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Richard Harrison

Si nous aimons rire d'un certain cinéma déviant, nous sommes très loin de mépriser les hommes et les femmes qui s'y sont impliqués ou compromis. Il nous a ainsi paru enrichissant de faire raconter le nanar et son univers par les gens qui l'ont vécu de l'intérieur. La diversité des intervenants et de leurs réponses nous a rendu encore plus proches du cinéma que nous aimons : vous découvrirez, au fil des entretiens que ces différentes vedettes ont bien voulu nous accorder, des informations précieuses pour le cinéphile et le cinéphage, des anecdotes cocasses et, en esquisse, le portrait attachant de personnages souvent hauts en couleur.
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Richard Harrison (page 5)

Who actually directed the films, Godfrey Ho or Joseph Lai ?

Godfrey Ho was always the director.

You say you quit acting because of these movies : to what extent did they actually damage your career ? Were there other reasons which brought you to quit acting?

This experience made me feel very dirty. I really felt like a prostitute. They were thrown in my face all the time. I saw part of one once, it had something to do with witches. I don't think I had more than a couple of scenes in it.

"This experience made me feel very dirty. I really felt like a prostitute."

These films are very hard to understand as, in an obvious way, they have been edited any which way with some old Asian pictures. The scenes you were acting in have been scattered in more than 10 other films out on video, each of this film having your name in large characters on the cover though you were supposed to act only in one originally. It is of course a very dishonest process, and we imagine that you probably didn't appreciate the fact of having your name improperly used to sell products of such a poor quality ! Didn't you try to prevent these films from being sold ?

I didn't feel I had any chance whatsoever of stopping these films from distribution. It was my trust that caused this, and that does not stand up with the law. I felt helpless in Hong Kong. This was the reason I stopped caring about acting. I really felt dirty and used. Again, I will say I had no one to blame but myself for being so trusting.

The website, to which you have granted a brief interview, shows a long one of Godfrey Ho [which is here forwarded, please see the 2nd word document]. Your name being mentioned 2 or 3 times, and Mr Ho not always seeming 100% sincere (he notably told them, among other things, that he had "never edited footage together" in his movies...), we would like to have your opinion on the comments which are remotely connected with you. As we are also actually considering the possibility of getting an interview from Albert Garai, cameraman for all the Godfrey Ho movies you were in a way or another involved in, is there any question in particular you would like us to ask him ?

I read the interview with Ho, and found it ridiculous. He spent his whole time in the editing room. He had very little skill as a director and I always considered him a little boy. I sincerely do not remember the name of the camera man, but I liked him very much, more than anyone else. Let me relate one incident that really bothered me. In the script there is a scene where my wife goes to the refrigerator and finds our pet dog dead inside. An easy scene to shoot without causing any hard to the animal. I have done scenes similar many times. Several days before they had brought a puppy to the set, and I had spent my free time playing with it. The camera man came over to me and said there was a bed upstairs I could take a nap on, so I went and laid down. I heard the little dog scream and I ran down stairs. One of the crew had broken the dogs neck and they were laughing about it. I am a lover of animals, and have never killed any animal in my life. I knew I was not in my country and it would not be wise to make a case out of this. I did say that in Europe or the USA they would have gone to jail. On a lighter side he taught me to use a tongue scraper, which I still do.

"I read the interview with Ho, and found it ridiculous."

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