‘God of Gamblers’ Director Supports Hong Kong Police Violence, ‘Unfriends’ Denise Ho, Anthony Wong, Chapman To
After declaring support for Hong Kong police violence, a Hong Kong director deletes some entertainment industry “friends” who are pro-Occupy Central from his contact list , only to discover that they never regarded him as good buddies to begin with.
Wong Jing, who is best known for directing the hit comedy-drama flick “God of Gamblers,” commented on Oct. 16 that the Hong Kong police did not use enough violence at Lung Wo Road and Tamar Park on Tuesday morning.
“The police didn’t dish out enough beatings, I reckon,” wrote Wong on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.
Wong was roundly condemned by netizens for supporting police brutality on unarmed, peaceful pro-democracy protesters.
Later, Wong sent out another Weibo message declaring that he would be deleting the contacts of three Hong Kong celebrities, Anthony Wong, Chapman To, and Denise Ho, from his cell phone, and would also cease communicating with them on social media.
Wong probably wanted to make a statement by “unfriending” some famous contacts, but his action was completely lost on the celebrities.
When asked about his reaction to Wong’s severing of friendship in a phone interview with Apple Daily, Anthony Wong (“Infernal Affairs,” “Initial D”) calmly replied: “He can do as he pleases; I don’t even have his cell phone number to begin with.”
Chapman To (also of “Infernal Affairs,” “Initial D” fame) went a step further in calling Wong’s bluff: “Why didn’t he sever contact with Chow Yun-fat?”
Wong had worked with Hong Kong mega stars Chow and Andy Lau in “God of Gamblers.” Both Chow and Lau are supporters of the Umbrella Movement.
At least Anthony Wong and Chapman To did not deny that they have given Wong their contact information.
Cantopop singer Denise Ho is completely baffled as to how Wong ever got her number.
In a Facebook post, the outspoken Occupy Central supporter said: “Just wanted to say, Wong and I have never met, so I’m not sure how he got my number… He could have gotten it from someone else and then deleted it.”
Ho noted that Wong did “unfriend” her official Facebook page though.
It appears that Wong, a director known for farcical works, has pulled off his greatest work yet with his grandiose anti-Occupy Central (non) statement.