Taiwan calls for film awards to be scrapped after poor haul

Sean Lau Ching-wan and Liang Jing with the Golden Horses they won in Taipei on Saturday. Photos: Xinhua

Taiwan's failure to win more awards at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has triggered debate on the island, including among lawmakers, about whether the half-century-old regional gala should be stopped.

Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, 3:46am 4 comments

Wellington goes Hobbit mad ahead of film premiere

An Air New Zealand jet painted in Hobbit images. Photo: Xinhua

Up to 100,000 people are expected to line the streets of Wellington on Wednesday for the world premiere of director Peter Jackson's long-awaited Middle Earth epic The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

26 Nov 2012 - 6:20am

Johnnie To, Sean Lau win at Golden Horse Awards

Hong Kong's Sean Lau Ching-wan and Taiwan's Gwei Lun-mei show off their best actor and actress prizes at Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong director Johnnie To Kei-fung won best director for Life Without Principle and Sean Lau Ching-wan was named best actor for his role in the movie at Taiwan's Golden Horse Film Awards last night.

25 Nov 2012 - 6:17pm

Christmas gifts: ideas that keep appreciating

Illustration: Mario Rivera

With Christmas fast approaching (have you noticed how that process somehow accelerates in November) the time has come for the financially minded to focus on gifts that will not only please but increase in value.

26 Nov 2012 - 2:17am

Rescued tenement to provide homes for international artist scheme

Connie Lam of the Hong Kong Arts Centre outside the Wing Lee Street artists' residences in Sheung Wan. Photo: Edward Wong

The tenements of Wing Lee Street were rescued from demolition by a film. Now it is hoped that some of the surviving buildings will preserve that link with the arts.

One of the tenements bought by the Urban Renewal Authority has been opened as Artist Home Base, an artist-in-residence programme run by the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am

Second Sight: 'The Summer of Aviya'

A still fromThe Summer of Aviya.

The Summer of Aviya

Israel came into being in 1948 - one year before the People's Republic of China was established - and its just under 8 million population is only slightly larger than Hong Kong's. For a country of its size and age, it has an exceedingly strong national cinema.

11 Nov 2012 - 10:16am

Sacked graft-buster Alex Tsui takes on challenging new role

Alex Tsui Ka-kit has proved he is still a fighter. Photo: David Wong

The dismissal of former top graft-buster Alex Tsui Ka-kit 20 years ago still remains a mystery to Hongkongers, but the controversial character is set to resume his duties - this time on film.

Speaking of his starring role in Cold War, released this Thursday, Tsui called it a "great and eye-opening" experience.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

Hollywood to make films based on Hungry Hungry Hippos, Monopoly

Despite the Battleship flop, producers are planning movies about Hungry Hungry Hippos (above) and Monopoly. Photo: SCMP

Hollywood continues to go crazy for toys and games.

Hasbro, the toy company behind the hits Transformers and G.I. Joe, as well as this year's flop Battleship, has signed a deal with independent production and finance company Emmett/Furla Films to make movies based on the board games Hungry Hungry Hippos and Monopoly, and the toy Action Man.

6 Oct 2012 - 4:21am

Rant: scrutiny of the bounty

Rant: scrutiny of the bounty


6 Oct 2012 - 11:54pm

Government HQ at Admiralty gets first film role in Cold War

Longman Leung (left) and Sunny Luk. Photo: Sam Tsang

Towards the end of the shoot for their directorial debut, Cold War, Sunny Luk Kim-ching and Longman Leung Lok-man had a problem - they had run out of time and money to film a huge passing-out parade for the grand finale of their police drama.

1 Oct 2012 - 4:41am

Eleanor Kwok: The cosmetics entrepreneur with a 'can do' attitude

Photo: Thomas Yau

Eleanor Kwok was a trader without a store when her landlord tripled her basement shop's rent in 1989 and she could not afford the rise.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Rewind: Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock

Rewind: Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock

Vertigo James Stewart, Kim Novac, Barbara Bel Geddes Director: Alfred Hitchcock It's official: Vertigo is the greatest film of all time - well, according to a critics' poll in British film magazine Sight & Sound. And the monthly publication for the dedicated and discerning cinephile is not to be trifled with.

30 Sep 2012 - 2:21pm

Bollain's powerful film about filming targets social justice in Latin America

Gael Garcia Bernal in Even the Rain

Directed by Iciar Bollain and written by her husband, Paul Laverty, a long-time collaborator of Ken Loach's, Even the Rain revolves around a Mexican director-producer duo's attempts to make a film denouncing the exploitation and abuse committed by conquistadores in the so-called New World, and their brutal suppression of the native population who dared to rise up against them.

30 Sep 2012 - 5:35pm

Starting and surviving secondary school

The first day of term at Fresh Fish Trader's School in Tai Kok Tsui. Attending a new school can be a stressful experience for students.Photo: Dickson Lee

Secondary school is undoubtedly a challenge, so Form One students are both excited and nervous when they start the new school year. While teachers like me can offer a few tips, there are a couple of popular books that parents and students might find useful.

17 Sep 2012 - 9:24am

Steven Soderbergh ready for the final few acts of his film directing career

Steven Soderbergh (top) directs surprise hitMagic Mike, which stars Channing Tatum (below, centre) and Matthew McConaughey (below right with Tatum)

Steven Soderbergh turns 50 next year - meaning the director who began his career in 1989, winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with

17 Sep 2012 - 9:25am