Huge shark is spotted in Hong Kong

Twelve beaches in Hong Kong were closed after a large shark was seen near Lamma Island last week.

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am

Paws for thought

Hi again my friends!

It's almost Christmas, but there's no sign of a Christmas tree in team YP's office. What to do? (Apart from nagging the editors to do something about it.)

At least winter is here. As I see everyone wrapped up in scarves and caps 'n' gloves, it's hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago I was tanning my tummy on a shark boat.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Massive movies

Summer's here, and for millions of movie fans, that means it's time to head to the cinema to check out the year's blockbusters. A blockbuster is a very successful film, often one with an exciting plot, that in time becomes something of a cultural phenomenon.

We look at some of the biggest blockbusters ever made, and the films that look set to follow them this summer.

14 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

HK director criticises Spielberg

Hong Kong director Andrew Lau Wai-keung led a chorus of disapproval yesterday against the decision by Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg to pull out of his role in the Beijing Olympics.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Will there be a Spielberg sequel?

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the beloved sci-fi fantasy blockbuster of Steven Spielberg, has escaped the mainland censors' blacklist - for now. So while Spielberg may have trouble separating politics from the Beijing Olympics, the central government, it seems, is magnanimous enough to distinguish his film work from his political stance.

23 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing breaks silence to express regret at Spielberg's Games snub

Beijing broke its silence yesterday at the loss of one of its Olympic celebrities by describing Hollywood director Steven Spielberg's pullout over the Darfur crisis as 'regrettable'.

15 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Mongolian bluegrass has jaws dropping at Fringe Club

The Fringe Club's City Festival kicked off on Thursday night with a reception in its roof garden. The festival is now in its ninth year, and artistic director Benny Chia Chun-heng and chairwoman Wailee Chow continue to thrive by offering a programme that is offbeat and entertaining.

14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Dead baby shark prompts warning

The government has shut two water sports centres and warned swimmers and other leisure seekers to stay out of the water at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park after a small shark was found dead after being trapped in a fisherman's net off Sai Kung.

31 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Air patrol wages war on sharks, but critics doubt effect

The single-engine Cessna plane banks in a stomach-churning corkscrew as the ocean below flashes past in a whirl of blue.

'This is what we do when we see a shark,' pilot Charles Supplice says, his voice crackling over the intercom system. 'We orbit above and keep on top of it until everyone clears out of the water.'

2 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

movie buff

Monster movie fans, take note. The Host, a popular Korean film about a monster that appears in Seoul's Han River, will hit the screen next month.

Director Bong Joon-ho said he wanted to create a monster with a unique Eastern touch. His creature is a big fish with legs that attacks and devours Seoul's citizens.

20 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Have your say

No excuse for mix-up

I refer to the article 'Two more bodies mixed up at mortuary' (SCMP, July 27). This news makes me really angry.

This is the second mix-up this year. I think the process of transporting and handling corpses needs to be reviewed.

9 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Spielberg going ape?

Rumour of the day: Steven Spielberg is reportedly interested in making a film version of the classic Chinese novel Journey To The West. According to some mainland news sources, the director was in Beijing last month and talked with several local film industry members about the idea of a big-budget Hollywood version of the monkey king and his fantasy adventure.

9 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Novel ideas? Hardly

HAVING SEEN OFF more lawyers than Jeffrey Archer, the best-seller to end all best-sellers is off the page and on the screen. The Da Vinci Code, a screenplay in novel's clothing, is finally where Dan Brown probably always intended it to be.

21 May 2006 - 12:00am

Friends with serrated smiles

AS A FISHERMAN, back in the days when Aberdeen Harbour was teeming with junks and sampans, Cheng Chor-luk had his fair share of shark encounters, including one with the most feared predator of all.

'I caught a five-metre great white [shark] in my nets, fishing near one of the offshore islands just out of Hong Kong in Chinese waters,' he said.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Still afraid to get back in the water?

When Jaws author Peter Benchley visited Hong Kong a few years ago he was rushed for time and quickly ordered the set menu at one of the city's swanker hotel restaurants.

It wasn't until the first course arrived that he realised what he had done. Out came the soup - shark's fin soup to be precise - and he looked up from his plate in silence.

19 Feb 2006 - 12:00am