Monday, October 6, 2008

Half a world away, up in the stratosphere

More than five years ago, I left the USA for what may well be the last time. Although I did have some great experiences there and made some very good friends there, have to say that I was happy to leave the country and do not find myself often wishing that I were (back) there. This past weekend, though...

Ironically, it was because of something Hong Kong (movie) related. More specifically, New York played host to a screening of Ashes of Time (Redux) -- Wong Kar Wai's reworking of his sublime Ashes of Time -- that was graced not only by director Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle but also The Great One: none other than Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia making a rare film-related public appearance since her marriage and effective retirement from movie-making some fourteen years ago. (Indeed, it might be her first ever such appearance since 1994!)

A friend of mine was lucky enough to attend the screening, etc. in New York. I'm hoping that she'll post her impressions (and maybe some photos too) on her blog too... after which I'll of course link to them! (In the meantime, I have her to thank for a wonderful e-mail account that has got me feeling compelled to listening to my Ashes of Time and other Wong Kar Wai movie CDs plus wishing that Ashes of Time (Redux) will get into Hong Kong theatres sooner than the projected December -- months after Cannes, Toronto and, yes, New York too!!! :S)


Lilly's Life said...

Hope you dont have to wait too long to get to see it. How long did you live in the US for and do you like Hong Kong? Never been to HK but heard lots of great things. I'm off to Thailand in 6 weeks.

YTSL said...

Hi Lilly's Life --

Unfortunately, I think I'll have to -- at least, December feels too long for me!

Re living in the US: I did so on and off for about 14 years! Re HK: Love it and you should definitely visit some time. :)

eliza bennet said...

I have read other accounts of this event and they all made me want to be there, especially since I attended Doyle's workshop and would love love love to see him and WKW interact. Brigitte looked so good in the pictures. Such beautiful lady!

As it happens Ashes of Time (Redux) will be in Istanbul on Saturday insaallah and I already purchased my ticket. But I'm wary after reading Grady's comments so will prepare myself for the worst (well as worse as my WKW fanatism allows me that is)

YTSL said...

Hi "eliza bennet" --

Wait for a link to this other account I'm hoping to see soon though... think you'll like it. :)

As for Brigitte: I'm so happy (for her and us) that she still looks good. Amazing to think, isn't it, that she appeared in her last movie 14 years ago now?

And envy, envy re your getting to see "Ashes of Time (Redux)" in Istanbul this Saturday!!!!!!!!!

Bengbeng said...

omg it has been decades since i last saw lin ching hsia

YTSL said...

Hi Bengbeng --

So... does absence make the heart grow fonder? ;b

Stefan S said...

i can't wait to watch the redux version too!

YTSL said...

Hi Stefan --

Me too! Have to say that in the trailer, I was already missing the old music but those clearer images, I am trusting, will (more than) make up for it!