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With its ghosts, ghouls and witches, Halloween is
becoming a regular date in Hong Kong's calendar of family
festivals, but few people know the feast's origin, writes
Hazel Parry. (Full Story)
|10 Spookatular Chinese Movies|
Tired of Michael
Myers, Freddy, Jason, Dracula, Frankenstein or zombies?
Try out the local terror-ific horror genre which mingles
Chinese folklore with western supernatural influences.
Me and Mao's shadow
images of Mao Zedong typify the spirit of a band of
artists who are marching across the mainland in an
effort to capture the essence of Chinese culture.
Didi Kirsten Tatlow reports.
Lam was inspired by the founder and publisher of local
smut magazine, Hong Kong Nite Life, who turned a
$200,000 investment into a multi-million-dollar success.
Mathew Scott and Winnie Yeung report on a
dirty little secret that became big business.
Theatre, music, galleries,
museums, lectures, workshops and film festivals... our event guide
will fill up the pages of your diary in no time.
Food editor Susan Jung shares an impressive
repertoire of clam dish - clams with black bean sauce, grilled (or
broiled) razor clams and clam chowder - recipes.
Want to indulge like an emperor? Just look for the ornate
packaging of Shaoxing's yellow rice wine and you are well on your
way. Robin Lynam reports.
A timeless tale of relative values
The story of the Soong
sisters - Ai-ling, Ching-ling and Mei-ling, who died last week at
106 - was one that needed to be told. And to commemorate Mei-ling's
death, Hong Kong film-goers are being treated to a special one-week
screening of the film.
Closeup: Martin Yan and Sylvia Chang Ai-chia
TV chef Martin Yan is ready
to serve up a feast of laughs in big-screen debut Hainan Chicken
Rice, which will also star Taiwan-born actress and director
Sylvia Chang Ai-chia.
Though released in time for Halloween, The Park
will leave audiences feeling more tricked than treated, says
Once Upon a Time in Mexico
Fans of wham-bam cinema
should head straight indoors - Robert Rodriguez's Once Upon A
Time In Mexico gives you plenty of bang for your buck.
Unfortunately, the film gives little else, writes Mathew
Take a look at what's showing in cinemas this week.
At the box office
The Top 10 films at North
American cinemas last week.
||Singing for survival: Beijing opera
used to be prime-time entertainment. Now its principals are
ageing, apprentices are leaving and cash-strapped troupes play
to empty houses or for foreign tourists. Paul Mooney
After dark: Halloween
All Hallow's Eve may be a
relatively new spectacle in Hong Kong but this religion-divorced,
B-grade slasher-flick and chocolate-fuelled "festival" has inspired
some to adopt demonic face-lifts just for this weekend.
That's all folk
Next weekend's folk festival has some stiff competition
but that won't stop folkies coming out in force, writes Robin
Theatre of the absurd
Swiss mime and puppetry
troupe Mummenschanz are about to make their first foray into China
where their highly visual show will need no explanation, writes
Fiddler on the hoof
Geoffrey Fushi, the founder
of The Stradivari Society, has played the role of a godfather to
many musicians by blessing them with the arranged loan of an
instrument that has divine tone, stratospheric value and - a few
The Hong Kong Arts Festival has created a lively
programme - featuring singer Bobby McFerrin, jazz guitarist Gilberto
Gil and Canto-pop queen Karen Mok - that will hopefully have the
fans dancing in the aisles, writes Annabel Walker.
Words of wisdom
After 70 years of practice, a top Hong Kong scholar is
exhibiting his calligraphy, writes Clare Tyrrell.
In its short 200 years, few towns have come further than
Washington, DC: from a tobacco port surrounded by a malaria-infested
swamp to the capital of the world's only superpower, writes
Marshall S. Berdan.
Mumbai mystery tour
Steered by a decidedly
shifty guide, Gary Jones sees India's bustling commercial capital
from a series of unusual perspectives
Hot spots: The Clarence Dublin
Co-owned by U2 band members
Bono and The Edge, this bohemian hostelry offers an award-winning
restaurant that serves traditional Irish dishes.
Inspired by his family's long history in China, former
South China Morning Post reporter, Adam Williams, says his
epic novel, The Palace of Heavenly Pleasure, explores the
cultural complexities of east meeting west in the fictional city of
Chinese characters: Yo Yo
Novelist Yo Yo tells
David Wilson she writes with Beijing street language and
hooligan words because the words cast her back into the mood of the
China she remembers.
Latest in Paperbacks
A look at the lastest in
paperbacks including The Bat Tattoo by Russell Hoban,
Kisscut by Karen Slaughter, Postmodern Pooh by
Frederick Crews and others.
Rump up the volume
Adventurous styling and a
risque advertising campaign mark the introduction of the Renault
Megane II. William Wadsworth puts the new hatchback to the
Enjoy a nice massage when you take a seat in the $2.68
million Grand Chauffeur equipped with TV, DVD/CD player and two
iMedic massage chairs with full-horizontal capability.
After years of soaps, milks, creams, grains and gels, it
might feel strange washing your face in oil, but Shu Uemura is
championing its cause.
Isabelle-Marie Creac'h picks affordable key items
to recreate top designer looks - at a fraction of the price.
Take it to the limit
Fancy a weekend of physical
and mental endurance tests? Catharine Nicol previews an
adventure-skills workshop taking place on Lamma Island.
Out of focus
When vision gets blurry with age, most people think they
merely need reading glasses. But some may be developing a
potentially blinding black hole in their eye, writes Niki
Life doctor: the rhythm of life
Sometimes the first sign
someone is suffering from an irregular heart beat (palpitations or
the technical name arrhythmia), may be a collapse or a
fainting fit, writes Margaret Cheng.
Past times: Aileen Bridgewater
Aileen Bridgewater, 69,
arrived in Hong Kong in the early 1960s. Her radio experiences at
Radio Hong Kong and Commercial Radio motivated her to launch a
charity that caters for the homeless elderly, and the Kidney
Patients' Trust Fund.
Few are spared as Lai See mocks anyone and everyone, be
they rich, raunchy or ridiculous.
Today in CitySeen ... Harbour Fest have organised a
double concert by one of the Philippines' biggest idols - Gary
Valenciano; an encounter with the Hong Kong Police is not stopping
Electric Eel Shock from playing again in our city; notes from the
lovely life of Kevin Lee, WestEast magazine's editor/publisher and
surreal preparation for the play The Seventh Drawer.
Don't make it a bad news
day. Read Edwin Ma's daily Chinese horoscope.
With daily updates, let
Shelley von Strunckel advise you each day on what the planets
and stars have to say.
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