Tuesday, March 29, 2022


For the week starting Saturday, MARCH 26 2022 (Week 13)


  Can : Bo Fook Sik Long Man
  Jay Fung Won Him

  Can : Mau Jung Lo Pung Yau
  Terence Lam Ka Him


  Can : Mo Seung Ga
  Yoyo Sham Ning Yi

  Can : Lan Doh Ngor Wan Mei Gau Lan
  Mischa Ip Hau Lam


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Playing the country noble Master Yam in the classic film MR. VAMPIRE (GEUNG SI SIN SUN), actor Wong Ha (originally named Wong King Yeung) was rumored to have passed away on the 27th at age 76 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.

According to person of culture Pang Chi Ming's facebook post yesterday, "My good elder, Wong Ha (originally named Wong King Yeung) passed away last night. Brother Ha was a famous Hong Kong stunt coordinator, actor, director, best known for his performance in MR. VAMPIRE. Brother Ha was a disciple of Lau Ka Leung's father Lau Cham. He joined the film industry as a stunt person in the 60s, a key member of Lau's stunt crew; later he worked as stunt coordinator and was known for his hardcore kung fu designs. By the late 80s he had more on screen performance. After the turn of the millennium he retired. Last night after 11 PM he passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital at age 76."

Wong Ha in the 1960s joined the film industry as a stunt person and was a member of Lau Ka Leung's and Sammo Hung Kam Bo's stunt teams. He was active in the 70s and the 80s and performed in many wuxia films, horror films and action films like MR. VAMPIRE, THE MIRACLE FIGHTERS (KEI MOON DUN GAP) and CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND (GWAI DA GWAI). He was also a famous stunt coordinator who worked on as many as 100 films. Wong Ha reportedly was hospitalized for a stroke in 2019. After his condition improved he was transferred to a nursing home for recovery and once lost contact. Fortunately Pang Chi Ming and members of the Lau Ka Leung stunt team kept searching and finally was able to get in touch with Wong Ha. At the time due to knee issues he required a wheelchair.


Nicholas Tse and Cya Liu look serious at work

They have many scenes together

Cya Liu says that thinking about the character keeps her tossing and turning
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Nicholas Tse Ting Fung last month secretly returned to Hong Kong from Beijing to prepare for the Herman Yau Lai To directed Emperor Motion Picture HOI GUAN JIN SIN (CUSTOMS FRONT LINE). Earlier the film officially began production, Ting Fung and Cya Liu on the first day of work already had many scenes together. The cast would be star studded. Aside from Ting Fung, it would also have fellow Best Actors Jacky Cheung Hok Yau and Francis Ng Chun Yu among others. Ting Fung in order to play the role well worked out hard before hard and looked great on the first day of work. He stated that he looked forward to this upcoming challenge very much and was very excited.

Although the first day of work only required many dramatic scenes, Ting Fung did not slack off at all. Before the shoot he, director Yau Lai To and Cya Liu were in a huddle. Everyone hoped to achieve the best result. Cya Liu was not scared at all in the presence of elder Ting Fung and famous director Yau Lai To. She often shared her own ideas and set off more spark in their collaboration. Ting Fung appreciated Cya Liu's performance. About Cya Liu's Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress nomination this year, he stated, "I really admire this junior colleague, this nomination wasn't out of luck. She is a very diligent and serious actor."

About Ting Fung's compliment, Cya Liu of course was happy and thanked her elder and director Yau Lai To for their willingness to listen to her suggestions -- giving her performance infinite space. For this shoot she also put in a lot of thought. Days before the production began she was so nervous that she could not sleep. "I really was tossing and turning. I had different ideas about the character, hoping to be able to give the director more choices." Although recently the pandemic has faded in Hong Kong, the cast and the crew dared not relax. Everyday before work they would conduct rapid tests and strictly adhered to various pandemic prevention measures. The shoot has been going very smoothly.

Monday, March 28, 2022


Patrick Tam had an out of body experience from the fight scene in the rain with Richie Jen

Patrick Tam's self slapping video had over 170,000 views
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Patrick Tam Yiu Man earlier teamed with Best Actor Simon Yam Tat Wa and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) on the new film MAN ON THE EDGE (BIN YUEN HUNG JEH), which would open next month in the Mainland. This time he held nothing back in his performance, not only was he slapped by Yam Tat Wa but also according to a recent viral online video he slapped himself 13 times while recounting his own "crimes". He looked so vicious that he left chills in the audience. The video had almost 170,000 viewers in a short time on Mainland social media and reached the top of the search results.

Speaking of this self slapping scene, Ah Tam said, "Of course hitting myself hurts! However because I am too into the role I 'threw in something extra'. I hope the result would give characters more dimensions, more realism. You can say I made a sacrifice for art." He even joked that this was "one time only". "It really is 'just in this lifetime and not the next'! I hope I wouldn't to slap myself or get slapped by others for the rest of my life!"

Ah Tam had a series of action scenes, in the major scene he, Siu Chai and others were in a battle royale. This scene took over 5 days to shoot. They might have looked cool fighting in the rain, but only they would know the pain behind the scene. Ah Tam said, "Everyday after breakfast we would fight until dinner. When we woke up and opened our eyes we did it all over gain. Everyone were hurting all over from the shoot, luckily we had a physical therapist who helped everyone relax a little on the set. I consider myself pretty tough, but looking back, over those days we really traversed between heaven and hell!" Because elder Sammo Hung Kam Bo also guest starred, Ah Tam said that it was well worth the effort. "My only regret was not getting the chance to ask him for a few praying mantis moves!"

Saturday, March 26, 2022


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Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Michael Hui

Professional Spirit Award recipient Tony Chow
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The Hong Kong Film Awards Association yesterday announced the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award would go to Michael Hui Koon Man, while its Professional Spirit Award will go to Chow Kwok Chung.

Known as the "Comedy Heavenly King", Hui Koon Man in the 70s founded a new Hong Kong trend with the classic comedy films that he wrote and directed. The 1974 release of his first film GAMES GAMBLERS PLAY (GWAI MA SEUNG SING) made over HK$ 6 million and broke the Hong Kong Chinese and foreign box office record at the time; the 1976 film THE PRIVATE EYES (BOON GUNG BAK LEUNG) with over HK$ 8 million set another record; the 1981 film SECURITY UNLIMITED (MOR DUN BO BIU) with over HK$ 17 million broke the Hong Kong box office record that he set for a third time.

In 1983 Hui Koon Man with SECURITY UNLIMITED became the first Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor. His work at the time was not just successful in Hong Kong, but also in Japan and overseas. "Hui Koon Man Film" was also a gold plated guarantee. Since the 80s, Hui Koon Man started to work with other directors, creating hits like INSPECTOR CHOCOLATE (SUN TAM JU GOO LIK), CHICKEN AND DUCK TALK (GAI TUNG NGAP GONG), MR. COCONUT (HUP GA FOON) and ALWAYS ON MY MIND (CHEUNG CHIN FU CHAI). In 2016, he starred in the Taiwan film GODSPEED. His low key performance as a taxi driver sept out endless sense of comedy and added a lot of charm to the film.

Known as the "Golden Scissors" in the Hong Kong film industry, Tony Chow Kwok Chung won the Hong Kong Film Award, the Golden Horse Award, the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Editing. He also has worked in posts like producing, planning, distributing and post production, "master of all trades" would be an even more suitable title. After graduation Chow Kwok Chung worked at his father's film printing company, on his free time he would observe and learn from the editor. Later he ran into his benefactor Karl Maka and edited Maka's first film THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE LOSER (YUT JI GUONG GWUN JAU TIN NGAI). Since then they had countless collaborations.

After Cinema City was founded in 1980, Chow Kwok Chung initially was responsible for the editing on all Cinema City films. He also drove to establish Cinema City's editing team and sound recording room, and even ran to the U.S. to bring in new technology for the company. Chow Kwok Chung later with Ringo Lam Lan Tung and Chow Yun Fat founded the Silver Medal Presentations and worked as an executive producer, producer, planner, in distribution, post production and other different posts. He also founded with friends Sound Craft Recording Room, Fine Art Production Co., and successfully planned to purchase Mandarin Lab with Raymond Wong Pak Ming and others to bring the Hong Kong film industry to a white hot states. Chow Kwok Chung has worked for half a century in the film industry, today he still actively participates in the Hong Kong Film Award Association, Federation of Hong Kong Film Workers, Association of Motion Picture Post Production Professionals, Society of Film Editors (Hong Kong), and with his valuable experience and professional spirit he continues to pass the torch in the industry.

Thursday, March 24, 2022


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The 40th Hong Kong Film Awards was originally set to take place on April 17th at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. Earlier the award presentation ceremony was rumored to be postponed to June. At the time the event responded, "The 40th Hong Kong Film Awards has been temporarily scheduled to take place in June. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic remaining severe in Hong Kong, the award arrangements would need to be negotiated and coordinated with various working units depending on the pandemic situation. Details would be announced later."

Yesterday the Hong Kong Film Awards Association announced that the 40th Hong Kong Film Awards will take place on Sunday, July 17 at the Kowloon Bay International Trade and Exhibition Center's Star Hall.

Hong Kong Film Awards Association president Derek Yee Tung Sing said, "The Hong Kong government earlier announced that starting in April pandemic prevention procedures would be loosen in stages, including the opening of performing art venue. The board of directors after careful considerations agreed unanimously that the '40th Hong Kong Film Awards' will take place on the night of July 17th at the KITEC Star Hall. The Association would continue to pay close attention to the pandemic developments and related government announcements. We hope that all units that would assist with the production would be able to make adjustments and coordination, for the physical award show to take place as scheduled."

The 40th Hong Kong Film Awards' 19 category nominations were already revealed in mid February. The second round of voting began in March. The Association earlier announced that this round of voting would extend the deadline to April 30th. Yee Tung Sing urged all voters to continue to actively vote, and support the Hong Kong Film Awards with action.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022


For the week starting Saturday, MARCH 19 2022 (Week 12)


  Can : Sun Hau Sun
  Endy Chow Kwok Yin

  Can : Yau Ngor
  Jason Chan Pak Yu

  Can : Lau Yut Tin Yu Nei Chuen Sik
  Ian Chan Cheuk Yin

  Can : Mau Jung Lo Pung Yau
  Terence Lam Ka Him



Raymond Lam looks vicious in his upper deck bus fight

The Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Raymond Lam Fung and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) starred, Soi Cheang Pou Soi directed WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI WAI SING) has already started production in Hong Kong at the end of November last year. Originally the production planned to wrap up after the Lunar New Year, but due to the fifth wave of the pandemic worsening, actor Deon Cheung Chung Chi tested positive and led the team into a panic. Later when the pandemic grew out of control crew members also tested positive and the production came to a halt. Recently as the pandemic eased, WALLED rapidly resumed production. Because Lam Fung in April or May would have to work on another Emperor new film NOI MOK, the team recently focused on finishing his scenes and "hand him over".

The film took place in the 80s Kowloon Walled City's lawless zone, for which sets were built all over Hong Kong. The team lately constructed a large scale Walled City scene in an empty space at Kowloon Bay and erected a giant green screens. A bucket truck was used to assist with the shoot of Lam Fung's bus fight scene. The production was rather serious.

Around 7PM, Lam Fung arrived on the set in a van. Because almost 100 people were at work on the set, to ensure safety a temperature check station was set up at the entrance. The cast and the crew had to take a rapid test and temperature check before entering. Lead Lam Fung was no exception. His assistant left the vehicle to pick up his testing kit for him, then the test was done inside the van. 15 minutes later after the result was confirmed, the vehicle was permitted to enter the location.

With a young wife and a small child, Lam Fung in order to reduce the risk of infection remained inside the vehicle before taking his mark and avoided contact with others. He even had dinner inside the vehicle. The team starting from dusk prepared for the action scene and even used a very convincingly "Lam Fung 2.0" double to test the mark for the shoot to be at its most accurate and precise.

Around 8 PM, Lam Fung appeared in short hair, a mask, a jacket and taped fists. After talking with the crew he immediately went inside the bus for his fight scene. Spending several months before the production began on stunt training, he fought from the upper deck to the lower deck of the bus. Full of expressions when he punched, he looked dominant. After shooting many shots, he immediately put on his mask out of an abundance of caution. Then he went to watch the play back with the director, talk about the results, after which he returned to the bus to continue the shoot.


Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Andy Lau in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG

Nicholas Tse would be the action director in HOI GUAN JIN SIN

Aaron Kwok has more maturity and variations

Wai Ka Fai praises Sean Lau for his energy, an actor he cannot see the bottom of.
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The acting collision of Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Andy Lau triggers a series of sparks 

Charlene Choi's toughness and coolness add more layered colors to the role


The rare collaboration between Nicholas Tse and Jacky Cheung has already rocked the city before it starts

Jacky Cheung

Karena Lam

Francis Ng

Cya Liu

Aaron Kwok deliberately adjusts his schedule to accommodate Simon Yam, Raymond Lam, and Alex Fong Chung Shun

The golden team of Sean Lau and director Wai Ka Fai are together again
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Stephy Tang says that TABLE FOR SIX is about family, no matter when it will open it will still be heartwarming
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG unveils Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Andy Lau's all new looks

Jacky Cheung and Nicholas Tse work together again with the latter as the action director as well

Wai Ka Fai has worked with Sean Lau countless times and says his acting has no bottom

Aaron Kwok would play a lawyer with a sense of justice
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With Hong Kong's fifth wave of the pandemic growing more severe, the cinema industry in coordination with preventive measures closed starting January 7th. The livelihood of those in the business has been hugely impacted. The government yesterday announced that starting on April 21st, if the pandemic would show no sign of rebounding and trend downward, social distancing measures would be relaxed and cinemas would have hope to open up again. However with still a month away from the "quarantine lift", changes might take place. Many films that have been halted from releases earlier, including Lunar New Year films TABLE FOR SIX (FAN HEI GUNG SUM) and CHILLI LAUGH STORY (HOP GA LAT), held an optimistic attitude and have not set whether they would be released for Easter. TABLE's lead actress Stephy Tang Lai Yan looked forward to seeing the audience at the movies.

The cinema industry under the fifth wave of the pandemic closed for business for over 3 months in accordance to the social distancing measures from early January to April 20th. Many movies have been affected. The Louis Koo Tin Lok starred G STORM (G FUNG BO) was released on New Year's Eve last year and after six days in release cinemas were forced to close. Mainland film LAKE CHANGJIN 2, the Ron Ng Cheuk Hei starred LOVE IS BLIND, HATE TOO (JI MING 24 SIU SI) and BREAKOUT BROTHERS 2 (TOH YUK HING DAI 2) were unable to be released in January as scheduled. Two Lunar New Year films TABLE FOR SIX and CHILLI LAUGH STORY held it even worse. They were ready for release after a round of promotions, but slipped up right at the gate.

The government yesterday announced hope to relax the gathering restriction mandate. Public entertainment venues like cinemas would open again on April 21st if the pandemic did not rebound, confirmed cases and numbers of deaths continued to decline. After the news was announced, industry insiders took an optimistic approach. With both cinema operation and film production, Mandarin Motion Pictures gave an official response on whether G and BREAKOUT 2 would open again in April, "No comment yet."

Would the two Lunar New Year films TABLE and CHILLI change their strategy and package anew for an Easter release? The marketing departments replied, "Currently we have not received any notification." TABLE's lead actress Tang Lai Yan said, "Even I don't know when the movie will open, it would depend on the film company's arrangement. As an actor, after finishing a movie I of course hope to be able to watch it with the audience at the movies as soon as possible. The film is about family, actually no matter when it opens, no matter when you watch it it would be just as heartwarming." As for LOVE and LAKE's release, Emperor Motion Pictures said, "No comment yet."

Emperor Motion Pictures yesterday announced its 2022 film rundown, including 7 films that would be on the way and 5 big productions that would plan to begin production. Under the pandemic, Emperor Motion Pictures not only did not stop but kept going harder. Its production rate rose instead of falling, 90% of which were domestic productions that ensured film professionals would be able to save their jobs and shine the "Hong Kong film" gold painted label  together. With the numerous star studded casts and enormous production heavyweight films, the total investment amount exceeded HK$ 1.5 billion! ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG (GUM SAU JI)'s stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Andy Lau Tak Wa and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin also unveiled their costume looks.

The 2022 Emperor Motion Pictures would gather the best of the current film industry with variety in its subjects. They would also focus on domestic productions, which included the epic luxury production ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG (GUM SAU JI). This would also be the first time Leung Chiu Wai, Lau Tak Wa, and Choi Cheuk Yin's costume would be publicized.

The HK$ 350 million production ONCE UPON A TIME IN HONG KONG unveiled its lead costumes for the firs time. Leung Chiu Wai and Lau Tak Wa's big screen reunion would set of dramatic spark. Director Felix Chong Man Keung said, "When I graduated from the film academy, I only learned about film. I didn't know what was 'drama'. Now the 'drama' that I have learned came from them; over the years, we watched each other grow. This time we had the opportunity to work together again, they indeed have matured a lot. I watched two Best Actors decide how to perform a scene, in full control and proper with precision. The skills within which couldn't be measured with money. Those who know how to watch would be pleased thoroughly."

Since the film was able to get Wai Jai and Wa Jai to perform, it naturally had its own unique charm. Director Chong revealed, "They have always been cautious with the screenplay choices, and just as caution with their characters. They would discover the interesting parts within. In addition the film differed from the average film. Despite its crime film packaging it actually is an epic story that is full of tension. They rarely come in contact with this type of genre, naturally they are attracted to it."

Speaking of lead actress Ah Sa, Director Chong praised her for putting in a lot of effort. She would appear in an never been seen breakthrough look. "I really want to thank Ah Sa, we were already very honest when we started talking. I really liked her completely without make up, which gave me a lot of inspiration. After confirming her casting, I made minor changes to the character. In the end I wasn't mistaken at all. Don't be fool by Ah Sa's silliness, after so many years in show business her toughness actually exceeds many industry insiders in order for her to achieve such success. I took this toughness and coolness and put them into her character, and discovered Ah Sa's unique, all new and interesting side!"

In addition many eye catching blockbusters DETECTIVE VS. SLEUTHS (SUN TAM DAI JIN), MAMA'S AFFAIR (AH MA YAU JOR DAI YI GOR), LUI YING OI HUP (INSIDE RESPONSE OUTSIDE COORDINATION), WE ARE FAMILY (CHOOK JO GA YUN), TRIAD 2 (JAT JIK 2) and SUM SIU SIM BEI KAU (LATE NIGHT DODGE BALL) would wait for their releases. The Gu Changwei directed, Ge You and Karry Wang Junkai starred CALL ME CRAZY would also be coming soon!

DETECTIVE VS. SLEUTH would be a Hong Kong suspense thriller crime film. Director Wai Ka Fai and star Sean Lau Ching Wan have been called perfect film industry legendary partners. Director Wai admitted that when he came up with the protagonists "Detective" Lee Chun, Ching Wan was already the first choice. "As everyone knows, Ching Wan is a great actor. Working together again this time, I realize he still has a lot of energy. So I give him another push and he runs even faster. I feel he is a good actor with unfathomable skills; in addition I really like the way we work together. He really trusts me and I also really trust him!"

As for Emperor Motion Pictures' soon to start production major products, they would include the Herman Yau Lai To directed, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau, Nicholas Tse Ting Fung, Cya Liu starred HOI GUAN JIN SIN (CUSTOMS FRONT LINE) with special performance by Francis Ng Chun Yu; the Alan Mak Siu Fai directed, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Simon Yam Tat Wa, Raymond Lam Fung, Alex Fong Chung Shun starred NOI MOK (INSIDE INFORMATION0 would also be a major feature in active preparation; the series of sequel films would include director Zhang Yimou's IMPASSE 2, READY OR KNOT 2 (BUT YUT SING FUN 2) and TRIAD 3 (JAT JIK 3), all of which are planning to start production!

The Yau Lai To directed HOI GUAN JIN SIN would star Cheung Hok Yau, Tse Ting Fung, Cya Liu with special performance by Ng Chun Yu. Director Yau said that this would be a very refreshing line up. He brought them together because he was after a fresh feeling. They are all Best Actors and Best Actress, professional and serious. The film would center around the Customs department with an intriguing story. Director Yau explained, "Customs is a key branch in Hong Kong's Disciplined Services, which Hong Kong film rarely made them the 'leads'. This time I want to give the film a new vision, so I chose to shoot a story about the Customs." Ting Fung would serve as an action director for the first time, conceivably he would give his all and design thrilling and intense action scenes!

After PROJECT GUTENBERG (MO SEUNG), Kwok Fu Sing would work with Emperor Motion Pictures again in the Mak Siu Fai directed new film NOI MOK and in direct confrontation with Yam Tat Wa, Lam Fung and Fong Chung Shun. Director Mak said that the negotiation process with the four hunky actors basically went rather smoothly. Director Mak said that he and Sing Sing have not worked together in almost 20 years. He felt that Sing Sing's acting was growing with more maturity and variations, so Sing Sing was an actor he looked forward to working with very much. The screenplay took three years. Director Mak said, "Yam Tat Wa's character would start the entire story. Sing Sing would play a lawyer who is full of sense of justice and very unusual way of thinking. This sense of justice is related to the character background. Lam Fung would play a cop, I hope the character would be a little more mature. He would ditch his handsome packaging, which Lam Fung understood as soon as he heard as he let the team do whatever it wanted with his looks! Fong Chung Shun this time would play a bullied character, drastically different from his normally masculine image. The interaction of the four actors would certainly set off sparks." As for actresses, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee), Niki Chow Lai Kei, Gladys Li Ching Kwan would participate. The film originally was slated to start production after the Spring Festival, but due to the pandemic it was slightly delayed. Director Mak and the entire cast hoped to start work as soon as possible and provide industry workers with even more job opportunities. The film company in order to ensure the safety of everyone on the team would conduct a rapid test before work everyday, without any regard for the rise in production cost that would cause. They hoped that the film would begin production in early May.

Sunday, March 20, 2022


Patrick Tam receives birthday gifts from his children

Simon Yam's heart aches over having to slap Patrick Tam

Simon Yam's daughter posts childhood photo with her father to celebrate his birthday
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Patrick Tam Yiu Man just celebrated his 53rd birthday two days ago. Due to the pandemic he only had a low key celebration with his family. His children gave hand made presents to him. His co-star Simon Yam Tat Wa who also has the same birthday celebrated with his daughter as well.

Earlier Ah Tam worked with Yam Tat Wa and Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) in the new film MAN ON THE EDGE (BIN YUEN HUNG JEH). The scene in which Yam Tat Wa mercilessly slapped him was very memorable. "I was very touched to be slapped time and again by the Best Actor, because Brother Wa is amazing. He worried that I would have internal injuries, so every time he would be very precise. He joked that each time he hit me, his own heart would hurt a lot. Thus he kept comforting me, but I told him I would rather get the pain over with and not to hold back. In addition in the story I would have revenge, haha!"


ANITA wins the Audience Award and the Competition Special Mention
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The Louise Wong Dan Nei starred film ANITA (MUI YIM FONG) at the 17th Osaka Asian Film Festival won two awards, including the audience voted audience prize and the competition special mention. The Yeung Chiu Hoi and Ng Wing Shan directed, Renci Yeung Si Wing and Hedwig Tam Sin Yin starred film THE FIRST GIRL I LOVED (HEI FOON NEI SI NEI) won the "ABC TV Award". Due to the pandemic, the cast and the crew of both films were unable to personally attend the award ceremony.

Wong Dan Nei happily said, "I am very honored to have taken part in ANITA. This film is able to win two awards this time. Back then Sister Mui at the Tokyo Music Festival also won two awards, which made the whole thing even more meaningful. I sincerely wish and hope that the film ANITA would be able to go even further, for even more people to know the inspirational story of our legendary Hong Kong diva. Thank you very much!"

ANITA's director Longman Leung said, "Thank you the Osaka Film Festival jury, also to Japanese friends who like ANITA. Sister Mui often mentioned that she really liked Japan. The awards have been a great encouragement to our team. I hope that the pandemic would pass as soon as possible and we would be able to meet again."

First time director of THE FIRST GIRL I LOVED, Yeung Chiu Hoi happily said, "I really didn't expect it, what a surprise! Earlier when I found out about the selection it was already like a victory. Such a large scale film festival with so many Asian films, I felt very honored to have a film participating. I just got the news of the award and I am still emotional. I don't know if it's real or not. I am very grateful that this film has won awards in Hong Kong, England, Australia and Japan. I never would have guessed that the first film I directed would have so many people who liked it at so many film festivals. This is a movie that belongs to Hong Kong, in the future I would make even more films for the audience to enjoy. (Would the award be a shot of confidence?) It is, but I still have a lot of shortcomings. I need to put an effort into learning. This award has made me feel very lucky. I hope to share it with the team."

Saturday, March 19, 2022


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Best Actor Aaron Kwok Fu Sing would work with three film industry hunks on the Emperor anti corruption new film. Playing a lawyer in the film, Sing Sing would have a lot of professional lingo to deal with. With over 30 years of acting he believed that he would be able to hand it.

During the pandemic Sing Sing still had endless film offers. Later he would work with Simon Yam Tat Wa, Raymond Lam Fung and Alex Fong Chung Shun on the Alan Mak Siu Fai directed Emperor new film NOI MOK (INSIDE INFORMATION, tentative title). Sing Sing would play a lawyer in a war of wits with a police officer Lam Fung. Yam Tat Wa's character would be rather special, the soul of the entire story who would traverse throughout flashbacks in the film to bring it to its climax. Fong Chung Shun this time would be a "wolf in sheep's clothing", again accepting a huge acting challenge.

When Director Mak's INTEGRITY (LIM JING FUNG WON YIN MOK) was released two years ago, he already stated that it would be a trilogy. The second film was ready long ago, but due to the pandemic its production start was delayed multiple times. Now for it has been set for April or May. The story was rumored to revolve around criminals using a charitable organization to launder money. The cast and the crew spent a lot of time on research. Because the subject would be fresh and cross the line, viewers would certainly be interested.

Director Mak however had a headache over the choice of actresses. Reportedly he was interested in inviting two "pretty mama" Niki Chow Lai Kei and Kathy Yuen (Tong Yee) to perform. He said yesterday, "We have been in contact, when I have any further information I would tell everyone then."

With young children at home, Sing Sing was unwilling to see the Hong Kong film industry to continue in suspended animation. Earlier after ROB N ROLL (LUM SI HAI GIP) wrapped up production he only rested for three months before deciding to "return" to prop up the market. He would be extra careful with the table read, costume fitting and work later on in order to protect himself and others. In addition, Yam Tat Wa turned 67 yesterday. Due to the pandemic he only stayed home to celebrate with his wife and daughter, and was busy with familiarizing himself with the script. As for his birthday wish, he simply replied, "I just want the pandemic to pass soon, for everyone to live their normal lives again!"


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Stephen Chow wants to join the NFT wave and release film character NFT

Joan Cornella created the FROM CHINA WITH LOVE NFT for Stephen Chow

Artist Joan Cornella is a Stephen Chow fan
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In recent years Stephen Chow Sing Chi rarely did any interview. Yesterday he made a rare appearance online for the "FWENCLUB X Stephen Chow" Ask Me Anything session, and answered question in the "Sing Yeh style" humorous ways. Speaking of earlier when Spaniard artist Joan Cornella released a NFT series, one of which resembled his character in FROM CHINA WITH LOVE (GOK CHAN LING LING CHAK). This time he "spoke up" out of gratitude. "Very obviously he has watched my movies since he was little, one of my fans. I really like him too. He looks a lot like Al Pacino, would he be able to guest star?" Later the host asked what NFT meant to a creator like him? Chow Sing Chi said, "You think I am a creator? I am probably an artist, but don't tell anymore. Because you knew even without me saying it, since you knew keep talking about it would be pointless. Whether for a creator or an artist, NFT recognizes copyright. I feel for us it's a good thing, it's very meaningful." As for his collection, he said, "I have a lot of work from Van Gogh, Picasso....'s photos, they are all over my house."

Near the end Chow Sing Chi asked everyone if he would release NFT, which film's character should he use? FWENCLUB founder SK Lam said GOD OF COOKERY (SIK SUN). Chow Sing Chi asked which character, but before anyone could respond he said, "Probably Yu Fa, you look like you are more interested in Yu Fa."


Simon Siu was not only a veteran DJ but also the founder of YES! magazine
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Simon Siu was a cancer survivor.  Despite having only 2/5 of his tongue after multiple operations, he still returned to work

Simon Siu was one of the founder of YES! magazine

Michael Leung, Simon Siu and Joe Ngai's Radio Hong Kong program THREE LONELY HEARTS was popular with young listeners

Simon Siu had a son and a daughter.  His son's quick wit could match his.
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Veteran radio program host Simon Siu Kwok Wah two days ago passed away at age 64. Siu Kwok Wa in 1989 with Joe Ngai Chun and Michael Leung Kai Cheung host the Radio Hong Kong program THREE LONELY HEARTS, in the same year he and Ngai Chun founded the magazine YES! and became an editor in chief. Later he went to Commercial Radio, in 1994 he joined Metro Radio and host BANANA CLUB with Simon Loui Yu Yeung and Au Kam Tong. He also became the screenwriter and the actor of the film with the same title, and was one of the few hosts who have worked for all three Hong Kong radio stations.

In 1989 with the film HEART TO HEARTS (SAM YUN SAI GAI) won the 8th Hong Kong Film Award Best Screenplay along with ROUGE (YIN JI KAU)'s Lee Pik Wa.

In 1989 Siu Kwok Wa was diagnosed with oral cancer, after surgery he was left with only 2/5 of his tongue. In 2009 he was selected as the Regeneration Society's "Hong Kong Top Ten Regeneration Fighters"