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| Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The music video premiere and press conference of the movie The Warlords was held in Beijing earlier, there is also an online game contract signing ceremony. Director Peter Chan, actor Andy Lau and actress Xu Jinglei attended the event. Several fans attended the event held banner with writings "Welcome heavenly son back to Beijing" to show their support.

In the poster of The Warlords, Jet Li's face occupied the most important position, Andy said: "It's because Jet Li is the main line ma! Take A Battle of Wits for example, I'm the main character thus my face is the largest on the poster. Actually before shooting start, Peter asked me to choose the characters, I feel that the other characters I've acted before, therefore I chose a more challenging characters. I'm an actor, not definitely to be the main character, this also don't represent that I'm not as handsome as the main character!"

There are many crying scenes in the movie, Andy once took 14 takes for a crying scene, he quipped that he does not understand why the director wanted them to cry so many times. Peter sang praise of Andy's professionalism as he always cried out loud, he's very touched! When talked about shooting crying scenes, Andy expressed that he always feel like crying when he's singing 'Zhen Yong Yuan', he said: "I always tried to endure, but failed everytime, I also does not know why."

Meanwhile, there is a also a "bed scene" between husband Andy and wife Xu Jinglei, but due to the cold weather, no clothings are removed during shooting. When talked about his first collaboration with Xu Jinglei, Andy pointed out that he had watched Xu directed A Letter from an unknown woman, he went on to discuss the film with her, he told her that the film did not bring out any surprises, maybe his way of putting his views cause discomfort to Xu. Andy also revealed that he read the novel of the same title between 1986-1987, he thought of shooting this film but he could not think of any new ideas thus shooting it has no meaning, thus he dropped the idea.

This year, Harbour City had invited Andy, Xu Jinglei and Peter Chan to be the special guests for their Christmas light-up ceremony, the ceremony will take place on 14 November. It was a huge success when Harbour City collaborate with Peter for his film Perhaps Love in 2005, thus this year Harbour City decided to collaborate with Peter again for his film The Warlords. This would be Warlords first promotional activity in Hong Kong and it would be the second time Andy collaborate with Harbour City since making an appearance riding a horse in 2000. Previous special guests for Harbour City's Christmas light-up includes Alan Tam, Jacky Cheung, Aaron Kwok, Hacken Lee, Gigi Leung, Zhou Xun, Leon Lai and Ji Jin Hee.

Andy become the actor with the most box office taking in Hong Kong as he accumulated more than $5 billion worth of box office taking within 10 years. According to the calculation of a movie magazine on the box office takings in Hong Kong between 1997 and 2007, Andy is leading other actors as he accumulated a total of $5.7 billion box office taking, leading Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Eric Tsang and Jackie Chan, no wonder he's still doing so well in the film industry after so many years. Sammi Cheng is the box office queen while Johnnie To is the Most Bankable Director. When told of the good news, Andy whom was in Chengdu for his concert expressed: "I'm so happy, even more when compared to winning the Best Actor award, because box office taking equals to my films is watched by people, this kind of satisfaction is beyond description, hope in the next ten years, my box office taking can advance into another $5 billion."

Lastly, Andy's concert is added another show on 5 January - the 16th show! Tickets will start on 9 November 10:00 hours at URBTIX.

news from: Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Wei Wen Po, Oriental Daily News