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|Carina Lau and Tony Leung Chiu Wai|
|Did Tony Leung Chiu Wai take this photo of Carina Lau on the beach?|
|Li Meng, Jiang Wu, Zhao Tao and director Jia Zhangke walk the red carpret for A TOUCH OF SIN|
|Wang Baoqiang expresses his love to his wife and kisses her|
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The Carina Lau Ka Ling starred film BENDS (GOR GAI) was selected for the Cannes Film Festival Un Regard Certain segment, and her husband Tony Leung Chiu Wai tag along to cheer her on. Ka Ling appeared at the A TOUCH OF SIN premiere and on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for the first time this year. Later she along with Chen Kun and director Flora Lau Wan Man attended the BENDS press conference. However she still took time to enjoy the Cannes sunshine and beach. In a cartoon character tee shirt she sat on the beach and looked relaxed. She wrote online, "The sunshine after the rain!" Some asked if Wai Jai personally took the photo for her.
Ka Ling and Chen Kun in BENDS played the wife of a rich man and a driver. Chen Kun even gained weight for the role. Ka Ling said that years ago in DAYS OF BEING WILD (AH FEI JING JUEN) she played a 60s dance escort and director Wong Kar Wai asked her to gain weight. She however turned him down. She said, "Thinking back I don't know why I said no. Now I have the will power to become thin again, I just look at my performance." She has exercised for 18 years, both physically and mentally she was at the best shape of her life. She said, "I used to have two guardians, persistence and tolerance. They are now retired and in their place are compassion and forgiveness, I used these attitudes with work and friends."
Earlier she dined with ang Lee. She said that Wai Jai and Ang Lee worked together on LUST, CAUTION (SIK, GAI) to create another milestone in their performance careers. She lamented that Ang Lee actually was able to make Wai Jai as "street crossing rat" and enabled Wai Jai who longed for a breakthrough at the time to finally create a classic. Although they have not worked together again, Ka Ling felt that it depended on fate. She did not feel Wai Jai was tortured when he performed Ang Lee's film. "I felt he rather enjoyed it, I would be able to too, I have a lot of endurance."
She performed BENDS' end credit song. Who sang better between her and Wai Jai? She analyzed, "Technically I am good, but emotionally he would be better. You see his Putonghua isn't fluent either and would be off key, but when he sang he had a lot of flavor."
A TOUCH OF SIN lead actor Wang Baoqiang made a strong showing. He not only appeared with his wife but also expressed his love to her on one knee from multiple angles as the media's demanded. They also kissed many times. Finally under the urging of security he finally reluctantly dragged his wife and left. Some said that his performance in comparison to the film was the real "China style explosion".
A TOUCH OF SIN director Jia Zhangke at the press conference responded to the film inspection question that everyone was concerned about. He said, "The film has already passed inspection and received a release permit, hopefully it will be released in the Mainland in the fall this year." Would inspection standards affect creative freedom? He said, "The inspection passed very smoothly. I didn't study why it was so smooth, but one of the motivation was that I had no fear inside." Since it involved social violence, would it truly be released? "I hope through this film even to have more viewers in China, because what I am talking about is the violence that all Chinese experience in public space. If our society wants to avoid violence and escape from personal tragedy, first we have to learn to understand evil and violence in art and not avoid it."