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The 23rd Busan International Film Festival opened two days ago. Hong Kong director Stanley Kwam Kam Peng's film FIRST NIGHT NERVES (BAK GOR NUI YUN YUT TOI HEI) will have its world premiere there. Director Kwan led four actresses Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Fay Bai Baihe and Angie Chiu Nga Chi in attendance. Cheng Sau Man and Bai Baike even spoke of their ambiguous relationship and took intimate bathroom photos together!

After HOLD YOU TIGHT (YUET FAI LOK YUET DOR LOK) and EVERLASTING REGRET (CHEUNG HUNG GOR), director Kwan Kam Peng appeared at the Busan Film Festival again and received an enthusiastic welcome. Kwan Kam Peng two days ago led FIRST NIGHT NERVES' leads Cheng Sau Man, Leung Wing Kei, Bai Baihe, and Chiu Nga Chi on a red carpet opening ceremony appearance. Sammi joked that she remembered having a live squid in Busan and was "a little scared". Working with Director Kwan for the first time, Gigi arrived in Busan earlier than the other actors and was very excited, as she posted photos on social media. Chiu Nga Chi said that she was very happy to be able to attend the Busan International Film Festival with Director Kwan and other actors. Mainland star Bai Baihe also said that she was very honored to be able to work with many Hong Kong film workers.

FIRST NIGHT NERVES's background was drama within drama at the Hong Kong City Hall and achieved Hong Kong nostalgia. The entire film was shot in Hong Kong. Director Kwan stressed, "I often say that Hong ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The 46 year old Athena Chu Yan has been called the "frozen age goddess" but in the horror film THE LINGERING (GOO JAT) she had to sacrifice her beauty with special effect make up to play mother and son with Louis Cheung Kai Chung. Her look at the end of the film was no different from that of an old lady.

For this special effect make up, Chu Yan had to make a mold made as she covered her entire head in special material; after the "human skin" was made, it had to apply on her face layer by layer. She said, "I once saw my husband (Paul Wong Koon Chung) use similar plaster mold for a record cover, it looked pretty interesting. Yet when I tried it I started to get nervous, because the special material had to cover the entire head layer by layer and got heavier and heavier. I even needed help to prop up my head." She described it as the feeling of being in an enclosed space, like being buried alive. "I really was very scared. Luckily the crew kept telling jokes to make me laugh and told me not to fall asleep. Otherwise it would have to be done over". The entire special effect make up including the mold making preparation took 10 hours. Chu Yan joked that it was once in a lifetime so she had to try it.

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The film PROJECT GUTENBERG (MO SEUNG) two nights ago held its premiere. Chow Yun Fat and his wife Jasmine Tan (Chan Wui Lin), Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Liu Kai Chi, Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan and Deon Cheung Chung Chi attended as well as Patrick Tse Yin and Dayo Wong Tze Wa. The film after 3 days in Mainland release already made over 200 million RMB. Before its Hong Kong film it already made HK$ 2.4 million from two days of advanced screening.

Fat Gor was praised as the returning "hero" in this film, the best looking Chow Yun Fat. Fat Gor said that before the film he did not exercise, but after running into his inspiration Kwok Fu Sing he went running everyday. Even when he was promoting in Beijing, he still took time to run in Chaoyang and Olympic Park. He ended up becoming more agile, he did not feel tired or "sleepy" even with action scenes.

Host Albert Au Wing Kuen also pointed out that many online praised Fat Gor did not resemble his actual age of 63 and was more like 36 in the film. They also asked for exercise secrets. Fat Gor said, "Age and health can be reversed. You can walk in place for 15 minutes, everyone altogether now, don't stop! Jump a little better!" Sing Sing and the host followed ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Artist Fan Bingbing recently was found to have signed "yin yang contract" with a production company and swept into a tax evasion storm. After disappearing for 4 months Fan Bingbing yesterday posted a letter of apology and admitted to tax evasion. She even expressed deeply shame and guilt. The Federation of Hong Kong Film Workers permanent honorary president Ng See Yuen yesterday said that Mainland performing artists and film companies have signed "yin yang contracts" to evade taxation for years. Julian Cheung Chi Lam, Miriam Yeung Chin Wa and Pakho Chau said that following the law on the job is the most important. Ng See Yuen stressed that "ying yang contract" was very abnormal, and unusual payment method. He pointed out that such a phenomenon appeared in the Mainland show business mainly due to the overabundance of market financing. Everyone thought film was a good investment and thus fight over actors. Actors then prop up their prices, but after taxes everyone realized that they could not afford the enormous taxes. Thus they set up "yin yang contracts".

Hong Kong and Macau Cinema and Theatrical Enterprise Association chairman Wong Nguk Ching said that the domestic film industry also had the possibility of tax evasion, but it would take place under legal conditions.

Once performed on a Mainland reality show, Chin Wa said she could not comment on the rumored Mainland restriction of reality show artist salary not exceeding 10 million RMB because different places have different policies. "When I take a job I ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Jocelyn Chan Ming Hei in the past few months stayed in Shanghai for a musical's rehearsals. Would she fall in love with acting? She admitted that she would like the chance to challenge different level of characters. She said, "Actually in the past few years I had chances to make some internet short films. I also took acting classes at the Beijing Film Academy and realized that I liked acting more and more. Even if I have to play a villain I can, it definitely will be a lot of fun and quite a challenge."

Although she buried her head into the musical, Jocelyn was still working hard on her new songs and performed a duet with Ronald Cheng Chung Kei for his directing debut ATONEMENT (AH LUNG). "Actually everyday after rehearsal, I have a lot of music jobs to do like song writing. So I brought instruments to Shanghai. Later I will return to Hong Kong to promote the new song with Ronald. I hope everyone will like this song!"

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Kara Wai Ying Hung yesterday appeared at Television City. She received a Golden Horse Award Best Supporting Actress nomination for her film TRACEY (CHUI SZE), which she disagreed that she was "overqualified" for. This year the competition would be very strong and her role was not major. If she did not drop to the Supporting Actress category she might not be nominated. She admitted that since she has won both Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress, she had no pressure at all. She would dress up for the event but has not gotten a dress yet.

Speaking of the lack of Best Actor nomination for lead actor Philip Keung Ho Man, she said that she did not know how to comment. Hak Jai lacked a little luck and this year's Best Actor competition would be very strong. In addition this film was alternative and naturally at a disadvantage. She felt that winning an award would depend on many elements. Back then she felt that her role in A CHINESE GHOST STORY was overqualified as well, in the end she still did not win.

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Taiwan director Marco Hsieh Chen-Yang was found dead at home from an apparent suicide. Reportedly because his film YUT OAK YI HEI (ONE HOUSE TWO CHEATS) was scraped and he was conned out of his assets, he could not face his family and ended his life. Taiwan artist Alien Huang (Wong Hung Sing) was rather saddened by the news and through his manager expressed that the director was optimistic. Last year when they chatted over the phone they did not mention anything about salary. Instead he encouraged the director, but later because of work he lost contact.

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Charlene Choi Cheuk Yin still had a baby face since she started. Recently she posted a short hair photo on social media, but she explained that the new look was from not cutting her hair but just a wig. "This time in this film I really have a lot of wigs. I don't know why I run into it so late."

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Athena Chu Yan after finishing the film WHISPERS AND MOANS has been away from the Hong Kong silver screen for 11 years. This time she chose to make Hong Kong horror film THE LINGERING (GOO JAT), Chu Yan said that she was a horror film fan and also liked this subject through horror bringing out a mother and son relationship.

Chu Yan in the film spent the most time with the 6 year old child acor who played her son Louis Cheung Kai Chung in his childhood. This was not her first Mommy role. As a mother Chu Yan felt even deeper about her character. "I felt a lot of heartache. If in the future when my daughter would be grown and say something hurtful, I am afraid that I couldn't help but cry. Sometimes raising children really would upset yourself. Seeing your daughter one day would take off, as Ma I have to learn to let go. The couple's relationship has to be good. Walking with you to the end is the companion next to you, I have to hug my daughter more and tell her I love. My husband (Paul Wong Koon Chung) now is learning from me as well, holding our daughter and saying I love you. I teach him not to leave love in his heart, he has to act on it!"

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The film PROJECT GUTENBERG yesterday held a promotion in Causeway Bay. The five criminal organization members in the film Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Liu Kai Chi, Deon Cheung Chung Chi, Justin Cheung Kin Sing and Paulyn Sun Kai Kwan even gave away "PROJECT GUTENBERG currency" to people for tickets. PROJECT GUTENBERG opened in Mainland and made over 100 million yuan RMB over two days. Sing Sing thanked everyone for their support and believed as director Felix Chong Man Keung has said, "good movie would have good reward".

When the five members arrive in Causeway Bay, a large crowd was already waiting. After five minutes they were all out of PROJECT GUTENBERG bills. Kwok Fu Sing said, "I try to give all I can, after it's all gone so is the chaos!" Did anyone feel up his muscles? He said, "People saw the PROJECT GUTENBERG bills in my hand, they probably were more attractive than me!" Uncle Chi felt that Hong Kong people were actually very orderly, the only woman Sun Kai Kwan also thanked the four strong men for being her protectors.

Speaking of the PROJECT GUTENBERG Mainland opening, after two days it made over 100 million yuan RMB. Sing Sing thanked everyone for their support, like director Chong Man Keung has said "good movie would have good reward". He pointed out that the film was already written in 2008 but did not start production until last year. He ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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