The Hollywood blockbuster "Miami Vice" starring Gong Li will be released next
month in China. She has recently done dub work for the movie in a Shanghai film
studio, according to reports on sina.com on October 12.
Gong recorded a dub for the character she actually plays in the movie.
According to Di Feifei, "Miami Vice" dubbing director, Gong spent Sep 25 and 26
doing dub work in a Shanghai film studio.
"We sent the translated script to Gong Li but she said she didn't have time
to dub it, so we found a substitute. But she unexpectedly said she could do it
just before we decided to start," said Di. "Miami Vice" Gong Li's first
Hollywood film, will premiere in China on Nov.1.Though the film wasn't very
successful overseas it may receive complimentary reviews in Chinese
Gong has a secret agreement with dubbing team.
Risque scenes have been cut out of the original "Miami Vice" according to
producer. But the cuts will not affect the plot, nor Gong's dubbing. "But when
she dubbing, I thought she was not dubbing for her role but for a different
one," Di said. "Because the role had both English and Spanish lines, Gong now
has to adapt to the modified Chinese script which is far different from the
original English edition."
"It's difficult, awkward and totally different for her," Di said. Until the
entire film was finished,Di dared not say Gong had a tacit agreement with the
dubbing team. "Now we can see Gong Li has the same voice both in the translated
edition and the original, except with minor differences in her pronunciation,"
Gong takes her work seriously and
has a high regard for directors.
This is the first time Gong has acted in a film, and she complained to Di
that dubbing for "Miami Vice" was difficult.
"Dubbing not only requires acting, but also voice skills," said Di. After
all, she said, no one is more familiar with the plot than Gong. She said it took
a day and a half for Gong to act out the movie in Chinese dub.
"She has high regard for directors, and knows how to act. I sometimes pointed
out mistakes in her pronunciation or emotion, and as long as I told her what was
wrong, she would do it again as I asked," said Di.