‘Crouching Tiger’ star Chow Yun-fat speaks out in support of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

Demonstrators have agreed to talks with the government

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon star Chow Yun-fat has spoken out in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters.

Demonstrators in Hong Kong have called for the resignation of chief executive Leung Chun-ying and reforms to the election process. They have accepted the offer of talks with the government following a week of unrest.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, speaking in a Cantonese-language interview with the chinese website Apple Daily, Chow said: “I’ve met the residents, the students – they are very brave and it’s touching to see that they’re fighting for what they want. The students are reasonable. If the government can come up with a solution that the citizens or students are satisfied with, I believe the crisis will end.”

Chow also criticised the use of tear gas by police on demonstrators last Sunday. “When the government uses violent measures on students, it’s a turn-off for the people of Hong Kong,” he warned. “I don’t wish to see anyone getting hurt… it was a peaceful demonstration, and there was no need for any violence or tear gas.”

Chow Yun-fat is best known for his work with director John Woo in the action thrillers Hard Boiled and The Killer. He played Li Mu-bai in Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

As reported, the Crouching Tiger sequel will premiere on Netflix next summer. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, will be directed by Yuen Wo-ping.