First, I think it is only fair to give Jacky Cheung's response to the growing furor around his and May Lo's treatment of their Filipino maids. He issued a statement that he doesn't treat them any worse than any of his friends and that it's only natural that he fires them from time to time. That certainly makes me feel better about him. Some other HK stars who also have maids at their beck and call are telling the press that the maids that work for them are just like family - who just have to work 75 hours a week.
I finally went off to see the Hong Kong Walk of Stars yesterday. The excitement almost killed me. I am not sure exactly what I was expecting, but somehow more than a statue of Bruce Lee and a lot of hand prints. Basically it struck me as a way of forcing people to go through a luxury mall to get there. Let's face it, most hand prints in cement look an awful lot alike and after seeing 20-30 of them they tend to blend together - now was that Josephine Siao or Michelle Yeoh who had the really hot hand print? At any rate, I did take pictures of many of them and will put them up one of these days for any hand fetishists out there. One would have thought the least they could do to jazz it up a bit and not make it a carbon copy of Hollywood would be to inlay a picture of the star with a little biography. Anyway, if ever you have to chose between going to the Walk of Stars or having a cold beer, I recommend the beer.
Over the next few weeks I am hoping to see a bunch of films - mainly at Pusan - though I admit their line-up doesn't strike me as all that strong and many of the films I wanted to see seem to have no English sub-titles - but I don't have the brain capacity to write lengthy reviews on each of them. So I am instead going to put out instant noodle reviews - quick and hopefully just filling enough.
Now I had planned to see Lust, Caution tonight and write one on that - but then I realized that it is opening in the states and there really wasn't much point in me throwing down my few cents when you have legit critics writing about it - but then after a friend at lunch told me today that Tony Leung's testicles make a guest appearance in the film I decided I would just skip it all together. I really don't want to see them on a gigantic screen swinging back and forth like a wrecking ball and making my head jerk back each time - I could end up with whiplash. Why Tony decided that after 25 years in the business he needed to display them to world is something I really would like to know. I certainly could have gone the rest of my life without seeing them and in fact may do so. And as far as I know these are not stunt balls - in fact Ang Lee has made a big deal out of hinting that the couple are really having sex on the screen. I bet that makes Carina Lau really happy. I did though read the short story (not all that short at 50 pages) by the great Eileen Chang and highly recommend it - wonderfully written with lovely detailed descriptions of Shanghai life among the elite back in the 30's - and nary a mention of testicles.
Next up will be two short reviews of The Sun Also Rises and the surprisingly good The Detective.