Friday, April 16, 2021

[2021.04.17] HO LIK HANG EXPERIENCES SECOND LIFE AFTER INVESTORS BACKED OUT

Patrick Tam (in red) played a gym teacher who, in order to fulfill his promised his late wife to run a 10K race, practiced and competed even when he was sick

Tony Wu played a real estate agent whose will was rekindled after running into his elementary school teacher Patrick Tam

Director Ho Lik Hang says that after investors backed out the film almost did not come to be
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Ho Lik Hang's directing debut I STILL REMEMBER...(YI CHI YUN SUN), during its production process, truly experienced a "second life". Because of investors suddenly "pulling out", the film also died in the womb. He could only establish a film company and fund the production himself, to encourage young people through the film; he felt that this film was very suitable for current teachers and students to watch. With an advertising background Lik had a head full of creativity, turning what he thought up into movies; whether his company would have a second film, it would depend onf I's box office performance.

Screenwriter and director in one, Lik in 2013 after watching a musical with many young players, hearing many cheers for those young people, felt that young people had a chance. They also after the performance found their own directions; Lik also wanted to make a movie to encourage young people, thus he started to write a story with the subject of "street marathon". "If you have two legs you can run, it doesn't have any difficulty or technique. For example I can wear a pair of 'Chinese Noodle Fishes' (white boat shoes) and run. I wouldn't have any exercise not to reach the finishing line. It is the simplest way to encourage people. I hope to cheer for young people who are lost and don't know what they want to."

Unfortunately after the script was completed, investors "backed out" and it was scrapped until 2018 when Lik founded his own company to fund the production himself. "When I first conceive this film, investors had no opinion on the subject and the production cost. We only had confidence when we had another team. Finally the investors didn't participate. I didn't want to waste everyone's effort and hard work, so I forced myself to invest. Just like in the film, (Tony) Wu Tsz Tung ran with his gym teacher (Patrick Tam Yiu Man), he ran and ran and ended up running himself and finishing the race."

Lik made two short films LATE LETTERS and GOODNIGHT, but directing his first full length feature film was still difficult. Luckily he had veteran filmmker Or Sing Pui as his producer, advising him from behind and making the production process even smoother. He said, "The producer helped me alot. Although I made two short films, worked as a full time advertising director for 10 years, and accumulated a lot of pre and post production experience, telling a story with a full length feature ultimately was different. He fixed many of my minor details to their prettiest and put them on film. (Which scene was the most difficult?) The ending scene that blocked off Nam Kok Road for 3 hours, its timing had to be very accurate. That day several hundred extras cheered on both sides of the street, just getting them to take their marks already took a long time. Then I had to arrange the protagonist and runners, not to mention there were a lot more I had to handle as well. No matter how loudly I yelled they couldn't hear me. Luckily it was successfully completed."

With the pandemic gathering restrictions, the cinema admission rate has been capped at 75%. Lik still had confidence in the film's box office, because earlier the film held many advanced screenings and academic screenings and received decent response. "I don't dare to say they were great, but I sense many people's support. They know the reason that the film is made and the message it wants to deliver. It's very suitable for Hong Kong people to watch. The film talked about the teacher and student relationship. A headmaster after watching it encouraged me, praised the film as great and he liked it very much. He wished that my team would have a second film, but it would depend on the performance of I."

As a new director, how did he view the topic everyone recently have been discussing, "Hong Kong Film is Dead"? Lik disagreed, feeling that now although Hong Kong film production rate is low, each film has its own style and story that it wants to tell. Instead it is a chance to start over. "The film industry is very hard to operate, which gives small productions like ours a chance."

Thursday, April 15, 2021

[2021.04.16] CHIN KAR LOK SAYS NO TO YEUNG PAN PAN?

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The Hong Kong Stuntmen Association president Chin Kar Lok and members Kok Hin Siu, Chan Chun Fung and Ho Pui Man were guests on Yeung Pan Pan's Hong Kong Open Television program and talked about their hardship of getting into the business.

On the program Yeung Pan Pan personally cooked Shanghai cuisine and made "drunken chicken" for everyone. Chin Kar Lok said that it was delicious and joked, "She made drunken chicken, because she knows I like to drink." Yeung Pan Pan has known Chin Kar Lok for years. She revealed that once she wanted to ask Chin Kar Lok to work together on a film, but he turned her down right away. Chin Kar Lok said, "It wasn't me, my manager turned you down." Finally Yeung Pan Pan asked a friend to ask Chin Kar Lok again and finally successfully invited her to participate. Speaking of past productions, Chin Kar Lok revealed that early in his career he worked with Jackie Chan on PROJECT A. At the time he only needed to like on the ground to play dead. "At the time Big Brother Jackie Chan worked on a wire scene for three days, we lay on the grond to play corpses and slept. As soon as we lay down we lay for three days." Yeung Pan Pan continued to say that when she started as a stunt person, she too had to first lie on the ground to play dead. Slowly she began to have fight scenes, the more she fought the more she had.

In addition, Chin Kar Lok and Kok Hin Siu also talked about directors Sammo Hung Kam Bo and Yuen Woo Ping. Kok Hin Siu said, "What Director Hung came up with, if you weren't fit you couldn't do it. So everyone in the Sammo Hung Stuntman Association was very fit. With Yuen Woo Ping I worked him since ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (WONG FEI HUNG). He was a good master, gladly listened to suggestions." Chin Kar Lok also praised Hung Kam Bo's great martial art background. In the past he would personally demonstrate the stunts.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

[2021.04.15] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, APRIL 10 2021

For the week starting Saturday, April 10 2021 (Week 15)

TVB JADE SOLID GOLD


  5 GONE WITH THE FLARE
  Can : Yin Fa Gei
  Joey Yung Cho Yi

  4 CITYPOP
  AGA

  3 MY DOPPLEGANGER IN COPENHAGEN
  Can : Gor Boon Hei Gung Dik Ling Yut Gor Ngor
  Fiona Sit Hoi Kei

  2 @princejoyce
  Joyce Cheng Yun Yi


  1 WHATEVER LOVE
  Can : Ji Dan Kau Kei Oi
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

[2021.04.15] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY, APRIL 11 2021

For the week ending Sunday April 11 2021
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10 THE FATHER
    d. Florian Zeller
    Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss,
      Imogen Poots, Rufus Sewell, Olivia Williams


  9 SOUL
    d. Peter Docter, Kemp Powers
    Disney Pixar Animation
    English Voices: Jaime Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton
    Cantonese Voices: Ronald Cheng Chung Kei, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi


  8 HI, MOM
  Can : Nei Ho! Lee Woon Ying
  Lit : Hello, Li Huanying
    d. Jia Ling
    Jia Ling, Shen Teng, Chen He, Zhang Xiaofei
  Rating : I
  Length : 248 mins.
  Opening March 26 2021 (Preview)
  Opening April 8 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/OTm0TDiHxCM

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    It was 2001, a "very average" student Jia experienced a big up-and-down in her life. As a daughter she always wanted to make her mother proud, and she had finally been admitted to college, however, her mother ran into a serious accident. In a state of emotional breakdown, Jia is magically transported back to 1981 and meets a younger version of her mother Li Huanying. The two become inseparable, just like best friends. At the same time, she also meets a group of innocent and kind friends. Jia thought she could use her knowledge of the future to make her mother "successful" in her younger years, but the result surprised her...


  7 THE CROODS: A NEW AGE
    d. Joel Crawford
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds,
    Cantonese Voices: Jazz Lam Tsz Sin, Sandy Lam Shan Shan


  6 READY O/R KNOT
  Can : Buk Yut Sing Fun
  Lit : Coming Soon Wedding
    d. Anselm Chan Mou Yin
    Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Michelle Wai Sze Nga,
      Hedwig Tam Sin Yin, Chu Pak Hong,
      Kaki Sham, Renci Yeung Sze Wing, Ashina Kwok Yui Sum,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 105 mins.
  Opening April 1 2021
  Teaser : https://youtu.be/ODACCkbxo-A

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    After five years together, Heidi sees marriage as testimony of their love, while Guy treats it as doomsday.

    Heidi's friends try to get Heidi pregnant and Guy into marrying her. Meanwhile, Guy and his friends backfire with their antics in defense against the girls.

    After Guy has unprotected sex with Heidi, the boys resort to the pill, but Guy doesn't follow through. Heidi finds out, and the couple break up. Heidi decides to depart for her working holiday, and Guy realizes the reality of losing Heidi forever. Can he catch her just in time? Ready or Knot, here comes love!


  5 NOBODY
    d. Ilya Naishuller
    Bob Odenkirk, Aleksey Serebryakov, Connie Nielsen


  4 MORTAL KOMBAT
    d. Simon McQuoid
    Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, Mehcad Brooks,


  3 ONE SECOND CHAMPION
  AKA : ONE SEC
  Can : Yut Miu Kuen Wong
  Lit : One Second Fist King
    d. Hang Chiu Sin Hung
    Endy Chow Kwok Yin, Chanon Santinatornkul,
      Chiu Sin Hang, Lin Minchen, Lo Hoi Peng, Ben Yuen Fu Wa,
      Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Hung Cheuk Lok, Wong Yau Nam
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 95 mins.
  Opening November 22 2020 at the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening December 3 2020 (POSTPONED)
  Opening March 11 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/DmWENYkUxRY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Tin Yen was born with a superpower of foreseeing one second ahead, but it didn't bring him any luck so far. Now a middle age man, he is still a loser who needs to take care of a young son with partial hearing loss and has no respect of his superpower.

    One day, a boxing-holic, Shun, witnessed how Tin Yen defeated a loan shark gang by himself. He is determined to hire Tin Yen as his training assistant to beat the local boxing champion Joe. During the preliminary round, Shun had to withdraw from the match due to asthma attack. Tin Yen had no choice but to stand-in for Shun. Out of expectation, Tin Yen won with his one-second power.

    Tin Yen realized in order to gain back his son's respect, he has to get himself together. Thus, he agreed to be properly trained by Shun. Suddenly, Tin Yen has turned into this new sensation "One Second Champion" who is on his way to the finals. However, due to an accident, Tin Yen lost his superpower. Will he be able to beat the killer champion Joe on his own and will Tin Yen be able to win his son's respect in the end?

[ HONG KONG ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL ]
    How much difference does one second make? Can it be the difference between life and death? A loser single father learns that lesson the hard way when he becomes gifted with the power of seeing one second into the future. When his ability is exposed, a boxing buff persuades him to use his power in the boxing ring.


  2 GODZILLA VS. KONG
    d. Adam Wingard
    Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall,
      Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza Gonzalez, Julian Dennison,
      Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Kaylee Hottle




  1 STAND BY ME DORAEMON 2
    d. Ryuichi Yagi, Takashi Yamazaki
    Japanese Animation
  Rating : I
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening April 1 2021
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/5SwTxhReBG4

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    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...

[2021.04.15] CARLOS CHAN IS AFRAID OF MESSING UP HIS LINES WITH

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Carlos Chan has pressure from working with elders

Director Gordon Chan added a kiss scene at the last minute.  Lok Wing jokes that he only took the role because of Cecilia So
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The film ALL U NEED IS LOVE (JUNG SI YAU OI JOI GAK LEI) will officially open in April 22nd. The pandemic severely impacted the livelihoods of the film industry basic level workers. Ten film companies teamed up to make this film for them. The film included stars like Cecilia So Lai Shan, Lok Wing and Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Michael Hui Koon Man, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Jackie Chan, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Cheung Tat Ming, Candy Yu On On, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Eric Tsang Chi Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Chin Ka Lok, Fiona Sit Hoi Kei and others.

Chan Ka Lok revealed that all actors and directors volunteered this time, without taking any salary. Speaking of the box office, Lok Wing joked that the box office was the responsibility of the ticket office. Chan Ka Lok said that the film's appearance was to assist the film industry basic level workers. He admitted that completing the shoot was like finishing a mission. However he hoped even more for box office success, for the proceeds to make another film to keep helping the film industry. Lok Wing revealed that the shoot was done simultaneously with 3 teams. Because everyone have not seen each other in a long time, the production atmosphere was very happy and harmonious.

So Lai Shan and Lok Wing played a couple that was about to wed. Due to the pandemic the hotel suddenly had to be quarantined. The couple was forced to hold the wedding at the hotel. The hotel manager Chan Ka Lok needed to organize the wedding ceremony in absolute chaos. Chan Ka Lok due to his role also connected all the stories. In other words he had a chance to work with almost all the elders. He admitted that he felt the pressure, especially the speech on the wedding stage in the final scene. The audience were full of first class elders. He said, "The dialogue was a little long, if I messed up the elders in the audience would have to wait. Luckily the director shot all the elders' scenes first." Lok Wing menhtioned rehearsing with Best Actor Tony Leung Ka Fai and admitted that he felt a lot of pressure. Luckily he and Leung Ka Fai were both a little tired, finally they struggled their way through the shoot.

In addition, So Lai Shan mentioned that her character was the typical "bride-zilla". Because her fiancee Lok Wing appeared not to care at all, they would constantly argue in the film. Thus, So Lai Shan and Lok Wing in the film almost had no intimate scene. Yet when they got to the wedding scene director Gordon Chan Ka Seung suddenly added a kiss scene, at the time they both thought it made sense. How did it feel? Lok Wing said, "The rings were exchanged, so it was like a peck. It's not like how you would imagine it to be." In addition, speaking of the wedding ceremony in real life, So Lai Shan admitted that she personally witnessed many female friends suffered emotional breakdowns due to wedding preparation, so she did not fantasize or imagine about holding a wedding.

[2021.04.15] TIN KAI MAN LOOKS FOR AN ACTOR FOR LIU KAI CHI'S ROLE

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Gloria Wong and ToTo Tong
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Tin Kai Man is making TAKE TWO for the late Liu Kai Chi

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The Korean film SEOBOK two nights ago held its Hong Kong premiere, guests Tin Kai Man, Gloria Wong Yung and Belinda Yan Zifei attended. Tin Kai Man was the producer for the film TAKE TWO (FAN DAU YUN SUN), which Liu Kai Chi was preparing to make. He revealed that there has been progress, but after reading the first draft of the script it required editing. Hopefully the film will start production in June. Tin Kai Man pointed out that because the script had some changes, the actor Uncle Siu suggested would be changed. "Because the script is different, we have to make another cast change. The film has two lead actors, one old one young. Actually Uncle Chi would play the old role, now I would look for another veteran actor. As for the young role even if he would be a new comer, everyone would recognize him!" Speaking of whether he would use Uncle Chi's students for the crew, Tin Kai Man said that they would receive first consideration.

[2021.04.15] TONY LEUNG CHIU WAI MAKES A SURPRISE APPEARANCE AT LOVE UNTO WASTE SCREENING

Tony Leung Chiu Wai's "surprise attack" was a pleasant surprise for the audience
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Stanley Kwan would have a heart to heart conversation with actors before making his movies and does not mind sharing his private side with them

Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui's performance is unique in the heart of Stanley Kwan

Tony Leung Chiu Wai appears at the film festival's LOVE UNTO WASTE restored version screening

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The always low key Tony Leung Chiu Wai rarely attended events, but earlier he suddenly appeared at the Stanley Kwan Kam Peng directed film LOVE UNTO WASTE screening and surprised the audience.

The 45th Hong Kong Internationl Film Festivl ended two nights ago. Famous director Kwan Kam Peng was this year's Filmmaker in Focus. Because Kwan Kam Peng was unable to attend the screening, one of the film's stars Wai Jai showed his support. Wai Jai's fan club shared the video on Weibo. In it the casually dressed Wai Jai briefly shared his experience. He said that because director Kwan Kam Peng was unable to come, so he asked him to come. He said that after watching it during its release he never saw the film again. He thanked the Hong Kong International Film Festival for giving everyone, including himself, the chance to watch LOVE UNTO WASTE again.

"The last time I watched it was already over 30 years ago, my impressions of the film are in bits and pieces. I have no way to compare it with the restored version we just watched. LOVE UNTO WASTE was my very early performance. Thank you Director Kwan for giving me the chance. He was very serious, had passion and attention to details, I really enjoyed working with him."

Ah Kwan has always been extremely demand of his films, when he made LOVE UNTO WASTE he even had a "short term cross" with good friend Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling). "Her performance during the first few days was overacting, maybe she felt that she got such a major role it was invaluable! In the scene win which she and Tsai Chin sang together, I told her Tsai Chin was very easy going. She got upset and felt very hurt. Why did I have to compare her with Tsai Chin, she performed in several movies!" Luckily Au Ting Ping played the meditator and they made up. "At the time I didn't handle it well, I got a little frustrated. I used the wrong method. She knew I cared about her."

The 63 year old director Kwan Kam Peng earlier spoke with Oriental Daily. As the film "general" he admitted that he hoped to have a thorough heart to hert with all actors. Speaking of his deep friendship with actresses, he admitted, "Like when I worked with Ah Mui (Anita Mui Yim Fong), (Maggie) Cheung Man Yuk, Joan Chen, (Veronica) Yip Yuk Hing, my movies happened to have heavier roles for the female characters. When I made LOVE UNTO WASTE, I completely put myself out there. I didn't mind tell them my private stuff, including my relationships. Of course I hope that they would recipocate. Actors and directors unable to trust each other is a major taboo. Anyone who worked with me before would understand."

Among actresses, Ah Kwan's relationship with Ah Mui was the deepest. He once publicly stated that he "loved Mui Yim Fong the most". They even talked all night on the phone about anything and everything. Later when Ah Mui passed, the final thing Ah Kwan did for her friend was writing the eulogy. Every word and every tear touched people inside. In 1987, when Ah Kwan prepared to make ROUGE, because he "liked it" top star Ah Mui waited for the film for over half a year for the production to start. Ah Kwan said, "Everyone said that Yu Fa was a ghost, but I feel this is a romance. Now I am teaching at City U, earlier to prepare for a lesson I watched this film again. I still felt sad, and I couldn't think of anyone to ply Yu Fa and Sup Yi Siu (Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing's role)."

As for when Jackie Chan produced ROUGE, he overstepped and upset Ah Kwan. "During the shoot he had no opinion, but after watching the rough cut he said that he wanted to edit the film anew, and that wire scenes and stunt shots had to be added. I didn't know at all, someone secretly informed me. I called (Willie) Chan Chi Keung (Jackie Chan's manager), if a single frame was changed, please don't put my name down as the director!"

Cheung Man Yuk according to Ah Kwan was "absolutely smart". He once publicly said that before making CENTER STAGE in 1992, he originally wanted Ah Mui to star. However because she did not want to shoot on location in the Mainland, they decided to "break up" as Maggie shaved her brows and took the role as the second choice. Finally she extremely rapidly got into the role and did not disappoint as she became the first Chinese Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival. Back then the film held a premiere at the Ocean Cinema, everyone showed their support for Maggie. Unfortunately during the two and a half hour run, viewers kept leaving. Thus the official release was edited down until recently at the Film Festival when the "director's cut" appeared again. Speaking of being the second choice, Maggie actually did not mind too much. She even ran to thank Ah Mui for giving her the chance.

Turning from director to teacher, Ah Kwan admitted that it was an exchange of time. From his students he also learned something. "I have to tell myself, not to be stubborn with my existing views of film, to examine what movies to make now and prepare for my future retirement finances. This semester I gave the students a survey and realized that 80% of them have not seen my movies. When I asked (Fruit) Chan Gor, (Felix) Chong Man Keung to be guest lecturers the response was not too great. Then when I asked new director (Sasha) Chuk Tsz Yin for help, right after class the students surrounded her to exchange WhatsApp. I thought maybe they should be polite and ask me first!" As for what genre of film he would like to make next, he said, "In recent years Hong Kong experienced alot, everyone is very sharp. I am writing about life, relationship changes and results in Hong Kong under the 'Great Era', characters would be numerous. If I had to consider production cost I would have to 'charge' it. I hope to start production early next year!"