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The film KUNG FU MONSTER (MO LUM GWAI SAU) will open on January 3 next year in Hong Kong. Louis Koo Tin Lok, Chen Xuedong and Bea Hayden (Kwok Bik Ting) starred in the Andrew Lau Wai Keung directed and Derek Yee Tung produced film that was full of modern Hong Kong style humor, turning the martial art wold into a crazy party. Director Lau Wai Keung said, "This film looks like a costume film, but I made it like a modern film. It has a lot of funny lines and would satirize the present with the past. The martial art world on a certain level became the modern society. Whatever is happening with the society now, we would use different characters to express it."

The film released its official poster and first trailer. In the trailer the often talked about "monster" can be seen in full view. It looks more cute than "monster" like! The director said that actually whether it was a "monster" or not it only acted as a mirror. However you would treat the "monster" it would return in kind. The director also gave this "monster" a rather old school name, "Chiu Choi" (attracting money), because Hong Kong people resist that less. This "Chiu Choi" also took the director half a year's time before seeing the light of day. Thus for the director himself, this "Chiu Choi" has quite a heavy ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The film TRACEY (CHUI SZE) last night held a VIP screening. Lead actor Philip Keung Ho Man received support form friends Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Ben Yuen Wai Ho, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Ron Ng Cheuk Hei and Kristal Tin Yui Nei.

Speaking of TRACEY's upcoming release, Hak Jai said that he was not nervous. Instead last night was like the premiere for him. Since he invited most of his friends, he definitely would hear real responses after the screening. Thus he was nervous and excited. Hak Jai's wife Kam Wai Ying last night also showed her support. He said that his wife actually has seen it twice already, but she did not have too much to say. Instead she was worried about his mood the most. Hak Jai said, "I remember when I was promoting in Japan, I was very happy in the first half hour. Then suddenly I started crying. My wife asked why I was crying! So after tonight I would let go, feeling that my job is done and I can wait for the result. Luckily all I heard have been comforting sounds!"

Ng Kwan Yu was already teary eyed when she arrived, perhaps expecting that media questions about her friend Yammie Nam Kit Ying's cremation yesterday. Kwan Yu held back her sorrow during he interview and praised Hak Jai's courage for playing a ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The film HAN KEI POR ONG (DEADLINE CASE BREAK) two days ago held its production start ceremony in Jiangmen. Emperor Group chief Albert Yeung Sau Sing, producer Han Sanping, director Lau Ho Leung, producer Leung Lam, leads Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho), Wang Qianyuan, Michelle Wai Sze Nga attended. Boss Yeung personally hosted the roast pig cutting and worship ceremony. He even gave away lai see on the spot for good luck! Ng Yin Cho said that the script lured him back for the production.

Living in the U.S., Ng Yin Cho admitted that because this script was outstanding he returned for it! "For now I can't spoil anything. After a few days at work, the director, Wang Qianyuan and I have had a very pleasant collaboration. Of course making U.S. series and Hollywood films were fun too, but I was born in Hong Kong. Filmmaking here is very professional, other nations can't make the Hong Kong flavor! In the U.S. jobs are divided very clearly, directors, producers, editors would only mind their own jobs, especially with television. Every two episode the director changes. You can't build lasting relationships. Coming back to make movies is much happier, I can study the script and the character with the director."

Daniel's unique look in HAN KEI POR ONG opened people's eyes. He said, "I think it's pretty handsome, pretty cool!" As for all the action ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King) after CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON in 2016 worked with Lord Eight Yuen Woo Ping again on the action film MASTER Z: THE IP MAN LEGACY (IP MAN OI JUEN: CHEUNG TIN CHI). Michelle in the film played the mob's big sister, who began conflict with Max Zhang Jin over her brother Kevin Cheng Ka Wing. The team in order to bring back the 60s style invested heavily on the construction of the Cheung Lok company, as a lot of effort was put into it like interior decoration to be close to the feel of the era. When Michelle stepped onto the set she praised as though she went back in time to the 60s.

After years in film Michelle even appeared in a Chinese dress this time. She revealed that the team spent a lot of time to prepare for this look. "This is my first 60's film. At the time women all wore Chinese dresses and hairstyle like this. If I couldn't appear that way in an era film then this chance would truly be wasted. Luckily everyone liked the result. Lord Eight said, 'OK' because he has never seen me in a Chinese dress either. Lord Eight even said not to wear the Chinese dress for a fight. I said if I had to fight I wouldn't dare to wear it!"

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Philip Keung Ho Man in the film TRACEY decided to become transgender after years of marriage with Kara Wai Ying Hung. He admitted that he knew nothing about transgender and lacked the confidence to perform. Thus he first did his research with a dozen or so transgender people. Hak Jai even said that he bullied the "more feminine" male student a school. Running into the classmate again on the MTR as an adult, he was already a pretty girl. "She" was proud of being reborn again. Looking back, Hak Jai also got his motivation and confidence to take this role.

Hak Jai in order to play "Tracey" had to impersonate women's movements, "crossing his legs" and curling up his body, leg trimming and facial treatments, wearing woman's lingerie and silk robes, shaving to become a real woman. However his wife Kam Wai Ying watched him becoming very feminine. Hak Jai said, "She was the most worried that the mood swing would be too much for me and I wouldn't be able to leave the character!" He even remembered after shooting the break up scene with Wai Ying Hung as he wanted a sex change, he hid in the bathroom and cried for a hour and released all of his suppressed emotions. Thus TRACEY was not just about how he dressed up like a ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The 2nd China Korean International Film Festival two nights ago took place at the Seoul Olympic Park Olympic Center. Hong Kong film THE GOLDEN JOB (WONG GUM HING DAI)'s Dior Cheng Yi Kin was the "Most Popular Male Star", director Chin Kar Lok the "Best Action Director" and film composer Chan Kwong Wing won the "OST" award.

Ekin revealed that about ten years ago before mobile phone was popular, he was already a spokesman for the first generation mobile phone for a brand there. When he accepted the award, he greeted everyone in Korean then gave a speech in Putonghua. "I believe this year I won this award because of the film THE GOLDEN JOB's success. Thank you to the team and everyone for your support. Today's weather is great, Korea's scenery is very beautiful." The film's music producer Chan Kwong Wing thanked his family and colleagues. He once recorded a commercial song with Korean star SE7EN.

Director Chin Kar Lok revealed that the first draft of THE GOLDEN JOB's scrip was cooked up in Seoul by him and producer Eric Tsang Chi Wai. He did not except for the film's first award would be won in Seoul as well. He felt very wonderful and happy. He greeted everyone in Korean and introduced himself. Although he was not fluent the audience applauded in support. ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Ming Pao founder and wuxia novel great under the pen name Jin Yong, Louis Cha passed away on the 30th at the age of 94. Yesterday services were held at the Hong Kong Funeral Parlor in a private ceremony. Having played his wuxia novel classic characters, Huang Xiaoming, Joe Chen Chiao-En and Ray Lui Leung Wai, Mainland producer who participated in Jin Yong's work Zhang Jizhong, Bak Suet Sin, Johnnie To Kei Fung, Ann Hui On Wa and Shi Nansun came to give Jin Yong their final salute.

Jin Yong created many classic wuxia novels, including THE BOOK AND THE SWORD, HEAVEN SWORD AND DRAGON SABER, LEGEND OF THE CONDOR HEROES, RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES and THE DEER AND THE CAULDRON. They have been adapted into film and television numerous times. Yesterday industry insiders Huang Xiaoming, Chen Chiao-En, Lui Leung Wai, Bak Suet Sin, To Kei Fung, Hui On Wa, Shi Nansun, Alfred Cheung Kin Ting, Lau Pui Kei, Winnie Yu Jung and others came to pay their ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Andy Lau Tak Wa appeared on a Commercial Radio interview. Wa Jai revealed that in secondary school he already came in contact with Louis Cha's wuxia novels. At first he liked LEGEND OF THE CONDOR HEROES more, later he watched the RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES television series, was drawn to Yeung Gor and Little Dragon Maiden's enduring love and fell in love with Louis Cha's work. He said, "I never thought that I would be able to play Yeung Gor. During the entire shoot, I worried that I didn't have the ability to handle it. Luckily I had the chance to run into Mr. Louis Cha, he gave me lot of advice to play Yeung Gor's rebellious and faithful sides."

He remembered that the first thing that Yeung Gor said to Little Dragon Maiden after 16 years apart was "Auntie". This line was the only one that kept lingering in my mind like a call of love. To him Yeung Gor and Little Dragon Maiden would always be screen classic. In the series he sang the song GREAT CONDOR HERO (Namyam). At the time he said to producer Siu Sun that he was interested in the traditional music style and hoped to perform in it. That Namyam recording was in the RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES theme song records and became Wa Jai's first record. He said that RETURN OF THE CONDOR HEROES was an important work that represented him, as many viewers supported him because of it.

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The Golden Horse Film Festival executive committee president Ang Lee and the 55th Golden Horse Award jury president Gong Li yesterday led 12 jury members to attend the 55th Golden Horse Award jury press conference. Ang Lee said that the mission of continuing the Golden Horse was important, as a part of Chinese film he felt honored to carry on the duty and mentioned that he was very touched that Gong Li agreed to be the jury president immediately. "I very much look forward to her leadership this year."

Speaking of accepting the Golden Horse executive committee presidency for the first time, Ang Lee admitted that he was "stressed" and at the same time had a sense of social responsibility. He also stressed that the Golden Horse Award was rather important to the Chinese film world in its pursuit of open, fair and free discussions. Over the year it carried certain weight in the hearts of every filmmaker. Every year he would try to participate and experience the effort of all the filmmakers. "As a part of Chinese film, I feel honored."

As for inviting Gong Li to be the jury president, Ang Lee said that at first when he saw Gong Li's name in the jury president invitation list he immediately thought "this one is good". Although he suspected whether she would come, Ang Lee said that "it is worth a try". Later Gong ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Anthony Wong Chau Sun worked on the film STILL HUMAN (LUN LOK YUN) for free. In it he played a disabled person. Two days ago the film was screened at the Golden Horse Film Festival. Many viewers were moved to tears. Director Oliver Chan Siu Kuen attended the after screening events and discussed with the audience her production experience.

Chan Siu Kuen said that the film's public housing estate was constructed from a dump. The location was very poor. Wong Chau Sun even had to bathe naked in the cold winter in one scene. She said, "Chau Sun didn't turn down the scene. At the time because it was very cold, he kept asking me if i was OK but he never complained." She said that Wong Chau Sun had to perform in a wheel chair. His mother earlier was wheel chair bound due to a stroke so he could relate deeply.

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