[FIELDWORK]God of Gamblers 賭神, Lucky Plaza

GOD OF GAMBLERS, DIR. Wong Jing (1989) Lucky Plaza, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong God of gamblers is a Hong Kong traditional film directed by Wong Jing and led by Chow Yun-fat, Andy Lau, and Joey Wong. Ko Chun (Chow Yun-fat) is a famous gambler. The main story begins with Chun escaping from a train. After fighting on the train, Chun accidentally stumbles into Little knife (Andy Lau)’s trap, which is intended to play tricks with an Indian. Ko Chun falls under the hill and hits his head. He loses his memory partially. Little knife does not know who is

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[FIELDWORK] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, BANK OF CHINA TOWER/ XITANG

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE III, DIR. J. J. Abrams (2006) The Shanghai Bank of China Tower/ Xitang, Shanghai Paramount Pictures released Mission: Impossible III in May 2006 in the United States. It is the third instalment in the Mission: Impossible film franchise. The movies are based on an imagery organization called IMF (Impossible Mission Force), which sends its agent to save the world from villains. The protagonist is Ethan Hunt (played by Tom Cruise), one of the IMF agents. At the end of the previous movie, Hunt ‘has retired from the field work’ and became a coach of the new recruits. The

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[FIELDWORK] CHUNGKING EXPRESS, CHUNGKING MANSION

CHUNGKING EXPRESS, DIR. Wang Kar-Wai (1994)            CHUNGKING MANSION, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong           (Chungking mansion) “Chungking Express” is one of the most famous and classic Hong Kong movies created by Mr Wong Kar-Wai. The word “Chongking” in its name comes from Chungking Mansions located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. The film mainly narrates two love stories that are barely intertwined from two policemen: No. 233 and No. 663, who meet new people after being lovelorn. In addition to the main story content, the film also shows the vibrant side of

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[READING RESPONSE] William M. Tsutsui

The article dives deep into the relationship between Japan’s disasters and their portrayal in cinema.  For starters, the author listed different perspectives of presenting disaster on the big screen.  One presents natural disaster and war as dark and gritty as they actually are; one presents them in a light-hearted way; and of course, there is also one that aims to strike the balance between the two.  I believe that there is no right or wrong here.   The methodology chosen should entirely depend on the message that the film aims to convey.  Cinema is supposed to be limitless.  The idea and

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[FIELDWORK] ROUGE,Shek Tong Tsui

ROUGE, Kwan Kam Peng (1988)          Yi Honglou, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong The film I choose is’ Rouge ‘, created by Li Bihua and directed by Kwan Kam Peng. The film mainly tells the story of Shek Tong Tsui prostitute “Ru Hua” and Chen Zhenbang’s love was opposed by Chen Zhenbang’s family, and eventually the two people swallowed opium . The place I chose was Shek Tong Tsui. This place is the place where Ru Hua and Chen Zhenbang meet and love each other, and also promote the development of this tragic story. The film begins

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Field work: Encounters on the road/Sycamore hotel

The place in my mind that occurs in the movie is the Dali Sycamore hotel in the movie 《Encounters on the road》The movie uses a two-line narrative. One is a series of interesting events that happened when the male protagonist, Geng went to Dali with his friend Hao after his divorce. The other one happened five years ago, Kang met Geng traveled to Dali, Yunnan after hearing Geng’s song “Go to Dali”, and eventually got married with Geng. At the beginning of the movie, Kang intends to divorce Geng. From the conversation with the lawyer, it can be known that

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[READING RESPONSE] PAMELA ROBERTSON WOJCIK

  This article identifies various features of the apartment plot as well as taking up numerous case studies through the panoptic spectrum of the apartment plot as a critical tool for analysis, evaluating the significance of the apartment plot associated with the different genres.   The writer believes that the apartment plot is not just merely a setting, instead, it configures the narrative in certain ways. It inspires me to have a contemplative thought in accordance with the role of the apartment plot. Not only can narrative be expressed via dialogue and verbal communication, but it also can utilize the

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[FIELDWORK] TEN YEARS – EXTRAS, CLASSROOMS

Ten Years 十年 – Extras 浮瓜 (Kwok Zune, 2015) Ten Years is an anthology film composed totally five films. The story’s background is set in the year 2025 and mainly discusses the autonomy of Hong Kong from the aspects of culture, human rights, and politics. The film I chose is “Extras”, directed by Kwok Zune. The story takes place in a school building while the plot is about the government officials creating a planned assassination on two leaders of political organizations in order to arouse the public’s panic so that the National Security Law can be easily legislated. There are two

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[FIELDWORK] Echoes of the Rainbow, Wing Lee Street

Echoes of the Rainbow [Dir/Scr: Alex Law] (2010) In the search for a distinct post-colonial identity, Hong Kong-ers, imbued with nostalgia, turn to architectural phenomena that showcase the transient journeys of their city from a bygone era. Amongst the ever-changing high skyline, fleeting moments are littered throughout the city, anachronistic cracks that show Hong Kong’s rich past and journey from a fishing village to an urban idyll. A genre-based on this premise, “Nostalgia Cinema” has been prominent in the Hong Kong film scene since the 90s. A paradigmatic example is ‘Echoes of Rainbow,’ a winsome, elegiac tale of a family

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[FIELDWORK] THE LAST EMPEROR, THE FORBIDDEN CITY

THE LAST EMPEROR, DIR. BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI (1987)            The Forbidden City, Dongcheng District, Beijing Pu Yi and his brother were running at the Tianhedian Square in front of the Hall of Supreme Harmony while a long line of eunuchs and attendants was chasing after them for protection. Scenes from The Last Emperor 1987, directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. The Last Emperor is a historical epic film recording the whole life of Aisin Juero Pu Yi, who was the last imperial ruler of China. It has two timelines in the form of half flashbacks and half inserts to

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