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Nick Cheung, the accidental director

When investors agreed to his suggestion to make a ghost flick, actor Nick Cheung realised he had to wear the director's hat

Published on Jul 9, 2014 8:39 PM

Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung is someone who knows how to roll with the punches - and not just for the mixed-martial arts flick Unbeatable for which he was crowned Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards in April, playing an over-the-hill fighter who gets a second chance to prove his worth.

In real life, he has just stumbled into making his directorial debut with the horror flick Hungry Ghost Ritual, which opens in cinemas tomorrow.

Cheung, 46, tells Life! nonchalantly in a recent interview: "I've never had the ambition to be a director and I didn't seek out this opportunity. Neither do I think I'll head onto a directing path in the future. I don't resist the idea of directing again but I'm not too ambitious about it - I'll just take things as they come."

Any time an established actor decides to sit in the director's chair, whispers of it being a vanity project are bound to follow. So perhaps it is a smart move for him to downplay expectations but it does not seem like an act coming from the affable gentleman.

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