[Video essay] Disappearing City

Theme of the video: Disappearing — City Director: Tsang Ka Ho Photo/montage credits: RTHK Broadcast VectorStock HK01 News The Leisure and Cultural Services Department When it comes to playground, I do not have much idea about it. It seems not to be one of our most-used daily facilities. The last time I have been playing in a park is about 7-8 years ago, with my friends and families. All my left-impression is recalled from my childhood time, which I cherish the memories when I play with my classmates and friends. I start to wonder, is it true that playgrounds are

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[FIELDWORK]God of Gamblers 賭神, Lucky Plaza

GOD OF GAMBLERS, DIR. Wong Jing (1989) Lucky Plaza, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong God of gamblers is a Hong Kong traditional film directed by Wong Jing and led by Chow Yun-fat, Andy Lau, and Joey Wong. Ko Chun (Chow Yun-fat) is a famous gambler. The main story begins with Chun escaping from a train. After fighting on the train, Chun accidentally stumbles into Little knife (Andy Lau)’s trap, which is intended to play tricks with an Indian. Ko Chun falls under the hill and hits his head. He loses his memory partially. Little knife does not know who is

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[Reading Response: Carl Abbott]

Carl Abbott discussed imaginary cities in science fiction. Due to issues like resources shortage, environmental degradation, and so on. The residents of these cities had to create a new way of life for survival, which is called “ migratory cities” by the author. Their cities can move, walk, or fly. The imaginary cities can reflect some social reality. Some movies are an indication of environmental worries in society because these cities are usually forced by environmental issues to wander. Some movies meanwhile reveal class issues and the darkness inside humans. For example, a movie mentioned by the author told a

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Reading Response: Christine Boyer

In The imagery real world of cybercities, the author has mentioned: “Cybercity narrate the dematerialization of physical space and chronological time.” This line has gotten me to brainstorm further regarding “materials” in such cyberworld. Technology advancement in virtual reality created such imagery cyber world for users to immerse in which has reduced the users’ awareness towards actual space and time. In movie the philosophers, the director has illustrated such cyber virtual world for the users to conduct several experiments in. While they are in the virtual world, the importance of the physical space and time has significantly decreased. This cyber

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[READING RESPONSE] Christine Boyer

The article mainly talks about the world of CyberCities. It describes a city that is filled with networks and telecommunication that counters urban isolation. The modern, disciplinary societies are replaced by numerical one. Yet it also makes people lose their humanity and become indifferent. It really horrifies me that the world will end up as a continuum, or a utopia, where emotionless machines work day after day with high efficiency. Also, the article also describes a city of artifice, that artifice can become a “spot of time”. As said in the article, in the 60s of Las Vegas, the architecture

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The article analyses a few assumptions on ‘migratory cities’ proposed in science fiction and science fiction films, which explore the pattern of future urban development and the social development of human beings. The concept of a city on the move sounds interesting at first; however, it turns out that people are forced to migrate because of ecological damage and resource shortage. A point in the article that touches me significantly is that citizens in Terminator, a rolling city, enjoy a lifestyle similar to the present one. Hence to some extent, these works serve as a reminder for today’s people. Furthermore,


Reading Response: Carl Abbott

In the Reading, the walking city was defined as a self-contained giant machine, it reminds me of the film Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) by Miyazaki Hayao. There was a saying by Le Corbusier, “A house is a machine for living in”. In Howl’s castle, there is a heart burning in the fireplace to provide energy for everything in the castle, including the electricity, movement of the house and the house owner’s life. Like Wang Kar Wai’s films, the castle expresses the owner Howl’s inside world through the behaviour of the house. In the highly stressed cities, we may want to

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Reading Response: Carl Abbott

In Abbott’s interpretation of migratory cities, unlike how cities are in real life and viewed as a static entities, in-universe such as in science fiction, it is very mobile. It could travel move and rotate in all kinds of ways and forms, which the train in snowpiercer resembles, as while the space itself is static, the location is constantly on the move. This concept of the migratory or mobile city is actually more present in reality than expected. While it is not as cybernetic or has fancy visuals (cg) in real life, with constant movement from people from different backgrounds

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[READING RESPONSE] William M. Tsutsui

The article dives deep into the relationship between Japan’s disasters and their portrayal in cinema.  For starters, the author listed different perspectives of presenting disaster on the big screen.  One presents natural disaster and war as dark and gritty as they actually are; one presents them in a light-hearted way; and of course, there is also one that aims to strike the balance between the two.  I believe that there is no right or wrong here.   The methodology chosen should entirely depend on the message that the film aims to convey.  Cinema is supposed to be limitless.  The idea and

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ROUGE, Kwan Kam Peng (1988)          Yi Honglou, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong The film I choose is’ Rouge ‘, created by Li Bihua and directed by Kwan Kam Peng. The film mainly tells the story of Shek Tong Tsui prostitute “Ru Hua” and Chen Zhenbang’s love was opposed by Chen Zhenbang’s family, and eventually the two people swallowed opium . The place I chose was Shek Tong Tsui. This place is the place where Ru Hua and Chen Zhenbang meet and love each other, and also promote the development of this tragic story. The film begins

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