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A concert, a wedding, and more Random Crap

I should not call what I’m doing blogging, because I don’t actually blog. I just post every month or so.

I would apologize for this long absence from Damn You, Kozo!, but that would assume that people actually read this thing. In many ways, LoveHKFilm.com is what it is because I assume nobody ever reads it. Our lack of attentiveness to our visitors is also why we’re totally behind, and why many other sites have leapfrogged us in traffic, popularity, and online self-congratulation. It’s also why I named this blog Damn You, Kozo!, because aside from completely usurping another person’s real name and identity, Kozo simply can’t keep up with the Joneses.

Bruce Lee said it best:

“I told you not to leave the lights on in the kitchen!”
“DAMN YOU, KOZO!”

Ah, that feels better.

Anyway, in recent Hong Kong news, this person is getting married:

Kelly in white
NOTE: Not an actual wedding photo

Everybody loves Kelly Chen - provided that you talk to the correct six out of ten people. Chances are that the four out of ten people who actually liked An Empress and the Warriors can be found in those six, and why not? The film features Kelly in heavy armor, plus the wonderful sight of Leon Lai spitting on Kelly’s bare back:

I heal you
The magic of the movies!

This picture cracks me up:

Kelly looks unhappy
You could interpret this photo at least three different ways

About Empress, someone should really talk about the genius casting one day. Thanks to the triumvirate of Donnie Yen, Kelly Chen, and Leon Lai, every audience member is guaranteed to dislike at least one person in the starring cast. Could it have killed them to cast a single actor who doesn’t have active detractors?

Viva, Sina.com!
If you hate Hui Siu-Hung, you will go to hell

Empress and the Warriors also marks the first Mei Ah Blu-ray Disc. Ownership of a PlayStation 3 has put me on the Blu-ray bandwagon, and despite not being entirely enthused about Empress, I will be buying it. Other titles on my Blu-ray to buy list include the Infernal Affairs Trilogy, Chungking Express, and nearly anything with Tsui Hark’s name on it - short of Black Mask 2 and Missing, that is. I’d still pick up The Legend of Zu.

“I’m sorry for Black Mask 2!”
“Wow, I’m really sorry about Missing!”

He better be.

I doubt that the victory of Blu-ray over HD DVD will inspire a flood of Hong Kong catalog titles onto Blu-ray Disc. Such a flood did occur during the late nineties when DVD first hit the market, but even now, Hong Kong home video is beset by a terrible, terrible scourge that has destroyed home entertainment:

VCD
This logo is evil

Illegal downloading is the evil stepchild of the above, and is responsible for far more lost revenue, but I sincerely believe that crappy VCD quality - and its willing acceptance by Hong Kong consumers - is indicative of how the populace as a whole thinks of entertainment. Basically, everyone here is okay with watching movies with poor resolution, bad color, and zero features. Given that, is it a surprise that everyone’s okay with watching the latest and greatest in Asian Entertainment on You Tube?

We all download
Everyone in this photo illegally downloads

Back to Kelly’s concert:

Kelly the warrior
Probably one of Kelly’s more conservative outfits

Kelly announced her upcoming marriage at the final show in her recent Hung Hom Coliseum concert series - a nice touch, since hers was the final appearance from a big star before the venue undergoes at least a year of renovation. I actually attended an earlier show (a.k.a. not the one where she said she was getting married), and here was my vantage point:

My Vantage Point

Kelly has always been a decent, if not spectacular singer - and really, she’s much better at singing than acting. The main draw here was her eye-popping assortment of wacky costumes and themes, which ranged from the cute bear-headed thing:

Kelly Bear
Love the boots

To the mermaid thing:

Kelly the mermaid
Hopefully Disney won’t sue

To the midriff-baring thing:

Kelly and her navel
I think this was my favorite

To the white futuristic outfit with mega-huge goggles thing:

X marks the spot
In the future we’ll all dress like this

Here’s one with Leon Lai as an accessory:

Kelly and Leon
Too bad Donnie wasn’t there

Special mention must go to Kelly for her various yoga poses and exceptional good humor, which was evident because she didn’t act bothered by the people leaving their seats during her concert. For some reason, it seemed like every number was a new excuse for a bathroom break for the audience. Some people even got up to leave early. I felt like I was at a Laker game.

Anger Management
“Is this concert EVER going to get any better?”

In general, the concert was a fine diversion, but it was also curiously low-energy. Having attended a few other concerts in my time in Hong Kong, I must rate Kelly’s as the most non-crucial of the bunch - at least, from an audience standpoint.

About her marriage, it managed to occupy all the newspapers for a good 2-3 days here in Hong Kong - a nice change, since the news was entirely positive, and had nothing to do with scandal, judgmental mud-slinging, or accidental exposure. Sadly, it’s the exception to the norm over here.

Anyway, seeing Kelly allows me to check off yet another on my “Stars I Want To See Live, But Not Necessarily Meet” List. Now that Kelly is out of the way, my number one is sadly Leon because I’d like to see him, but yeah, meeting him is not a priority at all. If a meeting ever occurred, this could be my reaction:

So Sleepy
An actual photo from the Kelly Chen concert

If someone asked which celebrity is the one I would most like to meet, that’s obvious: Ekin Cheng is still the number one. I hope it occurs one day, simply so we can take a picture and I can send a general “nyah-nyah” in the direction of those who think I don’t like Ekin Cheng.

Ekin and Charlene Choi on the set of Storm Warriors:

Storm Warriors
I think they’re made of wax

By the way, I still have not written about my Aaron Kwok concert experience. It may never happen now. I’m sure he’s all broken up.

Here’s a pic of him anyway:

Aaron Rides Again
“Tetsuooooo!!!!!”

Aaaand one last photo of Kelly:

Kelly cries
She has something in her eye

Photo credits: As usual, thanks to Apple Daily - with an assist from Ming Pao, Sina.com, plus the World Wide Web.

8 Responses to “A concert, a wedding, and more Random Crap”

  1. glenn Says:

    I like Kelly more than most people — at least more than any other white people I know — but, really, Empress was horrible. At least The Promise was visually pleasing even if ridiculous as far as modern wuxia films go. I couldn’t believe how weak Empress was by my very, very low standards. “No fighting in the Hall of Swords!” The bees.

    That said, I had this split Faye Wong/Kelly Chen music video DVD and it had this awesome song by Kelly that sounded like The Cardigans — she had kind of a band behind her — and I loaned the DVD out and now am dumbfounded as to what that one rocking Kelly song was.

    It doesn’t help not speaking or reading any Chinese.

    Where there any other men in our general (30-40ish) age bracket at the Kelly concert? Just kidding.

  2. Webmaster Kozo Says:

    You asked, “Where there any other men in our general (30-40ish) age bracket at the Kelly concert?”

    Yes, one sat next to me. He left early.

  3. TheGoldenRock Says:

    Hong Kong concerts for mid-career pop stars generally have a pretty low energy. It’s not surprising that only people who paid for the front section tickets will actually physically react to the music, and Hong Kong audiences will literally leave in droves before the concert is even over. This happened at the Jacky Cheung concert last year, and the man just kept performing with indifference as half the audience wouldn’t even stay to listen to him finish the last song. They’re probably used to it.

    Apparently, the excuse for Hong Kong audience’s lethargy is that they just want to sit down and enjoy the music. But sometimes they can’t even get the energy to applaud between songs. It’s kind of depressing, really.

  4. MW Says:

    VCD is evil. Even with the cheap prices of local DVDs, people still buy/rent VCDs. Chinese people love saving a few bucks, but c’mon.

    I’ve always been indifferent about Kelly. Can’t blame her for the miscast in Empress, but she’s been an okay singer with occasional good songs. She falls in the same category as the majority of the Hong Kong entertainers: some people love them, some people hate them, most just don’t care.

    I just don’t get leaving early for concerts or sporting events. I paid money to see this through the end no matter how bad it is. It’s not like Hong Kongers have to beat the rush out of the parking lot.

  5. Spike Says:

    I got to meet Leon once and it was not pleasant. It was 2000 and I was living in SF and I walked out of the train station one morning to see him and Maggie Cheung filming some movie across from my office, Sausalito or something like that, Andrew Lau was directing. When they took a break, I went up to Maggie, got her autograph, and she kept on chatting with me till it was time for the next shot.

    At the next break I went up to Leon, asked for his autograph, and he practically snarled at me, “How do you know who I am!” And I sort of muttered, “Er, um, I, uh, used to live in Hong Kong.” And he said, “okay,” grabbed the paper and pen from me, scrawled his name on the paper and walked away.

    (A friend who was with me tried going up to Andrew Lau, who said to him, “Why do you want my autograph? I’m not a star! Go ask the stars!”)

    Leon related … a friend used to live in the same building in Happy Valley where Leon lived, and in the mornings when going to work, he’d often end up sharing the elevator with Shu Qi as she was going home. He said she looked fabulous. That gave me another reason to hate Leon.

  6. glenn Says:

    Spike, that is a great story. I don’t think I could control myself if I were in an elevator alone with Shu Qi. Animal instincts or just general chatty obnoxiousness would take me over.

    I used to hate Leon as an actor and then I saw Moonlight in Tokyo and I thought he was great in that.

    Then this year I saw Empress and I’m back to hating him.

    And Empress is making me think that I might have to start buying VCDs again rather than just outright buying new HK films on DVD for $7 more a pop (sorry Kozo).

  7. Gabriel Says:

    When is the Shawn Yue film “Rule Number 1″ coming out so you can review it?

  8. Webmaster Kozo Says:

    I still manage to enjoy Empress, though I admit that the film’s actual quality is not a reason why.

    Hi Gabriel, I have no idea when Rule Number 1 is coming out here in Hong Kong. I hoped a lot earlier, but they’re taking their sweet time. My guess is fall at the latest. If not, then I’ll have to count on some kind Singaporean soul to send me a DVD.

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