (the 21st) at 8:30 PM she would perform an online concert "HOCC 2022 MINI LIVE", but this time it would be members restricted. She posted, "Even if the environment would be worse, I still have to be myself and keep living well. The second season of 2022 Hocc Mini Live will take place this Saturday, May 21st. I missed my own birthday, so I might as well use work for personal reasons and celebrate a Dear Friend's birthday over the air."

Ho Wan Si also revealed that at this show she would intimately sing with everyone. "A piano, a singing voice, singing out classics of the era for friends. Even though we are in different places, we can still be together."