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Friday, June 13, 2008

Ah Ma Ghostbuster

In the US, when you have a problem with the spirit kind, you'd call these people.

But in Asia, it's a totally different culture & philosophy altogether. Here, grandma does everything. She washes our clothes, cooks, feed the chickens, plant vegetables at the back of the house, & looks after the little ones cos Mom & Dad are at work trying to make a living to pay for the expensive petrol & rising cost of living!!! Sorry. I'm still a bit mad.

And when you have problems with ghosts & people dying, who you gonna call?
Ah Ma Ghostbuster of course.

I found this very well made Taiwanese Hokkien animated movie on Youtube by chance. It's about a tough s.o.b. grandma shaman who kicks *ss & her little grandson. Uhh, let me rephrase that - she's not kicking her grandson. It's about her & her grandson.

Cute. Very the cute. It's like a Miyazaki on Hokkien steroids.

If anyone has info about this, please drop me a line cos I have scoured the whole internet galaxy but have found nothing on this animation.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

George Lucas in Love

I first saw this film when I was 7 years old.

31 years ago, I was led into a darkened cinema somewhere near the Satok Bridge (was it Li Hua?) We were late & the cinema was packed with Kuching people & the movie had started. Everyone in my extended family was there that night.

Kids those days were not as smart as today's. We didn't have TV nor the internet, so we didn't know a lot of things. And usually adults would just ask us to shut up if we ask too many questions. So for the life of me, I didn't even know what we were watching.

Little did I know that the movie that started with the receding text A long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away... & the girl with the funny hair, & the black robot was going to be the world's first blockbuster film.

The black robot.

Waisay! Like that ah? So very the movement.

Star Wars changed the world. Before that nobody knew the extent of how powerful a film can be, in terms of pop culture influence, & in the economic sense as well.

Basically it was this guy's fault.

Star Wars created an empire of fortune. There were Star Wars comicbooks.

Star Wars action figures.

As much as I longed for them, I never had any of these toys.

You must remember that Kuching was a small town at that time, & Malaysia was still a Third World country or something close to that. The only toys we had at that time was plastic ultramen.

Star Wars merchandised products. Look, it's a Yoda backpack.

And then Star Wars spawned two more blockbuster sequels which busted more blocks.

And it never really stopped. Instead, it spiralled out of control into the deteriorating prequels.

I'm sorry but they sucked.

But Mr. George Lucas became even richer, & more prosperous.

Look, he is slowly losing his chin.

But whatever it was, he's truly a visionary. Watch this spoof to celebrate his genius. It's one of the more entertainingly hilarious, well-made, short films around.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Szechuan Mother's Love

This is a true story. Read on.

When rescuers found her, she was already dead, crushed by the collapsed house. Through gaps in the rubbles, they could see her posture. Kneeling on both knees, her entire upper body bent forward, held up by her two hands pressed against the ground, as if performing the ceremonial bow in an ancient ritual. Except, her body had been compressed out of shape and looked somewhat eerie.

A rescuer extended his hand through a gap and confirmed her death. He called out to her, and tapped on the bricks with his shaft, but received no response. As the team walked toward next building, the squad leader suddenly turned back, yelling as he ran, 'Come quick!' He came to her remain, labored to maneuver his hand under her body, searching. He called out following some rummaging, 'There's someone, a child, still alive.'

With some effort, rescuers carefully removed the debris burying her, found her child lying beneath her, bundled in a little red blanket decorated with yellow flower prints. He was about 3-4 months old. Shielded by his mother's body , he was totally unharmed, sleeping peacefully as he was brought out. He is soundly asleep, his face warmed the hearts of all rescuers on the scene.

As the rescue team's doctor unbundled the blanket to examine the baby, he discovered a mobile phone tucked into the blanket. He subconsciously looked at the display, found there was a SMS message. 'My Dear Baby, If you were to stay alive, you must remember that I love you. '

No stranger to the pain and sorrow brought by death, the doctor nonetheless wept at this moment. The cell phone was passed around, every person who read the message wept.