There are a few C/HK must-see this year in showing. I am shallow, they have my crushes (but some of them should be truly amazing…)
I can’t wait to see A Touch of Sin 天註定 by 賈樟柯 Jia Zhangke, in competition for Palme d’Or the trailer looks so intriguing, ‘based on true events’ indeed. Well versed in mainland current events will see Jia as an auteur with an unique stroke mixing documentary and cinema, some of the scenes in the movie are almost straight out of ‘harmonized’ headlines. The young filmmaker’s works are never boring, this is his 7th ‘film’, always daring, delving into sensitive scandals and social stigma. This will be a slew of violence-packed events retelling 4 stories, somewhat new direction for him as this is touted as a modern revision of 侠义’xia yi’/chivalry, a modern fable of wuxia? Early buzz is this is styled like a Quentin, the actors are all terrific, 姜武 Jiang Wu (like his better known brother Jiang Wen) has never disappointed me. 王宝强 Wang BoQiang is also someone who has been absolutely scene-stealing in everything he’s in. Lost in Journey/Lost in Thailand may be his highest grossing movies, most massive hits but he has been steadily working in meatier stuff through the years. 张嘉译/ Zhang Jiayi (Dwelling Narrowness, Cliff) is also playing a supporting role.
A HK cinema showing is 掃毒/The White Storm. I can not look away from a 劉青雲/Sean Lau film, that is all. I’m not a fan of Benny Chan, not a fan of Louis Koo, I do not mind Nick Cheung but I also find him showy of his technique on screen and this looks like every other decent HK genre film with pretty action sequences thrown in, rinse, wash and repeat. But it has 劉!青!雲!
Un Certain Regard: 過界Bends is the first film of HK director Flora Lau. The script is said to go under 18 revisions before it convinced executive producer Shi Nansun on board. She brought along William Chang SukPing and Christopher Doyle, the trusted team behind WKW films for production design and cinematography. <- My eyes can’t look away from THAT team. Story is of a chauffeur and a socialite, different ends of the pond, keeping each other afloat. It looks very my thing.
OH CHEN KUN!!!!! Y SO DASHING!!! Gosh those slivering raindrops are doing wonders to him and only him, his arm candy (and vice versa) is the director Flora Lau, très chic herself.
I do feel horrible for Carina, sometimes, her husband is 3 years her senior but not matter how many more wrinkles he gets he still manages to look slightly over 30, for TWENTY years now! See, as much as I like ChenKun, and hopefully he’s awesome in this, I’ll be so much more excited if the chauffeur is played by Tony. I have been wanting to see him and Carina pairing up in something arthouse.
Johnny To’s Blind Detective is also showing at Cannes. Starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng. Tbvh, not terribly exciting from the ~1 min trailer to me, I see Andy…POSING. >< But at least it’s not Johnny+Andy+Sammi full on romcom, that is just not my cup of tea and imo not their forte.