'Lust, Caution 色,戒' (The heavily censored version)

Lust, Caution is Ang Lee's first Chinese-language film since 2000's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Some locations of the film were shot at Penang and Ipoh in Malaysia. The film's gotten quite a bit of attention over here ever since its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month, where it won the Golden Lion. Of course, the attention wasn't on it winning one of the film industry's most prestigious awards, but on the graphic sex scenes, a fact that Ang Lee himself hadn't been really happy about. While adamant not to make any cuts for the film's US release (it will be rated NC-17). Longtime Ang Lee collaborator and Focus CEO James Schamus, who co-wrote the screenplay, said he is accepting the rating "without protest". "When we screened the final cut of this film, we knew we weren't going to change a frame," he said. " Every moment up on that screen works and is an integral part of the emotional arc of the char


I was very interested in watching the local film HIDDEN SUMMER IN MY HEART when it was at the theaters last month. I was intrigued by its trailer, and I was curious to see what these new filmmakers Felix Tan (the director) and co. could come up with. The film is from Lim Kok Wing University's newly set-up Film and Television Academy.

Conversation on 'The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters' with Justin

MSN conversation between Justin and I about the documentary, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters .

Royston Tan's '881: The Papaya Sisters 881: 木瓜姐妹'

881: The Papaya Sisters , directed by Royston Tan , is the first Singaporean film I've actually paid to see in the theaters! (I watched most of Jack Neo's stuff at home)

Conversation on 'Bourne Ultimatum' With Erna

My guest reviewer for Bourne Ultimatum is Erna Mahyuni , actress, theater practitioner and editor-in-chief of the best-selling magazine. You can check out her Bourne Ultimatum review too if you want.

Judd Apatow's KNOCKED UP

I loved 40-Year-Old Virgin , so when I found out about director Judd Apatow's follow-up, Knocked Up , all those months ago, I was already stoked. Then the positive reviews started coming in, and the film became one of the best-reviewed wide releases of the year . Even more anticipation from me.

Chillin' in Perth

I'm currently in Perth. Just had my graduation ceremony three nights ago (on the 17th). It's my second graduation ceremony, so it wasn't as exciting as my first one (held last March), on the other hand, I am rather looking forward to have two photos of me in robes hanging on my bedroom wall, and two have two certificates as well. Seen quite a number of movies that I haven't had the chance to review because my laptop got fried two weeks ago. So I'll just list them all out as a reminder for films I've seen but haven't had the chance to review: Knocked Up 881: The Papaya Sisters Away From Her ... a Hong Kong film starring Alex Fong Lik Sun which title I cannot remember (will find out later) Bourne Ultimatum Hairspray Might go and see Superbad or Stardust later tonight.

It's My Little Sister's Birthday. Say Happy Birthday To Her!

My sister, Sandra Yeo, is 18 today. Everything that needs to be said about her is in this post . (I posted that for my little sister during her birthday last year, even Dawn Yang left a comment) My li'l sis looked like this when she was a bit more than 2 weeks old.

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

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

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

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