Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[2014.09.03] FOR THE WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 31 2014

For the week ending August 24 2014
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10 ALL-ROUND APPRAISER Q: THE EYES OF MONA LISA
  Can : Mung Law Lai Sa ji Tung
    d. Shinsuke Sato
    Haruka Ayase, Tori Matsuzaka


 9 THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
    d. Lasse Hallstrom
    Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon


 8 SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR
    d. Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
    Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt


 7 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
    d. James Gunn
    Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper


 6 GIRLS
  Can : Gwai Muk
  Lit : bff
    d. Barbara Wong Chun Chun
    Yang Zishan, Fiona Sit Hoi Kei, Ivy Chen, Shawn Yue Man Lok,
      Vanness Wu (Ng Kin Ho), Wallace Chung Han Leung
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 120 mins.
  Opening August 7 2014

[ YAHOO! MOVIES HONG KONG ]
  Hei, Kimmy and May cannot be closer as bffs with different personalities. The kind and little silly Hei lives a simple life, the center of which is her fiance Lin Jie; Kimmy is rich and a little rebellious, dares to want and act with men and loyal to friends to the end; cool May is the most ambitious among them, her dream is to become an independent director......


 5 LUCY
    d. Luc Besson
    Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman


 4 22 JUMP STREET
    d. Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
    Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube


 3 INTO THE STORM
    d. Steven Quale
    Richard Armitage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh


 2 CAFE. WAITING. LOVE
  Can : Dut Yut Gor Yun Ga Feh
  Lit : Waiting For Someone Coffee
    d. Chiang Chin-Lin
    Vivian Chow Wai Man, Megan Lai, Bruce, Marcus Chang,
      Sing Hong, Katie Chen, Vivian Sung Yu-hua, Pauline Lan, Li Luo
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 119 mins.
  Opening August 15 2014

[ BROADWAY CIRCUITS ]
  College freshman Si-ying gets a part-time job at “Café. Waiting. Love” coffee shop, where she befriends Abusi, a tomboyish barista who can make any coffee the customers request, the beautiful and mysterious café owner, and Zeyu, the boy who always sits in the same spot in the café who seems to be very popular with girls and on whom Si-ying develops an instant crush. A-Tuo, a college senior with legendary tales, comes to “Café. Waiting. Love”. One day where he runs into Abusi, who was the reason for his breakup with his ex-girlfriend. A-Tuo is teased by his friends, and Si-ying stands up for him and the two become good friends. A-Tuo is a passionate and sincere young man who takes on multiple part-time jobs in his effort to save for his traveling dreams, but his busy schedule also keeps him from graduating, turning him into a campus legend. At his jobs he finds friendship in Brother Bao, the gangster-like owner of a seafood joint who used to be a movie director, and laundromat owner Auntie Jin-dao, who also happens to be an amazing cook. Deeply attracted to Si-ying’s sense of right and wrong, A-Tuo introduces these friends to Si-ying, whose life becomes more enriched and colorful as a result. However Si-ying only sees A-Tuo as a good friend because of her crush on Zeyu, until A-Tuo decides to leave Taiwan to embark on his travels. Si-ying finally realizes where her heart belongs...


 1 TEMPORARY FAMILY
  Can : Sut Luen Gup Yeung
  Lit : Heart Break To Let
    d. Cheuk Wan Chi
    Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Nick Cheung Ka Fai,
      Dayo Wong Tsz Wa, Angelababy, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, Oho Ou,
      Fruit Chan Gor, Myolie Wu Hung Yi, Sui He, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee
  Rating : IIA
  Length : 100 mins.
  Opening August 28 2014

[ THE FILM CATALOGUE ]
  A property agent and a divorcee become co-owners of a luxurious penthouse in order to resell it in a higher price. When their original plan goes awry, they are forced to live together and form a temporary family.

[2014.09.03] FOR THE WEEK STARTING AUGUST 30 2014

GLOBAL CHINESE SONG CHART
For the week starting August 30 2014

15 OCCASIONALLY WOULD STILL THINK OF YOU
  Can : Gau Yi wan Si Wui Seung Hei Nei
  Milk Coffee

14 ORDINARY ROAD
  Can : Ping Fan Ji Lo
  Pu Shu

13 GAP
  Can : Kuet Hau
  Harlem Yu Ching Hing

12 INDESCRIBLE FLAVOR
  Can : Shuet But Chook Dik Mei Doh
  Cyndi Wang (Wong Sum Ling)

11 MODEL
  Can : Mo Dut
  Li Ronghao (Lee Wing Ho)

10 DO YOU STILL WANT TO LOVE ME
  Can : Jeh Yeung Nei Wan Yiu Oi Nei Ma
  A-Mei Chang (Cheung Wai Mui)

 9 YOUTH THAT IS STILL GOOD
  Can : Seung Ho Dik Ching Chun
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi

 8 BETWEEN MOUNTAIN AND WATER
  Can : San Shui Ji Gan
  Vae Xu (Hui Sung)

 7 BAZAAR
  Jane Zhang Liangying

 6 WHEN I AM CLOSE TO YOU
  Can : Dong Ngor Kau Gung Nei
  Liang Bo (Leung Bok)

 5 FORGIVE THE IMPERFECT
  Can : Yuen Leung But Mei Ho
  Yisa Yu (Yuk Hor Wai)

 4 TO THE DAYS OF YOUTH
  Can : Ji Siu Nin Si Doi
  Leo Ku Kui Ke

 3 1987 I DIDN'T KNOW I WOULD SEE YOU
  Can : 1987 Ngor But Ji Wui Yuet Gein Nei
  Chris Lee Yuchun

 2 DARE TO LOVE
  Can : Gum Oi Gum Dong
  Della Ding Dong


 1 LA LA LA
  Robynn and Kendy

[2014.09.03] CONNIE MAN GOES ALL OUT FOR CHAPMAN TO

Connie Man goes all out for Wong Jing's new film
Chapman To and Connie Man
Connie Man shows off the moon cake from Chow Yun Fat
FLIRTING IN THE AIR pokes fun at TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES
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2010 Miss Hong Kong contestant Connie Man Hoi Ling in Wong Jing's new film FLIRTING IN THE AIR (TONG BAK FU ji CHUNG SEUNG WON SIU) went all in with an all nude performance. In the film she had a bathing scene. She removed her halter top, showed off her back as she sat on the bath tub and poured water on herself. Connie was very worried when she got the script. "I was really indecisive. Ultimately it would be my first sexy performance. Fortunately Brother Jing explained to me in detail the production situation and the scene and put me at ease." She revealed during the shoot the entire crew was very professional, which enabled her to get into character as soon as she took her mark. She said, "Actually at the time I used a lot of tape. After the shoot ripping off the tape really hurt, the pain lasted for several days." She revealed that Brother Jing has made many god class female stars, she felt very lucky to be able to work with him.

DaDa Chan Jing was more reserved, but she still had kiss and bed scenes with Chapman To Man Chak. To Man Chak could not be luckier being between two women. Ah Jat said, "Man Hoi Ling, all nude I agree with very much. She isn't a Japanese actress, for a Hong Kong actress she is very daring. (Aren't you lucky?) Actually I also have the 43 inch long legged Tong Chi Yui (Hazel). Brother Wong and I have worked very hard on the lucky part. Brother Jing for this scene left nothing to chance with Connie as he supervised this scene. He even took a long time to shoot it so Connie knew that everyone had all their efforts on the shoot and not taking advantage of her."

As for Chan Jing's performance, Ah Jat said, "After her comeback she seemed to be a smart as after eating Smarties. In one scene she and I kissed then went to bed, since we have worked together before we had chemistry." As for FLIRTING being To Man Chak's first film after his Mainland ban, the film company said that this is a sex comedy. When the production started it already was destined to be without Mainland market and would focus on Hong Kong. Ah Jat also said, "Sex comedy is hard to be a co-production. So it will focus on the domestic market and entertain the audience." In addition, some said that FLIRTING was Wong Jing's attempt to get ahead of TVB's TRIUMPH IN THE SKIES film version. The film involved pilots and time travel. Meanwhile, Connie revealed on Weibo that she received a moon cake from Best Actor Chow Yun Fat and his wife and felt very happy.

Speaking of her second bed scene with TO Man Chak, DaDa joked, "This time really is very different. He and I kissed, which was very funny. I really did the scene in one take because I didn't want a second time. With Ah Jat now I already have a lot of chemistry. In comparison to the first time I worked with him, I didn't know anything and was in quite a panic. This time he praised me for improving." Reportedly TO Man Chak and DaDa's bed scene trailer due to censor issues was banned from promotional use. The dialogue and content also needed to be edited and corrected for the official release.

FLIRTING IN THE AIR has already been slated for a October 1st National Day release. One of its trailers had the slogan of "October 1 peacefully save the nation occupy the maid" as a satire of the current Hong Kong. In the trailer Charlie Cho Cha Lei played the Grand Preceptor Wa. To Man Chak who traveled through time became the Wa house boy named Chun Ying. Cho Cha Lei firmly replied, "Haha! In my life I hate people call Chun Ying the most."

[2014.09.04] SHI NANSUN REMEMBERS LUNG KONG

Shi Nansun remembers Lung Kong's love of film
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A-Mei, Tanya Chua, Sandy Lam, Natasha Na
Sandy Lam
Natasha Na
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Project WAO X Kiehl's Since 1851 Hong Kong charity concert yesterday held a press conference at the Convention Center. Singers Sandy Lam Yik Lin, A-Mei (Cheung Wai Mui), Tanya Chua (Choi Kin Nga) and Natasha Na Ying attended. The concert takes place today.

The beneficiary organization End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation received HK$ 3 million charity check, which vice president Shi Nansun accepted. Having worked with the late director Lung Kong, Shi Nansun has heard about Lung Kong's passing. She said, "I know that he has been ill for a long time. In August he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Back then my company's founding film SHANGHAI BLUES also invited him to guest star in a bed scene. He loved film and was full of passion for it, thus back then Tsui Hark remade his STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER.. The last time we met was several years ago, his family will handle his affairs."

[2014.09.03] DIRECTOR OF A GENERATION LUNG KONG PASSED AWAY

Lung Kong started in acting, then he began writing and directing film
Tsui Hark last month presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lung Kong for his contribution to film
CALL GIRLS
YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW
HIROSHIMA 28
TEDDY GIRLS
STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER
THE WINDOW
BLACK MASK
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Last month Tsui Hark presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Lung Kong in New York.  It was his final appearance.
Petrina Fung praises Lung Kong on his humanity
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Veteran director Patrick Lung Kong who has made many classic films that reflected social conditions yesterday passed away at home in New York from cancer at the age of 79. Born in Hong Kong, Lung Kong was originally named Lung Kong Yiu. His father was a Cantonese Opera actor, whose mentor was famous star Sit Kok Sin. In the 40s during the Japanese invasion of China his family joined Sit Kok Sin's opera troupe. In childhood he first started as an extra. After the war, during the day he worked at a stock trading company and went to school at night. During the period he was baptized as a Catholic.

In 1957 he met veteran actor Ma Siu Ying at church, was introduced to and signed with Shaw as an actor. He came up with his stage name Lung Kong. His first film was the 1958 CRIME OF PASSION IN THE HOTEL and played the villain. Soon he worked as director Chow See Luk's assistant director. He participated in a dozen or so films as assistant director, screen writer, producer and other posts. As Shaw reduced production, later he joined Kong Ngee and caught the eyes of director Chun Kim. In 1966 he directed his first film PRINCE OF BROADCASTERS and made a splash. His second film THE STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER was concerned with former prisoners and seen as a breakthrough work. YESTERDAY TODAY TOMORROW even caused a political storm. It depicted how Hong Kong people united to fight an epidemic, but because of the Cultural Revolution in the Mainland the film was criticized for possible projection. In the end its original title EPIDEMIC could not be used. His later work like THE CALL GIRLS and HIROSHIMA 28 even won many Asia Film Festival awards as he was known as Hong Kong film's Odd Bloom Director. In 1981 Lung Kong met his current wife Wu Chi Ting in the U.S. The next year he immigrated to the U.S. and studied film at New York University. On his free time he guest starred in films like SHANGHAI BLUES and BLACK MASK. The last appearance of Lung Kong was on August 15. A Lung Kong film retrospective organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office took place in New York as Tsui Hark presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to him. He was moved to tears.

Tsui Hark praised Lung Kong's film as the "symbols of the rise of Cantonese films. We are all his students." John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) once remade Lung Kong's film THE STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER into A BETTER TOMORROW. He congratulated him via video and called Lung Kong a "film master" and "our teacher". "I follow in his footsteps, from his films I have learned a lot."

Having worked with Lung Kong on the film TEDDY GIRLS, Nancy Sit Ka Yin said the news of Lung Kong's death was "too sudden, I am very sadden!" Sister Ka Yin praised Lung Kong as the 60s film industry representative. His films were very forward and very advanced. Like in TEDDY, he asked Sister Ka Yin to played a 16 year old unwed mother who sold drugs and was sent to juvenile detention center. At the time Sister Ka Yin's parents unilaterally opposed to her making the film, but Lung Kong felt that the character was a cautionary tale and very challenging to her acting. He urged Sister Ka Yin not to just play the girl next door and should take a step forward. In the end he convinced Sister Ka Yin, whose fame rose because of the film. The film also brought him many awards. Thus she was very appreciative of Lung Kong. In recent years when Sister Ka Yin performed in the U.S., Lung Kong drove two to three hours to support her. The last time she saw him was at a film event in Hong Kong last year. At the time Sister Ka Yin asked him to dinner but he was very busy in Hong Kong because he had many friends. In the end nothing came of the dinner and they never had a chance to meet again. Sister Ka Yin lamented, "I am very sadden. (Did you know that he was sick at the time?) I didn't, although he was thinner, he didn't look sick." Petrina Fung Bo Bo who was close to Lung Kong gave a brief response. "The scene of rehearsing on the set was like yesterday......right in front of my eyes."

Director Pang Ho Cheung yesterday eulogized Lung Kong on Weibo. "Director Lung Kong was a legend, influencing several generations of filmmakers. His films deeply inspired me. I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. and Mrs. Lung Kong by chance in Italy and spent several days with them. Director Lung not only attended my premiere but also exchanged film views. I was deeply benefited. Last week I just heard that he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in New York but could not congratulate him in time. This morning I received the bad news." Pang Ho Cheung even revealed that Lung Kong scolded him. Last year his film held a premiere at the Udine Film Festival. Lung Kong who came in support saw him dressed casually and in flip flops smiled and reminded him that a director could not be so casual. At least he had to wear a suit. At the time he explained that he rushed over directly from his flight.

In addition, the Hong Kong Film Archive three years ago held a Lung Kong exhibit and interviewed actors whom have worked with him. Josephine Siao Fong Fong said, "I feel Lung Kong is a visionary director with more courage than others. At the time directors who cared about social problems were few, he has this kind of courage to care. He even spent many months before the shoot on research. For example for THE WINDOW he visited schools for the blind and looked for priests to ask many questions. I feel that very few would make a movie as seriously as he does. I have benefited a lot from working with him. I feel that he is the type of director that since others do not dare he would. If he chose this road, he would not be afraid of public opinion .Because he focused on what he did, this type of people usually did not care about the public opinion on what he did. One thing was very interesting. He said, 'We aren't afraid; like a ball, whoever hit me I just bounce higher!' when I heard him say that I felt that his philosophy was great. Thus from then on I was not afraid of any setback because I would bounce even higher. I thank him very much!" Kenneth Tsang Kong said that Lung Kong not only had a talent for acting but also for directing. He said, "His demand for film is very sincere. Many of his work is controversial. He is very smart, very wise, he would succeed in anything that he wants to do."

Siao Fong Fong who has known Lung Kong for over 40 years yesterday received the news and was very sadden. "I can't believe he is gone. How can he be gone? I still have a lot about movies, acting, and Buddhism to talk with him about, he just passed so suddenly. I was very stunned when I heard it. I don't know how to describe it. My heart was completely harden!" Sister Fong Fong pointed out that Lung Kong was one of the most influential person to her. "Before working with him I didn't know how an actor acted, I learned everything myself and relied on watching how Pai Yin acted. Then I worked with him and I learned that acting required the heart, it was a science. I am very appreciative of him. His passing broke my heart." Sister Fong Fong also praised Lung Kong as a good director. "He was the director who was the best at knowing how to help an actor cultivate emotions and get into character."

Director Lung Kong's daring attempts and styles in his films are worthy of many directors who are stuck in the co-production mud to consider. Pang Ho Cheung admired his foresight in film. "Our generation of directors want to make films of our own styles, but investors would first ask us would the film be able to be released in the Mainland. If not, investors wouldn't be willing to support us. Sometimes we feel very helpless and may not be able to make what we want to make." Director Derek Kwok Chi Kin who has worked with Lung Kong on SKYLINE CRUISERS (SUN TAU CHI SAI DOI) found three comments from Lung Kong deeply influential. "Director Lung was a rather sharp person. he told me, 'A chapter is one scene, a book is one movie, a sentence is one shot.' Different eras have different problems. Back then he had the competition between Mandarin and Cantonese films, now it's between co-productions and Hong Kong films. However I remember he said, 'As long as you put an effort into making a movie, you don't have to worry about a lack of viewers'. The importance is did you make it with heart."

Chapman To Man Chak who also ran into Director Lung in Udine yesterday said, "Only a few people who make movies and have such magnanimity are left in this world." Lung Kon's films was driven by domestic ideas. Now films are driven by co-production. Did it mean that Hong Kong film is dead? Ah Jat said, "The market is different, different people have different choices. I am not dead, many people are still making movies, no problem."

Interestingly, Lung Kong's father was a buddy of Bruce Lee's father Lee Hoi Chuen. When Lung Kong made CRIME OF PASSION IN THE HOTEL, he asked Bruce Lee (the all Hong Kong Cha Cha contest champion) for help.

Lung Kong also insisted on never repeating his own work and put his "taking one step forward in every three" theory in practice; in other words after he made three profitable films, he could make a movie that he liked to make but might lose money for his fourth.

[2014.09.03] CHARLENE CHOI JOINS THE MOB AND CATCHES BUSAN"S EYES

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The Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Anthony Wong Chau Sun and Wong Yau Nam starred, Lee Po Cheung directed mob film GANGSTER PAY DAY (DAI CHA FAN) was selected to be the 19th Busan International Film Festival closing film. Lead Choi Cheuk Yin was excited. "I am happy for the director! I have known him for years and have always trusted him. I hope everyone would support it." Currently busy with his series Chau Sun also took time off from the production in preparation to head to Busan for the press conference and the premiere.

[2014.09.03] JACKIE CHAN RESUMES WORK

Jackie Chan resumes work despite still being worried about his son
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Jaycee Chan (Fong Cho Ming) and Ko Chen-Tung last month was arrested for drugs in Beijing. Cho Ming is held in a detention center. His parents Jackie Chan and Joan Lin immediately flew there, unfortunately after staying there for days they still were unable to see Cho Ming. They could only rely on their representative lawyer to relay messages.

After two weeks of work stoppage, Jackie Chan yesterday was seen with workers at a certain film and television base in Hebei. Reportedly his new film JUET DEI TOH MONG will start production there on the 6th. The film will also star Fan Bingbing. In a green coat Jackie Chan had no expression and looked down. He seemed to be worried about Cho Ming.

Although Jackie Chan did not speak to the media, his friend Eric Tsang Chi Wai while at an event in Dongguan revealed that he will soon report to Jackie Chan's new film production. However he did not dare to call him and only sent text messages. Jackie Chan also replied, asking his friends not to worry about him and describing himself as "a tough guy". Instead his wife Joan Lin was still very heartbroken. Chi Wai said, "Jackie Chan said that his wife was heartbroken. Although the couple has been face to face all the time lately, they didn't know what to say. They just kept crying!" Chi Wai who has worked with Ko Chen-Tung also worried about him and Cho Ming's situation. "Ko Chen-Tung is a kid, maybe because of a broken heart he was unhappy and made the wrong decision. I hope everyone would give him a chance."