26 Mar – Another hindrance to the already slow filming production of Donnie Yen's "The Iceman Cometh 3D" is added to the list, as it was reported that the Hong Kong government has not approved the request made by the production team to shoot at the Tsing Ma Bridge, Jayne Stars website reported.
The movie's lead actor, Donnie Yen, admitted that the rejection disappointed him, and stated that he felt the government has not been as supportive of local movie projects as they were before.
Donnie expressed, "Not only was our request to shoot at Tsing Ma Bridge was disproved, we also received complaints from the police for our bus chasing scene in the city earlier. They said that our lights were too bright. Was it really that bad? I think it's hilarious. Not as bright as street lights! I just feel that they are not as supportive of local film productions as they used to be."
The lack of approval prompted the crew to build an imitation set of that Tsing Ma Bridge themselves at the now defunct Kai Tak International Airport in Kowloon Bay, for the convenience of all grand scale effects.
The cost of building the set only added up to the already hefty movie budget of HKD 250 million - making "The Iceman Cometh 3D" the most expensive action film of Greater China to date.
To this, Donnie laughed and explained, "The investors are not worried with the big budget. I am also not afraid that the film would be a box office bomb, since our co-star Wang Baoqiang is the star of mainland China's best-selling film of all time, "Lost in Thailand", which was a box office miracle!"