Gordon Lam Ka-tung (林家棟) has taken on a rather violent role in the upcoming mystery drama film, Nessun Dorma <兇手還未睡>. The Hong Kong movie, which is directed by Herman Yau (邱禮濤), deals with controversial issues and dark social themes.
The movie stars Janice Man (文詠珊) as a woman who wakes up in a dark room, tied to a bed naked and raped. Although she manages to escape, she and the people around her are continuously haunted by the incident. Nessun Dorma has been compared to last year’s Sara <雛妓>, which starred Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍) as a victim of sexual abuse.
Yesterday, Gordon and Janice promoted their upcoming film at an anniversary banquet hosted by the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers. Janice told the press that the movie gave her the greatest challenge of her acting career, and urged everyone to pay special attention to her performance in the film.
Gordon, who plays Janice’s rapist and abuser, was asked to share his experiences on how he approached the violent scenes. “This is our first collaboration,” he said. “On the first day we met we already had to do those scenes. The director told me to not go soft on her.”
Did Gordon actually go soft? “Honestly, no, because if I did, we would have to reshoot it and that would be even more painful.” Nonetheless, Gordon said he felt miserable after doing the scenes because Janice couldn’t stop crying.
Janice wasn’t the only actress Gordon had to “beat up.” In the movie The Sleep Curse <失眠>, Gordon rapes and abuses Michelle Wai (衛詩雅). Michelle shared some of the injuries she had sustained through filming on her Facebook, writing, “This is all happening… it is not makeup… just acting but we were serious…”
Nessun Dorma will have its world premiere on March 22, 2016 at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. The movie also stars Andy Hui (許志安) and Candice Yu (余安安).
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.