The cast of TVB's "Wandering Hero Medics" including Nick Cheung, Sonija Kwok, Candy Lo, Andrew Lian, Margaret Chung, Pak Yan and Kenneth Ma set out for Guangxi to film on location yesterday. Although the shoot will only last ten days, the cast are prepared as they carry their cases on their trip.
Ever playful, Nick is usually playing practical jokes on his colleagues in the studio and yesterday he even took a fake cockroach to the airport to take out and scare people. Sonija, Candy and Margaret all fell for his trick and even big sister Pak Yan didn't escape from him. Margaret was so scared that she opened her eyes wide and jumped away as she explains: "I wasn't afraid because he had played the trick before in the studio, but I was putting an act on just for him."
Candy said later regretfully: "If I knew about this earlier, I would have brought some fake stuff along too. (You have a fake leg in the show.) That's so big! (Will you get your own back on Nick?) Let me think about it on the plane." Candy has brought a supply of mosquito repellant and medicine for bites and stings with her. Although she has to go and film on location for her first series, she is not worried because she will have fun with the group of artistes.
Nick has brought a supply of vests, disinfectants and cleanin products with him. Although he often films in the mainland, he has not actually been to many places because he is usually at the studio in Hengdian, so this is his first time to Guangxi. He has heard that the facilities are a little behind there, but he believes that as long as they keep good hygiene, then there shouldn't be a problem. He is feeling rather relaxed because all his studio and location filming in Hong Kong has been completed now. He laughs: "I paid my respects to the gods before I left, so there should be no problem. (Is your wife Esther worried?) She has gone to Singapore to work."
Sonija is usually not too far away from her mother, but yesterday at the airport, her mother was nowhere to be seen. She says that her mother wanted to join her on her trip to Guangxi, but she was worried that she could not look after her mother, so she didn't let her join them. So is her mother worried about her? Sonija says she often goes away for work, so her mother is used to this now and will not be too worried.
This is Sonija's second time in Guangxi and she has brought lots of things with her, including her own pillow and pillowcases. She laughs that she tries to make her room as homely as possible so that she is not homesick. She adds: "Although we will be filming in the mountainous area, it is not very bad there and the hotels are quite comfortable. In contrast, when she was in Guangzhou, the hotel not only didn't have air conditioning, there was water leaking and no toilet paper."
Talking of her boyfriend Deric Wan's recent venture into opening a hair salon in Shanghai, she says: "He is in partnership with a friend and the business is quite big. (Will you go and see it?) I don't have time at the moment. (Are you interested in business?) I have no interest at all in business, so if I have money I will just put it in the bank. (How about co-operating with someone?) No, in the past I fell out with someone over money, so I will not invest in business with my boyfriend."
Also, after returning from Guangxi, Sonija will then be heading out to Beijing for the costume fitting for new show "Tossing Rain Turning Cloud" and she is happy to be working with good friend Charmaine Sheh again. Her part will be completed in about a month, so even though it is a martial arts ancient production, she will not find this hard work. After Beijing, she will be heading out to Kenya to continue filming for "Wandering Hero Medics".
Nick will be heading out to Cannes to appear at the premiere for his film "Dai Si Gin" (Big Case) that has been selected as a showcase film. He reveals that he has been buying an outfit for the occasion and has spent 100-200 thousand dollars on clothes. He says: "To buy a tuxedo, they are all over ten thousand dollars, but I hope I will have a 'model look' when the time comes. Just don't be too shocked!" He will be heading out with co-star Kelly Chen and director Johnny To.
Led by the three beauties Sonija Kwok, Charmaine Sheh and Shirley Yeung, "Angels of Mission" will begin airing next Monday, but some internet sites are advertising openly that all twenty episodes can already be downloaded. Although these downloads are only available for members, the copyright belongs to TVB and no matter if they are charging or not, then it is still illegal. However, many of TVB's series have been illegally pirated in the past by criminals who want to make a fast buck.
TVB's External Affairs Assistnat Director Tsang Sing Ming responded to this saying: "'Angels of Mission' was made by TVB and the copyright belongs to the company, so any such uses of the series are all illegal. TVB has always targeted infringements of intellectual property and downloads from the internet are obviously illegal. We will follow the methods of dealing with these incidents in the past and first request that they stop these activities before we start taking legal action to resolve this."
As for one of the stars Shirley Yeung, she comments on this incident, saying: "If this is illegally breaching copyright laws, then of course it is not right." Is she worried this will affect the ratings for the show? She says: "I am not too worried about that, because I believe that many viewers will support the show in the correct way."http://orientaldaily...ent_a76cnt.htmlhttp://www.tvbspacenews.blogspot.com/
The location team for TVB's "Wandering Hero Medics" returned to Hong Kong from Guangxi yesterday. As they have been filming in the mountainous regions and the weather has been rainy, hot and stuffy, Sonija Kwok complained about the hard work as soon as she returned: "It really was hard work this time and I only got very little sleep at a time. The weather was very humid and I was feeling ill for the last few days. Luckily I managed to make it, but there were many memorable times and as we were filming in the hills, I learned to pee anywhere. Also, we were filming a marriage scene with Candy Lo and Kenneth Ma in a remote village, but as it was raining, there were little flying ants and moths flitting around and it was quite scary."
When asked if she had moaned to her boyfriend, she laughs: "We talked on the phone every day and we do talk about how the filming is going, but the artistes in this show are good fun, so it was still quite happy."
As for Candy who is filming TV for the first time, she says: "It was quite hard work, but it was okay. (Did Nick play any tricks on you?) Not just me, he played tricks on everyone."http://orientaldaily...ent_a77cnt.htmlhttp://www.tvbspacenews.blogspot.com/