Hong Kong’s film industry struggling to regain the fame as China enters the limelight

 

Source: SCMP

 

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One winter night in the German capital, Hong Kong film director Johnnie To Kei-fung led the cast and crew of his feature, Sparrow, a drama about the city’s pickpockets, as he strutted down the red carpet for the film’s premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival.

 

The highly spirited group was dressed to the nines and waved at fans and photographers lining up along the red carpet, taking interviews from press flown in from all over the world. At that moment, Hong Kong film was the centre of the universe.

 

It was 2008 – the last time a Hong Kong film was selected to compete for the Golden Bear, the top award at a festival that will celebrate its 66th anniversary on February 11.

 

Analysis of entries at the world’s top three film festivals – Berlin International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival and Venice Film Festival – revealed that Hong Kong films had little to no presence in recent years. There were no Hong Kong films among the nominations for best film announced this week in this year’s Asian Film Awards either.

 

Compared to the late 1990s to early 2000s when local films and filmmakers were in the global limelight, rubbing shoulders with masters from all over the world and even beating them at major awards in recognition of their artistic merits, Hong Kong cinema has certainly lost its charm.

 

“It’s true that not many films by a younger generation of filmmakers can make it to festival competitions at that level,” said director Adam Wong Sau-ping, a rising star after earning acclaim with small budget film The Way We Dance and recent hit She Remembers, He Forgets.

 

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Source: SCMP

 

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The finale of beleaguered Hong Kong broadcaster ATV’s real-life drama has arrived earlier than scheduled after it failed to air its licence-mandated Chinese and English newscasts last night because of a mass exodus of staff over unpaid wages.

 

The station said its news broadcasts had been “suspended” and could not confirm when or if they would resume.

 

Under the terms of its licence, Asia Television was required to broadcast two newscasts of at least 15 minutes each between 6pm and midnight on its Chinese and English-language channels. That did not happen yesterday because hardly anyone turned up for work – many had already quit the night before.

 

A Communications Authority spokesman said yesterday that the suspension could result in “different levels of punishment”, depending on the nature and severity of the case.

 

Earlier this week, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung made clear that ATV could have its licence revoked before it officially expired on April 1, or face further financial penalties, if it failed to honour its obligations to keep providing free-to-air services.

 

Jeff Wong Sau-tong, ATV’s senior public relations manager, said: “Because of manpower and other conditions, we had no choice but to suspend our newscasts. We may have to wait until after the Lunar New Year ... to see if the newscasts will be resumed.”

 

Since December 2011, ATV has been fined at least 16 times – totalling more than HK$4 million – over frequent delays in paying salaries and other licensing violations.

 

Founded in 1957 as Rediffusion Television, the station was the worlds’ first Chinese-language television broadcaster.

 

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Lights out: ATV ‘unable’ to broadcast news after mass exodus over unpaid wages

 

Source:  SCMP

 

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It’s finally curtains for Asia Television before its licence expires on April 1 as it does not have enough staff to carry on broadcasting news on Saturday after top management and many employees quit over unpaid wages on Friday.

 

Most employees were left with no option but to walk out as the management of the beleaguered station failed to deliver on its promise to settle two months of unpaid wages on Friday.

 

At the same time major ATV creditor Wong Ching, who sold his controlling stake to mainland businessman Si Rongbin last year, filed an order with the High Court to liquidate the broadcaster. It is understood that the transaction between him and Si has not yet been completed.

 

In his statement, Wong said he made the move as “the new investor could not fulfil his role” and “to avoid the chaos persisting”.

 

Furious and cash-strapped staff called on the government to take the case seriously and provide support for employees, many of whom quit on Friday using a clause under labour law that protects workers owed wages.

 

“We don’t know what else can be done,” said ATV veteran actor Frankie Choi Kwok-wai. “We hope the government can step in and help us all.”

 

On Friday morning, ATV’s remaining 300 employees were expecting to be paid their wages for December and January by cheque at around 3pm. But there was no sign of any cheques.

 

“I have tried my best to pay staff their December and January wages. But unfortunately the company does not have enough money to do so,” the station’s chief operations officer, Charles Ma Hay, told reporters at ATV’s Tai ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Bosco Wong will be working during Valentine's Day

Sunday February 6, 2016 Hong Kong

 

 

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Yesterday, Bosco Wong (黃宗澤) and Tracy Chu (朱千雪) were promoting the TVB new series, K9 Cop (警犬巴打) which will be broadcast on the day two of the Lunar New Year. When asked if it will affect the rating as the series was airing on Lunar New Year, Bosco Wong said: "Hope not. But hope for good reviews even if the ratings is low as it is the most important." Then, Tracy Chu said with a smile that she wished the ratings will be high as having holidays during Lunar New Year and could watch the series at home everyday.

When asked if he had any programme on 14 February, Valentine's Day, Bosco said: "Working and no arrangements." Tracy Chu replied she had no programme on Valentine's Day as currently studying for her Master's degree. She added no suitors currently and said: "90% are girls and the remaining 10% are guys with girlfriend."

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Natalie Tong has not received the invitation for Valentine's Day from Tony Hung

Saturday February 6, 2016 Hong Kong

 

 

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Two days ago, Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) attended the opening of a event. When asked about how she will celebrate Valentine's Day with her boyfriend, Tony Hung (洪永城)? Natalie Tong said: "I need to work on Valentine's Day and might celebrate before or after that....But I have not received the invitation. (Prepare the gift) Not yet."

Earlier there was reports pointed Tony Hung and Sisley Choi (蔡思貝) went for jogging together and Sisley tried to seduce Tony. When asked if she was mad, Natalie replied: "Oh, My! They are exercising and it is better not to talk about it as she is a female after all."

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday February 6, 2016 Hong Kong

 

 

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On 30 January, Ng Yip Kwan (吳業坤) and Katy Kung (龔嘉欣) attended an event. As Lunar New Year is approaching and when asked about their celebrations, Ng Yip Kwan replied he may pay a new year call (拜年) together and to the cast members such as Evergreen Mak (麥長青) and Helen Ma (馬海倫) from Come Home Love (愛回家) sitcom. He said: "I know they will give good red packets." Asking about the results for last year, Ng Yip Kwan said he seldom returned to the company: "Usually at home or go out to work and seldom go back to the office. On the day one of the Lunar New Year, we can get HongBao from many seniors."

Katy Kung expressed she had to work on the day one of the Lunar New Year and said: "I prepare a five-digit HongBao and will give to everyone and let them be happy on the Year of Monkey." She also revealed she accepted the advertisement for the Skin Care spokesperson and the rates was 6 digit, and could spend a good New Year.

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: Admin @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday February 6, 2016 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) was invited as the guest to Sunday Drama King (Sunday好戲王) show and competed her acting skills with Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠), Sammy Sum (沈震軒) and Anthony Ho (何遠東) in front of Liza Wang who acted as the judge.

This time, Natalie will be acting with 'peach blossom 桃花' and when asked about her role character, Natalie said: "It will be more to gangster and not 'Captain of Destiny 張保仔'." She added crying within 40 seconds was most difficult: "As I do something wrong."

As Speed of Life (鐵馬戰車) series was coming to an end, Natalie expressed the kissing scene with Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪) was not aired yet. Asking if her boyfriend, Tony Hung was mad, Natalie said: "Of course not! He has tiny eyes and no fire at all." She hoped to have sequel if the ratings was good.

During the interview, Liza Wang (汪明荃) shared her knowledge related to acting and when asked if she was afraid of causing pressure to the contestants, she said: "They should know my identity." She disclosed she will be travelling to Japan for vacation after day 1 of Lunar New Year.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Saturday February 6, 2016 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) was invited as the guest to Sunday Drama King (Sunday好戲王) show and competed her acting skills with Vivien Yeo (楊秀惠), Sammy Sum (沈震軒) and Anthony Ho (何遠東) in front of Liza Wang who acted as the judge.

This time, Natalie will be acting with 'peach blossom 桃花' and when asked about her role character, Natalie said: "It will be more to gangster and not 'Captain of Destiny 張保仔'." She added crying within 40 seconds was most difficult: "As I do something wrong."

As Speed of Life (鐵馬戰車) series was coming to an end, Natalie expressed the kissing scene with Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪) was not aired yet. Asking if her boyfriend, Tony Hung was mad, Natalie said: "Of course not! He has tiny eyes and no fire at all." She hoped to have sequel if the ratings was good.

During the interview, Liza Wang (汪明荃) shared her knowledge related to acting and when asked if she was afraid of causing pressure to the contestants, she said: "They should know my identity." She disclosed she will be travelling to Japan for vacation after day 1 of Lunar New Year.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Saturday February 6, 2016 Hong Kong

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Tavia Yeung's contract is expiring soon, and it has not been settled with TVB. There was a report saying that TVB used a collaboration with Gallen Lo in a new series to persuade her, but she has turned it down, causing their relationship to turn sour, even affecting her series with Roger Kwok, "The Last Healer in Forbidden City", to be pulled from release.

'Still Discussing, I Have Not Left Yet'

Is Tavia leaving to venture outside? Through a phone interview, she said that there has not been a further decision. She said, "Still discussing. I have not left yet! I have been in TVB for so many years. Have a lot of feelings here. Will miss it. Have to think very clearly. Both sides slowly discussing it. There are many modes of collaboration. Discussing until an agreement is reached. (Do you want to advance into Mainland and in terms of movies?) I also want to advance in many aspects. Hope to find a new direction with the company". Regarding the rumour that her contractual issues affected the indefinite broadcast date of "Last Healer", she believes that it is not related. Tavia said, "I am not the only one in the series. The company has many series. Believe that there will be an internal decision for the broadcast date".

Family and Boyfriend Giving Support

Tavia specially clarified that she did not refuse to collaborate with Gallen. She said, "I feel that it is very unfortunate to not be able to collaborate with Gallen this time. It is rare for him to return to TVB to film a series. Believe that there will be new sparks. It's just that my contract expires during the filming of this series. There are many details that have ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival brings good news to Bruce Lee fans. Bruce Lee films like THE BIG BOSS, FIST OF FURY, RETURN OF THE DRAGON and THE GAME OF DEATH have gone through 4K digital technology restoration. The restored films would feel richer visually, better for viewers to understand Lee's martial art philosophy of "knowing the hero and respecting the hero" throughout his films.

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