If we can set our own rules,
Rule #1 will be “Remember to bring a bigger umbrella
with us in future”.
see, on this pouring March afternoon, the local media
are invited to the old NAFA campus at middle road for
the press conference of Kelvin Tong’s new horror
thriller, “Rule #1”.
Tong, the man behind “Eating Air” and of
course “The Maid” shared with us how he
came up with the idea of “Rule #1”. Amid
the many calls received by the police force per day,
what IF there are at least 5 funny phone calls involving
the supernatural or unexplainable? This propelled Tong
to delve into further research, interviewing retired
and current police officers serving in the force to
verify his so-called “hunch”. And amazingly,
it was randomly admitted by them.
given the sensitiveness of the theme which won’t
be given the clearance by the men-in-blue, Tong has
to resort filming his story in Hong Kong (which is quite
a pity and for a while we thought the local authority
is opening up) instead. Thus this explains why it’s
a local horror story that can’t be told here.
really project the feel of the story, Tong and his crew
managed to scout locations in Hong Kong which are closed
to what he has originally in mind. For example, the
Nan Hua Association swimming pool at Causeway Bay stands
in for our now abandoned Kim Yan swimming pool and a
school at Happy Valley substitutes the old NAFA premise.
One of the
male leads, Ekin Cheng had a spooky
encounter while on a toilet break during filming. The
premise they are filming on is a deserted building and Cheng has this strange feeling while walking along the corridor to the gents, perhaps there’s really
something following him around.
stuff aside, both Ekin and Shawn were initially not
convinced that a young-looking director liked Kelvin
Tong can pull off a horror genre. Shawn added that Kelvin
might be more suitable to doing comedies. But to their
surprise, Kelvin is truly a horror auteur when filming
starts. When observing Tong at work, Shawn realized
that Tong really possessed some crazy concepts in his
mind. Our own local starlet, Fiona Xie who had a starring
role opposite Shawn let out that Tong even showed her
some bizarre photos of corpses prior to filming!
The early buzz on “Rule #1” seems to be
on the positive side. Kelvin should be able to bounce
back with a vengeance this time round given his last
experimental comedy effort, “Men In White”
was widely panned by critics.
and directed by Kelvin Tong, “Rule #1 ”
opens on 13 March and is reviewed here.
to the press room is a re-enactment of a crime scene,
great effort by the movie distributor to spice up the
atmosphere. The old NAFA campus was used by the Japanese
during World War II and without saying more, try take
a tour into this historical place and you should know
why Kelvin is so interested in filming here in the first