As long as the movie has a meaningful storyline, she told M yesterday over the phone from Hong Kong. The year-old, best known for being one half of Cantopop duo Twins alongside Gillian Chung, frequently plays girlish or wholesome characters in romantic comedies like Hot Summer Days and My Sassy Hubby But Choi is taking her acting career to new heights with her latest film Sara. In it, she plays Sara, a journalist who travels to Chiang Mai and chances upon a child prostitute named Dok-my. While trying to rescue her from prostitution, Sara becomes haunted by the memories of her own past, when she was sexually abused by her stepfather. Opening here on March 26, the R21 film - which explores the dark side of sex tourism in Asia - also stars veteran actor Simon Yam.
Four years after earning her second best actress nomination at the Hong Kong Film Awards for her courageous portrayal of a former sex abuse victim in Sara, Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin, of the Canto-pop duo Twins, is again a nominee - for another sexually charged role. Recently separated from her husband, Siu-man gradually learns to appreciate sensuality after a free-spirited chef Taiwanese actor Wu Kang-jen starts work in her father's restaurant. As The Lady Improper is a project supported by the Hong Kong government's Film Development Fund - in the sense that they have given us money - I hope we can achieve good results [in the awards and at the box office]. I hope they will continue to support our film industry. Although my responsibility as an actress is to play the part well … this film is a bit different from others in that it has given me a sense of purpose.
She meets a senior government official Kam Simon Yam , who enrols her in a top school and pays for her education after they start an affair. Fast forward to almost a decade later, she is a journalist who travels to Chiang Mai, Thailand, and crosses paths with underage prostitute Dot My Sunadcha Tadrabiab. For all the hype over this being girl-next-door star Charlene Choi's first erotic film, the supposedly steamy sex scenes are all rather tame. Some of the most provocative shots are already featured in the movie trailer, which makes the R21 rating for this film surprising.
Many local newspapers headlined the story consecutively during the first fortnight of February , relegating coverage of the Chinese winter storms to secondary prominence during Chinese New Year. In a crackdown which itself became a controversial item, the Hong Kong police enlisted the assistance of Interpol to stem the spread of the photographs. The police crackdown raised questions over violations of the privacy and free speech rights of Internet users.