Stephen Chow's classic Kung Fu Hustle gets new life in 3D
Hustle over the border for 3D version of Chow classic
While he's not as famous worldwide as Jackie Chan, nor as critically acclaimed as Tony Leung Chiu-wai, and nowhere near as ubiquitous in local culture as Andy Lau, Stephen Chow Sing-chi is arguably the best-loved actor of Hong Kong cinema's golden age (1980s and early '90s). His mo lei tau (slapstick) films did not rack up awards like Wong Kar-wai's , nor did they develop a global following like John Woo's, but they often broke local box office records — five of the 10 highest-grossing local films, including the top two, are Chow vehicles — and influenced a generation of Cantonese slang.
Last month marked the 10th anniversary of Kung Fu Hustle, the "last Chow Sing-chi film" in the eyes of many fans — (CJ7, released in 2007, was such a departure from the star's style that most have dismissed it) — and a digitally remastered 3D version of Hustle has hit big screens on the mainland. Local fans who want to revisit Chow's classic in 3D will have to travel across the border, however, as a representative for Sony says there are no plans to release the film in Hong Kong. That's a pity, given Chow's iconic status.
Alibaba taps Wong Kar-wai
When one thinks of influential start-ups, Silicon Valley is still the first place that comes to mind, but China's powerhouses are making waves. A week after Shenzhen-based Tencent announced its launch of China's first private online bank, Hangzhou-based Alibaba said it was joining the world of show business by producing a film by Hong Kong's Wong Kar-wai starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai.
The two frequent collaborators will join forces for Bai Du Ren (The Ferryman), an adaptation of a short story by mainland author Zhang Jiajia, about the forbidden affair between two married people. Outtakes reported on plans for this film last summer, but the fact that it is going to be funded by a mainland tech giant worth 111 billion yuan (HK$140 billion) is news. It will be the first project from Alibaba Pictures.