TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Jay Chou wasn't afraid to spend money to make his new film, "The Rooftop," into a work of art. Nor is the Taiwanese superstar afraid of addressing criticism of his acting, something for which he has been berated ever since 2007's "Secret."
In his second directorial effort, he says he's more open now and acting has become more natural for him.
"I opened up more, so people could get the feeling that this character isn't the Jay Chou that most people are familiar with. If I played Jay Chou, I would only have one expression from the beginning to the end," he joked. "For this movie, I think I was able to open up and act more freely."
Art and stylistic direction was important in "The Rooftop." The film was made for about $10 million — expensive in the Taiwanese film industry — and Chou didn't set a budget for costumes and the set, which was filled with whimsical, retro elements inspired from the 1970s.
"Sometimes I have my own thoughts on creativity, and I'll say, 'Could we change the setting for this particular scene?' A suggestion like this could cost millions in a movie like this. But then I tell people, 'Just look at these three to four seconds, this really beautiful scene will stay with you forever," he said.