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Director Andrew Lau turns to romance

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He is best known in Chinese cinema and in the West for his sleekly shot gangster thrillers like the “Young and Dangerous” series and “Infernal Affairs” trilogy.

But veteran Hong Kong director Andrew Lau says he has left his comfort zone with a brooding romance about the relationship between a Hong Kong woman and an ailing mainland Chinese police officer.

“A Beautiful Life,” which will be released in China next month, represents a clear break from his fast-paced, visually dynamic work of the past, Lau told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Since the huge success of the “Infernal Affairs” series — the first installment was re-made by Martin Scorsese as the 2006 thriller “The Departed,” which earned the American filmmaker his first best director Oscar — Lau has largely stuck to the genre he made his name in.

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via The China Post

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