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Hong Kong star Andy Lau rescues hit film1 min read

20 July 2011 < 1 min read


Hong Kong star Andy Lau rescues hit film1 min read

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The Straits Times / Equal parts bone-cracking, sidesplitting and heartbreaking, “Gallants” 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 – okay, godfather – in the form of Heavenly King Andy Lau.

Recalling the rejections, Cheng, 36, says in a telephone interview from Hong Kong: “Nothing was harder than this. Nobody wanted to give us the money to do this.”

The movie went on to win four Hong Kong Film Awards in April, beating the Tang Dynasty mystery “Detective Dee” to the Best Film statuette. “Gallants” opened the Hong Kong Film Festival in Singapore on Thursday.


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Via The China Post

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