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.
May 25, 2000 |
Throughout more than 20 years and 40 films, Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan had a seemingly far-fetched dream: to make a Hollywood western. Now, with the release Friday of "Shanghai Noon," Chan's dream comes true. "The original idea was mine," says Chan by telephone from New York between rehearsals for his May 20 guest shot on "Saturday Night Live." "But no one would listen to me in Hong Kong because making an American movie is so expensive." But after proving his bankability in the U.S.
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.
August 2, 1998 |
"Beware!" Screaming from screens with silver are word droppings that you dare not to show to your skullholes. . . . --Headline of this story, if translated by a Hong Kong film studio For those watching foreign films, subtitles are generally a necessary evil, but if you happen to be a Hong Kong action buff, the captions on the bottom of the screen are nearly as entertaining as the action above.
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.
September 11, 1997 |
The Nuart's fifth annual "Festival Hong Kong" presents a week of double features old and new through Sept. 18. A number of the films have played Los Angeles previously, but, excepting the local Chinese-language theaters, they have had only limited exposure. Consequently, the festival gives fans of films from the former British Crown Colony a chance to catch up on a number of pictures they have either missed or would like to see again.