Day 5 10pm City of a Thousand Planets

26 07 2017

I went into Central World on Tuesday night to see a movie, and as luck would have it, picked this one. Something about it spoke to me: a gloriously over-the-top adventure set in a dazzling, decadent “city of a thousand planets”. It had more than a touch of Bangkok about it. Leaving the film was an even more surreal experience as the film wound up at midnight and I exited to a huge, gloomily abandoned mall, empty except for a pitch black but seething mens bathroom, out a side corridor where manual workers were furiously lugging in boxes of mysterious cargo, and out disorientingly on to dark and quiet streets I only ever see in the day. Through a taxi window, I saw a sparkling faced drag queen clown wander past a food stall where some tired construction workers ate under a fluorescent light, and then whizzed back to my adopted home “planet” of Saphan Kwai.

This breaks the world…

18 07 2017

Weird weekend

25 06 2017


It was a strange, disorienting weekend. The weather veered from rain to the return of the baking heat. I spent Friday night at a friend’s vegetarian restaurant and then we ventured to an obscure location in an industrial building in suburban Fo Tan. A shadowy group of people had gathered in a dark room to watch one of the trippiest movies of all time:

Walking back at midnight, back in Shatin, by the river, I felt utterly disoriented . I had no idea where I was or what I had just seen (and this despite the fact that it was my third time to see the movie!  I had somehow forgotten its impact).

The next day I accompanied my boyfriend to a number of cute little Parisian bars in Tai Hang, through surging post-Ramadan crowds in Victoria Park, ran into a friend at the bakery at the Mandarin Oriental hotel and was suddenly ushered into a property exhibition where, to my surprise, my boyfriend promptly bought a flat.

A strange, anything-goes weekend!

Dear white people

16 05 2017

I recently enjoyed two great, sharp pieces on race -and specifically blackness – in America. Dear White People is the TV spin-off of the 2014 movie, and actually an improvement on the original. Its funny and involving with a cast of likeable – and all deeply flawed – characters, giving it much more nuance that you might assume from the title.

Get Out, meanwhile, is a witty examination of race and racism through through the lens of a horror flick – and it works, as scary as it is thought-provoking.

La Moustache

1 05 2017

Although its is not featured in this trailer, the Sai Kung village of Ko Lau Wan was a filming location for the French thriller Le Moustache – the protagonist flees from Paris to an unnamed village in Hong Kong as he faces a bizarre and disturbing crisis of identity. I haven’t seen the film – but I’m quite intrigued, and looking forward to it!

Modern loneliness

25 04 2017



I saw two films at the International Film Festival which, by coincidence, both explored the theme of loneliness. Oliver Assayas’s “Personal Shopper” stars my new fave Kristen Stewart, as a searcher, a psychic, looking for something more than the unwanted life she has found herself in at the periphery of the fame machine, as a Paris celebrity’s personal shopper. Its a strange, meandering little film, full of moments of stillness but also little revelations, not the least of which is Stewart’s great central performance or her effortless normcore lesbo-chic styling. I saw it on a rainy day, the last day of my holidays, at Kowloon’s eighties-tastic Cultural Centre with the director himself in attendance.

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A few days later, the Monday night of my return to work to be precise – I journeyed out to Kowloon Tong, to see “Corpo Electrico” – the Body Electric. It is the first film from Marcelo Caetano, who previously worked on Neon Bull, and that film’s tone is evident again here: an almost plotless (and some might find, pointless) slice-of-life drama, but filled with beautifully observed scenes of every day life, almost like an anthropological documentary, and human warmth. We watch the handsome main character Elias as he daydreams at work, drinks with friends, smokes and does his laundry. Elias, played beautifully by Kelner Macêdo, works as a pattern maker in a Sao Paulo garment factory, passing his time with semi-flings with friends and ex-boyfriends.  At the time, I was charmed but slightly bored by his life, but now the day after I find the film lingering in my thoughts for its loving and very real portrayal of gay life in the early twenties : its intense and flirty friendships,  camaraderie and cliquishness, non-career job boredom and hedonistic weekends, all floating under an unformed and seemingly ominous future.

The amazing images of…

8 04 2017

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