Chasing Star


Heiward Mak


One of the most promising young directors in Hong Kong Heiward Mak was invited to Vancouver to introduce her 2007 debut feature film “High Noon” in the“Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017” , a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. Heiward took a stroll down the memory lane with Mary Lo of Leisure Talk and shared stories of her 10 years in the film-making industry, and how she successfully moved forward from a screenwriter-director to an artist-manager and a boss. During the interview, Heiward expressed how thankful she is to Eric Tsang for giving her the opportunity to take part in the writing of the screenplay for “Men Suddenly in Black 2”, which eventually led to her success today. With this thankfulness at heart, Heiward is keen to nurturing new actors, and at the same time, inspiring young directors with her own success story. “Mad World”, winner of Best New Director Award at the 53rd Golden Horse Award and 36th Hong Kong Film Award, was also produced by Heiward. Nowadays, Heiward’s name is frequently spotted in the special acknowledgement section of many independent films.

Alex Law & Mabel Cheung


Multi-award winning screenwriter and director duo Alex Law and Mabel Cheung have produced many movies focusing on Hong Kong heritage, capturing numerous local and international awards. In 1988, “An Autumn’s Tale” and “Painted Faces” won Best Screenplay in the Hong Kong Film Awards and Best Original Screenplay in the Golden Horse Award respectively. In 2010, “Echoes of the Rainbow” won Best Screenplay in the Hong Kong Film Awards, and Crystal Bear award in the Berlin Film Festival for best feature film in the Generation category. To mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, the world-famous Hong Kong screenwriter Alex and director Mabel were invited to join the “Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017” in Vancouver. They shared their filmmaking journey and the major changes in Hong Kong cinema, and selected a few of their classic films to show to local audience. During their stay in Vancouver, Alex and Mabel guested on Leisure Talk again to reminisce on the ups-and-downs of the movie industry and their future plans.

Guangzhou Hong Dou Cantonese Opera Troupe


Founded in 1991, Guangzhou Hong Dou Cantonese Opera Troupe has staged numerous classic plays, including “Pity the Poor Girl” and “Unruly Princess, Arrogant Husband”. The troupe has toured around different countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Singapore and earned praises from worldwide audiences. Hong Dou Cantonese Opera Troupe recently travelled to Vancouver to perform for the first time, and was invited onto Leisure Talk to reveal their their impression on this city. The winner of Second Plum Blossom Prize, an award honoring performers who had already won the prize once, Ou Kai-ming shared with William Ho that he was truly humbled by winning this prestigious award twice whereas Cui Yu-mei, student of the iconic Cantonese opera Hung Sin-nui was thrilled to perform in “The Return of Hung Sin-nui” as her young mentor. To know more about the upcoming plans of these national first-class actors, make sure to stay tuned for their interview on Leisure Talk!

Tai Chi


Hong Kong rock band icon Tai Chi has written numerous masterpieces for Cantonese music industry. The group was was awarded “The Golden Needle Award” in the RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award in January. Earlier this year, Tai Chi teamed up with the timeless pop band Wynners to produce "Pure Music Live” concert, as they rocked the stage with their rendition of many classic numbers, and filled the venue with unbeatable energy. Joey Tang and Patrick Lui from Tai Chi recently flew to Vancouver to perform at “The 21st Canadian Chinese Song-Writers Quest” as special guest performers. During their stay, they were invited onto Leisure Talk and City Chat to share their excitement to meet local fans, as well as stories of their amazing experiences in the music industry. At the end of the taping, Fairchild TV crew surprised program host Mary Lo with a birthday cake. Mary was of course deeply touched by the birthday celebration and the warm wishes from Joey and Patrick.

Peter Chan


Veteran Hong Kong singer Peter Chan kick-started his singing career in the 1970s and since then has made countless memorable hits. Having his interest in singing fostered at a very young age, Peter first formed a music band , then released a Cantonese song “Sorrow Autumn Wind” which became an instant popular number. His later pieces “Strong Grass Fragile Flower” and “Separated Sparrow” also captured the attention from fans and media alike. These successes earned him the nickname “Golden Boy”. Recently returning to Vancouver for a concert, Peter was invited onto Leisure Talk to share with program host William Ho his latest updates, and interesting stories from his music journey.

Ricky Lau


One of the legendary pioneers in the Hong Kong Television industry, Ricky Lau graduated from the first ever TVB acting class in 1972, then joined Rediffusion Television (RTV) in the mid 1970s, followed by a service at Commercial Television. He eventually returned to RTV and took part in numerous classic dramas, such as “Chameleon”, “Reincarnated”, “Chen Zhen”, “Fatherland”, “Tiger Hill Trail”, and much more. During the peak of his career, Ricky decided to switch from entertainment to becoming a jeweler. Though being off screen for many years, he continues to keep a close relationship with friends in the entertainment industry, including the iconic Chinese opera actress Bak Sheut-sin. During his recent visit to Vancouver, Ricky guested on Leisure Talk, and took a trip down memory lane, as he shared with audience his glorious days in the TV industry.

Fiona Fu


Started off as a news anchor, program host, dubbing artiste and scriptwriter, the cast of Zack Taylor’s mother in the movie “Power Rangers” Fiona Fu diversified into new territories after she relocated to Canada, expanding her interests to feature films and television dramas. Her first time movie production experience was as a scriptwriter in “Finding Mr. Right” and coincidently, she was offered a role in the same movie. Although it was just a minor role, this experience has fostered her interest for acting, and most importantly, her acting was recognized and appreciated. City Chat host Carmen Shao previously sat down with this longtime friend and former TV station colleague to find out more about her future career plans and review her journey in becoming an actress.

Ada Kam


Popular singer in China, Ada Kam (also known as Jin Chi) joined “The Voice of China” in 2012. After winning the hearts of all four judges with her rendition of “The Nights”, Ada eventually made it to top 16. Later in December of the same year, she competed in another national singing contest and made it to top 4. Best known for her passionate and emotional expression, Ada is also a very inspirational artiste as well. Back in 2002, while in the midst of releasing her first album, she was involved in a car accident, which damaged her vocal cord, and eventually shattered her dreams as a singer. However, her injury didn’t deter her. Her strive to success in her musical career was endured through a tremendous passion for singing, along with intense training, and the support from her friends and family. Ultimately, she returned to the stage with flying colours, and became one of the favorites among music fans. Ada recently held a concert in Vancouver, and was invited onto “City Chat” to share with Carmen Shao her first impression of Vancouver, and her future endeavors.

William So


A passionate R&B and jazz music fan, William So named his new born “Jazz” to express his love for this music genre. Overjoyed at the arrival of his first child, the new daddy occasionally shared snippets of his parenting journey on social media. Not long ago, William uploaded a short video of him bathing Jazz, revealing his gentle and loving side. The video went viral and he was praised for his overflowing fatherly love. Aside from treasuring time with his baby, the loving dad is also an active supporter of charitable works. A previous Vancouver resident, William was recently invited back here to perform at a charity concert to help raise funds for Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, when he took his fans down the memory lane with a number of smash hits. Leisure Talk host Mary Lo caught up with this longtime friend lately. Apart from disclosing details of his recent endeavors and future career plans, William also shared some interesting parenting stories with the audience.

PoPing AuYeung


Vancouver raised veteran casting director PoPing AuYeung has been instrumental in successfully introducing numerous Asian actors into the Hollywood movie industry, including recently bringing actor-director Jiang Wen the role of Baze Malbus in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story plus working on other classic movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, The Forbidden Kingdom, Skiptrace, and The Karate Kid. Known for our beautiful weather and spectacular scenery, Canada has nurtured countless superstars who launched their career in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Director AuYeung specifically made a trip back to Vancouver to search for new faces in a huge production in China. During her stay, she guested on Leisure Talk and City Chat to share with viewers the challenges as a casting director, and how she matches the right actors with different roles. If you are interested in joining the movie industry, then stay tuned for director AuYeung’s interview. You can also contact her team at to find out more.