At the end of the day BOTH Raymond and Betty are co-conspirators.
Chow introduced Bruce and Betty after the success, and end of obligations with Fist of Fury. He wanted to lure Bruce into his graces with a sex kitten. Now Bruce deserves blame for stepping out on his wife, of course. This was the beginning.
Betty says she wasn't aware of Bruce's May collapse... ********. She KNEW. Even if Bruce didn't inform her, Chow would have. It was part of a plan, which involved poisoning Bruce. At the studio, there were witnesses, and Chow was forced to watch the process with intervention. At Betty's, it was PRIVATE, and the process could run its course, and those thugs got a chance to have at him too, thus the markings on the body.
By Raymond Chow being witness to what occurred on May 10th, if what he SAYS is true about July 20th, he should've directed Betty to call an ambulance to take Lee to Baptist Hospital. Him not doing the obvious tells me, (and I've no dog in this race), that the survival of Bruce Lee was not his #1 concern.
The late 1980s and early 1990s were the heyday of the Hong Kong film industry, with huge numbers of films produced and enormous box office success.
In 1992 the Hong Kong film industry took US$1.5 billion at the box office, the following year, $1.1 billion. But there was a downside: organised crime followed the money. Actor, director and producer Bey Logan, recalls:
"We used to joke that these films were made by gangsters, with gangsters and for gangsters. There was money coming into the film world that had been generated through various, apparently illegal, activities. In the 80s the film industry was a no-lose business; you could make money, you could launder cash very quickly."
In Hong Kong organized crime is the domain of Triad gangs; their business methods soon followed their money into the industry.
Philip Chan gave up his career as superintendent of the Hong Kong CID in 1976 when his first filmscript hit the big time. He says that, at the height of the HK success, there were often bad times for those involved:
"With hundreds of movies being made per year, obviously there's a shortage of actors and directors and that would give rise to conflicts with scheduling filming and engaging actors. When reasoning could not solve the problem, the Triads would resort to violence."
There was another level of Triad intimidation, as Chan explains:
"In the day-to-day filming, we were being extorted in the streets; they would demand anything from US$50 to $2,000. Sometimes you would get two or three groups coming at different times. They would try to tamper with the equipment, they would obstruct filming, sometimes they would intimidate the actors. And it was very difficult to get police protection."
In the early 1990s violence reached a peak, sparking outrage among the film community. In November 1991 four reporters for Affairs magazine were hospitalized when a gang ransacked their office. It is believed this was retaliation for a critical article about an actress.
In January 1992 reels of newly-shot film for the Chinese New Year release All's Well, Ends Well, starring Stephen Chow and Leslie Cheung, were stolen from the offices of Mandarin International Films by four armed men, who reportedly said: "Your boss offended our boss." This was the spark needed for actors and actresses to don their dark glasses and take to the streets in protest. Philip Chan, then chairman of the Hong Kong Film Directors Guild, was photographed arm in arm with martial arts star Jackie Chan at the front of the demonstration under the banner "Showbiz Against Violence".
They would try to tamper with the equipment, they would obstruct filming, sometimes they would intimidate the actors.
The actors claimed that 90% of the industry was controlled by Triads and they spoke about what this meant. Top actor Andy Lau said his manager had been held at gunpoint to force Andy to appear in films over a period of three years. A leading actress said she had been gang raped on the instruction of a producer whose advances she had spurned. Another said she had been held by force until filming was finished. Later, when she pulled out of a film contract, she was made to withdraw $200,000 and watch while the dragon head (Triad leader) burnt it. The cast of an award-winning film said they were still waiting to be paid.
But the film industry was not wholly against the Triads. Jackie Chan said that the march was "not against all Triads, only the 'indisciplined' ones". Bey Logan explains: "They were attacking the methods more than the people."
In May 1992 HK's answer to Madonna, Anita Mui, got slapped round the face in a karaoke bar by film director and suspected mainland Triad Wong Long Lai after she refused to sing for him. Next day, he was attacked with a butcher's knife and later shot and killed in his hospital bed. Within days police were investigating the murder of another filmmaker, Jimmy Choi Chi Ming, gunned down outside his distribution company. A year later the Wan Chai Triad boss, Andely Chan, who was arrested but not charged with Wong's murder, was shot dead with his mechanic at the Macau Grand Prix.
Change came slowly. Police protection on film sets helped stop extortion and they went undercover in the gangs. At the same time the HK film industry started to wane. Hollywood films were becoming more popular, and Hong Kong found it difficult to compete. Fewer HK films were made and cinemas put up their prices. With the onslaught of video as well as piracy, cinema attendance dropped. When the easy money went, so did most of the Triads. Philip Chan believes there may be "less than a handful" now, but he doesn't think they are exploiting their positions:
"It's not worth it. If you were a Triad ten years ago and you are still working in the film industry you've got to be pretty successful. If you are pretty successful then there is nothing that you cannot really master through proper business transactions. Why resort to something else?"
Sarah Passmore is a producer for RTHK, the Hong Kong public broadcaster, and has headed the current affairs programme Backchat
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