No need to ar­gue

Pakho Chau finds fight­ing with his spouse to be a pain in 77 Heart­breaks.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By SETO KIT YAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

HONG Kong lead­ing man Pakho Chau says his re­la­tion­ship with his wife could not be more dif­fer­ent from the char­ac­ter he plays in his lat­est Hong Kong flick 77 Heart­breaks. In the film, his char­ac­ter is obliv­i­ous to the is­sues raised by his girl­friend of 10 years.

77 Heart­breaks is di­rected by pro­lific and ver­sa­tile Hong Kong helmer Her­man Yau (Shock Wave, An In­spec­tor Calls, Ip Man: The Fi­nal Fight) and adapted from Erica Li’s best-sell­ing novel of the same name.

In the film, Chau plays Adam, while his girl­friend Eva is por­trayed by Char­lene Choi of Can­topop duo Twins.

Both Adam and Eva are lawyers and so is Adam’s fa­ther. How­ever, his strained re­la­tion­ship with his fa­ther re­sults in him ditch­ing his law prac­tice to be a kick­box­ing coach in­stead.

In a re­cent phone in­ter­view from Hong Kong, Chau de­scribed Adam as such an im­ma­ture fel­low who al­ways ends up an­noy­ing Eva with all the things he does or does not do.

“Sadly, Adam is not aware of the is­sues with their re­la­tion­ship, so Eva gets very frus­trated and it all builds up un­til she de­cides she has had enough.”

In real life, 32-year-old Chau got mar­ried to his fash­ion de­signer girl­friend of more than 10 years, Stephanie Chu, last Novem­ber.

Chau said it is for­tu­nate that they have never got­ten into any ma­jor dis­putes.

“My wife and I rarely have any ma­jor dis­agree­ments as we are the sort of peo­ple who deal with is­sues in a calm and ma­ture man­ner. We’ve been to­gether since we were 20 years old, so we grew up to­gether, and ma­tured to­gether.

“Mi­nor mis­un­der­stand­ings are some­times in­evitable, but such fric­tion usu­ally serves to help us get to know each other bet­ter and im­prove our re­la­tion­ship fur­ther.”

For a guy who avoids con­flicts, Chau said the most chal­leng­ing scenes for him were those spent quar­relling with Choi’s char­ac­ter. “That’s be­cause both of us dis­like fight­ing. So, it did take some ef­fort. We had to re­hearse the quar­relling scenes be­fore shoot­ing. Then, af­ter that we had to get lozenges to soothe our throats!” he added.

As for the in­ti­mate scenes in the film, Chau said they had no qualms: “It’s just mostly kiss­ing. And that’s not dif­fi­cult at all.”

Cur­rently busy pro­mot­ing the movie in Shang­hai, China, be­fore mak­ing his way to Malaysia for an As­tro event, Chau is al­ready work­ing to­wards his next film re­lease.

To those cu­ri­ous about his fam­ily plans, Chau said his cur­rent fo­cus is on get­ting work done as his sched­ule is packed till 2018.

“Car­ing for a baby re­quires a lot of time and ef­fort. So, we cur­rently have no plans for that,” said the dash­ing star, who is also the founder of two trendy fash­ion la­bels XPX and CATXMAN.

The singer-song­writer who burst onto the Can­topop scene in 2007 has re­leased more than a dozen al­bums and has twice as many films to his name.

Apart from act­ing in Hong Kong films and TV se­ries, he has also lent his voice to the Can­tonese ver­sions of Hol­ly­wood an­i­mated flicks like Shrek The Third (2007), Mada­gas­car: Es­cape 2 Africa (2008) and An­gry Birds (2016), as well as Ja­panese film 10 Prom­ises To My Dog (2008).

77 Heart­breaks is now show­ing in cin­e­mas na­tion­wide. For GSC show­times, turn to P13.

Chau started his ca­reer as a singer in 2007 and has re­leased more than a dozen al­bums. — Hand­out

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