Hong Kong cinema was at its peak during the 1990s era. It was also the decade where Peter Chan’s Comrades, Almost a Love Story <甜蜜蜜> took home then-record nine wins including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress for Maggie Cheung at the 16th Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA).
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The first few years since the establishment of Milkyway Image (HK) Ltd. production in 1996 largely consisted of crime genres until Derek Chiu’s Sealed With A Kiss <甜言蜜語> marked the production company’s first foray into romantic-drama genre.
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Long before Wilson Yip hit big-time collaborating with Donnie Yen in numerous action movies such as SPL <殺破狼> (2005), Flash Point <導火線> (2007) and most notably, the Ip Man <葉問> franchise, he was primarily known as an indie director working on small-scale HK movies.
Continue reading 20 Years Later: Revisiting Bullets Over Summer 爆裂刑警 (1999)
Back in the 90s, Stephen Chow’s movies were primarily focused on his signature brand of mo lei tau (nonsensical) comedy. This is evidently seen in his numerous comedies like Fight Back To School <逃學威龍> (1991), From Beijing With Love <國產凌凌漆> (1994) and The God Of Cookery <食神> (1996). But King Of Comedy <喜劇之王> marks a significant departure for this seasoned HK comedy veteran, whose signature gags are toned down in favour of a more affecting comedy-drama moment.
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