Firestorm is as explosive as it gets when it comes to crazy stunts.
ACTORS doing their own stunts in movies is nothing new, but in Firestorm both of its main stars, Andy Lau and Gordon Lam, seemed to be flirting with danger.
The two crashed into each other in several vehicle collisions. They leapt off an exploding building. They hung on to speeding cars. They tumbled down several flights of stairs in a fist fight. They wrestled atop a wire panel suspended between two buildings.
It looked like the most dangerous movie they had ever made, yet the pair brushed aside concerns for their safety.
“That was really easy; it was all wire-work,” said Lau, before adding, “Stunt work is no longer as dangerous as it used to be when I first started making movies. Now, we have three or four sets of wires attached to us. In any case, we run the risk of meeting with all sorts of accidents in our daily lives. But, on the set, we film all these stunts and action sequences under tightly-controlled situations.”
While dangerous stunts did not faze Lam, there was another major challenge for him while shooting Firestorm – chilly weather. “Having to adapt to filming in the cold was quite tough. Even more so than doing the stunts, which was not a problem because we were properly prepared and had all the safety measures put in place,” he noted.
Lau and Lam were in Kuala Lumpur last week to promote their movie Firestorm, which has all the elements of a 1980s HK action flick.
Playing a hardboiled senior police officer who is forced to examine his moral stand, Lau, 52, spoke about the yin and yang of the main characters.
“Our movie revolves around the premise that a good man may be pushed to flout the law due to certain circumstances. Similarly, a bad guy, may be compelled to do good.”
Commenting on his role as an ex-con desperate for redemption, Lam, 46, shared that the plotwill give the viewers something to think about. “It’s not just action and special effects; the audience can look forward to some issues to reflect upon.
“When I first read the script, it was the conflict within my character which held the initial attraction. Following that, how he deals with this conflict and how the decision he makes in a moment of desperation affects the eventual outcome. That was what I liked about the script.”
Written and directed by Alan Yuen, Firestorm was made on a US$20mil (RM64.5mil) budget.
Speaking as a producer, Lau praised Yuen’s screenplay. “With such a solid storyline, we hoped to best complement the plot with corresponding visuals. So, my focus was more on the technical aspects. Since the director was an experienced writer, the script was already in good hands. Our only concern was to bring out the best in our roles,” said Lau. Firestorm is the 146th movie in Lau’s illustrous career!
When asked for his memorable scenes, Lam said it he enjoyed filming with mainland Chinese actress Yao Chen.
The 34-year-old actress is best known as the queen of Weibo (Chinese equivalent of Twitter) with 58 million followers.
Citing the scene where Yao shaves his hair with an electric clipper, Lam said: “I think it is very romantic when a woman cuts your hair. That is because she hopes to help you get a fresh start. Though I may not have experienced this myself, I feelthis is a significant indication of how deep her love is. So, I really like that scene a lot.”
The movie also stars Philip Keung, Kenny Wong, Oscar Leung, Michael Tong, Vincent Sze, Terence Yin, Sammy Hung, with special appearances by heavyweights Hu Jun and Ray Lui, as well as cameos by Michael Wong, Wong Cho Lam, Alex Tsui, Eddie Cheung, and Hayama Hiro.
Aside from being the opening film at Screen Singapore last week, Firestorm is also set to open the 56th Asia Pacific Film Festival to be held on Dec 13 in Macau.
* Firestorm explodes into cinemas nationwide tomorrow.