DATE: 31 MAR 07
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: PROTÉGÉ HAS A CHANCE TO GO HOLLYWOOD
The Departed has shone in the Academy Awards, this has prompted Hollywood in getting more scripts from HK. Johnnie To’s Exiled will be remade soon, Andy’s new movie, Protégé, is under negotiation.
HK Nan Hua Morning Post reported that Silent Hill producer Samuel Hadida has bought the copyright of Exiled, the movie will be remade into an action blockbuster, it has not been confirmed if Johnnie To will participate in the remake. Hollywood also shows interest with Protégé, the deal is being negotiated.
TITLE: JACKY CHEUNG STANDS UP FOR ANDY---NOT MISTAKE OF ANDY IF SOMEONE LIKES HIM !
Jacky Cheung who is holding his concert world tour in China indicated his aim in life is being able to do the things he likes & live happily everyday. On the fan’s tragic incidence, he indicated this is none of the fault of Andy, it is not mistake of his when someone likes him, what is most important in the parental education.
TITLE: HUANG JIAN XIANG--- BRINGING UP A CHILD WITHOUT EDUCATING HIM IS THE SIN OF THE FATHER
Huang Jian Xiang was in BJ recording hip-hop song yesterday. When the reporter asked him on the crazy acts of a fan who drove her father to suicide, the workers around him stopped the reporter.
Never was it expected that Huang appeared somewhat indignant, "It's ok, even if the workers block you, I want to reply. Chasing after stars crazily is the problem in family education, I feel injustice for Andy."
(What if someone chase after you like that?) No one chases after me like that.
Again he mentions on injustice to Andy, "Brining up a child without educating her/him well is the sin of the father, though I do not have any friendship with Andy, I really feel the injustice."
Yesterday afternoon, the reporter learnt that on hearing the incidence, Andy was shocked & kept saying, "How can that be?" Immediately he sent his staff to give condolences to the pair, & provided them with a sum , which is not small, as fare back home. But the two don't seem to be appreciative.
The mother accused Andy as the culprit, asking for 500,000 rmb. They went back to SZ on Mar 28 8:55 pm, & said they are staying for a few days & coming back to HK to see Andy again.
According to sources, although Andy is very angry with the behavior of the father & daughter, out of humanity, other than sending his condolences to the mother, had given them a sum, which is not small. However, ungratefully they have a lot more other demands, which the staff was unable to comply.
Sichuan face-mask changing teacher, Peng Deng Hui, reproached the bahavior of the two,
said, "This is absurd! They have no right to push the responsibility to others, absolutely unreasonable! This is a lunatic behavior!"
Peng added, "Andy is very kind, he gives generously, what he gave is at least more than ten thousand HK$"
Peng said last year he had a chat with Andy on how to help this person. Andy said when this fan enters society, & able to work normally, he will actively find an opportunity to meet up with her, sign autograph, take photos, chat, is all possible, The crux is she has to come out to work, & do not depend on parents anymore. Peng had arranged a waitress job for her, a monthly income of 1000 rmb but received no reply from them when he offered. …
HK media reported that the fan who said things which are contradictory appears to be unstable emotionally. She even claimed the photo is fake..
It was said Andy may postpone his trip to Gangsu, but, accordingly, Andy has no plan to change his schedule, by next week he will fly to Gangsu to meet up with the set of The Three Kingdoms.
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO
TITLE: MAGGIE CHEUNG TURNS DOWN OFFER TO ACT IN NANJING! NANJING!
It’s Cannes Film Festival 60th anniversary, the chairman of the F F has invited Maggie Cheung to be one of the judges. In May after Cannes F F, she will act in a movie by Chai Ming Liang, titled ‘Sha Le Mei’.
It was said earlier that Maggie will act in mainland movie by Lu Chuan Nanjing! Nanjing! Maggie has turned down the offer as she is not too satisfied with the role.
Since after filming Clean, the French movie, she has not accepted any offer, as she has high requirements on the role she plays, she prefers to lead a relax life & has rejected 40 over movie offers, includingStanley Tang's Diary, Jia Zhang Ke's 'Double Hero Meet'…
SOURCE: SING PAO
TITLE: ANDY FILED LAWSUIT ASKING FOR 2 MILLION
Recently Andy has sued an electrical appliances company, the seller, a film & TV company for encroaching upon his picture rights. He has filed a lawsuit to sue the parties for damages, economic loss, the spiritual harm & others, asking for a total of 2.2 million yuan. The defendants are to publicly apologize in the nationwide newspaper.
2 days ago the case was heard in the court in Chuan Wan. The lawsuit pointd out that these companies had used Andy’s large portrait as advertising picture, including the DVD packing box, DVD machine opening picture, DVD instruction book, product catalog book & so on, & had used the slogan , ”Andy is my pride, XXX (brand name) is my honor’. '2002 You Are MY Pride Concert--- picture provided by the Guangzhou film & TV Limited company,' & his signature were used. This has seriously infringes the copyright, devalues his commercial value, & diminishes his image in the public & was thus brought to court.
The case is still trying, but the plaintiff & the 2 defendants have both indicated an out of court settlement.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: INFILIAL FAN CAUSED THE DEATH OF FATHER.
Mainland actress Gao Yuan Yuan in a BJ jewelry show indicated through TV she had read the news & felt the father was v pitiful, she condemned the fan as extremely infilial & never ever should have done this.
http://news.gouzai.cn/files/2007/3/29/47534.shtml TITLE: ANDY'S PICTURE PRINCTED ON DVD PACKAGING BOX ANDY IS SUING THE ELECTRICAL DEALER
"Andy Lau You are my pride, XXX (product brand name ) you are my honor"
This advertising slogan, complete with a big picture of Andy’s head, appears recently on a DVD player box. Andy has filed a suit on the infringement of image right, the case was heard in court yesterday.
Andy’s representative raised the point that as a famous HK singer & actor, his picture is of great commercial value. A video company has supplied Andy’s picture to the electrical company, which had printed the picture on the packaging box of the DVD player, put as the opening screen saver, on the manual & listing booklet. The product was sold in Guangzhou.
The three prongs infringement is serious, the prosecutor asked for immediate injunction of infringement, plus a compensation of 2 million, spiritual harm & consolation fee of 10,000 & other expenses of another 10,000.
The defendant, however, denied infringement of right, the main reason being his picture & slogan are the 'creativity right' & not image right. The 'creativity right' was given to a video company, which already owns the right of Andy’s 2002 concert, including Andy’s image, talking. … Hearing continues…
TITLE: ANDY MAY RE-SCHEDULED HIS WORK PLAN. NO PLAN TO GO GANGSU AT THE MOMENT
"Andy may because of the suicide case have the shooting of The Three Kingdoms re-scheduled!" A media spread a new yesterday.
The reporter immediately contacted a section of the workers of the set.
They indicated, "This is Andy's private matter, we are not very cleat about it, & we do not wish to give any opinion. We believe this matter should not affect Andy’s shooting schedule."
But as the Yang's family happens to be Gangsu locals, this plan is yet to be reviewed, & Andy may not go to Gangsu for the time being.
On the visit to the set of Violent Land in Shanghai, it was rumored that Andy would resigned from acting in The Three Kingdoms--- Resurrection of the Dragon.
Andy then gave a reply that he would wait for the director Daniel Li’s till end of March.
Yesterday, news from Gangsu revealed that the crew of The Three Kingdoms has moved in to that area, Sammo Hung who is acting as Zhang Fei has been spotted in Gangsu, camera opening for the movie is officially set to be April 1.
At the same time, East Morning Post in Shanghai reporter has leant that Andy is flying in next month to join the set, continue playing the role of Zhao Zilong. According to the local media report, Sammo Hung & the other crew members had arrived on March 23 to Gangsu Qua province, getting ready for the shooting of the movie.
But Sammo was only spotted on the 26th by the fans on the street. The report said Sammo appeared friendly & actively greeted the fans & shook hand with them.
It must be because of the smooth-going with the camera-opening, Andy appeared relaxed a few days ago, indicated he will join the set soon.
As the executive director this time is Zhang Guo Zhong, Andy’s ex-manager, in showing his gratitude to Zhang, Andy had under no consideration, without reading the script, agrees to play the role.
Andy had completed shooting of Violent Land, so keeping to his promise, he is acting in this US$25 million big project.
It is said he will set off in April to BJ, then to Gangsu shooting location to join the set.
In addition, the female lead has been fixed, but the overall actors have not been exposed.
TITLE: ANDY'S COMPANY RESPONDED--- ADVISED YANG TO GO HOME & LEAD A NEW LIFE AGAIN
Yang has been after Andy for 13 yrs, had finally on Mar 19, accompanied by her parents, arrived in HK, & had on Mar 25 at the fan club birthday party, a one-to-one photo taken with Andy.
But, her father not happy that Andy did not fulfilled her daughter’s wishes in having a private meeting with her, committed suicide. The matter caught attention from all sectors of the society.
Andy’s company gave the following announcement to SINA.COM :
On the questions raised by the various press on Mar 28, we give the following reply:
Andy’s managerial company spokesman said they had on the request of Miss Yang who wishes to see Andy once, aranged for her to attend a meeting held last Sunday on March 25 to fulfill her wish.
After her father's incidence, we had immediately sent staff to contact both mother & daughter, we had given the appropriate assistance & condolences, as for the exceptional requests made by Miss Yang, we regret we cannot give any more help.
What they should do now is to go back to their hometown, & start life afresh.
TITLE: ANDY REPROACHED FAN’S ERATIC BEHAVIOR MOTHER & DAUGHTER HAD LEFT HK
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: BOTH DAUGHTER & MOTHER LEFT HK YESTERDAY
2 days ago a tragedy occured, resulting in the death of a family member & bankruptcy as a result of chasing after an idol.
A female fan from Lanzhou, China named Yang Li Jian could finally had a photo taken with Andy on March 25, but her father Yang Qin Yu committed suicide by jumping into the sea @ Tsim Sha Tsui the next morning. The incidence has caused much debates in the HK society.
This aged 30, Miss Yang comes from Gangsu Lanzhou, has since the age of 16 besotted with Andy Lau, she stopped school to chase after him. Her parents, had time & again advised her on the crazy behavior, but to no effect.
On seeing the girl in a daze everyday, they had from stopping to supporting her, they did not mind selling all they have, gathered enough money to let her go to HK 2 times, BJ 6 times, just to see Andy Lau.
Her father had even willingly wanting to see his kidnet just for her come to HK, it was widely reported last year on mainland newspapers.
The family borrowed a sum of 11,000 rmb from relatives this time, the 3 of them came to HK on Mar 19. On Mar 20, they went to Kwan Tung Andy World Club but did not see Andy. The 2nd day they again went to AWC, but still could not see him.
Finally under the arrangement of AWC staff, thet attended the birthday party on Mar 25. Yang could finally had a photo taken with Andy.
But Yang’s father on seeing her daughter could only have a photo taken & was not able to have a good chat with Andy, in a rage, he went to the car park trying to intercept Andy’s car, but was unsuccessful.
As they have only limited travel expenses, on Mar 25 night they stopped over one night in a hotel. When the mother & daughter woke up the next day, they discovered the father had disappeared, leaving only a letter behind.
HK police later managed to salvage the body of Yang's father from around Tsim Sha Tsui area, his final wish was unexpectedly for Andy to meet his daughter once.
After this incidence, Andy responded through his manager company that he is extremely shock at the demise of her father.
The HK media has carried out a widespread report to this matter. Some professionals criticized that the way Yang chase after idol has reached an trrational stage, it has become a 'morbid state'.
Ming Pao in the forum said this is abnormal pursue not only harming own self, it is disloyal to the family, the society should give guidance & condemn such infactuated behavior.
SOURCE: MING PAO
TITLE: FENG XIAO GANG CHALLENGES STEPHEN CHOW
Feng Xiao Gang's movie, The Assembly, will be screened on Dec 20, meeting head on with Violent Land starring Andy & Jet Li, & is even possibly meeting Stephen Chow's The Hope. At the press con, Fneg declared, "Even meeting Stephen Chow, I'm not afraid!"
Produced at a cost of 100 million, other than Hu Jun playing a cameo role, the main actors are from mainland TV & newcomers.
Said Feng, "No big names, the actors fees are very little. Most of the fund is used on the production, it is more powerful than The Banquet. Usually in China movies, they are big stars, but there is none here, I wisht o change the mindset of HK & TW movies."
He is full of confidence with the movie, saying it is of Hollywood standard, even better than Saving Private Ryan. Just the street alone, in Saving Private Ryan, it is 150 m long, in The Assembly it is 300 m. ….. He is confident facing Violent Land & The Hope by releasing the movie at the same time as them..
Yesterday, The Assembly, had a grand press conference in BJ, Feng Xiao Gang announced in a high-keyed manner that the war movie will be back to the new year slot, out on Dec 20.
After having secured several tops at the new year box office, Feng changes his tactics in the box office war, instead of comedy, he shoots a historic war epic, titled The Assembly.
With the support coming from 8 main cinema lines in the country, Feng indicated he is back to the golden slot, & is aiming to top the box office.
……Other than Stephen Chow's The Hope, the other golden director, Peter Chan is a strong contender for Feng Xiao Gang, Hua Yi Brothers chief executive feels that with The Assembly is adopting tactic to be the first , he indicated new year movies all have their own genres,
"After watching The Assembly, you will feel great shock, this is entirely different from his usual style. I believe with this it is enough to draw audience to the movie."
From March 26 12 noon to 2008 Olympics is a solid 500 days. As host, is every Chinese ready? It's our Olympics, how well can we portray our national speciality, how well can we make the world understand China more? ….
here we make 3 guesses......
Who will sing the theme song of 08 Olympics?
In 1988, Olympics was held in Seoul, can you remember the theme song, hand in Hand? This melodious electronic song can be said to be the most popular song in all the years of Olympics.
Who is to sing Beijing Olympic song?
1)Jacky Cheung---He personally has wished to sing, & he
has the capability
2)Han Hong---Her voice is powerful, her high octave & lung power is most suited to sing among the female singers in China.
3)Liu Huan—In BJ Asian Games, Liu Huan & Wei Wei sang the duet Asian Power, in Olympics BJ, it is hope he can again sing the song.
4)Zhang Len Yin---this super girl has the voice of the sea gull, famous emcee indicated she is the one most suited.
5)Andy Lau---His heavenly status is very popular, but he excels in singing love song, whether he suits to sing the style as in Olympics games song is doubtful.
TITLE: FENG XIAO GANG---TOUGH FIGHT AT NEW YEAR SLOT, WE ARE NOT AFRAID, NOT EVEN STEPHEN CHOW
Feng Xiao Gang with his new movie, The Assembly, with war as theme, is set to be out during the year end slot, & has snatched the 2nd half of the golden period, hitting head on with Stephen Chow's , 'Chang Jiang No 7', or The Hope.
As Stephen Chow’s movie still has later part of the production uncompleted, the movie was also forced to be out during the new year period. Feng & Hua Yi company both declared, "We are not afraid meeting Stephen Chow!" , at a press con yesterday.
The Assembly is currently busy with the later stage of production.
Previously, Kong Fu Hustle & A World Without Thieves equalized when they crossed path, this year again both meeting head on. Feng hopes there is a reasonable arrangement to avoid killing each other, though he has confidence with his own movie.
This year, other than the 2 movies above, there is also Jay Chou's Guan Nan & Peter Chan's period epic Violent Land, indeed a star glitterati time.
TITLE: YUMIKO SAID OUTRIGHT SHE ONLY LOVES ANDY THE MOST
She said her relationship with her make-up artiste is working partner, "Actually I never have a bf, all these are made up by the HK media."
When the host asked on her criteria in choosing a lover, the answer she gave shocked the fans who were present, " Actually it is just like what the media said, I have special affection to the other Andy, really I love Andy quite a lot. I respect his professionalism, his diligence, I admire him a lot."……….
TITLE: FAN BING BING 'PLAYED OUT' AT ASIAN FILM AWARDS
Fan Bingbing is indeed an actress with a loads of news. On March 20, she accepted the invitation to attend the Asian Film Awards as a guest presenter, but after walking the red carpet, she vanished. She was not seen at all later.
According to insider, she had left in dismay as she was 'played out' by the committee. She displayed the vanishing act only at the last minute. One worker from the committee disclosed that when the invitation was sent to her, her manager had laid out condition that it must be her to give the award to Andy Lau. The committee indicated they could not give the promise, but would try to arrange.
Her manager took it as the committee had agreed. When they reached HK & read the run-down, someone else was allocated to give the award to Andy.
Fan Bing Bing felt she had been played out, despite the committee trying to retain her, she went back to BJ on the same night.
The reporter confirmed with her manager yesterday, the answere given was there was some miscommunication, but that night Fan really had some other thing to do. It was said she had borrow a close to HK$1 million diamond necklace from the jewelry shop, but had no chance to use.
These are the pictures I took in a
very lovely place called Toledo, Spain.
Toledo is the old capital of Spain, about 100km to the south of
Madrid. There are 2 parts to this interesting city, one new &
one old. The ancient town of Toledo was the place we visited,
it is a serene town, has an old castle, & is surrounded by
Roman walls. The town has many sloping, winding & narrow alleys
that is full so of rustic charm..
We also visited a place where in olden days weapons were mint.
city famous for weapons
behind the beautiful pottery, you can see some swords
alleys linking the local residents from one street to another
miniature armoured sholdiers on dislay
2 days ago at about 5+pm, Andy, together with Miu Kiu Wai (the third brother), Wu Jia Le, Ken Cheng & other good friends were bowling at Wang Po.
3rd brother & Ken are two recognized bowlers in the circle, with the new comer bowler Wu Jia Le, a tough war set off immediately. Many of those who like bowling were drawn to the competition.
Andy who had recently been busy with shooting in the mainland & hardly had a time to come back to HK to rest, & had for quite a long time did not go bowling, as soon as he went to the lane, he had a full strike. With a good start, he continued to get full hit, his good skill won applause from his friends.
As Miu & Andy were wearing the same track suit, they looked like belonging to the same team, competing with Ken & Jia Le.
During rest time, Andy discussed bowling skill with Miu, the duo used hand gestures discussing how to get the best curve. Ken & Jia Le were playing seriously, Ken was all covered with sweat & had to remove his jacket.
Onlookers were co-operative, no one rushed forward to ask for photos or signatures from Andy. Andy who had shaved for shooting Violent Land, was in a baseball cap to cover the bald head. He was all smiles when he arrived.
Actually Andy had injured his L hand finger while shooting in Shanghai. When he was back in HK he had an X-ray taken, the dr indicated he has sustained a little injury to the bone but is of no big concern, after 2weeks it will heal by itself, Andy was reminded not to lift heavy objects or do movements involving the finger to prevent further injury.
Andy has not heeded the advice, but from the way he played, his injury should be ok by now. [Apple Daily]. When he saw the reporter, politely he waved.
While shooting Violent Land, Andy had injured his finger. Recently on his official website he told his fans his is safe, he even requested an Xray with the OK sign, to tell all he is really OK. The dr said after 2 weeks the minor injury will heal.
HK Trade Development Council (HKTDC) entrusted the independent investigation company, Oracle Added Value, to make a survey during the HK Film Mart & HK-Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) period.
80 participating businessman, 252 visitors, a total of 332 interviewees, were asked on the yearly movie market tendency, industry orientation on the financing.
The results of the investigation show that action movies remain to be the best-selling HK movies, followed by comedy, melodrama with plots, horror & animated movies.
The investigation also got to know HK movie market 5 best-selling artistes & directors.
This year the top 5 male artistes are Jacky Chan, Chow Yin Fat, Andy Lau, Tony Leung & Jet Li, while the top 5 females are Maggie Cheung, Charlene Choi, Carina Lau, Angelica Li & Michelle Yeoh. The best-selling directors are Jacky Cham Andrew Lau, Johnnie To, John Woo & Derek Yee.
Jet Li , Ah Sa & Derek Yee were selected for the first time. More than half of the interviewees indicated that they had made purchases during the events last yr, the other hot spots for their purchases include China, Japan Korea & Thailand.....
TRANSLATION ON ANDY'S DIARY NO. 43, BY Dixie, Thank you!
DATED 21 MARCH 2007 1:48 AM
Went to see a doctor after I came back to HK, the answer to my hand wound is: OK!
Recently, I received a lot of calls and sms from my friends, all being very concerned with my hand injury.
After I came back to HK, the phrase that I've heard most is, "Andy is your hand ok?"
Not to forget the messages you all left for me online...
Went to see the doctor today and did an X-ray.
When I was taking the X-ray, I asked, " Can I pose for the X-ray with an 'ok' sign? "
The medical staff smiled and nodded their heads, " Of course you can! "
That's how I got this funny X-ray photo...upload it here for everyone to see... " I'm very ok! Don't worry, haha! "
According to the doctor, the bone tissue is a little affected, but it's not very serious. It will recover by itself in two weeks time.
But I cannot injure it again, otherwise it will be troublesome..
Try not to do exercises that will exert pressure on that hand.
I asked what kind of exercise he's referring to?
Doctor said, "Those big movements and vigorous exercises that will exert pressure on the finger, for instance, carrying heavy objects....boxing, or horse-riding etc.."
I just nodded my head and dared not say much. Actually....
I've already done some horse-riding on the very next day after I hurt my finger.
No wonder that day I felt like I didn't even have the strength to pull the rope.
Tonight I attended the film festival...'Asian Film Awards'
Very happy to be awarded 'Box Office Star of Asia'.
This award does not belong to me alone, it also belongs to every fan in AWC, it belongs to all the audience who have gone into the cinema to watch and appreciate my films.
Thank you everyone for the support you have given me, allowing me to share this honour once again with you! I will continue to work hard!
Maggie Q who has made a special trip back to HK to attend AFW, yesterday she was with 3 friends shopping at Admiralty, they are not buying clothes for season change, but were at the supermarket shopping for food.
When she saw the reporters taking her photograph, she was friendly & stood still. She said she is leaving HK today, said, "I'm going to mainland to shoot a movie invested by China." When asked who else she is working with? She replied, "There is one called Andy Lau, we are going shooting at Dun Huang. They told me it is v cold there, & the sand storm is strong. I’m worried if I can adjust to the condition."
Maggie Q can even eke out a living in such a complex environment as in Hollywood, trust Dun Huang will be no problem for her.
Takashi Sorimachi attended The Blue Wolf premiere @ AMC cinema 2 nights ago. For a few yrs he had not set foot in HK, he took this opportunity to meet up with some of his good friends.
Since after shooting Full Time Killer in 91, Takashi & Andy had not met, Takashi had hoped to meet Andy the most this time. When Andy heard that Takashi is having the premiere in HK, he took time off to attend.
As the actors & hosts were holding up champagne to toast for a good box office, (Ara who is only 17 could only use orange juice instead of champagne.) the emcee suddenly announced that Andy had come to support. Takashi who does not understand Cantonese, did not know what was happening & did not take notice.
When Andy really appeared, he was overwhelmed with happiness. They shook hands warmly & praised each other, saying that the other side has not changed at all!
Said Andy, "I have not seen him for many yrs, perhaps 4 to 5 yrs, the moment I know he has a movie premiere in HK, no matter how I must come to support, also I can help to promote movie."
Takashi asked Andy why he was wearing a hat. Andy, pointing to his head, said, "No hair!" Takashi nodded knowingly. They hope for a future collaboration>
As Andy was busy with dubbing, he did not stay to watch his good friend’s movie, & had no time for interview. He left in a hurry.
SOURCE: MING PAO/TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: AH SA HOPES TO LEARN BOWLING FROM ANDY
Charlene Choi (Ah Sa), Steven Cheung, & Wang How Xin were at a bowling alley for the promotion of a movie. They had a bowling competition with fans. Wang How Xin emerged winner, while Ah Sa was the last, she had only 25 points. She quipped that was her best result ever.
She said she had never play bowling before, she liked swimming & ballet when she was young. Now she wants to learn golf. She has actually wanted to learn bowling, the reporter suggested to her to get Andy to teach. She said she too hopes so, as her ball always rolled to the gutter, but she thinks Andy is too busy, no time to teach her. Ah Sa is going to Shanghai & Wuxi to shoot a movie with Jay Chou.
The Blue Wolf, starring Takashi Sorimochi, opens country-wide in Japan on the 3rd of March. Yesterday it was premiered in HK, Takashi has come to HK personally to promote the movie. This is his visit to HK after 5 yrs, he said his greatest wish is to meet Andy Lau, whom he had filmed Full Time Killer with before.
The Blue Wolf talks abt the life history of Genghis Khan. Takashi had spent 4 mths in Mongolia shooting the movie & feels relieved that the movie has been screened.
Invested at HK$200 million, involving 30,000 over temporary actors, acted by Japanese star Takashi Sorimochi & Korean actress Ara, The Blue Wolf, had a press con in HK yesterday. The 2 leads, executive producers were also present. More than 100 media were present. The producer said the movie has been sold to 40 countries, & 10 over countries are under negotiation, it has already recover the cost.
Takashi appeared relaxed at the press con. Since the shooting of The Blue Wolf, many do not view favoraby with this Japanese person acting as the Chinese emperor. The entertainment was also a buzzed with comments.
The two actors after the press con @ Causeway Bay Exhibition & Convention center rushed to the Admiralty Tai Ku Sq for the premiere. Before that hordes of Sorimochi fans had gathered awaiting his arrival. The fans were charmed by his soulful eyes & good look. Red carpet was laid to show the importance of the 2 stars.
When the ceremony was ending, the appearance of a special guest raised the atmosphere, Andy had come to support this old friend of his. Sorimochi was very shocked to see him, he had never thought Andy would attend, & said he hopes there is a chance for another collaboration.
T Sorimochi admitted he missed the good food in HK the most, he praised that both Chinese & Japanese cuisine are delicious. He had filmed a movie with Andy before & hopes to meet him this time.
TITLE: RAIN—SATISFIED TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH ANDY IN BEST ACTOR AWARD
At the interview by SOHU. COM, Rain was asked how confident he was contesting in Best Actor award alongside Andy & Zhang Zhen. Rain remained humble,, said, "Actually being nominated itself is an exciting process. This is the first movie I filmed a movie & I was nominated, it is my achievement, I feel very honored."
On Andy Lau, it can be seen he was full of respect, "In Korea & in many Asian countries, the mention of Andy Lau, no one does not know him, being able to be nominated at the same time with him already make me feel very satisfied." He does not show his feeling on getting the award or not.
TITLE: ANDY'S COMICAL LOOK ON WINNING THE AWARD
Out of these 47 are premieres of the world, the scale is said to be unprecedented. In addition, this annual event held an awards ceremony, Asian Film Awards.
Andy was crowned with a lift-time achievement award as Asia Movie Box Office Superstar. Compared to the others who were prim & serious, he gave the trophy a kiss & made a comical look that made everyone laughed.
Best Actress: Miki NAKATANI
Rain is staying back in HK for a few days. His fans' passion is still as high as the first day when he arrived. At the ceremony last night, while most of the media were having a hard time listening to the interview of the chairman of Venice F F Mark..., suddenly came loud screaming. A rough estimate shows that Rain was on the red carpet for a mere 2 minutes, his fans however screamed for a solid 10 mins. Everyone thought Rain was the King last night.
Never had all expected that local Heavenly King Andy Lau’s popularity gone a step further. Screams for Hua Zai were more than Rain’s. Rain’s fans despite voice turning hoarse still maintain the tone. But if decibel index is used to indicate popularity, Andy is definitely a big winner.
From HK only Andy Lau , Josephine Siow & Tim Yip won awards. Andy & Rain who were hot faves before the result lost Best Actor award to Korana actor Song Kang Ho.
The organizer gave out 3 honorary awards to commend those with contributions to the movie industry, including Andy who was honored Asia Movie Box Office Superstar. For 20 over years the movies he participated in generated a total collection of more than 17 hundred millions, this is a pride of HK, when he was on the stage to receive the award he was greeted with applause from the house.
In English he said, "Many thanks to the support from all of you, many thanks to all my friends, fans, I love you all." He held up 3 fingers & vowed Never Give Up, he will never forsake movie industry.
At the interview backstage, he said he was delighted with the award, teased that the award means everyone puts money into his money box.
Will he increase his fee with hise box office value? He quipped that his fee is already v good, the boss will have pressure in getting him to act.
Josephine Siow was honored Asia Outstanding Movie Contribution award, French famous director ...had came specially to give out the award.
American movie scholar David... was honored Asia Movie Scholarly Research Grand prize.
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: ANDY VOWS NEVER GIVE UP
On the stage, Andy held up 3 fingers vowing he will continue to work hard, never give up, whether the movie industry is up or down, he will persist , & hopes to produce good result. On the award, he is v happy, as the result is computed by a reliable company after an investigation on the Asian box office, but he is not sure on the amount.
Was he anxious speaking in English? He answered actually when he is outstation he uses English often, he is more relaxed overseas, in HK he has some pressure.
This is the first time the box office is computed for Asia, actually recently total Asian box office almost equals that of Hollywood, so foreigners are taking note on the figures.
Is he proud of the honor? He replied, "Of course happy, the award is like money, everyone keeps putting money into my money box, this award represents every ticket money."
He feels box office is important, such as movies by his company, they may have good reviews, but box office is low, other than Crazy Stone, this is a good beginning.
The first Asia Film Awards was over successfully. What follows next will be one week of HK International Film Festival.
Korean movie, The Host, won 4 awards, namely Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography & Best Visual Effect, while China director Jia Zhang Ke was named Best Director. Tim YIP, with The Banque won Best Production Designer award. Zhang Yomou’s Curse of the G F has zero award.
1st Asian Film Awards was over, Andy & Tony were on the stage together with the organizer to thank all for the success. They toasted on the stage with all the guests who attended.
Best Film : Gwoemul / The Host, South Korea
Best Director: JIA Zhangke, Sanxia Haoren / Still Life, Chinese mainland
Best Actor: SONG Kang-ho, Gwoemul / The Host, South Korea
Best Actress: Miki NAKATANI, Memories of Matsuko, Japan
Best Screenwriter: Mani HAGHIGHI, Men at Work, Iran
Best Cinematographer : KIM Hyung-goo, Gwoemul / The Host, South Korea
Best Editor : Lee CHATAMETIKOOL, Syndromes and a Century, Thailand / Austria / France
Best Composer: Rahayu SUPANGGAH, Opera Jawa, Indonesia / Austria
Best Production Designer: Tim YIP, Ye yan / The Banquet, Hong Kong / Chinese mainland
Best Visual Effects : The Orphanage, Gwoemul / The Host, South Korea
Asia Movie Box Office Superstar Grand Award: Andy Lau
Asia Movie Outstanding Contribution Award: Josephine Siow
Andy will receive Asia movie box office superstar award tonight @ the Asian Film Awards. Yesterday he came back from Shanghai to HK, close to 30 fans welcome him at the airport, they pre-celebrated for him, presenting him with flowers & gifts.
Said Andy, "3 days ago I had finished with shooting of Violent Land, after this don’t have to go back to Shanghai." When asked if he has confidence to snatch other awards? He quipped it all depends.
Does he have any expectations with the Film festival? Replied, "It's good, a step at a time."
In addition, sina.com reported yesterday that mainland artist Wang Ke Wei had pointed that 10 of the pictures were plagiarized from him, after the promotional trailer of Violent Land was broadcasted.
He had filed a lawsuit, seeking a compensation. Peter Chan had said he is not aware of the matter, he will wait for the court order before he makes any comment.
Recently Andy has in his official website praised highly on his partner Boss Li (Jet ) powerful inner strength, despite working day & night he can still endure, & anything happens Jet adopts an attitude of 'environment cannot be changed my mood changes' , with 9.9 sec he can change his mood, Andy intents to be his disciple.
SOURCE: O D
TITLE: ARTIST SUES VIOLENT LAND SEEKING A 820,000 COMPENSATION
Violent Land, starring Jet Li, Andy & Takeshi has been sued by mainland artist Wang He Wei, for a compensation of HK$820,000 & an open apology.
Violent Land indeed faces obstacles one after another. At first it was Maggie Cheung who rejected the offer to act, after camera opening Xu Jing Lei was called in.
As the name Ci Ma clashes with Zhang Zhe's Ci Ma of the 1973 movie, to avoid being called a remake, had last week got the White Dragon King to change the name.
During shooting the crew clashed with the locals in an accident, & some of them assaulted. Yesterday a news broke out that it infringes on the copyright of the work of the artist Wang Ke Wei.
Wang, 56, had filed the lawsuit. …& is seeking a compensation of 812, 208 rmb, an open apology & stopping using his work, & destroy the promotional trailer.
On a closer look the picture on Violent General, other than changing the Han dynasty general headgear to that of Qing dynasty, the other parts such as the general using his L hand to hold the weapon, the arrows in the pouch, & arrangement are all the same.
For Wu Song Fighting with the Tiger, it just removes the tiger, the action, baring the top torso, back muscles is identical with the original
Wang indicated that during the announcement press conference on the shooting of Violent Land, he had already noted the backdrop used for Andy was plagiarized from his work. backdrop picture was recognized by Wang to be his work.
Said, "The things I drew belong to Han Dynasty, they changed them to Qing dynasty, & they are ugly. Peter Chan is a director, he should be one who hates plagiarize the most."..
SOURCE: MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY & RAIN VYING FOR BEST ACTOR AWARD
Andy with A Battle of Wits meets Rain head on. Andy as representative from HK too comes back to HK to face the fight.
An important event in the movie industry, netizens have beforehand voted their desired best actor & best actress.
In the first category it was a tussle between Andy & Rain. Rain garnered 70% of votes & tops the list to be the favorite among the netizens. 2nd is Andy Lau with 29% votes, while Zhang Zhen, Song Kang Ho, Ken Watanabe has less than 19% of the votes.
Of the best actress, I’M A Cyborg But I’m OK female lead Lim Soo Jung got 59% of votes, followed by Gong Li with 21 %, while the 3rd is Jin Hui Xiu. Zhang Ziyi has 7,7 votes.
At the press con yesterday, Rain admitted he hopes to win. The director of the movie also supported Rain, he quipped who ever wins he is happy for the person. If both of leads win he will even be happier.
TITLE: ANDY HUMBLY SAID HE HAS NO CONFIDENCE
Yesterday afternoon Andy was back to HK at around 2 pm. He was surrounded by fans as soon as he stepped out of the customs. He has with ABOF nominated for best Actor. When asked how confident he is, he replied humbly, "No much confidence, the film festival is well planned this time, I trust HK movies will get better over time." Fans held placards to wish him victory.
The other Best Actor contestant Zhang Zhen arrived at 5pm, he was forced to withdraw after being nominated for Best Actor at the Golden Horse, he said that he is confident this time, & hopes to take back the lost land.
Vicky Zhao & Xu Jing Lei too arrived in HK yesterday. Vicky said she thinks Andy can win.
With the change of the movie name, Peter Chan avoided the suspicion of remaking Chang Zhe's Ci Ma, but he has now landed in other areas of plagiarism. He is suspected of embezzling ten pieces of artist Wang Ke Wei works in the short trailers for the promotion of the movie.
This afternoon, artiste Wang sued Violent Land for rights violation & seeking compensation, officially lodged in the BJ first intermediate people’s court, defendant are the movie investors representatives, Peter Chan & Han San Ping.
The charge includes infringement of production right, obtaining reward ability right, personal work right, protection of complete own work right & others.
This movie narrating end of Qing dynasty Ci Ma crime movie, has thus invited a lawsuit in reality.
When the news was out, the writer called Peter Chan's cell phone, at first he said he does not know about the matter, later he replied he has to wait for the court subpoena to come & after the news is confirmed before he can say anything, "I will not give any assumption beforehand, the director is only in charge of shooting movie, this matter is not for me to answer."
Later he said he was shooting then & was not convenient to talk, "At least another 2 weeks before the movie finishes, during this period of time you have to make appointment through the co in HK for any interview." & he swiftly cut the line off.
The other defendant Han San Ping's phone is set at the secretary service condition.
As the involved persons do not have any reply, the center of the lawsuit---how was the 2 min long promotional trailer done, no one knows.
According to investors Zhong Hua Hen, Media Asia, etc co persons i/c, the director section takes care of the trailer production, it was an early piece of work, so the person who knows the details best should be director Peter Chan. In their impression, the screen looks of Jet, Andy & Takeshi are under the drama section. As for the pictures behind , whether it is plagiarism or just similarity, it is to be compared.
SOURCE: http://ent.sina.com.cn/ TITLE: ANDY WINS ASIA MOVIX BOX OFFICE SUPER STAR AWARD
Rain is attending Asia Film Awards & will be awards presenters with Maggie Q to the Best Music Composer. Rain has been nominated Best Actor award with movie I’m A Cyborg But It’s OK. Whether he can win the award is another eye-catching item.....
Asian Film Awards, organized by HK International Film Festival, had picked winners to 10 categories. Viting was by its panel of 17 internationally renown movie professionals.
The inaugural awards ceremony is fixed to be tomorrow, Mar 20 @ the HK Exhibition & Convention Center. Pearl Station will broadcast the grand event from 8:30pm onwards. Over 3000 over media from around the world will attend, & it will telecast live to 50 over areas.
Andy Lau is contesting with Rain, Kan Watanabe, Song Kang Ho, Zhang Zhen & others in the Best Actor category. Though the result is yet to be known, Andy for sure has an award on the inaugural night.
The organizer will on the same night arranged AC Nielsen company to give out Asian Box Office Super Star grand award to Andy Lau, to commend his contributions to movies in Asia all these years, Andy has especially diligently set record box offices in the Asian regions. As a producer & actor, he attracts all the Asian movie-goers to the cinema, this makes him a cut above the rest to truly be a super star in box office.
[MING PAO] The organizer is yet to announce the total box office figure. According to Dec 2005 HK UA Cinema Anniversary, Andy has a cumulative box office as high as HK$17,000 million. In 06 he has 2 movies, ABOW & Protégé, which accumulated a further HK$41 million. These are HK figures, to include all in Asia is will be a shocking figure.
Other attendees includes Government Affairs Director Xu Shijen, Industry & Commerce Technical Bureau Chief Wang Yongping, the HK Trade Development Bureau acting president Huang Chinhui, HK Movie Entertainment ambassador Tony Leung Chui Wei, coming from France Luc Besson, from Korea Rain, Lim Soo Jung, Lee Byung Hun, Jin Hui Xiu, from mainland Vicky Zhao, Fan Bing Bing, He Jing Ke, Ning Hao, from Japan Nakatami Miki, Yoshino Kimura, Andou Masanobu, Hirokaza Koreeda, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, from HK Josephine Xiao, Michelle Yeoh, Sandy Lam, Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Zhang Zheng, Maggie Q, Twins, Josie Ho, Andrew Lau, Johnnie To & others.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/MING PAO/WEN WEI PO/TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: LAM KA TUNG CONTINUES CONTRACT WITH ANDY
Lam rushed back from Shenzhen after a whole-night of shooting, he reminded all that over-exhaustion too can get hepatitis, & urges all to go for regular check-ups.
He has signed another 5 year contract with Andy’s company, he who has sold himself 10 yrs to the company hopes that his boss will give medical benefits to the staff for a regular body check-up, in addition to tour twice a year, & bonus to the staff.
On Andy’s injury on the finger, Lam said he had called Andy, & said that it happed to have a qigong teacher at the shooting location, Andy received tretment from him, but he is not sure abt the progress.
Said,"Andy said when he saw the teacher's fingers shake so much during treatment, his finger shakes too."
Is Andy incapacitated? Does he need others to take care of his daily activities? Lam lughed,"No, only the finger is injured, how can it be so incapacitated? He helps himself, even bathing he settles with one hand. Further more these few days the movie will wrap up, he can come back to seek treatment."
2 days ago Lam during shooting Lam had a fall, injured his L thumb & knee, & has arthritis of the joint. Is it due to problem with Feng-shui that Andy & Lam got injured one after another?
He yelled, "The company is ok, healthy, we pray, we have bonus, haha" He quipped he has no qigong teacher to treat him & he will see a dr soon.
TITLE: OLD PHOTOS OF THE STARS
2 days ago Andy was in Shanghai shooting Violent Land. In an important scene he had to fall 10 over times on the wet & dirty ground, in the hustle bustle he crushed his L 4th finger, the pain was excruciating. But the director didn't stop, he continued with the shooting, until he couldn’t bear it anymore, he yelled, "Hey, cut !" Actually when the crew saw his painful expression, they thought his acting was excellent.
After that the staff applied medicated oil & bandaged his sore finger & continued with shooting. But on returning to the hotel at night he found the finger swollen & blue-black.
He left a message in his website, saying luckily it was the L hand & wont affect his bowling, he wrote, "Sigh, I injured my leg in ABOW, this time I injured my hand, lucky that it is lighter each time. "
2 nights ago HK directors & guests gathered together for a spring party. 3 big awards were given out, namely 2006 most recommended movies, 2006 most outstanding movies & 2006 new artistes awards, to commend the outstanding movies, directors & new actors on the past one year.
Gordon Chan succeeded the previous president, Ann Hui as the new president. Patrick Tam, Andrew Lau & Zhuang Zhen (Media Asia senior officer) received the award for Alan Mak Patrick Tam Ka Ming of After This Our Exile, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak (Pain of Confession) & Zhuang Zheng who represented Johnnie To (Exiled) are winners of Outstanding Directors/Movies in 2006.
2006 most recommended movies have 4 due to 2 movies having the same marks, they are After This Our Exile, Exiled, Fearless & A Battle of Wits.
In the Best New Artiste category, Ng King-To or Goum Ian Iskandar of After This Our Excile won the gold award, while My Name is Fame Fok Sze Yin won silver medal, Betty Sun Li of Fearless won the bronze medal.
HKFA chairman Wen Zhou disclosed that the 5 Best Actor nominees had their photos taken, as Jet Li was in Shanghai shooting they had to go to Shanghai to take for him, he thanked Chow Yin Fat who was first to agree & put in his best. A regret Gong Li didn’t have her photo taken, they wont use computer effect to include her.
On the HKFA day, Jet will be in Australia & not able to attend. Chow will be busy shooting Red Cliff, he has applied for Chow to take leave from John Woo. Jay Zhou will be guest presenter.
HI, as to read transalted Andy's message at Andy Town in awc618 needs you to be a member, I have received requests to put up the translations here. Here it goes.
DATED 16 MARCH 2007 11:57 PM
Fried once, fried twice, didn't expect to fry the third time...
It was raining heavily on my way from Shanghai to Hengdian to start work, a traffic accident happened just in front... Luckily no one was hurt... but we were stuck on the road for almost an hour
Recently, me who is smart at playing electronic games is always competing racing with the workers...fried cars are a very common sight, no one is hurt too...haha...rise again to another level
Didn't expect that...this time instead of frying cars....I fried (burnt) my own hand..
Today we were filming a very important scene....had to keep falling down on purpose on the wet and dirty floor, 'thud' for almost ten times... One of the times...because I was too concentrated in the role...in the midst of pushing and pulling, suddenly there was a 'pa' sound.. At that instance I felt immense pain that extended even to my heart...the director did not yell 'cut'...so I could only continue doing... The pain was intolerable... finally I couldn't take it and yelled 'Wei, cut la!'
Actually what happened was that everyone saw me continuing to act despite my painful expression, so they thought I was great, acted very well... but no one knew that the pain was so bad that I was screaming away in my heart... There's no open wound, but the workers helped me to apply some cream to stop the pain..then made me bandage it up...
After that, of course continue filming again..
After work when I reached the hotel, I removed the bandage and found my finger to be swollen and purple...
Aiy, the last time I hurt my leg while filming ABOW, this time hurt my hand while filming The Violent Land, luckily the damage is lesser each time.. While bandaging my hand, I was thinking, "Luckily it's my left hand that got hurt...ha , it won't affect me bowling...also won't affect me playing electronic games... "
There's still some pain...but I think the problem isn't big...
Hopefully with the help of medicated oil, the swell will go down tomorrow
This is a picture that I took myself at 11:41 pm tonight...everyone don't worry, the medicated oil should be useful as the persistent blackish purple colour has started to go off a little...
I can't remember where I saw this phrase: 'A person should climb up from the exact place he fell'
But I say, "Since you already know where you fell, of course you should avoid!" What for you return to that same dangerous spot? Hahahaha.... So everyone don't worry, of course after three times I will not get fried the fourth time...I will be careful and take care of myself, won't get hurt again. I have to start work early tomorrow...going to sleep already....bbbbbbbbb
TRANSLATION ON ANDY'S DIARY NO. 42 BY DIXIE. THANK YOu!
DATED 18 MARCH 2007 12:43 AM
Today I met two people with powerful skills
The first one is an actor from China...He knows Qigong, so he used his skill to treat my injured finger...
Actually I know this friend for many years already, I have already collaborated with him in a movie ten years ago. Today, he saw that my injured finger is swollen, so he said he will try and treat me with his Qigong skills....
Er....of course he's not a magical doctor, but the amazing thing is that when he was displaying his skills, I really felt my fingers shaking... After almost five minutes, he said, "Perhaps this will help to improve your blood circulation and enable the bruise to recover sooner, but I still recommend you to see a doctor when you go home, haha."
Tonight after work, the swell on my finger has already reduced a little... and it's also not that painful anymore, so everyone please don't worry.
The other person with powerful skill is Boss Li -- Jet Li!
His inner strength is powerful, 'When the environment cannot change, one's mood must change' skill has already reached the ninth level....
Great! Great! Great!
An actor, no matter how experienced, if he starts work at 6 am and after filming the whole day, he will be tired physically and mentally. Yet Boss Li is even more formidable than I who is already an alien. He is formidable not because he can persist day after day, but because he can control his mood. No matter what happens around him, no matter what environment he is in, he can also use his 'When the environment cannot change, one's mood must change' skill, and change his mood within nine seconds....
I am planning to become his disciple, and learn from him this marvelous skill.
He was telling me lots of jokes the whole of today and made me laugh so loudly even though I initially didn't want to. His sense of humor is superb, every word his says makes others cheer and clap. The best part is, I realised that even when no one is playing with him, he can still continue to self-entertain, don't know what he is thinking, but every now and then he will give a self-satisfied, raised-eyebrow expression..... I'm really full of admiration.
Filming for The Violent Land has being going on for three months...finally it's almost completed. After completing tomorrow's scenes, I can temporarily say goodbye to the set and go home! Yeah! Hurray!
Not sure when will be the next time I can collaborate with Boss Li again.. my greatest reward this time is getting to know this friend!
The acting profession is different from you all in the office. You guys can meet your colleagues everyday, but we actors can only gather for a short time during a movie, after that everyone will be busy with their own lives, very seldom can we meet everyday again.
That's why I always treasure this short period of being together. I also look forward to the next opportunity to work together as I have yet to master the 'skill'.... hopefully heaven gives me more chances to learn from Master Li!