36th Hong Kong Film Awards

The 36th Hong Kong Film Awards was held last evening to honour the best of Hong Kong films released in 2016. I didn’t pay much attention to this awards this year (and also last year) as I didn’t watch most of the nominated films. Most of their movies nowadays just didn’t appeal to me with similar genre, similar style, similar story, poor visual effects and too depressed. Their movies also fail to break out of their boundary to reach out to international market due to the reasons I highlighted earlier.

The presentation ceremony yesterday has its free online streaming but that service is not available in Australia. Hence, I couldn’t watch it live. Anyway, I still manage to hear part of its live broadcast from Myfm, a Malaysian radio station. It’s a 3 hours and 30 minutes long ceremony. Very interesting poster for the awards ceremony this year (see below):

I’m more excited with the presence of many celebrities in the awards ceremony such as Jackie Chan, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok, Karl Maka (he is the bald guy in the classic hit film series ‘Aces Go Places’ with Sam Hui), Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung, (and many other recognizable faces) than the results. Here below is the full list of winners for the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards:

Best film

Best Director
Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong (Trivisa)
Best Actor
Gordon Lam (Trivisa)
Best Actress
Kara Wai ( Happiness )

Best Supporting Actor
Eric Tsang (Mad World)
Best Supporting Actress
Elaine Jin (Mad World)

Best New Performer
Tony Wu (Weeds on Fire)
Best Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Peter Pau, Cao Yu (See You Tomorrow)
Best Film Editing
Allen Leung, David Richardson (Trivisa)
Best Art Direction
See You Tomorrow
Best Sostume and Make-up Design
The Monkey King 2
Best Action Choreography
Operation Mekong
Best Original Film Score
Peter Kam, Yusuke Hatano (Soul Mate)
Best Original Film Song
Anthem of Shatin Martins (Weeds on Fire)
Best Sound Design
Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu-Keung ( Cold War 2 )
Best Visual Effects
The Monkey King 2
Best New Director
Wong Chun (Mad World)
Best Film from China and Taiwan

Overall comment:

‘Trivisa’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with 5 wins, including the coveted ‘Best Film’ prize. The film also won for best director, best actor, best screenplay and best film editing, taking out most of the important categories. ‘Mermaid’ which has a total of 8 nominations failed to win anything at all in the ceremony. The movie which is a critical box office hit and is directed by Stephen Chow is one of the only two films nominated in this awards that I did watched. The other one is ‘The Monkey King 2’ which won for ‘Best Visual Effects’. Gordon Lam is being nominated for the first time in lead actor category and he won it at the first attempt. Kara Hui also won surprisingly for best actress from her role in ‘Happiness’. This is her third best actress win in history of Hong Kong Film Awards. She has also won a best supporting actress award 3 years ago. She is now the second actress that has won the most best actress awards, only behind the legendary Maggie Cheung who has won it five times in the past. On the other hand, past winners and veterans Eric Tsang and Elaine Jin emerged as winners again this year in supporting actor and actress categories respectively from their roles in ‘Mad World’.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)



Wedding of the year: Lee Chong Wei with Wong Mew Choo on 9th and 10th November 2012

Lee Chong Wei, the world number one men single badminton player and national icon was finally tying the knot with his girlfriend, Wong Mew Choo early this month. A big congratulation to both of them! Lee Chong Wei first announced few months earlier that he had planned to marry soon probably by next year. However, the wedding is brought earlier as one of Wong Mew Choo’s relatives had passed away recently and she had to marry within 100 days or wait three more years. Not to waste anymore time while not breaking the Chinese tradition, both of them then decided to tie the knot in November.


(Image source: http://www.alifebe.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Dato-Lee-Chong-Wei4.jpg)

They first met in 2001 when they were not popular and only perform as the back up national badminton team. Then, Lee Chong Wei rise to occasion after winning multiple titles and then ranked world number one player. Mew Choo on the other hand, manage to perform quite well too, particularly winning the China Open in a year. Then, she retired from badminton, but still remains by the side of Lee Chong Wei, giving him support no matter where he is competing at. Both of them had gone through a long 11 years in ups and downs, with even report of them breaking up in 2009. But fate reunited them together, and the bond between them grew stronger ever since then.

Lee Chong Wei reached 30 years of age and it’s certainly time for him to start his own family after enjoying many years of success in badminton. However, he will not stop on his career, but would continue on his pursuit for more titles, particularly eyeing on World Championships, Asian Games, and Olympic Games that he had never won before. It is reported that he will be back on court on upcoming Hong Kong Open and Macau Open in the end of this month. Hence, he mentioned that he would spend his honeymoon with his newly wed wife later.

The wedding of the year, is held in two days on November 9th and 10th, 2012. The wedding is of course organized in a very grand and spectacular scale as Chong Wei is the national icon and the two-days events would also be broadcast live to all Malaysians who are excited to watch a bit of their wedding despite not included in guest list. The first day of wedding dinner at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre saw the presence of the King and Queen, the Prime Minister and his deputy, as well as many other officials, ministers and corporates. Wow…so you see how high profile Chong Wei is. Today’s dinner which is at the same venue, would then be dedicated to the family members, relatives and close friends.


(Image source: http://www.miricitysharing.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Lee-Chong-Wei-Wedding-Photo-set-1.jpg)

Earlier, both of them have taken lovely wedding images at Sepang Gold Coast Golden Palm Tree Resort. And this is my first time seeing pictures of Chong Wei in formal attire and he certainly looks good on it. On the other hand, Mew Choo looks impressive with her gown on and the picturesque background certainly enhances the images. Anyway, congratulation again to Lee Chong Wei and Wong Mew Choo on their marriage. Their wedding is no doubt the nation’s wedding of the year.

It’s been nine years after horrific 911

Today we remember the tragic moment,

that happened exactly nine years ago,

The most unexpected and unwanted event,

911 that turned the site into ground zero.

It’s a big news that leave us in shock,

the collapse of the towers put us in sorrow,

The images of the terrifying scenes came in flock,

for Americans and rest of the world it’s a big blow.

Nothing else we can do except to pray,

for the sacrifice of victims beneath the rubble,

Speechless and we have nothing more to say,

Days have to go on for all the people.

Nine Emperor Gods Festival Night…

I remember, one year ago, earlier, I have written a post (among the first few posts of this blog) on this festival night, the Nine Emperor Gods Festival (九皇爺). This year will be the same.

Around these days, rain will fall, to show sympathy and mercy to the Nine Emperor Gods. There are many myths behind the origin of this festival. Don’t you notice that rain falls everyday currently (it’s not related to monsoon season, because this festival is celebrated in Chinese lunar calendar, so different date every year).

This year, as usual, followed my cousin and my aunt to watch the parade which organized to invite the Nine Emperor Gods to Earth, down from river (in this area, Ampang River). The parade is very grand, usually 10 – 20 minutes long, with lion and dragon dance, ‘long-leg seven’, etc,.. This festival attracts a lot of people, and the streets involved on the parade are fully crowded.

This year, we went to that area late, but we were still able to watch the final parts of the parade, the most important one, when we saw the arrival of Nine Emperor Gods ( an item caught from the river, believed to be possessed by the Nine Emperor Gods, hidden by the cloth).

Some pictures taken at the night (still manage to capture)

Lion dance performing rituals in front of a ritual table:


The dragon, fly until so fast…


So many people, crowded…and being pushed…


Another type of lion dance..


The ‘tall-leg seven’ gods…these performers can stand like that, and walk for a long distance…great


those decorated kind of things…duno what it is called…


oso duno why they shake this thing…we have to pray as this one comes forward…


finally, the Nine Emperor Gods, hidden by the cloth…I want to see what is inside…! What the man is carrying? So many things covered it up…this one also we have to pray, the main and the final…


Time to leave, sure traffic jams..wow..Ampang area has changed a lot, so many new apartments, shoplots, commercial buildings, and the Ampang Waterfront.


This date only come once in a year, around this twelve years from 2001 till 2012, when the number of the day is the same as of the month and the year (last two digits). Now, today is dated 09/09/09.

A lucky day perhaps. Many couples will register their wedding today, especially at Thean Hou Temple eventhough today is still in the month of Hungry Ghost Festival.

Today is very much usual for me. Attending class, doing assignment (wondering why I did not put the word ‘completing’, because the assignment can’t be completed in a day, it take days), online and facebook-ing.