Monday, October 27, 2014

Movie Review: Haemoo 《海雾》

Haemoo Synopsis
Directed by Shim Sung-Bo, "Haemoo" is recount of a true event, about a group of fishermen who are driven into madness when their attempt to smuggle illegal migrants ends in a horrible tragedy.

Six crew members – led by the captain, together with the kind-hearted chief engineer ‘Wan-ho’(Moon Sung-geun) who had an eventful life and lives hidden on the boat, were on board of the ship. To protect the ship and their livelihoods, Captain ‘Cheol-ju’(Kim Yoon-seok) suggests to his crew members the job in helping to smuggle [stowaways].

The youngest crew member ‘Dong-shik’(Park Yoo-Chun) who just started working aboard the ship recently, is naive to dream of having their boat with a full load of fish. However, they are transporting human beings instead of fishes in the open sea!

Numerous of stowaways who risks their lives and comes across the sea, and the six crew members who are on board a fated boat. Amid that, an unknown ‘sea fog’ to which they cannot see what’s in front of themselves comes down and they become swept into an uncontrollable accident…

Haemoo Trailer
Haemoo Review
The M-18 rated movie has a numbers of sexual and voilent scenes which can be quite disturbing to some.  It talks about the dark side of humanity, which is pretty mind-boggling.  The hash reality of survival and brutality of life, and the greed and lust vs. morality, the courage the loves bring around.  Out of desperation, greed and lust, people may behave out of the norms and even abandon morality.  The brutal violent scenes are definitely not meant for the faint-hearted.

Yet, we also see how loves bring about courage, displayed by Dong-shik (casted by Park Yoo-Chun) towards the Chinese korean immigrant, Hong-mae, striving hard to protect her.

While the movie does not consists of many handsome or beautiful faces, the actors who acted in the movie are all veterans actors which you can expect nothing except for their great acting skills that will bring you through the story.

If you are a K-pop fan, you may have spotted Park Yoo-Chun, member of the Korean boy band, JYJ in the movie, casting as Dong-shik.  Yet, I won't be surprise if you are having difficulty recognising him as he has put on a wholesome of 10kg for his character in the movie, displaying his professionalism towards acting.  This is certainly worth applauding for.

I heard a numbers of viewers lamenting that Haemoo is a great movie, except for its open-ended story ending.  However, I personally felt that there's really no need to have everything spelt out clearly, in fact, most of my friends and I perceived the same for its ending.  This open-ended story ending actually left the audience discussing after the movie ends, which is quite interesting, creating interaction.

If I have to pick on something, I would say the fog scene is just too artificial, nonetheless, this movie's highlight will be more on the storyline itself than the special effects, so I'll still recommend it for watching!

Dong-shik  // casted by Park Yoo-Chun
Cheol-ju     // casted by Kim Yoon-seok
Wan-ho      // casted by Moon Sung-geun
Hong-mae  // casted by Han Ye-ri

Images Credit: Clover Film Singapore

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Golden Era Movie Quotes《黄金时代》经典语录


想明了這一點 一切都能泰然處之。”























Images Credit: Clover Films Singapore

Movie Review: The Golden Era 《黃金時代》觀后感

The Golden Era Synopsis:
The Golden Era, directed by Ann Hui, is a biopic of Chinese writer Xiao Hong (Zhang Naiying) from 2 June 1911 - 22 Jan 1942, who had written several novels acclaimed for their lyrical, reflective imagery.  The movie recounts Xiao Hong's short and unhappy life, from her childhood days in Heilongjiang Province till her final days in Hong Kong. The movie also narrates her complicate love life with fellow writer, Xiao Jun, as well as Wang Enjia, Duanmu Hongliang and Luo Binji. Xiao Hong died of tuberculosis at the age of 31, amid the growing turbulence of war with Japan.  But several key episodes in her life remain obscure and disputed, even now.


The Golden Era Review:
A 3-hour movie is usually enough to put off people from watching the film, espeically when it is a biopic of a Chinese writer who isn't familar to most of us of this generation.  However, the 3 hour movie do not feel lengthy at all. 

The first act begins in black and white picture, with Xiao Hong in front of the camera, introducing her short life, from her date of birth to date of death, is impactful.  Then the movie move into colour, outling the writer's life.

The biopic is much of an unconventional one, with fragmented monologue placed in intervals, having various character recounting their encounter and memories with Xiao Hong.  However, as the biopic does not follow the logical timeline, so the flashed back interview slots may creates some confusion to viewers who do not follow through out the movie closely.

Despite seeing Director, Ann Hui's effort to get the viewers to focus more on the talent of Xiao Hong, rather than her complicated love life through the movie; I can't help feeling, Xiao Hong's love life is still the centre of attention of the movie.  Nonetheless, the several verses / quotes by Xiao Hong, which are shared throughout the movie, did brought to my attention and interest to her literature and I'm gonna check out more on her works.

Looking at the movie into a deeper level, you will realised that this is not simply a biopic, but also of an art film, not because of the literature of Xiao Hong, but about the philosophy in life, the art of life.

To read more about the classical quotes in the movie, read here.

Last but not least, thanks Clover Films for the invite!

CAST 角色介紹:
Xiao Hong 蕭紅                        // casted by TANG Wei 湯唯飾 
Xiao Jun 蕭軍                           // casted by FENG Shaofeng 馮紹峰飾
Duanmu Hongliang 端木蕻良  // casted by ZHU Yawen 朱亞文飾
Lu Xun 魯迅                             // casted by WANG Zhiwen 王志文飾
Ding Ling 丁玲                         // casted by HAO Lei 郝蕾飾 
Luo Binji 駱賓基                      // casted by HUANG Xuan 黃軒飾
Bai Lang 白朗                           // casted by TIAN Yuan 田原飾
Mei Zhi 梅志                             // casted by YUAN Quan 袁泉飾
Shu Qun 舒群                            // casted by SHA Yi 沙溢飾
Wang Enjia 汪恩甲                   // casted by Yuan Wenkang 袁文康飾


—— 摘自蕭紅《呼蘭河傳》


由許鞍華執導的《黃金時代》是描述民國時期四大才女之一蕭紅(原名:張乃瑩),的傳記電影,主要內容講述蕭紅一個特立獨行的女子,一路流亡,從北方到南方,從哈爾濱到香港,一邊躲避戰亂,一邊經歷著令人唏噓又痛徹心扉的愛情 (與汪恩甲、蕭軍、端木蕻良、駱賓基四個男人之間的情感糾葛) 與人生。對生的堅強對死的掙扎在她筆下穿透紙背,她的人生亦是如此。

一般上,三個小時的電影足以讓人卻步,尤其影片講述的主人翁,蕭紅,並非我們這一代所熟。然而,三小時的傳記電影 《黃金時代》,並未令人感到沉長。




欲想閱讀《黃金時代》經典台詞 / 語錄 ,可閱覽下一篇章

Images Credit: Clover Films Singapore


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