Once upon a time, the only examples of my writing that could be seen on cyberspace were Hong Kong movie reviews (over at Hong Kong Cinema: View from the Brooklyn Bridge) and contributions to Asian film-related discussion (Mobius Home Video Forum). And although I started this blog in part because I wanted to share other interests and passions with my friends and friendly others, I remain very much a Hong Kong film fan(atic) along with world cinema follower.
What with the Hong Kong International Film Festival currently in full swing (and my having a planned agenda of 24 films to view over a period of approximately three weeks), I almost decided to not take part in this week's Photo Hunt before I realized that I have Hong Kong movie-themed photos that would be perfect to show off this week: i.e., I hereby present a couple of sets of prints of the hands of my very favorite actress of all time, the great Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia, along with Tsui Hark, the director-producer of many of her best films -- and for whom she looked to have served as an inspirational muse.
More than incidentally, Tsui Hark and his Film Workshop (whose 25th anniversary is being celebrated this year) is the subject of a special commemorative programme at the 2009 Hong Kong International Film Festival. Also, earlier this week, Mr. Tsui received a special award "for outstanding contribution to Asian cinema" at the Asian Film Awards -- presented to him by Ms. Lin. :)
Oh, and if you haven't seen any of their films but now have some interest in doing so, here's hoping that the following reviews of Peking Opera Blues, Swordsman II and Dragon Inn will get at least a few of you interested in viewing the movies for yourself!