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Monday, February 1, 2010

Clouds Over Kuching

For some unexplainable reasons, I love clouds & sky watching. Up to the point of starting a new blog about it. Come drop by if you have the same fetish. http://cloudsoverkuching.blogspot.com

Departures

One of my all-time favourite classical Japanese film director would have to be Ozu. I am truly amazed at the hard-headed way that he was able to maintain a sense of consistency & calm throughout all his movies, throughout every single scene, every action & every movement of his actors, no matter how dire the story situation was. No matter what, he would not budge.

His films felt like watching the breeze rustling the leaves on still branches, & yet they never fail to move our emotions, & make tough hairy truck drivers cry like girly boys & consider putting up their momma' pictures secretly in their glove compartments.

However, this post is not about Ozu. I will reserve that for another time. This is about a film much more contemporary that reminds me of Ozu. I picked up this DVD after a friend of mine watched it & thought it may be worth checking it out.

Well, it turned out that this small film was a giant in its own unassuming & quiet way. For your information, it won a gallon of awards & was also one of the nominee's for The Academy's Best Foreign Film, & rightly so. I felt stooopid for not knowing that.

Hmm. How do I tell you what this film is about in a few words?

The Living Years. Mike & the Mechanics.
Please do not let this photo discourage you.

Departures is about life & the preparation for death. It's about reconciliation with loved ones before it's too late. I think this film is so simple but so well executed that it would mean a lot of different things to different people. For me, it gave me a new perspective in life & that is to live & experience it with full passion.

The story is about a cellist who loses his job when his orchestra is disbanded in Tokyo. He moves back to his little hometown with his wife. Unable to find a job, he settles as an apprentice to a funeral professional.

Ok. If mushy-ness is not your cup of tea, then these should be 2 good reasons to engage in this film:
Masahiro Motoki & Ryoko Hirosue
I you have a chance, please consider watching it. Ladies, make sure you have a box of tissues next to you. Men, you might want to look for your teddy bear stashed away in the store room.

The Living Years (by Mike & the Mechanics)
Every generation
Blames the one before
And all of their frustrations
Come beating on your door

I know that I'm a prisoner
To all my Father held so dear
I know that I'm a hostage
To all his hopes and fears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Crumpled bits of paper
Filled with imperfect thought
Stilted conversations
I'm afraid that's all we've got

You say you just don't see it
He says it's perfect sense
You just can't get agreement
In this present tense
We all talk a different language
Talking in defence

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

So we open up a quarrel
Between the present and the past
We only sacrifice the future
It's the bitterness that lasts

So Don't yield to the fortunes
You sometimes see as fate
It may have a new perspective
On a different day
And if you don't give up, and don't give in
You may just be O.K.

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I wasn't there that morning
When my Father passed away
I didn't get to tell him
All the things I had to say

I think I caught his spirit
Later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo
In my baby's new born tears
I just wish I could have told him in the living years

Say it loud, say it clear
You can listen as well as you hear
It's too late when we die
To admit we don't see eye to eye

I know it's strange to think that a bunch of mechanics can write such beautiful poetry. Maybe it's time I paid my mechanic a visit.

For your information, the ENTIRE movie is available on YouTube.

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