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I don't know how to answer you! (Laughs)
Compared to the 1980s, its "golden age", the film industry in Hong Kong is much less flourishing today. It's very difficult for a filmmaker to continue to deal with topics of interest without worrying about box office results.
Take my case. At the time of Rouge,
I was under contract, as a director, with Golden Harvest. My work was to shoot the best films I could. I didn't had to take care of the marketing, the distribution. I didn't think about foreign public either. Young people today are "managing directors", probably much more from their first film : they must think about the international potential of their movie, the marketing, they must invest more in the distribution ... The filmmakers from Hong Kong, Taiwan or mainland China are increasingly aware of foreign market for their works. They try to make films less locally rooted, more opened to the world. All filmmakers could do this kind of movies, the question is who will be the best to do that.
To me, to be recognized honoured, at home or abroad, opens of course new perspectives. The potential market of my films will be expanded. I'll have more freedom to choose the stories I like. My projects will be completed with fewer problems ... I am very pleased and touched by the tribute that I received in France .