Category Archives: 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival 2012

低俗喜劇 Vulgaria (2012) – 香港 (中文翻譯 – 晏晏)

@ 第36屆香港國際電影節
Review by: Andrew Chan (Neo) FCCA
Translated by: Kristy Leung
Review Date: 16th April 2012

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最「低俗」、最好笑的《低俗喜劇》,把彭浩翔的電影再次推上高峰。
溫馨提示:要熟悉香港的電影、文化才能夠體會《低俗喜劇》的笑點。

《低俗喜劇》是一部地道的香港電影而且相當好笑,令坐在大銀幕前看戲的我不停捧腹大笑,它應該是繼《醉爆伴郎團》後,另一部令我一直笑至完場的電影。《低俗喜劇》的好看程度不容置疑,充滿娛樂性,十分有趣。彭浩翔導演拍攝出的搞笑情節,再次把香港觀眾的情緒牽引住。要製作一部好的喜劇並不容易,但他往往善於製作黑色幽默和諷刺性的電影,如他第一部作品《買兇拍人》,也是的方式。而這部電影的重點及優秀之處是杜汶澤善於發放笑料的能力和趣味十足的劇本。

就我而言,杜汶澤是一個出色的演員。我記得這個人在2003至2005年間的電影中常常出現。這些年來,他所參與的電影都證明了他在喜劇及劇情片中作為主要演員的能力,特別在《人間喜劇》,另一部演技出色的電影。杜汶澤憑他獨特的風格和演技才華,終於成功發展成為可以擔當起整部電影的主角。可以說他是自周星馳以來第二位具影響力的喜劇明星。或許不是同等份量,但他的演技卻是數一數二的。同樣地,周星馳的繼承人鄭中基,在《低俗喜劇》中飾演一個富有的內地人,他的刻意浮誇與杜汶澤形成一個完美的組合,每當他們同時演出的時候,兩人的表現都各有特色,散發出各自的光芒。而遺憾地最弱的部份來自於性感的陳靜。每次出現在大銀幕前,她都以性感撩人的造型出現,可是沒法勝任角色所要求的感覺。她不像《我要成名》中的新晉演員霍思燕般,霍思燕能夠做出角色所需要的。當然,陳靜與她並不可同日而語。她在這部戲的性感比在《喜愛夜蒲》中更上一層,但與她所飾演的角色仍然遠遠有一段距離。而邵音音在戲中做回自已的角色,談吐直接,與原來的自己一模一樣,雖然她的出場不多,但戲中多個有趣的笑點正是由此而來。

總括而言,彭浩翔是香港少有的,未製作過一部參差電影的導演。故事與別不同,我們很難會看到講述人獸交的笑話和用爆炸糖來作性趣用品的電影。他的全力以赴和快速效率,為這部戲創造出最「低俗」卻令人感受深刻的笑料,亦再次成功打入了香港市場。 鄭中基和杜汶澤的演出有力地增加了戲劇效果,讓彭浩翔在2012年香港的電影院中,表達出一部最有新鮮感和最富趣味性的電影。雖然這部電影未必吸引到年老一代,或者有些人會不予欣賞態度,但在少年及中年的階層上,卻是不可錯過的電影。《低俗喜劇》或許未能贏得什麼獎項,但彭浩翔賦予的娛樂性,讓它獨具意義。(Neo 2012)

香港歷翱述評創作

歷翱 評 – 9/10

(中文翻譯 – 晏晏)

[36HKIFF] Comrades, Almost a Love Story 甜蜜蜜 (1996) – Hong Kong

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@ 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival

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What more do i need to say about this film that hasn’t been spoken before. All I can say is that I am thankful to witness this film again on the big screen, even if it is 16 years too late. In creating “Comrades Almost a Love Story” (“Comrades”), director Peter Chan has not only produced a great local romantic drama, but a timeless romantic masterpiece for generations ahead. It is in this film, that Maggie Cheung finally showed her true colours of a maturing actress. There are countless moments in “Comrades” that would go on to become iconic cinematic scenes that defines Hong Kong cinema. Such as the bike scene when Leon proclaims that “I have a car” and go on and show Maggie a bike. She smartly responded “In Hong Kong, a bike is not a car”. The film deals with many issues still of relevance today, namely the cultural differences of mainlanders living in Hong Kong, sex, belonging, and friendship and possibly love. It must be complimented of the amount of details Chan goes into portraying Hong Kong in different decades. It is perhaps due to the details and character’s depth that Chan loves to focus on, which ultimately made “Comrades”, one of Hong Kong’s most important film of all-time.

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As mentioned before, Maggie Cheung was truly amazing. Cheung was the shining light and it was her not Leon Lai that carry the film on her strong shoulders. In a complete and well-rounded award winning performance, Cheung is able to portray a complicated character that changes through time and experiences. The manner in which she is able to communicate her emotions is extremely noteworthy. The scene when Cheung is in the car and Leon walks back and kiss her remains one of the most powerful scene that is about to connect and leave a lasting impression on the audience. For Leon Lai, it is really more of the same. Credit should be given to Peter Chan for not requiring Lai to act and made the most out of his expressionless face. However, the key ingredient is most definitely the radiating chemistry between the duo that makes the film so believable and relatable. The film is also ably supported by the ever beautiful Kristy Yeung and the scene stealing Eric Tsang as the good hearted, triad boss. Tsang simply made this character his very own. In the boat scene, when Maggie confronts Eric about their relationship, he calmly said: “There are plenty of men, once you step outside this door”. It is a kind of unconditional love, that Eric made the scene both bittersweet and romantic at the same time.

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All in all, “Comrades” is not just another 90s romantic classic, but rather a timeless tale of Hong Kong through the years of change. In making “Comrades”, Chan has created something more than special, in actual fact – a masterpiece. So catch it, before you regret it! If two words can sum up this flick – simply romantic…

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Neo rates it 10/10