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Interview of Vincent Sze : the French sidekick
From France to HK 1/1 - Page 1
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Author(s) : Arnaud Lanuque
Date : 13/3/2007
Type(s) : Interview
 
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People :
Benny Chan Muk Sing
Jackie Chan
Bruce Lee
Vincent Sze
Movies :
A Better Tomorrow
Invisible Target
 
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It is not easy to breakthrough in the small world of Hong Kong cinema! Even more so when one is French! That is however what the friendly Vincent Sze, has managed to do, one of the bad guys in Benny Chan's last film Invisible Target. After much trouble to assert himself in the industry, he got noticed by successively working in the HK's biggest action productions. His testimony below reveals a new side of the Hong Kong cinema.

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HKCinemagic : You are from Hong Kong but you have always lived in Paris , is that right?
Vincent Sze : Almost, yes. Half in Paris, half in Noumea in New Caledonia. My father was Eurasian ; he has always wanted his son to speak French, for he was himself French in his mind . He came to Hong Kong to do business when he was young and got married here. Hence my birth here. But my father was adamant that his son was to be fluent in French and he sent me to France.

I used to come back about once every 2-3 years, for the school holidays. But I did not necessarily come back to Hong Kong . Sometimes, I would spend my holidays in Australia , not far from Noumea . I would travel quite a lot during school holidays.

 
HKCinemagic : And what made you come back for good to HK?
V S : Nothing in particular actually. I am the only son of the family, so I preferred to come back and take care of the family. It is a bit my Chinese side.
 
HKCinemagic : As a child, did you have any interest in films from Hong Kong ? In cinemas or on video?
V S : On video, yes. I had Chinese friends with whom we would lend videotapes. But I don't particularly regret the Hong Kong cinema of that time. For instance, I liked the gunfights but I found it was a bit ridiculous that a gun loader could shoot so many bullets without ever getting reloaded. It was never-ending! (Laughs) But luckily, in some of those films, the script was well written, as for A Better Tomorrow. So we don't really remember the bad aspects.

Regarding martial action, Bruce Lee was THE influence. I like a lot Jackie Chan too, but it’s another style, it’s action but also comedy. And Jackie Chan did a great job on the choreography, with his team. I like both styles equally. With Bruce Lee, you see real street fights, there’s no cheating, there’s no cable. As for Jackie, it’s a bit like in a circus, but he’s the best in this genre and I have a lot of respect for that

 
HKCinemagic : I suppose that at that time you didn't imagine at all being part of this world one day?
V S : No, indeed.
 
HKCinemagic : But there is all the same a direct influence. Did you learn martial arts to imitate Bruce?
V S : I did, it was after watching his films that I started. First Tae Kwon Do. I got my black belt at 13 or 14. I had started very intensively in Hong Kong, for 2 months, and kept practising in Noumea with a Korean master. After Tae Kwon Do, I took up Karate, first Shito Ryu and then for 2 years Gojo Ryu to get back to Shito Ryu. I also got the black belt.

I've been learning Karate Kyokushinkai since I settled in Hong Kong , in 2000.

 
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