Thursday, June 4, 2009

Shek Kin, More Than Just A Bruce Lee Villain

I don't know why now, but one of the first of the Celestial/IVL Shaw Brothers re-issues that I purchased -- on a whim -- was A Friend From Inner Space. I think I just wanted to dip my toe into the waters of the non-wuxia re-issues.

And the film is a cute kids' film that happens to star some legendary Hong Kong actors: Ti Lung, Josephine Siao, Nat Chan, and the late Shek Kin.

Seeing Shek Kin, the baddie from Bruce Lee's Enter The Dragon to my mind, as a lovable ghost helping a small child was a bit like seeing Peter Cushing play Santa Claus: weird!

But, looking at his filmography, the guy did a lot of great work in multiple genres: he was in one of Chow Yun-Fat's best starring features, Hong Kong 1941, and I just saw him in a nice comedic bit in Hong Kong Playboys, and he had a small part in the Maggie Cheung/Jacky Cheung starrer, Mother vs. Mother, and the quite-silly-but-still-fun Buddha's Palm with Derek Yee.

I still have Rivals of Kung Fu in my to-be-watched pile of Shaw re-issues and I think I'll watch that soon!