Culture

  1. Canto-pop star and actress Gillian Chung Yan-tung, of the duo Twins, celebrates her 39th birthday on Tuesday. She’s come a long way since being picked to form one half of Hong Kong musical duo Twins. These are some of the milestones in her life and career.Birth of TwinsChung and Charlene Choi Tsoek-jin were brought together by Emperor Entertainment Group in May 2001 to front Canto-pop duo Twins, who enjoyed great popularity.They have released close to a dozen albums and toured around the world,…
  2. With their new single, Black Swan, South Korea’s BTS have delivered an arty video that features exactly zero members of the red-hot K-pop boy band.But their rabid fans, who are used to the group’s genre-hopping style, don’t seem to be bothered by the break from tradition. The video has received over 20 million views since being released on Friday.Seven members of Slovenia’s MN Dance Company are the video’s stars, while the seven BTS members’ auto-tuned voices carry the song.A well-known quote…
  3. By Han Jeongmun and David TizzardIn a country with one of the world’s lowest birth rates, it might be expected that the news of a beloved celebrity announcing plans for marriage and hinting that a child was also on the way would be welcomed with open arms.But not in South Korea. And not for a K-pop idol.Chen, a member of one of the country’s most successful K-pop groups, Exo, recently announced his upcoming marriage on social media and hinted that a baby was on the way, yet much of the response…
  4. Melancholic gay romance drama Suk Suk has been voted the best Hong Kong film of 2019 by a panel of critics, the Hong Kong Film Critics Society announced on Monday.The first feature directed by filmmaker Ray Yeung in the Chinese language, Suk Suk was previously nominated in five categories at the 2019 Golden Horse Awards in Taipei, even though it came home empty-handed on that occasion. The film tells of the affair between two closeted elderly men – played by Ben Yuen Fu-wah and Tai Bo – who are…
  5. 1/5 stars What on earth was Robert Downey Jnr thinking? After rehabilitating himself as Tony Stark/Iron Man and becoming the epitome of cool for many fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he steps out of character to appear in this mushy disaster of a children’s movie that might even bore kids as much as adults. Rambling along with no discernible plot and a surfeit of lamentably infantile humour, the climax of the jumbled up mess features Downey removing a set of bagpipes from the rear end…
  6. Online streaming platform Netflix will make more than 20 Studio Ghibli movies available to subscribers outside the United States, Canada and Japan, with a phased release beginning on February 1.Netflix users in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America will be able to watch 21 films by Japan’s most famous animation house that are subtitled in 28 languages and dubbed in up to 20 languages.This is the second time Studio Ghibli films have been made available on an online platform…
  7. US President Donald Trump did not appear to understand the significance of the iconic Pearl Harbour memorial in Hawaii during a private tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, according to a new book by two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters from The Washington Post.The book, A Very Stable Genius, is an account from hundreds of hours of interviews with more than 200 sources, according to the Post. Some of its details, which paint an unflattering picture of the president’s knowledge of foreign affairs,…
  8. Rising teenage singer-songwriter Billie Eilish will be performing her first live concert in Hong Kong this August.The 18-year-old American pop sensation will bring her “Where Do We Go? World Tour” to AsiaWorld-Expo on August 30.Despite her young age, Eilish has already received six Grammy Award nominations – becoming the youngest artist to be nominated in the four main categories in the same year – and has eight gold and four platinum singles in the US.Eilish’s biggest hit to date, the poppy…
  9. Every so often on This Is Us, before a significant twist or reveal is set for prime-time unveiling, about a dozen friends and family members of the show’s inner circle gather inside a small screening room at Paramount Studios for feedback about the big episode. To gain admission, attendees must be caught up with the NBC family drama – and they must be willing to sign non-disclosure agreements.“We don’t give them any preface,” says series creator Dan Fogelman. “We play the episode. And once it’s…
  10. To “pull a Taemin” is to work hard towards a goal over a long period and eventually find success. The phrase refers to K-pop star Taemin, who joined South Korean entertainment firm SM Entertainment at a young age after impressing judges with his dancing skills. While his singing was unimpressive and voice unstable in the beginning, Taemin made great strides after making his debut as the maknae, or the youngest member, of K-pop boy group Shinee in 2008. After several members of the four-member…