Sunday, 7 April 2013

patrick kong

last night i went to kawei's for a sleepover and we ended up watching 2 movies after dinner.

which was just bad.

so we watched another -

marriage with a fool

this is directed by Patrick Kong, a HK director S introduced to me.

his signature style is naming all his female leads 阿宝 - yes, i have seen quite a few movies depicting love lives of various 阿宝,usually with a depressing dose of cheating involved. (and half his movies star Stephy and Alex Fong, often as a couple - which is probably how they ended up dating in real life!)

this one is classic Patrick Kong - the happy beginning, the cheating, the finding out, the separation, the begging, the happy ending.. and his trademark, the post-happy ending. the last 5 minutes of his film often feels like the 5 minutes in Ang Lee's Life of Pi where Pi told the human version of his shipwreck - it just completely changes our understanding of the reality in the movie.

so while kawei was crying as Alex was pleading with Stephy not to leave him, i was laughing at the script. the grovelling went something along the lines of, 'imma good (person), please don't leave me!' 我很好的!你不要不要我!

it was cute, in a hilarious sort of way.

after the post-happy ending, there was a stunned silence from the sniffler beside me. then kawei announced she had a headache.

haha i know exactly how she felt. i felt the same way after my first full-length Patrick Kong movie Love is not all around. go watch Love is not all around if you have time (this is the second time i'm promoting this, so i mean it!)

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