Hong Kong's new directors being introduced to the audience
After traveling around the region, the “Hong Kong Film New Action” campaign was finally launched at home, during last week’s Filmart (film and TV market). I attended most of the events, including a seminar on “The Outlook of Chinese Language Films” with directors John Woo, Andrew Lau, Feng Xiaogang and Oliver Stone.
Andrew Lau, Feng Xiaogang, Philip Chan (Moderator), Oliver Stone and John Woo. Each director was presented with a box set of films by emerging directors. The Drummer was one of the films chosen
John Woo started off by reiterating what a huge success “Red Cliff” was and how it has helped Chinese films attract the attention of foreign markets like US, Japan, Korea in addition to the traditional Chinese speaking territories. Andrew Lau and Feng Xiaogang talked about their recent achievements and how the China market is divided into Northern and Southern territories. Oliver Stone was here to promote “W,” which was partially financed by Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures. He talked about his love of shooting films in Asia.
At lunch with Oliver Stone
A couple of the seminars focused on China offered valuable information. For example, we learned that very soon films made in Cantonese would be able to get released in Southern China without having to be dubbed into Mandarin first (Mandarin dubbing is still required for the rest of China).
This is good news for Hong Kong films that are more focused on the local audience, as culturally, Guangdong province is a big extension of Hong Kong and being able to see films in their original language will undoubtedly attract an even bigger audience.
When we went to Tokyo to present The Drummer at TOKYO FILMeX back in November 2007, Jackie Chan, Daniel Wu, et al were also there filming Shinjuku Incident, so we had fun hanging out with them. One evening Jackie (we all call him “dai goh” – “big brother”) took us out to his favorite teppanyaki restaurant in Roppongi.
The teppanyaki chef meticulously laid the garlic out and cooked it to perfection
Then Dai Goh wanted to have a go at it. The director, Derek Yee, told Dai Goh to keep his new haircut under wraps until the film is released
Watching the live shrimps cook was excruciatingly painful
Dai Goh and Daniel Wu marvel at the amazing skills of the chef
Jackie Chan and Jaycee Chan…a nice father and son moment
Rice Rhapsody, starring Sylvia Chang, Martin Yan, Melanie Laurent and Maggie Q will be the Opening Night Film at the Toronto Singapore Film Festival on Friday, April 3, 2009 at 7:15pm. Venue: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Canada
Director Kenneth Bi will be doing a live online Q & A from Hong Kong after the screening