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Moive biweekly  Sept 23, 1993

 

Anita Mui as Kwun Yin with many hands

Love for her country

 

[I dare not say I determined to help Chinese, but I do hope to do something for the Chinese.  Now, many people thought I have changed, actually it is only a difference of time, different reaction under different circumstances.]        

When watching Anita Mui in "Bad Monk", Anita was just playing a role of Kwun Yin with many hands.  When interviewed her, my mind was full with the image of Anita Mui as a Kwun Yin with many hands.  From her tone, we can feel her sincere love for her country.  She doesn't have any political opinion, no detailed analysis, because she is not good in that.  But what she has is "love", a dignified feeling.

Now you are the Big sister of the entertainment world, "fame" maybe could not be increased, "profit" maybe doesn't mean too much to you, now what are you after?

[I don't think so......hehe.......I really want to make some more better films, also want to play more diversified roles.  I want to work with more good directors, and cooperate with a good crew of back stage staff, hoping to have good director, script, cinematography, beauty director, even the other actors/actress.  Just hope everything as perfect as possible.  Then if I let them control everything, the outcome definitely won't be too bad.  Now I try to select better films, and like to keep the present standard, therefore I have already rejected at least 10 scripts this year.  The main reasons are:   some of them don't give enough time for shooting, hard for me to have confidence, some don't have good scripts, some don't have a good supporting backstage crew.  So I'd rather not to work in those films than having mass production.

As a movie critic, I'm not entirely ignorant of the movie circle.  I feel it is unfair for some actors/actresses.  By looking at the script, the investment, the backstage crew, all very ideal,   but whether a film  will be successful, the result be good, the actors/actresses really have no control, really helpless.  I believe when you worked for "The Magic Crane", it was partly because of the good independent production company and good director.  But it ended with bad reviews, bad box office.  How did you feel?

Actually "The Magic Crane" is not a isolated problem.  It is the problem of the whole film industry.  Now the whole film industry is in depression, the production cost is very high, the pay to actresses/actors keep on climbing.  Under such situation, the film company can only save money in the production cost, and cut short production time.  Original 50 groups of scripts has to be cut to 30.  Therefore, crude and low quality production will appear, the result of course will be below expectation.  As an actress myself, of course I don't wish that we will lower our pay to save the market, but under such situation, it is not a matter of if to reduce our pay or not, or to fight against such request, it is a time we should work together to reach an agreement, to compromise.  I hope the actors/actresses of today will get majority part of their pay, and invest the small part in the film.  If the film makes money, then the actors/actresses will get more.  If the film suffers a loss, then the film investor will not suffer too great a loss.  So they would like this method.

Your recent films [The Magic Crane] in which you were the leading actress and [Mad Monk] in which you were playing a guest role, both didn't have good box office, would that have some bad impact on you?  

No, won't give me any impact.  I would only worry the whole market of the Hong Kong film industry.  More than a few hundred people will lose their jobs, it is vital influence to the HK film industry.  As for myself, I don't have any special demand, no impact at all.  Frankly speaking, I feel "The Magic Crane" is not a bad movie?!

How about "Heroic Trio"?

"Heroic Trio" is a film full of sincerity, it is a film with standard.  The production is serious, and it is full of very good creativity.  However, the box office was not good.  When the income not good, of courses there would be many excuses, including such saying that females difficult to sell, no male star of course can't sell lar.  In short, if they want to make up reasons, there always can be many reasons.  But personally I feel "Heroic Trio" is a movie with sincerity, it is a result of continuous pursuit of creativity.  Also no matter those who took part in the film or those who worked behind the scene, all have done their best.  The box office intake not good, there are many reasons, such as the economy is not good in general, VCD getting more popular.  To spend more than HK$40 to watch  a film in the cinema, might as well rent a VCD and go home to watch with the whole family.  It is the trend that people like to rent VCD, it is prevalent, more and more people feel that watching movies at home is better.

Recently you finished "The Executioners", "Heroic Trio 2", How are these films?

As the first series has outstanding result, so going to shoot for the next series, of course I'm delighted, and the whole working crew are very happy about it.  We cooperate very well together, that makes me really enjoy working for a film.

You have worked for many films, and also have won  the best actress award, which film you like the best?

Many people would think that I would say "Rouge".  But to me, getting award is just an honor, that  brings pleasant surprise.  To work for a film is not only for award, as it also brings fulfillment.  Talking about those films I like, not only "Rouge", I like "Better Tomorrow III", "Kawashima Yoshiko", "Justice My Foot" and etc. I like to work with Stephen Chow too.

Really?  Then about the actors, which one left you with deepest impression?

There are a few of them, such as Fat Zai (Chow Yuen Fat), he is a very rare and outstanding actor, not only outstanding, he can bring others into the film.  Next one is Wah Zai (Andy Lau), he can influence people strongly, and he never gets tired.  So in presence of him, even I feel tired I dare not say so.  Then Sing Zai (Stephen Chow), he is not only talented, but could be regarded as rare talent.  You can't imagine that he is such an outstanding comedian.  In normal life, he is entirely a different person, he doesn't talk jokes.  Maybe he just accumulates all his jokes and then in the film burst them, once for all.  Comparing 3 of them, Fat Zai left me the never forgetting impression.

Do you feel any difference between being a singer and being an actress?

It is difficult to be a singer, I haven't been a singer for 2 years already. life is easier for me now.  Being an actress, from the beginning to the end, I will be provided everything by other people.  The role is designed by other people, image and everything is already prepared.  All I have to do is try my best in front of the camera, I don't have control of the  success or failure.  But being a singer, I bear the pressure of failure and success.  If there is problem for the album, the record company will put all the responsibilities on the singer.

It is said that you will come out to sing again?

Shouldn't say I "come out" to sing again.  At that time, I didn't say I would not sing again, I only retired from the stage.  I definitely will continue to sing.  Singing, though, brings lots of pressure, I have been with fans for so many years, they love me devotedly.  Singing becomes my responsibility, I can't be that irresponsible.  So I will continue to release albums.  As for shows, those variety show, shows for charity, not so much pressure, I will appear to enjoy the feeling being on a stage, also not too much pressure.

In the entertainment circle, I'm very sure that Anita Mui is not a trouble maker.  But fate always seems to play on you, it seems that all troubles befall on you.  Why do you think it is like this?

Maybe it is my image.  Many people are curious about me, and also many people misunderstand me, especially that type of song as "Bad girl", that gave people an impression of bad girl.  I had my first album in 18, there was already rumors.  During the coming years, no matter what I did, there was no remedies.  Till now, maybe other people already accept me for my bad image, they won't be surprised if I even get worse, so I feel better now.   I can only accept the fate, maybe my fate is full of rumors.  Also I have a character of tomboy, not gentle, that will cause more rumors.

Do you ever feel that it is a lonely road for you in this entertainment circle?

Of course, I feel so, really very lonely.  For all these years, I can't share my feeling with anyone.  I have been by myself all the time.  Also I have such a character, I will face and solve problems all by myself.  I always hope when meeting friends, it will be happy time.  After going through so much trouble, friends have not deserted me, I already feel very happy about it.  Therefore, being in this circle so long, what I get, not really status and monetary profit,  is a group of friends who didn't desert me when I was in my worst situation.

From Jun 4th, till now, what do you feel from the day of pro democracy movement till today as helping in the natural disasters? 

Before June 4th, I felt I had all kinds of experience, I was very mature.  But during the period of June 4th, I really experienced all grief and anger that I never had experienced before.  Then I realized that besides work, we had to face many problems during this life.  Starting from that time, I told myself that I have to do something.  I dare not say I determine to help Chinese, but I do hope to do something for the Chinese.  Now, many people thought I have changed, actually it is only a difference of time, different reaction under different circumstances.  I feel some people are criticizing Chinese authority, some people are helping them.  It is a good thing, just like kids, they need a serious father to scold them, at the same time they need a kind mother to help them.  Right now I hope China can succeed in their application for hosting the Olympic 2000.  China has too  many illiterate people with low education level, hosting the Olympic Games can influence the culture, expedite cultural development and advancement to democracy.  Under the surveillance of the whole world, I believe their etiquettes will improve too.  Now many people go to China to invest or work, gradually, education will be improved, and the whole country will advance towards a good direction.  Actually, if it is opened up too quickly, it might not necessary be a good thing.  You can see those very open and developed countries also have many problems , so it is  best to keep the good points and improve the weaker areas.  Besides Olympic Games, I also hope I can help in  education, medical and some other areas, also bring the beautiful Hong Kong culture to them as well.

You have been Buddhism for many years, does it affect you life?

I have turned to Buddhism many years ago.  Since young, I have strong self confidence .  It is not easy for me to tell others about myself.  My father passed away long time ago.  My mother asked Kwun Yin to foster me as her daughter.  So since young, my best friend is Kwun Yin, I talk to her, tell her what I feel.  Therefore no matter how difficult those days were, I still felt the tranquility, I would not give myself up.  Half a year ago, I finally went through empowerment by Tibetan Buddhism .  So I'm a real Buddhism now.  Nowadays when I go to seafood restaurant, I dare not order whatever I like, it seems I will kill them.

Your love life, any change in your view?

Of course yes.  In the past I always looked forward to excited love affair with strong feelings.  But now, I only wish some ordinary but true and long lasting relations.  Something that comes too quickly, often vanishes too quickly too, also that will hurt people too easily.

Now, what wish you that you want to achieve most?

I wish one day that China will have an international status.  I don't like Chinese to be looked down by foreigners.  I feel, no matter what we do, if scolded her a few years ago for June 4th, now try to help her directly,  we want China to be strong and prosperous, and Chinese people to leave suffering.   But during these few years, China has opened up too fast, many people take advantage of that and reap profits, I hope there will be improve in this one day.

 

 

《電影雙周刊》    第377期    1993年9月23日

 

千手觀音梅艷芳

五載家國情

 我不敢說自己立志幫中國人,但卻希望為中國人做一點事。到現在,很多人以為我轉汰,其實只在不同時間,不同環境下會有不同反應。

看《濟公》時,梅艷芳客串了千手觀音的角色,不知為甚麼,訪問梅艷芳時,腦海中時常浮現的是千手觀音梅艷芳。她誠懇的語調中,處處透出深邃無比的家國情懷。她沒有政治理論,沒有細緻入微的分析,因為這不是她的世界,但她有的,是一個「情」字,一個最可貴高尚的情懷。

現在你已是樂壇及影壇的頂尖兒大姐,「名」對你來說或許已不能再多,「利」對你來說也可能無甚意義,現在你追求的是甚麼?

不會吧!嘻嘻。說實話,我現在真的想拍一些更好的電影,而且希望演一些更多元化的角色。我現在希望的,不單是好導演,還期望有一群好的幕後配合,最好是不論導演、編劇、攝影、美指,以至演戲對手,都盡善盡美,這樣你將自己交給他們,也知不會差到那堨h。我現時已努力選戲,亦希望一直能保持如此,所以今年我已推掉了最少十部電影,原因是有些拍攝時間不足,難有信心,有些劇本不好,有些幕後實力欠佳,而我則是寧可推掉也不想濫拍。

我以影評人的身份,對電影圈也並非毫無了解,我有時也替一些演員不值,看劇本、看投資、看幕後時,也許十分理想,但一部電影的真正成敗得失,成績是否理想,演員可說完全難以控制,十分無奈,我相信你初拍《新仙鶴神針》多少也會因為有好的獨立製作公司和好的導演,但結果出來卻劣評如潮,亦不叫座,你的感覺如何?

其實《新仙鶴神針》並不是一個獨立的問題,而是整個影圈的問題,現時整個影圈,都陷入了低潮,製作成本高漲,演員片酬不斷攀升,在此情況下,電影公司惟有在另一方面慳錢,減少製作費,減少製作時間,原本五十組劇只剩下三十組。如此情況下,粗製濫造的趕拍情況一定會出現,出來的效果當然亦不會太理想。我自己身為演員,當然也不希望演員降價來救市,但現在的情況,並不是爭論是否減價、搞對抗的時候,而是大家應和衷共濟,坐下來尋求共識,雙方將就的時候。我希望現時的演員,可以只拿大半份片酬,其餘小半份就用作電影投資,若電影賺大錢,演員得到的就更多,若不幸蝕本,片商也不必如此慘淡,這樣相信片商也會喜歡。

最近你主演的《新仙鶴神針》及客串的《濟公》,都並不叫好也不叫座,會否對你有所打擊?

不會對我有甚麼打擊,我反而擔心的是整個香港電影市道,會有數百人失業。整個影市會面臨大蕭條,對香港電影市道有致命的傷害,至於我個人,也沒甚麼特別要求,不會有何打擊。老實說,我覺得《新仙鶴神針》也拍得不錯呢?

《東方三俠》呢?你認為如何?

《東方三俠》是一部十分有誠意,而且是有水準的電影,這部電影製作認真,而且有絕佳的創意,可惜收入並不理想,收入不好時自然有很多藉口,包括有人說女人難「咩」飛,沒有男明星當然無法收得,總之要製造理由總會有,但我個人看《東方三俠》是有誠意,不斷努力創新之成果,加上戲中不論台前幕後任何岡位,都已經做到最好,到出街時票房欠理想,是有很多因素的,例如經濟不景,鐳射碟日漸流行,與其花四十多元到電影院,倒不如租碟回家一家大細看。租碟興旺,這是潮流,是大勢,愈來愈多人感到在家看電影更好。

最近拍完《現代豪俠傳》(《東方三俠2》),成績如何?

由於第一集成績突出現在開拍下集,當然十分開心,而拍攝的整隊人都好開心,好夾,令我真正享受拍戲的樂趣。

 拍了這許多部電影,連影后也拿過了,你最喜歡哪一部?

 很多人以為我一定會答《胭脂扣》,但電影對我來說,拿獎只是一分虛榮,可帶來意外驚喜,拍電影不單止可以拿獎,還有很多機會令自己得到滿足感。說到喜歡的電影,不單止《胭脂扣》,還有《英雄本色III夕陽之歌》、《川島芳子》、《審死官》等,我也很喜歡與周星馳合作。

真的?那麼與男演員合作,哪一位令你最印象深刻?

 其實有數位,第一位是發仔,他是一個不可多得的出色演員,不單止自己出色,還可容易帶別人入戲。第二個是華仔,他的感染力很強,而且永不言倦,所以在他面前,我很累也不敢說。第三位是星仔,他不但才華好,而且可說是世間罕有之奇人,你很難想像一個如此出色的笑匠,在平時生活中完全是另一個人,毫不搞笑,或許是積埋在電影中一次過爆出來吧,但以上三人相比,最令我刻骨銘心的,仍然是發仔。

你感到做歌手和做演員有何分別?

做歌手實在很辛苦,這兩年沒有做歌手,舒服多了。身為一個演員,由頭至尾,都有人為我準備一切,有人早已為我度好角色、形象,一切準備就緒,我便在鏡頭前盡力做好,一切成敗得失我自己控制不了。但做歌手,整個成敗得失的壓力自己身上,一旦唱片出了問題,唱片公司也會將責任完全推到歌手身上。

傳聞你會重出江湖,繼續唱歌?

也不是甚麼重出江湖,我當日也沒有說不再唱歌,只是告別幕前演唱會而已。我一定會繼續唱歌,原因是雖然唱歌承受很大壓力,但我與歌迷相處了那多年,深受他們擁戴,唱歌已成了我的責任,不可能如此不負責,所以我會繼續出唱片。至於出Show,有些群體的、壓力沒有那麼大的慈善Show,我也會出現,重享舞台上的感覺,而又不須承受過大壓力。

在娛樂圈中,我也肯定梅艷芳並非一個惹事生非之人,但總是命運弄人,就好像一切麻煩的事都降在你身上,你覺得為甚麼會如此?

可能是我的形象特別吧!有很多人對我很好奇,亦有很多人誤解我,尤其我唱了壞女孩那類歌曲,給人的印象是一個壞女人形象。十八歲出第一張唱片時,已有不利傳言,這許多年來,無論我怎樣做好也無補於事,直到現在,可能別人已接受了我壞的形象,再壞也不會令人感意外,反而舒服多了,現在唯有認命,認自己有是非命,加上自己性格十分男仔頭,毫不斯文,更加易惹傳聞。

你會否覺得多年來走這娛樂圈道路,是一孤獨之路?

當然覺得,實在十分孤獨,這許多年來,沒有人可以和我Share感覺,任何時間都是自己一人,加上我的性格是,面對難題總喜歡自己解決,我總希望見到朋友時,能開開心心的。經歷了這麼多問題,朋友也沒有離棄我,我已感到十分幸福。所以在這圈中多年來的最大收穫,不是名利,而是一班在我最失意時,也沒有捨我而去的朋友。

從六四到現在,你從當日的民主運動到現在的減災扶貧,有何感覺?

在六四前,我以為自己已歷盡滄桑,十分成熟,但六四那段時間,我卻真正經歷到前所未有的悲憤心情,那時我才了解到,除了工作外,我們人生在世要面對很多問題,從那時開始,才對自己說要做一些東西,我不敢說自己立志幫中國人,但卻希望為中國人做一點事。到現在,很多人以為我轉汰,其實只是在不同時間,不同環境下會有不同的反應。我覺得有一些人在罵中國政權,有一些人在幫,這是十分好的事情,就如小朋友一樣,要有嚴父罵他,也要有慈母正面幫忙。我現在十分希望中國能由申辦二千年奧運成功,中國實在太多文盲,教育水平低,辦奧運能影響文化,加快文化發展和民主步伐,在全世界的注視下相信禮儀也有所改變。現在這許多人到大陸投資及工作,慢慢就會改善教育,整個國家會朝好的方向走。其實開放得太快也未必是一件好事,你看一些十分開放的先進地方也有很多問題,所以怎樣取長補短才是最重要。除了在申辦奧運外,我也希望在教育,醫療等各方面作出幫忙,並將一些美好的香港文化帶給他們。

你已信佛多年,在你的人生路上有何影響?

我多年前已信佛,我自少信心很強,不容易在別人面前傾訴,父親很早便去世,少時媽媽將我契了給觀音,所以我自小便有一知己,就是與觀音談話,向觀音傾訴,所以在最艱難辛苦的日子時,我也感到十分寧靜,不會自暴自棄,半年前我終於皈依了密宗,現在是正式佛教徒,所以現在到海鮮館吃飯,也不敢親自點菜,好像有份殺死牠們一樣。

感情方面呢?有沒有改變看法?

當然有,我以前時常盼望激情,有火花,才有感覺,但現在要求的平淡得多了,我希望細水長流一點,平淡而真實,才可長久,來得太快的東西往往去得太快,太容易令人受傷了。

現在你最希望達到的是甚麼心願?

我希望見到中國有朝一日在國際上真的有地位,不想中國人到外國要垂下頭來。我感覺到,無論做甚麼,數年前六四罵她,現在以正面手法幫忙,也是想中國快點富強,人民脫離苦海,但這幾年來,中國實在開放得太快,太急進,太多人在當中從中取利,希望能有朝一日改好吧!

文:楊孝文