HK Magazine: How did you get into showbiz?
Singaporean veteran actor Chin Han is best known by international audiences for his roles in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, including “The Dark Knight,” “2012” and most recently, Steven Soderbergh’s SARS-inspired thriller, “Contagion.” He talks to Penny Zhou about his early career, Soderbergh and Gus van Sant.
I was born in Hong Kong, and I was raised in Vancouver.
There was this VHS store that was five minutes from my house, and I just went there and started renting films. At that moment a lot of 70s exploitation films inspired me. Like “I Spit on Your Grave.” That is quite, quite extreme—especially for a child to watch.
Juno Mak’s singing career began almost a decade ago, when the high school dropout became a pop icon. After writing and starring in last year’s gory feature film, “Revenge: A Love Story,” Mak recently launched Kudos Films, a new production company, with talent manager and producer Willie Chan Chi-keung. Over coffee and a Marlboro, Mak talks to Hana R. Alberts about horror films and being a hermit.
I was born in Stanford, a town outside Peterborough in England. When I was very young, I became fascinated with Chinese martial arts and culture and films in every way, shape and form.
When I found out there was such a thing as kung fu movies, I was like, that’s what I want to do. I wanted to make kung fu movies in Hong Kong.
As a producer and screenwriter, Bey Logan has worked in the Hong Kong film industry since the early 90s, following his passion for martial arts cinema from his native England all the way to the Far East. He talks to Adele Wong about his path to success in Hong Kong cinema and how he’s sometimes mistaken for Quentin Tarantino.
HK Magazine: “The Hangover: Part II” was shot in Thailand—how long did you guys stay there?
Zach Galifianakis: We spent roughly two months there, and another week in some other parts of Southeast Asia. Thai people were just so nice, so was their food.
HK: Among Bradley, Justin, Ed and you, who liked Thailand the best?
You may have problem pronouncing his last name, but you can’t possibly forget Zach Galifianakis’ trademark bearded visage. The American comedian/actor with 15 years of experience in the comedy scene has just come into prominence in recent years, thanks to director Todd Phillips’ comedy hits “The Hangover” and “Due Date.” With the much anticipated “The Hangover: Part II” set for a June release, he talks to Penny Zhou about the new film, his interview series and his newfound celebrity status.
Rooftop Cinema is showing the movie Blow featuring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz tonight. What better way to spend the evening in this nice weather than to watch an all-time-favorite film on Fringe Club's outdoor roof.
Doors open at 7:30PM and the movie starts at 8:30. Admission is $125 including one standard drink.
Fringe Club Rooftop, 2 Lower Albert Rd., Central, 2521-7251, rooftopcinema.hk
My character in the movie is the Elder of Bliss, a hermaphrodite who has accumulated the Zen of yin-yang. He can change his age, gender and appearance as he wishes.
At first, I turned down the offer. About 18 months ago, the producers approached me and offered me the role of Tie Yuxiang [love interest of the protagonist, Wei Yangsheng]. I wasn’t confident that I could act well, so I rejected them, in a nice way.
Following her turn in the world’s first 3D erotic film: “Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy,” the curvaceous Vonnie Lui is about to become Hong Kong’s biggest sex symbol. She tells Grace Tsoi about how being sexy is not just about shedding clothes and showing off your chest.
The Swinging Seventies
The first wave of erotic films
As “3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy,” the world’s first 3D skin flick produced right here in Hong Kong, hits cinemas this month, we think it’s high time to look back at the 40-year history of the city’s erotic film industry. Is it bound for a resurgence?
I was born in Tahiti, but I try not to go back there often. I want to save an awesome Tahiti trip for my honeymoon.
It’s a French colony. My New Year’s resolution this year was to learn to speak French more fluently, but it never happened. Maybe I should save this resolution for next year. I do carry a textbook for French with me all the time.
Ella Koon is famous for her stunning looks, lovely singing voice and forthright personality. The beauty sits down with Penny Zhou and talks about youth, family and showbiz.
A few Fridays ago I was having lunch with my friend Derek, producer of the upcoming “Supercapitalist” film (hey it’s a plug!), talking about movie ideas. I wanted to do a serious drama about civil rights that suddenly turns into a Bollywood dance film for no reason at all. Derek wanted to do a sci-fi TV series so secret that he didn’t even know the story. “What about the 48 Hour Film Project?” Derek asked. “Are you doing that?” Yes, I nodded vigorously, wondering what the hell he was talking about.
Derek wanted to do a sci-fi TV series so secret that he didn’t even know the story. “What about the 48 Hour Film Project?” Derek asked. “Are you doing that?” Yes, I nodded vigorously, wondering what the hell he was talking about.
Dec 10-18, www.siff.or.kr
Is there anyone who’s not a fan of Korean film these days? Dedicated to highlighting alternatives to the mainstream, the SIFF has been representing independent cinema in Korea since 1975. The festival gathers the country’s best independent films for public screening with awards not restricted by pesky things like genre.