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The Andrew Lau Wai Keung directed, Shu Qi, Liu Ye and Tian Liang starred romance BEAUTIFUL LIFE (MEI LAI YUN SUN) yesterday held a set visit in Beijing. Shu Qi appeared in her pregnant look as this pretty pregnant woman in the heat showed homes to clients as a real estate agent. Although her on screen husband Liu Ye was not in the scene, his heart ached just from looking. He even said that this was Shu Qiu's most realistic and most lifelike performance. Shu Qi expressed after reading the script she did not know how to play this character. After communicating with the director several times, she realized that she wanted to play the "female version Lau Wai Keung".
Lau Wai Keung pointed out that two years ago when he made LOOK FOR A STAR (YAU LUNG HEI FUNG), the story of Hong Kong woman Denise Ho Wan Si who fell for Mainland maintenance man Zhang Hanyu was a great inspiration to him. Then he spent two years to personally write the script about a love story between a gold digging Hong Kong woman and a Beijing cop. Lau Wai Keung pointed out that Tian Liang told him about a motto of Fu Mingxia, "Life is like a high platform dive, all the flips and twists you do is so you can land into fortune's embrace." This was very uniform with the BEAUTIFUL LIFE theme. In the film Shu Qi, Liu Ye and Tian Liang were all "diving in love". Shu Qi pointed out when Lau Wai Keung talked about the script, she was so touched that she was teary eyed.
As for the pregnant woman look, Shu Qi expressed that the no make up performance was also her idea. She also played such a character for the first time, a girl who was very unreasonable, opinionated, hysterical and exploded as soon as she had any problem. People hated her from the start. In the film she would even hit Liu Ye, throw tantrums and break things. Liu Ye even had to step on her foot and made her fall backward, thus her elbow suffered bruises. She joked that it was just like making an action film.
Liu Ye and Lau Wai Keung worked together for the first time. In the beginning he had some "misunderstanding" of Director Lau because he had a very hard time connecting the INFERNAL AFFAIRS (MO GAN DOH) and YOUNG AND DANGEROUS (GOO WAT JAI) director with a romance until before the shoot he saw the Lau Wai Keung directed DAISY when he realized the romantic color on Lau Wai Keung. Lau Wai Keung two to three months before the shoot constantly invited Liu Ye to his workshop as a guest, drink red wine and chatted to thoroughly put Liu Ye at ease. He also described his on screen relationship with Shu Qi as "touching".