Oscar Lau

Oscar Lau

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A Hong Kong cinephile. 

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

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  • Three Colors: Red

    Three Colors: Red

    ★★★★★

    The last entry of the Three Colours Trilogy is about human connection across various distance (thus the fraternity), as encapsulated in the last scene which ties up the Kieślowski universe neatly (though I prefer the presentation in Decalogue more which is relatively less contrived in execution). Irène Jacob is a lovely but callow student, who befriends a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) incidentally. It leads to several long philosophical conversations revolving around truth, perception, altruism, whilst chance and fate demonstrates their playfulness in the process.…

  • Three Colors: White

    Three Colors: White

    ★★★★

    Bookended by two more soul-stirring entries amidst the trilogy, Three Colors: White is unfortunately but justifiably being overshadowed, despite of the general strong performance from its cast and the daring plot-heavy dark comedy with unexpected twist and turn. Visually it’s the least intriguing one among the three films, except the repeated flashback of the wedding scene filtered through a soft white flare. My main problem of the story is that I fail to resonate with the protagonist’s eventual act of…

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  • The Lady and the Beard

    The Lady and the Beard

    ★★½

    To beard or not to beard, that is the question.
    Once he shaves off his beard, three women falls for him. The answer is obvious, and too shallow.

    Added to: Yasujiro Ozu, Ranked

  • Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

    Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast

    ★★★★½

    Obayashi’s preoccupation with the Japanese history of WWII and his anti-war stance are in their first full capacity here. The story takes place at the beginning of the Pacific War in an inland seaside village (Onomichi, Obayashi’s birthplace, a change from the autobiographical novel the film based on), following a group of wayward schoolboys, a newly arrived transfer student and his older sister, thus a local teenager at the age of conscription. The film deliberately overplays the slapstick comedy, which…

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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…

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    Added to “2018, Ranked” & “Palme d’Or Winners, Ranked

    A summation of Koreeda’s works. Abandoned children in Nobody Knows (2004); slice of family life in Still Walking (2008) and Our Little Sister (2015); parenthood without blood ties in Like Father, Like Son (2013); the dissolution of traditional family relationship, from society detachment in Distance (2001) to failure of fatherhood in After the Storm (2016); and the crime of the marginalized people in The Third Murder (2017), all interwoven into Shoplifters. It…