Budget boost better late than never, says Jackie Chan

PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 February, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 27 February, 2009, 12:00am

Jackie Chan may have a lot to say about relocating his movie memorabilia and antique collections, but he didn't want to talk much about the Edison Chen Koon-hei hearing in Canada. 'This is not news any more,' he said at Wednesday's press conference at the Hotel Nikko for his latest movie, Shinjuku Incident. With practically the entire cast present, including Daniel Wu Yin-cho, Fan Bingbing, Xu Jinglei and Chin Kar-lok, in addition to executive producer Albert Yeung Sau-shing and director Derek Yee Tung-shing (pictured below), the ceremony toasted the release of Chan's first serious film in a while. The drama about Chinese immigrants in Japan's underworld - which is apparently so violent it won't get a mainland viewing - will be released on April 2 (after its premiere at the Hong Kong International Film Festival).

However, Chan was back to his outspoken self when the subject turned to Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's new budget, which includes a HK$300 million fund to support creative industries. 'It is certainly a good thing for the film industry,' Chan said. 'It is coming a bit late but better late than never, right? We need the funding to nurture new talent, especially training new stuntmen.'

No one is going to argue with the big brother in the local movie industry, right? Wrong. Leave it to veteran director Yee to jump in with a different perspective on government funding for the Hong Kong movie industry. 'Frankly, it is way too late. All the world is looking at the mainland market now. And Hong Kong? It's just a small city. If we have to rely on the government [fund], then why don't we rely on ourselves like we have always have.' Touch?.