Francis Ng Chun-yu was astonished by the hip hop phenomenon in the city that inspired his third directorial venture, Dancing Lion. 'It's very strange,' said the 45-year-old actor/director, who wears hip hop outfits in the film. 'There are many people who dress hip hop from head to toe, but know nothing about hip hop at all.' The Exiled actor started his career at local TV station TVB in the 1980s and made it to the big screen in the early 90s. He made his breakthrough playing a mobster in Johnny To Kei-Fung's black comedy Too Many Ways to be No1 and was named best actor by the Hong Kong Film Critics' Society in 1996 for his part in Cha Yuen-yee's Once Upon a Time in Triad Society. In 1998, he made his directorial debut with 9413 and followed it with What is a Good Teacher in 2000. Ng said the new film, co-directed by Marco Mak Chi-sin and starring Anthony Wong Chau-sang and Teresa Mo Shun-kwan, reflected the differences between Hong Kong and the mainland.