March 31, 2006
A Flame in Our Hearts - Charity Drive for ORBIS by Leslie Legacy Association
An interview with Lum Hon Yeung - listen to it at RTHK (click on either of the media icon next to 2006-03-30. It is on the second segment so hit the next button, then drag to 34 minutes 54 seconds to listen - many thanks to Devoted Fan)
An article by Southern Metropolis Daily - see pictures and read article in Chinese on LeslieTong.com
News on the candlelight vigil and charity drive on MingPaoDaily and AppleDaily on LeslieTong.com.
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April 1, 2006
On newspapers: SingTao - Ent.Sina.
April 2, 2006
News and pictures about Leslie Legacy Association candlelight vigil: Reuters Yahoo!, MingPaoDaily 1 - 2, The Sun, WenWeiPo, SingTao, SingPao, TakungPao, OrientalDaily, RedForum, NetEase, TOM, Ent.Sina, Ent.Sina, Yangtse, Tungstar 1 - 2, AppleDaily on Leslietong.com.
News and pictures about Red Mission and other events: MingPaoDaily 1 - 2 - 3, Tungstar, Xinhua, Bignewspaper.com, Yangtse.
News about Shanghai and Chongqing events: Ent.Sina, RedForum, Baidu.
Commemorative homepages for Leslie: Ent.Sina, NetEase 1 - 2, TOM, Sohu, Ent.Sina, KungFuCult.
News about Leslie Legacy Charity Drive 'Flame in Our Hearts': NetEase, JoyOnLine, Sohu, Sohu, RedForum.
Pictures from fans in Hong Kong: LeslieTango 1 - 2, RedForum 1 - 2 - 3, Leslie Cheung Dreamworld.
VIDEOCLIP CANDLELIGHT VIGIL BY LLA ON NET EASE
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April 8, 2006
Leslie Gorgor has been voted at the Japanese NHK site as one of the ten most favourite male actors and his 'Farewell to My Concubine' and 'He's a Woman and She's a Man' being voted as two of the ten most favourite movies. Source: SingTao - kindly translated by Daydreamer!
I've finally updated the Pillow with images of LLA Candlelight Vigil on April 1st, 2006! Please, visit here!
April 9, 2006
On March 31th, a few of Leslie's friends were guest on the radio program 'Who will understand'. It included his friends such as Suzie Wong, Lam Jik, Sandra Ng, Chan Siu Po. We can always tell from the tone in Lam Jik's voice whenever he spoke of Leslie that he really is a true friend of Leslie's, and he misses him. Here the translation of what Lam Jik said about the song 'Glass Love': "If I have to choose a song of Leslie's from the long time we have worked together, I would definitely pick the last song we worked on together which was also his last song 'Glass Love'. Why I choose this song is because I regret very much that at that time I wasn't very clear about the condition of his illness, so I did not do my best to write lyrics that could have encouraged him, I continued to write feelings of hurt. After that incident happened, I felt very guilty, I feel that in this world there are a lot of things and people that are very sad, should I continue to reflect that in my lyrics of love songs? I came to a realization, and it influenced the direction I took in my lyrics that followed." Chan Siu Bo picked the song 'Vincent' to play for Leslie. Many thanks to Devoted Fan!
April 15, 2006
views on Leslie - "There were quite a
number of 'super stars' in 'Ashes of Time'. However, I did
not do anything to balance the weights of the different
roles. There wasn't any special treatment to
anyone. Either you earn it or you don't. I think Leslie
is the best one in the movie. Take those lines on selling
the killers for example, he did it so well that I used those
shots twice". Source: 'The Movie World of Wong Kar Wai'.
"As an actor, the greatest thing about Leslie was his self-confidence. Yet he was not self-centered. He was confident of his ability to interpret the role he played. He never bothered about keeping his own image. His confidence came from his thorough understanding and manifestation of the role. That was why he could always put his own self behind and lived the life of the role every time he came before the camera. He never posed himself to 'look good' or 'play cool' in movies. He was too dignified to do that - that's just some kind of tricks for those who can't act to fool the audience. He is a genuine artist." Source: 'Leslie's Legacy - his charm, charisma and craft remembered on celluloid'.
|'Days of Being Wild': the best movie of Wong Kar Wai - Interview with Patrick Tam on a Chinese magazine|
|B: Apart from being a director, you are also an art director and film editor. As an editor, your works in 'Days of Being Wild' and 'Ashes of Time' are very impressive.|
|T: I enjoyed editing 'Days of Being Wild' very much. Wong Kar Wai was very spontaneous with his movies. The important thing is to catch the mood/feeling. He gave me a lot of freedom to edit the film.|
|B: You seemed to be particularly happy with the scene in which Leslie danced 'cha-cha'.|
|T: That scene was not in the screenplay. Wong Kar Wai had no idea where the scene should go (in the movie). Anyway, it was shot and passed over to me for editing. He also shot a scene in which Leslie smoked on his bed after Carina Lau had left. One day, Wong Kar Wai gave me a tape which recorded the monologue of Leslie on 'the bird without legs'. I started to think where the lines could fit in. I tried using the scene of Leslie lying on his bed and the length was just right. That was how it was done. Then I thought about the part on cha-cha and put it right after the bed scene. Those two shots and the monologue became the theme of the character. A single cut would bring out the character of the role played by Leslie he looks very decadent in bed in one scene and in the one that cuts in next, he is highly energetic and ready to enjoy life. Portrayal of such a huge contrast (in the character) was done with 2 shots and one cut. That was what I loved most. Even Wong Kar Wai said "perfect" when he saw it.|
|Source: LeslieTong.com - Many thanks to C. and E.!|
May 2-3, 2006
Meeting stars face-to-face in Shanghai - The wax figure of the late Hong Kong singer and movie star Leslie Cheung seemed to be the most popular figure in the new Madame Tussauds Shanghai. It opened Monday at the New World Department Store on West Nanjing Road. More than 20 fans of Cheung who jumped off from a building in Hong Kong in 2003 brought along bunches of flowers for their idol. "I came here just for him. But I think his hairstyle should be refined a little," said Yang Yuqin, in her 20s. Other popular featured celebrities were Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Li Ka Shing and Bill Gates. "What makes us choose which celebrities should be in the museum is consumer feedback," said Edward Fuller, general manager of Madame Tussauds Shanghai. After asking which celebrities local people want to meet the most, the museum chose 74 figures including basketball player Yao Ming and Olympic gold medal 110-metre hurdler Liu Xiang. The exhibition area is divided up into seven themed sections: Glamour, Behind the Scenes, History and Heroes, Music, Film, Speed and Sport. "This is just the first phase of three. We will have more wax figures in the future," the manager said at the opening ceremony. Many visitors arrived long before the opening time. "We arrived early as my daughter was excited for a long time; here there are many of her idols," said a woman surnamed Ma. "But I think the price is a little high." Most visitors said the 125 yuan (US$16) price of an adult ticket was a little expensive but none of them said they had hesitated before making the purchase. Throngs of visitors meant the museum was crowded just an hour after its opening. People had to wait to shake hands with Bill Clinton, to have a hug with Brad Pitt while Angelina Jolie stood just two metres away, or to talk face-to-face with Audrey Hepburn. There are no bodyguards or entourage to get in the way unlike in real life. Madame Tussauds Shanghai is the Tussauds Group's sixth waxwork museum. There are other museums in London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas, New York and Hong Kong. Source: ChinaDaily
Chinese reject wax Prince Charles - Britain's Prince Charles, who caused a stir by describing Chinese officials as "appalling old waxworks," has failed to make the cut at Shanghai's new Madame Tussauds Museum. Charles's late wife, Princess Diana, and their elder son, Prince William, are on display. Soccer star David Beckham and his pop singer wife, Victoria, rub shoulders with celebrity Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Charles's unflattering reference was contained in a diary he kept during a visit to Hong Kong in 1997 for the handover of the former British colony to China. A British newspaper published the diaries last November. The Shanghai museum, which opened Monday, is the sixth Madame Tussauds. The others are in London, England; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Las Vegas, Nevada; New York and Hong Kong. The China Daily said the most popular of the 70-plus figures on opening day was that of the late Hong Kong singer and movie star Leslie Cheung. Source: Reuters - CNN - Yahoo!
More pictures on Leslietong.com 1 - 2 and Sina.com.
June 7, 2006
Taiwanese model Lin Chi-Ling was in Leslie's 1998 music video "Everybody." During the shooting of the music video, she was very nervous. When Leslie suddenly held her face, she was stunned. "He is so perfect and handsome. He is famous, yet he is so friendly," says Lin. - Source: Shanghai Wednesday from Leslie-Cheung.net.
June 9, 2006
|Happy Together 10th Anniversary 1997-2006 Exhibition at Page One Time Square Hong Kong - from May 28th to June 18 2006.|
|Some fans visited the exhibition and took some precious pictures! Many thanks to Julie and Louise.|
For those who are interested to 'Happy Together 10th Anniversary' boxset, you can order it at YesAsia.
June 13, 2006
Singer Stephanie Suen didn't remember the lyrics to the song she was performing at the Golden Melody Awards. Jacky Cheung says that most singers are usually nervous before their performance on stage. Even if he has sung a song for 100 times, he cannot guarantee that he is not going to make a mistake for the 101st time. He adds, "When I was still a newbie, Leslie was already a superstar. We were waiting in the backstage and I saw Leslie trembling." - Source: Eastday from Leslie-Cheung.net.
June 18, 2006
Eunice Lam recently conducted an interview with Tony Leung Kar Fai. Here is very brief translation of part of the original article, only touching on the parts that relate to Leslie.
On making movies, Tony Leung Kar Fai has collaborated with demised Leslie Cheung 6 times in total. "In the beginning, Leslie Cheung thought I was a fake person. Later after he and my father-in-law played several ball games together, he said, "I really didn't expect you to be like this." Tony Leung Kar Fai fondly reminisces Leslie Cheung; "He was extremely talented and versatile. He had been in this circle for so many years yet he still possessed that innocence and naiveness in him. He was very sensitive but his anger usually dissipated quickly. He was a person full of sentiments and strong emotions; he was so immersed in his character role when making 'Farewell My Concubine' that it frightened the daylight out of Fengyi Zhang. In the film, Leslie Cheung placed the love of 'Gei' (concubine) completely in 'Ba Wang' (the Overlord)." Touching on Leslie Cheung's purity, Tony Leung Kar Fai said very frankly that he does not like Wong Kar-Wai. He felt that Wong Kar-Wai had exploited Leslie Cheung. "He made use of Leslie Cheung to coax Tony Leung Chiu Wai to film 'Happy Together'. They had to wait a long time in Argentina because Tony Leung Chiu Wai was still not mentally prepared to play a gay role." On director Chen Kaige, "Compared to Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige is more genuine. His 'Farewell My Concubine' was brilliantly made. He never took advantage of Leslie Cheung. Leslie loved this film very much. He had a flair for languages. He spoke Mandarin and English ever so fluently. I do miss this true and genuine friend."- Source LeslieTong.com - many many thanks to Simie!
In a recent interview with Eunice
Lam, Tony Leung Ka-Fai talked about his good friend and
colleague, Leslie. He has collaborated with Leslie for about six
times. Ka-Fai said, "Leslie is so talented. Although he has
been in the showbiz for so many years, he is still very innocent.
He would show all his emotions on his face." Ka-Fai further
added, "Leslie is very a 'tightwad,' but he is not going to
be angry for a long time." Ka-Fai doesn't like director Wong
Kar-Wai since he feels that Wong used Leslie for the movie 'Happy
Eunice Lam added, "Leslie is very good at languages, he is fluent in Mandarin and English. I really miss this great friend. I don't have to interview Ka-Fai to write about Leslie, I can write about Leslie myself since I've known him for years." - Source: Nan Fang Daily from Leslie-Cheung.net.
In another interview on TV Tony
Leung Kar Fai talked about the scene in 'The Eagle shooting
Heroes', where in drag he dance and sing with Leslie. He looked
visibly moved while talking about GorGor. Here what he said:
"I sang the Cantonese version of the song but the Mandarin version was dubbed by someone else. I like this scene very much; I also have fond memories of this scene. I like this scene because a lot of my friends and relatives said to me that I looked very much like my mother in this image. (laughter from the host and the audience). I cherish this scene because this scene was directed by Leslie Cheung and myself. We both directed this scene together because the crew at that time did not know how to shoot this segment anymore. When I came out in that image, the production crew at the scene was already killing themselves at the sight of me, at least half of them totally lost it; the remaining crew looked at me and said they didn't know how to continue filming. In the end it was Leslie Cheung who wrote the lyrics on the spot; he penned the lyrics right there at the scene. Ahem... we also shoot the dance segment ourselves, right up to the very last dance movement, it was Leslie and I, we filmed it together so I really cherish this scene very much".
Many thanks to Simie!
June 22, 2006
Who's the most charismatic in Asia? ENorth, an entertainment site in China, recently chose the 19 most charismatic and influential male stars in Asia. They are: Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Andy Lau, Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow, Jacky Cheung, the late Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Daniel Wu, Nicholas Tse, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Bae Yong Joon, Song Seung Hun, Rain, Takuya Kimura, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Takashi Sorimachi. - Source: ENorth from Leslie-Cheung.net.
July 2, 2006
Leslie Appears At
Winnie Hsin's Taipei Concert
- Winnie Hsin had her first ticketed
concert at Taipei International Convention Center on June 30th
and July 1st. "A dear friend of mine has promised me that he
would be my special guest. Tonight I have saved this place
especially for him. I was worried that Leslie would get lost and
could not find the venue," said Winnie.
Right after saying this, Leslie appeared on the big screen and the live band began to play 'Endless Embrace'. She broke down while singing the duet with Leslie via the screen and the audience applauded to show their encouragement including Leslie fans who attended the concert. It was the most touching moment at the concert. Winnie further added, "I will save this place for Gor Gor forever." - Source: Liberty Times from Leslie-Cheung.net.
July 9, 2006
Chen Kaige regrets
that Leslie Cheung died young - Chen Kaige
will direct a movie about famous Chinese Opera singer Mei
Lanfang. Although Chen Kaige is very happy to have the chance to
personally present Mei Lanfang opera master's life on the silver
screen, he sighed very much that Leslie Cheung died young,
because he could be the only one able to perform as Mei Lanfang.
Now Chen must select the actor among Peking opera singers. Source:
Chen Kaige considering movie on late Peking opera star Mei Lanfang - Chen Kaige is considering making a movie on late Peking opera star Mei Lanfang, an assistant to the famed Chinese director said Sunday, but he denied the project has been confirmed. Wen Wei Po newspaper reported Sunday that Chen has already signed on to direct the Mei biopic. "It's still under preparation,'' Huang Bin, an assistant to Chen, told the Associated Press. "It's still at the script-writing stage.'' Asked if Chen had made any casting decisions, Huang said: "Definitely not.'' Wen Wei Po lamented that Hong Kong actor-singer Leslie Cheung would have been ideal to play Mei. Cheung, who played an opera star in Chen's Oscar-nominated "Farewell My Concubine,'' committed suicide in 2003. Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan is reportedly also considering making a film on Mei and has approached Cannes best actor winner Tony Leung Chiu-wai to play the lead. Born in 1894, Mei was known for developing the performance of female characters in Chinese opera and was a pioneer in promoting Peking opera abroad, touring Japan, the U.S. and the Soviet Union. He died in 1961. Source: The Star (AP)
August 4, 2006
Back for 20 years, the elegant stylish Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui re-appears at the "Art Museum of Trend" - "Art Museum of Trend of 80s" will be opened at World Trade Centre in Hong Kong next Sunday, from August 6th to September 30th, 2006. People will have a chance to see the elegance of the super stars such as Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung of Capital Artists, and also many other things of 80s that were considered as super stylish. The exhibition is organised by Capital Artists HK at the World Trade Centre. The exhibition is on the 80s music industry. Nowadays it is big news when a popular artist's records sell over ten thousand copies but back in the 80s, artists that achieved a gold record for selling over 25,000 copies only got a mere mention in the recording company's flyer. Capital Artists spokesperson said that some of Leslie's records sold over 400,000 copies. Capital Artists spokesperson also mentioned about Leslie's album cover for 'Loving You'. The spokesperson revealed that at that time Leslie had disclosed that the ring that he wore for the album shoot was given to him by the person he loved most. It was only later that they realized that this person was Mr Tong. Source: AppleDaily on RedForum and MuiMusic. Many thanks to Simie!
September 7, 2006
|Good Friend and Fans Launched Charity Drive In Commemoration of Leslie Cheung's Birthday|
|This September 12 is Leslie Cheung's 50th birthday. Two times winner of the Golden Horse Award as well as the producer of 'Farewell My Concubine', Madame Hsu Feng, together with many fans of Leslie Cheung, extends her most sincere birthday blessings to him through the 'www.happybirthdaytoLeslie.com' website while at the same time kick-starts a charity drive with a donation of HK$50,000. All funds raised will be donated in the name of Leslie Cheung.|
|Starting from this Saturday, fans from all around the world will gather in Hong Kong to commemorate this legendary Chinese artists 50th birthday. Various commemorative activities for the occasion will soon commence one after another. Leslie Cheung was active in many charitable causes in his lifetime. To extend his charitable spirit, Leslie Legacy Association, an international Leslie Cheung fan group, initiated a charity drive with the hope of uniting together the charitable hearts of fans from every corner of the world in singing a charity birthday song for Leslie.|
|Leslie Legacy Association in collaboration with mop.com launched a donation website, 'www.happybirthdaytoLeslie.com'. Leslie's good friend and also the producer of the film, 'Farewell My Concubine', Madame Hsu Feng displayed her show of support enthusiastically with a donation of HK$50,000 in the first instant when the charity activity was made known to her; her generous donation quickly raised the funds to over HK$100,000 within the short span of a week. It is anticipated that by 10th September, there will certainly be a breakthrough in the total amount of donation received.|
|All donations will go to ORBIS in the name of Leslie Cheung at the 'Flame in our Hearts' Leslie's 50th birthday party and Charity Cheque Handover Ceremony to be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 10th September. An hour-long video produced by well-known net fans 'Dik Fui' and Alice will debut on the 'happybirthdaytoLeslie.com' website. The video is a chronicle of the artistic life of Leslie Cheung tracing his professional career from the very beginning with precious video footage of his performances in films, television, music and concerts.|
|Source: www.nagfangdaily.com and Leslietong.com - many thanks to Simie and Julie for the translation|
From September 6 to September 17, 2006
Leslie's Pillow is in Hong Kong during this period to celebrate Leslie's 50th birthday. For reports and picture about our trip to Hong Kong, please visit HONGKONG DREAMLAND 3 and linked galleries.
Leslie Legacy Association held a wonderful event at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 10th. For report and pictures, please click on the announcement below. Visit also www.happybirthdaytoleslie.com and Ent.Sina 1 - 2 - 3
On his 50th Birthday, Leslie Legacy Association presented to Leslie a very special gift! A recollection of the overwhelming emotions that his fans captured in everlasting memories. To share the wonderful joy to see more than 200 unreleased pictures of Leslie. To share the fantastic feelings of a magic encounter with him of fans from every part of the world. An amazing experience! For information about price and shipment of 'Dearest Leslie, A Flame in Our Heart' photobook, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and visit here!
Read Hsu Feng's interview with Qinglang for www.happybirthdaytoleslie.com.
Red Mission organised different activities on the Avenue of Stars and at Victoria Park on September 9th. They held a dinner party at the ballroom of the Miramar Hotel on September 12th and an Exhibition called 'All About Leslie' in Tsuen Wan Discovery Park. For pictures of the 'All About Leslie' and activities on the Avenue of Stars, please visit my galleries: 'All About Leslie' Exhibition and Avenue of Stars. Visit also Ent.Sina.
At the World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay we visited the 'Art Museum of Trend of 80s' Exhibition: you can see pictures in my gallery.
Fans brought flowers to Leslie's wax statue at Madame Tussaud's Museum on the Peak on September 12th!
And of course we brought flowers and gifts to Leslie's home on the same day. Kenneth, with white lilies, Florence Chan and his son paid a visit to Mr. Tong. Please, visit my gallery!
September 11, 2006
September 12 would have been Gor Gor Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing's 50th birthday. His faithful fans have organized many events for him. Yesterday at the Convention Center a 'Flame In Our Hearts' charity auction was held. Fans from Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Korea, Singapore, Italy, and the United States waited outside the venue and entered in an orderly fashion. Outside they formed Leslie's name with fresh flowers and had elegant floral arrangements to celebrate Gor Gor's 50th birthday. The event's proceed will be donated to Orbis in the name of Gor Gor in hopes of extending Gor Gor's charitable spirit. The event lasted three hours and aired Gor Gor's footage. Fans also cut cake and toasted to celebrate their idol's birthday and invited Han Yang to represent the fan club in the check transfer ceremony. The admission was HK$250. 500 fans registered. The venue had many Gor Gor memorabilia for auction, including personal private photo collections. Fans from the world provided photos as birthday gifts to Gor Gor. The collections included photos with Gor Gor and Anita Mui Yim Fong and Faye Wong and with Gor Gor's event photos. Gor Gor's memorabilia like the red high heels and costumes that he has worn in his concerts, as well as his causal clothing that Gor Gor has donated for charity auctions. Now fans have loaned them for the exhibit. 800 limited edition photo collections also were available for HK$500 each. Posters, charity cards, postcards, giant posters (HK$1,000 each, the entire amount was donated) as well as the memorial single GOR GOR DVD, which creator Han Yang has donated the royalty for audition.
Tomorrow (12 September) is GorGor Leslie Cheung's 50th birthday. Yesterday at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, a group of fans held a display of a collection of apparels that was once worn by GorGor during his performances. Among other precious items on display was a photo book produced by fans which has many photos of GorGor with many of his good friends such as Anita Mui, Gong Li and Faye Wong. There were many birthday cards written by fans wishing to convey their birthday wishes and blessings to GorGor. A special edition of GorGor's DVD and photo album set also went on sale at the venue. All proceeds from the sale of these items, minus production costs, will be donated to ORBIS to help the needy. Source AppleDaily in Leslietong.com - thanks to Simie for the translation.
Fans celebrate Leslie Cheung's 50th Birthday - Yesterday Leslie Cheung's fan club held the 'Flame In Our Hearts' Charity Programme to celebrate their idol's 50th birthday. Five hundred local and international fans registered to participate in this event; the admission fee was $200 per participant. On display at the venue was a collection of apparels once worn by GorGor. There was also a screening of a 3-hour video compilation. A toast and cake-cutting ceremony was also included in the programme. The organisers also provided special cards for fans to write their birthday wishes for GorGor that were posted onto a message board at the venue. Posters, a special commemorative set of photos and a special edition of 'GorGor' DVD were available for sale. All proceeds will be donated to ORBIS. Among the items on sale was a special photo book priced at $500 comprising of photos contributed by fans. The book has photos of GorGor at various events, press interviews and media functions including pictures of GorGor with Faye Wong, Carina Lau and demised superstar Anita Mui. Source: MingPaoDaily on Leslietong.com - thanks to Simie for the translation.
September 12, 2006
September 12 was Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing's birthday. On what would have been Gor Gor's 50th birthday, his fan club held a series of memorial events. Yesterday the week long "Continuing Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing collection exhibit and seminar" opened as Gor Gor's limited edition records, magazines and concert memorabilia were on display. The event also aired Gor Gor's film footage like 'Farewell my concubine', 'Happy together' and 'A Chinese ghost story'. 300 fans were mesmerized. The biggest reaction from fans came when Gor Gor kissed Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Joey Wong Cho Yin. Suddenly a butterfly flew past the event. Fans raised their cameras and phones to take pictures. Later the butterfly landed on the display case and did not leave even when reporters kept taking pictures. Yesterday an auction took place with the proceeds donated to the End Children Sexual Abuse Foundation. Sunday will be the event's closing ceremony. Gor Gor's collaborator Chris Wong Hoi Kun will be the guest. Tonight a fan private event will be held with 60 tables and fans from Southeast Asia, North America and Germany will attend. Chan Suk Fun has ordered red and white ribbons for fans who make HK$50 donation.
November 3, 2006
Wong Kar Wai will rework his 12-year-old martial arts pic 'Ashes of Time' for fall fest berths in 2007. Fortissimo Films has picked up international sales to Wong Kar Wai's reworked and definitive version of 'Ashes of Time', the arthouse helmer's venture into the martial arts genre. Original pic, released 12 years ago, featured a starry cast of Hong Kong talent who've (mostly) survived the slump since the territory's 'golden age'. Cast includes Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Tony Leing Kar-fai, Jacky Cheung, Charlie Yeung, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin and the late Leslie Cheung. But it was scarcely released outside Asia. 'Ashes of Time - Redux' is an end-to-end re-envisioning of the movie about a fallen swordsman driven by greed. Wong is adding new scenes, re-editing others and rescoring the piece. Delivery is skedded in time for the fall festivals in 2007, after Wong has completed his first English-language movie, 'My Blueberry Nights'. Many thanks to Daydreamer!
November 6, 2006
Inside Stanley Park, in Vancouver, Canada,
there is a chair etched the following scripture.
In Loving Memory Of Leslie Cheung
Great Artist * Courageous Man ! Your Music and Films
Have Stolen Hearts Throughout The World. Love, Fans
The chair was donated by one of the devoted fans in Vancouver. The location is really great, facing the ocean as well as West Vancouver, the area where Leslie used to live when he was in Vancouver. Many thanks to Cecily! Picture provided by www.leslietong.com.
November 8, 2006
Korean website Daum launched a polling about the most often fondly remembered entertainer. Leslie Cheung got the second position behind Korean actess Lee Eun-jun, who committed suicide due to depression on February 2005 when she was 24 years old. River Phoenix and James Dean also appear in the polling results. Source: AppleDaily on LeslieTong.com.
November 27, 2006
Chinese director Chen Kaige received the Golden Alexander Special Award for outstanding achievement in the art of filmmaking at the 47th Thessaloniki Film Festival in Greece.On 'Farewell My Concubine', Chen Kaige has this to say, "I thought the film was quite well-made. Leslie Cheung was not merely an excellent artist, at the same time he was also an extremely good person. Certainly I did not feel I was working with a movie star. He was able to convey the things that I wanted; he could express the soul of the character. Most importantly we both have the same dream which was to make a great film.". Source: Ent.Sina, kindly provided and translated by Simie. More on EastDay and here.
Chen Kaige will be the guest star of 2006 Asian Film Festival in Rome (Italy), which will be introduced to the audience on November 28th at Detour Theatre at 9pm. On November 29th at 9 pm 'Farewell to my concubine' will be screened at the same theatre. The 2006 Asian Film Festival will be held from December 1st to December 9th in Rome at the Missouri and Madison Theatres. Chen Kaige will be in Rome from few days. 'Farewell my concubine' will be screened on December 5th at 5.15 pm, while 'Temptress Moon' will be screened on December 4th at 5.45 pm. More info: http://www.asiancinema.it and Sentieri Selvaggi.
December 31, 2006
What is the relationship
between the late Gorgor Leslie Cheung and the Consumer Council?
Twenty-one years ago, Leslie Cheung appeared on the cover of the
December 1985 issue of the Consumer Council's "Choice"
magazine. It was the first time ever that "Choice" used
a celebrity on its first colored-cover. At that time, Gorgor was
getting very popular thus setting this as a trend.
I chatted with the Chief Executive Chan Wong Wei and Vice Executive Lau Yin Hing of the Consumer Council yesterday. They mentioned that Cheung Luk Ping, Leslie's sister, was the Chief Executive of the Consumer Council since its conception until the mid 80s. She also introduced the "product testing process" to the Council. At that time, Leslie always went to his sister's office at the Consumer Council. Although he did not do so after he became popular since he was busy, his charm and charisma cast a deep impression on Lau Yin Hing. She said, "I had a meal with him. He was very polite and charming and very good looking too." That's right, which male star has the quality of Gorgor? Article written by Lee Pak Fong on December 30, 2006 - source AppleDaily on Leslietong.com kidly translated by Daydreamer.
February 16, 2007
'Happy Together' has been voted as "The Most Unforgettable Movie Award in the Last 10 Years in HK SAR ". Source: MingPao Daily - many thanks to Amy for the news. Read the news in Chinese on LeslieTong.com.
February 21, 2007
Hong Kong Comedian Vincent
Kok Tak-Chiu's One Way of Life:
"I was quite fit in Okinawa Rendez-vous, going swimming, playing ball, and getting a tan. Standing beside such a beautiful human being, Gor Gor, gave me more energy. We had some encounters both on and off screen. We were good partners in the movie. Riding in a vintage convertible with Gor Gor was very cool."
Sources: LLA Japan and Apple Daily - Leslie-Cheung.net
March 5, 2007
'Farewell My Concubine' has been voted the best Oscar nominated Chinese film in a poll by a Chinese publication company. Meanwhile Leslie's line in 'Days of Being Wild': "I've heard that there's a kind of bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life... that's when it dies" came up tops with the most number of votes to win the favourite Chinese movie classic lines. Also in this category, 'Ashes of Time' and 'Happy Together' came in 3rd and 4th place with their respective classic lines. Source: Oriental Daily -LeslieTong.com - many thans to Simie for the news!
March 14, 2007
'GorGor website', in order to remember Leslie Cheung, organizes the seminar "The idea of Leslie" on March 31, 2007 in Hong Kong. More info on GorGor website.
Red Mission program: on April 1st, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the New World Centre Plaza, there will be a Live Performance where expertly-edited video excerpts from valuable musical, movie and television performances of previous years will be shown. A huge video screen and a stage will be set up at the location. On March 31st and April 1st, from noon to 10:00 p.m. a huge video screen will be set up to broadcast Leslie's MVs two days in a row. Worldwide fans may convey their special messages to him through dedication of his golden songs. On the Avenue of Stars, several bands will be playing or performing Leslie's golden songs during different time slots. There will be big pictures of him and a message board for fans' messages. 'Yesterday Once More' - a retrospect of Leslie Cheung's classic movies series III - will be held on March 31 and April 1st 2007 at MCL JP Cinema, 23-26 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. 'Double Tap', 'The Kid', 'Inner Senses' and 'Moonlight Express' will be screened. More info on Leslie Cheung CyberWorld website.
March 15, 2007
|A beautiful book for those all who love Hong Kong and Leslie.|
|"Hong Kong - A cultural and literary history" - Cities of The Imagination|
|by Michael Ingham|
|Signal Book - HK University Press|
|Just in case you're interested in it: www.amazon.co.uk|
March 16, 2007
On today issue of South China Mourning Post and AppleDaily, ORBIS thanked LLA for the charity program 2006 'Flame in Our Hearts' !!!!!
March 22, 2007
Cheung Yiu Wing: All The Good and Righteous People Are Dead - 'Father of concerts', Cheung Yiu Wing blasted at heartless Alan Tam. Impact Entertainment (International) Limited has filed a winding-up petition for Yiu Wing Investment Holdings Limited (formerly known as Yiu Wing Entertainment Co. Ltd.). Yiu Wing owes Impact Entertainment (International) Limited $820,000. An angry Yiu Wing blasted Alan Tam who is one of the shareholders of Impact for being heartless and lacking a sense of justice. He also rebuked the five Wynners group members saying, "They're all connivers". That night after losing his lawsuit Cheung Yiu Wing was still in the mood for a meal of dumplings with family members in Causeway Bay. He was extremely polite when approached by reporters; smilingly fielding questions regarding matters relating to the winding-up of his company. However at the mention of Alan Tam's name (one of the shareholders of Impact), Cheung Yiu Wing exploded in a fit of rage, saying, "The whole bunch of them are connivers! Now it is not as if I am not going to repay the money; they won't even let me pay them back by installments". (The group of people you mentioned included Alan Tam?) "Some years back, these 'five tigers' once asked me to invest in their movie, 'Tigers - The Legend of Canton'; they guaranteed a profit but in the end they lost $4,000,000. I've been chasing this for 10 years to no avail. Now they turned around to take advantage of me. I've already lodged a complaint in court against Impact Entertainment (International) to recover this debt; this is scheduled to be heard on April 14. The world is like this, when I'm in deficit, they chase me for my debt but when there is a profit I get none. The good and righteous people are dead. Leslie Cheung, Anita Mui and Roman Tam; if they knew I was in trouble, they would help me in the first instant but unfortunately they have passed on". On the same day (19 March) Alan Tam, attending a video recording programme, distanced himself from the matter by pushing the blame on to the other shareholders of the company. He said, "There are many shareholders in the company; everyone has to come out to make a comment together, this matter is for the shareholders to take accountability." On being accused of being a 'conniver', he said, "This is a company matter; I am not going to respond again." Hacken Lee also did not wish to be involved in this matter choosing to remain a bystander. He said he had heard about the friction between the two companies but he as the younger generation is quite helpless in this matter. Source Next Magazine, LeslieTong.com - many thanks to Susanna and to Simie for her translation.
March 26, 2007
Our deepest gratitude is due to Mr. James Wong and James Wong Florist for sponsoring all the flowers at Leslie's 50th birthday 'A Flame in Our Hearts' at the Convention & Exhibition Centre on September 10, 2006.
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