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KL Rhythm (A Love Letter To Kuala Lumpur) - An Abandoned Short Film Project

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Photo by Stuck in Customs Two months ago, I posted about RED BEAN SOUP, an abandoned short film project of mine . And from the ashes of the discarded idea, I pieced together another story called KL RHYTHM. KL Rhythm, as you can see from its title, was another urban story. I wanted to romanticize the city of Kuala Lumpur like Woody Allen did with New York City, yet infuse it with colourful MTV-style hyper-realism like one would see from the works of Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run and the short film, True). It was definitely a notch above the melodramatic silly weepie RED BEAN SOUP, but still not the follow-up for GIRL DISCONNECTED I had in mind. Since the chances of me actually making this short film will be rather low, I'm posting the treatment of KL Rhythm here instead. (note: The film is meant to be in Mandarin)

Conversation on 'Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版:序' with Justin

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A MSN conversation between Justin and I about Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone , the first of the new tetralogy of Evangelion films called The Rebuild of Evangelion .

Chile (Part 9): Visiting Pablo Neruda's Last House - Isla Negra

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Photo by Bracani.....Antonio Note: It's better for you to read Swifty in Chile (Part 1) Swifty in Chile (Part 2) Swifty in Chile (Part 3) Swifty in Chile (Part 4) Swifty in Chile (Part 5): Visiting Pablo Neruda's House - La Chascona And Learning Spanish Swifty in Chile (Part 6): "Tu belleza me ha cautivado" Swifty In Chile (Part 6.5): Rediscovering Santiago And The Meaning of Film Festivals Swifty In Chile (Part 7): Seafood Scam and Glamourous Awards Ceremony Swifty In Chile (Part 8): Visiting Pablo Neruda's Second House - La Sebastiana In Valparaiso before you start reading this entry: 'The heavy rain of the south falls over Isla Negra' The heavy rain of the south falls over Isla Negra like a solitary drop transparent and weighty: the sea opens its cool leaves to receive it: the earth learns the wet fate of the glass. My soul, grant me in your kisses the briny water of these months, the honey of the region, the fragrance moistened

Short film I produced, 'Blue Roof', world premiering at 12th Pusan International Film Festival

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This is rather funny. I was at the TWITCH last night reading about the Pusan International Film Festival's special focus on the New Malaysian Cinema . This special program, called Three Colours Of New Malaysian Cinema , will feature 6 feature films and 3 short films. Looking through the list of films in the line-up, I paused when I saw the title of one short film, BLUE ROOF. I was surprised by the short film's inclusion in the list and wondered whether it was a mistake. I went to sleep with lots of questions floating in my mind. I got a phone call from Ming Jin the following afternoon, confirming with me what had happened. Well, folks, it seems that BLUE ROOF a short film I had a hand in producing and editing with Greenlight Pictues before I went to Chile will be having its world premiere at the 12th Pusan International Film Festival in Korea! You see, this film was submitted to the Pusan International Film Fest by Ming Jin while I was in Chile, hence my confusion. Am

Guey Lun Mei elevated Jay Chou's 'Secret 不能说的秘密'

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My feelings for Jay Chou had often been rather weird. Back in 2005, in a post which was really meant to diss Taiwanese pop singer Jolin Chai, I lamented the state of Chinese pop and took some swipes at Jay's tendency to mumble through his songs . Yet I have always been rather kind towards his film endeavours. I conceded that he 'did not suck' at Initial D and was a good enough sport to let others make fun of his image. I even admitted that he was decent in Curse of the Golden Flowers and that I would take his acting over F4's anytime. So when his directorial debut, SECRET, was announced, he definitely did not earn any contemptuous sneer or eyeball-rolling from me like I normally would do when I hear news of a singer turned actor attempting to direct a film. In fact, I was a little excited, when I heard that the film's female lead is Guey Lun Mei .

Ratatouille is a great Pixar film

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Ratatouille is about a rat, Remy, from the French countryside who wants to be a chef. He goes to a French restaurant opened by his cooking hero, Auguste Gusteau, only to realize that the place is in shambles after the chef's death. His successor, Skinner, is more interested in making a quick profit by selling mass-produced microwave food under Gusteau's name.

Top Posts of August 2007

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Here are the top 10 most-viewed posts in August, 2007.

Chile (Part 8): Visiting Pablo Neruda's Second House - La Sebastiana In Valparaiso

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Photo by OMGEsteban Note: It's better for you to read Swifty in Chile (Part 1) Swifty in Chile (Part 2) Swifty in Chile (Part 3) Swifty in Chile (Part 4) Swifty in Chile (Part 5): Visiting Pablo Neruda's House - La Chascona And Learning Spanish Swifty In Chile (Part 6): Rediscovering Santiago And The Meaning of Film Festivals Swifty In Chile (Part 7): Seafood Scam and Glamourous Awards Ceremony before you start reading this entry: 21st of August, 2007, Day 8. The Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC) had ended the night before . One by one, the guests left. Hu Shu, and Marina (the Argentinean producer who went to Neruda's house with me days earlier ), taking the same bus to the airport. And then, the Canadian filmmaker, Scott, who philosophized with me the meaning of filmmaking and film festivals under the starry sky . He left too. I bade them all adieu. Hu Shu had warned me that one would be lonely if he remained after the end of a film fest

Liked the 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' film more than book

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I often find myself defending Harry Potter movies... from fans of Harry Potter books.

Chile (Part 7): Seafood Scam and Glamourous Awards Ceremony

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Note: It's better for you to read Swifty in Chile (Part 1) Swifty in Chile (Part 2) Swifty in Chile (Part 3) Swifty in Chile (Part 4) Swifty in Chile (Part 5): Visiting Pablo Neruda's House - La Chascona And Learning Spanish Swifty In Chile (Part 6): Rediscovering Santiago And The Meaning of Film Festivals before you start reading this entry: 20th of August, 2007. Last day of the Santiago International Film Festival. After days of working on extending my stay in Chile, things were finally finalized, and I would leave on the 23rd instead. Of course, all these didn't happen that easily, there were still some frustration involved, like the Grand Hyatt Hotel sending me off to another wild goose's chase at the LAN CHILE office, only to have them, tell me again, with visible annoyances in their faces, that they couldn't do anything for me, and that I should be speaking to the Malaysian Airlines office (I would later find out from these people that there was ac

NO RESERVATIONS starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart

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If, prior to my trip to Chile (still being chronicled in my ongoing series of very poetic blog posts ), you tell me that the film I would see during my last day in the country is NO RESERVATIONS , starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin, I would have laughed. Hard. Why would I watch a Hollywood rom-com? When I could've gone for something that would never be shown in Malaysia? Like a Latin American movie? Well, that's because the (mostly) Spanish-language Latin American films shown in the multiplexes in Santiago do NOT have English subtitles. Not only that, but numerous Hollywood films have been dubbed to Spanish as well, notably those that I wanted to see. Shocked by these revelations, I asked the nice ticket-selling lady whether there were ANY Hollywood movie in theaters that is in English. She marked a couple of films, one was Transformers, one was Die Hard 4, and the last one was No Reservations, since I have already seen the other t