my love affair with hk started when i was old enough to watch TV. it is possible i have watched ever movie made between 1983 – 90s.if you ask many asians around my age hk movies were an induction platform to the city.
it is not rare that till today when i tell people i live in hk, they tell me -i love chow yuen fatt or jackie chan or wong kar wai. that was how my love for HK started. if we really think about it, the movie industy was possibly the most valuable commodity the city has and it is what gives hk its flavor and essence.
i am sad to see the state of the hk movie industry today. whilst i think that there are great movies from time to time, i am surprise that not more is done to promote it. recent great movies like my name is fame by lau ching wan( which coincidentally talks about the declining state of the hk movie industry) and bodyguards & assassins with donnie yen were shown at cinemas for only a very short period of time. worse still, there aren’t even any great publicity stunts before the movies go on when lau ching wan actually and finally clinched the title of best actor at the hk movie award.
movies do not make as much as they used to due to piracy and shrinking overseas market but it’s sad to see not more innovation is poured into finding different ways to monetize the project because believe or not i still think that people will pay for good entertainment.
the great depression has really changed the landscape of entertainment in the u.s. – good things. i can’t tell you how much i have enjoyed recent movies like up in the air, julie & julia, avatar and amelia – i recognize the amount of heart placed into making the movies.
the unique hk identity is vanishing rapidly and with the motherland’s power growing by the day, it would be sad to see HK lose its most valuable asset – the familiarization of hk via entertainment and not just as the financial hub of asia.hk for many foreigners behold a sense of magical nostalgia because people want to come here to see what they have seen in the movie. korea since the 1990s have been focusing on that and look at it today – every young girl I know wants a date with Rain.
i hope to see a revival to the movie industry but we definitely need young good entertainers and not people who just want to be famous.
my husband and i recently used the old hk as inspiration of for our photos. i really love them because hk has such beautiful texture.