While watching A Hero never dies for a forthcoming post, it reminded me just how great the Raymond Wong score is, this got me thinking about just how many Hong Kong movies have great soundtracks but how few have actual soundtrack albums available, the soundtracks are sometimes more memorable than the movie itself! Unless the movie has a pop star acting in it or the movie is directed by a real heavyweight director such as Wong Kar Wai, then a soundtrack release is a rarity.
It would be great to see a release for so many Hong Kong soundtracks, The Killer and A Bullet in the head would be fantastic for starters, I love many of the Milkyway scores, Election has great music as does Exiled but none of these are available, there are just too many to list. Since I started with Raymond Wong, I will stick with him.
Looking at Raymond Wong's credits on his website he has done some great work and very little if any of it is available on cd. A few tracks are available on his site, and a few are available on the Milkyway 1996-2005 anniversary double cd box set, released to coincide with the 30th HKIFF 10th anniversary celebrations. The box set is good, it has tracks from The Odd one dies, PTU, Running out of time and more, but nothing is included from The Longest nite, which is also a great soundtrack, and only one track from A Hero never dies is included, the whole score deserves some form of a release, as do more of the featured films.
The second cd included in the box set includes canto-pop songs featured in Milkyway movies, I can't really get into canto-pop, I have tried, especially with Faye Wong who I adore, but it just doesn't click for me.
I understand that Hong Kong movie scores are a pretty niche market and that an actual cd release for these titles would probably not have made financial sense, but the paradigm shift in the selling and consuming of music to downloads must make a release a viable option for some of this music, hell not just this music but many scores that would always have been too niche to actually release on physical media, suddenly must be potentially viable as downloads, the costs involved must be much lower than a cd.
How does anyone else feel about this subject? Would you buy any HK film scores if they ever had a release, do you buy them on cd? Here is my most recent purchase.