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Nicholas Tse Ting Fung's film salary reportedly is ahead of Cecilia Cheung Pak Chi's. Earlier winning the Hong Kong Film Award Best Actor, his worth took off as his salary already exceeded 16 million. He was able to make even more than Pak Chi's 15 million!
Although Ting Fung got a raise, many directors fought to make offers to him. Aside from Wong Jing, Alex Law Kai Yui and Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting, all of whom appeared at Ting Fung's company, reportedly Benny Chan Muk Sing, Dante Lam Chiu Yin, and the Pang Brothers were all in negotiation with Ting Fung. Supposedly Yuen Woo Ping has also joined the fray with an offer for Ting Fung to star in the film WUDANG with Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo) and Wang Leehom (Wong Lik Won).
Ting Fung's THE VIRAL FACTOR (YIK JIN) is planning for a Lunar New Year release (January 23 Lunar New Year's Day), while Pak Chi's THE LION ROARS 2 (HOR DUNG SI HAU II) is planning for a Valentine's Day (February 14) release. With THE VIRAL FACTOR's momentum, a month long run in the Mainland would be no surprise and they had a chance to go head to head.
Ting Fung's manager Mani Fok Man Hei was asked about Ting Fung's raise and Yuen Woo Ping's new film. "Ting Fung indeed got a raise, but the amount is a business secret that I am not at liberty to reveal. Lord Eight two years ago already offered Ting Fung two movies, but we haven't received the WUDANG script. We appreciate Lord Eight's admiration very much and really want to work with Lord Eight. (Why do you feel about THE VIRAL FACTOR and THE LION ROARS 2's almost direct confrontation?) Full blossom everywhere is a good thing."
Yesterday Pak Chi was accused of often missing work without reason and arrogantly yelling at workers. The team completely denied the accusations and said that Pak Chi's work attitude was great and never took off without reason.