Hong Kong crime thriller When the Wind Blows <風再起時> was first announced in 2017 and it made many fans excited to see Tony Leung (梁朝偉) and Aaron Kwok (郭富城) appearing on the silver screen together. While the film was ultimately delayed several times, Tony was not bothered and depends on his wife Carina Lau (劉嘉玲) as his manager.
Although Tony merges his personal life and professional life by working closely with Carina, Tony believes there are benefits to this arrangement, “She knows exactly what I like. Communication is easier.”
Tony shares that the two have a tacit understanding when they are choosing a script, “Sometimes when she receives the script, she will email it to me. If I like it, I will film it. If I don’t like it, I will drop it. I only either like or dislike the script. Since there is rarely any middle ground, we rarely argue.”
Tony on Finding the Right Script
As an established actor, Tony is often on the hunt for well-written script and admits having to turn down many scripts in recent years, “Sometimes I can’t read the script after a few pages or sometimes I don’t like the story at all. I always think filming is due to fate and I don’t know when I will come across something I really like. However, lately, I have accepted more movies because there are things I want to try.”
With a relaxed mindset, Tony shares that it was fate that brought him to the cast of When the Wind Blows. Tong explains, “When deciding whether to accept the project, I often talk to the director first. If I feel good about it, I would want to give it a try. I need to be able to trust the director. “
Tony continues, “This time, I read the script first and then told director Yung Tsz Kwong (翁子光) that I wanted to his work. I then watched his work, Port of Call <踏血尋梅> I thought it was quite interesting and that his story about a police officer in the 60’s would also be very unique.”
In When the Wind Blows, it follows the power struggles between two police officers played by Aaron and Tony. The characters are based on real life people and inspired a film. However, Tony shares that he deliberately charted his own interpretation of the character and did not deliberately compare to any previous works.
Connecting with the Character
Tony reveals that he enjoys revisiting a different time period and finds a connection through his character, “My character does not have big ambition. He likes to play the piano and shoots guns. He loves a woman but never expresses it. These moods are similar to mine so it was hard not to get invested in the role.”
Tony also likes how the film shows a glimpse of Hong Kong’s past and provides a journey to revisit time, I think this film has such intentions. It writes about the experiences of people in this era. Through some special edit, it comes together like pieces of a dream. The director has his own unique style. The characters are neither black or white. Everyone is just trying to survive in this era.”
Source: Topick HK
This article is written by Sammi for JayneStars.com.