Wednesday, February 21, 2018

[2018.02.22] GIGI LEUNG HAS TO CLARIFY THAT SHE IS NOT A BAD PERSON

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The Filmko Lunar New Year film THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) made 600 million yuan RMB at the Mainland box office. Gigi Leung Wing Kei yesterday attended a New Year event to promote the film. Gigi said that spending the holiday in Hong Kong, she was able to take her daughter Sofia on Lunar New Year visits, expand her life circle and meet even more new friends.

Gigi said that her daughter was a curious baby as she wanted to try anything new. When her daughter saw her mean look in THE MONKEY KING 3, she had to explain to her. Even her friends' children asked her daughter if Mama would yell at her. Her daughter answered that was not the case. Gigi explained to her daughter that her character was like a strict mother. She was not a bad person. Gigi said that fans praised her performance this time as a big breakthrough, but some fans still were not pleased that she was no pretty enough and her hair line was too high. Gigi explained, "Actually it's just make up. I have to clarify that my hair is still very thick and full. The character aside from not being pretty enough is truly a great challenge."

Gigi said that she gained a few pounds after all the holiday food. Earlier when she made BAK GOR NUI YUN YUT TOI HEI director Stanley Kwan Kam Peng asked her to lose five or six pounds. Now her weight was on the rise again.

[2018.02.22] TONY LEUNG CHIU WAI DRESSES LIKE A TIGER

Dante Lam praises Jiang Luxia as a real tough woman as she does everything herself
Dante Lam admits this is the toughest production of his career so far
OPERATION RED SEA already made 1.1 billion RMB in the Mainland
FIGHTING TO SURVIVE only made HK$ 10,000, one of Dayo Wong's "greatest shame"?
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Dante Lam leads the cast in an audience appreciation event for OPERATION RED SEA
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Tony Leung Chiu Wai makes laughs with Wuba and BenBen
AGENT MR. CHAN gains momentum at the box office
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The Lunar New Year film MONSTER HUNT 2 after the Berlin Film Festival yesterday received more box office. After five days in release its Hong Kong box office was HK$ 10,665,607, more than the first film's HK$ 10 million. The film was also a hit in Southeast Asia as it topped the Chinese film box office in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. To thank the audience for their support, Wuba in the latest outtake video with the new monster BenBen turned into Korean stars and danced with sunglasses. In the latest stills Best Actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai put on a tiger suit to perform in an acrobat troupe. He and Wuba's friendship was both funny and touching, making he audience laugh and cry. MONSTER 2 opened on the Lunar New Year's Day in the Mainland with 554 million RMB, breaking THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS' 487 million RMB record to become the highest single day box office champion in China's film history. As of yesterday it already exceeded 1.5 billion RMB after five days in release.

Dayo Wong Tze Wah's AGENT MR. CHAN (DUNG DUK DUT GUNG) accumulated over HK$ 28.4 million in Hong Kong and Macau and headed toward HK$ 30 million. Tze Wa has always been the "box office poison", from his first film in 1993 TWO OF A KIND (CHING YUN JI GEI) in 25 years he starred in 11 films with a total box office of HK$ 27.17. He never had a HK$ 10 million box office showing until this time with AGENT MR. CHAN.

The Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed OPERATION RED SEA performed well in the Mainland. Yesterday it already broke 1.1 billion RMB in the afternoon and some in the industry believed that i could reach 3 billion RMB.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

[2018.02.21] FOR THE WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 11 2018

For the week ending Sunday February 11 2018
Photos courtesy of Yahoo! Movies Hong Kong




10 THE INVISIBLE GUEST
    d. Oriol Paulo
    Mario Casas, Ana Wagener, Jose Coronado, Barbara Lennie


9 STAYCATION
  Can : Yut Ga Dai Sai
  Lit : Run of the House
    d. Johnson Lee
    Tommy Tam (Ti Lung), Johnson Lee, Andrew Lam Man Chung, Chin Siu Ho,
      Yuen Qiu, Louisa So Yuk Wa, Law Kar Ying, Liu Wai Hung, Chin Ying
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening December 18 2017 (Advanced Screenings)
  Opening February 1 2018
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/e34auUjNmcY

[ CINEMA CITY ]
    Nowadays,we are flooded by internet and mobiles....Fai, a traditional family man, drives his wife and kis to a remote camp site for vacation -- where he proposed his marriage fifteen years before. Despite the fact that he wants to foster their family bonding and more importantly to stay away from "life on keyboards and screens", things doesn't go as planned. No longer only a family of four, along come his father who thinks his son is a loser, his brother the huge troublemaker, rich family trapped in VR technologies, mysterious camp site keeper, his first love, a legendary bird whose egg Fai mistakes for his own Wi-fi egg......Amazingly, in the wilderness, all of them are forced into games that demand love and communication!


8 THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSORI
    d. Martin McDonagh
    Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell


 7 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


 6 THE SHAPE OF WATER
    d. Guillermo Del Toro
    Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon,


 5 12 STRONG
    d. Nicolai Fuglsig
    Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, Trevante Rhodes


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


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


 2 MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
    d. Wes Ball
    Dylan O'Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario





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.

[2018.02.21] FOR THE WEEK STARTING FEBRUARY 17 2018

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting February 17 2018


15 YOU LEFT WITH MY YOUTH
  Can : Nei Dai Jeuk Ngor Dik Ching Chun Lei Hui
  JW

14 CATCH A DREAM
  Khalil Fong Datong

13 MISS YOU
  Can : Seung Nei
  Kris Wu Yifan, Zanilia Zhao Liying

12 RED ROSE
  Can : Hung Cheung Mei
  Jane Zhang Liangying

11 GLADNESS
  Can : Foon Hei
  Lisa Ono (Siu Yeh Lai Sa), Jin Dong (Gan Tung)

10 ON HAPPINESS ROAD
  Can : Hung Fook Lo Seung
  Jolin Tsai (Choi Yi Lam)

 9 A MOMENT
  Can : Yut Si Gan
  Han Hong

 8 THE CHAOS AFTER YOU
  Can : Yu Gor Yu Ji Hau
  Eric Chou (Chow Hing Jik)

 7 UNDER THE MOONLIGHT
  Can : Yuet Guong Ha
  Fuying and Sam

 6 YI TANG
  Can : Yut Tung
  Chris Lee Yuchun

 5 53 DAYS
  Can : Hak Yeh Mun Bak Tin
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)

 4 THE PRAYER
  Can : Yin Buk Yau Chung
  Lala Hsu (Tsui Kai Ying)

 3 BRAVE ONCE
  Can : Yung Gum Yut Chi
  Della Ding/ Gboyswag (Gu Gu)

 2 WINDBREAKER
  Can : Fung Yi
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi


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

[2018.02.21] AGENT MR. CHAN IS HONG KONG'S TOP CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR FILM

Dayo Wong is no longer the "box office poison" and can celebrate with co-star Charmaine Sheh
MONSTER HUNT 2 is a hit in China and performs decently in Hong Kong too
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Hong Kong Box Office Co. Ltd. yesterday announced the 2018 Lunar New Year film box office, from the Lunar New Year's Eve to the Lunar 3rd (February 15th to 18th), the total box office was over HK$ 64.24 million, a rise of 17.1% from the same period last year.

Foreign film BLACK PANTHER performed the best. In first place, over 4 days it made over HK$ 19.53 million and accumulated over HK$ 32.62 million; in second place AGENT MR. CHAN (DUNG DUK DUT GUNG) over 4 days made HK$ 17.55 million and accumulated over HK$ 24.19 million as it remained this year's Hong Kong Lunar New Year Chinese film box office champion. In third and fourth place were MONSTER HUNT 2 and A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT (NGOR DIK CHING DIK NUI SAI). Over 4 days they made HK$ 7.55 million and over HK$ 7.21 million respectively and both accumulated more than HK$ 9 million; MONSTER HUNT 2 in the Mainland as of February 19th accumulated 1.286 billion RMB. Another Lunar New Year film THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) in Hong Kong accumulated over HK$ 4.89 million in fifth place. In the Mainland it accumulated over 500 million RMB at the box office.

Monday, February 19, 2018

[2018.02.20] CANDY HAU PASSED AWAY IN HER SLEEP AT AGE 95

Granny Hau did not start her show business career until age 67 and guest starred in many films
Granny Hau appeared in many Stephen Chow films.  In LOVE ON DELIVERY she played a ticket scalper
In TRUTH OF DARE: SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT, Granny Hau's Sexy Suzy had many scenes with Candy Lo
Granny Hau's role in TRUTH OR DARE: SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT was rather important as her happy personality left a memorable impression
Granny Hau's commercial for a video game company
Barbara Wong
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Known as "Stephen Chow Sing Chi's official granny", veteran actress Candy Hau Woon Ling passed away at age 95. Among her many films, her role in TRUTH OR DARE: SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT as Sexy Suzy was the most memorable. Her co-star Candy Lo Hau Yam, director Barbara Wong Chun Chun eulogized her online and wished Granny Hau a safe journey.

Hau Woon Ling passed away in her sleep at age 95. Film star Susan Shaw Yam Yam two nights ago shared the news on facebook. "TRUTH OF DARE SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT Hong Kong Film Award nominee Hau Woon Ling. Farewell Forever! She passed away in her dreams. I am grateful for the Wong Tai Sin hospital and volunteers for their care. She was peaceful and at peace. A nice person was safe all her life, she went very nicely. Don't be sad, everyone please wish her well! She came from San Francisco, she really liked Hong Kong, really liked film, really liked Chow Sing Chi, she was a happy person."

Hau Woon Ling joined the business at age 67. Her first film with lines was THE KILLERS as she had scenes with Chow Yun Fat and Kenneth Tsang Kong. Then she participated in many Chow Sing Chi films like KING OF COMEDY, JUSTICE MY FOOT, OUT OF THE DARK and LOVE ON DELIVERY, thus she was known as "Chow Sing Chi's officially granny'. As for the most memorable, it must be her turn as "Sexy Suzy" in TRUTH OR DARE SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT. She played the landlady but she was one with the young actors as they played truth or dare. She even kissed Carlo Ng Ka Lok; when she talked about happiness with Lawrence Chou Chun Wai and embraced the scene was touching. Hau Woon Ling's final film was her performance at age 91 in TALES FROM THE DARK 1.

Hau Woon Ling once worked on a commercial for a video game. She turned into a princess with glow stick hairstyle in a memorable appearance. Hau Woon Ling had 10 siblings. After the passing of both parents, she brought her 9 year old brother to live in Hong Kong and raised him. She also decided to never marry.

Those who have worked with Granny Hau expressed deep sorrow over her passing. TRUTH OR DARE SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT's director Wong Chun Chun eulogized her online. "Susie, when I think of you, I immediately think of your positive energy, your coolness, your smile, your noble love for life and your professionalism and passion for acting. I am very honored to have known you at TRUTH OR DARE SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT, you brought life to TRUTH OR DARE SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT. TRUTH OF DARE SIXTH FLOOR REAR FLAT can change renters but you are the only landlady, irreplaceable! I will always miss you. You are my role model." Her co-star Lo Hau Yam said, "Have a safe journey, this Candy is very grateful to have the chance to work with that Candy on a movie that many people remember and talk about. Thank you!"

Her HAPPY FUNERAL co-star Law Chung Him said, "She was very friendly, very energetic, she always took the initiative to talk and joke with younger folks like us. She made the set atmosphere very harmonious." LOVE ON DELIVERY's director Lee Lik Chi wrote, "LOVE ON DELIVERY Ticket Scalper Granny......thank you for your contribution to show business. Miss you always."

[2018.02.20] AGENT MR. CHAN AVENGES DAYO WONG

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Dayo Wong and Charmaine Sheh two nights ago attended an online audience appreciation event for their hit Lunar New Year film AGENT MR. CHAN
THE MONKEY KING 3 end credit Easter egg returns the Sand Monk to the Curtain Lifting Genreal!
Bai Baihe, Wuba and Raman Hui attend the Berlin Film Festival
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In coordination with THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK)'s fantasy special effect theme, director Soi Cheang Pou Soi and image consultant Yu Ka On put a lot of effort in character designs. Cheang Pou Soi said, "A special costume can help an actor get into character even easier."

Playing the Sank Monk in the film, the "Blue Man" Law Chung Him this time even had to wear a custom made muscle suit to make him look even bigger. Him Jai said, "That suit was very tight, sometimes after work when I removed it I would see my hands turn purple. Although the shoot took place in the winter, after every shot I was all wet inside. The crew had to use a blow dryer on me." Everyday he spent seven hours to put on and remove the make up. Since he did not want to waste time to remove the suit, go to the bathroom and put it on again, Him Jai did not dare to even drink a lot of water. However, in the end credit Easter egg, the Sand Monk before leaving Herland turned into the "Curtain Lifting General" and bid four servants farewell. Him Jai was able to appear as his actual face. Thus he reminded everyone to keep an eye out for this Easter egg!

Stepping into the Year of the Dog Lunar New Year film celebration slot, the Mainland and the Hong Kong film box office both had good news as each Lunar New Year film had its supporters. In particular in the Mainland the four Lunar New Year films MONSTER HUNT 2, THE MONKEY KING 3, DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 2 and OPERATION RED SEA on the Lunar New Year's Day had a total box office was 1.2 billion RMB and set a historical new high.

This year the Mainland Lunar New Year box office was something to be proud of. On the Lunar New Year's Day the Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Bai Baihe starred MONSTER HUNT 2 led with 540 million RMB. The Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and William Feng Shaofeng starred THE MONKEY KING 2 followed with 340 million RMB. The Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran starred DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 2 and the Zhang Kai and Huang Jingyu starred OPERATION RED SEA made 330 million RMB and 120 million RMB respectively. The total Mainland Lunar New Year's Day box office of the four films was 1.2 billion RMB, around 300 million more than the previous Lunar New Year and set a new high in the Lunar New Year box office history. After the holidays, as of the Lunar 3rd (18th), MONSTER HUN 2 led the cumulative box office with 1.2 billion RMB, THE MONKEY KING 2 made 500 million RMB, DETECTIVE CHINATOWN 2 made 970 million RMB and OPERATION RED SEA made 120 million RMB.

The Hong Kong Lunar New Year box office was just as successful, but the three day Lunar New Year holiday box office champion was the Hollywood film BLACK PANTHER. On the Lunar New Year's Day BLACK PANTHER made HK$ 4.9 million. In second place was the Dayo Wong Tze Wah, Charmaine Sheh Sze Man starred AGENT MR. CHAN (DUNG DUK DUT GUNG) and made HK$ 4.84 million. In third place was MONSTER HUNT 2 made HK$ 2.9 million. The Carina Lau Ka Ling and Simon Yam Tat Wah starred A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT (NGOR DIK CHING DIK NUI SAI) made HK$ 1.91 million. THE MONKEY KING 3 made HK$ 1.07 million. As for the Lunar 3rd (18th) BLACK PANTHER accumulated HK$ 28 million to remain on top, AGENT MR. CHAN made HK$ 20 million, A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT made HK$ 7.7 million, MONSTER HUNT 2 made HK$ 7.6 million, THE MONKEY KING 3 made HK$ 4 million, and the animated film FERNINAND made HK$ 3.3 million.

This year at the Hong Kong Lunar New Year box office, Wong Tze Wah came in second to the foreign film BLACK PANTHER but rid himself of his past "box office poison" infamy. Leung Chiu Wai battled his wife Lau Ka Ling and for now both A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT and MONSTER HUNT 2 made around HK$ 7 million with a difference of HK$ 100,000 or so.

MONSTER HUNT 2 officially appeared at the Berlin Film Festival Special Gala segment. Director Raman Hui Sing Ngai, star Bai Baihe and Wuba attended the premiere and walked the red carpet together.

Earlier MONSTER HUNT 2 held a media advanced screening at the Berlin Film Festival and the response was overwhelming as over 100 members of the global media and film critics attended. After the screening foreign media like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily gave positive reviews. Hui Sing Ngai after speaking with the foreign media could not wait to bring Wuba to visit the film festival central district and warm Wuba up for the red carpet.

As for the MONSTER HUNT 2 Berlin Film Festival premiere, it took place at the Friedrichstadt Palast. Wuba also with Director Hui and lead actress Bai Baihe entered on the red carpet. Although Wuba stepped foot in Berlin for the first time, because it had the catwalk experience at the New York fashion week it had no stage fright at all on the red carpet. The media also screamed "WUBA!"

After the premiere, Bai Baihe said that it was her first viewing of MONSTER HUNT 2. "I changed out of my dress and wore jeans to the screenings. This was the first time I saw the finished product, not to mention that it was at a special and elegant event like the Berlin Film Festival. I really am very happy that so many foreign viewers and friends would come to watch our film. I also hope that everyone would like my performance. Actually I felt that the director should share more with everyone, because he was the one who brought us into that fantasy world!"