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Movie: How Are You, Dad? / 爸, 你好嗎?

5 Jul

Sadly, I missed out on the Taiwanese Film Festival this year, and there was one film that I most regret not seeing. As a girl, it’s a given that I have a complex  relationship with my mother – being Asian just makes it so much more twisted. However, as the relationship with your mother which is defined early on in life, the relationship with your father is defined much later on, and is more difficult to put into words.

“How Are You, Dad? / 爸,你好嗎?” by Taiwanese director Tso-Chi Chang reflects and explores all that’s left unsaid in ten gentle, poignant short stories about father and child. Building on the themes of family and identity that have characterized Chang’s works, the anthology assembles a moving and realistic portrait of fatherhood, and the love, memories, and misgivings that come with the package. (via yesasia.com)

Other than the silhouette of his silent back as you walk behind him, what else can you remember about your father?

Fatherly love is perhaps one of the most difficult to express in words—genuine but distant, subtle but deep; beneath that unrelenting tough image of the father often hides an emotion warm and affectionate.

Featuring ten stories of ten fathers from all walks of life,《How Are You, Dad?》shines light on this intimate but much unmentioned love. Whether they are dangerous gangsters, poor villagers that could not afford their children’s medical expenses, or a famous celebrities with soaring careers but a broken family, they all share one common role—they are all fathers, and they all love in different ways.

At the end of the film, you may find your deepest memories resonating and converging into a single simple but genuine calling: “How are you, Dad?”

Length: 120 minutes
Director: Tso-Chi Chang
Cast:  Jack Kao, Fan Chih-Wei, Teresa Ji, Chang Chea

About Director
Tso-Chi Chang graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts  from the Chinese Culture University in Taiwan, specializing in films and drama. His script for the film《Midnight Revenge》, written in1991, won the Government Information Office’s Outstanding Screenplay Award in Taiwan. Since then, Chang’s works have been well received by film critics and shine in both domestic and international film festivals. His style of magical realism helps him to establish a unique position in Taiwan’s film industry.

Awards and Honors
2008 The 13th Pusan International Film Festival - A Window on Asian Cinema
2009 The 11th Taipei Film Festival - Closing Film

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Why the only newspaper I will ever read…

10 May

is the New York Times, moreover, the MASSIVE Sunday Edition that will seriously take a whole Sunday to read. The other news media outlet I read to catch up on mundane local news is 24 Hours because it’s no fuss, compact, and free.

I love the New York Times, as well as New York Magazine. Not because it’s about New York (oh it’s so much more than that), but because it is SO well written, so intelligent and so interesting. If I could take 5 items with me to a deserted island, it would be moisturizer w/sunscreen, designer sunglasses, lipbalm w/spf, laptop w/internet connection and a subscription to the Sunday Edition.  Ok, so I kinda cheated by combining things.

So I ventured out early last Sunday to buy it. As of 10am, 2 places were sold out. When finally I got my grubby little hands on the 2.25″ thick paper, I was appalled to hand over $10.00 CDN. With a sigh I realized that I would have to treasure this moment because I will never buy this in print again, and vowed to read EVERY last word from ads to fine print.

As of today, I’m still reading it.

But it’s not about news. News is pretty much already old once it’s printed – it’s the opinions and the articles that don’t go stale. I’d buy it just for NYT Magazine and the Style mag- those are going on the coffee table.

Take this A-HA! moment I had while reading this interview with Charlaine Harris, author of True Blood:

Why do you think vampires are omnipresent in popular culture?
People are really interested in the concept of eternal youth in this plastic-surgery culture. Vampires never die.

A-HA!

Now that was worth my $10.

And I haven’t even started on the infamous crossword yet. If you like the NYT sunday crossword, you’ll like Wordplay, a movie that focuses on the man most associated with crossword puzzles, New York Times puzzle editor and NPR puzzle-master Will Shortz.

What I would be…

23 Jul

…if I were better at math: A forensic accountant.

Quote of the Day: Victoria Beckham in Allure August 2008

16 Jul

On how she’d describe herself: “I’m incredibly ordinary, a normal-looking girl, and I just make the best of what I have.”

I say: “EXACTLY! Finally someone who understands!”

Wiki article: The “half-your-age-plus-seven” rule

6 Jul

Age disparity in sexual relationships

Uncanny resemblances

26 Jan

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#2 UPDATED: keanu reeves Now you know why I stayed longer than I should have.

#1: justin timberlake