“I Love Hong Kong 2013” Synopsis
Shaw Brothers and TVB’s latest Lunar New Year film, I Love Hong Kong 2013 <2013我愛HK 恭喜發財>, will open in Hong Kong and Macau on February 11, the day after Lunar New Year. The comedy film, which commenced principal photography in November 2012, is produced by Eric Tsang (曾志偉) and directed by Chung Shu Kai (鍾澍佳).
The film tells the life story of best friends, Sung Chi Hung (Alan Tam 譚詠麟) and Ha Shek Lam (Natalis Chan 陳百祥), and their quirky quest in protecting their Chinese restaurant from foul forces. The best friends met during the 1970s, a decade of economic growth and prosperity for Hong Kong and her citizens. Young and naïve Sung Chi Hung (Bosco Wong 黃宗澤) meets the young and cunning Ha Shek Lam (Michael Tse 謝天華), who introduces him to a job at a Chinese restaurant.
The best friends both fall in love with the rich Mei Yeung Yeung (Kate Tsui 徐子珊), and the blood brothers have a fall-out. On the other hand, Yeung Yeung’s feisty best friend, Chu Yuk Yuen (Joyce Cheng 鄭欣宜) is absolutely in love with Shek Lam, and she is willing to do anything to fight for his attention.
But prosperous times come to an end. With the face of stock market crashes, the British handover, and economic depression, the loyal Chi Hung chooses to stay in Hong Kong to support the restaurant, his family, and his friends.
Flash forward to modern day Hong Kong; Chi Hung and Yeung Yeung (Veronica Yip 葉玉卿) are married and have a son together, while Shek Lam has become the owner of a business group. Faced with financial problems again, Chi Hung prays to the Angel (Eric Tsang) for help….
With a star-studded ensemble, I Love Hong Kong 2013 also stars Stanley Fung (馮淬帆), Benz Hui (許紹雄), Ngo Ka Nin (敖嘉年), Koo Ming Wah (古明華), and Tin Kai Man (田啟文). Elvina Kong (江欣燕), Priscilla Chan (陳慧嫻), Luisa Maria Leitão (黎芷珊), Wong Cho Lam (王祖藍), Linda Wong (王馨平), Vivian Chow (周慧敏), Karen Tong (湯寶如), Sally Yeh (葉蒨文), Susan Tse (謝雪心), and others will make cameo appearances.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
Isn’t this just like the first New Year’s Movie Eric Tsang did…72 tenants of prosperity anyone?
LOL all his CNY movies these past few years are very similar in style.
I don’t like seeing any of Eric Tsang’s movies. They were all lousy to me. I bought the DVD of 72 Tenants and gave up after watching it for less than 10 minutes. It was stupid, lousy,low class and noisy.
agree,E.T.’s 72 tenants has no meaning,just blablabla jokes that are not funny at all.
His shows are exactly like what you have described them to be, sandcherry. I’m sorry to say it but he himself is a pain in the neck to me.
I’m looking forward for this movie to come out just for Kate and Bosco, she looks beautiful and he looks really weird – totally opposite.
I’m not really fond of Eric Tsang
Honestly I’m only going to watch it for Bosco and Kate,these movies have always been the same and not a fan of Eric’s work either.
Hi, Jayne. I think there’s a typo. Joyce Cheng’s chinese name isn’t 朱玉圓, right?
Ooops, should direct this comment to Addy instead. Sorry.
eric tsang’s get as much celebs as possible for no pay through connections to make appearances to boost popularity of the movie trick he uses every year. seriously, people pay to watch his movies?
Eric’s annual ‘I Love HKG” lunar new year movies are just for gags. Some people may find it irritating, cheap, loud and clueless while others watch for the fun of it, the regular appearance of their tvb stars like Bosco, Michael, and cameo appearances of many other popular celebrities to boost,etc. With his close connections to TVB and many in the movie industry, it’s really great that they agree to appear for ‘peanuts’ or free.
Yes I agree these movies sometimes lack a proper plot or even similar storyline every year but the bottom line is that Eric, like many of his HKG compatriots in the movie industry, is trying to keep HKG-made movies ‘alive’. These are getting less because they lack funds/producers and many are or have headed towards mainland. I, for one, really misses the glory days of HKG=made movies for their unique flavour and content.
Collaborations with mainland producers are good but we can observe a certain restriction in them and all dialogue are in mandarin. I also love Beijing-accent mandarin movies like the old Shaw Bros days and today (nothing else does it for me) and they’re excellent. But if one grew up watching those awesome HKG-made movies, we yearn for them. Don’t you love those typical HKG one-line gags, jokes, local practices and traditions?? I’m not from HKG but they’re wonderful and unique and I love them. Just like Singapore, only Singaporeans understand their own unique blend of language/traditions/jokes, etc. These lunar new year movies were started by Raymond Wong at least over 30yrs ago to which he has a regular group of movie legends who starred in them. They include Leslie Cheung (RIP), Rosamund Kwan, Carina Lau, Patrina Fung, Lei Heong Kum, Maggie Cheung Mun Yuk, Teresa Mo, Stephen Chow, Ng Man Tat and Sandra Ng. These stars are not only friends but their onscreen chemistry are unbeatable. Raymond tries to bring back the magic by having his staple Sandra Ng partner Louis Khoo together with a host of other stars in the last few lunar new year movies but they’re just not up to standard. So, we should support Eric in his effort to try to continue a good tradition while ‘promoting’ HKG-made movies.
Alan Tam and Nat Chan as the leads are risky business. Both are known as box office poisons in HK. Veronica Yip is also only a has beens. Bosco and Kate are only seen as small fries and newbies in the movie industry and Michael Tse movie career is only as supporting actor in YND franchises. What’s the point of keeping HK movie alive if the box office isn’t great?
It’s just for laughs. No one is trying to win an award with the film.the most important thing is to go home smiling during the holiday season.
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