and Tseng Kwong Chi
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
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.
Fan Ho (wiki)
He died in San Jose, California on 19 June, 2016 of pneumonia at the age of 84
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.
121 clicks -inspiratin from masters of photography
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
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.”
Jacky Chan on Bruce Lee.. the best story.
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.
“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.
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.”
Homage to Yasujiro Ozu, Hou Hsiao Hsien project
Cafe Lumiere (previous post)
Olivier Assayas and Hou Hsiao Hsien (via)
Oct 6 update : Legacy of Tienanman Square looms
Oct 5 update: news from Hong Kong..
IN PICTURES: On the front lines of the Hong Kong democracy movement
Exciting time.. second night (see more photos).
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Michelangelo Antonioni : Born: September 29, 1912, Ferrara, Italy
Japanese Actress Shirley Yamaguchi, Who Starred in ‘House of Bamboo,’ Dies at 94 (Variety)
Shirley and Charlie
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.
Shanghai no Onna 1952 (youtube)
Caught Between China & Japan: Superstar Li Xianglan
She called China her fatherland and Japan her motherland.
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)
Ho Fan (Chinese: 何藩) (born October 8, 1937) is a celebrated Chinese photographer, film director and actor. He has won over 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956 for his photography
Ann Hui (right) received Asian Filmmaker of the Year” Award
at Busan Film Fest
On 23 May 1947, Ann Hui was born in Anshan, Liaoning province, Manchuria to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother. In 1952, she moved to Macau, then Hong Kong at the age of five and attended St. Paul’s Convent School. Hui then received a Masters in English and comparative literature at the University of Hong Kong until 1972 and later, studied at the London Film School for two years. Before receiving her degree, Hui studied and did her thesis on the works of Alain Robbe-Grillet, a French writer and filmmaker.
One of her most personal work is Song of the Exile
is a 1990 Hong Kong-Taiwanese film, a semi-fictionalised autobiography directed by Ann Hui. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.
Roger Ebert reivewed a Simple Life
A Simple Life (A very moving film.. Ann Hui’s attention to details is amazing.)
Ann Hui has won Best Director (4 times) more than anyone else at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Deanie Ip is the oldest Best Actress recipient (64-years-old at the time of her win).
Inspired by the true story of producer Roger Lee and his servant, the film depicts the relationship between Roger (Lau) and Sister Peach (Ip), a woman who has worked for four generations of Roger’s family.
See The King of Mask full film (youtube)
Wu Tianming dies at 74; Chinese director shook up state-run studio
Chinese director Wu Tianming was considered the inspiration for the so-called Fifth Generation of innovative filmmakers in China, including Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige.
Chinese artists and calligraphers on missing Malaysian Airline Flight.
Anti-mining and resources group Generation Alpha threaten Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition at GoMA due to Santos sponsorship
Bruce Lee musical (David Henry Hwang …) youtube trailer
Man walks 3000 miles in China.. His Before & After Photos Will Shock You. (via Lifebuzz).