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Tag: Ivy Ho

Podcast On Fire Network Bonus Episode 50: Claustrophobia & Break Up 100

An unofficial episode of The Ekin Hour, Kenny B and Phil G talk the reverse/flashback drama Claustrophobia from 2008 and Ekin opens a café and breaks up with his girlfriend a lot in Break Up 100 from 2014.

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Running times:
00m 00s – Intro/Ivy Ho biography/Claustrophobia background
7m 45s – Claustrophobia review
41m 13s – Lawrence Cheng biography
45m 42s – Break Up 100 review

Podcast on Fire 61: Exclusive Interview with Ivy Ho

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Finishing our Visible Secrets coverage, Paul Loudon represented Podcast On Fire and interviewed Claustrophobia director Ivy Ho. Before the interview we have the Magnificent Trio discuss last Ivy Ho movies watched and we also cover her biography. Enjoy!

Ivy Ho’s Directorial Debut Launches Film Season UK Autumn Tour

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Cornerhouse have sent out a Press Release about Visible Secrets going on tour;

A new Cornerhouse touring film season Visible Secrets, is set to celebrate and highlight Hong Kong’s female film directors in major cities across the UK this autumn. Launching this celebration is Ivy Ho’s directorial debut Claustrophobia, starring Hong Kong megastars Karena Lam and Ekin Cheng.

Claustrophobia, will launch the UK wide tour of Visible Secrets with a special gala screening at Curzon, Mayfair in London on Monday 02 November.

Visible Secrets: Hong Kong’s Women Filmmakers will tour to venues across the UK including: New Park Chichester, Eden Court Inverness, Pictureville Bradford, Showroom Sheffield, Broadway Nottingham, Watershed Bristol, QUAD Derby, Chapter Cardiff and Barn Dartington.

POF 57 guest Paul Loudon has done a terrific job bringing us several excellent reviews, which we will do a final post with all the highlights and a very special interview.

VS: Claustrophobia (2008)

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Claustrophobia is not like the overwhelming majority of Hong Kong movies that I have seen. Where in your typical Hong Kong flick characters state implicitly and clearly what they are feeling so that the entire world and his dog can get behind it, in Claustrophobia our cast of bedraggled yet always immaculately dressed office staff keep their emotions a tightly guarded secret. As an audience the trick throughout this movie is to read between the lines, to catch a glimpse of human frailty lest you spend the entire movie wondering what the point of it all is.

The movie begins with Tom (Ekin Cheng) dropping his closest co-workers home at the end of a shift. They are essentially a motley crew of typicals; the old grumpy one, the office bimbo and the nervy geek. And then there is Pearl (Karina Lam) who is last to arrive home. Whilst sat in the car, Tom takes this opportunity to tell Pearl that she is a great employee and deserves a better job working for someone else. What he is really saying here is that she should take a hike because the mutual office flirting could screw his marriage up; Pearl doesn’t take too kindly to this. Read More

Visible Secrets: Hong Kong’s Women Filmmakers

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Manchester you lucky devils.  This autumn, Manchester’s Cornerhouse will showcase the work of female directors from Hong Kong as part of Visible Secrets: Hong Kong’s Women Filmmakers. The season will celebrate the imagination and vibrancy of these directors and their work through an exciting programme of screenings, events and special guests.

Named after Ann Hui’s “Visible Secret”, Cornerhouse will be showing several movies from Hui’s career; July Rhapsody (starring Jacky Cheung), Night and Fog, The Postmordern Life of My Aunt (starring the man – Chow Yun-Fat), The Way We Are, Goddess of Mercy and Visible Secret (Eason Chan and Shu Qi).

Cornerhouse have a selection notable female directors making apperances, they have Special Guest award winning director Yan Yan Mak. Mak will introduce her new documentary The Decameron (2009) on Sat 31
October. Tsang Tsui Shan will be present (Fri 30 October) to introduce her debut, award-winning feature Lovers on the Road (2008). On Tuesday 3rd November screen writer Ivy Ho will be in person to introduce her directorial debut; Claustrophobia (2008) starring Karena Lam and Ekin Cheng.

Visible Secrets: Hong Kong’s Women Filmmakers is a UK-first season of new films sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London. The Festival is running from Friday 9th October to Tuesday 3rd November at Cornerhouse, Manchester.

Please download the festivals program here, they are showing some great films and this possibly the only chance you’ll get to see two movies starring Ekin Cheng shown in Manchester! Think about it people!

Download the Festivals Program Here (.PDF File)