Thursday, April 22, 2010


Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Huang Xiaoming, Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi Lam)

Donnie Yen Chi Tan (disguised, left) visited the Palace Museum with his family

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The film IP MAN 2 yesterday held its premiere press conference in Beijing. Director Wilson Yip Wai Shun and actors Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Sammo Hung Kam Bo, Huang Xiaoming, Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi Lam), and Kent Cheng Suk Si attended. Due to the Qinghani earthquake that caused over 2,000 deaths, everyone was asked to appear in dark colored clothing in show of mourning. However Lynn appeared in pink evening wear, later she explained that because she arrived in Beijing to assist with the promotion early on and did not bring much clothes, she was unable to find any dark colored clothing. However she was very concerned about the Qinghai disaster inside. At last night's premiere, guests would hold a moment of silence for the Qinghai disaster victims. The investors earlier donated 500,000 to assist with government tent purchases for the victims.

Originally at work, Sammo deliberately went to Beijing to assist with the promotion. Everyone had to choose the big brother who they respected the most and they all chose Sammo. Calligraphy artist Ren Ping wrote the words "Big Brother Demeanor" and presented it to Sammo. He also wrote "Endowed With Civil and Martial Virtues" and presented it to Chi Tan. Sammo also revealed that the film had one battle scene of Hung Fist vs. Wing Chun, in which he and Yen Chi Tan fought. Although it was tough to shoot and after the shoot he was out of breath, Chi Tan was at ease so he could not help but praise him. What attracted Sammo to this film? He joked, "The boss forced me, saying that if I wanted the money then I had to personally fight. After this scene I told the boss from then on not to make fight films anymore. It was too tough. He might as well make romantic films."

The event also had a "ring challenge" as each actor had to explain the characters according to the hints that they picked. Huang Xiaoming picked "non famous kung fu actor". He humorously said, "Is it boasting me as a famous drama actor? I feel maybe it is saying that aside from famous action actor type like Big Brother Yen Chi Tan, I am a new action actor. Many great action films were completed with hard work from workers who toiled away silence. I am very honored to be one of them." When asked about Vicki Zhao Wei, he said, "I feel her decision is correct and I admire her courage. I very much support girls to do what they should do around 30, then they can still come back and keep working." As for his recent Hong Kong meeting with rumored girlfriend AngelaBaby, he admitted that he indeed came to Hong Kong but only for a beverage print ad that was scheduled half a year ago.

Huang Xiaoming publicly declared that he wanted to be his disciple, which Chi Tan honestly said that he was very strict about. In the past many actors have asked him but he felt if they did not have time to properly learn and he did not have time to instruct, then it was meaningless. However he expressed that Huang Xiaoming in the film after Sammo's adjustment was able to work with him, which proved that he had a natural talent and already passed the test.

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