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Interview with Wong Jing, guru of mainstream cinema
People are selfish 1/1 - Page 4
Author(s) : Thomas Podvin
Date : 10/12/2007
Type(s) : Interview
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HKCinemagic: So is it because of people's selfishness HK cinema has declined so much?

Wing Jing: No. As I repeated so many time, yet most HK film people don’t want to mention it, its is actually the fault of politics. In the 1980s to the 1990s, the most important market of the HK film industry was Taiwan. At the moment, only the Taiwan market could brought the money that the HK film industry needed. Only one example: God of Gamblers 2. They paid around 3 million USD for the distribution rights, which was almost 70% of the budget. So why the business isn’t good at the moment is because people are so selfish and they never cared about the Taiwan investors. A lot of things happened at this time, so at the end, Taiwan was lost and the market collapsed. So there is no market left to support HK films. Every investor have to give enough money to produce a film, before we asked Taiwan people to pay. That’s what they ought to do.

HKCinemagic: Now, there is the Mainland.
Wong Jing: They killed the market. Actually HK film people kill the market by there own hand.

God of Gamblers 2
HKCinemagic: Is there a chance to revive it?
Wong Jing: I don’t think so. We cannot go back in time. In the film industry history, all the film countries like France, Italy and Japan all had their golden years, like the 1970s in France and in Italy with a lot of spaghetti westerns, which were every successful at this moment. When they get through their golden years and these industries start to decline, it is very hard for them to get up again. And Japan was the same so I don’t believe that HK can go back [to its previous golden years].
HKCinemagic: Even if there are more and more co-productions between HK and the Chinese mainland?
Wong Jing: I don’t think so. Why French movies don’t get better, like during the Alain Delon’s time?
HKCinemagic: Yes, but more and more French films are successful in France, maybe not all over the world but the industry isn’t dead.
Wong Jing: Yes, there are also a lot of successful Chinese films in China but not all over the world. Because all countries want to produce their own films. Even in Thailand, Japan and Korea. So no one can be the king again.
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