Tuesday, August 22, 2017

[2017.08.23] FOR THE WEEK ENDING AUGUST 20 2017

For the week ending Sunday August 20 2017
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10 BALLERINA
  AKA : LEAP!
    d. Eric Summer, Eric Warin
    French Animation
    English Voices: Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen
    Cantonese Voices: Stephanie Au Hoi Shun, Raymond Wong Pak Ming,
      Olivia Cheng Man Nga, Tam Yuk Ying, Wong Hei


 9 DUNKIRK
    d. Christopher Nolan
    Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles,
      Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh,
      Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy


 8 GINTAMA
  Can : Ngan Won
  Lit : Silver Soul
    d. Yoichi Fujita
    Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Masami Nagasawa,
      Masak Okada, Tsuyoshi Muro, Yuya Yagira
    Rating : IIA
    Length : 131 mins.
    Opening August 17 2017
    Trailer : https://youtu.be/vhFLZ1huG9

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    In a world where Japan has been conquered by aliens called Amanto, a samurai named Sakata Gintoki makes ends meet by working as a freelancer with Shinpachi Shimura, a teenager who joins Gintoki in hopes of learning the way of the samurai. They team up with Kagura, a young alien girl of the Yato Clan, considered to be the strongest and most bloodthirsty Amanto race there is.


 7 WU KONG
  AKA : LEGEND OF WU KONG
  Can : Ng Hung Juen
  Lit : Wu Kong Biography
    d. Derek Kwok Chi Kin
    Eddie Peng Yu-Yan, Ni Ni, Oho Ou, Shawn Yue Man Lok, Zheng Shuang,
      Qiao Shan, Yang Di, Faye Yu Feihong
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 123 mins.
  Opening July 13 2017 in Malaysia
  Opening August 10 2017
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/nB17QpVk9K4

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Sun Wu Kong was born on the Huaguo Mountain with a heart of stone. One of Heaven`s most powerful generals, Hua Ji, wants to eliminate him. Wu Kong gets rescued by the monk, Bodhi, and taken in as his disciple. Meanwhile, Yang Jian is offered the opportunity to become a god - for a price. He must kill Zixia, the daughter of the Heaven Emperor`s rival, but he is in love with her. Then there`s Tian Peng, Hua Ji`s bodyguard, who gets ordered to investigate Wu Kong. The three of them are sent to the Heaven school, each with different goals. There, their lives begin to change.


 6 DORAEMON THE MOVIE 2017: NOBITA'S GREAT ADVENTURE IN THE ANTARCTIC KACHI KOCHI
    d. Atsushi Takahashi
    Japanese Animation
    Rating : I
    Length : 101 mins.
    Opening August 3 2017

[ SCI FI JAPAN ]
    This friendship will not freeze for 100,000 years.

    Unable to endure the midsummer heat, Doraemon transports Nobita and his friends to a huge iceberg floating in the South Pacific. While creating an amusement parks with the secret tool “Ice-working Iron” the group finds a mysterious golden ring in the ice. Upon closer examination, they determine that the ring was buried in Antarctica 100,000 years ago...before people could have lived there!

    Doraemon and friends head to Antarctica looking for the owner of the ring and come across the ruins of a huge city buried in the ice. Using Doraemon’s Time Belt, the group travels back 100,000 years ago and meets the young girl Kara who is connected to the mysterious ring. But now the group must fight for survival as Doraemon faces the crisis of the entire Earth freezing!


 5 THE EMOJI MOVIE
    d. Tony Leondis
    Animation
    English Voices: T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, James Corden, Patrick Stewart
    Cantonese Voices: Dior Cheng Yi Kin, Louisa Mak Ming Sze, Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung


 4 THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD
    d. Patrick Hughes
    Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman


 3 ANNABELLE: CREATION
    d. David Sandberg
    Miranda Otto, Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman


 2 THE BATTLESHIP ISALND
    d. Ryoo Seung-Wan
    Song Joong-Ki, So Ji-Sub, Hwang Jung-Min
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 132 mins.
  Opening August 10 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/yTCjReD17sU

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Lee Kang-Ok is a bandmaster at a Kyungsung hotel. He leaves for Japan to protect his daughter, but they get sent to Hashima (Battleship Island) labour camp instead, where they are imprisoned and forced to mine for coal. Also sent to the camp are Choi Chil Seong, Kyungsung`s best street fighter who constantly stirs up trouble while at the labour camp, and Park Moo-Yeong, a freedom fighter who infiltrates the island to rescue a key figure in the independence movement that is held captive there. They are among the 400 Korean workers who risk their lives to escape Hasihima and their forced labour.
    d. Christopher Nolan
    Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jack Lowden, Harry Styles,
      Aneurin Barnard, James D'Arcy, Barry Keoghan, Kenneth Branagh,
      Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy





 1 BAD GENIUS
  Can : Chook Mau Dut Gung Dui
  Lit : Cheating Special Force
    d. Nattawut Poonpiriya
    Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Eisaya Hosuwan,
      James Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Chanon Santinatornkul
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 130 mins.
  Opening August 17 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/z7LSvL1F6kY

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Lynn is a straight-A student who makes a quick buck by selling exam answers to other students. Her clients, Pat and Grace, convince her to sell the answers to the STIC, an international standardised test for students who wish to enroll in the world`s leading universities. The test is scheduled to take place at the same time and day all over the world, which means Lynn has to fly over to a country which has a time zone ahead of Thailand and send the answers back to her customers. The only problem is someone will need to take her place while she is away. Lynn only knows of one person who fits the bill, her scholarship-student rival, Bank, who just so happens to be openly against cheating.

[2017.08.23] FOR THE WEEK STARTING AUGUST 19 2017

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting August 19 2017


15 STRENGTHEN YOURSELF
  Can : Dong Ji Keung
  Dear Jane, JW

14 THE FIRST MEMORY
  Can : Jui Chor Dik Gei Yik
  Lala Hsu (Tsui Gai Ying)

13 GO! AMIGO
  Can : Ga Yau! Amigo
  TFBoys

12 BRAVE THE RAIN
  Can : Mo Yu
  Terence Siufay

11 THAT IS IT
  Can : Jau Jeh Yeung
  Li Ronghao

10 MISSED DATE
  Can : Suk Yeuk
  Twins

 9 NO CHOICE
  Can : Moot Yau Suen Jak
  Tiger Hu (Wu Yin Bun)

 8 SISTER EMPTY
  Can : Hung Jeh
  Gin Lee Hung Ngai

 7 SET IT OFF
  Can : Juk Fat
  Luhan

 6 PLAYHOUSE
  Can : Ga Ga Jau
  Jia Jia (Ga Ga)

 5 MIGRANT
  Can : Chin Toh
  Jeff Chang (Cheung Shun Jit)

 4 PLEASE LET LOVE BELIEVE IN YOU
  Can : Ching Yeung Oi Ching Seung Shun Nei
  Jane Zhang Liangying

 3 CAPE
  Can : Pei Fung
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 2 100 TYPES OF PASSION
  Can : Yut Bak Jung Yit Oi
  Chris Lee Yuchun, Major Lazer


 1 COMING HOME
  Will Pan (Poon Wai Pak)

[2017.08.23] ANDY LAU TELLS FANS HE IS FINE

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Andy Lau pleads with fans to be a little more quiet 
Shu Qi says Andy Lau is more handsome.  Husband Stephen Fung won't be jealous.
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Andy Lau Tak Wa earlier in the year fell off a horse during a commercial shoot and was hospitalized for serious injuries. After rest and recovery he officially returned recently. Last night she appeared in Hong Kong with co-star Shu Qi for the Stephen Fung Tak Lun directed THE ADVENTURERS (HUP DOH LUEN MUN) premiere. Dressed in black, Wa Jai was back to form, full of positive energy. Over 500 fans looked on and glad to see their idol appear. They even gave Wa Jai a "Return of the King" welcome, as they would scream with Wa Jai's every move. Wa Jai also got teary eyed from the fans' passion.

Full of smile, Wa Jai often waved to the crowd. Because the fans kept screening, Wa Jai said, "Stop for a second, let the host ask the question. Everyone haven't screamed for a long time. Relax, from today on I will come out everyday. You can scream again." Wa Jai admitted that the fans' passion moved him. Even Shu Qi was moved. Would Wa Jai come out everyday? He said, "It was just talk." What would he like to say to fans? Wa Jai got teary eyed and said, "I want to tell them I am fine, I hope to see everyone. Seeing them I feel much better."

Seeing the Hong Kong audience again, Wa Jai smiled and said, "Actually I have been communicating with everyone online. The doctor was afarid that when I attend public events the fans would be too passionate and hurt me. So the agreement with the company is that I can promote and I can't go out. After the Beijing and Taiwan promotions, everyone has been great to me. When I was promoting in Taiwan, because the doctor didn't permit me to attend the premiere, the fan club fans built a red carpet for me to walk on. They really are very funny, so now I convinced the doctor to let me come out."

Wa Jai recovered faster than expected. He admitted that the doctor of course was more conservative initially. Now he has recovered one or two months faster. His body used to be very agile. Now he is able to handle basic movement, mainly his muscles, bones and body are already over 95% recovered. Only his L5 and L6 spinal columns have cracked and fractured, so his nerves suffered a little damage. He said, "For complete recovery, the soonest would be a year, otherwise two. Because there is no drug to take, I have to wait for it to heal on its own. If it doesn't that it stays like this."

Would he be able to perform extraneous exercises? Wa Jai answered, "I can, but when I movie I feel like I was in bandages. That would affect stunts though, the only impact is I haven't stretched my legs for half a year. I used to be able to spread them but now I can only bend them because I have to be very careful with the injured area. I don't dare to stretch at home. I have to do it on a physical therapist's watch." To speed up his recovery, while at the hospital Wa Jai everyday learned to get on the treadmill. The most important was the stairs training. HE said, "I had to climb 28 floors of stairs before getting home. In order to go home I could only walk like my life depended on it. Everyday I had to walk the full 120 stairs. It really was rather strict."

Wa Jai also was active with his physical therapy for another reason -- he wanted to be able to pick up his daughter as soon as possible. He said, "I still had to wait 4 months before I could hold her!" He kept doing deep lunges and lifting weights. Before going home he even had to learn to use a wheel chair because he was the only men at home. Did her daughter's heart ache when she saw him like that? Wa Jai nodded, "She did, but she was still little!" Did Wa Jai learn anything from this injury? Wa Jai stated, "I did a lot of very scary and difficult stunts without any problems before, this time the horse didn't run either but it seemed to be mad. I got off and left the horse once, but because I still had a little more to shoot I got back on. A lot of things are destined. However this time while I was at the hospital I had nothing to do, so I did a physical examination and discovered some old wounds. I found out that they wouldn't get better. Then I started training my muscles because athletes with similar injuries could continue to run by relying on the muscles." However, Wa Jai said that he did not exercise as much as he used to, he mainly did cardiovascular exercises.

After the accident Wa Jai admitted that he was afraid of horses. He thought about whether to get a double for horse riding scenes then use the computer to put his face in them. Since the injury Wa Jai revealed that actually work was not affected too much. After the commercial he was going to rest before preparing for his concerts. Now his concerts would hopefully start in the Mainland in the second half of next year first and postponed to the year after in Hong Kong as he still wanted to keep the cross year schedule. Has he fully resumed work? He said that for now he still did not have any new assignment or film offer. Would his commercial see the light of day? Wa Jai said that it would not. He would not have any horse scene that would remind everyone. He worked on this commercial once a year, he would wait and see how the next one would be arranged.

Wa Jai described his character as the most handsome thief in his life. Stephen Fung Tak Lun said that he would make Wa Jai as cool as he could be. Wa Jai joked, "I don't know why I am so cool." When he heard fans screamed "handsome", he said, "That's why people say you can work on acting, but you can't work on being handsome." Shu Qi felt that what Wa Jai said was classic.

Shu Qi and Fung Tak Lun appeared in Hong Kong together for the first time after their marriage. When asked if they would appear on screen together next time, Shu Qi said, "There isn't any need to make a commercial, we would try not to be actors together." When asked whether she felt Wa Jai or her husband was more handsome, Shu Qi picked Wa Jai. Fung Tak Lun agreed and would not be jealous.

[2017.08.23] JUST FOR FUN: SAM HUI AND ALAN TAM ANNOUNCES PART 2 TO THEIR CONCERT SERIES

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Alan Tam and Sam Hui announces a part 2 to their concert series
Alan Tam's pockets are filled with lai see
Jaime Chik, Alan Tam, Tsui Ka Bo, Lillian Chan, Sam Hui, Michael Miu, Anita Yuen
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Two master class singers Alan Tam Wing Lun and Sam Hui Koon Kit two nights ago successfully completed their 12 show SAM AND TAM HAPPY TOGETHER CONCERT. Their extraordinary charm gave their fans all the audio and visual entertainment. Sam and Alan in front of over 10,000 viewers promised a part 2. As for the suggestion of adding George Lam Chi Cheung, Alan immediately came up with the name 3am with his quick wit!

The final show attracted many industry insiders, including Deborah Li, Nat Chan Pak Cheung and Wong Hung Sau, Wayne Lai Yiu Cheung and his wife, Linda Wong Hing Ping, Cally Kwong Mei Wan, Michael Wong Man Tak and his wife Janet Ma Sze Wai. Andy Lau Tak Wa, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and Simon Yam Tat Wa sent videos to cheer them on.

Sam and Alan performed a series of classic hits. Alan told everyone that he wanted to perform Part 2, which hopefully would take place at the end of next year or the Lunar New Year. The audience applauded. Sam invited Lillian Chan Hoi Tung to the stage while Alan dragged Anita Yuen Wing Yi, Jaime Chik Mei Chun and Tsui Ka Bo to the stage. Michael Miu Kiu Wai also got on stage for a selfie. As the three "pretty wives" took turn dancing with their idol. Sam joked, "I can't take it anymore!"

Alan and Sam have been together for awhile. Alan said, "At first when I met Sam, it was very hard to get in touch with him. He was a ninja and rarely came out. After some contact I realized that he was very introverted and bashful, which kept me from saying the wrong thing or trying to be funny. I was afraid of scaring him. After we became familiar actually he was very humorous and a lot of fun. Sam hasn't worked with others so he needed time to work with me. Every night he has improved as our chemistry got better and better. We really have become the best partners." During encore, the audience all stood and sang with them. They also said that they very much looked forward to Prat 2 to play with everyone again. Finally at 11:45PM the concert ended with TOWER IN THE CLOUDS. After the show, Sam and Alan popped champagne backstage to celebrate. Would they perform a Part 2? Alan said, "I do, but the venue would be very hard to book. At least we would need it for two to three weeks." Some suggested that they could perform Part 2, 3, 4? Sam smiled and nodded. As for the suggestion of adding Ah Lam, Alan quickly said, "'3 am' concert, but we belong to different companies. We would have to coordinate. Ah Lam is a friend of mine as well." Alan due to shaking hands with the audience left many wounds on his hands. In addition he injured his elbow on the first show. He said every night he was in so much pain that he could not sleep. Now he prepared pain killers at the venue just in cast. He would recover after a few weeks.

Today is Alan's birthday. He accepted so many lai see that night his hands were numb. He said, "My chest is swelling more and more, but I have to work overseas on my birthday. I won't celebrate. Later Sam and I will perform a world tour. In September I will perform my solo concert. Sam's birthday will be on September 6th. As usual he would go to a steak house for steak. "I can only have it once a year, I have to stay in shape." Alan was stunned then joked, "I have it 6 days a week! He only has it once a year, to me that is incredible!" Alan immediately invited Sam to a famous steak house. Sam agreed, "For him I can break the diet and have roast beef twice a year."

Miu Kiu Wai's son posted a photo with Alan's son online. Alan said, "Young people don't sense threat as much, they never consider any problem of threat. (Do you mind?) Just don't do it again." Sam still has not seen Alan's son. Alan explained that because his son was not in Hong Kong. I definitely would take him to see Uncle Sam whenever he would get a chance.

[2017.08.23] CARINA LAU MAKES SIMON YAM SWEAT


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Patrick Kong, Simon Yam, Carina Lau, boss Albert Yeung and Michelle Wai
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The Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum) directed, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Simon Yam Tat Wa and Michelle Wai Sze Nga starred FATHER VS. FATHER IN LAW (NGOR DIK CHING DIK NUI SAI) two nights ago shot on location in a Wanchai coffee shop.

25 years after GIGOLO AND WHORE (GAI NGAP LUEN) they worked together again, Brother Wa praised Ka Ling for being well maintained. She proudly said that in the film she had an adopted daughter Wai Sze Nga. In real life she could probably be her mother, but now still many young people admire her. She would not do anything about that because she felt that she was well worth admiring. Did her husband Tony Leung Chiu Wai know? Ka Ling said, "Some things you can't tell, I have to make him feel a little threatened. If younger girls like him, I would be happy for him, congratulate him because he is already at this age!" Brother Wa agreed, "That's why people are jealous of me too. Yesterday a man glared at me on the next block!" Ka Ling asked Brother Wa if he had more younger girls trying to get near him? Brother Wa was actually so nervous that he was sweating. "Only my daughter can get close to me, really no girl can get close to me!" Ka Ling took a tissue and wiped the sweat off Brother Wa as she said, "Tell the truth!" Brother Wa said, "Really only my girl can get close. When I injured my hand she cut the steak for me. My wife fed me soup. It was seriously romantic." Was Wai Jai romantic? Ka Ling said, "He wouldn't, but I can be romantic alone. Have red wine, drink coffee, run, it's pretty romantic for someone to be so carefree!" Brother Wa said that his family of three on vacation was also very romantic. Recently his wife Qi Qi came back from vacation 10 pounds heavier.

Two nights ago Ka Ling and Brother Wa ran into each other again at a won ton noodle stall, but Brother Wa was already stuck between Ka Ling and adopted daughter Wai Sze Nga. They both felt that love had no age limit. Ka Ling said that the French president was like that too, love without age difference would happen.

Director Yip Lim Sum asked Ka Ling to play the final "Ah Bo". She said that she has never watched Director Yip's movies so she first talked with the director. Then she learned about the romantic story behind the movies. Actually if done well they could keep going.

Monday, August 21, 2017

[2017.08.22] KATHY YUEN IS WELL PREPARED TO PLAY A STUDENT

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Emperor Motion Picture YUT YUET SING (SUN MOON STAR) is heating up in production. Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi), Daichi Harashima, Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui and Karena Ng Chin Yu earlier worked on location at an old school office supply shop in San Po Kong. Although it was just a simple entering an exiting the store scene, due to the heat the actors were trying to lower their temperature during their breaks with mini fans and paper fans.

Playing a secondary school student, Tong Yi became even younger and cuter in a school uniform. She revealed that Brother Tan in the film was both the office supply store boss and her uncle in the film. This time they worked together for the first time, she felt that Brother Tan was a very sharp, very humorous person. She would properly learn from him.

Tong Yi also admitted that she has not worn a school uniform in years. This time she was reminded of many secondary school memories, especially when she worked with Daichi Harashima. She would be reminded of her past school days. She said, "Because Daichi really likes to play basketball, I used to like to watch boys play ball at school. I was the silent supportive type. In secondary school I had two Puppy Love, but we only held hand once and went out once. Ultimately at that time school came first, so I didn't officially date until I started working."

Was she the type of girls who took the initiative? Tong Yi said, "In school I was very quiet and very meek, I had few opposite sex friends. Although sometimes I would find an excuse to find the guy I liked, I didn't dare to take too much initiative." Because the character required light make up, she said that a studnet could not wear too heavy make up. She said that she would not be unaccustomed to it. She was very confident in light make up, but her co-star this time was a young Daichi Harashima, she still had to work on a skin care everyday. She used facial masks in the morning and at night, she exercised, tried to sleep earlier. She believed that she could still pass. She also said that her boyfriend Ken Hung Cheuk Lap has always seen her school girl look and thought it was decent.

In addition, director Benny Lau Wai Hung directed WONG KA YAN, so this time he asked Ng Chin Yu to be the special guest star so Wong Ka Yan could appear on the screen again. Chin Yu said that she was very happy to play Wong Ka Yan again. Both YUT YUET SING and WONG KA YAN took place in the 90s Hong Kong. The director hoped to have a little continuity, a story that felt like a parallel universe. She said that in the denim over all she felt like she went back to several years ago. The crew said that she did not change at all. She said that she was very happy to work with the director again because she has not worked in Hong Kong in a long time. Earlier she mostly worked in the Mainland, so working in Hong Kong felt particularly familiar.

Reportedly she and boyfriend Raymond Lam Fung were already married overseas. Chin Yu said, "Engaged? No! Absolutely not true." She earlier attended an event and said that both she and Lam Fung were very busy with work, for now they did not have any wedding plan. Work would come first for them.

[2017.08.22] WU JING: I AM A FILMMAKER, NOT A HERO

WOLF WARRIOR 2 is accused of ripping of an internet novel, as it turns out the write of the novel is the screen writer of the film.
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Wu Jing wants to focus on his next film and thus has not agreed to promote in Hong Kong
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The Wu Jing directed and starred WOLF WARRIOR 2 (JIN LONG 2) exceeded 5.2 billion RMB at the Mainland box office to become the Mainland's highest grossing Chinese film in history; its Hong Kong release was rumored and finally confirmed to be on September 7th. In the past, Wu Jing has come to Hong Kong to make movies and promote many times. However because Wu Jing stated that he hoped to focus on his next film, he has not replied to whether he would promote in Hong Kong.

WOLF WARRIOR 2's Hong Kong rights went to Universe. Boss Daneil Lam Siu Ming was asked if he had any anticipation for its Hong Kong release. He said that the film remained very strong in the Mainland so its Hong Kong release early next month would be expected to follow the trend. As for whether it would break box office record, he said, "We will try our best!" Lam Siu Ming said that he did not invest in this film but he was happy for the bosses who did. Would future films fight to be the next WOLF WARRIOR 2? Lam Siu Ming said that the subject would be very hard to write, Hong Kong screen writers would have no idea how to write it. Wu Jing lived with the military for two years before he was able to depict that sentiment. Thus he felt that Hong Kong audience would accept it as well.

Wu Jing earlier stated in a Xinhua Agency interview, "After today, I don't want to accept another interview because my life needs recharging." Despite the box office record, Wu Jing felt that the various extreme challenges in the film was his greatest wealth. "In terms of action, from above water to below, the shot was done in one take. No one was able to do it but I did; tank drifting battle has never been done in a foreign film. The Chinese did it first, I feel proud." He even stressed that he was no hero, but a filmmaker; he only wanted through the image of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to display a type of sincerity, a type of responsibility and sense of duty that a man should have, the indomitable spirit of the Chinese soldier, and not Wu Jing as a hero who never dies.

He said after his success, everything returned to zero for him. In other words he must start all over. He said, "Every martial artist wants to start an era, to me, my life just started."