On 8 March 2018 (the International Women’s Day), Celluloid Junkie* published its third annual “Top 50 Women in Global Cinema” list.
Both June Wong (General Manager of MCL) and Grace Wong (General Manager of IGHL) have been selected as candidates for this year's list spearheaded by Celluloid Junkie.
The annual list was launched two years ago to highlight the major role played by female leaders in large and small cinema operations and related fields around the world in an industry that still suffers from significant gender imbalance in senior roles.
The criteria for one to be selected on the annual list is not because of her title, the size of the company she works for, or how many times she’s been on a stage in the past year. The nomination mainly is focused on women who inspire, innovate, and influence.
*Celluloid Junkie is a leading online resource dedicated to the global film and cinema business. It tracks the business, technology, personalities, events, trade shows, news and trends that relate to the world of motion picture exhibition.
Charity Walkathon 2014 in celebration of 45th Anniversary
The Charity Walkathon organized by Intercontinental group to celebrate its 45th Anniversary took place on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 with a resounding success, thanks to the contribution and sponsorship of the event by everyone at IGHL and business partners of each subsidiary! The walk around the Peak took place in the morning under a clear and beautiful sky and weather just perfect for walking. Everyone that attended felt both the exhilaration and comradeship that filled the air! This was the second time Senior Management has chosen to hold a charity walk in celebrating its anniversary. Last time was in 2004 and the beneficiary was Grace Charity Foundation and a sum in excess of HK$1,000,000 was raised to help build primary schools for the poor children in Gweizhou, China.
Cheque Presentation from IGHL to CCAF at the Peak Garden, Victoria Peak on 18-10-2014
(From left to right: Mr. Suen Kwok-Lam MH and Dr. So Ka-Kui from CCAF; Ms. Terry Lai, Hon. Group Chairman of IGHL and Dr. Peter Lam of Lai Sun Group Holdings)
This year, we have chosen Community CareAge Foundation (“CCAF”) to be the beneficiary. The Foundation’s goal is to build community health clinics for the elderly in every district of Hong Kong, and these clinics focus will be to provide basic health care and also home visits by trained nurses and social workers to insure the elderly under care understand how to take proper care of themselves, reducing the necessity and time of hospital stays. As Hong Kong’s elderly as a percentage of total population continues to grow, such service will benefit both the elderly and the community at large and reduce pressure on other health systems such as hospitals and clinics.
Celebrities in support of the charity event:
(Back row) Mr. Ngok Wah, Mr. Suen Kwok-Lam & Dr. So Ka-Kui (CCAF), Ms. Terry Lai (IGHL), Dr. Peter Lam (Lai Sun Group), Ms. Chu Wai-Man, Ms. Siu Yam-Yam, Ms. Luk Sze-Wan
(Front row) Ms. Cheng Yan-Yee, Ms. Yeung Cheuk-Na, Mr. Wong Tak-Bun, Mr. Law Tin-Yu, Mr. Cheung Tat-Lun, Mr. Wong Fai-Cheung, Mr. Yeung Tin-King and Mr. Alex Lam Tak-Shun
Marching Band performance by HK & Kowloon Kaifong Women's Association Sun Fong Chung Primary School to kick off the Charity Walkathon
|CineAsia 2013 to Honor Intercontinental Group Holdings Limited’s Terry Lai |
and Rigo Jesu with Lifetime Achievement Award in Distribution
Intercontinental Group Holding Limited’s Honorary Group Chairman, Terry Lai, and Rigo Jesu, Advisor, were honored with the CineAsia Lifetime Achievement Award in Distribution at the 2013 convention in Hong Kong. This Award was presented as part of the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 12th at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to honor Terry Lai and Rigo Jesu with the CineAsia 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award in Distribution,” stated Robert H. Sunshine, Co-Managing Director of the annual convention. “Both Terry and Rigo have a long and acclaimed history that makes them a ‘tour de force’ in distribution, production, content creation, video, gaming, and live performances”.
|Updated in Sep 2014
MOVIE TOWN, The Largest Cinema In The New Territories By MCL Cinemas
Revolutionary Screening Technology Offering A Comprehensive Movie Experience
MCL Cinema’s brand-new theatre, Movie Town, in New Town Plaza has its grand opening on Jun 8, 2018. Consisting of 3 floors and 7 houses with more than 1700 seats, plus the introduction of revolutionary screening technology and global cuisines, Movie Town aims to bring a diverse movie experience to every moviegoers.
Introduction of Advance Visual And Audio Technology
Movie Town unprecedentedly introduced the Hong Kong’s first Samsung-4K ultra-HD cinema LED screen, “Onyx Cinema LED”, of which image quality is up to 4K resolution, and is able to support full-color brightness and contrast in both the brightest and darkest scenes. This installation marks a remarkable step towards to a new and projector-free era of Cinema LED Screen.
Besides, Movie Town also brought in the Hong Kong’s First RealD Cinema, which combines RealD Ultimate Screen, RealD 3D System, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound System and ButtKicker Seat Vibration System to create a revolutionary 3D viewing experience for audience.
On the other hand, Movie Town features the popular MX4D Motion Theatre and HOUSE FX. The motion seats in MX4D Motion Theatre can generate a multi-degree of motion and effect, together with the best-in-class sound effect supported by the Bowers & Wilkins speakers, it brings audience an exciting and full immersive experience. While for the HOUSE FX, it integrates advanced audiovisual technology including the Dolby Atmos Surround Sound System, 4K Ultra HD Digital Projection System and ButtKicker Seat Vibration System, offering a truly sensory cinema journey to the moviegoers.
International Dining Options
Collaborating with Lai Sun F&B Group, Movie Town brings multi-national flavors for all visitors, for example, the firstly-introduced Chinese Peking Duck Wraps and American Baked Mashed Potato and Sweet Potato, Italian Panini, Panna Cotta, English scones, Mexican Burrito, Japanese cheese tarts and puffs, French croissants, Western cream soup, Hong Kong style handcraft beer, Australian white wine and Chilean red wine ,etc..
MCL Telford Cinema Awarded the Top Performer under the Category of Other Consumption and Services Items in MTR Corporation’s Quality Service Scheme 2017
To accredit MCL’s outstanding performance in providing consistently quality customer service at the captioned premises, MTR Malls presented the company with a cash award, together with a trophy as a formal recognition. The Award Presentation Ceremony was held on 3 April, 2018.
MCL Telford Cinema with a Brand-New Look and Taste
MCL Telford Cinema comes back with a brand-new look in 2017 Winter with advanced cinema technology and the introduction of House FX Theater and MX4D Motion Theater. Grubers, a popular burger joint from Monaco, also sets up its first branch in Hong Kong at the cinema. Movie-goers can enjoy a larger variety of food before and after movies.
MCL Telford Cinema X Grubers Grand Opening Ceremony – “Paddington 2” Gala Premiere
To celebrate the opening of MCL Telford Cinema and Grubers, MCL Cinemas held a Grand Opening Ceremony and the Gala Premiere of “Paddington 2” on 18 Dec, 2017. Officiating guests, including Professor Frederick Ma, Chairman of MTR Corporation Limited, Dr. Peter Lam, Chairman of Lai Sun Group, Mr. Jeffrey Lam, Mr. David Tang, Property Director of MTR Corporation Limited, Mr. Richard Lui, Chief Executive Officer of eSun Holdings Limited, Mr. Riccardo Giraudi, the creator of Grubers and Beefbar, Ms. June Wong, General Manager of Multiplex Cinema Limited, Mr. Lawrence Lau, Vice President of Lai Sun Group Business Development & Hospitality Management, Mr. Danilo Nicoletti, Managing Director of Lai Sun Group Western Division and Mr. Wing Ng, Marketing General Manager of Intercontinental Film Distributors (H.K.) Ltd., toasted the opening of MCL Telford Cinema and Grubers. Renowned artist Ms. Lynn Hung and special guest from England, Paddington Bear, also attended the opening ceremony to support MCL Telford Cinema in providing more diversified and high-quality entertainment programs to Hong Kong audience in the future.
Hall of Korean Film – Kolor Infinity
“Hall of Korean Film”, jointly organized by MCL Cinemas and the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, stepped into the 5th year in 2017. As one of the highlighted programs of “Festive Korea”, “Hall of Korean Film” aims to spread Korean traditional and pop culture to Hong Kong audience through film screening. The theme this year is “Kolor Infinity”, symbolizing the diversity of Korean cinema. The film festival selected a collection of 12 popular Korean movies of different genres. 26 screenings in total were held at Festival Grand Cinema, Grand Kornhill Cinema and STAR Cinema. The film festival was a huge success in bringing Korean culture to Hong Kong.
The opening film “Canola” was shown in Hong Kong for the first time in “Hall of Korean Film”. Renowned actress Youn Yuh-jung and the rising star Kim Go-eun touched everyone’s hearts with a story between a “grandmother” and a “granddaughter”. Other selected films were equally attractive, including a music movie, “One Step”; “Derailed”, featuring Minho of SHINee; classic gangster comedy “Veteran” and many more films of different genres, echoing the theme of the year, “Kolor Infinity”.
“Hall of Korean Film – Kolor Infinity” Opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony of “Hall of Korean Film” was successfully held at Festival Grand Cinema. Honorable guests attended the opening ceremony to show support to the film festival, including Mr. Yu Byung-Chae, Consul of Culture and Public Relations, Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Hong Kong, Ms. June Wong, General Manager of Multiplex Cinema Limited, Ms. Clera Chu, Managing Director of Deltamac (HK) Co. Ltd., Ms. Vanessa Yeung Tsang, Ms. Susan Shaw Yam Yam, Director Alex Cheung Kwok Ming and Mr. Steve Chung Lok Wai, Korean Cultural Studies Scholar. Guests enjoyed a great evening watching the premiere of the opening film, “Canola”.
13th InDPanda International Film Festival
The 13th InDPanda International Film Festival organized by InD Blue was held successfully at MCL Cinemas from 8 Sep to 14 Oct, 2017. A collection of Asian Independent movies was showcased at Festival Grand Cinema, Grand Kornhill Cinema, STAR Cinema and MCL Telford Cinema. Post-screening sharing were held at certain screenings.
There were 14 screenings in total, with a series of rarely shown full length films, short films and animations, providing a wide range of indie film choices for Hong Kong film lovers.
The film festival was widely supported by professionals in the film industry. Actor Neo Yau Hawk Sau, Director Ashley Cheung, Director Fan Jian, Mr. Heinz Hermanns, the Festival Director of interfilm, Mr. Yen Yun-Nung, well-known Taiwanese lyricist and Tak Nabeshima, Producer of Okura Pictures attended post-screening discussions to support the film festival and to share their experience on independent film-making with audience.
MCL Cinemas actively brings different film programs to Hong Kong. Not only providing more choices for audience, but also hoping for more chances for movie maniacs to appreciate indie films.
STAR Academy Summer School 2017
The annual STAR Academy Summer School organized by MCL Cinemas was successfully held in August 2017, bringing joy and inspiration to kids and parents at the tail end of the summer holiday. Guests from different sectors of the entertainment industry held workshops at STAR Cinema to cultivate kids’ passion for arts and culture and unleash their potentials through engaging in a series of interactive activities.
Summer School invited artists of varied expertise to give kids a glimpse of the entertainment industry by sharing their experience. Parents and kids enjoyed a happy family time at the cinema through participating in the activities hosted by guests.
Experienced Emcee, Ka Lok Ng, shared with kids some special tips to become a great speaker. Kids had the chance to practice public speaking through playing fun games with friends.
Renowned pop concert Executive Producer, Vigo Yau, shared with kids the essence of performing on stage. Kids were invited to perform their favorite songs, shining bright like a future pop star in the theater.
Talented Simon Lee shared with kids her experience in pursuing her dream and finally becoming a successful artist who excels in different areas. Simon brought a lot of positive energy to kids for their future development.
Unveils the next level GRAND KORNHILL CINEMA in Opening Carnival
The latest GRAND KORNHILL CINEMA in Kornhill Plaza, Quarry Bay, returns with advanced design on April 1 and brings the next level cinematic experience to Island east audience. Inside the first Hong Kong MX4D Motion Theatre, all motion seats can generate a multi-degree of motion and effects including Neck Tickler, Back Poker, Scent, Water Blast, Rumbler, Set Popper, Air Blast, Leg Ticker etc. Plus the in-theatre atmospheric effects including Wind, Strobe and Fog, the entire cinematic experience is far beyond visual sense but fully immersive.
The brand-new GRAND KORNHILL CINEMA has 5 houses offering audience a wide range of movie selection including 2D, 3D and 4D releases. Different houses are also installed with high quality audio and visual equipments including: 4K Projection System, Dolby®7.1 Digital Surround and Dolby® Atmos™ Sound System.
On the first day of Easter holiday, April 14, Grand Kornhill Cinema Opening Carnival was held to let audience freely enjoy 13 top-picked animations in our new site. Audience can take away a fun filled goodie bag after the viewing and also have fun in our specially arranged instant cotton booth, twisting balloon booth, game booth and photo booth in lobby.
Following the successful opening of FESTIVAL GRAND CINEMA, MCL was proud to present MCL GREEN CODE CINEMA to the audiences in the Northern District
Following the successful opening of FESTIVAL GRAND CINEMA at Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong in June last year, MCL was proud to present MCL GREEN CODE CINEMA, Fanling to the audiences in the Northern District on the 28th of February, 2017
The opening ceremony was kicked off with a series of Kung Fu demonstration. Honorable guests attending included Mr. Patrick Sit, General Manager of the Portfolio Leasing Department and Mr. Suen Kwok Lam, Executive Director of the Henderson Land Development Company Limited, Dr. David Ho, Group General Manager of Hong Kong Ferry Holdings Company Limited, Mr Richard Lui, CEO of eSUN Holdings Limited, Ms. Terry Lai, Honorary Chairman of Intercontinental Group Holdings Limited, Ms. June Wong, General Manager of MCL and artistes Miss Cecilia So and Mr. Alex Lam. All were invited to host the lion eye-dotting ceremony to marked the official opening of MCL GREEN CODE CINEMA.
After Ms. June Wong has given an opening speech, Cecilia and Alex were invited to join June on-stage for a chit chat about movies and cinemas. As one of the very few cinemas in the Northern District, the establishment of MCL GREEN CODE CINEMA will certainly provide the neighborhood a family-friendly three-house cineplex. Along with the use of the new “Boothless” projection system, the capacity of the cinema has been maximized to a total of 285 seats. The construction of the cinema would not have been possible without the generous support by the Portfolio Leasing Department of Henderson Land Development Company Limited.
The opening ceremony came to an end with a special screening of three blockbuster movies, John Wick: Chapter 2, The Space Between Us and Kung-Fu Yoga for the guests who joined MCL for the memorable afternoon.
|A Star-Studded Showing
FESTIVAL GRAND CINEMA Grand Opening Ceremony
The day of 5 July 2016 witnessed another new cinema opening of MCL. Operated under the name of “FESTIVAL GRAND CINEMA”, this new cinema is located at Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong. The honorable guests officiating the grand opening included Dr. Lam Kin Ngok, Peter, Chairman of Lai Sun Holdings Limited., Ms. Terry Lai, Honorary Group Chairman of Intercontinental Group Holdings Ltd., Mr. Vincent Hui, General Manager & Head of Personal Banking Division of The Bank of East Asia, and Ms. Sandra Cheng, General Manager of Festival Walk (2011) Limited.
FESTIVAL GRAND CINEMA’s Opening and the Premier Ceremony of “Three”
Ms. June Wong, General Manager of MCL, kicked off the opening ceremony with a welcome speech which included an introduction to the features of the new cinema. The Festival Grand Cinema holds 8 houses with a total number of 1,196 seats, making it one of the biggest cinemas on the Kowloon peninsula. The newly introduced VIP House not only includes the “Boothless” projection system, but also the sound system from UK’s premier audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins. Furthermore, both the VIP House and the largest house in the cinema are named by the Bank of East Asia, under the name “BEA Festival Suite” and “BEA House 1” respectively, to signify the close cooperation between MCL and BEA.
Celebrities and Actors came to celebrate
A Star Studded Cast at Festival Grand Cinema
After the interview of “Three” the movie, as investor of both the Festival Grand Cinema and the film production, Dr. Lam Kin Ngok, Peter, Chairman of Lai Sun Holdings Limited., presented a thank you speech and took a group photo with starring actor Louis Koo, director Johnnie To, screenwriter Yau Nai Hoi, main producer, Vice President of iQiyi, CEO Special Assistant of iQiYi Andy Lee, along with the cast of “Three”: Michael Tse, Jonathan Wong, Stephen Au and Timmy Hung. During the finale, the main guests along with various artists present were invited to the stage for a final photo shooting session. Creating an electrifying atmosphere along with attracting a star studded cast, the opening ceremony successfully came to a close in the evening.
|On 23rd of March, 2016, a new entertainment spot was built for cinema-goers living in Ap Lei Chau and on the Island South - MCL South Horizons Cinema is now opened!
Adopting a “Booth-less Projection” design to reduce the required floor area for the cinema premises, MCL South Horizons is the first cinema in Hong Kong setting a precedent for future cinema development. Enabled by this new design, the original layout of two houses has been increased to the current three houses to offer audience a wider range of movie selection. All these 3 houses are adopting the design of theatre stairs and unimpaired sightline with spacious leg room, allowing audience a comfortable seating. Each house is equipped with the latest 3-D digital projection system and Dolby 7.1 surround-sound audio setup to provide audience with diversified and high quality audio-visual enjoyment.
As for the auditorium, the largest house is equipped with a uniquely large screen of 12.8 meters width and 5.3 meters height. The major color tone is classy light brown with individual seats adorned in bright orange. The overall effect matches with the color scheme of the cinema. As for the other two houses, individual seats are adorned in yellow and purple to foster a special visual effect.
|MCL’s Newest Member Has Landed in Causeway Bay!
In late September this year, MCL has added a new member to her circuit – The Grand Windsor Cinema! Situated at Windsor House, the heart of Causeway Bay, The Grand Windsor is set to join hands with MCL JP Cinema in bringing the “1+1=3” benefits for the movie-goers in this area. With one more cinema platform meeting audience’s needs for Hollywood blockbusters, acclaimed world-class movies, much demanded Hong Kong productions and 3D movies, The Grand Windsor will also endeavor to bring in special-themed film festivals and movie seminars to this location, making it an entertainment and cultural hub and escalating your movie experience to a new level.
STAR Academy 「電影繼承說」及「電影繼承作 - 記錄愛」Short Film Competition
STAR Academy is a movie event aimed to position STAR Cinema as an entertainment hub through activities of movie appreciation and sharing sessions. Riding on the success of the first STAR Academy held in 2013, we continued the hype and in Fall 2014, we put STAR Academy under the theme of “Carry On The Talk” (「電影繼承說」) with 5 sessions over 2 weekends. 17 film-makers and industry veterans were invited to attend the function and share their views on some of the topics.
It was also the first time for MCL to hold a Short Film Competition themed as “Carry On The Work – Recording of Love” - STAR Academy (「電影繼承作 - 記錄愛」) with the aim to encourage young and passionate movie enthusiasts to experience filmmaking and we received an overwhelming response with 50 entries.
Korean Star Appearance Continues
More Korean Stars continued to show up at MCL cinemas! Fans could see Super Junior’s Donghae not only in his movie “The Youth” but also in person at MCL cinemas! The star’s arrival had heated up the houses of both STAR Cinema and Kornhill Cinema where fans all had a memorable time with him. Soon after Donghae’s visit, the hottest KPOP group EXO’s former member, Luhan also appeared at STAR Cinema to promote his debut movie “20, Once Again” and the fans were very excited to meet Luhan and enjoyed watching his debut performance on the big screen.
|Updated in July 2018
One of the most celebrated ACG event in Asia: “C3AFA HONG KONG 2018”
Japan’s most celebrated ACG event, “C3AFA HONG KONG 2018” (formerly “C3 in Hong Kong”) was successfully held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 9-11 February, 2018, attracting enthusiastic participation from numerous ACG fans. Perfect Advertising has been invited by Sotsu Co. Ltd. to take charge of the operation, publicity, promotion and advertising campaign of this cultural and entertaining event for 8 consecutive years.
With a larger scale this year, the event is the crossover of two famous ACG event brand, “C3” and “AFA”. There were more than 50 exhibitors selling the newest ACG products. Apart from live programmes by Japanese popular anime singers and voice-over artists, and the Hong Kong preliminary cosplay contest of “World Cosplay Summit”, the organizer also held e-sports games and anime music concert, I Love Anisong, for the first time, boosting the event to an unprecedented level of success.
Next year, Perfect Advertising will continue to devote ourselves to promoting Japanese ACG cultures in Hong Kong with the organizer, trying our utmost to make “C3AFA HONG KONG” the most iconic ACG event in Asia.
Great Planning for the Grand Opening of MCL Green Code Cinema & Grand Kornhill Cinema
During the first half of 2017, PAPC was appointed by MCL to carry out the planning, publicity and public relations campaign for the grand opening of two new cinemas. In February 2017, the MCL Green Code Cinema, Fanling was presented to audience of the North District. Martial arts performance was staged at the opening ceremony with traditional Chinese flower plaques as decoration. Officiating at the lion dance ceremony along with other guests were artistes Cecilia So and Alex Lam who delivered their best wishes for the cinema, garnering thereby more media coverage for the event.
In April, the brand-new Grand Kornhill Cinema in Quarry Bay returned with advanced design and the first MX4D Motion Theatre in Hong Kong. PAPC was engaged in the planning of the theatre launch and the grand opening of the Cinema with “The Mummy” Gala Premiere. Celebrities Christine Kuo and Ekin Cheng were invited to the event, experiencing a multi-degree of motion and effects with the press. Mr. Cheng enjoyed the effects, saying that the MX4D provides audience with a spectacular sense of actually being there. The professional planning and public relations strategy of PAPC made the event a huge success with excellent media exposure.
Shiniest Grand Opening Ceremony for Festival Grand Cinema with “Three” Gala Premiere
In July 2016, PAPC planned and coordinated the grand opening of Festival Grand Cinema in conjunction with the high profile and star-studded Gala Premiere of “Three”. Cast and crew of “Three”- director Johnnie To, screenwriter Yau Nai Hoi and lead starcast Louis Koo, Michael Tse, Jonathan Wong, Stephen Au, Timmy Hung, along with stars Richie Jen, Edmond Leung, William So, Steve Wong, Grasshopper, Michael Wong, Lynn Hung, Bernice Jan Liu, Alex Lam and C AllStar were invited to join the ceremony and meet all the guests. The event was a huge success and had excellent media exposure, PAPC took pride in being the appointed agency.
Donguri Republic 3rd Anniversary celebration and Kadokawa booth at the Hong Kong Book Fair
Donguri Republic, specialized for character-themed merchandises from Studio Ghibli, launched an array of activities at Harbour City to celebrate its third anniversary in Hong Kong, including the “Love Daddy with Ghibli Anime” Father’s Day Drawing Contest and invited Ms. Azumi Inoue (the original singer of “My Neighbor Totoro” theme song) to perform her first-ever concert in Hong Kong. PAPC was responsible for production, operation and publicity campaign of all celebratory events.
Besides, PAPC was assigned to handle the operation and publicity work for Kadokawa booth at the Hong Kong Book Fair 2016. In order to match the theme “Holy grounds of Anime”, a series of traditional Japanese games were devised to attract visitors and successfully promoted anime tourism. Mr. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, the Chairman of Kadokawa Corporation also flew all the way from Japan to present the concept- “Holy grounds of Anime” to the press and bloggers. PAPC provided the best support to both events and received an overwhelming response from the public.
|Updated in Mar 2018