July 13th, 2012

hope for the future

Chow Yun-fat to End the Year with 'The Last Tycoon'


Actors (from left to right) Huang Xiaoming, Francis Ng and Chow Yun-fat on the set of the film "The Last Tycoon" [Photo: mtime.com]

Actor Chow Yun-fat says he is looking forward to ending the year in style with his film "The Last Tycoon" releasing in December.

Chow told media recently while celebrating the conclusion of filming, "This year-end is going to be a wonderful movie-going season." The season will host Jackie Chan's "CZ12", Stephen Chow's "New Chinese Odyssey", and Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmasters".

Chow explained, "because of them, in addition to my film, the box-office derby will be very exciting."

"The Last Tycoon", directed by Wong Jing and produced by Andrew Lau, is inspired by the real-life story of a gang leader who built his empire through the 1920s and 30s in Shanghai.

Chow Yun-fat plays the lead character, alongside Sammo Hung, Francis Ng, Huang Xiaoming and Yuan Quan.

A selling point for the film has largely been the cooperation between Chow Yun-fat and Huang Xiaoming. Chow made his name in 1980 for his role in the hit TV series "The Bund", and Huang took over the role in a 2007 remake.



Tony Leung Chiu Wai works with a disadvantage

Tony Leung Chiu Wai in the film THE SILENT WAR (TING FUNG JEH) played a blind piano tuner with exceptional hearing; by chance he runs into the Zhou Xun played 701 Operation Office member who leads him to become an important member. Wai Jai in the film has to give up his pair of mesmerizing eyes, which are covered up with sunglasses and bandages.

He said, "Without exchanging looks, this character is very hard to play; with the depiction of my insight about my surrounding environment with exceptional hearing, early in the shoot I need some time to grasp the character."

THE SILENT WAR is the second collaboration between Wai Jai and Zhou Xun. Zhou Xun said that this time they could not act with their eyes, which was somewhat difficult; yet they had more lighter and more humorous spots and she and Wai Jai got along very well.

The film shot on location in Shanghai. Wai Jai at first had to acclimatize and was often nauseous on the set. He did not want to affect the shoot and worked while he was ailing. Directors Alan Mak Siu Fai and Felix Chong Man Keung praised his professionalism and Zhou Xun for her much improved acting.


TGIF with a new TOP TUNES

Han Geng in his new music video

Leading the music charts during the week from July 3 to 10 were Jacky Xue (薛 之谦), who was discovered by a record label talent scout when he returned home to Shanghai after studying hotel management in Switzerland, and veteran Hong Kong singer Eason Chan (陈奕迅).

While the charts are swamped with love songs, this time we would still like to introduce the amazing music video of folk singer Sa Dingding‘s (萨顶顶) Closely Follows (如影随形). The song combines Beethoven‘s Ode to Joy with the chorus of the Hmong people in Yunnan province. With beautiful images filmed in southwestern China, it will certainly be a feast to your eyes and ears.

Scroll down to enjoy Dingding’s music video.

Here are the top five songs in China:

1. Several Yous (几个你) by Jacky Xue

2. If I Can (如果可以) by Li Jian (李健)

3. Kuangcao (狂草) by Han Geng (韩庚)

4. Closely Follows by Sa Dingding

5. Grassland, Please Come (草原请你来) by Meng Ke (蒙克)

During the same week, the top five songs in Taiwan and Hong Kong are:

1. Everyone Loves (人人爱) by Eason Chan

2. BB88 by Khalil Fong (方大同)

3. Lure (誘) by Yoga Lin (林宥嘉)

4. Do You Dare? (你敢不敢) by Lala Hsu (徐佳瑩)

5. Missing You (心在想念) by Julian Chen (陳志朋)