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


  • 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:
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.

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.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Today's Lucky Cat - A Tribute to Sir Run Run Shaw

A Young and Handsome Run Run Shaw

Today's show pays respects to the philanthropist film mogul Sir Run Run Shaw (1907 - 2014).  As well as a biography of Run Run I include the top 17 Run Run Shaw Shaw Brothers films, as voted for by you, the listeners.  I will publish the list on this blog when the show is podcasted in a couple of days
Run Run and stars posing with a Rolls Royce at the Clear Water Bay Studios in Hong Kong.  Not a great resolution but I think I can make out Peter Ho Chen, Cheng Pei Pei and she of the enviable hair Lily Ho!
Here is Sir Run Run Shaw with some of the studios starlets.  I think that is Betty Loh Ti in the middle.

You can tune in to Resonance 104.4FM at 3.30pm (UK) to hear the show.  I will podcast it in a couple of days.

I researched to find out what Run Run's favourite food was and it seems that one of his favourite things was to go to the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel for afternoon tea.  I'll now add that to the endless list of places to go in Hong Kong if I ever get to return....Run Run apparently always had a simple breakfast of noodles followed by exercise, perhaps the secret to such a long life.

Sir Run Run Shaw we salute you and your wonderful contribution to cinema!  RIP.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lucky Cat S8 E3 Podcast - Cantonese YMCA!

  • Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians (King of Kong compilation LP of Chinese Jamaican producer Leslie Kong's tunes on the Beverleys label) Apologies for skipping!
  • Monkey theme - Godiego (BBC Monkey Soundtrack LP)
  • YMCA - George Lam (Lin Zi Xiang /林子祥)(EMI LP)
  • Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (Oldies 7")
  • Genghis Khan - George Lam (Lin Zi Xiang /林子祥)(EMI LP)
  • Freedom Street - Ken Boothe (King of Kong compilation LP)
  • Pal Pal Dil Ke PaasKishore Kumar (Blackmail soundtrack EP)
  • Track from The Stylers LP
  • Aasha Oh Aasha - Lata Mangeshkar (Blackmail soundtrack EP)
  • And I Love Him - Esther Phillips (7")
  • Gandhara - Godiego (BBC Monkey Soundtrack LP)
  • Night Flight (Sentimental Journey) - Ansell Collins  (King of Kong compilation LP) 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cha Cha's Faded Ghost DJ Set

Here is the wonderful Cha Cha outta Shanghai DJing as Faded Ghost.  A mix of Hip Hop, Breaks, Beats, Sampling, Vocals and Loops.  Cha Cha is currently on tour with AM444 and about to touch down in France.
Check out the AM444 Facebook for gig details:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Journey to Shangri-La

On today's Lucky Cat we embark on a journey to the mythical Tibetan idyll of Shangri-La.

I remember being swept away by the Frank Capra film Lost Horizon when I watched it in my childhood.  The novel of the same name, on which the film is based, by James Hilton is available to read online at the Gutenberg Press site.

I had great fun researching the topic of Shangri-La and found that the myth of a utopia is common to many cultures.  This BBC article was indispensable:

I also found this wonderful blog post from Shooting Down Pictures all about the 1937 film Lost Horizon.

Shangri-La is still very much in our consciousness today - most recently when the Malaysian airlines plane went missing newspaper and magazine articles referenced the paradise, wondering wistfully if that's where the plane crash landed by.  The Hong Kong hotel chain Shangri-La is in fact opening a luxury hotel in Tibet!  

I hope you enjoy today's show which features Tibetan buttermilk tea to refresh you weary travellers on the road to Shangri-La.


  • Theme to Lost Horizon - Composed by Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin
  • Buddhist Chanting - Chinese Cultural Theatre Group 
  • Over The Rainbow - Wizard of Oz soundtrack LP
  • Over The Rainbow - Little Anthony and the Imperials
  • Blue Skies - Mel Torme
  • Shangri-La - Esther Phillips
  • Tibetan Mountain Song - Dolkar Lhamo
  • Satta Amasagana - Third World (from the Rockers OST LP)
  •  Tibetan Celebration Song - Dolkar Lhamo
  • Over The Rainbow - Dorothy Donegan
  • Extract from the film Lost Horizon 1937
  • Over The Rainbow - Billy Ward and his Dominoes
  • Father and Son Vocal with Erhu from the Streets of Lhasa CD
  • Shangri-La - Ou Yang Fei Ying
  • Nature Boy - Nat Cole
  • Theme to Lost Horizon - Composed by Dimitri Zinovievich Tiomkin
  • Past, Present, Future - The Shangri-Las

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Lucky Cat S8 E1 Podcast

Lucky Cat is BACK!
Originally broadcast on Resonance FM on Saturday 5th April @3.30pm.

This show celebrates the Chinese Buddhist Qing Ming Festival and there is a review of the Vietnamese kung-fu film Lady Assassin.
The Dim Sum Lunch Box contains cold left over ma pao do fu.
I need your help - please email me with any recipes or restaurant reviews or recommendations!  I would love to share your food knowledge with listeners! luckycatzoe   at
Thank you.


  • Constant Sorrow - Beverly White (Realm 7" EP)
  • Resting Place - Burning Spear (Marcus Garvey LP)
  • Blossoming Lotus - Zhou Xuan (Pathe 100 CD)
  • Were You There - Paul Robeson (7" EP Paul Robeson Sings Negro Spirituals)
  • For All We Know - Billie Holiday (Lady in Satin LP)
  • Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Gospel Train LP)
  • I Love You Chinese - Rebecca Pan from the Diamond Records Compilation CD
  • Spring Breeze Blows Through Yi Village - female solo from the LP May Our Song Take Wings and Fly over the Bridge
  • Talking About Fighting Skill - Siao Fong Fong & Chan Pao Chu (7" OST EP Red Thread Steals a Precious Box)
  • Devil Woman - Zhuang Xue Fang (Ruby Records)
  • Love Bandit - The Cadets (20 Great R n'B Hits of the 1950s)
  • Honour Your Mother & Father - Desmond Dekker (Rudy Got Soul CD)

  • Tune in live to Series 8 of Lucky Cat on Resonance 104.4FM in London or via anywhere!
    The series will run for 7 weeks.

    Thursday, April 03, 2014

    The Raid 2

    The Raid 2 opens in UK cinemas on 11th April.  Here's the rather spectacular trailer.

    Looks like an edge of the seat, wincing and peeping out from behind fingers type of movie! Let the bone crunching commence....