Wednesday, May 5, 2021

[2021.05.06] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, MAY 2 2021

For the week ending Sunday May 2 2021
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    d. Wong Kar Wai
    Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Maggie Cheung Man Yuk

    d. Lee Isaac Chung
    Steven Yeun, Yeri Han, Alan S. Kim, Noel Cho, You Yuh-Jung

    d. Lee Yong-joo
    Gong Yoo, Park Bo Gum, Jo Woo Jin, Jang Young nam, Park Byung Eun
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening December 24 2020 (POSTPONED)
  Opening January 21 2021 (POSTPONED)
  Opening April 15 2021
  Trailer :

    Former intelligence agent Ki-hun, who lives a secluded life as a result of a traumatic memory, is entrusted by his former boss with a secret mission to transfer humanity's first cloned human, called Seobok, to a safe location. However, the mission goes awry when the convoy is ambushed by unknown attackers. Ki-hun and Seobok manage to escape together, but struggle awaits them around every corner as Seobok has spent his entire life in a lab and is fascinated by the outside world while Ki-hun only wants to complete his mission as soon as possible. As the two repeatedly butt heads, various groups with conflicting agendas chase after Seobok, who is humanity's greatest salvation but also its greatest threat. When the enemy finally closes in, Ki-hun and Seobok are forced to make the inevitable choice.

    d. Ryuichi Yagi, Takashi Yamazaki
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening April 1 2021
  Trailer :

    Nobita find a teddy bear hand sewn by his beloved grandma and the memories trigger a torrent of tears for him. He and Doraemon then use the time machine to visit the past. Grandma tells Nobita that she wants to see the girl who he will marry. In order to grant her wish, Nobita and Doraemon travel to the future where Nobita, now an adult, is soon to marry Shizuka, but runs away on the day of their wedding...

    d. Zhang Yimou
    Yu Hewei, Zhang Yi, Qin Hailu, Zhu Yawen,
      Liu Haocun, Ni Dahong, Li Niwen
  Opening April 30 2021
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    In 1934, the Japanese military has built a fortress for inhumane medical experiments. However, one man – Wang Ziyang – manages to escape the fortress alive.

    Chinese intelligence forms a task force to intercept Wang for information about the fortress. But when the puppet government learns of the mission, they use any means necessary to stop the team from finding their man.

    d. Doug Liman
    Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Demian Bichir,

    d. Florian Zeller
    Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss,
      Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams

    d. Chloe Zhao
    Frances McDormand

  AKA : Gum Chin Dai Gok 2 Sei Dai Tam Jeung
  AKA : Gum Chin Dai Gok: Din Fung ji Jin
    d. Wong Jing, Woody Hui Yui Ming
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Tony Leung Ka Fai,
      Francis Ng Chun Yu, Gordon Lam Ka Tung,
      Philip Keung Ho Man, Michelle Hu Yan, Kent Cheng Juk Si
      Jacky Cai Jie, Jazz Lam Tsz Sin, Mimi Kung Chi Yan,
      Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Dominic Ho Ho Man,
      Raymond Wong Ho Yin, Eric Li Tin Cheung
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 105 mins.
  Opening April 29 2021
  Opening May 1 2021 in Mainland China
  Trailer :

    In the early 70s, when Hong Kong was under British colonial rule, corruption was as rampant as ever. The majority of the Hong Kong Police Force collaborated with the triads. As king of the corruption empire, Chinese detective sergeant Lak Chui colluded with Cripple Ho, lord of the underworld, and made almost ten billion dollars through bribery in ten years' time.

    Lawyer Hank Chan despised this kind of illegal acceptance of benefits. He believed this would deprive the general public of their opportunity to fight for their own rights if they could not afford black money. His luck came when Hank met Nash Pak, his old friend who came back from England. Nash admired Hank’s integrity, and hence invited him to join the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), an anti-corruption organization directly accountable to the Governor of Hong Kong. Hank and Nash selected a team of elites, forming the first team of ICAC investigators, and cracked down hard on the underground laws of Hong Kong.

    Their first target was Lak Chui and Cripple Ho. After tremendous efforts, initial results were seen. But what followed was a series of counter-attack by Lak Chui and Cripple Ho. The team members of the Commission were being threatened and persecuted. However, Hank's confidence did not falter at these setbacks. He was even more determined to remove these two tigers from the scene. The fight between the righteous and the evil had begun.

  Can : Jun Sam Gok Mo Seung
  Lit : Real Three Kingdoms No Double
    d. Roy Chow Hin Yeung
    Tony Yang, Han Geng, Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Gulinazha,
      Wang Kai, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Ray Lui Leung Wai, Carina Lau Ka Ling,
      Lam Suet, Philip Keung Ho Man, Law Kar Ying, Eddie Cheung Siu Fai,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 118 mins.
  Opening May 2020 (Postponed)
  Opening April 29 2021
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    Two thousand years ago in China, there was a mysterious power called "Musou". Any warrior with this power could defeat a million of enemy soldiers on his own, those who could control "Musou" were named as The Heroes of "Mosou". Towards the end of Eastern Han Dynasty, The Yellow Turban Rebellion broke out as the government gradually became extremely corrupted at all levels. Liu Bei (a civilian) led Guan Yu (a horsekeeper) and Zhang Fei (a butcher) to defeat the Yellow Turban Rebellion, but they got set up by corrupted officials, and hunted by the Imperial army.

    At the same time, Dong Zhuo saw the opportunity to take control of theempire. Cao Cao (a junior official) could not tolerate the chaos caused by Dong Zhou and attempted to assassinate him but failed. Many warlords responded to this incident and formed a coalition against Dong Zhuo. In this campaign, Cao Cao also formed his own army to participate in this battle. Liu Bei, with his two sworn brothers Guan Yu and Zhang Fei volunteered to join the coalition. However, the warlords ridiculed them due to their professions, except Cao Cao appreciating Liu Bei. After Guan Yu killed the general Hua Xiong, the invincible "Mosou" warrior Lu Bu with his amazing fighting talents scared all the warlords to run away from the battle, except Liu Bei , Guan Yu, Zhang Fei and Cao Cao stayed behind to face the battle together. The showdown between these three warriors marked the beginning of Three Kingdoms era...
    d. Lee Yong-joo
    Gong Yoo, Park Bo Gum, Jo Woo Jin, Jang Young nam, Park Byung Eun
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening December 24 2020 (POSTPONED)
  Opening January 21 2021 (POSTPONED)
  Opening April 15 2021
  Trailer :

    Former intelligence agent Ki-hun, who lives a secluded life as a result of a traumatic memory, is entrusted by his former boss with a secret mission to transfer humanity's first cloned human, called Seobok, to a safe location. However, the mission goes awry when the convoy is ambushed by unknown attackers. Ki-hun and Seobok manage to escape together, but struggle awaits them around every corner as Seobok has spent his entire life in a lab and is fascinated by the outside world while Ki-hun only wants to complete his mission as soon as possible. As the two repeatedly butt heads, various groups with conflicting agendas chase after Seobok, who is humanity's greatest salvation but also its greatest threat. When the enemy finally closes in, Ki-hun and Seobok are forced to make the inevitable choice.


When asked about a wedding date, Charlene Choi put her foot down.  "Don't be so nosy." 

Working together again, Pakho Chau and Charlene Choi are full of chemistry and get along harmoniously.
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Between lovers, aside from loving each other, they also have to have mutual trust and forgiveness to have moments that move each other. Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin and Pakho Chau spoke about the topic of "heartwarming". Pakho pointed out that his wife's absolute trust in him over the years moved him the most; Choi Cheuk Yin remembered the warm moments of being apart from her first boyfriend. Speaking of wedding, Ah Sa stated that her cousin's simple signing wedding method moved her. It was quick and romantic.

Choi Cheuk Yin and Pakho Chau in 2017 worked together on the film 77 HEARTBREAKS (YUEN LEUNG TA 77 CHI), which received decent responses. Two years lter, they worked together again on the Emperor Motion Picture 77 HEARTWARMINGS (GUM DUNG TA 77 CHI). The co-stars remained the same, but the feeling was different. Speaking of the most memorable thing on the road of love, Ah Sa said, "Since I was little, I really liked to make stuff to cheer people up. I remember in Form 4 in secondary school, my first boyfriend was studying in England. I would write a letter to him everyday, on special days I would send little gifts. When you think of the lamest film and television ideas, I did them all! (Has anyone done anything to move you?) Yes, still my first boyfriend because I have a lot of memories. While in England he would work part time for money to make long distance calls to me. I remember in the winter, he would call me from outside the restaurant he worked at. Because it was snowing it was very cold. His voice was shaking, it was very memorable."

Pakho Chau of course thought of his wife right away when talking about warming his heart. "My wife is very understanding and tolerant of my work, which touched me the most. I can work without a care, this way instead makes me want to go home even more. (You are so busy normally, how do you maintain your relationship?) Everyone takes care of each other's families. Even before the marriage, her family was my family. I would work very hard to take care of them. This shows her that you are worth trusting."

In the film was a moving wedding scene. Did Ah Sa have any fantasy about a wedding? She said, "When I participate in friends' weddings, I would feel wedding is something very romantic and pretty troublesome at the same time. I am a little scared, not of getting married but of planning a wedding. Two years ago my cousin got married, she and her husband booked a time at Central, signed their names, in 15 minutes they got a marriage certificate. The whole thing was very two people, fast, convenient and romantic. I don't know whether I would follow suit, but this way is pretty good."


Lee Ngor passed away at age 99

Lee Ngor and Siu Sheung celebrated their platinum anniversary two years ago
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Many of Hong Kong's older generation grew up with the voice of Lee Ngor
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Lee Ngor due to his poor condition and lack of mobility was at a nursing home in recent years.  Yesterday his death was rumored.  His wife Siu Sheung says that he passed peacefully.

Siu Sheung also moves into the nursing home to care of Lee Ngor

The calligraphy that Lee Ngor presented to Commercial Radio

Che Suk Mui shares a photo from three years ago, saying that the great great elder Lee Ngor was still very handsome.

Lee Ngor's metaphysics expert role in the HONG KONG 81 series was very memorable

Lee Ngor participated in film 

Known as the trailblazer of Hong Kong radio broadcasting, Lee Ngor played all the roles on his radio plays.
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Known as the "Radio Broadcast Heavenly King", famous broadcaster Lee Ngor yesterday was rumored to have passed away at age 99. Lau Tin Chi announced the news on social media, "Mr. Lee Ngor passed away!"

Lee Ngor was originally named Lee Man King. Born in 1922 he made Lee Ngor his stage name because at the time he was without a father, a mother, a sibling, a wife, only himself alone. Thus he came up with the name "Ngor" (me).

Lee Ngor in 1949 joined Rediffusion Radio and Commercial Radio in 1959 to become one of the stations' founding star. His claim to fame was the "Sky Novel" series of radio plays. He played all of the characters in the radio play. Lee Ngor with booming voice and clear pronounciation performed the show with just a synopsis with a few dozen words. Thus the program rose to popularity in Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. He performed for 30 years and was very popular with listeners.

Lee Ngor retired from broadcasting in 1975. In the 80s he jumped to television and performed in the TVB situation series HONG KONG 81 to HONG KONG 86, playing the metaphysics expert "Kok Ng Yan". After the series came to an end in 1986, he officially retired.

Aside from an outstanding show business career, he and "Radio Broadcast Queen" Siu Sueng were in love for over 70 years. The couple celebrated ther platinum wedding anniversary in September two years ago.

Veteran media person Che Suk Mui described Lee Ngor as a star and genius of broadcasting who blazed many trails. He was able to write, direct and speak without a script, an elder everyone respected and would always remain in the hearts of broadcasters.


Wong Shu Tong passed away last month

Wong Shu Tong's son Wong Wing Cheung and sister Wong Man Wai 
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Wong Man Wai is all tears when remembering her brother Wong Shu Tong

Alice Chan
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Eric Wan and Andrew Yuen

Stephen Au and his wife pay their respect. He says that Wong Shu Tong's action designs opened his eyes.

In Alice Chan's eyes Wong Shu Tong was friendly and made no differentiation between generations.
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Veteran artist Wong Shu Tong on April 10th passed away from colorectal cancer at age 74. The services took place at the Universal Funeral Parlor in Hung Hom with the funeral the next day. The coffin was transported to the Diamond Hill crematorium and his ashes would be scattered at the memorial garden.

The hall was simply decorated with the banner "Forever Missed". At the center was his son Wong Wing Cheung's yellow heart shaped floral arrangement. Brother Tong wore blue and a smile in his photo. With almost 50 years in film and television, Brother Tong made many connections. Louis Koo Tin Lok, Jackie Chan, Andy Lau Tak Wa, Helena Law Lan, Susanna Kwan Kuk Ying, Lau Nam Kwong, Chin Kar Lok and his wife, Philip Keung Ho Man and his wife, Jacky Lui Chung Yin and his wife, Sylvia Lai (Sum Sum), Betty Lai (Ban Ban) and other friends in the business sent flowers. Those who came to pay their respect in person included Wan Tin Chiu, Andrew Yuen Man Kit, Alice Chan Wai, Ting Yu, Thomas Sin Ho Ying, Lawrence Yan Chi Keung, Bobby Tsang Wai Ming, Tin Kai Man, Betty Mak Chui Han and others.

Brother Tong's sister Wong Man Wai put her hands together as soon as she saw the media, then she and nephew Wong Wing Cheung spoke to the press. The saddened Wong Man Wai even broke down in tears many times. "There is always love in the world. Under such poor condition Brother Tong would have a safe journey. He would leave the pain behind and find joy!" She also said that she had many siblings, some of her nephews and nieces due to the pandemic did not return in time. After years in film and television with her older brother, she brokenheartedly said, "Ultimately I would miss him. I really love him. I hope he would be handsome. After a hundred years he would return to the world a good man. I shouldn't cry, I should treat it like I am sending him on location. This time Brother Tong wouldn't be lonely, Sister Kam, Brother Bing would meet him for the flight to go on tour, so I brought a lot of food for the airport. It's a little something from me."

In addition, Wan Tin Chiu and Yuen Man Kit in the afternoon went together to pay their respect. Wan Tin Chiu felt that his passing was very sudden. "Because I kept thinking that Brother Tong would recover. After passing the first test the second one should be no problem. I am not familiar with Brother Tong's son, I asked Brother Tong's son through Lee Yun Kei about how Brother Tong was. Yet due to the pandemic I couldn't visit him. Brother Tong's son also didn't say anything special, so I thought no news was good news and never thought that he passed so soon." He also revealed that he and Brother Tong originally planned to work together on a big web movie, but due to the pandemic they were unable to go to the Mainland for it. Now with Brother Tong's passing, whether it would be made or not it would no longer matter. Was this job Brother Tong's final wish and would he complete it for him? He said, "Brother Tong was a very open minded person, he always taught the younger generation not to take a lot to heart, like this big internet movie, if it isn't made then just let it go. Let him make a story about Heaven in Heaven." Wan Tin Chiu also pointed out that when his fans came to Hong Kong, Brother Tong helped and entertained them. His fans were upset to learn about Brother Tong's passing, but due to the pandemic they were unable to come to Hong Kong to pay their respect. He believed that Brother Tong would understand.

Yuen Man Kit said that when he jumped from TVB to ATV, the first series he worked with Brother Tong on was THE SNOW IS RED. Because it was the first time they worked together, Brother Tong told him, "Kid, when you come to work have some tea and coffee ready. Actually Brother Tong really took care of the younger generation. He said that because he wanted everyone to be on the same page. On the set he also always taught our stunt people action. Brother Tong, among the on screen people I have seen, was a very positive and optimistic person. He would encourage me, 'Kit Jai, don't distrust people. You have to bring your heart out to trust people.' He meant to tell me not to be so suspicious and defend against people so often." He also said that he once heard Brother Tong share the history of him making a living in Taiwan. He thought he was very optimistic and positive, an elder who was like a big kid. The next day after he recovered from cancer he returned to work, which was a great spirit. He felt that he was a classical person in modern times. He also lamented, "Brother Tong's passing, I am not willing to believe it."


Stephy Tang has many intimate scenes with Edward Ma this time, going the furthest in her film career
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Stephy Tang and Edward Ma once belonged to the same company but this would be their first collaboration.  Stephy says that he is quite a gentleman.
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Stephy Tang Lai Yan and Edward Ma Chi Wai starred in the film TWELVE DAYS (12 YUT), which held a production start worship ceremony yesterday. The film depicted their ten year relationship from dating to marriage. Stephy stated that it had the most intimate scenes in her film career, and at the standard that she has not attempted before. After a few days they already reached to the climatic bed scene. Did she have to disrobe? She said yes, clothes could not be seen on her shoulders. Did she inform her Taiwan boyfriend Prince Chiu? He said, "Yes, I told him everything. Lately he has intimate scenes in his shoots too, so it's fair for everyone. No one need to ask too much."

Reportedly Prince flew to Hong Kong to meet with her, Stephy admitted that they did but he left already. They only saw each other for a week. Since they have not seen each other for a very long time, they chatted a little. Did she and Prince have any passionate scene? She smiled and dodged the question. Have their relationship been elevated? She joked, "It's completely elevated! We had spiritual exchanges, elevated to the temple." Ma Chi Wai said about working with the goddess, "Great! She is very professional, she gave me a lot of advice."


Joyce Cheng calls Johnnie To cute, while Anson Lo is beyond nervous due to To Sir's presence.

Johnnie To is expressive in his first commercial
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Joyce Cheng praises Anson Lo's dance ability
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Johnnie To (center) would offer suitable roles to Anson Lo and Joyce Cheng and says Hong Kong film needs new blood.

Joyce Cheng works with Johnnie To for the first time and realizes that To Sir has his cute side

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Johnnie To Kei Fung, Joyce Cheng Yun Yi, Anson Lo Hon Ting earlier worked on the promotional film for a virtual bank. Yesterday the trio attended the press conference in Tsim Sha Tsui, where the video premiered. Working on his first commercial, To Sir praised Yun Yi and Anson Lo for being more talented and sharper than he was.

To Sir, Yun Yi and Anson Lo shared their production experience on stage. When the host asked To Sir about working with his two co-stars, he humorously said, "Co-star? How do I star opposite them? I didn't feel much, sometimes for those of us who haven't been acting, to them actually I am a rookie. They are much more talented than me. The times keep changing. Actually the young and the old wouldn't be too far apart. I am pretty happy to be able to participate in a young person activity and job."

The self admitted commercial rookie, To Sir was asked how he would grade his performance. He said, "I did whatever the director told me to, because I sat too low I couldn't be seen. It was a pretty good experience, actually being an actor was so comfortable. In my 40 some years in the business I have never been so happy on the set, without any burden and enjoy it like this. Later if people would have me I would keep working."

The Hong Kong Film Critic Society organized 11 day long RINGO LAM FILM RETROSPECTIVE two nights ago came to an end with the director Lam Lan Tung participated SEPTET, one of his final films, as the closing film. The closing ceremony invited the producer and one of the directors of SEPTET, Johnnie To Kei Fung, for an after screening forum. To Sir and Lam Lan Tung have known each other since their youth. They were both elder great director Wong Tin Lam's successful apprentices and worked together on many television series at the television station stage. To Sir at the forum recalled how deeply he felt when he watched SEPTET -- ASTRAY.

To Sir said, "Several of us directors started at TVB. Because we had film, we were able to make something of ourselves in the film industry. Film is well worth remembering. It recorded many Hong Kong stories and directors' efforts. This film was a salute to this inanimate object of film. Later I wanted to invite other directors who have made great contributions to Hong Kong film, like (Sammo) Hung Kam Bo and Lord Eight (Yuen Woo Ping). Ng Yu Sum (John Woo) originally wanted to make one too, but his health was not great and in the end he didn't. Each director made me feel that they had something to say from their hearts. The strongest feeling I got was from Lam Lan Tung's segment. We grew up together, but I never thought that he would make this subject of ASTRAY. Lam Lan Tung's characters and plot were very solid and have strong dramatic effect. He was a Chaozhou Madman, much like his films. Thus I would never imagine that he would make ASTRAY. Only after watching did I realize that he was rooted in Hong Kong. I hope everyone would support Hong Kong film."

This retrospective selected 11 Lam Lan Tung directed films for 14 screenings, including CITY ON FIRE (1987), ACES GO PLACES 4 (1986), PRISON ON FIRE (1987), SCHOOL ON FIRE (1988), FULL CONTACT (1992), FULL ALERT (1997), VICTIM (1999), LOOKING FOR MISTER PERFECT (2003), TRIANGLE (2007), WILD CITY (2015). Many classic films like CITY ON FIRE, SCHOOL ON FIRE, FULL CONTACT were rapidly sold out.

Aside from screenings, the retrospective also held two forums and invited director Soi Cheang Pou Soi and Fennie Yuen Kit Ying to attend. Cheang Pou Soi at the forum shared his experience as Director Lam's assistant director and their mentor and apprentice relationship. Yuen Kit Ying talked about "actors' breakthrough and challenges". Despite having many films on hand, Best Actor Simon Yam Tat Wa also took time to attend the FULL CONTACT after screening forum. He reminisced about Director Lam, whom he respected very much and stressed that the director gave life to his acting.


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The Aaron Kwok Fu Sing starred film HOME SWEET HOME two nights ago held its premiere, but because director Leste Chen Cheng-Tao and actors Hsu Weining, Duan Yihong, Rong Zishan were unable to come to Hong Kong due to the pandemic they could only send videos in support. Sing Sing alone propped up the show, but Cheung Tat Ming and Eric Li Tin Cheung came to cheer him on as well.

The film opened first in the Mainland, after three days in release it already made over 150 million yuan RMB. Sing Sing was happy about the good box office performance and thanked all the viewers who supported the film. He said, "I heard the response and most viewers were raving, as an actor I really am very happy to hear that. I hope that the good performance would continue!" The premiere two nights ago was the second time I saw this film. His wife Moka Fang and his family showed their support. His daughters were too little though, they would have to wait until they got older to watch his work. Unable to promote with other actors at the premiere, he could only hold down the fort on his own. Sing Sing admitted that the pandemic changed many work format. Everyone could only delegate the work and promote. The most important was to be able to promote this film so even more viewers would go to the movie.

Speaking of Mothers' Day this Sunday, how would he celebrate with his wife? Sing Sing joked, "Luckily you reminded me, that day I will be able to celebrate with my wife!" He pointed out that lately he has been very busy with his calligraphy practices and preparations for his movies and his year end concerts. He almost forgot about Mothers' Day. Would he buy gifts on behalf of his daughters? He said, "Of course! Simpler would be flowers, which would already be enough to express your feelings. I like flowers too!" As for his year end concerts, he said that he would have to keep them secret for now. However for several years in a row the Christmas and New Year cross year schedule at the Hong Kong Coliseum were unable to take place and became "cursed". Sing Sing responded, "I can only say that I won't be at the HK Coliseum, but I really can't reveal the details yet. Just wait for the event announcement!"