In the Show – 5th May 2009

Two years ago, The Works visited Chinese director Lu Chuan at his studio situated in a Japanese neighbourhood in Beijing, as he was in preparation for his film on the Nanjing massacre: “City of Life and Death”.

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In a country where films have long portrayed the invading Japanese as one-dimensionally evil, Lu Chuan stressed he did not want to resort to nationalist sloganeering.

The movie finally opened in mainland China on April 22 this year, drawing widespread media attention and heated discussions. Audience reaction is split, especially over the character of the Japanese solider. Some thought the film portrayed the Japanese too positively, going as far as calling Lu Chuan a traitor. Others considered it an amazing breakthrough.

There’s been a trend lately for comic book movies to aim for profundity. Batman, Watchmen, Spider-Man, the X-Men – all have been working hard to show us that the “graphic novel” is worthy of serious consideration. The recent Batman movies have taken us back to the caped crusader’s origins to present a much more angst-ridden individual than we usually see. The latest origin movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” shows Wolverine himself to have a bit of angst, but it’s mostly a much lighter affair than others in the series. Our regular reviewer Gary Pollard tells us more.

“The isle is full of noises, sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.” The emphasis on the visual often leads us to neglect the details of sound in our daily lives. Over the coming month, the festival “Around” will consist a series of activities dedicated to listening. A journey to Mo Tat Bay and Tung O on the southern side of Lamma Island will take participants into a retreat of sound. Twenty local and overseas artists are taking part in the festival. Most of the overseas artists are taking up residence in Mo Tat and Tung O for ten days. Their installations and live performances are site-specific works that respond to the surroundings.

To see a streaming video of the show, please click here.

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