Monday, 22 March 2010

Record high pollution

Hong Kong's air pollution has reached a record level it become a health hazardous for the people living there. Even several news channel around the world has picked up on the story. The city itself has always had it bad with the pollution in such a densely populated area and high rise buildings. This time the combination of local generated pollution and sandstorm blown from mainland China just makes it worse. If it keep up like this I think one day the citizens will probably end up wearing gas masks.


Friday, 12 March 2010

Echoes Of The Rainbow

Echoes Of The Rainbow has been hailed as one of the most finest Hong Kong film films being produced over the years, it's like a gem amongst many disposable pop idol orientated that's been mass produced nowadays. The film also won the Crystal Bear award for Best Feature Film in the Generation category at this year's Berlinale film festival. Starring Simon Yam and Sandra Ng the film is set in the 1960's Hong Kong it's a melodrama depicting the life of a typical working class family, the setting brings a sense of nostalgia to many Hong Kong people who are old enough to have live through those times.

There's a commentary that bares within the film; to preserve the Wing Lee street which the film is set from redevelopment and demolition. It is one of the few places where the distinctive 1950s architecture known as 'tong lau' can still be found which is becoming rare with the increase of urban regeneration. The success of the film has heighten the awareness of the historical importance of the area. I haven't been watching much Hong Kong movies lately and usually they're disappointing. However I think Echoes Of The Rainbow is a film that's definitely worth watching.