Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammi Cheng
courtesy of takungpao.com
Johnnie To Kei Fung, Wai Ka Fai, Zhang Guoli produced new film ROMANCING IN THIN AIR (GO HOI BUT JI LUEN II) earlier shot in the 320 feet above sea level Shangri-La. They planned to shoot for two months, in several days the team will complete its Shangri-La shoot and head to Kunming. Actors Louis Koo Tin Lok, Sammi Cheng Sau Man, Li Guangjie, Yang Yi and Sun Jiayi have all adjusted to the high altitude environment, and the shoot has been very smooth and pleasant.
After staying in the high mountains for awhile, Sammi showed no sign of high altitude illness. Instead she grew stronger as the crew gave her the nickname "Female Bull Wa". Although she did not have any high altitude illness, Sammi lost about eight pounds. Now she is only 98 pounds. She also said that she missed home cooking the most, after she returned home she definitely would gain weight. Was she missing the Ox tongue rice? She laughed and said no comment, only that everyone was homesick. She joked that she was so thin that even her chest shrunk into her large intestine. However, Sammi was only thin to be on camera.
Although this was a romantic comedy, Sammi said that the character had a lot of potential. Working with Goo Jai again was very pleasant. Everyone had chemistry. A hot spring set was built at the location. Did she have any bathing scene? She joked that she was too thin, the director thought she was too bony so she was not permitted to. They only shot a scene in which she went into the water to save her husband. At the time she wore diving gear, but due to rain it still felt very cold. However she saw how pretty the shot was she thought it was worth the effort. In the film she was very feminine and had many costumes that required wigs. Yesterday she wore a wig that cost 20,000, at the same time she had to put away "mi Gor" (her tomboy side). Did she have any kiss scene? She joked, "The director was afraid that we would die from panting too hard if we kiss too much, so no. It's no big deal, Goo Jai and I had one before. With previous rumors with Goo Jai, was she afraid of Andy Hui Chi On getting jealous? "I don't think about that......actually I am not worried. (Any electricity between you?) Hahaha, working this well with an actor is rare.......actually (Andy) Lau Tak Wa and I work this well too. (Has On Jai visited you on the set?) Secret, I am not talking about personal stuff. (Did you bring salted ox tongue?) It's too cold, it would have become tough ox tongue, no......ordinary couple would call everyday, work is work!" She would like to complete her work soon to return to Hong Kong and enjoy her boyfriend's concert.
Goo Jai was asked whether he and Sammi have any electricity between them. He humorously said, "Does Shangri-La have an electricity leakage?" Later he said that he and Sammi trusted each other and were co-stars with a lot of chemistry. They worked with confidence and ease. He felt bad for her over these two months. Because in the film she often had to cry, her emotions fluctuated a lot. Director To Kei Fung said that this shoot was very smooth, only half the people had high altitude illness. They also had a medicine shortage as workers had fever, nausea and required hospitalization for oxygen. He also joked that Sammi only had one meal every two weeks. He guessed that she lost more than 8 pounds, but she would get fat after a few meals in Hong Kong. On Jai did not need to ache for her. Why did he have no kiss scene? He said that if they panted, lacked oxygen and had to be hospitalized then it would have problems. After completing this film, Ah To will head to Cannes to be on its jury.
In addition, Koo Tin Lok in A CHINESE GHOST STORY (SIN NUI YAU WON) played Yin Chet Ha from his youth to maturation. His costumes also had to coordinate. As the mature Yin Chet Ha he had to wear a fake beard. Goo Jai said, "The glue irritated the skin; since we shot in the summer, the sweat and the glue made the face very itchy. It was very hard to take." Anyone who thought this was the toughest part would be sadly mistaken. Goo Jai helplessly added, "One scene truly was a 'shower in blood' as bloody red liquid was thrown at my face. I have no idea what the so-called dog blood was, it sting the eyes but I had to force them open. I thought that I could finish the shot in one take. Who knew that due to the heat the make up melted and I had to shoot it again."