Lau to be sidelined three months after film mishap

It may take more than three months for singer-actor Andy Lau Tak-wah to recover from his injuries caused by a fall from a horse he was riding while shooting a commercial in Thailand.

Phoebe Ng

Friday, January 20, 2017

It may take more than three months for singer-actor Andy Lau Tak-wah to recover from his injuries caused by a fall from a horse he was riding while shooting a commercial in Thailand.

The superstar, 55, was rushed back to Hong Kong on a medical flight and arrived at 1am yesterday. He was seen conscious but not very responsive when admitted to the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital.

Lau had to wait inside the ambulance for about 10 to 20 minutes as the hospital entrance was blocked by a large group of journalists who awaited him.

Wearing a mask and a baseball cap, Lau was unable to move and had to be lifted from the ambulance stretcher by hospital staff.

He was conscious with his eyes open, but he looked stiff and appeared not very responsive under photographers' camera flashes. Journalists observed several scratches on his forehead.

Neither Lau's parents nor his wife, Carol Chu Lai-sin, was spotted in the hospital.

Filmmaker Steven Lo Kit-sing and model Jacqueline Chong Si-man were seen at the hospital but it is believed that they were not there to visit the actor.

Lau fell off a horse on Tuesday while shooting a commercial at Khao Lak city, which is three hours from Bangkok. The horse stepped on his waist, leaving him immobile with a fractured pelvis bone. He was sent to a local hospital for treatment before being rushed back to Hong Kong the following day.

Reporters flocked to the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center to wait for him, but the flight, which was supposed to arrive at around 10.30pm, was delayed for more than two hours.

It may take Lau around three months to recover from the pelvic bone fracture, which means he will have to give up plans to fly to Malaysia, his wife's hometown, for the Lunar New Year.

Lau used to take a holiday of two months at this time of the year to visit Chu's family.

In 2007, Lau jumped off a horse after failing to stop it when he was shooting The Warlords. He was nearly trampled upon by other horses from behind.

Lau is best known for being one of the so-called "four heavenly kings of Canto-pop," along with singers Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Leon Lai Ming and Aaron Kwok Fu-shing. His most recent movie is The Great Wall, directed by Zhang Yimou and co-starring Hollywood actors.