Runway-style Casting Announcement for Gatao 2
Runway-style Casting Announcement for Gatao 2 - Taipei Film Commission
The 2015 Taiwanese gangster film Gatao raked in 80 million TWD in box office. Naturally, news on its sequel has drawn keen interest from the fans. On April 10, the film company held the casting announcement for Gatao 2 at Neo Studio in Taipei. Presenter Chang Wei-yen, director Yen Cheng-kuo, and cast members Collin Chou, Wang Shih-sian, Cheng Jen-shuo, Jack Kao, and Huang Shang-ho entered the runway in sequence for the announcement of the new cast. The actors dressed in sharp suits and cast piercing looks as they cat-walked. Their charm incited much screaming from the audience.
The team behind Gatao 2 at the casting announcement event. From left: Jack Kao, Collin Chou, presenter Chang Wei-yen, director Yen Cheng-kuo, Wang Shih-sian, and Cheng Jen-shuo.
The leading cast of Gatao 2. From left: Cheng Jen-shuo, Collin Chou, Wang Shih-sian, and Jack Kao.
The most exciting part of the announced cast is international action star Collin Chou. Chou was born and raised in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with many popular Hong Kong films under his belt. The Taiwanese audience would most likely recognize him as the main villain in Stephen Chou’s Hail the Judge. He also played the memorable role of Seraph in two of the Matrix films. Gatao 2 marks Collin Chou’s first time making a Taiwanese film in 30 years. He expressed a sense of obligation for the film industry of his home country. “I am honored to be able to be a part of Taiwan’s film industry again. I am especially moved by the passion and dedication of our team.”
Hollywood star Collin Chou returns to Taiwan to play a villain in Gatao 2.
Wang Shih-sian plays a successor to a major gang in Gatao 2.
The much-anticipated choice for leading actor was also revealed to be Cheng Jen-shuo, who won Best Supporting Actor at the Taipei Film Awards for Thanatos, Drunk. While filming the scene where his character fights a dozen people at once, Cheng was injured in the face. To act quickly and prevent the injury from deteriorating and delaying the shoot, he undertook stitching without anesthetics. “The injury was nothing. It even added to the realism,” he said professionally, then followed up by joking “but I wanted to kick the doctor after the stitches!”
The much-anticipated choice for the male lead went to award-winning actor Cheng Jen-shuo.
Yen Cheng-kuo, who gave brilliant performance in the first Gatao film, steps behind the camera as the director for the sequel. Yen explained that they had worked for a long time on the sequel. “Presenter Chang and I have been talking about how we can make a more realistic, more exciting film with more depth that supplements the first film.” He also revealed that for intensive training and fostering chemistry, the whole cast lived together in the mountains for some time. Because of filming the large-scale fight scene by closing down Linsen N. Road, the crew received many complaints. Director Yen here spoke through the media to offer his sincere apologies to the people who were inconvenienced by the shoot, showing how much he valued people’s perception of the film.
Yen Cheng-kuo, director of Gatao 2.
Gatao 2 inherits the cautionary spirit of its predecessor. With the popularity of the first film and the star power of the new cast, the sequel will surely put the gangster genre of Taiwanese cinema back in spotlight. Gatao 2 is expected to finish filming in May, with a release date to be announced. (Article/ Catherine Huang; Photography/ May Wen; Video/ Sophie Wong)