The 2nd Asian Film Awards (AFA) were presented on March 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, in conjunction with the 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Korean movie “Secret Sunshine” (밀양; Milyang) is the biggest winner with 3 major awards (complete list). Below are some pics from the event…

Tony Leung and Jeon Do-yeon at Asian Film Awards 2008
Hong Kong actor Tony Leung (best actor) and Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon (best actress)

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The winners of the 2nd Asian Film Awards, presented on March 17 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (some pictures on next post)…

Best picture
Secret Sunshine (South Korea)

Best director
Lee Chang-dong (Secret Sunshine; South Korea)

Best actor
Tony Leung (Lust, Caution; Taiwan / China/ USA)

Best actress
Jeon Do-yeon (Secret Sunshine; South Korea)

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Olive9 Entertainment, talent agency for Korean star Choi Ji-woo, is in war of words with Hong Kong media, claiming that the HK press is maliciously trying to bring down Choi’s image.

Olive9 is responding to reports which claimed that the Korean actress was drunk and behaved inappropriately in the LVMH party last Friday (Mar 14, 2008). Choi and her reps strongly denied the reports and stated that she didn’t drink at all.

Chow Yun Fat and Choi Ji-woo at LVMH Hong Kong party Korean actress Choi Ji-woo at LVMH Hong Kong party
Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party? Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party? Korean actress Choi Ji-woo drunk at LVMH Hong Kong party?
Choi Ji-woo at the LVMH party; the guy is Hong Kong star Chow Yun Fat

At first glance, Choi does seem like tipsy from the photos; but then, photos could be deceiving sometimes… we’ll have to choose what we want to believe.

Point is, it’s a party, people do get drunk. As long as they are not too misbehaved (thrown up or taking off their cloths etc) and have friends around to take care of them when needed… we should just let it be ain’t so? If normal people could get drunk and gone wild occasionally, why are celebrities forbidden to do so?

Korean stars Kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-hun met the press on Mar 17 (2008) in Seoul for a special media screening of their latest movie, “Destiny” (“Sookmyeong” or “Fate”).

Director Kim Hae-gon, co-stars Kim In-kwon and Park Han-byul were also at the event.

Kwon Sang-woo and Song Seung-hun at the special screening for Korean movie Destiny
Song Seung-hun and Kwon Sang-woo at the special press screening

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Korean boyband Super Junior kicked start their first Asia tour on Feb 22 in Seoul…

Korean boy band Super Junior Super Show concert in Seoul
You need a huge stage for a 13-member boyband

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American-Korean star Daniel Henney will feature as a mutant alongside Hugh Jackman in movie “X-men Origins: Wolverine”, which is set to release in mid-2009.

Korean artist Daniel Henney Agent Zero in Marvel X-men
Daniel Henney as Agent Zero (AZ image courtesy of Marvel)

The film is directed by Gavin Hood and is a prequel to the X-Men movie trilogy, focusing on the mutant Wolverine and Team X, before his skeleton was bonded with the indestructible metal adamantium.

Daniel will star as Agent Zero (also known as David North), a member of the Weapon X program and an expert tracker with lethal marksman skills. It should be a cool character, but I wonder if Daniel’s fans would cherrish the role as his face would probably be unseen for the whole movie.

Chinese star Edison Chen has announced his exit from Hong Kong entertainment world following the nude-photos scandal that involved several famous female artists.

Chinese artist Edison Chen responding to sex photo scandal
Edison during the press conference

Edison made his announcement at a press conference in Hong Kong on Feb 21. He has admitted that the most of the related nude photos circulated online in recent weeks are taken by him, and has also apologised to her female ‘partners’ and others that have been affected by the issue.

The Chronicles of the nude Photos Scandal

On Jan 28, several nude photos involving two female Hong Kong artists and Edison were uploaded online and spread like wildfire.

The artists’ respective agency had responded that the photos were fake and doctored, but lots of the netizens have different opinions.

Jan 30, the Hong Kong police arrested the first suspect for spreading the photos. This action has enraged the netizens, accusing the police of playing favouritism to protect the artists.

Jan 31, the Hong Kong police had verified the authentication of the photos. Early investigations suggested that the photos were obtained from Edison’s hard disk when he sent his computer for repair earlier.

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Late Hong Kong artist Lydia Shum Din Ha

Veteran Hong Kong entertainer Lydia Shum (沈殿霞; Shum Din Ha) passed away on Feb 19 at the age of 60 due to complications from her liver cancer.

Lydia Shum was born on July 21, 1947 (some resources indicate 1945) in Shanghai, China. She made her entertainment debut when she was 13 and was known over the years for her comediennes, her size and iconic hairstyle and glasses.

She was affectionately nicknamed by her fans as Feifei (肥肥, literally fat-fat) and had won the heart of many Hong Kong audiences, not just for her entertaining performances, but for her professionalism and positive attitude as well.

Lydia is survived by daughter Joyce Cheng. Rest in peace Lydia.

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