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Everybody probably has a rough picture of life in Tin Shui Wai by now. Newspaper headlines tell us it’s a place where mothers throw their children out the window before leaping to their own deaths. Lawrence Lau’s “Besieged City” tells us it’s a triad hellhole plagued...
Jul 17 2008
Bruce Lee’s death from cerebral edema on Jul 20, 1973 famously prompted a swirl of feverish speculation. He overdosed on cannabis or painkillers, said some, dropped dead during sex or intensive training, murmured others. He was murdered by local triads, US hitmen, Shaolin monks, or Japanese...
Jul 3 2008
Category IIB. In an ideal world, this film would spell the end of the big-budget Chinese historical war epic. Armed with an unprecedented US$80 million, John Woo has done the best that can be done for this unwieldy genre. Which is to say, he’s given it a single somewhat passable film, after a...
Jun 30 2008
It doesn’t get more real in Hong Kong than the movies. Certain movies, anyway. Not the dozen or so triad galmorizations every year, or the equally heavyhanded “historical” epics these days, fun as those can be. We’re talking about the genuine slice-of-life films – the...
Jun 26 2008
Category IIB. “Get Smart” isn’t as dumb as you might expect. It’s not all that dated either, considering the film takes its cue from Mel Brooks and Buck Henry’s Cold War spoof series. The TV show ran in America the 60s, finally making its way to Hong Kong screens some...
Jun 20 2008
“The Central harborfront should be looked at as a last opportunity, one we simply can’t miss this time around,” says Sujata Govada, architect and director of Urban Design and Planning Consultants. It’s no exaggeration to say that Hong Kong currently faces one of its biggest...
With the Euro painfully high against the dollar and Oasis down and out, visiting the Old World for a spot of high culture can be a little taxing for on the local wallet these days. But fear not, for it appears Mother Europe has come to us through more innocuous outposts of kitschy self-parody. We...
May 22 2008
Professor Anthony Hedley has seen members of his staff disappear because they know too much. They know too much about the impact of the local environment on health, working as they do at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Community Medicine, and they want out. “The truth is...
Hong Kong’s mega-churches are the loudest indicators of the evangelical fervor currently alive in the city. According to Reverend Ralph Lee Ting-sun, a director of the Hong Kong Christian Council, 10,000 passionate worshippers appear every Sunday at the biggest mega-church in To Kwa Wan,...
Category IIB. You might expect “Deception” to have strong appeal to a Hong Kong audience. Firstly, it’s about overworked bankers and lawyers. Secondly, it suggests overworked bankers and lawyers don’t need to be undersexed. Thirdly, it’s got Maggie Q in it. But alas,...
Apr 24 2008