Saturday, January 20, 2007
Back to more pictures
Hong Kong film has been dominated by a few male stars for nearly fifteen years and there is no sign that this will change any time soon. This is partly because they have so much appeal, partly because they actually seem to be getting better with age and partly because no one has come on the scene that can remotely challenge them. This last reason is a bit problematic for an industry that has been going through some down times for a while and could use some new fresh charismatic men. But instead you basically get a bunch of kids who huff and puff and then vanish like smoke in the wind. But these three always come though - Andy Lau, Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Stephen Chow. My guess is that if you added up the box office of their films over the past five years it would be a huge percentage of the overall tickets sold. All three of them started back in the 1980's learning their trade at TVB - and by the 90's had become film stars (though oddly Stephen began as a dramatic actor until someone noticed that he was pretty funny!). It's amusing looking at some early photos of Andy and Tony - I am not sure if its virgin blood, just maturing or help at the doctors - but they sure look much better now. It is like they are in some creepy Vincent Price movie.
Here are 10 pictures of each - and then 10 pictures of someone I wish was still with us today - as is the case of the lady on his arm in the first photo.
Posted by Brian at 1:33 AM