Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng star in 'Blind Detective'. Photo: Tommy Lobinhoot Low
Many things go better in pairs – jam and toast, salt and pepper, John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson, Woody and Buzz, and so on.
Then in Hong Kong cinema, there’s the undeniable chemistry of Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng.
The golden onscreen couple was in Singapore on 26 June 2013 to promote their latest film, ‘Blind Detective’, which also marks their seventh film collaboration.
The movie follows ex-detective Johnston Chong See Tun (Andy Lau) who ekes out a living by solving cold cases for police rewards.
Having met attractive police inspector Goldie Ho Ka Tung (Sammi Cheng) during a bank robbery case, the two partner up to track down a serial killer on the loose, as well as other challenging cases.
Speaking to the media in Singapore, Lau and Cheng – who last starred together in 2004’s 'Yesterday Once More', also directed by Johnnie To – explained that they have been awaiting the arrival of the perfect script for them to work together again.
Check out this goofy pose the pair gamely did for photographers. Photo: Zaki Jufri
Enter ‘Blind Detective’, which Lau remarked was perfect timing for the both of them in terms of their excellent physical conditions due to their tours, and having reached a state of emotional stability in their lives.
Acting in an atypical Johnnie To action flick came with its own set of challenges. Cheng describes the movie to be “physically and emotionally demanding, but the positive energy on set has allowed everyone to put their best face forward in making the best movie they can”.
Lau on the other hand, spent three months interacting with the blind and understanding their emotions in order to showcase a more in-depth portrayal of a blind detective.
“I was left humbled. They told me that for the blind, the purpose behind every gesture and expression they make was for the world to realise that they can see. I have moulded my character based on this understanding and I hope the audience will be able to be convinced by it,” Lau elaborated.
'Blind Detective' trailer
Despite what was a taxing but rewarding filming process, Lau and Cheng has no illusions of receiving any awards or critical acclaim for their performance.
“I am very accustomed to receiving two stars for my movies” was Lau’s cheeky answer when asked what his reaction would be if the movie was rated two stars by critics.
Cheng was a little more ruffled, replying that she will be “naturally affected if that happened” before saying after a pause that she “believes that the film is deserving of a 4.5 star rating”.