Cold War 2 is on its way to become the No. 1 box office hit of all time for Chinese-language films in Hong Kong, breaking the record set by the 2011 Taiwanese romantic flicker You Are the Apple of My Eye, which grossed HK$61.85 million in the city. Cold War 2, which assembles a powerful all-male cast, in the tradition of Internal Affairs, and plays up headline-hogging conflicts involving the police force, the security bureau and the Independet Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
While the two award-winning lead actors – Aaron Kwok as the police commissioner and Tony Leung as his deputy – deliver outstanding performances in this movie, it’s Chow Yun-fat who steals the limelight. Chow, who is said to be the people’s choice for the next chief executive because of his refreshing down-to-earth friendliness and high regard for local culture, has been rarely seen in local movies over the past two decades, having shifted his acting career to Hollywood. But the man, who came to be known as the God of Gamblers in the ’80s, plays the role of Justice Oswald Kan. His famous movie line, after knowing that he was appointed to the committee to rubberstamp the proposal to remove Kwok in favor of Leung – “I will spend the rest of my life serving you (Leung) and you alone”.
Since it opened on July 8, Cold War 2 has earned nearly HK$58 million as of Monday. But given a daily box office of HK$700,000, and a weekend take of over HK$1 million, it is poised to break the local record by weekend. In fact, the movie could hit HK$70 million this summer because it is likely to be shown throughout August, given all the favorable reviews.
Cold War 2 is also doing well in China, where it has grossed 650 million yuan (HK$756 million, US$97.42 million) so far despite a 30 percent drop in box office earnings this year. The less than exciting box office earnings in China this summer is not so much due to the quality of the movies as to the fact that online movie ticket discounts were not offered this year, according to industry watchers.
Last year, entertainment giants such as Alibaba Group’s Taobao offered tickets at 9.9 yuan each, much lower than the minimum ticket price of 30 yuan, to entice more users. Taobao recorded a 1 billion yuan deficit as a result of movie promotions last year.
36- year- old Jade Kwan had recently revealed that she was going to give birth soon. Yesterday, Jade posted a picture of her baby's tiny feet on Facebook, saying "My daughter is God's gift, today, my little daughter Yeung Wing Sum is in our arms. Thank you Lord. Let me rest for a little while, and then I will show Jovia to meet everybody." Jade's husband Jonas Yeung also posted on Facebook, thanking her for the hard work!
Jade was married in 2009, she has been longing to become a mother ever since. She announced that she was pregnant in February. In order to accommodate her "family", she bought a new 5 bedroom house for 40 million HKD.
Update: July 26, 2016
Jade gave birth to Jovia by c-section on Saturday, July 23. Jovia weighed 6.6 lb and her length was 48 cm. Jade said "I take the advice from many friends that breast milk is the best. I am breast feeding Jovia 10-12 times a day, and the feeling of breast feeding is amazing. Talking about her child birth experience, she praised her husband for being brave when he cut the baby's umbilical cord. She almost burst into tears as she was so touched by him.
Nancy Wu took part in "All Star Summer" in TVB on July 17. When asked if she would be watching the finale of "House of Spirits" on July 31 organized by Bobby Au Yueng, she replied "Oh, really? I didn't know about it. Anyway, I won't be in Hong Kong on July 31. I will be on holiday to have a rest now that the filming is over. I didn't know I would be absent for the finale, please do not accuse me of not getting on with the cast. I applied my leave last month for this holiday. I just want to have a rest now. I will bless the cast from afar." Nancy smiled and continued "Perhaps Bobby just decided it but he hasn't confirmed yet. Moreover, I will not be in Hong Kong, the media may spread the rumour that I am not getting along with the cast again."
Nancy expressed that she will be going to Europe, but not to France, she explained "There have been troubles in France recently, I try to avoid going to places like that as I don't want my parents to worry about me. I will go with Pal So (Paisley Wu) and a few friends, my boyfriend won't be coming along".
Joey Meng attended an event yesterday. She expressed that she rejected to film the series "Inbound Troubles 3" due to her schedule a few months ago. She said: "Inbound Troubles" is my first series after joining TVB and I feel it is a pity. But my jobs have been arranged for me from last year to Lunar New Year 2017. I have apologized to them a few months ago and it is hard to get others to accommodate to my schedule. I have no choice but to have to reject filming Inbound "Inbound Troubles 3 ".
Joyce Tang attended the celebration party for TVB new series "House of Spirits" which achieved 30 rating pts in Tseung Kwan O the other night. She tried to piggyback Law Lan but could not balance herself, and it was very dangerous. During the interview, Joyce admitted she was afraid of hurting the old lady. When mentioning about her filming partner, Bobby Au Yeung who commented that she made her 'comeback' very successful she said "Please don't say that. We established good rapport quickly!"
Some netizens praised Joyce's acting skills were better than Nancy Wu and she became the limelight, Joyce replied "It is better not to say it in this way. I have never filmed a series that almost the whole series is based on "Home" life. After 50 days of filming indoor scene, we eventually have outdoor scene. (Netizens root for you to become TV Queen?) I feel elated." She added her husband did not watch the series but felt very happy upon reading the comments from netizens and decided to reward her by going for holidays together. Asking about the reason related to her husband not watching the series, Joyce said: "He said he knew I was a smart girl even though not watching the series. He told Bobby he was praising me and Bobby said he must have loved me very much for saying that way."