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'Ip Man 4: The Finale' becomes third highest grossing Chinese film at North American box office in five years
Chinese martial arts film "Ip Man 4: The Finale" grossed more than US$310,000 in its third weekend in North America with a 19-day total of US$3.49 million through Sunday, making it the third highest grossing Chinese film at the North American box office in recent five years.
According to the studio figures released on Monday by US analytics firm Comscore, the latest installment in the Chinese martial arts film franchise Ip Man brought in US$316,437 from 119 locations with a modest per-theater average of US$2,659, ranking 25th among 79 films on the North American weekend box office chart. "Ip Man 4: The Finale" passed 2016's fantasy film "The Mermaid" which grossed US$3.24 million in North America to become the third highest grossing Chinese film at the North American box office in recent five years, only behind sci-fi blockbuster "The Wandering Earth" and animated hit "Ne Zha" which took in US$5.87 million and US$3.67 million last year in North America, respectively.
"Ip Man 4: The Finale" was released by Well Go USA Entertainment in Chinese and English with English and Chinese subtitles in select North American cities including Sacramento, New York and San Francisco. Directed by Wilson Yip, the new film sees Donnie Yen reprising the title role as the legendary Wing Chun kung fu master. In the film, following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to the United States in order to ease the tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, and gets involved in a dispute between local armed forces and a Chinese martial arts school in San Francisco's Chinatown.
The US review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives "Ip Man 4: The Finale" a score of 92 percent based on 24 critics' reviews and 3,397 Internet Movie Database (IMDb) users have given a weighted average vote of 7.5 out of 10 for the film to date.
A 39-year-old man has become the first to die in Hong Kong after being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.
The patient, who was being treated for the virus at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung, died on Tuesday morning after his condition deteriorated, the Hospital Authority has confirmed. He had suffered sudden heart failure, according to medical sources.
The Whampoa Garden resident was previously identified as Hong Kong’s 13th confirmed case of the novel coronavirus originating in Wuhan. His death is the second fatality linked with the outbreak that has been reported outside mainland China. He had been to Wuhan, the provincial capital of Hubei, on January 21 and returned to Hong Kong two days later via the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link, before developing a fever on January 31. The man was admitted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei on the same day, where he was confirmed to be infected before his transfer to an isolation ward at Princess Margaret Hospital. He had underlying health issues, according to information previously disclosed by the Centre for Health Protection.
The Hospital Authority confirmed at about 10.30am on Tuesday the man had died in Princess Margaret Hospital after his condition deteriorated. More details would be revealed in a joint press conference held by the authority and the Centre for Health Protection at 4.30pm, a spokesman added.
Health authorities have confirmed 15 cases of the coronavirus in Hong Kong. More than 20,600 people have been been infected across the world with the death toll in its hundreds. The death of the Hong Kong patient was only the second reported outside mainland China, after the Philippines announced a fatality over the weekend.
China coronavirus: three new cases test positive in Hong Kong, potentially increasing total number of patients to five
Travellers at the departure hall of the West Kowloon rail station. The first coronavirus patient in Hong Kong was detected upon arrival at the station. Photo: Handout
Hong Kong has three new cases of patients testing positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, potentially increasing the total number to five so far.
Centre for Health Prevention controller Wong Ka-hing on Friday said preliminary results showed that two patients were infected although laboratory staff were doing further tests. The Post has also learned that a third patient tested positive for the coronavirus. Wong also revealed that Japan’s second confirmed patient had taken a plane to Hong Kong on a transfer flight to the Northeast Asian country, the patient had told authorities. Wong said the latest cases involved two 62-year-old women who had been in Wuhan within 14 days of falling ill. One was being treated in Tuen Mun Hospital and the other at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.
Earlier in the day, Dr Chung Kin-lai, the Hospital Authority’s director of quality and safety, said the increase was due to officials widening their reporting Wong and respiratory medicine expert Professor David Hui Shu-cheong said the city had stepped up measures at border checkpoints, but neither could say whether Hong Kong should close its borders with the mainland or ban suspected cases from entering. “I think we have been stepping up port health measures. But closing the border is beyond the health authority – it’s not a port health prevention control measure,” Wong said. Hui said it was decision to be taken at diplomatic levels. He added the city had not yet seen infections in the community as occurred during the Sars outbreak in 2003. But Hui urged the organisers of mass events to think more about the risks involved. “For example, the marathon, many people from different places will gather and participate, including some who might be coming from infected areas,” he said. He suggested the public wear masks on public transport or in crowded areas such as shopping malls. “It is not practical for ordinary people to wear a surgical mask all day,” he said, advising residents to use a new mask after taking off an old one to eat food.
As of Friday noon, the death toll in mainland China hit 26, among at least 875 confirmed cases. The virus has spread to other areas of the world, including Thailand, Japan, and South Korea, while Macau reported its second case on Thursday, a 66-year-old tourist from Wuhan. The two confirmed cases in Hong Kong were treated as “highly suspected” after preliminary diagnostic tests returned positive results on Wednesday. Subsequent DNA test results confirmed their diagnosis on Thursday.
Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable diseases branch at the Centre for Health Protection, said three people who had been in close contact with the two confirmed coronavirus patients in the city had been placed in quarantine at Princess Margaret Hospital and Tuen Mun Hospital. Another five people who had close contacts with the two patients had been placed in quarantine at one of the two holiday camps set for the purpose – Lady MacLehose Holiday Village and Lei Yue Mun Park. “So far, we’ve been able to trace 18 people who had close contacts with the two patients. We will keep tracking them,” she said. She said as long as those who had close contacts with the two confirmed patients were not tested positive for the virus, there was little chance for a massive outbreak of the disease in Hong Kong.
Dr Chung of the Hospital Authority said the sharp rise in the suspected cases had posed a huge burden on isolation wards, with half of 570 isolation beds taken while more than 70 per cent of 309 isolation wards occupied. He said the Hospital Authority might have to reduce non-emergency medical procedures and services during Lunar New Year to cope with the rising demand for medical resources and manpower. “During this period, doctors may reduce their outpatient services. We will operate our drugs refill clinics to ensure patients get their prescribed medicines. I beg for public understanding,” he said. Dr Chung said some medical workers who had shown flu symptoms had been arranged staff accommodation on various hospital premises. “So far, no medical worker has been tested positive,” he said. He also said while the authority was trying to rent hotel rooms to temporarily accommodate its workers, most hotels had turned down its requests. He said a couple of patients who had come to hospitals with flu symptoms following visits to Wuhan, tried to run away when they knew they would be isolated. “The hospitals called police and intercepted them in the vicinity. They have already been placed in quarantine,” he said. There was also widespread online rumours that Chui Tak-yi, undersecretary for food and health who recently visited Wuhan to study the situation, was suspected of having been infected. But the government strongly refuted the claim, saying all members of the delegation to Wuhan were in good health.
In Macau, the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau announced on Friday that following the Lunar New Year holiday, classes in non-higher education schools would be resumed on February 10 or later, instead of February 3. Schools have been asked to make necessary arrangements so students can carry out their exercises at home, while private teaching support centres and continuing education institutions have also been asked to postpone the restart dates of their activities to February 10 or later, depending on the situation at that time.
Two patients in Macau, who have been tested positive for the virus, are receiving treatment at the Conde S Januario Hospital. Both of them are in a stable condition. Meanwhile, authorities have cancelled some activities associated with the annual Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival in Tai Po due to the outbreak, though residents are still welcome to visit the wishing tree.
Source: The Straitstimes/MingPao
Kenneth Ma has been crowned Best Actor for the first time at the TVB Anniversary Awards 2019 on Sunday (Jan 12), after having been nominated a whopping 12 times at the awards.
The 45-year-old actor, who broke off with girlfriend Jacqueline Wong last year after she was caught in a cheating scandal with married singer Andy Hui, won the award for his role as a doctor in medical drama Big White Duel. Ma was given a standing ovation after his ex-girlfriend Nancy Wu, rumoured girlfriend Natalie Tong and actress Ali Lee announced on stage that he was the Best Actor winner. The actor, who has been in the entertainment industry for more than 20 years, said he was surprised at the win and thanked the audience for their reactions after he received the trophy. "I consider myself a winner even if I do not win, as there are many strong contenders this year," he said. "I am lucky to have acted in Big White Duel." Big White Duel was one of TVB's anniversary dramas in 2019 and was well received when it was aired in June and July last year. It also won Best Drama Series and Most Improved Female Artist for actress Kelly Cheung.
Meanwhile, the Best Actress award went to Kara Wai for her role as a police chief superintendent in police drama The Defected. Like Ma, the 59-year-old actress won the award for the first time and became only the second Hong Kong actress after Carol Cheng to have won Best Actress for both television and movies.
Both Miriam Yeung and Selena Lee won the Most Popular Female Character for their roles in romantic comedy Wonder Women and supernatural drama Barrack O'Karma respectively, the first time the award was shared in TVB history. This was the first time Yeung won at the TVB Anniversary Awards, while it was Lee's first individual award at the anniversary awards, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Actor-singer Pakho Chau won the Most Popular Male Character and Most Popular Drama Theme Song for Wonder Women. He disclosed after accepting the trophy that he was recently hospitalised for high fever, and he had to be supported by staff while leaving the stage.
Veteran actor Lau Dan won the Lifetime Achievement Award, receiving the award from actress Nancy Sit, his co-star in TV drama A Kindred Spirit (1995 to 1999). Lau, who celebrated his 76th birthday on Monday and is the father of actor Hawick Lau, said this was his first award in 52 years of acting.
The TVB Anniversary Awards 2019 was originally scheduled to be held in December, but it was postponed to January due to the Hong Kong protests.
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Six passengers were killed and 39 injured on Wednesday after a public double-decker bus ploughed into a roadside tree, the impact ripping away most of its roof on Hong Kong’s Fanling Highway.
Three men and two women died on the spot near Tsung Pak Long in Sheung Shui, while a third woman succumbed to her injuries in hospital. All of them had been sitting on the upper deck, and two passengers were tossed out of the KMB vehicle when it crashed into a roadside barrier before hitting the tree at around 4.15pm. The 56-year-old driver was arrested for dangerous driving causing death. KMB said he had been with the company for 18 years and had just returned for duty after taking a rest on Tuesday.
Hong Kong’s leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, said she was shocked and saddened by the crash, as she offered her condolences to the victims and promised government support. A passenger who suffered minor injuries said the bus, on route 978 between Wan Chai North and Fanling, appeared to be travelling at normal speed when it ran into trouble. It was on its way to Sheung Shui when it crashed near a roundabout on Po Shek Wu Road. “There were broken limbs and someone had head injuries,” he said. “The staircase was smashed, and we had to come down from the rear with the help of firefighters.”
Superintendent Chan Siu-ming of the New Territories North traffic police said the bus had been running on the slow lane, but veered into the roadside barrier on the left before hitting the tree. The bodies of three passengers were found on the left side of the upper deck and one body was recovered from the staircase. The two who were flung out of the upper deck were also killed.
Ten fire engines, 16 ambulances and a mobile casualty treatment centre were deployed to the scene after the accident was reported at 4.19pm. A Hospital Authority spokesman said 39 people – including two children, aged three and 12 – received treatment in five hospitals. Six were in a serious condition, 28 were stable and five were discharged. The left side of the bus bore the brunt of the damage. The windscreen was smashed, top-deck seats at the front were dislodged and a part of the upper left side, along with the roof, was torn off. A passenger sitting on the lower deck said the bus had been going at normal speed. “I didn’t feel the bus braking before it crashed,” he said. “There was a loud bang. I first thought it had rammed into a vehicle in front. After I left the bus, I realised it had hit a tree and part of the roof was ripped off.”
Andrew Kwan Chi-wai, safety director at KMB, said the driver had passed a health check in September, and had worked on the same route for more than two years. He had started work shortly before 7am and it was his last trip of the day when the bus crashed. The last time the driver was named in an incident report was for a minor case within a depot in 2017, Kwan added, and the latest accident had nothing to do with manpower issues that have cropped up in the past.
The bus had been in service for five years and passed a test on Wednesday, the safety director said. An internal probe would be conducted and the company would work with police in the investigation, KMB said. “KMB is very concerned about the incident and has sent staff to the site and hospitals to learn more and comfort the injured,” a spokesman said, adding that the company would provide help to the families of the deceased and the survivors.
The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and Beijing’s liaison office in the city also expressed deep sorrow as they offered condolences. After visiting some of the injured at one of the hospitals, Carrie Lam said five support bases would be set up to help those affected. A social worker would help each family of those who were killed. The government would continue to make sure safe franchised bus services were provided, Lam said. She noted that an independent review committee that looked into a fatal bus crash in Tai Po in February last year had come up with 45 safety recommendations. “We must have a detailed investigation to find out the cause of the crash this time, but we and the public should also review the recommendations to see if there is any room to strengthen them,” she said.
Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, the city’s No 2 official, visited Kwai Chung Public Mortuary and was saddened to learn that one of the women killed had worked for the Social Welfare Department. He said the support bases would provide help to her family. Dr Lo Kok-keung, a former lecturer on mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, said the impact of the force would have been about 42 tonnes, assuming the bus was running at about 60km/h (37mph). “The body and floor are usually made of reinforced glass fibre panels to make the bus lighter. They are not designed to withstand a crash. So in the case of a big impact, the bus can be torn apart easily,” Lo said. “Wearing seat belts may help the passengers avoid being thrown out of the vehicle on impact. If someone is thrown from a bus, they will hardly be able to survive.”
North district councillor Chan Wai-tat said route 978 was one of the city’s longest journeys, covering 50.8km (32 miles), and he questioned whether driver fatigue was a factor. In February 2018, a KMB double-decker
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