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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
My mind was almost blown today, dudes. In a moment of panic, I realized that somehow it had been well over a year since my first International Anthony Wong Day post. I missed it last year!
What the hell is my problem?
Thankfully, one of the perks of inventing your own holiday is being able to reschedule it whenever you please, so that's precisely what I'm doing.
Happy 2nd International Anthony Wong Day, everybody!
Go and celebrate with loved ones, be merry, and most importantly, don't do anything A-Wong wouldn't do!*
|Erotic Ghost Story II|
|Jiang Hu: Triad Zone|
|Mr. Wai Go|
|Roaring Tiger, Bluffing Dragon|
|3 Days of a Blind Girl|
|Fight Back 2 School III|
|Justice of Life|
|Love to Kill|
*In my mind A-Wong is a super freak, so IAWD is pretty much an excuse to go out and get real weird with it.
**Some of these caps were contributed by the lovely Achillesgirl. Right on**
Saturday, October 29, 2011
|Oh please, don't make her atone for her misdeeds. She's simply too beautiful to die!|
|Let me see, what is it going to be this time? Is she going to pout, stomp and coerce the other characters into letting her accompany them on a journey that she's going to bitch about every step of the way?|
|Falsely accusing someone of sexual assault is charming. She bites the dust midway through the film, and to my delight, is not mentioned again.|
|I killed your best friend, but I know that you still like me. I love him, but I could gripe about Chang Cheh's female characters all day.|
How about if she's infuriatingly loud, yet super vulnerable and must be rescued by a more capable male character?
I will magically transform from a completely obnoxious and unsympathetic "lady of the night", to a woman you'd definitely bring home to mother, right before your very eyes!
You can usually figure out which one of these scenarios it's going to be fairly early in the film, because there are really only a few purposes for the female lead to serve in most HK fantasy films, and I've seen it play out too many times.
|They get married later. Lucky guy.|
I strongly resent that this phenomena has made me dread the appearance of a female in many of the films I watch. I'm a woman. I love women! In reality, the one dimensional writing of these characters is the underlying problem, rather than the acting itself. Although, I really still despise the pouty princess face. You know the one.
There are, of course, notable exceptions. Demon of the Lute, Deadful Melody, The Magic Crane, A Chinese Ghost Story, etc., have really effective, powerful and multi-faceted female leads. Actresses like Rosamund Kwan, Anita Mui and Brigitte Lin, that have strong screen presence also always seem to find a way to add extra dimension and humanity to an otherwise cardboard character.
I am well aware that you have saved my life many times, but you're getting on my over-privileged nerves, and I never want to see you again.
Maybe I'm just being oversensitive.
Women, you know?