The Pang Brothers’ upcoming film Inferno 3D <逃出生天3D> offers a thrilling ride. From explosions in the sky to crashes in the water, Sean Lau (劉青雲) and Louis Koo (古天樂) nearly risked their lives to shoot the fire disaster film. But aside from its exciting action, the story itself has elements of love, brotherhood, and family.
In one action sequence, Louis and his fiancé, portrayed by Natalie Tong (唐詩詠), are separated while running from a disaster. Louis returns her, injured but safe, and she runs into his embrace and kisses him.
Their bittersweet kiss in the rain is not as romantic as it seems. It took four hours to complete the take perfectly, and the crew worked from night to morning. Behind the scenes, there were 15 fire trucks, 60 real-life firefighters, and over a hundred background actors waiting for their cue. The weather was inconsistent, and at one point, the temperature dropped to under 10 degrees Celsius. Louis and Natalie, both soaked in rain water and wearing thin layers, were freezing.
Natalie sighed in relief and mused about the difficulties of filming. “I was already very nervous when I had to kiss my idol (Louis). The weather was cold and my costume was thin. I was nervous and cold. My teeth were chattering.” Natalie admitted, “It was such a physically demanding scene.”
When Natalie was called back in months later to do post-production dubbing for the film, Natalie burst into tears when she was recording for the kissing scene. “I couldn’t help myself but to cry when I watched the scene. I could feel the emotions and hardships that our characters went through when they faced danger. It is very human. I’m very sure that this is the message that the directors are trying to send.”
Though Louis professed that he is more physically fit than Natalie, having to film in the rain for four hours did take a toll to his body. Louis joked, “When I was filming in Thailand, Sean had to film wearing that thick fire fighter costume. It was very difficult for him. When he noticed that I only had to wear thin clothes, he got jealous. He said, ‘You’ll know how I feel when you go to Guangzhou!’ I had to do three weeks of outdoor location shooting in Guangzhou. The weather is freezing and the many cups of ginger tea did not make me any warmer. Now it’s my turn to envy Sean for wearing such thick clothes! Every dog has his day.”
Inferno 3D is scheduled for an October 2013 release in Hong Kong, mainland China, and Singapore.
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This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.