The Swinging Seventies
The first wave of erotic films
In the 1970s, the first wave of erotic films filled Hong Kong cinemas: actresses shot to fame after showing their curvaceous bodies on the big screen; people were captivated by the seductive imagery; and even famous directors toyed with making...
Apr 8 2011 - 12:00am
My character in the movie is the Elder of Bliss, a hermaphrodite who has accumulated the Zen of yin-yang. He can change his age, gender and appearance as he wishes.
At first, I turned down the offer. About 18 months ago, the producers approached me and offered me the role of Tie Yuxiang [love...
Apr 7 2011 - 11:00pm
I was born in Tahiti, but I try not to go back there often. I want to save an awesome Tahiti trip for my honeymoon.
It’s a French colony. My New Year’s resolution this year was to learn to speak French more fluently, but it never happened. Maybe I should save this resolution for next...
Nov 26 2010 - 12:00am
A few Fridays ago I was having lunch with my friend Derek, producer of the upcoming “Supercapitalist” film (hey it’s a plug!), talking about movie ideas. I wanted to do a serious drama about civil rights that suddenly turns into a Bollywood dance film for no reason at all. Derek...
Nov 5 2010 - 12:00am
HK Magazine: Your new film, “I Am Love,” took more than 10 years to make. What’s so special about it?
Tilda Swinton: Well, you know a lot of films take more than 10 years to make, so the time frame is not why it’s special. Luca [Guadagnino, the director] and I are very old...
Sep 30 2010 - 11:00pm
The Mr. Hong Kong gig was really challenging. I can’t read Chinese, so I translated the script in English, and then when we were doing it live, I had to convert it back into Cantonese.
American father, Chinese mom. That’s how I came to be.
I was raised in Kuala Lumpur and went to a...
Aug 26 2010 - 11:00pm
I watched a lot of television growing up in the seventies.
They used to play old black and white Cantonese movies on TV all the time. Now they don’t even play the reruns after midnight.
I had the feeling that I wanted to be an actor in primary school, but I didn’t tell anybody. It wasn...
Aug 5 2010 - 11:00pm
HK: Why did you decide to direct this film on your own, without your usual writing and directing partner, Alan Mak?
FC: Alan and I are very different. He’s a very straitlaced person. He’s very normal. But I’m kind of abnormal. [Laughs.] I’m always coming up with outlandish...
May 27 2010 - 11:00pm
I was a very sporty girl.
As a kid, I did not enjoy studying. I tried out ballet classes, but I danced like an elephant.
At home, I’d somersault on the sofa, have swordfights with my brother and perform multiple one-hand cartwheels for my family.
In primary school, I once wrote that I wanted...
May 20 2010 - 11:00pm
Born in Macau, but now living in Australia, Law has a tempestuous working relationship with her husband Eddie Fong, who has collaborated with her on many award-winning films. She talks to Doretta Lau about culture, identity and filmmaking.
I lived in Macau until I was 10. Then the 1967 riots...
May 13 2010 - 11:00pm