Breaking up too easily

Breaking up too easily
Ekin Cheng with co-star Chrissie Chau in Break Up 100.

In Hong Kong's 1990s entertainment scene, actor Ekin Cheng was hair, there and everywhere.

Even though his flowing locks these days are a lot shorter than his signature shoulder- length look from two decades ago, he has managed to keep them looking mighty fine at the age of 46.

His luscious head of hair is practically a co-star in his latest movie, Break Up 100, where his floppy sideswept fringe bounces and sways whenever he moves.

What is his secret to his pretty mane?

"It's probably just hereditary because I'm a lazy guy and I don't pay much attention to my hair," he says breezily in Mandarin in a telephone interview with Life! and other local media this week to promote his new film.

"Or maybe it's because I play sports. I know people who don't exercise - their blood circulation is bad and it makes their hair fall out." In Break Up 100, now showing in cinemas, he plays Sam, a playful guy who constantly gets into quarrels with his much more level-headed girlfriend Barbara, who is portrayed by sexy modelactress Chrissie Chau.

It is a good thing thinning or receding hair woes have not plagued him or he would look incompatible with his romantic co-star Chau, who is 29.

He says: "When I found out she had been cast, I immediately worried about our huge age gap and whether people would find it strange. But after I met her, I realised there are no issues. She's mature and has personality, and I admire her because I can tell that she's a really hardworking person who takes her job seriously."

What is better known about Chau is that she is one of Hong Kong's hottest starlets due to her buxom figure. So Cheng might have deliberately played up her other qualities to divert media attention from sexy scenes in the movie such as a bath-tub scene they share.

He claims that the particular scene was no fun to shoot as it was filmed on a particularly cold day.

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