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Scoop!

Actor Masaharu Fukuyama performance is gutsy, spirited, and mesmerising.
Screened in Hong Kong: 12 AUG 2020
It has to be written by the woman he last loved.
Behind his brash, rough exterior, are kind eyes.
Actors Masaharu Fukuyama and Yô Yoshida 

Scoop! is a hilariously entertaining film that sparks bursts of joy and delight, sprinkled with small doses of serious lessons on mental illness, debt, and fear.

This was an unexpected surprise wonderfully captured by the brilliant actor Masaharu Fukuyama who has strong camera presence and gives his all to the beloved character of Shizuka.

Masaharu Fukuyama transforms effortlessly into the role of an aging paparazzo — but what is special and impressive is his presence lingers long after the film has ended. His energy and vigor reminds me of the wild authenticity of Oscar winner Nicolas Cage who embodies the fun-loving challenge of playing a variety of interesting unlikely roles.

Shizuka is paired with a ‘green’ rookie reporter, Nobi played by Fumi Nikaidô and they are tasked with obtaining the exclusive celebrity Scoop! Their witty banter and chemistry amuses …

It can be intimidating playing opposite Masaharu Fukuyama but Fumi Nikaidô remarkably stands firmly on her own.
Actors Masaharu Fukuyama and Fumi Nikaidô

Intimate scenes in a comedy are difficult with many attempts coming up empty. It was however a blast of freshness to see the care and tenderness director Hitoshi Ône has taken.

He embarks on the early stages of sensual foreplay that is beautifully lit as a memory. This was not comedic in any sense but instead is personal and spectacularly captures Nobi’s feelings and her point of view.

It boasts the talents of the direction, the camera work, and the editing. The entire film crew is worth mentioning here because it feels like they all had fun filming and as a result, it positively shows onscreen.

Screenwriter/Director: 
Hitoshi Ône 

Cinematographer: 
Gen Kobayashi

Editor: 
Yasuyuki Ohzeki

Art Direction: 
Wataru Hirai

Costume Designer: 
Daisuke Iga

Remake of Masato Harada's "Out of Focus".
A Film that Plainly Speaks Volumes about Friendship and Loyalty.
Actors Masaharu Fukuyama and Lily Franky
Can’t wait to see when Hollywood calls — who they would pair with Masaharu Fukuyama!
Can’t wait to see when Hollywood calls — who they would pair with Masaharu Fukuyama!

Moonlight

Actor Trevante Rhodes performance is daring and delicately powerful.
Oscars 2017 Best Picture & Best Adapted Screenplay: ‘Moonlight’.
Screened in Hong Kong: 12 AUG 2018
Actors Trevante Rhodes and André Holland
You the only man that's ever touched me.

You're the only one.

I haven't really touched anyone since.

With a lot of hype, buzz, and critical acclaim surrounding the film Moonlight, there is sometimes a dread of is it really that good?

The answer: Yes, it is that good and more! What was impressive was the generous camaraderie of each and every character who stepped up and trusted the scene — they shared subtle nuances, while seemingly jumping head on into the scenario wholeheartedly. Most importantly, all were being present: they were re-Acting.

This was an honest performance piece, and the ensemble is as good as it gets. The cinematography played beautifully at capturing indelible moments that stay with you long after a few weeks, and even many months after. Kudos and congratulations to the entire cast and crew, especially to Naomie Harris who it has been said shot all her scenes in only 3 days?!

I am not sure what I expected Moonlight to be, but it left a major mark and is a film to treasure as one of cinema’s best written and directed by the very clever Barry Jenkins.
Trevante Rhodes plays the adult Chiron, nickname: ‘Black’.
Trevante Rhodes is The One to Watch!
Actors Trevante Rhodes and Naomie Harris
Screenwriter/Director: 
Barry Jenkins 

Cinematographer: 
James Laxton  

Released by A24 in the US.

I don't think that my films are literary; they are based on the most ordinary things of life.

Eric Rohmer

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

Alfred Hitchcock

On The Beach At Night Alone

Best Actress, Berlinale: Kim Min-hee
A must-see film: ‘On the beach at night alone’.
Screened at the Hong Kong Filmart: 14 MAR 2017

This would seem to be a classic tale: a story of forbidden love and a lost soul. No heartbreak compares to a love that suffers in the eyes of society that is deemed ‘wrong’. Glimpses of a Woody Allen-esque style and flavour appear in the film. However, it is the remnants of the brilliant Eric Rohmer that I see from the very early scenes of this masterpiece.

I say masterpiece because it takes a fearless director to tell a story to its highest truth. This felt more like ‘real life’. It felt like live theatre. It had guts in its staging and the performances of each character, however small it maybe — worked. I felt transported into the middle of their scene and it was uncomfortable. This film does not feel like an act.

The bold performance of the lead actress Kim Min-hee wins her Best Actress @ Berlinale and is so very well deserved!

Her pain, her suffering and longing for a love that cannot be, hurts and is brave. The very subtle differences are captured in the stillness of the camera, where the director allows his leading lady to shine. The minimalist set is kept clean, filtering a rawness and documentary-like state that is meant to feel ‘real’.

Actress Kim Min-hee
Are you still searching for love?


Where’s love? It’s not even visible?
You need to see it in order to search for it.


You know how charming you are?

This is the very first film I have seen of this director and I can’t wait to revisit his past films.

As Alfred Hitchcock has said time and time before, film is about the story, the story, and the story.

This work may possibly feel too close to home — as it seems to mirror their true life situation. They are speaking their mind, and the heartfelt words come alive and are meant to cut deep. The script comes from a place of true pain and heartache.

Like the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet yearning to love one another even if it is the wrong place, wrong time, wrong person. I do hope there will come a time where people can be supported and they are free to choose who they love without fear.

We live in a crazy strange world where one is truly lucky to find and meet someone to love in their lifetime; and this message is what the director projects in this film.
This film for me is something all filmmakers have to see. Director Hong Sang-soo and his muse Kim Min-hee are the team to Watch!
“I’m the kind of person who needs to live alone.”
Screenwriter/Director: 
Hong Sang-soo

Stars:
Kim Min-hee
Seo Young-hwa
Jung Jae-yeong

Distributor: 
Finecut, Korea

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