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DATE: 30 APR 03
SOURCE: SING PAO/ WEN WEI PO/MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY DENIED NOT GETTING ALONG WELL WITH JOHNNIE TO

Andy was interviewed by radio station yesterday.

Recently there was a report saying that he is unhappy with Johnnieís To who always likes to change lines of the script, & he is unhappy during shooting because the time he waits is longer than time in camera, with his 60 over lbs muscles-costume he is already uncomfortable, his face was gloomy all the time. Andy explained that To's style of filming is always like that, he is used to it. After the script, he will judge if the actor could fit into it, & change accordingly. As these are changes to suit the requirements, he respect his way of doing . There is no unhappiness. On the comment that after wearing the 60lb costume he becomes gloomy, he clarified maybe because it takes v long to do the make-up, he is aware that if his moviement is excessive , the make-up will get distorted, so he keeps more quiet, he cant affort to have funny actions. If the make-up is spoilt, he is the one to suffer, it is not as reported.

SOURCE: ORIENTAL DAILy
TITLE: BAI LONG WANG SUGGESTS INFERNAL PREQUEL HAVE A NEW NAME

Filming of the prequel to Infernal affiars is starting soon. According to reports Bai Long Wang has suggested I A Prequel be changed to I A II. The storyline remains the same, is abt the younger days of Andy & Tony. Other than Eric , Anthony, Tu Wen Kai, Shawn Ye & Edison, there is Carina Lau as wife of Eric & Francis Ng. Another actor of big name may be included. [ The Sun: Leon L ] .Andy & Tony may also appear briefly. A press con will be held on May 2 .


DATE: 29 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/ O D /SING PAO /TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: ANDY MAY CANCEL HIS CONCERT IN AUGUST

As a result of SARS outbreak , many singers are contempleting postponing thier concerts. Andy who planned to hold his from 1st of August, at the Commercial Radio interview to promote the new movie Give Them A Chance yesterday , announced that the concert may be postponed. He is not sure how long the effect of SARS will last, but from the present situation, he personally has no mood for concerts.

He said he does not know how to face the audience, other than worrying abt their safety, he admitted his mood will be affected. Said he, ďDonít tell me every audience need to have temp checked before entering ? Such type of concert ! Might as well donít have. It is better everyone fights this disease together, my mood really is not ready for concert.?

He indicated he had planned to have a big-scaled dance segment in his concert, involving 60 to a hundred dancers , including some professionals from Mainland. Now the dancers from Mainland do not want to come to HK, HK dancers refused to go to Minaland, how to do the dance segment ! Instead of doing it half-heartedly , if they donít do it whole-heartedly, the result is not good. He teased might as well have a pre-recorded concert, ?Having 10 to 12,000 audience fully masked must be a historical record.?

On Beyong holding their concert as scheduled, Andy hopes they hold it in a hygienic way. He said, ?This concert is going to be important, as it will become the yardstick of all subsequent concerts.?

Taiwan has announced its policy to quarantine HK & Mainalnders arrinving in TW. Andy does not need to go TW for the time being. He said, ďEvery country has its own needs ! It has to protect its own citizens,?On the call to boycott TW, Andy feels there is no such need, maybe some artistes really need to go. He added, ďEven if need to be quarantined, after 10 days stll being respected is okay !?It is said some prefessionals need not be quarantined, but artistes are not grouped as professional. Andy said, ?But I am v professional ! So are the reporters ! Then shd not be quarantied.?

Andy said at first many countries think SARS is the problem of HK & China, but actually the virus spread v fast, basically it is a problem of the whole world, every country shd be serious with this problem.

Andy is filming Mr.Fit at the moment. The initial plan of shooting in Beijing has been cancelled. He said it is not they chose not to go, but because there is no approval notice from Beijing.

Earlier on there was a report saying Andy & Junoís asstís had a tiff. Andy said, ?Donít mention abt this ! I have nothing to do with them ! Give me a chance to be myself ! ?

SOURCE: SING PAO
TITLE: BOYCOTT DOES NOT SOLVE PROBLEMS

Taiwan institued a new policy as a rsult of sas outbreak, no visa will be issued to Hongkongers, also after arrivals there will be a compulsary 10 days quarantine . Entertainment is the first industry to be affected. Eason Chan was fast, entered a few hrs before it was instituted.

At this moment, someone suggested boycotting Taiwan in entertainment work. Andy is one who is calm & composed, he said one must respect the decision of others, in addition every palce has its own self Ėprotective method, this is understandable. The response of Andy is one who is aware of the whole situation.


DATE: 28 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: SNAP SHOT OF SMART DRESSINGS . ANDY'S MAN LOOK ALL IN COSTUME NATIONAL

The attire of the male artistes is usualy not as varied as the females. Andy Lau is one steady & yet smart with his garments. His clothes are not out-dated & yet never try to be outlandish.

In an earlier interview by a manís magazine, he wore a white shirt with fine pleats in front, coupled with a pair of dark-colored jeans, simply oozes the charm of a casual smart. The outfil comes from Italian brand Costume National, designed by Ennio Capassa, who was under Yohji Tamamoto before. His design is usually fine & moderate, tailoring is a high cut, exposing the fine conture of human body unreservably. Costume National is sold by popular Joyce boutique.

SOURCE: O D
TITE: NEED TO EDUCATE THE NEXT GENERATION

E-kids fans created quite a din , Jiang Hua was unhappy with them. He commented, ďI feel that their fans are v noisy, but it is nothing, as they are still young & innocent, after telling them they became quiet. It is a trend to yell when fans see idols. I mean to educate them. Just like Andy Lau has always done it. They need to know the activity is to support the healthcare workers in fighting of sars , there shd show some respect. ?Jiang Hua also feel that singers have the duty to discipline their fans, Andy has always done so. Making noise does not mean the singers are popular, but the singers themselves may feel v good.


Haha~~ This is the picture of an online 'concert' we had on 26 Apr 03 , organised by Small Spring aka Xiao Chun ( in dark glasses) , participants included Arlene, Terrie, Jennifer, Janechu, Tai, Stella, Kristy, Sammi, Jade, Khan Van, & katherine . Have I missed out any names ? Let me know, Thanks Xiao Chun, & all the aprticipants.


DATE: 27 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/
TITLE: ANDY LOVES TO WIN BUT JUDGE OWN ABILITY FIRST

Andy was interviewed by a manís mag called Menís Uno recently. He graces the cover of the magazine. In the interview , he touches on his love in winning, but said he however does not aim to win all the time.

Recalling the time when he was in TVB Training school, he gave himself a time limit, he said, ďI aim to be the lead actor by the age 30, otherwise I will call it a day & become a hair dresser , grooming hair for others.?

Does he feel he is a person who likes to win ? He said, ďLove to win is up to others to say. I will see the situation, I wont aim to win in all aspects. I must have the ability first before I have the desire to win. Such as now I am already 40, if u ask me to run, I can never win. In singing, I can never win Jacky Cheung or Eason Chan. In this world there are too many other people & things one can never win in one's whole life time. So be it singing, dancing, or acting, I give myself a certain standard, I tell myself I must reach this standard, whether I am good or not is up to the others to praise, since there are things no matter how good u do, there is no one to praise u, how much u want to win is useless.?

Andy always goes outstation, but he loves his home in HK the most, he said,?I am one who loves to stay at home. Once I am outstation for more than a month, I will feel unhappy, no matter how posh the hotel is, I still feel it is not as good as my bed at home.?


DATE: 26 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY /O D/ SING PAO/SING TAO/MING PAO
TITLE:CECILIA WALKING HAND-IN-HAND WITH ANDY ON A STREET IN CENTRAL

Despite the continuos warm weather these few days, Andy had to put on 30 over lbs of fake muscles to film movie. 2 nights ago at abt 10+ pm, Andy & Cecilia were shooting on a street in Central. Andy donning the thick Ďmuscles?was without complaint , he is indeed one with super work ethics.

He was in the same blue tee, holding the trophy on one hand, walking hand-in-hand with Cecilia who was in the same punk look, on the street.

The scene was abt the duo had fallen in love. Cecilia looked down most of the time, appearing to be shy. At the road junction, they parted . Andy waved her goodbye, a v romantic scene.

The road was closed for shooting. When Andy was not filming, he escaped into the nanny car for some cool air.He was in a good mood, asking for food many times.

Soon after shooting begins, Media Asia boss , also Andy's good friend Peter Lam paid a visit . He was dressed casually, other than bodyguards, he was armed with mask. Andy talked to him when he had time, looked like thay have some important plans to discuss. Peter stayed for abt ?an hr.

20 over fans were present .They were v caring , staying on till late at night. Other than chit-hatting with Andy, they gave him tibits, cold drinks & food. Andy advised thme to go home early .

Though it was only filming walking on the street, filming continued till wee hrs of morning, like a big battle.


DATE: 25 APR 03
SOURCE: O D

Cecilia said it is more difficult to shoot movies lately because the weather has turned warmer , but it is even more tough for Andy who has many lbs of fake fresh piled on him. She feels sorry to see him perspiring profusely, she is not sure when shooting finishes.

SOURCE: APPLE DAILY

There was a report yesterday saying Junoís asst Daisy shouted to Juno suddenly to get near to Andy to frighten him. Juno said he didnít hear anything, there is nothing between them.


DATE: 24 APR 03 @ 1530 hrs
SOURCE; NEXT MAGAZINE ISSUE NO 685
TITLE: ANDY BOWLED TO MOURN BOWLING FRIEND

Ex-world bowling champion Xu Chang Guo who represented HK many times in international games passed away on 18 Apr. Andy had been to competitions with him , & also had also practised together with him before. On the same day afternoon, Andy went bowling with his driver & male assts at Nan Hwa Bowling alley , a place they used to play before. Andy has actually changed to Wang Po bowling these few yrs, the visit may be a way of remembering his old friend.

On that day, Andy & his asst played well, many a time were a full score. He had seen Xu juat a wek ago, even with mask, he appeared to be depressed.

SOURCE: NEXT MAGAZINE
TITLE: BIG GUY DISTURBED SCENE . ANDY FACE UNHAPPY

Andy was filming an outdoor scene last Saturday at Causeway Bay. It happened to be Good Friday holiday, the road was closed for shooting. Reporters , fans & close to a hundred onlookers jam-packed the site. It was quite messy as the workers had to shove away onlookers plus stopping reporters taking photos, in addition to ferrying equipmemts.

The wrokers ended up having a tiff with a biy guy . The onlookers remarked , " If u dont wish people to disturbed u, dont choose holiday & a busy street, how many cameras can u stop ? "

The crew was there 10 over hrs but only 2 to 3 scenes were shot. Though it was not out of control but was not worth the effort .

Actually since shooting started in March, there were several times that it may be called off.

The problem being the script is disorderly, everytime after Andy was fully dressed, there was no take, many times there was no dialogue available. Really dont know what to shoot. 10 days after camra rolled, Andy has only 2 days of shooting. Unable to stand this, Andy refused to shoot.

The art director Yu Jia An was also unhappy with Johnnie To's messy script. it has disrupted his costume, props & scenes preparation. He tendered resignation least his name get tarnished.

10 days after shooting, it was almost called off. Onn the 7th, Andy went to China to film commercial. After many promises by Johnnie to Andy & Yu, shooting was resumed last sat.

As approval letter from Mainland is still pending, plus the movie co refuses to let Andy's look exposed, the workers kept a close watch on reporters, the attitude was bad , "Dont take photos, if not u all get out !" The onlookers commented if there was a need to be so fierce. Some big guys scolded Johnnie, " How do u teach your workers ? " But even as they rolled their camera to take photos, they never forgot to praise Andy, " I like to watch your I A v much !" Finally, the workers apologised to all, everything was then settled.


DATE: 24 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/ OD/ SING PAO/SING TAO/ THE SUN/MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY PASSED THROUGH THREE BARRIERS TO GO MALAYSIA

Andy went to Malaysia recently for a performance at the Kidney Foundation charity dinner. As HK was badly hit by sars, there is no direct flight to Mísia, he had to take a flight to Spore & changed flight to KL, the original flight of 4 hrs him a total of 8 hrs.

Though Andy brought with him certificate of fitness, he still had to go thro?3 check-points ! First, in HK airport his temp was measured by the healthcare workers, after being cleared then only he could board the plane. In Sípore, his temp was again measured. It was most exaggerated in KL airport, a nurse on special duty interviewed him for ?an hr, not till 100 % certain his health has okay did she smiled & said, ďWelcome to Malaysia !?

Andy understands it is the critical period, he does not mind the troublesome procedures. He was not sidelined just because he is from HK, all passengers were treated the same way. But just that he had to endure the 8 hr flihgt, & wore mask all the time. As he was on the plane so long , it was hard to do. He dared not take down the mask so he did not eat for 8 hrs, only when he reached the hotel did he find food to eat !

In the charity dinner, only Andy & a few others wore masks, said Andy, ?There are not many people infected in Mísia, so the people there are not as worried as Hongkongers. They told me donít need to wear mask, but for myself & for the others I think it is better to wear.?

SOURCE: THE SUN

At Operation Unite against sars last week organised by RTHK, Junoís asst & Andyís asst was rumored to have a tiff. It was said Junoís asst shouted when the prg was on going, ďRemember to get near Andy, frightened him away also can!?On hearing this ,Andyís female asst shouted back at her, ?What kind of attitude is this !?It was said Andyís asst reported to RTHK, saying if there is activity involving Juno, Andy will not attend in future.

Junoís asst when asked said it was a misunderstanding, it was meant to go near Shawn, she said Andy had said hello to Juno that day. Andyís asst when asked said it was only a small matter not worth mentioning. RTHK said there was no complaint of any sort.


DATE: 23 APR 03
SOURCE: The SUN/ MING PAO /SING PAO
TITLE; ANDY RETURNED TO HK FULLY MASKED , HAD TEMP CHECKED 4 TIMES

Andy, Jacky Cheung & Joey Yuen returned to HK from outstations yesterday , all the three were seen masked.

Andy has come back from KL, abt 30 fans were there to receive him. He had gone for a Kidney Foundation charity night, other than singing, he donated money. he wore mask all the time, except when onstage. He told his fans in KL, ďThe situation in HK now is terrible, hope we show concern to one another. I woke up v early today, changed flight to come here, gone thro?temp check 4 times, I am really not sick, I am fine. Everyone shd be responsible for ownself & those around you, take good care of yourself. ?There was a female fan indicating her love for him, he replied, ďIf u love me, then we get married.?

SOURCE: NAN YANG SIANG PAO
TITLE: 2003 NANYANG DIALYSIS CENTER CHARITY NITE . ANDY SET EXAMPLE DONATED M$10,000

Nanyang Dialysis Center Charity Nite was held at Sunway Langoon Hotel on Monday night.

Andy had woken up at 5 am to catch the flight to Sípore for transit to Mísia. Other than presenting 3 sets of calligrapy writte by him to the 3 VIPs, he donated MS10,000, his generosity is indeed worth singing praise !

He had mask on all the time except when he was onstage. He performed the closing segment at abt 1130pm, quipping he had seated for a long time . He reassured everyone he was fine. Though it was a charity dinner, many of his fans turned up. They came armed with lightsticks & placards showing their support.

As he sang Days Together, the St John Ambulance members went round the tables to collect donations. He exhorted, ďWhen I am singing , donít care abt me, just donate !?

He wanted them to Ďpractise?taking out money form the pocket, never forgetting to advertise his song . He continued to coax the audience to donate, really doing his part well!

His presence was a climax of the night. Amid loud applause, he announced he will donate MS$10,000 , & urged everyone to follow up with more donations, even MS$1 was welcome. Under his coaxing, M$20,597 were raised in the short ?hr when he sang 5 songs ?The Chinese, Days Together, Silly Child, Practise, Love U 10,000 Yrs.

170 tables were raised for the night, many VIPs were present, The function ended at abt 12 mn.

SOURCE: O D
TITLE: PETER CHAN HAS PLAN TO INVITE ANDY & CHOW YIN FAT FILM A MOVIE AGAINST SARS

Outbreak of atypcal pneumonia in HK is severe, the govt has already launched many trailers on TV to promote washing of hands , personal hygiene etc measures to fight the disease. The trailers show faces of top officers, it is not well heeded.

But if the trailers were done by Chow in Fat , Andy Lau , directed by peter Chan it sure will win hearts of many, even the Commercial & Skill Secretary Mr, Tang Yin Nian agrees.

Peter Chan has put forth this idea to Mr.Tang, in an attempt to boost the morale of Hongkongers, as sars has affected life of the locals, making HK a depressed city. The worry Peter has is there is no air time for broadcast , he suggested the govt to cooperate with the commercial world to film the trailer. Mr.Tang has promised the air time & will discuss with Peter Chan again.


DATE: 22 APR 03
SOURCE: SING TAO
TITLE: COMICAL VERSION Of INFERNAL AFFAIRS

Atypical pneumonia ( a p )has become a scare in HK, fighting the disease is part of the daily life, a mask is now an essential item to go out with. Lately an edited a p version of Infernal Affairs surfaced on the internet. The dialogue was changed comically.

The first was taken from the scene of Andy & Tony at the roof top. The most excellent is the part by Andy, who said, ďPreviously I have no choice, now I am thinking of choosing atypical pneumonia.?Tony replied, ?Go back to Mainland to talk , see if they can help you.?

The other scene was taken from Edison & Shawn. In it, Shawn who was expelled from the police academy to be an undercover, but here he was Ďsuspected to have a p ?& was thus quarantined. Edison was seen saying , ďI I donít wish to be like him !?

The last is abt Anthony & Tony meeting at the roof top , instead of a watch Anthony, gave a mask to Tony. Tony said on seeing it, ďAgain a paper mask.?He asked Anthony to get safer masks from the Ministry of Health, Anthony retorted, ?Do u want a face mask to protect u from the poison ??Maybe this is the top worry of HK health care workers !


DATE: 22 APR 03 @ 2300 HRS
SOURCE: NANYANG SIANG PAO
TITLE: ATTENDING NANYANG DIALYSIS CENTER CHARIRY DINNER, ANDY ARRIVED IN KUALA LUMPUR FOR PERFORMANCE.

Atypical pneunomia runs rampant worldwide, famous artiste from HK Andy Lau takes wearing mask as a responsibility. When he stepped out of KL International Airport, he was seen wearing a mask, even when he was interviewed, he was fully masked.

He has come specially to M'sia from HK, & was put thro' 4 medical check-ups on the way, including one before boarding in HK, 2 times in S'pore during the transit, & lastly in KL airport on arrival.

Andy was in a casual outfit. Other than himself, all his accompanying members were all masked. They set off at 6 am in HK, transit 2 hrs in Spore, arrived in KL at abt 4 pm. The entourage was warmly welcome at the airport .

At the interview in the airport, he quipped he couldn't be bothered with the curious look from others, wherever he goes he wears a mask. He has gotten used to wearing mask last 2 mths, many people laughed at him initially, but now the Hongkongers will be scolded if they do not wear mask.

He feels that at this critical period it is a duty to wear mask, people shd not because of feeling embarrass refuse to wear. This is a precautionary measure. Andy is coming to attend Nanyang Dialysis Charity Dinner & will be performing.


DATE: 21 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/ SING PAO/ SING TAO/ THE SUN/ OD / WEN WEI PO/ MING PAO
TITLE: 60 LB MUSCLE PILED ON BODY. ANDY SO TOUGH , PERSPIRED PROFUSELY

Andy & Cecilia were filming a street scene at Causeway Bay 2 nights ago. Andy was in a strong muscular look, wheras Cecilia had her hair dyed purplish red. It attracted a hundred over onlookers. Many were heard excaliming, ďWah. ! So big ! Look v real !?The traffic came to snail slow . The din affected shooting. There were someNGs. Police was called in to maintain order .

Andy & Cecilia were having pork rib stew by the roadside.

Andy in his new outfit looked miserably uncomfortable. In front of the camera, he held a smiling face, when off camera, he talked v little, his movements were v slow, his face perspiring profusely, indeed a v tough job .

A gleaming weigh-lifter trohpy was seen placed on the table, looks like it was a celebration after a competition. There was also a bottle of brandy. The weather had turned warmer that day, in addition to the many spots light & bulds at the scene, & the pot of boiling soup, Andy was sweating all over his face, time & again the workers had to wipe away the sweay for him.

Only when the camera rolled, was Andy seen smiling , gulping down food & enjoying it.

Andy is always talkative, but now during shooting he kept silent , almost didnít talk to anyone. The make-up artiste follwed thro' the whole process, often they had to arrange the costume for Andy to prevent loopholes in look.

The workers were not laxed, they kept remining the onlookers to restrain themselves & take note of the cars & busy stopping the reporters from taking photos, at one time they helped the police to maintain order.

The eating place was packed with 50 over temp actors , Johnnie To had studied the site & found it safe from sars. Other customers on seeing Andy, praised that he is v professional. Andy quipped he is waiting for them to go to cinema to watch the movie . They promised they will , this made him happy.



DATE: 20 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/SING PAO/O D /SING TAO/MING PAO/WEN WEI PO/TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: TAKE CARE OF PERSONAL HYGIENE AS PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE. ANDY LAU: PROTECT YOURSELF TO PROTECT OTHERS

A clean-up drive against SARS called ĎOperation Unite?kicked off yesterday . It is a 36-hr marathon prg jointly organised by the 6 main media in the territory. The cast by RTHK Radio 2 Station was the strongest . Singers present included Alan Tam, Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, Gigi, Joey, Sammi, Andy Hui, Cecilia, Candy Lo, Shawn Ye & others.

All the singers wore masks & gloves. Before mike opening there was antiseptic spray & change of mike cover. Each singer was given a mike each.

Though the singers were fully aware the campaign was to promot Ďwearing of mask ?& Ďless hand contact? but it was a hot afternoon, after a while, many flouted the rules, setting bad examples. Such as when Alan was singing with others at the outdoor after saying Ďsun so hot, donít need to wear mask? he led by taking his mask off. Whenever he was singing or talking he took off the mask to put back back only later on. Cecilia was the 2nd one with bad example, she wore the mask the least time. Other singers such as Sammi, Joey, Gigi , Aaron etc, use the ungloved hands to touch the masks. Andy Hui shook hand with civil defence persons, but was rejected.

The only person that conformed to rule strictly is Andy Lau. He has the full safety gear of gloves & mask. Throughout the whole event he was not at any one time laxed with the precautionary measures. Despite others taking down to breathe fresh air or whispering, he obediently had his mask on. He wiped off sweat often from his face.

He was arranged to interview a medical dr . The dr shook hand with him withut a glove, Andy said he has his glove on so he is not worried abt being infected.

He quipped actually he wore N95 mask all this while but developed skin allergy so now he has changed to wearing surgical masks. He stresses one shd take care of oneself , protect oneself so as to protect others. It is the duty of all Hongkongers.

Andy always leads a healthy life style. Lately he has gotten use to wearing masks & gloves. He had a scary experience as his make-up artistes were suspected to have sars at one time, but they were clear later.

A famous bowling HK representative who was once world champion Xu Chang Kuo passed away recently due to brain tumor. Andy said it was a pity & had called to send condolences. He is aware the family needs assistance, he will render help together with some friends. He laments life is unpredictable, one shd face it with courage.


DATE: 19 APR 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SING PAO/SING TAO/ WEN WEI PO/ OD
TITLE: ANDY LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH CHANG YIMOU . DENIED FILMING OF HERO SEQUEL

Andy was interviewed by RTHK yesterday. On the report that he is collaborating with Chang Yimou, he admitted that working with Change is his dream of many years. Before Oscars Awards, Chang had came to HK to see him once to talk on the collaboration. Chang told him there is a role suited for him, when the script is done, he will see Andy again. The plan is to start filming in May. said Andy,?I just need to do my part as an actor, just Chang Yimou alone is enough to move me, I am really looking forward to it.?He only knows it is period movie, as to if he will accept, all depends on if the script & role suit him. It will be decided when the script is out. He is not sure if it is sequel of Hero.

He does not mind acting as a bad guy. He said,?Good movie is hard to come by, no matter how long or how tie down is not a problem. But must be the role only for Andy Lau, must be convincing enough.?

Lately Andy is busy shooting Mr.Fit. He was to go Shan Xi initially for shooting, but due to sars outbreak, the venue is changed to Wu Tai Shan. On the report that the team was to go Beijing for shooting but Andy complaint to Johnnie To for change of venue, he replied, ?Complain ? Do I look like one who complain ? I feel Johnnie is v caring to the crew members, he will choose the venue carefully.?Andy indicated his role in Mr.Fit is much tougher than that in LOAD, this makes his temper flare up 10 times more. He said, ďOn an average, it takes 11 hrs to do a make-up, each shooting lasts 18 to 20 hrs.?

Filming is now half-way thro? as it is v tough for him, after filming 2 days, he is given a day to rest. Daily shooting time is abt 5 hrs, but the putting on & taking off make-up takes 10 over hrs. Other than the head, fingers & toes, the whole body is fake.

In the movie, the big guy appears in shorts & swimming trunk too, the director has made a special exaggerated version of Ďsmall B ' for him. Has he seen it ? he laughed, ďI see my little brother everyday !It was just like wearing a diving trunk !?

He has called Anita often lately, on behalf of Anita, he thanks all for the concern, he hopes she will cheer up soon.

Andy's Cantonese album is coming out soon. There is a song ĎIf There Is A Day?where he does the writn of lyric & composed the music himself.


DATE: 18 APR 03
SOURCE: SING PAO /OD/ MING PAO
TITLE: AN LE DENIED FILMING OF HERO SEQUEL

There was a news report yesterday saying that movie makers are plannng to invest a sum of 230 mil to film a sequel of Hero in Aug, with Chang Yi Mou as the director. Other than the original cast of Jet Li, Chen Min Dao, Chang Zi Yi& others, Andy Lau will be roped in as a pugilist. An Le Movie production announced yesterday that the co has no intention of filming sequel of Hero. As for the new movie to be made by Chang Yi Mou, everything is still being planned, it will be announced at a later date when confirmed.

SOURCE: APPLE DAILY /TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: ANDY WANTS ANDY HUI TO DANCE & ENCOURAGE THE YOUNG

Teamwork owned by Andy is releasing a new movie title ĎGive Them A Chance? It is the first movie released by Andy after the court case with Clement Mak. The movie is acted by Andy Hui , Qiu Kai Min & 2 newcomers from TW . The movie is based on dancing. Andy as boss is taking the movie seriously. He appeared in a cameo role to render support & in filming of The Making of the movie. He said, ĒThis is a movie filmed with much sincerity. I have the oportunity to come in contact with Hip Hop dance these 2 yrs. I feel young too. This movie is to inspire people. Now HK is at low tide, there is a need to ispire the youngsters, hope they can work hard towards their aspirations.?

The movie will be out on May 8, premiere on May 6, a 7-digit sum is on hand for the promo. The story is abt Andy Hui who is a problematic student but v interested in dancing. He forgoes his interest to become an action director in filming. In an accident, he caused the injury to his younger brother who is as interested in dancing. Their relationship turns cold since then. At an encounter with a gp of street dancers, Andy Hui decided to start his career on the stage agin.

SOURCE: MING PAO/ WEN WEI PO/ SING PAO/ THE SUN--- DATED 18/4
TITLE: MRS HEUNG CLARIFIED RUMOR ON FILMING IN MALNLAND

Filming of Mr.Fit was said to be affected by SARS. It was rumored that Andy had refused to go to China for filming of outdoor scenes. Mrs. Heung clarified on the matter yesterday. She stressd that it is because of SARS & not because Andy has refused to go. She added Andy will never do this , he never have complaints . The scene was to be taken in Shan Xi, but now the location might be changed. The exact site is still not fixed.

Thro?his asst, Andy indicated that he did not complained to the co abt not gojng.


DATE: 17 APR 03
SOURCE APPLE DAILY
TITLE: ANDY LAU, CHANG ZIYI TO FILM SEQUEL OF HERO

Hero, directed by Chang Yi Mou netted 200 million rmb last year in Mainland China, the investors are now planning to film a sequel.

Accordingly, the cast includes Andy Lau, Chen Ming Dao, Jet Li & Zhang Zi Yi. If there is no hiccups, shooting will begin in August. The whole movie will be shot in Mainland. The action director will be the same, Chen Xiao Dong.

Zhang Yi Mou is contemplating to use back Qin Dynasty as background or Han Dynasty.

In Hero, the emperor acted by Chen Dao Ming received good response, so the investors are thinking of using him again as Qin Emperor, but Zhang Yi Mou is thinking if casting him as a Han Emperor .

Like Hero, the new movie aims at international market, so the actors are to have certain status internationally. Other than the above 4 actors, Zhang is roping in 2 to 3 more well known actors. The cost of production is estimated at US$30 (abt 230m HK)

Zhang has selected Andy in view of his skills in action movies, casting him as a chivalrous pugilist is convincing enough. He will act as a highly skilled puglist & will have some fighting scenes with jet Li. With Chen Xiao Dong directing, it is going to be a good show.

The reporter called Andy to confirm yesterday. Thro?his asst, Andy said he had accepted the offer verbally, but he is not sure who the actress is. He hasnít read the script yet.

Other than Zhang Zi Yi, Zhang Yi Mou will be getting another actress.


DIARY 15/4

How do you do, all members & friends, many thanks to you all for the support given to andylau.com all this while, in order for members to view more of the latest info, Andyís Diary will come in a new format. I shall personally narrate & share with you all members & friends . If u wish to know my working situation, what I have seen & heard, then a take closer look at andylau.com


DIARY 14/4

Watched a few movies at home today, be it the production or composition all v outstanding, shall recommend to all if there is a chance.

[Pic showing him lifting up his leg]

DATE: 15 APR 03
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO/ TA KUNG PAO/SING PAO/SING TAO/O D/ APPLE DAILY /MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY BEING FERRIED IN PRIVATE PLANE

A day after HKFA presentation, Andy set off to Kunming Lijiang Yi Long snowy mountains to film a new series of green tea commercial. To safeguard his safety , the company specially rented a private plane for him, to minimise his risk of exposure to sars, though the shedule was only for 2 days.

It was quite a big sum involved, a hefty 6-digits to rent the plane , but it is worth it as it gives Andy peace of mind . Andy himself is also v careful , throughout the 2-day journey, he took his own packed food, taking green tea as drink, so as not to fall ill that might weaken his immunity.

Andy had been to Huang Shan before to film commercial, now he is again going to mountainous region for filming. His was excited. The journey is not as tough as Huang Shan, as there is cable cars to bring him up. The cable car is the longest in Asia, & divided to 2 sections. Each lasts 20 mins. The temp is low & sandy gale is common. The cable car becomes wobbly whenever the wind is strong, it is quite frightening. Andy was wondering at first why the passengers were all resting on the railings instead of enjoying the scenery, later he realised it was because of the strong wind, the wind brings with it lots of sand, blowing them onto the face & mouth , so one needs to duck low !

In the 2nd section of journey, the cable car was like that in skiing resort, it is open with only seats. When Andy sat on it, he fished out he camera to take pictures. When he saw his asst holding onto the bar nervously, he pretended to open the safety bar. His asst screamed in fear, ĀgBoss, donĀft play a fool ! This is more frightening than sars ! Sit still !Āh Andy was amusing himself & v delighted !

Earlier on when Andy filmed Mr.Fit, his make-up artist was admitted to hosp for suspected pneumonia, it was v worrying for all. Andy & his crew had all gone for a check-up. It was later confirmed the make-up artistes were having common flu & everyone heaved a sigh of relief. He quipped he has to face them many hrs a day, he is thus most worried. He said nowadays he must be more careful at all times.

SOURCE: WEN WEI PO
TITLE: STARS RECORDED A SONG ON FIGHTING OF ATYPICAL PNEUMONIA

Organised by 60 over media in HK, ĀeAction Against Atypical Pneumonia Āe, will take place this 19 & 20th , marathon style, lasting 36 hrs. Almost all the Hk singers will join force to dub a song , title yet to be fixed. A press meet will be held tomorrow to announce the details. Āc


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