Cold War 2's complex plot confuses stars Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok

(From left) Eddie Peng, Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok at the press conference of the highly anticipated new movie Cold War 2, on July 5, 2016.
(From left) Eddie Peng, Chow Yun Fat and Aaron Kwok at the press conference of the highly anticipated new movie Cold War 2, on July 5, 2016.PHOTO: DANIEL NEO FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

If Cold War 2's complex plot confuses you, rest assured you are not alone - the stars of the new police thriller say they were equally puzzled over the storyline.

Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun Fat, who plays a legislator in the film, told local reporters at a press conference for the film on Tuesday afternoon (July 5) that he had to go through the script "several times" with the co-directors to fully understand what it was all about.

The 61-year-old veteran star said in Mandarin: "I had to keep asking them, 'What about this part? What does it mean?' This is such a layered and complex film. But I'm glad that I finally understand the story now."

Then he turned to ask his co-star Aaron Kwok whether he understood the details of the work.

Kwok, who reprises his Cold War (2012) character of the Hong Kong Commissioner Of Police in this film, said half-jokingly with a laugh: "I too didn't really understand anything in this film."

To this Taiwanese hottie Eddie Peng, who plays a villainous ex-policeman in the film, piped up: "That's why you have to watch this, and then watch Cold War 3 in the future to figure things out."

Cold War 2, which opens in cinemas on Friday (July 8), picks up from where Cold War had left, with Peng put behind bars. However, Kwok receives a mysterious telephone call demanding that he releases Peng, or Kwok's wife and daughter will suffer consequences.

Never mind the plot - Chow was on more solid ground when it came to the art of taking selfies. In fact, he took the art of the celebrity selfie to a whole new level, hopping off the stage to take pictures with every single of the 50 or so members of the press at the event, one at a time.

"I'm very quick at taking selfies - I'll show you," he said, after a reporter asked him his reputation as the "king of selfies".

He also shared tips, such as how one has to hold the camera up high to reduce the double chin, and that in group photographs, one should stand in the middle to look the thinnest.