November 30th, 2016


Pakho Chau is married

HK singer Pakho Chau married his girlfriend Stephanie Chu in Thailand recently. The two were together for 10 years.

The wedding venue, a five-star beachside resort in Phuket, reportedly cost over $1 million HKD to rent. Aside from family and non-celebrity friends, Pakho’s label mate Shiga Lin (連詩雅) also attended their wedding.

Pakho confirmed his marriage saying: “Thank you for the concerns. Both of us have received many words of blessings and regards. I’ve always been trying my best to protect my family and friends, so their lives won’t be affected by my career. I am thankful for their understanding and support. I’m also thankful for her patience and care in the last ten years—the sunset [on my wedding day] was the best I’ve seen. Thank you!”

Nicholas Tse & Jung Yong Hwa in new food comedy

Since hosting the culinary show Chef Nic, Hong Kong singer-actor Nicholas Tse has impressed audiences with his creative cooking skills. The program's success has now inspired the Lunar New Year movie Cook Up a Storm about the intense rivalry between two chefs. Helmed by Raymond Yip (Phantom of the Theatre), the foodie comedy features a stellar lineup that includes Nicholas Tse himself, Ge You (Gone with the Bullets), CNBLUE member Jung Yong Hwa in his silver screen debut, Tiffany Tang (A Chinese Odyssey: Part Three), Michelle Bai (Kung Fu Jungle) and Anthony Wong (The Mobfathers).

Cook Up a Storm will be released in theaters as a 4D film that provides an innovative moviegoing experience by giving off delicious smells along with mouthwatering cooking scenes. Nicholas Tse exhibits his cooking talent as Cantonese street cook Ko Tin Ci, who runs a restaurant with his teacher Hong Qi (Ge You). In an attempt to establish his own Eastern cuisine brand, Michelin-starred chef Paul An (Jung Yong Hwa) comes to China from France and opens a restaurant with his girlfriend (Michelle Bai). The two talented chefs meet in a world-famous culinary competition where they go head to head for top honors.

Produced by Emperor Entertainment Group, Cook Up a Storm is set to open on January 28, 2017.


Liu Haoran, Huang Xiaoming and Tiffany Tang in Nirvana in Fire sequel

In 2015, the period drama Nirvana in Fire starring Hu Ge and Wang Kai made a huge pop culture splash as one of the most popular and acclaimed Chinese TV series of recent years. Soon after the drama's broadcast, a sequel was announced to much anticipation, and the cast has recently been unveiled. Again spearheaded by producer Hou Hongliang, directors Kong Sheng and Li Xue, and writer Hai Yan, Nirvana in Fire 2 gives way to new characters and an original story set a generation after the events of the first series.

Nirvana in Fire 2 will begin a decade after Xiao Jingyan's son ascends the throne and power struggle again breaks out in the Southern Liang dynasty. 19-year-old breakout star Liu Haoran (Chinatown Detective) takes the leading role of Xiao Pingjing, the second son of Changlin army general Xiao Tingsheng, played by veteran Sun Chun. Huang Xiaoming and Tiffany Tang make special appearances as General Xiao's oldest son Xiao Pingzhang and his wife Meng Qianxue. Other cast members include Mei Ting, Guo Jingfei, Wu Haochen, Zhang Bo and Qiao Xin from Hou Hongliang's other recent hit Ode to Joy, whose sequel is also in production.

Currently in pre-production, Nirvana in Fire 2 is expected to begin filming in December and air in 2017.