I'm reborn. A historical beginning.
For the most part, undisputedly Nobuhiko Ōbayashi's most grounded work in terms of execution. Just as grounded as the person whose life it depicted. Beijing Watermelon, like all of his works I have had the pleasure of experiencing so far, emphasizes the importance of friendship, empathy, peace, and love. It is astonishing that a person as virtuous as Haruzo Horikoshi existed in real life. A paladin who no less than strengthened the bond between two countries; whose grocery shop was…
The clock had struck midnight. It was April 1, 2019. Faye Wong's cover of Dreams started playing, and I will never forget the goosebumps it gave me. With a sudden outburst of tears, I had just finished watching Chungking Express for the second time in my life. I had also turned 18.
April 1, 2020. Lockdown was in full effect. I honestly don't care all that much about celebrating my birthday, but I felt rather empty having to stay home…
Equal parts sprawling epic and a labyrinthine odyssey into a phantasmagoric dreamland. Long Day's Journey Into Night is what it feels like to try to stay afloat in a dream which is unceasingly seeking to drown you. It is, without a doubt, one of the most visually arresting and scintillating films ever made.
Like peeling an onion, Luo Hongwu's past is discovered layer by layer in the most oblique of manners. Juxtaposed with his present, Long Day's Journey Into Night…