of KUNGFU HUSTLE in Singapore.
Hustle” marks another milestone in Asian
top comedian Stephen Chow's movie career. Not
only does it marks his first collaboration with
a Hollywood studio, it is also a realization of
his childhood dream to make a movie that pay compliments
to various forms of Chinese martial Arts.
After three years of filming plus a hefty production
cost, it is not surprising that the movie Director
(also the producer, scriptwriter, and lead actor
of the movie) Stephen Chow and his co-stars is
touring around Asia to promote the movie. Fortunately
for Singapore movie buffs, Stephen Chow and his
co-stars: Huang Sheng Yi, Yuen Qiu, Lam Tze Chung,
Chan Kwok Kwan, and Tin Kai Man were here in Singapore
on 20 Dec 2004 for the movie promotion.
The promotional event of the movie in Singapore,
which ranged from an early morning press conference,
an KungFu Idol competition, to an evening gala
premiere, shows that the film-makers meant business
in ensuring the box-office of the movie.
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you the coverage of all the promotional events
of “KungFu Hustle” !
- The Press Conference at the Shangri-La Hotel
During the press conference hosted by YES
933FM DJ Lim Leng Kee, Stephen Chow and
his co-stars regularly expressed their gratitude
towards the biggest investor of the movie,
Columbia TriStar, for their support in terms
of technical and creative aspects. When
asked about his intention in making the
movie, Stephen Chow cited that his priority
in making every movie is to entertain the
audience. Although the Malaysian audience
with the numerous violent sequences in the
movie, Stephen Chow assured:
we have already reduced most of the violent
scenes in the movie to the minimum. Bear
in mind that we are talking about the theme
"KungFu" here so it is unavoidable
that kungFu involved sparring scenes, which
is what we commonly termed as "violent".
However, we have infused comedic elements
to tone down the violent content and the
results are still acceptable as a wholesome
family entertainment movie."
the many Chinese and Taiwanese media comments
that his movies were "meaningless",
Stephen Chow firmly retaliated:
there are also many critics who likes my
movies. This is something that really makes
me happy and motivated. As for some medias
who have a different opinion, I felt that
they may have overly exaggerated my intention.
I make movies to entertain hence I like
to keep it simple."
her debut appearance is Beijing Film Academy
undergraduate, Huang Sheng Yi. Equally nervous
and excited about the opportunity to work
alongside with the top names in Asian movies,
Huang Sheng Yi had done many mental preparation
for her dumb girl role in the movie.
had initially heard about how demanding
Stephen Chow was as a Director. I am mentally
prepared but at the same time very nervous
when I faced him. Moreover, the other casts
in the movie are all top talents in the
industry and that's makes me more nervous.
However, I gradually find Director Stephen
Chow is actually very patience. He kept
encouraging me and give me valuable suggestions
to improve my performance."
role of a dumb girl which Huang Sheng Yi
acted may be challenging enough to a novice
actress, the major sacrifice however were
from other two co-stars of the movie: the
cutie-giant, Lam Tze Chung and evergreen
veteran actress, Yuen Qiu where both have
to gain around 20 and 30 pounds respectively
for their roles. What makes matter worst
for granny" Yuen Qiu was that she has
to pull off difficult stunts after adding
the extra pounds. Dispersing rumours that
Stephen Chow begged her to take on the role,
Yuen Qiu commented:
fact, I was so longing to work with Director
Stephen Chow that I immediately agreed to
his offer when he approached me. After retired
for so long, the role is definitely a challenge
to me as I have to put on at least 30 pounds
for my role. Stephen Chow as the director
was expecting all of us to meet his requirement
and the end result was that he had bring
out the barbaric and dominating sides of
me in the movie. However, I am telling you
that I am in real life a gentle and lovable
for Lam Tze Chung, he is struggling in vain
to restore to a healthy weight, especially
now that he could not resist the wonderful
Singapore cuisines. Nevertheless, he felt
blessed with the bouncing flesh on him:
had greatly benefited from the experience
especially when this time round I’m
not required to be hang in mid-air."
we wanted him to have some action sequence.
However, due to his weight, there are no
equipments capable of lifting him up in
the air!" Stephen Chow added.
Also starring on a less "action"
role in the movie were Chan Kwok Kwan, and
Tin Kai Man. After his well-remembered role
as the "Bruce Lee" look-alike
goalie in Shaolin Soccer, Chan Kwok kwan,
plays the black-teeth mobster boss in the
time I am the baddie in the movie and I
got very nervous with the role. However,
there are many experience people, including
Director Stephen Chow, who had guided me
patiently. I felt that I had greatly benefited
from their advice. Moreover, this movie
has the support from Columbia TriStar hence
things were very comfortable."
enjoying the comfort, Tin Kai Man who was
also in Shaolin Soccer, tactfully explain
the purpose of his role in the movie.
like to thank Director Stephen Chow for
not giving me any fighting scene as he show
sympathy to an old man like me. The challenge
of my role in the movie is that I do not
have any fighting scene! If the audience
are sick of the many fighting scenes in
the movie, at least they can watch me, who
don't fight in the movie."
conference ends at 11:30a.m. However, more
tasks await the Stars as they proceed to
IMM to be the judges of the KungFu Idol
- The KungFu Idol competition (Final) in the
In spite of Monday blues, the crowd had
gathered as early as 10:30a.m. to lay their
hands on the exclusive movie premiums of
Kungfu Hustle like the balloon axe, lollipop,
tattoo stickers and movie posters.
The crowd cheers and wave their balloon
axe in the air as their idol, Stephen Chow
and his co-stars finally arrived on the
stage. There may be roaring cheers for Stephen
Chow, however, it was the gorgeous Huang
Sheng Yi who became the camera darling.
by YES 933FM DJs Bukoh Mary and Dennis Chew,
what's followed was an enjoyable afternoon
of fun-filled activities of games, kungfu
performance and KungFu Idol competition.
Stars were amazed with the number of KungFu
talents in Singapore that Stephen Chow pleased
the crowd with his comment that for his
next KungFu movie, Singapore will be his
hunting ground for KungFu stars!
KungFu Hustle's Gala Premiere at Cathay Orchard
Hosted by YES 933 FM DJs, Lim Leng Kee and
Cruz Teng, the red carpet event to the gala
premiere of KungFu Hustle, held outside
the main entrance of Cathay Orchard Cineleisure
could be considered as one of the grandest
spotted in 2004. An estimated crowd of almost
1000, mostly holding on to either the balloon
axe, movie poster or lollipop, gathers on
either sides of the red carpet, waiting
eagerly to welcome the casts of the movie.
to their arrival, the crowd were entertained
by the "KungFu" performance by
the students of Robin Leong's Ch'i Life
studio and students of Kuen Culture. There
were also dancers dressing as the Axe gang
members to provide a lighter, non-violent
mood to the event with their slick dance
Local celebrities gradually arrived to grace
the event. Among those who parade down the
red carpet were ex-artist Robin Leong and
his students from Ch'i Life studio, Jack
Neo and his stars of J-team Production,
Irene Ang and her artists from Fly Entertainment
Pte Ltd, local band group Electrico, and
the newly-crowned Singapore Idol Tuafik
Batisah and Singapore Idol finalist, Sylvester
of course the dark sky were brightened by
the numerous camera flash when the stars
of KungFu Hustle finally arrived at the
red carpet. Standing on stage to receive
the interview from the DJs, Stephen Chow
assured the cheering crowd:
HUSTLE IS DEFINITELY BETTER THAN SHAOLIN
- Signature reception of Casts
Shortly prior to the premiere screening
of the movie, all the local celebrities
and media had gathered at the fourth level
of Cathay Orchard Cineleisure for the signature
session by Stephen Chow and the casts of
the movie. The Stars were first invited
on stage to have a photo taking session
with the lucky winners of KungFu Hustle
contest. Then the stars proceed to initial
on the giant posters, which form the backdrop
of the stage. The mischievous Tin Kai Man
threaten to sign his name on the location
of the poster where Stephen Chow's nose
was had delighted the watching crowd. However,
the usually cool Stephen Chow was not the
least worried on Tim's intention.
- Gala Premiere: KungFu Hustle
the neck-long wait is over as all local
celebrities move swiftly into the theater
to catch the Asian Premiere of KungFu Hustle.
With jaws-dropping visual works and deafening
sound effects, this movie looks promising
to be a satisfying treat for all the audience.
for Stephen Chow and the casts of the movie,
it is time for them to get ready to harvest
the crops they had painstakingly sow over
the past three years!
much anticipated movie from Asia's top comedian
Stephen Chow will storm into Singapore theaters
on 23 Dec 2004. Touted as the follow-up to the
top selling movie in Asia, “Shaolin Soccer”,
Stephen Chow boldly promised that “KungFu
Hustle” would be much better than its pre-descendent.
However, is Asia's comedian King Stephen Chow
serious with his statement? Read our verdict of
the movie now to find out!
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