Radwynn has kindly transcribed Philip Ng’s Interview on Dragon Dynasty’s version of Invisible Target. Philip Ng talked about many things that go on behind-the-scenes in the movie and working with the director Benny Chan, martial arts director Nicky Li, various co-stars Nicholas Tse, Andy On, Wu Jing, Jaycee Chan.
Below are some excerpts regarding Philip Ng’s background and his thoughts on working with Wu Jing:
I started doing martial arts since I was very young. Traditional martial arts. I did Choy Li Fut with my father, who teaches in Chicago. And then in the summer, sometimes he would send me to Hong Kong to train Wing Chun with Wong Shun Leung. And… Which I really enjoyed, you know, I learned a lot from him. And when I was in America, actually it was funny, because I got my master’s degree in art education.
But I had this dream that I wanted to come to Hong Kong to do action movies, you know, like my heroes when I was young. And then I did, and through some introductions, I met some people, and I was very lucky. And I started off as a stunt choreographer for a movie called Star Runner. And then after that, I got signed to a management company and then started doing more acting and more different roles, you know. I started off really small then, you know, got lucky, got more and more stuff, and I’m here now.
This is the first time I’ve worked with Wu Jing. He’s a real cool guy. I mean, the first thing I noticed about him was he’s pretty down to earth, right? I mean, I’ve worked with a lot of people, I mean, behind the scenes and in front of the camera and… And a lot of very skilled people, right?
But I think the most important thing is it the person is a nice guy, you know, is easy to work with. And I thought he was very easy to work with. And he was very fun, we had a lot of fun on the set, a lot of things to talk about.
And the thing I like about him was when he does the martial-arts fighting, he hits hard. I mean, he does it. I mean, he doesn’t hit hard enough to kill you, but he does it, and that’s the way I like to do it, and I think that’s the way that Nick likes to do it.
And it’s easier for me to act and it’s easier for me to do a reaction. I don’t have to always take the reaction, because I actually feel it. So there’s scene when… In the warehouse when they come in and they try to take my weapons, whatever, and whatnot, he slaps me, continuously.
And actually, I said to him, I said, “Ng Ging. you’re gonna hit me, right? Don’t worry, just hit me.”
And he didn’t say anything, he just smiled and I knew he was gonna smack me, because I was tied up like this, right? And so he just went off and he just kind of slapped and we did the whole scene and we only did it a few times, but I remember getting slapped, I don’t know, like, to me seemed like 150 times, but I think it was just like 30 times. I’m not quite sure, but…
And I think it ended up, after the cut, was only a few times in the scene. So he actually… We were talking afterwards, after we met, and he’s like, “Wow, I feel bad for you, Phil. I slapped you so many times and only three or four slaps got into the movie.”
But that was cool. I think, like, mainly… I think… I like the way he fights because he’s powerful. I mean, if you see, like a lot of the older masters like Sammo, Sammo Hung, and Jackie and Yuen Biao, I mean, when they hit, I mean, they really… It seems like they’re really making contact, you make sure those guys are tough. I think he has the same feeling, the same quality, and that’s what I like about him.
And obviously, Wu Jing, he had a lot more scenes than I did, and in one of the previous scenes that he did he hurt his knee. When he jumped… Even though we had a wire, obviously, from that height, when he landed, he had to put a lot of weight on the leg that wasn’t hurt, so he always would lose his balance.
And I remember the… There’s also footage before that, he almost fell off and Nick grabbed him. Tse Ting-Fung grabbed him. And second time… Because we kind of know… I mean, I wanted to make sure… Maybe because of my background as a stunt coordinator, safety is very important for me, right, so I kind of paid attention to him as he was falling.
So as he jumped it seemed like he was gonna fall off again. I mean, he had a wire on, he wouldn’t have got hurt, but there’s a chance. You won’t want someone to fall off a building. So I rushed in to grab him before he fell off the building, after the jump, and there was a bunch of pipes on the side, I think they were sewage pipes, actually, and my foot got caught and broke one and so sewage was flying everywhere.
But I mean, as soon as that happened I just kind of walked away like, “It wasn’t me, it was Ng Ging.” You know, but I mean in the end it was okay. But we got the shot done and if you see the whole scene I think it turned out really well. Radywnn’s Blog