HK star Lau channels China earnings to local film

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HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong has produced Chinese cinema’s biggest names, but for the former British colony’s actors and directors, the future now lies in the thriving mainland market. One of the territory’s biggest stars, Andy Lau, is no exception.

But the 49-year-old veteran actor-singer is trying to preserve the Hong Kong industry’s identity by channeling his earnings to lower-budget productions that highlight the cultural heritage of Hong Kong.

Lau spoke to reporters Monday in Hong Kong as he got ready to shoot scenes for one of his latest investments, “To Tse,” which means “Big Sister Tao” in the southern Chinese dialect Cantonese.

Lau said he sometimes takes action “because I am moved by the sincerity of the project or the script.”

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