Feisty lass

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process much more en­joy­able.” Re­count­ing a gang­ster se­quence which in­volved all the cast mem­bers, Wang deemed it her most mem­o­rable scene.

“It in­volved hun­dreds of peo­ple, and it was re­ally great. I felt like I was work­ing on a big bud­get Hong Kong pro­duc­tion. It was then that I re­alised there were many tal­ented peo­ple in South-east Asia as well, and we should be able to see more good films com­ing from this re­gion.”

Wang was trained in per­form­ing arts at the Shang­hai Theatre Academy (2004-2008). She has since fea­tured in three movies and nine TV se­ries, such as ro­man­tic com­edy Mod­ern Lady (2006), his­tor­i­cal drama Su Dong Po (2007), mar­tial arts ro­mance Roses Of Jiang Hu (2007) and wuxia drama Leg­end Of The Con­dor He­roes (2008). Cur­rently film­ing in the Hol­ly­wood Of Asia in Heng­dian, Wang is tak­ing one of the lead­ing roles in a re­make of a pe­riod piece based on Chi­nese clas­sic tales that will take sev­eral months to shoot. Next is a role in ac­claimed Hong Kong movie di­rec­tor Stan­ley Kwan’s big bud­get movie. THANKS to award-win­ning Malaysian film­maker Michael Chuah, Malaysians will get to see main­land Chi­nese beauty Wang Xiao Chen (pic) in lo­cal triad-themed ac­tion com­edy Fist Of Dragon.

Dubbed Lit­tle Tang Wei for her re­sem­blance to the Lust, Cau­tion star, the Shan­dong-born star­let plays Qing who works in Un­cle Chen’s (Henry Thia) cof­fee shop. When Chen’s nephew Jie (Chuah) ar­rives from China, she helps to re­solve their dif­fer­ences.

“She later joins Jie in stand­ing up against the tri­ads to fight for what she be­lieves in. To­gether, they con­vince the towns­folk to unite and fight for their rights,” Wang, 23, shared in an e-mail in­ter­view from China last week.

It was her first visit to Malaysia, so Wang was ini­tially over­came by the heat and hu­mid­ity. But, she was soon won over by the delectable cui­sine and warm hos­pi­tal­ity.

“Most of our scenes were shot in Malacca where I loved the de­li­cious food, es­pe­cially fried oys­ters, duri­ans and ny­onya cui­sine. I re­ally miss shoot­ing in Malacca, as Malaysians are very caring and the crew takes good care of us. Now that I’ve been to Malaysia and know more about the many beau­ti­ful places there.”

The hec­tic sched­ule was chal­leng­ing for Wang. “We were shoot­ing a lot of night scenes and had to com­plete as much as pos­si­ble be­fore day­break. At times, we shot for 48 hours with­out a break.

“Luck­ily, the peo­ple were a fun bunch and that made the en­tire

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