courtesy of takungpao.com
The Kam Kwok Leung directed film YIT OI DOH (HOT LOVE ISLAND) originally had plans to reunite ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW (SHUI YUET SUN TAU)'s Simon Yam Tat Wa and Sandra Ng Kwan Yu. Earlier Kwan Yu was rumored to be two months pregnant and resigned from the film. Although Kam Kwok Leung repeatedly stated that he did not have a part for Kwan Yu and has always intended for Carina Lau Ka Ling to be the film's lead actress, lead actor Brother Wa claimed that he only knew Kwan Yu was his partner. Finally the film's castin became a case of Rashomon.
Last night Lau Ka Ling attended a Gucci fashion show. She admitted that Kam Kwok Leung has contacted her and she was looking at the script. Everything was still under consideration. Ka Ling said, Kam Kwok Leung has always been one of the directors who she admired and thus she was looking at the script. In addition, Ka Ling and Andy Lau Tak Wa starred DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (DIK YUN KIT ji TUNG TIN DAI GOK) will compete in this year's Venice Film Festival. Ka Ling said that it will not be her first attendance of the event. In 1995 she already had the honor of attending the event with her husband Tony Leung Chiu Wai. She said, "At the time the Wa Jai starred, Tran Anh Hung directed CYCLO participated in Venice and I accompanied Wai Jai. However this will be the first time that I will be competing for an award, so I am very happy."
Speaking of DETECTIVE, Ka Ling thanked Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun for enabling her to play an Empress but the production was very tough. Due to the weight of the hair dress, her neck suffered from tremendous pressure and became stiff. Instead, because the Tang Dynasty women had different eyebrow shapes she had to keep dying her eyebrows to coordinate, which became the pain of the production.
Kam Kwok Leung also changed his tune at the fashion show and finally admitted that the producer contacted Ng Kwan Yu while he has always had his heart set on Lau Ka Ling. He said that he only found out about Kwan Yu's reason for turning down the role when the news hit. Kam Kwok Leung said, "I feel I owe Kwan Yu. Because this role I have always intended for Ka Ling to play. I hope when she finds out she would not mind." He pointed out that Ka Ling currently is a wealthy businesswoman so she was very careful with her roles. So far he still did not know whether she would take the role.
Kam Kwok Leung added that the reason of the production still has not started because the film will shoot on a tropical island. Since September will still be storm season, they will have to wait until the end of September to start work. Thus he also felt like he owed Yam Tat Wa. Kam Kwok Leung explained that he has known Yam Tat Wa for several decades, in order to take this film he turned down a movie that will start work in September! Finally he was asked whether the role was tailored for Ka Ling? he did not answer directly and only said, "I watched Ka Ling grow up, among female stars of her qualifications she has the most tragic flavor, she should be more than able to handle the character."