Art

Album reviews, art house films and the latest exhibitions
Arts & Music - South China Morning Post
  1. Romantic comedy drama About Time (2013), written and directed by Richard Curtis, and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams, tells the story of Tim, a young man who discovers a family superpower of being able to travel back in time, but finds that meddling in the past creates more problems than it solves.Simon Loong, founder and group CEO of WeLab, the Hong Kong-based fintech company behind WeLab Bank and WeLend, tells Richard Lord how the film changed his life.I saw it for the first time…
  2. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese lunar calendar.As people in Hong Kong once again feast on mooncakes and look forward to gathering under the full moon with colourful lanterns, we look back at how the city has celebrated the festivals in the past, as seen through the lens of South China Morning Post photographers.
  3. Teething problems abound for the romcom drama world’s latest golden couple in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Netflix, two new episodes weekly).Yoon Hye-jin (Shin Min-a) is a principled young dentist at a flashy Seoul practice – unlike her boss, who augments the company accounts by recommending expensive treatments that patients don’t need.When Hye-jin takes the moral high ground and quits her job, she finds herself ostracised by the city’s cosy dentistry community. Meaning there’s only one thing for it,…
  4. Around the world, traditional crafts are falling victim to technology and globalisation. In Hong Kong, Miru Wong Ka-lam is doing her bit to keep the art of hand-embroidered shoes alive.Wong’s shop, Sindart, in Jordan, Kowloon, is one of just a few in the city to have survived the industry’s shift to mainland China, with its cheaper labour costs and mass-manufacturing capabilities.To share her skills, the third-generation owner of the 63-year-old small business holds weekly workshops for people…
  5. “If the Bank of China suddenly vanishes one day, or a Star Ferry mystically lands at Kai Tak, don’t panic […] the culprit will be the world’s most unorthodox magician, David Copperfield,” the South China Morning Post reported on July 22, 1988. “Famous for spectacular and mind-boggling stunts, he is soon to make his debut in Hong Kong […] and will perform at the Hongkong Coliseum from September 2 to 8.”On August 30, the Post reported that the “world-famous magician […] arrived in Hong Kong…
  6. Rio, Kyoto, Bali, Copenhagen, Cancun, Paris. However sincere world leaders seem to be when travelling to postcard-friendly places to agree on plans (later ignored) to confront climate change, something isn’t working.So while the Amazon burns and the globe chokes, here’s a chance for the Asean great and good to take the lead as eco-saviours in preserving the lungs of our big blue marble – by first watching Eden: Untamed Planet (from Friday, September 17, on BBC Earth, via Cable TV channel 721,…
  7. ’O Sole Mio – Favourite Neapolitan Songs and Verismo (both 1979), album-length collections of traditional songs and operatic arias, respectively, are among the most popular studio recordings by legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Warren Mok Wah-yeun, artistic director of Opera Hong Kong, tells Richard Lord how they changed his life.I bought them in 1979. ’O Sole Mio was the first album I bought. I was at college in Honolulu, Hawaii, and I bought it at a record shop in the Ala Moana…
  8. The world moves so fast these days. Which is terrific if you’re a South Korean teenager with a penchant for shiny new gadgets. But then, you wouldn’t want it to move so quickly that you suddenly found yourself catapulted 20 years into the future with no way of turning back the clock.Bahn Ha-ni (Lee Re) is 17, with the dance moves and vocal skills to become a household name – and disapproving parents who would rather she aimed for a sensible career instead. Bahn Ha-ni (Choi Kang-hee) is also 37,…
  9. In his latest exhibition “The Labyrinth”, photographer Christopher Button plays with your mind, his images at once comforting and creepy, familiar and strange – all while conveying a sense of peace and solitude in Hong Kong’s usually hectic MTR stations.“I’ve been doing a lot of research on the strangeness of ‘liminal spaces’ and how they can create a feeling of unease and also nostalgia,” says Button, referring to the threshold between two points, signalling the end of one time or space and…
  10. Art and activism can be a powerful combination. Just ask 16-year-old Hongkonger Alicia Tang.Tang is assistant director of Tipping the Scales, a dance film by the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (HKYAF) that draws attention to the plight of the pangolin – the creature that has the unenviable title of the world’s most trafficked mammal.For creative inspiration, Tang dug deep into the world of pangolins. “Pangolins have many distinct and unique characteristics and movements, such as curling up…