At the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, old love rivals Carina Lau Ka Ling and Maggie Cheung Man Yuk almost meet face-to-face. To avoid an awkward public showdown, Maggie intentionally departed from the film festival after a brief appearance.
During the filming of In the Mood for Love<花樣年華> in 2001, romantic rumors spread between Maggie and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. The rumors reached their height in 2002. Despite having free time, Carina refused to appear at the premiere of Hero <英雄>. Allegedly, Carina and Maggie’s friendship was over and the pair never appeared at the same function together afterwards.
Continued Avoidance of Each Other
At Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing’s funeral in 2003, Maggie allegedly refused to attend after realizing that Carina and Tony would attend. In 2003, Tony received the Hong Kong Film Academy ’s Best Actor Award. Although Maggie was nominated for Best Actress, she did not attend the awards ceremony. Many of Tony’s friends were present at his wedding with Carina in Bhutan , but Maggie was noticeably absent.
Perhaps Carina realized in advance that Maggie would appear at this year’s Venice International Film Festival. To prevent Tony from re-igniting love sparks with Maggie, Carina may have forbidden him from going to Venice despite his free schedule.
During the week of the film festival, Tony was spotted leisurely shopping and eating out alone in Hong Kong . Tony was dressed casually and visited a local noodle shop to eat his favorite comfort foods. Allegedly, Carina, who loved to wear designer brands, did not like visiting such casual establishments.
Jayne: The rivalry between Carina Lau and Maggie Cheung does seem obvious, given their avoidance of each other despite having many mutual friends in the past. My speculation is that Tony and Maggie may have indeed had an affair that lasted from 2001 to 2002, but Tony chose Carina in the end.
In the above photos, you can see that Tony loves to go out alone: visiting bookstores, shopping, and eating at small noodle shops. He’s a pretty casual guy that seems to have simple pursuits.