Friday, January 31, 2020


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Due to the outbreak, many Mainland Lunar New Year films have postponed their release. Many cinemas have announced closing. The Lunar New Year's Day box office was only 1.81 million RMB, as cinema scheduled less than 1,500 shows. In order to reduce the losses to their lowest, filmmakers have put all their thoughts into transitioning. Originally planned for a February 14th 2020, Valentine's Day, Mainland release, ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG) will be online on February 1st on Tencent video channel -- another major film that made the switch from cinemas to video site after LOST IN RUSSIA. Wong Jing posted on Weibo. "At this extraordinary period, we want to bring you at home some comfort and a little more stress relief. ENTER THE FAT DRAGON will be released in advance."

Thursday, January 30, 2020


ENTER THE FAT DRAGON performs well in Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore as it tops the Lunar New Year box office there.
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The Hong Kong Box Office Co. Ltd. yesterday announced the January 24 o 27 2020 4 day Lunar New Year film box office. The total box office receipt was over HK$ 42.89 million, a 30.23% drop from HK$ 61.47 million last year. Dayo Wong Tze Wa sold a home to invest, write, direct and star in the new film THE GRAND GRANDMASTER (MUK DOI JUNG SI). Over four days of the Spring Festival slot it made over HK$ 16.86 million. As of January 29th it even accumulated over HK$ 24.5 million to become the Year of the Rat Lunar New Year film king; in second was DOLITTLE, which made HK$ 6.97 million over four days and accumulated over HK$ 10.14 million; in third was the animated film SPIES IN DISGUISE, over four days it made HK$ 4.4 million and accumulated over HK$ 6.44 million.

As for the Raymond Wong Pak Ming classic Lunar New Year series ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2020 (GA YAU HEI SI 2020), over four days it made over HK$ 4.36 million and accumulated over HK$ 6.44 million in fourth place; the Carlos Chan Ka Lok and Gladys Li Ching Kwan starred YOU ARE THE ONE (NGRO DIK SHUN POON NAM YAU) over four days made over HK$ 2.79 million and accumulated over HK$ 4.09 million in fifth place; the Donnie Yen Chi Tan starred ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG) made HK$ 2.7 million over four days and accumulated over HK$ 4.02 million in sixth place. In Singapore the film has been in release for a week and accumulated around HK$ 7 million, in Malaysia it even accumulated around HK$ 18 million. In Taiwan it also performed well as the film became the Lunar New Year film box champion in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

[2020.01.30] FOR JANUARY 23-28 2020

For January 23-28 2020
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  Can : Ngor Dik Shun Poon Nam Yau
  Lit : My Hot Property Boyfriend
    d. Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum)
    Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Gladys Li Ching Kwan,
      Bob Lam Sing Bun, Ashina Kwok Yik Sum, Elva Ni, Kandy Wong Shan Yee,
      Erin Wang Zhuoqi, Snow Suen Wai Suet, Justin Cheung Kin Sing,
      Kaki Sham, Mak Ling Ling, Carrie Ng Ka Lai
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 94 mins.
  January 25 2020
  Trailer :

    Young, talented rogue trader Finn Ma lives a mysterious, low-key life. The word "failure" doesn't exist in his vocabulary, and he's never seen a deal he can't make. However, his life experiences a 180-degree change when he encounters Bo.

    All her life, Bo has never believed that good things will happen to her. Having lost her parents at an early age, she sees dreams as unreachable things. To make ends meet, she works multiple jobs, including one as a promoter in a Karaoke joint.

    One night, Finn hold a secret meeting in a nightclub with his employees. On his way out, he tosses out cash to get rid of two gold-digging girls hitting on him. Bo sees this and mistakes him as the vanished swindler who caused her friend, Pauline, to attempt suicide. Bo confronts Finn and drags him away.

    The two go to the hospital where Pauline still lies in a coma after her suicide attempt. Pauline's older brother, Wing, and her other friends all believe that Finn is the bad boyfriend responsible for Pauline's suicide, forcing Finn to take responsibility. Wing believes that Finn is the only one who can wake Pauline up, so he drags Finn to his home to prevent Finn from running away.

    During their short time together, Finn starts to grow fond of Bo. He learns of her sad background and her passive attitude towards life's hardships. Finn, who believes that people must take control of their own fate, uses the Law of Attraction to convince Bo to change her own destiny.

    In the end, Wing and the others realize that Finn is really not Pauline's boyfriend and lets him go. When he leaves, Finn promises to see Bo again.

    A month later, Bo finds a luxury sedan parked in front of her workplace, and the owner is Finn. She finally learns that Finn is actually the ideal boyfriend that every girl dreams of: Rich, handsome and a perfect gentleman. However, this Cinderella's adventure has just begun!

  Can : Fei Lung Gor Gong
  Lit : Fat Dragon Crosses the River
    d. Kenji Tangiaki
    Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Niki Chow Lai Kei,
      Wong Jing, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Jessica Jann Kei Ching,
      Naoto Takenaka, Joe Tee, Tetsu Watanabe, Chaney Lin (Lam Chau Nam),
      Wong Cho Lam, Lawrence Chou Chun Wai, Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung, Yan Hua,
      Hiro Hayama (Yip Shan Ho), Jim Chim Shui Man, Anthony Chan Yau,
      Bob Lam Sing Bun, Tyson Chak,
      Philip Ng Won Lung, Wong Jing
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 96 mins.
  Opening January 23 2020
  Trailer :

    The 300-pound special agent Chu loses his convict in custody in Japan. Deeper trouble befalls when he finds himself pursued by both triads and police...

  Can : Ga Yau Hei Si 2020
    d. Raymond Wong Pak Ming
    Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Raymond Wong Pak Ming,
      Chrissie Chau Sau Na, DaDa Chan Jing, Patrick Tam Yiu Man,
      Adam Pak Tin Nam, Sheila Chan Suk Lan,
      Law Kar Ying, Cheung Tat Ming, Liu Kai Chi, Helena Law Lan,
      Jim Chim Tsui Man, Andrew Lam Man Chung, Kingdom Yuen King Tan,
      Richard Ng Yiu Hon, Wong Yat Shan, Karena Ng Chin Yu,
      Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Toby Chan Ting Yan,
      Stephen Huynh (Wong Hing Cheung), Mak Cheung Ching, Bob Chang Yin Bok,
      Yu Mo Lin, Chen Jiajia, Kendy Cheung King Yan, Aliya Fan Man Nga,
      Lisa Ch'ng Si Ming, Six Cents (Luk Chi Ho), Maggie Yu Miao,
      Terry Zou Man Ching, Shirley Shen Din Yi, Chow Chi Hing,
      Jiro Lee Sheung Ching,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 98 mins.
  Opening January 25 2020
  Trailer :

    All three Yau brothers are con artists who use their notorious talents to punish bad people. They meet fellow con artists, the Lui sisters, through a misunderstanding and both sets of siblings decide to team up. Their target is an infamous mob boss, who they plan to scam using various tricks and disguises.

    d. Nick Bruno, Troy Quane
    Blue Sky Studio Animation
    English Voice: Will Smith, Tom Holland

    d. Stephen Gaghan
    Robert Downey Jr.

  Can : Muk Doi Jung Si
  Lit : Whatever Generation Grandmaster
    d. Dayo Wong Tze Wah
    Dayo Wong Tze Wah, Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau),
      Benz Hui Siu Hung, Harriet Yeung Sze Man, Dickson Yuen Man Tai,
      Catherine Chau Ka Yi, Chen Jiajia, Eddie Law Tin Chi,
      C Kwan (Stephen Cheng Sze Kwan), Eric Tang Chi Kin,
      Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, 6 Wing (Billy Luk Wing Kuen), Tyson Chak Hoi Tai
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 117 mins.
  Opening January 23 2020 (Preview)
  Trailer :

    Following Grandmaster Fei Lung's defeat to his rival, Chun, he challenges her to a final fight in order to restore his reputation. His plan to win the fight is derailed when he unexpectedly develops romantic feelings towards her. He will have to figure out a way to win both the fight and Chun's affection.


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Louis Cheung Kai Chung worked with Raymond Wong Pak Ming and Julian Cheung Chi Lam in the Lunar New Year film ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2020 (GA YAU HEI SI 2020). He appeared as a modern "petty person beater" and helped foreigners "beat petty person" in rap tone. Even with his experience he was stumped. "It was very memorable, because the English used wasn't the ones I was used to. For comedy I had to directly translate the petty person beating script into English. It was pretty hard to deliver." In preparation for this scene he put a lot of time into learning the lines. "I just kept reciting it before I took my place! I didn't want to embarrass myself in front of foreign actors. The director asked for one take, luckily I was able to do it."


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Irene Wan Bik Ha with her film THE FALLEN (DOR LOK FA) won Ireland's 8th Silk Road International Film Festival Best Actress. Currently on vacation in Bali, Irene was rather excited. Irene and THE FALLEN team planned to follow up with a new film, a suspense and romance that would take place in Japan.

Irene said that she was already very happy that the film was selected for many film festivals, which meant that everyone liked this film. They gave her a lot of encouragement. As for the Best Actress award, Irene excitedly said, "I am on vacation with my family in Bali, I am super happy to hear this news! However I regret somewhat that I was unable to attend this film festival and personally attend this award."

Irene wanted to thank the Emperor team that has always loved her, including boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing, Shirley, Mani Fok Man Hei and her manager. Only with them was she able to receive this award. She was also happy for the entire team and wanted to thank the director and the producer. Irene said that she wanted to thank her husband the most. "Because he has always been very supportive of me and my show business career, he was the one who told me 'you can do it!', I was able to persist and be myself. I have to thank him for always being by my side and support me!"

As for the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress, Irene said that she was confident but would leave everything to fate. "Winning the Silk Road International Film Festival Best Actress is already great, great support and encouragement for me. As for the Hong Kong Film Award, now I would leave it up to fate and leave everything to Heaven. I don't need to mind too much whether I win or not, that way I would be happier. When you leave the award up to fate, when you win you would be doubly happy."


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Miss Chinese International pageant has been postponed
Miriam Yeung's Singapore concert has been postponed
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Andy Lau is forced to cancel his Hong Kong concerts
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To prevent the new Wuhan corona virus outbreak, many public events have been halted temporarily. After Andy Lau Tak Wa announcing the cancellation of his February concert on his personal site, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa two days ago announced her originally scheduled February 8th Singapore concert would be postponed. The Sunbeam Theater also announced that the theater will be closed until further notice. Famous costume film location the Hengdian film and television studio has closed for production and led to many films and series being halted indefinitely.

In order to effectively control the outbreak, the Hengdian film and television culture industry experimental area management committee announced the closing of its production locations (production base, location production base and studio sets) and notified the production teams to temporarily halt their activities until further notice. Before this, the Hengdian film and television studio has already announced that it would be closed to the public. According to the studio, at least 13 films and television series were in production during the Lunar New Year in Hengdian. The Wong Jing directed, Raymond Lam Fung and Janice Man Wing Shan starred new version of KUNG FU CULT MASTER (YI TIN TOH LUNG GEI) was forced to halt production; the Law Chi Leung directed, Donnie Yen Chi Tan starred GIK DEI SAU GAU needed to postponed its production until November. The estimate losses would be in tens of millions. Aside from the Hengdian film and television studio, Ningbo, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and other locations' production teams have already halted production. Due to the outbreak, the decline of film and television series productions was already beyond any doubt and would directly affect future film and television series broadcast and release. Actually whether to halt production truly was a difficult question for the production team. First the rent cost would not be low, from the set to the studio the daily rent would be from several tens to hundreds of thousands. In addition personnel cost would also need to be considered. In general the cast and the crew would be signed for a scheduled period, just one day of overtime would cost a lot. For some small to medium sized productions, a production halt and an indefinite wait would deeply affect a project and might even bring down a small film and television production company. Yeung Chin Wa's Singapore concert that was originally scheduled for February 8th has been postponed. Two days ago the organizer issued a statement. "The concert stage mechanical equipment must be transported from China to Singapore and required specific personnel to conduct stage construction. Due to travel restrictions in many Chinese cities and various uncertain elements the personnel would not be able to arrive in time in Singapore for the stage construction. After discussions with numerous parties the concert has been postponed."

Lau Tak Wa earlier on his personal site announced his 12 show Hong Kong concerts that originally was scheduled to start on the 15th. "Dear friends and family, I want and long to share the long anticipated My Love concerts with you and I work hard in hopes of fulfill the promise to everyone. Yet due to the outbreak development, putting the health of the audience first, I have decided to cancel the Hong Kong concerts. I am sorry! I wish everyone good health and unity to get past the difficulty together!" This was already the second time Wa Jai's concerts have been halted.

Sunbeam Theater two nights ago announced its closing until further notice. "Due to the recent Wuhan pneumonia outbreak, this theater, in coordination with the 'Important new infectious disease prevention and response plan for Public Health' and in consideration for the health of the general public, would be closed until further notice. As for the Super 3 cinemas in the second floor they will remain in operation as usual. If the situation changes in the future further notice will be made. We wish everyone health and happiness!"

The Ming Chee Sing Chinese Opera also announced the cancellation of its 18 show Lunar New Year Cantonese opera performance. "Due to the severity of the recent Wuhan pneumonia outbreak, in coordination with the 'Important new infectious disease prevention and response plan for Public Health', the closing notice of the Sunbeam Theater and ensuing the health of the general public, the Ming Chee Sing opera troupe's 18 show Lunar New Year Cantonese opera performance from January 30th to February 18th will all be cancelled. Refund details will be announced later. Viewers who have already purchased tickets should hold on to them as receipts and pay attention to the later arrangements and processes for ticket refund."

Originally scheduled to take place on February 15th, the 2020 Miss Chinese International pageant has been postponed due to how rapid and severe the new corona virus outbreak has developed. TVB has already notified all the candidates and the sponsors.


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The Lunar New Year has always been great for a family outing at the movies. Every year many films would be released for the Lunar New Year so everyone would be able to have a cheerful new year. Yet this year due to the Wuhan pneumonia outbreak's rapid deterioration, the government kept urging people not to go to crowded place. Even the movie business has been affected.

Movies that were scheduled for the Mainland Spring Festival release all retreated. As for the 4 Lunar New Year Hong Kong film releases, including the Carlos Chan Ka Lok and Gladys Li Ching Kwan starred YOU ARE THE ONE (NGOR DIK SHUN POON NAM YAU), Dayo Wong Tze Wa and Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau) starred THE GRAND GRANDMASTER (MUK DOI JUNG SI), the Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Chrissie Chau Sau Na starred ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2020 (GA YAU HEI SI 2020) and the Donnie Yen Chi Tan starred ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG), GRAND GRANDMASTER that Wong Tze Wa sold a home to fund the production was the sole success. After six days in release it already had over HK$ 20 million at the box office. Seemingly people online would have hope to get Tze Wa his home back. As for the other three films the performance was average. ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2020 made over HK$ 5 million, YOU ARE THE ONE and ENTER THE FAT DRAGON for now made around HK$ 3 million. The Robert Downey Jr. starred DOLITTLE made HK$ 9.3 million and SPIES IN DISGUISE made almost HK$ 6 million.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020


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"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan planned to challenge his acting in the Year of the Rat as he planned to make a new film about father and son. Although in real life his son was agile and had potential, Chi Tan felt education was important. For now he had no intention of recommending his son to perform.

Chi Tan said that currently his artistic creativity and acting were approaching maturity. No wonder he was willing to accept challenges and work with director Law Chi Leung on the film GIK DEI SAU GAU. Chi Tan this time would let go of his fist to play for tears. "This one is completely dramatic, the characters are more complex. They really test the senses. I feel they are pretty how to play." Although the film would have no fierce stunts, Chi Tan still had stunts like jumping into a river. Unfortunately the film due to the outbreak has postponed its production start until November.

Speaking of New Year wishes, Chi Tan admitted, "I wish for good health, to be able to spend more time with the family. No matter how hard the job is, ultimately it is just for the family!" His children are full of artistic genes. His son James even has inherited Chi Tan's agility, already started to practice martial arts at age 12. Although Chi Tan would make a father and son film, he had no intention to work as "father and son". He explained, "My son is practicing Brazilian Jiujitsu and Taekwondo. I feel he has potential but I still say, he is still young and education is more important. Sometimes you don't choose the film career, the film career instead would choose you. Parents want their children to be successful, but they have their own journeys."

In addition, the Chi Tan starred Lunar New Year film ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG) would spend the New Year with everyone. Speaking of the production, he said, "I carried several dozen pound of fat guy costume and still had to fight. Everyday when I removed the makeup I could squeeze out a gallon of sweat. (Were he unable to take it?) Yes! I immediately yelled stop to rest and catch my breath."

Looking back at last year he was pleased with his performance. "Thank you for the audience support, giving IP MAN 4 a perfect performance and ending. I feel that everyone have excessively consumed Grandmaster Ip Man so I suggested not to keep going."


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The new Wuhan corona virus continues to spread and many artists urge everyone to wear medical masks; on the Lunar 3rd two days ago, Ray Lui Leung Wai's wife Yang Xiaojuan on social media posted a photo of Donnie Yen Chi Tan's family and Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam paying them a New Year visit. They also took the opportunity to shoot a video to call for everyone to wear medical masks. Titled "Ting Lik vs. Ip Man vs. Aunt Thirteen's New Year Greeting", they introduced themselves in Putonghua, greeted each other and wished everyone good health. Lui Leung Wai said, "Very good, want medical masks."

Yang Xiaojuan posted, "This year, anyone who can come out and meet is a life and death friend, who can come out to play mahjong is death defying fiend, who can come to a meeting is absolute true love!" She even introduced the best travel route to prevent new corona virus. "This New Year's best route is for you not to come and me not to go. If I go you would worry, if you come I would panic! Introducing the 2020 Spring Festival Best Travel route: living room->kitchen->bedroom->bathroom tour, on Lunar 3rd luck and best wishes to everyone".


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Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Chrissie Chau Sau Na in the Lunar New Year film ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 2020 (GA YAU HEI SI 2020) played a couple. Sister Na praised Chilam's comedic senses for his first comedy. Chilam humbly said, "I had good co-stars. They were all comedy experts so I was able to be like a fish in water. However I still have a lot to learn." Working together for the first time, Chilam revealed that Sister Na honestly asked him to introduce hot property men as she no longer wanted to be leftover in the Year of the Rat.

Chilam said that Sister Na "looked sharper than she was". When he practiced magic to pass the time on the set, Sister Na was actually amazed and kept asking "how?" Chilam said, "I really am worried about how naive and easy to fool she is. I am afraid that she won't be able to find another half." He also revealed that actresses he has worked with usually would ask him to introduce guys to them. Sister Na was no exception.

Sister Na admitted that soon after meeting Chilam she already boldly asked him to introduce guys to her. Chilam said, "I have golden properties on my hand, but too many women are left. I regret that I haven't had any good introduction to make for Sister Na, but I still wish that Sister Na would be able to find Mr. Right in the Year of the Rat."

In the film they did not have any intimate scene but they did share a revealing scene. Chilam even stared at the topless Sister Na; Chilam admitted, "It was pretty awkward." He instead asked Sister Na what would she do usually when guys stared at her important areas? Sister Na replied, "I would stare at him, but it has never happened yet."

Chilam did not believe that no one would stare at a sex symbol like Sister Na. She said, "I am very low key when I go out, I would wear a turtleneck."

For the Lunar New Year Chilam's entire family would go skiing in Hokkaido. He revealed that in past New Year they mostly gambled. "We would play mahjong, fish-prawn-crab all night, we had to have as much as we could. We had done it like a marathon from the Lunar New Year's Day to the 7th. We didn't sleep or rest for 7 days straight. Once a friend couldn't take it by the 7th, went to the hospital and was diagnosed with trigeminal nerve infection."

Chilam said that he could play hard work hard. "Right now I am still 17 inside. (You can have more fun during the New Year?) For me all four seasons in a year is New Year, as the saying goes even October can be time for New Year visits." Sister Na was very envious of Chilam. She too would play mahjong and fish-prawn-crab during the New Year, but not as crazy as Chilam.

Has Chilam won or lost more? He did not dare to say that he won more, but he had luck with gambling. "Once I played fish-prawn-crab with Len Len (Anita Yuen Wing Yi)'s family. Her teenager cousin had never lost. In the last round, he told everyone to put it on prawn. We cheated while he wasn't paying attention. When the dies were unveiled he saw there was no prawn and collapsed. Since then he has been studying hard. Now he is in actuary." Sister Na joked that a game of fish-prawn-crab changed someone's life!

Chilam was very pleased with his performance last year and felt that he achieved more than expected, making 3 movies, a web drama, modeling for many brands and went to many places that he has never been to with his family. He also had time to spend with Mommy. As for the Year of the Rat, aside from movies he would perform concerts in April; after many action films last year, Sister Na this year wanted to make more dramatic or romantic films.

Monday, January 27, 2020


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2020 would be the golden year of the rat. Becoming a husband last year C Kwan (Cheng Sze Kwan) gave double lai see for the first time to bless family and friends. Still single, Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau) and Catherine Chau Ka Yi became familiar with C Kwan after working together on the Lunar New Year film THE GRAND GRANDMASTER (MUK DOI JUNG SI). They said that they had to maintain a childlike heart to pay their New Year visit to him. C Kwan humorously said, "This year I am the lucky (fok) guy, as someone else's husband I have an extra segment of paying New Year visits to family and friends. I have to double the amount of lai see. I am so scared, hahaha! If any audience appreciation event would be arranged during the New Year, I would try to avoid them." The trio also sincerely wish everyone a healthy and happy new Year and may all their wishes come true.

As for the New Year, Sum Yau said that she has not thought about any resolution and would go with the flow. "My resolution is not by the year. Whatever difficulty or challenge I have now I would find a way to face it; for example I am really afraid of water, last year I went to learn to swim. When I accompany it I would be very satisfied."

Ka Yi announced that she has already signed with Emperor for 5 years and would focus on film development.

With problems like the Hong Kong anti extradition legislation storm and the Wuhan pneumonia, the film industry has fallen into an ice age. Ka Yi was grateful for the GRAND triple threat Wong Tze Wa for giving her a chance. In addition before taking the film she already knew that he sold a home to make the movie, she hoped for good box office performance. "I believe few would sell a home (to make a movie). With such passion I of course reduced my salary to lend a helping hand. I hope to help him with making back the money for the home."

C Kwan took the chance to speak up for Tze Wa, proving that reports of his exploitation of the team's salary were untrue. He said, "I knew about him selling a home to make the movie long ago, we took the initiative and demanded to help him. I told him that I would work even without pay, but my manager insisted on charging. We gave a discount though. I also took the responsibility to score the movie, I didn't sleep all night in order to finish it for him."

Working with Tze Wa for the first time, Sum Yau was moved to tears on the set by his sincerity. She stated that she would support him with money. She said, "I didn't know before, my heart ached for him. Actually he contributed so much to the movie. I even cherished my days of making the movie and training with him even more. I hope to be able to do more for him. I can show off my abdominal muscles to promote, my entire family have bought tickets to watch the movie many times." C Kwan joked, "Sum Yau can consider giving back her salary, or watching the movie 3 million times alone, either would be enough to help Tze Wa get back the home."

The trio also praised Tze Wa for being easygoing, gentleman and tender speech manner, C Kwan even said that Tze Wa was easier to get along with than Carol Ching Yui Ling. He said, "I have worked with the best Sister Do, how could I feel the world would have mankind that was even meaner, hahaha!"


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The Mainland and Hong Kong show business in recent years have entered their ice age. With the recent rapid spread of the Wuhan pneumonia, the situation has become even more dire! Earlier 7 films announced their retreat from the Mainland Lunar New Year slot, resulting in the Lunar New Year's Day box office was only a little over 1 million RMB. Industry insiders estimated after the Spring festival at least 100 cinemas in the Mainland would close due to financial trouble. Yesterday films and television series that were already in production have announced temporary production halt to fight the pandemic.

Among them the "Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan starred GIK DEI SAU GAU started production at the end of last year. The team had a 3 day Lunar New Year holiday and was originally scheduled to resume work yesterday. Investor Filmko due to the severity of the Wuhan outbreak was announced a temporary production halt to ensure safety and health of everyone and postponed the production until November.

Filmko boss Alex Wong Hoi Fung yesterday expressed helplessness, saying that with around 300 members of the cast and the crew, 500 extras he held a meeting before work on the Lunar 2nd to avoid cross contamination and finally decided to halt production. "The crew has received the first part of their salary payment. Everyone promises to reserve 3 months at the end of the year for the production." Reportedly, the film would have aerial drone shots and snow covered mountain search. It would also set large scale snow sets. Due to the current special circumstance, the team has been attentively arrange for places for the affected crew to stay. Thus the damage would be difficult to calculate currently, a conservative estimate of at least HK$ 10 million. Lead actor Yen Chi Tan has not joined the team but sated that he would support the team's decision. "Although the work schedule has been affected, it is for the greater good. I wish everyone good health."

In addition, the Wong Jing directed new film KUNG FU CULT MASTER (YI TIN TOH LUNG GEI) was rumored to have already started production. However his company said, "We haven't started production yet. We are still doing pre production work. The team for now has not been affected, but we would pay attention to the outbreak development before making any decision." Raymond Lam Fung with the time off went skiing with his wife Zhang Xinyue. Due to the severity of the outbreak, the Hengdian film and television studio was rumored to have halted production temporarily.

With the new film production halted, Chi Tan went to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the U.S. with his entire family. His wife Cissy shared the photos on social media.