A film geek’s watching: THE SALT OF THE CARIBBEAN (Well I am referring to Dead men tells no tales or Salazar’s revenge to all dummies)
So yes I have finally watched POTC 5,and I have a lot of salt and good to say so here I go
I am a slut for the pirates of the carribean franchise. I mean I watch the trilogy of the films (including POTC 3 which Singapore is known for that line as said coldly by chow you fatt “Welcome to Singapore” hahahaha),I love that franchise so much it was fun and super enjoyable. Of course I did not expect to be interested in that film,but never less I was saying for good times for good times. I came in,recovering from my flu,with a best Friend of mine and of course a Super packed threater with French expats. Well I saw the trailer of it which BTW looks super dope which looks while but it was in fact now what I imagined is the opposite (CURSES HOLLYWOOD MARKETING CURSES)
Pairing: Namjoon x reader Genre: angst, romance, smut later on, angst Warnings: nothing yet Word count: 3731 Summary: “Don’t fall in love with someone like me… you’ll just be disappointed and leave…”
Since you moved to Korea about a year ago things have been rather different for you. For starters, because you were a filmmaker Big Hit noticed your work inspired by BTS and so they contacted you for an interview to work for them. I know exciting right? Well you ended up taking the offer and loved it. About a month in you met the boys and boy you nearly melted into a puddle that day but they were very welcoming. It’s been over half a year now working for the company so making friends wasn’t as bad as you thought. The unnies would help you in your korean since you weren’t exactly native speaker fluent but you were fluent enough. It was even better when Namjoon actually spoke to you in english here and there. He was trying to make you feel more comfortable since you started working there so you two became close friends.
It was around the time that their comeback was approaching making it very stressful and busy for them. Filming for the music video, getting the set ready, having to edit, etc. man it was a load on you. “Oh, y/n do you think it’s possible to redo those two scenes this week and have editing finished by Monday?” Your sunbaenim asked knowing you were going to start editing today and thank the gods he asked today and not when you were halfway done. “Ummmm yeah I think I can but i’ll have to stay here all week since it’s a lot of editing to do and filming again.” In all honesty you weren’t very thrilled to stay and do overtime but you got paid more and had no plans either way so you took the offer. “Are you sure it’s not too much to ask? I know you’re one of our best editors and directors but don’t over do it.” Everyone in the company knew how hard you worked within the six months of being there just to go from editing to executive director and the head of the editing department but your sunbaenims were concerned about you since you were also the youngest there being only 20. “Yeah it’s okay i’ll just go home and pack some stuff to stay over the night.” giving him a smile to reassure him he nodded and smiled back leaving the room.
The walk home wasn’t far from the studio though the cold air freezing your body up made it feel far. You approach the building to greet the man letting you in. “Ah y/n there was someone looking for you earlier.” he was the cutest ahjussi ever and he treated you so kindly you being a foreigner. “Really? Who?” “It was a tall handsome young man with blond hair? Pink hair? You kids and your crazy hair colors.” you couldn’t help but chuckle at his remark. It was Namjoon he was talking about so you head to the elevator and press the number 4 button. Namjoon was basically the only best friend you had since moving and he made you feel very comfortable to be around. He wasn’t just an idol in your eyes unlike how most fans viewed him that way. Yeah you liked BTS a lot before working with them but even then you only saw them as human beings who happened to make really catchy music. When meeting them for the first time yeah you literally cried because they’re a group who holds a lot of meaning to your heart. “Oh sunbae what are you doing here?” It was hard to recognize him wearing all black (almost everything he wears really) face covered with a mask and wearing sunglasses but his pinkish blond hair was all you needed to know it was him. “Yahhh y/n you don’t need to be so formal just call me namjoon.” Giggling at his request you did it on purpose sometimes knowing it bothered him so you spoke up, “ Okay Namjoon what are you doing here?” “Oh yeah uhh the boys got you this…” He pulled out small bag with a light blue bow on it. “What’s this for?” curious what was in he gave it to you and before opening it he cleared his throat. “Well we know you’ve been working hard and we wanted to thank you for all the hard work and sleepless nights you’ve had for dealing with us… and uhh yeah open it.” There was excitement in his eyes when you opened the bag as if he was a child getting ice cream and you thought it was cute. “Oh my god….” It was a group photo you being the center of it. It was taken on your first day on the job and you had a bad start messing up but in the end there was a picnic with the boys cheering you up. It was as if it happened yesterday making you smile. “Do you like it? Oh god you don’t like it. I told them it would be stupid i’m s-” “I love it… thank you.” tears started to form in your eyes and out of pure instinct you hugged him tightly and let out a soft cry. As shocked as Namjoon was he returned the hug and man did his heart flutter. “I also got you something too..” He pulled out of the hug not wanting to but had to. “Wait what you did?” As you opened it there was a piece of paper folded nicely and then a locket. Opening it, it was a picture of when you guys visited home in LA recently looking at the other half was a selca of him making you laugh a little. You missed home… “Yah~ why did you put yourself on the other half?” It was funny but very adorable. “Well your best friend is always here for you.” He said with the biggest smile. There it was the smile that won everyone over. The dimples the were the cutest thing you’ve ever seen in your life. “Well i’m glad that I have this to remind myself who my best friend is. Do you want to come in I made some hot coco earlier.” “You sure aren’t you busy? I don’t want to interupt your day.” “Yes I don’t have to go back until like 3 and it’s 1:30.” He came over many times that everyone asked if you were dating but you said no and brushed it off. Of course he was handsome and very good looking yet also a sweetheart who was actually an amazing person that you wished people knew about him like you did but- no no no you didn’t like him stop. “Sorry I didn’t have time to clean up the mess.” Looking at the mess you were too lazy to pick up for the past what two weeks now? Gross you thought to yourself. “If you’ve seen the dorm then this is nothing compared to that. Plus I’ve been here so many times it doesn’t matter.” Well… he is right.
Watching her heat up the hot cocoa he made his way to her living room and noticed her bookshelf stocked with film books and movies. He loved watching her geek out over blockbuster films or when you would show him the difference in lens or shots and loved it most when you showed him projects you were working on. The work you made was beautiful with the stories you tell making viewers being moved. Looking up and down he saw a photo laying there with y/n and another man who looked a hell of a lot older than her. “Y/n?” You hummed in response while stirring the drink. “Who’s this?” holding up the photo you looked up and immediately froze. God why did you keep that picture? Bringing back awful memories making you feel emptiness you walk over grab the picture and burn it. Taking a deep breath you feel your hand shaking but try to keep calm. “He’s nobody…. Do you want some cake too?” trying not to crack. “Are you okay?” noticing your change in expressions “Did I do som-” “It’s fine Joon…. It’s just nothing…” “Are you sure you’re okay?” Just breath y/n just breath…. “Just…. Just drop it okay? I’ll tell you some other time Joon.” He was concerned but knew not to push any further so he didn’t say anything else. Namjoon knew how difficult it was for you to express your feelings to anyone really but he noticed your efforts in trying to loosen up. He wanted to know more though and just wanted you to trust him, not that you didn’t but obviously there was more to know but your walls were too high up and too thick to break down due to your stubbornness. After eating something he helps pack some clothes and anything else you might need to finish your work. “Hey i’m going to take a quick shower do you mind picking up a little?” “Yeah sure.” “DON’T break my stuff okay?” “What I would never do such a thing! Now go take a shower stinky butt.” Yes it seems odd that he would stay while you shower but you reached that comfort level of friendship with him when you first invited him over. You kind of wish you had a picture of his reaction because it was priceless. After showering you picked out your daily comfortable style that everyone loved not knowing why. It was literally the same thing you were probably the girl version of Jungkook with his white shirts jeans and timberlands. Picking out a black shirt that was lose and a pair of jeans that were high enough to cover your not so toned sides and picking out your favorite long black cardigan that the boys got you since you literally loved cardigans. Especially the long ones. Walking out you saw Namjoon on the couch reading who knows what. “Hey let’s go.” clearing your throat loud enough for him to hear. “Oh okay.” As you guys arrive the other members seemed to be showing up as well. “Y/n!!!” Taehyung ran and picked you up to hug you and embarrassed you pat his back while spinning you. “Yah! Put me down you know I hate being carried.” You did… You really hated it thinking you weighed too much for them so you ended up dropping weight though you still hated being picked up. “But you’re so light!” he said pouting “Anyways… how’ve you been? Why do you have another backpack?” “Oh i’m staying the night here to finish your video and this week we have to reshoot two scenes.” “Yahh paboya Isn’t that too much work since our comeback is next week?” Yoongi was another good friend of yours since he understood you 100% emotionally. “It’s okay sunbae I can get it done if I focus and not get distracted that’s why i’m staying here for four days.” “Aw we wanted to go bowling Saturday but you’re working…” Jungkook was only two years older than you making you the maknae of the group. It boosted his ego tenfold really and you didn’t know why. “We can go some other time oppa.” Also did I mention he loved it when you called him oppa? He loved it knowing that he actually was older than you unlike fans older than him would call him that and he hated it. You on the other hand found it hilarious. “Yah she’s busy with work jungkook-a we shouldn’t even be going out since we have our comeback next week.” Jin and yoongi both scolded the younger one but you couldn’t help but smile. “Yahhh it’s okay to go out without me and plus you should go out and have fun and relax you’ll be busy next week and for the next month and a half or so. It’s okay.” “Are you sure? We’re concerned about you overworking yourself.” Jimin was always concerned about you over doing it with work. “Listen short stuff i’m fine okay i’ll be fine once I finish this i’ll rest okay I promise.” The boys couldn’t help but laugh at you calling jimin short even though he was taller than you slightly. “Yah! I’m taller than you and older!!!” “Yeeees sunbaenim~~!!” As you walked into the building before he would start scolding you. Namjoon stayed in the front talking to boys forgetting he had your stuff. The guys started to head inside for practice before yoongi pulled him to the side. “Hey is y/n okay? She looks exhausted lately and thinner too. I don’t think she’s taking care of herself.” If anyone knew you it was Yoongi and Namjoon. They both worry you being the youngest taking in so much work and them also knowing what it feels like going through their own personal matters. “I don’t know hyung… today she seemed off..” thinking about the picture he saw earlier today. “Why what happened?” Lately yoongi noticed you staying later than usual working on projects that didn’t need to be done until another month. It certainly wasn’t invisible to the naked eye on how tired you looked for the past month and a half but every time a member insisted for you to rest, you’d ignore them and continue to work. It’s been getting worse and out of hand. “There was a picture of her and what I assume her ex and when I asked her she became upset and burned it saying he was a nobody.” “Namjoon… “ putting his hand on his shoulders to help him relax, “ Everyone knows you see her differently, I mean you make it pretty damn obvious and she is either really slow in catching on or she’s afraid to let someone in. She trusts you well us enough but she also shows you her trust towards you differently than towards me. There is obviously something holding her back but her overdoing it with work won’t help her and I know for a fact it’s to distract herself. Even PDnim noticed and is starting to get concerned. She trusts you more since one you’re the only fluent english speaker making her feel somewhat more relaxed. Try to talk to her.” Taking in a deep breath he knew his hyung was right but it wasn’t easy talking to you being so damn stubborn. “Hyung trust me I’ve tried, she’s the most stubborn person i’ve ever met. Way more stubborn than you are and that says a lot but I’ve tried, I really really really have tried. I’m scared she’ll hurt herself.” He sure as hell wasn’t lying about that because every time someone got passed a stubborn wall, good luck getting through the next 50. “Yah it’s okay we’ll talk more about this some other time okay?” Yoongi patted Namjoon back to walk in the building.
You were so focused on you work that you hadn’t realized Namjoon still had your stuff until he walked in. “Oh you had my stuff. Sorry i was working I forgot about it.” “Do you need anything? Food? Anything?” “No i’m okay i’ll call you or yoongi sunbae if i do.” you smiled before you went back to work. He left the room and went to the practice room and the rest of the day was just work.
After a long night the boys left back to their places and Namjoon told the boys he would stay to check up on you. He knocked on the door before entering only to find you sleeping. You looked so peaceful and even though there was some drool he couldn’t help but let out a slight laugh. “Man you really need to let yourself rest.” There was a box of tissues across the table so he grabbed a few to clean you up causing you to move slightly making him become cautious trying not to wake you up but he failed when trying to put a blanket over you. “Hmmm….Joon?” your voice was scratchy and your eyes were squinted trying to figure out what was going on. “Oh sorry I didn’t mean to wake you up. Are you okay?” “Mmm I’m okay just tired….. What time is it?” “It’s almost 11 why?” Rubbing your eyes you take a big sigh and get up leaving him looking at you confused. It’s been about 8 hours of working but technically 5 since you fell asleep. “Let’s go to the convenient store I’m hungry.” Half awake and half asleep walking out with your bag. You didn’t even care how you looked with your messy hair and squinted eyes. “I can order take out if you want? And go to a cafe and get you coffee.” Watching you always eat ramen noodles when working annoyed him and everytime he offered you always said, “No it’s okay joon, it’s close by so I don’t have to walk that far.” There it was, the same sentence making him feel bad. Before he knew it you were already outside going towards the elevator so he caught up. Nope he wasn’t letting you eat another sad bowl of ramen again so he pulled you the opposite way to who knows where. “Yah~ what are you doing the store is that way.” Still trying to wake up but not trying to get out of his grip you being too tired. “Y/n you need to eat a real meal okay not cheap ramen.” Without arguing you let him drag you around. “Ajumma can we have a spicy bulgogi with the dumpling stew!” “Ahhhh Namjoon Ah!! Yes coming right up!” This was your and Namjoon’s favorite place to eat on your days off. After waiting for a while the food came out and it smelled so good you were kind of glad he dragged you here. It took a while for you to convince the ajumah and namjoon that you could eat spicy food and they doubted you but you told them that you were mexican and when they gave you the “spiciest” they had boy were they dumbfounded after you finished barely breaking a sweat. You were sniffling but you weren’t dying that you needed milk. You may be a foreigner but you could do spicy food all day every day.
After the meal you thanked the ajumma again. It was already 1:30 into the day and you had to get to work but nope he decided to drag you some more. “Joon i have work to do now isn’t the time~” whining hoping he would comply but didn’t. “Come on y/n you need a break you can go back after the sun rises. Please come on we haven’t hung out in forever since we’ve been busy with work~ pleeeeeease.” “OKAY OKAY OKAY FINE just…. Please stop whining please.” You said burrowing your face into your hand. This boy just didn’t know how to give up didn’t he. Both of you sitting down on a bench looking at the view you couldn’t help but rest your head on his shoulder. He was warm and it felt comfortable you wish- No y/n no stop he’s just a friend. “Hey y/n… can I ask you something?” You looked up at him with a slight smile. “You technically already did.” “You know what I mean.” “Yeah what’s up?” Curious to what the boy had to say you sat up and faced him. “Do you believe in love?” You didn’t expect for such a bold question making you freeze. It was a tough and soft subject for you to talk about and you thought you should tell him how you felt. It was only fair to him. “S-sorry i shouln-” “I do…” looking forward at the river. He seemed shocked that you responded since you normally pushed the subject away. It felt unfair that you had to keep a secret from him because of your fears. So little by little you started to let him in to see if he was worthy of your trust. “I believe in what I fear the most. I believe that it exists yet I don’t know how it feels. It’s scary for me to fall in love so I run away when I feel it approaching me and end up hurting those I love.” He looked at you while you stared out in front of you motionless. It was a bold question to ask but he had to. “Do you feel it approaching you?” Nervous for your answer he mentally prepared himself for rejection. “I do…. But this time, I don’t feel scared. I mean I’m terrified but I have to face it at some point. I can love someone but…. I don’t know how to be in love with someone.” She wanted him to know so badly why she was so fucked up but she was scared he’d leave her. She knew he was a caring person and she knows how he feels but she wants him to tell her when he feels ready and although it’s unsure of what she’ll do, y/n doesn’t want to hurt someone who doesn’t deserve her burden. It’s scares the living hell out of her that she’ll crumble down so hard that nobody would want to put her back together and that’s why she pushes the thought of being “in love” away. “Y/n…. you know I’m here for you right? You don’t have to tell me if you aren’t ready.” You looked at him and gave him a genuine smile. Reaching out to place your hand on his face he took in the warmth of you palm and closed his eyes. “I’m never going to be 100% ready to tell you Joon. I just don’t want you or any of the boys to see me at my worst. It’s not something to be seen knowing people can walk away. Don’t fall in love with me…. You’ll just be disappointed and leave…” But it was too late for him not to. He’d fallen so hard for you that you were a delicate feather to him and he held you so gently thinking you’d break apart at any moment. He didn’t care anymore whether you push him away because he mentally prepared himself to break those walls you’ve built. Or so he thought….
Okay okay okay so I don’t know if it’s good but feedback would be very helpful I hope you guys like it i’m hella nervous ~.~
So, this is my new Tumblr posts family I am starting! She is a geek person who loves reading books and watching terror films. I think im going to put her in the social media carreer, what do you think?
So ok,Oscar fever is still here-there are some films that deserved a nod for 2014 and surprinsgly it is one of those anticipated films of that year after reading it from BFI.
Belle (2013)-Amma Asante
Dido Elizabeth Belle: I have been blessed with freedom twice over, as a negro and as a woman.
Before I jump to this review,my sis and I are talking my thoughts of it (She came in last minute after I finished it) interested in the painting
This is my talking point as I show screen caps of what I watched on how the blacks are painted. It leads me to one of my soft spot films-Amazing Grace (2007)
A few years ago,in discovery of my teen years-about William Wiberforce (played by Ioan Gruffudd,who is Henry Morgan in Forever)-the father of abolishment of slavery,and with William Pitt (Benedict Cumberbatch-now oscar nominee for The Imitation Game). What is interesting that it was told in a white man’s perspective,driven by religion (with mingling of John Netwon who wrote the beloved Amazing Grace). The only woman who is significant-Barbara Spooner (Romola Garai-Bel Rowly of the Hour) plays a small role in the film and pretty much the only stake is a White man’s world to save the society for a cause of godly conscience (No offence-I loved this film but that is not my case)
However let me talk about the subject Belle,a lady of great intelligence played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Whovians would recognise her as Martha’s sister in The Lazarus Experiment). I am extremely moved by her sheer determination,she is not painted broadly but as a layer persona like the painting. The part where she found about the horrors,is absolutely heartbreaking and should have been placed as one of the oscar nominees this year. That anguish,the playfulness and of course her sheer will is placed with closeups of the face-never feitshed.
The supporting actors like Tom Wilkison as Lord Mansfield (Hey a Grand Budapest cast member!) as the uncle,is moving and Sam Stein,as the idealist lawyer is proved wonderful with Gugu’s chemistry.
The cinematography-mannnnn it was incredible-it reminded me of Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and if you observed-lots of rack focus on her to show her silence and of course the use of shadows til the second half.
That is not my point,what strikes me is not the romance,but for her as an individual. The paintings which Dido saw all her entire life- portrayed Africans as helpless figures-looking to the whites as the oncoming messiahs (Hell she is freaking anxious when she heard about the paintings)
It is no longer the colonial gaze,she has to fight-it was her gender where women are not allowed to express their opinions of themselves. This is where it was untouched in my opinion in period films-A man can say whatever he wants but not her. That what makes it incredible,and hoping to see. Dido has her own wits,to appreciate culture in light of Handel and Purcell but also a mind to stand what is right. The script does justice to such an enigmatic figure-who gives about the slavery-it was a journey we go as an audience.
She is not like her namesake-Dido,left behind to cry over the lover at sea (there is a paraell of her real father leaving her). She withstand the flames of prejudice of society and her peers to be a better person. It may be saddening to hear that there are no living testaments of her legacy (I hear that she has an unmarked grave and all is lost til the 70’s) but this film shows the triumph of a woman in her times,where is repressive and if not unforgivable. To me,as a young asian woman-that is incredible.
So it happens that oldfilmsflicker recommend Frida,and knowing I love Julie Taymor’s Across The Universe! I will watch Frida (Holla!)
Frida Kahlo: I had two big accidents in my life Diego, the trolley and you… You are by far the worse.
Frida Kahlo-a woman,having going through a traumatic accident at 16,expressing her tumultuous life with the on and off marriage of Diego Rivera and her struggles as a woman.
Anyway I love Julie Taymor (Haters gonna hate) and her work of Across The Universe is amazing. What is crazy about it,is how does she capture that magic realism of Kahlo’s paintings (they are often traumatic and almost bloody-look at the miscarriage painting-the Henry Ford Hospital). She did a similar one with Diego and Frida’s journey to New York with Benefit of Mr Kite (She is great at making the cinema almost Cornell-equse which I loved and wish many directors do :( )
Anyway Salma is just fitting as Kahlo-piss and vinegar on her veins. Her performance with ALFRED MOLINA is just sizzling,with deep respect and love for each other.
There is that Fellini-esque element in Kahlo’s life-seeing the inability to conceive a child,paintings re-enacting life as we see the constructions of her cutting her hair with the infidelity of Rivera,seeing her loved ones pass by and hey even having an affair with Tolosy (WOOOAHHHH). It is not coheret and almost episodic (sounds like Leigh’s Mr Turner which I recommend for realises). But that is Frida’s crazy life could be summarised by this gorgeous last scene
Despite life’s difficulties and adversities-you can still hold it with grace and wonder. And that is beautiful
A film geek's watching special:About Asian Films and why the hell do we not watch enough of it?
So hello everyone,I would like to address this issue because I do feel that it is a problem,even for me as a cinephile living in Asia (to be more precise Singapore).
The night before my birthday I read an ask on my favorite tumblr salesonfilm (x) What is your favorite Asian films? However what intrigued me is the response
Asian cinema is such a weak spot for me. it’s embarrassing, really, especially considering the vast size & scope of the films made all across the middle east, far east, south east asia…i have so much to learn, still.
Sadly this truth also applied to me as an Asian,who is in film school
Yes Armad I should be watching more Asian films,because I am from that region. Hey it is my home-turf. Some of the best guys are from here..Everyone is familiar with these guys
Akira Kurosawa (Yes the guy who collaborated with Toshire Mifune who is a badass)
Yazujiro Ozu (Those in film school would know you have to watch Tokyo Story for screenings and yes I loved that film-he is that chill guy who make quiet films)
Sajitay Ray (I only watched one recently-Panther Panchalit which is wonderful)
The Chinese 5th and 6th Generation filmmakers like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige
Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugestu is wonderful and have the most beautiful shots)
For the current ones
For the Korean filmmakers recently- Boo Jung-Ho with Snow piercer (with John Hurt) and Park Chan Wook’s Stalker
Apichatpong Weersethakul (I met him during an event,I will tell you more about him)
Wong Kar Wai (I admit I loved his works so much everyone in my film school try to emulate him)
Hayao Miyasaki and Studio Ghibi (I loved his works okay?)
Yes a long list of Asian filmmakers I can name and we (I mean the cinema) just took notice of them recently. Now about Apichatpong..I managed to grab a chat with him after watching a restored version of his debut film Mysterious Object at Noon and I asked about his latest films Uncle Boommee and how the people receive it. He said to me nicely that the French loved these type of films because they are interesting and hark back to their surrealist days in the 20’s. It is a good sign that the Westerners are not drilled into their colonial past and white supremacy.
Now here is my question why I (we) are not watching more Asian films? I would look into my country as a case-study. It is like only recently we can celebrate Singapore’s film industry because of that film
Yah! We won a Palme D'Or by Cannes (I get to watch it and it was okay for me). We don’t have anything great since Mee Pok Man by Eric Khoo and plus we have a period where the local cinema became obsolete. Despite that hype
most of the time,people would rather flock into Jack Neo films if it was local and people have a love/hate relationship with him (I know some of my classmates tend to bitch about him)
He makes crappy comedies of ah-bengs (A local term for chinese gangsters) that is not global in mind. However he makes money out of it.
There are the art house directors like Boo Junfung and Anthony Chen,but there is little reception.
But hey if I am a local and goes to the cinema,if I have to choose a Hollywood Blockbuster with a well-known director or a Local film. I would patronize that Hollywood film because 90% films shown in Singapore are Hollywood. Hollywood dominated Asia’s cinema watching. I only remember more Hollywood filmmakers and European than my local cinema.
I did not realize how powerful South East Asian films are until I watched Lewat Djam Malam during Film Restoration Asia. I am extremely horrified that an old Indonesian film can be so powerful and I do not even know my region’s filmmakers. Even the young people who are going to be filmmakers are blissfully unaware that we have incredible filmmakers from here! On the otherhand Japan and Korea attempted to showcase more of its local filmmakers and I recall a news report that the Koreans are more interested in their local films. I wonder why the hell am I not interested in the films from my region
It leads me to that point..if you want people to be more aware of Asian films (westerners or not). We need to showcase more Asian films. like how Italians show off their Fellinis and Rossellinis to film festivals and cinemas. I bet people are curious what is Asia like beyond the plastic perception of Orientals. I am curious how people in my region talk about issues and create stories that are global!
If you cannot afford to watch a film in cinemas,check Criterion Collection and DVDS that distribute Asian Cinema. Yes check the Ozus and Rays. Also be prepared to go beyond the comfort zone that is why I need people to put great films in DVDS,I mean lesser know regions. Don’t keep them in vaults where they will rot. Films are supposed to be watched not kept as a museum piece.
And we need to help in the film preservation area,I am an advocate of it and I recalled a talk about the state of film archives in Asia. It was scary that people simply do not see film as a heritage and we dump the films like trash. It was sad that 60-70% of the films made in Singapore’s golden age (50’s-70’s) are gone. I would love to see the Old Malay films but I cannot because we don’t give a flip. Basically my heritage is gone forever. Sadly we do not have the finances to keep this. That is why I am glad that Scorsese created The World cinema fund. We could see more Asian films to be saved. More people watching Asian films.
Lastly education for Asian films,how are you going to spur people’s attention without educating them? We need to have more courses on Asian cinema,more books talking about it. Let them be heard. It would enrich the mind.
Cinemas need to be proud of that heritage. We need to give more funding to filmmakers,if they can win something great don’t stop in that moment. Celebrate it 24/7. Please give more funding to them,it would make such a big difference.
Film-preservation advocates,thank you for caring of Asian films. It would definitely enriched people’s lives!
Fellow watchers,instead of watching Hollywood all the time,switch up like twice a week,watch an Asian film. There are so many recommendations of it. Have discussions on the net of those watchings. I am more than happy to talk about it. I am hoping that people would say “do you watch that Filipino film,it was brilliant”
Filmmakers from my region,as a future film critic,Please do not be scared to make your stories. I know it is tough but we need these voices! Take care of your films,don’t thrash them. You never know if it could touch people’s hearts globally. Please do watch your region’s filmmakers,be aware of those names not just Ozu and Kurosawa, I cannot emphaise on film watching. I seriously do.
After much passionate thinking,I would like to end with that short by country that struck me more than Ilo Ilo. Gourmet Baby by Sandi Tan that restored my humanity of Singaporean films as a local (Alongside Boo Junfung) . It was a simple concept-a guy who loved food used his niece as his way to express his love of high-class food because no one want to do it. I understand because it is in our culture that we loved good food. But it is how it was weaved to tell something about Singaporean society which is wonderful. It is not as outlandish as Jack Neo or too arty-farty. It goes into the core of everyone. I remember I wrote this on my post for my school blog on that seminar
To me, the lesson …. is that we must be fearless in getting our voices heard, whether it is making a statement in your film or writing about a film. After all, aren’t we individuals who wish to have our perspectives heard?
In the end if you wanted Asian Cinema to thrive well,give it a chance to let that voice be heard! That is what I hope for Asian cinema to the world ,go beyond the exoticism of Asian films that it was shiny and let them be heard. Give equal attention as the Hollywood and the European films. I do believe that cinema brings worlds and I hope I would be proud of my cinematic heritage!
Happy Birthday to James Franco. I’m still in love with Daniel Desario from Freaks and Geeks and only watched the Spiderman films just for him. Also, I can’t wait to read his books. I have a big crush on him too <3