Filming for Jiang Wei's upcoming Chinese film "Let the Bullets Fly" in a town in Taishan, Guangdong, has raised the ire of its residents.
Residents complained that the film crews tore down a cement road often used for public leisure activities and covered it with a layer of red soil.
While they shot the film, residents were denied use of the road. Residents also had to walk around with mud-caked shoes after recent rains turned the soil-covered road into a muddy mess.
The locals also claimed that the noise and lighting from the crew's night shoots have disrupted their sleep.
When asked about the matter, the film's head publicist said he had heard about the residents' complaints but explained that work on the road was necessary for filming and that the layer of soil on the road was merely a temporary inconvenience.
"Director Jiang had fallen in love with the red soil of Yunnan when he was shooting 'The Sun Also Rises', so we brought in the soil and put it over the road. However, once filming concludes, we will remove all of it," he said.
While the locals claim the noise from the shoot is inconveniencing them, the noise from onlookers and the crowded surroundings have reportedly been a nuisance to the crew.
Scenes often had to be re-done multiple times because ringing cell phones, barking dogs, crying children and sometimes even noise from nearby mahjong sessions kept interrupting the shots.
Filming at the town will last for about a month.
"Let the Bullets Fly" features top stars like Chow Yun Fat, Carina Lau, Hu Jun, Chen Kun and Chinese comedian Ge You. It is slated for release in late 2010.