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Interview with Chee Keong Cheung, on his HK action film debut
Filming action 1/1 - Page 5
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Date : 30/12/2008
Type(s) : Interview
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Anthony Carpio
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HKCinemagic: Anthony Carpio and Chan Man-Ching from the Jackie Chan Stunt Group handled the action. How did you work with them? Did they have carte blanche or on the contrary you were very involved in every action scene design?
Chee Keong Cheung: Working with Anthony Carpio and Chan Man Ching was certainly a great experience. They have a great deal of experience between them and are very respected within the industry and I learnt so much from them. It was great seeing their approach to the action from conceptualisation to the execution.

I’d sit and talk to them about my thoughts on what I wanted to achieve within each of the action scenes and then they’d start putting and devising some of the sequences for me to see. I’d then comment and work with them to adapt it. As a director, I’m quite hands on and we worked very closely. Obviously they are hugely experienced at what they do and I also wanted to give them the freedom to be able to undertake that. The finale in the film in particular was very special.

HKCinemagic: Usually in HK, a director does the drama, and the action director does the action.
Chee Keong Cheung: It was interesting as that separation was something I didn’t really know until I got to HK. As a director I like to be very hands on. However, when I get involved in the action, there’s certainly no disrespect intended. I get involved with all aspects and tend to go over and direct the extras at times, and my AD would say I don’t need to do that. I hope I help but sometimes I might just be a nuisance. The key for me was to interweave the action and the drama.

Anthony Carpio and Chan Man-Ching real helped make the action possible in the film. They really pay attention to details and as I said earlier it was great to see them at work. They have such a vast wealth of experience and knowledge and are both really good guys. They always strive to push things and make things better. Collectively, I am very proud of what we achieved in HK.

HKCinemagic: For your next hypothetic project in HK, you’ll fit better within the HK style of film-making after this first experience.
Chee Keong Cheung: I think so, absolutely. I learnt a lot in HK and it was a great experience. Personally I was really glad I could speak Cantonese also. It really helped. I’m certainly a lot more familiar with the HK style and pace of film-making now.
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