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In good company: (From left) Yuen Wah, Ronald Cheng, Wong Cho Lam and Sandra Ng star in Princess And Seven Kungfu Masters.
Playing a kung fu master is a tall order for Hong Kong comedian Wong Cho Lam.
Wong Cho Lam may be well-loved for his ability to tickle our funnybones in slapstick comedies, but the Hong Kong comedian says he enjoys writing more than acting.
“I have always wanted to develop my creative writing skill,” the 33-year-old star said. “Inbound Troubles has given me the opportunity to do that and has been my most exciting writing project yet. We are already working on the sequel.”
The 33-year-old star will be performing excerpts of this TVB project at his similarly-titled comedy gig at Genting’s Arena Of Stars next Friday, with Ivana Wong, Chu Mimi, Tommy Wong, Xiao Po and Corinna Chamberlain.
Wong sounded very tired in a recent phone interview from Hong Kong as he had back-to-back shoots that went on all night with hardly any breaks in between. He is currently working on Patrick Kong’s romantic comedy Delete Lover as well as Roy Chow’s martial arts flick Rise Of The Legend (also known in Chinese as Wong Fei Hung).
Wong acts in Princess And Seven Kung Fu Masters where he plays one of the seven kung fu masters cum tailor who practises some super needle-and-thread kung fu with a pair of scissors.
“Every one of the seven kung fu masters has a special skill. For me to play a kung fu master with such unique skills is already quite a tall order, especially since I have not got a martial arts background,” said the actor who found filming to be especially challenging due to the action sequences.
“But, more amusing is the fact that a bunch of comedians get to fight some real action stars and actually beat them up. And, many of them are actually international martial arts champions,” he said referring to action stars like Sammo Hung, Dennis To, Philip Ng, Xing Yu, and Jiang Luxia who play the villains in the movie.
“My character eventually falls for a girl known as Snow White, who is played by newcomer Kimmy Tong. And he has to save her from a bunch of baddies, so that’s where the fun begins,” quipped Wong, who also plays the dorky yet outlandish IT specialist in The Midas Touch, which is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.
Princess And Seven Kung Fu Masters was written, directed and produced by prolific Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing who has directed some 200 movies in his career. The slapstick comedy, which was released earlier this year, also features other big names in Chinese comedy such as Sandra Ng, Eric Tsang, Yuen Wah, Ronald Cheng and Xie Na.
Set in the North-East region of China during the early years of the Republic era, the story begins when the people are suffering from the power struggle among the local warlords, bandits and Japanese invaders.
The only place with no issues plaguing the people is Lucky Town as it is protected by the seven quirky kung fu masters who reside within. When the seven masters learn of the secret plan hatched by the Japanese, they resolve to fight against the invaders.
Princess And Seven Kung Fu Masters airs on Sept 15 at 9pm on Celestial Movies (Astro Ch 322). You can also catch Wong Cho Lam at Inbound Troubles at Genting’s Arena Of Stars on Sept 20 at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced at RM800, RM480, RM400, RM330, RM260, and RM160. For reservations, contact Galaxy (03-2282 2020/galaxy.com.my) or Resorts World Genting (03-2718 1118/www.rwgenting.com).
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