Time Out HK

Jan 10

Man Asian Literary Prize

Yan Lianke (連閰科) and six other Asian authors on this year’s shortlist 

Chinese author Yan Lianke is in the final seven for this year’s 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize, Time Out Hong Kong can reveal. The Beijing writer’s novel, Dream of Ding Village (丁莊夢), which was censored upon its original Chinese publication, is in with a shout and, if it’s chosen, it will be the fourth Chinese book to win the prize in the competition’s five-year history. But it will be a tough call for the judges over the next couple of months with an unprecedented seven novels on the shortlist.

The shortlist was announced at a ceremony in London and was relayed back to Hong Kong’s Chater House via videolink on January 10. The final winner will be announced at a gala dinner in Hong Kong in March. All seven books will now go under close scrutiny by a team of expert judges until the official 2011 winner is announced.

Yan Lianke’s novel joins six others on the shortlist:

1. The Wandering Falcon by Pakistan’s Jamil Ahmad

2. Rebirth by India’s Jahnavi Barua


3. The Sly Company of People Who Care by India’s Rahul Bhattacharya

4. River of Smoke by India’s Amitav Ghosh

5. Please Look After Mom (請照顧我媽媽) by South Korea’s Kyung-Sook Shin (申京淑)

6. The Lake by Japan’s Banana Yoshimoto (吉本芭娜娜)

The longlist for the prize - one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world - was published at the end of last year. There were 12 novels in the list. The Good Muslim by Bangladesh’s Tahmima Anam; The Colonel by Iran’s Mahmoud Dowlatabadi; IQ84 by Japan’s Haruki Murakami; The Folded Earth by India’s Anuradha Roy; and The Valley of Masks by India’s Tarunj Tejpal didn’t make the cut for this year’s shortlist. Sadly no Hong Kong novels made the longlist.

It’s the first time as many as seven novels are down on the shortlist. Chairman of the judges, Razia Iqbal, revealed that, because of the strength of contemporary fiction coming out of Asia, the decision had been made to increase the number of writers on the shortlist from the usual five to seven. A total of 90 books were submitted for entry last year, before the longlist was made. Four of the shortlisted novels were originally written in English. The novels from South Korea, China and Japan are all judged in translation.

The judges are Pulitzer-prize finalist and author of The Surrendered, Chang-rae Lee (李昌來), and Vikas Swarup, author of Q&A, which was filmed as the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire. The panel is chaired by BBC special correspondent Iqbal. She says: “The judges were greatly impressed by the imaginative power of the stories now being written about rapidly changing life in worlds as diverse as the arid borderlands of Pakistan, the crowded cityscape of modern Seoul, and the opium factories of 19th century Canton. This power and diversity made it imperative for us to expand the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist beyond the usual five books.”

Hong Kong is the home of the prize. The winner will be announced on Thursday March 15 at a gala dinner in the city. The 2010 prize, announced last year, was won by Bi Feiyu for his novel Three Sisters. The Chinese author was named the winner at a ceremony in the Peninsula Hotel, receiving a cash award of US$30,000. He became the third Chinese writer to win the prize in four years. 

Read more about the The shortlisted authors and what the judges said here: http://timeout.com.hk/books/features/47995/man-asian-literary-prize.html 

Dec 07

Clockenflap Returns!

More than 60 bands from across the world, the spectacular West Kowloon and free tickets: Clockenflap promises to be the biggest music and arts fetival the city has seen in a long time. Here’s a preview to the International acts on board:


The Cribs

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Bombay Bicycle Club

Dec 06

Aaron Kwok “All I want for X’mas is you!”

'I think music is very personal. When I'm singing, I'm literally singing my journey.'

For the past 20 years, Aaron Kwok has been synonymous with Hong Kong superstardom. As he prepares for a mega Christmas concert run, he tells Time Out why he wants to please his many fans, and why he’s far more than just a pretty face. 

What was the lightbulb moment which made you turn from singing and dancing to serious acting?

For the past 10 years I was doing the same thing over and over again. You sing every day, dance every day and face the media every day. It’s been 10 years and Kwok Fu-shing’s working mode just hasn’t changed. And I began to feel bored. I wasn’t doing it for myself. What was I doing? As you grow up you just don’t want to sing and dance every day. There was probably a period when I watched many interesting films and I was suddenly reminded that I was trained as an actor too! And it was exactly doing that period I realised I needed to slow down and begin the transformation into a serious actor.

HOCC told Time Out that the music industry in Hong Kong is dictated by award ceremonies. Do you have any opinion regarding this matter?

Awards are memories and an honor, reminding me of what I’ve done at a certain stage in my career. I see them as recognition but not an achievement. When you evolve as a person and you see these prizes and you know your career has evolved too… but it doesn’t mean everything. I don’t get motivated by awards.

What do you want for Christmas?

I want my concert to be successful, and people will find it entertaining and amusing.

FULL article by Kawai Wong published in the new issue out tomorrow (Dec 7)!

Dec 05

Your Best Christmas Ever!

Christmas Special is OUT tomorrow (Dec 6)!! Go get a copy!!

Dec 02

Weekend Planner [Dec 2 - 4]

What to do this weekend (Dec. 2, Dec 3 & Dec 4) in Hong Kong?

Friday (Dec 2)

1. International Antiquarian Bookfair

The fair was formed after talks between Paul Feain (of the Cornstalk Bookshop in Sydney) and Mitsuo Nitta of Yushodo in Tokyo. They were both in Montreal at a meeting of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers in 2004. ILAB is an organisation of antiquarian booksellers from around the world but predominantly from Europe. To promote the sale of antiquarian books in Asia, the duo decided to hold the fair in Hong Kong.

Date & Time: Dec 2 (17:00 - 21:00), Dec 3 (11:00 - 18:00), Dec 4 (12:00 - 17:00)
Venue: Hall A1, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre, China Resources Building, 26 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Admission: Free
Tel.: 2801 5311 

Read more here: http://www.timeout.com.hk/books/features/46861/reading-into-the-past.html

2. Detour 2011 POP Up Cycle in Cinema

Pedal to power a film screening at the Detour! A pedal powered cinema system will use 3-4 bikes and your legs to power an LED projector and homemade sound system (Soft drinks will be provided to participants). An open workshop space showing you the ins and outs of creating clean electricity using your bicycle will be hosted by Magnificent Revolution. These workshops will produce a portable pedal powered cinema system that will pop up in locations around the festival screening a series of local and international short films. The audience is invited to cycle to the screenings, hook their bikes into the generator and power the show. It’s a new spin on “people power”.

Date & Time: Dec 2 & 3 (20:00 - 22:00)
Location: Courtyard, Former Police Married Quarters, Hollywood Road, Central 

Saturday (Dec 3)

1. Kowloon City Book Fair

The third edition of Kowloon City Book Fair, themed as “Autocratic Life,” will be held this weekend. The event is co-organized by Roundtable Community, Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, MaD and HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity. Besides the bookstalls, there will be art performances, seminars, film screenings, workshops, along with a creative market, an accessibility exhibition and a children’s playroom in the fair.

Date & Time: Dec 3 (11:30 - 21:00), Dec 4 (11:00 - 20:00)
Venue:  HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity, 135 Junction Road, Kowloon City
Admission: Free

2. Belgian Beer Festival

The grounds opposite Hong Kong Stadium will come alive with flowing amber ale, traditional Belgian savouries and sweets, and an exciting line-up of celebrated Belgian performances.

Time: 13:00 - 22:00
Tickets: $190 (including 2 pints of Belgian beer, two snacks, a Belgian souvenir hat) www.hkticketing.com
Venue: Indian Recreation Club, 63 Caroline Hill Rd, Causeway Bay 

Sunday (Dec 4)

1. “If you’re so good there’s no need to restrict the freedom to create” Parade (“有本事就咪封殺創作自由" 大巡遊)

Hong Kong is listed as #8 in Lonely Planet’s’ top 10 cities to visit for 2012 for an amusing reason: “…as it (Hong Kong) continues its march towards full democracy. Rallies are infused with theatrics and eruptions of song, dance and poetry, reflecting the city’s vibrant indie music and literary scenes.” Come this Sunday, Keyboard Frontline - an activist group that mobilizes netizens to be involved in the fights for online freedom of speech - is organizing a demonstration as a stringent copyright law threatens to censure creative political parodies that make use of copyrighted material. 

Keyboard Frontline is asking protesters to bring along their creative parodies. The activist group encourages participants to work with pictures of councilor Chan Kam-lam and the promotional materials of the party (DAB) Chan belongs to. 

The resentment towards councilor Chan came from a comment he made towards the political parodies found on the internet. Netizens photoshoped his picture and his quote “why would you need to use someone else’s picture if you are so creative” to go side by side with Andy Warhol holding his Marilyn print.

Expect more hilarious work to come this Sunday! 

Time: 15:00 - 17:30
Route: Clock Tower, TST > Star Ferry Pier > Wanchai Pier > Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, Wanchai Tower > Intellectual Property Department, Wu Chung House, Wanchai

2. Slut Walk

March with a supportive group to put an end to victim blaming in response to an officer’s suggestion that women shouldn’t dress like sluts in order to not be victimized. The walk wil proceed down Hennessy Rd to Southorn Playground.

Time: 15:30
Area: Causeway Bay 

Nov 25

Weekend Planner [Nov 25 - 27]

What to do this weekend (Nov 25, Nov 26 & Nov 27) in Hong Kong?

Friday (Nov 25)

1. Detour Festival

Over a two-week period, the Former Police Married Quarters (PMQ) on Hollywood Road will be taken over by local artists and design students sharing ideas about upcycling – the concept of taking something that would otherwise be sent to the landfill and repurposing it into a useful object. Detour’s 30-plus designers and their exhibitions, installations and workshops will challenge how you consume.

Date: Nov 25 - Dec 11
Time: 11:00 - 21:00
Venue: JPC Clubhouse Building, The Former Police Married Quarters, Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong

Read for highlights of the show here: http://www.timeout.com.hk/around-town/features/47087/from-trash-to-treasure.html#panel-1

2. Peel Jazz Fest

Canton Jazz Trio + Natasha Patamapongs Quartet. Smooth jazz followed by the Thai songstress.

Time: 19:00
Venue: Peel Fresco, 49 Peel St, Central
Admission: Free
Tel.: 2540 2046 

Saturday (Nov 26)

1. Fischerspooner DJ Set

The indie electropop duo take a turn behind the decks at Fly

Time: 22:00 - late
Venue: Fly
Admission: $150 before 23:30; $200 after 23:30 

2. Get Up! Rooftop Live #1!

A top five-band lineup out in the open, led by Qiu Hong, Killersoap and Empty Tomb Band. The gig will be held in a tucked-in location, the organizer has thoughtfully produced the “follow me” video below to guide your way.

Time: 20:00
Venue: Rooftop, Kwun Tong Industrial Building, 189 Wai Yip Street, Kwun Tong
Tickets: $90 
Tel.: 9354 5268 

Sunday (Nov 27)

1. Sci-Fi Sunday

Screening this week are two of the most entertaining and intriguing science fiction flicks out in 2011: 

(1) Inner city vs. outer space in Joe Cornish’s fantastic ATTACK THE BLOCK

(2) Sundance hit and indie darling, Mark Cahill’s ANOTHER EARTH

Time: 18:00 - 22:00
Venue: Pure Bar + Restaurant, 2/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, SoHo, Central
Tickets: $250 (includes appetizers & 2 drinks) 
RVSP needed: http://www.facebook.com/events/269918326378083/

2. Art of commercials

Art of Commercials (AOC) is celebrating its 21st Anniversary at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.  Featuring winning TV advertisements from Asia, America and the UK, AOC is a celebration of creativity that is never short of fun and awe!

Time: 14:30 (Selected from All Japan Radio Commercials 2010), 16:30 (Selected from Asia Pacific Advertising Festival 2011 + AICP Show 2011), 19:30(Selected from British Arrows Awards 2011), 21:00 (Selected from All Japan Radio Commercials 2010)
Venue: agnès b. CINEMA, Art Center, Wanchai
Tickets: $50 (30 concessions) http://www.urbtix.hk

Nov 24

The Adventures of Tintin [Movie of the Week]

Many questioned director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson’s decision to render Hergé’s classic series of comic-book Boy’s Own-style adventures in performance-capture animation. But it’s hard to imagine that either live action or traditional animation would have been capable of producing the thrilling blend of high drama, physical authenticity and visual invention found here.

Visually, the film is astounding, as Spielberg takes full advantage of the freedom of his chosen medium. A mid-film flashback sequence, as Haddock recounts the sinking of the Unicorn, must rank as one of the director’s finest set-pieces, a dizzying mish-mash of impossible tracking shots, manic action and some of the most inventive scene transitions ever devised. This level of visual intensity can become bewildering – a later Moroccan chase sequence pushes things too far, resulting in sheer confusion – but, for the most part, it’s exhilarating.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Duration: 108mins

Read the FULL Review here: http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/46852/the-adventures-of-tintin.html#panel-3 

Nov 23

Tsui Hark

'When Jet Li played bad guys in Hollywood, I didn't think he looked the part' 

Whether as producer or director, Tsui Hark has delivered many of our cinema’s greatest hits over the past 30 years. But as he (finally) reunites with Jet Li and tries his hand at 3D movies, could the Hong Kong film legend’s career be poised for yet another bloom?

FULL article http://www.timeout.com.hk/film/features/46858/tsui-hark.html by Edmund Lee published in the current issue, out TODAY (Nov 23).

Nov 22

Win a Cebu sea-view! [Travel Competition]

Cebu is close. It’s just two hours away from Hong Kong. It’s supremely beautiful, super-friendly and dirt cheap. And while sun, sea and sand are always going to be the biggest draws, there is a wealth of culture and heritage to enjoy as well.

Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan

Crimson Resort on the beach in Mactan. It’s lined by palm trees and it screams luxury. The staff are amazingly friendly (in fact, a little over-friendly - you’ll soon tire of repeating ‘good day’ to every smiling worker who passes) and the bars, Saffron Caf´restaurant, swimming pools, rooms and service are second-to-none.


Santa Nino Basilica is the first Asian Basilica, built in 1740. The statue of the Virgin Mary at the Santa Nino Basilica in central Cebu literally weeps. There’s something deeply moving about the reactions of the people who watch the sight.

FULL article by Matt Fleming published in our new issue, out today (Nov 22).

Need a holiday at a luxrious resort on a spectacular beach? Win a break in the Philippines!1 reader will win: two return air fares and two nights’ accommodation in Cebu (worth $15,582). Check out our Facebook page tomorrow to enter.

Nov 21

Food & Drink Awards [Sneak Peek]

This was a year of plenty for Hong Kong’s dining scene with newcomers and old favorites all stepping up their game to new gastronomic heights. Now let’s take time to celebrate the food, the drinks and the people who make it happen.

Best Cantonese

Best Japanese

Best Desserts


For the FULL LIST, go get our upcoming issue out this Wednesday (Nov 23)!