Sunday, December 17, 2017

[2017.12.17] SANDRA NG FINALLY UNDERSTANDS WHY PETER CHAN IS HARDLY EVER HOME

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Sandra Ng Kwan Yu's directing debut GOLDBUSTER (YIU LING LING) will open on the 29th. To promote her first film as a director, Director Ng tried a cinema promotion tour. She in 15 days went to 24 Mainland ciites, as much as 18 cinemas a day and as few as 10. She estimated that she attended over 250 shows of audience appreciations and events.

Running all over 24 cities in one breath to Kwan Yu was a physical challenge, but she experienced the most that being a director actually was tougher than an actor. She had to take more time to promote. Even she joked, "I finally understand why (Peter) Chan Ho Sun is hardly ever home!"

Kwan Yu this time ran the entire trip with her producer and other half Chan Ho Sun. Earlier they both put on priest robes and carried peach wood swords to meet the audience at the movies. From the first stop in Foshan, each show and each circuit's audience was surprised to see this star priest couple.

Yesterday Kwan Yu promoted in Shenzhen. After two days Kwan Yu said with disbelief, "Luckily I have been working out, on the first day in Foshan I ran to 17 cinemas. I really can't top that! I have always thought being a Mommy was the most difficult, actually being a director is. It really is an endurance race. In the past as an actress I would promote with one or two premieres or events, but this time this time I really am incredible. Actually this promotional trip truly has been a new attempt, but I have to sacrifice the chance to spend Christmas with my daughter. This year I have to celebrate with the audience at the movies. However I am happy that I personally went to the movies, interacted and shared with the audience over these few days. The response has been great. I hope everyone would like this movie."

[2017.12.17] CARINA LAU SURPRISES SIMON YAM AND DRINKS HIM OVER THE TABLE

Patrick Tse surprises Simon Yam with an arm locking toast
Vincy Chan, Sherman Chung
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Snow Suen
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The Lunar New Year film A BEAUITFUL MOMENT (NGOR DIK CHING DIK NUI SAI) production wrap banquet took place two nights ago. Director Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum) and actors Simon Yam Tat Wa, Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Patrick Tse Yin, Snow Suen Wai Suet, Vincy Chan (Wing Yi) and Sherman Chung Shu Man were among the attendees. Boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing even host the toast. Only lead actress Carina Lau Ka Ling was working on a series in the Mainland and could not make time to attend.

Yam Tat Wa revealed that he has already planned for his family of three to have a White Christmas in Finland and would even bring a fake belly to play Santa Claus to cheer up his wife Qi Qi. However due to work he would have to leave early while his wife and daughter would continue to enjoy the vacation. Brother Wa said that working with Ka Ling again on this Lunar New Year film was very pleasant. He only learned that Ka Ling had quite a tolerance for liquor after they made two drunk scenes. He ended up having to make the movie drunk!

Wai Sze Nga played Lau Ka Ling's daughter. She said that she has liked her since she was little and this time working with her was a dream come true. Sze Nga praised Sister Ka Ling as a great beauty, playing her daughter truly was a honor. However at first she was a little scared at work because Sister Ka Ling's presence was too great. After contact she realized that she was very an attentive elder and gave herself the impression of a mother. When they worked together they could be very natural. On the other hand her four time co-star Wong Yuen Chi played a sister with the intellect of a four year old. Sze Nga said, "Yuen Chi is the most apt and the most amazing at comedy. On the set she brought everyone a lot of joy. We joked that her character was already two years smart than her normal intellect. Her comedic sense is very strong, my response was rather slow so I really had to learn from her!"

Suen Wai Suet only guest starred for a day this time, but she went to work soon after giving birth. After working at night she got the "hives". She joked that she considered herself making a sacrifice for the arts. Ah Suet said that her son was already four months old and a "big baby". He was eating more than she could handle. Because she was breastfeeding she could not lose weight. She gained over 20 pounds and hoped to start officially losing weight half a year later.

Friday, December 15, 2017

[2017.12.16] DAYO WONG HAS NO PEACE, NO RELATIONSHIP WITH CHARMAINE SHEH

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Charmaine Sheh slaps Dayo Wong

Dayo Wong is hung upside down at the pier
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The Dayo Wong Tze Wa and Charmaine Sheh Sze Man starred Lunar New Year comedy AGENT MR. CHAN (DUNG DUK DUT GUNG) yesterday released its first official trailer. Although Tze Wa appeared with his back to the camera, then lived it up at the casino with a group of sexy beauties with the strongest shade of 007, soon he "fell into the dragnet" of the "bureau chief" Sheh Sze Man's order. He was not only all wet and hung upside down at the pier, Ah Sheh even slapped the light out of him!

Setting off spark at their TVB series YOU'RE HIRED, Ah Sheh and Tze Wa this time also had a forced wedding scene. In it Ah Sheh with messy hair and red eyes asked Tze Wa, "In other words we are not getting married?" Tze Wa immediately gave his golden reply, "If the world won't have peace a day, personal relationship for me is no way."

Soon after the trailer was released, Tze Wa posted it on his social media and shot a video to ask for it to be spread around the internet. He said that this was the official trailer. In response to the earlier leaked video, "That one was fake! We aren't so sloppy."

[2017.12.16] "DRAGON AND PIG" TEAM OFFICIALLY BEGINS

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Taiwan artist Show Luo (Piggy) two days ago attended a new film press conference with Jackie Chan in the Mainland. Piggy even imitated Jackie Chan's past classic fights. Jackie Chan also impersonated Piggy's cross dressing "Chu Bik Shek" gesture.

Because they had many scenes together in the film, they called themselves the "Dragon and Pig Team". Co-star Ouyang Nana often whispered to Jackie Chan on the stage and appeared to be rather close.

[2017.12.16] EASON CHAN FIGHTS OUTSTANDINGLY

Both Li Ronghao and Eason Chan work on their first action film
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The Eason Chan Yik Shun and Li Ronghao starred, Vincent Kok Tak Siu directed action comedy KEEP CALM AND BE A SUPERSTAR (NGOR DAI GUI SING) will open early next year. It even invited the Hong Kong poster illustrator Yuen Tai Yung to return for a poster. Eason felt very honored to be the actor of Master Yuen's first poster of his return. Master Yuen put his and Ronghao's most "exaggerated" side from the film on the poster.

Eason and Li Ronghao both worked on ther first action film. Kok Tak Siu praised Eason's fighting would make everyone believe that the double did it for him. Eason said, "Each shot had to be its best for me to be pleased. I spent several weeks to keep practicing for the action scenes, to remember how to fight. From the first day to two months later my face got pointier from the shoot!"

Thursday, December 14, 2017

[2017.12.15] ZANILIA ZHAO CAPTURES THE AUDIENCE WITH HER UNIQUE AURA

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Mainland star Zanilia Zhao Liying in the new film THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) played the King of Herland. In the special she displayed her cute and naive side and won over viewers. Zhao Liying said, "The King is a girl with no idea what love is, but she also cannot help but want to get close to the first he she meets. It's quite a heartache!"

Both the film company boss Alex Wong Hoi Fung and director Soi Cheang Po Shui felt tha Zhao Liying was the only choice. Cheang Po Shui said, "She is her own charm, and that unique luck with the audience, which is exactly what this character needs to be brought to live! The King and Zhao Liying, she finds a way for them to communicate."

[2017.12.15] DONNIE YEN SAYS HIS CHILDREN BRING HIM LUCK



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Huo Siyan's family of three
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Michelle Yeoh goes over her quota this year and makes 3 movies
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Joan Chen
Jacquelin Chong
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The 2nd Macau International Film Festival award presentation and closing ceremony took place last night, Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King), Joan Chen, Kara Wai Ying Hung and Jacquelin Chong Si Man dressed up for the red carpet. Yeung Chi King said that this year she has worked a lot, including STAR TREK, CRAZY RICH ASIANS and CHEUNG TIN CHI. Previously she only worked on one movie a year, this year because many friends asked her to make movies, including Yuen Woo Ping asking her to make CHEUNG TIN CHI, she had no reason to turn them down. She revealed after finishing her work she would take a break for Christmas, firs she would return to Malaysia then go to Europe for a vacation.

Yen Chi Tan said that he was busy with his company's new film. In January next year he and Wong Jing will produce an action film with Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, and Niki Chow Lai Kei. He will have fight scenes. Yesterday he received the International Film Star of the Year award, but his family was not present. They went on vacation. Chi Tan mentioned that when his daughter was born he won the Hong Kong Film Award, when his son was born he also won another award; yesterday was James' 10th birthday and he received another award. His children all brought him good luck. As for how he would celebrate, he said that he would wait for his family to celebrate later.

[2017.12.15] SANDRA NG ALMOST RUINS HER MARRIAGE OVER NEW FILM

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Sandra Ng jokes that directing is looking for unnecessary trouble
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Sandra Ng claims that she does not have enough time to hire an actress she has to act
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First time director Sandra Ng Kwan Yu starred in her film GOLDBUSTER (YIU LING LING). She called in favors from friends Francis Ng Chun Yu and Alex Fong Chung Shun for her debut. She revealed that actually she would just be a producer originally for the new film, but seeing that she has not made a film in two years she might as well direct and star.

Although she went two years without a movie, Kwan Yu admitted that she still had fire in her heart for film and only she understood it the best. Thus she asked her husband Peter Chan Ho Sun to produce, which also saved her money. GOLD mixed comedy and horror elements. Kwan Yu spent over HK$ 20 million on a rundown building set in Panyu. Afterward it had to be blown up.

Working as a couple, Kwan Yu admitted they often had difference of opinions that almost hurt their relationship. Once at a meeting they were all red from argumen, finally Chan Ho Sun dragged her to the bathroom, asked her not to be stubborn and listen to him. They argued for 45 minutes. After that, Kwan Yu felt that making a movie would at best put them in separate bedrooms and at worst a break up. If a couple's relationship was harmed over the movie it would be rather nonsensical, but actors or directors could not help but bring their emotions home. "Maybe our family has no taboo. I asked him has he yelled at female stars like that, he instead asked me if I would yell at a director. Actually the biggest problem was the third party (daughter). Because we are not home often, if she acted up we had to take turn to take care of the family. After making GOLD everyone got something, but we might not work together until several decades later."

Aside from the strong cast, the make up artist also came from Hollywood and was known for zombie make up, the late Chan Man Fai's grandson Gary Chan Ka Wai. Gary earlier worked on the Hollywood film GHOST IN THE SHELL's special effect make up. Even Ng Chun Yu lamented how time flew, as he never expected for all three generations of the Chan clan have "worked" on him.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

[2017.12.14] FOR THE WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 10 2017

For the week ending Sunday December 10 2017
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10 DADDY'S HOME 2
    d. Sean Anders
    Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson


 9 COCO
    d. Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
    Disney Pixar Animation
    English Voices: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
    Cantonese Voice: Andy Hui Chi On, Joey Tang Kin Ming


 8 HAPPY DEATH DAY
    d. Christopher Landon
    Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine


 7 A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS
    d. Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
    Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Cheryl Hines,
      Christine Baranski, Susan Sarandon


 6 TAKE ME TO THE MOON
  Can : Dai Ngor Hui Yuet Kau
    d. Hsieh Chun-Yi
    Vera Yen, Vivian Sung, Jasper Liu, Chihtian Shih, Pipi Yao, Chuan Lee
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 104 mins.
  Opening December 7 2017
  Site : https://www.facebook.com/takemetothemoon2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/-9kilA-PTQY

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Wang Zheng Xiang reunites with the members of his high school band at the memorial of their lead singer, Li En Pei. The six of them were certain that En Pei would eventually become famous. But fate doesn't play fair and En Pei's dreams ended in tragedy. Zheng Xiang regrets having encouraged En Pei to pursue her dreams all those years ago. He wonders if En Pei would have died if he had stopped her from joining the pageant back then.

    Drunk on his feet after the memorial, Zheng Xiang is miraculously transported back to the same summer, when their band is preparing to perform during graduation. With Zhang Yu Sheng’s Song, "My Future Is Not A Dream" playing on the background. Knowing that En Pei’s effort will come to naught, he’s struck by an urgent desire to stop En Pei from chasing her dreams.


 5 THE FOREIGNER
    d. Martin Campbell
    Jackie Chan, Pierce Brosnan

 4 MEMORIES OF A MURDERER
  Can : 22 NIN HAU JI GO BAK -- NGOR SI SAK YUN FAN
  Lit : THE CONFESSION AFTER 22 YEARS -- I AM A MURDERER
    d. Yu Irie
    Tatsuya Fujiwara, Hideaki Ito, Kaho, Shuhei Nomura, Anna Ishibashi
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 117 mins.
  Opening November 30 2017
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/ypkqzWXXaEc

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    In 1995, five serial murder cases took place. Wataru Makimura took charge of the murder cases and tried to catch the serial killer. Due to the killer's trap, Wataru Makimura's superior was killed. The serial murder case has been unsolved to this date. 22 years later, a murder memoir "Watashi ga Satsujinhan desu" ("I am a Murderer") is published. The author describes himself as the killer responsible for the five unsolved serial murder cases. The author, Masato Sonezaki, has an attractive appearance and appears at a press conference for his newly published book.


 3 JUSTICE LEAGUE
    d. Zack Snyder
    Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot,
      Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane,
      Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, Ciaran Hinds, Amber Heard, Joe Morton


 2 WONDER
    d. Stephen Chbosky
    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay





 1 MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS
    d. Kenneth Branagh
    Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp,
      Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley

[2017.12.14] CHEUNG TAT MING IS HAPPY TO HAVE EVERYONE'S KINDNESS ON HIS COMEBACK

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Chris Lai
Cheung Tat Ming, Yeung Yuk Mui
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Cheung Tat Ming, Yeung Yuk Mui, Chris Lai Lok Yi yesterday attended an Asia film and television event. Cancer survivor Tat Ming has been busy with his written, produced and starred film GA WOR MAN SI GAING. He said that the production time has been long and rather tough. He would like to stay with 12 hour of work everyday the most. Becaused he played an old characer, Tat Ming would spend hours in make up every time. After work unlike other actors who could go home and go to bed, he still needed to spend a lot of time with make up removal and hair washing. Tat Ming continued, "This time I didn't need the full make up, thanks to (Anita) Yuen Wing Yi. She said after she made THE AGE OF MIRACLES (MA MA FAN FAN) she had to see a dermatologist for seven months. (Francis) Ng Chun Yu while making SHED SKIN PAPA (TUET PEI BA BA) also had to look old and knew it was very tough. So they took great care of me and only asked for make up on important areas on my face, and no neck wrinkle." Tat Ming said that this was his comeback film, he called in a lot of favors. Aside from getting Yeung Yuk Mui to guest star, he was also in negotiation with Wu Fung and his god father Law Kar Ying to perform.

Yeung Yuk Mui guest starred for a day or two. She said, "This job is great, an obvious boon for me." The former Miss Asia contestant was asked about the "resurrection of ATV", she stated that she is with TVB now and recently even signed three more years. "I am very loyal and faithful, TVB treated me very well and gave me a lot of opportunities. When I got back to TVB I saw a lot of familiar faces and felt the warmth, so ATV to me is nothing special."

Lai Lok Yi revealed that the Mainland film that he made two months ago will open soon. The salary was a little better than TVB's, mainly he has not made a movie in four years and he really wanted to give it a try. He said, "Now I am in negotiation with some Mainland film companies. The government there is very cooperative with the production, it can block a bridge the size of Ma Ching for us to shoot a car chase. We can even shoot drifting in the streets. Hong Kong government may not be able to do that. In Hong Kong even spotlight at night would get complaints. Earlier (Samantha) Ko Hoi Ning and I worked on raining scene for a new series, a seemingly drunk foreigner came over and asked us if we were firefighters and why we could spray water. He still refused to understand after we explained ourselves. I really hope that the government and the people would support film productions. Otherwise actual location would turn back to studio sets and greatly discount the entertainment level."

[2017.12.14] CARINA LAU PRAISES NG SIU HIN FOR HIS POTENTIAL

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Carina Lau says that Ng Siu Hin has an unique type of blue, like a young Tony Leung Chiu Wai
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Earlier Carina Lau Ka Ling and Ng Siu Hin were guests on the TVB Entertainmen News program StarTalk and spoke with host Edmond Hui Man Hin abou their first collaboration. Lau Ka Ling praised co-star Ng Siu Hin had potential. She said, "He has an unique type of depression, needing others to protect him, to take care of him, like a young (Tony) Leung Chiu Wai. He would be fully prepared before going to the set. He would chat with me, the director and the cinematographer, I think he has a knack for directing. I think back to when I was new, I was very dumb during my 7 years at TVB. I had no idea what was happening, I just kept working. However I was able to learn other things." Siu Hin said, "Now my brain can't function, actually the director told me not to waste Sister Ka Ling's time, so before hand I was a little nervous and I could only be even more prepared."

Speaking of limited youth, Lau Ka Ling said, "I long ago already know that I don't have a young rich wife life, but I really enjoy work. Leung Chiu Wai always asks me why am I so energetic. He is someone who can't do a lot of things at the same time. Now he might just do one thing and feel very tired, but while I am doing one thing, my mind is thinking about something else. However I would be tired too, I would exercise to adjust." She also said, "I used to think I had plenty of youth, plenty of opportunities to dream, but now I see that time is limited, so when I still have the energy I would try everything, like snowboarding or skydiving. Why not?"