Friday, October 24, 2014

[2014.10.25] STEPHEN CHOW'S ASSISTANT DENIES MERMAID PRODUCTION HALT RUMORS

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Stephen Chow Sing Chi's new film MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) was rumored to have announced a production halt after only two days in production. Lead actor Deng Chao even left the production. Reportedly the production stopped because of Sing Yeh's health. The soonest it will resume will be January and March next year. The film also had the chance of being scrapped. If the production will resume next year, the lead actor will remain Deng Chao but the lead actress may change.

Chow Sing Chi's assistant denied the rumor and stated that the production has been going very smoothly. MERMAID's director Wilson Chin Kwok Wai also denied on Weibo, "Rumors sometimes are truly baffling, I just want to say that MERMAID is in full production without any obstacle or production halt. The team is working hard on and off camera!" Reportedly, MERMAID's cast consisted of the new comers that Sing Yeh chose earlier, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Deng Chao and Show Lo.

[2014.10.25] LOUIS KOO: DINNER WITH RAYMOND LAM UNRELATED TO GOLDEN DUCK

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Vic Chou, Gao Yuanyuan, Louis Koo
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Director Johnnie To Kei Fung's new film DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART 2 (DAN SUN NAM NUI 2) is this Asian Film Festival's opening film. Last night the film's leads Gao Yuanyuan, Vic Chou Yu Man, Louis Koo Tin Lok and others attended Hong Kong Asian Film Festival opening ceremony. Gao Yuanyuan on November 28 will hold a make up wedding banquet with Mark Chao in Taipei. Although her wedding date was coming, Yuanyuan said that she still had time to promote the film. Did she give invitations to Goo Jai and Jai Jai? She was a little embarrassed and said that she did not know. Goo Jai saved her and said that he will send his gift to Yuanyuan, but joked that it will have to be a surprise so he could not say what it will be. Jai Jai said that he will give a heart to Yuanyuan, wish them union until they are old and gray, parenthood soon and a safe and smooth life. Would Yuanyuan work hard on having a child after marriage? She said that she would like to but it will depend on the situation.

Reportedly Goo Jai and Sandra Ng Kwan Yu co-funded Lunar New Year film GOLDEN DUCK (GUM NGAP) was interested in asking Raymond Lam Fung to play the "duck king". Earlier they were caught at dinner together. Goo Jai said that it was just a friendly dinner. He had no idea at all about GOLDEN DUCK. They talked about that dinner for a very long time. Earlier he flew to France for a three week shoot, then promoted the film in the Mainland. Only recently were they able to put it together. Speaking of Will Pan's accident during concert rehearsal, Jai Jai said that he was not familiar with him but learned from the news that it was very serious. He wished him a speedy recovery.

[2014.10.25] ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB HOLDS HONG KONG PREMIERE



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Anita Chui says that she has used a lot of tape to prevent wardrobe malfunction
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Jessica C., Andy Tien (On Chi Kit), Philip Ng Won Lung, Candy Yuen Ka Man, Ng Chi Hung and Derek Tseung Kwok Cheung two nights ago attended the film ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB (SI SING)'s premiere.

The event held a zombie fighting ceremony. Yuen Ka Man bent down to touch a zombie on the ground. "Congratulate ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB! When time passes it's very hard to get a playback. I thought I would just touch the zombie, I didn't expect it to leap up suddenly. I was so scared I jumped too." Yuen Ka Man said, "I have been busy with Wong Jing's NGAP WONG (DUCK KING), it's been very stressful so I haven't had time to shop for clothes. Lately I no longer had any chance to dress up because I just finished another nude scene." She said that after the scene she locked herself in the sauna room to settle down and isolate herself from the world. Then she took a cold shower after several hours in the heat. Did she cry? She said no, but she wanted to calm down and reflect on how to perform even better. Later she will have even more extreme nude scenes. She also said that for the scene the set was clear.

JC pointed out that Yuen Ka Man has always been hot and sexy so she did not feel like her spotlight was stolen. In addition she was already very sexy in the film. Lately a magazine said that Jennifer Tse Ting Ting was waiting to wed, Ting Ting's old flame On Chi Kit said that he has not heard and he was not unhappy. He said that if Ting Ting would invite him he would attend, but he believed that she would not. Is he dating now? He said no, but he admitted that he was interested in someone. Was she in the business? He awkwardly said that he did not want to say, for now he has not asked her out yet. Anita Chui Bik Ka said that she dressed up for the occasion and did not deliberately want to steal the spotlight. As for safety precaution, she said, "Earlier I went to an event. Because the tape was poorly applied, it showed up in photos. Today I am using stronger tape, I hope it sticks better." She said that she was not afraid of how much the tape would hurt when it would be removed. The most important was looking pretty.

[2014.10.25] A COMPLETE LOOK AT HONG KONG DIRECTORS

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The Guide includes Stephen Chow and Wong Kar Wai entries
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The Hong Kong Film Directors' Guild planned, the Film Development Fund funded, Creative Hong Kong supported THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HONG KONG FILM DIRECTORS 1 and 2 have been officially published. The guide collected over 600 Hong Kong directors' entire record.

Hong Kong film from the 70s glamorous era to the 21st century digital era solidified Hong Kong's position as Eastern Hollywood, thanks to a group of directors who toiled away behind the scenes. Thus the Directors' Guild hoped to introduce every hard working Hong Kong director to everyone. The Gordon Chan Ka Seung, Manfred Wong (Man Jun), Cheung Chi Sing, Joe Cheung Tung Cho and others formed editing management committee planned. After two years of editing work, the book was finally completed. Man Jun said, "I am very happy to see this book today but also find it hard to believe. Completing it truly was not easy, because since 1979, over 700 directors have made films, over 100 of whom have lost contact. Some used stage names and could not be found and some passed away, so not everyone was included. Thus we arranged for an appendix to remember them. Here I want to say that we welcome each director to contact the Guild. Later the Guild will release the online version of the ULTIMATE GUIDE TO HONG KONG DIRECTORS on the Guild's site and will often update the information." The book was also not for sale, only for industry collections and research.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

[2014.10.24] JACKIE CHAN ASKS THE MEDIA NOT TO HURT JOAN LIN


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Jaycee Chan (Fong Cho Ming) remains in detention for drugs. His father Jackie Chan yesterday attended the film SKIPTRACE's Beijing press conference with Fan Bing Bing and naturally became the media target. He admitted that he did not know much about Cho Ming's current condition. As he stated earlier, now he is focusing on work and has not been affected.

Jackie Chan said, "I know as much about him as everyone else. I ask the media to please not to report anything without proof, like I knelt at (Charles) Heung Wa Kung. Please also do not hurt Siu Fong Ji's Mama (Joan Lin) and publish some untrue reports. If necessary I will give a clear explanation to everyone." Jackie Chan admitted that he was not a suitable father before, from now on he had to be one. At the press conference, Fan Bingbing appeared with an alpaca and shared a lot of her experience. Bingbing said that currently she was studying English. She was confident about her level now.

[2014.10.24] EVELYN CHOI COMPLAINS ABOUT KISSING ALEX LAM

Evelyn Choi complains about how awkward Alex Lam's facial hair makes their kiss scene
Alex Lam, Evelyn Choi and director James Hung
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New director James Hung Ching Ling asked new actors Alex Lam Tak Shun and Evelyn Choi Wing Yan to play a couple in their new film THE SEVENTH LIE (DAI CHUT FONG YIN). Alex did his homework for the performance. "My character has super power, so I studied some foreign series for the role. I was the happiest that James let me keep my facial hair for the performance, because I feel it is an ability. I even trimmed it for work, but Evelyn complained that it hurt a lot!"

Evelyn laughed and explained, "I haven't kissed any guy with facial hair, it was very awkward! (Even more awkward than running on the Causeway Bay streets in a bridal look?) Although it was a run in the busy city streets, the pedestrians coordinated. However if my feet wouldn't be seen, I could actually wear sneakers in place of heels. The director really liked to shoot the entire body, and said every time was the last. After the shoot my feet really hurt!" James said that he loved to prank them, before the shoot he even asked them to rehearse.

[2014.10.24] JUJU CHAN GIVES YUEN WOO PING A BOOK

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Martial art star JuJu Chan Yuk Wan earlier flew to New Zealand to work on the Hollywood film CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON II (NGOR FU CHONG LUNG 2). She and director Yuen Woo Ping, producer and actors like Eugenia Yuan Lai Kei and Harry Shum, Jr. attended the film wrap banquet. Leads Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King) had to go to the London Film Festival and an U.S. series shoot in South Africa respectively and were absent.

JuJu revealed that she gained ten pounds from all the great food at the banquet. The team even put a lot of thought into wrap gifts to the actors. She also revealed that director Yuen Woo Ping preferred Chinese food, thus she gave him her book Ordering Food In English to help him enjoy food while working overseas.