Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
- Love Film
I can reveal that I no longer subscribe to Netflix or Love Film. Netflix is like a crummy video shop from the late 1980s that only has a very limited selection of films and a lot of B-movies you have never heard of. It does carry some Cine Asia titles as well as Shaolin Soccer but I found it lacking for my East Asian movie fix needs. Worth signing up for a free trial month and watching all the good stuff then cancelling though. If you do that please watch the TV series 15 Storeys High with Sean Lock and Benedict Wong as it is extremely funny and many was sadly slept on when it aired on BBC. Also it is shot just round the corner from where I grew up in South London (although maybe that's just cool to me!).
Love Film appears to have a lot of titles but when you get down to the nitty gritty most of the East Asian films are DVD rental only and not available for online streaming. Disappointing.
Mubi has a different approach - only 30 films are available to watch at any time and they add a new title every day and remove one. Therefore if you see a movie you are interested in has been added you have 30 days to watch it. OK so the choice is limited but the selection is excellent. It's like having a world cinema / art house / old movie geek select films for you (like a proper video shop used to be). The East Asian selection has been pretty great with Johnny To movies like PTA, Sparrow and Mad Detective (currently available) being on the Mubi rotating movie shelf. Mubi is the only site I've kept a subscription to (and you get a bloody good deal if you sign up for a year, about £30 I think). I've watched obscure Thai art house film Hi-So as well as Hong Kong classic The Internal Affairs Trilogy and Park Chan Wook's I'm a Cyborg But That's OK (currently available). It also shows old Amercian noir movies from time to time which you cannot seem to get anywhere else (crazy, I'd love to see more old movies available and not just on youtube - by the way all the old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies are on youtube, fantastic watching!)
Now if only there was a site that streamed high quality Shaw Brothers movies! Mubi does lack a good martial arts selection but on the whole it is the best provider for streaming East Asian cinema. A Lucky Cat recommendation.
(Picture show here is fan art created by Jerry Johnson, see: http://mubi.com/topics/mubi-fan-art-logo-competition)
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The show airs live every Tuesday at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4FM in London or via the web site resonancefm.com worldwide.
Each week Anna is joined by guests and musicians for lively discussion, music and poetry. If you missed the first episode then you can listen online here:
For more info see: http://www.annachen.co.uk/resonance-launch/
I should be back on the radio for Lucky Cat Series 8 sometime in 2014 on Resonance FM. Details to follow as soon as possible.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Friday, September 06, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
I will be talking to UK based Chinese artist Aowen Kitaika Jin about her upcoming art exhibition Made in China: Factory Girls, which opens at the Brick Lane gallery on 18th September.
The programme will repeated on Monday 9th September at 9am and I will podcast soon after.
Made In China: Factory Girls Exhibition
Brick Lane Gallery, Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA
18/09/2013 to 24/09/2013.
The Factory Girls exhibition uncovers the goals, dreams and ambitions of China's factory girls.
BIG thanks to Josue from Fresh Brewed Illustration for the beautiful artwork pictured here.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Lucy was a guest on Lucky Cat back in 2011 just before she appeared in the three woman solo show produced by True Heart Theatre, IN THE MIRROR: Three women, three stories from Chinese diaspora.I was fortunate enought to see the production and was very impressed with Lucy's autobiographical story of trying to assimilate into white suburban UK life after being adopted from Hong Kong as a baby. Lucy is a fabulous actress and clearly a talented writer to boot. I would love to see this story along with new work ICU, on the London stage and reaching a wide audience. Fund raising sites seem to be the way to go these days to get interesting independent art out to the hungry audiences fed up of homogenised clap trap! Please give a little (or a lot)...
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The unknown hero aka Tank Man, who squared up to government troops, unarmed, in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989 was captured on film by American photojournalist Joe (played by Stephen Campbell Moore). Almost 20 years later Joe sees a cryptic message in a Beijing newspaper and becomes obsessed with finding Tank Man to discover the story behind the iconic image.
Joe is helped by Zhang Lin (played by Benedict Wong, pictured left) and together they try to unravel the past. The play has underlying themes of China’s uneasy relationship with the West and current socioeconomic issues.
The play has received rave reviews and I hope to catch it myself.... There are 100 £10 tickets for every performance available from the box office on the day from 10am.
Have you seen the play? Please share your thoughts with Lucky Cat readers in the comments below.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
The festival started on 1st August and I DJ'd at the Beach Creative Private View, trying to adhere to a 1913 playlist (tricky!). Check out the festival Facebook page or web site for more info.
Tonight expect some killah dillah tunage, all vinyl, naturally. Sugarpie De Santo is at the front of my record box and ready to go...
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Sadly not currently available on vinyl...
More about Shy FX and the forthcoming Cornerstone album here.
Lucky Cat on Resonance FM - exciting news soon come!
Monday, July 15, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
The play concerns identity, displacement and belonging. It was inspired by the singer Chinese singer Zhou Xuan and the song Four Seasons which is a tale of separation, love and small people whose lives are destroyed by big events.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
- 4 prominent directors in attendance from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
- Art exhibition and artist talk, with Chinese artist Wang Yuyang in attendance
- 29 films screened (all UK premieres and including 1 world premiere)
- Concert performances from Chinese and British musicians
- 2 Panel Discussions, 1 round table and 1 public lecture with key industry figures and academics
For the full schedule please see the CVF 2013 web site.
Taiwanese film maker Wu Wuna will be in attendance, her films Farewell 1999 about her mother and The Dream Never Sets, about her father, will be screened on 29th May. The trailer (no subs sorry) for The Dream Never Sets is above and seems to include a Dub Reggae soundtrack - I'm excited!
This year, the festival has selected its first ever animated shorts and fiction film For more information on Film please click here.
For all the info on CVF 2013 see: http://chinesevisualfestival.org/
Monday, April 22, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Check out the rare footage of Bruce Lee dancing the cha cha at this blog:
I knew Bruce was the cha cha champion of Hong Kong in 1958 but I'd not seen all these pics and the video before. Roast Pork Sliced from a Rusty Cleaver blog has some nice early photos of Bruce and some stills from the 2010 film Bruce Lee, My Brother. The still pictured here is from that film.
Another Bruce Lee biopic is in the pipeline: Birth of the Dragon. Find out more here .
On a side note earlier this year I visited the Hollywood Costume exhibition at the V&A museum and saw Uma Thurman's yellow and black jumpsuit from Kill Bill on display. There was no reference to the fact that this was a homage to Bruce Lee's costume, disgraceful! Apart from that gripe the exhibition was wonderful btw.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Whilst browsing online for images from the Douglas Sirk movie Imitation of Life I happened across the work of Singaporean artist Ming Wong.
Ming's art is influenced by cinema and he plays with notions of ethnicity, gender and identity. His cinematic work is a little reminiscent of Isaac Julien.
See his In the Mood for Love project here: www.mingwong.org/index.php?/project/in-love-for-the-mood/
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sunday, February 03, 2013
Here are a few CNY events happening in London:
China Culture Connect: films @ the BFI:
She, A Chinese Feb 9th
The Opium War Feb 10th
Ping Pong Feb 11th (matinee, free for seniors)
For details see:
Family Play at the V&A The Boy Who Sat on the Dragon Throne
During February half-term, celebrate Chinese New year and find out about the boy emperor, Pu Yi and his giant throne.
As usual London Chinatown and Leicester Square will host celebrations, full schedule is here.
I will be uploading a Year of the Snake mix to my mixcloud channel soon.
Monday, January 07, 2013
I will be back at Mango Landin' on Friday 18th January alongside special guest selector Chris Menist.
Chris and I will be spinning vintage vinyl treats from all over the world for you. Chris has an amazing collection so I am really looking forward to hearing his crate digger's selection!
I recently purchased PB02 and PB03 45s on the Paradise Bangkok record label (little Xmas prezzie to myself!). A must for any collector of East Asian vinyl. Available at Soul Jazz or Boomkat.
Sadly there is a problem with my (admittedly ancient) amp so I cannot record vinyl at the mo'. Therefore no tasty New Year online mix for you, apologies. I hope you won't be too disappointed with an mp3 mix until I can get the amp fixed (or buy one of these)
So - got any new year resolutions? I am considering setting myself the task of watching all of the top 200 Lovehkfilm movies this year. What a great countdown, presume In the Mood For Love will be in the top 5.....
Hope to see some of you on the 18th @ Mango to chase away the January blues!