In a time of great danger, the Monks of Dunhuang hid the Sharira -- a
Relic purported to contain the pure essence of a Holy Man in the Buddhist
religion. To protect this greatest of treasures, it was placed where no
ordinary human being would ever be able to reach. However, it is destined
to happen that someday the Sharira will be recovered. To ensure that it
could be retrieved when such time came, the Monks turned to a family
of acrobats. For hundreds of years this family has trained, passing on the
skills required to perform the ultimate leap when the time is at hand.
In modern Qingdao, Yin (Michelle Yeoh) and her brother Tong are the last
heirs in this long lineage of acrobats. Being circus performers, they travel
throughout the world, entrancing audiences with their stunningly beautiful
gymnastic performance. One day, Eric, a man from Yin's past, shows up
with a Medallion - the Heart of Dunhuang - a key to unlock the secrets,
a clue to unveil the legend of the Sharira. Together they embark on a
hazardous journey to rediscover what her ancestors once protected.
Following closely on their trail is Karl, a merciless, unscrupulous
rich man who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the valuable treasures.
(from The Touch Official Site)
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will be screened on
November 21st at 8th International Marrakech Film Festival. It is a
part of the special tribute to Michelle, "Timeless Female Heroine".
A total of 6 Michelle films will be screened and Michelle will be
there to receive the honor. For detailed schedule please see
These are some video clips from Michelle's Japan tour in March. In English
with Japanese translation.
Download at Video Page
The third (and last) auction on the items autographed by Michelle during
her The Touch
promotion trip in Japan in March is being
held from May 3 - 9.
Benefit of the auctions will go to
(United Nations Children's Fund).
autographed "The Touch" items auction in Japan
Second auction in Japan, April 26 - May 2.
Several items autographed by Michelle when she met with Japanese press
last month are going on auction in Japan. Michelle hopes the auction
will benefit children charity.
shown are from the first auction: an autographed The Touch
booklet. Winner also gets the two photos of Michelle at the right side.
To bid, enter the auction page
(in Japanese. ship inside Japan only). April 20 - 26. (closed)
Another video clip from The Touch
press conference in Japan.
Length: 2 minutes and 49 seconds
ASP High (9.7MB)
ASP Low (2.6MB)
"The Touch" Japanese
Release Promotion Photos
Video download: The Touch
press conference in Japan, March 22, 2005.
Length: 20 minutes and 53 seconds
Realmedia (High 34.1MB)
Realmedia (Low 7.8MB)
A report from
on the press interview. With photos. In Japanese.
A press conference for the release of The Touch
was held in Tokyo on March 22nd. The film will be released in Japan on April 16th.
Photos from Japan Press Conference
The Touch Japanese official site
is scheduled to have a public release in Japan
on April 16th. The Japanese title of the film is "Sanzohoushi No
Hihou" ("Secret Treasure of Master Sanzang").
Dutch version DVD of The Touch
has been released under the title "The
Martial Touch". See News
for the cover scan.
This was published at
Kung Fu Cinema
on Oct. 26:
Miramax looks for help to unload movie backlog
Variety reports that Miramax is seeking outside partners for a number of its many unreleased movie properties, including various martial arts titles. Outside sources state that Miramax is planning a more ambitious selloff, but the company denies this. With Disney CEO Michael Eisner set to step down, this is seen as a preemptive move to show that Miramax is mending its ways and its finances. Miramax has acquired a healthy number of martial arts titles in the last several years that have remained unreleased, movies such as The Touch, Flying Dragon Leaping Tiger, The Legend of Zu, and according to Celestial Pictures, fifty Shaw Brothers classics. Miramax has already cut its workforce by a third this year and notably passed on distribution of this year's highest-profile Chinese martial arts movies, Kung Fu Hustle and House of Flying Daggers, to Sony/Columbia Tristar. This suggests that Miramax's interest in the genre may be waning as they continue to restructure.
I noticed at least for several months, The Touch
has been listed at
website (who is also the sale's agent for Silver Hawk
). I'm not sure if Arclight
has the global rights or only rights in certain regions to The Touch
French official site:
) will be released in France
theatrically on August 13th, 2003 with about 300 prints. The U.S.
release date is still undecided by Miramax, unfortunately.
According to Greg's Previews
, Miramax has pushed The Touch
release back from August 2003 to spring 2004.
has received two nominations at the 22nd Hong Kong
Film Awards: Best Cinematography (Peter Pau) and Best Action
Choreography (Philip Kwok). Winners will be announced at April 6th.
Michelle and Thomas Chung are named "Producers of the Year" at
the CineAsia 2002 awards. Congratulations!
The Academy published the list of the official entries for the 2003 foreign
language Oscar category today. The Touch
failed to make its entry
because most of the dialogue is in English.
reported yesterday on the current development of the U.S.
release of The Touch
According to sources close to Miramax, delivery has been "postponed",
pending further work on the special effects. Chung said: "Miramax
still very much wants the film," and says delivery will take place
four months from now.
"Some of the computer graphics in the 'trap cave' in the last
ten minutes are not up to the standard I want. This is our first film.
It is not only a matter of pride, but also a question of improving
something that is our copyright and will outlive any licence agreement."
Han is understood to have switched to a new post-production
house, Central, in Hong Kong for the revisions.
has fixed distribution deals with Scanbox for Scandinavia
and with Deal for France. A deal for Japan is understood to be imminent.
Dane Cook talks about his The Touch
Hey, that hurt
Cook recently went to China and got beaten up by a short woman.
After moving to L.A. four years ago, Cook, 30, began landing acting roles. He got a part playing a villain in "The Touch," a martial-arts movie by director Peter Pau (the fight choreographer for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and starring Michelle Yeoh (co-star of "Crouching Tiger").
"She's very petite but very powerful," Cook said of Yeoh.
One of his scenes required him to get into a street fight with Yeoh's character.
"For the first hit, she really connected with my chest," Cook said. "She really put her whole chi into it. She knocked the soul out of my chest. You've never heard a man make noise like the one I made. I needed a nap after she hit me. She knocked sleep into me."
Later, the actress autographed Cook's bruise, and he took a picture of it to show to friends back home.
"Screen Daily" on The Touch
's foreign language Oscar entry:
Hong Kong submits English-language film for best foreign-language Oscar
Tongue-twisting challenge faces Oscar foreign language selectors
will have two screenings at the 69th MIFED film and
television market in Milan: Nov 3, 09:30, SALA/8 and Nov 6, 17:30,
. Together with the American Film Market and
Festival de Cannes, MIFED is one of the leading international markets for
cinema, television and home video rights. Han Entertainment is currently
seeking for sales of The Touch
in France, Germany, Japan, and
Korea, also worldwide presales of Hua Mulan
, Masked Crusader
(a Chinese vampire film which will be produced by
Michelle and Thomas Chung).
official DVD is to be released on October 29th, and
it's REGION FREE! For more details and some online order links see
News (Oct. 24)
did not enter this year's Golden Horse Awards
, at which Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
won 6 awards and got 13 nominations (including Michelle's Best Actress)
two years ago. The Touch
is not eligible for the awards since
the regulations of the Golden Horse require the main language of the
film to be Chinese (at least 50%).
Although the committee hoped the Mandarin dubbed version could be
submitted, The Touch
filmmakers decided not to do so.
The Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong has announced
that The Touch
had been selected as Hong Kong's Oscar submission
for Best Foreign Language Film. According to the rules of the Academy,
the official entry for Best Foreign Language Film consideration from each
country should be made by November 1, 2002. All submissions will be
screened by the Academy's Foreign Language Film Award
Committee before the committee vote for five foreign language picture
nominees next January. A film submitted for Best Foreign Language Film
Award consideration may also qualify for the 75th Annual Academy Awards
in other categories if it runs in a commercial motion picture theater in
Los Angeles County before December 31.
Here are my concerns: can The Touch
, which is shot predominantly
in English, be qualified as a foreign language film - even English is
one of the official languages used in Hong Kong? Will Miramax be
kind enough to arrange the film to be shown in at least one LA
theatre this year so it could be qualified for other categories???
(75th Annual Academy Awards Rules)
opens today in the Philippines.
Michelle and Thomas Chung attended the award ceremony of the 47th Asia
Pacific Film Festival on Oct. 4th, Seoul. The Touch
Best Cinematography and Michelle accepted the award for Peter Pau.
This was the first time Michelle attended APFF. She was nominated as
best actress and she was also an award presenter at the evening.
Japanese film Inochi
claimed best picture and best actress
Michelle discussed the distribution of The Touch
Korea with the local distributors.
Hong Kong news: The Touch
, along with two other Hong Kong films,
Chinese Odyssey 2002
and The Legend of Zu
, have been chosen
by the Federation of Motion Film Producers of Hong Kong to be sent to
the 47th Asia Pacific Film Festival (Seoul. Oct 1-4, 2002)
The films will attend the Feature Film Competition.
A celebration party for The Touch
was held on August 31 at
Shangri-la Hotel in Hong Kong. The Touch
was recently awarded
as 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".
By some reasons it was stopped for years and resumed in 1979.
Since 1986, it has been organized by the Ministry of
Radio, Film and Television.
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. Two of the films by
director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern
) were awarded at
the Huabiao Awards in the past.
has collected about 30,000,000 Yuan in mainland China.
The film will attend The 47th Asia Pacific Film Festival
in October in Seoul.
Producer Thomas Chung told reporters that they will be in U.S. in the
middle of this month to discuss with Miramax about the U.S. release of
. So far no release date has been set. They hope it could
be released during the winter or other school breaks.
Michelle said to reporters that she feels The Touch
is far away
from perfect. If someone thinks his/her own work is perfect, then it
would the time for him/her to retire. She believes her future films
will get better and better.
It is confirmed that Michelle's Hua Mulan
proposal has been
approved by the China Film Bureau. Furthermore, this will be the only
film on the Mulan subject which is allowed to use the name
HUA MULAN (the full name of Mulan) as the film title. Earlier news reported
that although multiple film plans based on the story of Hua Mulan
from different film companies have been given green light (to be
shot in China), but some of the projects might be forced to change
It is a wonderful news that Michelle and Thomas Chung got such warm
supports from China - the people and the government. I think it's a
dream for most of the filmmakers - to conquer China, a film market which has
the biggest potential in the world.
the The Touch celebration
Released in Taiwan on August 16th, The Touch
from total 16 theatres and ranked No.2 at the weekend box office,
behind Harrison Ford's K-19: The Widowmaker
which was released
at the same time.
The Touch Charity Auction 2002 (August 21 - August
The Touch E-cards (click on photos to send
continues to do well at the box office in China.
In two weeks of its release, the film surpassed the Chinese box
office sales of Star Wars: Episode II
. "Qingdao News" reported
that in Qingdao, where a part of the film was shot, The Touch
was released at August 15th (2 weeks later than some major cities).
In 5 days, the box figure of The Touch
in Qingdao surpassed the local box figure of The Lord of the Rings
which was released in May. The total number of copies of The Touch
shown in China has been increased from 160 to 182.
On August 14th, Michelle, Peter Pau, Thomas Chung and Brandon Chang
attended The Touch
news conference and premiere in Taipei, Taiwan.
Also in attendance was Long Sihung's wife. The Touch
Sihung's last and posthumous work. Actress Margaret Wang couldn't
make it since she's currently shooting another project in Mainland China.
As a first time producer, Michelle said the box office figure was like
a report card in school. She's very happy that the "grade report" has been
good. Michelle said she's lucky to have a chance to work with a director
like Peter Pau. And she thanked co-producer Thomas Chung and said she had
learned a lot from him.
On screen, Michelle often plays heroic roles. In real life, she's an
optimistic and independent person, and often a witty talker. Michelle
said her view of life is to always look forward but not to look back.
She believes happiness belongs to today and future and one has to look
for it him/herself. The only thing one can get from past, she said, is
to learn from one's mistakes and not to repeat them. Anything which is
unhappy in the past should be let go.
Peter Pau praised Michelle: putting on makeup, she's an absolute
professional, well prepared, modest actress; washing it off, she's
a very considerate and understanding producer.
At the conference, Michelle and Peter Pau thanked Ms. Huang Bao-Yun,
the director of Pandasia Entertainment (Taiwan). Ms. Huang and her company
provided big help to The Touch
financially during the hard time.
Reportedly Pandasia financed US$6 millions to the project (the rest
of the budget, about $14 millions, came from Miramax's pre-paid
Disappointedly, there are already pirate VCDs of The Touch
Taiwan before the film releases there. Michelle hopes audience will
refuse to purchase them but watch the film in theatre.
Michelle's next project, Hua Mulan
, is currently under development.
She has got two horses to practice some horse riding techniques for the
future filming. The production is aimed to start early next year, right
after the Chinese New Year.
Michelle left Taiwan and returned to Hong Kong on 15th. The first round
of The Touch
promotion has been completed and she's now going
for a 4-day beach vacation at Phuket Island, Thailand ;-).
is to be released in Taiwan on August 16th.
Photos from Taiwan, August 13-15
Michelle at the Taiwan press conference (1:02. in Mandarin)
- after more than two years of waiting - has finally been
released in the selected Asian territories: China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and
Singapore. The film claimed the No.1 box office spot at the the first
weekend in all four territories. Congratulations to Michelle and all
other filmmakers of The Touch
Starting from July 29th to August 5th, Michelle, Peter Pau, Thomas
Chung, etc. had an intensive 8-day tour in Hong Kong, Malaysia,
Singapore, and five cities (Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu,
Wuhan) of China. I had been in Beijing for the past two weeks
and lucky enough to catch the heat of The Touch
Thanks to Thomas Chung and Mr. Chan Chi Leung for getting me the ticket
to Beijing Gala Premiere and the invitation to the cocktail reception!
For those of you who might be interested - no, I did not have chance
to chat with Michelle. She only showed up at the end of the reception
for a very short time and then went to the premiere
(two pics can be seen at News
Michelle had multiple premieres (they should be called special "Meeting
with Fans" screenings instead of premieres I think) in each of the
five cities in China. She was running as many as four premieres in one
day. No matter how much she wished to watch the film with her fans, she
couldn't. It seems a strange way to arrange premiere(s) but I heard
that it is common in China. At least many fans had chance to see Michelle
in real person - all premiere tickets (as many as 2000 tickets in Chengdu
only) were sold out.
The general release of the film in China was at August 2nd. The first
time I watched The Touch
was at the night of July 31st when
28 selected theatres across the country had special midnight screenings.
All tickets were sold out. Some theatres kept adding screens or adding
seats. Some people were willing to stand for 105 minutes to watch the film.
Being released right between Star Wars II
has been facing tough box competition in China. Especially
was released only five days after The
's release. I heard that the distributor of
(a major distribution company in China) pushed their
release date forward to Aug 7 (originally set at mid-August) intentionly
and left little room for The Touch
because they were not happy that
they failed to acquire the distribution right of The Touch
China. In Beijing all single-screen cinemas showed The Touch
only for five days and multiplex gave the largest screens to
after Aug 7. In Shanghai, cinema managers decided to
support The Touch
by postponing Spider-Man
for two days.
Another tough "competition" is the pirate VCD, which has appeared widely
in China since the 4th day of the release of The Touch
sold for only US$1.25 each (a cinema ticket ranges from $2.5 to $5 for
adults). It is one of the hottest VCDs on pirate market.
Despite the negative factors,
has been doing great at box office in China. It has
collected 16,000,000 Yuan in less than 10 days (more than the total
box gross of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
in China, which was
15,000,000 Yuan), beating the box office in Hong Kong.
Photos of the first round of The Touch
tour are coming soon.
will be released in Taiwan and Thailand in mid-August.
On July 25th, the Asian release ceremony and press conference of The
were held in Beijing. In attendance were Michelle, co-producer
Thomas Chung and Tibetan singer Han Hong, who sings the Tibetan version
of the title song for the film.
Reportedly Michelle got quite emotional in front of more than a hundred
of reporters. About
- her first producing effort and two years of life -
she said: "It's like my own baby. It was not easy. (I have) many
thoughts and feelings."
Many questions from the reporters were focused on the comparison of
with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
says the character of Yin in The Touch
is closer to herself in
real person. In Crouching Tiger
, the romance is restrained and
the performance is very subtle. The Touch
is a story in modern
time. She enjoyed those fighting scenes - either physical or verbal -
in the film.
Reportedly, The Touch
got the final approval from the Chinese
authority on 23rd. The first test screening of the film in Mainland China,
mainly to the representatives of film companies, was held at the
evening of 23rd in Tianjin. The film made a stir in the audience. Many film
experts and distributors highly praise it and believe The Touch
will be a big hit this summer.
The first theatre screening of The Touch
will start at the same time
in various Asian countries - 0:00 AM, August 1st.
Photos from the Beijing Press conference
A press conference of The Touch
was held in Taipei, Taiwan on
July 20th. Michelle and Thomas Chung talked about what they were going
through in making the film. Brandon Chang also attended it.
A sequel of The Touch
is currently under development. Reportedly the treasure they
are going to hunt in the sequel will be a diamond related to Buddhist religion.
Besides the sequel, another project in development is Hua Mulan
When Michelle and Thomas Chung read the first version of the script in March,
they were very excited and wished to start location scouting immediately.
Thomas Chung said no matter how many people wanted to make movies on
this subject, he is certain he will make this version with Michelle and Peter Pau.
The production is expected to start at the end of this year or early next year.
Chow Yun-Fat might be one of the candidates for the male lead, if the schedule
allows him. There are many American companies wanted to invest in the film, but
the producers hope to get some investors from China, Hong Kong and/or Taiwan,
to make a Mulan film which belongs to Chinese. The budget will be about US$30
In additional to the The Touch
promotion, Michelle also has another
task during her Taiwan trip. She will shoot a 30 second advertisement
as a part of the anti-piracy efforts in Asia which are recently funded by
the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Michael Ellis, the vice president of MPAA
and regional director for anti-piracy efforts in Asia, attended the
press in order to express his appreciation to Michelle.
Photos from the Taiwan Press conference
The premiere in Taiwan will be held on August 14. The general release of
the film in Taiwan is August 16.
"The Sun" (Hong Kong)
has some information on the girl who plays
young Michelle in the film. Reportedly her name is Zuo Xiaoqing. She's 20 years
old and she's from Hunan province, China. She had been trained in gymnastic since
childhood and won national champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics a few times. Zuo
Xiaoqing was chosen from more than 800 candidates. Both Michelle and Peter Pau
are very satisfied with her performance in the film. Peter Pau thinks the girl is
clever and has the spirit of Michelle.
The premiere dates in China have been fixed:
Guangzhou Aug 1, Shanghai Aug 2, Beijing Aug 3, Chengdu Aug 4, Wuhan Aug 5.
The general release date is aiming at early August.
Photos from Shanghai
Yesterday Michelle and Thomas Chung met with the media in Shanghai
to promote The Touch
. They accepted
interviews and answered questions from reporters. The film
will hit screens next month in all Chinese language speaking
countries/regions of Asia.
According to the producers, the actual results achieved in The Touch
is better than the script - thanks to Peter Pau's talent of grasping
every special moment. All in all, there are more than 900 scenes which
involve special effects. In her role as an acrobatic performer in the film,
Michelle spends totally 11 minutes in the air. It is more challenging
than the Qinggong (lightening skill) style "flying" used in Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon
. Here in The Touch
, all the "flying"
must be done in a more realistic way, with the help of such as a scarf.
Michelle confirmed that her next film will be Hua Mulan
which will be directed again by Peter Pau.
The Touch Photos from Beijing Morning Post
The title song of The Touch
went to media for the
first time at Kelly Chan's concert on July 12th, in Hong Kong.
According to the "Yangtze River Daily" (China)
are two versions of the title song - one that's in Mandarin and another
that's in Tibetan.
The Mandarin version is sung by Kelly Chan while the Tibetan
one is sung by Han Hong, a (female) Tibetan singer.
The title of the song is "Tian Ya", which means "the edge of
the world" in Chinese.
At The Touch
: two new wallpapers and Artwork
Some samples of the original 5.1 DVD soundtrack have been launched at
Official Site (Enhanced Media -> Soundtrack)
They are accompanied by animated photos from the film.
A new poster of The Touch
- see Posters section at the left.
Your may voice your concerns on the U.S. release of The Touch
etc. to Disney/Miramax. For details please see
A sad piece of news for U.S. fans... Various Hong Kong news reported that
Miramax is thinking of delaying the U.S. release of The Touch
NEXT SUMMER (#%&%&!!!). This is ridiculous. By the time
next summer comes along, whatever hype that's generated in Asia that
could ride on to conquer the
U.S. will long have dissipated. I was hoping it
would get better treatment from Miramax. Despite their history of
disrespectfully treating Asian films, I thought they would notice this
work is intended for audience from both East and West and it's mainly
made in English.
Some discussion of the Miramax issue has been going on at the message board
of The Touch
official site. Miramax handles The Touch
release for North America, the U.K., Italy, Australia and a number of other
On a happier note:
"Journey of The Touch - Producer's Story", written
by producer Thomas Chung, is up at
(Making The Movie).
Photos from TSL The Touch
unveiling ceremony, July 4, Hong Kong. The general release date of
in Hong Kong is August 1st. Michelle told
reporters she's feeling nervous, as though she's about to give birth.
Michelle also said Miramax had asked her to make
sequel and a script is already under development.
However, Michelle is more interested in making Hua Mulan
"Mulan will be the best, the meatest and most challenging role on all
levels," said Michelle.
Photos from TSL
The Touch Jewelry Collection Unveiling Ceremony
: The official trailer (the one which will come out
across Asia in cinemas on July 4th) and a 5 minute Behind the Scenes
video. Michelle was injured during one of the action sequences and
you can see how it happened here.
(Go to Enhanced Media -> Trailer)
Michelle fans from Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore - you're so lucky
because you're going to
get to see The Touch
before so many other people! Even
more, you have chance to see it together with MICHELLE at the premieres!
Hong Kong fans: Han Entertainment Limited is going to give out 100
free Hong Kong premiere tickets of The Touch
. For details see
Fans from Malaysia and Singapore may have similar luck. If you would like
to go to the premiere, you may post your request at the message board of
(under the topic "Calling on fans in HK, S'pore and
Hong Kong: July 29 (UA Pacific Place)
Malaysia: July 30 (Kuala Lumpur Mid Valley)
Singapore: July 31
The message board - open for everyone - is up at
In the current issue of Premiere
magazine (July 2000,
, there is an article on The Touch
"Knocking on Heaven's Lake") and a photo from the Beijing set.
New at The Touch
: Michelle's diary in Qingdao and many photos.
Thank you all for participating in the survey poll. We've got 150+ positive
votes. Know what, we're going to see the video clips and get the music,
not only that but we also will be informed which section of the music relates
to which part of the story. Additionally, there'll be a new
trailer... all this is coming in early July!
Lots of new photos are on
(in Photo Gallery).
Not only Thomas Chung, now Michelle herself has been posting on the The
Touch Treasure Hunt message board too! Hang on, a message board for
everyone (not only Hong Kong residents) is on its way!
A survey poll has been set up at the left side of this page. Please
vote! The more positive votes we get, more clips we will get!
[updated 06/26: the poll is
Last night I had a "conversation" with Thomas Chung - yep, Thomas
Chung the co-producer of The Touch
, through a message board
at the "The Touch Treasure Hunt Game" site which is only open to
Hong Kong residents. Thomas was asking if there are many people who
are interested in listening to the music scores of the film on the
official site. He will put 2 samples if he gets 20 positive votes,
4 samples for 40 votes, 6 samples for 60 votes. If there are more than 80
positive votes, he will share with us a sample of a title song! I told him
many fans are not from Hong Kong and they can't enter the message
board to vote. He agreed to count the votes from my site as well.
Thomas also has an extended film clip on The Touch
and a 6 min. long
"behind-the-scene" clip. Again, he would like to see the number of
people who are interested in it before he decides how much he puts on!
I pushed him to get a message board for everyone - not only for
fans from Hong Kong. He kindly agreed and we can expect one by
the end of this month (yay!).
Now some information from Thomas on The Touch
Hong Kong: July 29
Malaysia: July 30 in Kuala Lumpur Mid Valley
Singapore: July 31
Guangzhou Aug 1, Shanghai Aug 2, Beijing Aug 3, Chengdu Aug 4, Wuhan Aug 5
Looks like Michelle will be busy touring in Southeast Asia ;-).
Information on the U.S. release:
"In the US, Mirmax is the distributor for The Touch.
It may go out under the Dimension or the Miramax
label. They are planning an extensive 4-5 month publicity campaign
before releasing it. All we know is that it will go out BIG.
Well, I guess people in the U.S. will have to be patient!
Now after reading all these - don't forget to vote on the
survey poll. Thank you.
From UDN (Taiwan)
: The release date of The Touch
has been postponed from July 27 to August 17 in Taiwan . Michelle's
June visit to Taiwan (previously scheduled for this Thursday) is also
postponed until next month. Reportedly
the postponement is due to the crowded film releases in July.
According to the Taiwanese media, Michelle will arrive in Taiwan on June 20th
for the first round of The Touch
promotion. She will accept interviews
from newspapers and magazines. She will be in Taiwan again at the end July for
the Taiwan premiere. The first trailer of The
is currently showing in Taiwanese theatres. On the 29th the second
trailer will start there.
Reportedly, the Hong Kong premiere of The Touch
is currently scheduled
for July 29 at UA Pacific Place.
From "UDN" (Taiwan)
: The Touch
filmmakers have decided
not to make Cantonese dubbed version for the Hong Kong and Malaysian market.
However, there will be a Mandarin dubbed version shown in Mainland
China (where all Hollywood movies are dubbed into Mandarin).
Ms. Huang Bao-Yun, the director of Pandasia Entertainment, said only
the original English version will be shown in Taiwan. But she may try
to convince Michelle and Thomas Chung to submit the Mandarin dubbed version
for (Taiwan) Golden Horse Awards, since the current rules for a Golden
Horse film entry requires that at least 50% of it be in a Chinese language.
of the Hong Kong Film Awards said a work can compete for the Hong Kong
Film Awards as
long as the film is (co)-produced by a registered Hong Kong company and
at least half of its cast and crew are from Hong Kong.
reported that the distribution contract of
for Mainland China was signed yesterday in Guangzhou.
Beijing Bona Culture Exchange Ltd and Guangdong Chinese Film Sales
will handle the distribution of the film in China. The Touch
will be released in the Greater China region in late July.
A press conference was held in Guangzhou China Hotel in the afternoon
of June 10th. Michelle, Thomas Chung and Brandon Chang accepted interviews.
Asked about her experience of being on double duty as the film's lead
actress and but also an executive producer, Michelle said her producer
duty was temporarily suspended whenever she was in front of the camera.
During that time, she concentrated on acting and did whatever the director
Peter Pau told her to do. After the shooting, the director would come to
her and ask opinions from the producer. "It was very interesting,"
Michelle said, "Our director distinguished between my two duties very well!"
Since the cinematographer for both The Touch
Tiger, Hidden Dragon
is Peter Pau, some reporters asked if the two
films are similar. Michelle said Peter Pau is a very talented
cinematographer. He always chooses lenses based on materials. These
two films are very different in style.
A reporter asked Michelle if she's worried about the box office since
is due to be shown in China in July as well. Michelle
said it doesn't matter. "The important thing is," she said, "don't
watch it on pirated video. Only in theatre can you experience the best
effects." Asked how much box office she's expecting in Guangzhao, where
made a 5,000,000 Yuan box record, Michelle laughed:
"6,000,000 Yuan! More is better, of course!"
Perhaps because his Mandarin was not very good, Brandon Chang looked shy and
nervous when facing the Mainland media for the first time. Whenver she
could, Michelle would help
him - sometimes translating for him, sometimes making jokes.
Reporters asked Michelle if Brandon Chang will join the cast of
. Michelle looked at Brandon and said: "We will talk
about that when his Mandarin is better than mine."
Sometime ago, there was a rumor saying Crouching Tiger 2
start soon. Asked about this, Michelle said: "It's impossible. I met
Ang Lee in Los Angeles a couple of months ago. The earliest possible
time for Crouching Tiger 2
is next year." Asked what's her
number one ranked project next, she answered: "Of course it's Hua
". Michelle said she would like to make a film from women's
point of view. In Hua Mulan
, she can find love, hate, and
The distributors believe The Touch
will become the Chinese
media focus after the World Cup.
Photos from Guangzhou: Michelle & Brandon Chang
New at The Touch
: Set Design. Written by the Art Director Second Chan.
According to Screen Daily, The Touch
was sold to Italia Film
for the Middle East and Central Partnership for Russia at the Cannes
Michelle attended a news conference for The Touch
on sunday, in Hong Kong.
is hosting a treasure hunt game which offers winning
prizes of HK$500,000 in total. The game is starting now and will last until
the film releases in late July (Asia), and is available for Hong Kong
residents only. Also in attendance at the conference was Brandon
Chang, who played some games and performed some Kung-fu moves for the
audience at the conference. Two trailers of
were shown as well.
Michelle told reporters that director Peter Pau is now in San Francisco
working on special sound effects for the film. Especially for the parts
when Michelle uses a silk scarf as a weapon. Michelle says the silk scarf
is soft and very difficult to control, she got NGed many times while shooting
the scenes. But don't think a scarf is not dangerous, Michelle said she
actually hurt her opponent - accidentally - with the scarf during the shooting.
Reportedly many buyers at Cannes showed strong interests in the sequel,
which may start next year. The shooting locations in consideration for
the sequel include China, India, Vietnam and/or Malaysia.
Photos from the News Press
of Treasure Hunt Game
According to Taiwan UDN news, The Touch
is scheduled to premiere in
Hong Kong on July 22 and in Taiwan on July 24. But it's not expected to
hit U.S. screens until September.
Photos from UND:
Michelle and Ben Chaplin
* The Touch is listed by "The Hollywood Reporter"
(Cannes Special Issue, May 2002)
on its annual The
A-List: the ten debut films that will create buzz in Cannes.
* On the dispute between Han Entertainment and French
Screen Daily (May 28)
The Hollywood Reporter (May 20)
For detailed news during the 55th Cannes Film Festival (May 15
A news conference on The Touch
and the signing ceremony for
co-distribution rights of the film for South
East Asia were held in Hong Kong on May 8,
by Golden Harvest and Han Entertainment. Attendants included Michelle,
Thomas Chung, Brandon Chang, Raymond Chow (the chairman of Golden Harvest),
and the directors of the distribution from Hong Kong, Singapore
and Malaysia. The contract between Golden Harvest and Han
Entertainment was signed. The film is said to be
released in Hong Kong and across South East Asia on July 26.
Reportedly the post-production of the film is currently going on in
Beijing and U.S.. A trailer has already been shown in theatres in Hong Kong.
Young actor Brandon Chang told reporters how his master, Michelle, and
Uncle Long (Long Sihung) helped him during his first film shooting. He will
perform a theme song and may also join the performance of the main title
song for The Touch
A memorial to Long Sihung is planned to be held at the Taiwan
premiere of the film.
Photos from the News Press
of Han Entertainment and Golden Harvest
The second part of Michelle's diary, My Days in Dun Huang
with some photos, are up at
The Touch Official
. Oh dear re the horse. And funny (or maybe not so funny)
the insurance company wouldn't insure her left knee!
- Golden Harvest in 'Touch'
HONG KONG -- Golden Harvest Entertainment has
acquired theatrical distribution rights for Michelle Yeoh's
summer actioner "The Touch" for Hong Kong, Singapore
and Malaysia. Details of the deal are expected to be
announced Wednesday. The $20 romantic action
adventure, which also stars Ben Chaplin and Richard
Roxburgh, is expected to be released July 26 in Asia.
No date has been set for its U.S. release, which will be
handled by Miramax. (Winnie Chung)
Ming Pao (Hong Kong)
news reported that Hong Kong singer
Kelly Chen will be the one who performs the title song for The Touch
Earlier reports indicated there were different preferences between the
investors of the film. Taiwanese investor wanted Taiwanese singer Sherry
Chang but Hong Kong investor wanted Kelly Chen. Both Chen and Chang are top
singers in Asia.
Famous Taiwanese actor Long Sihung, Michelle's co-star in The Touch
passed away at the morning of May 2nd, in a Taipei hospital due to
his worsened heart, kidney and liver diseases. He was 72.
Long Sihung is known to many people for his Sir Te role in Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon
. He is also famous as the father figures in
Ang Lee's other three films: Pushing Hands
, The Wedding
and Eat Drink Man Woman
. He acted in more than
100 films and he was awarded best actor and best
supporting actor at the Golden Horse Awards for his roles in Pushing
and The Wedding Banquet
respectively. He was well
respected as an actor as well as a person.
Long Sihung had been in bad health for years. He didn't attend last
year's Oscars for Crouching Tiger
because of his health condition. Last fall, he accepted
Michelle's invitation to star in The Touch
and joined the
shooting in Dunhuang in October. Michelle says Long Sihung was her
first choice for the knowledgeable lama role. It was Long Sihung's
first (and only) film which is entirely in English. He worked very
hard for the English dialogues, word by word. To show honor and respect,
the filmmakers of The Touch
have decided to cancel the arrangement of
dubbing his lines so Long Sihung's voice can be heard in his last film.
Reportedly Michelle's Hua Mulan
was considering inviting Long
Sihung to play Mulan's father. But now, sadly and unexpectedly,
became his posthumous work.
Photos from Dunhuang
According to Screen
, Fortissimo Film Sales is going to handle
distributions in outstanding territories including
Japan, Korea, Germany, Scandinavia and East Europe. The film was
pre-sold to Miramax for the US, UK and Italy and a number of other
territories. But French M6, which committed to the French rights of the
film, is having problem with the negotiation.
is to be released in Hong Kong on July 22.
The first part of Diary of Michelle - My Journey on "The Touch"
is published at
The Touch Official Site
Making The Movie - Story of Tibet. It describes in details her days in Tibet during
shooting with many local pictures.
Brandon Chang may join Sherry Chang and/or Kelly Chen to preform the
title song for The Touch
News (April 17) for more details and a
Ben Chaplin talks about The Touch
. See the article on
. It says the film is slated for release in late 2002 or
Three more video clips from The Touch
Press Conference (December 5, 2001)
See Video section of this page.
the press Conference and Michelle interviews. Some trailers, movie stills,
and shooting sets are also shown. Michelle spoke in Mandarin and some
English. In one of the clips she said they were having difficulty looking for
the girl to play juvenile years of her character.
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has been updated. New photos, character descriptions, wallpaper, etc..
According to UDN news, Sherry Chang (a.k.a. A-Mei) will perform the
title song of The Touch
, "Himalayas". The same song is also
sung by Margaret Wang in a scene of the film.
UDN (Taiwan) published two more The Touch
on set photos. They
were shot inside the Beijing Film Studios - at
(new photos are added at the end)
sequel! Hollywood Reporter published an article
"'Touch' already a go for sequel before release" today at the front
line of its International section. The producers, the director, and
the screenwriters are planing to team up again for a $30 million sequel.
The article also says the music score of
is being composed by Basil Poledouris
) and the editing is being done by Marshall Harvey.
See News (Feb 20)
for a link to the article.
Official The Touch
A teaser trailer can be downloaded in Quicktime and WndowMedia
format. It's basically the same as the one in the Video section of
this page with some additional text at the beginning and the end.
The picture quality of the trailer on this site is a little better
than the one from the official site.
A teaser trailer of The Touch
See Video section for the downloading links.
Now the latest of the film -
Filming of The Touch
in Penang started at the early morning of
2nd and finished about 11:45AM of 3rd, local time. Now the entire
filming has officially completed.
No reporter was allowed to visit the set during the Penang shooting.
Most of the reports from (poor) reporters are when and where Michelle
went for dining. Michelle left Penang at 2nd. Local media joked that
now they could get relaxed and stop waiting outside the hotel and chasing
Michelle around under the tropical sun!
I myself was hoping we would learn something about the young Michelle
actress, since it is a flashback. Well, no. While the teenage Michelle
still remains mystery, what we learn is the boy who plays the young Eric
(Ben Chaplin's character).
Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that a German boy
named Horald P. Burchardt, who has lived in Malaysia for 8 years, was
chosen to play young Ben Chaplin.
(Minor spoiler warning. Highlight the following text if you'd like to
A scene was shot at Cathay Hotel is about young Eric,
who's from a poor family, was stealing and got caught.
Ken Tsang (co-star of Michelle in Supercop
and Royal Warriors
and Winston Chao (co-star of Michelle in The Soong Sisters
reportedly among the cast and appeared at the Penang shooting.
from Sin Chew: Ken Tsang, second to right, and his wife (third to right) with
crew in Penang.
According to a Malaysian newspaper (Kwong Wah Yit Poh), Michelle is
currently in Penang, Malaysia. The last two days of shooting for
will take place on February 2nd and 3rd at Cathay
Hotel (Kuo Tai Hotel).
The scene being shot at Cathay Hotel is a short flashback of 80's.
Michelle herself will not appear in it. It is said the film director
thought this place fit with the story very well when he saw a picture
of the hotel. Someone was sent to check out the location and they
decided to shoot the scene there. The hall which is being used for
shooting has been repainted and some furniture was sent from Kuala Lumpur
in order to better reflect the style of the time period.
This will be the last part of the shooting. The entire filming will then
wrap up at February 3rd.
At Hong Kong's 2001 Leaders of the Year Awards (for more
details see News
), reporters had a brief
interview with Michelle. Michelle had been very busy recently with the
post-production of The Touch
. They have to finish the cutting
before they could show it to the composer. Michelle told reporters
she will have to spend the Chinese New Year in U.S., mainly to work
with the composer and also to attend the American Film Market.
When asked if the film exceeded its budget, Michelle admitted it's
tight but she's making sure it's under control.
A great report on The Touch
SCMP (December 8, 2001)
According to China Times (Taiwan), the last few days of shooting will
take place in Malaysia later this month. A post
from Yahoo! Michelle Club (by Mailoon)
says a Malaysian
Chinese press reported some shooting will be in Penang, Malaysia, possibly
around Jan. 29 to
Feb 5. At this point I'm not sure what will be shot in Malaysia. A wild
guess is some scenes which involve street shooting or explosions and are
not permitted to be shot in Qingdao or Beijing.
It is kind of confusing... as
some Taiwanese news sources reported the entire filming of The
wrapped up in Beijing at 12th and a celebration banquet was
held with more than 100 people attended.
Since the shooting started last September, The Touch
team had gone
through Tibet, Dunhuang, Qindao and Beijing. For over a month, the shooting
had been going on in Beijing and Ba Yi Film Studios with as many as
230 crew members
involved. Six film studios are used inside Beijing Film Studios. Five
of them are used to represent certain locations of Dunhuang, including
some caves with paintings and statues.
Another big hall is used as the circus performance hall. A circus show, based
on a classical Chinese story - Monkey King battles the Third Prince Li,
is performed by Michelle and Brandon Chang. Dressed in silver color,
two of them fly through back and forth of a waterfall under strong stage
Thomas Chung told reporters that Quentin Tarantino and
Yuen Wo-Ping (the action director of
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Drangon
and the director of Wing Chun
and Tai Chi Master
) went to visit their shooting.
Michelle is going to be at the 2002 American Film Market (AFM. February
20 - 27) for The Touch
From United Daily News (Taiwan):
The filming of
will be wrapped up in Beijing on 12th of January,
a few days earlier than previously scheduled.
As the leading actress as well as a producer, Michelle is very excited to
see her "first baby" (that's how she describes The Touch
to be born. Meanwhile she also hates to say good-bye to
the crew members who have been working with her for the past half
Today they were shooting a scene when Michelle and Ben Chaplin fell
into a secret cave under a big poplar tree. At the lunch break,
reporters talked to Michelle who was covered by sand and dust from head to toe.
In order to continue shooting in the afternoon, she had to keep the
dirt on her face when having a simple lunch. When asked if she feels
the filming is painful, Michelle said pleasantly: "It's nothing. This
is the first film I produced. I only feel excited. I never had this kind
of feeling of excitement during my past 19 movies." This is one of the
smoothest shootings she went through, according to Michelle.
Talking about the hard work they went through - the high altitude illness
in Tibet; the storms in Dunhuang which made her eyes, nose and ears full
of sand; the freezing cold ocean wind in Qingdao, the wire works in Beijing
studios, ... all Michelle said was "exciting!"
will be 95% in English.
Here are some photos taken by UDN News reporters. At first Michelle didn't
want to have pictures taken because she was all covered by dirt, even
her face. But she agreed to do so under reporters' requests.
Beijing Film Studios
Taiwan media reported that
(a.k.a. A-Mei), a famous Taiwanese
singer, has been invited to perform the title song for The Touch
Has returned to Taiwan from Beijing, actress Margaret Wang, together
with the director of
Pandasia Entertainment, Ms. Huang Bao-Yun, talked to media about
the film today. First time working with Michelle, Margaret Wang is
very impressed by and admires Michelle's devotion to work.
She said Michelle did many dangerous scenes by herself. Even when hurt
during actions, Michelle would still say "Let's try again".
She also said Michelle is a very kind and caring person. The toughest
part for her during filming was the frigid climate. When it
was really cold, Michelle took her own coat off and put on her.
(From The Great Entertainment Daily: a
As mentioned before, the production of The Touch
completed in the middle of this month and the film is scheduled to be
screened at the 55th Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from 15th
to 26th of May.
A video clip (1:33. ETtoday)
from The Touch
press conference. You can actually see parts
of the trailers! Peter Pau said: "While acquiring an element of mystery
and wonder, all actions in 'The Touch' still follow the law of gravity and
can be done by people in our modern time. It's not supernatural or
same as the style of 'Crouching Tiger'."
Here are downloadable versions of the clip:
(thanks to BAM. A
DivX Video Codec (700K)
may be needed in order to view Avi/DviX clip properly)
Michelle at the press conference
Scans from trailers
Vote for your favourite teenage Michelle!
16 finalists have been selected by Yahoo! and Mythical Films from
Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Go
to watch the videos and cast your vote. If you're serious with the
voting, I'd suggest you NOT to skip videos as sometimes videos and
photos give different impression.
A group of reporters were invited to visit a shooting set of The Touch
at Beijing suburb yesterday. A glass building was built with antique imitation inside.
A big fight between Michelle and Dane Cook (plays Richard Roxburgh's cousin,
a villain) takes place here. They are supposed to fight from
outside to inside, from ground to ceiling. Some shooting was delayed
due to the snow in Beijing, which made them worry that the glass
roof may not support the weight of the snow and fall. When they were shooting at
the second floor Michelle said she didn't dare to look down because she's
afraid of height (- not when she hears "action"!). The building took more
than two months to build but will end up in pieces in their fight!
Some additional information mentioned in various
reports of the press conference:
- The Touch
has been shooting inside "Beijing
Film Studios" and "Ba Yi Film Studios" (Beijing). Filming is expected to
wrap in mid-January.
- The editing of the film has been already started in
Los Angeles. The first trailer will come to media when the production
- Film editor and composer will be from Hollywood.
conference was held at Kunlun Hotel in Beijing at the afternoon of Dec. 5th.
More than two hundreds of reporters crowded in. As the producers, Michelle
and Thomas Chung talked about the new film . Other attendants
included Peter Pau, Ben Chaplin, Richard Roxburgh, Dane Cook, Margaret
Wang and Brandon Chang. Two trailers of the film were shown to
the press, which showed
sequences such as a young lama playing at Heaven's Lake, Michelle
sweep-kicking bad guys with knives, an adventure of Brandon Chang and
Margaret Wang, an intense fight of Ben Chaplin and Richard Roxburgh, etc..
The following parts may contain some spoilers. Highlight the text
if you'd like to read.
Yan Fei (Michelle's character) and her brother Yue Tong are star performers
of an international acrobatic team. Yan Fei does not believe very much the
treasure legend passed from her ancestors in the family. One day, her
ex-boyfriend Eric suddenly appears after a few years of separation. He
brings Yan Fei an authenticating object mentioned in the legend. Her
brother and his girlfriend make off with it to the Silk Road looking
for the treasure. A careerist Karl goes after it. Yan Fei had
to be off to the Silk Road and the mysterious plateau in order to
uncover and protect the treasure that her ancestors had been protecting.
The name of the film "The Touch" comes from a special acrobatic technique
which is handed down to Michelle from the older generations of the
family. It is called "The Touch" and Michelle also uses it at a key point
of obtaining the treasure.
A few days ago during the filming, Michelle got hit very hard by another
person's wire on her face, close to her left eye. Michelle described it
as "very painful, like crashing into a wall". Fortunately no skin was broken
so there will be no scar. She returned to work with the injury covered
by her hair.
"There is a well known Chinese phrase saying 'who suffers the bitterest
can taste the sweetest'
," said Michelle.
The cast and crew members, regardless their nationalities, all highly
praise Michelle and consider her as a "big sister".
"I feel we all live in a big family during the shooting. As an actress,
I am very happy. As a producer, I am moved by the effort from everyone."
Michelle spoke in a not very fluent Mandarin, "I spoke English and
Malay when I was young. I had been learning Cantonese in Hong Kong.
I'm now working hard to learn Mandarin. I had lived in western countries
and my life style is somewhat westernized. But it doesn't affect that
I am a Chinese."
While being asked to compare the shooting experience of The Touch
with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
, Michelle said Crouching
shooting was more painful, plus certain things put her in a
depressed mood. The Touch
had different technical difficulties.
There are many non-Chinese people in the team. When they were in Tibet
they could not even find a McDonald. She felt very bad that she could
not provide help.
In Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Michelle played a traditional,
restrained Chinese woman. Her appearance in The Touch
will still be a capable lady, but this time she's also humorous and smiling
a lot. She says it's easy to act the role. (Jane's note: doesn't it
sound like Michelle herself?)
While being asked about her appearance in Bond 20, Michelle said she is
invited to guest star in it. But since it will take a couple of weeks
and Michelle's next project Hua Mulan
will start early next year as well,
she's still considering it.
Thomas Chung told press that the budget of the film is $20 million and the
cost for sets inside studios only is up to 8 figures (Hong Kong dollars).
They had shot at more than 30 places in Dunhuang caves.
Michelle and other main filmmakers of The Touch
after the press conference.
Peter Pau expressed that he's very satisfied with such a big production. He
was sleepless due to excitement. While being asked if The Touch
going to have the achievement as Crouching Tiger
, Pau said he's not
thinking about Oscars. Awards sometimes depend on opportunity. After The
he's going to direct Hua Mulan
. It's an even bigger and more
challenging film. So far the only actor fixed for it is Michelle.
Ben Chaplin said he had kissing scenes with other actresses (e.g. Nicole
Kidman) before but this time with Michelle was the one he felt the
A day before the conference, producer Thomas Chung showed reporters some
shooting sets built for the film inside the studios, including the treasure
cell and the circus performance hall.
Photos from the press conference
According to Screen
International, shooting of The Touch
has moved into studios in Beijing.
"We are on course to wrap the picture on Jan 15 as scheduled. We did
so much pre-production that we have been extremely organized and the
shoot so far has been very good." Michelle said.
Also see News
for Michelle's production company separating from Media Asia and now
becoming Han Entertainment. The Touch
is officially a
co-production between Han Entertainment, Taiwan's Pandasia and China's
Tianjin Film Studios.
CCTV and Nanfang Daily (China) reported
that The Touch
is currently shooting at suburb of Beijing. The filming
of the film has been going very smoothly and is expected to wrap up soon
in Beijing. Reportedly a press conference will be held in Beijing on December
5th. About 260 reporters from Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, America
and southeast Asia will attend. The film is aimed to
be released globally next July.
Nanfang Daily had an exclusive interview with co-producer Thomas Chung.
Reporter: Why do you choose to shoot the film in Tibet and Dunhuang?
Chung: Because the story of "The Touch" happened in remote regions of
China. Shooting in Tibet and Dunhuang made the film more special. To tell the truth,
it was very risky to shoot in Tibet!
Reporter: I heard that the preparation and shooting of "The Touch" were
Chung: It is a 20 million big production. The pressure on me is very big.
Started from the beginning of last year, we re-wrote six versions of the script.
We spent three months to search the male lead before we fixed with Ben Chaplin.
To choose the shooting locations, we went everywhere in China and the procedure
itself cost about 1 million. The management is not easy even after the shooting
started. We have more than 300 crew members coming from 12 countries.
Reporter: You had worked with Peter Pau many times. But it is the first
time to have him as director. Is it because of the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Chung: Of course not. I started to talk with him about directing "The Touch"
before the production of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was even finished. Right after
Michelle Yeoh and I fixed the outline of the story of the film, we both thought Peter
Pau would be a perfect candidate to direct it.
Reporter: How is the cooperation with Michelle Yeoh?
Chung: Very well. I only knew she was an action star before. But now I
realized she also has potential to be a good scriptwriter.
Two more photos are added at
. One is from Liberty Times (Taiwan):
On the traditional praying ceremony for good fortune before
shooting. The Potala Palace, Lhasa, September 14. .
Taiwanese media had a telephone interview with the co-producer Thomas Chung
yesterday. Originally Michelle was also scheduled for an interview but
she was too busy with the shooting.
Since the filming started in the mid September, The Touch
the most difficult parts of the filming in Tibet and Dunhuang,
and it is currently shooting in Qingdao. Mr. Chung said the cast and crew
members come from 12 different countries. Six assistant directors speak
different languages. But the team has been cooperating very well. The scenes they
have shot are surprisingly beautiful and real. No computer effect. All
of them are captured by Peter Pau's camera.
Currently in Qingdao the scenes being shot are the beginning part of
the film, the exterior scenes of the acrobatic performances, also the
scenes of Richard Roxburgh's initial appearance.
By the end of November The Touch
team will go to Beijing for its
final part of the interior shooting. They are going to build the sets
inside Beijing Film Studios and continue more actions and the acrobatic
Had no prior experience in martial arts, Ben Chaplin has been working
very hard. Once during a fight scene he was too nervous and accidentally
injured Michelle and a few others. Fortunately no injury was serious.
Various Taiwan and Hong Kong news reported some details of the shooting
in Tibet. During the two week period in Tibet, The Touch
went to Lhasa, Himalayas, and the Namucuo Lake (Namtso Lake, also known
as "Lake in Heaven", which is 4,718 meters (15,475 feet) above sea-level
and the highest saltwater lake in the world). The first day shooting
took place at Dazhao Lamasery and the Potala Palace. They got local
governors' supports and were allowed to shoot on the golden roofs of
the buildings. One day they had 1,500 extras to appear in a market scene
where Michelle and Ben Chaplin were supposed to kiss each other. The shooting
attracted many tourists and locals and they had to use policemen to keep
the orders. It was hard to get so many people in control and the
kissing scene took 12 takes to complete. (Thomas Chung
was very satisfied with the result and said: "We really got the right man!")
Once they were shooting a large scene at the Putala Palace at six o'clock
in the morning. When more than 2,000 extras were in position, Michelle
was suddenly sick
and rushed to the hospital by ambulance. She went back to work
right after being released from the hospital. With the good arrangement
and directing, Peter Pau managed to finish the scene with one take.
The last day of the shooting took place in front of the Potala Palace. More
than 2,500 extras were used, including some tourists who lived in nearby
hotels. Some were imposed as lamas, and others were playing Tibetan
The most beautiful scene in Tibet was at Namucuo Lake. They started their
trip at 1:00AM and drove 5 hours to catch the sunrise.
While shooting at the Namucuo Lake, the frozen lake started to melt under the
beautiful sunshine. The unfrozen lake was so beautiful and Peter Pau
exclaimed: "Even Heaven is helping us!" Michelle said: "We have been
preparing this project for 18 months. Today is a lucky day." To fit with the
environment, they rent some rarely seen Tibetan horses for the shooting.
Photos from Tibet
Qingdao News reported that on Oct. 25th, the filming of The Touch
place at the
No reporter was allowed to visit the set.
The shooting of The Touch
has been moved from Dunhuang to Qingdao
(also translated as Tsingtao. Yes, it is the Tsingtao which is famous
for its Tsingtao Beer to many westerners. It is also the city
where Wang Dulu had lived for 12 years and wrote his
Crouching Tiger novels
On the evening of 22nd, a Qingdao News reporter rushed to a restaurant
where The Touch
filmmakers were having a banquet. He saw Michelle,
who was in blue casual clothes, entering the hall but didn't get a chance
to do an interview.
Chinatimes (Taiwan) reported that the director of Pandasia Entertainment,
Ms. Huang, visited the shooting set while they were in Dunhuang. She
told reporters that many important and beautiful
scenes for the film had been shot in Tibet and Dunhuang. The temperature
in both places varies greatly between day and night and the shooting
was difficult. Being the main actress as well as a producer,
Michelle has been very busy and become even thinner (!). The cast and
crew of The Touch
come from different parts of the world and
look like a small version of the united nations. Almost half of the
crew had worked for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Also news from Hong Kong: Hong Kong actor/singer Gabriel Harrison (a.k.a.
Hoi Jun Git) is among
the cast. Sing Tao Daily reported that Gabriel Harrison was spotted on
a movie premiere in Hong Kong Tuesday evening. He told reporters that he just
returned from the shooting of The Touch
in Mainland, and he will
soon continue his shooting parts in Beijing and Qingdao.
Filming of The Touch
was moved from Lhasa to Dunhuang (Gansu province) at the end of September. During the past few days,
the shooting has been going on in the desert near Dunhuang city, mainly at
Mingsha Sand Dunes
(Singing-sand Mountain) and
More than two hundred crew members are
involved. Filming in Dunhuang will last until Oct. 16. Then the shooting
team will go to Qingdao (Tsingtao) for an approximately 40 day shooting
before it moves on to Beijing.
(from UDNnews and Tianjin Daily)
Thesp-standup comic Dane Cook, who recently wrapped a lead role in
Betty Thomas' R3
, will join Michelle Yeoh and Ben Chaplin in
According to Taiwan UDNnews,
the supporting actress Margaret Wang Yu-Jie has headed to Dunhuang from
Taiwan. She will participate in the filming of The Touch
Qingdao, and Beijing until at least Christmas. I assume this also means
the shooting in Tibet is wrapping up or has already wrapped up?
Filming of The Touch
officially started at
The Potala Palace
Lhasa on September 14. Despite some symptoms of high altitude illness
among team members, the team is in excellent spirit.
The filming team arrived at Lhasa at the morning of September 12. By noon
many crew members had symptoms of high altitude illness . The team took
three day rest before starting shooting in order to adjust to the high
altitude environment. A traditional open shooting ceremony (praying for
good fortune) was held on 14th.
(Michelle was fine by that time and even took a chance to visit the Lhasa
Pray before shooting
Michelle and Brandon Chang
Oriental Daily reported that once at a shooting set (at an altitude of
16,400 feet) Michelle suffered high altitude illness and needed emergency
treatments. She soon recovered and took part in the filming. Three
military doctors who are experienced in treating high altitude illness
are with the shooting team.
Co-producer Thomas Chung told reporters that the shooting in Tibet
is a very hard task. But everyone has been trying their best and no one had
any complaints. It's an unforgettable experience for him, Chung said.
They travel from place to place, sometimes overnight.
Filming locations in Tibet include The Potala Palace
and the Himalayas. Some are as high as 23,000 feet above sea-level.
Michelle headed to Lhasa, Tibet on Tuesday with
team. Shooting in Tibet involves mostly big scenes
with large number of extras, including thousands of lamas. Not many
actions for Michelle except a few horse riding scenes. The main
concern in Tibet is the possible high altitude illness since the
shooting will be at about 14,000
feet above sea-level. Michelle said oxygen tanks are carried with the
team, just in case. Shooting will last for about three weeks in Tibet
and the next shooting location will be Dunhuang.
News from Hong Kong: Two western co-stars for
, Ben Chaplin (male lead) and Richard Roxburgh (main
villain), arrived Hong Kong on Sunday. Thomas Chung (co-producer) greeted
them at the airport
(click here for a photo
Thomas Chung told the media that on Tuesday he will head to Chengdu, from
there the shooting team will go to Tibet. A good luck pray for the
production was held last week.
Reportedly Long Sihung (who played Sir Te in Crouching Tiger, Hidden
and the father figure in another three Ang Lee's films) is
among the cast.
The Hollywood Reporter:
Ben Chaplin has signed to star opposite Michelle
Yeoh in The Touch
, which is to begin principal photography in
China and Tibet next month. Chaplin, whose films include The Thin
and the upcoming Birthday Girl
with Nicole Kidman, will
star as Yeoh's love interest in the $20 million romantic adventure
caper set against a traveling circus. The film marks Yeoh's debut as
a producer and her first movie appearance since last year's runaway
hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
, which will be in
English, is scheduled for a summer 2002 release. The movie will be
directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Peter Pau (Crouching
Tiger, Hidden Dragon
), who directed the Hong Kong production
Temptation of Dance
and the Korean production Misty
Miramax has acquired rights to the film for North America, the United Kingdom
and Italy, while France's M6 has acquired French rights.
The Hollywood Reporter: Miramax Films has picked up
domestic and select international rights to the Hong Kong English-language
action-thriller The Touch
starring Michelle Yeoh, who also
produces the film.
Mythical Films and Yahoo! Hong Kong are conducting
an internet search looking for a girl to play Michelle's character
in her juvenile years. For more details please see
What's New (Aug. 8)
Tianjin Everyday News (Xin Bao) reports that
China's Tianjin Film Studio is one of the co-production companies for
. The shooting of the film is scheduled to
start on Aug. 17 at Lhasa. The production is expected to be completed by
February next year.
News from Taiwan: Taiwanese actress
Wang Yu-Jie has signed on The Touch
to play girlfriend of
Michelle's brother (Brandon Chang). Reportedly Michelle and Peter Pau
had very good impressions of her and asked screenwriters to increase
her parts in the film. She will go to China at end of August and
participate in the shooting for three months. Wang Yu-Jie is 20 years
old and has done a movie and a TV show as well as a number of
One of Michelle's goals is to discover young talents in Chinese film
reports that The Touch
team will be off to Lhasa (Tibet) on Aug
11 and the shooting will start officially on Aug. 17. Interestingly, the first
sequence to be shot will be the ending of the film. The filming
locations include Lhasa, Dunhuang, Qingdao, and Beijing.
More news/rumors: Michelle is in talks with Hugh
), David Duchovny (The X Files
), and Ewan
McGregor (Moulin Rouge
, Star Wars II
) for one of the
trio to star as the male lead. (thanks to Ivan)
Various HK news sources report that the male lead for the
film is being considered among Hugh Jackman (X-Men
Cusack, James Marsden (X-Men
), and Thomas Jane (Deep
). The main villain is reportedly to be Richard Roxburgh
). The brother role of Michelle's character will
be played by the 19 year old Canadian Chinese
, who is said to be Michelle's disciple.
Shooting is expected to start shortly. The budget of the
film is about US $20 million.
Pandasia Entertainment (Taiwan) became one of the
main investors for the film. At the Pandasia press conference,
Michelle and Thomas Chung confirmed that the shooting would start at
Media Asia's "The Touch - Unlock The Legend Party"
was held today at Cannes. Michelle, Peter Pau, and Thomas Chung hosted
more than 200 guests. Won't start the shooting until July,
has already found its French distributor. The film is
set to be shown at next year's Cannes Film Festival.
Michelle, Peter Pau, Thomas
Chung (director of Media Asia), Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud
(script writers), with a team of thirty people headed to China on
Monday. They're going to spend 3 weeks in China to check out
the filming locations, which include Chengdu, Shanghai,
and the Silk Road. The actual filming is planned to start in July and will
last about 5 months.
Hong Kong news: Mythical Films and Media Asia held a press conference
for The Touch
today. Peter Pau was officially introduced as the director of the film
(he signed the contract a half year ago) and he will be the director of cinematography as well.
The team of photographers for The Touch
will be the same as for CTHD
. The budget has been
increased from HK $95 million to HK $150 million. Two male leads are not fixed yet.
The film will start shooting this summer in China.
Peter Pau (chat, March 24):
"After working with Crouching Tiger,
--it was the first time working with Michelle Yeoh,
and she asked me to direct her next feature, called The Touch
was thrilled by her ideas about the film, and I completely revised
"We are ready to go for pre-production now, and ready
to shoot in July, in China again. We are able to go to more distant
locations, like Tibet, Dunhuang, Shanghai, and Beijing. It's a
contemporary story, a romantic action adventure film. It should make
it to theaters in summer of 2002."
SCMP: The (HK) $95 million movie tells the story
of a travelling circus family and their adventures while touring China.
The script is being written by Julien Carbon and Laurent Courtiaud,
who also wrote Johnnie To's Running Out Of Time
. "A romantic action
adventure set in China - that's something new," says Peter Pau.
According to E!Online, The Touch
will be a
comedy-action-adventure set in present-day Shanghai and the Himalayas
and featuring a diverse cast. It will be a predominantly
Hong Kong news: The shooting of The Touch
start in the middle of this year. It is planned for it to be shot in Beijing
and Dunhuang (Tun-Huang, on the Silk Road) and Michelle will go to
check out the locations next month. Also, Michelle has invited the
Chinese Shen Yang Acrobatic Team to take part in the
film. She's going to do some training with the team in March and April.
The Hong Kong media describes the film as 'a female version of Indiana
Jones'. According to reports from last year, the film is about
Michelle and her brother
(Daniel Wu) retrieving a family missing treasure.
The film is going to be released in summer 2002. (A year and half of
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