Andy Lau Got Fit for “Shock Wave 2”
Directed by Herman Yau (邱禮濤) and starring Andy Lau (劉德華), the second part of their Shock Wave <拆彈專家2> film series, Shock Wave 2, is ready and slated for a late December 2020 release. While unrelated to the 2017 film, Shock Wave 2 similarly centers on the topic of explosives and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD) of the Hong Kong Police Force.
Shock Wave 2 stars Andy Lau as a former EOD officer who finds himself to be a major suspect after regaining consciousness at the site of a terrorist attack. While on the run, he enlists the help of his former partner and bomb specialist, played by Sean Lau (劉青雲), to assist him in uncovering the truth and proving his innocence.
This action-packed thriller is Andy’s most strenuous film since his January 2017 horse injury, which rendered him unable to work for several months. For the film, Andy was put in many dangerous situations and highly choreographed fight scenes. Andy tried to do as much as he could on his own without a body double.
“It’s no problem,” said Andy with a laugh, when asked if he felt challenged by the fight scenes. “I understand my own body very well. The choreographer and director were more concerned than me. I’m not new to these scenes, so it’s not too difficult to handle. It becomes more strenuous for me when I have to do the same takes over and over again. Fortunately, the director managed everything very well and only required me to do those scenes once or twice.”
In a teaser that was dropped recently, there is a big action sequence involving the Tsing Ma bridge being snapped in half, producing a thousand-feet tidal wave and submerging ships. The big-scale action sequence is on par with many overseas blockbuster films.
Andy showed off his agile movements in the film, but acknowledge that he was not as fit as he was before. “After the injury, I was definitely no longer as fit,” he said. “I need to definitely to work hard in getting back into shape. I’ve always been told that I was fit. An unfit Andy would be a laughingstock. Their encouragement is my reason to spur on.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.