Monday, March 19, 2012
This year the Terracotta Far East Film Festival is a little bit earlier: 12th - 15th April @ The Prince Charles cinema in London.
I'll be previewing the festival with a special programme on Resonance FM on Friday 30th March @ 8pm GMT. I will joined by festival organiser Joey Leung to discuss the films in this year's festival programme.
There are some exciting films on offer, including a special preview of the new animated classic From Up On Poppy Hill from the legendary Studio Ghibli.
Korean epic My Way opens the festival, with a pan Asian cast of Jang Dong-gun, Joe Odagiri and Fan Bingbing.
The first film ever to be shot in Burma shows on the Friday: Return to Burma / Gui lái dí rén, which depicts the story of Wang Xing-Hong who is living as an immigrant laborer in Taiwan saving his money to return home to Burma.
Friday night also brings some terror to Leicester Square with a special Terror-Cotta (geddit?) triple bill of spine tinglers: Gyo, The Grudge and Zombie 108.
I'm most excited about the European premiere of Daniel Wu & Kevin Spacey film Inseparable! A superhero dark comedy set in HK - with a Hollywood star (also London-lover, Old Vic director and all round nice guy!).
Japanese auteur Sion Sono (Love Exposure, Cold Fish) closes the festival with the UK premiere of 'Himizu'.
For all the details check the festival programme: http://terracottafestival.com/programme/2012
I will be DJing from 6-7pm at this event at the Free Word Centre in Farringdon: China Inside Out.
English PEN and Free Word are hosting a fascinating day-long programme of debates, readings, film screenings, food and music which will aim to improve our understanding of the freedom to write, and the freedom to read, in China.
Hope you can join me on Thursday 29th March, for more info and how to book tickets see:
I'll be playing an hour long set of contemprary Chinese music (including AM444, New Pants and Mamer).
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I was kindly asked to select my top 10 movies for the Electric Sheep Film Jukebox. It proved quite a hard task and I kinda cheated by mentioning other films! I hope you enjoy my selection, let me what you think...Did I miss anything? What are your top ten?
Next weekend (Fri 16th March) I will be joined by vinyl aficionado and creator of the London Dossier, Jean-Paul Séculaire. As always, entrance is free down @ Mango Landin' (40 St Matthew's Rd, Brixton).
Expect to hear some sweet Rocksteady, Reggae, Ska, Calypso, Rhythm n Blues, Asia Beat and Cha Cha Cha! Strictly vinyl selection 9 till 3am.
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
For the last episode in the series I was joined by fellow Resonance FM contributor and HK film fan Ricky Lorrio. Ricky shared his passion for Godfrey Ho ninja films as well as bringing in a few favourite tracks.
The photo shown is a still from the Godfrey Ho film Ninja Terminator
- No More Doggin - Rosco Gordon (Jumping The Shuffle Blues: Jamaican Sound System CD)
- Seemingly the Old Friend Comes - Anita Mui (from the soundtrack of Rouge)
- Sonny - Betty Chung (from the LP Wild Flame EMI label)
- Give Me Back My Pork Pie Hat - Ronnie Gordon and the Constituents (from the forthcoming CD Ronnie Gordon Speaks His Mind)
- Theme to Yojimbo - Jason Moran
- I'm Gone - Shirley and Lee (Blank JA 7")