The beginning of 2014 was not a good year for Sire Ma (馬賽). After her disastrous breakup with lesbian lover, Wang Ziqi (汪子琦), a video showing a provocatively dressed Sire surfaced in July. TVB eventually put the actress on hiatus after her image was tarnished. After quietly leaving for England in August to enroll in an acting course, Sire secretly flew back to Hong Kong this month to take part in Ann Hui’s (許鞍華) new movie, Eight and a Half Steps <8步半> (tentative title).
Although Eight and a Half Steps is Sire’s first major acting job since the mini hiatus, Ann personally requested that Sire become the lead actress. Set in the 1950s to 1960s, Eight and a Half Steps feature eight separate storylines. Deemed a fairly big production, the other seven mini-stories within the film will be directed by some of the industry’s biggest players including, Johnnie To (杜琪峯), Ringo Lam (林嶺東), Tsui Hark (徐克), John Woo (吳宇森), Sammo Hung, Yuen Woo Ping (袁和平), and Patrick Tam (譚家明).
Sire in Uplifted Mood
Arriving at the production set at 6:00 p.m., Sire was dressed in a classic blue school uniform with minimal makeup. Unlike her poor spirits when she was dealing with her post-breakup rumors surrounding Wang Ziqi, Sire appeared to be in a lighter mood. Taking a break before the cameras started rolling, Sire ate a box of fried noodles in one sitting. Even when the locals spotted her, Sire happily greeted and took many photos with them.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.