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Quick Thoughts: 28th Hong Hong Film Awards

I should be doing a news links post but, in honour of Jackie Chan, I’m going to yap my flap and continue to expose to everybody just how much of a fool I am …

Thoughts on the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards:

- IP MAN winning the award for Best Film has to be the biggest upset in quite a while.  It’s doubly shocking considering that THE WAY WE ARE was on a run with wins in the Best Director, Best Screenplay,  Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories.  I think you have to go back to the 17th HKFAs for an upset of this magnitude when Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk took home Best Actress for THE SOONG SISTERS.  If memory serves, Jacqueline Wu Chien-Lien (EIGHTEEN SPRINGS) and Carina Lau Ka-Ling (THE INTIMATES) were the heavy favourites so it was a shock to many when Maggie Cheung won for a performance many considered perfunctory for a woman of her talents.  I may be misremembering (™ Roger Clemens) the broadcast but I’m pretty sure that you could hear people in the crowd jeering immediately after Cheung’s name was announced.

I suppose I could go on a long rant now about how the IP MAN win was a travesty but I’m a tired, old man.  I’m feeling a lot like Walsh at the end of CHINATOWN when he tells J.J. Gittes: “Forget it, Jake.  It’s Chinatown.”

- Putting on my fortuneteller’s outfit, I’ve tossed the joss sticks and divined that, 52 weeks from today, we’ll be celebrating a Simon Yam Tat-Wah win for Best Actor.  Judging from what I’ve read in the papers and on Chinese discussion forums, I think his performance in NIGHT AND FOG is the leader in the clubhouse for next year’s awards.  As he has been nominated eight times for an acting HKFA and has yet to win, I believe he will also be a heavy sentimental favourite.  So, forget about investing in Anacot Steel and head over to Macau or your favourite offshore gambling website to put down a few shekels on Simon Yam on the HKFA Futures board.  You and your wallet will be thanking me next April. :-)

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- Speaking of Simon Yam, those pants on the red carpet … yeesh.

Simon Yam on the red carpet

- Carol Cheng … still gettin’ it done.

Carol Cheng at the 28th HKFAs

- Ooh, la and la: Tang Wei, Kitty Zhang and Monica Mok (OCEAN FLAME).  Hard to believe that even a schmoe like me has seen two of those three ladies in the buff.  The HK entertainment circle is where amazing happens … not the NBA.

Tang Wei on the red carpet.

Kitty Zhang on the red carpet.

Monica Mok on the red carpet.

Back soon with a news links post and some thoughts on Jackie Chan, once again, stuffing his nimble foot in his big mouth.

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One Response to “Quick Thoughts: 28th Hong Hong Film Awards”

  1. darren Says:

    im ecstatic ip man won, i never understand why critics hate on popcorn movies so much, Im not a film maker but id think popcorn movies arent as easy to make as most ppl prolly believe, why else does america put out so much crap during the summers (really only iron man was superb imo), ip man was such a fun, kick butt time at the movies that i dont think itll be replicated anytime soon. and yah the way we are was good but the majority (who arent movie critics) will find it boring and they wouldnt be wrong either… Copyright © 2002-2021 Ross Chen