Thursday, October 19, 2017


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All new action comedy KEEP CALM AND BE A SUPERSTAR (NGOR DAI GUI SING) two nights ago held a Beijing press conference. With meteor hammers the stars Eason Chan Yik Shun and Li Ronghao lamented about not meeting earlier. Eason said, "We used to be just online friends. After meeting Li Ronghao for the first time, I gave him my room number for the first day to invite him to chat."

Who was "undercover" and who was the "superstar" in the film? Director Vincent Kok Tak Siu explained, the "superstar" was the kung fu superstar Yuen Piao (Chan Yik Shun). Director Kok revealed when he first asked Eason, he baited him with a comedy. Then when the production officially began, he told him that he had a series of action scenes. His co-star was the buff kung fu master Chris Collins. Afer the wrap, Eason admitted that he was a size smaller and his face was pointier. He even described it as "almost dead". "I absolutely had zero experience, no foundation. Chris excels in Wing Chun, his hands were hard as rocks. While fighting with him, every punch landed was suffering. However in the process of pain, I learned a lot. Thank you Chris."

Since the "superstar" was Chan Yik Shun, "undercover" naturally was Li Ronghao. He too had to fight in the film. Kok Tak Siu pointed out that he was very hard working. Often during breaks he would practice his stuns in a corner. One day Li Ronghao discovered that his rib was injured but he did not tell the team. He toughed out the pain from the morning for the fight scene until after work at night. Then he finally told the truth. The team immediately rushed him to the hospital for further examination.

Making his big screen debut, Li Yitong had some stunts. She remembered in one scene she had to wear a pair of very tall heels. To maintain balance for an action scene was already hard enough. In one scene she had to lift her leg and kick down, but she kicked Li Ronghao in the head. It felt like cracking open a coconut, luckily she did not kick too hard. Li Ronghao was not hurt.

Playing the action director, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung pointed out that in the film he "talked more than fought". In his only fight scene he had to fight Chan Yik Shun, but because of this scene he was very nervous. Usually the one hitting people was more nervous than the one getting hit. To maintain the authentic Hong Kong style comedy, Kok Tak Siu revealed that the film used Stephen Chow Sing Chi's official support players.


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Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Korean star Krysal Jung, Charmaine Fong Ho Man, Tracy Chu Tsin Suet and Yvete Kong Man Yi last night attended a watch event. Sammi revealed that earlier when she went to make a movie in Sichuan she got a six pack of abdominal muscles!

Sammi revealed that she just returned from Sichuan and worked with a Chinese French director for the first time. She also worked with To Ho Fung (Christopher Doyle) for the first time as well. She also revealed that while working there, everyday afer work she would work out at the hotel due to a lack of entertainment and accidentally achieved a six pack of abdominal muscles.

Sammi said, "Because I had several scenes that I had to show my waist, I had to stay in grea shape. Originally the abdominal muscles were no so obvious. They were all coincidental. However I won't keep them because I don't always wear midriff showing clothing. In addition after two meals they were gone." She revealed that next monh she will perform in Macau. The show would only be a little over a hour, the run down would be different from Hong Kong's.

In addition, she would be a special guest at the Society for the Blind fund raiser. She will perform two songs. Other artists and the Orchestra will perform as well. As for her next Hong Kong concert, Sammi said that she would be very tired after her concert but she really wanted to perform. However in December she would have to work on another film. Then she would have two more films to make and three scripts in negotiation. She felt that she would not make all of them because it would be too hard, but she would definitely make four film. Two would be Hong Kong films. Sammi wanted to make more Hong Kong films to show her support.

Did her husband Andy Hui Chi On complain about how busy she was? Sammi revealed that On Jai originally wanted to visit her set in Sichuan, but for her abdominal muscles she turned him down! "I didn't have time to entertain him. I wanted to focus on work. Unless I would work for three months to half a year, I wouldn't need one for just a month. (On Jai misses you.) That's what you say. (Is he very possessive?) Average, in the end I banned him from visiting the set. If he did we would eat together. Then I couldn't achieve my abdominal muscles."

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

[2017.10.19] FOR THE WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 15 2017

For the week ending Sunday October 15 2017
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    d. Nitesh Tiwari
    Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra,
      Zaira Wasim, Suhani Bhatnagar
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 161 mins.
  Opening August 24 2017 (Advanced Screening)
  Trailer :

    Dangal is an extraordinary true story based on the life of Mahavir Singh and his two daughters, Geeta and Babita Phogat. The film traces the inspirational journey of a father who trains his daughters to become world class wrestlers.

  Can : Oi Ching Lo Dai Sau
  Lit : Love Slave Beast
    d. Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum)
    Alex Fong Lik Sun, Cecilia So Lai Shan,
      Samantha Ko Hoi Ning, Benjamin Yuen Man Kit,
      Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Cora Miao,
      Susan Shaw Yam Yam, King Kong, Bob Lam Sing Bun,
      Benjamin Au Yeung Wai Hoo,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 108 mins.
  Opening October 12 2017
  Trailer :

  Can : Ngor Yiu Chau Lo Sai
  Lit : I Want To Fire Small Brain
    d. Izuru Narushima
    Sota Fukushi, Asuka Kudo, Haru Kurok, Eiko Koike, Kotaro Yoshida
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 113 mins.
  Opening October 12 2017
  Trailer :

    Takashi is under immense pressure to meet his tough sales quota at work. Mentally and physically exhausted, he loses consciousness at a train station and begins to fall from a platform, with a train fast approaching. At the last moment, he is saved by a man who calls himself Yamamoto and claims to be a childhood friend, who Takashi has no memory of whatsoever. After meeting the mysterious yet super-charming man, Takashi rediscovers his old cheerful self, and his job performance gradually improves. Then one day, Takashi looks Yamamoto up on the internet and finds a shocking truth: Yamamoto had died three years ago.

    d. Hany Abu-Assad
    Idris Elba, Kate Winslet

  Can : Yik Kuen Si Gei
  Lit : Anti Authority Driver
    d. Jang Hoon
    Song Kang-Ho, Thomas Kretschmann,
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 137 mins.
  Opening September 21 2017
  Trailer :

    May 1980. A Seoul taxi driver named Man-seob comes across an offer too good to be true. If he drives a foreign passenger from Seoul down to Gwangju and back again before the curfew, he'll be paid the unthinkable sum of 100,000 won – enough to cover several months of unpaid rent. Without stopping to ask the details, he picks up the German reporter Peter and sets off along the highway.

    Although stopped by police roadblocks at the edge of Gwangju, Man-seob is desperate to earn his taxi fare, and eventually manages to find a way into the city. There they encounter students and ordinary citizens taking part in large-scale demonstrations against the government. Man-seob, alarmed by the danger in the air, pleads with Peter to go quickly back to Seoul. But Peter ignores him, and with the help of a university student Jae-sik and a Gwangju taxi driver named HWANG, begins shooting with his news camera. As time passes the situation grows more and more serious, and Man-seob keeps thinking of his young daughter at home all alone.

    d. Tommy Wirkola
    Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close

    d. Matthew Vaughn
    Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Julianne moore, Mark Strong,
      Halle Barry, Elton John, Channing Taum, Jeff Bridges

    d. Denis Villeneuve
    Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas,

  Can : Jui Lung
  Lit : Chasing Dragon
    d. Law Wing Cheong, Wong Jing, Jason Kwan
    Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Andy Lau Tak Wa, Kent Cheng Juk Si,
      Philip Keung Ho Man, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Yu Kang, Tong Chun Yip,
      Michelle Hu Yan (Wu Yin), Xu Dongdong, Felix Wong Yat Wa,
      Ng Ngai Cheung, Niki Chow Lai Kei, Philip Ng Won Lung, Chun Wong
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 128 mins.
  Opening September 28 2017
  Trailer :

    In 1963, illegal immigrant Howard snuck into Hong Kong. Equipped with guts and combat skills, he plunged into the underground world where he found how corrupt Hong Kong was as a colony under the British authority, and how the police were in collusion with the triads in a black money community.

    Howard struggled between two folks who came from his hometown – righteous police constable Gregory who was honest and refused to take bribes and Wayne, who was greedy, lustful and dishonourable. Howard chose to side with Wayne and joined the triads.

    After striving through much adversaries as being set up, betrayed and physically crippled, the once good-natured Howard has transformed into a monster. He became more atrocious than the most corrupted cops and more beastly than the most ruthless drug dealers. He finally emerged as the number one and most powerful Drug Lord under the control of the Chief Chinese Superintendent, Lionel.

    With the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in year 1974, Lionel was forced into premature retirement, while Howard still would not be stopped, as he was determined to become the sole dictator in the drug empire...

    d. Dean Devlin
    Gerard Butler, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, Ed Harris, Andy Garcia


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The Louis Koo Tin Lok, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Charmaine Sheh Sze Man, Law Lan, Ava Liu (Yu Kiu), Lam Suet and Yuen King Tan starred TROUBLESOME NIGHT (YUM YEUNG LO) 20th anniversary film ALWAYS BE WITH YOU (SEUNG JOI NEI JOR YAU) will open on the 26th. With attention on this long running Hong Kong horror film series, this classic team of "producer Nam Yin, director Herman Yau Lai To and star Louis Koo Tin Lok" had to be mentioned. They worked together endless times in the first seven films and cooked up scene after horrifying scenes!

The most memorable had to be Goo Jai's trademark farewell wave! He personally explained how it came about. "I too feel the most classic scene was in the first film when I waved to everyone goodbye at the pier; I actually created this wave myself, haha!" Speaking of the reason behind it, Goo Jai said, "Actually I didn't have any special reason, but I don't know why, after the first film was released everyone had such a deep impression of this scene. So later this idea appeared more and more."

Another collective memory of TROUBLESOME NIGHT was Sister Law Lan's character "Lung Por". Goo Jai also said, "Sister Law Lan definitely is the most memorable. Her character became famous because of TROUBLESOME NIGHT."

Aside from Simon Lui Yu Yeung also was well known. Goo Jai said, "He is even more amazing, after TROUBLESOME NIGHT he went to host a radio program and became the 'ghost king'."

Movies about the supernatural of course had many taboos. Goo Jai revealed, "For example when shooting in a cemetery, try not to disturb the ancestors, not to touch the ancestors' tomb, not to sit on the ancestor's tombstone; if a character passed away in the film because the story required it, he or she would receive lai see first." Actually Goo Jai in the first seven TROUBLESOME NIGHT alreayd had six "death experience".

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

[2017.10.18] FOR THE WEEK STARTING OCTOBER 14 2017

For the week starting October 14 2017

  Can : Fai Lok Yi Chi Yung Yau
  Eric Chou (Chow Hing Jik)

  Can : Wor Mui Tin Gong Joi Gein
  Gin Lee (Lee Hung Ngai)

  Can : Jui Lui Hung Chun
  Sara Liu (Lau Sing Kwan)

  Can : Gup Gau Jung
  Robynn and Kendy

  Can : Hak Sik Sing Kei Yi
  David Tao (To Jit)

  Can : Na Yau Jum Yeung
  Timmy Xu (Hui Ngai Jau)

  Can : Bei Gor
  Fish Leong Jing Yu

  Can : Jui Mung Chek Ji Sum

  Can : Oi Yu Hung Hei
  Weibird Wei (Wai Lai On)

  Can : Yuet Gor Shan Yau
  Aska Yang (Yeung Chung Wai)

 5 GO
  Can : Yut Jik Jau

  Can : Gor Yiu
  Li Ronghao

  Can : Shui Loi Jin Yuet Guong
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 2 I DO
  Karen Mok Man Wai

  Can : Dan Lik Jup Jeuk
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)


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Stephy Tang Lai Yan for her film THE EMPTY HAND (HUNG SAU DOH) spent half a year to study karate, but before her performance she still thought it was not enough. During the shoot she had to demonstrate the basic styles, combinations and even get in the ring. The Japanese coach was very demanding and would not pass the slightest mishap.

In the film Japanese actor Yasuaki Kurata played her father. The dojo that he left her fell into the hands of another, driving Stephy to get into the ring. In it she had to wield her sure kill skill. Stephy pointed out that she watched videos to learn. Because it was her own sure kill technique, the action had to be very pretty and thus she stressed about it. On the day of the shoot, originally a few shots were fnished but the director still did not accept them. When they shot another scene an accident took place. Originally a professional karate third degree black belt female co-star would kick first before she did, but when they kicked their legs crossed. Stephy said, "Because our shins crashed, I fell to the ground from he pain. At the time I thought my leg would be broken and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to finish the scene. After resting for awhile I tried again, luckily I was able to finish the perfect move. Determination is very important." However Stephy said that later her leg was swollen for a long time before healing. Stephy did not have time to be officially certified, but she asked the Japanese instructor for some self defense technique. If a man grabbed her she could struggle free. She said, "If now a guy gets close, I believe he would be in danger!"

Stephy recently made several movies that were very different from her past romantic films. SOMEWHERE BEHIND THE MIST (LAN TIN BAK WON) was a film festival film, HUSBAND KILLERS (NUI JI FOOK SAU) was a gun action performance. She said that actually this time THE EMPTY HAND was half action and half dramatic depiction of characters. It was a challenge to her acting abilities, showing a different her and changes in her. In the past many actresses after a break up would let go, as they dared to make some sexier or artistic films. Stephy did not deny that. "Actually these several films more or less approached me after my personal life changed a little. The directors also needed inspiration and stimulation. Maybe they would feel my state of mind was somewhat different and would be interested in the film. Do I have more art film offers? Not yet, actually aside from the changes of the past year or two my state of mind let go a lot. As a professional actor, I would try my best to play any character well." Would she continue to make romantic films and work with director Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum) and former boyfriend Alex Fong Lik Sun? She said, "I won't resist making romantic films, I would have to think abou the team up though." Speaking of Siu Fong's co-star changed to Cecilia So Lai Shan, Stephy said, "With too many repeated everyone would get bored!"

Monday, October 16, 2017


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Kara Wai Ying Hung and Stephy Tang Lai Yan two days ago promoted their new film at the Busan Film Festival. Sister Siu Hung thought that the jewelry she brought from Hong Kong vanished. As she was about to "report" it to the sponsors and discuss compensation, she discovered tha she threw it into the hotel trash can.

Best Actress Wai Ying Hung two nights ago attended the new film THE BOLD, THE CORRUPT AND THE BEAUTIFUL's Busan Film Festival world premiere. Although she has won countless awards, Sister Siu Hung was absent minded. She looked all over for the jewelry that she brought from Hong Kong. She not only turned her luggage over but also called the airline to ask if she left it on the plane. As she was planning to discuss compensation with the sponsor, her door bell rang. A hotel service clerk said, "There was a bag of jewelry in the trash can, we are confirming if the client discarded it?"

She said, "This trip has been tightly scheduled, in two short days I had to be interviewed nonstop all over. In my mind was only fast, fast, fast......I would only mess up like this in a moment of chaos! Haha!" In the past film festival guests have stayed at this hotel. The clerk might have often run into such incidents and thus confirmed this bag of "trash". Sister Siu Hung thanked this dutiful clerk with a pair of hand crafted earrings that she bought in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Film Award winning new director Cheung King Wai's first feature film SOMEWHERE BEYOND THE MIST (LAN TIN BAK WON) also held a premiere there on the same day. Two days ago was lead actress Stephy Tang Lai Yan's birthday. Director Cheung prepared a Korean seafood feast and a birthday cake to celebrate. Stephy revealed that it was her first birthday at Busan and she was both excited and fulfilled. "To be able to watch a movie that I have looked forward to for a long time on my birthday, my feelings are very complicated -- like blue sky doesn't necessarily have white clouds, but after white clouds is definitely a blue sky. This is the best birthday present this year!"