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Fist of Fury: the Bruce Lee film was as popular for its action as its nationalism

Lee as a Chinese martial artist who stands up to foreign enemies struck a popular chord in 1972 colonial Hong Kong.

15 Dec 2019 - 5:11AM

Lee as a Chinese martial artist who stands up to foreign enemies struck a popular chord in 1972 colonial Hong Kong.

Fist of Fury: the Bruce Lee film was as popular for its action as its nationalism
Why Ghost in the Shell is the greatest and most philosophical anime ever made

Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 manga-based sci-fi hit, the setting of which was modelled on Hong Kong, questions the ethics of AI, making it more relevant now than ever.

6 Dec 2019 - 1:33PM

Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 manga-based sci-fi hit, the setting of which was modelled on Hong Kong, questions the ethics of AI, making it more relevant now than ever.

Why Ghost in the Shell is the greatest and most philosophical anime ever made
Last Christmas stars Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding say Hollywood getting better for Asian actors but still has room for more diversity, women

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh says change has come to Hollywood since Crazy Rich Asians but more is needed. She reunites with Henry Golding in new film Last Christmas, in which Emilia Clarke co-stars.

13 Dec 2019 - 4:01PM

Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh says change has come to Hollywood since Crazy Rich Asians but more is needed. She reunites with Henry Golding in new film Last Christmas, in which Emilia Clarke co-stars.

Last Christmas stars Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding say Hollywood getting better for Asian actors but still has room for more diversity, women
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Jackie Chan, in unpublished 1998 interview, talks about his hardscrabble early career

In unpublished 1998 interview ,Hong Kong-born martial arts star talks about how he furthered his career after starting out as a stuntman, and how he volunteered to help cinematographers to learn behind-the-camera skills.

2 Dec 2019 - 8:53PM

In unpublished 1998 interview ,Hong Kong-born martial arts star talks about how he furthered his career after starting out as a stuntman, and how he volunteered to help cinematographers to learn behind-the-camera skills.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Jackie Chan, in unpublished 1998 interview, talks about his hardscrabble early career
Review | Dark Waters film review: Mark Ruffalo shines as whistle-blowing lawyer in Todd Haynes’ engrossing portrait of a true American hero

Engrossing whistle-blower drama, in the same vein as All the President’s Men and The Insider, is based on real events surrounding the DuPont scandal over toxins in Teflon. Ruffalo skilfully portrays lawyer Robert Bilott as a true American hero.

19 Nov 2019 - 5:45AM

Engrossing whistle-blower drama, in the same vein as All the President’s Men and The Insider, is based on real events surrounding the DuPont scandal over toxins in Teflon. Ruffalo skilfully portrays lawyer Robert Bilott as a true American hero.

Dark Waters film review: Mark Ruffalo shines as whistle-blowing lawyer in Todd Haynes’ engrossing portrait of a true American hero
How kung fu icons like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan became a hit in America explored in Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

The phenomenal success of Bruce Lee, the appeal of Jackie Chan and the first kung fu films to make their mark in America are among the topics examined in the upcoming Netflix documentary Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks.

17 Nov 2019 - 8:36PM

The phenomenal success of Bruce Lee, the appeal of Jackie Chan and the first kung fu films to make their mark in America are among the topics examined in the upcoming Netflix documentary Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks.

How kung fu icons like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan became a hit in America explored in Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks
Paid a third what whites earned, housed in tents – the Chinese railroad workers who opened up America, then were airbrushed out of history

Museum of Chinese in America charts the lives of some of the 50,000 Chinese who built part of the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860s – engineers, masons, blacksmiths, explosives experts, and tunnelers, not just labourers.

11 Nov 2019 - 8:15PM

Museum of Chinese in America charts the lives of some of the 50,000 Chinese who built part of the first transcontinental railroad in the 1860s – engineers, masons, blacksmiths, explosives experts, and tunnelers, not just labourers.

Paid a third what whites earned, housed in tents – the Chinese railroad workers who opened up America, then were airbrushed out of history
Do we have free will? What neuroscience can tell us about our decision-making abilities

A neuroscientist at Cambridge University says that all our decisions are made by the brain without us consciously knowing why, based on factors including hereditary genetic preferences, past experiences and environmental factors.

24 Oct 2019 - 7:37PM

A neuroscientist at Cambridge University says that all our decisions are made by the brain without us consciously knowing why, based on factors including hereditary genetic preferences, past experiences and environmental factors.

Do we have free will? What neuroscience can tell us about our decision-making abilities
Review | The Addams Family film review: animated feature’s lack of black humour means it’s low on laughs

A terrible script means a great voice cast of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Bette Midler are wasted in this latest outing for the morbid bunch. The quality of the animation is also uninspiring, making for a bland feature.

14 Oct 2019 - 10:23PM

A terrible script means a great voice cast of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, and Bette Midler are wasted in this latest outing for the morbid bunch. The quality of the animation is also uninspiring, making for a bland feature.

The Addams Family film review: animated feature’s lack of black humour means it’s low on laughs
100 Beyoncés in your living room? The Future of Television conference redefines viewing

Watching performances and sports events in 3D from any angle are two of the immersive experiences offered by new tech. Augmented reality is the format of the future, as virtual reality loses popularity.

10 Oct 2019 - 8:28PM

Watching performances and sports events in 3D from any angle are two of the immersive experiences offered by new tech. Augmented reality is the format of the future, as virtual reality loses popularity.

100 Beyoncés in your living room? The Future of Television conference redefines viewing
Review | 47 Meters Down: Uncaged film review – shark thriller sequel is unimaginative and nonsensical

From early on, this chase-and-chomp movie goes straight for the kill, with frantic shark action punctuated by pauses of frenetic terror. But the four characters involved are wafer thin and the story line just beggars belief.

8 Oct 2019 - 2:26PM

From early on, this chase-and-chomp movie goes straight for the kill, with frantic shark action punctuated by pauses of frenetic terror. But the four characters involved are wafer thin and the story line just beggars belief.

47 Meters Down: Uncaged film review – shark thriller sequel is unimaginative and nonsensical
Review | Miss & Mrs. Cops film review: comedy about teen rape strikes all the wrong notes

There is nothing funny about the plot line of this misguided Korean buddy-cop film – about a gang who drug, kidnap and rape teenage girls. Its unsavouriness is compounded by an obvious racism which makes fun of black people and South Asians.

17 Sep 2019 - 9:48AM

There is nothing funny about the plot line of this misguided Korean buddy-cop film – about a gang who drug, kidnap and rape teenage girls. Its unsavouriness is compounded by an obvious racism which makes fun of black people and South Asians.

Miss & Mrs. Cops film review: comedy about teen rape strikes all the wrong notes
Big Brother or necessary surveillance – does facial recognition tech infringe on our privacy and civil rights?

Police, governments and shops monitor people through AI-assisted facial recognition. The FBI has 30 million US citizens on its facial recognition database, while China’s is said to contain almost the whole population.

1 Sep 2019 - 7:26PM

Police, governments and shops monitor people through AI-assisted facial recognition. The FBI has 30 million US citizens on its facial recognition database, while China’s is said to contain almost the whole population.

Big Brother or necessary surveillance – does facial recognition tech infringe on our privacy and civil rights?
The real meaning of dreams: new science on how our brains work, including why dreaming is like art

Long-held Freudian beliefs about dreams are now being challenged by a new group – neuroscientists – some of whom say dreams have no meaning at all, while others believe they are more a kind of art form.

26 Aug 2019 - 8:15PM

Long-held Freudian beliefs about dreams are now being challenged by a new group – neuroscientists – some of whom say dreams have no meaning at all, while others believe they are more a kind of art form.

The real meaning of dreams: new science on how our brains work, including why dreaming is like art
Review | Dora and the Lost City of Gold film review: Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in live-action Dora the Explorer adaptation

The story is exactly what you’d expect from the title, and the film is derivative, but it’s neatly done, well paced, and everything adds up; Isabela Moner plays a teenage Dora with aplomb. This is quality fun.

12 Aug 2019 - 12:40PM

The story is exactly what you’d expect from the title, and the film is derivative, but it’s neatly done, well paced, and everything adds up; Isabela Moner plays a teenage Dora with aplomb. This is quality fun.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold film review: Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in live-action Dora the Explorer adaptation
Twilight graduate Justin Chon on his film set in LA’s Koreatown, hostess work, and Asian-American cinema after Crazy Rich Asians

Former Twilight actor Justin Chon’s film about a hostess in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Ms. Purple, has echoes of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love. Korean-American hopes for a time when he can make films without them being labelled Asian-American.

2 Aug 2019 - 10:48AM

Former Twilight actor Justin Chon’s film about a hostess in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Ms. Purple, has echoes of Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love. Korean-American hopes for a time when he can make films without them being labelled Asian-American.

Twilight graduate Justin Chon on his film set in LA’s Koreatown, hostess work, and Asian-American cinema after Crazy Rich Asians
The Matrix martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping on a lifetime in film, Jet Li’s power and drunken kung fu

The Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy director and famed martial arts choreographer was honoured this week with the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

9 Jul 2019 - 9:50AM

The Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy director and famed martial arts choreographer was honoured this week with the Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

The Matrix martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-ping on a lifetime in film, Jet Li’s power and drunken kung fu
Plant-based meat (for you and your dog), nut cheese and vegan wine to wash them down – the latest food trends

Can eating plant-based meat substitutes prevent disease? The inaugural Plant Based World Conference and Expo in New York, and a related health summit, were a showcase of the latest research on plant-based meat substitutes.

28 Jun 2019 - 10:08AM

Can eating plant-based meat substitutes prevent disease? The inaugural Plant Based World Conference and Expo in New York, and a related health summit, were a showcase of the latest research on plant-based meat substitutes.

Plant-based meat (for you and your dog), nut cheese and vegan wine to wash them down – the latest food trends
Review | The Secret Life of Pets 2 film review: cheerful fun for all the family

This sequel won’t disappoint fans of the original, although focuses more on the daily lives of the pets rather than what they get up to behind closed doors.

18 Jun 2019 - 12:54PM

This sequel won’t disappoint fans of the original, although focuses more on the daily lives of the pets rather than what they get up to behind closed doors.

The Secret Life of Pets 2 film review: cheerful fun for all the family
Doctor Who VR experience allows fans to pilot the Tardis and join space adventure

Ever fancied trying your hand at piloting Doctor Who’s time-travelling Tardis? Now you can do just that in Doctor Who: The Runaway, an interactive VR experience produced by the BBC’s VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

16 Jun 2019 - 6:59PM

Ever fancied trying your hand at piloting Doctor Who’s time-travelling Tardis? Now you can do just that in Doctor Who: The Runaway, an interactive VR experience produced by the BBC’s VR Hub and Passion Animation Studios.

Doctor Who VR experience allows fans to pilot the Tardis and join space adventure
How celebrity designers like Jade Jagger and Kate Moss have turned branded residences into ‘collector’s items’

Luxury residential developments offered for sale by brands such as Marriott, YOO and Philippe Starck are proving to be sound investments.

11 Jun 2019 - 11:35AM

Luxury residential developments offered for sale by brands such as Marriott, YOO and Philippe Starck are proving to be sound investments.

How celebrity designers like Jade Jagger and Kate Moss have turned branded residences into ‘collector’s items’
Review | Fahrenheit 11/9 film review: Trump’s rise to power dissected in Michael Moore’s bleak, provocative documentary

Documentary shows how US politics is driven by personality rather than policy, and that make Trump’s grip on power very tight. Moore believes the Democratic presidential nomination was rigged towards Hillary Clinton.

6 Jun 2019 - 4:09PM

Documentary shows how US politics is driven by personality rather than policy, and that make Trump’s grip on power very tight. Moore believes the Democratic presidential nomination was rigged towards Hillary Clinton.

Fahrenheit 11/9 film review: Trump’s rise to power dissected in Michael Moore’s bleak, provocative documentary
Review | Greta film review: Isabelle Huppert terrorises Chloe Grace Moretz in campy horror

Huppert’s hyperactive performance is the best thing about Greta as she moves from a mentally disturbed character into a full-blown Cruella De Vil. But the film lacks originality and the scary scenes are duller than they should be.

22 May 2019 - 12:34AM

Huppert’s hyperactive performance is the best thing about Greta as she moves from a mentally disturbed character into a full-blown Cruella De Vil. But the film lacks originality and the scary scenes are duller than they should be.

Greta film review: Isabelle Huppert terrorises Chloe Grace Moretz in campy horror
Review | Long Shot film review: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen in smart political satire that gives way to vulgar romantic comedy

Rogen plays a left-wing investigative journalist turned speech-writer for Theron’s would-be Democratic US presidential nominee. A romance develops between the two which not only requires a suspension of disbelief but swaps satire for scatology.

21 May 2019 - 12:04AM

Rogen plays a left-wing investigative journalist turned speech-writer for Theron’s would-be Democratic US presidential nominee. A romance develops between the two which not only requires a suspension of disbelief but swaps satire for scatology.

Long Shot film review: Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen in smart political satire that gives way to vulgar romantic comedy
New York kung fu festival to show why Asian martial arts films found an audience in America

Old School Kung Fu Fest in New York takes place on May 3-4, and plans to celebrate the fun that’s always existed in martial arts films. It will show seven in total, opening with Sonny Chiba’s 1976 Dragon Princess, but the other six will be mystery screenings.

30 Apr 2019 - 8:00PM

Old School Kung Fu Fest in New York takes place on May 3-4, and plans to celebrate the fun that’s always existed in martial arts films. It will show seven in total, opening with Sonny Chiba’s 1976 Dragon Princess, but the other six will be mystery screenings.

New York kung fu festival to show why Asian martial arts films found an audience in America
Review | Wonder Park film review: power of imagination can’t save mediocre animated feature about adventure, illness and depression

Although the film has its heart in the right place – the story is a metaphor for dealing with depression – it is hampered by a wafer-thin storyline and some pedestrian animation.

18 Apr 2019 - 7:01AM

Although the film has its heart in the right place – the story is a metaphor for dealing with depression – it is hampered by a wafer-thin storyline and some pedestrian animation.

Wonder Park film review: power of imagination can’t save mediocre animated feature about adventure, illness and depression
Review | The Aftermath film review: Keira Knightley in B-movie version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover

The film is spoiled by stereotyped characters and a soap opera approach. The farcical plot appears to be looking for sympathy for Nazis.

26 Mar 2019 - 7:00PM

The film is spoiled by stereotyped characters and a soap opera approach. The farcical plot appears to be looking for sympathy for Nazis.

The Aftermath film review: Keira Knightley in B-movie version of Lady Chatterley’s Lover
Shiri: how 1999 South Korean action blockbuster changed Asian cinema forever

Shiri, released 20 years ago, outperformed Titanic in South Korean cinemas and was a big part in the success of the Korean wave. The director used many Hollywood storytelling devices, while keeping the content strictly Korean.

24 Mar 2019 - 12:17PM

Shiri, released 20 years ago, outperformed Titanic in South Korean cinemas and was a big part in the success of the Korean wave. The director used many Hollywood storytelling devices, while keeping the content strictly Korean.

Shiri: how 1999 South Korean action blockbuster changed Asian cinema forever
What North Korean films are like: propaganda, potatoes and Japanese ninjas

Little is known about North Korea’s domestic feature films, but a German travelling film roadshow once gave a peek into this mysterious world.

17 Mar 2019 - 6:06PM

Little is known about North Korea’s domestic feature films, but a German travelling film roadshow once gave a peek into this mysterious world.

What North Korean films are like: propaganda, potatoes and Japanese ninjas
How China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers defied censorship and criticism to break new ground

New ways of storytelling and rich political allegories were the innovations that this new breed of maverick directors introduced. Bold in abstraction and symbolism, their films relied on images rather than dialogue for expression.

12 Mar 2019 - 8:10PM

New ways of storytelling and rich political allegories were the innovations that this new breed of maverick directors introduced. Bold in abstraction and symbolism, their films relied on images rather than dialogue for expression.

How China’s Fifth Generation filmmakers defied censorship and criticism to break new ground