The Treasure Hunter(2009)
- RatedPG /GenreAction, Adventure, Martial Arts
During the filming of the upcoming Chinese action flick The Treasure Hunter, Taiwanese co-stars Jay Chou and Chiling Lin got uncomfortably close to each other for one scene.
The two sex symbols were placed in a delicate position during a heated fight scene in the film, which opens in Singapore on 31 December.
Lin’s character is a pretty novelist who gets rescued by Chou’s a relic-guardian character. After she gets ‘possessed’ and turns violent, she attacks Chou’s character, at one point leaping upon his shoulders and clamping her thighs around his neck.
Asked during a 22 December press conference in Singapore if the crotch-to-face (albeit fully clothed) moment was unnervingly long, Chou joked that it wasn’t long enough, before clarifying that it wasn’t too embarrassing at all.
“The scene wasn’t too embarrassing for me. I was preoccupied with Chiling’s character being the enemy and having to fling her off my shoulders in one swift motion, so I didn’t have the chance to feel awkward.”
Meanwhile, Lin was left a bit more red-faced about the scene. Chou said that the camera only captured his face and the bottom-half of Lin’s body, so audiences will not be able to see how uneasy she looked.
“In the first instance, I did feel very embarrassed,” said Lin. “But I realised that it was going to be an amazing scene, so I told myself that I had to get it right, no matter what.”
Though Lin only graded herself 7 out of 10 for her martial-arts acting ability in this film, just her second after Red Cliff, the director of Treasure Hunter, Kevin Chu, praised both Lin and Chou for their onscreen fighting skills.
“He (Chou) has changed his image for this film, and he comes across as more manly, with more of an edge,” said Chu. “His fighting skills have gotten much better.”
He added that Lin had a real aptitude for the fight scenes and that she really has a bright future in this genre of movies.
Agreeing, Chou said that fans will be able to judge for themselves how well Lin has done, despite the degree of difficulty involved.
“I can tell you that it is 100% Chiling fighting in those scenes. She didn’t use a double and she was even more precise than the trainer I practised with.
“I was worried that she would hit me by accident, but she didn’t. She was great.”