Having began her profession as a lingerie mannequin, Hong Kong actress Chrissie Chau has made a profitable transition to appearing, with 55 movies to her identify and widespread reward for her roles in motion pictures comparable to sports activities flick Seashore Spike (2011), Malaysian romance Paper Moon (2013), HK rom-com iGirl (2016) and the female-centric 29+1 (2017).
Whereas she now prefers to decorate extra modestly, Chau continues to be not one to not shrink back from attractive scenes – her newest position in HK rom-com All’s Properly Ends Properly 2020 sees her performing a combat scene with solely a towel to cowl herself.
Within the film, Chau performs a multi-talented younger lady named Mona. Along with Dada Chan, who performs her youthful sister, they go round scamming the wealthy to assist the poor. When the comely pair meet a similar-minded trio of scheming brothers (performed Raymond Wong, Julian Cheung Chilam, and Louis Cheung) they determine to affix forces to dispense some Robin Hood-style social justice.
Chau, 34, revealed that she was elated to have Hong Kong heartthrob Chilam, 48, painting her love curiosity in All’s Properly Ends Properly 2020. They lately labored collectively in motion drama The Not possible Three, which was filmed in Klang Valley.
“Whereas we’ve collaborated earlier than, this film is admittedly the primary time we’re taking part in lovers. And this time it’s a comedy, plus All’s Properly Ends Properly is a traditional franchise, so it’s simply nice.”
A model-turned-actress, Chau admitted that she actually loved the position, as a result of it’s a very particular, multi-faceted character. “As a result of she is a con lady, she is all the time appearing like someone else. I get to strive all types of various seems. Typically, I don’t even acknowledge myself in any respect. So, it’s a complete lot of enjoyable, ” Chau laughed, including that that is her first ever Chinese language New Yr film.
Within the film, Chau performs a really daring scene the place she has to combat off baddies whereas sporting nothing aside from a shower towel. A part of it even exhibits the towel unfurling to disclose her toned again.
As a part of her preparations for the scene, Chau elevated her exercise depth by frequenting the gymnasium extra often and restricted her weight loss plan to dull meals aside from already lowered energy. “I hoped to rapidly obtain a toned again and an general agility and charm that might make it a surprising motion set piece.”
After studying the script, Chau instinctively knew that the combat sequence could be a pivotal scene for her character. “I took it up with the director, and we had many discussions about the way to execute it, ” she mentioned.
“Within the scene, Chilam has been captured by baddies and my character has to rescue him. However since she has simply stepped out of the bathe, she has to rapidly seize a towel to cowl herself as she is just not sporting something.
“Executing a combat sequence whereas wrapping myself in a towel… To me, this scene was essential to her character improvement,” she mentioned, including that the scene showcases her combating skill, fast reflexes, resourcefulness, and selflessness.
“Being a lady, I needed the combat choreography to look stunning and visually interesting. It turned out to be a fascinating and assuredly choreographed combat sequence, the place I might even make use of the towel as a weapon to combat off the baddies.”
Nonetheless, issues did not all the time go as deliberate.
“Probably the most difficult half was ensuring the towel is securely wrapped round me whereas I used to be combating. We took all types of precautions, together with taping the towel in place. However it nonetheless felt awkward as a lot of the footage confirmed greater than was desired.
One other drawback the crew didn’t count on was the recent summer season climate.
“One would assume that having no garments on throughout summer season would really feel cool and breezy. In no way. In truth, it was precisely the alternative – it was actually scorching!” she recalled. “The warmth and humidity of summer season meant I used to be consistently sweating. I ended up fully soaked in perspiration and actually appeared like I simply took a shower.
“Since my pores and skin was too moist, the towel stored snagging and wouldn’t unfurl prefer it was speculated to. That was notably awkward, and we had to take action many retakes that it took a complete day to finish the sequence.
“I felt actually sorry for Chilam. As a result of, he was tied to a chair, so he needed to sit dealing with me all day and didn’t even dare to look!”
All’s Properly Ends Properly opens in native cinemas on Jan 25.