Among the films opening today at Hong Kong’s theaters is Pixar’s UP. While I was fortunate enough to catch this during it’s run in the US a few weeks back, I am excited to watch it again and the Cantonese dubbed version in particular to see veteran actor Michael Hui’s (許冠文) take on the lead character. (Don’t get me wrong I looooved Ed Asner and the nostalgic memories of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that came with his voice. I expect that for locals Michael Hui will likely have a similar feeling of remembrance.)
Also opening today is the new Hong Kong film Overheard (竊聽風雲). This film features three local heavy hitters in actors Lau Ching Wan (劉青雲), Louis Koo (古天樂), and Daniel Wu (吳彥祖). As Hong Kong films seem to get fewer and fewer cinematic releases each year, this latest addition might just be a breath of fresh air for local cinema…or it might just turn out to be a soggy pile of rotten ramen. I’m hoping for the former, but prepared for the later. I’ll be catching this with some of the crew from LoveHKFilm some time tonight and will be bringing in my verdict a bit later.
For those not in Hong Kong and having to wait for the DVD, you can get some of Felix Chong’s (莊文強) earlier works on DVD. Personal recommendations would be Dance of a Dream or Moonlight in Tokyo. (Both available through Netflix for those lucky enough to have access).
Despite all that is happening in the world today, one of the biggest stories to capture the local headlines in Hong Kong has been the controversial addition of young ‘models’ attempting to peddle their ‘wares’ at Hong Kong’s annual book fair.
Although a few industry pros are included in this mix, many of these young literary neophytes are non-professionals seeking to create a name for themselves through self publication (a task that is remarkably easy these days). What falls into question here, is the notion of whether or not these books (and the undue attention that the scantily clad images inside draw) should be on hand in the same classic works and contemporary literature that is typically the focus of such fairs. Another aspect is that these fairs tend to draw people of all ages, and as such some consider these materials to be inappropriate.
I myself am currently undecided on the issue. While I do understand the complaints of the Book Fair ‘purists’, I do admire the entrepreneurial attempts of the young women to try and make a name for themselves using the natural assets they are given.
Interestingly, I am reminded of some big gaming and tech expos a few years back, when ‘booth babes’ were starting to draw too much attention and companies started scaling things back a bit.
For some more background and discussion on this issue, you can direct your attention this video put together by the SCMP (South China Morning Post).
Welcome to Kong-Cast. Yeah, I know a hyphen in a URL is a pain the posterior, but with nearly every .com bought up and being sold for ridiculous amounts of money, a hyphen was the way to go. Maybe in the future I will get a hold of Kongcast.com, but I am not holding my breath.
This is a resurrection of sorts for me, since I used to host a Hong Kong Movies site called Cantonkid.com which I started back in 1999. I ran it for a few years after moving to Hong Kong in 2000. The long and short of it is, I lost the domain name when trying to do a transfer to a new ISP and never was able to get it back. That experience kinda killed my desire to webhost again until now.
Anyway, the web and the way things are done have certainly changed quite a bit since then, so I am having to learn whole new skill sets. And now there are so many sites around these days that focus on Hong Kong / Asian cinema and reviews, (and many of them doing it far better than I ever did) I hope for this site to be something a bit different. Ultimately, the plan for this site is to include multimedia and regional tidbits as well as discussions about cinema and popular culture. If that is something that interests you, I hope you will check in from time to time to see what’s what.
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