Many people may have forgotten that comedian Ronald Cheng Chung-kei was also a talented singer before his career changed course, but Cheng is set to change that as he relaunches his music career later this month. The 33-year-old says he has a lot of catching up to do after a long stint as an actor. 'Most of my movie contracts are completed and I can focus on making music finally,' he said. His new album, to be released in a few weeks, will be filled with easy-listening pop melodies and catchy ballads. He said he compromised on the style to make it more accessible to fans. 'I haven't insisted on doing what I like this time. Of course, there are still a couple of numbers which are the kind of music I like to do.' Before releasing his debut Putonghua album in 1996, Cheng sang backup for Jacky Cheung Hok-yau's 1995 Canto-pop record. He then shifted to filmmaking and became closely involved in comedy productions. Cheng's new comedy Dragon Reloaded (pictured), directed by Vincent Kok Tak-chiu, was released yesterday as the sequel to 2003's Dragon Loaded. The response from the premiere was good, with audiences welcoming a faster tempo film with a sharper storyline. 'I've already watched it a few times,' Cheng said. 'I'm numbed and can't really judge which are the funny scenes.' He said his quirky character was depicted as smarter in the latest release. 'The personality of the character hasn't changed in the new series,' he said. 'But we have added some new elements to the role.' Having collaborated with Kok many times, Cheng said the director had become more serious about how the actors delivered their lines and the setting for each scene. 'A lot of people may think you don't have to be too strict when making a comedy. In all the movies I've shot, Kok's films are the most serious productions,' he said. Cheng said that unlike other productions in the genre, the cast were given a comprehensive script before shooting got under way. Cheng said comedy was his favourite movie genre. 'Maybe it's because I don't like to use my brain after work, if you give me a comedy, a thriller and a drama, I'll pick comedy to have some good laughs and to relieve the pressure,' he said.