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Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Michelle Yeoh on Tai-Chi Master and her action film start – ‘I dared them to cast me’

Michelle Yeoh, a star of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, talks about getting into action films and how dancing training helps her fight scenes, in this interview from 1993 after the release of Tai-Chi Master.

23 Feb 2020 - 1:42PM

Michelle Yeoh, a star of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, talks about getting into action films and how dancing training helps her fight scenes, in this interview from 1993 after the release of Tai-Chi Master.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Michelle Yeoh on Tai-Chi Master and her action film start – ‘I dared them to cast me’
Kung Fu: how Bruce Lee lost out to David Carradine for role in martial arts TV series

Kung Fu, the popular 1970s martial arts TV series starring David Carradine, followed the adventures of a Shaolin monk in the Wild West; the failure to give Bruce Lee the lead role has caused much speculation since.

16 Feb 2020 - 4:20AM

Kung Fu, the popular 1970s martial arts TV series starring David Carradine, followed the adventures of a Shaolin monk in the Wild West; the failure to give Bruce Lee the lead role has caused much speculation since.

Kung Fu: how Bruce Lee lost out to David Carradine for role in martial arts TV series
Review | The Turning film review: Henry James horror classic gets confusing and messy adaptation

Even the best efforts of a strong cast can’t save this confusing adaption of Henry James’s 1898 ghost novella The Turn of the Screw, let down by Floria Sigismondi’s wayward directing.

11 Feb 2020 - 6:31AM

Even the best efforts of a strong cast can’t save this confusing adaption of Henry James’s 1898 ghost novella The Turn of the Screw, let down by Floria Sigismondi’s wayward directing.

The Turning film review: Henry James horror classic gets confusing and messy adaptation
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: A Touch of Zen, King Hu’s 1971 wuxia classic

Legendary filmmaker’s 1971 classic bears comparison with Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and John Ford’s The Searchers. Technically innovative, its dramatic storyline mixes romance and martial arts with a spiritual dimension.

9 Feb 2020 - 6:14AM

Legendary filmmaker’s 1971 classic bears comparison with Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and John Ford’s The Searchers. Technically innovative, its dramatic storyline mixes romance and martial arts with a spiritual dimension.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: A Touch of Zen, King Hu’s 1971 wuxia classic
Review | A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood film review: Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers in touching biopic

Tom Hanks carefully plays a difficult role: Fred Rogers was thought to be one of the nicest people in entertainment. The story of a troubled journalist who finds redemption after working with Rogers is predictable but not maudlin.

4 Feb 2020 - 9:45PM

Tom Hanks carefully plays a difficult role: Fred Rogers was thought to be one of the nicest people in entertainment. The story of a troubled journalist who finds redemption after working with Rogers is predictable but not maudlin.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood film review: Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers in touching biopic
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Golden Swallow, Chang Cheh’s 1968 swordplay classic

Its director Chang Cheh believed Golden Swallow, starring the era’s most famous female action star, Cheng Pei-pei, was his best swordplay movie. It was groundbreaking because it added romance to the martial arts hero genre.

2 Feb 2020 - 7:26AM

Its director Chang Cheh believed Golden Swallow, starring the era’s most famous female action star, Cheng Pei-pei, was his best swordplay movie. It was groundbreaking because it added romance to the martial arts hero genre.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Golden Swallow, Chang Cheh’s 1968 swordplay classic
Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons on his love of Wagner, putting music in context and its mystical quality

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons explains how he researches the personal life of a composer and the politics of the time he wrote a work to better capture its spirit.

31 Jan 2020 - 10:29AM

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons explains how he researches the personal life of a composer and the politics of the time he wrote a work to better capture its spirit.

Boston Symphony Orchestra music director Andris Nelsons on his love of Wagner, putting music in context and its mystical quality
The Pink Panther: how Peter Sellers stole the show from David Niven in the 1963 film

Sellers’ comic genius, an unforgettable theme tune and opening credits so charming their animated protagonist was awarded its own series transformed this David Niven vehicle into an enduring classic.

27 Jan 2020 - 1:45PM

Sellers’ comic genius, an unforgettable theme tune and opening credits so charming their animated protagonist was awarded its own series transformed this David Niven vehicle into an enduring classic.

The Pink Panther: how Peter Sellers stole the show from David Niven in the 1963 film
Chef explores Asian-American identity with virtual reality dinner for Lunar New Year

Asian-Americans are often hesitant about discussing politics and social or personal issues with others. Chef Jenny Dorsey aims to loosen their tongues with Lunar New Year themed dishes, poems and virtual reality headsets.

24 Jan 2020 - 7:16AM

Asian-Americans are often hesitant about discussing politics and social or personal issues with others. Chef Jenny Dorsey aims to loosen their tongues with Lunar New Year themed dishes, poems and virtual reality headsets.

Chef explores Asian-American identity with virtual reality dinner for Lunar New Year
Hong Kong protests inspire film festival organisers from Rotterdam to New York

Rotterdam film festival is showing a mix of new short films, documentaries and feature films to give context to the current Hong Kong protests, while New York’s Metrograph Cinema is staging To Hong Kong With Love to ‘give city a voice’.

22 Jan 2020 - 9:41PM

Rotterdam film festival is showing a mix of new short films, documentaries and feature films to give context to the current Hong Kong protests, while New York’s Metrograph Cinema is staging To Hong Kong With Love to ‘give city a voice’.

Hong Kong protests inspire film festival organisers from Rotterdam to New York
Review | Dolittle film review: Robert Downey Jnr talks to animals in mushy disaster of a children’s film

Even with the Iron Man star, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland and Ralph Fiennes in the cast, this film falls flat. The lack of a plot, and infantile humour, are the final nails in the coffin for this movie.

20 Jan 2020 - 6:32PM

Even with the Iron Man star, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland and Ralph Fiennes in the cast, this film falls flat. The lack of a plot, and infantile humour, are the final nails in the coffin for this movie.

Dolittle film review: Robert Downey Jnr talks to animals in mushy disaster of a children’s film
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Jackie Chan on inventing his Drunken Master kung fu moves – ‘I held my breath when I was punching’

When it was released in 1978, Drunken Master started a new trend for kung fu comedies and made Jackie Chan a star across all of Asia. In a 1998 interview, he talked about how he came up with the drunken moves that became so popular.

19 Jan 2020 - 5:14AM

When it was released in 1978, Drunken Master started a new trend for kung fu comedies and made Jackie Chan a star across all of Asia. In a 1998 interview, he talked about how he came up with the drunken moves that became so popular.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Jackie Chan on inventing his Drunken Master kung fu moves – ‘I held my breath when I was punching’
Review | Judy film review: Renée Zellweger’s Golden Globe-winning performance anchors wistful Garland biopic

Renée Zellweger gives a Golden Globe-winning performance in Judy as the titular Judy Garland as she tries to find some stability in her life and tries to win back custody of her children from her third husband.

13 Jan 2020 - 7:00PM

Renée Zellweger gives a Golden Globe-winning performance in Judy as the titular Judy Garland as she tries to find some stability in her life and tries to win back custody of her children from her third husband.

Judy film review: Renée Zellweger’s Golden Globe-winning performance anchors wistful Garland biopic
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Jet Li’s star turn in Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui Hark film that revitalised the genre

From northern China and with poor Cantonese, Jet Li was a surprise choice to portray southern hero Wong Fei-hung in Tsui Hark’s film, but his dazzling kung fu skills made him an instant hit. The film’s finale is a masterpiece of martial arts choreography.

12 Jan 2020 - 1:13PM

From northern China and with poor Cantonese, Jet Li was a surprise choice to portray southern hero Wong Fei-hung in Tsui Hark’s film, but his dazzling kung fu skills made him an instant hit. The film’s finale is a masterpiece of martial arts choreography.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: Jet Li’s star turn in Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui Hark film that revitalised the genre
Review | Little Women film review: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson in vibrant adaptation of classic novel

Director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa M. Alcott’s novel about young women who battle social constraints is faithful but she allows her cast act naturally, as opposed to like they are in the 19th century, and this reaps rewards.

7 Jan 2020 - 4:56PM

Director Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa M. Alcott’s novel about young women who battle social constraints is faithful but she allows her cast act naturally, as opposed to like they are in the 19th century, and this reaps rewards.

Little Women film review: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson in vibrant adaptation of classic novel
‘I hate violence. But audiences love it’, Brigitte Lin, queen of martial arts fantasy films, says in previously unpublished 1993 interview

The queen of fantasy martial arts films, Brigitte Lin talks about embodying the fantasy of a beautiful woman performing violent acts, her piercing eyes and her gay following in a 1993 interview on the set of The Bride with White Hair 2.

6 Jan 2020 - 8:45PM

The queen of fantasy martial arts films, Brigitte Lin talks about embodying the fantasy of a beautiful woman performing violent acts, her piercing eyes and her gay following in a 1993 interview on the set of The Bride with White Hair 2.

‘I hate violence. But audiences love it’, Brigitte Lin, queen of martial arts fantasy films, says in previously unpublished 1993 interview
Review | Richard Jewell film review: Clint Eastwood’s right-wing agenda blights engaging portrait of a falsely accused man

Veteran director tells stories with the economy of classic American filmmakers, and this biopic of a security guard falsely accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics is a good example. A shame his right-wing bias infects the film.

31 Dec 2019 - 7:13PM

Veteran director tells stories with the economy of classic American filmmakers, and this biopic of a security guard falsely accused of planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics is a good example. A shame his right-wing bias infects the film.

Richard Jewell film review: Clint Eastwood’s right-wing agenda blights engaging portrait of a falsely accused man
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: how The Matrix’s Yuen Woo-ping shaped the trilogy with his action choreography

Despite misgivings about working in Hollywood, Yuen Woo-ping met The Matrix’s directors, the Wachowskis, and agreed to work with them. His stunning action sequences included physical wire work techniques he first used in Hong Kong.

29 Dec 2019 - 8:53AM

Despite misgivings about working in Hollywood, Yuen Woo-ping met The Matrix’s directors, the Wachowskis, and agreed to work with them. His stunning action sequences included physical wire work techniques he first used in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: how The Matrix’s Yuen Woo-ping shaped the trilogy with his action choreography
An Elephant Sitting Still: filmmaker Hu Bo’s bitter indictment of contemporary China

The tale of friends sharing the pain of existence was both a cry for help and social critique, with the director committing suicide upon the film’s completion.

26 Dec 2019 - 11:43AM

The tale of friends sharing the pain of existence was both a cry for help and social critique, with the director committing suicide upon the film’s completion.

An Elephant Sitting Still: filmmaker Hu Bo’s bitter indictment of contemporary China
Hong Kong martial arts cinema: some of the best kung fu scenes ever filmed, in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Gordon Liu stars as a mythical Shaolin Temple graduate turned roaming martial arts teacher in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, classic 1978 film directed by Lau Kar-leung. The kung fu scenes are some of the best choreographed ever seen.

22 Dec 2019 - 9:56AM

Gordon Liu stars as a mythical Shaolin Temple graduate turned roaming martial arts teacher in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, classic 1978 film directed by Lau Kar-leung. The kung fu scenes are some of the best choreographed ever seen.

Hong Kong martial arts cinema: some of the best kung fu scenes ever filmed, in The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
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