Happy Year of the Rooster



Happy Year of the Rooster

Yi Lee
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27 Jan 2017, 20:01 #1

G'day,

As one is wont to say around this time of year...

「恭喜發財,紅包哪兒來?」 or
"Wishing [you] wealth and success [this New Year holiday]; now, where's [my] red [money] packet?"

Yup, tomorrow is the start of the Year of the Fire Rooster, 4715 after the reign of the mythical(?) Yellow Emperor. Famous roosters include: Mencius, Zhuge Liang (on the Chinese side)... Amazonian tennis star Serena Williams and Matthew "Time is a Flat Circle" McConaughey (alright, alright, alright....)

Will post a few observations in the coming days. Anyone else got stuff going on?
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30 Jan 2017, 19:00 #2

Not as such, though I've been wondering if any of the New Year movies are worth noting, so in a few months I can pick them up or watch them online.
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01 Feb 2017, 12:47 #3

Hey Terry (and everyone else),

I wanted to watch "Buddies in India" but my mom thought it looked too goofy so I'm probably gonna catch a matinee by myself if I can. Also, the Stephen Chow-Tsui Hark collaboration "Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back" opens domestically this weekend--thanks AMC--which we'll probably catch in kino.

On yuan chu we caught Shah Rukh Khan's "Raees" and I'm gonna write something about that after I look over some notes on one of my favorite Desi actors, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays the dogged cop trying to take down SRK's titular bootlegger turned suspected terrorist.

That's all I got for now.

[Edit]: And looking at the local movie listings in my mom's Chinese newspapers, Jackie Chan's "Kung Fu Yoga" starts today. Directed by Stanley Tong so it could be execrable. Regardless, it looks like there's a B-wood/India craze in China right now: all three LNY movies sort of focus on the place (the journey to the "West" in Xi You Ji is to an Indian subcontinent). As a big fan of Indo-Pak Chinese chow, I approve of this melange.

With the death of TPP--thanks? Trump!--hello One Belt One Road/OBOR/New Silk Road and Beijing's Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership/RCEP along with new regional synergies. Namaste, chifan le mei (have you eaten yet--a Chinese greeting) folks.
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08 Feb 2017, 01:10 #4

Evening folks,

So over the weekend I caught "Kung Fu Yoga," "Buddies in India" and "Journey to the West 2." Will write about them soon plus some comments on "Raees." Not a bad LNY slate but certainly not a bumper year either. More soon....
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Kim Greene
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13 Feb 2017, 23:26 #5

@Yi


Hey, what's up? Long time no writing,lol.

I meant to post this a minute ago, but anyway, a Blu-Ray release of a rare South Korean horror film is coming out tomorrow---it's a 1981 scary flick titled SUDDENLY IN THE DARK---here's a brief thing about it with a nice creepy trailer included:

SUDDENLY IN THE DARK---Blu-Ray release of rare Korean horror film

Another Korean horror film, a zombie thriller called TRAIN TO BUSAN, which was a huge hit when it came out last summer in its native land, became available on Blu-Ray & DVD back in October---at least in the U.K. Meaning I'm not sure if there's a Region 1 DVD of it available yet. I also read somewhere that an American remake of the film was being considered. Not sure if that will come off, because it seems like the whole zombie craze here in America pretty much ran its course about a year ago (PRIDE, PREJUDICE & ZOMBIES being the most recent one that pretty much came and went. There was also A SCOUT'S GUIDE TO THE ZOMBIE APOCALPYSE, a zombie comedy which flopped at the box-office.) Here's an article about it with a really exciting trailer:

City On Fire----Train To Busan review

Also, KUNG FU YOGA---the Chan film you just mentioned--may have a sequel coming up, since it was a hit in India as well as China. I have to admit, just seeing Jackie battle it out with Indian fighters and the whole Indian-Chinese set-up definitely makes it look real fun to watch:


KUNG FU YOGA sequel possibility
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14 Feb 2017, 02:21 #6

I have SUDDENLY IN THE DARK on pre-order and its expected to arrive tomorrow. TRAIN TO BUSAN is an entertaining film that makes good use of its casting choices - the husband and his pregnant wife, the daughter of the funds manager, etc. - and helps assist the viewer in overlooking some of its more clichéd elements.
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14 Feb 2017, 13:36 #7

Kung hei fat choi and nice to see Mobius still around in 2017, even while no where as busy as it used to be...

I viewed just one Chinese New Year movie during the recent Chinese New Year: THE YUPPIE FANTASIA 3, which I actually liked a lot.
http://webs-of-significance.blogspot.hk ... aughs.html

It may not have the most recognizable stars as far as people living outside Hong Kong are concerned but I think it may well be the most "classically" Chinese New Year movie of this year.
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15 Feb 2017, 18:49 #8

Hey Kim (and everybody else),

I'm still here. Just have a lot on my plate, so to speak, and like I've mentioned in previous posts, I got involved in the local film industry and that's really transformed the way I look at both movies and TV--having worked on both. It's good work and incredibly fun. I could see myself making a career of it and having enough lucre left over to fund a retirement of some sort plus put a couple of offspring through college.

I'm going to be scarce around these parts for awhile but will write intermittently. Got a family business trip to Texas I need to take plus am at a bit of a crossroads with my own life. Although I voted for Hillary, I personally have no problem with a Trump administration but based on the rhetoric that's been flying fast and loose since the beginning of the campaign, I wonder how Trump's America will affect some of my individual passion projects involving TEFL/Teaching English as a Foreign Language and anti-CSEC/Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children work that I've been doing with undocumented residents (illegal aliens). Moreover, I'm from Malaysia and a significant chunk of my family is Muslim meaning there's a lot of unnecessary bull they will have to deal with when coming over here...

I'm seriously looking to relocate to somewhere in the Pacific--China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Burma, Indonesia--in part to be closer to relatives (that 24-hour+ flight from Atlanta to Kuala Lumpur is killer and seems to get worse every year) and if something funny happens with this administration, I get to die with my relatives rather than watching them be glassed by nuclear fire an ocean away.

I'm still considering my options and have a few other topics on this board I still have to comment on before I talk Lunar New Year--for instance, been putting my final thoughts together on David Bowie, the end of Hannibal, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Good Place, Star Wars (not necessarily "Rogue One" related) and a conversation I've been having with Steve Erickson about that bag of internet cray-cray, The Vigilant Citizen.

(Back to LNY commentary): Lastly, caught the Akshay Kumar comedic drama "The State vs. Jolly LL.B 2," which I found to be the class of this year's viewing. Will talk about that one too in a bit.
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27 Feb 2017, 18:34 #9

Hola,

Probably am going to catch "Rangoon" while it's still out in theatres with the moms (she just loves her B'wood extravaganzas) and maybe "The Great Wall" on my own to close out the LNY viewing season. Of note when I lived in China for school, students got six weeks off for school(!) rather than the paltry week or so the rest of us get in Greater Cultural China.

Will write more soon....
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07 Mar 2017, 23:14 #10

Evening folks,

I caught "The Great Wall" over the weekend with my mom and will commence with LNY movie talk in the ensuing weeks. No particular rush and, as I'm wont to do, won't actually review them in a strict sense of saying if a movie is "good," "bad," or what have you. But will talk about them in some form or another.

The two biggest changes in my movie-going life in the past two years or so are 1) I started working in commercial filmmaking and 2) I stopped watching most anything Hollywood to a) keep neutral around people I was working with and b) working in movies and TV is incredibly fun but it kinda reminds me of working in a restaurant. Regardless if it was a pizza joint or a Chinese takeaway or a taco stand, I couldn't eat at the places where I was in the back of the house as a teenager and the situation is somewhat similar here in my 30s... I'll talk about it in a bit as a preface to the upcoming water cooler talk.

We'll begin tomorrow, folks.
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12 Mar 2017, 23:41 #11

I just logged off Facebook to check in here for the first time in a few weeks and I'm delighted to note the return of Yi Lee! Welcome back!

Since I couldn't find enough films about roosters to do a Year of the Rooster post on my blog, I decided to cover films with Lion Dance sequences, since I'd seen a bunch of kung fu films with such sequences last year:
https://briandanacamp.wordpress.com/201 ... e-in-film/

Also, a couple of weeks later I watched THE MERMAID, Shaw Bros.' New Year release for 1965, so I wrote about that:
https://briandanacamp.wordpress.com/201 ... maid-1975/
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14 Mar 2017, 16:20 #12

Dag nab it!

Hey Brian (and everybody else):

I've never left this place. But I certainly do like the company.

In a few other posts I mentioned I had gotten into the local film industry. A show just came up with the possibility of more right afterward... so definitely occupied for a few weeks with maybe the rest of the year blocked out under the most optimum scenario.

(To everybody): We sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) so my lips are sealed until whenever they can be unpursed. I think I should have the standard time off on the "weekends"--assuming it's a normal Monday through Friday shooting week--and will continue this thread at my leisure reviewing Asian movies that I consume in addition to adding observations on shows that I have had a personal hand in making (so no current projects). More later. In meat space Chun Jie is over but not here at Mobius.
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Kim Greene
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25 Mar 2017, 23:53 #13

@Yi

Was gonna ask you if CONSTANTINE was finally available on DVD, since it was only available for viewing on Amazon Video, but I just found out that it is! Will be snapping that up first chance I get. I actually taped some of the episodes, but because my VCR wasn't working at the time, I didn't get that, and didn't get at least 4 or five crucial episodes. But, yeah, keep us updated and posted on your meat space adventures in film whenever you can, lol.


Saw the BATTLE ROYALE again for the first time in years----this time I saw the director's cut, which included scenes that fleshed out some of the characters more (those had been cut out for the film's original release) and it was worth it. It's pretty interesting how BATTLE ROYALE never got a North American release because kids were getting shot in-----yet over a decade later, the hugely popular film series THE HUNGER GAMES (yeah,I saw all the HG films, because they're actually pretty good) shows teens doing the same exact thing. Boy, how times have changed, lol. It's still pretty good, dark, and extremely violent---and still worth watching.
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26 Mar 2017, 16:39 #14

Hey Kim,

I'm shooting a pilot at the moment. I work in Locations. The Locations Manager is a hard nosed pro with 30-yrs experience doing it L.A. style with a two-person crew but he's got five of us on this more like NYC or Atlanta. I signed up for this show explicitly to work with him.

Will get back to you and this thread once we wrap.

We've got some fancy gear on hand (for a pilot!) and though the standard work week is five days, this is my seventh straight, which is like the Marvel or Fast n Furious way of burning through money (big tent pole productions). Don't know why Accounting didn't spread this out over fifteen but I'm not paid the big bucks to make those calls.

My schedule opens up next week and we can chat on this board then.
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27 Mar 2017, 23:03 #15

@Yi

What I meant to say was that since my VCR wasn't working properly when the CONSTANTINE pilot aired, I wasn't able to tape said pilot and at least four or five episodes. For some stupid reason, I knew something was wrong with it, should have gotten it fixed before the pilot came on---I was in denial about it, lol. Also what I meant to say about BATTLE ROYALE is that it never got a U.S. release because of the scenes of young teens shooting each other, yet just over a decade later, one of the most popular dystopian film series about teens ever made features teenagers doing just that----picking each other off by the same means of violence. Go figure.

Cool to hear about what you're doing at the moment workwise, and your other life plans. Personally, I don't think anything our new idiot-in-chief does will be good for this country, because I don't trust him and I don't believe he has this country's best interests at heart, even remotely. Especially since it's becoming more and more clear that he doesn't have the experience, the maturity, or even the intellectual capabilities to lead our country anywhere.

Anyway, the theatre I used to go to see first-run movies after they had run their course inmost theatres, as well as Bollywood and American indie films---the Cinemax Warren 16 in Warren,MI---is no longer any more. The theatre was bought up by another company last summer, and is no longer a dollar show---it was probably one of the very last one in the Detroit metro area that I knew of. The theater itself has gotten a makeover and is now called MJR 16. I'm hoping that it will still show the indie and Bollywood flicks I like, but no confirmation of that so far---it also still doesn't seem to be open,either. Here's an article about it:


Old Warren theater gets new makeover and owner
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02 Apr 2017, 11:11 #16

Hey Kim (and everybody else),

We finished principal photography this past Friday and the wrap party was right afterward. I suppose most of the department heads have flown back to Cali and NYC by this morning. Got a few more days to wrap out/strike and of course you have to make sure all the i's and t's were dotted and crossed with your vendors... taking a few days off to recharge. Maybe some Appalachian hiking and rock climbing or maybe some gulf coast historical plantation viewing in store....

On the career front I think I'm scouting for a friend's movie later this month. On the personal front I'd like to keep mum on the how the POTUS is doing/(or not) his job--I didn't vote for Trump but it is still the Office of the Presidency if nothing else. He's just green, that's all. In a past life where I'd be working investment banking, private equity or trading for my uncle's hedge fund (I wonder he's lost the past few years?..), Trump's pretty tame compared to the fratboys and cavemen that finance and high-end real estate seem to attract regularly. I mean, they're some real Patrick Batemans out there. I swear I don't know how many copies of _American Psycho_ I have because friends and relatives thought I was going into that world and needed a cheeky primer of sorts to get me up and running, stat. And now you and the rest of the flugen-webs know why I don't work in finance.

Am seriously considering relocating back to Asia partly due to domestic shenanigans ('Murica eff yeah!) but mainly because my mom (plus all the aunts and uncles) are getting older and that 26-hour flight back, one way straight from the 404, really takes a lot out of you. I can't sleep on planes and since my mom's largely a teetotaler in addition to being vegetarian, first class/business class is largely wasted on her. And me for that matter.

More later, folks... I will get to talking shop about what I saw this past Lunar New Year.
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03 Apr 2017, 19:35 #17

On the subject of Trump, I will just say that I've never been as terrified as I was during the month-long wave of hate crimes that followed his election. Very quickly afterwards, someone desecrated the Brooklyn park dedicated to the late (Jewish) Beastie Boy Adam Yauch with swastikas and the words "Go Trump." When someone I know was working at Film Forum, a man wandered into the theater and yelled "Hey, you fucking faggots!" at the ticket sellers. A lesbian I know in L.A. got harassed by a group of men who kept asking questions like "Are you a man or woman?" and pushed her to the point where she ran to her car. A gay man I know in New York wasn't so lucky; he got gay-bashed near the Port Authority. I spent this month convinced I would get gay-bashed myself by its end. Fortunately, things did quiet down somewhat, but I've noticed, for instance, that women wearing Muslim headscarves pretty much disappeared from New York subways after the second week of November; whatever they meant to say by wearing them, this is now an invitation to harassment and even assault. I can speak best about what it's like to be gay and Jewish in Trump's America, but I can say that in my first 43 years, I never experienced any anti-Semitism personally or thought it was a serious factor in American life beyond fringe elements like neo-Nazis and the KKK. I now feel quite differently. I think every member of every minority group can probably reel off stories like the ones I just recited in the wake of his election, and while Trump didn't create such attitudes, his campaign, his very persona and his inability to do anything serious to correct his divisiveness enabled them to an enormous degree. I mean, the man issued a Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that never mentioned Jews!
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07 Apr 2017, 01:52 #18

@Steve

Check out the Music Machine here--another fave of mine.


The Music Machine---Talk Talk

These paragraphs keep disappearing on me--had a whole trump rant and everything typed,lol.


The Music Machine was a lae 60's groups whose subject matter was muh darker and complex then the regular pop matter of that era. Check his one
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07 Apr 2017, 03:59 #19

I've heard "Talk Talk," and I recall that Cypress Hill's first album sampled another song by them, but I've never heard any other Music Machine song. I will check YouTube and see what turns up.

Trump being who he is, I'm sure he will provide inspiration for a new rant in two or three days!
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07 Apr 2017, 09:23 #20

@Steve

Oh,boy. I had to do this all over again. I typed up this entire post which disappeared on me not just one,but twice---man, I was pissed off as hell. And all because I accidentally brushed across the wrong button---twice. I mean,damn! And my computer's still in the dang shop (ugh.) Anyway, I did see on the news recently about the number of Jewish synagogues being threatened (the culprit, a mentally ill American teen living in Israel, ironically, was just apprehended last week.) Just a couple of weeks ago,a website for a Detroit-area event called "Walk For Israel" was mysteriously hacked and had anti-Semetic messages spewed on it. Here in the metro Detroit area,I see regular Muslim women and students still wearing hijabs while going about their business as usual,which is a normal everyday thing here,but I'm sure it's an entirely different issue outside of the Detroit metro area,though.

And no thanks to trump spewing all that hateful racist nonsense during his campaign,there are people
who have felt emboldened to go out and act on their prejudices. What these fools don't realize is,unlike trump,they are going to be held accountable for their actions. I also don't care for trump---he's clearly unqualified to be in the WH, and it's becoming more and more apparent each day,that he's way in over his head,and doesn't have a clue or even a basic grasp on what a president does,or how the government works. He's an old ignorant,arrogant, racist, sexist fool who keeps painting himself into a
corner with mistake after mistake---like the latest issue that's currently going on.

Anyway,enough of my rant,lol. The group I mentioned before,the Music Machine,was a California-based band in the mid-'60s whose tough,hard-edged R&B songs dealt with more complex and darker material (frustration with society, not being able to fit in, anxiety) than the average pop song did at that time. Their incredibly talented founder/lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Bonniwell had his own vision for the band to be bigger, but he said in interviews that they didn't have the kind of management behind them to take them to that next level,so to speak. Plus they weren't making any real money so the band split up over that. Bonniwell put out a solo album around 1970, then completely retired from the music industry afterwards. Too bad,because he really had a marvelous voice, and wrote some psychologically intense dark songs---"Talk Talk" was the band's only real hit,though. Other great songs I like that they made were "The Yellow Double Line", "Wrong", their impressive cover of "Hey Joe", "Trouble", "The People In Me", the haunting and memorable organ-only "Come On In", and there should-have
been-a-classic---the tough,dark, & gritty "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly". Those songs are all on a collection called TURN ON:THE BEST OF THE MUSIC MACHINE. Unfortunately,it doesn't contain either the dark,moody bluesy number, "Dark White", which would probably be called a goth song today, or "Mother Earth",for whatever the reason. When the MM's music was reissued & rediscovered in the late '90s or so,Bonniwell started touring again for the first time in decades, and even put out a single or two in 2005. Check out their stuff on the tube.
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