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The decline of Hong Kong's iconic neon glow

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Neon is fading. Follow Johnny on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/johnnywharris/ Follow the Vox Borders watch page: https://www.facebook.com/VoxBorders/ With original music by Tom Fox: https://m.soundcloud.com/user-416166523 Explore neon culture through this local museum project: http://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. Vox Borders is an international documentary series by Emmy-nominated producer Johnny Harris exploring life at the edge of nations. For more, visit vox.com/borders. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Vox (1 month ago)
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Xuelder (30 days ago)
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.
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Hudson Bernard (1 month ago)
Vox The production quality is always well executed using facts.
Mike T (1 month ago)
Vox 羊毛フェルト作り方初心者
Hovan Ng (1 month ago)
I am from from Hong Kong and you accidentally took a picture of Hong Kong’s burial home!!!!!!!
niel Gt (2 days ago)
Why is the music so loud and distracting? 🤨
WhetZaddy (3 days ago)
What's that outro song??
warning:comment section contains neon jokes.
AomiN (4 days ago)
yeah, because the growing population living in cages is really worried about old, inefficient lamps being replaced with LEDs 😒
nerdygal (5 days ago)
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 (6 days ago)
kudos to the video editor... the transitions in the beginning + the music was so good
sonal narvekar (8 days ago)
The score from 1.12- 1.26. Amazing
João Amorim (8 days ago)
Amazing editing!!!
What Alien? (9 days ago)
What does health have to do with removing neon lights??
David Arango Bermùdez (10 days ago)
What's that beat at the end? Anyone please?
Semerah Delima (10 days ago)
i love this series!
smiling_chestnut (12 days ago)
This video really popped off
Daniel K (13 days ago)
Guys have a look at the neon museum in Warsaw Poland - really awesome!
Elizabeth T (14 days ago)
now i wanna go to Hong Kong to take pictures of the aesthetics
lawrence (17 days ago)
Why not use LED in a tube with a diffuse filter? Kinda like those lightsabers theyve been making recently
Literally Felicity (17 days ago)
Neon lights are very pretty imo.
lawrence (17 days ago)
Wow that hipster vlogger whip editing was god awful. Please stop
peter tuann (18 days ago)
I approve, the streets are less cluttered, saving electricity,
Saša Stajić (18 days ago)
I find Neon light better for many reasons. It's just iconic
Grace W (18 days ago)
Does anyone know the name of the song at the end? The outtro ?
AstroNeón Sideral (19 days ago)
El neon jamás tendrá rival
Oh no it's marshie (20 days ago)
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 (20 days ago)
That intro and the music in it....so satisfying!! I love your work Vox!
drew t (20 days ago)
There's nothing more amazing than a really beautiful neon sign.
Aaron Keane (20 days ago)
Music in this series is really nice!
Cancer Alert (21 days ago)
Why not just use handcrafted tools out of stone again, because it's more of a "craft"?
YamiSpirit (21 days ago)
Anyone know the song 3:00?
Nikola Prolić (21 days ago)
0:12 nice combination of future bass and neon theme! Love it 👍
YO B (22 days ago)
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 (22 days ago)
Wow, I think those LEDs are really disgusting? I prefer the Neon!
Dr. K (22 days ago)
China's most iconic aspect? Mmhh.. No id say it's the smog of sky pollution
The Solar Wolf (23 days ago)
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 (23 days ago)
It’s not cool to change a movies aspect ratio from its original to 16:9. Not even for a political format.
Solomon Tsai (23 days ago)
0:22 you literally filmed a funeral home. smh.
Camille Lee (23 days ago)
Ughhh the LEDs doesnt have that soft glow when it lights up. Hopefully neon lights will thrive back into the spotlight.
The Legend (23 days ago)
Part of me will always be nostalgic for neon, but it's the past and It belongs there along with VHS players.
ElineOpje (23 days ago)
what song is it around 3:10?
XM (24 days ago)
Tokyo is more mouse for neon lights, they literally call it Neo Tokyo in manga
Rodney Jones (24 days ago)
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 (24 days ago)
LEDs are brighter, cheaper, more efficient, more versatile, and with a wider range of colours.
05candyman (20 days ago)
+Countess' Slave I actually like LED alot. Especially gorgeous bright OLED TVs and cellphones.
Countess' Slave (20 days ago)
05candyman and extremely unpleasant and unsatisfying to look at
05candyman (24 days ago)
I like LED better
DJ Danger (24 days ago)
The music is dope.
Matthew Reeves (25 days ago)
Enjoyed the video, but especially wanted to thank you for the larger subtitles. As a visually impaired viewer, that was super helpful!
sapphirexwind (25 days ago)
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 (25 days ago)
hong kong is a third rate city now. like all the kong girls
Delfim Álvaro (25 days ago)
Damn, Vox. This series is fireeee!
Archer V. (25 days ago)
for money....
The TNTsheep (25 days ago)
Neon lights were great, but we shouldn't linger in the past; instead we should embrace the new.
Bruce Chang-Gu (25 days ago)
not enough is being said about the extraordinary videography. stunning
Dj3ndo (26 days ago)
Amazing series!
Constant Throwing (26 days ago)
I want a wall of neon signs from hong kong if someone can help me out.
penguins forall (26 days ago)
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 (26 days ago)
DmofukinLee (26 days ago)
using a few of the same shots from last episode RREEEEEEEEE
That Girl (26 days ago)
I love neon lights but they’re kinda expensive
stjigpaf (27 days ago)
what is the intro song?
Mari (28 days ago)
The editing is amazing
juni0rRC xD (28 days ago)
neon lights? dats racist!
John Kevin Brosnan (28 days ago)
You should visit northern ireland and touch their history
xMizunderstoodx (28 days ago)
What a shame. I will always remember how these neon signs light up the Hong Kong night and skyline.
Chris (28 days ago)
What’s up with all these HK videos lately ?
Countess' Slave (20 days ago)
Chris it’s their new series
MrHan (29 days ago)
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 (29 days ago)
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 (29 days ago)
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 (29 days ago)
LEDs lightings are more suitable for in house lighting. NEON lights are still more aesthetically pleasing and dramatic for Signages.
Derelect (29 days ago)
I want to see a story done on Catalonia in Spain, I think that would be really cool to see.
Rick White (29 days ago)
2:45 Neon gas give _YELLOW_ color, just as shown in the video. Not red as stated.
LtLonely (29 days ago)
rip aesthetic vibes
Shelby Brown (29 days ago)
The editing in the beginning of this video reminds me of 2015-2016 One Direction Vine edits... in a good way.
gamekiller999 (29 days ago)
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 (29 days ago)
Still prefer neons
Just Cuz (30 days ago)
If only I could find someone to love me the way Master Wu loves Neon! 😍😍
Handi Cui (30 days ago)
lol the lofi eastern asian influenced music couldn't be more fitting
rajshetty611 (30 days ago)
Why vox is focusing more on hong kong
Dystropy Ko (30 days ago)
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 (30 days ago)
what is the name of master wu’s shop?
Brendan C (30 days ago)
Li Zhang (30 days ago)
damn that intro was lit 🔥🔥🔥 keep it up vox
alexlammm2 (30 days ago)
Good work! As a HK citizen, I didn't realise there are stories behind those signs.
Lucas Porada (30 days ago)
What is the name of the song at 00:20
Undead Jared (30 days ago)
Why not just use diffusers over the LEDs
Petabyte (30 days ago)
vox is creating some amazing short film / documentaries. kudos.
Dripps (30 days ago)
When did vox turn into Casey?
Lillian Swaim (30 days ago)
Why does anyone care??
Countess' Slave (20 days ago)
Lillian Swaim because it’s a part of people’s culture?
British Tiger (1 month ago)
Wow the editing on this one took a huge jump in quality. nice
TechFlix (1 month ago)
Brandon wofltel assured
C0TT0NM0UF (1 month ago)
Neon is cooler
Ausgapore Tan (1 month ago)
Hong Kong is one of my favourite cities
sscheckerrs (1 month ago)
Thanks for this episode. It was lovely
olaolapepsiman (1 month ago)
Jan Viator (1 month ago)
lmao most of the movies were Wong Kar Wai's
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 (1 month ago)
Contact for master wu? I want one of those darn neon for music venue
Clement Lai (1 month ago)
These series are truly beauitful. Thanks, Vox!
JuJu (1 month ago)
Dope series! Tuning in from London
djjlc (1 month ago)
Japan please don’t sacrifice your culture just to be like some boring ass American!!
Lyds (1 month ago)
so well madw this video
Aman Rahman (1 month ago)
A fun game: when you go out a night, try to tell apart neon and LED lights. In Hyderbad, it's mostly LED.
sunny steve (1 month ago)
Time for future funk

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