Saturday, September 18, 2021

[2021.09.18] NEW FILM STARTS CROWDING WITH AN ANTHONY WONG STARRED SHORT FILM

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Director and screenwriter Ronnie Chau (Chiu Law Nei) started crowdfunding for the film THE YOUNG THE OLD AND THE RICH (GEIN NEI DEI DOH SAT YUN SI GEIN). If successful the movie that would be completely crowdfunded by viewers. Two days ago Utopia Pictures Limited on facebook announced the official launch of the film project, inviting Anthony Wong Chau Sun and Zeno Koo Ting Hin to shoot a 13 minute short film that brought about the film's story and production style.

Chiu Law Nei said that the film would be crowdfunded instead of finding an investor, because often in order to ensure investors would not lose money past successful films would be cloned. In turn the film would lack creativity. He wanted to crowdfund this film in order to break this vicious cycle. He first turned the concept of the film in a short film format so viewers would become investors. Producers would only have to make the film well to answer to the audience. In the film Wong Chau Sun played a driver's education teacher, and Koo Ting Hin his student. In the story a young person due to society's oppression became lost and frustrated. At the moment of hopelessness he ran into the driving instructor Wong Chau Sun. Wong Chau Sun actually was the mastermind of an underground group, which had a group of young people who would do something illegal for him. The protagonist at first also risked his life for the driving instructor, later his value due to a variety of conflict was broken. So far HK$ 30,000 has been raised.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

[2021.09.18] KEUNG TO RESUMES WORK AFTER RESTING FOR 43 HOURS FROM FAINTING

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Keung To posts a victory sign and a solo photo to tell fans he is fine

The MIRROR pop up shop is full of fans 
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Popularity king Keung To three days ago while attending an event fainted. After 43 hours of rest, he resumed work yesterday morning on the Emperor Motion Picture K FUNG BO (K STORM). He was full of energy. Playing a singer in the film, he received the support from several hundred fans as extras. He even mischievously impersonated Aaron Kwok Fu Sing to tell fans that he was fine!

MIRROR member Keung To yesterday morning at 7:30 AM prepared to start work on the Emperor Motion Picture K FUNG BO (K STORM). Dressed in black, he left his Causeway Bay home. Although he coughed a few times, he was in decent spirit. Later he headed to a theme park for the production.

According to witnesses, Keung To was full of energy as soon as he reached the set and was in the same wavelength with the crew. His character in the film has remained a mystery, but this time the scene provided the answer. Dressed in elegant long sleeve costume he sang on the stage, obviously he was playing an idol singer for a concert scene. Several hundred "Keung Candy" even played extras to support their idol. They were very obedient and followed the crew's order exactly. Keung To was also very attentive to the fans. Aside from greeting them, he even impersonated Aaron Kwok Fu Sing's voice to say that he was fine. The group of "Keung Candy" was so happy they screamed.

Since Keung To was young, he was able to recover after resting a little. Reportedly two nights ago he went to play basketball with friends. At yesterday's production he still worked for over a dozen hours straight.

[2021.09.17] SANDRA NG LEADS THE ZERO TO HERO TEAM IN A CELEBRATION RUN

Sandra Ng successfully crosses the finish line and leaves others behind
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Director Jimmy Wan, So Wa Wai, Sandra Ng and So Ma
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The film ZERO TO HERO (MAMA DIK SUN KEI SIU JI) entered its sixth week in release and made over HK$ 24 million at the box office. Its producer Sandra Ng Kwan Yu and director Jimmy Wan Chi Man led the audience appreciation team to many cinemas and over 120 shows. Earlier Kwan Yu even called actors Leung Chung Hang, Ng Siu Hin, Fung Ho Yeung and others to return to the field where the shoot took place two years ago for a celebration "run". Paralypmic Games gold medalist So Wa Wai was on hand to direct and praised "everyone ran very well"!

Ng Kwan Yu admitted that she and Wai Jai competing on the same track was an opportunity that she has waited for a very long time. Even rarer was that the actors and So Ma also showed their support in person. Kwan Yu thanked everyone for continue to race for the team as one. Director Wan Chi Man said in a rare moment of relief, "Coming back to the location of the production two years ago, we ran a race of passion so we can relax a little!" Although no viewer was on hand, Kwan Yu told everyone that she treated this simple yet fully entertaining race very seriously. Before the race she and Wai Jai warmed up together, and she did not slack off at all. After the race Wai Jai mischievously commented on everyone's performance, "Everyone ran very well, all their limbs were very well coordinated!"

When Kwan Yu said that competing and celebrating with the cast was very rare, So Ma who was present to cheer on everyone suddenly asked, "Did little daughter in law come?" Seemingly she was dropping hints. Kwan Yu and the director then questioned So Ma one after another, whether Wai Jai was in a relationship? So Ma kept quiet. Kwan Yu said with anticipation, "When the movie reaches HK$ 30 million, bring little daughter in law!"

Playing Wai Jai at different ages, Fung Ho Yeung, Leung Chung Hang and friend Ng Siu Hin returned to the field after two years and each had their own sentiments. Yeung Yeung excitedly said, "I am very happy, I ran a few laps, even cramping becomes minor! The most important is bringing back the variety of memories from the production." Yeung Yeung recently announced online that he would become a full time actor. He thanked his parents for their support. In the future he hoped to do more what he wanted to do and learned what he wanted to learn to enrich himself and change the learning the method.

[2021.09.17] STEPHY TANG REVEALS MANY HAVE ASKED HER OUT FOR MID AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Terrance Lau and Stephy Tang attend a film forum.  Stephy feels that she has learned on the job. 
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Stephy Tang would spend the Mid Autumn Festival with her family
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Terrance Lau looks forward to working with Stephy Tang
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Stephy Tang Lai Yun and Terrance Lau Chun Him two nights ago attended a film event. Speaking of the Mid Autumn Festival, Stephy revealed that she had many date offers and even said that she would have to see who she would go out with.

Stephy said that after years in the business she had countless memorable moments. She liked to attend forums very much because they would bring back a lot of memories. "I have been in the business for ten or twenty years. I learned as I worked, during the process I only grew from experiencing falls."

Lau Chun Him said that he switched from the stage to film, and had to adapt anew in many ways. He said, "Now I am still adjusting. Intimate scenes in movies I can still deal with, but facing the camera for interviews I feel awkward. I don't really know how to face that." Stephy encouraged him to "do more" interviews then he would be fine. She felt that time could conquer everything. She also looked forward to having a chance to work together. She too wanted to try to perform a play on the stage, feeling that would be very challenging. However each time after watching a play she would feel that the cast had it very tough. Everyday they had to repeat doing the same thing over. She said that she was someone was very afraid of repeating. Even a few more bad takes while working on a movie she would feel like she "slipped out of gear". Thus she did not know whether she would be able to do it. Lau Chun Him told her to "do more" and she would be fine in the same manner.

With the Mid Autumn Festival on the way, Stephy said that she would have moon cake with her family. Has any guy asked her out? She said, "Many have, let's see who I would go out with." Lau Chun Him would be with his family and girlfriend Cecilia Choi Sze Wan. He joked that the Mid Autumn Festival was also called the Night of Calories. He would not avoid moon cakes just because of fear of getting fat.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

[2021.09.16] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 2021

For the week ending Sunday September 12 2021
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10 PAW PATROL: THE MOVIE
    d. Cal Brunker
    Animation


  9 WORTH
    d. Sara Colangelo
    Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan


  8 THE CURSED: DEAD MAN'S PREY
    d. Kim Yong-Wan
    Jung Ji-So, Uhm Ji-Won
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening September 9 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/4d6G_ogdKic

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    Reanimated corpse, 'Jaechaui,' commits a murder!The body of a murder suspect is discovered next to the victim at the crime scene, but it turns out to be a corpse that has been dead for three months, throwing the police investigation into disarray. Meanwhile, an investigative journalist, LIM Jin-hee, receives a call from a listener while appearing on a radio show. The caller claims to be the culprit behind the mysterious murder, and requests Jin-hee to interview him live on camera. With the police on standby and the excited public turning in, the man appears for the interview as promised. He warns of three more murders to come, which will be carried out by... revived corpses. On the day of the first forewarned murder, an army of walking dead appears and catches the police off guard with an all-out attack. Who is behind it all, and for what reason?


  7 MALIGNANT
    d. James Wan
    Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young


  6 DON'T BREATHE 2
    d. Rodo Sayagues
    Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace, Brendan Sexton III, Adam Young


  5 FREE GUY
    d. Shawn Levy
    Ryan Reynolds, Jodie Comer, Lil Rel Howery,
      Utkarsh Ambudkar, Joe Keery, Taika Waititi


  4 SINKHOLE
    d. Kim Ji-hoon
    Cha Seoung-won, Kim Sung-kyun, Lee Kwang-soo, Kim Hye-jun
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening September 2 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/QVue1xvMbBU

[ BROADWAY CIRCUITS ]
    An ordinary office worker Dong-won and his family move into a house he bought after years of saving. Overwhelmed with happiness, he invites his colleagues to a housewarming party, but heavy overnight rain leads to a gigantic sinkhole, and in a mere minute, it swallows up the entire apartment and the people inside. Hundreds of meters down the hole, Dong-won, his neighbor Man-su, and the unfortunate housewarming party guests must find their way out. Rain starts to pour down, filling the sinkhole with water, giving them very little time to get back to the surface.


  3 ZERO TO HERO
  AKA : ON YOUR MOM, GET SET, GO!
  Can : Ma Ma Dik Sun Kei Siu Ji
  Lit : Ma Ma's Wonder Kid
    d. Jimmy Wan Chi Wan
    Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Leung Chun Hang,
      Mason Fung Ho Yeung, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Chin Siu Ho,
      Lo Hoi Pang, Yeung Wai Lun, Locker Lam Ka Hei,
      Ng Siu Hin, Lok Wing, Chung Suet Ying, Mak Pui Tung
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 103 mins.
  Opening August 12 2021
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/byBgUOK1Cbg
  fb : https://www.facebook.com/zerotoherofilm
  ig : https://www.instagram.com/zerotoherofilm

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    This film is based on the story of So Wa Wai, the medal-winning Paralympic athlete. It teaches audiences that even people who "lose on the starting line" can achieve victory as long as they persist.

    Soon after birth, Wai was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which made him hard of hearing and even unable to walk normally. But under a strict training regimen from his mother, Wai eventually learned how to walk and was even invited into the Hong Kong Disabled Track and Field Team. Wai has participated in multiple Paralympic Games and won many gold medals. To this day, he is still the record holder for men's 100-meter and 200-meter at the Paralympics. For his achievements, he has earned the nickname "Wizard Boy".

    Wai wanted to be a full-time athlete, but due to his father's work injury, he chooses to become a courier instead to support his family. He tries to balance between work and training, but his mother begins to arrange ad appearances and paid appearances on his behalf. Soon, he falls out with Fong, his coach, for neglecting his training, and he begins to fight back against his mother's control. At the 2008 Paralympic Games, Wai finds himself under unprecedented pressure from the match and his fallout with his mother.

    Fortunately, Wai repaired his relationship with his mother, and he received encouragement from his father and fellow competitors before the match. In the end, he not only wins the race, but also sets a new world record for the men's 200-meter sprint. As he stands on the podium with pop hit "Boundless Sky" playing in the background, he finds himself filled with pride as all 90,000 people inside the Bird's Nest sing along with the song.

    But Wai actually has a more important motivation for winning the gold medal: Wai wants to share the gold medal with his mother, who didn't have a piece of gold when she got married. Now, she can finally proudly wear the gold that she's waited her entire adult life for.


  2 RAGING FIRE
  Can : No For
  AKA : CROSSFIRE
  Can : For Ping
  Lit : Fire Fight
    d. Benny Chan Muk Sing
    Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung, Qin Lan,
      Patrick Tam Yiu Man, Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Deep Ng Ho Hong,
      Jeana Ho Pui Yu, Angus Yeung Tin Yu, Bruce Tong Kwan Chi,
      Henry Prince Mak Hung Lei, Yu Kang,
      German Cheung Man Kit, Tony Wu Tsz Tung,
      Ray Lui Leung Wai, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Ben Yuen Fu Wa,
      Ben Lam Kwok Bun, Ken Low Wai Kwong, Carlos Chan Ka Lok
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 126 mins.
  Opening July 30 2021 (POSTPONED)
  Opening August 19 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/mX7D4z9dcOA

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Shan is a righteous cop who's solved countless cases. One day, his past comes back to haunt him when his sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo, his former protege.

    Ngo was once a talented cop who admired Shan. However, a terrible accident sent him to prison three years ago, transforming him into a furious man dead set on killing everyone who's wronged him -- including his former mentor.




  1 SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
    d. Destin Daniel Cretton
      Sima Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Meng'er, Fala Chen
      Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King), Yuen Wah, Florian Munteanu

[2021.09.16] BUSAN CHOOSES TO CLOSE WITH ANITA

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In memory of the late singing star Anita Mui Yim Fong, the biographical film ANITA (MUI YIM FONG) has been slated for a November 12th release. In order to continue Sister Mui's charitable spirit, the film company on October 16th and 17th would hold ANITA charity advanced screenings. The box office proceeds from these two days would be donated completely to the Children's Cancer Foundation.

At the same time, the film would also become the 26th Busan International Film Festival closing film and make its global premiere at the film festival closing ceremony on October 15th. Director Longman Leung has quite a history with the Busan International Film Festival. The first film he directed, COLD WAR (HONG JI), was invited in 2012 to be the 17th Busan International Film Festival opening film. 9 years later, Director Leung's film would become this year's closing film.

Director Leung was grateful. "I am very honored that ANITA was selected to be this year's Busan Film Festival closing film. This film wasn't just a chronicle of an era, but also tried its best to bring back the life of this Daughter of Hong Kong of ours. Looking back at last time when COLD WAR was chosen to be the opening film, it was already 9 years ago; time flew by, I hope in the not so distant future I would be able to personally come to Busan and meet the Korean viewers; I hope even more that the Korean viewers would like ANITA."

Making her film debut as Anita Mui Yim Fong in the film, Louise Wong Dan Nei said, "I am very grateful to the Busan Film Festival for choosing ANITA to be its closing film. I am truly very excited and touched. I hope even more people would be able to learn and understand more about Anita's legendary life through this film, experience her unwavering spirit of struggle and thus spread even more positive energy. I also hope that after watching this film everyone would listen to Anita's songs and watch Anita's other movies again to remember her, so Anita would always remain in our hearts."

[2021.09.16] RAGING FIRE HEADS TOWARD HK$ 25 MILLION IN HONG KONG

Angus Yeung gets into shape for RAGING FIRE, while Carlos Chan is honored to guest star in one scene

Benny Chan's final film has been a commercial and critical success
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Carlos Chan says that biting the straw to show his dominance is the director's suggestion

Albert and Alex Yeung appear at the RAGING FIRE celebration

Even Carlos Chan notices the great shape Angus Yeung is in?

Tsang Lok Tung, Macy Ma
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The Benny Chan Muk Sing directed and produced, Donnie Yen Chi Tan produced, action directed and starred, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung starred Emperor Motion Picture RAGING FIRE (NO FOR) became the Hong Kong film with the highest opening box office this year, then its momentum persisted as it headed toward HK$ 25 million at the box office to become the highest grossing Hong Kong film in 2021; in the Mainland it has also been a critical and commercial success, topping the box office there for 28 straight days and even topped the 2021 box office. Currently its cumulative box office passed 1.2 billion yuan RMB.

Emperor Group chief Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Sing and Emperor Motion Pictures vice chair Alex Yeung Ching Lung personally appeared at the celebration for RAGING FIRE's critical and commercial success. RAGING FIRE's actors Ray Lui Leung Wai, Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Ben Yuen Fu Wa, Ken Low Wai Kwong, Ben Lam Kwok Bun, Angus Yeung Tin Yu, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, German Cheung Man Kit, Julius Siswojo (Lee Hoi Yin), Aaron Chow Chi Kwan, along with Emperor artists Gladys Li Ching Kwan, Tsang Lok Tung, Elly, Macy Ma Sihui, Lee Chun attended.

Chana Ka Lok in RAGING FIRE yelled at Yen Chi Tan as his superior and displayed a rarely seen dominance that gave the audience a pleasant surprise. Ka Lok joked, "I got many viewers' response, everyone said that they didn't expect me to play this type of character. I have to thank Director Chan Muk Sing again for that. He arranged for my special appearance, gave a lot of advice before we took our marks. Originally I was just drinking that cup of cold drink. The director suggested on the spot for me to bite the straw, which would be more convincing. He also kept encouraging me to have more courage, not to be afraid of Yen Chi Tan because the character's presence had to hold him down!"

As a salute to director Chan Muk Sing, the end credit of RAGING FIRE edited valuable Easter egg footage of the director on the set. It made many viewers emotional. Ka Lok also stated that he got teary eyed from watching it. "When I was watching it at the movies, I saw many viewers were crying. I too was deeply affected. Highlight from the entire production process appeared in the footage, the director brought the team a lot of joy and positive energy. I truly miss him very much!"