KPD jail doubles as set for movie

Hollywood, Chinese-style, has come to Kingman.

A Las Vegas film crew was at the Kingman Police Department Monday and today, filming scenes at the department's two small holding cells for "Second Time Around," a new movie due out by the end of July, Gordon Kee, the film's line producer said.

The romantic comedy, written and directed by Jeff Lau, is about two card dealers from a Los Angeles gambling club who take their winnings to Las Vegas to double it over the Christmas weekend only to lose it all.

Obtaining magical gems, the two main characters, played by Hong Kong actors Ekin Cheng and Jonathan Quan, go back in time a week to win back their fortune.

The small jail cells at KPD were a stand-in for a Las Vegas jail where the company has been filming since March, Kee said.

Cheng is considered one of Hong Kong's biggest actors and recording stars, starring in movies like "The Stormriders" and with several hit albums.

Quan was the little boy who starred along with Harrison Ford in the second of the Indiana Jones' trilogy, "The Temple of Doom."

"Second Time Around" also stars Cecilia Cheung.

Cheung has starred in numerous movies in Hong Kong and is also a Hong Kong recording artist.

The movie is filmed mostly in Chinese with English subtitles and will open in Hong Kong and possibly on the West Coast.

It will also be distributed in this country on video, Kee said.

Lau has directed numerous movies like "92 Legendary Rose Noir," which won a number of award nominations from film festivals in Sweden, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Kee has produced 65 movies, including "Jewel of the Nile," "Love Story" and "What's Up Doc?" and has worked with actors like Gene Hackman to Barbara Streisand.

"We were looking for a two holding cells but couldn't find any in Las Vegas that we wanted," Kee said.

"Someone mentioned Kingman, so we looked at it."

Despite the constant roar of freight trains behind the police department interrupting filming about every 15 minutes, KPD's two holding cells were the perfect setting for the new movie, Kee said.

The movie, with mostly Chinese actors, used several off-duty Kingman police officers, wearing Las Vegas Metropolitan police uniforms, playing extras in the movie.

One KPD deputy, Ken Upton, did have several speaking lines in the movie.