Andy Lau and Chiling Lin at Hong Kong Premiere of “Switch”
Andy Lau (劉德華) and Chiling Lin (林志玲) attended the Hong Kong premiere of their new film Switch <天機．富春山居圖> earlier this week. The event attracted over 1,000 fans who shouted enthusiastically as Andy and Chiling entered. The film is a box office hit in mainland China, grossing 46 million RMB on opening day.
The 3D action film stars Andy, Chiling, Zhang Jingchu (張靜初), and Tong Dawei (佟大為). The story revolves around the famous painting “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”, one of the best works from Yuan dynasty painting master Huang Gong Wang. The Jay Sun (孫健君) film was previously set to be released in October 2012 but was delayed due to censor issues. In the film, Andy plays a top Hong Kong agent who must protect the painting from British and Japanese mobsters fighting to claim China’s national treasure. Chiling also enters the fray, navigating her way via games of seduction.
Andy was humble about the mainland box office sales, saying the cast and crew had worked very hard and he hopes the film will continue its initial success. “I don’t dare to think too much about [the figures]. We will take it one step at a time.” The event host tried to encourage Andy by referencing the box office success of Vicki Zhao (趙薇)’s directorial debut So Young <致我們終將逝去的青春>. Andy replied, “A well-told story and a script with personal meaning [to the viewers] will of course perform better. The pressure is much higher when it comes to commercial films.”
During the premiere, Andy and Chiling re-enacted their famous hug from the 41st Golden Horse Awards, causing fans to scream. Chiling was co-hosting the awards in 2004 when she stepped off the stage to ask her idol Andy for a hug. Andy agreed. Chiling then took off her fur wrap and shared a hug with Andy in her shiny, backless dress.
The event host later asked Andy to comment on the reenactment. Andy joked that he had looked forward to receiving hugs from Chiling at Golden Horse ever since their initial hug. He even waited for her with open arms, but was disappointed when Chiling gave no reaction. Chiling laughed when she heard Andy’s response, and admitted that it was very nerve-wracking to hug Andy in front of screaming fans.
Chiling was asked to discuss her many looks in Switch. She pointed to a bald look as her favorite, describing it as new and refreshing. She even has a sadistic and masochistic (S&M) scene with Tong Dawei, in which Chiling wore a revealing outfit and repeatedly whipped Dawei. Chiling also dressed up as a nurse in the film, among many other controversial looks. These, along with several other scenes totaling 40 minutes, were later removed from the Hong Kong and Taiwan screenings. When asked to comment, Chiling encouraged fans to sit for the Hong Kong version first and then watch the mainland version to view the film in its entirety.
Source: Sing Tao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.