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