Archive for October, 2005

Movie – All About Love

Just back from cinema watching All About Love (Google It). Basically it’s a low cost with famous HK actor with tragedic love story storyline.

ALL ABOUT LOVE is an intriguing tale of love and lost and the memories that bind us. Andy Lau will play two very different characters both connected by accidents and chance encounters.

Ko (Andy Lau) is a paramedic working with the ambulance team. He is a man who is fixated with time – his watch is his constant companion. He used to be a successful doctor with long working hours but a tragedy a few years back altered his perception. Flasback: He was due to have dinner one night with his wife(Charlene Choi) but he cancelled on her at the very last minute – and as she was driving away, speed demons crashed into her car, resulting in an internal bleeding situation that cannot was fatal. Ko feels guilty about her death so he now leads a routine life of working at very fixed hours so that he can spend time with her family and friends.

One day, Ko saves Yuen-Sam (Charlie Young) who had an accident and he finds out that Yuen-Sam is the recipient of the heart of his wife. He starts to take an interest in her life and discovers that, Yuen-Sam is suffering from a terminal illness and does not have much time to live. He also found out that Derek, her husband, was a famous and much sought after hair stylist, in his flamboyant flirtations attracted the attention of Amber, a supermodel, who was seeking to have an affair with him. It resulted in the deterioration of his marriage with Yuen-Sam and after one big argument, he just left without a word.

Yuen-Sam confides in Ko that her dying wish is to spend some happy times with Derek. Ko agrees to help and in his quest, he discovers that Derek actually looks very much like himself. Ko goes around in search of clues of Derek’s whereabouts and finally found him in Japan. Unable to actually meet Derek, Ko leaves a message informing Derek of the situation with Yuen-Sam. Soon after, Derek returns to see Yuen-Sam and they spend a blissfully happy few weeks together. When Yuen-Sam’s illness finally succumbs, the audience will discover a twist in the story that is both sad and beautiful. It is a film which will examine our perception of the promises we make with the people we love and with ourselves. The tone of the film is driven by beautiful people, heartbreaking exchanges, and flawed characters.

Well, a lots of ppl keep asking why me didn’t post my personal stuff such as what’s happening around me, frequently.
For me, personal stuff should keep personal, which is not mean to publish to the whole world through internet.
For me, blog is not a digital diary. Me don’t like telling ppl how do me feel about somebody or any current issue or how me gonna plan for my future or boosting about how good something is or how good or bad a religion is, or posting all the pictures that me took (which me rarely did, anyway).

So in my blog you will only find what me currently up to –
– What’s games me playing, that me think you should play too.
– What’s movie/anime/drama/stuff me watching, that me think you should watch too.
– What’s music that me listening to, that me think you should listen to too.
– What’s new high-tech gadget me wanna buy, and hoping someone will get it for me.
– Latest news on PC/PDA/silicon valley tech scene, which me think you need to know too.
and such. So, you wont find my diary here, sorry fans of Pip_X…

Movie – Election

Yesterday me watched Election (Google It) last night. It’s all-bad-guy movie (will, maybe only some little minor character) and all-bad-guy-die-in-the-end-movie. Some parts is interesting but some parts is really boring. Can be seen that this is low production cost movie.

Johnnie To still has it. The auteur makes a long-awaited return to Hong Kong cinemas with Election, a gritty take on the Hong Kong triad genre. Election details the decisions and consequences facing the Wo Sing Society, a storied Hong Kong triad that’s looking to fill its Chairman role. In this corner: Big D (Tony Leung Ka-Fai), a charismatic, brash, and temperamental boss who attempts to bribe and bully his way into the Chairman’s seat. In the other corner: Lok (Simon Yam), a calm, collected, and cooly professional triad leader, who promises expansion and a steady guiding hand. Who will win, the tiger or the pussycat? And is either one really what they appear to be? And will Louis Koo fans be upset when they realize their tanned idol isn’t in the film that much? The answer to all the above questions: who cares? This is a good Hong Kong movie, and that’s about all that matters.
      The general story of Election is nothing to write home about. Basically, the Wo Sing Society needs a new chairperson, and it’s down to Lok and Big D. Big D has already bribed a couple of the "Uncles", the senior triad members with all the political pull. He’s hoping the money gets him in, but as Uncle Teng (Wong Tin-Lam) instructs the other Uncles, it’s not the money that matters but unity. Teng favors the in-control Lok over loose cannon Big D, and at his urgings, the Uncles give in and elect Lok. However, Lok won’t officially be the leader until he gains possession of the Dragon Head baton, a revered symbol of leadership that must be delivered to him. Smarting from his ignominious loss, Big D sets out to intercept the baton, whereupon every boss and small potato in the Wo Sing Society starts to get involved. If you secure the baton you’ll either A) be a hero, or B) have plenty of pull.
     The incredibly-tanned Jimmy (Louis Koo) wants to get the baton to avenge his boss, who had the indignity of being locked in a wooden crate and shoved down a hill by Big D. However, various other lower-level triad dudes have been assigned to the case, including the overly-righteous Big Head (Lam Suet), his stuttering partner Soo (Eddie Cheng), fab maroon-shirted Kun (Gordon Lam), and the fanatically loyal – and possibly rabid – Jet (Nick Cheung). The cops (led by Shaw Brothers staple David Chiang) detain all the high-level players in hopes of stopping an all-out gang war, while the small potatoes run across the border and back in an effort to get the baton. Double-crosses and assorted triad hijinks ensue.
     Having multiple factions go after the baton leads to the expected run-ins, though the results are as funny as they are ironic and absurd. Basically, two guys go at it with their lives possibly at stake, but the bottom line is they’re working for the same side. This is only discovered after some brutal violence, e.g. Kun smacking Big Head around with a massive log, or Jet getting multiple stab wounds from the omnipresent triad choppers (in an ultra-realistic move, Election features no gunplay at all). Jet and Jimmy seem initially opposed when jockeying for the baton, but end up on the same side when Big D’s men engage Jet in a five-on-one standoff. These action scenes are staged with the slow-burn threat of violence and sudden jolts of brutality, and when they happen they’re riveting. Unfortunately, there are very few of these action sequences.
     But actual visceral action is not what Election is about. All the action in Election takes place in negotiations between cops and triads, uncles and bosses, lawyers and bosses, and finally bosses and bosses. Johnnie To takes a deep, reportedly realistic look at the mechanics and rigid mores of a triad-run election (the Chinese title, "Hark Se Wui", means "The Black Society", and is Cantonese for "triad"). This sounds like it could be all sorts of boring, but To does more than have his characters sit around smoky tables endlessly debating "face". Election moves along fairly quickly thanks to spare exposition, sharply-defined character types, shifting locations, and crosscutting action – and does so efficiently enough that the educational aspects of the film get swallowed incredibly easily. In many ways Election works as a triad election tutorial, i.e. this is how you should act (like Lok), and this is how you shouldn’t act (like Big D). If you break the rules of the triad, you get threatened with assassination, and if you’re too ambitious, you’d better watch your back. To portrays the triad society as a rigidly-structured, almost fanatical group, and while his storytelling is sometimes obvious, the overall feel is immediate and seemingly real enough to involve.
     To also allows his actors to create more than just types. Tony Leung Ka-Fai is hyperactive and a bit cartoony as Big D, but the actor is able to imbue the character with palpable fear, self-doubt, and blind ambition – sometimes simultaneously. Yam is cool and charismatic as Lok, and yet reveals a cold, calculating face beneath his smiling politician’s mask. The other actors have less to work with, particularly Louis Koo, who only seems to get third billing because he’s the most popular star in the film. Koo gets the pivotal role of the younger triad who’s loyal, but quietly questions the rules and hierarchy of the organization. When we first meet him, he’s attending a university lecture, yet another nod by To to the inherent realities of the triad "business". The powerful bosses talk about making money and keeping jobs, and those who are too concerned with pride and "face" might as well paint a target on their backs. The winners are the ones who preach loyalty to the triad, and make the tough decisions to keep everyone happy.
     That is, until the ending, which shows that sometimes cold-hearted smarts and ruthlessness can get the job done, too. Election ends on a thematically appropriate, but disturbing and nihilistic note that takes any notion of honor and throws it to the wind. Triads might preach righteousness, but in the end it’s just another way to play the game. Election is sort of an oddity; it’s a movie that takes great pains to reveal supposedly realistic triad rituals, and yet it can still find time for righteous grandstanding AND a final moment that basically shouts, "the triad is full of bad, bad people." Well, it is full of bad, bad people, which is why Election may likely piss off moviergoers who are used to some sort of redemption in their films. The characters are cold-hearted, justice and remorse are noticeably absent, and the violence is shocking in its ugly brutality. Killing someone in Election requires repeated bludgeoning with a heavy object, and after the fifth or sixth whack there’s simply nothing glamorous about it. Those who like an extra dash of righteous heroism in their triad movies may be put out.
     Still, it’s all good. Johnnie To delivers an uncompromising film that may not be happy times, but it certainly doesn’t have to be. Election takes a done-to-death Hong Kong genre and presents it in a relevant, accomplished fashion. In every way, Election is an excellent Hong Kong film, and possesses a quiet, cinematically gripping verve that makes it very watchable. The film’s downer ending is somewhat abrupt and off-putting, and many details seem meant for greater significance than they’re given (there are rumors of a longer cut of Election floating around), but this is a welcome wake-up call to Asian Cinema fans that demonstrates that Hong Kong can still produce stuff that matters. As of late October, Election is easily the best Hong Kong movie of the year. It doesn’t exactly redeem the industry (2005 has been a scorchingly disappointing year for Hong Kong Cinema), but at least it’s here. We should all be very, very grateful. (Kozo 2005)

Anime – Onegai Teacher

Took me 5 hours straight to finish this great anime – Onegai Teacher (Google It). Had superb love storyline, kinda reflecting some real situation in reality.

Mizuho Kazami, a beautiful young woman, went to a high school in mountainous area to teach Japanese. However, she is actually a representative from galaxy association on her mission to observe earth. Accidentally, Kei Kusanagi, one of her student, discovered her true identity. In order to keep it secret, Mizuho Kazami married Kei Kusanagi and they both live together secretly. Can they keep their marriage from Kei’s classmates?

Just finished yet another anime movie – Rockman EXE ~ Hikari to Yami no Program ~ (Google It).

The Dematerialization Phenomenon, in which the real world becomes digital, has become a problem and must be resolved immediately. After hearing of this incident, Netto and Rockman left off after their father and Network Researcher, Yuuichirou. He also had found news of an invasion in the computer of the Trinity Brain trust company: ‘The Earth itself will understand the way things stand in the cyber world’. In order to destroy the program causing the incident, Netto and Rockman have to go deep underground. But old enemies await them there, as well as new ones. As they fought each other, the vicious cyber-life, Nebula Grey, awakens. The Dematerialization Phenomenon will not be stopped unless Nebula Grey is defeated.

Thanks to a friend of mine, Ivan Chang Wai Heng (Google It), me able to watch Jack-Jack Attack (Google It).

The Parr’s baby Jack-Jack is thought to be normal, not having any super-powers like his parents or siblings. But when an outsider is hired to watch him, Jack-Jack shows his true potential.

Yesterday me watched this movie, Wait Till You’re Older (Google It).

Twelve-year-old Kong is an unhappy child. In fact, he’s not been happy since his mother’s suicide three years ago, which he blames on his father and stepmother. Having to live under the same roof, he finds not only his emotion increasingly stunted but his height as well. He yearns for freedom as much as he yearns for love. But only if he can outgrow his treacherous father, he believes, can he finally find peace and happiness.

One evening Kong decides to run away from home after another tiff with his stepmother. He chances upon an eerie old man who claims he has a potion that can speed up the life process. As much as he would like to believe it, this is all baloney to him. So when he accidentally taints his blood with the potion, he hardly expects his fate is about to change forever.

It is an impossible dream come true when Kong wakes up the next morning to find himself already a twenty-year-old young man. Plunging into the adult world in earnest, he is ready to take revenge on his parents while getting his hands on all things hitherto forbidden. But another day passes and he becomes ten years older. Only now does he realize the tragedy of his situation: his growth rate is exponential. When he finally uncovers the harsh reality behind his mother’s death, Kong has to race against time to right things wrong with his parents.

Movie – DOOM

Yesterday me go cinema watch DOOM (Google It). DOOM is a uninteresting sleepy action movie that has stupid same-ol boring zombie story-line that try to cash-in by using DOOM game name and The Rock (Google It). It’s definitely a C-class movie.

Something has gone wrong at a remote scientific research station on Mars. All research has ceased. Communication has failed. And the messages that do get through are less than comforting. It’s a level 5 quarantine and the only souls allowed in or out are the Rapid Response Tactical Squad – hardened Space Marines armed to the teeth with enough firepower to neutralize the enemy… or so they think.

Movie – A Sound of Thunder

Just back from cinema watching A Sound of Thunder (Google It). Pretty interesting sci-fi action movie but me think some part of the storyline is wrong. How come when they bring ppl to hunt dinosaur didn’t saw themselves coz they in the same time but when the hero went back to the same timeline to save the world, he saw himself? Even my words explaining this error were confusing… >_<. A guy wanted to make money by using the time machine to send ppl to kill dinosaur as a expedition. If me is the guy, me will just go back time and buy the lottery which will win prize or buy rising shares… And me think me saw the actors’s green line when they shooting CG scenes.

A little introduction of the movie from –

"A Sound of Thunder" is about a game hunter (Burns) who goes on a time-traveling safari owned and operated by Kingsley’s character to hunt dinosaurs in the prehistoric era. When he kills a butterfly, he unknowingly sets off a chain reaction that will erase humanity from existence. A team of experts must return back in time and replace the butterfly. McCormack is the inventor of the time-traveling computer.

Anime – Tales of Eternia

Ah… Finally finished watching all 12 episodes of Tales of Eternia (Google It). This anime is based on a popular japanese RPG game of same name and follow the games storyline accurately. You will feel like playing a RPG games, watching this anime, as of it’s RPG fantasy world. 1 character that grad most of my attention is the villian, X-fushia or Excia. Don’t get fooled by the name, she is actually a beautiful female with sun tan skin and big breast. But it’s not her breast, it’s her name X-fushia, that took my attention… Again, great job by XEBEC (Google It).

A little overview of this anime by Anime.NFO

Based on popular Playstation RPG of same name. Set on a strange world where 2 different worlds look at each other in distance in the sky. (think of seeing other world in your sky). Rit, Fara, Kil and Meldi set off on a journey to prevent their world from certain doom, when world above them slowly decend opon their world. Fighting battles with various monsters by sword, martial arts, and summoned monsters, they journey on to save the world.