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  1. As their young family grew, the owners of this 1,600 sq ft, three-bedroom flat became increasingly bored of staring at their plain white walls. “The client wanted to have something interesting to look at in every area,” says Yu-chang Chen, founder of interior design studio hoo, who was tasked with transforming the washed-out apartment into a colour­ful and imaginative space.The Chinese owners, who run their own engineering firm, were happy to get rid of everything and start afresh so Chen’s…
  2. This article contains spoilers.3/5 starsMental health and comedy have long been popular bedfellows, but these days the combination is a riskier proposition that requires a certain amount of finesse. Mad for Each Other, the latest half-hourly show from KakaoTV (streaming on Netflix globally), is a sturdy romantic comedy, but as a study of mental health its foundations are pretty shaky.South Korean media have long embraced the stereotype of the “crazy girl”. Look no further than My Sassy Girl,…
  3. 2.5/5 starsFans of the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers can rejoice, as the daring exploits of North America’s most courageous big rig drivers has inspired the latest cinematic vehicle for geriatric action star Liam Neeson.Essentially William Friedkin’s Sorcerer on ice – or Wages of Freon if you’ll permit it – writer-director Jonathan Hensleigh delivers a stripped down, blue-collar thriller that sees Neeson and Laurence Fishburne lead a rescue mission across precarious, thawing ice roads in…
  4. Hong Kong Ballet’s new Romeo and Juliet by artistic director Septime Webre looks set to be a crowd pleaser.Transposing the action from medieval Italy to 1960s Hong Kong is an ingenious idea which serves the dual purpose of appealing to the local audience while offering a uniquely Hong Kong product for international tours. Visually the production is stunning and there is plenty of good dancing, although the choreography is more mixed in quality.A huge amount of work has gone into recreating the…
  5. “Entrepreneur Jimmy Lai has been called many things during his business career but orthodox is certainly not one of them,” reported the South China Morning Post on April 13, 1995, in anticipation of the millionaire businessman hiring pizza delivery boys as reporters for his soon-to-be launched Chinese-language Apple Daily.“We feel that now with the worsening traffic jams, pizza delivery boys know how to arrive at the spot the fastest,” Lai said.It was an unexpected move for the founder of…
  6. Imagine a hotel where your bed monitors your sleeping patterns and adjusts the environment to provide the ultimate night’s sleep. Or where your guest room is on wheels: a driverless RV fitted out by your favourite hotel chain to traverse the great outdoors, stopping at partner hotels along your route for housekeeping and dips in the hotel pool. Need more towels? Your robotic butler will be right there.These ideas may sound fantastical, but the technology to develop them is already here and it’s…
  7. 1/5 starsAs Woody Allen continues to court controversy in his personal life, professionally the 85-year-old writer-director is as prolific as ever. Rifkin’s Festival is his 48th feature film, and revisits a number of his favourite themes, including classical European cinema, illicit romances, and his disdain for the film industry’s commercialisation. But it also finds the director at his most lacklustre and derivative.In early 2019, Amazon Studios dropped Allen from a five-picture deal,…
  8. On June 8, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor warned the city’s universities not to let their students be “easily indoctrinated” after being “penetrated by foreign forces” bent on “brainwashing”; forces who either “want to undermine the Chinese government, or have ideological prejudices against China”, expressing that she had “no doubt” that “ulterior motives” were at play, confirming her belief that “these external forces are at work”.Which external forces were these exactly?…
  9. For years, Austrian art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac had planned to open his first Asian gallery in Hong Kong. The veteran gallerist, who represents the estates of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, says conventional wisdom was that the Asian market was concentrated in Hong Kong and galleries “wanted only to be in Hong Kong”.This autumn, he is opening the first Asia branch of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and it will be in Seoul.The South Korean capital has been gaining popularity as the beachhead market…
  10. Directed by Ching Siu-tung and produced by Tsui Hark in 1992, Swordsman II is one of the most influential wuxia films of all time. The movie was a box-office smash, it redefined the career of Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia, and launched a wave of martial arts films featuring gender-fluid characters.Lin’s role as a transsexual sorceress even permeated Hong Kong popular culture, with thinly disguised copies of her/him popping up in television shows and advertisements.The film, a nominal sequel to 1990’s…