Saturday, September 23, 2017

[2017.09.23] LAW LAN PLEADS WITH LOUIS KOO NOT TO REPEAT HIS MISTAKES

Louis Koo and Charmaine Sheh run into supernatural events
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The Louis Koo Tin Lok, Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Gordon Lam Ka Tung, Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin and Charmaine Sheh Sze Man starred Hong Kong horror film ALWAYS BE WITH YOU (SEUNG JOI NEI JOR YAU) commemorates the classic film series TROUBLESOME NIGHT (YUM YEUNG LO)'s 20th anniversary will be released for Halloween on October 26th.

The ALWAYS BE WITH YOU trailer was released yesterday, in the story Chilam played a taxi driver who after causing a serious traffic accident triggered a series of events. He later stayed at the Ah Sa operated vacation home and ran into multiple guest suicides. Playing a loving couple, Goo Jai and Ah She even saw a head on a turntable. "Ghost Queen" Helena Law Lan said to Goo Jai, "Don't repeat your mistakes, sooner and later they will be unveiled!"

[2017.09.23] JACKIE CHAN WANTS TO WORK WITH JOHN WOO

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John Woo celebrates his birthday with his wife while promoting MANHUNT in Qingdao
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Yesterday was famous director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum)'s birthday. His action epic MANHUNT has been selected for many international film festivals, which sent him all over the world lately. He just attended a film promotion in Qingdao. Since it was his birthday, the event prepared a surprise birthday banquet to celebrate with him. His friend Big Brother Jackie Chan even sent a video, which surprised the director even more. In particular Director Woo said that he thought he came to attend the Qingdao film promotion, he never thought that everyone would present him with this birthday surprise. Mrs. Woo was also invited to the stage for a toast and cake cutting with her husband.

Jackie Chan was dressed in black, but for the video he borrowed other colored clothing from his friends. "I wanted to find more joyous color like red, but I really couldn't find any." He said, "Brother, I remember when we were kids, I already thought you could be a good director. I also thought that I could act. From our first collaboration to now, over 40 years went by in the blink of an eye. Heaven has treated us well, now we can still fight, still shoot, still act. That is something that many only say, but I have to seriously say it once. I really, really look forward to us working together again. What do you think? I am waiting for you!"

Director Woo of course immediately said that he was looking forward to it and sentimentally said tha he and Jackie Chan have made movies for more than half their lives, which were lives well lived. He hoped that in the future he would be able to work the job that he loved. As early as 40 years ago when he and Jackie Chan worked together Chan's energy. "In one figh scene, Jackie Chan's head hit a rock and he blacked out for a long time. Luckily he rock wasn't sharp and he was able to stay alive." Years ago he still remembered the scene like it was yesterday and even put these thrilling elements into his film creations.

In 1973 Director Woo already invited Jackie Chan to be his film debut THE YOUNG DRAGONS' action director. Director Woo saw how hard Jackie Chan worked. In 1976 when he made HAND OF DEATH he directly invited him to perform in his new film. After the shoot Director Woo told him, "You will definitely be a big star in the future." He encouraged him to keep making movies. Although for a very long time Ng Yu Sum and Jackie Chan made their own movies and opened up different styles of roads, their passion and persistence for film were the same.

[2017.09.23] PAKHO CHAU GOES ON A DIET FOR HIS TOUR

Shiga Lin, Pakho Chau
Joyce Cheng, Louis Cheung
Would Ava Liu dare to eat what Andrew Lam feeds her?
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Pakho Chau jokes that if the film passes the HK$ 10 million mark, he would tell Bob Lam to return a slap for revenge
Louis Cheung would like to work with the same team again
Ava Liu
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The film THE SINKING CITY: ODYSSEY CAPSULE (SAI FONG GIK LOK: TAI BAU TAI JI TAI HUNG CHONG) made over HK$ 8 million in its Hong Kong release. Two nighs ago a celebration was held. Actors Pakho Chau, Andrew Lam Man Chung, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Joyce Cheng Yun Yi, Ava Liu (Yu Kiu) and Shiga Lin attended. Boss Stephen Shiu Jr. said that a sequel was certain.

Pakho Chau was asked what he would do if the film made over HK$ 10 million? He joked that he would like to see Bob Lam Sing Bun slap Lam Man Chung, but earlier when Lam Man Chung slapped Bob it was for effect. Did Lam Man Chung slap him? Pakho said, "If he did I would dodge it, I rely on my looks to make a living!"

Two nights ago the celebration banquet was hot pot casserole, which was Pakho's favorite. Yet because his Mainland concert tour was starting and he owuld have to perform in a different place every month, he no longer had rice. He said, "I came here but I wouldn't get to eat, I can only steam vegetables. I am starving!" How did his wife sate his hunger? Pakho said, "She made me a lot of meat, she is working very hard too!"

Yu Kiu in the film played a masseuse who often had good soup for her clients. However her boyfriend did not enjoy either. Actually she did not know how to give massages either. In the film she only pushed Pakho Chau a few times. As for her boyfriend's hobby, she said that he liked music. Unfortunaely she made movies more and musically she was not in the same class to jam with him.

Cheung Kai Chung learned about the sequel and said that he would like to work with the other actors again. Because this time Pakho Chau's character required him to be very handsome, they had to play all the funny and odd performance. Actually Pakho Chau had a heavy sense of comedy and he hoped that next time they could be funny together. Ah Chung also said that the five of them had shades of the 80s Eric Tsang Chi Wai WINNERS AND SINNERS, with every shape and size. He said, "However I of course wouldn't say I belong to Bob's side. I want to stick closer to Pakho and (Babyjohn) Choi Hong Yik's handsome side!"

[2017.09.23] AARON KWOK ANNOUNCES NEW FAMILY ADDITION

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Aaron Kwok seemingly hints at a daughter with his post
Moka Fang echoes Aaron Kwok's sentiments
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Friday, September 22, 2017

[2017.09.22] MAD WORLD HAS BEEN SELECTED TO REPRESENT HONG KONG AT THE OSCARS

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The Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong board of directors in accordance to the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences' "Best Foreign Film" film selection rules and eligibility decided to recommend the Wong Chun directed, Eric Tsang Chi Wai, Shawn Yue Man Lok, Elaine Jin (Yam Yin Ling), Charmaine Fong Ho Man starred film MAD WORLD (YUT LIM MO MING) to represent Hong Kong to vie for the 90th Academy Award Best Foreign Film nomination.

The final 4 films included CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG), SEE YOU TOMORROW (BAI DOH YUN), SOUL MATE and MAD WORLD, with the latter finally was seleced to represent Hong Kong in competition.

MAD WORLD since its March release has been selected to participate in many international film festival including the only Hong Kong film that was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. Director Wong Chun even won the Hong Kong Film Award Best New Director and Elaine Jin won Best Supporting Actress. Wong Chun said, "When I got the news I was very happy. Here again I would like to thank each creative team member and crew, and every colleague whether they worked in creative, distribution and other positions. I would also like to thanks the film's stars I respect very much. At the same time, I would like to thank the audience because the audience is the most important part of the entire film. This news is a great blessing, to me it is a very fortunate thing. However we would not stop here. We would keep learning, evaluating and continue to make even better films for the audience." Elaine Jin said that she was very happy to be able to work with two young people Wong Chun and Florence Chan Chor Hung. It was her honor to be able to take part and the news was very encouraging.

MAD WORLD was the Hong Kong Trade and Commercial Development Council's Creative Hong Kong 2013 First Feature Film Initiative project winner, through the film creation and production project competition new directors are chosen. This project has the support of the Film Development Council and the Film Development Fund allocates the financial assistance to the winning new directors and their film production team's first feature film production.

[2017.09.22] ANDY LAU: "I HAVE RELIED ON THIS FACE FOR YEARS"

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Andy Lau Tak Wa and Donnie Yen Chi Tan attended their film CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG)'s Beijing premiere. Yen Chi Tan has always praised Wa Jai for being well maintained. Wa Jai said tha this film had action scenes but no one would say that he could fight. They would only say that he was very handsome.

Wa Jai was asked how it felt to be handsome for decades? How did he feel about Young Fresh Meat who "relied on their faces to make a living"? Wa Jai humorously said, "What else can I say? I have relied on my face for so many years! (Young Fresh Meat) shouldn't care, one day they will be able to reach my age when everyone would realizing my acting abilities.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[2017.09.21] JACKIE CHAN WANTS TO DIRECT A DRAMA

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The film THE FOREIGNER earlier held a national film national cinema circuit introduction event in Qingdao. "King of Kung Fu" Jackie Chan flew to Qingdao to promote his film. "King of Chinese Hip Hop" MC Jin also came to support his idol Big Brother Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan even revealed that he would be interested in directing a drama.

Big Brother even claimed that he was from Shandong (Jackie Chan's family came from Yantai, Shandong) and even spoke in Yantai dialect, which cracked up hte audience. This was Big Brother Jackie Chan's first cinema circuit introduction event. "This was my first time, so I made the trip from the U.S. I arrived in Qingdao at 5AM. This is a very special film, a very solemn and very tragic story. It is very touching, unlike any of my previous action comedy. I want everyone to know that Jackie Chan can not only play comedy but also different genre movies. In the future I may even personally direct a drama."

As a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Oscar award winner, Big Brother Jackie Chan has already won all the honors. However Big Brother was not pleased with himself. He said, "When I received the Oscar I was very happy, but after returning to the hotel and putting down the award this page has become the past." When he learned that in the audience were all national cinema circuit bosses, Jackie Chan expressed his appreciation to them. "Thank you very much everyone for your support all along, thank you very much to our Chinese film viewers for your love for me. Because of you, I am respected around the world. When I went to Hollywood to make movies, as soon as the U.S. called I had to fly from Hong Kong and even waited for them to see me. Now I no longer have to contact Hollywood. When the U.S. wants to work with me they would personally fly to Hong Kong to discuss it with me. Because of everyone's support, now Hollywood is waiting for me to meet with them."

Speaking of this collaboration, MC Jin said that he was very honored. "Now it still feels like a dream, when I was little one of my favorite things was hip hop and the other was Big Brother Jackie Chan's movies. This collaboration brought two of my favorite things together, I truly am very happy. I am very honored to be able to present this song to everyone and to Big Brother Jackie Chan." Big Brother Jackie Chan added, "MC Jin really is my super fan. He can remember every one of my movies, many lines from them. Even his secret code when he talks with his son is RUSH HOUR."

After the event, Jackie Chan and MC Jin met with fans. Big Brother Jackie Chan could not hide his excitement and even sang the promotional song from THE FOREIGNER, ORDINARY PERSON. Jackie Chan said that he really liked the verse "This world has a lot of cruelty" because he personally changed it to encourage the fight against terrorism. After performing the song, MC Jin performed his latest plug ZERO.