Sunday, April 28, 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
So when a fellow Hong Kong movie fan friend told me the identity of the hotpot restaurant which figures in the opening scenes of Johnnie To's PTU and of its continued existence (something which can't be assumed -- since so many famous eateries cum movie locations, such as the restaurant associated with Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood of Love are no more), I immediately contacted a few friends to see if they were up for going there some time. (A note for those who are wondering: There are eateries where I'm perfectly happy to dine alone but when it comes to hotpot restaurants, one needs dining companions to properly enjoy eating at the place!)
The Fung Wing Kee Hotpot Restaurant was heaving with customers the night that two friends and I made it out to that Kowloon City dining establishment, so I'm really glad that we pre-booked our table a couple of weeks in advance. Famed in real life for its satay sauce soup option (with the thing to do being to end a meal there with instant noodles dipped in that salty brown brew!), it's pretty old school in terms of its culinary offerings and also its atmosphere -- and thus not for everyone, particularly those with more refined tastes and tendencies!
If truth be told, my two friends -- one of whom is a fellow film fan cum foodie, the other far more of a foodie than film fan -- whom I went there with were not too impressed with the food on offer In particular, we all didn't care much for the beef that was supposed to be the restaurant's forte -- and it was rather disappointing that the most expensive dish we ordered also turned out to be one that we ended up not feeling like finishing since the meat turned out to be tougher than we had expected as well as hoped would be the case.
Thursday, April 18, 2019
More specifically, when hiking alone, I feel more able to slow down and better take in my surroundings. I also don't feel like I'm imposing on anybody (human) when I decide to stop and try to take a really good picture of a bug that isn't as willing as I'd like to stop and pose for my camera!
At the same time though, I do carefully select which trails I feel comfortable hiking alone (versus with the added safety and security from having a friend around); with the criteria being that they're not all that physically demanding but, also, that they won't be bereft of people for hours on end. Consequently, the vast majority of the hikes that I go along on my own are on Hong Kong Island; with Tai Tam Country Park proving to be one of my favorite places to venture on a solo hiking excursion...
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Monday, April 15, 2019
Sunday, April 14, 2019
For my part, there's one additional reason why Hong Kong Park feels special: that is, certain areas recognizably served as filming locations for movies that I've seen and liked, including Dante Lam's The Beast Stalker (which was my second favorite Hong Kong movie of 2008). So, there are times when I feel like I'm in a movie while I'm in the park -- and perhaps none more so than on my recent visit there last month when a friend and I got to belatedly realizing that acting legend Lisa Lu was right behind as as we made our way to the branch of the Lock Cha Tea House located within Hong Kong Park and, as we sipped tea and chatted in one corner of the facility, filmed what appeared to be a TV interview in another section of the establishment! ;b
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Friday, April 12, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019
We have umbrellasWe have bootsWe have eachother
My rating for the film: 7.0
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
early on in this emotional drama as a courtesan (a "nicer" term, like
"flower girl", for prostitute), Hua Feng Hsien (Li Lihua) turns out to
be a Chinese patriot and far more morally upright individual than the
"higher class" members of her travelling party who initially trumpeted
their outrage at her having been asked to go have sex with the covetous
Japanese military officer but, then, for their own selfish reasons, put
pressure on her to do just that. A sub-plot involving a widow whose
Chinese resistance fighter husband was killed by the Japanese further
makes clear that people should be judged on their willingness to help
others rather than their economic standing or social status.
My rating for this film: 7.0