Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three Cantonese documentaries with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕) in the last decade from 2004 – 2015. Collectively, the three films are known as his “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian national archive since 2009.

You can have a watch of the three films on YouTube (projected on your HD TV) or the links here. Enjoy!

Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 香港電視革命 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

 


Chat with Air Passenger Rights Advocate Lukacs re: urgent NewLeaf injunction

Saturday, 23 July, 2016

This reporter got two chances this Friday July 22nd morning and mid-afternoon to interview Air Passenger Rights Advocate Dr. Gábor Lukács to talk about his urgent interlocutory injunction against NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. All of the legal files are public court records and Dr. Lukács has dated them and posted them in this directory.

One of the particular useful and detailed file is the 410 electronic pages PDF file “2016-07-21–Lukacs–motion_record–urgent_injunction_and_stay–DIGITAL-R.pdf“. See also the three referenced court documents below (sections highlighted in screen captures).

Here is the reporter’s Interview with Dr. Lukacs re: Urgent interlocutory injunction against NewLeaf Travel Company Inc. 

Highlight #1) How NewLeaf thinks credit card purchase will protect traveling Canadians. (with highlight added) (reference: court filing PDF file)

How NewLeaf thinks credit card purchase will protect traveling Canadians. (with highlight added)

How NewLeaf thinks credit card purchase will protect traveling Canadians. (with highlight added)

Highlight #2) How Air Passenger Rights Advocate Dr. Gábor Lukács disagrees with NewLeaf. (with highlight added) (ref: court filing PDF file)

How Air Passenger Rights Advocate Dr. Gábor Lukács disagrees with NewLeaf. (with highlight added)

How Air Passenger Rights Advocate Dr. Gábor Lukács disagrees with NewLeaf. (with highlight added)

Highlight #3) Latest Federal Court of Appeal directive to NewLeaf. (ref: court filing PDF file)

Latest Federal Court of Appeal directive to NewLeaf.

Latest Federal Court of Appeal directive to NewLeaf.

NOTE 1: This reporter sent an email out early Friday July 22nd morning to invite Jim Young, CEO of New Leaf Travel, to tell his company’s side of the story in a Skype video interview but have not received any reply as of press time (early morning 1:30am MST Saturday July 23rd).

NOTE 2: This is a developing story with NewLeaf being directed by the Federal Court of Appeal to “file its affidavit in support of its letter of response” by noon EST July 23, this reporter will try to post new updates as soon as practical.


黃綺琳編劇訪問 瑪嘉烈與大衛 – 綠豆 Norris Wong, Margaret & David – Green Bean, scriptwriter interview

Sunday, 10 July, 2016

作為一個非常之愛VivTV 網上紅爆《瑪嘉烈與大衛系列 – 綠豆》(M&D) 開台電視劇的人,我非常高興有機會深入(60分鐘)而廣泛地訪問了編劇黃綺琳 Norris Wong. 希望 M&D fans 也喜歡,什至正在讀電視電影創作的大專學生,也有所得益。我做訪問時做得超開心,希望你都睇得開心!

黃綺琳編劇訪問 瑪嘉烈與大衛 – 綠豆 Norris Wong, Margaret & David – Green Bean, scriptwriter interview (注意:YouTube 視頻介紹 (video description) 內的時間代碼 (timecode),可以直接跳到某一分秒,以方便分享某一些訪問問題。Note: see below for my Chinese questions and time codes.)

0:00 編劇黃綺琳 Norris 自我介紹。Norris 當初開始時,有否會想到《瑪嘉烈與大衛系列 – 綠豆》電視劇會有今天的成功?
1:33 記者從資料得知,Norris 2009年畢業於香港中文大學生物系,2012年畢業於香港浸會大學電影學院取得藝術碩士,主修電影製作。為何會由科學轉到讀電影,到Norris MFA 畢業電影作品《赤鱲角到天水圍是我愛你最佳距離》於外國放映?
4:00 請 Norris 談寫歌詞的經驗。
6:20 寫歌詞有否對寫《瑪嘉烈與大衛》的對白有幫助?談《瑪嘉烈與大衛》對白的創作。
8:42 南方舞廳是監製及編審。請 Norris 談談與南方舞廳的工作關係及合作流程。 Read the rest of this entry »


National Music Centre 2016 Canada Day Grand Opening

Saturday, 2 July, 2016

We did something special on 2016 Canada Day in Calgary by attending the grand opening of the National Music Centre (NMC) Studio Bell (Twitter)! Yes, the lineup was long and around the block (~1.5 hours) even at 10am in the morning but it totally worth our time in the wait because of the special guest pxerformances we got to watch (more on this later). Regular admission fees are $18 for adult, $14 for Seniors/Students, $11 for Youth (3-12), free for Children (under 3) and free on this grand opening day. And there is cool as there is a FREE/complimentary admission for “new Canadian citizens within their first year of citizenship. New citizens can apply for the CAP online at www.icc-icc.ca and present their pass upon arrival at Studio Bell for free entry.”

The NMC really has great exhibitions (22 stages) and a wonderful unique collection (with about 2,000 objects)! Have a watch of following clips and check out some photos at the end of this post. Read the rest of this entry »


He who seeks beauty will find it. – Bill Cunningham dies at 87

Saturday, 25 June, 2016

I’m deeply saddened Bill Cunningham, legendary NYT Fashion Photographer, dies at 87 (reports from THR, NPR, Vogue). I found a few great videos online and here they are.

(uploaded Sept 2014) Bill Cunningham recalls the greatest fashion show he’s ever seen: Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis

“If you don’t dress the inside of your head like you’ve been dressing the outside of your body, you’re in trouble.” —Bill Cunningham

Bill Cunningham on his legacy and the future of fashion (Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis)

Someone compiled and posted this “Bill Cunningham: Words of Wisdom” (based on scenes in the docs) in Jan 2013.

4 July 2016 Update: I am thrilled that 92nd Street Y put up their full session with Bill, all 106 minutes of it! (broken link, see14 July 2016 Update)

14 July 2016 Update: I am saddened that 92Y had stopped making Bill‘s interview publicly available. Sorry if I may sound too harsh but there is a scene in Bill’s documentary where we were told that he refused to cash a big cheque that he deserved when one of the magazine he worked for was sold. Bill is a national/international treasure, and I am saddened that (for whatever reason, may be ultimately coming down to money) Bill‘s interview is off limit to the general public. Shame on whoever made that decision. Sorry for being harsh to whoever decided that or the charity/organization that made that decision.


BU 60th Anniversary short films by notable HK directors

Tuesday, 21 June, 2016

I LOVE the short film “Assignment” by Adam Wong Sau Ping (FB, Chinese Wikipedia) (黃修平《功課》【浸大60周年校慶6×10短片】)

張堅庭《751044》【浸大60周年校慶6×10短片】

陳志發《東京漂流》【浸大60周年校慶6×10短片】

Full list of 12 short films: 浸大60周年校慶6×10短片 HKBU 6×10 Short Films. Worth a watch even some are better than others.


父親節快樂 Happy Father’s Day – 與 Simon 談書法的創意 Talk Chinese Calligraphy Creativity with Simon

Sunday, 19 June, 2016

父親節快樂! Happy Father’s Day! In 2013, I had the pleasure of LIVE chatting (unedited LIVE streaming) with my father about Chinese calligraphy creativity.

與 Simon 談書法的創意 Talk Chinese Calligraphy Creativity with Simon

My father has taught me, by personal examples, how to maintain life-long curiosity and learning. Dad LOVEs to learn. And he is a much better teacher than I ever will be. I sometimes lack the infinite patient that he seems to have.

During the LIVE chat, dad told me (amongst many things), on a purely calligraphy level, Dr. Sun Yat-sen 孫中山, Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China, loves to write the four Chinese words 「天下為公」 (The world is a Commonwealth). A photo example of Dr. Sun’s writing: 孫中山在故題的「天下為公」四個大字。(Google image search of 孫中山 Dr. Sun’s 天下為公 samples.) And Chairman Mao’s 毛澤東 loves to write the five words「為人民服務」五個字. (Google image search of 毛澤東 Chairman Mao’s「為人民服務」samples.) We had some fascinating discussions on top of the calligraphy in the LIVE video chat.

After my chat with dad talking about 鄭板橋’s words「難得糊塗」, the curious me (thanks dad!) conducted some research Zheng Xie 鄭板橋 (formally 鄭燮) and ended up reaching out to Dr. Lee Shew-Hua in Taiwan to ask her if she could kindly share her PhD thesis with me. As Dr. Lee had conducted her research 20+ years ago, she didn’t have an electronic copy of her thesis. But after finding out which pages/section I am most interested in, she was so kind to arrange and scan an excerpt of her Phd thesis 李秀華博士 〈鄭板橋書法之研究〉博士論文 (4.5 MB, PDF image file) for me. As all PhD thesis are in public domain, I am now sharing Dr. Lee’s PhD thesis excerpt 李秀華博士 〈鄭板橋書法之研究〉博士論文 on this Father’s Day to celebrate the teachings and inspirations by fathers from around the world.

Thanks Dad! Thanks for your continue teachings and inspirations! You rock!

Happy Father’s Day! 父親節快樂!

P.S. Upon further research, I found this Chinese TV show about Zheng Xie 鄭板橋. Enjoy.

《老梁故事汇》 20151023 郑板桥的糊涂人生

There are two Chinese series: 扬州八怪 YouTube playlist and 鄭板橋外傳


Setting some facts straight in Tung Ah Pui Village (東丫背村) illegal villas investigation

Monday, 13 June, 2016
Jan 30th, 2013 photo of villas occupied by former official and wealthy businessmen ‘built illegally’ on government land in Tai Tam (Photo credit: Kwan Chun Hoi_

Jan 30th, 2013 photo of villas occupied by former official and wealthy businessmen ‘built illegally’ on gov land in Tai Tam (Resolution: 4080×2720, Photo credit: Kwan Chun Hoi)

On June 9th, 2016, the scandalous story of [Hong Kong] Villas occupied by former [HK gov] official and wealthy businessmen ‘built illegally’ on government land in prized Tai Tam areaand “前高官商人佔用大潭官地建豪宅逾30年” (Chinese version) was reported by FactWire news agency. This FactWire investigative report (2nd story since launch on 1st March, 2016) was widely quoted and used by other media immediately including the likes of Apple Daily Real Time News 蘋果日報即時新聞HK Free PressOriental Daily 東方日報RTHK, and RTHK interview gov official (video). A great news report that immediately grabbed headlines and generated major discussions in HK.

And two days in a row (June 10th and June 11) Apple Daily 蘋果日報 put the illegal villas news on front page (page A1) and came out with a series of stories (most with videos). June 10th (5 articles): “地署縱容30年 前高官 富豪 霸官地寮屋變豪宅“, “勞處前高層豪宅原是豬舍“, “「亞洲英雄」曾帶電視台參觀萬呎樂園“, “石澳五村20年前通知收回“, “寮屋私下轉讓改建嚴重“. June 11th (3 articles): “前高官 富豪 佔地兼霸海 毀海岸建渡頭“, “前高官稱親手修葺“, and “議員指涉犯六宗罪“.

Former Apple Daily Reporter’s 2013 & 2015 work

One of the pivotal (but less known) figures is former Apple Daily reporter Kwan Chun Hoi (關震海) which first took the photo at the top of this article, an important photo taken in 2013 January 30 which documented the much less damaged coastline in 2013. Yes, close to three and a half years ago.

Last Friday night (June 10th, 2016) Calgary time (i.e. Saturday morning HK time), this reporter took the initiative to ask for and get an interview with Kwan. We chatted for almost 2 hours to talk about this news and also a wide range of topics (including Kwan’s views on investigative reporting in HK which I may write about later if I have time).

Kwan was clear from the outset that he wanted to set the records straight on some key investigative facts and dates and he wasn’t trying to claim credit for his earlier investigative work. Quoting Kwan’s own words in his Chinese Facebook post (“【揭發前高官霸地三十年之爆料人的自白】”), from early Monday HK morning June 13th,

“我不是想跟大家說:我是調查該案件的第一人,不用給我掌聲,這是蘋果日報與Factwire一群前線偵查記者的功勞。[…] 任何讚賞,可免則免。”

News Delayed is … Justice Delayed/Denied?

Unbeknownst to most HongKongers, according to Kwan, the identity of one of the villa owners Mak Sai-yiu (麥世耀), a former Assistant Commissioner for Labour (勞工處前助理處長), had been confirmed in 2015 June and the fact that villas are illegally built has never been doubted.

So this news could have been reported in June 2015 but didn’t. Kwan felt bad for the insider who gave him the lead more than 3 years ago and wrote,

“一個公務員冒上失去長糧的風險,挺身而出報料,一定有「目的」。我認識他一段時間,事件對他升職毫無幫助,反而令他更麻煩。我應承他,將他前線眼前的問題寫出來。這個調查報道背負了三年,是時候放下。”

The importance of the 2013 photo

Kwan’s 2013 January 30th photo is very important because it shows the status of the coastal area in front of theTung Ah Pui Village (東丫背村) villas compared to what they look like now in June of 2016. In case the villas owners are called in front of courts to answer for any potential charges against them, Kwan’s news photos may become part of the evidences to support any potential criminal or civil charges.

When did this investigation REALLY start?

The June 11th Apple Daily “前高官 富豪 佔地兼霸海 毀海岸建渡頭” report states August 2015 (“本報去年8月起偵查石澳東丫背村遭人霸地擴建寮屋,多次追問地政總署有關違例情況”).

If it were up to this reporter, the investigate report started in 2013/01/30 (or earlier) when Kwan took the photo (or when the lead was given to him be his informant) even there is a big long time where nothing happened until 2015.

According to Kwan, he hidden camera interviewed Mak on May 27th, 2015 so the investigation should have at least started in May 2015. And the identity of Mak was confirmed in June to July 2015. So it is incorrect for Apple Daily to report that it started the investigation in August 2015.

Getting facts straight and the trouble with “reasonable doubt”

Dates, times, and facts are important to get straight. Kwan was upset with seeing many of these being incorrectly stated. This reporter raised the issue of “reasonable doubt” if criminal charges were to be laid. And Kwan agreed that the inconsistent dates could potential lead to troubles down the road in court proceedings as inconsistencies may lead to “reasonable doubt”.

Which is one of the reasons why Kwan agreed to talk to this reporter so he can try to set some of the records straight since he was involved (counting elapsed time) in this news for close to 3.5 years.

Concluding thoughts

In my in-depth and wide ranging interview/chat with Kwan, many topics were discussed including “investigative reporting”. This reporter mentioned the case where even the widely respected CBS 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace tarnished his own reputation in the Big Tobacco story (with CBS video) and was the basis for the Hollywood movie “The Insider“. Most reporters (especially those in HK) don’t have the clout like what Wallace had since Wallace could have done more to try to force or guide CBS 60 Minutes to do the right thing but he didn’t do enough, which explains why Big Tobacco is still seen as a reminder for some reporters to try to do the right thing.

References:

1) FactWire: Villas occupied by ex-official and businessmen ‘built illegally’ on government land in Tai Tam

2) Kwan Chun Hoi (關震海) currently writes for Ming Pao Weekly 明周 with in-depth stories like “【恐懼鳥】凝視暗黑網絡的世界” (with video), “深度資訊 永遠消失?“.

3) A low resolution (video screen captured) version of the lead photo (high-res 4080 x 2720) at the top of this post.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 1.02.27 PM - That 2013 photo by Kwan

Apple Daily (AD) only stated this photo as from 2013 without any specifics. In fact, it is a photo taken on Jan 30th, 2013 by then AD reporter Kwan Chun Hoi.

4) The date and time code information embedded in the lead photo (high-res 4080 x 2720) at the top of this post.

Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 4.42.37 PM - Kwan Photo date and time

Kwan’s photo date and time, camera info, etc

Jun 16, 2016 update: Tung Ah Pui Village luxury squatters: Explorer’s uncle was late Secretary for Housing

(Chinese) [跟進調查] 傳真社發現,於東丫背村佔用官地面積最大的中國探險學會,其創辦人黃效文的叔父,為已故的前房屋局局長黃星華。


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