Sunday, September 30, 2018


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Rarely making Hong Kong movies in recent years, Athena Chu Yan in the new horror film THE LINGERING (GOO JAT) played mother and son with Louis Cheung Kai Chung. The story revolved around a century old house. In it Chu Yan lost her husband and had to raise her son alone. She even had to play the character from her 20s to her 60s. Aside from the acting challenge, she also made new attempts in her appearance with special effect aging make up.

In one scene Ah Chung was determined to leave the farm life and mother and son thus had an argument. Finally Chu Yan was abandoned by her "son". This scene was quite memorable for both actors, who were parents themselves. With one daughter Chu Yan was already teary eyed during the shoot and cried sentimentally during playback. She explained, "In the story my son is already grown and kept talking about wanting to leave, but every time I was able to stop him. However this time I was unable to. This son was my character's entire world......" Chu Yan shed tears again and continued, "Losing this pillar as well, as a mother the most terrifying would be the moment that the child wants to leave."

Speaking of sacrificing her beauty to look older, she did not mind at all. She explained that she took the film because the script was attractive, at the same time she also liked this character. "This character's strength is despite all the strange things that happen in the house, she still safeguards her son and family. This film is not only a horror film, but a horror film packaged story of motherly love." With a son and a daughter, Ah Chung stated that after making THE LINGERING he was very afraid, so he would treat his children even better.

Friday, September 28, 2018


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The film I'M LIVING IT (MAK LO YUN) yesterday held an appreciation banquet. Actors Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Alex Man Chi Leung, Cheung Tat Ming and Nina Paw Hee Ching attended. Lately some claimed that his wife Moka Fang refused to let their daughter see Sing Sing's mother and put him between a rock and a hard place. Sing Sing denied the rumor and stressed that the family is very happy and harmonious.

Kwok Fu Sing has already finished his I'M LIVING IT role, but he would still make time to see if the director would need to make the film even better. Sing Sing admitted that he really liked this script because the subject was very close to Hong Kong life. It was about the housing problem, a group of people who resides in a 24 hour fast food restaurant. His character connected the down on their luck group, including singer Yeung Chin Wa or retired firefighter Man Chi Leung. He was a disillusioned finance elite and had many scenes with mother Paw Hee Ching.

Sing Sing mentioned that he worked with Man Chi Leung previously in the television series GENGHIS KHAN. This time they had a lot of spark. He felt that Man Ji did not change at all from back then. He still was a very hard working actor and his acting was just as good. He lived up to being his role model since the training class. Would he not have time to be with her daughter as he was busy with several movies? Sing Sing said that now the world is very advanced, as long as there is Wi-Fi anywhere in the world can be connected. No one should worry for him.

Speaking of Chin Wa because of the film was late to her television series production WONDER WOMEN and upsetting series co-stars like Alice Chan Wai, was Chin Wa constantly late? She said, "I don't have much to say. This type of news constantly appear, actually it's not really real but a little bit is true. Because production time is not exact, if it is just one more shot of course I have to finish it first. Actually I give both sides ample time. Instead I am late to I'M LIVING IT more, I am more on time with the series. With the series I was late only two or three times, the notices were too close. I was late for about 10 minutes. When I knew I would be late I immediately call and confess to Sister Bo Wa!" Chin Wa said that once she really was late to I'M because she could hurt her back and needed acupuncture. "Sometimes we have to wait, why don't those times count? I am better of not mentioning it though, in the end I am able to make two very happy jobs. This is the real focus!" Was her relationship with Chan Wai fine? Chin Wa said, "I don' know why it would be written like this!" Did she feel that Chan Wai was glaring at her? She said, "After four or five months into the production? Earlier it might have been a little more useful. In addition if she only did it now and I just realize it, then I would be a bit 'lame'. Actually I really don't need to respond too much, as long as Heaven knows what happened then it's fine!"


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Teresa Mo Shun Kwan yesterday appeared on a Viu TV program. Lately she has been busy with the Wong Cho Lam directed Lunar New Year film I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! (NEI MAI LEI, NGOR OI NEI!), which would be a musical like the film LA LA LAND.

Sister Mo revealed, "The film has ten stories, I would be in four and play four different characters from age 40 to 60. (Would you need aging make up?) No, I am around there. Among the different costumes my favorite is the long haired, big busted girl. Before in (Stephen) Chow Sing Chi's THE MAGNIFICENT SCOUNDRELS (CHING SING) I tried big busts and created a fast drop result. Very obviously it was for laughs. This time the look would be more realistic, they are somewhat different. With the long hair and a little fake bust, it's pretty interesting."

Sister Mo already showed this "outstanding" look to her daughters. She said, "The younger one isn't in Hong Kong. When she saw the picture she couldn't help but go wow. Both sisters screamed because they have never seen Mommy like this, they even kept asking how I look like that."


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Paul Wong shows his support for his wife Athena Chu's film THE LINGERING
Louis Cheung says Athena Chu is his goddess
Raymond Wong plans to start work on the L STORM sequel with Louis Koo as its star
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The Athena Chu Yan, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Bob Cheung Yin Pok starred horror film THE LINGERING (GOO JAT) two nights ago held its premiere. Boss Raymond Wong Pak Ming, Chu Yan and her husband Paul Wong Koon Chung attended. Reportedly Chu Yan's Mainland variety program has been postponed, Chu Yan said that she was not sure about the air date and she was not pay a large sum. The most important was through this experience her daughter Wong Ngan changed her mind about her father. Cheung Kai Chung stated that he would not bring his son to see the new film. He did not want his son to use it as an excuse to skip school and say that he could not sleep after watching it.

The film THE LINGERING (GOO WAT) took place in a hundred year old mansion. Chu Yan played child actor Chan Pak Lam and Cheung Kai Chung's mother. Chu Yan said that during the shoot she often feel chills, thus she did not dare to look around or nap. Due to her religious belief she would not attend the worship ceremony, but under certain situation she would accept lai see. Would she not bring her daughter to watch horror films? She said, "My daughter saw that I had tickets and asked if she could go, I told her it's not for children. She still kept asking, if she found out that I played someone else's mama she would be very upset. Normally I can't even hold someone else's baby. When she sees me like I am being bullied on variety show she would cry. I can't just randomly affect her fragile spirit. (Would you not try for another child?) This depends on Heaven, fate, I can't plan for it."

Cheung Kai Chung worked with Chu Yan for the first time, she was even his "goddess". He said, "No one in my generation doesn't like her. We are Performing Art Academy alumni. When I was there she was already very famous. During the shoot my fan behavior came out, I would talk about her work in front of her. I really like her first series ROMANCE BEYOND, which gave me a lot of room to fantasize about."

Did his wife Kay Tse On Kay visit the set during the shoot? He said, "No, because the shoot in the remote area would be scary. This film aside from horror also is about the mother and son relationship, and brings out the message of cherishing those around you before it's too late."

The film L STORM (L FUNG BO)'s executive producer Wong Pak Ming said that the film made over 400 million in the Mainland box office. The performance was superb. He already prepared for a fourth installment with Louis Koo Tin Lok continuing to be the lead. He felt that Goo Jai represented the Hong Kong anti corruption spirit.

As for OPERATION RED SEA representing Hong Kong to vie for the Oscar Best Foreign Film nomination, he said that he learned about it from the newspaper. Everyone would have their own opinion about how representative the film was. As the Hong Kong Movie Producers & Distributors Association chief director, I don't have a vote so I won't comment. However it is a good thing that Hong Kong has a representative to participate.

Thursday, September 27, 2018


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Famous director Ann Hui On Wa two nights ago held a forum at the Performing Art Academy to share her 40 year film experience. She admitted that she had her lows, made films that she was not completely pleased with, and even agreed that today's Hong Kong film is harder to make than in the past due to a lack of money. She said, "Before I worked 7 days a week, it was very tough. Now I don't get to even if I want to."

Hui On Wa also revealed that earlier she participated in a Mainland variety program. She thought that it would just be a conversation with the audience, instead she had to shoot a 15 minute short film. She worried that due to a lack of preparation it would not be perfect and people would pick it apart. Speaking of the Mainland actor in the short film, Wu Xiubo's sex scandal, she felt that work and personal life did not necessarily have to mix. She also felt that Wu Xiubo was a professional actor.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

[2018.09.27] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 23 2018

For the week ending Sunday September 23 2018
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    d. Pierre Morel
    Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz

  Can : Hei Pau Sin
  Lit : Starting Line
    d. Saket Chaudhary
    Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 130 mins.
  Opening August 30 2018

    Raj Batra is a rich businessman from Delhi staying with his wife Mita. They studied in a Hindi Medium school but want their 5-year-old daughter, Pia, to be admitted to one of the top schools in Delhi.

    Raj and Mita learn from their employee how he got his daughter admission through Right To Education (RTE) quota. In order to get the quota, they have to pretend living in poverty. Could Pia admit to the top school as her parents wish?

  Can : L FUNG BO
    d. David Lam Tak Lun
    Louis Koo Tin Lok, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Kevin Cheng Ka Wing,
      Stephy Tang Lai Yan, Patrick Tam Yiu Man,
      Michael Tse Tin Wa, Adam Pak Tin Nam, Toby Chan Ting Yan,
      Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Liu Kai Chi, Babyjohn Choi Hong Yik,
      Anika Xia Yan (Janelle Sing), Lo Hoi Pang, Helena Law Lan,
      Mak Cheung Ching, Deon Cheung Chung Chi, Ding Haifeng
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening August 23 2018
  Trailer :

    The Chief Investigation Officer of ICAC, Hong Kong’s corruption watchdog law enforcement agency, is framed and suspended from work during an investigation of the corruption in Custom Department. As the investigation progressed, he proves himself innocent and the criminals are arrested.

    d. Jon M. Chu
    Constance Wu, Henry Golding,
      Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Ch King), Gemma Chan

    d. Antoine Fuqua
    Denzel Washington, Pedro Pascal, Ashton Sanders,
      Bill Pullman, Melisa Leo

    d. Toshio Lee
    Nana Eikura, Ken Yasuda, Ryohei Otani, Sumika Nono
      Nancy Wu Ting Yan, Jennifer Yu Heung Yi, Jacquelin Chong Sze Man
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 117 mins.
  Opening September 13 2018
  Trailer :

    Jun returns home one night after a hard day to find his wife, Chie, collapsed near the door in a pool of blood. Panicking, he rushes to her side, but then notices a bottle of ketchup nearby. "Tee-hee-hee", Chie giggles in a feigned unconscious state. "Did I scare ya?" When Jun, relieved, demands a reason for her foolishness, Chie can only laugh teasingly. And so it begins. From that point on, every time Jun returns home, he finds her "dead" by different and increasingly outlandish causes. Jun begins to worry when she never really gives him a reason.

  Can : Wong Gum Hing Dai
    d. Chin Ka Lok
    Dior Cheng Yi Kin, Jordan Chan Siu Chun, Michael Tse Tin Wa,
      Chin Ka Lok, Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung, Eric Tsang Chi Wai,
      Phil Chang Yu, Yasuaki Kurata
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 69 mins.
  Opening September 20 2018
  Trailer :

    Five years ago, a group of mercenaries disbanded after failing to protect a tech tycoon from assassination. The team, led by Commander Rice, consisted of sniper Lion King, explosives expert Volcano, intelligence officer Bill, getaway driver Serene, and computer hacker Mouse. Lion King is now a modern-day Robin Hood, stealing medicine to supply Dr. Zhou's European refugee camp. But a life-saving drug is held by the CIA. Lion King reunites his team in Budapest to challenge to stage the heist-of-all-heists. They are joined by Mr. Cao, their long-time mentor, and his daughter Lulu. The CIA will transport the medicine under the protection of Rice and his new mercenary team. Mouse hacks the city's traffic control systems forcing the van carrying the medicine into a tunnel where they can intercept it out of sight of the CIA's eyes in the sky. But the van contains gold, not medicine! Bill tricked them into staging a heist of stolen CIA gold in collusion with Rice, who arrives with his mercenaries to wipe them out! The team escapes on the motorway in a thrilling car chase; Lion King sacrifices himself as a decoy, getting arrested and sentenced to a year in prison. Bill kills Rice and flees with the gold. A year later, the four remaining team members track down Bill and his mercenaries at an auto show, stealing fast cars for a chase through the streets of Tokyo. But Bill escapes, kidnapping Lulu to his Black Mountain fortress home on an artificial island...

    d. Shane Black
    Boyd Holbrook, Trevane Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key,
      Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen,
      Jake Busey, Yvonne Strahovski

    d. Corin Hardy
    Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga

    d. David Kerr
    Rowan Atkinson, Olga Kurylenko


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The film PROJECT GUTENBERG (MO SEUNG) will open on October 4th. The film was a collaboration of the OVERHEARD (SIT TING FUNG WON) golden team Felix Chong Man Keung and Alan Mak Siu Fai. Chong Man Keung wrote and directed this time, while Mak Siu Fai was the art director. Kwan Chi Yiu joined as the director of photography and Hong Kong Film Award Best Actors Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok Fu Sing starred along with other good actors Zhang Jingchu, Liu Kai Chi, Katherine Chau Ka Yi and others. Two days ago, Aaron with director Chong Man Keung, Mainland star Feng Wenjuan promoted in Zhengzhou and the crowd filled a shopping center.

Aaron in the film played Lee Man. "Lee Man is a very poor painter but very talented; this character has a good side but also an evil side. This is a character I have never played before in my show business career." Aaron said that PROJECT GUTENBERG exceeded his Hong Kong Film Award winning performance in PORT OF CALL (DAP HUET CHUM MUI). "I have never seen the script and the story structure like this before. I read the script seven times before I understood this character. On a certain level, PROJECT GUTENBERG is a new attempt for me. I look forward very much to everyone seeing a very excellent film after the film's release."

Aaron was very happy to be able to work with Fat Gor and Zhang Jingchu again. "This time I have many scenes with Fat Gor, from the beginning to the end I am at a tug of war with him. Each time in each scene is different. Zhang Jingchu is a very excellent actress. Although I have intimate performance with Jingchu this time, we very quickly got into character. It wouldn't feel awkward at all and I was able to perform at ease."

Working with director Chong Man Keung for the first time, Aaron had nothing but praise for this director. "Chong Man Keung is a very excellent screenwriter. Anything I don't understand in shaping the character, he would explain every clearly during the shoot. Although a first I had difficulty with getting into character, but in the process of communicating with the director I slowly grasped the character and understood what the director wanted, what kind of condition he hoped to bring about."


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Sister Lai and Wu Fung attended the wedding of Nancy Sit's son, her final public appearance
Sister Lai was the White Peony of the Eight Peonies
Sister Lai valued friends, like Lydia Shum, Nancy Sit, Connie Chan and Lee Heung Kam
Sister Lai worked with Joyce Cheng on OFF PEDDER in 2008
Tang Kung Pik was heartbroken when she broke the news
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The Cantonese opera star known as the "Jade Throated Diva", Ng Kwan Lai (originally named Ng Yin Wan) passed away from illness yesterday at age 84. Former co-star Wu Fung visited Sister Lai before her passing at the hospital. He said that Sister Lai was still conscious on the hospital bed and knew that he came to visit. When he left he kissed Sister Lai farewell. Ng Kwan Lai's final public appearance on in June at the wedding banquet of Nancy Sit Ka Yin's son, at the time she was still very spirited. Sister Ka Yin found the news of Sister Lai's passing hard to accept.

The rumor of Ng Kwan Lai's passing began last night on Tsui Yung Yung Culture Office facebook page, a video of Tang Kung Pik talking about Ng Kwan Lai's passing at dusk on the stage appeared. She said, "(Sister Lai) has already passed away. We here sent our condolences to her family and wished that Sister Lai peace in another space. I believe even those who have not seen Sister Lai's performance on the stage, everyone has enjoyed her Cantonese films." Tang Kung Pik made this announcement at opera fans at a Cantonese Opera event.

Wu Fung was a frequent co-star with Sister Lai. Brother Sau said that he just heard about Sister Lai's passing. A few days ago he paid her a hospital visit. He said that he saw Sister Lai at the wedding banquet of Sister Ka Yin's son, later he wanted to visit her again but was turned away. Then before the Mid Autumn Festival, Sister Lai's family contacted him, said that she was seriously ill and the doctor said that she only had a few days left. Brother Sau visited on Sunday and said that Sister Lai still recognized him and knew he visited; the next time on Mid Autumn Festival he visited again. Did he said anything to Sister Lai? He said, "I told her I wanted to kiss her, later I really gave her a few kisses before leaving the hospital." Brother Sau believed that Sister Lai did not suffer and was very peaceful when she passed. He did not know what illness she had because her family was very low key.

Sister Ka Yin learned about Sister Lai's passing from the press and did not dare to believe it. "Several days ago I wished her a Happy Mid Autumn Festival on WhatsApp, she still replied to me. Maybe Mimi (Sister Lai's friend) replied for her." Sister Ka Yin said that she has been trying to contact Mimi but has not received a reply yet.

Ng Kwan Lai was born in Zhongshan and grew up in Shanghai. Later she came to Hong Kong with her parents. After getting into the business, she with Yu Lai Chun, Nam Hung, Law Yim Hing, Yu So Chau, Fung Wong Nui, Lam Fung and Tang Bik Wan became the "Eight Peonies". Sister Lai was the "White Peony". Sister Lai studied Cantonese opera under Wan Chi Chung, later joined Chen Fei Nung's Hong Kong Cantonese Opera Academy and became Chen Fei Nung's disciple. Known as the "Jaded Throated Diva", she excelled in playing action roles. She participated in over 150 films including Cantonese opera films and modern films.

In 1962 she formed the "Sun Lai Sing film company" and participated in film production. From the 1970s to the 1980s she participated in Lam Ka Shing's "Chung Sun Sing Opera Troupe". From 1987 to 1993, she, Chen Kim Sing and Sun Hoi Chuen formed Sun Lai Sing Cantonese Opera Troupe and participated in Cantonese opera performance. After her retirement, she lived in Australia and Singapore. In 2008 she participated in the TVB situation series OFF PEDDER. At the time already 78 year old, Sister Lai's still 25 inch waist impressed many.

In an interview in 2008, she talked about the love triangle that went on for over 50 years as she became someone else's third party. She said, "I have never wed in my life. My man was the time I never thought about sharing someone else's husband. His wife hurt, I hurt and he hurt, but we couldn't break up." Sister Lai also had a son with her "husband". She said that mother and son had generation gap and claimed that she was a "failed mother".


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The film GOLDEN JOB (WONG GUM HING DAI) since its opening made over 240 million RMB in Mainland and Hong Kong. Producer Eric Tsang Chi Wai, director Chin Ka Lok, actors Dior Cheng Yi Kin, Jordan Chan Siu Chun, Michael Tse Tin Wa and Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung two nights ago attended a celebration. Charmaine Sheh Sze Man rushed over as soon as she got off the plane and Chi Wai immediately told her to take out money for the lucky drawing. Ah Sheh said that she prepared cash for everyone. Siu Chun was unable to attend the audience appreciation events due to work, the brothers demanded commission and an European vacation. Even Chi Wai joked that Siu Chun had more money than he knew what to do with. Siu Chun asked everyone not to be all about money like this.

The film GOLDEN JOB made over 240 million. Since both Ekin and Lam Hiu Fung celebrated their birthday in September. Two nights ago the celebration brought out cake for them and sang the birthday song. Cheng Yi Kin gave away his jacket to the audience earlier and showed off his muscles. Ekn said that it was not deliberate. Because the viewer spoke from the heart very well, he gave him the jacket. What if another viewer would be even better? He sad, "First I didn't deliberately take off my clothes, but I really was very happy because the audience spoke too well!"

Speaking of Siu Chun being unable to attend audience appreciation events due to work, he stressed that he was not just money hungry. He was busy with song rehearsals for his November concert. Would he invite the brothers to be his guess? He said, "No chance, now I am working on the schedule to see how to stuff them in!" Ekin pretended to be angry and said, "He wants to 'stuff' us in!" Siu Chun explained, "'Stuff' doesn't mean anything bad, just that everyone have different managers and everyone is very busy."

How would he thank the brothers for going to thank the audience? Ekin suggested for Siu Chun to strip, Chin Ka Lok wanted to take a commission. Siu Chun asked everyone not to make it all about money. Some suggested for Siu Chun to take the brothers on an European vacation. Everyone asked producer Tsang Chi Wai for his opinion. Chi Wai said, "For Siu Chun, he has so much money he doesn't know how to spend it." He even imitated what Siu Chun's son Jasper said to Siu Chun. "Don't angry!" Siu Chun helplessly replied, "What does the Euro trip have to do with me?"

Tsang Chi Wai said about the box office success, "I am very happy, not because how much it made at the box office but because the box office grew everyday. It represents good word of mouth, word of mouth beats everything. I also thank the five of them to go to the moves everyday for audience appreciation. We just went to Yuen Long. Each time our audience appreciation event is a surprise. The audience response is they never imagine it would be so entertaining. They said that they haven't seen such an entertaining large scale Hong Kong film in a long time. They felt that Hong Kong film is back, so each time they were very happy at the audience appreciation events. After that everyone would go for late night snacks together." Speaking of Ekin taking off his clothes for audience appreciation, what would Chi Wai do? He said, "I would take off my pants too, not really!"

Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Yuen Woo Ping and Yuen Biao praised Chin Ka Lok as their successor, Chin Ka Lok happily said, "I really didn't expect that. For the four of them to praise the same person at once, the pressure is enormous. It was my Mid Autumn Festival, maybe the best gift in my life, I don't know if Chi Wai made that happen?" Tsang Chi Wai said, "The four of them are very tight lipped, it came from them. This prove that they really love you!" As for a sequel, Ka Lok said that Chi Wai would have to be the producer again.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


For the week starting September 22 2018

  Can : Yeh Boon Chiu Yun
  Remus Choy Yat Kit

  Can : Dong Mui For Sing Sing

  Cai Xu Kun (Choi Chui Kwan)

  Can : Fung Doh
  Ding Wei

  Can : Ji Ngor Gum Gok Wan Ho
  Gin Lee Hung Ngai

  Can : Cup Nei Cup Ngor
  Mao Buyi (Mo Buk Yi)

  Can : Sup Man Foon Chun
  Fox Hu Xia

  Can : Nin Siu Yau Wai
  Li Ronghao

  Can : Si Mo Gei Dan
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

  Can : Juet
  Karen Mok Man Wai

  Can : Ngor Dik Oi
  Xu Wei

  Can : Sup Chut

  Can : Doh So
  G.E.M (Tang Chi Kei)

  Can : Yut Lo Ji Ha
  Jason Zhang Jie (Cheung Kit)

  Can : Jui Ho Dik Na Nin

Monday, September 24, 2018


Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok make an appearance at the PROJECT GUTENBERG Beijing premiere
Zhang Jingchu and Feng Wenjuan appear in evening wear.
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Babyjohn Choi Hong Yik earlier received a 14th Changchun Film Festival Best Young Supporting Actor award nomination, which he was happy to receive. He even thanked the Changchun Film Festival, unfortunately he was unable to experience the atmosphere in person. He hoped to have another chance in the future. He revealed that in October he will work on the Adam Wong Sau Ping directed new film, "I realize that the director and I both have hearts of young girls. When we met to talk about the script, we both ordered strawberry win and cake. That night we talked for six or seven hours but we weren't done. I believe we will talk again soon."