what she means:
how did the brave little toaster (1987) only get a 75% on rotten tomatoes. it's filled with great comedy, mystery, horror, and adventure. the four songs in the movie are some of the greatest ever composed and performed. there's a cast of relatable and lovable characters, most of which furniture. they give you villians that you enjoy actively rooting against, and they have an against-all-odds happy ending. it's perhaps one of the greatest children's movie of our time. it should have gotten at least an 85
What is wrong? That they take themselves seriously instead of insulting the people who hold these characters to heart? Wow do people want to live in a nice easy bubble
Right. SO INSULTING – to ACKNOWLEDGING THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BATFAMILY IN BRUCE’S LIFE. It’s SO insulting that cartoon, a glorified two and a half hour product placement commercial, managed to address:
Bruce is a human being.
Bruce is capable of genuine emotions, including love and fear.
Dick Grayson is Bruce Wayne’s son.
Alfred Pennyworth is Bruce Wayne’s dad.
Batman is more than a dark, brooding, loner with anger issues, and by reducing him to that, you (and Batman) ultimately fail.
AND! They did this while honoring (with some light ribbing) Batman’s long history, his rogue gallery, and evolution over time.
I’m with you. I’m so insulted –
That the effing live action films can’t understand this.
Of the complexity of the Magic Kaito universe (an essay)
For as long as I can remember, there has been a raging debate among Detective Conan & Magic Kaito fans on wether or not the two franchises actually share the same universe. While this is a false debate since the answer is officially NO, it is interesting to analyze the reasons why this debate exists in the first place. Of course, the main reason is that Kaito Kid along with Nakamori, Hakuba and Aoko (at least once in her case) have appeared in Detective Conan several times and seem to be pretty ingrained in this universe. The opposite is true as characters from Detective Conan (like Suzuki Jirokichi) have been referenced in Magic Kaito, mostly in recent stories (post 2010). Despite all of this crossing-over, Aoyama has been pretty clear on the fact the two series work in parallel universes.
If you havent yet to see this film, do yourself a favor and find the nearest theater and a showtime and see it ASAP. This movie is perhaps one of the greatest anime films I have seen and you need to see it 2-4 times to pick up every small detail which makes the movie so good. There have only been two reactions after seeing it, “That was a really good movie.” or “HOLY CRAP THAT MOVIE CHANGED ME AS A PERSON” The animation, soundtrack, story, characters, etc., were all A+ Try and go into this movie blind and dont spoil anything for yourself and enjoy one of the best films of the year.
In light of the current storyline of S3 of The Flash, the most recent episode and the subsequent responses from a subset of fandom (mostly Snowbarry), I decided to give my imput on why it is important for Iris West to be saved. I am white, but I don’t want to speak over black women or other WOC in this fandom, so if I do or write anything that is out of line, I ask your forgiveness. Just point it out and I will strive to do better.
To begin with, Iris is not only important to Barry as his best friend and lover, his lightning rod. She is also a daughter, a sister, a friend and a journalist who is the Flash’s emissary to Central City. But her greatest importance, in these troubled times, is to black girls and women in fandom. Candice Patton’s Iris’ importance extends even beyond the DCTV universe, being the precurssor of similar major changes (racebending a character) in at least three movies across two different franchises. So there is no doubt of her character’s importance to the narrative and to the fandom.
The most important and impacted viewers are young black girls. They are the ones who will get to grow up with a black Iris West, a character they can truly relate to on all levels. She is a caring and loving and compassionate woman, with strenghts and flaws and weaknesses, just like everyone. Someone who loves and is loved not ony by her family and friends, but by the very hero of the story. Someone who is not just a love interest, but a heroine in her own right. Someone who is human. And she has her own story, now more than ever: she matters. To the hero, to her family, to her friends. And even though she is in no way completely helpless, everyone else will fight to save her. She’s a pretty great role model, since she gets to be everything black women aren’t given in film and TV.
And then come the anti shippers with their rabid hate posts about how she’s just a “plot device” or “love interest”, how she’s “selfish” or “useless”, how she “takes up too much screentime” or “doesn’t contribute anything to the story”, how she “doesn’t deserve Barry or a place on the team”, etc. To add insult to injury, the antis also disregard her character in fanworks, or simply replace her with their white fave. They distort her portrayal in their “meta” posts, while at the same time highlihting their white fave. They want her lover and her friends to just let her die, because their fave needs help to keep from becoming evil.
And if all of the above weren’t enough, they advocate for the death of the female lead by engaging the producers, writers, directors and even actors on social media and demand to be satisfied. They demand that the beautiful love story between Barry and Iris be changed so that their crackship can happen.
To me, those who hate Iris (SBs in particular) are sending a clear message to black girls and women watching the show: that they are undeserving of having their stories told, that they are unworthy of love, that they have no value unless they fulfill a certain role, that they should die. All this while at the same time conveying another message: the white girl is special, always useful and more deserving of all those things (regardless of whether, from a narrative standpoint, she truly is), she’s just more interesting than the black girl. And this apparently happens in all fandoms, so in essence, to these fans, the black woman is found wanting, should be torn down and put in her place, then replaced with someone who is utterly bland and uninteresting, but who in their eyes is a special snowflake. They don’t even realise the kind of damage that does, nor do most care. And it is terrifying how reflective of the real world that is.
To conclude my rant, I would also like to use this post to send a more positive message of my own to any black girl or woman reading this, who see themselves in Iris West: you deserve love and happiness and success, you are worthy of having your stories told, you are beautiful and talented, you are useful to society, you have value and deserve the world. You deserve to live! Don’t let the hate tear you down. I see you and support you, even if for now it is just in fandom.
You matter! Iris West matters! Black lives matter!
For years I felt that Batman Begins was the best superhero origin movie ever, but I now no longer believe that to be true because last night I, for the first time, watched what truly is the greatest superhero origin film ever:
UNBREAKABLE WITH SAMUEL L MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON
HIS CHARACTER IS THE COMICS FAN WE ALL ASPIRE TO BE
• it’s actually really funny
• no romantic subplot
• badass women in science!
• all have very different personalities
• ghosts can actually be scary at times
• Chris Hemsworth is really adorable
• funny cameos
• nice historical facts
• realistic 2016 conditions
• really good animation!
• I loved it! Watching it again soon!
Fandom: Once Upon A Time (TV Series) Pairing: Emma Swan/Regina Mills | Evil Queen Rating: T/PG-13 for mild language, brief drug use Links: AO3 & FF.Net Warnings: The briefest of legal drug use, Meta Summary: Emma is a comic book writer at the San Diego Comic Con, trying to help her youngest fan find his mom. Notes: I would like to thank my Once RP group for helping me brainstorm. They might be mostly Hookers but I would literally fight anyone that has a negative thing to say about them. Thanks guys. Much love to you. Also, I wrote all of the SQW prompts as potential first chapters. Some of them I’ve very happy with. Others I’m still looking at sideways. Looking at you Day 2 and Day 3. But it’s all good. I may finish these potential multi chapter ficts if people want them. Since they are all romantic is some way, expect a rating change in the near future. Disclaimer: I do not own any of these characters, or whatever the hell else. They belong to Disney, ABC etc, etc, I claim no rights to copyrighted material, and this story is purely for entertainment purposes.
“Um… Hi, my name is um… Ashley… and um… my question is for everyone…”
Ashley was young. No older than 16. Her long blonde hair was stuffed under a beanie and she was wearing a t-shirt with read “You Can’t Take the Sky From Me,” under a heavy coat that was a bit much for San Diego in August even in the cool air conditioned Convention Center. Her jeans were full of holes, but they weren’t the fashionable kind. They were the kind that only came from wear and tear.
If she was wearing Chuck Taylors and had weed in one of her many jacket pockets, Emma Swan could swear she was looking a living photo of herself at sixteen.
Yesterday evening, Algy’s assistant invited him to watch a unique - and at the time it was made, very courageous - film, The Great Dictator, created by the amazing Charlie Chaplin in 1940…
In case you are not familiar with this movie, Algy must explain that in this film Charlie Chaplin plays two “fictional” characters who look alike - the megalomaniac Tomanian dictator Adenoid Hynkel (top clip), who wants to conquer the world and eradicate all non-Aryans, and an innocent Jewish barber, who is eventually sent to a prison camp but manages to escape and is then mistaken for Hynkel himself, which enables him - at the very end of the movie - to broadcast to the whole world a moving, humanitarian speech often called The Greatest Speech Ever Made (bottom clip).
Algy recommends watching this movie, at this time in the state of world affairs. Although the film is deadly serious, it is also brilliantly funny in the way it manages to ridicule the dictators Adenoid Hynkel and Benzino Napaloni without losing sight of the very grave subject.
[Note - only a small part of the Adenoid Hynkel speech is shown in the clip above, but the full speech is available in other clips on YouTube.]
Hi your audio is amazing! :) (had to let you know) What are some of your favorite anime?
Than you!! c: and some of my favorite anime? It’s gonna be so hard to make a small list I’VE WATCHED SO MANY ;__; but I’ll try!
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: OKAY OKAY OKAY, THE ANIME ON IT’S OWN IS REALLY NOT THAT GREAT BUT GUYSSS THE MOVIE!!!So, let me explain… I wouldn’t really recommend this anime on it’s own to anyone BUT the movie to this anime is one of the greatest in existence!! only problem; you really have to watch the two fucking seasons of this to appreciate the movie and to really get all its goosebumps moments! Ahhh I really debated if I should include this in my list or if i should just go with some romance anime BUT HERE I AM probably gonna regret this xD (the movie is called: the disappearance of haruhi suzumiya)
4.Toradora: here we have your typical romance anime setting, with a tsundere main character and some love triangle. and don’t get me wrong, I love me some romance anime from time to time! but in my opinion, toradora is just a bit more pure and real than other anime of this genre. and oh the ending!!! I totally love how this anime ends, it may be a bit unsatisfying to some but I just love it!
I am slowly realizing that I am more like Kaitlyn than any other character in the Choices universe. Maybe, that is how I feel this connection with her. Usually, I am fun and light but, pissed me off and I might rage out of control. I am also messy as hell. I am from the greatest state of all the states in the USA that is Texas. No, I don’t really like horror movies but, my best friend growing up does and made me watched them with her. So, thanks Pixelberry for making me remember the good times I had with my buddy, Jessica. Oh yeah, that reminds me that I love music but, I know for a fact I can’t sing.
She likes to watch movies when she’s bored, or basically all the time. Also listen to music and dance around the house.
83. Are they comfortable with the way they look?
She is, she’s very confident in her looks. She’s not full of herself though, she’s just happy with what she’s been given.
96. What is their greatest weakness?
I think it’s probably her lack of trust in most people. She tend to keep everyone in her life at arms length because she trusts basically no one. But she’s working on it… It’s just hard to change a trait she’s had since she was a kid.
97. What is their greatest strength?
Her gag reflex.. LOL I joke. Jesus. She’s really good at managing her feelings most of the time. She can put how she feels away in a box and forget about it which is good when she needs to be there for the few people she offers that side of herself to.
Last song I listened to: Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
Last book I read: Testament of Youth - Vera Brittain again (Favorite book; if you like autobiographies and stuff about war with a little love this is a good book!)
Last thing I ate: Fruit w/ lemon and chili
Where would you like to time travel to: 1960s and 1980s to see some of the greatest musicians of all time in their prime years. And probably 1830s for the art and my favorite artist.
Fictional character I would hang out with for a day: Probably Starlord. It’d seem fun
If I could be anywhere right now where would I be: I’d be throughout Spain, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Germany, anywhere but here.
Current fandom obsession: I’m not really into fandoms like I don’t know much of them but I see people listing bands and shows so here it goes: the band Ghost (as you can see from my tattoo), Peaky Blinders, The Last Kingdom, Star Wars, Music of the 60s and 80s, Magna Carta Cartel, Priest, uhh idk what else.
I still can’t believe how some people are unable to accept that homosexual subtext does indeed exist in Naruto, and that it is a queer issue. They even go as far as to ignore the romantic elements in SNS. For those who struggle to explain these persons let them show the following prove. (Bear in mind that English is not my mother tongue):
romance is important in many works, bonds of friendship between those
of the same sex form some of fiction’s most significant
relationships. One common method of playing with these close
relationships is to portray them similarly to romantic relationships,
though the characters may feel nothing sexual for one another. For
example, two male friends may bicker
in an exaggerated manner,
mirroring how television normally depicts husbands
or one friend may voice jealousy of another with lines lovers
to this text homosexual subtext does not necessary change the nature
of a relationship. They can exist to strengthen the bond, and both
person of the same gender can still be friends. The SNS kiss was
played for laughs, however, according to this text, this is
homosexual subtext. The sexy no jutsu in men version is also played
for laughs. Following the definition
this is clearly homosexual subtext. Now, let’s check out the line “I
will die with you” which is a common line in romantic literature,
by the way. The fact it was used for NH with romantic purposes just
stresses the fact.
moment when Naruto said to Sasuke “If
you attack the Hidden Leaf, I’ll have no choice; I will fight you,
don’t doubt that… Until that day, save your hatred. Then you can
throw all of it right at me. I’m the only one who can handle all that
hate! Do you understand? I’m the only one who can fulfill that duty,
so I’ll bear the burden of your hatred, and I’ll
die with you!
Because you’re my friend!“,
strengthened again how important Sasuke was to Naruto. The moment
stressed their bond. Thus fulfilling the definition above. So we have
clearly homosexual subtext. Now, let me quote this:
when Naruto said he wanted to die with Sasuke, people tend to forget
that what he meant by that was that if
he couldn’t convince and come to an understanding with Sasuke while
alive., he would still try in death, where no label and no
heritage would be in the way. No more Uchiha or jinchuriki. Just
Naruto and Sasuke.
Do you know what Juliet
said to Romeo?
She told him to forsake his name. In this case, their family/blood
were coming in the way of their love. Naruto
pulled something straight out of one of the greatest love story of
term refers to what happens “when people in the media (usually
television/movies) add homoerotic tension between two characters to
attract more liberal and queer viewers with the indication of them
not ever getting together for real in the show/book/movie.”
this definition states, a queer relationship or character is hinted
at to attract/appeal to the queer market, and then is denied,
either modifying the character’s behavior (making them enter a
heterosexual relationship), playing it off as a joke
(sometimes a recurring joke or trope), or denying the assumptions
(in interviews, panels and such) without modifying the character’s
→ I wonder if people are still trying to deny this? Are they still trying to deny
there’s no homosexual subtext and no queer-baiting? Even though I’ve
shown the definitions and countless of examples of homosexual
subtext? So following logic and the claim “There is no homosexual subtext, romantic elements in SNS or queer-baiting” this would mean these
definitions are wrong. Then explain me why are they not corrected?
How did you learn that these definitions have another meaning? Where
did you learn them? Are they valid? Do you have any proves to support
your opinion? I’m also eager to hear how you can present a friendship
between two persons of the same genders and strengthen their bond
without these “supposed fake and non-existent homosexual subtext”
who follow common literal rules and classic romance? How? And when
Naruto wanted to die with Sasuke because he couldn’t bear the thought
of how lonely his best friend would be without him, you want me to
accept that his words or let alone the moment didn’t stress how
important Sasuke was to him? You want to undermine the bond despihe fact that it is acknowledged they do have one of the strongest bond in the story?
Because following logic, no homosexual subtext means no development
of a strong bond.
Naruto is a queer issue:
Now, let me quote what a woman said:
you tease an LGBT ship, or queer-bait, you hurt people. It is not
good or helpful to give LGBT a fucking shimmer of hope that they may
finally be represented, only to throw them under the damn steamroller
that is your heterosexual ship when the time comes right. It hurts
our community and it hurts our chances of being represented by
spreading the message that heterosexual relationships are more
important than queer relationships. Queer
baiting is harmful, toxic, and a major problem.
you see a problem when networks queer-bait to keep both their
heterosexual but homophobic fans as well as queer fans who put up
with heteronormativity but are getting quite sick and tired of it?
Queer ships are hope for people. Queer-baiting is the process of
offering tons of queer subtext, only to take it right back in fear of
losing the heterosexual [but homophobic] audience.
offered subtext, queer people will and should grab onto it. It is
their sliver of hope. This is why when [queer]
shippers analyze things closely and deeply, you
should not tell them to stop, you should not
invalidate their analyses, and you should never tell them
that they are reading too much into it. It is the only thing they may
get in terms of representation, it’s
all we fucking have,
and if it helps us identify with these characters and see themselves
in this media, you better damn well shut your mouth. When someone
points out queer subtext, instead of invalidating it with one of the
bulleted statements above, instead either acknowledge it, or ask the
person who pointed it out to explain it to you if you don’t
NOT INVALIDATE IT.
you’re at a feast with a large group of people. It’s a feast of
wonderful, colorful and milky desserts. Now imagine very
few of the guests are lactose intolerant. Now eating the
desserts will not kill the people, but it makes it painful and harms
them, whereas everyone else is stuffing themselves fat with joy. They
don’t see the lactose intolerance and they don’t feel it, so they
do not see a problem. The lactose intolerant people request and
request for a dessert that they can eat, that they can enjoy, since
they were born with this lactose intolerance, but the people who are
happily eating keep quieting them and telling them at they should
enjoy the food that’s given to them, and even more, should be happy
that there are such delicious desserts being offered to them. When
suggested they should alter the meal so that it’s all lactose free,
the people who were happily eating refuse because they think it will
1) alter the taste of their food, 2) will taste of lesser
quality, and 3) may be harmful to them in some way.
of hetero ships will never hear many of the things bulleted up there,
and if they do, boo-fucking-hoo. It’s not something you often hear.
It’s something that we, as LGBT, hear all the fucking time. And
we’re sick of it. It’s shaped society’s views on us, it’s
harmful to us, in a way that it isn’t to you.“
→ When people invalidate homosexual subtext or the romantic elements in SNS, let me ask you this: Are people like
the woman I quoted delusional for being hurt by queer-baiting? It’s
not like according to the definition homosexual subtext is offered to
(homosexual) fans who feel hope that they might finally be
represented. It’s not like these hopes are crushed because their
favourite characters enter a heterosexual relationship. Thus feeling
hurt. So you
want to support a system where it is allowed to bait homosexual fans
because of gaining more money, and hurt them by crushing their hopes?
You want to erase the homosexual subtext they might cling to? You
want to invalidate the only thing they have? You want to hurt them?
You do realise that this is homophobic?.
Conclusion: Naruto is indeed a queer issue like many other series.
The 15 Greatest Lesbian Movies of All Time, Ranked
Narrowing down the 15 best movies in any genre is tough, but for lesbian films you have to begin with a reductive question: What is a lesbian film? What, in fact, is a lesbian? (But that’s a different piece). Must the film focus primarily on a gay storyline, or can it feature strong lesbian characters doing something entirely different than just being lesbians? Is subtext enough? How much cinephile wrath will rain down on us for the absence of a certain recent Oscar nominee?
Ultimately, the best lesbian films honor the traditions of queer cinema in all of its glory: Strong women, high entertainment value, and bold visuals reign supreme. Too often, lesbian characters are either unattractive man-haters or used for titillation. These movies reclaim all of that; they’re the movies you will see played on a loop in the club, or at an underground rooftop movie night. Some won awards; others reached cult status long after their releases. It’s a list as colorful and varied as the queer community itself.
Without further ado, here are the 15 best lesbian films ever made:
15. “Pariah” (Dee Rees, 2011)
Every filmmaker gets her crack at a coming-of-age story that mirrors their own, and those stories take on increasing significance when coming from rarely seen perspectives. Humming with the electricity of repressed sexuality finally breaking free, “Pariah” follows teenage Alike (Adepero Oduye) as she embraces her queerness and masculine gender expression. The camera practically aches as Alike changes out of her baseball hat and t-shirt on the train home to Brooklyn, donning a girly sweater in order to calm her parents’ suspicions (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell). We melt alongside Alike as she lights up with the first tingles of love, seeing herself for the first time through the desiring eyes of Bina (Aasha Davis). Cinematographer Bradford Young (“Arrival”) films Alike’s first nights out at the club in rich, saturated colors. The movie pulses with the rhythm of first love and the cost of self-discovery.
14. “D.E.B.S.” (Angela Robinson, 2004)
A clever action parody that was much smarter than its mainstream marketing campaign understood, “D.E.B.S.” is like a queer “Charlie’s Angels” set at the school from “But I’m a Cheerleader,” with broader commercial appeal. A forbidden love story between a teen spy and an evil but hot international diamond thief, the movie features early performances by Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”) and Jordana Brewster (“The Fast and the Furious”). Set at an underground government academy for teen super spies, the D.E.B.S. are chosen by their answers questions hidden in an SAT-like test. It’s stupidly fun, sweetly romantic, and a lot more subversive than it gets credit for.
13. “Heavenly Creatures” (Peter Jackson, 1994)
For the gift of Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet together we must thank Peter Jackson, even if they don’t ride off into the sunset. Based on a true story of a notorious 1950s New Zealand murder case, Jackson understood something only previously known to lesbians: The juicy narrative potential of teen lesbian obsession gone horribly awry. In her debut, Lynskey is delightfully unhinged as Pauline Parker, an outcast who develops an intense friendship with the lovely and wealthy Juliet Hulme, an equally impressive young Kate Winslet. Fantasy — that necessity of queer adolescence that often lingers in adulthood — becomes increasingly real for the two friends, who retreat further into their shared delusions. Like all crazy lesbian relationships, it ends in tragedy.
12. “The Handmaiden” (Park Chan-wook, 2016)
When South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook chose as source material the lesbian historical fiction novel “Fingersmith,” by Welsh author Sarah Waters, it seemed a little out of left field. But changing the setting from Victorian England to Japanese-occupied Korea was a brilliant move, and one that infused this cold mystery about a con man and the two women he embroils in his plot with untold beauty. Chan-wook elevates the book’s tawdry elements to fetishistic extremes, turning out an erotic thriller every bit as gorgeous as it is sinister. Min-hee Kim is prim and alluring as Lady Hideko, never fully dropping the facade even as she falls for her spirited handmaiden, Sook-Hee (Tae-ri Kim), who is tasked with conning her out of her inheritance. As both women make do with the hand life has dealt them, they discover passion in the shared struggle.
11. “Set It Off” (F. Gary Gray, 1996)
In the great tradition of “9 to 5” or “Thelma & Louise,” but with three of the most popular black actresses of the time, “Set It Off” remains unrivaled today. Starring Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise as four friends who become bank robbers, each for their own reasons. While lesbians claimed “Thelma & Louise” as their own from subtext alone, “Set It Off” gave audiences the Queen Latifah of their dreams. Cleo was a cocky, loud, swaggering butch. And she gets laid. Finally, a story about badass women fighting the system that kept them down, and no one could say anyone was reading too much into it by calling it queer. “Set It Off” killed at the box office, grossing $41 million on a budget of $9 million. As the success of “Hidden Figures” showed, audiences are clamoring for black female stories. This is one remake no one would question.
Click through for nos. five through 10, including the one that’s celebrating its 30th anniversary:
During these two years, Kris Wu has showcased to us His extraordinary points, as a singer, as an actor, As an idol representing this generation.
In the special issue of T Magazine’s October issue, We present, in modern day China, One of the most popular young idols - Kris Wu
On a summer evening, at the Huangpu river in Shanghai, in a place I have been to at least a hundred times, a studio where I had shot countless of celebrities before, but this evening it was somewhat a little different. During the weekends, young people could be seen lounging around the empty lobby, some even sitting by the steps at the roadside. These young people’s faces had no traces of agitation or restlessness, and they merely sat there quietly, from time to time gathering in groups of three to five to chat. Like the parents waiting daily outside schools to fetch their children, the waiting made them feel at ease.
They waited for at least four to five hours, as they had been waiting for their “child” Kris Wu, who was upstairs getting his makeup done, followed with the cover shoot for this issue.
Such a scene is commonplace in Kris Wu’s world. As one of the most popular young idols currently, his every song and movie is able to create social impact, and his every public appearance is able to generate a crowd as intense as roaring flood waters. Before knocking and opening the dressing room door, I had thought up several exaggerated scenarios, but instead was greeted with the sight of a coffee table packed with packaged takeout boxes. After a polite exchange of greetings, handshake and introduction (“I am Kris Wu.”, he said – as if he had a need to), Kris Wu merely requested gently to the nearby staff for water, not taking a glance at the tableful of takeout dinner. He leaned on the sofa with his arm on it as support, and invitingly gestured for me to take a seat. After which, he chose a suitable position, sitting side by side next to me, and at the same time letting me see his 45 degrees look which turns thousands of fans into a frenzy.
Although it was summer, he was currently sporting a thick woollen coat (later on found out that he was dressed in this manner because the air conditioning was too cold, and the remote could not be found at that moment). Dressed in only black and midnight blue, his look was extremely befitting that of a “cold pretty boy” type of character from a shojo manga – until the next moment, when he noticed the Apple watch I was wearing was encased in a casing with Mickey Mouse ears, like the young guys his age, 25 year old Kris Wu let out a curious yet joyful expression.
His name may be “Yi Fan (ordinary)”, but this 1.87m tall, solemn-eyed, slender-fingered boy is anything but. Of course, he was not merely inherently born with good looks. During the interview, he was quick in response, with logic and clarity. He maintained a fast but uniform pace of speech, his voice loud and clear, answering sincerely with self confidence, and in full.
On the second day of this interview, the adapted film of popular youth novel <Sweet Sixteen> premiered in theatres. Rebellious but righteous Xiaofei in <Mr Six> and passionate, sunny Cheng Zheng who had everything he wanted in <Never Gone> all reflected bits of Kris Wu himself. But as for “Xiamu”, Kris Wu admitted when when he was young, his personality was “more alike to Xiamu’s”. “When I was young I was an introverted child, and didn’t like talking much. Xiamu is a kid who keeps to himself, and is withdrawn. The young me is probably a little like that, of course that was when I was very young, when I grew up I wan’t like that any more.” He said, <Sweet Sixteen> was it was more of a “film of crime and romance” and not so much a “film of youth”. "Personally, I feel that this is a more alternative genre of youth film, as it is extremely dark. It’s….really good.“
<Mr Six> re-introduced us to Kris Wu as an actor. However, the success of “Xiao Fei” is not mere coincidence nor specially created for him. “Xiao Fei’s head of silver-white hair is my contribution to the appearance of the character. Other than that, I am solely, to the best of my ability, performing according to the script, and aiming to portray the character well.“ Be it facing the script or being on set in person, Kris Wu has always maintained a "student”’s attitude. “Films are an actor’s artistic creation. It is an actor’s duty to fulfil the director’s request to the best that they can.”
An actor – Kris Wu right now already has enough confidence to describe himself as such. During these two years after returning to China to develop his career, Kris Wu who started off as a singer has taken on the challenge of different characters, role after role, exploring his potential as an actor. Is this something that came about as of late? Or was it as a result of his most initial dream? “It’s because since young I have had an interest in filming!” Kris Wu replied firmly, “Even before receiving movie offers, I have expressed in interviews that I "hoped to become an actor.” This is also why in the short span of these few years I have managed to film so many movies, as acting has completely filled up my schedule.“
What is the greatest joy that acting has given him? "The most meaningful area,” he said, “Is that when the character that I portray appears on the big screen, there will be people who like the character, like the movie because you played that role – and not because you are Kris Wu.” He describes the genre of films that he is into lately as the “mind-boggling” type. “The best would be those where I do not understand after watching it the first time, and would need to ponder it repeatedly, and finally looking up all kinds of hidden meanings online…”
As an actor, in Kris Wu’s own words, one has to “follow instructions very closely”, and on set, do everything according to the director’s orders. “The director is the soul of each movie. As an actor, what I need to do is to become a blank piece of canvas before the director, letting him paint and decorate.” He said, “At any point in time, I will submit myself to the director.” Upon meeting the bold and imaginative Tsui Hark, Kris Wu started to feel the fresh joy of personal creativity. In the film <Journey to the West: Demon Chapter> produced by Stephen Chow and directed by Tsui Hark, Kris Wu acted as the role of “Tang Seng”. “Lao Ye ("Elder Master” - referring to Tsui Hark) has given me much freedom, usually he would just let me portray the character in my style. He is extremely supportive of me to try out more [ways of character portrayal]. Trying out more may result in reaping unexpected results.“
<Valerian>, directed by Luc Besson, is an international film which Kris Wu participated in, and was his first time acting in a science fiction movie. Kris Wu said, he recalled that the director had brought up several times, if <The Fifth Element> was a director’s initial cut trailer, and <Lucy> was the final trailer, now would be the time for the actual movie, and that film would be <Valerian>. The film is an adaptation of Luc Besson’s favourite comic, starring supermodel-turned-actress Cara Delevingne and Hollywood "fresh meat” Dane DeHaan, with an unusual, extraordinary guest lineup which includes pop diva Rihanna and jazz musician Herbie Hancock.
On this film set, Kris Wu experienced the excellent efficiency and prompt scheduling of an international production. He affectionately called Luc Besson “Director Luc”. “Director Luc has invested an enormous amount of effort into this film.” On the topic of Luc Besson, Kris Wu, born when <Nikita> premiered, revealed that he was a long-time fan of Besson. <Leon: The Professional> is one of my favourite films.“ He said, "When I watched <Fifth Element> I was very young, upon seeing some of the aliens, I had felt that it was close to being a horror film. Director’s imagination knew no bounds, his use of colours and music and grasp of visuals are far too astounding for all.” At this point, Kris Wu once again brought up Director Tsui Hark’s name. “They all have extraordinary imaginations, they’re really gifted.”
When the casting of <Journey to the West: Demon Chapter>, directed by Tsui Hark, was officially revealed, everyone was surprised – Why was Kris Wu acting the role of Tang Seng? In fact, Kris Wu’s reply was, “To everyone, this role is perhaps rather strange, but I beg to differ. Honestly, I have been waiting to take on different roles which are full of challenges, and right now the opportunity has come, so I’m really glad. What has excited me the most is that I am able to work with Director Tsui Hark and Producer Stephen Chow once again, which is a highly valuable learning experience to me.” As for how he would describe his portrayal of the role of “Tang Seng”, Kris Wu said that he hoped that he could create something “fresh and never-before-seen” – “Hope that he’ll be cute!”
After developing his career in China for two years, starring in several movies, singing a few melodic movie theme songs, we practically lost sight of Kris Wu as a singer. However, this autumn, the Kris Wu who loves hip hop music is back. He said, for his upcoming new songs, he will be releasing new and fresh tunes. “This time, everyone will be listening to the music genre which I really love. It won’t really be the same as the last time.”
Hip hop music is the reason Kris Wu entered the industry. Growing up through his teenage years in Canada has led him to like this genre of music. “Because I love playing basketball, that’s why I came into contact with hip hop music. At that time, my friends who played basketball with me all listened to hip hop and rap, and I was influenced by them to take a liking to that genre of music. Hip hop is not only a genre of music, but even more so, it is a lifestyle, which includes basketball, street culture, R&B music… I grew up under the influence of this culture, and the music I like is largely associated with this lifestyle.” He shared with me the recent songs he was really into. Drake and Travis Scott were two of his all time favourite musicians, and both recently released new albums. “Especially Drake, since his debut many years ago till now, I’ve kept up with every album that he has released.”
During these couple of years, a large amount of time was spent on making films and trying out even more possibilities, but now that Kris Wu is finally able to return to the world of music which he passionately loves, he hoped to showcase one simple thing: ‘Myself’. “When filming movies, what you portray is the role you act, it is something which the director wants that character to manifest. But when it comes to music, I have one hundred percent freedom to express myself. Kris Wu in his most original essence – this is what I want to convey in my music. What I myself love, more than anything else.”
After the interview. we still ended up talking about what he loves the most, basketball. Kris Wu, who previously had the dream of becoming a professional basketball player, has a genuine and serious love for the sport. “Basketball is really fun!” Talking about his favourite sport, the way of speech that he had shown during the interview disappeared in an instant. “It feels really good after playing for two hours and sweating a whole lot. As long as I don’t end work too late, and am not too tired, I will play basketball.” He had gone to play basketball the night before this interview, and continued with a sheepish expression, “So today I’m a little tired.”
When a 25 year old boy is together with his favourite sport, there is nothing that can tear them apart. No matter how popular Kris Wu is, for the sake of playing basketball he does his best [to accommodate it into his schedule]. “There will always be onlookers present each time. Sometimes fans will follow over, sometimes it’s curious passers-by. Since basketball is an outdoor sport, if there are onlookers, let them watch!”
As the shoot was coming to an end, I left the studio first. It was already late into the night, yet the number of fans waiting at the door was several times more than the amount that had been present in the evening, lined up in an orderly manner from the elevator exit all the way to the roadside.
At that moment, Kris Wu who was upstairs was wrapping up this job, his third one for the day. It was one of the most ordinary days in his life.