Stanley Law's "Paper Moon" that opened at 15th Shanghai International Film Awards made Malaysia proud as it was wholly filmed in Kelantan, Malacca, Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur. Not only that, the romance drama also boasts two popular stars as its leads, which is Gordon Lam Ka-tung and Chrissie Chau. "Paper Moon" tells the story of a poor kite maker named Chen Tian Song, who falls in love with Gao Shi Qin, the daughter of a wealthy family, with tragic consequences.
During this exclusive interview, director Stanley Law and his film's three central stars, Gordon Lam, Chrissie Chau and Tedd Chan, talked about the film's inspirations and influences, choice of language, love scenes and the 'wau bulan' theme.
Well, the wau bulan is the symbol for the whole film, which is about being letting go, as the whole film is about regret. My character regretted for not being able to provide for the woman he loves and forcing her to another man. So my older self, played by Gordon Lam, makes 'wau bulan' for a living as it represents his longing for Chrissie's character, Gao Shi Qin. There is one scene in the film where she remarked that the 'wau bulan' makes the 'wau wau' sound because it is crying for its freedom.