The film’s Chinese title, 爸妈不在家, translates to “Mom and Dad Are Not Home,” a reflection of the neglection of Asian children from their parents who have to work, and therefore placed in the care of foreign domestic helpers. Director Anthony Chen says that the idea of maids in Singapore is “quite brutal. You invite a … More Ilo Ilo: Cannes Breakthrough
“Why do fireflies have to die so soon?” Grave of the Fireflies is not a children’s movie. It cannot be compared to the films of the Disney and Pixar franchise. Heartwrenching, haunting, and tragic, it is the most devasting animation from the Studio Ghibli production. It is a harrowing war film that captures innocent people … More Grave of the Fireflies: This Is Not A Children’s Movie.
Unlike Jia’s other films, this movie is based on history. Still Life (2006) is about a man in search of his daughter he has not seen for 16 years in the valley of the Three Gorges in China. Crucially, this was same year of the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, and a nation-wide panic began … More Still Life: A Lesson in the Art of Letting Go
“America has lost her Twin Towers, but we still have ours.” I always found theme parks to be depressing. I love them, don’t get me wrong, I can’t get high off alcohol but I can get high off an $80 roller coaster ride I queued two hours for, but after your initial giddiness wears off, … More The World: Artificial Happiness
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is by far one of the most beautiful things that have emerged from the age of cinema. Directed by Ang Lee, the film broke the US box office records, was nominated for 8 Academy awards including Best Picture, of which it won 4 – Best Cinematography, Best Original Music Score, Best … More Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: A Poetic Romance
“Remember this, if you see someone doing something but at the same time watching you…then he’s a cop.” Infernal Affairs was always amongst my favourite films ever, and I’ve watched quite a fair bit. As a child in 2002, I didn’t understand it watching it with my Cantonese speaking folks, but in some crevice of my … More Infernal Affairs: What Makes A Good Man?
“Listen carefully at night. You will hear your new auntie’s screams.” Ju Dou (1990) dir. Zhang Yimou tells the story of the title character (the breathtakingly beautiful and brilliant Gong Li) bought by a wealthy, aging Yang Jin-shan to be his bride. Through a conversation between the old man’s adopted nephew Yang Tian-qing and a … More Ju Dou: A Woman’s Brutal Past in 1900s China
“A dead man begs you to remember; a warrior’s ultimate act is to lay down his sword.” Hero (2002) dir. Zhang Yimou is a cerebral experience that stops at the retina. It is rapturously beautiful, enchanting in its colours, and it’s a film that has grace. When the characters don’t speak, their swords do. And when … More Hero: Zhang Yimou’s Prism
Om (Oṃ) Om has no meaning, and its origins are lost in the mists of time. Om is considered to be the primeval sound, the sound of the universe, the sound from which all other sounds are formed. Om Shanti Om, (2015) dir. Farah Khan is a film that celebrates Bollywood itself. The film opens with … More Om Shanti Om, A Marriage of Peace and Light.
Hey Plotters, I’m back with another film review! This time, I’m going to be reviewing the one genre I never touch – horror. More specifically, paranormal horror. The Maid, 2005, (dir. Kelvin Tong) tells a tale of a young, innocent girl, Rosa Dimaano, who hails from the Phillipines sent to work as a maid in the … More The Maid: Demons Don’t Lie In The Shadows, But In Ourselves