>VCD quality (very poor)
But still very watchable. I just finished the whole movie, thanks. Something like Ah Ying is a product of its time, a nice snapshot of the earlier days of the Hong Kong New Wave. I've been watching some Hong Kong movies over the past couple of days because Boat People was featured on tvch's weekly film club last week.
When I was watching Ah Ying I was reminded of Stephen Chow's The New King of Comedy which has a similar plot of a young woman who aspires to be a big actress, though I think Chow's The New King of Comedy is a little more refined and updated. In The New King of Comedy there's an audition sequence near the end of the movie, where main character acts out a scene from earlier in the movie where she broke up with her boyfriend, so the movie cuts between her audition and the scene from earlier where she broke up with her boyfriend but the character is playing both herself and her boyfriend in a dual role. So I thought something like that was really cool, showing how people draw from real world experiences in order to act and bring out feeling. But people gave The New King of Comedy a lot of flak for being a commercialized movie with a lot of product placement, Tencent stuff etc, cheaply made. I think Ah Ying and The New King of Comedy are both good movies but I prefer something like The New King of Comedy a little more because of that dual role scene which sticks out in my mind much more.