last Raiders film, Tokyo Raiders
collected 1.7 million dollars in Singapore
alone. With that kind of success, it would
be hard to understand why director Jingle
Ma was so reluctant to make another sequel
to Tokyo Raiders.
3rd Feb 2005, Director Jingle Ma and his
Seoul Raider star, Richie Ren came to Singapore’s
Conrad Hotel to give some insight why the
sequel to Tokyo Raiders took so long to
finalize and gave the reason to why Seoul
city was chosen as the next installment.
of the reasons why Jingle Ma didn’t
want to do a sequel in the first place was
the inevitable comparison between the original
and the sequel. There will be enormous pressure
on him to create another successful Raiders
film. Especially on the first few days of
the film screening, he will be busy checking
on reports from different cinema vendors
instead of enjoying the holidays.
reason he gave was that he was afraid of
letting the film’s sponsors down,
as Raiders’ type of film required
a huge amount of capital. But lucky, Seoul
Raiders’ sponsors thought otherwise
and convinced him to give it another try.
all the best locations in Tokyo were used
in the first Raiders film, the production
team decided to use another city for the
sequel. Europe, Beijing and Singapore were
all once consider as a potential candidate.
However Korea’s Seoul city stood out
as the best choice, since the Korea media
are currently the hottest trend that is
sweeping the Asia region.
benefit was that Seoul city went all the
way in supporting this film production.
When the film crew needed to film in the
Seoul’s city subway or one of Seoul
city’s main streets that is normally
as busy as Singapore’s Orchard road,
the authorities were willing to close down
both location during it’s off peak
periods to facilitate the filming. Permission
was also granted to shut down the subway
safety program for a dangerous action sequence
in the subway. That sequence was so dangerous
that director Jingle Ma was very worried
about Richie Ren’s safety, as any
wrong moves or timing could prove fatal
for the actor.
But sometime being concern for actors could
have adverse results instead. Jingle Ma
recounts during the fight scenes at the
hot spring bath, he was worried that the
actors would be suffering from the cold
weather as it was below 2 degree Celsius.
He sets the water temperature higher to
keep the actors warm and it turn out to
be too hot for both Tony Leung and Richie
Ren. Mere moments after they entered the
water, they were scalded red underneath
The dangerous sequences and freezing cold
weather were not all the difficulties faced
by the actors. Richie Ren told the press
that although he had some training in martial
arts fighting, he had to learn all over
again from his Korean counterparts as they
used Tae Kwon Do style of fighting which
have faster moves and more deadly accuracy
in their strikes.
hopes that he would be able to shred off
some of the goody boy image that he had
been carrying for a while. This time round,
he got to play an arrogant guy who out to
make things difficult for Tony Leung.
more than 200 thousands dollars spend on
Seoul Raiders advertisements in Singapore,
trio of well known actors starring in it
and following a formula set by the successful
predecessor film, Seoul Raiders are poised
to reign as this Chinese New Year box office
Seoul Raiders do well in the Box Office
and since the producer are thinking of turning
the Raiders movie into a franchise, a third
sequel might be highly possible. And maybe
when that time arrived, hopefully Singapore
might be chosen as the next venue!
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