Saturday, September 16, 2006

Chow Yun-Fat

A couple of Chow Yun-Fat tidbits. First, there's word that he and John Woo have teamed up to direct a snazzy-looking video game designed in the style of one of their old Hong Kong action films of the early to mid-1990's. The video game is entitled Stranglehold, and was previewed at the E3 conference earlier in the year. (The following video shows gameplay of the game, here is a link to the trailer) This game looks hot! The gameplay seems to be dynamic in how you can control the character, and the fact that you can interact so fully with the environment is incredible. The gamplay action looks like it's movie-quality, and John Woo's signature scenes (i.e. the doves) are given new life by being rendered in video game form. What I'm most happy about is that Chow Yun-Fat is rendered very well in this video game format -- because he and Woo are in charge, we don't see any emphasis of Chow Yun-Fat's Asian features in order to make him "look more like himself". We see more of that kind of thing with Western video game developers who don't seem to be able to include Asian characters without giving them tiny slanted eyes and yellow-tinted skin, so it's refreshing more Asians becoming involved in video games behind the scenes. However, the first image of Chow Yun-Fat as Sao-Feng in Pirates of the Carribean 3 was released earlier in the year, and I just now came across it. And, just, wow. It might be the tint of the picture, but it looks like Chow is wearing yellow make-up in addition to being costumed like a Fu Manchu knock-off. I am so not looking forward to Pirates 3.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is ANYONE looking forward to PC3 after seeing the mess that was PC2?


9/16/2006 02:54:00 PM  
Blogger Bankuei said...

PotC2 was full of enough problems that I'm not supporting any more of it, but I fully expect PotC3 will have:

1. A horde of "asians" who may or may not be asian, definitely won't look alike (see the native tribe in PotC2)
2. Opium
3. Asian Prostitution
4. "Honor", followed by cowardice & betrayal
5. More Dog eating
6. "Ching-chong-chong" made up language
7. A Gong. There's always a gong.
8. Some kung fu guy who gets his ass kicked easily by one of the white protagonists, probably with a gun or straight beat down.
9. Chow Yun Fat will appear to be the only competant asian amongst the bunch, if that.

9/16/2006 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Filby said...

I think you're probably right on most counts, except for 2 and 3, since it is a Disney movie...

9/16/2006 06:40:00 PM  
Blogger JJ the Inquisitive said...

I doubt I'll even go watch PotC3, considering that PotC2 was one of the most unapologetically racist films I have ever seen in my life. I felt sick to my stomach and vaguely dirty after seeing it, so I'm not too keen on repeating the experience.

9/17/2006 06:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I was just really pleased to see Naomie Harris stealing the show (yay, British actresses OTHER than Ms. Knightley getting a look in!) I guess I should watch PotC II again, more critically.

Out of interest, what should an eighteenth century Chinese pirate be wearing?

9/17/2006 01:12:00 PM  
Anonymous said...


#3 probably won't be blatant, but I have no doubt that it will appear in one form or another. You know, presented in a way that the adults in the audience will get it, but the children won't.

And yeah, I'm seriously considering skipping the last film.

9/17/2006 09:15:00 PM  
Anonymous gatamala said...

That game looks bad ass!! I just can't keep up w/ the technology :(

9/18/2006 03:13:00 PM  

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