24 Aug 2016
The cast shared their most memorable filming experiences ahead of the show's debut
Video: Zhang Jiahao, Sarah Tay
The wait is almost over for C.L.I.F. 4’s debut, with fans of the hit franchise excited about the new additions to the cast, including Zhang Yao Dong, Chen Tian Wen and Yusuke Fukuchi.
At the press conference ahead of the show’s debut, Li Nanxing, Elvin Ng, Sora Ma, Zhang Yao Dong, Ya Hui, Mei Xin, Chen Tian Wen, Yusuke Fukuchi and Bonnie Loo greeted the media at the press conference held at New Phoenix Park. Notably absent was Rui En, who is in New Zealand to spend time with her father.
As with previous seasons, C.L.I.F. 4 revolves around the lives of police officers and will include a number of action scenes. Coupled with these action scenes are victims of heinous scenes, and the two cast members who declared their characters to have the “most terrible fates” were Sora and Bonnie.
“Not only did my character (Weng Xuan Mei) get raped and kidnapped this time around, she also ends up being wheelchair-bound and gets paralysed on one side of her body,” Sora shared. “She even gets pierced in the head by a nail… It makes me wonder if I offended the director,” she continued with a laugh.
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Sora and Elvin on their bad romance
“I feel that I’ve failed as a police officer because my girlfriend (Xuan Mei) leads such a terrible life,” Elvin chuckled. While Elvin was spared from suffering such injustices, he did go through a mortifying experience while filming.
“During my third proposal – can you believe that I had to do it thrice? – I got down on bended knee when I suddenly heard a loud ripping sound. I didn’t realise what happened but felt a slight breeze where it normally isn’t. I put two and two together and saw that I split a huge hole in my pants,” he revealed.
“I usually wear really bright underwear – red ones make me feel happy and lucky – but I was wearing black ones that day so you really couldn’t see much,” Elvin grinned. “I got my pants sewed and got back to filming and the second time around, I controlled my movements a little more and only heard a soft rip when we did the take again.’
Coming in a close second to Sora’s level of misfortune was Bonnie, who plays Yang Hong Xi, Yang Zhong Zheng’s (Terence Cao) daughter. “I was cheated, raped and even run over by a car this time,” she let on. “In short, all the bad things that could happen to the younger generation happened to my character.”
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Ya Hui on her most 'realistic' scene to date
Ya Hui, who plays police investigator Wang Shi Shi, chimed in, “When I was told I would be a part of C.L.I.F., I thought I could finally have the chance to look good with a gun. It turned out that I didn’t get to hold one at all – I get a slight feeling that I was duped into joining in this season!”
Apart from that, she was subjected to doing a really rough scene on set which resulted in bruises and a swollen face. “I had to be suspended from the ceiling with metal chains around my wrists during a kidnapping scene,” she explained. “The expression you see in that scene was how I really felt because it really hurt so badly that I was on the verge of crying but had to hold it in.”
She continued, “When I got back home, I had bruises all over and my face even swelled up due to an allergic reaction to the tape I had over my mouth. I was worried that it was permanent but thankfully it subsided after a while.”
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Li Nanxing and his baby woes
“Not only did I get this tanned from filming, I think I really have no affinity with babies!” Nanxing chuckled. “Baby Cara cried whenever I touched her – she must be so used to her parents that having this stranger touching her scared her.”
“Rui En, who plays my wife, is really good with kids. Whenever she started wailing, Rui En would take over and she’d quieten down,” he added wryly. “Between the two of us, I think she’ll make the better parent in real life.”
C.L.I.F. 4 will be the last local production he’ll be working on in 2016, as Nanxing revealed that he is likely to be headed overseas for the rest of the year.
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Zhang Yao Dong’s penchant for playing good-yet-bad guys
“I don’t think there’s such thing as an absolute right or wrong in this world,” Yao Dong mused. “I realise that I often play good characters that do bad things because of the circumstances they’re put in.” In C.L.I.F. 4, his character Chen Yu is controlled by his uncle Xue Wei (Chen Tian Wen), the boss of a large criminal syndicate.
Yao Dong shared that he will be heading to China to film a fantasy drama later this year. Filming was originally slated to start in September but might be pushed till the end of the year as the project is still in the midst of casting.
“The male lead was supposed to be Song Joong Ki but I think there should be some changes given the tensions between South Korea and China right now,” he let on. The Hallyu star was earlier reported to be in consideration to star in Chinese fantasy drama Xin Shu Shan Jian Xia Zhuan (loosely translated to Warriors of the Magic Mountain).