Hong Kong film producer Raymond Wong, 73, was in Kuala Lumpur on Monday with his fellow actors Dada Chan, 30, and Adam Pak, 37, to celebrate the overwhelming Malaysian box office collection for his recent movies Ip Man 4: The Finale and All’s Well Ends Well 2020.
The martial arts blockbuster Ip Man 4: The Finale hit the screens in Malaysia on Dec 20 and set the new record for highest-grossing Chinese movie in Malaysia after raking in RM37mil. Meanwhile, CNY rom-com All’s Well Ends Well 2020 was released here on Jan 25 and earned RM6.2mil.
Many other public events have been cancelled in Malaysia due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but the trio decided to make the trip anyway to attend an appreciation event organised by Lotus Five Star, the Malaysian distributor of films produced by Wong’s Mandarin Motion Pictures.
This has been a profitable collaboration for both agencies, as the Mandarin Motion Pictures films distributed by Lotus Five Star in the past year have made a total of RM59mil.
During the press conference, Wong sported a shiny pendant-like wearable device the size of a USB flash drive, which he revealed to be a mini portable personal air purifier.
“In addition to wearing this convenient little device, I also wore a mask and planned to avoid going to the toilet. But in the end, I had to go once anyway, ” Wong explained when asked about flying to KL from Hong Kong amid virus fears.
Having said that, Wong turned to praise Chan, who refrained from eating or drinking and never even went to the toilet during the flight.
Having prepared a special disinfection travel kit for the trip, Chan said she was not unduly worried about the flight.
“I wore a mask throughout the journey, and didn’t eat or drink anything to avoid having to use the restroom. I had also prepared a special health kit with alcohol and masks.
“There is no need to worry when one is well-prepared. I believe things will get back to normal soon.”
When asked about the safety precautions he took, Pak revealed: “I specially bought a mask with a filter valve, but the rubber band broke during the customs check because I tied it too tightly. Luckily, I had a spare elastic band.”
Wong said they will be back in Malaysia to shoot G Storm, the fifth installment of the popular Hong Kong crime thriller Storm franchise.
“Filming is about 80 to 90% complete. We’re only left with the Malaysian scenes. Since other crew members are worried about the virus, we have decided to put those scenes on hold temporarily.
“For peace of mind, we will wait till the epidemic subsides before resuming our shoot, ” Wong said.
“Anyway, I believe the second half of our planned shoot will not be much affected, as this virus will be gone soon. The situation will improve when summer comes, because the virus won’t be able to survive the hot season, ” Wong reasoned.
The filmmaker said the stars of the upcoming action thriller include Louis Koo, Julian Cheung Chilam, Kevin Cheng and Louis Cheung. Wong hoped for continued support from Malaysian movie lovers.
G Storm is targeted for release in late 2020 or early 2021.