Pang Ho Cheung’s “Aberdeen” Opens to Positive Reviews
Pang Ho Cheung’s (彭浩翔) latest film Aberdeen <香港仔>, premiered in Hong Kong and China on May 8, 2014 to fantastic critical reviews. Starring Louis Koo (古天樂), Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅), Gigi Leung (梁詠琪), Eric Tsang (曾志偉), and Jacky Choi (蔡潔), Aberdeen sends a message about reconciling with the past in order to greet a better future.
Earlier this week, Pang Ho Cheung, Louis, Gigi, and Jacky attended the film’s premiere party in Beijing. Competing against the 3D film The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opened in China on May 4, Pang Ho Cheung expressed that he is unfazed by the competition. He joked, “Everyone’s doing 3D in the last few years. It’s alright. They have 3D, we have 33D – Gigi Leung’s measurements are no joke!” Gigi Leung added with a laugh, “It’s not 33D. It’s 36D. The bigger the better!”
Gigi portrays Cici, the actress-model wife of Louis Koo’s charismatic character Wai Tou, a teacher who is obsessed with physical appearances, believing that beauty is the key to success. For the role, Gigi had to wear prosthetic breast forms to increase her bust size. Pang Ho Cheung explained, “Gigi is known for her pure image. I really wanted to film the other side of her. I would not have cast her if I told her to do the same roles she did in the past.”
Chapman To (杜汶澤) made a small guest appearance in the film. The actor was amongst the few Hong Kong artistes who had enraged mainland Chinese netizens when they spoke up about supporting the Taiwanese students who protested against a trade pact with mainland China. Many Chinese netizens called for a boycott against Taiwanese and Hong Kong celebrities as a result. Chapman heard the complaints and said, “If you have the guts then stop me from coming to the mainland.”
Due to his harsh comments, Chapman has received death threats from many angry netizens. There was speculation that due to recent events, Pang Ho Cheung was forced to cut Chapman’s scenes in Aberdeen for the mainland Chinese release. However, Pang Ho Cheung denied doing so, arguing that Chapman’s scenes in the film, though small, were essential to the storyline.
“I am not deleting his scenes. This is not because I support him, but because I respect the audience. I want them to see the complete story. Aberdeen is not by the efforts of one person. The staffs and the cast from Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Thailand have all contributed to the film together.”
He then added, “If you really don’t want to watch a particular actor in this film, here’s a suggestion: close your eyes when that person appears.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.