[Video Essay] Hybrid City

Title: Hybrid City—– Secrets of Materials Underground Site: Underground Tunnel Hong Kong is a hybrid city with different function zones organically bound together. The underground tunnel is one of the vital ways for shifting between zones. Underground tunnels have various functions when they connect different places, which can be shown in their hybrid materials. “Why underground tunnel deserves research in material aspect?” —–Initial Analysis Underground tunnels, as a nearly enclosed environment, have the least limitation during the pandemic. People regard it more as a shifting space, where they see shifting but repeated scenery. According to Walter Benjamin, people learn buildings

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Reading Response: Carl Abbott

This week, we have discussed a reading called- imagining urban future and there is a part about moving cities. The writer has listed some examples of movies. Such as snowpiercer. And I have watched this movie before. This movie’s background is the surroundings of the earth in the future are not suitable for human beings anymore. Therefore, the engineers in the future have built a train that moves around the world and the train has unlimited energy to operate. But there is a class struggle between the passengers. Since the human right of the poor peoples has been deprived by

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A WEST LAKE MOMENT, YAN HAO, YANG ZI (2005) West Lake, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China A West Lake Moment was directed by Yan Hao and Yang Zi and released in 2005.The film tells the story of A Qin, a Beijing-based screenwriter, who meets Xiaoyu, a girl in Hangzhou. The two fall in love, break up, and finally get back together. The story takes place mainly in two places: Beijing and Hangzhou. As the title suggests, the West Lake in Hangzhou is undoubtedly the most important element of the film.   In the film, the director deliberately showed off the contrasting features of Beijing and Hangzhou. Beijing, in


[Field Report] Beyond The Dream

The movie Beyond the dream is a romantic movie setted in Hong Kong(Tuen Mun).It is about the main character -Lok,he had schizophrenia,the symptoms of this disorder are having illusion ,hallucination ,delusion etc.For Lok, after he accidentally met Yip Lam who is a clinical psychologist on the street ,he create an imaginary girlfriend in his mind based on Yip Lam’s appearance, this imaginary girlfriend is called Yan.Lok did not realise Yan was not real and was just a illusion until he try to record when Yan was talking to him, he then found out there are no sounds except environment sounds,by

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[FIELDWORK] Internal Affairs, North Point Government Offices

INTERNAL AFFAIRS, DIR. Andrew Lau and Alan Mak (2002)  North Point Government Offices, Eastern District, Hong Kong   Hong Kong directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak produced one of their most popular action thriller movies, Internal Affairs in 2002. The movie is about two spies working for the police force and the criminal organisation. Due to different reasons, the spy working for the police force always met his boss on the rooftop of a building and the climax of the movie, which the two spies waged for a life-and-death struggle, also happened there. This movie location then becomes a famous

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GOD OF GAMBLERS, DIR. WONG JING (1989)            Lucky Plaza, Shatin District, Hong Kong Figure 1 Little Knife (Andy Lau) and Ko Chun (Chow Yun Fat) running from the killers in the Lucky Plaza. Scenes from’ God of Gamblers’ 1989, directed by Wong Jing. God of gamblers is a Hong Kong action comedy released in 1989. The film was directed by Wong Jing and led by Chow Yun Fat and Andy Lau Tak Wah. The god of gamblers —— Ko Chun (Chow Yun Fat)’s story in Hong Kong begin with a fight on the old KCR



STILL HUMAN, dir. Oliver Chan, 2018 Oi Man Estate, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong The movie “Still human” directed by Oliver Chan describes the touching story between Evelyn Santos, a Filipino domestic worker and Leung Cheong-Wing, who became disabled after a construction accident. The two first start off with a rocky start as they do not share a common language. However, their conflict begins to soften as Leung discovers Evelyn’s passion and dream about photography. Leung begins to support her dream as he realizes that she is trapped by her situation as he is and forced to face the reality.


[Field Report] 1987: When The Day Comes

The movie 1987: When The Day Comes is set in 1987, where the country was under military regime by the president. This movie reflects upon the ruthless history that occurred in Korea which caused many innocent deaths due to political issues. This provoked more anger among the public, leading to a larger protest organized by university students.The two main sights the I focused on is where the main protests took place: Yeonsei University and Seoul City Hall.  The first sight I visited was the main entrance of Yensei University. It is where the protest was initiated and took place by students of this university. As

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[Field Report] Young and Dangerous 古惑仔之人在江湖, Wanchai&CWB

Young and Dangerous is a film that mainly focuses on how a bunch of teens or young adults get into mafias or gangs and describes how they struggle to live every day, as there is a saying when you decided to be a triad member, you are putting one foot in the death chamber and the other in the police station. But somehow this movie is able to impress the audience as they can show the bromance between the triad members and their loyalty to each other, and their dedication to reaching the top of the gang. And this film

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CHUNGKING EXPRESS, WONG KAR-WAI (1994)            Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System, Central and Mid-Levels Districts, Hong Kong The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator and Walkway System is a special and important site in Chungking Express by Wong Kar-wai. The 800m escalator is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. This flyover was first used to attract Mid-Levels residents to walk to the Central Business District to solve the traffic problems on the narrow roads in Mid-Levels. The distance between the sky bridge and the residential building is only one meter at the narrowest place. The passenger flow of