Blogging about Michelle Yeoh a couple of days ago got me realizing that I've not yet blogged about the More Brilliance, Still Different -- The D&B Story Redux exhibition currently on at the Hong Kong Film Archive. A sequel to a 2020 exhibition that I sadly missed, it focuses on the people behind -- and who were a part of D&B, a Hong Kong film company founded by magnate Dickson Poon (the D of D&B), actor-filmmaker Sammo Hung Kam-bo (the B of D&B) and actor-filmmaker John Sham that produced a good number of hit films and interesting cinematic works in the eight years that it was in existence.
Among D&B titles that will be familiar to Hong Kong movie buffs are: Hong Kong 1941 (1984); Yes, Madam! (1985); Dream Lovers (1986); Royal Warriors (1986); Love Unto Waste (1986); Passion (1986); Legacy of Rage (1986); An Autumn's Tale (1987); Tiger Cage (1988); Tiger Cage II (1990); and Black Cat (1991). Something else worth noting: while D&B was founded by men and of course produced male-centric movies, it also funded a number of films, including actioners, with women (including a certain Michelle Yeoh) in lead roles and that were directed by women (notably Sylvia Chang and Mabel Cheung) too.
Images from D&B films adorn the front entrance of the
Hong Kong Film Archive (when I went to view a D&B film
screening as part of an associated program there)
the Hong Kong Film Archive's Exhibiion Hall
awards won by people working on D&B films (which
included Golden Horse and Hong Kong Film Awards trophies)
clips from various D&B films (on view in the picture:
one from Passion, directed by and starring Sylvia Chang)
Mabel Cheung) talking about their D&B experiences
One also gets to "hear" from the likes of stuntman/
stunt director/actor Chin Kar Lok via panels like this
recognize from among the 12 individuals represented? :)
(Click on the image to view an enlarged version of it!)