HONG KONG – The baby who co-starred with Chow Yun Fat speaks out for the first time about the making of John Woo classic Hard Boiled.
‘X-rated action,’ says Chow Yun Fat’s super-cop Tequila in the John Woo classic Hard Boiled, covering the eyes of Ling Mi his new born co-star. Now Ling Mi for the first time has spoken out about the making of the classic in an autobiography called ‘Little Piss Pants’. He writes:
A lot of people assume that I was about a few weeks old, a month tops, but alas, due to a strange degenerative disease, I was actually 27 when John Woo cast me in the role of Piss Pants. I was out of college and a little bit at a loss what to do with myself. At the stage Hong Kong’s film industry was thriving and I got a job as a focus puller. I worked on A Better Tomorrow and it was then that I became friends with Chow Yun Fat. We liked drinking and playing cards until late into the night. In fact, I was the one who was nicknamed Tequila for obvious reasons.
When Chow got the script to Hard Boiled and saw it was set in the latter half in a hospital, he had them write me in a role. And John Woo was happy to cast me because I would get around all sorts of union rules about using babies.
All of my scenes were action scenes and so it was very loud. Luckily I had Chow Yun Fat to play against. It helped we were friends but those sets were still dangerous. Even a squib going off or a gun firing blanks can injure you. The gun barrels get hot and there are bits and pieces flying everywhere. I realised quickly that I didn’t actually have much to do. It was Chow who literally carried me. So I’d get drunk. It helped with nerves. And it led to the famous scene where I pissed my diaper. That wasn’t in the script. When John saw what was happening he was furious. He shouted and yelled. But Chow had improvised and an iconic moment was born.
Little Piss Pants is available on Amazon and all good bookshops.
In our continuing series of 47 films to see before you are murdered in your dreams we present John Woo’s bullet ballet Hard Boiled.
The Killer is amazing. But perhaps Hard Boiled has it. I don’t know why and I might change my mind again, but watch both of them and Bullet in the Head and the Better Tomorrow films. Those are the films that make John Woo’s claim to film making glory. Of his US efforts, Hard Target is actually a semi-decent actioner. Broken Arrow has moments of wit. Face/Off adds Cage. But all of this is damning with feint praise compared to exhilerating lunacy of his Hong Kong period.
Hard Boiled stars Chow Yun-fat as Inspector “Tequila” Yuen, a clarinet playing toothpick chewing bad ass. Tony Leung is the unlikely named Alan, an undercover cop who’s been in too long with Johnny Wong, and his Triad pals. There’s a shoot out in a tea house, a shoot out in a warehouse and finally a shoot out in a hospital which just goes on and on, scaling every crazier heights of violence. None of it makes much sense and the occasional attempts at emotional depth have a cheesy quality to enjoy.
It’s the action you want. And that is exactly what is delivered. Chow Yun-fat is magnetic. And, as he says to a baby he rescues from the bullet strewn maternity war, ‘x-rated action’.
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HOLLYWOOD – Brokeback Mountain was a breakthrough film for its two young leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, an Oscar winner and an immediate seminal film for the gay community and now Ang Lee – talking to French cultural magazine Chapeau – has hinted that he might be interested in filming Brokeback Mountain 2.
When asked about future projects, Mr. Lee first told the interviewer about his project based on the Little Book of Calm starring Joe Pesci (for more on that story CLICK HERE), but pushed to look further ahead, the Hulk director said the following:
I’ve always wanted to go back to the world that Annie Proulx and Larry McMurty created for Brokeback and revisit those characters. It’s especially fitting that we should see how Jake’s character responds to Ennis’ death, seeing how Heath is no longer with us.
Je ne comprends pas! C’est ridicule! It is the Ennis character who is alive at the end of the film and Jack Twist who dies.
Was it? Jesus. Really?
I suppose I’ve always wanted to revisit the world of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I wanted to find out what happened to Chow Yun Fat’s character, having to deal with Michelle Yeoh’s death.
Brokeback Mountain 2 will be released in 2015.