Geisha Girl Was 'Tipsy' On 2046 Set
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA star ZIYI ZHANG was "tipsy" for most of the filming of WONG KAR WAI's movie 2046, because the director terrified her. The Chinese actress admits shooting the acclaimed 2004 movie was an intimidating experience and she guzzled sake to relax. She recalls, "I was so scared of Wong Kar Wai because he always wears dark sunglasses, and I didn't know him at all, and the whole group spoke Cantonese, whereas I speak Mandarin. "Every time I went to the set, I'd drink a bottle of sake. I'd make myself tipsy. "A lot of the scenes were improvised, and we didn't have a script or lines. You just had to be in character. It was hard and totally awkward."