01 July 2011
5 On Friday - Old Hong Kong
Travis over at Trav's Thoughts has instituted our weekly "Five On Friday" meme. To join in, simply visit Trav to sign in and then post your musical selections for the week on your blog for all to share. This week, I'm orienting myself towards the Orient.
At midnight on July 1, 1997, Hong Kong reverted back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Over many decades motion pictures and music have been set in whole or in part in Hong Kong. This week's 5 On Friday includes just a few of the themes from these movies.
Enter The Dragon
The Man With The Golden Gun - James Bond
You Only Live Twice - James Bond
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
While it did have a theme, it was more of the "mood music" idea, so I didn't include one of my favorite pictures set in Hong Kong: The World of Suzie Wong. If you have never seen it, it is well worth hunting for to see Nancy Kwan in her first major role opposite William Holden in an East meets West melodrama well worth your time.