Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Made In Hong Kong Collection : Pedicab Driver
Way back in September last year I posted VHS Strikes Back, since then I've begun trying to pick up as many of the Made In Hong Kong label VHS releases from the early/mid 90's as I can find. Not so much to play the tapes as in most cases superior versions of the movies are available on other formats (with a few notable exceptions, such as this very first entry), it's more about appreciating the fact this was the first label to treat Hong Kong movies with any degree of respect in the UK. At this time you couldn't legitimately get the majority of these films here at all, and as hard as it is to think of a pre-internet time now, back then you only had the tape trading circuit to rely on unless you were lucky enough to live near a Chinatown rental store. Although a few of the M.I.H.K. releases were cut by the BBFC, they were mostly in the original language with newly created subtitles, in the original aspect ratio and had liner notes written by the likes of Bey Logan and Rick Baker, all of which were a rarity for releases of any movies at this time, let alone Hong Kong cinema. I had many of these tapes when they were released but let almost all of them go when I moved onto the laserdisc and dvd formats, so there's a little nostalgia mixed in for that time period as well. All that aside, I thought it would be cool too!
Saving the best for first, it's Sammo Hung's Pedicab Driver, a film that has been stuck in rights limbo for years that has no legitimate dvd release anywhere. A laserdisc was released in Hong Kong, but that disc is cut leaving this Made In Hong Kong VHS the best way to see this classic movie. The cover and liner notes are below, click them to see them full size. The tapes had catalog numbers and Pedicab Driver is HK035.