Legendary martial artist and actor Sammo Hung has signed on to star in a new Hong Kong film.
When asked why he returned to work – especially after undergoing knee surgery in 2017 – the 69-year-old actor told the Hong Kong media: “There is no money! The most important thing is that the production team is willing to pay me! “
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Hung’s latest work is the action film Walled city of Kowloon which also stars Louis Koo, Richie Ren and Raymond Lam.
The actors were present at the blessing ceremony for the film on November 30.
Hong said he was looking forward to starring in this film, as there are not many films in Hong Kong that include a full cast from Hong Kong these days. Hung revealed that he will have some action scenes in the film, but added that he will leave most of the battle scenes to his younger co-stars.
Directed by Cheang Pou Soi, this film is based on the comic book City of darkness, set in the 1970s and 1980s and sees Hong Kong police fighting crime and corruption in the infamous walled city of Kowloon. The slum was eventually demolished by the Hong Kong government in the mid-1990s.
Koo, who plays a gangster in the film, said most of the actors had to be trained to do their own stunts.
“The main cast was trained for a year before filming, so it’s very difficult. Unless they are very difficult or dangerous scenes that require physical doubles, the action scenes will be completed by the actors themselves,” said Koo, who is also the film’s producer told Hong Kong media at the ceremony.
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