Following a dream…

This was posted on Kozo’s blog over at LHKF since it features his website in two points of the segment, but I thought I would post it here as well, since Nick’s story mirrors my own so closely (right down to the tiny apartment I was initially living in back in 2000…though mine was about 70sq ft.)

What I find striking is the ability for Hong Kong films to still have a very strong ‘pull factor’ as a cultural property for foreigners, whereas many of my local friends (and even my significant better half) feel next to no connection to their home cinema these days.

While the industry remains very a very closed clique to all but the most dilligent, one can look to people such as Gregory Rivers (河國榮) and a few select others who managed to work their way in.  Best of luck to you Nick.

(For the non-fluent, the Chinese sections just discuss Nick’s passion for film and his diligence in finding famous movie locations as well as learning Chinese (Cantonese).)

East Screen / West Screen #3

When your poster has painted in things that are not in the movie, that spells trouble.
When your poster has painted in things that are not in the movie, that spells trouble.
My hair is a cyborg, but that's ok.
My hair is a cyborg, but that's ok.
Hey, was I even in this movie?
Hey, was I even in this movie?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week Kevin and I talk about Stephy, swine flu, and sci-fi in Asia.  We also cover;

  • Kung Fu Cyborg: Metallic Attraction (Hong Kong / China 2009)
  • Inglorious Basterds (USA 2009)
  • G-Force (USA 2009)
  • The Host (Korea 2006)
  • 2009: Lost Memories (Korea 2002)

(Running time – 01:02:05)

Farewell Shing Fui-On

ShingFuiOn

Character actor Shing Fui-On passed away last night of cancer.  Though his experience in acting is quite extensive, if you spent any time watching late 80’s and 90’s Hong Kong cinema as I did, you would come to recognize this unique actor, who typically played the antagonist against ‘prettier’ HK boys like Chow Yun-Fat and Andy Lau.  While he was well known for taking up villainous roles, I always got a kick out of seeing him do comedies and felt he was really under-utilized in that genre.

A full article can be found here:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-08/28/content_11956514.htm