Compiled by C. ARUNO, CHAN MAY THENG and R. ARAVINTHAN
HONG Kong Cantopop legend Jacky Cheung (pic) is set to make a big-screen return after a six-year hiatus, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The 60-year-old singer-actor will be starring in an upcoming action film, Hai Guan Zhan Xian (Customs Front) and admitted that he was unsure how to prepare for it.
“I have not undergone any physical training. I’ll be taking a gamble. If I get injured, I get injured. If I don’t, then it means I am lucky.
“I am his (the film’s action director Nicholas Tse’s) senior and he will treat me well.
“I will leave it in his hands,” Cheung said during the prayer ceremony to kick off filming on Wednesday.
When asked if he will be singing the movie’s theme song, Cheung said no.
“When I appear in a movie, I rarely suggest myself to sing the theme song. I will only do so when I’m asked to.
“If Nicholas (who is also a singer) wants to do so, I will let him do it,” he said.
Hai Guan Zhan Xian, a crime thriller helmed by veteran director Herman Yau, is expected to hit cinemas in 2023. Besides Cheung, it stars Tse and Karena Lam.
> A man in China’s Guangxi province died while cleaning his ancestors’ gravestone during Qing Ming (Tomb-sweeping Festival) after he was stung by hornets, China Press reported.
According to a village official, the swarm attacked some 20 villagers who were performing prayers at a cemetery there.
The deceased, aged 44, was stung more than 80 times on his head, arms and legs, and collapsed on the spot. The man died at the hospital.
One of the victims said the hornets continued to sting them even after they dived into some bushes.
According to experts, the venom could cause significant pain and irritation, and be life-threatening if not treated immediately.
> Taiwanese superstar Show Lo appears to have gotten some of his sponsorship jobs back, two years after his cheating scandal hit the headlines, Sin Chew Daily reported.
The 42-year-old, who reportedly lost more than T$600mil (RM88mil) in axed endorsement deals in 2020, was spotted serving as the brand ambassador of a nutritional supplement product during an event recently.
“Hi everyone. My name is Show Lo and long time no see!” he was heard saying at the event.
The 13-minute appearance is estimated to have netted the singer and TV personality around T$1mil (RM146,000).
Despite it being his first appearance in front of the media, Lo did not hold a press conference and left soon after.
On April 23, 2020, Lo’s ex-girlfriend and Internet celebrity Grace Chow made an explosive social media post accusing Lo of bedding female artistes under his wing.
Despite several public apologies and awkward attempts to win Chow back, Lo was shunned and lost many deals and gigs including as the longtime host of the variety show 100% Entertainment.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.