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Legendary Stephen Chow, Tsui Hark unite for 'Mermaid'

By Zhang Rui
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The new trailer of Stephen Chow's "Mermaid."[]

Before their real blockbuster collaboration on the film "Journey to the West," directors Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow face the first test of their ability to work together in "Mermaid."

At a press conference in Beijing yesterday to promote Chow's work, it was revealed that director Tsui Hark will have a cameo appearance in the new film, which will debut on Feb. 8, Chinese lunar New Year.

The two legendary film directors have never worked together during their careers each spanning three decades. Tsui Hark said they have discussed collaboration for years but Chow was so busy that Tsui had to wait until now.

The "King of Comedy" actor-turned-director Stephen Chow complimented Tsui's acting as the "best among all directors" and said he asked Tsui for help and professional opinions on camera positions and special effects when producing "Mermaid."

Stephen Chow and Tsui Hark, two legendary directors, strike a kung fu pose hand in hand at a press conference in Beijing on Jan. 31, 2016 to promote Stephen Chow's new film "Mermaid." []

There are also several things in common between the two, for example, they both love to experiment with advanced film technologies and have wild imaginations.

Tsui Hark and Stephen Chow actually have a real collaboration in the future, the sequel of "Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons," which is directed by Tsui, and produced and written by Chow. Shooting has been completed and it's now in post-production.

Chow is on a 20-city roadshow to promote "Mermaid" and released a new and ultimate trailer on Sunday, which indicated his new film is a science fiction comedy with an environment protection theme. But he chose to adopt "hunger marketing" this time to keep super secrecy and mystery by not letting anyone, including theater managers and film critics, see the film in advance at any premieres until it opens in theaters.

Previous reports suggested film distributors were betting on the film producing a box office return as high as two billion yuan (US$303 million). The film's marketing team said the box office presales are enormous which made Chow very happy, but exact figures were not revealed. "Mermaid" stars Deng Chao, Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Jelly Lin Yun, Show Lo and Kris Wu.

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