Sunday, February 03, 2008

Painted Skin: The plot has been revealed

Painted Skin is wrapping up on Feb 2 or so and the production is currently spending two weeks to shoot the finale. Sun Li's role, as well as more of the plot, has been revealed. She comes from a family of exorcists and it's her onus to get rid of the fox vixen Zhou Xun. However, she's a bumbling neophyte with mediocre skills and nobody believes a word when she says that there is a fox spirit for she lacks concrete evidence, even though she has a demon detector. Sun Li also provides comic relief. While she carries an arsenal of talismans and magical devices with her all the time, finding the right item at the right time to deal with demons is a challenge.

The plot appears to be slightly different from what was previously said. Sun Li's grandfather was killed by fox spirit Zhou Xun. And she has been tracking her down in order to seek revenge. She finds out that Zhou Xun has been bewitching general Chen Kun. While warrior Donnie Yen, who's been carrying a torch for Chen Kun's wife Vicky Zhao, doesn't believe in demons, he still helps Sun Li deal with Zhou Xun. Gradually, Sun Li develops feelings for Donnie Yen. However, they later make an even more shocking discovery...

Being a non-martial artist, Sun Li's in a whirl when it comes to action scenes. She's uncertain of how to execute the moves, and to connect the moves with the expression in her eyes and on her face. She's glad to have Donnie Yen guiding her, "He would help me design what kind of reaction I should have after finishing a move, my gestures in between two moves, and ensure that what I do won't get cut away by the director."

Donnie Yen says that his character in Painted Skin not only fights well, but he's given ample space relating to drama. He would ponder over how his character gesticulates, in order to better demonstrate his personality and status. He believes the audience would see a different Donnie Yen in this film.

Once, Donnie Yen had a close shave when filming a wirework scene in which he saves a damsel in distress on a rooftop at the height of 4m. Donnie Yen felt something was amiss and signalled to the director to ensure that everything was in order. Meanwhile, a stunt double went up to try it out for Donnie Yen. When he was mid-air, the wire snapped and he dropped onto the ground, missing the mattress, and broke his knee. It shocked everyone on the set and the stunt double was rushed to the hospital. Donnie Yen mumbled repeatedly, "Wirework is too risky. Too risky" The accident sends chills down his spine. He says that when doing wirework, one won't know when anything would happen. It's very scary. In the past few years, whenever he's the action director, he would try his best to avoid the use of wires in his pursuit of realism.


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