Starring Anthony Wong (黃秋生), Hsieh Ying-Hsuan (謝盈萱) and Fandy Fan (范少勳), Taiwanese drama Heaven On The 4th Floor <四樓的天堂> premiered its first two episodes at the Taipei Film Festival on October 1. Asked about why he took on his first-ever Taiwanese drama, the HK actor said self-deprecatingly, “No one’s approached me for work in Hong Kong, since there’re job opportunities I came over,”
Open To Staying in Taiwan If He Gets More Job Offers
Frequently traveling between Hong Kong and Taiwan for work in recent years, Anthony replied with raucous laughter when asked if he would like to own a property here. “I need to wait for more jobs, at the moment [I] don’t have [enough] money to buy a house in Taiwan,” he said, then jokingly teased the journalist, “Unless you lend me money, but if I’ve more jobs, I’d naturally stay on,”
When probed about whether Hong Kong has changed, the 60-year-old sighed, “[It’s that] I don’t dare to think, what else is there to. It’s just like [someone who] started out as your loved one, but everytime you get home, you feel that things aren’t quite the same,”
In awe of its production crew, Anthony had good words for the show’s director Singing Chen (陳芯宜) and scriptwriter Yi-an Lou (樓一安). “They are very professional, the first time we discussed the script, I was already wowed by them,”
The award-winning veteran actor was also impressed by younger actors Hsieh Ying-Hsuan and Fandy Fan whom he worked with, and teased Fandy, “He kept coming to my room with questions about acting, if he gets the Best Actor accolade in future, [then] at least half of the effort is mine,” As for Hsieh Ying-Hsuan, Anthony said that working with her was a very comfortable experience, “I did my homework beforehand and know that [she] is the goddess of theater, so I thought I can’t lose face, at first I felt she was a little nervous, but she got better and better,”
Playing a tuina masseur who has a unique method to help his customers get to the roots of their physical pain, Anthony shared that he learnt wushu and qinna (joint lock techniques in martial arts) when he was young, and was no stranger to tuina. Enjoying himself tremendously on set, he philosophized, “Massage is just like wringing a towel, you have to find the right tendons to press down on.”
Hsieh Ying-Hsuan, who stars as a psychologist helping patients deal with their traumatic experiences, praised Anthony for being very approachable and friendly; prior to meeting him, she was already keen to meet the impressive actor’s “expectations regarding performing”.
Heaven On The 4th Floor tells the stories of characters who visit the massage parlor named “Heaven” to seek treatment from its famed doctor.
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This article is written by JoyceK for JayneStars.com