Thursday, October 16, 2003

[Ta Kung Pao]

Hollywood's 'strange director' Quentin Tarantino's latest creation "Kill Bill" premiered in Hong Kong on Wednesday and as one of the film's stars Gordon Liu was present together with his brothers Liu Jialiang and Liu Jiarong who were there to support him as the "Liu Clan" stole the show.

Gordon has previously been to New York to appear at the premiere there and the reception upon release in the US has been very good. However, some of the more violent shots had been put into black and white and he doesn't know whether it will be the same situation in the Hong Kong version. This was the first time that Gordon had worked with Tarantino and he feels that Quentin does not have any director snobbishness about him and has something special in that every time they start filming he will play some music to create a relaxing atmosphere in which to start work and increase productivity.

"Kill Bill" has generated some good results at the US box office and when Gordon was asked whether he feels there is pressure for the film to do well in Hong Kong, he says that he will not be too worried about it as he is more concerned with the response from the viewers and this is what is giving him pressure.

Gordon is currently filming series for TVB and when asked if he will be making any more Hollywood films, he says not for the moment. When he received the script for "Kill Bill" there was another six months before he started work on it. When asked about previous news of a remake of "36th Chamber of Shaolin", Gordon says that this is going ahead, but there are a lot of elements to consider because the film previously directed by Liu Jialiang has become a classic now and if they remake it, they will have to inject something new into it. He personally hopes that they can mix the old and the new to make some new impact and he will not take on the lead role again. Gordon says: "I don't rule out the possibility of using foreign actors or even a foreign director as long as it meets the needs of the market." He is not worried that a foreign director making a Chinese filming will result in a clash of styles as he says these films are ultimately made for a foreign audience.


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