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Film directing as a profession does not really exist

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I saw this posted on Facebook by the Chinese filmmaker Ying Liang. He was passing to his students words of wisdom from his own teacher, Professor Si-Tu Zhao Dun. The whole thing is in Chinese, so it's actually better if you can read it in its original language as my translation will be pretty shaky: Here's the original:

Instagram photos of the week: End of cherry blossom season

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Been busy with the post-production of my new film, and also dealing with a couple of deadlines. So I'll just entertain this very silent blog with more stunningly beautiful photos that I uploaded on Instagram during the past week. The photos I posted had one recurring theme, the end of the much-loved cherry blossom season in Japan. Usually it's signaled by some heavy rain.

Thoughts on 31st Hong Kong Film Awards / Ode to Lau Ching Wan

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The 31st Hong Kong Film Awards was held on Sunday night. I was following the results on Facebook and Twitter because I didn't know where else can I catch a live telecast of it in Japan. A SIMPLE LIFE by Ann Hui ended up as the big winner of the night, winning Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and probably a few others I didn't count. I haven't seen it, so there's not much I can say. But I ended up writing my thoughts about each of the acting award winners on Facebook, which I'm going to share here. (and I will expand on what I wrote if I can)

My (stunningly beautiful, of course) Instagram photos of the week

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The past week had been pretty busy for me. I was "supervising" the post-production of the TV thing that I shot in Malaysia last month (when I said supervising, I pretty much meant "jumping into the whole damn thing and doing a lot of re-editing myself), while simultaneously doing the pre-production for a short film (that I'm shooting right now). Anyway, you might notice that numerous photos I've posted on this page were from Instagram, a service I rather liked because of the way it could enhance my iPhone photos. Everyone's talking about it now since it got acquired by Facebook for a measly sum of $1 billion dollars, I also thought that the photos I took had been increasingly awesome, so I'm sharing the ones that I have taken in the past week.

Happy 80th birthday, Andrei Tarkovsky

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I was quite surprised when Radoslav Sharapanov left a comment on my recent Andrei Tarkovsky Facebook post that today is actually Tarkovsky's birthday. Tarkovsky died in 1986 at the relatively young age of 54, when I was only 2. He would have been 80 years old this year. Same age as my grandmother.

Experiencing Japan's strongest storm since 1959

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3rd of April 2012. It's been 4 years and 1 day since I first moved to Tokyo. This special event was marked by Japan's strongest storm since 1959.

Remembering Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui

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During the last few hours, I was wondering why everyone's suddenly posting photos and videos of Leslie Cheung on Facebook. An internet meme I knew nothing about? And then I remembered that he died on the 1st of April, 9 years ago.

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.