June 2005 (Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotel) - Because of
a delayed flight, the press conference for “Initial D” started
almost an hour after the scheduled time. The invited stars, Jay Chou,
Shawn Yue, Edison Chen, Anthony Wong and Kenny Bee were supposedly still
clearing customs at Changi airport, the conference room was already
buzzing with excitement from the host of media.
Finally at the strike of three, the
stars arrived to a frenzy of flashlights and commotion from the cameramen
(including our very own Leosen). Leading the group is veteran actor-singer
Kenny Bee, with his megawatt smile and smooth greeting to the press,
the long awaited “Initial D” press conference started with
no doubt all attention focused on leading man Jay Chou.
The current prince of pop with his usual trademark of aloofness brushed
off comments that he initiated the kissing scene with the female lead,
Anne Suzuki in the movie. Instead, he offered an explanation to the
media that he got the inspiration from the comics and added that, the
scene in fact improved the characters development.
Since “Initial D” is all about car racing and the special
technique of “drifting”, Shawn Yue maintained that as much
as he loved racing, his skills are still way below as compared to the
actual Japanese racers who execute the stunts in the movie.
Jay and Shawn are obviously great pals and were not shy in clowning
with each other during the conference. The latter constantly teased
Jay for performing magic tricks to win the ‘affection’ of
Anne Suzuki whereas the former mocked him for learning the magic tricks
from him and in turn, demonstrates his newly found skills to everyone
Edison Chen who has not been a media darling all along hasn’t
proved otherwise throughout the session. Other than a forced “Hello”
and some short monotonous answers, the American-born Chen was busy doodling
on a piece of paper to show interest in the “Initial D”
topic. He even direct questions back to his co-stars, Jay and Shawn.
Winner of multiple movie awards, Anthony Wong prove to be quite a hard
egg to crack as well. Wong who wore a pair of sunglass answered its
crazy for someone to assume he possessed the same traits as the father’s
character (in the movie, Wong’s character is a frequent drunkard
and beat up his son often) in real-life when prompted by the host.
With Jay declaring that he will give himself 85 marks for his debut
on the big screen, the box-office of “Initial D” is sure
to accelerate to the top spot. Cool cars, breath-taking car stunts and
a great assemble of the most popular stars right now in Asia, seriously
don’t hesitate, just strap in and go for this ride when “Initial
D” opens on 23 June!
P.S. For those who are interested in what Edison is
doodling, moviexclusive.com did not managed to grab that piece of paper
(some other guy from ???media??? took it) however we did managed a peek
into it. Well, apparently nothing unusual except odd shapes of triangles
and circles. Jet-lag, prima-donna, preoccupied with his thoughts or
simply unenthusiastic, we leave it to you to make the judgement.
Reported by Linus T.