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Cinema: Kung Fu With A Twist, Hop And Pop

27 Jul

Not much of a story but plenty of dance moves to entertain you in Kung Fu Hip Hop.
Not much of a story but plenty of dance moves to entertain you in Kung Fu Hip Hop.

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KUNG FU HIP-HOP
Directed by Fu Hua Yang
Starring Jordan Chan, Fan Bing Bing, Nam Hyun Joon and Alan Wu

IF you are fascinated with kung fu and love to dance, then this is the movie for you. As the title suggests, Kung Fu Hip Hop is a dance that combines martial arts with different dance styles such as hip hop, disco and pop.

Choreography is handled by those who have worked with superstars such as Rain, Jay Chou, Jolin Tsai and Michael Jackson, among others.

The movie will count among its fans youngsters who are into the dance scene.

For those not as enthusiastic about dance, it can be quite tedious, what with lights blinding you and the camera constantly zooming around to leave you dizzy.

This is a story about Dung (Chan) who has to look after his nearly-blind sister. To collect enough money for an operation to save her sight and to make ends meet, he sells trinkets.

His talent for dance is discovered by accident one night when his nifty moves outside a club is caught on camera. The club’s deejay, Tina (Fan) is impressed.

The club’s resident dance king and everybody’s darling, Hung (Nam who incidentally is Korean superstar Rain’s choreographer and the holder of the Asian Dance King title) is threatened.

Tina eventually persuades Dung to enter a competition.

He decides to give it a go because winning would mean his sister’s operation is covered.

He ropes in his pals at a car workshop to form his dance team.

Hung also enters the contest, with backing from a guy (Wu) who has a shady background.

Of course, the fact that Chan has a dance background stands him in good stead for this role. He does not disappoint but his performance pales, however, when compared to that of Nam’s.

However, in watching this movie, be forewarned that you’re going solely for the showdown on the dance floor and nothing much else.

 

New Straits Times

Is It Really RIP For EMI Singapore?

24 Jul

SINGAPORE: It began, as so many things often do these days, on the Internet. I was chatting with a friend on MSN one night, deep in discussion over whether Heidi Klum or Christina Aguilera was the bigger MILF, when he typed: “Hv u hrd EMI is clsg down?”

“OMG!” I replied. “No way!”

After all, EMI Music is, like, only one of the biggest record companies around – a veritable institution in these parts. Their portfolio is a treasure trove: The Beatles, Queen, Coldplay, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Kylie Minogue, Daft Punk, Robbie Williams, Jolin Tsai, The Quests, Stefanie Sun, et al.

But hold your horses, we’re not talking about the demise of EMI as a whole – just EMI Singapore, and some other regional offices. Blog site One Two Music posted: “We heard rumours from someone working in EMI that EMI will announce that they are closing all operations in Asia. EMI has been struggling in the region, with under-performing international albums and successful Asian artistes (limited) to greater China only.”

Channel News Asia

Designer Sunny Ang Cites Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Cheung As His Inspirations

6 Jan

SINGAPORE : Dressed in an Adidas T-shirt, jeans and trainers, Sunny Ang looks worlds apart from the ethereal dresses he designs.

The 29-year-old, who counts celebrities Jolin Tsai and Michelle Saram among his customers, joined the fashion world after studying music for two years in Taipei. When he returned to Singapore in 2000, he worked as a brand manager for a local couturier.

“The stint fuelled my interest in fashion design. A lot of my training was on the job – understanding cuts, styles, fabrics, productions, and most importantly, creating clothes to enhance the female form,” Sunny said.

And he certainly knows the female form – and psyche. He set up his first boutique in 2003 and then moved into a corner in Hemispheres Designers’ Gallery last January.

Two months ago, he opened his second boutique at The Heeren to cater to a growing clientele that ranges from 16-year-olds scouting for their prom dresses to 60-year-old tai tais looking for evening gowns.

Using mainly silk chiffon, his limited-edition pieces lend the wearer glamour and luxury “without having to pay an arm or leg for it”.

His made-to-measure creations start from $600 while one-of-a-kind, ready-to-wear pieces are priced from $399. For those with a tighter budget, the Sunny Ang label offers embellished tops from $49 – but even these come in limited pieces. Sunny has also been asked to create one-off pieces for events such as Star Search 2003 and NKF Charity Show 2004.

“I don’t follow trends and prefer to create clothes that are modern yet classic. My designs are very Sex and the City,” said Sunny, who cites Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Cheung and his mother as his inspirations.

These would include a ’30s-inspired lace capelet, a minimalist halter-neck gown adorned with only a sequined hibiscus corsage and a dreamy turquoise chiffon slip with a handful of fabric roses on the bodice.

Said Sunny: “Women who wear my creations are not afraid to express their femininity – my foreign customers tell me that back home, they will dress up even if they are just popping by the supermarket. Hopefully, Singapore women will enjoy the art of dressing up, too.”

So why did Sunny decide to set up shop at Far East Plaza and The Heeren – malls that are traditionally perceived as streetwear havens?

“For me, Far East Plaza is an institution and one of its major attractions is its broad client base. I can cater to hip young teens, urban executives, tourists and even tai tais who go there to do their hair and buy jewellery,” Sunny said.

“As for The Heeren, there’s a growing crowd of young adults there, too. I once had a customer who bought $1,000 worth of clothes in one visit at The Heeren!”

That should be a good enough indicator that Sunny has made the right decision to cross over from the music industry to the fashion trade. Is there any difference between designing outfits and composing music?

“Composing music is ‘free’. You just need a pen and a piece of paper, but designing an outfit involves more money as you have to buy the fabrics and manufacture the outfit. There are similarities too – structure and form are very important in both music and fashion and it is the unique accents that make or break a piece of music or an outfit.” –

Channel News Asia