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echoes of the rainbow – watch it!

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one of my favorite hk movie directors are  director duo alex law( 羅啟銳) and mabel cheung(張婉婷)

they make such beautiful movies that even for someone like me – who enjoys writing fail to words to describe the artistic value to their movies.

since words fail me, i found some old videos of some of my favorite movies by them. if you want an insight into the hk film industry, you MUST watch them. YOU MUST!!!

an autumn’s tale – 1987. chow yuen fatt was just amazing this film.

soong sisters – 1995- watched it with dad when i took a sudden interest into chinese history. i still don’t understand why this movie was a flop. the humanity value in this movie is just so rich.

city of glass – 1998. oh my god, till today this movie chokes me up. the characters are so rich and beautiful. the soundtrack and cinematography are breathtaking. i remember watching this and wanting a great love story just like this.

it’s been many years since i have heard about this duo but they are back again with a new movie -echoes of the rainbow. YAY!!!!

i can’t wait to watch it at the cinema. i hope you do too. there aren’t many good movies in hong kong anymore – but this duo is one that never lets adversities and hard times stand in their way. look at all of their movies, you can tell that they really invest not just money but their hearts, their lives’ lessons into them.please help by encouraging them so that they will continue to mesmerize us with their movies. i invite you to come along and watch this with me.

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Romancing HK

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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.

Written by smalltroubleinhk

March 7, 2010 at 5:11 am

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