Oscar Lau

A Hong Kong cinephile. 

Favorite Films = the last four films I watched with a rating of 4.5-5★

Favorite films

  • Twenty Years Later
  • Drive
  • The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
  • Ran

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  • Island in the Sun

    ★★

  • Pleasures of the Flesh

    ★★★½

  • Last Tango in Paris

    ★★★

  • Body and Soul

    ★★★½

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    A perfectly apt title for a film that sounds crazy on paper, and crazier on screen. It could easily be a total train wreck, but underneath all the outlandish, goofy, and inventive fantasy, it’s grounded in relatable human connection, namely family. The inter-generational rifts (across three generations) and disenchantment of life from the Chinese-American angle is surprisingly universal, it’s emotionally cathartic when the journey ended. It’s textually and contextually rich in its unorthodox storytelling, challenging the viewers to remember minute…

  • Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane

    ★★★★★

    Citizen Kane may not be my personal favorite film, but I firmly believe it is one of the greatest films ever made. There’s no preceding film looked, sounded, or was told alike it, and its influence to the future generation of filmmakers is undisputed. The striking depth of field, the formidable low angle and long shot, the meticulous mis-en-scene, the ingenious montage and scene editing, the mosaic storytelling, the enigmatic mystery of Rosebud, the atmospheric score, the overlapping dialogue and the…

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  • Island in the Sun

    Island in the Sun

    ★★

    Mostly remembered now for its tame (but considerably controversial at its time) and superficial portrait of interracial relationships, Island in the Sun has an overtly melodramatic and political overtone, but the multiple storylines (four romantic relationships, a murder, and an election before a white and a black candidate) were overstuffed in the two-hour running time, the result is often half-baked characterization and the lack of nuisance.

    Added to: Robert Rossen, Ranked

  • Pleasures of the Flesh

    Pleasures of the Flesh

    ★★★½

    The first independent film Oshima made after dropping out of the studio system is an extension of his obsession with sex, violence and death along the periphery of a pink film. The self-destructive, nihilistic, and sexually-driven behavior of the protagonist is a projection of the undirected individual frustration amidst an immoral capitalistic society which has benefited the greedy from the post-war economic boom. Every relationship is turned into a process of transaction, and the protagonist’s aim to spend all the unscrupulous money as a mean to end his life ironically backfired in a pathetic way.

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  • Yi Yi

    Yi Yi

    ★★★★★

    Added to: Sight and Sound Greatest Films
    Added to: My 250 Favorite Films of All Time

    The Rearward View of Life

    Near the end of the film Yi Yi, there is a funeral, the little boy Yang-Yang (Jonathan Chang) reads out the letter he wrote for his deceased grandma (Ruyun Tang), saying he would like to be a person of showing stuff others don't see, and now when he sees his baby cousin, he would feel old too. Every time when…

  • Jurassic World Dominion

    Jurassic World Dominion

    God awful. The major theme of how to co-exist with dinosaurs has nothing to do with the story, even the locust plays a bigger role here than the dinosaurs. You could simply take out all the scenes with the dinosaurs and the story would still be the same, except missing the damn stupid spectacle. The only merit of the film is enriching the silly ‘clone girl’ plot from part two. I was excited to see the ‘old’ and the ‘new’…