Monday, December 11, 2017

[2017.12.12] ZANILIA ZHAO AND FENG SHAOFENG JUMP TO THE "GIANT SCREEN"

Zanilia Zhao and Feng Shaofeng are in the same boat
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The Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Feng Shaofeng and Zanilia Zhao Liying starred film THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) will soon open. Filmko recently released a poster at CineAsia. The king of the women nation Zhao Liying and the Venerable Tang Monk Feng Shaofeng were in the same boat. ,br>
The film also announced that China Giant Screen will provide projection equipment exclusively for the flm, including a 35 meter wide, 15 meter tall silver screen for its global premiere.

[2017.12.12] SHAW STAR CHING LI PASSED AWAY

MY DREAMBOAT
SENTIMENTAL SWORDMAN



Ching Li, John Chiang, Chen Kuan Tai and Ti Lung
Cheng Pei Pei laments, "Another one has left!"

Ching Li and Ricky Lee
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Ching Li in 1977 married Philip Tse

Ricky Lee 
Helen Ma was Ching Li's bridemaid
Ching Li worked with Ti Ling and John Chiang in DUEL OF FISTS
Chiao Chiao and Ching Li
Ching Li in 2002
Ti Lung and Ching Li in THE BLOOD BROTHERS
Her 1985 Taiwan drama THE LEGEND OF was her farewell work
Ching Li with her 1968 film WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY won a Golden Horse Award for "Most Hopeful Star"
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60s and 70s top Shaw star Ching Li passed away on the 9th at age 72. Ching Li retired from film in 1985. In recent years she had little contact with industry insiders. The news of her passing was quite a surprise. Helen Ma who was close to Ching Li yesterday confirmed the news. Her co-star John Chiang Dai Wai, friend Chiao Chiao expressed sorrow over the news and remembered their happy moments with this past "cheer team captain".

Helen Ma said that Ching Li passed away last Saturday (December 9th). She was very, very saddened. Ching Li wed in 1970 and she was a bridemaid. She was everyone's cheer eam captain. Ching Li in recent years rarely appeared in public and only had ocntact with retired Shaw stars. Chiao Chiao also had contact with her.

Chiao Chiao was very sad and expressed regret over the news. She said, "We both came from Taiwan to Hong Kong for work, we shared so many memories that I can tell them all. However we haven't had any contact in a long time. I only found out from friends a few days ago. At our age we are all like this......now poeple live longer and healthier, she left a little too soon."

Chiang Dai Wai during the Shaw era worked with Ching Li on several films like BOXER FROM SHANTUNG and THE BLOOD BROTHERS. He said that he heard the news from friends. As for memories of working with Ching Li, he said, "She was very happy. Since her retirement we had very little contact. I don't know about her funeral arrangement. Years ago we ran into each other at the supermarket, we greeted each other but it was a long time ago." Chiang Dai wai said that back then they got along very well. They would study how to perform a scene. Perhaps due to how close they were in their age they had a lot in common.

Ti Ling also worked with Ching Li many times. He once described Ching Li as having quite a presence, like a classic beauty full of literary aura.

Ching Li's father was famous actor Ching Miao. In 1963 she joined Shaw due to her father's connection. Her first film was the Chiung Yao novel adaptation MY DREAMBOAT; in 1968 her first lead was in the film WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, and with that film she received the 7th Golden Horse Award for the Most Hopeful Star. Ching Li in 1985 announced her retirement after her 1985 television series THE LEGEND OF CHU LIUXIANG. Ching Li accepted an interview for her Shaw video release. She said that she regretted that she did not have a chance with Richard Li Han Hsiang. She said that when she learned that Li Han Hsiang was working on THE EMPRESS DOWAGER she really wanted to recommend herself for the role of Concubine Chen, but at the time she already took roles from two great directors Chang Cheh and Chor Yuen. She was afraid that people would accuse her of being greedy for recommending herself.

Ching Li also mentioned a failed marriage. In 1970 she wed Philip Tse. They got married after knowing each other for a very short time. Back then the media described it as a flash marriage. Ching Li has always ahd a lot of suitors. She has publicly clarified rumors. When she ran into Philip Tse, he stood outside her home and waited everyday. Finally she was moved; Ching Li was linked to a certain Southeast Asian nation's prince, which upset her so much that she wed Philip Tse. Ching Li and Philip Tse had a pair of children. Their marriage only lasted for 15 years. When a third party appeared Ching Li decided to leave. Ching Li revealed that her former husband called her long distance from Hong Kong to apologize to her for wasting 15 years of her youth. Ching Li had her share of suitors. She once said that her failed marriage was her greatest setback in life.

In 2002 television artist Ricky Lee Chi Kei was rumored to begin courting her, but both denied the rumor and said that they were just good friends. Lee Chi Kei was heartbroken when he heard the news yesterday and even praised her as a great beauty.

Ching Li spent a little more than a decade in show business only but made over 40 films. Aside from the early MY DREAMBOAT and WHEN THE CLOUDS ROLL BY, THE BLOOD BROTHERS, KING CAT, THE ANONYMOUS HEROES, THE MAGIC BLADE and KILLER CLANS were all classics; she was the favorite of two great directors Chang Cheh and Chor Yuen. Ching Li in the two great directors' films had a variety of images; Chang Cheh in THE ANONYMOUS HEROES she played a little hot hand at a gambling den; in THE BLOOD BROTHERS she was the woman of disaster, sometimes she also turned into a cold socialite. In Chor Yuen's films, Ching Li was a pristine "goddess", including KILLER CLANS, THE MAGIC BLADE, THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN and RETURN OF THE SENTIMENTAL SWORDSMAN.

[2017.12.12] MONA FONG MEMORIAL WILL TAKE PLACE TODAY

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"Aunt Six" Mona Fong Yat Wa passed away last month. A memorial will be held today at the Shaw Studio and the decoration of he venue has been completed. SCOOP gave an update for the memorial decoration. Fong Yat Wa's photo was hung at the center, with pink flowers underneath; The chairs on both sides were covered in white cloth. The memorial will take place from 11AM to 5PM. Participants would only need to bring their memory of Lady Shaw, no funeral color clohtng or black tie would be required. The event would not accept any floral arrangement.

[2017.12.12] CHEUNG TAT MING DEPENDS ON LOUIS KOO'S LEAD FOR AN AWARD?

Louis Koo, Ng Siu Hin
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Cheung Tat Ming 
Francis Ng, Anita Yuen, Louis Koo
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Francis Ng Chun Yu, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Anita Yuen Wing Yee, Cheung Tat Ming, Lo Hoi Pang, Elena Kong Mei Yee, Mak Cheung Ching and others yesterday attended the Herman Yau Lai To directed new film GA WOR MAN SI GAING production start ceremony. Playing Chun Yu's father in the film, Tat Ming after makeup was very convincing.

In the film Chun Yu and Len Len would play a couple. Working together after over a decade, would they have any intimate scene? Len Len said, "Tons! Why else would I take it?" Chun Yu joked, "We screwed in the bed...'s screw, otherwise the bed would collapse! This time we have to add screws. This is a 'category III' comedy, it's category III funny, the category for the funniest." After years away from flm, Len Len said that she really wanted to work with Chun Yu again. Chun Yu joked, "Every female star after working with me wants more!" Len Len replied, "That's right! I am 'licking my chops' too."

This time Cheung Tat Ming is one of the producers. Chun Yu said that the film script was Tat Ming's play script years ago. It received many awards. He suggested for Tat Ming to adapt the play into a film and play his father, the story would be about the housing problem and many city disorders. He also said that many friends wanted Tat Ming to return to film. "Tat Ming saw that the character had to be in a wheel chair and immediately agreed. He was more into on screen than off screen performance. He always thought that he was an idol. (Would you like Tat Ming to win an award with the film?) He can win a screenplay award."

Fully supporting Tat Ming, Chun Yu and Len Len were asked if they gave a "friendly discount"? Len Len admitted that she took the normal rate. Chun Yu said, "Tat Ming is just producting, not investing. If anyone can get Tat Ming to produce they are proven to have a lot of money. I am very busy, they should be laughing that I can make room in my busy schedule. Taking a pay cut wouldn't make sense. When you say it is Tat Ming's comeback or final film, a lot of favors can be called in and many would guest star."

Producer and screenwriter Tat Ming said that the makeup alone took two hours. After the shoot he had to use hot towels to melt the glue before he was able to remove the makeup. The neck wrinkles were real and did not require make up. He said that this was the first key role he had since his cancer was under control. Originally he did not want to perform, but this was the first time he would work with Goo Jai. In addition his character was wheel chair bound, which was very suitable for his numb limbs. He said, "I will have to sit in a wheel chair sooner or later, let me try it. This time I get to see Goo Jai and get paid, I am very happy." He said that his character was played by an actress in a disguise and won a Best Supporting Actress. Was he confident that he could win an award with this character? Tat Ming said, "It will depend on where Goo Jai leads me. In one scene Goo Jai would be amazing. Chun Yu, Len Len and me try to scare him as a family, but he scares us back nsead. In another scene Goo Jai would have to cry and affect us very much."

Goo Jai said that this film would be a dark comedy that would reflect reality. He fel that film required different subjects. Would this performance have a lot of potential? He said, "Working with Tat Ming is already a great show." Would he have any romance? Goo Jai joked that he had to work with art and had no romance.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

[2017.12.10] ALEX FONG CHUNG SHUN ADMITS TO AN UNLUCKY YEAR

Donna Chu
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Alex Fong Chung Shun
Kevin Cheng
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The Po Leung Kuk A Night in Venice charity party took place last night. Po Leung Kuk chair Abbie Chan Sai Kit, Po Leung foster children ambassador Kevin Cheng Ka Wing, artist Alex Fong Chung Shun, Donna Chu Kit Yi, Patrick Tam Yiu Man, Candy Law Lam and others attended in support.

Recently a German satellite communication company sued Fong Chung Shun for 1.16 million in remittance and prohibited him from transferring or withdrawing that sum. Fong Chung Shun said that reporters had more information than he did. "My phone blew up with calls, I even pulled the card out of the phone. The next day I finally received the legal letter, but the matter is in the hands of the lawyers." Fong Chung Shun said that he had bad luck, with two accidents in a year. When he just left home he almost crashed into his neighbor car from dodging a boar. Even the fortune teller told him that his luck this year would be poor. Now he could only turn down all jobs and stay home until after this year.

Fong Chung Shun in the film GOLDBUSTER (YIU LING LING) had a balding look. He said that he also had bad luck on the set. He worked for 40 days and nights in the Mainland, he was so hot that he would not sweat as blisters appeared on his head. He sent the pictures to his daughter, who made fun of him. After the shoot he had blisters on his head and neck.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

[2017.12.10] ARTISTS MOURN THE PASSING OF JIANG HAN

Nancy Wu remembers Jiang Han playing her father in TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES
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Lee Shan Shan worked with Jiang Han on BURNING FLAME and praises him for being friendly and funny
Louis Koo's best memory of Jiang Han is playing father and son in BURNING FLAME

Wu Fung laments the passing of Jiang Han
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Lau Kong, Lok Ying Kwan, Jiang Han
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Often playing businessmen or fathers, veteran actor Jiang Han earlier passed away at a nursing home at age 78; his widow confirmed the news.

Originally named Chiang Wing Ming, Han Jiang was born in Liaoyang, Liaoning in 1939. In his youth he worked on many films for film companies like Great Wall and Phoenix, a top young actors of that era. By the late 70s, he began his television career when he joined RTV (later ATV). In 1992 he joined TVB and mostly played the kind father or successful people. Having known Jiang Han for over 40 years, Wu Fung yesterday at an event revealed that he knew about Jiang's poor health but had no idea what illness he had. Wu Fung also said that although they did not have many opportunities to work together, whenever they met they would chat a little.

Jiang Han's JUST LOVE co-star Jessica Hester Hsuan (Suen Huen) yesterday remembered him online. "Our Uncle Han Jiang, have a safe journey. Miss you forever." Playing his son in BURNING FLAME, Louis Koo Tin Lok also said that they worked together in several series but BURNING was the most memorable for him.

Friday, December 8, 2017

[2017.12.09] MIRIAM YEUNG WANTS SHAWN YUE TO BE A PARENT SOON





Michelle Wai steps on her own dress and Albert Yeung lends a hand
Albert Yeung, Kathy Yuen
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Miriam Yeung
Aimee Chan
Simon Yam and Charlene Choi
EXO member D.O.
Jeremy Renner
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The seven day long 2nd Macau International Film Festival last night opened at the Macau Cultural Center. The Hollywood film PADDINGTON 2 was the opening film. Three star ambassadors Jeremy Renner, rising Korean film star D.O. and Best Actress Miriam Yeung Chin Wa attende with Macau Government Tourist Office chief Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes (Man Yi Wa), jury members Joan Chen, Alvin Chau Cheok Wa, Albert Yeung Sau Sing, Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Simon Yam Ta Wa, Kathy Yuen (Tong Yi), Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Aimee Chan Yan Mei, Daichi Harashima, Leung Ka Yan, Tong Chun Yip, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, hosts Carol Cheng Yui Ling and Bob Lam Sing Bun. Chin Wa said that she immediately texted her congratulation to her film co-star Shawn Yue Man Lok on his wedding.

Last year Yeung Chin Wa was the closing ceremony guest performer. This year she was the promotional ambassador. She felt her dress was a little loose as she admitted that she became thinner from working out for her concert. However she still was six pounds from her goal. She said that she still had some fat in "sneaky" places.

Speaking of LOVE OFF THE CUFF (JI MING GAU CHUN GIU) becoming this year's Hong Kong Chinese language film box office champion, Chin Wa said, "We still have a little know before knowing. I haven't counted myself but I am happy to hear this news. Both Jimmy and Cherie have happy endings!" Speaking "Jimmy" Yue Man Lok's wedding, Chin Wa said that she already texted to congratulate him right away. "I am truly happy for hm, I know he has always wanted his own family and children. Now it is a new start. I hope he would properly enjoy joining the ranks of the married people!" Would Lok Jai have double happiness? Chin Wa asked, "I don't know, would they?" Reporters then asked her to text Lok Jai to ask, Chin Wa said, "As a friend I shouldn't disturb them at this moment, which would make me a party pooper. However he probably should have one soon. After the second movie I had my son. Now it's his turn to get married. I don't know who is lucky for who!"

Chan Yan Mei was excited because she came to walk the red carpet for the first film of her return, MAU YUET MAU YUT. Her husband Moses Chan Ho picked out her dress. Aimee was already much thinner from working hard on her work out and now plans to return to work fully. Thus she was almost back to her previous form. She said that she was able to work her old clothes, but now she would focus on making movies or commercials. Television series took longer and made the schedule harder to control for her family.

Aimee admitted that Chan Ho did not want their children to go into show business and turn down several reality shows. She said that their children were still small so they hoped that they would do what children would normally do first.