2020 Golden Horse Award

If Only Pigs Can Fly…

Some say it’s the pinnacle of Chinese Cinema, cheering for it while jeering at the other film festival across the Strait, but a dead silence among others, those who take a slightly different approach to the world of cinema indeed will have a different view, and their silence is deafening.

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Make Movies, Not Wars!

13 more days and counting down to the political drama at the White House. This has been my primary source of entertainment for the last 9 months — yes, life under lockdown is painful.

The Pandemic has given me a new revelation in how many of us make a living, mine especially. I live in Kuala Lumpur, but I have not derived a single cent of income in Malaysia for the last 14 years. Being lockdown in Malaysia has amplified this fact more than tenfold, and the feeling is painful.

We derive our value from what we do, and how we contribute to the society. As a father, or son, or a spouse, the value of being around, being present is as important as bringing bread to the table. In my case, being able to create, to write, to produce, to instruct, is my percieved value, our contribution the world.

All these stopped with the lockdown.

Had breakfast with a neighbour this morning, and I guess he sensed that I have somewhat lost my direction; being alone at home for a long period of time can do strange things to sane people. I think it is happening to me. I am grateful for his show of concern, as fellow human beings, this is the least we can do, and I’d do the same to anyone in need. We will meet again, for some future possibilities, I am sure.

Later in the afternoon, I made a conference call with Sean, a partner in Japan, con-calls are becoming the only avenue for us to communicate to the outside world, it is also makes me feel “normal” for awhile, we spoke about a screenplay I was developing since 2016, the year Trump was sworn into office, and for 4 years, I have been writing and editing the screenplay, but the world has literally stopped.

Sean spoke with confidence about how we can put together a plan to push ahead. The film has to be shot in Malaysia, because the story is set in Malaysia, and we are hoping to start work as soon as we can.

Being able to talk to level headed people who know what they are talking has a calming effect — far too many “producers” spew film theories and talk as if they have all the answers in the universe but yet have no idea what’s been going on. I am getting tired of it.

And angry too.

So, I guess I should be packed and ready to move on.

To Make Movies.

Where’s the Cavalry When We Need Them?

TIFAF Director’s Salon for Upcoming Talents

Where’s The Sincerity?

When MyCreative announced a grant as part of it’s initiative to help reboot the film industry, I was elated to see a quasi government body finally doing something to help small production houses and projects to at least make the first steps towards producing a film.

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翻唱歌曲當然要付費啦!

MACP 突然跳出來要代表詞曲創作人收取數字表演版稅的做法有點耐人尋味。傳統上 MACP 收取的是 Performing Rights Royalty,任何公放音樂(公開播放和現場表演牽涉到的版權有點不同,但也算是 public performance 的一種)的公開場合如餐廳電影院機艙內,甚至公交車內原則上都得繳交 Royalties。

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五年災,五年情。

五年前地震的那一刻,我人在廣州,各方朋友打電話/微博/短訊通知我有關日本發生地震時,我還不知道事情的嚴重性。慌張地打電話給胡嫂,她對我說了一句話:『這裡很安全,你不要過來。』而這句話堅定了我想方設法飛東京的決心。
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Bigger Than Bigger: 那些被忽略的細節。

在蘋果真的很強很暴力的發佈會後,,網上一片酸民吐槽當兒,iPhone 6 在日本平靜地開賣了。但這次蘋果發佈會真的是毫無看頭麼?消失在媒體的規格 PK 之間,是我們忽略的一些甚麼細節?

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