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|Shawn Yue, Louis Koo, Ringo Lam, Joseph Chang, Simon Yam|
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Director Ringo Lam Lan Tung two nights ago led the actors of his film WILD CITY (MAI CITY) to the premiere in Mongkok. The three lead actors Louis Koo Tin Lok, Joseph Chang (Cheung Hau Chuen) and Shawn Yue Man Lok arrived in luxury sports cars. Other actors in attendance included Simon Yam Tat Wa, Michael Tse Tin Wa and Philip Ng Won Lung. On the stage Brother Wa joked that Lam Lan Tung was the richest director in Hong Kong because he only made one movie in eight years. He also asked the audience if Goo Jai was the poorest. His fans screamed "No!" Brother Wa joked, "Goo Jai isn't the poorest? Why does he have to make so many movies? He makes movies in order to help those children in need in the Mainland." The host asked the director why he made this film. Lam Lan Tung joked, "Because I am broke and poor!"
Later the three lead actors were interviewed together. Goo Jai said that this film production was not considered tough, only the temperature was hotter and he had superficial wounds. He said, "The director is very demanding, he definitely wants you to be in character and in good shape to accept a take. Many people feel the director is highly d demanding and explosive, but this time he is already much better than the last. He really takes care of our safety, even with real blades he would still be concerned with safety." He also revealed that the director liked to grab actors to chat after finishing a shoot. He said, "Chatting until the next day after an all night shoot was worse, but the morning shift was fine. (Why don't you turn him down?) I can't turn him down, but we weren't talking about anything special. We were just BSing."
Playing a bad guy and using a real blade in his performance for the first time, Cheung Hau Chuen admitted that when he just started he was truly frightened because he was worried that he would injure someone in an accident. However he felt great about playing a villain and could try it again. Goo Jai said that he witnessed Cheung Hau Chuen's adaptability and improvement. He even said that now he could kill someone professionally. In the film Lok Jai had to fight with real blades, he admitted that he was already used to it. When he showed up he had to shoot, to concentrate, so he never thought whether he was afraid or not. The most important was to ensure he would not chop someone. He also said that because he ran very fast, with the 30 to 40 degree Celsius high heat everyone was out of breath. Thus the three of them rarely chatted. Lok Jai pointed out that Cheung Hau Chuen was so quiet that sometimes he thought he was not on the set. Would chatting privately be better? Goo Jai joked, "Better, a word more!"