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|Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng have worked together for so long that they joke that they are like an old couple
|Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Carina Lau never expect to run into Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng at the hotel lobby. They cheer on each other's new films.
|BLIND DETECTIVE receives good reviews at the premiere, only Andy Lau is called a jerk because of his character
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Andy Lau Tak Wa and Sammi Cheng Sau Man appeared on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for their film BLIND DETECTIVE (MAN TAM). They who have been doing nonstop interviews actually ran into friends Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Carina Lau Ka Ling at the hotel for an impromptu INFERNAL AFFAIRS (MO GAN DOH) reunion. BLIND DETECTIVE received good reviews at the premiere, but Wa Jai revealed that viewers called him a "jerk"!
Wa Jai and Sammi went to Cannes to promote their film BLIND DETECTIVE. At the global premiere, many Chinese actors came to show their support. The leads dressed up for the occasion, Sammi in particular was nervous about her first time on the Cannes red carpet. This was Wa Jai and Sammi's seventh collaboration, they described their chemistry has already been elevated to resemble an "old couple". They were very excited to receive the audience's enthusiastic response at the premiere. Wa Jai joked that many viewers called him a "jerk". He said, "This time the director and the screen writers designed the character for me because I asked to play a blind person. However the character truly was quiet a jerk, so should I be happy or not when people yell at me?"
Sammi thanked Wa Jai for bringing her acting into another level. She said, "Working with Wa Jai on a movie is like playing ball. When he serves a quality ball to me, I have the confidence to return it. He can stimulate my potential. When he is mad, I am madder than him. Every time when I see him risking his life in his performance, I would force myself to catch up to his quality." Yet Wa Jai admitted that when he saw Sammi risking her life and sometimes did not know how to protect herself, he was very worried. He said, "Sometimes she didn't know about the dangerous. She loves others plenty, but she doesn't love herself enough."
Many Chinese people participate in this year's Cannes Film Festival. Sammi before the trip would like to run into Lau Ka Ling the most. She never expected to have such a coincidence. As she and Wa Jai were preparing to leave at the hotel, in the lobby they ran right into Ka Ling and Leung Chiu Wai. They exchanged congratulations and cheers and posed for photos for the media; a quick glimpse would mistake them for a INFERNAL AFFAIRS cast reunion.
Johnnie To Kei Fung yesterday spoke to the media in Cannes. He revealed that in 2015 he will make ELECTION 3 (HAK SEH WUI 3), just in time for the film's 10th anniversary. He admitted that among all his films, he put the most effort into making only five films: THE MISSION (CHEUNG FOR), EXILE (FONG JOOK), LIFE WITHOUT PRINCIPLE (DUET MING GUM), SPARROW (MAN JUEK) and PTU. His other work mainly focused on commercial elements to make money for the company. He also mentioned that he has never accepted or adapted to the Mainland "inspection culture" and "bureaucracy and face giving culture". He even revealed that he intended to retire at age 65. Currently 58 he admitted that it was time to find a successor.
Lau Ka Ling and Chen Kun spoke to the media in Cannes about their film BENDS. In the film they played a Hong Kong upper class socialite and a Mainlander driver. Their character struggled through many emotional scenes. Ka Ling could not help but shed real tears as true emotions flowed.
They at the press conference exchanged compliments. Ka Ling said, "I am older than him, he is my junior. I am very lucky to run into an excellent actor like Chen Kun. I would make different attempts with every one of my movie, emotional scenes in particular. He was able to receive them." Chen Kun said that when he first met Ka Ling he already sensed her charm. On and off camera she was very happy to take care of others.
Their characters had class and cultural differences. Ka Ling joked that in real life she only belonged to the upper middle class. "Happiness is not measured with money, happiness is for you to find in life, to see how you face life and your so-called happiness. At home (Tony) Leung Chiu Wai concentrates on his model building and Wing Chun, while I am busy with bills and chores. Yet I am very happy too, I don't want to keep an eye on my husband. I only want to help him achieve."
Speaking of the growing conflict between China and Hong Kong, Ka Ling felt that being on the same earth everyone should coexist peacefully. "We shouldn't create hypothetical or deliberate conflict. We would have conflict, which is understandable. Originally Hong Kong and the Mainland have completely different backgrounds, now the relationship is closer. We should think about the premise first and shouldn't blow up the matter too much." She praised new director Flora Lau Wan Man for not adding bed scenes or controversial scenes for commercial elements and persisting on her original idea. She has won her respect.