DATE: 2 AUG 2013
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
SAMMI PUTS IN HER BEST
ANDY HUI WATCHED THE MOVIE TWICE WITH HER
Blind Detective, starring Andy & Sammi, collected HK a million over at the box office 6 days after screening in TW.
In an interview by TW media recently, Sammi disclosed that her bf Andy Hui accompanied her to watch the movie twice. Ssaid, "I am so fortunate to have this person by my side, walk all the way with me.” It is no wonder she does not mind even when she misses Best Actress Award several times. Said, "I put in my best in things I do, as long as the audience like it, as for the Best actress award, I was nominated 4 times, I feel that being nominated is meaningful enough."
Sammi was with Andy this time, Andy has become a father, Sammi said she could feel his blissfulness, but she is not been moved to have a baby. Said, "I will rather adop one."
SOURCE: HK HEADLINE NEWS
ANDY HAS DAILY MASSAGES TO KEEP FIT
ENJOYS FAMILY LIFE
After the birth of his daughter last year, Andy admitted that he is hoping to get another sibling for Hana! Heading for 52, he maintains his youth & fitness, all because whenever he is free he keeps himself in top form, after work he returns to his love nest to relax, enjoys his family life,
"After a hard day work, of course I need a 3D massage chair, I use it whenever I have time during the day, after resting I feel like I am fully charged!"
Will he share the chair with his wife? As his usual low profile style, he laughed, "Any member at home can use it!"
Andy who has both a blissful family & successful career, also has a positive image, he is the love of advertisers, he is also the first the first endorser to have the product tailored to himself, the massage sequence, termed 'Heavenly King style', is specially tailored for him!
Recently Andy had filmed a new commercial for the latest massage chair, during filming, there was thin veil & fresh lavender aroma, it was as comfortable as having a spa in Thailand, he just needed to sit on the chair, starting from the legs, the massage went on as the camera rolled!
As it is the first time the advertiser had a massage chair with a program tailored for endorser, Andy screamed he likes it so much, praised highly that is so close to heart! Did it bring out especially his Heavenly status? He replied, "In actual fact, the advertiser always tries to meet the need of the buyer, I am also a buyer, after these years of collaboration, it is a pleasant experience." Anyone in the family can use, but the Heavenly sequence will be used only by himself. His other family member can try other massage programs.
Andy has a busy schedule this year, in Sept he will hold a series of concerts in China. It has been more than 10 years he last held indoor stadium concert & he is particularly happy. After that he will take a long holiday, to recharge himself, so as to be in tip top condition when he next see his fans again.
Singapore's 48th National Day is coming on August 9!
On July 29, I have the fortune of watching the full dress parade rehearsal.
Here is sharing some photos!
The Floating Platform
To a place where I'll be safe & warm
Lately Andy has been very busy with China concert tour preparation.
Two days ago in the afternoon he uploaded a message at his official website, with the title ‘Close Door’ & share a number of photos of his practice with fans. He urged them to continue leaving encouraging words for him.
He indicated that practice is hot on the heels, from the photos uploaded, it can be seen that he was discussing/gesturing to the staff, including dance instructor Sunny, on the stage layout.
He added that though he is now behind closed door, he still thinks of fans, & call out to all to continue to leave words. This official site, his pump station, is where he gets his booster shot, so fans don’t be lazy!
In the movie Blind Detective, which is the 7th collaboration of Andy & Sammi, be it in yelling at each other or flirting, both were completely at ease with one another.
Andy who acted blind was able to forgo his image, in one scene when he had urinary urgency, he hit his crotch at the frame of the bed, indeed very open with image.
As a retired blind cop, with sharp hearing & imagination, he tried to get some pay by solving a mysterious case. Junior policewoman Sammi helped him to search for his childhood playmate & incidentally led out the clues to the suspense case.
The director incited their wild hilarious side in this suspense case. Box office in China is getting close to NT100 million.
Andy saw the doctor, a few people on full alert, indeed grand!
Body guard opened the car door
To facilitate reporter, Andy chose to sit by the side
Andy kept mum on any question asked about his daughter, only gave answer to his sickness & Sammi.
Andy & Sammi are box office guarantee, similarly for the present movie.
Andy who had been very busy with the promotion of Blind Detective recently, flying in between HK & China, finally became unwell. Few days ago accompanied & escorted by his assistant & bodyguard, he went to Central Building located at Central HK, & which houses many clinics. When the security guards got wind of Heavenly King’s visit, waited for him so that he would not to be disturbed by the public. A tired looking Andy met the reporters when he was about to leave, generously waved & smiled to them, allowed them to have his photo taken & put on no air at all.
Box office of Blind hit 150 million rmb in China since opening, from first day July 4 to July 13. Looks like it is overtaking Drug War to become the highest grossing movie for Johnnie To. Despite the previous film Switch, which had a low rating, this B D comes strong, credit goes to the two leads.
Few days ago at about 2 in the afternoon, Andy in shades, accompanied by a female assistant & a bald-headed bodyguard were seen dropping off at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the three then walked to Central Building.
As soon as they entered the hall, the security guard was immediately on full alert, he kept communicating with his colleague, “Has arrived! Is everything ok up there?” He held onto a lift specially for the three to use.
About an hour or so, the three of them saw the reporter before leaving the building, Andy walked calmly with one hand in his pocket, a 'chok' look. He smiled to the reporter, the security guard of the building was the only one anxious, 2 guards were called to protect Andy & blocked the camera.
Not until Andy was about to board the car, the reporter asked Andy if he was unwell, he gave a simple answer, "Yes. (Will Sammi get Best Actress Award with BD?) Yes." Two simple words completed this super-star visit to the Central.
Andy wrote calligraphy words on the cover of the late Lau Kar Leung's memorial book, 'Great Master of A Generation' four words. As the late Lau was the teacher of Hong’s Fist, there will be lion dances to show respect & filial piety, late lau is very well respected in the martial art fraternity.
Lau’s wife Mary Jean Reimer had in her facebook yesterday displayed the calligraphy written by Andy, netizens praised that Andy’s calligraphy has air of awe. Mary pointed out that Andy is one who is chivalrous & righteous, master Lau Ka Leung had not missed recognizing Andy.
She added her husband had told her an incident before, that was when once they had filming in Hengdian SH, everyday without fail there were many fans gathered at the hotel entrance, waiting to have photos taken or be autographed by the stars. The number could be a few hubdreds. Once LaU witnessed actor of Big Brother status being surrounded by fans & was enjoying the lime light, but the moment some one screamed, "Hua Zai!" The few hundreds of fans all fled to Andy, the Big Brother was embarrassed by the abandonment.
Andy is simply unsurpassed in terms of charisma.
Man of Tai Chi , a co-investment of Wanda Cinema Line & Central Pictures Corporation, collected about 13 million 2 days after screening. Despite the undesirable box office, Wanda Cinema cuts screening slots of Blind Detective, which brings in more at box office. The slots were given to Man Of Tai Chi.
Netizens, with comments & pictures, pointed out last night that if one were to watche B D in Wanda cinema, they have to pay 75rmb for the ticket & a snack, but the ticket actually shows a fee of 35 rmb, the other 40 rmb becomes box office for Man Of Tai Chi. This causes a suspicion of box office stealing.
Media Asua, which is in charge of B D, indicated yesterday that they will follow up with the case.
The movie, Man of Tai Chi, invested by Central Pictures Corporation & Wanda Cinemas, directed & acted by Keanu reeves, with a production cost of 150 million rmb, collected a mere 5 million on first day of opening, included even the mid night show! Indeed quite a failure! Though it occupies top screening slots of Wanda, surrounded by movies such as tiny Times, Blind Detective, the movie with lack luster review box office enjoys nil benefit.
2 days after opening, B D collected almost 35 million. In HK, the box office 2 days after opening was about 3 million, result is satisfactory.
Johnnie To & Wi kar Fai were interviewed by Apple Daily earlier on at the Cannes I F F. He talked freely on bits & pieces on filming.
Andy, Sammi & Johnnie To worked together again in Blind Detective, a much anticipated movie.
Wi Karv Fai, gao Yuan Yuan & Johnnie To at movie promo in mainland China
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO
SACRIFICED IMAGE IN MOVIE PROMOTION
EMBARRASING EATING STYLE EXPPOSED
Andy was in Nanjing yesterday together with mainland actor Guo Tao to promote the movie B D. On the absence of best screen partners Sammi & Johnnie To, Andy admitted that he felt like having fewer good friend by his side, & was quite loss, he described it was like losing an arm. At the press meet, Andy was embarrased by having to impromptu eat in front of the audience,
As this is the last leg of movie promotion, the workers prepared delicacies of Nanjing for the set. Faced with many delicious local food such as sea-salted duck, roast noodle, brown bean & others, Andy suddenly felt embarrassed, said,
"Wow! Not many people had seen me eating, now I have to eat in front of several hundreds people of , it is quite awkward!" Guo Tao quipped that he has the good fortune of eating with Andy, it is an honor. After eating, Andy commented vegetarian roast goose was the most tasty.
Guo Tao was both arch rival & friend of Andy in the movie, Andy sang high praises of him, said, "He gets into acting very fast, it is a pleasure working with him."
Guo Tao was very pleased on hearing, calling Andy Heavenly Lau, said, "Heavenly Lau is one I wished to work with the most among the HK Best Actors, never thought Johnnie can fulfill my dream so fast!"
Andy & Sammi were in Shenzhen recently for the press meet of B D. As requested, they performed tango dance again, it was done with perfect rhythm! Sammi commented that she has danced a lot this time for movie promo, this makes her body very supple, the effect is even better than doing yoga!
Andy continued to bring his white cane with him, he was in the look of his character "Johnston" in the movie, said, "Walking with this cane is just like walking with legs! Very at ease!"
This is the last movie promotion for B D, the trio found it hard to part, nas no one knows when the next time will be, they all hope there will be a celebration party for the movie, & they can have a good feast!
Andy: In my mind, Hong Kong-ers are of a very resilience race. HK was orginally a small fishing village, it developed to an entrepot, & to an industrial city. Now it has become an important international financial hub, today it is still progressing, This gets to show HK people are very hardworking & have strong perseverance, in addition to smart brain. HK people have gone through many difficult times, such as SARS in 2003, economic crisis, but no matter how tough life was, HK people were able to adopt a positive & optimistic attitude, all the difficulties were surmounted, this is all because we are united together ! In days to come, HK people must continue to unite, maximize our power, then we can go forward & be victorious!
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY GAVE SAMMI A FRIGHT AS HE COULD NOT DRIVE WELL
On the stage at the premiere of BD in BJ yesterday, Andy posed by embracing Sammi’s delicate waist, he indicated that he loves Sammi deeply. Said, "I simply love her, in real life I cannot love her, so I can only do so on the screen. We had probably known each other since our last lives, we have been lovers for three generations." In playing a blind man, he had to touch Sammi, the first touch already told him that Sammi is the most beautiful lady. Sammi recalled that the driving scene by Andy was dangerous & she had a fright, Andy quipped that he has not driven a car for 18 years.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
ANDY TEASED SAMMI
Andy & Sammi were in BJ yesterday for the premiere of B D.
Andy disclosed that in one driving scene he blurted indecent word, said, "I have not driven for 18 years, the car almost got to the bottom of the mountain. I was so agitated that I shouted ‘shit’. I think probably in my last life I was an American, otherwise how can I shout in English during an emergency!"
In the movie he played a blind person, said, "The way to like Sammi was by touching her, but she is different from other females when you touch!" Obviously hinting that Sammi does not have a good figure.
Andy & Sammi were in Singapore recently for the promotion of B D . The activity attracted 3,000 over people.
When Andy was asked how he felt when he gave Sammi a tight slap in the movie, s aid Andy, smiling, "Dont think I felt very nice on slapping her hard, actually I felt very painful in my heart."
Said Sammi, S"o I returned him with a super strong slap. He told me to slap hard, otherwise if re take, he would give me 5 slaps back!"
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO
ANDY WAS SCOLDED BY JOHNNIE TO
REUNITED WITH SAMMI AFTER 10 YEARS
Blind Detective is a re-union of Andy, Sammi & Johnnie To after a lapse of 10 years.
Andy said he used Johnnie To’s character as blue print, completely regenerated his style of scolding people. He added during shooting he was told by To 'to sing after scolding'.
Said, "When shooting started, he asked me to run blindly in the jungle, hit blindly, without any plan or directive, no protective pads, & it went on & on. There were so many people there, I could not make mistake, after 4 takes I said my clothigns were wet through & I asked for a change in the car, have a 20 minute rest, before the next scene of me climbing a tree. I was very tired, felt no strength, never expected To said, ‘You are old already.’ I almost wanted to fly over & hit him! Finally the part was deleted, he told the reporter later that my stamina is declining. Andy teased that he will not collaborate with To again in action movie.
Andy also complained that when he filmed Running On Karma with Johnnie To, when To saw Li Bing Bing flew in the air, he commented, "Even a girl can do that, but you cannot." Said Andy, "How can I told him off, I am afraid I would lose face, if you watch the movie you will know how silly To is."
Andy & Sammi were in Singapore yesterday for the promo of Blind Detective. Probably affected by the high spirit from premiere of movie in HK, Andy was in a very happy mood. Said, smiling,
"Many after watching told me, looks like Sammi really can get Best Actress award!"
Said Sammi humbly, "I have never thought of getting Best Actress award, just wish to act well. Box office good or bad is also beyond my control, if audience likes this movie, I am already happy. "
They enacted a dance scene in the movie as requested by the media.
Sammi & Andy attended the premiere of Media Asia movie, Blind Detective 2 nights ago, boss Peter La, EMP boss Albert Yeung, Lo Hoi Pang, Evergreen Mak, Chun Wong, Mimi Chu, Philip Keung Ho-Man, Lu Fen, Wilfred Lau, Chen Shuang, Kibby Lau & others came to show support. The premiere raised a sum of 800,000 for donation to Lok Sin Tong Home.
Sammi came dressed in a deep V evening wear, when told there was vulgar scenes in the movie, she said, "It is more than usual, but it doesn’t matter as it was just acting, glad that the role gave me chance to act." She said she had heard people on the street swearing, she had tried it with a different sound, Andy joked, "I have to teach her, using action is better than saying it out."
The reporter pointed out to Andy that it was his 5th wedding anniversary, Sammi on hearing it congratulated Andy.
Smiled Andy, "It was unintentionally exposed." When asked how he celebrated it, he answered, "Ok lah, stay at howe & pass the day normally. No gifts. "
Sean K was the designer
While busy with the promo of movie Blind Detective, Andy is actively involved with the final preparations of ‘Always Andy Concert world Tour 2013’.
The poster was released recently, he assumed the look of white horse prince, in a white jacket, cat-walking in water.
Actually during photo shoot, the staff took turns to pour water on him, it was tough for him.
Said, "On the poster we want the effect of water to be an alphabet A, representing my name Andy. I wore smartly to the studio, never thought the designer asked a few workers to pour water on me, at first they dared not do so, later they became more & more daring, & were enjoying it, for four hours, the result is very satisfactory."
Andy’s concert kicks off on Sept 11, first stop in Shanghai, followed by Nanjing, Guangzhou, Beijing. The concert 'Always' has a deep meaning, said, "ALWAYS included my name Andy Lau & Ways Always is eternal, representing the relationship with fans is forever & ever."
Andy, 51, & his wife Carol, were married on June 23 2008 in Las Vegas, 4 years after they have a daughter, Hanna, who is now one year-old. It was said that Andy hopes to have more children. It was Andy & wife’s 5th wedding anniversary yesterday.
In the afternoon, Andy was with Sammi for promotional activities. They demonstrated difficult tango stunt, Andy showed off his strong core muscles, Sammi praised that he is one who puts in heart & soul.
They were @ Citywalk, Tsuen Wan to promote the movie, Blind Detective, many fans were attracted to the site. It was Andy’s wedding anniversary yesterday, but he kept all mum on his personal matter.
He enjoyed the collaboration with Sammi to the fullest, & played games with fans. They showcased a high level tango move, Sammi tilted her body forward, hands backwards holding onto Andy’s hands, while Andy slants his body backwards. They received loud applause.
They also posed for photos. Actually Andy was marveled by the pose exhibited by the male fans. When Andy saw female fans being tied with a rope, he used his mouth to open it for her, indeed so gentlemanly.
At the interview, Andy & Sammi recalled the tango move in the movie, they had practiced hard for 2 months, but the move was still not stunning enough, during filming they changed quite a bit, to them, this was the most difficult part, however, they felt this would have a comedy effect. They are confidence with box office.
On the strong core muscles, said Andy, "Just so-so! The male audience is better!"
Andy is the producer of mainland movie Not Yet First Love, at the 16th Shanghai I F F Asian New Talent Award, female director Liu Juan was conferred Special Award by the committee, in tears she thanked boss Andy for supporting this movie. Smiled Andy, "V happy with the award, this movie has fire, it is coming soon, same time as Blind Detective, we will be in danger! Haha!"
He admitted that he has intention of becoming a director, but there is no definite plan, he will think about it after concert tour.
Before Andy was named Best Actor, he acted films of all kinds, don’t say this is being indiscriminate, he is just committed to his work. After becoming a Best Actor, he chose only good films, for Switch, by looking at the script one will know it is a difficult film to make.
With elements of a kaleidoscope, mingling old & new in snatching the treasure, having no relevance of whatsoever with one another, Andy was willing to act, he sure have his own difficulties that he is not open with.
The scenes jumped from one to the other, the basic was not even taken care of still tried to imitate other skill, the amount of commercials incorporated is shockingly dizzy. Chilling's role only knew how to change clothes, Andy had no means of exhibiting his acting. In style, there was old, new, western & eastern, the thoughts jump form here to there, no way audience can get into it.
After watching the movie, no use crying, just console yourself after forking out your money to buy the ticket: Andy even after he become famous he still acts in cult film, indeed very conscientious.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY ATE AND DRANK TILL DRUNK ON THE STREET
In Blind Detective, Andy said he imitated director Johnnie To's personality, Johnnie To is one who enjoys food. Andy had scenes when he ate continuously with Sammi. They had intestines at the street stall, ate ice cream, & even went to a high class restaurant to eat.
Sammi who is always conscious of her weight said that being to eat so much is a blessing, luckily she was always running, that helped her to burn off the extra calories.
Though Andy played a blind person, he had a lot of hilarious scenes. In one scene he & Lim Xue were chasing, Lim wanted to take his life by hacking him with a hammer, he avoided it by listening to the ound, he even climbed up a tree to take shelter & wait for help, Andy quipped for a long time he had not played this sort of funny acts. Other than climbing tree, he was chased, played a drunkard, & sprawled on the street.
Box office of Switch in mainland is now close to 250 million, but bad comments come as strong as box office, & it has even spread to TW & HK. In HK, 6 days after release, box office is abt HK$1.5 million. In TW, to avoid Chiling becoming that target of all, as she will be all alone, film makers urgently withdrew premiere & all publicity activities that were scheduled for today.
The bad comment focus mainly on directing techniques, storyline/plots, editing, & others, it brings genres of all movies into it, & they do not connect with the storyline, the audience thought they were watching a spy film, but it also seemed to be love film, finally it was comedy + martial art, really impossible to find a theme. Some said too many commercial advertisements were incorporated, it has become netizens' worst of all rotten movies.
Andy & Sammi were in Shanghai together with Johnnie To for the promo of Blind Detective. Though response was warm for B D in Cannes Festival, his other movie Switch was the opposite, many netizens commented that it is a condemned movie.
When asked by the mainland media, Andy was embarrassed, in his usual style, he came to response after a big circle, "I have many defects, picking movie is one of them. I am also one who always overestimated myself, I thought whichever film comes to me will change for the better. Next time I will do better, ok? So sorry!”
Andy indicated that he will learn from failure, he hopes this incidence will not affect the box office of Blind Detective, said, “I am very embarrassed, I hope everyone takes it easy, I acted in Switch, this has nothing to do with other people, or other movies. I dotn know how much impact it will have, I hope it is not much, this us beyond what I can imagine.”
Johnnie To quipped, “He is always like this, after filming a few good movie, he will meet a rotten movie."
SOURCE: MING PAO
HEAVENLY KINGS BEING CALLED FOR A QUARTER CENTUARY
AnThe movie, Blind Detective, had a press conference in Shanghai yesterday. Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, director Johnnie To & producer Wai Ka Fai attended, 4,000 people packed activity venue to the fullest. Jonhnnie To was in high spirits, with a bottle of wine on hand, he drank as he talked.
The movie will hit the street on July 4. Both Johnnie & Andy view favorably for Sammi to contest in Best Actress award.
Johnnie, Andy & Sammi had not collaborate for a period of 10 years, Johnnie feels that box office is not important, he stresses more on friendship. When Sammi was not nominated for Best Actress @ HK FA, he was angry for 10 years. He praised that it is hard to find one who can act so relaxingly & naturally in comedy.
Wai Ka Fai just wishes to bring out a better part of Andy & Sammi.
Andy said there was a scene in the movie when he was slapped by Sammi, he was yet to be smacked like that in his life. He said actually he his eyes can be very piercing, but Johnnie would not let him exhibit it this time, so he is not looking at Best Actor award. He however hopes Sammi can win this time, & Johnnie can take home Best Director award.
On being viewed favorably by both Andy & Johnnie, Sammi quipped if Andy is coffee, Johnnie will be the milk, she is only sugar, the script is the cup.
When Johnnie was asked if Andy look similar to him in the movie, he jested if he is Andy he is already prosperous! He feels that even if Andy does not look like him when he played him,(Johnnie), people will still say Any acting is convincing. He hopes to swoop identity with Andy, Andy be the director & he the male lead.
Andy teased that it is not easy for Johnnie to act intimate scene, & has to lose weight to play love scenes.
Andy who is now a father, was in SH yesterday which is Father’s day.
Calling himself, 'Daddy Hua' he left words online, “Though I am outstation for work, I hope my father & I myself new father feelthe same, feeling blissful even jus tto thjust thinking about it… Hee hee… Happy Father’s day to all!
SOURCE: ENT TOM.COM>CN
The 16th Shanghai International F F held an opening ceremony last night. It was as tar-studded event, hundred over superstars from around the world walked the red carpet.
Chow Yin Fat led the cast of ‘Journey To The West—Monkey King’, it was a grand lineup, included Aaron Kwok, Donnie Yen, Joe Chen, Peter Ho, eddie Cheung Sui Fai & others.
Other hot stars included Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Yang Mi, Vivian Hsu, Huang Xiao Ming & others.
Tsui hark, Oliver Stone were conferred Chinese Outstanding Contribution award, Live long Film Achievement Award respectively.
Sammi Cheng was unable to attend, Andy, Johnie To, Wi kar Fai stood in for Blind Detective. Andy’s charisma was unsurpassed, fans lined both sides to welcome him.
The organizing committee presented Tsui hark with Chinese Outstanding Contribution Award.
As recommendation guest of honor, said Andy onstage, “I am very pleased to introduce this friend, I have been in this line 30 over years, filmed 130 over movies, but I worked with him only once, that time I learnt how to film movie, how to find film I like, the audience also like his movies, he lets me to see movies from another perpestive, don’t forget my anticipation & respect.”
Tsui hark expressed his thanks to his working partner, investor & good friend Shi Nan sun.
SOURCE: MING PAO
CHILING LIN PLAYED A STUDENT TO CHARM ANDY
Chiling & Andy were interviewed by ATV recently.
In the movie Switch, Chiling adopted a hundred looks to get Andy’s attention. This is also her view on love, said, "If I meet a man that I love very much, I will also go all out to get him. " She likes her student look the most, as this is like reminiscing the youth.
Andy said both female characters in the movie have their own charm, "Chiling was a good student, v obedient, Zhang Jingchu was academy type, she wanted to be clear & orderly, she kept asking 'why' during filming.”
He shared his view on why hero always succumbs to beauty, "This has been set like that, this film is funny, why the female lead during filming wore so scantily.”
Andy who is busy with filming has not been on the stage for quite a while. Yesterday he announced that on the 11th of September he will hold his first concert, Andy Lau China Concert Tour 2013, in Shanghai @ Mercedes-Benz Arena.
For close to 10 years Andy has not tried holding indoor concert in mainland China, this time the organizer splurges 100 million to build a 4 sided stage as in HK Coliseum. The stage will be enlarged for him to get close to the fans.
Other than SH, the other cities included Nanjing, Guangzhou, Beijing & others. He plans to hold few concerts in one location.
Andy has many classic songs, concert training will officially start after his promo activities on Switch & Blind Detective.
Andy held a celebration for his fan club 25th Jubilee Anniversaty on the 8th of this month.
Last night, he uploaded pictures on his official website, one of which was he cutting cake with his parents, Mama Lau had a bouquet of flowers, Andy rested his head his father’s shoulder, it was a heartwarming sight. Wrote Andy, ”I am really happy!"
With this 25 years of relationship with fans, Andy had a photo taken with all the fans, on the screen were words displayed, ‘I am willing to love Andy my whole life!’ Andy was in shorts of school uniform, said, ‘In front of my family members, Andy is Andy, Andy is again Andy, because I have you who love me…..’
ANDY IS THE TOP SECRET LOVER OF ACTRESSES
Accordingly, the one most loved by actresses secretly is Andy Lau! Other than Sandra Ng, late Anita Mui, those actresses who like him included Michelle Chen, Ruby Lin & Chiling Lin & so on.
Michelle Chen has loved Andy secretly for 20 over years! She had openly declared that she loved Andy since young, her room was full of his posters, & in her school days, her work book was filled with Andy’s song lyrics. When she grew up, at GH Awards she had openly declared her love to him. Andy had said he liked her very much too, she hopes movie company can give an opportunity for them to film movie after knowing this.
Chiling has always admitted she loves Andy, & has seen all his movies. At the GH's Hug of Love, she was happy but afraid that fans would be jealous & scold her. She said Andy is very gentle, the feeling is he is a superstar.
Ruby Lin has always wanted to become a lawyer, she was actually influenced by her dream lover Andy.
The movie Switch, starring Andy & Chiling opened yesterday.
Chiling said she likes all her 24 screen looks, especially the nun, which took 5 hours to complete. Said, "When it was done, no one could recognize me." A ndy too feels that the look is very special, except t has too much make-up & not as plain. Andy revealed that he had many emotional entanglement with Chiling, but there was not much of scenes on love, said, "Of course I hope to have filming done on the bed."
Any regret? He answered there will be chances in future. Will he self-finance a film so that he can have bed scene with Chiling? He answered, "All can, fighting from bunk bed to water bed, very special." He laughed when asked if he will film another movie with only bed scenes, he turned & asked Chiling if she wants to join in, if she refused then he will not film. He revealed that the most forgettable part in filing Switch is jumping from 40 feet high in Dubai, "I had never thought of doing it, Chiling was not afraid, without my concent she said she wanted to try." Andy said Chiling did not know how to jump, he told her, "After we jump, I will let go, you too let go, she asked me when, I could then only use force to push her away."
Said Chiling, "It was very frightening, I thought the male will hold the female¡¦s hand, but he just pushed me away, so only this time, never again."
Despite not so favorable comments on Switch, box office in mainland China is hitting 200 million.
Andy & Chiling were in HK apm 2 nights ago.
hiling had 24 screen looks, Andy said, smiling, "Surely there will be one that get you 'electrified'. I like the bathtub scene the most."
Andy said while in Dubai shooting he felt like holidaying, he watched Mission: Impossible ¡V Ghost Protocol , "Learning from Tom Cruise how he leapt from the tall building!"
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY AND CHILING RE-LIVED HOG OF LOVE
Andy & Chiling were in HK apm shopping mall for the premiere of Switch 2 nights ago. A thousand over fans were drawn to the site, packing the mall to the brim!
When Andy indicated that he played a special agent for China, & gave a handsome pose, fans response with loud cheer, calling out his name. Andy declared proudly, "On hearing this sound, indeed feels so nice to be an idol sometimes."
Chiling in her first collaboration with Andy indicated it was a dream for her, a few years ago she had Hug of Love with her idol, never thought this time she could have a Leap of Love with him. Andy said Chiling is daring & always gives her best, she wanted to jump he had no choice to oblige. They had a Hug of Love with request from emcee.
Andy later revealed that Chiling actually gave him a 'lemon', & it was quite embarrassing at the GH Awards, said, "I waited for her to come & hug & opened my arms for 10 over seconds, she did not come, I had to lower my arms, just like eating 'lemon'."
Chiling explained that there were too many fans around, she was afraid & shy. Andy followed up by saying, "She is now very daring.
How is the feeling of Leap of Love with a beauty this time? Replied Andy, "There were too many hugging, but the impact is great." The movie is already out in China, first day taking is good, Andy thanked many for the support, it is encouraging that the audience accepted them, recently China audience likes filsm with strong storyline & close to own surroundings, Switch is a commercial movie, though already out in China, he did not ask about box office, he does not forsee how much the movie will make, said, "One step at a time."
China version is longer by HK & TW version by 40 minutes, much of Chiling's portion is not be included, such as S M, Chiling admitted, she urged all after watching HK version, go to China for the longer version.
The movie, Switch, starring Andy & Chiling was premiered in mainland China, first day box office of 46 million was the champion of the day, but word of mouth is not proportionate.
With a big cast, overseas exotic location shoot, up to 3 years of 3 D production as draw, the result , however , was being criticized as ‘challenging the bottom line of a 'rotten movie'.
Some audience yelled they want their money back, some comically asked for spiritual compensation. Negative comments are the majority. Online comments are many a plenty, other than saying that the scenes are glamorous & scenery attractive, there is no story/plot to talk on. Incorporation of advertisement is a serious part, some pointed the whole show is on advertising.
'It is either incorporated into the movie, or in the advertisement itself is the movie.'
Some pointed out all the elements of filming present, a so-called godly movie, included horror, comedy, action, sci-fic, also S M, Oedipus mother love, magic, acrobatics, gymnastics, & others, the end result was such a mess. Character relationship was baffling..
Some netizens commented, “Chiling appeared & disappeared so suddenly. Andy appeared, again, lost! Zhang jing Zhu suddenly mutate into superwoman, suddenly they cried, the audience laugh! Fighting at its climax shocked the audience, & all laugh!'
But there are also praises from audience saying the film is like a beauty pageant, beautiful girls with different looks, also have ‘c'career cleft'.
The director Sun Jian Jun appeared calm with the audience feedback, he is naturally a very hospitable person, in his younger days when the family was poor, he boiled one kati of eggs of a month supply to treat his friends. This time is without exception, as a cook, he believes in using 'shark fin' as 'rice noodle' to compensate the high ticket price paid by movie-goers, wish that the audience can accommodate generously!
MV of the them song of movie Switch, 'Heaven’s Wish' was released recently, it was edited from the movie, including the part when Chiling played SM with tight-fitting costume, Yu Dong showering her with love of her breast, & whipping her , it was sensual & full of ** feel! A pity HK & TW version is shorter by 40 minute, not only this SM part was deleted, the part of her as a pretty nurse was also excluded.
She played a female detective to seduce Andy, but finally she fell for him. Her sacrifice is not little this time, including appearing as a nun, nurse, black widow,a total of 24 looks. TW & HK version is the same, it is more concise, about 80 minutes, China version is 2 hours long.
Other than not having SM scenes, the part where Chiling jumped down from car was deleted, her girlish voice was also gone, but her manager indicated there are also parts it was her original voice.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ASTRID CHAN IRKED FANS FOR POSTING PICTURES ON AWC GATHERING
2 nights ago, Andy World Club held a 25th anniversary celebration, with the theme of Remembering the Past'.
Christine Au Yang who is also an AWC member, came dressed with school uniform. Astrid Chan was the emcee of the night. On the stage she became emotional & broke down when she thanked Andy. Andy embraced & consoled her.
Not knowing rules & regulations of the fan club in forbidding fans from posting pictures of gathering, she posted pictures at her blog. This irked Andy’s fans, & she deleted it immediately.
In her blog last night she first posted picture taken with Andy, said,"In 1998 when I left TVB, if not for Andy, there would be no more Astrid. Many thanks to Andy, he let me see clearly the responsibility & aim of an artiste! Being able to be the emcee for AWC 25th anniversary, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks!"
She then posted picture of herself crying & when she was embraced by Andy, she left words, "Never thought tonight I could finally thanked Andy in person, thanked him for his coaching & influence, also never thought I broke down onstage. Here I wish to apologized to all, I am too emotional. Carry on with spirit of Andy Lau, be a hardworking person!"
She deleted the posts immediately after fans pointed out to her that she cannot posts the pictures on gathering.
Accordingly, Andy as usual, shared his feelings with fans.
When Christine Au Yang was asked why she came dressed with school uniform, she said it was according to the theme, her sons played Andy’s childhood, reminiscing fan club in the past 25 years, it was like a big concert.
ANDY FIRST DUET WITH SAMMI
'NOT BLIND NO LOVE '
Andy & Sammi in their 7th filming collaboration, Blind Detective, had the first collaboration in music, 'Not Blind No Love', a song filled with rhythm of thick passion of tango.
The theme song of movie, a duet, is written by famous lyricist, Lin Xi. Before recording, Andy & Sammi had discussion with several famous music seniors, and got the essence & feel swiftly, the collaboration was smooth-going, in terms of emotion expression, it was unexpectedly good!
The song is for release tomorrow in Taiwan radio channels, fans can feel the sparks between the two leads before the movie is released, on July 26
Many HK & China artistes encourage mainland students sitting high school exam by leaving words online.
From HK, Andy Lau wrote a calligraphic words, & had a photo taken with it to show his support. He wrote, 'High School students, All The Way!'
In the movie Blind Detective, Sammi Cheng gave in all for the director. In the 30 screen looks, the most eye-catching was when she wore a small vest to run, she had her 'cleft' exposed, she jested that it was due to special lighting effect.
Sammi too likes to put on different looks, in the usual days she does not dress herself like a Rock girl, now in the movie she could all she wants.
Sammi was also able to showcase her swift moves, carrying a few packets of takeaways she was able to run up the stairs, she socked herself in a pond, she could even climbed down a pole from the second storey balcony to the ground floor. She kept saying so scary as she filmed the scene, even Andy praised she is capable & is a new generation gongfu actress.
Sammi runs 8 km daily to build up her stamina, she is not deterred by tough moves. But as she has asthma, in one scene she had to smoke 3 cigarettes in one go, it was a challenge, luckily the scene looks comical, she thinks it is worth the effort.
SOURCE: CHINA TIMES
ANDY WAS DUMPED BY HIS FIRST LOVE
CRIED ALL THE WAY HOME
Andy’s new movies are coming out soon, but as boss he does not forget to nurture newcomers, his new investment, 'Not Yet First Love', reminds him of his first love at age of 18.
At that time he had just joined TVB training school & was busy, his gf dumped him. They separated at the hill top, as he came down from the hill, he sat at the last row of the 14-seater mini bus, he was afraid others would see him, but still could not control himself & cried all the way home.
The new movie was based in year 1997, is about 6 secondary students talking about their future. It the time era of 4 Heavenly Kings.
To Andy his youth was full of hardship, his parents were too busy to talk to him, the work at home was divided among the children, he had to get up at 4 am to help wash the dishes, then went to school at 7 am.
At age 17 he joined TVB training school, at age 18 he joined entertainment circle, his youth was then off track, he feels that there should be some 'rebellious' trait in youth, said, "TVB signed me up for 5 years, TVB was in charge of all the movies, I was not able to join singing, when I rebelled, I was frozen for two years. I had very little money in my bank account after 6 months, I endured through it. Looking back, many may think I made a right choice in leaving TVB, now a superstar, but even Tony who chose to stay is equally successful, so the route maybe different but the outcome is the same. When young there is really a need to give oneself some space to explore, to try."
Chilling Lin was in Shenzhen yesterday for the promo of Switch. Though she was slone, she won hearts with her girlish charm.
On the storyline, she never stopped talking on Andy. She was still very much immersed in the scene when Andy carried her to jump down from Burj Dubai, she called it ‘Jump of Love."
Yesterday she was able to forsake her pumps as she needs not have to accomodate Andy’s height, she wore a pair of 10 cm-stiletto shoes.
Chiling had not only a good share of fighting scenes, she was asked by the director to have 24 screen looks, of which, the bald look is most striking. She indicared that the look was called upon a day before the shoot, & she agreed willingly.
To be able to film a movie with Andy is a pleasant honor. Said, "Andy is always my idol. I had asked for a Hug of Love' during G H Awards once. When I saw him on the first day of shooting I had to tell myself it was a dream, I never thought I could one day be so close to my idol."
Andy, Zhang Jingzhu were in Hangzhou for the promo of Switch yesterday.
The set donated a set of specially created sculptures to Zhijing Art Museum, when put together, the 12 sculptures form a complete picture of Fuchun Mountains.
SOURCE: MING PAO
IF NEW MOVIE COLLECTS 500 MILLION, ANDY WILL DIRECT THE SEQUEL
Andy, Chilling Lin were in mainland China for the promo of movie switch.
Said Chiling, smiling, "Andy keeps himself so suave & gentlemanly the whole 24 hours of the day, I feel so shy seeing him."
Andy revealed that if this movie can break 500 million mark at box office, he may direct the sequel. In the movie, Andy plays a suave & outgoing agent, he is being compared to Tom Cruise, On this, he answered, “Being compared as such is an honor, it can be said, I am the representative of China in the world to 'fight' with Tom Cruise.
The investors disclosed that the cost of production is more than 160 million, it has to collect a minimum of 400 million to recover. On hearing this, said Andy, "If the collection is more than 500 million, I will direct the sequel of the movie."
Chiling has a total of 12 looks. When asked if she is afraid to be called a flower vase, she said girlishly, "Afraid! So please don’t say like that!"
Switch was premiered on June 3 in Shanghai. The director & 2 leads, Andy & Chiling were present for the promo.
ANDY AVOIDED TOPIC ON BECOMING A FATGER AGAIN
RUMORED WIFE IS PREGNANT
Andy’s daughter just turned one recently, lately a rumor said that his wife Carol is pregnant again & she hopes to give him a boy this time. In BJ recently for the premiere of Switch, Andy refused to response to the rumor.
He had actually very cooperative & answered all the questions asked at the conference, being one who is highly protective of his privacy, when asked if Carol is having her second pregnancy, he turned solemn, "Have I not said what was spread online was all rumor? If whenever a false topic is created I have to clarify all, it is simply impossible, I would then just don’t answer.
The three leads, Andy, Chiling & Zhang Jingzhu talked about the interesting happenings during shooting.
In this movie, Andy played a lecherous agent, caught in between his wife Zhang Jingzhu & mysterious beauty Chiling, there were some fighting scenes. Andy always gives the image of a gentleman, but on this character, he jested, "This is acting with true color!" It made everyone laughed. He added, "Acting opposite a scantily-clad beauty gave too much distraction, my attention was divided, when I act with man, it will be very natural."
Andy hope the movie as estimated by the director, can exceed 400 million rmb at box office, from investment figures, it has to be more than 400m to take back the cost. "If the cost cannot be recovered, my fee may be deducted."
Andy has always the dream of becoming a director, he has written a few scripts, "These few years I have written script on the firefighters, but recently two movies on firefighters are going to be out, they are faster than me, I have no choice."
He is also writing a story on policeman, he had wanted to hand it to the boss in September, but he felt the story was not right & is rewriting it.
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ANDY AVOIDED TOPIC OB BECOMING A FATHER AGAIN
“SHALL TALK TO YOU IN PRIVATE�
It was rumored that Carol, Andy’s wife is pregnant again, as it is not yet 3 months, the news is kept under wraps.
On this, Andy who always avoided talking on family, said, "On the rumor online, I will not response, I don’t wish to see they continue to create funny topics, it is too tough for me to take."
On the fighting scene with beautiful woman in Switch, he smiled, "I always cannot focus, & was hit instead, I don’t know why the director arranged for them to wear like that in the fight."
Carina Lau posted a picture of Andy & Tony in her blog 2 nights ago, the picture showed Andy & Tony chatting, looking relaxed & chummy. The picture was taken by Carina herself.
The post caught netizens' attention, till last night, there are more than 1,500 comments, & 3,000 over sharings.
Some netizens called it a meeting of Men of Style, & asked when they can work together again? Some left words, “What are they talking about? How about another collaboration? These two men are so beautiful.�
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CHILING TURNS INTO A BALD-HEADED DETECTIVE
Switch, starring Andy, Zhang Jing Chu & others will be screened next month.
In this movie, Chiling as a spy had multiple looks, in her atempt to help the Japanese s natch the national treasure, she went all out of becoming bald, used her beauty to seduce special agent Andy. She had a bathing scene in the bathroom, in a tub filled with rose petals, she had her shoulder exposed.
Smiled Andy, “With her seduction, it is really hard for me to concentrate on acting.�
Andy & Sammi walked the red carpet in Cannes F F for their movie Blind Detective. Sammi who is rather flat-chested avoided the other actresses who are bustier, instead, she wore a long gown to showcase her femininity.
The duo who had interviews one after another, met tony Leung & Carina by chance at the hotel. Infernal Affairs once again came to life! Blind Detective received good comments after the premiere, on this, Andy 'self deprecated' that audience commented, "Cheap character!"
Andy & Sammi went all the way to Cannes to promote Blind Detective. At the world premiere, many Chinese actors turned up to show support. The two leads were dressed to the nines, especially Sammi who walked Cannes red carpet a first time. She wore a blinking evening gown, showing the unique charm. She waved to the audience, while cameras clicked non-stop.
This is the 7th time Sammi collaborated with Andy, they claimed that they were now like a pair of old husband & wife. Both were very excited with the overwhelming enthusiastic response at the premiere. Andy was rather perplexed wwhen some of the audience commented his character was 'cheap', said Andy, "The role was created for me by the screenwriter & the director, as I actively wanted to play a blind person, but the role really is lowly, so when people said as such, am I to feel happy or sad?"
Sammi is grateful to Andy for bringing her acting skill to new height, said, "Acting with Andy is like playing a ball game, he gives me quality shots, I have confidence to strike back well. He is able to bring out my potential, when he gets crazy, I become crazier. Whenever I saw him acting with all his might, I will force myself to match his standard."
Andy who was beside her commented, said, "Sometimes she does not know the danger, she loves others, but does not love herself enough."
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ANDY BOUGHT A P RIVATE JET FOR 200 MILLION JUST BECAUSE OF HER DAUGHTER
Andy’s daughter Hanna has just turned one year-old, Andy who is extremely pr ivate, other than renting a luxurious unit costing 170,000/month, employed 10 bodyguards, it was said that he had lately threw in a sum of 200 million to buy Embraer Legacy 650 privat e jet. The cabin set up is luxurious, this is for the convenience of bringing his wife & daughter round the world with him.
At Cannes FF, when Andy was asked, he did not deny, said, "I am not to say peesonal matter, when there is a chance, I shall discuss with you again."
According to sources, the privat e carrier is the same as Jacky Chan’s. It can take 13 people. There are 3 cabins, a stand-alone kitchen, has noise reduction installation, big luggage compartment, & leather seats. It has ever named top choice of privat e jet by an American magazine, Robb report.
Andy is wary of his wife & daughter being photographed, he has always asked for privat e jet in his concert tours, it is easier for his wife to come along, but after his daughter was born, he has planned to buy a plane & has been successful in booking one lately.
Andy who arrived in Cannes 2 days ago HK time, was asked by Apple Daily reporter if he had bought a plane, he avoided the topic, replied, "Hey, if there is I don’t have to be here."
Some had said the plane is for his wife & daughter when he goes outstation, he did nto deny, after some thinking, he then said, "I am not keen to talk on personal matter here, when there is a chance I shall discuss with you."
The audience gave a 3 minute applause after the premiere of movie. Foreign fans called out name of director, Johnnie.
Andy said he is not worried being compared to Tony in the movie The silent War, said, "If I am like him, people will say I can act as good as him. Many audience after watching the premiere said I am cheap, as the character of my role is cheap, most important is everyone likes it."> At the press meet yesterday, half of the reporters was from foreign media, for a non-competition movie it is considered good, Andy showed off his linguistic prowess by teaching Johnnie To Mandarin, some foreign reporter even asked him to translate.
The reporter from mainland asked the difference in acting before & after marriage, Sammi wanted to say from single became married, Andy interrupted, "Became double"; The floor had a good laugh.
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Andy set off to Cannes 2 nights ago, while his partner Sammi Cheng & director Johnnie To were already in Cannes few days ago.
At around 11pm 2 nights ago Andy was @ HKIA, about 30 fans were present to send him off. Andy in a hurry to board the plane answered only 3 questions from the media.
He was asked if he was aware of the gun-fight & burglary in Cannes, he answered, "Just got to know it.� Will he be worried about safety? Said, “I will be careful." Andy will stay in Cannes for 2 days, when asked how he felt going to Cannes again, he said, "I have not been there for a long time, I have to be there to know the feeling."
Yesterday Andy met up with the set of Blind Detective, as soon as he stepped out of the gate he greeted fans who were waiting for him, one of his fans, a foreigner who had seen Andy once 10 years ago made a special trip to the airport just to tell him that she is now married & is going to be a mother soon, Andy congratulated her & had a photo with her!
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Johnnie To’s movie, Blind Detective, is a movie arranged for screening in Cannes F F.
Male lead Andy & female lead Sammi Cheng together with the director will attend the Festival's 6am premiere next Monday May 20, HK time. Close to 80 % tickets were sold.
Due to work, Andy will not follow the set to set off today,. Also, as soon as he arrived in Cannes he will leave for home after staying there 48 hours.
Cannes FF publication, The Hollywood Reporter, allocated a column to introduce another movie by Andy, The Storm.
The 66th Cannes F F kicks off day after tomorrow HK time. One Mandarin film is finally officially in competition this year, Jia Zhangke’s movie, A Touch of sin, competiting with Joel & Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Takashi Miike’s Straw Shield & 19 others fighting for the highest honor The Palme d'Or.
Blind Detective by Johnnie To
The second HK Salento Film festival was held last night. Andy was honored with Salento Actor Award-City of Tricaseby the Italian Consulate, in recognition of his years of contribution to the movie industry.
The FF was held in HK a second time, Deannie Ip was similarly awarded last year. No wonder quipped Andy, "It was like a family monopolizing the event."
When asked how he will celebrate, he indicated that this is an award of responsibility, he hope to promote cultural exchange between HK/China & Europe, & local market can continue to flourish, just like A Simple Life is now being screened in Europe on a large scale. But Andy will not go to Europe for local promotion, as he had been interviewed by the local media before.
When asked if he will film an Italian movie, laughed Andy, "I had just said talked to the consular, he gave me three loud laughs."
He feels that to film Italian movie one has to master its language, just like before when he attended El Sardinero F F, in acceptance sppech, he had wanted to say in French, at the end he still used English. But he has thought of working with Italian filmmakers, he laughed that Deannie is more famous than him in Italy.
Andy admitted that he has no particular preference to act in film movies of any country, he is keener to bring his own movies to a further stage.
Andy will go to Cannes later for Cannes F F to promote Blind Detective.
It was his daughter birthday on the 9th, when asked how he celebrated the day, he said he celebrated it at home with her. Will he miss his daughter in Cannes? He teased that the reporters are too nosey. When asked what present he had given, he replied, "0K OK"
Will he try for a boy? He replied, "Yes, I promise you."
How is he going to celebrate Mother’s Day? Said, "Ok, in all, we are very happy."
On John Woo’s movie, Taiping, Andy said he regretted not being able to have a part, he hopes next time he can work with John again. Andy indicated that John is a gentleman, he respects John a lot, John even made an announcement to clarify, this is now trust between human are fostered."
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There was a news report saying that Hollywood director John Woo upcoming movie, Taiping, (previous name 1949) has put off shooting, changed actors repeatedly. It was even said that because Andy requested 'editing right' to the movie, the male lead was later changed to Wu Xiubo who commands a lesser fee.
Together with his producer, Terence Chang, John Woo made an announcement yesterday to clarify that news on the switch from Andy to Wu Xiubo was incorrect. Due to a lot of factors filming was delayed from March to July this year. Andy had fixed his concert tour to be in the next half of this year, & he has to start preparing in June. He was thus unable to act in this movie.
John & Andy has been in circle many years, they have always been looking forward to a collaboration, never thought this time it is again impossible. Both sides regretted it a lot. John & Terrance both hope can have Andy’s participation in the next project.
In conclusion, John stressed that the good relationship with Andy remains, there was no tiff. Andy always has high respects for the director, the rumor collapses on itself.
Andy’s daughter, Hanna, was one-year old yesterday. A very contented Andy always declares that he is very blissful in all open activities. Though refused to have her picture exposed, her daughter growing up healthily makes him very contented & happy.
At his official website yesterday, he posted a picture of birthday cake with her daughter’s name Hanna.
He wrote, ‘Love, and blessings, not only this whole life, wish to thank all the family members for their love and well wishes. Andy Daddy. " It was so very heartwarming.
To get away from the prying eyes of media, other than letting wife & daughter to be at home most of the time, he intensified security protection, installed equipment to thaw secret filming.
To prevent his trail from being noticed, Andy did not get out of the house the whole of yesterday. It is believed that he celebrated the birthday quietly at home with his family, & pre celebrated Mother’s day for Carol.
News had it that Andy had 2 days ago celebrated Hanna’s birthday at The Peninsular Hotel, Michael Mu, Felix Wong, Sammi & others attended.
SCREEN SHOTS OF BLIND DETECTIVE
Andy’s wife, Carol, gave birth to a daughter last year on May 9. The baby was named Hanna, or Liu Xiang Hui. At age 50, Andy was obviously very happy to be a father! Today his daughter is one year old! Few days ago he held a birthday party for Hanna at The Penisula Hotel located Tsim Sha Tsui. Other than his family of three, his parents, his good friend Michael Mui, Sammi Cheng, Sandra Ng, Felix wong, George Lam, Sally Yeh were there to celebrate with him.
Though it is no longer a secret that Andy has a daughter, he remains low-keyed. At around 1 pm, he set off with 4 7-seaters which had curtains all up, to send his wife & daughter to The Penisula. The Hotel specially opened the back door for the 4 vehicles to park. Other than his family of three in one car, the other three vehicles were packed with bodyguards. They encircled the family, escorted them upstairs where the feast was held.
Michael Mui: Very Happy.
It's Andy’s daughter birthday, he was all smiles throughout, proud to be a father & satisfied to have a daughter! The feast was over at around 3pm.
When Michael was called the next day to ask about the party, he replied. "For this you have to ask Andy himself, he is always low-keyed. " When asked if it was a happy occasion, he said, "Very happy, but I wont talk much on his matter! "
'So Young', the first directorial debut of Vicky Chao collected 400 million rmb within a couple of days after opening. The result is stunning.
What is to follow is another movie on the young, 'Underage First Love', invested by Andy.
Andy teased that now when he is old he thinks of filming a youthful movie, something he never thought of before.
Said, "This is directed by Liu Juan, a story that took 4 over years to prepare, When I read the script, I felt like I was peeping at someone’s diary. The storyline is based on HK & TW singers & its impact on teh young in mainland China. It is touching. Though the singers that appear in the movie does not include me, the songs were those during my time, it strikes a chord in me. I feel that I have this responsibility to tell everybody, I ever had really influenced other people."
He thought of singing a song for the movie or playing a cameo role, but he worries that it will spoil the realistic feel, the theme song will be sung by the male & female leads.
The director picked Zhang Han yin as the female lead, the male lead was picked from a country-wide search. Finally Ran Xi was picked. It took 45 days to have scenes taken in Chong Qing.
Andy is very satisfied with the work, he said since after Fruit Chan’s Made In HK he is willing to invest in the movies that other investors viewed as ‘dangerous�, he hopes to get fresh new feel.
Will he take up directorship? He smiled, "I wish, but I'm still afraid, as my temper is bad, I can scold people. "
2 nights ago, Taiwanese boy band, Mayday, completed first of their 8-day concert, "Noah’s " World Tour 2013, in HK. In this HK leg, Andy was invited to appear in a short video clip, fulfilling Mayday's dream of collaborating with Andy. The concert was a success.
....Mayday invited their idol, Andy Lau, to play the role of newsreader, in front of camera Andy read fast & fluently a whole lot of words describing natural phenomena, indeed very impressive.
On this collaboration with Andy, Mayday indicated that they always adore Andy & for years had wanted to invite him. The record company sincerely invited Andy this time, never thought that Andy agreed readily. They had not watched the video beforehand, but are very thankful to Andy for giving such a grand present to them & their fans.
The Giant inflatable Rubber Duck sails into Victoria harbor lately. This 16.5-metre-tall yellow Rubber Duck has become a hot topic in town, attracted many civilians, sneaking around to take pictures of it. Even Andy in the search to reminisce his childhood, made time to meet the Duck. He had changed his work schedule to do so. It can be seen he is truly serious.
Dutch artist and duck creator Florentijn Hofman, with his crew of 10 over people, first pumped up the Duck in the sea. They took a long time as the wind was very strong that day. After the Duck was set up, it was placed on a stone platform.
As soon as it was ready, Andy appeared immediately, he was chummy to Hofman, they chatted on the making of the Duck & the journey it has travelled.
Andy said that he had played with rubber duckie before, it brought back his days when he was young, now the duck becomes bigger & he smaller.
Andy had never thought the Duck can be so big. It is like a big ship, & is very colorful. He feels relaxed on seeing the Duck, He knows the Rubber Duck is a symbol of happiness & goodwill, it has travelled to many countries, visited many cities, to spread the happiness message.
This exhibition is a charity event to help the mentally ill patients, very meaningful indeed.
The movie, Blind Detective, is a re collaboration of the trio, Johnnie To, Andy & Sammi after a lapse of 10 years. A scene of amazing taste was unveiled yesterday.
Sammi who played female cop, He Jia Hong, was seen with bleeding face, she was fighting with a pervert in an old kitchen. The guy's face was dirty, with hair unkempt. He was bare-chested. In the fight, both rolled on the floor. The eerily, scary sight makes one shivers. Andy by the side looked listless , he was blind & unable to lend a hand.
Sammi does not specialized in fighting, she said, “Most important is body must relax, the result is not bad."
Blind Detective will be screened in Cannes F F as mid night show. The trio has each invited one another to be present in Cannes.
Since after Ling Hao's Crazy Stone, Focus First Cuts pioneered by Andy is again launching a new director's project, Not Yet First Love, directed by liu Juan, starring Zhang Han Yun & others. The movie is based on HK four heavenly kings in the 90's which represented first class HK culture & how it influenced the youngsters in the mainland. As the movie has something to do with he himself , he thus decided to invest.
The movie is slated for release mid June.
After a lapse of 6 years Andy re launches Directors First Cuts, this is because HK movies shows a downturn lately, he had focused his energy on Gallants, A Simple Life & other local HK movies.
When asked if he wishes to be a director, he said,
"If I become a director I want to shoot a movie that has never appeared before, but I have not reached that standard. In Cold war I gave a lot of ideas, but all were not accepted, when I watched the film I too felt that the director had managed it well, so I think I will rather not be a director.
ANDY RE LAUNCHES DIRECTORS FIRST CUTS
BEING REBELLIOUS WAS MY CHARACTERISTIC IN YOUTH
.... When asked on his understanding on youth, Andy said that he feels youth does not disappear with time,
“I am still have my youth at age of 50, at 60 I can still retain it, Miss Youth is my idol, I keep chasing her. " He added to be young is to so something for oneself, so one can keeps it in the memory. “The characteristic of youth is rebellious, but that does not mean doing bad thing, every stage of life one can be rebellious."
When asked to talk about his first love, he avoided the topic, “That was very long ago, the feeling is still there, but first love is only once"
For the movie to be realistic, he does not played cameo role, his songs will hardly appear too.
“I am afraid that viewers after hearing my songs, will relate the movie is invested by me & will appear. Actually I had wanted to cameo as a teacher, but there is no such need, it will spoil the realistic feel."
Andy has watched the movie, he gave high remarks, � Though it has a theme on the youth in the 80s, the director has special capability, not any new director can do, even if I am a director, I may not be able to film it so well"