I have been watching quite of lot of these movies which some kind souls have uploaded on YouTube. Especially those starring Patrick Tse with Nam Hung and Kar Ling. If there's anything unchanged about Patrick Tse, it is his inimitable style of walking -- a stylish saunter (especially when he turns around, reminding me of a model doing a catwalk). And that smile (which his son, Nicholas Tse also sports). And of course, his voice -- a little high-pitched and nasal (unique in a nice way, not shrilly nor squeaky). No one else has that voice.
|A scene from an old Cantonese movie showing Kar Ling and Patrick Tse. Notice Kar Ling has a bob hairstyle that is quite the in-thing today.|
There were just two words: 再会 (good bye) at the end of the movie. I can imagine the audience in those days getting up from their seats as these two words flashed, dabbing their eyes (if the movie is a tear wringer).
Not sure if I was wrong, audience in Hong Kong seemed to be more emotionally drawn into the movie than those in Singapore. When I was in Hong Kong (a long time ago in the 80s to catch the Alfred Hitchcock festival with a friend), the audience was clapping and exclaiming or screaming.. I didn't see such reactions in Singapore.
But I seem to recall how we used to joke about the audience in the good old days crying out "Helor lai lor! Helor lai lor!" (here comes the hero) when the good guy appeared to bash up the villain. This would be followed by clapping.
Where did this audience disappear to?