The criminal gang-romance film One Night Only <天亮之前>, which opens in theaters on June 9, will star Hong Kong actor Aaron Kwok (郭富城) and mainland Chinese actress Yang Zishan (楊子姍) as a gambler and prostitute who fall in love.
As a movie that juxtaposes violent gang fights and romantic encounters, One Night Only had the challenge of portraying scenes in the casinos and red-light districts, as well as chase and fight scenes, as realistically as possible. The brothel where the prostitute is employed and first meets the gambler was built on an actual street in Thailand, rather than being shot on a movie set. This way, the crew could get a better depiction of a prostitute’s daily life.
Filmed entirely in Thailand, One Night Only follows the recent trend of Chinese-language films heading to Thailand to shoot. In total, more than 70 Chinese films have chosen Thailand as a backdrop, including the comedy movie Lost in Thailand <人再囧途之泰囧>, the action flick The White Storm <掃毒>, and the recent Detective Chinatown <唐人街探案>.
Thailand’s lower production costs make it an appealing filming location, but One Night Only co-director Leste Chen (陳正道) emphasized the country’s local conditions and customs as well. “Our film is called One Night Only,” he explained. “The important scenes all take place at night. Thailand’s night scene has brilliant colors, and the night life is richer. It’s the easiest place for a story to happen, and it’s very fitting for a love story between a gambler and a prostitute.”
In addition, co-director Matt Wu (吳中天), who is actually dating Yang Zishan in real life, shared that the Thai people are able to balance their religious piety and their open attitudes toward sex. “There are many temples in Bangkok, and people are very sincere about religion,” he said. “At the same time, they’re very open-minded about sex, which is like the characters: a loyal gambler and a compassionate prostitute – a mixture of two extremes.”
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.