Since I got the award, I had been doing the promotion
for A World without Thieves, there wasn’t
any special feeling. Its only upon reaching Hong
Kong yesterday, I felt excited suddenly.
now, before this press interview, I had an interview
and the reporter asked me, “Which is my
best film to date?"
told him "Love on a Diet". And the reporter
was shock and the reporter replied his favourite
Andy Lau’s film is A World without Thieves.
was as if the reporter was doing promotion for
this film instead of me
Its true, late last night after the promotion,
I was still receiving phone calls from friends,
telling me how good Andy Lau was in "A World
without Thieves". Friends like Lin Yi Hua
(a playwright) and Silvia Chang. Spoiler~ Silvia
Chang even said that she cried when Andy Lau’s
character died. So personally I felt that it was
Andy Lau’s best film too
In this film, we can see although both Andy and
Rene have the same kind of jobs but have very
different personalities. Since this film basically
deals with human nature, can Andy and Rene talk
about the characters you played in the film?
I think the biggest difference between the two
characters would be that Rene’s character,
Wang Li does not submit to faith, she wanted to
change over a new leaf and do more good things
to repay all the evils that she had committed.
Meanwhile my character Wang Bo already submitted
to fate and have a sad view of the world and they
will forever be thieves
RL: I feel that Wang Li was
trying to wash away the sins that she had committed.
Andy Lau, since you mention about doing many commercial
films in the past. Any regrets of doing so many
I asked this question because you mentioned during
the Golden Horse Award that it’s hard to
convince people that you could really act. Could
it be due to your past commercial films that created
such a reputation? Would you do more films that
have lesser commercial value in order for the
audience to have a different view of you in future?
I don’t know about the rest but I am an
“no character type” of actor. I do
all sort of films and maybe recently I am performing
lesser so the industry is currently having a shortage
of my type of commercialize films.
Chow Yun Fat, Stephen Chow, all these commercial
films stars are doing lesser films nowadays. I
feel that if there are lesser commercial movies
in the film industry, people will feel that the
standard is dropping. So it’s quite funny
that it’s still very important to have this
type of commercialize actors and film around.
though the audience could accept the artistic
films, they would also need commercial films.
It’s just like an art drawing and a roll
of toilet paper. They both serve different purposes
but both items are just as important.
feel that both artistic films and commercial films
are just as important to the film industry. So
if you ask if I ever regret doing so many commercial
films before, I can tell you that I never had
such regrets before.
Rene Liu, I think you are Andy Lau’s envy,
he had to wait 3 years to win the best actor award
and you won the Asia film award on your first
I was hopping that you ask me if I would regret
starring in so many artistic films instead of
I share the same sentiments as him, both types
of films are just as important and both of them
have their values and potential. It’s getting
important that to have a well balance of both
example an artistic film normally do not have
that many viewers and only film fans, critics,
film award judges and directors would go view
those artistic films is not enough. I felt that
we need to draw in more viewers back into the
cinema and at this point, I felt that Andy Lau
World without Thieves will definitely draw in
the crowds, just by looking at the cast, beside
Andy Lau and Rene Liu, the film cast are filled
with the best actors and actress from China, Taiwan
and Hong Kong such as Ge You and director Fang
Xiao Gang. Now we let the others to interview
Andy Lau and Rene Liu, please raise your hand.
If you are like the thief that you portray in
the film, what would you like to steal?
I had already answer this question many times
and come to think of it, I don’t really
have anything that I want to steal right now.
I will get back to you when there is anything
that I want to steal.
Almost the same as Andy. The thing that I really
want to steal is really impossible to steal as
I would like to steal back my youth
You still have your youth so don’t worry.
I would like to steal some more youth to keep
and use slowly.
Normally thieves work together and each have its
own task. For example, Andy Lau who is so handsome,
he might use his looks and while the victim is
distracted, his accomplice might the chance to
steal. So how do you two separated your duties
to achieve the thief?
On the first day, when I met him on the set, I
had a shock and I thought he was fooling around.
I really felt that he was really ugly looking.
Someone on the set actually said he look very
dashing. I kept my views to myself until mid production
of the film and when I had the chance to review
the film again and I thought it was the right
hairstyle for him.
was because he was so ugly that people will focus
on his acting instead of his look. It used to
be with his good looks in a film, people tend
to forget he could act too. So I felt that was
the director’s intention to give Andy Lau
such an ugly presentation in this film.
Any offers to act in Hollywood?
Currently, It’s all action movies that they
offered me. So I am still waiting for a good script
or I will not go there.
Now that Andy Lau have won the best Actor Award,
would you be more selective in your future projects?
I won’t. In the past, there weren’t
many films that were offered to me. I used to
act as triad members, comedy or wuxia. These few
years, I been acting in films with more substance
and people thought that I am more selective of
the movies that I act in.
that’s not the case, it’s only now
that people come and look for me. I wanted to
work with Rene in the past but there was not a
single chance at all then.
DJ:“What draws you to the production
of A World without Thieves?
Its really because of Rene. To put Rene Liu and
Andy Lau together into a film, it’s a very
special blend, and if I don’t do this film
now, I don’t know when will I ever get a
chance to film with Rene.
Same here, it’s because there a chance for
me to act with Andy Lau. I even lost weight just
to act with him.
What about acting with Ge You?
He is a very special person. He doesn’t
really give interviews and he doesn’t read
much about what was written about him. So he won’t
really know if you had said good or bad things
felt that his methods of acting are of high standard.
His acting skills and style had already achieved
a certain level of greatness. For a certain roles,
he could be especially funny. He knows what the
audience wants and could accurately portray his
Other actors would adapt or adjust to other people
acting methods but Ge You would never do that.
Once, Andy was telling Ge You on his view on a
certain scene and after Andy finish, Ge You nodded
his head and walk away. He had a very firm believe
in what he wanted and won’t change his mind.
Ge You is quite similar to the director Feng Xiao
Gang. Actually Feng Xiao Gang is worse. He would
make you feel that he had accepted your suggestions
and would be carrying out your suggestions. However
once you are not alert, he would mention a couple
of things to mess up everyone’s thoughts
and we would end up doing exactly what he wanted
in the first place
Media: Wasn’t it very dangerous
when filming the “ducking the tunnel”
scene and did you perform the stunt by yourself?
I actually didn’t duck the tunnel scene
myself. In fact, it wasn’t as dangerous
as it looked because it was enhanced with computer
graphic using the blue screen effects.
Do you think that the film might send the wrong
message to the public?
Not at all, I feel that we use the theme to encourage
people to achieve their dreams and another aspect
of the film is about the love story between the
two lead characters.
Media: What do you think of the Hollywood
take on Infernal Affairs?