Supported by Hong Kong Universityâ€™s Culture and Humanities Fund, a dialogue session for the filmÂ ‘The Grandmaster’ was held at the Hong Kong University on January 31. The session was attended by actorÂ Tony Leung, stunt coordinatorÂ Yuen Woo Ping, and martial artistÂ Lau Kar Yung. Over one thousand tickets were given out to HKU students a few days prior to the session. All tickets were passed out in two hours. The waiting list for the session also exceeded 600 people.
At the session, Tony LeungÂ openly talked about his filming experience on the set ofÂ ‘The Grandmaster’. Tony remarked that although it had a tough three-year engagement, he did not regret the experience. Art house director,Â Wong Kar-wai, never really made movies for money, butÂ ‘The Grandmaster’Â has now become his most commercially successful film in the box office. The filmâ€™s distributors are urging Wong to film a sequel, in which Wong is considering.
LeungÂ is a longtime collaborator of Wong, but upon hearing that WongÂ may beÂ working on a sequel,Â he immediately shook his head. Wong andÂ Leung were earlier rumored to have had a falling out due to a disagreement on the filmâ€™s script and filming style. LeungÂ insisted that he and Wong still get along really well; nonetheless, he expressed that he will not filmÂ ‘The Grandmaster’Â sequel if it is to be made. The 50-year-old actor explained, â€œI want to try new things. I like staying fresh. If I do the same things over and over again, it wonâ€™t be fun.â€
AsÂ ‘The Grandmaster’Â took over three years to film, many actors in the film, including TonyÂ Leung and female leadÂ Zhang Ziyi, had complained about the harsh struggles in working on the film.Â Song Hye KyoÂ was also reportedly upset with Wongâ€™s lurching and dragging filming ways, and declined to participate in the filmâ€™s promotions.