A quick post as a kind of companion piece to Jack's blog post yesterday regarding the UK video label Made In Hong Kong. As Jack says, M.I.H.K were really the first label to take Hong Kong cinema seriously, certainly in the UK at least. They put out excellent widescreen tapes of some H.K classics but also took the chance to expand their collection and introduce fans of John Woo and Tsui Hark to other less celebrated but no less worthy films and filmmakers. Where their competitor Eastern Heroes was somewhat of a ramshackle operation, M.I.H.K came across as a professional company who respected their product and the fans who purchased it.
As well as putting out movies on VHS, they also pushed a few of their movies with brief theatrical releases and even moved into the niche market of laserdisc, a pretty ballsy move as that market never really took off in the UK. Here is their laserdisc release of Ringo Lam's City On Fire.