January 2009, 4pm at Marina Mandarin Hotel
Twelve years is how long it has been since Raymond Wong
last made an All’s Well Ends Well movie and judging
by the chemistry that its stars and director share,
it is definitely one happy reunion.
In town to promote his latest addition to the perennially
popular franchise, producer Raymond Wong was joined
by his on-screen co-star Sandra Ng, as well as the movie’s
writer-director Vincent Kok. The trio were evidently
in high spirits about their 'he sui pian' at the Marina
Mandarin ballroom where they met members of the press.
"Every Chinese New Year, people will ask me, ‘When
are you making another All’s Well Ends Well movie’,"
said Raymond Wong. "So this year I roped in director
Vincent Kok and Sandra Ng and decided to give it another
"It’s been a few years since anyone from
Hong Kong has made a Lunar New Year comedy," said
Vincent Kok, the director of many such movies like Marry
a Rich Man and The Lucky Star. And it has only gotten
"People’s tastes have changed," he observed,
"So while comedies of the past relied more on slapstick,
audiences today prefer a more natural comedic style."
But that’s not the only thing different that sets
All’s Well Ends Well 2009 apart from its predecessors.
This time round, the franchise no longer has the marque
name of Stephen Chow- though that was not from a lack
"After the previous ’97 All’s Well
Ends Well, Stephen Chow and I did talk about doing another
movie. We talked about it year after year until 2002
but nothing eventually came out of it," said Raymond
Wong." And in the meantime, his fees also got more
and more expensive," he laughed, "So it became
more and more difficult for us to collaborate again."
Nevertheless, fans of the series will still be able
to see Raymond Wong and Sandra Ng on screen, their fourth
Unlike the first All’s Well Ends Well, where they
were a bickering couple, the pair now play love interests
as Wong’s character has a crush on Sandra’s
character. But you can be sure that the on-screen pair
do not share any sparks in real life- ask Raymond Wong
if he’s jealous that Sandra Ng also gets to kiss
Louis Koo in the movie and his answer is a firm no.
Romancing aside, Sandra Ng’s character is probably
one of the most challenging to play in the film, according
to director Vincent Kok. In fact, Vincent Kok was so
precise with what he wanted from her character that
he even directed her how to end off her lines of dialogue
the way he wanted in the movie.
"I have seen and I know what Sandra Ng is like,"
said Vincent Kok, "But what I wanted was for the
audience to see her in her character Yu Zhu’s
shoes." And he has nothing but praise for the veteran
comedian. "I had a certain conception of her character
but after just a short while, she (Sandra) knew exactly
what I wanted from it."
But of course, it wasn’t all work and no joy on
the set of the movie. As Sandra Ng shares, there were
many instances that would certainly make it into the
ever-popular NGs (almost a staple in today’s comedies)
of the film.
One particularly memorable occasion was when the cast
and crew were still unsure which Mainland destination
they would be filming at. So for one of the scenes where
Raymond Wong’s character holds up a travel book,
the cast and crew did several takes of every possible
location that they had in mind.
"By the time we reached the eighth take. I just
couldn’t help but burst out laughing. I think
Raymond Wong was the only one who could still keep a
straight face and continue doing the scene," said
Sandra Ng, to boisterous laughter from both Raymond
Wong and Vincent Kok.
Filming the family-themed All’s Well Ends Well
2009 for Sandra Ng also had more than a sense of the
familial. For the first time, she is sharing the screen
with her real father, Ha Cheung Chau (who plays her
It was Raymond Wong’s decision to bring Ha Cheung
Chau on board. "He’s a great comedy actor.
And since father and daughter have never acted together,
I thought it was a great idea to get them to do so in
"One thing I’m really happy about is that
this year I can bring three generations of my family-
my father, myself, and my daughter- to go watch this
movie in the cinema together," Sandra Ng added,
with a blissful smile on her face. "Don’t
you think that’s truly 'jia you xi shi' (a joyous
occasion in the family)?"
And what Sandra Ng, as well as Raymond Wong and Vincent
Kok, hope is that their 'he sui pian' can be the perfect
comedy panacea to chase away whatever blues you may
have this Chinese New Year.
"My greatest joy in when viewers come out of the
movie and tell me that they’ve had a wonderful
time laughing their way through," said Raymond
Wong. Indeed, that would be an 'all’s well ends
well' for cast and crew alike.
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