Film & TV

News, reviews and movie star interviews from the world of TV and film. 
  1. Filmmaker Lauren Greenfield was drawn to the Philippines by journalist Bill Mellor’s article about the remote island of Calauit. In the 1970s, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos ordered 250 indigenous families off the island so they could stock it with zebras, giraffes and other African transplants. Eventually Calauit was overrun by diseased, inbred animals.“They were a symbol of the recklessness and carelessness of wealth and power,” Greenfield tells the Post in a phone interview from her office. …
  2. The legendary Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow will broadcast its best classic performances online for free in response to new restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus.The Bolshoi’s decision came after the Moscow mayor last Thursday ordered the closure of all non-essential services and encouraged residents to stay home.“Our country, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a very difficult time” said Vladimir Urin, general director of the Bolshoi Theatre, announcing the digital shows.“We’ve…
  3. Two Hong Kong-based filmmakers decided to give Covid-19 a human face, having seen many people become consumed by rapidly growing coronavirus case counts.The 15-minute film, Shut Off, tells the story of an unprepared Hongkonger on a business trip who is stranded in the virus’ epicentre in China, Wuhan, after the unexpected lockdown of the city. All he can do is to video call his clueless mother and wife in Hong Kong and pretend everything is fine as he gets sicker.When his smartphone becomes the…
  4. There’s no doubt social media has changed the way we communicate and interact with others. And the spread of the novel coronavirus has resulted in the cancellation of major events, the closing of public spaces and the rise of social distancing around the world.With more of our interpersonal interactions being pushed online in this time of quarantine, uncertainties loom around the lasting social impacts.A team of University of Washington psychologists is already studying the impacts of social…
  5. Ideal childhood: My grandfather went to Hong Kong University and studied Western medicine. There he met Sun Yat-sen, who was a couple of years older, and who asked if he’d join the revolution. He said he couldn’t, he had eight kids. One was my mother. During the war she was sent to China and went to Lingnan University (Guangzhou) to study agriculture, which was more like botany. Flowers were her lifelong passion and she was often trying to cross-pollinate them. My father studied at St John’s…
  6. It’s a numbers game. Everybody knows the true value of a person can be gauged by the number of social media followers they have: no followers, nobody. Such a reality can be particularly harsh in a place like Tokyo, which is powered by mobile phones. Those in the Japanese capital’s modelling and entertainment industries, needing acolytes more than most, suffer greatly from a lack of friends. So when you are a bit-part actress and stand-in model keeping the studio warm for the stars, and your…
  7. One of the greatest martial arts actresses of all time, Hsu Feng (or Xu Feng) is best known for her leading roles in classic King Hu movies including A Touch of Zen, The Fate of Lee Khan, and Raining in the Mountain. Born in Taiwan in 1950, Hsu auditioned for Taiwan’s Union Film Company in 1966 because she needed money to support her family. She impressed King Hu, who had left Shaw Brothers in Hong Kong to work in Taiwan, and made her debut with a small part in his smash hit Dragon Gate Inn …
  8. Warning: This article contains major spoilers. Directed by Hideo Nakata and based on the 1991 novel by Kozi Suzuki, the 1998 film Ring (aka Ringu) kick-started the J-horror craze of the late 1990s and early 2000s. The set-up may be simple – a cursed videotape that kills viewers seven days after watching it – but the pay-off is genuinely frightening, as murdered psychic Sadako (Rie Ino’o) crawls through the TV screen to claim her next victim. Though the film suffers from a weak heroine in the…
  9. With nationalism at an all-time high in China amid the global coronavirus pandemic, a frenzy to catch out stars for having foreign nationality has gripped the entertainment industry. In the face of accusations that they are foreign nationals, numerous stars have come out to dispel the rumours and proclaim they are Chinese nationals.They include farmer-turned-showbiz tycoon Zhao Benshan, who said this week he had never emigrated to Canada, as claimed by the media. “This is fake [news] … My whole…
  10. From the frustrated voyeurism of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954) to the sub-zero paranoia of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), filmmakers have frequently shuttered us away from society to explore the tedium and dangers of self-isolation.Too often, however, your sanctuary must become a fortress, whether to fend off opportunistic burglars with Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone (1990), or nocturnal beasties with Will Smith in I am Legend (2007). Without adequate provisions, it can even become a…