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River of Exploding Durians - Trailer 【榴梿忘返】 预告片

《榴槤忘返》主要讲述一群中六生面对即将袭来的稀土厂一阵慌乱,人生产生了变化之余,在反对稀土厂的过程中,这群学生产生革命情感和一些单纯的爱慕情怀。A coastal town is turned upside down by the construction of a radioactive rare earth plant. An idealistic teacher and a group of high school students find themselves battling for the soul of their hometown. Based on real-life events, River of Exploding Durians is a sweeping tale of Malaysian history and its youth, where people are enveloped by politics and sadness while searching for love. #riverofexplodingduriansStarring: Zhu Zhi-Ying 朱芷瑩, Koe Shern 高圣, Daphne Low, Joey 梁祖仪Written, directed and edited by Edmund YeoProduced by Woo Ming Jin and Edmund Yeo Executive producer: Eric YeoDirector of Photography: Kong PahurakProduction designer: Edward Yu Chee BoonMake-up and wardrobe: Kay WongSound: Minimal Yossy PrapapanMusic: Woan Foong Wong

Posted by River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返 on Saturday, October 18, 2014

Monday, November 05, 2007

In The Train, The Man In A Wheelchair

After an entire day spent on another production meeting, I and a friend of mine took the KTM commuter train home.

As we entered the train, we saw a man in a wheelchair. The man pushed himself aside allowing others to pass and take the seats. My friend and I walked past him and sat.

The doors slid close and the train continued its way.

"That man is smart." My friend whispered, his eyes on the wheelchair-bound man 2-3 meters away from us. "He brought his seat with him, so he doesn't need to compete with others for seats."

He chuckled.

I chuckled too.

Then I stopped abruptly.

"What the f-" I remarked with a hiss. "That's WRONG, man!"

"I know, I'm really crass." My friend said, still chuckling.

"That's tasteless and twisted." I said in disbelief, and perhaps his audacity to say something that tasteless and twisted at a moment like that in such a situation made me surrender myself to more brief giggles.

Then rationality and political-correctness set in, and we both allowed our laughters to subside, and as we continued towards our destination to KL Sentral, we just spoke about other matters: Films we have recently seen, films he plans to do, my own film ideas, just stuff two filmmakers with a passion for films would talk about.

We reached our destination a while later, the doors slid open and a sea of humanity came flowing out. We tried to follow.

As we were near the sliding doors, the man in the wheelchair looked at us, and with an apologetic tone, asked:

"Do you mind pushing me out of the train?"

My friend did so hurriedly and unhesitatingly, signaling to the others to let him and the wheelchair-bound man past, the passengers parted, allowing them space to leave the train.

"Please, to the second floor." The man said, pointing to an elevator I've never noticed since I've always taken the stairs. My friend pressed the elevator button, around us, a blur, a cacophony of voices, the station PA speaker above us saying something gibberish. Just the usual for the KL Sentral station.

"This could be a short film." My friend, whispering again, his voice drown out by all the noises around us except for me who was standing nearby.

My mind started working. Yes, this could've been a short film. If done by a moralistic amateur filmmaker, it would be a short film about two guys entering the train, and sees a man in a wheelchair, and one makes an off-colour joke about the man, the other laughs despite feeling bad about it.

When the two were about to leave the train, the man in a wheelchair will ask for assistance, and they will try to help, and there will be remorse, and regret, an unsubtle look of shame on both their faces as they try help the man. There would be cloying piano music to manipulate the feelings of audiences. And then there would be awkwardness, followed by end credits.

Or maybe it would be a slice-of-life film, camera placed in distance, giving only long to medium shots of the characters, no music, no obvious moral message delivered, just something that unfolded onscreen until it fades to black, allowing audiences to
interpret its own meaning.
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