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My mother has a very big family in Shanghai, so I have, like, almost 40 cousins, so we stayed together all the time. So by the time I get to Hong Kong, I become the only child and the only one surrounded by adults, you know.
Each production has certain circumstances that will bring you to a certain way of making it. It is not intentional, it is not an artistic decision, the way we make films, it is the way we address to our problems.
I’m a big fan of martial arts films, novels and radio programs.
This is what the difference is between Hong Kong and Chinese cinema – Chinese cinema was made for their own communities. It was for propaganda. But Hong Kong made films to entertain, and they know how to communicate with international audiences.
When you look at martial arts films, the later ones became more and more exaggerated. It’s like, wow, is martial arts only a show?
The Chinese government promised Hong Kong ’50 years, and change.’ And 50 years later, after 1997, will be 2046; I think, ‘Well, that’s a very interesting promise.’ So I want to make a film about promise.
My films are never about what Hong Kong is like, or anything approaching a realistic portrait, but what I think about Hong Kong and what I want it to be.
During shooting, you have the idea, like, of this certain dress on this actress, but it’s not to fit, so you have to make all of these alterations and modifications. So in a way, I build the characters with the cast, and it’s sort of custom-made, the whole process, and then you have to make all of these adjustments.
It used to be when you eat, you eat with people. But instant noodles are so instant that people eat by themselves. And it’s a very convenient way of eating but also a very lonely way of eating.
In my first film, we always tried to have a script and work in a normal way, but I was constantly changing things during shooting. Because I worked as a scriptwriter for 10 years, I understood that directors always wanted to change what was originally written, to improve on it.