As part of the 20 years anniversary handed over back to China, ‘Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017’ was held in London on Nov.
Invited by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office for the event, I got a chance to watch the European Premier for ‘Paradox Series 3’ in London. Since I moved to the UK, there are not many chances to sit in the cinema and watch movies that made in HK. Moreover, Hong Kong movie to me seems goes downhill since 2002 which I think the best year since the Millennium.
As the first ‘Paradox’ movie was so successful back to 2005, people have higher expectations for the third one. Honestly speaking, this is the first time for me to watch the series, fortunately, the storylines of these 3 movies have no connections, so I don’t need to go back to watch the first one in order to understand the third movie.
Whereas, the more expectations, the more disappointed. Many plots can be found in the other classic Hong Kong movies, for example, one of my favourite, ‘Infernal Affairs’ which back to 2002. The scriptwriters seem just put all the plots together from other popular movies to make a new one but with a new storyline. No matter how good the performance of the actors; how intense the background music, the spliced out script hardly grab audience’s attention.
However, there is something in the movie that needs to be highlight which are the action scenes in the movie, no fancy machinery, no imagined superpower, no special equipment, every move is face to face, body contact body.
I believe the filmography and the movie editors contribute a lot to the amazing action scenes; whereas, back to the filming set, the action choreographer is the person deserves the compliment.
For this movie, this person is Sammo Hung.
I was under the impression that Sammo Hung always a chubby, middle-aged guy that seems never meets the standard for the entertainment industry, especially as an action actor.
From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan; then Jet Li, to Donnie Yen. Can anyone think of any action actors that without biceps, the pecs or six-pack? Well, Sammo Hung, also known as Hung Kam-bo for Chinese seems a person that without meeting any of these stereotypes. However, back to 1980s, Sammo Hung is the first person to make a mark in the film industry with the Hong Kong New Wave movement.
Sammo Hung has been trained as in an Opera School since he was 9 and became the foremost member of the Seven Little Fortunes performing group which Jackie Chan needs to call him senior brother. He started to perform when he was 14, only because of the injury when he was 16, he started to gain weight.
Whereas he didn’t give up martial arts, he started to produce and direct action movies; moreover, he became a fight choreographer and work with Jackie Chan, King Hu and John Woo for their movies.
People from the western countries might never hear about that in Hong Kong and Taiwan, there is one category in the movie awards called ‘the Best Action Choreography’, Sammo Hung has been nominated for this category for 14 times and won 5 times so far both in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Though he lost his figure, he still can do stunts, he can easily to kick somebody ass as well. It is blessed that Hong Kong’s action movie still got Sammo Hung.