Tuesday, March 20, 2018


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Rena Tanaka returns to Hong Kong after over ten years for the Hong Kong International Film Festival opening
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Leon Lai announces his fatherhood on social media
Louis Koo congratulates Leon Lai on becoming a father
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The Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (FILMART) took place yesterday. As one of the nine major events of the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo, event ambassador Leon Lai Ming was in attendance. Leon did not respond to rumors of impending fatherhood on the stage, but later on social media he admitted that he will be a father soon.

The 22nd Hong Kong International Film and Television Market attracted over 850 companies from 37 countries and regions, including various Hong Kong, Mainland China and international film companies. The Mainland China exhibition was in large scale, many provinces and cities like Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Hunan all set up regional exhibits. Sichuan and Chongqing were new exhibitors. In additions, this year's FILMART also attracted 360 companies from the One Belt One Road nations like Russia, Thailand, India, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Poland, Cambodia, Turkey and Vietnam. They hoped through the Hong Kong platform to expand into the Mainland China and the international market.

The Hong Kong Entertainment Expo ambassador Leon, whose divorced assistant Wing Chan was rumored to be six month pregnant with his child, appeared at the launch ceremony. Although as usual he did not speak to the media he appeared to be in good spirit. After arriving he shook hands with guests and organization representatives with a smile throughout. After the ceremony Leon's promotional video for this event was shown. Host Heidi Chu Hoi Ting said that the video had over 800,000 views on facebook in a short time and drew many likes from young people. As the ambassador how would Leon encourage young people who would be interested in entertainment work? Leon said, "I believe many people want to join show business, on and off screen, creative work, the outside wouldn't mind your appearance and education. As long as you have creativity and strong belief you can dare to try, because many different opportunities would appear in this business for people who are full of determination to head forward. I wish everyone success. (How would you promote entertainment through the media?) As long as the work is good, everyone would definitely support it. I believe the Entertainment Expo would continue to show a lot of new stuff. This year a lot of new elements have been added. I wish Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market year after year of improvement." He appeared on the stage for less than two minutes.

Around 6PM, Leon announced the good news on facebook and confirmed that he will soon become a father. "For two divorced people, the chance to be together is already a type of destiny. Having a little life would even soon make me a father, and bring me into another stage of life. I as a father must protect my family. I am unwilling to permit random exposure of my family, any parent would feel the same way. As for our future, time will prove everything. March 19 2018." Fans left a lot of well wishes after the post.


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Birthday boy Patrick Tam wishes for Aaron Kwok to be a father again
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Aaron Kwok and Patrick Tam wish for box office success
Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Chiu Wai's THEORY OF AMBITION Four Great Detective looks are unveiled in the trailer
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Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Patrick Tam Yiu Man, and Michael Chow Man Kin yesterday attended the Mei Ah Entertainment preview 2018 and promoted their new film THEORY OF AMBITIONS (FUNG JOI HEI SI). Another star Tony Leung Chiu Wai was absent but still sent a video to praise Sing Sing for being an energetic and outstanding actor. In the trailer debut, Sing Sing had foul language dialogue. Sing Sing said that he did not feel any pressure from working with Wai Jai for the first time. Instead they did not say much. As soon as they took their marks they performed with precision. He also praised Wai Jai for giving the audience a sense of freshness in the film. He actually dared to try daring performance too, he had no limit. For example the foul language this time only scratched the surface.

The event presented to a cake to celebrate Tam Yiu Man's birthday. Ah Tam wished for Sing Sing to have another child. Sing Sing also wished for him to become a Best Actor soon. Sing Sing admitted that his wife and family both liked children, but he would do it naturally. This year he would have to make three movies and perform concerts. His family has not rushed him yet either.

Monday, March 19, 2018


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Felix Chong, Nick Cheung, Karena Lam, Sean Lau, Michelle Wai, Kathy Yuen and Alan Mak

Carlos Chan, Kathy Yuen, Michelle Wai, Deep Ng
Pakho Chau presents a giant diamond ring to Charlene Choi
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Sean Lau, Donnie Yen, Albert Yeung, Nick Cheung, Dante Lam
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Charlene Choi praises Sammi Cheng's acting for making her hair stand on its end
Raymond Lam is asked if he is thinner due to the breakup.  He says, "I am not that fragile!"
Karena Ng confirms the breakup on social media
Sean Lau reunites with Daichi Harashima and puts his arm around his shoulder instead of picking him up.
Nick Cheung and Karena Lam will work on new film with Sean Lau
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The 2018 Emperor Motion Pictures rundown took place at the Filmart yesterday as directors and actors introduced many films like INTEGRITY (LIM JING FUNG WON YIN MOK) with director Alan Mak Siu Fai and stars Sean Lau Ching, Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Karena Lam Ka Yun, THE LADY IMPROPER (FEI FUN SUK NUI) in which Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin ran into Taiwan television Best Actor Wu Kang-Jen and succumbed to various desires, 77 HEARTBURNS (GUM DONG NGOR 77 CHI) with stars Pakho Chau and Choi Cheuk Yin, WHEN THE SUN MEETS THE MOON (MAU YUT MAU YUET) with Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi) in her first lead role with Daichi Harashima, FATAL VISIT (SING HOR SAI MAU SAT ON) which was based on famous Hong Kong writer Candance Chong Mui Ngam's play of the same title with director Calvin Poon Yuen Leung, stars Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Tong Dawei and Choi Cheuk Yin in a heart pounding love triangle, COLD DETECTIVE (SUN TAM DAI JIN) with director Wai Ka Fai, stars Lau Ching Wan, Choi Cheuk Yin and Raymond Lam Fung, CROSSFIRE (FOR PING) with producer and director Benny Chan Muk Sing and producer and star Donnie Yen Chi Tan. In addition boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing and director Dante Lam Chiu Yin introduced two upcoming super heavyweight productions, one would be a film about water rescue with assistance from China Central Television and Ministry of Transport and the other would be a Cheung Ka Fai stared crime film.

In FATAL VISIT with Cheng Sau Man and Ah Sa, Sammi said that this character was darker and seemed to be ambiguous between good and evil. However she was able to leave the character. Ah Sa said that a simple breakfast scene only had a few lines but Sammi was completely "possessed" by another person. After the shoot her hair was standing on its end. Sammi replied, "It really was a little like being possessed. The dark side and some of the fierce arguments in the film showed a different me, dark yet a little scary. However the production process was pleasant, I also feel that this time I opened a new road in another director that is separate from my past performance."

Speaking of Leon Lai Ming's impending fatherhood, Sammi said that it would be the best to ask him to confirm. She also said to Ah Sa, "Let's talk about her!" Reporters immediately asked Ah Sa when she would wed? She awkwardly said, "She exposed my stuff!" Sammi joked, "I clarify that it was just talk!" Ah Sa said that she has been very busy, so Gillian Chung Yun Tung should be "bothered" first.

Lau Ching Wan and Lam Ka Yun in INTEGRITY would play a couple ICAC investigators. The event arranged for Ching Wan to see his LOST IN TIME (MONG BUT LIU) co-star Daichi Harashima and even asked him to pick him up like he did in the film. Ching Wan joked that he was afraid he would receive "sexual harassment" complaints "He is a big boy now, how would a boy let anyone pick him up. That's not too good!" Earlier at the Hong Kong Film Award he has seen Daichi Harashima and was surprised to see how much he grew. Back then he felt that he was energetic and did not need to sleep, very smart with his dialogue delivery. Ka Fai joked, "This is a mental disorder, having too much energy. I was like that too when I was young. I am cured, it's very painful!" Ching Wan joked that he got it wrong and now he probably is mentally ill. Ka Fai said, "Probably."

Lam Fung and Karena Ng Chin Yu's five year relationship has been rumored to have ended. Lam Fung finally admitted the breakup officially at the Filmart. Ng Chin Yu on social media said that she was wholeheartedly in the relationship for five years, to completely let go truly would not be easy. She asked everyone to give her space to adjust and bravely face the future.

Lam Fung was asked if he was thinner due to love? He said, "I am not so fragile, but I want to briefly say it once so I won't talk about my relationship agan. Chin Yu and I have separated for awhile!" Lam Fung admitted that in the future he would focus on work. Because every time at work something that was unrelated to work would be brought up, he did not want his relationship to be the focus. As for the break up reason, he said, "I don't want to talk about my relationship anymore, we broke up amicably. We are still friends!" Did they have an understanding for him to talk about the breakup? He said, "I am done, spare me please! I don't want to say it 100 times more!"

As for his rumored new girlfriend Carina Zhang Xinyue, Lam Fung changed the subject and hoped that everyone would give him space. He saw 2019 as a new challenge. "In the past few years I was a little lax with work, in the future I will work intensively and find a new breakthrough. In the future I will work on three movies and television series as well." Speaking of his parents' matchmaking for him or his rumored new girlfriend being exposed online, Lam Fung declined to comment. "I don't want it to get messier the more I talk, thank you for your concern. I hope you can care about my work." Did he deliberately pack his schedule with work? He said that this has always been his manager's style. Is he single now? He said, "No mor about my personal life!" Would he not date for now? He answered, "Work comes first!"


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Wong Jing and Donnie Yen are fully confident about their two new films
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Wong Jing, Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Teresa Mo Shun Kwan and others appeared at the Mega Vision 2018 film, artist, web drama parade. Yen Chi Tan said that after working with Wong Jing on the film CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG) he felt very confident and excited. Thus he established "Super Bullet" production company to work with Wong Jing again on BIG BROTHER (DAI SI HING) and ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG). Wong Jing even revealed that he will make an epic similar to the 3.5 billion RMB hit OPERATION RED SEA and bring in Yen Chi Tan. Was his goal to make a bigger hit than RED SEA? Wong Jing said that the most important was to make a good movie, he would leave how many billion for the audience to decide. Chi Tan said that his salary was very cheap and he never thought about the box office. However he congratulated Dante Lam Chiu Yin for being able to break a Chinese film industry record and encourage everyone's spirit of putting an effort into film productions.

Chi Tan said that this time in BIG BROTHER he would use a positive and inspirational way to examine the Hong Kong education problem. Because he was a father, he wanted through his own platform to not only make movies but also express some personal views. In addition Chi Tan would also star and produce in Benny Chan Muk Sing's film CROSSFIRE (FOR PING). Chan Muk Sing revealed that the film will shoot on location in South America.


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Charmaine Sheh, Julian Cheung and Anita Yuen were linked in rumors before and become the focus.  Chilam is said to be all stiff in the middle
Charmaine Sheh raises a glass to Anita Yuen, who returns a polite smile
Francis Ng says after working with Julian Cheung many times they are full of chemistry
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Er Dog Pictures yesterday held its first press conference at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market. Two upcoming releases for this year were featured, they were the Francis Ng Chun Yu, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Charmaine Sheh Sze Man starred THE LEAKER (SIT MUK JEH) and the Louis Koo Tin Lok, Anita Yuen Wing Yi, Ng Chun Yu and Cheung Tat Ming starred A HOME WITH A VIEW (GA WO MAN SI GAING).

A HOME WITH A VIEW's Goo Jai revealed that Len Len and Chun Yu ate nonstop on the set. When they said they went to fix their make up they actually went to eat. Len Len said that she asked Goo Jai if he wanted to go. He did not because he wanted to get into character and said that he would not eat until after 6PM. However she stopped eating after 6PM so they were on different channels. As one of the producers, Tat Ming praised how in character Goo Jai's performance was. Goo Jai joked that if the shoot took place after 6PM he would not be.

The actors and guests posed for group photos and shared a toast on the stage later. Ah Sheh who was once rumored to get in between Chilam and Len Len immediately became the focus with the two also on hand. At first because Chilam took the wrong spot, the women stood together. Later Chilam realized that he stood in the wrong place and got in the middle of Len Len and Ah Sheh. Chilam looked embarrassed and stared straight ahead, as he did not dare to look at Len Len and Ah Sheh. Finally with the toast, Len Len and Ah Sheh went from no exchange originally to Ah Sheh raising a glass to Len Len. They toasted and warmed up the awkward atmosphere.

Ah Sheh, Chilam and Chun Yu were interviewed together. Was running into Len Len awkward for Ah Sheh? Ah Sheh asked, "Why?" Chilam asked, "Why what? (Some reports were written like this?) The reports had ulterior motives." Ah Sheh said that she ran into Len Len privately at a party and greeted her. Chilam was asked why he was "all stiff" between the two women. He joked, "Should I be all limp like a floppy snake?"

Len Len was asked about their somewhat unnatural and Chilam's stiff appearance. She said, "It's very normal, who was he standing next to that made him all stiff? (Ah Sheh?) We are familiar......(when did you come familiar?) Actually we aren't very familiar, we would greet each other at public events. I saw her a few times when I visited the set. Greeting is a courtesy. (Was it awkward?) Why would it be awkward? Chilam and both have been linked to many people in rumors, wouldn't we be too busy (from being awkward)? We are adults, not kids. There is nothing to be embarrassed about." When reporters were about to follow up, Len Len was already a little impatient and did not want to talk further about the subject.

Many focus film projects were announced as well, including the John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) produced, Huang Hai directed, Chan Sap Sam written THE KILLER (DIP HUET SEUNG HUNG). Chan Sap Sam said that he would keep the classic scenes from the original and add in new elements.


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Gordon Lam feels sorry about hitting Cya Liu in the film
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Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Cya Liu, director Ang Lee's son Mason Lee, director Soi Cheang Pou Soi, producers Wilson Yip Wai Shun and Paco Wong yesterday at the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market promoted their murder suspense LIMBO (JI CHI). Lam Ka Tung remembered spending his birthday in the garbage dump, not only did he have to tolerate the trash and feces stench but also see rats scurrying across. Cya Liu described the work environment as very dirty and her character was constantly being chased by Lam Ka Tung.

Lam Ka Tung said that during the 3 months of making LIMBO, he had to punch, kick and torture Cya Liu. He might look like he enjoyed it but he felt very sorry inside. He said, "The director wanted me to be a little more vicious and not to hold back. My hands hurt from all the hitting. Cya Liu just let me hit and her face was swollen from getting hit. However everyone rather enjoyed it." Cya Liu joked that she really liked to make Hong Kong films but she never imagined it would be so tough. She felt that Hong Kong directors were very deranged. She also thanked Lam Ka Tung for hitting her, but everyday after work she would be full of injuries.


Louis Koo says that he makes his character taller
Louis Koo and Han Geng with weapons
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Justin Cheung, Ray Lui, Louis Koo, Han Geng and Lam Suet
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The film DYNASTY WARRIORS (JUN SAM GOK MO SEUNG) yesterday held its global press conference. Producer and director Roy Chow Hin Yeung and Christine To Chi Long along with stars Han Geng, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Ray Lui Leung Wai, Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Lam Suet talked about the film. Playing Guan Yu, Han Geng said that because he knew how to ride a horse and liked to, he personally performed many of the scenes on horseback; in terms of performance, Han Geng felt this character's challenge was enormous. He once worried that he did not resemble the image so he did several months of homework before the shoot began, like working out to make himself stronger and more like Guan Yu. Playing Yuan Shao, Lui Leung Wai said that he was very happy to be able to work with Chow Hin Yeung because he had the set well under control and communicated very well with each actor. Thus everyone had a very pleasant production process.