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Hooligan Sparrow

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Toothpicker

The Chinese human rights activist Ye Haiyan
 
Last week I attended the opening night of the Human Rights watch film festival to watch a new documentary called 'Hooligan Sparrow' by young Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang.
The filmmaker originally wanted to make a film about the abuse of sex workers in China, but ended up [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues, Human rights and was tagged with documentaries, Film festival, Human rights, Hooligan Sparrow


Hong Kong International film festival 2015

Posted on April 22, 2015 by Toothpicker

While in Hong Kong, two major culture festivals were taking place, so I took the opportunity to attend the Hong Kong Arts Festival, where I saw a China and Hong Kong collaborative play 'The Crowd' and listened to traditional Korean music reinterpreted by contemporary groups Jeong Ga Ak Hoe & Su:m.
However, as [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Films & documentaries and was tagged with Hong Kong, documentaries, films, Film festival


The London Korean Film Festival

Posted on November 15, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
A while back I wrote about the Japanese soft power on the world, but within the last decade, the world has witnessed how South Korea managed to conquer the world through technology, design, cosmetics (including surgeries) and pop culture in a relatively short period of time. The transformation is staggering because South [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries and was tagged with London, Film festival, Korean films


BFI London Film Festival 2014

Posted on October 29, 2014 by Toothpicker

I am not sure how other film buffs pick their choices at the BFI London Film Festival, but usually by the time I finish 'studying' the brochure, all the films that I intend to see would sell out!
Like always, I would pick the less popular films or films that are less unlikely [...]

This post was posted in London, Films & documentaries, Social issues and was tagged with London, documentaries, films, Film festival


London design festival 14: V & A Museum

Posted on September 24, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top & bottom left: Crest by Zaha Hadid Architects; Bottom right: Carousal wall by David David and Johnson Tiles
 
Another year, another design festival... unlike the previous years, I didn't have the time to do much planning beforehand, so I missed many talks especially at the V & A because they were [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries, Art, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary crafts, Design and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, short films, contemporary crafts, London Design Festival


Street life in Paris

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, a few overseas friends who visited both Paris and London told me that they enjoyed London much more than Paris. When I asked them the reasons, they said that the streets of Paris feel unsafe and chaotic, whereas London feels more vibrant and safer. I wasn't surprised by this as [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Paris, Markets, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness and was tagged with paris, Markets, graffiti/ street art, short films, cycling, street life, homelessness


Contemporary Chinese culture at The Floating Cinema

Posted on August 7, 2014 by Toothpicker

It's not an exaggeration to say the 'dilemma' that faces many Londoners is not the lack of entertainment/consumption choices, but the overwhelming of choices available. And when it comes to cultural events, we are just spoiled for choice and it's hard to keep up even if you are subscribed to hundreds of [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Talks, Films & documentaries, Art, Transport, Videos & animations, Chinese art and was tagged with London, photography, talks, documentaries, Chinese art, Hong Kong design, The Floating Cinema, animations


Hong Kong International film festival 2014

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Toothpicker

The 38th Hong Kong's International film festival took place from 24th March to 7th April, and I was able to see some films that are yet to be released or may not even get general releases.
As always, with so many films and limited time, it was hard to narrow the selection down [...]

This post was posted in Hong Kong, Travel, Films & documentaries and was tagged with Hong Kong, documentaries, films, Film festival


Gaetano Pesce & Pop Art design

Posted on December 8, 2013 by Toothpicker

ScreenTalk with Gaetano Pesce  and Peter Lang at Barbican
 
Lately, I have been extremely busy and so I haven't been doing much apart from working or attending business-related events. Finally, I was able to take some time off because a while ago I had booked to see "Italy - The New Domestic Landscape [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Films & documentaries, Art, Italian design, Design and was tagged with London, short films, Italian design, Barbican


The Aokigahara suicide forest

Posted on November 24, 2013 by Toothpicker

A blog entry about suicide seems rather odd especially weeks before Christmas, but perhaps it is precisely THE time to write about it because there are many who may not be feeling the festive and joyous mood during this period. And for those people, the festive seasons can also be the most [...]

This post was posted in Films & documentaries, Social issues, Anything Japanese and was tagged with documentaries, Japan, Aokigahara forest


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