Tuesday, August 20, 2019

[2019.08.21] FOR THE WEEK STARTING AUGUST 17 2019

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting August 17 2019


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

14 THAT TIME
  Can : Bei Si
  Diamond Zhang Bichen

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

12 EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT
  Can : Gau Ming Gor
  Joyce Cheng Yun Yi

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

10 LIKE YOU AGAIN ANG AGAIN AND AGAIN
  Can : Yut Yi Joi Joi Yi Sam Dik Hei Foon Nei
  Chris Lee Yuchun

 9 REGRET
  Can : Hum
  Vanessa Jin (Gum Ji Kei)

 8 BUTTERFLY KNOWS WHO SHE LOVES
  Can : Wu Dip Ji Doh Ta Oi Shu
  Jason Zhang Jie

 7 WHAT YOU WAITING FOR
  Pong Pong

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

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

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

 3 UNQUALIFIED FOR SADNESS
  Can : Moot Ji Gan Nan Gor
  Jeff Chang Shun Jit

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


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

[2019.08.21] ANGIE SHUM SHAKES WHEN WORKING WITH BEST ACTRESS KARA WAI

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Angie Shum Yat Ka in her first starring role BINDING SOULS (BONG LING) was fortunately enough to work with Best Actress Kara Wai Ying Hung. She admitted that she was very happy as she played students with Carlos Chan Ka Lok and others while Wai Ying Hung played a former school employee. She said, "Working with Sister Hung of course I was super nervous! In one scene I had lines to say to her, I was shaking. Her presence truly was very sharp. She would always sense that I was very tense and tell me, 'It's just acting, the more nervous you are the harder acting would be!' She just kept telling me to relax like that, but I had a very hard time with it. I have never worked with such a heavyweight elder before. It was a great learning experience. I hope in the future I would have more scenes with elders."

[2019.08.21] NICK CHEUNG'S "LIFE RISKING" IMPRESSES RICHIE JEN

Only Nick Cheung knows the pain of the car crash scene
Carlos Chan plays his first villain role
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Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) after 15 years worked together again on the film BODIES AT REST (CHUM MUK DIK JING YUN). The Ka Fai played forensic scientist ran into an evidence stealing thief Siu Chai on Christmas Eve and had close combat in the morgue and car chase outside. Ka Fai at Central drove fast and crashed a car. He even had to shoot a wet scene on the coldest days. Even "spectator" Siu Chai could not help but called Ka Fai "life risking".

Siu Chai thanked Hollywood action director Renny Harlin for his effort on this production because unlike other foreign films that came to Hong Kong to shoot the market for nostalgia but the prettiest side of Hong Kong this time. "We were at the Kwai Chung morgue, but he deliberately chose to shoot the car chase by the Central harbor and add into the beautiful Hong Kong night scenery. He was very thoughtful."

Jumping out of the morgue to race and crash at Central, Ka Fai had to drive in a circle and crashed with 4 cars. With the rain making the road slippery, Ka Fai was trapped in the car and bounced around like a pin ball. Finally after a few rolls it stopped. Because the shoot took place in the winter, the morning with the strong Central harbor wind the temperature was only in single digit. Ka Fai's body temperature almost dropped to freezing point. For different angles he was completely soaked then rapidly blown dry, then wet again and dried again. He performed professionally despite the exhaustion. As soon as the director yelled cut the crew rushed in and "rescued" Ka Fai out of the car. They also handed him towels and hot team to keep him warm. The awe struck Siu Chai treated everyone to piping hot dessert and cheered on Ka Fai and team.

Ka Fai helplessly said, "Making a movie is the toughest, on the coldest days rain and diving scenes would take place. Then the next day the temperature would climb back up again." Siu Chai also called Ka Fai "life risking", soaked in the rained, crashing around inside the car, and getting tossed onto a table during their fight scene. "Originally I was hurting all over when I hit Ka Fai, but after watching the playback, Ka Fai told me to do it again harder!" Ka Fai praised Siu Chai for acting with a mask on through, the physical performance was difficult in other ways.

[2019.08.21] GORDON LAM BIDS FINAL FAREWELL TO GODMOTHER HA PING

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Lau Kong, Cheung Kwok Keung, Ting Yu, and godson Gordon Lam are among the pallbearers
Family members and friends carry Ha Ping's photo to the cemetery
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Veteran actress Ha Ping (originally named Lo Siu Ping) passed away on the 5th at age 81. Yesterday morning at 9 AM the funeral took place at the Universal Funeral Parlor. Friends Lau Kong, Cheung Kwok Keung, Anderson Junior (On Tak Juen) and godson Gordon Lam Ka Tung also came to send Ha Ping on her final journey. The ceremony was Buddhist. After the funeral was completed, Ha Ping's photo was carried by a male relative as the coffin was transported to the Tseung Kwan O cemetery for burial. Godson Lam Ka Tung looked saddened but not as emotional as two nights ago. He focused on arranging transport for family and friends and other chores.

The hearse arrived at the cemetery around 10 AM. At the start of the burial ceremony Ka Tung first threw out offerings for Godmother to be on her journey at peace. Family and friends then presented incense sticks one after another. After the ceremony, everyone leapt over the fire in a basin and cleansed themselves with pummelo leaves. Ka Tung declined to comment and left without speaking to the media.

Monday, August 19, 2019

[2019.08.20] MICHELLE WAI CALMS HERSELF WITH A CHARM AT A HAUNTED HOUSE

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Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Alex Lam Tak Shun and Richard Ng Yiu Hon worked on Malaysian director Lee Yung Cheung's horror film WALK WITH ME (SEUNG WON). For the horror atmosphere, the film was shot on location at one of the most haunted house there. Wai Sze Nga said that the shoot ran into many supernatural events. "I worked for more than half a month at the haunted house, the more we shot the more something felt wrong. Stuff would fall in the middle of the shoot, shadows could be seen at the corner of the eye. In several scenes an actor had to play being possessed. We were very scared. The director was afraid that something would happen. During the shoot a master followed us around. The master saw that I was getting more and more scared, so he gave me a charm."

However, Lam Tak Shun was afraid of Sze Nga instead. In the film they had an underwater fight scene that took 7 hours. "I knew Sze Nga was very focused on her acting, but she was also very clumsy. I was afraid that she would hurt or kill me by accident. Luckily underwater she had a lot more to keep in mind, so she was not as focused and I was more at ease."

Ng Yiu Hon scared himself. His character was often drunk and hit his daughter Sze Nga. "In one scene I had to be very vicious as I strangled her, the director told me that this scene did not need to be rehearsed. The feeling after any rehearsal would be different. During the shoot I didn't just frightened Sze Nga to tears but also scared myself with how violent I could be!"

[2019.08.20] NEOFILMS HOLDS FUNDRAISER FOR KYOTO ANIMATION

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Kyoto Animation last month was the target of arson that left 35 dead. Kyoto Animation's Hong Kong distributor Neofilms yesterday issued a statement that the company would like to help Kyoto Animation. On Sunday, August 25th, it would hold a charity fund raising sale at Comic World at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Center. All of the proceeds will be donated to Kyoto Anime for victim and survivor relief and the reconstruction of Kyoto Anime.

Neofilms will at the sixth floor CM24 stall sell video, manga and anime products of FREE!, LOVE CHUNIBYO AND OTHER DELUSIONS and A SILENT VOICE, and charity advanced screening tickets to SOUND! EUPHONIUM -- OUR PROMISE: A BRAND NEW DAY.

[2019.08.20] SERVICES BEGIN FOR HA PING







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Gordon Lam
Cheung Kwok Keung
Helena Law
Patrick Tse
Chow Chung
Wayne Lai
Tong Kai and Suet Nei
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Veteran actress Ha Ping (originally named Lo Siu Ping) on August 5th passed away due to illness at age 81. Yesterday services began at the Universal Funeral Parlor. After a 9AM funeral the next morning, she would be buried at the Tseung Kwan O cemetery. Last night mourners included Cheung Kwok Keung, Patrick Tse Yin, Louis Yuen Siu Fai, Suet Nei and her husband Tong Kai, Yuen Qiu, Mak Cheung Ching, Chin Siu Ho, Ben Wong Chi Yin, Helena Law Lan and others. Godson Gordon Lam Ka Tung was very emotional. When he mentioned Godmother he could not help but succumb to tears.

Ha Ping's funeral would be a Buddhist ceremony, the hall was simply and cleanly decorated. A color photo was placed at the center with a banner overhead. In the middle were heart shaped floral arrangements from Ha Ping's children, grandchildren and Lam Ka Tung. Her family were present early and Ka Tung around 4:10PM arrived. 20 minutes later he came to speak to the press, during which he got emotional and broke down many times. He revealed that they would follow Godmother's wishes and arrange for a burial. "Godmother said that she wanted a burial. Although she sometimes would say the opposite of what she meant, she was very afraid of fire. Thus we would arrange for a burial." As for the discrepancy over her age, Ka Tung said, "Godmother said that she was 81, in order to work in Hong Kong she reported herself as older. I just went by what she said. Actually I wouldn't ask her too much because she was rather stubborn. If she didn't tell me I wouldn't ask. I just listened to however old she said she was."

Ka Tung revealed that Godmother suffered a stroke at the end of July. Since she already had diabetes and high blood pressure, she had complications. At her age she could only use medication to reduce her pain. Ka Tung began to choke up as he said, "When I found out that she was ailing I was working in Yunnan. I asked the doctor to do his best until I return. In the end she toughed out two weeks with the support of medication and I was able to return to see her one last time. From our television days to now we have known each other for over two decades. She always cursed her out, I really admired her passion and directness. I was the happiest when we kept greeting everyone with foul language at work. She also cared about me alot, she would help me scratch mosquito bites like a mother with her child." Ka Tung was emotional and sobbed.

As for Godmother's final wish, he said, "She was always concerned about what would happen after she passed. I told her not to. I was around so I could always keep her company. Actually as early as ten years ago I already wanted to arrange for her to move into a senior home, she declined though. Finally she fell and no one knew for 10 hours. I immediately contacted To Sir (To Kei Fung) because the TVB alumni association held a senior home. In the end we arranged for her to move in after three days, but she would always say what would happen when she passed. I told her to keep clam, since she was able to call me her son and she my mother, I would take care of her until the end." He wiped tears from his eyes again.

Those who came to pay their respect included Cheung Kwok Keung, Patrick Tse Yin, Louis Yuen Siu Fai, Suet Nei and her husband Tong Kai, Yuen Qiu, Mak Cheung Ching, Chin Siu Ho, Ben Wong Chi Yin, Cheung Wing Hong, Helena Law Lan and others. Tse Yin came to salute Ha Ping and bid her a final farewell. He stayed for almost half a hour and left. He said to the press, "I don't have much to say, we have been buddies for many years. I haven't made a series for a long time, we used to be together alot. (Your impression of Ha Ping?) What do you want me to tell, she and I both were very playful."

Cheung Kwok Keung arrived around 5PM. After paying his respect he spoke to the press. "During Ha Ping's ten days at the hospital, I stayed by her side. When she passed her family, Ka Tung and I as well as one or two people in the business were with her. Seeing her pass peacefully, everyone felt comforted. When she was critical, Ka Tung was working in the Mainland. We kept encouraging her to wait for Ka Tung. When she saw Ka Tung she was at peace and passed away the next morning. From that you could see her perseverance." KK pointed out that Ha Ping has not felt well. Earlier because of a fall the nursing home rushed her to the hospital. Due to the trauma and a second stroke that was even more severe than her first, and all the complications from age, in the end she persisted at the hospital for ten days. As for his memories of Ha Ping, KK said, "I have many, Sister Ha Ping in a series played my mother. We often chatted and joked around. Sometimes I would see that she was not so mobile on the set, I would drive her home after work. She was very interesting, very funny and direct. She was quite a role model. Her humor would always leave everyone not knowing whether to laugh or to cry." KK said that he and Ka Tung went to the viewing and chatted with Sister Ha Ping and saw that she looked more peaceful and even prettier than usual.

Many in the industry sent floral arrangements like Andy Lau Tak Wa, Leon Lai Ming, Johnnie To Kei Fung, Dayo Wong Tze Wa, Wu Fung, Sean Lau Ching Wan and his wife, Chin Kar Lok and his wife, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Tse Yin, Liza Wang Ming Chuen and Law Kar Ying, Ng Man Tat and others.