Chinese star anti-Hollywood

From Associated Press

Actor-singer Andy Lau says he won’t follow any of his contemporaries and move to Hollywood because he thinks the big studios have too little respect for Chinese filmmaking.

The star of the hit Cantonese crime thriller “Infernal Affairs” said he won’t settle for two-bit roles or stereotypical characters who only excel in kung fu.

“Do you think they respect Chinese movies?” the 42-year-old actor and singer said in an interview.

Lau said he’s been approached with Hollywood scripts but “nothing has moved me yet.”

“Infernal Affairs” scored five of Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, the Chinese-speaking world’s equivalent of the Oscars, but Lau noted it had not yet made it to the United States.


Warner Bros. bought rights to remake the film, however.

Asked whether he envisions any changes in Hollywood’s attitudes toward Chinese, Lau voiced strong doubts.

“Not in my generation,” he said. “Look at how long it took for blacks.”