will know that the road to “Long Hu Men’
is so full of trials and tribulations even in real-life.
If the movie portrayed a series of life struggles for
the main protagonists, then the road to bringing this
35 years old HK manga to the big screen is equally a
daunting one for Producer Raymond Wong.
who was in town with Director Wilson Yip and upcoming
HK star Shawn Yue were at Clark Quay, Crazy Horse on
20 July for the press conference of “Long Hu Men”
(direct translated in English as “Dragon Tiger
Gate”). Wong with his shades on admitted to the
media that his closest associates actually caution him
about adapting DTG to the big screen upon hearing about
his intention. Ironically, among them who did so is
the original comic artist of DTG, Tony Wong Yuk-Long.
How is it possible to translate such a well-loved comic
legacy of all time and compressed them into a 2 hours
odd movie? But Raymond and co-producer Shi-Nansun (wife
of the acclaimed Tsui Hark) persist and did it.
addition, rumours were rife that over 18 stars rejected
the various roles in the script which in turn went through
several drafts and rewrites itself. When prompt further
by the media who were the 18 stars involved, Raymond
remains tight-lipped but he did confirm the rumours
are for real.
Shawn is the only star present as Donnie Yen and Nicholas
Tse were held up by other filming commitments, it’s
not a surprise Yue has to answer majority of the questions
posed. Yue who spent 3 months mastering the basics of
Nan-chakus under Donnie Yen’s stunt team even
suffered a serious asthma attack during filming. Apparently,
the weather was bitterly cold and Yue quietly endured
throughout one of the scenes (which requires him to
lie down for a period of time on the ground) just to
speed up the day’s filming. Fortunately, his co-star
Nicolas Tse came to the rescue and managed to calm his
asthma by giving him…coffee. Now we have another
great reason to down ourselves with our favourite drink
to last us over the long nights of labouring at moviexclusive.com.
Shawn hopes to venture into another genre after DTG
simply he’s one person who prefers not to repeat
himself. In other words, you might find it hard to spot
Shawn in another cop thriller or action piece unless
the script is too good to be passed over.
Wilson Yip lets on that it took approximately one month
each just to build the various sets which include “The
Inn” and the infamous “Dragon Tiger Gate”
in China, Hengdian. A record-breaking sandbag was also
built to signify the formidable power of the villian,
Shibumi who uses the sandbag for his training punches
in the movie. It holds the Guinness World Records for
being the largest sandbag ever built for a prop weighing
at 141kg and 2.5m tall.
Yip who emphasized that Raymond never imposed any stress
on him during filming added that he was very fortunate
to have Donnie Yen onboard as action choreographer and
the main lead. Apparently, production work begins straight
away once Yen committed to the lead role of “Dragon
Wong” after filming another Raymond Wong’s
production, “Seven Swords” last year.
Consider that Donnie has to juggle dual roles in DTG,
Yip feels that the latter is the one having the most
a hefty US$10 million (a highly substantial amount for
a HK production) and over 100 working days, “Dragon
Tiger Gate” is a not-to-be missed HK movie to
grace the screen this year. Join “Dragon”,
“Tiger” and “Turbo” in the theaters
as they fight through life tribulations and defeat the
ultimate villain, Shibumi. The showdown begins…
Tiger Gate” opens islandwide on 28 July 2006 and
is review here.