SINGAPORE- Given that a firefighting movie Out Of Inferno came out recently from his compatriots Danny and Oxide Pang, you would think that writer- director Derek Kwok would be feeling the heat since As The Light Goes Out tackles the same topic.
Speaking over the telephone from Hong Kong, he says in Cantonese: "There's always pressure but it doesn't come from others. Rather, it's because you always want to do a movie well.
"Anyway, there is plenty of space for different movies to bloom. Just look at the number of cops- and-robbers flicks out there."
As The Light Goes Out stars Nicholas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam and Hu Jun as firefighters and opens here tomorrow. Out Of Inferno featured Louis Koo and Sean Lau Ching Wan and was released in Singapore on Oct 3.
Kwok, 37, stresses that what is more important is whether the film in question has something new to offer - and he is confident on that score.
He was the one who came up with the idea for the film, after his firefighter friend had told him: "The greatest danger you face is thick smoke, not fire. When you enter a fire scene, all you hear is the sound of your own breathing and it is pitch black before you."
It was a scenario that intrigued Kwok and one that he felt other fire flicks had not explored.
So before filming started, he spent half a year doing research on the different types of smoke and their characteristics.
And then the challenge was to present that on film.
He says: "Normally when you film smoke, you simply add some smoke to the scene. But here, I wanted smoke to be a feeling, an actor almost. It could be a monster, a ghost, be everywhere all at once, be weaselly or be forceful."
It took a mix of real smoke and special effects to achieve that.
In addition, there were also fires and explosions added to the combustible mix.