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Interview with Chee Keong Cheung, on his HK action film debut
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Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Date : 30/12/2008
Type(s) : Interview
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Interview conducted by Thomas Podvin in Lancaster, UK, at the Intense Productions office.
All photos are courtesy Intense Productions.

Special thanks to Chee Keong Cheung for his time and for proofreading the interview transcript.
Thanks extended to Mike Leeder.

Cheung Chee Keong's two action films are available on DVD in the UK through the label Action Extreme -- on the 18/05/2009 for Underground and on the 08/06/2009 for Bodyguard: A New Beginning.

HKCinemagic: A few words on your projects, and their evolution.

Chee Keong Cheung:

-The Grind: The film is currently in post production. I’m an exec producer on the film. It’s a British gangster film and it explores the dark and sometimes explosive world of running an East End [London] nightclub.

-Dreams: It’s at the script stage and is a project that’s very close to me. It’s a more dramatic film, with no action, which I wrote and will be directing. The story revolves around a young boy who is diagnosed with a serious illness and how he, his family and those around him, try to come to terms with his condition. It’s a coming of age story.

-Sabina: It’s currently in turnaround and I’d been developing the film as a producer for several years; The film is based on the true story of Sabina Spielrein a Russian Jewish patient, who in 1904, at the age of 19, was referred to Carl Jung. During her treatment, she and Jung would embark upon a passionate and forbidden love affair. We had two-time Academy Award Winner Jack Cardiff on board and Martin Scorsese attached as an executive producer. There’s some amazing talent attached but as a dramatic and period film, it’s a challenging project to get off the ground within the current market place.

I’ve also just finished writing a vigilante style action film, which I hope to direct later in the year. I’m very excited about this and there are also a few other projects in the action genre that I’m currently developing with several producers in the UK and US. Hopefully 2009 will be an exciting year.

HKCinemagic: Are you on the look out for projects that will bring you back to Asia?
Chee Keong Cheung: Yes, definitely. I’d like to do more work in Asia and I am currently talking to Mike Leeder about finding other possible collaborations, and projects which can fuse the East with the West. That’s certainly an appeal for me and I think given the creative talents from both sides there are many opportunities to be explored.

I only experienced a small taste while in HK but that was certainly enough to make me want to go back. During my time in HK, it really was like a big family. Everyone was so giving. I got to work and direct some great talent both in front and behind of the camera, which was a real honour and privilege and it was certainly a very memorable experience.

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