Roy Chin is a Taiwanese director and screenwriter in film, TV and commercial productions. He is a two-time judge for Taiwan Golden Horse Award. Graduated from San Francisco Art Institute, he is deeply influenced by both Chinese and Foreign cinemas, gifted with Eastern and Western visions. Chin's best known works are: "The Game They Call Sex" (1987), co-directing with Sylvia Chang and Wang Siudi, starring Maggie Cheung and Emil Chau; "The First Intimate Contact" (2000), starring Jordan Chan, Shu Qi and Chang Chen. Other films include American indie film "Milk & Fashion", "A Rainy Summer", "Women On Call", "I Only Care About You", "Lemon Season", etc. He also directed famous TV dramas such as "The Legend Of Heroes" starring Fan Bingbing, Steve Ma; "The Lost Temple" starring Feng Enhe, Hong Jian Tao and Fu Jing. Director Yu Yu's style is to say more with less. He is good at telling a complicated story with a few brief brush strokes. As the co-author of the Pegasus script, he also choreographed the fighting scenes based on real combat martial arts.
Yu: “Pegasus” is a film series about a man who does not possess any supernatural powers, but by his own wit and choice, he takes up and accomplishes difficult missions. Sometimes he charges for his service, sometimes he helps people for free. He is a hero to many, but to others, he can be an unpredictable nemesis who does not play the gamer by the rules.
Take a look at the world today, there are so many people who never stop rivalling and chasing for money and fame. But they never ask the question why humans cannot survive annihilation in the infinite universe. If disasters like nuclear war destroy the entire planet, will there be a resurgence of mankind? The reason we made “Pegasus • On the Brink” is to awaken people to bury the hatchet, and to turn war into peace.
Yu: This is my directorial debut. Introduced by a friend, we invited Roy to be lend a helping hand. Roy is an experienced seasoned filmmaker who possesses professional knowledge and an eye for aesthetics. He took the lead on set, while I focused more on the script and editing under his advice and inspiration.
Roy: In the beginning when Yu told me about the story idea, I was immediately intrigued by his enthusiasm in expressing his worldview. It’s a very authentic story, as well as an experimental and unconventional film which I’ve never done before. So I decided to take this challenge and direct the film with him.
Yu: I’m a fast-paced person, while Roy is a perfectionist. Our different styles sparked chemistry.
Roy: Yes indeed. Our collaboration is the juxtaposition of two different elements. He is a logical and sensible person who is always straight to the point and talks no nonsense. I’m quite the opposite, and my past experience has also taught me the importance of layering emotional details in storytelling in order to make it relatable. Our different styles and strengths complement each other. We do, however, have one thing in common that film must be lively and interesting, instead of preaching. We must put ourselves into the shoes of both the storyteller and audience to strike a chord.
Yu: True. It’s all about making it “reasonable but unpredictable”.
Roy: I have had similar experience before. Of course people from different countries and backgrounds have different viewpoints and understandings on the same issue. It is indeed hard to achieve unanimity, not to mention the differences in languages and ways of expression have already made it difficult in creating cohesion and bonds. But every one of us has given our best, and all the actors were deeply drawn to their roles. The performances and outcome are absolutely extraordinary.
Yu: Many of the frauds, gambles, feuds and fights between political and financial moguls, as well as the extraordinary problem-solving measures that appear in the film, are based on my personal observation and experience in real life, which I put directly into the story.
The combat martial arts we show in the film is a type of traditional Chinese kung fu which emphasizes survival fighting techniques. It’s more about one deadly blow than showy moves. Feng Zhongyun, one of our filmmakers, is a Chinese painter and combat martial artist. He gave advice and choreographed the fight scenes with me. He also personally trained our main actor Dennis O’Neil for his action parts. Aaron Ly, the other male lead, is a fight choreographer and actor in Hollywood and the UK. He has no problem doing the fight scenes on his own.
Roy: It’s not that difficult, since I’ve also worked on actions and special effects before, like “The Legend of Heroes”. What are different this time are just the angle and ways of expression. This film is reflecting the real phenomenon of our society, and has a lot of messages to deliver. It has to be authentic and real. Besides, I think everything has its romantic touch if you view it from a different angle. Take the money wars in this film as an example. I was not familiar with it at the beginning, but after trying to understand it, I realized that people’s fascination and indulgence in it is actually kind of romantic. I don’t want this film to be classified into a certain genre, because the essence of the story is also about human relationships. Total strangers are connected through experiences and adventures, forming unbreakable bonds and relations. The brotherhood between Dennis O’Neil (as Johnny Malone) and Aaron Ly (as Ma Liang) in the film is true bromance.
Roy: There are two major elements in the film: nuclear war and money war. We cannot stay away from disputes and crises in a world of injustice. The weak are being bullied and maltreated. And so we have to help the needy and stop the conflicts between people, or even between countries, in order to pursue peace.
Yu: Even after the cold war, countries all over the world still build and own nuclear weapons. The massive quantity is enough to destroy the entire planet and mankind multiple times. My message is: anti-war, and eliminate nuclear weapons. Those world leaders who declare wars, sending soldiers to the battlefield in the name of patriotism and democracy, should be locked up to duke it out among themselves so that they can personally taste the brutality of a life-and-death fight.