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Diversity diet: why a gut health doctor advises eating 30 different plants a week to keep your digestive microbiota in top condition

Plants and plant-based food keep digestive microbiota healthy, and gut health doctor Megan Rossi recommends eating 30 different plants a week.

Plants and plant-based food keep digestive microbiota healthy, and gut health doctor Megan Rossi recommends eating 30 different plants a week.

18 May 2022 - 9:17AM
Classic Hong Kong movie Happy Together, 25 years on: Wong Kar-wai on his Cannes-winning gay romance, starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung

Starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung as gay lovers, Happy Together was a Hong Kong story set in Argentina, Wong said – even the dangerous Buenos Aires location felt like Mong Kok.

Starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung as gay lovers, Happy Together was a Hong Kong story set in Argentina, Wong said – even the dangerous Buenos Aires location felt like Mong Kok.

17 May 2022 - 9:12AM
From Bruce Lee to Jackie Chan and John Woo, how martial arts films represent Hong Kong both locally and abroad

Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and John Woo are household names around the world, and martial arts films have done more to promote Hong Kong and its culture than any other cultural offering.

Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and John Woo are household names around the world, and martial arts films have done more to promote Hong Kong and its culture than any other cultural offering.

8 May 2022 - 4:15AM
Brigitte Lin’s wuxia films: from Fire Dragon to The East Is Red and Swordsman II, the Hong Kong cinematic superstar’s fantasy martial arts roles ranked from worst to best

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia went from being a popular romantic actress in Hong Kong during the 1980s to a martial arts superstar in the early 1990s.

Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia went from being a popular romantic actress in Hong Kong during the 1980s to a martial arts superstar in the early 1990s.

1 May 2022 - 6:15AM
Explainer | Why psychedelics like psilocybin from magic mushrooms and LSD are seeing a surge in medical interest, in treatments for depression, addiction and more

Illegal since the 1960s, psychedelics including psilocybin and LSD are now under the microscope again as researchers see if they can help treat a range of medical conditions.

Illegal since the 1960s, psychedelics including psilocybin and LSD are now under the microscope again as researchers see if they can help treat a range of medical conditions.

25 Apr 2022 - 4:15PM
‘Probably the best martial arts movie you don’t know’: Shaolin Plot, featuring Sammo Hung

With Sammo Hung featured and choreographing the action, Huang Feng directing and a script based on a story by Ni Kuang, Shaolin Plot has an epic, big-budget feel.

With Sammo Hung featured and choreographing the action, Huang Feng directing and a script based on a story by Ni Kuang, Shaolin Plot has an epic, big-budget feel.

24 Apr 2022 - 4:15AM
Jackie Chan on his feel-good movie formula and how, with films like 1993’s Crime Story, he sought to extend from martial arts to more dramatic roles

In a 1997 interview, published for the first time, the Hong Kong actor talks about moving on to more dramatic roles, how he came up with stunts like First Strike’s ladder scene, and the typical Jackie Chan film.

In a 1997 interview, published for the first time, the Hong Kong actor talks about moving on to more dramatic roles, how he came up with stunts like First Strike’s ladder scene, and the typical Jackie Chan film.

17 Apr 2022 - 4:15AM
In Wood and Water, 2019 Hong Kong protests are the backdrop for art-house German film directed by Jonas Bak

Jonas Bak shot Wood and Water in Hong Kong in 2019 while anti-government protests were in full swing – but while he wove elements of them in, he wanted to keep his film slow and thoughtful.

Jonas Bak shot Wood and Water in Hong Kong in 2019 while anti-government protests were in full swing – but while he wove elements of them in, he wanted to keep his film slow and thoughtful.

12 Apr 2022 - 7:15AM
Why US distributors used sex to sell martial arts movies, and some of the other twists on kung fu film posters

Lady Vengeance renamed Deep Thrust, a topless scene added to The Water Margin – when adult-film theatres switched from showing X-rated porn to martial arts films, they embellished their plots on posters.

Lady Vengeance renamed Deep Thrust, a topless scene added to The Water Margin – when adult-film theatres switched from showing X-rated porn to martial arts films, they embellished their plots on posters.

10 Apr 2022 - 4:15AM
How Bruce Lee film Game of Death became a cynical project to cash in on his death – and its eventual happy ending

Bruce Lee started Game of Death as a philosophical martial arts film, but after his death completing it became a cynical way to cash in on his stardom.

Bruce Lee started Game of Death as a philosophical martial arts film, but after his death completing it became a cynical way to cash in on his stardom.

3 Apr 2022 - 9:56AM
Why the martial arts style of John Wick movies and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings owed a lot to Hong Kong cinema

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had ex-members of Jackie Chan’s stunt team choreographing the action. For the John Wick films, Keanu Reeves used things he learned from Hong Kong choreographer Yuen Woo-ping on The Matrix movies.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings had ex-members of Jackie Chan’s stunt team choreographing the action. For the John Wick films, Keanu Reeves used things he learned from Hong Kong choreographer Yuen Woo-ping on The Matrix movies.

27 Mar 2022 - 4:15AM
How forgotten martial arts gem The Jade Bow ushered in New School wuxia films in Mandarin Chinese

Although mostly forgotten now, The Jade Bow was often mentioned as having ushered in the New School wuxia films, shot in Mandarin rather than Cantonese, of directors such as Chang Cheh and King Hu.

Although mostly forgotten now, The Jade Bow was often mentioned as having ushered in the New School wuxia films, shot in Mandarin rather than Cantonese, of directors such as Chang Cheh and King Hu.

20 Mar 2022 - 6:15AM
What is the metaverse? A virtual world where users generate content, such as Nascar experiences on Roblox, rather than consume brands’ products

As Nascar has discovered, the best way for a brand to operate in the metaverse is not to create products for consumption but provide a ‘toolkit’ for users to generate content based on its intellectual property.

As Nascar has discovered, the best way for a brand to operate in the metaverse is not to create products for consumption but provide a ‘toolkit’ for users to generate content based on its intellectual property.

17 Mar 2022 - 7:15PM
Jackie Chan on his early days as a stuntman, learning the hard way and impressing John Woo

Jackie Chan talks about studying the stunt choreographer on his early films as a lowly stuntman, moving up to the role aged 18, learning fast and, while still a teenager, arranging fight sequences for John Woo.

Jackie Chan talks about studying the stunt choreographer on his early films as a lowly stuntman, moving up to the role aged 18, learning fast and, while still a teenager, arranging fight sequences for John Woo.

13 Mar 2022 - 4:15AM
Anime’s influence on Pixar’s Turning Red – Spirited Away is director Domee Shi’s favourite movie – and how its giant panda is a metaphor for the pains of growing up

Spirited Away is Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi’s favourite movie, and anime influenced her direction of Turning Red, as well as her own experience of growing up and clashing with her mother.

Spirited Away is Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi’s favourite movie, and anime influenced her direction of Turning Red, as well as her own experience of growing up and clashing with her mother.

9 Mar 2022 - 5:15PM
How Bruce Lee’s The Big Boss shot kung fu to the top, launched one of his trademark moves and stood up for Chinese people

Bruce Lee’s role in The Big Boss made him an instant star in Hong Kong. It stood up for the Chinese people and featured a kung fu move that looked so good it became one of his trademark moves.

Bruce Lee’s role in The Big Boss made him an instant star in Hong Kong. It stood up for the Chinese people and featured a kung fu move that looked so good it became one of his trademark moves.

6 Mar 2022 - 5:15AM
From Bruce Lee to Ip Man and The Monkey King, Donnie Yen on martial arts movies and nearly 40 years of acting

Action star Donnie Yen Ji-dan, known for his roles in films like Ip Man and Star Wars, has talked about respecting Bruce Lee, what films he cries to and the film that ‘almost jeopardised my career’.

Action star Donnie Yen Ji-dan, known for his roles in films like Ip Man and Star Wars, has talked about respecting Bruce Lee, what films he cries to and the film that ‘almost jeopardised my career’.

27 Feb 2022 - 5:15AM
Why the ninjas in kung fu films were almost always villains – think Shaw Brothers’ Five Elements Ninjas and Heroes of the East

The ninjas in Hong Kong martial arts films such as Five Elements Ninjas were usually portrayed as cheats with no respect for honour because they used sneaky weapons against kung fu fighters.

The ninjas in Hong Kong martial arts films such as Five Elements Ninjas were usually portrayed as cheats with no respect for honour because they used sneaky weapons against kung fu fighters.

20 Feb 2022 - 5:15AM
From Jackie Chan to Chang Cheh, seven legends of Hong Kong martial arts cinema behind the camera

Jackie Chan and Chang Cheh were two of the farsighted men behind the camera on martial arts films who understood the future of Hong Kong cinema at different times and acted on their hunches.

Jackie Chan and Chang Cheh were two of the farsighted men behind the camera on martial arts films who understood the future of Hong Kong cinema at different times and acted on their hunches.

13 Feb 2022 - 4:15AM
The authentic martial arts of Sammo Hung’s kung fu comedies The Prodigal Son and The Magnificent Butcher is some of the best ever filmed, if you look beyond the fun

Sammo Hung combined action and humour in his kung fu comedies to great success. The Prodigal Son and The Magnificent Butcher are two great examples of it.

Sammo Hung combined action and humour in his kung fu comedies to great success. The Prodigal Son and The Magnificent Butcher are two great examples of it.

6 Feb 2022 - 9:47AM
Hong Kong martial arts movie stars on what life was like living and working at Shaw Brothers’ Movietown studio complex – the good, the bad and the ugly

Cheng Pei-pei, David Chiang, Kara Hui and more on the good, the bad and the ugly of living and working at the fabled Shaw Brothers’ Movietown studio complex.

Cheng Pei-pei, David Chiang, Kara Hui and more on the good, the bad and the ugly of living and working at the fabled Shaw Brothers’ Movietown studio complex.

30 Jan 2022 - 4:15AM
From John Woo’s Red Cliff to Donnie Yen in 14 Blades and The Lost Bladesman, how wuxia film tropes infuse 21st century Chinese blockbusters

Wuxia film lives on in the 21st century, with elements of the genre showcased in blockbusters co-financed by China and involving the likes of Donnie Yen and John Woo.

Wuxia film lives on in the 21st century, with elements of the genre showcased in blockbusters co-financed by China and involving the likes of Donnie Yen and John Woo.

23 Jan 2022 - 6:15AM
How Lau Kar-leung movie Legendary Weapons of China showed true martial arts style wasn’t just about fighting with your fists

In his star-studded 1982 film Legendary Weapons of China, director Lau Kar-leung celebrates every weapon used in martial arts combat.

In his star-studded 1982 film Legendary Weapons of China, director Lau Kar-leung celebrates every weapon used in martial arts combat.

16 Jan 2022 - 4:15AM
Kung fu mania in 1970s UK kept Bruce Lee’s memory alive after his death, thanks to dedicated fans and a society’s newsletters

Bruce Lee fans in 1970s Britain swapped information, poems, art and more through The KFM Bruce Lee Society, which sought to keep the actor’s memory alive after his death.

Bruce Lee fans in 1970s Britain swapped information, poems, art and more through The KFM Bruce Lee Society, which sought to keep the actor’s memory alive after his death.

9 Jan 2022 - 6:15AM
Sleep affects memory, brain boosting works, magic mushrooms may have medical uses, and more - five wellness breakthroughs of 2021

Scientists made some big discoveries about our brains – they’re busy when we sleep, they can be controlled by breathing, brain boosting works, brain cells can form at any age – and about psychedelic drugs.

Scientists made some big discoveries about our brains – they’re busy when we sleep, they can be controlled by breathing, brain boosting works, brain cells can form at any age – and about psychedelic drugs.

4 Jan 2022 - 7:38AM
Jackie Chan in America: how The Cannonball Run and The Big Brawl, Hong Kong martial arts star’s early Hollywood movies, persuaded him to turn focus back to home

Jackie Chan had big plans for his movie career, but his first foray into Hollywood, to make The Big Brawl and The Cannonball Run, didn’t win him many fans and forced a rethink.

Jackie Chan had big plans for his movie career, but his first foray into Hollywood, to make The Big Brawl and The Cannonball Run, didn’t win him many fans and forced a rethink.

2 Jan 2022 - 4:15AM
Maggie Cheung’s best martial arts movie roles, from Hero with Jet Li and Tony Leung Chiu-wai to Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time

The In the Mood for Love actress didn’t go looking for roles in martial arts films, but when she did take them she excelled, notably in Hero with Jet Li and Tony Leung Chiu-wai and in Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time.

The In the Mood for Love actress didn’t go looking for roles in martial arts films, but when she did take them she excelled, notably in Hero with Jet Li and Tony Leung Chiu-wai and in Wong Kar-wai’s Ashes of Time.

26 Dec 2021 - 7:15AM
Why African-Americans identified with Bruce Lee and the underdog themes of Fist of Fury and many other Hong Kong martial arts films

African-Americans readily identified with the underdog themes of Hong Kong kung fu movies, which played into their hope for a better future and, later, were seen as a manifestation of rebellion.

African-Americans readily identified with the underdog themes of Hong Kong kung fu movies, which played into their hope for a better future and, later, were seen as a manifestation of rebellion.

19 Dec 2021 - 7:15AM
Back in the limelight: Joseph Kuo, director of 1970s martial arts movie gems such as 18 Bronzemen and The 7 Grandmasters

Joseph Kuo Nan-hong, director of films such as 18 Bronzemen and The 7 Grandmasters, helped make movie stars of martial arts actors such as Jack Long and Carter Wong.

Joseph Kuo Nan-hong, director of films such as 18 Bronzemen and The 7 Grandmasters, helped make movie stars of martial arts actors such as Jack Long and Carter Wong.

13 Dec 2021 - 10:49AM
From Jet Li in The One to Jackie Chan in Police Story, eight favourite martial arts stories

From Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster to Jackie Chan in Police Story and Gordon Liu in Dirty Ho, a look back at some of the great Hong Kong martial arts movies.

From Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Zhang Ziyi in Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster to Jackie Chan in Police Story and Gordon Liu in Dirty Ho, a look back at some of the great Hong Kong martial arts movies.

6 Dec 2021 - 11:17AM