I was taking a shower when I suddenly thought of the films I’ve been looking for copies of for the longest time now but still haven’t found any. Eto sila…
THE TEENAGE TEXTBOOK MOVIE
director: Phillip Lim
cast: Melody Chen, Caleb Goh, Lim Hwee Sze
I saw this movie on Cinemax way back in ’99 yata when they had a filmfest of Southeast Asian films. It’s basically a coming-of-age flick that was based on the novel “The Teenage Textbook”, which apparently was a cult-classic among the Singaporean Gen-Xers. I’ve been looking everywhere for a copy of the movie pero wala talaga. When I visited Singapore last year, I found out that it actually never got a proper video release. Then late last year, I saw this being sold as a download at Kazaa. However, I still wasn’t able to purchase it because (1) I don’t have a credit card and my sisters won’t let me use theirs, and (2) my humble dial-up connection won’t be able to handle the download anyway. So, anyone?
WHAT TIME IS IT THERE? (Ni Neibian Jidian)
director: Tsai Ming-liang
cast: Lee Kang-sheng, Chen Shiang-chyi, Lu Yi-Ching
I first learned about “What Time Is It There?” during Cinemanila 2003 (or was it ’04). Just one look at the synopsis and we (me and TP) were immediately intrigued. [Synopsis from Wikipedia: “It is about a street vendor (Lee) who, after meeting a girl (Chen) who is travelling to Paris, is overcome by the urge to set every clock he sees to Paris time.”] Unfortunately though, we didn’t get the chance to watch it then. Good news is that just this afternoon, I found out that Chard (a big Tsai Ming-liang fan) actually owns a copy of the movie. Yey! I just hope he gets it back soon so that Tonet can watch it, then me!
director: Robert Altman
cast: Maggie Smith, Ryan Phillippe, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Emily Watson
You wouldn’t think this was THAT hard to find since it’s from the USA, an Altman film, has fairly big stars, and was high-profile when it was released. But no… seven years and I still have yet to even just lay my eyes on a copy. I could go to the online stores of course, but as I said I don’t have a credit card. And even if I did, I don’t think I can allow myself to buy the DVD because it’s just too expensive — especially for a film I haven’t even seen yet.
director: Yang Zhang
cast: Jia Hongsheng, Jia Fengsen, Chai Xiuling, Wang Tong
This was my favorite (along with “Farewell My Concubine”) among the films that were shown to us in our Film 106 (Chinese Cinema) class. It is based on the true story of Chinese actor Jia Hongsheng (who plays himself here) and his struggle with drug addiction. His real parents and his sister, interestingly, also play themselves in the movie. I remember really liking this then particularly because of its visual style and the story itself. But of course the many references to The Beatles, of whom Jia Hongsheng was a fan, made throughout the film didn’t hurt as well. I tried to look for a copy of this during my trip but it was so hard because I didn’t know the Chinese title. Ugh, stupid.
So kung meron kayo, may kilala kayo na meron, o may alam kayo na mapagbibilhan ng mga ‘to… please. Isang click lang ang comments page.