Tuesday, April 24, 2018

[2018.04.25] FOR THE WEEK STARTING APRIL 21 2018

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting April 21 2018


15 WHAT A SONG
  Can : Sup Mor Gor
  Mayday

14 PRECIOUS
  Can : Mei Ho
  Fang Wu (Ng Man Fong)

13 BEGGAR
  ZTAO (Wong Chi To)

12 ROOF ON FIRE
  Can : Uk Ding Cheuk For
  Victoria Song Qian (Sung Sin)

11 MARS BABY
  David Tao (To Jit)

10 THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
  Can : Lim Lim
  Eric Chou (Chow Hing Jik) featuring Janine Hsu (Hui Wai Ling)

 9 WAITING FOR YOU
  Can : Dun Nei Ha For
  Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun)

 8 TAEYANG
  Can : Tai Yeung
  Hinry Lau Cheuk Hin

 7 ILLUSORY
  Can : Yun Yun Jok Sau
  Diamond Zhang Bichen (Cheung Bik Sun)

 6 TAKE EVERYTHING YOU WANT
  Can : Nei Yiu Dik Chuen Na Jau
  Tiger Hu

 5 LIGHT OF THE BEGINNING
  Can : Yu Chor Ji Guong
  Karen Mok Man Wai

 4 DIGNITY
  Can : Tai Min
  Kelly Yu (Yu Man Man)

 3 NIAN
  Can : Lim
  Hu Xia

 2 THE YEARS
  Can : Shui Yuet
  Faye Wong, Natasha Na Ying


 1 LIKE SONG
  Can : Yu Gor
  Jason Zhang Jie (Cheung Kit)

[2018.04.25] BEST ACTOR NICK CHEUNG HIJACKS BOSS FOR FIVE FIGURES


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Nick Cheung convinces boss Albert Yeung to spend five figures on treats for the team
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The golden team of Alan Mak Siu Fa and Felix Chong Man Keung teamed up again for the Emperor Motion Picture series INTEGRITY (LIM JING FUNG WON). The trilogy will be YIN MOK (SMOKE SCREEN), HAK MOK (DARK PLOT) and NOI MOK (INSIDE STORY). The opening shot YIN MOK starred Best Actors and Best Actress Sean Lau Ching Wan, Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Karena Lam Ka Yun. The cast also included Alex Fong Chung Shun, Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Kathy Yuen (Tong Y) and special guest star Anita Yuen Wing Yee. Emperor Group chief Albert Yeung Sau Sing even visited the set personally to cheer the team on. Very friendly with Mr. Yeung, Ka Fai immediately stood out and seek benefit for the team. Finally he successfully landed a five figure treat budget for the entire team.

Ching Wan and Ka Fai worked together again after THE WHITE STORM (SO DUK). On the first day of work they began to "fight" as soon as they got together. Ka Fai joked, "I am very honored, as soon as we took our marks we had to fight -- in a game of pool!" Actually during their breaks they would play at the pool hall. Chng Wanand Ka Fai had a conversation at a pool hall in INTEGRITY. Thus when they were not working on a scene, they "fought". Ching Wan said, "I have always played." On and off screen they had to compete, because Ching Wan and Ka Fai this time would be around Lam Ka Yun. Ka Fai said that in the film Ka Yun was Ching Wan's wife. "Ka Yun once played my childhood mother, this time she would only arrest me. Thus we had more involvement during the capture." Later Ka Fai and Ka Yun will even shoot a snow scene overseas. Ching Wan lamented, "He has more scenes with my on screen wife Lam Ka Yun than I do."

Aside from Ka Yun, Ching Wan also had another co-star that the audience would look forward to -- Yuen Wing Yee. Ching wan said, "Len Len is the actress I have worked with the most. We really haven't worked together in a long time. Before the shoot I ran into her family on the street. Later I learned that we would work together this time." In addition, to prepare for the ICAC character, Ching Wan revealed that director Mak Su Fai prepared a lot of material for him to study and introduced some former ICAC personnel to Ching Wan in hopes of him being able to understand their work in depth and be fully prepared.

As for Chan Ka Lok and Tong Yi, Tong Yi joked that she and Ka Lok have been waiting for years to play a couple but they were still waiting. "This time we don't get to play a couple, but I added some ambiguous looks. I don't know if the director caught that. Haha." Playing Ching Wan's assistant, Chan Ka Lok said that he has seen Mak and Chong's OVERHEARD (SIT TING FUNG WON) film series. This time INTEGRITY also was related to the community. "This time we talk about problems that a smoke screen would create, a lot of people would certainly take notice. However what the problems are, I have to keep them secret because we are ICAC." Ka Lok would pay attention to changes in Ching Wan's acting in every shoot. "He adds more life to the entire thing, he is great." Tong Yi said that when she worked with elders, especially Best Actors, she would have stress. "Now I instead look forward to it. Maybe before I wouldn't dare to look at them directly, but this time I would overcome that."

[2018.04.25] TERESA MO'S SALARY IS FLEXIBLE TO GOOD SCRIPTS

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Teresa Mo Shun Kwan with the film TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (WONG GUM FA) won the Best Actress Hong Kong Film Award. Two nights ago she, Best New Performer Ling Man Lung, boss Raymond Wong Pak Ming and Candy Yu On On attended the celebration. Best Actress Mo Mo admitted that she would occasionally raise her rates, but when she would run into good scripts the price would be flexible.

Mo Shun Kwan tightly embraced her on screen son Ling Man Lung as soon as she saw him. He also hug his godmother Yu On On tightly for a photo. Mo Mo revealed that the day after the awards she already flew to Japan for a four day vacation. Because after her victory she was relaxed and had no pressure at all, every night she got drunk. "Actually I am quite a drinker, but I don't do it often. I was happy and relaxed so I drank more!" Mo Mo said that On On happened to be in Japan and arranged for a surprise party. She said, "We had champagne, whenever my glass was empty someone would fill it. It was always full. One night I didn't know how I got into bed. Every night I was drunk, luckily I just kept laughing!" Mo Mo said that when she woke up every day it would already be 2PM. Then she went out shopping. Although she did not go crazy, she still got something.

Speaking of Yu On On's hope that she and god son Ling Man Lung would play mother and son in a film, Would Mo Mo be willing to guest star for them? Mo Mo said that definitely would not be a problem. Because they have already played mother and son on the stage, she definitely would support them on a big screen reunion. After winning Best Actress, has Mo Mo thought about a raise? Mo Mo said, "I haven't yet, I will read what the manager does. Actually occasionally I would raise my rate, but when I would run into good scripts the price would be flexible. However with some scripts that I don't really dislike, money would be more important."

Yu On On's god son Ling Man Lung not only kept treating her to dinner after his award but also bought a new scarf for her. On On said, "I yelled at him, since he just started in film he shouldn't waste money!" Since winning Best New Performer, Man Lung had more film offers. On On also hoped that he would be able to play different types of characters. After playing a good son in TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY, now a director wants him to play a bad boy. Man Lung said that he never thought that he would play a CEO in a micro movie just now.

Monday, April 23, 2018

[2018.04.24] HACKEN LEE PLANS TO DIRECT BUT NOT STAR

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Hacken Lee is not in a hurry to direct his film
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Hacken Lee Hak Kun yesterday promoted his new song SINGLE DOG on the radio. The song would be his only Cantonese song this year because in the second half of the year he would focus on his Mandarin record.

Hacken also revealed that this year he originally would write and direct a film, but he fell behind schedule and had to postpone the production. He said that this film would be a more mature and a little humorous modern love story. He already had a synopsis but he also wanted to find people of different levels to form a team and write a script.

Would Hacken perform? He joked that he did not want to affect the box office. "I am not going to act, how well can I act? If I can act well I would have won Best Actor! (Who would you like to cast?) Nothing is set yet, and it won't be a very large investment. Although the boss (Albert Yeung Sau Sing) said infinite funding, my goal is not to lose money. My first time as a director may be my last time, I hope to have a second time!"

Sunday, April 22, 2018

[2018.04.23] PHILIP KEUNG CARRIES A BABY FOR WORK

Philip Keung has a way with his baby co-star
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Upon arriving in Thailand Philip Keung meets with director Mark Wu, Ronald Cheng and Tin Kai Man about the film IN TURMOIL
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This year's latest Hong Kong Film Award Best Supporting Actor Philip Keung Ho Man has been very appreciative of the industry and the audience's support. After his victory he has been working even harder. After taking only a day off to celebrate with his friends of Lung Mei, Tai Po, he immediately began work on his new film

The new film IN TURMOIL (GAU SHOOK) was Hak Jai's reunion with Ronald Cheng Chung Kei after CONCERTO OF THE BULLY (DAI LOK SI). At the Hong Kong Film Award, Ronald was the Best Supporting Actor guest presenter. The video of Ronald announcing Hak Jai's award still spread like mad online. They truly had quite a connection.

Hak Jai after reaching in Thailand immediately met with director Mark Wu Yiu Fai to discuss the character, emotions. He did not spare any effort on the preparation and was very professional. Hak Jai had scenes with the cute baby in the film. Before the shoot he kept holding the baby to cultivate a relationship and the baby nicely stared at Hak Jai. After work Hak Jai took advantage of his time and went to the night market for food. "Thai fish egg rice noodle is great! After that I returned to the hotel to rest right away. Work started the next morning." Hak Jai at the night market ran into many Hong Kong vermicelli (fans) asking for photos. He said that he definitely would keep working hard on his performance to thank viewers for their support.

[2018.04.23] BRIGITTE LIN RECEIVES THE UDINE GOLDEN MULBERRY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


OUTSIDE THE WINDOW
THE SWORDSMAN II

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Brigitte Lin is surprised to tears to see her daughter Eileen Ying
Brigitte Lin plans to celebrate with an Italian Feast with her daughter
CHUNG KING EXPRESS
Brigitte Lin in CLOUD OF ROMANCE
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The 20th Udine Far East Film Festival is taking place between April 20th and 28th. Two days ago at the opening ceremony the Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Chinese film industry great beauty Brigitte Lin (Lam Ching Ha). Lam Ching Han received the honor from the hands of veteran filmmaker and friend Shi Nansun. Her daughter Ying Oi Lam also made a surprise appearance and presented flowers to congratulate Lam Ching Ha.

Aside from the award, Udine Far East Film Festival also planned a Lam Ching Ha film retrospective and selected some of her classic films including the 1977 film that completed its restoration in Taiwan, CLOUD OF ROMANCE. The film will hold its European premiere there for European viewers to catch a glimpse of this film industry great beauty on the silver screen.

Lam Ching Ha received the award from the hands of Shi Nansun. Shi Nansun herself was the 17th Golden Mulberry Award recipient. This time she again went to Italy with her friend for the opening ceremony and the Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement award presentation. Lam Ching Ha's daughter Eileen Ying Oi Lam secretly flew to Italy to give Mama a super surprise! Lam Ching Ha felt very happy and touched, as she prepared to have an Italian feast with her daughter to celebrate.

Lam Ching Ha said about her Golden Mulberry Lifetime Achievement Award, "CHUNG KING EXPRESS gave Italians Sabrina and Thomas a dream 18,000 miles aways from Hong Kong as they successfully founded the Far East Film Festival. This year is the Film Festival's 20th anniversary. As a star of CHUNG KING EXPRESS, I am fortunate enough to receive this Lifetime Achievement Award here. I believe this means a lot to me, to Wong Kar Wai, to the Far East Film Festival's Sabrina and Thomas. The Duine Film Festival is the greatest news for Far East film." She also gave special thanks to people she worked with like Chiung Yao, Soon Tsan So, Yok Teng Heung, Tsui Hark, William Chang Suk Ping and Shi Nansun.

[2018.04.22] LOUIS KOO WOULD NOT MIND HELPING NEW DIRECTORS

Today is Johnnie To's birthday, Louis Koo celebrates with him in advance
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Johnnie To, Kara Wai and Louis Koo
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Louis Koo Tin Lok, Kara Wai Ying Hung, Johnnie To Kei Fung last night attended the Fresh Wave Awards 2018. Fresh out of the oven Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor Koo Tin Lok revealed that he will work with To Sir. To Sir joked that he worried that the Best Actor would raise his price, but praised Goo Jai for his great contribution to Hong Kong film and continuing support for young new directors.

Since winning the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor, Goo Jai admitted that he never had the chance to celebrate because he had to work after the award. Speaking of Fresh Wave's continuing discovery of new directors, Goo Jai also hoped that new directors would participate more as the film industry really needed new blood. Sister Siu Hung also disagreed that the film industry had a generation disconnect because in recent years she has worked with new directors more. Their quality was not bad either. As long as new directors are willing to put in more effort they definitely would be able to achieve certain performance.

Goo Jai said that for now no new director has approached him about performing. Did his salary scare people off? He said, "A good movie isn't about salary. In addition I know new directors have limited budgets. If they have good scripts I would accommodate them." Goo Jai and Sister Siu Hung were asked if they were interested in directing, they both said that they were not ready. Goo Jai said, "Because directing is another area, if you do it you have to first drop your actor identity and focus on it." Having been an assistant director, producer, and executive producer, Sister Siu admitted that she ultimately loved acting. If she would direct she would give up on screen performance. Sister Siu Hung said that years ago she worked with Goo Jai on television but did not have a chance to be in the same scene together. She believed that in the future they would have the opportunity to in film. Goo Jai said that later he and To Sir would work on something new but he would wait for him to make the arrangements; earlier he also celebrated To Sir's birthday in advance.

As for the Fresh Wave chair, To Sir thanked ViuTV for their annual assistance. Thus Fresh Wave short films would be arranged to be shown on their platform. To Sir said, "Because we have an understanding with the Art Development Council, every year we would reduce donation as we hope to be able to responsible for our own gains and losses." Seeing Fresh Wave's growing success, To Sir joked that even he was unable to compete for new directors. Speaking of working with Goo Jai again, To Sir said that he would have to come up with a good story before making it. He also joked that he would raise his price after becoming Best Actor. He joked, "I don't know if Goo Jai would raise his price, I also don't know if he would have any room in his schedule. After the award maybe he would 'pose', as I see him wanting to but doesn't know how."

To Sir said that after his award of course he congratulated Goo Jai, even if he did not like to he still had to. In the end the award was already in Goo Jai's hands. "However Goo Jai has made great contributions to Hong Kong film. He really takes care of young directors, putting up both money and effort. Too few people like this are in this business." Why did he call Goo Jai "Goo Chui Chui" on the stage? To Sir explained that because Goo Jai was very cute. How would To Sir celebrate his birthday? He said that he would have a big celebration, as he was fine with celebrating it naturally.