Thursday, February 25, 2010


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The famous screenwriter Ivy Ho (Ong Sai) directed CROSSING HENNESSY (YUET MOON HIN NEI SI) has been selected to open the 34th Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival. Ong Sai yesterday led the cast including Jacky Cheung Hok Yau, Paw Hee Ching, Maggie Cheung Ho Yi and others to a press conference. Having just seen Tang Wei's claim to fame LUST, CAUTION, Hok Yau expressed that he and Tang Wei did not have any bed scene in the film. He stressed that he could never give a performance as daring as Tony Leung Chiu Wai's. He joked, "I have no shape and no guts!"

The 34th Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival will open on March 21. Yesterday the organizers held a special press conference to announce the details. The opening film CROSSING HENNESSY's actors Cheung Hok Yau, Cheung Ho Yi, Paw Hee Ching, director Ong Sai all attended. However lead actress Tang Wei did not. All four said that they felt happy that CROSSING was able to become the film festival's opening film. Ong Sai said that although Tang Wei could not attend, she worked very hard on her performance and her Cantonese was very fluent. She would like Tang Wei to attend the film's release on March 21.

Sister Paw and Hok Yau in the film played mother and son. She praised Hok Yau for his humor and pointed out that he looked very funny. Hok Yau said, "Is it very comical?" Sister Paw said, "I don't want to use that adjective." Hok Yau said that he has always been a Mama's boy so bringing the character in the film to life was not too difficult. He said, "I know what Sister Paw wants to say, it is dumb! Actually I am very smart!" Sister Paw on the stage said that CROSSING's Mainland release was good news for Tang Wei while she could open up the Mainland market. Tang Wei's ban was lifted as her new film would be released in the Mainland, which Hok Yau was happy about. "I have heard her talking about it. (Did you know already that the ban would be lifted?) I don't know whether she was banned." He praised Tang Wei as an actress who is willing to put in an effort and smart as well.

Due to the film's Mainland release, will Hok Yau promote in the Mainland. Hok Yau said, "That depends! However I will leave the Mainland to Tang Wei!" When he made the film did he know that it might be banned in the Mainland? Hok Yau believed the boss should have a grasp, when he made it he did not think too much. As for Sister Paw as his mother was pushing it, Hok Yau joked, "You see how young and lovely she is, it is quite a push to be able to give birth to me!" Hok Yau particularly expressed that in the film he and Cheung Ho Yi had romantic as well as bed scenes, but then he joked, "The bed scene is only on the headboard, we didn't do anything. I didn't with Tang Wei either."

Hok Yau revealed that earlier he saw LUST CAUTION on television. When asked whether Hok Yau would accept a performance like that, he said, "I have no guts or shape." Would his wife May Lo Mei Mei agree? "She wouldn't say that she disagrees, she keeps her disapproval inside. Wai Jai is a professional actor, I sing. I have to keep my image in mind and can't go too far!"

As for Connie Chan Bo Chu's adopted mother Kung Fun Hung's sudden passing, Hok Yau said, "I would ask a friend to console Sister Bo Chu for me. Ultimately it passed before the show opened, it was rather sudden!"

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