In Memory of Leslie Cheung
Just a short note to let people know that I am -- as promised -- occasionally checking the internet and in over on this here blog. Also that it's been grand over here so far.
Additionally, here are three things that I sometimes forget about Hong Kong and the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) when I've been away from them too long but which already have been brought back home to me:-
1) Hong Kong, and the HKIFF in particular, is where I'm likely to bump into friends at a more frequent rate -- as well spend time hanging out with them -- than in Penang itself;
2) Hong Kong, and the HKIFF in particular, is where you really can encounter film celebrities pretty much "just like that". As an example, yesterday, as I went to queue up for the HKIFF screening of the director's cut -- i.e., 160 minute length -- After This Our Exile, I almost literally bumped into actress Theresa Mo in the hallway. And I'm still kicking myself for not having gone to the HKIFF screening on Friday evening of Dream of the Red Chamber since it turns out that Sylvia Chang -- one of the film people I most admire and respect -- and Shaw Brothers legend Yeh Hua were there to do a Q&A at that event.
3) Sometimes, it seems like pretty much every corner of Hong Kong has a movie association. For example, this time around, I'm based in Wan Chai and every few minutes that I walk, I see locations, things and happenings that make me think of Crazy 'n the City (a film which, for those who don't know, is entirely filmed in Wan Chai district).
Then, last night, David Bordwell, Akiko Tetsuya and I happened to walk past the Mandarin Oriental hotel. As we did so, we noticed that a side of it was full of floral wreathes and a big photograph of Leslie Cheung...all of which brought home the sad fact that today is "Gor Gor"'s death anniversary.
Leslie, we still miss you. Hope you're resting in peace.