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After taking a break from working too hard, Shu Qi returned to work for Taiwan director Hou Hsiao-Hsien and star in the 7 year in planning ASSASSIN (NIP YUN LEUNG), which officially began production yesterday. The leads were Shu Qi and Chang Chen. Shu Qi joked that the martial art training and the wire work were too painful, on the first day of work she thought of returning to Taiwan to find Director Hou to "terminate the contract". She asked her manager and realized that she has not signed any contract.
The film cost over HK$100 million. According to Hou Hsiao-Hsien he ran into financing troubles. Shu Qi said that she wanted to invest. Director Hou praised her "heroine" personality but would not let Shu Qi put money in. At most he would use her salary as investment and share the profit later.
Chang Chen because of THE GRANDMASTERS (YUT DOI JUNG SI) kept training. Shu Qi praised his "waist strength" as he could stand very straight. Director Hou also thanked Wong Kar Wai for helping him with advanced actor training. He also hoped that ASSASSIN and THE GRANDMASTERS would follow CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON in recalling everyone's passion for wu xia film.