During the premiere of the comedy film Mrs. Noisy | ミ セ ス ・ ノ イ ズ (2019), which was shown during CinemAsia Film Festival 2020, I just laughed and sympathized with the main characters of the story. The film brought tears of joy and sorrow to my eyes. At the same time, Mrs. Noisy evoked many emotions and gave me new insights of life itself. . .
Tijdens de première van de komedie film Mrs. Noisy | ミセス・ノイズィ (2019), die vertoond werd tijdens CinemAsia 2020, moest ik alleen maar lachen en sympathiseerde ik met de hoofdpersonen van het verhaal. De film bracht tranen in mijn ogen van vreugde en verdriet. Mrs. Noisy riep tegelijkertijd veel emoties op en gaf me nieuwe inzichten van het leven. . .
“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. . .
“Being queer as an Asian is a taboo even though there is progress in many countries in Asia, but I still think that especially among immigrant communities it’s still a very big deal and a difficult topic to talk about. . .
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. . .
“I worked as the script coach for the fiction FilmLAB of CinemAsia Film Festival. I guided the FilmLAB participants from beginning to end. . .
“The first film about Indonesian martial arts that I ever watched is Merantau (2009), directed by the Scottish Gareth Evans. A very sophisticated film. . .
“I actually never was a fan of Devdas (2002) actor Shah Rukh Khan, which is a film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. But in 2002 I was forced by my cousin. . .
“Tumbbad (2018) is basically a cautionary tale about greed and how it’s inherited and passed on within a vicious circle that goes on for many generations. . .