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Love After Love director Ann Hui accepts criticism of film for its casting of Sandra Ma Sichun and adaptation of Eileen Chang story, says ‘It makes me think how I can improve’

The response to Love After Love, the first movie by Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui On-wah since she won a lifetime achievement award at the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, has been harsh - unexpectedly so, according to the director. The film (released in mainland China in October) was scripted by Wang Anyi and adapted from mid-20th century Ch...

Netflix movie review: We Couldn’t Become Adults – Japanese romance drama takes a nostalgic look at dreams and regrets

3.5/5 stars For many of us, the ongoing pandemic has been a period of frustration and fruitless introspection. Treading water both personally and professionally, it can be easy to get swept up in a wave of nostalgia and regret as we remember all our dreams and plans for the future and how few of them seem to have been achieved. For one listless 40-...

Tomohisa Yamashita to star in A Blueprint For Love, a remake of Korean film Architecture 101

Japanese actor-singer Tomohisa Yamashita will be starring in A Blueprint For Love, the Netflix remake of Korean romance film Architecture 101. Architecture 101 topped the South Korean box office during its opening weekend back in 2012, and was also the film thatBae Suzywon Best New Actress for in 2012's Baeksang Arts Awards. A Blueprint For Love sh...

Malaysian Oscar hope Prebet Sapu explores race relations and shattered dreams in Kuala Lumpur’s dark underbelly

The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (Finas) has chosen a monochromatic coming-of-age journey set in the lower echelons of capital Kuala Lumpur to represent the Southeast Asian nation at the 94th Academy Awards next year. Known internationally as Hail, Driver!, Muzzamer Rahman's low-budget debut film Prebet Sapu (2020) will compete in...

The Hari Hong Kong hotel’s interior designer talks us through applying the finishing touches remotely, locked down in London

Tara Bernerd's career in hotel design was kick-started by a project with Aron Harilela, so she was thrilled to be collaborating on a second Hari property, this time in the hospitality businessman's native Hong Kong. Neither of them could have predicted that the hotel opening, in December 2020, would take place during a global pandemic. "It was exhi...

From Shawn Mendes to Usher and Simu Liu, why Dzojchen’s fashion collections, by Eurasian designer Chelsea Scott, are a hit with A-list celebrities

Looking back, Chelsea Scott can pinpoint exactly when her fashion brand had its transformative moment. It was 2018, and Chadwick Boseman, the late star of Black Panther, attended the Asian premiere of the film in Seoul dressed in a sleek, patterned three-piece kimono suit from Scott's brand, Dzojchen. "I told Chadwick's stylist Ashley Weston 'til h...

Squid Game outfits for cats the latest hit for Indonesian feline fashion designer as he eyes the global pet costume market

A fashion designer in Indonesia has garnered attention for his many outfits - they include manga and anime characters and even samurai and kimono prototypes - and now he's looking at taking his business to Japan and beyond. His clients are ... cats. Fredi Lugina, a former teacher turned cat tailor, thinks his fashions will be well received in Japan...

Why freediving is such a thrill – ‘You’re basically like a fish’ – where to do it in Hong Kong and what you need to know

It's the first Monday in October and the weather gods have been kind, says Hongkonger Kenze Leung - the clear, calm waters and bright sunny skies are ideal for freediving. "Visibility improves after the Mid-Autumn Festival, so this is a good time to freedive - today, we are lucky," he says, zipping up his wetsuit. Leung, 35, is a professional under...

Ninja training – in use of weapons, stealth, meditation – in Japan and online gives insight into mysterious warriors’ lives

With the faintest of hisses, the black-clad warrior's gracefully curved sword slices through the air before coming to a sudden and unwavering stop. In a single, smooth action, he brings the weapon back up until it is horizontal and level with his eyes, pivots on the balls of his feet and delivers another singing blow to an imaginary enemy. Hiroshi ...