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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

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hokkaido Selection @ Sapporo Short Fest 2012

The beauty of a film festival is the opportunity to attend screenings of films that I might not be able to catch anywhere else in the world.

Over here in Sapporo Short Fest, I made sure I went to the "Hokkaido Selection" program screening, which featured short films that were either made by filmmakers from Hokkaido, or short films made in Hokkaido.

SOLDIER SCHOOL へいたいがっこう by Saya Ito 伊藤早耶 is an animated short with a very distinctive style. I want to see more of her works in the future. Was shocked that she's the same age as my sister (who is celebrating her birthday today, happy 23rd, mui mui!)

PROMISED MELODY 約束のネイロ by Megumi Sasaki 笹木恵水 was shot in the town of Otaru, and in its famous Orgel museum. I was instantly convinced to visit Otaru. In fact, I'm probably going there today with dad for some sightseeing.

ECOYOMI IN ANIMATION うごくえこよみ by Masaya Matsui 松井雅也 is a beautiful animated short that depicts the 72 Seasons system of the Japanese traditional calendar. Which is a list of 72 activities that would happen throughout the year, during the passing of seasons, like the first appearances of lotuses, or when deers replace their antlers, or the first cicada song of the year. I found these simplicities of everyday life very poetic when they were portrayed properly.

I met Masaya because his earlier short film THE BOY AND THE WHORE was screened at Busan Film Fest 2010 like my short, INHALATION, and he also came to the TIGER FACTORY/ INHALATION screenings at the Tokyo Film Fest a week later. (BTW: He's a Waseda University alumnus)

BACKWASH by Shizuko Tabata 田端志津子 is a stop-motion animated short using 30 000 cards. The last time I dabbled in stop-motion, I nearly suffered a nervous breakdown, so I definitely respect the sheer efforts that she had put into her film.

CHARON OF SNOW RIVER スノウリバーのシャロン by Ryo Sugiyama 杉山りょう began with a guy wandering in a snow-covered wilderness.

... which kinda reminded me of my own film.

Except his was funnier, and less angsty.

The last short film in the program was PARTY by Shoh Kataoka 片岡翔, a previous award winner in the festival, had some very interesting camerawork. I really liked the final shot of the film.

When PARTY ended, I was surprised to see the names of two young actresses I'm acquainted with in the end credits, Yuko Narisawa 成澤優子 and Mina Hiroe 広江美奈. They were so unrecognizable in the film that I didn't realize it was them! So I left them a note, because their performances were very solid.

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