If you’ve ever thumbed through a copy of our “FILM + TRAVEL: Asia, Oceania, Africa” (and if you haven’t, you really should), you’d know that Hong Kong is one of our favorite towns for ear-splitting, bone-crunching cinematic action. But the backdrop for such explosive, high-kicking flicks as “Infernal Affairs”, “Chungking Express”, and thousands upon thousands of others is not ... Read More »
Category Archives: Hong Kong
Checking Out ‘Chungking Express’
Another day, another unexpectedly awesome combination of our twin passions — Music and Film. This time it comes to us from the funny folks at The Onion AV Club. In the fifth installment of his Song and Vision series writer Steven Hyden explores the relationship between Wong Kar-wai’s ‘Chungking Express‘ and The Mamas & The Papas song ‘California Dreamin’, a ... Read More »
Where in the World?
It may not look like much, but this building complex helped introduce the West to a major director. Originally planned as cheap housing, the buildings now features apartments, low-budget hotels, shops, and restaurants, covering 17 stories and an entire block. A gathering place for many of its city’s minority groups, Time Magazine called this it “the best example of globalization” ... Read More »
Nocturne: The City in Pictures: Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong has changed a lot since the ‘90s, when the city was pumping out more than 200 films a year. But directors are still drawn to the city, with its colonial past and capitalist present. Join Scarlet Cheng for a tour of the city’s landmarks and spend a day with director Zhang Yimou. About Your Guide: Scarlet Cheng ... Read More »