Regret" Press Conference, 30 September
Cheng has been plagued with rumours for
the past year or so. Headlines declared
her as suspecting suffering from bouts of
depression and cancer, her split- off from
longtime beau, Andy Hui graced the tabloids
and even photos of Sammi showed an unflattering,
plump side of her.
So does the K-pop queen herself, Sammi Cheng
looks bothered at all? Not from we have
seen yesterday at "Everlasting Regret"
press conference at Goodwood Park hotel.
Sammi and Stanley Kwan, the director famous
for such award-winning films, "Rouge"
and "Red Rose, White Rose" was
here for the "Everlasting Regret"
media junket. "Everlasting Regret"
tells the story of a legendary Shanghai
beauty, Wang Qiyao from her glamourous days
to her simpler life while going through
numerous turbulent love affairs. It's a
much demanding role for Sammi who for the
first time have to act in such a dramatic
story than spans from the character's youth
to old age.
When prompt about which phase of Wang Qiyao's
life do her find demanding to portray? The
radiant and ravishing looking Sammi simply
answer since she is now in her thirties,
this is the phase which she finds easier
to relate. All thanks to Director Stanley
Kwan for offering her the project, Sammi
accepted it immmediately even without reading
Sammi has nothing but praises for her co-stars
Tony Leung Kar-Fai and Hu Jun (the leading
male actors were not here for the local
press conference), she added since both
of them were more experienced than her in
drama-oriented films, their guidance and
presence adds more weight to the whole shoot.
Filming was halt for 3 weeks due to Sammi's
illness, Director Stanley Kwan has to make
use of the period to edit "Everlasting
Regret" with his editor and apparently,
the editing room was a great place to shelter
him from impounding investors and producers,
he added with a chuckle.
gentle director who has a penchant for old
nostalgic Shanghai further explained that
since it's impossible to condense a complete
novel to a film, he would prefer to capture
the essence and theme of the original story
which is more important.
rumours that she is critically ill and offering
an ambiguous answer to her ever-popular
status of her love life, the press conference
was over in 20 minutes as Sammi and Stanley
has plenty of activities line-up for the
With 2 movies in the pipeline and an album
due next year, the star power of Sammi is
destined to be everlasting. Her star presence
and megawatt smile is good enough to put
the vicious rumours to rest for the time
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"Everlasting Regret" opens on
6 October 2005 and is reviewed here
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