Donnie Yen, Xia Zitong
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Mr. and Mrs. Chow Yun Fat
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Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Joe Chen Qiao-En, Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Xia Zitong, Chow Yun Fat
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The star studded 3D fantasy action epic THE MONKEY KING (DAI LAU TIN GUNG) yesterday held its first press conference in Beijing. Director Soi Cheang Po Shui and the leads including Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Chow Yun Fat, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, Joe Chen Qiao-En, Peter Ho Yun Tung, Kelly Chen Wai Lam, Gigi Leung Wing Kei, Wang Yuanyuan, Liu Ye, Eddie Cheung Siu Fai and others. Jade Emperor Chow Yun Fat and Bull Demon King Kwok Fu Sing could not help but complain about the long make up time.
At yesterday's press conference, the usually mischievous Fat Gor displayed his funny side. Speaking of playing the Jade Emperor, Fat Gor said, "After playing so many boss character, this time I finally got to Heaven. As the Jade Emperor I finally can realize the dream of ruling three realms and commanding the entire world." Fat Gor also pointed out that he will show everyone a different Jade Emperor this time. Yet speaking about the production, Fat Gor said that he was the most afraid of make up and would rather take less salary than spending so much time in make up everyday. Kwok Fu Sing in the film played Bull Demon King was just as afraid of make up. Sing Sing said that in order to play this Bull Demon King character, everyday he had to spend over three hours in make up. After several days, his facial skin had problems. Sometimes he wanted to finish all the scenes at once.
Yen Chi Tan not only starred but also was the action director. With two jobs on his hand, would he feel tired? Chi Tan said that now everyday he only slept for two hours, but he did not feel it was tough. He only wanted to make the movie good. This time Chi Tan played Sun Wukong, but he pointed out that this character in his mind was still brewing. Whether the costume, personality or the co-star scenes in the film he had to complete negotiation before telling everyone. Ho Yun Tung played Erlang Shen, who had the most fight scenes with Yen Chi Tan in the film. He joked that everyone will fight from this year to next year.
Sing Sing yesterday publicly thanked his on screen wife Chen Qian-En because she gave up a lot for him. Chen Qian-En said that she played Princess Iron Fan who gave up being a Heavenly Palace fairy to go to Flame Mountain with Bull Demon King and also carried their child for 300 years. Chen Qian-En pointed out that her pregnant was very tough, though because of it she escaped many action scenes. She also praised Sing Sing's acting as very detailed. Kwok Fu Sing reminded her of many action or expressions that she could not think of. Sometimes he would even talk with the director then like an older brother talk to her about acting.
Chen Wai Lam played Goddess of Mercy. This was her first film after giving birth. She joked that she would like to finish her part as soon as possible so she could be with her son. She said that she took the role mainly because of her merciful personality. She wished that everyone would have a merciful heart like the Goddess of Mercy. Kelly even promised to donated her salary to a children's charity. Leung Wing Kei played Chang E. She said that she rarely worked on costume films and looked forward very much to this time. She also said that she knew Chang E was banished to solitary confinement due to a big mistake. Thus she hoped that no one would be too greedy in life in order to avoid making a big mistake. Yesterday she also introduced the Nine tailed Fox new comer Xia Zitong, who said that in the film she tempted Sun Wukong. She also fell for the most famous Chinese person. In addition, earlier Sun Wukong's costume was unveiled. Director Cheang Po Shui joked that Sun Wukong had 72 transformations. Thus Sun Wukong costumes also required 72 fittings and the earlier revealed one was not the final costume.