Sunday, February 15, 2009

Bong Joon-ho's "Shaking Tokyo" (2008)

Bong Joon-ho does wonders with lighting yet again... I don't know how he comes up with this very personal way of lighting things, or over-exposing... Hope somebody asks him about this. In Shaking Tokyo, the main character talks about how much he hates sunlight, how he sometimes watches the slight movements of light, etc. drawing closer attention the form on the screen.

Bong Joon-ho's unique lighting presents a new, unique, tender way of seeing the world despite everything that distances us from it. Isn't the story of Shaking Tokyo somehow similar to what I just described?

I have added the film to the Best of 2009.

The images I picked are from the trailer of Tokyo.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

!f Istanbul Film Festival 2009

My suggestions for the !f Istanbul Film Festival:

The full list of things I want to see is here. I'll just mention the two films that are crucial to me:

Stories On Human Rights has shorts by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (the director of Worldy Desires, Syndromes and a Century) and Jia Zhang Ke (the director of Still Life). Two film-makers who have a profound sense of joy, humour, and awareness in their films.

One of the parts in Tokyo! (called Shaking Tokyo) is by Bong Joon-Ho. The use of architecture and light in his The Host was astounding.

I hope to discover other great film-makers in one of the short-film screening...

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