Set in 1917, on the cusp of China’s transition from monarchy to republic, Wu Xia depicts the internal moral struggles of a detective and a paper-maker who may be a renegade mass murderer. It represents Chan’s ambition to bridge the gap between Chinese and international tastes by giving a modern spin to the genre, while paying homage to the golden age of Hong Kong martial arts films through the special appearances of legendary action star Jimmy Wang Yu and Kara Hui.
J: Being in town, and having this film, how is this feel for you?
T: It's amazing here, it's amazing always, I think, the second time I came here, and it's beautiful. I always love the ocean and you know epically when it's raining far away, looks like a painting. So amazing view here. And also many many many, all the best movies will be here. So that's very very interesting place for me.
J: Said something you nervous.
T: Crowd here and so quiet and peaceful there, mix together, everything everything together.
J: So does it make you nervous, you know, the big film launching here, wonder what they think of it?
T: I didn't feel nervous, cause I didn't watch at the movies and I didn't meet many person, cause I was always working here. Oh, only I went to Chanel Show before I start the promotion of this movie. That's all.
J: Can you tell me a little bit about your character?
T: About my character? Have you watched the movie?
J: My colleague Laura has seen it.
T: Yeah, so I'm, my character is a very traditional woman, very traditional Chinese countryside woman. I think it's very very long word. But that's true. When I first watched the script, I feel like, this is the, I feel very familiar, the feeling, very familiar, feel like my grandmother, my auntie, all the person, all the females, all women I know from the countryside. Yeah, so that make me feel really, really happy, cause that's kinda the part I want to do. I want to do very normal, ordinary person, ordinary woman. And also, it's mother, it's mother you know. I don't have the experience. It's hard, it's challenging. So I'm so happy.
J: What's your expecting? And what do you think?
T: My expecting is from, about the movie, is from the first time I watched the script, I'm really looking forward to watch the movie from that moment. It's not about my part, it's about the whole movie. Cause I love the script. It's so different, even for Chinese, I think it's very like a lot of subtle things, it's like beyond the KongFu movie, what Chinese stayed before. And also, it's still very, very Chinese, the element. Yeah, still a lot. It's very interesting for me. I want to see what peter wants to do, what he wants to give everybody. So that's why, why I love this movie. And now, what I want , I see, after I watched the movie, I think it's much better than my expectation. And also, I understand something is, actually, from the movie, whatever you think, want is truly just about the angle, which angle are you from. You know what I mean? Sorry, It's a little bit complicated for me to explain.
J: You do very good job.
T: Thank you.
T：You mean peter and Donnie? No, No. Cause when Donnie start work and peter is Ok. And the work is finished, then I can go home, he can go home. Like, they work seperate. Sometimes they are in different set. Yeah, they didn't work together, as an director.
J: What's Donnie like?
T: Donnie, Oh, he's amazing. Cause he is, he is, I think the most deep memory for me about him is the way and the face when he is working as a director, the action director. Sitting from the camera and talking aloud. You can hear his voice everywhere. But he is high-demanding. You know, so that's why the movie is amzing.
J: Is he a perfectist? Does that mean the acting process is very difficult or...
T: Yeah, he is. And the way he worked with me as an actor is totally different. It makes me feel safe, I can trust him. It's so different, it's different the feeling. When he is an actor, as an actor and as a director. It's different. It's so interestig.