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Re: How much Ng Ka Seung-filmed material remained in the final cut of Big Boss?

April 29 2017 at 5:21 PM
jkdragon  (Login jkdragon)


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My take:

From the beginning where Cheng and his uncle landed in Thailand, ate ice-water at Nora's store, watched James Tien fought several thugs, introduced to the cousins in the hostel, helped James Tien to get rid of 2 thugs outside the gambling den, returned to the hostel and told the cousins about their fight, sent uncle off to the pier. This took about nearly a week for shooting.

Apparently, the pace was very slow and boring in these scenes. The focus was on James Tien. Probably, GH had not much confidence in Bruce yet and thus arranged him to be the second lead next to Tien. Director Ng Ka Seung seemed to favor Tien over Bruce. He was an autocractic director and likely preferred Tien who listened to him than Bruce who kept opposing to his directorial instructions.

When Lo Wei came into scene, things changed. I think he started filming from the ice-factory scenes onwards. There are photos of Lo in these scenes to back this up. Here, the pace became faster and when Bruce had his first big brawl in the factory, that's where the whole movie brightened up. Unlike Ng, Lo allowed Bruce to choreograph with Han Ying Chieh to make the fighting filled with realism and dynamism. The rest need not elaborate further.

Ng's scenes were rather conservative and lack of attractiveness. On the contrary, Lo's scenes were rather exaggerating and filled with bloody animal kind of instinct that lure the eye balls of the audience. Lo was more experience and understood what the audience want as compared to the inexperienced Ng who used to be a veteran actor turned director in the late 60s.


 
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  • Re: How much Ng Ka Seung-filmed material remained in the final cut of Big Boss? - Horace on Apr 29, 2017, 6:07 PM
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  • send uncle to the pier direct by Lo Wei - lazemby on Apr 30, 2017, 7:19 AM
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