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Wing Shya, Hong Kong Photographer Who Collaborated with Wong Kar Wai

July 16th, 2017
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    (Photo of Maggie Cheung by Wing Shya)

    Wing Shya

    In 1997, appointed as the exclusive photographer and graphic designer; Shya began his collaboration with the renowned movie director, Wong Kar-Wai on Happy Together, continued then on In the Mood for Love, Eros and 2046.

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    Dystopic Visions from the movie sets of Wong Kar Wai

  • See a short video by Wong Kar Wai – Shanghai Diva here.

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  • Louise Alexander Gallery – Wing Shya

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    (From Happy Together)

  • RIP Liu Xiaobo Most Prominent Dissident Died, (December 28, 1955, July 13, 2017)

    July 13th, 2017
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    Sad news ..

    Liu Xiaobo: China’s most prominent dissident dies

  • Liu Xiaobo persuaded student protesters to leave Tianamen Square.

  • The Passion of Liu Xiaobo

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    Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61.
    The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital due to a terminal liver cancer.
    A university professor turned tireless rights campaigner, Mr Liu was branded a criminal by authorities.
    The Nobel Committee said the Chinese government bore a “heavy responsibility” for his death.
    The campaigner was repeatedly jailed throughout his life. When not in prison, he was subject to severe restrictions while his wife, Liu Xia, was placed under house arrest.

    Chinese Box, Hong Kong Nostalgia, Photos by Fan Ho -2017

    June 30th, 2017
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    On June 30, 1997, in Hong Kong, the Union Jack was lowered for the last time over Government House as Britain prepared to hand the colony back to China after ruling it for 156 years
    Wayne Wang’s film “The Chinese Box starred Jeremy Iron & two great actresses from China, Gong Li & Maggie Cheung (M.C was happy to play this scarfaced woman – a departure. .The film took place during the transition, using the real footage, Prince Charles was there.. very emotional moment in history.

    Ruben Blades singing here (excerpt from Chinese Box on youtube)

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    Fan Ho’s never-before-seen Hong Kong images on show in exhibition and new book

    Fan Ho – (8-october-1937-19-june-2016), see more photos here.

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    (Bruce with IP Man)

  • Ann Hui (Hong Kong/Macao Filmmaker who won many lifetime achievement awards)
    Maggie was directed by Ann Hui in Ann’s autobiographical film.

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    Autumn Moon directed by Clara Law

    Full film of Autumn Moon by Clara Law here (Youtube)

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    Clara Law

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    Chinese stars
    In the middle is Tony Leung Chiu Wai and the bottom is Tony Leung Ka Fai

  • Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017), The Suicide of Chinese Photographer at 29

    February 24th, 2017
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    Aperture Solo Show

  • Controversial and renowned Chinese photographer Ren Hang died at 29. (British Photographer Journal)

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    Ren Hang 任航 (1987-2017). (Poems in Chinese + a page on depression)

    See more photos Mashkulture net

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  • East Meets West – Tseng Kwong Chi the Improbable Pilgrim

    September 10th, 2016
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    My mirrored glasses give
    the picture a neutral
    impact and a surrealistic
    quality I am looking for.
    I am an inquisitive traveler,
    a witness of my time, and
    an ambiguous ambassador.
    Tseng Kwong Chi
    1950-1990

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  • Tseng and Herman Costa, Aids Memrorial (Photos of Eleven Good Men)
    Tseng was 39 when he died.

    See him at Grand Canyon

    His imagery was always the curious, blank Chinese tourist. I would say to Kwong that you don’t fool me, I know, I can sense protest when I see it… this blankness was the way in which this culture at large expected him, as an Asian man, to exist. So he became a kind of a cipher, a smooth surface that because it was so impenetrable, this persona, it reflected everything!

    Bill T. Jones

    [TSENG’s work is like] a cross between Ansel Adams and Cindy Sherman.

    Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    R.I.P. Hong Kong Photographer Fan Ho (8 October 1937 – 19 June 2016)

    June 24th, 2016
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    Fan Ho (wiki)

    He died in San Jose, California on 19 June, 2016 of pneumonia at the age of 84

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    Born in Shanghai, China, in 1931, Ho first picked up a camera at age 13 when his father gave him a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera. After moving to Hong Kong later in his teens, he began to document life on the streets of that bustling 1950s city. His remarkable street photos of Hong Kong would soon earn him international attention, exhibitions, and hundreds of photography awards.

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    121 clicks -inspiratin from masters of photography

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  • Fan Ho: finding love and light in 1950s Hong Kong – in pictures

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    Photography of Peng Chun Yen – Afterworld from Taiwan

    February 11th, 2016
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    Photography – Afterworld by Peng Chun Yen

    Afterworld means the world after death. These series of pictures were all taken inside a small pumping station in Taipei. Inside the station seems very desolate, which is out of tune with the urban cityscape of Taipei. The water stains caused by raindrops appear to create proof of life in the lifeless environment. In this barren landscape located inside a city, it is like walking on the road of the Afterworld, trying to find the next exit to reincarnation.
    Photographs & Text: Peng-Chun Yen 顏鵬峻

    Bruce Lee – His Early Years

    November 27th, 2015

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    Bruce Lee in Chinatown.

    He made many films as a child actor. (youtube) He was a student of Philosophy and cha cha cha.

    Master Sifu Bruce Lee “Jun Fan” Lee was born in the hour of the dragon on the year of the dragon, November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California. “Jun Fan” translates to “return again”, his parents named him this with the hope he would return to America. At three months of age Bruce was taken to Hong Kong, but one day they would get their wish.”

    Mao was a fan.

    Jacky Chan on Bruce Lee.. the best story.

    The Lost Interview.

    (via)

    Ip Man and Bruce Lee (Previous post)

    His master, Ip Man, secretly enjoyed all Lee’s practical jokes.

    Ip Man’s nickname for Bruce Lee was ‘upstart

    Lee died within a year of his master, Ip Man.

    He majored in Drama instead of philosophy.

    He was a sleepwalker.

    75 things you didn’t know about Bruce Lee.

  • Zhang Ke Chun – Between the Mountains and Water- Photography of China

    July 1st, 2015
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    Zhang Kechun born 1980 in Sichuan, China, is a artist currently based in Chengdu

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    Photography of China

    Thanks to Giulo Tosi

    Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien wins Cannes best director award for ‘The Assassin’

    May 24th, 2015
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    Winners at Cannes

    The Assassin trailer here.

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  • “The main thing is for the actors to forget the camera. They have to act as if they are working in a documentary.”

    Hou Hsiao Hsien filmography here.

  • The director on long takes fast edits and a warrior in the shadows.

    It took about a year to make the movie, including three or so months of shooting. They spent a month in Japan, Mr. Hou said, and the gorgeous exterior shots were shot in central China and Inner Mongolia, the site of a silver birch forest in which Yinniang has one of her fiercest battles. Mr. Hou said that he didn’t rehearse the film, which is fairly astonishing given the precision of the camerawork and how bodies move through his space in it. Instead, Mr. Hou sets up the two (Arri) cameras and lets the performs work it out. If it succeeds, then that’s the shot that they use. “But if it doesn’t,” Mr. Hou explained, he “will shift the image based on what they’re working with.” He doesn’t pressure them to be “so technical” when they’re shooting, and that’s the “way he’s always worked.”

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    Homage to Yasujiro Ozu, Hou Hsiao Hsien project

    Cafe Lumiere (previous post)

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    Olivier Assayas and Hou Hsiao Hsien (via)

    Hong Kong Democracy Movement- 2014

    September 28th, 2014
  • Oct 6 update : Legacy of Tienanman Square looms

  • Oct 5 update: news from Hong Kong..

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    IN PICTURES: On the front lines of the Hong Kong democracy movement

  • The first tear gas fired..

  • Message from Taiwan President

  • Exciting time.. second night (see more photos).

  • In the Mood for Smiles.

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    Michelangelo Antonioni : Born: September 29, 1912, Ferrara, Italy

    Previous post – here

    R.I. P Yoshiko Yamaguchi/Ri-Ko-Ran – Diva of China & Japan

    September 15th, 2014
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  • Japanese Actress Shirley Yamaguchi, Who Starred in ‘House of Bamboo,’ Dies at 94 (Variety)

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    After her first marriage to Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi ended in the mid-1950s, Yamaguchi married Hiroshi Ohtaka, who was Japan’s ambassador to Burma, now Myanmar, and occasionally appeared on television. In 1974, she was elected to parliament’s Upper House as a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party and served until 1992. She was among the contributors to a private atonement fund for Asian “comfort women” used as prostitutes for Japan’s wartime military.

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  • Caught Between China & Japan: Superstar Li Xianglan

    She called China her fatherland and Japan her motherland.

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    (Scandal – directed by Kurosawa)

    She was active in promoting relations with China and other Asian countries. One of her concerns was Japanese “comfort women” military brothels, an issue that still strains ties between Japan and its neighbours.

    In her 1987 autobiography, Yamaguchi wrote she was shellshocked when she watched “China Nights” to prepare the book. “Why did I have to appear in such a movie and perform as ‘Chinese actress Ri Koran (Li Xianglan)’? I felt miserable realising this at this advanced age and I had sleepless nights for months.”

    However, according to some Japanese bloggers, the movie was not widely taken as a pure propaganda film but was appreciated by many people in both Japan and China.

    “I think song is something that helps shrink boundaries and distances,” Yamaguchi told public broadcaster NHK in 1985. “I myself suffered much as I was trapped in a war between two countries as long as I remember. Therefore I am determined not to tolerate any war.” (via)