Actress Michelle Yeoh has urged the government to be more helpful to film-makers working in Hong Kong. She contrasted the frustrations she encountered while filming in the territory with the help she and her crew received while shooting her new martial arts picture on the mainland. Speaking yesterday ahead of the premiere of The Touch - a film with a cast partly lifted from the Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Yeoh said mainland officials had gone out of their way to help her and her crew during filming. 'I haven't made any movie here for seven years because we were running out of locations. Then we found that it was very difficult to get permits to shoot [in public] . . . I don't like that,' she said. 'Film-making is part of the culture. We should protect this culture, make it more accessible.' Thomas Chung Choi-sze, Yeoh's business partner and boyfriend, said the problem lay with a lack of suitable advisers for Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. 'I think [he] truly cares for our industry. But I don't think he understands our micro-activities. The people around him are prolific film-makers of yesteryear. The most important thing is to find the right adviser for our government so that we can throw the darts in the right place,' he said. Mr Chung is managing director of Han Entertainment, the firm that produced The Touch. It is directed by Crouching Tiger cinematographer Peter Pau Tak-hei. Mr Chung declined to compare his latest film to the Oscar-winning smash hit. 'The only thing we need to remember about Crouching Tiger is to forget it. Some people in the industry only talk about the good old days when things are down. We have to look forward,' he said.