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Many, many apologies to those who have been waiting a long time for the rest of the interview.  I hope the petals of yur flowers have not wilted off yet.



This is from the Video in the following link. It's about Damian's Interview in 《陈辰全明星》。

And Sharon says "It's a MUST WATCH for all fans as it's the one of the rare times Damian mentioned his near-death situation and injuries. Also, he mentioned his wife and mum :[63]"

 forum.lauchungyan.com/discuz/viewthread.php?tid=2162&extra=&page=1

Here's the translation, fresh from the oven, and my first post in critical lounge since the shifting of Song Ju.:<54>

FULL VERSION.... Enjoy....

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Intro:
- (Damian) I fell, and I said, “I’m a goner.”
- What are the interesting experience with long-time partners like Cecilia Yip and Michelle Yim?
- Why is it claimed that you need to pay fees when you want to learn from him?
- Entering this industry is his lifetime tragedy
- What sort of romance did he have with his wife in the air?
- Liu Song Ren (Damian) teaches you ways to stay healthy.
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Liu Song Ren (Damian) is Jin Zheng Xi (金振西) in Yesterday’s Glitter (京华春梦)
 (Damian) No need to be afraid, it’s very easy. Come, I’ll bring you. It will be fine.
(Liza) I’m afraid I will step on your feet and embarrass the both of us.

Zhang Dan Feng (张丹枫) in Chronicles of the Shadow Swordsman(萍踪侠影录)
(Damian) Young Man
(Michelle) Brother Zhang
Music Interlude
(Damian) You look very pretty

Tian Yang (天养) in Oceans of Love (碧海情天)
 (Damian) I don’t know all about poems and songs, I will not continue lest I embarrass myself.

Di Qing (狄青)in Legend of The Yang Family and the Great General (碧血情天珍珠旗)

Guan Yu Lou (关玉楼)in Eight Heroes (八大豪侠)


Kang Tian Ren(康天任)in Men in Pain(男人之苦)

(Damian) I’m telling you. Buy a presentable gift for your grandfather. Don’t be rude.

Mei Ru Ao (梅汝璈)in The Tokyo Trial (东京审判)
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Liu Song Ren enrolled in the 5th intake of drama class in 1971, went to America to study about movies, has a lot of accolades and works. He has his fair share of experiences and hardships in his journey as an actor.

Chen : You have more than 40 years of acting experience. Right? 40 years?

Damian : Shhhhh….


Chen : Have you ever counted the number of TV series you’ve acted in?

Damian : I should think more than 100.

Chen : You mentioned when you first started acting, you would spend a lot of time to memorise the script after receiving it.

Damian : After I left the acting class, I would look for old friends, my secondary school friends to come to my house to help me remember the scripts, I would memorise and memorise. When I acted in ‘Wen Yi Duo’ <闻一多>, I had to use mandarin (putong hua) to remember the script, and all of it were early poems, speeches/lectures, 8 minutes per scene, 1 person - I probably had started memorizing a month ago, until I have to film it the next day, I would memorise it 6-7 hours non-stop. Being familiar with your lines will teach you how to act it out.

Chen : Do you still do this whenever you are filming?

Damian : It depends. The effects will vary when you use different methods. When I was in ‘The Tokyo Trial’ <东京审判>, I had to do it this way. Firstly, it (my lines) was in English, and they are very long, I needed to be very familiar with them, I couldn’t let them affect me. If the opposing cast is very strong like Cecilia Yip (叶童), Li Li Qun(李立群), when we meet very strong opponents, sometimes we are not willing to do any rehearsal. We prefer to be spontaneous on the set, which will be another type of feeling, there will be sparks, unexpected results – because at that time you will be very focused on the other person. Cecilia Yip and I are like very old friends meeting again, we have that sort of feeling, that sort of ambience, perhaps a type of sensation.

[Cecilia in an interview, talking about Damian - (Damian) gives me a lot of space, and with this space, I can explore and unleash (my acting skills) freely without any worry. For example, there was a scene, the dialogue wasn’t designed to be this way, but I don’t know why, when we were on the set, the scene turned out to be completely different from the script. But it is very sensational, very volatile, the emotions were simply overwhelming and eruptive. Which is why when you work with someone whom you have an implicit understanding, it is truly a different experience.]

Chen : When you first started with other actors, for example Michelle (米雪) whom you had so many acting collaboration with.

Damian : Initially, just like with young people, it is the same when I was looking for a girlfriend, I had limits and standards. But as the age increases, you will realize that different things will give you a different result.

Chen : Back then, when you cooperated with Michelle in so many series, the greatest factor is because you felt that she was a worthy opponent, and you could accept the sparks created between the both of you.

Damian : At that time, we didn’t have many co-stars, just like when we were in the other tv station, it was the usual few.

Chen : When Michelle was here for the ‘Wu Lin Da Hui’ (The great dance meet), we found her to be a very adorable and nice person, does not put on any airs at all and very earnest. How about Liza Wang (汪明荃)? It seems that she just got married not long ago, how do you feel when you heard about this?

Damian : Aren’t they already married? It’s just the formality.

Chen : Do you still keep in touch with them (both)?

Damian : Yes, I do. We often see one another at the tv station. Sometimes we go for exercise, have tea every day, we’ll meet up.

(A clip from Yesterday’s Glitter <京华春梦> )

Chen : Have you ever experienced threats to your health? For example, getting injured, ill…

Damian : Got injured, many times. I would usually not talk about it. After I’m injured, you’ll never see it on the papers. I was on the verge of death, several times.

When I was shooting ‘The Enigmatic Case’ (碧血寒山), we had a ‘Yi Xian Tian’ (一线天),do you know what ‘Yi Xian Tian’ is? It’s a stone bridge in the centre, a very narrow one, about this wide (Damian uses his arms to show) , very simple, we take an angle, from this part of the mountain to the other.

At that time, it was Cherie Chung’s (钟楚红) first movie, we had no money, so we had to keep all the backup film rolls (retakes) for her, all of us who are so-called ‘experienced actors’ were not allowed NG, so I was nervous because the film rolls were too insufficient. After we had walked across the first time, from there back here, after filming (they) said no good. Why? There was a pair of sports shoe by the edge of the mountain. 

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Damian sighs) So I walked back, immediately after, I said, “How can you do such a thing? Do you know how much these film rolls cost?” jokingly. The moment I crossed the stone bridge, I missed my footing. What’s beneath – a steep slope, then the cliff. As I went down, I said, ‘ I’m gone’. I fell, one somersault I’m down the mountain, I’d be gone. Those who fell off (the cliff), their corpse cannot be found even after a year. However, on this steep slope, there’s a tree in the centre, this thick, one, not very tall. This tree caught me as I rolled down the slope. Saved my life.

After that, I had a fighting scene, with a long official sword, this is the stick, (the other person) waved it, thrust it forward, right across my face, the moment it came, I made a cry, the entire stick was in my mouth, it was this thick. I was stunned. Because this had happened to others before, all the teeth were knocked off. The stick came into my mouth, not a single teeth was touched, just nice, between my two rows of teeth, I said, “Don’t move, don’t move.” Then, took it out slowly.

 
Chen : So it went through?

Damian : No it didn’t. Just went in.

Chen : Oh my goodness. Really lucky. That’s why a blessed person will be protected by heavens.

CG : The co-stars who know me well, they said, “Aiya, he will be fine, he will only get injured, he will not die.”

Narrator: Liu Song Ren was often criticized as the ‘cantankerous youth’ when he was young due to his high standards for acting, as long as he is interrupted during the filming process, he will not be lenient. Today, does he still have such high standards for acting as he had before?

Chen : What are your criteria for accepting roles?

Damian : My expectations are very low. (Laughs) Lower than before. When I first embarked on this career, I would set standards for a very good script, the director, my co-stars, martial arts choreographer, who my stuntman is – my standards are very high. If the director cannot fulfill them, I will not take it up. If my co-stars do not meet my expectations, I won’t take it up.

Chen : Which is why you were known as the ‘cantankerous youth’ then?

Damian : Anyway, I was very persistent. But they would usually give in. Whatever I wanted, they would provide. If I wanted this director, I would get it. If I wanted this co-star, of course you should know the limits, only then you will get what you ask for, otherwise there’s no point. When you are producing work, you need to set a certain standard, you should be able to tell what you want.

Chen     :               Will you express your displeasure on the spot, making the environment tensed?

Damian         :               In the past, I would.

Chen     :               Would you?

Damian         :               I didn’t care.

Chen     :               I guess you would have had serious arguments with the directors before.

Narrator:             In his younger days, what troubles did he get himself into due to his hot-temperedness?

                                And stories of romance in the air with his wife

Damian         :               Maybe I was more experienced, so they were more tolerant  towards me, there were rooms for discussion.

Chen     :               Would there be pressure whenever there is collaboration with others?

Damian         :               I do not know if they feel any pressure but when the job is over, they will experience a great sense of satisfaction.

Chen     :               How is it like now?

Damian        :               I would not be too concerned about how well the end product will be. (Different from the past). The age is different. As a person matures, he will no longer be particular about certain details, (in a narrated old voice), health is of utmost importance now. Right? Already not getting younger, will not talk about achievements, the most important thing is to be able to live your own life, able to move around, eat on our own.

When we reach a certain age, you will be more, how should I say, I cannot say compromise but rather a better word for it is tolerate. Why? Because you will realize that as you think about how superior you want your creation to turn out, at the end, it’s only a little better than the worse, and comparing it to the good, it’s still worse. Then why are you still so persistent? And in the process hurt so many people’s self-esteem.

Secondly, when you’re old, for example, we used to be of the same level in the past, (You will question) I can do this, why can’t you? I do it this way, so you should too.

If you take a look at the youngsters now, you will reflect, although you have been in this line for many years, the other person may have only a few years of experience. How can you expect your junior to be at the same level of acting as you? Shouldn’t. This is why you will tend to be more accommodating.

Chen     :               So you will get not angry when you're on the set now?

Damian         :               I will.

Chen     :               Still?

Damian        :               The innate character still exists. But has cut down a lot. I’m very fierce, especially towards those who are not serious in their work.

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Narrator:             Being in the industry for many years, Damian has rich acting experience. Was once asked for advice, but he revealed that he would to collect fees for advices he give.

Chen     :               The young actors should be very willing to work with you, because they can learn a lot (from you).

Damian :               Correct.

Chen     :               But why do I hear that I need to pay if I would like to ask for advice.

Damian :               That’s 20 years ago. It was my first time shooting in Tian Jin, with Andy Lau (刘德华). There was a dancer, she was an extra (‘ca-le-fare’).  She came to ask me some questions, so I started giving her the answers.  That time I told her, “I want to be paid.”  Actually, I was joking. She didn’t have much money, only a dollar plus, she gave it to me a cent at a time. But I told her, “Why do I take your money? Firstly, you will have a deep impression; secondly, you will understand that what I told you is of value, I’m not spouting nonsense. I do not insist that you pay. But after listening, if you think you should pay for the advice, go ahead.  However, if you think that it is of no use to you, no, then you can choose not to pay.  When I was in shooting in Singapore, for every person who came over to ask questions, the people around were willing to pay the money, I found it quite amusing, it’s lesser now, none in fact.

(A video clip from Rose Martial World’s interview with SherenTang(邓翠雯) telling the reporters how Damian helped her with her ‘homework’ by continuously taking pictures of her to help her observe if her expressions had been appropriate  for her role.

Chen     :               Does everyone still seek your advice for the appropriateness and closeness of their roles?

Damian :               Those who do not are dumb, stupid people, in that case, you do not need to chat at length with them.

Chen     :               What do you find lacking in general among the young batch of actors?

Damian :               There isn’t enough passion, enthusiasm, integrity for acting, they are not immerged into their roles wholeheartedly and they are distracted by many things.

Chen     :               Have you thought about anything you can do to change, influence them?

Damian :               Maybe influence a little, actually, you just do your best to do a little thing, not necessary to influence.

Damian :               Heavens have been too good to me.  I have never suffered, getting injured is part of the job.  There is always job opportunity, really have been very good to me.   Exactly because I have received so much, so whenever a youngster asks me a question, no matter what question it is, I will answer them.  Because I am afraid that my time is numbered. -> Meg's opinion: everytime I review this last statement, I feel very uncomfortable. Any suggestion to put this across in a better way?

Chen     :               Your motto is “You need to stop to observe” (literal translation - 止才能观 : should be similar meaning as “ to rest to go a longer way”) but in actual fact, you’ve never rested from acting.

Damian :               Yes, that’s why as actors our acting career and our life has fused into one.  For example, we started acting from 4am yesterday, in the evening, we came over for the publicity event, there’s absolutely no time to rest.  I am now learning to find that time (to rest), because if you do not have the stamina , you do not have to talk about other events like performance, or what you want to do, you do not even have to think about it. For example, you have a knee problem, the best scene effect requires you to kneel, you can’t, how do you carry on acting? When you were younger, you must go all the way out, everything you do, you must not be afraid of losing out, every single thing regardless of whether it puts you at a disadvantage or not, you must do it, do not be afraid. But when you are older, do not use the same way to deal with things, you need to moderate, you cannot afford to push yourself too hard otherwise you will exhaust yourself out.

How do you conserve your energy? You need skill; it’s not something you can achieve within one, two days. You have to slowly adapt and manage it.  Use your intelligence to make a choice – what’s need to be done, what should not be done.  When do you use your energy, when should you not use your energy.  That is very profound knowledge.

Chen     :               You said, “Entering the media industry is my life’s greatest tragedy.”

Damian :               Because I do not like to entertain, I do not like interviews, I do not like to do publicity, I do not know why I end up in the entertainment industry.

Chen     :               How about towards acting?

Damian :               I’m not so passionate about performing, I’m a .. bashful person. I don’t have acting desire. I don’t. But don’t know why, I just act. I find it questionable.

Chen     :               I find it strange too. Back then, have you ever thought you would act for so long?

Damian :               No. Truly not at all. I don’t know why either (referring to his previous statement). Perhaps, forced by circumstances of life. (chuckles)

Initially, I would spend all my money away before I take up the next assignment. When I was done, I’d travel around. Until I had no money, couldn’t sustain, then I went back (to Hong Kong). When I’m back, there will be people calling me, “Liu Song Ren, there is a production, we would like you to be in it.” So I agreed.  That’s why I could be in the industry for so long. So apart from viewing it as a tragedy, there’s no other way to describe. 

Chen     :               You said you do not like acting, why do you sign up for the acting class then?

Damian :               I think I cannot say that I dislike, actually I’m afraid of accepting new acting jobs, the impression that it gives me is that it’s very hard work, very painful process, because creative work itself is very lonely.  You need to communicate with your opposing cast, when you have finished shooting, you feel relieved, it’s like a release, ease of mind that you have seen another shooting to it s end. What I can remember is not the peace of mind after the shooting but the painful stage during creation, maybe it’s because you love the job a lot, you don’t know it yourself, maybe it’s like that.

[Picture of Damian and his wife.

Narrator:  Damian’s wife is a senior air hostess at Cathay Pacific Airways. They got married in the early nineties, not long after they met. With regards to their marriage, Damian said it started with a romantic encounter in the air.]

Chen     :               The one thing you have the deepest impression of is the encounter with your wife. You met her by chance on the plane?

Damian :               Yes, it was a flight to Canada.

Chen     :               But you would have been travelling by air quite often.

Damian :               That doesn’t mean you will meet someone who attracts you.  I was sitting at the back, she was sitting in front. She wasn’t supposed to service at my section, she only passed by to service another person.  Just like that, I noticed her, there was a type of feeling, ‘She’s the one’, that’s it.

Chen     :               Did she know that you were a superstar then?

Damian :               She didn’t know, she never saw me, she may know of my existence, but she’s not the type who idolizes celebrities.

Chen     :               You took the first step to get her contact number?

Damian :               I really forgot.

Chen     :               I feel that it would take some courage for a celebrity to do so, especially if you are a person who is easily shy.

Damian :               I do such things all the time, there is no need for courage. (laughs)

Chen     :               Is that true? So it’s considered ‘Love at first sight’?

Damian :               I don’t know.  We decided to get married a few months later.

Chen     :               Is she still working now?

Damian :               Yes, she is.  She ‘enjoys’ her job very much.  She feels very happy at it, a lot more than I do at mine.  Every time, I start work, I’m troubled.  Every time she starts work, she’s elated.

Chen     :               But you are always filming overseas, if she is flying on international flight, then…

Damian :               We’re already used to it.

Chen     :               Will you be apart more than you meet?

Damian :               Yes, we will.  But it’s a good thing not a bad one.

Chen     :               Why is that so?

Damian :               When two people are getting along, they need personal space.  Perhaps we’re both people who need space, this type of lifestyle is acceptable.

Chen     :               I hear your cooking skills are great.

Damian :               Whenever a friend visits, I will cook.  I put in effort when I’m cooking, so it’s delicious, but I do not do it often.

Chen     :               What’s your specialty?

Damian :               Duck.

Chen     :               From whom did you pick up your skills?  

Damian :               From TV. After watching, I will try if I feel I can do it.

Chen     :               Do you still cook now?

Damian :             Rarely, too busy.  I will teach my domestic helper how to cook, after I teach her, I’ll forget, she’ll remember.

Chen     :               I think you have a lot of ways of keeping fit to teach us.

Damian :               We, in this modern society, are too tensed. Too focused on achievements, too calculative with every matter and we neglect and distant ourselves from nature.

Actually, we should be in touch with nature more often, it will influence and educate you, and tell you what’s to be done.  In my younger days, I’m always saying that I practice boxing. Just like when we box, what we’re building up is the strength of the punch, you pull a good punch with one thrust of your fist. But before the thrust is made, we need to relax, if you’re too tensed, your punch will lose its force. It must be loosened, one punch, it will be powerful.  That’s why the opposite forces are - being relaxed or tensed, when we are young, we practice forceful punching, when we’re older, we practice relaxed stance. Relaxed is more difficult than tensed, it includes relaxing your entire body, the muscles, the ligaments, the nerves, your physique and mental state. How do you relax? Let everything go.  This is more difficult, I’m now at this learning stage.

Chen     :               Which word would you use to summarize your lifestyle in the past?

Damian :               I’m like an ox. Working quietly. Actually, I do not like to talk much about myself (what I do, how I do it).  For example, I’m very influenced by my mother.  My mother, she does not know how to educate her children but she is one who affects me the most.  She will carry out her responsibilities quietly, she leads by example, does not influence you on intentionally, to be a role model. Like what I hear from a director, he said, “When I was in secondary school, I would see a principal standing at the doorway every day, to send and receive his students, greet them (good morning).” (The principal) did not teach them, but he said this made an impression on him for a lifetime.  Exactly, it’s such actions, his attitude towards his students, his persistence towards education, that type of attitude influenced him for life.  Actually, I pretty much believe in such approach, you don’t have to say much, if you can influence one, it will be one, if it’s two, then it will be two, if you influence none, so be it. Anyway, as long as you do your part.

(Narrator: Elegantly Charming, Upright or Evil, Humorous & Teasing, Loving & Caring, the roles that Damian carries on the screen has many faces, what’s unchanged is the charisma in every action he does.  Although known as the cantankerous youth when he was younger, but all of these only go to show his daring and straightforward character…

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Thank you, Meg. It's a MUST WATCH for all fans as it's the one of the rare times Damian mentioned his near-death situation and injuries. Also, he mentioned his wife and mum :[63]

p/s: Meg, can u write Damian instead of CG?

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Original posted by sharonpek at 2009-10-1 19:59 Thank you, Meg. It's a MUST WATCH for all fans as it's the one of the rare times Damian mentioned his near-death situation and injuries. Also, he mentioned his wife and mum :[63] p/s: Meg, can u writ ...


General Pek, I've changed the names. And also included your recommendation in the post.  Would you like to put up the video clip in the post too? and the download link in the post too?

And too the above post owners, thanks for the encouragement. Learnt quite abit of chinese today...
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Original posted by megfanta at 2009-10-1 20:54 General Pek, I've changed the names. And also included your recommendation in the post.  Would you like to put up the video clip in the post too? and the download link in the post too?And too th ...

 

sure, u can insert the youtube  & download links

Thanks for your translations.

Can everyone proofread?We'll be putting these up at the website :[63]

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wow! such a hugh project! Thanks Meg! You are so great!
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Thanks 4 sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Lookin' forward! :D
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发表于 2009-10-18 22:55:55 |显示全部楼层
Ummm....okay, thanks for all who support and are still waiting. Those who decided it's a long wait I don't blame. Was aiming to finish this whole interview in one week, because it looked short enough, but once started, each minute of the interview seems to be everlasting. But I'm not complaining, in fact am very glad to be doing it and finally, it's done. Thanks to Sharon for the assignment.  There are some terms on boxing and filming which I'm unfamiliar with, have cross referenced to some info on professional websites, any discrepancies you find, please feel free to point out.
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发表于 2009-10-19 10:37:05 |显示全部楼层
Thank u meg. I'll proof read these couple of days
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