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Year 1990
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 much surprise.

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.

1990年
梅艷芳舞刀弄劍

拍完《亂世兒女》,梅艷芳鬆了一口氣。

《亂世兒女》乃賀歲大製作,有洪金寶、元彪、林子祥、梅艷芳、恬妞、林憶蓮合演,卡士不小,最初戲名叫《阿拉愛上海》,數度易名,才定名《亂世兒女》,乃二、三十年代發生在上海的故事,梅艷芳演一個愛國革命黨人。

哈,倒真有點跟現在局勢相似。

阿妹聽了也笑:「是,戲刻性濃厚,借古喻今。」

「你是賣花讚花香,拍得辛苦嘛。」筆者說。

哎呀,這可真是從影以來拍得最痛苦的一部電影。」她加重語氣的說。 筆者想起在戲院看見的《亂世兒女》預告片,梅艷芳居然跳起踢腿,清清楚楚看到那是她親身上陣,並不是替身。旁邊一個女子不禁說:「嘩,梅艷芳竟然真打,似模似樣呢。」可見阿妹的動作引起的驚訝。

我把戲院觀眾的反應告訴阿妹,她說:「唉,收買人命呢,導演要我親自做,許多動作都沒用替身。」

「不是吧,就那麼一踢腿才是假踢的?」我說。

「當然不是,你別少看那一踢,我練了不少時候,臨場拍的時候,方位不準,我給武師在半空中踢中上五下五吋,馬上變拐妹,動彈不得。」她想起便怕怕。
那一場我就因為她受傷而停下,等她好了再拍,受過一次教訓,她雖然怯懦,卻還是得鼓起勇氣完成。

「喂,不是一早說你跟洪金寶有一場對打的嗎?」我問她。

「取消了,實在相差太遠,我跟他站出來一看,大家都覺得我沒可能打贏,他一拳就可以把我轟飛出去,好彩沒拍。」她拍拍心口,大概覺得跟武師打已經給踢傷,若是跟三毛狠狠打一場,不滿身傷痕才怪。

「那還不算打得多。」我說。
「唉,跟武師打也不見得舒服,尤其我要學打劍。」她說。

「打劍可不是拳腳本領,不那麼容易受傷。」我說。

「但劍是無眼的,不小心容易刺傷畫傷的。」她一副不客氣的神情,「跟元彪那一場以舞比武也拍散我了。」

「跳舞是你的專長,怕什麼?」

「跳舞沒關係,但一邊跳舞一邊打架,又要翻筋斗又要給放飛機,拍完那場戲,手手腳腳都似不是我的,腰酸骨痛,全身散掉似的。」阿妹說起便怕怕。

弱質纖纖,瘦骨嶙峋的梅艷竟然拍動作片,舞刀弄劍,拳來腳往,也真是新鮮有趣。

我打趣的說:「阿妹,你不愧是百變梅艷芳,九零年的新形象原來是武俠梅艷芳。」

她聽了失笑:「哦,你不說我倒不知道自己改了這新形象。」

「喂,那麼今年台上唱歌,你會不會有凌空踢腿、打筋斗的新舞姿出現?」我笑問。

梅艷芳哈哈大笑:「那我得做幾套功夫衫、古裝俠女登台了。唔,這構思不錯,值得考慮。」

不過阿妹在《亂世兒女》的打架戲服亦靚到盡,二、三十年代的上海靚衫喎!
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