Archive for April, 2015

Supertall constructions around the world now that are nearing completion (Update – April 2015)

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2015 by vincentloy

It’s been quite some time since I touched on the topic of skyscrapers in my blog here. My interest in skyscrapers never fades after all the years. While the completed skyscrapers look amazing and stands tall as a symbol of human’s present achievement, I particularly set my eyes on those under-construction as these would be mostly much taller, more record-breaking and would push beyond human’s limitation to reach to the sky in near future. Here below are some (not all) of the major supertall constructions under-going across the world that are nearing respective completion (except the last one, no.9):

1. 432 Park Avenue, New York City, USA.

425.5 metres tall, 88 floors, expected to be completed this year (2015), will be New York City’s second tallest building once completed, currently topped-out as the world’s tallest residential building. Architect: Rafael Vinoly Architects.

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2. Ping An International Finance Centre, Shenzhen, China.

660 metres tall, 115 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), will be China’s tallest and world’s second tallest building once completed. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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3. CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China.

530 metres tall, 111 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), currently topped-out. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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4. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China.

632 metres, 128 floors, expected to be completed this year (2015), currently topped out as China’s tallest building and also world’s second tallest building. Architect: Gensler.

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5. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea.

555.7 metres tall, 123 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016), will be South Korea’s tallest building once completed. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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6. Goldin Finance 117 Tower, Tianjin, China.

597 metres tall, 128 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Architect: P & T Group.

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7. World One, Mumbai, India.

442 metres tall, 117 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Will be India’s tallest building once completed. Architect: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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8. Wuhan Center Tower, Wuhan, China.

438 metres tall, 88 floors, expected to be completed next year (2016). Architect: ECADI.

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9. Kingdom Tower, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

1000+ metres tall (final height not revealed yet), 167 floors, expected to be completed in 2018. Will be the world’s tallest building (as well as man-made structure) once completed, taking the title from Burj Khalifa at 828 metres. Architect: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

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It feels so great seeing these buildings rising up taller and taller. Now, we are on our mark to go beyond 1 kilometre in height of building. What’s next? 1.5km? 2km? Possible. But is that feasible currently?

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Architectural Insight: Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2015 by vincentloy

Late last week, the next step in the long road to Guggenheim Helsinki moved forward when the museum released the final renderings from all six finalists. After being selected by the 11-member jury late last year from a record-breaking pool of 1,715 submissions, the finalists have been refining their designs for the Finnish outpost of the museum for the past five months. Their proposals are still anonymous, since the plans have yet to be paired up with the six firms still in competition: Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (New York/Barcelona/Sydney), SMAR Architecture Studio (Madrid/Australia), AGPS Architecture (Zurich/Los Angeles), Asif Khan (London), Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 (Stuttgart) and Moreau Kusunoki Architect (Paris).

“The concept was to maybe get our most complete interface to the public in Helsinki,” says Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum. “This is the moment of the big unveiling. The idea was to tell the whole story. This is an interesting moment in architecture where architectural production is becoming faster because of digital processes; In the next several years, the mark of 1,700 will potentially get passed.”

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In addition to releasing the final renderings, the museum has also mounted an interactive exhibition, Guggenheim Helsinki Now: Six Finalist Designs Unveiled, at the Kunsthalle Helsinki in Finland, featuring an array of interactive displays and public events (Jeanne Gang and Bjarke Ingels gave lectures yesterday). Finnish architect and theorist Martti Kalliala and Hugo Liu, principal scientist for eBay, built a data-based display that looks at contemporary museum architecture and analyzes the entire competition data set. As we’ve seen before, the thousands of entries provide quite a lot of fodder for number-crunching.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of the finalist roll out is the Matchmaker Game, designed by Liu, that matches users to one of the six designs based on a series of personality-drive questions (which speculative museum model are you?). Hopefully this won’t lead to a swipe-left analysis of future proposals. The final renderings, as well as competitor comments, are below. The winner will be chosen June 23.

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The design of the Guggenheim Helsinki and its woven landscape are based upon a sensitive and sympathetic approach to the context and nature of Helsinki. The design encourages people to flow within a new cultural core that is linked to the rest of the city, through the port promenade and the pedestrian footbridge to the Observatory Park. This flexible access welcomes not only the visitors but also serves as a key cultural destination for the community.

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The museum skyline is composed by independent volumes, highlighted by a landmark tower. These fragmented art exhibition spaces allow strong integration with outdoor display and events, while the lighthouse offers a new perspective over the city. This new museum concept together with the charred timber façade echoes the process of regeneration that occurs when forests burn and then grow back stronger.

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The museum is composed of two spaces – one for exhibitions, the other a public forum – that come together in a dance involving art and the city, gradually engaging in multiple movements, from a pas de deux, to a pas de trois, etcetera. One space of the museum is on the dock level of the port facility, acknowledging the site’s industrial function as a vital memory for the new ensemble. Part gathering place, part community center, part incubator for innovation, it is conceived as a social commons within the city.

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The other space of the museum houses art exhibitions. Hovering in the air, it offers a place for contemplation, with large open galleries, complementing its companion space below. Greater than the sum of its parts, the museum generates multiple relations among people, architecture, and the arts. With this, the Guggenheim Helsinki can engage a broad constituency of stakeholders, benefiting not only the arts, but the public at large.

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Five timber towers huddle together at the edge of the Baltic Sea, forming a shimmering beacon on the shoreline.
Multiple forms produce an interplay of light and shadow that create an inspiring, enticing atmosphere, while glimpses of in-between spaces beckon visitors from near and far. The warmth and familiarity of the wood shingle façade creates a sense of belonging with the landscape, while an ethereal quality is expressed through its subtle oscillation, ruffling, as though brushed by the winds of the sea.

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Helsinki Five seeks to engage a sense of discovery that is deeply informed by art, instigating close encounters between artwork and viewer, between art-maker and art-making. It is a play of hide and seek, light and dark, wide and close, in and out.

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Our proposal takes the form of a Helsinki city block rotated to the harbourfront. Seven timber-clad galleries are stacked over a basement and three levels flanked by administration and open-format halls. Public spaces are formed between these and an intelligent textured glass skin wrapping the entirety to precisely diffuse light, translucent below, and transparent above. The lower galleries join as needed, while the third floor is one super-space. The variety enables a wide range of curatorial approaches.

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The museum’s three entrances are arrived at by new cobble and gravel walking routes. Centrally a wide, convivial staircase helps visitors wayfind intuitively. “Art Kioski” annex for young Nordic art twins the historic Kauppahalli while a sculpture garden is enclosed to the south. In 1800s Helsinki city blocks were named after wild animals. The proposed new block will have the tactile familiarity of a pet’s fur. So we call this proposal “quiet animal”.

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The use of Street Space forms the basis for basic social discourse, from political gatherings to Art creation or community expressions. While an increasing “unofficial” art was blooming in the streets from the second half of the XX Century, Museums have been historically focused in Gallery Art, excluding Public Space production.

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Future is “bottom up”. Museums have to change from institutions where information was directed in only one way: towards the viewer into institutions that are increasingly creating conversations with the citizen, prioritizing the human scale of a space over its merely sculptural value. Due to its particular climatic conditions. There are 2 cities in Helsinki. Summer Helsinki and Winter Helsinki. We propose a Strategy that could offer back to the City an Interior Street, Public Space at no additional cost to be used also the 6 cold months of the year. The combination of 2 programs -The Museum -Gallery Art- and The Extra Space -Street Art- in a single building allows us to explore the relationship between 2 complementary worlds. Using both factors, we had the chance to add, subtract, divide… We decided to multiply.

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Helsinki is a city of interiors. Due to its extreme climatic conditions, Helsinki’s civic society blossoms indoors. Our proposal for the Guggenheim Helsinki, 47 Rooms, extends this network using the architectural technologies that construct Helsinki’s interior citizenry: i.e. walls, doors, windows, and the machinery that defines atmospheric conditions. 47 Rooms contains nine rooms of 20x20m, twenty-seven of 6.5×6.5m six of 10x10m, two of 120x4m and one of 32x120m and three outdoor rooms. A multiplicity of chambers and climatic conditions will allow various museums to live together in the same building. The museum is ready to welcome individual visitors, families, local art scene, high school visits, young audiences, international tourists, groups of friends… 47 Rooms is a machine to provide singular and ever-changing experiences by opening and closing doors to different climates.

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47 Rooms extends the logic through which Helsinki’s population already tempers their more intimate public spaces. Imitating the logic of the Sauna, each room’s final climatic conditions include certain degree of negotiation between the institution and its visitors. 47 Rooms means a strategic shift on Guggenheim’s identity: it embraces Helsinki focusing on interior climate rather than external appearance.

(Original source of article: http://curbed.com/archives/2015/04/27/guggenheim-helsinki-releases-6-finalists.php)

Which one of the 6 finalist proposals above that you like? I’m quite satisfied with the 1st, 3rd and 5th ones. The other three are also not bad. Each has their different views and directions on interpreting their interesting ideas through architectural design. It’s actually very subjective and hard to select the best out of these six.

Nepal Earthquake 2015.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2015 by vincentloy

On 25th April 2015, the day I’m enjoying myself up at the Genting Highlands for some cool air, relaxing moment and exciting concert, something tragic happened on the other side of the planet. I felt a bit bad for it. A massive earthquake measuring near to 8.0 magnitude occurred at Nepal on that unfortunate day which is also my sister’s birthday. An earthquake with that scale unfortunately led to massive damages and loss of thousand of lives. The reports today confirmed that over 4000 people died and over 8000 people injured. And the worst news, is that the figure is escalating.

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The first thing on my mind now is to send my prayer and blessing to those affected by the earthquake. May the deceased rest in peace and the others to stay strong and move on. Eventhough my prayer doesn’t seems helpful, but at least my heart is with them through this situation. Since Nepal is a very poor country, I believed many countries are now offering all sort of assistance to them.

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The earthquake was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since 1934 Nepal-Bihar Earthquake. Its magnitude was so huge that it also affects neighbouring countries; India, China, Bangladesh and Bhutan. Besides that, the earthquake triggered a massive avalanche on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain and killed at least 18 people whom were the mount climbers, and also hit one of the base camps. And that made the day as the most lethal day on the mountain. There is even a short clip recorded by one of the climbers when the avalanche struck.

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Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It’s sad to see many priceless heritage buildings and historical architecture being damaged from this disaster. I heard that the affected region is home to many UNESCO sites. And besides that, continued aftershocks triggered panic throughout the whole region which is already heavily affected by the disaster.

On the other news, Malaysians are greeted with positive announcement recently as Lee Chong Wei, our nation’s most beloved badminton player, will be back on court playing for the country from next month onwards after being suspended for a doping case in last year’s Badminton World Championship. He was given an 8-months ban from playing, and that punishment backdated to begin from August last year when he started being under suspension. Hence, we will see him back in action from May 2015 onwards in upcoming major tournaments like Sudirman Cup, SEA Games, and most importantly, next year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

We would love to see third showdown between Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan from China in the Olympics next year. Lin Dan had won both of that back in 2008 and 2012, while Chong Wei had to settle for silver. But that’s already a proud achievement for the country. Now, he has another chance for ‘revenge’ next year in Rio 2016. I’m glad that he received quite a light sentence, and he is actually innocent as he didn’t know the supplements he took contain banned substance. He is a great sportsman beloved by all Malaysians. That’s a fact. Looking forward to see him soon in badminton court. He is now ranked 30th, and hopefully he can jump back to 1st soon, the position he held earlier for a long period of time.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

 

 

The past weekend: ‘Avengers 2’ twice, finished a drama, and went to Genting.

Posted in Interesting Encounters on April 27, 2015 by vincentloy

The title of this post basically sums up the things I have done or been through for the past weekend. I have been going through a mixture of feelings after these few days; excited, happy and also sad. Just weird. The following will explains why I am in that state, and hence as a warning here, if you are bored of this particular post I used to explain unnecessary stuff, then kindly skip off this one and proceed to the other interesting posts below. Haha…

For the first ‘Avengers’ movie back in 2012, I watched that once in the cinema. And now, its sequel; Avengers 2: Age of Ultron is released. And amazingly, I watched it in the cinema twice. Why? Because it is really that good and worth my money and time to go for second round. Wait? Does that mean I’m going to watch the next instalment ‘Avengers 3: Infinity Wars (Part 1 and 2) for three times? Wow…maybe. This is the time when the ‘comfortable success’ from the popular ‘Fast and Furious 7’ is going to be overtaken by Avengers: Age of Ultron. Everybody loves superheroes.

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Up next, I did managed to finish a TVB series that had concluded its running yesterday. It’s a Hong Kong drama entitled ‘Romantic Repertoire’. This series gave me chance to learn new vocabulary. ‘Repertoire’? What is that? Ohh…it means ‘a stock of plays, dances, or pieces that a company or a performer knows or is prepared to perform’. Okay…that is somehow related to the series that centered on Cantonese opera and also on interior design. Two people from totally different working and lifestyle background gets in conflict and misunderstanding but later blossomed to a close relationship after a series of events that are captured in this 21-episode drama.

The series starred Moses Chan, Joyce Koi, Louise Lee, Jason Chan, Katy Kung, Evergreen Mak, Susan Tse, Oceane Zhu, etc. It’s a light drama to fill out my spare time every night on weekdays with no high expectation. So, I take it lightly; it’s still an entertaining series but as it develops further, it lacks drama and intensity. Nothing exciting or engaging. It is getting boring as it progresses but luckily, it’s just a short series. So, no major harm. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Romantic Repertoire’ a total of 6.9.

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As informed to you in my earlier post, I went up to Genting Highlands the last weekend and just returned home today to watch a concert by Sammi Cheng, a famous female Hong Kong singer whom is regarded as the Cantopop queen. Enjoyed her show, and I spent few hundred bucks for it. But that’s not bad compared to another many hundred bucks lost to Genting in casino. No luck was with me this time. I should have left when I won a bit in the beginning. The desire to continue caused me to lose and lose and lose. Haiz…nevermind, I treat it as a huge donation for Genting to further develop themselves. And yes, they are really developing now. The world’s first 20th Century Fox Theme Park is set to open next year (hopefully) at Genting and new hotel block is currently under construction.

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(First two images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

Touch Mi Live in Malaysia @ 25/4/2015 at Genting Highlands

Posted in Interesting Encounters with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2015 by vincentloy

If not that I had a very bad luck time in casino, the past weekend would be way much happier for me after attended the exciting concert by Sammi Cheng, here in Malaysia. This is my third time watching her concert, and I’m never bored of it. If she comes again, I will watch again. Everytime she comes, she will be performing at Arena of Stars, Genting Highlands. Must be her favourite venue. She performed on last Friday and Saturday, and this is her first world tour stop after her 12 sold-out shows back in Hong Kong few month ago.

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I went for the Saturday’s show. It started about 15 minutes later than the originally scheduled time of 8.30pm. But that’s alright. Not too late. Once the lights were switched off, everybody is screaming like mad in the indoor arena which is already full-house. And there she appeared on stage. The Cantopop queen! She started the show with some fast songs and were already getting all of us into the mood. Of course, the one thing I love the most from her is her slow romance songs which are mostly her classic hits back in 1990s. Yes, 1990s. Songs from almost 20 years ago.

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Fortunately, she did performed many of her iconic songs too, and got us all to sing along with her. I remembered in the last two shows of her that I watched (few years ago), she delivered mostly new and had uninteresting selection of songs to perform. Furthermore, the audio system was too loud until we couldn’t really hear what she’s singing. Luckily, we didn’t see all that this time. The audio system is at the right volume, we can hear clearly Sammi’s singing (and therefore can admire her skills on that), and mostly important, the selection of songs are awesome this time.

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Since I’m quite a fans of her, I remember most of the lyrics of the songs she performed that night. Wonderful. And I can say that I’m amazing because I don’t know Mandarin and yet I can remember that much of lyrics. Besides than performances, she also dazzled us with many beautiful dresses during the show. She is beautiful, but too thin. There are lesser talks from her this time, as she mentioned that she would prefer to use songs to describe her feelings and situations. Agreed with that. But when she talked, she always entertained us with some funny remarks, including dealing with everyone calling her as Mrs. Hui now (already confirmed her marriage to Andy Hui recently).

The show ended exactly after two hours, while everyone is hoping for more. We do think that two hours weren’t enough from her as she had actually a lot of songs that we wish to listen to from her live on stage. But anyway, it’s okay. We still had a great time during the show. Overall, it’s the best concert I have seen from her. It’s energetic, had great selection of songs and medleys, beautiful dresses, beautiful lighting and backdrop designs, and above all, wonderful singing by Sammi. Truly a great Cantopop queen even after so many years.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

It’s time to assemble for The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2015 by vincentloy

Couldn’t contain my excitement now as I have just returned home from watching ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. The thrill overwhelmed my mind now and erased the thought of sleeping at this time (already 1am). We have bought the tickets over a month earlier and so we got good seats. The showtimes were all in yellow or red indication (means full-house or almost fully occupied). How popular this movie is! Of course, it’s not a superhero movie, but a superheroes’ movie! All in one, and this is a sequel. The first one in 2012 is already a massive success, and so I’m sure this wouldn’t be anything behind.

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In this second Avengers film, Tony Stark’s effort on peacekeeping program from artificial intelligence goes backfired when Ultron is born, a villainous robot determined to destroy humans. Gathering Avengers from first film, and also with addition of several new members to the team, the battle is getting bigger and leads to more revelation which will be further explained in its final chapter. Yes. To all Avengers’ fans, there is this third part of the franchise which will be like a conclusion. There will be Avengers: Infinity Wars (Part 1) in 2018 and (Part 2) in 2019. Long way to go, but now already excited for it after having seen the first two which are superb!

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ had a deeper story, a more complicated one. Not only it involves more characters, but it also tells us more about the scepter, the infinity stones, and several conflicting moments between the Avengers themselves. For me, it would be better if it’s not that complicated. At least, kids would enjoy this more. But right now, everything is still fine as long as the actions delivered are sufficient, and most importantly, awesome! We wouldn’t get tired of watching these superheroes in action! It’s simply dramatic, cool, and sometimes even funny at some point. Even the villain, Ultron here had a bit of humour, and I like it.

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I’m also glad that its trailer didn’t expose much of its details especially the climax when a whole city is brought up (sorry…spoiler) and is planned to fall down like a meteor to destroy all humans on Earth. Besides that, every characters had their moment, but the best of them would be Hawkeye. I don’t really enjoy the getting-close relationship between Agent Romanoff and Banner (Hulk). The hilarious moments hit at the right place, while intensity is scattered all over for a thrilling ride. This is almost as good as the first Avengers film. It’s up on par in all levels. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ a total of 8.0. Had a great fun watching this!

Out of sudden, I miss Loki, the villain in the first Avengers movie, whom is also the stepbrother of Thor. Anyway, this time, the villain, Ultron is also terrifyingly good. Like the voice and the damage it can do with its artificial intelligence thingy. Too bad, the Avengers team in the end of this film isn’t complete after one of its members died (opps, spoiler again). Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Vision and Falcon are all here. More than 10 of them. Well, need not explain anymore. Watch it and you will like it. Maybe in near future, Spiderman will join back the team. And one more thing, please stay to wait for its brief mid-credit scene.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

 

34th Hong Kong Film Awards yesterday.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2015 by vincentloy

Since I’m having the whole Sunday at home yesterday, I managed to watch major portion of the annual Hong Kong Film Awards held yesterday. This is the 34th edition of the awards, which is equivalent to the Oscars from the West. My overall thoughts of the awards presentation yesterday can be summarized into two phrases; boring ceremony and boring results.

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The hosts of the ceremony are Gordon Lam, Jordan Chan and Miriam Yeung. This is a fresh grouping for hosting job, and they did it quite awfully. There isn’t any good chemistry between them and the way they delivered speeches or even funny remarks were awkward and unnatural. The ceremony that took over three hours long is also very dull and boring with lack of interesting segments or performances. The results are boring, expected, and bring not much surprise (except Ivana’s double win).  Hereby is the full list of nomination list with the winner in bold alongside with a bit of my opinions in certain categories.

Best Film

  • “The Midnight After”
  • “Aberdeen”
  •  “The Golden Era” WINNER
  •  “Dearest”
  •  “Overheard 3”

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Opinion: Didn’t quite like ‘The Golden Era’ to win this. I’m not into artistic film which is usually very boring, but manages to steal the heart of judges always. The judges should start to get away from being blinded with ‘art’ movie (especially the ones mixed with biopic) and to treat the other much deserving movies. I would prefer ‘The Midnight After’ for its distinctive direction.

Best Director

  • Fruit Chan “The Midnight After”
  • Ann Hui, “The Golden Era” WINNER
  • Peter Chan, “Dearest”
  • Dante Lam, “That Demon Within”
  • Alan Mak, Felix Chong, “Overheard 3”

Opinion: How many times do the judges want Ann Hui to win? I knew she is a great director but it’s time to reward other talented directors too. But I actually had no objection on her winning. She deserved this year. She is now the record holder for most directing wins in this awards. 

Best Screenplay

  • Chan Fai-hung, Kong Ho-yan, Fruit Chan, “The Midnight After”
  • Pang Ho Cheung, “Aberdeen”
  • Li Qiang, “The Golden Era”
  • Zhang Ji, “Dearest”
  • Alan Mak, Felix Chong, “Overheard 3” WINNER

Best Actor

  • Eddie Peng Yuyan, “Rise of the Legend”
  • Lau Ching-wan, “Insanity”
  • Huang Bo, “Dearest”
  • Daniel Wu, “That Demon Within”
  • Lau Ching-wan, “Overheard 3” WINNER

Opinion: Even Nick Cheung had won this twice, so it’s time for Sean Lau. This is his second best actor win. He deserved it. But for me personally, I think we should really get away from these typical HK actors line-up again and again (Andy Lau, Sean Lau, Nick Cheung, Louis Koo, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Tony Leung Chiu-wai). It’s time to reward other people who had contributed very well in the industry for some years too. Daniel Wu is also great and should be rewarded soon (actually Louis Koo first). 

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Best Actress

  • Sandra Ng, “Golden Chickensss”
  • Tang Wei, “The Golden Era”
  • Zhou Xun, “Women Who Flirt”
  • Zhao Wei, “Dearest” WINNER
  • Charlene Choi, “Sara”

Opinion: Everybody says its fight between Zhao Wei and Charlene Choi. Both are great. So, I have no issue either of them win. Hong Kong films nowadays are too focused on male actors with themes like gangsterism, police, drugs, martial arts/fights. Hence, there isn’t many films each year that can showcase great acting by the actresses. And Hong Kong should now really focus on pushing on their own actresses rather than relying on the ones from mainland or Taiwan.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Wang Baoqiang, “Kung Fu Jungle”
  • Lam Suet, “The Midnight After”
  • Ng Man-tat, “Aberdeen”
  • Alex Fong, “Overheard 3”
  • Kenneth Tsang, “Overheard 3” WINNER

Best Supporting Actress

  • Wai Ying-hung, “The Midnight After”
  • Ivana Wong, “Golden Chickensss” WINNER
  • Hao Lei, “The Golden Era”
  • Fiona Sit, “Girls”
  • Nina Paw Hee-ching, “Insanity”

Opinion: I’m fine with Ivana being awarded best newcomer. But now, a best supporting actress for her is too fast. Two awards in a year. She is good, and I can see improvement and potential in her acting, but it’s just too much and I don’t find it right. I prefer Wai Ying-hung or Nina Paw or even Fiona to win this rather than her. Have seen her in ‘Golden Chickenss’. Really nothing outstanding. Just a simple funny character and it’s easy to tackle. 

Best New Performer

  • Ivana Wong, “Delete My Love”
  • Ivana Wong, “Break Up 100”
  • Ivana Wong, “Golden Chickensss” WINNER
  • Jacky Cai, “Aberdeen”
  • Candy Cheung, “Dot 2 Dot”

Opinion: Ivana, Ivana and Ivana. Must be her. 

Best Cinematography

  • Zhao Fei, “The Crossing, Part 1”
  • Lam Wah-tsuen, “The Midnight After”
  • Wang Yu, “The Golden Era” WINNER
  • Ng Kai-ming, “Rise of the Legend”
  • Anthony Pun, “Overheard 3”

Best Film Editing

  • David Wu, “The Crossing, Part 1” WINNER
  • Manda Wai, “The Golden Era”
  • Cheung Ka-fai, Tang Man-to, “Rise of the Legend”
  • Patrick Tam Ka-ming, Curran Pang, “That Demon Within”
  • Curran Pang, “Overheard 3”

Best Art Direction

  • Horace Ma, “The Crossing, Part 1”
  • Man Lim-chung, “Aberdeen”
  • Zhao Hai, “The Golden Era” WINNER
  • Pater Wong, “Rise of the Legend”
  • Man Lim-chung, “Overheard 3”

Best Costume and Make Up Design

  • Chen Tongxun, “The Crossing, Part 1”
  • William Chang, Kenneth Yee Chung-man, Guo Pei, Lee Pik-kwan, “The Monkey King”
  • Man Lim-chung, “The Golden Era” WINNER
  • Boey Wong, “Rise of the Legend”
  • Man Lim-chung, “Overheard 3”

Best Action Choreography

  • Donnie Yen, Stephen Tung-wai, Yuen Bun, Yan Hua, “Kung Fu Jungle” WINNER
  • Ku Huen Chiu, “The Four 3”
  • Stephen Tung Wai, “The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom”
  • Yuen Wo-ping, “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai”
  • Corey Yuen, “Rise of the Legend”

Best Original Film Score

  • Ellen Loo, Veronica Lee, “The Midnight After” WINNER
  • Taro Iwashiro, “The Crossing, Part 1”
  • Peter Kam, “Aberdeen”
  • Eli Marshall, “The Golden Era”
  • Shigeru Umebayashi, “Rise of the Legend”

Best Original Film Song

  •  “Never Say Breakup Again”: “Break Up 100” (Composer: Chan Kwong-wing; Lyric: Xiao Guang; Sung by: Ivana Wong)
  • “Brand New Hong Kong”: “Golden Chickensss” (Composer: my little airport-Lam Ah P; Lyric: my little airport-Lam Ah P; Sung by my little airport-Nicole)
  •  “Destination”: “Aberdeen” (Composer: Anthony Wong, Jason Choi; Lyric: Anthony Wong; Sung by: Anthony Wong) WINNER
  •  “Your Legend”: “Rise of the Legend” (Composer: Ashin, Mayday; Lyric: Ashin, Mayday; Sung by: Mayday)
  •  “The Quiet Storm”: “Insanity” (Composer: Leon Ko; Lyric: Chris Shum; Sung by: Eason Chan)

Best Sound Design

  • Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu-keung, “Kung Fu Jungle”
  • Tu Duu Chih, “The Crossing, Part 1” WINNER
  • Kinson Tsang, George Lee Yiu-keung, Yiu Chun-hin, Steve Chan, “Rise of the Legend”
  • Phyllis Cheng, Ip Siu-kei, “That Demon Within”
  • Kinson Tsang, “Overheard 3”

Best Visual Effects

  • Enoch Chan, “Kung Fu Jungle”
  • David Ebner, Kevin Rafferty, Ding Li Bo, “The Monkey King”
  • Tong Ka-wai, Ken Law, Lucky Tracy Hannah, “The Midnight After”
  • Victor Wong, Bryan Cheung, “Rise of the Legend” WINNER
  • Alex Lim Hun-fung, Lin Chun-yue, Yee Kwok-leung, “That Demon Within”

Best New Director

  • Ruby Yang, “My Voice, My Life”
  • David Lee Kwong-yiu, “Insanity” WINNER
  • Amos WHY, “Dot 2 Dot”

Best Film From Mainland and Taiwan

  • “Black Coal, Thin Ice”
  •  “Paradise in Service”
  •  “No Man’s Land”
  •  “Cafe Waiting Love”
  •  “Coming Home” WINNER

Opinion: They should actually allow Chinese films from other countries like Malaysia or Singapore to compete for this one too. Should be renamed ‘Best Chinese Film from outside Hong Kong’. This allows for greater competition. Now, Malaysian Chinese film (like the successful ‘The Journey’ last year) didn’t get to compete. It may stands a bit of chance. At least, it can be recognized a bit oversea. 

I didn’t watch many Hong Kong films last year (contested in this 34th awards), and so I won’t provide much judgement. I’m just voicing my personal opinion on who or which film deserved better in certain categories above. Most of the films nominated did manage to win one or more awards this year, unlike last year when ‘The Grandmaster’ took almost all the awards (that’s too much). ‘The Golden Era’ is the biggest winner this year with 5 wins.

There is still huge room of improvement for Hong Kong film industry. But at least, they are much better than our Malaysian Chinese films now.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)