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“Young and Dangerous: Reloaded” To Wrap Up in Less Than 20 Days

By on October 18, 2012

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Hong Kong filmmaker Manfred Wong (文雋) plans to wrap up the filming for Young and Dangerous: Reloaded <古惑仔之江湖新秩序> in less than 20 days, according to a recent interview with Ming Pao.

The Young and Dangerous: Reloaded producer stressed that “fast and high-quality” filming and editing is a unique characteristic to the Hong Kong film making process. This fast-paced filming technique was used for many Hong Kong films of the 1990s, the decade in which Hong Kong films dominated the East Asian and Southeast Asian markets. The filming duration for the original Young and Dangerous <古惑仔之人在江湖> movie, which was directed by Andrew Lau (劉偉強), did not exceed 15 days, and Manfred Wong hopes to bring back the same formula of film making to Young and Dangerous: Reloaded.

Young and Dangerous: Reloaded is also directed and co-produced by Wong Jing (王晶). The film, which stars Him Law (羅仲謙), Oscar Leung (梁烈唯), Jazz Lam (林子善), and Philip Ng (伍允龍), is a reboot of the 1996 crime film of the same name, which remains to be one of Hong Kong’s most popular best-selling films in history.

Him Law and Oscar Leung Talks Tattoos

A few days ago, Him Law, Oscar Leung, Jazz Lam, and Philip Ng were spotted filming a fight scene around an old-fashioned ice house (Hong Kong-styled café) in Yau Ma Tei. The scene attracted many onlookers, and Him and Oscar took some time off of filming to greet their fans and take pictures.

Dragon, phoenix, and tiger tattoos were an important characteristic of many Hong Kong gangsters, and this was also notoriously emphasized in the original Young and Dangerous films. However, Him and Oscar, the lead characters in Young and Dangerous: Reloaded, did not cover their bodies with dragons.

“This is a story that takes place in 2012. If we use dragons and phoenixes, it wouldn’t make much sense,” said Him.

Oscar explained, “They have to match the proper sense of time. The aesthetic feel (of the tattoos) is heavier. It is also more abstract by having hooks, thorns, etc. [Him’s tattoo] on his shoulder is not a dragon, but it looks like a dragon.”

Him laughed and said, “Yes, and [Oscar’s tattoo] is an eagle. He has two wings!”

Oscar joked, “I am ‘Chicken.’ Chickens have two chicken wings!”

Young and Dangerous: Reloaded will wrap up production this month. It is currently slated for an early 2013 release.

Source: Ming Pao

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  • Readers' Comments (36)

    1. Funn Lim says:

      Less than 20 days? I suppose each actor is given max 2 NG scenes? Not good. Seems like a rushed production.

      “However, Him and Oscar, the lead characters in Young and Dangerous: Reloaded, did not cover their bodies with dragons.

      “This is a story that takes place in 2012. If we use dragons and phoenixes, it wouldn’t make much sense,” said Him.”

      Actually gangsters still cover their bodies with dragons tattoos, it is like a mark. By Him’s statement, so should they start pek yau wearing Tom Ford suits? Oh right! right! gangsters now dress like chippendales and start to pek yau looking like they belong in a gay porn film.

      • sehseh says:

        20 days? Speaks volume of the production quality.

        • momo says:

          Actually in another article, it says that the other Y&D movies were finished filming in less than 15 days.

        • Funn Lim says:

          15 days? Seriously?

        • Kidd says:

          Wong Jing is always efficient. A polar opposite of the other Wong who takes forever to finish his film.

        • Nicole says:

          the quality is also polar opposites

        • momo says:

          Is this the same director who made most of Stephen Chow and Jackie Chan movies? I thought those movies were awesome :O

        • Nicole says:

          “Is this the same director who made most of Stephen Chow and Jackie Chan movies? I thought those movies were awesome :O”
          I don’t doubt the popularity and entertainment value of his movies. They definitely has mass market appeal. We all enjoy a few brain dead movies that don’t require much thinking.

        • starry says:

          A lot of indie American/Western films are filmed within a month. End of Watch (Jake G) was filmed in 20 days from what i read in the newspapaer. I recently watched Writers (Lily Collins, Logan Lerman) at TIFF and that was definitely filmed in 20 days.

          They were both good quality.

      • Looooooooo says:

        Potential flop because:-

        Ekin cheng & Jordan chan= Tvb leads , movie leads & popular singers

        Him law & Oscar Leung= Tvb kelefe, movie 2nd line actors , not a singer, him =woman beater

        Conclusion:cannot pull crowds, bad at box office, loe budget and a very rush movie

        • momo says:

          I saw a clip of Oscar singing at some award show and it was not bad. He def has potential to become a singer :)

        • Michael says:

          Every actor/actress knows how to sing these days.

        • advo says:

          I am definitely questioning who thought Him and Oscar would be enough to carry the movie. That said, it’s possible that the franchise can carry itself.

      • EkinFan says:

        right on funn! gangsters without tats? they need real ex triad members like brother bee and kei gaw to supervise this crappy ass movie before it gets released

        • momo says:

          Lols, if you read the article it mentions they have tattoos just not the traditional dragon, phoenix, tiger, etc.

      • lol says:

        The immense publicity and daily news reporting about bare bodies and bed scenes will make the Y&D remake sells. Believe me.

      • Snail says:

        Films are filmed much quicker than most might believe. It is the post-production that requires time; months to years on end in some incidences.

        Also, the first three films of the “Young and Dangerous” series were actually all filmed and released within the time frame of one year.

        But yes, as a reboot that is capitalizing on such an iconic property, this is disheartening news.

    2. Don says:

      wong jing will ruin this movie

    3. RLF Lover says:

      I didn’t expect filming to be wrapped up so fast, especially for a movie! I’d like to watch this as I really like Him Law and Oscar Leung but I’m hoping the rushed pace of production don’t spoil the quality of the movie.

    4. Hannahh says:

      I watched Y&D for the 1st time last night and i find it was ok nothing special about it lolz I do love Jordan and GiGi in it. I remember my older sis n bro kept talking about it and saying how awesome it is back then and wouldn’t let me watch it because i was too young. Definitely looking forward to see Him Him and Oscar version.

      • momo says:

        I watched the first 3 movies again recently and found that their hairstyle and clothing are so out of date haha (obviously…) so I’m really looking forward to this remake. HimHim in action movies a dream come true for me lols

        • Gar says:

          I re-watched Young and Dangerous 2 last night and discovered that Moses Chan is in it and plays a bodyguard to the Taiwanese triad leader. He looks so young in there, made me chuckle a few times. His screen time wasn’t bad at all and also got to say a few lines.

        • star says:

          I watched the part 2 too a few years back just for Moses lol. The movie don’t appeal to me, but I will watch this one for the cast.

        • Michael says:

          I didn’t recognize Moses in Y&D until my friends pointed him out he was in Y&D movie.

    5. Funn Lim says:

      Maybe 20 days filming, ONE YEAR post production because the actors need CGI to make the acting believable? So we have Young & Dangerous RELOAD 3D ver?

    6. Ciara says:

      less than 20 days to wrap up a film??! They either got their actors to work 24/7 or this production is heading for a disaster because they rushed it. Even shooting a reasonably good quality short film wouldn’t take that short of a time to produce. Some monkey magic they got happening there…bam and they’re done O_O

      • Kidd says:

        The article did say the original Y&D took less than 15 days to be made and the final look is still good.

        • lol says:

          Shooting is 15 days but post production, creative work, CGI, soundtrack, editing will take time and effort too and if done by a good backstage team can make a movie look great.

    7. Anon says:

      Actually Wong Jing has produced a quite good movie in these 2-3 years. It’s called “I Corrupt All Cops”. That means he can be quite good at serious movies.

    8. 4sian Lin more often says:

      I doubt there will be too many emotional takes, probaly a lot of slashing and bedding scenes. The director most likely wants the story to be told, not focus on deep relationship scenes. My bet we will see Him Law’s chest and Oscar cursing like we never seen him before. I’m really looking forward to Oscar’s performance. I’d be surprised if this movie will do as good as the original because I think we’ve seen all the gangster movies.

    9. Ric says:

      It’s not that surprising. HK movies have always been filmed rather quick. Especially gangster films.

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