When interviewed, Er Dongsheng bluntly said that the new generation of actresses in Hong Kong now have more opportunities: I have observed that in the past two or three years, the new actresses are more prominent. Because they have their own characteristics besides their appearance. I think there are fewer boys.
Director Er Dongsheng has been devoting himself to nurturing new talent for Hong Kong film industry. This years Golden Award has specially identified a group of young new film actors as guest hosts. Er Dongsheng said: We have selected new people from various companies this year, and have found 32 to be ceremonialists, as well as to perform. He said bluntly: Not only the entertainment industry, every industry must give new opportunities, is the replacement of every era. He laughed again: When the actor gets old, he retires as a green leaf. When I get old, I will become a director instead of a producer. When I get old, I will lose my strength.
Netease Entertainment: Many netizens have said that the Golden Award in the past two years is better because of your contribution to director Er. What surprises will you have this year?
Er Dongsheng: Its not because of me, because in the past few years, director Zhuang Wenqiang made the program in the first two years after I took office. I asked him to be the creative director. Last year was Director Lee Kuan Yew. Over the past few years, we have established a large behind-the-scenes group, which has many young people. So it is not my credit, I dare not take credit, they all cooperate together to make it.
Netease Entertainment: In recent years, the Golden Award is more attractive because your creative team, such as director Zhuang Wenqiang and director Li Guangyao, have brought more innovative ideas?
Er Dongsheng: The difficulty of this award is that it is not ordinary. For example, a drama or stage play can have a new script or a new play at a time. No. Because it has to have a theme, and some of us can relax, but we also have some more serious, such as professional spirit awards, lifelong achievement awards, and some aspects of the memory of the deceased front-stage and behind-the-scenes staff, so its mood fluctuates greatly. So it takes some brains to arrange it.
As for the happy part, I think its easy, because let some young people think about some ideas, we old people just hold that degree nearby.
Netease Entertainment: With such a good reputation in the past two years, will there be a lot of pressure this year?
Er Dongsheng: No pressure, try to do it, no pressure. Why? The Golden Award is just a service organization. We have no control over the production or quality of this years films. If the stars are very strong, then we are relatively easy to do; if there are fewer stars, then we have to find ways to make the program as good as possible. Its adjusted every year.
Netease Entertainment: This year, the competition among film emperors is fierce, which one do you personally support?
Er Dongsheng: Every year someone asks me, but I wont say it. Like this movie, we have 1496 voters this year, voting in three rounds, so its hard to guess.
Netease Entertainment: There are many new actresses in the movie queen. Are there more opportunities for the new generation of actresses in Hong Kong now?
Er Dongsheng: Yes, I have observed that in the past two or three years, the new actresses have actually been outstanding. Because they have their own characteristics besides their appearance. I think there are fewer boys.
Netease Entertainment: You have been committed to nurturing the new generation of the film industry, as if this years Golden Award is also for more new people to participate in, will it feel as if there are any achievements in these years of nurturing?
Er Dongsheng: Ive watched for over three years. I saw the Golden Award in the list of the last four years. In fact, 80 new directors have been produced, and 20 of them have joined the directorsmeeting. There are 128 new actors on the list in the past four years, and a lot of new staff have sprung up. I think this is a generation change. Personally, I think one of the most important parts of the movie is to have stars. The Golden Award is a relatively neutral program. So this year, we selected 32 new people from different companies to be the MC and let them perform.
Many people worry that they cant go out. I think its okay if something goes wrong. I think we should give young people a chance to come out and see the scene, so we should give them a chance to expose them.
Netease Entertainment: There are many local films in Hong Kong this year. Do you think that Hong Kongs film industry has recovered and started to enter the golden age?
Er Dongsheng: Its really hard for me to analyse. Actually, our output is not high this year. In fact, the output in 2018 is not high. We only have 54 movies, but it is not the lowest. We have 49 movies a year. I see a situation in which there are many new actors and staff, and some investors feel that they may have abandoned our original market in the past, including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan and Korea. In fact, there are a lot of Chinese people all over the world. So I see that some investors are now starting to do it again and run the market we used to have. I believe there will be more Hong Kong films in the next two years.
Netease Entertainment: Would you like to give more opportunities to new actors or producers?
Er Dongsheng: I think we need to see that play. Actors need to be suitable for their roles.
Netease Entertainment: How to evaluate new actors?
Er Dongsheng: Its hard to evaluate, because you have to see if the script is suitable for the actor, you cant look at it from the perspective of beauty selection, and you cant be too critical of the new comer. If a director criticizes the new comer for not acting well, I will stop him. Its the directors greatest responsibility to act well or badly, because its the director who directs the actors. I think there are very few talented actors, many of them are relying on acquired efforts. Growth is a process, and you cant be too critical of new people in any industry. Netease Entertainment: The theme of this years Golden Award is Keep Rolling. How do you think Hong Kongs old actors and new actors can alternate and inherit? Er Dongsheng: It is inevitable that the old actors will retire as green leaves, and the old directors will retire as producers. Like me, when they are old and weak, they will be inappropriate directors because they are very tired, for example, films like Red Sea. Lin Chaoxian directed him to shoot, because he is the most robust time, no physical strength can also shoot, every industry is the same, not only entertainment, must give opportunities for new people, the replacement of the times. Source: Netease Entertainment Responsible Editor: Hanchong_NBJ11345
Er Dongsheng: Its hard to evaluate, because you have to see if the script is suitable for the actor, you cant look at it from the perspective of beauty selection, and you cant be too critical of the new comer. If a director criticizes the new comer for not acting well, I will stop him. Its the directors greatest responsibility to act well or badly, because its the director who directs the actors. I think there are very few talented actors, many of them are relying on acquired efforts. Growth is a process, and you cant be too critical of new people in any industry.
Netease Entertainment: This years Golden Award theme is Keep Rolling. How do you think the old actors and the new actors in Hong Kong can alternate and inherit?
Er Dongsheng: Old actors retire as green leaves, which is inevitable. Old directors also retire as producers. Like me, when they are old and weak, they will not be directors. Because directors are very tired. For example, directors like Red Sea can only shoot films like Lin Chaoxian, because when he is the strongest, he cant shoot them without physical strength. Every industry is the same, not only in the Red Sea. Entertainment circles must give opportunities to new people and change the times.