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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  • I Are You, You Am Me

    I Are You, You Am Me

    ★★★★

    This is the least visually flourished Obayashi film I have seen so far, yet it’s not less affecting. The body swapping premise is not a novelty, but the utilization of the city Onomichi (Obayashi’s birthplace) as the main location, and the impeccable performance of the two leads bestowed a sentimentality and innocence on the otherwise over-the-top comedy. I thoroughly enjoyed every scene of it and was surprised by how sombre the film tends to go near the end when suicide…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★½

    The freest American dream, aka, the houseless life in a post-disillusionment self-exile and a self-recovery/discovery journey from grief. It shares the boundless spirit in western films whilst grounded in reality by the half-documentary filmmaking. The magic-hour vast landscape shots are self-explanatory for the nomadic lives depicted in the film. Unfortunately, I’ve no emotional attachment whatsoever with Frances McDormand’s character when the people she fortuitously met throughout are more compelling. Still, the ending is cathartic and well-realized without drawing any melodrama.…

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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…