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Carina Lau Ka Ling earlier promoted DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (DIK YUN KIT ji TUNG TIN DAI GOK) in Beijing. Ka Ling honestly said that when she first saw her controversial Wu Zetian costume she too thought it was strange but even more of a breakthrough. Her husband Tony Leung Chiu Wai gave her a lot of opinions and encouragement; speaking of "rival" Maggie Cheung Man Yuk, Ka Ling said that it was a beautiful misunderstanding and that her relationship with Wai Jai was not fragile.
Ka Ling in DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME played Wu Zetian. Her costume came under question as her holding of a magnolia branch became a source of comedy. She explained that it was director Tsui Hark's design and he even demonstrated it for her. The director hoped that Wu Zetian was someone with both dragon and phoenix in one. As for outside criticism of the costume, Ka Ling said that at first when she saw it she thought it was a little strange but acceptable. It broke through her original look and instead she became someone else. She also denied rumors that Tsui Hark originally asked Brigitte Lin (Lam Ching Ha) to play Wu Zetian, but she honestly said that she never thought about playing Wu Zetian because she was not as dominating. Yet her current age and condition were very suitable, which made her fall for Wu Zetian more and more.
Tony Leung Chiu Wai has also worked with Tsui Hark before. Ka Ling revealed that this time Wa Jai shared a lot of experience with her, reminding her that she often had to find time to eat because Tsui Hark would not give time for actors to. She also said that ordinarily she
would give Wai Jai objective opinions, pointing out that when he was lost he would like to listen to opinions from people he trusted in hopes of another breakthrough. She would pick out his flaws but also remembered to publicly praised her husband was a very excellent, very attractive actor in China.
The media asked Cheung Man Yuk in the end was absent from DETECTIVE's Venice red carpet. Ka Ling graciously responded to Man Yuk's rumored with the couple. "This is a beautiful misunderstanding, news that the reporters created. To me it's nothing, I no longer minded. Man Yuk is very pretty. We both are intelligent people. After so many years, it must be very entertaining film or television script. I am very happy for Leung Chiu Wai. Our relationship is not so fragile. Leung Chiu Wai has thousands of fans. You are all envious of me, but if I was a man I would be envious of him too."
Ka Ling revealed that Andy Lau Tak Wa not only did not sympathize with her having to wear a heavy costume in high heat but also made fun of her sitting posture with imitation. Ka Ling even impersonated how Wa Jai looked during break when he took off the head gear that he decided to use as a fan.
Wai Jai two nights ago attended a Cartier event in Shanghai. Other guests included Ethan Ruan (Yuen King Tin) and Fan Bingbing. Lately busy with the Wong Kar Wai directed THE GRANDMASTERS (YUT DOI JUNG SI), Wai Jai said, "Before the shoot, I have already begun to study Wing Chun. The production has been rather tough, I was also injured and hindered the progress." Did he fall for Wing Chun because of it? Wai Jai honestly said "No, my favorite is still running!"