Are you someone who likes to stay in your cinema seat when the end credits appear on screen? If so, you are in the minority in Hong Kong. Here, the lights sometimes come back on in screening venues before a film is completely over, and the projectionist is liable to cut short a film's screening before the final lines of the closing credits have had a chance to be read.
At one time, I used to religiously view films all the way to the end. That is because the movie geek part of me figured that doing so was part and parcel of the overall cinema-going experience. But these days, I tend to join the rest of the audience in heading for the exit as the end credits roll. One reason is that information about casts and crews can often be found on websites such as the Internet Movie Database or the Hong Kong Movie Database. I also have ended up attending my fair share of late night screenings, and there truly are times when I feel compelled to rush out to make sure that I will not miss the last MTR train of the day.
In recent weeks, however, I've been reminded of the merits of staying and viewing a film right until the truly final fade to black. That's because some films have interesting post-credits bonus scenes ( Iron Man 3) or informative - or just plain fun - closing credit sequences ( Quartet).
Hong Kong filmmakers also have provided viewers with extra incentives to stay until a movie's true end. Jackie Chan's films are well known for this. His comedy-tinged actioners regularly feature blooper reels showing daring stunts gone wrong, together with the end credits.
But it's Pang Ho-cheung who's served up the most memorable bonus scene in a Hong Kong film of late. Having promised to appear in drag in a parody version of singer-actress Linda Wong Hing-ping's Don't Ask Me Who I Am music video if his Love in the Buff made more than HK$20 million at the local box office, the director duly delivered a performance to delight his fans.
Shown after a credit sequence featuring a similar comedic cross-dressing performance by the romantic comedy's lead actor, Shawn Yue Man-lok, the two separate music video parodies had the audience in fits of laughter many times during the film's final few minutes.