East Screen West Screen #140 – Chinese New Year 2013

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Episode 140 of the East Screen West Screen podcast.  Talking films from Hong Kong to Hollywood and lots of stuff in between.

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It’s the Year of the Snake and Kevin and I slither through our thoughts of the three new Chinese films released for the lunar holiday. Up first is the third incarnation of the holiday franchise produced by TVB, I LOVE HONG KONG 2013 [2013我愛HK 恭囍發財]. Next we turn to the Happy Ghost himself (Raymond Wong) as he breaks from his traditional All’s Well, Ends Well franchise to bring us HOTEL DELUXE [百星酒店]. Finally, is the long awaited film from director Stephen Chow as he returns to the literary classic featuring the Monkey King with JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS [西遊.降魔篇].

From all of us at East Screen West Screen, we wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Snake.

Running Time (1:12:12)

 

JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS [西遊.降魔篇] I LOVE HONG KONG 2013 [2013我愛HK 恭囍發財]HOTEL DELUXE [百星酒店]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NEWS:

  • None this week (Happy Lunar New Year)

 

EAST SCREEN:

  • I LOVE HONG KONG 2013 [2013我愛HK 恭囍發財]

  •  HOTEL DELUXE [百星酒店]

  • JOURNEY TO THE WEST: CONQUERING THE DEMONS [西遊.降魔篇]

 

 

WEST SCREEN:

  • None this week

VIDEO PICK:

  • n/a

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3 comments for “East Screen West Screen #140 – Chinese New Year 2013

  1. tinlunlauNo Gravatar
    February 19, 2013 at 2:55 am

    Regarding Alvina Kong’s black face schtick, it was a character she would often play in a skits from “EYT (Enjoy Yourself Tonight)”. It’s not quite exactly black-face you’re seeing here either. She’s actually posing as a stereotypical Filipino maid. Just throwin’ the facts here!

    • FoxNo Gravatar
      February 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      Yes, I think it was quite clear it was ‘brown face’ and a domestic helper role that she was doing, but as a concept it just doesn’t play well and wasn’t funny at all. I think you can get humor from a domestic helper role without resorting to those out of date characterizations. I would point to the scene in Fat Choi Spirit as one example. There are a couple of Filipina actresses out there woking in local films that they could have called upon.

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