Thursday, February 05, 2009

A few more Pictures

Just have time to throw up a few more actors today before I rush out into the cold to look for the Criterion version of Chungking Express - more to come very soon. Gong Li - sexiest voice in cinema, Grace Yip - she came and went in the blink of an eye, Hsu Chi (I am I believe the last hold out to spell her name the old HK way) is back with a couple of films I understand and is I am sure as beautiful as ever, good old Jackie Chan - I keep meaning to go back and re-watch his movies from the 80's when he constantly amazed, Jacky Cheung who really came of age as an actor when he got older and toned down a bit and finally Joan Tong who I am sure no one knows, but she was a cutie actress in the 80's/early 90's when she appeared in comedies like Pantyhose Hero, Ghost in the House, Crazy Companies and Return of the Lucky Stars.

Gong Li (18 picts) - 1, 2

Grace Yip (10 picts)

Hsu Chi (60 picts) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Jacky Chan (63 picts) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Jacky Cheung (25 picts) - 1, 2

Joan Tong (5 picts)


Anonymous said...

yes, we dont see that spelling anymore, but let me thank you for continuing to use it, it reminds us of the industry that got most of us hook on asian cinema in the first place

sometimes i wonder if future generations will regard hong kong cinema as a separate and distinct world or if it will become a blip in the history of the more encompassing "chinese" cinema

talking to my cousins in hong kong, it almost feels like i am more passionate about their cinema than they, it is almost like they are indifferent to their industry, that as long as there are good movies to watch (from anywhere), they'll be satisfy,

perhaps they are just isolated cases, or perhaps they are just more practical, as i'm sure most hong kong people are,
after all, why waste energy lamenting the loss of cantonese language when everyone will be speaking mandarin in a few decades...

Brian said...

I tend to think you are right - that over the next 10-15 years HK film as we know and love it will disappear or rather not be distinguishable from Chinese film. The writing is on the wall as are the economic realities. I expect though that language wise two versions will still exist side by side but in a generation or two that may not be the case either.

I think the fact that the dvd releases of both Cathay and the Shaw Bros. did so poorly that they had to stop releasing other films says a lot about how HK views movies and especially their movie past. It is really sad that these films weren't embraced by the younger generations. Because of their failure it also probably means that so many other older films - Cantonese ones esp. will never get a dvd release.

Thanks for the thoughtful response.