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Interview with Derek Yee
Viva Erotica 1/1 - Page 5
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Arnaud Lanuque
Date : 6/1/2005
Type(s) : Interview
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People :
Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing
Bosco Lam Hing Lung
Lau Ching Wan
Karen Mok Man Wai
Wong Jing
Derek Yee Tung Sing
Movies :
Viva Erotica
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HKCinemagic : Why did you want to make a category 3 -rated movie?
Derek Yee : The whole idea came when I was with a friend, Bosco Lam, who had made five category-3 rated movies for Wong Jing. And he felt so bad and didn't know how to face his family. I told him he was very stupid and suggested to use a fake name and not the real one! Even for x-rated movie or adult movie the director doesn't have to make it very cheap, you can do it with taste. That's why I made Viva Erotica like this.
HKCinemagic : Was it because at that time it was hard to make a movie that you did a category 3 movie, which isn't really in fact but it'ss more a satire of the film industry ?
Derek Yee : No it wasn't hard at all. Looking back it was in 1996 and it was a good time for HK movies. There was no problem for raising funds for movies, things like that. To have me as a director andLeslie Cheung and Karen Mok as actors, it was calculated to be a huge success for the investors. At least, in their [investors] eyes.


Leslie Cheung and Karen Mok in Viva Erotica


HKCinemagic : In the movie, yourself played by Lau Chin Wan has a lot of trouble to make a living with filmmaking, in another hand, Leslie Cheung is luckier with cheap category 3. Is it from your personal experience, because you proved to be very successful mixing commercial project with more personal approach?
Derek Yee : For artistic and commercial movies I never draw a line between this two, because different people have different level of appreciation of art, so it's very difficult to draw a line. I'd like to do something enjoyed by the majority but in the same time with my personal messages in it.

Lau Ching Wan Wan played a movie director, and his name is Derek Yee. But it was just a joke. In real life, I realized that I made very successful works but also failures. Many people experience that, and I'd never think of killing myself for failing!

HKCinemagic : There is an interesting scene when people joyfully watch an x-rated movie in theatre and are cheering and in contrast people going out of the theatre where a Derek Yee's movie is screened (inside this very movie) and moan that it is too lousy…
Derek Yee : For this movie I went to cinemas at different locations to check on the audience response. It really varied. In some particular locations, people looked at it as just another movie.

In cinemas in Mongkok where the actors get naked, they just laughed. In Tsim Sha Tsui they were shocked. They didn't expect that this kind of scene could be done by artists like Leslie Cheung. In the early nineties when the movie business was really good, a lot of people went to midnight shows. They would get very involved as if they watch a stage play. For foreigners [such spectacle] is amazing.

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