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.
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
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
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
36 Hours is a riveting spy thriller from 1964 starting James Garner, Tod Taylor and Eva Marie Saint. Garner plays an American major captured by the Germans in World War 2 not long before D-Day. He is drugged and taken to a fake military hospital. He is made to age artificially so that when he… Continue reading Garner and Taylor are Excellent in 36 Hours
The Great Escape is a classic. Favourite movie of all time? I’d say it’s right up there in the top 3. This is a war film based on actual events and it is indeed historically accurate, more than it is given credit for. The cast is an ensemble of amazing actors. While we are Steve… Continue reading The Great Escape is Simply Awesome!
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
In director Billy Wilder’s film, Witness for the Prosecution, Charles Laughton steals the scenes along with his wife, the wonderful Elsa Lanchester. He is the barrister with a big heart and she is his shrill nurse trying to take care of him. Laughton defends Tyrone Power in the role of the accused man on trial… Continue reading Charles Laughton and wife Elsa Lanchester Steal the Scenes in Witness for the Prosecution