Joel Chan, Natalie Tong Start Training for Jazz Boon’s “Chinatown”
Jazz Boon’s (文偉鴻) upcoming television drama for TVB, Chinatown <唐人街>, has already begun production, and it’s going to be a feast for the eyes. Produced by the same crew behind 2016’s A Fist Within Four Walls <城寨英雄> and The Unholy Alliance <同盟>, Chinatown tells the story of a band of martial artists living in 1960’s Bangkok Chinatown. Principal photography has already started in Hong Kong, and production is expected to move to Thailand soon.
Chinatown stars Ruco Chan (陳展鵬), Grace Wong (王君馨), Philip Ng (伍允龍), Yuen Qiu (元秋), Jimmy Au (歐瑞偉), Jazz Lam (林子善), Joel Chan (陳山聰), Elaine Yiu (姚子羚), and Ngo Ka-nin (敖嘉年), along with new cast members Natalie Tong (唐詩詠) and Tiffany Lau (劉穎璇). The Unholy Alliance stars Joel Chan and Elaine Yiu will reunite as a couple.
Joel, who has been training with martial arts actor Ken Lo (盧惠光), shared that his character in Chinatown will be an expert in Wing Chun and Muay Thai. Elaine, on the other hand, is a mixed martial arts fighter specializing in weapons. “The style of fighting is very different from my character in The Unholy Alliance,” she said. “Here, I am from the Emei Sect, specializing in the Emeici.”
Though Chinatown is not Natalie Tong’s first kung fu-themed production, she will be playing a martial artist—a first in her career. “My character specializes in the Baguazhang,” she shared. “Kwok sifu has been very careful and kind with me, but it’s hard work. I never did kung fu before. The rest of the cast have experience because they’ve done at least one or two, while this is my first time.”
Nonetheless, Natalie said she has been enjoying her training. She also learned a lot about her own body’s endurance and strength. “My legs are actually very weak, so I have to be careful with my balance.” Natalie has not sustained any injuries thus far, but a few bruises here and there are “unavoidable.”
Similar to her character in A Fist Within Four Walls, Grace Wong plays a character who is skilled in the Bajiquan. Although she doesn’t have to start from scratch anymore, training for the role has been just as difficult as the first time.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.