What you watch on the tube surely shapes your childhood, and every Hong Kong kid will remember these flicks and shows. In honor of the Oscars, we’ve doled out our own nostalgic awards. These are Hong Kong’s best movies and tv shows:
1. Winner: Quintessential HK comedy
All’s Well, Ends Well (1992) 家有喜事. Stephen Chow, Leslie Cheung, Sandra Ng, all being devastatingly hilarious in the movie. And that STYLE!
2. Winner: Best Spy Movie
Forbidden City Cop (1996) 大內密探零零發. Everyone has their own favorite scene. Ours: when Law Kar-ying madly shakes his head.
3. Winner: Best Performance by Sexy Rice Cooker
In the Mood for Love (2000) 花樣年華. Wong Kar-wai’s ingenious use of everyday props like the rice cooker to represent the beginning of a love affair. So art, such moody.
4. Winner: Actually Good Time-Travel TVB Drama
A Step into the Past (2001) 尋秦記. His phone from the 20th century NEVER ran out of battery, but so many funny jokes! And most improvised by actor Louis Koo.
5. Winner: Best Char Siu Rice Cameo
The God of Cookery (1996) 食神. Karen Mok, OMG. And that Sorrowful Char Siu Rice in the end!
6. Winner: Most Addictive TV Show
The TV show that had you glued the screen? Journey to the West (1996) 西遊記. Will never forget the classic line by Dicky Cheung張衛健: “Ha! What’s there to be afraid of?! 超，洗咩驚啊?”
7. Winner: Best Poker Face
You never play cards that same way after watching: God of Gamblers (1989) 賭神. It’s all about that hair, man!
8. Winner: Best Rom-Com
The Hong Kong fairytale where you meet your Prince Charming (who’s caring AND rich): Summer Holiday (2000) 夏日的麼麼茶.
9. Winner: Best Love Story
Your idea of the perfect boyfriend was never the same, thanks to: Return of the Cuckoo (2000) 十月初五的月光. So sweet, so romantic.