Com­pi­la­tion cel­e­brates Hong Kong mile­stone

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Cel­e­brat­ingthe Hong Kong mu­sic fans, but were used by film­mak­ers there, es­pe­cially for mar­tial arts movies dur­ing the 1960s.

Re­fer­ring to the trend, Chang Hok-yan, the chief li­brar­ian of the Leisure and Cul­tural Ser­vice Depart­ment of Hong Kong Pub­lic Li­braries, which co-or­ga­nized the dis­plays, says: “At that time, orig­i­nal film sound­tracks were very few. So, most film­mak­ers bor­rowed mu­sic from the al­bums, es­pe­cially tra­di­tional Chi­nese op­eras and folk mu­sic.

“Lots of tra­di­tional Chi­nese mu­sic and Pek­ing Opera pieces were used in mar­tial arts movies. And Art-Tune bridged the mu­sic gap be­tween the Chi­nese main­land and Hong Kong then.”

Chang, who was born in Hong Kong, grad­u­ated from the Chi­nese Univer­sity of Hong Kong with a ma­jor in Jour­nal­ism and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a mi­nor ma­jor in mu­sic.

He joined in the Hong Kong Chi­nese Or­ches­tra as a pro­fes­sional sheng player and later re­ceived a mas­ter’s de­gree of Ap­plied Science in Li­brary and In­for­ma­tion Man­age­ment from the Charles Sturt Univer­sity, Aus­tralia and a doc­tor­ate in Mu­sic Li­brar­i­an­ship from Mid­dle­sex Univer­sity, in the United King­dom.

“The mu­sic from the mar­tial arts movies is a valu­able mem­ory for Hong Kong’s au­di­ences. It is also a way of spread­ing tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture in Hong Kong,” he adds.

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