Thursday, January 31, 2019


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The 52 year old Amy Yip Chi Mei has been out of show business for years and living with her back doctor boyfriend of 26 years. Yesterday rumors claimed that Dr. Lui Shek Chiu passed away from a heart attack while on a flight to the U.S. in November last year. Lui Shek Chiu's Causeway Bay medical office is in the hands of his son from a previous marriage Lui Ho Yin. Lui Ho Yin confirmed that his father's passing.

Yip Chi Mei was originally named Yip So Kwan, an erotic star of the 80s with an outstanding 36F figure. In 1985 she graduated from the ATV 3rd training class and made many series since then. In 1988 she made the switch to film and many sexy performance, including the classic SEX AND ZEN (YUK PO TUEN ji TAU CHING BO GAM). However she kept her no nudity principle, sayng that she would save it for her future husband. A film company offered HK$ 8 million for a topless performance but she declined. Rumors also claimed that when she made ROBOTRIX she insured her breasts for HK$ 2 million.

However afer meeting Lui Shek Chiu in 1992, she retreated from her daring ways. After making UNDERGROUND JUDGEMENT in 1994 she retired from film and made the switch to business. In 1996 Yip Chi Mei and Lui Shek Chiu almost broke up but made up. Returning to a quiet life, Yip Chi Mei was often caught walking her dog without make up and out with her boyfriend. She was rumored to have registered marriage with Lui Shek Chiu as well as pregnant. In 2003 Yip Chi Mei personally said to the media that she was not married and had no plan to, she also had no daughter. Next year she was rumored to be thinking about a comeback, which she denied as she said she had no interest in returning. Two years ago Yip Chi Mei and Lui Shek Chiu was caught on a date on the street like an old couple.


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Big budget computer effect
snowboarding to the death

Airport gate scene
Ken Hung, Sherman Chung, Kenny Kwan
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Anita Yuen says that she and Sean Lau have said less than ten sentences to each other privately
Nick Cheung keeps falling and loses his phone in the snow while skiing for the film
Karena Lam has many chase and fight scenes with Nick Cheung in the film
Kathy Yuen and old flame Ken Hung have no exchange at all
Vincent Wong, Elaine Lok and Dayo Wong
Julian Cheung, Leo Ku and boss Albert Yeung
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The Alan Mak Siu Fai directed, Felix Chong Man Keung and Wong Bun produced film INTEGRITY (LIM JING FUNG WON YIN MOK) two nights ago held its premiere at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Center. Actors Sean Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Karena Lam Ka Yun, Alex Fong Chung Shun, Anita Yuen Wing Yi, Hugo Ng Toi Yung, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi) attended. Speaking of Ka Fai and Ka Yun shooting on location in Australia for a month, Ka Yun stated that she was very happy. However Ka Fai was envious of Ching Wan. He and Ching Wan both felt that staying at a hotel was quite a bother because they would have to get used to each hotel's room designs. Ka Fai even had no idea how to turn on the bathroom tap once.

On the stage a lion eye dotting ceremony took place. Hacken Lee Hak Kun performed the film theme song. He said that earlier due to illness he still was not able to speak. He was worried about singing this song for three days. Dayo Wong Tze Wah, Kenny Kwan Chi Bun, Sherman Chung Shu Man and Tong Yi's old flame Ken Hung Cheuk Lap attended.

Guest star Len Len said that aside from the script she also took the role because she would be able to work with Ching Wan again. Because they have no worked together in 26 years she wanted to see how he turned out. However he still did not like to speak. "Despite working together on so many films, we spoke less than ten sentences privately. Those tens were still 'did you eat?' 'I did'."

Len Len admitted that if she would not be mainly working opposite Ching Wan, she absolutely would not guest star aside from mentors Peter Chan Ho Sun, Eric Tsang Chi Wai and Derek Yee Tung Sing's movies. Alan Mak Siu Fai was a good "cousin" but they were not close and have not seen each other for a very long time. Thus when he asked her to guest star, she first asked about the character's potential. When she thought the character was interested and she would work with Ching Wan she agreed. Working with Ching Wan after 26 years, Len Len said that it still felt like it was yesterday and they were still very young. "Although Ching Wan didn't like to speak, he became more mature and stable, very manly. This time the guest role isn't enough, if next time we would have more lines it would be better. I look forward very much to playing a couple with Ching Wan again."

Ching Wan, Ka Fai and Lam Ka Yun spoke to the press together. Did Ka Fai and Ka Yun have a lot of fun while working in Australia for a month? Ka Yun stated that it was a lot of fun, but Ka Fai was envious of Ching Wan for getting to work in Hong Kong. "I was envious that he was able to go home after work. Did you think it was fun for me to live out there for a month? Of course sleeping in my bed would be better." Ka Fai revealed that for the skiing scene he constantly fell because he did not know how to ski. He even broke the zipper on his pants and lost his phone in the snow. Luckily someone found it and sent it to his hotel. He said, "It was still found after being buried in the snow, truly anything can happen." Ka Yun said that she had many action scenes. She had to chase and fight Ka Fai, but he very gladly took her abuse.

Speaking of Mak Siu Fai's sequel plan, they said that if the director had roles for them and time would permit then they would return. Would Ching Wan ask to shoot overseas for the sequel? Ching Wan said, " Staying at the hotel is quite a bother. This time on the Mainland promotional tour, we were at a different hotel every night and had to adjust to each room's light switch and taps." Ka Fai agreed. "I realized that the hotel's new designs got their joy from you unable to use them. Once I didn't know how to turn on the bathroom tap, I couldn't take a shower." Ching Wan also revealed that sometimes he would not be able to sleep in a strange room, so he could only play the light switches. Ka Yun did not have this problem because she fell asleep as soon as she put on her eye mask. Ka Yun joked, "Just like a race horse?"

Ka Fai's daughter earlier turned 13. He said that they celebrated with dinner and cake.

Tong Yi was in the same unit as Ching Wan. She admitted that at first she was very afraid of Ching Wan because she thought he was very cool. The first time they had a scene together she couldn't rehearse at all. Ching Wan then said to her, "Slow down a little, you don't have to be so nervous. I don't eat people. Then I relaxed a little. Rehearsal was fine, but at the shoot I was already stunned. (Ching Wan's presence was too strong?) Very sharp, I didn't dare to have too many bad takes. I have been in the business for ten years, I can't be so scared." In order to overcome her fear, she took the initiative to talk to Ching Wan and talked about running. He also shared his own production experience and said that she just started and had a long way to go. He told her to slow down. "When he was my age he had the most work."


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Chin Siu Ho brings his parents and his son Andrew Pong 
Tian Niu and daughter Chu Yu Fung
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Tian Niu and Susan Shaw Yam Yam worked together on the Lunar New Year film A LIFETIME TREASURE (YU JU YU BO). Two nights ago they along with the director and the boss went to the movie for audience appreciation; friend Chin Siu Ho brought his parents and son Andrew Pong Kingfung.

Tian Niu's daughter Chu Yu Fung was her manager. The mother and daughter relationship was rather good. During photos they often had cohesion. Tian Niu took a few days to promote the film in Hong Kong for a few days. Yesterday she rushed back to Beijing for a series. She said, "After coming back to Hong Kong I attended the premiere, audience appreciation, media interviews. The production didn't feel tough, the promotion is much worse! My era didn't have audience appreciation, but now we would interact with the audience. I was happy to hear the live reaction, it's like experiencing the applause directly at concerts." She wanted to make more Hong Kong film but did not dare to challenge the self proclaimed "Hong Kong audience appreciation queen" Shaw Yam Yam, who attended 400 shows in a year. Tian Niu said that she already felt tired from 10 shows a day.

Tian Niu would take 15 days off from the Lunar New Year's Day on and planned to spend the holiday with his mother and daughter as well as resting up properly. In recent years she mostly worked on Mainland films and series. At age 61 she stated that she had no plan to retire. Luckily many viewers still remembered and loved her. She said that she wanted to make Hong Kong films and series, but she joked that her Cantonese did not improve at all over the years. For example in her new film she had a line "dance an old dance" that sounded like foul language. She suspected that director Andrew Lam Man Chung deliberately played a trick on her.


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Sandra Ng's daughter attends the hand printing ceremony
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The Avenue of Stars in Tsim Shui Sha reopened after renovation. Yesterday at the unveiling, five Hong Kong Film Award Best Actresses Carol Cheng Yui Ling, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Helena Law Lan and Cecilia Yip Tung were invited to a hand printing ceremony and thus honored at the Avenue of Stars. Kwan Yu said that Sister Mo just asked her where she would be in the future, so she urged all the organizers to remember to tell them. Sister Mo joked that she was afraid of being next to Kwan Yu, only then did Kwan Yu explain that she meant the position of their "handprints".

Sister Do admitted that yesterday had special meaning because she has worked with all the Best Actresses. Kwan Yu was also very touched to be able to join this hand print family and honored to be able to participate in Hong Kong film's most beautiful era. She said, "I felt that today's hand printing is just signing the yearbook at graduation, next to the handprint would be some well wishes. Even I got goose bumps!" She also sentimentally said that sometimes in the middle of the night she would watch some old Hong Kong films. When she saw familiar faces and actors she has worked with, she would get teary eyed. Sister Do also felt honored to take part. "Looking back, making movies was really tough. So I hope Hong Kong film would continue its glorious era!"

Kwan Yu in recent years has helped new comers and encouraged more support for New Wave directors because she felt like she was one of them. Sister Do asked was she? Kwan Yu said, "Are you kidding?" Kwan Yu revealed that she was planning to make a movie and used the excuse to invite Sister Do to "come back" in support. Unfortunately each time when she wanted to ask Sister Do to guest star, she would knock her out in less than 3 seconds. Sister Do this time said that she would see how Kwan Yu would do with this movie before deciding. Kwan Yu immediately said that she just watched THE TOP BET (DOH BA) again and praised Sister Do's great acting. It would truly be regrettable if she did not return to film. Sister Do said, "I remember that movie, thank you for your support. Yet you are so free to watch it, don't you sleep at night?" Did Sister Do rarely watch old films? She sated that she loved new stuff. Kwan Yu also said that Sister Do would be in bed by 9PM while she would not go until 1AM. Thus she had time to watch old movies. She joked, "OK, it's time for Sister Do to go home and sleep!"


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Sean Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Karena Lam Ka Yun yesterday promoted their Lunar New Year film INTEGRITY (LIM JING FUNG WON YIN MOK) at the Victoria Park Lunar New Year Market.

Ching Wan and Ka Fai actually visited the Victoria Park New Year Market for the first time because they lived in Kowloon when they were little. Ching Wan said that when he was little and went to the New Year Market with his father, he loved to buy toys, plastic figures and fresh flowers. In recent years he would visit New Year Markets with his wife Amy Kwok Oi Ming, but they would choose to go in the afternoon when they would have less traffic. They used to buy peach blossoms but now they would not. Did they have too much luck? He denied, "No, we have no room at home." Ka Fai said that in his teens he would visit the New Year Market, mainly to eat fish balls and pork rinds. Ka Yun used to go to Causeway Bay, but she has not gone to the Market in a decade or so. She also has not taken her daughters either.

Last night the trio after the film premiere would have to promote in Suzhou. Ka Fai complained, "It's been tougher than making a movie. A movie only have a dozen or so units, but the promotion has 20 to 30 units." Would INTEGRITY's serious subject differentiate it from other Lunar New Year films? Ka Fai said, "That's why it's great, it shows individuality and culture when you watch a serious movie for the Lunar New Year. You don't have to be funny, red, Kung Hei Fa Choi, although they would be in season; having a serious movie is a good choice. (Would you support other Lunar New Year films?) If time permits I would, let's see which one has tickets." Ka Fai also said that he would take his wife and daughter to the movies, maybe in disguise to see the audience response. Ching Wan also said that he would go with his wife. Ka Yun was the happiest because she could finally take her daughters to the movies. "I haven't tried it before because I was afraid that they would have heartaches from watching my crying scenes, screaming Mommy at the movies." Were they confident that they would be the Lunar New Year film box office champion? Ka Fai and Ching Wan both said that they were.


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Wong Cho Lam's directing debut, the Lunar New Year film I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE! (NEI MAI LEI, NGOR OI NEI!) two nights ago held its premiere. Cho Lam and film producer Elaine Lok Yi Ling led actors Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Eliza Sam Lai Heung, Alex Fong Lik Sun, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Candy Yu On On, Christine Kuo, James Ng Yip Kwan, Louis Yuen Siu Cheung, Michael Ning (Bak Ji) and guest star Melody Park So-yeon in attendance. Leanne Li Yanan who gave birth to Cho Lam's daughter Gabrielle at the end of last month also showed her support for her husband. Would Cho Lam arrange for Yanan to perform next time? Cho Lam said that next time she might have another one and another scheduling conflict, seemingly he really wanted to have another!

Former member of the Korean group T-ara, Park So-yeon greeted everyone on the stage in Cantonese, "How are you? I am very honored to be able to work with Cho Lam, very honored to be able to come to Hong Kong and work with Wong Cho Lam on this movie. I hope everyone would like my performance, and support the movie more, thank you everyone."

First time in a Hong Kong film, So-yeon said that she felt Hong Kong film production's pace was quicker. Because this time was a guest starring role, she hoped to officially work on a movie next time.

Cho Lam and Yanan spoke to the press together and Cho Lam immediately told his wife to suck in her gut. Yanan said, "I am, but I still have a belly. I just (gave birth) over a month ago." Cho Lam said, "It doesn't mater, you are just as pretty." Having already seen the film, Yanan was asked about her husband's directing debut. She had nothing but praise. "Truly nothing but praise, he is full of talent, very cool, all his aura radiated! I am very proud of him."

She also said that Cho Lam took her to see this play when they just met. She even went with him to New York to negotiate its rights, she truly was touched when she witnessed his dream came true. Why did Cho Lam not arrange for Yanan to perform this time? He said, "At the time Yanan was pregnant, later she had the baby, being able to successfully give birth to our daughter Gabrielle was the most important. The most important was to keep the baby safe. I didn't even permit her to visit the set, since I was afraid of the dangers there. (Would you next time?) Next time we might have another one, another scheduling conflict." Yanan joked, "Then I am not having another, just joking."

Sister Mo in the film played 4 characters with 7 different costumes. Even her husband could not recognize her. "The funniest was after the trailer was released, my husband asked why I wasn't in it? Actually he didn't recognize me! Because the hairstyle and performance style were all different." Speaking of the most memorable look, Sister Mo said that the 50F bust look was quite a heavy burden. She also had to sing and dance in it, which gave her back pain as she struggled through the scene. Although she has sung in movies before, this was a musical and she had to seriously sing. Thus it was an enormous challenge.

The over 6 months pregnant Heung Heung revealed that in the film she had a dance scene in the film, but before the shoot she did not tell her husband. She believed that her would be able to accept it. She also revealed that at the early stage of the shoot she was already pregnant, but she did not realize until by the end of it. She was already a little fat and the photographer asked if she could reduce her belly. At the time she could only say she would try her best.

Would she return to Canada for the birth? She said that she still has not decided yet, but more likely she would give birth in Hong Kong. However she still has not booked a bed and knew that she needed to do it as soon as possible. Thus she was a little stressed. Heung Heung said, "I did some research, if possible I would like a natural birth. It's not because I am brave, but because I am afraid of surgery and blood. A natural birth won't be as terrifying. (Would your husband go to the delivery room and cut the umbilical cord?) Probably, my husband is not as afraid of blood as I am. I have to close my eyes even during a blood draw and hold on to something hard. During the birth he probably would be in pain with me, only his arm would hurt."