Hong Kong kids love Opera

  

Hong Kong kids love Opera

The complex and mysterious art of Cantonese opera has conquered the hearts and minds of many Hong Kong's youngsters, even when they don't understand it. The future of this traditional cryptic art is secured in the younger generation.

The person behind the initiative to encourage children to listen to Cantonese is Stella Ma Man Har, director of Cha Duk Chang. Her main aim is to use Cantonese opera as a tool to teach children Chinese music and dance. This noble goal also helps keep Cantonese opera alive.
Since 2002, Cha Duk Chang teaches children in groups ranging from four to 12 years old. Instead of mimicking traditional old stories, which make little sense to the average adult with no background in Chinese history, she writes Cantonese operas that children can understand. “Of course, traditional Cantonese opera doesn't mean that it's not good,” she says, “but it might not be suitable for their age.” Although Ma changes the wordings, she keeps the original rhythm and songs.
Through this art, she aims at improving children's endurance, perseverance and ability to express themselves. Through Cantonese opera, children will develop holistically.
This task has not been easy. She thinks the government needs to get behind her efforts to keep Cantonese opera alive. “They've given money out, but they haven't taken another step.”
In the past few years, the Cantonese Opera Development Fund has helped incorporate Cantonese opera into the new secondary education curriculum. Ma argues, however, that a suitable Cantonese opera curriculum for primary school is still missing. Many teachers only teach difficult Cantonese opera songs to children who don't understand the true significance behind the stories.
“What I fear is the counter-effect of teaching overly difficult pieces which children can't relate to or interpret,” says Ma.
After some interviews, it became apparent that Ma's students took Cantonese opera out of interest after watching some of Cha Duk Chang's performances at school. The once-a-week lessons are three and a half hours long, which is quite long for four year olds.
Cantonese opera is not reserved for locals. Twelve-year-old Jessica Hunger, half British half Chinese, has been learning Cantonese opera for over six years.
Jessica recalls that it wasn't love at first sight with Cantonese opera and she didn't like it before as “everyone spoke Chinese and I wasn't very good at it.” However, her passion grew and she started learning it with her current teacher Leung Mui Fong after three years she became acquainted with this form of art.
Her teacher Leung, who has been teaching Cantonese opera for over 30 years, says the difference between teaching children and adults is that children cannot understand the scripts easily, hence their movements may be more robotic and lack of emotion.
“In teaching kids, I have to bring up my childhood memories in order to better explain the meanings to them,” Leung says.
Without this input, Leung believes there is a possibility the art for could be lost. “In my age, my parents were watching a lot of performances but as many well-known veteran performers are dying, less and less performances are available.”
She also agrees that there isn't enough being done to promote Cantonese opera. “It's a community activity which requires a larger exposure,” she says.

 

Exam Tutors are the Real Celebrities

  

Exam Tutors are the Real Celebrities

When you enter the hall at one of Modern Education's Hong Kong centers, you have the feeling you are at a movie theatre lobby. The difference, however, is that the idols on the portraits lining the walls aren't movie stars but exam tutors.

It might sound strange, but exam tutors are depicted as celebrities in Hong Kong. This is because the exam-preparation business has become as fiercely competitive in Hong Kong as school itself. Cramming centers are turning their employees into celebrities, plastering their names and faces on the city's buses, metro stations and billboards.
“Some tutoring has existed since the existence of schooling,” said Mark Bray, a professor of comparative education at the University of Hong Kong. “But what's interesting is that in Hong Kong, the star tutors have found a formula to work pretty much in an industrialized way, with mass production.”
High school students in the territory used to take two major standardized tests. But in 2009 the Education Bureau cut that down to one, a move that was supposed to reduce student anxiety and promote “whole-person development and lifelong learning capabilities.”
That is not how things have worked out, anyway. On the contrary as students' futures now depend on that one big test, which has sparked the demand for preparation and tutoring.
Now there are about 2,600 registered private schools offering “nonformal curriculums” - the category that includes tutoring centers - in Hong Kong, a number that amounts to more than twice the number of primary and secondary schools in the territory.
According to Minnie Wong, a Modern Education spokesman, the company has more than 50 centers on its own, and an advertising budget of more than $1 million.
The star system can be very lucrative. Antonia Cheng, a veteran tutor for Modern Education who has estimated that she had taught more than 100,000 students within the last decade, said some of the company's most popular tutors earn millions of dollars yearly.
She also said that the portraits of her that appear on city buses are so heavily retouched that she does not feel like a celebrity outside of class.

 

Blonde artist sings flawless Cantopop

  

Corinna Chamberlain aka Chan Ming Yan

You might find Hong Kongers singing in English, but it is not common to see a Western artist singing in Chinese. Celine Dion may be one of the few Westerners that have tried. Her performance during Chinese New Year attracted 700 million people fascinated by the idea of watching the Canadian diva singing a famous Chinese folk song in Mandarin on China's state-run CCTV.

While Dion's appearance may have been a one-off event, there's a Western singer in Hong Kong named Corinna Chamberlain - aka Chan Ming Yan - who is fully committed to having a career in one of the city's most famous exports, Cantopop (Cantonese popular music.)
But it is not only her looks what differentiates her from other Cantopop artists. The opening line of her song “Yi Jung” is like no other Cantopop. She sings that she feels like an “Alien from Mars” who has landed on Earth.
“In a body with this skin color,” she continues, “I'm not quite like them. In fact, what kind of race am I?”
“Yi Jung” translates as “Different Breed” and Chamberlain herself is a different breed of Cantopop herself.
Born to parents from Australia and New Zealand, she is white, blue-eyed, and has long, curly blonde hair. Unlike most Westerners in Hong Kong, she grew up in a remote part of the region, far from any expat enclave. She attended local schools and speaks fluent Cantonese.
Growing up immersed in local culture caused something of an identity crises for Chan. In high school, she had many friends but necessarily close friends.
“When it comes, like, especially to the girls in Hong Kong, to have your best, best friend, it's always somebody who is the same as them,” Chan says. “Somebody who likes Hello Kitty, somebody who likes Snoopy as much as them.”
A best friend who'll go everywhere with you — everywhere.
“It's like, you know, ‘Oh, I need to go to the toilet, come with me, let's go to the toilet together,' “ she says.
Since Chan was different from all of her friends at school, she didn't have a best friend.
“I started to really feel like 'where do I belong, who am I?' And I was like, 'maybe I'm not one of these people.' So I thought 'well, maybe I better just be a Westerner like the rest of the Westerners' or something.”
The problem was she didn't feel identified with Western people who are seen as in Hong Kong as direct, loud and independent. Instead, she felt Chinese - non-confrontational, humble, happy in a group.
“If you're in their circle of buddies, then you're there for life. It's really on the inside, the way of communicating that we get used to,” Chan says.
Since she was born to missionaries, Chan learned to sing in church and she listened to Christian singers like Australia's Rebecca St James. She then went on to study musical theater at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Her interest in Cantopop, however, didn't spark until later in life. She realized that if she was going to have a career here, she'd have to sing local pop music that wasn't like the Western music she grew up listening to.
“I've noticed that Western pop is a lot more in-your-face attitude, really be tough, strong diva. But [in] Hong Kong, a lot of it's very sweet,” she says.
In fact, her melodies are so sweet, they allow Hong Kongers escape from the region's hustle and bustle. However, the language itself poses a great challenge as it is a tonal language. “If it goes up, it's different. So it's a lot more complicated, a lot more restricted,” she says.
Chan's big break came took place on a popular TV show called “Inbound Troubles.” She took the show by storm with her blonde hair and flawless Cantonese. Fortunately, she had just recorded “Yi Jung” and the timing couldn't have been better. Following that success, she appeared on an American Idol-like show, where she placed third in the singing competition, boosting her visibility even more.
In her next single, “Ngoh dik gwai suk,” Chan stays true to her trademark. Although she again addresses her outsider status, she keeps the storyline old school: she wants to find a husband who will take care for her. And it is Chan's deep understanding and respect of Chinese culture what have earned her the respect of locals.
“Now, when I go out on the street, everybody's my neighbor. ‘Oh, Chan Ming Yan!' You know, like ‘How's your mom?' ” she says.
That familiarity has allowed everyone to see beyond her skin color which is just what she has been looking for. She doesn't have to feel like an outsider anymore.
“I know it's really not easy for a Westerner to have that kind of acceptance in Hong Kong,” Chan says. “Westerners are accepted as Westerners, but as one of your own? That's something really touching for me.”

 

Most Memorable Quotes by Jackie Chan

  

Most Memorable Quotes by Jackie Chan

Here are some of the most famous quotes by one of the most famous celebrities from Hong Kong.

In the past when I was in Hollywood, I was like a dog. I felt humiliated. My English was not good. People would even ask me 'Jackie Who?'
I'm tired of fighting. I've always known that I can't be an action star all my life.
Anyone can be a Superman, but nobody can be Jackie Chan.
We learn martial arts as helping weakness. You never fight for people to get hurt. You're always helping people.
Coffee is a language in itself.
I never wanted to be the next Bruce Lee. I just wanted to be the first Jackie Chan.
Sometimes I do need to go to karaoke, sometimes I need to relax.
American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt.
My affection for Taiwan... is witnessed by everyone. My wife is Taiwanese and I am a son-in-law of Taiwan. I am half Taiwanese.
My schedule goes: wake up, running, exercise, downstairs, running shoes off, then to the shower. That's the Jackie Chan diary. Jackie Chan
A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman.
The movie business is a big gamble.
I only want my work to make people happy.
I feel like I have lived all over the world since I get to go everywhere to film.
Being a stunt coordinator, I have to take care not only of myself but I have to make sure everyone is safe.
Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality.
For me the greatest source of income is still movies. Nothing - stocks, financial speculation, real estate speculation or businesses - makes more money for me than making movies.
Stigma hurts. Because of AIDS, children are bullied, isolated and shut out of school. They are missing out on education. They are missing out on medicines. Children are missing your love, care and protection. Join me. And become a stigma buster. UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS
Life will knock us down, but we can choose whether or not to stand back up.
Nothing makes more determined to succeed than someone telling me something's impossible.
Family is not who's blood is in you, is who you love and who loves you.
Do not let circumstances control you. You change your circumstances.
I allowed myself to be bullied because I was scared and didn't know how to defend myself. I was bullied until I prevented a new student from being bullied. By standing up for him, I learned to stand up for myself.
Why did I become Jackie Chan? Mostly because I work very hard. When people were sleeping. I was still training.
I do small things. I try to do good things every day. If everyone does some good, think of what a good world this will be.
Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person's life.
The children right now, the young children, everybody should go to a martial arts school. Why? Because as soon as they go to a martial arts school, they learn discipline.
Bruce Lee brought the martial arts movie to the attention of the world - and without him, I don't think that anyone would have ever heard of Jackie Chan.
I want to make people laugh and I want to try to encourage world peace.
Besides entertainment and action, I want to educate. You know, as a producer or director, we do have a responsibility to society.

 

Most famous people born in Hong Kong

  

Most famous people born in Hong Kong

Vibrant and unique, Hong Kong has also been the birthplace of many celebrities. Here are some of the most notable ones:

Jackie Chan
Perhaps Hong Kong's best known film star, Jackie Chan endured many years of long, hard work and multiple injuries to establish international success via his early beginnings in Hong Kong's manic martial arts cinema industry. Jackie was born on Hong Kong's famous Victoria Peak.
Shannon Walsh
Born to Australian parents, actress and gymnast Shannon Walsh is originally from Hong Kong. Until late teens, Shannon trained as a competitive gymnast under Ukranian national coaches Vladimir and Valentina Kovalenko. Before ending her gymnastics career, she won three all-around national gold medals. Walsh is known for her role in Begin Again.
Katrina Kaif
This actress is born to a Caucasian mother of British nationality and a father who was formerly from Kashmir, India, but who has acquired British citizenship. Kaif is known for her role in Zindagi N Milegi Dobara.
Romola Garai
Actress and known for her role in Amazing Grace, Romola Garai was born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay roots in Wiltshire.
Tzi Ma is a creative, imaginative and compelling actor born in Hong Kong who has created a score of memorable film, television and stage characters. He is known for his appearance in Arrival and for his role as a deadly efficient assassin and nationalist spy masquerading as Michael Caine's ever-invaluable assistant in The Quiet American.
Other honourable mentions include Yun-Fat Chow (Crounching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle), Celine Jade (Arrow), Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love), Sammo Kam-Bo Hung (Ip Man 2), Andy Lau (Internal Affairs), Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Ying xiong), and Natalie Mendoza (The Descent).

 

HK Superstar funds BEAST Label

  

Highlight

Highlight is a South Korean boy band formerly known as Beast. The band has 5 members: Yoon Doo-joon, Yong Jun-hyung, Yang Yo-seob, Lee Gi-kwang, and Son Dong-woon. KPop boy group BEAST gives the step.

Looking back they They were creating their own independent label. After seven years of being under Cube Entertainment, they've decided to create their leave their current agency to join other artists who have chosen release their own indie records. The KPop band named their label “Good Luck” after one of their hit singles released in 2014. The name shows how much the new agency will center its focus on BEAST only.
This didn't come as an entire surprise given that the group's leader, Doojoon, has already hinted in his Instagram account that BEAST will leave Cube after their contract expired.
His message was as follow: “Busan is so far away… But thank you, thank you to everyone who came from all over the place. Soon, it'll be our 7th anniversary… A lot of things will change, but hopefully everyone can get used to it quickly!!!! Thank you, B2UTY, B2ST. Everyone worked hard!!!!!! Please continue to take care of us.”
But BEAST couldn't take this big step on their own. There was a ghost investor that made all of this possible. This investor is Louis Koo, a veteran entertainer from Hong Kong, who has committed to help the new BEAST label grow.
BEAST investor was already a legendary celebrity in Hong Kong. One of the highest-earning actors in Hong Kong, Koo has starred alongside Jackie Chan in the movie Rob-B-Hood and is a spokesperson for world renowned brands like Pepsi, Tag Heuer, and Lotte.
The move was be supported by a Hong Kong-based concert producer Jasco Entertainment, which had previously become affiliated with Koo's entertainment. This is not the first time Jasco Entertainment and BEAST cross paths. Indeed, they had worked together during one of their showcases in Hong Kong.
The only outstanding issue now was that Cube Entertainment owns the copyright for the group's name. Therefore, now that BEAST has released a new label, fans are wonderful if the band members will continue to promote as BEAST or go with a new name. Now we know that is Highlight. Apparently, the members gave up on their current name and will adopt a new one instead. One personnel from Cube said: “the members are willing to change the group name if Cube Entertainment does allow it.”
Fans are also apprehensive about whether BEAST will be able to perform their hit songs like “Fiction”, “12:30” and “Shadow” or not. However, one of the producers that collaborate with BEAST, Shinsadong Tiger, assured that the group can still perform their previous tracks.
In his Instagram account, the producer gave words of encouragement to the group and a reassurance that they can still perform their old songs as long as they were rearranged even with the new BEAST label.

 

Hong Kong street markets

  

hong kong street market

Hong Kong street market culture attracts visitors from everywhere. Here are some of the best markets in the region:

Cat Street antique market
Despite its name, there's more to Cat Street (Upper Lascar Row) than just antiques. During the colonial period, the street was a market for stolen items which are called “rat goods” in Cantonese. Since cats search out rats, the market is named after the customers. From stall to stall, you can find all sort of antiques, ranging from Chairman Mao figurine to brass Buddha statues, old coins and ceramic vases. These precious antiques conjure up images of Hong Kong's past.
Kowloon City Wet Market
One of the city's best food markets, Kowloon City Wet is perfect to find high-grade pork, veggies and beef. The stalls are so famous they have even attracted celebs to the market. It is not unusual to bump into somebody famous while searching for fresh produce.
Ap Liu Street Electronics Market
This is a second-hand and low cost items, mainly audio-visual equipment, assorted devices and mobile accessories. Take your time and scour the market before buying anything as prices vary significantly.
Flower Market
Decked out with flowers of every kind, this colorful, highly scented flower market feels like a lush garden. In the build-up to Lunar New Year, the places fill with the varietals of plant that promise good luck, and families flock there to make a purchase that will guarantee their fortune for the next lunar cycle.
Ladies' Market
This the place to go to buy brand name clothes and accessories for less. Sometimes you can hunt down surprisingly decent products at bargain prices.
Temple Street Night Market
Unlike other main Asian cities, it is rare to find a night market in Hong Kong and that is what makes Temple Street market so special. After the sun goes down, tourists flock to this market to buy “I heart HK” t-shirts and dodgy watches while the locals consult the fortune-tellers.

 

Kickass Facts about Hong Kong

  

Gucci Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an outstanding city in many ways, and the interesting facts about it never end.

Did you know that Hong King has one of the world's most efficient subway systems with a 99.9% on-time rate? Apart from this surprising system, it is relevant to mention that the whole subway system is managed via an AI.
Apart from the interesting facts, there are some hilarious ones as well. For instance, in 2012, a Hong Kong billionaire offered $65 million to any man able to woo and marry his lesbian daughter.
There are also some sad facts. For instance, a severe lack of affordable housing in Hong Kong has forced the city's poor to live in small plywood “coffins” or iron cages, costing around US$200 a month.
Did you know that Kowloon Walled City once existed in Hong Kong with no laws or rules to govern it? At the time, the city had an estimated population density of 3,250,000 people per square mile.
Hong Kong uses seawater to flush toilets.
As Hong Kong is overcrowded, burials in public cemeteries are exhumed after 6 years. The remains are either collected privately for cremation or reburied in an urn.
There is no law that forbids selling alcohol to minors in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is home to the world's most expensive district for retailers as luxury-brand companies like Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Channel, Aigner, Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs. In 2012, the average annual rents at Causeway Bay was HKD2,630 per square foot.
Residents of Cheung Chau Island have an annual tradition of organizing a bun festival between April and May. The event is intended to keep hungry ghosts residing on the island content. They build a tower of buns for this purpose but nowadays plastic is replacing the real baked version.
Another interesting fact is that Bruce Lee won the 1958 Hong Kong Cha Cha championship.
A group of musicians successfully fooled the Hong Kong government into thinking they were the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra long enough to play to over 10,000 people. Meanwhile the real MPO were touring in Europe.
Back in 2003, a Chinese doctor was patient 0 in Hong Kong. He was infected with SARS virus and arrived in the city to attend a wedding. He died a couple of weeks afterwards but he had already spread the virus. About 80% of the Hong Kong cases have been traced back to this doctor.
In 2004, a league cricket match in Hong Kong had to be called off because batsman Hussain Butt was hitting so many sixes, he was constituting “a danger to passing traffic.”
You can get married at the McDonalds in Hong Kong. All you need is $2000 USD and they include a balloon wedding dress, balloon rings, venue, and of course, food by McDonalds.
In 2003, Hong Kong ran a tourism campaign with the slogan “it will take your breath away”. This coincided with the height of the SARS epidemic, ironically, a particularly lethal form of pneumonia.

 

Road to Ultra - electronic dance festival

  

hk travel news culture music dance

The world's premier electronic dance music festival arrives in Hong Kong. Set in West Kowloon Nursery Park, Road to Ultra Hong Kong is a multi-sensory music extravaganza with a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, an unparalleled mind-melding blend of audio and visual stage production and a line-up saturated with heavy-hitters in the electronic dance music scene, which will bring together music lovers from abroad and locals alike.
Only adults (18+) revelers can attend as long as they can afford the tickets which are from HK$900. Created and founded by the team behind the electronic dance music festival, Ultra Music Festival, Road to Ultra (RTU) events are one day, single-stage events. The Ultra Worldwide team are also in charge of designing the stage, which are adapted to accommodate the needs of indoor and outdoor venues.
RTU was first launched back in 2012 in Seoul, Korea, leading up to the second edition of Ultra Korea that took place the year after. Ever since, Road to Ultra events have landed in Thailand, Colombia, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Bolivia, the Philippines, Singapore and Chile. Hong Kong was the latest addition to Road to Ultra as of 2016.
The Road to Ultra: Macau, now known as Road to Ultra: Hong Kong, was held in 2015 at the Club Cubic and City of Dreams Complex in Macau, China. Some of the artists that headlined the event included Nicky Romero, Porter Robinson, 2ManyDJs, DVBBS, Tom Swoon, Justin Oh, and more local artists. The events debut was a commercial success, the tickets were sold out and was moved to Hong Kong for 2016.
The Road to Ultra: Hong Kong tok place on 17 September 2016 at the Nursery Park located in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The lineup for the event included artists like Knife Party, Martin Garrix, Nero (live), Carnage, Galantis, Jauz, Marshmello and Thomas Jack.
The inaugural Road to ULTRA Hong Kong was a staggering success and packed the biggest lineup for a Road to Ultra event in recent memory.
Ultra Worldwide is the global edition of the world's premier electronic music event, Ultra Music Festival.
 
The world's largest, independent and most international festival brand – ULTRA Worldwide – continues to dominate the electronic music landscape in Asia, completing four events across two weekends on the continent. ULTRA Korea, Road To ULTRA Hong Kong, ULTRA Singapore and ULTRA Beijing together show that the ULTRA brand is the industry leader on the Asian continent.

On the same weekend, ULTRA Beijing featured top talent across 3 world-class venues in the bustling capital city, with performances from Afrojack, The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake and Illenium, along with many other headlining DJs. Loco Dice, Nastia and Coyu were among the band of RESISTANCE artists who delivered top tier house and techno across the weekend.

The first leg of ULTRA Worldwide's 2018 Asia tour has proven the indomitable festival brand is showing no signs of slowing down its plans for global domination. With the second leg of the tour hitting the Asian continent in September, all eyes are on the sophomore edition of ULTRA China in Shanghai, ULTRA Japan's fifth return to Tokyo and Road To ULTRA Taiwan in Taipei.

 

Most memorable quotes by HK films

  

memorable quotes HK films

“The jianghu underworld filled with crouching tigers and hidden dragons, but so are human feelings.” - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

“From now on, we're friends of one minute.” - Days of Being Wild
“If I were a girl, would you want to marry me?” - The Love Eterne (1963). The Chinese folk legend of the Butterfly Lovers may have been adapted many times, but with this film's poetic lyrics and colorful scheme, it may be the best adaptation both historically and artistically. The film tells the story of a young scholar who chances upon an aristocratic daughter who attends a male-only school disguised as a boy. The two become sworn brothers and spend three years together as classmates. However, when she reveals her true identity, they decide to get married. Their plan is halted by her father who had planned to marry her off to a rich family.
“I'm not showing them I'm the best. I just want to tell them I can take back what I've lost.” - A Better Tomorrow (1986) directed by John Woo. The director explains how he first came up with the now-customary tradition of double-pistol shooting in the action movie genre? “When I was preparing for a scene in A Better Tomorrow, where Chow Yun-fat has to take on a large group of people, I asked Chow to use two pistols at the same time to produce the musical rhythm of drum beats and the damages of a machine gun.”
“Why don't you photograph the sea and the clouds? People are so ugly.” - Boat People, directed by Ann Hui . this is one of the most important films in Hong Kong cinema. This political thriller centers around a Japanese photojournalist (Lam) who revisits the post-Liberation Vietnam in 1987 to document its rebirth The film reveals the horrors facing the people living in the port of Danang, who are sent to forced labour camps that are misguidedly labelled as “new economic zones.” The film forecasts the fate of Hong Kong after 1997, an interpretation not weakened by the Chinese authorities' view of it as an “anti-communist” work. The film was selected in competition at Cannes Film Festival. “At some point, we were asked to negotiate with the (authorities) in Paris, and were told that we couldn't be included in the (main) competition anymore,” Hui recalls. “We were still given the status of ‘official selection', (but were instead) presented there as the ‘film surprise'. And they told me that the preceding ‘film surprise,‘ which was also prevented by the government (from competing), was Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker. At that point, I was so smitten I just said yes.”
“I believe we wouldn't be like them. I was wrong.” - In the Mood for Love (2000). “He remembers those vanished years. As though looking through a dusty window pane, the past is something he could use, but not touch. And everything he sees is blurred and indistinct.” And so the great Hong Kong film ends with a quotation from writer Liu Yi-Chang's stream-of-consciousness novella, Intersection, which loosely inspired Wong Kar-wai into capturing the tentative affair between two potential lovers who cross paths briefly before parting forever.

 

  
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