Hong Kong star Andy Lau rescues hit film
The Straits Times / Equal parts bone-cracking, sidesplitting and heartbreaking, â€œGallantsâ€ is the sort of Hong Kong martial arts comedy you wish got made more often.
In fact, it took writer-directors Clement Cheng and Derek Kwok 10 years to get the movie made. It was a long journey involving countless rejections by countless producers, a breakneck 18-day shoot on a shoestring budget and a fairy godmother â€” okay, godfather â€” in the form of Heavenly King Andy Lau.
Recalling the rejections, Cheng, 36, says in a telephone interview from Hong Kong: â€œNothing was harder than this. Nobody wanted to give us the money to do this.â€
The movie went on to win four Hong Kong Film Awards in April, beating the Tang Dynasty mystery â€œDetective Deeâ€ to the Best Film statuette. â€œGallantsâ€ opened the Hong Kong Film Festival in Singapore on Thursday.