It all started back around ‘91 - I was flicking through the channels on the TV when I came upon this thing called Project A. I’d heard a little bit about Jackie Chan, but thought Martial Arts films were stupid. I watched for a few minutes and was pretty impressed with the guy’s physical ability and the likeable humour. Anyway, I switched off and went to bed.
The next night, the same thing happened. I caught a few minutes of another film with the same guy called Wheels on Meals. Again, I was highly impressed. Before going to bed this time, I ascertained that Channel 4 were having a Jackie Chan season and thought it might be an idea to tape the next film next time to see if I’d like it.
So, on the next night I set the tape recorder, and sat down to watch the first few minutes before going to bed. Some time later that same night, when the end credits were rolling, I new I’d seen something truly magical, and I haven’t been able to look at films in the same way since. That film was Police Story.
Since that fateful night, I became an avid (read: obsessed) fan of Jackie Chan, and collected everything I could get my hands on. Then, the Jackie reservoir ran dry, so I had to look at others…Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Bruce Lee, Lau Kar-Leung. Eventually, like every addict, I hit the hard stuff: Chang Cheh, King Hu, Cheng Chang-Ho…
From the lowest gut-bucket Kung Fu production to the art-house films of Wong Kar-Wai, I watched every damn Hong Kong film I could get my hands on.
This is the story of what I found on my travels.
Along the way, there will also be other gems I will write about; usually bizarre, off-beat, quirky or downright wacko films I’ve come across and want to share with an unsuspecting world. Be warned: it’s going to get a little odd here at times.
I am a reasonably competent musician and have privately issued four albums in pretty disparate musical styles (but mainly gravitating towards instrumental progressive rock). Hear some of my old stuff and new demos at my MySpace page.
My crowning achievement has been to have my music used in a couple of animated shorts that have been shown all over the place. There’s nothing like going to a cinema and hearing your own music blasting (sometimes frighteningly loud) at you. For more information on the films, travel here (it’s not very far, I promise you).
Cal can be contacted by writing to: firstname.lastname@example.org