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Interviewing the inspiring Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah, wife of former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir

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Last Monday, for the documentary that I am currently working on, I had the honour of interviewing Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah at her office. She had been a role model for Malaysian women (and men) for more than six decades, and played an important role on developing the modern sports of the country. She is also the wife of former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir.

Rest in peace, Fat Yau 肥耀, 一路好走

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昨晚突然间收到罗声耀离去的消息感得非常心酸。 几天前知道他得了骨痛热症进了院。 没想到昨晚就走了。

Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro talk about genre

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Today is a day that is tinged a little with grey. The husband of a friend passed away early in the morning. I have never met him before. yet I cannot shake away the feeling of melancholy. Their child is very young. So was he. At night, I received news of screen legend Sir Christopher Lee's passing. He was 93. He had spent more than half a century giving us iconic roles like Count Dracula, and Saruman. A few weeks earlier, a friend dear to my heart lost her older sister too. When I was with her in Singapore, I struggled to find words to tell her. She looked strong, we laughed through the day, but I wished that was enough to help her momentarily forget her pain. Recent events are constantly reminding me about the impermanence of life. I do not know what to do, except to just live the moment, I guess. Just now I had the pleasure of reading a nice article on The New Statesman featuring two literary giants, Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro, talking about the complications of ge

Vague impressions of Marina Bay, Singapore

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Up until my teens, Singapore was like a second home to me. Not only was I born there, due to my father's work, my family were visiting almost every other week, or at least once a month. We used to live in the Mandarin Oriental, and from there, we could easily go to the Marina Square shopping mall, either for the food court, for the bookshops, for the video game shops, the cinemas and the like. My childhood memories of the place are quite vivid. My nostalgia is tinged with bittersweetness, not because I yearn for it again, but because I marvel at the child who was myself, who did not expect the many things that he would live through in the future. Therefore, during these short days in Singapore, my father would usually drive from the Marina area to Orchard Road, to visit the places we liked, like the now-gone Borders bookshop, or HMV, or Ngee Ann city and its trustworthy Kinokuniya. From the window of my hotel room, or within the car, I was very familiar with the skyline of

360° music videos

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Quite an eye-opener! An hour ago, I saw Lesly the cinematographer sharing Björk’s new music video on Facebook. It's for 'Stonemilker', from her latest album Vulnicura. What blew my mind is the fact that it's in 360°!

Winning an award at the Cannes Short Film Corner...

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Recently, a local filmmaker named Indrani Kopal had won an award from a student showcase that was part of the Cannes Short films Corner. Good for her, congrats! But somehow, the media had been mistaking her award as an actual, official award from the Cannes Film Festival itself. We don't think we should lie to ourselves about these things (no, I'm not implying Indrani's doing that, she knows pretty well what the award is, but there are too many misleading articles since her win). So... today, after reading one article to many that showed the writer's lack of research and knowledge on these film festival stuff, I decided to write this lengthy post in response to Edgar Ong's article (more like a poorly constructed rant piece, really), "M’sian wins at Cannes but potential winner at home is banned!" I can't let this stand.

RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS @ Green Film Festival in Seoul 2015 + TALE OF IYA + THE VANQUISHING OF THE WITCH BABA YAGA

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Two weeks ago, RIVER OF EXPLODING DURIANS was screened at the Green Film Festival in Seoul ... which was in Seoul. Based on its official website, the Green Film Festival in Seoul (GFFIS) "is the film festival to seek the co-existence between humans and the environment through cinema. Green matters have become one of our common issues, but we still want to meet more people and share the green messages together. We are still living in the age of reckless development, environmental destruction, climate change and poverty. The GFFIS dreams of the co-existence between humans and nature, the alternatives for the future, and the ways to put ideas into action through films. Until the day all these dreams come into reality, we will be here with you and do our works.".

Just some of my photos of Hong Kong (May 2015)

On my trip to Seoul for the Green Film Festival in Seoul last week, I stopped over in Hong Kong for three nights. Utopia for book lovers. A photo posted by Edmund Yeo (@edmundyeo) on May 7, 2015 at 11:29pm PDT

David Letterman

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The finale "Late Show with David Letterman" was aired today. I have yet to watch it. But I have this to say, because somehow, the show makes me nostalgic. The Late Show with David Letterman ended today. My earliest memory of the show comes from 1995. (what? 20 years... Posted by Edmund Yeo on Thursday, May 21, 2015 And now, other articles, videos and posts about David Letterman's retirement. So that years from now, when I read this post, I remember.

Featured on nüyou Magazine (May issue)

谢谢《男友》杂志的专访。 (其实是《女友》杂志啦, 但加了一部分是给男读者的。) 杨毅恒导演告诉《男友》,他是用电影写日记的人,因为他在人生每一个阶段都有不同的故事要说,娱乐观众之余,也能保留一个时代的记忆。 #NanyouMay #thedirectorissue #director #杨毅恒 #nuyoumalaysia A photo posted by Nuyou Malaysia (@nuyoumalaysia) on May 19, 2015 at 7:09am PDT Wow, the May 2015 issue of nüyou Malaysia magazine has me in it! Thanks to Andy 池存健 for the great interview!(There's a... Posted by Edmund Yeo on Monday, April 27, 2015

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

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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).