TAIPEI (The Star/ANN) – Taiwanese actor Derek Chang got his big-screen break with a winning role in “Big Three Dragons” early this year, after featuring in half a dozen Mandarin TV dramas from Taiwan and China. “Big Three Dragons” was a big hit in Taiwan where it opened during the Chinese New Year and grossed over NTD$30 million at the Taiwanese box office.
In the movie, Chang plays a carefree young man named Sheng Xiao Bai who is the heir apparent to a mahjong empire. Although he is first in a line of succession, Xiao Bai somehow gets cheated out of his inheritance by his flamboyant uncle Nan Feng (Michael Huang). Despite falling on hard times, he meets a money-minded young woman named Shen Wu Que (Ella Chen of Taiwanese girl group S.H.E.), who spurs him to win back everything he lost.
The rising star who hails from Taipei revealed that he did a lot of research to study his character’s personality and to better understand a rich man’s lifestyle.
Making his film debut in a Taiwanese festive comedy like “Big Three Dragons”, Chang said he felt very fortunate for the opportunity to work with many experienced seniors and veterans from the film industry such as Chen, Huang, Peng Chia-Chia, Lotus Wang, Daniel Lo and others.
“Ella was very bubbly, which helped to keep the mood light so shooting the movie was fun and very enjoyable even though we had to pull several all-nighters. She also loves to improvise and keeps surprising us with spontaneous scenes which I have to quickly give appropriate reactions to.”
Apart from mahjong playing scenes, Chang also had boxing scenes, which he found to be quite challenging.
“Luckily, we got to do a fair bit of training before we started shooting. Without proper training and rehearsals, someone could get injured. Accuracy is very important, because if we missed each other during a fight scene, then we may end up hitting one another.”
Despite having to put in extra work, Chang says he is looking forward to doing more action-oriented roles. “I’d like to take up that challenge, as I feel good performing action scenes.”