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Wednesday, 03 October 2012 11:15 | By Genevieve Loh

Tai Chi lesson

Director Stephen Fung on why he's willing to help newbies out


Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

SINGAPORE - Hong Kong director Stephen Fung, award-winning veteran actor Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and Asian Games Gold medallist Jayden Yuan Xiaochao were all in Singapore on Monday to promote Tai Chi O and Tai Chi Hero, the first two parts in a planned kung fu trilogy from the producers of Detective Dee and The Mystery Of Phantom Flame.

 

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

Starring the always smooth Leung and first-time actor Yuan - along with Eddie Peng, Angela Baby, Shu Qi, Daniel Wu and Swedish actor Peter Stormare - Tai Chi O tells the story of how a young gifted boy with a flesh abnormality travels to the special distant Chen Village to learn Tai Chi.

 

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

Though villagers are forbidden from teaching outsiders, the young boy ends up becoming their best hope for survival when a man arrives with a plan to build a railroad through the village. Newcomer Yuan was understandably nervous throughout filming, but actor-turned-director Fung was sympathetic.

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

Photo by KOK FAI LOKE

"It's true Xiaochao had a lot of NGs ("no-good" takes), but he tried hard and listened to the professionals around him. In the end, he turned out a performance that I'm very proud of," Fung told TODAY in an interview. "I remember when I was a newbie first starting out and how difficult it was. So I'm very proud of him."

Tai Chi O showed at both this year's Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, and has already been picked up for Hollywood distribution.


Tai Chi O is currently in cinemas.

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