Tuesday, March 20, 2018

[2018.03.21] FOR THE WEEK ENDING MARCH 18 2018

For the week ending Sunday March 18 2018
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  Can : Dung Duk Dut Gung
  Lit : Stand Up Special Agent
    d. Jeff Cheung Ka Kit
    Dayo Wong Tze Wah, Charmaine Sheh Sze Man,
      Cecilis So Lai Shan, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu,
      Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Ronald Cheng Chung Kei,
      Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Michael Hui Koon Man, Alan Tam Wing Lun
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening February 15 2018
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/u0qRXfdsc8M

    Mr. Chan was the top agent. Unfortunately he has been removed from duties right after a mission failure. His partner made a mistake and offended the policewoman Ms. Shek unintentionally. 20 years after, Ms Shek has no choice but put the problems aside to ask Mr. Chan for a hand with a mystery involving a Cyber Goddess. Mr. Chan is inevitably to make up himself in a sloppy appearance as the situation becomes out of control.

    d. Jose Padilha
    Rosamund Pike, Daniel Bruhl, Eddie Marsan

    d. Aaron Sorkin
    Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

    d. Ryan Coogler
    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira
      Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, Andy Serkis

   d. Barbara Wong Chun Chun
   Fiona Sit Hoi Kei, Ivy Chen Yi-han, Janine Chang Chun-ning, Mike Tyson
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening March 1 2018 in Malaysia
  Opening March 2 2018 in China and Taiwan
  Opening March 8 2018 in Hong Kong
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/QQ2_bYzz3QM

    When Xiwen finally gets engaged, her best friends decide to celebrate with a last wild bachelorette trip, and choose Vietnam because one of the bridesmaids Xiaomei is filming a movie there. Besides Xiwen's longtime best friend Kimmy, the gang includes her fiance's little sister Jingjing and her other best friend the glamorous Jialan, who was Kimmy's bitter rival in school. Jialan deliberately comes back from Paris for the trip and immediately opens warfare with Kimmy, with Xiwen gamely trying to keep the peace.

    After the girls arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Xiaomei asks them to meet her at private villa party hosted by her handsome film investor, the richest man in Vietnam. Kimmy and Jialan try to outdo each other to get his attention, and end by chugging powerful, disgusting local spirits infused with scorpions, lizards and snakes....

    The next day, the girls wake up on the beach, hungover, naked and handcuffed to a locked briefcase, with a strange tattoo on Xiwen's neck, and Jingjing nowhere to be seen. Soon they find themselves chased by local gangsters on motorbikes led by the buxom and deadly Elly. With the help of a kind ex-boxing champ, the girls race to piece together what happened the night before in order to save Jingjing and Xiwen's engagement.

  Can : Hung Hoi Hung Dung
    d. Dante Lam Chiu Yin
    Zhang Kai, Johnny Huang Jingyu, Hai Qing, Du Jiang,
  Rating : III
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening February 16 2018 in Mainland China
  Opening March 1 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/yKqUf9iwEic

    The Chinese Navy's Jiaolong ("Sea Dragon") Assault Team is famed for its skill in getting the job done. After its success in rescuing a cargo ship hijacked by pirates off the Somalia coast, the team is assigned an even more perilous mission. A coup in a North African republic has left local Chinese residents in danger, circumstances further complicated by a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials. The situation could prove fatal to the hostages and disastrous to the entire region, and presents Jiaolong with a challenge that threatens the very existence of the team and its members.

    d. John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein
    Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler

    d. Rob Cohen
    Toby Kebbell, Maggie Grace, Ryan Kwanten

    d. Francis Lawrence
    Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton

    d. Roar Uthaug
    Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walter Goggins, Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho)

[2018.03.21] FOR THE WEEK STARTING MARCH 17 2018

For the week starting March 17 2018

  Can : Yi Seung Tin Hoi
  Nicholas Tse Ting Fung

  Can : Hung Gein Keung
  Gin Lee (Lee Hung Ngai)

  Can : Tai Min
  Kelly Yu (Yu Man Man)

  Can : Gei Fun Ji Gei
  Crowd Lu (Lo Kwong Chung)

  Can : Yin Buk Yau Chung
  Lala Hsu (Tsui Kai Ying)

  Can : Wu Dip Dik Si Gan
  Xu Song (Hui Sung)

  Can : Tim Muk Sing Din

  Can : Fung Yi
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi

 7 IF I
  Can : Yu Ngor
  Sara Liu (Lau Sik Kwan)

  Can : Nei Yiu Dik Chuen Na Jau
  Tiger Hu

  Can : Dun Nei Ha For
  Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun)

  Can : Yu Gor Yu Ji Hau
  Eric Chou (Chow Hing Jik)

 3 53 DAYS
  Can : Hak Yeh Mun Bak Tin
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

  Can : Lin Ming Dai Sing
  A-mei (Cheung Wai Mui)

  Can : Sup Mor Gor


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Carina Lau performs without a costume for the first time 
Leo Wu, Carina Lau and Tony Leung Ka Fai
The trio demonstrates their combination
Ming Dow plays an inventor of weapons
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Carina Lau Ka Ling, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Leo Wu Lei, Ming Dow, producer Yang Zhenjian and director Zhang Peng yesterday attended the film ASURA's trailer press conference. The actors talked about their characters. Ka Fai, Ka Ling and Wu Lei played the "three in one" Asura for the special effects. Ka Ling tried no costume for the first time. Ka Fai revealed that she was "showing her spots" in the film. Actually she had to wear the special effect suit with a lot of dots. Ka Fai even revealed that he had to move Ka Ling's body.

Ka Ling, Ka Fai and Wu Lei played the "three in one" Asura. Ka Ling said, "I have never had no costume in my film career." Ka Fai joked, "Completely naked because the budget was already spent on special effects. However many spots would be shown." Ka Ling explained, "I showed spots all over my body because I wore a spot tracking special effect suit. Aside from Ka Fai no one had any costume. We also had to coordinate our performance with Ka Fai's action. We had to go in opposite direction from him, which to me was a huge challenge. Luckily Ka Fai was always on the set, he would move my body according to his own movements to assist with the performance." Host Astrid Chan Chi Ching said that Ka Fai felt Ka Ling all over. Ka Fai corrected her and said, "Moving and feeling is two things, don't overthink it." Ka Fai also joked, "I am King Asura, in the film there are six realms. I am the king of one of the realms. I want to be a Heavenly King but unfortunately Hong Kong already has Four Great Heavenly Kings. So I want to be King of Heavenly Kings, which is also the message that this film wants to bring out." Finally he, Ka Ling and Wu Lei demonstrated "combination".

Ka Ling revealed, "The special effect suit was very tight fitting. Not having to wear a costume feels rather comfortable, but I had to wear a several pound helmet. In comparison to Tsui Hark's Wu Zetian this time was already very simple, not to mention that it was Hollywood special effect tailor made. After each shot the helmet was removed and I had no headache." Speaking of Ka Fai moving her body, Ka Ling joked, "This was a very special experience, coordinating with Ka Fai to move in opposite direction. To me it was difficult, I would rely on my imagination. (All your work has been difficult?) It's better that way, without difficulty there wouldn't be improvement." Just finishing her time off, Ka Ling has already thrown herself fully into work. Although she went skiing for ten days, Ka Ling still wanted more. However she needed a balance between work and vacation. She joked, "I am not as carefree as Mr. Leung (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), so lazy. He is still on vacation. Our personalities are different, right now I have to prepare for the play in July."


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Sean Lau puts on a 40 pound mobile armor, which is quite a physical challenge.
Carina Lau plays an officer
Louis Koo has emotional scenes
Nick Cheung makes quite an impression
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The HK$ 400 million Hong Kong science fiction action film WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI) will open next year. Its trailer officially arrived yesterday. New director Ng Yuen Fai led Best Actors and Best Actress like Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sean Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Carina Lau Ka Ling as well as Philip Keung Ho Man and Tse Kwan Ho in the performance. In the polluted world of 2055, cities were in ruins due to an alien invasion.

In the trailer, transport planes took off from a base, the armor car and robot's highway chases were very realistic. Both the scenes and the art designs were high quality and rivaled Hollywood productions. At the end Koo Tin Lok in a mobile armor realized that an alien was getting close and looked terrified as he slowly turned around. Officers Lau Ka Ling and Tse Kwan Ho as well as the surprise appearance of Cheung Ka Fai already made quite an impression for people to look forward to. In a yellow leather jacket and dreadlocks, Keung Ho Man played a "cyclops" with a fake eye and shook of robot pursuits with his high speed driving skills; Goo Jai and Lau Ching Wan both fought aliens. Whenever they appeared they had to wear 40 pound of mobile armor, run and jump, which were quite a challenge physically.


Justin Cheung
Stephen Shiu Jr. leads the stars in confetti cannons
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Francis Ng, Myolie Wu and Julian Cheung work on the Herman Yau new film DEATH NOTIFY
Linah Matsuoka practices her Cantonese for DECEPTION OF THE NOVELIST
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hmv Digital China Group yesterday held a press conference. Louis Koo Tin Lok, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Pakho Chau, Myolie Wu Hung Yi, Linah Matsuoka, Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Benny Chan Ho Man, Patrick Tang Kin Won and others attended as original series HONG KONG WEST SIDE STORIES (HEUNG SAI MUK GEI) and and films DECEPTON OF THE NOVELIST (JOK GA DIK FONG YIN), DEATH NOTIFY (SEI MONG TUNG JI DAN: UM HAK JEH) and DYNASTY WARRIORS (JUN SAM GOK MO SEUNG) were introduced.

In DEATH NOTIFY, Goo Jai had many special effect looks while Ng Chun Yu played a cop. Chilam and Hung Yi played a couple. After Hung Yi's death, cop Chilam investigated the Death Notification that the villain left. Would Hung Yi only need to work with a green screen and not be on the set with other actors like Chun Yu said? She said that she hoped not, Chilam said that he and Hung Yi should have many scenes because she would still appear despite her death. Would they have any relationship scene? Chilm joked, "Very thick, so thick that we can't be separated!" He also said that everyday he was reading the original work and the script as he believed that he would be very in character. However he definitely would not be excessive. Speaking of TVB's TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES 2020, Chilam said that TVB has not contacted him. He would have to ask Chun Yu to see if he heard anything.

Linah Matsuoka in DECEPTION OF THE NOVELIST would perform in all Cantonese. She said that the Cantonese pronunciation was the hardest to learn, when she misspoke she turned words into foul language. Thus she would study with a teacher. Has she asked Alvin Chau Cheok Wa to teach her? Linah Matsuoka said, "No, is that right? I want to learn Cantonese a little better too!"


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Tiffany Hsu wants more intimate scenes with Louis Koo
Gordon Lam (center) gets his friends Richie Jen and Louis Koo to help with the films he produce
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Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) and Tiffany Hsu attended the Sun Entertainment Culture X Fei Fan Entertainment film project press conference. Ka Tung would produce two films WHERE ALL ROADS END (SHU TOH TUNG GWAI) and THE STRANGLED TRUTH (MIT SEUNG). Paco Wong said that he rushed Ka Tung for a script for a year and a half, he almost turned THE STRANGLED TRUTH into THE STRANGLED PRODUCER. WHERE ALL ROADS END's Jordan Chan Siu Chun did not attend but still sent a video to show his support.

Ka Tung said that he has been busy with the preparation for the two films in the past few years. Working multiple jobs was very tough as he almost had a personality split. Last Christmas when he returned from England he caught the type B flu and asked co-workers to clear out so he could write the script in quarantine for two to three days. Since he was also the producer, would he add more scenes for himself? He said, "No, in addition I had a pleasant collaboration with Siu Chai and Chan Siu Chun on TRIVISA (SHU DAI JIU FUNG) so I made the 'three great robbery kings' to work together again on WHERE." He also revealed that he called Siu Chai in the middle of the night to discuss the script at the company. Siu Chai arrived 15 minutes later on a motorcycle. Siu Chai said that he followed the law. After discussing the script he was so excited that he could not sleep. He also appreciated the fire inside Ka Tung.

Speaking of Leon Lai Ming becoming a father, Ka Tung and Siu Cha both sent their well wishes. Siu Chai said, "It's good. I will call to congratulate him. (Would you share fatherhood advice?) I am not too good at it, as I am still tripping over myself taking care of children."

Tiffany Hsu in THE STRANGLED TRUTH would work with Goo Jai. He felt very honored because he was a god to her. She was happy for him when he won his awards. Goo Jai revealed on the stage that he and she would have an epic love story. Tiffany said that for now she did not know whether they would have any intimate scene. She joked that she would have to take the producer Ka Tung to dinner to be able to ask for more intimate scenes.


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Rena Tanaka returns to Hong Kong after over ten years for the Hong Kong International Film Festival opening
Crystal Cheung
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Leon Lai announces his fatherhood on social media
Louis Koo congratulates Leon Lai on becoming a father
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The Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (FILMART) took place yesterday. As one of the nine major events of the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, event ambassador Leon Lai Ming was in attendance. Leon did not respond to rumors of impending fatherhood on the stage, but later on social media he admitted that he will be a father soon.

The 22nd Hong Kong International Film and Television Market attracted over 850 companies from 37 countries and regions, including various Hong Kong, Mainland China and international film companies. The Mainland China exhibition was in large scale, many provinces and cities like Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Hunan all set up regional exhibits. Sichuan and Chongqing were new exhibitors. In additions, this year's FILMART also attracted 360 companies from the One Belt One Road nations like Russia, Thailand, India, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Cambodia, Turkey and Vietnam. They hoped through the Hong Kong platform to expand into the Mainland China and the international market.

The Hong Kong Entertainment Expo ambassador Leon, whose divorced assistant Wing Chan was rumored to be six month pregnant with his child, appeared at the launch ceremony. Although as usual he did not speak to the media he appeared to be in good spirit. After arriving he shook hands with guests and organization representatives with a smile throughout. After the ceremony Leon's promotional video for this event was shown. Host Heidi Chu Hoi Ting said that the video had over 800,000 views on facebook in a short time and drew many likes from young people. As the ambassador how would Leon encourage young people who would be interested in entertainment work? Leon said, "I believe many people want to join show business, on and off screen, creative work, the outside wouldn't mind your appearance and education. As long as you have creativity and strong belief you can dare to try, because many different opportunities would appear in this business for people who are full of determination to head forward. I wish everyone success. (How would you promote entertainment through the media?) As long as the work is good, everyone would definitely support it. I believe the Entertainment Expo would continue to show a lot of new stuff. This year a lot of new elements have been added. I wish Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market year after year of improvement." He appeared on the stage for less than two minutes.

Around 6PM, Leon announced the good news on facebook and confirmed that he will soon become a father. "For two divorced people, the chance to be together is already a type of destiny. Having a little life would even soon make me a father, and bring me into another stage of life. I as a father must protect my family. I am unwilling to permit random exposure of my family, any parent would feel the same way. As for our future, time will prove everything. March 19 2018." Fans left a lot of well wishes after the post.