「我離港前到過一間精神科醫院。當時有位病人禮貌地問,一個以作為世上最悠久民主政體而自傲的國家,如何能夠將此地交給一個政治制度非常不同的國家,且既沒諮詢當地公民,又沒給予他們民主的前景,好讓他們捍衞自己的將來。一個隨行同事說,奇怪,香港提出最理智問題的人,竟在精神科醫院。」彭定康 金融時報

“During a visit to a mental hospital before I left Hong Kong, a patient politely asked me how a country that prided itself on being the oldest democracy in the world had come to be handing over his city to another country with a very different system of government, without either consulting the citizens or giving them the prospect of democracy to safeguard their future. Strange, said one of my aides, that the man with the sanest question in Hong Kong is in a mental hospital.”Chris Patten Financial Times

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

孤獨的金融狙擊手


孤獨的金融狙擊手




當一間上市公司,它的總資產估值,比在市場上,股票總價值還要高時,不務正業的金融阻擊手,或曰:財技高手,就有機可乘了。他們利用小量金錢,購買足夠數量控制性股票,便可以成為最大股東,擁有控制性股權,更可把資產斬件來出賣,尋求最高利潤。


但其實有很多投資銀行,樂于積極介入,借埋錢給財技高手,進行Leveraged buyout 槓桿融資收購,所謂一家便宜兩家著,有時更可能是敵意收購,上市公司的小股東,怎能螳臂車呢?


電影:Pretty Woman 港譯:風月俏佳人,電影故事中的男主角 Edward(Richard Gere) 就是演這個孤獨的金融阻擊手。


Starring:
Richard Gere
Julia Roberts

Director:
Garry Marshall

維基百科:Pretty Woman









The Story:
Corporate raider Edward Lewis (Richard Gere) is having trouble driving the Lotus Esprit, a car he has borrowed,and stops to ask for directions on Hollywood Boulevard. Vivian Ward (Julia Roberts), a hooker with a heart of gold, thinks he is trying to find "a date" and walks over to his car.

A lost Edward agrees to pay Vivian for directions. Rather than giving him the directions he wants, Vivian jumps in the car and offers to show him personally. On the way to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (Beverly Hills), Vivian comments on his bad driving.

Much to her surprise and delight, Edward asks her to drive the rest of the way. Despite the Lotus's famously stiff clutch, she demonstrates driving skill and takes him to his hotel without mishap. Vivian, who thinks she has charmed Edward, is at first rejected and says she will return to her corner by taxi. When Edward sees her a few minutes later waiting at the bus stop, he offers to hire her for an hour, which after some awkward conversation, becomes a night.

Edward explains his business to Vivian, he buys large companies, breaks them up and sells them in smaller parts for profit. Vivian compares it to a chop shop, where stolen cars are cut up for parts and usually sold for more than the whole car is worth.

Later, Edward decides to hire Vivian to spend the week with him, offering to pay her $3,000........the story continues!


孤獨的金融阻擊手 Edward,不習慣駕駛借來的棍波『蓮花』跑車,兼且迷失了方向,唯有停在荷里活大道,向一位在街頭搵生意的流鶯 Vivian 問路。


本來祇是打算雇用 Vivian 一小時服務,為他駕車返回豪華的比華利山 Beverly Wilshire Hotel,之後 Edward 決定延長 Vivian 的服務,至到整個晚上。


他告訴 Vivian,他的業務就是把大公司,大機構的控制數量股票買下來,在取得董事會的控制權後,再把公司賺錢的業務,斬件分開來賣,謀求賺取更高更大的利潤,不賺錢的就草草辭退雇員,把它關掉。



Vivian 說這就跟偷車賊一樣,把偷來的車子,分開各部份來出賣,總數會比把一整架車賣出去,得到更多利錢。


最後孤單、寂寞、疲憊的 Edward,答應用三千元,來換取 Vivian 一整個星期的服務 。。。。。。。。。咁就展開了一個灰姑娘的故事!



理察 基亞 Richard Gere as Edward Lewis ,在主演這片前,在荷里活已頗有名氣,他的成名作 American Gigolo 港譯:美國舞男,再加上 An Officer and a Gentleman 港譯:衝上雲霄,是伙拍當年當時得令的 Debra Winger 狄寶娜穎嘉,也是一個灰姑娘的故事,把他推上巔峰。Richard 之後主演很多名片,也有很賣座的片子,但演技沒有大進步,除了憑演 Chicago 中的律師拿到金球獎之外,印象中他沒有得過任何演技大獎,近年 Richard Gere 雖然片約依然不斷,但再沒有震堪的票房收入,聲勢略減。



朱莉亞 羅拔絲 Julia Roberts as Vivian Ward ,在主演本片之前,祇有一部電影 Steel Magnolias, 較多人認識外,其實尚未大紅,但在眾多成名的女明星,因為是飾演妓女角色而辭演後,冷手執個熱煎堆,一舉成名。大口姐姐,自始一帆風順,最後憑 Erin Brockovich 港譯: 伊人當自強,攞埋奧斯卡金像獎影后,近年已積極生仔揍仔,淡薄影事了。

Deleted Scenes




電影是一九九零年出品,八九六四民運之後,香港人人心惶惶,港人就有傳說,英國人準備把香港拆骨,分開分拆來賣,把賣得的錢,匯返倫敦祖家。


並且會用盡香港的儲備,展開各大基建工程,包括赤臘角新香港國際機場,把合約用不合理的昻貴價錢,判給英國資本背景的公司及承建商,試圖掏空香港的根本。


攪到中國北京,積極謀求對策,成立小組監察香港港英政府的小動作,又不久肥彭彭定康,到港履任香港末代港督,在基本法之上,企圖鑽空子,破壞香港穩定繁榮。


驅往矣!


後記:
一些港人總愛把香港比作灰姑娘,把本來已經沒落的英國比作大亨。香港(包括九龍新界)在滿清衰弱腐敗時代,根據三條不平等的條約,交給了英國人管治,前後共有100年,于1997年7月,回歸中國,但實行一國兩制,資本主義受到基本法保護,有五十年不變之說。


究竟香港是否真的如灰姑娘之說,香港若不得到英國大亨的眷顧,調教,培養,才能成為『東方之珠』,否則香港祇是中國南海,海岸線上的一條小漁村呢?滿清朝廷,國民黨政權,共產黨政權,滿洲人,中國人,永遠都不會挑選,並把香港發展成今天的『香港』。


香港人要珍惜這得來不易的. . . . ?


Ummm....就如上面的 Trailer 結尾:
Vivian meets Edward again, and Edward asks what happens in her fantasy after the knight on the white horse rescues her.

"She rescues him right back", says Vivian.






我的舊文:
Other People's Money 港譯: 搶錢至尊 Larry the Liquidator 的故事



9 comments:

新鮮人 said...

這套片當年相當收得,
好多女仔看完都想一朝飛上皮頭變鳯凰!
首主題曲都很流行架!

朱莉亞羅拔斯的演技不俗,
她小時候拍的確不同太陽油廣告是經典,
不知你有没有看過了!

Anonymous said...

Big brother Fresh,
I am waiting to watch soccer match so I am still up.
I dont remember Julia Roberts had a coppertune commercial but I googled and found this one by Jodie Foster, it said in year 1965.

Or there was another one?

Space

Agnes艾麗絲謝 said...

Pretty Woman 本來只係一套喜劇電影, 整整下成為一套經典! 我阿爸都帶過阿媽去戲院睇~

the inner space said...

Agnes,這部 Pretty Woman 風月俏佳人,是兒童不宜觀看的,沒有入戲院看,我應是之後在電視看過,再後才買看影帶影碟版。

the inner space said...

已加寫了『後記』,歡迎各位再作回應!

Agnes艾麗絲謝 said...

仲記得有次明珠台播"風月俏佳人", 正值"不道德的交易"上畫, 成為話題作. 於是明珠台就好tricky整左個宣傳片, 街頭訪問d女人: 一晚一百萬美金, 定一星期三千蚊美金? 有個姿容普通既, 立即答: 梗係一百萬啦! .....

戲中大口茱袋三千蚊, 又win埋李察基爾. 學歌神話齋: 錢係會繼續黎~

the inner space said...

『不道德的交易』是超靚佬 羅拔列福,唔記得
達美摩亞,有冇接受囉,做佢老公個位好似是
woody harrison 喺嘛?

新鮮人 said...

我唔肯定是那個,
或者我把兩人搞亂了,
但你找到的不是我說那個廣告,
可惜我都找不到!

the inner space said...

新鮮兄:我自問孤陋寡聞,你找到時別忘了通知我!