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Today, we are going to talk about the Hong Kong’s action movies in the 80’s and 90’s centuries. If you randomly ask a foreigner from the street, “Have you ever watch Hong Kong’s movies?” It is believed that 90% of them will answered ‘YES!’. Hong Kong’s action movies are valuable that they brought Hong Kong’s productions to the international stage and at the same time it represented Hong Kong’s history and culture. Hong Kong’s action movies had conducted the tense fighting scenes from Hollywood, but also implied Hong Kong’s unique culture, like the relation of brotherhood. The existence of those characteristics was due to the political background of Hong Kong. Hong Kong was one of the British colonies, Hong Kong citizen’s lives were deeply influenced by the western. Therefore, Hong Kong action films have been influenced by western ideas, and formed a mixing kind of Chinese and Western style. In 80s centuries, comparing to the martial arts chivalry movies, the audience were interested in the Kung Fu movies. And the famous figure in action movies are the Kung Fu master, Jet Li, who practice the Kung Fu well. Other than the Kung Fu movies, the action movies about the war between the police and gangster backgrounding modern city had become a trend. The directors, Tsui Hark and John Woo brought the elements of guns-fight and gangster’s fight into Hong Kong movies, and that initiated a new trend in the action movies. Despite the fact that they had led a new trend, the movies, like, the brotherhood in “A BETTER TOMORROW” and the righteousness in “POLICE STORY”, had become the collective memories Hong Kong citizen. Last but not least, another person that must mention in the 80’s and 90’s is Jackie Chan, who had led the growth of Hong Kong action movies in the 80’s and 90’s. In the 80’s and 90’s, he had acted in numerous classic action movies. For examples, “PROJECT A”, “POLICE STORY” and “THE LEGEND of DRUNKEN MASTER” etc. He had also paid a lot of effort in entering the Hollywood, and brought Hong Kong movies to the international stage. Within these few minutes, it is definitely not enough to mention all the remarkable action movies in Hong Kong. If you want to know more, please check out our online exhibition!

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