Mui-interview of those days
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Thanks to Dana for translation of this article!
Mui YimFong fighting with knife and sword
After finished shooting the movie [Children of Tumultuous Times] aka 'Shanghai Shanghai', Mui YimFong heaved a sigh of relief.
The movie [Shanghai Shanghai] is a big production with Samo Hung, Yuen Piao, George Lam, Mui YimFong, Tien Niu, Sandy Lam co-staring, the casting is not small, originally the movie was called [We Love Shanghai], several changes were made and finally renamed it [Shanghai Shanghai]. It is a story which happened in Shanghai during the 20-30's, Mui YimFong acted as a patriotic revolutionary member who loved her country.
[laughter] Actually here is a bit of similar situation.
Ah Mui was listening and smiled: [Yes, a very dramatic movie which uses the ancient times to reflect the current situation.]
Writer: [ you are selling the flowers thus you praises that the flowers are fragrant, shooting was tough, wasn't it?]
Anita, emphasizing deeply: [Oh! Since I have been working for movies , this is really the toughest movie I've shot.]
The writer remembered watching the preview of this
movie [Shanghai Shanghai] at the cinema, he/she saw Mui Yim Fong
really leaped up and kicked with her leg without using any stunt person. A lady
sitting beside the writer was unable to hold back and exclaimed: [Wah, Mui
YimFong is so daring n really fight, resembling real
fight! ] Obviously, Ah
Mui's movement caused
The writer related to Ah Mui the reactions of the audience in the cinema.
Anita: [Oh, it's killing me, the director wanted me to act personally, lots of movements and I didn't use any stunt person.]
Writer: [ Really ,
could it be that leaping kick was
a false kick?]
Anita: [Of course not, don't overlook that kick , I've practiced many times, but when shooting at the shooting site, didn't get the accurate position , I got kicked by the master of martial arts in the mid air just 5" up and below the knee (?) , immediately I became a limped girl, could not move.] As she remembered, she felt it was frightfully
Writer: [For that scene because of her
injuries, I had to stop, waited for her to recover and then continue. Having
learned a lesson, although she was frightened , she still had the courage to complete it.
I (the writer) asked her: [Wei, Were you not told at the very beginning that you would have a fighting scene with Samo Hung?]
[Has been cancelled, there's too much difference, when I stood beside him , everyone feels that I cannot possibly win, as his single fist could send me tumbling and flying off, luckily didn't shoot that scene.] She patted her chest, maybe feeling already wounded by the master of martial arts, if she was to fight with Samo Hung ruthlessly, wouldn't be surprised that her whole body would be covered with scars.]
Writer: [Couldn't be considered having a lot
of fights, then.]
Anita: [Oh, couldn't be considered comfortable fighting with the master of martial arts, especially when I'd to learn fighting with sword.]
Writer: [Fighting with sword is not fist and foot skill , wont be that easily injured.]
[ But the sword has no eyes, if not careful, could be easily pierced or scratched .] She showed an impolite facial expression. [ There was a dance entwined with fighting movements with Yuen Piao which also tore me apart.]
[Dancing is your specialty, what are you afraid of?]
[ There was no connection to dancing, I had to dance and fight simultaneously, needed to somersault and released flying sequence, after finished shooting that scene, my hands and legs didn't seem to belong to me anymore, my waist and my backbones ached and the whole body fell apart. ] Ah Mui related with fright
Such a weak, skinny and bony Mui YimFong could take part in an action packed film, fighting with knife and sword, kick boxing, all is really refreshing and interesting.
The writer teasingly said : [ Ah Mui, you are indeed 100 ever-changing Mui YimFong, your new image in the year 1990 will be martial warrior Mui YimFong.]
Anita couldn't help laughing: [Oh, if you didn't say so, I wouldn't have known I have transformed myself to this new image.]
The writer smiled as he asked: [Wei, for this year's on stage singing, will you have high flying kicks, or dancing style of somersaults ?
Anita laughing loudly: [Then I will have to make several sets of martial arts costumes appearing on stage as an ancient martial warrior. Oo, this idea is not bad, it is worth considering.]
But, as in [Shanghai Shanghai] Ah Mui's fighting costumes were extremely beautiful, they were beautiful clothes of the 20's, 30's Shanghai.