Lau makes famous five

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 November, 2007, 12:00am

Infernal Affairs co-director Andrew Lau Wai-keung is among five directors invited to make a short film for the upcoming 2008 Olympic Games as part of a project called Vision Beijing.

The project was organised by the Beijing Foreign Cultural Exchanges Centre to promote the 2008 Beijing Olympics to other countries and show how the capital is getting ready for the Games.

The films will be shown to local and foreign media and will also be available on various airlines' in-flight entertainment programmes.

The director of Cinema Paradiso, Italy's Giuseppe Tornatore; Children of Heaven's Iranian director, Majid Majidi; the French director of The Hairdresser's Husband, Patrice Leconte, and veteran British TV sports director Daryl Goodrich will each film a five-minute video.

Tornatore's contribution will tell the story of the reunion of a secondary school teacher with a student 30 years after the student's graduation, and Majidi's film will be about children.

Lau's film focuses on Beijing cuisine. 'Maybe they know I love to eat, so they asked me to do something about food,' he said.

But the director said shooting his film was no easy task. 'The challenge was to film the food so beautifully that when people are visiting Beijing, they will want to taste it,' he said. 'Food represents our culture, so I had to take it seriously.'

Lau (left) visited more than 100 restaurants in Beijing in a fortnight.

'I have filmed much more than I need,' he said. 'But it was a pity I didn't have much time to enjoy the delicacies myself. I must visit Beijing again just for the food.'

Lau's film also features celebrity friends who have starred in his movies, including Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Edison Chen Koon-hei, Kelly Chen Wai-lam and Shu Qi.