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Yasujiro Ozu, Saluting a Master of Japanese Cinema.

This week is the anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite filmmakers. Yasujiro Ozu is one Japan’s greatest and most influential directors. His films examined the basic struggles that we all face in life: the cycles of birth and death, the passage from childhood to adulthood, and the rhythms and tensions of a… Continue reading Yasujiro Ozu, Saluting a Master of Japanese Cinema.

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The Vanishing Craft of the Cheongsam – Oh-So Sumptuous Figure-Hugging Traditional Dresses from Linva Tailor

Linva Tailor was founded in 1965. It is Hong Kong’s most prominent purveyor of Cheongsams, the famous and oh-so sumptuous figure-hugging traditional Chinese dresses. Sifu Ching-Wah Leung, founder with his wife, he is the master tailor who heads up this establishment. He has kept up the traditions of this vanishing craft as he is surrounded… Continue reading The Vanishing Craft of the Cheongsam – Oh-So Sumptuous Figure-Hugging Traditional Dresses from Linva Tailor

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Poetic Film, In the Mood for Love is Unforgettable

The graceful silhouette of a woman comes into view. Away from the darkness, she is revealed in a figure-hugging, beautifully crafted cheongsam or qípáo dress. Poised and graceful, with her hair always meticulously coiffed, she looks exquisite as she glides through the interior surroundings, whether a winding alleyway, a cramped restaurant or narrow stairwell. It… Continue reading Poetic Film, In the Mood for Love is Unforgettable

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The World of Suzie Wong is a Pleasant Surprise and a Feast for the Eyes

    The World of Suzie Wong is set in 1960 Hong Kong and stars William Holden and newcomer actress Nancy Kwan and directed by Richard Quine. I’m a fan of Richard Quine’s films. He directed many fine actors like Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, William Holden, Audrey Hepburn, Natalie Wood, Merle Oberon and Kim Novak,… Continue reading The World of Suzie Wong is a Pleasant Surprise and a Feast for the Eyes

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Simone Signoret is Simply Unforgettable in Room at the Top

Room at the Top is a phenominal masterpiece starring the superb Simone Signoret. Laurence Harvey plays a young man from the wrong side of the tracks, an ambitious young accountant trying to escape his dismal background. He will stop at nothing as he schemes and climbs his way to the top. Simone plays the older… Continue reading Simone Signoret is Simply Unforgettable in Room at the Top