Thursday, July 22, 2021

[2021.07.23] LOUISE WONG REMEMBERS LIU KAI CHI'S LESSONS TO HEART

Liu Kai Chi attentively teaches Louise Wong about acting

With a famous instructor, Louise Wong's acting takes huge leaps forward
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Stepping foot into the film industry for the first time, Louise Wong Dan Nei in her big screen debut already had to play the stage king Anita Mui Yim Fong. Easier said than done, before Louise officially joined the production of ANITA (MUI YIM FONG), director Longman Leung and Edko film company invited three representatives of music, acting and dance to be Louise's instructors and conduct hellish singing, acting and dance training. These three mentors of Louise were the late and well recognized actor Dick Liu Kai Chi, master class music producer Chiu Tsang Hei, and famous choreographer Maverick Mak Chau Sing.

Liu Kai Chi won countless acting awards. He was even the Hong Kong Baptist University film academy's full time lecturer. Louise was fortunate enough to study acting with Uncle Chi before the production of ANITA. Louise gratefully said, "Acting wise I really thank Uncle Chi, my acting started from zero. He slowly spent a lot of time to understand me. He talked with me a lot in order to understand my inner world. He gave me many lessons so I could learn physical acting, reading scripts and other basic knowledge. Uncle Chi put a lot of heart into teaching me. His passion for and attitude toward acting are worthy of me learning from. He once said to me, after finishing each scene actors would always have regret. They would feel that they would be able to perform even better. We need to turn this regret into motivation, so we would be able to perform even better. I would always remember that."

Uncle Chi in class once said to Louise, "Conviction has to be very strong, you want to let the audience feel that you are real. The duty of an actor is to play the role well. First you need to know the character's background, you need to know what material inside you matches this character. The more material that matches your character you have, the easier you would be able to grasp the character. So you have to be very certain of yourself." Even though she would no longer have a chance to study with this mentor face to face, Louise admitted that she was fortunate to be able to be one of Uncle Chi's students. She would always remember this mentor.

[2021.07.22] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, JULY 18 2021

For the week ending Sunday July 18 2021
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10 THE FOREVER PURGE
    d. Everado Gout
    Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucs, Will Patton


  9 HAND-ROLLED CIGARETTE
  Can : Sau Guen Yin
    d. Chan Kin-long
    Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Bipin Karma, Michael Ning (Bak Ji),
      Ben Yuen Fu Wa, Tai Bo, Chin Siu Ho, Tony Ho Wa Chiu,
      Kevin Chu Pak Him, Aaron Chow Chi Kwan, To Yin Gor,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 101 mins.
  Opening November 2020 at the Golden Horse Film Festival
  Opening November 3 2020 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening April 30 2021 (Preview)
  Opening June 17 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/v1lfKwbzBX8

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Actor Chan Kin-long makes his directorial debut with a gritty bromance drama born out of the much-lauded First Feature Film Initiative. In his finest performance to date, award-winning actor Gordon Lam Ka-Lung plays a former Hong Kong Military Service Corps officer who becomes caught in a triad manhunt when he takes in an ethnic South Asian man carrying a bag of stolen drugs. Forced to live under the same roof, the two men transcend their cultural and racial differences to form a beautiful friendship in this poignant tale of loyalty and brotherhood.

[ SCREEN DAILY ]
    A retired soldier, formerly in the British colonial army, agrees to store drugs for a South Asian small-time crook. The two men bond when they realize they are both leftovers from a long-gone colonial past, but loyalties are tested when it's revealed that the drugs have been stolen from an underworld kingpin.

[ FIRST FEATURE FILM INITATIVE ]
    A story of how a retired British-Chinese soldier and a marginalised young South Asian man face the plight of being abandoned by society.


  8 PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY
    d. Will Gluck
    Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, David Oyelowo
    English Voices: James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki
    Cantonese Voices: Sammy, Moses Chan Ho


  7 BUTT DETECTIVE THE MOVIE: THE CASE OF THE COURAGEOUS CURRY + MYSTERY OF THE LADYBUG RUINS
    d. Miho Hirayama
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 71 mins.
  Opening July 15 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/JS6fsjxDrp0

[ CINEMA CITY ]
THE CASE OF THE COURAGEOUS CURRY

    On a sunny afternoon, Butt Detective and his assistant Brown are enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea at the cafe. Mr. Walter, the manager of a new curry restaurant in town, walked in with a large shopping bag. At this time, he found that the spices he had just bought, "Piriritokikku", an essential spice for curry dishes, had disappeared from his shopping bag. "You can't make curry without the spices! There is no way to open the business on schedule!" While Mr. Walter was devastated and distressed, Butt detective step forward, his remarkable reasoning mind is ready to solve the disappearance of the curry spices.


MYSTERY OF THE LADYBUG RUINS

    Here comes the second piece of "Butt Detective" jumps to the big screen. This is an adventurous action film that tells the story of the Butt detective and his father Butt Dandy discover the mystery of the ancient ruins together!

    One day Butt Detective received a commission from his father's Butt Dandy, which is going to the Ladybug Ruins to investigate into a case. According to the rumors, the hidden treasure in the ruins, possibly could save the continuous drought in the dim dim village. Butt Dandy and a baby panda called Tan arrived to the site in advanced, however someone who wants to steal the treasure are already onto them. Moreover, the phantom thief U delivered a criminal notice at the same time...........Butt Detective follows the footstep of Butt Dandy, while unraveling various mysteries in the ruins!


  6 TIME
  Can : Sak Chook Gor Wong Fun
  Lit : Kill Out A Sunset
    d. Ricky Ko Chi Bun
    Patrick Tse Yin, Petrina Fung Bo Bo, Lam Suet, Chung Suet Ying
      Sam Lee Chan Sam, JJ Jia, Zeno Koo Ting Hin,
      Belinda Yan (Ngan Chi Fei), Stephanie Ho Ngan Sze,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening April 4 2021 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival
  Opening July 15 2021
  Site : https://www.hkiff.org.hk/film/getdetail?fid=947
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/CWXNXh1mGYY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Last generation of assassins moved to HK in 50/60’s and posted as "killer-for-hire" trio to fix all sort of problems for their clients. Decades passed, they now become redundant themselves at work and home. An accidental mission calls upon them turns out to be an assisted suicide. The trio suddenly finds new 'life'...as "Guardian Angels of the Elders". Just when they are finding meanings to this new role, an order from a teenager turns their new practice upside down again...this might as well be their very last job.

[ HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    Once famous for his quick blade, a retired assassin can no longer earn a living with his cut-throat skills. Summoned again, he partners with his chauffeur to carry out special missions – fullfilling the wishes of old people looking to kill themselves. When commissioned by a young girl who has been deserted by her parents and lover, the "Elderly's Angel" squad finds an arresting way to complete its task. New director Ricky Ko slashes open the loneliness and depression of old age, in a black comedy that's no laughing matter.


  5 1921
    d. Huang Jianxin, Heng Dasheng
    Huang Xuan, Ni Ni, Wang Renjun, Liu Haoran, Yuan Wenkang
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 138 mins.
  Opening July 1 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/fU9Ho1ETmNk

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Young representatives from all over China gather in Shanghai to establish th e Communist Party of China in 1921.


  4 SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY
    d. Malcolm D. Lee
    LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Ceyair J. Wright
    English Voices: Zendaya
    Cantonese Voices: Tyson Chak Hoi Tai, Harriet Yeung Sze Man


  3 ESCAPE ROOM: TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
    d. Adam Robitel
    Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Thomas Cocquerel


  2 LUCA
    d. Enrico Casarosa
    Disney/Pixar Animation
    English voices: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Emma Berman




  1 BLACK WIDOW
    d. Cate Shortland
    Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour,
      O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstones, Rachel Weisz

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

[2021.07.22] FRUIT CHAN POKES FUN AT THE HONG KONG PROPERTY MARKET WITH GHOST STORIES

Tai Bo plays a heartless landlord who divides a haunted house into 10 rooms to rent out

Some scenes in COFFIN HOMES are too bloody for general public broadcast

Loletta Lee and Susan Shaw play daughter and mother
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The Fruit Chan Gor written and directed, Wong Yau Nam, Tai Bo, Loletta Lee Lai Chun and Susan Shaw Yam Yam starred film COFFIN HOMES (GWAI TUNG NEI JU)'s final trailer has been revealed. Like its previous trailer, some scenes were too horrifying or bloody to pass the film censors and must be covered up for general public broadcast.

Chan Gor continued to mischievous child nature, playing with bloody horror, satirical humor to criticize the Hong Kong property market absurdity with ghost stories and thoroughly displayed the theme of "Is living with ghosts horrifying? Or is being homeless horrifying?" The trailer had many golden quotes, like "You would die before Hong Kong real estate dies." "The greatest part of Hong Kong laws is that it can be changed back and forth." Playing the heartless property owner who turned a haunted house into 10 rooms to rent out, Tai Bo felt that Hong Kong had homes without people and people without home. "The Pearl of the Orient? More like the Pig." He also stated, "Hong Kong people are more afraid of having no place to live in than ghosts."

[2021.07.22] AARON KWOK SHOWS OFF HIS NEW FILM LOOK

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Sean Lau turns no one away when fans ask to the photos

Aaron Kwok leaves the restaurant with the crew
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Currently busy with the film production THE WHITE STORM 3 (SO DUK 3) in the Mainland, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing two nights ago shared the photo of his costume on social media. Although Sing Sing looked down and out, he still maintained his usual handsome charm. He even posted, "Getting into the character......the cup is very hot......"

Sean Lau Ching Wan and Kwok Fu Sing earlier worked on the film at a hot pot shop. Fans caught them on video. Lau Ching Wan appeared to be very friendly and graciously posed for photos with fans. Kwok Fu Sing kept a low profile throughout. In a cap and a mask he had the protection of many workers.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

[2021.07.21] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, JULY 17 2021

For the week starting Saturday, July 17 2021 (Week 29)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 CIAO
  RubberBand

  4 IT'S OK TO BE SAD
  Janice Vidal (Wai Lan)

  3 FEMINITY
  Can : Siu Siu Nui Yun
  Twins

  2 FIRST TEAR LAST SALUTE
  Can : Sin Hook Wai Gaing
  Joyce Cheng Yun Yi


  1 I USE EYE DROP IN LAU FAU SHAN.jpg
  Can : Ngor Joi Lau Fau San Dik Ngan Shui.jpg
  Serrini

Monday, July 19, 2021

[2021.07.20] PETER CHAN'S LEAP IS THE BIG WINNER AT THE HONG KONG FILM DIRECTORS' GUILD AWARDS

Best Actor went to ONE SECOND CHAMPION's Endy Chow
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The Peter Chan directed LEAP won Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress for Gong Li and Best New Actor for Bai Long

Man Lim Chung 

Benny Chan
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Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild annual award ceremony was unable to take place. Yesterday the results were announced online. The Peter Chan Ho Sun directed LEAP was the big winner with 4 awards including Best Film. "Best Actor" went to Endy Chow Kwok Yin for the film ONE SECOND CHAMPION (YUT MIU KUEN WONG). "New Director" went to KEEP ROLLING's director Man Lim Chung. The late director Benny Chan Muk Sing received the "honorary award".

The Chan Ho Sun directed LEAP not only won "Best Film" and "Best Director", Gong Li also won "Best Actress", and Bai Long won "Best New Actor". In November last year, at the 33rd Chinese Film Golden Rooster Awards, LEAP also won Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay.

Winning "New Director" with KEEP ROLLING (HO HO PAK DIN YING), Man Lim Chung said, "Thank you Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for this award. First I want to thank Director (Ann) Hui On Wa for agreeing right away back then, and for not minding the trouble me and the team have given her over years of production, to tell the story of Hong Kong filmmaker's growth and effort, to make my dream come true! I want to thank my production team's Poon So Sun and Chiang Man Kit, as well as producer Liu Yuen Hung and all the friends who supported this film at the movies."

The Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild presented the honorary award to Director Chan Muk Sing. Emperor Motion Pictures stated, "Thank you Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild for presenting the honorary award to Director Chan Muk Sing. For years Director Chan made many contributions to the film industry, pouring into it his heart, his energy and his love. He gave all that he had to RAGING FIRE (NO FOR). He deserved the title of Hong Kong action film giant of a generation!"

Chow Kwok Yin last night responded, ONE SECOND CHAMPION seemingly told him that he was able to tough out something that was hard. In even more difficult situation as long as he was willing to keep going, he would certainly find a way out! He for example went from a songwriter to a muscle man. As long as he was willing to believe and persist, miracle would happen.

2021 HONG KONG FILM DIRECTORS' GUILD AWARDS

BEST FILM:
LEAP
BEST DIRECTOR: Peter Chan Ho Sun (LEAP)
BEST ACTOR: Endy Chow Kwok Yin (ONE SECOND CHAMPION)
BEST ACTRESS: Gong Li (LEAP)
BEST NEW ACTOR: Bai Long (LEAP)
NEW DIRECTOR: Man Lim Chung (KEEP ROLLING)
HONORARY AWARD: Benny Chan Muk Sing

Sunday, July 18, 2021

[2021.07.19] TIME PRODUCER GORDON LAM CONSIDERS A SEQUEL

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Gordon Lam complained that director Soi Cheang used him to the max as soon as he asked for a day off.
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Gordon Lam Ka Tung yesterday appeared at the Book Fair to support a friend. Looking tired and sounding hoarse, he said that lately he has been busy with Soi Cheang Pou Soi's new film. Thus he deliberately took time off to attend his friend's new book event.

Ka Tung said that he has already worked for 3 night. Over the 3 days he only slept for 10 hours. He said, "From 9AM two days ago to 5AM the next morning, yesterday I asked for a day off to come. So the director used me to the maximum!" As for Ka Tung's new film title and role, his lips were sealed as she joked that he signed a confidentiality agreement.

Ka Tung at the event shared his childhood school experience. He said that he was not good at school. Once he started working he realized that he regretted not studying more when he needed it. He revealed that in elementary school his math test grades were just passing but not high. Papa hit him with a stick, then he began to rebel and not study. Was Papa very mad? He said, "What was there to be mad about, he filed for divorce after that. No revenge. I was more concerned with having fun. Looking back I have a moment of regret. Now I have to work hard to make up for it. I would buy a lot of books to read, and urge everyone to study more. It's the 'admission ticket'."

The new film he produced, TIME (SAT CHOOK GOR WONG FUN), opened recently. Its box office has already surpassed HK$ 1 million. He said that he would share the good news with stars Petrina Fung Bo Bo and Patrick Tse Yin (Sei Gor). However each time Sei Gor got good news he would ask him whether he had any tickets. Reporters asked whether he would make a sequel. Ka Tung said, "Of course I hope to make another with the original time, because people who have seen it felt that the actors in the film had a good sense of comedy and chemistry. However the script would need to be considered again."