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Emily Lim (left) and Chris Tong had to work extra hard to brush up on their Cantonese while filming 'Kick Ass Girls'.
Two Malaysian actresses proved up to the challenge of a demanding shoot on the Hong Kong action comedy Kick Ass Girls.
AFTER landing roles in the Hong Kong action comedy Kick Ass Girls, Malaysian actresses Chris Tong and Emily Lim braced for a physically and linguistically challenging shoot.
At a Mid-Autumn festival celebration organised by GSC Movies and Hotwer Entertainment in Petaling Jaya last week, the beauty-queens-turned-actresses admitted that their Cantonese was half-baked as their local TV roles usually required them to speak Mandarin. So they had to work extra hard practising their Cantonese dialogue for the movie.
“From the beginning, I pushed myself to complete my lines in one take,” said Tong, who admitted being slower.
“There are some words that I’m particularly careful with,” added Lim, who was concerned that she may inadvertently offend others with her pronunciation.
Hence, when the movie’s show-reel was played for local media, Tong and Lim were quite disappointed to discover that their voices had been dubbed.
Lim also said that she was quite taken aback when her costume was unveiled because she was not aware that she had to don such skimpy outfits for her role as a fighter. However, she overcame her initial surprise and quickly went about getting into shape for her role.
As a professional actress and model, Lim said, she is not averse to employing extremely unhealthy methods to achieve fast results. “I have a special method to slim down fast; but it is not healthy and hence not recommended for long-term use,” said Lim, who did not offer to share her quick-and-easy technique.
The two Malaysian beauties were joined at the celebration by their co-stars, Hong Kong hunks La Ying and King Chiu.
La Ying is a member of Hong Kong boy band Bro5, a four-man street dance group made up of prominent hip-hop instructors who come up with their own music, lyrics and choreography.
King Chiu is a restaurateur-turned-model who recently released a photo book entitled King Of V-line, showcasing his much-envied six-pack.
The book is timely considering that Dante Lam’s Unbeatable stars Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng’s ripped bodies recently sparked off a new trend in Hong Kong where beefcake pictorials are flying off the shelves, indicating a renewed appreciation of the male physique.
Taking advantage of this latest development, La Ying and King Chiu have been making waves in the Hong Kong scene, unabashedly showing off their impeccably-sculpted pecs and abs.
During the dinner, Tong commented that male artistes are a formidable force now with all the sacrifices they are willing to make in order to maintain their physiques. Both fitness freaks, the two actors refused to be tempted by any sweet, salty or greasy foods.
“They won’t even touch the mooncakes because of the egg yolk and sweet paste,” teased Tong, as she dug into her own meal.
Like the two women, the two strapping lads also portray villains in Kick Ass Girls and recalled with amusement how their characters get eliminated from the ring.
Tong playfully groused about how she had to freeze and hold her pose after being knocked down by her opponent, while La Ying said he gets taken out of contention by a silicone brassiere.
Kick Ass Girls is a martial arts action movie about a trio of Hong Kong teenagers. A large portion of the movie was filmed in Malaysia, and the three main characters are played by Hong Kong actresses Chrissie Chau, Dada Lo and Hidy Yu.
The movie is currently in post-production and is set to be released in Malaysia on Nov 21.
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