Monday, April 17, 2006

sitting with the masters: revenge of iMovie...

As I posted a few months ago, on April 3rd, as part of the 30th Hong Kong International Film Festival, a gala tribute was held to honour the men who made HK cinema famous. Awards were given out to Yuen Wo-Ping, Sammo Hung, Lau Kar Leung, Ching Siu Tung (whose name I spelt wrong in the film - sorry) and Jackie Chan (who was absent). While I took some snaps, I also shot some litte 15 sec clips on my wee camera. I have cobbled together a little quicktime flick on iMovie and posted it up on Enjoy!

From the Hong Kong International Film Festival newsletter:

"April 3rd, 2006. From international stars to renowned directors, they were all out in full force to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of HKIFF, as well as to give tribute to Hong Kong’s cinematic treasures – our action choreographers. The night’s special guests were the five masters of action choreography: Lau Kar-leung, Yuen Woo-ping, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Ching Siu-tung. Jackie sadly could not attend at the last minute, but the swells of applause for the four visionaries certainly proved that the night was not dampened. Other presenters of the evening included Joe Cheung, Ng See-
yuen and directors Mabel Cheung, Andrew Lau and Peter Chan. In addition to these events, four martial arts practitioners gave a rousing performance to the sound of traditional Chinese drums, which was produced by recent Silver Berlin Bear winner Peter Kam. It was then followed by a medley of songs by chanteuse
Coco Lee."

"Led by Tony Leung Siu-hung, attending members of the Hong Kong Stuntman Association got up on stage and invited guests to come up with them to receive an honorary plaque from the HKIFF. Yuen Bun, Acting President of the Association, here receives the souvenir from Tai Chi Sword champion Li Fai along with Lau Kar-leung."

1 comment:

Jason Gray said...

Excellent! You've met a lot of kung fu legends at different times in the past, but surely this is the deadliest display of power ever assembled in one room.

A director was kind enough to bring me back a copy of "A Tribute to Action Choreographers" -- awesome compendium.