|Producer Andrew Lau (left), director Wong Jing (right) want to bring everyone back|
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Last year Chow Yun Fat had both FROM VEGAS TO MACAU (DOH SING FUNG WON) and THE MONKEY KING (SAI YAU GEI ji DAI LAU TIN GUNG) and the two films made over 1.5 billion yuan RMB (around HK$ 1.86 billion). MONKEY was even the Spring Festival box office champion. This year Fat Gor returned with the Wong Jing and producer Andrew Lau Wai Keung's Lunar New Year film FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 2 (DOH SING FUNG WON II). After 21 days in release, the Mainland box office already broke 900 million yuan RMB (around HK$ 1.12 billion). Fat Gor has become the star of the Spring Festival box office champion for the second year in a row. As of two days ago the film made HK$ 27.85 million in Hong Kong and became the Hong Kong film champion. Brother Jing earlier at the celebration said that if the box office exceeded 800 million RMB he would consider a third film.
Fat Gor was asked if he was particularly happy about the new film's big success? He joked that he was only a working class guy. The most important was for the boss to make money, then he would be happy. He said, "Actually during the shoot I already earned a great process, of course I am happy about such a good performance! Thank heavens for the blessing and the audience for their support, I also have to thank Brother Jing! Everyone will go up to another level!" Will he make a third film? Fat Gor said that he has not confirmed yet, everything would have to wait for the script. "He (Brother Jing) is still happy, we haven't talked about the details! I think the second film has already gone very far! However I will look at the script first. I will go to Beijing for the celebration, when we see each other, talk in detail then I will decide! (Do you feel this is the best gift for the '6 landing' (60th birthday?) I haven't reached my official birthday yet, but we are already in the Year of the Sheep! However I am very pleased with this news, it is the most beautiful moment before stepping into age 60!"
Fat Gor's return to the top of the box office was not without its obstacles. FROM 2 opened with only 60 million RMB in the Mainland and not in first place in Hong Kong. Yet with outstanding word of mouth, new additions Best Actor Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Best Actress Carina Lau Ka Ling and popular child star Angela Wang Shiling injecting new spark, the box office rocketed and finally became the China and Hong Kong champion.
Wong Jing was interested in a third place and recently has already begun working on the script. Its production will be estimated to start in the summer with the original team.
Brother Jing said, "The main cast will have (Shawn) Yue Man Lok, Cheung Ka Fai, Fat Gor. Fat Gor is OK initially, but I will wait until the script is done before talking with him again. In addition I want to add another Best Actor for a Best Actor trio. (The film has already become the fifth highest grossing Chinese film in history!) I know what's going on, but I wouldn't be too excited."