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Exclusive photos from the "Fighting Goddess - Michelle Yeoh Night".
Photos were taken by Goy (by cell-phone) who attended the event on March 3rd in Tokyo.
Thanks Goy! (The person next to Michelle was the interpreter.)
Photos from "Michelle Yeoh Night", March 3rd, Japan
Some photos of Michelle at the stage greetings at the "Michelle Yeoh Night"
on March 3rd, from Japanese blogs.
A "Fighting Goddess - Michelle Yeoh Night" is being held
in Tokyo on March 3rd as a part of Hong Kong Cinema Festival.
is to be screened at the event. And
Michelle herself will be attending and meeting with fans.
: Virgin Toho Cinema Roppongi Hills, Tokyo
: Friday, March 3rd 2006, 19:30
Ticket sale starts at March 1st.
Japanese Silver Hawk
DVD will be released on April 7th.
Japanese Silver Hawk Official site
published an interview (in Japanese) with Michelle when she was in Japan last month.
She talked about filmmaking, the Great Wall bike jump, role of superheros, SARS,
and also filming of Sunshine
Silver Hawk interview in Japan
Japanese Silver Hawk
promotion team managed to
grab Michelle for 90 minutes for an interview during her
busy promotion of Memoirs of a Geisha
last month in Japan,
Japanese Silver Hawk flyers
will be released theatrically in Japan on December 10th -
the exact same day when Memoirs of a Geisha
(Japanese Silver Hawk Official site
This month, Silver Hawk
DVD will be released in both North
America and U.K.:
Region 1 (U.S./Canada) September 27
Region 2 (U.K.) September 26
Hmm, does it mean the film will not have
theatrical releases in these regions??
Photo: Silver Hawk U.S. DVD Cover
is having a theatrical release in Italy, starting
today - August 5th.
Michelle was nominated as Best Actress
for her role in Silver
at the 7th Changchun Film Festival which opens today in
China. Established in 1992, Changchun Film Festival is one of the major
film festivals in China. As a competition film at the festival this
year, Silver Hawk
was also nominated in the categories for
its computer special effects and boxoffice value.
"Xin Hua" news (China) published a list of the ten most powerful Chinese
films in 2004. Silver Hawk
is one of them. From the box figure,
ranked no. 7.
Congratulations! Silver Hawk
was awarded the "Best Co-production Film"
at China's Huabiao Awards
"Huabiao Awards" is one of the major film awards in mainland China and the highest governmental honors for Chinese films. Created in 1956, it was originally called "Government Awards". In 1994, it was renamed as "Huabiao Awards" (directly translated as Palace Columns Awards). It is an annual award in recognition of the excellent Chinese films and filmmakers.
received the same honor two years ago.
the sales agent of Silver Hawk
, will screen the film at Cannes market. Monday
May 17th, BORY K, 14:00.
Official Silver Hawk
DVD was released by Mega Star (Hong Kong) on April
16th. All Regions
/NTSC (on the cover it's listed as Region 3 but
it's in fact NOT region coded - at least not for this shipment).
DVD information and cover pics
Photos from the Silver Hawk Asian premiere tour
are added in "Production & News Photos"
(January 13th to 27th).
is scheduled to be released in Taiwan on March 19th.
According to a Variety article (link at News
the film will open in Korea in March, Japan in April and
Europe this summer. A North American distribution deal is in the works.
Silver Hawk Official Site
updates: premiere tour videos (in Breaking News). Direct download links can
be found at the Video section of this page.
will have two screenings at AFM (The 24th Annual
American Film Market, Feb. 25 - Mar. 3)
Friday 2/27 3:00, AMC     Sunday 2/29 11:00, AMC
Santa Monica, California.
Back to L.A. from my two week trip to Beijing. While in there, I watched
four more times of Silver Hawk
on big screen, and, bought a copy
of DVD. Yes, the official (Mandarin dubbed version) DVD/VCD of
was released in Mainland China within a week of the
theatrical release of the film. Meanwhile the film is still showing in
theatres. Apparently it's a new way of fighting against piracy. It's
very common in Mainland that a movie is in theatre and on video at the
same time these days. The prices of official DVD/VCD's have been
dropped too. A set of DVD is being sold for less than U.S.$2. Unbelievable.
I really enjoy this film myself and can't get enough of it. It's light,
entertaining, and serves well as a Chinese New Year film. It makes up
all the action I missed from The Touch
. I have
heard that the film was not a hit in Hong Kong (it was released in a
relatively small number of theatres in Hong Kong, wonder why). According to
Asian Box Office
it opened at no.5 in Hong Kong's box and was no.7 last week. On the
other hand, Silver Hawk
has been doing very well in Mainland
China and critics are positive. Hope the film gets a release in U.S.
before too long!
Here I'd like to share a letter from producer Thomas Chung,
who just returned to Hong Kong with Michelle from Bangkok - they had
been at the 2004 Bangkok International Film Festival
(Jan. 22 - Feb. 2)
. Silver Hawk
premiered in Bangkok last week. (Photos from the premieres will
come later.) In the letter Thomas expressed his thought
on the disappointing performance of Silver Hawk
in Hong Kong.
...I'd start by saying if I could do Silver Hawk again, I will do the same again. Could we make it better? Of course, that goes for every other film. But all-in-all, we have balanced the risk and taste in different markets and audience and found what we felt was the right mix. Of course we will try to please most of the audience most of the time.
Hong Kong is a market that is worth around 1% in value in the global
scene. Naturally we were hoping the film would work in HK too but
there are many elements that makes a film works, box-office wise. One
of those is marketing and promotion. I'll leave it at that. Hong
Kong's ills in moviegoing is indeed a very complex problem... but a
problem it indeed is. There are many good movies which cannot make it
to HK cinemas as the movie-going base and culture is extremely
shallow. Blockbuster just pulled out of HK, it is a clear sign that
the HK market, as a whole, is structurally sick from exhibition to
video. Silver Hawk is performing quite well in other markets from
China to Malaysia through much better marketing and strong words of
mouth. International buyers love the film too.
(February 2, 2004)
Asian tour has started. Michelle, Richie Jen,
Li Bingbing, Brandon Chang, Jingle Ma and Thomas Chung attended the
Beijing premiere on Jan. 13th and Shanghai premiere on 14th.
At the press conferences, Michelle talked about her unforgettable
experience of flying the bike over The Great Wall. She said
before her jump, the stunt coordinator kept reminding her to make
sure she reaches the safe speed they had measured. She didn't think
of anything during the actual sequence. All she remembered was
director Jingle Ma shouted right before she started: "Remember to smile!"
So she smiled, and did the jump.
When Jingle Ma and Thomas Chung talked about the idea of the bike jump
with Michelle, they did not expect her to do it herself. It was
Michelle who volunteered to do it. Both Ma and Chung went quiet for
about half a minute when they heard Michelle said she would
do it without using stunt double.
Filming with a panda cub was another exciting experience for Michelle.
They met the baby panda four months before. By the time when the
actual shooting began, the panda had grown to 100 pounds. There was
a scene in which Michelle was supposed to hold the panda. But the result
was the panda was actually holding Michelle!
Richie Jen said the hardest part for him during the filming was running
and kicking while wearing high heels. In a scene he cross-dressed as
a woman. He said it was very hard to balance on those shoes and as a
result he got more than ten blisters on his feet. That scene took a
whole day to shoot in a public park. It was embarrassing when he needed
to go to the restroom - he had to send his assistant to clear the road
and stand guard.
Li Bingbing said her role (Jane) almost got killed early in the film.
She arrived at Shanghai from a TV shooting in Hong Kong. Because of
SARS she had to be placed in quarantine for 14 days. Director Jingle
Ma told her in order to catch the schedule they had to "kill" her
and let her die at the beginning of the film. She said she started
to cry. She really
wanted this role and trained hard for it. Eventually director found
a way to adjust the shooting schedule and kept her alive.
The film will be released on January 22nd, the Chinese New Year Day.
Beijing and Shanghai Press Conferences
Video from Beijing Press conference: (Windows Media, 16:26, in Mandarin)
And - the message board
Silver Hawk Official Site
I-HAVE-SEEN SILVER HAWK
Great actions. Great visuals. Great music/soundtrack. Very entertaining.
Michelle looks as energetic, graceful, etc. as ever!
Thank you, producers - Michelle and Thomas, Philip Hemnell of Han and
Andy Abrams of Arclight, for giving us the privilege of being one of
the first people to see this Michelle's latest film.
Lucky fans from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore,
and Thailand will
see the film later this month. The film will also be released in Taiwan
in March, in Japan this coming summer, and in Korea sometime by
the summer. It will be released in other regions at later dates.
"Oriental Daily" (Hong Kong. Jan 7)
has a story on making
of Silver Hawk
- Michelle's motorbike jump. Sixteen seconds. One
take. Our heroic Michelle!
It was a nice weather day. Besides the filmmakers, there were also
about 1000 locals came to witness this special moment. Everything
was ready. Michelle went on the bike, took a deep breath, raced
through the ramp temporarily built for the filming. After several ear
piercing roars, with everyone holding their breathes, Michelle and
her BMW rose in the air and flew over The Great Wall! The applause and
cheers were thunderous when she landed safely. The smoking motorcycle,
after a few seconds of the landing, caught fire.
Reportedly, when director Jingle Ma and co-producer Thomas Chung first
brought up the idea of the bike jumping over The Great Wall,
Michelle asked: "Flying a bike over The Great Wall?
No wires? No special effect? Has anyone done it before?" When the
answer she heard was no, Michelle said: "Great. I'll do it. No wires.
No special effect. No stunt double. It would be an one time in life
After successfully receiving the approval from Chinese authorities
to shoot the scene in the part of The Great Wall at Qin Huang Dao,
crew members flew to the location and prepared for three months.
The motorcycle stunt alone cost HK$5 million .
Photos on the
Malaysian fans - your chance of meeting Silver Hawk!
"The Star": High-kicking Yeoh's back
Tentative Silver Hawk
Jan 13 Beijing
Jan 14 Shanghai
Jan 15 Guangzhou
Jan 16 Kuala Lumpur
Jan 17 Penang
Jan 19 Hong Kong
Jan 27 Bangkok
Taiwan "Energy Band" performs the Chinese version of the title song
- Hawk Is Flying.
The film will be released in Taiwan in March.
Silver Hawk Official Site
new behind scene videos (in "Breaking News").
Silver Hawk Official Site
updates: new trailer (the Cantonese version has English subtitles),
photo gallery, wallpaper, and behind scene video clips (in "Breaking
News from Hong Kong: Silver Hawk
comics series will be coming
out in January. More than 100,000 copies will be hitting the Southeast
Asian market early next month. Culturecom Holdings Ltd., the publisher
that handles the comics, also plans to publish the comics at some journals
before the books come out. The publisher thinks the story and action
in the Silver Hawk
film are very suitable for comics.
Character design and action styles for the comics will be very similar
to the film.
from "Ming Pao".
Blackie Ko Sau-Leung, nicknamed No. 1 Flying Person of Asia, passed away in
Shanghai on December 9th. Apparently he died of an "alcohol-induced
asthma attack" after attending three banquets. He was 51.
We reported on this website in March that Ko's stunt team - though not
Blackie Ko himself - participated in the filming of Silver Hawk
"Sina" reporters interviewed director Jingle Ma, who
had worked on a few movies with Ko, after hearing the tragic
news. Jingle Ma recalled that when Blackie Ko heard Silver Hawk
needed a scene of flying bike over The Great Wall, he asked Ma why he (Ko)
was not asked to do the stunt for the film. Ma told him that it was
because Michelle decided to do the stunt herself. Ma also said Ko is
a multi-talented person and loyal friend. It's really sad to have lost him.
Blackie Ko Sau-Leung had participated in more than 100 films, including
Michelle's Magnificent Warriors
(car/bike action director)
and Royal Warriors
On December 7th, Michelle, Jingle Ma, Richie Jen, and Brandon Chang
were on a Silver hawk
promotion in Hong Kong, celebrating
the launch of the official film trailer. Some segments of the
film were shown. There was a small incident
during the promotion that is now on the headlines of Chinese
entertainment news. At one point, they were divided into groups
to play games with fans.
A female fan in Richie Jen's group, with her eyes covered, was
supposed to walk to Richie and take something from his hands. But she
lost orientation and quickly walked to the edge of the stage. Everyone
was frightened. Some audience started to scream. Just as the fan was
about to fall from the stage, Michelle - our real Silver Hawk - leaped
forward and grabbed her. The fan was saved! Later Richie recalled that
he was so scared and almost frozen, "Luckily Michelle was so fast!"
Michelle only said modestly: "I had training".
Press asked Michelle if she would apply for the "Guinness World Records"
as the first female who ever jump a bike over The Great Wall. Michelle
said people from Guinness had to be in presence in order to be qualified
for the record. They were only making a movie and it was not her goal to
get the record. She also expressed her gratitude to Chinese authorities for
allowing them to film at The Great Wall and lending a panda to them.
Michelle said the seven month old panda cub weighted about 100 pounds and her
clothes got all soaked after the shooting. The panda also left some
bruises on her arms by giving playful bites.
Michelle has been doing voice dubbing for the film. The post-production
is expected to be completed soon. The film will be released in
Hong Kong, Mainland and southeast Asia on January 22nd.
Photos from the
Redesigned Silver Hawk
is now fully open.
Italian International Film (IIF) has acquired Italian distribution
rights to Silver Hawk
Some known distributors of Silver Hawk
: Golden Harvest (Hong Kong),
Golden Screen (Malaysia), Shaw Organisation (Singapore), Deal/Pathe
(France), Korea Pictures (South Korea), Polybona (China), CMC and Fox
(Taiwan). (Source: "Screen Daily")
Media Asia pre-bought rights in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia
and Singapore. Han Entertainment sold the rights in France and Korea
during the production. In September, Han completed finance the film
through a gap finance deal and the appointment of Australia-based
Arclight Films as sales agent, handling all international sales
in the unsold territories.
is currently under post-production. There will be
three versions of the film: English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.
Delivery is scheduled for December with release in time for the
major Chinese New Year holiday.
Silver Hawk teaser trailer
Sneak preview screenings of selected scenes from Silver Hawk
will be held at MIFED 2003 (Nov.9 11:30 and Nov.11 13:30, at Sala Camperio).
An exclusive 40 minutes of footage from the film will be shown.
According to "Youth Times" (China)
, the composer for
The theme song of the film will be written (and performed?) by Richie
From Taiwan "UDN" and "China Times": The always cool action heroine
Michelle Yeoh is changing her image this time. In Silver Hawk
she plays a character who enjoys fighting and always smiles when she
fights. "Don't you think Michelle's smiles are really sweet?", said director
Jingle Ma. It was hard for Michelle, though: "she had to try to avoid her
opponents' fists and kicks, remember and deliver her own action
movements, and at the same time smile to the camera."
"When we finished an action sequence, the director often said I did great
but I forgot to smile. Now one more time," "complained" Michelle, "we
invited some international action stars for the film. They are so strong.
A few times I was sent out of the frame by their kicks, but I still had
to keep the smile on my face."
During the shoot Michelle's back injury recurred. She had to rely on
her massagist's daily treatment to be able to move. "Sometimes I
asked myself: 'Why am I working so hard?'", said Michelle, "But I love
filmmaking. Whenever I hear 'Action!' from the director, I would
tell myself: 'I'm fine. Come on!'"
Richie Jen told reporters that he didn't expect Michelle is so strong.
He said Michelle's punches and kicks were more powerful than men's -
they were so hard that he was almost unable to withstand. Michelle
joked: "I had to beat him hard as a revenge, since his agent always
beat me in the card games!"
Asked if she has any love scene with Richie Jen in the film, Michelle
smiled: "Only hugs. No kiss. Richie didn't complain I hugged him too
hard, did he?"
Talking about SARS during the shooting, Michelle said it was a real
nerve-wracking experience. There were more than 100 crew members on
the set. As producers they had to consider both the safety of the crew
and the shooting schedule. Jingle Ma said because of the sudden
closure of some shooting locations, they had to adjust their plans
daily. "We were changing our script almost every night," said Jingle Ma,
"it was very challenging. But nobody wishes to go through it again."
will be released in Taiwan for the Chinese New Year.
"Nanfang City Daily" (China)
Silver Hawk's Seven Extremities
From "South China Morning Post" (Sept 30, 2003)
- Loan stars
(by Tinnie Chow)
Hong Kong's Han Entertainment has completed the financing for its
US$15 million action film Silverhawk. The film stars Michelle Yeoh,
as a superhero who sports many disguises, Richie Ren, Luke Goss (from
Blade 2) and Brandon Chang Cheuk-nam.
Han Entertainment's Thomas Chung and Jarred Underwood, of specialist
bank Comerica, closed a loan for an undisclosed sum.
'We are very excited to bring another very experienced bank to Hong
Kong and to have executed such a sophisticated deal,' says Chung.
Media Asia has bought the rights to the film in Hong Kong, the mainland,
Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, while international distribution
worldwide will be handled by Arclight's new commercial films division,
Darklight. The film is expected to be out by the Lunar New Year.
Australian-based Arclight's Hong Kong representative, Bey Logan,
says: 'We're happy to support such a high quality Asian film. It will
complement other films such as Masters of War with Nicolas Cage, and
Merchant of Venice with Al Pacino.'
On the evening of October 1st, producer Thomas Chung held a party
for a group of Silver Hawk
crew members in Hong Kong. He thanked
all of them, especially Michelle and director Jingle Ma, for their infinite
support during the extremely difficult (SARS) time. He embraced Michelle
and Jingle Ma, which drew very warm applause. Michelle's eyes got moist.
Michelle said she's very happy to get together with the crew members
again. During the Silver Hawk
shoot, the difficulties they
faced were more than any other films she had worked on. Because of
the SARS epidemic in China, many of their plans were disrupted,
including sudden closure of the shooting locations, 10-day quarantine
for travelers, etc.. But everybody on the team worked together, they
not only succeeded in finishing the film shooting, but also had built
Photos from the
All earlier financial problems that caused by SARS have been solved.
had an article entitled "Han, Arclight to fly with $15m Silver Hawk"
with a subline "Michelle Yeoh starring martial arts film completes
financing". I couldn't access the article since "Screen Daily" online
now requires subscription.
Reporters asked Michelle about the alleged financial problem in the
shoot when she was attending a screening of
Stephen Fung's charity short film (see News)
. Michelle admitted that the financing of
the film was affected because of the trouble in getting insurance
under SARS. The project went 10% over the budget due to the impact of
SARS. She was very grateful that all crew members showed their true
support during the difficult time. The post-production is going well
and the film is scheduled for a Lunar New Year release.
Silver Hawk posters
filming has been successfully completed
(Congratulations!) and Michelle returned to Hong Kong on the night of
shooting is going smoothly in Japan. The team got
permission to film at the
National Museum of Emerging Science and
(MeSci) in Tokyo.
The majority of the action scenes has been successfully finished and
the filming is expected to wrap up in early August.
It's confirmed that BoA is no longer on the project. Co-producer
Thomas Chung said BoA was still in shock as a result of the recent
sudden death of her Korean manager. It's a pity but understandable that
she decided to drop out. Director Jingle Ma has found another singer
in Japan to replace BoA for the role.
News Photos - from
Shanghai to Japan, July 2003
Several Hong Kong newspapers reported that Korean singer BoA had dropped
out of Silver Hawk
Because of SARS, shooting of BoA's part in the film was postponed.
It is hard to re-arrange an 8 day shooting within her very busy
schedule. Reportedly though, another main reason for BoA's withdrawal is
the disagreement between SM Japan, BoA's representative in Japan,
and the film company over the size of a concert scene.
BoA has been practicing Kung-Fu and learning acting techniques for
the role in the film. Her (ex)manager got killed in a traffic
accident a little more than one week ago.
shooting is moving to Japan today (July 17th local
time). Michelle had a farewell party for the local crew members in
Michelle said with Silver Hawk
they started everything from
zero. It is one of the hardest films for her to make. Reportedly some
of Michelle's old injuries recurred due to the film's large amount of action
scenes and long working hours (sometimes more than 10 hours per day).
Richie Jen was in Hong Kong a couple of days ago. Talking about
shooting, he said it was hard but satisfying. He
has learned a lot of free style fighting - "fast, powerful, and accurate".
He said that when fighting with western action actors, "they are big and
strong, and their punches are very heavy. I'm now covered with bruises
and having a hard time lifting my left arm." Jen also said that many important
fighting scenes lie on Michelle's shoulders - bike flying, fighting
with western action actors, wire works, etc.. "But I never heard her
complaining," said Richie Jen, "I have to say I really admire her for her
hard work." Richie Jen also said director Jingle Ma had been working
very hard: "After daily shooting, he has to do cutting and editing."
The second lead actress in the film, Li Bingbing, is also a hard worker.
Michelle praises Li Bingbing a lot, saying Li Bingbing, who's one of
the rare actresses who really enjoys doing action despite all the
bruises and pains, reminds her of herself in the earlier years.
The film is scheduled to be released around Chinese New Year (January
A letter from co-producer Thomas Chung on Silver Hawk
- THANKS, Thomas!
... We are alive and well. Just finished the PR leg of the shoot on
Silver Hawk. It has been an arduous, challenging and yet, fulfilling
journey for the movie and... as individuals.
The entire crew managed to stay very healthy during our journey, which
started in Beijing on 26 March, and SARS-free. We managed to get out
of Beijing before the epidemic hit town. Some locations in Shanghai
were delayed due to SARS but we managed to secure all our shoot in the
wonderful modern look of shanghai.
Because of SARS, our financing of the picture was affected as no
completion bonding insurance on the pic was possible. We had to dig
deep into our own resources.
We will be off to Tokyo this week to complete our filming. It's been
a hard battle but I promise u all MY's fans, she will rock the
house!!! The world has not seen Michelle fight like this in a while
and looking simply marvelous. (7 different outfit as the Hawk!!!!).
The film will come out in Asia in CNY and the official website will be
very active after summer.
(July 15, 2003)
"Nanfang Daily" (China)
reporters interviewed director Jingle Ma before the shooting team moves
to Japan. Ma said the producers had a clear plan regarding the
global promotion of the film. No one is allowed to give away production
details before the next press conference.
Since the SARS epidemic in China
caused some delays earlier in the shooting, the
production is now two to three weeks behind the schedule. Korean singer
BoA was supposed to be on the set in May in Shanghai but re-scheduled
to this month in Japan. Jingle Ma said they were considering arranging a
special concert for BoA in Shanghai for the shooting (BoA's role in
the film is like herself - a popular singer in Asia). Now filming
in Japan will coincide with BoA's Tokyo concert. "We have discussed,"
said Ma, "(and) we will use this concert. Our actual filming set will have
tens of thousands of audience." Jingle Ma also said that he had added
some action scenes for BoA after she asked if she could fight in the film.
June 28th: After hours of waiting at the gate of a Silver Hawk
set, a "Xiaoxiang Morning Post" (China)
didn't get any chance to interview Michelle, caught director Jingle
Ma for a few minutes. Ma revealed at least two sequels to the film are being
planned and the preparations for these may start right after the film releases.
Since the action in Silver Hawk
is very cartoon styled, real cartoons
(books or movies) may be developed after the film.
The reporter saw two doubles of Michelle - one male and one female.
Asked about this, Jingle Ma explained that Michelle had a leg injury
(Jane's note: it's not clear whether he meant an old injury or that
Michelle has sustained
a new one) and certain sequences were very demanding and tough. They
sometimes used the male double when scenes required Michelle's character
to be kicked or beaten. The female double was usually
used for testing camera angle or adjusting lighting, etc.. Michelle
never liked to use any double and always kept asking to be allowed
to do herself.
Jingle Ma said they planned to spend four months for the post-production
and a large amount of time would be used on action editing. The
action in the film is designed by the action director in tandem with Jingle
Ma. "It will be something that audiences have never seen before," said Ma.
Since Silver Hawk
shooting started at the end of March,
Michelle has been
focusing on the production. There had been very little first hand reporting
about her and she hasn't accepted any personal interviews. Her co-stars, such as
Richie Jen and Li Bingbing who are not scheduled to be on set all the
time, sometimes attended other public activities and agrees to be interviewed.
However, they were not allowed to talk about the film details. When speaking of
the production, the subject they often talked about, instead, was - Michelle.
I've learned a lot from Michelle. She has very rich experience with actions.
On the set, she teaches us how to ensure that action moves look good
and also to avoid getting injured.
She's very lively, like a big kid. And she's such a nice person
- so nice that it's beyond description as far as I am concerned.
: Whenever I got hurt during action sequences, she looked
more nervous than me. She knew how it felt from her own experience.
She was always the first person who ran up to me when that happened.
(after a thigh muscle injury which put Li off for a day) I feel my pain is
nothing when I look at Michelle. Her back hurt her so much the other
day that she was hobbling and couldn't sleep the whole night! I
really admire her for her devotion. Among all the big stars I've met,
Michelle Yeoh is the super-star who behaves the least like one.
(famous Hong Kong model who plays a senior police officer
in the film):
I was nervous when I met her the first time. She's very nice and works
very hard. Not everyone stays on the set when their part is
done, but Michelle is there from morning to night. (Did she teach you
any action?) No, she's too busy. I don't have much action in the film
except some dodges. (Would you like to be her disciple?)
Oh yes, if only she had time.
She's a very caring person and very hard, devoted worker. I feel she's a
perfectionist. She tries to do everything perfectly.
Many other participants in Silver Hawk
from WhyNot-You told
reporters that, for all of their initial nervousness, they had
had a very good time on the shooting set. The atmosphere was always pleasant.
There were many laughs and jokes on the set. One of the more difficult things
for these new comers pertains to language since the film is being
shot in two versions - one entirely in English and another in a mix
of English and
Cantonese (people who don't speak Cantonese used Mandarin and will be
dubbed later). After many NGs, actors sometimes messed up which version
they were shooting and used wrong language (and ended with laughter).
Shooting in Shanghai will wrap up in a few days and move to Japan.
WhyNot-You, the talent agency in Shanghai which is commissioned
to cast 60 supporting roles for Silver Hawk
, is arranging
its customers to visit the actual set of the filming and published
some photos when the WhyNot-You talents involved.
Photos and Stories, Shanghai
From "Oriental Daily" (Hong Kong)
An accident happened during Silver Hawk
shooting on June 10.
It was not Michelle or other actors but, instead, director Jingle Ma who got
injured on his left eye. It happened right after filming a chaos scene on a
hockey field. The director hurried toward the video camera and wanted
to see the result. He was in a big hurry, plus he was sick and having
a fever at the time. In any event, he somehow ended up accidentally hiting
himself hard on a wood board attached to the camera! The corner of his left
eye was bleeding. Although Jingle Ma still wanted to continue shooting after
this, producer Thomas Chung forced him to repair to a nearby hospital
immediately. Doctor said there was a slight damage on the cornea. He could
have lost his eye sight if he had been hit
a little lower. After some rest, Jingle Ma went back to shooting -
with one eye covered.
A SCMP article on Silver Hawk
Yeoh's Silver Hawk soars over Sars hurdles
It's written by the same author who wrote the Silver Hawk
on May 20's "Hollywood Reporter". This SCMP piece contains more details.
So far Silver Hawk
filming details were basically kept secret. But when
the shooting moved from Shanghai Film Studio to the Central
Green Park on the evening of 19th
for the previously reported large wedding scene,
reporters got a chance to get a closer look of the production. They
were asked to keep distance and not to take pictures. However,
"Shanghai Afternoon Post" reporters, who stayed at the set for two
days and two nights, managed to snap a few shots.
Photos from Shanghai
In the past few days, Silver Hawk
team was filming at Central
Green Park in Pudong, Shanghai. It was a wedding scene with more than 200
extras. Michelle and Li Bingbing, dressed in silver and black
respectively, "flew" on to the scene on their motorbikes and then
engaged in a big fight - on and off the bikes. For one sequence, the director
wanted Li Bingbing do a jump kick and Michelle to dodge it by lying down
on the bike, but Li could not kick as high as planned. After many tries,
they switched to Li's double to finish the shot. A "Shanghai Morning
Post" reporter tried to chase and talk to Michelle during a break.
When that silver figure turned around, "to my horror," the
reporter wrote, "that Michelle Yeoh became a man!" It turned out that
was one of the stuntmen who was meant to be a double for Michelle but
wasn't needed for the fighting.
Another casting note:
Wei Lai, 20, a third year student at the Shanghai Theater Academy
who had starred in a couple of TV series, plays Michelle's assistant (Mi).
In the film, she is the only person who knows Michelle's secret.
Article from yesterday's "Hollywood Reporter":
photos from the issue
From "Hollywood Reporter" (May 16 2003)
- No Pandering
(by Blake Murdoch)
Michelle Yeoh may be one of the toughest actresses in the martial arts world, but when it comes to panda bears, there's no match. Thomas Chung, managing director of Hong Kong's Han Entertainment, which is producing Yeoh's latest film, "Silver Hawk," in association with her company Mythical Films, said that Yeoh recently met her most formidable opponent in the form of a 7-month-old panda bear, which she rescues from smugglers in the film's opening sequences. "We just managed to capture enough footage to show that Michelle is in control," Chung said, noting that panda bears have big claws and slobbery bites and aren't that used to human contact. "The operative word in 'panda bear' is 'bear,' " he added. "Silver Hawk" is based on a favorite Asian, Robin Hood-type tale and has been set in the near future. Chung added that during the film's shoot, six topline BMW motorcycles (Yeoh's mode of transport in the film) were wrecked, and there were also more costume changes -- from sexy body-hugging cat-woman suits to Prada gowns -- "than she's ever had in all her films combined." The film also features the latest phone from Nokia, but it won't be released commercially until the film comes out. Chung said its futuristic design is a top secret between the two companies. "Silver Hawk" is shooting in Shanghai before moving to Tokyo.
More news from Shanghai shooting:
They have successfully
completed many amazing shots. Currently filmmakers are seeking roller
skating experts in Shanghai, who will be needed in a battle scene with
Michelle. Since roller skating is not very popular in Shanghai, the
original plan was to bring someone outside Shanghai. But the plan had
to be canceled due to SARS. In order to get qualified persons
as soon as possible, the cell phone numbers of two assistant directors
of Silver Hawk
were made public. "Now my cell phone became
a talent hotline!" (half) joked one of the assistant directors.
Michelle is continuing her "fighting" in Shanghai. Action scenes are
very physically demanding. Reportedly Michelle's three piece costume is
often soaked with sweat after shooting a fight sequence.
promotion photos at the Cannes Market
Last weekend Chinese actress Li Bingbing joined the shooting of
. On May 3rd and 4th, they were shooting a scene
that Li Bingbing and Michael Jai White chasing after and fighting
with Michelle at Pudong East Road, Lujiazui of Shanghai. Reporters
were asked not to take photos since the filmmakers didn't want the
character designs to get "leaked" too early.
Having starred in a number of costume martial arts roles, Li Bingbing
said this shooting was much harder than she previously thought. Unlike
in her earlier roles where many movements are dance-like, in Silver
every move is real. To help Li Bingbing in her first modern
action role, Michelle came to every scene shooting and gave her many
pointers. Li Bingbing said she was very touched when Michelle
specially prepared wrist and knee pads for her for extra protection.
Michelle praised Li Bingbing and said she did surprisingly well - she
had very good skills and was quick to learn.
A graduated from the Shanghai Theater Academy, 27 year old Li Bingbing is
a well-known Chinese movie and TV star. This is the first time she
plays a villain. "I'm really lucky to have a chance to work with my idol,
Michelle Yeoh," she said. In the film Li Bingbing's main weapons are
her legs and Michael Jai White mainly uses his fists.
We had not heard much about Michelle's motorbike jump over The Great Wall.
Apparently the purpose of relocating the shooting of that
sequence was to avoid not only tourists but also the media's cameras.
The great news is that it was indeed filmed successfully last month.
Last week UDN (Taiwan)
reporters had a telephone interview
with co-producer Thomas Chung, who was in Shanghai shooting Silver
. Talking about Michelle's bike jump, Chung said it was a big
challenge to Michelle. "She was not afraid of the jump but she is afraid
of heights. She was really scared a minute before she got on the bike.
But when the director shouted 'action', she just got the courage and went.
It was done in one take."
"We were all worried about Michelle. She has vertigo and it was certainly
not easy to perform such a difficult jump. We took all the safety
measures." Thomas Chung added, "I have to say I admire her courage."
The Great Wall of China is one of the seven original wonders of the world.
"We decided to have a scene of flying over it when we were writing
the script. Although we didn't realize it, it actually made Michelle the
first female who ever did so." said Chung.
Michelle's motorbike jump will be at the opening sequence of the film.
Note that there is a scene involving the main female character riding
a motorbike on The Great Wall and jumping from it in the recently
released trailer of Tomb Raider II
. But it is not the real
Great Wall (it shows) and it's clearly not the actress who did the jump.
Reportedly they failed to get a permission to shoot the scene inside
China and the filming was done instead in the English countryside.
There was an earlier report by "Liaoning Daily" of a bike jump sequence
(not sure it was Michelle's), performed by Blackie Ko Sau-Leung's stunt team,
for Silver Hawk
on April 14th. It was shot at Jiumenkou Great Wall,
located in Liaoning province and is the only section of The Great Wall
built over water. Reportedly there were 150 crew members at the
actual shooting. The stunt team had been practicing at the location
for a week and at least one motorbike was junked due to falls. There
was no report any person got injured.
Photo from Shanghai
Michelle with the young actors who play childhood Michelle and
Richie Jen in the film.
The 11 year old girl and boy were chosen from more than 2000 children
in a famous martial arts school. They received two-weeks of special training
from the action choreographers in order to learn the martial styles required
for the film and also some other performing techniques. Both of them had no prior
acting experience but they learned very fast. Michelle is very satisfied
with their performances in both action and acting. Furthermore, they and
Michelle had developed affections for one another, especially the
little girl. Michelle said she hated to part with them when they finished
their parts and had to leave the shooting team.
Filming of Silver Hawk
has been continuing in Shanghai, the
largest city of China. Chinese media reported that Richie Jen had been in
Shanghai shooting and Li Bingbing would join them at the beginning of
May. An U.K. news source said Luke Goss, who plays the main villain of the
film, had been brushing up on his martial arts skills with a week-long
course before flying out to Shanghai. Goss said he was looking forward
to working with Michelle, saying: "I've always been an admirer of her
films." Reportedly the shooting in Shanghai will go on until the
middle of June before moving to Japan. The team will return to
Shanghai in July. All shooting is expected to be completed by the
middle of July.
Note on SARS: Shanghai is not one of the hardest-hit regions. So far
there have been only two confirmed SARS cases in Shanghai, a city of 14
million people. Nonetheless, the city is on high alert since the disease is
still spreading inside China. Many large scale activities have been
canceled or postponed. As a consequence, Silver Hawk
avoid shooting those scenes which involve large numbers of extras at
Filming of Silver Hawk
was moved to Shanghai last week.
According to "Oriental Daily" (Hong Kong)
recently talked to co-producer Thomas Chung, Silver Hawk
successfully completed the shooting in Beijing, including the motorbike
sequence of flying over The Great Wall. While in Beijing, producers
were taking all measures to protect the crew members from SARS.
All team members were instructed to wear protective surgical masks,
avoiding crowded places, etc., and they were also provided with
hand sanitizers, daily Vitamin C tablets together with a special lecture
and the booklet about SARS. So far no crew member got hit by the disease.
A WHO team is currently in Shanghai investigating
the extent of the SARS outbreak in the China's largest city, following
revelations that the lethal disease in Beijing was far worse than
initially admitted. If conditions in Shanghai deteriorate,
Thomas Chung said, they will consider moving the shooting
to Japan earlier than planned.
"A group of smugglers were transporting a container. Suddenly, our
heroine, bemasked and silver cloaked, arrived on the scene.
Using her hawk style martial arts, she soon disposed of the
whole group. When she opened the container..."
It was a scene being shot at the Chengdu Panda Base
(full name: Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding)
on the morning of April 16th. What greeted Michelle when she opened the
container was the superstar of the day on the shooting set - Ya Xing,
a seven month old panda.
The panda cub was definitely a superstar. A team of 30 crew members
had to fly to Chengdu in order to meet her. Our heroine, Michelle,
carefully followed the instructions from the workers of the base
and went through a strict disinfection procedure before she finally
held the panda in her arms. The scene of Michelle playing with the
panda cub was so cute that Jingle Ma took a camera and started to
film the scene himself (there were three cameras rolling at the same
time). Panda Ya Xing was very playful. For some shots she was very
cooperative and the shooting could be completed in one take. But there
were also times she would totally ignore the director. The entire shooting
at the base took about two hours.
you can see a picture of Ya Xing (the fourth
picture from left at the bottom line. Sorry, no Michelle picture.).
The panda base provided the panda for Silver Hawk
for free. Jingle Ma said he had filmed koala in the past. "But
nothing beats a panda," said Ma excitedly.
By noon, the shooting was done. Michelle rushed to a gift shop and
got a toy panda. :-)
In the afternoon, Michelle, Jingle Ma, and Thomas Chung flew to Shanghai
where the shooting of Silver Hawk
Michelle and director Jingle Ma were seen in Chengdu, the capital city
of Sichuan province, on April 15th. They did not agree to any interviews.
Jingle Ma told reporters they were there for one day only. Sichuan is
not one of the main shooting locations for Silver Hawk
wonder if it is related to the previously reported panda scene, as
Sichuan is the hometown of panda.)
Chen Daming, a Chinese director and an actor, joined Beijing shooting.
In the film he plays a Michelle's suitor, a scientist who invented
the "Al Chip" that is the main item sought after by the villainous Wolfe.
Richie Jen, the film's male lead, was in Shanghai on April 7th shooting
an (unrelated) commercial. He told reporters that filming of
was going on in Beijing but he didn't have any scene
at the moment. He said it was his honor to have an opportunity to work
with Michelle, who's an admirable heroine. His role in the film is a
policeman and he will have many action and flying bike/car scenes.
He felt a lot of pressure and has been practicing fight moves everyday.
"I can't lose to Michelle!" said Richie Jen. Richie Jen himself is a
motorbike lover and has taken part in various motorcycle races.
has been renamed to Silver Hawk
Reportedly the title was changed because the war in Iraq has invested
"crusader" with negative meaning, and also to make it closer to the film's
Korean singer BoA announced at her concert in Japan recently that she
will join the shooting of Silver Hawk
in Shanghai in June. This
will be her first film appearance and she's both nervous and excited.
BoA is 17 years old. She speaks fluent Korean, Japanese and English.
Reportedly she will perform the film song(s) for Silver Hawk
The shooting of Masked Crusader
has been going on at
Jie Tai Si (Temple of the Ordination Altar), a temple which has about
1400 years of history, located on the west side of Beijing.
"Tianjin Everyday News" reported that the location for Michelle's motorbike
jump will be moved to a different section of The Great Wall. It was originally
planned to take place at Ba Da Ling, which is one of the hottest tourist spots in
Beijing. Director Jingle Ma said it would add pressure to the actor
and make the shooting more difficult if there are too many tourists
The new shooting location is said to be in Hebei province, about 4
to 5 hour's drive away from Beijing. "This section of The Great Wall is
also very wide and has excellent environment. The jump is planned to
be over 15 to 20 meters. During the real shooting we will let Michelle
start at 10 meters and gradually increase the length," said Jingle
Ma, "I will make sure to capture Michelle's face clearly. If we
can't tell it is Michelle or a double in the final product, she's
going to kill me."
Reportedly the motorbike stunt will be shot this week.
Reportedly Michelle's motorcycle stunt - flying across The Great Wall -
will be shot in a few days. To make it safer, the stunt team of Blackie Ko
Sau-Leung has been invited. "They are experienced," said Michelle.
Blackie Ko Sau-Leung has a nickname "No. 1 Flying person of Asia".
He has a few of records of "First"s of his own: he flew a motorbike
across The Great Wall
(Jin Shan Ling) in 1992 (38 meters; it is recorded in the Guinness); piloted
a car over the Yellow River in 1997; and steered a car over The
Potala Palace, Tibet, in 2002. Besides his hobby of "flying", he also is
an actor, singer, stunt person and a stunt director and movie director.
's forst day of filming took place at a small
house located in a forest next to The Great Wall on the outskirt of Beijing.
Michelle appeared in a white suit and a wig. She looked so different
that some crew members mistook her for a new actress. Seeing as she is
supposed to be a business woman and high society personality by day
and a masked heroine by night, Michelle's
character will have many different designs/dresses in the film. Asked
by reporters if there will be any sexy dress, Michelle responded
with a smile: "That's not my style."
Michelle and Thomas Chung prepared a large amount of protective surgical
masks for the crew members due to the recent outbreak of a deadly
respiratory disease (SARS) in Asia.
Germany's BMW has sponsored 16 motorcycles and some cars for the
Beijing Ba Da Ling
Filming of Masked Crusader
is starting today in Beijing
A press conference and contract signing ceremony were held in Beijing
on March 27th, with more than a hundred of reporters in attendance.
Dressed in black leather suits, Michelle and the male lead, Richie Jen,
arrived on a motorbike. There will be many exciting and dangerous scenes
in the film. One of them will be Michelle flying a motorbike across The
Great Wall (!). The jump is slated to be about 20 meters (66 feet) in length.
Michelle said she
planned to do the stunt herself and she had two months to practice her bike
if two months of training would be enough, Michelle said she only had two
weeks for the motorbike stunt in Police Story III: Supercop
Asked if she will register with "Guinness World Records"
as the first female who flies a bike over The Great Wall,
Michelle smiled: "You reminded me. I can consider that."
On being asked if he feels Michelle puts her own life in his hands, director
Jingle Ma assured reporters that they will take extra safety measures
and will not play with Michelle's life. They will not let Michelle do it
until stuntmen test it first and Michelle will do it only when she feels
confident and comfortable doing so.
Talking about Richie Jen, Michelle said he's a good looking, lovely, and
fun person. Jen is a sporty person (and a hot singer) and he has been
practicing kung-fu for the film.
Besides Richie Jen and Brandon Chang, also joining the cast are
Luke Goss (Blade II
), who plays the main villain, Michael Jai
White (The Matrix Reloaded
), Korean female idol BoA, and Chinese
actress Li Bing-Bing. The child actors who play young Michelle and
Richie Jen have been selected from 2000 candidates. Both of them know
Shaolin style martial arts.
The budget of the film is U.S. $15 million. There will be two versions
of the film - one in English and another in Chinese.
Media Asia (Hong Kong)
came on board Masked Crusader
and will handle the distribution for mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and
Malaysia. Co-producer Thomas Chung and Media Asia executive Peter Lam
signed the contract in front of the press.
the Beijing press conference
According to "Oriental Daily" (Hong Kong)
, the male lead
of the film is Richie Jen (singer and actor; Summer Holiday
Marry a Rich Man
Although the western investor(s) suggested using a western actor to play the
superintendent role, the producers convinced them to use a Chinese actor.
Richie Jen has collaborated with Jingle Ma for a few times, and the producers
and director think his looks and character are very suitable for the role.
The news also says the Chinese officials are very supportive for
the project. They have given permission for a flying car/bike scene, possibly
done by Richie
Jen, to be shot at The Great Wall. They also agreed to lend a Chinese
treasure, giant panda, for a three hours of shooting. Reportedly there will
be a scene in which Michelle rescues
a panda. The panda will appear in the film for not more than a minute, but the
estimated shooting time is about three hours. (Jane's note: be careful,
Michelle - Panda is as strong as a bear, not a pet. ;-> )
Michelle returned from Japan to Hong Kong on March 22nd. She had been in Tokyo
for the preparation of Masked Crusader
. Besides Tokyo, the filming will
take place mainly in China - Beijing, Shanghai, and Sichuan.
A press conference and the opening lens ceremony are planned at this week in
Beijing. The details of the filming will be announced.
Tianjin Film Studio, Michelle's Chinese collaborator for The Touch
and the future Hua Mulan
, is now officially one of the
co-production companies for Masked Crusader
. According to
"Tianjin Daily", the co-production project has been approved by the
Film Bureau and given a green light to shoot (in China). Shooting is
scheduled to start at the end of this month in Beijing.
"Shanghai Morning Post" reported that director Jingle Ma will be in
Shanghai, one of the shooting locations for the film, to interview candidates
for supporting roles on March 23rd.
"Korea Daily" reported that BoA (a.k.a. Kwon BoA), a Korean singer who's
popular in Japan and Korea, has been
invited to join Michelle in a Hong Kong actioner. Her role is to play the
daughter of a Japanese businessman and a singer who gets kidnapped.
Reportedly she has agreed to star although the final contract hasn't been
signed. She's expected to join the shooting in April or May. The
news doesn't give the title of the film but judging from the filming
time, it should be Masked Crusader
Some photos of Michelle while touring the WhyNot-You's Shanghai
studio on Feb. 16th are added at
the press conference in Shanghai
"There's such a lot of talent in China and since we're going to be
filming mainly there, it makes sense for us to cast there. The facilities
and the support at WhyNot-You provides us with a really strong database
to choose from," said Michelle. WhyNot-You has been commissioned to cast 60
supporting roles for Masked Crusader
. Filming in Shanghai is
scheduled to take place in April.
Scan of a teaser poster is added in the photos from the Shanghai
The Official Site
is (partially) up. Principal shooting will take place from March
to June, and the film is expected to hit screens in time for Christmas
from Shanghai press conference (in Mandarin. 2:26. from NetandTV)
Michelle and Thomas Chung are currently at AFM (American Film
) promoting Masked Crusader
. Several studios,
including Miramax, Revolution and Universal, have showed strong
interests in the project. At least one of them offered 9 digit figure
(Hong Kong dollars. US$1=HK$7.8
) for purchasing the global
distribution rights to the film. But the producers would like
to keep the Asian, or at least Chinese distribution rights
themselves. Which studio will get the deal - we can expect the news soon.
"Oriental Daily" (Hong Kong)
telephoned Thomas Chung
and confirmed the above news. Chung revealed that they are inviting
an internationally known actor for the villain role and a Chinese
actor to be the male lead. Since American investor(s) may join the
project, the budget of the film, originally set at US$10 million, may
Two days ago, "Yangtze Daily" (China)
phone interview with the director Jingle Ma, who was in Shanghai for
location scouting. Ma said that the location scouting for Masked
had not been easy. They had been in Shanghai, Beijing, and
Tokyo, mainly looking for modern looking buildings. Ma also said that
Brandon Chang will have a role in the film.
Reportedly Michelle has been practicing hawk fist for the film.
The Chinese title of the film is literally "Flying Hawk Heroine".
On Feb. 16th, a press conference for Masked Crusader
held at an office of WhyNot-You, a talent agency in Shanghai. Michelle,
director Jingle Ma, co-producer Thomas Chung, and art director Hai Chung
Man (who was the art director of Saviour of the Soul
Almost a Love Story
, etc.) were in Shanghai to launch a cast search (by
WhyNot-You) for the film. They will be looking for people to fill 60
minor roles in Shanghai - including that of 10 policemen, 4 flight
attendants, and an 8-10 year old girl who will play the young Michelle.
A separate casting note (not from the press conference at which the
cast of the film was not announced): a few days earlier, StarRoad,
another talent agency in China, announced that Masked Crusader
filmmakers were looking for three child actors who're around 10 years
old to play the characters of the young Michelle, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai,
and Lau Ching-Wan respectively. Does this mean that Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
(Butterfly & Sword
, In the Mood For Love
and/or Lau Ching-Wan (Executioners
, Full Alert
Hero Never Dies
) are being considered to star in the film? ]
At the press conference, producer Thomas Chung said they planned to make
a series. They hope Michelle could star in at least
the first two, or more if her schedule will allow her. Asked about
, Thomas Chung said it will start filming as soon
as the production of Masked Crusader
ends. A reporter asked Thomas
Chung how close he thinks Michelle the real person compares to the Hua
Mulan role. "Very close. I think Michelle has a spirit which is similar
to Hua Mulan's", said Thomas Chung, "that love for her family and
country, and that spirit which can never be defeated."
Michelle said Hua Mulan
was a difficult film to make and that
she felt a lot of pressure. She's going to make this action comedy,
, during the preparation of Hua Mulan
so she could get relaxed the first. She said she was a humorous
person in real life but her film characters happened to be usually
serious. In Masked Crusader
she will play a relaxed comedic
role and it is a new type for her to try. That is the main reason she
chooses to work with Jingle Ma, whose movies Michelle thinks can be
relaxed and fun.
is Jingle Ma's first collaboration with Michelle.
"Michelle will do real fights in this film. It is important to let her
do them since her movements are so beautiful. But we won't let her do
dangerous moves even if she wants to,"
said Jingle Ma, "Michelle in real life is a very happy and lively
person, unlike most of her screen images. She is very lovely in person.
I'd like to show a lovely heroine on screen."
In an interview, when asked what's the best point of Michelle Yeoh,
Jingle Ma said: "It's hard to describe it in one sentence. She's a very
kind person and has a good heart. There are many of her merits you will
only see after you spend some time with her. She respects everybody
in the filming team. I heard that when she got hurt and fell
during shootings, she would ask to try again and apologize. This is
almost unheard of in the film industry - she apologizes even when she's the
one who gets hurt. I am really moved. Every crew member should learn
Filming of Masked Crusader
is planned to begin in the middle of
March and will last for about three months. The film is expected to hit
screens in time for Christmas. Shooting locations will include Shanghai,
Beijing, and Tokyo.
Shanghai press conference (in Mandarin)
the press conference in Shanghai
is based on a series of stories about a masked
heroine, Huang Ying (Wong Ngang),