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Andy Lau, HK Film Industry Reach New Low With Future X-Cops

10 Apr 2010

Walking through the Hong Kong MTR the other day, I was horrified to see a movie poster for the upcoming film Future X-Cops. It came as no surprise that the film is directed by Wong Jing of God of Gamblers fame, who has been called “the King of Crappy Cinema”. But I couldn’t understand why Andy Lau — named Hong Kong’s “No. 1 Box Office Actor 1985-2005” and ACNielsen’s “Box Office Star of Asia”  — would star in a crapfest like this.

Traditionally, the HK film industry has been dominated by cop dramas and kung-fu/historical epics. Sci-fi has never been its strong suit (surprising, in light of how cyberpunk the city feels). In an interview with the Associated Press, Lau explained, “I think we’ve taken the first step in making sci-fi movies. I hope more people will try to shoot these kinds of films. I hope our skill and ability will improve and pull us closer to Western sci-fi movies.”

A cop travels back in time to take on a corporation that’s out to eliminate a doctor who has created a new technology which can break up the monopoly on a energy resources.

High hopes for something that doesn’t exactly translate in practice — featuring one of the most ridiculous rogues’ galleries ever and second-rate special effects, Future X-Cops promises to be a cinematic shitstorm, and viewers of the trailer on YouTube seem to concur:

  • anarchycharles are we in the year 2010? how come i feel like i’m still in the 80’s from watching this trailer….
  • eriquerique Wong Jing the philistine has finally (really) lost it. Everybody involved in this production should be ashamed of themselves. But I’ll still watch it! LOL
  • SpamIdiot Fight for a better future!! Hate to admit it but I will definitely watch this!

Whether this is an attempt to revive the ill-fated Gen-X Cops franchise (starring Nicholas Tse and the infamous Edison Chen) or a cheap Hong Kong ripoff of Iron Man and/or Robocop, what is clear is that Andy Lau has reached a new low in his career. The fact that Hong Kong’s biggest A-lister is acting in a film like this only confirms the current crisis of the local film industry — once the third largest film industry behind Hollywood and Bollywood.

Future X-Cops comes out on April 15.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kongkea Leng: permalink
    13 Jun 2010 6:44 AM

    I would like to say that it is a good idea that the Chinese producers have produced the movie related to the scientific style since before there is no such a kind of movie. Kung-fu is the martial art that most of the filmakers have paid attention to, but they forget to think that if there is no something new, it will be out of date. Andy Lau has been trying his best to become a superstar, so there will be some people feeling envy to his success by saying that his performances on movie are simple and no interesting. To me, comparing to the other actors, Andy is the one that is so good of martial art but he is lack of training. I hope that he will improve and act more effectively to please his fans.

  2. 26 Apr 2010 5:01 AM

    There’s good info here. I did a search on Google, Keep up the good work mate!

  3. 12 Apr 2010 9:47 AM

    I find it a good thing that the HK movie industry has decided to make a turn. Ahh..Finally!
    Triads and gangsters, cops, martial arts themes are becoming cliche.
    Speaking as an overseas Chinese, many friends of mine (who aren’t Chinese) have gotten the impression that Hong Kong is full of triads, with all these kung fu masters wandering around the streets>>rather, it’s a whole perception of our ethnic as “just a bunch of people who enjoy fighting”.
    Nice post by the way. 🙂

  4. thomas permalink
    10 Apr 2010 9:48 PM

    I hope their skill and ability will improve too.

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