The Hong Kong Filmart was very tiring but the range of exhibitors there is quite good. Besides the back to back meetings and the obligatory lunches, not to mention late night clubbing and karaoke session, I did have time to check out my favourite Kubrick and spent a LOT of money buying DVDs there. I managed to pick up over 20 DVDs, all legit of course and in the filmart, although no deals were closed on the floor, I got back some really cool catalogues where I intend to buy quite many titles, including a catalogue full of Japanese classics, Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi, Naruse etc. Those will be very exciting titles to put on the channel. Also, libraries of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, European, Middle Eastern exist and now within range. Hopefully I can get those on the channel as soon as I can.
Met and chatted with Chris Doyle (who appeared to be drunk) and he asked about the Malaysian film industry and what is happening and I hope I didn’t disgrace myself and my country with the answer. Interesting scoop from the producer of INVISIBLE WAVES about Chris Doyle – they had bodyguards and all to take care of him but suddenly Chris disappeared. They found him lying on the floor rolling about looking for an angle and of course, half drunk :-). Cool guy he is and very nice and courteous.
Also met Peter Chan, Johnnie To, Twins and a host of other stars and directors. Went clubbing with Lam Ka-Tung and reached the hotel almost drunk. Quite a fun trip this is although I regret not being able to stay longer for the film festival screenings.
Well, will update more later.