Sunday, November 19, 2017

[2017.11.20] HA YU'S YANG IS TOO STRONG FOR ANY SUPERNATURAL ENCOUNTER

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Artists Ha Yu, Ashina Kwok Yui Sum, Jumbo Tsang Suk Nga and Kimi Chiu Wing Yiu two nights ago promoted their film. The new film's producer Ha Yu has been in show business for years and naturally has heard a lot of ghost stories. However he has never personally experienced any. "Maybe my yang is too strong, I have never run into anything like that. If you believe in this stuff you would easily see it, if you don't then it wouldn't be so easy." Kwok Yui Sum revealed that while shooting in Malaysia they worked on the niche. Although the location was a constructed set, the result was realistic and she felt the chill during the shoot. She also revealed her supernatural experience while visiting Thailand. "I didn't put on make up, the next day the make up bag for some reason was out. I heard people talking in the bathroom, but when I came out my friends said no one said anything."

[2017.11.20] MANHUNT PREMIERES IN HONG KONG

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The Media Asian film MANHUNT (JUI BO) two nights ago held its Hong Kong premiere. Mainland actors Zhang Hanyu, Stephy Qi Wei and Korean star Ha Ji-Won attended. The film was released simultaneously on both coasts of the Strait and Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) and lead actor Masaharu Fukuyama divided up the promotions and were unable to come to Hong Kong.

Ng Yu Sum has publicly praised Ha Ji-Won as the "female Chow Yun Fat", which made Ha Ji-Won so happy that she could not sleep. Ha Ji-Won admitted that she grew up on Hong Kong film. Her favorite Hong Kong actors were Chow Yun Fat and Stephen Chow Sng Chi. She was even fortunate enough to run into Fa Gor at the Shanghai Film Festval. Ha Ji-Won said that she has always liked to eat. When she came to Hong Kong she immediately tried Shanghai cuisine, but she ate too much. Her interest in Chinese food did not subside though. She said that normally she rarely cooked, at mos she would make spicy rice cakes every New Year.

Zhang Hanyu this time in the film performed Ken Takakura's film theme song. He also hummed a few bars at the premiere. He said that he already knew this song 40 years ago. Earlier he worked on the music video. When he recorded the song he did it many times and felt that being a singer was very hard. Zhang Hanyu said that this time had a lot of stunts but he was not an action actor. As soon as the film began he had to run from Masaharu Fukuyama nonstop, thus he was very tired. However he really liked this script and automatically took it.

Mainland actress Qi Wei had Japanese lines in the film, but she did not receive the last minute changes until before her performance. She tried to be professoinal and learn her lines as quickly as possible. In addition, soon after the shoot began the director added a lot of stunts for her to become an action sar. In another fight scene she was left with a scar on her forehead. At the time she did not dare to tell her mother. She said, "I am not a goddess anymore, a little scar wouldn't affect me much!"

Saturday, November 18, 2017

[2017.11.18] VIUTV MAY HAVE THE HONG KONG FILM AWARD BROADCAST RIGHT

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ViuTV reportedly has already successfully landed the broadcast rights to two great Asian film industry events, including the 54th Golden Horse Award on the 25th and the 37th Hong Kong Film Award on April 15th, 2018.

Each year the Hong Kong Film Award broadcast rights would be open for bidding. Aside from the highest bid, the committee would also observe other conditions. If the news was true, ViuTV has won back the exclusive broadcast rights from TVB. ViuTv said, "Currently we have no comment, if we have news we would make an annoucement." In addition, ViuTV already has the right to the 54th Golden Horse Award and will air it live with nowTV on the 25th.

Friday, November 17, 2017

[2017.11.18] ZHANG HANYU ARE STUCK BETWEEN TWO WOMEN

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The John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) directed new version of MANHUNT will open in Hong Kong next Thursday, the 23rd. Recently the team has been promoting nonstop at the Venice, Toronto, Busan, London and Hong Kong international film festivals as raves rushed in like a tidal wave. Director Ng who just returned from promoting in Malaysia today would lead leads including Mainland Best Actor Zhang Hanyu, Korean film queen Ha Ji-Won and popular Mainland queen Stephy Qi Wei to the Hong Kong premiere.

MANHUNT aside from series of gun fights and car chases that would have the viewers' blood boiling, but also shot a large scale party that would be memorable at Japan's tallest skyscrapper and Osaka's new landmark Abeno Harukas building. Zhang Hanyu was lucky as Qi Wei caught his eyes in a red Chinese dress and fell in love at first dance; on the other hand international model Tao seduced him with another dance. Dance scenes probably would be no problem for Best Actor Zhang Hanyu, but on camera he appeared stiff. Actually it was all acting. "I felt that the character was a very serious tough guy and probably would not react to the seduction. He probably would not have any shaken expression or cute gesture."

[2017.11.18] KEVIN CHENG LETS HIS GIRLFRIEND'S WORK SPEAK FOR ITSELF

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Louis Koo sits down despite the pain and even flashes a smile
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Kevin Cheng speaks up for his girlfriend 
Stephy Tang would not consider category III films until she is older
Louis Koo adds the flu and back problems to his eye injury
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Louis Koo Tin Lok, Kevin Cheng Ka Wing, Stephy Tang Lai Yun, Julian Cheung Chi Lam and others two nights ago attended the flm L STORM's wrap banquet. Still recovering from his eye injury Goo Jai caught the flu and spinal column dislocation, no wonder he looked exhausted. Ka Wing said that even with a new STORM film he would not recommend Grace Chan Hoi Lam to star because he would let her own work speaking for itself. Before the banquet began producer Raymond Wong Pak Ming and director David Lam Tak Luk announced that a fourth installment has already begun its preparation.

Earlier suffering an eye injury on the set, Koo Tin Lok still has not recovered. He needed sunglasses during the day and he estimated that he would need three or four more weeks before healing. Recently working on a movie in New Zealand, Goo Jai caught the flu as well. He helplessly said, "The temperature suddenly dropped and snow fell there. I carelessly caught a severe flu. Earlier I even lost my voice. Even two doses of antibiotics were useless. Earlier when I woke up my back hurt a lot. The diagnosis was spinal column misalignment. I couldn't sleep and even sitting hurt. I had to stand up, which meant I didn't get to sleep! This ailment has no cure. It is from soft issue friction between the columns, maybe it is related to all the action scene damages. I should be fine with more rests."

Goo Jai will soon work on an action film in Malaysia. He said that he might not be able to perform some stunts but he would do his best. Would he reduce his workload? Goo Jai said, "No, this situation occurs once or twice a year. It's related to the climate change. After a few days of rest I will be fine."

Cheng Ka Wing was asked if L STORM had a fourth installment would he recommend his girlfriend Chan Hoi Lam? Ka Wing said, "She can't possibly have more jobs, would she still need recommendations from others? She is working on television, film and attending events, everyone sees her every other day. Her work speaks for itself and doesn't need me to say more."

Speaking of TVB asking its female artists to be "less sexy", Ka Wing must be the happiest one? He said, "Why would you say that? I am a viewer too. I believe the television station has its own policy. I also understand that this decision is correct for the family viewing period. However I hope it won't be like what (Anthony) Wong Chau Sun said -- Miss Hong Kong would have to wear diving suits. I look forward to what next year's Miss Hong Kong would be like."

As for Chan Hoi Lam's special flight boarding privilege, Ka Wing said, "I heard her talk about it and knew what happened. It's pretty funny, the informant should clear up what is special privilege and consumer rights. The kind of ticket you get would determine benefits and servces. Everyone is the same time. This is the airline's business decision. (Did you feel bad for your girlfriend?) Artists would always experience stuff like this. This time was minor, she can learn from it."

Tang Lai Yun revealed that she would focus on film in the future and had no record plan. She had no new plan in singing, even if she might perform a musical it would involve acting. Stephy said, "I like to act." Would she have any daring performance? She said, "I can't accept category III films, my bottom line is no full nudity. I may only bare my back. Maybe I would consider it when I get older. (Is it age related?) By then it wouldn't matter, at an older age no one would ask me to bare it all, haha."

[2017.11.18] SHU QI AND KARA WAI RUN INTO EACH OTHER BEFORE THE GOLDEN HORSE

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Kara Wai
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The 54th Golden Horse Award will take place next Saturday (the 25th). Two nights ago two Best Actress favorites Shu Qi and Kara Wai Ying Hung ran into each other as well attended a jewelry event at a new Beijing hotel with Kris Wu Yifan, model Lily Aldridge, socialite Tse Ling Ling and her daughter.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

[2017.11.17] HA JI-WON TEACHES JOHN WOO TO "GIVE HEART"

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Ha Ji-Won and John Woo make the heart gesture
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Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum)'s MANHUNT (JUI BO) two days ago held its Malaysian premiere. Ng Yu Sum and Korean star Ha Ji-Won attended. They spoke from their hearts through a translator on the stage. Director Ng admitted that before working together he has never seen Ha Ji-Won's work and apologized to her; Ha Ji-Won expressed her admiration for the director and admitted that she was jealous of Director Ng's exchange with his daughter on the set.

Two days ago Ha Ji-Won often made the "heart giving" gesture and made the audience scream. Director Ng despite his age followed suit. Then when he met the audience and posed for photos with them he would automatically make the gesture, much to Ha Ji-Won's surprise. Then the director pointed at Ha Ji-Won and told reporters, "She taught me this gesture! I just learned it!"

Director Ng was asked if he spoke any Korean with Ha Ji-Won? He demonstrated his usual greeting. Ha Ji-Won was asked to greet everyone in Chinese and luckily she complied. Then the host asked Ha Ji-Won to make a killer pose and she also did it, but she cracked up as she did. Before the pose she even performed a serious of gun pulling gestures, just like in the director's A BETTER TOMORROW. The audience applauded.

The director at the same time praised Ha Ji-Won for her charm during the shoot and her great agility. She almost did not need any stunt double assistance at all as she did all of her own stunts. Did Ha Ji-Won get hurt on the set? She said no because the Japanese team was rather protective. Before every shoot they would be fully prepared so she was able to complete all the stunts successfully. MANHUNT wll hold a premiere in Hong Kong Saturday. Zhang Hanyu, Ha Ji-Won and Stephy Qi Wei will appear.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

[2017.11.16] EDDIE MURPHY SWAPS SHARES WITH NATIONAL ARTS

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The Checkley Sin Kwok Lam led National Arts Entertainment Culture Group yesterday announced that a 10% stake in Hollywood comedy star Eddie Murphy's Murphy Entertainment Studios LLC for HK$ 327 million. They would exchange stocks as Eddie Murphy would become a member of National Arts' board. National Arts Entertainment would be guaranteed no less than 50 million in cash dividends annually for the next three years.

Sin Kwok Lam yesterday said, "7 years later when I came up with the studio idea, the outside thought I was full of it. Some even asked if I would die. Now people say I have foresight! This time I had the intuition and make even the goverment issue a policy to make Foshan into 'Guangzhou Hollywood' and a world class film and television center. (Many Hollywood actors want to break into the Chinese market.) They see our development potential. Eddie Murphy has become our main shareholder and I am very happy. After years of hard work I have caught the eyes of the local government and Hollywood, it is really very encouraging!"

[2017.11.16] FOR THE WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 12 2017

For the week ending Sunday November 12 2017
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 7 THE PROMISE
  Can : Si Yeuk
  Lit : Corpse Promise
    d. Jim Sopon Sukdapisit
    Numthip Jongrachatawiboon, Apichaya Thongkham
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening November 9 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/l4W-6pV1kXY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    In 1997, the financial crash, known in Thailand as the Tom Yum Goong Crisis, was a disastrous event that crept over Asia and left millionaires bankrupt overnight.

    A bright future which two best friends, Boum and Ib, pictured together fell apart when they found out that their families were going bankrupt. All of their assets were seized to satisfy their debts. The construction of a premium luxury condominium, which their parents jointly invested in, had been suspended. Unable to accept the harsh truth, they decided to end their lives together at the unfinished tower, where they promised to be together forever. In the end, Ib died all alone.

    Twenty years later, Boum becomes a successful real estate entrepreneur. One day, she gets to visit the abandoned tower with her beloved daughter, Bell. That night, Boum wakes up and finds Bell sleepwalking and talking to herself in the dark. Bell’s sleepwalking condition continues to worsen every night. What concerns Boum the most is that Bell’s actions and words in her sleepwalking state frighteningly remind Boum of Ib.


 5 THE SNOWMAN
    d. Tomas Alfredson
    Michael Fessbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg,
      Val Kilmer, J.K. Simmons


 4 LET ME EAT YOUR PANCREAS
    d. Sho Tsukikawa
    Shun Oguri, Keiko Kitagawa, Takumi Kitamura, Minami Hamabe
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 115 mins.
  Opening November 2 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/EqMZjMwRBGg

[ MCL CINEMAS ]
    Sakura Yamauchi and “I” were former high school classmates. Inspired by Sakura’s words, “I” has now become a teacher at the school they both attended. While talking to his students, he is reminded of the many days he spent with Sakura. Sakura, who was suffering from a disease of the pancreas, kept a diary of her struggle against her illness and how she tried to live with it. After he discovers the diary by chance one day, “I” and Sakura gradually start to spend more time together. Sakura is determined to live out her days brilliantly, but finally, the end draws near. Twelve years after her death, her best friend Kyoko, who is soon to marry, also begins to remember the time she spent with Sakura, just as “I” does. Then, because of something that happens, the two realize what Sakura really wanted to convey over the distance of those 12 years.


 3 MIX!
  Can : Bing Bung Ching Yun Mung
  Lit : Ping Pong Lover Dream
    d. Junichi Ishikawa
    Yui Aragaki, Eita, Ryoko Hirosue, Koji Seto, Mei Nagano, Yu Aoi
  Rating : I
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening November 9 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/wWGMN6wweRw

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    After breaking up with her boyfriend, Tamako flees to her hometown and picks up table tennis again in the Table Tennis Club formerly run by her late mother. When Tamako sees her ex, and his new girl paired together in the mixed doubles category, she resolves to enter the National Championship. Tamako teams up with former pro boxer Hagiwara but they are totally incompatible and fight all the time. Over time, however, their relationship begins to change...


 2 LOVING VINCENT
    d. Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
    Animation





 1 THOR: RAGNAROK
    d. Taika Waititi
    Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba,
      Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban,
      Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins

[2017.11.15] TERESA MO GETS SENTIMENTAL ABOUT PLAYING THE MOTHER OF AN AUTISTIC CHILD

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The Teresa Mo Shun Kwan starred film TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (WONG GUM FA) two nights ago held a premiere. Friends Ada Choi Siu Fun, Monica Chan Fat Yung and Candy Yu On On attended. Mo Shun Kwan in the film played the mother of an autistic child. Her acting was challenged again. She admitted that before the performance she visited this type of families and deeply felt how noble the parents were, as it was not easy at all to care fo autistic children. Mo Mo also was grateful for both daughters growing up healthily. Even now they were still "stuck" to her and constantly missed home. They would even go on vacation with their parents when they had time. She said, "This is the advantage of having girls, actually sometimes I would see how rebellious some children would get. My husband and I would think whether we experienced that. Luckily our daughters were very nice!" Mo Mo also just took a new role and had to work in Japan during Christmas. She said that her daughters were planning to spend the holiday with her there.

Choi Siu Fun and Chan Fat Yung came to support Mo Mo. Ada revealed that earlier she took a television series role but due to script changes the production had to postpone its start until next year. She in turn had more vacation time to spend with her daughters. She planned to spend a white Christmas with them, now she would have to see whether her husband could take some time off. Ada also said that hre daughters were rather vain and sometimes would match her clothing for her. When we were out they would look at pretty things. Even if she did not like them they would ask her to get them for them, so they could wear them when they grew up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

[2017.11.15] FOR THE WEEK STARTING NOVEMBER 11 2017

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting November 11 2017


15 HEAVENLY NET
  Can : Tin Mong
  Pakho Chau

14 GIVE ME A CHANCE
  Tiger Hu

13 BRICK
  Can : Juen Tau
  Jason Chan Pak Yu

12 PSEUDO-SINGLE, YET SINGLE
  Can : Mei Dan Sun
  A-Lin

11 OWN THE DAY
  Can : Dan Lik Jup Jeuk
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

10 502
  Fiona Sit Hoi Kei

 9 IS THERE ANYTHING MISSING
  Can : Si But Si Wan Siu Liu Sup Mor
  Michael Kong (Kwong Leung)

 8 HAPPY EVER AFTER
  Can : Gum Tin Yu, Hor Si Ngor Moon Joi Yut Hei
  Chris Lee Yuchun

 7 I'M NOT GOD
  Can : Ngor But Si Sun
  A-Bin Fang (Fong Man Bun)

 6 HAPPINESS AT ONCE
  Can : Fai Lok Yi Chi Yung Yau
  Eric Chou (Chow Hing Jik)

 5 YOUTH LIES WITHIN
  Can : Ching Chun Ju Liu Shui
  Rainie Yang (Yeung Sing Lam)

 4 LOVE LIKE AIR
  Can : Oi Yu Hung Hei
  Weibird Wei (Wai Lai On)

 3 BALLAD
  Can : Gor Yiu
  Li Ronghao

 2 I DO
  Karen Mok Man Wai


 1 A. I. LOVE
  Can : A. I. Oi
  Wang Leehom (Wong Lik Won)

[2017.11.15] MASAHARU FUKUYAMA AND ZHANG HANYU HAVE CHASES ON THE WATER

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Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum)'s new film MANHUNT was shot entirely in Japan. In one scene on the river near the Enoshima Station in Osaka a dangerous jet ski motor between the "hunky" cop Masaharu Fukuyama and fugitive Zhang Hanyu took place. Looking heroic on camera, Fukuyama said off camera, "The jet ski was very hard to control, it really got me!" Reportedly the film even asked Japan national swim team athletes to be lifeguards and directly stand by in the river.

Although when Zhang Hanyu earlier worked on the film OPERATION MEKONG he learned to rde a jet ski, but the Japanese water sport requirement was very strict, requiring a certification for truly riding on a river. Due to language he was unable to pass, he could only sit on the jet ski on the river and be towed. On the other hand, Masaharu Fukuyama was certified and was able to personally perform. During his break he flew on the river.

In ths scene Zhang Hanyu jumped from the jet ski on the river to go on the lam on the road and climb on a climb. He happened to run into a famous Osaka Danjiri Matsuri. He took the chance and snuck into the crowd and made Fukuyama's pursuit even more difficult. The story as even more intense. The jet ski got Masaharu Fukuyama, but the most difficult was multiple language barrier for Zhang Hanyu. He said, "This was the firs time I had Chinese, English and Japanese dialogue in one flm, to me it was quite a challenge. In addition communication took the most time when working with actors of different nations. Luckily under the director's planning the film was completed successfully."

[2017.11.14] BEST ACTORS AARON KWOK AND TONY LEUNG CHIU WAI TEAM UP

Four Great Captains Patrick Tam, Aaron Kwok, tony Leung Chiu Wai and Michael Chow
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Fellow Best Actors Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Chiu Wai look forward to set off spark
Michael Chow, Patrick Tam and Lawrence Ko make a fresh team
Tsui Tin Yau, Belinda Yan, Jeana Ho and Rose Chan in retro costumes
Director Philip Yung
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The film THEORY OF AMBITIONS (FUNG JOI HEI SI) earlier held a production start ceremony. Director Philip Yung Tsz Kwong with "Four Great Captains" actors Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Patrick Tam Yiu Man, Michael Chow Man Kin attended, as did Du Juan and Lawrence Ko Yu Lun. At the same time the rest of the cast was also announced, including Michael Hui Koon Man, Jessie Li (Chun Xia), Eddie Cheung Siu Fai, Zeng Yixuan, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Michael Ning (Bak Ji), Lam Yiu Sing, Ron Ng Cheuk Hei, Tse Kwan Ho, Maggie Cheung Ho Yi, Elaine Jin (Kam Yin Ling) and others.

FUNG JOI HEI SI brought together two Best Actors Kwok Fu Sing and Leung Chiu Wai for their first collaboration. Director Yung Tsz Kwong said, "I hope this film would have a grand scale, grand vision and grand presence. In addition it would stress the changing of the era, a natural motion comparison that would quite poetic." FUNG JOI HEI SI would not just narrate one event but the police's Four Great Captains. At the social environment of greed in Hong Kong at the time they reigned over both sides of the law. After several setbacks they in the end with the launch of a new chapter in the fight against corruption in Hong Kong retreated; it was the fall of the Hong Kong colonial corruption era and a look back at the close of an old era.

[2017.11.14] KARA WAI WINS BARCELONA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL PRIZE

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Would Kara Wai continue her streak with a Golden Horse award?
Sylvia Chang is nominated for Best Actress and Best Director Golden Horse awards
Shu Qi
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Kara Wai Ying Hung in the film HAPPINESS (HUNG WON SI NGOR) played a character with Alzheimer's disease. Her outstanding acting won her this year's Hong Kong Film Award Best Actress. Recently Sister Siu Hung again with the film won the 2017 Barcelona Asian Film Festival Best Actress. In addition, its director Andy Lo (Law Yiu Fai) also received Best Director. Director Law attended the award ceremony and accepted Sister Siu Hung's award on her behalf.

The 54th Golden Horse Award will take place on November 25th. The event released the Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director nominee photos, including Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga), Ann Hui On Wa, Kara Wai Ying Hung, Shu Qi and Huang Bo. Best Actor nominee Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo) due to scheduling was unable to participate in the shoot.