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Comedy Clubs; Film Review: "Letters from Iwo Jima"; Story of a Painting - "Put Down Your Whip"; Studio Performance - Annette Chien (13 Mar 2007)


Although local comedian Michael Hui used to do something similar in form, stand-up comedy doesn't have a long tradition in China. The local Cantonese term for stand-up comedy "dung duk siu" is relatively new, popularised by Hong Kong's first regular local practitioner of the art, Wong Tze-wah, in 1990. Since then, other local entertainers like Jan Lamb have also done stand-up comedy acts, also in Cantonese. But the form has a much longer history in the West, and two local clubs are currently featuring stand-up comedians in English. Clint Eastwood's "Letters from Iwo Jima" tells the story of the 20,000 Japanese troops, most of whom died, during the 1945 battle for "Sulphur Island", better known under its Japanese name of Iwo Jima. Eastwood says that while working on "Flags of Our Fathers", about the American experience of the battle, he realised that he was only telling half the story. "Letters from Iwo Jima" is his attempt to redress that. Gary Pollard reviews it. Early next month, Sothebys is auctioning a large Chinese oil painting It's expected to fetch the highest price ever paid for such a work. Xu Beihong's "Put Down Your Whip" was completed in 1939, in protest against the Japanese invasion of China. It's a realistic representation of a Chinese street play by Jin Shan. In our studio, Annette Chien and musicians give us a rendering of Cole Porter's "It's Too Darn Hot".

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007
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