How Joey Yung protected production crew from hostile stray dogs at MV shoot

4 October 2013 / 3 years 3 weeks ago

These days, filming music videos can be tough work.

Joey Yung should know.

The 33-year-old Hong Kong Cantopop queen, who released her new studio album Little Day a couple of months ago, reportedly came face-to-face with 10 fearsome stray dogs during the shoot of the video for the album's title track.

In an e-mail interview with The New Paper to promote the Singapore telecast of her MOOV Live concert in Guangzhou, China, she recalled the harrowing experience vividly.

"We shot the video in an abandoned carpark in Taiwan. It was so dark we couldn't see things clearly," said Yung, best known for her karaoke-friendly ballads My Pride, Avoid You and Painful Love.

"All of a sudden, we heard dogs barking loudly in front of us."

Though terrified, she said she tried to contain her fear.

"It so happened that the crew that day was made up entirely of women. My mum was there too," she explained.

"For some strange reason, the masculine side of me came out. I immediately took out my mobile phone to shine a light on the dogs.

"I managed to stay calm throughout, but deep down, I was kind of worried that they would pounce on us."

Thankfully, the dogs left the people alone and everyone escaped unscathed.

This is certainly a different side of the singer whose latest album aims to "show everyone the real Joey behind all the glitz and glamour".

Yung said: "Whether it's the music arrangement or it's my image in the album's promotional pictures, you'll notice that I'm more feminine and gentle.

"I hope to show a personal side of myself away from work."

She added: "When you listen to the songs in Little Day, it should feel like I'm sharing my feelings and thoughts with all of you."

Fans can catch live renditions of several new songs from Little Day in her concert, MOOV Live 2013 - Joey Yung, which will be available on Now TV On Demand (StarHub TV Ch 837) from Oct 6 onwards.

MOOV is Hong Kong's leading music subscription service.

Known for her soaring soprano vocals, Yung shared a trick on how to sing better live.

"Besides watching the performances of others, I think it's very important to watch video recordings of your own live concerts," she said.

"There have been occasions when I felt I did well during a gig, but after catching the video, I discovered areas I can still work on."

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