REIGN OF ASSASSINS
DRAGON INN began and it had to have been at least a dozen years since I had last seen it and it was almost like going in fresh. I forgot how wild, sexy, and fun it was!? Just before the film started, I noticed actor/director Lung Kong walking into the theater with his wife. They sat two rows in front of me. Lung Kong (don't worry if you have no clue who he is) I only knew from one of the movies he made, THE STORY OF A DISCHARGED PRISONER, which John Woo re-imagined into A BETTER TOMORROW. I haven't seen the film as the only version available is unsubed. And I only knew who he was this year on sight because he attended last years NYAFF in which Simon Yam acknowledged him in the audience. This year, as last year, he flew in under the radar without anyone knowing who he was. I do have to say, I felt very cool actually knowing who he was. Anyway, the 76 year old legend nodded off a few times during the film, making his wife poke him awake a few times. It was cute and very funny. After the show, one of the festival coordinators, Grady Hendrix, introduced Tsui Hark, who produced AND 'shot' some of the film. Hark's imprint is apparent. Pictures of their exchange are peppered throughout this post. An excellent interview and Tsui was very informative, especially speaking about the heyday of HK cinema and the fever pitch productions of the time.
Me and my BFF, Tsui Hark. We are slated to marry this coming fall.
PEKING OPERA BLUES
As Tsui posed for a few more pics, Lung Kong and his wife stood aside, again, Lung not drawing any fanfare as no one knew who he was? Me, giddy with delight at feeling too cool for shule at knowing who Lung Kong was, took a quick pic of he and his wife. Feeling ballsy, I then asked if he would like to take a picture with me. After hesitating a bit, he nodded, and said, "Ok." After the pic, he drew his attention toward my CAT III t-shirt, pointing at it and asking me, "Do you know what this means?" I, without a question did, and answered, "Yes! Category III!" He smiled and said, "Oh. Ok," and continued to laugh a little. I was on top of the f'ing world, and I floated back down to Penn with about 15 minutes to spare before my train home. Stopped by T.G.I.Fridays for a lovingly frosted pint of good ole' Bud Light. I guzzled that swill in about 4 minutes and hopped on the train.
The Oily Maniac and Lung Kong
CANTODREAMING blog. She was attending DEE. Just before reaching Lincoln Center, a few blocks before, I heard screams and screeches of delight. The kind that only pre-teen girls emit when they come across a Tiger Beat heartthrob in the flesh. As I approached I saw a huge crowd gathering. Blocking the sidewalk and spilling out int the middle of 9th Ave. WTF was going on over there? Why are these people blocking my way to see Tsui Hark?! A trio of teeny bopper girls shot passed me towards the crowd, knocking into me with their clunky knock-off Coach bags, tripping over their flip-flops and almost face-planting on the sidewalk. Thousands of people packed into Lincoln Centers fountain area. I really didn't care to know the reason at this point. All I knew is I was going to have to detour a block over to 10th and tack on another 10 minutes to my sweaty excursion. It wasn't until the introduction of THE BLADE that I found out what all the hullabaloo was about? The cast of the new Harry Potter film was milling about as the new Potter film was premiering on an outdoor screen erected in Lincoln Centers fountain area. Daniel Radcliff or Tsui Hark? Who would you choose? Emma Watson?!?!
The Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award
Tsui's 'REST-OF-YOUR-LIFETIME' Achievement Award
These ARE the TEN COMMANDMENTS!