Posts tagged: Hong Kong
Happy Year of the Snake from The Five Deadly Venoms and the Wu Tang Clan!
Martial arts star and action choreographer Philip Kwok Chun-Fung’s birthday is Oct. 21. Happy Birthday! Kwok has worked with directors including Chang Cheh, Tsui Hark and John Woo. He also has provided action direction for Brotherhood of the Wolf and the Hong Kong portion of Tomorrow Never Dies.
Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia as Asia in Swordsman II, the Victor Victoria of wuxia movies. Last genderqueer picture from HK cinema today, I promise.
Cantonese opera actor, Kwan Duk Hing, as a cowboy in the 1930s. Image from the University of California’s Museum of Performance and Design, Performing Arts Library.
Kwan Tak-hing 關德興 is best remembered for playing the Cantonese folk hero Wong Fei-hung 黃飛鴻 in a prolific and long-running series of Hong Kong films during the 1950s and 60s. This photo iss from the early 1930s when he was performing Cantonese Opera in San Francisco Chinatown.
Cantonese teen idol Connie Chan 陳寶珠 (mid-1960s)
Flyer from the late Kung Fu Fridays film program in Toronto. Strangely enough the date for this screening coincides with tonight’s Drive-In Mob Chow Yun-Fat Heroic Bloodshed Double Feature!
Kung Fu Fridays was programmed by current Toronto International Film Festival programmer and ActionFest Director, Colin Geddes. This particular flyer is from when the series was in its nomadic years before it found its home at the Royal. And, this particular screening was held in a theater that mostly showed porn at the time, leading passersby to wonder at the long line outside and down the block.
(from Carol Borden’s collection of ephemera)
Christopher Doyle. I was very fortunate to see Mr. Doyle speak last year. Which I believe was the perfect time to see the great cinematographer. Last year was a year that saw me wandering and homeless. I have learned more about myself, life and other people — having nowhere to call home then any university could ever teach me. Listening to Doyle speak I sensed a kindred spirit. I have been restless and anchorless for a long time. However listening to his great stories I felt that having no path was my path and that was okay.
“I left Australia when I was 18 and I’ve been a foreigner for 36 years. I think that’s very important to the way I work because as a foreigner you see things differently. But I started making Chinese-language films so I regard myself as a Chinese filmmaker. I just happen to be white. Or pink, actually.” Christopher Doyle
At this point in my life I want to set down my anchor and lose myself in the work that lies ahead of me. Chris Doyle is one of the most inspiring people I have had the chance to see.
“My best film is always my next film. I couldn’t make Chungking Express now, because of the way I live and drink I’ve forgotten how I did it. I don’t believe in film school or film theory. Just try and get in there and make the bloody film, do good work and be with people you love.” Christoper Doyle