Coming soon: Friday Entertainment Part 2
FRIDAY Entertainment rages merrily into 1993 after a first year in existence which was spent chronicling local pop, television, movie and radio news and profiling personalities.
It was so much fun that we've decided to do it all over again this year. And this is what we think, and sometimes pray, will happen over the next 12 months.
Prediction: The decline of the western movie will continue apace at Hongkong cinemas as local audiences continue to shun anything other than blockbusters. Suggestion: Either develop a taste for the fast-improving Hongkong/Chinese/Taiwanese movies or stick with video, and kiss mobile phone/screaming child Hongkong cinema misery goodbye.
Prayer: That stalwarts like the Arts Centre, Panasia Cine-Club and the organisers of our annual festivals continue to provide a minority audience with the unbeatable thrill of good movies seen at good movie houses.
Prediction: That 1993 will prove a strong, diverse year of international rock concerts. Peter Gabriel looks like being the Big One, Elton John the One, Bon Jovi is a possibility and we can also look forward to smaller, more specialised acts.
Prayer: That distributors expand their horizons (Simply Red's manager told us there were loads of bands looking for Hongkong gigs) beyond the tried and trusted Air Supply/Chicago/Jazz fusion staples. Also that we find a new venue. It's a fact that the Hongkong Coliseum is already fully booked for 1993 so if a major act were to suddenly become a possibility, distributors would have to turn them down.
Prediction: That Howards End, The Player, Unforgiven, Aladdin, Husbands and Wives and The Crying Game win Oscars.
Prayer: That the PRC allows its brilliant film-makers more artistic freedom.
Prediction: That appalling advertising like that for Lowenbrau beer and all those cognacs will be here for years to come.
Prayer: That the people responsible for the steamy late-night-only AIDS announcement (at last an advert that dares to actually demonstrate that condoms go with sex, not pyramids, Dodo Cheng or Jackie Chan stunts) keep up the good work.
Prediction: That Metro continues to try to get itself uplinked on satellite but finds itself brought down to earth by budgetary constraints despite a continuing strong performance by FM Select.
Prayer: That radio stations stop gushing on about the rebirth of radio and just get on with putting out a reasonable service.
Prediction: That actor/ photographer Simon Yam will make a movie in which he plays a gigolo (think we'll put millions on this).
Prayer: That Ronnie Yip will go back to making bad soft porn films rather than records and mainstream movies.
Prediction: That Anders Nelsson and Andrew Bull go into partnership over a Michael Jackson concert.
Prayer: That it is in Hongkong.