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MANHUNT two nights ago held its Busan Film Festival premiere. Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) and his wife, daughter and actress Angeles Woo Fei Ha and lead actress Ha Ji-Won attended and enjoyed the new film with the audience. Their appearance caused a stir. After the screening the audience applauded passionated. Director Woo stood up and waved to the viewers in a show of appreciation. Later at the forum, a viewer was very happy to see a lot of the director's unique style in the new film. Director Woo revealed that aside from the white doves and the twin guns he also had dance elements. He said, "I really like to dance, my wife and I met due to dancing. Actually gun fights and fight scenes are like dancing, they have to have beauty and rhythm." He also said that he thanked China's Zhang Hanyu, Japan's Masaharu Fukuyama, Korea's Ha Ji-Won and actors and crew members from all over for their professional quality contribution. On and off camera they were able to display the spirit of friendship that went beyond borders.

Although the film was filled with Director Woo's classic style, he did not forget to innovate and add in new elements. He added a female killer and actresse shooting a gun for the first tme. Ha Ji-Won said that she felt honored to be the first. Director Woo also said that with Ha Ji-Won's good acting and agility, during the shoot he treated her like Chow Yun Fat! Ha Ji-Won was pleasantly surprised, bowed to the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Gordon Lam Ka Tung in the horror film ALWAYS BE WITH YOU (SEUNG JOI NEI JOR YAU) played a worker who stole of Ava Liu (Yu Kiu)'s burial offering to gamble. The most memorable scene was when he opened the coffin to take the wedding braclet. He said, "Yu Kiu's makeup was pretty fresh and pretty scary. In our traditional the ghost in red is fierce, with a grudge. When you see it you wouldn't feel fun at all and have a lot of pressure. Actually I would be scared and uncomfortable." Because the character was a gambling addict, he put a lot of thought into his costume including the color scheme. He even wore down the new clothes to make them look old. Even he asked the team whether there was no funding so he had to wear old clothes. He admitted that this time the production was tougher. "In one scene the debt collectors were chasing me. I didn't use a double or padding. The director wanted me to tough it out, I had to get it done in two takes."

ALWAYS was the 20th anniversary commemoration of the film TROUBLESOME NIGHT (YUM YEUNG LO). Ka Tung participated in the classic film series for the first time and stated that he did not watch the previous films before the shoot. "Particpating for the first time would give me a sense of freshness. I am afraid that watching the previous 19 films ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The 65 year old actor and director Frankie Chan Fun Kei last year was diagnosed with Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer and after a period of treatment beat the disease. This month he resumed work as he directed the film MEI LAI JIN JUNG (BEAUTIFUL WAR). The film two days ago officially started production in Jiangsu. Actors included Kenneth Ma Kwok Ming, Patrick Tam Yiu Man and Jessey Meng. Chan Fun Kei said about his cancer fight, "Now my voice sounds like (Eric) Tsang Chi Wai's, the cancer cells destroyed my vocal cord. I thought I was done for. The doctor said that patients with this disease typically only had two months to live."

Luckily Chan Fun Kei created a miracle with will power and active treatment. "I had several dozen radiation therapy, I lost all the muscle and was left with half a life. In general after radiation therpay chemotherapy was required, I didn't want to lose all my hair after chemo. Later a friend recommended a treatment and finally I got over it." After recovery, he often told his friends' I remember Tsang Chi wai told me and Jacke Chan, 'Even Ma Yun is only managing wealth for others, can you take the money with you? You should spend all the money while you are alive.' I though Chi Wai was right."

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Stephy Tang Lai Yan has been busy with her new film KEYBOARD WARRIORS (HEI DAI JO), but earlier the team surprised her with a birthday celebration.

That day Stephy worked from morning to night in remote countryside and even had to handle many collapse scenes. Stephy was able to meet all of the director's demands, especially in the argument scene with her on screen sister Grace Chan Hoi Lam. When the "sisters" finished their final scene for the day, producer Ng Kin Hung and director Sit Ho Ching arranged for the crew to bring out a cake with a little crown that said Happy Birthday for Stephy.

The team knew that they would celebrate Stephy's birthday. Sharon Chan Man Chi who originally could have gone home to be with her son stayed to sing the birthday song to the birthday girl. Instead Stephy was too focused on the film to have any clue. When she saw the cake she sweetly smiled and said to everyone, "You guys are way too smart!" As for her birthday wish, she sad, "My birthday wish is very simple, good health!"

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Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Charlene Choi Cheuk Yn earlier appeared on a ViuTV program. Actually they had constant contact and were even "mahjong friends". Chilam even worred about Ah Sa's love life and wanted to play matchmaker for her, bu Ah Sa helplessly said, "You actually introduced the same person ten years ago and ten years later. You introduced someone I already knew. However he really is a nice guy." Chilam laughed, "Then you know how limited my stock is! I have a lot of leftover female friends but diamond bachelors are rare. If you ask me to open a matchmaking shop I definitely would fail."

Speaking of mahjong, Ah Sa could not stop telling. Chilam said Ah Sa was very different at work from at the mahjong table. "When she is at work she is rushing to get off work, at mahjong she just appeals nonstop!" Actually their mahjong companions were Heaven Kings, as they revealed that they have played with Aaron Kwok Fu Sing and Leon Lai Ming.

Recently they worked together on a movie. Chilam said that Ah Sa in the film played a tough woman. In order to fulfill her late fiancee's final wish she would resolve any problem she ran into herself. In real life Ah Sa would resolver her own problem the same way. Ah Sa said, "I am a more impatient person, when I run into problems I would very quickly come up with resolutions." As for Chilam, he joked, "I would go out ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Andy Lau Tak Wa, Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Tong Chun Yip, Niki Chow Lai Kei, Wilfred Lau Ho Lung, Philip Keung Ho Man, Ben Ng Ngai Cheung and director Wong Jing two nights ago attended their film CHASING THE DRAGON (JUI LUNG)'s celebration. The film as of two days ago made around HK$ 10 million at its Hong Kong and Macau box office. In the three lands on both sides of the Strait, Singapore and Malaysia the film's box office headed for HK$ 600 million. Wa Jai and Chi Tan agreed that they were pleased with the box office. They also said that they would be able to work together again, but as fathers they would both resist playing villains. Wa Jai even joked that even romantic scenes would have baggage.

Wa Jai said that he was very touched to be able to accompany Wong Jing to today when he received everyone's praise. He always thought that Wong was capable. He used to keep telling Wong Jing to put an effort into his work, but Wong Jing said that no one cared about him. He said that was not true and there would be a reward. Now Wong undrestood that really putting in an effort would bring a return. He stated that he used to feel Wong Jing was not putting up enough of an effort. This time was ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) recently attended Busan Film Festival activities in Korea. Yesterday he led his film MANHUNT's lead actress Ha Ji-Won, Angeles Woo Fei Ha to promote the film. Director Woo attended a hand printing ceremony on the beach of Haeundae. Korea star Ha Ji-Won took time from her busy television series shoot schedule to show her support.

After the ceremony Director Woo joked, "The hand printing ceremony is like a wedding. Today I married the Busan Film Festival!" Ha Ji-Won's appearance caused a stir immediately. She went to the crowd to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. She also blew kisses and was very friendly.

Director Woo has been making movies for over 50 years, almost every one was a men's films. MANHUNT was the first film in which he added a "female killer" role and a female star firing a gun. Director Woo praised Ha Ji-Won and said, "When I met Ha Ji-Won I fel that she was very suitable to play the female killer. Durng the shoot she even displayed her agility, intelligence and professionalism. I was very pleased."

As Director Woo's first female killer, Ha Ji-Won was surprised. "Director Woo took great care of each and every actor. On the set I was very comfortable. I have always liked Director Woo's movies. Many of his past films had killer ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Chrissie Chau Sau Na not only kept promoting her films but also was busy with her new film NUI WONG CHONG DOH JING (RUN RIGHT INTO THE QUEEN). Earlier around 6:30 PM, Chrissie and Law Lan worked on location in Sham Shui Po. Before the shoot, Chrissie faithfully participated in the worship ceremony and prayed for a smooth shoot.

In the story Law Lan spilled a barrel of crabs in the middle of the road, Chrissie drove by and got ou to help. Then a vehicle was headed toward them at a high speed. Chrissie pushed Law Lan out of the way and landed on her rear.

Before the shoot the crew prepared padding to keep Chrissie from getting hurt. Yet during the shoot, she looked like she was in pain after the first take. Her assistant took out slippers and helped Chrissie to the side to check her injury. Several of her toes was scratched by the heels. After being treated Chrissie returned to work.

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Stephy Tang Lai Yan, Chrissie Chau Sau Na and Gaile Lok starred in a new film. Director Fire Lee (For For) earlier surprised Stephy with a birthday cake and confetti cannons. She said that For For was the first man to give her a cake this year.

Playing a killer in the film, Stephy said that making the new film was like fighting zombies. "Everyday we shot until dark. We were even locked inside a hotel, killing from the morning to the next morning."

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Louis Cheung Kai Chung, Chrissie Chau Sau Na, and Eric Kot Man Fai earlier worked on their new film on location at a Jordan motel. Ah Kot wore a red leather jacket while Ah Chung had long hair. Many pedestrians looked on and even joked that they were going to get a room for menage a trois! Chau Sau Na said that she was only giving them direction to the motel, then she was responsible for "eating peanuts" as she waited for something to happen.

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