Wednesday, November 7, 2007
End of an Era
Raymond Chow (who shares the same birthday as me) just sold his stake in Golden Harvest to Chengtian Entertainment Group, signaling the end of an era for Hong Kong cinema (although in terms of film production, the end happened four years ago when the studio made what was to be its last film, 行運超人 with Tony Leung and Miriam Yeung--hard to imagine Tony Leung in a comedy anymore!) . When will Mr. Shaw make his move? Hong Kong cinema now is a little reminiscent of Hollywood in the 1960s, with the old moguls retiring, old stars fading out (John Wayne/Clark Gable = Jacky Chan/Chow Yun-Fat?) and the whole industry in decline. But will we have our own Coppola, Scorcese and Spielberg to save the day?