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HK Magazine: Has your music changed much since you started in 2005? Eric Piece: We started off being strongly influenced by Radiohead, Travis and Coldplay on our first album. Now our sound is a lot more complicated, we try to mix a lot of things together. Our lyrics have changed too. When we were...
Jan 30 2009
Liberal • The Liberal Party claims to use the term in the classical sense, which emphasizes political and economic individualism before anything else. While it looks good on paper, critics argue that such “liberalism” often ends up being invoked by the rich and powerful to justify...
Three Rights Make A Left
Labels are meant to make life simpler. We use them to make sense of the welter of the world around us, and we use them to make sense of who we think we are. But in the dizzy world of Hong Kong politics, labels often end up just creating more confusion. The Liberal Party is anything but liberal in...
Category IIB. Last year, Ann Hui’s “The Way We Are” was lauded for piercing through the media hype surrounding Tin Shui Wai and giving us an honest picture of ordinary people trying to get by in the so-called “City of Sadness.” It might come as a surprise, then, that...
Jan 1 2009
HK Magazine: How did you guys get together? Luke Chow: We all met through the local music scene. I used to go to gigs all the time with Paul, our guitarist, and we ended up meeting our bassist Tiff and new drummer Mike just by jamming at open mic nights and stuff. Playing gigs is still the main way...
Dec 26 2008
The trailer and the original novel by Richard Yates would suggest “Revolutionary Road” is supposed to be a serious film. Indeed, not just serious, but unforgettably miserable. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet star as a 1950s American couple who discover that married life isn’t...
Dec 19 2008
Hong Kong’s underwater ecology just never seems to get a break. If it’s not overfishing or marine pollution, it’s new development projects wiping out unique habitats. The latest example concerns a stretch of coastline in Tai Po, which the Civil Engineering and Development...
Category IIA. You don’t have to enjoy Beijing opera to enjoy “Forever Enthralled.” Chen Kaige’s biopic of one of its greatest stars, Mei Lanfang, makes its remote and receding world entirely accessible and colorful to contemporary audiences. Nonetheless, it does call for a...
Dec 5 2008
You don’t have to enjoy Beijing opera to enjoy Mei Lanfang. Chen Kaige’s biopic of the eponymous operatic star makes its remote and receding world entirely accessible and colorful to contemporary audiences. Nonetheless, it does call for a bit of patience. The film’s main conceit...
Dec 5 2008
Martial arts films and realism really don’t mix. At least if “Wushu” is anything to go by. Apparently, some bright spark decided that existing martial arts films are too boring these days, and that cop-triad beat-‘em-ups and historical kung fu epics need some spicing up. So...
Oct 23 2008