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Second week done with plenty of gatherings and a TVB drama review for ‘Destination Nowhere’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2017 by vincentloy

First week of the semester is considered a happy-go-lucky week as no one would like to start on the assignments on the first week itself. Now, even the second week is gone and there is no more time to be wasted anymore. There are several submissions coming very soon already and I’m way not prepared yet. I did do my work, but 24 hours a day is just not enough. I’m not on track in my progress in all the units this semester. Well, I took that off my mind for a while first to enjoy this weekend.

Last Friday, I get back to the court to play badminton with my friends for about 3 hours. That was after a very stressful design studio with nothing from my part to show to the lecturers and I don’t really get what they want with their super-hard-to-understand words. It’s good to be back playing badminton after several months of not playing it already, and unfortunately, my badminton skill has not improve. The gathering did not stop there as we went for some snack and drink after that. Then, yesterday evening, we had another gathering in a friend’s house to enjoy the potluck dinner as well as to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Several hours later, I will heading out with my housemate to watch a movie. So many activities, and hence, not much time to focus on my assignments. Well, I will promise to myself to concentrate on my study from tomorrow onward.

Recently, I finished watching another TVB drama. It’s ‘Destination Nowhere’ (迷), a Hong Kong drama about a female news reporter who get caught up in the problematic collusion scheme between government official and businesses. All the hardship she faced has lead to her to be forced to become cunning and evil especially after the murder of her daughter. Those complicated cases that were actually linked to one another were then investigated by a police inspector who later felt in love with the female news reporter. This 30-episodes series starred Kevin Cheng, Kristal Tin, James Ng, King Kong Lee, Winki Lai, etc.

The plot is very interesting but there are several obvious plot holes that ruin the logic of the story in some major parts. The main cast, Kevin Cheng and Kristal Tin only get to bump onto each other in the very later stage of the series. I’m fascinated by the director’s decision to show them crossing over but not knowing each other in many occasions in earlier episodes but that were taking too many episodes. Once they knew each other, their relationship builds up too quickly. It’s a fresh thing to see this new pairing between Kevin and Kristal by the way. Their acting in this drama were also top notch especially Kristal. I’m stunned yet by another groundbreaking performance by Kristal. Her character is a very challenging one that requires execution of variety of emotions. She has a role that has to show the innocent side, leadership side, crying side, and cunning side all in one drama. She nailed it. There were time when I was sleepy and not paying attention while watching new episode of this drama on late night, and then, I immediately paid attention and went fully awake by her performance. I don’t mind giving her another best actress award but it is too early to tell right now since awards season is at the end of the year. This drama is being shown too early in the year and will be usually forgotten by the time awards season come. Other cast also did good job such as James Ng (still don’t like his face and his crying is too ugly to watch) and Winki Lai. Even the bad guy portraying ‘Wat Dee’ is putting on a very good performance. I don’t know his name but I pity him for always portraying bad guy in TVB dramas. He has the bad-guy look.

Overall, this drama is nice to watch. It is all good due to the amazing performances by the cast. Their acting kept me not wanting to leave my seat watching every episodes of this drama. There is also a good amount of suspense and dramatic moments throughout the whole series to keep engaging the viewers. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Destination Nowhere’ a total of 7.5.

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Movie review for ‘Jackie’ (2016), and have you heard of Razzies?

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2017 by vincentloy

‘Jackie’ is the last Oscar-type films of 2016 that I watched before the announcement for the nomination list of the 89th Academy Awards later on. ‘Jackie’ is a biographical drama film that starred Natalie Portman as the titular character, following her life after the 1963 assassination of her husband John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was famously known to be the fourth and the last President of the United States to be murdered while still in office. And on the other hand, nothing much have been known about his wife, Jackie Kennedy, the First Lady before, during and after the infamous assassination. I’m interested to know more on that, and so, I’m interested to watch this movie.

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The other reason I watched ‘Jackie’ is also because I’m amazed by Natalie Portman’s scenes in the movie trailer alone. She is one great actress and I love her since her award-winning performance in ‘Black Swan’ several years ago. I already sense huge Oscar feel to her performance just by watching the trailer. And after watching the whole movie just now, I have no doubt that her performance here will land her another best actress nomination in the Oscars and I don’t mind her winning it again too. She is phenomenal as Jackie. The whole movie is seriously focusing on her with many close-up scenes of her face (though I find it unnecessarily too much at some point) to show her emotions and expressions in dealing with all the issues after her husband’s shocking death. She not only mastered that, but also nailed the accent and posture that the real Jackie Kennedy had. She put in a lot of effort in this role and she delivered. The only imperfection is that her face didn’t resemble Jackie Kennedy’s face at all.

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Peter Sarsgaard is solid for his supporting role as Robert, the younger brother of John F. Kennedy in this movie. An unknown Danish actor who portrayed John F. Kennedy in this movie shocked me because his face really resembles closely to the late President himself. While watching the movie, it was really as though John F. Kennedy himself was in there. The costumes are great, the production design is excellent, and the way they used old recordings of Jackie’s introduction to the interiors of the White House and putting in the same scenes in the movie with Natalie Portman as replacement is commendable. As for the story and its editing, they are just average. The overall feel is a bit bored and plain (like too many scenes of Natalie walking around in the White House). There is no greatness in this film besides than Natalie Portman. But she faces strong competition from Emma Stone and Isabelle Hupert for the Oscar trophy for best actress next month. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Jackie’ a total of 7.1. This kind of movies makes me wanted to do a quick online research on the real information behind such historical events.

On the other hand, have you heard of Razzies? It is a name for the Golden Raspberry Awards, an annual awards presented to honour not the best, but the worst films. It’s like the total opposite of the Oscars. I guess many of you do not know of such existence. It even has its nomination list for the worst for films in 2016 released yesterday. The awards usually took place a day before the Oscars. Among the films with most nominations (hence being regarded the worst movies in 2016) are ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, ‘Independence Day: Resurgence’, ‘Gods of Egypt’, ‘Zoolander 2’, ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Dirty Grandpa’, etc. ‘Winners’ will be famous for the other way round. This is the only awards that nobody wants to get nominated or even involved in.

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Full result of the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2016 by vincentloy

The 35th Hong Kong Film Awards was held successfully last night to honour the best of Hong Kong films released last year in 2015. Here below is the full list of winners for the awards presentation:

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Best Film: “Ten Years”
Best Director: Tsui Hark for “The Taking of Tiger Mountain”
Best Screenplay: Philip Yung for “Port of Call”
Best Actor: Aaron Kwok for “Port of Call”
Best Actress: Jessie Li for “Port of Call”
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Ning for “Port of Call”
Best Supporting Actress: Elaine Jin for “Port of Call”
Best New Performer: Michael Ning for “Port of Call”
Best Cinematography: Christopher Doyle for “Port of Call”
Best Film Editing: Cheung Ka-fai for “Ip Man 3”
Best Art Direction: William Chang, Alfred Yau for “Office”
Best Costume Make Up Design: Kenneth Yee for “Monster Hunt”
Best Action Choreography: Nicky Li for “SPL 2: A Time for Consequences”
Best Sound Design: Kinson Tsang, George Lee, Yiu Chun-hin for “The Taking of Tiger Mountain”
Best Visual Effects: Jason Snell, Ellen Poon, Tang Binding for “Monster Hunt”
Best Original Film Score: Lo Ta-yu, Keith Chan for “Office”
Best Original Film Song: “We Almost Fly” for “She Remembers, He Forgets”
Best New Director: Raman Hui for “Monster Hunt”
Best Film of Mainland China and/or Taiwan: “The Assassin”
Most Professional Award: Chow Wing-kwong
Lifetime Achievement Award: Li Li-hua
Best Dressed: Jacky Cheung, Karena Lam

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‘Ten Years’ is a movie that is set in a “darker” future where Hong Kong is under greater Chinese control. The picture while receiving critical acclaim in Hong Kong has sparked anger and controversy from mainland China. The movie was eventually banned in China. Even the broadcast of this awards ceremony is also not shown in mainland China. This is a politically sensitive film and I’m actually glad that the judges put the politics aside (not afraid of creating further anger from China) and vote the best out by choosing this movie as the best film. I haven’t watch this movie yet, but I think I will after it has win the best film last night. It is also the only film not nominated at all in other categories but only in best film category and won the top honor surprisingly.

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‘Port of Call’ is the biggest winner of the ceremony with a total of 7 awards. It received the most nominations and it is expected that it will win also most of them. The film excelled particularly in the performances by the cast despite most of them are new actors and actresses. This film also gave Aaron Kwok his first best actor win in Hong Kong Film Awards after having been nominated five times in total. Congratulations. I have been predicting him to win this time since he is overdue. Well, Jacky Cheung is also overdue but I’ll rather hand out this year’s award to Aaron. I’m sure Jacky’s time will come very soon too since he is another good actor, and is just waiting for the right role and timing. The battle of the best actor is the most interesting one since it involved two Film Kings (Tony Leung, Nick Cheung) against three Heavenly (Music) Kings (Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, Jacky Cheung).

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As for best actress category, there is not much excitement around. My preferred choice would be Miriam Yeung since I saw the movie she was nominated in which is ‘Little Big Master’ and she is exceptionally good in it. However, she won it before. My next choice would be Karena Lam but her buzz is low this time around. Same goes to the other nominated actresses. In the end, a new performer, Jessie Li won for ‘Port of Call’. Now, I also would like to watch and see what ‘Port of Call’ is all about since it won so many awards.

I love ‘Ip Man 3’ film. It is a wonderful film and is my personal best for Hong Kong films last year. However, it didn’t get enough interest in this awards to my surprise. Fortunately, it still managed to won 1 award in the end (at least not empty-handed). On the other hand, it’s interesting and refreshing to see Sean Lau to become the host of the ceremony this year. He is usually sitting in front of stage competing for best actor for many years, and now he is on the stage being the host. Interesting choice…well, at least better than seeing the same old faces of the hosts every year. The most interesting segment of the awards ceremony is when they introduced the veteran artists who actually started out in film industry when they were very young, doing on child roles back over many decades ago. I’m moved by the dedication of these artists.

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My own selection of the best of TVB dramas from 2007 till this year, 2015.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2015 by vincentloy

Every year there would be some major awards presentations happening to honour the best of Hong Kong major television station, TVB annually. These awards ceremonies are not only held in Hong Kong but also in Malaysia and Singapore for the oversea Chinese audiences. I consider myself grew up with TVB dramas. In Malaysia, we have no nice local Chinese TV dramas to watch and so we depend on Astro to catch up to Hong Kong’s latest series and other variety programmes. For the awards this year, the Singapore Starhub TVB Awards was in last month, and tomorrow we would have the TVB Star Awards Malaysia. It will all end with the Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards next month.

I myself do make my own list of the best of TVB dramas every year. I started this in 2007 but I never put up my selection to my blog here. I think this would appeal to some of my blog readers who are interested on things about TVB dramas, and so, I put it up now, at here below:

BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2007

Best Series: Heart of Greed

Best Leading Actor: Moses Chan (Heart of Greed)

Best Leading Actress: Louise Lee (Heart of Greed)

Best Supporting Actor: Louis Yuen (Heart of Greed)

Best Supporting Actress: Tavia Yeung (Dicey Business)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2008

Best Series: Moonlight Resonance

Best Leading Actor: Raymond Lam (Moonlight Resonance)

Best Leading Actress: Michelle Yim (Moonlight Resonance)

Best Supporting Actor: Wayne Lai (The Gentle Crackdown II)

Best Supporting Actress: Tavia Yeung (Moonlight Resonance)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2009

Best Series: Rosy Business

Best Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (Rosy Business)

Best Leading Actress: Sheren Tang (Rosy Business)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Tse (E.U.)

Best Supporting Actress: Susan Tse (Rosy Business)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2010

Best Series: No Regrets

Best Leading Actor: Wayne Lai (No Regrets)

Best Leading Actress: Sheren Tang (No Regrets)

Best Supporting Actor: Evergreen Mak (No Regrets)

Best Supporting Actress: Fala Chen (No Regrets)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2011

Best Series: Ghetto Justice

Best Leading Actor: Kevin Cheng (Ghetto Justice)

Best Leading Actress: Myolie Wu (Curse of the Royal Harem)

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Lee (Ghetto Justice)

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan (Ghetto Justice)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2012

Best Series: The Hippocratic Crush

Best Leading Actor: Kenneth Ma (The Hippocratic Crush)

Best Leading Actress: Kate Tsui (Highs and Lows)

Best Supporting Actor: Power Chan (The Confidant)

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Kong (Silver Spoons Sterling Shackles)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2013

Best Series: Brother’s Keeper

Best Leading Actor: Ruco Chan (Brother’s Keeper)

Best Leading Actress: Krystal Tin (Brother’s Keeper)

Best Supporting Actor: Him Law (The Hippocratic Crush II)

Best Supporting Actress: Elena Kong (Triumph in the Skies II)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2014

Best Series: Line Walker

Best Leading Actor: Roger Kwok (Black Heart White Soul)

Best Leading Actress: Charmaine Sheh (Line Walker)

Best Supporting Actor: Benz Hui (Line Walker)

Best Supporting Actress: Sharon Chan (The Ultimate Addiction)

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BEST OF TVB DRAMAS OF THE YEAR 2015

Best Series: Captain of Destiny

Best Leading Actor: Ruco Chan (Captain of Destiny)

Best Leading Actress: Liza Wang (Limelight Years)

Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Ma (Lord of Shanghai)

Best Supporting Actress: Alice Chan (Lord of Shanghai)

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I only provided five categories. Very limited places and so making each categories more prestigious. This is not like giving out pork chop awards to as many people as possible like those ‘my favourite characters’ awards. I also decided to kick out the smaller categories like most improved for the same reason. Well, you will notice that some of my selection differs from the TVB awards results for that particular year as this is solely depending on my own analysis without influence from the past TVB awards. My selection is also different since it only involves dramas that I have watched only every year and not all.

You may have forgotten some of the great performances several years ago that I include in my list but is not visible in TVB awards for that particular year. Maybe posting this up from 2007 (till this year) will refresh your mind a bit on some classic nice dramas we have watched from 8 years ago. You may also comment here on your own selection for best of TVB this year, particularly if you differ from my thought that ‘Captain of Destiny’ is the best series of 2015. I do think a lot that this year is the battle between ‘Captain of Destiny’ and ‘Lord of Shanghai’ for best series, but in the end, after a careful analysis, I ended up picking the former with my own reasons. I welcome all of your thoughts if you are also interested in TVB dramas like me.

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Nominees look great in photoshoot for the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards next week.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2014 by vincentloy

The 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards presentation ceremony would be held next week on Sunday, 13th April 2014. You can check out the full nomination list of this year’s awards in my post here: https://vincentloy.wordpress.com/2014/02/09/full-nomination-list-for-the-33rd-hong-kong-film-awards-2014/. Recently, the photoshoot for the nominees this year had been released. While some criticized the images for being overly photoshopped, I still find that the outcome is awesome and successfully showing the glamour of the nominated actors and actresses this year.

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Nominees for Best Leading Actor (above from left to right: Anthony Wong, Sean Lau, Tony Leung, Nick Cheung and Louis Koo).

My latest prediction is that Nick Cheung will take home the prize from his performance in ‘Unbeatable’ last year. He previously had won Best Actor for this film at Shanghai International Film Festival last year too. He previously won this award back in 2008 before.

70% – Nick Cheung (Unbeatable)

10% – Tony Leung (The Grandmaster)

10% – Louis Koo (The White Storm)

10% – Anthony Wong (Ip Man: The Final Fight)

0% – Sean Lau (The White Storm)

The only nominees above that has never win Best Actor and also got me curious is Louis Koo. A very talented, cool and handsome looking actor. I’m sure his chance will come soon.

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Nominees for Best Leading Actress (above from left to right: Cherry Ngan, Tang Wei, Zhang Ziyi, Sammi Cheng, Nina Paw)

This year’s best actress category is quite intense. Much better than last year when all the singers got nominated instead. My prediction sticks to the same that Zhang Ziyi will take home the prize, since she had already been snatching all Best Actress trophies in multiple film awards across Asia Pacific from her performance in ‘The Grandmaster’ (at Golden Horse Awards, Asian Film Awards, etc).

60% – Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster)

20% – Sammi Cheng (Blind Detective)

20% – Nina Paw (Rigor Mortis)

0% – Tang Wei (Finding Mr. Right)

0% – Cherry Ngan (The Way We Dance)

At first I gave 70% probability to Zhang Ziyi. But I lowered it down to 60% because she had won it before and I prefer to give slightly higher chance to Sammi Cheng, the next favourite. Sammi had been Ziyi’s closest rival in 50th Golden Horse Awards end of last year too. Furthermore, Hong Kong might prefer to vote for home favourite (Sammi) this time in addition that she also lost out very surprisingly to Miriam Yeung (her junior in career) last year. Maybe a little compensation for Sammi. But in the end, I guess the judge will be professional and fair, and to let Ziyi win (will be her second time winning Best Actress in Hong Kong Film Awards). I saw Ziyi’s performance but I have to say honestly that Sammi carried out her dynamic role in ‘Blind Detective’ much better and captivating.

Besides that, Sammi had been nominated seven times in Hong Kong Film Awards and till now, failed to win any. She also failed to win any at Golden Horse Awards. The only win she had for Best Actress is on 2001 at Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for ‘Wu Yen’. She must be very frustrated. She actually did very well in acting career but just that she has no fate yet to any major acting awards. Really wish she will be crowned Best Actress very soon. Also hopes that she will be more active in filming, hence to provide her higher opportunity for winning in near future. But for now, my pick is on Zhang Ziyi.

The film she is nominated in, ‘The Grandmaster’ is also highly expected to win the most awards on that night. The film received 14 nominations, the highest among other nominated films. It is expected to take home ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Action Choreography’, ‘Best Cinematography’, ‘Best Costume and Make-up Design’, and few more. Looking forward to watch the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards presentation ceremony next Sunday, on 13th April 2014 from 8 pm.

(Images in this post are from official Facebook page of this awards: https://www.facebook.com/hk.filmawards)

In remembrance of the late Hong Kong superstar, Anita Mui (1963 – 2003)

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2013 by vincentloy

Year 2003 was a tragic year for Hong Kong not only due to the SARS outbreak but also in entertainment industry when two of the very iconic stars, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui died in that particular year. This year, on April 1st, a tribute and a memorial concert was made to mark the 10th anniversary of Leslie’s death. Now, on 30th December, the same would be organized in memory of Anita Mui Yim-fong (10 October 1963 – 30 December 2003), as she had left us exactly a decade ago.

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‘Anita Mui’ is a familiar name to all Chinese. Before she turned into a highly successful singer and actress, she experienced much hardship in her childhood and had to entered show business at the age of 4 to support her family. She then joined the first New Talent Singing Championship in 1982 and won the first place, hence starting out her route to success and fame. In subsequent years, popular for her distinctive voice, she won huge number of awards including Best Female Singer award consecutively from 1985 to 1989 and Gold Song Gold Award in 1989 for the song ‘Sunset Melody’ which became one of her signature songs throughout her career. She had released over 30 albums and organized nearly 300 live concerts, and reached peak of her singing career to the point that she is recognized as the ‘Madonna of the East’ in the West, Cantopop diva and queen particularly in 1980s.

At the age of 28, she stepped down from the industry to make way for newcomers and she had mentored several of them, most notably, Andy Hui, Denise Ho, Edmond Leung, and the band ‘Grasshopper’. She returned from retirement in 1994, and in 1998 at the age of only 35, she was awarded RTHK Golden Needle Award, being one of the youngest recipients of the lifetime achievement award. Besides singing, she had also starred in over 40 films in 20 years of her acting career. She was known to portray all kind of roles from comedy to tragedy with immense effort and her hard work won her Best Actress at the Golden Horse Awards, Asia Pacific Film Festival and also in Hong Kong Film Awards for her role in film ‘Rouge’. This made her the first Hong Kong music queen to be equally rightful to be known as film queen. Her other notable films are A Better Tomorrow 3, The Top Bet, Justice My Foot, Fight Back To School 3, The Heroic Trio, Wu Yen, and July Rhapsody (her last film).

She was also actively involved in charitable works. She had established ‘Anita Mui True Heart Charity Foundation’, a nursing home in San Francisco, a fund-raising concert for SARS-affected families, etc. Her tremendous contribution to the entertainment industry and also in charity made her to become one of the most loved stars and her death in 30th December 2003 was a very heartbreaking news to all. She died from cervical cancer at the age of 40, and before she left, she organized a series of immensely touching farewell concerts to say goodbye to her fans on stage. Her funeral in January 2004 was attended by many celebrities and thousands of fans.

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She was most famous particularly in 1980s, at the time when I do not even exist yet. However, even younger generations knew her well, a proof of her fame that never fades even to this day, a decade after her death. She remained as one of the most prolific icons from Hong Kong. On the other hand, tonight, there will be a memorial concert organized by her close friends, Jacky Cheung and Eric Tsang in honour of her legacy. Anita Mui (1963 – 2003) will be forever remembered.

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UPDATE – I had just watched the two and a half hour live broadcast from Hong Kong of a tribute programme and a memorial concert (mentioned in previous paragraph) to the late Anita Mui. Very touching and a great effort. They made it a great emotional ‘surprise’ party to her as everyone do remember Anita till this day. I am glad to find huge number of very popular celebrities (Eric Tsang, Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok, Maggie Cheung, Sammi Cheng, Anita Yuen, Tony Leung, Carina Lau, Miriam Yeung, Andy Hui, Edmund Leong, Denise Ho, Sandy Lam, A-Mei, George Lam, Alex To, etc) going up on stage to sing or to deliver heartfelt speech. A very meaningful memorial concert to Anita Mui. I also like the short front programme before the concert when they show bits of Anita’s popular songs, her background, her time on winning awards, her scenes in some films, etc.

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Is it true that Sammi has no fate to any major film awards? I hope not.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2013 by vincentloy

Sammi Cheng is a very successful Hong Kong singer that is always recognized as the ‘Cantopop Queen’. Venturing into entertainment industry at a very early age after winning third place in a local singing competition, Sammi has been enjoying fame and popularity all over Asia-Pacific from early 1990 till present. That’s over two decades and her fame never fades even at the time between 2005 to 2007 when she faced depression and had temporarily stay away from public eyes. From 2008 onwards, she came back much stronger with strengthened faith in Christianity. She is one of the guests in a recent TVB programme where a female host interviews a number of successful ‘best actress’. I am quite touched by what she expressed in the interview.

Let’s discuss more on her interesting and challenging adventures in film industry spanning for over two decades. It’s very typical for a Hong Kong singer to turn to acting to achieve wider success, and Sammi is not an exception. Her first film is ‘Best of the Best’ in 1992, and she is already immediately paired with Jacky Cheung, the ‘God of Songs’. She had also team up with many other popular artists (mostly male as on-screen partner) on films in following years like Ekin Cheng, Stephen Chow, Leon Lai, Anita Mui, Andy Lau, Richie Ren, Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Tony Leung Ka Fai, etc. Up to date, she had starred in over 20 Hong Kong films, of which several were big hit in box-office like ‘Summer Holiday’, ‘Needing You’, ‘Love on a Diet’ and most recently ‘Blind Detective’. Her most tough film must be the ‘Everlasting Regret’, a very serious and ‘choking’ film centered on a Shanghainese woman’s turbulent life.

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(Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, the Chinese ‘golden box office couple’. Both look stunning despite the former is now over 50 and the latter is over 40 in age. Image source: http://english.cri.cn/mmsource/images/2013/05/20/b1311xtylxmangt2.jpg)

Her best partner in films must be none other than Andy Lau whom she had collaborated with for seven times. Andy Lau had always expressed publicly to the media that he praised Sammi’s brilliant acting skill and that he hopes for her to win best actress award very soon. Why did he stressed on this point? It’s because Sammi had been nominated in annual Hong Kong Film Awards in best actress category for six times (in 2000’s Needing You, 2001’s Wu Yen, Fighting for Love, Love on a Diet, 2005’s Everlasting Regret, 2012’s Romancing in Thin Air) but failed to win any. This really shocked most of the people, including myself. I always think that her performance had been very good in most of her films and should be deserving of this award long ago. And yet till now, not a single trophy on her hand. It is surprising that the people that made the decision on the awards had not seen or realized her potential and her fantastic level in acting.

To be exact, she had actually won a best actress award before from Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award previously for her performance in ‘Wu Yen’ as the titular character. But that is certainly not enough to honour her contribution and effort in film industry. One of the reasons she had lesser fate to film awards is that her films are always in romance comedy genre that stands little chance to shine in awards selection. However, I have to highlight that it is not easy too to act in that type of characters in such a natural and relaxing way as she does in her films. She nailed the characters as how each should be. I always enjoyed her films. Really wonderful and engaging. Even Johnnie To, a prolific film director that Sammi had always worked with had expressed full support for her to win best actress as soon as possible. He feels that he owes her this.

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(A shot of Sammi Cheng with Andy Lau in Blind Detective. Image source: http://www.scmp.com/sites/default/files/styles/980w/public/2013/07/02/handout_bd_flyer.jpg?itok=6iWeiroH)

Recently, Sammi again is praised for her outstanding performance in ‘Blind Detective’, a film released this year that combines violence, romance and also comedy. Eventhough generally the film did not stands out well enough, but her acting does. She is nominated in Taiwan’s 50th Golden Horse Awards in best actress category for this film. The awards presentation will be held by end of November and I do hope that she will win it. However, I see bigger chance for Zhang Ziyi in ‘The Grandmaster’,a much successful production this year that I didn’t watch. Zhang had recently won best actress at 10th Huading Awards based on this film too, hence higher chance for her. I’m worried that her nomination is just to fill in the empty slot which it is obviously shouldn’t be. It’s really should be the time to recognize Sammi’s acting level. I think she would be definitely nominated again on next year’s Hong Kong Film Awards. I’m really looking forward to her winning it eventhough everything is still too early to judge. But one thing for sure, Sammi had really done a great job not only in singing but also in acting. No one can question that.