The Hard Boiled Hong Kong festival’s killer lineup
The sudden popularity of Hong Kong cinema in the U.S. during the ’90s had an unfortunate side effect.
Several of H.K.’s greatest filmmakers and stars — most notably Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Chow Yun-fat, Sammo Hung and John Woo — began to work in Hollywood instead.
But Hard Boiled Hong Kong, a three-weekend series at the L.A. County Museum of Art, proves that the former colony is still turning out great films, albeit at a slower pace.
It’s also a reference to John Woo’s 1992 masterpiece “Hard Boiled” (screening Nov. 13), which was in many ways the culmination of the seven years of groundbreaking work that made Woo the first Hong Kong director to become a name brand in Hollywood.