Tuesday, January 16, 2018

[2018.01.17] FOR THE WEEK ENDING JANUARY 14 2018

For the week ending Sunday January 14 2018
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10 WONDER
    d. Stephen Chbosky
    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay


 9 STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
    d. Rian Johnson
    Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Adam Driver,
      Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie,
      Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong'o, Anthony Daniels, Laura Dern


 8 INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
    d. Adam Robitel
    Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson


7 THE DISASTER ARTIST
    d. James Francos
    Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Zac Efron, Allison Brie,
      Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, Jacki Weaver,


 6 JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
    d. Jake Kasdan
    Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Har, Karen Gillan




 5 DARKEST HOUR
    d. Joe Wright
    Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas


 4 THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
    d. Michael Gracey
    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya


 3 THE COMMUTER
    d. Jaume Collet-Serra
    Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson


 2 COCO
    d. Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
    Disney Pixar Animation
    English Voices: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt
    Cantonese Voices: Andy Hui Chi On, Joey Tang Kin Ming





1 ALONG WITH THE GODS: THE TWO WORLDS
    d. Kim Yong-hwa
    Cha Tae-hyun, Ha Jung-woo, Do Kyung-soo, Ju Ji-hoon,
      Lee Jung-jae, Kim Hyang-gi
  Length : 139 mins.
  Opening January 11 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/xiEnJrJ7gHQ

[ HONG KONG MOVIE 6 ]
    According to the laws of Afterlife, all deceased must go through 7 trials over 49 days divided into 7 sin categories: betrayal, violence, filial piety, murder, indolence, deceit, and injustice. Once the deceased clears all 7 trials, he can be reincarnated and start a new life. "Mr. Kim Ja-hong, you died as expected without complications." Having died unexpectedly at a scene of fire while trying to save a little girl, firefighter Ja-hong is taken to the purgatory by 3 Afterlife guardians – Kang-lim, Hewonmak and Deok-choon. As the first paragon in 19 years, he must go through 7 trials over 49 days in order to be reincarnated. The 3 guardians were promised of reincarnation as well by King Yeomra, who rules the Afterlife, if they successfully defend 49 souls and do their best defend Ja-hong’s innocence in trials as their 48th client. His journey progresses without a hitch, until his brother Su-hong, who died begrudgingly, has turned into a Vengeful Spirit and begins attacking the Afterlife, thereby interrupting Ja-hong’s trial. Through the course of this battle, hidden facts surrounding Su-hong’s death are uncovered and proof of Ja-hong's innocence is now uncertain. Risking their own fate in the Afterlife, the 3 guardians fight to reincarnate both brothers.

[2018.01.17] FOR THE WEEK STARTING JANUARY 13 2018

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting January 13 2018


15 SEA OF LIGHT
  Can : Guong Ji Hoi
  A-Lin

14 THE LAKESIDE OF YEARNING
  Can : Seung Si Wu Boon
  FS (Fuying & Sam)

13 BLINK OF AN EYE
  Can : Yut Fong Ngan
  Janice Vidal (Wai Lan)

12 NINE WAYS TO ENJOY LONELINESS
  Can : Gau Jung Si Yung Gu Duk Dik Jing Kok Fong Sik
  Michael Kong (Kwong Leung)

11 LIGHT OF THE CITY
  Can : Sing Si ji Guong
  Li Jian

10 FULL NAME
  Can : Lin Ming Dai Sing
  A-mei (Cheung Wai Mui)

 9 THE FOOL
  Can : Jui Bun Din Yun
  A-Bin Fang (Fong Man Bun)

 8 SHEEP
  Lay Zhang Yixing (Cheung Ngai Hing)

 7 HERLAND
  Can : Nui Yi Gok
  Jane Zhang Liying, Li Ronghao

 6 YOUTH LIES WITHIN
  Can : Ching Chun Jui Liu Shui
  Rainie Yang (Yeung Sing Lam)

 5 JUST LIKE WIND
  Can : Jeung Fung Yut Yeung
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

 4 YI TANG
  Can : Yut Tung
  Chris Lee Yuchun

 3 OUTSIDE OF
  Can : Ji Oi
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

 2 A STATE OF BLISS
  Can : Ngor Hung Yuet Fai
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi


 1 LITTLE BIG US
  Can : Wai Dai Dik Miu Siu
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

[2018.01.17] TVB, SHAW AND MEGA VISION TEAM UP FOR TEN SUPER FILM AND TELEVISION PROJECTS

To Chi Hak, TVB CEO Lee Bo On, Mega-Vision's Wong Jing and Shaw's Elaine Lok
Lee Bo On says TVB is making big plans
Sisley Choi with some past training is confident about action films
Benjamin Yuen and Sisley Choi team up for a new film
Benjamin Yuen is not in a hurry to make RMB
Rebecca Zhu has been tapped to play Chow Chi Yeuk in HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE
Juno Mak directed an all star cast in SONS OF THE NEON NIGHTS
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TVB group CEO Lee Bo On, To Chi Hak, Shaw executive Elaine Lok Yi Ling and Mega Vision's Wong Jing yesterday announced film and television joint venture. TVB would open its door for its contract artists to have more film opportunities.

The joint venture would have no upper limit in its investment. In 2018 the three parties plan to make ten film and television projects, including two film versions of HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE (YI TIN TOH LUNG GEI), a battle of brains and brawn film ACROSS THE SEVEN SEAS (CHUT HOI JUNG WAN), the Mainland left behind children film REUNION DREAM (TUEN YUEN MUNG), the summer production LINE WALKER (SI TOH HUNG JEH) film, a film about Hong Kong spirit STARDUST (SING CHUN), and the television series THE BUND II that took place ten years after the death of Hui Man Keung. In addition, under Shaw Wong Cho Lam's and Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui's companies would make many film and web drama productions.

TVB would hand most of its film productions to veteran filmmaker Wong Jing, teaming big film stars with TVB actors. The rising stars Benjamin Yuen Wai Ho and Sisley Choi Si Bui have already been "named" to the big production ACROSS THE SEVEN SEAS in the second half of the year. Rebecca Zhu would play Chow Chi Yeuk in HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABRE. Other TVB stars would have opportunities as well to jump from television to the big screen, in a "win win" situation for both them and TVB.

As for the new series THE BUND II, would Chow Yun Fat guest star? Wong Jing joked, "Can you ask him for me. (What big stars have you landed for the projects?) Of course we have people in mind, but we have to sign the contracts before we can talk about them."

In addition, Wong Jing recently worked with Donnie Yen Chi Tan on two new films. DAI SI HING has already been completed and Chi Tan later will "destroy" his trademark fit body to play a big guy in the film ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FEI LUNG GOR GONG). In the story he pigged out after being dumped, then began an investigation of a case. Niki Chow Lai Kei may be the lead actress. In Da, Chi Tan "named" his company's "second generation star" additions Bruce Tong Kwan Chi and Chris Tong Kwan Yiu (Kent Tong Chun Yip's sons). Chi Tan also saw the potential of the "twins". Wong Jing said that he would consider including both films into the alliance projects.

Shaw this year will make several new films, like its investment in the Juno Mak Chun Lung directed SONS OF NEON NIGHTS (FUNG LUM FOR SHAN) with top film stars Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo), Tony Leung Ka Fai, Louis Koo Tin Lok, Gao Yuanyuan and Sean Lau Ching wan. For a snow scene in SONS, the team constructed a Causeway Bay street set in Huizhou.

Another new film DREAM REUNION (MUNG TUEN YUEN) will start production in the middle of year. Adrian Kwan Shun Fai will directed the story about Mainland left behind children. Director Kwan earlier went to the Mainland for inspiration and broke down when he saw the children in person. The Bill Kong Chi Keung produced STARDUST will also start production in the middle of the year.

[2018.01.17] EASON CHAN CRIES OVER JEALOUSY OF LI RONGHAO

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Gordon Lam shows his support for Eason Chan
Vincent Kok kisses Eason Chan
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Eason Chan Yik Shun, Li Ronghao, Chris Collins, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Benz Hui Siu Hung starred in the Vincent Kok Tak Siu directed film KEEP CALM AND BE A SUPERSTAR (NGOR DAI GUI SING). Two nights ago a premiere was held. Eason revealed that during the shoot out of jealousy of Li Ronghao, Eason cried to the director. Eason joked that perhaps he was old and was particularly sentimental.

Playing an action superstar in the film, Eason personally performed many stunts. Kok Tak Siu said that Eason began training two weeks before the production began. When he started he first worked on fight scenes, so the later parts would be a little more comfortable. He thanked Eason for giving his all in many of the film costumes. Eason revealed that because Kok Tak Siu took great care of Li Ronghao, he was jealous and cried in front of the director. Kok Tak Siu immediately kissed him on the cheek.

Eason said, "I haven't made a comedy in over a decade. I worried that I wouldn't be able to grasp the rhythm and lacked self confidence. I was acting up. Because during the shoot I took two weeks off for the Voice of China, when I got back I realized that the director loved Li Ronghao more. I got jealous. I didn't know why whatever I did was more trouble than it was worth. I pulled the director aside to talk, and I broke down as I talked. That never happened before. Actually that was very embarrassing. No only girls would be like this. Maybe because I am older I am a little more sentimental. My method was pretty fragile." Kok Tak Siu explained, "Because Li Ronghao is new, I just waned to give him more confidence. Eason just thought too much. I have always loved him a lot."

Did Eason have a lot of action scenes in the film? He said, "To use real force, he had to learn to hold back. I understand that action actors would be very tired. I would rather get hit. When you get hit you only have to react. When you hit people you have to use a lot of energy, the rhythm is very important." Eason during the shoot got hurt. He said that toughest was the '720 drunken fist' on wire. He had to be on two wires, which spun him around as soon as he let go. He had to keep very straight. (Would he not dare to make another action film?) I can hold a gun, whether I would make another comedy it will be up to fate. Actually I considered this time for a long time. Maybe in the past two years I kept going on tour, I got bored with life. I didn't feel I was funny. Finally Director Kok convinced me. After making the comedy I really was very happy."

Gordon Lam Ka Tung showed his support. Ka Tung said about Eason crying from the shoot, "I have done it too. Sometimes the script motivates the emotions. The director forces you to cry only because he loves you. He definitely feels you still have a lot of room and potential to bother to help you get there. I too look forward to see how the director 'squeezes' Eason 'dry', haha."

[2018.01.17] JOHNSON LEE CALLS IN FAVORS FOR HIS DIRECTING DEBUT

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The Lunar New Year STAYCATION (YUT GA DAI SAI) was Johnson Lee's directing debut. He even asked heavyweight actors Tommy Tam (Ti Lung) and Yuen Qiu to be in the cast with good actors Louisa So Yuk Wa and Andrew Lam Man Chung, as he hoped to bring the audience joy during the Lunar New Year. Although it was his first time directing and starring, Johnson admitted that it was not too difficult because before the shoot he already did his homework, finished his storyboard and with years of television training he was very certain what he needed to shoot. He said, "The hardest instead was inviting actors because I have to use sincerity and the script to move them. For example when I asked ah So, her first reaction was 'What will we be making?' Then she asked to see the script first. Brother Lung also had to see the script first. This is common among professional actors. Of course I had to get past Lung Soh first."

Ti Lung said that when Johnson asked him he was worried that he was being pranked. "New directors already pass the first test when someone is willing to invest in their films. This time working with Yuen Qiu is a dream come true for me, because she is only the Seven Little Fortunes I haven't worked with. In the film she was even the type of person who always got one over me." Johnson said that Brother Lung's character was very suitable for him. "Although everyone calls Brother Lung 'Principle Lung' actually he can be very mischievous. I believe the audience would feel very fresh when they see this side on the big screen."

Aside from Ti Lung, Yuen Qiu and So Yuk Wa, the new film also had good actors like Lam Man Chung, Law Kar Ying, Chin Siu Ho and others. Johnson hoped that the new film would be able to make the audience think about the modern family relationship. Thus the story production method was full of 80s nostalgia. Ah So praised Johnson for being very serious with his directing debut. He actually arranged for an actor table read like a play, which was very rare in the film industry. Rarely in comedy, Ti Lung said that film productions were the most afraid of misuse of resource, otherwise with an even better scripts actors would become wasted. He also believed that Johnson had the qualifications to be a very sharp director to bring joy to everyone. Yuen Qiu in one scene cried without much preparation and received praise from Johnson for her superb acting. Sister Qiu said, "Actually crying isn't hard, it depends on what you are thinking about at the time. Comedy instead is harder because making people laugh isn't easy."

Monday, January 15, 2018

[2018.01.16] 2017 HONG KONG FILM CRITIC SOCIETY AWARDS

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Best Actress: THE EMPTY HAND's Stephy Tang 
Best Actor GOD OF WAR's Yasuaki Kurata
Best Film OUR TIME WILL COME
LOVE EDUCATION's Sylvia Chang wins Best Director
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The 2016 Hong Kong Film Critic Society Award yesterday revealed its winners. The Ann Hui On Wa directed OUR TIME WILL COME won Best Film. GOD OF WAR won Best Actor and Best Screenplay. Sylvia Chang (Cheung Ngai Ga) with LOVE EDUCATION won Best Director. Stephy Tang Lai Yun defeated elders like Carina Lau Ka Ling for Best Actress.

Two days ago the Hong Kong Film Critic Society for the 24th Hong Kong Film Critic Society Awards' five awards and eight recommended films conduced 9 hours of fierce discussion and three rounds of voting. The eight recommended films included GOD OF WAR, LOVE EDUCATION, ALWAYS BE WITH YOU, WUKONG, LOST IN THE FUMES, 29+1, PARADOX and THE EMPTY HAND. The award presentation date and location will be announced later.

The Hui On Wa directed OUR TIME WILL COME received many critics' praises and won her Best film. The Society concluded, "Under the existing standards of co-production films, a 'Hong Kong style propaganda' that belonged to this land was produced. Through a group of little people who risked everything to protect their homes during the War against Japanese Aggression, the fearless spirit of self sacrifice for everyone amid the chaos. The spotlight was placed on many female characters. The strokes were gentle and detailed."

During the Best Director and Best Screenplay selection, LOVE EDUCATION and GOD OF WAR had their supporters as the vote counts were very close. After three rounds of voting, Sylvia Chang won Best Director for LOVE EDUCATION while GOD OF WAR won Best Screenplay.

The competition for Best Actor and Actress was just as fierce. In the end Yasuaki Kurata with his GOD OF WAR's mature acting won his first Hong Kong Film Critic Society Best Actor award. Tang Lai Yun with THE EMPTY HAND defeated TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY's Teresa Mo Shun Kwan, IN YOUR DREAMS' Lau Ka Ling and others for this year's Best Actress.

GOD OF WAR's director Gordon Chan Ka Seung responded, "I am the happiest about Mr. Kurata's award. I also would like to thank the Critic Society for the attention it has brought to this film. None of the effort was wasted." Yasuaki Kurata replied, "I am very happy to receive this news. In my 72 years I have always felt that I haven't had much luck with awards, bu this time I am able to win this award completely thanks to all the friends, all the directors and workers who supported me in Hong Kong."

The Hui On Wa directed OUR TIME WILL COME won Best Film. She said that she was very happy. "I didn't squander the cast's focus and the team's hard work." OUR's screenwriter He Jiping humbly said, "The award is recognition. This is a professional award, a credit to Director Hui and the entire team's effort." Actually He Jiping and Hui On Wa put their heart and soul into OUR. Because Director Hui wanted to make a movie about Hong Kong history, He Jiping spent a long tIme on research and writing. She had to completely loyal to facts while still have dramatic effects. The difficulty was very high but very precisely grasped.

As for the first time Best Actress, Stephy said that she was happy and moved. She also said that the director told her the news with a text message. At first she did not believe it and thought that he was joking. Later when she learned that it was true, Stephy still did not know how to react. She only felt very happy. She thanked the director very much for giving her a lot of trust and confidence, and the crew for their love. They have a mobile phone group, everyone in the group congratulated her. After the shoot everyone felt like they were a family.

Stephy also thanked the Film Critic Society for this encouragement, which was a huge recognition. She hoped in the future everyone would know that Stephy was an actress who would work hard for and contribute to her character.

2017 HONG KONG FILM CRITIC SOCIETY AWARDS
http://www.filmcritics.org.hk/

BEST FILM: OUR TIME WILL COME
BEST DIRECTOR: Sylvia Chang (LOVE EDUCATION)
BEST SCREENPLAY: Frankie Tam, Maria Wong, Wu Mengzhang, Xiong Zhaozheng (GOD OF WAR)
BEST ACTOR: Yasuaki Kurata (GOD OF WAR)
BEST ACTRESS: Stephy Tang Lai Yun (THE EMPTY HAND)
EIGHT RECOMMENDED FILMS:
GOD OF WAR
LOVE EDUCATION
THE EMPTY HAND
ALWAYS BE WITH YOU
WUKONG
LOST IN THE FUMES
29+1
PARADOX

Sunday, January 14, 2018

[2018.10.15] TWO GREAT MONKEY KINGS AARON KWOK AND HUANG BO PROMOTE MONKEY KING 3

Zanilia Zhao
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The fantasy romantic comedy THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) will officially open in Hong Kong on February 15th. Director Soi Cheang Po Shui, executive producer Huang Bo, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Gigi Leung Wing Kei, William Feng Shaofeng, Zanilia Zhao Liying, Xiao Shenyang, Law Chung Him, and Allie Chan Nga Lai yesterday promoted in Guangzhou. Before the press conference a "Herland" airship circled the venue. Two Best Actor "Monkey Kings" Sing Sing and Huang Bo's appearance together became the bright spot. Huang Bo praised that everyone's performance in the film exceeded the previous installment. He even admitted that he regretted very much that he did not perform. Sing Sing said that this time the subject was lighter than the last one, so he could thoroughly cause trouble.

One of the press conference's bright spot was when the host called for the "eldest disciple" two Sun Wukong appeared. Sing Sing and Huang Bo, two Best Actor "Monkey Kings" played Sun Wukong in THE MONKEY KING 2 and JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS respectively, both flms made over 1 billion RMB at the box office. As two great Monkey Kings met, Sing Sing said that Huang was the Monkey King elder. Huang Bo said hat Sing Sing completely lived up to the "Pretty Monkey King" because he was more handsome. Huang Bo regretted that he was unable to play a role due to scheduling. He said, "I already watched the film. The quartet was filled with bright spots. Everyone's performance exceeded the previous installment. In addition, under a strong contrast, strong conflict environment like Herland, the potential for drama could be released without limit. I regret very much not to play a certain role."

The two time Wukong Sing Sing felt that this installment was quite a breakthrough, especially saving Herland and fighting in water with the River God felt very fresh. "This time's subject was lighter than the last. This Monkey King of mine finally could thoroughly act up and be mischievous. It was very fun." In comparison to the Pretty Monkey King the more honest and solid Sand Monk, Law Chung Him felt tha he and Sing Sing worked together in all three films and had more and more chemistry. The result was better and better! Law Chung Him also revealed that he would appear with his actual appearance in the film. "This time we should the Sand Monk's original appearance as the Curtain Liftng General. Viewers please don't leave right after the movie, stay for the Easter egg at the end."

Originally busy with her new film, Leung Wing Kei attended and then returned to Hong Kong. Gigi introduced herself as the minister who protected the king Zhao Liying. They were like mother and daughter. Because men were forbidden to enter Herland, when the quartet appeared her responsibility was like all parents. When they learned that their daughter made bad friends, they would do all they could to stop them. Gigi was pleased with her performance and revealed that although this was not her first time with special effect make up it was the toughest! "Each time before the shoot I spent 5 to 6 hours in make up and 1 hour to remove it." However after watching the result she felt it was worth the effort. The realistic look added a lot of dominance to her role. Gigi said that she would consider more with future offer of similar films. Sh also revealed that her daughter Sofia at first did not recognize her. "When she learned that Mama was playing the role, she liked it very much. Children at this stage are very easy to coax. They feel everything Mama does is fantastic!"

In addition, Herland king Zhao Liying, adviser Leung Wing Kei and servant Chan Nga Lai reunited on this rare occasion. Zhao Liying said that playing the king she displayed all the young girl's anticipation, surprise and anxiety for first love, which was like the most innocent and natural little deer on the loose.