The other partner in the movie, Andy Lau, arrived on the 22nd in the afternoon to start work. Filming location was at an old railway station. A gp of Andy fans brought cake to celebrate bday for him. On the bday wish, Andy said good health is the most important, but actually he has also another wish , that is to be handsome again, as he is already 42. Andy who suddenly admitted he is old made everyone burst out laughing. He passed the cake for Sammi to eat. Sammi who is happy ate the cake. Tokyo had earthquake that afternoon, Andy asked her how it was.
Magic Kitchen was adapted from a book by a lady writer. The story is abt a lady whose mother, grandmother, great grandmother were all deserted by their husbands. She has an inborn magical culinary ability. She can bake cake that makes one become fortunate after eating. She wishes to use it on her lover Mr.Owyang to break the curse of her family. Jerry is her young kitchen asst while Andy is her old lover Fu You. It is a love triangle.
On the 15th of this month, Commercial Radio dj ,Cha Xiao Xin, host of the Tea Pot Talk Show, celebrated her 6th prg anniversary. She had 2 contests to select winners of The Most Talk-about award & Idols of the Young Leaders award. The latter was voted by children under 12-yr-old. Andy was v surprised to see so many children had voted for him. Said, "Wah! So many children support me, like that I can think of coming out with a children album!"
As he was working that day & couldn't attend the celebration party, he presented a peach-shaped lantern to wish prosperity of the prg. Cha specially brought the 2 awards to the filming site of IA3 for Andy, who was v happy.
In celebration of her 6th yr, Cha produced a book on diary of a child to share with the readers. Andy penned a calligraphy : Love when need to love, don't feel reserved. Being so you will lose happiness of yourself & that of your loved ones. Actually this reflects the attitude of Andy with his family members. He always says 'I love u' to his parents & his parents are his lovers.
At abt 5 pm that day during filming of IA3 @ Cyber Port , Andy & LL arrived one after another. Other than when on camera, LL stayed in his nanny car throughout, did not bother abt the reporters. When a few photos of him were taken, he pressed on the reporters' cameras & asked if they had enough.
On the contrary, Andy was v approachable, not only he chit-chatted far & wide with the reporters, he took photos with fans. He obliged to almost any request. When asked why he did not go to see LL, he replied , "We were acting in a chasing game, don't need to see one another!" When the reporter asked if he could have a photo taken with LL. Andy smiled stealthily, "See if there is a chance lor!"
Within 5 mins, suddenly he walked to where LL was rested & sat there waiting, LL had just finished shot, when he saw Andy who had actively come to visit him, he too actively welcome him ! Since the other party is so gentlemanly, there is no reason for me to be petty!
Actually a lot of discord is all because one thinks too high of oneself, since people take the first step, u shd follow suit ,LL!
Jerry Yen left HK after one week, other than having a hair cut, most of the time he was waiting, not even a scene was shot. It was said because as it is hard for Andy to find time, his part was done in those few days. On the first day of shooting, Sammi & Andy shot throughout day & night. The praying session was held the next day am, Jerry was not even there.
In an outdoor activity on his lunar birthday, other than singing his new song & signing autograph, Andy posed for photos with fans. Everyone had a chance, not one was missed out. He was finally all sweaty. He wipe away sweat & rubbed his tired eyes! It is no wonder he is still standing tall after so many years!
A kid was dressed in fatso costume. Andy was so caring, he opened up his costume to let in some air for him, as he understands the most.
2 days ago Andy flew to Tokyo to shoot Magic Kitchen & to attend the premiere of Infernal Affairs the next day.
At the HK airport he was help up by the problems with the airplane. The plane did not take off till 12 noon instead of the initial 9am. While everyone was worried abt the delay, one passenger wanted to alight, causing further delay. The plane did not reach Tokyo till 7 + pm.
For 2 yrs he had not come to Japan. He was warmly received by the Japanese fans. According to the local media report, Jacky Chan & Edison Chan who arrived on the same day did not have such a grand welcome. Jacky Chan who is loved by many in Japan did not have so many fans at the airport. Andy's popularity is on par with that of Brad Pitt.
Andy arrived 2 hrs later than scheduled, but this had not hampered the enthusiasm of the 500 over fans at the airport to receive him. Many fans chased till the car park, screaming at his transport. Some fans said,"Though I have no chance to touch him, I fell so elated, I feel numb !"
As soon as he had arrived, he went to the shooting location at the outskirt of the city in a tube station, joining Jerry , Sammi & Maggie Q. Shooting went on till 4 am the next day. The temp was only 10 over deg, Andy wore only a thin jacket. Luckily the screen wear were all winter clothing, Andy did not catch a cold. The Japanese fans were mighty, they followed to the location, bringing him drink & food. Andy was generous, he shared with Sammi & the crew.
In his gathering with Japanese fans yesterday, he had another celebration. Andy said though it is the first time in 10 yrs he has no holidays for his bday, he had already celebrated with Malaysian, Taiwan, Japan Korean & HK fans. Almost one other day he celebrates, as if everyday is a festive day.
2 nights ago Andy held a dinner @ Kowloon Exhibition Center to pre-celebrate his 42th birthday which falls on this Saturday. There were 98 tables with 2,000 fans coming from China, HK, Taiwan, Japan & Korea. The party costs him 2 mil dollars. His parents, Mr & Mrs Heung, Peter Lam, Haken et al were present. The party kicked off with a lion dance.
When Andy appeared on stage hand-in-hand with Anita, the house gave a rousing surprise. Said Andy, "Today I bring along my good good good friend Anita. Because wherever I go for work lately, in Malaysia or Mainland, many fans asked me how Anita is! They asked if I have taken good care of her, did I show concern to her? Did I accompany her to see dr? On the net were many msgs for her. So today I bring her here to show u how healthy she is now!"
Andy then urged everyone to give a health vision: Anita will sure recover! With everyone's good health vision, she will get back her health! Anita was v touched with the audience warm response, she thanked the audience & quipped Heaven does not bully the Kind.
Later he helped her back to her seat & urged all to sing along Love U 10,000 Years for Anita. Again he wished Anita the best in health. The scene of everyone singing was v. touching. As Anita needs to rest she left sonn after.
Haken had a duet of silly Child with Andy & cut cake with him. The bday party had games, scholarship, & cash of more than a mil in lucky draws. Mr & Mrs Heung , Peter contributed 400,000 cash for the draws. Heken teased that he wanted to be a fan club member too & he wondered how a fan club can become so terrific. Andy said he always tell the others there shd be no distance between fans & singers, fans are to be taken as friends.
A media report from Hunan states that Peng Deng Hui's disciple Chao Qing at a performance disclosed that Andy had long learned the art of face-change & would be able to perform soon. At 5 pm yesterday, the reporter called Peng. Peng said he does not know who Chao Qing is. He has only one disciple, that is Andy Lau. There are many students who have attended his lectures, he cannot remember who Chao is. He added Andy will go through the usual process, after gotten the official Sichuan school student pass, when time is right, then only he will learn the art of face-change & blowing fire.
Andy was at Mongkok for the promotion of the movie, Running On Karma [ROK] yesterday. He held the opening ceremony of a 3-D 10 ft tall figure that was placed at the shopping mall. Everyone was wowed by it. He posed with the figure in various actions. Mischievously he tried to take off its pants & peep-a-boo at the small B. A thousand over fans were present.
He played with fans in game competing sizes. A female fan beat him in having longer incisor teeth. 10-ft tall figure has a tummy, but Andy is flab-less. He said everyone thought he looks nicer if he is fatter, but now he has lost the flab.
In the movie he was able to foresee future, Cecilia asked him if he knows she can win Best Actress award with this movie, of course Andy assured her she will.
The organizer had a cake for him, all those present wished him happy bday with a song, he was v delighted.
Andy is going to Japan today for the promotion of IA, & filming of movie Magic Kitchen. He will be back on the 26th for the premiere of the ROK. On his actual 42th bday 27th, he will have a day rest. Whom will he celebrated bday with ? He said if is only a day , he will stay at home to be with his family.
Eastern Japan is having scale 5 earthquake, is he worried? He said there is a scene that need to be taken in Japan. Looking a bit worried he asked the reporters how severe it is .
It was reported that any movie with Mainland collaboration will be banned in Mainland if it enters for contest at Golden Horse awards. Andy agrees that every country has its own demands, even Oscars set some rules, only movie invested by American companies can enter contest, the rest have to be in Foreign Movie category.
Mrs Heung said it was because Golden Horse awarded a banned movie in China few yrs ago leading to the rule. But China market is big they will abide by the rule & ROK will not enter for contest.
SOURCE: MIN SHEN PAO
Sichuan art of face-change guru's disciple Chao Qing disclosed that Andy has already learned the art & may displayed it at the end of the year or early next year. He said after calling Peng Teng Hui as master, Andy did not learn immediately, it was much later that he was taught the art. Andy did not show the art yet as he has not mastered it.
At the 3rd World Mandarin Hit Awards, the winner of Most Popular Male Singer was Andy Lau. The award comes timely as a bday present for him. At post award bash, the organizer held a surprise bday party for him. Some singers & workers held out a cake & sang the bday song for him. At the awards ceremony, 30,000 audience yelled in unison 'Andy I Love U' making him v happy. Andy replied them with flying kisses. The fans went high & threw light sticks onto the stage, luckily Andy was agile & avoided being hit.
IA theme song was garnered with 2 awards. When he was on stage to receive the awards, he acted funny & pretended to be Tony & gave the acceptance speech, the audience laughed. Would he, Tony & LL sing the theme song for IA3 ? Andy said it may have difficulties as it involves diff record co. (Does your voice & LL do not key?) I had dueted with him before, it is easy for man to key. (Will asking 3 of u to sing avoid the rumor of who is to sing theme song ?) Maybe it is better to ask Anthony & Eric to sing the theme song & we sing the sidetrack. It was said Andy & LL trying to outdo one another in filming IA3 that they always look at playback. Andy said it is his habit to look at playback. There is lots of opportunity to act & there is no need for them to outdo one another.
It was said Andy was unhappy Jerry Yen was under the spotlight instead of him. Andy cried foul. He said after eating the fried rice, he was afraid the green veg would got stuck on his teeth so he didn't dare to smile.
As for his role in Magic Kitchen, he was to play a cameo at first. But maybe the director likes him, more & more parts have been for him. As for the fee, he said it is either all, a mil US, or none, there is no in between.
Alans name in Shanghainese resembles a vulgar word
Alan Tam in the awards ceremony kept calling his own name in Shanghainese. It is because when his name is pronounced with local dialect, it sounds like a vulgar word in Cantonese. Andy teased that since he heard the word so often he would think they are calling him, whenever they said the vulgar word it will be him !
The Golden Horse awards in TW is an annual big event in the movie industry. Closing date is 30th this month. Entries however is just a handful. The reason being it is said that China has banned any movie that has collaboration with Mainland producers from entering the contest. When contacted, the publicist of GH admitted it is the rule set by China, 4 movies have been affected including The Big Guy, heroic Duo & …
3rd World Mandarin Hit Awards was held in Shanghai last night. Andy beats Jay Chou, David Tao, Eason Chan & others to win Most Popular Male Singer award. Sun Yan Zhi netted Most Popular Female Singer award.
The event was jointly organized by 8 major radio stns from the 5 regions: China, HK, Taiwan, Singapore & Malaysia. 48 awards were presented. Attendees included Andy Lau, Kelly Chen, Alan Tam, Haken Li, Twins, Joey, Vanness Wu, Nic tse, etc.
In the awards, Andy, David Tao, Sun Yan Zhi, & Chang Jing Han each clichéd 4 awards while newcomer from Mainland Hu Yan Bing netted 4 1/2 awards.
Other than Most Popular male Singer award, Andy also won a Gold Song award, his duet with Tony Leung Infernal Affairs won Most Popular Duet Song award & Gold Song award. He can be said to go home full-handed.
In the afternoon when the singers went for the rehearsal, a hundred over fans awaiting there dashed to the singers asking for autographs & beat the car windows. It was chaotic, 6 securities stopped them in time.
At the rehearsal Andy's voice sounded hoarse. He said it was because for days in filming IA3 he had to shout, "I am a good person, why cant you give me a chance!"
After the ceremony he will attend the preview of The Big Guy in Shanghai today.
This movie in which he had filmed wholeheartedly had gone through the Mainland censored board, the racy Table Dance & naked run were passed. Instead, the supernatural power he possessed in being able to see what one did in his previous life was cut.
Andy explained, "The concept is what Buddhist called karma. To avoid misleading people into superstition, the one in Mainland is a simpler love story." But he prefers the HK version, as it conveys the msg if one wishes to be well in future, one is to do more good deeds.
Andy was in extreme good mood despite his hoarse voice. His song If One Day is nominated in CASH Golden Sail Best Male Singer Performance award, contesting with the late Leslie Cheung, David Tao & Haken Li & Eason. Andy was always criticized to be stiff in singing, does he feel his singing is being recognized this time, he replied happily, "It's good if it is so" He feels all the 5 shd get award, it then proves each has his own good points. He felt honored to be contending, he jested, "If winning awards is like what is in the lyrics, Haven does not bully the kind, then all the 5 shd all get awards."
On Sunday 14/9 at abt 8pm, Andy brought along his personal bowling balls & went bowling with friends at Nan Hua Bowling arena. He booked 2 lanes closed to the wall & played cross lanes with his friends. His result was not too good that day, he seldom had full strike, got only 100 over pts. He shook his head after every strike, hands repeating the actions of strike.
He is so nice to his fans & his driver. Andy is really one beyond words.
Andy is a famous workaholic. He gives himself 2 holidays a year, one during sept 27 his bday & one during Chinese New Year. But this year his bday holidays is gone. The reason being under the request of movie distributors, he has to go to Tokyo on the 22nd for a week to promote the movie IA.
When he first heard abt no holiday for his bday, he yelled help & earnestly sought a holiday, hoping a miracle can happen. He lamented, "The 2 weeks holidays is v important to me, I have hol every year! How can none this year?" But a pity the Japanese co insisted he has to come with Tony to promote the movie. So Andy forgoes his bday holiday this year.
Recently the media from Japan had come to HK to interview two of them. They praised Andy for his seriousness in work & presented him with a fish chimes as token of appreciation.
At the interview, Andy removed his jacket. Tony spotted the injury on the elbow which was incurred during filming of ROK. He asked Andy why the scar was so big. Andy said the injury was not as bad as the one he had on his face earlier on, so he neglected the wound. For the face injury he abstained from dark soy source, but not this time. He thought it shd fade quite fast.
Tony rolled up his sleeve & showed Andy an old injury he had sustained 10 yr ago. He thought the same way as Andy as the injury was on the arm, the scar got bigger & becomes permanent. Andy was shocked that a small scar did not even fade after 10 yrs. His scar is bigger , now he is thinking how to handle it, maybe he will pay the dr a visit!
After his return from Msia, Andy is busy with shooting of 2 movies, Magic Kitchen & IA3. Though it rains these few days, his work is not affected.
2 days ago was his lunar calendar birthday, but he spent the day working. There was no high-keyed celebration. A gp of loyal fans waited at Sheung Wan Li Jia Hotel filming site to celebrate the day for him. He arrived at abt 8pm in a 7-seater. Clad in a white tee & jeans with a black knack pack he was happy to see the fans with posters. They braved the rain to greet him a happy bday. Though there was no cake or gifts, Andy was v happy. He exchanged words with them & went into the hotel in a hurry.
SOURCE: SING TAO
TITLE: ANDY WENT BOWLING FANS CHEERED FOR HIM
Andy loves bowling. Lately he went bowling v often. This has created a bowling frenzy in the circle. Gigi Leung & Cherrie Yeung are the two especially attracted to the game. They went bowling @ Nan Hua frequently too.
Earlier on after he had visited a gp of children whose parents were sick in hospitals in Amoy Garden, Andy went bowling at the Nan Hua.
2 days ago in the evening he was again @ Nan Hua bowling arena. He chose the A lane which is used for competition & rented 6 to 7 lanes to play Cross lanes with his friends & assts.
As it was a Sunday, many of his fans who heard abt the news came to see him. They sat quietly behind him. When Andy had a full strike they clapped as encouragement. They made little noise so as not to disturb him.
When Andy realized there were reporters, he rushed to finish the last game, packed & left. After he had left, few tens of fans left too. At the cart park, he obliged the fans with photo-taking before he left in his nanny car.
SOURCE: XING PAO
TITLE: BIG GUY ANDY
For Big Guy Monk movie Andy went all out ! Other than running naked on the street, he wore ultra tight bikini to have raunchy dance. He was embarrassed.
6 sets of muscle costumes were prepared to make him look like a real Mr.Fit. The costumes came in rough fit & fine fit. The muscles were made to look real, even the reproductive organ was studied to look real.
There were many scenes whereby his front & back were exposed. In wearing the T-suspender to dance, he lamented the money did not come easy, in front of 10 over females, he showed off raunchy steps. The T wear had to be tight for them to slot in money so it wont drop.
To look real, Andy said 2 real dancers were included. He said, "Really I am all out, I imagine I am the sexiest man on earth to be fully in." As for the result, he said when Cecilia saw it, she turned her head in embarrassment.
Te movie is also one he felt the loneliest. He had to be 5 to 6 hrs earlier than the rest , after filming he had to stay extra hrs to removie the make up. During filming he dared not drink too much water, as the muscles had no hole. Once put on, he had to endure 10 hrs as it was not easy to ease himself.
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Andy has said that during festivals he will put his work aside to stay at home to be with his parents. During Mid-autumn festival this year, other than to be with his parents. Zhu Li Qian has come from Msia to have reunion with the family this year.
It is a pity that Andy is v busy. Other than shooting new movie Magic Kitchen, he has to film IA3. For days he is running around the locations.
Though Andy has no time for her, he takes good care of her. He gives up his nanny car & driver to send Zhu shopping. Endorsing her identity is evidently seen.
One week before the festival, 4/9 Thursday Zhu was in HK. In the evening, the car used by Andy was parked at a street at Causeway Bay. Only the driver was in the car. At abt 7 pm, after a phone call, the driver turned the car to the corner World trade center, & Zhu was seen waiting there with 2 friends.
Zhu was in simple attire. She was clad in tee shirt & long pants, her long hair as usual was tied to the back. She was carrying 2 big bags, obviously she had just finished shopping. When she saw the car came close, she opened the door as if she is v used to it, went up the car which then turned to Kowloon.
From 6/9 to 8/9. Andy was busy shooting for IA3. On 9/9. After the press con of Magic Kitchen, he went straight filming IA3 till 11 pm. He had only 4 hrs at home. Ay 3 am, he rushed to Tun Mun bowling arena for the shooting of Magic Kitchen.
Yesterday Andy & LL continued shooting IA3 at Cyber Port. Luckily the shooting was done indoor as it was raining. Andy arrived at abt 1 pm. He had lunch box together with director Andrew. All workers needed a pas to enter. The reporters were told to get away. Andrew was good to the media, when he saw this, he specially went down with Andy to meet them. Donning a casual tee , Andy joked with the reporters that he would walk with back facing them, as in IA. He explained to the media nicely that no photo taking is allowed. If the scene is exposed they will get into trouble. He said he was filming with LL, with security dept as backdrop.
Li Zhi Xiong said he will commit suicide in front of Andy in the scene. He has no pressure working with Andy he takes it as he himself is a newcomer.
In a press con yesterday, Eric Tsang disclosed the identity of Chen Dao Ming in IA3. The character acted by him is actually an undercover cop from the Mainland to investigate a case of firearms smuggling. He disguised as a firearms dealer. His duty is to bring Eric back to Mainland. But Tony was sent in the negotiations with Chen instead. Both have a mind game.
Eric said he has not seen the ending of the story yet. He felt the pressure from Chens acting, but it is a pleasure acting opposite Chen.
Running On Karma is opening soon. Though Andy is v busy lately with filming of IA3 & Magic Kitchen, he still takes time off to promote the movie in Msia & Mainland.
Other than as striptease dancer, Andy acted as black market boxer in the movie. There was a boxing scene. With Andy's agility it shd be no problem at all, but acted as the big guy he had to wear 60 over lbs of costumes, it was real tough. It was especially painful when he had a fall. He was wrapped air-tight by the fake muscles. The make-up artist had to be present all the time to do the touch up. It was both blood & sweat for Andy.
Andy is always afraid of heat, the fake coat of muscles suffocating his body, yet he had to act agile, & box his opponent down fast. Andy was made hot-tempered by the heat. The workers felt sorry for him. Luckily the fight was over quite fast.
Director To too tried to minimize shooting time when Andy had to don the costume.
SOURCE: THE SUN
Andy is going to Ukraine to film All Round Ambush by Chang Yimou in the middle of Oct. He will come back to HK in Nov as guest of Anita Mui concert. After that, Andy will go to Beijing for continuation of shooting, with her together. Andy in his bisuy working time is able to take time off to keep Anita get over this difficult period of time.
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
Voted by 12-yr-olds, Kelly Chen, Twins & Andy were awarded with Little Leaders Admiration Award. As Andy has work, he couldn’t go for the award ceremony.
Yesterday Andy had an activity @ Wang Po to promote his song 17 Year Old. The activity, '170,000 fun Happy Photo Taking', originally scheduled to be held outdoor was moved to a shopping mall due to the bad weather. But this had not daunted the enthusiasm of the fans. To get vantage spots, they came at 3 am to Q . Other than having photo taken with abt 200 fans, abt 600 onlookers were drawn to the scene. The mall was packed with people & v busy.
7 children were dressed in Andys classic looks.
Shops at Wong Po area launched discounts with things to do with 17. This helps in promoting sales , at the same time fans can have photo taken with Andy. It was Andy's bday in the lunar calendar yesterday. The fans prepared a huge birthday bun for him & sang him bday song. This gave him a happy surprise.
When Andy tried to cut the hugh bun , there was no knife, he used his hands to forced them apart. As the shape resembles the bum, the audience laughed. Andy quipped, "U have been thinking bad.." After breaking open, he took a small one to eat.
Some fans presented him with flowers on the stage. Andy returned them with a face to face close-up. But one fan did not know Andy would do this, when Andy put out his face, he got an empty response!
Andy celebrates his 927 bday every year , he is low-keyed with the lunar bday. He didn't expet fans would gave him bday bun this year. Mama Lau will prepare a bath for him with leaves of pomelo. It was ready for him when he went for his bath yesterday. At night he had long-life mian prepared by his mother. Before he left the house he had not get a red packer from her. He said, "My mother will always remember, she will give me tonight."
On his bday on the 27th, he may be in Japan. But he hopes to come back before 26th. As it is the premiere of the movie The Big Guy.
He was asked if Miss Zhu will be celebrating with him. On hearing the word Miss Zhu, he immediately answered, "Don’t talk all these , byebye ( Do u two have said byebye?) I am saying byebye to the reporters. Happy time passes v fast, time to say byebye, haha. "
The movie Magic Kitchen starring Sammi & Andy had a shooting at early dawn last night at a Shopping center in Sheung Wan. The workers used papers to tape the glass panels of the main entrance to keep shooting a secret. But the reporters were able to take some photos.
At abt 130 am yesterday, Andy & Sammi arrived separately. Abt 10 fans waited for them outside, asking for autographs & wished Andy happy bday. Despite in a hurry to go for make-up, they obliged as the fans had waited at midnight on the street.
In the movie, Sammi acted as the descendant of Mu Yong family . The female descendants are blessed with magic fingers, able to cook dishes that makes one feel fortunate after tasting. But from what was seen last night, Sammi was in the salesgirl uniform with a staff name tag. She was moving abt busy with stock taking. Andy on the other hand was busy shopping. Maybe he seldom has a chance to go shopping, so now when he is not shooting, he took the opportunity to look around. He was enjoying himself .
Andy was called to have photo taken all the time by the temp actors & the shop sales assts. As there was no air con, some temp actors complained to the director & walked out for cool air. But the leads Andy & Sammi did not complain a word not to say walk out for fresh air. The caring crew saw Andy perspiring a lot handed him towel to wipe off the sweat.