Movie Release

Haunted by the past

The last time I met Chen Kaige - in December 2008 - he was in town to promote Forever Enthralled, his biopic of Peking opera legend Mei Lanfang.

Thursday, 31 March, 2011, 12:00am

A peek inside Pixar

Woody, Buzz Lightyear and many other Disney animated characters are coming to Hong Kong.

More than 400 items, including maquettes - draft models of the characters - and early short films from Pixar Animation Studios will be on display at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Sha Tin.

21 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Change of scene

SHAWN YUE Man-lok is known mostly as an actor. Since making his debut in 2001 with the independent feature Leaving Sorrowly, the 30-year-old has starred in more than 40 films. In 2010 alone, he graced the screen in eight, among themaromantic comedy (Love in a Puff), a horror flick (The Child's Eye) and a full-blown, John Woo-produced martial arts epic (Reign of Assassins).

11 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

ALBUM (1976)

The Runaways The Runaways Mercury

Before bad-ass Joan Jett strapped on a leather jumpsuit and strutted around a bar insisting she loved rock'n'roll (put another dime in the jukebox, baby), she was in a band that helped blaze the trail for women in music. She was, however, just a fresh-faced teen.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Sibling co-operation

Park Chan-kyung is among the most prominent South Korean artists today. Having graduated from first Seoul National University and then the California Institute of the Arts, the 46-year-old boasts of a Hermes Korea Missulsang award and two prizes from the Korean Culture and Arts Foundation.

6 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Long live the Dame

Everything about Dame Vivienne Westwood is anti-establishment - from her eccentric designs to her political stance, always made glaringly clear at her catwalk shows.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Spoils of war

Denis Villeneuve can still recall the many conversations he had with international distributors last September when he went to the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals with his latest film, Incendies. 'They were saying to me, we can release the movie after the Academy Awards in February,' he says.

27 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

At rainbow'S end

Nearly a year has passed, but Mabel Cheung Yuen-ting can still recall the day when she and her partner, Alex Law Kai-yui, returned to Hong Kong from the Berlin International Film Festival, on February 22, 2010. They were shepherded, with much fanfare, from airport immigration control to a meeting room packed with photographers and journalists - who gave them a heroes' welcome.

20 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

A man before his time

Father of Science Fiction

Yesterday was the birthday of the man known as the 'Father of Science Fiction'. Jules Verne wrote about things that seem perfectly normal today. But he was writing about things like planes and submarines long before they had really been invented.


9 Feb 2011 - 12:00am


Chinese remakes of Hollywood films are hardly a new phenomenon, dating back to the silent picture era of the 1920s. But Andy Lau Tak-wah's upcoming Lunar New Year comedy - a remake of the Mel Gibson hit What Women Want (2000) - emphasises just how far the China-Hollywood relationship has developed both legally, in the arena of intellectual property, and creatively.

6 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Out shopping

Horsing around

Hermes' Rider's Fourre-Tout bag (below; HK$19,500) is casual and practical and big enough to hold all equine essentials. The combination of dark chocolate brown canvas and polished steel clasps adds elegance to an otherwise simple design. Hermes is at Pacific Place, Admiralty, tel: 2575 5424.

Pearls of wisdom

30 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Filmmaker's balancing act

Name: Benny Chan Muk-sing Born: Hong Kong Zodiac: neo Virgo Chinese zodiac: Rooster

21 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Outwitting the bad guys

The Japanese TV drama series The Negotiator (Koshonin) became an instant hit when it premiered in 2008. Its heroine, Reiko Usagi (Ryoko Yonekura), captured the hearts of viewers with her beauty and intelligence.

Now, with the release of The Negotiator: The Movie, Usagi once again relies on her wit and negotiation skills to save the day.

19 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Animal instinct

Just as her fourth novel, Ape House, hit bookshelves last month, Sara Gruen's 2006 novel, Water for Elephants, was notching up its 98th week on The New York Times' best-seller list.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Carpio takes on Broadway with major baddie role in 'Spider-Man' musical

Home-grown star Teresa Victoria Carpio is looking to shine even brighter - on the Broadway stage. The singer-actress has landed the lead vixen role of Arachne in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the US$65 million musical directed by Tony Award-winning Julie Taymor with music written by U2's Bono and The Edge.

11 Jan 2011 - 12:00am