Wednesday, March 03, 2010

8 from Gigi Leung

I've been scanning all the photos that I picked up at the Hong Kong Photo Shop way back in March 2009 over these past few days. I'll put them up along with film reviews over time, but meanwhile I thought I'd put up a few of Gigi Leung. Funny, I was never really a fan of hers when she was at her peak of popularity in the mid-90's with those 100% films, but with time things grow on you and with me it sort of turned with her role in A War Named Desire. Terrific film and she was great in it. Looking back I think she represented to me the beginning of the "Idolization" of Hong Kong film - a trend that took off in the 90's with the marketing and packaging of young fluffy fresh faced idols into all aspects of the entertainment world - most of them so lacking in actual ability that the first strong wind blew them away never to be heard of again. But compared to many of those that came after her, Gigi is a heavyweight and has been able to stick around for fifteen years now. She hasn't been in many films for the past few years due to taking care of her brother, but that along with a lot of charity work just speaks good of her. Like many of the Hong Kong singers, Gigi has had to sing in both Cantonese and Mandarin to reach a larger market. Down below are three selections from her Mandarin CD Love Songs for Myself (2006).























14 comments:

duriandave said...

That first pic is really cute!

Glenn, kenixfan said...

That's so weird you mentioned that film because after the ordeal of Chinese Orthopedist, I wanted to watch something for pleasure and it was War Named Desire. I told someone that that was the first film where I actually really liked Sam Lee and Gigi Leung. Now should I watch Wonder Women or just leave it on the shelf for another 3 years?

Brian said...

DD - yup, I think of that as her Hello Kitty look - cute like a stuffed toy.

GK - I think you may need more than WND to wash out that taste - try a couple slugs of your favorite poison from your local bartender.

Steve said...

It's been a while, but I remember Wonder Women being overall disappointing, even thought it had some good scenes and Fiona Sit, my favorite HK actress of the current crop.

I like Gigi's singing, but haven't warmed to her much otherwise.

Brian said...

Was Wonder Women that Tsui Hark film or am I getting confused? If so, I thought it was suppose to be awful so I never picked it up. I don't think I have seen Fiona in anything since 2 Young where she was amazing for such a young actress - what else would you recommend of hers. With Gigi I feel like I should go back and rewatch some of her early films and give her another chance. Or maybe not.

Kingwho? said...

I have always enjoyed Gigi Leung. She has a playful and sweet presence and a wonderful smile. There is a nice interview with her in the old HK movie book Cine East, accompanied by a few photos. Unfortunately they are black and white, but that smile of hers......

Wonder Woman was from 2007. It was directed by Barbara Wong. I have the dvd collecting dust, but on Steves poor recommendation, it will continue to collect dust.

Eric said...

Great collection

Brian said...

Ah Barbara Wong. She really hasn't done much worthy since Truth or Dare has she? I just looked it up - Tsui did "All About Women" which I haven't heard many positive comments about.

Glenn, kenixfan said...

Brian you might like All About Women. Or at least parts of it. It's got some screwball comedy elements and it is briefly fun to see Zhou Xun do comedy.

Overall, I didn't like it very much apart from that. And Kitty Zhang is hot -- I think she was in CJ7 and has got quite a few fans.

YTSL said...

Hi Brian --

When I saw that title, I thought OMG, he's watched and is reviewing 8 Gigi Leung movies???!!! And even while this is not the case, it's still shocking -- but pleasantly so -- that you now see the charm of Gigi (and maybe Hello Kitty too?)... :)

For all this though: avoid Barbara Chun's "Wonder Women" PLEASE. And I know I'm spoiling things but -- Gigi getting raped by George Lam is NOT something that one wants to see. :(((((

Steve said...

Barbara Wong, while a fine actress, is to me a one-hit wonder as a director: Women's Private Parts was very good, the rest of her's I've seen, not so much.

I think 2 Young is the best Fiona has done, though Love Undercover 3* was OK-good IIRC. Generally she's the best thing about the movie she's in. I've not seen her Embrace Your Shadow and Pandora's Booth.

* I think this series is mildly unappreciated. Worth a try if you're open to various kinds of comedies.

Brian said...

YTSL - 8 films from Gigi. And live to tell the tale? She is quite cute but she is no Pauline Chan! The only 2 films I have that are unseen with Gigi in it are Roots and Branches and Afraid of Nothing; The Jobless King. I am not exactly racing to see either but I guess I will have to. And you know how I feel about George Lam even under normal circumstances! He should stick to shoplifting.

fishcado said...

Gigi was very huge in the early 90s. I think her first film was Mack the Knife. She was liked because of her youthful looks and she was a bit silly. I knew a HK guy who was infatuated with her. It was pretty funny. She's still great but as with many HK stars, they're thrown to the side of the road when they're no longer needed in films despite their popularity with the fans.

Brian said...

FC - ya, she must be in her mid-30's now and in HK that is generally a death notice for acting if you are female. And even in the best of circumstances for her, these days there seem to be very few good roles for women and most of those seem to go to young Mainland actresses. I always get on this point of where and when are he next big actresses going to come from and make a real impact. The last one that comes to mind is Cecilia Cheung and well we know where that went. But even that was 10 years ago.