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The film industry has "Long Hair", director Peter Chan Ho Sun, but Peter with another director Andrew Lau Wai Keung earlier attended their new film THE GUILLOTINES (HUET DIK JI) promotion and began to fight over the "Long Hair" title, even though together they were over 100 in age.
Lau Wai Keung said, "I have known Peter longer than (Sandra) Ng Kwan Yu, but I am the real Long Hair. He stole my name." Peter replied, "You are Curly, not Long Hair. When you were still a cinematographer you permed your long hair, you couldn't be lamer!" Although Peter publicly made fun of Lau Wai Keung, Lau Wai Keung was not mad. Privately they were very good friends. They already knew each other when they worked together at Golden Harvest in 1984. At the time Peter was an assistant producer and Lau Wai Keung was an assistant cinematographer. They already worked together then; yet after leaving Golden Harvest they went their separate ways. Occasionally in movies that Peter directed, Lau Wai Keung helped with the cinematography. Peter said, "After Lau Wai Keung became a director, we have always wanted to work together but never gotten the chance. Finally late in the BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS (SUP YUET WAI SING) production due to some problems I asked Lau Wai Keung to provide last minute help as a director, which enabled us to officially work together this time."
Peter continued to take jabs at Lau Wai Keung. He objected to Lau Wai Keung guest starring as the Emperor in THE GUILLOTINES, but Lau Wai Keung insisted on playing the role himself. "You've lived for several decades and you still haven't evolved, do you think you are still handsome? Are you kidding me? He didn't listen! The more I asked him to not, the more he wanted to. However after make up he truly resembled the Emperor, the bags under his eyes were the most convincing. I told him during his performance not to do any facial, with a few more wrinkles, a little older would be more convincing."
Peter obviously was taking jabs at Lau Wai Keung's vanity. Lau Wai Keung did not used to care about his looks at all, but since he successfully lost weight and his belly he became more and more vane; every time he attended an event even if he did not appear in a sharp suit he was still well dressed. Lau Wai Keung struck back and said that he could not help himself. "Earlier I asked Liu Ye and Chen Daoming, but they had work on their hands and did not have time. With only two days left before the wrap and without any help, I had to take over. I was uncertain but I really didn't have another choice!" Sometimes with many passerby and extra roles, directors would not feel right about asking someone else for help and would take the roles themselves.