Karen Mok participating to Keanu Reeves directorial debut
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By Kwok Kar Peng The New Paper Sunday, Mar 25, 2012
HONG KONG – He may be a handsome Hollywood star with legions of fans and a string of hits like Speed, The Matrix trilogy and the Bill & Ted movies.
But when it came to talking about his directorial debut, Keanu Reeves showed that he’s still got some Ted left in him.
The 47-year-old Canadian actor had a most excellent dude moment on Sunday when this reporter asked if he was filming his directorial debut, Man of Tai Chi, on film or digital format.
The movie is now in production in Beijing, but Reeves was at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center for a panel discussion on a documentary he recently produced, called Side By Side.
The discussion was on the evolution of movie-making technology from film to digital format, which prompted the question.
Reeves smiled and answered: “Digital.”
Then tried to explain.
“It’s complicated (why I had to film in digital format). I like this question,” he told The New Paper, laughing sheepishly.
“It all comes down to resources. I really wanted to shoot (the movie) on film, but I couldn’t afford it. It’s so weird. The production couldn’t afford to shoot on film.” Wait, what?
However, Reeves immediately contradicted himself.
It wasn’t about the money, it was because he wanted to make a movie with a modern feel, and thus filmed Man Of Tai Chi in digital format, he said.
Then he contradicted himself. Again.
Just as quickly, he continued: “That’s not true either. I could (make the movie on film and) get it digitalised.”
Then, as if realising the confusion he had caused, he gave up trying to explain and just gave an embarrassed grin: “Ai yai yai…”
Hong Kong International Film Festival: Keanu Reeves Master Class
Keanu Reeves discussed his new documentary “Side By Side” with local film director Yonfan at the Jockey Club Cine Academy Master Class on Sunday 18 March, 2012. During the wide-ranging discussion and taking questions from the audience, the internationally acclaimed Reeves discussed the future of cinema, the digital revolution and his experiences in interviewing some of the major filmmakers of our era: Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, David Fincher and James Cameron.
Being a film buff myself, but always struggling with the technical aspect of the film-making process, I found this documentary very informative and easy to follow. It presented the two sides of film making – whether the newer digital process, or being faithful to the 100-year-old 35 mm film process, it showed the pros and cons of both formats, allowing viewers to make their own conclusions.
The Master Class is one of the major activities organised by the Academy, which was established in 2010 as a three-year film education programme run by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) with a donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
According to the Hong Kong media reports, Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves went to the Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 18th and the Hong Kong charity dinner held at the hotel Now. Reeves left the hotel at 21:00 accompanied by his staff, going straight to the airport.
FilmAid Gala Dinner 18.MAR / Grand Hyatt Ballroom
Actor Keanu Reeves poses GQ style on the red carpet at the Power of Film Gala at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Grand Ballroom on March 18, 2012 in Hong Kong.
Keanu Reeves practices his martial art skills with Donnie Yen at the Power of Film Gala at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong on March 18, 2012 in Hong Kong.
Keanu Reeves and guests at the Power of Film Gala at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s Grand Ballroom on March 18, 2012 in Hong Kong.
Source: blog of my dear friend Luna Mey -> http://lunamey-moonmey.blogspot.com/2012/02/keanu-reeves-participate-in-jockey-club.html