Sunday, November 19, 2006

Wong Kai-wai story in the New York Times, yes, you read it right, NYT

"ON a SoHo film set last August, Jude Law and Norah Jones were getting intimate. Repeatedly intimate. To be precise, they had kissed upwards of 150 times in the past three days.

The occasion for this outbreak of passion was “My Blueberry Nights,” the first English-language film by Wong Kar-wai, the maverick Hong Kong director turned avatar of cosmopolitan cool. This particular night was stifling as the crew spilled out of Palacinka, a small cafe on Grand Street that was the principal New York location, preparing for yet another take of the scene known as “the Kiss.”"

Read the whole story here.

Now who said HK film industry is dying? Yes, there may be less locally produced firms. What happens is, in the age of globalization, a task (film-making) is sliced up into finer parts with each of them being made at the location best at doing it.

Other stuff, like clothing has long been produced that way. So if we are not worry about there are less locally made shirts or ties, there is also no reason to sweat over the dwindling number of locally made movies. What is interesting is to investigate what factors account for this new mode of production in the movie business. Is it financial innovation? Is it technological advancement? Or is it some sort of organizational change which makes coordiating the task of making a movie in many different places a far more manageable task?

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