Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Directed by Hong Kong director Johnnie To and starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng, Blind Detective was selected for the midnight screening at 66th Festival de Cannes which was also the film’s world premiere, many Chinese celebrities came to show their support.
On the red carpet, female lead Sammi’s shiny long gown caught the most attention, while Andy, Johnnie and scriptwriter Wai Kar-Fai were dressed formally in business suit. They waved to the audience, accepting interviews and photographs by more than 100 media reporters, the cameras’ flashes never stopped flashing.
After the premiere, the audience admired the film and the performance of Andy and Sammi as they gave a thunderous applause. Johnnie then led Andy and Sammi to stand up and thank the audience.
Being her first time walking the red carpet at Cannes, Sammi expressed that she was nervous and excited, she quipped: “I was so scared when I stepped onto the red carpet, I wanted to finish it quick!” With regards to the audience singing praise of her acting, a delighted Sammi said: “Very happy, the character that Wai Kar-Fai wrote allowed me to show off my acting, frankly said if this character was given to me 10 years ago, I would not be able to handle it, I have a lot of experiences in life these few years, now I can be more open in my acting. Many thanks to him and Johnnie for designing this character, I’m hysteria in many scenes, I could do my best because of the presence of Johnnie and Andy which allowed me to relax and act. With Johnnie saying OK, I can do it without any consideration.”
With regards to Andy’s blind character which resulting to less eye contact with him and required more body expression, thus their chemistry is important, Sammi said: “Acting with Andy is like playing ball, he served a quality ball to me, I’ll have confidence to return the ball to him, he can bring out my potential, is he crazy? I’m crazier than him! Every time seeing him putting all his effort, I would be planning how to match his standard, we can do this together!” Andy pointed out that Sammi did not take care of her body during shooting, doesn’t care even she’s in a dangerous position had made his heart aches.
With such a good response in the premiere, other than being excited, Andy also exclaimed his contradiction, he said: “Many audience scolded me “cheap” after watching the film! Actually this character is specially designed for me by Johnnie To and Wai Kar-Fai, the character is really cheap, thus people scolded me after watching the film, thus unsure whether should I be happy or sad? Haha! Actually most importantly is everybody like it!”
Collaborating with Sammi for the seventh time, Andy feel that she had developed into another stage, he said: “Blind Detective is a new milestone for Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng! Other than the trust and chemistry we had after so many collaborations, on the other side it’s our collaboration after 9 years, both of us had experience and grown up, we can handle this special script with ease.”
When asked about him being compared to Tony Leung Chiu Wai in The Silent War, Andy said: “If I’m like him, that means my acting is as good as him.” One reporter from Mainland China asked if there is any difference in terms of acting before and after marriage? Sammi wanted to say that Andy’s status changed from single to married but Andy joked: “Changed to double!”, and quipped that now he has no chance to woo Sammi.
Recently Hollywood films like Iron Man 3 and Transformer 4 had been waving at Chinese actors but Wang Zhexue only appeared for a few minutes in Iron Man 3 whereas Fan Bingbing scenes was cut from the international version, Andy sighed: “Hollywood seems interested in the Chinese market but show no respect to Chinese actors.”
He revealed that he’s currently writing a script, “Once started writing will feel that other can write better, thus I could not continue writing.” Last year he was the most handsome chairman of the judging panel at Golden Horse Film Awards, with this year being the 50th anniversary of Golden Horse Film Awards, he said: “I’ll surely participate, had already made the dates free.” He suggested Lee Ang to be this year’s chairman. He then complaint to the media: “Lee Ang approach an Indian and forget about me.” But he console himself: “I’m able to be cast in many directors’ films, when there’s regrets in life, you will have more targets.” Being crowned Best Actor at Golden Horse Film Awards twice, becoming one of the judges improved his acting, he quipped: “Won’t be the chairman this year, hope Blind Detective had the chance to be nominated.”
Actually Andy only stayed in Cannes for one night, since arrival he had accepted numerous media interviews, until before the premiere then he had time to have dinner with Johnnie To, Wai Kar-Fai and Mainland China director Jia Zhangke.
Carina Lau who was also in Cannes had expressed that she wanted to meet up with Sammi, however both were busy with their film’s promotion and could not find time, Sammi whom wanted to meet Carina so much could only said their meet-up depended on their “affinity”. Indeed they have affinity, when Andy and Sammi were preparing to head out of their hotel for the premiere of Blind Detective, they managed to bumped into Carina and her husband Tony Leung Chiu Wai. They congratulate and cheer on each other, as they were rushing to attend the premiere, thus they only took a photograph together.
After the premiere, Andy and Sammi went back to the hotel to rest before continuing their Cannes’ promotion in the morning as they attended the press conference where many fans seek autographs from Andy, Sammi and Johnnie.
It was a sunny day, Sammi who was wearing a black leather jacket looked compatible with Andy who was wearing a purple western suit. After the arrival of Johnnie and Wai Kar-Fai, they stood together for more than 100 reporters to take photographs. The mischievous Andy and Sammi even made V hand signal when they posed.
On the press conference, Sammi expressed that she’s delighted to show off her acting in Blind Detective. The idea of the film started off with Andy who request to be a blind person, Johnnie said: “He said he wanted to be a blind lawyer, but I feel that lawyer can only talk and won’t not show off anything, in the end it became the detective story that you’re watching now.”
Source: ent.QQ.com, Headline Daily, Hong Kong Daily, Wei Wen Po, Sing Tao, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Metro Daily, AM730, skypost, Liberty Times, Macao Daily
Translated by: AndyLauSounds
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