Andy Lau And Deanie Ip To Film “Forrest Gump” Adaptation?
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Yesterday, the Beijing premiere of Director Ann Hui’s (許鞍華), A Simple Life <桃姐>, took place. Depicting the moving master-servant relationship between Andy Lau (劉德華 ) and Deanie Ip (葉德嫻), A Simple Life swept countless prestigious awards at the 68th Annual Venice Film Festival and 48th Annual Golden Horse Awards. The successful collaboration between Andy Lau and Deanie prompted Director Ann Hui to possibly reunite the duo in an adaptation of Hollywood film, Forrest Gump, as reported by Ming Pao.
In the past, Ann Hui’s films were considered to be high in quality, but low in box office returns. Andy was one of the investors that had financed the production of A Simple Life. After the success of the film, Andy hoped that more investors would be willing to finance Ann’s projects in the future. Teased about the actual box office returns of A Simple Life, Andy noted that he has already gained a lot through the film, due to the critical praise and winning of numerous awards throughout Asia to-date. A Simple Life was expected to garner major awards at the upcoming 2012 Hong Kong Film Awards, which will take place on April 15, 2012.
Hoping to work with Andy again in the near future, Ann Hui revealed that she was interested in making a Hong Kong version of Forrest Gump, chronicling the history of Hong Kong over the last few decades in a humorous manner. Andy expressed interest in the project; hopefully Deanie will be able to participate as well!
Andy Recollected the Suffering of Anita Mui
A Simple Life was a tearjerker film that spoke of Andy’s challenges in taking care of the aging Deanie ridden with illness. The film reminded Andy of his last conversation with his good friend, Anita Mui (梅艷芳). Although Anita was ill, her mind remained clear. At the time, Andy was holding a concert in the USA and while he promised that he will return to Hong Kong to see her the next day, it was not until several days later that he was able to do so. By the time Andy returned to Hong Kong, Anita had already fallen into a coma and was unable to speak.
The loss of his good friend, Anita Mui, taught Andy to cherish his beloved ones even more dearly. Expecting the arrival of his baby daughter in June 2012, first-time father, Andy was highly ecstatic. Rumors claimed that Andy gave his pregnant wife, Carol Chu (朱麗倩) a new luxury apartment due to his jubilant mood. Andy did not directly address the rumors, but did express guilt in being unable to spend more time with Carol during her pregnancy.
Jayne: It would be interesting to see a Hong Kong version of “Forrest Gump,” but instead of Andy Lau in the lead, I think Sean Lau’s understated acting might be a better fit.