Wednesday, February 10, 2016

[2016.02.11] FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 2016

For Sunday, February 7 2016
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10 AN
  Can : Tim Mei Yun Gan
  Lit : Sweet Humanity
    d. Naomi Kawase
    Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida,
      Etsuko Ichihara, Miyoko Asada, Miyoko Asada
  Rating : I
  Length : 113 mins.
  Opening January 28 2016

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Frequent Cannes visitor Kawase Naomi opened this year’s Un Certain Regard sidebar with this gentle foodie drama, one of the arthouse filmmaker’s most accessible films yet. Sentaro lives a mundane life making mediocre dorayaki – cake with sweet red bean paste – in a small suburban bakery. One day, a kind old woman named Tokue applies as the store assistant, bringing with her a delicious homemade recipe for red bean paste. The two lonely souls eventually find a new purpose in life as their unlikely partnership leads to newfound success. Showing in detail the methodical process that goes into making the perfect dorayaki, AN is a sweet, humanistic drama that will surely make anyone with a sweet tooth salivate.


 9 IP MAN 3
    d. Wilson Yip Wai Shun
    Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Mike Tyson, Patrick Tam Yiu Man,
      Lynn Xiong, Karena Ng Chin Yu
  Rating : IIB
  Length : 105 mins.
  Opening December 24 2015

[ BROADWAY CIRCUITS ]
    At the end of the 1950's, finally settled into a stable life, during his daily trip to take his young son to and from school, Ip Man meets another father Cheung Tin-chi; it so happens that Cheung is a fellow Wing Chun practitioner. Through their infrequent contact, the two fathers develop an interesting relationship. Unexpectedly, gangsters led by Sang are trying to take over properties in the neighbourhood and Ip Man decides to lead his students to guard the neighbourhood!

    Ip Man's conflict with the gangsters becomes heated and he discovers that the boss behind the takeover is the foreigner Frank. Because Frank colludes with an English police superintendent, even the police inspector Fat Ball cannot do much to help. Undeterred, Ip Man stays to guard the Unexpectedly, Sang abducts the elementary school students to threaten the community and both Ip Man and Tin-chi's sons are taken. Ip Man arrives in time, and with Tin-chi's help, the Wing Chun duo save the children successfully! The gangsters' misdeeds are exposed in the media and the takeover of the neighbourhood ends. Unfortunately, tragedy hits Ip Man's family and he realizes that even though he is successful in saving the neighbourhood, he has neglected his own family. He decides to stay with his wife full time and leave other matters behind; troubles, however, do not leave him alone. Frank sends the Muay Thai Champion to attack Ip Man, disrupting his time with his family and threatens even his wife's safety. Ip Man is forced to confront Frank. After a fierce fight between Chinese and Western fighting styles, Ip Man earns Frank's respect!

    Troubles keep coming. Tin-chi openly challenges Ip Man's authority and tries to make a name for himself by claiming to be 'authentic Wing Chun.' He openly challenges Ip Man into a fight! Between career and family, Ip Man chooses the latter and fulfils his promise to dance with Wing-sing. He gives up his reputation and status to be a real man.

    Finally, with the encouragement from and arrangement by his wife, for himself and his family, Ip Man fights with Tin-Chi. Through this fight, he lets Tin-chi know that life belongs to oneself but not only to oneself. When Tin-chi is chasing after his ideals, he is effecting the life of his son. Like Ip Man, his life belongs to himself, to Wing-sing, to his sons and even to the martial arts.

[ CINEMA ONLINE MALAYSIA ]
    Ip Man 3" focuses on the relationship between "Ip Man" and his most famous disciple, Bruce Lee, training under the grandmaster.


 8 HOUSE OF WOLVES
  Can : Ngok Yun Kuk
  Lit : Mean People Canyon
    d. Vincent Kok Tak Siu
    Francis Ng Chun Yu, Jiang Shuying, Ronald Cheng Chung Kei,
      Candy Yu On On, Josie Ho Chiu Yi, Ella Koon Yun Na,
      Babyjohn Choi Hong Yik, Chrissie Chau Sau Na,
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening January 21 2015 in Malaysia
  Trailer : https://youtu.be/Y7ZyaVVbQuk

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
    Three cold-hearted bastards cross path with each other by living in the same village, including Charlie who pretends to be an ALS patient just to gain others’ sympathy and take advantage Bing, the village head who likes to challenge others’ dignity with money and Zan, a materialistic girl who loves money more than anything. They cheat and compete with each other, but later Zan’s unborn child changes their mentalities...


 7 THE BIG SHORT
    d. Adam McKay
    Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt


 6 THE REVENANT
    d. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy


 5 DIRTY GRANDPA
    d. Dan Mazer
    Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch


 4 ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS THE ROAD CHIP
    d. Walt Becker
    Jason Lee, Jesica Ahlberg, Josh Green


 3 THE MONKEY KING 2
  Can : Suen Ng Hung Sam Da Bak Gwut Jing
  Lit : Sun Wukong Thrice Beats White Bone Spirit
    d. Soi Cheang Po Shui
    Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Gong Li, Feng Shaofeng, Xiao Shenyang,
      Law Chung Him, Kelly Chen Wai Lam, Kris Phillips (Fei Xiang)
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening February 4 2016
  Trailer: https://youtu.be/8BrQqiBasQU

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Demons unscrupulously run amuck everywhere, people are all scared and panic except Monk Tang, he fears no danger and determines to lead his three apprentice Sun Wu Kong, Zhu Ba Jie, and Sha Seng to get scriptures in the west for the sake of deliver all living creatures from torment, no matter if it risks their own lives. On their way when they pass by a small western country, the King has bad intentions, and there is also a powerful evil Bai Gu Jing who set up traps in order to catch Monk Tang and eat him. But Sun Wu Kong see through Bai Gu Jing’s tricks and subvert her plots which makes she hate Sun Wu Kong a lot. Bai Gu Jing set up a trap to make Monk Tong misunderstand Sun Wu Kong and throw him out. Sun Wu Kong is unconvinced at first but has been enlighten by the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy Guanyin, so that he decides to go back to Monk Tang and fight Bai Gu Jing but didn’t even know that Monk Tong has trapped and caught by Bai Gu Jing. Mong Tang’s life hangs by a thread, Sun Wu Kong rushes to save his master and start several fierce battles with the powerful Bai Gu Jing.


 2 THE GOOD DINOSAUR
    d. Peter Sohn
    Disney Pixar Animation
      Candy Yu On On, Josie Ho Chiu Yi, Ella Koon Yun Na,
      English Voices: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla


 1 FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3
  Can : Doh Sing Fung Won 3
    d. Wong Jing
    Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau Tak Wa, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau,
      Carina Lau Ka Ling, Chris Lee Yuchun, Charles Heung Wa Keung,
      Jacky Heung Jor, Anita Chui Bik Ka, Iris Chung Choi Hei, Xu Dongdong
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 113 mins.
  Opening February 6 2016

[ BROADWAY CIRCUIT ]
    Interpol arrest Ken and Mark as they find out the USD 15 billion dirty money of DOA has been deposited into their “secret” bank accounts. They suspect both Ken and Mark have embezzled the illicit money while pretending to assist in the investigation.

    Ken and Mark are then sent to jail, where they are attacked by some mysterious mercenaries. Luckily, Michael comes to their rescue in the nick of time with the help of Kitty, the cousin of Ko Chun and Long Wu Jr., the son of Long Wu.

    Ken’s head is injured, he wakes up to find himself at Michael’s home in Singapore. A beauty named Kammy, together with her boss, a mysterious tycoon, J.C. appear to invite Michael and Ko Chun to a charity casino night. Ken disguises himself as Ko Chun to accompany Michael to the party held at the Paradise Island in Thailand. And Ken finds his beloved one Molly in a high-tech lab. Who is the mastermind setting Ken up behind the scenes?

[2016.02.11] DEADPOOL SLICES HIS WAY TO THE TOP IN HONG KONG

Chow Yun Fat and Carina Lau are guest presenters, Fat Soh again wins a prize
Chow Yun Fat, Jasmine Tan, Carina Lau, Wong Jing and Andrew Lau
Yu Dong, Carina Lau, Chow Yun Fat and others celebrate 
Fat Soh gave Huang Xiaoming a pat on his way out
Ge You and Fat Gor
Fan Bingbing
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The category III rating does not affect DEADPOOL at all as it opens with HK$ 4.97 million
MERMAID has reachd HK$ 12 million in Hong Kong
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DEADPOOL yesterday opened on the Lunar 2nd (February 9th). Although it received a category III rating, it opened with HK$ 4,979,745 and defeated 3 Chinese Lunar New Year films MERMAID (MEI YUN YU), FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 (DOH SING FUNG WON III) and THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) to become the single day box office champion. In second place with HK$ 3,867,323 was MERMAID. In third was FROM III with HK$ 2,955,017 and in fourth was the animated film THE GOOD DINOSAUR with HK$ 2,446,002. In fifth was MONKEY 2 with HK$ 1,805,094.

DEADPOOL opened on the Lunar 2nd, but with the Lunar New Year's Day late night box office of HK$ 868,522 it has already accumulated HK$ 5,848,267 and broke the Hong Kong category III film single day highest box office record.

The Stephen Chow Sing Chi directed MERMAID accumulated as of 6:30PM last night HK$ 12 million since its Lunar New Year's Day opening. In the Mainland it made 700 million RMB over three days. FROM III made 400 million RMB while MONKEY 2 made almost 400 million RMB.

Chow Yun Fat and "Fat Soh" Jasmine Tan, Carina Lau Ka Ling, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing, Ge You and famous directors Ann Hui On Waw, Tam Ka Ming earlier attended the Bona Spring Banquet in Beijing. As soon as Fat Gor arrived, workers lined up for photos with him. Fat Gor did not turn anyone away. Even Hui On Wa turned from "Big Director" into a "Little Fan" when she saw Fat Gor, as she followed him all night and took pictures like crazy! Fat Gor of course took a selfie with Hui On Wa and chatted with her. Later he also tok a loving selfie with Fat Soh. He also took a group photo with Ka Ling, Wong Jing and Andrew Lau Wai Keung. Fat Gor went all over and chatted with friends like Ge You. Xiaoming who left early greeted Fat Gor on his way out. Fat Soh even gave Xiaoming a peck.

At the Spring Banquet, Bona announced its 2016 development plans like the Spring Festival release FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3. The film as of the Lunar New 3rd already made over 400 million RMB. Chow Yun Fat and Lau Ka Ling of course deserved credit. At the Spring Banquet the film company invited them to be the guest presenters and swept up 50 Ka Ling designed watches as prizes. Fat Soh won again after winning last year.

Ka Ling was very happy about the film's success. This year her Lunar New Year celebration was to watch all three Lunar New Year films. She thanked the audience for their support but screamed that she did not have "enough screen time". Ka Ling said, "I haven't worked with Hok Yau (Jacky Cheung) for many years. With so many people, I didn't get too much screen time. I hope next time we will have more." Ka Ling even said that she was very happy about everyone's love for a Hong Kong led film and urged Hong Kong filmmakers to keep working hard.

[2016.02.11] YOUNG AND DANGEROUS WANTS CO-STARS OF CERTAIN "CUP SIZE"

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Dior Cheng Yi Kin, Jordan Chan Siu Chun, Chin Kar Lok, Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung and Michael Tse Tin Wa earlier "united" for a Lunar New Year photo shoot and even took the chance to announce the good news. After 20 some years they will work together on a film. They had tons of demands from the title, characters to the "cup size" of the actresses. Ekin asked for action scenes, Ah Lo asked for romance, Tin Wa wanted more female characters. As the director Chin Kar Lok promised a beautiful place for the location shoot. Kar Lok said, "The lead actress is very important. The five of us have certain class, of course I have to find actresses of a certain "cup size" to match us!"

Ekin also said that he wanted to play a woman. Tin Wa suggested for Ekin to play his wife -- in a coma! Siu Chun suddenly said that he wanted to play a mute, which Kar Lo joked that he has always been mute! Ah Lo saw through Siu Chun's scheme. "You just don't want to learn your lines, it won't be that easy. The story starts with you as a mute, but you would recall 15 years ago before you were mute. You even really liked to speak, haha!" Ekin suggested for Siu Chun to narrate. Ah Lo joked that the audience would be asleep five minutes into the start of the film. Tin Wa joked that the subtitles had to be very clear.

Speaking of the Year of the Monkey, Ah Lo joked, "I plan to host a charity dinner and dance at home to raise fund for the 'Bo Hei charity fund'." "Bo Hei" were the names of his sons! They even revealed that Tin Wa's New Year wish was to successfully enroll his son in the school of his choice. Although on camera the quintet took jabs at each other and fought over spots for photos. Yet off camera they got along just fine. They even designed the movement and the poses for each other.

[2016.02.11] AARON KWOK WILL HAVE SURGERY IN MARCH

Adam Cheng

Mak Ling Ling
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Aaron Kwok appears with a Monkey King pose
Gregory Wong and girlfriend Christy Lai
Alex Fong Lik Sun says that many have told him to stop asking for lai see next year
William So, Dicky Cheung, Eddie Ng and Edmond Leung
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The Chinese New Year Race Meeting took place yesterday at the Sha Tin Race Course. Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Adam Cheng Siu Chau and Mak Ling Ling were invited to be the morning joint performance guests. Dick Cheung Wai Kin, William So Wing Hong, Edmond Leung Hon Man and Alex Fong Lik Sun also showed their support. Sing Sing appeared first to wish everyone a Happy New Year and gave away movie tickets. Then Chau Guoon appeared to perform and gave away lai see.

Sing Sing revealed that his new film THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) after two days in release already made over 300 million at the Mainland box office. He happily said, "Of course I am pleased, I have watched it three times myself. However Mommy hasn't seen it yet because she couldn't really move around. Last night I had New Year dinner with my brother and sister. Maybe I will book a show to watch it together. (Do you like to book a show?) Not necessarily, because I have to book it in advance!" He also said that many people after watching said that this film was well worth the price of admission, which made him so happy that he forgot about the pain from the production. As for a celebration he would have to wait for the film company to arrange it. He too wanted to see the team again during the celebration. On the Lunar 6th Sing Sing will continue work on his new film THE ETERNAL WAVE in Shanghai. I will play a special agent in the film.

Sing Sing suffered an injury earlier. Now he has already scheduled a micro surgery for the end of March. "Many athletes have had this operation and recovered in one or two months. A full recovery however will take six. I will work hard at physical therapy. As long as I am not performing any highly difficult movement, with my abilities normal dancing shouldn't be a problem. However the insurance company might not approve the policy." Sing Sing also said that this year he will have four to five films including MBA PARTNERS, ONE NIGHT ONLY, COLD WAR 2 and ETERNAL WAVE. In August he will perform concerts in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

[2016.02.10] FOR THE WEEK STARTING FEBRUARY 6 2016

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting February 6 2016


15 WITH YOU THROUGH THE LONG YEARS
  Can : Pui Nei Doh Gor Man Cheung Shui Yuet
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

14 HAPPY TIME MACHINE
  Can : Hung Fook Si Guong Gi
  Reno Wang (Wong Jung Leung)

13 FELIX VILLA YOUTH
  Can : Fei Lai Tse Siu Nin
  Hins Cheung King Hin

12 RELUCTANT
  Can : Seh But Dut
  Xiao Xia (Siu Ha)

11 SOME TIME AFTER
  Can : Hung Gau Hung Gau Yi Hau
  Christine Fan Wai Kei

10 WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING
  Can : Jau Sau Pong Kwun
  Jam Hsiao (Siu King Tung)

 9 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
  Can : Mei Lai Yun Sun
  Gary Chaw (Cho Gat)
https://youtu.be/HdOe5Si6GKk

 8 MOMENTS
  Can : Shun Gan
  G.E.M. (Tang Chi Kei)

 7 IN PAIR
  Can : Seung Seung
  Gin Lee (Lee Hung Yi)

 6 BRAVENESS
  Can : Yung Gum
  Mayday

 5 GRINDING TEETH
  Can : Mong Ah
  Pakho Chau

 4 MIGHT AS WELL
  Can : Ya Hor Yi
  Janice Yan (Yim Yik Gak)

 3 TRY
  Patrick Brasca X Jay Chou (Chow Kit Lun)

 2 THE KEY
  Can : Guan Gein Chi
  JJ Lin (Lee Chun Kit)


 1 FULL HOUSE
  Can : Moon Jor
  Li Ronghao

[2016.02.10] MERMAID SETS NEW HONG KONG CHINESE FILM OPENING RECORD


THE MONKEY KING 2's Aaron Kwok

Nick Cheung and Chris Lee in FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3
Stephen Chow, Jelly Lin and Show Lo wish everyone a Happy Year of the Monkey
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New Sing Girl Jelly Lin has many scenes in water
Show Lo as Octopus is funny
Stephen Chow teaches Deng Chao how to get more laughs
FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 came in second with HK$ 3.35 million single day take
THE MONKEY KING 2 came in fourth on the Lunar New Year's Day
IP MAN 3 reaches HK$ 59 million and heads for 60 million
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This Lunar New Year the box office competition has been fierce. The Stephen Chow Sing Chi directed MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) opened on the Lunar New Year's Day (February 8th) with over HK$ 4.9 million, breaking Sing Yeh's 2004 KUNG FU HUSTLE (GONG FU)'s HK$ 4.42 million opening day record. On Lunar New Year's Day, second among the Hong Kong box office was FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 (DOH SING FUNG WON III) with HK$ 3.35 million. In third was the animation THE GOOD DINOSAUR with HK$ 2.55 million. In fourth place was THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING) with HK$ 2.22 million. In the Mainland, aside from MERMAID in first place, second place was FROM 3 with 180 million RMB. In third was THE MONKEY KING with HK$ 170 million RMB.

According to information from MERMAID, the film opened in Hong Kong with HK$ 4,941,149 (data from the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association and the Hong Kong Theatres Association's Hong Kong Box Office Co. Ltd.) and set a new Hong Kong Chinese film opening record as it broke Chow Sing Chi's 2004 film KUNG FU HUSTLE HK$ 4,427,153 record. MERMAID made HK$ 668,176 from the February 7th advanced late night screenings. With the Lunar New Year's Day opening, the cumulative box office was HK$ 5,609,325.

MERMAID's Mainland cumulative box office was 280 million RMB, which gave it the highest Chinese film opening day box office in Chinese film history and broke five records: the biggest opening day for Chinese film, the highest single day take for Chinese film, the highest Spring Festival single day take, the fastest to reach 100 million (with advanced screening) Chinese film and the fastest to reach 200 million. MERMAID, FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 3 and THE MONKEY KING 3 made over 600 million RMB on the Lunar New Year's Day in the Mainland. FROM 3 opened in Hong Kong on February 6th. As of the Lunar New Year's Day its cumulative box office was HK$ 8.76 million.

According to Sina Entertainment THE MONKEY KING 2's cumulative Mainland box office was 172 million yuan RMB. In Hong Kong it made HK$ 2,224,811 on the Lunar New Year's Day in fourth place; in third was THE GOOD DINOSAUR with Hk$ 2,552,293.

At the same time, IP MAN 3 has already reached HK$ 59 million and prepared to break 60 million. With its current trend it has hope to become the fourth Chinese film to reach HK$ 60 million. The other three were two Sing Yeh films KUNG FU HUSTLE and SHAOLIN SOCCER, as well as YOU ARE THE APPLE OF MY EYE.

Monday, February 8, 2016

[2016.02.09] JACKIE CHAN'S NEW FILM SETS OF TERRORISM SCARE


The explosion is so real on the Lambeth Bridge that some mistake it for a real attack
The explosion blows the roof off the bus
After the explosion the remains of the bus resemble the 2005 attack on London
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International film star Jackie Chan and former "James Bond" Pierce Brosnan starred Hollywood action thriller THE FOREIGNER is heating in production in London. The film shot an explosion scene that some mistook for a terrorist attack and called the police about it.

The film three days ago blew up a double deck bus on the Lambeth Bridge over the Thames in the center of London. Many did not know that a film production was taking and thought a terrorist attack has taken place. The police received two reports and later immediately clarified that it was a false alarm.

During the scene Jackie Chan was on the set; THE FOREIGNER's producer later said that before the shoot the production has already notified the residents and put up notices. At the same time they used warning signs. However some still felt upset and complained to the government.

The London authorities said that the Lambeth Bridge was already closed before the shoot and the fire department was present in case of any accident. Jackie Chan said, "Before the shoot roadblocks were set up and notices were posted to inform everyone. When I learned that people mistook its for a terrorist attack I was surprised too!" The production applied for the explosion for half a year before approval. Now it still has several explosion scenes and the production is estimated to finish by mid March.