Great to have you with us Sammo Hung. So, tell us, how did you become involved with “ Call of Heroes ”? What interesting stories can you share about the making of the film?
Sammo Hung: Thank you. Well, I’ve known Benny Chan for many years and over the years, we’d been talking about collaborating to do something. I guess it was the right timing for us this time so I joined forces with him.
Excellent. Benny Chan has directed many exciting action films including of course, with Jackie Chan. What was it like working with him on “ Call of Heroes ”?
Sammo Hung: I’ve always wanted to work with Benny Chan. I feel that we understand each other pretty well. As a director, he tells me how he wants to portray different characters in his movie. As an action choreographer, I want my action choreography to complement that, to bring out the characters even more.
Totally. The film was a massive undertaking for a Chinese film, as the set alone took four months to build. What sorts of challenges did you encounter in the making of “ Call of Heroes ”?
Sammo Hung: The biggest challenge was the weather. For almost two thirds of the shooting days, it was raining. We wanted to stop the rain but obviously we couldn’t. So, we had to shoot in a way where you couldn’t really see the rain. It was very frustrating! That’s the biggest challenge we faced shooting this movie.
Monsoons don’t help either! OK, in the Making of “ Call of Heroes ” we see you going up a mountain on a crane; did you have any doubts about it, what other fears (if any) do you have? What was the most challenging scene to work on in “ Call of Heroes ”?
Sammo Hung: I used the crane to bring myself up the mountain because I was too lazy to climb up, hahaha…. we had been using that crane for shooting a lot and I know how it works so I’m not worried at all.
One of the more difficult scenes to shoot was the one with Sean Lau fighting a lot of stuntmen on the bridge. Obviously, night scenes take more time to shoot and shooting Sean Lau fighting with a whip was not easy. You can imagine fighting on the narrow bridge with bamboos and knives on both sides, at night, and Sean Lau manoeuvring a whip, all the stuntmen and the crew! Hahaha…it was quite an experience, even the bridge collapsed a couple of times! But I’d have to say I was impressed with Sean’s hard work and persistence, I’d say we shot quite an impressive scene!