Chow Yun Fat quits The Battle of Red Cliff

Hong Kong actor Chow Yun Fat confirmed that he has quit the cast of “The Battle of Red Cliff.” He made the ‘resignation’ last Friday (April 13), but the news has just been discovered by the press on Sunday (April 15).

Some reports were speculating that that Chow was ‘fired’ because of his unreasonable demands; but according to Chow, he quits the production because he felt that he can’t play the role well with the short amount of time for preparation.

The movie requires the cast to speak in Mandarin, and it is not Chow’s mother tongue. Chow said that he had requested the script to be provided earlier so that he could have more time to prepare for his character; but he only managed to get his script a week ago, and he felt that he was short of time to do the preparation.

It is another setback for director John Woo; a month ago actor Tony Leung quitted the movie for personal reason, and now it’s Chow… meaning that he lost both of his original candidate for the 2 most important characters in the movie.

A few candidates have been rumored to replace Chow’s role, which include Daniel Wu, Jay Chou and Chang Chen.

26th Hong Kong Film Awards red carpet 1

26th Hong Kong Film Awards, the red carpet.

Aaron Kwok (nominated for best actor; what a hair lol) and Gouw Ian Iskandar (winner of best supporting actor and best newcomer)…

Aaron Kwok Gouw Ian Iskandar at and 26th Hong Kong Film Awards

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Protégé doing well in Hong Kong box office

“Protégé” becomes best selling local movie in Hong Kong during the Chinese New Year week; receiving over HKD15 million (~USD2 million) of gross receipts after 8 days of showing.

Hong Kong movie Protégé

Starring the likes of Andy Lau (???), Daniel Wu (???), Louis Koo (???), Anita Yuen (???) and Zhang Jingchu (???); “Protégé” is far ahead in cinema ticket sales compared to other local movies during the festive season.

Directed by Derek Yee (???), the crime movie is about drug lords and the dark side of the society… pretty unconventional topic to be showed during Chinese New Year, but it did well.

Still, it’s a western movie that topped the box-office over the week. “Night at the Museum” received HKD19 million after showing for 6 days.