Friday, February 23, 2018

[2018.02.24] OPERATION RED SEA HEADS TOWARD 3.6 MILLION RMB

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"Demon Director" Dante Lam Chiu Yin's action film OPERATION RED SEA after a week in release in the Mainland took over the top box office from DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 2 on the 22nd. Its admission rate even pulled away from DETECTIVE 2, MONSTER HUNT 2 and THE MONKEY KING 3. Yesterday OPERATION RED SEA even broke the 1.5 billion RMB mark for the top 15th spot in the highest grossing film history in the Mainland. Some predicted that the film might be able to reach 3.646 billion RMB and replaced the Stephen Chow Sing Chi directed MERMAID (MEI YUN YU)'s over 3.3 billion RMB box office!

Lam Chiu Yin replied with a smile, "If this really happens, to me of course it would be a happy thing. The rarest is for the audience to recognize everything in this film. Even better for me is, from now on I can do things that I want to do even more. I hope to be able to make something even bigger, and even more entertaining!"

Lam Chiu Yin has already become both quality and box office guarantee. As for his future film production plans, he had two major conditions. "First is creative space. Each film's topic is something that I want to express. Otherwise making a movie would be meaningless; the other is production criteria. In the past many films put money on the stars. I hope this film of mine can make investors believe that a sincere and seriously produced film s worth spending the money for the audience to see." He planned to challenge grand scale heavyweight productions without forgetting Hong Kong. "I am in negotiation with Emperor Motion Pictures boss Mr. Yeung (Dr. Albert Yeung Sau Sing) for a crime action drama set in Hong Kong. Previously TO THE FORE and OPERATION MEKONG were a little distant from Hong Kong. I want to make a movie that is closely connected to Hong Kong again."

[2018.02.24] LEON LAI REPEATS AS THE HONG KONG ENTERTAINMENT EXPO AMBASSADOR

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Leon Lai Ming will repeat as the promotional ambassador for the 14th Hong Kong Entertainment Expo at the invitation of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council. Leon's tongue twister promotional video went viral last year. This year he made a 180 degree change. In the 30 second promotional video he quietly introduced the nine major events of the Entertainment Expo, which will take place between March 19th and April 15th with action. He summed up with the slogan "Support with action, no need to say anything" and urged everyone to support this entertainment event and the Hong Kong entertainment industry.

Leon said, "As a part of the Hong Kong entertainment industry, I am very happy to be able to be the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo ambassador again this year. The Hong Kong Entertainment Expo is the major annual event for the entertainment industry. I hope everyone this year would support it with me with action."

[2018.02.24] GIGI LEUNG WATCHES THE MONKEY KING 3 WITH FANS

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Gigi Leung Wing Kei in the fantasy comedy THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) played the preceptor, her presence and fantasy make up opened the eyes of many. The film company earlier held a screening in Causeway Bay for Leung Wing Kei's fans to watch THE MONKEY KING 3 with Gigi and celebrate the Lunar New Year together!

Gigi in the film played the dominating preceptor, her relationship with the King Zanilia Zhao Liying was both like the king and its official and mother and daughter; with the asexual "River God" Lin Chiling she even had a delicate relationship. In order to strengthen the preceptor's presence, she tried Hollywood special effect make up for the first time. Everyday for work she had to be in make up 5 hours in advance, and after work she would spend 1 hours to remove it. Gigi stressed to her fans, "Although my hair line is very high in the film, my forehead isn't so high naturally. It's make up effect!" Some fans watched THE MONKEY KING 3 that day, and some watched it again. All praised it as "entertaining!"

Early in the month Gigi attended the Beijing premiere. This was the first time she watched the Cantonese version. She said, "Both times the emotional spots were the same, the scene in which the Tang Monk and the King let go for their relationship and when I watched the King let go of everything Herland and jumped into the sea with the Tang Monk. Watching them again I was still very moved!"

For the Lunar New Year, fans asked Gigi for lai see. "For real! Earlier they asked me and they were too sudden! I didn't have any lai see on me." Actually every year Gigi would take her daughter Sofia's lucky money and donate it to charity organization. Since this time she did not prepare lai see for fans, she decided to follow Aaron Kwok Fu Sing's lead and donate the lai see in the name of all Hong Kong. She said, "Since every year I would donate Sofia's lucky money, this year I would make a donation in the name of the fans. I would follow Sing Sing's lead and double the happiness. It would be both meaningful and charitable, which would be pretty good!"

Thursday, February 22, 2018

[2018.02.23] SHAW STAR LEE CHING IS FOUND DEAD AT HOME

The fashion forward Lee Ching was an icon
Her classic THREE CHARMING SMILES with Ivy Ling
Lee Ching's starring role in THE MERMAID earned her a Best Actress award
In THE WEST CHAMBER with Ivy Ling
Lee Ching looked cute in a modern role

Lily Ho, Cheng Pei Pei and Ching Ping in HONG KONG NOCTURNE
Lee Ching was one of Sir Shaw's favorites
Lee Ching won Best Actress at age 17 and was known as the "Doll Best Actress"
John Chiang worked with Lee Ching
Helen Ma
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Lee Ching fell on hard times after retiring from show business
Lee Ching at age 16 already won the Asia Best Actress award and was known as the "Doll Best Actress"
Lee Ching was a top Shaw star
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Popular in the 1960s, the former "Asia Best Actress" Shaw star Lee Ching (originally named Lee Kwok Ying) yesterday was found dead at home at age 69. The police yesterday received a report from a Quarry Bay building security about foul stench from an unit. No one responded. The police and the fire department broke down the door and entered the home, where they found a woman dead on her bed. The police found anything suspicious initially and the cause of death awaited autopsy to be determined. Having worked with and met Lee Ching, Helen Ma, John Chiang Dai Wai, Susan Shaw Yam Yam were shocked to hear the news.

Lee Ching has retired from film for over 30 years. Reportedly friends with contact already lost touch with her during the Lunar New Year. A foul stench came from her unit recently. When the police found her body it was already decomposing. She was believed to have been dead for days. The police is trying to contact her family.

Lee Ching was born in 1948, at age 15 she joined the Shaw Southern Experimental Drama Troupe. In 1965 with the film THE MERMAID she won Asia Best Actress. At the age she was not yet 17 and was known as the "Doll Best Actress". She made many films including SUSANNA, HAVE SWORD WILL TRAVEL, and the 1972 THE MERRY WIFE. She had box office guarantee and became a hot property among actresses in Hong Kong and Taiwan. With Mona Fong and Lily Ho they became the top three stars of Shaw as they were chosen as the top ten stars of Mandarin films for three years in a row. In 1976, she left Shaw after 13 years and made and invested in movies on her own. In 1979 her boyfriend of 10 years, Kowloon Bus company descendant Lui Kwok Wa suddenly passed away. She suffered a setback and reduced her production. In 1983 her mother passed away and she gradually eased out of the show business.

Lee Ching was wealthy once, having lived in an over 400 square foot mansion at the Peak and rental properties for income. She was once worth over HK$ 500,000. However her film investments often suffered losses. She was also rumored to have failed investments and gambled, she sold her properties and rented instead. Reportedly "Uncle Six" Sir Run Run Shaw (Siu Yat Fu) helped her financially. In 2012, reportedly her landlady went to court for the 3 years of rent she owed.

Helen Ma was very saddened to learn about Lee Ching's passing. She said that she no longer had contact with lee Ching. Occasionally they would run into each other in Happy Valley and they would greet each other. Speaking of Lee Ching appearing to be living alone, she sighed and said that she did not know whether Lee Ching had any family to help with her funeral. If necessary she would contact Chiang Dai Wai, Ti Lung and others for help. As for Lee Ching's poor financial situation, did she help with money? She did not want to talk abou that. Chiang Dai Wai worked with Lee Ching in film. He said that they have not seen each other for many years and the passing was very regrettable.

[2018.02.23] "FAT DRAGON" SZE KAI KEUNG PASSED AWAY AT AGE 60


Sze Kai Keung hosts a Radio Hong Kong program
Paul Che and Sze Kai Keung make quite a pair
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"Fat Dragon" in the film JUSTICE MY FOOT, Sze Kai Keung passed away last night from illness at age 60. Reportedly Sze Kai Keung had diabetes and was hospitalized on Lunar New Year's Eve (15th). Yesterday his condition took a turn for the worst as he passed away around 8 PM. Playing "Skinny Tiger" in JUSTICE MY FOOT, Paul Che Bo Law was saddened to learn the news of Sze Kai Keung's passing. He regretted that he was unable to see his friend one last time as he sobbed heartbrokenly.

Sze Kai Keung was in movies like THE HAPPY GHOST (HOI SUM GWAI), ROSA (SUN YUNG SEUNG HEUNG PAU JOOK JAP), ACES GO PLACES (JUI GAI PAK DONG), ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL 97 (97 GA YAU HEI SI), and JUSTICE MY FOOT. He made quite a pair with the skinny Che Bo Law in film. Sze Kai Keung was a Radio Hong Kong program host and retired last year.

Sze Ka Keung's family yesterday saw his condition was getting worse and contacted family and friends to come to the hospital. Che Bo law due to work was unable to visit his friend. Later when he learned about his passing he broke down. He lamented few good brothers remained in life, so they stayed in touch and took care of each other. Pinky Cheung Man Chi and Eric Wan Tin Chiu went to see Sze Kai Keung one final time, at the time he was already in a coma.

[2018.02.23] DONNIE YEN IS SECRET TO SUCCESS: BELIEVE

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International film star Donnie Yen Chi Tan was again invited to be the "BMW Hong Kong Derby Ambassador". Earlier he went to the Sha Tin Race Course for the promotional poster shoot.

"A minute on the stage takes ten years of effort off stage". Chi Tan agreed with the saying with much. He said, "Whether in film or other industries, success requires contributing the greatest effort. A moment of glory actually spent countless blood, sweat and time behind it." Chi Tan has been brilliant on the international stage and recognized for his achievements, he shared the secret of his success behind the glory. "Firmly believe! Success isn't overnight. You have to take initiative, work hard and stay at your best at every moment."

How does the "Strongest of the Universe" Yen Chi Tan maintain his advantage and reach new heights? Chi Tan quoted a saying in Hollywood, "You are as good as your last movie." He explained, "No matter how many hit films you have made before, your value is based on the performance of your last film. So you can't always stay in past performance or be pleased with your current predicament. Instead you have to keep reminding yourself that you must look ahead in life. Even when faced with challenges and difficulties, you need to find a breakthrough. You have to give your all to reach the best performance. Everyday I tell myself to be like a student, to keep learning, to keep improving myself, shine endless in the short time in life, this is how I live and work."

Chi Tan admitted that he was the proudest of his family. He said, "Family to me is the most important. Wedding and the births of the children are the most glorious moments of my life, the greatest achievements."

Chi Tan just finished production on the film DAI SI HING, which was about the educational system. Chi Tan admitted that being a parent now is hard, being a child, a student, is not easy either. Both need to find a balance. "Aside from ENTER THE FAT DRAGON (FAT LUNG GOR GONG), DAI SI HING is also my own company production and a subject that I want to explore. Actually I have always wanted to make a movie about education. I now have the space and the ability to choose, so I want to make a subject that concerns the community -- about children's education, examining the educational system in Hong Kong or children around the world, through the film examining the problem, hoping after the release everyone could give their opinions."

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

[2018.02.22] FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 18 2018

For the week ending Sunday February 18 2018
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10 THE SHAPE OF WATER
    d. Guillermo Del Toro
    Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon,


 9 THE POST
    d. Steven Spielberg
    Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks,


 8 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.


 7 FIFTY SHADES FREED
    d. James Foley
    Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson


 6 FERNINAND
    d. Carlos Saldanha
    Blue Sky Studios Animation
    English Voices: John Cena, Kate McKinnon, Bobby Cannavale


 5 THE MONKEY KING 3
  Can : Sai Yau Gei Nui Yi Gok
  Lit : Journey to the West Women's Nation
    d. Soi Cheang Po Shui
    Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, William Feng Shaofeng, Zanilia Zhao Liying,
      Xiao Shenyang, Law Chung Him, Lin Chiling, Gigi Leung Wing Kei,
      Kingdom Yuen King Tan, Cecilia So Lai Shan, Tamia Liu Tao, Pan Binlong
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 114 mins.
  Opening February 16 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/YSDAPYokUg0

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Tang priest and his three disciples accidentally trespass into Herland in the west of Liang Dynasty after irritating the god of Departing River. They discover that the state has only female with the belief that male is evil. There is even a prophecy that one day, a priest from the eastern with a monkey, a pig and a guy in blue, will break into this state. When that day comes, also comes the end of Herland...


 4 MONSTER HUNT 2
  Can : Jook Yiu Gei 2
    d. Raman Hui Sing Ngai
    Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran,
      Chris Lee Yuchun, Tony Yang
    Cantonese Voices: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Pakho Chau,
      Cherry Ngan Cheuk Ling, BabyJohn Choi Hon Yik, Chen Jiajia
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 110 mins.
  Opening February 16 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/5HScRwOq1Eo

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    This sequel to the mega blockbuster follows monster king Wuba as he faces another threat from the dark lord who plots to overthrow the empire.


 3 A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT
  AKA : MOTHER-IN-LAW VS. SON-IN-LAW
  AKA : FATHER VS. FATHER-IN-LAW
  Can : Ngor Dik Ching Dik Nui Sai
  Lit : My Romantic Rival Son-In-Law
    d. Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum)
    Carina Lau Ka Ling, Simon Yam Tat Wa,
      Michelle Wai Sze Nga, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Philip Keung Ho Man,
      Alex Fong Lik Sun, Bob Lam Sing Bun, Natalie Tong Sze Wing,
      Louis Yuen Siu Cheung, Karl Ting Tze Long, Louisa Mak Ming Sze,
      Sherman Chung Shu Man, Dennis Yu Yat Fung, Sunny Tai Yiu Ming,
      Patrick Tse Ying, Mak Ling Ling, Wong Chun, May Chan Ka Kai,
      Anderson Junior (On Tat Juen), Jacquelin Chong Sze Man, Lee Ka Ting,
      Tyson Chak, Nina Paw Hee Ching, Hailey Chan Yu Hei,
      Andrew Yu Ming Hong, Anthony Ho Yuen Tung, Nancy Sit Ka Yin,
      Chun Kai Wai, Samuel Yau Man Shing, Geoffrey Wong Tze Hung,
      Stephy Tang Lai Yan, Maria Lai Chi Shan, Cilla Lok Tung,
      Simon Louie Yu Yeung, Helena Law Lan, Joe Junior, Lo Hoi Pang,
      Ruth Tsang Kit, Eric Tang Chi Kin, Bryant Mak Chi Lok,
      Vincy Chan (Wing Yi), Terence Siufay, Lau Kong, Brian Chan On Lap,
      Hedwig Tam Sin Yin, Jim Tsim Shui Man, Joey Yung Cho Yi,
      Lisa Ch'ng Sze Ming, MK Woody Allen, Crystal Cheung Man Ka,
      Tse Kwan Ho, Gregory Rivers (Ho Kwok Wing), Aiko Narissara Yeung,
      Harriet Yeung Sze Man, Snow Suen Wai Suet, Carmen Tong Ka Man,
      William Hu Wai Hong, Patrick Dunn, Ben Auyeung, Michael Wai Chi Ho,
      Ng Siu Hin, Cherry Lam Siu Mei, Lorretta Chow Mei Yan,
      Kimi Chiu Wing Yiu, Tony Wu Tsz Tung, Jackie Xu Jiaqi, MC Jin,
      Alycia Chan Yuen Hung, Susan Shaw Yam Yam,
      Brian Wong Chak Fung, J.Arie (Lui Sum Yu)
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 109 mins.
  Opening February 15 2018
  Teaser: https://youtu.be/antDOAi-6KE
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/iiILcMipubY

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    An aging bachelor playboy finally meets the girl of his dreams and proposes marriage, only to discover her psychologist stepmom was his first love long ago. The future in-laws initially pretend not to know each other but as the wedding date gets nearer, the rekindling of long-dormant feelings develops into a cross-generational love triangle.


 2 AGENT MR. CHAN
  Can : Dung Duk Dut Gung
  Lit : Stand Up Special Agent
    d. Jeff Cheung Ka Kit
    Dayo Wong Tze Wah, Charmaine Sheh Sze Man,
      Cecilis So Lai Shan, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Sandra Ng Kwan Yu,
      Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa, Ronald Cheng Chung Kei,
      Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Michael Hui Koon Man, Alan Tam Wing Lun
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening February 15 2018
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/u0qRXfdsc8M

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    Mr. Chan was the top agent. Unfortunately he has been removed from duties right after a mission failure. His partner made a mistake and offended the policewoman Ms. Shek unintentionally. 20 years after, Ms Shek has no choice but put the problems aside to ask Mr. Chan for a hand with a mystery involving a Cyber Goddess. Mr. Chan is inevitably to make up himself in a sloppy appearance as the situation becomes out of control.



  1 BLACK PANTHER
    d. Ryan Coogler
    Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira
      Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, Andy Serkis