The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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  • に公開 2018/08/08
  • Neon is fading.
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    Explore neon culture through this local museum project: www.neonsigns.hk/?lang=en
    Master Wu started making neon signs in the ’80s and has been filling Hong Kong’s streets with bright neon signs ever since. But recently, Master Wu has seen his business slow down as brighter-burning and more energy-efficient LED signs emerge. In addition to getting fewer requests, Hong Kong’s iconic neon landscape is also losing thousands of signs per year, ushering in the end of the city’s neon era.
    As Hong Kong’s neon lights start to fade, I spent some time with Master Wu at his neon shop, where he showed me how he makes neon signs, and took a look at Hong Kong’s changing cityscape.
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  • Vox
    Vox  ヶ月 前 +94

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    • Xuelder
      Xuelder ヶ月 前

      I loved this video, but I have a "weird" question: what was the font used at the beginning to spell Hong Kong? I would love to use it in my projects.

    • Anglo-Afghan Dutch Mapper
      Anglo-Afghan Dutch Mapper ヶ月 前

      Wuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwuwu senpai

    • Hudson Bernard
      Hudson Bernard ヶ月 前

      Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.

    • Mike T
      Mike T ヶ月 前

      Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者

    • Hovan Ng
      Hovan Ng ヶ月 前

      I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!

  • BANANA BANANA
    BANANA BANANA 2 時間 前

    4:50
    here's the song, been looking for too long lol
    soundcloud.com/artpopst/tom-hillock-nicolas-boscovic-golden-halo

  • Synalla
    Synalla 18 時間 前

    The music you keep using for the Borders series is not only painful to hear in its composition, but also ridiculous in volume compared to the dialogue--the part that is IMPORTANT and NECESSARY. Your taste in indie music may be too distracting and painful, and that's your choice, but the volume levels need to emphasize the voices and make them heard. Otherwise, I have no incentive to watch your crap if I can't hear what you want to tell me.
    Borders isn't the only perpetrator of this terrible volume dynamic, but it is the worst. Please stop this. Believe it or not, I came to these videos for what you have to say, not for ear-grating crap that I didn't consent to or expect from the title or thumbnail.

  • niel Gt
    niel Gt 3 日 前

    Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨

  • WhetZaddy
    WhetZaddy 4 日 前 +1

    What's that outro song??

  • Schooking Skel-CentrixPVP

    warning:comment section contains neon jokes.

  • AomiN
    AomiN 6 日 前

    yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒

  • nerdygal
    nerdygal 7 日 前

    I love this. Love the way Johnny creates his videos. The filming, the narrating style, the atmosphere he creates, it's just amazing. Vox Borders is undoubtly my favourite series in the entire channel.
    Keep up the awesome work!

  • sandy
    sandy 8 日 前

    kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good

  • sonal narvekar
    sonal narvekar 9 日 前

    The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing

  • João Amorim
    João Amorim 10 日 前

    Amazing editing!!!

  • What Alien?
    What Alien? 11 日 前

    What does health have to do with removing neon lights??

  • David Arango Bermùdez

    What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?

  • Semerah Delima
    Semerah Delima 12 日 前

    i love this series!

  • smiling_chestnut
    smiling_chestnut 14 日 前

    This video really popped off

  • Daniel K
    Daniel K 14 日 前

    Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!

  • Elizabeth T
    Elizabeth T 15 日 前

    now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics

  • lawrence
    lawrence 18 日 前

    Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently

  • Literally Felicity
    Literally Felicity 18 日 前

    Neon lights are very pretty imo.

  • lawrence
    lawrence 18 日 前

    Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop

  • peter tuann
    peter tuann 20 日 前

    I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,

  • Saša Stajić
    Saša Stajić 20 日 前

    I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic

  • Grace W
    Grace W 20 日 前

    Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?

  • AstroNeón Sideral
    AstroNeón Sideral 20 日 前

    El neon jamás tendrá rival

  • Oh no it's marshie
    Oh no it's marshie 21 日 前

    I actually feel bad for the people who lives in the building or across where all the neon lights or led lights are hung. Good luck having a dark enough environment to sleep in with all those lights shining through.

  • Billy Bachiashvili
    Billy Bachiashvili 21 日 前

    That intro and the music in it....so satisfying!! I love your work Vox!

  • drew t
    drew t 22 日 前 +2

    There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.

  • Aaron Keane
    Aaron Keane 22 日 前

    Music in this series is really nice!

  • Cancer Alert
    Cancer Alert 22 日 前

    Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?

  • YamiSpirit
    YamiSpirit 22 日 前

    Anyone know the song 3:00?

  • Nikola Prolić
    Nikola Prolić 23 日 前

    0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍

  • YO B
    YO B 23 日 前 +1

    i was doing that for almost a year in Ethiopia. i used to be a neon Bender. old memory! now am a scrolling LED expert. as much as i hate to say this, eventually we have to move on and adapt the future.

  • Dmitri Spiegel
    Dmitri Spiegel 23 日 前 +1

    Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!

  • Dr. K
    Dr. K 24 日 前

    China's most iconic aspect?
    Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution

  • The Solar Wolf
    The Solar Wolf 24 日 前

    The future is not painted in just the glow of neon lights anymore, but in the simmer twinkles of the LED and flashes of a computer screen along with the nostalgic neon glow.

  • VariTimo
    VariTimo 24 日 前

    It’s not cool to change a movies aspect ratio from its original to 16:9. Not even for a political format.

  • Solomon Tsai
    Solomon Tsai 24 日 前

    0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.

  • Camille Lee
    Camille Lee 25 日 前

    Ughhh the LEDs doesnt have that soft glow when it lights up. Hopefully neon lights will thrive back into the spotlight.

  • The Legend
    The Legend 25 日 前

    Part of me will always be nostalgic for neon, but it's the past and It belongs there along with VHS players.

  • ElineOpje
    ElineOpje 25 日 前

    what song is it around 3:10?

  • XM
    XM 25 日 前

    Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga

  • Rodney Jones
    Rodney Jones 26 日 前

    It's going to be a very sad day the day that neon signs disappear for good and all we will have left are cyberpunk movies and games and city pop music to remember this amazingly beautiful *AESTHETIC* . The nostalgia is will kill so many people. 😭😭😭

  • 05candyman
    05candyman 26 日 前

    LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.

    • 05candyman
      05candyman 21 日 前

      +Countess' Slave I actually like LED alot. Especially gorgeous bright OLED TVs and cellphones.

    • Countess' Slave
      Countess' Slave 21 日 前

      05candyman and extremely unpleasant and unsatisfying to look at

  • 05candyman
    05candyman 26 日 前

    I like LED better

  • DJ Danger
    DJ Danger 26 日 前 +2

    The music is dope.

  • Matthew Reeves
    Matthew Reeves 26 日 前

    Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!

  • sapphirexwind
    sapphirexwind 26 日 前

    I had taken some glass classes at a museums glass workshop, they offer a Neon making class, I want to try it. Let's preserve craftsmanship!

  • sexy korean girl
    sexy korean girl 26 日 前 +2

    hong kong is a third rate city now. like all the kong girls

  • Delfim Álvaro
    Delfim Álvaro 27 日 前

    Damn, Vox. This series is fireeee!

  • Archer V.
    Archer V. 27 日 前

    for money....

  • The TNTsheep
    The TNTsheep 27 日 前 +1

    Neon lights were great, but we shouldn't linger in the past; instead we should embrace the new.

  • Bruce Chang-Gu
    Bruce Chang-Gu 27 日 前

    not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning

  • Dj3ndo
    Dj3ndo 27 日 前

    Amazing series!

  • Constant Throwing
    Constant Throwing 27 日 前

    I want a wall of neon signs from hong kong if someone can help me out.

  • penguins forall
    penguins forall 27 日 前

    Keep in mind a big part of why LEDs are cheap and bright is due to phosphors. Pretty much all the LEDs you can buy use phosphors. Neon lights could similarly use phosphors and make them nearly an order of magnitude more efficiency similar to CFL lamps.

  • loversandlies
    loversandlies 27 日 前

    I FREAKING LOVE ALL OF THESE HONG KONG VIDEOS OMG

  • DmofukinLee
    DmofukinLee 28 日 前

    using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE

  • That Girl
    That Girl 28 日 前

    I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive

  • stjigpaf
    stjigpaf 29 日 前

    what is the intro song?

  • Mari
    Mari 29 日 前

    The editing is amazing

  • juni0rRC xD
    juni0rRC xD 29 日 前

    neon lights? dats racist!

  • John Kevin Brosnan
    John Kevin Brosnan 29 日 前

    You should visit northern ireland and touch their history

  • xMizunderstoodx
    xMizunderstoodx ヶ月 前

    What a shame. I will always remember how these neon signs light up the Hong Kong night and skyline.

  • Chris
    Chris ヶ月 前 +1

    What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?

  • MrHan
    MrHan ヶ月 前

    Same reason we don't see Model Ts still running around. They're romantic yes, but we can relegate them to the enthusiasts and hobbyists. There is a place for preservation and conservation but society as a whole needs to move forward.

  • justin chan
    justin chan ヶ月 前

    0:30 I’ve been there just yesterday when this comment was made. It is one of the streets in Mong Kok with all the small night shops. I am pretty sure.

  • 人活着钱没了
    人活着钱没了 ヶ月 前

    I think LED can also be made into the forms of traditional Chinese characters, but it will cost a little more money.

  • Billy The-Kid
    Billy The-Kid ヶ月 前

    LEDs lightings are more suitable for in house lighting. NEON lights are still more aesthetically pleasing and dramatic for Signages.

  • Derelect
    Derelect ヶ月 前

    I want to see a story done on Catalonia in Spain, I think that would be really cool to see.

  • Rick White
    Rick White ヶ月 前

    2:45 Neon gas give _YELLOW_ color, just as shown in the video. Not red as stated.

  • LtLonely
    LtLonely ヶ月 前

    rip aesthetic vibes

  • Shelby Brown
    Shelby Brown ヶ月 前

    The editing in the beginning of this video reminds me of 2015-2016 One Direction Vine edits... in a good way.

  • gamekiller999
    gamekiller999 ヶ月 前

    I live in HK and even thought neon lights are beautiful they are some time annoying cuz the light is very bright and hurt the eye

  • Silvia cabaco
    Silvia cabaco ヶ月 前

    Still prefer neons

  • Just Cuz
    Just Cuz ヶ月 前

    If only I could find someone to love me the way Master Wu loves Neon! 😍😍

  • Handi Cui
    Handi Cui ヶ月 前

    lol the lofi eastern asian influenced music couldn't be more fitting

  • rajshetty611
    rajshetty611 ヶ月 前

    Why vox is focusing more on hong kong

  • Dystropy Ko
    Dystropy Ko ヶ月 前 +1

    DId vox run out of budget? It says its a series about borders but there is literally nothing about borders and hes stayed in the same city for 4 episodes. The first season was way better and more informational.

  • ED L
    ED L ヶ月 前

    what is the name of master wu’s shop?

  • Brendan C
    Brendan C ヶ月 前

    0:09

  • Li Zhang
    Li Zhang ヶ月 前

    damn that intro was lit 🔥🔥🔥 keep it up vox

  • alexlammm2
    alexlammm2 ヶ月 前

    Good work! As a HK citizen, I didn't realise there are stories behind those signs.

  • Lucas Porada
    Lucas Porada ヶ月 前

    What is the name of the song at 00:20

  • Undead Jared
    Undead Jared ヶ月 前

    Why not just use diffusers over the LEDs

  • Petabyte
    Petabyte ヶ月 前

    vox is creating some amazing short film / documentaries. kudos.

  • Dripps
    Dripps ヶ月 前

    When did vox turn into Casey?

  • Lillian Swaim
    Lillian Swaim ヶ月 前

    Why does anyone care??

    • Countess' Slave
      Countess' Slave 21 日 前

      Lillian Swaim because it’s a part of people’s culture?

  • British Tiger
    British Tiger ヶ月 前

    Wow the editing on this one took a huge jump in quality. nice

  • TechFlix
    TechFlix ヶ月 前

    Brandon wofltel assured

  • C0TT0NM0UF
    C0TT0NM0UF ヶ月 前

    Neon is cooler

  • Ausgapore Tan
    Ausgapore Tan ヶ月 前

    Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities

  • sscheckerrs
    sscheckerrs ヶ月 前

    Thanks for this episode. It was lovely

  • olaolapepsiman
    olaolapepsiman ヶ月 前

    V A P O U R

  • Jan Viator
    Jan Viator ヶ月 前

    lmao most of the movies were Wong Kar Wai's

  • Supernaturalme Supernaturalme

    The night scene like a surreal movie set with smells, sounds and noise, chaotic and disorderly order ,a bit sense of danger and tension in the air, exciting and igniting. A twirl of suction of everything, all energies of mismatch and mishap all together in a split second, you are overloaded with information and overwhelmed. Too much going on around you at the same time! Too fast too. Cinematic and dramatic. That s HK.

  • red comn
    red comn ヶ月 前

    Contact for master wu? I want one of those darn neon for music venue

  • Clement Lai
    Clement Lai ヶ月 前

    These series are truly beauitful. Thanks, Vox!

  • JuJu
    JuJu ヶ月 前

    Dope series! Tuning in from London

  • djjlc
    djjlc ヶ月 前

    Japan please don’t sacrifice your culture just to be like some boring ass American!!

  • Lyds
    Lyds ヶ月 前

    so well madw this video