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Sharing some episodes of ROAD TO AFA that I directed

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This is very late, since the Asian Film Awards ended two weeks ago. So you probably already knew that the Oscar-winning A SEPARATION was the night's major winner. (full results here ) But I haven't been updating this blog much these days, so please bear with me. You might remember that I mentioned directing a series of interviews with a few major Japanese film figures last month while suffering from a hideous food poisoning as part of the ROAD TO AFA (Asian Film Awards) program hosted by Janet Hsieh. A month earlier, in January, I was in Taipei for these interviews. I didn't exactly blog about my Taipei escapades, so I'll post up some of my old tweets related to it.

Some nice scenery during my TV shoot

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I've been doing my TV shoot since the 10th of March (hence the lack of updates). The majority of the shoot took place in Sekinchan. This marked my 4th shoot in that location, from my short film LOVE SUICIDES in 2008, to Woo Ming Jin's WOMAN ON FIRE LOOKS FOR WATER (which I produced) in 2009, to last year's LAST FRAGMENTS OF WINTER. It's unsurprising that this region had became quite a popular place for film and TV shoots, the scenery had often been stunning. These are some of the sights I saw early in the morning, just before camera rolled.

6th of March, 2012. Happy birthday to me!

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Forty-five minutes ago, the clock struck 12, I have been bombarded with Facebook and Twitter birthday wishes from friends, family, acquaintances, people I've never met, film people, former primary school friends, former secondary school friends, former university friends, frenemies and the like. Thanks, folks. It's been a colorful life. A year ago today, I was in Tokyo, spending the entire day in the editing room, editing a little half-finished short film called LAST FRAGMENTS OF WINTER. I met a few friends who dropped by, had a meeting with my producer Yuiko, and then at night, I left for the airport, and prepared to fly to Kuala Lumpur... I almost lost my computer bag . A year has passed. The difference is that I'm now spending my birthday in Malaysia. But at this very moment I am trying to complete a script for a little project that I'm doing in April. In a few hours after I sleep and wake up, it will be rehearsals for a TV series that I'm directing. (i

EMPTY KINGDOM interviews me

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The very awesome arts and culture website Empty Kingdom had just posted an interview  they did with me. In this interview, I discuss why I stick with short films, and mostly on my latest short LAST FRAGMENTS OF WINTER.

Rest In Peace, Aunty Mak Fong 楓姨,一路好走

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Yesterday, I found out with sadness that the veteran actress Mak Fong 麦楓 had passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was 77.

Regarding the Oscars...

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The Oscars is just a few hours away, and if I don't oversleep until the afternoon, I might be able to catch its live stream on my computer.

Creative Spotlight: Episode #96 – Edmund Yeo (JAPAN CINEMA interviews me)

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The awesome Japan Cinema had posted a very in-depth interview I recently did with its editor-in-chief Marcello as part of their "Creative Spotlight" series.

It's hard to direct a series of interviews with legendary Japanese directors when you are ill.

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I came back to Tokyo on the 8th, arriving early in the morning. As the day went on, I knew something was wrong.

Jeppe Ronde and Woo Ming Jin's GIRL IN THE WATER (which I helped produce and edit) wins Best Short Film at Danish Oscars

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Last night, I received this very unexpected and wonderful news that Jeppe Ronde and Woo Ming Jin's GIRL IN THE WATER, a 20-minute short that I helped to produce and edit, had won the BEST SHORT FILM Award at the Robert Awards (the Danish Oscars) !

Directing Life - article about me on Style: Magazine (Jan 2012)

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I never imagined myself ever appearing on Style: Magazine. Ever. Not in my wildest dreams. Life is pretty insane. But here's Nicole Foo Bihzhu 's feature on me at Style: Magazine. I have to thank my old secondary school classmate Jesly Hieng once again, for scanning this. I was unable to find the magazine anywhere since I got back!

2nd Q&A session. LAST FRAGMENTS OF WINTER/ GIRL IN THE WATER @ International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012

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On the 27th of January, after being much better-rested, I did the second Q and A session for LAST FRAGMENTS OF WINTER and GIRL IN THE WATER moderated by Paolo Bertolin. This one's pretty long since a kindly audience member was willing to help me film the entire session! The entire thing lasted for more than half an hour... which was, er, actually longer than the running time of LAST FRAGMENTS OF WINTER (23 minutes), but I trimmed it down to spare your eyes and ears. I talked quite a bit about both short films, anecdotes during the film shoot and many others. Here's the video .