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The Best of Hong Kong Cinema - 2004
February 27, 2005
The Acadamy Awards are this weekend and The Illuminated Lantern is in the spirit of honoring the best of the best in cinema this year. Forget the Hong Kong Film awards, the Golden Bauhinia Awards, and the Taiwan's Golden Horse. Right here are the only awards for Hong Kong movies not prejudiced by industry insiders scratching each other's backs, not manipulated by international politics, and not voted on by anyone but myself. Without further ado, here are the first annual Golden Lantern awards.
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2003 - The Year in Review
April 01, 2004
2003 was the year that, for me, and for many fans, Hong Kong Cinema died. With the loss of Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung, two of the biggest reasons I watched Hong Kong movies disappeared. There really isn't much more to say about the year in review, and in any case I don't really feel particularly motivated to look any further. Maybe next year, things will look better. So instead of any additional commentary, find below a list of Box Office figures, and award winners from the Hong Kong Film Awards, the Golden Bauhina Awards, the Golden Horse Awards (Taiwan), and the Hong Kong Critics Society winners.
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2002 - The Year in Review
April 01, 2003
Hong Kong's economy continued to decline and pessimism dominated the mood of the city. Popular cinema reflected the mood by focusing on two topics on everyone's minds: money and suicide.
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2002 - Top 10
April 01, 2003
Last year, comedian Stephen Chiau's movie SHAOLIN SOCCER took the number one spot, LEGEND OF ZU number two. Both movies were bought up by Miramax, dubbed, re-scored, and cut, and may at any moment be dumped on unsuspecting American audiences who will no doubt find them half as good as they originally were. This year, perhaps thankfully, the number two film of this year, INFERNAL AFFAIRS, has had remake rights purchased instead. The number one film this year has no chance of either happening, and stars Stephen Chiau's constant comedic companion from the early nineties, Sandra Ng, who gets her own film at last and makes everyone else look dull by comparison.
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2001 - The Year in Review
April 01, 2002
2001 saw more more movies about yuppie love than anyone should have to be subjected to, but the year was not a total loss. Rather, a lot of new developments in Hong Kong cinema, and the return of some of its leading lights, show that Hong Kong cinema is as exciting as ever.
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2001 - Top 10
April 01, 2002
It is almost always the case that the best movies of the year are not the most popular. Exception is made here for the #1 slot, which managed the rare combination of being both the best film of the year and the highest grossing at the Box Office. The rest met with varying success, some playing in no more than one theater for a few days before disappearing into the VCD racks, others making bids for international recognition at film festivals, but falling short of taking home any prizes. All of them are worth seeing, and represent some of the most creative work coming from Hong Kong this year.
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