“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. . .
“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 (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 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. . .
“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 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. . .
“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. . .
“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. . .
“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 (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. . .
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. . .
“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. . .