May 4, 2001 |
Hong Kong, a region with a population of a mere 6.7 million, has produced one of the world's most influential film industries, especially when it comes to action. And much credit for that kinetic genre, the Hong Kong action film, goes to one man: Tsui Hark. Over the last two decades, he has directed or produced 50 feature films, including some of the classics of the genre. For a while, he exhibited the Midas touch: Everything with which he was involved turned to box-office gold.
March 21, 1999 |
At the old Kai Tak International Airport here, speeding sports cars bear down on four teenagers standing at one end of the broad concrete runway that juts into Victoria Harbor. One teen, Nicholas Tse, flashes a defiant, fearless sneer at the approaching Ferraris, which brake to a stop just short of the unflinching youths. Hong Kong's movie studios, desperate to find a new star to save their struggling industry, are hoping audiences will come to know and love that sneer.
April 16, 1998 |
Maggie Cheung has tried her hand--or should that be feet?--at on-screen martial arts. But the Hong Kong actress has never quite developed the proficiency for round-house kicks and temple chops that has made her industry colleague, Michelle Yeoh, into an international star. "I tried to do kung fu, but I'm not very good," Cheung says, almost apologizing.
June 16, 1997 |
Sunday's Calendar reported on how Hong Kong actors and directors view their career opportunities after the hand-over. Today, a visit to the location of a film being made about the historic event. * The taxi driver balks when I ask to go to Central--Wayne Wang's latest film, "Chinese Box," is shooting near the Central Market, and to get there we have to pass through downtown Hong Kong.
January 14, 1997 |
When director Peter Chan heard about Walt Disney Co.'s recent tussle with China over a film on the exiled Dalai Lama, he was hardly surprised. After all, in recent months Hong Kong's leading movie makers--who led the charge into mainland China--have quietly suffered far greater censorship by Beijing officials, including having their films banned, slashed and sanitized.
February 25, 1996 |
Jackie Chan is plotting his escape from this interview. The room is essentially empty, save for two chairs, one lined up behind the other; Chan sits backward in his chair, facing his inquisitor in the other chair. He sizes up the situation. "I'm handcuffed, and you're the bad guy, just sitting there," Chan says--hypothetically, of course. "I'm sitting here," he continues, rocking his chair playfully, an impish expression on his face. "And you're reading a newspaper, and then I get up."