Today is the 15th anniversary of superstar Leslie Cheung
Kwok Wing's passing. Yesterday outside the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
flowers from "Gor Fans" everywhere filled the street. The most eye
catching was a giant fiery red high heel floral arrangement. Back then
Leslie sang his song RED in red heels.
Tonight fans would have a moment of silence as they have in
previous years to remember their idol.
Tin Kai Man earlier appeared on a Radio Hong Kong program
and stated that he has been waiting for "Sing Yeh" to tell him to "take
his mark" on a film production.
Tin Kai Man revealed that he is working hard on coming up with
great ideas for Stephen Chow Sing Chi. "I have to put in a lot of
effort, otherwise that he would abandon them. He is very demanding even
when he is at play." Mid April will be the Hong Kong Film Awards, as
the Hong Kong Film Award Association director Tin Kai Man pointed out that
every year he would invite Sing Yeh, but he has been too busy. This
year's preparation period also ran into Sing Yeh at work. As for MERMAID
2 it will have to wait until June to wrap up production. Tin Kai Man
said that he has always been waiting for Sing Yeh to tell him to "take
his mark", but so far he still has not heard from him. "However some
crew members have already contacted me and I probably would have a part.
I too would like to participate. We have worked together closely for 13
years, he is a close friend of mine but I don't know if I am lucky enough
to be his. He is like a teacher and a friend to me. We never built
our friendship on profit."
To Tin Kai Man, show business is not just a job but a dream. "I
stay (in show business) for 30 years already, lately I have been nominated
for the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers' presidency. I was both
pleased and worried. Because this organization would take a lot of time, I
would have less than to be with my wife." Speaking of his wife, Tin Kai
Man stated that he owed her too much. He hoped to make up for it in the
future, he also pointed out that although he was not a perfect husband
his heart was working toward that goal.
Brigitte Lin (Lam Ching Ha) last night attended a Hong
Kong International Film Festival seminar. Ching Ha and her friend Shi
Nansun started with Ching Ha's debut OUTSIDE THE WINDOW. Speaking of
Taiwan romantic films, Ching Ha suddenly told her friend, "I love you, Shi
Nansun! Please don't say I love you, I love you anymore!" A
female fan even received a loving embrace from "goddess" Ching Ha.
10 PETER RABBIT
d. Will Gluck
Sony Pictures Animation
Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, Sam Neill,
English Voices: James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley,
Elizabeth Debicki, Sia
Cantonese Voices: Sammy, Moses Chan Ho
9 BLACK PANTHER
d. Ryan Coogler
Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira
Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, Andy Serkis
8 OPERATION RED SEA
Can : Hung Hoi Hung Dung
d. Dante Lam Chiu Yin
Zhang Kai, Johnny Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing, Du Jiang,
Rating : III
Length : 110 mins.
Opening February 16 2018 in Mainland China
Opening March 1 2018
Trailer : https://youtu.be/yKqUf9iwEic
[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
The Chinese Navy's Jiaolong ("Sea Dragon") Assault Team is famed for its skill in getting the job done. After its success in rescuing a cargo ship hijacked by pirates off the Somalia coast, the team is assigned an even more perilous mission. A coup in a North African republic has left local Chinese residents in danger, circumstances further complicated by a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials. The situation could prove fatal to the hostages and disastrous to the entire region, and presents Jiaolong with a challenge that threatens the very existence of the team and its members.
7 DAYS IN ENTEBBE
d. Jose Padilha
Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan
6 DEN OF THIEVES
d. Christian Gudegast
Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber,
O'Shea Jackson Jr., Chris "50 Cent" Jackson
5 GAME NIGHT
d. John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler
4 RED SPARROW
d. Francis Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton
3 THE HURRICANE HEIST
d. Rob Cohen
Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten
2 PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING
d. Steven S. DeKnight
John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny
1 TOMB RAIDER
d. Roar Uthaug
Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho)
Nick Cheung Ka Fai's third directed and starred film THE
TROUGH (DAI NGAK CHO) will open on May 3rd. The film would have many
car chases, gun fights, combat and explosive stunts. To make everything
perfect, Ka Fai did everything himself. He joked that he was the most
afraid of listening everyone say, "That doesn't work!" He admitted, "The
more impossible it is the more I want it, I am a jerk like this. This
time has many gun fights and action scenes, the production is rather
complicated. I even have to trigger the reaction bullets myself.
Pressing shots on me is pretty intense, because I am afraid that I
wouldn't perform well."
Ka Fai revealed that a car chase scene had a road block so the
team could thoroughly race, flip and lose a tail. He pointed out that
this scene used many vehicles. Everyday after a shoot repair and parts
replacement were done. If repair failed then a new car would take its
place. He spared no expense for the highest quality car chase.
April 1st would be the anniversary of Leslie Chung Kwok
Wing's death. Although he has already passed for 15 years, "Gor" fans
were still missed him very much. For every one of "Gor Gor"'s birthdays
and anniversaries, Japanese "Gor" fans would fold origami cranes for Gor
Gor. This year they even folded 912 shining silver origami cranes to
represent Gor Gor's everlasting brilliance. On April 1st they would
personally bring the origami cranes to Hong Kong to present to Gor Gor and
even left a message for Gor Gor, "On the 15th spring, we made a new
origami crane for you. It was made with 912 origami cranes. The theme
is 'Everlasting Brilliance', as you and your honor will shine forever;
your smile and pristine soul will be bright always. Leslie, we will
always love you and always praise you."
Richie Jen says that he almost did not recognize Sammi Cheng
Kenny Bee plays Sammi Cheng's father
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Sammi Cheng Sau Man starred in the Ann Hui On Wa produced,
Heiward Mak Hei Yan directed and written film FAGARA IN MARA (FA JIU JI
MEI), based on Amy Cheung Siu Han's work MY SPICY LOVE. Other actors
included Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai), Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To), Megan Lai
Ya-Yen, Cherry Li Xiaofeng and others. The film's backbone would be
the father daughter relationship and examined the fate of 3 daughters.
Sammi and Chung Chun To played daughter and father, while Lai Ya-Yen and
Li Xiaofeng played her half sisters.
Sammi after MARRY A RICH MAN (GA GOR YAU CHIN YUN) worked with
Yam Yin Chai after 16 years. Yam Yin Chai joked that Yang Guo and
Xiaolongnu did not meet again for 16 years, thus he jokingly called Sammi
"Goo Goo". In the film they would have romantic scenes but Yam Yin Chai
said that he did not know how intimate they would get. He praised how
sharp Sammi's acting has become. This time Sammi's costume was very
dramatic, on the set he almost did not recognize her and even asked where
Sammi was all over. Sammi revealed that Yam Yin Chai gained 30 pounds for
the role and joked, "No time no longer, you are fatter and prettier!"
Yam Yin Chai joked that even the wrinkles on his face expanded.
Best Actors Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Aaron Kwok Fu Sing
starred in the Philip Yung Tsz Kwong directed new film THEORY OF AMBITIONS
(FUNG JOI HEI SI). Also in the film were Michael Hui Koon Man, Michael
Chow Man Kin, Tse Kwan Ho, Patrick Tam Yiu Man, Jennifer Du Juan and
others. Stills were released yesterday. Yung Tsz Kwong revealed that
one of the main reasons making THEORY for him was Sing Sing. When he made
PORT OF CALL (DAP HUET CHUM MU), he felt that Sing Sing had a star of
yesteryear feel like Cary Grant. Later he watched the Martin Scorsese's
WOLF OF WOLF STREET and saw Leonardo DiCaprio's character and thought,
"Isn't that Lui Lok?" Filled with inspiration for the characters they
created in the film, their choice for this character naturally had to be
Sing Sing. Last time in PORT OF CALL Sing Sing was dirty and old, this
time he owed him a handsome look.
Yung Tsz Kwong earlier did not dare to imagine inviting Wai Jai to
play a character that was mild mannered but full of schemes. He said
that he had no more regret. He said that Wai Jai represented the Hong
Kong film industry at its most glorious and beautiful generation. He was
willing to make THEORY also because his relationship with Hong Kong film.
Relationships are very important to Wai Jai, as he is a very sensitive
and attentive person.
The Hong Kong Film Award Association yesterday announced
this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner to be famous director
Chor Yuen. The event will present the highest honor to Director Chor Yuen
on April 15 at the award presentation for his contribution to the Chinese
Currently 83 years old, Chor Yuen joined the business in 1955. In
1958 at age 24 he made his solo directing debut with GRASS BY THE LAKE.
In 1960 he already made the critical and commercial success, the social
family tragedy THE GREAT DEVOTION. In the early 70s his Cantonese film
THE HOUSE OF 72 TENANTS made over HK$ 5.6 million and broke Golden
Harvest's film box office records that Bruce Lee films monopolized for
years. At the same time, THE HOUSE OF 72 TENANTS revived the once
vanished Cantonese film production. Director Chor Yuen's highest
achievement in Cantonese film undoubtedly was his beloved romantic drama,
the Ida novel based BE MY LOVE (1968) left the studio and shot mostly
on location. The cinematography had layers and the atmosphere cold, rich
in European film flavor. Director Chor Yuen even began the Gu Long wuxia
novel adaptation fever, from 1976's KILLER CLANS (LAU SING WU DIP GIM) to
THE MAGIC BLADE (TIN NGAI MING YUET DOH, 1976), CLANS OF INTRIGUE (CHOR
LAU HEUNG, 1977), JADE TIGER (BAK YUK LO FU, 1977), DEATH DUEL (SAM SIU
YEH DIK GIM, 1977), THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN (DOR CHING GIM HAK MO CHING
GIM, 1977) and others. In the 80s, Director Chor Yuen's creativity
remained strong. Today's superstars Chow Yun Fat and Stephen Chow Sing
Chi have worked with Director Chor Yuen respectively on THE DIARY OF A BIG
MAN (DAI JEUNG FU YUT GEI, 1988) and SLEAZY DIZZY (SIU CHAU AH SING,
The Juno Mak Chun Lung directed film SONS OF THE NEON
NIGHTS (FUNG LUM FOR SHAN) after 8 months of intense productions finally
wrapped up its production for the five major leads; Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum
Sing Mo) went from the first day of production to the end of last year;
Tony Leung Ka Fai and Sean Lau Ching Wan both from June last year to
November, while lead actress Gao Yuanyuan finished soon after. SONS OF
THE NEON NIGHTS wrapped up its production and entered into its post
Last September SONS OF THE NEON NIGHTS released its first behind
the scene footage that gave a glimpse into its team, production and style,
which already led to a huge response. The behind the scene look this time
had even more on set production details and the leads' wraps.
SONS shot in the Mainland, Hong Kong and overseas. The team
experienced the challenges of over 30 degree Celsius high and 20 below
zero degree Celsius low, almost 60 degrees of temperature difference; from
the city to the snowy mountain, from the summer to the winter, with
painstakingly created large scale scenes without sparing any detailed
honing, the professionalism of the director, the cast and the crew's
pursuit for perfect would be embodied everywhere.
In addition, singer and record producer Juno also demanded an
unique style for music and creativity. Before the production began, he
already invited RIGOR MORTIS (GEUNG SI)'s English composer Nate Connelly
to write several dozen songs according to the film style. He listened to
them on the set as he got into his work. This time the behind the scene
special also put on brand new music for him on a rare occasion.
Juno said, "This film's creative and production process resembles
a 'pregnancy' process even more. It is not a streamline production.
During the creative and production process, I was particularly strict with
myself because my greatest enemy is myself. Luckily the team is just as
into it as I was. Everyone waited for hours together for a real snow
Fiona Sit, Director Chan Tai-Li, Candy Yu
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Candy Yu, Prudence Liew, Ling Man Lung, Teresa Mo
Anthony Wong is very happy to meet his half brothers
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Director Chan Tai-Li, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Ling Man Lung,
Prudence Liew Mei Kwan, Candy Yu On On, Alvina Kong Yun Yin, June Lam Siu
Ha, Raymond Wong Pak Ming, Bondy Chiu Hok Yi, Fiona Sit Hoi Kei and
Chrissie Chau Sau Na last night attended the film TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
(WONG GUM FA) star special screening.
Sister Mo has already seen TOMORROW several times, each time she
would be moved to tears. Her younger daughter who normally would not cry
at the movies actually cried twice, especially that scene in which she
cried for help.
As for Anthony Wong Chau Sun successfully finding his family and
meeting his half brothers, Sister Mo felt that it was a very special and
very touching event. Finding family that has been lost for decades felt
very miraculous, she really would like the chance to interview him.
Making his film debut, Ling Man Lung said that he wanted to invite
his parents. His godmother Yu On On also attended and said that this
was the third time she saw the film and still got teary eyed. She was
pleased with her godson's performance.
Yu On On sent a text to congratulate Chau Sun on finding his lost
relatives, which she felt was very touching because he was able to find
his family and root. Chau Sun also replied with a thank you. On On said,
"Although I haven't had the same thing happened to me, I understand the
feeling of finding where you came from."
Chau Sau Na was asked if she came to steal the spotlight? She
said, "Both, stealing the spotlight and showing my support. Because this
type of film subjects is rare, I came to observe. In addition Sister Mo
was also nominated for a Hong Kong Film Award, I want the chance to
learn." She also said that she already brought tissue with her because
she was an easy crier, especially with this type of movies about family.
Was she confident about defeating Sister Mo? She said that she has not
thought about it. She would wait until after watching the film. In
addition she still was not nervous at that moment, instead now she has a
headache about what to wear.
This year's Hong Kong Film Awards' hosts will be Charlene
Choi Cheuk Yin and Louis Cheung Kai Chung. Their award theme song
IMMORTAL had Day Tai composed its music and Leung Pak Kin its lyrics, as
well as director Steve Chan Chi Fat to direct its video in accordance of
this award's theme FOREVER YOUNG DARE TO DREAM. The IMMORTAL music video
radiated positive energy to cheer on this year's award show. Ah Sa and
Ah Chung interpreted easily the young film dream.
In order to encourage even more domestic innovative technological
elements in the film creative industry the 54th Golden Horse Best Animated
Short award winners Shek Ka Chung, Ricky Wong Chun Long and Jess Wong Chi Ying to
were invited to create the animated portion. All three were Hong Kong
Open University Creative Art students.
After finishing his films Andy Lau will rehearse for his year end concerts
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Andy Lau Tak Wa yesterday attended an UNCIEF event as a
special guest. Speaking of Leon Lai Ming becoming a father, Wa Jai
congratulated him and said that earlier he just told the UNCIEF Hong Kong
committee chair that in a few years he could ask Lai Ming to attend the
event. The Four Great Heavenly King would soon become the Four Great
Fatherly King. Wa Jai said, "Because the Four Great Heavenly Kings, we
have been very closely connected."
Wa Jai revealed that he would guest star in the Ann Hui On Wa
produced new film FARAGA IN MARA (FA JIU JI MEI). In the film he would
play Sammi Cheng Sau Man's boyfriend. Did they have any intimate scene?
Wa Jai said, "No, but I can't turn it down right away. Ann's films don't
have that, if Ang Lee asks me then I would worry a little." He would also
work on another film THE WHITE STORM 2 DRUG LORD (SO DUK 2). In July he
would offcially rehearse for his Hong Kong Coliseum concerts at the end of
the year. Would he not be able to perform the highly difficult stuns like
he used to? Wa Jai said that he did not know, but because he did not have
any aerobic exercise for a year he would get used to it in advance.
Highly difficult stunts might be affected because he was not as flexible
as he used to.
Director Kearen Pang Sau Wai starred 29+1 two nights ago
began its 11th run. Joey Yung Tso Yi, Mag Lam Yun Tung, Ken Hung Cheuk
Lap, Winki Lai Wai Ling and Anjaylia Chan Ka Bo showed their support.
Joey who just broke up with Wilfred Lau Ho Lung declined any interview and
stated that she did not have much to say.
As for her three Hong Kong Film Award nominations next month,
including Best New Director, Best Screenplay and Best Director, was she
confident? Director Pang said, "Being confident or not makes no
difference because having confidence can't change the result. I might as
well put my confidence into something that is within my control." Pang
Sau Wai said that she has not picked out what she would wear. After the
play she would still have a week to prepare. She sad, "My friends have
already told me to be ready because my name would be called three times.
It hasn't happened to me before, I may have to take heart medication
before hand." Which award would she like to win the most? She said, "I
want to win the Screenplay award because 29+1 has been around for over a
decade, turning from a play to a film. Some friends also changed their
lives because of this film."