Pop star Faye Wong takes flack from all sides after singing a red song
Chinese pop superstar Faye Wong has been criticized by fans across the political spectrum for singing a well-known patriotic song ahead of a major political anniversary next week. Wong sang a cover of My people, my country – a nationalistic “red” song originally released in 1985 to celebrate the achievements of the ruling Communist Party – in her signature breathy style. The criticism lobbed at Wong, 50, from all sides shows the difficulty faced by international Chinese celebrities with diverse fanbases. On one hand, they are under pressure to toe the political line at home by increasingly vocal, patriotic mainland Chinese fans. But, their international fans are often suspicious of China’s g
Bruce Lee’s last home is being demolished
The former Hong Kong mansion of Bruce Lee is now being torn down, despite calls from Lee’s fans to preserve the property known as “Crane’s Nest” as a museum.  The two-story, 5,700 square-foot townhouse, located in the upscale district of Kowloon Tong, was where the martial arts legend spent his final years. But it will soon be demolished to make way for a Chinese cultural studies center.  The demolition work kicked off on Tuesday. In the morning, the entrance to the compound was locked, while several construction workers worked around the main building, which was surrounded by bamboo scaffolds.  The owner of the property said the existing building had fallen into disrepair. But the decision
Hong Kong star drives his Lamborghini through a crowd of protesters
Aaron Kwok, a Canto-pop and movie superstar in Hong Kong, found himself briefly stranded in his Lamborghini supercar on Sunday night when he ran into a scrum of anti-government protesters. Thousands of demonstrators had gathered near the US consulate to demand American support for their calls for democracy and autonomy before the rally descended into chaos in several neighborhoods. Kwok, known for his love for horses and cars, was caught up in protests in the Causeway Bay district as riot police blanketed streets nearby with tear smoke. Surrounded by masked protesters wearing black T-shirts, Kwok rolled down his car window several times and explained that he was running an errand. “I’m gett
Donnie Yen’s still kicking ass at 55
Martial arts superstar Donnie Yen may be turning 56 in July, but he’s still kicking ass. He’ll be on the big screen again very soon, with the fourth Ip Man film set to premiere in parts of Asia on July 25. In the popular action movies, Yen plays the eponymous master of Wing Chun, the Chinese martial art, who was renowned in real life for teaching Bruce Lee.         View this post on Instagram                   I’ve created and directed many action scenes, always finding new inspiration and try to come up with breakthrough action each time and always showcasing the actor’s best ability. Went over a few things with some of my men today, do u know who I’m directing tomorrow? #d
An actress ‘liked’ a video of Hong Kong protests, and regrets it
A Hong Kong celebrity has been compelled to declare her love for China after she “liked” an Instagram post showing protests against Beijing. Charmaine Sheh Sze-man, a Hong Kong actress popular in mainland China, denied she was supporting protests against a proposal to allow extraditions to the mainland that triggered massive demonstrations in her home city. The internet attacks against her on mainland Chinese social media after she “liked” the video highlight the political tightrope that actors and other performers in Hong Kong must walk. Mainland China has overtaken the city as the main income source for many of them. Those who have defied Beijing’s official line have been punished by boyco
Bruce Lee, the ‘grandfather of MMA’
It took Bruce Lee less than a minute to show the world what was possible when you mix martial arts. In the opening frames of Enter the Dragon – shot in 1973 – Lee and Sammo Hung Kam-bo meet in organized combat. Their characters throw everything they have at each other, until Lee brings the fight to an end with his own unique version of the “armbar.” It’s a fighting technique that was up until then, only commonly associated with the likes of jiu-jitsu and judo. By using it in this scene with Hung – in a kung fu film, no less – Hong Kong’s “Little Dragon” gave the world its first taste of mixed martial arts, or MMA. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hall of famer Urijah Faber says “that was
This rare Bruce Lee interview has got fans excited
Rare color footage of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, before he became world famous, has emerged on YouTube. Filmed around 1966 on 16mm colour film, Lee was interviewed as he was breaking out as a star playing Kato in the television series The Green Hornet. The 73-second clip is taken from an archive released by the Center for Sacramento History, which has released a series of celebrity interviews from over the years. Lee joins stars such as Leonard Nimoy from Star Trek, singer and actress Barbra Streisand, Batman’s Adam West and Sylvester Stallone (before he became Rocky) in interviews by celebrity reporter Harry Martin from Sacramento station KCRA-TV. The video shows some banter between Le
The 95-year-old grandmaster keeping a kung fu legacy alive
In a quiet dojo in the center of Hong Kong, the dull rhythmic thuds of hands striking wood ring out, first slowly, then gradually increasing in pace. The lightning jabs, from a flurry of angles on a wooden dummy – come from Wing Chun master Ip Chun, 95, son of the legendary Ip Man. What Ip lacks in glamor and folklore of his father, renowned as the master of kung fu star Bruce Lee, he more than makes up for with his vitality. Hs weekly schedule, eight classes totaling 15 hours, on top of regular teaching trips to south China, is hectic for most people his age. “The principle of using softness to subdue power is something that you can apply in life. It’s a spirit you can use at work and in o
A new biography reveals Bruce Lee, the Jewish kung fu star
Forty-five years after his death, martial arts megastar Bruce Lee is still arguably the best-known Chinese actor in the world. But behind the yellow tracksuit and the nunchaku, Lee was a complicated character with flaws and foibles. Martial arts writer Matthew Polly, who also spent two years studying kung fu at a Shaolin temple in China, has attempted to reveal Lee's lesser-known side in his new book Bruce Lee: A Life. During the seven years he researched the book, Polly interviewed people who knew the actor, including Betty Ting – the actress in whose home the movie star was found dead in 1973. Polly talked to Inkstone about Lee’s struggle with race, a new theory on Lee’s cause of death and