Thursday, November 10, 2011


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THE GREAT MAGICIAN (DAI MOR SHOOK SI) will open in January next year.  Director Derek Yee Tung Sing yesterday led Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Lau Ching Wan to attend the first all Asia press conference in Shanghai.  Almost 200 reporters covered the event.  Two Best Actors exchanged words on the stage as if they were still battling wits in the film.

Since THE LONGEST NITE (UM FA), Lau Ching Wan and Leung Chiu Wai ran into each other 13 years later.  This time at the press conference, they gave people the impression just like in the production special that they have met each other's match.  When asked about their experience during the shoot, Leung Chiu Wai joked, "The director is very strict.  We must speak Putonghua throughout.  Everyday aside from making the movie we are practicing our Putonghua."  Lau Ching Wan agreed, "Everyday I am in the room practicing Putonghua, only this way would I not lose to him."  The crowd roared with laughter.

Two Best Actors even "exposed" Yee Tung Sing.  Leung Chiu Wai claimed that he was excessively strict at work and made the actors very nervous.  When asked about the fight scene in which Lau Ching Wan and
Leung Chiu Wai choked each other, they both made a helpless expression and blamed the director as the initiator.  They were only following orders.  Yee Tung Sing also humorously "responded" to such "blames".  "The film company boss said, when viewers buy tickets to go to the movies they have to see fights.  It's not good without fights!  So I arranged for them to fight."  As for online rumors that Leung Chiu Wai and Zhou Xun will perform THE GREAT MAGICIAN's theme song GUESS LOVER.  Leung Chiu Wai confirmed it and said, "Indeed, at first I was to sing with Lau Ching Wan, but Lau Ching Wan backed out last second.  Now I can only sing with Zhou Xun."

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