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Through the Lens of Arthur Wong
Shooting Jackie Chan 1/1 - Page 7
Author(s) : David Vivier
Thomas Podvin
Date : 12/1/2005
Type(s) : Interview
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People :
Sammo Hung Kam Bo
Li Han Hsiang
Movies :
Armour Of God
Armour Of God II : Operation Condor
Eastern Condors
Golden Lotus
The Medallion
The Millionaire's Express
Wheels On Meals
Companies :
Golden Harvest
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HKCinemagic: A question on Jackie Chan, because you did quite a few films with him and also with Sammo Hung: Wheels on Meals, Armour of God and The Medallion. How did you meet Jackie?
Arthur Wong: Actually I know him from very early on, since before he took any lead acting roles. I knew him as an assistant choreographer. He was very young and always talking about which bars were good to go to.

I think nobody knows but his first leading movie was not an action movie, but a blue movie, a film about sex! [Ed.: Li Han Hsiang’s Golden Lotus, 1974] Because the director liked his nose. In Chinese, there is some slang saying that goes: “big nose got big dick !” (Laugher)

HKCinemagic: In French too. It must be an international saying! Moving on. You met Sammo Hung around the same time.
Arthur Wong: Yes, when I was second assistant in Golden Harvest, Sammo Hung was the main action choreographer there. So we met a long long time ago.

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HKCinemagic: You worked with both of them in films such as Miracles or The Millionaire's Express. They were big budget films.
Arthur Wong: Yes. Those pictures were the biggest budget of their respective year of production.
HKCinemagic: Also, films like Heart Of Dragon, My Lucky Stars, Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Stars, Wheels On Meals, Winners And Sinners, Dragons Forever
Arthur Wong: Each picture was directed by Sammo Hung and starred Jackie. So I spent almost eight years working with them every year on the biggest budget of the year. So in those times, I had a very good opportunity to ask for new equipment to be brought to HK, like the first biggest lights (the 4K, 8K, 12K lights), the remote, the remote head, the biggest crane, etc., because I had the biggest budgets on my hands, I could ask for these pieces of equipment. It was a good chance for me.

And it was the beginning of a good relationship with Jackie. And after Opération Condor [Ed.: we believe he meant Eastern Condors], Sammo Hung took a break of a few years and migrated to Canada. I began to work as DP and Jackie as the director [of his own films, on Armour of God I and II, Miracles]. The first one was Miracles. In one scene the camera movement was extremely difficult. We did 60 takes in one long day.

HKCinemagic: Now you are on Jackie Chan’s technical group as a consultant.
Arthur Wong: Yes, since Miracles. I work with the JC Group as technical advisor, and we are the shareholders of the so called Film Tech. It’s an equipment rental company owned by JC. And I am a shareholder with him. And he brought the new techniques and lenses [to HK].
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