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  1. Kung Fu Hustle is a big deal for the Hong Kong Cinema fan. Putting aside its enormous financial success ($50 million US worldwide and counting) and its home video marketing blitz, Kung Fu Hustle achieves ultra-HK Cinema coolness thanks to its self-referential, intertwined web of Hong Kong Cinema references and Stephen Chow connections. Ng Man-Tat, Stephen Chow's most ubiquitous screen buddy, is nowhere to be seen, and Chow's famed "mo lei tau" verbal nonsense is all but nonexistent, but Kung Fu Hustle has Hong Kong Cinema goodness in spades. Even the most initiated fans probably can't parse all the movie references, old-school kung-fu faces, and interconnected film production ties - and... [read more]
  2. Chow Yun Fat - All Smiles
    Written By James Mudge
    As one of the few Hong Kong stars recognized and respected around the world, Chow Yun Fat is remarkable in that unlike Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, or Jet Li, he has achieved this status not through martial arts skills, but through charm and charisma. His current popularity, which has seen him feature in the likes of Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower and the Hollywood blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean 3, is the result of a career spanning more than thirty years, during which he has won numerous accolades and topped the box office on countless occasions, starring in several key classics of Hong Kong cinema. A surprisingly tall, handsome man whose intensity is somehow complimented by the... [read more]
  3. After watching a Wong Kar Wai film, you get the feeling you don't quite know what you've watched but you do know it's something you haven't seen before. Love him or hate him, his style is definitely his own and as a result, he has and continues to influence and impress the international film community much to the delight of both his loyal fans and those new to his films. Wong graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic school in 1980 and his directorial debut came in 1988 with As Tears Go By which screened at Cannes the following year. He continued to make his mark in the festival with his films Happy Together (1997), winning him a Best Director Award, and In the Mood for Love (2000) for which... [read more]
  4. A Fan Boy's Ramble on Kill Bill
    Written By Phil Chau
    Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 are quintessentially a window into the inner workings of writer and director Quentin Tarantino, borrowing heavily from Asian filmmaking, Hong Kong Kung fu and Japanese swordplay. The first volume is an adrenaline-pumping hack and slash gore-fest which takes the best elements of the chop-socky kung fu movie and throws an awesome samurai sword and hundreds of henchmen into the mix. The second volume steps back a bit, slows down and paces out the movie, subtly, like a true samurai movie, where the enemies are dispatched with a series of blows but the spraying blood is noticeably absent. Let's take a look at what makes this movie great. Explanation of Wuxia "Wuxia" is... [read more]
  5. The Underworld of Triads
    Written By YesAsia Team
    Definition of Jiang Hu While almost everyone in Hong Kong knows what it implies, few are able to define it with clarity. With the two Chinese words literally translating as "rivers" and "lakes", Jiang Hu has evolved to denote the concept of triad culture including notions of justice, loyalty and modern-day chivalry. With endless tales of struggle between cops and gangsters, brotherhood and betrayal, glory and dishonor, the triad genre is among the most popular features of Hong Kong cinema. Blending realistic storylines with breathtaking actions, these eight revolutionary triad movies have inspired, entranced, and educated viewers on traditions of brotherhood and introduced the obscure... [read more]
  6. Battles, Brotherhood, Betrayal, Bloodbaths, Bullets, and Bad-Boy Look - these six images undoubtedly bring to mind the masterpiece A Better Tomorrow, the film that launched the career of Chow Yun Fat and catapulted John Woo into international spotlight. One of the top Hong Kong cross-breed movies that forged the specific triad based action film generation, A Better Tomorrow was named film of the year at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 1986. A hit at the box office as well as the critics, it has brought honor and esteem to the triad and martial arts genres by paving a totally new and successful artistic style. While Ti Lung was crowned as Actor King at the Golden Horse Awards for his... [read more]
  7. Wilson Yip - Master of Genre Films
    Written By John Snadden
    In the late 1990s, Chinese director Wilson Yip Wai-Shun could do no wrong; his ability to breathe life into genre films was second-to-none. There's almost a seamless feel to many of his best movies. He is a prolific director, writer and occasional actor and a contemporary (and sometimes collaborator) of Hong Kong filmmakers such as Fruit Chan (Little Cheung), Barbara Wong (Women's Private Parts) and Andrew Lau (The Storm Riders). As a director, in less than five years his career had moved from the making of low budget exploitation flicks to high budget "event" movies. Unfortunately, the latter hasn't been as successful or as satisfying as his earlier more personal films. Wilson Yip's love... [read more]
  8. The Pang Brothers: Twin Talents
    Written By Jason Dow
    Within the last decade there has been an obvious shift within the hallmarks of not only Thai cinema but within Asian cinema. Thailand has entered a new era of filmmaking, and like South Korea not long ago, Thailand has developed into a national cinema that is steadily increasing in domestic film quality. Many factors that have led to the maturing of this national cinema, but much of the credit must go to the contribution of the auteurs that have garnered Thailand with international success: the Pang brothers. Danny and Oxide Pang are twin brothers, born in Hong Kong (Oxide being a fraction older). They began work in advertising before moving to Thailand to pursue their filmmaking careers.... [read more]
  9. Christmas 2004 will be a special time for Hong Kong Cinema fans, because arguably the greatest Hong Kong film star of the 1990s, Stephen Chow, will be unveiling his latest film, Kung Fu Hustle. Written by, directed by, and starring Stephen Chow, Kung Fu Hustle is the award-winning filmmaker's first film since Shaolin Soccer in 2001, and easily qualifies as his most globally anticipated film ever. Yet for such a high-profile Asian superstar, Chow has only recently received international notice. Stephen Chow first made his mark on television during the 1980s, co-hosting popular children's television show 430 Space Shuttle with Tony Leung Chiu Wai. After paying his dues with the TVB acting... [read more]
  10. Andy Lau - The Face Of Hong Kong
    Written By Alison Jobling
    Andy Lau Tak Wah is something of an icon in Hong Kong. He's appeared in more than one hundred films, and several TV series. He's one of the "Four Heavenly Kings" of Cantopop. He's the pitch man for a variety of consumer goods. He has appeared in several public service advertisements. Everywhere you go in Hong Kong, you'll see his face: in DVD shops, music stores, on billboards and on television. And it's a very recognisable face: aquiline nose, high cheekbones, a jawline so sharp you could shave with it. Lau was born on September 27th 1961. On finishing school he enrolled in the TVB acting academy, where he learnt acting and martial arts. His first movie role was in Ann Hui's gruelling... [read more]
  11. Johnnie To - Sifu of Style
    Written By Alison Jobling
    Johnnie To is undoubtedly one of the leading film-makers of our time. Like Korean director Park Chan Wook and Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, he is changing the face of cinema, and bringing Asian films to the attention of movie-goers and film critics worldwide. If you're interested in the finest films the world has to offer, you will have many Johnnie To films on your list. From the quintessential 'men with guns' film A Hero Never Dies, to the office romance of Needing You, to the moody and thought-provoking Running On Karma or Throw Down, to all the rest of the impressive To catalogue, you'll be kept busy keeping up with this man's work. To began his career working in television, with... [read more]
  12. Otomo Katsuhiro is one of the true auteurs of Japanese anime and manga. Most widely known for the anime Akira, Otomo merged his preoccupations with the dangers of emergent technologies into a detailed future landscape that recalled Blade Runner with its neon and decaying city environments and featuring jaw-dropping action and on a scale only animation could handle. Akira proved to be a truly defining moment in anime that displayed a complexity and maturity of themes that could not be ignored. With an incredible eye for detail, lush visuals and ultra-action, the appearance of a new feature by Otomo Katsuhiro is an event that invariably sets a new benchmark in animation. Otomo was born in... [read more]
  13. "Welcome to Hong Kong: Asia's World City!" The bright lights, the beautifully designed architecture one can view from the Victoria Harbor, it all signals prosperity in a city that grew from a small village to one of the most developed cities in the world. However, beneath the surface, there is a Hong Kong that does not fit this picture-perfect society depicted on posters promoting tourism. Like every city in the world, there are parts of the city that is ignored and its inhabitants forgotten. Chan Gor, or Fruit Chan, has been working in the industry as an assistant director for years and directed one feature, Finale In Blood (1991), before making a sleeper hit on a shoestring budget and... [read more]
  14. Zhang Yimou - From Arthouse To Full House
    Written By Alison Jobling
    Zhang Yimou makes exceptional films in genres to suit almost any taste. Like historical tragedy? There's not much better than Zhang's lush film Raise The Red Lantern. Enjoy a gentle romance from a rural Chinese village? Zhang's The Road Home is guaranteed to make even the hardest heart melt. Like martial arts and wuxia? Then you must see Hero and House Of Flying Daggers. You can't escape Zhang's films, not if you like watching the best. Zhang Yimou is one of mainland China's most highly-esteemed directors. He has a reputation for producing work of the highest quality, whether the film is historical arthouse, such as the lush Raise The Red Lantern, modern rural drama, such as the touching... [read more]
  15. Jackie Chan - Man of Action
    Written By Alison Jobling
    Jackie Chan is probably Hong Kong's most famous son. Asian film fans often started their journey with some of his films, while even those who've never considered watching subtitled films know him from Hollywood blockbusters like Rush-Hour, Shanghai Noon and Around The World In 80 Days. It's the first question an Asian film fan faces when they confess their obsession: "Like Jackie Chan, yeah?" A Jackie Chan film is a guarantee that, whatever else the film has to offer, you'll see Jackie doing stunts that are jaw-droppingly dangerous. And in making those films, you know that Jackie has broken, bruised, or otherwise damaged parts of himself that you never knew existed. Jackie Chan's action... [read more]
  16. Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk has had a remarkably varied career. Born on 20th September 1964, Cheung moved to England with her family at the age of eight, only returning to Hong Kong after she completed secondary school. Since then, she has made some eighty films spanning most genres-from martial arts and action films to comedies and dramas. She has gone from being a model for the fast-food chain McDonald's (later playing a role as a McDonald's waitress in Peter Chan's Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996)), to runner-up at the Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant at the age of nineteen, to taking on English and French-speaking roles in Irma Vep (1996) and Augustin, Roi du Kung Fu (1999). Maggie Cheung... [read more]
  17. You lie awake in bed. Your mind is racing. Every sound echoes a hundred decibels louder, as your eyes scan your dark room searching for reassurance. You bite your nails and think to yourself, "Why did I watch that Japanese horror film?" With this type of reaction, you can guess why Hollywood has jumped on the bandwagon, remaking Japanese horrors and taking audiences for a frightening ride. It's no wonder, as Japanese horror films are without doubt the scariest genre ever to grace the scene, or shall I say slash through the scene with a vengeance. The Slower, the Scarier It's no secret that Hollywood horror audiences are used to blonde, big breasted teens getting slashed in the first ten... [read more]
  18. While the West generally focuses on the action of Hong Kong cinema, John Woo's gun-slinging gangster features and Jet Li's martial arts epics, it can be argued that Hong Kong's most successful movie genre is comedy. Innovative and entertaining, HK comedies consistently win the most critical awards and the highest box offices rankings. Just as Hollywood has Annie Hall, Ace Ventura and There's Something About Mary, Hong Kong too has its must-see comedies. Since the 1970s, HK comedy has continually evolved, with each decade topping the previous with new comedic formulas, genre-benders, ever more outrageous slapstick and nonsense wordplay. The following selection offers a sample of Hong Kong's... [read more]
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