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Through the Lens of Arthur Wong
Working with a tyrant 1/1 - Page 8
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Author(s) : David Vivier
Thomas Podvin
Date : 12/1/2005
Type(s) : Interview
 
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People :
Tsui Hark
Movies :
A Chinese Ghost Story
Dragon Inn
Once Upon A Time In China
 
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HKCinemagic: Tsui Hark is one of the most gifted directors…
Arthur Wong: … is the most difficult to work with (laughers).
 
HKCinemagic: He also has some unique ideas and a great vision. He did the Once Upon a Time in China series, Dragon Inn and A Chinese Ghost Story with you.
Arthur Wong: Some organization one day came to interview me. I asked “why me?” They said, “we’ve checked your record, you are the only one you did 5 or 6 movies from start to finish with Tsui Hark and on your own!” In most of his films Tsui has five or six different cameramen. Sometimes, after only one day the cameraman gets fired. (Laughers).
HKCinemagic: Typical. It’s Tsui Hark!
Arthur Wong: Yes. Sometimes, the guy fired says: “Good! I cannot stand you, bye bye!”

I can say Tsui is very creative, but he changes his mind every minute. So sometimes, even though you’ve done a lot and a lot of preparation on location, suddenly he comes up with an idea and changes everything! And, he won’t even give you enough time! That’s the problem! He keeps pushing you, pushing you, pushing you, squeezing you, and hurrying you. But you’d tell him “I need time to change the lighting!” He’d squeeze you to do it faster and faster.

So yes, in every picture we become enemies. But, after the filming ends, or after 6 or 9 months, he’d call me and say he has another movie to do… So I’d wonder if it is interesting and he’d invite me to come and listen the story first. And each time, when you listen to his story, you’d think you should do the film!


Working with a tyrant
HKCinemagic: So it’s very challenging to work with him.
Arthur Wong:Yes, very very much.
 
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