Hong Kong Digital
is a recurring series of movie reviews by John Charles -- associate
editor / film reviewer for Video Watchdog magazine and the author
of The Hong Kong Filmography.
Manhattan Midnight Press Release
First High Definition Movie "Manhattan Midnight"
Received Best Picture and Best Cinematography Awards From PHILAFILM Festival
(July 23, 2001 - New York) With their very first attempts in utilizing
High Definition (HD) Digital System to make movie "Manhattan Midnight",
Hong Kong director Alfred Cheung and U.S. based cinematographer Derek
Wan, H.K.S.C. respectively received "The LEIGH WHIPPER GOLD AWARD
for BEST FEATURE FILM" and "The GORDON PARKS, SR. AWARD for
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" in the 2001 Festival Competition of the Philadelphia
International Film Festival (PHILAFILM).
Director Alfred Cheung (left) and Cinematographer Derek Wan (right) of
"Manhattan Midnight" received Best Picture
and Best Cinematography Awards from PHILAFILM Festival
"Manhattan Midnight" is the first Chinese produced
motion picture in the world shot on Sony CineAlta 24P HDCAM digital system
has received these honors. The movie was shot in New York City starring
Richard Grieco from the U.S. and Maggie Q from Hong Kong. The story is
about a hired professional who kills the wrong target. Seeking redemption,
the professional finds himself protecting his missed target from the underground
syndicate. Financed by Emperor Movie Group in Hong Kong, this English
language film targets international markets and is planned for worldwide
theatrical release in the forth quarter of 2001.
Director Alfred Cheung (center) and Cinematorgrapher
Derek Wan (right) using Sony CineAlta 24P HDCAM
to shoot movie "Manhattan Midnight".
The HD technology used to make the movie a success was supported
by All In One Productions, a New York based production company who also
line-produced the movie. This high-octane action film was budgeted for
US$3 million and the digital technology enabled the production to be completed
in an amazingly short 27-day schedule.
Alfred Cheung, who is currently producing a Jackie Chan movie in Dublin,
Ireland attended the award ceremony and the world premier screening of
"Manhattan Midnight" in Philadelphia, PA. He reiterated his
everlasting passion for filmmaking after over 20 years in the industry
and on going enthusiasm in adopting new film technology.
Concluding his experience in shooting films on HD format, Cheung said:
"the advantages and benefits of shooting on HD outweigh the limitations
of the technology at the present time." Like George Lucas of the
U.S., the 46-year old Hong Kong director is hooked on the new format,
"I don't think I'll ever go back to shoot on film again."
When responding to the skeptics of HD filmmaking, Derek Wan, H.K.S.C.,
also president of All In One Productions, said, "To me, this is a
triumph of electronic cinematography that writes a new chapter in motion
picture photography. I'll continue to invest in and explore this new technology.
I challenge the very notion that celluloid origination is the Holy Grail
or the only medium to make films for theatrical release. I'm sure that
the audience at the premier will agree HD images carry as much emotion
and bring about as much visual excitement, if not more, as celluloid does."
"I'm particularly excited about this honor because it not only represents
a personal accomplishment, but also signifies the recognition of a new
technology in filmmaking that opens up more possibilities and allows more
freedom to filmmakers", said the award-winning director of photography
at the presentation ceremony.
American actor Richard Grieco and Hong Kong
actress Maggie Q in one scene of movie "Manhattan Midnight".
Text and images issued by All In One Productions, Inc.
(New York) on July 23rd, 2001
For more information, check out the All
In One Productions website at: http://www.allinone-usa.com/