Perth Tour Music Special 1993 – Faye & Tony

The Perth Tour Music Special 1993 stars Faye Wong (王菲) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉). It was uploaded in 6 parts to YouTube by Singsingcookie4 on 21 Feb 2009. This version has the best resolution that I’ve seen. In this special, we see Tony and Faye before they starred together in the Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) classic Chungking Express. This is a romantic comedy that features a few of Faye’s songs. Makes you wish that Faye would do a romantic musical comedy in which she sings some of her songs.

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Deb, on 24 Feb 2009 said:

I am so HAPPY that this has been posted because I’m from Perth!! I’ve been here since ‘89, so I’m pretty much from here. I recognise everywhere they show, some of the places don’t even exist anymore. I didn’t really know Faye back in 1993, my first hearing of our 100,000 Whys album was in 1994. But I do remember watching this on VHS back in the day. This was when Faye’s career was taking off and Tony was trying to start a singing career (god knows why?!?!).

This really shows why Faye and Tony have done so much acting together. Tony is an acting veteran and its obvious Faye is very comfortable with Tony and he must have taken good care of her and taught her his craft.

Word of advice – never feed the black swans! They are vicious when it comes to food!! We do have great coffee, we take it very seriously, mainly due to a large italian population, there is NO Starbucks here!

Faye living in a caravan?!?! ahahaha, that’s too funny! Meat pie for brekky? She’s definitely an Aussie!

This makes me feel very close to Faye – she was in my town! If only I met her! Wonder if she liked Perth, it was pretty undeveloped back then, so it wouldn’t have been very exciting at the time. I coulda been a very good tour guide for them even tho I was only 14!

See ya later, mate!

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Is Faye Left or Right Handed?

Raymond Chua has asked a good question in his 10.23.08 comment — one that I’ve never though to ask. Is Faye Wong (王菲) left handed or right handed? I went through a whole bunch of photos and noticed that Faye holds the mike in her right hand nearly all the time. But there are a few exceptions. She also writes and puts on makeup with her right hand. She eats with her right most of the time — but there’s an exception in the photo from her Fu Zao album. She bats and throws right handed, but she licks her left thumb. The photo with Tony Leung (Chiu-Wai 梁朝偉) is interesting. If she were a lefty, she’d use her left hand to cup her mouth. I didn’t add a photo of her talking on the phone, but in the photos that I have, she holds it in her left hand. I’ve always viewed Faye as very athletic, very well coordinated, so I’m guessing that she is one of those rare people who could actually be ambidextrous if she wanted to. But I don’t know the real answer.

Rare Songs – Lau Fei Fei with Tony

Here’s a rare song and rare video — Faye Wong (王菲) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉) in a live 1994 performance in a huge stadium singing “Lau Fei Fei” (流非飛, Flow Not Fly), released in Faye’s Sep 1993 album, Hundred Thousand Whys. It was at about the time Chungking Express was being released, and they were beginning to establish an onscreen chemistry that would play out in other films. In this performance, we can see that Faye is in her element. In CKE, Faye’s first serious film, she felt awkward and out of place, claiming that she could only be herself and didn’t know how to act. As it turns out, this is exactly what Wong Kar-Wai (王家卫), the award-winning director, was looking for. Faye went on to win awards for her performance, and CKE is considered one of the best films in the world. The audio below was ripped from the video.

(added to YouTube by whiteboardsandy 14 Aug 2008)

Faye Wong’s Opening Scene in Chungking Express

I hesitate to write about Faye Wong’s (王菲) role in Wong Kar Wai’s (王家卫) 1994 masterpiece, Chungking Express, because, for many Westerners, this is the be all and end all of Faye’s acting career. Still, I think it’s worth discussing simply because it provides insight into Faye’s endless appeal. Compared to other actors, she stands out because she’s so utterly different. While everyone else is intent on acting, Faye is simply being, natural and therefore fascinating. Her presence is captivating because it’s so refreshing, like sunlight in comparison to fluorescent or incandescent.

ADDED 15 Feb 2010: Video below. When people ask me what’s so special about Faye, I think of this film, and especially this opening scene. This was my first introduction to Faye Wong, and I was hooked.

The still above is from the opening scene of the second of two stories in the film. (Click on it to see the video clip.) The first few minutes are the end of the first. In this scene, police officer 633, played by Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉), meets Faye for the first time. This scene of Faye behind the counter, gently rocking to The Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’,” is my favorite in all the films I’ve ever seen. I never get tired of watching it. Her movements are so original that I’ve never seen anything like it before or since.

Wong Kar Wai understands this quality in Faye and, in his infinite wisdom, gives her free rein in interpreting her parts. Directors who don’t quite get it try to direct Faye, and the result is more often than not stiffness and self-consciousness, acting rather than being. They haven’t learned that when they have a natural, they should just let her do her own thing.

Enough talk. Watch the video and see for yourself.

BTW, Faye has acted in a number of films and TV series, and in future posts, I’ll be discussing them.