Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Outside of the HKIFF but still movie-related

Yesterday, I went back to work (and thus had to temporarily halt my HKIFF-ing). As it so happened though, I had a movie screening to go to in the evening... one that turned out to be the Hong Kong -- maybe even world? -- premiere of Escape from Huang Shi (AKA Children of Huang Shi), and an event at which one of its stars showed up...

Yep, it really is Chow Yun-Fat
(or, as he is called here in Hong Kong --
Fat Gor (Elder Brother Fat)! ;b )


Anonymous said...

First Ti Lung, now CYF! Woo hooo you are really getting to see HK legends in person :) Congrats and keep them coming!

YTSL said...

Hi "Eliza Bennet" --

Woah, that was quick! Only put up that post a few minutes ago!! Re HK legends: Hey, don't forget Sylvia Chang! ;b

Willow said...

Ooh, it's him! haha. He's still looking good.

sarah bailey knight said...


again wow, wow, wow!!!

Glenn, kenixfan said...

I guess I am impressed but, as one of the few American HK film fans that does not rave about John Woo, I guess I should be impressed that you photographed the CYF of All About Ah Long and Hong Kong 1941, eh?

He was *interesting* in Postmodern Life of My Aunt.

Anonymous said...

"Re HK legends: Hey, don't forget Sylvia Chang! ;b"

Sorry, but even though I love Sylvia & her films and think her a very talented lady - she in my eyes is not on the same level as CYF, Ti Lung, Brigitte, Leslie.

In order to convey my thoughts I'll let you know that even Tony Leung CW - who you know I love and more than the afore mentioned names combined- I don't consider as "legend".

YTSL said...

Hi Willow --

Yes, CYF still does look good -- in person as well as on the big screen. :b

Hi sbk --


Hi Glenn --

Good for you for not raving about John Woo. Re CYF: My favorite of his movies -- all non John Woo ones -- actually are his comedies... movies like "100 Ways To Murder Your Wife", "The Diary of a Big Man", "The Fun, The Luck and the Tycoon" and "Now You See Love, Now You Don't". If you haven't checked them out yet, you should! ;b

Hi "Eliza Bennet" --

What's your criteria for legendary status? For me, Sylvia Chang really does rank up there -- especially since she's equally adept as an actress, singer, director and scriptwriter!

Glenn, kenixfan said...

I think Eliza raises a good point about the term legend.

I am a bit of a fanboy for even the most minor celebrity, HK or otherwise, sometimes.

If you had taken a picture of Lily Ho that one time you saw her, that, for me, would have trumped all of these stars put together.

I'd say Cheng Pei Pei too but she is a bit more media-friendly these days.

Naturally, Brigitte would do the same trick. Or Cherie Chung.

Maybe I'm just getting old?

Sylvia should fit the legend tag as her career spans -- what? -- 3 decades in Hong Kong?

YTSL said...

Hi Glenn --

I know what you mean about making a distinction between personal favorites and movie legends. But will maintain that Sylvia is one of those that falls into both categories for me. And re your query: She's been in movies since the 1970s -- so that's four decades, not three!

Five of my favorite Sylvia movies, should anyone wonder:-

- "Shanghai Blues" (1984) (actress)
- "Queen of Temple Street" (1988 -- according to director Lawrence Lau) (actress)
- "Eight Taels of Gold" (1989)
- "Eat, Drink, Man Woman" (1996) (actress)
- "Tempting Heart" (1999) (director, scriptwriter and actress)

Anonymous said...

I gave some thoughts to your question YTSL and I think that my criteria of a legend is the lasting impact she/he made on the society. This, in my eye, seperates talented, well liked, worthy individuals from legends.

YTSL said...

Hi again "eliza bennet" --

By your criteria, Sylvia Chang would certainly rank among the legends to my eyes.

Anonymous said...

So do you think that the impact Sylvia Chang made on the society is equal to CYF's, Jackie Chan's, Brigitte Lin's, Leslie's etc.?

I love her but I don't see her as influential.

YTSL said...

Hi again "Eliza Bennet" --

The answer to your query is: Yes.