This is where I leave you

This is where I leave you (2014): “..family can make you go crazy, but you also love them immensely!..”

“This is where I leave you (2014) is about a father who passes away and his now-adult children are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week with family and friends. It’s basically a comedy version of how a family can be put together. . .

Complicity

Complicity (2018): “..It is a film that tells the story of both my mother, grandpa and myself..”

“I recently saw the film Complicity (2018) by Chikaura Kei during the Cinemasia Film Festival and I am very pleased with it. It is a layered story in which a Chinese boy of my generation decides to go to Japan to earn money for his mother and grandmother. . .

Overseas

Overseas (2019): “..Filipino workers who are portrayed as heroes with an intense emotional layer..”

“Overseas (2019) is definitely a must-see! It is a documentary by a female director named Sung-A Yoon that was screened during the CinemAsia Film Festival 2020. . .

Rocky

Rocky (1976): “..I ask film investors, are you ready to lose your money?..”

“Rocky Balboa films inspired me to make movies. It started with the first Rocky (1976) film, directed by John G. Avildsen. It’s about a boxer played by Sylvester Stalone who gets the opportunity to participate in the world heavyweight championship. . .

Mahjong

Mahjong | 麻将 (1996): “..What I find remarkable about Edward Yang’s films..”

“I extremely like the Taiwanese film Mahjong (1996) by Edward Yang, which has nothing to do with the tile-based game at all. It’s actually about a missing businessman who owes money to an underworld gang and his son who is the leader of a youth gang. . .

A Better Tomorrow

A Better Tomorrow | 英雄本色 (1986): “..martial arts was never my thing, but I love films by John Woo..”

“A film that stands out for me is A Better Tomorrow (1986) which has been directed by John Woo. The story itself is about an ex-gangster who tries to reconcile with his brother, but he has difficulties breaking ties with his former gang. . .

onur

“..His reasons for hiring me were simple, I was honest, always neat AND gay..”

“I was thinking today how it was for me before I came out of the closet. I had a crush on a classmate. A quiet, sweet blond boy. I was bullied because I was apparently very gay back then, while I wasn’t really aware of it or even understood it. . .

Maxime Hallatu

“..Considering myself as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community..”

“I always carried the philosophy that everyone should choose whatever they wish for. Therefore I am considering myself as an ally of the LGBTQ+ community while I’m heterosexual myself. A few years ago, I made a friend and he told me about his coming out to his parents and it resulted in him being rejected by namely his father. . .

The Prestige

The Prestige (2006): “..Thanks to weed and freaking Christian Bale!..”

“I have a funny story to tell about how The Prestige (2006) changed my life. Years back I used to be a sports guy. I always played football, basketball and I participated with MMA I excelled in all of that. . .

Welcome

Welcome (2009): “..Nobody becomes a refugee just out of nowhere..”

“Welcome (2009) is a French movie and it tells the story of a young Iraqi-Kurd refugee, Bilal Kayani (Firat Ayverdi), who dreams to cross the English Channel from Calais, France to the UK. Hoping to be reunited with his girlfriend Mina (Derya Ayverdi) who’s already settled down in England with her family. . .

Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding (2001): “..where it’s necessary to wear different masks..”

I saw Monsoon Wedding (2001) by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair, a while ago when I was living in New York and interning for a Dutch journalist, Max Westerman. . .

Kakekomi

Kakekomi (2002): “.. I left the cinema theatre .. with a retirement goal..”

“The reason why Kakekomi (2015) is dear to me is that the director Masato Harada was present at Eigasai 2016, a Japanese film festival that I went to. . .