Spending almost 390 million Chinese yuan on Hong Kong’s biggest sci-fi action movie Warriors of Future <明日戰記>, Louis Koo (古天樂) broke out in tears during a promotional event as the film has been bleeding losses.
Aside from heavily investing in the movie, Louis spent over a decade working on the film. To promote his film, Louis even resorted to live-selling in Mandarin as a method to help spread word of his new movie in China.
Responding to speculations that he had cried on stage over the disappointing box office sales, Louis explained that he was saddened by the story arc of his deceased wife in the movie. “I’m made of steel, I won’t fall down easily, even if I fall down, I’ll get up immediately, don’t worry!” As the movie is a labor of love and took three years in post production, Louis hopes more people will support it at the box office.
Opening in theaters for nine days, Warriors of Future has only made about CNY310 million. Considering other factors such as the demolition of many theaters and the limited number of showings in some smaller theaters, Warriors of Future is facing difficulty in realizing a profit.
A strong advocate to push new boundaries in Hong Kong films, Louis is especially passionate about making headway in the sci-fi genre. “Although I feel that the movie can be better, it requires us to continue learning from this experience to improve…. I think it’s necessary no matter how much time or money it takes, or we will never learn how to do this,” Louis said.
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This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.