October 13, 2013 |
A Hijacking Magnolia, $26.98; Blu-ray, $29.98 Available on VOD beginning Oct. 15 The Tom Hanks hijacking-at-sea thriller "Captain Phillips" is sure to be one of the year's most talked-about films, but cinephiles also should check out director Tobias Lindholm's tense drama "A Hijacking," starring Soren Malling as a ruthless Danish shipping magnate who discovers the limits of his negotiating power when one of his freighters is seized by...
September 22, 2013 |
Dennie Gordon, who has directed U.S. films such as "What a Girl Wants" (2003) and "New York Minute" (2004) and numerous American TV shows, including "Burn Notice" and "30 Rock," recently helmed her first movie in China, "My Lucky Star. " A romantic comedy with a dash of James Bond-y adventure, it stars Ziyi Zhang of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" fame and Leehom Wang, a Taiwanese American singer and actor. In "My Lucky Star," Zhang plays Sophie, an aspiring cartoonist who wins a trip to Singapore and crosses paths with a dashing secret agent (Wang)
September 21, 2013 |
HONG KONG - There is a scene near the beginning of Wong Kar Wai's "The Grandmaster" in which the main character, the martial arts expert Ip Man, expounds on the ethos of his practice. "Kung fu: two words. One horizontal, one vertical - if you're wrong, you'll be left lying down. If you're right, you're left standing - and only the ones who stand have the right to talk. " Lately it seems filmmakers can't talk enough about Ip Man. Born in southern China in 1893, he was notable for having taught the iconic Bruce Lee and popularizing the Wing Chun school of kung fu. Though he died in poverty and exile in Hong Kong in 1972, Ip has become an almost mythical figure featuring in multiple films in recent years.
September 4, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden had asked Russia for help before he flew to Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a wide-ranging interview with First Channel, a Russian federal television network, and the Associated Press. Snowden, who leaked classified U.S. national security documents to several media outlets, met with Russian diplomats in Hong Kong before he flew to Russia, Putin said in the televised interview recorded Tuesday at Putin's country residence of Novo-Ogaryovo near Moscow and posted on the official Kremlin website.
August 28, 2013 |
Every September, Hong Kong glows with lantern light to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival, based on an ancient Chinese harvest tradition. It's a time when moon cakes are eaten too. Cathay Pacific has a fall sale on airfares between L.A. and Hong Kong that might make going a reality: round-trip flights starting at $849. The deal: Flights are good from San Francisco or Los Angeles to Hong Kong during the sale period . The price applies to flights Mondays through Thursdays only. When: The offer is good through 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, based on availability.
August 26, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- American secrets-leaker Edward Snowden ended up in Moscow accidentally, after Cuba, under U.S. pressure, blocked entry to the former National Security Agency analyst, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported, citing unnamed Russian and Western government sources. “His choice of itinerary and his request for help were an absolute surprise for us. We did not invite him,” a Russian official told the newspaper. However, Western countries suspect that the Russians asked Snowden to come to their consulate in Hong Kong, where he was hiding from U.S. authorities after leaking information about the NSA's widespread spying.
August 23, 2013 |
Wong Kar Wai is known as an international master of moody romance, making films filled with a yearning melancholy. His "In the Mood for Love" was the only film from this century to make the Top 25 of a recent Sight & Sound poll of the greatest films of all time. So news that he was making a kung fu film tracing the life of Ip Man, who would famously go on to train Bruce Lee, caught many of his fans off-guard. Playing now in Los Angeles, the long-awaited film has already been the biggest commercial hit of Wong's career in China, even with its unlikely combination of a rousing martial arts story and a moving tale of romantic longing.
August 20, 2013 |
It costs a lot of money to rent space for a store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills -- about $575 per square foot per year -- but Southern California's priciest retail real estate is a steal compared with those in other prominent cities such as Hong Kong and New York. Hong Kong is the world's most expensive city for shopkeepers by a pretty wide margin, according to CBRE Group Inc. Rents for prime property there averaged $4,328 per foot in the second quarter, a recent report by the real estate brokerage said.
August 1, 2013 |
An explosion, a drug overdose, a car wreck, an undercover sting. All happen in such quick succession in the crime thriller "Drug War," the sensation is like being dropped into the middle of something much larger than random villainy. That is exactly what prolific Hong Kong director Johnnie To intended. The filmmaker treats "Drug War" like one of those high-profile cases that accidentally falls into law enforcement's lap. The film begins in Jinhai, a city in the southwest Chinese province of Guizhou and makes its way to one of the ports that a major drug cartel is considering for its export trade.
July 22, 2013 |
Justin Campbell of Simi Valley had three hits to help the USA 12U national team defeat Hong Kong, 18-0, at the International Baseball Federation World Cup in Taiwan. Next up for the USA team is a game against Russia on Tuesday. Eric.email@example.com