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Old 02-22-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I'm not that aware of the differences, but curious if others are. I loved Hong Kong filmes like Chungking Express. Always liked the Jackie Chan movies set in fuedal China - but always assumed that was filmed in Hong Kong?

Curious if and how they are similar or different. Wondering if HK still dominates with film, or if Beijing/Shanghai is surpassing it or not. On that note, does Macau have any film industry, or any famous films to note?

Might be an interesting discussion in general.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:17 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I'm curious to, the Chinese film industry has become more well known since the 1970s. Zhang Yimou's 'Raise the Red Lantern' is one of the earliest Chinese films that seemed to gain widespread appeal. Also Taiwan, Ang Lee is one famous Taiwanese director who comes to mind, and a lot of Mandarin films, especially light-hearted romantic comedies, seem to come out of Taiwan.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:06 AM
 
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I used to watch a lot of Hong Kong films and TV, but the industry seems to be waning. This article pretty much sums it up: Movies: Hong Kong taps China's potential - TIME

Although the article says that the Asian Financial Crisis affected the HK film industry from which it never recovered, the HK handover to China was probably a factor as well.

I used to enjoy the Jackie Chan movies, the Once Upon a Time in China series as well as the Condor Heroes trilogy series. One of the first HK movies I watched after the handover was The Soong Sisters, and it is disappointing that the film obviously puts the Communists in a favorable light.

Am not a big fan of the current mainland Chinese films. Hero also has a somewhat political message to it, which I dislike. I must admit that the cinematography of films like House of the Flying Daggers and The Curse of the Golden Flower are excellent. However, I do find the storyline and plots kind of disappointing. And not sure, but something is amiss in these films that makes me prefer those from Hollywood or even from Japan or Korea instead. I am a big fan of Ang Lee, and IMHO, he is one of the best film directors.

I am not sure when the HK film industry will make a comeback or will it be permanently be overshadowed by China. But there are just not many new faces there. Andy Lau, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Jackie Chan were the big names when I was still a small kid. Nowadays, they are still the ones in HK films, except maybe Jet Li and Jackie Chan are also in Hollywood films! Aren't there any new movie stars from HK?
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Macao
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I am not sure when the HK film industry will make a comeback or will it be permanently be overshadowed by China. But there are just not many new faces there. Andy Lau, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung and Jackie Chan were the big names when I was still a small kid. Nowadays, they are still the ones in HK films, except maybe Jet Li and Jackie Chan are also in Hollywood films! Aren't there any new movie stars from HK?
I just wished Jackie Chan didn't have to use guns and have guns throughout all his American films. I absolutely loved the old feudal china martial ones. Putting him in American cities with gun guys and fast cars didn't seem as cool (to me anyways).

That being said, I believe American audiences really loved that though.
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:10 AM
 
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I just wished Jackie Chan didn't have to use guns and have guns throughout all his American films. I absolutely loved the old feudal china martial ones. Putting him in American cities with gun guys and fast cars didn't seem as cool (to me anyways).

That being said, I believe American audiences really loved that though.
I don't mind the guns so much, there are still a lot of fighting scenes in the Rush Hour series...although his others ones not so much.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:31 AM
 
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One thing about Jackie is his English skills, or rather lack of. You'd think such a prominent celeb and one who's been to Hollywood would have a better command of English.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:02 AM
 
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One thing about Jackie is his English skills, or rather lack of. You'd think such a prominent celeb and one who's been to Hollywood would have a better command of English.
Actually I think his English is pretty good. You need to know he was trained to perform Peking opera since childhood and did not attend school much.
He is one of the few Chinese actors who can be interviewed by foreign media without a translator.
In mainland China, no actor can do that!
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Old 07-20-2015, 02:00 PM
 
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I think this is a Hong Kong old school flick.


Master of the Flying Guillotine - U.S. Theatrical Trailer

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Old 07-20-2015, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Jackie Chan is an abysmal human-being, and a horrible actor as well.

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Am not a big fan of the current mainland Chinese films. Hero also has a somewhat political message to it, which I dislike. I must admit that the cinematography of films like House of the Flying Daggers and The Curse of the Golden Flower are excellent. However, I do find the storyline and plots kind of disappointing. And not sure, but something is amiss in these films that makes me prefer those from Hollywood or even from Japan or Korea instead. I am a big fan of Ang Lee, and IMHO, he is one of the best film directors.
I've only seen House of the Flying Daggers out of these and it was a terrible watch. #killitwithfire
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Old 07-21-2015, 09:24 AM
 
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HK is not as attractive as before. For example, people in mainland China are not as interested in HKers' life as before, and prefer stories that take place in mainland China (or foreign countries). HK film companies usually have limited budgets too.

However, many Chinese (mainland) films use HK actors or staff, and vice versa. They gradually become the same.

One problem of Chinese film industry is the heavy censorship.
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