Typically each week I am fortunate enough to participate in what we call ‘movie night’ here in Hong Kong. It was kinda started when Kozo from LHKF moved to Hong Kong and we initially started heading out to watch Hong Kong movies together. Over time more people came into the fold (including some Golden Rock kid ;-p) and now in any given week we can have upwards of 7+ people heading out for a meal, movie and an after-movie dessert and discussion. With the decline of interest in local films, it is not uncommon for our group to be the only ones in a cinema, even on an opening night (which are on Thursdays in Hong Kong).
Now understanding that Hong Kong is fairly small place, it is not unusual to run into a celebrity just going about their daily business. But it is rather unusual to run into a celebrity watching a Hong Kong movie (unless it is at a premiere or festival). Nonetheless, this past Thursday as our group was waiting in the lobby to watch Kung Fu Chef (at the Golden Harvest cinema in Mongkok) who should we see waiting there as well, but none other than Ms. Helena Law Lan (羅蘭). Aside from her own small group, our group of 7 were the only ones waiting to see the movie and she pleasantly struck up a conversation with us. Like us, she was there to see Kung Fu Chefs (功夫廚神) and she had stated she was there in support of Sammo and his new film. I was somewhat star struck and actually forgot how to speak the little bit of Cantonese that I know, for here was an actress who has been (and continues still) working in the industry since the 1940s. She even made a point to say goodbye to us at the end of the movie. It is moments and memories like this that make me truly love living in this city.