Due to the pandemic Mayday is unable to come to perform in Hong Kong but they can fulfill its "May Date" online
Mayday invited Mao Buyi, Jam Hsiao, Li Ronghao and others to perform virtually with them courtesy of mingpao.com
Taiwan Heavenly Band Mayday for years has had a "May Date" with Hong Kong fans, bu this year due to the novel coronavirus it was forced to cancel its Hong Kong concert. Mayday earlier announced that i would perform an online concert LIVE IN THE SKY at 8PM last night, so "May fans" would be able to look forward to the fulfillment of this "May Date" with excitement on the final day of May (the 31st).
The online concert took place at the Taipei Municipal Stadium, as "May fans" around the world "punched in" for "work" online last night. The concert lasted 1 hour, at its peak it attracted over 600,000 fans. Mayday opened the show with AN APPLE, then they stepped into the stadium in front of ten thousand empty seats. However light bars were placed on each seat. The band performed hits like ETERNAL SUMMER, SUN WU KONG and STARRY, and even had firework effects. The venue was where Mayday held their firs ten thousand people concert, and they admitted that they were not used to not having fan cheers an applause. Lead singer Ashin expressed that the pandemic made them realized that things that they could not expect would happen in this world, as they longed for the pandemic to pass soon. When they sang SUDDENLY MISSING YOU, Mayday performed virtually with Li Ronghao, Jam Hsiao, and Mao Buyi.
Mayday even shared how they spent the quarantine at home. Monster learned latte foam art with his wife, Guan You learned to cook, Monster earlier was in England so he returned to Taiwan early for the 14 day quarantine before joining the band for the show.
Cheung Tat Ming earlier with the film I'M LIVIN' IT (MAK
LO YUN) won the Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Acor, but due to
the pandemic no actual award ceremony took place. The Hong Kong Film
Award Association president Derek Yee Tung Sing only announced the
Although he was unable to accept the award and everyone's
applause on the stage, he did not skip on the celebration. Yeung Yuk
Mui and a group of friends held a party for Cheung Tat Ming and
prepared an award cake for the celebration. Cheung Tat Ming was very
happy. Yeung Yuk Mui shared photos online, congratulated Cheung Tat
Ming on winning this year's Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting
Actor and wished him even more awards in the future.
Raymond Wong says that the pandemic relief movie cast will be announced soon courtesy of mingpao.com
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Louis Cheung courtesy of on.cc
As the novel coronavirus spread globally, it not only has
caused casualties but also impacted every business and industry
extremely. The Hong Kong film industry was not spared. The pandemic
has left the film industry in an almost complete standstill. Because
the industry has always operated with freelance and short term contracts,
basic level workers in the past half a year experienced a vacuum as job
opportunities were few and far between. The Performing Artists Guild and
the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers immediately called upon its
affiliated organizations and donors to star a "Hong Kong film workers
pandemic relief project". Through the industry's call for donations,
it hoped to be able to assist those basic level colleagues as soon as
possible. The Performing Artists Guild president Louis Koo Tin Lok
thanked each and every donors who have contributed money and effort to
the relief project, hoping that the donations would be able to provide
some relief to those in the industry in need.
This operation even received helping hands from 10 Hong Kong film
companies including China Star Film, Edko Film, Emperor Motion Pictures,
Mandarin Film, Media Asia film, Mei Ah film, One Cool Film, Shaw
Brothers International film, Sun Entertainment Culture and Universe film
distribution. Along with donations from other donors, a sizable sum has
already been raised. This sum will be distributed in its entirety to
film basic level personnel by the Hong Kong Performing Artist Guild to
provide temporary relief.
In order to provide assistance to industry personnel, currently
two stages of distribution have been confirmed for applicants. The
amount of applicants will determine whether there will be a third stage.
Colleagues who will benefit will include the 12 major affiliated
organizations of the Federation of Hong Kong Film Workers. (Hong
Kong Film Directors' Guild, Hong Kong Screenwriters' Guild, Hong Kong
Society of Cinematographers, Hong Kong Film Arts Association, Hong Kong
Movie Production Executives Association, Hong Kong Performing Artists
Guild, Hong Kong Cinematography Lighting Association, Hong Kong
Stuntman Association, Hong Kong Society of Film Editors, Hong Kong
Association of Motion Picture Post Production Professionals, Hong Kong
Film Assistant Directors' Association, Hong Kong Film Composers'
Association, 3 industry unions (Hong Kong Film Propsmen's Guild, Hong
Kong Film Photographer Association, Hong Kong Film Hair and Make Up
Designers (temporary) union) and other basic level workers without any
established organizations (including but not limited to: sound recording,
costume management, catering, set photography, production special crew,
production assistants), colleagues, who may be member on non member, in
In addition, the aforementioned 10 Hong Kong film companies will
apply for a sum with the Hong Kong Film Development Council's "Film Production Financing Projects" for film production use and work together
on a movie to show that everyone was united to contribute to the
industry, hopefully bringing the workers back to their posts and helping
Reportedly the Performing Artist Guild president Koo Tin Lok
in order to help colleagues contacted 10 film companies to each invest
HK$ 3 million and received a HK$ 9 million allocation from the Hong
Kong Film Development Fund for a total of HK$ 39 million to make a
heart warming movie of Hong Kong people getting over the hardship
together under the pandemic to raise fund for basic level colleagues.
Vincent Kok Tak Siu will be the chief director. All the actors will be
volunteers. Actors' salaries will be donated to their basic level
colleagues as well. Each applicant for assistance would at most
receive around HK$ 9,000 in assistance.
Currently a group of workers have already begun planning for
a movie. Many actors and directors have volunteered to do their part
to help Hong Kong film workers. Rumors included Julian Cheung Chi Lam,
Simon Yam Tat Wa, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Eric Tsang Chi Wai and others.
After this pandemic, hopefully everyone would be able to cherish those
around them, cherish the Earth, and learn to positively face life.
The Performing Artist Guild president Koo Tin Lok replied, "I
really want to thank each and every person who have donated their money
and effort to this pandemic relief project. Through this operation, the
entire industry unites to help each other. Hopefully the donations will
be able to help those in need. This difficulty has almost halted the
entire industry, only a few films were in production. In the foreseeable
future the pandemic will still remain in place, normal production would
be unable to resume very quickly. Thus in the future everyone would
continue to need to help each other to get over this crisis." Koo Tin
Lok's One Cool Film production and Albert Yeung Sau Sing's Emperor
Motion Picture earlier already announced a 10 Hong Kong film production
and distribution over two years.
Japanese reality show TERRACE HOUSE TOKYO and female professional wrestling star Hana Kimura earlier due to cyberbullying committed suicide and passed away a age 22. Her family two nights ago held a low key funeral for her two nights ago, around 100 family members and friends bid farewell to her.
Female Japanese pro wrestler Hana Kimura after participating in the reality show TERRACE HOUSE had a struggle with fellow housemate over laundry issue, which began the online cyberbullying for her and put her on the road to suicide. Her family two days ago held services for her. Hana Kimura's former wrestler mother earlier expressed wishes for the outside to respect her daughter and their family's privacy, the funeral took place in a non public format. During Hana Kimura's funeral, her family, friends and those in the wrestling community were among the
100 or so who came and bid farewell. After yesterday's funeral, the direcor of Kimura's wrestling organization Stardom, Rossy Ogawa, posted a photo of Hana Kimura on social media. He stated that the photo was taken by a professional photographer in November last year. Rossy also said that the funeral has already taken place. Hana Kimura looked at peace, as if she was beautifully resting.
Jordan Chan Siu Chun's wife Cherrie Ying Choi Yi two days ago posted a photo on social media and
wroe, "A family of four, grateful"; she is believed to have given birth to their second child. The originally family of three has already become a family of four! Reportedly the 36 year old Ying Choi Yi two days ago gave birth to a baby boy at dusk and both mother and son were healthy; their 6 year old son Jasper also has been promoted to big brother.
The International Film Festival and Awards Macao
selected 5 films from its past four years for its online international
film festival "WE ARE ONE: A GLOBAL FILM FESTIVAL" entries. The films
will begin screenings on YouTube starting today.
The film selections included the Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Jennifer
Yu Heung Ying and Fish Liew Chi Yu starred SISTERHOOD (GWUT MUI) and
the Carina Lau Ka Ling starred A CITY CALLED MACAU. THe IFFAM art
director Mike Goodridge was very happy to be able to become a part of
this unique international film festival and hope that at this
challenging moment film festivals would unite and remind everyone the
importance of the film industry to the world.
The Irene Wan Bik Ha, Alice Chan Wai, Kenny Kwan Chi Bun,
Eddie Chan (Ai Wai), Ashina Kwok Yik Sum, Hanna Chan starred film THE
FALLEN (DOR LOK FA) yesterday officially opened. THE FALLEN was
selected for the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, the Osaka Asian Film
Festival and the Golden Koala International Chinese Film Festival;
Irene even won the Ireland Silk Road International Film Festival Best
Actress, the first Best Actress award in her life! Irene shared a very
special shot from the film. "The shot was a straight take, my character
after taking drugs went out and saw a group of people in a fight. The
camera was in a daze along with me. The cinematographer used a hand
held technique to twist the camera. The first few takes were already
great, but to be perfect we did 6 or 7. It was the shot that had the
most takes in the entire film." Irene worked with director Lee Cheuk
Pan for the first time but they already had a connection. Everyone had
a mutual understanding and the result naturally was great!
In this scene, the Eddie Chan (Ai Dik) played Uncle Fire dealt
with the Alice Chan Wai played Narcotics Bureau officer. Wai Gor despite
years in the business rarely met her fate in the dramatic world. She
said, "I never imagined that as soon as I had to 'die', I would have to
'die' in such an extreme way. The crew poured several liters of blood
on me. It was very gory but the blood actually tasted very sweet!"
Extreme in the film and joyous outside, she even performed a reunion
as Wai Gor has known Irene since she was young! "Before I competed in
Miss Asia, around age 18 I already had contacts with her at work. At
this reunion, Irene joked, 'That was you!' Irene truly has maintained
herself very well!"
In recent years Wai Gor rarely took part in movies. Some
praised her for being drastic different from how she usually appeared
in television series, which was extremely refreshing! "I haven't made a
movie in awhile, I needed to explore a little. The director spent a
very long time to adjust the pace for me. The dialogue delivery speed
was drastically different from usual. Although I only had several scenes
every scene had variations!" She looked forward to making more movies
and keep bringing new impact to the audience. "In series I often
play bosses, big sisters, in the film world I can have more variations.
I long to work with different creators, which would be able to set off
even more new spark. For example I rarely come in contact with comedy.
The most important is to create an all new impression of Chan Wai for
the big screen!"
Adrian Wong (center) brings rumored boyfriend Wong Yat Tin (right) to a birthday dinner, which was Leung Kit Wa's most recent public appearance
Soon after Adrian Wong was born, Leung Kit Wa switched jobs and became an insurance agent
Adrian Wong posts many photos of her mother
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Felix Wong Yat Wa's wife Leung Kit Wa earlier was
diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Two years ago she had a
successful bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately she finally passed
away from organ failure yesterday afternoon at age 59. Wong Yat Wa
and their daughter Adrian Wong Tsz Ching were by her side. Wong Yat
Wa thanked everyone for their concern and hoped that everyone would give
him space to handle his wife's affairs.
Wong Yat Wa after learning that his wife was ailing stopped
working to care for her day and night. After numerous chemotherapy
treatments Leung Kit Wa's weight drastically dropped. Two years ago she
had a successful bone marrow transplant operation, but she still
constantly went in and out of the hospital. Unfortunately she succumbed
to the illness and passed away.
A graduate of the 8th TVB artist training class in 1979, Leung
Kit Wa performed in programs like ENJOY YOURSELF TONIGHT, THE SHELL
GAME (CHIN WONG JI WONG), FIVE EASY PIEVCES (LUEN LAU JUEN), ONCE UPON AN
ORDINARY GIRL (NUNG BOON DOR CHING) and others series. Leung Kit Wa in
1988 wed Wong Yat Wa. Two years later they had their daughter Wong Tsz
Ching. In 1992 she officially retired from entertainment and became an
insurance agent. Wong Yat Wa's friend Andy Lau Tak Wa responded to
Leung Kit Wa's passing, "They are in my thoughts."
10 IT FEELS SO GOOD
Can : For Hau Dik Yi Yun
d. Haruhiko Arai
Tasuku Emoto, Kumi Takiuchi
Rating : III
Length : 115 mins.
Opening May 21 2020
Trailer : https://youtu.be/OBxHQqDizEw
[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
Naoko is ten days away from getting married when she reunites with her former lover Kenji, who’s divorced and returned to their hometown of Akita, a northern city of Japan. She’d just been going through her things to get ready for her new life, and found an old photo album. She takes out a photograph to show Kenji. It’s a black and white photo of the two of them, complete naked, in front of a giant poster of the rim of Mt. Fuji's caldera. The memories of the lust-filled days of their youth come flooding back to them, and the two former lovers, who are also cousins, start having sexual relationship again- just for five days before Naok's fiance returns.
Can : Mo Tung Duen Jeh Lei
Lit : Painless Break Up
d. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Sunny Suwanmethanont
Rating : IIA
Length : 114 mins.
Opening March 26 2020
Trailer : https://youtu.be/TKKttTQUliE
[ BROADWAY CIRUCIT ]
Jean wants to convert her house into a home office and she needs to majorly declutter and reorganise her entire house. Anything that has been lying around unused, she just simply throws all. However, Jean faces a great challenge when she comes across some items that belonged to Aim, her ex-boyfriend. Although she has no use for the items, each one reminds her of a story that brings back memories, along with unresolved feelings that cannot be easily discarded by just dumping them into the garbage bag. Jean has to decide what to do with Aim's stuff. Should she just throw everything, keep everything, or return the items to their rightful owner to clear them completely from her house and her heart?
d. David S. F. Wilson
Vin Diesel, Eiza Gonzalez, Guy Pearce
8 LES MISERABLES
d. Ladj Ly
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djebril Zonga, Issa Perica
7 TOOTSIES AND THE FAKE
d. Kittiphak Thong-Uam
Araya A. Hargate, Paopetch Charoensook, Thongchai hongkuntom,
Rattanant Janyajirawong, Pattarasaya Kruasuwansiri
Rating : IIB
Length : 109 mins.
Opening April 16 2020 (Postponed)
Opening May 14 2020
Trailer : https://youtu.be/w1mnIYSeuwo
[ THE METROPLEX ]
The three famously funny tootsies, Gus, Golf, Kim and their resident femme, Natty are on a mission improbable to "fake it until they make it".
All hilarious hell breaks loose when gayzilla Golf accidentally causes celebrity superstar Cathy to slip and fall unconscious a week before she must shoot a lucrative TV commercial. Faced with a
50-million-baht lawsuit if Cathy is a no-show, they dream up a plan to find a look-alike to pose as the real Cathy. Their wishes come true after they track down a street food hawker named Nam, who had enough plastic surgery to make her an almost perfect match...
6 TROLLS WORLD TOUR
d. Walt Dohrn
English Voices: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake,
Sam Rockwell, James Corden, Rachel Bloom
Cantonese Voices: Gin Lee Hung Ngai, Phil Lam Yik Hong
5 BRAHMS: THE BOY II
d. William Brent Bell
Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Katie Holmes
d. Matthew Ross
Keanu Reeves, Boris Gulyarin, Ashley St. George, Elliot Lazar
3 THE BRIDGE CURSE
Can : Nui Gwai Kiu
Lit : Female Ghost Bridge
d. Lester Hsi
JC Lin, Summer Meng, Chang Ning, Vera Yen, Ruby Chan,
Hsieh Yi Hung, Cheng Ko
Rating : IIB
Opening April 9 2020 (Postponed)
Opening May 8 2020
Trailer : https://youtu.be/HD2o4EZXWX4
[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
In the leap month in 2016, six Tunghu University students, who were running a camp, held a test of courage on the (in)famous Female Ghost Bridge. The Female Ghost Bridge is a forbidden spot on campus since rumor has it that years ago, a girl jumped off the bridge and drowned herself for the man she loved. Ever since then so many ghost stories about the tragedy have been circulating. In order to promote the test of courage, a group of students daringly did a live stream on the bridge late at night. To their astonishment, they caught the female ghost on camera, and it went viral with millions of viewers online. However, the group of students went missing soon afterwards… Exactly four years later, an investigative journalist Lien Shu-yu comes to the Female Ghost Bridge with a cameraman, trying to find out about the truth. They can never expect that they would stumble upon the hell underneath the bridge, in which several spirits are forever trapped.
[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
Based on an urban legend about a haunted bridge at Taichung's Tunghai University, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a heartbroken girl who killed herself there. The movie follows a group of university students who, while filming a video at the cursed bridge, discover that the supposed evil there might be real after all.
2 MY HERO ACADEMIA: HEROES RISING
d. Kenji Nagasaki
Rating : IIA
Length : 103 mins.
Opening May 21 2020
Trailer : https://youtu.be/yUphru-WY7Y
[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
Class 1-A visits Nabu Island where they finally get to do some real hero work. The place is so peaceful that it's more like a vacation until a villain attacks them with an unfathomable Quirk! His power is eerily familiar, and it looks like Shigaraki had a hand in the plan. But with All Might retired and citizens' lives on the line, there's no time for questions. Deku and his friends are the next generations of heroes, and they’re the island's only hope.
1 DIGIMON ADVENTURE: LAST EVOLUTION KIZUNA
d. Tomohisa Taguchi
Length : 94 mins.
Opening April 23 2020 (Postponed)
Opening May 16 2020
Trailer : https://youtu.be/spp0aHIDqoQ
[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
Set in 2010, Taichi is now a college student while the others are also following their own paths in life. Over 10 years have passed since they met and had their adventure in Digital World. Now the sight of Digimon in the real world is more common and DigiDestined's existence is also gradually acknowledged. But during this time, a powerful Digimon called Eosmon starts robbing other DigiDestined of their consciousness, prompting scholars Menoa and Imura to turn to Taichi and his friends for help. While battling Eosmon, Taichi notices something is wrong with Agumon's and the others' evolutions. He and his friends then learn a shocking truth from Menoa, a Digimon will cease to exist when its DigiDestined becomes an adult. Taichi must decide if he wants to continue fighting, if it means losing his partner much sooner.
Luisa Lai is an elementary and secondary school classmate with Maise Ho (second left) and very familiar with Pansy and Daisy Ho as well
Joel Chan wants to avoid stealing the spotlight and keeps his comment to a minimum courtesy of singtao.com
Stanley Ho and his first wife Clementina Leitao
Two years ago at his 97th birthday, Stanley Ho's fourth wife Angela Leong celebrates with their children and Eighth Aunt Ho Yuen Hung.
Luisa Marie Leitao's father was the brother of Stanley Ho's first wife
Liza Wang (center) attended Stanley Ho's birthday banquet and posed for photo with him and fourth wife
Joel Chan dated Florinda Ho for two years and was sadden to hear the news of her father's passing
Chingmy Yau, Andy Lau and Joey Wang in CASINO TYCOON
Stanley Ho and third wife Ina Chan appeared on Maria Cordero's cooking show
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The 98 year old casino magnate Stanley Ho Hung Sun
passed away yesterday. His life was a legendary story, and his beginning
was even adapted to the silver screen with Andy Lau Tak Wa as "Hor Sun".
The casino king in life supported community service, contributing money
and effort in fund raising events. Artists who have had contact with
the casino king also praised him for not putting up airs and for being
humorous. Maria Lai Chi Shan was the casino king's niece; yesterday
she remembered her uncle for taking care of her family in the past.
When she joined TVB her uncle made the arrangement, so she would have
income from a stable job. Lau Tak Wa yesterday responded to the news of
the casino king's passing, "Dr. Ho made great contributions to society
in this life, I wish him a safe journey."
Lai Chi Shan's aunt was the casino king's first wife Lai Yuen
Wa. Her father Lai Chi Chung was Lai Yuen Wa's younger brother. Lai Chi
Shan was saddened by the passing of her uncle Ho Hung Sun. Yesterday
she said that when she was little every Christmas and Lunar New Year she
definitely would attend parties and pay visits to the Ho home. She
called her uncle Uncle Stanley, but after her aunt passed away they had
less contact. She still was concerned about her uncle though.
She said that uncle has always taken care of her family. When
she joined TVB Uncle made arrangements through the then general manager
Chan Hing Cheung. She said, "I remember Chan Hing Cheung' secretary
called me, asking me what kind of job I wanted. Then I was arranged to
join the children's program team because the job was steady and often
got overtime. Back then Father passed away, the family was a a lost.
Uncle arranged for a job for me to stabilize our lives. He was always
attentive and took care of us like this." Chi Shan once worked as a
reporter for FOCUS ON FOCUS. Once she handed a microphone to her uncle
said that she was Lai Chi Chung's daughter. Because they have not seen
each other for awhile, Uncle's response after seeing her was, "Wow! Such
a big girl!"
Lai Chi Shan also said that when her younger brother got
married, Mommy wanted to send an invitation to Uncle. Everyone thought
that Uncle would not attend, not expecting him to personally attend and
gave a very generous gift. Chi Shan was a relative of his first wife
but she was very familiar with his second family. Maise Ho Chiu Ha was
a former classmate and a good friend.
In the 1990s the Andy Lau Tak Wa starred CASINO TYCOON (DOH
SING DAI HUNG ji SUN GOR JUEN KEI) and CASINO TYCOON II (DOH SING DAI
HUNGII ji JI JUEN MO DIK) were based on casino king Ho Hung Sun's
beginning and romance. In the film Lau Tak Wa played Hor Sun, Chingmy
Yau Suk Ching played Mrs. Hor. The scene in which Wa Jai lovingly
stared at the wheelchair bound Yau Suk Chng reminded people of casino
king's first old, the "first beauty of Macau" Lai Yuen Wa. Both movies'
stories seemed familiar, like Hor Sun's son in a fatal car accident,
Mrs. Hor setting up wives for her husband. They were huge box office
hits and made over HK$ 30 million in Hong Kong together. When the film
series was released, the casino king was asked to comment. He joked that
he did not have so many romances. Lau Tak Wa yesterday responded to the
news of the casino king's passing. "Dr. Ho made great contributions to
society in this life, I wish him a safe journey."