DATE: 21 MARCH 2012
ANN HUI MIGHT FILM PREQUEL OF TAO JIE
Stephen Fung, Ann Hui, & executive producer of Tao Jie, Roger attended a function 2 nights ago. Ann & Roger both are very happy with the good results of Tao Jie, Ann pointed out that Tao Jie is the highest grossing movie in her history of filming, she is very satisfied to break her own record.
On many scenes were cut , such as Deanie in the coffin & others. She indicated that she did not wish to have a lengthened version for the cinema, perhaps she can add some in the DVD, up to the company to decide.
Said, "As for filming the prequel, if there is someone who can write the script, there is a probability, but I have not given it a serious thought yet. "
Roger came with his book, Tao Jie & I, he said with the new book, the story on Tao Jie can be more complete. He hope history repeats itself in tHKFA next month!
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO/APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/SINA.COM
KELLY CHEN GAVE BIRTH TO ‘XIAO LONG BAO’
Congratulation! Kelly Chen gave birth to a son 'Small Dragon Bun' weighing 6.5 lb yesterday.
Jacky Cheung, Andy attended Timmy’s wedding yesterday.
Andy who is going to be first-time father this year on Kelly’s new born, said lightly, "Congratulations to her!" Andy’s fans sent congratulations notes, they hope Andy & Kelly can become in-laws, that little Dragon Girl will like Xiao Long Bao!
Sammo Hung’s son, Timmy Hung married Janet Chow yesterday at HK W Hotel. Timmy’s father & mother, Sammo's Korean ex wife, solemnized the occasion. No media interview was granted.
Andy in smart attire attended the dinner, showing his seriousness & giving face.
Two nights ago Andy, with status of award winner attended 2011 Leader of The Year awards presentation ceremony in Wanzai & the 6th annual Asia Film Awards.
At the Leader of The Year awards ceremony, he was asked on the HK Chief Executive election which is coming up this Sunday, many have proposed that Andy takes part in the election, on hearing this, he immediately said, "Not talking about this matter. " Which candidate is supporting? Andy was also unwilling to say, "Please do not ask me this matter. "
When he was again asked which area he has in leadership quality? He said, "I think it is in the movie aspect, but has to see the script & if the production is suitable. "
At home, is he the decision maker? Smiling said, "Everyone at home can make decision. "
He went to Asiai Film Awards later. He was voted by netizens as the Best Actor of choice.
Together with Korean actress Yoon Eunhye, they give out Best New Actor to The Flowers of War actress Ni Ni.
On the stage he thank Ann Hui for accepting him into the movie Boat People, he can thus have a chance today. Yoon standing beside him, said in Mandarin, "I don’t understand."
Andy who seldom talks on home affairs, said teasingly, "I said thank you to my wife! " This is the first time he thanked his wife at awards ceremony. Not sure if he is so excited as he is going to be a fathe soon.
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO
ANDY ESTIMATES AN INVESTMENT OF 20 MILLION YEARLY ON MOVIES
Andy was presented Outstanding Leader award at the 2011 Leader of The Year ceremony held 2 nights ago.
This is to commend his extraordinary achievement & contribution to the artistic performances in the past one year. Those in the circle awarded include Ann Hui & Norman Leung, the executive chief of TVB.
Andy dressed smartly to the event, when asked about his feelings, he said it was the decision by the organizer, he is most happy to get the award together with Ann Hui.
Said, "Everyone is worried about the development of HK movie industry, different directors work in different locations, only Ann stays back in HK, with her lead we can have peace of mind. "
He added all this while there are people come knocking at his door with scripts, he of course cannot accept them all, he will see the production cost to make decision. His company estimated a sum of 200 to 250 million every year to invest on movies, if the cost is 8 to 10 million, he can only film one or two a year, if not too high, he can film up to 6 movies.
Entertainment Expo HK which covers the HK Film Awards, HK International Film Festival (HKIFF) , the HK Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) , Asia Film Awards (AFA) & the 16th Film Mart. It is hosted by HK International Film Festival Society. The 6th AFA was the opening gala events held last night, at the HK Convention & Exhibition Centre Grand Hall. The Expo starts from yesterday & will last till April 15.
A Simple Life again made Best Actress a fifth time. Andy & a Philippine actress Eugene Domingo were named People’s Choice award (Online ) Best Actor & Best Actress respectively.
A Simple Life was garnered with two awards. Deanie on being named Best Actress, said,
"Andy has a handsome look, this makes people forget that he is also a good actor, he is an intelligent actor."
Calling Andy her darling, Andy returned her with a flying kiss. She admitted she is disappointed that Andy is not named Best Actor. Andy smiled brilliantly, while Ann Hui was moved to tears.
Andy rushed to the event after attending another activity, he never thought he got an award as soon as he arrived. He thanked everyone for the support. Eugene Domingo was excited to see Andy on the stage. She took out her hp to take a photo with him. She said she had waited 25 years to have a photo with Andy. Andy put up a V sign for the photo taking.
Together with Korean actress Yoon Eunhye , Andy gave out Best New Actor award. Andy teased Yoon if she knows who he is, & in Cantonese thanked Ann Hui. Yoon did not understand what he was saying, she was teased by Andy, who said he was thanking his wife. Ann Hui had a good laugh. Ni Ni (called Zhang Yimou’s girl) beat hot fave Kai Ko to be the Best New Actor, Ni NI was very excited to get the award from Andy.
Sylvia Chang & Deanie Ip presented Lifetime Achievement Award to Ann Hui.
MEDIA ASIA BIG PROJECT
ANDY AND SAMMI TO JOIN HAND AGAIN
At the Entertainment Expo yesterday, Peter Lam led Media Asia at a film press release conference, & introduced 5 sets of movie projects.
Shawn Yue has the most offers with 3 out of 5. The other includes Andy Lau & Zhang Jing Chu’s Fuchun Mountains, Andy & Sammi in The Blind Cop & others. Actors attended include Sammi, Shawn, Sammi, Zhang Jing Chu, Josie Ho, Wilfred Lau, Andrew Lau, Peter Chan, Pang Ho Cheung, Shun Jian Jun & others.
Directors & participating actors were introduced on the stage one by one, Mirium was absent due to her pregnancy.
Fuchun Mountain will be out end of the year. Andy presented boss with a picture of Fuchun Mountains.
He later introduced the movie Blind Cop. He indicated that this is the toughest movie for him to handle so far , as Johnnie To does not allow him to wear glasses for the blind, there is some difficulties in acting. To play the role, he had went to the centre for the blind to observe, & learn the movements, the most difficult part during filming is he si not sure where to look .
Some said shooting will begin in May, will it affect his schedule to accompany in her pregnancy, as usual he answered, "OK!"
Sammi tried to help Andy, she told the reporters, 'Why not you all ask me when I deliver.?" But when she was asked , she threw it back to Andy, "Then you all ask Andy.!" It was very funny.
It was reported that Any bought a new house for his wife & his daughter will be named Liu Yun Shan, on this, Andy did not deny directly, said,
"I have not read the news, so I don’t wish to talk on family matter. (Is your daughter’s name Yun Shan?) I will not because of a news report talk on this, if you have read just let it be. "
Tao Jie has good box office, is it his daughter bringing him lots of fortune? "OK lah, many thanks, many thanks.!"
Sammi said in this movie there are some action scenes, luckily Andy is diligent in teaching her, he is like her p rivate action instructor, she is even willing to entrust herself to him.
"After she moved in to the Home we began to talk more, when we were under the same roof, it was like coming back to the hotel. She complaint to me many times about the housemates, the caregivers not so good, & food was not nice."
After staying in the Home for three years, Roger said that Tao Jie's living condition & health was not so good,
"She did not want to burden me, as my granny had stroke before, She knew that I would not be able to take care of her. As a man, how can I help her with cleaning? How to help her to the toilet? "
In the movie, Andy agreed to the doctor to reduce the medicine when Tao Jie was seriously ill, & went back to mainland to work. The next scene was the funeral.
In actual fact, the event was more dramatic, smiling bitterly, he narrated,
" The next day I took an early flight to the mainland, one staff forgot to switch off computer & went home, I received a call from a classmate later, saying that another classmate had died due to bleeding in the brain, I started calling all other classmates. After that then I got the news that Tao Jie had passed away. In one day I had news of two deaths, I was very disturbed & at a loss, I kept saying 'Die Die Die.' .I had to call my classmates & called my family. Later because of bad weather, the flight to BJ flew to Dalian. I feel that it was Tao Jie who sent me the message that the world is full of disasters, so don’t feel too sad with her demise."
Despite this, Roger appeared sorrowful, as what he had said, 'This sorrowful feeling can never be wiped away. '
To warm up the atmosphere, we asked Roger about Tao Jie’s cooking, he immediately broke into brilliant smile, "She was best at cooking cow’s tongue, I like soy sauce & roast chicken the most. Tao Jie would buy a whole chicken & slaughter it herself, she said if the blood was let out first the meat is tastier. After that she coated it with a layer of honey & baked it till red hot, I have not tasted a nicer roast chicken in anywhere. "
He was very spoilt by Tao Jie since young, every dinner he asked for a 'swimming' fish, a vege dish, a meat dish, & a soup. Said, "These few dishes was a must-have everyday, after I had eaten she ate the leftovers. Her dishes really tasted very nice, so much that my taste buds are spoilt."
Roger jested whatever one enjoys oen would suffer the same, (meaning to remind one not to over enjoy, mindful that in future there might not have good returns.)
"Previously I had never taken overnight food, now I only have overnight food to eat," shaking his head, he addedd,
"After she entered the Home, she asked her friend Mrs Chan to introduce friends for her to interview, hoping to get a good one to take care of me, after that got I got a part-timer, she came to the hosue to help me with cleaning, & cooked a few days food for me, after cooking she packed them into tubs & put them in the fridge. When I want to eat I warm it up. " Smiling, "Really down & out, after this interview, I am going to eat overnight food!"
Roger pickiness with food is so bad that his friends are afraid to go out with him, sometimes even the restaurant staff is afraid of him.
Said, "My friends going to restaurant will not order food, as no matter how they order will get complain form me. If I go to high class place usually no problem, but actually when I pointed out the food has problem, I just wish to ask if their methd of cooking is wrong, hope they make changes, but many people thought I tried to be funny, I feel that I am too picky, not everyone can take it. "
As for his dressing, for years Roger only wears British brand Derek Rose night wear, for casual wear, he wears only French brand New Man.
Continued Roger, "Do u know even for the same design, two different pants can have difference of about half an inch at the waist. So whenever I go to try out pants, if the same design has 5 colors, I will ask the sales person to give me all to try out ,one by one. "
He said once he stayed in the fitting room for half an hour, the sales person thought he had fainted inside.
Roger was asked if he has any more wish , after thinking for 5 seconds, he said, "Nothing, if one wishes for everything before one is satisfied, to me, only Tao Jie can withstand & tolerate my wish. "
The hp used by Roger Nokia is so old that one cant tell the model, this proves he is one who treasures old things
Many years ago Roger (first on the right), had a picture taken with auntie (first on the left) her husband (2nd on the right) & Tao Jie, it can be seen that Roger’s family took Tao Jie as a family member.
SOURCE: LIBERTY TIMES
ANDY BUYS LUXURIOUS HOUSE TO PROTECT HIS WIFE
BABY GIRL TO BE NAMED LIU YUN SHAN
It is said that Andy & wife will in June welcome their newborn.
The latest East weekly reported that Andy has privately arranged for his wife to stay @ Kowloon Mei Foo luxurious residential area to rest, with peace of mind. He has also with the advice of master, given a name, Liu Yun Shan, to the new addition.
Recently his wife had been photographed, this worried Andy a reat deal, he has arranged for her to move to Kowloon Mei Foo Manhattan Hill, top floor. The residential area has first class security, & top privacy. Close by has a big shopping mall, park, & market. It is convenient for his wife who prefers to do marketing herself.
Accordingly, the house facing east, is one of the top luxurious residential place. Andy who does not like his wife to be followed, this new place is the first choice. East Weekly also reported that by moving to the top floor, his wife can enjoy the sky garden in comfort, away from the prying eyes of the media, killing two birds with one stone.
The rumor about him moving to his wife to Malaysia to give birth is probably to distract media.
His wife at 46, is an elderly primigravida, is said to have caesarean section, Andy has arranged for her to move from Canossa Hospital at the Peak to Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, which has the most secret passages.
Though 3 more months to delivery, Andy has found a name for his daughter. The couple has chose a name Liu Yun Shan. Once rumored to be his daughter, his brother’s daughter is named Liu Yun Feng.
At the age of 4, Tao Jie brought Roger to an ocean liner to welcome his father back from America , he develops a special feeling with ship from then
The movie A S L resulted in Deanie being named Best Actress 4 times, & movie pre-booking a sold out, it has been a long time since a HK movie becomes talk of the town.
The 2 leads Andy & Deanie had been interviewed by the media again & again, even executive producer, Roger Lee, is a hot target of interview.
Appointment was made with Roger at an eatery in Tsim Sha Tsui. While waiting a man came forward, with a smiling face, asked,
"Are you all waiting to interview me? I am Roger."
On a closer look on his attire, really he was just like Andy in the movie, a blue jacket, blue shirt, pants, sneakers, jus that the backpack was missing, in exchange was a hand-held bag.
After he had seated he took out a stack of old photos on Tao Jie, as he looked at the old photos which have turned yellow, he recalled the story with Tao Jie.
"I was closest to Tao Jie when I was young, at that time I had no worries, only when I was 19, when I came back from studying overseas , after staying alone for 10 years, I began to have gaps with her At that time my study table was very untidy, & she was sure to help me arrange, but I had my own systems while being untidy, I know whereI had put what. And I told her, 'I don’t need you to do for me!' Trust it must be quite a hard feeling f or her. This must be the only biggest contradicting situation with her. Sometimes she washed my clothes till they shrunk, she ironed my shirts & pants not straight enough, I would also todl her off. Though I was not fierce when I talked, but I think she would have taken it seriously. "
Tao Jie took meticulous care of Roger, resulting In Roger having a sharp tongue.
Tao Jie was filmed in Roger’s house in Fu Mei, the set up has not changed much over the years.
As for Tao Jie who suggested moving to Old Age Home in 2003 after a stroke, relationship between the two agin got closer. Said, "At that time I had to go back to mainland to work, no matter how I would visit her , once a week, sometimes 2 to 3 times....
(to be continued.)
BEING PORCHED WITH HIGH PAY
NEVER EVER WAVERED
After watching Tao Jie other than wanting to know more about her, what the writer wishes to know most is the whereabouts of the cat Kaka.
Roger revealed that Tao Jie kept two cats in their old house, said,
" Kaka was adopted by Mrs Chan’s daughter.(Mrs Chan was Tao Jie’s friend, played by Yuan Qiu, but the role was cut later)."
Kaka was a cat given by a neighbor to Tao Jie , it stayed with Tao Jie for 7 to 8 years & was taken care of by Mrs Chan when Tao Jie went to Old Folks Home.
In the movie, Paul Chun played the old man Uncle Jian who always asked money from Tao Jie to visit prostitutes. What happened to him now? Roger said when he went back to the Home in 2009, many had either transferred out or passed away, he has no idea where uncle Jian is now.
For 60 years working with Lee’s family Tao Jie had never taken a day off. Her status was like a family member, she was also very loyal to the family.
Said Roger, "There were people trying to porch her, it was the foreigner who was willing to pay much more than us, but Tao Jie had never thought of leaving, she told us later that someone was trying to porch her. "
Roger feels that the attention given to Tao Jie is what Tao Jie truly deserved, said,
"The final three years of her life was hard, I had never thought her life would be given so much attention, because of this movie she was knwn to many people, I am very glad, through this story I hope that those who stay in the Home would feel encouraged. I am very down to earth, this sort of attention should not be given to me, people may not remember me half a year later, I am willing to be a commoner."
A commoner, makes the story of a Ma Jie so brilliant! Roger will launch a book next week, titled 'Tao Jie & I'. It includes details of is relationship with Tao Jie, it is also a book for purpose of psychotherapy for him on the demise of Tao Jie.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
GIDDENS KO PRAISED THAT TAO JIE COMES STRONG
Taiwanese director Giddens Ko (or Jiu Ba Dao=Nine Knives) was in HK yesterday. He feels honored that several Taiwanese movies enter competition in Asian Film Awards.
On Andy saying that he is ‘A Knief’, he thinks Andy is very humorous,
Said, "He is our idol, he even mentioned my name, I feel mystical, wow.. he actually knows there is such a person."
He said he is aware of Tao Jie, he revealed that he would watch it that night in the cinema.
On Tao Jie being able to challenge his movie, You Are The Apple of My Eye, he quipped, "Don’t say challenge, Tao Jie is very strong. I am very afraid to answer hese sort of questions. "
A S L has very good box office in both HK & mainland, in HK it has crossed 13 million. According to sources, in mainland, till 2 nights ago, box office in the first week of screening broke 50 million mark, in TW it is NT 30 million, takings in the 3 regions add up to more than 80 million, indeed a happy moment that needs celebration!
2 days ago, Andy, Deanie & Qin Hailu were in BJ for the celebration. Tao Jie has become the hot movie for HKFA next month. A reporter asked Andy if he has thought about a double happiness coming to him this year, winning at HKFA, & having a dragon girl.
On hearing this, Andy showed a complex look, said, "We are not talking on this today. "
Quite many people wish to see another collaboration of Andy & Deanie, both are happy to hear this.
On the good result of Tao Jie, boss of movie company Yu Dong expressed his happiness, " I feel that Tao Jie represents a spirit, every company should take Roger & Tao Jie as example in their relationship, just like Andy & Deanie. "
The movie directed by Ann Hui, ASL, 2 days ago, after 5 days of screening, collected 10.81 million. Single day takings 2 days ago maintained at 1.4 million, the result indeed is staggering, it is a strong booster to the HK movie industry.
Tai Jie & Love In A Puff were both co-invested movies, both movies do not comform to the market of mainland China, both have high standard. Hope that HK movie persons have a good reflection, even if it is co-investment, there is no compulsion to have a theme that suits mainland China, if not done well, it will be a lose-lose situation.
Four days after opening, ASL collected 9.41 million, this gets to restore the might of HK movies. Tao Jie charity shows is ongoing continuously. 2 nights ago Deanie Ip & Ann Hui simultaneously supported 2 screenings. On the good box office, Deanie said she is very touched, she had been worrying for Andy that he might lose money, praised highly that HK audience are not pigs.
Deanie was in Taikoo Shing charity show in support of Breast Cancer Foundation 2 nights ago.
On the smashing box office of ASL, looking set to break 100 million, Deanie said thankfully,
"Many thanks to the audience in HK, really very touched, at first I was very worried that Andy would lose money, this film is righteous & well received, it gets to show that HK people are not dumb, not pigs."
She revealed that next Thursday will have a celebration in BJ, followed by HK. Andy will attend both. Andy going to be a father soon, Deanie was quick to say she does not know the details, she admitted that Andy wishes not to tell.
Ann Hui was in Causeway Bay for another charity show. She too thanked audience for the support, she is not worried charity show will affect the box office.
On over a million was raised every show, will it be nominated for Guinness Book of world records? She said she does not know, she stresses that she will not use old age as theme in future.
DEANIE IP: HONGKONGERS ARE NOT DEAD WE ARE NOT PIGS
Andy’s wife, Carol Chu is a Malaysian, her EDD is in June.
It has been rumored that father-to-be Andy, in order to avoid paparazzi in HK, had poured in a sum of HK $30 million to buy a house in Ampang a month or two ago, in addition to employing bodyguards.
According to media in Malaysia, Andy is worried that his daughter will be pursued by the paparazzi in HK, he plans to let his daughter stays in Malaysia long term.
His close friend revealed that he plans to apply for permanent residency in Malaysia, so it is easier for him to visit his daughter. Malaysian immigration welcomes warmly Andy’s application, he was told to apply for professional pass before he applies for PR.
On this, through his Focus company in TW that he will not response to any of the speculations.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY PLANS TO MIGRATE TO MALAYSIA
WORRIES THAT DAUGHTER WILL BE HARRASSED
.. Malaysian government was queried on this matter, the concerned indicated they will welcome Andy with open arms.
Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs Secretary Tan Sri Mohmmad Atan indicated Andy is a celebrity, migrating to Malaysia will boost the image of the country. If Andy wants to apply, he just follow the normal procedure. He added, other than through marriage to apply for PR, he can with his special status, plans 5 yearly renewal professional Resident pass.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TAO JIE MOVES, AND MAKES ONE COMPREHENDS LIFE
The director of A Simple Life, Ann Hui, through exquisite work on words of a movie to portray a relationship between a servant & master, one that is not bond by blood yet thicker than blood.
At he same time, it explores social problem on the aged, indeed, it is a movie that tells volumes, it encompasses profound meaning. On the whole, there is not extreme contrast in acting, it is restrained not stirring up emotion, yet tugs at heart strings in every part.
A moving moment
When Tao Jie went for operation for cholecystitis (gall bladder inflammation) she was worried that she she would not be able to make it, she called Roger to get a Pastor to the hosp to pray for her. To boost her will on survival, Roger told her that his brother, Jason, will bring his daughter back to HK to visit her, so she must stay alive, she must wait till the whole family is present.
As she took care of the Leung family, her only wish all this while is to have a photo taken with the 5 generations of Leung family. She finally went through it, & waited for Jason to come back.
Life & death separation
At the ending part, Roger pushed an ailing Tao Jie to the park, the camera then switched Tao Jie in the hosp & the dr told Roger to be mentally prepared, Tao Jie was coming to the end of her life. He did not showed extreme reaction, such as cries of anguish, he just silently went back to mainland to continue with his work, reminded the doctor that he would take care of the after life matter.
Before he left he had a last look at Tao Jie, who was already semi-conscious. Suddenly he lifted up the blanket, worried that her legs had turned cold. Tao jie always liked to wear socks to sleep, he hoped Tao Jie’s feet remained warm when she has gone.
When Roger went to America with his mother , during CNY, he still thought of Tao Jie who stayed in the Old Folks Home in HK, he made a long distance call to her. He thought he could let her feel the CNY atmosphere there, asked her how it was at the Home, Not to make him worried, she told him it was very joyous & happy back in HK , when actually she was all alone & the Home was empty, she had to hide the misery.
[I shall not attempt to translate the rest, as it is in detail & may spoil your enjoyment of the movie...But please look out for the details when u are in cinema]
Deep mother-daughter relationship
Bidding farewell to deceased friend
Heartwarming meet up with old friends
Visit of the master
Borrowed money to buy flowers
Self deprecated that his own movie is rotten
History repeats itself
Comical look – looked like country pumpkin
The cold side of lifeTook back the mooncake
SOURCE: MING PAO
BOX OFFICE CROSSES 8 MILLION 3 DAYS AFTER SCREENING!
The movie invested & acted by Andy, A S L , opened in HK, TW & China last week.
2 days after opening , box office in HK reached 5 million, calculated till 2 days ago. Single opening day takings was 3.1 million. The result is glorious.
The movie opened in TW on the same day, 2-days takings was about NT 10 million, results showed good returns. As for mainland China, box office reached 35 million rmb in 3 days, the result is very encouraging.
According to sources Andy used half of his fee to invest in this movie, now that the movie is a hot sale in the three regions, he can finally make big profit, & heave a sigh of relief.
Andy has invested in movies many years, very few movies made money for him. Tao Jie not only makes money, it wins good accolades, trust this result can help encourage investors to film small-scaled HK style movies, & not blindly involved in co-invested movies with weird themes.
ASL had a charity show 2 nights ago. Many in the circle were drawn to watch, including Wylie Chiu & her manager Renee Dai. Alice Chan & others.
In Taipei yesterday, Andy held a book autograph signing session, this is his second book beng published.
Andy always has the habit of writing/recording feelings when he is filming a movie, especially for Tao Jie which is the first time filming in HK again for him after many years, he has exceptional feelings, also it is based on the core spirit of the movie, love, as such he publishes a book on it.
Smiling, said, "Never thought I can also become an author. "
In the book, he revealed his dream of becoming a director. Due to suggestions from friends, he remains an actor till now. But, he has never given up on the dream. He dded, however, whenever he thinks about being a director, he feels that he is not ready yet. When he sees Johnnie To directing, he sometimes feels he can & do better.
When the host asked him on being presented with baby bootie, he is like before, not talking much on family matter, "I will like well, I am really very fortunate!"
SOURCE: MING PAO
TO AVOID BEING ASKED ON FAMILY MATTER, MALAYSIAN SON-IN-LAW
AVOIDED MALAYSIA, HEADING TO TAIWAN INSTEAD
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
ANDY WISHES HIS WIFE COMES TO SUPPORT
ANDY HELPS LITTLE DRAGON GIRL RECEIVES GIFTS
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY TW
ANDY SWEET TONGUED FANS AT THE TAIPEI AUTOGRAPH SESSION
ALL The 500 FANS ARE MRS LAU
More than 500 fans were at Andy’s autograph session in Taipei yesterday.
A high spirited Andy on being asked about wife & baby, promised his fans, "I will be blissful!" He even sweet-tongued his fans, asking all the fans to marry him, jested, "In spirit, but not body, I am already old! " The fans all laughed.
The first publish on his book 30,000 copies have been a sold-out.
The first on the Q was a boy who started queuing since 6pm the night before.
Andy revealed that he grew up in a place close to the filming studio, he always has this dream of becoming a director.
He said, "Actually I thought of a story, 'Those Years, days with Andy Lau.' But the movie, You Are The Apple of My Eye came out, I don’t like to be called a follower, so I dropped the idea temporarily. "
He admitted he likes to film comedy the most, if he has time in future, he does not rule out publishing book again. After 30 years in showbiz, his popularity has not dwindled a single bit, he made a wish,
"When I am 80, I am going to film movie, an idol movie."
When the host asked him on the baby bootie given by Xian Yan, he looked sharply & smiled, "I will be blissful, please rest assured! "
Fans screamed in support, he was sweet with words, "Please all marry me, marry me you all, but only in talking, don’t need to register, otherwise I will be jailed for polygamy! "
In his 2-day whirlwind visit, his movie box office broke 100 million, after autograph session, he went back to HK to be with his wife again.
SOURCE: LIBERTY TIMES
ANDY GOOD IN BOOSTING BOX OFFICE
SELF WISHED TO FILM IDOL MOVIE ATAGE 80
……..500 coupons were given out for the autograph session. The organizer had actually indicated that the first 300 fans were guaranteed of the autograph, after the 300 due to time fans might not be able to get autographs.
But Andy was very caring to his fans, he insisted to autograph for all the 500 before he left the place.
Andy appears to have put on some weight recently, after the autograph session, he went direct to a restaurant that he always that he must visit when he comes to TW, Tai He Hot Pot restaurant.
Many fans followed him in chartered cars. In front of the restaurant he chatted friendlily with fans, he reminded them," All of you please eat more too!" When he came out at around 9+pm, fans were still waiting for him outside, he actively went forward to shake hands with them , after that he went back to his hotel.
SOURCE: UNITED DAILY NEWS
BODY NOT ENOUGH TO DIVIDE ANDY AS HUSBAND TO FANS IN SPIRIT
Ann Hui's film, A Simple Life, receives many awards, 2 days ago the movie was screened in China, HK, TW consecutively. In mainland alone box office for the preview hits HK$ 4 million, while revitalizes HK movie industry, it restores HK pride after being beaten badly by Taiwanese movie 'You Are The Apple Of My Eye' recently.
Single day takings reached 13 million rmb in China, in HK before it is screened ticket bookings hit close to HK4 million, single day taking yesterday, with a conservative estimate is 1.9 million.
Compared to the 3 D movie , John Carter, which opens on the same week & collected 1.34 million, & The Iron Lady 0.51 mlilion, A S L has become the top grossing movie of the week! Being able to beat one which has special digital effect & one with Oscar Best Actress Meryl Streep, indeed is a no mean feat.
UA City Plaza cinema
A full house was seen in several cinemas which screened A S L yesterday, something hardly happened to HK movies in the recent years
UA Langham Place
According to industry insider, it is not difficult for A S L box office in mainland to hit 150 million or even 200 million, while in HK there is a chance to touch 20 to 30 million. Since after Taiwanese movie T A O M E became the talk of the town last year, & was the top Mandarin movie in many years, A S L shows that good HK movie can still draw audience to the cinema,if it is good.
The movie is co invested by Andy Lau company, Sil-Metropole Organisation , BONA FILM GROUP Ltd from China. The movie is based in the real life story of a house keeper & the young master. The touching story pulls at the heart strings, it gets to prove that movie needs not have a loud storyline to attract audience.
A S L lets Andy wins both in profit & fame, just box office in mainland alone, 150 million, after deducting dividends to the cinemas & promo expenses, the investors can get about three/two fold of the takings, about 48 million rmb, minus production cost of 32 million rmb, the actual profit is already 16 million rmb, this is excluding takings from other regions & sale of copyright & others.
Andy, Deanie & Anthony Wong were in Wan Chai Convention Centre for the charity show of A S L. Felix Wong, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Jaime Chik Mei Chun were also present. The activity was opened by Treasury Chief John Tsang Chun-wah.
The charity foundation presented a special bank note honored by 3 banks to Andy, the number on it is Andy’s birthday, 000927.
On his pregnant wife being pursued, Andy who appeared high, said,
"any thanks to all, we are fine, very ok. Nothing wrong on being photographed, we live happily, also we will be very blissful, many thanks for your concern. "
When asked if he employed bodyguards & changed doctors, he just indicated everything is fine.
Why is he no inviting his wife to the show? Andy replied that he has never give it a deep thought, is it his wife does not like to watch sad movie, should let her watch happy shows, he admitted that she still not suited to watch movies.
When Deanie saw Andy being pressed by the media, she came to divert the topic, she disclosed that tomorrow she will separate with Andy, Andy will go to TW, while she will go to Malayia.
When asked about her work after promotion, she answered, "Am I not waitng to film movie by Wong Jin? But haven’t got his call, I have to see the script first."
Andy teased, The title of the movie is A Matured Peach 33D , added if it is for art, Deanie will challenge the extent of being sensuous.
So touching that I cried
The movie was screed at Mongkok Broadway, the audience after watching praised that the movie is touching
Miss Zhang: Very realistic, good, v touching, I cried, but there are some parts I don’t understand, many questions remain after watching
Mr Zhu: After watching I feel OK, very heartwarming, I am touched. There are many cameo stars in it, there is some realistic plus drama, not like commercial movies, I give it 85 marks
Mr Ip: V touching, the most touching part is the relationship beween people, realized in HK many old folks are being neglected, this movie is good.
4-TIME BEST ACTRESS WAITING TO CLINCH GOLDEN STATUETTE
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY DOES NOT ALLOW HIS WIFE TO COME FOR SUPPORT
TAO JIE COLLECTED 16 MILLION ON SINGLE OPENING DAY
Ann Hui & her mother
Qin Hailu & SHI NAN SUN
TW LIBERTY TIMES
FILIAL ANDY ANYTHING IS ALSO OK FOR HIS PARENTS
GH Best Actor Andy was at the cinema screening A S L in Taipei yesterday.
Many fans packed the 300-seat cinema to the brim. Many more were outside waiting to catch a glimpse of him. Andy thanks fans for the support, box office on the first day opening in Taipei shoot up to 2.5 million. Fans gave loud screams on seeing Andy.
Andy arrived in Taipei yesterday afternoon, he was in black suit & full of smiles, he stresses that A S L has more happy moments than sad, after watching the Mandarin he feels that it is terrific too, it makes the movie closer to Taiwanese audience. When his wife & baby were asked, he remained low-keyed. But indicated that he hopes his wife can watch Tao Jie, just that it is not convenient at this moment.
At the airport interview, he indicated that he is v glad to invest in ASL. He said without Ann Hui, there will be no Andy Lay today, he called her his teacher, full of respect for her.
He gave tissue papers to his fans at the airport , saying that it is for wiping their happy tears when watching the movie, not for use in crying.
Recently he shared some of his interesting moment with his parents, he said in front of his parents he is a good boy with everything OK, he stress that to get along with the old people the most important thing is for them to feel being treasured, He had took away candies in the bottle so that his mother who is diabetic will not eat them.
He was interviewed by Zhang Xiao yan, Zhang specially dressed up like Tao Jie to partner Andy. She pretended relaxingly to ask about Carol, never thought that Andy laughed out heartily, "Don’t resort to this! You think you can trick me with this make up? When I was in HK , even Tao Jie dared not ask me this question !"
He praised that Xiao Yan has good acting skill, They enacted a scene of lovers on a motorbike, it was so funny!
APPLE DAILY TW
A SIMPLE LIFE SHOT UP TO 78 MILLION In CHINA HK & TAIWAN
PROTECTS PREGNANT WIFE
AVOIDED TALKING ON BEING A FATHER
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY TW
ANDY: MY WHOLE FAMILY IS VERY HAPPY
READY TO RECEIVE PRESENTS ON BECOMING A FATHER
Andy had in November last year admitted he has good news at home. To avoid harassment from media, he has tried all means, he shifted house, changed car, changed doctors, for a moment his wife who is also low-keyed, was never seen.
According to Next magazine, Carol was spotted buying food in North Point, protected by 2 G4 bodyguards & a nanny, she was not like usual wearing a mask, without make up, but appeared energetic, a long scarf was not able to cover her large 7-month pregnant tummy.
The report revealed that Carol took a 7-seater which has car plate changed to North Point. She alighted under the protection of bodyguards & nanny. She first patronized the eatery that sells deep fried stuff & cakes, Zhen Zhen Eatery, it was at the time when housewives were busy buying food. There was nary a person aware that Mrs Heavenly King was present.
She also visited the fish ball stall. After buying food, she got ready to leave. The bodyguards pushed away & grabbed the hand of a reporters who tried to take photos, "Enough, just shopping, don’t take!"
As there were police cars patrolling around, the bodyguards let go the reporter's hand . During that time, Carol looked relaxed, her tummy appeared to be not just 6 months as said in the official site.
In fact, Andy who is always anxious with his wife whereabouts, has been extra careful. He has said after he is done with all the work on hand he will keep his wife company. When asked when that will be, he just keeps mum. The movie Blind Cop has no date for filming yet, it is believed that after HKFA he will be able to keep his wife company.
ANDY CAN STEAL LOVE TO KEEP FANS HAPPY
Andy, Deanie, & director Ann Hui went to SH 2 days ago for the promo of A S L.
There was a female fan who indicated that she wants to marry Andy.
On hearing this, Andy said, "For this it is not possible, as I am already married, but secret love is possible. " This made everyone laughed.
Has he predicted how much the box office will be? He replied that he has never made a correct guess, if the box office exceeds 100 million he will treat everyone to dinner. Also there was a report that his wife who is 7 months pregnant now was photographed, she was protected by bodyguards & nanny, shopping at North Point. Though she has no make up, she appears to be full of energy & has double chin, the look of a blissful mother-to-be.
A S L was premiered in BJ recently, it was attended by Andy, Deanie, Qin Hailu & others.
Deanie said A S L has brought her Best Actress awards, but it has not because of this increased film offers.
Andy suggested another collaboration, as Mona Fong has proposed a movie theme which interests him a lot, the storyline is like Forrest Gump comedy, from a single character it brings out changes in HK all these years. He can act together with Deanie in this movie.
Andy talked about the storyline of A S L at the interview, the role played by him, Roger, had to continue with work even at the moment when Tao Jie was critically ill, this reminded him his last conversation with Anita Mui, at that time she was ill, but could still talk, he was in America then, he called her to say he would be back the next day, but in actual fact he had still concert to do the next day, practically impossible for him to come back to HK. By the time he was back, she was already comatose. In life there are many instances like that, simply impossible, now he learns to value those around him more.
Ann Hui at the interview admitted she has aged, previously she would not agree she is old, as she is a female she always faces *** ual discrimination, now she is old, she would be doubly discriminated, she can only tell herself, there is no need to acknowledge others discrimination.
Andy, Deanie & Ann Hui were in BJ for movie promo.
A S L will be out in mainland March 8.
Andy, good in words, sends blessings to his female fans, as March 8 is also Women’s Day. He said he loves all women on earth, added later he loves all the men too.
In an earlier interview, Andy said that before he decided to invest in this movie, he has absolute confidence with Ann Hui, now that the movie has won many accolades, he feels that this is something expected.
But he is not going to predict box office of the movie. The distributor, Yu Dong, however, predicted box office in mainland will exceed 100 million, a boost for arthouse movie.
On many awards, Andy calls it an honor from director Ann Hui for her diligence & fortune. He revealed that his mother ever asked soothsaying for him, it was said in his whole life he depends on women. His first movie was directed by a female director, he has many opportunities, all given by the fairer se x.
Most of the movies invested by him are artistic films, he said investment is not as much, & stress is less. He is touted to be artistic person, his artistic interest includes modern dancing.
Andy said he had thought of joining modern dance segment in this year’s HK Arts Festival, but after two weeks of training he found that his standard is too low, so he dropped the idea. He feels that if he is not up to the mark it is better not to let others see.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
ANDY DISCLOSED HIS BAD HABIT OF NITPICKING
During filming of A S L, whenever there was free time, Andy penned some notes. The notes were compiled into a book recently, 'My 30 Days of Working Life—Diary of Filming on Tao Jie.'
The book was launched before movie release.
In the book, Andy disclosed that he has a compulsive tendency for perfection in all things. He had once because of a missing cup, went into a frantic search, not until he found it he was not able to continue filming. He is not only having high demands for work, in his p rivate life he goes to extreme nitpicking.
Also in his book, he mentioned that he asked shooting location to be neat, even in folding the screen costumes, he did not entrust it to others.
"Personally I cannot accept (to be exact I am not able to tolerate) clothes piled up in all directions & messily arranged in front of me, once I saw it I would definitely fold each & everyone till straight & tidy, this is because when I was young, I helped my mother to sun & keep the clothes, I was trained to do so. "
Yesterday, Andy, Deanie were at Kwun Tong apm for the promo activity of A S L.
He played games with fans, getting close to them! The shopping mall had specially set up rooms of the leads in the movie. Also on display are all the trophies won by this movie, & old items used by the real characters in the movie, Roger & Tao Jie.
Father-to-be Andy other than taking good care of children at the activity, explained in detail the benefits of using fabric diaper, in all angles he exhibited fatherly love to the fullest.
He seemed to have studied the use of cloth diaper well, praised its usefulness, saying that it gets better & better after use. When the host pointed out that he has a good knowledge on it, he felt like being trapped, immediately put down the cloth, said, "I am going to talk on the next topic ." cleverlydeviated the question.
A small girl went up the stage with her parents to share her touching story, Andy was very caring to her.
When told he takes extreme good care of small children, again he avoided the topic, said,
"I have told you not to bring up this topic. I am always like that, I like to take care of elderly & children."
Andy’s new book, 'My 30 Days of Working Life : Diary of filming Tao Jie' was also on display. Andy took the opportunity to promote the book. Deanie showed interest on the book.
Later Andy was asked if he has special interest with diaper, he smiled & said he would not answer. When asked again if he would use cloth diaper or plastic diaper, Deanie uncontrollably showed her motherly side, shielded Andy,
"Still asking? Have you read this book? Ask this book!" Andy just smiled, indicated that the book just relate events/happenings during filming of A S L, it was the time when the government announced to give six thousand dollars, the response of the Old Age Home & others. Deanie said she was not involved in writing.
On her recent win, did she & Andy have a celebration? Deanie said she went to see Ma Yo Yo ( a musician) as celebration.
Andy disclosed that all the trophies won by Deanie are on display in his office, as he knows there are going to be many, her house will not have enough space to put.
On the exhibition, are they not worried the trophies might be stolen?
Said Andy, "(People) should not do this, should not happen. Have heard people displayed their trophies, it never happened before. "
Andy indicated that he will go to mainland for the promo, he dares not guess if the box office will exceed 100 million, luckily the movie has just been sold to Europe, the price is not bad, this makes him not losing money anymore.
A Simple Life was premiered in Central 2 nights ago, in order to avoid topic on family, father-to-be Andy became man behind his ‘mother’ , he kept using her to deviate the arrows. He displayed his gentleman demeanor, in a half-knelt position, he let Granny Kwan, who played cameo role in A S L, sat on his lap.
The movie, premiered in Central IFC , it was attended by leads Andy & Deanie. In addition, Ada Choi, her husband Max Zhang, Monica Chan, Law Lan & others came to show suport. The real 'Roger', played by Andy, & those elders who played cameo roles were also present.
The proceeds from premiere goes to Stroke Foundation. Andy who has disclosed he is having a dragon girl was in high spirits, he invited Granny Kwan who cameo in the movie to watch the show. When his fan Granny Kwan appeared to be tired, in a half-knelt position, he let her sat on his lap.
As Andy will be a father in June, he was being pressed on his feelings repeatedly, he avoided the questions by hiding behind Deanie, & deviated questions to her.
When asked if he will attend awards ceremony as usual, he said, "As Johnnie To’s movie is starting filming soon, not sure when it will be, so I should be here, I will attend."
When he was asked if his wife expected date of delivery is June, he answered he does not know, he also refused to answer if he puts wife or work first. When family was said to be first, he said, "There is contract, work is important, better don't let others sue you."
Andy refused to answer questions that he bought million dollars house for his wife, he jested that there are many traps, again he quipped, "You all be good, ok, do your own work."
Deanie said she would not teach Andy on child care, & reminded the reporters to talk on the movie.
A Simple Life, starring Andy, Deanie is coming to TW on March 9.
At the interview in HK yesterday, they were asked about their family lives.
Andy who was filming 2 movies concurrently had little time for his wife, he was almost like Roger in the movie,
'Thinking about her or not, loving her or not, one needs not be by her side, for just 3 seconds with her, as long as one can give in all, it is alright.' He added he likes to do housework, especially mopping the floor.
Andy has very good luck, he clinched Best Actor at the GH, & is nominated at the HKFA, will he get the nod again?
He quipped, "Every year I am always very lucky, if there is award I take, but it is not very important to me."
Is family life important to him? He pointed out both are important, but he will divide work & family, as for the ratio he does not calculate.
Andy is going to be a father off screen, he used picture of Lin Chiling to pacify a child during filming of A Simple Life, was it because he was partnering her? Andy said actually he does not know how to pacify children, & pointed out that he did not know he would collaborate with her then.
Did Deanie teach him how to baby sit? Deanie was quick to play along with Andy, "No, don’t ask all this."
Recently Andy is said to have completed Johnnie To’s movie, & will be with his wife till she delivers. But some glitches with filming delay his plan, will it bother him? He said, "Just like life, no one cannot master time. "
Andy is receiving his dragon girl in June, he is still avoiding topic on being a father. He was reminded many of his fans wish to know he said in a low-keyed manner, "This is my life." Luckily many present were all fathers, he pretended to beat them up, when he was congratulated, he was all smiles & returned the blessings. "I know, I know."
In A S L, Andy was one who was being served, did not do housework, in A Simple Life, he is one who likes to do housework, in his book 'My Working Life in 30 Days, filming of A S L', he revealed, 'Everyone thought I seldom do housework, so during filming when I use a mop, they all gasped, as if it was a miracle! '
He indicated when he was young he used to do housework before 35 he did not have a maid.
SOURCE: MING PAO/APPLE DAILY
ANN HUI THANKFUL TO ANDY FOR PUTTING IN MONEY AND EFFORT TO A SIMPLE LIFE
ANN HUI PRAISED ANDY THAT HE WAS THE YOUNG VERSION OF JAMES BRYON DEAN
Ann Hui was being interviewed by the Hong Kong cable television programs: Star Reception Room.
She once again thanked Andy for putting in money & effort to film A Simple Life, his win in Golden Horse is indeed 'good begets good'.
Roger is not a glamorous role, it is simple & plain, only those who know how to appreciate movie will see how good his acting is. If ever he wins Best Actor again, she will just respect the vision of the jury.
It was said Andy’s investment was to repay her support to him in his earlier days, she disgress,
"That year I got him was because the role suits him, he was just like a young James Byron Dean. "
Ann was honored with Life Long Achievement Award at the 6th Asia Film Awards, is she retiring? Smiling, she said, "I'm not good in handling money, so I cannot retire yet" she wishes to film movie on youngsters in their school days.
Andy & Deanie were interviewed by i-CABLE Entertainment News recently.
Andy who is going to be a father soon was unable to control his excitement when his soon-to-be-born daughter was brought up. He said he will try his best to be ready for the new addition & his new status. He will work less in future, so as to have more time for his family.
Deanie said that she is looking forward to see her ‘granddaughter’ & bet that Andy will sure spoill his daughter.
Andy praised that Deanie is hardworking & likes to learn. She is very focus, when she feels like learning tap dance, she will learn, there are not many people in HK like her.
When she feels that she is still not good enough, she registers herself
to learn more. Deanie said humbly, "I have a lot of swards, but not a
single one is sharp!"
Meaning: she is like jack of all trade, compentent in many but not a single one is outstanding!
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
ANDY AND HIS DESTINY WITH THEATRE
Andy is a hardworking artiste, on one hand, on himself, be it in singing, or acting he has certain demands, on the other, he puts in money & energy to support low-cost movie production.
Lately, he brought in mainland performing arts to HK, just because he has some affinity with theatre drama. Andy asks only good script, he asks not the returns.
HK performing art guru, Chung King Fai, senior performning art actress Louisa So, both praised highly his contribution. They are all looking forward eagerly to see mainland performing art show, Four Generations.
Andy, Chung & So
WORRIED BOX OFFICE OF A SIMPLE LIFE NOT GOOD
ANDY ESTIMATES HE WILL LOSE ABOUT A MILLION OVER
ANDY ESTIMATES TO LOSE ONE MILLION IN A SIMPLE LIFE
WILL INVEST ONE ART HOUSE MOVIE A YEAR
DEANIE IP WON MANY AWARDS BUT IS NOT ABLE TO SECURE BOX OFFICE
HOPES THAT ANDY WILL LOSE LESS
A Simple Life will hit the big screen in March. The movie has won many international awards, it is a boost to the movie, however, as investor, Andy is worried that the movie lacking a broad theme will not have a good box office, he estimates that he will lose about 1 to 2 million.
In an earlier interview, Andy & Deanie were asked why the movie was not screened at the time when it received international awards, why is it only out in March?
Andy replied that if the movie is out before the awards, the pressure is even greater. Said, "I keep thinking when is the best time t release, as it is a art movie, not many cinemas will screen, so have to get a good time, not we have both awards & noise."
When asked if he has confidence with box office, he said frankly that this movie genre is narrow, smiling, said,
"I hope I will not loss too much, at first I estimated 2 million, now I hope it is one million, main thing to see is box office in HK. I wish to lose just only my fee! "
Though estimated to lose money, Andy is not deterred to invest in this type of movie with little glamor, he quipped that his ability is limited & is a passive investor, he can only film one to two movies. But 10 over years ago movies he invested in , for example, Made In HK, and The Longest Summer, because over the years, there are many movie channels on TV screening them, every year he gets income from copyright , overall it is always making money, if the movie is filmed well, there is no worries of returns. Now he collects 100 to 80 thousands, he trusts there is space for this type of movie.
[MING PAO: Andy explained that this is the problem with art-house movie, said, “I had wanted to screen it at the normal time, but many cinemas dare not screen this type of movie during golden slots, if it were to be screened, the most is only 10 over cinemas in HK will take it, it was thus delayed till now."
Will he collaborate with Ann Hui? He said Ann already has an investor, temporarily there is no project with her.
Deanie with this movie won many Best Actress award, will she increase her fee? She replied, "Perhaps by one or two dollar more!" But she has not received any offer till now (Is she thinking of only a script with Andy as son?) " Most important is one suitable script."
Is Andy confident that A Simple Life will get more awards in other FF? Andy indicated he let nature takes its course, let the jury decides. The movie has 8 nominations in HKFA this year, including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress & Best Director.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
WILL ANDY BE THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE?
Hu Jing Tao shook hand with Andy for 7 seconds in 2007
A handshake, be the CE.
With such a small circle, any Tom Dick & Harry has the quality to be elected CE. But 99/9% of Hongkongers have no say! After all, it is being appointed! Maybe just get one who is more easy to the eyes first, at least one can take another look again & again.
Recently netizens again posted the picture of Andy Lau in 2007 when he shook hand with Hu Jing Tao, will the Central Govt get him to be the CE?
Actually in 2005 HU met the current CE, they shook hand for 11 seconds, then he (currect CE) really became one, not sure if Andy Lau has a chance this time?