HK star Lau channels China earnings to local films
Hong Kong has produced Chinese cinema’s biggest names, but for this former British colony’s actors and directors, the future now lies in the thriving mainland market.
One of the territory’s biggest stars is no exception. Andy Lau is spending more time away from his hometown, shooting period epics in China and filling mainland stadiums with his national concert tours.
But the 49-year-old veteran actor-singer is trying to preserve the Hong Kong industry’s identity by channeling his earnings to lower-budget productions that highlight the cultural heritage of this southern city, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
On Monday, Lau spoke with reporters in a bungalow-style home in the scenic suburban Hong Kong neighborhood of Clearwater Bay as he got ready to shoot scenes for one of his latest investments, “To Tse,” which means “Big Sister Tao” in the southern Chinese dialect Cantonese.