The press was invited to visit the studio set of the upcoming action blockbuster, The Iceman Cometh 3D <3D冰封侠>, located at the now defunct Kai Tak International Airport in Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong.
A request to shoot at the actual Tsing Ma Bridge has not been approved by the Hong Kong government, prompting the crew to build an imitation set of that Tsing Ma Bridge at Kai Tak for the convenience of explosion scenes and other grand scale effects. With a total film budget of $250 million HKD, The Iceman Cometh 3D has now become the most expensive action film of Greater China.
The scene being filmed at the set was an action sequence that involved Donnie Yen (甄子丹), a Ming Dynasty general who accidentally travels to modern day Hong Kong, battling out his four friends-turned-enemies in an epic life or death situation. The epic fight will not only include car races and helicopter chases, but also one unique scene involving a running white horse.
Donnie admitted that he is disappointed with the Hong Kong government, feeling that the government has not been as supportive of local movie projects as before. “Not only was our request to shoot at Tsing Ma Bridge disproved, we also received complaints from the police for our bus chasing scene earlier when we filmed in the city. They complained to us that our lights were too bright. Was it really that bad? I think it’s hilarious. They weren’t as bright as street lights! I just feel that they do not seem to be that supportive of local film productions.”
Donnie laughed and professed that the meteoric rise of the film’s production budget does not worry the investors, and Donnie himself is not afraid that the film would be a box office bomb, as costar Wang Baoqiang (王寶強), star of mainland China’s best-selling film of all time, Lost in Thailand <人再囧途之泰囧>, is a box office miracle. Costar Simon Yam (任達華) exclaimed, “With Wang Baoqiang, The Iceman Cometh 3D’s box office can reach 2 billion RMB!”
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