Some Like It Hot
The 5th Hong Kong Asia Film Festival "Festival Gala"
Screenplay & Director: Pierre Lam
Producer: Ng Kin Hung
Starring: Wylie Chiu, Brian Li, James Ho,
Jason Yip, Hidy Yu
Presents: Hong Kong Star X-Media Ltd.
When the sun rises, Wood (Brian Li) found he got serious fever. At this moment, Ying (Wylie Chiu) suddenly called him to show up immediately. It seemed there was something urgent.
Episode 1: Everything Starts at Hair Inn
Last night, Ying called up Wood for company as she was being heart-broken. Ying told Wood that the past in which she fell for a hair stylist, Ben. Ying gave Ben love hint again and again, but it didn’t work. Perhaps, Ben was seeing someone else.
Episode 2: We all love Ping Pong.
In the morning, Wood re-encountered the hair stylist, Kim (Jason Yip), who recalled their past ambiguous gay love, when Wood was on the way to Ying by his bicycle. They encountered, played Ping Pong, and had happy hour together. Though, Kim realized that he had to grasp this chance that might be a great deal to the happiness of his whole life.
Episode 3: One Sofa.
Heart-broken Ying met a drunker, Roy (James Ho) on the way home. At the same time, Roy also fell out of love with his girlfriend, Zoie (Hidy Yu) and wanted to sell their antique sofa, which had an extraordinary story behind.
At a lonely night, Ying was impressed by Roy’s persistence toward love.
Can feverish Wood use his endless love to move Ying?
Some like it hot, some like it feverish. It comes out an unforgettable summer love.
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The Chinese title of this film has nothing to do with George Lam's hit song, but the love story that comes form a feverish male lead is somehow related to myself: when i fall ill and have to stay in bed, I think about how nice it would be to have a partner who will take care of me- those who live alone will certainly understand my sentiment. I rarely fall head over heels for a woman, but I do wonder, catching a cold and suffering from high fever because of a girl I like will probably win me some sympathy. We humans are selfish; but we're willing to do a lot of things (not anything though) for people we like. The best thing about being in love is that both parties are willing to do a lot of thing for the other person, which is a tad stupid. The American music critic Rob Sheffield nailed it in his autobiography on love: "Love makes me do stupid things- fortunately I learnt my lesson early." He certain knows how to enjoy love.
Being in love is a nutrient to life. To love is to learn; to be crossed in love is to grow up. SOME LIKE IT HOT is filled with energies: fall in love, fall out of love, fall in love all over again. There's passion, there's laughter and there's tears. Indeed, love is exhausting. I'm not easily exhausted, fortunately. (Originated from the 5th Hong Kong Asia Film Festival booklet)
The 9th Pusan International Film Festival
"New Current" in competition.
Hollywood Road, a luscious location filled with alluring pubs and everything that tempts the senses, is at the same time the home to many stray cats. A man at his middle age found dead on the stairs, can such mysterious incidence purely accidental? While working close by the death spot, a young construction worker was called by the stray cats, flashing him back into the scenes that mirror the past.
The Cat of Hollywood is a story happened on the city stairs in the mid-level. This is stairs where death took place, nightmares began and desire was trapped.
Look into the world of intense obsession through the eyes of the strayed. See the passion, chaos, and eternal tragedy – all linked to the mysterious Hollywood Road Cat Woman.
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2003 was a spine-chilling year for Hong Kong. Super idol committed suicide; SARS tortured the entire city; economy continued to stay gloomy and with the catalytic faults performed by the Government, 500,000 Hong Kong citizens expressed their grievances in the streets on July 1, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day.
Depression, threat and worry are the best answers to how life is like in Hong Kong last year.
The Cat of Hollywood reflects and documents the feel of living in Hong Kong in 2003, through a mysterious fable of a cat woman.
It seems there has been nothing about Hong Kong that deserves the world’s attention since 1997.
In fact, we all have something to tell.
I worked around an US$7,000 budget, invited a great line up of theatrical performers, picked up a digital video camera and get the set going in Central – the place where I live, the heart of Hong Kong.
Hollywood Road, with its enticing background, is chosen to be the stage on which the story takes place – it is the first officially named street, it is the home to Hong Kong’s first cinema and now, it is an internationally-known street featuring oriental antiques.
The mysterious beauty of Hollywood Road is beyond words. Chic bars and stray cats are all housed here. What’s more interesting is, Hollywood Road is a quiet backdrop to the indulgent Soho/Lan Kwai Fong district and thus it represents the ice-cold solitude sitting behind the red-hot prosperity; while its quietness creates sharp contrast with the party sounds just a few blocks behind.
Seeing those misfortune happened to Hong Kong in 2003, I wish, the stray cats living in Hollywood Street are able to bring us some inspiration.
Cat woman, a gorgeous subject to symbolize eternal desire, the more beautiful it is, the more dangerous. Desire is endless, be it power, love and hate, life and death or human passion. Our minds are constantly lured by these dark spirits.
My last film Fall in Love too Easily (2002) softly reacted to the 911 terrorist attack by telling a despairing love story in a city; now with The Cat of Hollywood, through a mysterious murder and magical computer-generated effects, I have a nightmarish tale that zooms into the innocence, absurdity, pain and rarity of a threatening death-and-passion story.
Life in Hong Kong is a thriller experience.
Producer: Pierre Lam
Screenplay & Director: Pierre Lam
Starring: Plato Lai, Phoebe Chu, Anna Cheung,
Yo Yo Chen, Jason Yip, Tweety Wong
The Cat Of Hollywood
2004 Taiwan Phantom Film Festival "Closing Film"
The 1st Hong Kong Asia Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival "Mystic Show"
Hong Kong Independent Film Festival
後來想起Chet Baker一首歌《I Fall in Love Too Easily》：
I fall in love too easily / I fall in love too fast
I fall in love too terribly hard / for love to ever last…
翌日，跟監製張偉雄在Starbucks喝咖啡，他問感覺如何，要不要回應？但他說可能會幾老套。九月三十日開鏡，我惱了幾天，得監製啟發，劇本改了又改，想起活地亞倫曾在《Manhattan》說過：「I’m old fashioned!」，也就心安理得老老套套拍下去。
Screenplay & Director: Pierre Lam
Producer: Bryan Chang
Music: Janet Tong
Starring: Spencer Lo, Amy Ng, Wai Lok, Sini Kwok
We are the generation of lost – we lose hope and love. After the devastating incidence of Sept. 11, who can bear with losing love again? First-time director Pierre Lam comes up with a love story of 2 boys and 2 girls - a story of stalking, peeping, rejecting and seducing - with links to his depressive feelings towards Hong Kong at that disastrous moment. Trumpeter WILLIAM loves his instrument as well as the sexy object SIN. He has blamed himself for puzzling between his religious belief and spiritual desire. Sin is a surprisingly pure yet sexy girl who only wishes to share her first love with a colleague, WAI. Wai chooses to walk out of this relationship as he had a secret commitment with a trumpeter named Vi. All these interwoven relations have been eyed by a lonely office lady, RAIN. She enjoys being an outsider without realising that she herself has become deeply a part of the game until one night. That night, all these youngsters have to face the unbearable lost of their fragile love.
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My journey to comprehending love starts with Young Werther.
I’ve once experienced a similar situation of falling unflinchingly for an un-requited love. The struggling indulgence had drowned me for two full days. Sheer spiritual exhaustion and sleepless nights had drained every bit of me until I heard Eason Chan’s Golden Times on the radio late at night, then I came to a sudden relief at dawn. We met in a restaurant where I told her, “We may never have the chance to spend time together after tonight…” and then tears rolled down her face.
That is a typical story of a love life in Hong Kong.
I’ve tried to understand the very nature of this kind of love: Does it happen because the object of desire exists, or, is this purely self-indulgence? If love is meant to be sure, why is it constantly labeled with an expiry date? Why can’t it be eternal?
As said in A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes, “Frustration would have presence as its figure (I see the other everyday, yet I am not satisfied there by: the object is actually there yet continues, in terms of my image-repertoire, to be absent for me). Absence is the figure of privation; simultaneously, I desire and I need. Desire is squashed against need: that is the obsessive phenomenon of all amorous sentiment.”
That is the point: desire is squashed against need – from here I seemed to see a drowning attitude of self-fulfillment.
When I used to linger in bars and pubs in Central, I’ve heard many interesting stories of city love; There is a man who collects her hair left in bed; and there is a woman who collects watches from all her ex-boyfriends. Therefore, fetishism is understandable.
Then it came to my mind Chet Baker sang I Fall in Love too Easily:
I fall in love too easily / I fall in love to fast
I fall in love too terribly hard / For love to ever last
The gentle yet repetitive lyrics have further deepened my perspective towards the fragile side of love. Gradually, I saw the story forming into a screenplay in full shape. I kept asking myself the same question, “Is it possible to fall for someone who you never met?” My answer would be, “Why impossible?”
Under the city skyline lives a flock of sentimental yet sexy Bohemians. They wander through the day and night, wearing pairs of eye filled with messages, gazing into each other at every brief encounter. These characters are now transformed into the lead roles of the screenplay. They interpret their experience into private, subjective storylines, and they artificially create every possibility while longing for love to happen.
As a result, I’ve been influenced by Young Werther, Roland Barthes, Chet Baker, with stories of squashed desire and fetishism awaiting.
Then the disastrous Sept. 11 incidence hit the world with shocking tragedy – adding more sleepless nights for me. The next day I met with producer Chang Wai-Hung, comparing thoughts on the incidence. We thought about responding to the disaster, however, Chang found it old fashioned to do so. The shoot then commenced on Sept. 30 with the inspirations I gained from Chang. Although I kept amending the script until the very last moment, I suddenly remembered Woody Allen’s line in Manhattan
“I’m old fashioned” flashed across my mind and then it clicked! I am happy being old fashioned, as I belong to the generation of lost.
On the night of Sept. 11, I wondered what would I do if that was the end of the world. Now I have an answer for it.
Independent Film Festival
Fall In Love Too Easily
A Mob Story
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Producer: Andrew Lau
Director: Herman Yau
Screenplay: Pierre Lam
Starring: Cheung Chi Lam, Cheung Tat Ming, Yin Shin,
Presents: Fortune Star Entertainment (HK) Limited
Why the trial needs to hire the assassin? Just because, all they need to kill are their own alliances. Assassin Ah Chat is back! He had hired to kill six gangsters already. His next target had killed his father. While Ah Chat executes his mission, the target is killed by other gun shot. Ah Chat is recognized as singer that he has to runaway to Taiwan to stay with his good old buddies "devil". The truth and fact of destiny that all the blood and kill are mainly relate to two main factors: money and woman....
Gong Tau: An Oriental Black Magic
Producer: Dennis Law, Herman Yau
Director: Herman Yau
Screenplay: Herman Yau, Pierre Lam
Starring: Mark Cheng, Maggie Shiu,
Lam Suet, Wong Tak Bun
CID detective Rockman was sent to Thailand to investigate a case involving the Hong Kong and Thai underground syndicate. During his visit he met a sexy table dancer called Elli, they had a brief but hot steamy affair. Unexpectedly Rockman was ordered to return to Hong Kong. Before leaving he promised Elli he would return. But he never did. Heart broken Elli felt she was deceived. Rockman never expect his affair would bring the worst luck for him and family.
Three years later in Hong Kong, when Rockman was busily investigating a murder case one stormy night, a senior policeman was murdered by a most wanted fugitive Lam Chiu. On the other hand, Rockman's wife broke down after their son died mysteriously. All the major newspapers headlined the two cases, saying the murder and the baby's death are related. Frustrated Rockman worked closely with Brother Sum well seasoned detective.
A Side, B Side, Sea Side
Toyko International Film Festival
“A Side B Side Seaside” is the story of two girls’ farewell to their seventeen years of youth.
In two parts just like two sides of a movie disc, the film tells the tales of Chen Tian and Ah Mei. Chen Tian is a schoolgirl in Hong Kong about to leave for Beijing for college. Before she leaves for good, she decides to spend an unforgettable trip with her best friends in a distant fishing village. There she discovers love for the first time. The encounter ever so brief, but has left something she can take away with her forever. At the same fishing village, Ah Mei, a girl who’s had a tough time in the big city, comes back home to the village to revisit her past. She finds herself reuniting with two boys from her childhood. But time has quietly tarnished their friendship, without them ever aware of the innocence lost.
Producer: Daniel Yu, Esther Koo
Director: Ah Chiu
Screenplay: Pierre Lam, Tina Chiu, Chan Wai Keung
Starring: Kong Ling, Larry Chan
Presents: Focus Film LImited
Pusan International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival