DeTao Original Music Sweeps across the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards
Shortly after the designs by graduates of DeTao Masters Academy shined on the stage of the 2018 Shanghai Fashion Week, a wave of original music produced by a DeTao master swept across the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards. In the just-concluded 37th Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony, An Unheard Melody, theme song of Concerto of the Bully won the Best Original Film Song. The piece was composed by DeTao Master of Composition Peter Kam, written by Chen Shao-qi and sung by Ronald Cheng.
37th Hong Kong Film Awards Presentation Ceremony poster
Concerto of the Bully is a Hong Kong film defined by its music. The profound emotions are conveyed perfectly through the theme song An Unheard Melody which is sung by the film’s leading actor Ronald Cheng and is accompanied by Peter Kam’s melodious score. Of course, a touching musical arrangement can help deliver a vivid atmosphere and give depth to a film, allowing it to create a real impact beyond the screen. One line in the film sheds light on the true significance of music and its ability to help mankind: “Music can open your eyes to another world. What you look at is not what you see. Music can inspire your thinking, relieve you from anxiety and insomnia, and ultimately make humanity smarter.”
Poster of Concerto of the Bully
As a famous Hong Kong composer who trained in San Francisco State University and Dick Grove School of Music, Peter Kam composed many songs and scores for films of China’s mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan with his musical ability and adaptable styles. In addition to the song composed for Concerto of the Bully which won him the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards, he also composed songs for many films such as Isabella, Perhaps Love, American Dreams in China, Finding Mr. Right, Cold War, and The Warlords. He also composed many famous Hong Kong songs, such as Para Para Sakura sung by Aaron Kwok, Xianshi sung by Jordan Chan and Fly me to Polaris sung by Cecilia Cheung.
It is not uncommon for fans of cinema to notice Peter Kam’s name on the big screen. What’s more, original film songs and scores composed by him have won numerous international accolades such as the Berlin International Film Festival Award, various Golden Horse Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, and Asian Film Awards. As early as 1999, he won the Best Film Original Score of the Golden Horse Awards for the music he composed for Purple Storm. He has been nominated for Hong Kong Film Awards 19 times and has won 9 of them in the ensuing 20 years. His list of winning Hong Kong Film Awards is as follows:
He won the Best Original Film Score and the Best Original Film Song of the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2000 for the score and song he produced for Fly me to Polaris.
He won the Best Original Film Score of the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards in 2004 for the score he composed for Lost in Time.
He won the Best Original Film Song and the Best Original Film Score of the 25th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2006 for the score and song he produced for Perhaps Love.
He won the Best Original Film Score of the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2007 for the score he composed for Isabella.
He won the Best Original Film Score of the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2010 for the score he composed for Bodyguards and Assassins.
He won the Best Original Film Score of the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards in 2012 for the score he composed for Chatchai Pongprapaphan.
He won the Best Original Film Score of the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards in 2013 for the score he composed for Cold War.
He won the Best Original Film Score of the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2017 for the score he composed for Soul Mate.
He won the Best Original Film Song of the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2018 for the song he produced for Concerto of the Bully.
Peter Kam also scored astonishing achievements in pop music. He was entrusted by the Hong Kong SAR Government to compose You are Always Here, the theme song to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return. In 2008, he was awarded the Medal of Honour by the Hong Kong SAR Government for his work Leap to Dance, theme song for the equestrian events of the 29th Olympic Games. He was also invited to compose We Are Ready, the theme song for the one-year countdown to the opening of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Hard to Say Goodbye, the farewell song of the Games, and Our Nation, the song in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the PRC founding. Needless to say, his extraordinary talents have been recognized by the government. Furthermore, he recently took interest in musicals, composing The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, a well-received musical adaptation of Louis Cha’s namesake Kong Fu novel.
Peter Kam, DeTao Master of Composition, delivering his acceptance speech at the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards.
In spite of the numerous awards he has won, Peter Kam remains modest and grateful for his career. He said in his acceptance speech, “I’m so delighted to win the Best Original Film Song of the 37th Hong Kong Film Awards together with my old friends Chen Shao-qi and Ronald Cheng for our work An Unheard Melody, theme song of Concerto of the Bully. I regard this as a sign of encouragement and recognition. Actually, I did not perform very well in pop music when I returned from the US to Hong Kong in 1990. I first composed a score for a film in 1995 at the age of 35. I was quite content that I didn’t have to change careers at that age, so winning awards wasn’t something I dared to dream of. Everything I earned later in my career must be credited to the blessing of God. I was very fortunate to achieve constant progress in the music business without losing the passion for composing, all while remaining employed. What Pauline Yeung said in her speech when accepting Professional Achievement Award last night can perfectly describe how I feel right now: All Glory to God! I felt excited as the award was announced, but what is left now is only the impetus for me to do even better in the future so that I can live up to the encouragement people have been giving me and the blessings God has bestowed upon me.”
Peter Kam is known for his unique style and creativity shown in the music he composed for films, advertisements and pop songs. The scores he has delivered for films often leave a deep and powerful impression on the audience, capturing their imagination. DeTao is deeply honored to have such an outstanding composer and looks forward to enjoying more film scores composed by him in the future.
Awardees list of The 37th Hong Kong Film Awards:
Best Film: Our Time Will Come
Best Director: Ann Hui (Our Time Will Come)
Best Screenplay: Sylvia Chang, You Xiao-ying (Love Education)
Best Actor: Louis Koo (Paradox)
Best Actress: Teresa Mo (Tomorrow is Another Day)
Best Supporting Actor: Philip Keung (Shock Wave)
Best Supporting Actress: Deanie Ip (Our Time Will Come)
Best New Performer: Ling Man Lung (Tomorrow is Another Day)
Best Cinematography: Jason Kwan (Chasing the Dragon)
Best Film Editing: Li Ka Wing (Chasing the Dragon)
Best Art Direction: Man Lim Chung, Billy Li (Our Time Will Come)
Best Costume & Make UpDesign: Bruce Yu, Lee Pik Kwan (Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back)
Best Action Choreography: Sammo Hung (Paradox)
Best Original Film Score: Joe Hisaishi (Our Time Will Come)
Best Original Film Song: An Unheard Melody (Concerto of the Bully)
Best Sound Design: Kinson Tsang, Lee Yiu Keung George (Paradox)
Best Visual Effects: Henri Wong, Eric Xu (Wukong)
Best New Director: Kearen Pang (29+1)
Best Film from Mainland and Taiwan: The Great Buddha+
Professional Achievement Award: Pauline Yeung
Lifetime Achievement Award: Chor Yuen