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The band in Eran Kolirin’s subtle comedy would look out of place anywhere. Their gold-striped blue uniforms look like generalissimos’ outfits conceived by Borat, while their faces look more lost than anything you’ll see on an over-hyped TV show about stranded plane crash survivors...
Apr 10 2008
Category IIA. They said this was going to be every kung fu geek’s wet dream. Jackie and Jet finally together, a match made in monkey heaven. Alas, viewers old enough to actually have a wet dream will snooze through this puerile, plodding mess with scarcely an accidental hard-on. “The...
Apr 4 2008
HK Magazine: Why do you do it? Alain Robert: I climb for the same reasons I climbed as a boy. It’s all about courage, about facing the most fearsome challenges in life. It’s a kind of deadly game, but that’s often what life is about. HK: Is there a message involved? AR: Yes, I...
Apr 3 2008
When Shirley Ben Bashat arrived in Hong Kong three years ago, she was bemused to find the art galleries along Hollywood Road offered a rather limited, mundane selection. “Wherever you looked, all they seemed to have were pieces by unknown Vietnamese artists,” remembers the managing...
Mar 14 2008
HK Magazine: Why the name “LEO37”? LEO: When you write it all in capitals, you can flip it around and it still says the same thing. I stumbled upon it one day because the last 3 numbers on my bank card are 037. I figure it’s a neat reflection of the way that no matter what...
Mar 7 2008
Category IIB. Michael Haneke isn’t happy with you. The Austrian director says you’ve been watching too many dumb violent movies. All that Tarantino and “Hostel 2.”He wants you to know how bad you are. He says you need to be taught a lesson. How does he propose to do that?...
Mar 4 2008
While self-styled elites and aesthetic purists might sneer at the suggestion, the Hong Kong International Film Festival is arguably the richest and most important local cultural event of the year. It brings a range of deeply personal visions of life across the world to local audiences, along with...
Feb 29 2008
Category IIA. Much ink has been spilled over Johnnie To’s taking three years to complete this film. But the director doesn’t care. He’s said he would have taken even longer if he could have. Such insouciance can be found in every nook and cranny of “Sparrow,” and it...
Feb 11 2008
Years ago, Hong Kong’s alleged biggest killer made quiet headlines. It wasn’t SARS, smoking or stress, but a more insidious epidemic. According to a study by the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) Department of Community Medicine, 20 percent of people over 35 were more prone to die...
Feb 8 2008
Category IIA. Leathery lips, sagging jowls, bulging sinews and tortured flesh like boiled pastrami. No make-up or special effects could create the grotesqueries on display in “Shine a Light.” These are no wax dolls; on the contrary, they move with a fierce, defiant sense of life and...
Feb 7 2008