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A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019

Thursday, 4 July, 2019

*** A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019 ***

Please have a read of A Documentarian’s Observation – Long Hair Revolution from 2004 to 2019” in the main original post where it is centralized at one location for ease of further update and adding materials.

*** New video to watch with added English subtitles ***

Long Hair 長毛 梁國雄 Leung Kwok-hung kindly gave me permission to follow and film him for about a month in 2004 for my debut documentary film Long Hair Revolution (2005). Now almost 15 years later in 2019, it has been a pleasant surprise and a bit emotional for me to watch the RTHK Headliner 頭條新聞 segment 【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言, 長毛 梁國雄) (episode 12, 愛民如子父母官 14/06/2019) featuring Long Hair.

I’ve spent quite a few hours over the last few weeks to video capture the Headliner 頭條新聞 segment【聰吧!新中年!】抗爭者言, translate the spoken Cantonese into English and lined up the English subtitle/Closed Caption text to exactly match the timing of the Chinese subtitle text on the clip. Feel free to let me know if you spot any clear mistakes and have suggestions to better translate things.

I’ve now uploaded my English subtitle enhanced clip onto YouTube, I hope you enjoy watching it: Long Hair – 2019 頭條新聞 RTHK Headliner


Sam Klemke’s Time Machine

Monday, 25 March, 2019

Here is the million views viral video of a man obsess with capturing time (in this case via filming himself) that launched it all and got the filmmakers interested in making the documentary “Sam Klemke’s Time Machine“. This is definitely NOT your typical doc and it is rather fascinating in its own way and can be rather reflective as you get to see someone’s life flies by in front of your eyes in the time of a movie.

35 years Backwards thru Time with Sam Klemke (Time Lapse)

Here is an insightful 2015 Guardian Interview – “Sam Klemke: meet the original selfie king and his time machine” by Luke Buckmaster – As a pimply 1970s teenager, he started filming ‘personal status updates’ (and his penis) in his parents’ lounge. The difference between Sam Klemke and today’s YouTubers? He never pretended he was happy, says the documentary star

2015 KOIN 6, “‘Sam Klemke’s Time Machine’ debuts at Sundance”

Sam Klemke on Aussie Today Show 2015

Sam goes to Sundance film Festival 2015 – filmed & edited by Sam himself


Here are film reviews you may want to check out:
Variety “A unique docu hybrid that turns one man’s decades of self-filming into an existential message in a bottle”,
* THR “Habitual over-sharing on camera may have a longer history than you might think”,

You can stream the film on Kanopy for free (if your library like Calgary has subscribed to the service). And I think this is Sam’s own YouTube channel “MisterEsoteric” where you can watch more of his clips.

Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

Friday, 21 April, 2017

**SPOILERS WARNING** **SPOILERS WARNING** Some interesting clips.

Your Name (君の名は) by Makoto Shinkai is one of my most favourite recent Japanese anime films. In an NHK interview Shinkai stated, “I just wanted to pack the film with everything I had ever felt over the course of my life.

(NHK News), Making of “Your Name” – Makoto Shinkai

Makoto Shinkai Q&A following “your name” screening in Los Angeles, CA

スパークル [original ver.] -Your name. Music Video edition- 予告編 from new album「人間開花」初回盤DVD

Your Name Timeline Explained | Kimi No Na Wa | 君の名は。- The Kumihimo Theory [SPOILERS] (interesting with various additional stuff, right or wrong)

THAT SCENE from ‘Your Name’ EXPLAINED (Kimi No Na Wa)

YOUR NAME Ending Explained | KIMI NO NA WA (2016)

2018 Aug 4 Update: Your Name 10 Facts You Didn’t Know! Kimi No Na Wa Anime Facts (No clue why the video uploader use this thumbnail that is NOT in the clip nor the movie!)

Extras: (another great film by ShinkaiThe Garden of Words trailer

(also by Shinkai) 5 Centimeters Per Second Full Eng Sub 1080p

Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian National Archive since 2009. The three documentaries are collectively known as “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」 and are in Cantonese with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕). You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (beautifully projected on your big screen HDTV or on your computer). Enjoy!

Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 「香港電視革命」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 「雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Julie & Julia (2009) film commentary by Nora Ephron

Monday, 29 April, 2013

I went to the library to pick up the wonderful film Julie & Julia (2009) again so that I can watch and listen to the film commentary by Nora Ephron (who sadly passed away last year on June 26, 2012). I noticed some of the commentaries quite interesting and I found  someone (his name is Lawrence) has already transcribed some of Nora‘s wonderful commentary (from part one all the way to part eleven (with links to all eleven parts)) in roughly 10 minutes chucks. Incidentally, I found Lawrence’s commentary quite harsh (and rude) at many places for my taste.

Let me quote this particular insightful commentary by Nora from part eleven,

I first heard of Julie Powell, in fact when I read this article in the Times. I went and read her blog, which is completely charming and fraught with the energy and the hysteria of this project. She’s a very funny writer and… and it crossed my mind that it might make a movie and then I just couldn’t see how you did it—it wasn’t until I heard the idea… which belonged to Amy Robinson, one of the producers, of combining these two stories, then I saw… I saw that you could make a movie out of this.

But in fact, that article changed Julie Powell’s life and… she was flooded with offers.


Monday, 2 August, 2010

This nice looking film’s one trick is its 1000fps.

Dancing Pigeons ‘Ritalin’

Dir: Tomas Mankovsky / UK / 2010

A foreboding yet strangely humorous depiction of a seemingly pointless modern day sword fight, shot at 1000fps.

Mickey Rourke – TIME Magazine 10 Questions

Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

Mickey Rourke – TIME Magazine 10 Questions

10 Questions for Viggo Mortensen – TimeMagazine

Tuesday, 6 July, 2010

10 Questions for Viggo Mortensen – TimeMagazine

Werner Herzog on images, TV, and shoes

Saturday, 26 December, 2009

How To Break Up (Tales of Mere Existence)

Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Where Have I Been All Your Life?

Sunday, 8 November, 2009

Lift – short doc

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

Dir: Marc Isaacs / UK / 2001

Filmmaker Marc Isaacs sets himself up in a London tower block lift. The residents come to trust him and reveal the things that matter to them creating a humorous and moving portrait of a vertical community.

For more of Marcs work visit:

Luv Deluxe

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

Luv Deluxe. very well done. a short from Future Shorts.

Space Pop – Vancouver Film School (VFS)

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

Space Pop from Vancouver Film School. Enjoy.

2009 CIFF Favourite Shorts

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

“What’s Virgin Mean?” is a 2 minutes 33 seconds 2009 Calgary International Film Festival selection that is short and sweet. A nice job well done.

The short film “Love Child” is at 2009 Calgary International Film Festival. It is just so adorable and cute. Enjoy.

“The Herd” is a wonderfully made short documentary, just 4 minutes 19 seconds long. Enjoy.

Long Hair Revolution

Wednesday, 28 October, 2009

Long Hair Revolution – Full length documentary

Directed & Produced by Kempton Lam

More info in this blog entry.

Welcome to ideas Vacuum Production

Wednesday, 30 August, 2006


ideas Vacuum Production focuses in producing quality and provocative documentaries and online content. We have completed a 71-minute long documentary screened in 2005 Calgary International Film Festival.

In 2006, Kempton, founder of ideas Vacuum Production, was awarded a CTV Fellowship to attend the prestigious Banff World Television Festival where he pitched multiple projects to broadcasters from around the world (including BBC, NHK, CBC and CNN). In 2007, Kempton attended Banff as a reporter to report on the latest industry news and happenings at Banff World TV Festival and NextMedia.

Recently, Kempton has focused on creating online content and has produced and created over 200 video segments.