To Anonymous – regarding Bruce’s Orphan film & uncut Big BossApril 30 2017 at 8:27 AM
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Cynthia Liu Chu-Fun, the daughter of Ng Chor-Fan (the actor/director/producer/owner to the copyright of “The Orphan” film), located this original color film in the UK London film laboratories. She is the HKFA’s senior manager and is still holding to the rights of this film. So far, she only allows the film to be screened in HK Heritage Museum for BL’s exhibition Kung Fu.Art.Life in 2013 and once in 2012 for BL’s convention held by European BL Club in Barcelona, Spain. She probably wants this precious film of Bruce to attract the BL fans to the HK Heritage Museum. If it is sold worldwide,then, it will attract lesser crowd especially BL fans to the Heritage Museum. By the way, Cynthia Liu is rich and is not short of money. So, she has reasons for not selling the copyright of this film or release it on DVDs. She claims that she wants to preserve his father’s legacy. There are however, some copies of the b & w “The Orphan” being circulated among the HK BL fans. It was taped by some TV viewers in the midnight when TVB played the b & w Cantonese films back in the 80s or 90s. There are also some color clips recorded by fans who watched it in the Heritage Museum few years ago. They have been floating around for sometime and few have shown up on Youtube. The actual clips ran longer.
Grace Lee, mother of Bruce, was probably right in her old interview. Bruce in fact, was involved in nearly 30 Cantonese films between 1946-1959 including his infant’s appearance in 1941’s Golden Gate Girl. Most people said he only did 20 childhood films. But the record from HKMDB shows that Bruce had done around 25-26 films using different stage names, such as Lee Loong, Little Lee Hoi Chuan, Little Hoi Chuen, Lee Min, Lee Kam, Lee Siu Loong etc. Probably there were few films not recorded. So far, HKFA has already obtained around 15 Bruce’s childhood films and some have been digitally remastered and shown on youtube which were put up by none but HKFA itself.
There is a possibility of the uncut Big Boss version landed up in HKFA (established in 1994 and have been preserving old HK films from everywhere they can locate since then). But which uncut version, the very original midnight 23 Oct’71 version or 30 Oct’71 midnight version or the ’79 UK convention version? That we may need to find out from HKFA which possibly won’t give a reply to the public easily.
Re: To Anonymous – regarding Bruce’s Orphan film & uncut Big Boss - Anonymous on Apr 30, 2017, 9:33 AM