Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Fire of Conscience in the Fire Section of Elements Mall

There's not much I want to say about Fire of Conscience (2010) as the LoveHKFilm.com guys will surely weigh in on it except that it seems like the film was constructed backwards: the action setpieces were designed first and then characters and plot sketched in later.

The film looks good with really stunning opening and closing fx-driven still sequences. And the Bernard Herrrmann-echoing score was nice too -- think what Herrmann cranked out for a DePalma film like Obsession (1976).

And finally seeing Vivian Hsu on a big screen was nice. I just can't take Leon too seriously but Richie Ren was surprisingly not as horrible in this as I think some people feared he might be.

I saw the film at the The Grand cinema at the Elements mall and there's video below of a bit of that trek.

Call me spoiled but this may be my favourite theater in Hong Kong.

We had a great Shanghaiese meal at Modern China Restaurant and I'm not going to begin to remember the Chinese names of any of the dishes so I'm just going to be lazy and post the pictures.

But I didn't get any pictures of the delicious soup-filled dumplings!



Beef and the accompanying pancakes...



Fried rice with shrimp and egg white...



Eel and veggies...



This bacon-infused dish looked spicy...



Once Upon a Gangster -- think that's the title -- is an Election parody with Jordan Chan and Ekin Cheng. The preview looks funny but the film opens after I leave!



Charlene Choi schleps for Gardasil...