Monday, December 07, 2009
Just YouTubing Today
First up is Shanghai Blues, easily one of my top five HK films. Without context these two clips won't mean much but first up is this tiny little montage that Tsui Hark pulls out of his hat that has a perfect emotional resonance of war, remembrance, loss, hope, despair and peace - all in Tsui shorthand to the tune of Shanghai Blues. I basically went to the HKIFF earlier this year just to see this film on the big screen. I will put Sally Yeh's version at the end of the post.
Again without context the finale of Shanghai Blues won't mean much but it is a classic run for the train scene as the girl you love goes away thinking you don't love her- we have all been there - with Kenny Bee, Sylvia Chang, Sally Yeh, Loletta Lee and Woo Fung all making an appearance. Oh, and to make it really special it is in French!
Brigitte Lin in Swordsman II is breathtaking - probably her most iconic and memorable role as a man turning into a woman falling in love when she isn't destroying the world. This musical montage is all Brigitte.
Just a Peking Opera Blues trailer. The best film from Hong Kong and maybe anywhere. It always makes me smile to watch this.
And finally another one of my favorite films that I feel the need to see every year, Chungking Express. I am not sure who put these musical montages together but they did a terrific job. The first is to the tune of Be My Baby by the Ronettes and the second to U2's Where the Streets Have No Name.
And as promised, Sally singing Shanghai Blues from her movie themed CD - of which I will get more up at some point. Btw - Peking Opera Blues above is also Sally singing.
Posted by Brian at 5:48 PM