East Screen / West Screen #40 – Pigeon Fried Rice

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We have officially hit the one year mark with episode number 40.  With that in mind, I just want to give a big thank you to everyone who has visited and helped this site grow over the past year.  In particular I have to give huge thanks to Kevin for all the work and commentary he has put into the show.  I would also like to thank Ross Chen, Tim Youngs and William Chan for their participation as third chair hosts on various episodes over the past year.  And a special thanks to all those who have listened and commented over the past year.  Here is hoping Year 2 will be even better. 🙂

Today is Your Birthday by Dong Wenhua (iTunes link)

ES News:

  1. China confirms no rating system is the works (Hollywood Reporter)
  2. Satoshi Kon passes (Hollywood Reporter)

Dream is Collapsing by Hans Zimmer (iTunes Link)


  • Stool Pigeon [ 綫人 ] (Hong Kong 2010)

  • All About Love [ 得閒炒飯 ] (Hong Kong 2010)

  • Curse of the Deserted [ 荒村公寓 ] (Hong Kong 2010)

9 thoughts on “East Screen / West Screen #40 – Pigeon Fried Rice”

  1. Congratulations! I must have stumbled across the show during the notorious LoveHKFilm hiatus, which coincided with a desire to catch up on the HK cinema I’d missed in recent years. (and to broaden my horizons a bit beyond action movies)

    I tend to avoid podcasts for a variety of reasons: from monotonous hosts with voices better suited for Nyquil commercials to rabid fanboys that spend three hours bickering and trying to score geek points off each other.

    But Paul and Kevin bring a much needed dose of sanity, insight and professionalism to the proceedings, and I always look forward to each new episode. Keep up the good work.

    PS: So far I’ve tried out Accident, Gallants and Love in a Puff and thoroughly enjoyed all three.

    1. Thanks for the support Matt. Though as I edit these together I often find I can easily fall asleep at the sound of my own monotonous tones (like a few podcasters I know I really hate the way my voice sounds). But I do appreciate the compliments and have to through credit to Mr. Ma who keeps me on my toes factually. 🙂

      Gallants actually has me excited to go back and revisit many of Leung Siu Lung’s older films. I find that movies I really like tend to do that to me for some reason.

  2. Congrats on your one year anniversary, guys! Keep up the good work!
    And if you want an early review of Donnie Yen’s new movie “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen” this week, just gimme a shout and we can probably work out on a recording. After all, it is the week of the Toronto International Film Festival. I believe “Legend of the Fist” won’t be coming out in Hong Kong till Sept 23rd.

    Oh yeah…just read off the TIFF catalogue today. Dante Lam’s “Fire of Conscience” will be screening at the Midnite Madness event. Not that I’d watch it or anything, it’s already out on DVD and bluray. (The fact that I hated it doesn’t help matters much.) Biggest disappointment at the TIFF this year, no Johnnie To films for this year!!! What gives?!

  3. Here in the UK stool pigeon (or stoolie) is an all-purpose term for tale-telling and not only related to crime / the police

    As regards film ratings the top two categories (15 & 18) here are – obviously – age specific. I kinda like the fact that in Hong Kong it’s only the top rating that’s like this!

    Do you think IIB needs to be amended to an age category and if so what age do you think would be appropriate?

  4. And while we’re on the topic of “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen”, I came back from the movie last night and I’d have to say that I am slightly disappointed in this film. The sets and costume design looked great. I won’t deny that. But the film kinda goes flat and goes unsure of what it wants to be: a superhero flick or an espionage or Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor. It just didn’t felt very action packed for the mid-portion of the film and was deviating from the whole “Fist of Fury” theme. Shu Qi’s performance was very commendable and she did a very nice job in her role. Donnie’s just being Donnie. Anthony Wong was a joy to watch as always. Huang Bo is given the role of giving comedic relief.

    Also, I saw it at the Elgin Theatre last night. Andrew Lau attended the screening to say a few words (which I will upload on youtube later). There was no Q&A session and the film was presented in Mandarin. The on-screen text was all in simplified Chinese so I believe we were given the Mainland cut here. All in all, I feel like I’ve been ripped off compared to last year’s screening of Johnnie To’s “Vengeance”.

  5. My first time hearing the term stool pigeon was in environmental studies, when my professor talked about the extinction of the passenger pigeon in the US. They would attach a female pigeon (if I recall correctly) to a stool and use it as a decoy to lure other pigeons and the hunters would trap them with huge nets and kill them. Anyways, when you guys were commenting about how lackluster the films were this year, I couldn’t help, but think of how lackluster HK films were from 2005.

    Congrats on your one year anniversary, it’s been really enjoyable listening to you guys.

    1. Much thanks for your support Jen. I am really hoping that films will pick up in the later part of 2010. For some reason you story about the stool pigeon suddenly reminded me the scenes of the ghost in the bar trying to attract Kenny Bee from the old film Burning Sensation [火燭鬼] ha ha…need to go back and watch that one.

  6. Quick response to Gary:

    Filmmakers Q&A at film festivals are bonuses, not a requirement. There are so many film festivals around the world that filmmakers would never be able to make any movies if they need to show up at every single festival screening. Scheduling issues can also prevent any Q&A’s being held. Being able to see the film should be worth the price of admission.

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