Chilam Cheung versus Francis Ng as Fathers

After Triumph in the Skies 2 <衝上雲霄 2>, Chilam Cheung (張智霖) and Francis Ng (吳鎮宇) collaborates again in the latest police thriller The Leaker <洩密者們>.

When mentioned together, many fans would often link them back to Triumph in the Skies 2 as the series’ legendary pilots, but in reality, the pair’s very first collaboration was in 1997. In a movie called Theft Under the Sun <豪情蓋天>, Chilam played a role as an under-cover cop and Francis played a psychiatrist with a stutter. Thinking back, Chilam said there were very little scenes between the two at that time and their one scene lasted for a split second.

Cop versus Cop

Like-wise in Triumph in the Skies where the two had polar opposite personalities, the two will be playing cops from two very different places – Francis, a police officer from Hong Kong versus Chilam, who is playing a cop from Malaysia.

A straight-forward and quiet cop hailing from Malaysia, Chilam plays an officer who abides by the rules and attends to his superior’s orders at all times. In stark contrast to Chilam’s classic cop personality, Francis never plays by the rules and will always have his own way of solving the crime even if he has to use the most extreme methods.

Both are Good Fathers

While the pair’s personalities are complete opposites in The Leaker, in real life, Chilam and Francis are both good fathers who enjoy talking about their sons. Preferring to treat his son more like a friend, Francis said he often brings his son to work with him so that he understands what it is like on the set. However, Chilam never lets his son accompany him to work because he does not want the staff to look after him at all times.

Chilam maintains an excellent father-son relationship with Morton, expressing that they often share secrets with each other. Chilam revealed, “I have a lot of secrets with him, and I’m very tight-lipped so he often tells me things that he wouldn’t tell Anita Yuen (袁詠儀). I play the relaxed guy – as long as you don’t scold them often, children will often tell you their secrets.”

On scolding less, Francis agrees that children should be taught with patience rather than blatantly yelling at them. He stressed, “No matter how wrong they are, you have to keep an open ear so they can let you know the whole story, then you can find a good way to educate them and let them know what’s right. For example, if your son finds and picks up dog poop to eat, it’s very funny to be honest, but you shouldn’t yell at them – you need to find out how they felt about it, or what it tastes like and then tell them that it’s wrong.”

Source: HK01

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  1. “For example, if your son finds and picks up dog poop to eat, it’s very funny to be honest, but you shouldn’t yell at them – you need to find out how they felt about it, or what it tastes like and then tell them that it’s wrong.”

    HAHAHAA wut?! I hope not speaking from experience… XD

    1. @coralie lol I know… I don’t think I can do that! My first reaction: omg, get the wet wipe and get the poop off my baby lol! Then I will get angry because 1 – wonder if my child will get sick, 2 – can’t believe I let it happen! Then repeat no.1 lol! Then stay in that loop for a good 5mins until someone assured me my child will be fine -.-

      Though the difference is his child can talk, mine can’t yet >_> so all his advice is no good lawl

      1. @littlefish how old is your bb? I’m just thinking any parent would be so mad that their kid went and ate poop hahhahaa

        Idk if I agree with his philosophy. Experiments and real life has shown that being a parent is more important than being a friend. Maybe when the kids are grown then a friendship can be developed, but parenting should always come first

      2. @coralie he is 13 months atm 🙂

        Yea, I agree. At one stage, you need to make sure you be the parents first and foremost. It would be great that you can be a friend to your child, but not all child is the same. And not all moments are easy. Ever since I got pregnant, i have come to accept that I might be hated by my child as long as he grows up to be a decent human being

    2. @coralie That is indeed weirdest analogy I have ever heard in disciplining children. I remember my godparents used to tell me that they let their two children try super sour green lemon just so they know what is good bad or what they like or dislike or just simple differences of things. But dog poop?? AWWWWW…Gross!! You don’t need to try drugs to know that they are not good for you do you? lol…

      1. @wm2017 @coralie I wouldn’t be surprised if Francis was speaking from experience. I remember a few years back when he did his Telling Maria interview, he had talked about his relationship with his son and parenting methods in his family and it WAS a bit on the unconventional side. Like when his son was curious about fire and tried to play with matches/lighter – Francis told him not to do that but his son wouldn’t listen, so instead of yelling at him and trying to get him to listen, he took his son’s finger and stuck it close enough to the flame (can’t teme if it was a match or a lighter) to be uncomfortable (without the flame actually touching the flesh)….of course his son pulled his finger away and since then, never tried to play with matches/fire again. So yea, if it were any other father, then the dog poop thing would indeed be a weird analogy, but with Francis, let’s just say I would believe it if it ended up being from his personal experience, lol…

      2. @llwy12 haha yea, for sure, a lot of time, children would not listen until they try for themselves. But poop xD just no lawl. Fire example, all parents will do that like you said. But poop xD? I don’t think any can lawl. Though if you find out too late, that ship has set sailed, so handle Francis’s way will be best

  2. So I THINK and hoping Francis only spoke rhetorically xD Maybe he should’ve used booger instead of crap…

    I’ve known parents with mentality that you tell your kid no once, but if they persist then let them learn first hand; as long as it’s not life threatening of course. I know someone let their kid eats glue. He spat it out and never asked to try it ever again. Lol. They also said this taught the kid that when they say no to something, the kid is more willing to listen because of bad experience with the glue.

    Different strokes for different folks. I say as long as the parents are involved in the kid’s life, it’s a great positive step forward. Rock on, parents!

  3. I’m not sure I agree with their philosophy of listening and not scolding. Though I see the need for understanding children, a parent is a parent, and not a friend. Children need rules and boundaries. As a parent I lay down the rules. I don’t always explain why they can or can’t do something and honestly it’s not for them to understand, sometimes “no” is just “no”.

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