Saturday, August 2, 2008

Eason is Taught the Tony Leung Chiu Wai Method of Acting

Sammi Cheng

Michelle Ye & Eason Chan

Zhang Guo Li

Sammi Cheng

Alan Mak and Felix Chong (Infernal Affairs 無間道, Initial D 頭文字 D, Confession of Pain 傷城) present Lady Cop & Papa Crook 大搜查之女, starring Sammi Cheng and Eason Chan. The film marks Sammi Cheng's return to acting in two years (Lady Cop & Papa Crook was filmed in 2007) and is expected to be released in theaters on September 11, 2008.

The near two-minute trailer was released on August 1, 2008, and as seen, the fast paced clips and rich appealing background music displays a sense of suspense and tension. Also seen is the complicated storyline that gives the actors an expanded area for acting interpretation. Eason gives up his comedic side for internal emotions and Sammi delivers an explosive performance. It seems that Sammi's two year break enabled her acting to "explode" to a new level. Some of the supporting actors also shine with impressive performances; and with some camera angles reminiscent of Infernal Affairs there's no second guessing that this film is from the minds of Alan Mak and Felix Chong. The two directors also reveal that the suit Sammi wears in the film is custom-made and modelled after the suit Andy Lau wears in Infernal Affairs.

As for Sammi's performance, the two directors feel that she is the role model for the current generation's white-collared women, her music and movies are topics of discussion for modern women, and that is exactly what her role calls for. Also, the two directors feel that Eason's past roles are "Siu Ji" (小子) roles, but they feel Eason can play roles of "Siu Sung" (小生), like those of Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Andy Lau. During filming, the two directors taught him to use Tony Leung's method of acting, bringing out a new Eason for the audience to view. It is noted, when filming concluded the two directors took various clips to show industry friends and the response was, "[I've] never seen such a charming Eason."

Elsewhere, the trailer shows one clip of Zhang Guo Li 張國立. Zhang Guo Li has never participated in a Hong Kong film and this film was an "exception" for him. One wonders if this film will mark his entering into the Hong Kong film industry.

Source: sina & mtime 08.01.2008

Incomplete list of actors in Lady Cop & Papa Crook:
Sammi Cheng
Eason Chan
Zhang Guo Li
Michelle Ye
Chapman To
Wilfred Lau
Kate Tsui
Liu Kai Chi 廖啟智
Felix Lok Ying Kwan 駱應鈞
Ricky Chan 陳寶轅
Michelle Lo 盧覓雪
Dong Yong 董勇
Richie Ren
Patrick Tam
Conroy Chan
Emotion Cheung
Vincent Kok

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