Ever since the announcement of its nomination in the Main Competition section of Tokyo International Film Festival late last month, the local media had been very generous with their coverage of RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS. For that, I am very grateful.
I also went to a radio show with RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS lead actor Koe Shern.
Mr. Yoshi Yatabe, programming director of Tokyo International Film Festival, had been doing a series of articles which introduces all of the 15 films in the main competition. I shuddered a little when he said that I have what it takes to become a Hou Hsiao-Hsien of the next generation. Very flattered, I'll try my best.
In truth, the works of Hou Hsiao-Hsien (and Edward Yang) were massive influences for RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS, since I was indeed doing a marathon of his older films just before shooting the film. :)
Tomorrow, I'm appearing on an online TV station to talk about the film. So much excitement!