Sammi Cheng Gives Film Queen Performance in “Fatal Visit”
Pre-screening audiences for Fatal Visit <聖荷西謀殺案> have been sending Sammi large waves of praises and positive reviews, with critics pushing Sammi to win 2020’s Best Actress.
Directed by Calvin Poon (潘源良), film stars Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍) as Yanny, who leaves Hong Kong to escape a failed relationship. She decides to visit her close friend Ling (Sammi Cheng), who has been living with her husband Tang (Tong Dawei 佟大為) in America. In the five days that she has been staying with Ling, Yanny discovers that the couple have been harboring dark secrets, and one of them involves a murder.
“Ah Ling is as very dimensional character,” introduced Sammi. “There are very different layers to her, and I hope that, through my performance, the audience can understand how complicated she is as a person.”
While Ling may be a very complicated person, she is very sure of what she wants. “Everything this woman does is out of love. While possessive, her love for Tang is real.”
The overseas shooting location in Canada has allowed Sammi to remove herself from Hong Kong and be more connected with her character. She credited Charlene and Tong Dawei for their assistance in helping her get in character.
“There are several scenes involving the three of us that I find unforgettable. Whether it was through our physical touches, or just verbal, I felt Iike I was really her. Ah Sa was also very in character. Once you find the right scene, she really becomes Yanny. It’s like she’s a totally different person. That really helped me with my acting.”
Sammi shared that she also gained eight to ten pounds for her role. She explained, “It’s not that I wanted to be a big person. I just wanted to change my image, so I would look different for the movie screens. Sammi likes funny roles, but Ah Ling is someone completely different. I want the audiences to feel that.”
Fatal Visit premieres April 2020.