Pop singer-actor Shawn Yue Man-lok is tired of punching people and being punched. He plans to quit action movies after Invisible Target, a potential summer blockbuster due to be released this month. The movie, directed by Benny Chan Muk-shing, is an action thriller about three young policemen who go up against a ruthless criminal (Wu Jing). The cops are played by Yue, Jaycee Chan Cho-ming and Nicholas Tse Ting-fung Chan is, in a sense, an old-school action director. He is renowned for creating wild gunfights and unnerving action scenes, but instead of using special effects to polish off the action sequences, he often insists that actors perform the dangerous stunts themselves to make the action more realistic and thrilling. 'We rarely used a body double,' said Yue. 'You can see us in almost every shot. The shooting was more dangerous than other action movies I've starred in.' The model-turned-actor is not new to the genre, having starred in The New Option (2002), an action movie about the police's Special Duty Unit. Other recent high-profile action films include Dragon Squad (2005) and last year's Dragon Tiger Gate, in which he plays an iconic comic book kung fu hero. 'Action movies require a different kind of acting talent. You may excel in drama films, but that doesn't mean you will do well in action films,' said Yue, adding that it takes courage to star in a Benny Chan film. 'You have to accommodate the camerawork and be prepared for the explosions. Other directors use a body double or editing to split up the action, but Benny handles it in one take, which means you have to rehearse a lot before shooting.' Now Yue says it's time for a change. 'I won't be starring in another action movie in the short term after playing in Benny's film. I think that's about it. I've given it my best shot in the past few films.' Action stars, such as Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung Kam-bo, were trained in martial arts from an early age, says Yue, whereas the younger generation of stars lack even basic kung fu training. 'No matter how hard we try, we'll never be able to surpass the older generation. Action movies of the past have already pushed the genre to its limits, and you need a good foundation [in martial arts] to further develop the genre,' said Yue. His trip to the US earlier this year, during which he enrolled in acting classes, also prompted him to reconsider his acting career. 'I went to NYC because I felt exhausted after Benny's film,' he said. 'From the beginning of last year to February this year, I starred in seven movies as well as some commercials. Basically, I haven't stopped working for five years. I had wanted to go to New York for a long time - it was a promise I made to myself.' During his two months in New York, he came to see acting in a different light and realised his shortcomings as a performer. Despite having a fan base in Japan as well as Hong Kong thanks to his brief but memorable appearance in the popular comic book movie Initial D, Yue now dreams of starring in a French movie. 'Although they may not be very commercial, European movies are more creative. For an actor, it will be a cool experience.' Invisible Target opens July 19. We have 10 pairs of ticket exchange coupons for Invisible Target to give away. E-mail your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org to win. First come, first served.