Friday, March 31, 2006
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Wednesday, March 29, 2006
No posts for the last few days, but just as I got the wireless Starbucks connection on my figured out, I flew off to the Philippines where, 2 hrs outside Manila in the countryside, wireless is non-existant. Sitting in a dark pit of an internet "cafe" as I hear motorized rickshaws and pimped out taki buses bleching out smoke and exhaust out side. Why am I here in the middle of nowhere, being the only white guy, dripping w sweat? Simple - RESPECT - a term that goes far here. And this is the true reason of that respect - Romeo Candido. I have over 900 photos take so far on this trip. More to come when in HK on the 31st....
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
As I was walking to get a cab this afternoon, my sharp eye spied a man wearing a baseball cap walking towards me, none other than Gordon Liu Chia Hui - the Master Killer himself!
I bowed in honour of the Master who was very grateful and sweet. To futher the legacy of the Great Lakes Brotherhood, I offered him a tribute in the form of an issue of Kagan Mcleod's Infinite Kung Fu comicbook. If Gordon Liu has one, why don't you?
Lots going on here in Hong Kong and somehow I found myself as one of only around 6 "gweilio" at a private reception for the opening of a showing of photos taken my Hong Kong director Johnnie To (THE MISSION, PTU, ELECTION, etc). Great shots and several gave us a sneak peak at ELECTION 2 that makes it's premiere at the upcoming Hong Kong International Film Festival, who sponsored the event as part of there tribute to Milkyway, To's production company. The evening started with the press gathering around To as he looked at the collection and then he held an informal discussioin about his work with local critic Thomas Shin (sadly, in Cantonese only). Then after that, several of his regular actors showed up resulting in an impromtu gathering of the the cast for EXILED, the upcoming sequel to THE MISSION, including Miriam Yeung, Francis Ng and Roy Cheung. Also in attendance was HK actor/producer/peace activist John Sham (THE ISLAND) who told me a great story about the original ending of Patrick Tam's FINAL VICTORY where Tsui Hark's character stabs Eric Tseng on the beach!
Below are some of the snaps I took of the event. Thanks to Shan for inviting me to the event. Sorry about the website address slapped over them, but as I learned when taking pictures on the set of INVISIBLE WAVES, they will be pilferred by other sites covering the film.... (click them to see bigger versions of them)
Monday, March 20, 2006
And in the "what the f**k" category is this film from Thailand by the company that brought us ONG BAK....
and might this be the new SHREK? ummm. this idea might not travel...
Back to Thailand for this saucy jungle super hero film. I actually have the sequel on VCD. Crap flick, but cute babes running around in skimpy outfits with animal faces....
more to come!
Monday, March 06, 2006
A young lad who loves to edit has matched up music by Canada's own Arcade Fire with Steven Chow's KUNG FU HUSTLE. Sit back and enjoy...
And for more info on the editor, "dragoon89", check out his profile on youtube, but beware of his loud myspace page. Kids these days!
Now here is the payoff to this posting... Long rumoured, clips of an amazing showcase to promote the film's release with an astounding demo by Sammo, Biao and Wah! Done as part of the Miss Asia Pageant 1987, some kind soul has put two clips up on www.youtube.com. Behold:
A fine example of how a man of Hung's weight can defy gravity
Yuen Wah's stunning back flip
And if you are interested in seeing the whole thing, just fork out $5.74 CDN for the VCD at yesasia.com, and no this is not a payola plug, but if they want to send me free stuff, go for it!
Here is another clip that I found of Sammo from TWINKLE TWINKLE LUCKY STARS, one of his action comedies from the eightes, and also the action and romance packed trailer for DRAGONS FOREVER, with co-stars Jackie Chan and Yeun Biao.
And here how Sammo looks like today in these snaps I took of him at the world premiere of Wilson Yip's SPL at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival (now that one might be a shameless plug...). SPL certainly shows that the man hasn't lost his powerful skills. (Trailer for SPL and one clip and another...)
he signed when I got to meet him briefly in Boston in 1997)
These cell phone pics were taken by someone and posted on the internet - if you took them and happen to read this, let me know who you are and thanks for recording one of the best moments in my life!
After the screening, Sammo was presented with this beautiful portrait of his character in SPL by the kung fu comic wunderkid, Kagan Mcleod. If you haven't bought his comic, INFINITE KUNG FU, do so NOW!
If you live in the Toronto area and want to see Sammo in his youthful prime, come see ENTER THE FAT DRAGON at the March 24th edition of Kung Fu Fridays.