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Saturday Night Fever - on stage in Hong Kong; Mainland Chinese Movie Director Jia Zhangke in Profile; Jazz Guitarist Eugene Pao in the Studio; Film Review: "Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith" (24 May 2005)


In the late 1970s and early 1980s Hong Kong was certainly suffering "Saturday Night Fever". The Bee Gees were everywhere. This week the 70s, and dancer Tony Manero, return to Hong Kong ... in a new stage version. China's sixth generation film-makers have moved away from the period spectacle much favoured by fifth generation directors like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige, to give audiences a gritty look at contemporary life. It hasn't been easy. They've been censored, their work is mostly seen through illicitly circulating video copies, and most of their funding has to come from outside of China. We profile one of them - Jia Zhangke. And we end the show with one of Asia's top jazz musicians. He's performed and recorded with many of the best-known names in world jazz, including Jimmy Witherspoon, Jack Dejohnette, and Michael Brecker. He, of course, is Hong Kong's very own Eugene Pao.

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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