Friday, July 04, 2014

DJing in Manchester - Vintage Reggae Style!

I'm really excited about DJing in Manchester tomorrow night with the Copesetic crew!  They have had a vintage style sound system built and play a Reggae from the golden era of Jamaican music (the 60s).  I'll be taking a little box of treasures to play on the sound, all on 7" original vinyl.  Report to follow!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Tibetan Dumplings


A while back I decided to try making Tibetan Momo dumplings from scratch!  I'd never made dumpling dough before and it turned out to be very difficult to work with.  The air was blue!  It was quite a hard and frustrating process as the consistency was tricky to get right - rolling out sticky dough and trying to clean the work top after was fun.  I swore I'd never make them again.   When it came to the eating though they really were quite marvellous and it was satisfying in the end. The taste was very authentic and the flavours were lovely.  I have to admit that I've since stocked up on frozen pre-made dumpling skins though!
This is the recipe I used:
After making 20 or so dumplings I got tired out and there was plenty of mixture left, which I friend up with rice the next day - yum.
I also made a cucumber salad on the side - the recipe was from the Ken Hom and Ching-He Huang book Exploring China (see the BBC TV series of the same name).  The coolness of the cucumber perfectly matched the fiery chilli and sesame oil dressing.





Friday, May 23, 2014

Lucky Cat S8 Ep7 - Film Festivals & Farewell


Here's last Saturday's show which is the last episode of Lucky Cat series 8.

Until we meet again................



Playlist:

  • Cho Cho Train - The Stylers (Stylers compilation Lp on Panda Records)
  • Sukiyaki - Teresa Teng (from a Cantopop compilation LP)
  • Sukiyaki  - Kong Ling & The Fabulous Echoes (Greatest Hits Vol.2, Daimond Records LP)
  • Ces Gens-La - Jaques Brel (vinyl LP)
  • The Willow Plays Like a Zither - Lau Yiu Kam (vinyl LP)
  • Honemade Aishite - Carrie Koo Mei (Rita and Sakura, Talk of the Town EMI LP)
  • Boat Song of Ko-Je Island - Arrirang (Korean Song and Dance Specatular, Monitor LP)
  • I Enjoy Being a Girl - Linda Low and Orchestra (Flower Drum Song, OST LP)
  • Gee Baby Gee - The Dixie Cups (Crying in the Chapel, Red Bird label LP)
  • Tipitina - Dr John (vinyl LP)
  • The Four Seasons of Heartache pt 1 - Zhou Hsuan (Pathe 100 CD)
  • Don't Let Me Down - Marcia Griffiths (PAMA label 7", produced by Harry J, pictured above - big money tune!)

Saturday, May 17, 2014

The final Episode of Lucky Cat Series 8 Airs today!



Ah, the end of the series!  I do hope you have enjoyed listening. On today's show I preview the Terracotta Far East Film Festival, Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema at the BFI and the Japanese Film Festival Zipangu vs Frank Chickens at the Cinema Museum.
Plus all vinyl sounds from China to New Orleans

Links:
Zipangu Fest vs Frank Chickens: Sun 1st June @ The Cinema Museum
https://www.facebook.com/events/635729246513409/
Newsflash: Animator Mizue Mirai's TATAMP and WONDER will be screened (for more in Mizue see http://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/sight-sound-magazine/interviews/free-anime-mizue-mirai-wizard-blobs-blocks)

The Terracotta Far East Film Festival
http://terracottafestival.com/

Electric Shadows: A Century of Chinese Cinema at the BFI 
http://www.bfi.org.uk/china  Watch the fantastic teaser trailer here!

Tune in today @ 3.30pm UK time Resonance 104.4FM www.resonancefm.com

Lucky Cat Podcast S8 Ep6 - Musicand Movies

The penultimate episode of Series 8.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Lucky Cat Podcast 8 Episode - Chinese Visual Festival





















Playlist (all vinyl today!):
  • Our Day Will Come - Ruby and the Romantics (7" vinyl, London)
  • Science - Prince Buster (7" vinyl, Prince Buster)
  • Theme from I Hate You Deeply - I Hate You Deeply OST LP (Taiwanese film soundtrack)
  • Si Si Li - Josephine Siao Fong Fong (vinyl LP, EMI) 
  • In the Woods - Josephine Siao Fong Fong (vinyl LP, EMI) 
  • Shoes - Bobby Bland (7" vinyl, Duke)
  • Come Down '68 - Lord Creator (7" vinyl, Randys)
  • I'm Through With Love - Sarah Vaughan (7" vinyl, MGM)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lucky Cat S8 E4 Podcast - Tribute to Sir Run Run Shaw


RIP Sir Run Run Shaw
Here's last Saturday's show which was a tribute to Uncle Six, Sir Run Run Shaw.

There were a few points that I forgot to include:
Every year Run Run held an open audition for new Shaw stars.
Run Run was a keen spotter of talent, except when it came to Bruce Lee.  Run Run did not feel it was necessary to offer Lee more than the standard contract which resulted in Lee making films for another HK studio.
Run Run Shaw's favourite food?  Well he and wife Mona Fong loved to have high tea at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel.  However the breakfast regime he adhered too was a little more austere: noodles followed by callisthenics exercise.


Useful Shaw Links:
The Hong Kong Film Archive's Shaw Chronology
The Official Shaw Web Site - section on History
Hong Kong Cinema Web Site's Shaw History
Harvard Film Archive on Shaw History
Hong Kong Cinemagic

















Playlist:


  • Shaolin Temple - Barrington Levi (Kung Fu: Reggae Vs The Martial Arts Trojan compilation CD)
  • Love Without End - Carrie Koo Mei (7" vinyl)
  • The Love Eterne OST - Ivy Ling Po and Betty Loh Ti (Shaw Bros 10" vinyl LP)
  • Shaolin Temple - Masta Killer (Wu Tang)
  • Farewell - Carrie Koo Mei (7" vinyl)
  • Butterfly - Carrie Koo Mei (7" vinyl)
  • Siboney - Connie Francis (2046 soundtrack CD)

The Top 17 Best Run Run Shaw Movies
as voted for by listeners and selected by me

17. Platinum Dragon, 1933 (the first Cantonese sound film starring Cantonese opera star Sit Kok-Sin)


16. Country Bumpkin Visits His In-Laws, 1937  (the only film that Run Run Shaw directed, starring Lam Kwan-San)
Lam Kwan-San


15. Enchanting Shadow, 1959 (Betty Loh Ti movie, Chinese Ghost Story was based on the story in this film)

14. The Vengeful Beauty, 1978(Siu Yam Yam aka Susan Shaw)
Siu Yam Yam


13. Love Without End, 1963 (Starring sweetheart of cinema Linda Lin Dai)


12. Heroes of the East aka Shaolin Challenges Ninja (Gordon Liu, directed bu Lau Kar Leung)


Gatecrashing Ninjas!  Watch Out!

11. The Love Eterne, 1963 (Huangmei opera film starring Betty Loh Ti and Ivy Ling Po). 



10. Have Sword Will Travel, (wu xia film, Chang Cheh directed, Ti Lung and David Chiang (known as The Iron Triangle!))
 
9. Dirty Ho, 1979 (directed by Lau Kar Leung starring Gordon Liu)
Gordon Liu being downright dirty with superb tache

8. Diagram Pole Fighters, 1983 (directed by Lau Kar Leung starring Gordon Li, actually produced by Mona Fong aka Mrs Run Run Shaw)


7. The Human Goddess, 1972 (Starring Li Ching)


6. The Kid With The Golden Arm, 1979 (dir. Chang Cheh)


5. Come Drink With Me, 1966 (stars Cheng Pei Pei as Golden Swallow.  Considered to be one of the best Hong Kong films ever made.  Beautifully directed by King Hu)


4. Hong Kong Nocturne, 1967 (Musical starring Chen, Lily Ho and Chin Ping.  Directed by Umetsugu Inoue)


3. The Five Fingers of Death aka King Boxer1973 (directed by Chang-hwa Chung (鄭昌和 정창화) and starring Lo Lieh. Released by Warner Bros in the US, along with Enter The Dragon, the film was responsible for beginning the American kung fu film craze.)

2. The One Armed Swordsman, (Iron Triangle In Full Effect!)


1. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, 1978 (dir. Lau Kar Leung, starring Gordon Liu.  Fun fact: The script was co-written by Infernal Affairs star and HK comedy actor Eric Tsang!)
Gordon Liu and Lau Kar Leung are Number One!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the list.  Special mention to the members of the Asian Action Cinema Association Facebook Group.

*I was unable to include the much loved The Five Deadly Venoms as it was produced by Run Run's brother Runme.  Fun fact: that film was heavily sampled by RZA.
I was also unable to list The Crippled Avengers for that same reason.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chinese Visual Festival 2014

Still from Zhen Kuo's film Burned Wings
The Chinese Visual Festival is back for its third year!  The festival comprises of short and feature film screenings from mainland China, Tibet and Taiwan.
Art-house auteur Jia Zhangke comes to the festival this year for a series of screenings and a Q&A.  Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin feature film is showing - an oblique homage to the legendary wuxia kung fu film A Touch of Zen directed by King Hu.  See trailer below.


I am pleased to announce that I will be joined by Taiwanese director Chen Yin Yen on this Saturday's Lucky Cat radio show.  Chen's film The Way We Are is a documentary which focuses on the relationship of two visually impaired people, a woman named Ningyu and a nearly-blind man called Shufeng.
Still from Chen Yin Yen's The Way We Are

This year British Chinese filmmakers are encouraged to get involved as there is a Local Chinese Language Filmmaker Workshop.

A full schedule of the Festival can be found here:
http://chinesevisualfestival.org/schedule/
Venues: King's College London & The British Film Institute

As well as film screenings there are some great talks, including one by writer and East Asian cinema connoisseur Tony Rayns.

ART
7 – 17 May 2014 Anatomy Museum King’s College London
Partnership with China Culture Connect + King’s College Cultural Institute
Painting, Installation, Video, Photography, Performance, Multimedia and so on
Total 23 projects.