Wednesday, September 20, 2017

[2017.09.21] JACKIE CHAN WANTS TO DIRECT A DRAMA

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The film THE FOREIGNER earlier held a national film national cinema circuit introduction event in Qingdao. "King of Kung Fu" Jackie Chan flew to Qingdao to promote his film. "King of Chinese Hip Hop" MC Jin also came to support his idol Big Brother Jackie Chan. Jackie Chan even revealed that he would be interested in directing a drama.

Big Brother even claimed that he was from Shandong (Jackie Chan's family came from Yantai, Shandong) and even spoke in Yantai dialect, which cracked up hte audience. This was Big Brother Jackie Chan's first cinema circuit introduction event. "This was my first time, so I made the trip from the U.S. I arrived in Qingdao at 5AM. This is a very special film, a very solemn and very tragic story. It is very touching, unlike any of my previous action comedy. I want everyone to know that Jackie Chan can not only play comedy but also different genre movies. In the future I may even personally direct a drama."

As a 2016 Lifetime Achievement Oscar award winner, Big Brother Jackie Chan has already won all the honors. However Big Brother was not pleased with himself. He said, "When I received the Oscar I was very happy, but after returning to the hotel and putting down the award this page has become the past." When he learned that in the audience were all national cinema circuit bosses, Jackie Chan expressed his appreciation to them. "Thank you very much everyone for your support all along, thank you very much to our Chinese film viewers for your love for me. Because of you, I am respected around the world. When I went to Hollywood to make movies, as soon as the U.S. called I had to fly from Hong Kong and even waited for them to see me. Now I no longer have to contact Hollywood. When the U.S. wants to work with me they would personally fly to Hong Kong to discuss it with me. Because of everyone's support, now Hollywood is waiting for me to meet with them."

Speaking of this collaboration, MC Jin said that he was very honored. "Now it still feels like a dream, when I was little one of my favorite things was hip hop and the other was Big Brother Jackie Chan's movies. This collaboration brought two of my favorite things together, I truly am very happy. I am very honored to be able to present this song to everyone and to Big Brother Jackie Chan." Big Brother Jackie Chan added, "MC Jin really is my super fan. He can remember every one of my movies, many lines from them. Even his secret code when he talks with his son is RUSH HOUR."

After the event, Jackie Chan and MC Jin met with fans. Big Brother Jackie Chan could not hide his excitement and even sang the promotional song from THE FOREIGNER, ORDINARY PERSON. Jackie Chan said that he really liked the verse "This world has a lot of cruelty" because he personally changed it to encourage the fight against terrorism. After performing the song, MC Jin performed his latest plug ZERO.

[2017.09.21] CECILIA SO IS STRESSED ABOUT TAKING THE BATON FROM STEPHY TANG

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Cecilia So Lai Shan, Belinda Yan Zifei, Candy Yuen Ka Man, Alycia Chan Yuen Hung, Jessica Kan Suk Yi two nights ago attended a film premiere. So Lai Shan said that her first lead role, the new film NEVER TOO LATE (OI CHING LO DAI SAU), will open next month. She was very nervous. After she took the role people kept comparing her to Stephy Tang Lai Yan's "Ah Bo", she started to have a little stress. Actually her version was more tomboyish and very rough. She and Alex Fong Lik Sun even had a lot of argument scenes, different from Stephy's version.

Carina Lau Ka Ling in the film MOTHER IN LAW VS. SON IN LAW (NGOR DIK CHING DIK NUI SAI) played the "ultimate Ah Bo". So Lai Shan said that she had a role in that film. In it she played Lau Ka Ling's character in her youth. She said, "When I saw Sister Ka Ling I was very nervous. Brother Wa (Simon Yam Tat Wa) said that Sister Ka Ling and I both have big eyes and look a little like each other. I was like a little fan and very happy to have a photo with Sister Ka Ling. (Did you ask Sister Ka Ling for advice?) Sister Ka Ling was very busy, I didn't have a chance to chat. (Did you study her performance?) I can't reach her. Sister Ka Ling is in god class. No matter how I study I wouldn't resemble her."

[2017.09.20] BRIAN YUEN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS BOOKS A SCREENING FOR HIS BIRTHDAY

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Brian Yuen Chung Yeung participated in the upcoming inspirational film OUR DAYS IN 6E. His family and friends booked a show to watch the film as a meaningful gift for his birthday at the end of the month. Brian said, "This present is the most memorable over the years. I have always wanted to make a movie since I was little. This year I can witness myself on the silver screen with so many friends and relatives, I never even dream about it! I would treat this screening like my personal premiere. I am very happy."

Brian performed decently on the new film. Master Checkley Sin Kwok Lam stated that he was interested in applying for a new actor award nomination for him. Brian was deeply grateful. "Thank you very much to boss and director Sin Kwok Lam and Mrs. Sin for fulfilling my first film dream."

[2017.09.20] AVA LIU WORKS HARD ON AUDIENCE APPRECIATION

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Pakho Chau, Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Joyce Cheng Yun Yi and Ava Liu (Yu Kiu) starred in the new film THE SINKING CITY: CAPSULE ODYSSEY (SAI FONG GIK LOK: TAI BAU TAI JI TAI HUNG CHONG) has been released for almost two weeks. Its Hong Kong and Macau cumulative box office was almost HK$ 8 million. SINKING's box office trend was stable, two days ago it even beat Tom Cruise and Stephen King with HK$ 290,000 single day box office! Actors Andrew Lam Man Chung and Yu Kiu have been working hard on audience appreciation events and the film company has decided to hold a celebration tomorrow.

[2017.09.20] DONNIE YEN AGGRAVATES OLD INJURY FROM CHASING THE DRAGON

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Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Andy Lau Tak Wa worked together for the first time on the Wong Jing produced film CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG). In the sory the Lau Tak Wa played Lui Lok assisted the Yen Chi Tan played Crippled Ho to the mob throne and control of all of Hong Kong's drug trade. Crippled Ho assisted Lui Lok with enterprising police corruption and sex, gambling and drug trades. While helping each other a very delicate relationship was created.

Yen Chi Tan and Wong Jing earlier spoke to the media. Wong Jing was asked why he would return to the subjects of Crippled Ho and Lui Lok after so many years? Brother Jing pointed out that he was one of the producers of LEE ROCK, which did not mention too much about Crippled Ho. The film TO BE NUMBER ONE (BAI HO) also rarely mentioned Lui Lok. He felt that the two notable figures of the same era had to have crossed paths and thus he hoped to bring two superstars together for another performance. As for why he would ask the action film expert Yen Chi Tan to play Crippled Ho, Brother Jing stated that because of freshness and Chi Tan's ability to fight. Many top stars have been in mob films. How many interpretation methods could an actor have for the same genre? For example Tony Leung Ka Fai has played many mob figures. The audience would feel that he should play the role well. However Chi Tan has never played this type of character, so he would be a fresh choice for the audience. Crippled Ho was also quite a fighter, thus he had to find a public recognized fighter. In addition Chi Tan and Wa Jai have never worked together before. This new team for now absolutely was unprecedented. The most important was Chi Tan from Ip Man to Chen Zhen to Crippled Ho would have a great impact and contrast.

In the film Chi Tan played Crippled Ho throughout the ages, from the Chouzhou country kid who just arrived in Hong Kong to a loyal youth with future aspirations to the mob drug lord of a generation. To an actor the character was full of challenges, but at first Chi Tan hesitated for several months before agreeing. He said, "As a Chinese action actor, I have made action films for decades. Where would my designation be? Shouldn't I keep looking for breakthrough in action? I have to keep improving myself or do something for the market. Firs I have to find a channel to elevate myself, so in recent years I have tried to play different characters whether the audience accepted them or not. I have never played a modern notable antagonist like Crippled Ho, but at the same time I have operated a very different character in Ip Man and I am a family man myself. I have an idea and a direction in film productions, as I hope to be able to continue to deliver positive energy. I was very conflicted." After a few month Chi Tan finally came to a conclusion. Either he would not play the role, or he would play it to the best of his abilities. However He also told Brother Jing that it was the one and only time.

Back then Ray Lui Leung Wai gained 40 pounds to play Crippled Ho. The pressure was inevitable. Chi Tan admitted that after taking the role he also began to worry about how to play it. "Because my buddy Lui Leung Wai's Crippled Ho is a classic, I discussed it with Brother Jing. He was responsible for coming up with how to make my character fresh, while I thought even if I wouldn't be able to surpass Brother Lui I couldn't disappoint."

In order to bring freshness to the audience, Chi Tan hired a Chouzhou dialect coach to teach him 24 hours a day for several months. He also studied with the coach on how to speak "Cantonese with a Chouzhou accent". In order for him to appear with dominating, the film company hired a Hollywood special effect make up artist for three hours of make up everyday. "Because Crippled Ho had a lot of scars from fighting, his nose was probably crooked and his lips would become thicker." In addition before the shoot he kept practicing how Crippled Ho walked, to the point that he really needed a cane. "With all the injuries over the years of making movies, my toes already had problems. In addition I had to limp with that pair of shoes, by the end I was in so much pain that I couldn't walk. After wrapping up the film I went to see a doctor. I needed surgery. Then I really had to use a cane for four months."

Although the character needed special effect make up, limping and Chouzhou dialect, Chi Tan thought that none of that was the toughest. The most difficult was living in two people's worlds. "The character violates my principal of making movies in recent years because it is very depressing, explosive, oppressing. I don't like to bring these types of feeling home. Everyday after removing the make up I had to forget about the character. Sometimes I would suppress my dominating look. Because I didn't want to speak to my wife in this tone, I would let her scold me. The next day I had to get back into character. Living in the world of two people was the most painful. Instead the physical energy exhaustion was a piece of cake." Crippled Ho probably would not be afraid of his wife, Chi Tan admitted that he was. "I don't know, but Yen Chi Tan would be."

Speaking of working with Wa Jai for the first time, Chi Tan was pleased that he learned a lot because Wa Jai was experienced in this type of genre and character. He was also a Best Actor, so Chi Tan looked forward to working with him very much. During the shoot he kept absorbing Wa Jai's acting. Everyone often changed their lines on the spot.

Brother Jing said that often the set would have three new scripts. Wa Jai's team had one, Chi Tan's team had one and his team had one. Before the shoot everyone would take out their scripts and went over them. They would use good ones so they had a lot of spark.

[2017.09.20] SIMON YAM INVITES KARA WAI TO MAKE AN OLDER SARA




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Simon Yam, Joey Yung, Kara Wai, Charlen Choi
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Famous director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum)'s action film MANHUNT two days ago was was announced as an official recommended film of the London Film Fesival and will be screened on October 15th. http://paper.wenweipo.com/2017/09/20/EN1709200008.htm * (2017/09/20) Best Actress Kara Wai Ying Hung and Best Actor Simon Yam Tat Wa two nights ago attended their film MRS. K's premiere and received support from Emperor boss Albert Yeung Sau Sing, Joey Yung Cho Yi, Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin, Derek Tsang Kwok Cheung and his girlfriend Venus Wong Man Yik. This would be Sister Hung's final action film. Brother Wa tried to persuade her to make a romantic action film, as he would personally direct SARA (CHOR GEI)'s older version to bring out Sister Hung's sexiness from within. Sister Hung has not yet agreed. "If I have to bare it all, I have to have half a year's time to get into my best shape."

Sister Hung said that MRS. K would be her final action film. So far she still has not changed her mind. "My word is solid, when I say it I mean it; it's not any main reason, I am just afraid that I would get worse and worse. I might as well leave on a good note. Of course I would be reluctant, but I should quit while I am ahead. Older women's action film performance would deteriorate. (Are you pleased with your performance?) At my age I feel pretty great with this result, I am absolutely answer for it. I don't dare to think about awards, since it is harder to win with an action film."

Brother Wa heard that Sister Hung would no make another action film and immediately suggested to work with Sister Hung on an romantic action film. Sister Hung cracked up. Brother Wa said, "It would be like SARA. I feel that she is sexy from within. This sexiness would make even young fresh meat drool. An older version of SARA would be very suitable for Sister Hung, I would direct and bring out Sister Hung's sexiness from within." Sister Hung said, "People who know me all know I am very sassy, but I would have to read the script first. If I have to bare it all, I would need half a year's time to train. I wouldn't mind, I would need to get into my best shape."

Anthony Lau Wing is working on the Juno Mak Chun Lung directed new film. He said that he would go anywhere for work and said ha his former wife Eva Lai Yin Shan got a second mortgage on her home to send their son to England for school. Lau Wing only gave him lai see. Lau Wing stated, "I am only support, man! I am taking the MTR. I too want to give my son a big lai see, but my abilities are limited. After several decades I am still toiling away silently. In the Mainland many don't know me. They only know I am an actor. I don't know how to work at another job, only act as an actor. (Would you support your son studying overseas?) The most important is that he likes it, I would support it. Otherwise I wouldn't give him a lai see. I of course would hope to make a lot of money to give him a big lai see, send him to England on a chartered flight and buy him a mansion. (Did the report upset you?) No, I would work harder. I am useless as a dad, I can only work harder. Now I am using the senior discount, but I am very happy that my son likes school. I am doing my best."

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

[2017.09.20] FOR THE WEEK STARTING SEPTEMBER 16 2017

GLOBAL CHINESE MUSIC CHART
For the week starting September 16 2017


15 HIGH CLIMB
  Can : Go Pan
  Well Lee (Li Wei)

14 SET IT OFF
  Can : Juk Fat
  Luhan

13 SENSE OF SECURITY
  Can : On Chuen Gum
  JW (Wong Ho Yi)

12 100 TYPES OF PASSION
  Can : Yut Bak Jung Yit Oi
  Chris Lee Yuchun, Major Lazer

11 BRAVE THE RAIN
  Can : Mo Yu
  Terence Siufay

10 STILL IN TIME
  Can : Wan Loi Duk Cup
  ZTAO (Huang Zitao)

 9 SAY GOODBYE TO EVERYDAY
  Can : Wor Mui Tin Gong Joi Gein
  Gin Lee (Lee Hung Ngai)

 8 FALLING FOR YOU ON THE WAY TO WANDER
  Can : Lau Long Toh Jung Oi Seung Nei
  Ye Pei (Yip Pui), Xu Wei (Hui Ngai)

 7 GO! AMIGO
  Can : Ga Yau! Amigo
  TFBoys

 6 ABSENT MIND MEMO
  Can : Suk Won Gei
  Hacken Lee Hak Kun

 5 PLEASE LET LOVE BELIEVE IN YOU
  Can : Ching Yeung Oi Ching Seung Shun Nei
  Jane Zhang Liangying

 4 GO
  Can : Yut Jik Jau
  A-Lin

 3 THAT IS IT
  Can : Jau Jeh Yeung
  Li Ronghao

 2 SECRET FRUIT
  Can : Bei Gor
  Fish Leong Jing Yu


 1 WHO COMES TO CUT THE MOONLIGHT
  Can : Shui Loi Jin Yuet Guong
  Eason Chan Yik Shun