|Patrick Tam : When you’re seeing a Hong Kong film, ask yourself why. Why are you seeing one? Why do you like Hong Kong cinema? Western audiences express this passion and enthusiasm for Hong Kong cinema. I would like them to rethink this passion for Hong Kong cinema. Is it really that worthwhile? Hong Kong audiences like Hollywood cinema because of the special effects and computer graphics. Hollywood cinema, in recent years, is going way down. I am not that optimistic or enthusiastic about the future of cinema. The golden days are gone forever. The great maestros of world cinema like Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, and Max Ophuls, were working in Hollywood. There was variety.
The decline of Hong Kong cinema has occurred because it is without variety. You have all these silly comedies --not the good ones, I mean the mindless ones-- and you have this triad society stuff as if Hong Kong is about gangsters and police. How many triad society members do you encounter in your daily life? It is a narrow and distorted view of Hong Kong society. It is detestable. It reflects fear and insecurity. This action-oriented genre might sell and excite audiences, but cinema is not about excitement it is about touching hearts. That is what is ultimately important --emotional impact rather than action.