Horror of lengthwise image
For me, a movie was the thing which was shown on TV. The fact that there
was no movie theater in my town keeps me away from movie theater. Even
now, I still follow the habit. I usually see a movie on DVD.
I remember the good old days, the movie on TV was shown with compressed
image in width. The wide screen image, which was called "Cinema Scope
size" was compressed for adjusting 4:3 TV monitor format. Inevitably,
the width was compressed to almost half beside kept original size in length.
Therefore it became relatively lengthwise image. Actors faces, back grounds,
all the things was stretched in vertical direction.
When I hear the name "Hong Kong", I always remember Bruce Lee
movies with this lengthwise image. The lengthwise image effected to amplify
hard boiled and strained taste. You think about it. If the image was stretched
in horizontal direction, it could be a comedy movie in which fat guys fight
each other. Plus, old Hong Kong movies became more horrible with lengthwise
Bruce Lee was so popular in those days. Japanese TV series also try to
take after the popularity. Japanese popular TV series, "G men '75"
must be one of them. It often took Hong Kong location. To tell the truth,
I didn't even know what kind of G men ("FBI detectives" in original
meaning) they were. Any way it's detective action series.
In its special edition, the members of G men flew to Hong Kong pursued
the Hong Kong connection. And Yasuaki Kurata (Japanese action star) took
place kung fu fight with super macho evil. You might be noticed that there
were no need for Japanese G men going to Hong Kong and fighting with kung
fu. However, it's a right attitude of audience to ignore such a trivial
After all, Hong Kong in my stereotyped imagination was extremely strange
world. "It's a dangerous and lengthwise city. And I could be attacked
by the super macho evil if I lose my care" However, Hong Kong in real
was more sophisticated than I had imaged. And no action scene between police
and gang was took place in front of me.
But "lengthwise city" was true. Scenery of Hong Kong was lengthwise
enough without the image conversion. The city was laid vertically through
By the way, do you know bamboo scaffoldings are set up for constructing
modern skyscrapers in Hong Kong? When I walk down the street, I saw the
bamboo castle in twilight. I remembered the scene of old Hong Kong movie.
I certainly felt the horror of lengthwise image in it.
"Bamboo castle" Hong Kong, China 2006
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