The Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART) brought news of several major films that will begin production in 2014. The highly anticipated movie version of pilot drama Triumph in the Skies <衝上雲霄> generated a lot of attention as it was announced along with six other projects from Media Asia Films. Louis Koo (古天樂), who was in negotiations to join the cast, was present at the exhibition, which officially confirms his role in the movie.
Popular Triumph pilots Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) and Chilam Cheung (張智霖) were also in attendance during FILMART’s opening day on March 24. Reuniting again on stage, the two appeared excited and playful during the event. Speaking about the film, Francis hopes that Fala Chen (陳法拉) will be able to join them. Although Fala is no longer a TVB artiste, Francis believes that this fact will have little influence over the casting decision. “Fala already declined to renew with TVB when we were shooting the drama, but TVB still made her into the first female lead.” Fala had once expressed her wish to join the cast, though as of now there is no confirmed news about any of the female roles.
Crime thriller Helios <赤盜> also won the spotlight yesterday. A major production with a budget of $200 million HKD, the film stars an A-list cast from Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Taiwanese actor Chang Chen (張震) plays Helios, a wanted criminal who plans to supply a Hong Kong terrorist group with uranium weapons. Film king Nick Cheung (張家輝) and Shawn Yue (余文樂) play police inspectors who lead a team of multi-national top talents to put a stop to Helios’s evil plans. The film also stars Jacky Cheung (張學友), Janice Man (文詠珊), Mainland actor Wang Xueqi (王學圻), and South Korean stars Ji Jin Hee (池珍熙) and Choi Siwon (崔始源).
Starring in several action-packed films in recent years, Nick Cheung will once again show off his nimble moves in Helios. Hoping for a break from action sets, Nick jokingly lamented that he was deceived by his cunning directors. “I was told that I won’t have any action scenes. However, after filming for a week or two they told me I will have to fight. I felt like I was dealing with adult film directors who lie to actresses [to force them into doing things not agreed upon].”
This year’s FILMART also highlighted Break Up 100 <分手100次>, a romantic comedy directed by Lawrence Cheng (鄭丹瑞) and stars Ekin Cheng (鄭伊健) and model Chrissie Chau (周秀娜).
Superstar Leon Lai (黎明) was also present to promote Wine War <啥酒神>, a film that Leon both directs and stars in. He will also produce 3D animated film Monkey King Reloaded <小金剛紐約大冒險>, a project three years in the making.
Director Johnnie To‘s (杜琪峯)’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 <單身男女2>, starring Louis Koo, Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅), and Vic Chou (周渝民), was also showcased, as well as She Remembers, He Forgets <愛的根源>, a romantic comedy from Teddy Robin (泰迪羅賓).
Source: Ming Pao
This article is written by Katrine for JayneStars.com.