Film director Tsui Hark (left) has been doing the rounds ahead of Friday's release of the $140 million martial arts epic Seven Swords, which stars lovelies Leon Lai Ming, Donnie Yen Ji-dan, Charlie Yeung Choi-nei and Korean newcomer Kim So-yeon. And he confirmed one of the loudest whispers spreading within the film industry when he told CitySeen he had been given a little extra help to make the film a box-office success. The mainland government has told cinemas to hold back releasing Hollywood blockbusters such as the Steven Spielberg-directed War of the Worlds to allow Seven Swords an unchallenged run. 'What can I say? I am very pleased they have done this - who wouldn't be? And of course I would much rather have the government helping me than trying to stop me,' says Tsui. The long-awaited film opens at the Venice Film festival on August 31. Check out the Post Magazine this Sunday to read a full-length interview with the director.