Thursday, June 20, 2024

[2024.06.21] DAYO WONG GAINS KNOWLEDGE FROM MAKING THE LAST DANCE

In order to focus on her role, Michelle Wai misses a lot of opportunities to learn
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Michael Hui and Dayo Wong work together again after 32 years
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In the film Dayo Wong is thinking by the offering oven

Michael Hui performs the Hell Breaking ceremony in the mourning hall
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The Emperor Motion Picture THE LAST DANCE (POR. DEI YUK) starred Dayo Wong Tze Wah and Michael Hui Koon Man 32 years since THE MAGIC TOUCH (SUN SUEN). The Anselm Chan Mou Yin directed and written film that also starred Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Chu Pak Hong, Catherine Chau Ka Yee, Paul Chun Pui, Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling), Rosa Velasco (Wai Law Sha), Rachel Leung Yung Ting, Michael Ning (Bak Ji) and Chung Suet Ying has confirmed its release on November 14th this year. Its teaser, poster and first round of stills were released yesterday.

In the tease, Hui Koon Man is performing the Hell Breaking ceremony at the mourning hall while Wong Tze Wah is thinking by the offering oven as he says, "Hong Kong's funeral is an artistic and action combination , the 'arts' is the street march, and the 'action' is the chanting ......" As the camera turned, Tze Wah and Hui Koon Man sit opposite each other. Hui Koon Man says in a deep voice, "The most important thing is to be able to live with yourself and others!" In the poster, the two stand against the door in front of a mausoleum, the atmosphere is solemn and has a strong sense of story. THE LAST DANCE talks about life and death through the funeral industry.

In Wong Tze Wah's eyes, Hell Breaking is a unique form of culture and performance in Hong Kong, which deserves to be appreciated and valued. He said, "In my life, I have seen Hell Breaking a few times with my own eyes; I have seen the master spitting fire and waving the sword up close, and I can't imagine seeing such a special farewell ceremony anywhere else! The film not only presents the hell-breaking ceremony, but also explores this biggest event in life through the Hong Kong funeral industry." He also said that he learned from the film, such as applying makeup for the deceased. It is not a matter of brushing a stroke or two casually, there is a lot of knowledge in it. He is very fortunate to participate in a film that has done a lot of research and is so realistic.

Michael said that the part of the script that involved life and death deeply moved him. ""First of all, whether there is an afterlife is another matter; let's first say that I went to the funeral home to say goodbye to a friend. From the Taoist standpoint, he (she) left but I have to face the rest of my life. How do we deal with that? Therefore, each departure from the funeral home would bring some kind of revelation for the deceased and the living. The deceased already left the mortal world to find another life, so we should give them blessing; for the living, we should experience life anew, grasp a new direction. This way is advantageous to both the deceased and the living."

Wai Sze Nga admitted that being able to work with her elders Wong Tze Wah and Hui Koon Man felt like two extremes, both joyful and painful. "Of course I am very honored to work with them. The script is also very good, and the filming is very enjoyable! However, because of the experience of the role, I had to isolate myself and concentrate on preparing for the performance. Despite great opportunities right in my face, I still couldn't always learn from my seniors. It was quite a struggle inside!" Because of this film she had new understanding of life and death and hoped that the audience would be able to relate.

[2024.06.20] NICHOLAS TSE AND CYA LIU'S CUSTOMS FRONTLINE WILL TAKE PART IN THE NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

Nicholas Tse and Cya Liu's new film has been invited to participate in the New York Asian Film Festival

After a series of hellish training, Ting Fung has reached peak condition
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Nicholas Tse spent a year on chest and abdominal training for the role

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Nicholas Tse Ting Fung is the leading actor and action director of the film CUSTOMS FRONTLINE (HOI GUAN JIN SIN). Before the film release he would receive the "Star Asia Award", the highest honor at the 23rd New York Asian Film Festival. Fighting and looking well, he even took some photos to show off his peak condition.

The Nicholas Tse Ting Fung, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau, Cya Liu Yase and Michelle Wai Sze Nga starred Emperor Motion Picture CUSTOMS FRONTLINE (HOI GUAN JIN SIN) has been invited to participate in the 23rd New York Asian Film Festival, after becoming the closing film of the 26th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy. Tse Ting Fung also after Louis Koo Tin Lok, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Gordon Lam Ka Tung and Japanese Best Actor Hiroshi Abe would receive the film festival's highest honor Star Asia Award. In July he would fly to New York to accept the award in person.

Ting Fung is the leading actor and action director in the film. In order to cope with the series of difficult performances, he began to train his body a year before the start of filming to be in his best condition. Ting Fung even shot a series of fully masculine photos before the production began. After hellish training such as fitness and boxing, coupled with strict monitoring of diet, his physique has reached the peak level. His well-proportioned and strong muscles are very eye-catching, he said, "This time is indeed a movie I have relatively high physical requirements for myself. For the highest requirements for my physical condition, whether it is diet, boxing, or fitness, I am a little more rigorous!"

When asked if he has any secret to the training process? Ting Fung smiled and said, "There is no secret, the most important thing is to eat light. There are a lot of action scenes in the movie, so I must have enough exercise rate. Mainly in terms of diet: we have a lot of night scenes, 3 weeks in a row, you will want to eat at night. No matter how you maintain it, it is also very difficult."

[2024.6.20] MICHAEL CHOW HELPS SEAN LAU WITH HIS ENGLISH NAME

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The Andy Lau Tak Wa produced, Herman Yau Lai To directed, two Best Actors Sean Lau Ching Wan and Francis Ng Chun Yu starred film CRISIS NEGOTIATOR (TAM POON JUEN GA) has performed well at the box office. After 6 days in release its Hong Kong box office has surpassed HK$ 8.5 million. Rarely attending audience appreciation events, Ching Wan would make an appearance this weekend with director Yau Lai To, the "hostage trio" of the film Michael Chow Man Kin, Alan Yeung Wai Lun and Cherry Ngan Cheuk Ling.

Michael in the film played internal investigation department officer. As Ching Wan's hostage they traded barbs and left a deep impression with the audience. Michael before the production put in an effort into studying the character with Director Yau and was glad that everyone was pleased with his performance. "The most memorable line for me was screaming 'Mommy', because the audience laughed very happily!" Michael and Ching Wan set off spark in the film, actually they have known each other for years. Ching Wan earlier in an interview mentioned that he was very happy to run into Michel again this time. Michael agreed and revealed that he came up with Ching Wan's English name Sean when they worked together on a movie over thirty years ago. "31 years old we worked together on THOU SHALT NOT SWEAR (CHUT YUET SUP SEI), then we even worked on the Mr. (Kent) Cheng Juk Si produced BEGINNER'S LUCK (WON CHOI TUNG JI)! I came up with his English name t that time, Sean! So after many years it's like seeing an old friend again. Despite not working together over the years, we still have the chemistry from acting together before. It's very comfortable! The movies we worked together on before had comedy elements, so very naturally this part would more or less be there. Ching Wan once said to me, 'Michael, don't think you are funny; I only laugh because I see how you look when you are not trying to laugh!'"

Keung Ho Man in the film yelled at Chun Yu and said that it was a lot of fun. "Brother Chun Yu has always been very cool; even when filming on the set he rarely chatted. However this time I can directly yell and scream at him in the film, not only did my acting bug got its fill, I also had a lot of fun."

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

[2024.06.19] FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 16 2024

For The week ending June 16 2024

SHERIFF: NARKO INTERGRITI MOVIE POSTER

10 SHERIFF: NARKO INTERGRITI
    d. Syafiq Yusof
    Zul Ariffin, Syafiq Kyle, Aaron Aziz, Azra Shafinaz, Elizabeth Tan,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 132 mins.
  Opening June 6 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/tFgs3QaaZZQ

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Nazri, a police officer from the Narcotics Department, starts to realize that the drug syndicate led by Tony Ifrit, involved in the distribution of methamphetamine, is becoming more and more rampant, often evading the clutches of the law during the judicial process. Nazri decides to resolve the issue himself. Meantime, Sheriff, an officer from the Integrity Department, is a dedicated and insightful policeman, shaped by his own past experiences. When the "Meth Killer" case gains public attention, the Inspector-General of Police assigns Sheriff to solve it, suspecting that the Meth Killer might be hiding among the ranks of the Narcotics Department itself.

ROBOT DREAMS MOVIE POSTER

  9 ROBOT DREAMS
    d. Pablo Berger
    Animation

THE KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES MOVIE POSTER

  8 THE KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
    d. Wes Ball
    Owen Teague, Freya Allen, Kevin Durand

THE WATCHERS MOVIE POSTER

  7 THE WATCHERS
    d. Ishana Night Shyamalan
    Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell

IF MOVIE POSTER

  6 IF
    d. John Krasinski
    Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Phoebe Waller-Bridge,
      Fiona Shaw, Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Carell

FURIOSA: MAD MAX SAGA MOVIE POSTER

  5 FURIOSA: MAD MAX SAGA
    d. George Miller
    Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth

HOW TO MAKE MILLIONS BEFORE GRANDMA DIES MOVIE POSTER

  4 HOW TO MAKE MILLIONS BEFORE GRANDMA DIES
    d. Pat Boonnitipat
    Billkin, Usha Seamkhum, Tu Tontawan
  Rating : I
  Length : 127 mins.
  Opening June 13 2024

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    'M', driven by the desire for a multimillion-dollar inheritance, puts aside his dreams as a hopeful game caster to care for his terminally ill grandmother. However, winning Grandma's favor is no easy feat. She proves to be a tough nut to crack - demanding, exacting, and exceedingly difficult to please. To add to the drama, he's not the only one gunning for the inheritance. M finds himself embroiled in a gripping competition, where he must go to great lengths to become the apple of Grandma's eye before time runs out, all in pursuit of a life-changing, multimillion-dollar inheritance.

BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE MOVIE POSTER

  3 BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE
    d. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig,
      Paola Nunez, Eric Dane

TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN MOVIE POSTER

  2 TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN
  AKA : KOWLOON WALLED CITY (Working title)
  Can : Gau Lung Sing Jai Wai Sing
    d. Soi Cheang Po Soi
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Raymond Lam Fung,
      Terrance Lau Chun Him, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai),
      Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Philip Ng Won Lung,
      Tony Wu Tsz Tung, German Cheung Man Kit,
      Max Zhang Jin
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 125 mins.
  Opening May 1 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/GCCP9WCjSxs

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Set in the eighties inside the dangerous and enigmatic Kowloon Walled City, which was a de jure Chinese enclave within British colonial Hong Kong, Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In follows troubled youth Chan Lok-kwun as he accidentally enters the Walled City, discovers the order amidst its chaos, and learns important life lessons along the way. In the Walled City, he becomes close friends with Shin, Twelfth Master and AV. Under the leadership of Tornado, they resist against the invasion of villain Mr. Big in a series of fierce battles. Together, they vow to protect the safe haven that is Kowloon Walled City.

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Adapted from the award-winning Hong Kong cult manga series "City of Darkness", this action thriller is set in the eighties inside the dangerous and enigmatic Kowloon Walled City which was a de jure Chinese enclave within British colonial Hong Kong.

    The walled city is populated by people in the lowest strata of society, among whom are various colorful and kung-fu savvy characters: e.g. a Vietnamese immigrant biding time for revenge, an ex-boxer on the lookout for his kidnapped girlfriend, a katana wielding martial arts boy wonder from Temple Street, as well as a local gang leader and his loyal friend. When the British Hong Kong government tries to demolish the Walled City once and for all with the help of a Triad kingpin and his ruffian underlings, they gather all the residents in the enclave behind them to fight against the invaders and protect their homes and properties


CRISIS NEGOTIATORS MOVIE POSTER

  1 CRISIS NEGOTIATORS
  Can : Tam Poon Juen Ga
  Lit : Negotiation Expert
    d. Herman Yau Lai To
    Sean Lau Ching Wan, Francis Ng Chun Yu,
      Michael Miu Kiu Wai, Philip Keung Ho Man, Kent Cheng Juk Si,
      Michael Chow Man Kin, Wong Yau Nam, Cherrie Ngan Cheuk Ling,
      Chu Pak Him, Chu Kam Yin, Yeung Wai Lun
      Timmy Hung Tin Ming, Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Adam Pak Tin Nam,
      Ken Low Wai Kwong,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening June 13 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/4sSS0IVz5kk


[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Negotiator expert Cheuk Man Wai unexpectedly becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. Forced into a corner, he occupies the police station, taking officers hostage, and demands negotiations with the former negotiator Tse Ka Chun. With Tse's expertise in psychological manipulation and Check's exceptional skills, they engage in a battle of wits. As the verbal sparring deepens, their positions and mindsets gradually change...

    This film is adapted from the American movie "The Negotiator".

[2024.06.19] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, JUNE 15 2024

For the week starting Saturday, June 15 2024 (Week 24)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 IMPATIENT (CLEAN VERSION)
  ANSONBEAN

  4 TELL ME DIRECTLY IF YOU LOVE ME
  Can : Gong Ah Gong Ah
  Sabrina Cheung Man Sha

  3 9.9S
  Can : Gau Miu Gau
  Joey Yung Cho Yi

  2 YOU'RE OUT OF THIS WORLD
  Can : Ho Dut Tai Gor Fun
  Keung To


  1 TELL ME I'M GOOD
  Can : Wong Yin
  Cath Wong Yin

Monday, June 17, 2024

[2024.06.17] CYA LIU INJURES HER EYE AND QUICKLY RESUMES WORK

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The Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress Cya Liu Yase played a Thai intelligence officer in the Emperor Motion Picture CUSTOMS FRONTLINE (HOI GUAN JIN YIN), and had no shortage of action and explosion scenes. Recently, in a production video online she while working with Nicholas Tse Ting Fung on an explosion scene got shrapnel and dust in her eye. The director immediately stopped filming, and the staff inspected her injuries and treated the wounds. She originally asked for another take, but Ting Fung urged her against "challenging the limits".

After treating the wound, she spent 10 minutes for a quick makeup touch up and continued filming. She was afraid that her injury would affect the progress. She stated, "Injuries that the body can withstand are not injuries."

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

[2024.06.13] FOR THE WEEK ENDING JUNE 9 2024

For The week ending June 9 2024

A BALLOON'S LANDING MOVIE POSTER

10 A BALLOON'S LANDING
  Can : Ngor Joi Jeh Lui Dun Nei
    d. ANGEL I-HAN TENG
    Terrance Lau Chun Him, FANDY FAN, CHAN TZU HSUAN
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening May 15 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/VPJDvyfMi0E

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Hong Kong writer Tian-Yu, embroiled in a plagiarism controversy, embarks a solo trip to Taipei, seeking solace at the mysterious "Bay of Vanishing Whales" in Taiwan. He unexpectedly befriends A-Xiang, a warm-hearted local gangster. Despite initial doubts, Tian-Yu, drawn to the Bay, joins A-Xiang on an adventure. In A-Xiang's company, Tian-Yu finds inspiration. The smile of A-Xiang lightens Tian-Yu's heart. However, the much-anticipated Kenting Fireworks Festival takes a disappointing turn due to A-Xiang’s absence. Back in Hong Kong, Tian-Yu grapples with moving forward but remains haunted by lingering regret. One day, he realizes that his meeting with A-Xiang is destined, not by chance. With renewed hope, Tian-Yu returns to Taiwan, eagerly anticipating a meaningful reunion.

SHERIFF: NARKO INTERGRITI MOVIE POSTER

  9 SHERIFF: NARKO INTERGRITI
    d. Syafiq Yusof
    Zul Ariffin, Syafiq Kyle, Aaron Aziz, Azra Shafinaz, Elizabeth Tan, g
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 132 mins.
  Opening June 6 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/tFgs3QaaZZQ

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Nazri, a police officer from the Narcotics Department, starts to realize that the drug syndicate led by Tony Ifrit, involved in the distribution of methamphetamine, is becoming more and more rampant, often evading the clutches of the law during the judicial process. Nazri decides to resolve the issue himself. Meantime, Sheriff, an officer from the Integrity Department, is a dedicated and insightful policeman, shaped by his own past experiences. When the "Meth Killer" case gains public attention, the Inspector-General of Police assigns Sheriff to solve it, suspecting that the Meth Killer might be hiding among the ranks of the Narcotics Department itself.

IF MOVIE POSTER

  8 IF
    d. John Krasinski
    Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Phoebe Waller-Bridge,
      Fiona Shaw, Louis Gossett Jr., Steve Carell

IMMACULATE MOVIE POSTER

  7 IMMACULATE
    d. Michael Mohano
    Sydney Sweeney, Alavro Morte, Benedeta Porcaroli,
      Dora Romano, Giorgio Colangeli, Simona Tabasco

A BALLOON'S LANDING MOVIE POSTER

  6 THE FLOOR PLAN
  Can : Ngai Yi Ji Ga
    d. Junichi Ishikawa
    Shotaro Mamiya, Jiro Sato, Rina Kawaei
  Rating : IIB.
  Opening May 15 2024
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening May 30 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/yhi0tueBdNA

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Amemiya is an unpopular Youtuber who specializes in the occult. One day, his manager brings him a home floor plan. His manager tells him that the layout looks like an ordinary home floor plan, but the layout contains an inscrutable point. Amemiya begins to look carefully at the floor plan and Kurihara, who is an architect and a fan of mysteries, joins him. They try to reveal the mystery behind the house. Meanwhile, Yuzuki contacts Amemiya and tells him that she knows something about the house he posted on his YouTube channel. She joins Amemiya and Kurihara to reveal the mystery of the house, but she also seems to have a secret.

THE WATCHERS MOVIE POSTER

  5 THE WATCHERS
    d. Ishana Night Shyamalan
    Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell

THE KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES MOVIE POSTER

  4 THE KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
    d. Wes Ball
    Owen Teague, Freya Allen, Kevin Durand

FURIOSA: MAD MAX SAGA MOVIE POSTER

  3 FURIOSA: MAD MAX SAGA
    d. George Miller
    Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth

BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE MOVIE POSTER

  2 BAD BOYS: RIDE OR DIE
    d. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
    Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig,
      Paola Nunez, Eric Dane


TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN MOVIE POSTER

  1 TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN
  AKA : KOWLOON WALLED CITY (Working title)
  Can : Gau Lung Sing Jai Wai Sing
    d. Soi Cheang Po Soi
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Raymond Lam Fung,
      Terrance Lau Chun Him, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai),
      Kenny Wong Tak Bun, Philip Ng Won Lung,
      Tony Wu Tsz Tung, German Cheung Man Kit,
      Max Zhang Jin
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 125 mins.
  Opening May 1 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/GCCP9WCjSxs

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Set in the eighties inside the dangerous and enigmatic Kowloon Walled City, which was a de jure Chinese enclave within British colonial Hong Kong, Twilight of the Warriors: Walled In follows troubled youth Chan Lok-kwun as he accidentally enters the Walled City, discovers the order amidst its chaos, and learns important life lessons along the way. In the Walled City, he becomes close friends with Shin, Twelfth Master and AV. Under the leadership of Tornado, they resist against the invasion of villain Mr. Big in a series of fierce battles. Together, they vow to protect the safe haven that is Kowloon Walled City.

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Adapted from the award-winning Hong Kong cult manga series "City of Darkness", this action thriller is set in the eighties inside the dangerous and enigmatic Kowloon Walled City which was a de jure Chinese enclave within British colonial Hong Kong.

    The walled city is populated by people in the lowest strata of society, among whom are various colorful and kung-fu savvy characters: e.g. a Vietnamese immigrant biding time for revenge, an ex-boxer on the lookout for his kidnapped girlfriend, a katana wielding martial arts boy wonder from Temple Street, as well as a local gang leader and his loyal friend. When the British Hong Kong government tries to demolish the Walled City once and for all with the help of a Triad kingpin and his ruffian underlings, they gather all the residents in the enclave behind them to fight against the invaders and protect their homes and properties