Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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Grace Han
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Recently an edited video of Nammie Nam Kit Ying claiming sexual assault by two film industry big brothers spread again online in the Mainland. The self claimed "godmother of models" Grace Han revealed that Eric Tsang Chi Wai more than once sexually assaulted women, but she only talked about it and had no evidence. After days of speculation, Chi Wai yesterday finally called for a press conference. With his son Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung and two lawyers he appeared in person to respond and was determined to use legal means to protect his own reputation. He also stated that he would be willing to cooperate with any investigation.

Chi Wai attended the press conference in a deep blue jacket. Over 50 media outlets covered the event. Chi Wai first posed for media photos with the lawyers and his son, then attorney Lam Ka Yan spoke, stating that this press conference would not have any question and answer segment.

Chi Wai appeared more serious than usual. He said, "How are you friends in the press. Lately untrue reports about me have appeared online. Some reports that have targeted me actually are very severe accusations and affected my personal reputation. What saddens me more is that they have even caused my friends who support me, my beloved family, children and even the Star Soccer Team unnecessary harm. I feel the necessity to stand up and make a public response."

Chi Wai stressed that the "Tsang Chi Wai sexually assaulted Nam Kit Ying" accusation online earlier was completely made up. "Respecting women is my principle. I am willing to cooperate with any method of investigation. I also am determined to use legal means to protect my reputation. As for Ms. Han's untrue accusation of me on Sina Weibo, I have already taken legal action and currently the legal procedures have begun. Among this accusation, one targetted our Star Soccer Team, saying that our soccer team was competed in charity matches in name but actually was looking for fun instead. This report however in 2006 already won a slander case, but years later someone again brought it up as a smear campaign. I am very saddened and upset. I hope the law would be able to give me an ultimate conclusion and bring me justice, but I hope even more for the negative trend of spreading untrue news report and harming others with ill intent would soon as soon as possible. The internet of course has brought a lot of convenience, but it also enabled some negative elements to take advantage of internet users' ignorance, control the general public's emotions to harm others but without any consequences for them afterward. This truly saddens me. In the past I would ignore untrue reports. I feel that since I know I am innocent, why should I respond? How should I give them an opportunity to speculate further? To reach their goals? However that no longer seems to work in the internet world today, this incident has made me deeply understand, if you just keep tolerating rumors and those who spread them without making them pay, internet violence would only get worse and worse and truth would have a harder and harder time seeing the light of day. Rumors and internet violence is temporary, but the damage to those involved is for life. I hope such incidents and victims would become fewer and fewer so I have already begun legal procedure on this matter. I Chi Wai thus am responding publicly here, from now on I won't respond anymore. Thank you everyone."

Chi Wai said that because the report spread like mad online in the Mainland, so he repeated what he said in Putonghua. Then Chi Wai whispered to the lawyers and his legal representation added, "Any reprint of slanderous comments may be criminal, I hope everyone would remove the related comments!" Finally Chi Wai bowed to the press in appreciation and left. The press conference ended after 12 minutes.

Simon Yam Tat Wa and Daniel Chan Hiu Tung yesterday at another event responded to Chi Wai's press conference. Tung Tung said that he had no comment and any comment should be left for those involved to make. As for internet attacks, Tung Tung sad, "I have always felt that what everyone say only represent themselves. Of course internet comment could be very harmful. Internet is a relatively free environment. I am used to it and am immuned to it."

Brother Wa heard about the press conference and asked, "Is it today? Since I have known Chi Wai I have known that he respects women very much. He has been very helpful to girls. He has been very glad to help friends in show business, male or female, famous or not, new or old, I have known him to be a nice guy, very willing to help others. He knows how to handle the matter. As outsiders there are a lot we didn't know."


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The Filmko film THE MONKEY KING 3 (SAI YAU GEI NUI YI GOK) will open at the Lunar New Year. Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Law Chung Him and director Soi Cheang Pou Soi promoted the film. Sing Sing this time played a comedic Sun Wukong, which he thought he was the most suitable choice for. Because few actors knew how to fight and had a comedic sense, he was well worth the price. However playing Sun Wukong was a chore. Sing Sing revealed when he saw the makeup artist again he wanted to turn around immediately and quit.

Sing Sing revealed that this installment cost 500 million yuan to produce. Cheang Pou Soi admitted that this time was very expensive, did the cast salary take up a large percentage? Cheang Pou Soi said that it definitely was different from the ones before. Sing Sing also said that the most important was for the film to be well made. Speaking of THE MONKEY KING and THE MONKEY KING 2, they made over 1 billion RMB at the Mainland box office. Were they confident? Sing Sing joked, "This time we will be happy with 3 billion!"

Sing Sing after THE MONKEY KING 2 again played Sun Wukong in THE MONKEY KING 3. He admitted that the character was very different. "Actually I am a comedy actor. Ah Soi this time asked me to play a comedic Sun Wukong. In addition I am well worth the money, as few actors know how to fight and have a comedic sense. I am the most suitable choice." Sing Sing said that this time Sun Wukong also changed in its appearance. The director wanted Sun Wukong this time to look more monkey than human, so on the first day of costume fitting they spent 12 hours. Afterward everyone was very pleased. Playing the same character again, Sing Sing said, "Playing comedy with this look is hard. Last time the character was heaver so originally I said I won't play it again. However I was getting itchy, I had to torture myself to be pleased. Actually it has been two years, I have already forgotten the pain of the performance. After I signed the contract on the first day on the set, I saw the makeup artist again, I immediately wanted to turn around and quit befcause I was truly scared off. I even called Siu Mei (his manager) and said that I quit. She replied and said that I couldn't."

Sing Sing said that finding someone else would not be hard, but the director was very understanding. He knew that playing the character would be very "frustrating". In addition the company told him that it would give him time to adjust. Thus he challenged himself again. He said, "If I don't do it, who would!" Would he keep playing Sun Wukong in THE MONKEY KING film series? Sing Sing said without hesitation, "I would play the Tang Monk, it would be real comfortable!"

The pain of playing Sun Wukong was gluing the hair all over the body. Cheang Pou Soi understood Sing Sing's pain. "Everyone can try to pu a piece of wet toilet paper on your face for 12 hours, but when hair was glued on him no liquid was directly stuck to his skin. His skin could not breath so it was like being bitten by ants. Thus I would understand how Sing Sing felt. I could only adjust with the production time." Sing Sing said that at the time he had to a tube of anti itch ointment with him everyday. In addition the head band was designed to remain tight on his head so it would not become loose during stunts. As soon as he inflated with heat he would start to have a headache and suffer.

Cheang Pou Soi also felt bad for the Sand Monk Law Chung Him because he had to wear a tight muscle suit. Everyday the suit cut off his circulation. His fingers even turned purple. Him Jai recalled, "I pricked my fingers and they still responded so I wasn't too worried. Actually the toughest was unable to go 'number 2'. I couldn't for four months and I ended up with stomach pain, so I had to properly control my diet. Putting on and taking off the suit took several hours!" Cheang Pou Soi added, "When he moved, the muscle suit would move just like skin. When tightened even the hands would be swollen. When the special effect makeup artist saw this situation would stop the production and make Ah Him remove his suit for his own safety."

Sing Sing just became a father. Would he be a little more careful with his film work from now on? Sing Sing said, "As a father, I feel the importance of family even more. Not only my child, but my family, my wife I have to take care. I know my wife has it very tough. I wouldn't know about before, but with a child my wife had it even tougher. As the head of the family when I am at work I have to work professionally and set an example for my next generation. I instead feel I have to focus on work more. Dangerous stunts? That I won't change, mentally I would treat my job even better!"

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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    d. Stephen Chbosky
    Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay

    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

    d. Adam Robitel
    Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson

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

    d. Jake Kasdan
    Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Har, Karen Gillan

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

    d. Michael Gracey
    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya

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

    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

    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 :

    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

For the week starting January 13 2018

  Can : Guong Ji Hoi

  Can : Seung Si Wu Boon
  FS (Fuying & Sam)

  Can : Yut Fong Ngan
  Janice Vidal (Wai Lan)

  Can : Gau Jung Si Yung Gu Duk Dik Jing Kok Fong Sik
  Michael Kong (Kwong Leung)

  Can : Sing Si ji Guong
  Li Jian

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

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

  Lay Zhang Yixing (Cheung Ngai Hing)

  Can : Nui Yi Gok
  Jane Zhang Liying, Li Ronghao

  Can : Ching Chun Jui Liu Shui
  Rainie Yang (Yeung Sing Lam)

  Can : Jeung Fung Yut Yeung
  Joker Xue (Sit Ji Him)

  Can : Yut Tung
  Chris Lee Yuchun

  Can : Ji Oi
  Eason Chan Yik Shun

  Can : Ngor Hung Yuet Fai
  Stefanie Sun Yanzi

  Can : Wai Dai Dik Miu Siu
  JJ Lin (Lam Chun Kit)


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.


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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."


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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."