n the 80s and early 90s, action movies were a big draw at the box office. Some westerners who knew martial arts worked well in the Hong Kong movie industry. However, in the mid to late 90s most westerners only got trivial roles, such as 'bad guys' or henchmen. Perhaps that was due to the 1997 change over situation and the Hong Kong movie industry wanted to show its patriotic side.
With Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh doing Hollywood movies, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 's success in the west, the Hong Kong movie industry seems to be incorporating more global ideas to expand their market. The prospect for westerners in the Hong Kong movie industry seems to be looking good once more.
Dubbing is no longer popular and the industry recognises that multi-lingual movies are beginning to be accepted.