|Nicholas Chin: I grew up watching Elvis Tsui and loved Viva Erotica so when a chance came up to meet him, I grabbed it. For the character, it was important to have someone was appears immediately tough but can naturally reveal a softer side. He is like that in real life -- a real gentleman scholar and I am grateful to the producer Wong Yat Ping in convincing Elvis to come back to HK after so many years to act in the film.
Working with Richard Ng was a privilege and it was nerve-wracking at first. He was very generous with me as a first-time director and also his experience and advices as a director and producer were crucial. I learnt a lot watching him work, how he naturally brings warmth to a scene and timing. Often in the editing room, we simply followed his pacing, his dialogue rhythm and small gestures to cut the scene. While acting, he also gives directors natural editing points. We talked about them when shooting but only much later while editing did I fully realise how much help he was giving us.
To attract such talented actors offering them roles against their norms, Elvis as a worn-down hero and Richard in a very non-comedic role, makes it fun for them.