In late February 2009, Wu Jing was interviewed by LeTV.com as Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg wrapped up.
Wu Jing: Greetings everyone, I’m Wu Jing, I’m elated to meet you all, and thank you LeTV for investing in this film, for giving us a chance to enter this sci-fi fantasy world.
LeTV: Wu Jing, you’re playing the most advanced robot that is capable of doing Tai Chi, did you have any preparations on this form of Chinese kung fu beforehand?
Wu Jing: No, firstly, I must say that it was the action director Yuen Tak’s idea. He was on the set and I asked what would we be doing? So they tried things out and improvised on the set, and what they did were all Tai Chi. Actually, it wasn’t really Tai Chi fighting. Everyone wondered how it’d be if a robot does Tai Chi, so as the stunt team went through the moves, what they came up with, we would do.
And besides Tai Chi, I’d be wielding a 2.3m long sabre, I’m 1.75m, using a 2.3m sabre to fight a gargantuan robot standing 25m tall. It’s very hard to size things up. Actually, I was loath to do Tai Chi, for I’m preparing a film – my own film – about Tai Chi, but since they’ve already decided on it, we used Tai Chi here too.
LeTV: Would using such a heavy weapon get in your way of showcasing Chinese kungfu?
Wu Jing: It’s still fine, wasn’t very heavy – over 10 pounds. It was filled with light, soft material inside.
LeTV: Director Jeff Lau is very particular about expressing oriental elements in Kungfu Cyborg, what else are oriental in nature apart from kungfu?
Wu Jing: Sentimentality. If you look at the poster, the tagline is very occidental: God created Man in His own image; Man creates Robot in His own image. Just as Man doubts His creator, why should Robot not doubt His?
It’s very westernised, but there are things that are oriental too, like love, friendship. Very noble kind of passion. And some of the comedic elements are oriental in flavour as well.
LeTV: You’re the only villain in the film, but you are not an absolute villain, rather, a robot that desires liberty, to become a human. Do you long for freedom in actual life?
Wu Jing: Actually, we don’t really have villains in this film. The story stems from my misgivings about humans, robots are made to obey humans and carry out whatever instructions from them, but what if their orders were wrong?
My mentality is very simple, I merely want equality, equal rights, to gain freedom, rather than being a slave. Why couldn’t I gain freedom? Many things spring forth as a result of my questions, of whether robot can possess its own feelings, its own world. What I say has great bearings on countless robots, including Alex Fong.
[Spoilers] Up till his death, can’t really say it’s death, nor destruction, it’s some kind of contentment, of realisation, when he’s being badly beaten up, realising that being a human or not doesn’t matter, just doing what he wants, just being happy, it’s enough. I feel that all these are very oriental.
In my actual life, I’m very unbridled kind of person, a few days ago, when I got up in the morning, I would immediately go skiing, and in the afternoon, I would take a plane to the Hainan isles for scuba diving. I’m the type who doesn’t like being restricted, I’m also that kind of person.
LeTV: You did a remarkable job directing Legendary Assassin, from the standpoint of a director, what do you think of director Jeffrey Lau?
Wu Jing: Director Jeffrey Lau might not be aware of it, when I was filming, I would observe him as he was directing, looking at how he create and crack jokes, I find him to be very flexible, he could turn his concept 180° around, and those ideas came about sudden as wind, it was originally like this, but he could change it drastically without warning. I’ve learned a lot from him.
LeTV: Would you direct a sci-fi movie in future, or try other genre?
Wu Jing: Sci-fi… actually when filming in front of green screen, when working with martial arts choreographer Yuen Tak, as well as our special effects team, we would discuss this, the director has set this world, within this world, how’s the technology like, how do we float in the air, projecting flame from backside like Astroboy, or emitting something from the feet? Or like transformers, there are some airplanes, some vehicles, or your technology has reached such a height that you’re able to walk on air like on land? What’s the concept like?
There are a lot to be learned from creation of these robots, the world is so big, the size of your heart would shape the size of the sci-fi world. It depends on how far you’re willing to go.
Actually, I’ve done comedic works before, such as my debut Tai Chi II. But I have not done something as zany as Jeffrey Lau, the kind of topsy-turvy comedy. I also have a little bit, laughing subtly, it’s what everyone felt of all of sudden, the kind that would astound everyone.
LeTV: What are you plans in the near future?
Wu Jing: I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say it, anyhow, I’m in talks with director Benny Chan – might have a new film. We worked very happily together on Invisible Target, and I thought that Benny Chan is an outstanding director, he gave me this chance to be nominated for Golden Horse Awards, so I thought that I must keep collaborating with these great directors, let them guide me in acting, and through these, keep drilling myself, and then, do something that belongs to me – that Tai Chi movie I mentioned earlier on.
LeTV: You have anything to say to us?
Wu Jing: The tagline on the poster: Wu Jing is an android in the film, he wishes to become a human, but he isn’t a human, but is he any different from humans? He is just a robot than wants to become a real human, get it?