That was short and sweet. I guess no one loves me. Not even the jury duty system. After one day they tell me to go home and stay there and just when I had found a perfect place to take a nap in. I am used to getting that treatment from women but not from city hall! I actually did get as far as Jury Selection on one case but in a really weird creepy way it was a malpractice suit that very much mirrored some stuff that has been going on within my family so they let me go. But jury duty in Brooklyn isn't so bad any more. Soft seats as compared to the hard benches that made sleeping really difficult the last time there. Wide screen TV's showing the news all day (someone killed by an Amtrak train, a drunk school bus driver, a gunfight in a courtroom, freezing weather hitting Florida - all things that should have been avoided if Obama was only doing his job and making the world a perfect place!), but best of all they now provide Internet access! So I spent much of the day reading LoveHK Film's list of the top 50 Hong Kong films of this past decade. A very nice list indeed and I would say for the most part the films are all worthy of being seen and are a great starting (and maybe ending) point for people who want to catch up on what Hong Kong has been up to for these past ten years.
The list was comprised of some 150 people sending in their top 10 films and so it has a lot of variety and doesn't miss many of the true classics. I didn't send in mine actually because I felt I had seen so few films from the past three years that it would look kind of shakey, but after looking at the films chosen it seems clear most of the contributors stopped much of their Hong Kong viewing about the same time I did - or there just haven't been many good films recently. Of the 50 films it turned out I have seen 45 of them. So I will put together my list now. But before getting to that I wanted to mention a few films that didn't make it to the top 50 and at least in my opinion are more worthy than some that did (and some that to me don't really belong as they are really more Mainland or Taiwanese films).
A War Named Desire
From the Queen to the Chief Executive
Dog Bite Dog
So if you add these to the 50 films you really have a great list to get started. And I guess what is striking is that even in this down decade of Hong Kong film when production budgets have hit rock bottom and the number of films released has dropped considerably, Hong Kong is still making some remarkable films. Sometimes I need a reminder.
So this would be my Top 10 Hong Kong films of the Decade!
10. (tie) Just One Look and Dumplings
9. Spacked Out
8. Chinese Oddysey 2002
7. Infernal Affairs
6. From the Queen to the Chief Executive
5. In the Mood for Love
3. Running on Karma
1. Kung Fu Hustle