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Movie Thursday

Pixar's 'Up'


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.)



'Overheard' (竊聽風雲)


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.


You can view the trailer here :

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).

Book un-Fair?

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).