Hong Kong is in the spotlight this month. Star couple Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming welcomed a baby boy and, at the same time, Jay Chou finished his nine Hong Kong concerts. And Kris Wu, Tao and Han Geng played star in a new movie.
Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming welcome a baby boy
Chinese celebrity couple, Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming welcomed a baby boy in Hong Kong on January 17. The news was announced in a statement from Huang Xiaoming's studio released last Tuesday. It said Angelababy gave birth to a baby boy naturally, accompanied by the family.
According to Hong Kong media, Angelababy planned to have a caesarean around Chinese new year, but she went into labour earlier than the original due date. The couple also revealed that their baby boy’s nickname is Xiaohaimian, literally translating to "Little Sponge."
The 27-year-old China-born, Hong Kong-based actress and the 39-year-old Chinese actor got married on October 8, 2015 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Their lavish ceremony was viewed by more than 1.6 billion people online and on TV.
The 27-year-old actress has been dubbed the “Kim Kardashian of China” and has 79 million followers on China's version of Twitter; Sina Weibo. The couple spent nearly three times as much as Kim and Kanye on their big day - about $31 million - celebrating alongside 2,000 guests, including many of Asia’s leading stars.
Kris Wu, Tao and Han Geng's new movie
Kris Wu, Tao and Han Geng all play leading roles in Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, which is a movie about the Chinese Odyssey, based on a Chinese classical novel.
The drama of Journey to the West is a remake of a 2013 film with the same name. The new movie started filming last July and is due to premiere in February this year.
Tao played the Monkey King and made quite a transformation in the drama. His makeup and prosthetics for the role take at least four hours to prepare every time he films.
Han Geng came to Australia to promote the movie last year and had an exclusive interview with SBS PopAsia:
Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back is one of the most anticipated films this year.There are hopes it will break new box office records.
Written and produced by Stephen Chow and directed by Tsui Hark, the film released a new Trailer at its last press conference in Beijing last week, with an all-star cast appearing on stage to promote the film. Kris Wu is playing the Monkey King’s Buddhist master, Tang Sen.
Hectic month for Jay Chou - Nine concerts in 12 days
Jay Chou finished his nine concerts in Hong Kong during his seventh world tour.
The Taiwanese Pop King started his “The Invincible” World Tour in June last year in Shanghai. During the last few months of 2016, he visited Singapore and Malaysia. The organiser for his Hong Kong concerts added three extra nights on January 15,16 and 17 taking the total night of concerts up to nine.
Tickets for his first UK concert - on March 17, 2017 - were snatched up in 24 minutes so the organisers added another concert on March 18. Jay’s UK concert will be held at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Jay’s world tour is inspired by advanced technology and space travel. There's no news for an Australian tour this year yet, but we will keep you updated.
Here are two clips of Jay’s concert in Hong Kong: