Charlie Yeung tackles rape in directorial debut
The movie is called Christmas Rose, but don't be fooled. Hong Kong actress Charlie Yeung's directorial debut is far from a cheesy romantic flick. Instead it explores a subject matter so dark it nearly put off cast members Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen and Xia Yu—sex crimes.
The movie, with an A-list cast including award-winning actresses Gwei Lun-Mei and Qin Hailu, sees Charlie taking on the director's role for the first time, after starring in almost 30 movies in an acting career spanning two decades.
The movie is produced by Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung and Tsui Hark, who called Charlie, 38, "daring" for taking on such "challenging" subject matter.
Chang Chen, recently seen in Wong Kar Wai's Ip Man flick The Grandmasters, was hesitant to accept the role of a perverted doctor. "Undeniably, many actors would shun movies like these," he admitted, echoing his co-stars.
Xia Yu and Aaron Kwok revealed that they were worried prior to taking the roles: "It's a difficult topic to tackle, for either guys or girls, so we were worried how [Charlie] was going to handle it."
All doubts were eventually cast aside, said the stars, who were impressed by the outcome. "We made the right decision to accept the roles," said Aaron, 47.
Christmas Rose is slated to hit theatres in May.
Published: 27th February 2013