Any time Andy Lau (劉德華) and Tony Leung (梁朝偉) collaborate together is bound to become a classic. The last time the actors worked together was 18 years ago in the Infernal Affairs <無間道> franchise, which was a big critical and box office success. To the delight of many, Andy and Tony will once again team up in new film, Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong <金手指>.
Set in the 1980s, the film depicts the ruthless plotting and schemes revolving around business elites. Because the film is set during the tail end of British rule, the time period was wrought with corruption and exploitation. The story line of Once Upon a Time in Hong Kong is based on the real-life events of the Carrian Group, which was a major Hong Kong corporation that expanded rapidly in the 1980s, but also collapsed quickly due to major corruption and fraud.
Backed by Emperor Motion Pictures, the film boasts a budget of $350 million Hong Kong dollars with producer Ronald Wong (黃斌) and Infernal Affairs screenwriter Felix Chong (莊文強) involved.
On working with Andy again, Tony said, “The feeling is very warm, because worked on many films together in the past. We’ve worked together from television dramas to films…. It’s a rare opportunity for us to film a movie together again–I’m really looking forward to it. ”
Though both stars said they were attracted to the film because of its “thrilling” story line, they did not want to give away too many details. Andy also teased that he and Tony are in reverse roles as Infernal Affairs, as Tony will be portraying a corrupt character.
Additional cast members Simon Yam (任達華), Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍), Alex Fong (方中信), Philip Keung (姜皓文), Chin Ka Lok (錢嘉樂), Carlos Chan (陳家樂), and Catherine Chau (周家怡).
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.