Starring Mark Chao (趙又廷) and Yang Zishan (杨子珊), the winter romance film Till the End of the World <南极之恋> premiered in China on February 2, 2018. The film is based on the novel written by Wu Youyin (吴有音), who also directed the film. The movie focuses focuses on the love story between a young millionaire and a scientist who get stranded in Antarctica for 75 days.
The film was shot on location in Antarctica for one month, a first for a Chinese film. “The approval process took a long time,” shared Mark. “We came across a few tour groups when we went there, and they were only allowed to be on land for about one to two hours. We were with the seals, the penguins… to be able to experience Antarctica like how we did is a rare opportunity.”
When recalling his experience filming in Antarctica, Mark said he had conflicted feelings of homesickness. “When we were there, we all missed home, but after leaving it, we missed Antarctica. It’s not easy to get there, but if given the chance, I would love to go back. Hopefully next time I’ll get to bring my family and friends.”
Mark: Antarctica was “Beyond Our Imaginations”
It was a warmer season in Antarctica when the film crew of Till the End of the World arrived to shoot the film. Mark shared, “It was about -10 to -20 degrees Celsius at the time. It wasn’t even as cold as the winters in the Northeast [of China], but it was really beyond our imaginations. The winds were heavy and there would be sudden blizzards. We weren’t allowed to film outdoors during those times.”
Mark recalled a time when the film crew experienced a sudden strong wind gust when they were shooting on top of a hill. “We felt like we would get blown away. It was scary! You feel so small and insignificant living here.”
In wide-screen shots or scenes where Mark had to walk off-camera, the actor said he would see nothing but whiteness and snow. “You suddenly don’t feel like you’re in the real world or filming. It’s like you entered another reality. You don’t know what’s going to happen to you, you don’t know where you are. You’re like a little rock on the side of the road. You’re not important. That feeling is horrible.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.