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| Monday, January 28, 2008

Asia's new heavenly king Gary Cao held the music video premiere of 'Wu Gu' which is also Super Sunshine Live Happy Party on 19 January.

Before the music video is screened, Rock Records and Hennessy prepared a special present for Gary as they have a VCR from international star Andy Lau. In the video, Andy whom had just completed his concerts lend his support to Gary as he said: "I really feel bad that I could not accommodate the timing, I remember that we befriend in Singapore and become good friends, many thanks for the accommodation with me in music, you're one that I've met recently that has the most talent and have a bright future, sighed that I could not come forward to congratulate you, hope your album will do well!"

After watching the video, other than being surprised, Gary is also very touched as Andy is his idol and he's delighted to be able to win the recognition of his idol.

news from: Sina.com

| Friday, January 25, 2008

16 nights of Andy Lau Wonderful World concert 2007 ended successfully at the beginning of January. With the first Chinese artist to have a concert opening with 700 watts lighting, in addition to Andy's hardworking singing, dancing and effort, it create several talking points as many Andy's fans had leave comments on his official website's forum requesting his record company to release this concert related products as soon as possible. On seeing the situation, East Asia had confirmed that they will be releasing the Hong Kong live recording CD on 1 February. Other than the songs recorded in the concert, there will be a Chinese New Year song titled 'Gong Xi Fa Cai Zhi Yi Jia Ren' (Gong Xi Fa Cai - We're a Family) where Andy duet with his 2 "children" black and white Andox, it will also come with a DVD which will include clips of the concerts and the music video if 'Mei You Chi Ban De Tian Shi'. In addition, the preparation and backstage clips will also included in the DVD.

Before the concert kicked off, Andy had meetings with crew members, rehearsed with dancers and band, as you get to see Andy kneel at a corner to rest, there's also Andy changing his costume in quick time, all will be included in the DVD.

Meanwhile Andy whom had not held a concert for 6 years in Taiwan, when asked if the concert will be moved to Taipei. Taiwan's side express that currently everything is under discussed and nothing had been confirmed. Personally Andy would like to bring the concert to the stage in Taiwan to meet his Taiwanese fans, however all the traps and huge props of the stage will need to be take into considerations.

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news from: Sing Tao News, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Ta Kung Po, Central Daily News

| Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Idy Chan had been said to be the best Little Dragon Girl as she had the untouchable charisma.

When she collaborated with Andy Lau in TVB drama serial Return of the Condor Heroes, Andy had a crush on her as he said: "The only difference between her and Little Dragon Girl is that she's from the modern age and the former from ancient. When I collaborate Return of the Condor Heroes with her, I really feel that she's my girlfriend. When we go home after work, I would be worried about her and think of her. Then when we collaborated again in Casino Raiders where she played Alan Tam's girlfriend, I feel unhappy about it."

news from: Ming Pao

| Friday, January 18, 2008

Organized by Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, the Asian Film Awards 2008 announced its nomination list yesterday as Lee Ang's Lust,Caution and Peter Chan's The Warlords earning 6 nominations each. Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Jet Li will be vying for the Best Actor award.

The Warlords also has been nominated for Best Film and Best Director. Peter whom was in Beijing, when told of Jet's nomination for Best Actor, he's delighted and surprised because this is an Asian countries film awards presentation ceremony, he said: "It's tough shooting this film, I'm happy to collaborate with Andy Lau and Takeshi Kaneshiro, actually this nomination should belong to three of them."

Peter whom was also nominated for Best Director revealed in a telephone interview: "Actually these few days I overheard that we'll be nominated, although only Jet got nominated for Best Actor, actually Andy and Takeshi Kaneshiro did very well too, but this is an Asian film awards presentation, how could it conquer by Hong Kong, one got nominated is enough, hope we will get more nomination in the upcoming Hong Kong Film Awards." Peter added that he would find time to attend the ceremony.

news from: Apple Daily News, Ming Pao

| Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Warlords is the box office champion, Andy Lau's 16 nights concert had successfully completed. Since 1997, hardworking Andy was laughing from start to the end, he is Hong Kong's box office actor in the past 10 years. In 2008, Andy decided to give himself a break as starting 6 January he would be having a 2 months holiday in Greece. When he returns in April, his new film Three Kingdom - Resurrection of the Dragon will be screened throughout Asia. When interviewed, hardworking role model Andy reveal that he did went to see a shrink due to the Yang Lijuan incident.

In those years, among the 4 heavenly kings, Jacky Cheung can sing, Aaron Kwok can dance, Leon Lai is stylish, whereas Andy is in an embarrassing situation as he fair normally in all areas. 20 years later, heavenly kings are history but Andy is getting stronger and stronger.

When he came to Shanghai at the end of 2007, Andy wore black together with Jet Li and Takeshi Kaneshiro, comparing height and martial arts, Andy did not have any advantage, but he's professional enough as he know how to show off his own charisma among the stars.

When interviewed, Andy went a little crazy as he jokes and scold people on the stage. He said that he was Er Hu 10 years ago as he stress a lot on brotherhood, but he won't be so silly now.

He knew his own limitation, that is he don't know how to act, he said that director Peter Chan loved Takeshi Kaneshiro. "Some people is secretive, I'm born openly, I love to run on the field." When he heard reporters said the above statement, Andy smile as he had been used to open and public life.

In showbiz for 26 years, he had more than 120 films to his name, released more than 60 music albums. At the beginning of this year, 3 of his films - Protege, The Warlords and Brothers made into the top 10 box office films, Andy was then presented 2007 box office actor by the Hong Kong Film Association. A Hong Kong film magazine did a box office calculation between 1997 and 2007, Andy accumulated a total of $5.7 billion, more than Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Jackie Chan to become Hong Kong box office actor in the last 10 years.

With regards to his box office drawing power, Andy said that quite a number of films came knocking his door and he bare the responsibility of the box office for several films, he said: "I knew why they approached me, I'm also not that silly, I wanted to find some challenge for myself, I'm not so silly just to help that draw some box office collection."

Born poor, he graduated from artiste training classes together with Tony, he only studied till secondary school. As there were negative news of him when he started off, thus he's always hardworking and have a upgrade mentality, he become his own boss, be an actor, singer and producer, he's the Hong Kong spirit in Hong Kong showbiz. In Golden Chicken 2, Andy was chosen by the director to become Hong Kong's Chief Executive, he was encouraged by many, if it's another person, the person might not withstand this "1 minute" Top Executive scene.

Currently, Andy stayed at Kandoorie Hill, when young he stay under the mountain, he always looked up to the place where Bruce Lee and Sam Hui stayed, then Andy vows that he would be staying up the mountain. Now he got his wish come true, had his own bungalow, he had his own garden and his own car park.

Staying next to him is Sandra Ng and husband Peter Chan but they seldom contact each other. Before The Warlords, Peter never approached Andy to cast him in his films, he once worked in Andy's company. When Andy invested his own films, he did approach Peter to be his director but was rejected thus Andy had an impression that "Peter does not like him." Andy would always greet Peter when he met him in the car park, he would also go and greet Peter's parents.

But an idol don't always win the hearts of everyone. He said: "I know he does not like me, I feel that he won't cast me in any of his films, he feel that I'm a poor actor, I don't know how to act." Andy is referring to Peter as he's an artistic film director.

When Peter cast Andy in The Warlords, he asked Andy: "These few years, what medicine you took, out of a sudden you know how to act?" Andy then replied: "These few years, what medicine you ate, finally learn how to cast actor in your film?" Peter than refer Andy as "McDonalds" as many people like to eat it, it's too general, people will get addicted to it. "He used 20 years to convince those people whom does not believe and like him. He used the same model, accepting one film after another and improving with each film. This is not hardworking but determination."

After being seen through by Peter, this is Andy's philosophy in showbiz. Being an actor and singer, his singing was criticise by many. Andy mind the comments but does not feel bad as what he wanted to do is "when people criticize me, then I'll carry on singing, it doesn't matter and continue singing. If you don't like me, good, it doesn't matter as I'll sing till you like me."

Till now, Andy still have high exposure, he joked that he would not follow Tony and Takeshi Kaneshiro to be secretive, Andy will go bowling when he has time. With hundreds of onlookers, mostly teenagers, he still finish his game of bowling before leaving a few minutes to take photographs and autograph for the fans. "This does not affect my bowling, if these teenagers does not like me anymore, it's time I call it a day!"

Till the end, he's a winner. Just like what Peter Chan had said: "Doing the same thing all the time, if there's improvement, the standard will change, Andy Lau is the current standard."

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Currently The Warlords had accumulated more than $3 billion in box office collection across South-east Asia countries, it's the undisputed Chinese film's box office champion!

Since 13 December 2007, The Warlords which was screened in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and other countries, it managed good reviews and box office collection as it become the best selling Chinese film. Till press time, The Warlords had accumulated more than $3 billion in box office collection, thus becoming the box office champion of Chinese film of 2007. Meanwhile director Peter Chan followed the footstep of Zhang Yimou to become the second Chinese director to break the $2 billion mark in Mainland China with this film.

Peter express that this is his first attempt at shooting period war film, he's satisfied to be able to achieve such good result. On 17 January, Peter will attend Sina Internet Awards in Beijing.

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news from: Sina.com

| Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Andy Lau's Focus First Cut had made Mainland China director Ning Hao, recently there is reports in Mainland China that there will be a "Andy Lau's next Ning Hao and Shu Jia Yin recruitment", it said that Focus Fight organized by Andy's Focus Film to recruit new talents, new film Love AA Grade (literally translated) and its male lead Shu Jia Yin is a product of the mentioned recruitment. A poster was produced with contact numbers and email address.

The recruitment is to recruit new directors, actors and scriptwriters, Andy would also appear in their productions without any conditions, there's also a possibility of Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige as the production's producer. However Andy's Focus Film made a statement that Love AA Grade and Shu Jia Yin had no connection with Focus Fight as they will go ahead and investigate any copyright infringement.

The statements released by Focus Film are as followed:

1. The film Love AA Grade and Shu Jia Yin had no connection with Focus Film. This film is not a production of the company in 2008, and not one of the films in Focus Fight project. Therefore, any matters related to the film including investment or casting is not related to the company.

2. With regards to actual information about Focus Fight, you can visit the official Focus Fight website at www.focusfight.com

news from: Apple Daily News, Wei Wen Po

| Saturday, January 12, 2008

Directed by Peter Chan and a cast of Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei, The Warlords will premiere in Korea on 30 January. In Korea, it will have a different Chinese title - 'Min Jiang'.

Since premiering in Hong Kong, Mainland China and South East Asia countries on 13 December 2007, The Warlords had been doing very well in its box office takings, other than becoming the box office champion in Mainland China, it had also create a craze in many South East Asia countries. Calculating its box office takings, there is a possibility that it would break Korea's box office record set by Zhang Yimou's Hero in 2002.

Among the three male leads, the Korean audience are most familiar with Andy as other than promoting his movies there, Andy had also be a representative for Chinese films in Pusan International Film Festival, Jet's Fearless was also popular when screened in Korea. Thus The Warlords could continue what Lust,Caution had done to become the talking point in 2008.

Due to the popularity of Andy, there is already a craze before its premiere as the film distributor earlier had released a video with the cast's interview which had become a popular streaming video in Korea's Internet.

news from: Sina.com, ent.qq.com

Michael Mui, Anita Yuen, Tracy Ip and Kristal Tin attended the god praying ceremony for new TVB drama.

With regards to a recent in a magazine stating that Carol Zhu Liqian went to watch Andy Lau's last concert performance, Michael quipped that he had known her for a long time, when asked if Carol is Andy's house head mistress? Michael played tai-chi as he said: "Haha, I don't know, you're all expecting me to reveal some information? (Does she has the ability to do that?) She's a good woman but I'm not sure whether she will be a good house head mistress."

When talked about Carol present in Andy's concert to support him is the show that Andy is trying to announce his lover and plans of getting married? Michael exclaimed that he did urge Andy to get married occasionally, if he was to get married must need to have children soon. Michael pointed out that Andy already has a career and it's time to have a family. He said: "He should have a family, if Andy is to get married, he will surely tell everybody."

news from: Wei Wen Po, SingTao News, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News

| Friday, January 11, 2008

Michael Mui opened an optical shop Googa Vision at Kowloon Bay Mega Box yesterday as he invited Andy Lau, Felix Wong and Kent Tong for its opening ceremony as they carried out "wore glasses ceremony" and firing of confetti. Tony Leung Chiu Wai whom was alleged to be not on good terms with the other four tigers was absent. Other celebrities that were present include Toby Leung and her parents, alleged couple Myolie Wu and Bosco Wong, Joyce Tang and Derek Kok.

Michael is the sole boss of the shop as he quipped that he initially invested only a few ten thousands but as he had invited Andy, now his investment had increased to millions, later he exclaimed that the 3 tigers only received friendship fees thus they could come anytime to pick their favorite glasses.

When asked why short of 1 tiger, Michael sighed: "Don't ask me this question, I don't know how to answer, I just knew that good brothers will come to support me."

Andy whom had just completed his concert did not went hiding from the media of the allegations of his alleged girlfriend Carol Zhu Liqian appearing in his concert among the audience as some reporters asked him: "You still dare to come?" Andy said that he had never thought of hiding as he did nothing wrong, he had also never answered questions of such nature as he said: "Why would I not dare to come? Today I will only be talking about the optical store and nothing else."

When asked if he had read the report? Andy quipped that he did not read the report nor the content, he just know about it from the cover of the magazine stall on the streets. With regards to Carol being said as the head mistress of the home, Andy quipped: "Anyway, all whom came to watch my concert are angels. (What about the head mistress of the home?) Googa vision." Andy is indeed tactical with his words.

When asked about Michael paying high fees for his appearance, Andy did not discounted that it need money to invite him, however Micheal did not invite him, he just came to support his friend. Andy had designed sun glasses many years ago, when asked if he would collaborate with Michael? Andy express that he does not know anything at the moment.

news from: Wei Wen Po, Sing Tao News, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Ta Kung Po, udn news

| Thursday, January 10, 2008

According to Hong Kong's Next Magazine, in last Saturday's final night of Andy Lau's Hong Kong concerts, a surprise person being spotted, it's none other than the alleged Mrs. Lau Carol Zhu Liqian, it seems that she had came to public from the background, but Andy still denied that he's married.

According to Next Magazine, 46 years old Andy had been together with Malaysian Carol for 23 years, it's an open secret, it alleged that they got married secretly in Canada in 1992, borne a daughter in 1996, but all these years, Andy would not talk much about his love life, even when the recent reports that he and Carol joint name to donate money to a temple, he still gave the answer: "I'm not married."

The magazine has photographs as evidence to show that on 5 January 41-years-old Carol accompanied by Andy's friends was sitting among the audience, she appeared to put on weight, she had a pony-tail and wore a black rims glasses, she looked fresh despite not putting any makeup, she's just the same as other fans as she raise her light-sticks high, when she discover reporters, she made a sudden exit. Hong Kong magazine predicted that it was reported that Carol wished for a son last year in Malaysia, Andy also donated money to the temple for many years, with Carol's face looking more rounded that the past, in addition to Andy's announcement that he would be on holiday till September, it makes one wonder if they're expecting a son soon.

Andy's Taiwan manager express that Carol was not present on 5 January thus there's no need to answer to the allegation of Next Magazine, she said: "Andy had said many times, he thank the concern of everybody, but he's not married, he's very happy doing concerts, this is it, he won't answer such questions."

All these years, although Carol was hardly sighted, but she was photographed by media several times slipping into Andy's life, reporting Andy's private matters, from changing the name of his company, investment in properties, actually Carol is the main decider. Although Andy does not admit Mrs. Lau, but he seems to relax on this matter as he once said in 2006, "If I wanted to have children, I will get married quickly, maybe 2-3 years later I'll have a girlfriend and suddenly announced that I'm getting married."

However, during this concert, he announced the song - Ah So (literally translated as my wife), he said: "There's one woman that you're finding for 20 years and cannot photograph her, because she knew how to transform." Then he pull out a female dancer and said: "You can called her ah so?" The audience then shouted out Carol's name, it seems that the fans are happy to hear their idol announcing Carol Zhu.

news from: udn news, Apple Daily News

| Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Andy Lau and Xu Jinglei did not have a happy ending in The Warlords, however in real life, Andy also does not like this kind of woman. Earlier Andy was interviewed by Elle magazine, he said: "Xu Jinglei is a special actress to act opposite with, whether in or off screen, she's a woman that's dare to love and hate, however the woman that I like does not need to be dare to love and hate, I believe in slow and long term relationship, or rather plain relationship, realistic and long."

Xu Jinglei was touted as Beijing's number one talented woman, but she had some opinion of being a talented woman, he said: "I really wanted to be a beauty, beauty is born with, talent can be nurture slowly, every person can become a talented woman, but not every talented woman can become a beauty. I don't think that I'm talented, I'm just daring to do things without thinking of the consequences."

news from: Ming Pao

| Monday, January 07, 2008

Andy Lau's 16 nights of concerts had come to an end successfully, the night's atmosphere was at a high as even Andy was very "high" playing, fearing of being fined for overtime, the encore only last for 30 minutes as the concert ended at midnight but to make everyone happy, Andy is not so calculative.

The special guests that went to support him include his parents, Sammi Cheng, Shu Qi, Peter Lam with his family and Deannie Yip as all of them were so concentrated watching the concert. Sammi was seems waving her light stick throughout the concert as though she was a young fan.

When told of Sammi's presence, Andy specially dedicate 'Ru Gou Wo You Shi' to her as in return she stand up to thanks Andy whom express that he would like to collaborate with Sammi in movies again, but his boss Peter Lam said that their fees are too expensive. Despite that, Andy quipped that they would not lower their asking fees as Sammi pointed to Peter whom was sitting beside her burst into laughters.

Andy told the audience that throughout the 16 nights of concert, he had looked into everybody's eyes as it allow him to understand the word cherish, he pointed out that some artistes had many fans but they did not know how to cherish thus all of them switched to his camp, these words made the audience burst into laughters.

There are a group of mischievous fans among the audience as during the hand shaking segment, they grabbed his hand, snatch his hat and rubbed his face. Some even sprayed confetti at him which made his face full of confetti which stun and made him embarrasses, thus he jumped off the stage to snatch away the cans of confetti as he seize the chance to spray confetti back at them, but those around started to "attack" him which made Andy had no choice but to retreat, he said: "All of you gang up to play a fool on me, I would be bother with all of you!"

Towards the end of the concert, Andy was singing 'Mei You Ci Ban De Tian Shi' as the fans shouted him to remove his shirt, Andy quipped: "My movie is The Warlords and not Lust, Caution." During encore, Andy sang another 5 more songs, although he will be fine a 6 figure amount but Andy feel that it's worth it.

He was given flowers and champagnes, he got excited as he open the champagnes to spray at the fans, he also drown himself with champagnes, while the black and white Andoxes duet Ma Ma I Love You.

At the celebration dinner, several old friends show up to support him as good friend Lam Ka Tung gave him a luggage full of pillows, swimming trucks and diving equipments which will come to good use when Andy goes for a holiday because Andy had planned to go for a holiday between August and September and go to watch the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Andy revealed that the idea of lighting striking him came from his father, he said: "As I don't have enough concert tickets for him, thus he reminded me that I will be strike by lighting, ha ha!"

Both Andoxes accompanied Andy to cut the cake. Andy express that he initially intended to have 20 nights to break his previous record. After the concert, Andy will rest for 2 days before getting back to do dubbing for his movie and recorded Chinese New Year songs with Andoxes, then he will wait for new movie offers if not he would be holiday till September, he said: "I would not accept any movie offers unless it has a good script, I've rejected several period movies, I wanted to shoot some happy modern movies. (Would you have any more concerts?) I won't in 2008, not sure about 2009, maybe in 2012 or 2017, ha ha!"

news from: Ta Kung Po, Wei Wen Po, Sing Tao News, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News

15 nights of concerts had come to an end. On 5 January, the organizer specially arranged a celebration press conference for him. After being in the showbiz for more than 20 years, Andy Lau's charisma doesn't seems to subside as he quipped that when he's on the stage, he is also more happy than the fans, thus retirement is very far for him!

This year should considered as a fruitful year for Andy, other than the impressive box office takings of The Warlords, Battle of Wits also had great reviews when it was screened in Japan, he exclaimed that Japanese party had intention of inviting him to cast him in a movie similar to The Last Samurai.

Thinking back to of his collaborations with Sammi Cheng in Love On A Diet and Yesterday Once More could not be considered as classical productions, with Sammi making a return to showbiz, Andy expressed that he would like to collaborate with her again, he revealed that he had already started looking for scripts, thus the possibility of them collaborating is very high.

news from: Sina.com

| Sunday, January 06, 2008

Andy Lau's 15 nights of concert had successfully ended, good friends Shu Qi and Sammi Cheng were there to show their support.

After being in showbiz for more than 20 years, his charisma does not subside, he quipped that when on the stage, he's always more happy that the fans, thus retirement is too far for him!

news from: http://ent.qq.com/