Regina Ip makes some waves in movie debut
Executive councillor and legislator Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee took a break from her daily political routine recently to guest star in a local movie.
And while she may have made a bit of Hong Kong history as the first serving cabinet member to appear in a movie, she admits she would be happy to do more filming - if the scripts were suitable.
In a departure from her usual combative political style, Ip spoke excitedly about her time on the film set: "It was good fun. It was my first time taking part in shooting a film.
"Basically my part was rather easy. There were a few lines and mainly what I needed to do was to wave to passers-by," she said, describing her role in the film as a "carefree actor".
"I don't know how much of my part will be kept after editing. I hope the director keeps it."
Ip's part was shot over two afternoons and was completed on the weekend. "During the filming, I came across many mainland tourists. I waved at them and they waved to us. It was really good fun."
Asked if she would consider appearing in more films, she said: "It depends on whether the screenplay is suitable."
Ip was invited by director Vincci Cheuk Wan-chi to appear in her latest production, which has the working title Lost Love for Urgent Sale. "I like to show support to young female talent, especially for an independent low-budget production," Ip said. "Ms Cheuk is a friend of my friend. She is very talented," she said.
The film also features actor Nick Cheung Ka-fai, and actress and singer Sammi Cheng Sau-man. "I am their fan too," Ip said.
Ip did not receive payment and said she did not see a need to seek permission from the government to appear in the film, as there was no conflict of interest involved. "I did not do it in my capacity as executive councillor or legislative councillor, and actually, [in the film] I acted as a district councillor. And after all, I was not paid. There is no conflict at all."
The film, a love story, is expected to screen over summer.