DATE: 22 FEB 2012
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY REGAINS HIS UNFINISHED AMBITION
INTRODUCED BJ THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES TO HK
Huang Lei is good in acting
Andy has been committed to promoting performing arts, recently with his Focus Theatre Limited Art Troupe brought in famous theatrical performance of Lao She, titled Four Generations to HK.
The perfromance is on ging, more than 100 shows have been shown in BJ last year.
There will be 3 charity shows in April , held @ the HK Culture Centre. Artistes included Qin Hailu, Huang Lei, & Lei Geshang .
Qing Hailu plays a meddlesome middle-aged woman, she has to sacrifice her look by putting on weight.
Andy’s decision was because he was amazed by a series of shows, said,
"In 20 over cities there are 100 over shows in each, the audience adds up to more than 100,000, from the first show in Taipei, till today in BJ the 100th shows. Now it is our turn, Hongkongers can have a chance to see the fruit of hard work put forth by the director & actors."
The theatre is actually the source of inspiration for Andy to enter the performing line, during his student days he wrote scripts for the school theatre performances on the stage. He acted in it & it leaves him long-lasting memories.
When he heard that Four Generations has the intention of coming to perform in HK, he discuss to his co-workers & thus the opportunity. He has picked up what he had left behind before, in addition, he can raise fund for his Andy Lau Charity Fund, indeed a very good thing.
The movie, Dwelling on Fuchun Mountains, directed by general director Sun Jian Jun, & US director Bob, starring Andy, Zhang Jing Chu , Lin Chiling, & Tong Da Wei, filmed the last indoor scene yesterday @ the world’s largest museum, National Museum of China. A press meet on the wrapping up of movie was also held.
Andy’s professional work attitude is always top in the circle.
The leads yesterday all expressed their honor to work with him, Dong Da Wei revealed that during filming even when Andy is tired, he did not get agitated, & praised him for his high EQ.
At the press conference, Andy was asked his relationship with the two female leads, smiling he said,
"One is the one I loved, one is the one I had an affair."
The host was quick to follow by asking if Tong Da Wei was his arch rival in love, he unexpected answered,
"Tong Da Wei & I are actually a pair. "
Lin Chiling revealed that on the whole the relationship of the characters is very intriguing, it cannot be told in a few words. She is honored to wotk with Andy, said,
"From him, we see what we have to learn, the thing that he is so respected by all is his seriousness with every take. "
Zhang too agreed that all in the set is very into their role, " From Andy I have learnt a lot on actions. Chiling fell ill in Dubai, she lost her voice, it was very tough for her, but she did not express any complaints. "
As for Tong Da Wei, he said the thing that Andy is so respectable is his high EQ, said, "We were all so tired during filming, the working hours was very long, but to Andy, he can keep his cool & seriousness in every shot. Just like last night, we were filming action scene, followed by non action scene, during filming he puts in his best form, everyone has moods, can get agitated, but not Andy."
The director indicated that the 4 leads all have breakthrough in their acting. In many scenes, the director had already passed, but if they felt that they have another way of acting they would actively suggest to have another take, indeed very professional. "
The ending part was the two leads after much sufferings joint-hand in bringing back the treasure, to ensure smooth joining of the two pieces of art work. In bringing out the high quality of the exhibition of the joined picture, the organizer managed to get the permission of filming the scene at the museum which is opened just less than a year ago. In the 8,000 sp m hall, the joined picture, which measures 30 m long, 3-storey tall , was a grand sight.
Filming of this movie strikes across 4 to 5 countries in Asia & Europe , outdoor scenes are as many as 80 over, shooting locations are 348, shooting material runs up to 180 hours. Particialting crew comes from 37 countries, indeed a very large-scale production!
Henry Tang Ying Yen, the man tipped to be Hong Kong's next chief executive, after the scandal (over a basement built illegally in their home ) was exposed, has his credibility ruined.
The whole city is asking him to quit the leadership race.
Many netizens show their full to Andy Lau to be the Chief Executive.
In actual fact, in 2003, in movie Golden Chick 2, he once acted CE of HK.
At the end of 2011 in another poll of CE choice, Andy with 32% of votes beat To Kit & L i Ka Shing. He is the ideal choice for the netizens.
Many in the entertainment circle in the blogs too show support for Andy to be the CE, one female author Zita Law declared, "One person one vote! Andy as the Chief Executive!"
Ng Ka Lok commented, "Andy! Why not you be serious & come out to contest for the post!"
Stanley Ho’s daughter Florinda Ho followed, "Agree! Good suggestion! I like the down-to-earth & responsible person!"
But Alan Tam who supports Henry Tang retorted, "You all should not harm him! "
Andy is yet to be a father, but as he has a lot of nieces & nephews, he is very good in handling children.
In a scene of family gathering in movie A Simple Life, there was an one year-old who cried & yelled for hours, the staff were at wits end, even his mother was not able to pacify him. When Andy came the baby was subdued immediately.
With pictures of Lin Chiling on one hand, a bottle of milk on the other, he asked the child to choose one, the moment when the child saw Andy he kept quiet, Andy told him if he cried some more they would not be able to go home.
Ann Hui quickly started camera rolling, soon the scene that took 3 hrs of waiting was over.
Andy said thoughtfully, "I like small children, I feel that parents nowadays only knows how to spoil the children, do not know how to teach them, I am yet to be a parent, sometimes I just cannot agree to it. "
The movie A Simple Life had a press con in BJ yesterday. Andy, who is investor & lead actor is contesting against mainland movies Flying Sword of The Dragon Gate & Let the Bullets Fly, indicated that his movie is not bad too, he is full of confidence to be named Best Actor again, but said not a single word about his family.
Andy, Deanie Ip & Ann Hui were in BJ yesterday for the press con of A Simple Life. Andy was exceptionally enthusiastic, first he revealed that he was not at all a favorite at the Golden Horse, then he pretended to knelt to Deanie Ip.
When he was asked about his family, he quipped. "Family matter, I shall tell you when you visit my home, we shall talk on movie today."
On Golden Horse, he said,
"I did not know what I had said at that time, the most unexpected thing is, usually there are people who take pictures of me & do video recording, but that day, after Best Director, Best Actress awards were given out, the staff left early thinking that I would not win, so not a photo was taken, I scolded him later, only photo taken was at the hotel!"
Andy was nominated for Best Actor at the HKFA, he was contesting with Lau Qing Wan, Ge You & Jiang Wen, said, "I have seen all their films, there are many good points, but mine is also not bad."
Andy & Deanie in these 10 years have acted mother-son roles 10 times, on their relationship, he said,
"Actually the age difference between us is not big, our relationship is light usually, we don’t see each other often, but whenever we meet our relationship is not a single bit less, the screen chemistry is also very good, if to act as girl friend, I think we will have the same chemistry."
The mother & son pair was hotly received, father-to-be Andy was in high spirits. A Simple Life opens in mainland on March the 8, while in HK it is March 9
Andy with a fee of 20 million is filming mainland grand movie Fuchun Mountain. The set was in BJ filming recently.
The scene was about Lin Chiling trying to seduce Andy. Andy met her by chance while he was driving a luxurious car to do an investigation. Chiling dressed glamorously like a mysterious lady.
Directed by mainland director Shun Jian Jun, Fuchun Mountains is coming to a close.
Chiling in a red wig, low-cut short skirt & heavy make-up is indeed very eye-catching. She played mysterious lady Lisa, who has multiple looks. She changesd her look whenever she was out, this must be a very challenging one for her.
The movie wrapped up in Dubai recently. The scene in BJ was taken at a car park. Andy who was going out to investigate the whereabouts of the thief who stole the picture, unexpectedly he met this mysterious lady who carried a placard with words, 'Book me or give me a job. '
When Chiling read the script she feels that the role is very interesting, & agreed to it readily.
Said, "Lisa is a mysterious lady, the role is very special for me this time, even minute action was meticulously designed. Very satisfying as I have multiple looks."
Andy in Johnnie To’s movie previously was a blind police inspector, this time he was like 007 suave spy, said,
"Actually it is quite a test playing spy, for a long time I have not been having a handsome role, the director asked me to act suave again, so everyone can reminisce the old handsome Andy 26 years ago. "
Will he be a director after acting so well? He replied, "I am afraid that I will throw temper during filming, my good image will be spoilt. It is very stressful to be a director, better that I be an actor."
Jacky Cheung completed his 2 day concer tin Kaohsiun last night. He had an interview after his first concert. He gave himself 90 marks for the performance,
He has a pair of daughters, age 11 & 6. On his good friend, Andy, who will be a father in June, he passed some tips , "Spend more time with the child, once he has grown up you will miss the chance. " He smiled & said that his daughter now 11 year-old does not allow him to be close to her. He wishes Andy treasures everyday as a father.
He feels that his elder daughter does not like to play with him, when he said "Give daddy a kiss." She seems quite reluctant.
A Simple Life, starring Andy & Deanie has won many awards, it has also the support of many in the circle, who volunteered in a scene of movie premiere. The cast was strong, retired heavyweight movie person Raymond Chow Man Wai, Lau Wai Keung, Stanley Kwan, Joe Cheung, Lam Ka Tung, Angelababy, Helena Law Lan & others played carefree roles. Raymond Chow even mobilised his wife & daughter to film overnight, Andy was very touched by the support.
Andy , now filming in BJ, on hearing the good news of his nomination as Best Actor in HKFA, congratulated, "Long Live HK movie!"
Said, "Being liked by the jury, (I) have received so much, really don’t know what elase to say, other than saying a few more thank yous, I dare not expect more. I am looking forward to the grand event for HK movie persons such as HKFA. Congratulate HK movie! "
In one scene in the movie, Andy who played young master Roger brought Deanie, who played Sister Tao, to the movie premiere, a film produced by him.
Good friends from the circle came without asking for a fee, including Raymond Chow, this made Andy & director Ann Hui very touched.
Deanie before shooting this scene specially went to an old fashion hair saloon to do her hair & nail, Abd praised, "You’re so beautiful!" This made her so happy.
Deanie is most delighted to meet up with her old EYL friend Law Lan, who played the idol of Tao Jie.
Said Andy, "Raymond is always very concerned about me, his wife & daughter came, when we were shooting night scene, time when he will be already sleeping, he chose to sleep few hours less to take part in shooting, really very touched. "
Lau Wai Keung during shooting, pointed to Angelababy beside him, introduced her to Andy that is his girl friend, this was actually words made up by him, it added atmosphere to the scene!
Zhou Xun in Flying Sword of Dragon Gate
Nominatiosn for the 31st HK Film Awards were announced yesterday at a press con in Tsim Sha Tsui. Attendees included Nicholas Tse, Lau Qing Wan, HKFA chairman Gordon Chan Ka-Seung & others.
Tsui Hark’s Flying Sword of Dragon Gate & Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly have the most number of nominations, a total of 13 each.
This is followed by Peter Chan’s Wu Xia with 12, Felix Chong’s Overheard 2 with 9. A Simple Life which has won several international awards though has eight, its weight is palpable, it is nominated in Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress.
In the Best Actor category, Andy Lau stands a chance to be named Best Actor again after winning at GH Awards. He is contesting against Jiang Wen & Ge You, both nominated with movie Let The Bullets Fly, & Lau Qing Wan who has double nominations with Overheard2 & Life Without Principle.
Jiang Wen & Ge You both entered the contest with the same movie, Jiang Wen quipped, "The movie has 13 nominations, it is already an recognition for all od us, on & off the screen, many thanks to Carina Lau, Chou Yin Fat & all the workers. "
Said Ge You, "Very happy to be in contest for Best Actor again, esp being nominated with Jiang Wen. "
Carina who is nominated in Best Supporting Actress with the same movie, said, "Many thanks to the acceptance, also thanks to the audience for liking Mdm County Magistrate."
Most will trust that Deanie Ip after winning Best Actress 4 times will have no problem in getting another one in HKFA, also Zhou Xun's role in Dragon Gate did not allow her to exhibit fully, it is hard for her to become Deanie’s opponent. Deanie used 'Ultimate Honor' to describe her feelings.
Ann Hui who is now in TW indicated that she is very happy that not only the male & female leads are nominated, the supporting male & female leads are also included.
Tsui Hark said the thirteen nominations is a great honor to the whole team.
Life Without Principle’s Johnnie To said, "This is the movie I love the most, many thanks to all the actors who gave me three years to complete this movie. "
Nicholas Tse used the word 'Unexpected' to describe his nomination in Best Supporting Actor category with New Shaolin Temple.
The ceremony for HKFA will be held on April 15 @ The Culture Center.
It will be broadcasted by TVB, now TV & RTHK 2nd station. There will be no conflict with 2 stations screening the event, according to HKFA chairman, as one is paying & one is free, he also revealed that HK government has sponsored 5 over million, but it is only enough to cover the production cost.
Andy, Zhang Jing Chu, Lin Chiling, Dong Da Wei had completed filming Fuchuin Mountains in Dubai, what is left are parts of the scenes on sailing.
This movie has scenes from going up to the sky to going down to the sea, in addition to drilling through the desert, it brings out the intelligence & spirit of the film makers, using international collaboration, a most expensive modern day movie is made.
Director Shun Jian Jun uses high quality large scaled filming, in these 20 days, absorbed the spirit of Dubai , touted to be the legend of Arab, scenes were taken from 6 star hotel Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Tower, 7-star hotel BurjAl-Arab, akin to that of Mossion Impossible.
7-star BurjAl-Arab hotel had rejected 40 over offers from around the world to film in the hotel premises, for the fist time opens its door to the set from China.
The presidential suit at the 25th floor is a luxurious room measuring a thousand sq mover, the room glitter with gold, furniture & decos are all top notch in the world. 400 over Arab chiefs coming from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, after 3 days of selection, 3 were recruited under stringent conditions for filming.
The flying car scenes went all the way to the 6 star Atlantis Hotel, it went through a giant fish tank that has 6,000 over fishes inside! The other scenes included Andy’s parachuting with an umbrella from the hotel, indeed comparable to Tom Cruise’s climbing giant rock in Dubai im MI 4!
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
CHILING FILMIN NEW MOVIE IN DUBAI
...As corals & gold are precious items, hugh insurance was bought for the hotel lobby, as high as 43.25 million rmb a day.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY TW
CHILING AND ANDY FILMING FUCHUN MOUNTAIN IN DUBAI
Andy & Chiling dating in Dubai, the srew had to suspend camera in mid-air to shoo the scene
Andy left his handprints at the Walk of Stars
Shooting was done within 20 days. Andy & Chiling endangered their lives to film the movie, a few hundreds workers were involved in the filming, Air tickets of those involved from around the world add up to a million rmb over.
Andy indulged fully with shooting, he is the role model of those in the circle. Taiwanese actor Chris Wang was in HK yesterday , taking Andy as his idol, he visited Walk of Fame in Victoria, had photos taken with Andy & Aaron’s handprints. He quipped, "They are evergreen in the circle, this is my targeted spirit in my daily work. "
Director giving out instructions
Ridding on the wave of A Simple Life, TVB is screening TV drama of ’82, The Emissary, which starred Andy Lau & Deanie Ip. What follows is another wave of chasing TV drama serial till late in the night.
In this drama, other than Andy & Deanie, there are actually other stars including Stephen Chow, Tony Leung & Cheng Siu-Fai.
Stephen Chow played cameo role, at first as Andy’s classmate, in a later episode as a righteous passerby, 2 roles in one.
Other than Andy playing the lead role, a group of stars were his green leaves. Tony & Stephen both played insignificant roles. The first collaboration of Stephen & Andy is actually not God of Gamblers 2 in '89, but in 82’s The Emissary.
In 1982 Stephen Chow was still in the training academy, he was made to play Andy’s classmate, from the 1st to the 3rd episode he was spotted, but had little dialogue.
2 nights ago at the 6th episode, Andy & Stephen then had a scene together, he was not the classmate, but was a passerby .
In one night, Andy was at a toilet. There was a drug addict trying to inject drugs into his body. Stephen who appeared, said sartically, "A human rubbish." The two went into an argument, Andy came to settle the dispute, Stephen yelled some righteous words. Compared to his previous cameos, it was quite a meaty role.
In addition, Wilson Tsui who has crossed over to Ricky Wong’s City Telecom Limited, played a street rascal trying to sexually harass Susanna Kwan. Andy tried to mediate. Andy had a golden head band, their high-waist jeans showed the trendy look in the 80s.
Cheng Siu-Fai played a student, Tony Leung was the younger brother of Barbara Chan . 30 years later, they have all become famous actors, TVB in the olden days indeed was a ‘workshop for the superstars’
A Simple Life starring Andy & Deanie Ip will be out officially on March 9 .
Scenes were taken at an Old Folks Home on the first day of shooting. When Andy appeared, the elders asked suspiciously if he really was Andy Lau, Andy atold them, "Yes, I am! " On hearing this, they refused to take naps, all wanted to see Andy shooting. The Home was buzzing with activity. Andy hummed Cantonese tunes to entertain them.
Andy quipped, "The saying goes, 'when there is an aged person at home, it is like having a treasure, in front of me are so many treasures!" He had actually worried that he would disturbed their rest hours filming, later he felt at ease, as actually they are all quite lively!
In the movie, Anthony Wong played the boss of the Home, while Gong Xue Hua played the chief i/c Both too brought much laughter to the Home.
Anthony had an eye pad on the L eye, & wore a long gown, he looked like a very bossy Mark Ge . He told Andy, "The look is indeed surreal! Wjen I painted one finger black, Ann Hui felt this gives a playful twist, she asked me to paint all the 10 fingers black! I went home & picked a black gown to go with it, all a sudden I looked just like a big boss. But never thought on the first day of filming, I had eye infection on the L eye, that was how I become like this! "
Gong Xue Hua when acting opposite Andy always said the wrong word, as her Cantonese is very poor, it was very funny. She made everyone laughed.
Andy whose nick-name is Bull Hua is always busy from beginning of the year to the end of the year, but comes CNY, he always takes leave to be with his family. Same for this year, during CNY, he keeps his pregnant wife company.
Before CNY he was busy with filming, during CNY he is back in HK to be with his family. He has 6 siblings, all are back for CNY this year.
Though in a big family there is no much of traditions, on CNY eve he serves tea to his parents, in the tea there will be a lotus seed, to signify sweetness.
Will he personally go to the kitchen to prepare new year dishes? He said he is best with boiled chicken, he also knows how to chop up a chicken, but for close to 10 years he has not done any cooking.
Family Lau has habit, in every 1st & 15th of lunar month, they take vegetarian food. There was a joke, he used to ask his family why oysters are vegetarian food, his family told him, "When the Jin Shan Temple was flooded, the monks had nothing to eat, the abbot used his stick to dip into the water & oysters got stuck to it, & that was their food." But when he had grown up, he has stopped eating oysters on those 2 days.
Andy always likes to write spring calligraphy, is he writing this year? He said, "Because cannot paste any up, my mother said so!" Actually because of the pregnant lady at home there are a lot of taboos. To have peace of mind, this year he controls himself.
Going to be a father soon, will he give a bigger red packet this year? Andy replied that every year it is not a lot he gives, it is always below HK $100,000 red packets.
His god-mother Deanie Ip was asked if she will give present to Andy who is going to be a father soon, she said, "Don’t need, don’t need to buy for other people, they have their own idea, as thigns will not be of use to them, I am more westernized, I would give books, music etc stuff that promotes learning. "
SOURCE: ORIENTAL DAILY
ANDY LEAKED SECRET TO FANS THAT HE WILL HAVE A GIRL
Andy announced news that his wife is pregnant when he was 50 year-old. He had broken hearts of many fans after keeping his marriage under wraps before, to prevent repeat of 'lie-telling’, days ago at fans-club gathering, he told his fans that he is going to have a BB girl , Accordingly, the baby will arrive in June.
On the second day of CNY, he met a thousand over fans at fan club to celebrate the festival. In a long green gown, smiling broadly, he told them, "BB should be a girl." He added that this secret is only for his fans. On hearing this, fans screamed ecstatically, they congratulated him for having a Small Dragon Girl. The atmosphere was very high.
He gave them red packets too, each HK$10. He spent 20 thousands over. He shared pictures of him in Dubai. Many fans came, young & old in tow. A father-to-be, he cuddled & kissed babies.
Andy had leaked the secret to his fans, making them very happy. His loyal fans too in unison protect their idol, "Don't leak out the news. 'What you said yesterday, I will not reveal a single word!' Rest assured! "
But some fans uncontrollably revealed at his blog, "Congratulatiosn for having a Small Dragom Girl!" Some fans left words, "Boss, know the good news! See you in June! Happy!"
As if the baby will arirtive in June.
Andy had during Winter solsticea reunion dinner with his family.
Lunar New Year in SG
melon seeds of all types
dragon lighted up
Deanie with A Simple Life has become an international Best Actress, her mother-son relationship with Andy will resurrect at TVB, which has arranged the classic drama series, The Emissary, to be screened starting from the 4th day of lunar new year, Monday to Friday, around midnight.
Before the screening of each episode, a special trailer titled 'Destiny Since Emissary' will be shown, each lasting 1 to 1.5 minute. Andy & Deanie will narrate their mother & son relationship.
Said Deanie, "The feeling is very special when I hear a friend calls me mama, it sounds so sweet, I remember a 70-year old man also called me mama, I feel ok too. "
Andy & Deanie were interviewed by TVB entertainment news recently, They were named Best Actor & Actress at the Golden Horse, with movie A Simple Life.
Deanie quipped that she is excited even until now. Smiling, she said, "On that day I heard audience cheered & clapped, I thought it was Andy who had bribed fans to do so! Later than I knew the audience acknowledged the movie, indeed it was a pleasant surprise!"
Andy & Deanie are like mother & son on & off the screen, Deanie praised that Andy is perfect, Andy in turn said he has learnt life principles from her.
On Andy who is going to be a father soon, Deanie said, "When Andy called to inform me the good news that day, I was really very happy, as it was at a public place, I could not be too excited, when I went back home, I yelled 'Yeah!' I think he will dote on the child a lot!"
Andy said he feels excited, he will give more time to be with his family.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY TW
'HIDDEN VERSION' OF CALENDAR ON ANDY BY APPLE DAILY TO WISH READERS A HAPPY NEW YEAR
After giving out calendars festuring 12 stars including Wang LeeHom, Joilm Tsai & others, Apple Daily is giving out a 'hidden file' today, a big surprise for its readers.
The one featured is superstar Andy who nabbed Best Actor award at the Golden Horse & who will be father of a dragon baby soon, a 2012 calendar! He even wished readers a Happy New Year, with his own handwriting.
Presently in Dubai to film FuChun Mountains, will be back to HK on CNY eve to keep his 4-month pregnant wife company. He starts work again on the 8th day of CNY.
Andy is good with calligraphy, his handwritten message conveys his well wishes for Apple Daily readers. Last years he had double happiness, other than getting Best Actor award, his wife is pregnant. The media reported that the baby is a boy. The biggest change is he is going to be a father this year.
He plans to be free from February onwards to keep his wife company, the spokesperson in his TW company however revealed that on Jan 30, the 8th day of CNY, he will fly to BJ to continue filming of Fuchun Mountains. After that he will be filming a movie with Sammi, The Blind Policeman. The schedule is rather packed.
His movie A Simple Life will have promo activities in March, he may come to TW for the promo, probably until March he is still not able to be free.
As Carol is expected to deliver in June, it is estimated that in the second half of the year, Andy will cut down his work to keep baby & wife company. The spokesperson said work as planned will not be changed.
Andy always takes his work seriously, as such when there is an assignment, the company will discuss with him, he separates his private & work life distinctively.
The 6th Asian Film Awards will take place on the 19th of March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Nominees for the 14 categories were announced yesterday. Deanie Ip, named Best Actress four times before, is on the run for the same award a fifth time.
She is a hot favourite. Actresses who may pose threat to her include Leila Hatami, who plays Simin in the Iranian movie Nader and Simin, a Separation, the film of which has just been named Best Foreign Film @ the Golden Globe, & Michelle Chen from You Are The Apple of My Eye.
Andy too, is nominated for Best Actor award with A Simple Life, contesting with Chen Kun from The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, Japanese actor Yakusho Kōji of Chronicle of My Mother.
Tsui Hark’s movie The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate has the most nominations, a total of 7.
Deanie Ip on her fifth Best Actress chance, said lightly, "To me, being able to take part in a movie is no mean feat, being invited is a bonus."
Andy feels honoured on being nominated, said, "Know that the other contestants are strong, Chen Kun is a goos actor I know well, the others are good too, so I feel happy on being nominated." He has more confidence for Deanie Ip. He too feel happy for Ann Hui who is honored with Life Long Achievement Award.
Andy Lau's wife pregnant with triplets
11 Jan - Andy Lau's wife, Carol Choo is revealed to be pregnant with triplets and it seems to be three healthy female babies to be delivered in 5 months.
Andy previously had admitted that his wife Carol is 4 months pregnant, but when he was questioned about the gender of the baby, Andy only replied by saying he adores both boy and girl.
Popular writer 'Gu Du Yi' recently revealed on his blog that Andy had secretly brought Carol for a foetal gender testing and the result shown was rare healthy female triplets.
Andy was overwhelmed, but at the same time he's also worried that 3 of his daughters will suffer from autism, as woman who are aged 40 and above, like Carol, will face a higher risk of giving birth to children suffering from autism.
Andy is said to have accompanied his wife for a check up recently @ the famous OG specialist in Central, 4D echo was done & confirmed the good news that Carol is having a boy! Indeed something to be congratulate on!
As Carol belongs to advanced maternity age group, to confirm if the baby is healthy, she needed amniocentesis to exclude Down Syndrome. From the test, it is confirmed that the baby is a healthy boy, both Andy & wife are elated. Other than taking time off to accompany his wife, Andy has employed p rivate nurse & bodyguards to protect carol, his mother has boiled soups for her, his father buys baby clothers, while waiting for the arrival of baby!
ANDY ACCOMPANIED WIFE FOR 4D ULTRASOUND
The cute baby with Andy's eyes , Carol's nose & mouth
The doctor just smiled when asked if he will deliver Andy's baby
After Andy had confirmed he is going to be a father soon (after Golden Horse), he he insisted to keep mum the gender of the baby. Outsiders predicted he has a higher chance of having a girl.
According to HK Sudden Weekly, Andy accompanied his wife for a check up last week, he asked for a 4D ultrasound to confirm. When it was known the baby is a boy, he was very happy. It has actually been confirmed before with amiocentesis.
Andy brought his wife to the specialist early in the morning at 8, he gave her some warm water to drink at first, & stroke her head on & off, very caring indeed. The doctor told him after 4D ultrasound, "If no mistake, it will be a boy! "
He has 2 nurses taking turns to take care of his wife, his parents are busy with chores for the arrival of the grandson.
The specialist when contacted declined to reveal anything.
ACCOMPANIED WIFE FOR CHECK UP AT 8 IN THE MORNING
ANDY HAS A BABY BOY!
According to Sudden weekly, Andy accompanied his wife for a check up in Central last week, before baby is 20 weeks, he has requested a 4 D U/S be done. Though BB was not very cooperative, the dr has confirmed that Andy is going to have a boy! Andy was so happy, he laughed out 'kakaka!’
To avoid the prying eyes, he had requested the clinic be opened at 8 for them, & no one was to be present. The obstetrician who is taking care of Carol will delivered the baby, he was introduced by Sandra Ng. Andy’s father has been busy buying clothes & toys for the baby, while his mother boils soup for her daily. As both parents are eager to see the grandson, the family has dropped the idea of having Carol delivered baby in Malaysia.
Andy had been to Hangzhou for filming recently, he is wrapping up the movie with Johnnie To, in March he will be busy with promo of A Simple Life. After this 3 job on hand, he can then be relaxingly accompany his wife. He has turned down all movie offers, at least a sum of 100 million income. He is estimated to be back to work in June next year.
China movie, Dwelling on Fuchun Mountains, had a press conference in Dubai recently, it was held at the most luxurious hotel in the world.
Leads Andy, Zhang Jing Chu, Lin Chiling , Dong Da Wei, director Sun Jian Jun, America director Bob Brown attended. Media from 50 over countries around the world were drawn to the event. China consulate in Dubai, Dubai Overseas Tourist promotion chief executive were also at the press con.
Andy was being praised highly by the director for having a good reputation among the world Chinese, he is on par with international superstar Tom Cruise & Sir Sean Connery & others. On this, Andy responded that he prefers to be his own self, indeed a man of character.
Dubai gives full support to the filming of the movie in its city, many iconic structures & buildings will be included, one of which is the seven-star hotel that shaped like a sail, Burj Al Arab . It is the first time that the hotel opens itself to outsiders filming.
It is said Andy & Chiling will jump from a height at the Dubai tower. Scenes will include high altitude parachuting, flying cars smashing into the big fish tank of Hotel Atlantis the Palm, car racing at the beach & others. Andy will drive straight into the world top class hotel, it will be a thrilling sight.
At the press con, a trailer lasting 1 ½ minute was broadcasted, it won loud applause from the floor.
Director Sun who had filmed promotional trailer for BJ Olympics before said, "Dubai is just like China, they are always mistaken as being dirty, messy & of low standard. For the first time we are using the latest style in filming, with the most trendy quality product for our audience in China & the world. Sand covering up the city with camels running about on the road is purely for entertainment. In my movie dirty, messy, low standard stuff will not be present. My movie will show a realistic Dubai. Just like I do not like my country to be viewed wrongly by the Westerners as we are still in Qing dynasty, with a pony tail, with donkeys & cars every where. China is just like Dubai, we are modern, very trendy."
The movie is like an Eastern spy movie, is Andy worried that he will be compared to 007 or Mission Impossible, or any other such movies?
Said Andy, "Actually this type of movie is frequently seen in HK, but we are doing a big scale one with big production, also the director has put in a lot of effort , the director from America side has broght many new things, I am not sure if we can be compared to the foreigners, but we will present a very special, our very own unique spy movie. "
The director said Andy is the MJ & Tom Cruise among the Chinese, He said, "In the first 30 years Andy is a combination of MJ & Tom Cruise, perhaps 30 years later, he is Sean Connery."
On hearing this, Andy indicated,
"I hope to be my own self!"
Andy who has confirmed his wife will give birth to a dragon BB, was asked of his work & if his daily life has changed.
He replied, "My daily life has not changed much, as my p rivate life & work is separated. Work is an important part of life. So I will work very hard on this. "
D on F M has exceeded 100 million RMB just production cost alone. It is not only the most expensive modern day movie, it is also the first one to have scenes taken outside China. Filming sites included Hangzhou, Taipei, Tokyo, Milan, Dubai & others. From the crew, equipments to creativity, it is comparable to Mission Impossible.
Hong Kong Film Critics Society gave out 5 awards & picked 7 recommended films for its 18th Awards ceremony.
This is the first report card given out yearly & is touted to be trend-setter for the subsequent annual movie awards.
After an eight-hour long heated debate & 3 rounds of intensive voting, Deanie Ip emerged, as expected, Best Actress with her movie A Simple Life. Lau Qing Wan with movie Life Without Principle was named Best Actor a third time.
The total number of movies officially screened this year is numbered 57.
In the categories Best Film & Best Director, A Simple Life, Life Without Principle, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, "Overheard2, Let The Bullets Fly had a very tough fight.
Overheard 2 at one occasion equalled Life Without Principle, after a hot debate, Life Without Principle emerged winner.
Said Deanie, "Any award is an encouragement, especially to an elderly like me, it is like a booster shoot, hope all the awards can give deserving returns to the investors, hope that director Ann Hui can film movies she believes in. Many thanks to the HK Film Critics Society, many thanks once again to the trust given by Andy & An Hui. "
Andy had not been seen in public since after his revelation that his wife is pregnant in November last year.
He appeared for the first time yesterday & was congratulated by all. He was so happy that he kept laughing out loud & covered his face, it is hard to conceal elation of a father-to-be! He revealed that his dragon baby will arrive in April or May. He is happy to have either girl or boy.
Andy was at the movie promotion yesterday, though he has to work from morning to evening, he was very energetic.
When the reporters congratulated him, he smiled & clasped his hands. When asked how many months pregnant his wife is, initially he made the excuse that he does not wish to talk during his work hour, still he quipped,
"Please be good! Last time I said it was 3 months, now it is almost 4 months. (Does your wife has morning sickness?) Over already! (Her mood?) Many thanks. ( Dragon girl or boy?) Many thanks. Both girl & boy is fine!" After he released the news, he received many congratulatory messages.
When asked if he has booked a bed for his wife, he smiled, "Ok ok, sure to have gone trhough this (being asked) stage!"
Andy said he is still filming the movie Dwelling Fu Chun Mountain, after CNY he will continue with shooting. When asked when is he going to stop work & take holidays, he said he will finish all his has to film Johnnie To’s new movie. As Johnnie is involved in another movie now, he will negotiate the time with him later. Luckily the movie will be filemd in HK.
When asked if he will stop work to accompany his wife during confinement month, he smiled, "Yes yes yes, I will !thank you. We shall talk again in p rivate. (Had bougth BB cotbed?) Many thanks!"
As there are many births this year, confinement lady is hard to come by, has Andy got one already? Andy learnt that people got the lady one year in advance,. He asked, "Isn't it 10 months pregnancy?" As New year is around the corner, every year he was asked when he is going to have a baby, this year no one needs to ask!
Deanie Ip kept mum when asked if the BB is girl or boy, asnswered, "Home matter cannot ell, happy matter also cannot tell!"
31 DEC 2011 11pm
It was in this same place that the count down was held.
Never mind about the lousy pictures, just to share festive mood~
Metro Hit Awards 2011 will be held tonight. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, other than station's usual style in generously giving out 30 over awards, 2 more are added, Metro Hit Singer Awards, for Andy & Sammi who have both rejected further awards. The Hit Awards are to commend their contribution to the music circle.
Andy remains record holder for male singers. He was awarded Metro Hit Male Singer award, & Metro Hit World Singer award for a consecutive 8 years, from 1998 to 2005! For 7 years in a row he was given Asia Hit Singer award. He swept a hundred over awards in the last 15 years!
As both Sammi & Andy has work on hand, they will be absent on the ceremony tonight.
Sichuan gives me very deep & pleasant impression
Back to Chengdu, visited The Wide & Narrow Lanes (Kuanxiangzi and Zhaixiangzi ). Now a leisure place for tourists & locals, it has many mistorical remains, the big houses were from the rich during Qing dynasty.
This is Narrow Alley
men & ladies of leisure
This owner is simply too tall for her hip puppy, no, no diamond on the collar
At night, watched Sichuan opera, face-changing art ...
Face-changing, previously only passed down to males, now have female haahrd to see how the trick was executed,
Opera show, on Warring Three States
Hero & beauty
The third day in Chengdu
All pictures of Oh-so-cute panda are feast to the eyes..
Shhh... we are only small babies...
I like this hot noodle soup the most
Last day, shopping! @ Chun Xi Road
On the last of the nights, watched a musical show, This actor is famed cos he looks like Andy. He plays the lead & has a v good voice. The musical is about the re union of a couple, Jin & Sha, from 2001 back to 3,000 years ago...
The lead came out right in front of me
Chengdu is a vibrant modern city with many big shopping malls. The sky appears hazy almost everyday, not due to pollution, but due to its geographical situation, being surrounded by mountains covered by low clouds.
Visited Memorial Temple of the Three Su¡¯s (Su Dong Po, his father & brother) Su Dong Po is famous for his poem on the Red Cliffs & many others. He lived about a thousand years ago in Song Dynasty, was a writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, statesman, even good in medicinal drugs, many beautiful writings all still adored by many.
The poem on The Red Cliff
The writing was legible at first, after some wine, it got more & more curvy & almost illegible, very beautiful calligraphy
Visited Bamboo Museum
The building is shaped like a young bamboo shoot!
Inside is its office, factory, museum.
Many, many things are made from bamboo
a 'womb' for the porcelin product
Rice cooked in bamboo, bamboo table & chairs
Young bamboo stem is separated to fine fibres & used to make pictures, the art has become a national treasure, used as gifts for foreirn dignitaties.
Leshan Big Buddha, inland island. After the two big Buddhas in Afghanistan were destroyed, this becomes the biggest Buddha statue in the world, stands 70m tall
Er Mei Shan
Temple built at stepwise elevated land, admist lush green serene environment
Visited Huanglong Xi Ancient Town
art of candy making
Deanie was guest of a TV programme yesterday. When she heard media asking host what sort of question he would ask, she teased, "Heard that I'm going to get married, he is curious & want to confirm with me, if he is willing to lose & married me I am willing too!" Everyone laughed.
Deanie disclosed that she met Andy who is going to be a father soon some days ago, she is very happy that she will have a grandchild soon.
Does she know the gender of the baby? She replied secretively, "Cannot tell! This is family affair, (Still not known?) I don¡¯t know, I also didn¡¯t ask, I am afraid I might slip my tongue when I am elated!"
She had also met mother-to-be Carol Chu, she praided highly, "She is very pretty, exceptionally pretty, I am going to give her a book on child care, best is to tell story daily to the BB, actually there is don¡¯t need to give her anything, she is loaded with thousands of love, there is don¡¯t need to be too anxious! "
Andy is good in writing calligraphy, his work is always put on sale & it fetches good price. Recently he again sold a piece of his calligraphy, with only 4 words he raised a million rmb. Every of his word is worth tens of thousands dollars, easily he raised a big sum, trusts he has to do this more often to give many of the poor a bright future.
At a recent TV programme in mainland China, 'Believe in Love-2010 New Year Charity Night', held in BJ , attended by Jacky Chan, Huang Xiao Ming, Li Yu Chun, Annie Yi, Christy Chung, Charmaine Sheh & others, a total of 14.78 million rmb was raised. The amount goes to help the poor & sick children & students.
After being crowned Best Actor at GH, Andy immediately announced his double happiness, his wife is a few month pregnant. He has immediately cut down the amount of work, at a time when his wife needs him the most, he will stay by her side more to take care of her. He was thus absent on that night. But his influence is still great, the calligraphy written by him & Tsui Hark for the movie Detective Dee, Dong Tian Ti Guo, was the first to be auctioned, it was bought by the boss of Bona Film Group with a million rmb. Truly every word is worth tens of thousands dollars.
These boys were simply eye-catching, oh so lively & eneegetic, sang & dance at the entrance to the theatre. Oops. forgot about the ladies on the other side haha
All the visitors were given a white rope as blessigns
The show centered on the marriage of Zang emperor & Ming princess (?thousnad of years ago). The marriage brought peace & intergration of culture
fashion show of Zang tribe, colorful & body full of ornaments
Tibetian tug of war, the rope goes in between the legs, it was v funny as the contestants were picked from the audience that created a lot of laughter. The final winner got to 'marry' a Zang girl!
Simply besoted¡ªthe boy on the right has a v strong lung power, his singing was awesome. recorded on iphone & bought his album !!
Back to Chengdu the next day.
Before airport, stopped over at Tian Zhu factory
Tian Zhu are precious stones of Tibetian, the patterns on the stones all naturally formed, mindful of fake ones which are hand-drawn, but not those in this factory
Child with cheeks oh-so-rosy
Way to airport
Playful waterfall trickling down pebbles& rocks..
Colorful forest trees
Stalls selling Local products
Mou niu (yak) products, from comb to decor stuff
Bright color is order of the day!
Tibetian culture door decor
Fleet of taxis at the end of the day
(wait.. more after dinner.. )
The flight took off from SG at around 2 am. It reached Chengdu at around 6am. From Chengdu, we board a domestic flight to Jiu Zhai Gou, about 400km away, used to be a road journey but takes tiresome 8 hrs, & passed through quake-hit areas.
Jiu Zhai Gou is both a UNESCO World Heritage site, and World Biosphere Reserve.
The area once habitated by Zang Zu or Tibetian people. It is a big area, only a small part was developed for tourism.
To protect the environment, all tourists vehicles are not allowed entry, there are many shuttle buses to ferry visitors.
The place is famous for its beautiful landscape, at an elevated highland, it has snow-capped peaks, 'butterfly-lookalike' waterfalls, crystal clear jade-like lakes, multi-colored forest tress & rich Tibetian culture.
We spent a whole day in this beautiful area.
Chengdu airport, panda mascot outside the airport
Arrived in Jiuzhaigou! Snowing!
flight commonly delayed or cancelled due to bad weather!
Luckily, the next day, weather turned sunny,
swift running stream brightened up the day further!
Entrance already crowded with tourists in the early morning!
The queue snaked to no where.... backdrop of beautiful forest trees
Five Flowers Lake
Every lake has a special name to it, there are just too many to remember
(to be continued..)
2 nights ago Deanie & Johnie To attended '2011 International Short Film Festival'.
Deanie admitted that there is no new script waiting for her since after her winning of Best Actress award. She self-deprecated that her role is very limited, investors thus do not wish to get her to act, but there are many parties & activities inviting her to attend. She chooses mostly those related to movies.
She is not aware of what this 'trendy wave 'short film festival is about , it was Shu Qi who invited her to be the opening ceremony guest she agreed to come. Said, "I seldom watch TV, news, I had tried to film short films before, but the production is very high, it was not like now we can use cell phones to film."
On Andy who will be a father soon, will she adopt the child? She said, "There is no such a need,a s long as both mother & child are healthy."
Andy may because of wanting to keep his wife company affect the promo activity of Tao Jie, she agrred to his decision,
" Accompany his wife is more important, I agree that he should stop work to keep his wife company, being able to witness the growth of a baby is the happiest thing ."
Deanie added she would buy books for the child.
The many accolades won by Tao Jie may help boost its box office, Deanie replied, "Hope the loss is not too much, Andy predicted a loss of 2 million, I hope the box office can be good. "
MING PAO---ANDY PAID RESPECT TO LL
Andy who will be a father soon was in HK Coliseum 2 nights ago to watch LL concert. He was in a very good mood , though he did not go up the stage, he kept getting up to clap, he too bowed to LL to show his respect, it was all beyond words.
WEN WEI PO
ANDY AS VIP GUEST
2 nights ago at LL 5th concert in Coliseum, Andy who had announced his new addition to family was also present.
Andy who will be a father in the coming year made a special trip to Coliseum & watched the whole show. LL thanked Andy for his time & the support, & congratulated him for GH winning. He wishes to have opportunity to work with Andy in future.
They had a photo taken at the backstage.