錯有錯着 – re: 文化事業掌權人 – 歲月神偷

I wrote a reply to 林夕’s insightful article.

文化事業掌權人 – 林夕 – 2010年03月14日

“《歲月神偷》如果有很好的票房,自是好事,可這好事同時證明了一個荒謬的現象,而我們已習以為常到不覺其荒謬。”

Here is my letter to him and I’ve enclosed his original article.

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Dear 林夕,

I am writing from Calgary, Canada and I really enjoy reading your article “文化事業掌權人”.

I think it is easy to treat a surprise and unexpected praise from afar with excitement. At the same time, you are very right to point out that what the Hong Kong media and HK gov have done might have been too much.
“但成就要被認同,看來還是要得到外國人的青睞,沒有得到外國的獎座,即使在兩岸三地叫好叫座,都不能算數。”

At the end of the day, I am a practical man. Allow me this analogy, if the alcoholic is close to death because of a failing liver, and he/she is now trying to kick the habit by reducing his/her alcohol intake, well, I can overlook his/her misguide rationale for quitting.

Ultimately, you are right and wrong at the same time. If the idiots (the media and the HK government) need the foreign film festivals or “authorities” to tell them HK has good stuff before they will care about it, well, so be it. It is better than seeing those good stuff go away. I support rescuing the patient (some HK creative films) first before doing it the right way.

Regards,
Kempton
Calgary, Canada

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For the record, the original article.

文化事業掌權人 – 林夕 – 2010年03月14日

《歲月神偷》如果有很好的票房,自是好事,可這好事同時證明了一個荒謬的現象,而我們已習以為常到不覺其荒謬。

《歲月神偷》在今屆香港電影金像獎早已有多個項目入圍,但沒有得到太多關注,直到在外國拿了個獎,忽然連永利街都大紅大紫了。出口轉內銷本屬小本電影的求存之道,荒謬不在於本地的金像獎推銷效力,比不上外國的頒獎典禮,而是一部純本土電影,有沒有看頭,成不成話題,竟然取決於一小撮外國人的喜惡。我沒有對任何電影節及頒獎禮有比較心,那管級數好像高一點的奧斯卡,一部港產片要靠拿了個最佳外語片,才倒過頭來證明這片有水平,本土電影有希望等等等等,是甚麼心理在作祟?要不,我們都瞎了,眼光與判斷力要靠外國人開光,否則就是我們不相信影評,我們只相信頒獎禮的評委。

跟紅頂白本是常態,其實是經濟及商務發展局在《神》片獲獎後的聲明突顯了這荒謬性。其中兩條獲獎聲明真夠聳人,一是證明電影發展局做對了,二是電影業是香港創意工業的旗艦。看來,決定水晶熊獎得主的評審團成員,才是香港文化事業的掌權人。本地那麼多不同範疇的文化人在努力,產品對象可以是港人,但成就要被認同,看來還是要得到外國人的青睞,沒有得到外國的獎座,即使在兩岸三地叫好叫座,都不能算數。荒謬在今天忽然像受到「保育」的本土文化產品,最有資格說行不行的不是本地人,而是,誰呢?無論是誰,我就不相信倘若《神》先拿到香港電影金像獎或金馬獎的話,政府會發言為日益兩制化的電影業打氣。

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