DATE: 30 APR 08
ANDY SANG AT THE REHEARSAL OF 100TH DAY COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION
The celebration will be held tonight from 1930 onwards. Jackie Chan, Jolin Choi , JJ Lin & others will also be present.
OLYMPIC SONG WILL BE ANNOUNCED TONIGHT AT THE 100TH DAY COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION
Andy's DVD cover
Of the 120 named, a third are sportsman, the rest comes from business administrative circle, cultural, & artiste circle. Li Lai Shan , a former world champion & Olympic gold medalist windsurfer will be the first torch bearer, HK treasure Wong Kam Po a world champion racing cyclist will be the torch bearer at closing.
After Li Lai Shan has run the first lap, table tennis duo will take over, after that the flame will enter Jordan street, & the flame will be handed over to the glitterati Heavenly King Andy Lau, Alex Fong, Kelly, Leo & others. Jordan street will turn to the real avenue of stars on this Friday morning.
The torch bearers were given red tee shirts track pants & shoes by the organizer.
Among the 120, 12 were hand-picked by BJ Olympic committee, 24 were nominated by the sponsors, the other 84 were nominated by the HK committee to be approved by Bj committee.
About 40 are sportsmen, including Asian Games gold medalist in body building & Paralympics sportsman So Hua Wei & others.
The youngest is aged 14 while the oldest 74 ....................
A press con was held yesterday at Causeway Bay Regal Hotel to announce names of the 120 torch bearers.
Other than Andy who is now in BJ, the artistes named & other torch bearers were present. The situation was rather messy as too many people were present & the venue too small.
................. Andy Lau who is in BJ is to run the 4th position, he is the first among the artistes. Said, "At this historical moment of China, it is an honor that I have a chance to be a torch bearer."
TENS OF THOUSANDS SINGING TOGETHER WILL SET A WORLD RECORD
2008 BJ Olympic torch flame will arrive in HK on may 2. TVB will telecast live the whole event in a special programme, 'HK Welcoming The Scared Flame', close to a hundred HK singers & artistes will participate, the cast & crew from 2 of the TV serials will stop shooting to take part in the 2 grand ceremonies to be held at The Olympia City & Causeway Bay Golden Bauhinia square.
The chorus involving tens of thousands singing at the Olympia city will be voted to be in the Guinness Book of World records.
TVB has live telecast the prg from 9:50 am when the opening ceremony starts at the Culture Center for the torch receiving. It will last till 1:15 pm. ................
TA KUNG PAO
ANDY TO BE THE FIRST OF CHINESE ARTISTE OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER
Andy is the first to run for the artistes, while Jacky Cheung will run the last lap.
Kelly is put to be the No.7 torch bearer, her number is 007, & she is in charge of running from Culture Center to Jordan Road for about 200m, lasting 1 min 30 sec, No 6 is Alex Fong, while No 8 Leo. She is not worried as the 2 men are very alert. The organizer told her that her top & track pants will be in the picture, she is now worried how she will look. As for the style in running, the organizer had specialist to show her, she quipped, "It is not slow & nor fast, v simple, so simple that you want to laugh." She is not worried about people snatching the flame, as there will be many people protecting her, HK security is always good she is not too worried about disruption.
............... Andy was absent yesterday at the press con, at this historical moment for China he has a chance to be a torch bearer, it is indeed an honor. Eason Chan expressed his happiness & excitement, as May 2 draws nearer.
May 2 is the day when the Olympic flame comes to HK. HK Olympic committee chairman indicated that the list of torch bearers will be officially announced today.
The torch relay will cover a distance of 25 km, the whole process will last 9 hours.
According to sources, the names of the torch bearers have been confirmed, other than Li Li Shan (Olympic gold medalist) who will be the first to run, Huang Jin Bao will be the closing bearer, HK Chief Executive Donald Tsang, Chief Secretary for Administration of HK Henry Tang Ying Nian will hold the opening & closing ceremonies, respectively.
The list of torch bearers from the 84 nominated by the committee, 60% comes from the sports community, from the artiste circle most are famous stars, including Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Kelly Chen, Eason Chan, Leo Ku & others. Eric Tsang, Lisa Wang, Carol Cheng & others will be emcees for the official ceremonies.
ANDY REFUSES TO BE THE SPOKESMAN FOR THE SPONSORS
DOES NOT WISH TO BE A TORCH BEARER FOR COMMERCIAL REASON
CHINESE ARTISTES IN UNISON VOICE SUPPORT FOR BJ OLYMPICS
APPEARING AT 100TH DAY COUNTDOWN CELEBRATION
Apr 30 is the 100th day countdown to BJ Olympics, big names such as Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Emil Chou, Joiln Choi, Jay Chou, Wang-Li-hom,¡¦¡¦¡¦¡¦. will be present in front of BJ People Workers Cultural Palace Hall, using their voice to bring out the theme of BJ Welcomes You.
BJ Olympic Cultural committee chairman at the press con indicated that on Apr 30 from 19:30 to 22:30, at the 100th day countdown celebration, the 4th round of Olympic song selection will be held. Close to a hundred Chinese singers from China & overseas & close to 200 music personnel will be present to witness the historical moment.
The chairman announced that the number of entries received is 6 X more than previous rounds, including 60,000 over lyrics & 3,000 over songs, it gets to show the enthusiasm of the people. ................
On being picked as an Olympic torch bearer, Andy said he has just got the news, as a Chinese he feels much honored. On the disruption caused by protesters during torch relay, he feels taht such a thing is not his worry, he trusts the government will adopt measures to protect the flame. On his stamina, he said he jogs regularly, there should be no problem.
One day after release, his Blue ray album has already broken sale record, he is happy, he has no pressure on HD, his movie Say I Love You One More Time, had already used shooting with Blue Ray. His make-up artiste made special trip to Thailand to learn,
"I know it cannot take make-up, I too always use face masks, my skin condition is not bad."
One of his 5 Tigers brothers Ken Tong said that he has no child yet, & told him to get married soon.
Smiling, Andy said, "I shall tell him to be careful when he talks, I have already said before don't talk on love matter, anything you want to know ask Ken or Miu"
ANDY APPOINTED BY OLYMPICS COMMITTEE TO BE A TORCH BEARER
08 Olympics in Beijing is a pride of China, to be able to become a torch bearer at the first station in China is indeed an honor.
Many artistes have earlier on sought the help of Olympic sponsors to make them one of the torch bearers, such as becoming their spokepersons.
Only Andy Lau keep the sponsors at arms length, he waited patiently for the Olympic committee to pass him the honor, it is no wonder he is extremely happy.
He is the only one appointed by the committee.
Before this many sponsors had asked him to be their product torch bearers, but he turned all of them down.
He admitted, "I feel that this is best arranged by the authority, as I do not wish to do it under the influence of commercial, I am happier if I get it without the help of the sponsors."
Said, "If I have to run 800m, it is a little difficult, no problem with 200m, these few days I shall train harder at home."
He added his speed will be as instructed in the relay.
WEN WEI PO
ARTISTES CHHER AND ELATED TO RECEIVE THE OLYMPIC FLAME
HK Trade & Development chairman urged all the peoples in HK to wear red on that day, to show their unity.
Lisa Wang said after much hardship the Chinese then have a chance to hold Olympics, everyone must show the world that China has the capability & ability to hold it, it will be one of the most excellent Olympics ever held. She urges all to support the country, said, "Now that HK can participate in horse racing, it is an honor to HK people, so everyone must support the country. During torch relay, many people may try to disrupt the process, everyone must stay united to tell the foreigners, we shall make this Olympics peaceful & a joyous one."
Mediterranean food is healthy! The people eat a lot of olives,
greens & fruits.
The main food ingredients are tomato, spinach, & egg plants..
The food is not too spicy nor too salty
Meat is not taken in large quantity. The food is generally nice & easy on taste buds.
Greece is covered with olive trees , it is everywhere you go
Stuffed egg plant, very yummy
fish, this is even yummier.. fresh & right on taste
Squid, small fish & clam
Pasticcio (Baked marcoroni with minced meat)
stuffed tomatoes (stuffed with rice etc)
Gyros (BBQ beef)
green salad, with a generous spread of cheese
Rigatoni with fresh tomatoes
Mosharaki Kokonisto (baked veal in tomato & wine sauce)
crepes with spinach
Spanakotyropita (spinach & feta cheese pie)
At the interview, when his father was brought up, at one stage he got so emotional that his voice cracked,
said, "I love my father the most, since young he has taught me a lot of things, it is my father who brought me to this world, let me see the world, get to know the audience , & see the world from different angles."
Andy even said he has learnt to be 'Never Give Up' from his father, he narrated how his father fought with cancer in these 5 years,
said, "About 5 yrs ago, he had a major operation, it is one of the major op that anyone will take a lot of time to get over, I was with him, he could endure any hardship, on facing sickness he was so calm."
Andy now feels more at ease as 5 years have passed & his father is now cleared of cancer by the doctor.
SOURCE: MING PAO
Andy said his father had been cleared of cancer of the bladder after passing the 5 year period. Andy has gone through these 5 years with his father & treasures his father even more.
On his 2 sons, he said he has been a mother for almost a year. During Mother's day last year he sew Andox personally & made it his son, then Blackie was born.
Said, "I feel like I am having a family now, as if I really have children."
When he was in Europe recently, he had seen how the artistes design jeans, at first they thought Andy was a designer, when told he is a superstar, they were not so interested, but they were more interested with Andox & Blackie!
Andy is very talkative talking on the 2 sons, on his own marriage he is again showing reservations.
Said, "A complete family is definite, but there is no schedule. Heaven will arrange for me, oh! My God!"
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
Said, "There was a friend who was so mean & calculative to me when I was down , after that night I suddenly felt that I have matured, & had seen through & through."
But Andy did not talk on the details.
His new movie with Andrew Lau will start shooting end of next month, in September he has accepted another modern action movie.
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
KEN TONG: ANDY & ZHU LIQIAN ARE TOGETHER ALWAYS
Ken Tong was at location shoot in Hunan yesterday. He was high-spirited & even disclosed the love affair of Andy Lau, pointing out that Andy & Zhu Liqian have always been together.
Andy has indicated that if he gets married he will announce it on the net, & the recent rumor about him getting married soon is all false.
As a good friend of Andy, under the pressure of the media, Ken 'unknowingly' leak out the truth.
He indicated that he is unaware of the marriage of the two of them, said to be at the end of the year, but he said openly, "He has always been with Zhu Liqian, if they were to get married, it is bearing fruit."
He stressed that Andy is already over-aged for a long time, he is even worried that Andy's age will affect having offspring.
Said, "Men should fight hard for career, but family life is also not to be neglected, unless he is thinking of not having children at all. But as Chinese, the tradition of having descendents is deeply rooted, if he is not going to do such a thing (marriage) , it would not be suitable when he is older, luckily, he is still on time to get married & have children."
On the rumored photograph of Andy's child previously, Ken clarified for his friend, "As far as I know, he should be not having any yet."
Is Zhu Liqian now pregnant? Smiling, said Ken, "I am not sure. Should not be, perhaps they are trying hard."
At the interview Andy expressed his views on love matter, & became the advisor answering questions from listeners.
Andy seldom talks on love matter, is he worried he would be asked on it? Smiling, he said, "if I am afraid, I won't be here to be guest of the 1,000 episodes."
Andy admitted he seldom gives advice on love matter, & he will definitely not do so. After all he has little experience, he has not sought help from friends either to solve his own problem.
When asked if he belongs to the cool-headed type in handling love matter, he said he has never thought about this, & he is not too sure.
Did he cry when he broke off with his gfs before? He replied, "Of course cry, I was young then, but after that I was too busy, what had past was all forgotten."
HK Coliseum after renovation will reopen next year, many singers are fighting for slots to hold concerts, Andy indicated he has just held concert not long, he has no plans at the moment, usually he holds concert every 2 to 3 years.
His latest work will be shooting a new movie by Andrew Lau end of next month, after that he will go to BJ to watch the Olympics, then after his birthday then he will start work to record a new album, for release at the end of the year.
Recently he has a new advertisement, he is busy with the promotion of the new commercial song, 'Matured Overnight' he indicated that the theme of the song touches in some cases such as love, it can make one mature overnight, the song is very meaningful.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
ANDY EXPLAINS CONCEPT ON CREATION OF SONS
ANDOX BLACK & WHITE KINGS OF OX TOURING THE WORLD
Wherever which country he goes , he will bring the 2 sons along
He shares with his son the concept on creation---Departure. He hopes through his multiple trips out of the house, mingling with friends from different countries with different culture, he can bring forth the uniformity of the universe.
Said, "Whenever there is a collaboration, there is always an element of commercialism, this time it kind of funny, as it is not so commercialized, it feels like bringing back cultures from other parts of the world to HK to share with all."
of course has Andy's signature
Andy indicated he likes single color & clothes with simple design, his special love is the basic design of jeans,
said, "I have no special liking for exquisite cuttings, before this I was not able to accept the tight-hose jeans, but now I can, I have to try more times, but in my whole life, I dislike slanting pockets. I feel that for men high-waist is a no-no, usually a size bigger than usual is just nice."
Whenever he is on the stage he always look suave, actually he too has preference with clothes,
said, "Not that I don't care about packaging (for stage), I will see if it suits me, actually till today, I still will not attend musical programme with just tee shirt & jeans, it is still stage packaging, be it there are 300 or 30 people, must show respect to the stage."
He said he admires male French designer Azzedine Alaia the most for his down-to-earth & simple design, a pity he has no chance to wear them yet,
said, "These 2 yrs I get to know Alaia due to my concerts, his design is so simple, & uses single color, really very nice, a pity he only designs female clothes, if there is a chance I shall approach him."
The best time to visit Greece is April & May, it is spring time, wildflowers--lilies, poppies, daisies are everywhere, temp is just nice. So are fruit trees-- olives, lemons, figs, oranges, ..
Greece is a land of olive trees, it is all over the place..
Though he had been to one of the small islands in Greece to shoot a movie , that was after all working, he had not been able to fully relax & enjoy, he is thus thinking of forming a tour group with friends & relatives to go to there.
He explained that choosing Greece as his dream destination, the main reason being there are many fascinating historical trails on God of Love, there is a special small white house, in addition to the romantic Agenean Sea, swimming aimlessly on a local island will let him personally feel the true meaning of romance.
Why does he choose to go in a group of 10 instead of just he & his lover?
He said, "It is v difficult to have a world with only 2 people, perhaps it is also due to my status, I cannot join any of the tour, if there are 10 or more we can have our own private group. Even renting a ship to the sea has no problem, if this can happen 2 yrs later, I trust I will get my family members & friends to the islands in Greece, to fulfill my dream."
Other than the famous small white house, Andy said he too love the hand-made masks made from the real skin,
said, "Even though the price was not cheap then, I feel that it is worth it as the hand work is meticulous."
He disclosed that he has already made plans for the future, he plans to enjoy a relaxing holidays in the island of Greece for a week, without anytning on mind. There are small white houses, pristine beach, romantic Aegean Sea to keep him company, it is so very romantic.
After that he will fly to Athens for another 3 days, to admire the famous Parthenon temple & historical sites, in completing his dream journey.
Andy revealed that among the few hundreds of the limited edition of apparel, there are tee shirts, jeans, & denim jacket, but he has not thought of launching any other products for his white & black son for business, he feels that making money is another mater, to him, the most important is for all to understand that Andox is like one with life & has his own character, & not just an icon.
Andy will in future at his official website launch 4-square comic strips, the content of which will be his own life.
When asked if he will disclose his own private life? He said, smiling, "The main aim is to introduce others my private life, it is only him that can see the life situation in my home."
The reporter was quick to follow by asking if he had read the news report that his rumored gf Zhu Liqian is already in his home.
Smiling, he replied, "First of all I wish to thank you all for the concern, I do not wish to beat around this sort of topic, recently I read that Tony Leung & I have both leak out news on marriage, the focus is again on us, I am so embarrassed, so I do not wish to talk on this. In all, the first thing I will do when I get married is to put it at my won website, I will not leak out to the press. The thing reported by the press, magazine has nothing to do with me, my marriage will be broadly announced at my own website."
Will there be a time table to disclose the date of his marriage? Andy immediately left his seat after answering that there will not be.
When the reporter said that Tony has even indicated he hopes to be married within this year, Andy said he was forced into this, when reporter confirmed that Tony personally said it, Andy still insisted that Tony was forced to say so to avoid the topic.
The Olympic torch will arrive in HK on May 2, there were several instances of disruption to the Olympic torch before, it was said Andy will be one of the torch bearers, Andy indicated if he really can be a representative it is a honor, he will think too much of it, he will concentrate to complete the journey, in the security aspect, the government will into it.
When told that the Olympic song by TVB included singers like Mirium, Denise from East Asia, Andy has just joined the company, did not join in to sing? He indicated he is not aware of it.
On movies, it was said Andrew Lau had asked him to play the role of Nameless in Feng Yun, Andy disclosed that Andrew truly had approached him last year, he only knew it was to suit Aaron Kwok & Ekin Cheng's time tables that it was delayed.
Taiwan movie company had offered 100 million for him to act as Ma Yin Jiu, on this matter, said Andy, "Even Ma said don’t film him, why bring this up again?"
From Athens, we drove westwards. We passed by Corinth Canal, a man-made canal between the peninsula & the Greek mainland, Peloponnesian thus become the biggest island in Greek. If not for this, the ships would have to go a big round to the other side of the sea. it is about 7 km long , 20 m wide, & 8 m deep.
Then we arrived at Nauplia, a beautiful seaport town.
Castle by the sea
Castle on the hill
Then visited Temple of Apollo, which is God of Wisdom, God of Music, God of Light & ?? .
remains of ancient city & roads,
Maria has many stories to tell us
Healing Sanctuary, our God,-- God of Healing, God of Medicine--- Hippocrates
Ancient surgical tools
an ancient amphitheatre, here Maria tested the acoustic effect by clapping her hands, could feel the resonance of sounds, amazing architecture. She had attended classical concert before in this theatre, she said not a note was missed, it houses 4000 people. Built in the 5th century BC
Next day, visited Mycenae, which is a bare hill with the remains royal palace, it is surrounded by walls, said to have been inhabited since 3,000 B.C. The civilians lived in small town in the plains below. Entrance is the Lion Gate, which symbolizes the power of the kings of Mycenae. Many gold & ivory finds were now housed in the museum.
from the hill
Of late the best Chinese movie box office is that of Three Kingdoms --Resurrection of the Dragon.
In HK, collection is now close to 17 million, though not too hot a movie, compared to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 8 years ago, in HK it collected only 14 million. This movie by Lee An depended on box office in America to reach 100 million, together with collection from other places, it became the best grossing movie in the history for a Chinese movie.
The main market of ROTD is mainland china, accordingly in Taiwan & Korea the opening box office was not bad too, not sure how the subsequent collection will be like.
The movie had been reviewed by this column before & the comment was it is not a satisfactory movie. But still, Andy Lau has the drawing power, the period war epic still catches the attention of many.
In memory, other than years ago, the story of Three Kingdoms is seldom put on the big screen, it is obvious that Chinese film industry had poor production quality & was not able to make big battle looking realistic on the screens. Now the condition has improved, a pity that it distorts history & makes it unreal.
Though an adaptation can be up to one's fancy, Three Kingdoms & Journey to The West have rich & exciting content, if the version is not realistic & satisfactory, it is a pity & as it fails to bring out the excellent classical model story of The Three Kingdoms & Journey To The West.
It is yet to be seen how Red Cliff by John woo will be like. The stories worth filming from The Three Kingdoms are still many aplenty, hope it gets better & better from now.
We had lunch at the Athens city center, called Plaka.
the sesame biscuit is very yummy
shops selling traditional Greek costumes
Drums, masks & more on Greek culture
Famous for sea sponge
In the afternoon, we went to Cape Sounion, which is 150 km from Athens, located at the Southernmost tip of the mainland Greece, the drive along the coast was very beautiful, there are many villas holiday resort houses along the way.
pic taken on the way just before the sky turned dark
Here is where temple of Poseidon stands, perched at the mountain cliff, with a rugged coastline, it claims to have the most beautiful sunset in the world, a pity it was drizzling
Dinner was back in Athens, to a tavern to taste Greek food. We were entertained with Greek songs, dances Greek salad, local wines, brinjal salad, spinach pie, Rice & meat wrapped in ? vines leaves
Greek men are tall & handsome
Chapman To has made himself enemies to the whole world, due to his 'erratic comments after gaining some fame', enemy to even his land lord Andy Lau who had cheaply rented an apartment to him at Kadori Hill. Luckily he still has one friend left, he is Eric Tsang.
Chapman looking down-cast, is he being troubled by flat-hunting, when he went to Eric Tsang’s bday with Ronald Cheng.
At the HKFA held last Sunday, when Chapman & Eric were to give the award to Andy, Eric told Andy to embrace Chapman, under all eyes, Andy gave him a hug, but immediately he asked to hug Carol Cheng & Sammi.
Mommy Jie (the writer) got news that Chapman had been given an ultimatum, he had to move out of Kadori by the end of the month. Chapman had sought help from Eric, but looks like it is in vain. Chapman after coming down from the stage had no mood, he did not go to the celebration party.
In he evening of last Friday on April 11, Andy Lau appeared in Tsim Sha Tsui, Avenue of Stars, for the opening ceremony of an art exhibition
When the chairman Johnnie To knew that Andy had arrived but was not allowed to alight, he came out immediately to meet him, through windows the 2 old friends greeted one another, & chatted for a while.
It is never too much to show your courtesy, even though they had collaborated very well several times, of course To has to show some courtesy. With his present day status, To remains what he should be, indeed worth learning from.
Pic shows To warmly gave out both hands to welcome Andy
We arrived in Athens & were received by the tour representatives, one to fetch us from the airport, one to give us the briefing in the hotel. The tour guide is another lady named Maria, she told us Maria is such a common name for girls, so much so almost half of the girls in Greece are named Maria, haha.
Athens is a laid back, relaxed city, a city yet not making you feel like a city, oh so serene..., no tall intimidating buildings, not many cars, no many people moving around, most of the buildings are low rise.
We were each given a 'Whisper' that could receive the tour guide's voice such that we were free to move to a distance away & could still hear what she was saying
Out first spot was the Akropolis ( the Greek spells it with a k) We climbed up many steps (pedestal ) to reach the top of the hill. Forgor how many steps, but the ascend wa easy.
Acropolis means 'upper city'. In the ancient days the city was built on high lands. This Acropolis in Athens is one of the most important & complete city unearthed.
It was built in the 5th century B.C, a big city with temples, theatres, pathways, etc.
Parthenon is the most famous temple, & is always being called the Acropolis.
It is a temple built for goddess Athena. The govt has been carrying out restoration work, ongoing still for years & years.
The columns, total 46 outer & 19 inner pillars were built on platform, supposedly to be a parabolic curve, the columns were titled at an angle, & yet they were of the same height, to support the roof.
It is a wonder how ancient civilization can built such a structure, the mathematical ratios until today are hard to fathom, & no one can be sure how it was done.
The view is spectacular.
Below can see the city of Athens, sprawling over a wide area
Also was Temple of Nike (Nike means victory) , The columns were stacks of big circular stones, each piece is said to be different, the joint looks like a straight line but it isn't
This is temple of ??, see the pillars made of maidens (the actual ones were in the museum, these are replicas)
Temple of Zeus below,
Theatre, which is still being used for classical concert today. The theatre curvature is made in such a way that it gives the perfect acoustic effect, a wonder of ancient civilazation.
The next stop was an ancient stadium that was used for marathon & archery, re-built for 2004 Olympics. At the introduction, Maria never forgot to add,
“All the winners in 2004 were Greeks!” haha
At the interview by Apply Daily Taiwan later, he disclosed that he wishes to be a 'good husband’., a 'good father', these bits & pieces make one feel that he seemingly wants to be open with his family, Ah Xia on the thought that Miss Zhu can undress him every night, Ah Xia feels pain in her breasts, but, unless the invitation card is sent to Ah Xia's hands, Ah Xia will till death not believe that Andy is getting married.
ANDY ANNOUNCED MARRIAGE
GIRL FRIEND OF 22 YEARS TO BE OFFICIALLY WEDDED
Since the beginning of the year , Andy is slowly lowering his guard on his love life, in different occasions he has intentionally or unintentionally brought up the topic of his love life, at the latest interview in Taiwan, he admitted he is thinking of setting up a family at a most appropriate time, according to those around him, he may at the end of the yr silently marries his gf of 20 yrs, Zhu Liqian, giving her official name of Mrs Lau.
At the interview, he even mentioned that he wishes to be a good husband, a good father, this sincere revelation continues till beginning of this year, when the two of them joined name at a temple donation.
In a low-keyed manner he is beginning to admit his relationship with his gf, in his ensuing concerts, he too actively using his love life to sound out his fans, clearly he is thinking to be like Alan Tam, in steps unveil his love life, so that fans can naturally accept his other half.
Those around him said indeed Andy has begun to be open with the set of a family.
The main work for Andy this year is to shoot a romantic movie & a few commercials, compared to previous years, his work schedule is not at all packed this year, in actual fact, at the end of the year, he had turned down several projects, according to the insider, Andy has set his own work time table, he has never been so relaxed before, for one thing he wants to watch the Olympics, for another he wants to be with his family, he even told his staff, 2nd half of the yr he wants to have more time to arrange some private matter…..
China Movie Makers association announced nominations to its 29th Hundred Flower Film Awards. 10 movies, 11 directors, 12 actors & 8 actresses were on the list.
The 10 movies were picked from those which had hit box office of 5 million in 2 years & included movies like The assembly, CJ7, The Warlords, Crazy Stone & others.
In the best actor category, those nominated included Louis Ku, Jacky Chan, Liu Song Ren, Andy Lau (as Chou Er Hu in The Warlords) , Jet Li, Stephen Chow, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Chow Yin Fat, & others.
From now till July 31 the audience can vote, 5 movies & 5 contestants will be in each of the final category. The ceremony will be in the middle of September.
BEST ACTOR --Andy Lau (The Warlords) as Chao Er Hu
BEST DIRECTOR--- PETER Chan (The Warlords)
BEST FILM---The Warlords
& others ...........
Director Daniel is very touched, he gave a treat to friends & all the working staff, Vanness Wu specially came to HK from Taiwan for the celebration.
Daniel expressed his delight, saying he has not expected such a good result, "I am always confident with the movie, at the last stage of production work, I feel that this movie is a big representative piece of work in my movie career, as for the final box office I dare not think much of it, as it has many factors to it. I hope the good remarks can continue to boost the collection."
He has actually plans to film a sequel when he wrote ROTD. There are many exciting battle scenes in Three Kingdoms, many unforgettable figures, not only Zhao Zilong, he hopes he can continue to film these real historical epic.
Said Andy, "Daniel is a director I admire very much, I realized he he had faced many problems durinf filming, such as the money, schedules, & others, now that his dream has come true, it has born fruit, I am very touched."
During filming, Andy had a crazy suggestion to the director, "I know the director is a crazy fan of Three Kingdoms, he has plans to film it into several parts, first Zhao Zilong, then Liu Bei, then Guan Gong, let see how many roles I can play. Aatching this movie, many friends said my acting has gone a step further, it has made me into a real actor of strength."
SOURCE: MING PAO
ROTD has reaped good box office in China, Taiwan & Korea. Sunbeam CEO Xu Xiao Ming presented 2 cartoons of red wine as celebration. In HK, on the 2nd screening day, it set a day record of 2.6 million.
Andy said this is the movie he got involved the most during filming, he suggested to the director he can play the characters in Three Kingdoms one after another, first as Zgao Zilong, then as Liu Bei, Guan Yu & others. His friends said his acting as progressed many folds, now he is finally a true actor of substance.
INVOLVED IN COURT CASE ON FILMING 11 YEARS AGO IN TAIWAN
ANDY CONVICTED OF SPOILING THE HELICOPTER & TOLD TO PAY 1.3 MILLION
The case came to a conclusion yesterday, Andy has to pay HK 1.3 million as compensation.
The case was heard on Apr 3 in Taiwan, it has dragged for 4 years, the involved airplane had long crashed in Peng Hu. The prosecutor had asked for Andy to attend court, but the judge felt the evidence was enough & Andy need not be in court.
The pilot was the sole witness at court hearing, he said he had told Andy not to touch the steering baton, but during filming, Andy accidentally hit it (with his backside), the airplane descended swiftly, its blade hit the canvas of the light on the ground & was damaged.
The judge ruled that the pilot version is enough to confirm that the negligence of Andy has led to the damage of the helicopter. He has to foot the repair fee of HK$1.3 million.
But as the plane was rented by the movie company & the producer, if they are willing to foot the bill for Andy it can be accepted.
China Star spoke-lady through phone said, "The company is very puzzled with the verdict, during shooting, we had employed the persons from the airplane company to take charge, we listened to all his instructions, we feel that this is not a fair decision, we shall appeal, & it has nothing to do with the actor.”
Through his assistant, Andy is giving no response on this matter.
At the post award celebration by HKFA, he was all over the place, after that he went to that organized by Media Asia toasting champagne.
When he left the first venue, his fans lined both sides of the street to cheer for him, he gave them a five each thanking them, appeared to be very elated. When he arrived at the 2nd venue, again he caused a stir.
H admitted he had never thought he could win this year, he had thus not designed a new suit, it was an old suit he was wearing. He is not disappointed at not winning Best Actor award, said smilingly, "I feel that I am like the Best Actor this year, as so many people came to congratulate me, I mistakenly thought I had won!"
In actual fact he was not disappointed at all, he would not be embarrassed to lose to anyone, as the opponents were all strong, being able to lose to high flyer, losing to Jet Li he is actually happy.
It was said Jet Li would ask the trophy from Andy if Andy won Best Actor award, said Andy, "Of course I will not give him! He has won that's why he said thus."
Andy now has even gotten Best Supporting Actor award, will he think of marrying & having children, He replied, "Didn't the media say I was already married & have a child? When you ask like this it means I am not married, everyone please remember."
He indicated he will work on finding one & have kids.
PETER LAM IS HAPPY WITH RESULTS , WILL CONTINUE TO SHOOT MOVIES
The 27th HKFA ended successfully 2 nights ago, the big winner of the day was The Warlords, invested by Media Asia, that had swept 8 awards. First time Best Actor winner Jet Li & Best Director Peter Chan attended 2 post awards parties, first went to the one by HKFA at Harbor Plaza Metropolis then to the private party at Beijing Street by Media Asia. Jet Li who dislikes clubbing left at 12 mn & had left HK yesterday, while Peter Chan left with Sandra at around 2 am.
It was star glitterati at Media Asia party, present were Jet Li, Peter Chan, boss Peter lam, Mirium, Shu Qi, Sammi, Denise Ho.
In addition, Protégé which has won 2 awards, director Derek Yee & Best Supporting Actor Andy Lau too came to celebrate, even Ann Hui & Vicki Chao came too.
Peter Lam indicated he is happy with the results & he will still invite those working in the 2 movies to another feast. The Warlords was invested at more than HK 100 million, but it was not meant to get awards, rather it is for the viewing plesure of tne audience, in future he will not reduce the plans on filming. Jet Li beats Andy this time, but to him, both perform well. Jet Li is even good at non action movie, Andy winning Best Supporting Actor award is worth a celebration.
The arrival of Jet Li & Andy Lau created a stir, even the tripod of the photographer was pushed down. Jet Li frowned on seeing this.
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He became a teacher in a small village, teaching children coming from different parts of the world. He taught them to have dreams in life.
Said he, "The most unforgettable part was the school was built in 2 days, actually the director had found the school sometime ago, but the King of Thailand paid a visit, it was pulled down & had to be re-built. When the site was an empty plot, everyone had a shock, we prapared for the worst, perhaps we had to shoot some other themes, never had I thought the Thai people are so marvelous, within two days they rebuilt the school, & was in time for the filming."
In tandem to the theme, the school had to be pure white, but the new school had color of wood, the workers had thus rushed with painting. When Andy saw everyone was working so hard, he could not help but to lend a hand, indeed he was like a real painter,
He told the staff, "Don't think star does not know anything, before I became one, I had done many jobs, in my school days, I helped people to cut hair, during my summer holidays I had work in work sites, moved iron window grills, painting is not a problem to me! When I was young I even woke up at 4 am to help our eatery store to cook porriage for breakfast, after going through so much it is good experience, life is colorful ."
In the commercial, Andy had many scenes acting opposite the children, they had lessons together, had rope pulling on the field, he was one againt 10 over children, he was dragged & pulled back & forth, even dropped to the ground. It was so funny but heart-warming. He got the others to help before he could win them.
There was a small girl who was called small Galie (LL's girl friend), even Andy praised that she is pretty.
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27th HKFA was held last night. Andy was named best Supporting Actor in his role in Protégé. Warlords win big sweeping 8 awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Arts director, Best Sound Effect, Best Visual Effect, Best Costume Design, & Best Actor, which went to Jet Li