Press Conference Presenting the Main Trailer of Gatao 2 - Taipei Film Commission
Gatao has grossed NT$80 million in 2015 for the gangster movies during the summer vacation. This year, its sequel, Gatao 2
: The New Leader Rising, will be launched with energy during the Spring Festival. The official main trailer was shown yesterday (9th) with the director Yen Cheng-kuo leading an array of actors including Collin Chou, Cheng Jen-shuo, Huang Shang-ho, Chang Zhang-xing, Gary Tang, Tender Huang, Samuel Ku and Edison JV. Altogether, they promoted the film enthusiastically. To the "Gatao fans’ " considerable benefits, along with the official trailer, the official poster and the soundtrack "Let the Leader Pass” were first released as well. The trailer shows the authentic modern gangster culture in Taiwan, opening with strong Taiwanese flavor through unique local elements: braised pork rice, funeral rite and worshiping the Holy Emperor Lord Guan. In addition to the overwhelming actions of cutting, killing and shooting, there are fierce gunfights with shocking sound effect, heightening the overall atmosphere. The casting includes Wang Shih-sian, Jack Kao, Cheng Jen-shuo, Huang Shang-ho, Gary Tang, Chang Zhang-xing, Tender Huang, Hollywood martial arts star Collin Chou and so on.
The official main trailer of Gatao 2: The New Leader Rising was announced. The actors gathered to promote the film with a plaque and braised pork rice.
: The New Leader Rising describes the change of relation between Brother Jen (played by Wang Shih-sian) and his good brother Liu Jian (played by Collin Chou), the latter having become like the stale taste of the bowl of braised pork rice and the “most intimate enemy". So the trailer begins with Brother Jen’s regret, “The sky will turn dark; people will change; 30% is affection, 70% is cheat." Liu Jian continues to provoke disputes and conflicts, challenging Brother Jen's tolerance and the peace he tries hard to maintain. Led by Collin Chou, the Jian-he gang hopes the North Hall led by Wang Shih-sian to join their drug trafficking. Yet Jack Kao advises Wang Shih-sian to rather live safe and sound. One of the special moments in the film is Wang Shih-sian and Collin Chou singing "Lyrics for Singing to the Guitar" together. The song describes gangsters’ dilemma of ethics and interests involving the temptation of money, family’s concerns and pals’ deep friendship. Another story line revolves around Brother Jen: reluctant to let his younger gangsters sacrifice, he is nevertheless repressed by his leader President Gui (played by Jack Kao). He is like a trapped fierce tiger with five tigers under his direction, desiring to break the gate...Just how can he escape? The presentation of the trailer won the audience’s applauding.
Actor Collin Chou (right) talked about how he came to join the film, insisting that he was very touched by the film crew’s visit to Los Angeles and their sincere invitation.
Talking about how he came to join this Taiwanese film, Collin Chou said it had nothing to do with the salary but for the full sincerity of the film crew which moved him deeply. He said the feeling of affinity counted a lot to him in considering a proposal. With Gatao 2
, it was this feeling that incited him to accept. He also hoped to receive more invitations from other film crews of Taiwan. He jokingly said watching the scene where he sang "Lyrics for Singing to the Guitar" together with Wang Shih-sian reminded him of the time of shooting; every time he thought of the song, he wanted to cry. It even happened during a shower, so “I cannot tell if it is tears or shower.”
At the press conference, the actors were divided into two groups with a strong sense of competition. The director Yen Cheng-kuo said with amusement: "Today, let me be the ‘mediator’. In the film, we’re all enemies. Today, I asked the North Hall and Jian-he gang to prepare gifts and ‘instructed’ them to say something good. Let's see what they brought with them." Cheng Jen-shuo led the North Hall to prepare a plaque which even two big men cannot carry. Once the cover was lift, the plaque showed four big characters meaning "Human feeling, justice and loyalty", representing the North Hall’s guiding principle, triggering the two factions into disputes.
Actors of Gatao 2: The New Leader Rising gathered for the release of the main trailer. From left to right: Chang Zhang-xing, Gary Tang, Huang Shang-ho, Cheng Jen-shuo, Yen Cheng-kuo (director), Collin Chou, Tender Huang, Samuel Ku and Edison JV
The New Leader Rising inherits the cautionary spirit of Gatao
, “Public funeral rite today; forget everything tomorrow” and “never take the wrong path”. With his own experience of involving in crimes, the director Yen Cheng-kuo revealed his intention of making gangster movies was to warn young students against defying the law; the price he paid during his days of growth made he realize the gangster world is risky and tough, all ending up a sad song! Gatao 2
: The New Leader Rising will be released on February 15 at the Spring Festival. (Text: Key Stone Corp., Photos: Le Day Multimedia)