Trouble in Hong Kong…

an outsider's perspective of hong kong

my name is fame

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for someone who grew up on a diet of hong kong films, i am terribly disappointed at the state of the industry today. the way it looks to me right now, it’s like as though the industry cares too much about making movies that are for everyone. back then, the industry didn’t care. it made movies based on hk’s unique identity. if you wanted to understand it, you better be well versed with cantonese jokes.

one of the best hong kong films in recent years in my opinion was my name is fame.coincidentally this was also the film that landed lau ching wan(刘青云) the best actor award at the 2007 hong kong film festival award – finally!!! the award show has eluded him all these years although i honestly think he is one of the industry’s best.

i don’t understand why this movie did not receive the type of attention it deserved.

the movie talks about ah fai, an actor who loved his craft so much to the point that he could not stand the type mediocrity he has to tolerate. he couldn’t tolerate actors who can’t act, directors who can’t direct. he complains, whines and makes life very difficult for them till the point nobody wanted to use him anymore.

it feels a lot like the real world isn’t it. nobody tells the truth anymore. the only recent time someone challenged the status quo was general mcchrystal

and we all know what happened to the outspoken general – dismissed.

anyways, if you ever had the chance to watch my name is fame – you really should watch it. it pokes fun of the status quo, pokes fun of the ridiculous mediocrity we have to tolerate and i hope it’s high time that hong kong thinks about making movies that are about hong kong. f*** what everyone thinks. you get nowhere when you are running with your head turn backwards.

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Written by smalltroubleinhk

August 3, 2010 at 4:53 am

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