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January 15, 2007

PANG HO-CHEUNG CASTING BLUES

Avant Hong Kong director, Pang Ho-cheung, has received massive attention for his high-concept comedies like I SHOOT, YOU SHOOT (an out-of-work director and hitman team up for a personalized assassination service), MEN SUDDENLY IN BLACK (action spoof of wives vs. husbands) and ISABELLA (corrupt cop discovers he has illegitimate daughter) and now he's getting ready to shoot his new flick (written by the inimitable GC Goo Bi) about a guy who starts to suspect that all women want to kill their husbands. However: casting.

Originally it was going to be Eking Cheng and Cecilia Cheung starring, but they both pulled out. Then Pang cast Anthony Wong and Sammi Cheng but Cheng pulled out for unknown reasons. Rumor has it that she thought the script made no sense. Pang's official reason is the rather catty "I wanted someone younger for the role." Now Simon Yam and Annie Liu are set to star.

(Thanks to the sharp-eyed reader who sent this in)

January 15, 2007 at 12:21 PM in News | Permalink

Comments

Why would Ekin Cheng pull out of anything? He's barely getting any film work these days.

Posted by: Brian | Jan 15, 2007 2:18:36 PM

I predict that everyone bailing on Pang now will later regret it. He hasn't made a bad movie yet, which is far more than can be said for the actors fleeing his new project. So what if the script doesn't make any sense, since when did that ever stop anyone in Hong Kong from making a movie? Hell, at least he has a script.

Posted by: Rhythm-X | Jan 15, 2007 2:48:15 PM

How come Anthony Wong is not in now? Doesn't he usually accept everything?

Too bad about Sammi :(

It is a bit odd though, so many people are out from a film of a good director who has proven himself to be warm to both box office and art.

Posted by: eliza bennet | Jan 16, 2007 12:56:28 AM

what a shame. sammi is supposed to admire anthony wong a lot. her eyes say it all in their Magic Kitchen scenes. their combo w/ pang would've been a dream. too bad!!

Posted by: ed | Jan 16, 2007 2:57:57 AM

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