In the Show – 4th November 2008

The Third Guangzhou Triennial aims to be an international platform of research and artistic creativity, on which artists and scholars may exchange their special experiences. The basic concept behind this year’s festival is “Farewell to Post-Colonialism”, but it’s a lofty idea. Does it have meaning for Guangzhou’s ordinary citizens? Does it need to?

Among the pieces on show at the Third Guangzhou Triennial is the work of Beijing-based artist Qui Zhijie. Qiu was trained in printmaking, and although he has since expanded into other areas such as photography, video installations and performance art, the arts of printmaking and calligraphy are still at the root of much of his work. Even if you can’t make it to Guangzhou to see his pieces, you can still take a look at some of his work here in Hong Kong. Qiu has an exhibition at Hong Kong’s Hanart Gallery until November 23rd.

“Quantum of Solace” which opens this Thursday in Hong Kong is the 22nd James Bond film in EON Productions” long-running series. It’s become one of the most successful franchises in cinema history, but it’s fair to say that it has been through its lacklustre periods. For many “Casino Royale”, in which Daniel Craig took on the role of James Bond for the first time brought a new life to the series, rehumanising the character and making him vulnerable. Producer Michael G. Wilson came up with the plot for “Quantum of Solace” while “Casino Royale” was still shooting, and it’s supposed to be a continuation of that earlier film. Gary Pollard reviews it.

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Lea Salonga, seen above with our presenters Ben Pelletier and Ben Tse, is a multi-awarded American singer and actress who is best known for originating the role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. She was also the first Asian to play Eponine in the musical Les Misérables on Broadway. Salonga is the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Aladdin in 1992 and Fa Mulan in Mulan and Mulan II. She’s in Hong Kong to appear in “Cinderella”. Tonight she’s in our studio, to talk to us and to sing.

Please click here to see a streaming video of the show

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