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The film WARRIORS OF FUTURE (MING YUT JIN GEI) will open on the 25th. The film would also be the 46th Hong Kong International Film Festival's opening film. An avid science fiction film fan, Louis Koo Tin Lok this time bet everything on producing the first Hong Kong science fiction film, an entirely domestic team production; Goo Jai and Sean Lau Ching Wan's powered armors was designed by domestic concept designers who have participated in Hollywood films. Director Ng Yuen Fai said, "Just the helmet alone had over 200 pieces. The biggest difficulty of the armor was for actors to more even more at will with it on." Thus the entire team spent a tremendous effort on producing this powered armor.
In order to make a science fiction film, overcoming various difficulties and challenges were inevitable. The high temperature and the armors were absolutely Goo Jai and Ching Wan's big enemies. Goo Jai recalled when he put on the armors it felt like a heatwave rushed up. "During the shoot it was indeed tough, the powered armor weighed over 33 pounds. With all the action scenes and the scorching climate, the deepest impression was when I first put on the armor it took over half a hour each time. After becoming familiar with it I still needed 15 minutes." Ching Wan agreed. "I have to be very powerful to be able to put on this powered armor, my body would constantly feel very heavy. Often after the company I would need to stretch a lot." During the shoot Goo Jai and Ching Wan were unable to causally remove the armor. In order to grasp onto the tight shoot schedule they could not causally go to the bathroom.
The temperature at the time of the production was close to that of the recent heat. Being in thick and stuffy costumes, their body temperature reached 40 degree Celsius without any exaggeration. Everyday they were on the edge of sun stroke. Goo Jai found how he lowered his temperature memorable. He said, "I remember that at the time the set had three air conditioners, with three hoses aimed at me. Ching Wan stared at me and said, 'You are crazy! Lowering your temperature like this.' So everyone should be able to imagine how special the feeling of being in stuffy vehicle, the narrow environment, the tripod head kept moving, unable to remove clothing, unable to go to the bathroom. It was an unprecedented experience in my film career.