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Wan Chai remains one of Hong Kong’s most historical urban areas. But the district has undergone monumental changes in the last few years, and faces even bigger ones that could erase most of its core identity altogether. At the center of this shift is the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), which...
Which is more important in Hong Kong—cars or you? If you read the pedestrian chapter of the Transport Department’s official “Road User’s Code,” you are bombarded with images of people fleeing for their lives or cowering in fear of the next luxury sedan barreling around...
Category IIB. Tomoyuki Takimoto’s “Ikigami” aims to leave its audience members with a deeper respect and appreciation for life. Based on the popular comic by Motoro Mase, it features three stories centered on young, premature deaths, meant to prompt viewers to get off their Manga-...
Sep 27 2008
Category III. If you’re looking for insight into the historical conundrum that was the Red Army Faction, also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang, don’t watch “The Baader Meinhof Complex.” If you’re looking for an overview of the group’s history—and a movie...
Sep 25 2008
Trashing the scene is everyone’s favorite pastime in the Hong Kong underground music world. For its aspiring rock stars, it’s the next best thing to trashing a five-star hotel room. For regular gig-goers, it’s another excuse to bitch about ticket prices, or put off starting that...
Sep 18 2008
It’s tempting to view “Blindness” as a parable for our times. An adaptation of the novel by Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, it’s about a society plunged into misery and despair by a sudden crisis, in this case a mystery disease that turns people blind. Comparisons to the...
Sep 12 2008
Since Woody Allen officially went off the deep end a decade ago, critics have repeatedly proclaimed the Big Woody Comeback. They hailed its arrival with “Anything Else” (2003), then with “Melinda and Melinda” (2004), and again with “Match Point” (2005). The eager...
Sep 5 2008
HK: Why set the novel in Shanghai? Tony Parsons: I wanted it to be an intimate little story about a man and a woman, but set against a vast canvas, like in a David Lean movie. Shanghai is one place I’ve spent time in over the years, and I’ve always thought that there more than anywhere...
Aug 7 2008
Hong Kong: the product of a war that happened over a century and a half ago, and the realization that people would work very hard to make money if they were left alone to do it. We should be proud of this city, and how far it has come. We should be proud of our skyscrapers and our street markets,...
In May last year, local film distributors refused to take up the first picture by a Hong Kong director ever to win an Oscar. Ruby Yang’s “The Blood of Yinzhou District” had just won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject, yet nobody seemed interested. While some...
Jul 17 2008