The opening film at Hong Kong International Film Festival teams local A-listers director Johnnie To and star Daniel Wu. But while Mr. To is best known for his cop flicks and Mr. Wu is known for dramatic roles, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a romantic comedy. The movie kicks off the festival, which begins Sunday and runs through April 5.
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
“I try to avoid [romantic comedies] as much as possible,” said American-born Mr. Wu in a recent interview in Hong Kong. “Johnnie called me back in May  and I thought he was going to talk to me about a cop movie…. But I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’ve worked with all the big directors in Hong Kong except for him and Wong Kar-wai, and now I can tick Johnnie off my list.”
Mr. Wu has appeared in several gang drams including the 2007 drama “Blood Brothers” set in 1930’s Shanghai and the Jackie Chan film “Shinjuku Incident” in 2009. In contrast to both those movies, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” centers on a love triangle between Yen – an office girl in China played by Gao Yuanyuan — who has to choose between a reformed playboy (Louis Koo) and an architect (Mr. Wu).
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