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Thursday, May 21, 2015

RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS @ Singapore Chinese Film Festival 2015 + Films I caught at the festival

Has there not been update on this blog for that long?

It happens, when you are buried with work.

A month ago, RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS was shown at the Singapore Chinese Film Festival.

At the very same festival, I was able to meet Taiwanese directors like the legendary Li Hsing (considered a godfather of Taiwanese cinema), the influential Wan Jen (of the Taiwan New Cinema, a contemporary of Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Edward Yang's), and the much respected Yang Li-Chou (whose critically and commercially successful documentaries opened the way for Taiwanese documentaries to be shown in their cinemas).

[English text below] 跟两岸三地的华语电影不一样,东南亚的华语电影不只有着不同的语调,关注的事情也不尽相同。在异邦因为生活而被磨练出来的掺杂语言之下,依然保有中华文化精髓的南洋华人,在华语电影世界里,也有我们想说的话。...
Posted by David Lee Fu Nang on Thursday, April 23, 2015

马来西亚新晋导演杨毅恒你好!欢迎来到新加坡华语电影节,与《榴莲忘返》的影迷们见面交流!It's up-and-coming Malaysian director Edmund Yeo! Catch him at the Q&A for...
Posted by Singapore Chinese Film Festival 新加坡华语电影节 on Friday, April 24, 2015

刚抵达新加坡。李行导演, 万仁导演, 您好! Just arrived at Singapore. Managed to take a group photo with two other newly-arrived festival...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Friday, April 24, 2015

昨天晚上看了杨力州导演执导的纪录片《那时.此刻》, 描述金马奖50年的历史, 还有台湾电影, 台湾政治社会在这50年里的改变, 起伏。 看了很感动, 感受到时间流逝, 不同时代的电影人, 明星, 导演与影迷们, 都被电影深深的影响了他们的人...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Well, 3 hours before the Singapore screening of River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返! It's going to be pretty fun to show...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Friday, April 24, 2015

With director Wan Jen after the screening of his film IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO (2013). That was his first film in 12 years....
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Director Edmund Yeo with the legendary director Li Hsing, whose career has spanned 60 decades
Posted by River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返 on Thursday, April 30, 2015

I was very grateful that I had relatives and old classmates from primary and high school attending my screening. Meant a lot to me, even if I was unable to articulate them into words. Only thank you.

今天在新加坡举行的《榴莲忘返》放映会对我很特别, 小学的同学们来棒场。 我们都一起长大, 一起谈理想, 我儿时发导演梦的时候, 时常就把剧本的IDEA说给他们听, 真的辛苦他们了。 如今, 我真的拍了人生第一部长片, 能与你们分享我的作品,...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, April 25, 2015

我也非常感谢二舅母Sia Lay Hua, 表弟 Chik Junxiong, 表妹Wince Chik出席今天《榴莲忘返》的放映会。 人生第一部长片, 能与自己的家人分享, 真的是太开心了! 有你们, 我才更加想继续加油, 继续拍好电影给...
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Saturday, April 25, 2015

上个周末, 《榴莲忘返》导演杨毅恆出席了新加坡华语电影节举行的放映会, 非常感恩观众们热烈的回应。 也很兴奋, 能与几位来自台湾的前辈们合影。 例如电影风格深入台湾电影界的李行导演, 台湾新电影重要导演之一的万仁导演, 以及拍了不少非常重要...
Posted by River of Exploding Durians 榴莲忘返 on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Now, aside from my own screenings, the beauty of film festivals is being able to catch great films.

The first night of the fest, I caught Yang Li-Chou's THE MOMENT - FIFTY YEARS OF GOLDEN HORSE, an exquisite documentary that covers fifty years of the Golden Horse Awards (known as the Chinese Oscars) and the sociopolitical situation in the region that shaped its cinema. It inspired me a lot for the documentary that I am now shooting.

The following day, after my own screening, I caught Wan Jen's latest film, the comedy IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO. A departure of style from his previous works.

And finally, Chenn Hsiang's directorial debut, EXIT 迴光奏鳴曲. Chen Shiang-chyi, who had been in most of Tsai Ming-Liang's films, won Best Actress at last year's Golden Horse Awards. It's unsurprising, she carried the entire film by herself.

Chenn Hsiang, by the way, is the great cinematographer of one of my favourite Taiwanese films of all time, BLUE GATE CROSSING. Tis a photo I took with him in Taipei back in 2011.

Chien Hsiang, the awesome cinematographer of BLUE GATE CROSSING
Posted by Edmund Yeo on Monday, November 21, 2011
I also wanted to catch RUBBERS by Han Yew Kwang, whom I had the pleasure to meet at the Network of Asian Fantastic Films in Bucheon Film Festival. Alas, my time in Singapore was too short, and at that time, the film had yet to show. Nonetheless, I still like this photo very much.

#RubbersMovie is Now Showing in Singapore!
Posted by Thomas Chia on Saturday, May 9, 2015