Anthony Wong (aka Wong Chau-Sang/ Anthony Perry) is a familiar face to lovers of classic Hong Kong cinema. Whether it’s due to facing off with Chow Yun-Fat and Tony Leung in John Woo’s two-fisted tale of bullet-ridden mayhem “Hard Boiled”, as a noble policeman in (the film that inspired Scorsese’s “The Departed”) “Infernal Affairs”, as the murderous psychopath in “The Untold Story”, or literally hundreds of other roles- Wong is a bonafide legend of that once great film industry.
As you may know though, due to increased control (and censorship) from the mainland Chinese government, it is nearly impossible to get any film projects funded in Hong Kong. It has been even harder for Wong who has lost much of his acting opportunities due to his strong support of the pro-democracy protests that have occurred in Hong Kong the past few years. Things became so dire for him that he even relocated to Taiwan and worked for a time as a Chef.
Many fans believed that would be the end of his multi-award winning acting career but just recently a film project appeared on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter that features Anthony Wong front and center. It’s a dark thriller titled “The Young, The Old, and The Rich.” The plot deals with a mysterious man who secretly runs a criminal empire that targets the wealthy elite of Hong Kong. The subject matter feels daring in the climate of current day Hong Kong but is very much in the wheelhouse of Wong, who has made a career out of headlining some of the darkest films ever to come out of the tiny island metropolis.
They have released a short film that introduces the film’s central idea and also acts as a “proof of concept” for the finished project. That video can be viewed here:
Here is another recently posted clip that ends with an opportunity to win autographed items from Wong if you back the project:
The Kickstarter, which still has over two weeks to go, is offering backer rewards that include virtual screenings, posters, DVDs/Blu-Rays, producing credits, and most uniquely of all: a highly detailed 1:6 scale action figure of Anthony Wong Chau-Sang as the film’s main character. You can see photos of the figure below (along with the film’s teaser poster).
If you want to back this project (and we sincerely hope you do), the link for it can be found below. The fundraising continues until October 24th, 2021.