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Meeting a Shaw Brothers legend, Ti Lung at the 2004 Amiens Film Festival
After Shaw Brothers 1/1 - Page 4
Author(s) : David Vivier
Date : 1/11/2004
Type(s) : Interview
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People :
Chang Cheh
David Chiang Da Wei
Movies :
Young Lovers On Flying Wheels
The Young Rebel
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HKC : : Yourself have directed two films in 1974 and 1975: respectively Young Lovers on Flying Wheelsand The Young Rebel. What do you remember from those two shootings and why didn't you make more films afterwards?
Ti Lung : Why did I make these films? Well, because of Chang Cheh, he had a vision. When an actor reaches a certain level, at some point he needs to change, to get behind the camera as a technician or even a director. As my contract andDavid Chiang’s at the SB were soon over, Chang Cheh thought about recruiting us. He already had Taiwanese people, a new generation of actors-stuntmen (The future ‘Venoms’) that he wanted to put in the foreground. He had the idea of encouraging us to become directors him and me.

HKC : Thanks to Chang Cheh, you had the opportunity to write, play and direct your own films while Chang Cheh directed his own and produced yours…
Ti Lung : On my first film The Young Rebel, I wrote the script which is inspired from my childhood and we can describe it as a miserable, ‘une vie de chien’ [Ed'.: ‘a dog’s life’ in French]. I made this first film and that gave me the opportunity to know more things behind the camera. And for the actor, I chose David Chiang because he’s very slim and his figure was a lot like mine when I was 16/17 at that time I was very skinny and quite fragile. But as you know the work of director is tough, complex and my experience in that field was so limited. I was young so I can call the two films I made as immature. Yet they were very good experiences and I concluded from that that I preferred staying an actor, it takes time to play well. We had little success for the first time and I thought that as an actor, there was still a place for me.

Ti Lung in Drug Addict (1974)
HKC : You also played in David Chiang’s film The Drug Addict in 1974.
Ti Lung : We made a mutual promise to play in each other’s film and that time I was a bit large and I had to follow a drastic diet since I had to lose 15 pounds. [Ed': 7kg]
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