Thursday, April 18, 2024

[2024.04.19] TERRANCE LAU LONGS TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Terrance Lau and Fish Liew are in step with each other on and off camera

"Thai Lee Sung Kyung" Thanaerng
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Kelly Chen has to stay healthy for her concert tours, which has been rather stressful on her
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Kelly Chen Wai Lam, Terrance Lau Chun Him, Fish Liew Chi Yu and popular Thai star Thanaerng two nights ago attended an event. Coming to Hong Kong again, Thanaerng said that she missed Hong Kong's cuisine very much. She would like to go to the theme parks and the museums to appreciate the artwork. After her speech, Thanaerng got closer to fans to sign autographs and take photos.

Lau Chun Him recently with Fish took part in the film TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING). He said that he was very happy that the film has been selected by the Cannes Film Festival and hoped to be able to attend personally. He also said that this was their first official collaboration and joked that they were very well matched. Liew Chi Yu even pointed out that for this film she learned to butcher a fish. They also said that they have never been to the Cannes Film Festival and would very much like the opportunity. How would they choose if they would also have business performance opportunities? Lau Chun him felt that work would come first, but he of course would not hope for a schedule clash; Liew Chi Yu very seriously said, "No, it's Cannes! It's like asking me if I like Papa or Mama more. I am not choosing!" Unable to win the Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actress this year, Liew Chi Yu said that the recipient Rachel Leung Yung Ting performed very well and deserved the award. In addition no matter who won she should raise a glass. Thus on the award night she went to 3 celebrations.

[2024.04.18] LI LINLIN SAYS HUSBAND JOHN CHIANG IS MORE ROMANTIC THAN HER NOW

Li Linlin used to complain about husband John Chiang forgetting holidays, but now he is more romantic than her
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Rachel Leung and Fish Liew are well matched in white and black
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Li Linlin reveals that her husband John Chiang used to constantly forget their anniversary and got her mad, now he has become more romantic.

Fish Liew says that Rachel Leung's Hong Kong Film Award victory is a convincing one

Li Linlin and Patra Au have a lot in common, so they are able to get into characters easier
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The Li Linlin and Patra Au Ka Man starred film ALL SHALL BE WELL (CHUNG GUM YI HAU) two nights ago held a charity premiere. Li Linlin received support from husband John Chiang Dai Wai, son John Chiang Jr. (Chiang Cheuk Man), daughter Chiang Yi Lan and son in law Raymond Cho Wing Lim. In addition the fresh out of the oven Best Actress Jennifer Yu Heung Ying also showed her support for her friend Fish Liew Chi Yu in person.

Li Linlin has not made a movie for over 30 years. Several years ago during the pandemic she guest starred in the Nicole Kidman starred series EXPATS. This time she mainly felt that the ALL team was very professional, and the young actors now also had great acting. Instead she was the "new comer", at first she was afraid that she would be rusty and unable to meet demands from not acting for too long. Luckily the director patiently explained so she was able to absorb very quickly. In addition her husband John Chiang Dai Wai supported her comeback. "Originally I was afraid that I would already be out, my husband encouraged me and said that as soon as I would take my mark I would be fine. In addition the film's subject was very rare to examine social issues." Lin Linlin in recent years had hearing problems and required a hearing aid, which she said did not affect the production too much. "Maybe like at the premiere with more people and noises, hearing would be more difficult. For the production as soon as I took my mark I could be very focused." She revealed that over a decade ago she had middle ear effusion, a canal was installed in her ear but every few months it would have to be drained. Her right ear hearing was worse and she has switched to using a hearing aid.

As for her husband winning the Hong Kong Film Awards "Best Supporting Actor", Lin Linlin felt that this award was a great encouragement for her husband. Winning the award at age 77 was a great reward for him; but because he was busy with a series, he already celebrated with boss Louis Koo Tin Lok on the night of the Awards. They would not celebrate again. What about their wedding anniversary? She revealed that May 20th would be their 50th wedding anniversary. He said that he would give her the award as the 50th anniversary gift and has been praised as romantic. Lin Linlin said, "He has never been romantic. I used to be very stubborn with holidays, while he constantly forgot them. I would be upset, but he has trained me to no longer be stubborn. Now he has become more romantic than me."

Au Ka Man said that she and Li Linlin had a lot in common. They once studied at the same school, so they had an easier time communicating. During the shoot they were also able to get into character very easily and the collaboration has been very pleasant.

Liew Chi Yu and Leung Yung Ting took part in the film. They both praised the script as touching. Did they have any daring scene in the film? Leung Yung Ting joked that when the director asked them to perform with elders like Li Linlin and Au Ka Man, it was already rather daring.

Leung Yung Ting just won the Best Supporting Actress as the favorite at the Hong Kong Film Awards, but she has not celebrated yet. She wanted to again thank the cast and the crew for their contributions. She was able to play the character in the film because she completely relied the good team. Liew Chi Yu who did not win Supporting Actress joked, as soon as they saw each other she already used the promotional sign to hit Leung Yung Ting; but she was completely convinced of her victory at heart.

[2024.04.18] CARLOS CHAN SELLS TICKETS FOR CINEMA DAY

Carlos Chan is the clerk for a day

The Hong Kong Cinema Day 2024 tickets went on advanced sales yesterday. Carlos Chan Ka Lok as the event ambassador appeared at many cinemas to help sell tickets, to thank viewers who have lined up for the advanced sales at the cinemas. He also intimately introduced the movies and the screening formats that people would be able to enjoy that day. Many asked for a photo together, and he fulfilled every request. He said, "I am very happy to see so many people support this event, I thank everyone for lining up at the movies early to get tickets. I hope viewers through this event would be able to experience the VIP hall and other amenities and in the future would go to the movies more."

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

[2024.04.17] FOR THE WEEK ENDING APRIL 14 2024

For The week ending April 14 2024

ROB N ROLL MOVIE POSTER

10 DUNE: PART TWO
    d. Denis Villeneuve
    Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin,
      Austin Butler, Florence Pugh, Dave Bautista,
      Christopher Walken, Lea Seydoux, Souheila Yacoub,
      Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Rampling, Javier Bardem

THE FIRST OMEN MOVIE POSTER

  9 THE FIRST OMEN
    d. Arkasha Stevenson
    Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom,
      Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, Bill Nighy

18X2 BEYOND YOUTHFUL DAYS MOVIE POSTER

  8 18X2 BEYOND YOUTHFUL DAYS
    d. Michihito Fujii
    Kaya Kiyohara, Joseph Chang Hsiao-Chuan, Hsu Kuang-Han
  Rating : I
  Length : 124 mins.
  Opening April 4 2024

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Jimmy goes back to his parents' house for the first time in a long time and finds a postcard from Ami. Ami, a backpacker from Japan, showed up at the his work place 18 years ago. Jimmy's memories of his first love come back to him, and he sets off on his first solo trip to Japan to face the past and look at the present. As he rides a train listening to the songs they heard together, he heads for her hometown. Will Jimmy be able to reunite with Ami?

FLY ME TO THE MOON MOVIE POSTER

  7 FLY ME TO THE MOON
  Can : Dan Yuen Yun Cheung Gau
    d. Sasha Chuk Chi Ngan
    Wu Kang-Ren, Sasha Chuk Chi Ngan, Angela Yuen Lai Lam,
      Tse Wing-yan, Natalie Hsu (Hui Yan Yi)
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening October 23 2023 at the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival
  Opening November 12 2023 at the 20th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  Opening December 28 2023 (Preview)
  Opening April 11 2024
  Site : https://2023.tiff-jp.net/en/lineup/film/3602ASF01
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/uXqn9tCGx4c

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    In 1997, little sisters move to Hong Kong with their mother from Hunan to reunite with their father. However, what awaits them is not paradise, but poverty, identity crisis and a drug addicted father. To survive, they become pleasers. Entering teenage, the sisters start to resist, struggling between the family and their self-identity in development. Then as grown-ups, they realise how their childhood memories keep haunting their current lives. Produced by renowned director Stanley Kwan, Sasha Chuk's first feature tells a story of reconciliation with one's parents and oneself.

[ 36TH TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ]
    A family chronicle, spanning from 1997, the year of the handover of Hong Kong, to 2017, captures the life of a father and his daughter for 20 years. Produced by Stanley Kwan.

CIVIL WAR MOVIE POSTER

  6 CIVIL WAR
    d. Alex Garland
    Kirsten Dunst, Wagner Moura, Cailee Spaeny

WE 12 MOVIE POSTER

  5 WE 12
  Can : 12 Gwai Doh
  Lit : 12 Strange Thieves
    d. Berry Ho Kwok Man
    Lokman Yeung, Anson Lo Hon Ting, Frankie Chan Sui Fai,
      Alton Wong Chi Tak, Stanley Yau Sze Chun, Anson Kong Ip Sang,
      Jer Lau Ying Ting, Ian Chan Cheuk Yin, Jeremy Lee Chun Kit,
      Edan Lui Cheuk On, Keung To, Tiger Yau Ngo Yin,
      Yeung Wai Lun, ERROR, Yoyo Kot Cheuk Yiu
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 97 mins.
  Opening November 2023 (Experience Preview)
  Opening March 28 2024
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/JvVkTYYjQaE

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    TIn the world, which is ordinary yet a little bit extraordinary, there is an underground organization called the "The League of Kaito". Their members silently guard the social order and peace.

    Within the organization, there are 12 geniuses, each with their own unique skills. Kaito Ian is good at planning, Kaito KT is a master of hypnosis, Kaito Stanley is skilled in eavesdropping, Kaito A.Lo is most adaptable, Kaito Edan is excellent in abseiling, Kaito Jer can instantly disguise himself, Kaito Tiger knows how to read lips from a distance, Kaito Alton is a world-class hacker, Kaito AK masters animal telepathy, Kaito Lokman is familiar with unlocking techniques, Kaito Frankie has the strongest sixth sense, and Kaito Jeremy has a natural super memory and can read and memorize large amounts of information at a glance. They are the star members of the League of Kaito.

    One day, they received instructions from Boss, to gather at headquarters to complete an important case that will affect the entire world. They not only need to rekindle their team spirit but also face the top enemy of all Kaitou, security manager Johnny, who is trying to stop them, making the mission even more difficult.
KUNG FU PANDA 4 MOVIE POSTER

  4 KUNG FU PANDA 4
    d. Mike Mitchell, Stephanie Stine
    DreamWorks Animation
    English Voices: Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis,
      Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, James Hong, Ian McShane,
      Ke Huy Quan, Ronny Chieng, Lori Tan Chinn, Seth Rogen

EXHUMA MOVIE POSTER

  3 EXHUMA
    d. Jang Jae-hyng
    Lee Do-hyun, Kim Go-eun, Choi Min-sik, Yoo Hai-jin
  Length : 132 mins.
  Opening April 11 2024

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    In Los Angeles, the renowned shaman Hwa-rim and her protege Bong-gil are commissioned with a hefty sum to meet the enigmatic descendants of a household afflicted by a peculiar illness. Sensing the ominous aura surrounding the ancestral grave, Hwa-rim urges for its relocation. The best geomancer in the business, Sang-duk, and mortician Young-geun, lured by the scent of money, join the team.

    "You all understand...what happens if we mess with the wrong grave."

    The mysterious grave, situated in an unapproachable sacred ground, holds dark secrets. Though Sang-duk senses an ominous presence and initially rejects the proposal, Hwa-rim’s persuasion ultimately initiates the exhumation, leading to a journey where the team must confront both supernatural forces and their own fears.

    Those that must remain buried have surfaced.

GODZILLA X KONG: NEW EMPIRE MOVIE POSTER

  2 GODZILLA X KONG: NEW EMPIRE
    d. Adam Wingard
    Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens


HAIKYU!!: THE DUMPSTER BATTLE MOVIE POSTER

  1 HAIKYU!!: THE DUMPSTER BATTLE
    d. Mitsunaka Susumu
    Japanese Animation
    Length : 85 mins.
    Opening April 11 2024
    Trailer : https://youtu.be/2k_36L-IS2E

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    The teaser trailer glimpses the initial encounter and subsequent development of friendship between Shoyo Hinata and Kenma Kozume, culminating in a decisive match on the volleyball court. With Shoyo Hinata's famous line: "Let's play a game that can't be repeated", the stage is set for 'The Dumpster Battle"!

[2024.04.17] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SATURDAY, APRIL 13 2024

For the week starting Saturday, April 6 2024 (Week 14)

VIUTV CHILL CLUB CHART


  5 BREAK FREE
  Can : Min Chook 8 Gung Lei
  ROVER

  4 I AM ALL ALONE
  Feanna Wong Suk Man

  3 CONNECTED
  Can : Gor Din
  Gigi Cheung Man Chi

  2 TWO SIDES OF DESIRE
  Can : Yi Yun Ji Yeh Mong
  Nowhere Boys x Winka Chan


  1 FOREVER AND ALWAYS
  Can : Bak Fat Chai Mei
  Tang Siu Hau

[2024.04.17] MIRROR FANS TURNS ON EACH OTHER OVER "GROUP SPIRIT" BOX OFFICE PUSH

Keung To's fans plan to celebrate his birthday at a theme park, but the date conflicts with the fan meeting date

MIRROR fans are often divided 

Keung To's hand is numb from signing autographs, and jokes that he has to sign a few again due to how poor his handwriting is
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The popular guy group MIRROR starred film WE 12 (12 GWAI DOH) has been a hit. Seeing this, the company promoted it harder. Earlier it announced the WE 12 group soul meeting on April 23rd. All 12 members would attend. Fans with designated day ticket stubs would be able to participate in a lucky drawing for a chance to attend. However, the event date happened to clash with the annual Keung To birthday fan support activity and upset the "Keung Candies"!

The scheduling clash left many "Keung Candies" question whether it is intentional since the fans announced the birthday event first. They all commented on the official platforms, "The fan club today sold out the theme park tickets, then you posted this. The choice of date was really very strategic, not expecting Keung Candies to attend at all. What group spirit would you be talking about!" Some even condemned the company for deliberately making life difficult for "Keung Candies". "All media knows Keung Candies would have a large scale event, MKV (Makerville) too very thoughtfully chooses this date to clash with your schedule. It's just having fun once a year, but the company still intentionally put everyone between a rock and a hard place." Some also questioned why it was chosen to take place on Tuesday. "Why would it be so wonderful, holding a meeting on a regular day." "Why would it choose this day out of so many?"

Many "Keung Candies" strongly supported the fan club's birthday event. "The company in order to pump up the box office would try every trick. The earlier Convention Center experience screening was already a bloodbath, so were over 100 audience appreciation shows." Some even called for a boycott. "Originally I was considering going again to set more records, but now I can save it." However, other fans felt that the scheduling conflict was purely coincidental. Because coordinating all 12 members' schedules was not easy, the other 11 members should not have to accommodate just one. They thought "Keung Candies" were out of line. With "Keung Candies" causing traffic jam that enraged Jeremy, other members' fans have become growingly less than fond of "Keung Candies".

[2024.04.17] TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN DISPLAYS 80'S NOSTALGIA

Terrance Lam, Tony Wu, German Cheung and Raymond Lam
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The HK$ 300 million giant film production TWILIGHT OF THE WARRIORS: WALLED IN (GAU LUNG SING JAI JI WAI SING) would open on May 1st. The production team released the ultimate trailer and the production special WALLED IN NOSTALGIA CHAPTER. The film not only displayed the strongest martial art action but also brought back the details of the 80s Walled city streets and corners. The production team revived the Kowloon Walled City lives, sights and sounds that have vanished for 30 years on the silver screen.

Director Soi Cheang Pou Soi said, "The impression The Walled City gave me was a fallen castle. We want to change everyone's impression of the Walled City. Everyone feels the Walled City was lawless, with sex, gambling and drug. Actually in the 80s the Walled City resembled a big factory. Everyone put their roots down here, which was a snapshot of Hong Kong. At the time everyone was working hard, ultimately as long as they worked hard they would be able to find their lives. They might not get rich, but they were able to make a living. The Walled City let you enter to take a breath, after the storm to properly build yourself and stay to live in Hong Kong." Louis Koo Tin Lok felt that the Walled City flavor was a memory, and said that when he watched this production set he truly was wowed. "Actually the Walled City immersion is a memory, like your favorite dish since childhood Mama made; no matter where you go you wouldn't get that flavor because only Mama could. No matter where you live later, this memory would never change."

Raymond Lam Fung also said, "I played Chan Lok Kwan who stumbled into this place, came in contact with different neighbors. While at work, he started to feel everyone's care. Actually they were all people with blood and flesh." Terrance Lau Chun Him said, "The Walled City flavor was your identity. Wherever you came from, you would carry it in life. This is who you are." Tony Wu Tsz Tung said, "I feel that Walled City spirit, where we are this flavor is there." German Cheung Man Kit said, "Both what was good and bad about the Kowloon Walled City were already in the bones."

Lam Fung, Lau Chun Him, Wu Tsz Tung and Cheung Man Kit have been busy with promoting the film. Yesterday (the 16th) was Wu Tsz Tung's 32nd birthday. The three brothers took the opportunity to present him with a birthday cake and well wishes.

Monday, April 15, 2024

[2024.04.16] JENNIFER YU'S BEST ACTRESS VICTORY LEADS TO DISCUSSIONS

Some online feels circumstances have made Jennifer Yu the Best Actress 

Louis Koo celebrates with award recipients Rachel Leung, Jennifer Yu and John Chiang
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Wu Kang-Jen (right) and the team celebrate with award recipient Yoyo Tse (center)

Louise Wong
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Since IN BROAD DAYLIGHT wins three major awards, One Cool Film boss Louis Koo of course would have to make an appearance

The A GUILTY CONSCIENCE team would like to work together again, but the subject would be different
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Carina Lau's gold lobster dress is from the high fashion label Schiaparelli's 2024 spring and summer line, just the gold lobster alone is over HK$ 80,000.

Wong Jing on social media comments that Tony Leung Chiu Wai's performance is excessive, and that he should announce that he would not accept any more award to give the opportunity to the younger generation.

Louise Wong, Dayo Wong and Dee Ho
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Best Actress Jennifer Yu gets a congratulatory kiss from her husband

FLY ME TO THE MOON's director Sasha Chuk and star Wu Kang-Jen are happy for Yoyo Tse's Best New Performer award victory
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The 42nd Hong Kong Film Awards came to a close two nights ago. Jennifer Yu Heung Ying with the film IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (BAK YUT JI HA) won Best Actress, but some online felt that this year's 5 nominated actresses were only average in terms of experience and substaance. Without any big name, Yu Heung Ying's performance was better so the times made the hero. Yu Heung Ying said in her speech that she would spend the rest of her life to work hard on becoming a good actor. Reportedly after the award she would team with Kenny Wong Tak Bun on a new series and fulfill her own promise.

Two nights ago after winning an award, she with Best Supporting Actor and Actress John Chiang Dai Wai and Rachel Leung Yung Ting celebrated in Tsim Sha Tsui at the One Cool Film company party. She stated in her interview that show business work had no set schedule, the support of the other half was very important. Although her husband did not understand the operation of this industry too well, he still nonconditionally supported her. Due to her busy work schedule and a new job on top, she would have to leave her husband alone to care for their son. Thus she took the opportunity to announce that she would not try for another child.

Yu Heung Ying revealed her award from last year's Best Actress Sammi Cheng Sau Man, who later posted that she was so nervous that her legs were shaking and admitted that the presentation symbolized the passing of the torch.

Chiang Dai Wai said that as long as it was Hong Kong film, he should be happy for anyone who won. He admitted that if the film won Best Film he of course would be even happier. Yu Heung Ying said, "I already feel very happy with our nominations and awards. Director Kan Kwan Chun in my heart is already the Best director. We won under our direction, so I am very grateful to him."

Chiang Dai Wai said that he publicly expressed his love for his wife Li Linlin because it was their 50th wedding anniversary. He wanted to share the joy with everyone, but his wife wanted to be low key. He felt that the award was the best present for their 50th anniversary. As for Bowie Lam Bo Yi not winning Best Actor, Chiang Dai Wai said, "I feel his performance as the home director was very good, I already feel like he won." Has Yu Heung Ying comforted her friend Fish Liew Chi Yu for not winning? She said that Fish has already won last year, this year was her turn.

Best Supporting Actress recipient Rachel Leung Yung Tung two nights ago was asked whether she would like the original team to work together again? She revealed that director Lawrence Kan Kwan Chun would make a new series. She would be very happy if she would have a part. "For this award, I believe the late mentor Liu Kai Chi would have been happy for me. However the award is an extra bonus, actors shouldn't only chase awards. They have to be responsible to their performance." John Chiang Dai Wai yesterday attended a series celebration and his co-stars presented him with a hand written card to congratulate him on winning the Hong Kong Film Award. Seen as "Wai Jai's strong rival" before the race, mainland actor Da Peng did not win Best Actor but received many online comments in support. He replied, "A beautiful dream has been completed, I would keep working hard!"

In addition, director Wong Jing on social media mentioned that he has never been nominated for a Hong Kong Film Awards, but for many years he was present to support the Hong Kong film industry event. As for this year's results, he also shared his opinions. "Best Film A GUILTY CONSCIENCE (DUK SIT DAI JONG), lead actress (Jennifer) Yu Heung Ying, supporting actress (Rachel) Leung Yung Ting and supporting actor (John) Chiang Dai Wai all deserved theirs. However THE GOLDFINGER (GUM SAU JI) absolutely wasn't (Tony) Leung Chiu Wai's best performance. It was a little excessive, far in contrast from the reserved performance in LUST, CAUTION and 2046. If I am him, I would follow (Alan) Tam Wing Lun and (Leslie) Cheung Kwok Wing's leads and announce that I wouldn't accept any more award and leave the opportunity for the younger generation." The comment immediately had to heated discussions.

Radio program host Michelle Lo Mik Suet disagreed with Wong Jing's comments. She sad that although Wai Jai has won Best Actor 6 times, the previous time before this one was already almost 20 years ago. He has been nominated 12 times but lost 6. In 2014 Wai Jai with THE GRANDMASTERS (YUT DOI JUNG SI) was nominated for Best Actor but in the end UNBEATABLE (GIK JIN)'s Nick Cheung Ka Fai won. Wai Jai has neither hindered anyone from winning nor kept the world from turning. Lo Mik Suet said that Wai Jai in recent years has made less Hong Kong films. On the rare occasion when he has, everyone should support this good actor even more.

Did she feel Carina Lau Ka Ling said too much? Lo Mik Suet said, "I feel it is reasonable, in the eyes of a wife her husband is always the best in the world. I have to say a fair word on Ka Ling's behalf. Last night didn't the winners (Nick) Cheuk Yik Him, (John) Chiang Dai Wai, (Sammo) Hung Kam Bo, Cheang Pou Soi credit and thank their wives on the stage? Why no one has said tha they have said too much?"

Winning the Hong Kong Film Awards "Best New Performer", Yoyo Tse Wing Yan two nights ago with Taiwan star Wu Kang-Jen and director Sasha Chuk Chi Ngan and the FLY ME TO THE MOON (DAN YUEN YUN CHEUNG GAU) team to celebrate in Jordan at the Golden Scene film company party. The team presented a two tier cake and celebrated with champagne. Wu Kang-Jen said that he was very confident his on screen daughter Tse Wing Yan would win Best New Performer and was happy for her. As for not winning "Best Supporting Actor", he pointed out that he was not upset and praised elder John Chiang Dai Wai's outstanding performance. Was the victory convicing? He said, "Yes! It wasn't a defeat, he deserves to win. He is very sharp, he gave life to that character." Wu Kang-Jen said that he took the initiative to greet and congratulate Chiang Dai Wai, who even said that he hoped next time he would have a chance to work together. He also said words of encouragement to him, which made Wu Kang-Jen feel that Hong Kong elders all really took care of younger folks. "I too want to make more Hong Kong films. If I can help in any way I would definitely come. Let's Hong Kong film, with dreams there are hopes, with hopes there are opportunities."

Tse Wing Yan so far has already won several Best New Actor Award, admitted that she has been very lucky, grateful and honored, and felt that the Hong Kong Film Awards was a great encouragemen for her. As for forgetting her on screen Papa Wu Kang-Jen's real name, she explained, "I really was too nervous, my entire brain froze; too many people I wanted to thank." Tse Wing yan revealed that she would accept a new challenge in film. "For the next movie I would challenge a funnier character, which would be relatively happy. I can laugh again, I really look forward to it."

Louise Wong Dan Nei, Fish Liew Chi Yu and music group ERROR member Dee Ho Kai Wa two nights ago appeared at the fresh out of the oven "Best Film" A GUILTY CONSCIENCE (DUK SIT DAI JONG) joint celebration with THE LYRICIST WANNABE (TIN CHI L)'s team. Wong Dan Nei said that she was not disappointed that she did not win Best Actress. "I am very happy to be able to return in time for the Hong Kong Film Awards. The day before I just came back from finishing a series overseas. I was already very pleased to be ble to see the film team. The nomination is already an encouragement. I would work harder, hoping for even better performance in the future." She also pointed out that she hoped to work together again with the original team. In particular she played a prisoner in this film and did not have many scenes with Wong Tze Wah. Even when they did they had a table or a barrier between them. She hoped that next time they would have close contact. How about playing a couple? She said, "It would depend on the director's arrangement." Would she save a spot on her schedule for the director? She said, "I am very loyal, I definitely would try to save a place."

Like Wong Dan Nei, Dayo Wong Tze Wah did not win Best Actor either. How did he feel? "I feel very pleasant, I would wait for the next time. I would keep work hard." He stated that the film winning the biggest prize was even more perfect than him winning.

A GUILTY CONSCIENCE has won awards and box office. Would the original team have a chance for a sequel? Tze Wah revealed that Director Jack Ng Wai Lun was invaluable in his unwilling to make a sequel, but he has been planning to make a new subject film with the original team. "This year I watched 10 foreign film trailers, 10 were sequels. Ng Wai Lun reached the Hong Kong film box office championship but actually won't make a sequel. He has high character, and has already begun writing new scripts; but he also made myself out of work for several years. I know he doesn't make much; he still has to make money to live. I really admire his resilience, so I want to win an award even more."

Tze Wah joked that even though the movies he starred in were box office champions, he have only made 4 movies in 6 years. The days were very harsh, and he treated himself like a film industry new comer. However his salary was not a new comer price. He said, "My salary is half new but not old, I am very grateful. As long as I have movies to make I am fine." Speaking of him not working on TABLE FOR SIX 2 with the original team, Tze Wa said, "Didn't clash right. Hey, I promised that I wouldn't talk about this in 10 years; saying 'didn't clash right' was already saying too much."

Tze Wah revealed that his film with Michael Hui Koon Man, THE LAST DANCE (POR DEI YUK) has already completed production. He looked forward to the new film release within this year to satisfy the fans. He mentioned again that he was very happy to work with Hui Koon Man. "The last time we worked together was 30 years ago in THE MAGIC TOUCH (SUN SUEN). When he planned to make the film, he called me like the Lord and asked me to help with the screenplay. At the time I wrote the script with him all the way to South Africa. This time working together again we are both starring, which felt like in our previous lives we had some Jia Baoyu relationship. Fate is very fantastic, I hope the next time we wouldn't have to wait another 30 years to work together again." Would he have hope to be nominated for Best Actor again with THE LAST DANCE? He said, "I don't dare to say, but this movie absolutely is very strong."

Dee heard Wong Tze Wah admitting to being a new comer and not making as many movies as he did, he admitted that he was just a film industry sprout. He said, "I am not even a person, I am just growing. I still haven't left the plant life." Tze Wah also jokingly asked him if he has heard of pulling the sprout to help growth. Dee said, "This idiom is negative, but if he wants to pull then I would let him. Actually Tze Wah God really takes care of us new comers, and he doesn't have to. So sprouts would have to live up to their potential."

He also looked forward to working with the original team. What subject would he like the film to be? He said, "This team can make many subjects. With a wide age range, we can make up for each other's shortcomings." As for a raise, he said, "That's good, let's see if the company would be willing. However making movies isn't about making money. Everyone is working until their kidnaps explode and liver rot, with less than a dream no one should work in the film industry. If they want to make a living they should work other jobs. In this business they have to affect themselves first to be able to affect others."

Sunday, April 14, 2024

[2024.04.15] THE GOLDFINGER WINS BIG AT THE 42ND HONG KONG FILM AWARDS

Jennifer Yu wins Best Actress as the favorite

Tony Leung Chiu Wai wins Best Actor yet again and accepts the awards over video chat

Aaron Kwok presents Best Director to Soi Cheang

Michelle Wai dresses up for the occasion

Sammo Hung receives the Lifetime Achievement Award 

John Chiang wins Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress Rachel Leung

Renci Yeung

Jeffrey Ngai and Greg Hsu both look cool and handsome in suits

Yoyo Tse

Minchen Lin and Stephy Tang make a white and black pairing

Angelababy returns to the Hong Kong Film Awards after 10 years

Catherine Chau is injured all over but still dresses up to attend

Best Supporting Actress nominee Fish Liew

Kelly Lin
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Tony Leung Chiu Wai witnesses yet another Best Actor Award over video chat, while his wife Carina Lau accepts the award on his behalf


Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sammo Hung thanks his wife Joyce Godenzi for taking care of him for 40 years

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Tony Leung Chiu Wai cannot hide his joy when he wins Best Actor over video chat

Carina Lau accepts the Best Actor award on her husband's behalf and calls him a very great actor

Jennifer Yu gets teary eyed when she wins her first Best Actress

The Dayo Wong starred film A GUILTY CONSCIENCE wins Best Film

Best Supporting Actor John Chiang would give the award to his wife Li Linlin for their 50th wedding anniversary this year

IN BROAD DAYLIGHT's Rachel Leung wins Best Supporting Actress

Soi Cheang wins Best Director and receives the award from Aaron Kwok

FLY ME TO THE MOON's Yoyo Tse wins Best New Performer and feels it is a huge encouragement and recognition

Sammo Hung shares his Lifetime Achievement Award joy with his wife Joyce Godenzi

Tsui Hark presents the Professional Achievement Award to Tong Ping

Angelababy declines to comment on the mainland boycott rumors


Will Or and Jeffrey Ngai


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The 42nd Hong Kong Film Awards took place last night at the Hong Kong Cultural Center. The film THE GOLDFINGER (GUM SAU JI) won 6 awards to become the big winner of the night. Jennifer Yu Heung Ying with IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (BAK YUT JI HA) won Best Actress as the favorite. Tony Leung Chiu Wai with THE GOLDFINGER won his sixth Best Actor award. Because Wai Jai was working on a movie in Germany, his wife Carina Lau Ka Ling accepted the award on his behalf.

Leung Chiu Wai this time with THE GOLDFINGER won his 6th Best Actor to become the actor with the most Best Actor Awards in the Hong Kong Film Awards history. Wai Jai said, "I don't know what to say, I am very happy because I haven't won an award at the Hong Kong Film Awards for a very long time. It probably has been over a decade. Thank you Hong Kong Film awards, friend who nominated me, Emperor Entertainment, Yeung Sau Sing and director Chong Man Keung for giving the opportunity to me. I also have to thank the producer, the cinematographer, the cast, the crew and you." Lau Ka Ling asked Wai Jai would she thank award presenters Louis Koo Tin Lok, Anita Yuen Wing Yee or her? Wai Jai joked, "Of course thank you, Sister Ka Ling! Thank you for your encouragement and support." Wai Jai also thanked his family, children's program producer Lam Lai Chun and viewer friends who have supported him over 41 years.

Receiving the award on his behalf, Ka Ling added on the stage, "I want to say a few words, may i? I know when many people see Leung Chiu Wai win, they would definitely say no way, him again. Om My God! He should give the opportunity to other people, but from him I realize that he deserves to win, because he is a very great actor. " Wai Jai said, "Don't ever say that, good actor is enough; it doesn't need to be very great actor." Lau Ka Ling continued, "I believe other actors would give 100 or 200% effort to the production, but Leung Chiu Wai would always give 1000% effort to his work. Hong Kong has such a great actor, we should be proud." Wai Jai kept saying, "Don't say great, good actor is enough. Everyone has contributed a lot of hard work."

Yu Heung Ying had three Hong Kong Film Award nominations. This year finally with IN BROAD DAYLIGHT she won Best Actress and received the award from Sammi Cheng Sau Man. Along with the earlier Directors' Guild, Film Critic Society and internet film critic Highlight Award she has won four Best Actress awards. She got choked up and said, "Thank you to the cast and the crew, thank you Mommy; always giving me the greatest motivation when I was disheartened. Thank you my husband, without his support I wouldn't be able to do anything. I would spend a lifetime to be an even better actor."

Later in the media interview, Yu Heung Ying said, "On the stage I forgot to thank the director, I want to hit my head with the award. Thanking him 100 times would not be enough. At first he was the one who called me and asked me if I still wanted to act, because many people thought actresses after marriage might not want to return to work on camera. I thank him for inviting and trusting me. Only because he felt I was suitable for the character would I win the award. Special thanks to my husband, after work he helps with our daughter. After dinner he helps me with my lines. I also thank Mommy for the encouragement, giving positive energy."

"Best Film" went to A GUILTY CONSCIENCE, with Japanese master class director Hirokazu Koreeda presenting the award.

Started as a child star, the 76 year old John Chiang Dai Wai (John Gor) with IN BROAD DAYLIGHT won "Best Supporting Actor". Taiwan star Kelly Lin (Lam Hei Lu) presented the award. When John Gor was announced the winner, he received a standing ovation. His wife Li Linlin gave him a congratulatory kiss, while the defeated Golden Horse Award Best Actor Wu Kang-Jen was quite the gentleman; he approached Chiang Dai Wai and gave him a congratulatory handshake. Winning with his first nomination, he joked, "I never would have guessed that like Big Brother (Paul Chun Pui) I too had to work on Little Brother (Derek Yee Tung Sing) produced or directed movie to win an award, not to mention that one had to play mad and the other dumb. In the end we both won Best Supporting Actor." This year happened to be John Gor and his wife Li Linlin's 50th anniversary. He would give the award to his wife. "I would celebrate in the lowest key manner, I would give this award to her. I love you." In the audience Li Linlin also blew kisses to her husband. John Gor continued that over 50 years ago he always thought that whether he had an award or not he would make movies, but later he realized that an award would be rather important to an actor. Aside from everyone's recognition, it would also be a recognition for the actor himself. In his lifetime he has only worked one job, which is film. Film has brought his work, family and friends. In his next life he would want to continue to be a filmmaker. He also thanked Louis Koo Tin Lok, Yee Tung Sing, the IN BROAD DAYLIGHT team; and finally he wanted to thank his mentor Director Chang Cheh, without whom he would not be here. In his interview he said that he would never retire, he hoped to make even more good Hong Kong films for more viewers to see.

Rachel Leung Yung Ting with her first Hong Kong Film Awards nomination immediately won "Best Supporting Actress" as the IN BROAD DAYLIGHT favorite. She felt that she was lucky and tearfully thanked people who have helped her, including many good elders she has run into. She even gave special thanks to her teacher Dick Liu Kai Chi in Heaven. "The Hong Kong Film Award is every actor's dream. Thank you director Kan Kwan Chun for making this powerful yet tender movie. When he made his first movie, I was an extra. Destiny brought us together again. Thank you to the cast, the crew and drama teachers who have taught me acting; including Mr. Liu Kai Chi in Heaven. I hope everyone would choose to be kind." During her interview, she said that now is only the start of being an actor. This time she has fulfilled her dream, because when she first became an actor she already wanted to win the Hong Kong Film Awards. In the future she would work hard and follow the steps to play each character well. She continued that IN BROAD DAYLIGHT has already opened in the mainland and hoped that the film would be able to deliver good film messages to everyone and have everyone's support.

In a black and gold "lobster" dress, Lau Ka Ling presented the Best New Performer and New Director awards. Yoyo Tse Wing Yan with FLY ME TO THE MOON won Best New Performer, while Nick Cheuk Yik Him with TIME STILL TURNS THE PAGES won New Director. Tse Wing Yan said that she would continue to work hard and make even more good work for everyone. She would like the most to be able to play someone with strange behavior to challenge herself. Cheuk Yim Him also thanked the cast and the crew, winning New Director with his directing debut.

"Big Brother Big" Hung Kam Bo has been in Hong Kong show business for over 60 years and received the "Lifetime Achievement Award". Guest presenter Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) before presenting the award shared her impression of Hung Kam Bo. "In my eyes he is very humorous, tender, while making dramatic scenes he is not only in character but also a little shy. Isn't that hard to believe, hahah." When Hung Kam Bo appeared, he received a standing ovation. His "Big Brother Big" nature was on full display as he told everyone to sit down. He first thanked the Hong Kong Film Awards for presenting him with this honor, and also thanked everyone for the love and care for him. He also pointed out that being able to perform well in the same industry for over 60 years has truly been his fortune. He also said that this award did not belong to just him. He thanked many benefactors for supporting him, including many good partners for decades, and the Sammo Hung stunt team's brothers. He did not forget to thank his former wife for giving him 4 nice children, and his current wife Joyce Godenzi (Go Lai Hung) for patiently taking care of him for already 40 some years. He also pointed out that he has already won "Best Actor", "Best Action Choreography", two "Lifetime Achievement awards" but he has yet to win "Best Director". He hoped to continue to have opportunities to make a dozen or more movies. He would be happy with just one nomination, if it would win then it would be even better. Then he would be able to officially achieve four joys at the door!

Hung Kam Bo during his interview was asked whether he really wanted to win the director award? He said that this award was quite a surprise, but after directing over 200 films he has never won a director award. Thus he hoped to have one that would, or win "Best Film". He also intended on making the LUCKY STARS film series again, unfortunately some of the actors (Richard Ng Yiu Hon) was no longer with us and would not be able to continue on. He felt very sad about that. Speaking of making only one romantic drama in his life and his co-star was Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga), would he like to work together again and continue the kiss scene that has yet to happen? He said, "If the salary is higher then I would be willing, haha! We can consider (working together again); because making action films might not win Best Director, but making the 'tearjerks' would have great chances." As for how he would celebrate, he said that his wife has prohibited him from eating; which made him fill his mind with good food.
Director Tsui Hark presented the Professional Achievement Award to Tong Ping, who has worked in film costume management for over 40 years. Tong Ping happily thanked different partners and family. Tsui Hark said, "Our colleagues and I thank Sister Ping for servicing us for so many years. We hope to continue to struggle to the end with Hong Kong filmmakers' professional spirit!"

The 42nd Hong Kong Film Awards took place last night. Stars dressed up for the red carpet, including the "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient Sammo Hung Kam Bo and his wife Joyce Godenzi (Go Lai Hung), Taiwan's Wu Kang-Jen and Greg Hsu, guest presenters Kelly Lin (Lam Hei Lui), Angelababy, and famous Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda. Best Actress nominee Jennifer Yu Heung Ying received help from her daughter with what she wore, while Catherine Chau Ka Yee attended with injuries; the six time Hong Kong Film Awards record holding Best Actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai was overseas, but his wife Carina Lau Ka Ling made an appearance and even gave her husband a vote of confidence.

Lau Ka Ling appeared in a white and champagne dress. Was she accepting the award on her husband's behalf? She denied that, "No, I am here to be a guest presenter. The event would have a video chat with Wai Jai when the result would be announced. (Have you been nervous for your husband/) No, I like his chances. Other people would give 200% effort, but he gives 100%. His effort and level of focus for acting would make him set everything else aside, including me! Such love and respect for his profession is worth encouraging."

With 16 nominations the IN BROAD DAYLIGHT team arrived with Best Actor nominee Bowie Lam Bo Yi, Best Actress Jennifer Yu Heung Ying and her husband, John Chiang Dai Wai and his wife Li Linlin. Yu Heung Ying made fun of her husband for being so nervous that he has turned into a robot. Did she choose her gold dress for Best Actress luck? She said that her daughter picked it up and praised her daughter's fashion sense. Her husband pointed out that if his wife would win he would buy dinner. Yu Heung Ying whined, "It would have to be a good meal, fish and meat. For this dress I only had two pieces of chocolate all day."

The Catherine Chau Ka Yee starred THE GOLDFINGER also had 12 nominations. When she and the team appeared, due to strong wind her dress tripped her up numerous times. She was even attending with injuries! She said that lately she has been training for a new action film. Because her muscles have yet to be able to carry the load, the doctor diagnosed that one of the ribs was fractured and her shoulder had a grade one tear. If it would reach grade two she would need surgery.

The READY O/R ROT Best Actress nominee Michelle Wai Sze Nga joked that her white lace dress from France was full of accessories, so no one would be able to get close. She even had to trouble Carlos Chan Ka Lok and other strong men to carry her train, but because it was close to a wedding gown, with a veil she might recycle it for her future wedding.

Dayo Wong Tze Wah received his first Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actor nomination for A GUILTY CONSCIENCE (DUK SIT DAI JONG). He said that he has not prepared a speech and would improvise. The film's lead actress Louise Wong Dan Nei also returned from overseas to attend.

Stephy Tang Lai Yan walked the red carpet with Lin Minchen. Stephy said, "I fell in love at first sight with this dress, but at first I was a little because it had very little cloth; but the image consultant kept persuading me and telling me to try it. I am a big girl now, so let's be sexier! I have already taken all the safety precaution, and examined each other with Lin Minchen. I feel very secure."

THE 42ND HONG KONG FILM AWARDS NOMINATIONS
http://hkfaa.com/winnerlist.html

    BEST FILM
  • A GUILTY CONSCIENCE
    BEST DIRECTOR
  • Soi Cheang (MAD FATE)
    BEST SCREENPLAY
  • Yau Nai Hoi, Melvin Li (MAD FATE)
    BEST ACTOR
  • Tony Leung (The GOLDFINGER)
    BEST ACTRESS
  • Jennifer Yu (IN BROAD DAYLIGHT)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
  • David Chiang (IN BROAD DAYLGHT)
    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Rachel Leung (IN BROAD DAYLGHT)
    BEST NEW PERFORMER
  • Yoyo Tse (FLY ME TO THE MOON)
    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • Anthony Pun (THE GOLDFINGER)
    BEST FILM EDITING
  • Allen Leung , David Richardson (MAD FATE)
    BEST ART DIRECTION
  • Eric Lam (THE GOLDFINGER)
    BEST COSTUME AND MAKE UP DESIGN
  • Man Lim Chung (THE GOLDFINGER)
    BEST ACTION CHOREOGRAPHY
  • Tung Wai (BURSTING POINT)
    BEST ORIGINAL FILM SCORE
  • Teddy Robin, Day Tai (BAND FOUR)
    BEST ORIGINAL FILM SONG
  • A LYRICIST WANNABE (THE LYRICIST WANNABE)
    Composer and Vocal Artist:Tse Nga Yi
    Lyricist:Wong Yee Lam
    BEST SOUND DESIGN
  • Nopawat Likitwong (THE GOLDFINGER)
    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
  • Lik Wong, Benson Poon (THE GOLDFINGER)
    BEST NEW DIRECTOR
  • Nick Cheuk (TIME STILL TURNS THE PAGES)
    BEST ASIAN CHINESE LANGUAGE FILM
  • THE PIG, THE SNAKE AND THE PIGEON
    LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
  • Sammo Hung
    PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
  • Tong Ping