Johnnie To set to surprise fans with new crime thriller
Updated: 2016-04-21 13:30
By Xu Fan(chinadaily.com.cn)
Johnnie To's upcoming crime thriller, Three, stars Zhao Wei and Wallace Chung. [Photo by Jiang Dong/China Daily]
Three, directed by To and produced by his partner of decades, Yau Nai-hoi, is set in a hospital. The film focuses on the conflict between a surgeon, a policeman and a gangster, who all have their dark secrets.
"It (the film) won't have lots of spectacles and heavy stunts. In nearly half of the scenes, Wallace lies on a bed and relies on speech and facial expressions to develop the plot," says To in his typical Cantonese-accented Mandarin.
While the film was a challenge for Chung, a heartthrob in a dozen romance dramas, To also made the filming challenging for another 200 actors and members of the cast and crew because he shoots without a script.
"As we had no script, we did not know how the story would develop," says Zhao, who shot to prominence in the 1998 TV series My Fair Princess.
To, 61, whose career spans 36 years and more than 40 films, has typically conceiving the plot during the shoot, fleshing out the actors' role on the spot.
But despite the randomness with which To works, he is very particular about details.
Zhao was coached by a brain surgeon for more than a month on how to perform an operation.
Also, to make the scenes more vivid, most of the beatings were real.
As for the future, 20 years after establishing his studio, Milkway Image Ltd in Hong Kong, To, the founder, is looking beyond its shores.