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Interview with 1st grade HK film producer Nansun Shi
Woman in the HK cinema 1/1 - Page 6
Author(s) : Arnaud Lanuque
David Vivier
Thomas Podvin
Date : 15/10/2003
Type(s) : Interview
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Sammi Cheng Sau Man
Miriam Yeung Chin Wah
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Special thanks to Ms Nansun Shi. Interview carried out in October 15, 2003 in the Film Workshop company, Hong Kong. Transcription by David Vivier and Thomas Podvin. Exclusive pictures by Arnaud Lanuque for HKCinemagic.com.

On your opinion as a woman on the cinema

HKCinemagic : What do your think of the image of women shown in current Hong Kong commercial movies? They are either Office Ladies (like Sammi Cheng Sau Man) or clumsy girls next door (like Miriam Yeung Chin Wah)…
N S : Actually, there are very few strong women role in HK cinema. There are some very talented women in the business, but in proportion, it's still a very small number in on-screen and of-screen talents. So I think that it will change very quickly too. In the last five years, a lot of women constitute the main state of going to the cinema and making their choice of films. So I think that would slowly be reflected in the films.
HKCinemagic : Do you show special interest for female characters in your own productions?
N S : Well, I'm not a feminist in that sense. I really truly believed in equal I mean in the script. I'm not that kind of activist. I'm a cineaste, if I want to tell a story, well I tell a story, if the story is good. I would not consider a demand that would change the balance of the roles in a way to increase some female role in particular. I think that Tsui has created the best woman films.
HKCinemagic : What sort of moviegoer are you? What sort of film do you like to watch?
N S : I love movies. I can go and watch anything! In general, I just don't really like movies with a lot of CGI in them. I think that CGI are a tool for movies. Movies like “Hunted” put the humanity out because of that. Humans performed skills are like photography or music. CGI turn me off, when they hypnotize me for 10 minutes, it's totally meaningless, and it has no value to the storyteller. In that way, I don't like particularly animation, like movies with a lot of animation. I can watch some Tarkovsky for 6 hours long.

Nansun Shi in her office

Final word

HKCinemagic : Our website is dedicated to promote the cinema of HK with essays, film reviews and interviews with HK cinema people. We have now a new feature that is a "VIP guestbook ", where HK talents leave a message. -What message would you write in this guestbook and what you would you say to people who enjoy your work?
N S : I tell them to keep watch HK movies as many as possible.
HKCinemagic : Thank you .
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